Welcome to Crimson Glass

This is a General Hospital fanfiction archive that concentrates on the pairing of Jason Morgan and Elizabeth Webber. You will also find a lot of stories that feature Sonny and Carly Corinthos, Patrick Drake and Robin Scorpio, and Nikolas Cassadine and Emily Quartermaine. The stories are written completely by me, Melissa (LissieLove) and features novels, short stories, and other GH-related material. It has been online since September 19, 2002.

If you don't like Jason and Elizabeth as a pairing or you have any fondness for the character of Franco, then you should probably click the back button and continue on your way. Happy travels. I hate Franco. He is a lying, violent, sociopathic piece of shit, and I hope this character gets yeeted into the sun. Thank you.

Quick Start to Using Crimson Glass

  • The most commonly used links are listed in the sidebar to the right -- Currently Working. You will find links to the most recent updates, an alphabetical listing of the stories and information about what's coming next: Production Schedule and Future Projects. That's your one-stop shop.
  • For novels set within GH canon that rewrite the show, check stories listed under Alternate History.
  • For novels that take place in a different setting, different time, or outside the show's universe, you want Alternate Universe.
  • I write daily flash fiction that you can find archived on the Flash Fiction page.
  • You can also find an assortment of short stories that are organized by word count: Short stories and Ficlets.
  • The Workshop has deleted scenes and extra content for some of my stories.
  • Fiction Graveyard has any stories I've stopped writing or rewrote. Most of these stories are from the 2002-2006 time period.
  • If you're looking to find stories set in a specific time period or that features a specific couple or character, I've also organized other ways to Sort Stories.

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Update Blog

January 1, 2021


Note: This is not a transcript of the video. I wrote it before I filmed the video. It’s the basic facts. I get into more detail and whatnot in the video if you’re interested.

Recapping 2020: The General Gist

  • 2020 was, uh, a year that happened which is probably the best I can say at this point.
  • In all seriousness, outside of the world falling apart and the pandemic, for me, personally, 2020 had a lot of ups and downs personally and career wise. I took over my parents’ house at the end of 2019, but 2020 was the year where I definitely proved I could handle it financially, even on the reduced income I was making last year as a long-term sub.
  • Professionally, I worked every day over the last two academic years which is great. Last year, I worked as a long-term substitute in one district, then was fortunate to find full-time district employment in a new school this year. I have a steady paycheck, paid holidays, more sick and personal time, and health insurance. It’s a one-year contract but the odds are in my favor that as long as this position is here next year, I should get an invitation to return.
  • Writing wise, this was also my best year on record. I spent a lot of the year studying my own process and refining it so that I could be more productive and make firmer promises about release dates and quality.  I wrote more this year than any year since I started writing Liason fanfiction in 2002 and 2003.

Recapping 2020: Site & Channel

  • The site underwent massive renovations which are continuing through next year. I moved the site to its new home on a domain which allowed me to create sub-sites for my larger stories and create a more immersive experience for each story. I also began reorganizing how my stories are presented and making an effort to make the site more user friendly and easier to navigate.
  • I started the YouTube channel last December, then relaunched in February with a firmer idea of how it would be used. I have a quasi-schedule with monthly site & story status updates as well as individual story vlogs. I did a few livestreams as well. It was my goal to be more accessible to the community since I decided to start releasing my projects all at once so I might disappear for a few weeks or months between releases.

Recapping 2020: Promises Kept

  • Last year, I made two big promises. I said that you would get For The Broken Girl, Book 1, and Mad World, Book 3. I kept both those promises. Broken Girl was released in May and June, and Mad World Book 3 was my first giant, all-at-once release, which I think went over pretty well.
  • I also said I wanted to write more flash fiction and short stories. I did both of those things, particularly during the summer with daily flash fiction.
  • I’m really proud of myself for setting realistic goals and then holding myself to general deadlines. I might have missed some internal deadlines for first drafts and releases, but once I gave you guys firm dates for releases, I kept them.

