That's right, there will be no more updates to the pirate story after this...
...Because it's finished!
That's right, the story is finished and online! ...well, it's "finished" anyway, we've gotten to the end of the tale, but it's still a very rough first draft. At any rate, have some links for the final 2 chapters!Chapter 18: ExileChater 19: Aftermath
And for those who are interested in reading it in full, the chapter list can be found here.
I decided to strike things out that I'd changed on the chapter list rather than delete them just to show how the result differed from my initial plan.
There's still a lot about it I want to fix.
I think there's too many characters for one. Not in number necessarily...but I came up with names and backstories for all of the pirates, which was a mistake when writing from the limited perspective of one somewhat disinterested character. It doesn't matter how interesting these characters' backstories are if the main character never cares enough to ask about it. So early on, I kept trying to shoehorn various characters into the main's line of sight, but I think it just comes out in a jumble of names and tidbits of information and never really cements most of them for the reader. I feel like I should trim it down to just the select few that Raum regularly interacts with so that their characters are more clear to the reader.
I also think I need to put a little more foreshadowing for some of the end events. I think I did a decent job with Raum, but a lot of the supernatural stuff just comes in out of nowhere in the end, even though I knew all that would be happening from the start. If anyone reads it, some feedback on how that could better be handled would be appreciated.
I'm not too worried about rewriting it - I'm not really a writer, this will never be published, it was just for fun. But more importantly than that, it's for ME, and I want to read a good story, so I'd still like to fix it a little, haha!
Going forward, I'm not much thinking of a sequel to this at the moment, even though it's left open for one. I have some vague ideas for a new setting and a few new characters, but I have no idea what the plot would be and that's kind of important.
I have some other story ideas waiting in the wings that are far more fleshed out, so I'll probably do one of them first. But this one's done! Yay! Go me!
In other news: a final update to my health situation that I had previously been talking about - the one where I was getting terrible pains in my joints. Well, my rheumatologist perscribed me a pill called Plaquenil for it. Plaquenil is a drug that was developed to treat malaria, but is also sometimes used for arthritis symptoms. The only side-effect of this drug that the doctor told me of was that it could cause blindness and I wasn't even allowed to take it until I'd had a thourough eye exam...but I really wish they'd told me about the other side effects...(They don't print them on the prescription bottles, in case you're wondering.)
The good news is that the joint pain in my hands seems to have more or less cleared up. It hasn't bothered me in ages, so score one for Plaquenil!
...the bad news is that it's been six months and I'm still walking with a limp. Boo, Plaquenil, I'm taking back that point I just gave you.
I suppose I still come out ahead, since I don't exactly need my legs for most of the work I do, and I'm actually excercising a bit more now, because movement makes it feel better, but remember my cautionary tale. When you get a new prescription, get online and read what all the "very serious, see your doctor immediately" side effects are. *Insert "The More You Know" Gif here*