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Dear Reader,

    Thank you so much for joining Michael, Mortality, and I on this journey! I started writing Mr. Mortality & the Heart Collector in late 2017, as an experiment to see if I could put some of the ideas in my head down on paper.

    Those ideas—the idea of a darkly whimsical (or perhaps whimsically dark) fantasy about a Victorian boy working as the Grim Reaper's Assistant; of the Living, Dead, and Not-Quite-Dead threats they could potentially face; of the growing they could do together as characters—has matured in my heart and mind into something exciting and beautiful that I hope share with the world.

    That beautiful (or, at least, I think it's beautiful) thing is Mortality; and if you haven't already guessed, it's the continued adventures of Michael and Mr. Mortality, as well as some friends they make along the way. *Persephone peeps around the corner*
    It's an episodic series; told in monster-of-the-week-type slices of about the same length as Heart Collector (or at least that's the current plan, that's not set in stone), as a sort of homage to the Victorian magazine serial.
    My hope is to post it online, episode by episode, free to read!

    I'm not quite sure if Heart Collector is fully canon to that series—I know it's imperfect; I didn't have a lot of things fleshed out when I started writing it, and since then many things have changed (and also I'm haunted by plot holes...).
    Think of it as the pilot to a TV series, giving you some idea of what it's about, but not really representative of the overall quality of the work.

    And now that you know what it's about, it's up to you whether you want to stick around and wait for the real deal. It may take awhile, as I still need to do all kinds of research and planning, and who knows what life may throw my way in the meantime. But I love this story so much, and God allowing, am committed to doing my very best to bring it to life.

    If you think you may love this story too, you can support it in a number of ways!

~Spread the word.
~Leave supportive comments.
~Read and promote my other work. (If you like it, that is!)
~Give to my ko-hi (when I make one).
~Pray for me. (If you're not a religious person, good vibes are also welcome lol.)

    To the kind people who have already been doing these things: Thank you so much. You're the reason I was able to come this far, and I'm incredibly grateful to you.

    Finally, I just want to say that I think God has put it on my heart to tell a fun, dark, but heart-felt little tale that might just help people, perhaps even myself. And I thank Him for that. Whether I succeed or not is in His hands. May He bless this endeavor, and bless you for reading!

Donna Darling
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Kazvachi's avatar
YES!!! There will be more!! XD So happy to hear that. Han Solo 'Yahoo!' Icon 
Congratulations on completeing this feat!!! You are the best!