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Old November 18th, 2008 (11:19 PM).
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    Well, I do have both IE and Firefox open. And I have two tabs opened in each. So your guess that we're all multi-tasking would be correct for me. XD

    But yeah, that was one of the few things that confused me when I first joined forums. I was like "wtf is this plus sign?" That, and how did people get all of those bold and italics and special fonts in their posts.

    Dear lord, I was retarded back then.
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    O hey, I never knew that about the plus sign thing object item doohickey.

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    Old November 18th, 2008 (11:26 PM).
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      It was either "Dear lord", "Dear gods", or "Dear Andy".

      Now I'm wondering why I didn't use the last one. ;;

      And I know all now. Muhahahahahaha. So, yeah. *cough* Well, I don't know everything, but I try to get the bloody answers from these tossers that I patrol the forums with.

      Haha. Someone keeps changing the rating of the FFL. It went from three, to five, to four. You people are dense.
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      Old November 18th, 2008 (11:32 PM).
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        Lol, I figured out the special fonts quickly enough, but the fonts in people's names confused me until recently. The plus thing was really the last thing (at least that I know of) that I was confused about.

        Hmm, I have a question. This one isn't so much about the fanfic aspect, but more about you as a writer.

        Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?
        I'll answer first, and will say that I thought that I was a good writer already. However, I was soon proven wrong after posting a bit on IGN and here. The feedback I got showed me several errors that are now obvious to me, and although I have significantly improved since March, I am by no means a great writer.
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        Old November 18th, 2008 (11:37 PM).
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        Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?

        I pretty much knew I was decent, as I took advanced English courses in High School, but I wasn't really expecting to be perfect or anything. I started writing more for fun than anything, and my skills developed as an aside.
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          I took advanced English courses as well, but they did nothing to prepare me for actual fictional writing. Most of what we practiced was exposition and peer review. At the time of the conception of my Prologue for The Fall of Light, I could write a mean essay but was horrible at anything but. The opposite has actually occurred now, since I can write decent fiction but am horrendous at exposition. I just need practice again, and need to balance out my skills better.
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          Old November 18th, 2008 (11:48 PM). Edited November 18th, 2008 by Shrike Flamestar.
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            *Bursts in through a wall, dressed in battle-hardened armor with several Nerf guns attached.*

            ASSSSTINUUUUUUUUUUUUUUS!!!! *Does a Phoenix Wright-style finger point at person in question.* I hereby accept your challenge!

            To demonstrate my humility, I submit to the will of our god Andrew and you, his messenger upon this fair earth! I admit that I am but a speck of dust on the floor behind the freezer in the corner of the basement of the *looks up world’s largest building on Wikipedia* Boeing Everett Factory compared to the grandeur and sheer might of you two combined!

            I then offer these gifts of arms, my most treasured possessions, as demonstration of my faith and goodwill! I am sure that in your hands, such weapons will serve you well, driving your relentless crusade against the malevolent species known as n00bs ever onwards!

            *Pulls off the Longshot sniper rifle and Recon assault rifle strapped to his back, tossing them to Astinus’ feet. He then unholsters his Maverick revolver from his right hip and Firefly submachine gun from his left, tossing them to Astinus as well.*

            May my gifts made in the name of faith aid to the blood shed by your hands!

            As for knowledge! ...Uh...uh...

            *Taps his chin thoughtfully*

            I know the full name of our god! Andrew “Ender” Wiggin! I SHALL BASK IN HIS GLORY AS I SUBMIT TO HIM AND HIS MESSENGER! I OBEY! I OBEY!

            *Collapses against the wall, drooling*

            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

            *In an alternate universe that Shrike manages to communicate from while his self in reality is in a comatose state due to his devote worship...*

            Damn it, you guys post too fast! And there’s too many new questions, gah! >_<

            Oh, yeah, I noticed the rating thing too. You can thank me for bumping it up to five, but now it’s down again...

            *Interjection from reality:* THE BLASPHEMERS SHALL BURN! LET OUR GOD RAIN HIS FIERY, FOAMY NERF DEATH UPON ALL UNBELIEVERS!

            Uh, yeah. I think I’m going bipolar. Oh well. Anyways...I refuse to answer your character-related questions! Mwahaha, I’m so awesome. And lazy. And I want to finish this post and get to bed.

            BUT I SHALL ANSWER THIS ONE!

            Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?
            Define “start.” If you mean way back when around 2000 when I began writing for the very very very first time, then yes, I did think I was good. Skip to around 2003 when I finally realized how I could never actually finish anything I started, and my beliefs began to slip. Then in 05 when I stopped writing for a period I outright believed I sucked. But I began writing again near the end of that year and thought I was okay. But then I really started again in early 06 with the advent of TFC and what eventually turned into TRINITY, IMPULSE as well as the oft-forgotten Walking in the Shadows of Gods (A Myst/Uru and Pokémon crossover, whee!). I thought I was okay then, somewhat above average compared to many other newbie writers, disregarding the fact that I wasn’t technically a newbie having five years of secret, fractured, and horrifying experience behind my belt.

