Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gone for the Week

This is just a quick status update.

As I said in one of my previous posts, I am currently working on Ashikabi no Shinobi. I've got a decent bit written, but it's slow going since, even though I know what I want to have happen, I don't know how I want it to happen. This has left me in a bit of a quandary. Thankfully, I am still managing to write something even if it's a bit slower than usual.

However, even though I am getting my work out, I won't be able to update this Friday. The reason for this is that I am traveling to Mississippi tomorrow for my cousin's wedding and won't be back until next Monday.

I am sorry about this, but thankfully you guys will receive an update to Ashikabi no Shinobi next Friday.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Harry Potter Q&A Time

Dante 101: To answer your first question on how I come up with my theories for Transfiguration and Alchemy, I would have to say I use a form of logic, reasoning and information gained from other stories that use similar forms of magic. Well, at least I do for the Transfiguration aspect. My thoughts on Alchemy was actually taken straight from Full Metal Alchemist. On the other hand, the laws I had created for Transfiguration is canon knowledge combined with various sources such as anime, manga, tv shows and video games that have similar transformation magic but different rules. I suppose you could say I combine all of my favorite ideas in a way that makes sense.

As for Daphne, I want it known that her feelings for Harry are completely legitimate. If anything, she is LESS affectionate than she wants to be because she does not like the idea of her father using her to control Harry. I won't say anymore on that. You'll understand Daphne's feeling soon enough.

CheeseyCraziness: Please don't forget that Harry is still 11 years old, regardless of how intelligent and mature he can be. That means sometimes he will think or say things that aren't exactly nice or well thought out. His thoughts about girls not liking martial arts isn't really a comment made due to sexist thoughts, but one he felt has a basis in fact. Most of the girls he knows do not like martial arts, Lisa Crawft being a prime example, therefore, his belief is based on this knowledge. Have you ever heard of that old saying 'our reality is based on what we perceive is real'? It's similar to that. With knowledge that the only female he knows who like martial arts is Katrina, he believes that girls just don't like fighting and that Katrina is one of those one out of one million girls who just happens to be the odd man out, so to speak.

Akuma-Heika: It's like I said, Transfiguration is a very precise branch of magic and, at the moment, he is not skilled in transfiguring inanimate objects. I never explicitly said this, but Harry's skill in transfiguration is very specific. He excels at transfiguring living creatures and self-transfiguration. In other words, the two branches needed to become an animagi. However, while he is good at those to branches, he is only slightly skilled, comparatively, at inanimate to inanimate transfiguration, meaning he has the knowledge and skill of a third year student. Large scale transfiguration such as what you are talking about is currently beyond his reach.

And when Tracey said she didn't know what she was doing, it was not that she did not know what she was doing, but that she did not really know HOW she was doing it. Tracey has the innate ability to learn most spells with ease, but is absolutely abysmal when it comes to theory. Therefore, she can learn any spell easily, but will not understand HOW she is doing that spell because it's all instinct. In a way, you can think of her as the opposite of Hermione in that regard.

Concluding thoughts: So it looks like this chapter wasn't quite as well received. It has gotten far less reviews than my other chapters. I suppose at least part of the reason for that was poor English. To be honest, I am aware that this chapter was not really up to par as far as my writing goes.

The truth of the matter is that when I normally post a chapter, I will have read it over and revised it at least twice before posting. Because I had not managed to finish this chapter as quickly, however, meaning I finished it Thursday night, I did not get the chance to revise it. That means the chapter was... well, I don't know if you could call it unbeta'd since I do not have a beta reader, but it wasn't edited. That's why there were more spelling errors and grammatical mistakes than usual.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Been Gone for a while.

Looks like I should make another apology. I haven't been updating this blog nearly as much as I should have. I would like to say I was just too busy to do anything, but the truth is I just got an extreme case of the lazies.

That, and I've also been on an anime binge this last week. I must have watched at least 6 different animes. Granted, all of them only had, like, one 12 episode season, but that's still a lot of anime. Overall, I watched Campione, Demon King Daimao, Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari, the first and second season of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Nyan Koi.

Out of all the anime I watched, I think my favorite was definitely Campione. Some of the others were good, but this one I felt was the best. There were two reasons for this, A) the main female heroine, Erica Blandelly is fucking awesome. She's a really hot, blond haired, blue eyed Italian girl with one of the most devious minds I have ever seen, but is also completely devoted to the main character even though he's completely clueless. And B) unlike every other anime I watched last week, this was the only one that had clear cut romance, even if it was harem romance. 

That's actually something I kind of hate about anime. Almost every romance genre anime I have watched is so god damn open ended that I'm left with an extreme sense of disappointment. Seriously, they always end in one of several ways: everything goes back to the way it was at the beginning of the anime (with the exception that all the characters introduced are now there), and the main protagonist is once more a punching bag for the girl(s) in the story, or the main protagonist and his love interest are 'together' but you can't tell because they don't act any differently. 

