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Author has written 13 stories for Rurouni Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist, Kingdom Hearts, Chronicles of Narnia, ManHua/Chinese Comics/漫画, and Naruto.
My name is Blaize, and I love Uzumakis.
I'm also on AO3 (Blaizekit) and tumblr (blaizekit) and wattpad (blaizek). Playlists for my Windmill series are on 8tracks dot com slash blaizekit. :>
Nothing scheduled right now.
UPDATES: TBU at least monthly while in progress.
(3/21/17): IWBTW is up to 55k and 12 chapters now. I did stop again to outline more, but the good news is that I've finally outlined to the end! Some of that later stuff is pretty sketchy in the outline, but just having the framework is really helpful.
To keep the story from ballooning into a 600k behemoth that takes me another three years to write, it will focus on a Sasuke retrieval plot with a subplot involving Obitos and Kirigakure and dimensional shenanigans. It takes place during the canon pre-Shippuden time skip, which means some Akatsuki involvement, but not the whole shebang. I'm going to put my neck on the chopping block and say... part of my reason for doing this is that I'm just not interested in writing them, especially in the context of a sweeping epic focused on defeating them. Just thinking about that makes me exhausted.
But I'm really excited about how it's coming together. I'll be halfway done with it soon, with an outline all the way to the end, so I'm feeling even more certain I'll be able to post by the deadline I've set! It's gonna be so tough to wait in the meantime.
(2/21/17): Since the start of Feb, I've switched to spending more time on writing, and I'm almost at 40k words on the first draft of IWBTW. Luckily, my current outline is meaty enough to keep me going for a while, though I haven't made it all the way to the end, so eventually I'll need to stop to brainstorm some more because pantsing isn't really my forte.
I did some minor edits on The After Party and downloaded Twilit Destiny to do the same thing with it, just for when I need a change of pace. Also because I have thought about revamping Twilit Destiny once the bulk of IWBTW is finished. Not sure, though. It bugs me a lot for being unfinished, especially since I still remember how I wanted it to end, but the trouble is that it's so old I'm not sure if the work it will take to finish it will be disproportionately exhausting. Buuut... I started thinking about it because of two recent and long reviews that brought the shame of unfinished fic on me.
(1/21/17): I’ve been moving along pretty much like before, plotting with a side of writing. After the end of January, I will be putting heavier emphasis on writing, (at least for a while, if the outline still isn’t finished).
But focusing more on plotting IWBTW this month has had big benefits. The story’s theme is really starting to gel for me, and that will help when it comes to figuring out how the different plot threads will be resolved.
Both of them are about change. The first one is about reacting to change and having to reconcile it, and this one is about how to recognize the need for change and initiate it yourself. That seems pretty obvious since the goal of the first was to make it back so that stuff could be changed, but there are nuances involved that I’m really liking. The ‘To Trio will have to learn to look beyond a simplistic view of the world if they want to save the people they care about the most. It’s been really tough trying to figure out how everything ties together and ends up, but it’ll be worth it if it all gets pulled off.
(12/31/16):Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you nerds got all the nerd things you wanted this holiday season.
I now have an idea of when I want to start posting IWBTW (June 5), but that is very tentative, so I will wait until I’m sure before putting up an actual posting schedule. It wouldn’t even take that long if my outline was complete, but events from the halfway point to the end are still pretty fuzzy. I want to at least fill in all the blanks and have a completed outline before I go estimating my posting times. My writing pace is much easier to predict than the plotting pace.
The first seven chapters are already written (but not edited); I’m still trying to write some every week so my momentum doesn’t get stunted. For now, though, most of my energy is going toward finishing the plotting.
(12/3/16): November is over and I have fallen completely short of the 50k goal, but I’m actually pretty happy with my progress! I ran out of outline and had to stop in order to plot more in detail. I’m not so good at improvisation, so I thought it would be better in the long run to figure this out. But I've made new 'this word count by' goals, since I definitely want to keep going and avoid over-thinking it. I mentioned back in July that this story was intimidating due to being a little closer to conventional TT, and that's what has made things slow and more difficult so far. So as I continue, I'm going to try to focus on just having fun and not worry so much. As soon as I feel confident about when I can finish the writing and edits, I'll put up a posting schedule.
I'm already pretty sure about the format, though!
