• The Method to My Madness

    Hello again, all! I figured that after most of the reactions to A Good Name is Forever, the last chapter of You'll Remeber Me, I'd better do something to try and address all of your concerns about it. So I started to, then realized it was getting too long for a small Author's Note, so then I just decided to make it into a blog post here since I can have all the room I need without taking away from the latest chapter I just posted.

    Okay.

    So, let's just get the chief critique out in the open first: Mariko's backstory. A Good Name is Forever was written from Keith's POV, but focused chiefly on Mariko's history with Takahashi and the reason why she has a shaky relationship with him and her now deceased father. Some of you said you really liked reasding about the detailed history, while more of you were disappointed that the chapter seemed dedicated to her and not the central story of Keith and Lila. And I get it, really I do understand why my choosing to write the chapter this way would seem strange. I guess I had two reasons for doing it; number one, because as all of you are probably aware by now, I am obsessed with detail. I hate, hate HATE two dimensional characters, even the secondary ones. Especially secondary ones, really, since I believe that secondary characters need to serve more of a purpose than to just set up the plot for the main ones. We don't need to know the life story of every single secondary character, but in this case, I felt that Mariko needed to be more than just a sexy, smart-ass business woman in a suit since (at least for the first half of this story), she's the character Keith has the most contact with now. His life and what's going on around him has to consist of more than just pining after Lila, especially given that at this point, it's been 2 years since they've seen each other. Keith doesn't have an interest in very much of a personal life (unless flying Lila-look-alike strippers to Tokyo counts as a personal life), so he has to be willing to let other things such as work serve as a distraction. Reason number two is that there is a method to my madness. I'll be repeating this again towards the end of this blog post, but I'm going to write it a second time up here just to drive the point home:

    There IS a method to my madness.

    Some of you were blantantly honest in saying that you thought A Good Name is Forever was a waste of a chapter, that it was boring and just a space filler that could've been better used in another way. I'll admit that after putting time in that hefty chapter, these reviews didn't make me feel so great, but I didn't really take it personally. However, to that I will say this:

    Guys, I'm a woman in her mid 20's with a full time job who likes to attempt to have a social life here and there (which often equates to never). I have very little (sometimes next to no) time to myself-- do you really think I'd be using that time to write an 8,000 word chapter that had NOTHING to do with the main plot/point of getting Keith and Lila back together? You may still not have cared for the chapter (which is totally fine), but if you still have any doubts about whether or not it was unnecessary, I can tell you those doubts are going to be put to rest. As I said in IHASF when an entire chapter was dedicated to the deal NASDAQ made with Mariko, the business chapters have an important part to play in the plot the same way the dramatic ones do. The Yeoh tech merger with China, Mariko's father dying, finding out why/how she and Takahashi have a sordid history, they ALL are going to play a part in getting Keith back in the same hemisphere as Lila. Ordinarily I wouldn't be so alluding to future plot devices, but since I got so much backlash for this last chapter, I wanted to make you guys feel better about it; these detailed plot points with the Japanese people are in fact the ONLY reasons why Keith is going to get to see Lila again. When you're 6,000 miles away from someone for two years, you don't just suddenly decide to see them again for no reason (especially if you're Keith Cordae)-- life's circumstances (in this case otherwise known as Sable Queenie's keyboard) have to create the circumstances and mechanics building up to a decision to go back to where you came from. It may seem like a slow process, and at times seem confusing as to why you're getting so much detail about secondary characters, but it doesn't mean it's unnecessary, and it especially doesn't mean it's a waste of a chapter. Just bear with me, and remember, all will reveal itself in time...

    Which brings to me another point; this time about Keith and Lila. I know 7 chapters over a 6 month period doesn't seem like much, and I really do apologize that I'm not as fast as other authors when it comes to updating. I know it's been tedious waiting for the two of them to reunite, and believe me i'm just as impatient as you are. That being said, I need you guys to try to remember that the same way getting two people on opposite sides of the globe reunited is difficult, actually getting them back together is going to be just as complex. This isn't to say that there's going to be a sequel to the sequel, or anything crazy like that (the reunion actually isn't that far off ;)), I just don't want some of you to expect them to just get back together as soon as the reunion happens, because that's not what's going to happen. Seeing each other again doesn't trigger a 'fix all' switch for Keith and Lila's relationship; they actually have to get around to being in a relationship again. This will make more sense when we get there, but I just wanted to prepare some of you more ansty Keila readers for what's to come and how it'll roll out. Both of them still have growing to do that will continue even after they've seen each other again, Lila especially. There've been some valid critiques about her dependency on men throughout both stories, and I fully plan on breaking her of that before she decides to reconcile with Keith. Again, you just have to be patient and let the plot unfold itself, and all will be revealed.

