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LaPorte Caves

09 Mar 2018 16:22 #58816 by circes_cup
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Pepper wrote: Any more images from Lowerbase to tide us over?


Just posted two images to my DeviantArt account. Check them out!
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25 Apr 2018 09:11 #59265 by jnw550
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Hey, Circe! Hope all is well. Just wanted to check in on you. How are things coming along?

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25 Apr 2018 14:20 #59269 by circes_cup
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jnw550 wrote: Hey, Circe! Hope all is well. Just wanted to check in on you. How are things coming along?


Very slow. Real life has gotten in the way. But thanks for asking. Glad there is still interest out there.
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25 Apr 2018 16:49 #59270 by jnw550
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Completely understand. Thanks for replying!

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25 Apr 2018 19:48 #59272 by Pepper
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circes_cup wrote: Glad there is still interest out there.

Oh, yes. I've noticed a few recent comments to some earlier chapters on deviantart, and the latest picture. Thanks for those. I find it interesting that the story started off as something of a lark. You've certainly set up a fascinating world and relationships; I thought you'd have had more of an endgame in mind.

You offered once to share access to the online drafts, is that still an option? I suspect that might slow you down even further; seems like addressing all the feedback is one of the things that's taking so long.

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26 Apr 2018 04:51 #59277 by circes_cup
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Pepper wrote:

circes_cup wrote: Glad there is still interest out there.

Oh, yes. I've noticed a few recent comments to some earlier chapters on deviantart, and the latest picture. Thanks for those. I find it interesting that the story started off as something of a lark. You've certainly set up a fascinating world and relationships; I thought you'd have had more of an endgame in mind.

You offered once to share access to the online drafts, is that still an option? I suspect that might slow you down even further; seems like addressing all the feedback is one of the things that's taking so long.


Pepper, thanks for the note. I’ll send you a PM to discuss access to the drafts..

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28 Apr 2018 00:06 #59295 by Pepper
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I noticed something with the latest picture on deviantart. All the images of the women in this world have the hair rather carefree or disheveled. Mostly that's understandable; they're either Mindy or Amanda, young girls who'd be quite carefree, or for Ruth and Julia they're on vacation or just completed some physical activity. The only picture that's in a professional setting is the doctor, but she also has wisps of hair hanging down on either side of her face.

I'm wondering how much of that is deliberate. Either it's meant to show that the women there are so naturally advantaged that they needn't put any effort into their look, or just the preference of the artist and illustrator. Sometimes a well-done coif can have a certain aristocratic elegance; pretty, but also reinforcing their elevated status. Not sure how it would work with lowerbase's style, though. Loose hair, even in a still picture, carries a hint of movement and lightness. A more formal 'do might just wind up looking like a helmet.
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21 May 2018 22:40 #59573 by RevTekkX
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Hello circes_cup,

May I please trouble you for any news you may wish to share with those of us that truly enjoy and appreciate your awesome LaPorte Caves saga?

Best Regards,
STX

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24 May 2018 08:25 #59612 by circes_cup
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RevTekkX wrote: Hello circes_cup,

May I please trouble you for any news you may wish to share with those of us that truly enjoy and appreciate your awesome LaPorte Caves saga?

Best Regards,
STX


STX, 

It’s no trouble.  I do continue to chip away at it.  But the story is bigger than I ever intended it to be.  I don’t have the time or the skills to tacke such a big story, so it’s taking longer than I’d like.  

But nonetheles, I do enjoy what progreess I make.  There are so many incomplete stories and little vignettes out ther, it’s enjoyable to be working on something that (one day) will be both big and complete.

In the meantime, I can offer up another excellent rendering by Lowerbase, which also happens to be an actual scene from the story.  I’ll also put this on DA during the weekend.

Thanks again for the inquiry.

Cheeers!
Circes
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24 May 2018 08:29 - 24 May 2018 08:30 #59613 by circes_cup
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Another excellent rendering by Lowerbase, which also happens to be another scene from the story!  It will go up on DA sometime soon as well.

