Issue 5, October 13, 2012
|| Hyperactivity or Lack of Activity?|
So today I suddenly had one of those weird, reflective moments that come out of some random corner of your brain that you can't explain... Point being, I had a moment. I thought about what what I've joined since joining Avatar Wiki, and how much I've truly gotten myself into. Surprisingly, I realized that I've never actually looked at how many total activities I have going on until now. And when I did...
Holy crabs. Really?
As of today, I am a member of the Fanon Review Squad, Fanonbenders, and Fanon Lost and Found Advisors. I'm also a deputy editor for both the White Lotus Sentinel and the Ba Sing Se Times. Then I'm supposed to be an official editor for about 6 fanons. And then I decided to jump into a collaborative fanon project a few weeks ago (Vortex), and thennn...oh that's right, I have my own fanon that I want to update! But I also like making random writing contests (and competing in them) for hours!
After the horrifying reality of my activities hit me, I just thought about it for a while. First there was the obvious question, like "How did you join so many things?!" (me talking to myself, yes) But then I realized it's more of a trend than it is a personal hyperactivity problem. My closest Wiki friends are generally all very involved in the fanon portal, probably because we've spoken so often during said involvement. Among them are, no doubt, piles of usergroup titles and editorships comparable to (or worse than) mine. On top of that I can't even imagine the personal fanon goals they have to postpone for themselves.
...We're not a very big group.
So I don't think it's hyperactivity at all. We're not - well, I'm definitely not someone who points and says, "Oooh a look, a fancy usergroup! Oh wait, there's another one! I think I'll join them all because I'm that awesome >:D" ...Nope, I don't remember thinking that at all. But I do remember thinking: "There aren't enough reviewers." "No one updates the Advertising Cycle on time." "No one's submitting any fanon articles to the BSST." "No one else wants to reveal the dark truth behind the fanon portal (via Urban Dictionary. JK!)" But anyway, I think you get the point. I didn't jump into all those things "just because," although I greatly enjoy being a part of each. The motivation was always because literally, no one else wanted to contribute! The small number who were part of those groups already just couldn't keep up with it all 24/7. So simple as that, I just wanted to help them out.
With that said, the true problem is revealed: lack of activity! As in a shortage of authors who actually want to improve something that's not related to their own fanon glorification. I think the portal can be considered fairly active when it comes to people trying to help themselves, after all. But anyway, we who seem to "show up everywhere" in the fanon portal do so because no one else wants to. Every time we "appear," it's probably a type of edit that the portal can't function without. When others aren't willing to take on critical fanon duties, the result is the seeminly hyperactive user, when in reality he/she is only piling on what's neglected.
Well, what do you think? A little help over here would be nice ^^"
Before The Bos published the first chapter of Avatar: Guardian, before Twilitlink graced the fanon portal with Avatar: Wanted, before the canon and fanon wikis were even merged, there was a talented writer named Manzai on here. Featured fanon author, four time featured article author and winner of the Outstanding Author Fanon Award, Manzai is here today to talk about his current fanon series, Avatar: The Heir of Ban.
- Hey Manzai! How are you doing today?
- I am well. Thanks for selecting me for a fanon interview!
- What do you think of how this site has grown and changed since you first made your account on here?
- Well, you recently congratulated me on my fourth year of membership on the wiki, so you know I've actually been here for a while. Avatar Fanon was actually a separate wiki when I started, if anyone remembers that. But even though I started a long time ago, I was in college for most of that time so I was usually very busy. So what ended up happening was I would check in sometimes when I got an itch to write, but then I wouldn't check in again for months, so sometimes I would come back and find the site totally different, like with a new background skin and buzz about totally different things on the fanon portal or the news section or something. Actually, I should say sometimes I would come back and find that suddenly there was a fanon portal or news section. But I never felt there were any really negative changes. I feel like more people have gotten more involved in it, it has gotten easier to use, but most importantly the culture on here has stayed pretty welcoming and supportive. But I do tend to just stick to my own stuff and stay in the fanon section; I'm still not that active in the social aspects of the site, so make of my assessment what you will.
- You completed a fanon on here called Enemies and Traitors over two years ago. How do you look back on that? Has your writing style changed since then?
