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Where Has The TIme Gone?

October 30th, 2005 - 1:16 pm - A question was raised:

What's a writer to do when she can't continue her WIPs for whatever reason? Why, start a new fic, of course!

liliaeth and I posted the first chapter (4740 words) of our joint effort:

Beloved




It was to be a modest little effort - ten chapters at most. All nicely outlined and thought out.


created by sunflower_sari


seemed to have a different agenda.

As of today, Beloved weighs in at an astounding (for us) 45 parts (chapters and interludes), 252 pages of single spaced, 12 point Times Roman font, 3/4" margins and:

116,952 words, according to Word's erratic counter


Here's a pretty from liliaeth to mark our one year anniversary - and acknowledge the story is approximately halfway to its conclusion. We doubt that the word count will equal the first half, but there's so much more to come. Hopefully, you'll all stick around for the ride, and comment, comment, comment!




Extra special acknowledgments: just_sue, gillo, and willa_writes. Without their tireless efforts and love and affection, this fic would be nowhere what it's managed to become. They are betas, plotters, encouraging friends. Who could ask for more?

Our lovely icon and matching banner were made by sueworld2003.

Finally, to our faithful readers... and you lurkers who don't comment, though we wish you would:

muchas smooches

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amarysso
Oct. 30th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
*faints anyway* Sorry Andrea... :P

Congrats!!! Now get your Duracell battery working so that we have lots of updates soon. :D
spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
**dashes cold water in your face** Thanks, love. As soon as Lore and I can sit down together without RL being a bear, we'll get right on it. S'a promise.
jans_intentions
Oct. 30th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
OMG, it's been a year since you started it? I can't believe it's been that long!
spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Cheeky icon, Jan. *grins* Probably said that last year, too. Anywho... yeah... from that first post to this one a year minus three minutes. I did try.
just_sue
Oct. 30th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh! What a wealth of pretties! Gorgeous.

I really cannot believe it is a year since I started reading Beloved. At first it seemed to be more Angel orientated...and I really did wonder where you were taking the story. I was intrigued and beguiled. A year later, I still am!

You and lilieath deserve a huge round of applause and lots of that confetti stuff on your anniversary. Thank you to both of you for such a mighty fine read. *hugs* xxx
spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Thank you, my sweet Sue. We were just hoping the story would be reason enough for Spuffy lovers to hold on, and for non-Spuffy lovers (do they even exist?) to get hooked. We knew where we were headed. And now, so do you.

And you make me blush. See?
kitmarlowescot2
Oct. 30th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Wowo that is amazing.
spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kit. **smiles happily**
shapinglight
Oct. 30th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be still reading. I know I haven't read the latest part yet but I will as soon as I can.

It's a fabulous story and I love it.
spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
**smooches Deb** Always glad to know you're still there, when RL allows you the night off.

Thank you, love.
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spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
*grins* Now not only am I blushing, but I have the silliest smile on my face. Thanks for the kind words, hon. Much more to come in the second half (head-desk)
chrissie_linnit
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:52 am (UTC)
So that's what the Muse looks like! Such an adorable face for one so adept at torturing us poor readers! ;p

Many, many, many congratulations, both, for the great efforts and the consistently high quality of output, both written and graphic - you complement each other beautifully.

I've loved every single chapter and interlude. Will has become as dear to my fanfic heart as Spike, and believe me, Spike's been on my mind and in my heart for a very long time!

I'm bemused to think that you both thought twn chapters would see this baby to completion. I wonder just how far from the original plan you've actually deviated, or is it that you've delved a lot deeper into the psyche of the players than you had originally intended?

I'm looking forward to following William's life for a long time to come!
spikes_heart
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
Sweet, pure, delightful muse. **snickers** She really has red garters on under that outfit, and the the teensiest red thong. Spike's fave color, as you know.

And boy did you hit it right on the head about delving deeper than expected. Did you really think we planned to have Will in England for more than 23 chapters? Shocked us both.

Will is basically my third son. I'm in love with him. True mama love. He has coalesced so completely in my mind I could actually see him if I closed my eyes.

Plus I have the bonus knowledge that he's gonna be damned gorgeous as he grows up. Angel is in for mucho trouble. He think he's got things settled in his mind. **cackles**

I'm still trying to fig out how to answer your last feedback comment.
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