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24 May 2018 12:15 #59614 by Woodclaw
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I really like this picture. I'm sure if it's s trick of my mind, but I love that the various characters look a bit different in terms of size and structure. Julia looks a lot less imposing than Ruth and more homely, yet mature, than Mindy.

circes_cup wrote: Another excellent rendering by Lowerbase, which also happens to be another scene from the story!  It will go up on DA sometime soon as well.


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24 May 2018 14:43 #59615 by Pepper
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circes_cup wrote: STX, 

It’s no trouble.  I do continue to chip away at it.  But the story is bigger than I ever intended it to be.  I don’t have the time or the skills to tacke such a big story, so it’s taking longer than I’d like.  

But nonetheles, I do enjoy what progreess I make.  There are so many incomplete stories and little vignettes out ther, it’s enjoyable to be working on something that (one day) will be both big and complete.

In the meantime, I can offer up another excellent rendering by Lowerbase, which also happens to be an actual scene from the story.  I’ll also put this on DA during the weekend.

Thanks again for the inquiry.

Cheeers!
Circes

You know, if you want us to stop bothering you for updates, you're going about it all wrong. Think Pavlov; if you post a new picture every time someone bumps this thread to ask "how's it coming", it's not really going to discourage us from asking.

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24 May 2018 18:45 - 25 May 2018 18:35 #59619 by Monty
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circes_cup wrote: Another excellent rendering by Lowerbase, which also happens to be another scene from the story!  It will go up on DA sometime soon as well.


Great picture! It's lucky for Howard he hit the swamp and not those craggy rocks far below!

ETA Going to go find the boulder chapter to read again - Great Work Circes! 
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25 May 2018 21:47 #59631 by Pepper
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Woodclaw wrote: I really like this picture. I'm sure if it's s trick of my mind, but I love that the various characters look a bit different in terms of size and structure. Julia looks a lot less imposing than Ruth and more homely, yet mature, than Mindy.

This was during the phase of the story after Julia had nourished, but while she was still discovering her new self and feeling a bit self-conscious about it. Either Lowerbase is capturing that well, or your knowledge of the story is leading you to project that onto the characters. It will be interesting to see if the pictures capture Julia's increased confidence once she goes fully native (if the images continue that far).

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27 May 2018 11:45 #59637 by Monty
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Pepper wrote:

Woodclaw wrote: I really like this picture. I'm sure if it's s trick of my mind, but I love that the various characters look a bit different in terms of size and structure. Julia looks a lot less imposing than Ruth and more homely, yet mature, than Mindy.

This was during the phase of the story after Julia had nourished, but while she was still discovering her new self and feeling a bit self-conscious about it. Either Lowerbase is capturing that well, or your knowledge of the story is leading you to project that onto the characters. It will be interesting to see if the pictures capture Julia's increased confidence once she goes fully native (if the images continue that far).


... like in the car lifting scene when the poor guy would have to carry all the shopping after his Nourished teen daughters had moved the house....another great scene! 

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20 Aug 2018 17:10 #60733 by Pepper
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Just thought I'd give this thread its seasonal bump and let circes_cup know we're still thinking of him and hoping the story will continue when he's ready.

I reread the first few chapters recently and it was interesting to compare Howard's behavior toward Julia with Julia's behavior towards him after she nourishes. And to compare it to the comments about him in this thread. There was something about it I hadn't picked up before but I'll be curious if he still comes across the same way once the revised chapters are posted.

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03 Oct 2019 07:52 - 03 Oct 2019 07:55 #65180 by circes_cup
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Several years ago, on a lark, I began writing this story.  I hadn't really planned how it was going to end, and hadn’t really expected it would go more than four or five chapters.  But over time, I found myself drawing the story further and further out, and getting it into more and more detail.  

