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Compiled from the SpaceBattles thread.

Spoiler tags haven't changed.

Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Three )
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Compiled from the SpaceBattles forum thread.

Spoiler tags are standard here: Doctor Who after New!Series Three but before Voyage of the Damned, Mass Effect 2 post-game but before the Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival DLC expansions.

Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Two )
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Compiled from the initial posting on SpaceBattles. I've been finding it easier to write it in chunks over there.

Spoiler tags ahoy: Doctor Who after New!Series Three, but before Voyage of the Damned. Mass Effect 2 post-game, but before the Arrival and Lair Of The Shadow Broker DLC expansions.

Storm on the Horizon, Chapter One )
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    @alliancesjr: Augh, why do I have this plot bunny in my head of Tali'Zorah meeting The Doctor?
    @riathepinkie: Which Doctor?
    @alliancesjr: Ten, probably.
    @alliancesjr: They'd have an adorable technobabble-off. The only question now is: Rose, Martha, Donna, or in-between Companions?
    @JDDeMotte: Tali would probably be the one-off companion like Wilf or Astrid. And would be adorable.
    @alliancesjr: Damn it. OKAY, FINE, I'M WRITING IT.

So, uh, that happened. Takes place in Doctor Who post Season Three (Just after Voyage of the Damned) and just after Mass Effect 2 (before Arrival, and before Lair of the Shadow Broker for that matter). Appropriate spoiler warnings now.

Storm on the Horizon, Prologue )
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I've been kicking my personal head-canon around for a couple years and not writing any of it down, and I figured this would be a good exercise to get my hand back in the game. This is also a writing style I've seen back and forth around the internet, and it looked interesting.

This is very rough, so feel free to point out any inconsistencies or problems.

Theater of War canon, not necessarily sequential.

Twenty Surprises for Moriyama Hiroshi )
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Another moment, in great detail
(Special Theater of War Out-Of-Timeline Snapshot Version)

My sources for canon occurances have been cut off for the moment, so this is roughly from memory. If I get something wrong, let me know, but don't let that ruin your enjoyment of this.

Snapshot Three )
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Sorry, yesterday got hectic plus I couldn't decide what to write about. I've got a pretty good idea now, though.

A moment, in great detail
(Special Theater of War Out-Of-Timeline Snapshot Version)
(It didn't say it couldn't be fictional.)

Snapshot Two )
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I mentioned a while ago that I had a very rough idea for a horror story that I wanted to write. The entirety of the idea was simply the title: Stillborn.

After a conversation with Trekkiegirl, I have a rough outline for a short story.

Who knows? Maybe I'll even get this out by Halloween this year.
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I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I pulled this from the bulktext of my Airbender review. Let me actually grab a chapter of Theater of War and see what it says there.

EDIT: Grabbed my last chapter of Theater of War, and this is what it gave me.

I write like
J. K. Rowling

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

...bit of a difference there.
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Hello, eighteen-month delay. I kept getting this chapter out in spurts. Two paragraphs, lost interest. Two paragraphs, lost interest. But I told you I was chipping away at it. This thing hasn't been forgotten.

As always, comments and criticism. I'm afraid the chapter might seem disjointed with how long it took me to write it, so anything you point out can only help.

Chapter Five )


May. 10th, 2010 04:55 pm
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Still plucking away at Theater of War, one sentence at a time. I'm taking it a bit at a time, as I find time to write and as I get more inspiration.

Speaking of writing, I've got a couple things I'm going to be working on, with no real time frame.

  • A fanfic-swap with Trekkiegirl; I'll be writing her OC-fiction for Star Trek in the TNG/DS9/Voyager era, and she's writing me something she hasn't specified yet.

  • An original-fiction short story as part of another writing swap with Trekkiegirl. She picked a concept that I'll be exploring, and I think it'll be really neat.

  • A donation incentive for Made of Fail; I'm thinking of doing a "Straight Guy Review of Bad Romance Novels" every month if a certain number is reached. (Alternate title: Don't Look At Me, Her Bodice Was Ripped When I Got Here)

  • Possible, but not likely: Chapter by chapter re-reads of Naruto, in the style of Tor's Avatar Re-watch.
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I'm afraid I've been thinking1. Mostly about stories lately. Not specific stories, but the idea of stories in general.

Where did they come from, really? Most stories told today are some adaptation of older, classic stories, with a bit of real-world influence thrown in. Lord of the Rings? It's World War II with swords. Avatar? Take a look at the imperialistic and colonial world of 1600-1900 Europe. District 9? Schindler's List with lobsters2.

Most "fresh" stories are basically the old tales told through new means. Instead of a princess and her entire kingdom being put to sleep for a hundred years until Prince Charming comes along, let's put the prince under the spell and have the sexy warrior princess come and slay the dragon! While you're at it, throw in a whole cartload of anachronistic jokes for both the kids and the parents watching. (See also: The awesomeness that is Shrek.)

