You never know! It's about quality, not quantity -- the purpose of the awards is at least in part to get people reading stuff they might otherwise not have noticed, so it's possible you'll do better than you think. Best of luck!
Yes. Kartana was written as a terse character, who mostly gave one-word responses or gestures with his origami arms, to try and match Gallian's "edgy" vibes. I thought it'd be more fun to instead give Gallian an analytical/brains-over-brawn partner instead.
Well, it actually came down to Lycanroc, who I had written in my outline as "Guzma in all but name." But before I started drafting, I wrote sample dialogue for each character, and Lycanroc's was extremely cringey, so I scrapped that idea. That, and I believe I had on some movie with Alec Baldwin in it while I was drafting Chapter 1, so before I knew it, I imagined Alec Baldwin's sleezy/dirtbag voice for Sneasel, which led to all his lines. XD
Actually it has more to do with Team Radiance, but I won't say anything else for fear of spoilers. I do enjoy writing Team Fang quite a bit. Funny story is, I had originally planned to make them more like the Gen VII Team Skull than the Team Skull from the Explorers games. But that clearly didn't pan out. XD
It's quite alright. I know folks are busy, and it's a busy time of year to boot (curse you fourth quarter!). Also, I think my relatively quick update schedule kind of intimidates folks. I appreciate it, though! ^^