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[DEC 2019] Tardiness / Re: [Dec 2019] - Tardiness - Discussion Thread
« on: December 07, 2019, 06:36:14 PM »
Possibility #1: Write the thing with as many words as it takes, and it’s a story. Just not one I can use for the contest.
Possibility #1a: Then do a different version that restructures the plot (pretty heavily) and use that. Two stories.
Possibility #2: Start re-writing now.
Possibility #3: Drink a lot of hard cider and see what happens.

These do not sound like mutually exclusive possibilities... :) :) :)

I always go for #1. If it's too short I'm fucked and post it to the discussion thread, but 99% of the time it's too long and then spend the bulk of my time trying to cut the damn thing down. I have never written a story for this that I didn't have to butcher before entering ;)

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:36:32 AM »
Hey guys sorry I've been away but I've been getting a lot of writing done!

So yeah I haven't submitted any of my hordes of writing anywhere because, well, there's something wrong with me and that secret feeling that it's all useless gets reinforced with each rejection.

That said, after idk how many years my novel revisions are finally coming along, with the first 1/3 of my novel re-plotted!!!  I'll send it out to beta readers in late Dec or Jan, and I think I'm going to actually going to come up with a pitch and pitch agents in 2020!!!!  Or submit it somewhere other than just let it sit on my computer like it has been for 9 years!!!!

Idk I got through the hump of the parts I hated (i still low-key hate the beginning) but i'm onto revising the exciting stuff and I'm having a good time and feeling good about things!  It's not really a success like you mostly see in this thread but I'm kinda excited so I thought I'd share.

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[DEC 2019] Tardiness / Re: [Dec 2019] - Tardiness - Discussion Thread
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:29:55 AM »
hahahahah this theme.
Just when I was thinking I might possibly write up the arch enemy idea I had in the back of my head all month :) :)

Speaking of tardiness it's been what 6 months since they've posted any story winners to the main site?

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: December 04, 2019, 01:53:14 AM »
Happy belated @CameronJohnston !

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: November 29, 2019, 04:01:07 AM »
Thanks guys!

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: November 26, 2019, 07:42:10 PM »
Happy fake-birthday @ArcaneArtsVelho
Happy real birthday @Idlewilder and @Eli_Freysson

A belated thanks to everyone who offered me birthday wishes last month! I've been in and out of town quite a bit and trying to get the WIP polished enough for subs by Jan.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I actually got back in town from one of my trips just before my birthday, took my car, covered in muck and spider-webs out of someone's yard under a tree, wiping it off with a shirt and water bottle, still unable to see out of the window, jump started it.  It died halfway home, some random guy helped me push the car around the corner, jumped it again, parked it next to my mechanics, he gave me a wrench the next day and had me go take my battery  out to charge it, put it back in. It wouldnt start, got a friend to park opposite me, coorindating with a million people to clear space to jump it.  Wouldn't start. some guy on a bike said I needed starter fluid. I sprayed it in this tube I pulled out leading to the engine, then he said i needed gas, spend a bunch of $ on a plastic gas tank, got more gas.  Still wouldn't start, f*ed with it and the starter spray, after hours finally got it started, drove it to an auto-zone and bought a new battery, took it to a car wash, got in at 1am covered in muck.
Since I was just trying to sell it, insurance and tags were expired. Appearantly you can get towed for that so while I was asleep someone towed my car.  It was impounded and it was going to cost me so much to get it out (in addition to a 4-hour trip to the DMV to get special tag thingy) that I just left the car in the impound.  I told them I could give them the title and they were like "You need to pay us 133$ if you want us to auction it off"  and I was like fuck that and decided to just leave it and they could send me to collections or whatever and I just won't pay it. Then I got pneumonia.
Yay happy birthday to me.

I am now happily on the beach, re-writing my WIP. Wish me luck!

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General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: November 26, 2019, 07:32:47 PM »
It's actually a bit scary as I have to learn the bike again. The riding position and set up do not feel natural after 6 months not riding it.

It'll come back! Glad to hear you and your bike are all in one piece.

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I'm trying Dauntless. It's a bit a monster hunter-like mmo that got released recently. No idea if it is any good yet since I just started. :p

As for my skyrim playthrough, I'm grinding through the thieves guild quests rn. I want to finish these and the assassin guild before moving on to the expansions.

