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VerbMyNoun

I'm Cancelling Marblecliff Chronicles - Main Story

Marblecliff Chronicles - What Happened?

Okay, so I apologize to you, my readers, for doing this. It sucks, I know, but I’m discontinuing the Marblecliff Chronicles storyline, and I am just going to focus on smaller stories like “The Bat & the Cat.” I made it about 80% of the way through writing Chapter 5, but don’t have it in me to finish it. The intended storyline was intended to throw a lot of good stuff Ethan’s direction, just so I could ultimately make his life a living hell. When I started writing it, I thought I had it in me to go to these dark, sinister corners of my mind, but it turns out that I don’t. Writing this storyline depresses me, which is something that at this point, I can’t deal with. My own mental and emotional blocks on this project, however, are impeding several other things that actually MAKE ME FEEL LIKE WRITING.

With that being said, I am fast forwarding the timeline to synch up with “Bat & the Cat”. Here is what happened in the meantime:


1.)    Claire only insisted that Shyara be a part of the relationship because she (Claire) had been told she would be unable to have children. Shyara, being an exchange student, agreed to help by letting Ethan get her pregnant, and sharing custody with the child with Ethan and Claire. Having an American-born child would give her the opportunity to become a citizen and not have to go back to Australia. Of course, Ethan was not told this when he agreed to the relationship.

2.)    Shyara and Ethan got pregnant in early October. While Shyara’s agreement with Claire was that Claire could have Ethan, Shyara began developing real feelings for Ethan, which caused a fracture in the group that eventually drove them apart – Shyara not wanting to share, and forcing Ethan to have to make a decision.

3.)    Sean and Ethan eventually became best friends, after Josie dumped Sean to try and get her hooks into Ethan. Ethan, of course, said no, fully aware that she wanted to use him for his newfound popularity.

4.)    Ultimately, Ethan chose Claire, his long-time crush, which broke Wendy’s heart for a while, but she and Ethan have remained good friends. Shyara and Ethan plan on sharing custody of their baby, but she and Claire are not on good terms. Wendy and Shyara have become best friends.

4.)    Wendy has also taken up sports, and is a member of the swim team (coached by Amelia Waters) and the track & field team, with Shyara.

5.)    Walter, thankfully, died, because of an in-car outburst toward Ethan, which resulted in an accident that killed Walter and cost Ethan his left leg from the knee down. Needless to say, Ethan isn’t playing any more football. He also is re-learning how to walk with his new prosthesis.

6.)    Ethan’s life went into a downward spiral afterwards. Post-concussion headaches, phantom pains where his leg used to be, no longer being able to do his acrobatics; the boy plunged into a dark depression that resulted in an intentional overdose of anti-depressants and painkillers. He was gradually pulled back to the light by the strength of his loved ones.

7.)    Tatiana is single, and looking. Illyana has a girlfriend, Justin Parker’s younger sister, a deer name ‘Lissa Jo (Melissa Josephine) Parker. Svetlana is dating an English exchange student, a cocker spaniel girl named Patricia “Trisha” Jane Rutherford.

8.)    Frank, the center of the football team, began dating Anna, the cow-girl from the volleyball team.

9.)    Officer Dan, the police officer from Ch. 1, is Claire’s father. When he found out they were dating, he didn’t approve. After finding out about Walter’s abuse, he understands better why Ethan was the way that he was, and the 2 are on good terms. Dan likes that Ethan treats Claire right. He doesn’t like that Ethan got another girl pregnant, but he understands.

10.)    Amelia and George are still together, have guardianship of Amelia’s niece, River Ruddington, and are discussing plans for the future that may include marriage and cubs.

There it is. I hope you are satisfied that I at least offered this apology as a means to fill in the gaps. I wish I could finish the story. I do. But I can’t. If I lose some readers over it, so be it. I write for myself and my own enjoyment, that’s why I don’t have commissions open.
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Added: 5 years, 7 months ago
 
soggymaster
5 years, 7 months ago
While I respect people who choose to kill off a series for one reason or another, let me say this.

