mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
RECENT UPDATE(S): December 12, 2013

This is a December update profile. 2014 is almost here.

SolAka should be next. I apologize for being slow, but I also have fanfics that I work on. SolAka and Seishin are difficult series, but I enjoy working on them. Can't wait to see where Aka ends up.

See you later.

- MGW

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[late November?]
December is on its way, and so is Winter.

On my 2nd day off and will hopefully have a third, but weekends usually mean babysitting. Also, my glasses ended up missing since Thursday. So that kind of annoys me.

Still need to work on SolAka. I'll work on it today and hopefully tomorrow. Still a little work over its progress but it is a battle chapter.

No plans for Seishin stories yet. Difficult series. How do I think up such things?
mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
RECENT FF UPDATE(S): December 31, 2013

I have something special for the New Years. Keep in touch.

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December 17, 2013

Penitent Feathers is updated again. This time, a chapter about Sisyphos (YEAH!) and Sasha/Athena. It's first person.

See you in 2014!

...MGW...
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
Bear with me. It's another ramble, I didn't clearly check grammar of everything looks consistent...ironically. Italics are quotes.

Rules and Guidelines of FF.net
Tumblr: CU
EncycloDrama: CU
Huffingtonpost: The Book Burning That Wasn't: Thousands of Works of Fiction Destroyed and No One Pays Attention
Fictionratings.com
http://fucriticsunited.wordpress.com/

- "Bullying and harassment under the guise of constructive criticism?"

- They are a group of supposed "Critics" that will delete stories in which they deem "inappropriate".

- They apparently ruin the definition of the word "Critic" since, according to authors, critics are supposed to point out some flaws in a story and suggest ways for improvement.


The actions of CU are seen as so terrible that they're compared to Westboro Baptist Church (which, quite frankly, is MEGA AWFUL! So bad that even the KKK don't like them) and described as the kind of people who "throws nuns into traffic". That terrible? Westboro?!

Too many people care about recognition.

There are some things I'm surprised to see, like how authors respond to negative reviews or being told that they're against the rules. Negative reviews don't have to come from CU or similar communities you know.

Then there's satisfaction if you point out a critic's hypocrisy? Like in misspelling and grammar errors for example? Seems pointless if the critic's a writer as well.

If this continues, there will be no room in mental improvement or empathy for neither both author or critic. If you get a negative response, how about not responding the same way?

So what's the problem with writers who gets their work flagged or receives comment about rule breaking. Self-entitlement? In the freedom of writing? Are rules too restrictive, too much, or unnecessary to wrap one's head around? People's offensive barriers are too thin.

"I can do this because I see others do it and their story remains"?

Is it "harassment" when you're told something you don't want to do, can't do this or that, many times (because you keep doing it), like a bunch of children?

ESPECIALLY because you've progressed so far in the story and received so much reviews (especially good reviews), that it's 'too late" to edit? When you get many "your fic is awesome" reviews virtually all the time, you can't really handle the opposite too well.

Does a person consider how to reply back? If the assailant offends you, calls you names like "idiot" or being passive-aggressive BEFORE YOU DO, then it's an attack. This is bully like behavior.

When actually provoked me to ramble on this is seeing someone complain about "their lives sucks and he/she writes to get out of depression" and "removing them/flaming makes them want to commit suiside" (and it was spelled "S-U-I-S-I-D-E"), or along those lines. That doesn't mean that you're above rules or blind to it. It means you're still a writer in spirit.

Why do successful people commit suicide?

Here's an example or impoliteness. I can't take this too seriously, but it's the same attitude: Reviews for The Perfect Jewel.

The problem with CU is that the more fanfics/stories that get deleted, the more successful they'll feel. Frankly, I think they nitpick at many things, are incredibly strict, and can flag a story for infringing just one minor rule such as typos or wrongful titles when it seems harmless (least to me). Some have different interpretations than others on how the rules are followed, such as good grammar and what is a "script" or "interactive" story. The above mentioned review has horrible grammar and spelling. You don't want to write like that, despite writing from your heart and being proud of it, or despite trying to write.

The painful part is that if you're still learning or just starting out in writing, or if English is not your first language (ESL), then will it get flagged or deleted for looking "non-fundamental"?

EVERYONE IS STILL LEARNING! MUST CONTINUE LEARNING!

And the negative reactions just makes CU laugh and stereotype authors, hunt through the categories (Ie: Homestuck, misc, pokemon, naruto, etc) that are most inclined to receiving stories and reviews.

