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Big Empty update - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Big Empty update
I haven't forgotten and I'm not letting the story go. I just hit a rough patch and it's writing VERY SLOWLY. I think I may need to re-think a couple of things and get the whole story in my head, but it will come.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: April 2nd, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to hear it's not on hiatus -- know what you mean about stories hitting rough spots. I hope it can clear itself up soon :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 3rd, 2015 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I think when I started, I had a different story in mind than the one it really wants to be.
From: queen_bellatrix Date: April 2nd, 2015 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have to second sonetka Take as much time as you and the story need. Your writing is well worth any waits, however short or long they may prove.

I'm dipping into a fandom where waits of several months for chapters the length of what your producing on a regular basis are entirely common. And there's never been much of a problem that I could see; for the people who gravitate to good writing, quality trumps quantity and profusion, though I, and I think all your fans, will say consistently fabulously crafted quantity is the incredible cherry on the cake!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 3rd, 2015 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just always afraid when I leave something alone that I'll lose readers' interest. And that it'll stop nagging at my mind, which is what happened with the James story.
From: queen_bellatrix Date: April 3rd, 2015 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
The one thing, and I could be completely off with this, that might be significantly different between this and the James story is conflict. I had grand ambitions once to write a James Jr. centric story, mostly trying to delve into the cultural burden so many of these kids must've felt, carrying the names of the recently dead around with them; I mean, what a legacy to live up to, James Sirius Potter. The problem was that there was just...no real conflict. It was far enough away from the war and Harry was still young enough that I couldn't have the themes of the round table disintegrating and corruption beginning to seep back in that JKR has hinted at in interviews. And with no external large-scale conflicts, the internal conflict just wasn't happening.

And *flails around like a mad thing* I was hoping that the description you gave below was the sort of story Big Empty was eventually developing into. Awesome wanderings through a dark days world and a large dollop of politics; I think I'm in HG heaven right now.:) As for pacing, I think you've laid some very nice groundwork in the last couple of chapters, because I was definitely getting hints at the direction, so it may not be as bad as you think?
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 2nd, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good things always follow these posts!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 3rd, 2015 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope that'll be the case here. I think what I'm starting to realize is that, because it's in this universe, it's going to have to intersect at the end -- that I can't just do a story of Effrim looking for his dad. I have to get to how the Games began, how they came to such an awful, bloodthirsty treaty, and how the districts ended up going along with it. Which means my pacing might be somewhat off.
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