Achievement Unlocked: 100% Complete*

Hello! Welcome back! Did you have a productive month while I was gone? Work through some old prompts maybe? Tackle some projects around the house? Get some sun and fresh air? I sure did!

The month got off to a weird start. You may have seen my post on grief on the 3rd and that turned out to be my wordiest day of the first week of the month. I may not have been working through prompts, but I was still writing every day. By the following weekend I really kicked it into gear. I had made a goal for myself for the month: finish the fanfic rewrite I’ve spent the last two years muddling through on and off. I’d hoped to finish it by the middle of the month, but I underestimated just how much more I needed to tell, and then real life stuff kept popping up and getting in my way. It was not done by the 15th.

I did finish it last night, though! I actually finished a story! *screams and applause*

I had actually written the final chapter on Wednesday night, but there were a couple scenes back in the middle that I had skipped because it was mostly fluff and at the time I had wanted to keep moving with the drama. I just kept plowing on and never went back to it. So, once the last chapter had been written, I went back to all the spots I had put placeholders in brackets and fleshed out those scenes. It actually worked out really well because, in my head, the climax was over and I could just write the happy, silly scenes where Ali had some fun for once.

All in all, I had a great month for writing. The previous five months I averaged about 21k per, and by the end of today I will likely have broken 28-29k for the month of June (with two days off in there, too). I’ve also been trending up since March (20k, 21k, 23k, 28k) so that’s a good sign. Here’s to keeping the momentum going through the summer! To kick that off, here’s some prompts!

276. What catches your eye about the architecture of a building?
277. What grinds your gears and really annoys you?
278. Do you like or have facial hair?
279. Describe your idea of a utopia.
280. Describe something you do not know that you wish you did.

Very interesting. Well, I’ve spent the last 30 days in a single world, so it’ll be nice to get back into some fresh stuff.

I had a few other goals for this month that I did not get around to completing. I wanted to shrink/cut my TBR pile, and while I did finish reading two more books this month, I am in the middle of  three new books and added another half dozen at the beginning of the month because a bunch of books on my wishlist were on Kindle Daily Deals.

I’d also had plans to do some tidying up around the blog too, but aside from the special post in the first week, I didn’t actually come over here much during the month. Doesn’t mean I won’t ever get around to it, it just didn’t happen this month. Know what, I’ll actually just start and add my categories now while I’m thinking about it and go back and update my old posts as I feel like it. At least this way I’ll have them for future posts.

Speaking of future posts and the completion of my fanfiction story, I’m toying with the idea of posting it here in addition to my regular flash fiction posts. It seems a waste to have spent all this time working on it not to share it with people who may want to read it. I also understand that the source material is probably not widely known to my usual readers, despite my handful of exploratory posts with my characters in that world already here on the blog. It’s an older series, for one, and for another, I’m not even sure how many of you are anime fans in general, never mind fans of YuYu Hakusho.

However, the fact remains that it is a completed story and it is incredibly lengthy. There would be no shortage of content if I posted a chapter a week (say on Saturdays when I don’t have a normal post), or a couple times a week during NaNo. When I first wrote this fic in high school back in 2005-2007, it was 20 chapters and 45k words long. As of completion of the rewrite yesterday, it is now 35 chapters and 104k words long. That means roughly 3k words a chapter (and therefore, a post). And even though it’s “just fanfiction,” I am incredibly proud of it.

I have learned a lot while writing it over the last two years. I think I did a decent enough job in my rewrite to relate the important bits of the world/original story so that outside readers wouldn’t need to have seen the show to understand the context or the characters. I could also supply additional context as needed in the form of my notes at the end of a chapter and/or in a semi-detailed post before posting the first chapter. Like a sort of prologue/”Previously On” recapping of the series and characters to the point where my story takes place and diverts the canon.

Ultimately, this is my site, and I can and will post whatever I want here, especially as it relates to my writing, whatever form that takes. But I am also here for my readers. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve already seen snippets of Ali’s story. Perhaps you’re interested enough to get the full story? Feel free to sound off in the comments or tweet at me or send me smoke signals if you’d be interested in a weekly chapter of my novel-sized fanfiction story!

Alright, well, that’s all I’ve got for this week’s update! I’m wicked excited to be back and ready to get rolling with these final 25 prompts of my prompt book! Then, it’ll be on to the next one! Until tomorrow! Have a great rest of your Sunday!

*Still have minor edits to make, but the story itself is 100% complete!

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