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  • Hi, Enigma. I want to let you know what is currently going on in Sibling Rivalries: The Next Chapter. I have a real good comic idea, but the question is, should I really do this?

    Derrick McReary is the second youngest of the McReary siblings in the series. He is very smart and gifted, despite only being a sixth grader, he has the intelligence of a high school student. The high school sees how smart he is and allows Derrick to skip straight to high school if he passes a test. Derrick passes the test and starts going to high school with Packie and Francis. It could open different story ideas.

    But, do you think this is a good move? It happens in real life, smart kids are allowed to skip grade levels. Since the beginning of the series I considered doing the same with Derrick. He is shown to understand freshman Algebra really well, and helps the gang with their homework in "The Homework Night Redirection". Throughout the original series he is shown to be very talented. It is no doubt that high schools will want this student. However, I think I should have done this at the beginning of the series, rather than near the beginning of Season 2.

    Derrick's experience in high school will only be an occasional side story, I thought about having him travel around with Packie and his friends, but these new characters need to be fully fleshed out before I could even add more characters. I made this mistake in Season 2 of the original series, with the addition of Salvador Real. I actually dislike this character, I look back and see Season 2 as uninteresting, he was just a really boring addition. Later on I found better ways to use him, but I don't want to make the mistake of adding new characters to the main cast too early in this series (well, Angel Chacon was added to the main cast in mid-Season 1, but it was better because it was not forced like Salvador was). I look back and feel that he was not an interesting addition so early, I actually dislike Season 2, but I want to say the series got better after that). TV shows always add new characters later on to open new storylines, it could either be good or it may end up having the show decline in quality (a la The Fairly OddParents). Well this is not adding Derrick to the main cast, but he will have to be featured a bit more than the other siblings, making an unbalance.

    I want your opinion though. Do you think this is a pretty good move or should I abandon the idea? I just do not want to ruin the dynamic of the series when it is still very young, that is all.

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    • Hi Dimitri, you are correct. Most high schools will take younger students if they prove to be exceptionally academically talented. It's a way for these talented younger students to gain an advantage and progress through their education at a rate that best suits their academic skills. There is no point in them going through the grades normally if they are capable of much higher academic studies - it's just a waste of their time and doesn't give them the challenge they need to excel. Of course, hosting these advance students is very good for the high schools too. It makes them look very good to prospective families and to the federal government.

      For example, a high school that has a number of academically advanced students will look very good. Where would you rather your kid go? An average school or a school that has a proven track record of academic excellence? So it is very realistic that an academically skilled Derrick would be advanced into high school. He might even have several high schools competing for him. They all the talented students. So he might well be at high school with Packie.

      But remember, he might be bullied because he is so smart. High school students can be cruel and bullies often pick on students who are different. It would be a nice way to show the relationship between Packie and his little brother. For example, he might have to look after him when he's being bullied by other students.

      Bringing in new characters too early can be harmful to a story as it can stop you from getting attached to the opening characters. You want to focus on Packie. So bringing in Derrick too early might take away from that and change the focus to the struggles of a gifted Derrick. It's a very cool idea but maybe keep it for later until your readers have had a chance to grow attatched to Packie and his story. You could ever reference it as a possibility with Packie's thoughts about having his little brother at his school.

      It also goes the other way too. If you kill off too many of the original characters it can really harm the story and leave the audience feeling annoyed. For example, I've been watching the series Wayward Pines which is a really cool mystery series. But by the start of the second season they'd killed off the main character and by near the end of the second season they'd killed off all but two of the main characters. That just annoyed me - they spent all that time getting us to relate to these people only to kil them all off in one foul swoop.

      If you want my honest advice I'd keep Derrick until later. Give our protagonist Packie a chance to shine and have his story develop. You want to get the story properly centered on him first.

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    • Thank you man, I am glad that you agree with the points I made. I agree, bringing in new characters so early might not be a good idea, since I still have not completely fleshed out these new characters in the series. There is still a lot to explore with Packie's new friends. While it did seem like a good idea for a comic, I am struggling with it anyway and I do not like how it is going. I am going to scrap it. Maybe next year in the story, when Packie is a sophomore, this is when Derrick may start high school early.

      The plot of the comic would be that he will be bullied and Packie and Francis would have to help him out. It actually seemed very interesting. I considered having Derrick move to high school, but then move back to middle school since he is not ready yet. It has not worked out well, that is all that I am saying. Maybe I could show Derrick getting smarter throughout the series and this would gain the attention of the high schools.

