Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Big Move

Yo everyone! Engulfing Silence here. Just figured I'd give you a small update on what's happening so far, that way you know I'm not purposefully ignoring you.

As you all know, I've started moving this weekend. I already got a good deal of my equipment loaded up and moved into my condo. It's basically all of the small stuff; clothes, my gaming systems, my video games, books and movies, as well as the mass amounts of weaponry in my collection.

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I'm actually being serious here. I've got a half a dozen swords and one lightsaber that I've used for decoration and various props when I cosplay.

Anyways, the small stuff was moved in yesterday, which means today is the big move. I've got several pieces of large furniture that will need to be moved into my condo, including a bed, a leather sofa, a dresser, a coffee table... and I think that's it. It's still a good deal of stuff, plus I plan on buying a nice television from Costco since I don't have a TV of my own. This should take most of the day, so I won't have much time for writing.

And I've got even more important, and depressing, news. My new condo does not yet have an internet connection, and likely will not for a few more days. I am hoping to have it all set up before this week ends, that way I can post the next chapter to Heir of Slytherin, so let's all keep our fingers crossed.

That's all I've got for now. And since that is all I've got, let us end this blog post with a message from our sponsors.

Oh. Wait. I don't have any sponsors. Well then, let's end this post with a quote from tvtropes that I found a little while ago. This trope is called Mistaken for Badass.

The Tourist is a monster. After intercepting The Courier and stealing The Package, he's liquidated or turned every agent, assassin, and hitman sent to retrieve it or kill him. Every spy agency this side of the Atlantic are scouring their records, trying to discover who he is, what he knows and who he works for but one question burns brightest: "What does he want?"
To find that nice local bakery that makes the chocolate croissants. 
Somehow The Protagonist has been Mistaken For Badass, through no merit of his own other than some well timed ducking, a little obliviousness, and a lot of incredible coincidences. He's a bumbling, perfectly normal Nice Guy that has gotten mixed up in a very real, serious, and deadly affair. Maybe he muddled his way through some Spy Speak and convinced the CIA he's the MI6 operative they sent, or somehow knocked out or killed a highly lethal assassin before they made a hit, or otherwise had the MacGuffin fall on his lap. Or he's the only survivor of that nasty mess-up he was caught in, due to inhuman level of luck, maybe not even realizing just how deadly it was. Everyone believes the Innocent Bystander has no chance, so not only did The Tourist know what was going on, but he had also proven himself as the most competent of all the dangerous people involved. It helps a lot that there are several sides who will never sit together and add up everything they know about the case, but will watch each other just enough to overhear their rivals' suspicions and assume that the other side "knows something". 
This guy does not just survive the attentions of those interested, but do so in a way that convinces the bad guys he's a Badass who is Made of Iron. If someone insists he "drop the act", he'll confusedly answer he doesn't know what they're talking about, he's just Joe Average and wants them to quit trying to kill him. Of course, they conclude he's using a deep cover Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass act. All things considered this is not that far from the truth. 
This character can be mistaken for a The Paragon of any profession that requires a lot of training and competence, not just spies but also martial artists, cops, thieves, or what not. 
In the most extreme instances of this trope, the protagonist doesn't even notice what he's doing. He may kill every assassin dispatched against him with casual obliviousness, disassemble the evil plot with trivial ease, and otherwise destroy the bad guy's evil empire without ever becoming the wiser. Sometimes, they do clue in to what's going on about half way through, but still pull through. 
This can be done completely straight in an action movie or drama, with the character panicking once he realizes just what he's gotten into. On the flip side, this can be amazingly funny in a comedy by using both slapstick methods of beating opponents, and making fun of all these "professional" organizations out to get our hero. 
Clueless Detective may be overestimated the same way.
See also Mistaken for SpiesInspector Oblivious and And You Thought It Was a Game. Compare Seemingly Profound Fool.

Friday, November 15, 2013

It's Friday!

What's up everyone! This is your friendly neighborhood Spiderman... I mean, your friendly neighborhood fanfiction writer, coming to you from... well, the computer on my home...

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Right, why don't we just ignore that opening sentence and get on with it. This is just a quick update to let you all know I'm still alive, kicking, and writing fanfiction. I'm well on my way to finishing the next chapter of Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin; it's shaping up quite nicely if I do say so myself. I won't give any spoilers, but I will tell you that people who have been worried that my fanfic is just a rehashing of canon will most definitely stop worrying here. This is the most AU chapter I've ever written, so now you all have something to look forward to.

That being said, I unfortunately will not be getting out until next week. Reason being that I just bought myself a condo, which I believe I mentioned in my last post. I'll be moving in this weekend, so I won't have much time for writing.

