Hello, and welcome to my personal World!
- Created By kita mikichi
I'm doing another commission sale on DA, if anybody who's over there, too, is interested. ^^
"Eternal World", theO's home for the "Eternal Rain" universe, was in need of an update, so I've finally got a directory there to make it easier to navigate, kind of like the alphabetical list on "A World of Reviews". The rest of the page links are still in the works. Hope it helps!
This semester is over! Phew! There sure was a lot of work, especially in my web class. I'm glad all the stress is done!
Now if I could just find a job...
The main character is based on a Naruto fan character named Naoru Uchiha, who doesn't talk. In the version I adapted for theO, the character has a speech impediment; but originally, he had the ability to talk, but didn't. When I thought about the reasons why this character doesn't speak, I came up with the psychological back story that became "So Distant". With the story now in mind, I borrowed Naoru's personality, put it into a new character and changed his name to Naoyuki.
"So Distant" went through several modifications over the two to three years I wrote it (I've even made smaller cuts and changes as I posted it here). It was originally very dark and dragged on longer. I added a few scenes to lighten the tone and cut other, darker, scenes before settling on the length it is now.
A bit of psychological research went into reinforcing Naoyuki's problematic behavior and making it believable. Here are some terms I found to back it up:
- Elective Mutism - choosing not to speak, often has deeper psychological roots
- Avoidant Personality disorder - shying away from others for fear of rejection, social inadequacy, restraint in intimate relationships, strong sensitivity to criticism and disapproval*
*Source: www.nim.nih.gov and psychcentral.com/disorders.
Names & Characters:
All names were referenced from a compiled list for this novel. At first Kotaro and Ikuo did not play as big a role as they do in the final product. In fact, Kotaro was a very minor character who dropped by the wayside without much development -- boy am I glad I fixed that!
At this point, my drawings had become very soft, which worked well for the young cast members.