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11/27/2007: I'm going to do it.

Well. 48,292 words and three days left to write the remaining 1708. That averages to some 570 words per day. Given that I've been writing around and over 2000 words per day the whole latter two thirds of the month, barring some exceptional cases where I was particularly busy, I am basically saying that I will almost definitely finish my NaNo tomorrow. Or, if tomorrow becomes a day where I am particularly busy, such as if I make a trip to my boyfriend's place to borrow book nine of The Dresden Files which, knowing us, would be extended until past eleven o'clock, I will finish it on Thursday. It seems inevitable that I will indeed successfully finish NaNoWriMo unless my hard drive decides to fry itself or I die tomorrow in a tragic accident. (Oh, dear, now I've jinxed myself, haven't I?) What was only a distant dream at the beginning of the month and seemed like an impossibility on the eighth of November where I was some 5000 words behind the recommended minimum has now very nearly become reality. There's a marvelous feeling of achievement to it. I've never before realized how strangely easy it is to write 2000 words - hell, 2000 above-average-in-quality-for-my-standards words at that - in only the three hours from nine o'clock to midnight. I haven't had any of those insane 5000-word days like last year, but I've managed to keep a steady progress throughout while calmly balancing schoolwork and real life with NaNo - what I completely failed to do in 2006, where I lost interest after a couple of days and only really picked up the pace again when my NaNo was pretty much beyond help. I feel proud already just of this one achievement. Things went slow at first but I picked it up before it became too late, and am now about to become a winner.

The time has been enough. The storyline has been enough material - half of the possible plot devices I had been picking up from the reader suggestions of a couple of posts ago I didn't even need at all, and most of the other half were things already in the sketchy details I had outlined in my head at the time I asked for the suggestions. I am very surprised at how many words came out of those vague ideas I had. I will emphasize that I very much appreciate all the suggestions that I got, and am sorry I didn't manage to find any place to include most of them; I am merely musing at how much I could make of what I had already, although I don't think I could have made it without the brain processes induced by the questions. I thank all of you who took the time to post a suggestion.

And here I am, about to crawl over the finish line a couple of days early with a story that, as it turned out, was not at all the short failure I had worried it would be, but too big even to be fit into 50,000 words - because I do foresee that those 1708 words remaining will not even be enough to fit in the end I am planning. It won't be any great deal longer, and I probably will try to finish the entirety of it before the end of November, but it will be longer. This especially feels funny to realize. It won't even be done when I've gotten to 50,000. I don't even know if I'll have enough motivation to finish it after that.

And through all this writing and all those nearly 50,000 words, I still have not thought of a good, non-clichéd, appropriate title for it. It has been suggested that I could use a quote from Macbeth, and I have found plenty of appropriate ones, but none that would work well as a title.

Ah well. I'll think of something. Off to bed I go. Thanks for all the support and help throughout the month. It's been fun.

11/24/2007: Small comment system update

I just added a feature to the comment pages that will link the story and chapter names given for each comment to that particular story/chapter. I had intended to do this, and in fact it was the reason I originally split the original chapter field into story and chapter, but for some reason I started coding it but never finished. At least I finished now, and it seems to be working fine, aside from that strange lag the comment system seems to have. I have no idea what's up with that.

I also corrected a mistake that failed to make the comment field appear on the one-shot Nightmare.

Aaaand now to write some more NaNo.

11/22/2007: Damn.

Writing when you don't know at all where exactly you're going with the chapter and then gradually come to the same realization as the character while you are writing it feels freaking amazing. Especially with the second guitar solo of Comfortably Numb playing in the background. <3

There are parts of Scyther's Story II that I've hated to write under all the pressure of trying to finish it on time, but the little experiences like this in between make it all more than worth it. And what's even better, I'm quite a bit ahead now. I'm at just over 38,000 words, and the minimum for an average of 1666.666 words per day is 36,667. Yay for having more than 1333 words to fall back on in an emergency.

11/15/2007: Pearl

Finally a non-spoilery chapter of Scyther's Story II that I can show to you guys. :D

This is now chapter V which starts part II of the story; it was written in today, however, as I decided to expand upon a mention of a story told by some of the older Scyther to make it into a full-fledged Scyther folk tale. Enjoy.

