Welcome to the first in what will hopefully be a series of blogs where I'll discuss the progress I'm making on my work in progress (WIP). As this is the first blog, I wanted to talk to you about my WIP in general and the purpose of these blogs. At the end of this blog I'll include how many chapters I've written (full and partial), the word count, and the most useful article I've read while researching this WIP.
The project I'm working on is about Marama who is Maori and a demi-human. Marama lives in the Middle World between the world of the living and world of the dead. She is in training to be a Guardian, someone who protects humans from demons and spirits; she also helps keep the peace between different types of demons. The main conflict is the balance being tipped in the middle world, which causes havoc (such as "bad" demons becoming more powerful and "good" demons becoming weaker), demi-humans going missing in the middle world, and an old war reigniting.
My WIP includes Marama who is Maori and bisexual, Taylor who is Filipino and deaf, and an Indian non-binary and agender person called Joe. All of the demons in this WIP are genderless in the same way the Gems in Steven Universe are just Gems.
Among exploring the various identities of my characters and looking at characters who aren't inherently good or evil, I want to explore how I see my tīpuna (ancestors) through Marama and how she sees her tipuna (ancestor) who she is named after.
My main inspirations for this WIP are Steven Universe and The Legend of Korra. For the former, I like how sexuality and gender are represented. For the latter, I'm interested in how The Legend of Korra portrays villains that have solid and understandable motivations for what they're doing.
I want these blogs to be a place where I can talk about what writing and/or research I've done for my WIP. I want to hold myself accountable for the work, or lack of work, I've done on my WIP. I really want to finish this WIP because it's the closest manuscript that I've ever written to who I am as a person. I plan on releasing one blog a month, but since I have uni and work to do for Koru Mag, I'm not sure how doable that is.
So join me as I embark on this adventure. Feel free to tweet me and ask me how I'm going with my WIP or just to cheer me on. I'll definitely need the latter.
Chapters - 9
Word Count - 16 078
Most Useful Research Article - A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Diverse* Fantasy or Science Fiction Novel by Malinda Lo
Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org