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(well, until the sequel, coming soon to a livejournal near you)

(also don't miss Chapter 27 and The Interlude I just posted yesterday)

Chapter 28 )
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OK, I'm reposting this now, because this is where I decided it comes in the story. It's the exact same thing I posted here. Now with context! Last chapter up soon, promise!

Maiden interlude: Scheherezade )
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Okay, it ain't much for such a long wait, but it's the second-to-last chapter of Maiden, and I think I've got the last chapter worked out, and then quite a bit of the next story written, which is an immediate sequel and really only separated for stylistic purposes. So.

(Also, totally unrelated, except that the song I picked to go with this entry is one of the songs on my kickass new workout playlist that is enabling me to do seven miles per workout on the treadmill [impressive for me, okay!] and contract enormous blisters on my feet without even noticing because the music is so kickass,* and another kickass song from the playlist is available as a free mp3 download on Amazon at the moment, so everybody should get it: Shout Out Louds, "Walls")

*For the record, the playlist )


Maiden chapter 27 )
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Holy crow this is a long friggin' chapter. But I think it's finally where I can bear to post it. And where I could conceivably wrap this volume up in two more chapters.


it don't get much more sick than you/ I could go on if you want me to )
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So as part of my trying to figure out (which I have been, lately, I've just been sort of slinking around ashamed to show my face) how I'm going to post what I've got written-- especially with The Maiden, which I'm trying to wrap up in 28 chapters, not counting Report Card Day or this, because I cheat and use "interludes" and whatnot) I wrote this, which I'm hoping can function as a sort of stepping stone in the gap in time between what I last posted and the next chapter. It's a letter from Sean to his mom, kind of updating her (and us, by extension) on what's been going on. It's also story-relevant and all, I mean even if you remember everything, but I'm hoping it will serve a memory-jogging purpose as well, so nobody has to go reread a bunch of previous chapters unless they feel like it.

So here, I'll go ahead and get this up.

(As the actress said to the bishop.)

Previously on The Maiden )
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Okay, so this bit is totally nonrequired reading for the story-- I wasn't even planning to post it, was just trying to get a couple of cultural details ironed out while I fiddle around with the last three chapters (because I still suck at endings)-- but then I remembered how annoyed a couple of you got when Leah took Kyle's book away, and figured someone might find it interesting. So!

(Let's get down to business/ To defeat the Huns!)

Excerpt from The Origins of Power, chapter 6, "Psychopompai"

Complete with footnotes )
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Thank you very much to everyone who's been reading and commenting. I'm currently working on a big "replies to comments" post, but in the meantime, please know how much I value each and every word of feedback. You guys keep me going. Thank you so much.

Chapter 23 )
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Hi guys. Sorry-- real life has exploded lately. Trying to get back in the writing saddle.

Maiden chapter twenty-two )
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Chapter 21 )
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Recent writing binge means I've got the next chapter (21) written too, and it's kind of eventful. It will probably go up later today, and then I'll devote some time to catching up on the comments I've missed before I post any more. Thank you all again so much for continuing to read and comment. Means more than I can say.

Chapter 20 )
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Long chapter. Sets up for some future, uh, stuff.

If you've a lesson to teach me/ I'm listening, ready to learn )
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As promised. )
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I'm so sorry I'm still not caught up on replying to comments. I so much appreciate every single one of them. Thank you guys so much for reading and for your lovely constructive commentary.

Chapter seventeen )
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I think I've mentioned before that I hardly ever get writer's block (which I think of as not knowing what to write next, or being unsure where a story is going) but I get "writer's lassitude" where I know damn well what comes next but I just don't feel like writing it. Someday I'll learn that I should just write anyway. Nothing gets me over writer's lassitude like writing. And not writing is very bad for my constitution.

So. Short chapter this time, sorry, but it gets us somewhere. Thank you so much to everyone who is still reading, and especially those of you who have been kind enough to comment. It really really helps, when I'm in a funk, to know that there are people who care whether updates arrive or not.

Sixteen )
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She lives, she writes, she has most of chapter sixteen written! She apologizes again and swears to stop getting this behind on comments! She CURSES REAL LIFE! She posts:

The Maiden, chapter fifteen )
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Maiden, fourteen )
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This is a short chapter-- it was going to be one long one with the last one but it ran too long.

Chapter thirteen )
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Chapter twelve )
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I swear we are getting out of the house/bedrooms/kitchen/office sometime this year, but all this stuff kinda had to happen first.

Chapter eleven )
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Chapter ten )


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