Back On The Saddle…Sorta

6 Jun

…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.


A Thought

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. 😉


10 Responses to “Back On The Saddle…Sorta”

  1. Mark Andrew Edwards June 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

    Welcome back. I hope you’re feeling all right after your accident.
    You’re right, it is good to step back and evaluate what you’ve written after some time has passed.

    Editing for me is the hardest part, I my editor’s draft of Smooth Running in my inbox for over three weeks and I STILL haven’t cracked the bloody thing open.

    Keep at, keep going. There’s a word for writers who don’t quit: published.


  2. Stephen A. Watkins June 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM #

    Well, I won’t be able to wig out over Legend of Korra until I first watch the 3rd Season of Avatar. I loved Avatar, but I kind of stopped watching TV altogether at about the time the 3rd Season was supposed to start… Now I have Netflix, but still almost no TV-watching time.


    • Tiyana June 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM #

      Yeah…I don’t even watch TV as much as I used to. Takes up a lot of time, lol.

      And watching the last season of the first show before getting into the new one definitely makes sense, heh.


  3. Anthony Lee Collins June 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM #

    Why would anybody want you to stop talking about it? 🙂

    Seriously, it can be really good to take a step back sometimes and look at something from different angles, particularly a longer work. Otherwise, you can get so far inside it that you can lose track of how it will look to people on the outside (you know, readers).


    • Tiyana June 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM #

      Ha! I don’t know; it’s just that talking is easier than doing, you see, so not talking about it is more for my sake than yours. 😛

      I wish our brains could see the big picture and the little pictures simultaneously with the same amount of clarity; that would be pretty useful, heh.


  4. Cameron Hoppe June 8, 2012 at 6:44 AM #

    I’m glad to see you’re back in the “real world”, Tiyana. I know you’ll finish your book. I have a friend who just finished his last year. He’d worked on it for nearly seven years.


    • Tiyana June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM #

      Hey, Cameron! Long time no see, eh?

      Thanks for the encouragement. It’s nice to know I’m not the only tortoise out there, lol. 😀


  5. T. S. Bazelli June 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM #

    Great to see you back again, and working on the writing 🙂 You can do it! It’s good to set things aside for a while sometimes. Fresh eyes make a huge difference.


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