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There are, in fact, several curses to being a fanfiction writer, but I'm going to focus on this one in particular since I have had personal experience with it more than once, and I know several other writers who have encountered this problem.

See, the thing about being a fanfiction writer, is that your story comes from a pre-existing source. A book, a game, a movie, an anime. Whatever. There is a source that you come across, and you have an idea for more, for things to add on to the story in some shape or another, building up on this pre-existing universe. You plan it out, give form to your ideas, start writing it out. You put days, weeks, months into it. Maybe even years. And then, the universe expands on you. The movie gets a sequel, the game gets a DLC that impacts on the storyline, the anime gets a new season. Something will happen that exapnds the universe you were trying to build on yourself, and your world is turned upside down. If you're super lucky, you can just roll with it and make some changes. But what if you can't? What if this new addition completely messes with your story?

This actually happened to me again, just a few hours ago. A few years ago, I watched Pacific Rim. Loved it, had ideas for a fanfiction, planned it all out. It was pretty good. Nothing world-class maybe, and a bit cliche in it's ending, but still not a bad story. I even started working on it. And then I got home from work today and decided to watch Pacific Rim: Uprising. I watched as my story fell apart right before my eyes. I saw this the character Amara and thought "Oh, this chick is basically the female version of my OC." A fair few differences, especially in the one-man Jaegers that both built, but essentially they were the same, where it counted. Then I saw more and more that shattered everything I had been planning out for so long. It was pretty devastating to see all that planning fall apart. I've reflected on that fanfiction continuously... and I just don't see a way to make it work. The OC already exists now, only as a shorty (to be fair though, my OC's Jaeger "Sword Angel" would have been so much cooler than Scrapper, but I digress), and the world I was trying to build had been re-shaped entirely. I think the only way I could make my fanfiction work now is if I set it in an alternate universe... but then it just wouldn't have the same impact anymore.

See, that's the thing. You need to get your ideas out ASAP, before a sequel or whatever comes along and breaks your world. Sometimes it isn't even a sequel that does it. Sometimes a prequel swings in and changes everything. But even if you get your fanfiction done way before any sequel comes out... the sequel is still the sequel. It's canon. The fanfiction isn't. People might like the fanfic, but those who are always loyal to the canon will dump on your fanfic, even if it pre-dates the sequel by a decade.

And that is basically one of the biggest curses of being a fanfiction writer. Doesn't matter how much time and effort you put into it. Sooner or later, the Big Middle Finger will get inserted shoulder deep into your colon. It wrekcs everything, and it can be so disheartening.

So, does that mean you shouldn't write fanfiction? Fuck off. Of course you should! Fanfiction writing is a lot of fun, it's a great form of exercise for your imagination, it can strengthen your love of a particular franchise. It can even help you see it, or aspects of it, in a whole new light. I would never advise anyone to avoid experiencing something like that. If you want to write it, do it. Just be ready when a sequel swings by to say hi. It sucks, but as long as people enjoy reading your fanfics, or even just as long as you enjoy writing them, then keep it up.

That's all I'll say for now. I just felt like sharing this since it was fresh with me, but I know so many others who have had to deal with it at some point or another. It happens. You just have to roll with it.
The Curse of being a Fanfiction Writer
Just sharing some thoughts while they're fresh in my mind. I rarely do this since my thoughts tend to confuse the heck out of me, but I think I did okay here.
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Divine Lancer Sachi 1 WIP 8
Finally got back to working on this recently, made quite a few edits since last time. Changes include: complete switch of skin and clothing colours (now matching the colours featured in the template image courtesy of Dengeki Online), adjusted colours of the Naginata (they felt too bright and cartoon-y before, so I toned them down), re-drew the eyes and added lighting and shading to them, repositioned the eyes, re-drew the nose and mouth. I've also begun work on repairing the outlining, and begun work on more detailed shading. I might edit the eyes a bit more in future since they feel a little... off. May also re-edit the blush since that doesn't feel right either. Also need to work on lighting/shading effects on the Naginata, texture effects on the outfit, and I need to make modifications to the outfit and armour to make it different from the stock. So, I've done a lot, but I still have a long way to go.
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So, I'm going to make what is probably going to be the most unpopular opinion about Black Panther: I found it to be mediocre, at best. Hold up, put your torches and pitchforks away, and hear me out.

