I know it's best not to blog about every little thing that crosses my mind, unless I genuinely think it's worth it. So with that in mind, I like to make my blog posts as compilation updates. Think of it as like a monthly newsletter, if you will.
The Lone Wanderer wakes up in the Capital Wasteland again and regrets doing so, in Wanderer's Diary: Weeks Twenty One and Twenty Two.
This time: Resurrection, whining, and a well deserved break.
And we're back, baby! WD has been on a sort of unofficial hiatus since the main game wrapped up, but we still have Broken Steel and some other DLC stuff to get through yet, and I wanted to take a break before we got to that bit. Not just because I could though, but because I wanted to devote the time to some related projects. TWO new related projects in fact!
The first one? A one shot prequel to Wanderer's Diary. The name? Vault Dweller's Log. And oh yes, it IS based on Fallout 1. It'll tell the whole story of that game in one long update, and you can expect it in less than a month's time. The other story? Well... That's a bit of a surprise...
Van Helsing's next chapter is about ready to go. However, it'll be a little bit before you see it yet for various reasons. An update is close at hand though, trust me.
Discord: House of Chaos isn't going to update yet. Right now, it's under review for submission to Equestria Daily, and the first chapter is undergoing some minor editing tweaks to help it to that end. Nothing you'll notice, trust me. It's just some hyphen and dash stuff. Real minor, like I said. My pre-reader is very helpful though, and once it goes up on EqD, then I'll get started in earnest on the second chapter.
Human is being updated. Slowly. The character of Satan is hard to write, and I'm finding myself rather troubled on how exactly to spring the revelation that he's really Celestia's uncle and has been in an abusive relationship with First for the past six hundred years. All issues I'm sure that most writers are familiar with. I'm kidding, by the way. About most of it.
And also, Draven is increasingly busy, which means all our collab projects are on hold aside from Shades, which he's really devoting all his available time to. I know it doesn't seem like it, but it's a fucking long chapter and needs a lot of work. This unfortunately means that we're not going to see Twilight, Season One until after the next chapter of Shades, which may still be a while. And that really sucks, because I was so excited about TS1. I'll get it out though. Eventually.
I've been meaning to post these for a while, but I keep forgetting. A regular reader of mine, and I like to think friend as well, made this series of Saints Row 3 character creation models based off the humans from Human and Shades. Check it:
Lord Second. I don't even know what point in the story this version is from.
First, as he appeared in chapter eighteen.
Our good friend Hayato, AKA the Third, from Shades of Grey. This is Draven Eclipse approved.
And finally, the ever unsettling and enigmatic entity we know as Nathan Carson-Summers, the unofficial "Fourth."
These were all made by my man Armalite. If you'll go over to his user page, you'll also find he wrote a bunch of poems/short rap verses about both TotEG fics and several others you might know, so go check those out too. Give his stories a read while you're at it. Thanks, Armalite!
Question for my commenters:
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a fan who explained his interest in Human by telling me how much he liked the metafiction concepts that it uses, and that it's interesting enough that he was even able to overlook the gruesomely dark parts that are scattered throughout the story, even though he usually didn't like the dark stuff.
Human uses those dark elements because it's a vital part of the setting as I see it. A lot of the humour is extremely twisted, perverse, and is itself quite dark at times. If I don't make the world itself dark along with it, then the dark humour would feel more out of place. However, I know it's not for everyone. Though I think it's fair to say that Human is more well known than a lot of fics on this site, I've never really considered it incredibly famous, and it's probably because of exactly that reason.
But I've also held conversations with fans before who followed the story for its darker elements and its actual storyline, and were distracted when the ludicrous humour deflated the gravity and seriousness of the rest of the setting. It made me think a bit. People follow my story for a lot of different reasons, it seems. I'd like to hear what yours are, as a reader. Are you here for the comedy? Is it the dark and twisted shit you like? The concept and metafiction elements? Or is it just the narrative and characters? I'd like to know, actually. I'm curious what aspect draws in the most people.
Answer in the comments below.