I wish I could stop finding answers and ways to fill narrative gaps from such unlikely places. I'm glad that I finally figured out how to flesh out these first dozen or so chapters that I'm working on for Chauvinistic Coquette. I wasn't sure which direction to take with the emotional drama or how to skew the power dynamic between them. I have my solution now and I wrote it out where it begins. It works well. It would be nice if I could think of these things on my own without needing to find them in strange spaces.
"Precious" is the keyword that describes Venus' internal conflict. Does that sound like a contradiction to you? Out of context, it should.
Astrid is the investigator, finding out truths that should be inaccessible to her. Reading her background chapters, you'll find that she's quite good at this.
I have about 63,000 words so far, on chapter eight. Not quite halfway finished. I'm aiming for 150,000-170,000 words and about 20 chapters. Anything more than that is too much. There are two high points and/or climaxes in the story: one is in a flashback and another is in the present day, after that flashback sequence. In between that, I wasn't sure how to handle the drama in the story that builds up to those climaxes. Now I know. I usually don't bother making ~outlines~ for my stories because they are eternally jinxed, as in I try to follow the format only to get stuck on things, losing my willingness to take different approaches. I'll work on an ouline in a private post after this while remaining open-minded about it.
Other than that, I'm going back and getting platinum trophies for games that I've already finished. Partly for the challenge, partly for a way for me to think about CC in the background while still keeping my mind active and working on other goals.
In sequential order, sorted by priority (edited after deciding what I can and can't be bothered with, realistically, while working on Chauvinistic Coquette and Anathema this year):
- Yakuza 3,
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age: I only have three bars left on Yiazmat's HP. I should stop putting that off. It's the Concurrences, completing the bestiary and the trials that will be awful.
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster: I only need to finish that stupid chocobo race in the Calm Lands with a time of 0.0.0 in X and get to the top of the tower in X-2. Only.
- Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD Collection: Absolute last. There are a lot of games in this collection. Depending on when Kingdom Hearts III is due to come out, I may bump this up the list.
After that, who knows. Writing is my main focus, playing games only on days after I finish a chapter as a way of cooling down, and in between actively writing chapters as a way to reset and take a mental break. Since I finished a chapter yesterday, I'll continue on with Yakuza 3 on the PS3 today while I think more on chapter eight.
I'm grateful that you're always here with me, even in secret.