Overcoming an uncomfortable situation helps make a better person, whether that's in a skill or an ability.
Dark themes is certainly uncomfortable with me, at least trying to write them.  I've tried; I haven't quite given up on trying just yet.

Since you've got the story outlined, perhaps you should just shelve Marblecliff.  Archive a copy of this outline and chapter 5, then maybe one day a few months from now, you might get an idea as to how to go about continuing with this.  Or maybe you decide that how you approached Marblecliff isn't how you want to continue with it and re-work it.  If you do, archive an original copy.
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 7 months ago
Soggy, I appreciate the suggestion and the feedback. Let me just say the following this.
a.) With everything else going on in my life, putting myself into this darkness was putting me into a dangerous frame of mind. Suicidal thoughts 30-ish times a day aren't healthy. I believe in testing my boundaries. They have been tested. I may further explore the darkness later.
b.) This isn't the end of Ethan's story. This journal was just to bring everyone up to the here and now. Past the darkness. It's still got some, but the worst parts are done and I am synching things up with Bat & Cat. There are still big, major plans in store for all of these characters.
c.) Also, some of these characters have tie-ins with other universes. By holding back from writing, I'm holding back these other projects from happening.
kemosabe
5 years, 7 months ago
So much lesbian... thnx for summarizing this lol
LunatheDusky
5 years, 7 months ago
well i dont htink you need to fully drop this subject....i think stepping outside of the box and looking inside might give youa better perspective on how to approach it better and might be able to finish

my only concern is that you may not be writing about River now?
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 7 months ago
Absolutely not! I'd discuss that with you before posting this! I'm just focusing on the lighter, more fun stuff, like River, that won't make me want to half the crazy things in my head when I work on this this canceled story. I write to have fun. Not to want to hurt myself.
LunatheDusky
5 years, 7 months ago
i understand i was just curious ^^
Bigchris369
5 years, 7 months ago
I understand it is hard to go into the dark parts of our minds. But I'm glad you at least tried and made this Journal. Thank you for explaining.   :3
LunatheDusky
5 years, 7 months ago
*huggles* hey hun ^^ your drawing is getting worked on will be sometime next week :P
Bigchris369
5 years, 7 months ago
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 7 months ago
Thanks, Chris. I'll get into those dark corners once in awhile. Thankfully, with my current format, now I can go back and reference them when I want to, instead of having to do it when I don't want to, just to stay on a timetable.
BlastoTheHanar
5 years, 7 months ago
You know, after you've seen enough of fictional characters being abused, raped, or murdered in TV, movies, or even hentai, or even in true life accounts like in Lifetime movies or the such, you start to feel desensitized over the years, and come to think that nothing phases you anymore. But, when you get to know and love characters in the way do from reading an erotic story like this, it's hard to avoid feeling their pain. I have to say, just reading this synopsis caused pangs in my heart. I mean, even the abuse Ethan had to endure before wasn't all that distressing, since it was a burden he chose to protect his family. But having to deal with problems outside your own ability to handle is truly painful.

Due to my penchant for analyzation, I had already guessed at good part of the lighter events and some of the possible drama, but it's still a bit of a disappointment to not see it play out. Still, I am for the most part fine with skipping over these uncomfortable themes, particularly with being informed how much personal strife trying to write them has caused you. In the end, you have to realize that you are writing for your own enjoyment above all else. If your stories aren't bringing you joy or entertainment, then the only right thing to do is to change how you're approaching them.

P.S. While I was looking at The Bat & the Cat, Ch. 3 over on SoFurry to review what all off this list you managed to allude or not allude to already, I noticed it had the same name confusion typo that it used to have on Inkbunny.
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 7 months ago
Thanks, Blasto. Ultimately, I would have liked to write it, but it would have been on my own terms, and when I felt like it, which would have been awhile. Ultimately, I know what is going to happen to Shyara and Wendy, and I have a certain timetable I need to keep up with in terms of them.

