Hello everyone, and happy Saturday! Recently, I did something I haven’t done in a long time: I wrote a fanfic, one for Danganronpa to be exact. I was inspired to do it, because I admire the character Junko Enoshima, the villain of series, so much. To me, she’s a female villain in a class of her own, being feminine (meaning she’s not guy in a female’s body), a mastermind, unpredictable, and she doesn’t have to lean on any male characters to achieve her ends. She’s actually like a female Joker, and I love her character for it. However, that’s not the point of this post. My story, going along with the signature of yours truly, is violent, disturbing, explicitly sexual, and honestly may be the most horrific work I’ve produced yet, so I naturally wanted to share it with the world ^_^. Unfortunately, when looking for an outlet to get my work to the public and receive feedback, I was upset upon learning the king of fanfiction websites back when I wondered those grounds, Fanficton.net, doesn’t accept MA content. MA content has explicit sexual situations and violence, a criteria fitting my usual style of story.
Now, me being the researcher I am, I looked up what all the hubbub was about concerning Fanfiction.net’s banning of mature content. My research discovered they banned NC-17 content a while back, and the banning of MA content began when they allowed users under 18 to join the site in 2002. You have one side of the fence comparing what they did to book burning (After the ban was enacted, thousands upon thousands of stories were deleted) and violating one’s right of free speech, then you have others believing a “special interest” group of elitists, specifically a group called Critics United, are using the new rules to “purge” the site of works they deem inappropriate for their stomping grounds, then you have others, the lawful good types, that say Fanfiction.net laid out the ground rules for their site and if you break them, then you deserve to get banned. I, of course, have my own admonition for Fanfiction.net, and why I will not be joining the site.
The issue is consistency. After I read their policy, do you know one of the first things I found on the website? A lemon! No, not the greatest citrus fruit in the world for making drinks, but, in internet lingo, an explicitly sexual story, a Pokemon one between a grown Ash and Serena that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. My research on Reddit also indicated that you can post an MA story on Fanficton.net… as long as you label it as M (Which this story was labeled as) and don’t surprise your readers too much with the content. Then it won’t get reported, right? But what happens when you piss off the wrong person or leave an honest opinion on another story, giving an opportunity for a slighted writer to “examine” your own? Your work may get targeted, while another violator gets a pass. Is that fair? I’d argue it isn’t fair to you, nor the community, and that’s the issue I have with Fanfiction.net. If you have a policy on your website, or a rule or law… anywhere, it’s not right to enforce it when you feel like it, whether to purge the site for space, to make a point, or to show you mean business (One of those lawful good types, who’s on the site’s side concerning the banning, left it! Why? Because she said she posted several stories in violation of their rules, but none of them got reported). It’s unjust to the people signing to your website expecting fade-to-blacks but instead get Fifty Fades of Grey whips, chains, and buttplugs. And it’s even more unjust to the people seeing MA stories on your site and then wondering why you removed theirs but not so-and-sos. Lack of consistency leads to corruption in a system, in people being able to abuse the policies to their convenience, and that corruption blossoms when you don’t enforce your policies initially and create a breeding ground of offenders. Then you have people, as I’ve read, who’ve invested chapter after chapter, sometimes novel lengths works, on your site, believing your policy is different, because you wrote one law but decided to enforce another. If you’re not willing to enforce your policies regularly for whatever reason, you need to be practical and either make your policy slacker, or create a more consistent means to enforce it.
And that’s my thoughts on the issue in a nutshell. From my experience, Fanficton.net used to be a balanced place. It’s where my sister got her start writing afterall, and she’s the one who inspired me to be a writer. However, their need to appeal to everyone along with the lack of enforcement of the policies they created, despite what side of the fence you prescribed to, created divisiveness in the community, a fissure among writers and readers who should be joining hands in artistic expression instead of slandering one another. It’s been noted the purge of stories hasn’t slowed Fanfiction.net’s following at all, but it has opened the gateway for competitors to grow, such as Archive of Our Own, Dreamwidth, and Live Journal. Also, as the story of MySpace and Twitter’s falling stock have shown, a few small competitors can take things a long way, that long way a painful journey to your site’s obsolescence. As for the writer, for the sake of his artistic expression, you’ll find my latest story, For the Love of Despair, on AO3 (Archive of Your Own) the moment they allow me to join their Beta (fingers crossed, rabbit’s foot over shoulder). If you find yourself offended by my deleterious style, please follow the rating system and tags presented, and don’t read it ;). But for the daring, and for the ones the right age, I invite you to my latest work.
