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  • I’m sure I would not have enjoyed this challenge half as much as I did if you had not been there with me throughout, Jan. Your encouragement and confidence kept me feeling inspired and enthusiastic as I wrote my scenes, and I always looked forward to your wonderful feedback and responses each week. I feel as though we’ve come to know each other…[Read more]

  • Thanks for calling these out Sudha! Since I’ve only written 73k words, and still have 7k to play with, I can add these details in during the rewrite. I had started a scene with Cho in the holding cell when Charles was brought it, and I thought about having SuSu confront Charles, but it got scrapped. And Benji ends up moving in with SuSu. Another…[Read more]

  • Thanks so much, Kathy! It’s been such a wonderful experience, and I’ve appreciated your encouragement throughout.

  • It’s been such a joy sharing our scenes this year, Sudha, I can’t imagine going through this challenge without you.
    . Do you have any specific loops that I still need to fill in, I hoped that I had caught them all, but with so many characters and plot twists, I’m sure there are few left undone that I’ve overlooked.
    I am looking forward to the…[Read more]

  • Such a loaded last sentence! The Prime did not like that! I imagine not, having just come into being, still figuring out her powers, still not in control of the souls, or essences, that inhabit this body. I was glad to see, for now, that Nell was still in control, and that she still has strong feelings for Morgan, though the Prime was indifferent.…[Read more]

  • Fantastic, Sudha! The perfect ending. I’m going to echo what the others have said, it’ worth saying and it’s my way of wrapping you in a virtual hug.

    The opening scene with Al was heartwarming, made me really understand and appreciate why she fell apart so much at his supposed breakup and then prolonged absence. I could almost smell the…[Read more]

  • I love that Terri and Red have become friends and that Red has come clean on the TV scheme. I would have liked to seen Terri’s reaction to the news, but it’s not important to the overall ending. Most of the character’s have stayed true to their nature throughout, Tiffany and Donny and Ralphie, for instance, and I have truly enjoyed watching Terri…[Read more]

  • The perfect ending to a vibrant, thrilling story. Robert doesn’t even realise the role he played in the devastating events that overtook his family; sure, he thinks of his secret shame and his lost love for Shuvam, he even misinterprets Shuvam’s journal entries and is completely clueless; yet through it all he still lays blame on Vivien and…[Read more]

  • One of the greatest things about this challenge was not just that it resulted in all of us writing our novels, but that we got to know each other and form that sense of camaraderie and friendship that I have come to treasure this year.

    As for the sequel, I’m thinking my inciting moment will come when poor Benji discovers his black cougar has…[Read more]

  • Not quite the happy ever after ending, but in this type of story I wouldn’t have expected that. In fact, I find myself incredibly sad, with a sense of profound loss that I suspect will stay with me for a long time. What this means, Georgiana, is that your story has resonated within my soul as few books do, and I find a sense of utter satisfaction…[Read more]

  • No simple thing indeed, but it was made easier and more pleasurable sharing the journey with people like you and your incredible story as well! I shall miss our weekly ‘meetings’!

  • Michael, you have outdone yourself with this ending! The smile on my face is hurting my cheeks, it’s so wide, and my heart is pumping with excitement at the idea of these two rushing off to another adventure. I laughed out loud when I read my suggested book title, I still think it’s the one to go with – the quest for the golden beetle – it’s…[Read more]

  • This is such a powerful ending, Julie. I had to just sit in silence for a moment and allow the words and emotions to sink in, as I played the story back through my mind – Roman’s struggles, meeting and falling in love with Bridget, his anger and resentment at his mother and Elouna, his struggles with PTSD which I think were made worse or…[Read more]

  • Thanks so much, Julie! I didn’t have much experience writing action scenes at the beginning of the year and so I doubted my ability to pull this story off, given how much action would be required throughout. It’s been a wonderful challenge and I feel it’s honed my writing in ways I could never have imagined. I couldn’t have done it without this…[Read more]

