Hello, all! This is Ice here. I'm sorry if you got excited and thought this was an update. Instead, it's a long ramble/apology. Please accept it!
First of all, I would like to apologize to all you readers out there who continue to wait for the next installment of this series and are patiently (or impatiently) continuing to support me. I cannot thank you enough for all of your wonderful feedback, be it constructive criticism or a kind word, and I value all of you who take time to read my story, and it really makes me happy to know there are still people who read this story even after it's been so long after I last updated!
I know this is a well-worn excuse, but life does genuinely get in the way, and sometimes you simply can't find the time to write. I won't go too much into the details of my personal life, but I can tell you that a lot has happened, and because I am a generally incapable person who is irresponsible and too easygoing for her own good, I've gotten into a lot of situations that I regret getting into. Nothing too serious, but lots of drama!cake. Between that and school and extracurricular activities, I have actually gotten down about 15 pages of the next chapter, and each of those pages has been reread and rewritten multiple times. Sometimes scenes don't want to flow the way they should, but I can assure you that the reviews that I've received and some of the feedback you guys have given me truly motivates me to keep foraging onwards whenever I get the chance to check up on the darned story. Let me make my intentions clear: THIS STORY WILL NOT BE LEFT UNFINISHED! I embarked on this journey with a purpose, and I will fulfill that destiny! Of course, I wouldn't be able to do it without all the nakama power-ups that you lovely readers provide so very generously, and I urge you to keep an eye out for the next chapter. I can't promise that it'll come out soon, but I'm trying very hard to make sure that it's worth at least half the wait. I mean, I wish I could say I want it to be worth the wait, but even I have to acknowledge that it's been an extremely long wait, so I'm going to ask you all to please bear with me.
Currently, I am taking classes at Stanford University (also part of the reason that I haven't gotten much work done), and one of those classes just so happens to be Fiction Writing! The class has opened my eyes to an entire world of possibilities that I couldn't even imagine existed in the first place, and it has fueled my determination to continue to improve my writing so that I can not only finish 'A Fairy Tail Ending' and finally deliver to all you wonderful readers, but so that I can also continue to write in the future and be sure to satisfy my audience, no matter who that audience will be. Again, thank you so much for your continued support, kindness, and patience.
Some of you have asked some questions, and here are the answers:
To those of you wondering when exactly FTE will be updated, I'm setting a goal for myself that looks something like "Soon". In other words, anywhere from one month to four.
To those of you wondering I'm letting so many awesome people wait, I swear, I'm just really slow and easily distracted by life.
To those of you wondering about the other stories that 'Ice of the Kitsune's Fire' has published... please note that this account is a joint account. This means that I, 'Ice', am not the only one uploading stories. I will confess to having published one or two others in the time period that FTE has not been updated, but I have always had the upcoming chapter open and in progress, and they were merely breaks from the occasionally painful writing process. And yes, I am the only one who writes FTE, although my close friend and partner in crime, 'Fire', often helps me work through the writing process and plot points.
To those of you wondering why I suck so much at updating despite writing like a first-drafter, it really is just that I suck. I'm working on getting better for your sake, though!
And for those of you who went tl;dr: I'M WORKING ON IT, I PROMISE. JUST WAIT. I LOVE YOU ALL TOO MUCH TO LET YOU DOWN.
And yes. This A/N will be taken down when the next chapter comes up, so look forward to it! Just so that you are not left without anything after this very long and slightly boring A/N:
The next fairy tale will be: The Princess and the Frog
See you all soon!