Ok, kiddies. Good News/Bad News time.
When I went back to read over Mirror, Mirror about a year ago because I was getting ready to work on No Excuses, I realized how much of it I wanted to edit or change, because I'm a perfectionist and I thought it could be a lot better than this version.
More than anything I was determined to finish the story, but taking the time and energy to do that meant I was going to have to turn it into an original piece. And so that's what I did. :)
It was easier than I thought it would be to turn it into an original work, since really the Santana and Brittany characters were essentially original anyway and most of the Glee of it was in the surrounding characters and background. So it was a matter of stripping it all down to the bones and building it back up again as a much (much!) more fully developed story and characters surrounding them.
So, the bad(ish?) news is that No Excuses as I had originally planned it isn't going to happen, because the better news is that I combined both halves of the story together into one (long) work called Mirror, Mirror.
The first half is the totally rewritten version of this story and the second half is what would have been No Excuses, now expanded and fleshed out much more than I would have been able to do back when I first planned it. So it's all there in one piece, no sequels or cliffhangers. Just a love story these characters helped inspire me to write that has turned into a labor of love.
I thought about taking this version of the story down (with some warning) but I think the book version is different enough that I'm planning on leaving it up, for now anyway. (I'll give a warning if it becomes necessary.) It's certainly recognizable to those of you who know the story, but not identical. I felt like I kept the core of the two main characters intact and just used that as a starting point to build up a much bigger and more developed story around them.
I'm hoping if you liked Mirror you might give this new version a chance.
If you want to check it out (which would be much appreciated because I worked really, really hard on it) it's at up at the Kindle Store now.
(amazon url) / dp / B01N0OEMOR
And it's free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited (which offers a 30 day free trial, so technically, you could still read it for free lol).
If you like it, a review would be greatly appreciated. I've been working on it for most of the past year and I tried to make this story everything I ever hoped it could be. There are all kinds of new songs (I even wrote Glitter Pop!) and I have rewritten the song, Mirror, Mirror itself.
So, there are no more excuses. :) The story is finished at long last and I'm very proud of it, even if it is in a different form than I ever expected back when this whole journey began.
For those who don't feel like checking it out, I thought I would at least put the new version of the song/poem Mirror, Mirror here just as a sort of last nod to where this story began and how much I have enjoyed working on it. And because I really do appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read this version.
It's not really a spoiler if you know the general story already, but if you'd like to read the new version in context, stop here.
Thanks again, everyone.
Mirror, Mirror, don't be shy
I see the look there in your eye
Mirror, Mirror, my disguise
All they see are pretty lies
Mirror, Mirror, truth be told
I just want you to be bold
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall
Who's the fairest of them all?
Mirror, Mirror, in the dark
Sharpest bite and loudest bark
Mirror, Mirror, painted glass
Flip your hair and shake your ass
Mirror, Mirror, cruel and cold
Hide your fears and shield your soul
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall
Did you always look so small?
Mirror, Mirror, silent witness
Joy is timid, pain relentless
Mirror, Mirror, the shadows loom
They cloak and shroud me like a tomb
Mirror, Mirror, words unspoken
Wounded hearts beat raw and broken
My Mirror, Mirror, on the wall
Would someone catch me if I fall?