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612 Works found in Homestuck!

I was going to post a fic but I think I'll let this stay around as long as possible.

Now let's see if we can get to 1025!

Edit: Nope, we are now at 611. So I'm posting now. It's Beginnings, and it's about a lack of them.
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Thematically a new year is about a fresh start, so naturally I choose to go claim (almost all) my fic today. Cuz it's mine, dammit.
Human Romance




Plus Oceans and Fuss for the gift exchange.

Most of my writing so far involves the boys. I suppose I can blame some of that on the prompts, but still. Should do more stuff with the girls.
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The ninth chapter of Inheritors is up.

Mostly posting because it's been written up for a while and now seems like such an auspicious time when certainly no one will review just because they're upset at me. Why, if people were to give me mean reviews on this, a newly updated story of mine, I'd be absolutely devastated and maybe have to stop reviewing completely.
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Chapter Seventeen, Trickmaster, of Butterfly Wings is up.

Thoughts on how to handle save points? The obvious solution is to just ignore the whole thing and say that they have to retrace their steps back to the ship. But that seems too easy, especially since I've stated their spaceship might as well be stuck on rails and the connections between places are basically set.
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Chapter Eight of Inheritors is up.

It's really a couple of short scenes shoved together. The next chapter should be on Lavender Town, it's mostly typed. This one should, I think, finally confirm Deus' species for good. (May I just say I feel incredibly clever about the name? They don't go around naming their kids "God", that's merely a coincidence.)

Posted in part because I felt further tinkering would have mostly just been delaying, and in part in the hopes of capitalizing on the current anon reviewer presence.
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See, a lot of stories try to take the openings, which are often a bit empty, and add in all sorts of things, like what the character was doing in their room before the game start, chatter between them and their mother, explanation for why they do this or that. And yet, that's not the game at all. You didn't head right over to Professor Oak, because you didn't know where to find him and had no idea what he looked like and weren't even clear who he was. You didn't even know how to walk out of your own house.

This is that story.

In front of you is a purplish box. Looking closer, you see it says "Gamecube" on it. You don't remember if you were playing it before. You don't remember if you've ever seen this room before. You don't remember if this is something that should worry you.
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Chapter Five, (Stupid) Things, of Tribulations is up.

Let the confusion begin.

(I kid, I kid. Don't bother to line up a timeline here - the dating is to give a general idea of when it takes place and, in the case of subplots, so you know which piece came first.)

Some stuff about fictional dreams )
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Monsters Ch2 is up. No chapter titles for whatever reason.

It actually is an interesting challenge to write. The thing about high school is that although it's certainly something most people have experience with, this never translates into being able to write about it well. I think it's the burning need to give your thoughts on yaoi the failures inherent in the schooling system. Because you're there a lot. And bored. And thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking, and all those thoughts are along the lines of "I'm bored" and "This is so stupid". And at the same time, you've thought those same thoughts ten billion times to the point you have no idea where the starting point is, and barely even notice your surroundings.

So I'm going to try to describe the setting a bit, while keeping the ramblings on school in general more under control. None of it's really relevant yet - I'm just kind of going to throw stuff up and see what sticks.

Some stuff I have ideas for after writing it, and others I don't. So, the heating thing is going to kind of tie into the story at some point, but it's included because my dominant school experience was that it's fucking cold and who the hell designed this?

I have the feeling people are going to misunderstand the author's note, since it's a pile of nested qualifiers and negations.

Ch17 of PR

Jan. 17th, 2009 11:30 am
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Between the two polls:
Emerald Perspectives 5
Reality 4
Pokemon Revolution 5 -1 = 4
Unoriginality: An Original Trainer Story 13 (-7 update) -2 = 4
Ice 4 -1 = 3
Post a *oneshot*, enough of this long stuff 1
Left Alone - Tribulations 2 -3 = -1
Inheritors -2
Butterfly Wings 1 -3 = -2
Forget about all that, post something new 2 -7 = -5

So, I should work on Emerald Perspectives first, but that requires playing more of Emerald first. Reality hasn't been updated in ages, but that requires writing a whole new chapter. The next chapter of Pokemon Revolution doesn't, so there we go.

