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I'm sorry that I have been so inactive for the past week or two! Work has been keeping me fairly busy. Hopefully things will be slowing down a bit soon now that the school year is in full swing. Rambling journal now to follow...


Comic Stuff



I am participating in the 24 hour comic project, although I did get a late start today (lazy me, sleeping in ;)). It's a short comic related to the Pull Down Heaven universe, and I hope to be finished later tonight. Trying out a different style and technique for it, so I think it will be fun... for me, at least!

I have a single page comic for lotus-devil that should be finished tomorrow or Monday, depending on how long the remaining colouring takes.

And for those who are concerned, there should be a new Pull Down Heaven page completed early next week, and a Soldier page sometime next weekend! The lineart is complete, I just need to do the colouring.


NaNoWriMo



I'm thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo  next month, just for fun, so I may be a bit scarce in November... of course, that depends entirely upon how disciplined I am in actually doing some writing. My last endeavor a few years back was personally disappointing to say the least. Are any of you planning on participating in it, or have you done it in the past? Were you able to complete 50,000 words, or did you fizzle out a week into it like I did last time?


Kingdom of Loathing



I have really taken a liking to the web-based game Kingdom of Loathing recently, after discovering it entirely by chance. Does anyone else play it? Or do you play any other web games? Honestly, this is the first online game that I have actually enjoyed. I love the irreverent and humourous take on  traditional RPG fare. It's very reminiscent for me of Earthbound.

If you play KoL, feel free to say hi. I'm Linan Manx there.
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Frozenonthesea Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I did Nano for the first time last year, and I made it. It was so much fun for me, but this year I am hoping for some writing buddies to hold me up to my punishments if I do not reach the wordcount at the end of each week.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Congrats on making it last year! I hope this year will go just as well for you. :)
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Frozenonthesea Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks. double thanks, i hope yours goes well too, if you do go for it, it's so rewarding, and you can have your work printed for free by createspace if you win, which is a big advantage!
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Jenthura Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nanowrimo! I did it two years back and succeeded. Last year I got to 40k before failing. This year I really want to win again. :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Good luck! Writing 40K is still nothing to be ashamed of. It's more than I have ever written! :D
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My husband is mad in love with that game and has played it since its launching. The only games i play online is off of Steam. I'm not addicted to games anymore, I still play sometimes, but i'm more into my artwork and pets lol
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Ha ha, I can keep entertained just by reading the flavour text alone! It's very creatively done. Makes me wish that I had the time (and programming skills) to make my own little RPG.

I was pretty much addicted to video games in high school. Now, it's just something that I do occasionally or to kill time when I'm riding the subway. Although I am trying to use Final Fantasy IV to learn French. I set it to display everything in French, so... I guess we'll see if it helps or not!
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DancingFerret Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
NANOWRIMO!!!!! Its going to be my first attempt at it next month :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Awesome! Good luck. :D
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mysticross Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha, NaNoWriMo :D I'm planning to join that event too, if my job here let me to :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Good luck! I will be writing around work time, too, which is really going to be a challenge this year. :D
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mysticross Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, I hope this project could helps my own novel project to be finished at last :D best of luck for you too :)
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Spartan-143 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The #1 rule of NaNo: Don't fall behind in the beginning! Trust me, even missing a single day will have consequences. Write those 2,000 words a day (1,667 if you want to be exact), but don't stop! Write as much as you can, even if it means 25,000 in one day (which I have done. I was bored). Once you've got a decent buffer, keep writing daily- but don't beat yourself up for missing the exact 2,000 mark for the day. Keep yourself busy, too. Exercise, do chores, continue your comic, etc. When we're already in the "gotta get this done" mode, we find it much easy to complete more tasks.

Best of luck to you! BTW, have you taken any NaNo dares yet?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Oh, yeah, if I miss even a single day, I'm pretty much down for the count! :lol: I will definitely have to write more on my "good days," because I know that there will be a few days where I just want to crash in bed after work.