And that would make sense about sofurry. I copied from the original doc.
Neosate
5 years, 6 months ago
I know that I have come into yoir work late, but I have really enjoyed what you put out in this story. I really wish that you had continued the story. Then again I have abandoned work in the past for similar reasons.

Now that I have finished what there OS of this line, I look forward the reading about Ross, as she has shown up in camios in other story line that I have been reading.

Keep up the good work, and I hope that you might enjoy my work when I get started posting it.
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 6 months ago
Ah, well, you should at least be happy with this news, then. The characters weren't abandoned, I just scrapped the 12-story arc I was planning on writing, and wrote what happened up until the planned end of that arc. Shyara should be making an appearance soon, Ethan, Claire, and Wendy not long after that. I have big big Big BIG BIG plans for both Wendy and Shyara, as well as long-term plans for Ethan and Claire (Ethan likes his privacy, so not quite as much going on with them). I think you'll like where I'm taking things, though.
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 6 months ago
By the way, thank you. A lot of my spirit went into writing those 4 chapters. It was a very personal endeavor, one that, had I not had other plans tied up by it, I would have liked to see to its conclusion. Still, I am pleased with the overall reception the 4 chapters received, and that my characters were so well loved.
Neosate
5 years, 6 months ago
it is great to know they will come back, but what I will miss is the gradual character development. Characters change with the events that happen to them. The emotions and built up to the personality changes will not be there.
FoxyLove
5 years, 3 months ago
Thanks for writing about what has happen so far. I am sorry and sad to hear that the darkness surounded you when writing chapter 5. I hope in time you will have the strenght to face it and continue to write more of this series, and maybe just maybe write how all this drama happens into a Marblecliff story. Other than that be happy and keep writing. Cause if you don't/aren't a shapeshifting kitsune might come after you and find out why not. ;3
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 3 months ago
Thanks! But, after some time away from the story, I did a jump forward in the timeline. I'll explore the skipped over details via flashbacks. Their next chapter, after the events in this journal, is here:

https://inkbunny.net/submissionview.php?id=425167
FoxyLove
5 years, 3 months ago
Yes I read your latest story of Ethan. So he has become a "bionic" raccoon and Shyara is thinking about a relationship with Wendy. I don't know if I read it but how come Claire can't have any children? Well I hope to read your next stories soon, either on Inkbunny here or in SoFurry. TTFN
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 3 months ago
I've pretty much abandoned my sofurry account. You can see how much more I have uploaded here since my last sofurry update.

As for Claire, radiation treatments from leukemia as a child left her chances at having children at slim.

