Those on IRC will probably be aware from my incessant word count updates that I've been working for the past two-and-a-bit weeks on my first Tale, which was to be an attempt at an initially mundane story set in the SCP Foundation universe. It's now 44,965 words long and a crossover with at least two novels no-one has ever heard of. Following the publication of Hornby's lengthy Conspiracy Tale, I've been made aware there's some nuance required to posting longer works and have given it a go here:
Hub page with links to the (currently still sandboxed) sections and spoiler'd author's notes, hopefully giving credit for everything I've referenced. Only one SCP that isn't mine is actually overtly referenced and I asked for (and received) permission for the mention on IRC; however, I allude to a dozen or so other SCPs and I've listed them in the spoiler section.
Was hoping to get some feedback on the presentation as well as any thoughts on the text itself if people can be bothered to read through it all in pre-production. I didn't want to go the Conspiracy route and post 14 separate sections, but are the three Acts too long?
I've explained much of my characterisation of pre-existing characters/organisations in the author's notes, but I'd definitely appreciate flagging up anything that seems grossly OOC.
Romance is a major bugbear of mine, and this is more or less the first time I've tried it in a serious work of any length - please do flag up anything cringe-worthy or unintentionally hilarious :(
Fair warning - this is not an action-packed Tale. Without giving too much away, the emotional climax is a guy opening a fire door. Hopefully it works, and if not, I'm open to suggestions.