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Hey everyone,

I think it's important I now explain to you my current situation, to tell you where I am emotionally/mentally at the moment, both me personally and my writing.

I've been feeling... pretty wound up and stressed lately. It's partly my Asperger's, amongst other things. Lemme explain: I've been feeling very insecure and out of routine with being on work holiday; routine is important to me, so that lack of stability can get to me. I've been unable to relax and wind-down, I've had a serious lack of sleep, I've been drinking too much beer, etc. And a result, I think my writing, as well as relationships with family is suffering.

It's also worth pointing out that I'm always subject to, not burnout, but 'rotating interests', a symptom of Asperger's Syndrome. As one internet personality who also has it describes it, "One week you're absolutely passionate about something, and know everything there is to know. The next week it becomes an absolute slog and it's completely and horribly draining. You can force it, but... well, the results..." mrenter.deviantart.com/journal…

Is that what's been happening with That Special Relationship and why the second chapter is taking so long? Possibly, Partially. I've lost a lot of the passion and drive of writing the second chapter and frankly, if I don't have the enthusiasm in writing something, I shouldn't force myself to do because the quality suffers as a result. After all, writing fanfiction is something I want to do because I enjoy it; if I can't enjoy/have fun with what I'm doing, it's turns from a hobby to a job. Which it really shouldn't be and just adds unnecessary stress.

True, at some points in writing Maternal Instinct, it did become cumbersome and tiring, but I still had an emotional investment in the characters and wanted to see it through to the end. And with Citizen Weevil, it's that laid-back Slice-of-Life to it as well as the (ironically) human-like character that drives me to write more, which is what I'm actually doing at a more leisurely pace right now. With Special Relationship, I need to think about what I even want it to be and right now, I'm not entirely sure.

The final point I want to bring up is gonna sound a bit odd, but... I really do need to learn to step and not become so overly invested and seriously in regards to MLP and fandoms in general. As part of my Asperger's, my interests can be intense, and sure there's nothing wrong with having an investment in a show and its character, I acknowledge there has to be a point where I've got to step back and remember that it's ultimately just a cartoon/show and not get so wound up over it like I have been. For example, I often got worked up by fandom interpretations and headcanons that I forget it's a show and then a time comes when I suddenly think "What am I doing? I'm putting too much energy in this silly dispute" and it just feels so tiring. Why just recently, I've been greatly concerned how the Fiendship is Magic comic microseries is gonna handle Chrysalis and how it'll impact my own headcanon and when you read that back that just sounds like such a ridiculous thing to get wound up about. It all stops me from actually ENJOYING the show I'm a fan of.

Or at the very least, if I'm gonna get invested in these characters, I should at least diversify that selection of characters, hence things like that Starlight Glimmer oneshot. For me, it's been about chrysalis and changelings constantly for some time and it can't always be like that. If I have the time, I might tinker on some of those stories, to at least try something different, I dunno.

So bottom line: I need to get more sleep, drink less and overall lighten up; writing something I enjoy doing and not taking it all so damn seriously. It's not good for me and I seriously need to change it.

And for my writing, I think I'm gonna have to put Special Relationship on hold for at least some time (think things through), write Citizen Weevil at my leisure and maybe tinker with other NON-changeling projects.

I thank you all for listening. Do know I highly appreciate it.

Warmest of regards,
MagicMan001
... and good God, do I LOVE this show! The characters, the mystery and lore of Gems, the music, just... Damn! It's on course to becoming my new favorite cartoon!.

And I won't deny it, it is also a refreshing break from pretty much nothing but MLP recently.

If you haven't watched Steven Universe, then please do start watching this treasure of a show. You will not be disappointed. 
I am immensely looking forward to the upcoming month micro-series from IDW, 'Fiendship is Magic', focusing on the backgrounds of the main villains. Previews and interviews so far are pretty damn promising. That is to say, it's not gonna be without controversy; then again, what doesn't in this fandom. Giving the villains' canon backstories, or rather developing them more at this stage, is most certainly gonna end up nuking a lot of headcanon origin stories floating around, especially ones popularized in fanfiction.

I know a lot of you are gonna say how IDW is separate canon and such, but just do me a favor here and say for the sake of argument that it IS; hell, it's pretty close as we can get outside the show.

