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Journal Entry: Tue Mar 18, 2014, 5:03 PM
  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: PMD Piano Arrange
  • Reading: Warbreaker
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: Mass Effect
  • Eating: Kettle Corn
  • Drinking: Water


Hello everyone!

I'm sorry that I don't have more updates for you in Storm Clouds II and all my pony fics--I'm currently in the middle of my senior semester (as many of you already know) and don't have time to write fanfics much.  :(

But!  I do have better news.  I have some short stories that I've written recently for classes and conferences and such.  Though they're not fics, I am confident and proud of these stories!  Would any of you be interested in reading them, to tide you over until summertime?

Cheers!

Brighten your day

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 18, 2014, 11:34 AM
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: You Will Know Our Names
  • Reading: Writing in the Sciences
  • Watching: Downton Abbey
  • Playing: Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Eating: Tacos
  • Drinking: Coke


So, my good friend :iconparodyham: just posted a link to a Buzzfeed page with 35 reasons to have a happy day; look if you can, it really brightened my own day! :)

 

www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-wo…



Olypmic Medalist Tom Daley wants to say something:

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 2, 2013, 6:08 PM
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Xenoblade Chronicles OST
  • Reading: Japanese Folk Tales
  • Watching: Lucahjin
  • Playing: Pokemon Y
  • Eating: Lush
  • Drinking: Sprite


www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJwJno… Videos like this make me feel all fuzzy and cute inside.  Good luck to Tom, and happy sailing.

New Job as an Editor!

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 23, 2013, 2:12 PM
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Xenoblade Chronicles OST
  • Reading: Elantris
  • Watching: MLP and Korra
  • Playing: Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Eating: Chili
  • Drinking: Water


That's right!  I got a new job, as the Chief Fiction Editor of a local publication!  :iconhappytwilightplz:

 

Sadly, this means that my update schedule--already pretty slow--will halt even more.  :iconfluttercryplz:  I'm sorry, but this is very important.  I haven't given up on my stories, but between this, school, and getting my graduate applications ready I haven't had any time to write fanfiction in the last few months.

 

But I want to thank you all.  Without your support and readership, I never would have progressed as an author and acquired the skills necessary to obtain this job.  It's thanks to all of you that I have this opportunity!  I'm sorry I can't give you any tokens of appreciation beyond these words, but do note that I appreciate all you've done for me.  Readers like you make fiction worth writing!

 

Wish me luck!



Look out for a premium membership scam

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 AM


There's a scam going around on promising to give you a premium membership if you refer 9 of your friends to a certain site.  The link takes you to dA's "outgoing page" warning (a major red flag) and then it takes you to a website that looks like deviantART but is an unfamiliar page; it asks you for personal information.  Put it in, and you may lose money or get a nasty virus.  Look out!


Dog goes woof, cat goes meow...

Fri Sep 13, 2013, 12:15 PM

Bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeak.  Cow goes moo, frog goes croak, and the elephant goes toot.

 

Duck say quack!  And fish go blub!  And the seal goes ow ow ow!

 

But there's one sound that no one knows...

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_… What the fox say!



  • Mood: Amused
  • Listening to: The Fox
  • Reading: A Casual Vacancy
  • Watching: Youtube Vids
  • Playing: FFVIII
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Soda

Getting out of a funk

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:00 AM
  • Mood: Caring
  • Listening to: Orchestral Music
  • Reading: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Watching: Angels and Demons
  • Playing: FFVIII
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Milk




So, after the drama bomb that was my last journal, a lot of people swung by to offer support.  Many people had kind things to say, and more than a few offered me a swift  (and, let's be honest, needed) kick in the pants.  Because all of you reminded that writing is my passion and my blood, and the world hasn't shattered just because some long-distant whiner didn't like my story.

 

So thank you all so much.  I'm feeling a lot better now, and I even re-read various comments on my stories as well as all my old journals and I've come to appreciate once more what an amazing group of people I have following me.