Yet again, remember that this is raw NaNo text which may contain mistakes, awkward wordings, etc.

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And if you haven't seen the previous entry, by all means do look at it. The request still stands.

11/13/2007: Scyther's Story II

Okay, I'm having a bit of a problem with my NaNo, 'Scyther's Story II'. I'm not that far behind on it anymore as I was a few days ago, but annoyingly enough, I've almost finished my planned plotline, and I'm still only at 17,000 words.

However, Scyther's Story II is better off than Scyther's Story here because Scyther's Story II does not have a definite end - I just hadn't planned anything after this particular spot I'm getting close to. I could just go on after that for however long I liked, though. Which is where you come in.

Put simply, this is to all of you who have read the original: What would you like to see more of in my vision of Scyther society? Do you wish you knew how the Scyther would react to situation X? Dying to see if they have an equivalent to human cultural item Y? Then tell me, and I might get ideas. I won't necessarily be able to work what you suggest into the plot, but hopefully I'll cook something up from some of the suggestions I get.

Note that this is not some sort of contest about coming up with storylines or characters for me. You are not supposed to be suggesting I write your original character into the story or make my Scyther society this way or that way. Do not come here to say that you think I should write about female Scyther killing the males after mating or them having a special holiday where they celebrate the birth of Scythewind the Chosen One, because they don't. You are welcome to create your own interpretation of Scyther society and write that into your own fanfiction, but it won't be in mine. I will be the one making up the details here; what I'm asking you to do is basically pretend that I'm some sort of real-life expert on Scyther culture, you've heard my previous lecture (Scyther's Story), and right now there is a Q&A session. Ask questions as if I already know the answer (maybe I do), and if the questions give me good ideas, they will be answered in the story. If I don't foresee a chance to insert what you ask into the story by any easy means, I will probably answer them anyway after I've posted the story.

So yeah. Ask away.

11/01/2007: NaNoWriMo

I've started writing my NaNo, the sequel to Scyther's Story. (The working-but-definitely-not-final title is "Scyther's Story II", so if you see me mentioning it, don't think that will actually be the title.) In fact, I just finished the first chapter, which I'll put here for those who are interested. I think it's quite a bit better written than the original Scyther's Story, at least. Note that it is raw NaNo text, however, so don't expect something that feels refined and proofread. It's not.

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It's 1299 words, and since it's still the first, I'm well on my way towards the minimum daily average of 1667 words. Whoo.

EDIT: …actually, if you want to watch my NaNoWriMo status live (or as live as you can get), just watch this bar, courtesy of Hexxeh. It shows my current word count as entered at the NaNoWriMo website.

10/14/2007: Creation myth!

So yay, I just wrote a one-shot that's basically the ultimate Pokémon creation story.

Except, well, it's spoileryspoil. It will be included either as an extra with the last chapter of the fic or just a one-shot posted after it, though (probably revised somewhat). And since not all of it is spoileryspoil, this is how it begins:

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10/08/2007: Okay, guys.

Opinion poll! There will be quite a few of these here, I assure you.

Okay, so chapter 37 has a Gym battle of sorts. Carl vs. Mark, May and Alan (yes, Alan too; Carl wants to see his Pokémon, so to speak, for the sake of not revealing anything important). The question is, should he do this individually (with possibilities for a scene with Mark and Alan together while he battles May, possibly a continuation of their battle from chapter 36, and a scene with Mark and May while he battles Alan - not sure exactly what should be happening here, though, since I've already planned when their next battle will be)? Or should he do a big six-on-ten fight (why it's ten, again, will be explained in the chapter) where all the Pokémon are battling at once? I'm really undecided, so yes, your opinions will count for something. Which do you think would be more interesting to read?

10/06/2007: HINTHINTHINT

I just realized that something in the end of The Quest for the Legends is rather inspired by something in the eighth Pokémon movie.

Yes, I'm inviting you to go wild with speculation in the comment section. And no, I would not have posted this if it were something obvious like "OMG MARK SACRIFICES HIMSELF FOR THE TREE OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING BECOMES GOOD." Try again.

10/04/2007: Banner

I randomly (or well, in response to a topic about advertisement banners at the forums) made a new banner to represent the story. It features Chalenor, Photoshopped bolts of lightning, the name of the story, and the first rule of the Moral Code.

