A much-needed update
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debpeters
I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate your kind words, your encouragement, and your patience. Clearly, my slacker self does not deserve them.

Obviously, I am still alive (I hope nobody was actually concerned on that count!). I have no intention of completely abandoning The Apprentice; if, God forbid, I actually got to that point, I would, at least, post my outline and my drafts of the most pivotal scenes. I promise.

Here's the basic issue I'm having: When I first started writing this story, I was in a job that I loathed. Not only did I use writing this story as a way to deal with a stressful, mindless, thankless job, but I was able to sneak away small chunks of my workday to write it. (Protip: All Word Documents look the same to your boss!) But then, a little over a year ago, the feedback and encouragement I received from all of you inspired me to apply for a full-time writing & translating position.

I couldn't have asked for a better full-time job. Seriously--I love my job. But my workday is now a series of very short, tight deadlines, leaving me very little room to sneak in some fiction writing. Even if I had time, switching back and forth between the distinctive (weird) voice I use for The Apprentice and the my-work-specific style I use professionally has proven to be difficult. After work, there's my part-time job and the gym and cooking dinner and folding 1,000 origami pigeons for my commitment ceremony and my hands hurt from typing all day and blah blah blah. These are excuses, and I know there are people far busier than I am who have been able to crank out huge thudding tracts of fiction. I should be (and I am) grateful that people want to read my story, not complaining about "having" to write it.

So here are my promises to you (and, really, to myself):
1. I will set aside at least one weekday night for writing The Apprentice.
2. I will work on The Apprentice during weekend mornings, rather than watching bad TV shows until it's time to go to the gym.
3. If I have time during my workday, if I cannot write, I will at least add details to my outline.
4. If I get stuck, I will write one of the scenes so kindly requested in the comments of my previous livejournal post (thank you!).
5. If I experience a setback, I will not, frustrated and embarrassed, hide: I will post an update on Livejournal and I will continue to check my (debpeters) email.

It is my hope that, by following these guidelines, I will be able to update at least once a month before my commitment ceremony (at the end of September) and rather more frequently thereafter.

Thank you again for your kindness and your patience. That my story is read at all--let alone by so many people--has been a very pleasant shock; that you go out of your way to encourage me to continue this story continues to amaze me.

You guys, I'm stuck
h2g2, harmless
debpeters

I'm just in a big vortex of blah. Perhaps I am sad about aging (probably I am just lazy). Ask me for any random Apprentice-related scene and I will write it for you within 24 hours of when you post it (unless it spoilers something upcoming).

I...don't know if anyone will actually ask for anything, but it'd make me happy if you did!

The Apprentice, Chapter 20
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debpeters
Chapter 20 of The Apprentice has (finally) been uploaded to fanfiction.net.

I really had wanted to get it up this weekend, but alas it was not to be (I had it finished by Saturday, but then I was slammed by a migraine and then when I was coherent Mr. Peters had to have his wisdom teeth out so... it was only today that both of us were not in pain and/or drug-addled). I hope you enjoy and I hope you believe me when I say the next chapter will go up next weekend. (We are moving closer towards the summer, which means Lily will no longer be stuck at Hogwarts. Hooray!)

<3 D

Hey, a progress update!
h2g2, harmless
debpeters
Hey guys, I'm so sorry, I got sucked into the horrible vortex that is wedding planning. So putting that aside, I anticipate the next chapter (which is about 2/3 done now) will be up by the end of this week. Thank you for your patience! And for your support!

<3 D

The Apprentice, Chapter 19
h2g2, harmless
debpeters
Chapter 19 of The Apprentice has been uploaded to fanfiction.net. Phew!

So I disappeared
h2g2, harmless
debpeters
And I'm sorry. There was a death in my family and I wasn't really able to channel the snark properly. But! Everything's back on track, and I should have the new chapter up by the first of August. Thanks so much for your patience.

The Apprentice, Chapter 18
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debpeters
Chapter 18 of The Apprentice has been uploaded to fanfiction.net. Hip hip, huzzah!

10 points to the 500th reviewer!

10 points to the first person to get the world's tiniest Watchmen reference!

<3

(Tonight's bonus feature would've been a transcript of Mr. Peters and me providing narration of Harry's adventures in the Chamber of Secrets in the style of Randall and the Crazy Nastyass Honeybadger, but I have concluded that it would be too lengthy and far too weird. Suffice it to say: "And then he gets right up, like nothing happened, and uses that disgusting old Basilisk fang to just stab that Horcrux! Oh, it's got a piece of Voldemort's soul in it, that's so nasty.")

The Apprentice, Chapter 18 update
h2g2, harmless
debpeters
Heyo. Just two little scenes left--I'm hoping to have the new chapter up by the end of the week. (Upside of the summer: My second job's hours are fewer, which means more writing time! Downside of the summer: I end up going out of town almost every weekend, which means far less writing time. Here's hoping I get it all balanced out.)

The Apprentice, Chapter 17
h2g2, harmless
debpeters
Chapter 17 of The Apprentice (and the end of 1976! hooray!) has now been uploaded to fanfiction.net. It's quite long--about half again as long as my usual chapters--which I hope adds to rather than detracts from reading enjoyment!

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oh my good lord this chapter is SO LONG
h2g2, harmless
debpeters
In any case, I'm maybe... 2/3 of the way done at 4500ish words (most chapters are around this length when finished, soooo). I'm shooting for a post date of Thursday or Friday; I've got the difficult bits out of the way, so. I hope.

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