Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Next story to be updated

As the many fans have been screaming - actually, I think only one or two people have asked for this - I have decided to update Ashikabi No Shinobi next. I am already well under way with my next chapter and have every confidence that I can get it finished by this Friday.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Harry Potter Chapter 11 Q&A

Tsun: Selene will not be showing up again until Book 4, which I have yet to name. Her role in the Heir of Slytherin is over. I merely revealed her in this book because I had no feasible way to introduce her in Book 3 and I needed Harry to know her before Book 4.

HellFirePhoenix: It very well could. To be honest, Harry wasn't really thinking about how Lucius Malfoy will react to hearing that Harry went Palpatine on his son. He just saw Draco hurting his friends and sort of snapped.

Im Not Itachi, Zikarn Krais: In most cases you would be correct, but there are two things you need to remember. First, most of Harry's friends have already been introduced to violence. Remember, they were there when Harry blue up that troll's head. Second, these kids are Harry's friends. Unlike in Sacrificial Second Chance were Harry freaked out Hermione on the Hogwarts Express, all of the people here have had over a year to get to know Harry. They're not going to leave just because he does something frightening.

They might be wary of him for a while, but they won't push him away.

Lightning King: I suspect this story will be around 230,000 words, maybe a little over or a little under.

narutoDkurosaki: I can see why you might think that way, but I did not use medical ninjutsu found in Naruto as a base for Harry's healing magic. It's just that when I think of 'healing magic' in any capacity, I think green because that's usually the standard color found in video games (cura? Anyone?) and the like.

FleeingReality, AlsoKnownAsMatt: In reverse order, Selene was only partially based on Selene Gallio from Marvel, and Harry already suspects that Daphne might like him as something more than just a friend. However, because he doesn't have much experience with romance, he doesn't know for sure, and he's not going to ask her because he's only 12 and still holds to the mentality that there are more important things for him to worry about than romance. I will still add moments between them, as well as add moments with Harry and some of the other girls in his group, but romance won't truly kick off until halfway through Book 3.

nomad62: To settle your worry, I'm going to tell you right now that Harry is not going to be abused by any of the girls he is with.What I had between Nicolas and Perennelle and Mr. and Ms. Davis was purely put there for comedy purpose and for Harry to decide that if he ever became involved with someone, he would not let himself be pushed around like they were. I won't tell you anything more for fear of ruining the story, but I will tell you that much.

DarkPirateKing69: I wonder, does the 69 at the end of your penname stand for something... explicit? Well, anyways, to answer your first question, possibly. I plan on expanding the POVs to include a few people. I know that Susan will be getting a POV or two and so will Hermione, but I don't know if I'm going to give Daphne anymore as of yet. I might, if I can work it in, but I'm not going to force myself to write a POV from Daphne's perspective if all it's going to do is show her thoughts on something I've already shown or waste words. Unlike most authors who try to add as much as possible to add to their word count, I just write until I'm satisfied.

Now for your second question, I do have a few scenes that will feature Harry and Dumbledore holding a conversation, and I may even show what the Headmaster is doing to try and discover who the 'Heir of Slytherin' is, but other then that... well, you'll just have to wait and see.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Posted

Chapter 11 for HPatHoS has been posted. Now, while I'm sure many of you are clicking out of this page so that you can read this next chapter, I have something I wish to talk about aside from my new chapter.

When fanfiction first started, it was because people were unsatisfied with how an original story turned out. Perhaps the main character was paired with someone they did not like ('cough' Harry/Ginny 'cough'), or maybe they disliked how a story ended. So they decided to do something about it by writing their own story.

I don't know if this is actually true or now. I'm just putting down why I think fanfiction started.

Since fanfiction started, it has grown immensely. There are over a million stories written on fanfiction.net alone and each day one or more new stories are being written. The fanfiction community is still sort of considered underground, but it's growing in popularity with each passing day.

Because of this, there are a lot of stories being written about the same piece of work. Harry Potter is the best example. Harry Potter has the largest amount of stories written on fanfiction.net (647,738 stories, which I think comprises somewhere around 25% of the fanfiction.net's fanfic archive).

Now, with Harry Potter being one of the largest bases for fanfiction, it's also going to be the most read. For everyone 1 person who writes a Harry Potter fanfic, there are probably 500-700 who will read it that have not written their own fanfic.

This may not be 100% true, but it gives you the scope of how large the reading base is. My own stories have, I think, over 2,000 people reading it.

That's a lot of people, and it brings me to my point. With so many people, there are going to be many varied opinions. Some people may love my story, some may hate it to the point where they'll insult me personally by leaving reviews like 'you suck you pansy ass bitch!', which yes, I have received before. Yes, my reviews have varied from praise to insults to everything in between. The width and breadth of the reviews I've received is quite astonishing, and my stories don't receive as many reviews as some of the other writers on this site.

One of the things I've always found slightly amusing is how people can complain about anything no matter what I write. I remember when I first started writing my Harry Potter series, there were a lot of people decrying Harry as a Gary stu, yet when I revealed one of Harry's character flaws, people started shouting about how there's no way Harry would be so imperfect and how he should have seen this coming and blah, blah, blah etc etc, I think you understand where I'm coming from. It's honestly gotten to the point where I'm beginning to think certain people just like to complain. It doesn't matter what they complain about, so long as they have some medium with which they can bitch and moan about whatever they don't like.

