Saturday, January 8, 2022

2021 Wrapup

 So for 2021, I wrote:


413  I Swear

414  Collateral Damage

415  I, Gardener

416  Maid Ex Machina

417  Infinite Dojo

418  Princess of Pluto

419  The Return of Normal

042  Hot Stuff

420  Get Down Tonight

421  Free Advertising

422  Inevitable

423  All I Ever Wanted

424  A Different Me  (formerly My Clone Sleeps Alone 2)

427  Girl Squared

432  Wrong Number

436  Doomscrolling

433  Endorsement

435  Transformations

437  Frills and Bows

438  Mating Ritual

449x  Afterglow  (moved to "unusable")

441  My Own Daughter

442  Ambassador

443  Real Girl

445  Academy

444  Hate Crime

446  Revenge

447  Powerslave

428  Amaranthine Shores

429  The Spice of Life

425  Buttercup

426  Chaos Theory

430  Good Vibrations

431  Woofy

434  Optimal Performance

439  For One Night

439b  Stranger Danger

440  What I Yam

461  Wisdom and Badassery

448  Library of Dreams

449  Tutti Frutti


Technically, I wrote a couple of other stories that were also retroactively tossed into the bin of "unusable" -- Mother's Treasure, Trust Mother, Orphan White.  But I hadn't listed those as completed stories because I rejected them almost immediately, while Afterglow was a story I considered good for several months before deciding I didn't like it at all.

So that's 41 Grandpa Anarchy stories last year, give or take.  I also wrote approximately 20,000 words on my fan fiction story Girl's School, and roughly 50,000 words on my fan fiction story Nerima All-Stars.  Neither reached a point where I was ready to publish anything, but progress is progress.  I only really wrote three Grandpa Anarchy stories after July, so most of what I accomplished in the second half of the year was that work on my fan fiction stories.

My goals for the coming year include getting both of those fan fiction stories to a point where I can publish what I have, and to write more Grandpa Anarchy stuff.  At the moment I've decided to backtrack and try to finish up some of my unfinished work, so I'm working my way through the stories in Book 12, A Bomb In Heaven.  I've completed one story so far and I'm completely rewriting another.





Tuesday, November 2, 2021

NaNoWriMo Day 2

 I spent Day 1 of NaNoWriMo just reading my story Nerima All-Stars.  It's some 150,000 words long.  The file is actually 177,000 words long, after I deleted some stuff, but this also includes a lot of research.


Things included in my research:

1.  An incomplete List of Heroes and Villains and their abilities

2.  An incomplete List of Gods and Goddesses used in the story.

3.  Magical Girl Spells

4.  "Regular" Magic Spells (pulled from Ah! My Goddess and Slayers)

5.  Magical Instruments Made of Bone.  (includes Maui's bone fish hook; the first kantele made by Väinämöinen; the magical harp in the Cruel Sisters / Twa Sisters ballad (I added names to everyone); and a reference to Sampson, who slew a thousand men with the jawbone of an ass.  In my story, this was actually a magical weapon made of bone.  ^_^

6.  The Doublet System in Ah! My Goddess explained

7.  Notes on Hawaiian Pidgen.

8.  Notes on how the Japanese government is structured and run and where it is located.

9.  TV Tropes article on Heroes vs. Villains

10.  Notes about the Völva, the Norse witch, and  the song Allison Gross.


*******************************SPOILERS************************************


Note that I am providing spoilers to a story that nobody has been allowed to read yet.  :P


At this point in my story, here is what has happened:


Thor, Urd, Skuld and Belldandy agree to a game with Loki Odinsson and Mara (a demon).

As a result, Ranma, Akane and the cast of Ranma 1/2 wind up in a superhero world overnight.

The god/goddess team pick four champions to become heroes, while Loki and Mara choose a suitable villain.  Early chapters involve training, but Loki cheats to get his villain up to speed.  Because of course he does.

Doctor Pineapple soon has all of Nerima under mind control, and that includes some of our heroes, and some other prominent heroes.  There's a fight, and the heroes manage to rescue their friends and escape.

At this point in the story, Urd, Skuld, Belldandy, and Thor decide to break the rules a little bit too.  Urd sends Ranma to the world of Slayers for ten years, and then returns him to Nerima just minutes after he left.  He's now a very skilled sorcerer.  The others send their charges away as well, allowing them to become highly skilled in mere moments.

