"We don't reject writers; we reject pieces of paper with typing on them."
"Don't stay mad and decide you are the victim of incompetence and stupidity. If you do, you'll learn nothing and you'll never become a writer."
"Don't make the opposite mistake and decide the story is worthless. Editors differ, and so do tastes, and so do magazines' needs. Try the story somewhere else." Isaac Asimov (3 quotes)
"Even though I thought my work was pretty crappy, somehow it got picked up serialized in some really popular venues. So to all of you out there who wants to be comic artists, don't give up. You can do it." Takeuchi Naoko
Message from 2015:
The name is Doggie, the owner of this blog where I cover different topics on a whim, but mostly about video games. Additionally, I have another name, which I've used for many years as a pen name for fanfics and original works of historical fiction, scifi, and fantasy.
MGW, which is diminutive for Master Gray Wolf, based on a name from the Monster Rancher (Jpn: Monster Farm) series. I don't insist that I am a "master" in anything. I just held onto the name for a long time because of my fervor for the series, especially since I like the Tigers from said series.
I enjoy writing, and I try to improve each time. Fanfic wise, I am probably best known for writing from the Monster Rancher and Saint Seiya series. I am also one of handful of authors on FictionPress who does an original mecha series. I also do Ninpocho, inspired by Futaro Yamada novel series on ninja, and I'm a beta reader in Fanfiction.net and FictionPress.
I'm posting this here to give those who read my works a heads up on my current situation. As of Dec 2015, this is my new blog. I'm just letting you know that I am not giving up on any of my stories. Never ever. Not when I have so much that I want to do and finish.
It's just that I wish to devote more time onto something important. Both writing/storytelling and art are parallel, and both steadying my hands and diagram study has to do with what I'm shooting for. I've made a choice to return to school in the year of 2016, and I want to do this because I want to make up for my past negligence.
"Why pursue a BFA (Fine Arts)?" Something that is difficult with very competitive jobs in few places such as character artist/designer, digital media, and game/show producer?
Having an interest is a good first step. When you find something that you love to do, daily, and pursue through education, I don't think there'll be regrets, even if you suffer in finding a better wage job. I may be barking up the wrong tree, as I done many times and end up getting embarrassed and insulted only because I follow what I believed were good ideas. Still, I think I work best in the arts.
Now with work, school, and babysitting my niece, my time will be lacking. Of course, I can still blog. It is significantly easier, especially when its on a topic that I know well, or I am copying from an old entry that I did. There will be entries based on info on my works, such as updates or just tidbits.
I tried to balance writing and "school preparations" (please check out my Sketch a Day list), but I shouldn't focus on too many things in a day. Writing still requires for me to do a lot of research and planning, and when I do a chapter, it sometimes extends beyond expectations. For example, I try to go for 500 or 600 words, and then it ends up being over 800 or 1000 words (but that usually means I'm having fun). When it does, it takes more time; then there's the proofreading.
I also have the ordinary concern of having lack of funds. With work and watching over someone, I couldn't help but think about making money from home. It just popped into my head as I felt desperate. If I could make money from home, especially from writing, I think that would be fantastic. But I can't. Because I am ignorant. You make money for blogging about knowledge. I can't blog about parenting, about architectural services, how to fix your house or your car, American history, translating into English, etc.
Further desperate, I wanted to create a wider fanbase by uploading my stories elsewhere such as AsianFics and FictionPad. Therefore, I could find connections. Stupid or not, again, barking up the tree, I still went along with it. There is nothing that I have for myself. So because I am not of high scholarship or magna cum laude, I have to work extra hard to get awarded or a better living.
I am so determined now because I made the choice for myself and looked back, wanting to stomp on mistakes and see if I was doing the right thing this time. I am an ambitious type when I want to, maybe that's why I produce so many writing plans.
I want to show myself and others that there's always a bright future.
Hang in there and please enjoy my stories and my blog. I still update my blog, twitter, and my profiles, telling you what I'm up to.