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Well, sure has been a fun couple years. I've had job changes and personal stuff galore which has seriously bitten into my ability to write and update Please.. I am still trying to get caught up with everything, but I finally have some news to share. In order to try to regain my muse in the midst of everything else going on in my life, I decided i would push ahead in another project and finish it completely before posting. Ten minutes ago, I just finished the last lines of proofreading this new story, which is a long and involved one, but then, what isn't that I write, I guess? With this project complete, I will begin posting and start working again on Please.. and When The Peaches Fell. To start out with, I will not be posting it directly here. I will put it all in separate posts that I will put up on a steady and ongoing basis at until the story is up in its entirety. Right now, I plan to do about a chapter a day, but with the volume that comes
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Ok, so will just come right out and say I have not really had any time to write in a couple months now. I actually wrote a journal and put it up on here, but decided to take it down because of how polarized literally everyone has become about literally everything. I wasn't trying to stoke any fires, of which there are many, I just wanted to try to be a voice of reason until I decided that was my own hubris talking and that if people wanted reason, they wouldn't be burning cities to the ground. Suffice it to say, my office is a couple blocks away from where George Floyd was murdered and that area is a no go zone for pretty much everyone now. I've been down there once since the riots, and it was pretty disheartening. Most of the businesses down there are immigrant owned or owned by minority persons of one type or another, and it had all been laid waste when I last went down there. The atmosphere was eerie, and hardly a soul could be seen even though it was daylight around our
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I seriously despise this new theme on DA. I absolutely LOATHE IT. Even at first glance I could tell this thing was garbage but now that I am FORCED to use it, I would almost rather ram my fist though my monitor than use it. It hangs, it bogs down my browser on multiple browsers on multiple devices. The toggle switch on my makn computer refuses to work to turn this garbage theme off, everything takes longer for me to get to, more clicks and it DRAGS every step of the way. The information provided is dumbed down and I feel like I am navigating some bloated Myspace page, if you remember those. Seriously, the mobile version, which I am using right now, doesn’t follow the text I’m typing, the screen size is all off and it’s all one big blank page so you don’t even know where to tap. This is such garbage. I can’t believe people are actually paid money to spread this asinine iOSified dung heap of a GUI like some festering cancer to every device and every website out there. Websites for 2005
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Your work is powerful and very well-written. The focus on the emotional interactions and events as they happen, is a rare and very nice way to write! The shrinking is well-wrote. But, as I favor GTS shrinking into micros...^_^

Wow, thank you! That's really nice feedback and I really appreciate it. I really enjoy the whole concept of a GTS shrinking down, which I'm sure you gathered because Erica started out as quite tall in the story, but by the time I started leaning into Please.. I was a bit frustrated with the lack of content for half sized. I've seen plenty of writers and artists focus on doll size and smaller, but the mini size was largely ignored, so I felt like I could really dive in and fill something for half size. It also helps that Erica is obviously someone who has a lot of personal development to do, and that she could lead the other characters through immense development as well. I've had plenty of ideas that would focus only on the process of shrinking, but Erica's tale is really special to me. It's helped teach me how to write.

And I am curious, how small is Erica now? I don't have a good feel. Can I expect her to go micro?

Erica has remained stable at 35.3" tall since her night of shrinking. There will be more shrinking in the story, and I've even written the next shrinking scene to show up, I just haven't connected the points in the story yet. We will go smaller than half size in this story, but the mode of shrinking in this story has already been established to have limits, so no micro size in this story, sorry.

You can always revisit the concept in another story. Say, where at first an accident of some type (Magic, Science, Unknown) makes a woman, or women grow for a few chapters. Say, taller than houses (at least), taller than the tallest buildings would be best. Because such huge rates of growth in short time spans really pushes getting a cure. A cure that isn't stable? Now say, the woman or women start shrinking, alright! But once down to even 10' tall, stopping the shrink suddenly isn't as important to society. Let alone at 1" tall. For a REAL twist, have a man (unknown to all) absorbing the woman, or women. As they drain, physically into him, HE grows and Grows and GROWS. So society is even LESS worried about the shrinking woman or women. And the first (at least) attempted cure for him goes very wrong. It keeps him from shrinking smaller than his current height, period! And increases the number of women he absorbs, say from the research team. This could rival 'Please ' in length and drama!

I'm definitely over my limit with stories, and can't even give Please.. the attention it deserves until I find a way to break free of the current job I have, which may require a move. maybe even one out of state. New stories are definitely out of reach for me right now.

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Thanks for the watch! Hope you've been doing well!