            Now, back to prostrating! ...Wait, that’s my other self... Ah well, might as well do it too!

            *Worships*




            ...I can’t tell if you guys are rubbing off on me, I’ve always been this way, or if I just really need to get to bed. Maybe all three...
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            Old November 18th, 2008 (11:49 PM).
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              Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?
              I thought I was the greatest writer ever!

              I was swiftly proved wrong. But I continued to write and get better, by writing, reading, and reviewing. I learned from reading other fics to see what to do and what not to do. I learned from my own reviews. I learned by leeching off people who were better than I was. I would snatch onto their tail ends and hope that they would take me under their wing.

              As for school, I was in the regular English classes during high school, because my high school didn't have advanced classes. Same thing with college. Not a lot of English courses for me to take that helped with my writing in any way. So going to school didn't help me at all with writing.

              My English teachers in high school, however, were the happiest teachers in the world because I could read at the grade level.

              WTF, Shrike?! WTF? XD *hugs you because I have no idea what else to make of your post*
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              Old November 18th, 2008 (11:54 PM).
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                I think it's all three, but no worries!!!! WE LOVE INSANE PEOPLE!!!! ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF ARMS!!!!! IT HELPS THE CRUSADE AGAINST TEH N00BS SO MUCH EASIER Those flamethrower-wielding Sentrets, on the other hand...

                Hmm, I also tried to bump up the rating too. It's just barely too low for a five star now. I blame the government.
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                Old November 18th, 2008 (11:55 PM).
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                  I...I don't know what to make of it either. I've been sort of obsessing over Nerf guns lately out of a sort of pseudo-jealousy for all these preadolescents with power tools modding them and all when I never had any as a kid. I then saw your post about the orgy and your mock challenge and...and...

                  Oh god, what I have done?! I SHALL NEVER BE MYSELF AGAIN!
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                  Old November 19th, 2008 (12:03 AM).
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                    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! We need more insanity! I can't imagine what would happen if we let the remaining smashed bits of our sanity fuse back together and dominate us again!!!! Well, I doubt I'll ever be sane, but we need as much insanity as we can get to keep the rest of the thread from locking Astinus everyone up!
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                    Old November 19th, 2008 (12:08 AM).
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                      I SHALL DO THAT THING!

                      Wait, what the heck, I'll just claim txt's free pass. If he got it. But I'm 12 and thus I get kicked out. Darns.

                      D:

                      Don't worry Shrike, I've lost MY sanity too. Pish.

                      Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?
                      In the middle. I didn't think it was really badly flawed, but I didn't think I was great either.
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                      Old November 19th, 2008 (12:16 AM).
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                        I think the only people with any sanity intact around here are those that randomly stumble in from other parts of the forums. I can only imagine just how confused they are when they see stuff about orgies and flamethrower-wielding Sentrets. They probably laugh though. So if anyone locks us up in padded rooms, it will be the rest of the forum.

                        The only solution to that is REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!

                        Anyway, I should probably sleep before I stop making any semblence of sense. That is, if I am right now anyway. If I post again before, say, 1PM EST tommorrow, then I give any females permission to punish me XD (Joking, joking unless you want to).

                        EDIT: OMG I CAN'T GET THAT YATAI SONG OUT OF MY HEAD!!! WHY MUST NEARLY NAKED ASIAN MEN SINGING TORMENT ME SO?!?!?!?!?

                        Oh, and by tomorrow I meant today. As in Wednesday.
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                        Old November 19th, 2008 (12:19 AM).
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                        *Leaves through sliding glass door, allows silence to ensue, and then blows a monstrous hole in one of the Lounge walls with a three-story-tall tank*

                        Astinus! Our might is your might, our wrath is your wrath, and our heavy weaponry is your heavy weaponry! For glory!!!!!!!

                        *Drives tank aside to reveal a battalion outside consisting of five thousand similarly sized tanks, fifteen thousand stealth bombers, one-hundred thousand fighter jets, four hundred amphibious aircraft carriers, two Death Stars, and a Lugia all headed by the Ark of the Covenant.*

                        Yeah. That just happened.

                        Oh, and http://www.break.com/index/the-great-office-war.html
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                          Crap, and I was hoping a Magikarp would be enough for world domination...

                          That vid is pretty crazy. That's sort of how I envision the war between the average and above average writers versus the n00bs. Only the former wins by a great margin. With no casualties. Nevertheless, it cracked me up. Oh, the crazy stuff you guys find

                          Yes, I know that I violated my promise of not posting, but I swear this is my last post for the night. I SWEAR! PL0X DON'T MAKE ME POST AGAIN BRAIN!!!
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                          Old November 19th, 2008 (1:01 AM).
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                            That video is teh awesomest thing in the world. We HAVE to do that sometime. A war against the n00bs.

