Today, Excel, Il Palazzo and Tenmangu conquered the world, returned to their cores and left Fukuoka. At least that’s what I think happened.
I’ve been reading Excel Saga for a long time now, a decade, give or take. It was the Excel Saga fan forum that put me onto Haruhi and Higurashi, opening my eyes to the benefits of subbed anime, and put me on a collision course with 4LS and my language studies.
Crap, a lot has happened in ten years.
But now, the story is over, as confusing and hilarious as it was. Anyway, those of you that are into Manga should look into it. It starts off innocently enough, and you are knees-deep in the storyline before you even realise that there is more to it than simply gag humour.
I wish that there was something to celebrate this momentous occasion, but really, there is nothing. Well, Arctic Gale Chapter 14, but I guess that if you were following that story then you would already know that by now.
I have decided to pick up the pace of the story a bit more now. I had inadvertently written myself into a bit of a rut with the subway safehouse, but hopefully we can get out of that now. One of the villains has revealed himself (although I had tossed that up for a bit) and hopefully now there is enough info to get the shape of the story.
One of the things that I have trouble with in writing is separating what I know from what the characters know. I try to take pains to make sure that things don’t “slip out,” or that characters don’t know things that they couldn’t possibly know already. I’m sure that I’m going to have to go over the whole script once it is done and weed out those little continuity errors, but that will be a while away yet. Progress wise, today gets me to the odd figure of 25,555 words. I’m aiming for somewhere around 80-100,000 words, but I’m not sure what this current pacing will do. I actually think that I could wrap the whole thing up neatly in about 10,000 if I really tried, but I want to get into a bit more depth. Thankfully there aren’t that many side branches that need to be closed off. This was a problem with early KS drafts; a simple throw-away line would then mean that you would have to write an additional 5 scenes to close out that comment. A lot of people have said that it must have taken skill to write so much for KS, but really, it was our inexperience that led it to be so damned long…
Okay. So feedback time. How many people are actually reading AG, and do you think that it is at the point where I should be looking to share it more actively, or should I want until there is more meat there to keep you interested? This is a bit of a catch-22 here. One of the main motivators for me to write is knowing that I’m letting people down by not writing. It is easier to spend a weekend alone watching Archer and South Park than it is to sit down for 2-3 hours and punch out 2,000 words. But, on the flip side, without having a good enough story, it’s hard to get people to actually want to read it!
In a fit of sleep deprivation this week I had actually considered penning a third “Runner’s Afternoon,” probably a prequel, in order to drum up attention, but doing something like that as an attention whore would not work. I may change my mind one day, but I am pretty sure that A Runner’s Afternoon is neatly finished as it is now.
Anyway, enough rambling. Archer awaits!
Thank you, Rikudo Koshi. I love your work.