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A entry about Seishin. Just spilling my thoughts. It has the potential to be another Iga story. It kept cross my mind as tiny parts/ideas; now I can't remember what I wanted the purpose to be. For a long time, I was worried over the character Shoutarou, especially with his upbring and on why he was a cowardly character.

Uncle and nephew )

WHAT causes fear?
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Continue.

Read more... )

SolAka is going to be very tough. Also, United We Soar. I'll attempt those tomorrow, also the edits for Starwart, Tsugemachi, Jumping Monkey, Autumn Grove, and Trio of Iga.
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I didn't do any changes just yet. I'm just skimming them over and pointing out what I think could use a change.

Generally I use too many semicolons and colons where I shouldn't.

Shorter stories first )
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Something from one of my notepad files:

Capitalism (private) vs Socialism (public) /Communism (Full public)

Capitalism is for private sectors services. Owned by people or an individual, not by a government or communities, and where people have to work for money, so they can buy things they need or want, such as food. Capitalism mostly has a "free market" economy, which means people buy and sell things by their own judgment. Mainly the United States's system.

Socialism is the economic idea that all industries should be owned by the government (public sector), rather than by businessmen, because the government will look after its employees better than businessmen would.

Communism is a type of socialism. Complete control/owner of economy and NO social classes. The goal of communism is for workers to take control of factories and business and to manage the economy democratically. COMMON OWNERSHIP, which is not divided into the people. This is NOT for private/non-gov sectors (ie: Capitalism), wage labor, etc.

WORDS:

- Deregulation is the removal or simplification of government rules and regulations that constrain the operation of market forces. Deregulation does not mean elimination of laws against fraud or property rights, but eliminating or reducing government control of how business is done, thereby moving toward a more laissez-faire (free from intervention), free market.

- unregulated privatization = transfer from public (govt) to private sector.

- Public Sector = Government. What communism is for.

- Fascism = Strict Union (the nation/nationalism) & corporate reps negotiations. There is authoritarian leadership. Plus Fascism has led people in power to perform some radical actions, such as using police brute force.

NOTE to some people:

- The Nazi Party opposed Communism.

- Everybody uses and accepts different governments all around the world. Your tastes varies.
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RECENT UPDATE(S) September 11, 2011

At this moment, I'm working on a small chapter for "Follower of Mibuno"(Seishin/Pure Heart) to raise my writing and creativity enthusiasm.

For a good month or so, my writing self-esteem wasn't very high. Even though I feel a bit better now, I still think my writing is terrible and it looks like I am nearly incapable of learning from mistakes. One of my biggest faults must be simple sentence structure (or grammar) and exposition.

Then again, I could be too hard on myself. That real Eastern feel that I want to aim for in Seishin seems very difficult, so because of time and difficulty, I've decided to make the stories of Seishin short (with short chapters). I wanted to make this my policy for general writing, but it hasn't been turning out that way ;) I'll keep trying; again, look forward to next Mibuno chapter and tell me what you think.

Also, I'm getting that patriotic, "appreciation of heroes"; feeling again so I might work on United We Soar soon too.

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August 29: Surprise everybody. Before I work on UWS and SolAka, I just uploaded the VERY SHORT prologues of three new works from my above-mentioned Seishin ninja Series: The Follower of Mibuno, Jumping Monkey, and Autumn Grove. I hope I do Japan, especially Feudal Japan justice.

I enjoyed typing them up, so I hope you enjoy them too (while I lag in UWS and SolAka). Now these are short stories, which means they may have another chapter or two before completion. I won't get very far in these at all and I need to think up more storylines for the different characters that I have planned down already.

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August 28, 2011

Okay, I finished a new chapter for one of my Fanfiction.net so now I'm going back to my original works. I have a lot to do "United We Soar" (UWS) and "SolAka: (HBSA) are still difficult stories for me to do, but are very fun to work on. For the past few weeks I haven't been in a writing mood, so I took time off to regain my focus and motivation. I still think I'm not that positive, but I'll keep trying.

Also, a few days ago, the last chapter of "United We Soar" was edited.

Week Goal

Sep. 12th, 2011 11:15 pm
mastergraywolf: (High Focus/Not Tolerating This)
Despite my insecurities, I don't want to stop writing. If I stop and over think things, I'm going to enter my slump again. If I continue to beat myself over what I supposedly can't fix in quick time, and over what my pet peeves and tendencies are, I probably should just give up writing in general.

I think one thing is important: Sometimes, I do get happy at what I finish in my literature projects, whether it's a chapter or a full story.

On my FictionPress profile, I mentioned that I am working on "Follower of Mibuno" (introducing Kai) The chapter is short but it is a start.

Just to get my motor running.