All of this takes multiple chapters to detail, but finally we are all back where we were:  heroes holed up in a secret base, ready to fight Doctor Pineapple again, and much better prepared.

However, by this point other demons have taken an interest in what's going on, and Doctor Pineapple is able to trap the heroes in time for three months while his plan to take over Japan succeeds.


This is pretty much where I'd written to by the end of NaNoWriMo last year.  I had "several big fights and a final showdown" planned, but not really planned.  I hadn't really worked through what the villain would do, and how the heroes would respond.

To start with, Doctor Pineapple has three months to plan and knows when the heroes will be released from their time trap.  It would make sense to attack them immediately, before they have a chance to orient themselves.  However, many of his allies are mind-controlled heroes, and he can't send them against the heroes as long as those magical girls are able to break his enchantments.  So he'll want to assassinate the magical girls if he can, and/or send in only those who are willing allies, and those who he doesn't care about losing (lots of minions).  


IE I'm still at the planning stage.  ^_^  I've written about 1,300 words so far today in working out my plans, however.





Friday, October 29, 2021

October Writer's Update

I've been working on Girl's School for the last month.  This is a Ranma 1/2 fanfiction story, and the most massive story I've ever worked on.  It is more than 500,000 words in total, including parts that are not completely written.  I believe I've added about 25,000 or 30,000 words to the story this past month.


First, let's start with my fanfiction adventures.


I started writing Ranma 1/2 fanfiction in the early 2000's, maybe a few years earlier.  I can't remember exactly.  I was a big fan of Ranma 1/2 at the time, and I wrote a bunch of short stories and several longer works.   The longest of these which was actually complete was called Monkey Head-Butting, and was a body-swap story.  I also had several unfinished stories, including a 5-part story for which I wrote the first 4 parts and then just never managed to finish part 5, called I Can See Clearly Now, and a very long, open-ended story called Muyami Academy, which I had intended to continue writing but eventually abandoned.


Basically, I was really good at imagining open-ended stories which were much more massive than I ever had the time to write.  Muyami Academy involved nearly every high school anime character from a series I liked attending the same weird high school.  I liked it, but it was a massive undertaking that continued to spiral out of control as I worked on it.  I'm not sure how long it was, my old files are .doc files that I can't open at the moment, although most of it is uploaded to fanfiction.net.


Along the way I started an open-ended story called A Brief Bit of Insanity that I never finished; I started a story called Both Halves that I intended to write more on, but didn't; I wrote the first couple chapters of a Ranma 1/2 next-generation story about the Saotome kids (and the kids of the other characters) called Seven Fiancees, which I always wanted to continue, but I haven't; and I also sketched out a couple of massive story ideas that I was wise enough to never actually publish, because I wasn't going to finish those, either.


One of these was called Imaginary Knights Dimsdale.  This was also a Ranma 1/2 spinoff story, and really, this was an isekai story that I plotted years before isekai stories were a big thing.  (Isekai stories being ones where the hero or heroes are transported to another world, or reincarnated in a new world after their death [which, like, 75% of the time involves saving someone from a runaway truck and dying in their place].)  In my story, the Ranma 1/2 cast are summoned to a fantasy world to help stop a great evil and save a kingdom, but they are transformed into other anime characters.  The idea was that they were given avatar bodies, and if they died, they would wind up back in their own world again, no worse for wear.  But really it was another body-swap scenario that I dreamed up.  I remember Ranma was going to wind up in the body of Lum from Uresei Yatsura.  Anyway, it was a massive, massive story that luckily I didn't write very much of.


I had another one of these stories called Nerima All-Stars, in which the cast from Ah! My Goddess were guides helping the cast of Ranma 1/2 to adjust to a super hero version of their world.  One was going to be a sentai hero with a super suit, one was going to be the avatar of Thor, one would be a master magician, one would be a magical girl, etc.  I wrote the opening scenes that set things up, and even read them at a writer's night for my friends, and then I set that one aside, too, because it was another massive undertaking that I didn't want to get into at that moment.


Because the story that I did want to get into was a story called Girl's School.


The idea behind this story was simply that Ranma would be forced to attend a school for girls -- St. Hebereke's School for Girls, in fact, the one Kodachi Kuno attends.  I wrote the opening for this story, and set it aside, and forgot about it completely, and then rediscovered it and I thought:  I need to write more of this.  So I did, and the story grew in scope.  In November of 2008, I made this my NaNoWriMo project, and that month I wrote over 52,000 words, starting with chapter 16 and working my way towards chapter 24.


