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Hah, I scared you, didn't I? Missy posting?!?! Seriously, I know.


So, I don't even know how many of my old readers still exist out there, not sure how many people care anymore about the "never appearing to happen" ending of wdmc, however, a muse has visited me. And I am oh-so excited about this.

It's no secret that I've been struggling for months (years, even, by now) about how to end this. With the last chapter that's been posted (on ff.net, I've yet to get UR up to date), I have written all the main points that I had originally thought out when first brainstorming the plot bunny that attacked me oh-so-many years ago. My problem was that HBP came out before I was able to get that far, and now of course DH and that tiny little fact that I wasn't sure how exactly to end it. I figured Ch 15 (or, originally it would have been 16 chapters) would be the end and I could leave it at that. After the release of the final two books, I began realizing that just leaving wdmc open when canon isn't so any longer, was ripping away any plot meaning to wdmc (which was character driven anyway, but you know, what's an HP fic without the war?) So then I struggled with the idea of sequels, writing my own versions of the last two books to finish off wdmc. And a few months back I started (finally, thinking my muse had returned) writing the final chapter. Even sent the parts I had to my two betas.

Of course, I hated it. Parts I like, most parts didn't connect, weren't anywhere close to giving the reader the emotions the previous chapters had given and I was forcing the ending. And to top that off, I was trying to bring in the beginning of HBP to set up for a sequel AND I wasn't giving explanations or touching upon things that needed to be more finished.

Well. Life took me away from fandom almost completely for some time recently. HP wasn't anywhere close to being a priority on my mind. Then, a couple months ago, I missed it. I was fighting for time on a computer (mine's dead, sharing one with Adam because I'm lazy, oh, and money is tight), and lacking the energy to throw myself back in to fandom. But, I did pick up a notebook and started drafting a L/J one-shot (which is still being worked on, but not finished). It's eased me back into writing again, remembering canon and reminding me why I love the HP world.

Then, [personal profile] christycorr  and [personal profile] firstlightofeos  ransacked me (*grins*) back into the fandom (and UR), thankfully. Suddenly, I'm wondering how I was surviving without one of my favorite stress-relievers. So, as most of you know, the Hourglass Awards are in full swing at Unknowable Room. I'm judging the AU catagory, so I started reading last night since a few of them are chaptered fics and we all know my randomness in being on the computer as of late.

And it hit me. Hello!?!? wdmc is AU. Yes, I try to stick with as much canon as possible to make it believable, but damn it, I have James alive during the Trio time! And I didn't even touch the wdmc document, I just rolled my eyes at myself and went to bed.

Where I couldn't sleep because things just kept hitting me in the head. Gaps in what I wrote were suddenly filled and I can't figure out why I didn't think of these things before. How to end Ch 15? Duh. Answers to questions I had about plot-holes were tugging at my hair, yelling at me that they've been there all along. I am so stupid sometimes.

So. To sum this post up, I have answers to the burning questions and I'm ready to write this thing. And, any readers or not Chapter 15 will not be the final chapter to What Dreams May Come. There will be no sequel. This story will be longer, because there's no need to change stories to finish one tale. wdmc will follow through the canon we've been given and end with the war being won. I won't give anymore away than that *laughs*.

And I'm serious this time (although I make no promises on how fast or often updates will be; I do have the same life I've had the past couple of years, but readers or none, I will finish. I've even found myself a new beta. I haven't talked to [profile] lizaloo  in ages and [personal profile] satirise  and [profile] white_tulips  are both extremely busy (although I do hope they'll both continue to be around; I do love their opinions and help). So, even though she's busy too, I've enlisted the ever wonderful, Grammar Nazi and great pusher of getting me off my ass when I need it, [personal profile] firstlightofeos  . Much love and thanks to agreeing to help me out *laughs and looks forward to the coming frustrations she shall have because of me*.

So, I've just gone and done thrown a lot on my plate, but I'm excited about all of it. Especially now that I have direction not forced thoughts on where to go with wdmc. I'm looking forward to this challenge. *grins*

And yeah, I just thought I'd share that in case anyone cared. *laughs*

Here's to wdmc and the coming agony I so look forward to having because of it. *drinks*

on 2008-03-20 07:05 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] firstlightofeos.livejournal.com
*toasts* Looking forward to it, indeed.

