A note about future updates

Starting tomorrow, I am going to be a full-time cosmetology student. For the first three months or so I will be strictly in the classroom portion of the school doing quizzes, tests and homework. Everyone I talked to informed me of the same thing – the first two weeks of class are the hardest, most intense weeks there, and once you’ve gotten past that, it’s usually smooth sailing.

I wanted to let you all know so nobody would panic – this is in no way, shape or form, me canceling or quitting the rainbowcy. This thing is my baby, I adore it to no end, and I will continue with it. I just wanted to warn you that I might not post anything at all during the next few weeks (probably three weeks at the max) as I adjust to life as a cosmetology student…or it might not be as intense as everyone says and I will be able to post an update.

I honestly don’t know what it’ll be like, so there is no way to know whether I’ll have time to post or not at first. So…the upcoming updates for the next few weeks might be a little delayed, but it will not take me months between updates like it previously had been. I have a few chapters stockpiled in case something happens and I cannot write at all that week for some reason. I do not plan on leaving you all hanging again.

Once I get out on the floor, I should have more time freed up (because I won’t have to study as often/do as much homework) so the updates should be more frequent.

My days off are Sunday and Monday, so from now on, the updates will most likely be posted on one of those days.

I’m sorry that this wasn’t a really interesting post, and I don’t want to put anybody off who was here for the story only, but I wanted to clear up any confusion that might occur due to this :).

I apologize greatly for how long it has taken me to get generation six rolling, but if you’ve stuck with me this long – or even if you’ve just discovered this blog/story – THANK YOU, and I am positive that it’ll be worth it. <3

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Gen 6 ~ Strawberry Clementine ~ Chapter Four

A/N: I am so, so very sorry about how long it has taken me to get this chapter out. I know that the time span has been ridiculous, but I’m working really hard on trying to stick to a regular-ish schedule. Thank you so much for being patient with me and sticking with this rainbowcy. I hope you enjoy the chapter! :]

Chapter Four: Strange Occurrences

The soles of my flats slapped lightly against the pavement with every stride I took. The familiar old, gray brick exterior of the library sat a couple hundred feet in front of me, and even though I was closer to the building than I was five minutes ago, I still feared being late. Ever since we started to meet in the library on Thursday nights over a month ago for study sessions, I have never once been late. Not even when I was completely swamped with homework. I always made sure that I arrived on time. Being late was the ultimate sign of rudeness; with being late, I would give off the impression that I did not care if I inconvenienced others, which was definitely not the case. As Mom would say, I cared too much if I inconvenienced others.

From the moment I had been able to control it, I made sure that I was never late for anything. I had learned my time management skills when I was very young, so it shocked and appalled me that I had lost track of time while helping Almond with her Psychology 101 coursework. Since I took AP Psychology while I was still in high school, I was able to skip both entry level psychology courses in college (while still earning a college credit for each), which made me the prime candidate to help Almond out.

I arrived at her dorm after both of our classes for the day were finished, and I knew exactly what time I had to leave by in order to make it to the library on time. Although, today, I completely neglected to look at the time, and because of my irresponsibility, I was going to be late. As I continued to berate myself, I quickened my pace once again.

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Separated

Separated

I gripped the side of the railing lightly, so I wouldn’t break it, as a gust of wind blew past me. I could feel it ruffling my hair, but that was when all feeling stopped. I closed my eyes and let out a deep sigh, and wished for the thousandth time that I could feel the temperature of the wind. I could almost imagine it, nice and cool against my sweaty forehead, throwing my hair around in a hurricane as I tilted my face towards the sun. I could almost imagine how the warmth felt on my face.

But I would never feel the cool breeze of the wind ever again. I would never get sweaty ever again. I would never embrace the sunlight ever again. If I tried, I would meet my fading.

There was no point in wishing for things that were never going to happen again.

I felt a slight, sudden pressure on the right side of my body, just above my hip, and I opened my eyes. I had heard him approach me from behind, but I didn’t do anything to stop him. I glanced down, and a small smile take over my lips. I recognized the dark blue hand that was on my side.

Falcon.

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One Way Ticket

One Way Ticket

There was no pain.

No shearing pain, or throbbing pain, or pulsing pain. There was no fire in my veins, no ice. There wasn’t even the kind of pain I had experienced when my fingers were broken or when I had been stabbed. There was absolutely no pain at all. My last, groggy thought had been about the lack of pain I felt.

And then there was darkness.

When I awoke sometime later, the gums in my mouth were sore. I could feel the brand new addition in my mouth, poking the inside of my bottom lip and some poking the inside of my upper lip as well. I could also hear everything crystal clear, even the smallest sound of a fly flapping their wings nearby to the sound of car tires on the road in the distance. My vision was excellent; nothing was swimming anymore, and my sense of smell had also increased.

And my throat burned with the desire of blood.

* * *

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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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