ATL Season 2 + Pride Month Celebrations

Two big updates:

ATL Season 2 has started!!!

The ninth story, The Dial-Up Demon, is now out, all thirteen chapters. The posting schedule for this season is going to be a bit different than Season 1’s three-times-a-week clockwork style, which I hope will be better for y’all binging types. You can start reading here!

Don’t you wanna read it? Art by hellspawnmotel.

Chapters are gonna be… vaguely monthly. I’m only going to release updates when they are ready, and when there’s a sizeable enough chunk that it’ll be worth it. I stole this idea from Alexander Wales and I hope it helps.

Second news…

Pride Month is underway!!!

Yeah I probably could have made a more detailed post about this, and earlier than this. I’ll make another post later but for now I’ll just say that there’s a lot of gay stuff this month and the Quinlan Circle is celebrating it.

First off, I’ve been running a #PrideWebFiction feature on Twitter where I promote one piece of queer web media every day throughout the month. The endeavor has received a ton of support and it’s really cool to see all the great queer stories out there.

There is also… Another project afoot. Such as Pride Month art for all of the main queer couples in each Quinlan Circle series! The art is part of a commission by Ryuichirou and there is more coming after this…

Check the art out:

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Story Status Updates + Info

I realized it’s been a while since I made a blog post, let alone one that gave an update on what I’ve been up to. So I thought I’d make a brief summary of some of the things you might not be aware of in the world of Thedude3445:

  • First of all, ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture Season 2 is starting very soon! On June 16th, to be exact. If you haven’t caught up on the adventures of Morgan Harding and friends, now is the perfect time.
  • I don’t think I mentioned it on this blog before, but as a stress-relieving activity I started an isekai LitRPG parody series in February called Reborn on a Systemless Earth… With a System. It’s the story about a fantasy character who is hit by a speeding carriage and reincarnated… in modern-day San Francisco?! The antics are wacky and the stakes are very low, and somehow it’s become my all-time most-popular original story already. People really love LitRPGs, it seems.
  • Hands Held in the Snow is also still ongoing and still publishing at two times per week. The story has gotten a lot of nice people following along with Emi and Beatrice’s story lately, and I love each and every one of them. <3

And here is some other upcoming news:

  • Web Fiction Guide is coming back! It’s been in limbo since August or September, and so my newest two serials haven’t even gotten listed on there. But it is coming back soon and that is very exciting.
  • Quinlan Circle will be celebrating Pride Month in style. Since all of our ongoing stories (Except DracuFrank 🙁 ) heavily feature LGBT+ themes, there’s gonna be a ton of nice content throughout June! stay tuned for that, and make sure to follow on social media to stay informed. Details are mum for now, but I can spoil that the excellent artist Ryuichirou Aoino (of Issues fame) may be involved…
  • Hands Held in the Snow is currently being posted here on the Quinlan Circle website, as well as on Royal Road. But on the encouragement of many, it is highly likely that it will be added to two new sites: Scribble Hub and Tapas! If you like either of those sites, make sure to keep your eyes peeled.
  • The movie Nobody was delayed to 2021 and it still makes me sad every time I think about it :'(

And that’s all for now! I’ll try to post more blog posts in the near future since I ought to make better use of this site.

[2010] My First “Real” Short Story

It’s been about ten years since I started writing original prose fiction and posting it on the internet. I don’t think I was really conscious of it at the time, since I was still busy making fan fictions and sprite comics and all that sort of stuff, but it took until high school for me to really start making the things that would eventually make me the writer I am today.

Of course, because I was a little shit, though, one of the first short stories I finished was an “experimental” piece of trash called “An Hero is a Hero.”

(Read it and try to make sense of anything in it. I dare you.)

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[2010-2019] The Web Fiction Community

Introduction

I’ve been writing on the web since the time I joined my first internet forum (Nintendo City.com) at the end of 2005. In some form or another, whether that be sprite comics, fan fiction, short stories, video game reviews, ironic audio dramas, web serials, I’ve been writing for fifteen years and almost all of that was on the internet (sadly you can still find most of it, too).

For all of that, then, it is interesting to me that the first time I really found a community around writing web fiction was only in 2019. And it is interesting to me that that community is both dying and thriving at the same time.

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Thedude3445’s Guide to Writing Cute Romance

Hello and welcome to my guide on writing cute romance storylines. After my work in stories like Hands Held in the Snow and “On the Ship” (among many others), I’ve had a lot of people ask me for advice on how to write about love and couples in ways that make readers feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, as well as get them hyped up to start shipping your characters together. There’s a whole lot of advice I’d like to give, so I decided to make an entire article on the subject!

This guide can be for a small subplot in a bigger work just as much as a full romance story It’s all just my own methods and thought process, so a whole lot of the details in here will be specific to how I approach storytelling. There’s obviously no one superior method to how to make your romantic storylines adorable.

But while these are just my thoughts and opinions, not some steadfast rules to adhere to, I think they’ll be helpful to anyone who’s looking for how to enhance their romance. It may be a useful read even if you aren’t interested in romance writing, at least because I will explain some of my favorite story techniques and why I like to use them.

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[2018] Rhapsody for My Dead End-of-the-Decade Plan

There was a brief time where, due to confusing and failed life plans as a result of my tenuous position as an alternate for the JET Program, I was a NEET from July to November 2018. And because of that, for three months, I was getting no income, but I was also living rent-free with my parents and infinite free time… My dreams of being a Full-Time Writer came true. If I was going to be a NEET, I was going to be a NEET who accomplished great things…!!!

Then I got called to fulfill a position in the JET Program after all at the end of October and that all disappeared immediately. But I had set all of these lofty goals for myself… I really was gonna make this writing thing work… But, yeah, I definitely chose to actually make money doing a job I like instead of risking getting buried in accumulating debt.

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[2012] Sburb OST: Sometime Fan Projects Succeed

Fan projects usually fail. They’re usually not very well thought-out, being too ambitious or too unfocused. They invite way too many people onto the project, with way too many people who don’t actually have any inclination to contribute beyond “ideas” or whatever. I’ve personally been a part of multiple projects that have failed in exactly this way, including ones where I was one of the people who dropped off quickly as an “ideas” person.

Because of all of that, I continue to be extremely proud of what the Homestuck fandom was able to accomplish at its peak, especially in the fan music community, and there’s no better representative of that than Sburb OST, the coolest fan album to have ever been made.

If you haven’t read Homestuck, this will make like 20% sense at best, but Sburb OST is the fan-made soundtrack to the Sburb “video game,” to a generic fit-all Sburb session. It tried to take listeners through a typical Sburb session and all its aspects. It makes genericized versions of the Homestuck leitmotifs, and introduces entirely new ones, all of which pop up throughout the album. The song art even takes us through a sort of story that features the same characters (stand-ins for the musicians I believe).

It’s really ambitious, and better yet, it actually exists. It was actually completed, mastered, and released. There was a bit of drama throughout production, and it took over two years to complete, but it actually came out, and that’s what matters.

Also, the music is good. Take a listen:

[2012-2019] My Nanowrimo Report

Ever since the beginning of the decade, I’ve been super into the idea of Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month if you don’t know what that is… Though considering that there’s a 95% chance you’ve discovered this blog post via one of my many web stories, surely you already know what that is.

Well, it’s finally the end of Nanowrimo 2019, and it’s also the final one of the decade.

Throughout the decade, I have made, or at least planned, a whole bunch of different Nanowrimo attempts, the vast majority of them failing spectacularly due to various reasons. Let’s reflect on them:

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