Author has written 32 stories for Batman Beyond, Inuyasha, Les Miserables, Secret/Legend of Mana, Misc. Plays/Musicals, Scarlet Pimpernel, Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars, Misc. Movies, 3:10 to Yuma, 2007, and Tales of Symphonia.
FIC AND LIFE STATUS! IMPORTANT FOR ALL FOLLOWERS!
To my much beloved reviewers, watchers and anyone who stumbles upon this page,
Fear not, this is not a goodbye note! At least not in the strictest sense. But I wanted to help you all understand why it takes me so long to update stuff - i.e. High Flying, Adored - and what the outcome of that is.
"High Flying, Adored," WILL BE FINISHED. I know a lot of you worry about that, and with good cause, as it can be six months - and shamefully, sometimes more - between updates, and for a story that has taken two and a half years, that is incredible. Therefore, I understand your concern, and I want you to know that I will fulfill my obligation to all of you who have been so amazingly supportive and patient with me and I will be finishing the story because of that; and also because I want to. I still love it. Here is just the status of my life right now:
This is my third year of college and I recently moved cross country to a new school. Those following "High Flying, Adored," will have heard me discuss my play (which is only slightly older than the fic itself) and now that play is finished and I'm looking into workshopping and production. I'm also starting on a musical and have three novels and a short story on the que along with numerous plays and hopefully more musicals.
The affect this has on my time for fanfiction is obvious. My biggest fandom was "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and the majority of my work for that (truly files and files) has generally gone unpublished and is mostly shared among friends. So the only things I actually put online are a few rare Pimpernel fics, some various odds and ends, and then my Star Wars work. But - and this pains me to say - it is time to close the book on my long, drawn out fics. The days of the saga are now over for me. I will still be posting vignettes and one-shots from time to time, I'm sure, but a continuous fic is just not possible.
This means the only unfinished work on here I will be concluding is "High Flying, Adored," which is too bad as I had some other good stuff on here, but in case you didn't get the years-long hint by now, there is just no way it is going to be finished. It's also sad as there were many other Star Wars epics I had planned and hoped to produce. But realistically, it just will not happen. Time I could spend on here with all of you I could devote to serious works that could further my career, and I am sure you all understand which is going to come first.
Here is really the bottom line, guys: I've been doing this for seven years. That's right, I have been on ff.net for SEVEN YEARS (God, I feel old right now) and I've seen not only it change but my work change as well, and I know the latter is for the better. You can call me an old foggy on this, I do find sometimes I like the old ff.net better, which is why I never got an avatar or got into the forums, but that may just be bitterness at the fact it took me five minutes to figure out how to edit my front page. I've seen this place change, in some ways good and in some ways not, and I've found I developed a real distaste for the fanfic community in general a few years ago. This is not a slight against any of you, I would never say that, I think there are a lot of wonderful people and a lot of wonderful writers on here. Fanfiction is a good source - I daresay a great source - for writers just starting out, and because I had so many smarter, wiser, more talented people here showing me how to get better, I did. I owe you all a great debt for that.
But it is a resource for new writers, which I cannot call myself anymore as I enter the professional circuit. I am double majoring in writing and anthropology and trying to find a means of paying the bills, and that just means that some things have to be cut. Growing from the child I started out as here into the adult I am now is not a bad thing. It just happens. And it means that we must close the door on some parts of our lives, and I must do that here.
Now, all that being said, am I leaving? Am I disappearing into the abyss? No, of course not. As said, I'll still be popping in here on rare occasions to put up small works in my spare time. Fanfiction is still fun and sometimes I'll be hoping in vain to find something good to read (and sometimes it won't be in vain at all). Nor will all my stuff on here be disappearing. On the contrary, you can still go back and see the original crap I turned out those seven years ago if you're a real sicko and like that sort of thing. And if you're very devout, I maintain a very active blog over at nightshadow13.deviantart.com
So this is not a goodbye so much as an auvoir. To all the wonderful, wonderful people who have watched and befriended me over the years I give my dearest thanks, and especially for your patience - particularly with HFA. Know that you have made this part of my life so special and wonderful and have helped put me on the path I follow now. Love always - Shadow13
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