So this is time for a clarification. I don't like doing this, but it has to be done… I've come to realize that Sentimental Hearts had dropped very low in my motivation, for many months now. I've told myself I could still go on bit by bit, because I hate the idea of leaving a fic uncompleted, and because I didn't want to let the readers down. But more and more it has been about not letting people down, not something I wanted to do myself—and I can lie to myself that it's enough, but the truth is, it's not. I have switched fandoms almost entirely; the plotlines I started planning back in 2011 for Hearts are just something hazy and faraway now. This story is not going to be completed, and I realized I needed to just accept and own up to it. I owe that much honesty to the wonderful people who've stuck with me thus far, and as for myself, I'd rather acknowledge things as they are. Hearts has been a wonderful project to work on, and I wish I'd been better at handling it, but at this point I'll be better off leaving it behind once and for all, rather than acting complacent by both refusing the failure and neglecting to resume the work.
This is it—quite officially, this story will remain as it is with very low odds to ever being updated. I want to thank anyone who read this thus far, or even only part of the work. I'm dedicating the story to The Hapless Quill, who never failed to be wonderfully supportive, generous, understanding and squeeful. Thank you as well to Nuna Hatem and SKINNYxLOVE for their enthusiasm and love. And Lizzie, dear, I'm sorry I'm dropping this just as you'd caught up. Feel free to beat me for my sins!
If anyone is interested/curious in the developments I'd planned (since I'm dropping the story with several plotlines hanging), I'm open to discussing anything by PM. As for me, I'll carry on writing Doctor Who fic and editing my second novel, since reaching this decision about Hearts gave me renewed drive to resume other projects that I don't want to give up on. Thank you for your attention and I wish you all the best! &hearts