- Actually, that dates back longer than that. I think I actually wrote that in 2007 and posted it on this other fan site called Distant Horizons (I don't go there much anymore, but maybe I ought to give them a deferential plug since that's where I got started). Then it sat around on my computer for a while until I got a little more active on this site and went, "Oh, hey, I ought to post that up." I haven't read that in a while, but to answer your question, I do find the style more amateurish, and I can see like problems that I'm aware of in my writing now in there except they're more prominent. Now I'm more aware of these things and I try harder to fix them, but I still see them creep through. I can also see similar themes to my current story come up in it, however. The idea of family, for example.
- How did you get started writing Avatar fanfictions?
- I remember I watched the first season and got really into it as it went along, to the point where I was on Distant Horizons and looking into other fan sites and stuff by the time Book 2 started. And I guess I started the way most people start, I just found myself coming up with plot bunnies because I couldn't get enough of the show. The format of the show, particularly at that point in time, also let me feel confident enough to write it, because the mythology of the show was contained to just 20 or 30 episodes, but you could also tell it was really rich and developed in the creators' minds. Even now I could probably name all the episodes in order if I really tried, which is what makes me feel like I understand it well enough to write it.
- How did you get started writing in general?
- I actually have been writing in some form since I was very little, like 6 or something. I would write books about made-up animals and then draw them, which I guess was a form of fan fiction because I was probably trying to emulate Dr. Seuss books like On Beyond Zebra. And when I got older I got into other things, particularly Star Wars, and I remember writing stories set in the Star Wars universe using original characters when I was about 11 or 12. I didn't know what fan fiction was at that point but those stories were clearly fan fiction. I remember I also had this really epic, ambitious science fiction story I was trying to write around that time, which I still have in a notebook somewhere. The Lord of the Rings movies came out around that time and I remember writing some story set in that world too. I guess I just always had this urge to expand on a story when I got really interested and absorbed in it. When I wrote stories for school or something I usually got praised, so I just got more and more into writing.
- What are some of your common inspirations? It seems like you have a lot of different sources you draw from.
- I like to have a wide range of sources to draw from. I don't know if I have common inspirations across all the stuff I write. I just try to sift through the stuff I'm already interested in, but I also seek out other stuff as I start to understand what kind of information I need for the specific story. For Heir of Ban the biggest new element is the Hei Chaoliu gang stuff, so for inspiration about that I went to lots of different sources. I tried to see what I could get out of things I was already interested in. Like I was already into kung-fu movies, which helped when thinking of action scenes and martial-arts related stuff. I also already liked that anime Samurai Champloo, which had an arc about the Yakuza so I got a few ideas from that. Then I started seeking out stuff. I started throwing western and Asian gangster movies into my Netflix queue, I watched some of The Wire, I watched this documentary series on the History Channel called Gangland. I saw this great documentary about the son of a famous drug kingpin from Columbia and how he deals with his father's legacy. But then I go to other stuff I'm interested in for other specific chapters. Like Chapter 9 will be a mystery story with horror overtones, so I looked into classical Japanese ghost stories for that. There are some chapters where the main character goes to the Southern Water Tribe, so I did some general web searching about Inuit culture and I watched this movie that dramatizes an Inuit myth called Ataranjuat, (which I later found out Mike and Bryan also drew on when designing the Water Tribe look and culture). So it's lots of different things. I'm still looking for more and more information because I'm still writing the story. I try to get sources that can inform me both about technical or logistical stuff, like how a gang operates day-to-day or how it is organized, but also about the mindsets and relationships of people in my characters' positions. How do gang members relate to each other, for example. I look at both fiction and non-fiction sources for both of these sorts of things. The other thing I try to do is just kind of have my radar on in the background scanning for ideas or useful material all the time, no matter what I'm doing. Everybody gets bombarded with a lot of media all the time, but if you develop this kind of filter for information related to the projects your working on you can get good ideas and information from all kinds of unexpected sources.
- Can you tell us about your current fanon series, Avatar: The Heir of Ban?
- Heir of Ban kind of deals with the idea that anybody can be born as the Avatar. The main character is Avatar Zhengyi, who is born the son of the leader of a major organized crime group in Ba Sing Se. When he is discovered to be the Avatar, his father's second-in-command, One-Eyed Wu, kills his father and proceeds to raise Zhengyi for the next fifteen years, under the pretense that Zhengyi's father was killed by a rival gang. Zhengyi is happy to just work as an enforcer for his father's gang and plans to take it over one day. But one night Zhengyi discovers that it was actually Wu who did it, so he attacks him. But, because Wu taught him earthending, and paid his other bending teachers, Wu knows all the flaws in Zhengyi's technique and Zhengyi can't defeat him. One of his father's other friends jumps in and saves him, so he is able to get away. From there, he decides to go on a journey, sort of like what Aang does, to train up so he can come back and defeat Wu. At first he only wants to get revenge on One-Eyed Wu and take over his father's gang, but over the course of the journey his perceptions about things and his goals begin to change.
