In the event that Net Neutrality is disabled, and that this website won't be able to keep up, I just want to say that you guys are probably the closest things I have to true online friends. Even if we won't be able to keep in touch, I hope that you all will be able to live successful lives.
But if we win, long live Net Neutrality, and may Ajit Pai suffer for what he intends to do.
Though I doubt Net Neutrality will be compromised any time soon. While the repeal has been made, the effect will not drop immediately. It could take weeks, even months before possible changes will occur, and even then it probably won't be the end all be all of the situation. Numerous regions and states in America are making bills to repeal the vote against Net Neutrality. Not to mention, when significant changes _do_ occur, massive backlash against the FCC will occur. That and the FCC are in the interest of the internet service providers. If they roll out some bad changes, not only will virtually everyone be mad, but the broadband itself will be mad for loosing customers and potentially millions of dollars.
Overall, while I would implore you to be aware of the situation and the changes I wouldn't necessarily worry about it. Because if there's one thing the internet can all agree on, it's the protection of the internet itself.
Yea. It's highly unlikely people will accept not being able to freely acces the internet, or having to pay more to do so.
Just think about it like this.
People in America do not like freedom taken away from them, so the moment you do they're bound to be backlash.
I think Craz's statement is more informative and nuanced by the way, I just wanted to add my two cents so you hopefully won't have to worry as much.
Which reminds me I send you all a discord link but I don't think anybody came on... Unless you did in my absence of discord.
I'm just going through a slight downer phase. I've gone down this road before, I'll be fine.
Throughout most of my life so far, I've tried to maintain a constant preparation for the absolute worst. That way, when things go....decently, I'm pleasantly surprised.
I've also been trying to practice using a microphone, but it's slow going. I have a rather deep voice, and getting it to sound pleasant is a chore in and of itself.
But despite my negative feelings, I'm actually doing fine. Nothing's really caused me sleeping problems unlike the past five months, so I'm hoping I can keep that stride going and not come across something that makes everything terrifying.
I haven't fully recovered from those experiences, though. I still refuse to sleep with the door to my room closed, and every so often I'll think of something that sends an uncomfortable chill down my spine when I think about it.
Well... I'm glad you seem at least confident you can handle things.
Still if I can do anything to help you know you can always email me....
Though contacting me through deviantart might proof more reliable, I don't check my email as much as I should.
I'm afraid those who aren't American Citizen won't really be able to do much.
And, I doubt we'd loose complete contact. At least not that quickly.
We probably should really start considering making a Discord... I'd still rely on the internet working but..
Well everyone will need to get a discord, just like you get skype.
And make an account and all that.
Then I'd send you a link to join the discord server I made, which would be basically a place to chat.
Don't worry about it, it's annoying yes.
But it's her own loss. She has been breaking so many rules that by the time her original ban would've been lifted, she'll have 5+ years of bans on top of it if she continues like this.
Besides, even if she where to come back without breaking the rules. By now she has turned basically the entire wikia against her with her antics. Nobody is willing to put up with her anymore so unlikable she's gotten.
We could of course always make a discord and just invite everyone from the wikia with temporary links. Either that or through private messages.
It is incredibly obvious you are Kclar...
There are basically no visitors anymore that speak, and even if they were they wouldn't join on this discussion with such a response as they do not know and probably don't have any opinion on the wikia members history.
Wow, this is... I watch The Drunken Peasants, a podcast where stupidly crazy and crazily stupid people tend to be regularly featured, and this... this is that. You basically have a pre-written script in your head that you stick to no matter what. "She's gonna accuse me of being me and then I'll say I'm actually her brother, genius!" *Luna's comment references the reasons why such an excuse wouldn't work* "Okay she replied, time to say I'm her brother! :D"
Even setting aside that the "My cousin/brother dun did it" excuse is decades old, that is baaad... I almost DON'T want to ban you again just because this is genuinely funny. I guess I'll wait until you start bothering people again... If anyone else on the Wikia wants you gone, I'm goning you once more.
The problem is the IP keeps changing Imp.
We have the option of banning accounts, IP's and whatever IP that account may have. (If you make an account we can't see the IP anymore, but we can still ban it.)
So we'll have to ban her each time she pops up with a new IP.
