My name is Liv909 and I'm an author on Animal Crossing Community. I joined the site on October 29, 2010. I immediately jumped into the writing area of the site. I started off with quite a few different stories. However they weren't good, and the quality was terrible. After an encounter with a good friend of mine (Falconova) who unfortunately is no longer active, I realized I needed more description in my stories. From then on, I endeavored to work harder on my stories. On January 18, 2011, I posted the story Perfection and the Hacker. It was received quite well by the community. I was impressed by the amount of positive criticism I was getting from people.
The story's impact skyrocketed and I was humbled to realize so many people were reading and were inspired by me. When I first started writing on ACC, I was a nobody. Clearly, I was a person with poor description and grammar, bitten by the "bug" to post ten stories at a time. But I learned, and I matured. ACC has been the site of my preteen age. I joined when I was 12. Now that I'm 18, I've learned a lot, I've met new people, and I've helped others.
It's been a long journey but it's one that will affect me forever. I can only thank the readers for their undying support. My stories have grown, just like I have. But no one has lost faith in me, so I'm grateful for that. When I began writing on here, I started with Fleas, Bees and TV's. I recently found the archived link so I posted it here for old time's sake. It's interesting to see how my description has progressed when I had no one telling me how to do it. I just did it. But now that I know what to do, I can help others.
When I started, I could barely qualify for Dougieowner's competition. To me, it was such an achievement. But as I grew up, I realized it wasn't enough. I wanted more. I wanted to be up there with the "fan-fiction legends" of the site like Computerfan and Skypirate. So I worked hard and worked my way up to the top. It wasn't easy, but I did it. After writing the Perfection and the Hacker series, I became a name on the board. After PATH, I published some other stories that didn't do quite as well. For a while, I was afraid I was a one-hit wonder, destined to only succeed because of PATH. But I had noticed some definite improvement in my writing. Chapters began growing out of one post and crept into two. Two posts became an average length for my chapters, and I was disappointed with myself with anything shorter. Some of my chapters even took up three posts. When I posted Perfection and the Hacker 2, a clear increase in description was noticeable. Others could notice too. While PATH 1 got only 6th place in Marshy301's competition, PATH 2 got 4th place in Dougieowner's competition.
During this, I also did something recreational for fun and found a best friend in it. deadmanwalking (Aidan) the owner of the giveaway Animal Crossing Extravaganza asked me and ElizabethPrower to co-write a story commemorating the giveaway's anniversary. We did it, and we became best friends. We turned it into a series, calling it the Mystery of ACE. It was a thriving series and we were hitting out chapters left and right. We were on the third installment when suddenly, everything shut down. ACE was closed and all of its public and private threads were gone. EP and I were one chapter away from finishing the third story. We -- and the readers-- didn't get the public closure we expected. However, we finished it in a PT. ElizabethPrower is one of my best friends from ACC and she's a great writer too. With her permission, I posted the three stories on here.
In 2011, I posted Recovery, the story about a prisoner who is living in the Animal Crossing world as a punishment. I used a different format, and I realized it worked. I began to write more like this, and it still worked. Recovery won first place in Computerfan's competition and qualified for Battle of the Best. It was an amazing honor and I received a surreal feeling. I couldn't believe I had made it. After two and a half years of working my butt off, I had finally made it to the top. My name was no longer a name. I wasn't just the girl who wrote that amazing story about the hacker and it sounds like it's a title of a road or something. I wasn't even Liv909. I was Liv. And it felt amazing.
In 2013, my role on ACC changed significantly. In June, Computerfan started up his new fanfic competition. He invited me to be a judge and I accepted. Currently, I served on the panel with Mamanator, Dan_the_man, and BuZZyReCKy. It was such a high honor. I remember looking back in awe at Computerfan's competition. I couldn't imagine myself placing, let alone winning or being a judge. During this time, I also wrapped up the Perfection and the Hacker series, ending an era of stories that propelled me to where I am today. It was bittersweet to end at PATH 3 but I needed to move on to bigger and better things. In July, I was invited to become a Researcher on Animal Crossing Community. This was another immense honor and I immediately accepted.
