Hello again, everyone. It has been so long since anything got updated, and there is no point in me delaying this any longer.
I first got into fanfiction almost exactly a decade ago, give or take (December 2003), and so much time has passed and so many things have happened in my life since then... unfortunately, not all of it has been positive. I am too busy trying to keep my life held together and not falling apart. I would go into detail about what exactly has been going on, but my myriad problems are too many and too private (and too painful) to discuss.
As for "Harry Potter and the Eternal Guardian"... sorry, but I'm done with this story, and it doesn't seem too likely I'll get back to it in the future. It was definitely one of my better attempts at writing, but I bit off more than I could chew when I set about writing it, trying to plot out seven (7) years of plot while making it up on the fly. It was too much trouble, rather silly and stupid, and, above all else, it just stopped being fun for me to write. And isn't it the point for fanfiction to be a fun, enjoyable activity? Whatever reasons I had for doing this are long gone, sorry to say.
HOWEVER, please note... this has NOTHING to do with you, Dear Readers. I can't apologize enough for letting you down and not being able to complete this stuff, but at the same time, I can't express enough gratitude for all the support you've shown me over the years. So there's that. I can't thank you enough for everything you've done for me, even if I couldn't keep doing this.
Just blame it all on Real Life; I've dealt with graduating from college, deaths in the family, horrible bouts of depression, and the still on-going horrible economy and hunt for that elusive full-time job. I just can't do fanfiction while living like this.
In fact, I STILL WANT TO KEEP ALL OF YOU READERS, EVEN WHEN I WRITE MY OWN ORIGINAL STUFF. Yes, folks, I do plan on writing my own original works, and am in fact writing them right now. I still want to retain as many readers as possible, and if any of you Dear Readers would like to follow me into more original forays, then PLEASE contact me somehow and let me know that you want to read what I write. I will let you know when I have a new group and everything set up and where you can read my stuff. The future is here, folks. Just remember this: I HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED YOU FOLKS, EVEN WHEN I COULDN'T GET BACK TO YOU SOONER. Real Life just has a way of messing everything up, you know?
ONE OTHER THING: I mentioned before how I would like to try to disentangle my OC Pim from this HP fanfiction and write something original with him (and many readers and friends told me it was a good idea). Would anyone be willing to read such a story, something original with Pim? Please let me know!
Anyway, I should get around to taking it all down ("The Heir of Gryffindor" and all its related stories) soon enough, but for now, I have one major favor to ask of you all. You see, YEARS ago, someone outright stole my fic and posted it under his/her profile. Someone named Vgamermoon posted my songfic "Black Flame" (also part of the HP fandom) on his/her page. For some reason, the FFN admins STILL haven't taken this plagiarized fic down, despite me reporting it for YEARS. Maybe if everyone sends abuse reports, they won't be able to ignore it? (And the really horrible irony here is that, years ago, the admins were absolutely horrible and abusive, deleting fics without verifying the abuse reports as legitimate! Anyone else around here remember those dark days?) So, anyone willing to help me out and flood their inbox with abuse reports until they actually do something about it?
So, until the next big thing happens, please take care of yourselves, Dear Readers... and don't forget to write!
(December 14, 2013)