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AQATWA: New Year's resolution

Alexandra Quick
To finish this damn book. And some OF on the side.

27 chapters and 138K words so far. The pieces are actually kind of fitting together now — at least I kind of know where I'm going — but individual chapters are big messes of dialog and characters muddling about. I've introduced a bunch of new characters who are kind of interesting (to me) but have no real long-term utility, and meanwhile I don't know how to keep Alexandra's friends from spending most of the book sidelined.

But thank you to everyone who is still reading and still waiting for me to finish this project. My "fanbase" is small even by fan fiction standards and insignificant compared to that of a real author, but the occasional reviews and comments and people arguing over whether or not Diana Grimm is evil are enough to keep me going. Yes, I admit it, I probably wouldn't continue if I were writing only for myself. I don't need to be famous, I don't need to be a BNF, but I do need an audience. So thank you.

2013 was not a terrible year for me, but I've had better. I get the impression that's true for a lot of folks. So may 2014 be better for all. Even Diana Grimm.


Diana Grimm
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uneko
Jan. 2nd, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
I"m here. I always am, though I am quiet. :)

Let's see.... Interesting characters with no long term utility: if they have short term utility, isn't that pretty awesome too? The people you are around shape you to be who you are... even if they are not around you anylonger :) Those characters likely help show a lot of depth around the world Alex is in right now too.

As for sidelined friends... that does happen sometimes. look at Ron through "deathly Hallows". I'd say more, but I don't know enough about how your book set up's goin'.

As for your fanbase.... where do you post? There are a lot of places besides FF.net, maybe you can drum up a little more interest if you start posting at some other pottersites as well.

Here's to 2014. :)

God, are we at 2014 already? It's the future already...
inverarity
Jan. 2nd, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
LJ's spam filter is rather stupid. :)

I have always posted my stories at fanfiction.net, Mugglenet Fan Fiction, and FictionAlley. At one time I posted to a few other sites, but found them to be too much of a hassle and/or got almost no readers.
uneko
Jan. 3rd, 2014 06:08 am (UTC)
Gotcha :) Well, the internet changes in time and it's certainly been a while. I'll do a little looking to see if I can find any other decently sized places where you might get some readers :) I know you probably won't change things up, but a little knowledge never hurts...

That said, I've heard a lot of people talking about AO3, or archiveofourown dot com (take that spam filter!) ...

I'll see if i can find some more later, but am not sure. THings have gotten a little hectic around here in the last couple hours since I started this post, but yeah. Alexandra's one of my fave stories out there, you deserve more love :)
uneko
Jan. 2nd, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Oh fer. I posted another comment here. It isn't spam. Live journal, just because I MENTION A URL does't mean it's spam :C
Jennifer Grosman
Jan. 2nd, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your imagination and hard work! Sending you all the good writing vibes! Happy New Year!
yllems
Jan. 2nd, 2014 07:49 am (UTC)
I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
I'm not really one for commenting, but I have been following AQ and your updates for a long time. I'm happy that it's starting to come together for you. I didn't doubt that it would.
I wish that AQ had more of a fanbase, because it really deserves one. It is one of two fanfictions that I would actually recommend, and the only fanfiction I would recommend without reservation. The original characters and locations are a curse and a blessing to the story. Every new thing you introduce draws me in more, but someone skimming through an archive can't see that. Most people search through fanfiction to get more of their favorite character, and there are literally no Harry Potter characters to catch their attention.
It is a shame because I love that someone is expanding the Harry Potter universe well and uniquely, and I'll be reading as long as you're writing.
cactuscommando
Jan. 2nd, 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
Yeah, I also made this livejournal account literally just to send in my fanart. AQ is probably my favorite YA fiction of all time.

I'm hoping that my art might generate some interest in AQ, but unfortunately I am an artist, not a marketer.
yllems
Jan. 2nd, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
Well your art has made the wait between books easier at the least. Hopefully other people will be inspired to draw and post their own versions of the characters because they've seen you do it.
wodcdre
Jan. 2nd, 2014 09:07 am (UTC)
Re: I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
well said!!
jabantik
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
Yep, I just created an LJ acct to comment. I enjoy AQ stories more than HP. Up with AQ! Okay, back to lurking.
yllems
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
Up with AQ! I'm excited that there's someone that enjoys AQ more than HP too. I thought it would be weird to say myself.
asulon_bellanca
Jan. 4th, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: I made my LJ account to comment on AQ stuff
Yep, same here. Never do anything else with LJ. :)

Sadly, as crappy as last year was this one is off to a poor start. We've had two burst pipes this afternoon, and now have no heat. May your January go better than mine.