In one hour it'll be Tuesday. Through out the week, I should work on staying positive and focused, and on appreciating literature.

MGW, don't be so hard on yourself.
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I'm using pounds because my blog entries can be directed to Twitter.

My thoughtful questions are today is: Do you think that the art of reading is being less appreciated? Or maybe I should say, do you think people are reading less? And why?

Also, do those who write fanfiction:

1.) Mainly read fanfics?

2.) Don't read many professional works (or maybe I should say don't read many "in-store/non-amateur" books)?

And are E-books more popular?

That's all.
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Hello Monday, and Hello September.



Nothing to upload just yet.

Throughout maybe the last two months, I have been fighting against my low writing and creativity enthusiasm. I didn't have much focus either. I'm sure it's been said various times before but I don't think my writing is that great. My biggest problem IMO is sentence and phrase structuring (or just the way of grammar), and effective exposition. Maybe pacing as well.

It is a terrible combination, but can be expected from an amateur writer.

Not only do I think my writing isn't that good, I also get this funny feeling that I'm not learning anything new, or rather I can't find a way to fix my mistakes.

I could be being too hard on myself or I'm just forgetting some things.

If anything, I can get confused easily.

Nothing happened before the "hiatus" nor did anyone tell me anything. I just went into a slump and wanted to stay away from the computer a little while. Occasionally, I would write.

Ironically, you often commit job search to the computer.

Anyways, would posting more about English Syntax and creative writing make me more confident?

Let's start with some refreshing on basics:

Adjective
Adverb
Clause
Conjunction
Modifier
Mood
Noun
Person
Phrase
Preposition
Personal pronoun
Pronoun
Sentence
Singular & Plural
Subject
Tense
Verb
Voice
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LINK: http://www.japanlinks.ch/traditional_japanese_house/

What are the kind of thoughts that I have concerning Seishin series? Why do I think it's taking so long? Or rather, why did I cancel it? I always told myself that I had lack of knowledge, or a fixed memory, on:

1.) Japanese HISTORY and culture, both modern and pre-modern. I had to return to different Wikis and other encycolpedias so many times. "Wait, is this connected?" Alos, body-language.

2.) Japanese Architecture. I'm fascinated by the houses.

3.) Geography and climate. This isn't too bad though.

4.) Weapon construction (ie: tataba, metalworking, etc)

I collected a lot of info on ninja, but I don't think it's much of a concern compared to the above listed. Also, there are so many stories on the samurai compared to the lower class. Culture also includes how people are named back then.

Another problem is how to write it, to capture the Japanese aesthetics properly.

So, I'll take it slowly on what I think I should keep in mind. Since I'm doing just short stories, I'll just gather up what I sufficiently need for a particular story so I won't overwhelm myself.

Japanese Meaning
Ichirizuka (一里塚) Milestone...
Hokora (祠 or 神庫) Mogii (モギィ)
Bonsai (盆栽) ??
Nijiriguchi ??
Fusuma (襖) and shōji () Door/window//room dividers that slide open/clothes (障子)
zabuton (座布団) A small cusion for sitting
Irori (囲炉裏) A built-in Floor Hearth?
Shinden-zukuri (寝殿造), Shoin-zukuri (書院造), Sukiya-zukuri (数寄屋造り) Residential style. Shoin Started in Azuchi–Momoyama period
Minka (民家) ??


Houses also contain tokonoma, chigaidana, amd kamado.
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I need a "forehead rubbing" icon or a "face slap" icon, cause my head hurts and I feel stupid.

I might need to remove the air combat and fighter maneuver stuff from United We Soar's next chapter, save it for another chapter, and give my brain a break. It's also past 2,000 words. While I probably don't need to research so hard on something that's probably too complex for me to fathom unless I'm in the military, I am determined to find out how much I can actually get.

The rest of the chapters contains combat. Dogfighting can repetitive and can end easily. I do know that the ailerons and elevators are used a lot.

Expect a new chapter of UWS soon.

Here are some maneuver and basic forces terms (some self-explanatory):
LIFT VECTOR
LIFT
FORCE
DRAG
GRAVITY
STALL
Immelman
Flat Turn

Note: Moving through centrifugal force causes you to pull Gs.
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
I like History.

So I thought of posting information on important political parties (mostly American) and the difference between them.

How are political views written and accepted in fiction?

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I posted THIS in an old entry.

This is my focus for United We Soar:

In accordance to FictionRatings (or I'm attempting it), these are my thoughts on the ratings and genre:

- As a military fiction, "United We Soar" will be "Rated M" mainly for its "strong language" and "references to political, social and religious content" just to be on the safe side.

