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It's Monday Raga-rootlings!

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Hey Raga-rootlings!

As the week begins, I figured I would announce some news! Starting in the new year, I will be posting stories every Friday/Saturday. This might be a one-shot or a continuation as I have been working diligently on the Beauty and the Nerd story. I know I have been talking about it quite a bit so I don't want to keep you all waiting.

The good news is that I have managed to get through a huge chunk of editing so there will be content. The bad news, however, is that you must keep in mind, this story was one of the first ongoing stories I have done. I will still share it in all its glory since it is something I am proud of non the less. As someone who is constantly trying to grow and challenge my writing skills, it has been really cool going back on it with fresh new eyes. I started writing this compilation 3-4 years ago. I mentioned this before, that originally I was hoping to make this a comic/manga story when I wrote a massive storyboard for it. Realizing that I didn't have much of an amplitude to draw, I make it into a story instead. My intent was to make it a fun small novel, however, as I keep writing and developing the characters around Yuru and Colby, it has gotten much deeper.

I had focused so much on just the two girls, that I never really focused on any other characters. They were just background to add some fun interactions while they were in class or hanging out at the mall. As I dove into my writing frenzy, I watched as now these side characters took more of a heavy role and life. Suddenly I have these huge stories about the background history of each person, what they liked, what their personality quirks are, and even how their existence influences both girls. As a creator, it's really neat to see that happen and even feel myself get excited to see what happens next (even though I'm the one writing it!)

Sometimes you can plan all you want for a story and it just takes a plunge somewhere entirely different than you hoped. Even though I do know how I want this story to go, the original storyboard I wrote for it was lost in a computer crash. At the time I didn't know what I lost until I started looking back at my writings. The loss of the original blueprint really sucker-punched me, yet I am not really too heartbroken. With how I started writing the side characters, it was already growing farther away from my original intent. In the end, I like the current story better than the outline.

Aside from my usual rantings of Beauty and the Nerd, I also am excited to start doing impromptu shorts for monthly one-shots! In the spirit of Christmas, I am intending to deliver two stories before the new year, and in the new year, I will be announcing different themes. As the website also goes through a couple of changes, I will be offering polls to see what the next theme will be!

As always, Thank you so much for supporting me and following along the journey. In times such as Covid, it's important to stay happy and healthy. So I encourage you all to reach out if you need someone to talk to. Let's help each other out, we are stronger when we work together.

See you all later, and remember to subscribe to keep up to date!

Turan Turnip

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