There's really no reason for me to be posting this other than the fact that I like letting you guys know where everything is ouo
SO today's page was part 23, next page (arriving in Celadon) will be Part 24, and Erika will be Part 25. I had been worried that Erika would be less than five or six pages away from Surge, and that I'd have to put a filler page in, but looks like my worries were for nothing. Since Surge was part 19, Erika is exactly 6 pages later LOL
There's also the matter of timeline. I like to try and keep track of how long Alex has been on his journey so far (since there will be a special event that I want to have at some point in-comic, but need to figure out where I want it to fall)
I don't want his journey to clock in at too much over a year, but I also don't want it to be too much less than a year. xI
Soooo for a rough estimate, you can usually just multiply the page number by two and get about how many days he's been on his journey, buuuut I want a more exact number.
If the first letter was written the day after he set off, then that still applies to the rule of multiply page number by 2. That means that, at the time of writing the first letter, Alex had already been on his journey for around a day and a half/two days.
I said in this journal:
Fun Facts - Dear MomThere's a lot about the "Dear Mom" world that I have floating around in my head and can't explain through the comics due to the format, so I thought I'd throw this together
-Dear Mom is the first in a series of nuzlocke comics. I hope to get through all 6 regions, but it may not go as planned. So far, the only definites are Dear Mom and a secret project I'm working on that will start as soon as Dear Mom ends.
-As of Part 10, Alex has been on his journey for about 19 days. He tries to write a letter to his mom every day, but sometimes there's nothing interesting that happens, or he just doesn't find the time to write. His mom understands though, and doesn't expect to get a letter every day.
-Even when Alex can write daily letters, he can't always SEND them daily. Some of his letters get sent in bulk.
-Letters are sent through the Pokemon Centers. If there is a Center, you can send/recieve your mail there.
-Alex's mom doesn't write letters back because it's so hard to keep track
that, at the time of Part 10, Alex had been on his journey for about 19 days. In Part 12, it had been about 22 days since he set off. He does try to write every day, but the more time goes by, the less he's able to write every day.
In Part 18, he'd been on his journey for a little over a month.
After Part 18, he relaxed for a few days (exhausted from the events of the SS Anne), and took on Surge about 40 days into his journey.
He got Sheldon the Squirtle the day after the Surge fight, and retired Zuzu the day after that, which puts us at 42 days.
Then he returned to Cerulean, which took a day, and rested there (44 days).
Then he made his way to Route 10, which took another day (45 days; we're a month and a half in!)
He wrote the letter that makes up Part 22 while resting in the Pokemon Center on Route 10, putting us at 46 days.
Then he took a few days to get through Rocky Tunnel, which puts him at ~48 or 49 days away from home.
for future gym/rival battles is as follows:
-Erika will be about two months in or so. It'll take him a few days to get to Celadon, and then he's gonna want to train, which also takes a few days. After the Erika fight, there's the whole ordeal with Team Rocket, which will be a couple of days after the Erika fight.
-Immediately after defeating the Rocket hideout, he will head to Lavender Town, but it will take a day or so to get there. Then he has to do the whole Pokemon Tower thing.
-THEN the plot gets wonky. After Lavender, we head to (iirc) Fuchsia for Koga. But, with Lavender Town and lots and lots of travelling, that'll actually be close to three months into his journey. Maybe even more, since there's also the Safari Zone, and I'm sure Alex will want to relax after all of what happens after Erika, and all the travelling to get to Fuchsia in the first place.
-Saffron will probably be about four months in, a little over four months for the Sabrina fight (which I have NOT done yet!!)
-After Sabrina, we have to surf to Cinnabar. I am planning on going through Fuchsia (even though I know going from Pallet is faster; I want to maximize the time he's on his journey), and going through Seafoam Islands, so it's probably gonna be around five months in by the time he gets to Blaine. Maybe even five and a half. I don't know if there will be any tragedies, but there very well might be. Like I said, I haven't played past Saffron yet!
-Then he'll return to Pallet town and stay there for a while. It'll be around 7 months in by the time he leaves again to go to Viridian, since he'll want to train for Giovanni
-After the Giovanni fight, he's gonna want to train for Victory Road, so around 8 months in he'll take that on
-It'll probably be close to a week after that before he reaches the Indigo Plateau (Victory Road is long and hard for a 10/11 year old to get through), so maybe about 8 and a half months in is when he'll actually start training for the Elite Four
-We can expect training for the Elite Four to take a while, so probably around 9 or 10 months in is when he'll take on the Elite Four. Again, this is anticipating that there may be horrible death, and even if there is no death, he's gonna want to train as much as he can
Which means, according to my calculations, Alex will be on his journey for almost a year!
I don't know how many parts that'll be (probably not too much more than around 50 or 60) since I think Alex will end up writing less and less often as his journey continues, but I do know there will be a sort of "epilogue" letter that will take place on the 1 year anniversary of Alex leaving (although probably not the 1 year anniversary of the comic)
Of course, Alex writing home to mom less often as time goes on isn't a bad thing. It's what should be expected.