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USEFUL QUOTES:


"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:

Hi guys.

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.

- MGW
mastergraywolf: (Angry)
Don't write while tired.

I'm blogging because ... I'm just mad and I'm not concerned about consequences over criticizing teen pregnancy.

I seriously don't care. Call me misogynist, I'm fine with it. No, I don't think pregnant teens are "whores", "sluts", add any female derogative word. Pregnancy is not interconnected with prostitution or sleeping a lot. It just means that you received semen in the uterus, okay?

I am at a state where I can't get over it and I am insensitive because it has the potential of screwing people up. Even those who a part of the support. Or rather, I'm just in an unfortunate situation where I hate people. We develop our reproductive system at a young age, does that mean have kids? Or we can't think at all?

I absolutely dislike TP, especially when the parents are so self-centered and use children to feign that they have the backbone to face responsibility AND that they'll stay out of trouble or stop creating it. If it makes sense. I also don't like sexual pressure; I didn't see it as the GATE to being awesome, never did. I didn't give in to this feeling that I was required to have a boyfriend during high school, I didn't feel that I had to look cool because school was difficult enough as it was. Flirting was too temporary in school; it felt like a game, and it wasn't reliable in the first place.

TP hate is quite easy because there is this superficial distaste in "kids having kids". It's a blot on kids. Paternity shows and Teen Mom shows are a blot on "parents". They are blot on those who made a different decision aside from them -- like me, who didn't give in to pressure. Was I wrong?

BTW, this is not a rape case. This is not a trauma here, which I am sure I'd be more sympathetic.

One reason why I can't get much done is because I'm watching someone else's child.

Read more... )

With that out of the way, babysitting really breaks my focus. I'm constantly up and out of my seat. I have to hear the continuous sounds of baby music and baby chatter, and watch my niece so that she doesn't hurt herself.

SolAka is still in it's draft stage and I don't think I'm halfway done with the chapter. I feel like if I rush, I'll lose.

Thanks for reading my nasty ramble. I hope that you are being patient.

About MGW

Jun. 5th, 2013 01:01 am
mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
Just making a sticky post and C&Ping from Wikia:



ABOUT ME AND NAME
Master Gray Wolf, or MGW for short, is the pseudonym of an amateur writer born and raised in Michigan, United States. Her first online fanfiction was based on Pokémon; later on, MGW would get introduced to the anime/game Monster Rancher and would develop a fan-series that is still in progress. MGW uploads works on both Fanfiction.net and Fictionpress.net, and also ArchiveofOurOwn.

MGW is named after a character from the anime/game "Monster Rancher". In Japanese, his name is Gingiraiga (ギンギライガー, 銀ライガー, Silver Raiga); "Raiga" is what Tiger is called Japanese. In the anime, he is the younger brother of Tiger / Raiga and is one of the Big BAD FOUR (English version) or 『ワルモン四天王』 (warumon shitennō, Evil Monster Four Devas/Heavenly Kings).

LITERARY STYLE
MGW has a tendency to write action/adventure or comedic stories for mostly young adults and young children. However, an exception to this rule is the fiction series Seishin Ninjutsu Chronicle, where some of the stories contain detailed violence and non-explicit sexual themes. The themes of teamwork, friendship, morals, and justice are frequent. Furthermore, because history, geography, sociology, and politics are a part of the author's interests, MGW likes to incorporate such elements into her stories and mirror real-life as close as possible.
MGW also prefers creating short chapters of around 1500-2000 words or less, but may make exceptions. This is for the convenience of herself and proofreading.

MGW is a long time fan of Monster Rancher. She enjoys both the game series and the cartoon, and the name "Master Gray Wolf" is derived from an animal character from the series. She sees her two stories Howl of Gray Wolf and Tiger of Freedom as her signatures works, and they are mostly based on the Monster Rancher games.

MGW likes the military and so far has created stories set in battle. United We Soar reflects her love of the Air Force and airplanes; Heroic Blaze SolAka is her first Science Fiction (super robot based) series. She also likes history and mythology, integrating both into Stalwart Silver and Seishin.

MGW has ambivalent views on fanfiction. Majority of her own fanfiction works are based on video games such as Monster Rancher (Farm) and Pokémon, and widely uses the monsters from the games with little to no connection from the TV and comic series. However, she has expressed disdain for fanfiction, especially those of NC-17 (Lemon)/MA rating, saying that it can ruin her image of the fandom. She primarily focuses on Howl of Gray Wolf and its succeeding stories, and has decided against creating fanfiction in 2009. However in late 2013, MGW has decided to create short Saint Seiya FFs, deeply inspired by the fans of Europe and Latin America.

MGW has developed two stories about Digimon, but they were removed from Fanfiction.net. One was possibly removed due to "original content" not derived from the animated or comic series. The remake of Pokefighters was canceled in 2011.
mastergraywolf: (What's with ya?!/Just LOL/ORLY)
Blog entry. An update and something I just want to get out of the way.

I finally uploaded a new chapter of Howl of Gray Wolf and I'm going to finish JUMPING MONKEY (Seishin series) soon. Afterwards, I will work on Heroic Blaze SolAka.

