If this looks familiar, it's probably because it is. ;D This random new chapter is half announcement time and half updated credits page (finally separated from the epilogue because YOU ROCK and deserve your own chapter)!
Firstly, (this is the announcement) I am completely re-writing The Stepway. Yes, that absolutely had to be in bold.
Now, I know I've been gone for a long time, but the break away from writing has let me stop and look over everything. I looked over the story and asked myself, 'Now, what could I have done better?' and to my surprise, a tiny voice in the back of my head started to answer. After a few months of counseling, I realized that this voice gave pretty great advice which, combined with all of your awesome feedback, has led me to produce this amazing rewrite. I've matured as a writer since I started the original version-heck, I was thirteen-and I think that this new version of the story is what I was originally aiming for, but didn't know quite how to put down on paper at the time. Er, or webpage. The prologue has been uploaded and the first chapter is on its way—I'm quite proud of it (can you tell?), and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I have to admit, it's pretty different now (okay, so it's VERY different—there are major changes in/additions to the characters, setting, plotline-though the title and overall premise are pretty much the same), but I feel that all of the changes are for the better, and has turned The Stepway from a cute online story to novel of publishing quality (hint, hint!). If you loved this story, please check out the second version!
Now, after that long and boring announcement, (this is the updated credits) a humongous thank you and cookie on a stick to everyone who has read The Stepway all the way to the end—you have no freaking idea how much I loved not only writing the story but also looking forward to all of your amazing feedback. Your encouragement kept me going through horrible sickness, baby ducks, and writers block, and as some of you very well know, that is a task of epic proportions. As I very recently mentioned, YOU ROCK!
And so, I give you my (updated list of) lovely, charming, and drop dead smexy reviewers:
Angel of Ink
Lady of the Cards
Mina The Mischevious
not so random
On The Tip Of My Tongue
Prince of the Folk
S. N. Sedivec
Tash Sta. Maria
…and anyone who has ever reviewed anonymously or sent me an awesome PM.
I LOVE YOU ALL. –noms on your brains affectionately-