Weekly Writing Update

Trying something new this week that will hopefully be more successful than the not-so-weekly Songs of the Week, which really didn’t take that long to flop.  Hopefully this new (do I dare say it?) weekly series will have a much better run, and actually force me to write more as well.

Basically, (hopefully) every week, I’ll be posting about the writing I’ve done that past week.  I’ll talk about projects I’m working on, concepts I hope to develop, writing strategies I’ve learned or am developing, and maybe even a few excerpts.  Most of my writing is creative, and while fanfiction is currently my predominant genre, I’m also in a creative writing course so I’ll be working on some original pieces as well.  For this first week, I’m just going to give a brief summary of two pieces that I’m currently working on: a Star Wars fanfiction piece and an original short story for class.

The Rundown:

Untitled Star Wars story: I’ve been working on this monstrosity since May, and at 27 pages and 15,000+ words, it’s just about halfway through.  Every time I start a new section to advance the plot, the plot just decides that things don’t need to progress that quickly, and I end up with another 2000 words and only halfway to the point I originally planned.

The story itself is essentially a character study/exploration of Rey, focussing on her character growth and the relationships she has and makes with other characters.  It’s going surprisingly well: in a rare turn of events for me, I can reread sections I wrote months ago and not instantly cringe in loathing, so hopes are high for this one?  I want to get it finished and published before The Last Jedi comes out and completely obliterates my headcanons, and it’s going to get tougher as my schedule starts heating up, but I think it’s doable.  It’s one of those pieces that I’m really passionate about, months after I first started it, which gives me hope that I’ll be able to actually finish this one.  Stories, like rebellions, are built on hope…

Untitled short story: This is an assignment I’m working on for class, crafting a short story in five pages, and I’m enjoying it so far.  I’m about halfway through it, and it’s about a small-town kid and his dad coming to terms with his mother abandoning them.  My biggest challenge in writing this so far has been defining the end result, what I want this story to say and how I’m going to get it there.  Five pages seems at once both impossibly short and impossibly long, and trying to work within this constraint to craft a story arc has been difficult.  If my Star Wars fic didn’t make it clear, I’m an epic-type writer.  I like to ramble.  My early stories were huge paragraph blocks, much like this current one.

This piece is a continuing but good challenge for me, as I struggle to write a short story with the same depth and complexity of a longer story and without bluntly stating everything.  Speaking of which, I should probably get back to it.  I’ll have a definite answer for you next week how it ends up going – I’d better, or I’ll have handed in nothing and gotten a 0.

That’s all for me from this week, I really hope this new series works out better than the last one, if for no other reason than it’ll force me to actually take the time to write every week.  Every day, preferably.  If you want to know more about my writing, maybe check out some stuff I’ve written in the past, or if you just want to talk about writing, leave a comment below or send me a message!  I’m happy to talk with fellow and aspiring writers about the creative word.  See you soon!

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Tra-la-la-lally: Songs of the Week

Hello all!  Welcome back to another Songs of the “Week,” though at this point, I think it qualifies rather as a ‘Top __’ thing than a weekly update.  I really underestimated how long I get stuck in music ruts when I started this thing.  Ah well, the show must go on.  This week’s theme, going a bit into the vault and my old Doctor Who days, the best of Murray Gold, composer for the 2005 reboot of Doctor Who!

1 – Song of Freedom and Captivity (2008)

Of all the songs on the Doctor Who soundtrack, this one has been my absolutely favourite from the moment I first heard it.  It was heart-wrenchingly sad in ‘Planet of the Ood,’ magnificently triumphant in ‘Journey’s End,’ but my favourite performance of it comes from the Doctor Who at the Proms concert in 2008.  Very beautiful, always worth a listen.

2 – This is Gallifrey, Our Childhood, Our Home (2007)

What a brilliant piece of music.  Even without knowing the story, it calls to mind ancient alien civilizations, a sad, wistful nostalgia, a lonesome longing.  Excellent use of the instrumentation as well, I love hearing the melody come through in the percussion and bass instruments.

3 – Vale Decem (2010)

Possibly the saddest music for the Doctor to regenerate on.  I mean, ‘The End of Time’ itself is pretty sad, but this song!  It’s like rubbing salt onto the wound.  In a good way though.  Impossibly sad, absolutely perfect.

4 – I Am The Doctor (2011)

It’s quite a nice little introduction song for the Doctor, especially after the show itself ‘regenerates.’  Watching that first Matt Smith episode, this song playing as he stepped through the faces of the previous Doctors really legitimized him as the Doctor.  It’s full of confidence and drama, and paired with the scene, it’s a nice assertion of Doctor-ness.

I think that’s enough nerding out for now, so this is where I’ll leave you all.  Do give these a try, they’re all great pieces, and they come out of great soundtracks too.  Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, they’re pretty good musically, I think, and you could just appreciate them for their orchestration.  That’s my pitch done, see you all next time!