rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30, Part 31, Part 32, Side Story 1

IT'S ACTUALLY FINISHING )

Will be back to worry about how long it's going to take to edit this monster into a finished version neurose about how much better it was meant to be throw the obligatory OMG IT'S DONE party later. \o/
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Note to self: There was a reason you used to limit these to 2000 words per chapter rather than three times that much, and it had a lot to do with that being a nice, comfortable sort of total to deal with on a weekly basis while maintaining your sanity, general wellbeing, keeping up with other commitments etc. Also, endings are hard, but you already knew that.

On the other hand, being six thousand words closer to the ending which is right on top of you all in one post is just about worth it. *_*

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Part 32 )

ZOMG. I'm actually up to writing the epilogues ZOMFG!!!
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Ye gods, I was not counting on this chapter taking this long to finish. >_< Wasn't counting on it turning into a single scene that went on for very nearly six thousand words either. It's been a real chapter for underestimation. I'm so very sorry.

Just a quick side note to since there've been quite a lot of people pointing out typos in the last couple of chapters: I appreciate that people are trying to help me out, but I'm not labeling this thing a 'draft' because I expect my audience to do the betaing for me, I'm doing it because it helps to have that regular posting schedule to keep the momentum going, even though I'm still half expecting I'll wind up completely rewriting every other line between now and the finished version. So combing through for spelling errors is probably a bit of a waste of everyone's time at this stage, especially when corrections made on LJ posts generally don't make it back to the main word document on account of authorial laziness and will only have to be found again later if they don't get written out in the meantime. I'll have to get to finding someone to do a proper full betaing job on this monster some way down the line, but for now picking out typos is better left to the later polishing stages. (Unless of course it really has gotten so bad you can't make sense out of what I'm trying to say, which would be your cue to bash me over the head a few times and remind me that the whole world can see what I'm posting here, and I might want to pay a bit more attention. >.>)

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Part 31 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
...can anyone else believe this thing has made it to part 30 and is still going? Because I'm writing it, and even I'm not sure quite how that happened. o_O

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Part 30 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Okay, so, I just need to make it clear before going any further that [livejournal.com profile] jaseroque claims full responsibility for certain plot developments that come into play below. Quite rightly, too.

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Part 29 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Monday was a public holiday, which was awesome apart from the bit where it meant one extra day without even limited Internet access during work hours. *twitches slightly* I shall have to try to get the rest of chapter 29 done by Friday to catch up a bit - it's mostly edited already, so it should be doable. (...and now I notice that I'm not even seriously hoping we'll have our net connection woes sorted out by then anymore. The delays just go on and on. ><)

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Part 28 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Correction on the ETA for part 27 - [livejournal.com profile] k_chan009 (who is now conveniently only five minutes away from us since our move) has been wonderful enough to let us invade her house on Sunday morning and hijack her Internet connection. <3 So part 27 goes up one day earlier than I was counting on~

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Part 27 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Still no Internet connection from home, posting from work again. In theory one more week is supposed to be the longest they could take to get our connection sorted out, in practice... *gnaws fingernails*

In the meantime, that new chapter certain people were clamoring for after the sort-of-cliffhanger of the last one is done - and even back on the old chapter-a-week schedule for once! Though I make no promises that people will find it any less frustrating that the previous. Or a good few of the ones still to come. I mentioned how we're moving into the final arc now, yes? Suffice to say it's going to be that kind of ending. And that is all I will say on the matter.

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Part 26 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Posting sneakily from work again just to get this chapter up. Something of a dialogue-heavy installment this time around - lots of blather to get through, but this should be the last chapter like this before we're back to the action again in a big way. I'm actually getting to close enough to the end of this at last that I've got a rough estimate of about how many chapters there are left to go (though the answer there is 'still a good few yet').

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Part 25 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
That whole 'chapter-a-week' schedule hasn't been working out so well for me lately, has it? >.> 'Least I'm in under the two week mark this time around.

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Part 24 )
rallamajoop: (Watanuki)
A week and a half late on this chapter - oh man, I was not counting on this taking so long. >.> I've had a pretty good run on this story so far, but this chapter kicked my arse - which I was expecting, but not quite on this scale. This would be what happens when you finally get to scenes you've been building towards for pretty much the whole damn story (bound to be a few more of those to come now I'm getting towards the end of the story, but I'll just have to take it as it comes on that front).

On the upside, in that extra week this thing grew to twice the length of most of the chapters I've posted so far, so, er, maybe I can claim it as equivalent to two chapters? Thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] lunargeography for looking over this part for me and - well, mostly just telling me I didn't need to worry so much about how it had turned out in the end. The part to follow is coming along with much less fuss so far, which is a great relief.

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Part 23 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
A little late this week, what with giant cons chewing up my weekend. Bit of a tricky chapter too - we're back in the present finally, but at the moment that means I'm finally into the build up for one of those rather more important story events and next week's only going to be even more so...

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Part 22 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
...so just to really confuse everyone before I finished up with the flashback chapters, I went and wrote one about how Kurogane met Fye.

