October 25, 2014

Haven’t posted one of these in months, so figured now was good as time as any.

1. The Best Thing – Chapters 1-7 are currently posted on the site. I wanted to finish Chapters 8-12 before I resumed posting so I would have a decent buffer zone in case I got sick or things came up. I finished all but Chapter 11, which I intend to finish up this weekend. So, as long as Cora gives them the approval stamp, I should post Chapter 8 by the end of next week.

TBT has been difficult to write for two reasons: Obviously, I’m working with Sonny’s bipolar illness and I really want to do it justice. Secondly, I’ve been challenging myself by taking scenes with Jason/Elizabeth that I would normally do in Elizabeth’s POV and doing them from Jason’s side. It’s…ha…been just that–challenging, but I think Jason’s voice is starting to happen for me.

2. Damaged – Is on permanent hiatus as I play around with a few things. Like TBT, I want to get buffer episodes done so I’m not so hurried along, and put myself into a routine of writing one or two scenes. Not being discontinued, but being bumped for a bit until my creative juices come back to me. I reallly like Billy Miller as Jason which I was not expecting, ha, so may have to adjust for that.

3. Mad World – Next on my list once TBT is closer to being completed. I’m doing some research on the type of crime that’s going to be done in this story, as well the fallout. Once it gets underway, it’s going to be really fun to write but I want to make sure I’m nailing certain aspects. Just because it’s fanfiction, it doesn’t mean it can’t be realistic ūüėõ

4. Fiction Graveyard Stories — I’m gathering them together, editing them for typos. No ETA when they’ll be posted or how often.

5. These Small Hours — Remains in the outlining stages. I have not really had the energy to get back to this story, but I definitely intend to as soon as my brain feels up to it.

6. Feels Like Home (formerly Tangle) — Same place it was in the summer, but hopefully it will start to gel soon.

7. For the Broken Girl — A rewrite of the 2006 drug storyline that’s been in my head but due to the type of content, so far off from being done.

Everything else is in development hell and may not emerge any time soon. Just as I was settling into a new writing routine that was actually working, I came down with an annoying cold that threw me off in all aspects of life, not just writing. Oy.

July 18, 2014

Novels/Alternate Reality

1. The Best Thing – I finished Part One with the end of Chapter Seven, and I think the reason getting Part Two going is because the first few chapters are really setting up the actual meat of the story. I have to do the characterizations just right or honestly, it all falls apart. I’m almost finished Chapter Eight, but I’m unhappy with some of the scenes. One this chapter and possibly Chapter Nine are behind me, I feel like it’ll be smoother sailing.

2. These Small Hours – I’m working on major revisioning of this story, but it’s been slow-going because I’m been pressed for time and haven’t had much chance to really dig in. I hope to get it done soon, so I can finish outlining, storyboard and get back to writing it

3. Feels Like Home (formerly Tangle) ¬†– I picked out the POV scenes I’m going to tackle first in hopes that it’ll jump start the rest of the story. ¬†No ETA on posting.

4. ¬†Damaged – I hope to finish Episode 005 soon. I just haven’t settled into a rhythm of writing this one yet. I hope to get into a routine of writing two scenes a day, so that I’ll be able to post an episode a week, but I’m not sure when this routine will commence, it might continue to be stalled in some ways until I move home to London and start working regular hours.

5. Mad World – I’ve got it mostly outlined, but I’m still trying to visualize the ending to get it just right. It’s insane ensemble piece that is going to be angsty and difficult, so I want to get it jut right.

6. Fallen From Grace – On the drawing board, waiting for its turn in the reoutlining cycle.

76. For the Broken Girl – A rewrite of the 2006 drugs storyline. I have the major events in my head, a ton of it is already outlined. I had some thoughts that I just started writing, and before I knew it, I had written a lot of details. I’m going back over it, trying to visualize the ending.

8. Untitled Chesapeake Bay Homage – I actually started playing with an outline for this, so you never know. I liked some of the stuff, but more of it needs to work. I do not want it to be just like Nora Roberts’ series — I wanted to use that plotline as a jumping point.

Novellas

1. The End of Everything – I haven’t even started to think about an outline for this. May end up being scrapped.

2.  The End of the Beginning РStoryboarded, just waiting for the mood to strike.

3. Inside Your Fear – As above, storyboarded and waiting for the right moment.

4. Paternity Switch – A rewrite of the paternity storyline from 2006, but it’s really on the edges of my mind, I have to play with a few things first history wise to see if it even works.

Short Stories

1. Three Weeks, Two Days – Storyboarded, just waiting to be angry enough to rewrite it as it’s a rewrite of Elizabeth switching the results of Sam’s test in 2012.