There is an old saying that says 'you can't please them all, and if you tried to please everyone you'll end up pleasing no one' and I think this is the most adequate way to explain why fanfiction authors should not focus on pleasing anybody but themselves. If the readers like their work, awesome, if not, that's not the authors problem and you should probably stop reading.

If any of you agree or disagree with this, feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Next Chapter tomorrow

Yes, you heard right. The next chapter of HPatHoS will be coming out tomorrow.

You may now give praise to the almighty log. Or the wand. I think wand might actually be better in this instance.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Insert title here.

So I figured today would be a good day to talk about me. Yes, me. And why shouldn't I talk about me? I am a great subject to talk about, being the one who will surpass god and all.

No. Wait. That's Blackstar from Soul Eater. Never mind.

And now that my small moment of identity crises has left me, I figured we would talk about something interesting.

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Do any of you have something interesting to talk about? No? That's too bad. I don't either.

Oh, no wait. I do. Paradox Jast just ended up posting the first chapter to Of Vampires and Foxes. It's a challenge he took up from one of the ten challenges I posted a while back, and since I'm the one who's going to surpass god, you know it's going to be awesome.

No. Wait. That's Blackstar again. Dammit!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On Schedule

My next chapter is still on schedule. I don't have much else to say and am a bit pressed for time, so I'll leave it at that.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Next chapter

Since I don't have much to talk about today, unless you guys feel like listening to the most narcissistic man on the planet talk about how awesome he is... or read about the most narcissistic man on the planet write about how awesome he is. Since I don't think you do, this post will be very short.

Basically, I am simply posting to tell you that HPatHoS chapter 11 is on track and if all goes well and there are no interruptions, like say, an invasion of giant robots, assassins coming to kill, a group of busty female aliens searching for a partner who will grant them super powers through mucousal contact (you know, kissing), it should be out by Friday.

You had especially better hope that last distraction doesn't come along. Cuz if it does, I may not be writing for a while.

Busty female aliens trumps fanfiction every time. Just saying.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

5 steps to determine whether or not a story is worth reading.

Okay, as you can all tell from the title, this post is here for those who are either new to the fanfic scene, or are tired to digging through the sludge to find the gems hidden among the garbage. Basically, this is a 5 step process that will help you guys figure out whether or not a story is worth reading within the first chapter, possibly even before that.

Please note, this process can be changed or steps can be added to this process periodically. If any of you have your own steps to add, do not hesitate to inform me.

5 steps to determine a good or bad fanfiction:

1. The summary for the fanfic is terribly written, with poor English, shoddy grammar and no thesis for the main plot other than 'OH MY GOD! HIS POWER LEVEL IS OVER 9,000!'. When the summary is written like this: "The life of naruto i very painful so he quite his life and start with new his life will new thing" you know the rest of the story is probably written just as poorly.

2. The first paragraph of the story is so horribly written that cavemen can write better English.

3. The first few paragraphs of chapter 1 give you all the information you need to know about the entire plot, and even some information you don't need to know. I call it the Uzumaki effect, where upon you learn that Naruto is the son of Kushina and Minato and that the Kyuubi is sealed inside of him and he's the child of destiny and Jiraiya's godson and Nagato's fifth cousin once removed on his mother's side. Also, Kyuubi was tricked into attacking the village by that masked man (Tobi, Madara, Tobidara, Obito, Tobito, whatever you want to call him) and is not really evil but actually a hot vixen who fell in love with Naruto the moment she was sealed into him and has every intention of giving him superman-like powers without the kryptonite. Oh, but he doesn't actually know any of this. I'm just telling you because I want you to be bored while reading the rest of my story.

4. Naruto is chased by a mob of hundreds of villagers (and no one seems to notice despite the fact that someone like, I don't know, the ANBU patrolling the village, the Hokage with his skrying orb, the children hearing screams of "KILL THE DEMON!" from the many houses Naruto and the mob run passed would probably hear them) and gets beaten to within an inch of his life before being rescued by the ANBU, or the Hokage, or token hero #32. Please note, this example can be used for any fanfic. I just used Naruto as an example because it's what I know best.

5. The writing changes from third to first person periodically throughout the story. This happens mainly when the author decides to type phrases like 'I mean' when none of the character are speaking: "I mean, it's not like Naruto was used to seeing a giant phallus sticking out of the ground everyday".

Saturday, June 22, 2013

No Q&A today

I didn't get many reviews for my last chapter, and no one actually asked me any questions, which means I won't be doing a Q&A for chapter 25 of Namikaze's Return. Instead, I shall talk, or write, and you shall listen... or read.

I actually do understand why most people did not enjoy these last two chapters as much as the rest of Namikaze's Return. Despite people who may think to the contrary, I do understand why people don't like it.

To the world at large, Kumo and the characters in it are secondary characters who don't really hold any true significance to them. They don't want to read about people like Samui, Karui, Omoi, Atsui, Darui and E, they want to read about Naruto. And because these two chapters were not about Naruto, they just sort of skim it over.

I get this. I really do. And I understand your dislike of these chapters.

Unfortunately, these chapters are actually needed. Much as you may hate reading this, your going to need these chapters if you want to understand the context of chapter 26, which will actually feature Naruto at the end of the chapter after the battle between Pain and E has come to an end. In particular, these last two chapters will be very important to chapter 27, which will be dealing with the fallout of the Pain's assault on Kumo.

