Update: All I Want Chapter 12 (PG-13)

All I Want For Christmas

All I Want (5,596 words) by forever

Read on FF.net or AO3

Chapters: 12/?
Fandom: Candy Candy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Albert/Candy
Characters: William Albert Andrew, Candice White
Additional Tags: Romance, Modern Era, Alternate Universe, Prequel, Fluff and Angst
Summary:

Power and wealth amount to nothing when it comes to love, and nobody knows that better than William Albert Andrew, a man of eminent rank in the business world. Yet he will stop at nothing when a second chance at an old love appears. Can he right the wrong he did in the past and finally grasp the love he once lost?


What do you know? An update, just as the weekend approaches 😀

My apology for the lack of updates. I know I haven’t posted the featured article for this week—I’ll do that when I get a chance hopefully over the weekend. I don’t have much time right now as I need to get ready for bed. But I want to make sure I deliver this right away. I hope it can compensate for the delay.

Till next time 🙂

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Quick Night Rambling

I don’t have much free time at the moment, as it’s the middle of the week and I’m quite exhausted after a long hard day’s work while another one is already lurking in the back, ready to pounce on me as soon as the day springs up tomorrow. Hence, I need to retire to bed soon, or else I won’t be able to wake up on time.

But I would like to share the good news with you.

First, I’ve finished translating all the letters between Albert and Candy from the novel. Yay! I can’t believe it myself, but I was able to sail through the rest of the letters without any problem, other than the usual struggles with particles and modifiers, which can change the tone of the phrase drastically. I’m currently reviewing and editing the translated letters to ensure they’re accurate and make perfect sense in English, as there were some parts that were translated literally but sounded really awkward in English. With respect to the content, as I found with the other letters I previously translated, these ones also contain more interesting tidbits that are not mentioned in CCFS. I’m contemplating to do a head-to-head comparison of the letters of the novel vs. CCFS. I thought that may be a topic of interest for some of you avid CC fans. Yes? 😀

I plan to publish all the letters eventually, which will conclude my first translation project—the correspondence between Albert and Candy from Candy Candy Original Novel. I thought I wouldn’t be able to complete them by end of the year. So I’m patting myself on the back for that feat. At this rate, I’m considering to extend the project longer, translating the other letters as well. One that I think will be interesting to dig further is the letter Candy addressed to Anthony, which, along with the ones designated for Terry and Susanna, can be found in chapter 6, prior to Albert and Candy’s Correspondence in volume 3, the last volume of the novel. The title of the chapter is “Unsent Letters”.

Second, chapter 12 of Awakening is almost ready for release. Once it’s beta-ed and polished, it will be published. Since I’ve made you wait long enough, I’ll give you a sneak peek a day prior, but for the full version you have to read either in FF or Reverie 😀

Third, chapter 12 of All I Want is stewing. My target is to post this by end of next week, but we’ll see whether I’ll be able to achieve that. This week has been extremely busy for me that I haven’t had any time nor the energy to do anything that requires deep concentration, such as writing.

Last, yes, I know you must all have been wondering what happens with Forever and a Day. Sorry. I decided to postpone the update until all the chapters have been published in FF. Rest assured, chapter 5 is ready to be released.

Phew! That’s quite a bit of updates…

Surely, those will keep me tied up for a while. Hopefully, they’ll do the same for you as well.

Till next time,

forever

Update and Progress

Guess what?

Before I elaborate further, read the following passages:

“Somehow, it seems like I was mesmerized by your marvelous eyes.”

“If you were going to be this busy, it would’ve been better for you not to reveal yourself, isn’t it, “Little Bert”?”

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Random Rambling

My apology for the lack of updates. I’ve been out of town the last few weeks, so it has been difficult to work on anything. Way too many distractions.

But I’m pleased to say that I could still manage to sneak in a bit time here and there to keep writing. Heh! That’s the perk of using my phone for my writing. I can write anytime as long as I have the phone with me. I especially find it useful for capturing ideas that suddenly spring into my mind. I can jot them down right away without having to wait until I have access to my laptop. However just like any system, it’s not perfect. It comes with its own set of limitations. Since the platform that I’m using is a very primitive one—it’s just a simple note program without any real word processing capability—editing can be quite challenging. In addition, the small screen and the nonexistent keyboard for typing are not exactly forgiving and can lead to various ailments, from blurry eyes to strained wrist and hands. Oh well, at least it works for me now.

