Do I have any active watchers at this point? It says I have 1687, but lets be real, if I went through those I bet over half of them are dead accounts by now, or deactivated.
I was gifted a brief subscription by a watcher and with it I ran a poll for what Homestuck AU I should finish. Of course Still the Same took top spot, as I figured it would, and second place was Wings of a Worthless God, if I remember correctly.
So here's the deal.
I promise, right here and now, to finish Still the Same and Wings of a Worthless God. It might take a year, but I'll do it. Consider all the other AU's on official hiatus or abandoned. The only one that might still see an update would be The Language of Karkat.
Now, there's a reason for this, and it's not that I just don't love Homestuck anymore. I still love that comic with my heart and soul. But after spending two years writing the Aftermath at Mount Massive, and a few Fallout 4 fics and other Outlast fanfiction, I've discovered that I enjoy writing about adult characters far more than children/teen ones. As a twenty-four year old, writing about thirteen or sixteen year olds just makes me uncomfortable. And I know professional authors write stories about children and teens and young adults all the time. I know, but for me personally, writing about more adult characters just feels right. And I'm going to write what feels right.
I used to say that I would finish every single AU that I started. No exceptions. But the problem was that four or five years ago I started so many long form AU's, one after the other, and I just can't keep pace anymore. Still the Same, Wings of a Worthless God, Worth the Kill?, Repairing the Damage, Through Time, Saviors of a Waring World, there were just so many. And nearly all of them were planned out to be at least a hundred pages each. Still the Same ended at 196 pages so far, and The Aftermath at Mount Massive came in at 260 exactly. As it stands, with school, work, life, and writing my own original content for publication I just can't devote the time to finish up these long AU's. I can't spend hours, weeks, and months writing these old Homestuck fics I started all those years ago. Especially when I can tell over half my audience is gone. It doesn't make sense for me to be pouring my time and effort into stories that won't pay out. So I have to go back on my word and finally list them as abandoned. Maybe someday I'll find a sudden spark of inspiration, cut most of the content and finish up some of them. But honestly, I wouldn't get your hopes up.
Here's my official ok to un-watch me if you're looking for more Homestuck work. There probably won't be much. Maybe Hiveswap will change that, but I highly doubt it. I will NOT be deleting anything from my DA. Don't worry. Everything will stay exactly where it is. I'm not the type of person who does gallery purges when I switch fandoms or abandon work. It will all still be there.
So what is next?
Well, I will be starting work on "The Long Road" which will start posting here and on my AO3. Those original novels will be worked on at the same time. Between those projects I will try to sprinkle in the updates for Still the Same and Wings of a Worthless God. I will not be posting any of my original content this time around. MAYBE a teaser of a chapter or something. But that's about it. I also will be working on and posting several Fallout 4 fanfics, however, I probably won't be posting them here to my DA, but rather to AO3, where I feel they will get more attention and love.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who read my work and continues to read my work. When I started doing Homestuck fanfiction your praise and comments inspired me to keep going. I met some fantastic friends and gained some valuable practice by writing all of those stories. I will never regret spending all the time I did writing those worlds and developing characters. It was very fun and rewarding and I owe it all to my readers. When you read a fanfic, I encourage you to comment on it. Even if you didn't fall in love with it. There are many authors, both young and old, that cherish comments. Leaving a comment lets them know that you appreciated the time and effort they put into the story you read. You might just be the one who motivates an author to keep going or to improve their writing. You might be the one who inspires them to try to take their writing to the next level, or learn a new way of writing. Please, comment. It meant and means the world to me, and I cannot thank anyone who left one on any of my works enough. Thank you. Your comments were the lifeblood that pulsed through the veins of my universe. (did you catch that sweet "troll this worthless human reference?) ha, there I go ruining a perfectly good closing.
Here's some places you can find me when I'm not answering comments here on DA.
My Tumblr: lordtye.tumblr.com/
My AO3: archiveofourown.org/users/Tien
I have a twitter and Youtube but I'm gonna be real, I don't use them at the moment, if I ever start I'll drop those links too.
My AO3 will have all of my projects uploaded to it, including my Outlast, Fallout 4, and Homestuck works. I'll cross post a lot of stuff to DA still, but AO3 will have everything new. My tumblr is a personal one, but I cosplay and sometimes blog about the conventions I'm at and what not.
See ya' around,