That's why it was important to have these past two chapters posted before I showed Naruto again. I know you guys don't like reading them. I don't really like writing them. But sometimes we have to do things we don't like in order to progress further in whatever it is we are doing.

Now, before I end this small rant, I do have one thing to say to someone, and that someone is Leaf Ranger, who was complaining about Pain decimating Kumo like he did with Konoha. Apparently, he doesn't like the idea that one person can destroy an entire village of ninja.

To this guy, I will say this. You are reading a story based on a Shounen Jump manga. And since you obviously don't know what that entails, allow me to educate you.

Shounen Jump Mangas are based almost entirely on the underdog main character (or the souped up Super Sayain fighter) fighting against increasingly overwhelming and ridiculously overpowered opponents. Starting with DBZ, where enemies increase in strength proportionately to the number of episodes airing until the point where every evil villain Goku and the crew fight is capable of destroying planets to Naruto, where each time the good guys face an enemy they are even stronger and more insane than the last enemy and now Naruto is facing off against the Godlike Juubi, which was said to have actually created the Elemental Nations.

Enemies capable of destroying an entire hidden village on their own is just par for the course when it comes to Shounen Jump manga like Naruto, Fairy Tail, Bleach and One Piece. I would suggest you either suck it up or stop reading, because enemies are only going to get more and more powerful from here on out.

On a side note, now that this chapter has been finished and posted, I am going to be writing the next chapter for HPatHoS, chapter 11, so at least you guys who don't like Shounen based stories have something to look forward to.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Posting!

Chapter 25 of Namikaze's Return has been posted. You may now give praise to the all mighty log for allowing this chapter to be bestowed upon you.

Praise be to the log!

This chapter was kind of difficult for me to write. I think that was mainly because I was writing a mostly summons battle with only having one group of summons. As far as I know, no Kumo shinobi has any summoning contract, so Pain was the only one doing the summoning.

And of course, all summons do when not battling against another summon is destroy property. Seriously, the amount of times I had to write about various pieces of property being destroyed in this chapter was ludicrous. It made a good portion of this chapter feel kind of redundant.

Still, I think it turned out alright. You guys will have to let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Here we are

It's Thursday, which means instead of me typing up random facts or ranting about whatever the hell I feel like, I'm actually going to give you guys a status update today.

Exciting, isn't it?

As you are all well aware, this week I was working on Namikaze's Return. It is my pleasure to inform you that I am on schedule and chapter 25 of this story will be posted tomorrow morning.

Awesome, I know.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Have you all heard about the new TV series coming up soon? It's called Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Yeah, from what I understand from the comercial I saw it's basically about the lesser known characters in Marvel, like that dude who got killed in the first Avengers movie. Can't remember his name... oh well.

I'm honestly not sure what to think about this. I mean, on the one hand, it's Marvel, and the other, it doesn't look like they're going to have the famous heroes we all know and love in it. And since they're pretty much the entire reason Marvel is so awesome, I don't know if I would actually bother watching it.

Well, maybe one or two episodes. Just to see if there is anything good about it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What happened to everyone?

Is anyone else wondering what happened to all the fanfic authors? While a few stories have recently been updated, many more seem to have been forgotten to the passage of time. And very rarely do authors seem to be updating with any regularity.

Right now, aside from myself I only know of one author who has a fast update time, I honestly don't like his work that much. His English is atrocious. Easily within the top 100 fanfic writers with the worst English ever.

Not only that, but all his stories are pretty much the same. Main character ends up in another world or travels leaves the country his 'world' is taking place in. Meets girl, falls in love with girl, ends up screwing girls brain out, finds more girls, creates large ass mother F*&^ing harem, learns that his magic is sex based and that all the girls in the story are pretty much there for his pleasure, etc. etc.

Now, I'm a fan of large harem of sexy women as much as the next hot-blooded male, but this is too much, and it's disrespectful. There are certain instances where I feel a harem story can be done tastefully, but you have to be an extraordinary writer to do that and really understand the implications and consequences that the main character having a harem will cause in both the world at large and on a personal level with the people said main character is in a relationship with. You must also write out your characters in such a way that all of the people in this relationship (meaning the male or female ((Let's not be sexist now)) and however many girls or boys he/she is with) hold equal importance to both the story and the haremesque relationship.

Most people can't do this. That's why Harem stories are generally considered self-inserts of what the male (or female) author would like to have happen with them.

It doesn't help that the English for most harem stories suck.

But I digress. As I was saying before my mini-rant, I'm getting very depressed by the lack of constant updates.

Maybe it's cuz I'm just really picky and only read fanfics that reach a certain level of awesome (and have top notch English and grammar), but I'm really hoping that some of my own favorite authors can start updating their stories soon. I'm actually beginning to get bored enough that I'm even reading my own fanfiction!

Blasphemous.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thoughts and more thoughts

There isn't much that's new going on here. I'm still working on chapter 25 of Namikaze's Return and making good progress. Other than that, not much.

I am thinking of branching out with my fanfics however. This won't be happening for a while, at least, not until I finish a few of my Naruto stories and my HP series, but I was thinking about writing a Legend of Zelda series that will span several of the games; Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess. The series would be based on the idea that Link and Princess Zelda are reincarnated each time they're needed and will eventually realize this.

