In case anyone was wondering: I don't use dA anymore. I only ever come here to check on messages in case the one or two people I follow who are still active upload something. xD I still have my creative pursuits, but it's all in video making now. Search BusterTheFox on YouTube.
I also write music, I don't recall if I ever really went out of my way to say that. But yeah, I'm a musician. I play a decent number of instruments and stuff. But as with video, dA is not built to accept sound files. Honestly, I think this site more or less fills the void for traditional art while other sites fill the rest. Like, YouTube for video, SoundCloud for music, FictionPress for literature. Granted dA allows lit., but it's not BUILT for it; you can't upload any popular file formats, you have to paste in plain text, and if you want to format it, you have to know some kind of HTML tags. Last I tried, anyway. Perhaps they've updated it since then. But I don't care to check, haha. I don't write as much anymore. But I have been thinking more lately about some of my stories that I really liked. All of them are unfinished. Barring my first ever short story that I wrote in high school that became the basis for one of my in-progress stories. Even had a whole world fleshed out for a Pokémon fanfic. Had half of a preliminary short story done set in that world. Hit writer's block, and never went back to it. It's a shame, but I feel like my other hobbies take more priority. Which may be translated to, "I'm having more fun with other things", I guess. Which, when it comes to hobbies, especially being creative, I guess it's better to stick with what you enjoy most. I dunno, writing just feels weird to me sometimes. Like, you have to follow these very specific grammatical rules, and some people will REALLY get on your case if you publish a slight mistake. And then it's not always easy to tell when your writing is just bland, even when your spelling and grammar is spot-on.
I guess it's the same with video, though. I read some of my old journals prior to writing this, and saw that I thought that episode 2 of Vietnamese Crystal was amazing. While I did enjoy making those videos, and I want to continue that series again someday when I have less stuff going on in my channel, I look back at those now and see a cringe-fest, really. The video AND audio qualities are bad, my jokes are really typical and unoriginal for the most part, and I hadn't even nailed down how to do a proper intro and outro back then. Point is, I guess everything takes time to learn, but perhaps I enjoyed learning how to make videos more. Or maybe it's because nobody come into my video's comments telling me about the base-level errors I was making. There was this one person long ago who commented on the first chapter of my old Pokémon fanfic that I scrapped on FictionPress, and it was three paragraphs highlighting all of my errors, in a very, "I'm way smarter than you" manner, and then to add insult to injury, they slipped in a line at the end judging one of my character's actions in the chapter. Made me feel really inadequate as a writer. Like, I don't have a grasp on proper grammar AND I'm terrible at writing realistic characters? Gimme a break. That's stuck with me throughout the years, and maybe I really let it get to me. I always hear about horror stories of people quitting YouTube due to unfounded comment trolling and hate, but I've always thought that only happened to weaker people who expected immediate success. Perhaps it happened to me with my writing, though. I remember a time when I had the thought in my head that I wanted to be a writer for a living once. I haven't so much as written a paragraph of fictional text in years, although I do write "scripts" for my videos and the like pretty often.
This is interesting; nowadays, I usually write journal entries in a personal journal that I store on my computer. I write them in OpenOffice, and then I save them with the date on them. Never really thought about it before, but I used to journal like that all the time here on dA. Like this, I guess. Just so happens that I'm rambling about art since I'm here, lol. But all this thinking about writing and what made me stop has made me want to start writing again. Perhaps I could even include it in my videos to make it more interesting to work on; do dramatic readings or the like. I always thought that might be a cool thing to do. I've done videos in the past where I play games that I've made, and I feel like that was a fun thing to do. Hmm... Maybe I'll give it a try. Doesn't really belong on my gameplay channel, though. Then again, the new one I'm making is going to be about game reviews, so it might not belong there, either. But I feel like such a thing would be more at home there...
Just to remind myself, I'm going to try and list all the stories I had and which ones I'd be interested in writing again.
Terra (Formerly "Terra the Ghost Girl", but I think just "Terra" sounds better, lol). I really enjoyed writing this one. It's both a romance and a supernatural story, and both of those were totally new to me as a writer at the time. I guess that must be why I enjoyed writing it so much. I had a lot of it planned out, but a huge chunk of it is a huge void in my mind, and I honestly kind of like it that way. I like surprising myself and seeing what happens as I write it. Sometimes that sort of thing just happens! Like, I know what the climax is, but I'm not sure what the road to that looks like, nor the aftermath, exactly. There are a lot of possibilities, too. Heck, I have a SEQUEL idea in mind for it, too! Surely not my most fleshed out story in terms of the world building, but one of my favorites for sure.
Selos Freedom Fighters. I think I had a different name for this at some point, but I can't remember what it is. this was my first story, and my first world. It takes place in, basically, an alternate dimension. It's like modern da America, except it's called Selos, and the landmasses are different and such. But they have very different technology, because Magic exists in this world. It's actually a lot like what Final Fantasy XV is doing actually, how it's "a fantasy based on reality". It's still pretty different, though. In Selos, magic is just a commonplace thing, but it's used as the power for pretty much everything. You power your car using your own magical energy, weapons are powered by magic, assuming they even exist in most cases, and public schools teach magic classes the same as they teach math and language classes. By far my most fleshed-out world that I've created. I don't quite understand why I don't just restart the whole thing (I have two and a half chapters of it that I feel ended up too boring) and just get it done. I feel like that would be super easy to do. I have a bit of a plot in mind, too. Yeah, that's how deep my stupid lore is for this series, most of it is just the world, and hey, there's a story in there somewhere, too! XDDD LOL.