Let us all make a sad face:


And now that we have all been thoroughly disturbed by Naruto's snot-nosed crying, let me share with you the trope of the day. Since I've so far only given tropes that you would be best off avoiding unless you're a kick ass writer or something, I thought I'd share one that is not as... blegh. It's called Fourth Wall Mail Slot and was copy and pasted directly from tvtropes.org because I am too lazy to type it all out myself.

Sometimes, characters will answer questions from readers (though sometimes the questions are only meant to seem as if they came from readers, such as in Family Guy), as if the Fourth Wall had a mail slot. This is particularly common with Webcomics, since the nature of the medium makes it easy to set up multiple pathways for audience feedback, such as a Shout Box, a blog-powered News Post, or a Message Board. 
One reason that webcomickers have given for answering questions in-character is to not give as many spoilers, since then the answers are limited to what the character knows. The Fourth Wall Mail Slot is also a handy gimmick for sketching quick Filler Strips to prevent Schedule Slip, though many webcomickers keep it separate, as a bonus extra, many (such as El Goonish Shive) include it as a regular end-of-issue (or story-arc) feature. Some don't even make the in-character Q&A into a comic, leaving it as plain text instead, or with just a small illustration. Occasionally this is used to reveal All There in the Manual-type information about the storyline that hasn't been mentioned in the comic yet.
Naturally, given all these advantages, it's not surprising that webcomic artists will sometimes blatantly make up stuff to push through the slot. ...wait.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moving

I don't have a whole lot to say at the moment. I've been plugging away at the next chapter to Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin. It remains the easiest story for me to write for, and I suspect I'll be finished with the writing and editing of the chapter by next Friday.

In other news, I'll be moving this weekend into a Condo I just managed to get for a really nice price, so I'll be pretty busy this Saturday and Sunday. I don't know how much writing I'll be able to do during that time and figured I'd let you all know.

And now that I've given you the most recent news that's been going down in my, which I'm sure none of you care for beyond how it effects my ability to write fanfiction, I'll give you something a bit more interesting.

Today, I've decided to talk (rant) about the overused concept called the Clan Restoration Act, otherwise known as the CRA. This concept, which is mostly centered around Naruto fanfics but as since made it's way into Harry Potter and even Bleach now, is not only the most used way of giving Naruto (or any other male character) a harem, but also what I like to call a dead concept.

Yes. A dead concept. Not a cliche. Cliche's are like tropes. They are used because they work. The reason people dislike their use so much is because most people simply don't know how to properly use them and simply add them in because it means less work for them.

Dead concepts are another matter entirely. They are ideas that had been good ones at one point, then strayed into the realm of cliche, then simply became so overused that they no longer work at all. The CRA is one such concept.

I believe the Lemon Sage said it best when he wrote:

Finally I'll end on a piece of legislature that almost every Harem story centers around. It is called the CRA. Now for most people that have delved into the Harem genre of Naruto fanfiction they instantly know what this is. Before I delve too deeply into this topic let me first say that whoever originally thought of it is owed a great deal of thanks. However, it is an idea whose time has come and gone. To me the CRA is just a lazy way of justifing a harem in a story. 

In all honesty in most of the stories I've seen where it is introduced it usually results in ninety percent of the women discovering their long and previously unknown desire for Naruto. They then literally beat his door down to annouce this fact to him. Lemons soon follow.

Now to me, if Naruto has managed to charm and win over the various ladies of his Harem, do they really need a bill to legitimize their feelings. Obviously I'm of the opinion that they don't. Plus there is just the fact that a bill passed in Konoha would do nothing for say those in Suna and Kumo.
 For those who are wondering, this is the very reason why I don't write for my Namikaze's Return story as much. It's really the only fanfic I have that uses the CRA (it was my first fanfic ever, so yeah) and I've long since come to the opinion that the CRA is simply a lazy way for writers to justify the creation of a harem.

And now that I've given you all some food for thought, I'll leave you here. If you have any opinions on what I've written, don't be afraid to post, even if it's contradictory to what I've said.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Q&A time?

Before we begin this little session of Question and Answer, I would like to take the time to thank Capito Celcior. Two of my biggest problems when it comes to writing have always been proper use of apostrophes and misuse of homophone (particularly your and you're; there, their and they're; and to, too and two), though I have been known to make other mistakes. I always try and catch those mistakes when I can, but as an imperfect being (I'm only human), I don't always find them.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for!

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Wait, you haven't been waiting for this moment? Well damn.

Anyways, it's time to answer whatever questions you guys have for me. Not many people asked me any questions. Then again not many people reviewed. But here we go.

The first question is from Uraharaisgod, I get the feeling that you like Kisuke Urahara a lot, which is cool. Always thought he was a funny dude. Anyways, the question was in regards to whether Yuffie would be paired with Naruto alongside Aerith.