If I were to eventually write something like that, would you guys read it?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Namikaze's Return

Ok, people. I am here to talk to you all about my next big chapter, chapter 25 of Namikaze's Return.

I will admit, even though I am making decent progress with this chapter, it's a lot tougher to write than the ones for my other stories. The biggest problem, I think, is having character's who I have never really seen fight battle it out against Pain's paths.

A good example of this is Atsui and Samui. We only ever see them fight when they and Darui face off against Kinkaku and Ginkaku, and honestly, it's not much of a fight. Atsui only uses one jutsu and Samui doesn't do much of anything before they both get sucked up into that bottle, gourde thingy (can't remember it's name but whatever).

This means that I am essentially making their fighting styles from scratch, which is definitely an interesting process but very difficult to do. I'm trying to make their fighting styles different and also realistic. How strong should they be? What kind of fighters are they? Do they rely on deception? Or up front tactics and ninjutsu? What type of ninjutsu would they use? These are all things that need to be taken into account.

Still, in spite of my hardships I am making nice progress. I suspect I will be able to finish this chapter by Friday, hopefully. If not Friday it will be out sometime around Saturday at the latest.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

HPatHoS Chapter 10 Q&A

4master: How Harry got on the train will be revealed next chapter. I left it as a sort of pseudo cliff hanger so you guys would be wondering 'how did Harry get on the train?' because I'm an asshole like that.

4master, PotterinCanada, cmcwiki, InfiniteDragon, blueper, n0mster, Wandral: I think I mentioned this before, but every first person italicized scene is a dream/memory. The trick is to figure out where the memory ends and the dream begins. I left this particular one purposely vague so you could utilize your own creative licence on it. Did the memory become a dream when Perennelle showed up looking like sin? Or when she kissed him at the end? I leave it up to you to decide.


ImaDenarianLordX: Harry's training is pretty much complete. Thanks to his edietic memory, Harry absorbed all the information Nicolas Flamel had to give on the subject of alchemy without giving any 'freebies' (like how to make a Philospher's Stone) away. Now it's up to Harry to increase his own knowledge by creating Transmutation circles and pushing the boundaries of his knowledge.


AlsoKnownAsMatt: Overpowering? Really? You think so? Clearly, you have not watched the movies or read the books. Before Tom Riddle even went to Hogwarts, he was capable of powerful feats of magic no one his age should be able to accomplish.


"Tom could move objects with his mind and cause them to travel floating wherever he wished, manipulate animals and creatures as he wished, speak Parseltongue, and use his power to inflict harm on other orphans. After getting into a fight with fellow orphan Billy Stubbs, he used his powers to hang the boy's rabbit from the rafters. On one occasion, he took two orphans, Dennis Bishop and Amy Benson, into a cave, where he performed an act so horrifying that the two orphans were traumatised into silence." ~ Excerpt from 
http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Tom_Riddle.


Riddle could do all this before he even came to Hogwarts. And he has had nearly 90 years to perfect his magic since then. How in the hell could Harry possibly be able to compete with that if I don't make him stronger than usual? Seriously dude, if you're going to complain about something, at least research your facts first.


Futon Lord: That would be even more work than creating my Bios.


On another note, you mentioned not having Harry save Ginny. I won't tell you anything regarding this, since I don't want to ruin anything, but I will tell you that Harry Potter's presence had nothing to do with the reason Ginny received the Diary. Lucius Malfoy planted it on her in an effort to discredit Arthur Weasley, who at the time was advocating muggleborn rights.


Death in Pink Boa: Considering I'm a male, you know, the gender with a COCK, a PENIS, a THIRD LEG, a TALLY WHACKER, a DONG and a whole slew of other names for a DICK, I would have to say that, no, Lisa is not a self insert. And if all you're going to do is complain about her, you can leave. I don't mind people criticizing my writing, that could at least help me become a better writer, but criticizing a character who has an important roll to play (even if you and other people can't see it) over and over again in the hopes that they'll make me kill her off or something is just annoying.


Same goes with your dislike of Harry going through puberty. He's 12, he's at that age where some children go through puberty. It's a natural process that not even a wizard can get away from. Don't like it, stop reading.


Endymion234: No, Harry wasn't going to kill Draco, just hurt him. The burns done to him are all very superficial and will heal up easily with the healing cream Harry gave Hermione.


smokeapound: The first parts are in first person because they are a memory/dream sequence told from Harry's perspective. As you are viewing Harry's memories from his perspective, I felt it would be more appropriate to show these scenes in first person.


DarkPirateKing69: I'm glad you brought that up. Yes, Harry does have a lot of issues. One of them is a similar case to PTSD, though it's not quite as traumatic. It's one of the reasons he is emotionally imbalanced.


I have no intention of making Harry a doormat. The girl's who end up in a relationship with him will be his equals, his partners, but they will not control him.


kroz phantomville: Nope, that would be a spoiler, and I don't give spoilers.


animekingmike: It's not so much that he just so happened to have a potion on hand, so much as it is that he made a lot of potions during the summer and past year to practice his potion brewing skills. Besides, last year he fought against Voldemort, you think he's not going to want to be prepared? Especially with Dobby's warning during the summer?

My concluding statements:

First off, I am very glad to see so many of you got my Star Wars references. Consider this my tribute to the coming of Episode 7, which is supposed to be out sometime next year.


