It's already October, which means my semester just went from a level 5 difficulty to a level 12... on a 10-point scale. So, for those of you who have been following along with me for the past few years, know that it's time for my usual hiatus. Actually, this is pretty late in the semester for me to put all updates on hold, but that's because of all the injuries I sustained this past summer which made it impossible for me to update as much as I had planned/wanted.
So! Some updates...
Mourning Song series is coming along nicely, and I know I don't update this one as often as others, but that's because this series (along with Scarlet Night) is my longest to date. It's difficult writing a series for so long because a writer needs to be able to keep the readers entertained. I know the wait-time between updates doesn't help, but I want to make sure each chapter has a purpose and advances the plot rather than just some filler to post between actual plot-affecting events. So, the reason it does take some time between updates is because I'm being really careful with each chapter to ensure the characters are growing, but that they're still who they were in the original series. If you think about it, 3 years has passed between the end of Scarlet night (or, 2 years from where the epilogue left off) and the beginning of Mourning Song. That's a lot of time for people to grow, and I try to give the characters as much depth as possible, especially since this is a dramatic series. On the hiatus, perhaps a few of you will try to pick up some of the clues of what's to come in the series. I promise there's at least two dozen in the chapters posted so far.
Reign on Me, I know, isn't as popular as mourning song and some of you have explained why that is (i.e. not wanting to get the two series confused) and I understand that, especially considering I have a tendency to have the same characters appear in my stories/series recently (i.e. Sungmin, Taeyeon, Kyuhyun). This series actually moves at a quick pace (For those of you following this story, only one week has passed and already eleven chapters have been posted!) so relationships and character growth are a little more difficult to establish and show. I wanted this series to be different than my others, and it's because of that quick pace. It meant I had to show characters differently, show their growth differently. Hopefully, I didn't disappoint!
I know some of you have wandered over to my tumblr. For those of you that did, you may have noticed that while I throw up mini-previews to various stories (old and new), I've also been throwing up mini-previews of an untitled series and stating it will be on my site in 2012. What I never clarified was that, when I say 2012... I mean April-ish, but that could be pushed back to June. (I finish classes end of March, final exams throughout April, have 2 weddings in May & I'm maid of honour, graduation & board exams for my license in June)
But, yes, this as-of-yet-untitled-series is the one series that I am most excited about. I have never been this excited for a series in the 10 years I've been writing fanfiction. I haven't released any character names, but I have thrown quite a few mini-previews on my tumblr. This series will be different from my others. It will be split into four parts and each part of the quartet will span 1 year in the story.
I've already developed main characters, elevated-secondary characters and secondary characters (yes... there is such a thing as an elevated-secondary char =P ...) I've actually been planning this out since mid-August and have up to part 2 of the quartet plotted and planned. What some of you don't know is that I do research for my stories. If I state a real-life fact it's only after I've researched and confirmed it first. For this series/quartet, I have done an extensive amount of research, more so than ever before. I know there will be some allusions readers will not understand, but I hope it entices people to do a bit of their own research. If not, I'll just start stating things at the end of chapters.
There's a certain amount of risk I'm taking with this particular series and I know some readers won't read it, but, hopefully, the way that I've planned it out, that shouldn't be too big of a problem (I know this is a pretty vague statement, but I just wanted to put it out there. It'll make more sense once it's up).
There's a few more things I have plans to write, but at the moment, I just want to concentrate on finishing up MS & ROM. I want those two out of the way for when I start posting the quartet so then everyone can just concentrate on that particular series.
Well, that's all for now, so I guess it's time to officially be on hiatus.
Take care & much love!
p.s. for those who sometimes wander over to the sister-site, HP Nights... I have a mini-series & a one-shot planned... DM/HP ^^;
p.p.s. if you want/need to contact me, feel free to tweet me on twitter, leave a message on the facebook page, throw something in the ask box on tumblr, or just email me. I usually check-up on the social networks at least once a day, so within 48 hours, you should get a reply. If not, just prompt me again, the message could have been over looked/not delivered/ended up in the spam box. =)