This was actually the reason I got into fanfiction in the first place. I wanted to actually see, or read about, my favorite characters getting together, rather then having these endings where I'm left scratching my head and wondering what happened between the hero and his love interest(s).

Anyways, aside from my mass anime binge, I did do some writing. All of you can expect an update to Heir of Slyhterin this Friday, which is currently the easiest story for me to write. After that I am going to try and write something for Ashikabi no Shinobi. I have a very vague idea on what I want to write for this coming arc, but it's difficult to get out because I have no clue how I want to write it. Therefore it might take a while to actually write.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Apologies

I wanted to apologize for being gone for so long. Honestly, I've been so busy with my original novel that I haven't been focusing as much on anything else, not even reading fanfiction.

Anyways, I've decided to post so you know I'm still alive and still writing. I haven't written as much for my fanfictions this week because I am currently in the revising process of my novel, which really just means that I am re-reading all the chapters in my novel over and over again, constantly editing and revising them until I am satisfied with what I've written. I've gone over chapters 1-13 and I must have re-read each chapter at least 5-8 times. It's a very arduous process, so it takes up a good chunk of my time.

That being said, if I do not have something out this week, I should have it out by next week. And speaking of which, is there any story in particular you guys would like me to focus on?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Harry Potter, chapter 16 Q&A

JordanMathiasManlyMonkJuli Beawrevelsaint93: I know that a lot of people want to know where Selene is, and when we'll see her again. Like I said in my previous blogs. Selene's part in this story is DONE. You will not see her again until Book 4, where her role in this series will pick up again.

Anime Princess: The reason Daphne has so much screen time is because her role has greater importance than any of the other girls. The problems she has are tied much more intimately to Harry's than, say, Hermione Granger or Tracey Davis. Thus, you see more of her then you do the others.

And the reason Hermione doesn't play a very important role is because she's not really needed. Think about it. In the original series, Hermione is pretty much the Mary Su of Harry Potter. She's the most intelligent witch of her generation, has all the answers to every question, has a spell for every occasion, is often times the voice of reason and has an OC rebellious streak against authority figures when they fail her. Really, the only thing Hermione doesn't have is a scar on her forehead proclaiming her the Girl-Who-Lived.


In my story, Harry is every bit as intelligent as Hermione and has perfect memory. Her role in the original, JK Rowling plot, simply doesn't exist.


mind liger: The ratio of magical to non magical humans in my story is about 1:10,000. So if there are 4.5 billion people in this world, it means there are only about 450,000 witches and wizards in the world.


I'm sure all of you noticed that I finally added Luna. A good number of chapters ago, chapter 11 or 12, where people asked me to bring her in. It was a bit difficult, because I didn't just want to randomly have her come into the story, but I've finally managed to fulfill that request.


If any of you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Blurg?

So, everyone noticed my big brain fart. Yes, I wrote Naruto's name in place of Harry... again. I'm honestly not surprised I did this, though it has been some time. I had actually just finished reading a chapter to a Naruto fanfic before writing that specific scene for my Harry Potter fanfic. I'm guessing that because I still had Naruto on the brain, it just sort of popped up in my story.

I think I mentioned this before, but whenever I write, I'm hardly ever thinking about, well, anything. My mind usually tends to go blank when I write because I write so bloody fast that my mind can't actually keep up with my fingers. I have somewhere around an 85 to 90 word per minute type speed, which I think is pretty fast. If any of you ever got to listen to me write, you'd be like 'holy crap! listen to those fingers move! He's like those Super Hackers on Television and movies!'.

Anyways, I'd like to thank you guys for informing me of this error. It has since been corrected.

And please be sure to stop by this page again tomorrow. That's when I'll post my Chapter 16 Q&A.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Didn't know what to post, so I am posting this

I've decided that today's post is going to be an advice post for people who are just starting their journey into fanfiction. A lot of people tend to have ideas for a story they want to write, but don't know how to write it. The way to write a story can actually be taken into several different steps.

Step 1: Have a plan. It's never good to begin writing a story without knowing what you want to write about. Always make sure you know what your story is about and where your story is going. A lot of fanfic authors, especially new ones, tend to write self-insert stories that are essentially a rendition of whatever canon story you're basing it on (Naruto, Harry Potter, Bleach, Lord of the Rings, Vampire Dairies), basically rehashing the entire canon plotline but making the main character a Gary-stu/Mary-sue. Eventually, they end up writing themselves into a corner because they realize that following the canon is no longer possible with how bad ass their main character is compared to it's canon counterpart, but don't know where to go next. So, make sure you have a plan.