I do wonder though, did any of you get my foreshadowing? My 'these are not the droids you're looking for' moment was actually a (hopefully) subtle way of informing you guys that something Star Warzy was going to happen. In this case, Harry Potter going Palpatine on Draco Malfoy.

The second thing I want to talk about is the end. For those who are worried that Harry's going to get all emo on you. Don't. That's not how I made this Harry. He may be a little critical of himself for a while, but I'm not the kind of person to spend large amounts of words and angst on something like this.

In either case, I do hope you guys enjoyed the chapter. For those who didn't. Eh. You can't please them all.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The wait is over!

I know all of you have been waiting patiently for my new chapter for HPatHoS to come out. That, or you've been hoping I would just quit. Either way, I am here to inform you that the wait is over, chapter 10 is officially out and ready for you to review... I mean read.

And now that chapter 10 is out, I have begun working on my next story. I've decided to do Namikaze's Return. It was left off on a rather unsatisfying note with Pain about to attack Kumogakure. I figured I would try to finish this up in one, two chapters at most, that way we can get to what's important. Naruto of course.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ugh... Tired, and hungry, but mostly tired.

So... I just went through this whole interview screening process to get a job at State Farm. Totally sucked. I think I was waiting around there for, like, 4 hours. It was horrible. I was hungry, and tired, and running on fumes by the time I got to my second interview.

Still, I think I did pretty good all things considered.

Of course, this means I didn't get a chance to write anything yesterday. Don't worry. I'll still have the chapter out by Friday, Saturday at the latest, so there is no need to panic.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Progress

I am making Progress. Yes! Progress. Chapter 10 for HPatHoS is in the works. I suspect, much like my last story, this chapter will be finished sometime by Friday.

I'm also working on trying to get a new job going. I am absolutely sick of bagging groceries. I have a bachelor's degree that I am still paying for that is sitting on my desk, gathering dust. You would think someone who graduated college would have, I don't know, a job that doesn't revolve around bagging groceries and pushing carts.

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And now that my rant is done, you may all get back to your previously scheduled program.

Monday, June 10, 2013

One picture missing

Alright! Here's the drill people! My character bio page finally has pictures for almost all of my characters. I'll admit, I'm still dissatisfied. Some of the pictures I had to use the people in them were just too old. In fact, most of the pictures I used for Harry's friends were that way. Only Harry (who in my story is being played by Logan Lerman from Percy Jackson instead of Daniel Radcliff), Hermione Granger (who is still being played by Emma Wattson) and Neville Longbottom (same actor from the movies, can't remember his name) are the only people whose pictures match their age. All the others are simply too old.

I have to admit, it bothers me. Most would probably say I'm being too obsessed, but I can't help it.

Anyways, the only character who does not have a picture yet is Terry Boot, who I have yet to figure out who to use. I need someone who has pale skin, short brown hair, and gray (or at least as close to gray as possible) eyes.

Do you guys know anyone like that?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

HPatHoS, Chapter 10

With my Shifts in Life chapter 42 out of the way, I've begun working on chapter 10 for my second Harry Potter book. This one is the easiest for me to write out of all the fanfics I'm currently working on, so its a bit easier for me to put chapters for this story out.

So, recently, I've been trying hard to get a new job. I don't think it will cut into my writing time, but it may. I hope not. Anyways, I'm trying to get a job that I can do from home, or anywhere I want. You know, one that just requires me and my computer. Anyone know of a job like that?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Clear ups and corrections

Before we begin anything else, I feel I should clear up some misconception about certain concepts that a lot of you seem to have. A few people reviewing chapter 42 of my story, Shifts in Life, told me that the recent arcs I am writing are nothing more than filler arcs.

The Definition of filler is material that is combined with material of greater relevance or quality to "fill out" a certain volume. What this means for a story is that anything that does not hold relevant information, character development, or plot is considered filler.

The Cursed Warrior arc in the Naruto anime, for example, is filler. It serves no real purpose, it's only character development is focusing on a side character that doesn't really matter to the story because we only see her once, and the story itself holds no significance to the greater, overreaching plot.


And this is where I reveal to you that most don't really understand what "filler" is.


My version of the Cursed Warrior arc reveals to important plots for Naruto's character development: we learn that Naruto's got a few issues with intimacy, and Naruto learns about his heritage. These are important plot points for Naruto's development as a character, ergo, the Cursed Warrior arc in my fanfic is NOT filler.


Of course, you could turn this around and say both of those plots were not revealed until the end therefore the rest of it was all filler, but then I would tell you to read some professional writing because you obviously haven't realized most stories do this. If we did not have those 'leading up' points, the stories would not only be very short, they would be very boring.


Just take a look at Harry Potter for example. If people are going to accuse me of having filler, then I could easily accuse JK Rowling of putting filler in her stories.


All that stuff in the very first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was not needed. The entire conversation between McGonagall and Dumbledore was superficial and Rowling could have just started and ended the chapter by having a quick summary of what happened and Dumbledore dropping Harry off at the Dursley's. Sure, the chapter would have only been, like, 100 words or something, but then she wouldn't have had so much filler.


And the second chapter is almost pure filler. All we learn is that Harry Potter was treated like shit by his relatives, hardly plot relevant since the plot of this story revolves around the Philosopher's Stone, not how Harry was treated at his relatives.


