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Welcome to the "Prudence, TX Population 1276" web archive. Here you'll find all released bits of the ongoing Prudence, TX Population 1276 storyline.

Progress Bar Prudence is the second story we wrote in the world of Demon's Dream, and the first to be released. It chronicles the story of a new teacher in a small town who discovers that life in a small town is very different from the world he knew. When he falls in love with one of his students, his life begins to change in ways he never expected, and he learns that, just like Horatio, there's more under heaven and earth than dreamt of in his philosophy. We've released over 190,000 words on this, so far, and we're committed to getting at least 2,000 a month out in the future. We've got a lot more ready for editing on this one; unfortunately, it's the old style, and editing is a pain.

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....Not the update anyone was looking for

I hadn't realized I hadn't made an announcement here.

Last August, Vel went to an ENT because of a horrible sore throat and swollen lymph node...

And was diagnosed with throat cancer.

On March 22, our eldest went to wake her up to take her morning pills, only to find her unresponsive... and not breathing.

It hurts. It hurts like fuck. But I just came across this, from one of our stories that never made it far enough to even consider making public:

"I can promise you this: I will be your harvest moon, and lay with you beneath its light. I will be your maypole, and dance around it on Beltane. I will be laughter and joy, sadness and tears, love and life, if you will have me. Not all who wander are lost, and not all that is dark fears the light. Take my hand, and I will lead you through the sun-dappled glades, and follow you through the moonlit forest, and though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we shall fear no evil."

In the story in question, that wasn't meant as a proposal, or a declaration of undying love, or anything like that... but it does a pretty damn good job of being something like that.

And that's what Vel and I had.

We had the dream. We had the fairytale. I still, after two months, have no idea how to live with out her, and less than no desire to live without her....

But I'd rather go through this pain than have never known her. I do walk through the valley of the shadow of death every single day, and I fear no evil.

What's the worst it could do? Make me live?

I find myself simultaneously feeling sorry for anyone who's never known what we had, and feeling sorry for anyone who has, because unless you're lucky enough for everyone involved to die at once, someone has to feel what I'm feeling now.

And I would never, ever want anyone to feel like this, no matter what.

Posted on Tue, May 16, 2017 by dstar

So... it's been a while

Without going into too much detail, I've had trouble finding a time to write consistently — I can no longer write before going in to work in the morning, and by the time I get home I'm pretty much brain-dead, which makes it hard to get anything done. (Plus, the last few months X-Com: Enemy Within + the Long War mod have been eating my weekends.)

Over on the right you'll notice a new story under the Fanfic Section, 'Shorts/Snippets'. It's more or less my equivalent to Rorshach's Blot's Odd Ideas, and I've put up several entries this morning, things I've managed to write over the last year or so.

I do have another longer story I'm working on, inspired by Callum Wallace's Perversion story and (of all things) Corruption of Champions; I expect it will end up around the size of For Amy, although I thought that For Amy was only going to be a few thousand words, so who knows....

Posted on Sat, Sep 06, 2014 by dstar

Jason and Kylie, Naked in School Chapter 23 Up

Jason and Kylie, Naked in School Chapter 23 (5744 words) is up!

Posted on Mon, May 02, 2011 by dstar

News Update

So, it's, ah, been a while since I put up a news post. Sorry about that. Things are going pretty well, even if the last month or so has been a giant plant bukkake session here in Dallas. I'm pretty sure there was a time when takin two Claritin a day let me breath.

You'll note there have been a couple of new stories put up — _For Amy_ is the biggest reason I didn't get a news post up a couple of months ago. It ate my brain, and I figured I'd put up the news post when I got it done — it was only going to be maybe 6-8000 words, after all, so it couldn't take that long....

Erm. Right. Thirty thousand words later....

It's up, and it and "Once and Eternal" are both complete, and I'm rather happy with it. I've got another story prowling around the edges of my brain that's... different, at least for me, and once the next chapters of Jason and Kyle, Sonuachara, and Whore of Slytherin are up I'll probably start working on it, unless I decide to try to finish Whore first. Even if I do, I'll probably try to get a chapter or two of the new story down so that I don't forget any of the initial details.

Vel will be doing much better once we find someplace that carries non-synthetic thyroid — apparently, she doesn't respond very well to the synthetic version, and our pharmacy switched to that a few months ago. So, apparently, has everyone else in the area.

At some point in the next few months, I'll be upgrading the software the site runs on. I've had a greatly improved (at least in terms of bugs && usability from my perspective) version of the software for close to a year now, but I decided I wanted to switch it back to Rails once Rails 3 came out, as Merb is... perhaps not dead, but it's doing a pretty good imitation of a Norwegian Blue at the moment.

For more frequent updates, the forums are a better bet — I'm trying to make sure to post my daily writing amounts there, just to keep myself honest, and if nothing else someone usually pokes me if it's been too long.

Finally, there's one important thing that I haven't emphasized enough. The beta-readers for the stories do a tremendous job, and the stories wouldn't be nearly as good without them. They invariably zero in on any paragraphs that I think are iffy, and find many, many other things that I miss. If you like the stories, they're a big part of why, and they really need to get credit for that.

Posted on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 by dstar

Once and Eternal Chapter 1 Up

Once and Eternal Chapter 1 (3283 words) is up!

Posted on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 by dstar

Jason and Kylie, Naked in School Chapter 21 Up

Jason and Kylie, Naked in School Chapter 21 (2934 words) is up!

Posted on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 by dstar

Sonuachara Chapter 14 Up

Sonuachara Chapter 14 (1942 words) is up!

Posted on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 by dstar

Jason and Kylie, Naked in School Chapter 20 Up

Jason and Kylie, Naked in School Chapter 20 (2602 words) is up!

Posted on Sun, May 03, 2009 by dstar

Whoops!

YIKES!

Sorry it's been so long without an update here, folks — I hadn't realized how long it had been until it was pointed out to me, and then before I could get somethnig up here I was distracted by Vel coming down with salmonella food poisoning (which is unbelievably nasty).

Count on, at the minimum, a Jason and Kylie update in the next couple of weeks (depending on how long it takes me to get it up and then fix anything the betas find), followed by either another Jason and Kylie update or a Sonuachara update shortly thereafter.

I can't speak for Vel — it greatly depends on when she finishes recovering from the food poisoning. It looks like she's over the worst of it (she didn't have a particularly severe case, apparently, which is frightening), but it could be lulling us into a false sense of security.

Posted on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 by dstar

Still not dead!

Yikes! Sorry there hasn't been a news posting since Oct — I thought I'd put one up just a couple of weeks ago, apologizing for just that fact.

Vel is working on another Prudence update, which requires her to re-read the existing story so that she can make sure there aren't any continuity errors. As she does so, she's making some changes to the earlier chapters, as they're hurting her to read. I've got a chapter of Whore of Slytherin up for beta (and I need to go through the comments) and I hope to get a chapter of Jason and Kylie and Sonuachara both up for beta this coming week, but job-hunting may interfere.

Health-wise, Vel's doing better, and we may have discovered the root cause of one of her health issues, which is good and bad. Good, because there's a medicine specifically for that, but bad because her doctor hasn't been impressed by it and the alternative is to avoid yellow food coloring — and you wouldn't believe how many things have Yellow Dye #5 in them.

Posted on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 by dstar

Edited on Sat, Jan 24, 2009

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Part 37 (2006-04-06, 2867 words)
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Part 59 (2007-07-19, 3759 words)
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Part 62 (2007-10-09, 1441 words)
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Part 65 (2008-03-03, 1505 words)
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