Getting onto the issue, I'm sure many of you are already aware that with so many different origin headcanons, very few are gonna be in line with what Hasbro or IDW have in mind; it's not like they can read fanfiction and are going to mold the story THEY want to tell to fit our needs. Some popular headcanons might fit, especially if they work along with what the show gave us to work with, but I think it's safe to say my Imperial Japanese Changelings aren't gonna a reality in the canon universe. I'm at peace with it. It's something a lot of us here have to accept and I think, for the most part anyway, HAVE accepted.

But out of all of the impending backstories to be explored and the inevitable fandom rage that's the come... I can safely say it's Chrysalis' issue, the last of the five, that's going to cause the most controversy. That hers is gonna satisfy few fans.

I believe this because, out of all the Big Bad villains in this show, Chrysalis has the least amount of backstory. Scratch that, no, she has absolutely NO backstory. With the others, we at least get a quick fairy tale-style storyboard or a exposition briefing from somepony, usually Celestia. But Chrysalis? Zip. Nadda. So in once sense, this issue is very much a welcome addition. If there's any villain here aside from Sombra who desperately needs this developing, it's Chryssie.

And on top of that, she carries with her a mysterious race whose origins and society we also know nothing solidly off. I mean, what DO we know about Chrysalis and her race? That they're shapeshifting imperialists who invade lands to drain the populace of their love to feed and/or power their magic (yes, the show's pretty vague on that aspect). And that's pretty much all we can officially say with the limited information provided to us.

This has since allowed the fans, since her debut three years ago, to have the most leeway when constructing a particularly villain's background and filling in the gaps, the exact same kind of leeway the comic writers now have. Our imaginations have been allowed to run wild with her and her species' society, ranging from the pony-like Changeling Kingdom to the also popular Changeling Hive where the changelings are all Chrysalis' children (though how someone with a tapered figure like Chrysalis could be birthing all those things is beyond me). Was Chrysalis born a changeling? Likely (she said 'since she was small', the closest thing we got to her backstory). Was she a fallen Alicorn? Still possible. And Changelings in general are allowed to be pretty much whatever the author wants them to be. You want a mindless horde of mook locusts, you got changelings? You want the pony equivalent of the Klingons/Romulans, a type of Evil Empire? You got changelings. They're very flexible that way.

And you know what? A number of pretty good fanfictions have spawned from these headcanons. I may not agree with many of them, but I'll give credit where it's due.

So when Chrysalis' issue is released, whatever route the writers decide to go down, I don't think it's a stretch to say a number of fans will be walking  away from it not particularly satisfied, regardless of its quality. I'm pretty sure it'll be good, though I'd be lying if I said I'd be totally fine regardless of whatever decisions they choose. But hey, you know what? At least it will give us fanfic writers more (at least semi-) official material to work with for fanfics than just popular speculation.

So I guess there's nothing left to do but play the waiting game...

...

Aw, the waiting game sucks. I'm gonna go play Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

But seriously, what are your opinions on this? Do you agree? Disgaree? I'd love to hear your views.

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Hey everyone,

I think it's important I now explain to you my current situation, to tell you where I am emotionally/mentally at the moment, both me personally and my writing.

I've been feeling... pretty wound up and stressed lately. It's partly my Asperger's, amongst other things. Lemme explain: I've been feeling very insecure and out of routine with being on work holiday; routine is important to me, so that lack of stability can get to me. I've been unable to relax and wind-down, I've had a serious lack of sleep, I've been drinking too much beer, etc. And a result, I think my writing, as well as relationships with family is suffering.

It's also worth pointing out that I'm always subject to, not burnout, but 'rotating interests', a symptom of Asperger's Syndrome. As one internet personality who also has it describes it, "One week you're absolutely passionate about something, and know everything there is to know. The next week it becomes an absolute slog and it's completely and horribly draining. You can force it, but... well, the results..." mrenter.deviantart.com/journal…

Is that what's been happening with That Special Relationship and why the second chapter is taking so long? Possibly, Partially. I've lost a lot of the passion and drive of writing the second chapter and frankly, if I don't have the enthusiasm in writing something, I shouldn't force myself to do because the quality suffers as a result. After all, writing fanfiction is something I want to do because I enjoy it; if I can't enjoy/have fun with what I'm doing, it's turns from a hobby to a job. Which it really shouldn't be and just adds unnecessary stress.