The next year I did this again, only by this point I'd been struck with a weird new idea:  what if Ranma and company became magical girls?  This would have to take place in the future of my story, but for NaNoWriMo 2009 I wrote another 52,000 words that comprised chapters 40-42 (estimated).  In these, Ranma and company not only become magical girls but take on multiple contracts t hat lead to three long adventures in other worlds.


In 2010 I wrote 55,000 words on Girl's School, chapters 25-28, trying to write my way forward to the magical girl chapters.  In 2011 I attempted to write more to fill in the gaps, but that year I failed and only wrote about 11,000 words.


In 2012 my project for NaNoWriMo was to write Grandpa Anarchy short stories.  This has been an on and off concern of mine ever since, which normally prevents me from working on my fan fiction stories.  I've written more than 400 Grandpa Anarchy stories since 2012.


However in 2013 I used NaNoWriMo to again work on Girl's School, and filled in more of the gaps and even began working on the third of the otherworld adventures, which was the biggest one of the three.  I added 55,000 words to my story.  After that I spent a lot of time writing more Grandpa Anarchy stories, but in 2015 I again set to work on my massive fanfiction story, adding another 70,000 words.


At this point my story is stored in seven files:  Part 1 is chapters 1-15, and is 70,000 words.  Part 2 is chapters 16-24, and is 75,000 words.  Part 3 is chapters 25-34 and is 91,000 words.  Part 4 is chapters 35-40 and is 85,000 words.  (Note:  I've published through chapter 38 on Fanfiction.net).  Part 5 is chapters 41-43, and is 61,000 words.  And Part 6, which is the section I'm still working on, covers chapters 44-50 and at the moment is 122,000 words, although that includes maybe 10,000 words of research material at least, which is only temporarily added to the file.


And if that's not enough, I have a Part 7 file covering everything that I've envisioned and partially written that comes after the third magical girl adventure, and that file is approximately 50,000 words.


Now, after 2015 I was a bit burned out on the story that never ended, and I took a break to work on other things, although I would pick it up now and again.  Before this last month, I last worked on it around 2018 or 2019, but I hadn't written a ton on it since 2015.  But I still wanted to finish the magical girl adventure chapters, and publish everything I had up to that point.


However, in the meantime I decided in November 2016 to do something different.  I picked up my weird Ranma-and-company-as-superheroes story, Nerima All-Stars, and work on it for NaNoWriMo that year.  As per usual, I grossly underestimated how long this story would be.  I mean, characters wake up in a world filled with superheroes, a villain arises, they learn how to use their powers and fight him and win -- I can fit that in 50,000 words, yes?  I mean, I had plans for more than one villain to appear, but at least the first big showdown I could manage in 50,000 words?


Well... no, I could not.  I wrote 57,000 words that year, and by that point I'd decided that Ranma needed to travel to the Slayers universe to learn how to be a sorcerer, and Akane should visit heaven to learn how to science like a goddess of the future by learning from the same master, and... these turned into huge side-story detours on the way to my main showdown with the big bad guy.


The next year I skipped anime fanfiction and worked on Grandpa Anarchy stories for NaNoWriMo, but in 2018 I attempted to work on Nerima All-Stars again and hopefully finish it.  I failed to write anything that year, and I attacked it again in 2019, and wrote another 62,000 words.  This did not finish my story however, and in 2020 I returned to it again and wrote another 51,000 words.


This means that my story that I was going to manage in 50,000 words is now 183,000 words long, and needs at least 50,000 words more to wrap up.  So that's my goal for this November.


I haven't published any of Nerima All-Stars yet, because I'm a little smarter in my old age and I wanted a complete story before I published it.  And granted, this will still be an open-ended story in that I can always start another villain up and write another chapter to the story -- but I don't actually plan to do that, for now.  I just want to get the story to a possible conclusion, and publish it.  Keep in mind that this is another story that I started writing in the early 2000's.


In the meantime, I've spent the month of September working on Girl's School.  I was hoping to get chapters 48, 49, and 50 written and that would complete my entire third magical girl arc.  Instead I've managed to complete chapter 48, written about half of chapter 49, and, well, that's where I'm at.  I think I've written about 25,000 words total, which isn't bad.  But I'm still nowhere near the end.



