I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, or even my chair. I haven’t done an update in a while because there hasn’t been a need to do one. Since it serves as the unofficial end of Part 1, it was my intent to take a bit of a break after Chapter 14 and recharge the creative batteries, and indulge in a different project, a collaboration with Invid Fan, the fine mentor who maintains this site for me. Not surprisingly, to me anyway, the time away has been heavier on “break” than on “different project.” I really needed to let my brain cool off.
Last week, whether or not I thought I was ready, the urge to return to our lovers’ story came creeping back. I started preliminary work on Chapter 15, writing mostly as a way of gathering my thoughts on where the Chapter needs to go. Right now, I’m seeing it serve as a way of setting up the various plot progressions and themes Part 2 will concern itself with. In order to do this in a way that both makes narrative sense and is interesting in its own right, it looks to be a fairly long installment. Being concise is a skill that still eludes me, and it probably always will. My way of thinking just tends toward the tangential and wide, and that’s how things flow out of me. It sometimes drives people talking to me nuts when I change conversational tacks with no apparent warning.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who’ve felt moved to write to me with comments. I think I’ve answered everyone, but if you’ve sent me feedback and I haven’t answered (this doesn’t apply to Eman Ruoy from Canada, which reminds me of the line from a Monty Python skit, “The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob”, even if it isn’t actually a palindrome), please contact me again and point out my oversight. It pains me to think I may not have answered someone who took the time to write to me. I also want to thank everyone who has offered story suggestions. I welcome any and all ideas, though I make no promises beyond an honest consideration. Many times, reader suggestions have broken mental logjams and given me the answers I’d been searching for.
I hope spring has sprung for all of you. It has in my part of the world after a long, bitter, unrelenting winter, and not a moment too soon. Enjoy the rebirth.