Looking Back

Anime & Cartoon GTS World has been around a very long time, longer than I ever imagined. So naturally this website has amassed a large collection of pictures and stories. If there's one thing many of us like to do every now and then, myself included, it's take a step back and read over our past works. All of us have come a very long way from our earliest works, and that's what this section is about. Authors, such as myself, will go back and look over their old works and offer up random commentary on those old pieces right here.

You can talk about anything you want in regards to that story. How the story went from mind to monitor. Scenes that you had thought about but decided to leave out or change drastically. Or just a self-review of that old work. Or maybe even all of the above! If you've contributed a story on this site, e-mail me your thoughts or post them at ACGTS. If you ever feel like making changes to your entry, or just adding in more reflections, you can do that also.

Entries must be at least ONE paragraph, much like story teasers, before they can make it on the site. There's no limit to how long they can be.

Devil Pluto's Revenge
Author: LucybonesSquirrel
Entry posted: March 18, 2017
- Hm, what is there to say about this story? While it may not be the best one out there, I'm glad I came to write on it. The origin of this story actually started by the end of july 2016, back when I was watching a bunch of old Mickey Mouse shorts to look for inspiration to write a new GTS story starring Minnie Mouse. During that time I came to re-discover an episode of Mickey's Mouse Works that was banned from airing in the US due to disturbing scenes. Minnie Takes Care Of Pluto was the official episode title. Prior to this I had begun writing on a story featuring not just Lucy from Lazy Lucy as the giantess, but even characters from video games series, like Wario from the Wario series, and the weasel professor Von Kripelspac from the Nintendo 64 game Conker's Bad Fur Day. One could say it was to be sort of a crossover story. It didn't get very far before being scrapped though(I cancelled it months before I even thought about writing on Devil Pluto's Revenge), and looking at it now, I don't think I ever want to revive that idea again.

Anyway, on to the history on how the development on this story went. After having watching the Minnie Takes Care Of Pluto episode a few times, in august 5 I came to start thinking up a story that besides Minnie and Pluto, also involved Pluto's inner demon and his new assistant Devil Minnie, the latter essentially being Minnie's inner demon. She is an unofficial character by all means. At NO point did I ever consider making her into a GTS. Minnie Mouse was the main focus, and I sticked myself to it. I finished my work on the story in just 3-4 days. The initial title was simply "mickey mouse gts story", while the actual working title was "Minnie Takes Care Of Pluto 2 - GTS Edition". The final title came about when the story was finished, and I now think the final name fits the story better.

Devil Pluto's Revenge borrowed quite a lot of the original episode, and I even gone as far as to write out a scene for the story that has Pluto running on top of the ball of Minnie's mace(that scene DID make it into the story, by the way). The scene itself didn't exist in the original episode, but it was something I've always believed to be true, only to later discover that it was just a false memory.

As for anything that had to be leaved out or changed, I can't recall that much. A few words or sentences may have been changed around or rewritten before the story was finalized. Maybe a scene or two were rewritten slightly, but other than that pretty much no parts of the story were being changed or removed. I believe that everything I had on mind at the time made it into the story.

The reason why I choose a character like Minnie Mouse instead of one of the Disney princesses? Well, I believed that despite her caring and sometimes feisty personality, Minnie could also be big and in charge, voluntarily or not. The other reason being that Minnie had rarely been given the gts treatment, so I set myself out to do something about it.

Devil Pluto's Revenge may not be as well known as most other stories featured on the AC GTS site(this also includes my second Mickey Mouse GTS Story, The Beauty Fashion Contest, which I will talk more about in its own entry), but maybe that's because I was just starting out by then. In fact, I don't think many of the visitors have even been reading it or offering their thoughts on it. Even though I have been writing on my own stories for years, switching over from the "script" format I utilized earlier on to the more common type of storytelling was a bit of a challenge, as I wasn't yet being used to this style. But I realized that if I were to submit a story to the site and it looked more like some sort of script, then it would have been quickly frowned upon by some story authors.

The writing in this story sure was a bit more... how should I say? "compressed", or something like that. What I mean by that is, that the speeches of the characters always tended to start in the very same line of text, even if the narrative text followed the previous line of dialogue. I'm no longer writing my stories that way, since I figured that it'd be better if a character's speech was always being put into a new line.(if you don't understand what I'm saying, just read my stories starting from the first one and then the later ones, and maybe you'll notice the difference) I also didn't write down all of the ideas for the plot of the story from start to finish before writing on it like I do now, and it's a lesson I came to draw from after I wrote on the The Beauty Fashion Contest story.

To close this entry off, I'm holding no ill feelings towards this story, and I'm glad it got made when I still had it on mind. I still chuckle at some of the scenes in the story even to this day, mainly the ones where Devil Pluto(Pluto's evil conscience) have to pay Devil Minnie for every single task he demands of her. One of the comments he makes in the story that still makes me laugh is "You sure like eating other people's money for breakfast, don't ya?". It might just be me though, but I'm sure others maybe found those bits to be good as well. Sure, the story could have been better, but I guess we're all starting somewhere.

The Beauty Fashion Contest
Author: LucybonesSquirrel
Entry posted: March 18, 2017
- Gosh, where to begin... Don't have much to say about this one really. I actually had some trouble writing on this story. It wasn't as dramatic as the first story was at the near end, but I still find a few things with this story to be rather odd, and several things in the story were borrowed from yet another Mickey Mouse Works episode, "Purple Pluto", the main difference being that Minnie Mouse was going to participate in a "beauty fashion contest", but then it all ends up taking a turn for the worse.

As for how the story progressed... writing on this story proved to be tough, and things started to get messy the more I wrote on it (or tried to write on it). I mostly blame myself for that. If I had just dropped the Mickey Mouse Works universe after finishing the first story I think it could have been more smoothly written, but I choose to write on at least two more stories set in the same universe before breaking ties with it.

It turned out to be a bad choice, as I soon found myself struggling to get the story done, rewriting some parts over and over until they made more sense to me. The ending hadn't even been thought out yet, so for the remainder of the story I just typed up whatever scenarios came to my mind. Ok, the ending wasn't really THAT rushed, but I still feel I could have done it better than it ended up like.

As for cut content or changed scenes... According to my wip documents for this story, aside from lines being rewritten to make more sense, I came to add in another short scene and some other bits here and there to pad out the length. The idea of dividing the story into chapters were also dropped. A few of the scenes also received minor or major edits. Besides Daisy Duck, I even intended to have Clarabelle Cow to appear in the story as one of the contestants, but I decided to leave her out to simplify things. What I forgot to change was a few instances of "others" throughout the last half of the story, the "others" part referring to other possible contestants, despite the fact that it is just Daisy and Minnie participating in the contest.

The story took me over a month to finish, and I was worried I messed it all up because the story changed quite significantly (but not enough to make the plot feel different to what I first had on mind), and some things in the story would appear to be confusing to some. Fortunately nothing serious arised from this, likely because noone leaved any feedback on either my dA page or the forums. Anyway, from this story on I learned an important lesson; ALWAYS write down the plot from start to finish in great detail before working on the story, or you'll struggle with trying to finish the rest of it.