What’s Next in 2021: General Life

  • In 2021, I hope to continue my professional success. If I get invited back next year, I’m on the tenured track which would be amazing. I’m looking into getting additional certificates in middle school ELA, Science, and French to make myself more useful to the district and my observations this year have led me to believe that as long as – A, the position is here and B, I don’t mess up somehow, I’m in good shape to return.
  • I have a lot of personal projects to work on in the house I took over — as soon as I’m on tenure track, I’m going to buy the house from my parents and start making renovations — painting, working on the bathroom, kitchen, and making my office and bedroom even more suited to my needs.
  • Writing wise, I’m going to continue my 2020 approach:  tracking my process to make adjustments, being kind and generous to myself by taking time off when I need it, and keeping firm promises to the community.

What’s Next in 2021: Site & Channel

  • I plan to continue working on the site renovations which are detailed in the Crimson Glass Facelift post I put together. I have some larger projects (the sub-sites) to work on. I also want to relaunch some of my older ebooks by cleaning them up and redesigning them. I want to offer more ebooks as well.
  • The channel is going to have more regular content. As I get better with editing, it becomes easier to do that. We’ll keep the monthly site & story status updates, and I’ll be adding weekly vlogs for whatever project I’m working on.
  • I’m also interested in doing more GH commentary on the channel in 2021. One of my resolutions this year is to put GH and Days back in my daily schedule. I fell off this year because I was busy with work, but I do miss my soaps.
  • I’d be interested in doing an Live Q&As if that’s something anyone wanted.

What’s Next in 2021: New Promises

  • This coming year, I will be publishing three novels which is realistic since one of them is already drafted. General release dates are as follows:
    • Fool Me Twice, Book 1: February 2021
    • For the Broken Girl, Book 2: June 2021
    • Mad World, Book 4: October 2021
  • I also plan to work on the following projects
    • Fool Me Twice, Book 1:
      • Revisions: January & February 2021
    • For the Broken Girl
      • Discovery: January 2021
      • Alpha: February-March 2021
      • Revisions: April-May 2021
    • Mad World, Book 4 (this might change — I’ll keep you updated)
      • Alpha: June-July 2021
      • Revisions: August-September 2021
    • Fool Me Twice, Book 2
      • Discovery: August-September 2021
      • Alpha: October-November 2021
      • Revisions in 2022. Expected release February 2022.
  • Flash Fiction & Short Stories
    • I don’t have a firm date to reintroduce and complete in progress flash fiction at this time. I’m spending part of my holiday break thinking it over.
    • Once they do come back, we’ll probably be doing one story at a time on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until all are complete.
    • I won’t be writing any new flash fiction until the stories I’ve posted have been revised and republished.

December 31, 2020

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Vlog: Mad World, Book 4


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After reading Mad World Books 1-3 (a whopping 1100 pages and like 480k words over five days), I made some notes about what I want to finish, the characters I want to make sure we get closure for, and what my central narrative conflict is for the whole series. Plus, let’s talk about the tricky balance of writing versions of characters that are recognizable to the viewers from 17 years ago, newer viewers, and also characters who grow over three books.

No pressure.


Transcript

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December 30, 2020

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Vlog: For the Broken Girl, Book 2


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After rereading the first book, I sat down to start my official stages of the Discovery process which are usually: Brainstorming, Outline, Anchor Scenes, Plot Sketch, Chapter Breakdown, Soundtracking. Uh, we’re already on step 3. After one day. That’s fast, right? Too fast?


Transcript

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December 29, 2020

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Vlog: Fool Me Twice

Note: This is a re-publishing of this video. I accidentally forgot to change the title last time. Sorry.


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I know I said I wouldn’t touch the draft, but well, I wanted to reread! So I read the first fifteen chapters. How bad is it? What work do we need? Uh, it’s actually good news? In 2020? I know, I was shocked, too.


