Alexandre Jutt’s Journal

This is a writing I made way back in September. It’s exam season right now, and on top of that, I’m not being as productive as I would like to be. However, I am intent on keeping this blog going even during my hardest times, so here is a piece, almost not even a story, that I wrote a while back.

It’s a part of Alexandre Jutt’s journal, and I wrote it while I was a little off mentally, so it might come off as odd. Looking back, however, I found it to be rather engaging nonetheless.

Alexandre Jutt’s Journal

Eighth month, 3rd day.

Epinephrine

Epinephrine is the fight or flight hormone. Humans, when subjected to chronic loneliness, begin to release epinephrine, and the hormone, left unchecked, will erode the body from the inside. It prevents the body from regeneration, and inhibits the immune system. Is it your fault that you are lonely? Is it my fault that I am not lonely?

Is it true, even, that I am not lonely? Maybe I’m just deluding myself. Maybe, secretly, a secret even from myself, I am lonely. But I don’t think so. There’s a logic here though, see, I don’t feel much different after the ordeal than before. Maybe I’m too distant from my own situation? Perhaps. I have been called ‘cold’ in the past, and not just by one person. But I’m not lonely. Even when I was with my uncle, I felt like this about half the time. Even when I ran a gang, I felt like this about half the time. And even now I feel the same, about half the time. Exactly the same.

“And what do you feel?” He had asked. And I didn’t want to answer him.

I didn’t want to answer him, because the answer to his question was, “I feel almost nothing.”

But I did answer him. And, after all that happened, I am glad that I did.

Because after that I did research, a lot of research. I went to our private library, and then I went to the city’s public library, and finally to the University’s library.

And I learned what was happening. I learned all about the mind, about neurostudies, about biology and synapses, about the nervous system, about the third eye that was hidden deep within the core. I learned about a lot of things, but I don’t know what to do about epinephrine.

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Writing Update

This is an update on what I’m currently writing for fiction. Because I am still doing that.

I would say add that, despite opting out to a low-effort post here, I did actually start planning a short story (or chain of short stories). It’ll be a second draft of sorts for the incredibly odd WHAT WAS IT LIKE? THE FUTURE? A tale that anyone, even me, could tell got really weird, almost nonsensical near the end.

So far, it’s been almost entirely upheaved; even the main character is different. The things that are the same is, for now at least, the presence of the Shriken, and the fact that the main character did (in the next draft’s case learned) something that they should not have.

This second version will probably also be a little weird, but it will be intentional, as opposed to what happened in the first version. That is, I had pulled all kinds of strange theoretical musings on Yaska out of my brain, and put some them (I have a lot more) into the story just to move the plot along. The latter half of it was written in an intense rush, and thus the downsides of rushing are clear.

I’m really happy to be finally both planning and writing a second draft of something, two things I’ve been neglecting pretty much since the beginning of this blog. I’m probably going to be shifting the main character from Yaska to her friend Marisa, a character that has existed for a long time, but hasn’t often been written about. Especially not as a main character. She’s mentioned in Yaska’s Youth as a young child, and in other places in varying forms. I’ve drawn her a long time ago.

This is one from 2014, where I drew characters for a D&D campaign.

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Both this and the featured image are drawings of older versions of Marisa/Mariça, and done nearly three years ago, so of course there will be differences when I write. That and I’m writing, not drawing.

Due to exams, I may not have time to write anything except for study notes until the 20th. As a result, I’ve queued up something I wrote a while back on Alexandre Jutt to be dropped around then. So, if my next post is not on Marisa (the new main character), that’s why. The one after should be though!!

I hope for the best, and I hope you like it when it’s done.

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Notes and Plans – The Solune Prince

The Solune Prince chapters I’ve completed are… kind of meh.

If I were to put myself in the shoes of a reader, I might think: This series is kind of boring. And it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. And if it is, it’s going there very slowly. There situations and characters seem a little lacking. Some of these chapters go nowhere, or add nothing to the story. And why did it take so long to get here?

These are pretty serious concerns, right? I mean, it’s been 20 chapters and not much has happened. If the average chapter is 1000 words (and it’s actually a little more), then that means I’m 20 000 words in and I’m still only at the beginning.

It’s overwhelming. I feel like I’ve sort of shotgun-vomited and pantsed myself into a narrative about nothing, filled with boring characters, and then insulted the reader by adding a “first draft disclaimer.” I mean, maybe I should actually put a little more effort into making my pieces of a high enough quality that I don’t feel the need for disclaimers.

I was at a point where I was almost ready to throw up my hands and drop the serial altogether.

That’s what I was thinking.

And then, on the way to the library, I listened to Falter.

