It's My Birthday, so why talk about The Dice & Kristi Universe
So today (December 23) I'm 34 years old... which will be the last year I fall into the '' 18-34 demographic for all things media related, cause next year my 'opinion' will start to mean something (I work in market research, I have a general idea of how it works)... but looking back over this year as it relates to all the things I do, for The Basement (this blog and my YouTube channel) and the Dice & Kristi Universe (the 12+ year wrestling fan fiction collaboration hobby that to date has over 2,000 stories written) it's quite clear that I really put a lot onto my plate when it comes to just creating content in the vain hope of entertaining people... with limited success.
And yeah... this is the the first time I'm out right talking about the D&K Universe, sure I've mentioned it passing in various vlog, but never talked about it, but lets face it, if you see a 'Fred Casden' on various forums, it's probably me.
Back in the summer of 2004 by a pure fluke I meet a fan fic writer named Kristi, and we hit it off, and for the the the last 12 years we've worked together on a boat load of fan fics that you'll see on such places like WOWEFA, Literotica, and so on... yeah we weren't and are not writing PG-content my friends. I'm actually proud of the work we've done as we basically kept an entire niche of the fan fic genre going for pro wrestling going when it kind of phased out in from 2005 to 2010. Along the way I've met another writer whose become a great friend named Dax whose writing talents cannot be understated. In 2006 Kristi created a MSN group and when that was closed, we migrated to Yahoo Groups in 2008 and which has grown to over 400 members over the past 8 years. Unfortunately, a real life twist of fate forced Kristi to step away from writing in the fall of 2014, and I've done my best as a solo act, and the quality of the fics has seen a down turn, not helped by the fact I've really found a passion for creating vlogs on numerous topics
But I still continue to write the fics... question is why? Well for one, people still enjoy them despite everything and there is a lot of loyalty involved. . And while a dime has never been made off of those fics, the appreciation all of those folks that have shown myself, Kristi and Dax over the years makes it easy to keep the ball rolling as best I can.
Plus beyond that, the D&K Universe is where I've developed my style for making just about every single thumbnail and title card for every video I've made, so I don't have to pay anyone to do it for me unlike other YouTube channels. I've learned those skills after making a boat load of 'banners' / promo pics for the fics Kristi and I have collaborated on plus all of Dax's tales as well.
To put it simply, without the members of the Dice & Kristi Universe, Kristi and Dax, I wouldn't have gotten serious about trying to do something on YouTube... it's why I use the name Fred Casden name, people may know and wonder if it's one and the same... and well now here's the official confirmation.
Other people like Linkara run away from their 'on-line' past, well I embrace it, because you know what, in the end, regardless if I'm writing a bad fan fic, making video where I'm rambling about comic books or TV shows, or doing a Lets Play video... I know that for whatever the reason someone, somewhere is entertained... and that helps me keep going, day in... day out.
So here's to my next rotation around the sun and may this year be great one!