Well...I've done it. The "hard part" is over. The school timeline for FM5 has a complete first draft. Why is the school timeline the "hard" part? Mostly because it lacks the consequences of the mainline and many of my favorite characters to pit King Henry against (Annie B/Paine/Vega/etc) are absent. So I'm left to finding new ways to make pranking Welf fun and lots of scenes of teenage King Henry being a glorious little shit. This is "hard" in that it's hard for me to push myself to focus on writing it when video games and books and reddit are things that exist.
But I did it! It's a complete story still in need of some editing but it's done. It tells of Plutarch's first battles at teaching King Henry all while the Three Queens begin maneuvering to remove a few of their least favorite students from the school before they themselves graduate. At the moment it's almost 200 pages long by itself, so a pretty good chunk of story.
Which is why this post is titled the way it is. The estimate is over 50% but I still have 11 chapters to write, all of them on the mainline (almost always longer than school chapters). So I doubt we're going to come in at 100% again and will need some overtime.
But I did it! We're getting there. FM5 is alive! I'll probably take a small break to work on a couple Gush chapters before returning to starting the mainline side of things. I still think a 2014 release for either Gush or FM5 is doubtful, but miracles are a thing right? Like there could be a miracle and Destiny won't launch and the NFL could go bankrupt and Dragon's Age 3 might get pushed back to 2015 and...
What you mean I gotta write?
Update- My ability to target prophecies of doom seems to be a thing, but not with any accuracy. Just saying...after the week Destiny and the NFL have had that Dragon Age 3 might be in trouble.
Main Focus: Gush (Fantasy Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 21k out of 100k estimate (21%)
Side Focus #1: Assault on Dread Fortress Paine (Post FM6 Novella?) = 44k out of 50k estimate (88%)
Side Focus #2: The Glassbreaker Goes Home (Post FM6 Novella) = 26k out of 50k estimate (51%)
Back Burner #1: FM7 School Story = 0k out of 80k estimate (0%)
Back Burner #2: Super Secret Awesome Project
Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM3-FM6 concordance updates