Gameboy FTW. I thought about something like that too, briefly, but my last entry was also a "Pokemon used to be so much better!" kind of thing except about the rivals.
I'm a bit further along; got an idea I feel pretty good about and just finished an outline. The inspiration is a little unusual for Pokemon, I think, but I'll keep that a secret until after the deadline. ;)
Venia Silente is my official pen name in the Pokémon fandom. Had been pending a username change for a while already to get it in-line with what I'm using in all other Pokémon-related sites I'm in. Serebii name change is still pending, and I think that will be last one.
As for the avvie yes, it is Laguna, as portrayed in 3DS's Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, where all playable characters are chibies o3o
Awesome game to have BTW in particular if you can get the DLC.
I'm sorry too, just as much my fault it's been so long as yours. :p This time I'm really going to try to stick around for a while. I've got a 100% buffered Digimon fic that I'm editing and posting chapters from each week, so that at least should keep me here for another 3 months.
Btw, what's your new username mean? If I'm not mistaken your new avatar is some kind of doll-version of Laguna from FFVIII.