Word Count: 10,795
Excerpt: "Can anyone ask for mercy?" he asks Ashura once, as he follows the head priest around the altar-room, lighting the sticks of incense spaced along the entire area. "No matter what they've done?"
Ashura glances at him and smiles. "Anyone and everyone," he says. "She does not judge people by their past actions, but by their hearts. If someone comes to her and truly regrets their sins, she will not turn them away from her grace."
Thoughts: IT'S FINISHED! Sob, my AU Big Bang clocks in at almost 24K words, which is the most I've written on a single story in quite some time. I blame the fact that it was based on the Aku No series, I love itttttt. However, I have it the real block for competing in challenges like this--I tend to want to post things pretty much as soon as they're finished and spellchecked; I want to get them up and out and move on to the next thing! BUT I HAVE TO SIT ON THIS and sob, it's kind of weird. XD I need to mail it off to the mods and then make enough_space give me the edits she said she could give me and then ... sit on it. Twiddle my thumbs. Flip a lot of coins to decide if I want to crosspost it to fan comms or not. :|a
NOW TO THE VICTORIAN DETECTIVES BIG BANG ... you know, if I can actually figure out a plot for it. /)_(\ Hopefully I'll actually also be able to relax a bit and maybe start writing smaller things again, too. Maybe even fandom stuff, cry! I'm still missing all of it, man, in a huge way. I've also realized that I don't really want to be a writer to have my name on bookshelves or getting money or anything, I want to be a writer and hopefully inspire people to write fic about my original characters. ... The ones that are actually part of long stories, at least. Is this such a ridiculous thing to want? :|a
NEXT WEEK, SCRIPTFRENZY!