I apologize to butt in once more here, but I ought to explain some things.
I won't go over the last "goodbye" journal, but it was a pretty painful experience to let go of something like this to start working on personal projects. I'm not sure how many people are familiar with the grief that accompanies not getting out a story you had, something you really wanted to share with the world. It's a pretty terrible feeling.
I left this group to people I had hoped would be able to carry it on, but slowly the realization hit me that... that wasn't going to be the case. And that I had done most of the work singlehandedly, which half a dozen people couldn't do a fraction of. Not to blame anyone - I worked like a madman on the group because of the fervor I had for expressing stories, getting character development out, improving my comics, writing, etc... all of the reasons I started this group for others, you know? I felt that in my bones, and I wanted to help others feel that same spark.
Realizing I needed to move on from Pokemon to something original was a pretty painful experience. It sounds so silly, doesn't it? "It hurts a lot to leave this Pokemon roleplaying story fanfiction comic group." But I mean, it's still true, and I can't really deny that.
To cut it short, the Part 2 stuff I inked over 2 months ago is finally almost in Flash form. I have had nothing to do with that since before I left the group, and it even took this long for it to be arranged... even with the script etc ready... and that's not anyone's fault. No one else had the same vision to keep the story going as I did - because, probably, I was a little nuts with telling the story. It consumed me. It was everything I thought about. So, now, I'd like to direct that energy to something I could show off and truly call my own.
There's no good resolution here, and maybe I'll release the script sometime for Parts 3-5 leading up to what would have been the event. Or maybe I won't, and I'll use those ideas to fuel Flora's story. I don't know yet.
But, that's something else I want to get at. I had trouble focusing completely when this was under someone else's leadership, mostly because watching it deteriorate was not fun and was incredibly distracting. It can't be helped if others have lives - they shouldn't be expected to carry out this vision since it was not their own. It was a selfish thing for me to hope for and expect, and a little foolish, at that.
To avoid being distracted, and to avoid the heartache of watching people fight to make the same mistakes I already overcame, I have to close submissions and journals to everyone.
There's only a small bright side, and that's that I can't let go of the characters - so... I guess that'll eventually be revealed when I get around to it.
I have another group in the works, but it won't be quite as "participate in the story prompts" as this one was.
The huge downside is that this community will dwindle - and I'm sorry for that. Good things don't last forever, I guess.
All of the folders are closed, all submissions are closed, and all of the helpers have been changed to member so no new journals will be made except by me, probably just to direct people to the new group later.
Thank you for the ride, everyone. It was very enjoyable.
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