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I'm hard at work on "Decadent and Depraved." I honestly think that this will be the first story I actually finish. I still haven't lost my enthusiasm for the project, and I'm still hard at work writing it. However, I'm not just writing it all the way through, starting at the beginning and working my way to the end. I'm working on it one element at a time with individual brainstorming sheets for characters, setting, and plot. I've just been so overwhelmed by the prospect of creating this whole world and working out so many fine details of this story. How do the great writers do it? How do they come up with so many amazing ideas and keep track of so many little details? It's clear I still have so much to learn before I become a truly great writer. The funny thing is that, while you can analyze all kinds of things to do with characters and setting to find out what makes them great, plot is very difficult to analyze. I'm always worried that things are too simple, or too obvious, but what if it gets so complicated that I confuse people or lose their attention? There's this incredibly delicate sense of balance that's so difficult to master.
Does anybody else have trouble writing big, detailed stories? How do you deal with all the complications?
Has anybody else seen this? www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDoWhM… This is... disturbing. Oh, this show looks awesome and all that, but this girl moves EXACTLY how I imagined Madeline moving. Just remember, Disney, I came up with the idea for a wacky story about a girl with little horn thingies having crazy adventures first. I'm watching you. What is This Fuckery? 
WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE TRANSFORMERS "MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE" COMICS BY JAMES ROBERTS!

Rating: G
Universe: More Than Meets The Eye comics
Characters: Megatron
Pairings: None


Megatron groaned as his systems rebooted. Six months, and it still wasn't getting any better. Every single day was like the morning after a bad overcharge. The kind where you wake up and realize that you got overclocked on circuit speeders, shot a few people, stole a class IV warbringer exoskeleton, and now things are going to be really awkward for the next few days.

With a visible effort, he wrenched himself free of the circuit slab and sat upright. Then he slumped forward. He hadn't properly recharged in centuries. Not on a slab. Not while laying down. Not with all higher brain functions suspended. He'd gotten too paranoid towards the end.

He had the nagging feeling that his balance was off. Very off. Ah, yes. Of course. Six months, and he still forgot. Steeling himself for the imminent sense of loss, he looked down at his right arm.

His fusion cannon was gone.

Right. Yes. The worst part was out of the way. Now he could face the day properly.

He hated to admit it. Hated it down to his very spark. But it was true. He missed the fusion cannon.

It had never been an essential bit of anatomy. It had always been removable, and pretty much every alternate mode he'd ever used had allowed him to transform without it. But it had been a part of him. For nearly four million years, it had been the one part of his body that had remained an iconic constant. He'd changed nearly everything else. He'd gone through countless alternate modes, from jets to tanks to star fighters to laser pistols and beyond. He'd changed his color scheme from silver to black to purple and back again. But there had always been the cannon. And now it was gone.

It had been a marvel of engineering, one of the finest weapons ever designed. There had been a dial that allowed it to concentrate or disperse its range of fire, and a setting that allowed him to fire it in a continuous stream. It had even had a function that used the worm hole technology in his chest to draw extra power from a collapsed neutron star. He had never used it. For a weapon capable of concentrating the force of a nuclear explosion at an enemy's chest, it had seemed like overkill. Looking back, he almost wished he'd tried it out, just once.

With a final groan, he got up and walked to the window. This was the part that did get easier. He looked at his reflection, then down at the glowing, red insignia on his chest. An autobot symbol stared stoically back at him. He grunted. Well, it didn't matter. Everything else was ancient history. This was the now, and it was time he started facing up to it.

With an air of quiet purpose and dignity, Megatron the autobot straightened the treads in his legs, adjusted his helmet, and stalked towards the bridge to face his crew.
The Cannon
Okay, the spoilers aren't really there unless you know it's in the MTMTE universe, but I felt it important to specify. The MTMTE universe is quickly aligning so tightly with my personal canon that it's pretty much becoming my definitive outlook on what the transformers franchise should be. It is by far the best transformers story we have ever had. The only problem is that it's connected to the previous IDW ongoing series, which sucked, and to John Barber's "Robots in Disguise" series, which is really starting to suck. But MTMTE is still pretty darn near perfect, and I love it.

I wanted to do a quick story of Megatron mourning the loss of his iconic fusion cannon, since I felt like that was just sort of glanced over in the "Slaughterhouse" story arc. Sadly, it couldn't be quite as long or as detailed as I like due to the word count constraints of a 4F, but I still like it.

Word count: 500
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J. Paul Daniel
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Paul Daniel is a college student residing in Kalamazoo Michigan. He specializes in writing, particularly reviews, science fiction, fantasy, and comedy. His goals in life are to discover the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, to have a bestselling book published, and to make "Watership Down" required reading in all public schools.
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I'm hard at work on "Decadent and Depraved." I honestly think that this will be the first story I actually finish. I still haven't lost my enthusiasm for the project, and I'm still hard at work writing it. However, I'm not just writing it all the way through, starting at the beginning and working my way to the end. I'm working on it one element at a time with individual brainstorming sheets for characters, setting, and plot. I've just been so overwhelmed by the prospect of creating this whole world and working out so many fine details of this story. How do the great writers do it? How do they come up with so many amazing ideas and keep track of so many little details? It's clear I still have so much to learn before I become a truly great writer. The funny thing is that, while you can analyze all kinds of things to do with characters and setting to find out what makes them great, plot is very difficult to analyze. I'm always worried that things are too simple, or too obvious, but what if it gets so complicated that I confuse people or lose their attention? There's this incredibly delicate sense of balance that's so difficult to master.
Does anybody else have trouble writing big, detailed stories? How do you deal with all the complications?

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AlexNeskoh Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thak you for the watch!!
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Decadent-Depraved Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome. ^^
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Mythraill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Artist
how ya doing, friend? XD
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Kaelmn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, I was sure I was watching you Oo
It's fixed now ;) I hope you'll make soon new drawings ! I really love them :)
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Decadent-Depraved Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, thanks a lot! I promise to draw more very soon! It's always great to hear people like my work.
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Kaelmn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ! ^^ I really love what you're doing ! Great, new drawings soon so !! :D *happy*
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Mythraill Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Artist
and the Llama
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Mythraill Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Artist
thx for the watch
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Ha! Betcha thought I was going to miss this. ;P


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Decadent-Depraved Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Writer
lol Thanks, Lisa. ^^
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