First of all: the plot. It's already been done. To death. Wakanda is basically no different than Atlantis or El Dorado. Stories about those two places have existed for centuries. Places of vast wealth and advanced technology, closed off from the rest of the world. It's been done so often it's cliche. The same can be said of the power struggle. In fact, it was done within the last decade, within the MCU, in the movie Thor. It's essentially the same thing. Thor was supposed to be king of Asgard, he wasn't ready, he wasn't worthy, and got outcast to Earth until he became worthy of the throne. T'Challa was became king of Wakanda, but he wasn't ready or worthy for that either, and got usurped, only to regain the throne later after some soul searching. This power struggle plotline is nauseatingly cliche. There are more books/TV shows/films/anime etc featuring this plotline than I care to count. Is Marvel really unable to come up with original stories any more?

Few other points that put the movie down include Martin Freeman's character (an American CIA agent played by a British actor with a British accent, sketchy enough as it is but the character really didn't add anything to the story), Klaue (a very limp villain who somehow managed to sneak into Wakanda, steal its tech, and escape their justice for 30 years. None of this is explained, leaving for one huge plot hole), the mountain tribe (because that's original too. A stubborn tribe that doesn't want to join a union but remain independent, only coming to help at just the right time), Wakanda's technology (it was hard enough finding credibility in Tony Stark's inventions, but Wakanda's tech makes Stark's seem archaic, and therefore devoid of credibility), and finally the whole last-minute bullshit. Why do so many movies still insist upon this? Saving the day at the last possible second occurs in 95% of all movies that have ever been made. It goes well beyond anything that the word "cliche" could ever summarize. It doesn't add tension anymore. It's too predictable for that. You want the audience to be surprised? Give the hero enough time to make a cup of tea and drink it before saving the day. Hell, have them save the day with enough time left over for a marathon sex session or something. Just stop with the over-used last-second shite.

All of this, in addition to poorly written characters, poorly written and executed jokes, and a few other minor grievances, add up to a film that was so deeply disappointing, especially given the hype for it. People were going insane for Black Panther, and for the life of me, I cannot see why. It seriously was not worth the hype it received.

The worst part is that this is just the latest in a run of bad Marvel movies. Iron Man 3, Spiderman Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Thor Ragnarok, and now this. It's to the point where I'm now reluctant to watch Infinity War, because I don't see this trend breaking any time soon. I wish Marvel movies could go back to how they were 10 years ago. Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. Those four movies were off the chain. Even their immediate sequels (those that had them, since Incredile Hulk didn't) were first rate. But it looks like Marvel has gotten too ambitious with this MCU thing. It's gotten too big, too out-of-hand, and the films are losing quality as a result. I'm somewhat keen to see Antman and The Wasp, since that seems a bit more like what I'm after, but that's about it. Even that I'm hesitant about.

That's all I'll say. You can disagree with me all you like, just keep it civil and respectful, please. Let's all be mature here, okay? Throwing insults around doesn't help anything.
Honest Opinion of Black Panther
Wtached it today, this is how I feel about it. Boy am I bound to catch a lot of flak for this.
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Finally managed to start working on a new art project, at last. It's for a currently unannounced story series though, so I'm not sure when I'll be uploading it here (if at all since dA has kind of gone down the tubes over the past few years. Less art, more spam, more troll posting etc). Kind of wish I'd had more time available so that I could at least finish the line art section, but hey, a start is a start. First time drawing anything mecha/cyberpunk too so... that makes things interesting.
I *will* get back to my drawings someday. I'm just having trouble pulling myself away from Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. Very addictive game. I've got a project that I'd like to start on this year, though it's going to be one heck of a challenge. A lot of work will be involved, and I'll be needing to learn to use new software. Not the fastest learner in the world so this could be a challenge.

