In the home stretch | Foxhunt update iii

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Hey, y’all! I’m almost done with Foxhunt, so I thought I’d do a quick update to let y’all know where exactly I am here.

And my word, it’s been a long time since I did one of these posts—almost six months! :O I’m so sorry, guys! Apparently I’m gonna have a lot to cover in this post. Let’s get right to it! 😀

The usual things

Current word count: 92,229(!)

*pauses to scream for a few minutes* Y’all, I cannot believe how long this book has become. Almost a hundred thousand words! Longer than two of the Harry Potter books!! 0o0 I’m so thankful that God has given me the strength to push through with this project. Now I just need to pray for the strength to finish it!

Current draft placement: In the climax! *jazz hands*

Favorite snippet from current chapter:

As he walked, his knapsack bouncing on his back like the sacks of groceries he used to carry, he continued to gaze about him. London at Christmastide hadn’t changed a bit. Old grandmothers and grandfathers hung out of windows, many looking almost as ancient as their sagging dwellings as they glowered down at parcel-laden passersby. Clusters of brightly-clad carolers were gathered on the odd doorstep, their voices ringing through the air, which was pungent with soot, mildew, and the merry smells of Christmas greenery. Catching the additional whiffs of ale and hot food occasionally floating from open kitchen windows and public house doors, Warren sped up, eager to reach his destination. Grey slush and horse manure served as a red carpet on his return to his birthplace.

—Chapter the Thirty-Fifth

I live for England at Christmastime. ^_^

Last sentence written: “And I saw him just the other day.”

Let’s hear it for boring out-of-context sentences! XD Hey, at least I’m being honest here: that really was the last sentence I wrote. 😛

Current favorite character: It’s a tie between Lysander and Faith. I really love writing them together, and I can’t wait to write their ending. ^_^ *squeals*

Estimation as to when I’ll finish: I think, if I really push myself, I can finish within a month. I had hoped to be done before August, but that’s definitely not happening at this point. I start college on August 23, and I’d really, really like to be done by then. I’ve been writing almost every morning, and we’ll see if I can meet that goal. Can’t wait to wrap this story up! 😀

The fun things

Some new theme songs for the Foxhunt gang:

Chatham | “ON” | BTS
Faith and Lysander | “Your eyes tell” | BTS
Lynet | “homecoming queen?” | Kelsea Ballerini (cw)
Lynet | “Strong” | Sonna Rele
Lynet and Lysander | “Better Than Me” | David Cook
Lynet and Warren | “If I Could Tell Her” | Ben Platt
Lynet and Warren | “Make It Right” | BTS
Lysander | “Fix My Eyes” | for KING & COUNTRY

A meme that fits the vibe of Foxhunt:

This image is not mine, but I can’t remember where I found it.

A drawing of Loftus, one of the Revolters. I’m kicking myself over the fact that I haven’t drawn them all yet, but hopefully one of these days I will. -_-

Art & character © me.

A doodle of Lynet with her hair down, for fun and hair practice:

Art & character © me.

A doodle of Lynet in modern clothes (I need to do the same for Lysander, omgoodness XD). ^_^

Art & character © me.

I recently started selling stickers featuring Lysander’s silhouette on my Etsy store, TheFoppishFox! Be sure to check those out! They’re super cute and very Regency. 😉

Photo © me.

I’ve been learning a lot of new Regency era/English terms and phrases, like “livery” and “under-butler” and “you don’t have to be such a big girl’s blouse about it,” from watching Downton Abbey and reading Dearest Josephine. It’s always fun when you get something helpful for your writing out of watching/reading something for pleasure, isn’t it? Feels like a win-win. XD

Speaking of which, kind of, Domhnall Gleeson is officially the perfect voice for Lysander. I finally got to watch Peter Rabbit a few weeks ago, and Gleeson’s character Thomas is so Lysander I almost couldn’t handle it. XD So whenever you see Domhnall Gleeson in a movie, think of Lyse! 😉

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this update on Foxhunt, my current WIP. Wish me luck as I do my best to finish strong! *rock on hand* ❤

(P.S., Does Foxhunt sound like a book you might like to read? And have you read Dearest Josephine?)

6 thoughts on “In the home stretch | Foxhunt update iii

  1. Ooh, I missed this one! Congrats on reaching 92,000 words! That’s so big! 🙂 I have not read Dear Josephine. Is it an Austen? Here’s a question I’ve been wondering about: how did you find your story’s voice, and replicate eighteenth-century writing so well? Did you copy Austen passages in your own words, or did it just kinda rub off after reading a lot of her books? I’m asking ’cause I feel like I need to find a voice for my story, and I’m a bit desperate. XD

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    • Thank you!! ☺️ Dearest Josephine is not by Austen, but it’s the same kind of story. It was good! An epistolary Regency novel. Gave me fuel for Foxhunt. 😃

      Hmm… I’m not sure if I’m the perfect person to answer this question since I’ve been feeling like my Foxhunt voice has been very inconsistent >_< But I suppose the way I write is very much inspired by Austen’s works and similar, often Austen-inspired, works (like Dearest Josephine). I love England and the Regency era so much that a lot of the language and prose comes naturally to me while I’m writing. I suppose you could say I’ve had a lot of “practice” in that time period, so I know it pretty well. Does that make sense? 😅 Also, I think my writing voice definitely changes a bit based on who I'm writing at the moment. For example, I tend to use a light and almost mocking voice when I write Lysander, because he’s such a joke at times. XD Whereas with Lynet, I shift into more of an elegant, solemn, "kind" voice. And Warren's voice is fun and childlike and bold. Is that helpful at all? XD

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  2. askjakskasksakjs yay havah!!!!!!! i literally do not have the patience or focus to work on a project for this long, so yay you!

    and oh wait i just realized domhnall gleeson plays general hux in star wars
    oh noooooo now i have now i have a very interesting mental image of lysander that i might have to try and draw
    hehehe >:)

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    • Thank you!! 😊 Oof I get that, getting this far has taken enough focus to drive me insane XD

      Yeeess he does =D If Lysander was evil, he and Hux would be twins. 😛 Do it!! Draw him!! 🤩

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