There is also the mention of 9-11 (what psychological impressions will the story have?). Politics do play a role in the story's center conflict. The Middle Eastern "religious" battles and terrorism are mentioned as well. Will America's reason for fighting seem justified to a reader? Aiden will question himself about that, also the use of nuclear power for weapons, what it means to be American (and patriotic). Also, religious views from Aiden and Claire; theroys of historical events from Aiden; stereotyping thoughts/jokes from Aiden, Steele and Ace. In other words, story may be controversial. I don't think the violence will seem that terrible, but that's still a long way. Sub-Category will be Action. The Genre(s) will be drama/sci-fi. (see below). UWS slightly takes place in the future. Also, The Main Squadron in the story are racially diverse.

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It's FF.net's turn.

[ TOP 5 Categories with most stories (in Anime/Manga) ]
Rounded to the thousands.
Naruto (277K)
Inuyasha (99K)
Yu-Gi-Oh (56K)
Bleach (55K)
Gundam Wing/AC (40K) [Beating out Full Metal Alchemist]

[ TOP 5 Categories with most stories (in Games) ]
Kingdom Hearts (61K)
Pokémon (42K)
Final Fantasy VII (34K)
Sonic the Hedgehog (21K)
Legend of Zelda (17K)

[ TOP 5 Categories with most stories (in Books) ]
Harry Potter (525K)
Twilight (184K)
Lord of the Rings (45K)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (16K)
Maximum Ride (13K)

[ TOP 5 Categories with most stories (in Movies) ]
Star Wars (26K)
Pirates of the Caribbean (18.5+K)
High School Musical (18K)
X-Men: The Movie (12K)
Star Trek: 2009 (7K)

What?!

Jul. 1st, 2011 09:02 pm
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
A Quote:

The Tabloid Weird

Story produced by a confusion of SF and Fantasy tropes — or rather, by a confusion of basic world-views. Tabloid Weird is usually produced by the author’s own inability to distinguish between a rational, Newtonian-Einsteinian, cause-and- effect universe and an irrational, supernatural, fantastic universe. Either the FBI is hunting the escaped mutant from the genetics lab, or the drill-bit has bored straight into Hell — but not both at once in the very same piece of fiction. Even fantasy worlds need an internal consistency of sorts, so that a Sasquatch Deal-with-the-Devil story is also “Tabloid Weird.” Sasquatch crypto-zoology and Christian folk superstition simply don’t mix well, even for comic effect. (Attr. Howard Waldrop)
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
Questions I'd like to ask and (when I have time) answer myself. Just something to think over:


Why do I like BACCANO?
Why do I like BASILISK?
Why do I like Y + M?
Why do I think will male a good ninja story?
How to make a compelling story line/plot?
What causes negative criticism?
Why am I slow in thinking up plot (or why do I find it difficult?)
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
So I dropped Pokemon Fighters a while back. It was something that I was excited about bringing back into a remake, but I dropped it since I found it difficult to deal with. I wasn't sure how to go forward, my notes were a complete mess, and I gave up.

The same with Seishin, but I am trying to make progress with that series.

If its is too tough, I think it's best to put it away. Learned my lesson for trying to make sense of something I've been having trouble following in the first place.

Anyways, I thought about posting my current level of interest on my recent stories. Just my thoughts.

Mainly SolAka and "United We Soar". "Howl of the Gray Wolf" is my signature story, writing about Monster Rancher (Farm) in particular is what distinguishes me. In my opinion, without Howl, I wouldn't be MGW nor so determined about this kind of online hobby.

Howl is a simple story, sharing little aspects of both the game and TV series. Plus, I can't wait to get to the remake of Tiger of Freedom. I hope to live that long to get to that and perhaps do another story. Also, completing the remakes of Howl and Tiger is a fierce goal of mine as I really want to see them redevelop from terribly written stories.

Despite being difficult, I think SolAka oozes with positive energy and follows the image of the mecha genre enough. I think it's exciting to work on because of the characters and the machine design. It's my first time trying something with mecha so it gives me a challenge.

United We Soar is also exciting and I like the characters. It's also life-like, or at least I'm trying to give that impression. Did I do good with that? Plus, I've been wanting to form an Air Force story for a long time. If you're not into sci-fi or military drama, I think reading/designing a compelling story in those genres can be tough. I am not in the military nor have I been in there.

Regardless, I still wanted to do it. UWS may be a short series though.

Update

Apr. 20th, 2011 06:42 pm
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
Just an update.

I'm still having trouble with the first chapter of United We Soar, and the new Seishin story. I am still also troubled by my writing style. When I get home, I'll consider returning to either story. I want to work on the start on the new HoGW chapter. I should of began a long time ago.

Time for fun science stuff.

