Nice, Latias and Latios actually have names now. Giving my Latias a name is something I’ve been meaning to do as well. She was raised by humans, so it’s odd that she doesn’t have one. I’m also strongly considering changing Nadroj’s name. The thing is that I’ve managed to turn it into a running gag. The first few times the pair meets someone new Nadroj politely explains that his parents thought they were being creative. After the first few introductions Latias grows tired of having to see Nadroj go on the defensive when his name comes up, so she butts in and says something akin to, “Yes, it’s Jordan spelled backwards. It’s not that funny. Get over it.”
And I’d love to see your story. Feel free to PM it me.
Coincidentally would you like to casually critique a very short (~450 words) story I wrote? It's from a creepy dream I had about a fox! The story could actually go longer (since the dream had more to it) but I can't figure out a way to connect all the events sensibly.
Yeah, the more I went back over the Eon Chronicles the more I realized how painfully flat all the characters are. It's mostly just a maturity thing, having seen and read a lot more stuff since I first started writing. I think MLP was actually a big inspiration for making my characters' personalities "pop" a bit more. I also watched Avatar: The Last Airbender about a year ago, which also handles character development really well. All of my characters are nearly unrecognizable now since I've made so many changes.
1. Ren's a bit of a snob with a brilliant tactical mind (and possibly a bit of a drug problem)
2. Kairn is now Nua, a streetwise clothier-turned-thief who applies concepts of tailoring to things it should never be applied to
3. Latios is now named Chime, and has become a nervous, musical telempath
4. Latias is now named Cay, and has become a lawful good barrier mage
Which is all well and good if I could actually write something.
Well technically it's a PharmD. It's basically the degree that's needed to practice as a pharmacist. By the time I finish school I'll probably be 100k in debt, so yeah, lots of money being thrown around by the both of us, haha.
And I get feeling the need to write original fiction. I have a ton of ideas in my head, but I'm not sure how well (or if) they'll translate to paper. Sometimes I wonder if I should’ve been a film maker. Then for me there's the fact that when writing original fiction, it usually appeals to a much broader audience than fanfiction does, so much so that writing fanfiction is almost doing art for art's sake. Of course the sheer number of readers shouldn't be the only factor when deciding what to write, but I have to admit that it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately.
I guess the main thing that's kept me going on One Latias is developing the relationship between Nadroj and Latias. The first time around they never really disagreed on anything and almost blended into a single character. Now Nadroj is the reserved, calculating type and Latias is more outgoing, and even a little bit scrappy when the occasion calls for it. They actually have fights, which are surprisingly fun to write.
Nice, I guess you're going for a PhD then? I'd like to go back to school but I'd also like to not be in debt, lol. We just bought a condo so we are officially ~$175,000 in the hole. Weee!
Writing is generally hit or miss for me these days. I have inspiration sometimes but I can't ever seem to write more than a couple hundred words before losing interest. I've been picking away at a rewrite of the Eon Chronicles, though that's pretty much on hold at the moment too. The Alola region fits the rewrite extremely well (sort of a pacific islandy thing), so I'm considering changing the setting to there which might finally get me motivated. Overall though, I'm having a hard time writing fanfiction these days because I feel like I should write original fiction, and I'm having a hard time writing original fiction because it requires so much more worldbuilding. Then I just don't feel like writing in general because what's in my head never comes out right on paper. There's a lot of visual metaphor and music (Latios is a musical character now) which is incredibly hard to convey through text. Still waiting for that direct brain upload technology, man!
Hey, just dropping by to update you on the state of things and find out what’s been going on with you. As you probably deduced over a year ago, One Latios is at a standstill. I have the beginning and end in mind. It’s just the middle that I can’t seem to figure out.
In terms of other stuff, I’m starting graduate school this month at Washington State University’s doctor of pharmacy program. In my downtime I find myself working on the One Latias rewrite. I think this is because the story is about an improbable adventure, which is what I feel I’m embarking on now. I’ve made it to the part where the Groudon comes into play, so I’d say I’m at two thirds of the way through, considering the fact that I’ll be cutting out a large chunk of the (filler) material between the Groudon encounter and the last Prime encounter.
Nice. I've never played TCG, but since the VGC tournaments I go to are often linked to TCG tournaments, I've known quite a few TCG players. In general I think that both the VGC and TCG communities have really good attitudes. I've thought about doing write-ups for a few tournaments, but I've never quite gotten around to it. The closest thing I've done to a write-up was an analysis of the team I used this season, and that was for the benefit of my university's Pokemon club, which has a few people looking to get into VGC.
By the way, I participated in a couple of pokemon TCG tournaments at comic con this year. They were actually pretty fun. We played a lot of kids and they had really good attitudes, which was a nice surprise considering how older players can get. I've got a write-up in the works that might be entertaining.
Yeah, work tends to have that effect. I've been seriously slacking on the EC rewrite mostly because I'm just tired and unmotivated after work, bluh. I've got a one-shot in the works about one of my characters though, so at least that's something.
Ah, I popped in a few weeks back on a whim and only found your message today. It looks like it's been a few weeks since you've been on as well, so hopefully you'll somehow get this.
As for where I am, I've kind of gotten into the Pokemon VGC, which is pretty much the video game equivalent of the Pokemon TCG. I hang around Nugget Bridge and to a lesser extent Smogon under the name J-Leo-L (and JLeoL). It would be cool to get back together and talk about stuff. I'm actually around halfway through the OL rewrite, but progress has been uneven, so I don't think I'll release it until I'm fully finished. In fact, what I would really like to do is finish both OL and Elements before releasing any chapters. But that's just me. I'm not sure what you're up to these days. If you ever read this message, I'd love to reconnect.