 

So, to pay you back, I'm making a bargain with you guys.  I'm going to try to be more active here on the site.  I may not be able to write as much as I used to (I'm simply too busy with university, especially now that I'm in my senior year) but I owe it to you guys to still be here.  So I'm going to start writing journals and making polls and just generally trying to interact with you all and be a fun, engaging writer again.

 

I know that that's a hollow gift when I haven't updated anything in millions of years, but I hope that I can at least give you guys some fun stuff and infectious exuberance in payment for all the wonderful things you've done for me.

 

Thanks again.  :happycry:



Am I so fragile?

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 7, 2013, 9:44 PM
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Bittercold Boss Theme
  • Reading: Marks of Harmony
  • Watching: JoshJepson
  • Playing: FFVIII
  • Eating: Pork
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke




To risk arrogance, I consider myself a good writer—heck, writing is what I want to do with my life.  It's my blood, my essence.  But one of my major failings is that I read too much into people's opinions of me.  I suppose I should desensitize myself to non-constructive criticism; after all, it's impossible to please everyone.

 

But I'm a little shaken right now.  I've been getting a lot of favorites of the two Storm Clouds stories recently over on FF.net.  I was curious as to the sudden surge of faves, so I wondered if I got mentioned on a blog or something.  Just for curiosity's sake I typed in "Pokémon Storm Clouds" into Google to see what came up.  The TVTropes page was top, then my FF.net story profiles and individual chapters over here dominated.

 

But two or three pages back I saw a forum thread with my fic as its title.  "Oh!" I thought.  "This must be it!"  I logged in to see that it was apparently a site or board or whatever dedicated to fanfiction recommendations and reviews.  The thread poster had typed in the original Storm Clouds and left a score of 4.5/5, along with some praise.  Now, I saw that this was posted back in summer of 2010, right after I finished the original Storm Clouds; whatever is responsible for my sudden surge in popularity, that thread couldn't be it.  Still, I saw a few people had commented, so I looked ahead.

 

I shouldn't have.  Everyone else was critical of my writing style and my plot; they said I wrote amateurishly (which is completely true regarding the first Storm Clouds and even the beginning of the second—I suppose I just wish they had said it more nicely) and accused me of cliché and shoddy character building.  The nicest thing said about me was that the second half of Storm Clouds was marginally less atrocious than the first half.  They even managed to get the original poster to withdraw his glowing review and shoot some negatives my way.

 

But worst of all was the final poster.  He said he wrote better as a seven-year-old; that my story deserved a score of 0/5; that this was a self-insert of "the lowest caliber."

 

It's odd; all this drama happened more than three years ago on an obscure site, and only a handful of people had anything to say.  Heck, the glowing comments on Storm Clouds' final chapter probably outnumber the posts on that thread 15 to 1.  And yet I can't get past it—that final post especially.

 

I'll grant the writing needed improvement, but a self-insert?  Missy is the main character!  Did he think I was a non-gaming teen girl?  Or did he mean Dan?  Ignoring the fact that Dan is the supporting protagonist, his name isn't my name and he isn't similar in personality to me at all.  Plus he's hardly perfect; he's a right screw-up who makes loads of mistakes throughout the fic.

 

What's especially bugging me is that I'm letting this get to me.  This was three years ago and the poster obviously didn't read past the second paragraph, yet I'm upset!  I recognize how silly it is to be upset over this but I still can't move past it.  Do I not have a spine?  Is my ego so shriveled that a snide remark that almost no-one will ever see has brought me crashing down like this?  I've always had some self-worth problems, but you'd think I could walk past something three years old from someone I've never met!

 

I dunno...I like to think I've improved as a writer since the days of Storm Clouds, but sometimes I wonder if I'll only ever be a shoddy writer destined for second-rate fame on the loneliest corners of the internet.

 

Well, enough of this.  Thanks for being here for my rant.



