Late yesterday I was able to finish off the first draft of chapter one. Due, entirely, to actually getting some time to write over the weekend. I probably could have gotten more done, probably started a good chunk of chapter two, but I spent too long going over notes and a previous draft. I also had an issue where, for whatever reason, I kept forgetting about the coffee the protagonists were carrying. I got up to a part where one character crossed her arms dramatically and I realized that in doing so she would have just splashed coffee in her face. Live and learn. I think I’ll be having a separate document open to keep track of the little details through each chapter. I think I’ll print off the entirety of it tonight and ask my fiancée if she’ll be kind enough to read it over and give me any notes. After I make her corrections from last time, which in all honesty there wasn’t much to begin with.
I also found it enjoyable to just sit down and load up GrooveShark while writing. I’ve got a small selection of tracks in the mix right now but I’m not sure what else to add. Music has never been my thing. Which I’m sure infuriates Kristine, due in no small part to her actually knowing how to play some instruments and coming from a very musically inclined family. But I, on the other hand, don’t care one way or another when it comes to music. For the most part. I have a fondness for video game music. My working theory is because of nostalgia. That listening to their music reminds me of every amazing moment. Or terribly aggravating moment (I’m looking at you Airplane Hostage mission on Veteran from the first Modern Warfare). But I have an emotional attachment to those tracks. I can’t say the same for just about everything else. Though I do enjoy Dragonforce. I also enjoy Bad Religion and NOFX, but Kristine can’t stand the vocals.
In regards to the music though I think I’ll be trying an experiment. I need to find some really… unsettling music. I’m hoping it will get me in the mind-set to craft horrors. Because those will be coming in the very near future. I’m especially looking forward to starting chapter four.