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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » Apr 01, 2014 11:53 am

*Cautiously glances out from inside her bomb shelter* stargazer posted on April Fool's Day? And no one died?! *Breathes a hearty sigh of relief!* ;)

In all seriousness, I really liked your post. :) It's kind of sweet to see what Erik's family will/might look like in the future. :) (Might because--well, I still remember how our multiverse started! :P)

I need to get around to posting again. *Goes back to double-check what her characters were doing last* :P
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Apr 01, 2014 8:54 pm

*floats in*

Glad you liked it, Ryadian. The idea's been floating ( ;) ) around in my mind for a bit.

But only "kind" of sweet? I was going for a lot of it, perhaps to counteract the bomb I dropped last time.

And the characters are canon in my mind. The twins are new but Molly's mate and Lily have been introduced in my NaNo stories, which are set several decades in the future (compared to the Ditto Story). I did jump even farther ahead, since in those stories there's only the slightest hint of Molly and Emory getting together.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby shastastwin » Apr 21, 2014 12:41 pm

Ok, so I'm trying to gear myself up to jump back into this madhouse we unleashed over 2 years ago. (Has it really been that long?)

I had an idea about the source of the fracture in the universe(s), which we can use or not as it fits with everyone else's ideas:since a great deal of what's happened in the last few stories, as far as the characters and writers still active are concerned, has stemmed from the Nine and their experiments, and since a major point of that was the creation of the Shadow Warriors, I posit that the beginning of all of this was when Chase and Aro first split apart from each other at the School run by the Org/Nine. The universes split not long after Chance came into the mix, and my idea is that having so many copies of the same person in one universe, coupled perhaps with the explosion Sonny wrote about, led to this fracturing of the universes as a way to balance things out. Obviously it's become more complex than that, but it's a starting point. It also works with the idea starkat and stargazer had of folding all the 'verses into one at story's end. (It also lets me find potential solutions to long-standing problems such as restoring Chase's father and Ambrose from their amalgamated state more quickly and easily than writing out long arcs to solve them.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » Apr 28, 2014 8:59 pm

I think that works for me. Granted, the only story arcs I've had for my characters are either resolved or part of the reaction, so admittedly, this wouldn't affect me as much as it might for some other people. But I do like the idea of saying that this started somewhere, and that seems like a logical place to do it. :)

A lot of the Ditto Story writers have already seen this, but for those who haven't, there's been some discussion about starting a new Inn Between thread. The idea is that this would start fresh, leaving behind any unresolved plot threads in the Inn Between 8 thread--which would be left open, in case anyone wants to go back and continue/resolve those storylines. The exact nature of Inn Between 9 is still up for discussion, though the consensus so far is have a story more in line with the earlier Ditto Stories, with fewer overarching plots and something more "reactionary".

So, what are everyone's thoughts?
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby shastastwin » Apr 29, 2014 7:50 am

Since the majority of the writers seem to agree the multiverse will be folded together at some point, that would allow us to move forward into the next story as we need to, making notes as to what gets changed in the history. (I know we've talked about keeping some parts of characters' backstories and losing others. With a compressed multiverse, there's plenty of wiggle room for that sort of thing. I already have ideas for where to finish with my characters in the current story.)
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Apr 29, 2014 9:20 pm

I like your suggestions for resolving the multiverse origin and plotline, shastastwin.

I don't have any firm ideas on how it might affect my characters, which might seem a bit ironic since I helped unleash this beast. ;)) (I revisited this multiverse in my 2012 NaNo story - set decades after the Ditto Story and focused primarily on my own characters so as not to god-mod other writers' creations - and attempted to come up with some resolution, but while it was great fun to send Erik and Molly bouncing around to those alternate realities, I soon got bogged down in trying to resolve it satisfactorily. But I'm game for brainstorming on this with any fellow Ditto Story writers who might be interested).
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Varnafinde » May 01, 2014 1:34 pm

Varna only had a glimpse into one of the other versions of London/Great Britain, so it won't affect her Ditto Town history at all. There probably was more to the version of Varna who was in that version of London, but I never had an interest in exploring it. (Should I ever want to explore it, it would be a nice setting for a NaNo project, and something that wouldn't come into the Ditto Story at all.)

I want to write more about Varna's visit to London in the main reality, though, and it would make sense to keep it in the Inn Between 8 thread. Then new segments can be written about her in the Inn Between 9 thread in parallell.

What happened in London will become part of her backstory, but further details won't be known until they get written :p - and they likely won't be crucial anyway. Varna has been to London and gotten more books for her bookshop. That's the main fact.

