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- Original Projects -

Artwork pertaining to the upcoming original projects I'll be working on this year as I try to start getting published. You can find info on each of my original series works-in-progress at these links:

DownRight Fierce:…

- Saint Roku University -

Saint Roku University is a massive fanfiction/fanart project that could perhaps be best summarized as Avatar: TLA/LoK meets How I Met Your Mother in a college setting (though less comedy and perhaps more Gillmore Girls-like drama/friendship/feelings...?). It is NOT a retelling of any Avatar story but rather a huge love letter and narrative reply to the Avatar series, exploring themes concerning young adulthood. It is currently planned to be re-worked into an original series.
You can find the full art gallery below, and the story starts here:…


The Workbench


- DownRight Fierce -
A story inspired by the Street Fighter franchise (and fighting games in general), Scott Pilgrim, and Kill la Kill, this would follow the story of Nishiko, a rash, violent, but passionate fighter who learns about the consequences of obsession and violence, and ultimately must find ways to make right the lives of those her decisions affect.…

Currently being written out as a prose novel, I'd still like to work comic pages into the story somehow.

Chapter 7 Draft:

- What We Learned at Rokudai -
A sequential, slice-of-life young adult fiction inspired by characters and concepts from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Currently being modified and revised from its original form as a fanfic (SRU).

Chapter 21 draft:

Script: 90%
Sound: 90%
Art: 20%

- All Wounds - (Life is Strange)
"You need time, huh? That's hilarious, coming from you. Time doesn't heal all wounds, Maxine. You dipshit. Where the hell do you think scars come from?"

Chapter 3:

- Versatility - (The Walking Dead Game)
"I did it for you, Clem. For us. We're free now."

Chapter 7:

Other fandom stuff I eventually have planned:
- A Steven Universe short story about Pearl & Connie
- A sequel to 'Stop,' my Big Hero 6 short story

- The Focused / Mud, Sweat, and Tears -

Inspired by AtLA, and video games like Bastion, Journey, and The Last of Us. A post-apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy lesbian romance.

{On Hiatus for now}
- Esteemed -
Exploring the life of Chief Toph Beifong and the weight of her responsibilities during her time in Republic City as a police officer and a mother -- as well as the life of her daughter, Lin, who grew up to follow in her mother's footsteps.

{On Hiatus for probably a long time still maybe forever I dunno I'm so mad at Legend of Korra and fandom BS and just URGH}


- Now Playing -
Metal Gear Solid V (PS4)
Steins;Gate (PC)
Splatoon (Wii U)
League of Legends (PC)
Super Smash Bros. 4 (Wii U & 3DS)
Steven Universe (TV)
Rick and Morty (TV)

Wii U ID: D3stiny_Sm4sher
PSN: D3stiny_Sm4sher-
3DS friend code: 2277-7349-8038
(let me know who you are and where I'd know you from if you want to add me)




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Eddy Fettig
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
"There are many worlds...
But they share the Same Sky..."

"Life happens wherever you are...
whether you make it, or not."………

Just a Pearl

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 14, 2015, 6:30 PM

“No matter how hard I try to be strong like you,
I’m just a Pearl.

I’m useless on my own.

I need someone to tell me what to do.”


“So…Who do you belong to, anyway?”


“Then…what are you for?”


These quotes from Steven Universe have been sorely relatable these days, as I find myself sinking back into a state of depression. For years, I've had no romance in my life, no job outside of retail hell (which somehow just keeps getting more and more exhausting), no success in my writing (despite how very much I am pouring into original, thought-out projects), no success in my finances (at this rate, I'll be in debt for the rest of my life due to college, and I can't even afford to take care of my progressively worsening dental problems, PLUS, I don't seem to have any future beyond my current life renting a room in a house with four other people).

On top of all of this, I've come to realize lately that my writing doesn't seem to matter.
It's not good enough on its own to warrant people's time or attention, much less money.
I can't even get my good friends, who I know love and care about me, to read my work these days.

And yet, I see all of my creative peers, from artists to musicians to programmers, all finding success, many even finding jobs doing what they do. When I spend money and time and effort on something to get attention out there for my projects, it never seems to lead anywhere. It doesn't stick. Because, I can only assume, no one gives a shit.

Unlike my creative peers, it seems I'm not good enough on my own.
Not as a writer, not as a friend, not as a lover -- I look back at the past decade of my life and realize this is nothing new. It has always been this way.

SRU, it seems, was just a fluke, because it filled a hole in a fandom. You all came for the Avatar fanfiction, and then pretty everyone left just as soon as I was done with that, even though you were basically reading original fiction in the first place.

