Character Profile: Rheaos

Portrait of Rheaos at Leigh

Story: The Halfway House

Protagonist or Antagonist?: Protagonist

Name: Rheaos at Leigh

Age: 30

County of Origin: The Abyssal Plains

Occupation: Student/Prisoner

Loyalties: Friends and family

Goal: Freedom

Morals: Kinda shaky lately

Kidnapped as a child and imprisoned in Dr Bracken’s twisted zoo, Rheaos has always had a very narrow view of the mundane world. However when his worst enemy is forced back to the mansion they both call home and hell, Rheaos is forced to face the fact that he knows a lot less than he thought. As the feud between them puts Rheaos’ long bound away powers within his reach, he finds himself for the very first time with the promise of freedom more than a cruel dream. 

The only problem is that with his powers comes his natural instincts, and he’s starting to wonder if the humans are right when they call him a monster…

NaNo Update and Next Steps

I never posted an update from NaNoWriMo! For no other reason than I was distracted and forgot, so apologies! 

NaNoWriMo went well and despite having a tough time through the month, I hit my goal of 25K words. Not only that, but I’ve hit some big milestones on this manuscript which is inching it ever closer to a completed draft. Now, this raises some important questions about said manuscript. 

Throughout the time I’ve been working on this project (The Halfway House), I’ve been keeping it in my Fluff Project folder and treating it exactly like any other personal project, written purely for my eyes only without any concern over what would and would not make it commercially acceptable. This has been fantastic for stoking my adoration of writing back to a roaring fire and my productivity has shot through the roof. Not only am I doing loads of work on the manuscript but I’m also producing accompanying art and other creative ventures. It’s all very fun and exciting.

However, if I keep up the pace that I’ve been going, I’m probably going to have a beta ready manuscript before the end of the year (which was always the goal but I wasn’t particularly confident I would be achieving it with this particular brand new story). I know one person who is very keen to read, but it has made me acutely aware that this story wasn’t written for going through the whole process. It was really supposed to end once I had written it to a point that I liked it. The idea of cleaning it up properly through multiple rounds of edits has certainly been playing through my head, as well as the idea that I may not want this story to exist only on my hard drive forever.

I think for this one, I’m going to wait until I’ve heard back from this one reader (though if I have additional friends interested in reading about my disaster demons, let me know!). That way, I’ll get an idea of whether or not there might be other people out there who this story appeals to. If there is, I might consider upgrading this one from a personal project. If not, then that’s fine too. I wrote this one for me. I refuse to let that go. I think it’s important for creators to create for themselves as much as they can, and I’ll stick by that opinion for as long as I create.

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2021 Update

Well, it’s been a while. My last post was about a bad mental health episode which unfortunately got way, way worse before it got better. But better it has gotten! Kinda. We’re getting there. Anyway, the short version is that I decided I would sign up to Camp NaNoWriMo this month to jump back on the horse, and it’s the halfway point now so let’s do an update. 

This month I set myself a goal of 25k worth of edits on The Halfway House, including finally finishing off those pesky additional scenes I wanted to add in. The good news is that I’ve finished off those additional scenes (though last night had a brainwave over a new one that I’d like to add…). The bad news is that I might have been ambitious signing up with even a 25k goal.

My poor graph didn’t know what hit it.

That said, yesterday I had an EPIC catch up session that left me incapable at performing basic puzzles in the new game I’m playing my way through, but it DID mean that I caught back up to where I should be – and then some. I did over 8k, which was double my total word count for the rest of the month. Phew! Goodness knows what those words actually look like but at least now I have a handful of scenes that aren’t just dialogue and punching.

No wonder my brain was mush.

Life is difficult and sometimes it’s not even possible to hang onto the few things that keep us going. Coming back to them always helps boost me up further though once I start getting my head above the water. I like NaNoWriMo because it gives me a goal to aim for and something to focus on that feels productive while being fun. Signing up might have been ambitious, but I have no regrets.