Transcript

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December 28, 2020

Note: I have posts going out every day this week. Today is the Patreon tier release, then three vlogs over the next few days, then on January 1, my 2020 In Review/2021 Year Ahead. Just an FYI 🙂

In September 2019, I relaunched my Patreon tiers with new benefits and tiers. Over the last sixteen months, that community has grown INSANELY and allowed me to really expand the time and energy I put into both my writing and the site itself (as well as making room for launching the channel). That being said, my writing process has really changed during 2020 so it was necessary to revisit those tiers and benefits for the next year.

If you are a current subscriber, you are losing no perks — I’m just making the ones you already receive BETTER. If you haven’t joined, that’s totally okay! All of my writing is completely free, and the only thing that Patreons get that you don’t is access to work products like drafts. The final published products are, and will always be, free.


For the lower tiers, it’s a lot of behind the scenes and early access to any flash fiction, videos, or short stories. Beginning with the $3 tier, you get varying levels of access to my work in progress projects. Let me briefly explain what those drafts are.

Alpha Draft — This is my first pass at the story and the messiest. I do not edit as I write, so there are typos, inconsistencies, dropped stories and characters, and also things that come out of nowhere. If I get an idea halfway through, I just start writing it like it already exists, then fix later. It’s the version that looks least like the published version and probably the hardest to read, lol.

Beta Draft – My first pass at cleaning up the first draft. I clean up typos and inconsistencies. Scenes and chapters are added or cut. It makes a lot more sense and is closer to the final draft.

Posting Draft – My final pass.  This is the version that gets released to the public.


Crimson Fan ($1 Tier)

EARLY ACCESS (One Day Before General Public)

  • Short story or full novel releases
  • Crimson Glass on YouTube video (eventually — the scheduling is being cranky right now, but I will figure this out!)
  • Ebook Releases

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

  • Livestreams & Patreon filmed writing updates
  • Polls about upcoming stories & site changes

Crimson Love ($3 Tier)

All benefits of Fan Tier included.

EARLY ACCESS (One Week Before General Public)

  • Any short story or full novel release
  • Crimson Glass on YT (if possible, sometimes the editing doesn’t work out)
  • Ebook releases

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

  • Alpha Draft – When completed

Crimson Devoted ($5 Tier)

All benefits of Fan & Love Tier included.

EARLY ACCESS 

  • Ebook Release as soon as its formatted. It’s my hope to get these to be done a full month before general release, but we’ll play it by year in 2020.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

  • Alpha Draft – Monthly Update
  • Beta Draft – When Completed

Crimson Adored ($7 Tier)

All benefits of Fan, Love & Devoted Tier included.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

  • Alpha Draft – Weekly Updates
  • Beta Draft – Weekly Updates
  • Posting Draft – When completed

Crimson Obsessed ($10 Tier)

All benefits of Fan, Love, Devoted & Adored Tier included.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

  • Alpha Draft chapters as completed.
  • Beta Draft chapters as completed
  • Posting Draft as chapters are completed.
  • Flash Fiction Request – you can give me an idea or request for a flash fiction series. This is a one-time benefit, not a recurring monthly thing, LOL. I can’t write them all!

The tiers kick off with the Beta Draft of Fool Me Twice, starting January 1!

December 23, 2020

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Vlog: For the Broken Girl, Book 2


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Why does Broken Girl, Book 1, need a sequel? I talk about how Book 1 narratively works on its own if you’re following just the LL2 marriage or the Liason relationship, but as an Elizabeth story, we needed more. I also included a clip that inspired the entire story when I was rewatching back in 2015. We get into my original vision for the story, how it’s changed, and what I know I’m struggling with going into the sequel. I know why I want to tell this story, but how do I do it?


