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Pickles And Princesses

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I need the help of readers!

What do I need help with, you ask? Well, to start with, in writing the second semester of "Princess For Hire" I've decided that there's no better way to do it than to as for suggestions of what you, the readers might want. Do you like a particular secondary character and would like them to play a larger role? Or perhaps you'd like more information on a portion of the school or program that you don't think I've been forthcoming enough with? Let me know! The more suggestions, the longer the second semester will be, and the more rich for it.

Pickles: A TG Choose Your Own Adventure, Part 1(Alternate)

Pickles: A TG Choose Your Own Adventure: An Alternate Route

By Donjo(First page written by Melanie E.)

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Notes: This is the beginning of the path sparked by "checking out the storefront" on the first page of this tale. Following this page, entries into this path will be authored exclusively by me. Hopefully, I can live up to the standard that Melanie has set!

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"You check out the storefront..."

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Jumping on the "Thanks" bandwagon

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Seeing the other authors who have posted their "Thanks" blogs reminded me just how much thanks I owe the community here as well.

In the past few years, I've gone through a lot of drama, most of which I've ended up posting about here. In all this time, no one has ever, EVER, been anything but supportive of me. Through all my ups and downs, Big Closet, and the many wonderful readers and writers therein, have always been there for me.

There is no way that I can thank you all enough, but I can try.

Making A List, Checking It Twice

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Oops, sorry, wrong holiday!

But seriously, I had an idea that I want people's help with.

A while back I started posting challenges under the "Writer's Challenge" section of the site. For a little bit, they were going well, with people trying them and (hopefully) having fun with them. Then, like most everything else I do, I slowed down on posting them, and when people stopped doing them I eventually stopped adding new ones altogether.

Well, I'm thinking of trying it again, but this time a bit different.

Princess For Hire Part 15: The End Of Book One

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

The Suckosaurus Returns

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Well, the good news is that in the past week I have regained my will to write!

The bad news?

All I've managed to turn out is a potential Halloween contest story that isn't good enough to see the light of day (though I might post it anyway, who knows?) and three chapters of Princess For Hire.

The last three of Book One.

No PFH

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Okay, so I'm even a day behind letting you know, but I still thought it best to say it -- there won't be a Princess For Hire for, well, technically last week, and there is a slim possibility I might not have time to get one ready this week either.

I'm sorry about this, but between training a new backup auditor, thinking over the whole "possibly moving home" thing, and getting ready for the windows of my apartment being replaced (moving things away from windows when every outer wall has a window is a pain) I've been a little busy lately.

The End Verdict

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This is a followup blog to my last one, "I Dunno What I'm Gonna Do."

Well, I'm trying to get a week of vacation time organized at work near the end of October to go home for a week. While there, me and my parents will sit down and talk through the advantages and disadvantages of moving back to see what can be done, and I'll come out to my dad, since that HAS to be done -- and him if not okay with it then at least accepting of it -- before I'll really consider moving back.

Princess For Hire Part 14

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 14: A Princess And Her Prince

Princess For Hire: User Recommendations! Volume 5

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And so we finally have the delayed chapter 13 of Princess For Hire! With, at its end, a mysterious pseudo-cliffhanger, WOOoooOOOOooo *ghosty sounds*

So, here comes the User Recommendation part. You, yes, YOU, have a say in what happens in the story. Does Beck's dad decide to come up and stay with Sarah's family in Persistence? Or does Beck go home with his dad, meet the mysterious voice on the other end of the phone, and have whatever adventures I can come up with there?

Princess For Hire Part 13

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 13: A Princess With A Plan

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Story Idea: "I Was A Craigslist Trophy Wife"

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The title sums it up pretty well.

"Late 20s MtF who can't afford to transition
seeking wealthy man willing to pay my way
in exchange for becoming their ideal trophy
wife. Contract/prenup to be discussed."

Something like that. I could never write something like that, but the idea itself seemed plausible enough (in a totally messed up "why would somebody do that" kind of way) that I wanted to see if someone else thought they could pull it off.

Melanie E.

No Princess For Hire This Week

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And no, I don't have that good of an excuse. I could go on about how I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how to write the next part (which is true,) or about how I've been so exhausted after working on server issues and redoing several days' worth of hotel paperwork and all of that in the middle of a nine-day stretch at work (which is also true,) but really, those aren't the biggest reason I'm running behind.

Three words: Final Fantasy Thirteen.

I. Am. Such. A. Geek.

Melanie E.