- How did you come up for the premise of the story? It’s unusual for an Avatar fan fiction.
- It's funny you say that, because I feel like currently there's a trend toward "elsewhere fics" involving other Avatars ever since LoK came out. Actually, that's kind of how I came up with it. I first came up with the idea a long time ago when AtLA was ending. At that time the trend was toward stories that continued the series and usually involved the world falling back into war. So I wanted to do something that could be a large-scale threat that an Avatar would have to deal with other than a war, so crime was the first thing I thought of in answer to that.
- Can you tell us a little about the main character?
- I don't really remember why I wanted to do a story about an original avatar character, but I guess it had to do with wanting to sort of play with the premise of the original series. Aang's character arc mostly had to do with him accepting responsibility, but he was always basically a good person. I wanted to do an Avatar who starts off as, (at best), a jerk. Aang also seemed to kind of come out of a vacuum. Prior to the series, his only relationship is with Gyatso, and he also lived a monastic life, trying to eliminate earthly attachments. At least that's how I saw it. Zhengyi is sort of the opposite of that, in that the conditions of his birth completely inform who he is at the start of the series, and he has zero interest in doing anything more than running his clan, which he sees as some sort of proof of his strength. He really sees himself as his father's son, and thinks leading his family's clan is the only thing that will give him any worth. He knows that Avatars are traditionally supposed to protect the world, but because of how he was raised, he basically thinks that's for suckers and he's entitled to spend his life doing what he wants. Of course, this is all when the story starts out. The bulk of the story is how he has adventures and meets people who cause his attitude to change over time. But at different points he struggles with it and relapses into this thuggish mentality.
- How much time did you spend creating the Hei Chaoliu clan gangs and their background history?
- Well, in some ways it took effort, but in some ways it was easy. The Hei Chaoliu is closely based on the Triads and the Yakuza, which are sort of the equivalents of the mafia in China and Japan (respectively). That's why the crime groups in LoK are called Triads. They're popular subjects for movies and TV, at least in Asia, and there are also lots of legends and stuff about them, and sometimes they even play a role in actual history if you do enough digging. So on the one hand a lot of stuff just comes from real life and I inserted it into the Avatar-world framework. Actually, if you look at the initiation ritual in Chapter 3, that's very close to the real Hong Kong Triad initiation ritual. That's supposed to be a very closely guarded Triad secret. I made it slightly different, because theoretically the Triads are supposed to come after anyone who gives away their secrets. Of course, I just looked it up on Wikipedia, so if they actually plan to do that they're going to have a lot of people to come after. I also added some stuff related to the Sicilian mafia and modern American street gangs to fill in the gaps. There are references to a Hei Chaoliu code of silence, which is closer to the Sicilian concept called omerta more than anything I could find on the Triads or Yakuza, but I'd say 90% of the Hei Chaoliu is based on Asian crime groups. I did have to research that stuff a little bit. I suppose I only did a few weeks worth of research before I started initially developing the idea, but like I said above, I've really never stopped looking into the subject. After a while I stopped specifically seeking out research materials on the Triads and Yakuza, but if a question or something comes up while I'm writing I'll go back into doing research, or if I'm watching a gangster movie and some sort of really cool idea or set piece comes up I try to fit it in.
- What way do you go about developing a storyline from the beginning, before you start writing?
- When I came up with the concept for the story I knew what themes I wanted to explore and what the main characters' general arcs would be. They were sort of embedded in the initial concept. So I had a start point and end point and filling in the middle is really what constitutes the writing of the story. I think about what sort of experiences would cause the characters to change, and then I'll write a chapter around one of these. I first write a synopsis for each chapter, which is just notes that summarize the major plot points of the chapter. Going from that, it's not that hard to write the actual prose of the chapter, but it does take time to make sure you give everything that occurs in the story an adequate description. If you go on the Heir of Ban main page you can see synopses for the chapters that have them already, but there's still a gap in the middle, so you can see how I wrote it from the ends inward. Those chapters don't have synopses, but I do have some ideas of what needs to go in there and hopefully I'll think of them when I get there and have a better idea of the course of the story. I've even considered writing some of those based on input from readers.