    Please don't think this blog was a lashback at readers who viewed A Good Name is Forever negatively. I really, really don't take critcisms of my work personally (honestly I'm one of my harshest critics). I just wanted to let you guys know where I was coming from in deciding how to write it, and hopefully make you feel a little better about what's to come in the story. Said it before, and I'll say it again: there IS a method to my madness. There's also a reason why it took me 4 months to even begin YRM; I brainstormed my ass off in planning this story. I know exactly how I want it to play out, and as I've said before, it's an ending I know everyone will be pleased with as far as Keith and Lila are concerned. You just have to trust me, all right?

    Whew. There, done. Now if you haven't already, go read the latest chapter of You'll Remember Me!

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  • You'll Remember Me Update

    Hello again, all!

    Mainly, this post is for the IHASF’ers still waiting for You’ll Remember Me. First off let me just apologize for the delay in getting it posted. I understand it’s hard waiting for it, especially when I did promise a happy ending for Keith and Lila in store. Thank you to everyone, both old and new fans who’ve maintained interest in the story and are still waiting patiently for me to get the first chapter or so up. Believe it or not, I have been busy brainstorming for it while working on In Loving Color. I guess my issue is that every time I think about it, a new idea comes to me that makes me want to go back and rethink everything I’ve brainstormed so far.

    Never fear though; I have begun work on it and set a personal goal for myself that You’ll Remember Me WILL be posted by at least the end of the spring/beginning of summer, so just BEAR WITH ME. All I ask is that you just keep an open mind for what I do intend on doing with it. In a lot of your final reviews for IHASF I saw some very specific requests for what to put/what not to put in the sequel. Not that I mind of course, and I value input/suggestions, but please try to trust me with what I start to write. Just try to keep in mind even if you don’t necessarily like/agree with what I do that ultimately Keith and Lila WILL be together, and that’s what’s most important, right?

    On that note, I’d like to turn my attention to my ILC’ers and just say thanks again for continuing to read. I say it a lot, but only because of how I feel about In Loving Color as a story. This may come as a surprise to a lot of my readers, especially given how much more popular IHASF is, but ILC is actually my favorite out of the three I’ve published on Fiction Press. I know most of you want to see the continuation of Keith and Lila’s story ASAP, but Derrick and Charmayne's is just as (if not more) important to me to finish telling, so try to understand my persistence in wanting to stay mainly focused on ILC at the moment. I definitely appreciate all the support for IHASF, but ILC pushes a lot of limits that as an author I’ve loved to explore so it’s special in its own way for me.

    Thanks to everyone for their support of my writing; you guys really make this whole thing rock.

    Sable Queenie

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  • 'Coney Island' Thoughts

    Hokay.

    So after getting what I'm sure is my record number of reviews for a chapter update, I figured given the content of a lot of them, a detailed response outside of an Author's Note would probably be a good idea. First off let me just thank all of you for responding to what was indeed obviously a huge shock to everyone. It sounds wrong, but I loved seeing that it made some of you feel upset, frustrated, etc. not because I enjoyed doing that to you, but as an author it's incredibly gratifying that what you're writing is actually making people feel something. Thanks to those who provided in-depthm detailed reasons/questions/etc. for why they felt what they did about what happened. Here's what I hope is a sufficient explanation of what you read...

    (WARNING: Spoilers ahead)

    I'll go right ahead and echo what alot of you guys have already said: WHY DID/HOW COULD LILA DO THAT?! I know. Geez, do I know and feel your pain. Probably even more so because I've known it's coming for so long. You have no idea how much I dreaded writing that chapter, guys. Especially right after penning Keith having such a drastic change of heart. I thought that was the perfect irony though; Keith falling in love with Lila at the same (unbeknownst to him) that she is falling out of love with her initial 'ideal' of him. I always smile sadly when I see comments from readers saying they wish things could go on being perfect between the two of them; I really do too, but at the same time if everything went on being perfect between our two lovebirds, there wouldn't be much of a story at this point anymore, would there lol?

