Fillies and gentlecolts...
Yes, I'm back! Well, never really left actually, but I can understand if anypony believed that I'd become but one of the thousands of bronies who've abandoned the fandom and fanfic authors who've abandoned their stories and left them to rot in an unfinished purgatory for the rest of time. I mean, my last chapter was added, let's see *counts his fingers* holy crap, 2017?! I haven't uploaded a chapter since 2017??? Man, I'm sorry guys, truly. In my defense, I have been pretty busy in that span of time.
Since my last upload, I've (1) moved at least twice, (2) held about four or five different jobs, (3) gotten a dog, (4) gotten engaged, (5) gotten into the middle of a global pandemic (though I hear that's affecting more than a few people these days, who knew? Seriously though, stay safe out there y'all), and (6) gotten married to the love of my life in the middle of a global pandemic (not even joking, we got married on 7/11/2020 and if I'm being honest, it was a beautiful and perfect day. Even had a Batman/Catwoman cake topper, no joke!). So yeah, to say I've had some stuff going on in the meantime is not an exaggeration.
Life to all of us right now...
Still, with all that said, I always felt bad about not making the time to get back to "Batmare Begins." Writing is one of my favorite pasttimes (and something my now-wife was encouraging me to get back to as much as I could) and it's been touching to see how many readers still check in now and then to see when an update might be coming. Well, I'm pleased to say that your wait is finally coming to an end. This weekend, starting Friday, I'll be uploading two brand new chapters of "Batmare Begins," totaling over 21,000 words. It hasn't been easy getting back into the swing of things, but it sure has been gratifying. Hopefully this is a great chance to both reward my loyal followers and readers for their patience after all this time, as well as welcome some new readers to the party. But no matter how many read the new chapters, it just feels great to finally add something more to my creation. With how crazy and busy life's gotten for me, it's so rewarding to get to say I got to add to my own literary creation in that way. Lord willing, after all this time, I haven't lost my writing touch, though I get the feeling you'll all be thoroughly entertained by one new character in particular getting introduced in these two chapters.
Furthermore, I will put in an effort to spend a little more time on the forums going forward. I miss my pony people, and I've never stopped cherishing the great memories and friends I've made here. You're some of the coolest folks I've ever had the pleasure to interact with and I've hated being away from this place so much. So, going forward, you have my pledge to do more to spend at least a decent amount of time on MLP Forums, even if life is a little hectic right now (then again, when ain't it?).
Until Friday, everypony, I bid you adieu. Thank you again for being so patient and understanding. I promise you this, "Batmare Begins" is alive and kicking and so is Batbrony, and I'll continue doing everything in my power to keep it that way. I love you all, you wonderful bronies and pegasisters! Don't ever forget that!