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Re: Paper, Pad or PC?
I'd like to see some pictures of people's notes... curious of seeing everyone's handwriting, way of of doing notes, sketches and blots and all... Wonder if it'd be worth doing a new thread or just evolving from here?
So here's a bit of some brainstorming from the other day as I was noodling about @Henry Dale's belfry and carillon story.

April 28, 2015, 03:40:56 AM
Re: [Apr 2015] - Plot Twist! Werewolf, Vampire, Goat - Discussion Thread
Please could Atku's story come back after the contest, maybe on this discussion thread? I would like to read it again .
:-* ;D

April 28, 2015, 02:16:04 PM
Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Voting Thread
I'm so jealous you get to see the votes.   ;)

What was your password again? I know you told me once.......
There's a trick how you can see the votes: Blink* once and they are visible to you. :)

*Blink means you have to close your eyes for 97 hours in this case.

April 28, 2015, 09:00:06 PM
Re: Member birthday calendar A Birthday Gift for @xiagan. 972 words, excluding title.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Christian opened the laptop and navigated to Fantasy-Faction for the thirteenth time today. He felt a little bad doing it again, but the schnitzel was eaten, cake was gone, and the kleiner Junge had fallen asleep at last. In a chair by the little fellow's crib, the woman known to Christian only as "Liebling" or sometimes as "das Barracuda" had closed her eyes and was dreaming, he presumed, of days when she could get eight hours of sleep without interruption. He could spare the time. He could visit the forum, even if just for a few minutes.

The familiar website opened, but something was different. Why had it signed him out? Well, that was simple to fix. @xiagan, password "wr1tingConte5tGOD." Thank goodness he didn't have to put that in every time. Huh. Now the thing wanted him to enter one of those masked letters security things. God, he hated that shit. You could never quite make out the B from the E, and when you asked for another code, you really just got the same one, maybe rearranged  slightly.

Oh, and then there were the questions: "What is your favorite color?" Well, that was easy. He typed "I don't know."

And the second question: "Complete the title of the worst Fantasy movie ever: ---------." Wait, that wasn't fair. It was a one-word title, how could he complete anything? And besides, there were "Labyrinth" and "Willow" and "Kull" and, oh hell, way too many.  Screw it, he thought, and  typed in "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies". Pressed enter.

"Sign on accepted" scrolled across the screen. As Xiagan, Christian was going to have to have a very long PM session with @Arry, his fellow forum God, over this. There was protection against spam, and there was protection against spam. You could take a thing just a bit too far.

He expected to see the usual red, black and white forum home screen, but instead, a video window opened with a big white triangle set in the center on its side. He pressed play. An image opened and a man simply reeking of bureaucrat looked out at him from his laptop.

"Name?" asked the man.

"Xiagan. Um, can you tell me what's going on? Where's the forum?"

"The forum known as," the bureaucrat checked his notes, 'Fantastic fiction', is undergoing significant review and refinement by special order."

"That's 'fantasy faction'."

"What is?"

"This website."

"Have you come to the wrong address, young man? Because if you have, please move along, as I have no time to spend listening to you puzzle your way to a conclusion."

"No, you don't understand, this forum, it's called "fantasy faction."

"Some kind of porn site, is it. You sick bastard. There are children whose use the Internest, you know."

"Internet. Oh, never mind. Did Arry set this security up?"

The man looked down at his notes again, moved a few papers aside and found something of interest. He tapped a paper with one ink-smudged finger. "The personage you refer to as Arry has been arrested."

"What?! Where?"

"Here. She's in cell 8, on suspicion of Gross Competence and General Niceness."

"That doesn't make any sense. Is @Overlord about somewhere?"

"Hmmm. Overlord, Overlord. Ah, yes. Arrested."

"On what charge!"

"Entrepreneurial Genius combined with Criminal Procrastination. A very dicey combination. Can't have that wandering about the Internest, now can we?"

"Then who's in charge?"

"Thought you might get around to that." The bureaucrat scratched behind an ear, and when he did, his carefully combed coif shifted and a tiny horn peeked out among the slicked back hair. "Atku Great God of Goats has blessed this forum with his guidance and protection."

"Oh, for Pete's sake," complained Christian. "Atku is just a joke." And as soon as the words were out of his mouth, Christian thought: well that was probably the wrong thing to say.

It was. The bureaucrat looked at Xiagan closely now, up and down from his cute cartoon dragon avatar to his yellow forum light and his oh so clever custom title. "Xiagan, you said? I think we may have something for you. Ah yes, this paper here is an arrest warrant for you on charges of High Helpfulness and Withholding Vote Insight Powers from People Loved by Atku."

