It's been a while since I started working on the current batch of Volume 2 revisions. Might be over a year, too lazy to check the older blog posts. Anyway, this rewrite project is almost complete!
UPDATE: Rewrites are complete and are currently rolling out to each of the five sites that host LotE!
As a quick refresher: Volume 2, which starts with the Silver Conclave's reappearance, focuses on Slick's Pokemon trying to gather support against Giratina. The aim of this rewrite project is to change some of the characters' roles:
Happy reading, everyone!
Hi everyone! Sparklefox isn't dead yet, I promise. I graduated in spring and now have a job. And I've been playing a lot of Granblue too.
Anyway, I don't expect to rewrite stuff very often in the future, but there is at least one more set of LotE revisions coming up. Don't look at me like that! There's these... these half-finished rewrites from half a year ago and I don't want to throw them away.
Looking back, full-length chapter rewrites are damaging for a story, in a way. It's one thing to change the continuity, but over the years, I spent far too much time rewriting chapters of LotE that didn't need any change. And in the process, my original writing style has been lost.
Sometimes I wonder if people said I was a great writer because they went into LotE knowing it was one of my first stories, so they were expecting novice writing. And then they read it and it's surprisingly polished? Idk. And yeah, the way LotE is now is better in terms of writing quality, but I still wonder if something of value was lost.
So these last set of rewrites, I'm going to do my best to perserve the writing style if I can.
I have taken LotE down from deviantArt. My reasons for doing so are numerous, but mostly, they boil down to me finding dA inconvenient.
DeviantArt was the second-oldest copy of LotE. Back in 2010, many of my friends used deviantArt, and I imagined it would become my primary hangout.
Unfortunately, dA always felt rather clunky when it came to submitting literature, so I never really got into the habit of using it that often. Even after StashWriter came out, I couldn't really get into dA very much.
I'd intended to just stop touching LotE on dA. However, those who know me know that I have an unfortunate tendency to revise my stories even after they're technically complete. And considering that LotE now even has its own TV Tropes page, I don't want outdated versions floating around on the web.
(Yeah, chapters 1-4 are on PokeDS and they're all outdated. That's fine. I'm not the one who uploaded them and they weren't meant to be a full version of LotE anyway.)
LotE is still available on Route 50, FanFiction.net, Archive Of Our Own, and WattPad. I also intend to finish putting up LotE here on Weebly, where it'll be the "primary" copy.
Actually, I've already started the process of integrating parts of the WTR outline into LotE:
o, as you all know, I have a really, really bad habit of rewriting things. Recently, I made a list of things I want to change in LotE but wouldn't because the changes would be too drastic.
I ended up turning it into an outline for what I would do, if I were to rewrite LotE from scratch. Well, at least from Volume II onward. I'm still figuring out how Volume I would go.
If this version of LotE ever came into fruition, it wouldn't happen until after after all the Bonus Stories are done. Why after the Bonus Stories? Mostly because this version of LotE would incorporate the material in those Bonus Stories.
Thalia: *dreamily* but then sparktail came to the rescue
Sparktail: h-hang on!
Thalia: yelling "don't hurt my thaliaaaaa"
Sparktail: *going red* i-i didn't!
Thalia: he picked me up like a princess and carried me out~
Sparktail: th-that's not what happened!
Thalia: oh yes, he actually said something like
Sparktail: d-don't tell them all this...!
Thalia: something like "DON'T HURT MY PRECIOUS THALIAAAA"
Sparktail: *is now a blushing mess*
So I've been trying to fix up the site theme a bit, ever since my last semester ended. I was trying to clean it up, but I was having trouble tinkering with the layout for some reason, so I tried to rebuild the theme. It was a little tricky because I'm not familiar with how LESS works. Anyway, I just need to fix buttons now.
So the LotE TV Tropes page seems to be doing pretty well. Because I did read TV Tropes a lot back while I was writing LotE, I'd like to take this time to share a few thoughts I had during that time, especially with regards to how I structured LotE. Namely: Slick's Pokemon are not a Five-Man Band.