I have to warn you, unless you give me specific time intervals in which you want me to bug you, I won't be very good at that. *grins* You're talking to the queen of promising to finish a fic; I promised to finish my first fic years and years ago, and its next chapter is still waiting. (I never plan to finish the fic; it was utter crap to begin with.)

But yes. *laughs* Somehow, I think we'll make this work. (*is having flashbacks to OMG DO ME*)

on 2008-03-21 12:12 am (UTC)
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*laughs* Okay, as far as the 'getting me off my ass' thing goes, just bug me randomly when we talk (or even when we don't) on if I'm writing or where I'm at or what's going on with it. My old, old, old beta (my first one) used to do that, and I'd update every few weeks then because I was always working on it just to shut her up. *laughs* Just don't let me fizzle. When I get frustrated, I just stop and if I don't have someone breathing down my neck (which I hate, so it works), I get all "I can't write" emo-ish and stop. That's all. You know my grammar sucks and my spelling is worse *laughs* and I might bug you from time to time about plot lines and character profiles. *giggles* This will be fun.

*laughs* I have one of those fics sitting around too. Boggles my mind when I get a review or someone asks when I'm going to update it. Say what?

(OMG!DOME! *rolls over laughing* We are so made of fun.)

on 2008-03-21 12:17 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] firstlightofeos.livejournal.com
All right. I'll do my best. *laughs* Okay, good to know. *nods* So basically just be a pain in the ass. *smirks* Eh. Your grammar/spelling are all right; I've seen worse. You just need practice or something like that. *laughs* This will be fun. You're going to be worse to beta for than Chris, who only asks that I look over random things she writes...but you'll be worse in a good way.

*laughs* Yeah, I know. I'm still surprised when I get reviews asking me to update even though it's been...almost four years since I last updated. *mind boggles*

(*laughs* We really are. Did you know that on urbandictionary.com, "solarism" is one of the definitions for "BNF"? No joke.)

on 2008-03-21 12:25 am (UTC)
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*grins* Yep, be a pain in the ass. I'll love you for it. *smirks* More practice, aye? I think I'll have a good teacher helping me out. You know, I can be a pain in the ass, right?

(Serious? Too funny. *goes to see*

on 2008-03-20 02:03 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] latine.livejournal.com
Yay for inspiration muse!

on 2008-03-21 12:12 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] moon-dancing.livejournal.com
Yes! Yay indeed!

on 2008-03-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] white-tulips.livejournal.com
Hey sexy face! I'm actually around for spring break until next Saturday (I get a glorious two weeks off, when most poor sods only get one--mwahaha), so feel free to send me whatever you have! I'd love to help out any way I can, although once I go back to school, I can't make any promises.

I'm super super glad that you got your muse back! I myself just started re-reading what I have of White Tulips so that I can hopefully get back into the swing of things and finish chapter eleven sometime next week. Who knows?

Anyway, I miss talking to you and being around. But I'm on AIM like 24/7, so you should IM me if you're ever online. I usually have an away message on, but I'm usually right there fucking around on Facebook or something.

So yes. Talk to you soon? You better not make that question mark worth it and actually start another one of our ridiculous comment tower thingies.

Kisses!

on 2008-03-21 12:17 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] moon-dancing.livejournal.com
*squeals* Damn, it seems like eons since we've actually talked!

Listen to you, lucky duck, TWO weeks for spring break. That must be nice. Yeah, if I get anything done between now and then, I'll send it to you.

OMG. I still have your chapter 10, don't I? Well, fuck me over the chocolate fountain, I am SO FREAKING SORRY! I'll get on that as soon as I can. I think I read over it once...omg, I'm a horrible beta, Mands. Shoot me in the foot, seriously. I just realized that when I got excited that you were working on 11 and it hit me that Kerstin and I are the only ones to know what happened in 10!

