Hi, everyone. Thank you for reading A Glass of Crimson Soulsto its end. I hope you enjoyed this journey as much as I have.
This note comes very late-about half a year since I finished this last chapter. I didn't write a final Author's Note because truthfully I didn't know how to summarize how I felt about finishing this fic, not just because I finally completed it, but because something inside of me kept telling me that this should be the last piece of fanfiction I should write. I realize that I still have a couple works-in-progress, but finishing AGoCS was a milestone on many levels that ultimately told me that it was time to retire fanfiction writing. There are a variety of reasons, but the major one was that I am in my last year of college and am going to embark on a career pathway that doesn't involve writing in the slightest. I told myself that this would be my last indulgence before I "get serious" and focus on my career.
But the people who have read this fic and any of my other fics and were kind enough to leave words of encouragement have really made an impact on me. I've left my extremely early fics up on my page as a constant reminder of how actually terrible I was at the very beginning, and it took me over eight years to build my confidence in my writing and truly be happy with something that I wrote. I have each reader to thank for that.
With the closing of AGoCS, many of you have suggested that I write a story of my own. I don't think I can fully describe how nervous I am embarking on this endeavor, but I'm essentially here to say that I'm going to try, especially because I feel like I will regret it if I don't. So yes, I've started writing my own story. It's extremely, extremely up-in-the-air at this point. I am not entirely sure where I'll be going with it. But just in the same way that I've learned and developed so much as a writer on FF, I think that this will be a valuable experience for me and I hope that you all could share it with me.
Sorry to be contacting all of you all through a new chapter update-ish but I would truly appreciate your input. As of now, I think it's safe to say that I will not be writing any new FF (though Little Secrets could potentially continue if I'm inspired). Developing a world of my own is so much harder than writing within one that already exists. So be honest and critical. I've included the link to my FP site on my profile. It would mean the world to me if you could try it out and continue this learning process with me.
Much love and thanks,