…So to speak.
But First–Some Wicked-Cool Inspiration
‘K, am I the only one wiggin’ out about how completely awesome the new Avatar show has been so far? The battles are epic, the foes are worthy, and the (element) bending…
The music is also gooooooorgeous. And epic. And as much as I love it, I also secretly envy it because it has most of the traits I want my WIP to have.
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When I’m watching & listening to the soundtrack for “The Legend of Korra” (LoK) TV series, I can’t help but think of Element 7. It shares similar themes with LoK and, now that the show is mostly set in a 1920s/30s Shanghai-kinda city, also a few similar aesthetics here and there. Seeing this show done so well actually makes me feel bad about neglecting my own work–because ultimately I want to see it also at its absolute best and for others to see it, too.
I want it to be epic, I want it to be lovely and, most of all, I want it to be darn good.
Not that it means it’ll sell to traditional publishers even if it were all of these things…but it’s what I’ve always aspired to. And sometimes that can be overwhelming.
Back On The Saddle…Sorta
After the Accident, I wasn’t doing any editing for about two weeks. Though, over the past few days I have been able to get something done, so I guess it’s a start. I need to do it every day, though, to get it done this summer (before my birthday in mid-August would be nice). Recently I came up against another tricky scene in which I was unsure how to describe certain technology being used, so I had to go back and do some research–which slows things down.
You see, sometimes I seriously wonder how I’ll pull off certain scenes, lol. I get like, “AH! OMG, too hard!” *runs-n-hides* I hadn’t run into a scene like that for a while… Anyway, I think I’ve smoothed over that hitch now, so hopefully it’ll be easier to find a regular rhythm (and some confidence in what I’m doing) again.
Though actually, when I look back at what I have spiffed up, I’m really happy with about 90-ish percent of it–like giddily happy. It’s just getting the rest of the manuscript to that point that’s so gosh-darn difficult.
One good thing I can say about working on a story for this long, though, is that it allows you to think about it over time in many different ways…in layers. All the dead time in between is an opportunity to see something you wouldn’t have otherwise, to make connections you previously overlooked and weave a tighter, more resonant and cohesive narrative… In other words, it allows you to really flesh things out and explore things deeply.
I’m a pretty meditative, analytical kind of person, so I like being able to do this. Though, I’m also a bit of a perfectionist–which could end up being my Achilles’ heel if I don’t finish this thing at all.
Anyways…hopefully–if I get my act together, lol–I’ll be able to share this
beast-of-a story with my first readers in a couple of months and they’ll understand exactly what I’ve been up to all this time.
*sighs* Yeah…that would be nice.
In the meantime, I’ll stop talking about it, heh.
So What Do You All Think?
Go ahead, be brutal. After all, I probably don’t know where you live. 😉