Gosh, why does it feel like freakin' forever
since my last journal entry?
...Oh. It was, huh?
Anyway, on to the topic at hand.
The Crossover Chronicles(CoC) are a story that started off as a two-man writing project that as the script went on, more people joined the cause. If you have read the chapters I have posted thus far, you'll know of the plot. If not, let me briefly explain what it's all about.
Three people, Murdoc, Karla(Murdoc's younger sis) and Terry(Murodc's high school friend/Karla's crush) are pulled without warning into the world of video games, manga and anime. These three will meet many iconic characters, both good and bad, and begin a journey that changes their viewpoints of how they see life, their video game heroes and each other. I'd go on, but I don't know how to explain it any other way without spoiling the major plot points.
As I mentioned above, this was a 2 man project that started around 2001 or 2002 and grew into a 7 man team. What made this story unique in our eyes was the fact that it wasn't all about the popular characters, but they were there either supporting the main cast or against them. Plus the main cast were based on ourselves, ex: Murdoc is myself, Karla is my real life cousin, etc. Our personalities and our real life events that we thought to be usable and made sense was what we planned to give our characters. Because it had things that the reader could relate to, we felt that it would add a different flavor of variety in our characters. I worked on the major plots and the script between an OC(s) and a licensed character(s), while the rest of the team brainstormed ideas, helped where they could with the writing and just was there whenever they could help.
But the problem with a team is that sometimes ideas can clash, arguing happens, and members feel like they aren't getting a "fair share" of credit. I never said anyone was a "leader", nor did anyone ever try to take that title. The problem that if an idea does not work with what has been planned from the start, then it can't be used unless the entire story base is rooted and redone. Because of these problems, in 2006 3 members left the group. Back in 2008 I even stopped for a few years because in the back of my mind I thought it wouldn't work or the plot was too much to handle. Plus, "you can't just stop your life for the sake of one story that won't net you any profit" is what one of them said before he/she left.
So at this point, we can get to the title of this entry, Where is it headed?
I am the only one who still is actively(if you can call it that) working on this series. However, not everyone who left the team left on a sour note. My cousin lives rather far from me, so the time we spend together is slim to none now. My main high school buddy has a lot on his plate since 2007, but we do meet from time to time. Unfortunately, not much of it is spent dealing with the series. Out of the six who are no longer on the team, half of them split due to personal reasons, not because of the story itself.
I don't want to see something that was started in 2001-2002 to just be a waste of our time and creative energy, so in 2009 I made up my mind to stayed and polish up the pieces that me and my original partner had found. We removed the characters we no longer needed and changed the plot from what could only be described as a horribly written hentai written by adolescent teens from high school and was molded into a working and sensible plot with relatable characters...made by adolescent teens from high school(Still trying to change that...). So between 2009 and 2010, we found out that the script format of writing was not suitable for this series. We also tried 1st person narrative(that was even worse than the script format!). But in 2010 we found the best way to write this series. By introducing a narrator for the story in the form of Murdoc's own daughter, Emily Hunter. Emily has no prior history of her parent's adventure, so when she gets a hold of Murdoc's journals, she begins to read them and that's where we would enter the story with a 3rd person narrative.
I also have been posting Comipo art of Emily and her cast from a small comic series I'm calling the Crossover Chronicles: Next Generation or Next Gen. This will tell the story of Emily and her everyday life with her friends and family between school, home and other places. However, the journals of Murdoc are still a topic for the young teen, and she has to hide the fact that she knows about her family's crazy past.
So where is the CoC going?
To be honest, I know that it's going, but its moving very slowly for not just any readers I might have, but for me as well. But I always have ideas in mind, always trying to sort out the thorns and thistles in my head to get some clarity for writing. Always. I'm not going to give up this project of mine and I appreciate the feedback, comments, reviews, favorites and most of all, help that I've received and will receive in the future.
I think I've gone on long enough, and I hope you will understand what I have posted here.
See ya later, doods and doodettes!