I know no one has added that trope to the page yet, but I want to establish this in advance, because I know Pillow and Maestra are trying to populate the page with tropes. So I'll say it again: Slick's Pokemon are not a Five-Man Band.
The reason this is important to me was because back in 2010, yes, they did have the roles of a Five-Man Band. Rush as the Brawn, Lyther as the Brains, Insyte as the Lancer, Thalia as the Heart, Sparktail as the Hero. But during the series overhaul in 2012, I redeveloped many of my characters, and in general, I shifted them away from being a Five-Man Band.
To quote the trope article: "The Five-Man Band only occurs when the team as a whole fits, not just a few characters." At a glance, my characters may still seem to fit the Five-Man Band roles perfectly. But I trust my readers to recognize that my characters deviate sufficiently from this trope.
Don't misunderstand, I'm very thankful for this page, I've always wanted one! I've regarded it as a key milestone. But alas, Sparklefox is nitpicky and must provide commentary.
Legend of the Exile is a Pokémon fanfic written by Sparkleaf. Begun in 2010 and originally intended as a Take That directed towards Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, though eventually it grew into a story of its own.
I appreciate being given the benefit of the doubt, but LotE is still very much a "Take That" toward Sinnoh. It just focuses more on Hoenn love than Sinnoh hate. LotE takes place 12 years after the events of Ruby/Sapphire.
Slick however, was the Champion of the Hoenn region and had been a key part of the fight against Giratina. As such, his pokemon vow to defeat the Exile in his stead. This leads them to journey to Sinnoh, where Exile's forces are strongest, in hopes of finding a way to defeat him.
I've since corrected this section, but I'd like to point it out because it is an excellent example of confusion related to the 2012 revamp. LotE originally ended with 32 chapters in 2010, and the continuity was very different. In 2011, I unresolved the ending so I could continue writing it. By 2012, I found LotE very difficult to work with because of the existing continuity, so I ended up performing a half-reboot of sorts.
Many backstories and personalities were changed as a result. Unfortunately, either because I forgot to correct all the inconsistencies, or because people remembered the old versions, elements of the old continuity stick in people's memories.
Here is a comparison:
I hope everyone understands why I made these changes. I wanted to develop my characters myself rather than rely on canon. I want LotE to be accessible to all, not just the fans with the same Pokemon experiences as me. That's also why I try to tone back the anti-Sinnoh stuff a bit.
Not all aspects of a canon are important to all its fan works. This aspect of Pokemon features in WoV, which had Trainers battling against Giratina's forces, but I'm not sure it's that prominent in LotE... I would love to be proved wrong on this, though.
Eeeh. Insyte has not felt like that kind of character to me for years. Because he comes into his prime before the other characters, he actually serves as a model hero of sorts. In some respects, I think of Flareon!Insyte as a more ideal hero than Sparktail. Heck, Insyte had a third of Volume III all to himself.
So, for those of you who keep track of me mostly through this blog, this update may seem a little out of the blue. "Testament? What's Testament?" I had (still have?) a tiny mention of it on one page and nothing else.
Testament is my pet project, my exploration into high fantasy. And I haven't really talked about it here much because, well, this is very prominently a fanfiction site. So I became uncomfortable whenever I started to talk about Testament here.
Additionally, I want to make sure I get all the "rewrites" done before I release it into the wild. I can't afford to get stuck in rewrite hell with Testament the way I did with LotE.
Over the last few years, I avoided people with similar interests to mine, because people with common interests and different mindsets annoyed me more than people with different interests and common mindsets.
This was an grave mistake, because as a result, I don't have enough experience with the expectations of fantasy readers: which tropes are considered cliched, which tropes are fundamental, which tropes are considered offensive, etc. Is it okay if 'a' knight rescues 'a' princess? Do all princes have to be jerks? Is it okay to portray the human race as good? Does everything from nature have to be holy?
I'm a fanfiction writer. I go by Sparkleaf or SparkofLeaves on most sites.