"This is ridiculous. Where are @Saraband, @ScarletBea, @Elfy, @Idlewilder, @Henry Dale, @Eclipse, @Nighteyes, @Doctor Chill, I mean Chilli con Carne, I mean, oh fuck it. Where is @everybody!?"

"Well, this ScareltBea you mention is now in charge of all forum celebrations."

"She always was."

 "Shut it. Along with someone named @Lady Ty. Which sounds like some handle for a bondage site if you know what I mean. Then there's someone called @Nora, who seems to have been dropped in from another planet, but that's another story. The rest of those names," and here the bureaucrat looked quite pleased," are members of the resistance who will be spammed into powder on sight."

"Look," sighed Christian, "I really just wanted to go in and check on the voting for "Story of the Year. Only three people have voted, and it's getting a little embarrassing."

"Thought you told people it was 12."

"Well, It looks like Jmack set up a whole string of fake personas and they all voted for random shite. I have to fix things."

"Sorry, but you're either coming in,min which case I have to arrest you, or you're leaving."

"But it's my birthday."

"Another fucking whiner. Next!"

Christian watched in bafflement as the prettiest kitty cat in creation walked up to the bureaucrat's desk.



The bureaucrat sighed and rubbed one of his horns absent mindedly. "That's a weird name for a cat. What is it with this place?"

Christian closed his laptop. Das Barracuda looked at him from the doorway to the bedroom. She was dressed in... well, not much. Screw the forum, he thought. I'm for the real world.


April 29, 2015, 12:34:14 PM
Re: Member birthday calendar
If I were a truly horrible french person I'd say @Henry Dale comes from the moon of my home planet *violent bout of evil laughter*.
You mean like this?

*violent bout of evil laughter*

April 29, 2015, 03:18:45 PM
Re: Paper, Pad or PC? @Nora, have you studied Japanese woodblock prints?
(And now we're way of the OP, but it was mine, so there...)

My favorite art style ever.
This is one of several I have hanging in my study at home; and there are "calendar" pages framed in my office.

I get the real ones framed so that the rough edges aren't covered by matting at all, since I love the entire piece, not just the image itself.

April 29, 2015, 04:23:15 PM
Re: [Apr 2015] - Plot Twist! Werewolf, Vampire, Goat - Discussion Thread Finally managed to write & submit a story for this month's contest, and I've voted for the Rogues stories.

Now I can start reading April's stories, while trying to be as unprepared for possible twists as I can manage  ;D

April 29, 2015, 04:23:44 PM
Re: Paper, Pad or PC?
It's always somewhat depressing, no, when you compile pages and pages of notes and end up with "duckall" on your computer no?
Funnily enough, for me it's the complete other way round.
I write a bit on my notebook, and if I were to copy it to a computer it would fill way more space!! My handwriting is quite tiny, you know - what you have written in almost 2 pages would fill about half the first page for me.
Wow really? Show us! I can hardly picture that! You write tinnier than a 12pt computer font? You must make the best out of your notebooks. Gee, the same notebook for you or I probably means thousands of words of difference.

I know the subject has moved, but turn around and blink, and here it is (a moleskine notebook, page is 21x13cm) - by the way, also written on both sides, but you can't see the other side

Spoiler for Hiden:

Also, I could never have my computer with 12pt font, that is *huge* for me!
All my files, mails, settings, etc, have it at 10 (except on Calibri because it's smaller than the others, I go to 11pt hehe)

April 29, 2015, 06:28:19 PM
Re: Paper, Pad or PC?
Also, I could never have my computer with 12pt font, that is *huge* for me!
All my files, mails, settings, etc, have it at 10 (except on Calibri because it's smaller than the others, I go to 11pt hehe)
That's funny, the current standard on the web is now meant to be 16pt. That'll be like twice the size you're used to!  :o

April 29, 2015, 06:39:42 PM
Re: [Apr 2015] - Plot Twist! Werewolf, Vampire, Goat - Discussion Thread
I counted 16 entries (I include Atku's entry as valid), so we may just fall short of the record.

Why do you? There is a word count limit after all, his entry isn't valid.
The first time Atku posted, there was a valid story. I moved it to the Review section, and replaced it with a brief message. Maybe folks who read the earlier entry aren't aware it's been moved.

Ok, that does explain everything. Just raises the problem of allowing the same person to post more than one story via different accounts.
Which is why I moved it. I loved the joke, but one per RW person is the right number.

April 30, 2015, 02:55:34 AM