Twenty something

7 April, 2015 (09:29) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Chapter 20 of MGP has been posted for your reading pleasure! Would love to hear your comments when you get done :)

In other news, thanks to the votes of my patrons, the May vignette will be centered around Devon, the worker at Dungeon Direct, and what he did during the Day LaMode attack. I’m more than a little excited to write this.

You may have also noticed, from the banner, that we are at $132 of $150 on my twice a month update promise! I truly can’t believe it’s that high. I mean, I never expected people would like the story enough to support it that high. Thank you all so much!

New chapter will be up near the beginning of next month. I also will be getting the next MGP Commentary chapter up sometime next week. For my $5 and up patrons keep a sharp eye for that update because, as usual, we’ll need your comments :)

May you not be an April fool,
Taralynn

I have nothing clever for 19

10 March, 2015 (14:09) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Long post is going to be long. Let me give a short version for those who don’t care to read all the details:

There. That wasn’t so difficult. Let’s get into greater detail, shall we?

I’m sorry about not posting an updates on my efforts on chapter 19. Life has been busy. More accurately, life has been sick. I had whatever that cold going around was and it stuck in my lungs for around two weeks. It was annoying and uncomfortable.

In more health related news, I got a gummi donut root canal this morning. So I’m not happy at the moment. Need to go back in two weeks for a crown. Sigh. Yep. Just used “sigh” as a sentence all by itself. Fun stuff.

I want to thank those who helped with the fan commentary on Chapter 4. I’ll be getting you $5 and up patrons the file to start commenting on chapter 5 soon enough.

Thanks to a few more generous patrons joining our group and a few current patrons increasing how generous they are to me, we are now up to $116 a month. That puts us pretty danged close to my $150 goal where I’ll be updating MGP twice a month! I’m excited to be able to do so!

In related news, I’ve decided to change up my Patreon Rewards. For those of you who it matters to, the new breakpoints are as follows:

  • $1- Receive MGP updates a day early (same as before)
  • $2- Receive monthly MGP vignettes
  • $5- Receive access to MGP Fan Commentary chapters (same as before)
  • $10- Receive access to my word docs of MGP so you can see as I write

Let’s talk about the changes. First, yes, I stopped with the art. It became too big of a hassle for me to arrange for art every month and, from your feedback, it seems the art was a “nice” bonus but not something that really excited the patrons. The vignettes however are something people have indicated they want- basically more writing from me.

Now, if you’re not a patron and worried you’re missing out on important events in the vignettes, let me calm your nerves. Nothing in the vignettes will be important to the story. My current plan (could change in the future) is that it won’t even involve main characters. It’s mostly stuff at the side that will give the world of MGP more depth. As an example, my first vignette is called Monster Insurance and will center on Mr. Parker, the owner of the Loose Change arcade and Eli’s employer, dealing with the aftermath of the Polygal attack. I expect the vignettes to remain short (2-3 pages) and fun. So if you aren’t a patron, don’t worry, you’re not getting shut out of anything you need to know. If you ARE a patron though, I feel you’ll enjoy what I’m putting forward. First vignette arrives Friday.

The $10 and up donators are going to be part of something I’m a little nervous about. A few of you have mentioned you’d like access to stories as I write them. I’m notoriously private about my writing process… well, maybe it’s not notorious but I am private about it. Part of it is insecurity (I don’t like people looking at non-finished products), part of it is privacy (look, let’s be honest, as fans, we like our authors doing nothing but writing. I don’t like people knowing if I have or haven’t written today), and part of it is concern over the product (I worry that I won’t be able to write if I know people are staring at the file as I write. A watched pot never boils and all that). But I’ve ultimately decided at $10 a month, you’ve shown a lot of trust in me. I can extend some trust back. Plus, I feel it will help keep me more regular… and that sounds weird when I type it like that. Should edit it. Won’t. Funnier this way.