As a Researcher, my responsibilities increased so I was more involved with site support, site improvements, guides and more. I had and still do have tons of fun being involved around the site, advocating for the users in the best way possible, and contributing to guides and other features. Between 2013 and 2014, I dabbled in different stories including The Time Traveler and Aika Village. They didn't really work out and weren't really long term stories. In 2014, I shortly had a stint as an MFG Deliver for New Leaf and then teamed up with an acquaintance at the time to start a giveaway: Simply Blissful. We had a lot of drama with that, which isn't on-topic for me to talk about here, but it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot and involved myself in another part of the community that I wasn't a part of before: giveaways.
Giveaways are great fun places that do a good thing for ACC. I met a lot of friends through there and even though Simply Blissful was recently disbanded several months ago, I made lifelong memories and met wonderful people who I consider a part of my ACC family.
2015, I was at a point where I never thought I would be in life. I was a senior in high school, ready to graduate and apply to colleges. I was running Simply Blissful with a new co-owner who I've become very great friends with. I was contributing to the growth and development of ACC in a way that I never knew before. On top of that, I was writing Summer Sun, a new story that I carried out long term. It was a really fun story that involved the rivalry between two resort towns in the summer. Oh but it's so much more! You guys have to check it out in the Story Archives.
ACC recently just allowed same-sex marriage and relationships to be in fanfictions. Being the renegade that I am, I had to take advantage of the new rule. So Heart of Expectations was born. It was an experimental process for me. Since I was officially going to attend college in the fall, I didn't hesitate to spin a college campus into the story as the main setting. Heart of Expectations was so much fun to write for different reasons. However, the main reason was that I was writing about LGBT relationships, particularly featuring lesbian content in the story.
But HoE was not just my personal agenda to push LGBT relationships and be a renegade. Yes, I could only hope that it broke the ground and made things on the Creative Writing Board less awkward, but it was a catalyst for me to get back into ACC and to enjoy writing. HoE is technically over, but I didn't lock it. It's still on the boards right now so you can still read it. Of course, you can read it in the archives here too. Check it out--it's nothing that you guys would expect. I'm confident you'd really enjoy it.
After HoE, I jumped right into a new story, Sprinter. It also featured LGBT relationships but it is a completely different setting and backdrop. It revolves around more political aspects of society, along with some of the darker, realistic things about today's world--meshed into an Animal Crossing town. Sprinter is my third consecutive story and I realized I needed a break for myself. As my first year of college was coming to a close, I made the decision to go on a writing hiatus. To give myself a break from writing for a bit and replenish any creative faculties stewing in my brain.
After HoE, I jumped right into a new story, Sprinter. It also featured LGBT relationships but it is a completely different setting and backdrop. It revolves around more political aspects of society, along with some of the darker, realistic things about today's world--meshed into an Animal Crossing town. Sprinter is my third consecutive story and I realized I needed a break for myself. As my first year of college was coming to a close, I made the decision to go on a writing hiatus. To give myself a break from writing for a bit and replenish any creative faculties stewing in my brain. In the summer of 2017, I wrote a new story called The Great Escape. I took a lot of inspiration from Agatha Christie's novel Murder on the Orient Express and added my own Animal Crossing twists to it. It also had some philosophical aspects to it though that gave the story a new level of maturity and thoughtfulness to its prose.
Luckily, I was able to build up enough chapters to support the story on the site even when my activity was lacking due to beginning my first semester of pharmacy school. Around this time, I also stepped down from being a Researcher on ACC. It was a difficult decision but with everything going on both on the site and off the site, I knew this was the best choice. I am sincerely grateful for the time I spent as staff and it was a really fun experience! It may not have been the best example of public service but it was a role I matured into. I learned a lot of life lessons and had fun doing it too. I'm still working on another new story for the boards but I'm just giving myself time to accumulate chapters so once the semester starts, I can easily update in my lackluster schooltime activity without inconveniencing anyone or seeming dead.
I want to thank you all for your consistent, constant support and patronage. I love what I do and I wouldn't be doing it if it weren't for you guys. As I look back on my life and my childhood, it's flooded with memories of this website. I couldn't imagine that I would be in this position in my life or on ACC. I'm going on my five year ACC'versary and I can't believe it. So much has happened but at the same time, it feels like it was yesterday that I was posting the first chapter of PATH.
And I can only thank you guys for everything.
So I will say it again. I've said it many times but I will say it again. I'm never going to stop saying it.
Thank you for caring, thank you for reading, thank you for supporting, thank you for voting, and thank you for being there. I'm not just thanking you for being my reader. I'm thanking you for being my friend.