Transcript

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December 21, 2020

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Vlog: Fool Me Twice


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In this video, I check in after a few months of radio silence. How did writing this draft go since I got a full-time job, ended up on quarantine, and then switched into remote teaching while the election was going on in a pandemic?

Uh, as well as can be expected.

We also get into the roadmap and what’s next for the process.


Transcript

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December 17, 2020

I am checking in with the best of all possible news. I finished Fool Me Twice’s first draft tonight around 8 PM. Like — done. Last chapter. It’s a really great feeling because, of course, the hardest part of any draft, is just getting all the words out.  The final draft clocks in around 495 pages and 184k in Word, it’s about 180k in Scriv. If you’re a Adored or Obsessed tier supporter at Patreon, I uploaded the last four chapters tonight for you guys. All Patreons at $3 get the Alpha Draft on Monday.

I did a livestream that I meant to be for the Patreons, but I was so tired that I forgot to make it unlisted so I go into the details a bit and you get to see me all loopy and weird lol.  Other than that — here’s the road map for publication –

January 1 – Construct beta draft.

January 7 – January 31 – Write beta draft.

Feb 1 – 15 – Posting Draft.

Aiming for Publication Feb 16. It might also be Feb 23. It will depend on the beta draft work.

Over the next two weeks, I am not planning to do any creative writing. I will not be bring Flash Fiction back before January. I’m sorry about that, but I’m exhausted. I wrote 50k just in the last week, and 180 k in the last 78 days. I’m really looking forward to not spending a lot of time in my office.

What I am planning to do is to look over the flash fiction, reset the schedule going into January, and then also do some planning for Mad World Book 4 and Broken Girl Book 2. But, at the moment, I’m not even planning to do my usual holiday updates. I really just need the break, you guys. I wrote four novels this year because Mad World Book 4 has a draft that exists — most of you just haven’t read it yet, lol.

Sorry this post is messy, but I don’t want to do any of this tomorrow. After I’m done teaching tomorrow at 2:50, I’m leaving the office and not coming back until like…Sunday. LOL. I AM TIRED.

 

 

December 8, 2020

Hello 🙂 So, I’m going to miss my FMT deadline by a day or two. I was hoping to finish up between December 14-16, but I had a minor issue this weekend and I lost two days of writing. On Sunday, all the pipes in my house got massively backed up, and I had to deal with the plumber, the city, and my dad to get it fixed, and they always seem to show up around the time that I usually write. So I couldn’t write on Sunday or Monday. It’s Tuesday, the problem is sort of fixed, or least that I can try to get back on track on the writing. If I get back to a chapter a day, I’ll finish on December 17. I’m hoping to manage an extra two chapters over the next few days — I usually can do this by just writing an extra two scenes or so every day. We’ll see.

I’m starting my next exploratory cycle with my students tomorrow, but I’m actually feeling super great about it. I’m completely prepared — I’ve even posted three days worth of materials so that all I have to do is show up for my classes until Friday which gives me all of my prep time to get ready for NEXT week. If that works out, I can use more of my weekends to relax and write. This is great, and what I’ve been aiming towards for weeks.

To thank you guys for your patience and support, I’m posting the opening scenes of the alpha draft — they haven’t been edited for typos or content and might still change. I’m giving you the very first scene as well as three scenes from the end of Chapter Two.