About Strike Lancer: Cautions )

For the first chapter of UWS, this isn't important as Aiden will not begin flight until second chapter. I'm just psychologically hindered to write.
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
Back, been busy.

So, I'm OFTEN TOLD told to be redundant and unclear/nonsensical in what I type/write.

And I always said to who whoever reads my blog that I constantly have trouble with sentence structure. Just as much, I tell them to be please excuse my grammar and wording mistakes. Adding that is my lack of logic or critical thinking.

Let's face it. After so many years of being pompous, thinking my way of writing is fine (and AFTER being told many times that is GREAT), I'll probably never get rid of my errors.

I'm starting to feel that I need to review my stories. I've been finding ways to fight off Writer's Block, but I ended up having a lack of confidence due to criticism and overthinking. I'm not sure if what I'm saying makes sense now.

Anyways, here's a current stats on my upcoming chapters:

United We SOAR, chapter 1: I can guarantee that it's over one-thousand words. It is first person; the main character is reflecting on what he has been through. Again, I worry about redundancy.

Seishin: It's over eight-hundred words, but I found myself returning to research often. This means I am not confident in what I'm portraying. One of my biggest problems in Seishin was the lack of understanding that I had in Feudal Japan (or in Japan, PERIOD) AND lack of story-telling.
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New Blog theme. I like green.

Just an update on what I'm doing. My most developed pieces, meaning what I've been working on so far (taking the most of my focus and may be close to being finished), are:


  • First chapter of "United We Soar"

  • First chapter (out of maybe 3?) of the next Seishin story


In accordance to FictionRatings (or I'm attempting it), these are my thoughts on the ratings and genre:

- As a military fiction, "United We Soar" will be "Rated M" mainly for its "strong language" and "references to political, social and religious content" just to be on the safe side. There is also the mention of 9-11 (what psychological impressions will the story have?). Politics do play a role in the story's center conflict. The Middle Eastern "Religious" battles and terrorism are mentioned as well. Will America's reason for fighting seem justified to a reader? Aiden will question himself about that, also the use of nuclear power for weapons, what it means to be American (and patriotic). Also, religious views from Aiden and Claire; theroys of historical events from Aiden; stereotyping thoughts/jokes from Aiden, Steele and Ace. In other words, story may be controversial. I don't think the violence will seem that terrible, but that's still a long way. Sub-Category will be Action. The Genre(s) will be drama/sci-fi. (see below). UWS slightly takes place in the future. Also, The Main Squadron in the story are racially diverse.

- The Seishin story that is coming up, title undecided, is on the lighter side and may be either "Rated K+" or "Rated T". Sub-Category will be Historical. The Genre(s) will be Friendship, but 2nd genre is unknown.

What's taking long?
- Writing's block, and both are chapters for the two stories that I had the most problem with so far. Lots of research takes up a lot of my time too and I shoot for an interesting read. Also, sci-fi elements in United We Soar. Some technology used is fictional.

- I had been working on them because I was recently given a jump in enthusiasm, inspired by Japan's current tragedy and how they are facing it with all their spirit.

- Seishin Trouble: Japanese culture, function on social classes, basically writing it to make it believable. It will be short.

- UWS: Trying to really make sure I understand nuclear power and aircraft. Since aircrafts are complex, I'll try not to dig deep into it too much. The story was inspired by my long love of airplanes though.
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In my previous entry, I stated that my computer had just returned from the shop because it was attacjked by viruses. Some files were removed of course, including a folder titled "FANFIC" which contains documents regarding info about my works.

The good news is that I backed up my "fanfic/fiction" folder to megaupload. The bad news is that it was uploaded back in June 2010. So I lose recent changes to my documents.

However, there is a text file or two I saved on a CD. Some things are better then nothing, right? I'll go see what I have.

Thank goodness for Wikia and Blogs. I will be using them more to store info.

Further bad news: Still have Writer's block.

Status

Oct. 20th, 2010 10:21 pm
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I need a sad or sick icon.

MGW's been sick since last week Thursday. I am just starting to feel better, but before that I was procrastinating. Can't remember what I was doing; anyways, I did try to prepare getting back into writing this week after fully recovering from being sick, so I jotted down ideas for Pokefighters on my notepad.

That should inspire me to get back into it.

ALSO!

Interest in reviving Seishin is growing more. Check my Wikia for more.
Since Seishin is inspired by Futaro Yamada's Ninpochou, the ninja characters will have unique paranormal techniques and can wield unique weapons.

The paranormal techs will somewhat be against my idea of avoiding magic-like elements, like blowing fire or being able to disappear, but it won't be too exaggerated. Read Basilisk or Yagryu Ninja Scrolls for examples.

Stories for Seishin will be short and split into eras.
http://mastergraywolf.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Seishin_Volumes_and_Chapters

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