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Oh, and I've written some more of chapter 37. I might be able to finish it very soon, actually. How soon? We'll see…

09/28/2007: Bonsai Story Generator

I am having way too much fun with this. I ran some of chapter 37 through it, along with the first chapter of Morphic. The results are spectacular. While most of the sentences are nothing but ungrammatical nonsense, others make eerily much sense in a completely absurd way if you ignore the grammar mistakes. I made some punctuation edits to the following quotes (mostly adding opening/closing quotes where they were lacking), but nothing else. Seriously, this is better than Babelfish:

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EDIT: Oh, look. Now I ran the IALCOTN Prologue through it with The Forum. I got some really great quotes out of that:

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EDIT (2): I refreshed that and got some more hilarity out of it.

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09/21/2007: First entry!

Hi, guys! This is the first entry of the Quest Blog, the official blog about everything relating to The Quest for the Legends. Here I will ramble, whine, ask for opinions, post previews, and report on my progress with the latest installments.

It is a little inconsistent with the general look of the chapter comments because it runs on a completely different script (more specifically, the Cave of Speculative Theories script that I wrote) and I couldn't be bothered to make everything visually consistent. I may one day put the chapter comments into this script too, actually…

So anyway… chapter 37 of the ILCOE is still underway. I've been worried lately that after chapter 37 would be the first point in years where I actually don't know what's going to happen next in the fic, but the other day I randomly decided to make a brief chapter plan in the vein of the one I had created before for chapters 32-37 (I had realized in amusement that I hadn't even followed that particular chapter plan, and randomly wanted to make a new one now that that one was becoming out of date). I ended up with a rough draft of the basic events of chapters 37-53 which implemented an idea I'd had for chapter 39 (the actual Volcaryu battle is in chapter 38 rather than the originally planned 37, so this was basically the dreaded chapter I didn't know what to do for). Curiously, that one idea for chapter 39 dissolved my entire problem, as this managed to link chapter 38 sensibly with the next major events already planned. In fact, I was amazed to discover that every scene I've planned, save the actual end, now fits seamlessly into one of these chapters up to 53.

Of course, there is a lot of stuff that has yet to happen by that point in the story, and thus I will have to retract my old estimate that the entire fic may end up at something like sixty chapters. It will be seventy at the very least.

So what was that great idea for chapter 39? Basically, to do something that desperately needed to be done: recount just what the kids actually know about the War of the Legends and what they don't. The original reason I decided I needed to do this was that I had been slowly realizing how vague everybody's knowledge about the War was, "everybody" referring to both the characters and the readers. Originally, that was more or less because I was dissatisfied enough with what I had to consider it subject to change, but now that I've (finally) nailed it all down and am certain where I want to go with this, I can freely focus on developing that plot, and thus keep readers a little more interested. Basically it will be a campfire-conversation chapter in the same vein as chapter 27 in which Chaletwo gets to answer some questions and tell some enlightening stories. Fwee. I love Chaletwo.

I think every time I report a new chapter having been put up here, I'm going to post what I had written into my chapter outline for that chapter, just for the hell of it. In some sort of spoiler tag, of course, so you don't accidentally get spoiled on what happens in the chapter. I think it would be fun, if just because some of the outlines are pretty amusing.

As for the IALCOTN… well, I have been thinking of some delightful explanations and motives that weren't there before. A couple more steps towards this fic making some sense! :D

Uh, I think you'd all like to know some progress on the story, right?

ILCOE chapter 37: On the fifth page. It is progressing pretty slowly, but I will hopefully get into the right mood to go on a writing spree soon.

Preview, just because I feel like it!

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Aren't you just on the edge of your seat?

IALCOTN chapter 7: Pretty much just started, and I haven't been working on it much. Sorry.

Oh, and all those who didn't know: I will be writing a sequel to Scyther's Story, currently unnamed, for NaNoWriMo 2007. It will be about Stormblade and Shadowdart after Razor has left the swarm. The way I've been toying with it, I think the first four parts (out of seven; the structure will mirror that of Scyther's Story) will be from Stormblade's point of view and the latter three from Shadowdart's.

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