True, at some points in writing Maternal Instinct, it did become cumbersome and tiring, but I still had an emotional investment in the characters and wanted to see it through to the end. And with Citizen Weevil, it's that laid-back Slice-of-Life to it as well as the (ironically) human-like character that drives me to write more, which is what I'm actually doing at a more leisurely pace right now. With Special Relationship, I need to think about what I even want it to be and right now, I'm not entirely sure.

The final point I want to bring up is gonna sound a bit odd, but... I really do need to learn to step and not become so overly invested and seriously in regards to MLP and fandoms in general. As part of my Asperger's, my interests can be intense, and sure there's nothing wrong with having an investment in a show and its character, I acknowledge there has to be a point where I've got to step back and remember that it's ultimately just a cartoon/show and not get so wound up over it like I have been. For example, I often got worked up by fandom interpretations and headcanons that I forget it's a show and then a time comes when I suddenly think "What am I doing? I'm putting too much energy in this silly dispute" and it just feels so tiring. Why just recently, I've been greatly concerned how the Fiendship is Magic comic microseries is gonna handle Chrysalis and how it'll impact my own headcanon and when you read that back that just sounds like such a ridiculous thing to get wound up about. It all stops me from actually ENJOYING the show I'm a fan of.

Or at the very least, if I'm gonna get invested in these characters, I should at least diversify that selection of characters, hence things like that Starlight Glimmer oneshot. For me, it's been about chrysalis and changelings constantly for some time and it can't always be like that. If I have the time, I might tinker on some of those stories, to at least try something different, I dunno.

So bottom line: I need to get more sleep, drink less and overall lighten up; writing something I enjoy doing and not taking it all so damn seriously. It's not good for me and I seriously need to change it.

And for my writing, I think I'm gonna have to put Special Relationship on hold for at least some time (think things through), write Citizen Weevil at my leisure and maybe tinker with other NON-changeling projects.

I thank you all for listening. Do know I highly appreciate it.

Warmest of regards,
MagicMan001

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner 6 days ago
EG!Vinyl Scratch causes some BIG trouble: comments.deviantart.com/1/5234…
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
The horrific aftermath that ensures if Sunset, Twilight and the Rainbooms failed at the Battle of the Bands and the Dazzlings/Sirens regain their true form and full power, and then becoming more powerful feeding upon the conflicts of the EG world.

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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Holy shit, it looks like these girls caused a nuclear war!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Possibly. And what's left of Humanity are then enslaved, tormented, devoured and then extinguished by the Sirens. Alternatively, the Sirens could had just ravaged Human civilization on their own once they got monstrously huge and powerful beyond comprehension from the sheer number of conflicts in the Human world that they could feed on. 

And given interdimensional travel exists, what is to say they'll stop there...?
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
So, when you think about, the Rainbooms defeating them meant they essentially saved the whole world and the universe.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
The Force has AWAKENED!

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Nice new avatar!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I'm afraid of how they will deal with Queen Chrysalis. That issue will be written by Katie Cook, who's responsible for writing the more abysmal story arcs, including the 'Reflections', 'The Good, the Bad and the Ponies', to the recent 'The Root of the Problem'. She's good at slices-of-life and comedies, and that one brilliant 'Return of Queen Chrysalis' adventure arc, but I don't know if she'll be up to it for writing Queen Chrysalis' origin story, one that gives her the quality and justice it deserves. 
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Well, like you said, Ms Cook is like all writers in that she has her strengths and weaknesses; I agree that she's arguably better at comedies and slice-of-life, well argues by Silver Quill's video, though even some of her less stellar arcs aren't without merit (I'm not sure I'd call all those ones abysmal).

Personally, I don't have much qualms with her writing Chrysalis' origins, given how well she handled her in writing the acclaimed Return of Queen Chrysalis arc. She and Andy Price are really the only ones who have experience with her and I think both of them really like Chryssie, especially Andy. This is also going to be a somewhat-slice-of-villainous-life story, likely with comedic beats given the more darkly comedic personality they gave her, which should then work to her advantage when writing this comic.

Say, I remember asking you what you were hoping for in her issue, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Do you remember what you said?
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