Questions!

Jun. 2nd, 2012 06:36 pm
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So in the search for content for this blog (that I have finished and ready to post) I decided to put out the call for some questions.  So I decided to answer some of them.  Not all, because I dunno.  Some of the answers are probably lame or something.  

Anyway.
  • Favorite authors? Who influences your style? (Within the fandom and without, for these).
Within the fandom, I dig Kyell's stuff, Rikoshi/K.M. Hirosaki, Whyte Yote.  Also, I really dig Gideon Kalve Jarvis' stuff, though he posts a whole lot less than I do and sometimes in bursts.  I also kinda dig Wakboth, for no real defensible reason aside that he does put out some pretty decent stuff.  Outside the fandom, I like Terry Prachett (though I haven't ready anything of his in too long) and he was also a primary influence for me.  Douglas Adams I dig, though I haven't read enough of HIS stuff, either. I can't really defend liking Laurell K. Hamilton, but I do, but I also have been digging Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.  Brian Jacques is probably a big reason why I ended up in this fandom, partially, and I got a giggle or two out of Piers Anthony, once upon a time.  Oo, George R. R. Martin.  Puts out stories glacially, but I have thoroughly enjoyed A Song of Ice and Fire.   
  • What kind of music do you listen to? Do you listen to music when writing?
My taste in music is by parts weird and outdated.  Most of the music on my mp3 player is from OC Remix, and I dig that a lot.  The rest runs the gamut from Muse to Beck to Norah Jones to The Black Mages to The Presidents of the United States of America.  I can listen to music while writing, though this does not end up happening.
  • What do you study?
Currently in school for a computer science degree.  
  • Do you have a writing regimen?
    Describe your workspace when writing.
Oh man.  I don't, though I should probably try and get one... but it's kinda hard for me.  Honestly I sit down and try to write, and my success generally depends on how far I can dive into the text.  Recently I cranked out about 600 some odd words and barely noticed the time passing.  Othertimes it can be arduous until I get into a groove.  I should write more.  
  • How do your stories come together? Outlines first, free form brainstorming? Or do you just start writing?
I generally try and outline stuff, get at least a rough idea of what I want to do.  I have a notebook, well, several for this purpose.  Generally I get down either some bullet points about places I want to hit, or even start jotting down paragraphs and just sorta let things go from there.  
  • Do you get someone to edit your work before you submit it?
I don't, but I don't recommend anybody do that themselves.  I do try to self-edit but I can't catch everything, but since I'm just posting it online I'm less strict about it.  On the offchance I have something that is attempting to be published, then I hit up a few friends to beta read it for me.  Or put out a call on a journal.

I would love to have a writing group.
  • What is your least favorite word?
Sexily.
  • Do you have writing aspirations beyond the fandom?
I'd like to put out a novel.  I'd like to put out several, but I've yet to find an idea large enough to encompass one.  Aside of maybe, like... Roommates or something, but that went large without my knowing.
  • Favorite animal to write about and why?
I don't really... have one.  This may segue into me being a Bad Furry, because I don't really have preferences toward any particular animal anthropomorphized or anything. I mean, yes, I represent myself with a wolf, but I don't really... write a lot of stories with wolves in them.  Actually, outside of Roommates and that self-indulgent thing I did, I don't think I've written wolves in ANY stories.
  • Have you ever done collabs?
I have, but they are very infrequent.  Actually, I don't know if a single one has been posted... though there may be one that will be.  
  • If you could have one of your stories adapted into a movie, like a legit well-funded well-thought out good movie, which one would it be?
I wish I had an answer for this question, I really really do.  I'm just going to say that it's a story that has not yet been completed yet or something.  
  • Would you consider yourself -
    Tidy?
    Organised?
Soooooooo disorganized.
  • How did you ever get into all this?
Man.  Uh.  I've always enjoyed writing... just sorta, getting some stuff out there.  I do like telling stories and part of the fun is making up characters and seeing how they interact, seeing what makes them tick.  With regard to furry... well, I wandered over here via an RP board and a pokemon board.  It's... kinda a long story.