Summary: A marine biologist named Clarke Port conducts research on a sea serpent found in Santa Barbara, and finds that it's heavily wounded. That night, he dreams that three creatures are attacking the world, and a fourth one, a demonic spirit, emerges from the form of a faceless man Clarke was talking to previously in the dream.
Clarke wakes up to find a new serpent murdering the old one. The new serpent shows that he can speak, and tries to kill Clarke, but the latter manages to trap it, and begins interrogating it. The serpent reveals that he used to be a servant for a massive crocodilian creature who fits the description of one of the creatures Clarke saw in his dream. The serpent then goes on to explain that he was exiled after getting caught for stealing food, having been ratted out by the previous serpent. After being exiled, he hunted down the snitch and maimed him, leaving him dazed enough to be caught by humans. Clarke asks him if there are any other creatures like the crocodilian creature mentioned. The serpent confirms this to be true, and tells Clarke that he knows one of the creatures personally. Clarke denies this, not knowing what the serpent is talking about, but the serpent insists that Clarke find a being known as the blood beast, who lives in Quartzsite.
Clarke does so, and finds the 'blood beast' to simply be a human with physically insectoid characteristics. The two bond, and the beast and Clarke team up to hunt and destroy the four beings, hoping to figure out what the serpent meant. They are partially by the beast's servants, a group of colorful gemstone-carved skeletons known as the Krystallkin.
While the Krystallkin hunts down the creature imbued with the power of earth, who turns out to be a yeti, Clarke and the Beast go and fight the crocodilian creature who exiled the talking serpent. The duo succeeds, and the creature dies calling Clarke his brother.
The Krystallkin, having successfully set a trap to paralyze the yeti and send it over the mountain to its death, return to the duo and interpret these last words as Clarke being one of the beasts.
Clarke and company then go and meet the final creature, who appears in the form of a human female, who engages in villain-against-hero banter before confirming the group's suspicions of Clarke being one of the beasts, and Clarke realizes that the person he was talking to in his dream was himself. Using this nervous breakdown as a head start, the female changes into her true form, a massive fiery centipede, and tries to kill Clarke, but the Beast sacrifices himself to save Clarke, delaying the centipede's attack and allowing Clarke and the Krystallkin to escape.
Over the course of the next few weeks, while the fiery centipede-woman prepares her final assault on humanity, Clarke tries to summon his power. He succeeds after a long time, but realizes that he can't control it. In a moment of weakness, the powerful demonic being takes over, and Clarke realizes that he used to be this being, before being struck down to Earth as a mortal. Now, this demonic being is just Clarke's shadow.
Clarke realizes that there is no true way to control it, and confronts the centipede, who fights him and the Krystallkin, and the latter are each struck down by the centipede's growing power. Clarke, channeling smaller parts of his power without letting it fully show forth, is able to hold her off, but then realizes that this is a battle he can't win, so he let's the demonic being consume him almost completely, but uses the last of his strength to send himself and the centipede hurtling into the sun, where they both are incinerated.
Now, I didn't talk about every detail, as we'd be here forever. This is just the bones of the story. That being said, what do you think?
I read everything and. Firstly, this is not really what most people call a summary.
But I get your tendency to summarize in this way.
However I think the story is rather... boring? When I read it feels like things are happening for the sake of it just happening.
I'm not a writer, nor storyteller. And I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read a good book in way to long.
But I can tell you that in written literature engagement hardly ever comes from action. Action for one is very difficult to write, and secondly serves more as a release of the build-up tension.
The main character seems so unrelatable. Of course when you ask the question of "why" he is doing what he's doing you can say he has to "save the world" or something like that.
But theoretical high stakes don't automatically make for tension and investment of the reader.
It needs to feel important, no matter if it actually is important.
I'm being long winded and not to the point, surprise surprise.
What I'm trying to say is, besides needing a good not too convoluted explanation of why and how all these crazy things are happening in a world I must assume is alike our own.
You need to make the conflict engaging for the reader, and if you want to have the main characters sacrifice and struggles be engaging.
The main character themselves needs to be engaging. They don't need a complicated backstory, history or a tragic past. All they need to start out is something to make them a person, some want that is unique to them. A goal, a dream.
At least, that is how I think you might improve the main character. And by improving them, the struggles they face will hold more weight to the reader. Because they want the main character to succeed.