But your plans to finish the fifth book made my day brighter! (but not any warmer)

Love all the artwork too!
wodcdre
Jan. 2nd, 2014 09:05 am (UTC)
Hopefully you'll figure out a way to put all the characters and still be able to continue the awesomeness that is the "Quick-e-Verse"?! lol I know it sounds lame....but I still don't tire of re-reading the series. I've actually talked to some co-workers who like fiction...and they may read all 4 current books before the month is out.
Don't sweat it Inverarity, no matter how long it takes, I don't mind waiting for the next installment of AQ.

Oh and BTW....any chance of revealing the Title any time soon?????

Just wondering.

Keep Calm & Write on!!
inverarity
Jan. 2nd, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
Pretty soon. :)
jenstar85
Jan. 4th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
I don't comment much, but I have your journal favorited and I check in about once a week to check for updates and chapter reviews from the past books. I'll definitely be reading the next one!
Buza Vavere
Jan. 4th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
fans
You probably have more "fans" than you think. Just most of them have a quick look in your ffn profile see no updates and leave. But they probably check pretty often (like me).
Dont be pressured in finishing anything faster write like you are feeling and probably everyone understands that writing a book is not easy.
aisaacs
Jan. 5th, 2014 09:35 am (UTC)
Re: fans
I agree. I myself make it a point to check this journal every week, vote on polls when I see them, but otherwise rarely comment except when the actual chapters are posted after a book is ready :)
Maciek Paprocki
Jan. 6th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I have always enjoyed AQ books. I devoured them in one week and I reread them every now and then. Please, don't get discouraged and continue writing, I know you still have many secrets in store (wink wink).
As for Alexandra's friends being less visible due to Alex not being in Charmbridge, I think you should consider splitting the plot into two halves.Sure, show us Alex' Ozark adventures, but you can also describe some big developments in Charmbridge, developments that won't become important for Alex until the middle/end of the book. I have a hunch Abraham is going to take Charmbridge down now that Alex is not there, so Anna, C&F and David could find themselves under spellfire any moment now. I'd love to see them reminisce time they had with Alex, mature and develop mutual relationships on their own, with Alex temporarily removed, practice what spellcasting they've learnt with Alex, all the good stuff. Who said that things, interesting things, can't happen in Charmbridge without Alex around? ;)

Edited at 2014-01-06 06:02 pm (UTC)
clanoblique
Jan. 10th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
Keep up the writing! I cannot wait for a new Alexandra Quick novel. Your books remain, in my humble opinion, the spiritual and North American successors to the 'Harry Potter' series. Keep it up.
In case you were looking for commentary on some of the problems you posted about (and if not please ignore the following), sidelining the supporting cast is not the issue you should be worried about. It is a worthy risk for an author to send their protagonist on a quest, away from their original (literary) environment, away from their friends. If Alexandra doesn't forget her friends we certainly won't. For me, Alexandra's friends don't have to appear in the scenes, because we will feel the same wrenching absence that Alexandra may be/is feeling. It is a far greater risk (maybe even a sin) when authors drop their protagonist and focus on less interesting characters in the supporting cast!
Cheerio, keep up the writing!
Nick_Nme
Jan. 10th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Times goes on, and I'm still there ;)

I admit, I never understood the need some people have to "move on" from Harry Potter/InsertAnyOtherThingAtYourConvenience. I'm reading less FF than I used to, but to quit for the sake of quitting is stupid. Then again, AQ basically is original stuff anyway.

Perhaps I'm taking writing to seriously for that, too. I can't imagine stopping writing, and because I'm too lazy to invent original stuff, HP is the default.

So either way, I guess I'll still be around 2018 or so when you finish the series. That's a nice thought, isn't it? :P

In other news, so you finally disabled Anonymous posting? I cbf to make an account, be happy I found this old Twitter thing lying around. Otherwise you'd miss my wonderful ways with words and brilliant insights here XD

-Sesc

Edited at 2014-01-10 03:20 am (UTC)
inverarity
Jan. 10th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Had to disable anonymous comments - the spam was driving me crazy. Glad you are still around. :)
easleyweasley
Feb. 25th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
AQ
The AQ stories are genuinely good. You may not think you have much of a fan base, but that's partly because they don't recognise quality when they see it.
In my opinion [for what it's worth], the AQ stories are far superior to much published fiction.
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