Likewise, the third chapter with the letters. That could have easily been summarized in five paragraphs because it really holds no significance to the plot.


I could go on, but I think you get my point. Many people hold this common misconception about what is and isn't filler. If the last few arcs I've been writing are filler, then a good portion of JK Rowling's work is also filler.


Which it actually isn't, but according to the definition of some reviewers, it is.


Another issue is how someone seemed to think my Naruto was being bratty. Well, excuse me, but I'm pretty sure anyone would be upset when they learn their own father sealed an all powerful demonic entity in them and is the reason they are so hated in the village and that their godfather, the person who should have looked after them, practically ignored their existence in favor of writing porn books and checking on his spy network.


First off, I want this made clear. The Naruto is my story is not Jesus Christ. He does not have the capacity for infinite forgiveness. My Naruto is a lot more jaded and cynical than Kishimoto's canon Naruto. It's only natural, not only because the circumstances behind a lot of what happened is different, but, um, hello? This is fucking fanfiction. Why the hell would I write about a Naruto who was the same as his canon counterpart? That's just plain stupid.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Managed to finish a bit early

So, I managed to finish chapter 42 a bit early and decided to give you guys something nice to read on your Friday afternoon after you get off work or whatever. I do hope you enjoyed the chapter.

As you will likely realize from reading, this arc is based around the Naruto: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom movie. I felt it would be nice to tell my plot through this medium since it has never been done yet, at least as far as I have seen.

I don't want people thinking that the Crescent Moon Kingdom bit is actually what the plot is about though. Far from being the plot, it's really just the medium I decided to use to drive my character development.

Some of you may have noticed that Naruto has not forgiven Jiraiya. I always found it unrealistic in fanfics when Jiraiya tells Naruto about his heritage and Naruto just kicks him in the balls and all is well again. In this, Naruto is actually holding a grudge against Jiraiya and refuses to accept the man as his godfather. This is actually one this arc is about. Naruto learning to accept and move on.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hmmm... I can't seem to think of a title today.

There really isn't much going on in my life right now. At least as far as fanfiction is concerned. I'm making good progress with chapter 42 and everything is on schedule. Nothing to worry about there.

What I do worry about is the lack of updates from good authors. It seems that there has been a recent drought when it comes to fanfic stories. Many of my favorite authors are just not updating. I do understand that people have a life outside of Fanfiction.net, I have one as well, but I still manage to update more stories in a week than most people do in 6 months, and this is on top of my full time job, my search for a better paying job, and my social life.

Sigh... I just wish someone aside from me would update with some regularity.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Finished my Character Bios.

I figured I'd let everyone know I just finished writing my character bio's for my Harry Potter series books 1 and 2. I think I was pretty thorough in letting people know of the characters who played a little more prominent a roll in the story, though if I did miss someone please let me know.

The only thing my character bios don't have are pictures for the some of the main characters. The only main character I have that has a picture is Hermione Granger, and that's just because Emma Watson fits the part and has enough screen time that there are plenty of pictures to choose from.

My biggest problem is that not only are there so few pictures of the people in my story  (some of them don't even show up until sixth year *cough Blaise cough* - and good deal of them aren't even shown at all), the few people who do have enough screen time to get have screenshot photos don't match up with what my characters look like.

For example, Daniel Radcliff is not what the Harry Potter in my story looks like. Not completely at any rate. I imagined that the Second Year Harry Potter in my story would look kind of like Daniel Radcliff from The Goblet of Fire, but only in the face. This Harry is a lot more athletic looking than Radcliff.

Another good example is Blaise Zabini and Daphne Greengrass. Blaise only has, like, two screenshots in the entire 7 movie series (I think both are during The Half-blood Prince movie), while Daphne isn't shown at all. Unlike the books, where she is mentioned once in The Order of the Phoenix, in the movies she is not even mentioned. How are you supposed to find images of people that don't exist?

So yeah, unless someone is willing to draw pictures of my characters for me, you guys may be waiting a good long while before you actually get to see what I think most of these characters look like.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pickier and pickier

Chapter 42 for Shifts in Life is coming along nicely. I actually think this arc might turn out to be my best one yet. It should come out some time this Saturday.

Now, since I don't have much to actually say about story, I'm going to talk about something else. Namely, I'm going to do some philosophical rambling about human development when it comes to story writing. Or how I feel about the stories I read the more I write my own stories.

Why am I talking about me you ask? Well, this is my blog. Why wouldn't I talk about me?

I don't know if it's just me, but I find that as time goes on, my list for stories I read gets smaller. I find myself growing pickier of the stories I read with every passing month. Things like grammar and English get on my nerves when they are not done well (and by well I mean their English has to at least be as good as mine), stories with overly contrived plot devices that are so obvious even a child could notice them have become abhorrent to me. I've even begun disliking some of the stories I used to love because of this.

To be honest, I wonder if this is the curse of being a writer. As you grow in experience and skill as an author, even one of fanfiction, you become more and more critical of your own work and the work of others.

Do you any of you guys feel the same way? Or is it just me?

Monday, June 3, 2013

I have made a decision!