I agree with most of what Luna says. What you have sounds like the script for a popcorn flick, and writing is a very different medium from film. It's a strictly nonvisual one that renders spectacle for the sense of spectacle worthless. Now, this is a trap I fell into early on in my writing so maybe I can make you skip over it: I wanted to write movies. And that resulted in stories that seemed cool in my head, me who had all the visuals and sounds and everything already in mind, but for literally anyone else it was just a total mess with flat characters, too lengthy and boring descriptions to remember and a very vague narrative.
Books benefit significantly more from character interaction, especially dialogue. Even when there is no dialogue, when a story is, say, a first-person perspective where no words are spoken, the narration is still a one-sided form of dialogue directed towards the reader. I know I always seem to come back to Lovecraft, but what can I say, I'm a Lovecraft slut, but anyway, he commonly wrote his solo stories in the style of a diary. As if the main character was writing down previously experienced events for someone else to read, making it very much like a monologue directed at another character even though no character in the actual story ever uttered a word.
What I'm saying is, writing is a text-based medium. It benefits a lot less from visuals than most other mediums. A good enough writer can write engaging visuals, but even that is an extension of other forms of communication. That is essentially the essence or writing. Communication. You're communicating your story to the reader, and you want it to have its intended reaction. A good way of thinking of it is to imagine that you had a really fascinating dream, and you have to retell it to someone in such detail that they can have at least almost the same experience as you had with it. You might know how insanely hard this is to do without making it sound really boring, and that is the challenge writers face. And again, trying to describe some trippy, visually intense dream is far more difficult and usually guaranteed to not come across just right than trying to describe a dream that was mostly character-based, where the fascinating thing was the things being said and the interactions being had.
How you do this depends on what perspective you write from. I tend to favour a perspective that probably has a name, but if so I don't know it, so I'll just call it "conveniently selective omniscient third person". You might know the two common third person perspectives, the more personal one where all hidden information like feelings and inner thoughts are restricted to the main character, and the "omniscient" one where the narrator knows ALL the characters' feelings and inner thoughts and such things. My perspective essentially randomly switches focus between characters whenever I want to communicate something hidden about them, sometimes briefly, sometimes alternating between two characters in a conversation, etc. Let's say the main character is talking to someone, and this someone is trying to trick them. Usually I'd probably want this to be a secret to the reader as well, but this time at least I want them to know, so at one point I briefly switch focus to this other character to say that they carefully choose the words of their next sentence to avoid revealing their intentions. Which, by the way, is a fancy way of saying "and then he lied, heheh". You wanna learn how to do that, because the simple alternative is really amateurish and again more of a movie script thing. Engaging writing comes largely from an extensive vocabulary and ability to describe the most mundane things in an intriguing manner. Shallow, blatant statement like "Then he hit him with a wrench" is probably not gonna suck the reader in. You wanna make it more in-depth and eloquent, like say "He loosened a wrench from his toolbelt, and with a steady grip he swung it through the air, striking him in the forehead with such force that an unpleasant cracking noise was heard". Bringing it back to the previous point, the former example is more how it would be written in a movie script, and the latter is more how it would be written in a book.
I'm finding that I'm just repeating myself, and I've already written quite a lot so I might as well post now and do so again if I think of something else.
It's alright to be intimidated by writing the first time, but you shouldn't give up right away. One of the things you can do to improve is look up writing tips online, to give yourself some direction at least.
I agree with the others. Though still, while writing takes a lot of research and practice in order to do well, it is pretty worth it. Especially when you really want to share your ideas and stories to the world. The hard bit's just finding a good way to do that.
Like Dragon, Will and Luna said, research ways to write and maybe study some of the stuff you read, too. Like, find some good inspiration, look at the way the story is conveyed, all that good stuff.
Writing takes lots of experience and practise just like drawing does.
I suggest starting with short stories, I'm not a writer...
But starting on a huge big project and once you're halfway through looking back and seeing that your beginning was really shitty and you have to redo the whole thing.
... It's kind of an ongoing theme Will and I struggle with. So. actually my advice is.
"Don't start big projects until you practise on some smaller ones. Don't make our mistakes."
^^ I like reading things, so if you want someone to test read I'll read your stuff. Just like I do for Will.
Eh, at least it's over now, probably. I would be a lot more active myself, though right now I'm bogged down with school and life. ...And admittedly procrastination. Though still, it's good that you're feeling alright ^^