FMT Previews

December 4, 2020


General Writing

  • In my last update, I mentioned that I was hoping I’d have a decent amount of time to write in November because of the way my schedule was working out. I was supposed to have November 16-30 off from students I’d have to grade and lesson plan for while I covered absences in the building, and that I was anticipating being on remote learning again at some point in the future.
  • I ended up covering a sixth grade science class that had no lesson plans and that I had to put in grades for, so in addition to preparing for my own classes in the next cycle, I had to prep for a subject and curriculum I don’t teach with no textbook. Fun.
  • I also got exposed to Covid around November 9-10 through school and had to quarantine at home. November 13 was my last day in the building, and then my entire school kind of…went crazy. The school got two more positive cases and shut down on Wednesday while the entire district closed as of Friday, November 20. We’re on remote learning through AT LEAST January 8 with a return on January 11.
  • That’s…a lot to process, to be honest. My nieces were individually exposed at their schools, so my hometown district closed, and my sister needed to be tested after being exposed by her best friend. Thankfully, we all tested negative but it was a lot more stressful than I thought it was going to be (and I was expecting stress.)
  • Flash Fiction kind of went all over the place–we’ll get into that–and I didn’t quite hit the deadline I needed for Fool Me Twice. However, I still participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote about 62k for FMT over the entire month. That was pretty awesome and a silver lining to an otherwise crazy month.

Patreon, Site & Channel

  • I had hoped to make some NaNoWriMo videos like I did last month, but it honestly never manifested. I do have plans for 2021 to be a bit more regular with content, but I also understand it’s not the main draw to my site.
  • The site work is also completely on hiatus until at least winter break, if not spring break.
  • Patreon Tiers are going to be revised starting January 1, 2021 to better reflect benefits and add some more. I’ll have them ready sometime in December.

Individual Story

Flash Fiction

  • My Flash Fiction schedule was really hard to maintain in November. It became really sporadic and I think in some ways, the quality for some of the stories suffered. I definitely think while the 20 minute sprints are easier to fit into my schedule, the 60 minute efforts are better. I won’t be bring them back until I can devise a schedule that works in 60 minutes for each update.
  • I’m thinking that means Flash Fiction might not return until 2021, so we’ll see what we’ll see.

Fool Me Twice, Book 1

  • I started writing Fool Me Twice on October 1 with a deadline of November 30. Honestly — a few things go differently and if it’s a normal year, the draft is finished on time if not early. But I really never caught up from getting that job on September 30. I needed to be further along in October, and , well, I probably didn’t need the pandemic stress.
  • That being said, the great thing is that the story itself is going really great. I’m so happy with the progress so far. I’ve finished 20 chapters — I still have roughly 14 chapters left to write. Today is November 30. I should finish this draft around December 14. Two weeks over my scheduled time — that’s not too bad.
  • I can’t tell you now if that means I’m missing the February deadline. I don’t think I will. The draft is in good shape so far — while it needs work, it doesn’t need the top down, drag out revisions that Mad World Book 3 needed, and I understand my process better than I did when I revised Broken Girl last spring.
  • I also didn’t set a specific day for posting. Since I publish on novels on Tuesdays, I could go with Feb 2, 9, 16, or the 23. It’s more likely to be like 16 or 23. I’ll keep you in the loop on that.

Mad World, Book 4

  • I haven’t looked at this since early October. At that time, I was creating the structure of the second draft of Book 4 — what scenes and chapters, etc. Once that’s done, I’ll be able to make better revision notes. What stays, what needs to be rewritten. Once I know how much work needs to be going into it, I can put it more firmly on my schedule.
  • I actually plan to give myself two weeks off from FMT between December 15-December 31 and distract myself by digging into Book 4 which will make FMT feel fresher when I open it back up to revise.
  • I’m hoping to write this book in the background, but it also might be my June/July project (which makes it year 5 lol for series — please let 2021 be the last year)

For the Broken Girl, Book 2

  • I’m still putting this into production after I complete the alpha draft for FMT. I plan to work on the Discovery Draft from December 15-January 31. After working on FMT’s Discovery Draft, I am confident that a prolonged Discovery process put me in the best possible position to get more than 110k written for FMT in eight weeks.
  • As long as FMT is ready to go with revisions and I’m comfortable, Broken Girl’s alpha draft starts on Feb 1, with a deadline of March 31, and a publication of May/June depending on revisions needed.

Thanks so much for reading and following! I’ll be back at the end of the year with my 2020 Year in Review & 2021 Year Ahead (instead of January Update). I love all of you so much!