      I can hint that he may start high school early, but I agree, having him start so soon would be pretty tricky. Not only will I have to show Packie and friends' adventures as freshmen, I also have to show Derrick's side of the story, such as if a big event happens at school, I have to show both sides. I still want to use the other McReary siblings as important characters, and they will each have their turn in the spotlight. I don't want any getting forgotten. It is hard to balance the high school gang and the McReary siblings in the series, and I want to figure out how each group of main characters will work before adding new ones. I may eventually, as most other shows do, but it's too soon for such.

      Wow, your situation with Wayward does sound pretty ridiculous, that would tick me off as well. I do not want to follow the same path too, not by killing off people, but by adding new characters to the mix when the main cast is barely getting to know each other (background and supporting characters are fine, but not characters that are going to have main roles). Besides his cousin Adrian, Packie has only known his high school friends for only two months now. He does not even know everything about them yet. I still have to expand on these characters. The series only has seven comics so far. Really, I should still be in Season 1, but I cut it short with only six comics. Still not sure if that was a good idea, I think my comic seasons should be 8-10 comics..

      Anyway, thank you for the advice, man. It helped a lot!

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    • Glad I can help. I find it annoying when TV shows kill off or get rid of too many of the main characters too early. It just seems like a big slap in the face to the audience. You spend all that time learning about the characters, you get to know and love them and then they're gone. You do need to kill off or remove the odd character to keep the drama but getting rid of them all at once just ridiculous and loses fans.

      You have such cool ideas! I always liked the McReary siblings so it is really interesting to see this alternate story about them. I really liked how Packie is protective of his sister and doesn't initially want Niko around her. In my fan-fiction I plan to introduce the characters slowly - Angus, Gavin and Logan are the first ones you meet. I plan to build up the friendship between them to show why they side with Angus. Newer characters will be introduced along the line. 

      But the first characters will be Angus, Gavin, Logan, Johnny, Clay and Terry. Other club members will be featured as non-named characters or just referenced in passing. Like how they will act with respect to Angus initially because he is Vice-President or Angus might shout a greeting to one. But the focus will be on a small group.

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    • I really loved the McReary siblings in GTA IV and how different they are from one another. I wanted to write a series about this large family and their adventures together. I named them after the GTA IV McReary siblings, but keep in mind that besides their names, they have absolutely nothing in common with their GTA counterparts, nor do they reside in the GTA world itself.

      I loved SR and I hate how I abandoned it abruptly in 2016. I still had ideas for these characters, but when I returned it was too late. I had lost those ideas. A while later I decided to create this new series for a fresh start and keep these characters alive. The other McReary siblings are now secondary characters as the series now focuses on Packie and his new friends. I could never get rid of them, oh heavens no. But to keep with the series's theme of family, these boys that Packie meets are like his brothers. He might hang out with them a bit more than his siblings now, but you can't blame him for wanting to bond with his newfound friends. His actual family is not far. In fact, his family has only just doubled in size, making for an even more fun life.

      I love adding new characters to the series, and I do all the time. But the question of whether I want them to become a major role depends on what I want to do for the series. I only want to do what readers will find interesting and what will make them come for more. I admit, sometimes even I find myself bored while writing certain comics, and it could even cause me to call it quits mid-way as I can't possibly carry out this snooze fest, but I don't want that. I need something that even gets me interested in the story I'm telling/

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  • I've been bombarded by ideas lately. Mostly with writing my ideas down and, suddenly, I get pressured at what I'm going to finish first. Thanks in advance, dude.

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    • Hi there,

      It doesn't really matter what you finish first. Just have a look through the creations you have made and pick something that sticks out to you. It could be a favourite article or something you are really focused on at the moment. A good question to ask yourself is - what do I want to finish first?

      It's good to record ideas and to go with the creative fllow sometimes. Creating articles can be an ongoing process. You start them, move on to another idea, come back and work on them again and come up with another idea.

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  • ... how are you, man?

    Also, about that GTA idea you, me and Dimitri had. Are we still gonna go with it? Or are we just gonna let it be now and just continue our own things?

    Just asking.

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    • Hi there man, I'm doing okay thanks. How're things with you?

      I'm curious about the idea and how you plan to go about it. What did you have in mind as to how we would actually do it? We'll have to check with Dimitri to see what he thinks.

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    • Well, considering how I did want it to start off where the first two games began with (a random bunch of wannabe criminals doing... the obvious), I thought of merging the first two games into one story then have it continue on to where it leads to next in the GTA franchise's timeline. Of course, we may have to incorporate the other spin-offs like the one from London and Chinatown.

      As it goes on it eventually lands to where the current, or recent, game in the franchise is right now; GTA V, Los Santos 2013.

      Also, I'm doing quite okay to say the least. If you have seen the few new stories I made, I'm trying to create a new schedule in my book so that way I can devote myself to one of them each day... with the exception of my Stickman Universe series which I have to look after and work on day-to-day.