I think for the next incarnation of the poll I'm going to let people vote for multiple stories.
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Regarding Ralts, the twenty-eighth chapter of Unoriginality is up.

I was going to say something about how strange it is people vote for Unoriginality again, but then realized that the way the poll works right now, I just don't update until it hits something like Unoriginality where the chapter is already long done and I just wasn't satisfied with it (I'm not satisfied with it - I'm not sure I got the idea across and I hate it when my author's notes are that disproportionate to the story). So it's actually very smart to vote for that. Kudos, wisdom of the masses, kudos.
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Chapter Four, (Appealing) A Higher Power of Tribulations is up.

Wasn't kidding about mood whiplash.

The really disturbing thing here is that I'm not even reaching into metaplot here. In canon, the authors repeatedly describe contact with God as something that fills you with shame and self-loathing at how worthless you are, say God is too bright to even look upon, etc etc. The only change is that Adalia's reaction to the witnesses is conducts to the divine as glorified humans, rather than ordinary guys the protagonists hero-worship for no textually explained reason.

The ramifications of forgiveness are also pretty horrific if they're thought too long on, especially with what things are considered sins.

Also, Uzumaki. The feel of Junji Ito's work is really similar to how I think of the LBverse. The crucial bit to the horror is that it's inexplicable, something alien that's brushing up against our world, and something fundamentally opposed to humanity. The Wikipedia page puts it best: Ito's universe is also very cruel and capricious; his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural order.
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Chapter Fifteen, Progress, of Butterfly Wings is up.

Half of it was typed a while ago and half of it typed up just now. We're up to very the end of my written notebook stuff, which means I'll have to play the game again before continuing.

In some ways, Kingdom Hearts is dark because it really shouldn't be dark. In a darker videogame, that progressing further in the game coincides with destruction (not simply in storyline terms, as the narrative arc usually worsens before it gets better, but also, and more, strikingly in pure gameplay terms: progressing tends to involve breaking open chests, triggering once-only scripted events, and otherwise removing everything interactive along your path.) would not be so noticeable, but in story with a Disney motif, it really hammers in that there is no alternative for you to take.

Current chapter review pattern, preserved because it's so very pretty and posting a new chapter is liable to mess it up:

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Chapter Two, Just Treading Water, of Tribulations is up. Did end up changing the title a bit. (Also, I ended up splitting the chapter once I finished the speech, so technically Ch3 is also done.)

Bible reading in Left Behind seems a lot like an informed ability. Side characters often say they're reading the bible, but it's always off camera. The one time there was on camera reading, it was skimmed over and the character continued on with their life as if they remembered none of it. There may be an interesting metaphor buried in here. Drinking water quenches thirst, but it doesn't change you. Similarly, the characters who "thirst after the living water of the bible" seem to simply be thirsty, drink, and continue on with their life.

A good way to know if a course of action or line of thought is incorrect in the Left Behind books is if it can fit into a sentence beginning with "Intellectually, he knew that..." This may be why no character ever seems to realize that, if the bible is real, intellectually it'd be a good idea to memorize the whole thing. It says something that while the RTC authors are able to conceive of a world where the rapture happens, they still can't imagine a world where there's ever a logical or intellectual reason to read the bible, or where someone could willingly read it without the level of mindwammy they portray.

In the story, America eventually pulled out of Iraq and went to the UN to admit that they had fucked up, handed it over to the UN and wrote them a blank check. There's actually no way to know how well this would work. On the one hand, to call Iraq an unremitting disaster is an understatement. On the other, there's a slowly growing body of evidence that much of what went wrong there was deliberate and so the problems would go away if it was handed over to UN peacekeepers with their proven history of not arresting innocent people and accidentally killing them by using them as soccer balls. I sincerely hope that we'll eventually have some sort of study that'll explain that some of the worst stuff was a misunderstanding and we did not actually have American or allied forces setting bombs to blame on Sunni insurgents and create sectarian violence to destabilize the country.