While writing, I realized that I have been hard on myself. I don't like to proofread because I constantly edit my writing. I get impatient and I really kick myself, having little confidence in my style. So I strive for near perfection and a good story.

For Jumping monkey, I continued changing things around from the draft. That is what I'm supposed to do, and any smart writer should do. Who doesn't make mistakes? It just felt like it took forever. The new chapter of HoGW ended up longer; it was my intention, feeling that I might've stopped it somewhere unimportant.

For SolAka, I feared for the advancement of the plot. Little faith in myself, wondering if the storytelling will work out.

Maybe more later.

~ MGW
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This is from http://www.creative-writing-now.com




Hello,

One of the wonderful things about writing is that you can do it anywhere. As you go about your daily routine, you can be working on stories and poems in your head. It can be a great pleasure, a fascinating ongoing private conversation with yourself.

Here are some quotes from famous authors about where and when THEY write.

"If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space."
- Joyce Carol Oates

"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes."
- Agatha Christie

"Whatever job I had, I was always writing like crazy. All I ever liked about offices was being able to type up stories on the computer when no one was looking. I was never paying much attention in meetings because I was usually scribbling bits of my latest stories in the margins of the pad or thinking up names for my characters. This is a problem when you're supposed to be taking minutes of the meeting."
- J.K. Rowling

"I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway."
- Toni Morrison

"I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark."
- Henry David Thoreau

If there are days when you don't have time to write, try writing on the go. Get creative about your writing time!

The writer Doris Lessing once said: ""Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible."

Do it now. And have fun.

Happy writing,

Nancy
Creative Writing Now
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
Combat stress reaction vs post-traumatic stress disorder. vs shell shock.

Also, nothing to report this week. No work on my drafts, but did a little reading and phone-calling to increase my confidence.

It looks like that I might be moving at around two months or less. So, I am sad; I am not financially secure and I just don't feel like an "adult". In other words, I am once again not accepting myself as a good person.

Still, aside from this, I think this has been two good weeks when it comes to maintaining focus and a positive attitude.

As for writing, I want to pick a day when I just stay up without hindrances and just type what I want. Not on the weekends.

I have to keep going, and write the story.

Guidelines

May. 29th, 2012 12:52 pm
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
A new TAG. I got a bit of blogging to do.

Memorial Day (U.S) passed. I wanted to get back on United We Soar but I'm still beating myself up.

This has been happening a lot. The more I think about how my writing style is terrible, the more it'll hinder me to return to my works, and the more I will think that I need to read up on guidelines. But will I remember? That's another worry of mine. I wonder if I can identify my mistakes and even others (say, if I wanted to do beta reading).

How should I say? The technicalities of grammar are not my strong point. I can write a sentence unconsciously but can't remember the rules of it. School was long ago. I didn't pursue writing (and reading) and did not stay fresh in it, but my passion makes me want to revise my mistakes.

Maybe I am impatient? And I hate having to look back and see many mistakes that I should fix? Takes up too much time?

Anyways, how to deal with my writing insecurities?

Let's start with the basics. Under the tag, "Technicalities of writing" are entries pertaining to sentence problems, use of punctuation, pretentious language, spelling and punctuation mechanics, etc. Anything that can help me. Anything in linguistics.

The tag "literature:writing" is for entries on anything about writing art, but there isn't much direction.

Also, for now on, I'll do "Word of the Day" and "History of the Day" on Twitter. That'll keep it active.
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By the looks of things,

IRL pressure may not relax until around the Summer. I'll go update FF and FP profile. Also, don't forget ArchiveofourOwn
mastergraywolf: (High Focus/Not Tolerating This)
Do I look inconstant and unsteady? I just switch different thoughts, like I'm uncertain of an idea and don't keep it? So I first said that I wanted to do a story check because I felt like it was necessary to look over what I haven't seen in a while.

I was pretty tired last night, but was it a good idea? Just cause I've been very insecure lately about my writing, do I have enough willpower to check and see what I think may look incorrect?

I think it's responsible as a writer.

I wonder if I'm disappointed. Do I like reading my own content?

LJ
BTW, Scrapbook is going through modifications. I don't do anything but I better move my MR2 photos elsewhere just in case. We'll see what happens.
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Since my confidence is still lacking, I'm going to look over my stories and see if I have any spelling and grammar errors. Basically, a widespread proofread.

One thing that prompted me to do this is noticing a significant typo on one of my stories when I uploaded it on Archiveofourown.org.

Will post results.

MGW Update

Apr. 27th, 2012 12:47 pm
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UGHHHHH!

Here's MGW with an update on life. I'm sorry for being unable to upload anything. In fact, I had little to no time to write. How long will these IRL hindrances last? Probably around the middle or end of the Summer. I also have yet to build up my confidence in writing. Usually I tell myself to just go ahead and give it a whirl, but I can't say that I've been doing well.

