A young and aspiring writer. Currently a college sophomore majoring in Literature & Civilizations, I am trying to write my first novel. This is a place for updates and excerpts for interested readers to check out. I love to talk, about a lot of things, so don't be afraid to drop something in my ask box or send me a message.
I’ve been working steadily on the story, and have reached chapter twelve out of a revised fifteen chapters. Originally, I thought I would be at the end of it by now, but it seems I underestimated the amount of information I would cover in the remaining chapters. So far, I’ve surpassed 93k words and still have three more chapters to write, as well as finish this one.
Though I am surprised at how much I’ve managed to get done, I am still amazed at how long it seems this story will be. I didn’t think it would get far past 100k, but its seems like I was wrong. Likely, the end of this will be somewhere around 110k words, though I’m not worried too much about that.
See, there’s still final edits to be made, and I know there are scenes I might cut out due to them setting up small subplots that I’ve either abandoned, or might simply not cover much in this book. Though I might add a few things as well, I’m pretty sure that the end result will be somewhere around 100k or so.
So, I had outlined the last few chapters of the story. I predicted there to be about 13 total, but it seems that it’ll be one chapter longer.
I’ve written up half of the content that I intended to have in Chapter 9, but I’ve gotten quite close to the average length of my chapters. If I add in the other half to this chapter, I’ll unfortunately go past that limit and have an extremely long chapter that does not need to be that long.
As such, I’m ending chapter 9 where I’m at and will continue the rest of the material in the outline in a new chapter, since I’m sure the remaining material will be close to the length of a chapter as well.
In any case, there’s nothing wrong with a little variation in chapter length.
Well, my charger got fried about a month ago, so I haven’t been using my own computer. Instead, I’m using a rather old one that my sis had lying in her room. It’s not bad. The computer still works, though kind of slow at times, and can be a little frustrating when it freezes up.
As a result, I haven’t been able to fill up the queue again, so it’ll be a while before you start to see those again. The reason being that I was using xkit to fill up the queue and tag posts, and this computer doesn’t allow me to effectively use it.
The most positive outcome out of this situation is that I had uploaded the latest copy of Soujou: The Warring States to Google Drive, and I’ve continued writing it on this old computer. The connectivity problems can be rather annoying at times, for it prevents me from writing until it is resolved, but I’ve managed.
Story itself is going well, to be honest. Currently halfway through chapter 9, and I have outlined 12-13 chapters total, so this story is close to being over. Once it is finished, though, I still have to go over it and a) rearrange a few scenes and b) rewrite or remove a few scenes. Fortunately, those scenes aren’t major additions, and the word count will remain at roughly 100k total when I’m done with it all.
Regardless, this is the draft I will be polishing up and sending to publishers soon enough, so I’m happy with what I’ve done so far, and how far I’ve gotten.
I’ll definitely need to workshop it, though, to make sure that I’ve covered what I need to cover and haven’t left any plot holes or forgotten to add enough description (which I’m notorious for, since I’ve grown to dislike excessive description and struggle to write descriptions that have enough for the reader to better immerse their self into the story. A room is a room, you guys, not much special about it). But I digress.
Point is, I’m close to being done.
The Gashadokuro are such a cool folklore concept.
My favorite thing is this idea that they somehow are able to silently stalk people despite being almost 100-foot tall skeletons, because no one looks up.
Gashadokuro aka the starving skeletons are the reanimated and combined bones of the victims of starvation. Up to a hundred feet tall, they are heralded by the sound of bells ringing in the ears of their victims. They reach down from above to capture people and bit their heads off. The Gashadokuro haunt the darkness after midnight.
Japanese folklore has a ton of giant skeletons but the Gashadokuro is the coolest + creepiest
These traits (both good and bad) are common enough in male characters but just don’t show up enough with the ladies!
- Big eater (why do all the women in fiction either have really tiny appetites or the type of personality where strong emotions take away their hunger?)
- Bad at singing
- Gruff personality
- Gentle giant
- Crude humor
- Coward (women either don’t show up to battle or do their best to fight. There is no in-between.)
- The funny one
Images from the latest series by International Photographer: James C. Lewis entitled ICONS OF THE BIBLE…full series to be released in October Exhibit in Atlanta, GA. The series is giving the world a more factual look at the scriptures and it’s most iconic characters. Stay tuned!!! #N3K #International #Baby!!!