Saturday, September 11, 2021

September Writer's Update

The Short Answer


I wrote some stories in July for Camp NaNoWriMo, I did not write as much as I wanted, then I wrote nothing in August.  In September I decided to write a story a day, and I actually managed to write 1 1/2 stories in 11 days.  (The second one is nearly finished.)


The Long Answer


I've rambled before about my thought processes as I've tried to navigate this year's series of stories, so I'll try to not ramble too much.

Book 11:  A Fists to the Face:  I think it was late 2020 when I decided that my current "book" of stories had grown long enough.  I capped it at 42 stories, including some I'd written as far back as 2018.


Book 13:  Just One Punch:  I tossed some of my more recent stories into a new book file by this title.  I didn't have any particular plans for this collection of stories, it was meant to be random Grandpa Anarchy stories like the last volume.  However over the course of 2021 it's become more of an episodic tale, with most of the stories following directly after the last.


The first stories in this volume were ones I wrote earlier in 2020, including 407 Robe and Wizard's Hat, 408 Asylum, 409 It's Complicated, 410 University of Hard Knocks, 411 To Punch a Hitler, 459 Internet Villains (which I just realized I'd also numbered 411), and 412 IndestructibleRobe and Wizard's Hat is the story I've read most recently, for August writer's night.  People liked it quite a bit so that's cool.


The Annie Two Robot Tales:  I set out to write several semi-related stories involving Annie Two and her clones.  These were I, Gardener, Maid Ex Machina, Infinite Dojo and Princess of Pluto.  By the time I'd finished these, I'd decided to bring an old enemy of Grandpa's back to life, and this story was The Return of Normal.


At this point I had five stories that formed a cohesive narrative, and I wanted to continue it -- and so just about everything else I've written in 2021 is part of a linear narrative, which has complicated my writing and caused me to back up and rewrite things several times, or scrap stories that I've already written, or insert stories in between two already-written stories to try and make more sense of the linear narrative.


The Miss Anarchy Tales:  This started when I wrote the story where Victory Honesty St. Normal is resurrected, in a clone body of Grandpa's sidekick Glory Ashes (daughter of Julia Judas, head of Omnigen and an enemy of Grandpa Anarchy).  Almost immediately I rewrote it so that Grandpa Anarchy also dies and is resurrected in another clone body.  I had Grandpa pose as Miss Anarchy, and then tried to write a story in which Julia Judas kidnapped her.  This story I called Orphan White.


This didn't work, and I backtracked and rewrote several stories, ending with the new Miss Anarchy leaving for a short adventure in space with her two great granddaughters Elsie and Kelli.  I then wrote two stories that were to take place after those space adventure stories, which again involved Julia Judas trying to adopt the new Miss Anarchy and gain control of the Anarchy Estate.  These were Mother's Treasure and Trust Mother.


These stories were frankly terrible, and I decided to set them aside and forget about them, and instead focus on a series of space adventures.  The idea all along was that Miss Anarchy would spend some time in space with her great granddaughters, and then show up for the premier of the movie The Girls of Two-Fisted Justice, which was a live action movie based on the cartoon show, starring Miss Anarchy of course.  This was meant to happen in just a couple of weeks, so the adventures in space were meant to take about two weeks.


Space Adventures:  However, I had so many weird ideas about what might happen that I just began writing whatever crazy idea popped into my head.  What if Miss Anarchy decided to remain a girl?  What if she married the actress who plays her in the movie?  What if she were adopted by Julia Judas after all -- not as part of an evil plot, but as an above-board arrangement and cover story?  What if Annie Two created a robot Grandpa Anarchy as another cover story?  What if Eternia the Watcher -- an alien with godlike powers -- owed Grandpa Anarchy a favor, and Miss Anarchy decided to use it to change the past?  What if, because of that, she has a mysterious rival/enemy that she doesn't even know about, because we're now dealing with two different histories?  What if Miss Anarchy were a magical girl?  What if a ghost from her past who has haunted her for many years, can finally be seen only because she's now a girl?