The answer is no. I will not be pairing Yuffie with Naruto. Her crush on him is completely one-sided. Her feelings are not reciprocated, nor will they ever be.

The only person who may join Aerith is Cissnei because I feel she always got the short end of the stick in the games. But even then, it will take an act of God for Cissnei to join Naruto and Aerith. Or she may become the main pairing with Naruto if I decide to kill Aerith off. Hmm....

The last question is from qwerty, who asked me about Yuffie's training.

To start, Yuffie's training is going to be more about how to properly use Naruto's materia, as in tactics where using a replacement jutsu would be better than simply dodging or blocking, not teaching her how to use his materia. As you said, it's materia. All Yuffie has to do is put the materia in her arm and she can use any jutsu so long as she has enough chakra.

Of course, she'll never be able to use some of Naruto's jutsu. Even Naruto has trouble using some of his jutsu because the chakra cost for all of his jutsu has practically tripled in exchange for not needing to use hand seals.

I also have a plan for Yuffie to get her own unique materia, but I won't reveal that right now.

Anyways, it looks like those were all the questions today. I'll see you when I see you.

Metaphorically speaking of course, since I don't think I'll ever meet any of you in person.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Early Release.

I managed to update my Gaia's Sennin story a few days early. I only went over it twice as opposed to three times like I had planned. Maybe it's just me, but reading a chapter over again several times is really difficult. I just get so bored that my mind wanders...

Well, whatever. Anyways, the chapter is up and hopefully the grammar is at least half-way decent. I know I've got a problem with homophones, so I've likely got some of those, but I think everything else is fine.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Chapter done

Alright, so here's the deal. Chapter 25 of Gaia's Sennin is finished, but I didn't manage to finish it until last night. I would like to proof read my work before posting it, which means I'll probably read it over 3 times before posting. That means I won't be posting it today.

Sucks. I know, but there is a silver lining. While I won't be posting today, I will try and get it out by Sunday. If I read it over once a day for today, tomorrow and Sunday, I can post it some time in the afternoon. Barring that, I will have it out by Monday.

Anyways, just wanted to give you guys an update. Catch you on the funny side.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Update time

So I'm really just posting this to tell you all where I am in my stories. As I am currently writing for Gaia's Sennin, I am roughly somewhere over half-way done with the next chapter. I say roughly because I don't know how long it's going to be, though I estimate it will be around 14,000 words. Right now I have written 9,289. I don't know if I'll be finished by this Friday, but I am hoping to.

And since I don't just want my posts to be about where I am and what I'm doing, I've decided to give you all another trope of the day.

Todays Trope: Everything's Better with Sparkles. This is a rather interesting trope, and one of the tropes that is used in anime and little girl cartoons more than any other. I'm sure all of you have watched an anime where characters tend to, for lack of a better term, sparkle. This normally happens around Bishounen boys, when the Main Male Protagonist meets the Maine female Protagonist for the first time, occasionally around sexy female villains who are trying to act cute so that the Main Protagonist doesn't think they are suspicious, and during cute scenes between love interests. It is also common during Magical Girl transformations, Fairies and Disney Princesses.

Generally speaking, this Trope is used to indicate that something or someone is in some way valuable, magical, or just special in some way. This particular Trope was derived from the universal fascination that humanity has with sparklies. No one quite knows where this fascination came from, but theorists have suggested that it has something to do with the way certain rare and valuable gems and metals sparkle when the light hits them. This Trope can be compared to Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry and Gold Makes Everything Shiny.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Trope of the Day!

Since I don't always have much to say about my stories, and I doubt you guys want to word count each time I post, I figured I would release a post about one of my favorite toppings, Tvtropes.

Today's trope of the day is Romantic Stu. He is a much tamer version of the Macho Stu, and is much more interested in his romantic interest(s). I also like to call this trope the boyfriend stu for obvious reasons. Typically written by teenage males who wish they were him, romantic stu is the ultimate form of a Wish Fulfillment character in a romance story. Romantic stu is quite literally 'the perfect boyfriend', or at least what guys think girls feel a perfect boyfriend is. He is manly and macho when he needs to be, he acts tough, but has a softer side whenever it involve the girl or girls he is in love with. Despite having supreme confidence in himself, he can still blush on cue whenever one of his romantic interests does something cute, embarrassing or sexual in nature. Girls tend to fall for Romantic stu left and right, especially in fanfics because he is so utterly perfect it's almost disgusting. Rarely ever will you find fault in him, and when you do, it's either a comedic plot device or is a fault that makes him even more perfect in the eyes of all the women he has drawn to himself. In fanfiction, you will most often find romantic stus in harem stories.

This trope, while sometimes interesting to read about, should be avoided as often as possible. While Wish Fulfillment is not necessarily a bad thing, there is such a thing as too much.