Anyway...Don't know if anyone here's following my creative efforts much (meager as they are, particularly as compared with some of the really creative & prolific creatives in this site.) But, for those who have been following my fanfic story, "A First Time for Everything," you'll be pleased to know that I am still working on it, I haven't abandoned the thing (though I'm sure it must've seemed that way, since it's been over 6 months since the last update.) I really didn't intend to backburner the thing so long, but the last 7 months have been...eventful for me (& not in a good way, either.) Nothing major, life-altering or anything like that, just...extremely inconvenient, spirit-diminishing and very-draining on my creative energies. (It's difficult to get into the proper mood & frame of mind for dreaming up made-up stories when you're dealing with drainpipes backing up human waste into your bathroom & other, similarly pleasant experiences.) Plus the fact that the next chapter in the story (chapter 3, for those keeping score) has been a bit...difficult to write anyway ("difficult" being a euphemism for "Big pain in the..." You get the idea...) Nevertheless, I have been making some progress on it (incredible though it might seem), and it will hopefully not be too much longer before I'm ready to post the new chapter, and hopefully get on with the writing of the rest of the story. (The really fun part of the story doesn't even happen for quite awhile yet; the junk I'm writing now is all mostly preliminary/set-up stuff. Not terribly exciting or interesting to write or read, probably, but absolutely necessary for the structure of the story, in establishing such things as motivation, frame of mind, emotion, all that cool stuff that has to be clearly established now, in order for the stuff that happens later in the story to make clear sense.
Anyway, thinking way beyond the completion of the story (which--to warn you--is probably going to be another ungodly-long one, although I didn't originally intend it to be so), I'm not sure what I want to do. I've got ideas for fanfics in several other genres, & I don't want to just get stuck in this one (i.e., MLAATR, even though I do still have some cool ideas for adventures for Jenny & her friends to get into.) For example, I've got some ideas for MLP fanfics (even though there's like about a hundred & fifty gazillion MLP fanfics floating around on the web as it is, any one of which are probably going to be better/more original than my efforts, so it's a bit discouraging to think about.) But I also have other, older ideas for other genres as well. (For example, I still have a bunch of ideas from years ago, for Pixie Hollow fanfics that I never got around to writing down, beyond the most-basic of plot-synopses. But since the Mouse Company seems to have largely abandoned that particular franchise (in favour of endless Frozen merchandising....**yawn**), that makes it fair game for fanfic-authors to come up with new ideas of their own, it seems to me.) And...some other ideas... Too many ideas, too little free time in which to bring them to fruition.... (Oh, if only I could earn a living from writing this schlock! It would, if not exactly make my life easier, at least make it more convenient for me...)
And....in the meantime, I can only try not to let the @#$^*&!! online trolls get to me! I know, I know, pay no attention to them, they're only trolls... I get it, I should just ignore them. And I suppose I should count my blessings that I haven't had to deal with too many of them over the years. Still, they are a drain & have a knack for draining a lot of the fun out of an activity. Why do people do that? I suppose the easiest explanation is, they're small-minded people with no talent or imagination of their own, so they can't produce anything worthwhile on their own, so their only source of happiness isn't even genuine, legitimate happiness, but merely the perverse pleasure of tearing down the works of others.
I just can't wrap my head around that. Because even though I too can be critical (even harshly critical at times), it's only because I have very high standards. And besides, I can also be just as effusive with my praise, if I encounter a work that I believe deserves it. So it's not just all negative with me (which means I'm not a troll.)
In the meantime, if anyone's reading this, thank you for taking the time to do so. Whoever you are, I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving Holiday, try to enjoy what's left of it (and the weekend to which it's attached) before we all have to return to the giant hamster-wheel of everyday life on Monday morning. Me, in the meantime, I've got a few activities to do (Harvest Festival maybe) after which I want to spend at least some time today & tomorrow doing the umpty-umpth proofread of Chapter 3 of "A First Time" and hopefully be able to stick a fork in it & call it "done" soon. Wish me luck.