Before I go, I want to address something. A commenter (sorry, I can’t remember who you were. Sorry. Too lazy to go back and look at the moment) brought up a potential continuity error. On the scale of discovery writing versus outline writing, I’ skew much closer to the discovery side. It’s what makes my conversations flow better. The downside to this is that I am much more prone to continuity errors that way. For this reason I welcome any and all potential continuity error observations. If possible though, I would like to receive them via an email titled “POSSIBLE CONTINUITY ERROR” so that I can put them all in a nice folder and have them all in one space. So if you see one and are feeling particularly helpful, please send the observation to taralynnand@gmail.com. You have no idea how useful it will be when I complete the story and have to pass it over for it’s first REAL edit.

Hope you find chapter 19 enjoyable,
Taralynn

The one where I respond to a lot of comments

11 February, 2015 (11:53) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Okay, whew! Lots of comments this last chapter so I take this as a very good sign! I’m going to try to respond as much as I can in this post. But first, let me get to some details about the next chapter. I don’t have a solid date I’ll be posting the next one but I’m looking at sometime between Feb 26 to March 3rd. Stay posted.

Second, for patrons, art will be done soon for February so check in on Patreon for that.

Third, I’m thinking of changing up my Patreon rewards a little. The once a month art thing is turning out to be a bigger burden than I thought it would be and rather than making sure art gets done once a month, I’d like to guide more efforts into what I think what my patrons would rather have, which is me writing. So stay tuned on that as well.

Fourth, let’s address comments!

@daymon34- You know, I didn’t think about it at the time, but it’s hilarious you thought the ice cream flavors were swearing at first. I laughed at that. I guess there are some unintended consequences of confectionary censorship XD

@Sakuraelf- so glad my chapter could brighten a rough month! I write to entertain and it’s good to know that the entertainment can lift your spirits!

@Drahken- I wouldn’t say nutty. Vivian is more chocolate-y :P

@Flairina- Glad to see the changes to the Rob/Noriko relationship arc are well received. To be honest when I started the chapter, Noriko arriving at the end wasn’t in the plan but as I kept writing it just felt… needed I guess. Whenever I deviate from the plan I’m always a little nervous so it’s good to know my instincts worked there.

@Tas- Yes! Making people actually laugh with my writing is a big goal. I don’t know about you guys but when I read, I don’t tend to laugh even when I think something is funny. It’s almost all internal. But when something is REALLY funny, I laugh. I don’t know, maybe I’m the only person like that. But for me, reading laughter is fairly rare so to hear people saying they laughed makes me as giddy as… Vivian!

@Shadowmaster- As a writer, I’m enjoying writing Vivian much more than I wrote Mary in MGPAlpha. For those of you who don’t know, Vivian’s original name in my old version of the story was Mary (get it? Mary Joy? Felicity… yeah. Subtlety of a brick) and, I feel, was a much more one-note character. Some advice I heard on fleshing out one-note characters is to give them a hobby or focus that goes against their “type” some. For me, that was adding a lot more depth to Vivian by making her an unexpected intellectual. Rob likes to see the way the world works while Vivian likes to see how people work. I feel there is a lot of overlap there to work with and it really helps me figure out the character voice by focusing on that. I still feel that too early in the story Vivian comes across too much like Mary but if I ever get to editing stuff back at the start, that is something that can be fleshed out I feel.

@SRP- I don’t want to comment on any fan theories because A) it could be spoilers if I say something is right or wrong and B) it makes me so happy just to hear speculation! If you guys want to post more random theories, might I suggest the Magical Girl Policy Wild Mass Guessing thread in the Forums? Or, maybe, you could add stuff to the TVTropes page Shadowmaster made for the story! Have I mentioned he made a TVTropes page for us? I’m still kind of geeking out about that! And people are adding, slowly, to it. I check it every few days to see if there has been a change… what were we talking about? Oh right, SRP, yes, your theory. Sorry, won’t comment on it but the fact that you’re thinking about it makes me happy :)

