I sent the first five parts of the sequel off to beta (right now, there are roughly 18 parts, though some are much longer than others, so the final number of chapters will almost certainly be greater.  However, since someone mentioned they were re-reading the original, I thought that I should mention that I'm posting a revised version of "The Perfect Storm" on AO3.  While the heart and essential plot have not changed, I have removed unnecessary epithets, typos, and punctuation and grammar errors.

As always, thank you for your interest, :).
Once again, lots of more important stuff going on, but I've found myself wanting to write in the last few weeks and just the other day had the epiphany that 80-100,000 words isn't going to be nearly enough.  The reason I've been having so much trouble is that I've been wanting to gloss things over than I've (FINALLY) realized just can't be glossed.

I have no clue what the final word count will be.  All I know is that what I have now is looking a lot more like a rough outline than the nearly-finished draft I thought I had.

As always, thanks to everyone for their patience and interest.  For what it's worth, I'm working very hard to make this worth the wait.
Hello, all!

I'm looking for someone to PLEASE beta my sequel to The Perfect Storm.

The plus is that you'd get to read it before everyone else.

The minus is that it's rough, really rough, and you'd be reading that before anyone else.   Even so, I think I've gotten it to a place where I can at least start to put the pieces I've written together into a coherent whole.  While in some ways the sequel is not as dark as its progenitor, there is what's essentially a 30,000-word, pretty heavy BDSM scene, as well as flashbacks, PTSD, references to rape and torture, and explicit violence.

With over 70,000 words in rough chunks written out, this is not a request for the faint of heart.  Some chapters and bridgework are essentially still a gleam in my eye, but they're a gleam I'd really like to get out of my head if at all possible.  In addition, if everything that needs to be written gets written, this could wind up being over 100,000 words very easily - it just depends on the feedback I get and how my muse responds to it.

I would prefer that any volunteers be familiar with The Perfect Storm and be willing to tell me where I'm going wrong in keeping with the spirit of that story.  The latter is very important to me, as this is still my baby and I'd like for her sister to be as well-cared-for as she was.

Thank you very much in advance for any and all volunteers.

Comments to this entry will be screened and any responses will be answered via PM or e-mail, as per the volunteer's request.

ETA: Wow, that was fast!  Thank you! :)
The first thing I want to do here is thank my beta, [livejournal.com profile] frakkin_addict.  Without her, this still would have been written, because it was my Monster!bunny that was eating my brain, but it would not have been something that I would have been proud to have other people read.  She's been with me literally since I started writing it, (which happened while I was still trying to finish "Legacy of the Bad Wolf", another story that wouldn't have been finished without her) and I honestly can't begin to express how much her always-constructive criticism, support and help have meant to me.  

It hardly seems possible, but we've finally reached the end.  Yes, there will be a sequel (I've written around 60,000 words on it already, but it's still in its infancy) and unlike with this book, I will not start posting until I'm absolutely certain that I have an ending that pleases me.

What follows are the statistics of The Perfect Storm, recorded because it makes my HFA brain happy to do so, as well as some of my thoughts and feelings while writing it.  )

Thank you for everything. 


ETA:  Just as an FYI - there is no way to only screen part of a comment, :).  If you put your e-mail address in a comment, the whole comment will remain screened to protect your privacy, :).

ETA 2: Since there was a request, I'm going to put the end notes at the end of the PDF, :).
The Children of Time Awards have posted the winners! :)

"The Perfect Storm" was nominated in the Threesomes or More, Kink, & Hurt/Comfort categories. 

It tied for winner in the Threesomes or More with "That's What Time Travel's For, Right?" by "The Perfect Storm's" awesome beta [livejournal.com profile] frakkin_addict, so that couldn't have worked out better if we'd planned it, lol.  Congratulations, woman and thank you - TPS never would have gotten here without you! :)

It came in runner up to "Game On" by [livejournal.com profile] remuslives23  in the Kink category - congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] remuslives23! :)

In the Hurt/Comfort category, the winner was [livejournal.com profile] blucougar with her amazing story "Ashes and Dust" and the runner-up was the lovely [livejournal.com profile] angstosaur for "Bad Seed".  Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] blucougar  and [livejournal.com profile] angstosaur, :).

Thank you to everyone who voted! :)

Recommended by [livejournal.com profile] etergrobie a rather long time ago. I finally got round to listening to it and I agree - it's lovely for "The Perfect Storm".

For the record, however, I listened to "Arrival" by ABBA over a hundred times during my first month of writing, :).

Believe it or not, I've almost run out of prompts, :).  So if you missed this, please head on over and give me one, :).

To date, I've posted 15 ficlets for this challenge specifically (16 since it started), have two more sitting on my Desktop that will be posted when I'm more awake, and have about six or eight still waiting in the wings.  If that sounds like a lot still to be done, keep in mind that I've written 18 total just since August 29.

Moral of the story: I like writing ficlets.  I like getting prompts for ficlets.  I'm not quite tired of this yet, so taking advantage of me while you have the chance is to the good.  Honestly, I'm seriously considering making the original post a permanent one on my journal so that anyone can participate, but we'll see, :).

Please keep in mind, if I've already written one for you, I'll let you give me another one, but your prompt automatically moves to the back of the line until I'm done with all of the others, :).  Still, if you don't mind waiting, feel free to give me another, :). 

If I've told you that your prompt is eating my brain and will take longer, feel free to give me an 'easier' one (generally one word is easy - more than one word is hard, heh).  I'll still attempt to do the original, but this will give you something now if you don't want to wait, :). 

And for those who are curious, a new chapter of The Perfect Storm WILL be posted this weekend.  It's complete and beta'd - I just need to find the time to do all of the cross-posting. 

The ficlets have also been helping me to get the creative juices flowing for me to finally write the end, :).  To all those who've been so great and patience with my lax posting of late, I can only say thank you, :).  And offer a ficlet for being so nice to me, :).



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