A reviewer for In the Graveyard commented that it could be an original work. Actually, exact wording:
“This story is really good enough to be published as a children’s book, why the Hell have you put it up here? Just change the characters’ names, bring this to a publisher and see just how quickly you get your own book.” (Anyone Else/Anyelse)
They’re anon, so I can’t reply to them, or thank them.
But! In the Graveyard is actually based on an original story I’ve been working on for … ten fucking years. It started as a fanfic for another fandom before I threw it out as awful. I started playing around with the concept a few years later, but hit a major block after three chapters. I didn’t touch it for four years, then went back to it, managed to get eight chapters out, then shelved it again. Sometimes I go back and tweak it here and there and push it a little farther. The main issue I have right now is the main character - the role Jack is currently in - is a blank. I’m having a lot of trouble defining him, or even settling on minor things like age and appearance. I’m not even sure if I want it to be a novel, or illustrated, or more of a comic… I have drawn tons of pictures of characters and scenes.
In the Graveyard was my silly attempt at pulling the concept out of the dark, and maybe finally finding the inspiration needed to get over that block and get the real story told.
The original and the fanfic are only vaguely similar, given that the RotG characters are nothing like my OCs, and so the story is being driven in different directions. (Pitch, for example, is playing the part of two vastly different OCs.)