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  • Exactly what can I put on this wiki and what can I not? I'm not exactly understanding my limits as to what to add.

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    • Huh, so it's an expansion of the canon universe. Is it specifically more world-building or expanding on the storyline of the characters, or...?
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    • I can't speak for the GTA Nerd. But my fan-fictions are a mixture of both world-building and expanding on the stories of specific characters. I always felt that the GTA World in-game is very lacking so I've started expanding the world to make it more similar to the real world. New states, locations, brand new characters, original characters expanded upon and so forth.

      My creations exist in the GTA Expanded Universe which is essentially an expaned version of the GTA Universe. 

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  • It's been a while...

    Anyway, I suppose you stumbled upon my works/article for quiet some time. Well, if you did stumbled upon them... I'm asking about your opinions especially for my upcoming comics Within which you can also give me ideas out of it.

    Yeah, that's all I can say for now and I'll wait for your reply.

    Peace out.

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    • Hi there,

      Yeah, I've noticed a few of your articles around but I haven't really had a proper chance to have a good look at them yet. I'll have a look at Within and let you know what I think, I'm always happy to help out.

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  • So, when should I pump out the new Spree cartoon I promised?

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    • Whenever you feel like it really. Spree is pretty open with its cartoons so long as they are appropriate to the teenage and preteen age group. Just think Nikelodeon really to get a good idea. But I'm thinking of creating an "Adult Swim" type segment to the WCN channel so the older age groups can enjoy those delightfully inappropriate cartoons.

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    • Okay then.

      Thanksgiving Break is a few days away. I will do it then.

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  • So are we and Dimitri gonna make it now?

    I just remembered the idea we had when I was playing GTA V Online and came by to ask if we're gonna do it now.

    -- Vince!

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    • I've already created the GTA Expanded Universe for my creations. So it's my creation that encompasses all of my creations on the wiki. Do you mean the linked storylines which could be in the GTA Universe.

      My GTA Expanded Universe is essentially just a larger scale version of the GTA Universe. New locations, states, cities etc. We could make a GTA Parallel Universe or something like that to keep it separate from my GTA Expanded Universe - there is sort of a GTA Multiverse with the GTA 3D Universe, the GTA HD Universe and now the GTA Expanded Universe.

      Why not add a GTA Parallel Universe? Or the...Vinceverse! 

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    • Enigma24 wrote:
      I've already created the GTA Expanded Universe for my creations. So it's my creation that encompasses all of my creations on the wiki. Do you mean the linked storylines which could be in the GTA Universe.

      My GTA Expanded Universe is essentially just a larger scale version of the GTA Universe. New locations, states, cities etc. We could make a GTA Parallel Universe or something like that to keep it separate from my GTA Expanded Universe - there is sort of a GTA Multiverse with the GTA 3D Universe, the GTA HD Universe and now the GTA Expanded Universe.

      Why not add a GTA Parallel Universe? Or the...Vinceverse! 

      The "Vincecerse!", lol

      Yeah, I was referring to that idea we'd make of linking all the stories within the 2D, 3D and HD Universes in the GTA franchise into one living universe, although trying to avoid inconsistencies.

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  • I noticed that you have set up the year in events. I'll add some of mine.

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    • This wiki uses a timeline for events. Check out the Template:Timeline page for an idea of what I'm talking about. Have a look at the 2013 page to get an idea of how its done - this is an easy way of recording what happens in what year in your fan-fiction or creative works.

      If you want you can create your own heading like the other ones you'll see.

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    • A'ight, I'll check them out. Thanks.

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  • Technically, Cooper and Denny is a failed pilot, but I guess I can make it into a real thing.

    But it seems like you don't have any further plans for it, so is it okay if I fill out the blanks myself?

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    • An animation company is a really cool idea. A channel like Spree, which features a range of animated and reality teen shows, would naturally employ an animation studio to design shows for it. I'm sure Nikelodeon uses an animation company of some sort to help create its shows.

      Spree would quite naturally have specific guidelines for acceptable shows. Because it is a channel aimed at teenagers it is not allowed to feature shows with adult themes and topics which might negatively influence its young audience - like "Anything Goes" that was too violent and mature. The last thing the network needs is a mob of angry parents beating down their door which would then bring government agencies down on them.

      I really quite like your animation company idea!

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    • Thanks. I got the idea while writing Coop and Berry's page. I originally wrote "The show was a pleasant surprise for critics especially considering the last show made by its company" but I remembered you wanting me to run ideas by you.

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  • say, are you and gta nerd making a Bully series?

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    • Hey,

      I'm creating a few Bully fan articles building on the city of Bullworth and telling the stories of the characters after the end of the game. I don't know what GTA Nerd is up to.

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