Speaking of writing, I decided to release Awakening in shorter segments. Hopefully by doing it this way it would facilitate the writing process as well as make it easier to read. Because way too many times, I’ve found myself trapped in a chapter that refuses to be written to completion. Sheessh…. sometimes I wish I could write shorter chapters. Anyway, chapter 12 is almost ready. Yes. Really 😀

One final thing before I sign off, in my last post I mentioned about the problem I’m currently encountering with Reverie security issue. Unfortunately, I have no good news to share since I barely had a chance to work to resolve the issue. Hence, for a short period, I will allow public access to the restricted manga rambling articles. I will post an announcement to inform you of the article that will be featured. Only one article will be posted per week, and each will be available for access only for a week. So you may want to keep an eye on them.

That’s all for now. I’m hopeful I’ll be able to post a more substantial update soon. This week is shaping up to be less hectic than the previous ones, and that should provide me with a bit more free time. However, next week is going to be bad, very bad. I guess I’ll just keep moving forward at whatever pace that’ll work and continue writing.

Till next time,

-forever-

An update, sort of (and a little Teaser)

Not a real update but the real one is coming soon. Really 🙂

A few things.

First, do you know what happens on March 20th? It’s the 6th anniversary of Ninety Days. Yes, it has been that long. The first chapter was released in ff.net on that day six years ago. I still can’t believe that I could finish writing it to the final chapter in less than two-year period. It became my very first completed series. However, I’m not very proud that I failed to keep my word to deliver the epilogue. Well, at least, I started the sequel, Forever and a Day. Anyway, to commemorate the special event, I decided to post Forever and a Day on ff.net. This is something that I planned to do from a while back since the series was created. Having said that, I have no plan to make any changes to the series I posted on Reverie. All the chapters are still available there. But for those of you who prefer to read stories on ff.net, now you have that option.

Second,

I still plan to upload all of my stories to Reverie. Even though the process has been excruciatingly slow, it’s moving along smoothly. “Chasing William Andrew” is slated to go up next. In addition, I’ll also upload non CC stories that belong in the Scribble Pad section. The story index page is up, but the links are not.

Third,

Regretfully, all requests for a Reverie account have been put on hold until further notice. This is because of the critical security problem I discovered when I was in the process of reviewing the new requests. Before the issue can be resolved, I will not activate any new account. I hope you understand. I’ll think of an alternate measure to circumvent the unfortunate situation, maybe along the line of allowing temporary public access for selected articles. I’ll update you more on this.

Last,

Now let’s move to the more fun stuff 🙂 I’m feeling rather happy today. Not only that I managed to make great progress with my writing, but I also accomplished everything I set out to do at work last week. I know I’ve not posted any new updates, and you’re probably wondering about that. To compensate for that, here’s a little something to whet your appetite. So now you know what to expect in the next chapter. Enjoy 😀

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Weekend Updates

Thank you for being so patient with me. Yep, I come bearing an update, and it’s just right in time to welcome the weekend.

I know it’s not much. But, hey! Better than nothing, right? 😉

I hope you enjoy the small treat, and happy weekend all.

Till next time,

-forever-

Random Writing Rant

I can’t believe that the week has flown by so fast, and the new week has just commenced. Has it felt like time has been moving faster and faster? That’s probably a good reminder that we should spend our time wisely, whenever possible devoting it to our loved ones.

Finally, I can say that I almost regain my health. My voice is mostly back to normal now, not hoarse or croaky anymore. No more fever, headaches, body aches, and all kinds of aches. The pesky sniffles and occasional coughing are still there though. But those aren’t so bad. I can manage to function with them, for now.

As I mentioned in the previous post, because of the flu I was able to do some writing. That’s good, of course. But somehow the plot bunnies have come out in droves. LOL. I guess it’s true when they say “when it rains it pours.” I know I shouldn’t complain, especially after being inflicted by the super extended dry spell that forced me to go into hiatus.

Still, it’s a bit overwhelming as I attempted to tackle writing 3 stories at the same time. Apart from featuring Albert and Candy as the protagonists, all 3 are completely different in tone, narrative style, and underlying plot and premise. It surely presented a dilemma. But this problem is nothing new for seasoned and amateur writers alike. I’ve even ranted about it once in 2014. (But can you believe it? 2014? That’s like 4 years ago! Although my last update wasn’t that far back—it was in 2016. So that was 2 years ago. Not that bad ;))

Initially I wanted to concentrate on one story at a time, in particular All I Want, as only a few chapters remaining for the prequel section. But somehow that didn’t work out so well. So I decided to just write based on which plot bunny stories came out and played that day. It was still challenging. There was a time when all 3 decided to jump out of their hiding places, causing me to frantically typing right and left. To be honest, I don’t think this will drag on for a long period of time; there’s even a very low probability for it to make it past summer. For that reason, I should take advantage of it as much as I can and keep the momentum going while it’s still there. This means there will be updates, but they maybe scattered across different stories and perhaps some other form of writings —I just want to give you a fair warning 😀

I’ve also been contemplating about releasing chapters in small portions, which is something I had done in the past before with Ninety Days. Now that I’m back to work, perhaps I should really do that, as the time I can dedicate to writing has dwindled significantly.