Step 2: Know how your plot is going to develop. This is following in with the first step. While it's important to keep your story tree somewhat open so that you can make changes or add something you randomly thought up while writing, it's also important to plan out when certain Plot developments take place in your story. When does the Main Protagonist meet Super Villain #1? When will the Main Protagonist and Main hero/heroine meet? How soon will they fall in love? Will they fall in love? What will happen when or if they do? How many chapters will it take to defeat Super Villain #1 and what are the consequences of this villain being defeated? These are Plot developments that should be planned out in advance.

Step 3: Diverging from canon. This is important. While it's okay to use the canon plot as a basis (aka, Naruto fights Akatsuki, Icihigo fights Aizen, Harry Potter fights Voldemort), it's not okay to follow the canon to the letter. While you can do this at first to get a feel for your own writing style and story progression, at some point, you need to move away from the canon timeline and into the realm of the original.

There are other steps after this, many others, but these are the three basic steps for writing fanfiction. If you have any questions, just post them on the blog, or if any of you would like to add a step... just post it on the blog.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Progress on two fronts

Hello all. This post is really just a quick update for you guys so that you know where I am with both my story and fanfics.

For my original novel, I am pleased to say that I've finished my first revision. I spent a good deal of time reading through my story again and it's now up to a respectable 78,282 words with a total of 20 chapters. Not bad if I do say so myself. I've also gotten a start on my second revision, which I will be going through by chapter, basically rereading each chapter twice to check for grammar and spelling errors, as well as adding things that I feel will enhance the story and cutting out things I feel are unnecessary or detract from the story.

After that it will be off to my step mom, who has a Major in English and will be looking over my chapters. I hope to have my story all revised and edited by next month, after which I'm going to work on getting my story published.

As for my fanfics, I am currently working on the next chapter in my Harry Potter story, the Heir of Slytherin. For some reason, it's easier for me to write for that story at the moment, probably because my muse is simply enjoying what I'm doing in that story than it is in my other stories. It's shaping up to be a smaller chapter than some of my other ones, I don't think it will go past 8,000 words, but I'm trying not to let the word count dictate my stories.

All that being said, I should have it finished and posted by this Friday. So it looks like you guys won't be suffering from a lack of updates due to my original story written yet.

On a side note, I just learned that John Williams, the guy who composed the music for all six Star Wars movies, will be returning to do the same with episode VII.

And since I am on Star Wars right now, I have two clips that I thought were interesting and/or funny and decided to share them with you:


And:


Sunday, September 1, 2013

10 Tailed Wolf...

Cerulean Knight: I was wondering if anyone would get that reference. I thought I made it kind of obvious, but no one has commented on it yet. Unfortunately, I can't answer your question without giving away spoilers. You'll just have to keep reading to find out.

Slytherin's Pimp: Hinata is something of an unusual subject for me. To be honest, I don't really like Hinata. She's too meek and mouse like for my tastes. I always felt that Naruto needed someone with a strong hand to guide him and tell him off when he's being stupid. I also dislike how everyone thinks that Hinata's whole 'blushing and stuttering and passing out whenever Naruto is within ten feet of her' is cute. Personally speaking, I think it's creepy, but that's just me. Like I said, I don't like Hinata.

All that being said, Hinata isn't really a villain either. That doesn't mean she won't go through a 'rough patch' in her life as she is forced to recognize that Naruto is forever out of her grasp, but it does mean I won't prolong her suffering anymore than my story dictates.

Aloxamax: Sorry, I suppose I should have said Demons were created from the negative aspects of humanity, including negative emotions. Demons are, to put it simply, everything that has ever been wrong about humans. They are humans worst traits made manifest. I guess I just didn't explain myself very well. I'll go back in and fix that part up.

Dark Pirate King: Yes, I can tell you that Demons, Gods and Youkai are going to play a significant role in my story. I wouldn't have bothered putting it in there if it wasn't in some way important to the plot. Right now, I'm simply building my world and introducing the AU part of my story slowly over the course of the original canon timeline. After a certain point, expect the AU to take over completely.

So, Sillent mentioned how I made a lot of grammatical mistakes. I do apologize for that. Honestly, I wanted to get this chapter out on time so badly that I rushed through the process and didn't go back in to proof read my work. You guys just got your first unbeta'd chapter from me in a long time.

I've already mentioned it, but the reason for this is actually because I'm working really hard on revising the chapters of my original novel. As I suspected, I've added a lot to it over the past week. Where as before it was 66,536 words, now it's 76,643 words. That's 10,107 words more than my rough draft and I haven't even finished revising all my chapters. By the time it's done, I suspect the story will be somewhere around 78,000 to 80,000 total, maybe more.

I really want to get my original novel finished, so I'm spending the vast majority of my time working on it. If I can get it published, I may be able to actually earn a living by doing what I'm most passionate about, writing.

And if I can actually make a living writing books, it will be better for you guys because it means all that time I spent at my regular job could now be spent writing fanfiction.