Announcement: This Means War
Jeconais posted on Sunday 10th December 2006 10:07am
Has been abandoned...
I jest ;)
Seriously, as of 6pm (GMT) on the 10th of December, 2006, This Means War 10 has been completed. Clocking in at 255 pages (not including Mmail signatures) or 71,000 words, this is the longest single chapter I've ever written, and has taken over 2 months to do.
It has close to 200 Mmails, and draws to a close every plot point that the previous chapters had opened.
Of course, some people will not like it - it's not as funny as chapters 1-8, but then, I'm not the same person I was when I was first writing this story, and this needed to be more serious.
I'm thinking of calling the chapter "Dragons, Werewolves and Goblins, Oh My".
I'm going to split it into smaller chunks and post them, because really, this is a completely ridiculous size for a chapter, and it isn't fair to my betas.
The betaing itself is no doubt going to take a while, so don't expect it anytime soon - just know that they will be working as hard as they can to get this story to you, in the pristine state you desire, as soon as is possible. Before they even get it, I want to take a day or so away from it and reread it to check I've not missed anything.
After this, I've got three short stories (and by short I mean >30 pages) that will start appearing, before I write the final chapter of Hope.
So - I'm not dead ;)
we9ge posted a comment on Tuesday 9th January 2007 8:00pm
good to hear you're not dead. Fun read!!!
jodec123 posted a comment on Wednesday 3rd January 2007 7:22pm
Yes! This is awesome news! I love both This Means War and Hope, and can't wait for the updates on both! Now I just have to get used to that 'patience' thing...
Robin Westerly posted a comment on Saturday 30th December 2006 1:24pm
Srikanth posted a comment on Saturday 30th December 2006 12:19pm
Clocking 255 PAGES(**awsome figure by the way**) in 2 months IS amazing(despite Real Life[super]tm[/super]). Just can't wait for the rest of the thing to get online.
Night posted a comment on Friday 29th December 2006 7:06pm
oh jesus christ!!! Dios existeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! es la noticia mas genial q me pudo llegar este añoooo!! whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
congratsssss!! i'm so so so so so happy..!! may i kiss u plz!!!! i luv uuuu i luve this means war history.. and of course.. i luv hp..!!! :D:D:D:D:D you make me happy today.
Thank u very very much from the botton of my hearth
nezza posted a comment on Thursday 28th December 2006 1:24pm
great christmas present and good work on the first part of the massive chapter
sorry to hear about your friend too
anyway must go and read it again :)
maki posted a comment on Tuesday 26th December 2006 3:10pm
Merry Christams.This is the best present this year!
And THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
James Baseman posted a comment on Tuesday 26th December 2006 12:52pm
This is most excellent news! I look foreward to the last chapter of TMW and Hope, and the short stories.
Merry Chirstmas to you!
Matthew Morris posted a comment on Saturday 23rd December 2006 4:44pm
Great to hear from you again and thank you very much for continuing to write your fantastic stories especially given some of the "feedback" posted to you.
It must be frustrating to put so much time and effort into your stories and then have such negative and insulting critisism from others.
Please remember that there are others out here who love your stories and understand that real life must take precident.
Best Wishes to you for the Holiday season and from the other side of the world we will raise a beer to TMV at the christmas bbq...
Cheers Tim and "the Betas"
sparrownightmare posted a comment on Friday 22nd December 2006 6:54pm
Once again, I expect to catch some heat for what I am about to write.
For the last time, don't tell your readers that something is finished, but it will be 'awhile' before it is back from the beta readers. Just how long is awhile? A week, two weeks or two months (like the last time).
I work full time, go to school full time and take care of my household full time and I try to write a bit too. I would never post a message saying that I've finished a chapter, but I won't be posting it until my beta readers finish it.
If something isn't ready to be posted, DON'T TELL your readers that it's ready. It's just wrong and very misleading to the readers. I consider the stories to be on hiatus until they are ACTUALLY updated.
Rebekah posted a comment on Friday 22nd December 2006 9:55am
Chapter information and the title of Book 7!
CaptainG posted a comment on Monday 18th December 2006 2:48pm
Lookin forawrd to it man.
GO BETAS! w00t for them.
and work on HOpe. Just read it all through again and I really want the ending. It would make me feel tingly and a tingly me is a good me.
cheers man and Merry Christmas,
Zoe2 posted a comment on Sunday 17th December 2006 6:52pm
You should have heard the noise I made when I read 'has been abandoned'. Somewhere between a cough and a scream. It was embarrassing, really, but less so than when I fell off my chair on reading that you had finally completed it. Yay! I consider this my favorite Christmas present. Way to manage to write such an enormous chapter even in the face of real life! Can't wait to read it.
djbe posted a comment on Sunday 17th December 2006 4:57pm
Please please please make a backup this time ;-) That situation with vmware (or was it virtualpc) was quite a nasty blow... I hope that never happens to you again. I myself have lost a few hdd's over time, and you always lose data (ALWAYS, no matter what backups you have). Anyways, thanks for the updates and fabulous stories!
noahshonor posted a comment on Sunday 17th December 2006 12:55pm
I have read some of these comments and I would like to thank them all to quit acting like Dudley Dursley.
Thanks Tim, for all the time and effort you put into your stories! They truly stand above the crowd.
My jaw dropped when I learned the length of the new chapter. I would of course read it in one go. That would be a good day to be "sick".
Samantha3 posted a comment on Sunday 17th December 2006 11:52am
Whoa. This is an awesome Christmas present. And if not by Christmas, oh well, it'll be a great birthday present for me! :D
Congrats on finishing the story. I've always thought of this one as your baby (since it was one of the first you posted, I believe?); now it's grown up and off to college.
Wolfric posted a comment on Saturday 16th December 2006 9:45pm
Well I would like to add my voice to those celebrating the glad tidings and Merry Christmas as well. I think it is rather rude to be demanding of someone who expends such great effort to write excellent fan fiction for his own and our entertainment. I would just say please keep it up. W
merik posted a comment on Saturday 16th December 2006 11:18am
I don't usually write comments but this one i believe rates me coming out of lurker status to give a huge slap on the back to the T man. In the face of tragedy he continues to try and keep his readers satisfied. Add on to that the balancing act between work, pleasure and life he has to do and i think we are all blessed to have him around writing for us.
To the few who passed out comments like why it took so long, or you hardly every update. All i have to say to you is that it is clear your parents messed up somewhere. Because gratitude and understanding are suppose to be basic principles we are taught as children.
sami posted a comment on Saturday 16th December 2006 7:04am
Hmmmmm... It's not April Fool's yet, so I may tentatively believe this announcement. I'll cheer when and if it makes a long-waited appearance. ;)
RhymesWithOrange posted a comment on Friday 15th December 2006 8:16pm
I'm very glad that you're not dead. I'd been starting to wonder.
And, I shout h'ray that we get more fic. I was going to be very sad if TMW! and Hope never got finished. (Perfectly honest, I'm more excited to see the rest of Hope, but whatever you want to write is a goodness.)
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