I shall look for you when I'm on AIM then, dear. We really should catch up. *laughs* I watched an episode of 'Sex in the City' the other day and one of them was on about shoe shopping and you just popped into my head. *laughs*

Ridiculous comment tower thingies? Whatever are you on? Those be fun. *grins*

Huggles!

on 2008-03-21 04:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] white-tulips.livejournal.com
Ew because it has. It's been much, much, much too long.

I've actually always had two weeks of spring break, but all of my friends always had two weeks as well, so it never seemed like a big deal. But now that some people only get one, it's like pssssh. It's super nice though--I get to see non-Hammy peeps this week and then shop and relax and see Hammy peeps next week.

Yes, yes you do. It doesn't matter that you haven't been able to send it yet--I wouldn't have been able to update it until now anyway. I'm halfway through chapter 11 though and I know where I want to go with it. I just didn't have the time to finish it when I started it back in January, but now that I do have time...

Aaaw I'm so honored that you think of me when you watch SATC! I'm so not as glamorous, but still. Thankies!

On another note, how's your new apartment going?

on 2008-03-23 02:44 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] moon-dancing.livejournal.com
*laughs* I have Easter Sunday off from work...I need to become a career student.

Okay, again, I am SO sorry! I'll try to get it back to you this week, like, as soon as I can, then. I still suck, you know. No matter how nice you're going to be over this.

*laughs* I do think of you. Actually, funny we're talking about this. Adam was telling me about a job he was thinking of looking into (although I'm not sure that he is, he's comfortable where he's at currently) and it's in NYC. My first reaction? "OMGZ! I have friends there! Mands is there. Only she's not because she's in school..." *laughs* Then I go into this whole long ramble about "internet friendz". Then I tried to list all the cities we could move to because I know someone. *grins*

The apartment is good. Now that we're six months in (half way through the lease), Mandy and I are totally comfortable and pretty much loving it. It's more space than we need, which leads to we're spending more money than we need to be, but it's so cute. *laughs* I've totally adapted to city living, so that's all cool. I'm not sure how Adam feels these days, I know he likes it here, but he's had some bad luck recently that has him more nervous than Mandy and me. *shrugs* So, I'm not sure what we're doing when our lease is up.

School is awesome, I take it? At least, I know you're rolling in the social life. *grins*

on 2008-03-23 03:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] white-tulips.livejournal.com
Baaah stop. I don't want to think about when I won't have spring, summer and winter vacations. My dad's already planning on me spending the majority of my summer in the Philippines again, and I keep forgetting that my sister won't be there for the whole time I'm there too because she has work. So silly.

Well, it is pretty long. I'm in the process of re-reading it right now and it's 26 pages long. Yeesh.

Oooooh! That'd be so sick if you moved here! I could give you a whole list of restaurants to eat at, places to shop, etc. etc. Le sigh. The city is such an amazing place. I heart it so.

Damn I can't believe it's already been six months! Like seriously, that's ridiculous. I feel like you just moved in yesterday or something. And what's this about bad luck with Adam? What happened to him?

Yesss school's absolutely fabulous. Or fierce, as Christian Soriano would say (a friend of mine ran into him the other day!! I was so freaking jealous). But yeah. Classes are going really well and I absolutely adore my friends. I was looking at my planner and we only have six weeks left after we go back. It seems like a pretty long time, but it's also so so so short. Eeep!

on 2008-03-20 11:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sweetcherrytree.livejournal.com
*FALLS OVER IN TOTAL EXCITEMENT*

wdmc has always been one of my favourite fics and I hope you know this. *huggles* So glad you're back in fandom and back writing. =)

on 2008-03-21 12:19 am (UTC)
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*huggles*

Aw, Kel. Your excitement makes me even more excited. I kept thinking about wdmc at work all day today. *laughs* You've been with me for quite a while, haven't you? *squeezes* *showers with some cookies* Thank you.

