After the Break

So I almost didn’t get to post anything today. After over a week with no internet, I came back from our time away from home to not be able to establish a connection to the wordpress servers in order to be able to publish the chapter I was trying to upload. Luckily it somehow fixed itself as evidenced.

So apart from that, I had a pretty good time while away. It was nice to just hang out with my family and not worry about anything. I went crabbing with my father at one point which was pretty fun, you know, aside from the small critters running through the sand clouds and snipping at you on the way past. Still though, I enjoyed myself and it we managed to get a lot more than we have in the past.

On the writing front I managed to get quite a bit done. I think I finished around six off the top of my head during my time away. Pretty successful if I do say so myself. Only problem was that I was a little inhibited by the inability to use the internet. See I usually struggle with creating names for characters, places etc. So one technique that I use is taking a language that I imagine the character stemming from, taking a word which I associate with them and then twist it so that it sounds believable as a name. That was how I came up with names for a couple of the three Fire Pillar members, Igrein and Niselt stemmed from Igneous if I remember.

So, deprived of google translate, I wasn’t too eager to write a chapter in the perspective of someone who I didn’t have a name for yet, but now that I’m back I hope to be able to get that back on track soon enough.

Schedules

Recently I’ve been trying to keep to a certain schedule. Since the Christmas break is here, I wanted to try it when I got back. Essentially it involves writing a chapter on four days of the week, and editing one of those chapters each on the other three days before uploading the finished products. Since I won’t spend as long editing as I will writing, I’m planning on also trying to complete an image or writing prompt from reddit should I have the time. Hopefully I will also be able to have a surplus of chapters steadily increase which will give me a little buffer should I need it.

Apart from that, I’m very happy to have gotten the first chapter of my one word titles finished and out. I’ve been waiting for a very long time to work on this because for the longest time, the concept that came out of this prompt was so interesting to me. The first story is set in the world of emolument, the noun for wages from working. It is a world that has been consumed by corporations, the populace only living to continue working. The story follows an agent of the corporations named Garth, a collector of debts.

I have the second and third parts of the story finished and ready to be edited, however I don’t think I will rush them out before I leave for the Christmas break because I have planned for one last part before finishing up with that setting for the moment and returning to Tales of Estrangia, which I have mixed feelings about.

So, I love Tales of Estrangia to bits, I think it has been one of the oldest stories that I’ve had bouncing around inside of my head, but there are so many parts that I’m interested in exploring that are so far away from where I am at the moment. It’s one of the troubles with knowing exactly how a story is going to progress in that, while I’m not bored with what I’m doing at the moment, I just find the future so interesting that the current part pales in comparison, which is slightly annoying, but I will work through it, and hopefully my schedule will allow me to stay motivated and on track.

That post was a lot longer than I thought it would be, originally when I was looking at it I barely could make it past one paragraph, but then I suppose I did kind of wander a little at the end there, ah well, such is my mind. I might post the next chapter of emolument tomorrow along with another post here, but I’ll see how frantic I am while packing.