I haven’t updated so far, because I’ve been busy with a lot of re-writing and re-editing bits and pieces of the story as they come along. You should know that The White Iris is a project that isn’t written in a continuous fashion; rather, I write disconnected chapters as they come to me. I don’t write in a linear fashion from plot 1 to the next. Only when I’ve written parts that I join them together and flesh out what comes between two events.
Much of what I’ve written in the past couple of months were utterly and almost entirely different from the main outline I had in mind; in fact, when I look at it, I fail to recognize the work as belonging to me. Most of these new material that were so unrecognizable from the intended plot were because of the original notes I wrote down when I started work on Tsubasa Reverse about 5 years ago. In those drafts that were discarded, rewritten, and discarded yet again, it was meant for a forum play-by-post (PBP) role-playing game, which when it was shut down I inevitably left out some elements and modified them.
When I regained the original notes I realized that some of those elements were what made Tsubasa Reverse and the RPG-to-be so endearing to its fans, including the novelization I once made in Fiction Press that garnered a lot of attention, fans and critics alike. Tsubasa Reverse was meant to meld concepts from high fantasy and Japanese manga and anime, but when I began work on The White Iris it became more of a traditional science-fantasy and its manga-and-anime influence was nearly nowhere to be seen.
There are elements in the original drafts, of course, that won’t make it to the light of day (like for example Nive being the bad guy, haha), or the original title, “Tsubasa”, and “Tsubasa Reverse”. It will stay as “The White Iris”. An interesting point here is that I am bringing back the intended reason why it was called “Tsubasa Reverse” in the first place, which was absent in the The White Iris before when this blog was set out.
And oh, the first novel of this trilogy will simply be titled “The White Iris”.
Well, that would be all. I hope you’d still be here when I update again, and I think it would be more to your tastes. Till then,