*Author's Note: My apologies for interrupting the book right when (I hope) it's getting good, but I just felt the need to say some things to y'all and I know none of you read the little announcements even when I make Wattpad email them to you, so I figured now was as good a time as any to do this.

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you. Sincerely. For real.

Thank you from the deepest depths of my heart for your continued support of me and of this story. What started out as the smallest of underdeveloped, banal story ideas in my head, turned into a passion project that nobody would read, and now has become a Watty-winning, full-fledged book.

To those of you who read, comment, and vote consistently, I love you. You are literally the best. You are what keeps me going. I try to respond, engage, and interact with you as much and as often as I can, because I truly believe that each and every single one of you is the best thing to ever happen to me and I want to be friends with you all. 

Please continue to bear with me as I work on the journey that has been this book. I'm not really much of a planner (much like Patrick, lol), but from what I have tentatively planned, this book will be about 40 chapters, which means we're about halfway there. Quick maths. It takes me forever to get down the things that I want to get down in exactly the way I want them, so I apologize if updates ever take awhile. This book was on hiatus for a nice, long amount of time, back when life was majorly in the way of my writing, but I am fully committed now to seeing it through, mainly because of your support. There is no way I could do it without you.

I will continue to update as frequently as I can, for the time being, but I'm in college and heading into finals season, so they might be a bit more sporadic than you have come to expect. Once I'm home for the holidays, I'll hopefully be back in full force.

The second- and only other- thing that I wanted to mention is to please, have patience with me and stick it through. For those of you who are Pat fans, I know this particular section of the book might be rough and/or boring to you. But Lyrick isn't over just yet, I promise you. To be completely honest with you, I'm pretty much writing this as ideas come to me, and I, myself, have not even decided who Lyra should end up with. Sometimes she infuriates me. This isn't a final decision, by any means. There are plenty more twists and drama to come, so just stick it out. I promise that things will get more interesting from now on.

Lastly, I am not a writer, in any definition of the word, nor do I claim to be. I am merely someone who writes for fun. I study engineering and applied physics in school, so this is actually all totally out of my realm. Sometimes, I don't get things right. A lot of times, my plotlines don't quite match up, my character decisions don't make sense, my grammar is bad, or my chapters are just plain shit. I know. Believe me, I know more than you do when I'm not doing so hot. But you're going to have to be patient with me there, too, I'm afraid. I'm learning, and I'm going through the motions, just as you all are.

Anyways, I just wanted to put all these thoughts down before they got away from me, and I was never able to voice them to all of you. I appreciate those of you who actually read this and took it to heart. I hope that you will reach out to me- whether it's in response to what I have said, or literally anything at all- so that we can become closer, even if it is just via PMs. The Internet is a wonderful thing.

You all are the best. I don't know what I'd do without you. You are my sunshine when skies are gray. Keep being wonderful.

And now, enjoy the rest of this crazy ride. 

Best, Ella ❤️❤️❤️

P.S. I feel like last chapter was really, really painfully long. I'm sorry. Couldn't stop myself. Soooo since I know it's not the size, but how you use it, I'd like to take a quick poll here just to help me gauge what you guys prefer and to help me give the people what they want. It would be uber helpful to me if you participated. Thanks.

COMMENT YOUR FAV PRE-2010 DISNEY SHOW HERE if you think chapters should be SHORTER.

COMMENT YOUR FAV GEOMETRIC SHAPE HERE if you like chapter lengths JUST THE WAY THEY ARE.

COMMENT YOUR GO-TO COFFEE ORDER HERE if you think chapters should be EVEN LONGER. 

(For reference, most chapters right up until this point have been around 3,600 words.)

Thanks so, so much. Much love. Carry on.


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