And thank you, it's nice to be back and nice to be back to writing. *loves*

on 2008-03-21 12:22 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sweetcherrytree.livejournal.com
*laughs* Quite a while, my dear, when you first started writing it! *hugs* It's nice to see you active again. ^_^

on 2008-03-21 12:28 am (UTC)
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Awwwwww. You're going to make me go all sentimental. *huggles again*

Remember when I dedicated a chapter to you? Teehee. I've always loved you, Kel. Well, you know, not all my love for you has to do with the fact that you like wdmc!

Okay. I'm going to stop being emotional now. *grins*

on 2008-03-21 02:40 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] potterchick958.livejournal.com
OMGZ YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

on 2008-03-23 02:46 am (UTC)
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*grins**laughs* I suppose you care? Thank you for your excitement, darling. *hugs*

on 2008-03-21 05:55 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rose-pagonias.livejournal.com
Love, people do care, I promise. And I'm so happy you're back! Yay for active!admins! :D

And wdmc being updated? What is this you speak of? *grins* I'm looking forward to the re-invention of it. So, here's to the hair-tearing on both of your parts (and by both, I mean you and Runi). *glasses clink*

~Lauren

on 2008-03-23 02:48 am (UTC)
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*grins* Thank you, darling. As far as the writing goes, I'm back to the point that my first priority isn't what any readers may think, that's not the first reason I enjoy writing. All in all, though, it's nice to know people care.

And as far as being back in action (Yay for active!admins indeed! *laughs*), I am soo glad to be back and soo glad to know I was missed. Makes me feel loved.

Runi and I will have some fun. *grins*

on 2008-03-21 11:49 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] twinsuns.livejournal.com
This is random, but are you safe from the flooding?

on 2008-03-23 02:51 am (UTC)
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*smiles* *huggles Erin*

I hug you for three reasons:

(1)YOU DONATED MONEY TO UR!!! Sneaky lil thing, you. Thank you, love. <3

(2)You noticed the flooding around me and thought to ask about me! Awww! Yes, I'm actually fine. I'm...in the middle of where all the flooding is, so I'm good. It's pretty bad in some parts, but not anywhere I need to go or anywhere I have any close friends or family. So far, I'm lucky.

(3)Because I can. =)

on 2008-03-25 12:08 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] satirise.livejournal.com
:( I'm sorry I can't really help out - things are crazy (and to top it off, I can't even find my fecking thumbdrive with all my stories and beta chapters, etc., which is major piss off territory - four years (comparatively not a lot, I know) just lying about somewhere in rubble, GRR). Although it'd probably be better for you to have a fresh approach all round (plus, I'm a lazy git about grammar and all the technical stuff betas are supposed to do).

BUT I'll squee myself stupid and read updates of wdmc (well, I'll read anything you write, basically, *laughs*). :D

on 2008-05-18 03:39 am (UTC)
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*is scratching head and wondering why I never replied to this* DUDE. I owe you a thousand Skittles for seeming to have ignored your comment! Wtf? I'm sorry!

Oh, nonono, don't even worry about apologizing. I totally understand. Gah, you've had...quite a year, haven't you? I know you have a thousand things going on and I really do understand. If you're ever in the mood, though, look me up. *laughs*

*blushes* Awwww. *huggles relentlessly*

on 2008-04-16 08:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by (Anonymous)
I just started reading What Dreams may come and i really cant wait to read the ending. I really hope you post another chapter soon!

on 2008-05-18 03:40 am (UTC)
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Well, thank you very much! I'm working on the next chapter, so hopefully, I'll have it ready...soonish. <3

on 2008-04-29 02:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] prisilha.livejournal.com
Oh Well! I am an avid fan of What dreams may come... it is forever in my favorit links at ff.net... and was wondering if it would never get finished! My first time here in you LJ, and i'm happy to have come check it out! now i'll be waiting for more news of this fantastic fic!

Hugs hugs!!

on 2008-05-18 03:43 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] moon-dancing.livejournal.com
Thank you! I really appreciate your thoughts! I'm sorry that I'm so horrible at the updating bit. Life and writer's block tend to overtake me more than the writing bug. However, I'm seriously am working on the next chapter and I keep discussing it with my betas, so it will happen! And hopefully, quite soon (but I still refuse to give a time! lol).

Thank you so much!
Hugs!

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