I feel very lost in my life right now. The one thing that has been keeping me going is my writing, and to realize that this doesn't seem to matter has caused me to start losing my energy.

I want to write for myself, but it is so very difficult to do that when life has become so mundane, so exhausting, so...lacking in anything resembling a future.

I wasn't built for fighting, and yet I want to fight -- which means I keep getting my ass beat.
Just like Pearl.

I guess in the end, SRU was to me as Rose Quartz was to Pearl.

This magical mystical thing that I was deeply connected to, made me feel special, made me feel valued, gave me purpose, that a bunch of people also cared about and valued and were excited for...

And now that it's gone, it seems I'm useless on my own.

  • Mood: Unheard
  • Listening to: SRU/DRF Playlists
  • Reading: Saga Vol. 5, Smoke & Shadow Pt1
  • Watching: Game of Thrones, The Following
  • Playing: MGSV, Destiny, Binding of Isaac
  • Drinking: Coffee in the mornings; cocktails in the evenings

If I were to work on a visual/kinetic novel, which project would you most like to see adapted first? 

9 deviants said What We Learned at Rokudai
8 deviants said An original short story (sci-fi/fantasy)
No deviants said DownRight Fierce
No deviants said The Focused
No deviants said R+R


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fradarlin Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the llama! :la:
So how're things? There don't seem to be too much going on nowadays.
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I don't have the money to constantly commission stuff like before, and I spent a solid month and a half or so barely able to write anything -- the longest I've spent not writing since SRU started. I recently was able to start working on Rokudai again, and am going to be getting back into DownRight Fierce when I can. My work schedule keeps fluctuating and not evening out to the part time job it's SUPPOSED to be, so I keep getting stuck working full time hours at an understaffed store without receiving full time benefit. On top of all that, I just haven't been feeling as encouraged with my writing (I barely got any feedback with SRU's last stretch and it hasn't really changed since then) and I have been spending more time consuming media to try and recharge my batteries (like marathoning through all of Game of Thrones recently).

In general, I've been very frustrated regarding how to actually get my stories out there and doing something meaningful in the world, as it seems like no one cares because I can't find the right places to share them.

Thanks for asking.
davegilpin Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2015
I feel the low feed back is due to your attitude to SRU and your own project, which you kept on talking about quite a lot towards the last 20-30 chapters of SRU.
If you gave the last part of SRU to someone to read and then the first, they would probably say it was a different writer. Your love of wanting to bring SRU to people seemed to get lost in "I want to finish this so i can redo it better".
Which isn't a bad thing, Rokudai so far is great, but it did feel SRU was just a chore, something you had to do rather than doing it because you loved doing it.
Plus personally i didn't find the last few chapters went well with SRU, felt they were more written for Rokudai.
Like no offence but what was up with the last chapter? Katara back story, hasn't learned anything..... Wasn't the best way to end it in my opinion.
Liked the book thing at the end. Liked the Toph song for katara.... but the last few chapters made me dislike katara.
Anyway, why don't i comment on Rokudai.... well is great, no real improvements i can see so why comment on something i think doesn't need changing.
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Not quite sure what you mean with Katara not learning anything. She learned a lot -- everyone did. That's kind of the whole point of the story. It's in the title. Learning something and changing are different things, and there are some parts of everyone that will never be able to change. At any given point of the story, everyone who reads is going to be annoyed with someone. That's just life. People have a tendency to be very picky and judgmental, I've found, easily writing off and dismissing others. A huge motivating factor with SRU and in turn Rokudai was the intent of creating a story which encouraged the idea of viewing different kinds of people through different angles.

By its end, I realized SRU was already its own thing. Forcing an ending into it was frustrating because all of the story's weak points (all of its big ones, anyway) revolved around me trying to force it as a fanfic rather than just writing my own things. Likewise, it's fucking annoying as shit to have written as much as I have, invented as much as I have, and the vast majority of people who bother to look into my work do so not because of my writing but because it's fanfiction. In that way, yes, SRU eventually became a chore, especially as feedback dwindled. I very much doubt feedback dwindled due to my talking about Rokudai. But even if so, all the more reason for me to look at SRU as a chore: it would mean people were only reading because of Avatar, not because of anything I did. Which, yes, after writing fanfiction for two decades, has made it a bit of a chore that I now only do in short bursts.

