I Finally Caught Up!

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Oh, my poor ears.

I think I have squeezed more audio editing into the last few days than I have more months.  I was behind by twelve Audio Editions, ranging from 5-10 minutes in length, on average.  (Obviously, some are shorter and a few are longer.)  I know the finished product looks pretty simplistic, but five minutes of audio takes me about an hour to clean up, edit, convert into a video, and upload to YouTube.  So please, have a listen if you haven’t already.  All of the links on their respective Cat’s Cradle entries should be updated by the end of today.

Also, I got my first set of feedback from one of my beta readers, R.E. Myles!  I was really nervous, but it seems that All’s Fair isn’t as broken as I feared it might be.  She was really great about pointing out the story’s strengths and what she liked, along with some good suggestions on how to increase interest and drama.  Some of the broader suggestions will be put into play immediately with further refinements as feedback arrives from my other betas.  Thank you all so much for your time and attention!

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Now… back to work.  ^_^;;

UPDATE on 02/29/2016 @ 10:00pm:
Hooray, another beta reader arrived with feedback today!  Thank you so much, Foxglove!  I really appreciate your time and thoughts on All’s Fair.

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Reflections of Contentment

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Lately, I’ve done a lot of complaining about not having enough time, or feeling like my time is not my own.  That I am subsumed by other responsibilities and then do not utilize what free time I do have to its fullest capacity.  It’s an old song, one that I think every writer or artist sings throughout their lives.  It is rare to find an artist who is happy with the amount of time they spend on their art.  It always seems to be too much, which leads to burnout, or too little, which leads to intense frustration and despair.

But I’m not going to talk about that today.  You already know about that particular current, so let’s appreciate the scenery for a while.  Let’s look up and see where the river is flowing.  Because despite all of the moaning and groaning about set-backs, I’m surprised to find that, right now, I’m actually pretty happy with myself.

There’s a text I got from my onii-san after I told him that I hadn’t won the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest back in 2013.  I hadn’t honestly expected to win, but I didn’t even make it into the top five.  It was discouraging to receive no tangible reward after putting in so much intense work for so long.  But David reminded me of something important:
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Draft Completed!

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Oh my gosh, I am so excited that I don’t know where to begin.  I guess the title of this entry says it all: I’ve actually completed a draft of a novel!  Yep, All’s Fair (AFiLaW) is the first one.  While I’ve spent a lot of time working on Ravens and Roses and have called each stage its own “Draft,” that story is still missing pieces of it and therefore should probably not be titled as such.  But that’s just splitting semantic hairs, so moving on!

I hammered out the plot and characters for All’s Fair in October 2015 and started writing on November 1, 2015.  As of January 31, 2016, I have a complete story ready for beta reading.  Wow.  That’s 170 pages written in 92 days.  There aren’t any gaping holes that need to be filled in or scenes that haven’t been written.  Obviously things may be adjusted, dropped, or added during the editing process, but you can actually read it from beginning to end.  I’m still a little stunned at this; the only other complete novel-length stories that I have finished are fan fiction.  (Yes, I know, I need to get back to “Nakishojo.”)  And those took me years to complete!  The fastest I’ve ever written was for the Dark Crystal Author Quest back in 2013, which took three months, but was still not really complete.  Not like All’s Fair.

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