Obviously some of this worked, some of it didn't, and some of it came from so far out in left field that it felt like I needed to backtrack and establish some things before it all made sense.  (Some of it I haven't bothered to write at all.)  I wrote a story called Just Like Miss Anarchy which involved the actress Catherine McDowell showing up on the station, but then I backtracked and wrote a different story called Mating Ritual.  I wrote a series of stories that all took place on the Space Babes space station, and I'd planned several more.  There was a story file called Beauty Treatment, about the mothers of Elsie and Kelli showing up on the station.  Another is called Becoming the Story, about a reporter who is on the station to do a story on Miss Anarchy.  There's Ghost, which was the idea that the ghost of a girl who died many years ago suddenly appears to Miss Anarchy (her death is mentioned in another story, it involves one of Grandpa's adoptive sons).  There's a half-completed story called True Colors which takes place directly after Revenge, and also involves a magic ring that shows up in another story, so I kind of have to write it.  Lastly, there's Noticeable One, which is a very long story involving a Miss Anarchy stalker trying to kill her.  I wrote some good stuff for that but I may never complete it.


But What About the Space Adventures? I reached a point where I'd written at least ten stories which took place in space, but only one of them was an actual space adventure.   The others were things that happened on the space station, but didn't involve Miss Anarchy, Elsie, Kelli and  Trinity doing what they were supposedly there to do.  In late May/early June I backtracked to try and fix this problem, and I wrote a series of stories in June and July that involved the four of them actually going on missions to other planets.  These stories were Buttercup, Chaos Theory, Amaranthine Shores, The Spice of Life, Good Vibrations, Woofy, and Optimal Performance.  By the time I had all of these stories written (and had reworked them several times), I felt much better about the whole "space adventure" part of the narrative.


The Miss Anarchy and Cat Conundrum:  My biggest problem, however, was explaining why Grandpa Anarchy would decide to remain Miss Anarchy and marry Cat (the actress from the movie).  This happened in the story Mating Ritual, and I'd written a story called Afterglow that was meant to explain why Miss Anarchy would agree to the new status quo, but it really didn't work at all.  I'd written myself so far past that point -- seven additional stories that took place afterwards -- that I really didn't want to walk it back.  But also it needed to make sense, and I could tell that it didn't.  For a long time, I couldn't really figure out a way to make it work.


While working through my Miss Anarchy conundrum, I worked on a story idea with the temporary title of Marry Her that was supposed to bridge this gap between Mating Ritual and Afterglow.  Eventually I spun two stories out of this file, For One Night, that dealt with Miss Anarchy's struggles over her relationship with Cat, and Stranger Danger, based on the idea that if Grandpa did become Miss Anarchy, then surely Miss Anarchy had travelled into the past to warn Grandpa Anarchy about things.  But when I finished both of these stories, I was no closer to a workable resolution.


Four POV Stories:  I considered writing a story from Cat's point of view to explain why she was in love with Grandpa/Miss Anarchy.  Around this time I also felt like I wasn't getting into the heads of Elsie, Kelli and Trinity like I wanted to, so I plotted four stories, one from each of their points of view.  Cat's Story was the one about Cat (obviously).  Honey Bottom was the one about Elsie (her name for the demon Hanubatum whom she's contracted with).  Nova Child was the one about Kelli -- unlike Elsie she didn't inherit a ring from her great grandmother, but she leans more heavily to the Nova side of the family and the Space Babes.  The last one would be Core Program, which would explore how Trinity thinks and how she relates to Annie Two, if they are in fact separate entities.  I really want to write these stories, they could prove very interesting, but so far they're just ideas.


The Anarchy Verse:  I also created a story file called Strange Girls, which was another attempt to explain or work through the whole Grandpa Anarchy becomes Miss Anarchy thing.  It included a conversation between Miss Anarchy and Kelli.  I briefly considered having everyone travel back in time to meet Sappho of Lesbos -- mostly just because it sounded like a fun idea, I didn't have a good plot built around it yet, but the file also includes everything I wrote on that.  Around this time I also wanted to create a multiverse crossover in the style of Into the Spiderverse, and I began coming up with alternate-universe Anarchy people.  I used the Strange Girls file to write all of this down.  The cartoon Miss Anarchy would be one, of course, but also I imagined a Victorian Gothic Miss Anarchy, a post-apocalypse Mad Max-style Anarchy, a universe where Old Man Anarchy is a black man from Chicago, and even a cartoon universe with an Anarchy Aardvark.


