A whole freakin' decade
It feels a little surreal, realizing how much time has passed since I made my account here. It's odd, yet I feel kinda nostalgic at the same time.
I remember when I first started here with goofy sketches of my many crossover ships (with Raph from TMNT 2k7 and Tigress from KFP being the prime example). I had just shifted into the eternal black hole that was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward at the time, so fanart of that show was inevitable. Of course, I drew plenty of characters and ships from other shows (Sonic X, Loonatics Unleashed, etc.), but FF was my main source of entertainment and inspiration.
Back then I was, not surprisingly, a HUGE fan of the Dark Turtles. Dark Leo was my all-time favorite character, so a good chunk of my art and writing were about him in some way. I even shipped him with Sam from Totally Spies at one point (there was also a brief moment when I shipped him with Lexi Bunny from LU) before I eventually shifted to pairing him with my OC, Konny. While I had plenty of Canon x OC ships - Michelangelo x Starlight was among the first I made - Dark Leo x Konny was my main ship; something that was made “popular” by my fanfic “Hostage of Love”
That title should ring some bells for those who've been following me for a long time. This fic was one of my biggest accomplishments in my teen years, mainly because I've never written a story with multiple chapters before. It also helped that people genuinely enjoyed reading it! The fic was absolute garbage, of course, but it felt really awesome knowing that there people out there who were eager to read more of my stuff. Despite that, however, I ended up deleting it a couple years later due to me not being happy with it anymore. The sequel that was only a few chapters in was also canceled.
Some time after all of that was when I began shifting my interest and focus onto the Inuwashi Gunjin from the same series. Intrigued by their severe lack of proper character development, I took it upon myself to work with them. That was how I created my OC, Misora, and began writing my other fanfic “Umou ken Hana”
. While it was yet another crappy fic - that was unfinished and later deleted as well - I still enjoyed writing it. For the next few years I dedicated myself to making fanart and fanfiction for the Inuwashi Gunjin, even going as far as to make a fan club dedicated to them for a short time.
As time went by, my drawing and writing skills gradually improved, as did my desire to branch out and create original stories. I've constantly struggled with remaining consistent and motivated, as well self-confident, when it came to my work. Even now, it can be difficult to push myself to get things done (especially since I have yet to reboot my original webcomic “Champions of Scyfen”
Most of my work from the first few years online aren't around anymore, but the memory is still very much alive. Remembering what I've made in the past is comforting to me because I know my work has drastically changed for the better in the decade I've been here.
The iron grip that the FF series has on me is still very much there, though.
I apologize for my constant rambling down memory lane! I wasn't quite sure how else to begin celebrating my 23rd birthday and my 10th anniversary on DeviantArt, other than summarizing my progress as both a creator and a person throughout the years
(it's also about 2:30 AM as I'm typing this, so I'm also fighting to stay awake)
. I like to believe - compared to when I began at the tender age of 13 and have experienced my own share of drama on the Internet - that I'm gradually improving myself.
I want to end this little speech by expressing my gratitude to my friends, acquaintances, and followers who have inspired and stuck by me over the years (and were also very patient with me whenever I acted foolishly), as well the comments, faves, and gifts you've granted me.
I can't thank you guys enough for all of your love and support over the last 10 years.
Thank you. Thank you.Thank you
Here's to 10 more, my beautiful nerds!