Ooh, what is a NaNo dare? :o I am curious.
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Spartan-143 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, how to explain? Well a NaNo dare is what it sounds like - a dare another user gives to you. The dare can be something like, "I dare you to kill off your main character's best friend," or "I dare you to write the next chapter from the point of view of everyone around the main character(s)."

More often then not, however, the dares are along the lines of: "I dare you to turn buttering toast into a life-or-death situation," "I dare you to use the line, 'I don't know; the Russians made it!' as an excuse your character uses," and "Write the final chapter of your story with pirates."

Dares are a fun way to reach the 50k mark, and some of them can be challenging to accomplish. Creativity and an open mind are a must when considering a Dare for your NaNo story. Here's the official thread on the website: [link]

Have fun~
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hermionechick8 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NaNoWriMo!!!! I love it, above I read a lot of things like "nov is too busy for nanowrimo" but that's the whole point, is completing DESPITE all that goes on. I've done NaNoWriMo for three years, this year will be my fourth and I have never lost. As a matter of fact I generally finish about a week and a half before the end of the month. The only thing you should remember is to TURNOFF your inner editor. Don't EVER go back and delete something. You can save that for NaNoEdMo. ;) It's tons of fun and I highly suggest you go to your region's wrimo write-ins. They're tone of fun and great support.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
:lol: For me, there really isn't a month that *isn't* busy, so it really doesn't matter if it's July, January, or whatever other month! My biggest problem (other than work and personal commitments, like everyone has) is that my brain will just randomly freeze. This year, my goal is to just keep typing, even when I can't think of what it is I am trying to say. I guess we'll see how that works!
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hermionechick8 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, as my ML puts it. NaNo is, in the most basic and crudest ways of putting it, is all about vomiting your imagination onto the page. Editing it for quality and whatnot come in later months. Guaranteed that you'll probably only save about 15% of the original content. The idea is to not worry about what will or won't sound good. What is or isn't a decent idea. Really the whole point is to ignore that writer's block and keep going.

Of course it's more pleasant to not have WB at all but really, that's just about impossible. Write everyday weather you have an idea or not, weather you feel like it or not. :)
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writerwithasword Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student Writer
Nanowrimo is awesome and it's manageable if you write a few words every spare moment you get. That's how I got to 50k.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Yeah, I will have to sneak some writing time in on my lunch breaks at work to finish this year! :D
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writerwithasword Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Writer
Always carry a pen/pencil. ;)
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Nekorin-Gatacat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I despise NaNoWriMo because of the whole year they picked one of the most intense school months.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
I don't think that there's ever really an un-intensive month while school is in session. :lol:
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Nekorin-Gatacat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I found their reason for picking November (bad weather) and I guess I understand. I'd prefer summer myself, but maybe I'll try my hand after all. I'll write some stuff, at least.
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Corporal34 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student Writer
i'm doing the nanowrimo! good luck if you decide to participate.

Hopefully i don't fizzle out but knowing me . . .
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thank you! Good luck to you as well. Last time I only made it to about a week and a half in... hopefully this year will be a bit better. :D
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Yai, great news. Good luck with everything!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thank you! :hug:
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
No problem!
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Praeclaro Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo :) I tried some years ago, but hmm... I have a hard time staying focused on -one- task, -one- story. What genre to write is your favourite? And do you usually have the plot line ready in your head before you start writing? I'm asking because... well, I usually find myself helplessly powerless when I decided for my characters to do certain things in a certain way... and then they don't.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
:lol: No worries, I have the same problem! Plus, I'm a really slow, hesitant writer. I usually just stick to short stories (on the rare occasions that I am actually inspired), and I don't even finish those half the time. My favourite genres are fantasy and science fiction, although I prefer to write animal characters rather than humans. And I always have the plot drawn up first, otherwise I just end up with a rambling mess when I'm done!
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Mayzart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i completed it last year! and the other two years that i did it... and i'm going to do it again this year!

