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A hub for the "Book of Masks" universe.
The Interactives
"The Book of Masks: A high school student discovers a grimoire that can make magical disguises.
"The Wandering Stars: Sequel to "The Book of Masks."
"Student Bodies: A high school student is turned into a blue goo that can possess people.

For non-WdC Members
"The Book of Masks: Archives: Dodges the "Servers Busy" barrier!
"The Book of Masks (Abridged): Introductory storylines for new readers.

"BoM/TWS Message Forum: Community for readers of the interactives.
"BoM/TWS/SB Wiki: Notes and documentation for authors. Spoilers!

Current Polls
None running

The Latest
5/19: Interactive: "When Three Is Two Too Many
5/19: Public: "When Three Is Two Too Many
4/29: rugal b. [BoM] "Compatibility
4/4: Archives: "The Magician's House --> "New Information --> "More Tricks of the Trade
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May 17, 2019 at 2:50pm
May 17, 2019 at 2:50pm
I was a little late getting today's entries posted, but to make up for it (?) there's three of them. They all open the same way, then diverge. I don't have any immediate plans for two of them, but I wanted to get directions for them all firmly set.
May 15, 2019 at 11:48am
May 15, 2019 at 11:48am
So, today's chapters—"A Triangular Seduction (public) + "A Triangular Seduction (interactive)—bring the most bit to a suspension. Tomorrow will bring something new.

A couple of months ago, I ran some polls about storylines to continue. For the rest of May I will be publishing the chapters I wrote in answer to those polls.

First up will be a sequel storyline to "The Devils One Has to Deal With. There's not much background, for It's very early days: Will hasn't even cracked open the Libra, and only knows that he wants to share the book with a friend if he's going to experiment with it.
May 8, 2019 at 11:47am
May 8, 2019 at 11:47am
Today's chapters—"The Cradle Snatcher (public) + "The Cradle Snatcher (interactive)—mark the end of one storyline for now. Yeah, it was a transitional sort of thing, and I am kind of dropping it only after it's got interesting. Ain't suspense a wonderful thing?

Tomorrow I leap over to a more distant part of the story: "Newbie Orientation, where I will be making a third sequel branch. The background:

After getting rid of the book, Will has gotten reacquainted with it by falling in with the YouTubers who got ahold of it. Even that was by accident, though: They stole the bodies of some cheerleaders and have been trying to make Will popular by giving him a makeover and increasing his visibility. But he's learned what is going on and has joined the same conspiracy that is trying to make him popular. Currently the plan is to get him a popular girlfriend, and they are trying to figure out the best way of doing that ...
May 6, 2019 at 9:15pm
May 6, 2019 at 9:15pm
So I missed last week's entry in this series, which I regret, for I've some thanks to give to Ann Man, dingo, and Easy for some large tips and some kind words shared privately. So: Thank you, and it's entirely my pleasure!
May 5, 2019 at 11:40am
May 5, 2019 at 11:40am
Okay, missing yesterday? That wasn't my fault. We had weather around here and it's like the internet pipes got wet and shorted out. For 24 hours I had only intermittent internet connectivity—a few seconds here and there—and not enough to try fighting through to do an update.

But there's a new chapter up now.
May 1, 2019 at 11:52am
May 1, 2019 at 11:52am
Today's chapter—"The Complicated Love Life of Lindsay Cho (public) + "The Complicated Love Life of Lindsay Cho (interactive)—is the last for now in that branch. Tomorrow I will shift over to a parallel branch with a sequel to "The Taming of a Shrew. It's the same area as we've been reading: Will and Caleb working with the sophomores, with Will trying to find a new identity. In this one he has decided to replace Lindsay with a golem, but he still has to find a new face for himself.

Oh, and the choices at the end of today's chapters might look familiar. Didn't they show up as the choices at the end of yesterday's chapter? Yeah, most of them were there. But I moved three of them to the end of today's chapter, where I think they make more sense.
April 26, 2019 at 6:07pm
April 26, 2019 at 6:07pm
I'm sorry, guys. I will start setting a timer or something to remind me that I have to publish.

The trouble is that Minecraft has come out with major updates lately, and I'm totally distracting myself with that.
April 22, 2019 at 5:03pm
April 22, 2019 at 5:03pm
I've got some people to thank for GPs; some of them dropped some major coin on me:

* Kenny
* Easy
* Tal

Thanks, guys!
April 22, 2019 at 5:00pm
April 22, 2019 at 5:00pm
Yeah, I missed posting yesterday. It was Easter, there was stuff going on, I got distracted, and it was late before I remembered I needed to post something. So I held off a day.

And I've skipped over to a closely related branch. It's still Will and Caleb dealing with the sophomores, and Will is still trying to find a new identity. In this branch he's settled on becoming Lindsay Cho, who is one of the sophomores. She's the least friendly of the bunch, though, and Will has been worried that she'll catch on to the fact that her friends have started playing around with the masks. So he figures the best way to keep her from finding out is by becoming her.

As "Leaving as Lindsay (public) + "Leaving as Lindsay (interactive) opens, he is waking in Dane Matthias's bedroom after getting Lindsay's memories, but he still has to change his body ...
April 19, 2019 at 10:45am
April 19, 2019 at 10:45am
Did yesterday's main entry get lost in the flood of ticky-tacky add-ons? Here it is again: "Chez Colson (public) + "Chez Colson (interactive).

And here is today's chapter: "The Party Boy (public) + "The Party Boy (interactive).

And there were some more little chapters that I overlooked yesterday. They've been added too.
April 19, 2019 at 10:45am
April 19, 2019 at 10:45am
Did yesterday's main entry get lost in the flood of ticky-tacky add-ons? Here it is again: "Chez Colson (public) + "Chez Colson (interactive).