Backburnered/Hiatus

1. Come on Eileen – I hope to finish it off soon, but you never know

2. Turning Points – Will probably wrap this up in another few parts.

3.  Silent Reverie/Collision/Illusions РSitting in development hell waiting for a turn in the outline cycle, or permanently stalled.

4. Burn in Heaven/Counting Stars/Life For Rent – Also in development hell, but way more likely to be written than those above.

 

 

May 8, 2014

My muse is a fluid thing, so in the three weeks since I last sat down and disected where I am regarding stories, statuses and ideas have shifted.

In Progress

1. The Best Thing — Chris, my muse, fell in love with this story as I was outlining it. I’m averaging almost a chapter a day, hopefully will have it ready next week to post. It’s storyboarded through thirty-seven chapters, so it’s going to be a long one. I am super excited about the changes I made since I originally outlined it in March. I saved those original plot sketches to post when the story is further along for those of you who are interested. ¬†I also saved a deleted scene, as I tossed my original opening scene in favor of something much better.

2. These Small Hours — I had originally planned to just dive into this based on a new outline I wrote in February, but I think it lacks balance, depth and I want to concentrate on a few key themes. I’m working on this one, and don’t really have an ETA for posting.

3. Tangle – I haven’t retitled this yet, and for some reason, it’s being quite bitchy. A Few Words Too Many gave me similar troubles, so it might be time to pick a character and just start writing their POV scenes. I did that with Carly in FWTM and then the story just started to flow. ¬†I’ll probably start that sometime next week.

4. Turning Points – I’ve started part six. I don’t know how long this will be, I write it when I feel like it, so there’s no real ETA on how I’ll be posting.

5. Come On Eileen – I have started the second half of the story, and hope to fit it in at some point.

6. Damaged — I’m working on Episode 004, but The Best Thing has been flowing so well, I try not to piss Chris off by working on things he doesn’t want to do. I have it about halfway finished. Hopefully soon — I probably won’t be posting it on the schedule I had hoped for initially, though.

Storyboarding & Outlining

4. Mad World — I had outlined the rewrite initially, but there were some aspects I didn’t like, particularly the ending. I’m playing around with it, but there’s no ETA on posting.

5. Inside Your Fear – A short novella based on the four chapters of this I originally posted in 2003. It’s storyboarded, but I just haven’t felt inspired to write it. It’s a Courtney story with Elizabeth and Jason as supporting characters, so that might be why it’s been difficult.

6.  End of the Beginning РJohnny/Nadine prequel to Tangle. Ready to go, just waiting for inspiration to strike so I can write it.

Stories Backburnered/On Hiatus

7. Silent Reverie – This, along with the The End of Everything, have basically tied for resurrection. I have to reoutline the story. I may rewrite the earlier portions. I also have to go back and research the Nikolas/Lorenzo/Mary connection if I want to bring that in. It’s not high on my list of priorities though.

8. Collision – As always, still in the outline process. I’ve been debating scaling down the story, which would make it easier to write. We’ll see.

9. Pictures of You – I finally remembered what made me write this story when I was doing Jason research for Damaged. I think I was going to have Jason turn Sonny into the Feds to save Spinelli, which explains him skipping bail. This doesn’t change the fact I’m unlikely to ever write it, but heh, I do love the opening scene I wrote for it, so you just never know.

10. Slide – Still in the outlining stages. It could happen at any point, if inspiration strikes.

11. Heaven Forbid – Still leaning towards either trashing it or finding someone else who might want to write it. I’d happily send along my plot sketches for it. ¬†I just have no interest in writing for GH in 2014 apart from Damaged.

12. Illusions – I’m playing with the first few chapaters and the outline I wrote all those years ago. It’s something I want to write, but I have it set up now for Sonny/Emily, and good grief, no. So I’m still figuring it out.

13. Fallen From Grace – I’m going back to the outlining stage with this, to play around with my initial thoughts. I had intended it to be a messy relationship story, where Nikolas/Robin are married, but she’s drawn into an affair with Patrick, who has been dating Elizabeth. She turns to Jason, etc. It’s insane, and I had trouble with character motivations, so I changed it over to straight Electrick. I feel more confident in my writing now, so you never know.

14. Burn in Heaven¬†– Started to expand on my initial notes. Once I knock a few stories off the list (MW, TBT, Tangle, TSH), I’ll move this higher up.

15. Counting Stars – This went back to the outlining phase to fill in some plot holes and depth.

16. Life For Rent – I have to storyboard this, but inspiration hasn’t hit. I hope to get some Lulu and Dillon DVD edits at some point to help me figure out their story.

Ideas For Novels, Shorts & Novellas

1. The End of Everything – Revising the early chapters to reflect that once Courtney shot Brian, I no longer gave a damn about them as a couple, which was hard. Don’t know how this is going to turn out though.

