So lets list these decisions down.
1. (The most important one): I'm going to turn The Snakeasaur Saga into an official fantasy novel series.
This is, by far, the most important decision I believe I've ever made; for the past seven years I've attempted time and time again to write a fanfiction series. While I yet to cement a version of the fanfics I am satisfied with, through the many past years my writing skills have improved and increased dramatically.
Then I got and lost my first job; it was a job I really didn't like, and it took getting sick every week for six years to finally say 'enough' and quit. The following three months found me in a stressed, constantly anxious and troubled state, fretting over my future and its uncertainty, along with every possible bad thing happening all at once (the job had left my perception of time and waiting a mess). That job was my first, and as an autistic it set the basis of jobs for me in my head. I certainly didn't want to go back to working, but I knew I would have to eventually, and that left me a ticking, twitching wreck from Late September to Early December.
It wasn't until December when it suddenly hit me: I DIDN'T have to go back to that kind of job: I already have the means to make a living. Doing something I loved, no less! And I was wasting my skills with it with my fanfics. Deep down, I always knew I had this option, but back then I was under the mental conclusion not to mix my working life with my hobby life, under the belief that being work would make it that: work. Not something I could enjoy.
As I said, the past year REALLY opened my eyes.
So I decided to make my passing daydream my official life goal and dream: I'm going to take my fanfic series, The Snakeasaur Saga, and convert it into an official novel series of its very own. Going to remove all copyrighted material and create a world and story all my own.
As you and I can both imagine, this won't be an easy goal to achieve; to create an entire new world from scratch is going to be tough, especially when you have to deliberately avoid anything that could get you neck-deep in copyright infringement. But I'm more than confident that I can do this; I'm more than capable of creating original content. I've already got such content already, including original characters:
Original characters that appeared in my fanfic series will now become a part of my official series.
As for other characters, I have another advantage: my version of the Spyro characters from my fanseries have been so rewritten and developed that they're pretty much their own characters in all but name only. All it will take is a new name, a bit of design changes, and complete cut off from the copyrighted project they were based on, and voila!
That's my New Years' Resolution: to finish and publish the first book of the series by the end of this year.
What will this mean for my fanfictions? Well, while I haven't completely given up on them yet, I have put them on the back-burner for now. And depending if I get my first book published and how well the series does, I may end up dropping the fanfictions altogether. I have failed at least four times in the past seven years to make a fan-series I was happy with, and if I can make the change over to official series successfully, then there's no point in going back.
But don't fret, my friends. It won't be the end of Dovah Spyro's adventures; my old series might die as fanfics, but will continue to live on in my Garry's Mod projects.
Speaking of which...
2. (Don't Freak and Let Me Explain): Spyro vs The Elements of Insanity and Servants of Spyro are hereby cancelled.
Now before you go all angry mobs on me, let me explain: I'm not dumping the two series at all. I'm simply going to redo them.
As I said before, I have grown and improved in my skills. And that means for more than just my writing skills. And as such, I look back on my older works and find myself a bit put off by them. I now it's natural to look at your older, less experienced works and realize how far you've come, but I feel like I can do better. I'm no longer satisfied with my old projects, which in turn prompts me not to work with them anymore (one reason updates have all but died).
Plus, both My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and its Garry's Mod content have grown and changed quite a bit since I started these series: a lot of things are outdated.
So I've officially cancelled the old versions of my two Gmod Comic series and am going to start them again afresh. And don't worry; I'll leave the old ones up for whoever still wants to read the old ones.
3. (Something Minor): My Family and I will be moving soon.
Just a little bit of news: we'll be moving to another town sometime in the spring, so I might suddenly drop off the internet for a week or two in the meantime. The new town and potential houses look awesome, and I honestly can't wait to move there; to get out of this current place and away from all the bad memories it built up.
4. (In Connection with Announcement 1): I'm opening a Patreon Account (NOT OPEN YET).
Making an official novel series isn't cheap either, and since I am currently unemployed and spent what money I had left over on Christmas, I'm going to need help from my friends and followers. The monthly donations I receive will be used to buy and commission things to create my book series, including proof-reading, cover art, official character concept designs, etc.
My Patreon is not open yet, as I have yet to determine if it's something I need to do, but once my first book gets officially underway, I'll set it up and place pledging prices and donation awards.
Wish me luck; I finally found a dream I can achieve!
And Happy New Year!