Ficbits the Seventh: Wild, Wild… Hoenn, apparently

Serebii Forums’ fan fiction club held a “Hoenn Gauntlet” challenge to celebrate the then-upcoming release of ORAS. I tried to write some stories for it! None of them are finished yet (although apparently neither were anyone else’s, oops), but hopefully I’ll be able to get through at least a few at some point. The challenges were all interesting, and dammit now that I’ve started writing a Western set in Hoenn of all places I need to see how it turns out!

This is currently technically the beginning of the story, although chances are this little snippet of scene will be moved further back after I make some tweaks to the outline.

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A very slightly louder birthday than last year’s

…which was only a few update posts ago. Eff.

Well, the good news is that I do have something new for Underwhelming Birthday Party Number Seven: the webcomic recommendation list I’ve been meaning to finish up for ages is now live. I definitely left off some that I want to rec but couldn’t put into words for some reason; most of them are popular enough that I’m sure you’ve heard of them, but I’ll add them (and any others) as soon as I can. I’m also going to post a ficbit or two shortly, so there’s that.

I was hoping to be ready to start an LP soonish, but I want to make sure some other stuff is off my plate before I commit to that. Maybe in time for my birthday in January. Maybe. Erp.

Happy seventh birthday, Altered Origin, minimal though it is, and happy archive-bingeing to anyone who gets hooked on Rice Boy or Drive or whatever after reading the rec list. I’m sorry if you’re up until 2 AM, but I should mention that I’m also not sorry at all.

Pretty sure this is some kind of record

…and there’s really no excuse for it, considering that I had the 721 mini stories I’m updating with finished months ago. Sorry. :( We’ve got new drabbles for Koffing, Unown, Magcargo, Loudred, Cranidos, Rampardos, Shellos, Scraggy, Cofagrigus, Minccino, Pyroar, Furfrou, Meowstic, Slurpuff and Gourgeist.

There would probably have been more (and more frequent updates as a result), but most of my writing has been focused on that Best at Second-Best first draft I swore I’d get done. It’s coming along nicely, at least. Nowhere near postable yet, but as that’s not the idea at this stage I’m fine with that. I do have some smaller projects that are a little less messy and may see some ficbits posted soonish, though!

level 25 + Fandom Resolutions 2014

A happy birthday to me and a happy belated New Year to the rest of you! Sorry for the delay in the usual resolutions post; had some ironing out to do with respect to said resolutions. Let’s get a few other updates get out of the way first:

First of all, I’ve decided that I’m going to discontinue the 718 project, a.k.a. that one-shot-per-evolution-line project that most of you probably forgot was a thing. The fics themselves will remain up, of course, and I’ll continue writing individual one-shots as time and inspiration permits (I do have a few ideas bouncing around currently that would’ve been for 718 and are still perfectly good on their own, for example), but there’s a sense of obligation that comes with calling this a “project” and I’d rather not have it hanging over my head any longer. It’s been neglected for long enough and my attention is better spent on other goals.

718 mini, on the other hand, I fully intend to keep up with. I should also point out that I’m going to change its name (again) to 721 mini to reflect the actual number of existing Pokémon as of Gen VI. That was my intent when I first announced the switch from 649 to 718, but at the time I thought I’d hold out a little longer just in case there were a significant number of people who remained blissfully unspoiled. I apologize if you were one of the few folks who hadn’t yet heard that there are three hidden event Pokémon in X and Y and I’ve just ruined that for you. If you still don’t know what those three Pokémon actually are, however, rest assured that I won’t be writing about them yet and you can continue to hold out until the official reveal. Not that I could write fics for them seeing as we know so little worth writing about, but still. No further spoilers here!

(The Fanfiction page has been updated to reflect these changes. If I screwed up any links or anything, let me know.)

