Hereafter Author's Notes
Well, here we are, about a year and a half after I began this story. I must say I am relieved to have completed it, even though I am sad I no longer get to look forward to adding chapters and reading all of your responses. I hope you have enjoyed reading the story as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Your comments and suggestions and compliments helped me soo much (this was my first extensive chapter story) and I can't thank you enough! Thank you to everyone who ever reviewed, and to all the people who stayed with me through the entire process.
Looking towards the future...in my head I have been mulling over some ideas for another Mummy story. There are two ideas in particular I'm thinking about, although I can't promise I'll be starting another story soon. This one took so long and was such an investment I would have to think seriously before starting another extensive chapter story. A vignette or two may surface, maybe not. However, I do not plan on deserting Mummy fanfiction ;-) I hope that if I do post another story, you all will check it out and let me know what you think.
Thanks to everyone who ever reviewed the story, e-mailed me, or IMed me (in a totally random order):
Mommints, Aulizia, MBooker, Eviefan, Ruse, Anya, Seletha, Nile Blossom, jonnycarnahan, First Crush, Deana, KatieScarlet, tellergirl, Sabie, Jessie C., anthony1778, Towmondler, Lula, Harpo, MaraJade3, Jessie McDonald, Soph, Max452, Pixie, Tiffany L., kmac, Fan of the Mummy, Bunni, NightsClaws, Astra, Silverfox, hadassaknamu, Buffelyn, Kylie, Well Duh, MissThebes, Lili, Fyre Eye, Elfpixie, KateLovesImhotep, Mija, Karri, Jennifer Lee, Chiizu, AnthonyUK2002, Lissa, ellbee, Vickilyn, GiantPygmyGirl, Rick's Girl, Rawan, FanFicFan, Ariane, R.C., Karen, Ellen, Kaldra15, Queen Brunette, Julie, tunguska, Raptor, Saya, Megan, SweetEvil, M.B., Sk8ergirl, child-of-the-light, Nickie, AEM, Serena Wronski, Kate, Princess Tigerlily, dawn, catiepie182002, J.L. Potter, Sorrowrain, and Nakhti (I hope you get to finish!). Thank you all for reading and leaving me a review! I sincerely hope I got everyone :-)
A few people deserve special notice:
Eviefan, Anya, Soph, Deana, Towmondler, Sabie, Jessie C., Jessie McDonald, Fan of the Mummy, Brittany, elfpixie, First Crush, and Mija: You all really took the time to write me reviews, some of you for almost every chapter, most of you for the last bunch leading up to the end. I always appreciated hearing from you, I was always pleased to read your compliments, and I was always excited to see how you had responded to my writing. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to read "Hereafter" and for taking the time to write me a note. Y'all are the best :-)
MBooker: I hope you get to these thank yous, because you've been with me since day 1! Your encouragement and support has always inspired me to get my butt moving and write some chapters. The way you portrayed Rick and Evy's relationship in some of your stories, notably Pathway to Parenthood, helped me to portray them here. You're a very talented writer, I really hope to see another story of yours posted at some point. Thanks for everything.
Aulizia: I honestly cannot thank you enough. What would I have done without you? You stayed with me and have reviewed every chapter since the first one! You read excerpts and chapters and gave me extensive comments, more than anyone else. Your thoughts and responses helped me shape "Hereafter" and make it that much better. It was through your Demitica series that I began to understand how a long, chaptered story should be structured. And your glowing reviews inspired me to write and finally finish this ;-) Thank you my dear friend!
Mommints: I know we only spoke on and off through email, but I always really valued your reviews. If I got praise from you I knew that I deserved it. And, if you didn't already know, the way you wrote Ardeth in "Heroes" assisted me in creating my own Ardeth. Your blend of fierceness and vengeance and love and loyalty was exactly how I saw him and how I wanted to write him myself. Not to mention your help with setting up a battle scene–the ever important horse whinnying in the background–of course in my case it was jackals growling...anyway, reading your excellent stories and chatting over email helped me become a better writer. Thanks.
Ruse: This would never have even been begun if not for your story, "Who We Once Were." That story inspired me and without it I wouldn't have been able to start my own. That alone would be enough...but you've also left me so many complimentary and encouraging reviews, as well as inspiring me through your great story Speak Softly. It was a lot of fun to write the last 14 chapters or so as you were writing your story...I loved comparing and contrasting them and seeing how we each interpreted the same things. As we said once, long ago, mutual inspiration is what these boards are all about :-) And of course once I discovered your love of Buffy I knew we were soulmates. Ok, just kidding. Seriously, you helped me tons to shape my story and I owe you a lot of thanks!
Thanks again! You guys are the best and I loved writing for you. Marxbros