Sorry to bring this up without an update. I'm currently having a very hard time writing. I got a job promotion, and basically ended up going to the main company branch where I'm from, and work's been hectic. I actually wrote most of Snap Back when I was working casual shifts trying to make ends meet… you know the classic uni student living off ramen gig, but that was manageable.
Now I'm literally stretched thin, between working 10-hour shifts, and taking care of my pets. I actually don't have any family support. Was kicked out of the house at a young age for my sexuality, so I've always wanted to make it on my own. Snap Back really helped me cope with some tough times, really through inserting myself via Hina. Her tenacity through really hard situations, breaking but not every really staying broken, putting herself through more pain for that prize at the end—it was all I've ever really admired in a person. So in that sense Hina is more a fantasy than a self-insert for me. She was also someone I could relate to. I really would do a lot for my family even if they hate me, and I would do even more for my friends, and that's something I live by. Expressing those values through Hina gave me some happiness.
But yeah, recently it hasn't been the same. Life has a lot of work to throw at me, and Snap Back isn't bringing me the same joy as it did before. I enjoy the type of story I write, which it seems a lot of people don't, which is fine, but it's a little ridiculous to comment on someone's story telling them that it's trash and they should quit it, when it's fanfiction. Legit lay of harsh criticism like that, not only on me, but on other fanfiction writers, unless it's constructive feedback, because this is a hobby. If this were a published book, you would have an author spending years to just write what I did in 9 months. And that isn't even getting into editing and getting others to edit and proofread. The nature of the fanfiction medium means that we release a chapter at a time, which in and of itself doesn't really help keep good pacing or overall story cohesiveness together. That's what you get through revisions and editors. Expecting that level of effort from a hobbyist is unrealistic.
Anyway not all the comments were like that, but a lot of them are beginning to be, so I'm getting a little put-off from even writing this story. Thanks to everyone who's given me some encouragement, tips and constructive feedback, as well as to all those people who stayed with me from the beginning, because you guys are all awesome and keep me going. Love you all to bits and I'm going to finish this story for you, even if it takes years.
So yeah, overall I enjoyed writing this story. I enjoyed this year long journey of piecing together a story as I went, but it just isn't something I see myself doing at the same rate I did before. I might move it to a chapter a month from now on. I haven't given up on this story, but it stands to reason I need to prioritise my work-life and relationship with my girlfriend from now on, so I'm going to update at a slower pace.
The Crossover story will still happen. I've finished writing it, so that will be updated every Friday night from next Friday onward, weekly, which might be different for you guys. I live in Australia for reference. So that's around 8pm AEST.