Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 11:01 pm

...I think I've found the right title for the Madness sequel. I'm tentatively calling it The Measure of a Man. I wanted something to go with the first story's title, and this one will work with the story. So, you guys like, or no?

Also, I was asked if I'd provide a little sample of what I have so far.

Chapter One - Midnight Shakes The Memory

I do not continue to exist, so much as I am constantly reborn. In the warm dark I drift in cradling seas, and in the womb the planet made for me I am alone. Thus far only the Dark Ones, who spoke with menace of purity and reaping, have disturbed this dream-like state, and they retreated at last when She came. She comes to me sometimes, and though She never stays long, when Her arms spread wide the darkness...for a moment, all is light. Blinding, unpoisoned by the dark goddess, sky and sea to my iron and blood. She hurts me with all that I am not. It is a kind of brilliant pain.

My hell is Her absence, my punishment memory. My life as Genesis Rhapsodos is clearer to me here than ever before, the wounded child, the weaver of terrible webs. In death only have I come to understand the sorrow I inflicted on the living. So many nameless faces in nostalgic moonlight. Goro's childish features still in death. The blond boy who became a hero. Angeal's precious Puppy. Angeal, my dearest friend, who tended my childhood scrapes and forgave my adult crimes. Angeal, you were not the one I wanted, but you were the first thing I remember loving, even before Her.

I know the story is not over, because I breathe still, and I hear. Because I long for Him as much as ever I did and always I will. I believe He lives but cannot know, and that is my other punishment - I can sense Angeal, and Zack, and the other self-aware spirits in the Lifestream. But I cannot sense Him.

Even so, I have not given up. The planet turns, the fields renew their green, and the tale is passed on. The Goddess has not one hero, but three, and they must gather together to meet their fates. I am growing stronger here in this guf, and I have been since the Dark Ones came. She needs me at last, and will send me in due time to those who are reaching out to me. Nothing shall forestall my return, and nothing will stop me from saving Him or helping the one who can.

The only question...is who is it that is calling me.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I tried liking this....

Freaking facebook!

I love it so far!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Cloud: "SAI-CHAN! I dreamed about dragons! Big dragons, all different colors!" *continues to babble while smacking Zack*
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD. My life just got better by about a million points. AND GENNY!!!!!!!!

You are a goddess, my love, an utter goddess. I adore you.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
*grin* I'm so happy it pleased.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Excellent. Genesis definitely knows how to make a dramatic entrance.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
It's what he's best at. :)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
*sighs with content* I love you. So much. And your Genesis in this story. Such a twisted, bitter character that has matured and grown in such a fascinating morbid way. *hums* I love this story already. :)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
*grin* I feel much more confident now, thank you.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
absolutely awesome already! can't wait to read!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
O.M.G. Awesome icon. Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God. Oh my God Oh my God OhmyGodOhmyGodOhmyGod. *seizures and faints*

I love you so freakin' much! It's fantastic! It's amazing! It's emotional (I'm crying already WTF)! It's so great there is not a word to describe how great it is! OMFG I was hating this morning since I had to get up at 6, but it's 6.30 and today is going to be fabulous day :DDD OH MY GOD I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE! MOAAAAAARRRRR!!!! XDDDDDD

Sorry for the caps abuse.... :D
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
LOL, happy to please!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Reading that teaser I am in love with that title.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Do I really have to tell you how much I like that teaser? :)) (((Just in case: veeeery much)))

Now I can't wait until you publish the first chapter...

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ohhh yea. TEASE ME BABY! MORE MORE! (gigglefit) Really though. More. yes yes yes.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Lovin' it! XD
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
I have to confess, I still haven't read The Madness of Angels. I've been gathering courage to read it... and waiting for a week I don't need to leave home so I can lock myself in my room and read it all in a row xD And with a bit of text of a sequel you hooked me and made me sooo curious D: Can't wait to get home and read it before school starts again.
Excellent work x3 I'm so in love with your writing.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you! I hope Madness doesn't scare you away.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds amazing! =) I love how poetic Genesis is... one of the many things Sage has fallen in love with too. I can't wait to read it, its going to rock.

Sage: -clings to the Genesis plushie he stole from Aiden (without much of a fight I must add)- "I love that man."

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I figured he'd nab the plushie. :)

Gen is gonna be much nicer in the sequel. *grin*
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Haha! Yeah, it didn't take long. Aiden was just to weirded out by it. He spent a long time just staring at it until Sage came around and snatched it.

Sage: "I have to make it smell like Gen though... that would make it perfect." -smiles at the plushie-

YAY! Nicer Genesis! I didn't really like him to much in the other one. Can't wait. =)
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
Genesis: *sniffs plushie* "Sex and apples, perfect."

LOL, I can picture Aiden staring mistrustfully at the plushie, waiting for it to attack him. :)

Genesis: "I finally get to eb heroic in the sequel, Amarissia tells me." *preens for Sage* "Will you cheer me on, love?"
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Sage: -grins and snuggles plushie-

Ha! Thats exactly how he was staring at it.

Aiden: "Shut up, it creeps me out a little."
Sage: -shows Aiden the plushie-
Aiden: -glares at plushie-

Yay! Sounds exciting, I'm glad Genesis gets to be heroic.

Sage: -kisses Gen- "Of course I'll cheer you on."
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
OMG WANT. I was checking up on LJ in the hopes of finding MoA sequel updates and here they be!!! YES ye yes yes yes YES!!! Love it, love you, lots of love going on.

AVe: *snickering*

Shut up!!!
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And where have you and Ave been?
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)

I am so super stoked for this you have no idea!

You are an utter doll, my darling, please keep up the good work!
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
*waves back* Thank you! I seem to have driven you out of hiding, at least. :)
Saturday, September 4th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
How on earth have you been!?
Saturday, September 4th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Okay, aside from writer's block. And you?