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Back for one thing, and one thing only · 11:07pm Apr 23rd, 2021

Hey, all. It's been a long while. Literal years, even.

So I'm sort of back, just to show you something that couldn't be possible without my friend Soothing Stone. You see, we kind of wrote a new story together. Remember An Unexpected Surprise?

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No problem. And hey, don’t be a stranger. I’m certainly not going anywhere in regards to this site.

I will say that I am going to reread the story, just to see how it did when I wrote it. Or maybe because I just feel like it. I might keep your offer in mind, though. I'm glad you reached out to me after all this time, I feel a little better for it.

Thing about writing for leisure, or any artistic/creative medium, is that there is no pressure for it. No deadlines. You can pick it up and put it down, and pick it up again, any time you want. So, even if you haven’t written in a while, that doesn’t mean you’ll ever write again. Maybe you just need a moment to sit down and think creatively. Perhaps, you just need to read/listen/look at other creative works. Other times, maybe you just need a helping hand or encouraging word to get you motivated. So, who knows? Maybe you’ll write again just because you feel like it, no matter how you got to that point. Hell, that’s kinda how I’ve stuck with my writing for so long (despite some stories I’ve had to leave behind).

... Perhaps I can even help in that regard. I will be reading “An Unexpected Surprise”, so maybe I can help give you inspiration for a sequel? I have no guarantees, but the offer is out there.

Heh, I actually like romance stories. Everyone likes what they like.

Thanks for the encouraging words. I haven't written anything since November 2016, so that's about 3 and a half years ago. I don't really have any ideas right now for another story, and even if I did, I don't know if I would be able to write one. Heck, speaking of that story I mentioned, An Unexpected Surprise, I always wanted to write a sequel back then, but never had an idea for it. Feels like there's potential for one, but... yeah.

In terms of story preferences, I generally just enjoy stories with good character dynamics and interesting situations. For genres, I favor comedy and action (if the latter is well done. It’s surprisingly easy to botch action stories). I’m not too big on romance stories, but if the character dynamic is excellent (and the pair is interesting), I don’t mind reading that sort of stuff.

Also, yeah, I was more asking about the stories you wrote, so I’ll go ahead and check out “An Unexpected Surprise”. The premise sounds quite interesting, actually, so it should be a fun read.

As for how you see yourself as a writer, well, maybe you’re being a little too hard on yourself. Writing takes practice, and the quality of the works is more or less dependent on the effort and passion you pour into it, with peoples reactions being secondary. With that said, I can safely say that you’ve garnered a lot more positive attention to your stories than I could ever hope to get, lol. My only story that comes close to that would be my pride and joy “Elements Change the Dark Hearts”, and even then that story had to re-surface for 56 chapters from 2012 to 2018 before It managed to hit anything near the majority of your work. So, don’t count yourself short, eh?

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Tis Some Inspirational Words From A Friend

"I've accepted that getting popular highly depends on luck and experience, which most fics often don't have. Our fics just haven't been most fics. That's okay. Just because your work isn't popular doesn't mean it isn't great or on par with popular works, it just means it's less noticed. That's it.

Coming from competitive gaming, I've learned that the best mindset in playing against someone else is to never underestimate your opponent, but never overestimate them either. They are just as good as you. It really isn't that much different from other authors when writing. They are just as good as you. The stories you've favorited were made by authors with just as much ability as you. Same for those who get thumbs downs or don't get any views. They have just as much ability as you.

But if you keep updating and keep submitting stories, your chance for getting more popular or getting more luck is great, while in the same time you gain more practice and get more experience. It's really a win-win situation when you keep at it, at least when I look at it. I'm sure a lot of other people would disagree with me, but that's how I see it."