Weekly Writing Update

Hello again!

It’s been an all-Tolkien kinda week for me, when I haven’t been out of my head with stress.  Actual writing hasn’t been super productive, but I did translate elven lifespans into a human timeline, which is every inch as troublesome as it was three years ago, but I think I’ve managed to come up with something that works for the story I have in mind, and even keep canonical birth order mostly a thing!

I’m not gonna lie, it may be a while before I get anything really productive done.  These next couple of months are going to be mentally exhausting, and I’m finding that by the time I usually set aside every day for writing, I’m too drained to come up with much, much less anything good.  That’s not to say I won’t keep at it, but it’ll be slow going for now until I get a chance to breathe and let the creative juices flow.

I’ll still keep this weekly series going, because I know it’ll die off if I start taking breaks, but there probably won’t be any long posts about what I’ve gotten done that week for a while.  I still intend to get That Fic done, and to start progress on the great Tolkien Modern AU as well as some other, more original projects, but it’s going to be a while in coming.

I’ll leave off there for now, and see you all next time.  Maybe I can rustle up some bits of old projects to show and discuss for the next post?  We’ll see.  Until next week!


Weekly Writing Update

Hello again, all!

I think I’m finally starting to hit my stride with writing again, although the focus has been somewhat erratic.  I have not progressed much further with That Fic, but I have gotten down quite a lot for some of the others that I’ve mentioned in the past few posts – namely that Achievement Hunter fic, and the great beast of a modern Tolkien AU.

Without much to actually talk about in regards to my current projects, I thought I’d switch gears this week to actually talk about storytelling, or at least, my personal thoughts and experiences with it.  Not the writing process, because there are a thousand and one stories out there about writer’s block and sitting in front of a blank page for hours without writing a single word, but the actual craft of creating a story.

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Weekly Writing Update

Wow, That Fic is really not cooperating with me lately!  To be fair, I’ve been absolutely exhausted this past week, my new schedule is pretty mentally draining, and any writing I’ve done has been what I call ’emotional dump’ – I’m just getting out any ideas I have, and not really focusing on story craft.  Hopefully I can figure out a good balance to my schedule this week, so that I’m not mentally bone-dead by the time I sit down to write.

So, writing that I have actually done this week.  There’s an Achievement Hunter fic I’ve been dabbling with, which I started a few months ago as a little break from That Fic, and I actually did get quite a bit down for it this week.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Achievement Hunter, they’re a subset of the Internet company Rooster Teeth (which is famous for shows like Red vs. Blue and RWBY), and they’re essentially a group of gamers that produce Let’s Plays.  The fic I’m writing isn’t a RPF, but is based more on their characters from their GTA V series.

I guess I’ll talk about this fic a little, since it’s what I worked on this week, though I doubt it’ll see the light of day any time soon, if at all.  It is, like many fics about their GTA gameplay, about a heist (for those of you unfamiliar with AH, their GTA V Heist videos are some of their best work, and naturally has a lot of prominence within the fandom), and it’s really just a ‘feel-good’ fic that shows how the crew (somehow) manages to work together.  I’m not going to get any further into it, since it’s still very early in the development stages right now, and a lot of things could (and do, and will) change, but it’s something I tap away at when I’m too tired to do some serious work.

What else?  I’ve been ruminating on a few, very rough ideas, which I won’t go into  until I’m more certain that they’re ideas I can develop and take further than vague imaginings.  There is one that has potential, since it’s not a new idea, but rather something I started thinking about years ago and only just picked up again, so it’s a little more developed than the other odd bits I’ve got floating around.  I will say it’s a Tolkien fic, and a crossover at that, though I won’t say with what quite yet.  It’s got good potential, I think, but we’ll see.

I’m going to sign off now, since I’ve got some other work to get done that’s a bit more urgent than my writing.  I’ll see you all next time, and hopefully with more to talk about!

Weekly Writing Update

Hello everyone,  welcome to the first post of 2018!

I’ll freely admit here that the creative juices haven’t been flowing especially well this past week – apart from finally managing to finish off a backstory for my DND character, and getting down about 1200 words on a little idea I’ve been playing around with for a few years now, I haven’t gotten any writing done.  But, I should be back to a more regular, structured schedule this week, so I’m hopeful that more progress will be on its way!

Since I’ve been so unproductive on That Fic this week, I thought I’d talk about something new for a change (yes, shocker, talking about something OTHER than That Fic?).  It’s not really new in the sense that I’ve been playing on and off with the idea for the past few years, but since it’s something that I want to pursue once That Fic is done, I thought I’d start talking about it now, give a bit of a sneak preview.

