Friday, June 15, 2012

On the other side of an apology


Ok, now this has gotta be a first, at least for me.

The story 'On the Other Side' is not complete yet. So, all those who were mighty confused with the ending, you're not wrong. It most likely will be confusing. Reason? I missed posting at least 3 parts in between. This unfortunately happened because of duplicate word docs on which I was working. And inadvertently, once I posted the story, I deleted the 'working' version (yeah, I sometimes keep multiple documents in progress, weird), which actually contained the original story in full, not realizing that as I kept adding the parts to the final word doc, there was this really huge portion I forgot to add to the final version. I'm yet to figure out how I could miss that. It's crazy.

I don't normally delete working versions simply because sometimes I tend to think the original plot worked better and retain it, just in case I change my mind. But that's only till I post the complete story. Once posted, the one on the blog becomes the final version - and I delete all the working docs.

Big mistake this time.

I realized it only when I posted the story. And now I don't even have the working draft to simply copy-paste it onto the final one. Result? I have to write at least 2500-3000 words by memory. Don't know how soon I'll be able to do that. I'll have to go back to the portion where I think it fit (in the original version), and rethink from there.

Bottomline - A big apology to all those who were following the story, and also commented. I'll come back with this one soon (if not immediately, sometime in the future). Please hang in there.

23 comments:

Erratic Thoughts said...

There was a mistake? When? Where? How?
What are we apologizing here about? :D
Sri, it happens! Chill...
I did not realize there were any parts missing in this because I knew there is going to be super concluding part somewhere and every part of 'On the Other Side' was becoming more n more interesting :)
Super writer that you are, you need not apologize...
Jeez! I was literally spooked when I did not see the successive parts of 'On the Other Side' anymore on your blog...You wont believe, I though I commented on all of them in some daze or dream :P:P
You see what you do to our imagination :):)

So Cheers :):)
~Junior

Uma said...

oh..ok..need not apologize..am just happy that am not as scatter-brained as I thought ;-)
Will wait for the complete story.

phatichar said...

ET: Thanks for understanding. Yeah, there are parts missing. Was trying out a new style of narration, so I guess somewhere got lost in that. To be honest, I read the story once again just to clear my own head - and guess what? I might present it slightly differently in its 'redux' version; retaining the original twists though. So, yeah - wait. The apology was mainly due the confusion created. I know how frustrating it is to get to the end and wonder "huh? what just happened?" :)

Uma: Heheh..you're not scatter-brained, the story turned out to be. Redux version coming out soon (edited, and with fewer parts hopefully)

Mirage said...

Oh! It is totally okay. Plus such stories are worth the wait. So it won't cause any trouble. :-)

aks said...

nooooooo :) just kidding...never realized there were parts missing, just expected all of it to come together like it always does :) alright now please hurry up am really anticipating the redux now!

Rahul said...

LOL.:-) I am just glad I waited until all parts are up....

Rahul said...

LOL.:-) I am just glad I waited until all parts are up....

Rahul said...

LOL.:-) I am just glad I waited until all parts are up....

Mystical Skeptical Me said...

Awwww.....happens! Why apologize... I can imagine the mini heart attack, you must have had after realizing that. Tch. Don't worry! :D Abhi tak toh Loved it! :D Still here, will be here! :D

Take a breather! :D Blessed Be!

Keirthana said...

Back after a long break from the blog world. Off to read your other posts. Mistakes happen, don't you worry about it so much. keep writing and rocking!

Nirvana said...

Thank God there was a mistake! Now we all know you are human, and not some super computer that doels out perfect stories one after the other!!! :-)

Kirisute Gomen said...
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Kirisute Gomen said...

Can you mail me the last part? I know you said it's a mistake, but I didn't read it! I missed it! Can you please?

Tongue-fu Lady said...

Koi nai Sri..bade bade blogpages mein aisi choti choti galtiyaan hoti rehti hain... its your constant dedication in spinning these stories matters the most. You have entertained us for such a long time with your vivid imagination that we don't mind this small technical glitch.

Good luck and patiently waiting for the final version,
TFL

phatichar said...

Mirage: Thanks a lot:)

aks: :) Yeah - redux it is - this version will have a slight change in plot as well

Rahul: :)

MSM: You bet! Mini heart attack - you can say that again. :) But yeah, will come back with it, after a breather, hopefully for the better.

Keirthana; Hey, welcome - long time :)

Kirisute: It won't make any sense, son - will be posting the redux version (with some changes) soon. Hang in there. :)

TFL: Am touched, really. :)

phatichar said...

Nirvana: :D LOL, now that comment just about put everything in perspective :P

TTT said...

Agrrrrrrrrrrrrrr you had to do that !!!!
just kidding...thats ok ....I didn't read the last part.But until I read the story was going great !!! will wait for the story once again...

kismitoffeebar said...

Haven't read the previously posted last part. I had just completed the first batch. No need to apologize and all :) really nice of you to write a sorry post and title it so creatively! :P
Okie okie, now I am waiting for the rest of the parts realllllllly eagerly! :)

phatichar said...

T3: :P

Toffee: :) Thanks, yeah - will post it shortly.

goingbeyondthepages said...

Ohk. I didn't read it but I am squirming even at the thought of you compiling the whole story again on the basis of memory. Be careful with word next time or change the style of keeping too many versions...

and btw, I never get updates when you post something new on your blog :( I always miss your posts.

phatichar said...

GBTP: It's a good thing then, you didn't read it. :)

Yeah, it's a bit daunting, but you're right, I need to avoid multiple versions. I've devised a fool-proof method, going forward.

About updates, I've not set up update alerts on the blog; am too lazy to do that. Sorry! You'll have to just keep checking up manually :(

Others (more net-savvy folks) could offer some help. Anybody? :)

aks said...

Setting up updates would be a good option considering how many ppl read your blog .

phatichar said...

aks: True, but I don't seem to find that particular widget (either the ready ones that blogger has or outside). I'll ask around. :)