Authors, personally, I think it's your job to set an example for yourself and your story. There is always room for improvement.

I don't believe that CU's goal is to delete "bad stories"; many do fall into the category of rule breaking, or "writing freedom radicalism", but there are more communities out there who band together to flame in reviews and to harshly criticize (or flame) authors.

Eliminator,
LU (Literate Union)
Defenders

I got one fanfic or two deleted long ago without warning. No review, no message, no hints or tips.

When you're told some advice or maybe something to edit, please take it or wonder over why someone would tell you what they tell you.

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I can understand that these rules are to provide comfort for the reader. Here are the current guidelines of FF and FP, which you are required to see BEFORE uploading a new story:

Note: My comments are in bold. There is some repeating.

Community Etiquette )

FF Content Guide BASICS )

Entries not allowed )

Actions not allowed )


General rules )

Then maybe the hatred should be directed towards these rules and FF.net itself?

So, for those who don't like following these rules, and especially make stories that are like script-based or songfics, do you think it's alright to place yourself at a low level and get extremely angry to reinforce writing freedom?
mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
RECENT UPDATE(S): Thursday, February 7, 2012

The draft of Heroic Blaze SolAka's new chapter is complete. Unfortunately, babysitting took up virtually my entire day (and attention), and I was unable to proofread the draft and see if it's close to ready for a final produce. Hopefully, later in the morning, I can return to it. It is over 4000 words.


RECENT UPDATE(S): Friday, January 4, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hello 2013!

To those who are reading and/or enjoying my stories, or are just visiting my profile, I hope that all of you are doing well. Last year was rough and sluggish for me, and I still apologize for my terrible pace in updating. I have been busy with mostly family care and employment, plus I've have been lacking confidence in my writing. Furthermore, after finishing drafts, revision takes quite a bit of time. I hope that in the near future, that will change and that I will push more passion into writing.

I have a lot of original fiction planned. For this new year, I really want my shinobi fiction series, "Seishin" to progress. From story concepts to characters, I'm trying to put a lot of time and care into Seishin so that it can express Asian culture both accurately and attractively. Perhaps I should make it my goal to upload at least 10 or 15 Seishin stories this year? As for Heoric Blaze SolAka, I will not abandon it. I am still working on the next chapter; it's difficult, and i end up revising a lot, but it is enjoyable. I am also concerned for future chapters as the plot progresses throughout the invasion. Please look out for it.

Stalwart and UWS are short and will still take time. For some reason, I can't figure out an ending and I fear that the plots will be utilized quite weak. I am good at setup/exposition, but afterward takes quite a bit of time. This is also the same case with SolAka.

Plese check my Wikia and/or blog for more information on my status or stories.

Take care!

MGW
mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
Updating my profiles so I'm putting this here

PREVIOUS UPDATE:

Jumping Monkey (Seishin series) has been updated and completed.

Mibuno II has be removed, and added to The Follower of Mibuno as its final chapter. It is completed.

RECENT UPDATE(S): November 23, 2012 (Tuesday)

Hello Everyone. I am going to add Mibuno II to "The Follower of Mibuno" story as a new chapter. It doesn't make sense for me to upload something that is closely connected to a previous work to make up for my laziness. I wouldn't call it a suitable sequel.

Also, the Seishin stories is now in a series of "character introductions" and "character studies".

Previous announcement:

I have to humbly apologize for being slow. Situations are more difficult than I thought.

It turns out that the next chapter drafts for United We Soar (to my surprise), Heroic Blaze SolAka, and Stalwart Silver are unfinished. Due to tons of difficulty, and while contemplating on the future direction of the series, Heroic Blaze SolAka's next chapter remains incomplete. Because it's taking so long, perhaps everyone deserves a good chapter? I may or may not split the fight into two chapters again. If I do split it, I don't want to look lazy and leave a chapter's end unsatisfying.

UWS is mostly done, but I left the end broken. I have to fill that in; there's nothing but quotes and a couple of sentences.

Again, I am very sorry for my lack of inactivity. I have little to no excuse; while IRL did occasionally drag me down, it was my lack of confidence and my laziness that was preventing me to write and edit. Personally, I don't like to proofread. I often look over a single chapter more than once (or twice?) and end up being disappointed in my work, but I learn that it's important within the passion of writing. I also learn that it's good for me to be careful.

Thank you!

