So, I don’t know if you guys know that I’m not… entirely happy with the state of the first generation of Monte Vista stories. I mean, I may have said a negative thing here and there… had a few… criticisms…
I’ve also been blabbering a bit about doing an edit, but since gen 2 has been taking up all my time for a while, I haven’t had time to do anything serious about it. Well, guess what? Since I have a lot more time with the changed schedule for gen 2 – I’m doing it. Not just ‘I’m going to start doing it’ – no, I am doing the rewrite right now. (Or, I mean – at this very instance I’m writing a blog post but… eh, you know what I mean). I’ve been taking pictures for it and writing all day and I have two whole chapters written. It’s crazy how awesome it is to finally get it done! I genuinely love the good bits of the first gen and going back to let them really shine is like a dream come true. Now, a few bits of information about the new version:
You may wonder how much of the old will be in the new version and honestly? Not much. I dislike a vast majority of the first gen apart from a few scattered quotes and the last chapter (except for the tilt abuse I did to the camera – ack!), so it’ll probably be pretty different. The story will, however, largely remain the same. The things I want to do are:
- Clean up the structure of the story, so it feels more like it has a beginning, middle, and an end. Right now it has more like… a beginning, a lot of meandering in the middle and then BOOM, it ends very suddenly. Let’s not even mention the four year time skip. That has got to go.
- Develop the characters that need more development (poor, neglected Camillo, for example) and make other characters more consistent (Vittoria and Lucia just… they just need a lot of work, m’kay?). I’m also adding a few characters that have either never appeared before or who haven’t been mentioned much.
- Flesh it out. The original version pretty much just focuses on Carlo and Vittoria and the gang stuff – I want to flesh it out and have more storylines. In tone, it’ll be more like generation 2 – and hopefully, quality-wise, it’ll be like gen 2 as well.
Now, as for the posting, there won’t be any schedule. I don’t think it’s feasible for me to have two scheduled stories at a time. With this rewrite, I may put out two chapters in one week, or I may put out none, there could be a whole month with nothing… you get my drift! The schedule for gen 2 (and gen 3, when the time comes) remains the same. It excites me in a way, because it allows me to work on this whenever I please, which I think is pretty great.
Finally, I just want to say that I seriously don’t expect you guys to read it. I know you’ve already read it once and may just want to move on. It’s cool – I know you guys can’t all love the story as much as I do. Of course, I’m going to try my very best to convince you guys to give it a shot. I’ve made a chapter list for it and now I’m going to post a few previews of the first few chapters, in the hopes that my evil, writer-y ways will manage to get you guys just a little excited…
Now then, if you made it this far, I thank you for reading. I hope you guys will consider giving the rewrite a shot. There’s some good stuff in there, even though it’s the same story. If nothing else, it makes me happy to change it, and that’s probably the most important. The first chapter of my rewrite will be out once I’ve run it past boyfriend – I don’t know when yet, but if I have my way, it won’t be long. Thanks so much for having a look, and I’ll see you on Saturday for a chapter of gen 2!
(And I’m sorry – I know this is a super strange time to post, but I’m just SO EXCITED).