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