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"The Book of Masks" : A high school student discovers a grimoire that can make magical disguises.
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1/27 Interactive: "The Dunjuns"
1/27 Public: "The Dunjuns"
Interactive: "Of Stephanie and Sabotage"
Public: "Of Stephanie and Sabotage"
—wraps up the last branch. It was written as a commission by someone who wanted to see some more of Katy getting into Stephanie's mask. Given that there was too much drama the last time Katy was inside that mask—Hannah got turned into a golem—I stepped back and branched off earlier to get something similar but without the golem complication.
Tomorrow I start another commission, this one rather shorter—a five-chapter run starting at "Group Activities" and continuing through "Good Sports" and "The Jockettes" . It's another Will-and-Sydney story, taking off of the giant junction where they have decided to make their own "Brotherhood of Baphomet" and are deciding where to start and who to convert. This time it's going to be a sports team—one of the girls' teams—but which one, and who will be the first victim? Check in tomorrow to find out.
|I was supposed to finish up the branch I've been working on with another chapter. But after looking at it I decided it was boring and that it needed a total rewrite. So I'm wrapping up that last branch prematurely.
Starting today is an 8-chapter run returning to "It's a Boyfriend-Girlfriend Thing" . This is a branch where Will has gotten very friendly with Katy Conlee, one of the basketball players, and has shown her the masks. Katy used one on her friend Stephanie Wyatt, and then got into it. Maybe too much into it, because now she (Katy) is very keen to pursue Stephanie's vendetta against Hannah Westrick.
I had written that branch to the point where Hannah had gotten petrified into a golem (because Will is that far enough along in the Personae) but I'm backing up a few chapters and taking an alternate route, one where he doesn't use Hannah as a victim in that spell. Things pick up here:
Interactive: "Hacking Hannah Westrick"
Public: "Hacking Hannah Westrick"
|During my hiatus, I did have some other creative projects going on. Not writing projects (or else I would have continued with BoM) but other sorts that could be interrupted and picked back up easily with little loss of concentration. I've still got one of those going, and I was working on it yesterday morning, and the time got away from me so that I forgot all about updating BoM until very much later.
Anyway, that's just to say that there was a hiccup, not an interruption, and the chapter I meant to put up is now up:
Interactive: "Twenty Questions (At Least)"
Public: "Twenty Questions (At Least)"
|So with today's chapter—
Interactive: "Done and Doner"
Public: "Done and Doner"
—we conclude a very short, two-chapter storyline.
Well, that was just to round off one choice the only way it could be rounded off. Tomorrow I'll back up and send Will down a closely related but alternate branch, where more is going to happen.
|While looking through my files, I found a storyline that I was writing before the hiatus, but hadn't got around to publishing. As I get arranged and acclimated again, I will be publishing it. That way I'm less likely to wander off again after touching base.
Interactive: "Yielding the Floor, Before You're Mopped With It"
Public: "Yielding the Floor, Before You're Mopped With It"
The background: Will has been experimenting with the grimoire, and he has met a new girl at school, Sydney McGlynn, who is also into the occult. They went exploring the town on a date, looking for ley lines, when they ran into a peculiar (and rather threatening) stranger. Sydney has let it slip to this stranger (who calls himself "Dee" and claims to be from another dimension) that she wants to hurt someone in her life. In the last chapter Will ran into this guy again, and has to decide if he too is going to help Sydney with what sounds like a murder plot ...
|This could probably go up as an edit to the previous post, but I'll put it up as a separate one so that it gets seen:
I don't think I had an extant commissions when I made that abrupt exit 2 months ago, but if you have or had commission ideas for me, please send them to me again. (And if you have new commission ideas, send those too.) I can't promise to take any commissions, but I will feel less lost and adrift if people remind me of old ideas or give me new ones.
|Well, that was unexpected.
So, first of all, I guess I should start by saying that I did not intend to disengage from this place for as long or as deeply as I did. I even stopped logging in, which was something that just kind of happened. I know that left some people hanging, and I do apologize for that. I am going to be catching up over the next few days, but it may take some time.
As for what happened— Suffice it to say that a family member suffered a serious accident. Recovery from that is almost complete, but during that time my free time became fragmented and subject to interruption, and it became easiest to occupy myself with reading. There were in fact several weeks when I didn't even go on the internet. That's when I lost the habit of even checking in here.
I am still not certain how much of a return I am going to be making. As I say, the family member with the accident is mostly recovered. But it will take time for me to look around and figure out what I need to be paying attention to and what I need to do. It will probably take even longer before I get positioned begin writing again. There has been a very serious interruption to my creative habits, more than just the usual "need to recharge" hiatus.