                            I KNOW! We call it "FFLers and N00bs"!!!!

                            XDDDDDD

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                            Old November 19th, 2008 (3:07 AM).
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                              Heh,guys im new not only at the forums but also in fan fics

                              I'd like to try my hand in creating new stuff.

                              I'd love to obtain some advice!

                              hahahahahahahhahahhaha!
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                                Heh,guys im new not only at the forums but also in fan fics

                                I'd like to try my hand in creating new stuff.

                                I'd love to obtain some advice!

                                hahahahahahahhahahhaha!
                                Leave now, before the madness sets in.

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                                Old November 19th, 2008 (5:30 AM). Edited November 19th, 2008 by JX Valentine.
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                                  Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?
                                  I started writing to get my Mary Sue into Ash Ketchum's pants. (I was twelve at the time. Shut up.) My beginnings had nothing to do with whether or not I was good.

                                  Hey, at least I'm honest.

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                                  Wait, what the heck, I'll just claim txt's free pass. If he got it. But I'm 12 and thus I get kicked out. Darns.
                                  Or we accept you anyway and subsequently get arrested for pedophilia.

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                                  Heh,guys im new not only at the forums but also in fan fics

                                  I'd like to try my hand in creating new stuff.

                                  I'd love to obtain some advice!
                                  Drop acid. A lot of it.

                                  Start the usual way. Get a blank piece of paper and write down the first things that pop into your mind (in terms of plot or character concepts). Find one that looks like it might not make you want to spoon your eyes out after a few chapters, sit down, and brain storm.

                                  Start writing. Sit down at a word processor and write until your fingers bleed, save, go back to it later, and then write more until your fingers bleed. Repeat until finished.

                                  Proofread. Get a beta and have them read it over. Edit.

                                  Post. Advertise in the appropriate threads.

                                  ???

                                  Profit!
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                                  Old November 19th, 2008 (6:12 AM). Edited November 19th, 2008 by Dragonfree.
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                                  Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?
                                  I can't say I had any particular ideas about the quality of my writing at the time; I just loved to write stories and hoped to get them published one day, and then I happened to write a story about Pokémon. Really, at the time, I don't think I had much of a tendency to think of any story as being "good" or "bad" to begin with; at most it could be "boring", which was a matter of personal opinion.

                                  I mean, I didn't exactly think I would have any problems getting published if I finished something and took it to a publisher (provided he didn't think it was boring), but that's not because I thought I was better than anybody else, but just because I figured everybody could get their stuff published if they could just get around to finishing it.
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                                  Old November 19th, 2008 (6:40 AM).
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                                    Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?

                                    Well... start gets a bit confusing. I "started" my first FF when I was... er... in 1997. For a school project. Of course it was in Spanish and I would never suck in my mother language (BTW, that sounded weird). I never believed I would be a writer or anything, although I liked the idea. I just thought it would be something nice to try and teachers could not complain I was not taking part in the school's 100 years celebration.

                                    After that, I wrote for my eyes only for a long time, or kept the ideas sealed in my head. But three of them grew too large to try and keep them in my head. I had to write them down, so I waited until 2007 and started rewriting them in English, I don't know why. Maybe I was unconscioussly preparing myself for something. I knew I sucked at informal English, anyways... Again, I never thought I could be a "writer" or anything. Somehow I ended here, that was good, given in FF.net I never received any kind of criticism. Not even destructive one...

                                    Oh my current divinity... I can't believe you people enjoy so much this insanity... I went away for one day and *poof* another page. Not as fun as the last 5 or so, but still, this is the first place I come when I want to laugh a bita lot!
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                                    Old November 19th, 2008 (7:57 AM).
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                                      Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?

                                      No, I thought I was rather good actually. But that changed quickly when I came here. I now know that I was rather mislead with my writing skills then. The major factors in this were one, I had never received any actual criticism on my writing because everyone thought it was good for my age and two, because I had never learned the aspects of good writing until I came here. My school is to obsessed with teaching us how to write an essay than teaching us how to write a story. That really bugs me.

                                      I do wish I could go back in time so I could laugh at myself for being such a noob when it came to writing.