Alright, thanks for the questions, everybody!  
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Essentially, this is where I look at something perhaps way too hard.  Dunno if this will be a series or not, but just sorta... something I encountered and felt I had to say something about it, but then thought for a bit that I'm probably thinking too hard about what is ostensibly a children's game.  But... STILL.


First, here's some info about the game.  Here is a list of the things that are common between this game and the show (so far):
  • There are Digimon
Yeah that's... pretty much it.  Your character is some random dude who is apparently old enough to pass some kind of test to defend his digital city from wild digimon.  This entails going into more or less randomly generated dungeons and beating up occupants, before slapping around the boss dude to clear the dungeon.  Though you can still visit the dungeons afterward, which continue to regenerate.  Oh, and you can get enemy digimon to join your team by bribing them with gifts, then punching them in the face.  If they liked the gift(s) enough, the last one defeated will get up and offer to join you.   I'm guessing that, little kid that you are, you'll eventually have to face down the Big Bad and such and then there will be much rejoicing.  


But really, this is sorta beside the point of the post.  See, what I wanna do is focus in on this itty bitty... particular piece of the game.  After the second (or third, depending on which order you take in solving them) dungeon, you rescue an Angemon.  Apparently he runs a little outfit of Digimon who are not wild, yet are independent.  Or something. 

Not wild...?

Your initial assessment is that it's a random place where non-wild, non-tamed Digimon hang out.  You don't really know why it is, but it just sorta... is.  

And I guess that's cool, you know.  Just kinda bein' in a place, and all these digi-dudes hangin' out and bein' cool, and not being aggressive and attacking you though you may be able to ruin their shit anyway.  


Anyway, the point is that the place seems pretty innocuous, right?


digi god?


I mean... apparently these Digimon worship some kind of God.  That's... interesting, bringing in the concept of spirituality into a kid's video game about computer-created monsters beating each other up.  I dunno.  

Okay, so the meditate and pray in the Meditation Dome.  Cool, right?  And the first time you come there, the Angemon (said pictured dude) gives you $2000, so pretty much you and him are buddies and it's fairly clear that he's the good guys.  But then, one is left to wonder... what do Digimon DO when they pray?  What are they praying FOR?  








Beast-Like... or something



If you go into the left room, then you run into a dude who does seem to be praying for something.  Seems he's going a little too wild, and he seems to want guidance on suppressing this wild streak.  This seems pretty reasonable to me, really.

Dude even goes on to say that he wants to digivolve, and apparently that involves controlling this bestial, wild instinct so that he doesn't go crazy go nuts or whatever.  But hey, noble goal and all that, right?




Then you meet the other guy.  I call him Drill Nose, even though he has a name.  Drill nose.  Pretty cool guy.



I mean, look at him.  He seems like a pretty cool guy.  Digs stuff and doesn't afraid of anything.  


But seriously, whatever this guy's problem is must be pretty innocent, right?  I mean, it's a kid's game.  So maybe he wants to digivolve too.  That seems to be the thing to do. Yeah.  Digivolve.  Get stronger, beat stuff up, be the Man.  Or Digi-man.




Seems legit...



Greed!  Nobody likes greed.  So yeah, if he wants to excise greed from his life, that is also a noble goal.  After all, you can't have everything, right?  That'd just be selfish.  And nobody likes a selfish Drill Nose.  

But apparently his problem is a bit more sinister.  

Wait, what?










So... yeah.  A dude with a big ol' drill on his nose apparently has a problem digging?  Well... yeah, dude.  You got a drill on your snout.  You're probably going to be digging a lot.  Why is this a problem?  And for that matter, why is this little religion centered around suppression?  What the hell kinda God or "superior being" demands so much repression from his followers?  I mean, yeah, don't be an asshole, don't be greedy, but denying a dude with a big honkin' drill on his nose the ability to dig?  The hell?

