Sorry, it’s a sickness. Had to be done.
Okay, so Volume 8 is over and it was something of a clusterfuck. Unpopular change in view, going on longer than expected, plus multiple delays, all adds up to something of a soured experience for me and all of you.
I’m sorry. I’ll do better in the future.
When I set out to write this volume, I had a bullet point list of events which needed to happen. Topping that list was: (Spoiler Alert) Qing-Qing Dies. This wasn’t the first major character I intended to kill, but in the end, I wrote her death. Whether it was any good or not, or if it had any impact at all, well… that remains to be seen.
I can’t speak for my readers, but as the writer, it was HARD writing and reading her death. The entire time I was writing this volume, I kept hesitating, trying to come up with an escape, wrapping everything up nicely where she could live happily ever after with Baledagh.
Obviously, that didn’t work out.
I get attached to my characters and hate to see them go. I know Baledagh and Qing-Qing aren’t the most popular characters, but I love them. An arrogant, brash, blood thirsty child, out in the world on his own for the first time meets an indecisive dreamer from a small village and falls in love. There’s something oddly adorable about that to me.
Maybe in a few weeks, I’ll come back and read this volume and think ‘What the Fuck?’, but from day 1, Baledagh was the original owner and I felt he deserved an arc.
Anyways, moving on, as some readers have noticed, Fiction Grill is sort of dead. The owner has disappeared and the techs aren’t responding to my queries. Originally, I made the move here mostly because RR is ugly as sin and I hate their comments section. It hasn’t gotten any better, but FG is now circling the drain. Email notifications aren’t working, I’m not getting notified of comments, updates are needed, etc. etc.
So, I will now go on break until January sometime, and when I return, it will be ONLY at Royal Road. Update your bookmarks and keep an eye over there, because I have something in the works for around Christmas time, a present for my readers.
Thank you for reading thus far, and I hope you follow me (back) to Royal Road.
Edit: Well this is foreboding… RR is down for me hahaha, can’t update the latest chapters there. *facepalm
Edit2: Gravity Tales requires me to censor all swearing, so that’s a deal breaker for me. Thanks for the suggestion though, it’s a great site otherwise.