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"As the world darkened around them, so did James's heart. There was no way of fighting it, as James felt his last grains of hope slip from his heart and mind, only to be left with an ink-black stain inside of him."

Spoiler alert, I guess? It's kind of spoilery, and I'm sorry, but this is part of the first draft to Darkness Rising, and goes with one of the three possible endings I mentioned (so this isn't really 'canon' to the story as of yet). Damn, this was a pain in the ass to write. And draw... I really played around with symbolism in this one as well as with funky colours and textures. It doesn't all look as great as I'd hoped, though. Hehe.

Not saying anything about why, when or how this happens. Just wait a year or two and you might find out.
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Yeah, that about sums it up XD
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Have you given any thought to which ending is most likely yet or is that still totally in the air?
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It appears I keep flicking elements of certain endings back and forth to find the best combination of the three. But I am not sure which main ending to choose yet - one has to do with True Love, and that appears to be a very sensitive subject... It won't be received well if I do it wrong.

But yeah, either three (and their six subplot-endings) are still up for debate.
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You know; even if you never plan on actually entering it, National Novel Writing Month's website might be good for you. I've been popping in and out of the forums ever since I first signed up and I've noticed that there are some really helpful people on there who are willing to help you work out what will work and how to make it work. They might be able to give some advice on how to play out each ending and give advice on what combinations work best. Granted, they'll probably tell you it might depend on what kind of ending you want but that's writing for you.
There's a whole thread dedicated to writing people who don't fit into traditional orientation roles (the most recent comment being about "Could a member of a race with genders but not sexes be transsexual?") and another that's meant to be a support group for people whose characters lied to them (meaning were supposed to be one thing but ended up something else entirely and changing the whole narrative). At the very least, look over what's available to see if you think it will help you. Cause I'm not ready for spoilers just yet personally and that's the only way I personally could help you. And my mom would probably spend a good portion of her reading crying; she read the last two Harry Potter books back-to-back (involved me spoiling 6 in my shock at the ending) and spent the afternoon in tears though she did calm down enough to call me in and point out one of the quotes J.K. Rowling used was said by a Quaker (the religious denomination my family belongs to).
It is good you want to tread carefully with sensitive subjects but since all of your main characters have at least one issue that could qualify as "a sensitive subject" and they probably all will be focused on at some point if you write other books in the series "Friends Around the Corner" (you seem to be going the what I call "Brian Jacques" route; there's a definite time-line but the books aren't published in its order) so it seems to be something you're good at.
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I did participate in NaNoWriMo with Darkness Rising, but I only got as far as 12,000 words, hehe.

I was too shy to really participate in the forums, despite reading them all; they were really useful. Some of them helped me improve certain plot elements, even. 

Don't sweat it, though; I can understand completely that you don't want any spoilers just yet; there probably won't be much Darkness Rising-related to be posted for a while now. 

The timeline might be a tad difficult to grasp with the order I'm writing the books in, but I'm hoping it'll be okay, hehe. I think that after "The Great Beginning" (which I expect to publish somewhere around 2019/2020) I'll continue working on "Now or Never" and "Bullet Holes". 

Thanks for the great help and advice!
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Still got 12,000 more words than you had at the beginning though, right?
I've found the forums to be an open and accepting place; no matter how off-base or ignorant I sound (from lack of knowledge rather than intentional stupidity), I've only been critiqued not criticized and have gotten great feedback on everything I've asked about. Lots of people reassure authors who worry about being cliche that using a cliche doesn't mean your story is bad since pretty much every story has already been told; what matters is how you tell your story. No person can tell the story like you. And I say cliches became cliche for a reason; they work. You just have to know how to work them, which you certainly do.
And timeline difficulties don't matter to fans; Redwall fans have worked out the timeline and they're all over the place. At least your books mention actual ages for the characters when applicable; that helps with working out an order. If the story takes place when James is 12, it obviously takes place before one where he's 14 and so on. Other stories might have to be approximated but that's fine. And then there's ones that technically take place both in and out of the timeline, like the alternate timeline adventure you've mentioned. Something about James and Samira accidentally winding up unborn and having to fix it I think it was?
And you're welcome.
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Heh, that's true. It did get me a head-start.

True; although the FNAF fanbase has been almost at war over the timeline of the different games, the 'sane' people managed to work out the difficult timeline pretty quickly. I'm currently working on wiki pages for the different novels/universes/timelines I currently have planned. I guess I could implement a timeline-section somewhere on each page.

(Also, I'm considering to maybe write a graphic novel in the future for "Friends Around the Corner", but I'm not sure about that yet.)

You're right about the alternate timeline; James and Samira have a chance to go back in time (not sure how yet though, considering that story canonically takes place in modern-day 2017 and here in 2016, time-travel still hasn't been invented, it'd be a tad strange if he suddenly has a working time-machine) and prevent his father from getting himself killed, but the Donald Trump-like president (seriously - they are a lot alike. I might even change the character's name to Donald or his last name to Trump just for shits and giggles - I didn't even know a man like that existed) won't get exposed by Martin because he never discovered the truth that got him killed... and the President continues to ruin the USA, resulting in an dystopian future; James and Samira are the only ones who can fix it at that point.
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