But yes, by the end of SRU I was annoyed because, well, I'd been posting my first draft of a story online every time I finished a chunk of it. This meant that by the time I'd really gotten to know the characters and figured out their arcs, I'd already dug holes that I couldn't dig out of. Ex. Coral and Jane should've become a couple but I felt too tied to canon-based shipping concepts where it'd have been too sudden and forced to suddenly slap them together and ignore other stuff. Now that I actually know those two develop feelings for each other, I can fix the draft and ensure their relationship is built up to and developed the way I did with SRU!Kataang/Tokka. I can have more personal motivations for gang stuff in the town instead of trying to force a connection to the Fire Nation royal family. I can get rid of characters who were there just because it was an Avatar fic and replace them with characters who are there because I have something to express about being a human.

SRU started as an experimental just-for-shits story and evolved into the first draft of something quite altogether different from Avatar: The Last Airbender while still carrying flames of inspiration from it, which I have no intention of hiding. This will both be a double-edged thing with it, as I can ensure an element of homage remains in tact as a love letter to ATLA (and the parts of LoK I like) and yet some will view it as uninspired that I've taken personalities and concepts from the show and modified them -- no matter how much I modify them, there will still be some who feel it's "unoriginal," when the only difference between Rokudai and most other stories are that most aren't quite so blunt and open with where their inspiration is drawn from. And they don't post the first draft online as a fanfic. :P

So far, reception to Rokudai has been excellent but not nearly as frequent as SRU -- the only negative feedback I've gotten so far was simply a matter of taste (someone who hated slice-of-life fiction complaining about how it was slice-of-life fiction).

And of course the ending parts of SRU were so different from the start. What else would you expect? It was a million words later, posted as it was written, barely edited, and certainly not edited by a professional editor but just by myself. Three and a half years, a divorce, a move across the country, a complete shift in life, an evolution of style as I learned things as I went. Take any indie visual artist and look at their art from three and a half years back and it's also quite obvious how much has changed.

"Anyway, why don't i comment on Rokudai.... well is great, no real improvements i can see so why comment on something i think doesn't need changing."
This is also probably why no one really comments on much of what I write anymore. I'm not writing so much fanfiction so people can't bitch about fandom nonsense, for one. Even toward the end of SRU people likely didn't have much to say because they'd already said it. They just wanted to follow the story to its ending.

Although it's ironic you feel the ending of SRU was written for Rokudai. This is true in a handful of references (SRU!Borra having an uncertain future, a couple of flashback scenes specifically for Rokudai), but by and large the last portions of SRU were written for SRU's sake -- as an emotional release. It was damned hard to let go of that version of that world, and at the time I couldn't yet see what it was I was letting go of. That's why the end stalled for a good while, as I tried to find conclusions and resolutions to whatever felt noteworthy. Something that pisses me off with most longer stories is how they lack proper resolution, how they don't take time to "say good bye" to the characters, and I wanted to make sure that regardless of any other problems SRU had, it wouldn't have that one.

I'm glad the Toph singing for Katara part struck a chord, at least. That scene doubled as a tribute to one of the two real life people whose actions made SRU what it was and, in turn, what Rokudai will become. Without her, I might never have finished the project, and I have no idea where I'd be now.

Now I'm rambling, because I haven't really openly discussed this subject with people in the year since SRU concluded.

"I want to finish this so i can redo it better"
Yes. That is in fact what happened. It was a strange tug of war between part of myself (the Avatar fan) not wanting to let go of the story, and another part of myself (the Storyteller) wanting to correct everything I'd done wrong but didn't realize was wrong until I could look back at the whole damned thing.

All I can do is just keep writing and eventually, when my blacksmithing skills are finally decent enough to start selling swords, try sending some of my work into battle and see what happens (not that I have any idea how to get traveling warriors to visit my smithy in the first place just yet).

In short, I've grown a bit of bitterness toward writing fanfiction and thus the attention my fanfiction gets, because now I see more plainly that it's not actually ME or any talent on my part that people come for, and that finding success will be harder for me than a visual artist just due to how the medium works. Such is the internet.

Anyway, thanks for taking some time to share your thoughts. Hopefully in all of this rambling you might understand a bit more of where I'm coming from.
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I find your work to be very aspiring and lovely. Maybe you should take this to and get your stories there as well to expand. Literature exists on Deviantart but many think its sole purpose is illustration and visual spectacle. Fanfic to READ. Oh and I have a small request. I was slowly being eaten away by such inspirational work and ideas flowing in my head that i finally compelled to get into writing. The critique of a true master would mean a lot. You don't have to.
I find your work to be the most meaningful. SRU definitely was the largest and remarkable piece of reading material i have ever read. And i find the prospect of successful non-shipping story to be very impressive. So anyway, good luck with whats going. And... about what I said earlier…

Name's kind of stupid, I know. But if you're so inclined...
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, and thanks a lot for your words of support, by the way. I was having a particularly shitty week when you posted that and it helped a little bit.
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like a few elements of SRU inspired of what you're working on. Good luck with Malu -- you can see how Jane quickly became her own person. I'm sure the same will happen with Malu for you if you work at it. TBH I'm not really sure how to critique something like that. I'm so used to critiquing "professional" stories in mass media that trying to critique something from a writer still learning stuff leaves me unsure of what to say.

