Author has written 8 stories for Pokémon, Kingdom Hearts, Harvest Moon, and Teen Titans.
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Announcement Update (12/24/13)
I haven't written (or published) very much in the past few months, but I hope to get back to writing sometime. I'd love to try and start another multi-chaptered story one day, in the hopes of producing something even better than Epilogue. Not much to say here, just wanted to reassure people that I'm not done with writing.
This is a shout out to everyone: Thank you for reading my stories, leaving reviews, favoriting, the whole nine yards. It means more to me than you can imagine, thank you so much.
I've published a few oneshots so far and recently finished my first multi-chaptered story, Epilogue. I haven't published very much since, but I assure you that I'm still writing!
I am a registered beta reader on this site, so if you're interested in enlisting my help, don't hesitate to send me a message!
I was a little hesitant to put this up here at first, but I've decided to consider taking requests. At this point in time I only plan to do oneshots, but if I like your idea enough I might make it run longer than that. Just PM me what you want with as much detail as possible. Who knows? I might grant your request (okay, not funny, I'll stop now).
The Making of Epilogue
First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who read this story from beginning to end. Knowing that there are people out there who got some enjoyment out of my writing, however small, is incredibly satisfying to me as a writer. Even you silent readers get my thanks (although I’d love to hear from you, too).
Fair warning to everyone: the following is nothing more than an extremely long commentary about my thoughts on Epilogue. If this doesn’t interest you, you stumbled here on accident, or just don’t care to read my rambling nonsense, I won’t be offended if you press the back button to get out of here.
Overall, I’m glad to have finished Epilogue and seen it through to the end. I admit that there was significant lack of planning on my part while I was in the process of wrting this story. This was one of many half-started and subsequently abandoned stories left for dead in a folder on my computer before I revived it this past February. There wasn’t much of a plot and it only had around 2000 words when I rediscovered it, but I became determined to finish it, if only because Cheren/Touko is a pairing that lives close to my heart. That, and because once I had the first three chapters up and running, I felt an obligation to complete it.
I’ve read way too many fanfictions on this site that were super good, only to discover that they last received an update two years ago. The last thing I wanted was for my stories to leave people hanging that way, because I absolutely hate it when that happens. So even when I felt like giving up on Epilogue (and believe me, that happened a lot), I was forced to keep going. And in the end, it paid off. So now here we are, with my thoughts on the long journey it took to get here.
Oh, the characters. Where to begin? I guess I’ll start with Cheren, our lead protagonist.
When this story was just starting out, I got quite a few comments from people saying they liked the way I wrote Cheren. And that made me really happy, because one of my goals while writing Epilogue was to portray Cheren as nothing else but himself. In some of the other Cheren/Touko fics I’ve read, or even just any fic with Cheren in it, he is way OOC. I imagined him to be intelligent, sarcastic, honest, sincere, and just a tad tsundere. He’s got so much personality, and it pained me to see people deny him that glory by writing him as something he’s not. I hope I did him justice.
I also find that a lot of stories on this site tend to be written from the female protagonist’s POV. So naturally I had to defy that and write it from the male POV. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like it just spices things up and makes everything more interesting when you get the other side's story. Besides, it was so much easier for me to write Cheren than it was for me to write Touko.
Ah, Touko. Because she’s the player character, I could technically make her any way I wanted, but I had to try so hard to keep her from becoming a Mary Sue. I still think she kinda turned out that way, but the positive comments I got from others revived my love for her character. I only really became comfortable writing her towards the end when I took a detour to show her thoughts on Cheren. I purposely included chapter 5 (where she declines the position of Champion) to show a different side of her character. I wanted to show that underneath Touko the awesome trainer there’s just Touko the person, and she’s every bit as uncertain as the rest of us.
Bianca was my favorite character to write. Honestly. I mostly just put her there for comic relief, and boy did she do her job well. The only thing I was concerned about was that people would start telling me to forget Touko and just have Cheren end up with Bianca. I’m not kidding. I really thought people were going to say that. Believe me when I say that I have nothing against DualRivalShipping, but I’ve always liked Checkmateshipping better since day one. Thankfully, no one said that, and I was glad that Touko came across as likeable enough for the readers.
And Touya. Well, he was kinda just there. I mean, he sort of joined Bianca in the comic relief department, but I didn’t have any major plans for him when the story started. Yeah, not much to say about Touya. And him being Touko’s twin brother was an impulse decision. It really was.
And if any of you were wondering, I used the Japanese names because I couldn’t get into Hilda and Hilbert. I just couldn’t. I tried, but it didn’t work. It’s a personal choice, and I prefer to call them Touko and Touya or White and Black. Hilda and Hilbert just… didn’t do it for me.
What’s Coming Next
Now that it’s completed, I realize that Epilogue wasn’t very long at all. I’ve seen lots of non-oneshots that run on for 60,000 words or more. Epilogue was about a third of that. It felt like forever to me, but each chapter was only about 1500 words.
I’ve already got an idea for my next story, but I’ve decided that after writing Epilogue, I should try and plan this stuff before I just jump ahead to writing it. I’m hoping it’ll save me time in the end and prevent me from writing crap for the first few chapters, but we’ll see how it turns out. It may take some time, but I hope my next story will be much better.
I’d love it if you took the time to read my next story, whenever I get it out there. I’ve also got a couple of oneshots posted, and a few others might sneak in every once in a while, too. As always, thanks for reading!
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