This week I got the chance to talk to the wonderful Reptile111. A member of 11 groups and in admin positions in three of them, he writes wedgie stories with characters from a diverse range of universes. And he keeps watchers updated with a list of planned projects. He talked about the purpose behind one of his groups he made, as well as providing advice for aspiring writers. You can find the talented writer here reptile111.deviantart.com/ and without any further delay here he is,
What is the appeal for you in writing MLP themed wedgie stories?
Reptile: I think there are a lot of factors that make mlp stories appealing for me to write. One of those factors being ponies mix things up a bit in stories and is something that allows for different ideas. With wings and magic is allows for wedgies that people can't pull off. Plus pony design also keeps things unique with factors like walking on four hooves and tails that makes it different to write about than other species. I also enjoy the show so writing about characters from it is fun and each of them have certain personalities that help determine what kind of reaction they would give in a wedgie. The use of OC's is able to build on this too and allow much more creativity meaning you can make almost anything happen. Plus mlp is generally an easy show to understand, and isn't over complicated making writing easier for it as opposed to other shows or movies. At least for me that is the case. Also there is a nice community of mlp wedgie writers so I think that is another reason I like it so much.
What is the one thing that you have either seen, read or heard while in the wedgie fetish community that has frustrated you the most?
Reptile: If I had to say something it would probably the fact that writers usually get less attention than artists. It is understandable since the art is nice and visual, but still it takes awhile, sometimes hours upon hours, to write a story and some very talented writers receive little attention for the dedication and effort they put in. I guess I always found that a bit unfair and really hope that dedicated writers receive more attention for their efforts in the future.
You have your list of characters you plan to write stories on. Do you have any new characters that you've added to the list or are thinking if giving wedgies too.
Reptile: If this is referencing my first list than that is my OLLLD list. I wrote that at a time when my stories were shorter than they are now, and I was just listing characters for ideas. It is always a possibility I will write about them, but some I doubt I will write about. However, if we are talking about new characters to give wedgies to than there are always a few ideas I have. I can't spoil who I will write about next, but I can say that I always have new ideas of characters to write about whether it be from video games, to movies, to other media.
You're one story "Skyrim Self Wedgies" has a very high number of coincidences and things conveniently happening in the story, all of which take away from the believability of it, at least, in my eyes. So im curious to know just how important realism is to you when you're writing a story? Do you think a story needs to be believable, or is that not something a wedgie story needs?
Reptile: It's been a long time since I wrote that story and honestly I can't remember all of it. Since it was a request I tried to work with the detail best I could to make it into a story. However, if we are talking about realism I like to think of myself in the in between. Obviously a lot of scenarios I write about would never actually happen in real life, but same can apply to many wedgie stories. Realism is somewhat important and so is believability, but sometimes you run out of ideas and it gets to be more unbelievable. I think a story can be whatever you want depending on what you are going for with your writing.
Are you planning on sharing any more stories from your wedgie dreams?
Reptile: If I feel like it
You've written a few stories focused on self wedgies, is that you're favorite kind of wedgie? And again, what exactly is the appeal for you with self-wedgies? Is there something about them that makes you want to write about them?
Reptile: Well they are not my favorite that spot goes to atomics. However, self wedgies are something that I have always found fun to write about. The appeal for me is that the person wants the wedgie, and that they are willing to give themselves one for whatever reason it may be. You don't need another person since they are in control. Plus I have noticed the Internet has lots of self wedgie stuff so it seems to be somewhat popular. Either way though it is a personal favorite and I would like to write more about them.
Your series "Wedgie Academy" has a massive cast. How are you planning on balancing all the characters in the story, giving them all time to develop or to just give and get relatively detailed wedgies when there are so many characters?
Reptile: I am not really sure how I plan on doing all that. Wedgie Academy gained a much larger cast than I originally expected. I thought there would maybe be like 10 OC's but now there are WAY more than that. However, as I write I make sure characters get an even amount of time in the story by making a list. I mark a tally if a character talks and says dialogue, and another tally for if they give or get a wedgie. That way they all get an even appearance in the story. This series will be a challenge to develop characters though, but I have lots of ideas so I think I can work things out. Plus relatively detailed wedgies means I can write a lot more and aim for longer stories.
You once said that "... the meaning of life is writing wedgie stories!" And to paraphrase you slightly you wrote that the character Reptile would be lying on his deathbed thinking of how he spent a large portion if his life writing wedgie stories. Do wedgie stories really mean that much to you? You yourself haven't spent much time writing wedgie stories, is it something you intend to do for a "good portion" of your life?
Reptile: I mean writing these stories do mean something to me. I have always enjoyed writing, and writing wedgie stories is something that is fun to do for the most part. It also is nice that other people like and read my stories which is why I love to write. I want to share my work and stories with others. As for how long I will do this I'm not sure. I don't want to give it up, but as life goes on I might have to someday for one reason or another. However, if I have the time and privacy you can garuntee I will be writing something. Don't worry I will be writing for years to come, I'm just getting started. I really hope to fill my relatively empty gallery with many more stories.