  • Mood: Amazed
  • Listening to: Daft Punk
  • Reading: Sherlock Fanfiction
  • Watching: JoshJepson
  • Playing: FFVIII
  • Eating: Chips
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper

If this link is any indication, in Pokémon X and Y you not only get a Kalos starter, but you also get a Kanto starter as well.

 

X and Y are gonna be crazy...

www.change.org/petitions/depar… This is a petition on Change.org asking the U.S. Department of Education to enact change in how colleges and universities handle rape and sexual assault on their campuses.

 

Higher education campuses in the U.S. are expected to comply with a certain standard of conduct in how they deal with cases of rape and sexual assault.  However, more than half of these campuses don't meet standards--and the U.S. Government is barely punishing them for ignoring these laws meant to protect their students.  This is a problem that ranges everywhere from community colleges to the upper echelons such as Yale, which not only failed to prosecute the petitioner's rapist, but also covered the incident up and demanded she tell no one, because handling what happened to her was "too draining."

 

Sign to help change the world for the better.

  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Clock Ticking
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Videos
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Milk
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: PMD Piano Arrange
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Ham
  • Drinking: Water

Yep—you read it here!  I just finished chapter 10 of Storm Clouds II!

 

I'll probably pass it off to my editor tonight or tomorrow.  Unfortunately Thursday is Independence Day, so that'll take me out of commission for a few days.  The pre-reading process will take slightly longer because of that.  Forgive me!

 

It won't take longer than fourteen days, I expect.  Look forward to it!

  • Mood: Delighted
  • Listening to: Roar of the Departed
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Let's Plays
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Lunch
  • Drinking: Voltage

I had a pretty fun birthday yesterday.  I received a lot of meaningful presents from some very close friends, and I had some fun times with my family as well.  I'm looking forward to Thursday when I'm going to be going on a hike and hanging out with several of my friends.

 

A special thanks to everyone who gave me presents or wished me well!  You guys rock!

  • Mood: Lmao
  • Listening to: Cave Story OST
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Juice

So, Microsoft.  After about a month of bad publicity, you finally wised up and realized that gamers don't want to be punished for playing used games and don't want to be forced to connect to the internet at all times.

 

So this is how you're going to handle used games: once players buy a game, they can trade games with their friends or sell them to used game shops if they grow tired of it.  You know, just like every other game developer has done for decades.  You can't just take away the rights of the consumer to do what they want with the product they own, and take away the ability for people with smaller incomes to wait a few months and buy that game for $25 used rather than $60 new, and act all surprised when people complain.  Seriously, Microsoft?

 

Oh, and the Xbox One won't force users to constantly be connected to the internet either.  Which is nice for people who want to play video games in areas with choppy internet prevalence (not everywhere is the USA, Microsoft) and is also nice for people like me who just plain don't like connecting to the internet.

 

But let's see now: Xbox One is about $100 more expensive than its competitor (which didn't have any of those crappy features dogging it anyway), it has no games that look interesting that aren't going to be multi-platform, and...oh, that's right.  Kinect will still be watching me in my sleep and listening to everything I have to say.  That's not a turn-off at all, Microsoft.  Nope.

 

Hah!  The damage is done, Microsoft.  I'm getting a Wii U for Smash Bros, X, and the new Donkey Kong; if I want another next-gen console, it's not gonna be yours unless you get rid of that freaky omnipresent Kinect, get some games that look worth it lined up, and do something to justify that bloated price tag.

 

Who know.  Maybe you can turn this around by the Christmas season, Microsoft.  But it might take a miracle.

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Space Oddity
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Durarara!!!
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
I'm not going to go too in-depth into E3, because it was such a blowout.  Despite a few promising games, Microsoft didn't really impress me too much.  I haven't seen all of Sony's stuff, so I'll reserve judgment on that front.

