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05 April 2008 @ 05:43 am
The End of an Epic: Little Secrets Is Finally Complete  
And both coauthors are sitting here crying.  Not even the betas have seen the very last bit of the last chapter, Once Upon a Time, which topped out at 8,307 words.  And no one has seen the 1,239 word epilogue, And Ever Shall Be.  ;)

This brings the total count for Little Secrets to*deep breath* 484,460 words, 995 pages, 10,964 paragraphs, 38,842 lines.






This is the first novel Lois and I have ever finished.  Wow.  We couldn't have done it without you all, and we mean that.  Your reviews, your eager anticipation, and your occasional prodding emails kept us on track.  This has been the best two years of our lives as writers, and writing this monster epic has taught us both a lot, as well as introduced us to so many wonderful friends.

And this part is just Anissa speaking: several of you have heard me say I don't consider myself part of the Superman fandom.  It's true - I was never a Superman fan.  Heck, I was never into comics of any kind, and never really got involved with any fandom, anywhere.  But after writing "Fin" at the end of the best writing I've ever done, I'm proud to call myself a fan, and to call the Superman fandom home.  Nowhere else online or in real life have I seen such plentiful examples of love, friendship, mutual support and encouragement, and open-minded acceptance as I've discovered while writing this story.  I suppose it's only fair: Superman is the original superhero and still the greatest of his kind, so he deserves the greatest fandom.

We will see you all tomorrow later today, and we'll be posting the final chapter and the epilogue around 1 PM EST.  Fun and games shall begin afterward, including a repost of all LS related artwork - including two new pieces, a watercolor painting by the amazing Melissa McMinn (who did the sketch of the twins wrapped in Daddy's cape), and the wedding dress manip by the inimitable ellianiaand rizny.  How much greatness can you have in one place?  I mean, really?!

We're off to bed, and we'll see you all in a couple of hours.  When I can type sanely - you should see the exhaustion-spawned typos I've had to edit out.  *headdesk* 

ETA: It would help if we told you how to find us, huh?  We use Yahoo! Messenger, and most of you probably have one or both of our IDs.  If you don't, look for margotNOSPAMgabriele - just remove the NOSPAM from the name.  No underscores or periods, it's all one word.  We're also going to be up on LJ and BT: click here for the BT thread for Little Secrets.
On the Verge of: jubilantjubilant
saavikam77: Supes Lois Kiss Comicsaavikam77 on April 5th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Hee hee!!! I'm so excited!! ^_^ *dances*

I'm gonna try to knock out those Lana icons by 1 o'clock. ^_~

*ginormous hugs to you ladies*

It's been such an awesome ride. :D
Trekkie6trekkie6 on April 5th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*
It was my pleasure to read and my utmost honor to beta for you guys. Like winning an Oscar honor. You let me behind the scenes into your world and I made some new friends whom I love dearly.

Welcome to the fandom! lol

I gotta go now but I'll see you guys when I get back!
Let the celebration begin!
Obsessed fangirl: Lois & Clark STM - Lana babettew54 on April 5th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oops, ok, I can do this. I'm switching up a few things I had planned today, but I will be there. *giddy* It looks like we'll be ALL over the Internet today!! :D

So, we're doing YM, LJ and BT, all at 1:00 ET today? How is this going to work exactly? Don't get me wrong, I'm up for the challenge. *excited* :D
ellalou73 on April 5th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
HUGS both of you. I know I have said this before but I will say it again. I have really enjoyed your story. It has been nice to have something great to read each week, and you two have done a spectacular job on this story. Before you wrote this I'll have to admit that when the new returns came out, I was more of a fan of the new Lois than the old Lois, but now I really do like both of them, and maybe Margot's Lois just a tad better, and I'm not just saying that. You two have done an incredible job into giving each character such depth, that they are almost real. I found myself worried, sad, happy, goofy, everything and above when reading these posts depending on what was going on.

Your twins. Finding out that you had added two of them put no doubt in my mind that this was going to be an interesting twist to the post. The twins have been the highlight of your story for me. I just love them to no end. Their antics made me laugh, and their closeness made me just want to hug them. It had been really fun to watch these two grow in this story, and even though they had to deal with alot you knew that it was all going to turn out right because of their bond with one another and with each of the adults in their lives. I have really enjoyed watching Clark with his kids, and am excited for the future of them and their parents.

I also have loved getting to meet Lois's family. Ella, Lucy, Ron, all of them are great additions to this story and have given me something that I never got to see with the movies. They never talked about her family with the acception of the part where she tells Clark about seeing how the other half lives, with her sister and her kids and a mortgage. I think that was how it went, but anyway I like that they are a close knit family, even though sometimes Lois wants to pull out her hair..

Wow, what else can I say??? This is going to be a great day for you guys. I won't be around for most of it sniffles, unfortunantly I have to work, but I'll be looking forward to seeing everything when I get home tonight. Hopefully I'll get a bit of a look if everything goes right and you get to post at one...

*HUGS you both* Thank you for writing such an awesome story ladies..
Syd Gill: E: Perry - Whoa.sydgill on April 5th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm not caught up but I'll see you guys anyways?

*applauds and wipes a little tear away* You've created something amazing ladies :D
Lisa: generic l&c: kent mailboxmrsmosley on April 5th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've spent the last four hours getting caught up - just finished and I'm excited to read the last chapter!
tobywolf13legendarytobes on April 6th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, I found a rec here from ljs_lj and I was very curious to read the fic but I don't know where to find it?

Is it in memories? On a website?

I can't wait to start with it.

Lois: Lois Delighted Grinkalalanekent on April 6th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Anissa the co-author replying.

Unfortunately, it's not in memories. You can however find it on this page along with our other fics. Because of the recent formatting change on ff.net, some chapters may not have scene breaks in them - we're working on fixing that, but it's not easy to go back through a whole 84-chapter fic one chapter at a time.

We have a thread at BlueTights also, and we're working on getting the LJ chapters added to memories. It's gonna take a while - this is a very large story, over 480,000 words.

Thank you for coming to join us! One word of warning, though - don't start chapter 30, Everything Burns, unless you have plenty of time to read. The action arc begins there, and we have a lot of cliffhanger endings to about chapter 50. Most people who start that section have a hard time putting it down.

Edited at 2008-04-06 10:30 pm (UTC)
Loiskalalanekent on April 7th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
It's now being added to memories on this LJ under the name LS Chapter Post. The first twenty or so chapters have been done as of this writing, and the rest should be finished within a day or so. Happy reading, and thanks again for coming over!