Two Year Anniversary

Two years ago today, Until My Color Fades Away was born.

Wow. Two years. It honestly doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was writing and plotting Crescendo’s generation. Unfortunately, I do not have a special to share with you all (the only thing I could come up with was an exact replica of the One Year Anniversary Special, and it didn’t feel right reusing it/making you all read it again for a second time) but I do feel that the occasion needs to be recognized.

Six heirs, five hundred and sixty-seven pages on the forums, one thousand, seven hundred and thirty-five comments on the blog, fifty two thousand views, over a hundred blog followers and seven hundred and thirty days later, here we are. I absolutely love writing this rainbowcy, and it means a lot to me that you guys are enjoying it, even after all this time. I honestly cannot thank you all enough. I know that the updates have been extremely slow – something that I’ll apologize endlessly for – but the fact that you guys have stuck with me this long means the absolute world to me. Every comment, view, like, follow, etc makes my day. The story wouldn’t be what it is today without each and every one of you.

Here’s to another year! :]

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50,000 View Special

50,000 View Special

The bridge of my nose crinkled with disgust the second the name came out of her mouth. I refrained from saying anything at first, trying to allow myself the time to absorb the name for her sake, if not my own, but the longer the word hung in the air, the less and less I liked it. “No,” I shook my head, “absolutely not. ‘Mallard’ is the kind of name a forty year old single lady would have in the late eighteen hundreds. ‘Mallard’ is not a cute, newborn baby girl name. I mean, ‘Mallard’ doesn’t even roll off the tongue gracefully.”

Mera let out an exasperated sigh, a sound that was masked by the soft swoosh of the pages of the old baby name book as it closed. The spine of the book rested on her knees, leaning against her bulging stomach as she shot me an unhappy, sideways glance. We had less than a month before our miracle child was scheduled to arrive, and we still didn’t agree upon a name. None of the names we voiced sounded right – either Mera absolutely adored a name I didn’t, or it was the other way around. At this rate, the baby would be lucky to have a name by the time they reached six months old. Mera narrowed her eyes at me, and the look on her face caused the memories of picking out Mantis’s name resurfaced behind my eyes and echoed within my ears, which caused a grimace to form on my lips. The annoyance left her eyes as she realized what crossed my mind, and she quickly started to speak before my mind could dwell on the memories any longer. “Alright, Firefly,” Mera said with a hint of frustration entering her tone, “why don’t you suggest a name, then?”

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A few announcements

It’s been a while since my last text post, and I feel that you all should be informed on the current situation.

Some of you may know that for the past several years I have been dealing with a reoccurring, undiagnosed health problem. The issue wasn’t anything too serious at first – just uncomfortable and bothersome – and I was usually able to push through it. Although, starting in September, things took a turn for the worst. My mood lowered and my energy levels decreased, and I was both physically and emotionally drained. I couldn’t do anything – everything that used to bring me joy stopped being fun, and unfortunately, that included writing not only this rainbowcy, but writing in general. I thought it was a bad case of writer’s block and self-doubt, so I took a step back, hoping to recharge my creativity. Before I knew it, months had passed, and instead of recharging, I was even more drained and I felt that I couldn’t write anything worth reading. I was honestly afraid that I had lost my passion to write. However, instead of recovering/pushing through like I normally do, my health kept dwindling down so we made an appointment with a doctor. After several tests and procedures, we finally have a diagnosis for my health issue and I’m on a treatment path to help manage my condition. I honestly had no clue just how bad I was before now. I’m feeling so much better; I have the energy to do things, and my desire to write has definitely returned.

Although, due to not writing for months, my writing skills are not what they used to be. I sat down the other day to write a new chapter and…yikes. I mean, I knew I wasn’t going to be on top of my game, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was. Due to this, I want to take a few weeks to refine, refocus and improve upon my writing skills before we really dive any farther into Strawberry’s generation. I have a lot of ideas for this generation (and the direction of the rainbowcy as a whole), and I really want to do this story justice. If I dive in head first right now without practicing, I know for a fact that I would not be writing this generation to the best of my ability. I know I haven’t been updating and I honestly cannot express to you how awful I feel about that – we should be well into Strawberry’s generation by now – but I really believe that I should post something I’m proud of instead of posting something just for the sake of updating. You, as the readers, do not deserve that, and neither does the story.

During this time I will become re-acquainted with the rainbowcy world as well as explore and expand upon my ideas. I have some side stories I’ve been itching to write for a while, and I’m going to write them as a gateway to help reintroduce me to the rainbowcy world, so if I do post anything during this kind-of-hiatus time, it’ll most likely be one of those. It’s been so long since I’ve written anything for myself–much less an audience–so I’m kind of nervous. I’ll have to ease my way back into it, and I think starting with a side story will help me feel more comfortable. I do not plan on taking more than a few weeks – a month, tops – to become re-situated with the story. I won’t vanish for months on end again with no warning; I promise.

Also – thank you all so much for filling out the poll and offering your feedback on my last text post. I really appreciate it; it helped paint me a better picture of how this generation, as well as future ones, should be structured. Most of you seem perfectly content with reading longer generations, so I will definitely keep that in mind as I plan for the future. As for chapter length…I think I’m going to experiment with chapter length a little bit more. I’ll try to add more of a variety of chapter lengths in this generation than I did in the past to see how it goes. Although, in the end, as many of you have reminded me, this is still my story, and I will go with my gut. Some generations and some chapters are going to be longer than others, and that’s okay. I realize that not everyone is going to be happy about the generation and/or chapter length, and that’s okay. I am going to do what I think this story needs.