I’m trying to get that “write 100+ words every day” thing back up and running again, and so of course that means that the newly-christened 721 mini has a bunch of updates for you! (Well, maybe not “of course” given my track record, but I’ve been pretty good about it so far! Not every day of writing has gone toward this project, nor are all of them currently presentable, but there’s still a fair bit here!) New drabbles are up for Rapidash, Grimer, Electrode, Cubone, Marowak, Togetic, Swinub, Shedinja, Bagon, Glameow, Purugly, Rotom, Swoobat, Maractus, Yamask, Escavalier, Alomomola, Accelgor, Braixen, Frogadier, Fletchling, Aegislash and Klefki. Whew!

That’s the updates sorted, then. Now for the fun part: the annual self-deprecating whining and valiant but likely vain efforts to have less to whine about by the end of this year!

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A quiet birthday

Six years, man. Six years I’ve been poking away, slowly and not very steadily, at this silly little corner of the internet. I wish I could say I had an appropriate gift to commemorate the occasion, but all I’ve had the time to do recently is a backend thing that probably isn’t all that interesting for the rest of you. I made a few tweaks to the site so that fanfics are now considered their own type of post—they’re a bit easier for me to sort through on my end, they don’t get mixed in with the stream of regular posts anymore, at least unless I explicitly decide to make them show up again (if you scroll through the home page updates you’ll notice all the actual fanfic/drabble posts aren’t listed), they have a better URL structure (/fanfics/fanfic-name rather than /year/month/fanfic-name) and in the future I’ll be able to change the layout of fanfic pages to something a little more custom with minimal fuss—show a different set of tag/category/recent post links, for example, or increase the line length so it’s not so narrow. Look, I know it’s thrilling but you need to at least try to contain your excitement. Don’t need you exploding all over my new fanfic setup.

…then again, six isn’t generally as big a deal as five, so maybe the low-key “gift” is not as unfortunate as it could’ve been. Ah, well. Now back to the struggle to get at least one more new bit of writing done before the year is out so there’s actually something to put in this newfangled categorization!

(And do let me know if you notice any problems while browsing through the fics! As with everything nice I try to do for AO I hit a bunch of snags while trying to set this up, and while I’m pretty sure I’ve taken care of all of them there’s always a chance that something is still fouled up. I do know that the links in the previous posts announcing fic updates are broken because I didn’t adjust them to the new URLs out of laziness, but if anything else is wrong, tell me and I’ll try to fix it!)

Server move complete + 718 mini + new artwork

If you’re seeing this post, the server move is complete! Welcome! There were a few hiccups here and there but I’m pretty sure everything’s settled. Thanks for your patience while I packed everything up and moved to my new internets home.

Now that the gallery is no longer messed up I am finally able to update the Fanart page with some pictures of Swanna, Mega Mewtwo Y and Goomy, so if you didn’t already see those on my Tumblr you can check them out here. I also added two new drabbles for Fennekin and Espurr, and as you can guess based on their debut and the title of this update that means that 649 mini (and, by extension, the poor, neglected 649) have finally had their names changed. From now until whenever Gen VII mozies on in and messes everything up again, these projects will be known as 718 and 718 mini.

Now to attend to a few other things, relax a little and then commence panicking about what I’m going to do for AO’s sixth birthday in a little over a week. Ciao!

Server move… again

Hey everyone! Nothing new to report on the content front just yet, but I am going to be changing hosts for what is hopefully the last time in a good while. This host works just fine for what I’m currently doing, but the new host will give me more space and make it easier to… experiment with certain other projects I’ve been wanting to try out.

As such, there’s the usual chance that things will be down later this week (Thursday-Friday-ish) as domains propagate and files move and all that fancy stuff. Hopefully everything will go smoothly, but if not, you can try checking my Tumblr and see if I’ve made any progress updates there. Sorry for the inconvenience, and see you all on the other side! Probably with a few new pictures, too, now that the gallery seems to be unborkened at long, long last.

649 mini + more ficbits + the Big Project, whoops

A double apology, first off, because not only has Altered Origin been sitting dormant since April but I somehow failed to mention that the too-often-teased “Big Project” is finally done. And has been for over three months. Uuuuuggggh.

