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9/19 Interactive: "The Actors' Studio"
9/19 Public: "The Actors' Studio"
|The change of month seems like a good time to switch stories, so today's chapters—
Interactive: "Favors and Friendships"
Public: "Favors and Friendships"
—will suspend that branch.
For my next trick, I'm going to leap over "The Search for Something Instead of Nothing" . Will lost that weird book in found in a scrum with some bullies. He hasn't given much thought to it since, being distracted by this and that. His friend Keith has been making YouTube videos with some other guys, for instance, and Will has had a few run-ins with Stephanie Wyatt. This stuff has got him thinking that his life is very boring, and he decides he wants to get out more and meet girls.
As the next chapter opens, he runs into Eva Garner, who is on her way out to the studio where Keith and his friends make those videos. If he followed her out, it would give him a chance to find out something about party spots, and maybe hang out with Eva (a cheerleader) if she does something with Keith and those other guys ...
This is my way of fulfilling a poll that was run some time ago. This isn't exactly where the poll said to continue, but it's in the same general area.
|Never watch a video like one of Red Letter Media's Best of the Worst at the start of a day when you plan to do any writing. It will completely destroy your self-confidence. Not only will you not do any writing, you will be sorely tempted to burn or delete everything you ever wrote out of the fearful shame that your stuff is just as bad.
|I've been falling behind in posting my thanks to the various correspondents who have sent me WdC Gift Points over the past few weeks. So I want to publicly thank:
* Easy, forthefunofit, and Achillesredux, who really liked it when Will and Sydney turned themselves into a couple of teachers, and who I hope will also enjoy the sequel.
* Sonicmetroid, who has been plowing through "The Book of Masks" and "The Wandering Stars" and has been liking chapters in lots of different branches.
* Ann Man, who liked the answer to a question he asked me.
* And Mastrix, who wanted to remind me that there was a chance in an upcoming chapter for Shelly Nolan to get name-checked.
But most of all, I want to thank the anonymous benefactor who renewed my Upgraded Membership for another year. That membership is a big reason I am able to continue writing and posting chapters to "The Book of Masks," and I am very grateful for support that benefactor has been giving me.
Interactive: "Grading the Teachers"
Public: "Grading the Teachers"
—suspends that branch for a bit. I do have plans to return to it. Well, for the moment I do.
Tomorrow I'll return to the branch I was working on before that, with "Breaking Bodies" . That, if you recall, had Will and Sydney working together to make a Brotherhood of Baphomet. They had hijacked the bodies of two attractive teachers and were going to use them to make golems of some of the students in the lower grades.
That was also the start of a run of chapters where you guys played "Blind Plinko" with the choices. Without knowing what you were voting for, you voted for "Start with the juniors" so that's the chapter that will appear tomorrow.
|I had appointments and other whatnot to deal with yesterday, and all in all it wound up just being easier to skip publication -- it also meant I didn't fall any further behind on my writing.
But here's today's chapters, which should have appeared yesterday:
Interactive: "Girls Galore"
Public: "Girls Galore"
Interactive: "Breaking Bodies"
Public: "Breaking Bodies"
—brings this branch to a temporary halt. I'll be coming back here soon, though. You might recognize the choices that end today's chapters as choices that showed up at the start of a Blind Poll. When I come back, it will be publish the chapters that you blindly voted for.
In the meantime, I want to step away to publish a short branch that you voted for in one of the Plot Plinko rounds. It begins here: "The Many Faces of Crime, Part 2"
Will has returned from Oregon, where he had to bring back a sophomore girl who had gotten trapped under a mask of Dane Matthias. The Libra in the meantime has fallen into the control of a group of sophomores that Will and his friend Caleb have more or less befriended. There is some talk of hijacking new identities, but Will is more interested in retaining control of the crime empire he has accidentally acquired in the course of figuring out how to get Evie Cummings back from her exile. As part of his plan, he has turned several key figures into golems under his control: Erik Carstairs, the student football player who runs the Warehouse, and Gary Chen, the chief distributor of drugs inside Westside, as well as Karol Mathis, the restauranteur/gangster. Will has gone back to hiding inside the mask of Dane Matthias, but he is giving serious thought to hijacking another identity, an innocent face from behind which he can run the gang.
|Interactive: "Mentors! The Freshmakers!"
Public: "The Enlightened Ones"
I was going to start publishing this branch last Monday, but I was having a hard time writing anything new, so I decided to take a week off to recharge. Anyhow, I'm now starting a short branch. Links are above. The public page is actually a two-fer. It includes both "Mentos! The Freshmaker!" and "The Enlightened Ones," which is the very short chapter that sets it up.
Background: This is a Will-and-Sydney branch. They've decided to set up a Brotherhood of Baphomet inside Westside, and are trying to decide what kind of people they should recruit into it. Since the Brotherhood is a kind of club, they've decided to convert a school club (or part of one) from within.