    So why did things have to go wrong in such a seemingly unfixable way? Well I think my reasoning best stems from what one reviewer said after reading 'Coney Island':

    "I think this last chapter shows that every single one of your characters is flawed." - Nightwalkr

    I love that so many of you find Keith and Lila's relationship (as was) so perfect, but a part of me sometimes cringes at that because at all costs I try to avoid the Mary Sue/Gary Stu qualities that alot of stories on FictionPress and Fanfiction have by having characters or relationships that just seem too perfect to be true. Fluff every now and then is fine, but speaking seriously, my frustration with it is that it just isn't realistic, and while stories are supposed provide a sort of escape from real life, I am a firm believer that their content must be realistic. We saw from the very beginning that Keith is seriously flawed in a lot of respects, but I simply couldn't go on forever with the idea that Lila would always continue with her sweetness, unwavering loyalty, and unconditional love for Keith --especialy when dealt such a devastating blow/lie from Victor about his cheating on her with Mariko. I also like what another reviewer pointed out when it comes this:

    Yes, Keith is getting Lila a wedding ring, BUT how fast we forget how emotionally neglectful he's been towards her during pretty much their entire relationship. Just because he's been doing some intense soul searching (that we readers are privy to), it does not mean that all of the problems that his behavior caused will have disappeared! He's far away and has shared absolutely nothing of his thoughts with Lila. As far as she knows he's the same as always. - tinyHedgehog

    Keith hasn't done much in the way of making his inner feelings about Lila known to Lila; all of you just know he feels that way because you're the readers and you get to be in on things lol. But, like it's pointed out above, as far as she knows, he's definitely not in love with her, he's going to continue neglecting her, and now he cheated on her. On her BIRTHDAY. If this had been true it would've been pretty damn low of Keith (I think what he did to her Lila on birthday was pretty low anyway btw), so since she chose to believe Victor about the cheating she reacted on instinct out of anger.

    Which brings me to another sore subject in reviews: Lila always believing Victor. I know this is especially frustrating to read. Trust me, it's even more frustrating to write. All of your feelings about this guy are spot on, guys; he's an asshole through and through and thankfully I've obvously done my job in making that clear. So why does Lila continue to buy his B.S? Well think of it this way; Number 1, she's 18/now 19 years old. Number 2, whereas Keith has been increasingly neglecting her and has always made her feel insecure about her worth to him even though she's in love with him, Victor has always been charming and attentive. Plus he constantly flatters and pursues her to the point of it almost being obnoxious. And Number 3: she's 18/now 19 years old lol. I think we take for granted how naive teenagers can be (I know I was in my teenage years), and once you combine that fact with the fact that Lila has had virtually no experience with men prior to this, I don't think it's so hard to imagine how/why she wouldn't understand how devious men like Victor can be when it comes to getting what they want. If that reasoning doesn't do it for you then you could consider how another reviewer put it:

    "...Lila no longer understands who she is and what she wants..." -J.J.2123

    The reviewer who wrote this said they were finding it hard to understand how this could be true, but I actually don't think there's a truer statement for what's going on with Lila now. She's been away from her family for almost a year now, around people who are nothing like how she was raised and now to top it off has been made to feel like all her love for Keith has been for nothing. I'm currently trying to flesh this out in the next chapter, but to summarize; if her actions seem unLila-like, it's because Lila Mae wasn't brought up to deal with all of the conflicting factors going on in her life now, so she doesn't always know how to handle them properly (big understatement when it comes to Chapter 27 of course). Now I don't mean to say that Keith himself is compromising Lila's character; rather, the circumstances of what's been going on has been compromising who she is and the decisions she makes.

    Finally, I think it's pretty safe to say that Lila wasn't pining for more sex in deciding to sleep with Victor a second time. By then guilt was eating her up alot over doing it the first time, but as we've found out from him time and time again; the guy doesn't take no for an answer. Now don't misunderstand me here; that second round of sex WASN'T meant to be a rape--Lila made the decision to stay even though she didn't want to. I actually considered it, but ultimately decided against having Victor rape her the second time around and instead opted for intense coercion/pressure for her to stay. I figured you guys would already be on an emotional rollercoaster by that point and didn't want to add to it with anything so traumatic as a rape. Plus, I really didn't feel like making a criminal out of Victor; the guy is an absolute douche bag, but because he does love Lila (albeit, in an effed up twisted way), I just don't think he'd ever use violent force to pressure her to his will. Also, I think this decision on her part just further demonstrates Lila's naivete in believing that deciding to give him what he wanted that night would make this whole mess with Victor go away--something we'll find out to be completely misguided in further chapters.

