I'm going to be frank with you. · 5:44pm
Sheesh it sure has been a long time since I wrote one of these things. And the last few times I wrote one of these I was talking about all these crazy plans and how horrible I am for making promises that I don't keep, etc. etc. so on and so forth. Look, I'm going to be frank with you about a few things that are going on story related and with me as well. Not sure how much of you care to know, but hey. I'm doing stuff without your consent with the choice chapters (which I will address, bare with me) so why stop now.
First off, it goes without saying that I have been out of the FIMfiction community for a hell of a long time. Heck, aside from some "artwork" that was pony related, as well as being involved with another community which I won't discuss here (but you're welcome to find out, it's not that hard to find it now adays), I'd become very detached from this site. That means I haven't been involved in the Art for Fanfiction group, none of my other stories, and yes, this includes Sweetie's Mansion. In fact, the only thing I remembered vividly about the story was how close I'd come to finishing it, and how many folk told me how shitty the grammar, vocabulary, and over-all organization was. So when I finally came back, with all of my new plans and such for the story, I came with one idea. To finish it. To get to the end and even write some kind of follow up. That was my goal.
Hence the REBOOTs to "raise the story from the dead" to make it better, faster, and stronger than it was before (even if some reboots are still riddled with errors I've yet to catch on my own). And oh my goodness was it bad when I looked at it (I honestly don't see what the appeal to this story was besides something to chuckle at how horribly written it was). Enough shit talking myself though, that was the point of the REBOOTs, and I'm getting sick of being asked if I'm rewriting the story. Technically yes, but also no. I'm going through to make it at least somewhat respectable not only for my eyes, but the public eye as well. Like... and I know it'll never reach this level, but as notorious as a story like Fallout Equestria, or my all time favorite Past Sins. Something to at least stand a percentage of a chance against authors like PenStrokePony and whoeverthefuckwrotefo:e.
I don't know. Just talking aloud about a dream to ascend to the writers that managed to achieve that notoriety.
This is turning more into a journal than an update. Just me venting crap. Anyway moving on.
As for the Choice chapters, I KNOW. Alright? I know. I know you hate them. I know you want me to get rid of them. I know they're shittily done and I know they're not worth having or even really thinking about at this point in the development of the story. Though I also want you to know why I'm continuing to do them. They're more or less for me than anyone else at this point. To be brutally honest, it's a way I wanted to add to my story. True I wanted to add something similar to them from the very beginning to make a more game-like story, but honestly it's something for my own self gratification. Just a stupid way to see my story grow. My reasons are valid for expanding the plot and adding to the fact Sweetie's not invincible and can in fact lose, and that her survival is mostly determined by her decisions... but I'd be lying if there wasn't a little bit of me in there. I wanted it for my own self gratification and to alleviate my own boredom of solely editing and adding to something that already exists.
And to that I'd like to apologize for breaking the story for you in that sense. I thought somehow between the [Continue]s and the green Os that both persons who hated the choices and persons who found some value in them could enjoy the story, but unfortunately that's not possible and I apologize. I also apologize for the fact that I'm not going to necessarily stop the choice chapters until chapter 10. Only because of the boredom. At least by then I'll have gained enough momentum to push past my own boredom and self gratification to push through to finally add new chapters to truly advance the story. And most importantly and most shamefully, I'd like to apologize for the fact that there most likely won't be a Halloween update to Sweetie's Mansion, since the main focus will be the REBOOTs by then. Editing the story is a priority above even the new chapters... at least in my book. I really am sorry for all of this.
I honestly don't know what I'll do let alone what I can do to make it up to you guys, because whether you've been laughing at the story, or you've been thoroughly enjoying it, you've been great fans. Every single one of you. Hopefully something will come up that you all can find some enjoyment in.
In any case, I'll try and update more often with the status on REBOOTS and other Sweetie's Mansion related stuff. Ask any questions you have in the comments and I'll either message you or respond back.