The Witnesses are an absolute headache. I think the authors didn't realize Israel has an actual police force or secular government, and assumed all interactions with the witnesses would involve

a) Orthodox Jews listening and being offended, and/or heckling, while staying far away
b) People falling to their knees and converting.
c) Attempts to remove them by killing them, which fail.

As a result, no one can remove them from the wall. What happens if a bunch of guys go in and try to physically remove them without killing them never comes up. I've decided to have the Witnesses be far more aggressive and their converts act to drive off anyone who tries to reach them. Any attack on the converts will then give the Witnesses the right to kill in self-defense. The only way to remove the Witnesses, therefore, is call in enough people to subdue and remove the entire crowd of converts without harming them, then removing the Witnesses, and do it all before any of those new people you've called in start converting.

Ice Ch16

Nov. 15th, 2008 10:29 pm
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Chapter Sixteen, Kind of Ice is up. (A good clue you're not updating enough - if you can never remember what chapter number the newest one is.)

Not a NaNo thing, as the entire thing's been written up for at least a year. The only alteration made to post the chapter was removing her reference to her murkrow, who she doesn't have yet.
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Chapter Seven of Inheritors is up.

I really do enjoy writing it, as it's a fun exploration type thing. Also, I feel incredibly pleased to have written an OT that skips over a gym battle. (In theory, there's some degree of ignoring battles at which point even the dimmest of readers will clue into the fact that it's deliberate. In practice, I don't think this is it.) It's not exactly my original idea, since it's cheating by being a story in which battles aren't a big deal, but it's nice to have the concept out there.
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Left Alone Book Two - Tribulations posted. Not sure if I'll end up cutting it to just Tribulations, or changing the title entirely.

Entire thing typed up pretty fast, because I wanted to have the first chapter posted on Nov 1st. In other news, I'm now up to 3618 words for NaNo, part of which is another full chapter I typed up.

As seen with my portrayal of the Witnesses, I have no real qualms with messing with the specific description the authors use for rapture events, as their version generally sucks. Also, I'm thinking the horsemen will be made of smoke and the mounts get wings, since they're gonna be cherubim. Actually, I'm currently hammering out a big thing with the angels. There are going to be four types, two of which fell.

My plan for Tribulations involves a timeskip and flashback. In the books, most of it is taken up with a really stupid romance subplot whose only positive side is the reassuring implication that the sort of RTC the books champion can't successfully reproduce, a bit more filler nonsense, and then suddenly a jump to eighteen months later. I plan to keep this formula as it's the best way to highlight how you'd have to be a colossally incompetent writer to jump eighteen months with nothing interesting happening, especially in a book about how the world is going to end in a couple years. As such, most of the story will be taken up by flashbacks after that, which will reveal how she got to such a point.

Joe the friendly solar panel guy is a shout-out to Joe the plumber, only he's actually a solar panel guy and also, not a total moron.
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As the end of the contest neared, I was getting progressively more bitter and angry at the world. It's then I decided to branch out from posting subject matter about the bible advertisers didn't want into posting subject matter about current events advertisers didn't want.

The story that resulted was equal parts seething rage and flamebait, and due to time restrictions/an inability to look up Iraq videos at the time without becoming overcome by crushing despair, the factchecking for some setting details is lacking. It's a songfic, so it can't be posted on Fictionpress, and honestly for the previous reasons it probably shouldn't anyway. So, instead, here's Hadji Girl )

Fun fact: Despite language, subject matter, etc, this story was also rated PG-13, not Adult.

And that's the end of it. Stories have been posted, experiences reminisced, and the site should go down sometime today.

Edit: As of 11, Fanlib is finally closed down - insomuch as having a new page up to say they're closed can be considered such.
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I hadn't forgotten my original idea of the contest being a NaNo-like encouragement to write more, nor my still earlier idea of the site being a place to post fic that stretched the concept of "fan" to the breaking point. So when a new contest popped up, after my first impulse to ignore the thing, I reread the entry guidelines.

For 17 year-old Janie Hannagan, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old — especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. She can't tell anybody about her predicament; they'd never believe her or, worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Eventually, she learns to control what happens in others' dreams.

