How are you all doing today? I'm quite sick right now, but I don't want to just lose these days when there is another short story that's supposed to be coming out by the of this month. Plus, I want to be ahead of the curve for next month too (also because I'm on vacation for a third of this month). So I've been working on "Lavender Chase" and "Azure Chase" today. "Lavender Chase" is set mostly inside an abandoned, mental health facility and has more horror overtones. "Azure Chase" is more of a psychological horror with an overpowered creature is going through almost a mental breakdown. Both of them feature an incubus.
Currently, I'm going through the developmental edits for each as suggested by their respective editors. Their feedback is taking my writing to the next level. For instance, the last 4 days, created and redid 4 scenes to do more showing than telling. I've written a total of about 6700 extra words in that time. The biggest difference in my previous writing with my current writing is that there will be more world building, an emphasis on showing rather than narration, and really developing the characters and their relationships with each other through an emotional journey. The incubus's powers and demeanor are getting highlighted a lot more. It doesn't mean its not painful reading the feedback for the first time, however. So I'll be spending the next 24 hours slogging through them.
I will say this, "A Long Journey VN" is going to have so much better writing than it had years ago. But alas, that will be restarting after I get at least the first chapter of "Butterfly Kisses" done.
Well, that's my update. Until later,