Author's Notes

Oh.

My.

God.

I actually finished?!

One moment while I give myself a good ol' pat on the back and take a breather.

That done, I'd like to say a few words. Words of thanks, mostly, but I'd also like to talk about the inspiration for "The Game", if you'd be willing to read on.

The first person I'd like to thank is my older sister. I'd never have been able to write something like this if you'd crushed my hopes and dreams by never playing out some of the stories I'd made with me, despite how completely and utterly stupid most of them had been in our childhood. Look at that; I did it!

The second person would have to be my mom, for always encouraging me to do my best. Weeding really can breed determination! It also gave me a lot of time to think, and for that I'm grateful, because you know how restless my mind is! Thanks, mom.

And of course, I'd like to thank all of my reviewers. I really appreciate when I get feedback on my stories to let me know if I'm moving too fast, too slow, or just doing something that I probably shouldn't be doing. So here's to you: FantasyWriter4Always, ShadowJ95, Frontier Productions, IAMCOOKIE, Darke-of-Nothingness and MasterAssassin2012, and also whatever guests reviewed. Thank-you for giving me motivation!

The inspiration for "The Game" came from a thought I'd had while playing video games (le gasp!). I just thought, "Now wouldn't it be cool to be trapped inside a video game?". Well, the more I thought about it, the more I thought how it wouldn't be very fun. But then again, it depended on the game.

And the more I lingered on the topic, the more I began to form characters in my head without even realizing it. Three long days after my first thought, I decided to start. Just like that. I had the beginning and the end clear in my head, and all I had to do was fill in the middle. Like a sandwich, actually.

Anima was, indeed, the very first character in my head, followed closely by Revion and Megera. It was incredibly hard to choose Anima's name. I wanted something that no one had heard before without sacrificing how it could never be made normal. I chose Revion based on his occupation (his image was clear in my head from day one about how he'd look), and Megera's name... Well, that came from Disney's Hercules. I've always had a soft spot for the name.

I want to send this into a publishing company once I edit it. What I've posted here is the bare bones of the skeleton. The story is here, and now you know it. I'll go back and add the skin and muscles later—more descriptions. I don't like adding too many descriptions, as I think it takes away from the story, but I'm going to try my best here. If a company decides to publish it into a novel, I'm leaving the first few chapters up here for free in good faith.

"The Game" was extremely fun to write, and I look forward to making its sequel! It hasn't been named yet, and I actually don't know if I'll first be making the sequel (which will continue the current journey) or the prequel (detailing more about Anima's life, from pre-Academy to her time as a Blade of the Goddess). All I know is that I do want to make them both, but whatever comes first will come first.

Lastly, if you have any questions about "The Game" (its lore, the ages, rulers, species, etc.), feel free to PM me and ask.

I hope you enjoyed "The Game", and please keep an eye out for its sequel (or prequel)! Thank-you all very much!