I know, I know. It's totally not like me to post this frequently.
But I have to share how excited I am about this project I've been working on. I literally wrote more words last week (over 32k) than I have over the last two months COMBINED. This makes me very happy on so many levels. Part of it is the fact that the dreaded Writer's Block is gone (it was more the story I was trying to force out wasn't the right story for the characters, which has obviously been resolved). Part of it is I feel more like myself again and feel that this story is the right story for me to be working on right now.
You saw a brief snippet of it two posts ago - the interchange between Rachel and Nathan (okay, his name then was NICK but it's since been updated to NATHAN because I like that name better for the character), where she's his psychoanalyst even though she rejects that title and tries to come across as someone casual. I actually dreamed up that exchange within the last ten minutes or so before actually waking up fully and getting up the same day I posted it here.
I've since gone back and actually sketched out who the characters are, what motivates them, and touched briefly on their world so I know what makes them tick. Rachel wants to be loved. She's an outcast from her own people (no, she's not human...maybe I'll explain what she is one of these days). She's made a sort of family of her own out of fellow outcasts who have been there for her during some of the roughest times in her life, but she wants something more. Nathan wants justice for his twin, who was murdered when they were children (though everyone claims it was an accidental death). He also wants to clear his name as the accused serial killer who's been murdering adolescent girls (yes, he's innocent).
I've added side characters, fleshed out the antagonist - the REAL serial killer - and her motivations, and built up the world that Rachel and her entourage inhabit. I've put limits on the magic, taken away some of the things that made everyone overpowered, and put a touch of insanity into one of the characters who has - up until now - been a perfectly normal if moderately obsessive woman. I've also combined the worlds of two of my different UF stories because this just works so much better as a part of that world. This story also gives more depth to the other story*, which will eventually get an overhaul and get written too.
Mostly this slightly inane** babble (it's 1 AM...I don't usually stay up this late***) is just to say "Yay! I have a project I love again and I'm, well, LOVING IT!!!!!"
*If you're curious, the story I've combined this one with is Meg/Magni's story.
**I'm pretty sure I used this word right. I'm too tired/lazy to go look it up at the moment.
***My insomnia has returned, so be prepared. You may see more random babbling like this.