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Many years ago a fic was started about James Potter being alive and his story as he re-entered the wizarding world and his son's life. And then updating became sporadic. And then two years went by until it was finally updated again, with a promise from the author that the fic was not and would never be abandon. 

Four years later and said author is hardly even around online, let alone updated the fic. 

Said author fails at fanfic life, y/y? 

Well, there's news. Good news, even! I never took divination, but I'm seeing an update in the near future. 

Long story short, after I re-thought out the entire plot and point to the story, I put myself in a situation where the next few chapters are basically really important to the continued path of the fic. In other words, the decisions I'm making for these chapters essentially set up the remaining chapters. And I'm really bad at making decisions. I like to claim writers block, and maybe that's a part of it, but... not really. It's making up my mind on a few things and I can't continue without being decisive. 

And so, I'm forcing myself to be decisive. I'm almost satisfied with chapter 15 and I'm (seriously!) currently in the middle of reworking chapter 16. I have a start on seventeen and 18 and 19 are pretty mapped out. I just want to finish a bit more so that I'm sure of my decisions (really, I'm about to the point where I just say eff it and go with it, generally the way I make decisions) and the next chapter will be posted. Which will also mean the next chapter will be close to finished...and so forth. 

There is an outline. The story will finish through to the end of the war. It won't always be pretty. I'm sure it'll be angsty and hopefully continue to tear at your heartstrings some. I know that Tiffany and Erica aren't favorite characters, but they are important and there will be just a few more original characters (one of the areas I've struggled in making decisions). I've left a lot of questions and there even a few things that may appear to be mistakes (well, I'm sure there are plenty of mistakes) and all will be answered.

In the mean time, I just really really want to thank everyone who has read. It really means a lot. Thank you to those who continue to find wdmc and add it to their favorites and alert lists. And a massive thank you to all who have reviewed. You guys all rock my world. 

So here's to the soon to come update. I'm excited. 

Huggles n cookies!
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Yes! Contrary to what I know you're thinking, I am still writing! As usual, life has been busy and I've decided I want to be well ahead of the game before I start updating once again. The good news is that we're getting closer to an update.

For those interested in What Dreams May Come

Chapters 15, Second Chances, and 16, Love's Direction, are both written. I'm currently working on chapter 17, which is still untitled. The really good news I can share is the entire fic has been outlined. Here's the part that floored me; we're going to be around for a while longer. To my best estimate, which isn't absolutely certain as the chapters themselves aren't outlined (and have a tendency to take on a life of their own each time), there's approx. 30 to 40 more chapters left of this story. If I can keep myself from adding any other side stories or running off on a tangent, it should be closer to the 30 mark, but knowing me, somewhere in the middle (and I can almost see the areas that will be trouble for me), I might hit that 40 mark easy. Heh.

So, the story is set, I've had plenty of time to plan it out and it's finally down in outline form and unless one of my betas persuade me due to plot holes or just downright silliness or horribleness, things won't change no matter reactions. I can tell you this much - the story will remain as close to canon as I can make it. It will, of course, deviate from that often enough to stand out, as it is an AU to begin with. It will get dark; there will be character deaths and injuries. You'll be introduced to some new characters, there will be romance, adventures and plenty of drama.

It'll be a little bit longer before any updates will start rolling in. The ever wonderful [ profile] firstlightofeos  (and somehow I've pulled the also, ever wonderful [ profile] christycorr  into the mix) and myself have been quite busy and I haven't put a rush on any beta reading. Plus, I would like to stay ahead by a few chapters. That way, in my often times of not being around, or having the time to write, I can still have something to update with.

In the mean time, somehow, [ profile] christycorr  convinced me to sign up for this year's Fic Exchange at Unknowable Room, so I guess I'm doing that. I fear deadlines, so this may not have been the best idea ever...

Hopefully, I can finish chapter 17 soon and get a good start on 18. When I get that far, I'll start putting pressure on my betas and by the time I get 18 done, I can update with 15 and stay a good three chapters ahead of my posting. I've said this before and I still mean it, with or without any readers, I will finish wdmc. *grins*

Happy reading!

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S'weird, the moments that grab me and choke me until I write and then I do.

More for my own insanity, but if you're interested, a progress report on What Dreams May Come, Chapter 15, Second Chances.

- First draft almost completed (one that I think I'm happy with!)
    -Is currently standing at 9660 words with a partial scene and a whole scene yet to be written (whole scene may be a bit lengthy, not sure yet)
       (the most words ever put in a chapter was 10,109 in Ch 11. I think I may beat that record, but considering the length of time that's passed, I owe it to my readers, yeah?)

- Am hoping to have this completed and looked over so I can send it to my betas (*coughcough [personal profile] firstlightofeos and [personal profile] christycorr coughcough*) within the week.

- Is still making no promises on when this chapter will be up.

- Is, however, happy with said progress and has already began the rough ideas of putting together chapter 16.

- Feels she's accomplished a lot for one evening and is going to bed
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Hah, I scared you, didn't I? Missy posting?!?! Seriously, I know.

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*

Fic Update

Jun. 11th, 2007 11:49 pm
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*waves* Been a while since I've given one of these. =\

Okay - I haven't had time, to be honest, in the past couple of months to work on much of anything. I do have plans and hopefully I now have time - that's the good news. So, in case you're wondering about anything in the works - read on.

Bittersweet Love - I'm going to be honest. I have no current plans on working on this for a while. Perhaps, someday when inspiration hits, I'll work on editing and rewriting it (personally, I think it's absolutely horrid). It's rather cliche and poorly written, I think. So...I don't see any hope for it in the near future.

Ride the Wind - *huggles* I miss this one! As soon as What Dreams May Come is done, I will get back to this one! I want to rewrite the first chapters (I think, I have the first six or so written?) before I start reposting it. I really need to work out my plan, too, out on paper, before I continue. So...look for that one within the next few months.

What Dreams May Come - One More Chapter Left. It's in the works! I pulled it up today to reread what I have written and I just need to fall back into that place and I can finish it. Mands is waiting for me, so it isn't a beta's just me. Last chapter...I've never written a last chapter before! It's coming along, though. The title is self titled, What Dreams May Come and I use a quote from Hamlet (go figure which one!) to start the chapter off.

Since I'm talking about wdmc - I have a question that I'd greatly appreciate any opinions and feedback on. I've had a few requests for a sequel to wdmc and I've considered it. Originally, I had no intentions of going any further (of course, back when wdmc started, I hadn't really planned the ending). I could go further with the story - I could continue through the time of the remaining books, just written with James alive and my version. it worth it? Would any of you be interested in it? Author-wise, is it wise to write sequels? I just can't make up my mind on this and I'd like to by the time I post the final chapter.

Moments - Moments shall be a vignette that's currently in the works. I have the first of four chapters written, the final three all planned out and beta-approved. It's MWPP-era and that's all I can say until I post the first chapter. =)

Believe it or not (this HP summerfest is getting to me, I think.), I actually have three other ideas (possibly plans) for some short fics. I have a Peter based vignette in mind, a Snape one-shot, and a fic about James (of course) from a different point of view. The last one I'm unsure about more than the others. We'll see. Anyone willing to hash out some ideas with me, I'll take you up on the offer. @_@

That's all for now. wdmc will get caught up over at the UR and I'll keep working and concentrating on the final chapter of that for now. =)

Huggles n cookies!

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