i actually put the novel from last year up on my website.. it's super long and it's only part one.. might continue it this year or maybe make something totally different 0.o
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Nice! Congrats on completing it for the past three years. That must be quite a feeling of accomplsihment. Maybe I will have better luck this year, too. :)
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tibek Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I've done NaNo for a few years now and I think the key (for me, at least!) is to be dedicated enough to just get the daily word count goal. I'm a totally stickler for lists and numbers and goals so as long as I can get the 1,667 words a day I can feel good about the day and win by the end of the month! :D

Good luck if you do want to try it and don't be afraid to reach out to the NaNo community for advice/help/ranting/encouragement!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
:lol: I think that sticking to the daily word count will either be my salvation or downfall for NaNoWriMo. If I miss even one day, that will probably be the end of it. I may try to get extra words in on "good writing days" to hopefully help bank up for the inevitable nights where I get home from work and pass out instead of writing.
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tibek Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I know exactly what you mean. XP I write so slowly that I find I HAVE to get the daily word count to keep up. x_x Just remember to keep going, even if you trip on one day, keep going and keep it up because it's always possible to make a come back! And good luck! :)
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Chaos02 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried NaNo last year with a friend of mine, neithe rof us finished, however this year I'm really getting into and have been prewriting the past couple months.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Pre-writing is cheating! :lol: Although I'm already planning my outline and characters. Maybe I will actually stand a chance this year, who knows? Good luck to both of us!
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Chaos02 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No its not, I looked it up. As long as you don't actually /write/ anything you're good. Outlines are fine xD
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've been meaning to start my own book for the past couple of years, I'll see about doing NaNoWriMo ~
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Yeah, it's a great way to kick start your bum into actually writing! I'm really looking forward to it, even though I doubt that I will get anywhere near 50,000 words. :lol:
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'll try ~
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artzydancer234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have attempted nanowrimo for a few years in a row now. I never make it but I always have fun and this year I actually have a chance I believe since I'm now out of high school and have more time to work on it. :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I have never made the word count, either, but I definitely have fun! :D Good luck this year!
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amyinblue Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So many comments. O_O
Anyway, I haven't participated yet, but I was thinking about joining NaNoWriMo, because some of my buds form another site are on there. I feel a little intimidated though, because I'm a pretty slow writer, and I don't think I'll have much time for that. But I'm considering it.
Pressure... D:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
:lol: Well, you know, it will probably be good practice even if you don't finish it! I'm really looking forward to it, even though I doubt that I will make the 50,000 word count. It will give me a good excuse to practice some writing and maybe explore character development a bit more. And who knows, maybe we will both make it this year! :D
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amyinblue Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm doing the YWP, since I don't know if I want my NaNo to be so quite... eh, official? Yet? Anyway, did you join? How many words? ;P
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Cool! I'm sure it will still be a fun challenge for you, but it will give you a bit more time to work on other things, too. I did indeed join the regular NaNoWriMo, and the goal is 50,000 words. I'm sure I will only make it to about 10,000, though. I'm a slow writer, and it's difficult to find the time to write. :lol:
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amyinblue Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know someone who has ALREADY written 10,000 words... it's crazy! So, do you have anything so far? What's your novel about? :D
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AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh goodness, good luck on those comics! Do you plan on posting them once completed?

Nano yeeees 8D If you decide to make an account on the website, do send by a link to your profile so I can add you. I have found a way to make myself motivated for my last (and first!) Nano was to have some... friendly competition with my fellow writers. Checking in on their stats every day kept pushing me further. And I actually did end up completing my 50,000+ words 2 days before the due date! I felt so incredibly accomplished, even if I technically never "finished" my story (as in, the story itself still had a few more chapters before it would have wrapped up) and the story itself was a bit shabby, just knowing I could write all that was great.

And I plan on participating again this year. :D
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