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June 19th, 2014, 5:27 am

The Delay (A Present for You)

Hey guys!

Don't worry, no bad news. In fact, I have very special gift for everyone.

As many of you know, I'm studying English at the University of Washington. This means that I've done a lot of writing recently, which has taken a lot of my time and energy and has negatively affected my comic.

THE COMIC WILL STILL RETURN WITH DAILY UPDATES ON JULY 1ST, 2014.

However, until then, I'd like to present you all with this:

The Delay

Clicking on "The Delay" will take you to a Google Doc that has almost everything I've done over the last six months in my various creative writing classes--five short stories and sixteen poems adding up to around a hundred pages of content. I tried to make it easily accessible for people who don't want to read it straight through, and I explained the project more thoroughly in the Foreword.

Feel free to read through as much or as little of it as you'd like. It will likely eventually get posted on deviantArt, but until then I wanted to make the link only available through the comic as a sort of "I'm sorry for taking seven months to deliver a chapter" present. I know, it's not very Pokemon-y, but hopefully it finds an audience anyways.

Additionally, I encourage you to comment on it, message me, share it with others, download or print it...anything you'd like. It's yours to do with as you'd like, short of saying you wrote it. Feel free to ask me anything about it--I'd be happy to discuss any of my work.

Thank you all so much for your continued support, and I'll be back with new pages in less than two weeks.

Comments:

Zelkova, June 19th, 2014, 10:18 am

The "Live Forever" story was quite entertaining. Kinda had that Twilight Zone episode vibe to it without actually becoming unrealistic. Also gotta love an ending that doesn't bluntly states "X just happened" and treat the readers like idiots. I kinda caught on extremely early what was going to happen as I watch a ton of shows that have such dark twists to the story but the way you gave the protag thought process at the end was worth reading alone regardless if you see it coming or not.

I'm not going to lie and will say I will read everything on that document as honestly I couldn't care less for poems personally but I may read another story or so later.

Zelkova, June 21st, 2014, 8:05 pm

Read Eggnog, that was surprisingly short. To be honest I like where it was going but the story was so freaking short it is hard to say that it even last long enough to be enjoyed. I understand it was an assignment though and you most likely just toss it up for a grade.

Haunshaul, June 22nd, 2014, 12:05 am

@Zelkova Yeah, there were length limits on all my short story assignments. Eggnog and The Cradle were like 500 words max (or thereabouts), and the others were around 15 pages max.

EnceladusTrainer, June 22nd, 2014, 4:11 pm

Just finished reading it! I agree with Zelkova, "Live Forever" was very interesting, although the ending was little out of the blue, for me at least. I also liked "My Father's Nightmares"; it had some really great imagery. You have a really good grasp of the human psyche, and your characters seem to react and think just like real people.

I noticed a typo on p23 though, just to give you the heads's up;
"She swiped at them with a massive, but they dodged and she struck through the bridge."
...a massive what?

I found your Author's notes to be very amusing, and your "narrative voice" during those parts is the type that I love reading in 1st person prose...Hint, hint.

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