What do you think about the fact that you're group WedgieAcademy does not have any members? Is it just because you've been too busy to advertise it. And also, why create a group for a story with only a few parts which can all be found on your DeviantArt page and as of yet, doesn't add anything. Do you have plans to add content to that groups page in the future?
Reptile: It probably lacks members cause I don't know how groups work that much. The reason I created this group was just more for potential. Let's say if someone potentially made some fan art then there would be a neat organized group for it. I am not really sure if the group was necessary, but it is there in case anyone else makes content for the story,
You once told that the reason you started writing wedgie stories was because there weren't enough with charachtrts you wanted to see in them. Has this changed since you've started writing, have you seen more stories with the characters you want to see?
Reptile: Well other than misspelling characters I have somewhat seen more wedgie stories of characters I like. I can't remember any exact characters I wanted, but I have enjoyed fanfictions over time with some certain characters. But it is nice to be writing too because it gives me freedom to see who I want wedgied instead of waiting and hoping for it.
Do you have any plans to continue your interactive wedgie story?
Reptile: Only if people REALLY want it. It got to the point where it was basically just an over complicated rp. I don't plan on going back. I thought it would work, but it became tedious to keep up with.
What about drawings? You've done two pieces featuring anthropomorphic characters, are you going to do more in the future?
Reptile: Again only if people want it or ask for more. Those drawings were drawn by finger on an iPad so they are pretty terrible. I am not really an artist, but if I had more privacy to draw I would like to practice and get better.
You said you were making another account for stories that don't involve fetishes. And I have a few questions around this. The first being, what is the username of this account so fans can find it. And why cant you just post non-fetish work in the same gallery? Finally, you mentioned how the stories would be "fantasy and action related and will probably have something to do with dragons." But you of course could have all these things and still have fetishes involved in the story as well. Or do you disagree?
Reptile: Well if you really want the account is here I made this account so I could try my hand at non fetish stories. It didn't go very well and I got two views on my story so I just deleted it. The reason I didn't post non fetish stories in my account was because I had some crazy idea that I would maybe get a popular internet series that would be hindered by the fact that there are wedgie fetish stories on the same account. Either way I never plan to log on it again, and if I do write non fetish I'll stick to this account. I agree with the statement that all that stuff I mentioned can have fetishes, but on the Internet. I hope to become an author someday, but based off something non fetishy and fun that everyone can enjoy. It is unlikely but being an author is a dream I have.
Who are some of your inspirations for writing wedgie stories?
Reptile: My two huge inspirations are and Wjmmovieman was the first writer and artist I found on DA that I loved. His artwork was amazing and his stories always had elements of embarrassment in it like wedgies and they were fun to read since I had never seen a story like that before his. ASmagni my other inspiration was also a huge influence and inspiration being one of the first people I saw to have really good wedgie stories. He was also one of the first mlp wedgie writers that I saw on DA so that was something new and exciting. His stories are also very long and well written and I strive to be as good as him someday. Magni if you are reading I'm sorry for being so sappy but it's true
Do you have a favorite wedgie story which was written by someone else?
Reptile: Hmm I am not sure. I can't pick just one I like many stories I have read here.
What's your advice for aspiring writers in the community?
Reptile: Write about what you want and be yourself. If you like the idea then go for it and make it a reality since it is only an idea until is is written. Don't worry about how good it is or what others think, just go for it and see how things go. If you work at it over time you'll find that you will improve as a writer. You just have to keep with it, and write about what you love. You won't get much attention at first, but over time you will get more. Just stick with it, don't give up, have patience and you can become a great writer in this community. Plus we always need more wedgie stories so if you are thinking about it I'd say go for it.
Do you have a favorite story of the ones you've written?
Reptile: Probably Celestia and Luna's wedgie war. It was fun to write, and I was really able to go all out. I hope to write more mlp stuff like it in the future. Plus it was around that time I felt my stories were getting a little better.
Where does the name Reptile111 come from? What's the story behind that?
Reptile: I had the song Reptile by Skrillex stuck in my head so I named myself Reptile. I am not joking that is the main reason for it. I suppose it can reference Reptile from mortal kombat, but I don't own a single mortal kombat game. Then again Reptile is my favorite character so.... And the 111 part can be an indirect and unplanned reference to Fallout 4's vault 111, but really I just added numbers so I could use the username.
Any questions, concerns, complaints or confessions you want to share with members of the wedgie fetish community?
Reptile: Hmmm maybe for a question is what you want to see more of from me? If I don't know it is harder to know what to write about. Other than that I don't really know what else to say. This community is a nice place, and I hope that it will continue to grow strong for many years to come. I look forward to the future of the wedgie community.