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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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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

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, but they'll be available in the next post. 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!

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!

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