- What advice would you give someone who’s relatively new to writing fanon?
- I think what I said earlier about developing a filter for information and material that is useful to your current project is good advice. I would also tell people to try and use what they enjoy about writing. Like for me, one of my favorite things is when I find a really good story hook in the course of my research, so I do a lot of research and my story has a relatively realistic bent. If you really enjoy doing detailed descriptions or something, you might produce something that's more poetic and is more like a sequence of singular scenes. But that's not what I particularly like to do when writing, so I wouldn't try to write something like that, because for me it would just be a slog. And for someone who doesn't like research, they probably shouldn't try to do a gritty, realistic story because they wouldn't enjoy writing it. Of course, a person's tastes could always change, so I'm not saying you should limit yourself. And you always have to do some research and some work on imagery and some work on character building and so on. You always have to do at least some work on every aspect of your story. But it's a matter of where you put your focus. If you write in the way that you enjoy you will have more fun and you'll probably come away with a better story.
- What’s your favorite episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender?
- I like the ones that focus on characters training and/or the nature of bending (which kind of go together), so my favorite episodes are ones like Sokka's Master, Bitter Work, and The Old Masters. I guess Bitter Work if you really want to force me to pick. I watch a lot of kung-fu movies and stuff, and I tend to like the training sequences in those too, or in something like Rocky IV or Karate Kid. I'm a sucker for a good montage.
- How do you think the first season of The Legend of Korra compared to the original series?
- I think anytime you have a sequel, prequel, or remake to something it's better if you can judge it on its own merits rather than as just a follow up. I think LoK does have certain differences from the original series in terms of tone and structure and stuff, but I always felt that made it different, not bad. For me, I wouldn't want to see something that was too similar to the original series anyway. LoK had some flaws, but I always thought it was better than the majority of the cartoons on TV anyway. I think it's a worthy successor.
- What are some of your interests outside the realms of Avatar and writing?
- I have a full-time office job that takes up most of my time, but that's not interesting. I am trying to write more original fiction. There's a link to the one original story I've completed on my profile. I also teach a tae kwon do class, which helps a little with writing fight scenes and stuff. I watch movies a lot too. I sort of fancy myself a film buff.
- Anything else you want to add?
- If people want to know more about Heir of Ban topics, many of them have their own pages in addition to the actual chapter pages. There's a page on the Hei Chaoliu, for example. My profile page has links to all the Heir of Ban pages, as well as links to al the other stuff I've written. That's a good place to go for someone looking for like an index of my stuff.
Hello there and thanks for checking out Issue 6 of the White Lotus Sentinel! As you can see, we're going strong in our second issue as a permanent newsletter. We've gone through a bunch of different editors, even more different formats, and in the past have scrambled to collect a sufficient number of fanon articles. Well, I'm proud to announce that we received more articles, submitted by you fanon-crazed wikians, than ever before! Almost immediately after the release of Issue 5, my inbox lit up with excited users hoping to contribute to our fabulous sentinel. Keep it up! (Email me.) The Fanon Portal is a particularly well-knit and proud community within Avatar Wiki and your hard work and dedication is another way that we're going to strengthen our utopia of creative fanfiction stories, brilliant authors, and active readers.
I recently came up with a new way to help the portal. Introducing… the Fanon Bulletin! Ever worry that not enough people know about your new fanon? Well fear not! Now there's a place where you can keep the whole community posted whenever you release a new fanon series, chapter, or article. It's simple. If you click on the link, you'll see a page with the seven days of the week. If you publish something new, find the correct date and add it to the list! Every week, they'll reset to make room for fresh publications! The Fanon Bulletin is the place to go if you wanna check out the latest chapters of your favorite stories or see if another character page has been added for The Avatar Rhythm. Heck, I went there to advertise my new comedy one-shot, Merry Halloween. (And yes, I did just self-advertise once more). Make sure to head there if you're looking for something to read!