LINK TIME!

http://www.annettecolby.com/blog/2008/10/26/4-powerful-ways-to-regain-self-confidence-despite-challenges/

http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/03/khan-academy-students-regain-confidence-to-tackle-math-challenges/

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/regaining-confidence.html

http://amandalinehan.com/how-to-regain-your-confidence/

I think this fits well:

"Several seconds of counting out a solution is just too much, and they take no responsibility for resolving this problem. However, their false sense of confidence triggers serious frustration and anger when they make repeated errors"

Update

Mar. 6th, 2012 04:04 pm
mastergraywolf: (High Focus/Not Tolerating This)
Just a report on current status.

Been having lack of time. Family health trouble again and also constant babysitting.

Plus, I stunk at a job interview and my confidence is still lacking.

The Hanzo, or any short story, really shouldn't give me trouble...really. I worked on it a little yesterday, but I haven't been feeling happy about it and kept editing. Again, not much confidence. I try to read it in my head and it doesn't seem like an intriguing story just yet. And I mean in terms of how I use my writing style.

If that makes sense.
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Here's some results.

I had the documents for the new Seishin short story (about Hanzo Hattori), and the next chapters of United We Soar, SolAka, and Howl of Gray Wolf OPENED in front of me. I mostly worked on HoGW and went over one-thousand words with the Howl chapter. The rest, not so much.

I wanted to get going with SolAka but didn't get far. Had trouble with a title.

The United We Soar chapter has over 400 words back from November or so.

For Seishin and SolAka, I want to be at the PEAK of my writing ability. But, I kept getting struck by a lack of confidence, especially when I read other things. I want to express how amazing Hanzo is but I can't seem to do it.

I may need some more time. The cause of Seishin's hiatus is my "inferior" or "bland" writing and lack of understanding Japan, it's rich history, it's customs, etc. I still feel like my maximum potential hasn't been reached.

I wish I had the writing skill and speed to upload something per week, even if it's just one chapter.
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LINK: http://iplaw.wikia.com/wiki/Take_Action_Now

"Imagine a World without free knowledge".

First, I'd like to say that I am sorry for not uploading anything last week or this week. I'm still surprised that is Wednesday. I was feeling under the weather. I had Rhinorrhea for some dumb reason too.

Anyways, this SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act; Internet Piracy) business has gotten serious, so I'm just taking time to reflect and ramble.

My icon is more of a thoughtful or "hmm?" face rather than angry.

Ask yourself, are you committing piracy?

Today, on my Wiki, in response to the protest, I wanted to type why I think Wikia can be useful. I was an amateur editor for Wikipedia and wanted to learn how to use the editing system. Because of that, BOOM, made my own database. It first started off as as experiment on PBworks, but it was difficult to work with so I used Wikia.

Today, I also want to honorably mention the LJ comm [livejournal.com profile] stop_plagiarism, where the members commit themselves to fighting piracy. It is backed with facts and I appreciate the hard work. Surprises how people just indiscriminately copies from another.

Which makes me think: Would parodies on youtube fall into the piracy category?

I had more to say but I forgot. Again, it's a ramble, and looks like there is little to no point.

Update

Jan. 11th, 2012 01:43 pm
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Haha, I can't really keep a promise can I? I said that I was going to write last week New Years.

Here's a little update since New Years.

I did start on the next chapter of Howl of the Gray Wolf and SolAka, but didn't get too far (around 200-300 words). BUT, I think it's enough to inspire me to keep going. I'll work on one chapter later today.

I got back to playing Monster Rancher 2 because I was determined in unlocking some monsters. A lot of them require you to combine monsters, but I don't have many strong ones to make good combs. I recently dug out the hot springs and received an Undine slate. That also means I can unlock Niton and I can seek out Zilla.

I am concerned about Zilla and Jill.

I got the Wracky Doll last year, but to prove that I still have it, I have to kill a monster. mmph...

You could say that playing MR2 restored a bit of my love of the series, so I managed to do a little writing for the HOGW chapter. I wonder how far I can go before the week's over.

If I lucky, I'll come back with another update before the day ends.
mastergraywolf: (Wartime)
Follower from Mibuno is finished. I also added Mibuno II. How is it?

United We Soar may be next.

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Today, I did a little reflecting.

Back in Elementary school, I took part in a book club where I had to finish reading a book in I think a month? Either a week or a month, then I had to do a quiz on what I read. While I was good at reading, I had trouble remembering things. I found myself remembering narrow plot details and scenes, but I would often forget dialogue, composition, and sometimes the names of the characters. I don't think my comprehension is toobad.

It is difficult to explain. Maybe this is what brings me frustration when I read, and why I reading enjoyment lacking. Or am I depreciating myself again?

Anyways, I need to use my notebook and make notes for Howl of Gray Wolf.


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Here's an aircraft video for your enjoyment and mine, totally!. Lots of the aircraft look like F-14 F.Falcons and F-15 Eagles. Aren't they great? Also, an A-10!

mastergraywolf: (Default)
Mostly chapter ideas for:
+ Howl of Gray Wolf
+ SolAka
+ United We Soar (mainly armaments issues)

I should try and attempt free writing for Stalwart Silver's next chapter.

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.
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
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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