Last time, I aimed for a 10k chapter every two weeks. This time, I will go for a 4-5k chapter every week. Instead of bunching it into four arcs, the chapters will have names and the story will be more continuous. If there are any extras, they will go at the end so as not to disturb the flow of the story. (There probably won't be any from me, but I sure as hell can't ignore beautiful, beautiful reader contributions /clutches heart)
(11/14/16): 20k! Today's goal is 23,333, so I'm still lagging some, but I'm steadily catching up!
(11/9/16): 10k into IWBTW now. That means I'm a bit behind by NaNo standards (today's goal is 15k) but that was due to getting nothing done this past weekend when I went camping. I'm going to try hard to catch up! I'll update here every 10k, so that'll be even more motivation.
(11/2/16):The writing has started, and everything's on schedule so far!
Now I think it might be a good idea to find a beta reader specifically for fact-checking. With the new manga, the novels, the new anime stuff, and new supplemental materials that have been released since I finished TWTBW, I realize there's probably a lot I don't know.
My knowledge pretty much stops at chapter 700, and though I'd like to catch up, I'm hoping that this story takes place early enough that it won't be a big deal. But I'd feel better if there was a friendly person who could spot factual errors before I post, rather than... Johnny WellActually.
I'm also seeking an artist to commission a cover for the story on ffnet and wattpad (maybe more than one cover? For the different websites? idk man). The IWBTW 8tracks cover art and the TWTBW cover were both done by me, so you can see the kind of desperate need I'm in. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want it to look like, but it's beyond my abilities. Hit me up if you know anyone who does ff cover commissions!
(10/23/16): It's official: I'm going to start writing the sequel in November as my NaNoWriMo project. I was able to succeed at NaNo last year with an original novel, so I feel confident that I can end the month with a fresh 50,000 words of fanfiction. I'm ridiculously excited.
Does that mean the sequel will start posting December 1st? No, as much as I would love for that to happen. The temptation to post an unfinished fic is real. Ya'll know what I'm talking about. I'd like to be more disciplined, though, and finish and put it through edits first. If I start posting before March, I expect my name to be dragged through the mud across every forum and my underdeveloped lovechild to be roasted and turned into delicious pulled pork sandwiches.
Well, that might happen anyway, but at least I'll have a clear conscience if I do the editing first.
But I do think I can start posting sometime in 2017. Once I have a posting date figured out, I'll be updating TWTBW with a teaser-chapter-slash-prologue-thing to hint about the sequel and tell when it's posting. It will be scene(s) specifically written for this, not an excerpt you'll be made to re-read later.
(10/3/16): I had a blast at the con (and collected a lot of balls as Kyubei, but sadly, it wasn't enough to summon the great dragon to grant my wish), but now I'm back and it's time to return to working on those edits. I will try to put together a schedule for when those will go up, based on how long it takes for me to do the next few.
(9/28/16): As previously mentioned, I'm going to AWA con starting tomorrow until Sunday. Are ya'll going to the Naruto fan panel?? I'm not presenting at the con or doing any skits or anything, but I'm excited to go see lots of panels and screenings. It's been so long since I've gone (2008!) I seriously can't wait.
(9/21/16)Version 2 of chapter 1 of TWTBW posted! I made it in time for the third anniversary! In the end, we went from 11,593 words to 10,297. More fixing and trimming could have been done, but I was already taking too long with it. I hope to come out with the next ones on a semi-regular basis once the con is over. Maybe even come up with a posting schedule for the revisions in order to keep myself from taking forever on it. I will start writing the sequel in November.
(9/6/16): By the way, progress is slow this month in part because I'm preparing to go to AWA con from 9/29-10/2! Who else is going? I'll be cosplaying as Yagyu Kyubei from the series Gintama (including a space pirate version if I can get all the pieces together). Don't be shy; say hi!
(9/4/16): I'm currently working on a new edit for TWTBW as I do my re-read of it to refresh my mind on the details. I'll post an update here on my profile whenever I actually post the edit--but I'm aiming to post (replace) the new first chapter on 9/21, which will make it exactly three years after the old version.
For my new edit, besides the normal grammar and style stuff, I'm making a lot of cuts. The events of the story will not change, but I expect that the word count will be reduced by tens of thousands of words by the time I reach the end. I've already shaved off over 1k from the first chapter, and I haven't even gotten halfway through it yet.
