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16/01/2013 Update (dd/mm/yyyy format, 'a'ccause I'm Australian)
Happy New Year. And stuff.
I really did want to have the newest chapter of Shintenshin ready for New Year's Day, but it just "weren't happening." Better 2 weeks late than 6 months, I suppose.
Those of you who pay attention to such details may have noticed that I've put up some very badly edited cover art for Shikotsumyaku and Shintenshin. I may still work on some for Jyuuken, but that will be largely dependant of my finding some time and motivation- the two things I never seem to get a handle on.
At the moment I've got a bit of a nasty cold. You know the type where you "collect" a new symptom every day until all you want to do is sleep for another 10 hours? Yeah, that. So, between oozing on my keyboard and playing the most time-consuming games I own, I've had some time to actually do some writing. Hoo-ray.
Still, I'm not going to rule out the possibility of picking Jyuuken back up, dusting it off, and having another crack at writing a new chapter. It's actually been quite a while since I last read it, so refreshing my memory might give me some inspiration. Though I think my writing style has changed enough in the 2 years I've let it be that anything new I write may seem jarring. I might have to re-work some of the existing chapters- or just work with that abrupt change in style the same way I did with Shikotsumyaku's epilogue: put in a large time-skip and try to use the physically older brains of the characters to (unsuccessfully?) illustrate the changes time has left on them.
Well, we'll see anyway. I hypothetically ANYTHING!
Damn, but those last six months really flew by, didn't they? Winter is starting to get into its stride in the Southern Hemisphere, but is obviously not trying very hard. Standing on a stone surface at high-noon for 2 minutes barely makes my bare feet go purple at all.
In regards to my previous update; sourcing suitable images to cannibalize into another of those GLORIOUSLY BAD cover images for Jyuuken has proven to be oodles more difficult that I would have guessed. Why this should be, I have no idea. But I retain the conviction that I hypothetically ANYTHING.
I find it quite interesting how so much can change in half a year while simultaneously staying more-or-less the same. Maybe it's just my imagination. Or maybe I'm just thinking about it too much. I tend to do that. I have, on the other hand, noticed an increase in anti-Crack Pairing sentiment lately. Possibly I'm just old-fashioned in my thinking, but when I started reading fan fiction that was almost the entire point. Exploring new ground that the canon storyline left no room for, fleshing out characters that were originally far too under-developed. Also shamelessly inserting an idealised version of yourself to run around kicking everyone else's ass- that was (and still is) a popular, misguided direction to take. But I digress.
Lo and behold, the stars recently aligned or something, because two things happened at the same time:
Also because I just read "Illuminated" by Renaerys. I feel oddly encouraged by such a confident display of emotional storytelling, and can barely restrain my desire to flex the muscles in my fingers (which don't exist, the finger muscles are actually in the forearm) and hammer out a synthesised formula of my own. Whether or not I find the finished product cringe-worthy or facepalm-inducing will be an interesting surprise.
One last thing: I just realised that I have completely removed any references to the results of the last poll (which may become more important soon). So I'd like to quickly go over that again:
Least Favourite Pairing:
Still, such a negative reaction did nothing but encourage me to work harder on my next story, which will be unapologetically Kimimaro x Kin. While that pairing may, at first glance, seem even weirder than Kimimaro x Ino; where there is a will, there is a way. (Also the ability to alter the fiction universe with a few choice words.) Prepare for, as per the current poll trends, a grim, blood-stained romantic thriller with solid characterization, lightly dusted with (dry/dark) humour and unique and interesting original characters (necessary for padding).
Took a few more days than I was hoping, but chapter 12 of Jyuuken is now available.
Also, I must retract my previous statement regarding the relative feebleness of Winter this year. I just went outside and was able to breathe clouds of vapour that neared my own body size. PLEASE FORGIVE ME, WEATHER!