Just read the chapter, so I'll do the review tomorrow. For now I'll just say that it was a really good read, and I was glad to see it capitalize nicely on its premise; the premise of Homura playing around with Sayaka's heart for the sake of Madoka was always a very interesting one with a lot of potential. And I don't think your writing's declined at all, it's still on the same level of awesome as always.
Your VM reply to me was pretty inspirational, and I thank you for it.
More than anything, I'm really pleased that you'd keep reading this story even if it takes me years to finish it. With that in mind, I'm pretty confident the day will come when I'll have the free time and/or energy to do more writing on this. Heck, even something like the odd 3-day weekend might free me up enough to really get back into it.
So due to your encouragement, I'm only putting PPPL on the backburner for now, and I hope to finish it off one day. It's just that, for obvious reasons, it won't be a high priority for me for the next couple months at least. Once I get settled into my new job, and into "the groove" with it, maybe I'll feel more comfortable devoting my days off to fanfic writing.
The job itself is in the cell-phone industry. It's a customer service/tech support sort of job. It's nothing fancy, so I'd rather not get into it much, lol. But since you asked, there you go.
Hmm, I should clear out some of my PM Inbox once I get home. >_> Kept on slipping my mind, it has.
It's great that you were able to find yourself a job! I'm not sure just what the economic situation is like in your region of Canada, but over here in the States finding work can be a nightmare; I could probably find a few dozen needles in random haystacks before finding a place that's hiring. So what is the new job?
As for the bad side of the news... hmm. This actually reminds me of something from my own story. The October of 2010, there was one day where I decided to quit working on the story I'd been writing since December 2006, the story that at that point was already a bit over 2,000 pages. There were various reasons for this, the main one being that it sapped so much free time and was such a massive undertaking. (For a bit of perspective, the story finished this February at 3,234 pages, so I was only about 60% finished with the project; I knew painfully well at the time that there was still a considerable amount of writing ahead of me.) The thought of leaving behind the characters and the world I'd grown to love, though, and of leaving their story unfinished, left me so pathetically sad and brokenhearted the next few days that eventually I said "Okay, forget this, I have to start writing the story again." And now, I'm very, very glad that I didn't stop and have the completed story to show for it.
I'm not saying that quitting is the wrong thing to do, of course, but I think that if you leave the project unfinished, there might always be a bit of sadness whenever you think back upon the story. It's kind of a bitter feeling, the could've beens - especially when the current story arc has such potential that the could've beens would surely be a very powerful and interesting story. There might be alternatives to quitting altogether, like going at a slower and more leisurely pace; writing 10-15 minutes before going to sleep, for example.
But it's all up to you, naturally. If this is indeed the last we'll see of PPPL, then it's been a great read; but if you ever pick the story up at some point in the future, even if that's a year or two or three or four down the road, I'll be here to read and review.
This was a PM I wanted to send to you as well, but your PM Box was full, so I'm sending it to you here. It's in spoiler space below.
Spoiler for PPPL Related:
This coming Monday, August 20th, I'll be starting a new job.
For awhile now, I've been unemployed, living off savings from my previous job while hoping to find work closer to home. Where I live in rural Newfoundland, steady work is very hard to find, and a fair number of jobs are of a temporary nature.
Thankfully, the job I start Monday is a permanent and full-time job. However, it will also require a hour commute each way (2 hours of driving per day at work). What this means is that I probably won't have time for writing on PPPL for the foreseeable future (I'll probably end up cutting back on my time on Anime Suki as well).
In some ways, maybe this has come at a good time, as I have hit my hardest writing block yet with PPPL. And I hope to eventually get an apartment in the town that my new place of work is at. If and when that happens, I may then pick PPPL back up.
The real good news is that at least I did get a couple major routes entirely finished - Mami Lives, Sayaka Romance and Mami Lives, Homura Romance (which, really, could function decently well as the "True Route", I think).
Coldlight and Sol - I know you guys haven't followed my fanfic in awhile, but now that I may be "finished it" for awhile, I really would like to get your take on the two major routes that I completed (I already have Coldlight's take on Mami Lives, Sayaka Romance).
Kirito - I know this might be very disappointing to you in particular, as a big Mami fan, and I'm sorry about that. What I might try to do is rush-finish Mami Lives, Mami Romance in the three days I have left before work begins. Do you want me to attempt that?
Well, I knew this would be an ambitious and very time-consuming fanfic project when I started. I had my doubts I could finish it, and sadly, I might not be able to. But at least I did finish a couple routes, and I fully intend to at least finish Mami Lives, Mami Romance one way or another. I want to thank each of you for all the great feedback you've given my fanfic, and for being so strongly supportive in what was typically a labor of love for me.
I hope that, one day at least, there will be an actual completed VN of this. I know that Kimidori is still adapting more of it into VN, and even if worst comes to worse, we should be able to get a VN done that at least takes you all the way to the completion of the Sayaka and Homura routes in Mami Lives.