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9/19 Interactive: "The Actors' Studio"
9/19 Public: "The Actors' Studio"
|For personal reason I don't feel like getting into, I'm going to have to take a break from publishing.
I don't think it will be for very long. But there are various things going on which have had the combined effect of destroying my writing hours, which has left me unable to concentrate enough to write new chapters. I've been working my way through my backlog over the last week, but I've now run out of chapters and so have nothing more to post.
The stuff going on isn't life-threatening or -changing. As I say, it's just deranged my working hours. I might be able to continue writing in snatches here and there, but I just can't make any promises. I will continue to be around here -- there nothing to interfere with popping in and out online -- so I won't be gone.
To people who have written in with commission ideas: I'm not ignoring you. To some of the pitches I am giving serious thought. It's getting stuff down that is the challenge.
|As I said yesterday, today's chapter—
Interactive: "Before the Rehearsal"
Public: "Before the Rehearsal"
—is supposed to open up an avenue to Hollywood. Masktrix already went there in the nearby "Beverly Hills Cult" , and that's great. But I had already introduced Paul Griffin in "Five Final Chances" , so I thought I'd bring him back here as another route to the same place.
Interactive: "Who's Who at Westside High"
Entry: "Who's Who at Westside High"
—wraps up the commission I was working on, which I had a lot of fun imagining and writing.
Next up, a continuation of "Group Activities" , which is one of those branching points where Will and Sydney have decided to form a Brotherhood of Baphomet and are choosing identities to steal and enslave in order to set it up. This one continues through a few chapters written by Masktrix—"Thinking Big" + "Masks Need Moms" + "Calling an Audible" —which I've now added to the Archives so that non-WdC members can easily access them. Tomorrow I will post the first of five chapters in my continuation.
To foreshadow, this is the short branch I referred to in the forum post "BoM and Real-World References" Masktrix already sent Will and Sydney out to Hollywood, but there is another path that they could take, and I wrote this little line in order to set it up.
|My current branch is being written for a commission, and the commission itself starts in earnest today after a few chapters of set up. And it's a followup to a situation that was itself a commission.
... And it's interesting because I think (though I'd have to dig through my files to confirm) that this second commission is from a different person than who commissioned the first. So I don't think the person who asked for this plot twist even knows what is going on.
Which makes me wonder: "Clover Mystery"
|In addition to today's chapters—links above—I have a new poll up:
[Poll completed and deleted.]
As the poll says:
""Focus Pocus" : Will has been experimenting with the magical grimoire he got at the used bookstore, and he has met a girl, Sydney McGlynn, with a similar interest in the occult. Will isn't sure, but he thinks there might be a budding romance between him and her. Before he can act on it, though, he and Sydney while tracing a ley line have run into a mysterious character who claims to be a refugee from Lemuria. This character—he calls himself "Dee"—offers to partner with them, lending them help with what they need in return for helping him with what he needs.
"Sydney seems ambivalent. What is Will's choice?"
Yeah, that's an area I want to explore, but I'll let you guys pick how it gets explored.
In addition to the free poll above, you can also vote with GPs by using the tip form at the bottom of the chapter you want to vote to get a sequel.
Voting closes at noon on Friday.
|I have thoughts on the world of BoM and what happens when a character like Will Prescott takes an identity-theft machine to a real-world location like Hollywood. I could post those thoughts here, but I post them instead in the forum, to encourage discussion: "BoM and Real-World References"
Interactive: "Life Among the Fakes"
Public: "Life Among the Fakes"
—is the last in the short branch I started on Sept. 2. I'll admit not much has happened. I just saw a chance to set up an interesting situation -- Will hiding as a beta in the midst of the YouTube gang -- ending in a strong temptation. But I'm not going to develop that temptation right now.
Instead, I'm going to fulfill a short commission picking up where "Laura Comes Clean" left off.
Will has found himself persecuted by "Clover Mystery," a mischievous internet presence, and has been baited and confused by some girls in the theater program. Things came to a head when Chelsea Cooper, of all people, tried coming on to him during a secret meeting in the school portables. The aftermath was even more outrageous: Will finds himself soul-swapped (or something!) with Jack Li. He and Jack have been trying to get through the first night and next morning after waking up in each other's bodies. But now they are primed to have a confrontation with Chelsea Cooper, to find out how and why she swapped them around, and to get her to put them back ...