@Scott- First of all, mint chocolate chip ice cream is maybe my favorite ice cream in existence. I almost had Robynne make a comment to that end but decided that would be a bit too much “author avatar” than I want in Robynne. As for the campus dress code, I mentioned it briefly in a previous chapter (I want to say 3 or 4) but basically everyone is dressing some form of business casual. Guys have to be wearing slacks and a buttoned shirt, girls in skirts and blouses. I’ve had a few people inquire but, yes, there are colleges that have dress codes like this. Most of them are private colleges, hence why I’ve mentioned SAU is a private school. I don’t think any of them keep dress codes this strict but maybe just chalk it up to part of the weirdness of Kessia City *hint hint*

@Gleenobly- The “sucking misery away with exuberance” is a direct play on the line in Guardians of the Galaxy film where Rocket accuses Gamora of “wanting to suck the joy out of everything.” I don’t know if you’ve ever met someone who does the opposite. Partially because we sort of think, quite naturally, of someone being “filled” with joy and you either pop the balloon of fun or deflate it. I liked using the same analogy but on the wrong emotion to sort of show how out of place Vivian feels to Robynne.
Another, really small thing, I sort of use that I think people picked up on is the fact that both Robynne and Noriko take a moment to process how it is someone like Vivian can exist. It’s minor, but I think it’s a small way I can show that they actually have a little bit in common.

Whew! That’s a long post! Hope you all stay tuned for more announcements next week!
Taralynn

MGP is old enough to smoke… if chapters were years

5 February, 2015 (10:49) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Magical Girl Policy- Chapter 18 is posted and, man, does it feel good! This chapter was a ton of fun to write! I hope you all enjoy the read as much as I enjoy writing it.

The bigger news, in my mind, is that WE HAVE A TVTROPES PAGE! Reader and patron Shadowmaster was a doll and made one after I made a joke about it in one of chapter 17’s comments. Everyone, you have no idea how irrationally happy this makes me. Please, go and add to it if you so desire! There is already some fun stuff on there. Would love to see more!

So, an apology to my patrons. We still don’t have our February image. I’ve been super busy and haven’t gotten that done yet. I hope the chapter may placate you for now. So sorry.

Last thing I’m going to say is that I’m probably going to have another round of “Taralynn Needs Help Naming Things” in the forum here pretty soon so please stay tuned to the website for updates.

Three straight chapters of over 11k words! What is wrong with me?
Taralynn

Chapter 17 now posted!

13 January, 2015 (09:29) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

All right! You know what time it is folks! Time to read chapter 17 of Magical Girl Policy! Wheee!

This chapter is one of the longer chapters I’ve done, having ballooned slightly from the planned 10k word range up to 11126 words. But that just means you’re getting more for your money… or, you know, just more. But whatever because I’m super proud of this chapter. I love how it turned out and it feels like something you can enjoy! Please leave your thoughts on the chapter in comment or email! I love feedback! It is the lifeblood of my work! (other than my actual blood of course)

In other news, I received a rather funny email a few days ago from a fan about MGP bleeding over into real life and they have allowed me to share it here. So big thanks from Luna for letting me share this:

So I just wanted to say thank you for the bad if sort of extremely embarrassing habit. I work with children as a preschool teacher assistant and I normally have a really bad habit with cursing and over all I have a horrible “potty mouth” I decided well this isn’t really a good to be doing with all of these impressionable little kids around so I started replacing my “curse words” with things like “gummy bear” or “marshmallow” like in your story, and crazily enough after about a week of doing that i cant seem to stop. So thank you for probably saving my job cause, yea i work with little children. But curse you for giving me this idea I still curse as much as I used to, but now its all sweets and it sounds really funny having a 24 year old woman yelling “gummy bear” when i hurt myself….

Is that story not absolutely the most awesome thing ever! And it’s adorably funny! What’s not to like? I always knew I was making the world a better place, I just didn’t realize by how much! Let this all be a reminder of the power of self-discipline and confections! And thanks again to Luna for letting me share this. You all have no idea how much this made my day. Month. Possibly year!

One more thing before I go. I’m just conducting a rather informal poll to find out how most of the people who read the story found out about me. If you could just click on this link and pick one of the options I would greatly appreciate it. It should take two seconds assuming you have decent internet. If you answer “other” would you please just send me a message or email telling me how you found out about me? Thanks!

