Thank you, Techland. Thank you, Dying Light.

With a side of Thanks, CDPR!

Dying Light 2: Stay Human (CGI Trailer December 2021)

Alright. Hear me out (or don’t, this’ll be a ramble).

*clears throat*

I’ve had three notable rough spots in my life. I’m talking under the filthy floorboards kind of rough, at the bottom of the ladder rough and the ladder is on fire rough.

Rough Spot Number Two was the worst of them, all things considered. When I say Kyle Crane saved my life back then? That’s not hyperbole. That’s me being literal.

To be fair, that’s a bit of a story old as time for me; Taff in distress, fictional character to the rescue. He wasn’t the only one either, but I digress.

It’s also a story relevant to so many other people and my heart goes out to anyone else who needed to be pulled from the darkness by a movie, game, book, you name it. You’re valid. Your experience is valid. You’re worth so much.

Anyway.

I wrote Latchkey Hero back then, a story that helped me sift through my trauma boxes and fight my demons. And a story that I have missed ever since I’d finished it, with a yearning deep in my soul to return to Kyle and Zofia that I didn’t know how to satisfy.

One thing I tried to wrap my head around was how to turn it into an original novel, but nothing ever quite fit.

Then I played Cyberpunk 2077 and it clicked. I mean it clicked SO HARD, it took me an hour and I had hammered out a concept for how I could reboot Latchkey Hero in a Cyberpunk-lite setting situated right in my own world that I’d built since I was a kid.

Aphelion was born.

I’m never going to pretend Aphelion is anything else than a reboot of a Dying Light Fan Fic. And I am never going to pretend Varrett isn’t 80% Kyle as I’ve written him in Latchkey Hero.

Because that is what I need.

I needed a story where a group of people is faced with unimaginable hardship but doesn’t give up, and Varrett (just like Kyle) gave me that. Live or die trying; it’s one of his (and by extension Aphelion’s) taglines, it’s the foundation on which the story is built.

But~ even as Aphelion took shape, Bad Times Number Three came. It wasn’t just one thing, but a perfect storm that left me battered and grieving. That, ultimately, led me to almost dropping Aphelion right then, convincing me that I was undeserving (of Kyle, of Varrett) and that my integrity was compromised.

Yesterday, I was one more bad night’s sleep away from putting the pen down.

I spent that bad night’s sleep watching the Game Awards. And I caught the Dying Light 2 CGI trailer.

Now I sit here writing this because of a line painted on a fictional wall in a game that isn’t even released yet and that I know very little about because I don’t like getting swept up by the hype.

Now I sit here telling the void that Techland did it again. That, unintentionally, they’ve put the wind back into my sails.

And I’m grateful for that.

Because I need this story. I need it because I need to pay my respects and thank Kyle for what he’s done for me. And giving him a second lease on life in my heart is the least I can do.

No more “Taff Reviews” – Only “Taff Screams”

Sinvik, the embodiment of :eee:

(ノ°▽°)ノ︵┻━┻

I am horrible at reviewing work. I can’t do it. I can’t pick something apart and try and lay out its flaws, because honestly that is what apparently reviewing is supposed to be about. When I review something I want to do so because I loved that piece of media so much I want to climb a tall house and scream from the roof about how it watered my plants, groomed my dog, and healed my stubbed toe.

So, from now on, Taff Reviews is called Taff Screams and no one’s going to stop me.

‘Cause I am not here to analyse someone’s work while donning a thinking cap or some such thing. I just want to declare my appreciation for their dedication, creativity, and general brilliance.

~ Taff

Fan Fiction on Discord

We’ve been around since 2016, when a handful of people from the /r/FanFiction subreddit decided they needed yet another method to procrastinate their writing.  And while we’ve been working really hard on being successful at that, we haven’t been able to stop people from joining and being immensely creative. More than once someone ends up popping in and getting inspired to start writing and posting and Can you believe it? Writing? On our writing server?

Several. People. Are. Typing. Ohgods.

Who we are:  We’re writers. Readers. Artists. Friends.  
What we are: A multi-fandom environment bringing together everyone, with 2000 members and steadily growing.
What you’d find if you were to come by: An inclusive and friendly environment, where we support each other in our every day lives as fans and writers. 

Why We Write.

 But what do we do? Aside of not writing? 

Help each other with exactly that. We have channels dedicated to helping with rubber ducking, plot hole stuffing, spag, and one for when you need help with adding extra spice to your smut fic. And if you’re the competitive sort, then you’re likely to find someone to sprint with.

On top of that we host regular events, such as drabble nights in which we get together to write 100 word ficlets over the course of an hour. Other highlights include Story Time, a fan fiction reading event which will hopefully see its return in 2019, since we’ve had a lot of success with it previously.  We even had our very first Creative Writing Workshop recently!

Interested?

I’d recommend reading through our rules and our channel guidelines, too. Though you’ll be able to find them on there if you decide to come visit. The basics are rather simple though: 

Be kind to each other and to each other’s fandoms, don’t be an arse, and keep topics relevant to the channel they ought to be in.

Get an invite link right here, or grab it from the /r/FanFiction Subreddit.

Latchkey Hero Season 02 – Last Four Chapters outlined!

I’m excited. Relieved. A bit terrified. And I am really looking forward to writing that epilogue.

Also, that means I’ve finished everything I had planned for this Saturday:

  • Read two fics
  • Finish outline for Latchkey Season 02
  • Beta an amazing Elder Scrolls fic chapter
  • Clean a little

Though I’ve also gone ahead and started working on my portfolio / not-Tumblr blog, and that’s exciting too, because it’s always nice to have new things to play with.