Ethan, bionic, no, not by a long shot. His new leg is serviceable, but he'll have a while to go before running again, and never free-running.
FoxyLove
5 years, 3 months ago
I know that. Was making a funny. :p This kitsune is sad that your giving up on your SoFurry account. :( Oh well guess I'll just have to come over here more often then to enjoy your stories. Though I'm more at home at SoFurry causing mischief over there. "^_^" Good luck writing, hope to read some more chapters soon.
StrangeBreed
4 years, 10 months ago
Damn that is some startling revelations. I really dig all these ideas and think they'd make one hell of a series, that being said I do understand your feelings though. Maybe one day in the future with some help from others these can get made, but I won't judge ya if they don't :)
Maxsteele
1 year, 7 months ago
Just wondering something, that story you made that showed Ethan and everyone in the future around Christmas time,  why not use that story as the ending. It seemed to be a lot better ending than the one painted in this journal entry and tied up the story a lot better. You can add George in that story as in Ethan only has sex with Amelia sometimes with permission, but she is married to George. Also his cousins Illyana and Svetlana having girlfriends and maybe married to them, but if they feel like it all four have sex with Ethan and make children for him doesn't change the story that much, but makes it better especially when we learn their coldness to him is only because of his Uncle Walter. A better explaination of how Walter died could be added, but this one presented here that makes Ethan lose his leg and getting depressed to the point of almost killing himself doesn't seem to quite fit in with the theme of this story. His aunt Tatiana ending up with him was better than her been single considering the chemistry and heat that occurs between them in ch. 3 and before that. Sean becoming his best friend and Officer Dan accepting Ethan could have also been easily added to that vision of the future in the same chapter or in a separate chapter. Finally ditching the future where they are all happy together and have children for this sad one where he ditches Wendy and Shyara isn't fair at all and instead the final chapter should have been that dream he had with some of the positve ideas pitched here added to it, as Claire not being to have children doesn't seem to feel right. Of course Wendy being a former member of the swim team and her and Shyara being former track & field members just makes their fittness in bed to be able to make so much children more understandable and gives them a great backstory. I hope you could maybe do over the ending to be a little more happy and maybe combine that idea and the positive ideas from this journal entry to make a new better ending. Of course I still have to read ch. 4 and ch. 5, so I am not sure if there are happier than this entry, but I hope if you have time in the future, maybe you a can redo a happy ending for this story pretty please. I think they all deserve a better ending than this one and one closer to the possible future shown to us between ch. 2 and ch. 3
Maxsteele
1 year, 7 months ago
Just wondering something, that story you made that showed Ethan and everyone in the future around Christmas time, why not use that story as the ending. It seemed to be a lot better ending than the one painted in this journal entry and tied up the story a lot better. You can add George in that story as in Ethan only has sex with Amelia sometimes with permission, but she is married to George. Also his cousins Illyana and Svetlana having girlfriends and maybe married to them, but if they feel like it all four have sex with Ethan and make children for him doesn't change the story that much, but makes it better especially when we learn their coldness to him is only because of his Uncle Walter. A better explaination of how Walter died could be added, but this one presented here that makes Ethan lose his leg and getting depressed to the point of almost killing himself doesn't seem to quite fit in with the theme of this story. His aunt Tatiana ending up with him was better than her been single considering the chemistry, flirting and sexual tension that occurs between them in ch. 3 and before that. Sean becoming his best friend and Officer Dan accepting Ethan could have also been easily added to that vision of the future in the same chapter or in a separate chapter with a back story. Finally ditching the future where they are all happy together and have children for this sad one where he ditches Wendy and Shyara isn't fair at all and instead the final chapter should have been that dream he had with some of the positve ideas pitched here added to it, as Claire not being to have children doesn't seem to feel right. Of course Wendy being a former member of the swim team and her and Shyara being former track & field members just makes their fittness in bed to be able to make so much children more understandable and gives them a great backstory. I hope you could maybe do over the ending to be a little more happy and maybe combine that possible future vision and the positive ideas from this journal entry to make a new better ending. Of course I still have to read ch. 4 and ch. 5, so I am not sure if they are happier than this entry, but I hope if you have time in the future, maybe you a can redo a happy ending for this story pretty please. I think they all deserve a better ending than this one and one closer to the possible future shown to us between ch. 2 and ch. 3. Of course I understand if you got writer's block and that is why you decided to cancel it as all great writers go through this. However I do wish that you would reconsider your readers and give it another try please. And if you didn't get it by now, yes I consider you to be a great writer. Thanks for this and other beautiful stories that you have written.
VerbMyNoun
1 year, 7 months ago
It wasn't the end of the story. It's up to chapter 7 now. I just couldn't bring myself to those dark places at that time in my life. You will see that Tatiana, Illyana, and Wendy all have someone special in their lives now, things between Svetlana and someone else are just about to begin, Ethan and Claire are happy, and once I get to Ethan chapter 8, Shyara will run into someone from her past that will play a big role in her future...
Maxsteele
1 year, 7 months ago
Just read ch. 6 and going to read ch. 7. Even though the main story line isn't the one presented in the Christmas Special, it's still okay.  Maybe you can find a way for Claire to have children,  and I will love to read a flashback of Ethan and Shyara's first time making love.
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