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This is a big deal for me. I love writing for exchanges but I struggle with long projects and nebulous deadlines. Yay for me! Yay for everyone who helped or encouraged.

Between Blue and Gray (21742 words) by Morbane
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Black Jewels - Anne Bishop
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Surreal SaDiablo, Wilhelmina Benedict
Additional Tags: Constructive Criticism Welcome, Minor Violence, Magic, Vigilantism, Misunderstandings, Female Friendship, Art, Road Trips

Surreal and Wilhelmina have similar doubts about settling in the Shadow Realm.

[doubts that they try to settle with a jaunt to Amdarh, which does and does not go as a trip the city should go. There are goats, fights, murder, and a play.]

See chapters 2 and 3 for art by Desiderii (also here - with way better captions :D). Desiderii has also created a mix to accompany the fic.

And here's my bragging post on the Finish Your Sh**: Work in Progress Big Bang community.

I only recently saw the art Desiderii made to accompany the story. I'm really excited about that too. I listened to half of the mix last night but I was pretty zonked so I'll have to listen to the rest tonight.

My stories are often based on an emotional arc rather than plotty events. It's usually some evolution of "is this okay...? Yes, here is why this can be okay." This time, I was trying to write an action plot as well. Those two arcs didn't quite work together and I also had difficulty with the pacing because the story is longer than any I have written before. So I hope I have learned a lot from writing this.

(Also, I am amused at how AGGRESSIVELY gen this story is. Yeah, okay, so Surreal mentions Falonar in chapter 1; but I don't think there's a mention of any romantic or sexual relationship in the remaining 20,000 words. Unless you count Surreal pointing out that she used to be a really expensive courtesan.)

Also, now I can generally babble about writing for exchanges. I set myself a condition that I was not allowed to write long, excited aftermath-y posts about exchanges until I finished this story. That is why there was no roundup post about Yuletide 2014. Maybe I'll write one soon. You know, in time for next Yuletide.

Date: 2015-07-23 11:16 pm (UTC)
inevitableentresol: a Victorian gentleman with the body of a carrot (Default)
From: [personal profile] inevitableentresol
I think all of your stories as aggressively gen, or at least the ones I've done beta for. It's what I first think of when I think of a fic by you. I really like the way you didn't minimise or dismiss that part of Surreal's life, even while writing her a completely gen storyline.

I saw on your bragging post that this was the longest story you've completed yet. Congratulations!

My current longest (finished) fic is about the same length as yours was before. You've given me hope that I can eventually push through and also finish a longer one like you did.

When writing, a story that's twice as long seems not just twice as difficult, but suddenly at least ten times harder to me. It's been inspiring seeing you do this especially given the break you took during the writing of this fic.


Date: 2015-07-23 11:52 pm (UTC)
isis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] isis
Congratulations! (And, there is a character named "Surreal"?!)

Date: 2015-07-24 12:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seekingferret

Date: 2015-07-24 06:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] benedict
*sets out the Yuletide babble bait* because I wanna hear that.

Date: 2015-07-24 06:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elanya
Yay! Congrats on finishing and plus also managing to pick such a huge story up after so long *and*finishing it!

Date: 2015-07-24 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
20k+! Congrats!


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