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An Inconvenient Truth 1816

>Pic tangentially related.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make that greatly distresses me. I'll make this as quick as I can. For the past year now, I've been working on a crossover with a certain video game entitled Team Fortress 2. Billed as a tragicomedy, The RED Cataclysm has been the story I've wanted to tell ever since I got into this fandom. It began life as my first-ever foray into the brony community, and it's been steadily evolving ever since then into a story of grand scope, greater than I ever could have imagined it becoming when I scratched out the first draft.

And I think it just jumped the shark.

So I ask you, fellow denizens of /fic/, has this ever happened to you? Have you ever poured your heart and soul into something, watched it grow and blossom into maturity, and then looked back on it and realized "Wow, this is complete horseshit"? And if so, how did you cope with that realization?

Casca!blANCA/Sq2 1822

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>>1816
Pretty much everything I wrote before I found /fic/, heh. I mean, my first serious attempt had a Gary Stu for a main character, and him being that was actually a central plot point. I still keep it tucked away in a nice little box in my head because I'm fond of the silly thing, but I'm certain that I don't have the chops to pull it off, and most possibly never will. So, no, it didn't really blossom, and while I acknowledge it as crap, I don't feel with the fury of a thousand suns that it's crap.

Hmm… So I think my answer to that question might actually be "no".

But but but! If I had to cope with the realization, I'd cling on to two things:
1) Writing that helped me grow
2) Someone out there enjoyed it

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>>1822
Well, I suppose you have a point there. Writing has helped me grow as a person. In fact, over the course of writing Cataclysm, I realized I wanted to pursue writing as a career. That's what makes this realization so hard to work with. And as for my audience… yeah, I suppose I can take some consolation in that.

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>Pic Related

To your question Conch, I will answer "yes."

I originally started my Main Story, "Equestri Noir", as a rather simple fantastic noir about a jaded knight in sour armor detective named Bogart Maltese who was tasked with investigating, and subsequently stopping, a dangerous cult based in Ponyville called "The Crux Nato," all the while dealing with the death of a partner at that same cult's hooves, and the steadily darkening world around him (which was already dark as is, due to Equestria being slightly crap-sack world with no princesses and two world wars, the second one just barely ended).

Bogart himself was a vet of the previous war, and despite having fought on the side of the baddies (The Regime in-story) was a stallion that deep down wanted nothing but to do what was right. It would have dealt with him coming to terms with his past actions, accepting his present route, and embracing a future that while uncertain, could be shaped into something bright.



Somehow, that story morphed into one where Bogart Maltese ended up cursed by a vile corruption thanks to the Crux Nato (one that changes him physically and mentally), had to stop total war from once again breaking between the major nations of the world with the aid of a returned princess Luna, had to protect the Elements of Harmony as they confronted the source of worldly chaos, a corrupted Discord, came to the harrowing discovery that he was, in fact, an artificial homonculi created by the Regime to serve as an unquestioning general, and finally had to confront an eldritch abomination called "S'muz" in a dimension of complete chaos alone (as he was both soulless and corrupted, thus could face it and not go mad), and somehow convince it to destroy itself rather than carry out its goal of total assimilation and consumption.


So yeah, the shark was jumped quite majorly.

My time away from the writing (due to life issues) showed me how to fix my errors however, and that's what I'm doing, aside from reviews and a possible future workshop.

However, I've never stopped wanting to tell that story, even if its absurd in many ways.

Conch, your jumping of the shark cannot be as bad as my jumping of the shark.

Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 1856

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Yes, quite a few times, actually. I wrote a story on FanFiction.net back in the day. It's non pony, but it still sits today as the only story on the entire site that has a particular character. It became very popular because of that, and I still get emails today asking me to continue it. I can't, of course, because it was a lemon (For those of you who don't know what a lemon is, it's FF.Net's non pony term for clop story.) and, well, I really think it's complete horse apples. Really, I just looked at it the other day and was shocked by my own writing. I edited it for formatting, but I still don't like the way I wrote it. I would take it down, but it has fans that really enjoy it. (likely because it's the only story of it's kind)

There was also a pony story I wrote, that I just really, REALLY regret ever writing. It was intended to emulate my favorite song by Jackleapp, but I failed in the exposition. Needless to say, I agree with the rather swift send-off I received from EqD.

I have no idea where I would be right now if not for /fic/, and I rather wish I had found you guys before I finished high school, which would actually have been possible. I had just started my senior year when MLP began.
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