MGW

NEXT CHAPTER(S):

- Heroic Blaze SolAka 11: (Title TBD)

- United We Soar 4: Aiden vs Ace

- Autumn Grove (single chapter)

- Kirigakure Humor story (Seishin: single chapter)



FF>Net

I humbly apologize. I didn't get to work on the new HoGW chapter draft this week; however, outline/summary of details are in my notebook. I will see if I can do something today or this coming Monday. The new upcoming chapter is called "The Son of Leap Forest". We're getting into the journey.

The recent chapter of Howl of the Gray Wolf (2009) was uploaded on September 25, 2012.

I am very sorry for my lack of inactivity. I have little to no excuse; while IRL did occasionally drag me down, it was my lack of confidence and my laziness that was preventing me to write and edit. Personally, I don't like to proofread. I often look over a single chapter more than once (or twice?) and end up being disappointed in my work, but I learn that it's important within the passion of writing. I want to make HoGW a fun read in the Monster Rancher fandom.

MGW

NEXT CHAPTER(S):

- Howl of the Gray Wolf 11: The Son of Leap Forest

- Howl of the Gray Wolf 12: (Title TBD)
mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
I am very sorry for my lack of inactivity. I have little to no excuse; while IRL did occasionally drag me down, it was my lack of confidence and my laziness that was preventing me to write and edit. Personally, I don't like to proofread. I often look over a single chapter more than once (or twice?) and end up being disappointed in my work, but I learn that it's important within the passion of writing.

Fanfiction
I humbly apologize. I didn't get to work on the new HoGW chapter draft this week; however, outline/summary of details are in my notebook. I will see if I can do something today or this coming Monday. The new upcoming chapter is called "The Son of Leap Forest". We're getting into the journey.

Here are the NEXT CHAPTER(S):
- Howl of the Gray Wolf 11: The Son of Leap Forest
- Howl of the Gray Wolf 12: (Title TBD)

FictionPress
NEXT CHAPTER(S):
- Heroic Blaze SolAka 11: (Title TBD)
- United We Soar 4: Aiden vs Ace
- Autumn Grove (single chapter)
- Kirigakure Humor story (Seishin: single chapter)
mastergraywolf: (Monsters rule seal)
Hello everyone. Just a "how am I doing" update.

I am pretty distracted IRL due to babysitting, but since this might become more regular, I managed to work on SolAka. It's still difficult; I am also impatient and want to get to the end as quick as possible, hoping that the proofreading won't be a problem. I took so much time in procrastinating that I really want to progress in the story, so my impatience increases.

Still, it is fun to work on. I am wondering if I should split the fight again into two chapters. I should tell myself, if I feel that something doesn't belong, either skip it to look at it later or remove it.

As for Howl of the Gray Wolf, I think I know how the next two chapters will end up. Not sure about "Stalwart silver" (it has a little romance) and United We Soar.

Everything has to do with the willpower and the time.
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.
mastergraywolf: (Huh?)
Hello! Here's a quick update.

The next chapter drafts for Howl of Gray Wolf and Jumping Monkey are done. I need to go over there to make a final version.

The next chapter draft for Heroic Blaze SolAka is taking...quite a while. It's nearly 1500 words and not completed. Good grief. After a long wait, I guess I must feel that the quality and pacing should be good.

Update

Jan. 11th, 2012 01:43 pm
mastergraywolf: (Default)
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: (High Focus/Not Tolerating This)
Well, it's the end of the year. 2012 is just a couple days away, so I'm going to reflect on what I've been doing. Or rather, I'm just going to talk about what I'm thinking about doing. This is just some ramble.

UNITED WE SOAR
Fiction: Action - Rated: M (mainly for language, crude/adult humor including innuendo, political themes.)
It's like a documentary.
I think this story has received the most progress. It was uploaded in May and I'm surprised that I managed four chapters in a span of four months considering how distracted I get. It also tested my stamina in researching the military. Everything was a little easy until I actually reached the introduction of the superfighter. The suggestive humor, referencing of real life war events and politics (ie: Communism), and the profanity is mainly what led me to pick the M rating. If you read this story, would you agree with it? Would you agree with Aiden? You don't have to, but would you get upset with me for the entire portrayal?

There will also be violent content. While blowing people from the sky during a dogfight might not seem awful when imagined (compared to soldiers getting blown up/shot), the aftermath is reported. There's also mention of PTSD. Aiden's GF in the next chapter will talk about that.

