Hey, you guys (and girls). I just wanted to take a moment to explain the confusion over the past couple chapters. Specifically, the ‘Scott is a Pooka/no he’s not/yes he is’ issue.
Scott being a Pooka was something I had planned on from the beginning. He was also supposed to appear a lot more often than he actually did. In that hypothetical version of the story, him being revealed as a Pooka after his ‘death’ would have been foreshadowed a lot more than it actually ended up being.
When the time came in the story for this ‘death’ and revelation, I went with my original intention despite the fact that Scott hadn’t appeared as much as I intended. In my mind, tainted as it was by my own authorial knowledge, his secret of being a Pooka was almost guessed. People had previously guessed that he was either a Heretic or an Alter, then kept changing their minds/going back based on other evidence (such as him not noticing that Calvin was an Alter and Flick not registering him as an Alter when she saw him again). But given the reminder in the earlier chapter about what Pooka are when Flick spoke to Twister that was followed almost immediately by Flick’s conversation with Scott in the next (non-mini-interlude) chapter, I had assumed that the hints were all there.
Hell, I expected people to start immediately pointing out that Pooka being immortal was pointed out in the (non-mini-interlude) chapter right before the one where Scott ‘died’. But again, my own authorial knowledge made me think there that people were a lot closer to guessing than they actually were BECAUSE I didn’t foreshadow it quite enough.
Now, when the original chapter came out, there appeared to be pretty much universal dislike for the revelation. The arguments given against it were compelling, and the readers who objected had good points. I didn’t foreshadow it as much as I could have, it seemed to take the emotional punch of the death away, and so on.
So, given that seemingly overwhelming reaction, I chose to change it, to change my original vision/intention. There are arguments to be made about whether that was a good thing or a bad thing, or can EVER be a good thing or bad thing, but in this case, it was a mistake. I had thought that all the reaction was negative, when in truth, the readers who were fine with the revelation simply didn’t happen to say much, if anything. Why? Because you/they were fine with it. You moved on, and then you came back to the new chapter and were suddenly confronted with the edit that had happened after you moved on, through a conversation that you had no part in.
That wasn’t fair to any of you. I’m sorry for that. And it’s a learning experience. My story is my story. Whether something like that comes off well or not shouldn’t matter. I hope you forgive me this little kerfuffle and let me take it as the, again, learning experience that it is.
So, with that in mind, I’ve gone back through and edited both of the previous chapters. Scott is a Pooka. He did survive. I’m going with my original version, which I never should have changed.
Anyway, you guys are fantastic readers and I’m sorry for the confusion. Now, I’m free and open to discuss the issue as much as you like in the comments below this post. Anything you’d like to say on the subject without clogging up comments on the actual story chapters, I’d love to hear it. 🙂