Because of my multiple breaks during Strawberry’s narrative, when I come back full-force, you might notice some subtle differences from the prologue to the newer updates (which should be in a month or so if everything goes according to plan) stylistic-wise. I will try to eliminate them as much as possible during the editing process, so it shouldn’t completely change the narrative (or be noticeable at all), but it is something I feel I should warn you about up front.

Alright! That’s all I wanted to tell you, readers. Sorry for the extremely long and kind of wordy text post…I just wanted to let you know what was going on. Thank you all so much for being so patient and understanding with me – I know it hasn’t been easy, especially with the lack of updates. I am extremely honored that all of you have stuck with me, even after all this time. You all help give me the inspiration and perseverance to continue. I hope you all have a fantastic day, and thank you for lending me a few moments of your time!

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Gen 6 ~ Strawberry Clementine Moon ~ Chapter Three

Chapter Three: Job Hunting

Having the laptop made everything so much easier.

It was small enough to fit in my backpack without a hitch, and I began to use the laptop to take notes instead of the old school style of handwriting. I no longer felt rushed taking notes as I did when I handwrote everything; my fingers could easily glide along the keys nearly as fast as the professor was talking. The laptop was also extremely useful when it came to working on my assignments. I didn’t have to depend on – nor hope for – the computers in the study room to be available for use. I was now able to do my assignments in my room at my leisure. I didn’t have to worry about hogging the dorm computers anymore, and that was a great relief. If I spent more than an hour on the dorm computer, I knew would I would feel guilty. I was able to get many of my assignments done rather efficiently and without distraction, so that gave me more free time than I thought I would have. Instead of being held up in my room doing homework into the hours of the late night/early morning like I had feared, I was able to go downstairs and eat a late night meal with my housemates, which I rather enjoyed. The stories they told very entertaining, and they have lovely personalities.

Now that I was able to get my assignments out of the way, I had time to go out and find miscellaneous jobs I could perform over the weekend to earn money.

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Would you mind giving me some feedback?

Before I continue any farther into Strawberry’s generation, I would like to hear your opinions on some of the issues I’ve been debating recently. I’ve been thinking a lot about chapter length and generation length for a while now, and I would absolutely love to hear your feedback on both. You don’t have to give me any feedback if you don’t want to, but I would greatly appreciate it if you did. It will help me get a better picture for how this generation/future generations should go.

First, I would like to start off by asking you about generation length. Generation six is going to be a lot longer than generation five. As of right now, I cannot tell you how much longer it will be other than I would not be surprised if this generation ends up somewhere around 30+ chapters. I have a feeling that a lot – if not most – of the future generations will be rather long as well. My question is, would you be alright with reading rather long generations? If you are alright with reading longer generations, I won’t alter any of the events that are going to happen in this generation/the generations to come. If you are not alright with reading longer generations, I could probably cut down on some of the events that happen in each generation to make them a bit shorter.

Now, with that being said, I would like to transition into my next concern, which is in regards to chapter length. As each generation continues, I find myself writing longer and longer chapters. For example, the first few chapters I wrote when I just started this rainbowcy used to be around two to four pages long in a word document, and lately the chapters I have been writing are totaling up to eight/nine pages long. I know I have apologized for long chapters in the past…but I’m starting to wonder if you would prefer longer chapters than shorter chapters or vice versa. If you prefer reading longer chapters, I’ll make the chapters longer (without adding in completely random/unrelated scenes just for the sake of making chapters longer). Longer chapters might also cut down on how long the generation is, depending on how things work out. If you prefer shorter chapters, I’ll make the chapters shorter, but that will most likely increase how long the generation will be.

I would sincerely like to thank you all for giving me a few minutes of your time. You guys are so kind, patient and supporting of me, and I cannot thank you enough for it. I am so honored that you have stuck with me all this time, even though the updates have been…slow, to say the least. I plan on getting back onto a semi-regular updating schedule in the near future once I have a few more chapters written out. :]

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Christmas Special 2013

Christmas Special 2013

Merry Christmas or (if you don’t celebrate Christmas) Happy Holidays! Thank you all so much for supporting and being patient with me – I want you to know it means the world to me. I hope you are all having a fantastic holiday!

I’ve never been a huge fan of the holidays.

Although, my hatred of the holidays is not because my family didn’t celebrate them. It’s because they did. They celebrated every holiday, no matter how small and insignificant it appeared to be at the time. They always celebrated the holidays together, as a family. And, as I was growing up, I may have been biologically related to them, but I was not part of their family. I never had been – my mother had always picked her favorite children and dowsed them with never-ending affection and love. It was so painfully obvious that I was not one of her favorites. Her eyes would sparkle less as she addressed me; in addition she would give me long, agitated sighs whereas with the favorites, she never did. My father, at least, attempted to make me feel welcome as part of the family, but in that house, it was obvious I was not. As my parents and siblings sat at the table reciting all the things they were thankful for, I sat in the corner of the room, glaring at them in silence as I vowed to myself that I would never, ever celebrate another stupid mortal holiday ever again.

And so, when I left my childhood home at the age of eighteen, I did just that. I never celebrated another holiday ever again.

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Gen 6 ~ Strawberry Clementine Moon ~ Chapter Two

Chapter Two: Classes

When I woke up the following morning, the sun was just barely starting to rise over the horizon. I could see the specks of red start to dance behind my closed eyelids, signalizing that the light from the sun was just beginning to shine into our room. Subconsciously, I knew I really did not need to be awake for at least another hour or two, but my mind was already revving into gear as I remembered that today was the first day of classes. Any other thought of getting more sleep went out the window almost immediately.

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