First of all, I would like to give a nod in @A.M.P.'s direction. When I saw him doing a progress journal I realized it might help push me and keep me writing even as college keeps me busy, and give me the boost I need to actually complete the darn story... Also his design choices were worthy of stealing. So, without further ado, here is my adapted version of the template he created. The Starshade's Legacy: Last of the Imirri ― ❅ ― Genre | High Fantasy........................................... Length | Aiming to not go over the 200k mark... Series | The Starshade's Legacy Book I............... ― ❅ ― Word Counter ╔.......................╗ 5,975 Words ╚.......................╝ ― ❅ ― Synopsis The land of the living has been at war for longer than most can remember. Tied into a never-ending struggle in which no side seems to gain any ground, humanity has given up its magic in their desire to create a weapon that would destroy their adversaries. Only to watch it bring about their own. It has been two hundred years since these events, and those in between have left the land frozen and near inhospitable. The human race numbers in the thousands, but only a few hundred have escaped the iron claw of the Shifters. Yet those are under constant risk of being found and captured. It is in this world that a girl discovers that the past is not so far away as the legends make them seem, nor are the heroes and villains. ― ❅ ― This book is split into two points of view, each character bringing their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as conflicts, and eventually alliances, for the other. Keit - A quirky, hard-to-rattle village girl who struggles to keep past demons at bay. Batos - A prince who seeks challenge and excitement in a world where all fear him. ― ❅ ― I will be posting a snippet from the beginning of each chapter as I write to give you a little bit of information as to what is going on. Feel free to discuss anything relating to my novel here, but please be aware that this is a brand new draft, and exceedingly different than any of the previous works I have posted in the review thread. Only the most basic information and research on my story (such as the races, landscape, and realms) has stayed the same. Overall, this journal is meant to give me something to be held accountable for, and to give me the push I need to keep writing. Any encouragement is welcome, as I've been working on this darn thing for over four years now and... yeah. No progress. It's a developed story, but as a manuscript it's made no progress. ― ❅ ― Goals Overall, I hope to finish at least one chapter every week, or every two weeks if time constraints become a problem at school. I keep track of my chapters in groups of ten, broken into single folders that each hold three folders with Rough/Working Drafts, Comments, and Final Drafts. I will add on more chapters as I go. Projected work of the original draft has thus far added up to around sixty chapters, but with the plot changes it could end up drastically shorter. Prologue - In Progress Chapter One - COMPLETE! Chapter Two - COMPLETE! Chapter Three - COMPLETE! Chapter Four - ................ Chapter Five - .................. Chapter Six -...................... Chapter Seven -................. ― ❅ ― Daily News January 7, 2015 Another year... *sigh* Welp I had to deal with life, forgetfulness, and then my mac spazzing out when the date was wrong and Scrivener wouldn't let me work on my book recently. Decided to write a prologue though after examining Eragon again and musing why it became so popular. I think it had a combination to do with Dagon Riders and a prologue that introduced a villain. So I'll do something similar. Spoiler: December 2014 December 8, 2014 Cripes I haven't added anything in a while. Well Chapter two was finished about three days back. Wasn't quite sure whether I'd continue it or end it where it was, so I ended up fiddling with Chapter four to see if that was how I liked it. Guess i liked it. Spoiler: November 2014 November 20, 2014 Got a load of inspiration last night and now I ended up making one of the smaller antagonists a somewhat lovable person. Now Keit's going to have to deal with a bit more pain when the inciting event occurs. Which is getting so close i can taste it now. Current challenge: making a romance scene not so cheesy as all the yucky stuff on the market at the moment. November 13, 2014 Chapter two done. It changed a bit at the ending and now on to chapter three... lets hope i can pull this one off. November 7, 2014 On a random note one of my classmates in college has had to deal with the nightmare that is bedbugs. We celebrated that they were all gone today, but then he found one on the tip of his pencil! Funny in a way, but we did panic. He burned it with a lighter and squished it beneath his boot thank goodness. Hopefully that was the last of em... *knock on wood* As for my book, i've gotten more done last night. I think I'm getting back into my writing groove. *knock on wood again* November 6, 2014 Drama seems to have stopped for the time being. Now I actually get the pain that all the girls stuck in love triangles in books go through. I no longer mock them.... As for my book, I've gotten another two pages done in the second chapter. Scene one is finished, now for scene two. November 3, 2014 Lots of drama going on in my life right now. Haven't been able to sit down and write or find the inspiration to do it. I think for the time being I need to step away from my work so i can clear the mess in my relationships, focus on college for a bit and then ill get back to it... Spoiler: October 2014 October 30, 2014 Wasn't able to get writing the last couple of days, but now i finally broke the first page mark. I think I'm ggettingBatos's new personality down now... I just hope other see it as interesting. October 28, 2014 Tried to work on chapter two again and couldn't get past the first page. Balancing a conversation right off the bat as well as trying to implement a new setting, character appearances, and names is hard! October 27, 2014 I'm alive! I'm alive! Didn't get too much done but I did get a good setup for the first page of chapter two down, as well as tried to figure out how to make Batos be an interesting villain that is also likeable... so hopefully this works. Also, boyfreinds are the ultimate distraction wrapped up in one big hunk of muscle that you absolutely need to have around in case of a zombie apocolypse... or a haunted house (like the one we visited on saturday.) October 24, 2014 Decided to go with a shorter first chapter and get some perspective on Batos in chapter two, and have the inciting incident happen there. CHAPTER ONE COMPLETE! October 23, 2014 I have created this progress journal and begun my journey to finally finish this story. It's... intimidating to think about. Exciting too. But intimidating nonetheless.