One thing I would recommend is to approach any given scene with the question, "Why does this scene exist?"
Not every scene in a story needs to have a "point," exactly, but it should have a purpose. Maybe that purpose is developing a character's backstory, creating conflict between two characters, offering insight into someone we don't know much about...or maybe it's simply about reflecting on small graces of day to day life, and how the characters in the world approach every day things differently than each other.

Another thing I'd suggest is trying to balance your characters with a soft rule -- always keep in mind one thing they excel at, and one thing they suck at. Not something too specific, but rather a general personality trait. It's even better when both are the same thing. For example, Katrina is very stubborn. This stubbornness means she sticks with people to the end, even when they've hurt her, but it also means she can cling too hard and get too controlling. Jane doesn't have as much to say sometimes and is more reserved, but this means that she tends to think about things before she speaks. The more important a character is, the more traits like this you'll find, which makes sense, because a real life human person is often built from an intricacy of traits, which all have a time a place where they helpful or hurtful. Lead your characters into situations where we get to see how those traits are helpful, when they are hurtful, and how/why the characters might change those things over time.

For me, specifically, I will take any recurring character and find at least one anchor point with which I can relate to them, and at least one thing where I can't relate to them at all. One trait we share in common which I think is a strength, and another which I think is a weakness. A Mary Sue is born when someone tries too hard to put everything they admire into one person, but putting PIECES of yourself into individual characters isn't a bad thing. It helps make them more like your children, carrying a piece of your DNA with them. It helps you write with some truth and personal experience, but also with some self-reflection and self-critique.

Anyway, I'm not the best person to ask for feedback, but from what I read I can offer one critique.
A lot of the dialogue feels a little stiff -- it doesn't quite feel like real people talking. Like the scene where they're reminiscing about embarrassing stories. The dialogue in that scene has a tendency to come across as characters saying things for the audience rather than for each other or for themselves. In real life, people rarely speak their full mind, and especially younger folks in a campus setting would likely speak in informal terms. Like, when Suki is talking about their traits, the way she says it...doesn't feel like a real person talking. Not until the very end, when she says, "Either she has a blushing problem, or she's an alcoholic." Or when Ty remarks, "Tough as she is she can seem to be too easily flattered." That line isn't phrase in a way that rolls off the tongue too well. But the purpose of it being there, to draw a comparison between Ty and Terra in this way, that is great. As you get to know your characters, always be on the lookout for connections and comparisons/contrasts like that, and think of ways to express them organically. Once you get far enough into the story, I'd recommend coming up with reasons to have characters who normally wouldn't interact have a scene together to compare/contrast them as people. You never know which connections like these could become meaningful or evolve into roots of the story's tree (like the friendship between SRU!Aang & Mai, which will be even more important this time with Aaron/Maya, despite something I never planned on in the first place).

My solution for the stiff dialogue thing would be to try and envision the characters' voices in your head. Re-read your dialogue when you've finished a scene, and imagine real life voices speaking the lines. Say them out loud or have someone else say them out loud for you if you need to. If something sounds off or weird, it probably needs to be edited. In this regard, I'd also recommend thinking of ways the characters speak -- little things that are unique to them. They should have a reason for being there, of course, not just something to be quirk. For example, Jane Fitzpatrick has a tendency to start sentences improperly -- she avoids using the word 'I' a lot of the time. She'll say things like "Dunno" or "Shoulda figured that ___" instead of "I don't know" or "I should've figured that ____". She speaks less formally than other characters, but she also doesn't like drawing attention to herself, and subconsciously she thinks less of herself than most others, so the word 'I' feels unimportant in her vocabulary.

In general, soft rules are a good way to go -- hard rules can be too strict and sometimes defeat the purpose of their existence, but soft rules (ie rules you try to follow but not strictly) can serve as guidelines while you figure out your own unique writing style.

And lastly? Everything I've said here is unimportant. What matters is if it leads you to think about what YOU have to say, what YOU want to express, and HOW you decide to express it.

Write stories you enjoy reading, stories you WANT to exist. Don't write for other people. It's not about being selfish, it's about ensuring that what you write comes to exist because you, yourself, specifically, had something you wanted to express. There's only one of you, after all.
ThoughtsandWonders Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Hey, it's your birthday? Hope this account page updated.
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, it's still updated. I'm not posting as much lately but things should still be up to date.
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