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Knuckles Boom chapter 13 (Sonic Boom Fanfic)
The robots were just entering the main hall as Knuckles galloped down the Emerald chamber's stairs. Great--he'd have to fight his way out, and probably while carrying the girl.
She had to be there. The Master Emerald had given him the vision of the girl because it was keeping her alive. All this time, he'd been playing with the island's power source, never considering that life support needed power, too.
He crashed through the door into the Emerald chamber. No robots yet--only tranquil green light and polished, mirror-smooth floor. The Master Emerald sat atop the altar, and for a moment Knuckles stared at it. What would Eggman do with it?
Then he shook himself. They'd come back. Sticks said they would. Right now he had to find the girl.
He circled the altar, tapping it with his claws. The schematics showed it opened up. But where were the doors? In the back?
Doubt gnawed at him as he stared at the altar's stone back. What if he opened it and found only old machinery? What if his guess
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Knuckles Boom chapter 12 (Sonic Boom Fanfic)
The next day, Tails continued his repair work, Amy and Sticks began cleaning the bunker and galley, Sonic went out to explore the outside of the island, and Knuckles and Metal Sonic took the shark to Bygone Island.
They docked the shark near the island's southern cliffs, in a quiet bay. Knuckles climbed the cliffs, Metal simply flew up, and they hiked in to the island's interior.
The rain of the past two days left the air warm and humid, with moisture dripping from every leaf. Puddles gleamed like mirrors in every depression, and the numerous streams ran full and loud. Birds sang high overhead, and insects chirped in the undergrowth.
"What's your theory on this girl, Metal?" Knuckles asked, after they had hiked a while in silence.
The robot's almost-voice replied in his head, "She is more recent than the computer records, as Amy said."
"So where's she come from?"
"I have no data. Conjecture. There are other entrances to the island's interior than we have discovered."
Knuckles nodded, w
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I’ve been brainstorming up a new Sonic story. I write about one per year, and it makes my fans so happy.

Anyway, as I was figuring out the character arcs for everybody, it dawned on me that the root motive of every last character is some kind of love. And it’s funny, because it’s has almost no romance.

One character loves his sister with this obsession, because she was in stasis for years and has just recently awakened again. He’s extremely jealous of the other characters for having any contact at all with her.

The other characters are fond of the sister, except for one character, who falls in love with her magic. This is bad for him, because the magic is slowly killing him.

All of them love their home island, which has been stolen from them by the bad guy, and they’re struggling to get it back.

As I was pondering this, I started looking at other books. Who else is motivated by love? Harry Potter? (Love of friends and home.) The Railway Children? (Love of family.) Trumpet of the Swan? (Love of family.)

It’s interesting, because I’ve also been plotting out murder mysteries for my dragon cozy series. Murderers are motivated by everything except love: lust, greed, jealousy, pride, anger, and so on. (Is sloth ever a motivation for murder? You’d think a slothful person would be too lazy to kill anyone.)

It’s interesting to see the way things turn out. A bad motive leads to evil actions. A good motive (like love) can lead to good outcomes, except when it doesn’t. (I’m thinking of the necromancer in Malevolent who is obsessed with resurrecting his dead wife.) Or when love of one’s country (patriotism) turns to frenzied conquering of the world.

But when you have selfless, sacrificial love, you get beautiful stories like Linnets and Valerians, which I just finished reading to the kids. Four children get caught up in a series of curses and black magic that surround this little English town. They have to break the curses with the help of friendly animals and good people, who are pitted against the evil animals and people. Their love has to overcome a bitter root of jealousy that has been there for years.

I think the sacrificial love stories are the ones that stick with us the longest. That’s what makes a story beautiful. The nice thing is, it has nothing to do with romance. Oh, it works in romance, too, but love is so much bigger than that.

Villains can be motivated by love, too. Love of self is the easiest one–“I’m better than everybody else so I deserve better treatment/a better spouse/more money/to rule the world.” But what if a villain is motivated by love for a person? That’s why Mr. Freeze from Batman is one of my favorite villains. Everything he does is to try to save his wife, who is frozen in stasis with incurable cancer. The motivation there is fascinating.

So, next time you write a story, see if your characters are motivated by love in some way. Pay attention to movies and TV shows. Who is motivated by love, even if it’s twisted?
Quick question. Would you rather read one super long fanfic, or two shorter fanfics?
For anybody interested, I've started posting The Master Emerald's Daughter here: www.fanfiction.net/s/12459299/…
I’ve been brainstorming up a new Sonic story. I write about one per year, and it makes my fans so happy.

Anyway, as I was figuring out the character arcs for everybody, it dawned on me that the root motive of every last character is some kind of love. And it’s funny, because it’s has almost no romance.

One character loves his sister with this obsession, because she was in stasis for years and has just recently awakened again. He’s extremely jealous of the other characters for having any contact at all with her.

The other characters are fond of the sister, except for one character, who falls in love with her magic. This is bad for him, because the magic is slowly killing him.

