After an extended absence, Magical Girl Policy- Chapter 9 is up! *cue trumpets*
So just to give you all a heads up on why I was gone. Without going into specifics my job got more than a bit stressful in October. In addition to that, I took on an additional project and while that project has gone well, and consistent, I have been unable to be consistent with my writing, work, and additional project.
That said, I’m now confident that the discipline I have gained from this additional project will help me write better and more consistently. That said, I know there will be bumps in the road as I have (and I’m sure I’m sure you’re all nodding your heads at this point) not proven that I’m hugely consistent. To that end, I’m going to be making sure to post, at least once a month, on this site to let you all know if there isn’t a chapter, what the status is. That way you aren’t left completely in the dark.
I want to thank everyone who offered me their words of encouragement and support. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. While some authors write simply for the love of writing, I’m much more motivated by seeing others enjoying my work. Getting emails and messages that show you’ve enjoyed the story and hope that I’m well and that you’ve enjoyed the story I’ve created really helps keeps my creative engines running.
Before I head out, I just want to say that Chapter 9 is shorter than the other chapters but I felt it important to just get something out there for you guys to read. I hope to have Chapter 10 out before the month is up. But if it’s not up by April Fool’s Day, I’ll be sure to let you guys know why!
Thanks again for all your kind words!
After an extended absence, Magical Girl Policy- Chapter 9 is up! *cue trumpets*
Magical Girl Policy- Chapter 8 is up for your perusal! Well, it’s actually up for your reading. I’m hoping you’ll do more than peruse. But that is your choice, not mine.
I want to thank those of you who have been leaving comments, sending emails, and commenting in the forums. These have been invaluable. I’m trying to do another drive on the forums to get a bit more activity (a lot of that is my fault) so I hope you’ll all give it a shot. It helps keep me motivated to keep writing. Can’t tell you how useful that is. I also just want to thank my invaluable editor. He has improved the quality of this story immeasurably. Seriously, thank Fate for him.
Lastly, friend of the site, Pip, the man who is kind enough to give me this domain space, had unfortunately lost his job. If you could run by sincomics.com, maybe throw a donation or vote for Sins on TWC, I know he’d appreciate it. He’s a great friend, awesome guy, and is responsible for this site even existing so I hope we can help him out at least in some small way!
Thanks for your time,
Listening to: “Little Sister” by Miracle of Sound
Eating: Clam Chowder Soup
Eleven-thousand words! That’s how long chapter 7 is people. I’m sorry for it being more than twice my regular chapter size but it had to be done! Regardless, despite the long wait, the chapter is here and ready to be consumed by you! Yes you! Everyone thought I was writing the chapter for a wide audience but instead it’s just for YOU!
Though difficult, this chapter was a lot of fun and it only gets more fun from here on out. I’m getting to work on chapter 8 tomorrow and, though I don’t know how long it will be, I know it’ll be a fun chapter to write. I hope it will be even more fun to read!
Listening to: “Someday You Will Be Loved” by Deathcab for Cutie
Eating: Boxed pasta because I was too lazy to make anything of actual effort
Yup. Chapter 6 is ready for your perusing! A big thanks goes to my editor. You know what, we’ll give the man the title The Editor because it sounds much more epic. The Editor is really helping me get on a much more regular writing schedule and improving my chapters. I dare say this chapter wouldn’t be coming out for another week without his encouragement. So thanks Editor. You are a hero to us all!
I want to thank all those who have been leaving comments on the chapters. They are GREATLY appreciated as it shows me that people are actually reading which is consequently why I write. I want people to enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it. So if you would like to leave comments you can either comment here on the website, on the forums, or by emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org) personally. Thanks!
Speaking of the Forums, I have started a “Help Taralynn Name Things” thread. Any input you could give on that would be appreciated.
Also, I am just kind of curious to know something. Of those readers who write, how many of you write music or need silence? It’s a topic I’ve recently grown interested and am kind of taking a generic poll. I write in total silence myself. I find I have a hard time concentrating otherwise. How about you?
