Monday, November 26, 2012

OoC: Out of time.

Alright, um...where to begin? I don't even know. D: Do you think we should start by first apologizing for disappearing for so long, for no apparent reason, and with no explanation? That should work! ...You first.

Hell no! Both of us together now: we're sorry.

Right, so that's that. First thing out of the way. We've got the ball rolling. I think. Erm....I'd better go into introductions before explanations, probably.

Alright! Awkward hello time! Yay! Oh I just love awkward hellos! For those of you who haven't met us out of character somewhere along the line, I'm the primary author of the Copycat canon, and I'm her co-author. :D I was the one who scripted our timelines and events and wrote Lucia, and I took her scripts and wrote Ryan. Among all of the other characters, anyway. This is the first time we (and yes, there's been two of us all along) are coming online publicly, as ourselves instead of our characters-- to talk to the whole bunch of bloggers out there (what's left of you all) instead of just talking at you guys for once. Er, well, we may still be taking at you.......but this time has a reason.

By now, you might have noticed/been irked by our persistent use of past tense. Yeah.....um. There's no easy way to come out and make the announcement that we've dragged ourselves online again for. You probably know what's coming. You're all smart and we're not the first ones to do this. And as much as we hate breaking character after so long, we couldn't just leave you guys hanging without explanation (even though we did for so long)...and we really, really, really hate doing it, especially after the months and months of carefully-crafted, carefully-upkept immersion in the obscenely complex and involved plot that we'd built for ourselves..... we'd given it a lot of thought over a tough few weeks... and we finally decided sometime in August-- that we're calling off our blog-verse. That is to say, Call me a Copycat, Antithesis, the functionally-dead-but-we-had-plans-for-paranormal-activity Remedial Sketchbook, and our season three antagonist's Someone Shot the Trumpeteer.

Now it's official. Oh I hate this. T_T Yeah, well....it's off our chests, hun.

It's taken us since August to write this post. 

And it's hard to say "I quit," after all of the time and effort that we've sunk into our canon (no, make that blogging as a whole!), not to mention how much fun we've had doing it...but our lives away from our writings have gone three ways to hell since the past summer. We can't keep this awesome game up anymore. We've come to the point nowadays where we just can't put out the quality of writing with the ease and speed that we used to-- and though for a while we kept up a pretty damn good facade of it at first, over the summer when we were able to write all damn night and live off of a few hours of sleep.....once we got back to school, things really started biting us in the asses.

Hopefully you'll take our explanations for this excuses and not want to punch us too badly when we're done. =x

I'll start. The first thing that started to go bad for us was when I moved from Pittsburgh to Lewiston, Maine this past summer. It was an unforeseen sort of thing and there wasn't anything I could do about it. I'm actually a minor and it's not like I could just move in with her. By the way, the move had NOTHING to do with the killing off of my character. We actually planned to have him die a long time before we did do him in but then we thought that a longer life would, um.....uh yeah sorry about all of your heart strings. D8

Any way. I moved and now we couldn't just jump out our bedroom windows and run a few streets at 3 AM anymore if we needed to talk something over or hammer out a part of our writing or even if we just wanted to chill. And we still keep in touch but we haven't been able to brainstorm or share creative thoughts at the drop of a hat like we used to.....it's just hard. I miss her (shut up, you're gonna make me cry.... ;_;) and I feel like I'm completely out of touch with not only home I left in PA but by now our blogging and the world we built together. I can't even get on the computer much anymore to do school stuff let alone write or help to write a blog series. I hate it. This is why this blog here was the first one to fall to the wolves from neglect. I was supposed to continue and write Sammi when Ryan died but that didn't happen. I feel guilty really for being the first nail in our story's coffin.

Oh, don't say that, damnit! It was really me that killed our writing, and I'll admit that. See....college is eating my life. Even though the fact that he's six states away these days was weighing on my mind-- I'm drowning under eighteen college credits as a commuting OT major. It was tough to keep up, and I really tried to. And then I had a mental breakdown/eye strain attack during my second week of classes.

I just go so far behind myself on our blogging...and really, I had no intention of "Leichentuch von Federn" being my last post. Hell, it was supposed to lead into....something, something I don't even remember anymore. I'm furious with myself over all of the plotlines that I started early on and left hanging for too long. I had an ending for all of them somewhere back there, and now I don't even remember what they all were.

The big part that stopped us from just writing a quick ending and packing up cleanly was, we cared too much about our story to just give it a bad ending. Seriously, we love our characters way too much to just give them a mediocre, "woo, that's that, happily/sadly ever after" treatment. We felt like it would be worse to end it than to leave it hanging once we couldn't write anymore. So that's the big reason why it's been three months since you've seen hide or hair of us.

When we started writing in August 2011, it was a sort of experiment on my part-- an exercise to teach myself how to write spontaneously and  well at the same time, all while keeping to a schedule. I actually wasn't supposed to write at first but I started getting involved as Ryan and it took off from there. I'd like to believe that it was a success, you know? I achieved so much more than I ever hoped to. The both of us definitely grew as authors...but I figure it was more about the journey than the destination, haha.

I'd never been so emotionally involved in my writing. I never wrote seriously before.

At the end of everything, our experience here was a great ride. I absolutely loved donning the personality of Lucia and coming online every day to something new. And I'm so thankful that I met all of you, too many of you to name-- and hell, it's you guys that made this so much fun! So from the bottom of my heart....thank you to everyone who followed us, who supported us, who antagonized us....everyone who was part of our canon, too. You all really helped us turn this from a writing exercise into a seriously memorable period of our lives.

I started off as an extra and ended up missed. And that enough makes me in awe of you all for actually liking my writing. Really tho. I had the most fun I can remember having for a long time here.

We love you guys. Yes. Yes we do.

 And as for our characters? Well...

Lucia went on to have a happy and healthy baby on October 3rd. One day, she'll be as back to normal as she's ever going to be (though she's never, ever going too marry because there's no way she's ever going to be able to replace Ryan. Let's be realistic here.). And one day, she'll make it out to California (by plane as opposed to train) to live with her dad and be reunited with her little brothers.

Speaking of her dad! N. Michelangelo Catalliagna is a weapons designer/dealer-- one of his brainchild designs happened to be Leo's fighting fans. He's a Bunny Ears Lawyer at heart and I wish you all could have gotten to know him the way we designed him.

Sammi and Diesel go on to run Antithesis after Lucia leaves town.

Ryan  may or may not have committed a grand coup on Lucia's guardian angel. <3

Leo's going to be burning buildings until the day he dies....which, all things considered, might not be far off-- but he's okay with that. As long as he goes down in flames, he's chill.

The Manticore leaves Lucia when she leaves the state. He goes off in search of a more suitable host body, though something in him might have changed after witnessing all of the events that he did. Where did he go, might you ask? Well...hell if we know.

And Devin? He's going to grow up to be a real troublemaker. Just like his dad! And ornery as a mule like his mom, too, haha. His eyes are going to be slanted like a cat's (like Lucia's) and emerald green (like Ryan's!) once they settle into their colors...but as for now, he's quite a cute little baby!


So at the end of the day...keep on evading that Slenderman, boys and girls. Or killing people on his bidding! Whatever you do-- do it your way, do it differently, and have all the fucking fun in the world with it while you can! We're going to miss you all terribly. It's been one hell of a ride!

Love,
 The authors!