— Part of notes/outline for Book03: The Arcane Side of Life
I’ve slowed down with work (for the moment) as I’m working on improving my eyesight naturally (I have more info on that on this eyesight blog of mine).
I’m currently able to work at the computer without glasses for short amounts of time. The text is a little blurry but it’s more relaxing for my eyes than having glasses on. I try not to wear them now except when absolutely necessary only (such as when driving or travelling).
I’m editing Book02 of the Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy — the second half is a terrible mess so I’ll be tweaking some things (and removing 1-2 new characters who aren’t really doing anything, or contributing much to the plot). I cleared a range of projects earlier in 2012, so progress on this trilogy has been not as quickly as I initially intended. But I will do my best to tie up any loose ends etc. :)
I intend to start writing Book03 today or tomorrow (I’ve expanded a bit of the outline — I like to have several points per chapter outline, for certain projects). I’ll be busy in October-November (will be participating in Singapore Writers Festival). I’ll do as much as I can for Book03 now, then see how much of the final product I can do over December 2012 (where I’ll finalise both Book02 and Book03 of the trilogy).
I’ll be seeing to a couple of projects before fully (re-)focusing on The Darker Side of Life (Book02).
There’s way too much going on in the plot so I intend to strip things down and remove 1-2 “unnecessary” new characters. The main storyline isn’t cohesive enough, so I’ll do my best to tweak those settings so that the “emotional intricacies” aren’t mishandled or compromised (after all, emotion is what moves a person, lol). I’m determined to set up a love triangle that is based more on something more than the involved characters’ “droolicious good looks and hotness factors” (I got so tired of the damage Twilight has inflicted upon culture and society, that I ended up writing a Twilight parody — the first in a list of parodies I’ll be working on…).
* * *
On another note, the first time I heard about the role-playing game Shadowrun was in late 2010. I was born in 1986 and eventually grew to like NIN and cyberpunk-themed media during my mid-teens, but for some reason I missed out on a lot of info and news on Shadowrun (which combines the ‘cyberpunk’ and ‘urban fantasy’ genres, like I do in The Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy).
While there are several classic cyberpunk tropes that feature in my project, I generally try not to “totally copy” another earlier piece of work (where’s the fun in that?).
Even though I don’t really fancy MMORPG games (I like solo role-playing games best), I think Shadowrun would make a fantastic MMORPG, and will some day finally try out the game for myself (I’ll be getting a digital downloadable copy of the game in 2013 — see “Kickstarter” link below). If you like the blend of cyberpunk and urban fantasy, it’s definitely something you should check out!
Some links and info included below:
Shadowrun on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowrun
Shadowrun Returns: Kickstarter ($400,000 goal / 5 days left to pledge)
— Shadowrun image from Kotaku