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In 2013 I set out with the goal to post at least one story every month, and I almost hit that mark. That may not sound like any great aspiration, but before that I was posting once every four to six months, so my near-success was definitely a step forward. While I’m glad I met my goal, I’m a pretty firm believer in Quality over Quantity, so I thought I’d look back over the past year and examine what I think about the 11 stories I managed to post.


January: The Decision (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th… This was a pretty obvious take off from The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, but I think I did the situation justice. If I have any regrets, though, it’s that last section after the break. I’m not at all happy with how it turned out and I think it would’ve been better to just cut it all, even if wouldn’t have made Gibbs look quite how I wanted him to.


February: The Hero (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th…) One of the coolest things that happened in early 2013 was the release of A Memory of Light, the conclusion to Robert Jordan’s amazing Wheel of Time series. There were a lot of traps the series could’ve fallen into with the ending, but every one of them was avoided pretty marvelously. I did my own spin on things, taking a brief look at the celebration after the final victory in the battle against evil, and I genuinely like how it turned out. The only thing missing is that I couldn’t work in the line for the hero “I just want everything to go back to normal, that’s what I was fighting for, after all.”


March: The Warmaster (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th…) Another Wheel of Time-inspired one, this one breaks even farther away from the concepts that inspired it. I actually don’t have anything negative to say about this one. The highest praise I feel I can get is when someone sees my work and is inspired by it to make something else, and a friend of mine who makes flashgames came up with an interesting set of game mechanics based on Aiden and his affinity for the chaos of battle. Even though he never used those ideas in one of his games, I still call that a win.


April: Retribution (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Re…) Things took a dark turn in April, didn’t they? This one was pure catharsis for me; I read a story about a girl who got raped then eventually recovered from the terrible ordeal and whose newfound friends tracked down and MURDERED the bastard who did it to her, and I thought “I’d like to have a go at that as well,” and so I did.


May, June, July: Thicker Than Water (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th…  b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th… b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th…) This 3-parter was my chance to FINALLY use a couple ideas. I wanted to use cryptic, back-and-forth conversations as chapter openers like in Ender’s Game, and I wanted to have a magical mind link between people like in the Circle of Magic books by Tamora Pierce. This accomplished both of them, and even if it didn’t go quite how I wanted, it did bring back the confidence I needed to do a multi-part serial again.


August: The Tutorial (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Th…) If you’ve been following b4k4lit since the start, you may know there have been 2 previous attempts to do a vampire story, and I abandoned each one. But I still had a lot of exposition regarding the rules of vampires that I wanted to get out of my head, so this is how I did it. FunFact: It’s Castle Sherwood because simultaneously I was toying with the idea of writing something that would serve as a spiritual successor to Robin Hood.


September: I missed this one, and didn’t realize it until about five minutes ago, because I posted The Tutorial on August 31st, apparently making it blend over in my mind between the two months, covering both of them.


October: Freewrite--Recording (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Fr…) Because there’s no way I could’ve done a year without something MegaTokyo-inspired, I wrote this based around the idea of the character Nanasawa Kimiko suddenly having it sprung on her that the producer for the game she was voice acting in wanted her to sing one of the the ending themes as well. I’m actually decently happy with how this turned out as well, mostly because it doesn’t hit you over the head with a hammer that says “MEGATOKYO IS AWESOME AND YOU SHOULD ALL GO READ IT,” (it is and you should) but the similarities are there for anyone who cares to look for it.


November: Intelligence Theft ch. 1 (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/In…) IT is my new baby right now. The first chapter didn’t really do much beyond establishing a framing device, which bears a passing similarity to the ones used in Dragon Age II and Splinter Cell: Conviction, but Chapter 2 will be out….when it’s done, and we’ll start getting to the real content, so look forward to it.


December: Autobiography of an Assassin (b4k4-san.deviantart.com/art/Au…) This was a super-quick freewrite I used to clear out the year because IT ch 2 was taking longer than anticipated. On the bright side, it was an idea I’ve had FOREVER, and I’m finally glad I got to share it in one form or another.


So that was 2013. A good year, all things considered, but I’m hoping 2014 will be even better. I’m doing more serials again, finally returning to the world of Family and Starblind, and another idea that I think is actually pretty interesting. I won’t be pushing myself to hit a monthly deadline, but do feel free to yell at me on whatever channel you use to reach me if you think I’m taking too long between posts.


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