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Possible new canon author ideas and discussion

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3 months 1 week ago #65759 by JG
JG replied the topic: Question about Team Kimba Et Al.
Maybe we get lucky and Phoenix does more Hank story soon
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3 months 1 week ago #65763 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken replied the topic: Question about Team Kimba Et Al.
Indeed... we ARE looking to pick up a couple new authors. I'd like at least one for each timeline, and ideally two for Gen 2...

The ideal author would be willing to commit to 3 (or 2-4) 20k word content releases per year for at least three years with 2/3 of their material developing their own new character 'in time' with the timeline and 1/3 of their work in further development of the universe (either a crossover with other characters or teams, a backstory piece fleshing out the universe more, or a team up with another author on something 'big picture').

People who have been active as WhatIF writers and can show success with the universe obviously have a foot in the door, but most authors can expect at least SOME audition process required. This is more to make sure you're willing and able to work with US and within the context of the shared process than to see your writing skill (there are plenty of good writers who would be fine just writing their own WU stories... but that doesn't mean they are willing or able to adapt to meet the requirements of the canon authors and the universe and its no point in recruiting people who can't work with us).

People who are 'new' to us as authors, will also get the opportunity to show us their writing skills as part of their audition.


We thought about cloning Morpheus... but we suspect he'll just assimilate the clones. I'm fairly sure there is an apocalyptic result down that path, so... maybe we'll have to hope to solve the problem a more traditional way with recruiting. :P

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3 months 1 week ago #65772 by Oneiros
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Since Astro is my second favourite Gen 2 author and keeps complaining in our Discord server ( discord.gg/mfDAB28 ) about having to hold back on writing his lovely Morgana I would suggest he join the Gen 1 crew as well.
Also Polk Kitsune is a lovely human (or rather foxy) being and has written one and a half great stories so far.
With those two writing for Gen 1 I would certainly read a lot more of that.
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3 months 1 week ago #65787 by Kristin Darken
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No one is holding back Astro except Astro. If Astro wants to write more, he should.

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3 months 1 week ago #65788 by Astrodragon
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I'm sorta too far ahead in G2 as it is. I am thinking of a new character though...

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3 months 1 week ago #65790 by Oneiros
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For Gen1 you mean of course

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3 months 1 week ago - 3 months 1 week ago #65792 by XaltatunOfAcheron
XaltatunOfAcheron replied the topic: Question about Team Kimba Et Al.
I decided to take a look at the status of Gen2. Here are the last dates of stories for the major characters:

Hikaru (Sunshine and Fury) - 9-19
Cerulea (Laura and the Fan Club) - 9/29
Eisenmädel and Calliope (Dorms 4.6) 10/02
Glyph (Ink in her Veins) 10/8
E.E. Nalley's complex - 10/10
Dragonsfyre (as e'er...) 10/17

So yes, Astrodragon has run ahead of everyone else, and that may cause consistency problems for characters that want to catch up.

I don't know what, if anything, is in the queue, of course, so take that with a grain of salt.

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Oh, yes, the last part of Flowers of the Sun is all by itself on 11/24 and 11/25.
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3 months 1 week ago #65793 by DanZilla
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Speaking for the Queue... we'll be seeing some Gen2 goodness over the next few weeks... not catching us up completely to Astrodragon but progress will be made... :)

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3 months 1 week ago #65795 by Astrodragon
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Its why I'm reluctant to go any further forward, although I was careful to only include a few incidents with the rest of the team in e'er.
You all need to write faster! faster, faster, pussycat, kill! kill! :twisted:

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3 months 1 week ago #65808 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken replied the topic: Question about Team Kimba Et Al.

XaltatunOfAcheron wrote: I decided to take a look at the status of Gen2. Here are the last dates of stories for the major characters:

Hikaru (Sunshine and Fury) - 9-19
Cerulea (Laura and the Fan Club) - 9/29
Eisenmädel and Calliope (Dorms 4.6) 10/02
Glyph (Ink in her Veins) 10/8
E.E. Nalley's complex - 10/10
Dragonsfyre (as e'er...) 10/17
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Oh, yes, the last part of Flowers of the Sun is all by itself on 11/24 and 11/25.


Here's the thing though. Gen 1 authors may have character / protagonists in the mix of Gen 2 to help flesh out the timeline, but our characters are literally meant to be support not limiting factors. So... Cerulea at the end of Sept, E.E.'s inclusion of Kodiak's kids and Nick... don't really count.

What DOES count are:
NeoMagus: Tanya
Astrodragon: Morganna
MaLAguA: Vic
Wasamon: Erica
MageOhki: Taka or maybe Hikaru

And to a lesser extent the two characters whose authors didn't even really make it to the Gen 2 release: Bailey and Fiorella (who were created by Katie and Souffle Girl).

The idea that ANY of these characters is ahead of someone else is nonsense. It's a self-imposed limitation. Some of these characters don't have any critical stories to tell every semester. So waiting for those characters to catch up to someone two weeks ahead of them is ridiculous. There is only (on average) one MUST BE WRITTEN story in the Gen 2 timeline for each month in the timeline. Those are the stories that move forward the overall plot ... and other than being sure to properly foreshadow upcoming critical stories OR having 'aftermath' comments or impacts on characters and setting (without spoilering those events)... any author can move forward at whatever pace they like. They certainly don't have to limit themselves because others are two or three weeks behind. We're not writing journals.

I haven't seen a single author say "Please don't write/release your next story until I have a chance to get such and such finished and posted to the public. There's too much interwoven to do that without a spoiler or hurting my story." THAT should be the only reason to delay because other authors are not at the same point in the time line.

Look at how far Diane advanced the timeline using Ayla while most authors of Gen 1 were stuck at Halloween. It didn't hurt the quality of stories that were told later by Elrod or E. E. when they 'caught up'.

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