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Chapter 22

My darlings,

Is it true? Are we really here at the last chapter?

It's true, it's true!

I want to thank everyone here for all your thoughts, love, and Fairyland Museum exhibits. I want to thank catvalente for doing this for us, for giving us more than I think any of us could have hoped for when this was just a dream within Palimpsest. Thanks to my awesome co-mod talkstowolves for her much appreciated halp!

So this is the big finish (for now)! What are your final thoughts on the chapter, on the story?

Where do you think we'll go in the next book?

CMV towards the end of every story or book she's ever written has broken my heart wide open in ways that are both painful and beautiful. I wasn't sure if that would happen here, after all, this was a book meant for much smaller folks than her usual audience. But it did, it really did in Chapter 19 with the Good Queen Mallow reveal. It was just amazing and beautiful. The whole story was just so beautiful and dreamy and how I've always wanted to see Fairyland, even if I didn't know it yet.

A Certain Someone came back from the FairyWorlds Con with a wooden spoon in hand for me with hand burned etchings in it. I love it fiercely and it will be kept safely with my other magical tools and effects because after all, a Witch is nothing without her spoon.

Let's celebrate!

And it's never too late for some more Fairyland Exhibits!

love,
Deb

Comments

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lyssabard
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Cat's books seem to come in times in my life when I am on similar journeys and need a friend or a light to let me know I am not alone. This one was no different. Sometimes even adults--maybe especially adults--need remembrances of what it is to be heartless, wanting adventure, and the price and rewards of those desires. This is just the kind of book I'd like to give to all my friends' children, to remind them to be actors in their own stories.

I lost my heart in Fairyland, but I found again a way to remember that these were the paths I had chosen, and the life and friends I have as a result. Even when it hurts--because that process of growing up does require blood.

I can't wait for the sequel and to also get a hard copy of the work. For now, I must content myself as the rest of the Ravished, until such time as the sequel is out and we may return again.
the_zero_kid
Nov. 10th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
I came across this when it was on LJ Spotlight way way back. Around that time, I was a bit down, well, quite a bit, because I was just starting to truly feel the effects of adulthood on my life and I felt like my childhood and everything that I held dear and true to those times was slipping away from me, never to return (call it a "pre-life crisis").

And then, I stumbled upon a certain link, and for one second, my curiousity, for something that I would normally not even think of reading, fell for a long and intricate title, and I have been (happily) lost ever since.

This story made me feel like a child again, happy and adventurous, and came to me at the exact moment in my life that I needed it. I have never felt so drawn into a story since I started reading the Harry Potter books back in 4th grade (way before the movies came out). I've named one of my acoustic songs, which I wrote about not wanting to grow up and about keeping your childhood within you, after September.

I want to thank Cat for responding to my LJ message that I sent when I first started reading, and for Fairyland, which has truly become one of my favorite stories ever. Thanx to this community for giving me wonderful new people to share this experience with. I wait with all of you, until we can return.

Oh, and now that an actual, printed version is coming out, I am sure that Fairyland will become an integral part of my son or daughter's childhood, I already know that (I feel like a marid saying that).
talkstowolves
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
It was such a pleasure to be here with you... and I am so happy that our journey isn't over, that there is so much more of Fairyland to come, both in the printed books and the community.

Grad school meant that I fell behind on the chapters, but I saw Cat's note that the final chapter had gone up today and I just had to read a little bit... and then I couldn't stop, until I came to the end.

It was beautiful. And painful. It leaves me feeling choked up, and also like singing. I am Ravished.

There will be more icons, though probably not until December.

Love again,
Deborah
a_feather
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Usually these chapter's get me a bit teary-eyed at some point, but for this one I was crying as soon as I clicked on the link, because that fact that it was ending (for now!) just made me both so sad and so moved.

I was wondering what would happen with the shadow! I'm glad that got mentioned at the end. I do wish we could have seen the witches again; maybe in the next book, which I am incredibly excited for.

I'm wondering if The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There will be published online as well, or if it'll only be available in print. (I'm probably going to end up buying it either way...)
catvalente
Nov. 11th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
The answer to that is I do not know. I will ask if I can, but they may say no. I expect at least SOME chapters will be up online, but they want people to buy it in print, so it may not be possible to repeat this in the same way. I'll keep you posted.
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