The most recent stress was me looking at Magic Inc.'s possible 15 books and feeling like there was no way I could write all of that and keep everything straight. And coming from that, I found myself worrying about what I'm going to do about an editor, which I felt was something I needed right around the corner. I did a little reading on the topic for the first time, and though I also was very discouraged by the references to needing writing classes and such, I did come out of that post feeling it really wasn't time to worry about an editor yet, after all. I'm close to the rewriting stage, not the proof-reading stage; I'd kind of put them together in my mind up until now. What I will need soon are some people, who can read the story as I go through the rewriting stage and tell me what they think of the plot and the characters. But I'll explore that idea in a few months or so. For now, it's just time to get back to writing.
I actually haven't been writing much the past couple of weeks, partly to do with the above stress, but I was working on something important. I probably spent about 8 hours building and decorating the Parker house from Magic Inc. on The Sims 2. I'd gotten to a point in the story, where I needed a good idea of exactly how the house looked. I'm not very good at making houses, and other than the Thompson house, I haven't put much effort into building homes for my characters. It's also the biggest house I've ever made. Perhaps even bigger than the Farraday house, which I didn't build - only decorated. I almost gave up early on during the building, but I'm really glad I didn't, because the house looks lovely. I can't believe I actually built it!
I've also been working on some smaller creative things like story-naming and sorting soundtracks. Something that's come up during this time is that I really would like to be getting back to writing Wandering Spirits, the story Christen and I have been working on for many years. Christen has written a lot of her side, but I've always had more trouble with it. Though it was my idea and offer that sparked the story, I wish I had a better grasp on it. My side of the story entails a bold and fiery summoner priestess and self-hating new vampire traveling together to capture an escaped spirit causing havoc. I have a great understanding of Hermia and Kadis and their relationship and journey, and also, how those two interact with Christen's characters, when that time comes. What I don't have a good feel for is the world they live in, the time period, and what's going on around them (aside from main plot points). Mostly, I'm used to writing modern fantasy, and this story takes place quite a bit back, even though it's in the same universe as all my other stories.
While I'm on that subject, one thing I definitely want to encourage people to do is check out Christen's new site, where you can find the first few chapters of the story she's hoping to have published. It's likely to be very dark from what I know of it, but if you don't mind that, please give it a chance. Christen is an amazing writer, so you won't regret it!
And one last thing for now, I realized this week that my unused Twitter was spamming people with my Youtube likes. (And I like a lot of videos, too...) Oops! Well, I fixed that problem, and I finally realized, why not actually use that account? I know other writers, who use Twitter to keep their fans updated. (I know the idea of me having fans seems quite silly, but still...) It seems too much of a hassle to go on Twitter specifically to make posts I'm not sure anyone will read, so I linked it to my Facebook. Twitter will now post my public posts, among a few other things. I make a lot of public posts about writing, so if you want to keep up with me that way, feel free! I'll follow you back if I recognize you, though I'm pretty Twitter shy... as with most places.
I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope to catch up with you again soon.