                                      Speaking of people new to writing, I understand one has managed to sneak into the lounge. We need better security here not that the sentrets or furrets or whatever aren't good enough. But anyways, to the new guy (I'm to lazy to find his or hew username) I have only one thing to say. Write, we'll do the rest. We have to review it after all, all you do is take our reviews and advice and use them to make yourself a better writer.
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                                      Old November 19th, 2008 (8:21 AM).
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                                        Are you people FRICKIN' OUTTA YER MINDS?!!? What is this nonsense? I come back after a night's sleep and a school day, and I find another new page of FFL...
                                        A SANE PAGE!!!!
                                        I can understand a page of total mayhem, yes, as I am crazy myself. But a page full of relatively sensible content? Why do you all talk so much? How do you all talk so much?
                                        On a side note, I think half of those posts were from POB... Way to go! xD

                                        Also, I just thought about that orgy-thing yesterday. I noticed the link to that post in Bay's sig and I went there... And I thought: "I'd like to be on that list, but I bet everyone has already forgotten about the whole thing and I'd just look petty if I asked about it" and let the thing slide. But, our holy god Astinus had read my mind and answered my pleas!!!!111 No, seriously, how did you do that? Where exactly are you? You're not here, are you?

                                        I went and got me that Hiroshima book today. So, I'm going to come here searching for a lot of happy insanity from now on. I tend to get a tad depressed after reading Hiroshima-stuff... For some reason, however, I consume a considerable amount of webpages and literature concerning the A-bombs and WW2 around the Pacific Ocean (in school we mostly hear about what happened in Europe during that time). So, I now know a lot of stuff I didn't want to know and after reading this book... You'll have to cheer me up, then!

                                        Be happy and insane, please!

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                                        Did you know, that whenever someone wants to visit USA, they have to fill in a form? And that this "Immigration form" has questions like "did you have any connections to Nazis in 1940-1945?" and "are you importing snails?" and "are you going to beat up, rape, molest or kill any citizens of the US?" and then you have to tic either [yes] or [no]?

                                        I was born in 1991, so I really don't think I had anything to do with the Nazis in the 40's... And athough I do have pet snails, I didn't bring them with me because the flight tickets would have been a tad expensive... But of course I'll say yes if you ask me if I want to kill someone on my vacation!


                                        Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?

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                                        I started writing fanfiction a couple of months ago and I knew I was a genius as a writer.
                                        I still know I am a genius. What are a few spelling mistakes compared to awesome storylines, wonderful characters and an impression that will leave you gasping in awe?


                                        When I started writing fics, I also started to write in English, so I was slightly anxious about my language. I've only studied it for eight years or so (dear lord, has it been that long already?), and I've only read English books since last May or something. I was seriously worried that my vocabulary wasn't wide enough and that my language wasn't as expressive as it should have been. When no-one commented my fic, I was terribly afraid that was indeed the case. I also feared that my story wasn't original enough, because I knew there were tens of thousands of Pokémon fics out there.

                                        So, in a way, I was also proved wrong: my English isn't horrible (it's quite seldom that I get any criticsm soncerning my grammar. If Xanthine isn't the one reviewing, that is...) and apparently I'm not the most clichéd writer here. I'm better than average when I write in Finnish (I better be, as I started when I was five), so I guess I'm average in English.

                                        I'll try to get better, though, so that I can be a translator if no-one else gives me a job. I could even translate my own novels when if they get published!
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                                        Old November 19th, 2008 (9:53 AM).
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                                          Are you people FRICKIN' OUTTA YER MINDS?!!? What is this nonsense? I come back after a night's sleep and a school day, and I find another new page of FFL...
                                          A SANE PAGE!!!!
                                          Well yeah! A sane page. Don't worry, it won't last :D heck, even I'm going to try and drown myself an insta-insanity bottle downmy throat.

                                          Oh, and, An-chan, I'll try to cheer you up:
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                                          I'll try to get better, though, so that I can be a translator if no-one else gives me a job. I could even translate my own novels when if when they get published!
                                          here, I corrected a bit. Come on, successful craziness is the mood IN!

                                          Also, now that you are into nuclear power strikes, remember Godzilla/Gojira! Come on, you have just dived into the origins of one of the two or three primal social fears of modern-day Japan! Just try to get one of the original movies, and you're all set in!

                                          Maybe I'll try to write a one-short parody. Just so you all guys can laugh at my level of Failure. I have never written one-shots or parodies before. I guess hell will break loose, with an army of chainsaw-carrying Chanseys, if I even try.

                                          Come on, An-chan, have fun!
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                                          Old November 19th, 2008 (9:53 AM).
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                                          Heh, really love that video! Funny part is, marketing and IT are my least hard classes I'm taking this quarter. XD The harder ones are finance (which I'm pursuing) and business ethics. O.o

                                          And the idea of the better writers vs. noob writers gives me another idea for the musical I'm planning to do. XD

                                          Did you start writing fanfiction thinking you were already a great writer, or did you start knowing that your writing would be greatly flawed?

                                          I was writing before I did fanfiction, but I kinda stop for a couple of years, so I was a bit rusty. So yeah, when I started writing fanfiction I thought I would be flawed.
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