But yes: after nearly two years of hard work, stalling, hard work, complications, stalling and last-minute panic, Pokémon Turquoise is finally open. In a nutshell, it’s a forum-based RP in which you can explore the New Logora region from the Phoenixdex and catch all of its fancy fakemon and stuff. It’s pretty casual (no paragraph requirements or anything) and easy to pick up, and there’s going to be some expansion into additional new regions in the near future, so do come give it a look if that sounds like it’d be up your alley! (I’ll also add Turquoise to the Network dropdown in the menu as soon as I can figure out why that’s acting up now.)

After five+ months of silence I only have three additional 649 mini stories, but they’re finally uploaded: see Ivysaur’s here, and Tangela and Gyarados’s here. In brighter news, I did make a teensy bit of headway on some possible fanfic ideas a few weeks ago; you can see some excerpts from those in the post immediately preceding this one. How much further I’ll get with those, especially the first one, remains to be seen, but in the meantime they’re not half bad (if I do say so myself) and they’re a little meatier than all those dinky drabbles.

Part of the reason things have been so quiet is that I finally landed an actual job, and on top of the full-time hours it has a lengthy commute that doesn’t leave me quite as much free time as I’d anticipated. I fully intend for AO to remain open and sharing some kind of content for as long as possible, however, so I’ll do my best to make do with the free time I have and get around to fixing some of the site’s issues and, hopefully, getting back on track with something resembling regular updates.

Ficbits the Sixth: Potential Pokémon Projects

*gasp* Writing? Writing pieces that are greater than 100 words in length, even? Witchcraft!

Against all odds I did manage to write a few scenes and snippets of some potential/very early WIP fanfics, and because they’re (hopefully) not too bad I thought I’d put them up here. Knock some of the dust off the site, as it were. I’ve settled for calling them both “ficbits” for now even though one of them is an entire scene unto itself (and will probably be relabeled a one-shot should I decide against going all the way with the full story).

The first excerpt (the full scene) is from a possible shortish chapterfic tentatively titled The Best at Second-Best, which is looking like some kind of journeyfic-esque character study of Blue/the FRLG rival. The second is from a one-shot of currently unknown length that is going to be called something like Storm the Tower. I actually don’t want to talk much about the latter for reasons, but I like this part and figured I’d post it anyway.

Of course, the simple fact that I’ve even mentioned my fic projects in a publicly visible space has probably just jinxed them square into the “nope never gonna go anywhere” pile, but ah, well. At least it’s something. Writing practice is writing practice, and I’ll take what I can get.

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*incoherent frustrated grumbling*

…dammit.

I don’t have any excuses, aside from that if it’s any consolation the Big Project is tantalizingly close to being done. Actually keeping up with any writing or any progress on anything else at all has been like pulling teeth, although I did at least write six more 649 mini stories in February: Ariados, Pineco, Swellow, Sealeo, Shelmet and Genesect. (Man that is a lot of bugs. Huh.) I was hoping to post them in the usual batch of ~ten, but since it’s been well over a month since I wrote those and the other four are nowhere to be found… yeah.

Also, as a sidenote, there still appear to be some issues, mostly on my end, with the fanart gallery (+ the other stuff that uses the same interface like the sparkly lists and the free renders page). It’s gotten to the point where I think I might need to change how I’m handling it entirely; I hope not because that’s a lot of rearranging and reuploading and rewriting descriptions to do, but it may end up that way. I really need to focus on the final stretch of the Big Project for now, but once I can finally put all this grand opening nonsense behind me I’ll hopefully have more time to troubleshoot (and to write, of course). Once the troubleshooting is done I have at least two more pictures to upload to the gallery, too.

In the meantime, if you are continually frustrated by the lack of new things to read, my old affiliate 6th Floor is back under a new name—Lavender Town—and is going strong again, so you can drop by there and check out some creepypastas while you wait for me to not be totally inadequate.