Okay! This thing that I whined about here and sort of cheered about here, is posted.
Before you get the link (haha!), you have to understand that the monster (as I’ve been calling it lately) would not have been written without the help of two very fabulous women: garnetice (C) and shisou_eimin (M).
C had the task of editing the damn thing.
But even before I got to that stage, she also had to handle me whining at her during every step of the process. It started with the difficulty of coming up with an idea. Quickly followed by me complaining that no one wanted to be my beta. It progressed into me (not so) jokingly threatening to quit every time she stated she “might die”. (How many times was that, C? Like 2 or 3?) It ended with me screwing up at every turn, an almost computer implosion (the blue screen of death appeared at one point!) and a few versions of the monster being sent her way.
I’m sure there were several points where she asked herself why she talked me into the bang. She deserves so much respect for dealing with me…. Go read her stuff. She’s the one who I talk about here and in paragraph 4 here. She’s so awesome that even her notes on my errors are humorous. Here are couple of excerpts:
The ride to the deli is quiet but – comma after quiet. [removed], commas are our friends.
Getting on Logan’s nerves but before – commaaaa. Lol, okay, so I’m going to stop pointing these out because I’m sensing a theme, and it’s probably obnoxious for you to have me go COMMA COMMA COMMA. Generally, you’re going to need a comma before the but always; control f them all and insert those suckers. ❤ (Funny story here, C. I once had a teacher who told me to stop doing this very thing and that’s why they were all missing. And it wasn’t obnoxious at all!)
You might get some crit for it from the serious shippers, tbqh, because people are fans of happy endings, but they can go fuck themselves. This? Wins everything.
See what I mean? Awesome.
M, on the other hand, was my artist. Her lovely contribution is here. (She too writes amazing stuff…find it here.)
She also got the brunt of my whining through various forms of communication: email, text, twitter. Next time I might try carrier pigeon.
M was my drill sergeant when I needed to be kicked/pushed and didn’t shoot me when I went and completely changed the ending on her.
It’s also thanks to her that the monster has had so many views already despite being posted for such a short amount of time.
M continues to be my sounding board for a great many things. She is simply amazing.
Seriously, I don’t know how either of them put up with me, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you both.