Seishin Chronicle
Rating various.
It's still difficult, but I'm glad to have uploaded something. I have five stories up, a few being fun and one being a bit serious. What worries me is that Mibuno, three SHORT chapters, took me three months. Because I was confident that it would be a short story, I mainly stayed focus on it to get it done, but my confidence went down the drain. I kept modifying it like I wasn't satisfied with what I was writing, like with before Seishin went on hiatus. I'm still not sure.

Jumping Monkey is about Sasuke. Looking forward to it. Really wanted to write about Sasuke.

I removed Passive Rivals since I didn't like it.

Autumn Grove is about a fictional Fuuma ninja. Had a little concern with it, as I don't want samurai to be always portrayed as incompetent. Also, would they run out of the city to check on a captured girl? My first idea was to make the girl the sister of a samurai. Also, if someone was captured, how many samurai would pursue? Name ideas I have for the samurai are Toranosuke (虎之助), Hiroaki and Terumaru.

The next story will be about HATTORI HANZO! It'll be humor.

Heroic Blaze SolAka
My last chapter was apparently uploaded back in June 2011. I really want to get back into this and I won't give up, but this is still a difficult story. Enjoyable, but difficult.

Stalwart Silver
Mythology - Rated: K+ (PG)
This short story is about a paladin boy. I put up a prologue to get my inspired to start. That's all I have for now. I have a little bit for the next chapter. Just need to expand it.

Stalwart Silver
One chapter story on Civil War. Still not sure on what to call it yet and how to write it.
mastergraywolf: (Default)
Hello,

Just leaving a short entry on how I'm doing. Well, my mother has been doing better and I'm constantly watching her. Mm-hmm. She's a real trooper; while I feel more relieved now, I am still busy from time to time. I'm also having a little trouble with health too. Also, haven't had time to concentrate on writing THAT MUCH.

I really want to get back since I've been getting inspired by various things such as documentaries and reading history. I've had ideas but didn't take time to write/type them down for later use. I guess I still am in a slump.

Do I still feel anxious, hesitant, to write?

I did finish "Follower of Mibuno". Did I mean to end it that way? I will admit, I found it a little frustrating to complete for such a short story. The theme is loyalty, but I had trouble with the direction. I kept making modifications to the paragraphs and I almost didn't know how to end it. But I was thinking of a 1-2 chapter sequel.

Here are current Seishin stories (as of 11/25/2011) and what they're about:

~ The Jumping Monkey (Lack of experience)
~ Autumn Grove (Death)
~ Passive Rivals (Ambiguous discontent)
~ The Follower from Mibuno (Loyalty)
~ Trio of Iga (Working together, or maybe...the oldest is the most dependable?)

I really should get back to Stalwart Silver too. That is also a short story of about three chapters.

Yes, United We Soar and SolAka too. I seriously want to get back to the latter. They crossed my mind just as much as the Seishin stories. I thought UWS would be easier to do with its 1st person perspective, but I struggle with the complexity of the Strike Lancer. I think there's something I need to complete with the armaments.
mastergraywolf: (Just Sad)
Hello, it is November.

Still having a struggle with family health. I even got sick last week and I am just recovering from it. Mother is hospitalized and will have surgery as soon as tomorrow depending on how well she is. I also occasionally babysit; father has been a bit sick himself.

Because of my wide concern on the situations, I wasn't able to focus on writing.

According to Traffic Stats for both Fanfiction.net and FictionPress.net, It looks like Howl of the Gray Wolf, and my two Seishin stories Passive Rivals and "The Follower of Mibuno" has received the most hits so far this month. The Seishin stories (except for Autumn Grove) has been getting the most visitors.

I should work on those when I have the time, but I still have my frustrations with my writing ability. Sometimes it takes me hours to type up a 300-500 word piece of content. While working on Mibuno, I found myself often staying in maybe the same one or two paragraphs and making changes.
mastergraywolf: (Just Sad)
Hello Halloween.

Not really a happy halloween.

Recently became a bit depressed because of health problems within family. So, I've been on my feet and taking care of them, including a baby niece. Probably didn't sleep much out of nervousness

Furthermore, the next chapter of "Follower of Mibuno" is taking FAR longer than I expected. I often found myself altering it a lot and unable to reach an end, and the word count compared to the other chapters is larger. Since my plan was a short story, constant modifications annoy me sometimes. It kind of makes me ask myself, "am I content with my writing ability?"

I recently put [livejournal.com profile] charloft and [livejournal.com profile] lj_nanowrimo on my watchlist.

