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Another Chapter

Well, I finally did it. I have another chapter written, and it is now in the editing phase. Twenty pages, which is a lot longer than I thought it'd be, but that little boy had a lot to do. I'm satisfied with the tone of this chapter. I think it really has that flavor of a troubled little boy who just needs guidance down. Shippo hasn't had a chance to really grow as a character in the IY universe, so this is my take on a possibility of how that could happen. He's a brat, he's whiny, and he's difficult to deal with, but he's just looking for some stability and discipline. He just wants someone to invest some time in him, and I don't think he could have found a better person for it.

I have also learned something somewhat disturbing about the boy. Every character seems to gravitate towards a certain music or musical artist. Sesshomaru loves Depeche Mode. Inuyasha loves Nine Inch Nails. Koga likes Tool. Kagome likes Sarah McLachlan. Shippo? That twisted kid picked, of all things, the Dresden Dolls. It wasn't until I put that on, pretty much on a whim, that Shippo would cooperate. As soon as I started listening to it, Shippo started acting better and working with me. Go figure. If you don't know anything about the Dresden Dolls, their music style is typed as "punk-cabaret." They have songs like "Coin Operated Boy," about the singer's desire for a boy who will do as told, or "Sex Changes" about, well, changing your sex. I find it disturbing that Shippo's gone for this band. I would have never guessed in a million years that it'd be his thing, but hey, I think he's twisted---seriously. Not even Naraku has the balls to pick something so---well---out of character or opposite. (No, he chose to steal Inuyasha's band, but that's another story). If you're curious about the Dresden Dolls, check out their website. Trust me, they're unique and awesome.

Now I have to sit down and make notes and figure out where I'm going in the next chapter. This one took so long---for various reasons---that I'm kinda out of place on where I'm going and what POV to explore next. I just hope it doesn't take me forever to get the next chapter out (unless I sit down to write something else on the docket). I'm not even sure if anyone will enjoy this current chapter as it is, but I think it was a necessary chapter. Shippo needed this, or he'd be as extraneous as he is in the series lately.

In other news, Journey has been nominated for Best Characterization for Sesshomaru and Best Drama at the IYFG. Thank-you doggieearlover for that! It means a lot to me. I haven't had a lot of time to really work on much this quarter, so besides the drabbles (which didn't get nommed), and Journey, I had nothing else eligible. Hopefully, next quarter will be far more productive.

Anyways, I will be doing a couple more read throughs, send it to the beta, and hope to have a new chapter sometime early next week (this weekend at the earliest).

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes
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I'm really looking forward to the next chapter! I need to get my muse back. It's time for Sesshomaru to finally make an appearance, and I'm having a hard time getting him to cooperate. I know what he needs to do, it's just getting him to do it. Fortunately, I've got 16 completed chapters. He finally show up in 17.

And good luck with the seconding when it finally gets here, and then the voting. I know I hope I do better than I did last time.

He's a pest sometimes. I wish you luck with him. He's so stubborn so much of the time.

I just hope people like this chapter. It's not as huge on action as the last one, and to have this long of a wait, I don't know if people will enjoy it.

And now I have to figure out things for the next one, too.

I'm happily waiting to read it! Of course we'll enjoy it!

I hope so, but you know how some people are, they want lemons or heavy action, or something. But, this time it'll be Shippo, who needs this chapter, so yeah.

If they have to be bribed to read a good story, shame on'em. They'll come back later. But your core fans, who really like your story will be there anyway.

That's what I figure, too. I put out the chapter I thought needed to be put out, and if they don't like it, too bad, lmao.

I just hope the beta gets back to me this weekend so I can get it posted.

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