Then again, this is a kid's game, and a kid probably wouldn't even think so hard about this.  
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Few things
  • Still writing!  I have a couple projects that I'm working on actively, one that's just on the periphery.  So far, things are looking good on everything that I am working on, and I just need to get back into the swing of things.  The first is 519 words on a story that was essentially a challenge issued here by Metassus.  I should work more on that, but I confess that my muse found another subject to write on, and I currently have 2237 words on that one.  I suppose neither is really pressing, but the former is supposed to be submission number 100... so I should do that one first, no?  The third story I'm keeping secret for right now.  But just know that as of right now, 777 words are committed to it.  
  • So, you may remember this RSE.  Well, apparently on another story entirely, somebody asked the burning question that I had: Why do you keep repeating yourself?  His answer?  He's trying to show the story from both character's perspectives.  To him, this apparently necessitates repeating a character's actions so that the other character can reply to them.  Even though this was repeated only a paragraph earlier, and only if somebody is suffering from some kind of extreme ADD would they forget what the first character did, since one would have read it a few minutes earlier.  I... don't... understand.
  • I also have a few reviews that I need to get to.  No, I haven't forgotten about you, Poetigress.  
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Twitter lead me to this story, however indirectly.  And it was fairly indirect.  I was lead to an author who had an array of stories, and I picked one at random for the amusing title.  This just goes to show you that titles are important, kids.  A good title will hook somebody, even a snob like myself.  It helps that it is punny.  But it also put my guard up. 

You see, I soon found out that the story was fan fiction.  Being pretty much the gateway to writing, fan fiction often ends up being the first kind of stuff that the budding author writes.  And very often, it almost painfully reflects the skill level of the writer.  This also means that when the writer is good, the fan fiction can be pretty damn good. 

I couldn't find many technical problems with the story, if any at all.  My problems primarily stemmed from it being a World of Warcraft story, with a bit of an indelicate "what class are you" discussion and a bit of a plot device that drives the protagonist and another character to a particular inn.  But aside of that... well, the story was quite good.  As a matter of fact, if you're into a WoW gay porn fic, then I would recommend it you at least give it a shot.  Link is here. 

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Okay, this story wasn't bad, per se.  It was just weird as hell.  First thing that the story immediately introduces was the fact that the male character has a dick that's 22 inches long. And apparently is a 'hyper'.  Yes, he's hyper-endowed, but simply described as a 'hyper.'  And he's married.  So he has a wife.  Who is apparently constantly growing.  I... I don't even know. 

Essentially, this story takes the fantastic portion of being hyper endowed, and all the absolute specificity that entails, with the normalcy of a married couple discovering things about themselves and changes in their life that bring them together and so on and so forth.  It is a very, VERY odd dichotomy of the utterly fantastic potion of his dick and her 38Q bra size (is that real?  I don't think that's real), and the fact that she's TAKING his dick through the front door and down her throat, and the bit where they're a couple discussing being on the pill and having kids.  Like... honestly?  The story literally covered the wife's trials with taking her then-boyfriend's ginormous bits, and repeated mis-starts through him bucking or her being a bit overzealous.  And they actually cover the part where she has BLED to take him.  In the middle of a sex scene.  Like... I couldn't even get to "strangest boner" status because it goes from "oh hey, things getting hot and heavy and FLASHBACK TO BLOOD AND PAIN then back again to oral and deep throat and 'throat juices' (ew) then FLASHBACK TO MORE PAIN, BUT DEDICATION AND SHE LOVES HIM." 

And, at the end, she crosses the threshold that would make her have hyperism, too.  She lactates.  Which makes about as much sense as anything else in the story, really.

Heat!

Apr. 26th, 2012 07:10 pm
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Sofawolf has released their roster for Heat!  And my thoughts?

I missed it.

I honestly had forgotten that Heat was accepting submissions and that's kinda sad, considering I've made it a goal of mine to some day get into that mag.  Oh well.  Guess I gotta aim for next year, then. 

EDIT -  Oh, and I made a Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/pyrostinger

I think I need help.

