At this point i think everyone’s made their way (hopefully safely) into 2019. This morning, I did a little my year in pictures on Tumblr which you can look at here, and I also want to do something for the blog, since WP is my true home online. I don’t want to do the same thing twice, however, so for the blog I’m doing a little retrospective. I’m going to take a look back at my stories and I’ll look a little ahead to some plans for 2019. So, let’s do this retrospective that nobody wanted. Yay!
Champion of Moonlight
So, I want to do CoM first just to get something out of the way. I finished CoM in March of this year and at the time it was the story I’ve done that I was most proud of. I’m still proud of it, but of course I can look back on it now and see a million mistakes that I’d like to change. For a long time, I left in a picture with a blatant continuity error (it’s gone now, so don’t go looking) and of course I’ve improved my picture quality immensely since I finished it. Honestly, I’d love to go through it and replace the pictures, but since I’ve got a lot of other projects on my plate, I’m not sure it’ll happen anytime soon.
The thing I want to get out of the way is that sequel that’s hovering over my head all the time. Thing is, I haven’t worked on it for months, once I realised that I just didn’t know where to take it. I really, really, really want to do the sequel at some point, since I left the story on a bit of a downer. Pressuring myself did nothing for my creativity, however, and that’s why nothing much has happened on that front since the summer. I really hope I’ll want to pursue it at some point, but I feel like I might want to edit the original a bit before I tackle the second, just so I can feel better about where things are going. When I’ve got something, I’ll let you know, but I’m afraid it won’t be anytime soon. Now, I do want to share a few pictures that I took for it at one point while I was still trying to force it and I edited them quite a bit. They’re pretty nice-looking, but alas – it wasn’t to be.
Not sure I’ll ever post a version with pictures that have been edited this much 😛
Monte Vista Stories
I finished my first generation in May of this year after much frustration. Generation 1 had grown out of hand for me, since I had nothing even resembling a plan when I started. Still, I feel like I ended the generation on a bit of a higher note with a chapter that was actually fun to write and had me using ReShade for the first time in a chapter. I’ve been using it ever since, and I’m really loving the way my game looks these days. For gen 2, I feel like the quality has been way higher. There are things that annoy me (poor Enzo’s characterisation was very weak in the beginning and I’m only just getting a feeling for him), but all in all, since I started having my boyfriend beta-read for me, I feel like my writing has become stronger.
Of course, I’ve also started rewriting gen 1. It just annoyed me too much to have new readers come to the blog, only to be met with that old mess. That’s why I decided to start doing it over and just posting it as I feel like, without a set schedule. It’s a lot of fun to be going in and changing things to suit my current style and tastes better. And, most importantly, I’ve got my beta-reader on the case for this one as well, of course! He’s already prevented me from posting a version of chapter two that was very close to the old version (i.e.: it was bad). I’ve been taking some pictures for it that I think are nice, and I’m fleshing out the characters a lot. Both gen 2 and the new gen 1 have come to mean a lot to me, and I can’t wait to continue both of them in 2019. Of course, my next gen 2 chapter will already be out on Saturday (yikes!). The gen 1 rewrite is a bit more loose, but I have a much improved version of chapter two, and as soon as boyfriend has had another look at it, I’ll be posting!
But of course, 2018 is over and as much as I like to look back, looking ahead is exciting as well. If you’re following me on Tumblr, you’ll know I’ve been fiddling with a few new characters lately. It’s actually a story that’s been haunting me since August or something. I did a few pictures and such for it at the time, but the story never really clicked with me (and I was too busy with gen 2 anyway). Here are a few pictures from that version of the story:
The main character’s name was going to be either Tridia or Trivia, but I could never really get her right and I never could nail down her personality. She still has a pretty nice face, though, so I may find a role for her later. If you’re wondering about her red eyes, I’m not going to tell yet, since the red eyes were relevant to the story then and are still relevant to what I’ve been working on since. Which brings me to what’ll happen now.
See, the story has finally started clicking (hopefully – it’s still early days), once I had yet another story idea that wouldn’t leave me alone. This one wasn’t explicitly fantasy, but I wanted it to be, and after a few failed attempts at coming up with some new magical universe, I decided to merge it with the story I talked about above.
I’m not going to go into much here. It’s still early days and I don’t think this story will see the light of day for a couple of months (possibly longer than that), so I’d like to keep it to myself for now. I will probably get overly excited and post pictures from it on Tumblr now and again. In fact, I’ve already done so. Here they are, in case you haven’t seen:
I can’t help but be stupidly excited about how they turned out, and they’re the first time I’ve tried using contacts with a slightly more realistic touch to them. All I will give you now are their names – Vida and Rennon – and then I’ll keep all the rest in my head and my notebooks 🙂
Thank You for Being Here!
Having this blog is truly one of my favourite hobbies in the world. Thanks to all the kindness, support, and enthusiasm of the community, I’ve really enjoyed the time I spent here in 2018. I’m hoping 2019 will be an even better year for writing, reading, and being creative. Thanks to those read all of this rambling and had a look at the pics – I know nobody asked for this. Happy New Year to everyone and I’ll see you in the next post!