If I may ask, what was so crazy about the last mablecorn? I mean yeah it was a crazy episode but what exactly about it would have stopped you from making DBC? I'm just not sure what you were referring to, is all.
I remember being really disturbed by the scene where Dipper almost mind wiped Ford, especially his adverse reaction to “Pine Tree”. He was terrified and it messed with me a lot. It’s one thing to write about trauma through the eyes of a reflective 19-year-old but it’s another to actually witness a 12-year-old still dealing with it. Perhaps it was naive of me, but before that I had considered Bill to be bad but not that bad, you know? More so quirky and weird and chaotic but not downright evil. Back in those days, I was really conscious about keeping Bill as in character as I could, at least in the beginning, even though logically I always knew it was a lost cause. Mostly I just felt really dumb, but that’s how I usually feel with past crack ships anyway.
Thankfully I had already been several chapters in and had an avid readership, so I was able to shake it off. But if I had seen that episode beforehand, I would have never felt secure enough to write a whole fic that was about humanizing the little bastard.