Author has written 9 stories for Mai HiME, Pretty Cure, Shadowrun, Ranma, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Mass Effect, and Love Live! School idol project.
So, at this point everyone still reading Make or Break is probably wondering "Why the long delay?" Sadly, no real excuse, just a bad case of writer's block on some of the bridging elements.
Nonetheless, I am happy to announce that the first 'part' of Make or Break is, as of tonight, completed. I have plans for roughly two more parts to the story, probably both shorter than the 130 thousand words that this has proven to be, so at this point I would guess the story is roughly half completed.
At this point, I was planning to talk about what inspired this story, where I was planning to take it, and maybe some of the 'could have been' plot ideas. But I find myself struggling to remember what I was planning to talk about, so I'm going to instead open it up to you guys. Feel free to send me questions via PM about the story (or about the Precure Mirror stuff, I suppose) and I'll post the answers to my profile with the next chapter.
Speaking of which, I now don't really have any reserved chapters, so expect posting to slow, if not stop, for some time. Worst case scenario, I'll reach the conclusion that I need to have the rest of the next part written before I start posting, which means that the story will be posted as a second "season" late in the year. And if I lose interest in working further, I will probably post everything that's already complete as a single, unedited chapter just so people who are interested can see what was done to that point.
Not that I'm planning that, but I felt it needed to be said.
Got a guest review that I feel compelled to respond to, although you will not be seeing it in the reviews because I don't feel it properly belongs there.
Guest: :You're an awful excuse for a human being. Please disappear.
Nonsense. I am an excellent human being. I have two of your earth "legs", which both extend downwards from my thorax/abdomen region. Also I am covered with skin.
That is all.
Unfortunately, I have to announce at this time that Real Life has crept up behind me. The next part of Refracting Garden hasn't even been started yet, and while Make or Break has some more material close to ready to post, I fear I simply won't have time to get to it for the next few weeks.
So! Tentatively, I am calling a hiatus on new postings for the next three weeks. With any luck, that will be enough time to get all my affairs in order and do proper editing. After that, I hope to post things on the following dates.
December 23: Make or Break 12
After that, new content will probably stop coming until March, tentatively. Rest assured, I've chosen these stopping points intentionally - Chapters 12-13 wrap up the last remaining threads of dangling plot before going into the second part of the story, of three planned. And Refracting Garden. . . well, if you're following it, you know that's probably as good a stopping point as any.
Normally, I suppose this would be addressed in an author's note, but since I don't like doing those except in the last chapters I'll talk about Garden here for a minute.
Refracting Garden is, in essence, the backstory notes for my previous novel-length fic, "A Mirror Darkly" converted into brief vignettes for those people who enjoyed the original tale. My intention is NOT to explain every mystery or go into every single detail of what "went wrong." If nothing else, there simply isn't enough of an audience enjoying the story to justify the literal decade of my life I would need to dedicate to telling the story of that decade. I follow where my muse leads to some extent, but if no one's reading there's little sense in taking my skeletal notes and putting in the effort to convert it into a tale that would necessarily rival "Game of Thrones" for both length and complexity.
Instead, these brief short stories, almost ficlets, are intended to be 'snapshots', significant moments where the ultimate outcome could have been changed, but for the personalities of the involved characters. There is also some setup for the potential, yet-to-be-written sequel in there. There are yet more of these tales, usually one or two per series, that I feel are worth exploring. But if the few dozen of you out there read this and have questions about where things might have gone, feel free to PM me.