EDITED TO ADD: I started posting the sequel "Feeding the Flame" here a couple weeks ago. It was taken down last Wednesday (June 20th) by the FF admins. I will be continuing to post it on my livejournal account - randomchick 29 dot livejournal dot com
I hope you'll come follow it over there!
ETA (August 1st) - Just a quick update to let everyone know the sequel is still alive and well over on LJ. We're up to Chapter 12 right now with lots more to come!
ETA (October 14th, 2012) - Just wanted to say that FtF is still in progress over on livejournal. Please come check it out!
First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who ever took the time to review this story. I want to give a special shout-out to all of my regulars, in no particular order: Ellenka, Pinklove 21, loonygirl22, lambtastic, GottaLoveThis, bloodrose's dance, clow-san, elle81, , FortuneFade2012, fireangel08, claireleanne, Ambrosia, DancingDP, dalistar123, sunshine2006578, xXLil'BitOfEveryThangXx, murdrax, bookworm0902, TobiasWillJaceFinnickFourNin e, Lorelei Eve, sinking815, Signora Lilium, shloh, Msvampirewannabe, AliceW, kitty ramone, Fernanda, XxXxDarkVampirexXxX, craztef, roarollymay, gopher101, and probably a couple other people. I apologize sincerely if I missed anyone. 600+ emails is a lot to scroll through lol. Nothing's made my day more over these last couple of months than getting all your feedback, and I appreciate so much everyone that ever took the time to send me a note about the story.
I know this story ended with a lot of questions unanswered. I knew pretty early on that I was going to write a sequel, and when I got to the last chapters, I had to decide between having a long expositiony epilogue to address them, or weave them in to the follow-up. I decided to leave them for the sequel, since it just seemed to make more sense to spread them out, given the constraints imposed by the Capitol's surveillance. Almost all of them will be answered in the first couple of chapters. There is one thing that won't be, because it'll eventually form a plot point later in the story when it is revealed. But everything will be addressed eventually.
Which brings me to the sequel. I've got the basic outline down and have started writing it, and will begin posting next weekend probably. I want to get the first few chapters really nailed down before I start publishing, but I won't keep you guys waiting too long. Updates might be a bit slower on that one than this one, since it's a much more complex AU, since a) 'Catching Fire' is a more complex book, b) all the more so given where we're starting from with this story, and c) well, let's just say I'm not content to rest on my laurels. I will do my best though to keep chapters coming regularly. I mentioned this way back at the beginning, but this story was my first real attempt at writing - not just fanfiction, but any sort of creative writing period. It was something of an experiment, to see if I even could do it. Needless to say, I've been absolutely blown away by the response, and I want to make sure that the sequel lives up to everyone's expectations. Since I'll be straying further from canon in that one than I had to in this, I want to take my time with it and do it right.
Also RL has just been a bit crazier these last couple of weeks and it looks like it's gonna stay that way for a while, so I just haven't been able to spend as much time as I'd like to writing. Hopefully at some point I'll be able to pick up the pace again.
To answer a question a few people have asked in their reviews since I announced the sequel - yes, Peeta will be in it. Don't worry, it will not turn into a love-triangle story. I just think that Katniss and Gale could use some friends who aren't 40-something semi-functional alcoholics (much as I love Haymitch).
Like I mentioned a few chapters ago, I've set up a livejournal account - randomchick29 dot livejournal dot com. It's all caught up with FF now for this story, and I'll be cross-posting the sequel simultaneously there when I start, so you can follow it there as well. Please friend me if you have an account, since I'm brand new over there :)
Phew, okay. So yes, thanks again to everyone for reading! Hopefully I'll be seeing you all soon for the sequel - "Feeding the Flame".