Sailor Nothing News Paragraph: Sometime this week I’m hoping to finish the transcript of SN7 and make it final, and to HTMLize SN8. Likely SN8 won’t have clearly delineated sections and will remain visually confusing, but as has been noted in one of the threads, that’s very much intentional and carries the emotion I want to convey. I know I’m moving a little slowly on SN lately, but considering I slammed out #8 in one night and my life has been very sucky lately, I think I get a little leeway. ^_^; SN9 is planning up in my head as we speak; I know generally what’s gonna happen and what the ‘gimmick’ of the episode is, and I’ll outline it sometime when I have the energy.
I was talking with a good friend in ICQ about my depression lately and how SN, while doing very nicely thanks to my dark mood, isn’t really HELPING my dark mood improve. She suggested I start my next project early — not to drop SN but to run the two concurrently while SN is finishing. (SN should only last 11-12 episodes.)
While I’m a bit spooked to shift my focus for fear of losing focus on my previous work, I think I’m going to have to do it for my own sake. I could use a pick me up. So, I started planning out some notes for The Next Big Thing (not the actual title). Which got me to thinking…
I think TNBT is going to be the same thing SN was… Original Anime Fiction. (I’m aware that contracts to OAF. I’m big on contractions today and it’s nicely close to OAV.) I like OAF. OAF lets you hook into the subculture of otaku; you have an audience from day one in the form of rabid anime fans. But unlike fanfiction, you can claim full copyright of your ideas and truly be able to say “I wrote this!”. It’s uniquely your work, even if it’s inspired by storytelling methods and character styles popularized in Japan. I’m thinking of drafting up a webpage for OAF and possibly use it to launch a webring so others can link in their own projects and share the audience, so to speak; self promotion is a must in the web age and [orig] tags can sometimes be overlooked in favor of the latest Sailor Moon lemon on the FFML variants.
Of course, TNBT, while being OAF, needs a USTKIFBTD. …err. Unique Spin To Keep It From Being Totally Derivative. SN has its dark magical girl angle, after all; that’s the innovative bit that appeals to folks in the same way sour candy does. My first few ideas for TNBT, however, were way too much like Love Hina meets Outlaw Star. I have a cast of five characters that I can fit basically anywhere. Now I need to design a world and a worldview that’ll make them shine in, if not truly original and unique ways, at least in unexpected and intriguing ones.
And so, on a whim, I toss it to the floor. I have two ways I can go with this, which do you prefer?
A) Straight scifi or fantasy or modern setting that won’t distract from the characters themselves, even if the world feels generic.
B) Bizarre world which is rich in detail and works unlike others you’ve seen, but could possibly distract from the characters or feel less like anime as a result.
Phew, longish post. But I think I got said what needs sayin’.