Second of all, no this isn't a Daybreak update. However if you did enjoy Daybreak -- or enjoyed parts of it but not the genderbender -- I'm starting up a new writing project that you may be interested in:
If you're a Daybreak reader, you might remember Captain Markov telling Kaede about the 'Grand Marshal of Samara' having a story similar to hers? This is that story.
You might be surprised that this is on completely different site. This doesn't mean I'm migrating from Krytyk's or moving Daybreak. However, I do have several reasons for this:
- Krytyk's recent activity (or lack thereof) has me worried about this site in the future (as it's hosted under one of his friends, so if he does stop this'll be gone). Besides, I want to try release-by-posts instead of release-by-pages since it's better fit for modern novel-tracking feeds.
- Flowers represent something very different for me -- a writing project that begins serious. Daybreak started as a four-chapter fun project that escalated. It's part of why there's such a radical shift between the 1st volume and later volumes. Flowers will begin with every indication of what the story will be: long, heavy, complex, and bloody, with war and politics woven into a very rich world design and complicated web of character relationships (and unusual romances, when I get there ^^;). There'll still be slice-of-life, but it probably won't be as silly.
- Flowers still uses my writing preferences -- a light-novel-esque prose that's dialogue-heavy yet doesn't violate proper English writing standards. However, I'd rather not have it mixed up as an 'anime web novel'. I grew up on works like The Twelve Kingdoms when even Isekai was a respected premise. But since then, light novels (and especially webnovels) have increasingly earned a reputation for being wish-fulfillment on the same tier as fanfiction and smutty romance -- a reputation I happen to agree with. I may still read a LN here or there, but it's increasingly rare, and I'd rather not have Flowers pre-judged as a LN/WN (and certainly not as an Isekai <_<).
Does this mean I'll stop writing Daybreak? Not in my plans.
Does it mean Daybreak will come out slower? Most probably.
Which one will I prioritize more? It's still too early to tell. I want to get the first 2-3 chapters of Flowers out first to establish exactly what it's about before returning to my draft of Daybreak v4ch1.
P.S. I've added more Daybreak artwork from Hachi-Hana into the fan art page. ^o^