So, I love Tolkien.  Love the movies, love the books, love the fandom.  And since having discovered the online community of fans a few years back, I’ve discovered a passion for Silmarillion fanfiction.  Seriously, love it to pieces.  Silmarillion fan writers are some of the most talented, creative, and inspiring writers I’ve ever encountered.

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, therefore, that they inspired me to write my own Silmarillion fics.

The big one that I’ve been developing over the past few years is a Modern AU, inspired by the amazing LiveOakWithMoss on ao3, and her famous Dancing With My Punchlines.  I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone, it’s a fantastic epic of drama and humour and angst.  I actually just finished a re-read of it, which is probably what kickstarted my interest in my own idea again.

Technically speaking, this AU is not really part of the Silmarillion proper, though it’s not really a part of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit either.  There’s a lot of characters that overlap between books, and the time period in which they co-existed in canon is not covered in very much detail by the Professor.  The closest I can say is maybe something like a mixture of the Akallabeth and the first Appendix?  For those of you familiar with the timeline of Middle Earth, it’s from the Second Age.

Not gonna lie, this one is a biggie, and it intimidates me more than any other piece of creative writing I’ve done.  The Second Age is really not my forte, lore wise, I’m more familiar with the First and Third Ages, simply because there’s more information available on them.  But that doesn’t really matter as much in a Modern AU set in Earth, I guess.

This has undergone quite a few major changes.  Having started this in high school, I originally thought about setting the characters as teenagers in high school, before I realized that it wouldn’t work for the story I wanted to tell.  It’s now set in the midst of their university years, and I’ve scaled back a lot of the things I wanted to shoehorn in there, and let things reveal themselves at their own pace.

One thing I will remark on is the truly convoluted timeline I somehow managed to put together for translating the absolutely ridiculous family trees of both Finwë and Thingol into some kind of thing that makes sense within human lifespans.  I actually put that together several years back for another story that I don’t think I’m going to work on now, but I can repurpose that massive timeline for this one.  It looks like a giant rainbow from all the colour coding of dates, and I stunned my friends into silence when I showed it to them, and it’s quite possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done.  Certainly the most prep work I’ve ever put into a story.

(If I ever end up publishing this idea, which probably won’t be for a few years yet, I may post the Rainbow Timeline, just so you can all see how massively complicated it is)

I’m going to stop rambling about it now,  since I don’t want to commit too much to something before I get That Fic done, but hopefully, this isn’t the last you hear about it.  If That Fic is a labour of love, this Tolkien fic is a passion project, and I really hope that I can share it with you all one day.

That’s all from me for now.  Happy New Year, everyone!

Weekly Writing Update

Whew,  it’s been a while since one of these, hasn’t it?  Exams season and then the holidays really took a huge chunk out of my schedule – actually, it’s still taking a huge chunk out of my schedule, got one more exam to study for because of snow day shenanigans.  But this post isn’t about exams and the holidays, so let’s get to it!

Writing has been…erratic, to say the least, because of aforementioned exams and holidays.  Did not get nearly as much writing done as I wanted to on That Fic, which I’ll start focusing again on once I’m back to a more regular schedule.  Actually, most of the writing that I’ve done has been the backstory for a D&D character I’m building for a campaign I’m doing with some friends.  I should probably finish that up and get that sent off to my DM soon, heh heh…

On the other hand, I’m starting a return back to my Tolkien roots, and I’ve got a few ideas for mostly Silmarillion-based fics once That Fic is done.  All of my ideas are long projects though, since I don’t think a oneshot is enough to do them justice, so don’t expect to see any of those in their entirety anytime soon.  And of course, this is all contingent on me finishing That Fic, because I’m not even going to bother working on any other fic while I’ve got that going on.

Since it’s New Year’s Eve (at least, it is, when this is being typed up), I thought I’d put down a few resolutions here, both for this blog and for my writing, for this year!

  1. Finish.  That.  Fic.  In the immortal words of Chancellor Palpatine, Revenge of the Sith, “Dew it”
  2. Try some more original work instead of focusing on fanfiction all the time
  3. Actually update this blog on a regular basis?  Exams and end-of-term excluded, of course

There, I think that should be fairly manageable.  1, at least, should certainly be doable.  With all luck, it shouldn’t take a year to finish revisions.  It only took 8 months to write the first (long) draft, so the second, shorter, more streamlined draft should take less time.  Right?  Right?  No promises about 2 or 3 though, I shall count them as goals which would be great to achieve.

And that about does it for 2017 and this blog!  Been a bit of a bumpy start, but I look forwards to a new year and to sharing more with you all!  See you all in the new year!

❤ AJ