I wonder how many of my online friends remember Makeda..
Makeda is my meerkat character, made up waaayy back in like.. 2007. I wrote an 80 page story about her and printed it off, but never sent it to a publisher (I was only 13, I had much to learn ;3). The next year, I joined YouTube and used her for roleplay. Back then, "RP" was the BOMB in the meerkat community.. My little Makeda became a dominant of a group dubbed 'The Scorchers'. Little squabbles occured during those times, and I made some pretty bad decisions at some points. Also, the meerkat editors were turning away from making Meerkat Manor tributes and used 'kats from the show (Flower in particular) to depict their characters. Some (not all) failed to credit who the REAL meerkat 'actor' was, which I found a bit disrespectful. Thus, because of that.. and other reasons, I gave up on roleplay.
I've kept Makeda. I still hold up the hopes of publishing a novel about her. She's gone through some serious character developement and has taken on a whole new role in a story I've been planning for a long time. I've been practing my writing skills (by writing an Invader Zim fan-fiction on my backup account) and have been making the most of the feedback I've been recieving. I'm currently working on the third re-write of her tale.. It will take years, maybe many, but someday, I really hope my little childhood story can be published. c:
A Bit About Makeda...
Species:Suricata Suricatta Majoriae (meerkat species found in western Namibia, specifically the Namib Desert) Appearence: Mainly orange coat, tuft of fur on head, mostly pale face. (Lacks the scar found on the old 'roleplay' Makeda) Personality: Sarcastic, curious, often unfocused (busy daydreaming), a bit narcissistic but, on a positive note, very determined, competitive and loyal to her closest friend and blood-relatives.
There's still a lot of work needed to complete this new version of Makeda.. Some of this information is subject to change, depending on how my story progresses.. But I'll get there finish this all someday. (:
It's not a bad thing. (: It's just that.. at one point, roleplay videos on YouTube out-weighed origional Meerkat Manor tributes. People didn't give any credit to the real meerkats and made insane amounts of videos about their characters.. And when meerkat roleplay died, so many editors simply left - as if they never cared about the real meerkats, like all that mattered was proving that their roleplay mob/character was "the best" or the "Queen of this/that".. /:
D'AWWW, SHE'S SO CUTE. C: <3 Good job, Shaylee. Although I can agree with Jax that her head looks a bit big, but that's just about it. Otherwise she looks amazing!
YouTube role-play is something I'm glad I'm out of... it got really out of hand, and really began to overpower the real "Meerkat Manor" videos- and I'm not going to say I wasn't guilty of the same thing at one point, because I know I contributed too at a point I eventually left. It really seems that after RP videos exploded until role-play there stopped, the MM editors vanished... it seems like only you, me, Jax, Connie and just a very few others are all that's left. D:
Yeah, that came to my attention as well, AFTER I finished colouring it in.. XDD Thankyou for your honesty! I'll have to watch that head or hers in the future, bahah.
Yeah.. I remember when it seemed as though only roleplay videos were being made.. You did make a lot of roleplay videos, but you made origional Meerkat Manor tributes too! You kept a nice balance between the two, unlike some users who's accounts seemed totally invovled around their roleplay mobs. I remember quite a few of us (including myself XD) started complaining about the lack of MM videos..
I was glad that roleplay videos were dropped.. But it's a shame so many of the editors dropped with them. It kind of makes it feel like they weren't really Meerkat Manor fans at all - just attention-hungry roleplayers.. |:
You're right about that; there's only a handful of us left now!