Well basically, it started as just a spellbook, like to act as a quick reference for spells, class mechanics, and lore stuff, like a list of gods and stuff. It also has a modified character sheet on the inside cover with additional information like my familiar's stats on the back inside cover. So crunch.
But then I did what I always do and wrote a backstory in excess of 10,000 words or whatever and decided hey I'll write this down too. So that book and...and its sequel...are actual props that my character owns and writes in in the actual game world. The only part of the journals that aren't actually canon are where I got Chris Perkins and the Acquisitions Incorporated guys to sign one of them at PAX.
I really appreciate the breadth of this comment while also underscoring that there's no rush. Seeing that excitement still continues for the story is fantastic, and makes me want to jump right back in, but of course I don't have time yet. One thing that stands in the way in fact is the shift in storytelling style: updates in Kanto are way, way longer. I try to edit stuff down but even then it takes a really long time to get everything down. I will continue it. Don't worry.
As for Candace, I always like to hear about shifts in how much people can get behind her. I like to think that I write Candace very unapologetically. She's a traumatized, disturbed, at least partially insane person who is, at the story's outset, just 15 years old. She doesn't know what the right thing to do is most of the time, and even then she sometimes has to fight the urge to make the wrong choice. I wouldn't say that she's DELIBERATELY unlikable near the beginning, but when people say they don't like early Candace I don't feel as though I've written her badly. Honestly, I probably wouldn't like early Candace if I met her myself. I'm pretty sure she wouldn't like me at all.