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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
8:05 pm - Small change in management.

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This is loupe, alias la mort noir, the author of this story, with a new, fandom specific journal.

I still don't know if House Ghost is ever going to continue. I want it to continue, but want and will are not the same thing. I have not been in the frame of mind for writing comedy, lately. It isn't something I can help. I hate abandoning stories and leaving them unfinished, but I can't make myself write.

So, here is the exact status of House Ghost:

There are six completed chapters. The first three have been rewritten to my satisfaction, making the quality of storytelling consistent. There is half of another chapter written and on my computer as we speak. This story is not abandoned. It is rather on "indefinite hiatus", meaning that I have no clue when I'm going to feel up to writing again, but I do fully intend to. I haven't quit caring about House Ghost, I just...can't bring myself to write anything humorous of the quality I insist upon. During those times I feel a bit more myself, I promise to try and get at least a little writing done. I can't say when or how, but as long as I'm alive and capable of typing or dictating, House Ghost still holds hope of an update.

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Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
2:58 pm - Permanent Hiatus

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I regret to inform everyone that House Ghost is on permanent hiatus, due to personal reasons. That means that chances are, you will never see an update again. I am leaving the PotO fandom, maybe for a month, maybe forever. I can only take so much drama, and these last few days have tipped the scales.

I apologize.

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
6:13 pm - HG Cover Art and a status update.

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Art totally exclusive to this comm! Feel special.

Art!Collapse )

Alright, I've got the first few chapters redone, but they are not off to the beta until Miss Moopers finishes school for the year and comes to me with news that she passed all her finals. Soon, darlings, soon. You've stuck with me this long, and I appreciate it.

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Saturday, April 15th, 2006
7:27 pm - Status report!

the_loupe
Rewrite: I'm...working on it. *slaps self* Bad loupe, work faster!

(I just noticed that my favourite chair has part of its back held on by aluminum from a Bud Light can. -_-; Note to self: Buy new chair.)

House Ghost has been C2ed! This is probably no big deal at all, but I've never been C2ed before. I also just got mistaken for chatastic. I wish.

As an apology to you, my adoring public, I want to offer up a little preview of what's to come. Of course, this is prone to changing before the chapter is done.

Sneak peak at the next chapter of HG? Joy!Collapse )

current mood: OMG C2ed!!!

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Friday, April 7th, 2006
6:15 pm - An update on updates, and an introduction.

the_loupe
So, there have been some minor setbacks with my rewrite, mostly stemming from writer's block, but nothing major. I swear I'm working on it, and I thank my few dedicated fans.

I would like to introduce my muse and erstwhile dearheart, the lovely snidgetwidgeon. Yes, that's right folks, here she is, the Diva. The Christine to my Erik. The ungrateful little so-and-so to my lovestruck martyr. I jest because I love her. I'm sure I need not mention that I will be forced to violently defend her should there be any arguments. And honestly, being that she's the real originator of this concept...I think...she has every right to be here. Probably moreso than me. To quote Shakespeare (albeit badly), "I am her spaniel."

A toast to the Diva, the best excuse for drunken authoring I've had yet.

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
5:13 pm - Updates and rewrites and loupes, oh my!

the_loupe
So, the wonderful polly_moopers has finished with her betatastic work, and now I'm working on a full rewrite of the pre-Polly chapters before resuming updates. Trust me, it's worth it. For posterity, and so you can poke fun at me later, I'm going to archive the original text here, uncut and in all of its terrible glory. Those of you who've already joined this comm have read this more likely than not, but those who haven't deserve to laugh at me too.

The Original Pre-Polly Text of House Ghost! OMG!

PrologueCollapse )

Chapter the FirstCollapse )

Chapter the SecondCollapse )

Chapter the ThirdCollapse )

Chapter the FourthCollapse )

current mood: embarrassed

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
8:47 pm - The story of House Ghost.

the_loupe
Sit down and pretend you care. I don't want to be coding right now, like I'm supposed to be.

The concept for House Ghost was born, like most of my ideas, in one of the oddest and most random situations imaginable. I was at my family's cabin in Mund's Park, which is a little South of Flagstaff, with the Diva, and we were playing Scrabble and chatting. I was also minorly drunk and eating pickled onions like candy, but that may or may not be important. At any rate, we were huddling for body warmth and dropping tiles all over the place. At this point, our conversation turned to Phantom.

Somehow, the idea of Erik living with Raoul and Christine came up. We started dreaming up passageways and hidden rooms in the de Chagny home. One of the first lines to take form was the 'house pest' line, which came directly from this conversation. Also from this conversation is Erik fermenting, the ring, and Erik tapping on the wall.

A fair portion of the story still to be written came from this one night, including the eventual OC. Just think, fully half of the story you all love was thought up in an old cabin with nothing but a fire for heat and busted waterpipes, over a drunken and onesided game of Scrabble. I pwn at Scrabble, but I come up with weird words when smashed. I come up with weird everything when smashed. If it wasn't for that cheap wine, House Ghost would not exist. Therefore, you all owe gratitude to my ex and a $7 bottle of jug-wine zinfandel.

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5:07 pm - A little introduction to start things off!

the_loupe
If you haven't noticed already, this is a supplemental community for readers of House Ghost. Reviews, art, questions, outtakes: it all goes here. I'll probably be responding to reviews here, mostly, and this is the place you're most likely to get an answer to your question. Wondering what takes so long between updates? This is the place to get your answer.

Therefore, an update on the lack of updatesCollapse )

In the meantime, stay tuned for bits and bobs about my literary process, odd scribbles, outtakes, and possibly the story behind House Ghost. Yes, my friends! The reason for the insanity! Oh, and pineapples! Many, many pineapples!

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