So...we made it.
Oh, wait, that was a dumb thing to say. The story's not finished yet. I still have a whole book and a third of a book left to add to What Fates Impose. But today, February 18, 2011, Fates officially celebrates "A Year in Print."
But looking back in the past year, I have:
- 46 chapters of What Fates Impose
- 4 chapters of To Resist Both Wind and Tide
- 6 chapters of Fortune Favors Fools
- 341,346 words (of Fates) according to fanfiction.net, 299,920 words according to MS Word
- 747 pages
- 10 individual stories in the Fatesverse, with narrators including Ellie, Sarah, Chuck, and Frank
- In Fates alone:
- 58 individuals uses of the word "Crap"
- 243 uses of "Hell."
- 1412 em-dashes.
- 3388 uses of the name "Sarah."
- 5226 uses of either "Chuck" or "chuck"
- And oddly enough, only 1 use of the word "Willies"
- Only written 1 Fringe story. Hmm.
Speaking of lazy, it was my goal to have a really great chapter ready for everybody to read, kind of a victory "Yay, it's a year and 341k words later and we're all still here!" Unfortunately, a headcold/migraine/nausea came out of nowhere and kicked my butt, and then I got bogged down with homework, making this a very depressing story.
HOWEVER, there are a few things I'd like to say.
First off: thank you. It's as simple and as complex as that. Without the great support of everybody, I wouldn't have gotten to spread my wings writing Fates or W&T or Fortune or Greater, so I really do appreciate all of the reviews, support, tweets, feedback that everybody has given me. I know I do evil things like a cliffhanger every three or four chapters or so and I once went 60 days without updating, but I really do appreciate every single one of you, from my first reviewer (the lovely Augmarenne) to my last (don't know who that is yet, time machine's in the shop).
Secondly: thank you, mxpw. We joke a lot about Frea's minions on this blog because that's just our sense of humor, but I've come to regard mxpw as a partner (in crime). Rarely does anything happen in Fates without me running it by him or mentioning it to him ("So I think I'm going to rewrite all 10 pages of 34." "Again?! FREA!"), and Fates would not be the story it is today without his constant encouragement and feedback.
....There would be even less SWP, for example.
Point C: I am going to finish Fates. I am, I promise. mxpw and I have a shared document on Google docs that has the entire plan for the rest of What Fates Impose, so there is a game plan and an end point. It's not my original ending place (which was after the Intersect 2.0, but I'm not quite that crazy), but if you stick with me through the storm-tossed days, I promise I'll make it worth your while.
Menu Item the Fourth: thanks to my wonderful Cabal/CIA. Chris, Wep, Justin, and Crystal, you guys are awesome. And I meant that entirely un-ironically, of course.
And now that I'm done being schmoopy and whatnot, I wanted to say I got y'all a birthday present to celebrate Fates's one-yearness. I converted some old favorites and some new favorites into ebooks, and then had a blast designing book covers for them.
What Fates Impose: Menoetius (up to date!)
All the Roads That Lead to You Are Winding
Come Away With Me
That Which is Greater
I wish I could give you a chapter instead of all of those. At any rate, thanks again for the great year, and may the next one be even better!
Overlord, Most Benevolent