Since there were very few opinions of which story people would rather me write for, and of the people who offered their opinions it was pretty much a tie anyways, I have decided to write the next chapter for Shifts in Life. I do so because this one will be easier to write, I already have the basic idea for my next arc down and I can get started right away, whereas Namikaze's Return will take me reading through several chapters worth of manga, watching the Pein destroys Konoha arc, and reading up on all of Kumogakure's more well known shinobi via wikipedia before I could even think of writing the next chapter for that story.

I have already made some decent progress with Shifts, a little over 3,000 words. I suspect that if I keep up a pace of writing 2,000 word each day, I should be able to finish the chapter by Saturday or Sunday. It shouldn't be too hard, I can write 2,000 words in less than an hour. The only real problem will be proof reading my story and checking my English.

Let us hope that my talent in the English language keeps at a decent level. I don't see why it shouldn't, but you never know.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

HPatHoF Q&A

G96 Saber: I am very glad you've asked this question. And I am all too happy to give you an answer.

Yes, there is something wrong with Harry. In fact, there are a lot of things wrong with Harry.

The thing about Harry that no one really seems to understand yet is that he is a very emotionally imbalanced character. As someone who tries to rule himself through logic, he doesn't really understand emotions all that well. This problem is only confounded by the fact that he believes reading something from a book means he has all the knowledge he needs when in truth, psychological jargon derived from a book is often times useless without understanding the content and having experience in dealing with those emotions first hand. This is actually Harry's biggest problem. He feels that because he read books on psychology, he understands human emotions. The truth of the matter is he understands very little when it comes to emotions and is merely spouting bullshit without realizing it.

Because of this, Harry's emotions often feel a bit more intense simply because he really just doesn't understand them. Emotions are anathema to someone as logically thinking as Harry.

Then you have to take his puberty into account. First off, Harry was hit with puberty harder than a semi-truck going 120 KPH. It struck him fast and it struck him hard. This is because his own magic is actually fueling his hormones, literally supercharging his body and overstimulating it with hormones. This has the effect of turning his body into the lean mean muscle machine I've described him as having, but it also means he is going to experience a much more... erm... Intense? Yes, intense. He will be having a much more intense puberty than others.

GutoRo7: I'm writing a story where a twelve year old boy is going through puberty, of course I'm mentally impaired. However, Harry's reason for mentioning Hitler is because A) he is a history buff and Hitler was an important part of history no matter how many people try to deny he ever existed, and B) the moment I read the description of Gilderoy Lockhart in the original books, that was my thought.

Death in a Pink Boa: Then don't read my story. Puberty is a natural part of life, thus, Harry will go through puberty just like everyone else.

AlsoKnownAsMatt: I won't be focusing on Harry's problems with puberty for much longer. Not like I have been at any rate. Eventually, Harry will just get used to these new and strange feelings and desires. The only reason I am focusing on it right now is because he doesn't know what to do. He is mentally unprepared to experience puberty so all these new and intense thoughts and desires are overloading his brain.

Think of his brain as a marshmallow and puberty as a microwave. Do you know what happens when a marshmallow is stuck in a microwave than cooked on it's highest setting?

dbzegoun: I didn't show the scene with Dobby. Why? Because even if the scene happened differently than it did in canon, you'd still just be learning the same information you did from the original books. Remember, my story is NOT about the Chamber of Secrets being opened, but Harry Potter's impact on the Wizarding World. Ergo, none of that information was relevant to my story.

ImaDenarianLordX: It's not that Harry's some kind of super powered maniac with a power level over 90,000. I mentioned in chapter 8 that Harry's body is literally leaking magic all over the place. This is why he has so much trouble with the floo. All that magic is not just being leaked, but is also saturating his body and enhancing it to levels beyond what someone his age should have.

When Dumbledore looked at Harry with his Mage Sight, he was not blinded because Harry's magical index was off the scale, he was blinded because Harry's body literally cannot contain the magic it has.

Think of Dumbledore's Mage Sight as if it were the Byakugan from Naruto. Then think of Harry's magical index as Ichigo's ridiculous reitsu levels from Bleach and you should be able to see why Dumbledore was blinded.

blueper: I get what you're saying, but Harry would never, in a million years, confide in someone about something like puberty. Harry dislikes admitting weakness to anyone, and puberty is definitely a weakness as far as he is concerned. He is also incredibly stubborn when he decides on something. He will not be talking or confiding to anyone about his... let's just call it growing pains. Yes, he will not be mentioning his growing pains to anyone.

Joe Lawyer: First off, I don't think you understand what Occlumency is. Occlumency is the art of clearing the mind in order to push out intrusions from people trying to enter your mind. Clearing the mind requires a lot of effort on the part of the Occlumens, not just because people are always thinking new thoughts every day but also because it's just impossible to have your mind constantly clear 24/7. The only way Harry could have his mind clear constantly is if he was practicing Occlumency every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year.

As I said, impossible. No one can do that. Why else do you think Snape can't keep himself from getting enraged whenever he sees Harry despite being a Master Occlumens?

As to your wonderings, it's actually a mixture of both and a third part you didn't think of. First, Harry can't meditate and keep his mind clear on a twenty four hour basis. I already said that's impossible, so you have that. Second, magical puberty for witches and wizards is usually much more intense because their magic is increasing the amount of hormones in their body proportionate to their magical index. I'm not going to go to far into this because I may be doing so in my book later, but suffice to say the higher your magical index rating is the more intense puberty is for you.