2. Paternity Switch – This has no title, but it’s just a vague sense of rewriting the 2006 paternity debacle, with the paternity test being switched and Elizabeth actually believing Lucky is the father.

3. Three Weeks, Two Days – a short story that will be a rewrite of a maternity switch nonsense from 2012. It’s outlined and storyboarded, I just have to get pissed off enough to write it.

4. Chesapeak Bay Homage – Unlikely to go very far, but it’s on my list if I’m in the mood for contemporary alternate universe.

 

Good. Grief. How did I get so bogged down in stories again? Now I remember why I stopped writing. I had too many ideas and not enough hours to write.

April 22, 2014

A lot has changed in the last three weeks, so here’s an update on where I am on a few stories.

In Progress & Recently Completed

1. A Few Words Too Many – Though I’ve only posted through Chapter 15, I have completed all 24 chapters. I anticipate posting the last chapter on 30 April 2014, which is almost funny since I hadn’t intended on posting it until May.

2. Daughters – ¬†Seventeen chapters have been posted on the site, but I’ve finished the last two chapters. I anticipate posting the last chapter on 24 April 2014.

3. These Small Hours – One of the next two stories I am actively writing. I have it plotted and storyboarded, but I’m doing one last pass through to make sure I’ve covered all the angles I need to cover. I anticipate posting Chapter 1 on 1 May 2014, and posting it twice a week until it’s completed.

4. Tangle – The other story I am actively writing. It’s not as far along as These Small Hours, but it’s been completely storyboarded nad I think I’ve covered all the angles so I just have to dig in and start on. Not sure when I’ll start posting it, but when I have about six or seven chapters ready, I will.

5. Short Stories
Inside Your Fear: A short novelette that’s one of my resurrected stories. No idea when it’ll be ready. I’ll write it when the mood strikes.

End of the Beginning: A Johnny/Nadine prequel to Hand Me Down. It’s been storyboarded. Will write when the muse feels up to it.

6. Damaged – I wrote the first two episodes and had plotted out thirty additional, and then I decided I hadn’t gone about it at all the right way, so I stepped back, reworked out the storylines and still have some work to do, though I am working on Episode 003. I anticipate posting the next episode 2 May 2014, and hope that I’ll have plotted out the first set of episodes to my satisfaction so I can write it more quickly.

Poll Winners

The top three choices!

1. Mad World – I’m refining the plot, as I didn’t like some of the things I had planned originally. I’m trying to keep the story as focused as possible under the single umbrella story, and intend to spend the first two weeks of May finishing the plot and storyboarding it. After which, I’ll writing. I hope to begin posting it in June.

2. The Best Thing – The end of the story is giving me agita. I know how I want it to end, I just can’t quite get it there yet. As soon as I’m satisfied with the plot sketch, I’ll start breaking it down into scenes to see if it’ll work out.

3. Counting Stars – Plotted and storyboarded, but I’m opening back up the process because I think in an effort to keep it shorter than normal and focused, I’ve cut out some things.

Stories Still On the Drawing Board

1. Life For Rent – Parts 2 and 3 have been plotted, I’m still working on storyboarding. I’ll probably write it in my free time. Ha, what is that anyway? When the mood strikes me. Each story isn’t terribly long, or shouldn’t be, so you never know when it might show up.

2. Fallen From Grace ¬†– I’ve been debating going back to my original concept for the story — shifting and changing relationships when people are vulnerable, making it a little more messy. Still not sure. There’s a reason I’ve never written it much further, so I’m playing around with it.

3. Collision – I’m going back to replot it based on some new ideas. Never sure if this will ever get written, but I like the main concept so much that I’ve left it on my list.

4. Heaven Forbid – I’m leaning towards trashing this partially because I’m not keen on writing Silas as a character since he’s eaten the show in the last few months. The idea was okay, but I’ve kind of fulfilled what I wanted to do while writing Damaged, which takes up the Jason popsicle story. I try not to deal with doing the same elements of the same time period–I’d rater make things different.

Possible Sequels

1. Slide – It’s in my head to do this, but I had originally planned to set in 2005, but since originally writing I Shall Believe, I’ve fallen out of love with Lorenzo Alcazar and I’m not keen on writing him and Carly. I’m playing around with some ideas.

2. Burn in Heaven – I started playing around with concepts for this so that I could lay bread crumbs in Few Words. I haven’t done any full out plotting for it, so I’m not sure when it could really be focused on. It’s definitely something I plan to do once I clear up some of the other in progress stuff.

Back Burnered Stories & On Hiatus

1. Illusions – I like this concept, and there are entire portions that I like, but I want to do more research before I dig back into it, and possibly rewrite sections.