Getting started on chapter 18!
Taralynn

Small notes

8 January, 2015 (23:26) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Just a quick update! I finally fixed our banner so that it reflects the current Patreon goal levels and updated the pin-up teaser image. You’ll also notice the banner updated what day Chapter 17 comes out. Huzzah.

Oh, forgot to mention that, if you’re a $2 and up Patreon patron this month’s teaser image is done. I, again, apologize for that as I didn’t give my usual artist enough heads up to get it done before the holidays. We’ll be ready for February. But back onto the subject of the picture, I think it turned out great! Angela looks very elegant in her New Years Eve dress and sure is ringing in the New Year with quite a bit of sexy style.

As for an update on my progress on Chapter 17 itself, things are looking good. It’ll be a bit of a longer chapter but not the longest. I’m nearly nearly nearly done with it and my editor is already going over the early sections. I’m up to around 9250 words and I expect when all is said and done I’ll be around 9750 or 10000. My average chapter is 6921 words long and the longest I’ve ever done is 11310 so you can see we’re much closer to my peak than my average with 17. If you’re curious about numbers, the longest was Chapter 7 which was very exposition heavy. A better writer could have shrunk it down but, hey, you’re stuck with me I guess :P

See you all on Tuesday,
Taralynn

PS: Because I know some people are now curious, Chapter 9 is my shortest chapter at 2810 words.
PPS: The standard deviation of MGP’s chapter length is, so far, 2429 words. I’m not really sure what that means to any of you or even me but there it is in case you were curious.

Happy New Year!

2 January, 2015 (11:45) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Happy New Year all you Deskers!
So! I am in mondo writing mode to get this chapter done asap but before that we need to get you the goodies you wanted over the break. First thing is first, the MGP Chapter 3 fan commentary is now up for your viewing pleasure! Big thanks to Gavin and Shadowmaster as they were the only ones who commented during the busy Christmas season and their humor was spot on! As per usual it is in docx file type and has the WONDERFULLY hilarious commentary of my $5 and up Patreon patrons. I really am enjoying the commentaries and I hope you all are enjoying them too!

To that point, I’ll be posting the Chapter 4 commentary for fans to comment on sometime today. So if you’re one of my $5 and up patrons I’ll send you a message through Patreon to let you know when I sent out the invitations.

In other patron news, we are now up to $94 a month in patronage! You have no idea how awesome that feels to me! It warms my heart… and the rest of my body actually. You all are paying for my utilities now! Thanks so much! I’ll be updating the banner here soon.

In other other patron news, the January pin-up image will be ready in a week or two. My artist got delayed by the holidays too. The image will be of New Years Eve Angela. So you know it’ll be good. ;)

Finally, some non-Patron news but just awesome news. One of the friends of the story, Theo has been busy this Christmas and given us all some presents. You may remember Theo’s work on Spirit Guard Serenity’s daggers, really awesome stuff. Well, the little trooper has decided to do Tenacity’s humongous sword too! And he’s decided to throw in just a few more details. Check this sugar out!


Click to download full-sized image

First of all, shattered Day LaMode’s arm in the pic? Love it! Secondly, Current Subject in the background? Nailed it! He even has the tile breaking up from the sword hitting it! What detail! And then there is the sword itself! The original concept I had was a much more Cloud-from-FF7 type sword but I love this WAY more. I love how it gets bigger at the edge. It’s like a club/sword hybrid and I feel that is much more Tenacity’s style. I’m retconning the sword to look like this (whenever I get around to that). How can you not love this sword’s look!?