I didn't necessarily have a plot for all of this, but one of my wilder ideas was that the Mad Max Grandpa Anarchy from the Post-Apocalypse universe would decide to stay in this universe and become the new Grandpa Anarchy, since Miss Anarchy no longer was.  I might still do this, because the idea of a Grandpa Anarchy who has spent most of his life in an apocalyptic wasteland, and knows nothing of modern society, appeals to me.  In any case, I eventually decided to handle each alternate universe separately, in a chain of four stories, which I titled Into the Time Slip, In Another Dimension, The Void Would Be Calling, and Fantasy Free Me.  Who knows when or if I'll write these though.


Other Story Ideas:  Other story ideas that I came up with in the last two months include a story in which Black Dahlia and company summon Cthulhu to get his autograph (which, I decided would be fun to do since Cthulhu is in public domain).  That was titled Sign Here Please.  Working from the same idea, I decided that a Barsoom crossover would be fun since that's also public domain, so I created a file called Pauline, Maid of Mars.  I wanted Miss Anarchy to try and change the culture of the Space Babes, now that she's an official representative of them, so I created a story file called Exploitation Station.


I thought Miss Anarchy might talk to the fairy princess version of her (Princess Paulina of Lialoshi), who had previously wished to replace Grandpa Anarchy, and see if she still wanted the job, only to find out she no longer wants it.  For this idea I created a file called Take My Life Please.  I came across the name of a Nazi villain that Sgt. Anarchy fought in World War II, The Angel of the Iron Cross, and I thought it would be fun to bring her back to life.  I created another story file called Time Angel.


Obviously, I'm much better at creating story files than I am at completing stories, or ensuring that each story follows the next in a logical order.  But this past week, I came up with a way to explain why Miss Anarchy would chose to remain Miss Anarchy.  It makes sense for the character and it was far more simple than I'd imagined.  This story is What I Am, which I've been working on all week and hope to finish this weekend.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Camp NaNoWriMo -- Update for July

 I'm participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for July, even though no one else I know is doing it (apparently) and even though for some reason I almost always fail July's Camp NaNoWriMo.  Writing in July seems hard for me.


Anyway, I started out working on a story I called Buttercup, which was meant to be an introduction story to the space adventures arc.  This is where we meet their spaceship, and introduce more properly the idea that we're going on a series of space adventures with these characters.  I'd been working on this story idea for much of June, but I finally managed to finish it this past week, after working on it a bit the first two days of July and then failing to write anything for several days.

After this, I managed to write another story called Chaos Theory which happens right after Buttercup, and I guess it works okay.  I had yet a third idea for a story called Baby Sat, but I don't think I will write that at this point.  I might come back to it as it seemed like a fun idea, but for now I figured the actual space adventures should follow.


I spent the other night reworking the order of all of my space stories -- I'd "filled in" gaps in the numbered order of stories several times and consequently my numbering order no longer made any sense, with two, three, even four stories sharing the same story number at different points.  Here's what I came up with:


423  All I Ever Wanted

424  My Clone Sleeps Alone

425  Buttercup

426  Chaos Theory

427  Girl Squared

428  Amaranthine Shores

429  The Spice of Life

430  Good Vibrations (unfinished)

431  Woofy (unfinished)

432  Wrong Number

433  Endorsement

434  Optimal Performance

435  Transformations

436  Doomscrolling

437  Frills and Bows

438  Mating Ritual

439  Marry Her  (unfinished)

440  Afterglow

441  My Own Daughter

442  Ambassador

443  Real Girl

444  Hate Crime

445  Academy

446  Revenge

447  Powerslave


Unfinished Stories that I still plan to write:


450  Ghost

450  Beauty Treatment

450  Becoming the Story

450  Kitten

450  Noticeable One

450  True Colors


Right now I'm working on Good Vibrations, which is a space adventure story that I should have no problems finishing by tomorrow or the next day.  I plan to finish Woofy after that, and then tackle one or two stories for which Marry Her is the current stand-in -- stories that help set up the marriage to Cat better.  Then, we'll see.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June 2021

 

I've written very little this month, and I haven't been happy with what I've written.  In fact, I don't think I've completed a story in June.  That said, I'm still ahead of my goal for the year.  I've written 30 stories so far in 2021, and that's more than one a week.


