Hey, I've put chapter 16 in. We're only 1 or 2 hundred words away from 60,000! yay. It's not an action packed chapter, but that'll come back soon enough. I'll leave you with an observation before the poem: anyone notice Jair's shadow speaking in near-complete sentences? *twilight zone music intensifies*
Here's the poem. I wrote it reminiscing about my days living off them.
Picked Clean From Soil's Embrace.
on the way
No Roots, Dismay! To Start:
its fall from grace
Covert Stacks, Add Another.
Ready To Eat!
lost beneath its brother
Weighing, Prodding. Finding Defect,
money is lean
Oh Well, It's A Fine Cuisine!
struggling to perfect
Poke One Hole, Two Holes, Three!
shove it in the oven
From Steamy Confines A Meal Is Cloven.
a meal for weeks it will fill me
I just finished editing up to chapter 12. Wow, chapter 11 was a bit of a hot mess. The previous edits were mostly fixing grammar errors and swapping out awkward-flowing sentences/words. But I had to redo three or four paragraphs in 11! For shame, me. Chapter 11 was the last chapter I didn't do an edit before posting, as you all can probably tell.
You can't say I don't learn from mistakes lol.
Chapter 16 will be out before the month ends. I'd like to finish another after that, but only the gods can tell. Inspiration comes and leaves this mortal coil with nary a thought in edgewise.
I hope you all have a good day <3
I've sent it down the pipeline! Here's a poem, as promised:
The river ran red
The sky wept blue
As man's grief swept through the land
They marched, tall and proud,
A hundred-score men, out to meet
Those who had slighted their king
They fought in the battle,
But came back to their
Bandits had come
To prey upon those now defenseless
In the king's folly, he sent his men forth
With pride and ambition and greed;
The men cried, they lamented
Holding the lost lives they loved
In their hands. Streaming through their fingers.
Resolve: They gained.
The king: that fake, died a coward's death,
as they hunted the rogues
For ten days
And ten nights,
the men stalked their nest, scattering souls
After the bandits had perished
In many torturous forms
The men felt nothing...nothing filled
No joy, no relief, no sorrow, no pain
These golems of flesh, these vessels of blood
Had now seen just exactly, what they had become
I've been a little sick this past week, battling down the hatches and playing some Vermintide 2 while trying not to think about how sore my throat was. Luckily I'm feeling much better now, and so will start in on the next chapter today. Hopefully in 1-2 days it'll be done.
I only got two chapters worth of edits in the time between this post and the last. It's hounding me! I wasn't in the mood to write all week cuz of said sickness, but I'll start in on the rest of the edits after fifteen.
BTW, WE BROKE 50,000 words!
I'm surprisingly proud of myself. The longest story I'd written before this was 30,000 words, with a lot of shorter 10 to 15 thousand shorter unfinished stories before that. I have no idea where I've managed to dredge up enough dedication to continue, but I think it has something to do with all the nice messages people send me. Thank you! They really help :)
If you've been reading all my blogs you know how hard it is for me to consistently write. This month I'm starting in on the third chapter, and I hope to get one more out before it ends. 4 chapters in a month! It sounds pretty paltry, but if you've been here since the start you're probably itching to slap me. (to get me to write more lol)
I've been forcing myself to fit more words into each chapter to stop those darn cliff-hangers from happening. They still do, as evidenced by last chapter hehe, but I hope it's more tolerable in big ol 5,000 word chunks instead of those measly 3,000 word ones. I'm not a cock-teasing web-novelist!!! (actually that describes me perfectly lol)
anyways I'm in a grand mood, I hope your day is going well too <3
I'm finishing up editing chapters 8-14. I'm not sure when the next chapter will be done. I'm hoping by the 16th. If I want my baby to grow, I gotta put in the time instead of 2 chapters a month hehe.
I have a lot of poems hidden away since I was about 12. I'm in a strange mood, so I'll polish them a bit and publish them on the blog every time a chapter gets released. Some are super sappy, some tell a few tales, and some are just nonsensical musings that popped into my head at the time.
Most follow absolutely no rhyming or syllable schemes, so it'll be up to you guys to decide your enjoyment of them. I've already put up "Love". I'll let you guess as to when I wrote it (it rhymes with Equilore).
I love writing little poems like that, but for whatever reason I've always hated being fettered by the precise rules most people who write poems feel the need to follow. I absolutely don't look down on those who do; in fact, I salute you brave souls. It takes a lot of effort to make something good and still have it abide by a particular structure.
I guess that just harkens back to my writing style. Throwing around random metaphors and similes are probably remnants from my good ol pre-pubescent days lol.
So, most of the poems will be irregular messes. I do hope my intent and emotion comes through, however amateur they may be.