Buster's Adventures. Funnily enough, I started this so that I could write something carefree, and not have to work so hard on a story. But I stopped writing it because I started adding a story. HA! I got greedy and wanted a battle scene, but I'm a respectable enough writer that I didn't want to make a battle occur out of nowhere. And so the ideas started flowing, and I EXACTLY where the battle happens, who it's against, and why. The problem that made me stop writing? In the last chapter, Buster learned that there was a documentary about him painting him as a criminal, and that he was wanted by the police. So, I couldn't think of any good reason to get him to go outside the house!!! XD Realistically, he'd be too scared that he would get recognized by someone, so I had no real way of getting him to the battle scene! And up until now, the story has been mostly carefree, other than learning said things I mentioned above. I don't want to jump to something drastic like suddenly having him be kidnapped or something. Y-Y'know?! But yeah. I sometimes feel bad that I still have yet to give my namesake character his proper story. Someday.
Electrode Short Story. I think I had a name for this... Actually, I have old text files with notes about all my stories, let me look up this one's and see if I had settled on one!
...Nope! The only tentative idea I had was "The Electrode Who Spoke His Heart", and it came complete with an, "(Eh, something like this, but better)" note beside it.
Anyway, I like this story, because it's actually based on one of the coolest dreams I've ever had. Most of the beginning part was literally a dream I had one night where I dreamed I was an Electrode in a department store, and then it got attacked by terrorists, and I had to flee, but then it turned out I was the only one who knew what had happened, but I couldn't tell anyone. But then the next day I woke up as a human, all reverse-PMD style, and I told these random homeless girls who I lived with all about it. I think I woke up at that point, and I had to change a few details from the dream (hunger Games characters were involved, dreams are weird), but I have the entire thing nailed down and ready to go. I'm just stuck on the scene where Electrode becomes a human, because in the dream, I never had to explain how that happened, they just believed me, but I doubt it would be that easy realistically. So the last line I wrote in that was of one of the girls punching the now-human Electrode character and demanding where they took their Pokémon. xD Similar to the reason I stopped writing Buster's Adventures, I can't think of a believable way to exit the current situation! Haha.
If I ever come back to writing, and I don't have a particular preference for what story to write more of, this takes priority. It's a personal favorite among my ideas.
State of Panic. My "novel-length" Pokémon fanfic. Takes place in my own fan-made region that I created. I've put a considerable amount of effort into building that world. I have an entire map of the region that I made in Paint right here on dA in fact. xD It's nothing special, but it shows where everything is. I know what all the towns look like, where all the gyms are, and have a bit of a story behind each of the landmarks, too. As for the story itself, it takes heavy inspiration from the Gamecube Pokemon games, as it involves Shadow Pokemon. At first, I had even brought back Cipher as the main bad guys, but decided that was a bit too much, so I changed the evil group. I think I ended up naming them Neo? Because their goal is to change the whole system of Gym Leaders and the Elite Four and such, because they believe it's corrupt and abusive or something. It's been years since I wrote the details. But I ended up coming up with a VERY good motivation for the Big Bad's actions. Once you hear his story, you might even think he's right.
Maybe. A lot fo the characters are interconnected in this story I've built, and I really like that about it. They're also all very unique from each other. The main protagonist is a 15-year-old with a special power he doesn't know how to control yet, whose home and family is suddenly destroyed at the beginning. Then there's a young Interpol agent who gets stuck with Ian while investigating the actions of the Neo group. There's also an older small-town boy who debuts by swooping into a Pokemon Arena mid-battle on a Tropius. So yeah, there's a lot of variety there. This story has been a long time in the making, and a lot of ideas for characters that didn't fit elsewhere have occasionally ended up being included as part of this story. there are a LOT of characters, actually, now that I think about it.
An unnamed story about a young adult who comes back from the dead. A guy in his early 20's wakes up on the ground in a graveyard, and his last memory was of him dying. The story would revolve around him dealing with the aftermath, and trying to figure out what he's meant to do with his second chance. I started writing this completely on a whim one night as I sat around daydreaming this up, and thought it was really interesting, so I just started writing. Another one with a lot of potential. But might not ever go back to it, honestly. I mean, I totally would, though! But I didn't bother to think up new names for the characters, and I don't want to go out of my way to change all of that to avoid referencing real people. xD
Wow, gosh. Sorry. Look at all those words. Haven't typed this much in one sitting in years. Seriously! I know I'm prone to do this sort of thing. Did you actually read this far? You must either take a real fancy to the inner working of how a creative person thinks, or you're a true friend.
I think I'll take the rest of my thoughts to that previously-mentioned locally-stored journal. I'm mostly out of stories to talk about now, anyway. I DO have one about a guy who was wrongfully convicted and spent years in prison, but then a huge prison break happens, and he's the only one who stayed. But I never wrote anything for that other than basic ideas for the plot and such. It could be good, though. The main antagonist is the only other prisoner who didn't escape, but only because he's the baddest one, and he was in solitary confinement at the time of the break. It's a very good contrast of characters, and has a lot of potential to stir up trouble.
Anyway, I'm done here! Imagine if I had spent all this time writing an actual story instead of what I would do if I were writing a story. But that would take a lot more thinking and effort. Ha!
Will likely never journal here again, though. I'll keep checking up now and then to see what new comic pages have been released and stuff!