In other fanon news, I feel that it is highly appropriate to commemorate AvatarRokusGhost for his incredible accomplishment of completing the legendary Avatar: Energy Saga this September. His extraordinary tale, most commonly referred to as "ES," is the all-time fave of dozens of users across our Wiki, including myself. From visits to the North Pole, to battles in Omashu and the Fire Nation capital, to the Spirit World, to the mysterious Cave of the Ancients, Energy Saga kept readers on the edge of their seats for the entire ride. That's probably why ES had 29 subscribers, great scores on all nine of its reviews, 172 comments on its main page, and was awarded Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding Author in the third and fourth fanon awards. ARG struck gold, and it was a bitter-sweet moment when that final chapter was published. We were devastated that the journey had come to and end, but we still remain excited to see what our Master Fanonbender will write next. Congratulations AGR- but most of all, thank you for the thrilling adventure!
I believe writing is one of the most effective forms of communication. To write, one must put all of their abstract thoughts into words that can be spoken or written, interpreted, and applied to a meaning. Most do not think of writing as being really able to be interpreted or delved into, or at least most would think this of fan fiction such as the material present on the Avatar Fanon portal. When people think of expressing their thoughts, most everyone goes to visual arts (notably skipping past music, but that's not my topic of discussion for today). Sure, the sentence "Janey went to the park" does not have room for interpretation directly, however once you start thinking about the why and the where, or even deeply delve into the author's motivation, asking questions like, "What is MibuWolf trying to say, and when will she get to her point?" Largely, it is up to the reader to go into the meaning, but most everything stems from purpose.
Whenever I talk about writing, I feel like I should be wearing a black, turtleneck knit, long sleeve mini-dress, black tights and boots, and sitting in a dimly lit room smoking a cigarette just because I know it's bad for me. Imagine me, MibuWolf, thusly as I continue.
I like good writing. I look for good writing. But how can one really define good writing? There is the textbook writing, with perfect grammar, no mistakes, and all those things that make Junior High English teachers so happy. When judging writing, it is easiest to fall into reading the "goodness" of writing in this sense, and not really looking beyond it. Good writing gets an author's meaning across. Good writing is not something that can be defined, it's anything which explains just enough that the reader can interpret, but just so little that the meaning is not entirely clear. In some senses; good writing is whatever the writer is proud of. More than anything else, when an author is proud of his work, it shows. And when an author is proud of his work, it is good. I like good writing.
Reading this, one might get caught up in the contradictions. Good writing is this, it is this, and there is no overlap, which is true: all these thoughts might race through one's mind. So ask yourself this: is my writing good? I cannot tell you whether my writing is good or not. I cannot highlight things I have said, pull out sentences and tell you clearly that this is good, that this makes my writing "good writing". Pulling out any passage would be forcing my opinion on you, giving a biased selection of content for you to analyze. One person might think one thing is important, another person might think another thing is important. If one person tells another what they think is important, tells them to analyze one passage and ignore the rest, he will think that whatever the first person showed him is important. Thus, the full meaning is stunted by the opinions of one.
Every five days, I put a number on writing. I take a person's work, read it, tear it apart, and then give it a grade and say "this is his level of goodness". Then, whoever might happen upon this grade reads it and says "that is his level of goodness" and chooses to read or not to read the work. What grading rubric could one possibly use to gauge goodness? Does one focus on textbook goodness? Whether the meaning is understood? How much the author seems to like the writing? Or does one simply take his own opinion, put it into words and a number, and then force it upon others? One could put a number based on the enjoyment ascertained from reading alone, ignoring plot and meaning and other "extraneous" details. But then, the reviewer must ask himself whether abstract art is pleasing to the eye. Ignoring meaning, circumstance, and everything beneath the surface, can one truly enjoy any of the modern artists? They look as if they messed up, as if their talentless, solely because the observer ignores what is below the surface. Did not look for the hidden meanings, the commentary, the artist's story, anything. They simply look at what they can see, and what they can see is a mass of nonsensical colors.
As one such reviewer, I am not ridiculing this system in place. Giving numbers to goodness is a way for a person to conceptualize, imagine or pretend that there is some sort of almighty measure in which everything has its place. It is, and for the foreseeable future will remain, a solid system.
All writing is a reflection upon the writer. Many of the surface details are obvious when reading writing. But beneath the surface, deep into the center of the writing, one can see influences from the writer's past, present, and even future sneaking in and rearing its head, be it ugly or not. I cannot say I have been through trauma like some people have, nor have many. Do not consider yourself unlucky if you are a writer who has lived a comfortable life. Firstly, often time events one hardly considers influence his writing. You dismiss small events, ones which do not affect you beyond the instance of the event. But often these tiny memories show themselves more often than those of which the writer is constantly aware. Further, troubled writers are not always the best writers. Troubled writers can write about all their problems, but in fact the trouble writer often simply regurgitates the tragedy of his life, giving it no real substance. And often times, he does not have to give his writing substance: he can write about losing his family, simply writing the concrete events, and it could bring a tear to the reader's eye. But is this really good writing? Who am I to decide?
