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FFC #24 - Status Update #1

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 08:39 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated January 16th, 2019 at 02:51 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 24

Greetings, readers. I've been working on TLFF, and I'm super excited about the stories I can explore in it. The fiction will be set in Valhalla's future, so borders, alliances, and the like have shifted, but the rest is relatively unchanged. Before I get to TLFF though, I wanted to give you a quick update on where I am:

HiS. Dan's tale is fully written, proofread, and reviewed. There are several passages which I need to revise, but after that, I will begin posting. The revisions should take 1-3 weeks to complete.

TLFF. The Last Fan Fiction, entitled By Any Other Path, will be different from my previous fan fictions. It is a series. It is infinite, meaning the series never ends. It will instead be composed of shorter fan fictions all set within the same world and using the same characters. The world is all of Valhalla, and the characters are all the traditional HS characters, plus some of my own invention,...
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FFC #23 - TLFF Takes Shape (Part 2)

Posted December 15th, 2018 at 12:06 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 23

<sub>Mandatory disclaimer: everything below is liable to change at any given moment, in any direction, and with no warning. </sub>

TLFF is at last taking shape. The passive setting I've been after for so long is here (just a few details to whack out), and I'm beginning to get a good idea for when the stories will take place.

My original idea was that I would start at the beginning, with the discovery of the wellsprings, the ensuing power struggle, the rise of the Valkyrie, the alliances and betrayals... all that good stuff.

Now, it looks very much like things will be starting many years into the war. This is because the setting is composed of an effect of the wellsprings, and that effect needs to 'build up' before the story can commence. I won't say exactly what it is; best to leave that for when it's released.

All units will be accounted for (minus Marvel), plus some...
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FFC #22 - HiS Coming Soon

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 12:23 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 22

I have now completed the proofreading and editing of HiS. The size has been modified to 220 pages, 119,996 words.

Bigga still has to look over it, and it's uncertain when he'll be able to get to it, as he is currently busy. Hopefully within a few weeks though he'll be able to power through it. After that we just have to work out any changes based on his comments, and we're good to go. The release date entirely depends on how soon Bigga is able to work his magic. So no pressure, Bigga.

Fair warning: it is going to take a long time to post all of HiS. Several of the chapters are quite long, so I'll have to break them up. I intend to post at least once a day if I can, but even doing that, and even if I post a whole chapter a day, it would be two months before the whole thing is posted.

Hopefully my writing can keep you interested.

~TGRF.
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FFC #21 - TLFF Takes Shape (part 1)

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 04:42 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated November 12th, 2018 at 05:58 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 21

TLFF (The Last Fan Fiction) has been struggling to resolve itself into a tangible form for awhile. I believe it's getting close, but in the event that everything changes, I won't be saying what direction it's taking until I'm sure.

While I proofread/edit HiS, I've been trying to define the theme/setting of TLFF, and I've recently had to face a fact I've known for awhile:

Your writing is at its best when it is your writing. That is, invented by you, and not relying on or using something someone else made. I've seen this quite a bit in my own fan fiction: the parts which have the least to do with Valhalla and the most to do with my own story are the best, while the parts which rely most on Valhalla and its story are the weakest. I'm not as interested in those parts as I am in the others, and I believe it comes across in my writing. It's for this reason that my origin stories (Final Battleground, Dilmir, and...
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FFC #20 - HiS Completed

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 09:52 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
Updated November 6th, 2018 at 05:56 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 20

After a day of furious writing, I have completed HiS. This isn't just another fan fiction. This is a big milestone for me, as it is the longest thing, fan fiction or otherwise, which I have ever written.

It weighs in at 219 pages, 119,364 words, and 59 chapters. At long last, I am approaching novel standards. It was the subplots which contributed to the bulk.

Immediate thoughts after writing it: optimistic. I doubt I can ever top Red, but HiS should definitely be up there with the better things I've written. There's certainly some things I need to work on, which I'll address in TLFF, but I feel that HiS is a big improvement over my last fan fiction, ACoS.

Some of the improvements I'm looking forward to sharing in HiS include the dialogue, developed subcharacters, and realistic character reactions to each other. I tried to work a lot on that, since I was feeling that a lot of the dialogue and...
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