  • I’m such a sap, here I am writing this with happy tears in my eyes, while the lump in my throat relaxes and the smile on my face grows wide. This has been such a wonderful story, and the ending is just perfect. Seeing Kate struggling with being alone and destitute, then meeting with Momo and learning that the Dream Weaver is gone (and presumably…[Read more]

  • It’s been such a thrill writing this story and developing the characters, but what’s most thrilling to me has been the rapport and friendship I feel with you and others of this group. I know I keep saying this, but thank you so much for going along on this journey together, Ben! Now, I’m off to read your story – see you there 🙂

  • 1 week later…

    “Konichiwa,” came the familiar greeting as Magera and Helen entered the Sushi bar on Friday night. The heat from the restaurant was a relief against the cold chill of the wind and rain o […]

    • Hi Peggy, this last scene was exquisite! I love how you’ve managed to give us the promise of things to come between Magera and Richard through Sung-Li’s comments, that was perfect and I was smiling all the way through. You’ve created such great characters and it felt wonderful to see them all continuing to build on their rapport and going for dinner together – a truly perfect happy ending.
      Congratulations! I have absolutely loved reading your story this year so thank you for sharing it with us. It has been the most thrilling ride and you have done such a fantastic job of keeping us on the edge of the seat the whole way through.
      I very much look forward to your book being published so that I can read the whole thing in one seating! 🤗🎉🍾 xxxx

      • It’s been such a thrill writing this story and developing the characters, but what’s most thrilling to me has been the rapport and friendship I feel with you and others of this group. I know I keep saying this, but thank you so much for going along on this journey together, Ben! Now, I’m off to read your story – see you there 🙂

    • Fantastic Peggy, I love the way you’ve brought Magera back to where it all started that night, and boy did she have some adventures. You’ve created memorable and realistic characters in your story and kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat each week. Your action scenes have always being taught and thrilling and visual and like Ben I am looking forward to reading The Light is Low as a novel, all in one. Fabulous ending with a lovely upbeat sense. A perfect mix. 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Julie! I didn’t have much experience writing action scenes at the beginning of the year and so I doubted my ability to pull this story off, given how much action would be required throughout. It’s been a wonderful challenge and I feel it’s honed my writing in ways I could never have imagined. I couldn’t have done it without this challenge, or the encouragement and feedback of readers like yourself who came back each week to read my story. Thank you for that!

    • Sublime and understated – the perfect wrap up. It feels good this ending. Returning to the beginning but full of new beginnings.
      This was a great story. You’ve kept your voice from the first scene until the end and grown as a writer like we all have from this unique experience.
      I wish you all the success you deserve with this story and bloody well done sticking with it each week. Was no simple thing.

    • Hurray! Not only for this great final scene, but for this: “Next time I’ll tell you about the car thieves that have begun to plague the neighborhood. Perhaps you and your friends can solve that case for us too!”

      I’m taking that as a commitment for another book!

      Loved the writing, love all the blushing, love the action and the adventure…but most of all getting to know you a bit.
      Have an excellent New Year.
      G

      • One of the greatest things about this challenge was not just that it resulted in all of us writing our novels, but that we got to know each other and form that sense of camaraderie and friendship that I have come to treasure this year.

        As for the sequel, I’m thinking my inciting moment will come when poor Benji discovers his black cougar has been stolen!

    • Congratulations, Peggy! I like how it ends where it began, with new friends and with glimpses of more to come! I am in awe of how you maintained the pace and tension throughout the story. It felt so real. Great ending to a great story!

    • HI Peggy!
      You did it! Created a world with characters that really stay with the reader. Makes us think about who they are, why they do what they do, and whether they will learn something new to make changes in their life. The pace has been excellent throughout and in particular, I’ve loved the action scenes-you spelled them out so well that they were easy to visualize and yet surprising. I’ve also particularly enjoyed reading about Min Sang–whose wonder and curiosity and strength during the very worst of times really carry the reader along. Bringing your ending full circle to the beginning and putting the ending in a casual conversation with the sushi chef was a fantastic idea. There are some loops left open, but we can fill them in ourselves. Also, your description of the setting has been particularly strong and has always transported me to the story. Definitely some intense psychological moments with unimaginable settings which made the story so much more absorbing. I really like the peaceful note on which you ended the story and put the emphasis back on relationships and less on the crimes themselves. That was a winning idea. A fantastic story which I could see being made into a movie! See you in the new year!