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The Royal Tail coverYou may (or may not) remember A Royal Tail, a collaboration between writer Tredain and artist Zel (or DarkZel, but it's reasonable to expect that the "Dark" portion has been grown out of).  This comic series and other comic collabs has been bouncing around the furry mag scene, appearing in Genus Male a few times, then coming to Rabbit Valley's Spooo color special.  Now, Rabbit Valley granted the two an entire comic book they've called The Royal Tail, with thirty pages to tell the continuing story of the runaway rabbit prince Luka and Sirus, vagabond wolf warrior. 

Summing up the story in the Spooo color special, Sirus has rescued Luka from the clutches of an insectoid monster, otherwise known as a lot more adventure than the rabbit had planned for.  Luka was quite thankful for the save (brown chicken, brown cow).  The Royal Tail picks up here, with Luka being recognized though he's left the trappings of royalty behind.  A wizard, with nefarious designs involving Prince Luka the Pure, steals the prince away from Sirus, leaving the wolf to once again come to the rescue.  This story leaves an extra eight pages to fill, so a silly little story about rookie punishment (in space!) rounds out the magazine. 

The stories are rather simplistic and straightforward, and this is by no means an insult.  Rather, the story compliments the art, with Zel's whimsical anime-inspired style switching between chibis and detailed monster slaying.  There's comedy, there's humping, and the two blend very well together.  Fans of either Tredain or Zel should pick this up, and if you like a bit of comedic porn with a great story and fantastic artwork, then I would heartily recommend The Royal Tail. 
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Man, it's almost been a month!  Sorry about that.  School's been nuts, but now I'm on spring break!  So that'll mean some more postage, and I'm going to try to activate this more.

Despite my blog tardiness, I have been writing!  As a matter of fact I have finished a story that I will put up later today!  It's that Zel trade that I've been working on.  I've also dusted off a few other stories and am just writing some stuff out.  Perhaps I should start this other story that's been bumping around in my head, too... Hm. 

Anyway, keep watching this space.  There will be also another post later today, a review of The Royal Tail, by Tredain and Zel.
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Originally posted by WhyteYote here.

First off, read this: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-winning-formula-for-writing-success/

I believe in this 100%.  If anybody asks me for writing advice, what I tell them is to write.  Just write stuff.  Write stuff you like.  Experiment.  Mimic somebody else's style, write something you're not familiar with, just keep writing.  The more you write, the better chance you have to get better.  But above all DON'T GET COMPLACENT.  You can't get better if you think that there's nothing to improve, and there's always something to improve. 

You CAN get better.  But to get better, you have to keep writing. 

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So the other night, not all that long ago, I typed the final word in Morph Class, part six.  In a way, this is a bit of a Thing for me, as this project that originally grew from a singular story last year turned into this massive thing.  And the word count for part six was in no less epic, clocking in around 8,100 words.  The estimates I was using was based off a 7,000 word story, and let me tell you that I was very surprised that the story ended up being so... wordy.  But in a way, this is actually a reduced count, as there are probably a section that could be expanded that I ended up not doing, because then I might have to do a SEVENTH part, which would probably be something short of ridiculous.  Maybe.  I don't know.  

Point is that I am DONE and happy about that.  I let it sit for a few days, now I'm gonna be going through and cleaning it up a bit.  I may, which is to say probably, will re-write the ending.  So far it parallels/channels a story in the source, but it still feels a little... awkward.  I mean, it's done, but I'm not yet happy with it, and as a consequence I may not be able to finish it by the end of this month.  12 stories is still on, and I have a few other stories I could get to work writing when Morph Class is done, though I may take a day to bask a bit.  Hopefully I'll get some nice feedback, because I really hope that people like Morph Class.  

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You know, sometimes I just need to get out of my own way and write.  Seriously.  I was kinda in a groove last night, even though I had to force it a few times.  Ultimately, I got down 833 words which I'm pretty happy about.  I was aiming to put out 500, and I've far surpassed that.  However, I shan't rest on my laurels, though I intend to put out another chunk of words for Fluffy so I have something Zel can look at as an update.  More to the point, Morph Class is looking like it may get finished before the end of the month, which... would be interesting, because then there goes a great big concentration of creative energy.

