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DustTraveller


Nov
3rd
2016

Update 2: Beta Editing Received, Performing Hard Edit, Finishing and Adding Omake · 6:14am Nov 3rd, 2016

I've received preliminary 2nd draft copy from a beta reader. I'm currently performing my first hard read out loud edit of the whole mess. Initial reports are about what I expected. Part of the difficulty of writing this chapter is that it was always going to be a set up, explanatory type chapter. Making it interesting is a serious challenge, but I felt as though if I DIDN'T show the characters reasoning that it wouldn't be true to the characters and the narrative as I've written it.

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Hey man, I happened to swing by your page for the first time in several months, and I just spent the last few minutes diving into the threads on here (including the one where you bravely laid it all out for us). I'm so, so sorry to hear about everything that you've had to go through, especially with your parents and grandparents. I know you said you weren't looking for sympathy, and I respect that. I just want you to know that nobody (especially not me) will blame you for taking care of your own flesh and blood​ instead of writing pony tales. As awesome as this story is, you've got your priorities straight, and I encourage you to take as much time as you need. Keep fighting the good fight, my friend.

2439676 As should the rest of his nearly 800 followers (though it should be more anyway)

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I second that and wish you and your relatives the best.

2413040 That's what were here for mate, to appreciate your work and the creator behind it. And if ever there's a need to rant about what ever subject well then we're there for you all the way through. It's the least we can do after what you've given to the community

2412938 I appreciate the note of concern, but honestly, I wasn't expecting anyone to respond to what I'd typed out. It turned into one of those stream of consciousness rants I go on every once in awhile that got away from me. Apparently I needed to get the content of that message out of my head and into the digital aether... I don't know, maybe a kind of mental gag reflex.

When you write something down you have to think about it, immerse yourself in it. It's like reliving it. At the time I wrote that I was in tears about half way through. I hadn't really cried up to that point. Sometimes I'd see a commercial or a movie and it would make me very sad, because it reminded me of my Grandparents, but I never really cried up to that point. Different people deal with grief differently. There may be unhealthy ways to deal with grief, but there are no wrong ways. That forces me to come to the conclusion that grief is different things to different people.

I do believe that.

For me I believe that grief was a poison. What that post on my profile was, was me spitting out the poison. I feel much better now, and I don't regret writing it, not at all. I needed to. But I don't blame anyone else for feeling uncomfortable reading it. It's poison. I'd rather no one else internalize it the way I did.

Still, as I said, thank you for caring enough to sympathize, and thank you for your support. You people who have stuck with me all this time are far more than I deserve.

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