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  1. Cutlerine
    July 11th, 2012 12:05 PM
    Oh, I'm not complaining. Well, I guess I was, but it's still a good thing. I just find it incredibly difficult to limit it; since this time last year, I've only written two stories under the 5000-word mark, and one of them's going to be part of a series that form a story, so it doesn't really count.

    As for planning... I'm terrible at that. I have one idea, think 'Hey, this is good!' and start writing immediately, making up the rest as I go along, with a (very) hazy idea of what's going to happen at the end. The one exception was a book I wrote two years ago, which was planned out from start to finish, and even then I changed almost every single thing about it (including the ending) while I was writing it.

    Contests and I have a strange relationship. I tell myself I'll get my entry in in plenty of time, and then don't start until two days before the deadline. Then I write 8000 words in forty-eight hours, have no time to check it, send it in and hope I didn't leave any inconsistencies or mistakes. It's not exactly the best way to enter contests, but I hold little hope of being able to change my ways.

    At the moment I'm preparing for an application to read English at university, so I'm reading quite a lot too - trying to get an overview of the history of English literature, that sort of thing. However, I too have been playing more video games than ever before. The release of the Humble Indie Bundle last month came at precisely the wrong time.

  2. Cutlerine
    July 10th, 2012 1:46 AM
    There was a Yeti thing, too - it was all in the Penguin Mafia story. See, the hippies started everything by campaigning against people going up to where the Yetis live, so the Yetis lost their primary food supply (unwary Adventurers) and became Emaciated Knot Yetis. Then the Penguins moved in to scout out the area, and that was the start of their rise to power in the Kingdom.

    I would try not to build worlds in one-shots, but... I always build worlds. Every single time. I'm never content with the real world, or the Pokémon world, or whatever established world I'm supposed to be writing in. Things creep in. One of my novels was meant to be set entirely in the world as we know it, but changes to history ended up creeping in so that World War One didn't happen, the Falklands War was a lot bigger and bloodier, and there were huge wild dogs roaming the British countryside. Plus I set part of it in the afterlife, or at least the world that administers the transition from this life to the next. I'm cursed with an eternal 'what if...?' that leaves its mark on every story I write: what if the characters in stories were actors? What if the Grim Reaper were real, and he refused to kill someone? What if the Pokémon world were biopunk? What if people worshipped cheese?

    To get back to the point, I agree about the 500-word one-shot contest: we should totally have one of them. One of my favourite stories is only 100 words long, for instance, and I'd love to try my hand at really short fiction, forcing myself not to expand. A contest would be the perfect way to do it, since otherwise my willpower would definitely break and I wouldn't be able to stop myself going overboard.

    I know what you mean about Some Stars. There's been times when I've felt the same way about things I've written, but I'd rather consign them to the ash-can of history than actually rewrite them. Such is the lot of the author, I suppose.

    You can see exactly how successful my reviewing drive has been by the number of reviews I've currently done: one, for Some Stars. It's hard to bring myself to review the ones that don't capture my interest with the depth and quality of their ideas and writing, even though those ones need help to actually get to that level, especially when a decent review takes so long to write.

    Ah, well. I'd better go and redeem myself now by reviewing something. I will do it this time, and not get distracted by video games, books or my own stories.

  3. DarkIceForever
    July 9th, 2012 7:46 PM
    i HAZ a bucket. Random Blurb ^_^

    I think I should let you know I've cancelled my fan fiction. Thanks for beta reading! I'm going to continue to write, but only one shots from now on. I will continue Pokemon Rangers when I become a better writer. :)
  4. Cutlerine
    July 6th, 2012 10:46 AM
    Penguins? There's the Penguin Mafia, who already had a big thing way back in 2004, with Black Sunday and all, and the whole storyline created to destroy the bugmeat. Don Pygoscelis wrought havoc on the accounts of the rich and wealthy.

    As for my one-shots, I really can't do short fiction. I need space to write; I like to build worlds and elaborate ideas - and that, combined with the way I write, takes up a lot of words. It puts me in a serious disadvantage in contests that have a word limit of 3000 or 5000 words; I've never won one of those, and I've only ever written two sort-of all right pieces below that length. Even my chaptered stuff tends to come in installments of 4000-5500 words, and ends up being 500 pages+ in length. I've given up all dreams of elegantly concise prose.