I keep saying that I need to PM stargazer with questions (about gargoyles), and I keep procrastinating :p
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » May 25, 2014 11:20 pm

I also like the idea of basically just explaining it as "the multiverses came back together, and the new story starts after that" (and individual writers can decide what happens to their characters). I guess the next question is, how would we start the next one? ;)) Obviously, this next story would be independent of previous plot lines (probably including any previous villains, like the Nine and the Organization), and we're going to try to avoid creating any new, shall we say, tangled webs? :P

I've kind of imagined starting the story in one of two ways. One is with some kind of party or festival, a way to get any interested characters together in one place, but in a "low-stress" way... at least, to begin with. We can see what comes from there. Otherwise, I've also imagined starting with some kind of disaster/"disaster", like how Ditto Story 3 began with the Ditto Rider's kidnapping. Basically, they're two different ways to get our characters together, and would be more "reactionary". I hope I'm still making sense. :P
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Dernhelm_of_Rohan » May 26, 2014 5:48 am

Okay, I'll just come out and say it: my character is dependent on Silvan's charie, and I am pretty much unable to post. So why don't you just pretend that never happened and ignore the Toa in stasis, lol. If I'm ever in a position to write Vhex again, I'll let you know. Cheers! :D
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » May 26, 2014 11:18 am

I like your ideas, Ryadian. Maybe combine your two beginning ideas...some kind of low-key get-together at the Mansion, perhaps, ending with someone bursting in with some sort of emergency? Or is that silly?

I'm always open to answering your questions, Varna. :)
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Ryadian » May 31, 2014 1:13 pm

Dernhelm, if you ever want to come back--even with different characters--we'd love to have you! :) Since we're hoping to "reboot" the story, so to speak, in a little while, maybe we'll see you then. (Otherwise, maybe I'll see you in Supernova! :P :) )

stargazer, I don't think that sounds silly, I think it could work--depending on what it is. :) Do we even want to decide in advance what the "complicating incident" (so to speak) is, or should we just let someone have fun (not entirely unlike what happened on April Fool's, though preferably without the complication of alternate realities ;)) )?

Meanwhile, I posted a couple of new segments for Ditto Story 8. This is an idea I've been sitting on for a while because I didn't really see how introducing this new element would actually help the story move forward. But, now I have an idea, so I decided to just roll with it. :P
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Remember when I said I had an idea for who the bomber could be? That's who Ryana saw--a subconscious part of her remembered him from the alternate timelines, which is why she instantly felt suspicion and anger when she saw him.


The idea I have for this character is to serve as a way to prompt our characters into confirming the split timeline (as, right now, they only really suspect it)--potentially, maybe even telling our characters a way to fix it.

Do you guys want me to tell you more about my idea, or do you want to be surprised? :P I will be doing a couple of things which can affect anyone in town (similar to the black out from my previous post, but I'm not planning on blowing stuff up. (Too much. ;) ) I don't want to step on anyone's toes or run over any plans, so I'm completely willing to lay out my entire idea (which, admittedly, is really more of a rough layout), either here or via PM.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Jun 05, 2014 1:20 pm

I like the idea of tying the bomber to the person Ryana saw.

I'm all for a plan to move the story forward, Ryadian, perhaps even resolving the multiverse conundrum I opened that April Fool's Day. I'm fine with being surprised by it too, but certainly won't mind learning about it in advance if that's the consensus.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Sonny » Jul 19, 2014 8:55 pm

Oh man... so much to think about... I haven't written because 4 timelines is hard enough, and then I decided to make it more complicated! Ugh.
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Jul 19, 2014 9:49 pm

It's wonderful to see you back, Sonny! I've enjoyed writing with you and look forward to doing so again.

Though my brain hurts from keeping it all straight. ;))
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby Shawna » Jul 18, 2016 6:30 pm

So, I've just been looking through the threads here, and it looks kinda like the last Ditto story got wild and unwieldy and everyone gave up. (I can relate. I once wrote a fanfic that I ended up giving up on when I had like 4 different POVs--in different locations--and some of them had swapped bodies with each other. Our imaginations can sometimes get away with us.) So I'm curious: at what point do you scrap that story and think about starting a new one? Or possibly doing things in a different way altogether? I'm also wondering how many people are still around who are actually interested in doing the story thing?
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Re: Ditto Town Library

Postby stargazer » Jul 22, 2016 11:06 am

I'd definitely be open discussing these things, Shawna, but I prefer to wait a few weeks as I'm moving at the end of July.
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