All of them love their home island, which has been stolen from them by the bad guy, and they’re struggling to get it back.

As I was pondering this, I started looking at other books. Who else is motivated by love? Harry Potter? (Love of friends and home.) The Railway Children? (Love of family.) Trumpet of the Swan? (Love of family.)

It’s interesting, because I’ve also been plotting out murder mysteries for my dragon cozy series. Murderers are motivated by everything except love: lust, greed, jealousy, pride, anger, and so on. (Is sloth ever a motivation for murder? You’d think a slothful person would be too lazy to kill anyone.)

It’s interesting to see the way things turn out. A bad motive leads to evil actions. A good motive (like love) can lead to good outcomes, except when it doesn’t. (I’m thinking of the necromancer in Malevolent who is obsessed with resurrecting his dead wife.) Or when love of one’s country (patriotism) turns to frenzied conquering of the world.

But when you have selfless, sacrificial love, you get beautiful stories like Linnets and Valerians, which I just finished reading to the kids. Four children get caught up in a series of curses and black magic that surround this little English town. They have to break the curses with the help of friendly animals and good people, who are pitted against the evil animals and people. Their love has to overcome a bitter root of jealousy that has been there for years.

I think the sacrificial love stories are the ones that stick with us the longest. That’s what makes a story beautiful. The nice thing is, it has nothing to do with romance. Oh, it works in romance, too, but love is so much bigger than that.

Villains can be motivated by love, too. Love of self is the easiest one–“I’m better than everybody else so I deserve better treatment/a better spouse/more money/to rule the world.” But what if a villain is motivated by love for a person? That’s why Mr. Freeze from Batman is one of my favorite villains. Everything he does is to try to save his wife, who is frozen in stasis with incurable cancer. The motivation there is fascinating.

So, next time you write a story, see if your characters are motivated by love in some way. Pay attention to movies and TV shows. Who is motivated by love, even if it’s twisted?

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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner Edited May 11, 2017   General Artist
Hey, I heard you used to have a worldbuilding document for your Sonicverse on your website? Do you have that document still? If so, could you, like, upload that document to Google Docs or something (if it's not uploaded anywhere) and share it publicly? You'd probably want to set the permissions so that no one can edit it other than you.

If you've already uploaded elsewhere, may I please have a link to it? See, an old fan of yours introduced me to your work, and she remembered that you used to have that worldbuilding document on your old site, and we wanted to read it again, if possible.

Thanks! ^^
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, I haven't thought about that in ages. I'll see if I still have it somewhere. Have you tried archive.org or one of the other way back sites?
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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner May 13, 2017   General Artist
My friend tried to search Wayback Machine for it and the worldbuilding doc wasn't there, unfortunately. So the only way to obtain the fic is if you have it somewhere, such as in a backup.
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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner May 13, 2017   General Artist
Do you know when your website got hacked? Like, the year and the month? I don't want to click on an archived version of your site dating to when it was infested with malware, but I don't want to go so far back in time that I can't get the last version of the worldbuilding document from your old site.

Your website IS on Wayback Machine, so... web.archive.org/web/*/http://w… I just don't know which year to click and worry that if I go to the wrong year, I'll get my computer infected.
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It was hacked long after I took the fanfiction stuff down. Any time before 2009, you're safe. And the malware didn't affect visitors. It took over the backend code to send spam emails. My host would shut it down within hours and send me nasty notices. You're safe just clicking around.
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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner May 13, 2017   General Artist
No, I haven't tried, I'll try that next.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   General Artist
Hey NR, what happened to your old website? :( 
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It got hacked over and over, to the point where malware had been injected onto the server. My webhost wanted me to pay to get rid of it, so I just canceled the whole account. I still blog at kmcarrollblog.wordpress.com, so I don't have to worry about my server getting hacked anymore.
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Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   General Artist
Oh dear. I tried going back there earlier. o_o I hope I didn't get a virus! 
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RaeLogan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, it's me again, another couple of questions. :P

1. Mecha's tail. How does that work now? Does it function the same as everyone else's by now, by which I mean, "Does it twitch and convey emotions now that he's getting more lax with everyone?"

I ask this because I was amused briefly by the idea that he's trying to stay stoic, and his tail just just twitches happily, and everyone just says nothing because they don't want to ruin it by drawing his attention to it. XD

2. I've done a few more fanarts in the past few months, I'm not sure if the tag showed up in your inbox (you probably get flooded with notifications from everyone, it probably just got lost in there), so here's a few links for you:

raelogan.deviantart.com/art/Ye… (In which Mecha and Aleda discuss Super Forms)

raelogan.deviantart.com/art/St… (ion which Mecha joins a competition against Sonic, and -technically- wins)

raelogan.deviantart.com/art/He… (in which I made this a crossover with a segment of "Steven Universe", because the referenced segment is beautiful and sounds like the kind of words Mecha needs to hear)

I hope I'm not making too much fanart, it's just that, after about a decade of following these fantastic stories, I finally feel confident enough to actually make fanart that looks decently drawn. ^^;
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