280,000 words later, Being More Social has now been fully edited, by myself. I hope to God I fixed all of the spelling and grammar mistakes (there were, embarrassingly, a lot of them) and I can call the edit ‘definitive’ and wash my hands of it. For those who care about the lore of my works, this version is the “canon” version, which presented a few interesting challenges (for instance, I wanted to change a line of Phil’s at one point but realized I’d have to equally change and publish the exact same line in Only If You Want, so instead I swallowed my pride and left that particular line be). If you’re a $5 patron of mine on Patreon, you can download and read it now if you wish.
As I said before, I was hesitant to change too much about the story – after all, people that liked this story wanted to read a fixed version of the same story, not a version with different dialogue that 2021 me thought was better. If I changed anything, I did it for the sake of dialogue flow or something. The events, including the ones that make me cringe at how trope-y I was when I started out, were left in. The only major change is that one particular character didn’t really get to have an ending, so I introduced two conversations to tie up their loose ends. If you’ve already read the story and have come back to this blog, you likely know which character I’m talking about. In 2014 I was a lot more immature and at this point feel a responsibility to bring humanity back to a certain character. It wasn’t fair, so that was the one “ego change” I allowed myself to make, so to speak.
Recently a Twitter commenter expressed enthusiasm at the idea of me doing Q&A sessions, and now that Being More Social’s “definitive” edition is finished, I feel an urge to indulge in such things. I’ll likely do the same thing for every popular multi-chapter story when I finish their edited editions, and while I already did one for Being More Social, it was at a time when this website was just getting started.
So, in the comments below, hit me with your questions! If you’re shy, you can also email me, or send me a message on Twitter, or get your questions to me however you want. No question is too dumb, or too personal (obviously, I’ll withhold anything too personal, but I’ll still express that within the answer). Hit me with every Being More Social-related question you can think of, and I’ll do my best to answer them in my next blog post. The only questions I can’t answer would be questions like “What happens to <character> in the future?” as I would still someday like to make a sequel. I’d rather let the sequel speak for itself, but aside from that, I’ve withheld and smirked without answering when confronted with questions about BMS for too long. I hope you all enjoy the story, and thank you for an absurdly long time – seven years – of enjoying the story. I’ll talk to you all next week.