I've also got an idea for an A3 size drawing I want to do. Though I'll need an A3 scanner first, otherwise that won't work out too well for me (what with my poor photography skills).

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There are, in fact, several curses to being a fanfiction writer, but I'm going to focus on this one in particular since I have had personal experience with it more than once, and I know several other writers who have encountered this problem.

See, the thing about being a fanfiction writer, is that your story comes from a pre-existing source. A book, a game, a movie, an anime. Whatever. There is a source that you come across, and you have an idea for more, for things to add on to the story in some shape or another, building up on this pre-existing universe. You plan it out, give form to your ideas, start writing it out. You put days, weeks, months into it. Maybe even years. And then, the universe expands on you. The movie gets a sequel, the game gets a DLC that impacts on the storyline, the anime gets a new season. Something will happen that exapnds the universe you were trying to build on yourself, and your world is turned upside down. If you're super lucky, you can just roll with it and make some changes. But what if you can't? What if this new addition completely messes with your story?

This actually happened to me again, just a few hours ago. A few years ago, I watched Pacific Rim. Loved it, had ideas for a fanfiction, planned it all out. It was pretty good. Nothing world-class maybe, and a bit cliche in it's ending, but still not a bad story. I even started working on it. And then I got home from work today and decided to watch Pacific Rim: Uprising. I watched as my story fell apart right before my eyes. I saw this the character Amara and thought "Oh, this chick is basically the female version of my OC." A fair few differences, especially in the one-man Jaegers that both built, but essentially they were the same, where it counted. Then I saw more and more that shattered everything I had been planning out for so long. It was pretty devastating to see all that planning fall apart. I've reflected on that fanfiction continuously... and I just don't see a way to make it work. The OC already exists now, only as a shorty (to be fair though, my OC's Jaeger "Sword Angel" would have been so much cooler than Scrapper, but I digress), and the world I was trying to build had been re-shaped entirely. I think the only way I could make my fanfiction work now is if I set it in an alternate universe... but then it just wouldn't have the same impact anymore.

See, that's the thing. You need to get your ideas out ASAP, before a sequel or whatever comes along and breaks your world. Sometimes it isn't even a sequel that does it. Sometimes a prequel swings in and changes everything. But even if you get your fanfiction done way before any sequel comes out... the sequel is still the sequel. It's canon. The fanfiction isn't. People might like the fanfic, but those who are always loyal to the canon will dump on your fanfic, even if it pre-dates the sequel by a decade.

And that is basically one of the biggest curses of being a fanfiction writer. Doesn't matter how much time and effort you put into it. Sooner or later, the Big Middle Finger will get inserted shoulder deep into your colon. It wrekcs everything, and it can be so disheartening.

So, does that mean you shouldn't write fanfiction? Fuck off. Of course you should! Fanfiction writing is a lot of fun, it's a great form of exercise for your imagination, it can strengthen your love of a particular franchise. It can even help you see it, or aspects of it, in a whole new light. I would never advise anyone to avoid experiencing something like that. If you want to write it, do it. Just be ready when a sequel swings by to say hi. It sucks, but as long as people enjoy reading your fanfics, or even just as long as you enjoy writing them, then keep it up.

That's all I'll say for now. I just felt like sharing this since it was fresh with me, but I know so many others who have had to deal with it at some point or another. It happens. You just have to roll with it.

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I'm just this guy you know? Nutty, eccentric, with a brain overflowing with creativity and weirdness. When I'm not creating or at work, I'm practising my fencing (swordsmanship) and listening to Japanese music.
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You suck as a troll. Get better.
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Thanks so much for the fave! Natsu and Happy (Thumbs Up) [V1] 
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Thanks for fave Yasuko Takasu (Fangirling) [V1] 
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