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

MGP Chapter 2 Fan Commentary

14 November, 2014 (10:54) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Edit: This post was supposed to be posted yesterday but I, like a nincompoop, hit save instead of publish. Sorry for the day delay due to my own being flighty…ness

All right everyone, I am excited to announce that Chapter 2 of MGP Fan Commentary is ready for your ready pleasure. I’m really excited for this one because there was a lot of participation and a lot of funny comments. This feature is definitely shaping up how I wanted. Thanks again to all my awesome patrons who helped make this possible!

In an update on chapter progress, I think I’m almost done with what I’m going to do for Chapter 16. What I’m thinking is I’m going to shorten Chapter 16 a bit from what I originally intended and just get chapter 17 out sooner because, let’s face it, I’m not likely to do crap once I get home for the holidays. I much prefer giving you all REAL expectations from me :P

Let me know if you guys liked the commentary,
Taralynn

PS: My own initial experiments told me that the Commentaries only looked good in Word but I have received a comment on the last one indicating it looked fine in OpenOffice. If you use OpenOffice or some other word document processor and it looks good, please let me know so I can see if I need to provide better options in the future.

So good news and bad news… bad news first

10 November, 2014 (08:08) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Hello friends. Let’s start with the bad news and I’ll be direct… Chapter 16 isn’t ready yet. I have a bad history of not delivering on chapters and disappearing. To be honest, part of the reason for my original long hiatus was the shame of not having delivered chapters by the stated dates. In the interest of preventing that from happening again, I’m going to just come clean here and push through that shame.

The reason the chapter isn’t ready is a combination of factors. One is that I have been sick the past few days (running on both ends is not fun) but that’s not the biggest reason. The biggest reason is I got a large chunk of the chapter done… then reread it and felt it just didn’t work. After hemming and hawing I finally deleted it and started over. It REALLY pains me to rewrite stuff. I just don’t like it. At all. But I just really want to make sure these are chapters you can enjoy and that they are up to the quality that I expect of myself and, I feel, you expect of me.

So, where does that leave us? I’m going to deliver the chapter on November the 18th (1 week later than originally) promised. This chapter will, I feel, be up to snuff. If it turns out I get it done a bit quicker than anticipated, well then, that’s awesome and I’ll post it earlier. So stay tuned. Throughout the week and I’ll give you all updates.

“So, Taralynn,” you say, “you said there would be some GOOD news. So far it’s been nothing but a mountain of bad news and puppies crying.” You’re right fair reader. I did promise good news that… sorry, I just got distracted by seeing a huge gust of wind blowing a fairly large cardboard box down my street. It’s incredibly windy today. Okay, distraction over, onto the good news! The good news is Pip is doing the art for next month’s pin-up commission. As you can see in the upper right, December’s image is “Christmas Vivian” and you’ve already seen his awesome picture of Spirit Guard Felicity so you know he’s more than up to the task. I’ve seen is work and it is, indeed, awesome. I think you all will like it.

One more piece of good news before I get back to that chapter: I will be posting the MGP Chapter 2 with Reader Commentary on Thursday (on Wednesday if you’re a Patreon patron). So, if you’re one of my $5+ commentators looking to get one more quip in, please get those comments onto the googledoc by Tuesday the 11th so I can post that.
Thank you for your patience,
Taralynn

PS: Again, really sorry about not being ready for my own deadline. I hope the chapter is good enough to make up for it.

New pin-ups posted for $2+ patrons and new fanart!

1 November, 2014 (11:37) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

So if you’re one of my patrons who have pledged $2 or more, head over to my Patreon page and you’ll get the image. If you’re part of the $3 or up crowd you also get the humorous alternate version. In other patron news, our $5 and up crowd are already commenting on Chapter 2 and that should be up in a week or so for your reading pleasure.

We also got more fanart! This one comes from Shadowmaster1026 who decided to try his hand at drawing on his tablet for the first time. Got to say, I love that he worked in both Theo’s version of Serenity’s daggers and one of my favorite lines to write from the fight scene from Serenity vs. Day LaMode. Thanks Shadowmaster!


Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!
Taralynn

MGP Chapter 1 Fan-commentary posted!

24 October, 2014 (09:06) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Two items: One, the pic for November is finally finished and to all patrons who donate $2 or more, you’ll be seeing it on my Patreon page come November 1st. You can see the preview in the upper right.

BUT THAT’S NOT THE NEWS WE ARE HERE FOR! No, we are here for the grand announcement that the commenting period for Chapter 1 of MGP is over and we’re posting it here! For those of you who don’t remember, patrons who donate $5 or more a month on my Patreon page get the right to be a part of this process which I envision as sort of a MST3K of MGP where you can comment on segments of my chapters with all the witty, sarcastic (or serious if you’re so inclined) commentary you like. I’ve shut down the commenting period for Chapter 1 and posting it here as a .docx file.

If you’re wondering why it’s a .docx file, let me explain. We do the commenting process via a googledoc that I give people commenting access to. I had hoped that I could do that, then make the document public for people to just click on to see the comments. Sadly, there isn’t an option to make the COMMENTS public. The only way to see the comments is if you yourself can comment. That sort of defeats the purpose of rewarding my patrons if I make the ability to comment open to everyone.

So, instead I export the file and make it available for download. Sadly, the only export option that seems to preserve the full context of the commentary (ie: what the comment actually was and who made it) is the docx version. I don’t know how ubiquitous it is for people to have Microsoft Word. I can also save it as an OpenOffice document that lists all the comments but it does not list who wrote the comment. If you want to read the commentary but don’t have word, please leave a comment. If there is enough interest I’ll see what I can do about making and OpenOffice option available. Until then, HERE is the link to the docx version.

I found the comments to be quite hilarious and I can’t wait to see what we get for chapter 2. Please leave any other comments you have about ways maybe to improve the process, especially if you are a googledocs wiz. Or, you know, send me an email at taralynnand@gmail.com

Enjoy the read!
Taralynn