Hi! The last update was all the way back in... May 2021. Wow, that's a long time. So, you're probably wondering why I haven't updated since then, huh. Well... I'll make it brief. My old laptop broke, and with it I lost the completed doc for Chapter 70 Part 1, which was around 13~15k words, and the doc for Chapter 70 Part 2, which had around 6~7k words completed. So yeah, around 20k words down the drain. Because of this, I pretty much lost motivation entirely to continue for a while. I didn't want to leave everyone hanging forever, so I figured you deserved at least an explanation. But now here's the question that I'm still not 100% sure I have the answer to:
What happens to this fic now?
There's a few options brewing around in my head, of which, those are:
1: Rewrite what I lost and continue this story through to the end
2: Revamp this story from the ground up
3: Shelve this universe entirely, and focus on other projects
I'm going to be completely honest, my first thought process upon realizing I wouldn't get those doc back was #1 for a few minutes, followed by #3. And this was at least a few months ago. But, looking back and re-examining this fic, there's a lot that in my opinion could be improved/changed/fixed/altered entirely, so if i did ever go back to this universe...
Option number 2 sounds the most appealing. When I initially started writing this back in 2017, the most recent Steven Universe episode at the time was Lars' Head, meaning there were still a lot of unknowns in SU canon that in retrospect, I could've used to my advantage if I'd known earlier. Plus, the way I'd written the story meant that the grand, overarching plotline I'd been going for (which had only been vaguely hinted at even in the most recent chapters) would've spanned way too many fics for my own good, which means that a potential reboot/revamp would be all self-contained within one fic (albeit, a very VERY long fic), which sounds a lot better for my sanity.
There's no guarantee that this reboot will even happen, but if it does! There will be one more update chapter posted here as an announcement for it.
This fic is staying up in its entirety, there's some rough parts but I think I really improved as a writer over the course of it, and a number of chapters I still look back on fondly. Even a few rare earlier chapters I did really enjoy, such as 28. I think starting around 36 is when the fic really hit its stride, as I was allowing myself to be more creative with the plot and character interactions, and most chapters starting from there I look back on fondly (to name a few, 37, 40 (all three parts), the entire stretch from 41-47, 51, 53, 56, 58, and 68)
But yeah! Thank you all so much for understanding, and I am signing off for now. o7