I'm not saying any of these are bad, necessarily (aside from Avatar; there could have been so much more awesome there than there was). District 9 was the best movie that came out last year, and should have won Best Picture hands-down. And the re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland was absolutely phenomenal3. I don't know, there's just something about pretty girls taking charge and grabbing the biggest sword they can handle. (They say it's a Freudian metaphor4.)

No, all these things can be great if they're handled well. I'm simply making an observation: There are too few original ideas left. Even the most original stories take influences from what has gone before; I've started reading Ursula Kaye Le Guin, who loves to take simple "What if?" ideas and run with them to their logical conclusions. The Left Hand of Darkness, for example, explores a society where a group of humans have evolved to be completely hermaphroditic; they turn male or female as necessary for breeding and are completely androgynous otherwise5. Definitely an interesting concept, and it's an incredibly captivating story. An extremely original idea, in fact, with influences and references to human history, psychology, and insights into basic human nature.

My point, though. Where do stories come from? Everything seems to be cyclical; new stories reference or pay tribute to those that have gone before, and in turn go on to become referenced in other stories yet to come.

Terry Pratchett puts a fair amount of this in his novels, even going so far as to make it self-aware. The Discworld is held together with magic the way ours is held together by physics, and a vast majority of that magic is ruled by a concept called "Narrative Causality". He goes on at length about it - especially in the Witches of Lancre books, since most of what a witch does is ride stories, using them to achieve the desired effect - but what it boils down to is this: Things work in that world because of stories. When a conflict arises between common sense and narrative convention, the story will always win out6. Stories are so much a part of the Discworld that it is now completely impossible for the third and youngest son of a king to go on a quest that has previously ended the lives of his older brothers and not succeed.

I've had a story idea kicking around in my head for about three years that plays a bit off that same concept. It's not an entirely original idea, but as I've said, it's hard to find something that is. What it is, though, is interesting, and I really hope I can do it justice.

You guys will be the first to know if I can.

  1. A dangerous pasttime, I know.

  2. Which is funny in and of itself 'cause that means that they can never keep kosher.

  3. Even without the fact that Trekkiegirl and I couldn't get past the fact that the girl who plays Alice looked so strikingly like Tessa that Trekkiegirl wanted to go out and buy an Alice dress for her right that moment.

  4. Although this is a phallusy.

  5. Not unlike Marilyn Manson.

  6. Except once in the case of Nobby Nobbs, and even that doesn't count 'cause the humor aspect won out even against conventional storytelling.

Writing Job

Jan. 8th, 2010 11:37 am
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Warcraft Insider has put out a call for some new columnists, and I've decided to go for it. Out of all the columns they are hiring for, they decided to call for Holy Paladin.

I know how to do this.

I've already turned in my application, and they're still accepting submissions until the 15th, so I won't know for at least a week or so whether or not I was accepted, but the fact of the matter is that I applied. I was able to knock up an application and sample submissions, and it was fun. If I don't get chosen (and I probably won't), I can keep doing this and try to get a column with some other internet magazine.

This is exciting. I love this idea.

(By the way, the other column positions that are open are: Shaman, Resto/Enhancement with a Resto focus; Druid, Balance/Resto; AddOn Spotlight; Lore Of Some Kind. I know a couple people on my friendslist that would be awesome at any of those topics so take a look as long as you don't compete with me for Holy Paladin.)
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In order to keep everything organized, everything for Theater of War will be here.

Table of Contents

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This took me a while to write, didn't it? It was worth it, though.

This was definitely a challenge. And there are a few things that don't flow right, I don't think, so any criticism will be greatly appreciated.


Chapter Four )
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I told you I was going to do something like this, right? Every so often, I'm going to do a one-shot of the characters in a different time period, both to keep myself in the writing groove and to expand these new characters' place in the world of Naruto.

Here's the first part. I may or may not title them later.

Snapshot One )
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Konohagakure Ninja Dossier


Name: Moriyama Yukiko
Age: 12
Rank: Genin
Reports to: Kurobana Ren (jounin)

Description: 4'3", lean build. Dark brown hair (often in pigtails, dark brown eyes. Wears a light-pink sport vest over long-sleeved white undershirt, hitai-ate on forehead, standard Konoha ninja sandals (black). Carries a short sword strapped to her back, in addition to Konoha "standard" weaponry.


Taijutsu (unarmed): Academy-ranked average.
Taijutsu (armed): Academy-ranked average with kunai, shows proficiency for tanto blade.
Ninjutsu: No documented proficiency; more data is required.
Genjutsu: Academy-ranked average ability with Henge (Transformation), Bunshin (Illusory Clone) jutsus. No further documented proficiency; more data is required.

Combat Tactics: None documented; more data is required.


Moriyama Misato (mother), businesswoman.
Moriyama Keitaro (father), teacher. *NOTE: Civilian school, east village
Moriyama Hiroshi (brother), chuunin.

Hyuuga Hanabi
Shirai Keiko
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Wow, so this took me a long time to write. There's a lot about the last bit that doesn't flow right; comments and criticism are always appreciated.

Chapter Three )

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