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May. 4th, 2014


Endings? Beginnings? What, I don't even.

Holy Hell -- how the time flies.

My goals for last summer seem laughable now.  Well, it's all because I keep getting these wonderful ideas that are making the rewrites for LitD even longer than I originally planned.  Damn.

At the moment I'm actually in the middle of writing the end of LitD.  Is that odd?  It feels odd.  Still working on rewrites for pre-quest, just beginning Return of the King for mid-quest, and here I am tying up the end like a loon.  But you've got to go where the inspiration takes you, I guess.  So there it is.

Jun. 28th, 2013


Summer LitD Update

Summer is the season of writing!  (At least for me, anyway.)

My school year has come to a close, which means I have much more time to devote to writing!  My goal for this summer (a very lofty goal, I admit) is to finish all of the rewrites on You're My Light in the Dark so I can finally continue on toward the end of the story.  I've come a long way with the rewrites, and I have a bunch of material I've been sitting on and perfecting here and there, so maybe it's not as impossible as it feels.  But we'll see.

I have to apologize for the delay on posting the rewrite of chapter 13 on LOTR FF.  It is long overdue.  But to be fair, it is currently clocking in at a little over 12,000 words... and it's still not done yet.  (So it is massive, and is quickly working it's way toward being triple the length of a typical LitD chapter.)  I might end up breaking it up into multiple chapters depending on how long it is when it's finished.  I guess this is what I get for the 10,000 word per chapter groove I have going with my original fiction.  *sheepish grin*

Dec. 14th, 2012


A Quick Update

So… I kind of miss writing.  A lot.  I feel kind of lost without it.  Alas, law school has stolen my soul (as well as my sanity, my time, my sleep – in other words, it's been everything I always dreamed it would be, LOL).

With the long-awaited Hobbit movie finally out in theaters, I'm looking forward to the new batch of fans it will undoubtedly bring to the fandom.  It's scary to think that it has been over 10 years since the Fellowship of the Ring first came out.  It's making me feel a little old.  (>.<)  But I'm excited about the Hobbit movie nonetheless.  I'm taking a break with studying for my finals by going out to see the movie tomorrow night with an old friend – who I met, funny enough, through her reading and reviewing You're My Light in the Dark nearly 10 years ago.

Anyway.  My last final of the semester is this coming Friday.  So you can expect some new chapters from me on Lord of the Ring Fanfiction starting around Christmas.  (^.^)

Sep. 7th, 2012

burning up a sun

Rambles and a Sad Update

You know what's weird?

At each of my past three jobs (all of which have been some sort of teaching position, with two of them revolving around gymnastics) I have had a student named Kat -- Katerina, Katherine, and Katherine.  It's weird since one of my OCs in LitD is named Kat(herine), and is a gymnast.  I know it's a common enough name and all, but the coincidence of it just strikes me as odd.  Especially since I haven't known any other Kat's in my life besides these three in the last few years.  

I dunno.  Maybe it's just me.  *shrugs*

Anyway, I'm really happy to see that the revised version of LitD is getting more hits on LotRFF -- nearly 500 hits in the last few weeks.  (Which is pretty good considering how small that archive is compared to FFN.)  Not so happy about the lack of reviews, though.  Over 9,000 hits and only 8 reviews.  The lack of feedback is disheartening, but I suppose there's not much I can do about that.

I started my first year of law school this week.  By the looks of it, I'm not going to have much of a life outside of school and work, never mind have the time (or energy) to write.  I'm probably not going to be able to touch LitD again until winter break... but we'll see.

Aug. 11th, 2012


Decisions, Decisions

I've had the ending of You're My Light in the Dark planned out for some time now.  For, like, years.  It's been kicking around the back of my mind all this time since as work, school, and original projects eat at my soul in the passing of life, fanfiction always tends to be put on the back burner.  Which is always a bit depressing sure, but it can't be helped.

I've enjoyed the complexity of my idea for the ending, and how original it was compared to all other LotR OC stories I've read.  But now, as I'm piecing together how it would work in practice (as necessary clues/build up needs to be placed throughout the story) I can't help thinking that no matter how much I love the idea, perhaps I shouldn't go through with it after all -- that maybe it's putting the characters through a little too much.  Or maybe a part of me is just getting tired.  While I love writing LitD, I've been working on the project on and off for far too long.  I need to put an end to it, and the fabulous yet complicated ending I've dreamed up would tack on another 20,000 - 30,000 words at least.  

Maybe when all is done and I have the strength I can write out the complicated version as an alternate ending or something.  

Just, GAH.  

Jul. 28th, 2012


LitD excerpt

So I've been writing like a fiend these past few weeks.  I've now rewritten up through chapter 12 of You're My Light in the Dark and currently in the middle of rewriting chapter 13.  There is still much work to be done, but I finally feel like some significant progress has been made in cleaning up the story.

So here's a small tidbit from some of the rewrites that haven't been posted yet.  :D

“If it makes you feel any better Aunt Esme isn’t too fond of me either,” Pippin said with sympathy as she slid the drinks in front of them. 

Lauren frowned at that.  “Why’s that, Pip?”

“She seems to think that I hurt Merry’s chances of wooing lasses,” he explained pointedly, taking a swig of ale, with Merry rolling his eyes beside him the whole while.  “Like I scare them off or what have you.  And as if he needs any help scaring them off.”

Merry gave his cousin a swift smack in the ribs for that.  “Quit it!  Honestly.”  Words, which, of course, never end an argument but always tend to begin one instead.

“But it’s true!”

“Like hell it is!”

“Prove it then!”

“I don’t need to prove anything to you!  I’m not interested, besides.”

“What, in lasses?”

“No, you idiot.  In doing whatever the hell my mother tells me to do.”

Mar. 7th, 2012

long road ahead

You're My Light in the Dark update

It feels so odd writing a public post -- I haven't done so since around 2004, at least.  But here we go.  

This journal will mainly be used for status updates and writing excerpts, because I realize there has been some frustration about the long waits between updates on FFN.  (Which is completely understandable.)  I've become a bit of a perfectionist with my writing, so I want to make sure things are as clean as possible before I post a new chapter.  I try to write far enough ahead to ensure I will not suddenly change my mind about certain aspects of the story and have to go back and fix things later (which will only serve to confuse readers who have read the old version and not the updated version -- plus it makes things a bit easier for me).

-- You're My Light in the Dark
My goodness, this story is such a mess, and has been a mess for a while now.  I started this story a LONG time ago.  Like, when I was thirteen years old.  So, yeah, nearly ten years ago now.  I cringe at the earlier chapters and like to pretend that they don't exist.  Part of the reason why it's taking me so long to write new chapters is because I've been busy rewriting and reorganizing the beginning of the story.  I've always been attached to LitD as a project.  I feel like it's always had potential, but when I was younger I was immature and writing for readers rather than myself -- I would let comments and opinions affect my writing too much.

A lot of the new beginning chapters are double the length they originally were.  Some old side plots have been completely taken out, and the beginning of the story as a whole is now a lot more focused.  It is, in many ways, a completely different story.  (Or in other words: same characters, new depth.)  The new parts will eventually link up with later chapters.  I still have a lot more editing and rewriting to go before that happens, however, so it may take a while before any new chapters are posted on FFN.  I apologize for this, but it really cannot be helped.  

All the current Light in the Dark rewrites that are ready to be published are posted on LOTRFF for those of you who are interested.