And here is today's chapter: "The Party Boy (public) + "The Party Boy (interactive).

And there were some more little chapters that I overlooked yesterday. They've been added too.
April 18, 2019 at 11:04am
April 18, 2019 at 11:04am
Yesterday brought the last poll in the story of Will and Sydney, but it doesn't bring the last chapter. I will be continuing from the spot where left off, but I have to write something first. Meanwhile ...

First, the storyline I launched yesterday continues with "Chez Colson (public) + "Chez Colson (interactive).

Second, I will be posting [EDIT: "have finished posting"] a large number of alternate choices following on "Body Swapping as a Solution, each one wending down to the point where the action can resume.** There's no plot development in any of these chapters—they either just repeat material you've already seen, or they just further winnow the choices—but I wanted to get all of them onto the record.

If you are interested in continuing any of the storylines I've set up, go ahead. (That's the reason I have posted all these branching nodes.) But you should probably contact me before you do. Most of them are wide open and not intended to lead anywhere specific, but there are a few where I mean for certain ... replacements ... to be made.

** I won't be posting those chapters in the Archives, though; only in the interactive. These chapters will be showing up in the Archives only if or when the branches they establish get continued.
April 17, 2019 at 11:16am
April 17, 2019 at 11:16am
Okay, so as promised yesterday, there are actually two new chapters from me today.

One of them is very short and does nothing except set up another round of choices in the last storyline, and it's only there to set up a poll: "Poll: A Team Play. Like yesterday's poll, not all the interactive choices are included. Here is the actual chapter: "A Team Play (public) + "A Team Play (interactive)

Meanwhile, as promised, here is the start of another storyline: "Anyone for Tennis? (public) + "Anyone for Tennis? (interactive). Background: Will needs a new identity, but at the same time he is wondering about how Gordon Black—who unwillingly has been thrust into the form and life of "Will Prescott"—is handling things. So he has decided to take over the life of someone that Gordon/Will has started hanging out with.

Oh, and yes, yesterday's poll only ran for 19 hours because I was late getting it up. But the winning choice was beating the other two-to-one, and that wasn't going to turn around in five hours.
April 16, 2019 at 3:51pm
April 16, 2019 at 3:51pm
And to no one's great surprise, the "coven" option won yesterday's poll.

Here's today's chapter: "Coveting a Coven (public) + "Coveting a Coven (interactive) and the associated poll: [Poll completed and deleted].

Now, here's the thing about the poll: It only includes two of the four options that appear at the end of the chapter. That's for a couple of reasons. First, the two choices you have to vote between will lead to a further winnowing of options; the other two choices would dump directly into new action. Second, I am polling for a storyline to write, and the choices I am offering are leading to characters that I've already decided I want to use.

Meanwhile, we are past the point where I've composed any additional story, so there can't be any more "wrong choices." We purely in a winnowing phase now. That's going to be boring—today's chapter already repeats material that you've seen elsewhere—and the upcoming chapters are going to be very short.

So starting tomorrow I am going to move into another section of the story to publish new chapters so that you'll get some genuinely new material. But I will continue to publish short chapters and polls in this section until we reach point where the action can resume.
April 15, 2019 at 11:54am
April 15, 2019 at 11:54am
So, yesterday's chapter—"The End of One Road—turns out to have been a wrong turn, the first since the beginning of the present storyline. Don't worry, I'll work on the branch that you chose. But today we back up one and take the path that you avoided: "Body Swapping as a Solution (public) + "Body Swapping as a Solution (interactive).

Here's the associated poll: [Completed and deleted]

Yes, this is the start of a long series of choices. I'll have more to say about it all tomorrow.
April 14, 2019 at 11:18am
April 14, 2019 at 11:18am
So, yesterday's poll result was a runaway. Let's see how things go when there are four to choose from: [Poll completed and deleted]

Oh, yeah, spoilers. You should read today's chapters first: "The End of One Road (public) + "The End of One Road (chapter).

April 13, 2019 at 11:31am
April 13, 2019 at 11:31am
So I hope the last couple of chapters weren't too ... uh ... attenuated. There was a spell that needed performing; some facts about golems that needed putting on the record; and Will finally getting comfortable with the idea of being with Sydney. It could have been longer—I actually cut out a full chapter that (on rereading it) I realized was just me as an author getting used to things.

But here we are entering a crisis point: "Will Versus the Competition (public) + "Will Versus the Competition (interactive). You can vote on the first step toward attacking the crisis here: [Poll completed and deleted]
April 8, 2019 at 9:37am
April 8, 2019 at 9:37am
New chapters—"The Basics on Baphomet (public) + "The Basics of Baphomet (interactive)—and a new poll: [Completed and deleted].

Yesterday's was pretty close. I wonder what a three-way contest will yield.
April 7, 2019 at 10:44am
April 7, 2019 at 10:44am
So, Sydney's had another bright idea. You can read about it in today's chapter—"How to Replace a Stepfather (public) + "How to Replace a Stepfather (interactive)—and vote on whether to act on it in today's poll: [Completed and deleted].
April 6, 2019 at 2:08pm
April 6, 2019 at 2:08pm
So, it's been a few weeks since I've thanked people for the GPs they've tipped me. I held off on posting thanks until after I'd finished posting chapters in "Student Bodies," because I was getting tips all during that run. But that run is completed, it's Saturday, and I've got a lot of people to thank:

* Tal
* Clockworkorange
* dreadnaught
* Puuuuuth
* TheSkyMarshall
* Wordsmitty
* Easy
* Achillesredux
* proteus359
* araki
* Feros
* smitch

GPs are tiny things in terms of money, but they are very big morale-boosters. My thanks to all you guys for them.

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