There is such a thing as bad writing. Though the goodness of writing is largely up to the reader, there are certain standards which writing must meet in order to qualify for being good. Many of you probably are nodding along, thinking "Yes, like Twilight," or "Yes, like what my little brother wrote for his kindergarten class". Neither of these examples are what I have in mind; the first associates itself with enjoyment from reading the words on paper, and the second from textbook goodness. Bad writing is effortless writing. Bad writing is writing which the writer says "this is crap" once he finishes, and not simply for modesty's sake. It is when the author and majority of readers agree upon this opinion that the writing is truly bad in all sense and definitions. Why? Because the writer has no pride, or soul, invested in his writing. The writer did not truly put himself out there, did not truly invest himself into his writing to express anything. It is empty writing; it is dead writing.
But who am I to gauge the goodness of writing?
I might say that writing must have some remnant of a soul to be good, but I am simply rationalizing something that cannot be rationalized: for none can truly find an overlying rule which encompasses all writing.
In all the fan fictions I have read on the Avatar Wiki, I cannot think of a single one which is bad writing by my definition. I give criticism based on grammar rules, how exciting it is to read, and all these faulty measures of how good writing is simply for the sake of pegging a number onto something so that others can understand and discern the writing along the same track that I discern it. It pains me as a writer to do this: to give scores to another's writing, to tell them what is good and what is not. Their writing is their work, their effort; who am I to approach Picasso and tell him he needs to draw like a "normal" person?
There is zero reason why one should bully another about his writing. You who comments thusly are no better a writer than him, or me, or Laura of the infamous "Legolas by Laura". A person's writing is his own, and the fanon portal of the Avatar Wiki is designed for people to post their thoughts into Avatar related writing. Empty criticism has no place. Find another website to be a bully.
One could finish my short essay with any variety of opinions. I would hope the majority would finish thinking "wow that was interesting", but some might muse over how boring, dragging, or nonsensical it was. But if you think that this essay was good or bad, ask yourself why. Take a moment to think about your thinking, to wonder what it is that made you like this short essay or dislike it.
And remember to have a good day.
Interview with Kuir, author of The Journey of Tala
What made you start writing fanon?
Always had an imagination for what happens next.
Who or what did you base the main character, Tala, off of?
Originally, this was going to have Korra, but I decided that a different character was better. Tala is based off of several sources. Her heritage *(spoiler alert)* the Dai Li, and Amon, a detached and effective leader.
Where did you come up with the idea of The Journey of Tala?
Like I mentioned, it was meant to be Korra dealing with the consequences of making Republic City. Two sides lost land that was theirs. Surely they would want it back?
Where is this series going to take place? Only in Republic City, or all over the Avatar world?
It starts in Omashu and will primarily take place there but goes to Republic City, Ba Sing Se, Foggy Swamp, and to a place in my fanon called Storm Grave.
Where is this main conflict going to lead into? What I mean by that is, is this conflict going to lead into another problem for a future chapter, like the Legend of Korra?
The war is going to be over several issues. 1: the issue of Republic City and its place in the world. 2: Omashu following the Earth Kingdom. 3: the effects of the past (more explored in book 2 and 3). 4: Its effect on the next Avatar, Lirin.
Why did you choose a time period after Legend of Korra?
New technology, less restraints on when things happened, and when new information comes out.
Why did you choose to make the setting Omashu?
I decided on Omashu because I wondered how the King of Omashu felt about answering to the Earth King. And if they had influence over the Avatar, would they use it to free themselves from the Earth Kingdom? Also, I chose it because that gorge makes things so much more intimidating.
How long do you plan for each chapter, or do you write whenever inspiration comes?
The story itself is complete, so it's a matter of inspiration on details. That is where most of the time between chapters is taking place.
When you say complete you mean that the main idea of the ending is complete, not actually writing it?
The events "who, what, where, how, why" are down in notes and in some form fleshed out.
So is there a set date on when the fanon will end?
No, because I'll fall behind and give up. At my own pace, I feel better. Chapter 10 is down just a little after a month of joining. Had I set a time table that conflicted to other priorities, it would fall far behind.
How did you come up with the Black Dragon's name?