    I do hate it when many stories need the same sort of help, which is one reason I don't review; however, I'm aware that people don't improve all that much without outside aid, and also that reviewing is essential to keep the site from dying. So yeah, I kind of feel I have to - as a kind of tithe to be paid by writers posting work here.

    Some Stars was great, though; its issues were much more specific, and mainly focused in that last chapter. It's why I chose it to review first: it constituted something that I really enjoyed, and could also offer a little constructive criticism about. Those two things don't often coincide, mainly because they lack the former quality. My literary eye is a scathing, petty little harridan, and she can't stand a deficit of style.

    For my part, I'm very glad you liked Hackers. It's a new direction for me, I think, in terms of content if nothing else, and feedback is always appreciated in such circumstances.

  5. Cutlerine
    July 5th, 2012 9:45 AM
    Ah, I wouldn't worry. Pretty much everything I write is really, really long, with the exception of my entires for the Short Writing Competitions; I've long since suspected that the length is kind of a barrier to prospective readers who didn't start reading when I started writing.

    And yes, Big Candy was the name of last year's Crimbo boss. He was a Hutt, for no real reason, which is often the best reason the Kingdom has to offer, and indeed the best reason real life has to offer.

    As for my review, think nothing of it. I have to get back into reviewing somehow, and your stories provide a relatively painless way for me to do it. Not that I didn't enjoy Some Stars, of course.

  6. Cutlerine
    July 4th, 2012 1:02 PM
    Yes, I'm the same. There's a reason I always play at Christmas, for instance.

    As for Serebii... I didn't know that there were people who actually liked the skins. Whoa. The world is a scary, scary place. I'm gonna have nightmares tonight about meeting people who point at screens showing a variety of SPPf skins and smile mindlessly.

    As a side note, I just read Some Stars. I've left a more full review in the thread, but while we're talking, I thought I'd mention that it really is excellent.

  7. Cutlerine
    July 4th, 2012 11:53 AM
    Yeah, I know what you mean. It's basically the same reason I don't play KoL that much, though as a concept I never tire of it.

    As for SPPf... I kind of know what you mean. I don't think I've ever actually ventured outside their writing section myself, but from what I sense it's a little like the Internet in microcosm and focused more on Pokémon. I have to agree with you about the skins, though - then again, doesn't everyone? I mean, is there anyone out there who actually thinks that that particular shade of green is pleasant to view in vast, unrelenting quantities?

    I don't know. Sometimes I look at missed opportunities for good design and have a sudden desire to see the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan ride out to obliterate the enemies of taste.

  8. Cutlerine
    July 1st, 2012 9:52 AM
    Oh yeah! I kind of dropped it for a while earlier this year, and I'm just getting back into it - I've rediscovered my character, for instance, who is still in the middle of an immensely pleasurable Way of the Surprising Fist run. Well, immensely pleasurable compared to my last ascension, which for some reason I did in Hardcore Oxygenarian.


    I've just realised I'm gushing. It probably has to do with the fact that I very rarely come across fellow Adventurers. In fact, you're the second. This is seriously exciting stuff for me.

  9. KyokuseiXRyusei
    June 30th, 2012 9:40 AM
    *NomNomNom*..........Wait, what? o.e
  10. Ink Heart
    June 30th, 2012 5:02 AM
    Ink Heart
    :P YEAAAH. xD


    Woow. I'm in... Asia, somewhere. xD YOU'LL NEVER KNOW WAHAHAHAHA!
  11. Ink Heart
    June 29th, 2012 6:01 PM
    Ink Heart
    Lol. And scratch the idea. xP Things happened.

    HOW THEY BE SO HARD TO MAKE? D: //never made one lolol.

    xD So wait. You're in America! :o ///6:06 AM when you VM'ed.
  12. Otherworld9)
    June 29th, 2012 3:57 PM

  13. Ink Heart
    June 28th, 2012 11:50 PM
    Ink Heart
    YESSSSS!!! Mission complete! Dimentio is recruited! >u< YAAAAY.


    Sup? Still just woke up?
  14. Otherworld9)
    June 28th, 2012 7:24 AM

    XD It kinda is~

  15. Otherworld9)
    June 28th, 2012 7:06 AM

    Yes, and do some..complicated ways to wash hands, and strokes, etc.


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