See, that song was one of the biggest inspirational pieces for The Solune Prince, and hearing it again, I remembered a lot of what I was feeling back when I started. I decided to return to The Solune Prince project for sure after that, but with a different mentality.

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To practice, to learn, to improve.

This is a first draft, I’m sure there are a lot of people who write a first draft by the seat of their pants, read it over, and then think, “man this is awful.” And, that’s what I’m thinking. It’s pretty awful! But that’s okay, because it’s a first draft. A second draft can (and if it’s got glaring faults, should) be drastically different than the first.

I’m not going to go back and fix the first twenty (geez, twenty?) scenes until I’m done though. I’m not even going to try to fix every single problem I’ve had with those scenes going forward.

I’m just going to focus on one thing at a time, and this time, it’s planning. So, I’m going to do a lot more work planning the rest of the Solune Prince. You know, it was going somewhere, I just kept getting into tangents, and hopefully with a plan, I can avoid that.

In addition, outlining will allow me to know a little bit better where each scene is going, and what it’s trying to do. I may end up with less frequent, but higher quality scenes as a result of planning. Maybe I’ll even outline individual scenes, I don’t really know.

I actually drew out a basic outline before writing this. It looks like I’ve got seven acts to go. Seven acts to get my act together haha. I’ll work on the outline a bit more before posting another scene.

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Notes and Plans 2

Thank you, yes, I’m adjusting to my second year as an English major quite well. I love it! I feel so full of energy. Let’s just say that a university is a much better creative environment than a small town and a labour job.

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Hey, cool!

Anyone who follows this blog knows that right now the only ongoing project I have is the Solune Prince. I always thought that one project was the best, but studying other bloggers and indie writers, I’ve noticed that many have more than one project. Worse, one project is getting me really restless. My favourite piece, Alice and Finch, was written alongside Evidence (a novella I’m not a huge fan of).

So, I did what any responsible writer should do. I did research. I learned.

Indie writing is not like traditional writing. Some traditional writers such as Stephen King do write non-stop like us, but it seems that once you’ve got a nice backlog you can afford to live on passive income and take a few years between books.

It’s not like that for us. Indie writers, and especially those who self-publish, tend to take on many projects at once. Why? Well, you get sick of writing the same thing all the time. It’s just how humans work! So what do you do? You spice things up. Thus, I’ll be adding a few more projects to The Solune Prince. It seems that other writers and bloggers are doing anywhere from three to seven (yes, seven!) simultaneous projects. Me? I have done one to two.

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So, here are the ideas that have been swimming in my head! I don’t know in what form or when they will come about, as I like to keep things as organic as possible, but this list should give you a (very) rough idea on my outlook.

Alexandre Jutt

Alexandre Jutt Dirge’s story was hinted at with Broken Teeth, a cancelled and de-canonized first draft. Don’t read it, it’s awful. And don’t ask why I linked it. Ah!

Anyway, Alexandre Jutt was sold into slavery around her twentieth or twenty-first birthday. She was recently bought by a music producer to be a secret mistress during his visits to the Solune Kingdom. Things get interesting when Jutt starts “cheating” (is it cheating if you’re a slave? I have no f@#&ing clue) on the producer with one of his artists. Then things get even worse when the producer’s wife finds out about the whole mess. Oh, and Jutt’s mother, Hail, is still entirely insane, so she comes in to burn the place down. It’s going to be… really exciting when I actually end up writing this one.

Cast:

“The band”

Hannah Alz-Aeur

Hannah’s story is become more and more developed in my mind. I’m on the verge of starting this one.

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Seventh Prince University

Let’s face it, humans love structure, and naturally tend towards hierarchies and the school settings have both.

But, high school is very limiting. You have to almost shrink your brain to enjoy something set in high school, as most Harry Potter fans have been quick to inform me (Why??). Collage? There’s all sorts of things you can do with this untapped setting. Want to write about older characters? Bam! We’ve got mature students. Need a genius? No problem, doctorate and masters degrees are sold here! Want to write about sex without feeling like a paedophile? The average collage student is twenty-five years old! (23.7 in Canada 😉 )

So, here’s an idea I had a while back. What if I took all my young adults and stuck them in college? I could have a lot of fun and it would make for a great episodic series of short stories. Expect this project in the future!

Cast:

  • Alexandre “Jutt” Dirge
  • Finch Dirge Zeth
  • Wallace Solaris Ceramar
  • Lunesca Solaris September
  • Prince Ten, of the Metch Kingdom
  • Janna Rhye
  • Drake (Aeisticht) Rhye
  • (and more!)

Honestly I’m really excited about this one, it looks like it’d be a nice fun aside for if I get bogged down with my more longform material.

The Solune Prince…

…will hopefully remain my primary project. I want to release at least two chapters a week, so expect that.

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Get ready.

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