Interested to see your answers,
Listening to: “My Eyes” from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Coming you straight from my laptop, is the awesome might that is Chapter 5 of Magical Girl Policy. I’m really proud of this chapter and feel after several edits that I have something you’ll enjoy.
I’m breaking from my normal tradition of putting my thoughts at the end of the chapter because Grand Supreme Overlord Pip has revamped the forums and I think they’ll be of great use for those who want to discuss the chapters and the story as a whole. I encourage all those interested in the story to check it out and throw their comments in. I’m going to include a Wild Mass Guessing thread for those who want to post their theories on the thread. I think that at the very least should be very fun.
In other news, I’ve not been very good about updating the picture up in the right corner of the site. I feel like I need something visually there but it’s just not working. Do you guys have any ideas? Please let me know if you think you have a good idea.
Hope you enjoy the chapter as much as I enjoyed writing it,
Chapter 4 of Magical Girl Policy is now posted and up for your reading pleasure!
I also want to thank those who have been donating money, we nearly have enough for another commission. I think I’m going to be changing my loading bar up top (since I don’t update it much anyway) to reflect how close we are to commissioned art. I really like this idea of how we have commissioned are set-up.
I don’t have much else to say other than giving a big thanks to ArizonaKnight and UNspacy who have been invaluable help in making the chapters of better quality. Lord knows I make a lot of grammar, spelling, and logic errors and they help catch it. Three cheers for them!
I didn’t hear anyone cheering! *taps foot* I said three cheers!
Hope you enjoy the chapter,
Do you know what’s grea? Another chapter! That’s right, a full Chapter 3 of MGP is now up for your reading pleasure. And I hope you like dialogue because there is lots of it. Or… well there is a lot of dialogue in the second half. Not the first. Well, not the beginning. How about I just let you read it?
I want to thank those who have donated towards the “Taralynn Wants To Commission More Art” Fund. We’ve had $30 donated and it’ll be going straight towards a new piece of commissioned artwork. What type of art would people like to see? Send me your suggestions and I’ll pick the one I like the best. I accept either comments or email suggestions. Please remember that it needs to be story based.
I’m on a more regular schedule of writing now that tax season is over. If you want to be kept up to date on my progress, like me on my twitter feed, @TaralynnsDesk.
- Mood: Relieved
- Music: “Come On” by Smashmouth
I have now posted Chapter 2 of Magical Girl Policy and this one was a doozy. I restarted the chapter two or three times. I guess it’s just the perfectionist in me but I finally got it the way I wanted it to turn out. Sorry it took so long. I didn’t mean for it to but, well, maybe I should stop being so picky and whatnot. I just really wanted to make sure I got every voice correct.
In other news, I don’t know how many of you saw it but I commissioned some artwork from the venerable Ian Sampson and it will be going straight into the gallery.
Isn’t this thing the coolest!? I imagined it as sort of a cover page for if MGP were a manga. I’m using it as the donation image as that is what I plan to use donations for: more artwork. I love this idea and think it’s a great use of the funds. I hope you agree ^_^ If you can only donate a single dollar, it will help me to commission more art which I feel compliments the story immensely.
As a side note, a lot of people have messaged me asking me for the links to the old MGP stories and I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m going to get to that today. Just want to make sure you guys know I haven’t forgotten. Well, I’ll stop rambling and let you get to reading. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
- Mood: Fulfilled
- Music: “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by the Outlaws
- Eating: Instant oatmeal
- Giving: Too much information
A lot of you have commented and it’s been greatly appreciated! I say thanks to all the kind words, “welcome backs”, “we missed yous”, and general niceness that has come my way. I wanted to respond to all of you but haven’t found the time.
One common question I’ve received is, “How often do you expect to be updating in this brave new Magical Girl Policy world?” The answer to that is… well I was hoping to find that out this past two weeks by seeing what my schedule could handle but my teeth had other plans. You see, a couple Fridays ago my tooth started bothering me. Bothering me so much that I, literally, couldn’t sleep. I tried to get in to my dentist on Saturday for an emergency appointment but found he was out of town for the day. He’s a close friend of my family though and he said he’d get me in Sunday morning. No problem, I figured. I’d get some of that toothache gel, a sleep aid, and lots of painkillers and get to sleep. No dice. Sunday rolls around and I’ve had no sleep whatsoever. Driving to the dentist office was scary as the pain of my toothache was the only thing keeping me awake.
