Thank you for reading, everyone!
Before I go on my huge lecture-length letter, I would like to give special thanks to Paladin Cross, he's the original creator of the Karakuri organization, as well as his character Cross and the Paladin Order in his works and mine. I'd also like to thank Big Bad Bunny for sticking around and giving reviews, it really helps to hear feedback from readers.
Karakuri was my first attempt at writing a short(ish) story, and I have to admit, it turned out way better than I thought it would (though I still have gripes about how I did certain segments, I would love to redo this whole thing if I had the time).
As much as I love writing the longer, more 'epic', style stories I've been doing since I started on Fanfiction, I've also had equally annoying lapses in updates that often lead to me losing interest or having to delay important stories in the Oracleverse (Slave's Crown, for example).
I do intend to finish those works. Chronicles of Somnus is just a few updates away from its resolution, I still have a solid layout for Excommunicated in mind. The Oracle and the Paladin is pretty close to being done, same as Chronicles. Slave's Crown is an important piece in my 'lore', so to speak, so I really need to get back on that, it isn't really an option for me to just permanently blow it off. It's like ditching the Twin Towers and expecting Return of the King to make any sense, you know?
"As Above, So Below" has been a long dead project from like 2015 that I never removed off my list, and it's something I really liked before that I've never been able to bring myself to dispose of. If I can find a way to refurbish it, reshape it to fit what I'm doing now, I'll be able to really complete it.
I hate to have to drop projects or delay them, and I know it probably irritates readers that probably enjoy them, only for it to get cut off midway and never get a conclusion, ESPECIALLY regarding certain projects I requested bios on. Like I seriously hate doing that, cuz it feels like I wasted people's time even more. It's partially why I hesitate on asking for bios nowadays.
I'm trying to get myself really back into this whole writing thing, doing daily updates, updating my mess of a profile on here, reviewing and enjoying all of the work my friends put out.
However, I do want to take a while and experiment with writing more short works like Karakuri, now that I have a little experience in the kitchen, so to speak, regarding the type of writing it is. I feel like it gives me the opportunity to showcase different parts of this universe without having to devote a 70+ chapter mainline sequel, as well as letting me experiment with genres I'm not sure I'm ready for.
It's that reason that I want as much feedback as I can get from readers. I delved back into some genre corridors I haven't touched since my Fanfiction days, and truth be told, I really enjoyed some of the fucked-up shit I came up with to torment my protagonists. That is both good and bad, because violence and sexuality in fiction can be easily overdone, and I don't want to fall into the trap I did back then when I started out. I also don't want to be afraid to be graphic and frank about such things.
I've also noticed that I've been kind of pigeonholing my major characters as of late. Sasha Lovett has always been my main protagonist for my writings here, and the aspects of her personality and self, particularly regarding her sexuality as a lesbian, is something I've always thought I've done pretty well, allowing her to be open without being actively annoying about it.
However, I do feel as if perhaps I've sometimes made an inordinate amount of major female characters in my work either bisexual or gay. Noelle, for example, I had no intention of inputting story direction that would even remotely say anything about her preferences when I was originally brainstorming Karakuri. Yet, she ended up falling in love with Sable (whose preferences I purposely did not state, particularly considering that Noelle's advances were less than consensual). Neither Olivia (Chronicles of Somnus) nor Lucky (Haargrun Job) were specified on their sexuality, particularly because their respective stories simply have nothing to do with it.
While I do enjoy the fantasy action and adventure in my work, I do sometimes wish I could pursue more mundane genres as well, such as romance, when I'm doing this sort of writing.
If nothing else, I'm curious to hear what you all think about this, now that I finally got around to bringing it up.
My next short project will be out soon, I've been planning it out for the last few days while I've worked on the finale to Karakuri, and it brings a long awaited return from a character I loved in one of my stories that I did manage to finish. Assuming it goes well and nothing in real life happens, my plan is to complete it and then finish Oracle and the Paladin, then Chronicles of Somnus, then Excommunicated.
That's my best case scenario plan right now, and I hope it works out.
Either way, thank you for reading, and see you all next time!