I am fully hooked into writing now.
I realized there was a bit of a disconnect with what I was trying to communicate with readers at times, I think mostly because of individual events in specific chapters vs. viewing Parts 1-8 as a character driven complete work.
I tried my best to avoid burrowing down my own personal fetish hole. While there are very strong elements of it included, many of the events and activities were independent of those. Half of the events I may have fantasized about at some point but I have no desire to actually experience them except possibly dabbling out of curiosity for how I might react.
I'm at a crossroads at the moment due to some ideas that are swirling in my mind, so I'm going to ask for people to choose what they would prefer to see.
1. Keep it more kink driven and expand through a variety of BDSM-related experiences and situations. The bonus chapters and Part 9 are an example of this type of progression.
2. Continue pushing the overall plot in a way that will force the characters into new and uncharted emotional experiences. If I go this route, the next plot arc will cover a major tragedy that throws fs into some major disarray attempting to cope with and reconcile the situation.
Please let me know which of these you would prefer to read. I currently have 2 more chapters "waiting in the wings" to be written and hopefully I'll have enough feedback to make a decision between these.