Aaaaah, Dev! I'm so glad you've enjoyed reading back through it so far. ;w; It's been fun for me to go back through old stuff and rewrite it, too.Man, rereading Impulse gives me literal chills. Just revisiting how it all began, before things really hit the fan. With the latest chapter, I feel bad for poor Chip. But Nat is right, I'd rather it be him than Tucker >.> Still, poor guy.
I'm so glad you've been enjoying rereading! I'm sure she'd love to go back to a time when money was her biggest obstacle... :')Yeahhhhh, love getting to re-read this bit by bit. Nat never fails to serve as inspiration for some of my more jaded characters. Also, I sometimes forget that her journey was initiated due to her needing to support her family financially. Ah, the days where that was her only worry....
Spikes!! So good to see you on the new forums. ^^ Really appreciate you taking a moment to pop in and say hey~ I hope to have some new content for y'all in the coming months.Just popping in to say I'm still around and following! :)
War it means so much that you dropped by to share your thoughts up to this point, aaaaaa. ;w; I'm so glad you've enjoyed so far, that you're liking the characters, and how Pokemon/their moves are interpreted. I definitely think it's a little rough in the beginning, but you've made it through the worst of it so it should get better from here! Thank you so much for reading. ^^Okay.
I haven’t finished it, but I have managed to catch up through Valley Windworks.
Goodness gracious, I love your prose. (And this is just, this sounds dumb, but, they way you describe and use Supersonic? Yesssssss. Amazing. Beautiful. Perfection). Chase is a really nice break from the typical “Barry” characterization; he has real emotions and feelings, instead of being “ADHD” with arms and legs. I’m digging Nat’a gradual trust for her Pokémon, but i appreciate that it isn’t One Big Moment or something. It’s been taking her a while to get over her fear, and I like that. (Oh oh oh, and I really enjoyed how she used Ivan as a getaway vehicle for the Windworks. Brilliant. I love when characters use their Pokémon like that in stories, to solve problems. And, y’know. I’m just an Onix fan).
Anyway! Just wanted to drop a comment for what I’ve read so far. I look forward to the rest.
I had this comment in mind when I read your gym battle! I really loved the way you went about adding tension to it. I'm so glad you find Nat relatable. ;w; She's a jealous brat, but she hasn't had many wins in life up to this point, so to feel like Chase stole her shine so shortly afterward stung a bit. And, well, you know how that turns out for her. ^^;It's definitely interesting re-reading these chapters as I prepare for writing my own MC challenging her first gym (and a rock type gym, no less). I think you captured that overconfident feeling when you've plowed through someone's Pokemon with ease but they've got a ringer they send out last very well. Natalie's emotions as she goes through this first gym challenge are very realistic, I think. And speaking of, damn Natalie is so freaking relatable. Her nervousness, giddy school-girl excitement over winning her first gym battle despite wanting to appear professional, and most of all her jealousness over Chase's battle upstaging hers. I think that jealousy, especially, makes her so....human. It really does.
And ah yes, what a thoroughly creepy and scary first encounter with Team Plasma. Obviously as a longtime reader I know their beef with Nat is far from over, but it still comforts me to know that she's got a good team of Pokemon to protect her when she needs it. I think it's pretty amusing that Rowan gave the Poketches to "nobodies" to make them more difficult to track down. Like damn, that's pretty savage haha.
Looking forward to continuing to catch up as you post more!
Missy you have no idea how much it means that that first chapter stuck with you for so long. ;;;;;;;; My writing when I started out left a lot to be desired, but I still loved it and was proud of it at the time so it makes me so happy to hear it stuck out to you. Also aaaaaa, to hear that you think it feels balanced plot and character-wise, I hope you know I was grinning like an idiot when I read this. If you dig crisis and confront (which I know you do, hehe), hopefully the direction the story's about to take will appeal to you.Missy said:(POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE WHOLE RUN)
Guess who's gonna gush. Missy's gonna gush! I promised a comment and by god you're getting a comment, ma'am.
Story time: when I first stumbled upon the forums in 2014 (by thinking, "aw man, i wish i could write nuzlockes instead of drawing comics" and googling for it), Impulse was the first run I looked at, but I was put off by the chapter count even back then. Even so, I read the opening chapter, and it literally stuck with me for five years. When I tried my first storylocke, when I left for a year or two, when I came back, it stuck with me. I never forgot it.
I have no end of admiration for you continuing to write a single story for this long and pouring so much excellent content into it. Like, damn, the dedication! And not a single chapter is a waste of time. You joke about the plot just now getting started in these most recent chapters, but the rest of the story has been a treat for character conflict and Pokemon shenanigans.
I love all the Pokemon. The story doesn't spend a ton of time with them, but they all get their dues nonetheless, and when they get focus it's balanced well with the human drama. Toby has somehow become my favourite just because he's a happy little sap. He has no idea what's going on and he's loving it. I was not expecting to love the Quagsire since they've never stood out to me, but here I am.
You keep a very balanced cast. Between human characters and Pokemon, no one feels like they're superfluous or that they overstay their welcome. I'd scream some more over how you ardently mistreat them but you've already heard enough from me in discord, ha ha.
Like many have said before, you have a simple and effective portrayal of the gym circuit. The "gym leaders as manufactured persona" thing is something so simple and brilliant that it's so, so hard not to copy. Also, the trainer culture is very cool. The fact that Chase steadily becomes an idol as he conquers the gyms is so interesting. I can't think of any other runs off the top of my head where fame is a huge consideration. Whatever, the culture's cool is what I'm saying.
That's what I love best about your Sinnoh. It feels lived in.
Not gonna lie, where you took Riley caught me completely off-guard. I agree with what you said before, that it's ASTONISHING that no one spoiled it for me, but that just made it worse. I had to go lie down. I saw him as a vicarious-enjoyment vehicle hot guy. I was very wrong, apparently. Well, I was ultimately wrong. No offense, but I hold to my theory.
Also, Dani is great! I always liked Maylene, but now she's a character so I'm all on board.
Nat has a very subtle growth throughout most of the story, which is enjoyable, but I'm more of a crisis-and-confront kinda gal so I've been very pleased with the way the story is developing.
Guess that's where I'll leave off for now. I've thoroughly enjoyed binging this story and I cannot flippin' wait for more <3
Thank you for taking the time to drop a line, I really appreciate you sticking with Impulse over the years. Hope all is well with you~trainergloria said:Much of what I want to say has already been said by others multiple times, but I hope your holidays are going well and that time is sparing enough to allow more writing in your future. You really do have the talent for it, and it's lovely to see the improvement that's happened over seven years. There's something about this story that has always made it so special, and I'm glad that it gets the attention that it deserves, time and time again. The conspiracy thickens, and a few chapters ago I really enjoyed the Pepe Silvia-esque moment of Chase in the Canalave library. Nat has come far, and I'm excited to see how much further she goes.
Chase, of course, is my favorite but he wasn't always at first. I remember pairing Nat and Riley together at first, but looking back on it it's a bit silly. I hope they both come out alright at the end of it, him and Nat.
Which still hurts me btw. will I ever be over riley, noI bet he's frowning, pinching the bridge of his nose with his eyes squeezed shut. I'd bet anything.
It's frustration he used to reserve for Riley.