Not that there aren't other places to put that energy.

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Hey there, chaps and chapesses.  Been a while since I've updated, but there's been some upheaval, not to mention having home Internet access discontinued.  To a degree, I'm still adjusting, especially since I've started college as well.  However, never fear!  The writing continues!  No, really. 

1. I should be writing more, especially if I want to put out 12 stories by year's end.  That remains my goal, college notwithstanding, so hopefully I can pick up that pace.  Howevs, I HAVE put out a substantial chunk of Morph Class... I think I estimated it as about 43-61% complete last time.  Well, estimating that the chapter will end up between 5k and 7k words it's either about 70-98% done.  And really, I think those estimates are a bit too liberal.  If I were to estimate it just on feel, I'd probably say it's closer to the 70% mark, but even then I might put it at 60-65%.  There will probably be at least another 1000 words written before alls said and done, and while I'll probably miss my deadline of completing the story before the next time Gids has a birthday, this most definitely WILL be done before the end of the month.  Hell, it's going out before leap day.  That's my drop dead gate.  If not, then I've already failed to put out 12 stories this year, and I"m a bit of a month behind already!  So let's pick up the pace!

2. But part of the reason why I'm behind-ish on Morph Class is that I've started picking up more steam on the trade that I'm working on for Zel, which is tentatively titled Fluffy.  That may be an odd title, but if you know any of his works you'd know it's the name of the character, and it's a pretty appropriate title.  I'm probably going to stick with that, but between now and completion, things may change.  Who knows?  Anyway, I'm estimating that story to be about 4k, so that's about 58% done.  I've been updating Zel every now and then with the progress of the story, and so far he's been super happy with it.  Which is fantastic, especially since the picture he's doing for me is abso-fucking-lutely gorgeous.  I may post it to my own gallery, it's so goddamn good.  Most likely scraps, if anything, though.  Maybe I'm weird and/or a bad furry, but I like to promote my writing over all else, so if there is a picture posted to my account, it'll be in scraps. 

3. Additionally, I've got to get going on writing since I'm also planning on posting a few reviews to Anthroview, and submitting at least one story to Tales of a Neon Phoenix.  Those are to mags that Summercat is running, a sort of quarterly mag for the fandom.  In it, I hope to put a review for Out of Position, an old book, and Royal Tail, a comic put out by Zel and fellow writer Tredain.  Regardless, the blog will get both, and they'll be the next two installments of Red Eye Reviews.  The story I plan on putting out is a slice of life between the stars of Mouse Porn, because... I dunno.  I just got that idea of writing something for them, and then the opportunity came up for it to be published.  It's basically going to be quick and dirty (big emphasis on dirty) and hopefully fun.  And if I come up with something else, then I will maybe submit that as well.  I just need to get some more new ideas.  I think I can come up with those.

Also, I'm going to make an effort to bring this blog back to a bit more prominence, with estimates rather than straight up word counts.  And, of course, more Random Story Escapades.

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Okay a few things

1. I've been stuck on this ONE SCENE near the beginning of Morph Class for a good while.  Well, had been; I plowed through it and finally have it to my satisfaction.  It didn't help that the original scene I had in mind was... well, I was convinced to do it another way.  I'm not sure if the way I did it is necessarily BETTER (I'm still looking for the person that initially suggested it to look it over), but I think it's as good, and I'm continuing the story with that bit in mind.  I like it so far...

2. During said story, I've also dropped a huge chunk of words.  800 something one night, and 300 the next.  I'm feeling good about it, and I'm between 43 and 61% done with it, using the last two chapters as a guide for the general length of the story.