And now for the third and most important reason. I mentioned before that Harry's magic is helping his enhance his body by pushing large amounts of hormones into him at an accelerated rate. What this means is that Harry is going through a very accelerated version of puberty compared to what anyone else might go through. Because of that this phase of wet dreams and the like will not last very long, he will probably stop having serious issues before Christmas, but it will be one of the most intense phases anyone will ever go through.

zArkham: Harry obsessing over his reaction to girls is due to many variables, one of which is that he was never interested in girls until hormones struck. This is really his biggest problem. He was hit unaware and now his mind is replaying all the events he has ever been in with various women and then turning them into erotic fantasies that will plague his mind for the rest of his life. Or at least until he grows used to them.

I suppose you could say that, in a way, his edietic memory is the catalyst for his OCD reaction, but it's only one reason among hundreds of other smaller reasons.

wolf970: No. Why would he? Blaise belongs to a family of pure-blood witches and wizards. He has no knowledge of the vampire world.

Akuma-Heika: That's because the scene doesn't exist. If I went in and wrote out every scene that happened throughout the summer, not only would a lot of you guys complain about me adding too much filler and not getting to Hogwarts soon enough, but it really isn't that important to the story. So instead of deciding the actually have the scene in there, I had it all happen 'off screen' so to speak during one of Harry's trips to Diagon Alley.

Lavi Arcadia: When I say multi I actually mean it's a harem. I just feel it's a less derogatory term than harem. A harem generally implies a male in charge of a group of females who are there specifically to sexually please said male.

That is not what's going to be happening in this story. It would be more accurate to say that the females Harry will be involved with will each have a very important roll that helps keep Harry from going off the deep end. I can't say much without giving away plot reveals, so I won't. Just know that when I say 'multi' I am talking about Harry being involved with more than one female at the same time.

My Concluding statement.

I'm glad to see this last chapter was so well received. I know that I made a number of English mistakes, particularly my use of homonyms? Or was it homophones? I could never remember. Anyways, I do know that I made a number of mistakes with words like 'meet' over 'meat' and 'vein' instead of 'vain'.

However, I also know that I am not perfect. There is a reason I write fanfiction and not original stories. At the moment, I am just not good enough to write an original piece of literature. I am bound to make mistakes, though I like to think I make less mistakes than 95% of the other fanfic authors on this site.

Anyways, I am pleased to see most people are responding well to Harry's small... eh... let's call them issues. I remember my teen years going through puberty, they contained some of the most awkward and embarrassing moments of my life. However, they are funny to read about someone else going through them.

I am doubly pleased that you guys liked that small Harry/Daphne moment at the end. I always like those two together. Personally, I blame fanon for that.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A question, a decision. One moment that can change the future... or at least what fanfiction story I should write next

So... I have a question for all of you. It is a very important question, one that could easily change the entire course of our future and possibly turn the world on it's head.

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Ok, so really, all it's going to do is decide which story I work on next. Ha... you think people would appreciate my sense for the dramatic.

Anyways, the question is this, which story do you guys want me to work on? Right now there are two options to choose from Namikaze's Return or Shifts in Life. I will tell you right now that Shifts would be easier for me to write as I already have an idea for the next arc. Namikaze's Return will be significantly harder because, while I know what the arc is, I'm going to need to do boatloads of research to write it. I'm going to have to watch the destruction of Konoha at Pains hand arc of the anime, and also need to do research on Kumo shinobi so I can decide which ninja fights which path.

If you do decide you want me to write for Namikaze's Return, help a man out and tell him which Kumo shinobi you think should fight which Path of Pain.

Some good news, some bad news.

Good News!

Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin, chapter 9 has now been posted. It is my longest chapter for this book to date at 14,000+ words. That's pretty damn long.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it had actually been a lot longer, but I didn't want to inundate you guys with a lot of unnecessary parts like what they did after getting their books at Flourish and Blotts, or the long, drawn out goodbyes everyone gave Harry. I figured what I have was good, it's long enough for you to read... in an hour or two, and should (hopefully) keep most people's attention.

Bad News! Well, semi-bad news. It's not necessarily bad so much as it is disappointing.

If you are on this blog, you're most likely a fan of mine. That, or you're here to mock me and tell me how much of an idiot I am, but hopefully you're a fan who enjoys reading my work. As I'm sure you all know, you guys have, I wanna say for the past few weeks or so, been enjoying my 2 chapters per week updates. One chapter for Harry Potter, and the other for one of my other stories. I'm sure you have all liked this so far. With so few people updating their own fanfics, my own updates are probably a bright ray of sunshine in your dull, every day lives.

Narcissistic, I know. Just roll with it. Nod your head once or whatever.

Anyways, I have a bit of bad news. I will no longer be updating 2 chapters per week.

Le gasp!

Now please don't panic. I didn't say I would be leaving you all for long extended periods of time with nothing but cyber dust gathering over my stories like some people I can name but will not because I'm not quite that much of an ass. I will still be updating, and hopefully I will be able to update one of my fics at least once a week. That's still more updates per week than most fanfic authors update in a month, or two, or three, or sometimes even a couple of years. I just can't keep this pace going anymore.

Don't know if you people know this, but there is life beyond this monitor, and unfortunately, when that life beckons you must heed it's call.

Do not fret though. I will still be updating this blog at least once a day, if only so I can add sarcastic comments and make fun of myself and others.