Hey, guys. I'm going to be posting this, or something like this, on all of my serious stories. I feel like I owe my readers an explanation.

So, there hasn't been an update in quite some time, and there may not be for a while longer, either. Doing NaNoWriMo was a really good experience for me, and I'm proud to say that I met my word goal of 30,000 words within the month (though the story itself isn't finished). It kind of revolutionized how I think about writing stories in general. And the experience left me pretty burned out creatively. At this point, my creative juices have had time to recover, but I'm kind of taking a step back and thinking about where I want to go with everything, and how I want to tackle story-writing from now on. Aside from that, my regular life is pretty busy as well; school, of course, and tons of homework from advanced math, and the exercise program I'm doing.

I haven't given up on these stories or decided to abandon them. However, for the time being - and I suppose this is very familiar to you guys, isn't it? - they're being put on the back burner. It's kind of ridiculous that some of these are nearing their one-year anniversary. I guess they kind of have been on the back burner this entire time, since I proved to myself in NaNoWriMo that I can write really, really quickly if I have to. '^_^

Well, anyway. I've been thinking that to really get something done, I need to take a more NaNoWriMo-esque approach. I think long stories in the future will be handled differently. I'm thinking I want it to be finished before I start posting it online. That way, I'll know if it's something I really want to do, there won't be loads of delays, and I won't be disappointing people by taking breaks or abandoning it after I lose interest.

Now, I do plan to get these stories past the finish line someday. After all the work I've put into them already, it would be ridiculous not to! Here's hoping that this message can be replaced with a shiny new chapter before too long.

Note to Ride the Wind readers: This is probably the story I'm least enthusiastic on, sorry to say. I like the characters and stuff a lot, but I feel it's pretty cliched. I'm actually thinking about abandoning it. It was supposed to be part of a series which is, realistically, too long for me to finish. Plus I have a really exciting Warriors project I want to start soon. However, I'm thinking of doing a "revamp" of sorts, where the series is condensed into a long book or two.

~ x-SwiftyGirl-x

January 2013