(18/04/16) More and More

One thing that has struck me over these last couple of months of developing NoHoper 2nd ed is how much the whole story strikes me as more of a TV series than, well, a ‘book’ series.

You know what I mean? In a book series, the point is that one book may continue the series, but its story ought to count as a stand alone novel in its plot and development. In a TV series, you have numerous storylines developing alongside each other, but one season may not necessarily count as a ‘complete show’ with a beginning conflict in episode 1 and a resolution of the main conflict in the work by episode 20 – rather, the series is like a book and the seasons operate like chapters. It’s for this reason that I often feel that George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire feels more like a Medieval soap opera than an honest-to-God book series  (which, for its format, is part of the whole draw for me).

Which is to say, it is very likely that there will be more than one sequel, and the cut-off points will be based on ‘does it feel complete?’ rather than ‘have we resolved the original conflict?’. I apologise in advance. I think a part of me wants to ‘go the distance’ and do what the Casts were never willing to do to begin with and cover the full four years (or however far it gets). Suggestions for sequel names won’t go unheard.

As for the previously mentioned project on Bisexual and Trans identities, I will be starting these posts this week. Definitely. Don’t let me forget. They will go on both this and the Tumblog, so please feel free to share and give feedback and essentially start a conversation. I’d love to hear what you think.

I think I promised something on the conference, but frankly I have more in mind to write the dissertation itself than talk about the presentation I made on the dissertation while it was a work in progress.

Basically, this is all about to become more than its parts.

–Ruin Dun Burnit

 

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(29/03/16) All Is Revealed

Since my last update, I got an interesting message from someone asking why they couldn’t access new chapters of NoHoper 2nd ed. So, to make this totally and completely clear to everyone (as I have to them):

I am currently reshaping NoHoper. I am taking my new ideas to my old ideas and making sure it’s perfect. Once my two graded projects are done, I will write NoHoper 2nd ed., edit it, and make sure every chapter is perfect and devoid of holes. Only when the whole thing is done (hopefully by July) will I upload them here. July. At some indeterminate date. Once the first chapter is up, I will upload each new chapter either once a week or once a fortnight (which ever works for the schedule I will have by then).

Well, I say July, knowing that I have at least the majority of the 1st ed. chapters to build on. However, with all the changes I’m instilling, these 1st ed. chapters will quickly become redundant. Let’s make a deal: if July changes to August, or even September, I will tell you first. In return, please trust that I am working hard and being upfront no matter what. Deal?

If you have any questions about NoHoper, about the story or anything at all, the Tumblog at ruindunburnit.tumblr.com is the best place to ask me (at least, that’s where you’ll get the fastest response).

As for the graded projects, with the dissertation moving smoothly, this is what I have going on for the second project:

I have 5,000 words to discuss a subject that brings in material from at least a majority of the modules I have studied over the course of my degree in English Language and Linguistics (sorry to say, but I am in reality a desperately boring person). The subject, on which you will see many updates on this blog and the Tumblog?

Linguistic and Media Representation of LGBTQIA+ Identities, with Particular Focus on Bi and Trans Identities.

“What? You can actually do that? For an undergraduate degree project?”

Abso-smegging-lutely. I have the support of my tutors and professors. They’re actually very interested to hear what I have to say on this. For which I’m remarkably fortunate.

If it’s not your bag? If you’re not interested? Feel free not to read. I have no problem with you sitting it out. Of course, if you have anything to say, absolutely feel free to comment, ask questions, whatever you want. It’s as much for you as it is for me.

So, be prepared to hear a lot more on that in the very near future.

–Ruin Dun Burnit

 

(29/02/16) Once in a Blue Moon

As promised, here is a long overdue update on my progress:

While getting NoHoper ready for its 2nd edition rewrite and edit is the main priority, I have been sinking a surprising amount of time into building the as-yet-unnamed sequel. It’s getting to a point where I am considering stretching this into a trilogy. That is, I have two options: make NoHoper 1 longer and keep it two stories long, or let it become three. However this goes, I feel that I’m both doing the justice I always intended to do with this crossover story and staying true to what I value in my fiction. My gut is telling me that I’m doing the right thing, so I will simply follow it.

