The Quest Blog
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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:
The Forum. I got some really great quotes out of that:
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!
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.