WIP Files: 2/20/14, Project Fierce attempt #4

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WIP Files, 2/20/14. I really want to write something for Project Fierce but I am having SO many problems. I have tried starting three different stories and I don’t like any of them, and can’t stay inspired enough to continue.

I thought if I pulled out my whiteboard maybe I could brainstorm some ideas on a new story entirely. Maybe I could finish in time still before the deadline (2/28)… but when I brought out the marker, I got the idea for this picture and drew this instead. I kind of know what I’m trying this time around but I honestly don’t know if it will work out. I really want to support this but I don’t know if I will be able to write something decent for the given prompts, no matter how much I keep trying. Basically, lately, if it isn’t ICoS or magic, I just can’t write it.

Anyway, I’m posting this as my WIP File of the day because I’m really hoping I can force myself to finish this time around.

PS: the lighting was such that it got the shadow of my hands taking the picture at the bottom which I thought was kind of funny, because I always lift my pinky finger like I’m in Victorian England drinking a cuppa and I don’t know why lol

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WIP Files: Sims, 2/10/14

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WIP FIles: 2/10/14, the Carter brothers.

You may be wondering why I’m putting Sims in with my WIP Files, but I keep making Sims of the families of the characters so it’s been a lot of fun, and it helps me keep in mind their back stories which is of use in the post Fade anthology in some cases. Also, it’s fun to make Sims and entertaining to watch their shenanigans.

I made Cade Carter and his brothers. I can already tell these guys are going to be my favorite to play.

I added a lot of text in the above pic so I recommend clicking on it to fully enlarge it for best viewing.

WIP Files: Writing and Sims, 2/9/14

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WIP FIles: 2/9/14, and assorted days.

I have been slowly populating Agencytown (what I will rename this neighborhood once I figure out where I can do that) with ICoS characters. So far I have Jeffrey and his sister Erica, Owen and his sister Keelin and their brothers Innis and Mannix, and Tayla and Liani. I probably should’ve done their siblings too, come to think of it, but I forgot about that when I was making them. Also somehow Liani’s face came out rounder with larger cheeks than I thought I’d done but whatever, I give up. Close enough. No one ever looks totally right when I make Sims.

By the way, that screenshot of the house was supposed to show how frickin ridiculous the Styles home is. It’s 4 levels and 6 bedrooms just for Erica and Jeffrey. Because when you’re rich, why not waste space? And despite having the biggest home with pretty much everything you could want inside, they are so far the only Sims I’ve seen who keep leaving and visiting the community park so they can schmooze it up with people and, inexplicably, practice golf. Apparently the Sim!Styles are big on the game lol

This morning I was writing in Dead Rain (see screenshot) when I decided I wanted to make Sims of the three main characters in that series, too. I put them in Agencytown even though they are completely unrelated but OH WELL LOLZ. They aren’t perfect but it’s good enough for now. I might be changing Era’s look entirely, but that was why I wanted Sims of them; to see how they looked visually. So anyway now you can see Era, Shine, and Oz.

Rereading Dead Rain/NaNo

I’ve been rereading parts of the book I started in NaNo. I hadn’t touched it in weeks so I’d forgotten about parts of it.

It makes me happy to discover that I actually really like it. I love the magic system in it, and I really like the characters. It’s still fun to me to read it even seeing how much editing it needs. And that makes me particularly happy because I almost never think anything I write is good, especially not if I’ve read it once before.

And I keep wanting to write more in it which is also good– this feeling of excitement for a story, when so many other stories I have to write sound boring to me in contrast. I think I was really missing fantasy.

WRITING: Update: ICoS Anthology

There are 7 short stories that will be in the anthology. The current progress is:

  1. Done but probably will need major revisions
  2. ~30% done
  3. Done
  4. Done
  5. Done
  6. ~30% done
  7. Not started

Progress is a little slow due to conflicting schedules and lack of energy/inspiration. But we’re on our way. No date for when we expect it to be finished.

For a small sneak peek: the anthology is tentatively titled 1/27. It shows a glimpse into the different characters’ lives all on the same day: January 27, 2027. We are currently planning to release it all at once when it’s done.

It’s no longer holiday themed because, to be honest, it wasn’t really holiday themed even from the start. We seem to both be incapable of writing anything solely fluffy in the ICoS universe.