    To wrap things up, alot of you have been asking about how the story can possibly end now, given the present circumstances and how long it is already. I think I might've briefly touched on this before in another blog entry, but for those who didn't see, you can expect In His Arms She Fell to be wrapping up in the next few chapters or so. Now granted, even though there are only going to be a few more chapters, they're going to be chock FULL of content for plot purposes. If I had to give a definite number though, I would say the story won't have any more than a chapter number in the low to mid 30's.

    Thanks so much to all of you for sticking with the story (and this blog entry). I fully welcome all of your reactions to my writing, whether they be happy, sad or frustrated. Hearing all of the above and then some makes me satisfied knowing people actually care enough to have feelings and opinions on my work.

    Much love,

    Sable Queenue

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  • Favorite Moments

    It's been a while since I've done a blog post, so I figured I'd do one today after updating IHASF, even if it doesn't get read/replied to lol. However ever now and then I'll get questions about updating here, so I know some of you guys at least come to check this website, so if you feel like interacting/talking about the stories with me, here's a really good way to do it :)

    With my last few updates I've been getting some questions about how long IHASF is going to end up being. I totally understand this question, since the story is now almost 30 chapters and over 200,000 words (sheesh). I love that I've been able to be detailed with this story and retain readers, though I realize that dragging it on forever would try all of your patience. No worries; this isn't going to be one of those stories that are 50-60 chapters. Not to bash ones that are (I've actually read some fantastic ones on both FP and Fanfiction.net that are that long), however, IHASF is reaching what I'd consider to be the climax of the story and after that is gonna start inevitably concluding things. While there's still a chunk left, if I had to give an estimate I wouldn't say the number of chapters is going to go beyond a mid to high 30's number. To be honest though, it might seem like less than that as you read because of the drama of what's going to be going down. Expect things to start getting VERY drastic in the rest of the chapters to come ;)

    Which brings me to the main point of discussion for this post as well as my question to all of you guys; what has been your favorite moment so far in In His Arms She Fell? It can be happy or sad, just a part in the story that had the biggest effect on you either negatively or positively. For example, speaking for myself, I have to say that writing the part in More Important where Franklin comes to tell Lila that Keith isn't going to be there for her birthday was rough. Especially since (unlike Lila) I knew that Keith really did care about missing it :(

    I'd loooove to know yours, so lemme hear em :)

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  • My (And Your) Thoughts

    Happy month of March, everyone! I hope the past two months have been pleasant for all of you, I wish I could say it's been an easy time for me, but alas real life has attacked me and made things insane...

    So that being said, I know you guys get impatient with me when it comes to updating IHASF. You're more than entitled, of course. In retrospect 1-2 months does seem a long time to wait for one chapter. So now that another has been posted and it's time to wait until the next one gets posted, let me just thank you again for understanding and still continuing to read and review. When I first decided to post this story on Fiction Press I didn't know if anyone would even be interested in reading it, much less consistently review, so for those of you that do, I love you. Really.

    Hokay, so now that we have reached a certain point in the story where drama and tensions are running high, let me just say how fun it's been to read your reactions to Keith's Lila's and now, Victor's actions. I've got to be honest, it's been interesting for me to read how some people that review have viewed him sympathetically at some point, only to end up viewing him as the (as one reader said) "complete and utter jackass" he is now lol. Even though there are more twists to come that I can't reveal, I will say that thinking up him as said jackass is completely founded. MUCH more's to come where that's concerned...

    I also loved how one reviewer pointed out Lila's naivete in being unwilling to believe Jason's sketch of Victor's character (or lack thereof). While at times it's been sweet, Lila's naivety will in fact prove to be a stumbling block for her. What can I say, teenagers don't know everything after all lol.

    About 'Josephine', the mysterious caller at the end of Keith's section, let me just put your minds at ease by revealing that she is NOT an ex-lover of Keith's or any kind of future temptation for infidelity on his part. Far from it. All will be revealed about her in the next chapter or two.

    So, for those that haven't reviewed, or might have more to say about them than what they initially wrote, what did you like the most about the past two chapters? Humor me and just shoot off about anything ;)

    Sable Queenie

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