Anyway, here are the 3 stories on the top of my list that I’m currently working on:

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Status of Updates

Happy Tuesday (or Wednesday to those on the other side of the world)!

I hope your week is going well so far.

My apology for not posting for more than a week.

The reason is the following:

Work and family events plus lots of traveling = exhaustion = no time to dedicate to any leisure activities.

These past weeks, I guess I must have been pushing myself a bit too hard. Now I’m stuck at home for the rest of the week, fighting extremely vicious flu bug. Fever, persistent coughing, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, yep all those nasty symptoms, I experience them all. Joy 🤒😷🤧

The good news is since I’ve been strapped to bed with no work tasks and deadlines to badger me and no duty or obligation to worry about, I have plenty of idle time. Amazingly, the inspiration well that has been completely empty for so long is running again, new ideas trickling in by the minute. I suppose my being sick is not so bad after all, if it somehow managed to rouse my dormant creative cells 😉

So what have I been working on? Everything. OK, maybe not quite everything. But I’ve gone through all the incomplete stories that are on the top of my list, such as All I Want, Forever and a Day, and Awakening. Yes, Awakening. Finally, there’s progress. I don’t know when I can release it but at least I’m moving in the right direction. I know many of you have been begging for an update for that particular series. All I can say is that I’ll do my best. In the meanwhile, chapter 11 of All I Want is nearly ready to be released. Not too far behind that, there is chapter 5 of Forever and a Day. So stay tuned for those.

On a different note, I want to apologize for those who are waiting for the Reverie account activation. I haven’t had time to process any of the requests. But I plan to perform some maintenance works on the blog very soon. So I could probably review and activate the accounts at the same time.

Till next time,

-forever-

Midweek Update Special

Happy V day!

Are you planning to do anything special tonight to celebrate with your loved ones?

As for me, nothing out of the ordinary has been planned. The day falls in the middle of the week, so we’ll be too busy and too exhausted for a night out in the town. We’ll postpone the real celebration to the weekend.

For those who will celebrate V day tonight, enjoy.

As for the rest of us, I’ve prepared a small treat for you. Yep, it’s an update.

I’ve been working on this since last weekend to make sure I’ll be able to release it today. I’m happy that I’ve managed to accomplish that target. Although, it’s a tad late as I wanted to post it early in the morning so that those of you who live in the eastern hemisphere can still get it before the V day ends. Oh well, better late than never, right? 😉

Anyway, I hope you would enjoy the treat. It’s Chapter 10 of All I Want

Even though it’s not much, I hope it could tide you over a bit. I know that some of you have been waiting forever for me to update this story. Once again, my sincerest apology for the long delay. I’ll do my best to deliver as much as I can, but I can’t promise new chapters will keep flowing. Then again, I’m somewhat motivated to continue writing. So, at least that’s one positive news we all can get behind 😊

Till next time,

-forever-

Weekend Updates

See? I told you that it wouldn’t be too long before I return with the updates 🙂

Here are the updates:

  • All I Want – Chapter 9 is out! Chapter 10 will be out soon. A few minor revisions on Chapter 8.
  • Awakening – Revised Chapter 1 and 2 are available. Chapter 3 will be next.
  • Forever and a Day – No new upload. But parts of Chapter 1 and 2 have been revised. More revision is underway.

What’s coming next?

  • As I continue revisiting old chapters and stories, expect more revised versions to be released in the coming days. For the time being, revised versions can only be found in Reverie. But eventually I do plan to post them on ff.net and AO3 as well.
  • Non-Candy Candy fanfiction/stories. I removed all of my stories that are not CC centric from this site and ff.net more than a year ago when Reverie was created. But now that Reverie is up and running, I will upload them in there soon.

That’s all for now.

Once again, thank you for bearing with me despite my long, unannounced absence. I’m grateful for you being extremely patient with me. I know this is not much at all, but it’s a start. So I hope you would enjoy it somehow.

Till next time,

-forever-

PS – For those of you who had submitted requests to obtain a Reverie account and have been wondering: I plan to review and process all the new requests next week during the long weekend. I’ll make an announcement once the process has been completed and the activation email notification has been sent out. So please wait a little longer as I’m slowly but surely bringing myself up to speed.