      • It’s been such a joy sharing our scenes this year, Sudha, I can’t imagine going through this challenge without you.
        . Do you have any specific loops that I still need to fill in, I hoped that I had caught them all, but with so many characters and plot twists, I’m sure there are few left undone that I’ve overlooked.
        I am looking forward to the rewrite and will keep an eye out for you there. I have so appreciated having your valuable feedback, and dare I say your friendship.

        • I wanted to know what happened with Charles. Was he just arrested or was there more? Was there any reckoning with his sister SuSu? Also, what happened to MinSang’s biological mother? Did MinSang want to reach out to her, now that she knew the truth? And what about Wu Te? He was beaten, but what happened after that?
          LIke I said, it’s realistic not to have all of the loops closed–we can use our imagination, but these are some I thought about when I was reading the ending.

          And definitely, say Friendship, loud and clear!!

          • Thanks for calling these out Sudha! Since I’ve only written 73k words, and still have 7k to play with, I can add these details in during the rewrite. I had started a scene with Cho in the holding cell when Charles was brought it, and I thought about having SuSu confront Charles, but it got scrapped. And Benji ends up moving in with SuSu. Another thing I might do is have Magera join Helen at the table first, have a conversation that calls out some of these things and then have the scene end with the conversation with Sung Li. In fact, I like that idea a lot. As for Min’s biological mother, recall that she is Mao’s ex wife, and she lives in San Diego, where Mao is heading at the end of scene 51. I’ll have to play that up a bit. I think I’ll leave Min’s fate where it I left it, up to the reader to decide, she knows her dad loves her and for now perhaps that’ll be enough. I’ll give some thought to that as well. Thanks again for this valuable insight!

    • Hi Peggy,

      Congratulations, you did it! And for purely selfish reasons, I am gutted that your story is over – your complex plots and intricate intrigues have kept me company the last year and I’ve just simply loved to come back to Mags and Roy every week. In particular, your descriptions of people have often left me bouche bée – in a single sentence you put someone so vividly in front of me, and then of course your actions scenes – they never fail to dissapoint and they have definitely added a lot of great energy to your story. I just couldn’t get enough and everytime it was over too soon!! Also, not to forget, your descriptions of the setting, where these personnages life and these scenes play out – it all just clicked together perfectly to give me a front row set, and even more – a feeling of being really there. Wonderful!

      I remember your very first scene – so spooky and eery of young Mags going for sushi and hearing about the missing girls. I never told you but that scene haunted me for weeks because you gave just enough detail for the reader to paint a truly horrible image themselves and that is simply brilliant. Now to come back to the same setting, and in a different light, gives that closure (plus the prospect of new friendships and romance) simply lovely!

      I’ve so enjoyed to be a part of this journey with you and thank you so much for sharing this with me!
      Wishing you a beautiful year with lots of happiness and inspired writing, and I’ll see you in the rewrite 🙂

      • I’m sure I would not have enjoyed this challenge half as much as I did if you had not been there with me throughout, Jan. Your encouragement and confidence kept me feeling inspired and enthusiastic as I wrote my scenes, and I always looked forward to your wonderful feedback and responses each week. I feel as though we’ve come to know each other through our stories, enough to call each other friends, and I will miss our regular interaction. I wish you all the best in all you do, and look forward to seeing you in the rewrite. 🙂

  • I completely agree with you about the 52 scenes format, though I wonder if I would have the discipline to do it on my own without the deadlines or the readers. Perhaps in 2023 I’ll be back to do it again!

  • I completely agree with you about how fortunate we are to have connected with so many readers in this group and I fully believe that my writing has been enhance both from the feedback of others, but with the knowledge that someone else is reading and has high expectations (I think) for the story, so that I push myself to make it better than if I…[Read more]

  • Such praise, G! I think I couldn’t have done this story without all the encouragement from people like you who journeyed together on this path this year. Thanks for being there with me!

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