Everything got a little bit out of control.  I completed about half the story -- 24 chapters, 150,000 words -- but realized that much of what I had written was inconsistent and did not lay the foundation for the conclusion.   It needed to be cleaned up and better thought through.Over the last few years, I've been revising the first half of the story and writing the second half.   And I'm happy to say, it's almost done.  

The purpose of my post today is to give you a preview of how all this is going to be published.  There are two things to know:

— The first half of the story was extensively revised: plot particulars have changed, and a significant chunk of martial -- 38,000 words -- has been added between chapters already posted.  So, if you want to understand the new material coming in the second half, you’ll have to plan on reading the revised first half. 
— All of the chapters need additional proofreading and polishing.  Therefore, I’m not in a position to drop the entire story online at once.  I need to keep prepping the next chapter while you are reading the current one.

As a result of all this, I plan to post the revised and expanded story -- 300,000 words in length -- on a chapter-by-chapter, weekly basis, which means about 5,000 words per week.  The entire process should take about a year.  On this site, I plan to eliminate the text of the previously posted chapter (leaving reader comments in place) and then repopulate the chapters with new text as they are ready.  If any of the Admins have a concern about this replacement of the old material, let me know.

In addition to posting the story here, the story will be posted simultaneously on Amazonlove. 

Like most other people in this space, I don't have ambitions of becoming a professional writer or making money off of it.  For me, the best part of writing something is simply sharing it with others and hearing they enjoy it.  And I’m really looking forward to sharing the revised story!

I hope it will be only a few weeks longer before the revised Chapter 1 goes up.   A big thank you to all of you who have continued to encourage me over all these years!

Circes
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03 Oct 2019 14:15 #65183 by Woodclaw
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circes_cup wrote: Several years ago, on a lark, I began writing this story.  I hadn't really planned how it was going to end, and hadn’t really expected it would go more than four or five chapters.  But over time, I found myself drawing the story further and further out, and getting it into more and more detail.  

Everything got a little bit out of control.  I completed about half the story -- 24 chapters, 150,000 words -- but realized that much of what I had written was inconsistent and did not lay the foundation for the conclusion.   It needed to be cleaned up and better thought through.Over the last few years, I've been revising the first half of the story and writing the second half.   And I'm happy to say, it's almost done.  

The purpose of my post today is to give you a preview of how all this is going to be published.  There are two things to know:

— The first half of the story was extensively revised: plot particulars have changed, and a significant chunk of martial -- 38,000 words -- has been added between chapters already posted.  So, if you want to understand the new material coming in the second half, you’ll have to plan on reading the revised first half. 
— All of the chapters need additional proofreading and polishing.  Therefore, I’m not in a position to drop the entire story online at once.  I need to keep prepping the next chapter while you are reading the current one.

As a result of all this, I plan to post the revised and expanded story -- 300,000 words in length -- on a chapter-by-chapter, weekly basis, which means about 5,000 words per week.  The entire process should take about a year.  On this site, I plan to eliminate the text of the previously posted chapter (leaving reader comments in place) and then repopulate the chapters with new text as they are ready.  If any of the Admins have a concern about this replacement of the old material, let me know.

In addition to posting the story here, the story will be posted simultaneously on Amazonlove. 

Like most other people in this space, I don't have ambitions of becoming a professional writer or making money off of it.  For me, the best part of writing something is simply sharing it with others and hearing they enjoy it.  And I’m really looking forward to sharing the revised story!

I hope it will be only a few weeks longer before the revised Chapter 1 goes up.   A big thank you to all of you who have continued to encourage me over all these years!

Circes


Well, that's a lot, but I'm really glad you found your stride. Despite some old reservations I really think that you really worked hard to make LaPorte an engaging story.
If you have time I would like to chat with you about how do you want to upload the story.

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03 Oct 2019 14:40 #65184 by Monty
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Great Work Circes! One of my favourite stories was reading the adventures and discoveries in La Porte Caves on SWM. Really looking forward to where you take a refreshed and nourished Julia next!
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03 Oct 2019 16:56 #65186 by lfan
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Best news I've heard all day!  Great to hear, Circes!

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