Date: March 24 2014 7:19 AM Title: Chapter 7
"It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!!"
Ahem! Sorry. I's just that I'm so glad to see this finally revived! If there's one thing I can call a pet peeve, it's engrossing fanfic stories of one kind or another--stories that have earned my readership and respect--being left permanently unfinished.
Thank you for restoring my respect for this particular story. :-)
Date: March 24 2014 6:33 AM Title: Chapter 7
Really glad that you're continuing this story. For the time you were away from it I figured it was on permanent hiatus. I'm happy to see that I was wrong. Really digging the chemistry between Nell and Daniel, as well as the detail and drama that goes into each growth spurt. Puts me on the edge with anticipation for the next one coming. Hoping to read more soon. Keep up the good work!
Date: August 26 2011 7:57 AM Title: Chapter 6
I'm the first reviewer for this chapter? Yay me! :-)
Seriously, though; I loved how the dollhouse's destruction symbolically over-lapped with the real-world property damage. Nice touch, that!
It's not too difficult to get firsties! And yeah, the dollhouse was doomed from the start.
Date: July 15 2011 6:00 PM Title: Chapter 5
I was almost sure you'd given up on this amazing story, so imagine my delight at seeing a new chapter! Nell and Daniel seem to have a strong connection, I'd love to see how it develops.
Nope, didn't give up, just wasn't making progress. I'm still working on it!
Date: July 14 2011 11:47 AM Title: Chapter 5
great to see your name pop up on the most recent list.(if only cayce would do the same, lol)
an this chapter answered some questions for me about her growth. an what to look forward to in the next chapters.. just hope that daniel doesnt do anything that will break sweet nell's gentle heart.
Yeah, I know what you mean: I too have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for the next chapter of Now and Then. But I also know that when you force yourself to write something, the results usually pale in comparison to true inspiration. So I often wait until I actually know what I want to write before I'm writing.
The good news is I have an idea of where I'm going for the next chapter!
Date: July 14 2011 10:27 AM Title: Chapter 5
Yeah, right. You keep telling yourself that, Danny-boy. Maybe (repeat: MAYBE) you'll even come to believe it. But, I don't think Nell will. She seems like a girl who instinctively knows the difference between mere infatuation and true love.
Nell does like Daniel a lot, but she's also only eighteen, and a very naive eighteen at that. So who knows? Glad you're enjoying the story though, Cary.
Date: February 08 2011 8:35 PM Title: Chapter 4
love how nells character is unfolding. an you havent lost anything off the storyline. great job im still interested to see where this tale goes from here.
an linda... whata bitch. damn she needs to be taught a lesson.
ps glad youre back, an cant wait for more
Author's Response: Yeah, part of the reason for the delay was a bit of worry about whether I could maintain the characters and whatnot, even as the plot moved forward. I'm glad this is staying consistent, and that you're enjoying it!
Date: February 08 2011 9:30 AM Title: Chapter 4
A new chapter, complete with realistic depictions of quite-plausible reactions (and over-reactions).
Well done! :-)
Author's Response: Yeah, I figured at least one person had to react negatively to Nell's growth, and Nell is quite sheltered. Glad you liked it!
Date: February 08 2011 3:55 AM Title: Chapter 4
I'm so glad you've resumed this story, it's one of my favorite stories on here. The way you make the charcters believable and likeable is just amazing. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Author's Response: Thanks Malaka! I know there was a pretty big gap, I just kind of hit a roadblock. At this point, I have only the vaguest idea of what's coming next, but hopefully it will be interesting!
Date: November 07 2010 10:56 AM Title: Chapter 3
I love this tale so far! It takes its time in detailing the characters, and, judging by the length of your chapters, it looks as if there's lots more to come.
PS: Hope Nell doesn't turn all 'violent and cruel giantess' when she reaches mega size.
Author's Response: Yeah, there should definitely be more to come. Nell would probably need a pretty good reason to go violent, as it's not really in her nature.
Date: November 06 2010 8:50 PM Title: Chapter 3
lol love the last paragraph.
love the length of your chapters. as well as the substance.
glad you added the part bout her toe-nail polish. that was intriguing.
an the 'slow growth' is different but surprisingly refreshing. love the pace of this tale too.
ps is mr. winthrop 6'4"?
Author's Response: Yeah, the growth is incredibly slow right now, but obviously to get to mega without taking forever and a day, it will speed up at some point soon. Bill is around 6'3" - 6'4", he's a big guy.
Date: November 01 2010 7:07 PM Title: Chapter 2
wow yet another incredible chapter. Ending kinda reminded me of 'attack of the 50ft woman' growth scene. Its really interesting an believable, well done.
Also loved the part where Nell is daydreaming about being giant looking down at the tiny 'doll' sized mansion. But most of all I love Nell's attitude an the fact the she has a kind heart. But most importantly she's not the prototypical spoiled rich kid.
Can't wait for the next chapter.
Ps is Winston the only 'butler' type person?
Author's Response: Thanks Aaron. Yeah, I'm trying to make Nell deviate from the norm - she's more sheltered than spoiled, and I think that should evolve in interesting ways as she grows. Winston is, indeed, the house's only butler. He and Lenette have been Nell's primary caretakers for most of her life. Finally, expect more with the dollhouse, I'm making that something of a running theme.
Date: October 29 2010 9:23 AM Title: Chapter 1
I'm really enjoying this story! The characters are sharply defined, and act like real people. Nell is a likeable protagonist (all too rare in this genre), and you've done a good job of establishing her relationships with the rest of the cast. I can't wait to see how these dynamics shift as she continues to grow.
I also like the way you've handled the technobabble. Some authors simply handwave the technology (I'm guilty of that), while others go into infodump mode and provide way more details than the reader needs. You've hit a good balance, keeping it accessible while giving just enough detail to keep it plausible.
My hat's off to any writer on these boards that tries to tell an actual story, and you're definitely one of the best. Eagerly awaiting the next installment!!!
(Note: Deleted and reposted, as I forgot to give a rating the first time.)
Author's Response: Thanks, Cayce! I'm on the record as someone who really admires both Homunculus and Now and Then (speaking of which, any updates for that last one on the horizon?) so what you've said means a lot to me. The technobabble is mostly there because it's plot-crucial for how Nell grows over the course of the story, and what Daniel and her father will need to do to try and stop it. Working it in can be difficult for the best of us authors (previously, I've usually just included it in a prologue and left it there), but I feel like it can add something -- sometimes.