So um, considering that only two people have commented on this journal, despite the fact that it was up for an entire week, I get the feeling that everyone that used to watch me is either a) uninterested due to my lack of postage or b) isnt too particularly upset over the story being taken down.
While this does sadden me to some degree, since I had expected a lot more of my watchers to at least comment somehow, it actually makes it easier for me in the long run XD If I know that no one is too particularly upset over the matter for whatever reason, it makes me feel less guilty about removing it.
Anyway, the main reason for this edit was to say that since only two people (
) have taken an interest in the removal of the story, I'm pushing the date up to "whenever-I-have-free-time" o'clock. This phenomenon happens to be occurring right now, so if you read this and go looking through my gallery, don't be surprised if you cant find a chunk of AToTS.
That's pretty much it, just thought you guys - the ones that still read this, that is - should know~
First of all, let me say that this is not, in fact, a belated April Fool's joke XD Its important I clear this up, because the content of the rest of the journal is similar to that of the prank I played last year (for those of you that remember/care). I'm very serious, as much as I hate to say it
Also, don't get upset XD read it first and don't freak out, its not the end of the world.
This story has been around for a long time; I created it two - nearly three - years ago with the first drawing of the boys I ever did
. I've adored the story ever since, especially after the addition of Ash, who gave the plot a whole different kind of life and drama. I love it so much, in fact, that for a very long time now, I've been idly pondering re-writing it and having it, eventually, published.
Well, those thoughts aren't just idle anymore. AToTS, after being radically edited, will eventually be published, I am determined of this. When I say radically, understand that I'm mostly talking about shifts in the plotline, as well as a few character changes. Beyond that, it'll seem similar.
"WUT? WHO ARE YOU CHANGING?! I DEMAND TO KNOW! >:c"
Many, if not all of you, are aware that a portion of AToTS was not written by me; Souls Intertwined
and Souls Tied
were written in part by KillerDanish
, my old co-author. We went about writing these books in a role-play style, where she controlled her characters and I controlled mine; neither of us ever wrote from the perspective of the other's character. Her characters included Ash, Aria, General Ermiel, Teresa, Dart, Melenie, and Xalten.
Ever since the beginning, KillerDanish
has been wary of posting the portions of the story that she wrote on this site; her full reason, I'm not sure why (and out of courtesy, if I did know, I probably wouldn't say). This, combined with the fact that she is no longer working with me on the story, means - and don't freak out yet - that none of the aforementioned characters will be present in the new, published version of AToTS.
They will not, however, be lost forever. They are being replaced and upgraded (that means better than the originals, I hope) by new characters, a few of which I have already decided on and think you'll like. Derek's new love - the "new Ash", if you really must - is already awesome~ Also, given that the world that AToTS was originally written in is sort of copyrighted by Naughty Dog Inc., the story will be uprooted from its original setting and instead placed in another, already very stable world I have created for another story I plan on publishing.
You'll also be happy to note that if you liked AToTS, you'll adore my brain child story, the aforementioned "other story I plan on publishing".
So what does this mean to you all, other than the fact that you'll have to get used to a few new characters when the series is finally published?
Well, you see, I found out recently that publishing companies... generally don't like to publish something that's already been posted somewhere on the internet, usually for any given time. Its a stupid rule, especially if, like in my case, your story hasn't been viewed by the entire world, but they apperently act as though it has been, and is therefore not worth publishing because it was already available for free.
I know. Its retarded. What I'm hoping I can do is publish my brain child story, get my publisher and myself munnies from it, and then start pushing the publishing of AToTS. If my first story does well enough, if I make ALOT
of changes to the plot, and if I beg, they may be willing to overlook the fact that AToTS was once posted on the internet on the grounds that I could make them a bunch more money. What I'm hoping is that I'll never have to go through the "YOU ALREADY PUBLISHED THIS SOMEWHERE ELSE" fiasco, but if I do, I'm trying to make as many backup plans as I can to get it published regardless.
Part of this plan is removing AToTS from the internet as soon as possible, to further limit the short period of time it was posted. That could help as well.
Yes, ladies and... well, and gentlemen, if there are any present besides HandofSithis
... *cough* this does mean that I will
be removing AToTS from dA.
I understand that this is immediately going to depress many of you, and I'm really, terribly sorry. That's why I'm offering you two opportunities that may make it better for you. The first of which is that I'm putting off the deletion of the story from dA until the end of the school year (that means June 18th, roughly). This is half due to the fact that I have no time between now and then to delete things, and half because I know many of you may want to re-read the story before its gone till published.
The second opportunity is for those of you who wish to find out what happens at the end of this version of AToTS, for I will probably not be posting anymore chapters between now and when I take them all down. If you would like to receive the last chapters of the story, I would be happy to send them to you. Please send your email address to me via note if this is the case, and I will (eventually XD;; ) send you the chapters from my email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Before I send you any, though, I will probably ask you to agree to a "don't steal this or show it to anyone" agreement. Its not that I don't trust you, I'm just trying to be safe.
Also, if you're interested, I can send you a notice when AToTS is being published (though don't count on it being any time soon XD;; )PLEASE DO NOT GO THROUGH MY GALLERY AND COPY THE STORY, EVEN IF ITS ONLY FOR YOU TO READ LATER. I would very much appreciate it if you just left it alone.
If you really must have a few older chapters that you loved, ask me via email and I may send you a few of them.
Once again, I apologize for having to take the story down. If it were up to me, I'd leave it where it is. Truth is, I care more about publishing it eventually than having it posted for a while.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I'll try and answer if I can~