I think it will only improve the story, but if you hate change and would prefer to stick to the old version, you can download a copy of it on Archive of Our Own (my username is the same on there as it is here) in whatever format you prefer, before I start replacing it with the new. Or, you can PM me your email address if you'd like me to send you a .pdf of the original version after it's too late to get it online.
Hopefully this makes sense. I'd like for the new version to be a better, smoother experience for people doing a re-read when or before the sequel is posted.
(8/5/16):Playlist created for IWBTW! I'm in that special obsessed-with-my-WIP phase right now. You can find it at 8tracks dot com slash blaizekit slash i-will-become-the-wind. It includes this tentative summary of the sequel: "Naruto has made it back to the past, determined to save his friends and prevent the Fourth War. But his three-month-long absence has already sparked changes in the timeline, making his knowledge of the future increasingly unreliable. Fortunately, he's not alone: thanks to Orochimaru's experiments, Naruto is part of a trio of unlikely allies--kids who have broken the bonds of time. Though their backgrounds and struggles differ, they share a common goal: to become the drivers of their own destinies."
(8/1/16): I have pretty much the first act of IWBTW outlined so far. From here, I am going to try to get as much of the outline done as I can (finishing it, if possible) and start the actual writing in November for NaNo. If I get to consistently work on the outline 'til then and untangle the biggest plot knots in advance, the writing should go much quicker than in the first story, too. Not to mention the overall structure should be better! I'm aiming for a shorter (tighter) story than the last one, between 100-150k; potentially half of version 1 of TWTBW. But the idea is to get it done with tighter pacing and better editing. That's why I'm spending so much time on the outline.
I've taken on a housekeeping job while I keep searching for professional work (does anyone want to hire a new modern languages grad?) and it's pretty tiring, which makes it harder to work on this or my original novel in the evening. I would write in the morning, except that I already have to get up at 5:30AM for work. But I have only been at it for a week, so hopefully I'll be able to settle in to a good writing routine soon. (Seriously, someone hire me.)
(7/1/16): I'm working slowly on the plot for I Will Become the Wind, and the story is still very nebulous right now. I'm trying to hammer out all the biggest points and problems first, so that I can hopefully confront pacing or bloat issues right from the start.
An extra challenge this time around is that I'm working closer to the 'traditional' TT fic than before. Windmill was intentionally opposite from that, because I didn't have the energy or experience to wrestle with people's expectations for the genre and my own wants at the same time. I was intimidated by the thought of going over such well-trod ground for my first Naruto fic, a series where the genre is super popular.
I still am to an extent, but since this is a sequel, I'm not starting completely from scratch. The events from the last story will have a huge effect on this one, especially with the mechanics introduced--the consequences of the timeline splits and everything that happened before. So, my focus is on making a storyline that could only have come out of the world I made in TWTBW. At the same time, I know that prior knowledge and fixing/changing things is what draws most people to TT stories. I will do my best to make something that plays to that element while still being unexpected.
Several people suggested that I update TWTBW when the new story posts in order to alert people to it, but I don't know. I wouldn't feel right resurrecting that story without any real content added, for one thing, and if I did it after the new story posted, it would only bump the new one down both on the site and my profile, which seems counterproductive to me.
However, what I might do is add some new content to the end of TWTBW as a sample/teaser/prologue for the sequel, once I have a posting date for it set. That way, I can tell everyone when it's going to post so that they know when to look for it, but before it happens so that I'm not bumping down my own story. And so I'm not posting just a note, which seems kind of cheap. I also intend to update TWTBW with a new edit before doing that, since it will be ripe for re-reads. I won't be able to fix everything, but the editing practice should benefit the sequel, too.
(6/1/16): I have just started working on the brainstorming/outlining phase of the TWTBW sequel, I Will Become the Wind. This part could easily take me the rest of 2016 to finish, since my original novel has priority right now, but I just want to let it be known that it's on my mind and I'm working on it. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the story itself isn't ready for beta reading until some time next year. Now that I'm out of school, there's always a chance that big changes are going to disrupt my life in the near future.
Keeping in mind it's going to be a while from now, if anyone is interested in beta reading, please let me know. Not for detailed editing, since I have someone else for that. This would be relatively early-stage, overall kind of stuff. Send me a message and I'll give you some more information. You don't have to worry about being locked into a commitment at this point, since I don't even know when this thing will be finished. It's not going to be very high stress.