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Merry all hallows, everyone!
Yeah, It's been a while since the last one of these, but... well, School is hard, okay?
So yeah, the reason for my (and Inky's) recent silence has been the specter of school and homework hovering over our lives like Zuul. Unfortunately, neither of us is the Keymaster and so we are forced to fight this all-encompassing infestation of ghoulish boredom with sullen and uncompromising bashing of our heads against the homework. Ahem.
With that being said, stuff is settling down enough for me to send up a flare and let everyone know what we're up to over here, and give you guys some information on stuff to come. First up, lets handle the elephant in the room.
The stuff we're writing.
This has been a big hanging shame over my head these past three months, especially given how much I love to write and how prolific I was this time last year. I blame all of this on my current classes being both boring and time consuming, but what are you going to do?
Regardless, Inky's ability to write at this present moment is actually pretty limited. He's doing what he can, and we appreciate him, but right now Nuke School takes priority. This also means I myself am greatly slowed as I am forced to go hunting for editors and assistants in keeping me on task. Fortunately, that's getting a bit easier.
Right now, I'm primarily shooting to publish the first chapter of The Great and Magnificent 7 at some point this weekend, with an undetermined update schedule. (Possibly every two days? We'll see if the momentum I have keeps going.) With a brand new major project, The Avatar's Call scheduled to follow it starting in November at some point.
But between now and then, I'm going to be doing some short, fruity and fun stuff in order to help me get back into the mojo groove of writing. Prominent amongst these will be at least one small Codeverse story to whet the appetites of my loyal readers as I gird my loins and prepare for one of two major releases before the end of this year.
The news of which leads me into my next question....
Important Stuff regarding The Codeverse
Firstly, I'd like to thank all of my followers for being patient with me during this quiet period and especially as this year has been a deal less productive than last year. Fortunately, I'm hoping to fix that.
As some of you probably remember, I made an ill-conceived attempt at making some cash off of my fanfiction musings that basically crashed, burned, and went nowhere. However, from the ashes of that attempt I have been spurred to finally stop beating around the bush and confront the demon that I have so assiduously stayed away from until now. The concept of publishing original fiction.
Of all of my creations so far, only The Code's Apprentice and its constituent world building and concepts speak strongly enough to me to actually make an outright original series out of. First off, I think a female-centric adventure series could be a major draw, especially as I would work hard to avoid a lot of the teen-angst / Twilight-esque drama that simply does not represent my own creative views. Secondly, the Codeverse as a concept has a lot of rich potential to be exploited that I simply cannot do in the environment of an MLP fanfiction. So like so many other authors before me, I have already begun to file off the serial numbers in the hopes of launching an original fiction series, with the first book tentatively titled "Student of The Code" which will be the origin story of (tentatively named main protaganist) Lillian Lorne and the discovery of her ability to manipulate the world around her through the mysterious power of The Code of Harmony.
So what does this mean for my Codeverse stories on here? Well....
That's where things get complicated.
Serious Talk: I absolutely want to write The Code of Dissonance. If for no other reason than to deliver on the promises of Queen Twilight's interactions with Dissonance's power, the conflict between the hidden hooves of the Solar Crusade and the new forces of social equality in Equestria, and how the corruptive nature of power will cause a great many interesting things to happen. With that being said, I need to be very honest with myself. Above everything else, I want to write for a living. Since no market apparently exists to support the creation of fan works in terms of fiction (As opposed to fan works in terms of visual art, but whatever. I'm not going to dwell on that.) I need to break in to original fiction and start taking my chances there.
That means I'm going to need to devote writing time that previously would have been tapped for Ponyfiction and ideas that previously would have been tapped for these stories as well. That means that Code of Dissonance becomes a much harder project to devote my time to as I want to avoid internal confusion until I establish the fundamental differences between my Original Code stories and MLP code stories.
I believe it is important to deliver the best possible product and experience to my readers. So at this time, I am forced to make a difficult decision about how I will proceed with my writing. That decision goes like this.
Code of Dissonance will be written, regardless. I want to make that utterly clear, I am GOING TO WRITE THAT STORY. I promised a sequel, a sequel is coming. However, it may be a while before I am ready and prepared to write that sequel. How long is a while? I cannot say for certain. If Student of the Code is published and does well, It will probably be a lot sooner rather than later but that's crossing bridges that haven't even been built yet.
I would like to stress that I'm not in danger of becoming homeless or computer-less, but my budget is what you would call tighter than a corset. I have almost no wiggle room in my monthly expenditures. I have no fun money and a very small 'disaster' fund. Until these things improve, I am going to have to pursue naked commercial ventures over passion projects. I hate this, but this is life right now. IF anyone out there has any suggestions or ideas on how I can improve this situation (I already have a job and no, I'm not getting a second job.) feel free to sound off in the comments.
Those are the two big things which have been clogging up my brain lately. If anyone out there has questions about what we've been up to or what we might be up to in the near future, please feel free to speak up! I'll be making another blog post in the near future to muse on some story-related things, so keep an eye out for that.
Thank you all for your readership, and I remain ever humbly yours,
1w, 1dMore Silliness1 comments · 114 views
I got bored again.
Great and Magnificent 7 to launch this friday. A blogpost with an update will becoming before then.
2w, 3dA Dose of Cute.0 comments · 124 views
Hey, did you guys miss us?
Cool, we're putting out some little one-shots to get back into the groove of writing. Go check em out.
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/220880/young-eyes Some cute from Lapis.
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/220806/first-seconds Some cute from Inky.
Enjoy your cute. More substantial stuff to come soon.
5w, 4hSchool Sucks8 comments · 137 views
And homework sucks even more for getting down to consistent writing.
We are all still alive over here, just dealing with new scheduling and new responsibilities. Just thought all of you should know.
New stories are coming.... a little slowly.