I played off of the honorary title of Dragon in the Fire Nation's History. Then decided instead of "Dragon of the West", what if they were defined as something else, something more sinister. Such as the Black Dragon, and his ancestors, one which is called the Shadow Dragon.
Do you expect a fanon-bending status anytime soon?
I have no idea, that is up to readers and reviewers.
Lastly, who does your illustrating?
CrimsonShogun is my illustrator, only two drawing in the Black Dragon's article are mine. He has really helped out, giving it a feel of the Original Avatar for me.
Thanks for letting me interview you and good luck on your future fanon endeavors!
No problem, and thanks!
|| Fanon Urban Dictionary|
The Great Divide
- noun; The dark abyss that separates Fanfiction.net and Avatar Wiki. Migration between the two is overwhelming and, in extreme cases, drives travelers to insanity. "(Gasp) You mean Zutara isn't the most popular genre here? And why're there so many captions and fancy boxes and (gasp) PICTURES?" "Hi, there! Welcome to the Avatar Wiki fanon portal." "Agh, the bright colors...must revert to black and white to preserve vision..." "(Sigh) Must've just crossed the Great Divide, eh?" "MY EYES!!!" (6 months later) "...And that's why Minnichi acts the way she does." "What's that? @_@ Did I hear someone talking about me? >:D"
- noun; Abbreviation for Tyranthesaurus Rex. These authors have used synonyms to the extent of transforming into thesaurus monsters themselves. They're easily identified by a remarkable ability to replace every word in the dictionary with a more complicated one that no one understands. "'Hey, what's up?' he said.'" "Nonono, that doesn't sound right." "What do you mean?" "(Scribble scribble) Here, try it again." "Okay...'Greetings, my amiable companion,' he communicated at the top of his very lungs. 'Would you happen to be knowledgeable of everything in the direction of the sky above?'" "Perfect!" "What?! I didn't even know what I was saying!" "Does it matter? It sounded beautiful." "No it didn't! Wait...oh, no...y-you're a T-Rex!" "Bwahahahaha!" "N-no...NO! Get away from my fanon! HELP!!!"
- noun; Those who were too lazy to let you know they existed while you were writing and who read your fanon in secret. They usually don't show up until you've already decided to give up on writing. "Ha yeah, that fanon was a total failure. Not a single comment! I'm so glad I ditched that lame project." "Actually, I was going to say that I read your fanon and thought it was amazing. Also, they're a bunch of commenting nonies threatening to kill themselves if you don't continue." "Huh? How's that possible? It was practically 2 years ago!" "Anddd they're still commenting today." "I...had readers? Me? (Sob) S-stupid lurkers!"
- Adjective; (also see Fabulous) The characteristic of that one graphic on Avatar Wiki that will always, ALWAYS look ridiculously better than yours. No matter what. No matter when. "I'm so proud of myself; I made a userbox with a striped border, fancy text, and pretty colors!" "Psh, you call that a userbox? Look at that Ratavalous one over there!" "Where? ...Oh. So he managed to make a fading color effect this time. W-well, what about my fanon page -" "Pahaha!" "What're you laughing at huh? I can... (sees Ratavalous fanon page) Oh. Just - oh. Well...I give up."
The Rocks Presence
- noun; What comes to mind every time you wonder if Omashu Rocks is secretly taking over the internet, because his fellow rocks have started appearing everywhere. They do not speak with quite the same political poise, but one must wonder who trained them. Note: true story. "Oh look, a new fan comment notification from Fanfiction.net!" "(The comment) As human beings and pack animals, we care about those who are "one of us", but we have no concern for those who are "one of them", unless...(a few lines later) His perception is the core of racism, sexism, religious bigotry...(another line later) Patriots say "I love my country, so I want to help fix its flaws," but nationalists say "My country, right or wrong." "...Okay, how did she manage to come up with that? My Dai Li agent isn't racist!!! This can only mean one thing...(gasp) THE ROCKS PRESENCE. It's here..."
Avatar: Secret of the Shadows
Written by Weirdo Guy
Four years after the Hundred Year War, the world has been long at peace. Fire Lord Zuko and Avatar Aang are hard at word, restoring peace and harmony to the world. However, things may end badly as a new threat emerges from the scars left behind by the War. This nameless man threatens everything Zuko and Aang have worked for! Team Avatar must return to fight this horrid uprising. Read the all-new fanon series, which is releasing new episodes every Friday!