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  • 38 weeks
    Rewriting Smashing Down: How the Pandemic and the Invasion of Ukraine smothered most of my will to rewrite it

    The title is descriptive enough, but I don't think I need to tell any of you how rough 2020 was. For me, 2020 and 2021 were both years of stress, near-homelessness, loss, joblessness, and many other difficulties. Writing slowed, and then stopped.

    And then, once I was finally pulling myself together, the invasion of Ukraine happened.

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    2 comments · 143 views
  • 123 weeks
    On Rewriting Smashing Down, And Writing Again

    I have tried thrice to rewriting Smashing Down, or to pick up where I last left off. Every time, I am reminded that the story was written when I was sixteen, in 2013. My writing back then was decent enough to get attention, but I look back on a lot of it with embarrassment, for a large variety of reasons.

    Smashing Down, as it stands, cannot be rewritten.

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    13 comments · 379 views
  • 248 weeks
    Sometimes, to make something better, you have to burn it down first...

    I last posted an update nearly two years ago stating that I would be editing Smashing Down. That turned out to be a lie, a task I gave up on several months and barely a couple chapters in. Within that time, I have become a far better writer, and thought up far better ways to introduce the story and setting in a way that will both make more sense and make for a far more interesting story than the

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    14 comments · 495 views
  • 335 weeks
    On the future of Smashing Down

    I should warn you that the following will contain criticism of my writing and my plans for what to do with Smashing Down.

    It was one of my first stories, and certainly one that gained a fair bit of popularity. It even hit the front page a few times on FimFiction. Plenty of people have enjoyed it, and it maintains a very good like ratio.

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    4 comments · 554 views
  • 377 weeks
    Suddenly, Update!

    I am back! Kind of...

    I'll be working intently on Rebirth of an Empire, which will probably be getting a renaming.
    Smashing Down will be thought over. I have some problems with the story, and part of me is thinking of putting it on hiatus.

    There's your news update, folks! Please don't burn me...

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Mar
16th
2022

Rewriting Smashing Down: How the Pandemic and the Invasion of Ukraine smothered most of my will to rewrite it · 8:10pm March 16th

The title is descriptive enough, but I don't think I need to tell any of you how rough 2020 was. For me, 2020 and 2021 were both years of stress, near-homelessness, loss, joblessness, and many other difficulties. Writing slowed, and then stopped.

And then, once I was finally pulling myself together, the invasion of Ukraine happened.

I don't think I have to mention how difficult it is to write about Russian military hardware and Russian military units when a war involving them is happening right now.

I'll be trying my best, but... I'm having to delve further and further into potential alternative futures in order to bring my plans to fruition.

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It is an AU set in the future so why not? Sounds heartless, but I have no problems since it doesn’t really affect my country. However, since major powers are shifting attention from the Middle East to SEA and East Asia, I would say add Asian forces.

Like get rid of the Russian Mistral since the deal was scrapped anyways, get rid of the Kirov, and make the Russian Naval forces stick with maybe 2 Gorshkovs, an Ivan Gren, and a Yasen-class submarine.

For Asian forces, I would add:

1 Izumo-class
2 Kongos
2 Asahis
JSDF Rangers
1 Chinese carrier
2 Yuzhaos
1 Chinese LHD
4 Chinese Destroyers
1 Chinese Infantry Battalion
1 Indian Carrier
1 Indian Destroyer
2 Indian Frigates
2 Indonesian Bergaminis
1 Indonesian Arrowhead 140
1 Indonesian Scorpene
16 Indonesian Dassault Rafale F4
1 Indonesian Armored Battalion with Leopard 2s, Pandur IIs, Anoas, and Kaplan MTs
1 Company of Indonesian Marines with BMP-3s, BVP-2s, and modernized PT-76s with a 90mm and Falarick ATGMs
1 Australian LHD
12 Australian F-35s
2 Australian Destroyers
1 Australian infantry Battalion
2 South Korean Destroyers
1 North Korean Special Forces group

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I would also hope the Author would add the BRP Jose Rizal and the BRP Antonio Luna, both sister ships of the Philippine Navy, and also a group of Philippine Marines and The Philippine scout rangers, I'm curious on how will they fight in the everfree forest since these guys are experts on guerilla warfare like the Vietcong.

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