But Nintendo.  Dammit Nintendo, I might need to actually get a Wii U now.  Besides the awesomeness that is Smash Bros (and Mega Man confirmed!  ...though I can't believe some dude from Animal Crossing got in, what.  Dixie Kong and Isaac from Golden Sun better be in there) we have a new Donkey Kong game.  I love the Donkey Kong series, it is my childhood.  The Wind Waker rerelease looks breathtaking as well.

But the Wii U game that most excites me is this one! www.youtube.com/watch?v=APWTJM…  GO WATCH THAT TRAILER RIGHT NOW

...you back? You did watch it, right?  It's by the same people who made Xenoblade, which is awesome, and the Baten Kaitos games, which are also awesome.  Plus did you see those gorgeous graphics?  Did you see that awesome cyberpunk-ish city?  The amazing enemy designs?  AND YOU CAN RAMPAGE AROUND IN MECHAS OHMYGOD

And of course, Pokémon X and Y.  Only four months away from this day!  Fairy-type confirmed!  I'm excited for these games--well to be honest, I'm always excited about new pokemon games.  I'm not quite as hyped as I was for HGSS or Gen V, but I'm sure X and Y will be loads of fun.
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Space Oddity
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Durarara!!!
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
A very good friend of mine (who wishes to remain anonymous) did some awesome fanart for BOTH of my ongoing stories!

Here's a pic of three characters from Storm Clouds II: tinypic.com/view.php?pic=5bzqs…

And here's a pic of Bramble from On a Pale Horse: tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2u6pt…

And speaking of fanart, :iconshadowrunner2323: and :icontammyhybrid21: drew fanart of the Trumpeter following the most recent SCII chapter.

Here is :iconshadowrunner2323:'s pic: shadowrunner2323.deviantart.co…

And here is :icontammyhybrid21:'s: tammyhybrid21.deviantart.com/a…

(Sorry I waited so long to push your pics, you guys!)
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Space Oddity
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Durarara!!!
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Watch this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9d…

Many of you have probably seen the video already, but if you haven't, it's a covering of David Bowie's Space Oddity...from  aboard the International Space Station.
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: C-R-O-W-N-E-D
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Durarara!!!
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Medicine :(
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
Courtesy of my good friend :iconjovey4:, here is an utterly fantastic fan image of On a Pale Horse!  Way to go!

jovey4.deviantart.com/art/On-a…
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: C-R-O-W-N-E-D
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Durarara!!!
  • Playing: Gates to Infinity
  • Eating: Medicine :(
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
Wow!  A big, happy thanks to everyone for commenting and faving "Little Eggs"!  I really appreciate all the positive comments and such!

Also, I'm pleased to announce that "Little Eggs" is not the only poem I'm going to be recognized for!  My poem "Keirsey's Prometheus" was submitted to the 2013 edition of the Southern Quill--and was accepted!
I also submitted a short story that got shot down, but ah well...:')

This one-two punch is really big news to me, and I can't express my happiness enough!  Thanks a whole lot to everyone!
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Persona 3 Music
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Yugioh 5ds
  • Playing: Leafgreen
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Milk
Hey everyone--if you somehow haven't heard that Friendship is Magic is being dubbed into Japanses, well, you know now.  I caught the first episode in a steam (DEAN'S OFFICE) but I missed the second episode, and I've having trouble finding it anywhere.

Anyone know where I can find the second ep?
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Hopping Sun
  • Reading: Earthsea
  • Watching: Yugioh 5ds
  • Playing: Leafgreen
  • Eating: Toast
  • Drinking: Root Beer
Yes--

My pre-reader and I got a lot of work done on the next chapter of SCII last night.  We hope to finish it up today.

Then I usually take one more day to let it sit and get any other changes out of my system--so you should see the newest chapter either late tomorrow, or the sometime the day after.

I'm really sorry about the slowness of this update (and my updates in general) but between busyness in real life and certain things regarding this chapter, this one was a doozy to get out.

But I hope you like it.  This one's going to be a real game-changer, I promise.

Stay tuned.