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11/20/2014 c16 3Keyworks Kid
Overall, I enjoyed this story and thought it was well written, if a little overwhelming at times. The characters were original and identifiable and I did like the action and romance aspects of it all. But this story has a lot of gaps in it. At this point for every question answered two more seem to take its place. I don't believe I'm alone in saying that I'm thoroughly confused by a lot that went on in these last few chapters. I feel like I just missed the major motive of everything; like now that we've gone from A to Z, what was the whole point of it all? Character's and situations got introduced, but really served no purpose or motive. Not that I didn't enjoy the ride, but it seems like the core of it all got lost in all the action. So overall, I'd give this one 3.5/5 stars. I'm hoping that a second story is already out or comes out soon.
11/17/2014 c3 Keyworks Kid
I'm enjoying this story so far. Very well written and exciting. I have to admit, when I saw the title I was thinking it was going to be a Don Quixote villain, but I guess I was wrong.

Anyways, my only qualm so far is the use of your perspective shift so often. I fell like a lot of the shifts are unnecessary and you can easily flow the story from one character to the next without changing viewpoints. Hope you'll pick up the story again soon.
11/16/2012 c16 4Despicable-D
I didn't understand half of what was here and I still love it!
I cannot wait until next arc.
10/21/2012 c15 7A.D. Aldous Dragon
Indeed, this was probably an extremely spectacular display of your skill in description and in emotion. In fact, I think it is very well worth the two to three months spent on it. Of course, you can't keep that pace on and you will need to buck it up more in that aspect. I'm also impressed that you have answered many of my concerns with the previous chapters through this one; it really shows your receptiveness to our reviews, which I very much love.

As for you wanting to first write several chapters before releasing, I think that it is a novel method of updating but unless you can prevent yourself from spending so many months like before on one chapter, it will ultimately backfire if you make us wait too long. You seem very driven by the story's idea, yet the entire thing about waiting a few months for a chapter

This chapter has a total of 12,352 words according to Microsoft Word, so even with a "small" thousand words per day, this should be easily done in two weeks, rather than the three months, or twelve weeks. Each such day should take about an hour of typing to meet the quota of a thousand words, so it really should not be that great a hindrance on your schedule.

Some professional writers usually do ten thousand words a day in a six-hour period with ten minute breaks in between per two-hours, so yeah, it should not be really hard for a normal person with a down-graded version of one thousand words in an hour per day.

Now, I'm not familiar with your writing style nor with your daily life, so I'm not sure whether you can only type out an entire scene within the day before you get blocked trying to remember it again or you take steady planning and outlining before fleshing out and then writing it down. The thing is quality writing seems to be something that comes very naturally from you so unless I am totally missing something, I never expect someone to update two or three months later. Furthermore, given that you can give 15 GOOD chapters in 16 months, I kinda of infer that time (in the value of months) does not seem to be something that deeply affects your writing's quality.

However, if you are having trouble continuing where you left off everyday, I think in my opinion that every time you stop from writing to return back to life, it's a good idea to leave behind succinct but specific pointers after each part that indicate what you intend(in a brief form) to write about next, what emotional direction were you looking towards and even more importantly, what was the purpose of the scene you are writing now(General idea, such as character development, story continuation, cliffhanger etc.). Once you get a long enough portion of the scene, I think it would be more time-consuming but simpler to just read over what you've done already and maybe you get the idea back again and continue on more seamlessly like before. These are tips tailored to people who get lost mid-scene so if you are not such a person, then use these only if you are wary of writer's block.

In the end, fanfiction never was about pushing yourself to the limit for an audience, but to push yourself to the limit because you really believe in that little idea that you have came up with and centered your story around. I see much passion from you that is put into story and in turn it makes me believe that no matter how long you take, you will not give it up unlike many of the incomplete fan fictions out there(including some of my own). Take heart in that you are inspirational to me and probably many others and keep it up.

Hats off to you, TheManInTheHat.
10/1/2012 c3 Guest
God it has been a while since I have read this story.I feel sorta bad about that was another great chapter btw :D
10/1/2012 c11 JazzyMint
I think this review gives you 60!Soul Eater is such an underrated manga/anime!keep up the good work!
10/1/2012 c10 JazzyMint
This chapter was really cool!
10/1/2012 c9 JazzyMint
Good chapter!
10/1/2012 c8 JazzyMint
Good use of magic in this chapter!really enjoyed it!
10/1/2012 c6 JazzyMint
I still love your Raven Witch!I really love Soul Eater witch characters!keep up the good work!
10/1/2012 c5 JazzyMint
Good work again!nice chapter!
10/1/2012 c4 JazzyMint
Again, this story is amazing!do u get tired of hearing that per chance?keep up the good work on this story!
10/1/2012 c3 JazzyMint
This chapter was fantastic!keep at it this story is fantastic :D
9/25/2012 c15 4Despicable-D
Sombody get me a mother #$!Ing table to flip!
Ahem. All jokes aside, a tried and true you've got on you're hands. I myself have killed off recurring characters but could never play up to the emotional level you do. But then again, is Roland, the character you're profile explains this story revolves around, really dead.
I find that you may have taken a risk comparing the tragedy of DEADE's birth to 9/11, but I'm not gonna start witch hunter over it.
All in all, enjoyed it very much and can't wait until next arc.
8/17/2012 c1 3DeltaofNeptune
I love this, i have to say this is a very maturely written piece of fanfiction. I wont lie, to say this is even "maturely" written is the least i could say. I love your play on words and the style you have, it is plainly descriptive and not only a play on words but intelligently written. For anyone to point that out is a high feat, since intelligently written literature by itself is also hard to find, you can tell that the person who written this fanfiction is also intelligent in their own right (if I should say so myself).
The plot is also well crafted and thought out. I'm only on the 1st chapter so i cant be fully justified... but.
You get my cookie points *claps* well done!

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