I am most certainly not joining Nanowrimo this month. It is probably beyond my league now.

Sorry for the self-deprecation again.

Status on FictinoPress: "Follower of Mibuno" and "Passive Rivals" seem to have received a lot of hits.

Been trying to modify Passive Rivals.
mastergraywolf: (Humph ^_^)


Icon of Joe Musashi, from the new Shinobi game that's coming. Here's a kickass trailer.



My admiration of shinobi as rekindled again. Not really because of Joe, but because of what I read. They seemed to have really lived up to their reputation as intelligence agents. When it comes to roads, they use powder or twist grass to mark their path.

--

Just a small update. I'll get back to "Mibuno" (Seishin story) soon. I'm still in my slump and found myself having difficulty writing. I was also pretty drained last weekend. How many times am I going to say this you wonder?

Recently went on Twitter for a short moment.

MONSTER RANCHER 2
Considering the strength of Siva (the Dragon, A-rank monster) in MR2, I now think that Jesvah's power in Howl of Gray Wolf isn't exaggerated. And I still don't understand why a dragon's card is rated "D"!
mastergraywolf: (Tired)
Small Update.

It's 28 mins til Friday. I apologize for not being able to upload anything yet. I haven't been typing much, being distracted by my niece, having a little lack of sleep, and still struggling with writing.

So I've been spending time reading compared to typing.

...what to do?
mastergraywolf: (Humph ^_^)
OK!

I continue to fight depression/writer's block/

Fanfiction.Net
A new chapter of Howl of the Gray Wolf was uploaded finally after x months.

FictionPress
Since SolAka and UWS will take a while, I uploaded the prologues of three Seishin stories just to get my back into the series. I actually liked writing them; even if they're going to be short, I'm still worried over if I can do it right.

Update

Jul. 18th, 2011 11:49 am
mastergraywolf: (Default)
New chapter of "United We Soar" was uploaded.

Thoughts on it here:

http://mastergraywolf.livejournal.com/74966.html
mastergraywolf: (Default)
Few more:

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July 11, 2011:
- I will occasionally work on the the next chapter of "Howl of the Gray Wolf" (HOGW) since I have my original works. Lately, I have been stopping my chapters short of the original planned length, splitting them into "parts". For example, the newest HoGW chapter was meant to be longer, including a battle, but that was moved to the next chapter that I will be working on. Hopefully, it won't take too long.

JULY 1st, 2011:
- Trio of Iga has been edited, both story and description slightly.

June 27:
- HELLO MONDAY. After like seven months, the new fun chapter of Heroic Blaze SolAka has arrived. Readers get a whooping 5000+ word chapter. Since I cut off the battle, I may work on the next chapter throughout this week. Thank you for your patience. Also, I changed my avatar (a while ago), do you like it?

- Wikia (watch out for some spoilers) and Twitter are updated.

- Trio of Iga will go through some minor editing soon.

- Regarding the new SolAka chapter, I'm having trouble with line breaks. So if it's uncomfortable to read, I'm sorry.
mastergraywolf: (Default)
OLD UPDATES:

June 1, 2011: I made a Twitter exclusively for online writing hobby. It will be closely related to writing, book reviews, comics, etc. Next MGW chapter hasn't been made yet.

May 20, 2011: A new chapter for HOGW is here! It was meant to be longer, but I was in a hurry to upload something after a long absence and split the chapter into two parts. Plus, I still have my tendency to make short chapters for easier reading and order. I'll work on the rest of the chapter some time while working on FP works.

April 30 and May 12: Some bad news: "PokeFighters" will be discontinued. Information on the story is on my Wikia. The New chapter of HoGW is being worked on, but not much progress just yet. Also, I had a little dip in writing confidence recently. Check blog for more information or/and visit my Wiki for updates.

April 20, 2011: None at the moment. Please be patient. The New chapter of HoGW has not been worked on yet since I've been busy with original works for FictionPress . Also recently, I had a little dip in writing confidence. Check blog for more information or visit Wiki for updates.

March 18, 2011: Nothing yet. But I've been inspired to write this week. Mood as been positive so far. I will work on the new chapter of Howl of the Gray Wolf sooner or later. Check blog for updates. I had recent troubles with my computer.

March 09, 2011: I have finished and uploaded a new chapter for PokeFighters. It wasn't meant to be two parts but I wanted to stay around 2000 words or less. At the moment, I am having trouble with Writer's Block.

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