Uh, yeah, I think that's about all I can say in introduction to this one this week. >.>

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Part 21 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Another long chapter (though only 3000 words this week) for the first part of Fye's backstory. Aspects of this are so heavily based on Fye's official backstory that a lot of this chapter probably counts as spoilers unlike a few certain facts regaring Sakura from last week, which I only got right by accident. *cough*

Fun fact: though I'm sure no-one else but me would remember, we were just up to that arc of Tsubasa around when I first started seriously thinking about turning this AU into something bigger, with the result that a surprisingly large amount of the world built itself backwards out of a little idle speculation about how you could possibly retell a story like Fye's in a post-apocalyptic universe. Apparently world-building is easier when you have the story first.

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Part 20 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Oh man did this chapter ever take longer than I was planning. ^^; It's not even the chapter itself that was the problem, but I was off work with a killer headache for half of last week, still a bit woozy for the rest of the week and at a few too many parties or being distracted via chat by certain people who kept throwing fantastic crack ideas at me over the weekend. That kind of week really chips down on your remaining hours of fic-editing productivity.

Anyway, on the upside, what I've got to post is the first of the backstory chapters, and if it seems unusually long to people, that would be because it clocks in at slightly north of 4000 words - roughly double most of the chapters I've posted so far. For the record, the flashback chapters collectively switched into present tense so many times when I was trying to write them that eventually I just gave in and let them have their way (comforting myself with the thought I could go back and fix them in the final copy. *cough*) Either way, the backstory chapters have come out in rather a different style to the rest of the story so far, which I hope won't wind up being too jarring.

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Part 19 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Trying to post these faster than my original once a week schedule for a while to make up for lost time (and catch up with everything I've been stockpiling in the meantime). We'll see how long this lasts for. ^^;

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Part 18 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Um, surprise? XD;

As the situation stands right now, it still looks like CLAMP will be dragging the current holic plotline out for another couple of chapters at least, whenever those might surface, but (between this week's chapters and the spoilers for next week's) I think we've seen enough to get at least a decent feeling for the elements they're going to have in play. Meanwhile, it's been over two months since I've posted anything from this WIP, and during that time I've stockpiled 20,000+ words of unposted new material and am facing the fact that I'm going to stay stalled on writing the last few chapters of the story until I get what I've already written neatened up a good deal. A decent chunk of what I'm likely to get to posting while the current manga plotline drags on is backstory for other characters anyway, which should be safe enough. And if chapters to come still do make me change my mind about what I'm doing with AU!Kohane all over again, at least this version is still draft-y enough that I can get away with it.

Anyway, based on my own mental notes on how the story breaks down, this would be the first chapter of part four, of five parts total. The end of this monster is almost in sight!

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Part 17 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Rarely am I so happy to see CLAMP change their schedule - now we've got two holic chapters promised to us in the next three weeks! Let's hope they keep to it. ^_^

Anyway, while Kohane-related plot uncertainties keep me stalled on that big project, I've given in and turned out a third part of the Superhero!Watanuki AU, so here are links back to part 1 and part 2 for the story so far. Some odd little stats: part one was only came to 689 words, part two part two was 708. Part three, however, has clocked in at 3766. XD Yeah, that would be how this kind of story goes sometimes. Before anyone gets too excited, however, I don't think I'll be able to write anything more beyond this part without the whole thing morphing into something of Ghost Stories scale, and I'm really not up for trying another one of those right now kthx. However, if I was considering maybe throwing the universe open for a sort of [livejournal.com profile] libri_holic style thing, would anyone be interested? =D

Or maybe I should get on with posting part 3 before I get ahead of myself here. ^^;

Even if I'm not planning to continue it, I did have a lot of awful fun with this part )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Still no new proper chapter on Ghost Stories this week, with CLAMP's inconvenient cliffhanger hanging over things. In fact, it looks like we'll only be getting one new holic chapter between now and the end of the year, which doesn't give me great faith that anything much will be resolved within the next month. :/ But, as I've mentioned before, I've got a good supply of ideas for side stories in this universe that won't fit into the main plotline - and one of them already written. So consider this a kind of filler, I guess.

When Syaoran met Kamui )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Sorry to everyone who's been so enthusiastic about how regular it's been so far, but there's going to be no new Ghost Stories chapter this week. It's all very well introducing a new character to an AU fic as a general rule, but when the official manga leaves that character on a three-week cliffhanger with not the slightest hint where they're going with it all, it makes it rather hard to concentrate on writing for them in your own world. ^^; Add in all this other stress about preparations for that con we've got coming up in two weeks and the fact I've just about used up the buffer of extra material I had up until now, and a temporary hiatus is about all you're left with.

On the upside, I do have something else to post instead - a random extra scene for one of those *other* AUs (prompted by suggestions in reviews on ff.net, of all crazy sources! No-one is more surprised than me). To be exact, it's the Superheroes universe, which had to be one of the ones I was least expecting I'd write any more of, since - if you remember - I was left with no idea what Watanuki's superpowers were actualy supposed to be, and obviously that was going to be a pretty important sort of thing I'd need to know for any sort of continuation.

Well, with a little help, I got that figured out )

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