Yesterday and today I was in a situation where computer problems prevented me from doing very much at work, and as a consequence, I read through a bunch of my stories from earlier in the year -- starting with story 410, It's Complicated, and reading through to story 424 My Clone Sleeps Alone, so 14 stories total.  These encompass some random tales of Grandpa Anarchy working with Glory Ashes as they confront various villains, and then I start stringing together stories that are related and clearly follow one after the other.  Mostly I think these stories hold up well, and tell a coherent story arc.  There's I, Gardener and Maid Ex Machina, which deal with two of the new robotic members of the Anarchy Mansion (I had always planned a third one which I still haven't written).  Then comes Infinite Dojo, Princess of Pluto, and The Return of Normal, all of which more or less work I think.  These cover  the new complex beneath the Anarchy Cave, Magical Girl Anne Arqui and the palace on Pluto, and the resurrection of St. Normal.


After that we have three more stories that lead to Miss Anarchy and her great-granddaughters winding up in space, and a series of stories that happen while they're in space.  Here is where I've had problems the last few months.


First, I felt that the stories at this point become less episodic and more random, even though they all happen in space.  I had wanted to write a series of space adventure stories, but I'd only managed one, Girl Squared, followed by a bunch of weirder and more esoteric stories (which, I like some of these stories but I felt like there wasn't a thread connecting them all together.)


Second, I had written a story in which Miss Anarchy gets married and decides to stay a girl, and it felt like I really hadn't set all of that up well at all, so it really didn't make sense.


Thus in May I first tried to backpedal and "fill in the blanks" a bit, and come up with one or more stories to help explain/set up where I was going with the marriage better... then I backpedalled further to pen a few simple space adventures to take place before things get weirder.  Ultimately I plotted some stories that never really got off the ground, and I managed to write two "space adventure" stories that I guess are okay, and I half-wrote three others -- Uncanny Valley, Woofy, and Good Vibrations.


My story numbering is out of whack because I want the space adventure stories (some of which I'm still trying to write) to take place at the start of their adventures in space, and then I want to write 1-2 stories that take place between Mating Ritual and Afterglow to help set that plotline up better.  Once I get those stories written, I can renumber all of my completed stories.


Anyway, here's what I've written in 2021:


413  I Swear

414  Collateral Damage

415  I, Gardener

416  Maid Ex Machina

417  Infinite Dojo

418  Princess of Pluto

419  The Return of Normal

042  Hot Stuff

420  Get Down Tonight

421  Free Advertising

422  Inevitable

423  All I Ever Wanted

424  My Clone Sleeps Alone

425  Girl Squared

426  Wrong Number

427  Doomscrolling

428  Endorsement

429  Transformations

430  Frills and Bows

431  Mating Ritual

432  Afterglow

433  My Own Daughter

434  Ambassador

435  Real Girl

436  Academy

437  Hate Crime

438  Revenge

440  Powerslave

426  Amaranthine Shores

427  The Spice of Life


"Space Adventure" stories that I'm currently trying to work on:  Good Vibrations, Woofy, Nova, and Uncanny Valley.  And then Becoming Anarchy/Marry Her.


Other stories I plan to write very soon:  Ghost, Kitten, possibly Frienemies, Becoming the Story and Noticeable One.




Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 2021 Writing Update

 Stories Written For April:


434  Ambassador

435  Real Girl

436  Academy

437  Hate Crime

438  Revenge

440  Powerslave


Stories I'm working on:


True Colors

Noticeable One

Frienimies

Becoming the Story

Beauty Treatment

Entourage


I feel a sort of ennui about my writing the last few months, as if I don't really know where I'm taking my characters or whether any of it is worth reading.  Initially my plan was to greatly expand the number of robotic helpers that worked with Grandpa Anarchy -- and this seemed like an interesting direction to take things.  This was building on stories I'd already written -- The Emancipation of Philip Dos, Wilfred 2.0, and Miss Trinity.  I wrote I, Gardener, Maid Ex Machina, Infinite Dojo and Princess of Pluto.  Halfway through doing this, I came up with a plan to resurrect an old villain of Grandpa's named Victorian Honesty St. Normal, a mad scientist he'd fought in the early 1920's, and this became The Return of Normal.


In writing these stories, I decided that killing Grandpa Anarchy would be a fun way to end the above story -- and resurrecting him in the clone body of his sidekick would be funny.  This led to Grandpa posing as Miss Anarchy for a short time -- thus my stories Free Advertising and Inevitable.  But then things took a sharp right turn again when I decided to take Miss Anarchy and her two great-granddaughters into space, with All I Ever Wanted, My Clone Sleeps Alone, Girl Squared, Wrong Number, Doomscrolling, Endorsement, Transformations, and Frills and Bows.