Turns out I need a root canal in the worst way. My dentist does it for me and the pain feels immediately better. He offers to get me a prescription for some more potent painkillers but I turn him down because, hey, I feel great. This is lesson #1 from the story: When a dentist thinks you’ll need prescription strength painkillers: TAKE THEM! When the novacaine wears off that night, guess who can’t sleep?
I go back in Monday and this time its an even scarier drive because I’m in the middle of rush hour and I can feel myself nodding off. Dentist gets me the more powerful meds, I drive to my family’s house (in the same town as my dentist), take the meds, fall asleep around 10am, wake up at 3am the next day. I wish this were the end of the story but on Wednesday night, through the painkillers, I start feeling terrible pain in a DIFFERENT TOOTH! My dentist fits me in and examines my other tooth to find my filling in said tooth had just cracked. He gets me even MORE powerful painkillers so I can sleep and fixes it the next day for more dental work.
I’d say this means I’ve had terrible luck the past 10 days with my teeth, but it’s really my own fault. During my long stint of underemployment I avoided the doctor and dentist because, well, money. Which means I’ve been a good 15 months without seeing my dentist. I made my bed and now I’m laying in it with some hefty dental bills (thank goodness I opted to purchase dental insurance a few months back!) and pretty much all my sick time at work used up for the year already. The moral of the story is PLEASE see your dentist regularly so you don’t go through the Hell I’ve been through. I want you to learn from my pain as I’m still trying to catch up on my sleep I’ve lost and it hurts to bite down too hard. This all could have been avoided and had I just gone when I should have you’d have chapter 2 by now.
On the story front though, now that my teeth shouldn’t be delaying me for the foreseeable future, I’m going to get started on the next chapter tonight. Realistically though, I have some other commitments coming up Thursday and Friday that will really be challenging my time. I wouldn’t expect this week to be the week I post, but the week after that.
Thanks for all the kind words and well wishes,
PS: GO SEE YOUR DENTIST!!!
Hello everyone, tales of my demise were greatly exaggerated. So what’s been going on? Well, I’ll get to business first and then we can go on to personal stuff.
I’m starting Magical Girl Policy over. I have been feeling the need to start it over for a long time with a different setting but have been putting it off because of how much work it would be. I knew this going in though and have been dragging my feet. So I have officially, thanks to the gentle nudgings of Pip (more like constant poking :P) and Kami I have gotten MGP started over. Say hello to the new MGP here. I have the first chapter up and everything. I know, shocking, right?
What are the changes you ask? Well, I feel my writing style has really improved over the past few years. So I feel you’ll see a higher quality story to begin with. Next, I’ve moved the school setting from the Peavy Academy (a private high school) to college years (Adamson University is the name of the place). I feel this change of setting is something that will improve the story as it removes some of the awkwardness I feel situations have had before, while adding new levels of awkwardness in others. Either way, each setting has its issues, but I feel the new setting will give me more options as a writer, and improve the story.
So is this basically going to be the same story but in college instead of high school? Yes and no. A lot of characters are getting tune-ups as to what they are. Some are getting flat-out redesigns. And the background plot I was building up to before is now being completely dropped and changed. Now, no one ever got to see the background plot so… yeah. You guys may not know the big changes that have happened for a few chapters.
But here is the crux of it, will I actually update frequently. I have not been very consistent with my motivations. I now have a full-time job which I feel will help me keep steady with writing now that I’ve gotten going. I’m going to replace the donations button up top in favor of a progress bar that shows what my progress is on chapters that are coming up. As for donations, I’ve decided to use any donations people give me to commission art pieces for the story so your investments go directly into the story. I find a picture really adds something to the story and given how I’m changing up the looks of the team, it’s no surprise that I’d like pictures to help.
Keep looking for new updates,