I’m going to consider it a good sign that this year happens to be Light Yagami’s 30th year (27th if you’re an exclusive slave to the anime), as of yesterday.

Elsewhere in Fiction Land, Ave Maria‘s status remains unchanged. Considering how I intend to release NoHoper in July, it will probably be a couple of months after until I release the first part of Ave Maria – that is, unless I can juggle writing both of them, finally pull up my bootstraps and put together a good enough sleep pattern to be able to pull a timetable I can stick to.

Outside of this? I am making good progress on my dissertation. In fact, I will be presenting at an international conference in the second week of April, where people who are just as interested in my boring field of choice as me will listen to a presentation on my research, tear it apart and give me ‘helpful tips’ that I can use to make it worthy of submission in the fourth week of April. That is, if they haven’t low-key fallen asleep, daydreamed or doodled throughout.

To be honest, this dissertation isn’t the only university project I have on the go: I have a project due in the middle of May. I would tell you more, but the fact is that you will see its prototypes on here over the next few weeks. I will not only post it here, but also on the adjoining Tumblog (you know the one) so you can share it with everyone you know.

Don’t be scared.

–Ruin Dun Burnit

 

 

(23/01/16) Spread the Word

The word on the street, as I have heard it, is that WordPress may be a cool site to put all my fanfiction on but it’s not quite so easy when it comes to access; not everyone has an account or feels they can go to the trouble of making one so they can leave comments.

I’ve heard your concerns, so here is the official tumblr blog, on which I will leave links to posts and chapters from here, on which you can leave comments and thoughts when doing so on WordPress just isn’t possible.  You can even ask me questions, and I’ll even answer them.

Come find me here.

–Ruin Dun Burnit

 

(06/01/16)

Oh, yeah. Apparently Christmas and the New Year have happened since the last post. The season has been a fine time for me, with stress and triumph, and excellent news I won’t be sharing.

Meanwhile

I still have 13 chapters of NoHoper ready to edit. I’m close to finishing chapter 14 (finally), and with any luck the last 3 or 4 chapters will be written just as quickly. This might take a while, knowing that I intent to make a lot of changes as well as proposed ‘improvements’ to the House of Night’s social concepts (which has really been my plan all along).

I do have a sequel planned for this one. I don’t have a title for you, but I do have plenty of notes scribbled down. I’ll probably post a summary of it once NoHoper is completed.

I have a perfect prologue of Ave Maria ready, but I’m debating whether or not to upload it first or write Part 1 first. I will post the first part before I begin work on Part 2. By the way, I do have five parts planned in total, as well as a sequel (I’ll talk more about that later).

Apart from these two main fics, I am debating when I should get to polishing CoffinSide now or after April, and when I should try to plan Yagami Girls thoroughly.

This year is certainly going to be busy for me. I have a dissertation to write from now until the end of April. We’ll see how that goes.

–Ruin Dun Burnit

(24/12/15)

As NoHoper is an ‘ongoing’ fic (that is to say, unfinished), with 13 chapters on the Internet somewhere and four more to go, the general protocol is that I will be writing the last of the chapters before I go back and edit them one by one. I intend to have them all edited and perfect before I begin re-releasing them.

That being said, I’m four pages through chapter 14. I’ve been in the process of writing it for the last three years, apparently. It’s become that novel you said you were going to write, that you keep getting the ideas for but have no commitment to write down.

Don’t worry. Those ideas are just going to enrich the final experience.

I’ll keep writing if you tell all your friends.

— Ruin Dun Burnit

Ave Maria

Death Note and Elsewhere crossover

by Ruin Dun Burnit

(With inspiration from The Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost)

Death Note by Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi 

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin 

The Divine Comedy by Dante 

Paradise Lost by John Milton 

I own none of these works.

Table of Contents

Prologue – Catharsis

Chapter I – Tokyoite

 

Part 1: The River Styx

Chapter II – Depature

Chapter III – Failure

Chapter IV – Dining Hall

Chapter V – Ether

Chapter VI – Continuance

Chapter VII – Ashes

Chapter VIII – Arrival

(To Continue in Part II)