I’ve been working on multiple stories since my last update on Vet, getting scenes out of my head and on paper.

One of my big bits of progress: I got over a bump on Castles of Sand and Stone and wrote 2K words in one sitting. I ended up putting myself against another bump, though. I have to bring a group of people to a certain location and the way I wrote it out this time feels “too convenient.” The justification behind the events is fairly solid, I believe, but my gut feel is that it still reads a little forced. This could be a consequence of my new practice of actually planning ahead for things that happen in the story, but I can’t take a chance — I can’t look at it with “fresh eyes” anymore, so I’m going with my gut feel. Therefore, I’m on hold with this one, until I figure out how to make it all work naturally. I already have an idea, but I’ll have to work through the details before I sit down to write anything out. (Castles of Sand and Stone current WC: 61K)

I wrote a scene I’m pretty happy with for Turn of the Wilds: Bent Steel, the “core” story, and a little over 7.5K words for the “aux” bucket, which is part of the story that I don’t really know if I’ll use in the actual novel or not — it depends on how I decide to structure the whole damn thing.

This story’s actually becoming interesting to work on as a process too, because I’m juggling a ton of characters in it, and the ones that are naturally emerging as “leads” were not the ones I was planning to have as main characters in the beginning. I even have a character who was not planned at the start, was introduced as a transitional POV character so that I don’t have to go into a major info dump, and is now a main mover. (then again, this is definitely not the first time this has happened in a story of mine, so no surprise here) The cool thing is that the story’s falling into place very easily. Practically all little frills I originally added to the world just to make it more “colorful” have become major plot elements, and so far, I’ve yet to go back to fix something so that a new idea works. It’s a really fun way to work on a story, I have to say. Feels effortless, so far. Of course, I’m still in the first third of the story, which means I still have a LOT of work to do on plot, etc… but so far, it’s been great. (Turn of the Wilds: Bent Steel current WC: 24K, plus an additional 15K that may or may not go into the story depending on how I decide to structure it)

Vet has been in a little bit of a bind. I had a dear friend visit over the weekend, and I went through a pretty major bout of nostalgia. Up to about 10 years ago, along with writing, I kept trying my hand at comics. I was never good (see previous post) and I don’t really have the patience for it (see previous post, again), but I like the medium a lot. When finding time for creative work became more of an issue, I more or less went back to 100% prose, taking care of my drawing urges through character sketches and illustrations. But now that the memories have been stirred, I’m sincerely considering giving Vet a try as a comic. I think the story would work well visually anyway (plus, I love to draw me some punks =), and I’m now considering trying the first chapter as a comic too. Not sure if it will work or not, or how far I’ll stick with it, but, hell … why not? (Vet current WC: 11K)

Then, I did some consolidation of my C&R stories (I’m considering “Between Two Broken Mirrors” as a title right now… not sure if I like it enough yet). I’m seriously split between two options for buttoning down this story. First would be to stick with the current format (loose short stories that follow the two main characters); the second would be a true novel format, which will use one of the short stories as the frame, will require a ton of work, and will possibly result in a major rewrite of most of the internal stories. I like the second option because I think the plot device could be kick-ass in light of the meat of the story: a man who’s lost his memories is trying to piece his past together. On the other hand, I like the first option because that’s how the story flows “naturally” — and I’ll be able to include the second POV of the shorts (Cyrus’) — while in the novel version, I’d have to stick with just Richard’s. I’ll have to do a little more soul-searching on this story in general, though. It’s an early story, and some of the themes and on-screen events have always pushed my personal comfort level. Now, I’m not saying that the story’s risque or anything like it. Even some of the things I’m not comfortable with are vanilla compared to some of the writings I’ve stumbled on before. But on a personal level, I’m not sure I want to make this story public. And if I’m keeping it private, then I don’t need to “button it down.” (Between Two Broken Mirrors current WC: 103K)

Oh, did I mention I jump from story to story a lot?

(Oh, and I’ve made the executive decision to always record the word count of whatever story I’m talking about, with the idea that this way, I’ll give myself a way of remembering where I was in the story whenever I said something about it… accountability, AND tractability… Hey ya!)