2. Silent Reverie – One of my resurrected stories that people seem to want to read. I’d have to rewrite it, I think, because I was winging that story and it showed up a little. It’s something I’m playing with when I get bored, so you never know when it might show up.

3. Pictures of You – A story no one even knows about, set in 2009 after the biotoxin scare. It was a weird couple of pages I wrote in 2009 long after I had stopped writing actively, and I thought it might be interesting to see what happened if Sonny skipped town in RICO charges. Robin’s in the thick of her PPD, there’s a vague idea of having Nadine and Liz get drunk at Jake’s and sing Alanis Morissette’s You Ought to Know after seeing Jason near Sam, and Nikolas with that Emilylookalike thing that was on the show for a while. Ha. It’s a weird motley crue of something will likely never see the light of day, but you never know.

March 29, 2014

In Progress & Stories Coming Up

001. Shadows was completed on March 18, 2014, so yay ūüėõ That’s one story down.

002. Daughters is almost finished being revised. I know I said I would start reposting it last week, but a few things got in the way of editing, so it’ll return next week when I come home from Oxford.

003. A Few Words Too Many is in progress. There are twenty-four total chapters planned, twelve of which are already completed. Chapter One has been posted, and I plan on posting twice a week until it’s completed. (Next post to come Tuesday if I find time on vacation).

004. These Small Hours is in progress. I have edited the first five or six chapters, and compressed them into three chapters (with no loss of content). I replotted the story, because I realized I had originally intended for Sonny to die, but when I didn’t kill him, I had to write in the fallout, which shifts the story from purely Johnny/Nadine, to equally Jason/Elizabeth, and some small smidgens of Sonny/Kate. ¬†There are eighteen total chapters, of which four are finished. It has been storyboarded, so it shouldn’t be too hard to deal with.

005. Tangle has been completely replotted, and all scenes are storyboarded. There are twenty-five total chapters planned, including three chapters to cover the distance from 2010 to 2024, where the story takes place. (And the first chapter serves as a bridge between 2008-10, because the saga picks up with Michael’s shooting.) There is a vague sense that I will also do some prequels that bridge the smaller stories (Lucky/Sam, Johnny/Nadine, Patrick/Robin, Leyla/Pete) at some point but it’s not on my list of priorities.

Stories Coming Soon

Though the poll still has to run its course, it looks like the top three choices are The Best Thing, Mad World and Slide in that order. That may change, but the order in which the top three fall in the poll will be the order I write them.

006. The Best Thing is partially plotted through big events. I have to sit down and finish out my larger plan for the story before digging into the smaller bits. I don’t plan on doing this until the poll is completed, and I have finished FWTM, Hours, and Daughters.

007. Mad World is completely replotted, it just needs to be storyboarded which won’t be done until the poll is closed, and I finish the three stories I listed above.

008. Slide is only partially plotted. I have pieces of it that remain from my earlier intentions, but I changed the year it was set, and some of the storylines have to change along with that.

Stories Coming One Day

009. Counting Stars has been plotted. There are few last bits to work on before I storyboard the scenes. I may end up just writing it in my free time as it’s not going to be very long.

010. ¬†Life For Rent ¬†has been plotted, and partially storyboarded. I may work on it every once in a while, but we’ll see. It will be finished, if only to rewrite the second half of 2006 so I like it as much as what happened on the show in the first half of the year.

011. Fallen From Grace  has been plotted, some key scenes have been written. It needs to be storyboarded.

012. Collision  is partially plotted. It needs a lot of work before it would be ready for storyboarding, which means it is still far off in the distance.

013. Damaged is being replanned, since I know how AJ is being written out. I had originally planned for it to be an AJ redemption story, but it just…hurts too much. It’s back on the maybe I might trash it list.

014. Heaven Forbid is plotted out in big details, smaller details are being worked out. After that, it just needs to be storyboarded.

015. No Angel is halfway done. I write it in spurts of anger, and it could be done any time.

February 15, 2014

1. Untitled Episode Tag, 14 February 2014 — Post-confrontation with Elizabeth/Britt. ¬†ETA: 22 February 2014

2.  Shadows, Part 1 РThe new Shadows is almost completed, and will be two long pieces. The first part will be posted 1 March 2014, and the second part, 8 March 2014.

3. The following stories will be expecting revised chapters to begin being posted 1 April 2014: Tangle, Daughters

4. The following stories are expecting updates to resume after 1 May 2014: These Small Hours, Daughters, Tangle

5. This summer, the following stories are expected to be completed: Daughters, Tangle, Shadows, These Small Hours.

6. New stories to be posted starting 1 July 2014: Untitled Revision of Poisonous Dreams, Fallen From Grace