Hate to do this here, but a reminder, and a request

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I realize that some people like them, and I also realize that it takes a lot of work to set one up, but I have requested this before.

I do not want an author page that has general links to my stories.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that someone would go to the trouble of working on one, but I have said that I didn't want one before, and unfortunately that still stands.

Princess For Hire Part 12

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 12: The Princesses shop (Thanksgiving Interlude 3)

Princess For Hire Part 11

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 11: Thanksgiving Interlude (2)

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Princess For Hire Part 10

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part Ten: A Thanksgiving Interlude (1)

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Princess For Hire: User Recommendations! Volume 4

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Parents' Day has been passed, and now it's time to start working on what comes next.

Which leads me to the question presented in this blog: do readers want to experience Beck's Thanksgiving break at Sarah's, including some more fun times around the town of Persistence, or would you rather me move right on to the buildup to Christmas?

Princess For Hire Part 9

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 9: The Princess And The Queen

I Need New Reads!

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I read a lot. Really. I mean REALLY.

Because of that, I've started having trouble finding stories to read that sit along the types I tend to prefer, which, unfortunately, is a fairly narrow spectrum of what's out there.

So, here I am, asking for recommendations. Here's a quick list of what I'm looking for:

Princess For Hire Part 8

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 8: The Princess's Attendance

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The Plan

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I had been saying that I was going to rework the last post of "Princess For Hire," but for now I've decided to leave it as is and move on, working until I finish the story. After that, I'll go back and fix things, but if I get caught up reworking everything I've already done I'm never gonna finish the story... and I don't think people want that.

Princess For Hire Part 7

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

IN ADDITION, a special note for this chapter: at some point over the next couple of days I might go back and redo parts of this one. If I do, I'll post a blog about it, but it's pretty rough, sorry :(

Part 7: Princess Buttercup?

Coming Soon!

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Another busy week... don't they all seem to be, any more?

I'm working on the next part of PFH, hopefully I'll have it ready some time this afternoon. I've found that writing while watching Ranma 1/2 serves to both distract me and inspire me at the same time, so that's what I'm doing right now :P

Anyhow, I'll make sure to have the next part posted as soon as possible, and maybe this next week I'll be able to get more done, and faster, so I don't have to worry about delays like this again!

Melanie E.

Princess For Hire: User Recommendations! Volume 3

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Welcome to the third volume of my now semi-weekly blog of Princess For Hire User Recommendations!

In a recent comment on the story, one "PB" recommended that I should consider doing profiles of each of the Princesses so that readers have a better grasp on what each one's motivations and feelings are concerning the program.

Is this something that other readers would be interested in seeing? And if so, what characters would you like to see the most?

Are you curious about what Amos/Amanda's favorite nail polish color is?

Is Kirk/Kylie a closet comic book geek?

Princess For Hire Part 6

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 6: Princesses On Parade

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Princess For Hire: User Recommendations! Volume 2

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Welcome to Volume 2 of my request for user assistance on my story Princess For Hire!

I'm working on adding in bits and bobs from Volume 1 into the story as it goes on, but while I'm doing that I had some more questions for my readers.

Princess For Hire Part 5

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 5: The Princess's Escort

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Princess For Hire Part 4

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 4: The Princess's Court

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A Quick Choice

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Alright, for various reasons I have been a bit slow preparing the next section of "Princess For Hire" for posting, so here's the scoop. Would you rather:

A) have a short posting (two chapters) today, with another short short (single chapter) within the next two days? Or

B) wait until tomorrow and get all three chapters, with a normal update on Sunday as well?

Princess For Hire: User Recommendations! Volume 1

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So, "Princess For Hire" seems to be doing well, no? Well, one thing I'm hoping to make a regular thing as I write this story is asking for reader input. While I know where it's going, there's still plenty of room to add in things people might be interested to see, and if it helps me flesh out the story a little more, well that's all the better!

So, to start with, I've got a couple of requests myself.

Princess For Hire Part 3

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 3: A Princess's First Day

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Princess For Hire Part 2

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 2: The Birth of a Princess

Princess For Hire Part 1

Princess for Hire

By Melanie Ezell

Daniel Henderson has managed to beat the odds and been accepted into Kingston Academy, one of the best private high schools in the country. However, when Daniel is invited to take part in a special program, he learns that there's more to the school than he had thought...

NOTE: This story is loosely -- as in VERY loosely -- based on the manga/anime "Princess Princess." After the initial concept, any similarities are mostly coincidental, unless they aren't. (Puzzle that out why don't ya.)

Part 1: The Princess Arrives

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