But was Theo done with presents for you the fans? No! He wasn’t! He decided to create an ebook version of the story! You can download either the .epub or .mobi versions, whichever you want, to peruse the first 16 chapters story on your ebook device of your choice. I don’t know much about ebooks myself but that is so cool! Theo, this is currently how I feel thanks to you! Three cheers for super-fan Theo!
So yeah, Theo is basically the most awesome fan ever. I mean, I’m not saying you’re a bad fan if you aren’t making ebooks and fanart of MGP, I’m just saying that Theo certainly has a leg up on you. ;)

Okay, last thing before I go is I don’t have a modified date for Chapter 17’s delivery date. My GOAL is for the 16th (with writing done by the 6th so I can give my editor a decent amount of time to actually edit this sucker. My current plan is to make this chapter a big one but I’m not sure on how that feels just yet. I’ll have to see if the long chapter feels okay or if I should chop it somewhere and continue 18 at a different spot. Regardless, the chapter will have SOMETHING in the first half of this month. That much I can promise! So I guess I’m saying the latest you’ll see this chapter posted is noon on the 16th XD

Whew! Long post! Time to get back to work! Ready? Break!
Taralynn

Edit: I mistakenly said the arm in Theo’s pic was Polygal’s. It has been fixed to Day LaMode. Sorry for any confustion. Thanks for the catch Drahken

so no chapter yet

29 December, 2014 (11:02) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Alright everyone, I’m sorry to be the Grinch who stole Christmas, but the obvious news here is that I was much more optimistic about my holiday schedule being open than it turned out to be.

I won’t bore you with the minutia of it, but basically Mira been a couple emergencies for friends of the family and my presence has been needed else where. For that reason, and the reason then I’m away from my computer that actually does my FTP loading, there won’t be an update of chapter 3 MGP commentary until January 2nd.

Sorry to be the Scrooge this holiday season. But I hope you are enjoying a happy new year in a few days. Please remember to be safe and enjoy your holidays responsibly :-)

I promise to try and get the chapter done as soon as I can but, it doesn’t look like I’m gonna be able to get much writing done until I return back to my place after the holiday season. If I get a chance to write a bunch maybe you’ll get a surprise update! Just don’t get your hopes up.

Thank you for your patience,
Taralynn

An update of what’s going on…

13 December, 2014 (15:56) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Sorry for being quiet. The holidays are kicking my angelcake right now but there is light at the end of the tunnel! I’ve been putting my creative time into writing instead of keeping everyone posted on goings on. Sorry about that. I’m rushing as fast as I can to try and get the writing done for chapter 17 done before the holidays. I’m going out of town the 17th and there is no way I’m getting writing done after that what with all the crazy family stuffs. But I will be able to edit and such and get things posted just fine. Just the way things are shaping up and all.

So here is what I’m shooting for: Thursday the 18th I’ll be posting the chapter 3 fan commentary. Hopefully you guys can get a kick out of that. Then, I’m aiming for the chapter to come out on December 23rd (ie: Christmas Eve Eve) though that date might not be set in stone at this point. Still a lot of ornaments being juggled and such. But that is the plan for the moment.

Last thing for my patrons is I’m working with my artist to get the next Pin-up image ready for January but they are having similar scheduling issues this month. It might not be ready by January first but there will be one. Don’t worry ;) January will be of Angela.

Regardless of my chaos, I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and keeping your heads straight.

Merry Christmas,
Taralynn

Sweet 16

18 November, 2014 (21:42) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Sorry for the week long delay but it is HERE! Chapter 16! Ohhh yeah! Let me tell you, it feels a lot better now. I mean, you know, to me. And since you guys will never read the version I had before… really you just have to take my word for it. So that’s fun.

In all seriousness though, go read it and hopefully enjoy it. Please leave your comments and impressions too. Love reading those comments to see what is and is not working.

In other news, the banner at the top doesn’t reflect it yet, but we are now up to $56 in patron donations! Thank you so much you wonderful patrons! You are all wonderful people… probably. I mean, I suppose all I really have to go on is the fact you give me money but, hey, if that’s all I have to go on I’m willing to bet that people who give me money are awesome! :)

In case you missed it, also go read the MGP Chapter 2 Fan Commentary for some laughs. Also, if you’re one of my $5 and up donators, pay attention because I’ll probably be pushing out Chapter 3 for you guys to comment on here soon (ie: Probably over the weekend).

Have a happy Thanksgiving (if you’re American),
Taralynn