Archive for August, 2010

“Oops, I was wrong!”

Posted in Grumblings on August 30, 2010 by chemiclord

So, once I made my intentions to post the entirety of The Second Gate, my editor kinda gave me a >_> and a <_<, and said “Perhaps we should give this one more look just to make sure everything is all as you would want it.”

To be fair, this is my fault.  Perhaps I could have told him I was planning to go final cut.  I suppose that would have been courteous.

Weekly updates will continue until the final cut is ready; some earlier chapters are going to get some love too, in the form of extra content and perhaps some more elaboration as to how the stuff in the Gate Universe works.

Sorry if I got all your hopes up… we’ll be burning the midnight oil to get this ready for ya; estimated 2 to 3 weeks.

Second Gate: Chapter Twenty-Seven

Posted in Updates on August 30, 2010 by chemiclord

Due to the shaky nature of my connection today, I’m playing it safe and giving all ten of you an early update.  Here is Chapter Twenty-Seven.

In other news, I’ve gotten some feedback as to how to proceed, and it looks like the “I want it all!” crowd has it.  Within the next few days, I should start posting the remainder of the Second Gate for all you impatient type peoples!

Oh, I kid.  I’m glad you all like it so much you all want the rest right away.  I’m glad to oblige.

Second Gate: The Upcoming Chapters

Posted in Grumblings on August 24, 2010 by chemiclord

Well, I have good news.

The completed and edited entirety of The Second Gate is in my hands.  That means, if I felt so inclined, I could upload and publish everything to the end, within a couple of hours.

But I know some people have gotten accustomed to the chapter by chapter break that I’ve been going with.

So, I’d like some feedback.  Do you want it all, or would you rather keep the nice chunks that I’ve been delivering so far?  I’m fine with either, to be honest.

E-mail me; comment; word’ll get back to me.

Second Gate: Chapter Twenty-Six

Posted in Updates on August 23, 2010 by chemiclord

So, here’s Chapter Twenty-Six.

I think I failed all my readers again.  Julianne and Justin don’t always see eye to eye.  In fact, they rarely do.  Yet, somehow, they don’t have a horrible, failing marriage that is destined to end in drama and a broken family.  How can I do such silly things?

Meanwhile, I promise Timothy isn’t trying to be a catastrophic jackass.  It just comes naturally.  He actually thinks he’s doing what’s best.  Maybe he is; but that doesn’t mean anyone else has to like it… even himself.

Second Gate: Chapter Twenty-Five

Posted in Updates on August 16, 2010 by chemiclord

So, uh… oops.  Timothy accidentally Rumil’s respect.  Way to break it, hero.

Find out how Timothy managed to step in it, just what the hell was so damned scary to the Erani sects that they chopped out almost a half of a prophet’s words, how Dewin can manage to become even more sanctimoniously obnoxious, and more in Chapter Twenty-Five.

Man, that sounded like a really bad TVtropes chop up made by a Hollywood preview writer.  God, I hope that’s not my future.

Hollywood writers get boned hard.

Re: Chapter Twelve of The Second Gate

Posted in Grumblings on August 15, 2010 by chemiclord

I have been informed that the viewing of this particular chapter can be hit or miss (sometimes it loads, sometimes it behaves like it is corrupted).  Deleting and reuping said file hasn’t helped, nor has making a new .pdf from my base document and uploading that.

For some reason, WordPress just does not like this chapter.  If you are one of the people it is misbehaving towards, please, feel free to send me an e-mail at, and I can send you the chapter for viewing directly.

Thank you for understanding.

Second Gate: Chapter Twenty-Four

Posted in Updates on August 9, 2010 by chemiclord

Hey!  It’s the titular object at long last!

Dun dun DUNH!

Read more about it, as well as something about Rumil (but what exactly,  I wonder), as well as a different side to Timothy that he rarely ever shows in Chapter Twenty-Four.  Could the amore be… reciprocated?  They can do that in fiction?

Wait, could I be doing it all wrong?  Damn it, I need to start adding all sorts of throwaway characters to get in the middle of this budding relationship!  This sort of development between two characters can’t be allowed to happen.  Poorly injected and contrived drama is the way these sort of things have to go!

I got it!  Justin discovers he is actually Julianne’s brother!  He can’t possibly remain married to… wait no… that actually hasn’t stopped Erani noble families in the past.

What, did you think Timothy was joking that arranged marriages have been closer than third cousins?

I guess you’re all just gonna have to put up with a realistic relationship blooming between two people.  Not that there won’t be issues… but it’s actually going to, ya know, make sense and feel like something completely unlike Days of our Lives.

Somewhere, a Twilight fan is crying, and doesn’t know why.  I mean, come on… why would a Twilight fan be reading this piece of drivel?

I’m sorry; I think I hath failed you all again.

Second Gate: Chapter Twenty-Three

Posted in Updates on August 2, 2010 by chemiclord

I do try to keep my chapters roughly the same length.  I find it helps the reader’s flow and be able to allot a certain amount of time each day without being surprised.

Every so often, I fail rather miserably, like with Chapter Twenty-Three, which is nearly twice as long as the previous chapter.

But hey, you get more Dewin in the deal.  And I’m told he’s a pretty nifty character.  And you learn a bit more about him and how he has this somewhat irritating tendency to be in the right place at the right time.  And you get a shadowy character that doesn’t seem to be at all pleasant to be around.  And he seems awfully smug about it too.

This, I am led to believe, is good.