Inspired by the just-released book Wake, write a story describing what happens when you find yourself jumping into someone else's dreams or nightmares and how you help change the outcome.

Shorter: Wake has a character help people through dreams. Write about a character who goes into dreams too.

Can I subvert this? I asked myself. Yes. Yes, I can.

I promptly wrote up The Wall Was Still Only Half Covered, then, after perusing the entries and coming across a truly jawdropping example where some spoiled American teen channels the vapid dumbness of her insulated lifestyle to teach the African victim of tragedy that life is great, added Fixing.

And, fresh on the heels of the new stupid unearthed by the Rebels sequence, I wrote up yet another autobiographical thing: In the Interests of Elevated Debate )
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Of course, despite my intent to post for the reward monies, I was continually drawn to debate on the forum for entirely rational reasons.

A protracted argument flared up repeatedly across many threads regarding "the one star bandit" (ie, someone gave my story a one star and it can't possibly be because of all the spelling errors), occasionally morphing into the crazy polite concrit is the only real concrit you flamers argument. Somehow, no one ever noticed the logical disconnect between "there's only one or at most a couple one-starring jerks" and the idea that they were the outnumbered and persecuted minority when they spoke up against it - even when expressing their outnumbered and persecuted views led to ten-page threads of people agreeing with them. Between this, the PMs, and the reviews, I soon had material for another story - in fact, nine separate chunks worth of one.

The Rebel(s) )

Ironically, the posting of the Rebel sequence served to draw more crazy out of the woodwork, leading to a single person accuse me of, all at the same time, committing libel against forum members by showing their arguments out of context/misrepresenting the entire argument (never mind that none of the characters are identified as particular forummembers, and to recognize any individual as having made the same argument you'd have to read the argument in the original context. This was, after all, a moderately Christian place and they were well versed in circular logic), while saying I was making up the more extreme things, while saying it was wrong because I was giving my view of their arguments rather than their own words, while being outraged by later statements that the more extreme stuff involved direct quotes. Before long it entered into that special quagmire of stupid. Summarized:

Reviewer: This is terrible because it's full of strawmen, but I guess that's what you intended so it can't be fixed.
Me: No, it's a parody where I exaggerate things. If you have examples of where I actually misrepresented an argument I'd be happy to fix that.
Reviewer: No the whole thing is an attack on specific people so it can't be fixed. Also, strawmen.
Me: Uh, no. Examples?
Reviewer: There are arguments here that you don't believe.
Me: I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.
Reviewer: See, I knew you were lying about listening to concrit!
Me: WTF?
Reviewer: You're frustrated, which means I'm right. Also you are an evil bitch whore who hates freedom and is just jealous.
Me: It is strangely like you did not read the story.
Reviewer: You're arguing, which means I'm right.
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The next part of my fanlib journey came about when Fanlib announced a new contest. Not understanding how contests on the intertubes work, this one, rather than being the tried and true standard of "One prize regardless of how many people participate however much", had set checkpoints for anyone who fulfilled the criteria.

I was writing the start of Left Alone at the time and planning on posting it as a continuation of my antagonistic biblefic thing. And if their incentives encouraged me to chop it up into a billion mini-chapters, reducing readability on their site, then I'd just have to suffer through acting against their interests for personal gain. I viewed it as a sort of alternative NaNoWriMo, up until the point I ran the numbers and realized they were asking for the equivalent of more than five NaNos in three months, at which point my view changed to something more like chop-up-existing-stories-and-slap-them-up-there-months.

The rules gave points for both submissions and reviews, so I planned to alternate between the two. Little did I know that the fanlib denizens I shared the site with were fucking insane.

In short order I was reexamining their rules and discovering that, thanks to their loose definition of what, exactly, constituted a story, combined with their permissiveness to post virtually anything (aside from too much of teh gay where teh childrens might find it), I could just post rants in the third person and get points for it. I quickly dashed off exactly that.

Regarding Responding to Reviews )

I'd abuse this loophole in the days to come.


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