Wow - I can't quite really believe it's over. Writing TDoPM has been an INCREDIBLE experience for me. I feel like I've really improved in my writing, I have a MUCH better idea of my stamina levels on fanfic writing (meaning next time don't sign up without a buffer, for crying out loud! XD), and taking part in Big Bang has brought me AMAZING friendships - some stronger ones with friends I already had, and a few totally new people that just catapulted straight into my heart.
TDoPM would LITERALLY not have been possible without these people:
My beta/cheerleader/alpha/everything-ever, icelily01
! I am DELIGHTED to have found her out of the many betas that signed up for the big bang challenge, and she has since become one of my best friends. :) This woman put up with me tearing my hair out in her general direction at LEAST weekly, covered for me when we had to rush like mad because my brain was broken, and was my constant grammatical and emotional support the whole way through! Granted, there were times when chatting with her slightly distracted me from my work - but that was my fault, not her's. ;) She always took care to explain grammatical rules to me when she saw me repeating the same mistake, and I really improved my writing under her advice and encouragement. I could really go on for paragraphs about what working with icelily01
has meant to me, BUT there are also other people who deserve recognition!ratherastory
joined me for countless writing jams during the course of TDoPM's development, and she gently wrenched me out of the throes of writer's block more than once. She was always matter-of-fact in her advice and absolutely unshakable in her faith in me. ratherastory
is an author that I've been friends with for a while and I have always really admired her work (seriously, anyone who hasn't checked her out? Go, now!), so hearing her good opinion of me meant so much. She even recorded a podfic for me when I finished my first 20K! (Which I still can't quite believe, but hey, she's awesome! Negotiating With Terrorists
, if anyone's interested ^_^)
A very special thank you to my amazing artist, haraism
She is INCREDIBLY talented! And believe it or not, she only just started tackling manips for the art for this story. :) haraism
really understood my ideas even though I was kind of unclear with them, probably even better than I did. XD And she really took the core of my story to heart - I am so happy with how much Sam is featured in her art. When I asked her why butterflies seemed to represent Sam in her art, she told me it was because of how he transformed in the story and how he will continue to do so - that meant SO much to me that she took his growth to heart like that. As much as TDoPM is a Dean/Cas fic, it's also kind of my love story to Sam (I know, my love is very complicated). Sam still has a long way to go, but we all know how strong he is! I have faith in him!
...Um, but I digress. XD Thank you, haraism
so much for all the wonderful work you did for this project!
And a hundred thank yous to everyone who helped TDoPM become what it is today! There are so many people who cheered me on and lifted my spirits during this time. I love you all. &hearts
Thank you to my readers, too! There wouldn't be much point without you guys, would there? ;)
&hearts &hearts &hearts &hearts