I do the thieves guild almost every time I play! What expansions are you doing? Are you on PC? Have you installed any quest mods? I've done Moonpaths to Elsweyr, various pieces of the snow elf stuff in Qaxe's Questorium, Bruma, Clockwork City, Grey Cowl of Nocturnal, and a few others.
Going vanilla right now for blank experience. Excepting two mods from their cash shop that were being given away. (materials and nyx hound).
I have all the xpacs but so far I'm only doing mainland. After thieves guild and dark brotherhood I will do dawnguard and dragonborn.
Will definitely do moonpaths in my next playthrough but still looking for mods otherwise. Feel free to recommend your favourites :p

Bruma was meh.  I think the crime settings glitched because everyone in the province tries to murder me everytime I go there and they're constantly sending bounty hunters and I don't even remember what I did. It's not letting me do the speechcraft/guild things either to chill it out, and all NPCs seem to be affected, not just guards.

Clockwork city won a bunch of awards.  It was cool. Qaxe's has a ton of cool stuff I keep randomly discovering.  Rebuilding Helgen is supposed to be really awesome too.

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I'm trying Dauntless. It's a bit a monster hunter-like mmo that got released recently. No idea if it is any good yet since I just started. :p

As for my skyrim playthrough, I'm grinding through the thieves guild quests rn. I want to finish these and the assassin guild before moving on to the expansions.

I do the thieves guild almost every time I play! What expansions are you doing? Are you on PC? Have you installed any quest mods? I've done Moonpaths to Elsweyr, various pieces of the snow elf stuff in Qaxe's Questorium, Bruma, Clockwork City, Grey Cowl of Nocturnal, and a few others.

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Yeah.  I didn't read the novels, but I played in the Ravenloft campaign setting once. 

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Writers' Corner / Re: How do you keep your characters realistic?
« on: October 06, 2019, 01:14:29 PM »
Erm. @J.R. Darewood: What exactly is deconstructionism?

@JMack sorry I just saw that you posted this back in July. Sorry I missed it I think at the time I was running around Peru and embroiled in some sort of unpleasantness here which might possibly still be lingering on me like a bad smell....

At any rate, "deconstructionism" is typically related to existential philosophy (ie. the deconstruction of reality and truth), but  in the context of this discussion (uhhhh that happened in 2014) we were talking about deconstructing tropes, specifically the hero trope.  Grimdark for example might take apart the noblebright hero trope exposing the underlying ways that heroism is *constructed* thereby inducing a sense of "realism".  So deconstruction is basically about taking apart/undermining/questioning etc social constructions we usually hold to be a given (the knight in shining armor, the divine right of benevolent monarchs, or anything really--pick your poison)


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Haha my problem is the opposite of a blank page. I've got lots on my mind... Like a long list of scenes to add... Then o think up 100 extra versions. Then I get overwhelmed by how far my brain is ahead of my fingers (while waffling agonizingly over every choice and every possible avenue) and I get overwhelmed and don't write.

This month I added like 5-7000 words of new scenes throughout my WIP. But today I was busy cutting and pasting pieces of a proposal into forms and spending hours on budget spreadsheets... Which I guess is technically writing but not the fun kind

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Writers' Corner / Re: "She said"
« on: September 27, 2019, 04:23:01 AM »
I thought this was a  "That's what she said" joke thread.  ;D

As to OP, I find he said, she said to be lazy and mundane. Prefer something which conveys emotional content whispered, growled, snapped etc etc. Gives insight into speakers emotional situation additionally.

He said she said is just redundant and you may as well ignore that and let it be implied.

I've heard (quite a few times) that you're absolutely supposed to just use said. But that's usually from the same people who hate prologues and adverbs and omniscient POV and fun and basically all the joys of life soooo...

I'm with @Bender here. As a reader, I typically come across "said" overused and colorful variation *under-used* for my tastes at least. I've almost never seen variation overused.

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@isos81 yeah I always used shin protectors. My roommate used to roll his shins with a bat to strengthen them, and I've seen ppl kicking trees for the same purpose. You gotta use wraps and keep your wrist in the right position, but yeah practicing that sport is sorta like flirting with injury at all times

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General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: September 25, 2019, 05:13:43 PM »
If it makes you feel better, a friend of mine (an engineering student) was working on putting together a new bike from the pieces of others, for like 2 years  He was emptying out the gasoline tank (into the driveway) and his roommate lit an empty can on fire with a match and was kicking it around, which ultimately caught the trail of gasoline, and lit the whole bike on fire, which he wheeled out of his garage and ran back and forth from inside to throw water on it with a bowl.

He also dropped my bike every time I lent it to him, so there's that.

Sorry to hear you're having so many problems!!! I feel pretty accomplished. I fixed the hydrolic system on a tractor yesterday (zero mechanical prowess here, just brute force and the observation that my uncle had completely ignored the color coding of the tubes), but now i have hydrolic splatter permanently in the crotch of my shorts.

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