My plan was always to have a series of pulp space adventures involving Miss Anarchy, Elsie, Kelli, and Miss Trinity.  But the actual stories I wrote did not always match what I'd envisioned -- and then things took another right turn when I wrote Mating Ritual, Afterglow, and My Own Daughter, which involved Miss Anarchy suddenly getting married and deciding to stay as she was for the time being.


This is where I was at the start of April.  I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo for April, and I wrote 20,000 words.  Originally my plan was 25,000 but I reduced it when I felt I was too far behind to catch up.  20,000 words in a month is pretty easy for me to manage.


I managed to finish the above six stories, but I also wrote a bit on True Colors and Noticeable One.


True Colors is meant to come immediately after Revenge, which is why my numbering is a bit off.  In fact, Revenge was originally meant to be a part of True Colors, until I spun it off into its own story.  Dark Dr. Dark and other members of the New League of Two-Fisted Justice come to space to create a photo op in which they pose as members of the Girls of Two-Fisted Justice.  I had two ideas for what might happen here:  Dark Dr. Dark helps Miss Anarchy investigate the wizard who is trying to kill her, and Cat does a sort of proposal when she presents Miss Anarchy with a magical ring.  I spun the first part into its own story; the second part was based on the idea that Dark Dr. Dark has a magical ring made that allows him to easily become a girl for just long enough to pose for the photo; Cat takes the opportunity to have another ring made which she gives to Miss Anarchy which allows her to temporarily become Grandpa Anarchy again.  The theory behind this is that Grandpa Anarchy might need to travel into the past to warn his past self about something.


When I considered all of this, several different ideas popped into my head:


1.  The ending of the photo op story really needs to involve everyone having to fight a criminal or have an adventure as their Girls of Two-Fisted Justice alternate selves;


2.  The ending of the magic ring story would probably involve it's immediate use to warn some version of Grandpa Anarchy from the past about something -- for some reason which I forget now, I thought it would be hilarious if Grandpa had to warn a prehistoric / cave-man version of himself about the future;


3.  Now that I consider things, Grandpa (or Miss Anarchy) might have already warned Grandpa about a future in which he becomes Miss Anarchy and marries an actress.  And/or Grandpa may have been warned about the future from a young Miss Anarchy who has forgotten to put on the ring, and then does so halfway through the encounter, cluing him in to part of the future accidentally.


Some of this probably stems from the idea that I haven't handled the entire Grandpa Anarchy becomes Miss Anarchy and marries Cat change-of-direction as well as I'd like, so I feel like I should go back and write one or two more stories to flesh out the idea better.  (I also want to go back and write 1-2 stories that involve Miss Anarchy/Elsie/Kelli/Miss Trinity having more space adventures, before all of the other stuff happens.)

Noticeable One is the story I was working on at the beginning of April, but it was turning into a much longer story than my usual.  I wrote several scenes, and I want to finish it, but it's a bigger undertaking than my normal story so I set it aside for the moment.  It may actually be a 15,000 or 20,000 word story, by the time I finish it.


Also, the story Academy might possibly spawn several sequels.  Eternia the Watcher creates a specialized high school that has already existed a dozen years.  Miss Anarchy has attended several years, retroactively.  Possibly Elsie and Kelli have retroactively attended.  Miss Anarchy has friends and enemies that she's made during her time at the school, that she knows nothing about.  There are a lot of fun things I can do with this, which so far are just ideas, but that's what the file Frienimies is about.  But there are probably 2-3 stories to be written here.


Hate Crime is my long-anticipated third shaggy dog story from the Electric Bluejay.  (The other two were Hurricane Punch and Time Trip, both of which I wrote in 2017.)  I may write a fourth -- I at least jotted down an idea for another.  Powerslave is a silly story about travelling back in time to watch an Iron Maiden concert, which Cat wants to do.  I think both of these stories were things I came up with to avoid trying to figure out the next story in my more complicated series of interlocking stories -- these were both one-off stories that didn't really depend on What Has Come Before.


Anyway, that's about it.  Like usual I barely managed to finish my NaNoWriMo goals, and then I immediately took a break from writing.