Well, it took me over two months, FAR longer than what I would have liked, but as of two days ago...I finally did it.
I finally finished Chapter 4 of Melissa's story, "Growing Up!".
This chapter gave me some SERIOUS hell to write. I had this chapter mostly complete over a month ago...and had troubles finishing it since I couldn't think of how to properly end it. To make matters worse...I had been writing that chapter while in a real funk, and what I had finished of the chapter looked like...Well, like crap to me. It definitely wasn't up to standard; overall the chapter just looked clunky, dull, and rather uninspired. For a brief while I contemplated putting this story on hiatus (like Fly By Night currently is) and working on some one-offs...but ultimately I decided to re-write the whole chapter from scratch and see if it turned out better, something I have NEVER done with one of my previous chapters for any of my stories. And, at long last, I FINALLY finished it. It's not a GREAT chapter, I don't think (I've written plenty better), but at least I think everything came together well enough in the chapter and it certainly looks a HELL of a lot better than my ugly first draft. Once I get it back from proofreading, I'll post it up here...for the few people who actually care about my stories (as I've said, I've become pretty aware that most of the "fandom" on here isn't interested in my stories-either they're too intimidated by the length of my chapters (in which case, sorry...I can't really do anything about that) or they don't like the darker tones of my stories and would prefer that I write more lighthearted stuff (in which case, again, sorry-they're MY stories and I CAN write them however I want to)).
When I first started writing Melissa's story, I thought it would be a fairly simple story to write since it's supposed to be "Story of Ralph"'s companion piece; how was I to know this story was going to give me such fits? Ah well, at least it's on the move again! Feels good to not have this story be practically dead for two months! I won't let you know when I'll write Chapter 5...I'm pretty much through announcing when I'll be writing chapters as I already know I can never meet any of my own deadlines. What's the point in announcing that I'm writing a chapter if it's not going to get done by the time I say it will? I will let you all know when I FINISH a chapter, though.