Taking the Plunge

I’ve been hemming and hawing over a dilemma for months now. Well, nearly a year, if I’m honest. I’ve had the idea for my next novel, which as previously mentioned, will be more of a high fantasy. Not that I don’t love my YA or anything, but I’ve had a character who desperately deserves her own story for far too long. I’ve been working on this character’s book for a couple of months and am over halfway through getting the story on paper. But it’s still a long ways to go before it will be even close to gearing it for publication.

So I made a big decision. After making several (and I mean SEVERAL) queries to agents, I’ve decided to self-publish my standalone young adult fantasy to give readers something to satisfy them until my high fantasy is complete. My standalone young adult is already finished and somewhat polished, thanks to a couple of beta readers.

Basically, once I have an editor do a final go-through (and I’ve already contacted one for pricing), I’ll just need to hire a cover designer and it will be ready to be formatted for publishing.

To be realistic, my adult fantasy will likely not be out until next year at the soonest. The first draft isn’t completed yet, and it will have several stages to go through before it’s even close to being “publish-ready.” The sequel to Prince of Light is in even earlier stages than that.

As much as I would have loved to see this standalone young adult go through an actual publisher, I believe it’s a story that is worth getting out there. It’s been sitting in my computer for years. I’ll be honest, it’s a little scary. But it’s also exciting.

So all that to say, stay tuned for updates!

Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Review – Part One)

I was sorely distracted at work today, because they’re building the new airport parking lot directly across the street from my building. Thanks to my co-worker, I was told that the distinct trembling of the building was due to the rollers, who were pounding down rocks to make asphalt. It wouldn’t have been so terrible, but it made my buttcheeks tremble in my chair, which was, as previously mentioned, very distracting. 

After spending most of the morning dealing with a moving company, which was actually the better part of the day, I then managed to whack my boss in the head with a cabinet door whilst looking for envelopes. 

I may need more therapy after all this. 

But despite these minor inconveniences, what has mainly kept me going the last week or so is the release of the glorious Final Fantasy VII Remake. As per our usual tradition, my brother has been the one doing the playing while both of us have been transfixed by the beauty of this game. I daresay it’s going to end up in my top five favorite games.

So here’s my weird confession. 

Sephiroth has long been one of my favorite villains because…well, just look at him. 

I was also one of the few who absolutely loved the Final Fantasy VII movie, Advent Children. 

A friend at the time was gracious enough to explain the significance of the characters and whatnot for me, so I wasn’t completely out of the loop. This also meant that the big spoiler was revealed to me. Since I knew nothing about the game at that time, all I was enthralled with was the glory of the graphics. And Sephiroth. 

Always Sephiroth. 

Many years after Advent Children came out, my brother tried playing through the original FFVII. We enjoyed it for the most part, but didn’t get far enough to really become all that attached to the characters. I knew it had to be a top favorite for a reason, however, so when I heard of the Remake coming out, I was beyond thrilled. Best of both worlds, in my humble opinion. I was getting the graphics of Advent Children with the original storyline of the game.

And so far, it has not disappointed. 

However. 

I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THE LEVEL OF EMOTION THIS GAME WOULD EVOKE IN THE FIRST UMPTEEN HOURS OF PLAYING IT. 

Seriously. Not. Prepared. 

And since I know of a very specific spoiler coming down the road much later on in the game, I just looked at my brother at one point with tears already in my eyes and said, “This game is gonna make me ugly cry, isn’t it?” 

He just sniffed back his own tears and replied, “Probably.” 

God help us both. We’re only about 20 hours in at this point, and I’ve already been kicked in the gut more times than I care to admit. 

But it’s so good

It’s the level of storytelling and character development that every author dreams of achieving. So the bright side is that I’m so inspired right now. 

We’ve had to take a brief hiatus due to busy work schedules, but I’m hoping here soon we’ll be able to finish this first installment. I’m trying to stay patient because I know my brother has a lot on his plate right now, but dagnabbit I NEED MORE OF THIS GAME. 

Okay, end fangirl rant. 🙂