Ought to use this space for recording my project as it trods along. Treating this blog like a diary, apologies to any readers - If I get attention, will be sure to make it a nice interactive blog for you guys!
This is an important time. A long-winded process of mulling over ideas has finished; years of musing in long car trips and other periods of quiet reflection have birthed elements that speak of magic, monsters and an adolescent boy who needs to navigate this realm that is rapidly forming. A bountiful archive of fantasy paraphernalia is inside my head, ready to be organized and put on paper.
My signing up on these boards and actively using the resources available to me here are testament to the fact that this time I will try my hardest to at least finish.
I make the solemn promise to get this novel out.
As such, allow me to present day one of project "HorrorTundra" as it begins to be recorded:
No title as of yet, as such name is strictly work in progress. It will do.
Overall, definitely still in planning stage. This is an intensive process however - I am impressed with my mind. It's like a crucible of ideas that spill forth with minimal effort! As such, anticipate to begin tentative attempts at first chapters within a week.
Genre established a few days ago, Dark Fantasy/Horror.
Cohesion of plot ideas and elements in progress. Currently tying together character histories and personalities.
Current main character count: 4.
History and geographical data of world are still non-existent. Only have mood of the environment - foresty, cold north shall be my setting of choice. More than a little influenced by the geography of finland! Dim historical anecdotes on the northlands have been established. Main events of relevant ancient history are shaping up nicely though.
I am very pleased with how the magic system is shaping up. Both main methods have been established, and mechanics for execution are being elaborated and expanded. Will likely have an intricate yet original system soon.
Divine (Creation) versus Blood (Entropy) dichotomy seems to work well.
Loving the conceptualization of my monsters. I've just realized that my demons bear a fun resemblance to modern zombie movies in many ways. Won't elaborate, but it's fun. No stupid shambling here though...
Haven't actually begun writing yet, bar a short excercept from what I anticipate to be towards the end of the novel. Will likely require heavy editing, but it was more to a. just write something to get a sense of my current style b. explore writing a horror-tinged fantasy c. get something out for people to critique. Will have to post it out soon.
Top problems at present:
Plot! Plot is still slightly hazy, and I don't even have notes down - Must get at least fragments on doc so I don't forget.
There is a nagging fear that main character will end up a copy of Raistlin Majere. Must make conscious effort to avoid this fate.
No idea how my actual writing is! While as far as I can see the set of ideas is sound, it's useless if the actual writing can't bring them to life. Particularly worried whether I can make my horror horrifying, and the creeps creepy. Will have to see, practice makes perfect.
I'll make a habit of listing my creative aides, this should give me more incentive to update this section, which in turns reminds me to keep writing. I anticipate these to be mainly caffeine based products and heavy metal.
Cans of energy drink: 1, Monster energy drink. My first one ever, actually. Really sugary - even for an energy drink. Like a liquid chocolate bar, yummy at first but you struggle towards the end, and abhor the thought of another one!
Top songs of today:
2 times terror - Ikävässä Paikasa
2 times terror - Maailman Tuomari
Owl city - Fireflies (how uncharacteristic of me, owl city is as soppy as music gets!)
Owl city - The Bird and the Worm
Spotify discovery: Raunchy - Nght Prty
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