Hi, all. GeneralIrritation, here.
It has been a little over a year since I wrapped Legend Has It, and in case I haven't said it, I want to thank you for reading it. That and it's prequel, Gun, With Occasional Hella, may not have reached the most people in the fandom, but it reached a hell of a lot more that I thought it was going to. It's not set in a coffee shop, and the characters aren't screwing each other in public, so I thought I was going to get about thirty hits in total. Not the tens of thousands that I wound up getting. Which isn't to say I have anything against coffee shop AUs or smut, but I just know damn well that those have a far larger audience than noir and sci-fi on the fanfiction beat.
And though I have been silent this past year, I have still been among your number, delighting in your triumphs and waging invisible war upon your demons. Like the Queen song goes, "You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it. I thank you all."
But one thing has happened this past year that is worth talking about. A big thing, in fact, and it happened quite recently.
Why yes, I am talking about the announcement of Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
And folks... It's gonna be bad. It's a prequel no one asked for starring an off-brand Chloe from the makers of Ratchet Reloaded HD. The odds are not in this accursed thing's favor. In the words of the immortal Lord Buckethead, "It is going to be a shitshow."
And the saddest, most damnable thing about it all is that even the people most excited for it know it's going to be bad. They see all the warning signs and have resigned themselves to having their hearts broken again for whatever reason. Maybe it's because they want to see the characters they love so much one last time, even in the bastardized versions that BtS will no doubt provide. Maybe it's because the heart and soul of this fandom has little-to-no representation in video games, and that something bad is better than nothing at all.
It kills me.
It also motivates me.
Is Chloe Price to return this summer?
Then by God, she shall.
I am pleased to announce that Coda, the third and final story in the Girls who Broke the World series, is currently being written at the breakneck pace I am known for.
Here are the things I can tell you:
-It will serve as both sequel and midquel, focusing equally on the events of November 9, 2019 and June 6, 2014.
-Several characters from Life is Strange that never showed up in GWOH or LHI will be making their debuts.
-It will be about 15k to 20k words long, though if I fall outside that number, expect it be on the longer side than the shorter side. In case you haven't noticed, I have explosive diarrhea of the keyboard.
-It will, functionally, be a comedy. No mystery, no gunshots, no cliff-jumping, no nosebleeds, no storms. It's just an excuse for these characters to hang out. Lord knows they've earned it.
-It will be six chapters long.
-All six chapters will be dropped on the same day.
-And that day will be Thursday, June 22, 2017.
So go ahead. Buy the goddamned prequel. Walk into that buzzsaw.
But walk in knowing that someone out there thinks these characters are special. Walk in knowing that someone knows how to use them. Walk in knowing you deserve better, and have gotten it quite recently.
Walk in knowing someone out there loves you.
With the highest regards and lowest comedy,