3. Though this does mean that I won't be able to release something in time for the end of January.  Well. maybe I'll be able to cut a teaser of Morph Class for the end, but it won't count as a Story.  I'm still planning on submitting 12 stories this year, college notwithstanding, so perhaps February will be an interesting month.  After all, I do have a few unfinished drafts that crave finishing!
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No, the title does not contain a typo. 

Again, there's a bunch of stories out there.  And every so often I come across it and I spot such glaring errors that, with my newfound blog post, I must tear them apart for entertainment's sake.  Because damn, this stuff is bad.

Now, this particular story ran into my inbox on FA unsolicited.  So I didn't randomly stumble upon it, it was pushed upon me, in a way.  I read it anyway, but I didn't get far before what I read was utter dross.  The story opens with an apparent outbreak of people being turned into werehorses, and this outbreak it so severe it has been reported on the evening news.  AND YET, in the very next sentence, there's the general population dismissing it as a 'weird dream.'  This kinda took me right out of the story, though on sober reflection I can kinda see how it wouldn't be taken seriously.  But honestly, if this stuff happens on a MONTHLY BASIS, with the newsmedia covering it every month, presumably, wouldn't it get, like... some credence?  Maybe?  I mean... this kinda thing would be right into the wheel house of conspiracy theorists.  Not only that, but if they're presumably finding fresh material including equine orgies...  c'mon.

But whatever.  So then, the main character [Redacted], is hanging out in a park one day, waiting for somebody.  Another crazed dude runs into him, screaming about how he should get out of the way.  [Redacted] asks why, and the other dude says, in essence, "So I can get away from everybody else" and then starts changing.  Now... couple nitpicks: 1. "Whilst" is an odd word to use, and makes what is ostensibly a contemporary story sound Olde Tyme, and 2. "When suddenly..." is a terrible way to transition to another paragraph.  Seriously. 

Now, the story is porn.  So obviously, the first thing to start transforming is the other dude's dick.  Now, I don't know the mechanics of transformation, but I suppose you gotta start somewhere... I dunno.  And this [Redacted] character?  He's a wuss.  Seriously, when somebody starts transforming in front of you, wouldn't you either be A. Paralysed in fear or B. Running the fuck away?  [Redacted] does neither.  He's just unsure.  Actual line from the story: “A...are you sure about that?” [Redacted] said, sounding a little unsure about it. 

Nothing need be said about that.  So I'll do it anyway.

I mean... I hate, hate, HATE redundancy in a story.  I'm defining it here as telling me something, then telling me the same thing in a slightly different way very, very soon after.  Like in the same paragraph.  Or sentence.  And honestly... if [Redacted] is asking the other dude if he's sure about something, wouldn't it stand to reason that he's unsure about it himself?  So stop with the fucking redundancy. 

So what follows is a series of mangled noises, what I assume are supposed to be horse once since they threw a few 'neighs' in there or something, and what amounts to rape, theoretically.  And I say theoretical rape because [Redacted] doesn't show signs of resistance or anything but practically catatonic acceptance, and [Redacted] ends up enjoying it.

Of course.

Now, I'm not railing against gradually liking things.  For one, it's porn.  For two, it's possible, though it's some rapid Stockholm Syndrome or something.  But it's thin as hell, and that combined with such terrors as sound effects in dialogue broke things for me.  Example: “Oh yesssss...damn you’re *whicker* goooood!”  On the subject, you need not extend words so damn much.  It's lazy.  But damn if this entire story doesn't strike me as lazy.  

Now, you can call me a giant writing snob if you want.  Hell, I'll agree with you.  I am a snob.  I know what I like, and I know what I think is quality.  But really... if this is the kind of thing that is catching repeated comments saying how hot it was, then people need to be introduced to quality work, because this isn't good!  It isn't.  

Anyway, werehorse...thing blows a load in [Redacted]'s face after smothering him with his ass for a time, then [Redacted] changes into a werehorse too, during which the original werehorse mounts [Redacted].  Then the story ends with the two horses admiring each other's dicks before running off into the night to infect more people. 

Oh, and there's plenty more “MUHRAUHRAUH!”

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