Hey, how is everyone? I hope your day, night, or whatever is going well (Time Zones and all). Last week, at the height of my sickness, I experienced something that put my life in perspective for me: I almost died. It wasn't as dramatic as one would expect. There were no explosions, terrorist attempts, machine gun fire, or gangland attack. It was the simple fact that I nearly ODed (overdosed) on my medicine while I was sick. I'll humor those eating from the Falcon Feed:
I was working my daytime job: security work. I won't say what company and I won't say where for... reasons, but I was working, and I felt like hell. I was in the middle of my sickness, but it as the last day before my time off, so I said to myself I could rough through it, go home to give body the rest it deserved, then go on with my life. Throughout the day, I was taking some store brand Mucinex every four hours as the bottle prescribed. It enabled me to at least have the use of my nose, so I wasn't complaining. However, things took a turn for the worst during the last hour of my shift.
I suddenly felt the urge to sleep, an urge to sleep like the Sandman slapped me in the face, and the urge came so suddenly. Most would think it was exhaustion or lack of sleep, but I've worked till my body broke before, played all-nighters till 5 in the morning on a gaming console, and worked the graveyard shift more than once in my life, but I've NEVER felt anything like this before. It was a feeling beyond tired, like there as an overwhelming compulsion or hypnosis forcing my mind to sleep. I felt like I was about to fly, I could barely feel my legs, and a I felt slightly nauseous. I told my supervisor my symptoms, then clocked out early. She put on my timecard I was leaving because I was sick. When I went upstairs to our breakroom I had two options, and I honestly believe the option I chose enabled me to type to you today: I could have "slept off" what was wrong with me before going home, or I could think harder about why I was sick. I think it hilarious how no one I worked with could properly diagnose what was wrong with me: It took my own logic to save my life among vets, ex-military, and professionals. Or maybe their logic didn't factor into the situation at all. Maybe they didn't care.
But in anycase, I knew I had taken copious amounts of medicine throughout the night, and that, despite something I brushed off as an old wives' tale, I didn't take adequate food with my medicine. I ate dinner and a snack during my break, but that was it. I went in the bathroom, pushed my finger down my throat, and was sickened at what I saw and smelled. The entire bowl was blue, the same color as the medicine, and it smelled like nothing but the stuff. An entire toilet bowl of pure medicine. After I returned to the breakroom, one my co-workers at least gave me his left over pizza, I got a drink from the beverage machine, and my entire world lifted. No more tired feeling, no more lightheaded feelings, but I could still barely feel my legs. When I could comfortably operate them again, I went home.
When I went home, I stayed in bed for the next few days. I didn't take anymore medicine. My wife wondered if she'd need to call the hospital (something I'm surprised my co-workers didn't ascertain), but the danger passed. I was just shocked and sick. I called and told certain family members about my ordeal, but none of them seemed to care. Lessons I learned from this ordeal to pass on:
1. Make sure you eat when you take your medicine
2. When you face a life-or-death ordeal, nothing better shows you how the people in your life truly feel about you
3. People can die in surprisingly silly ways, so live the life you want to live (as long as you don't hurt anyone :P)
I used to think it silly reading about celebrities dying of overdoses, especially "accidental" ones. I used to always believe A. Someone was trying to conceal a suicide for insurance purposes or B. It was a Tom Clancy novel conspiracy. Now I know, given the right circumstances, it can happen, for it almost happened to me. It saddens me to think in a dimension somewhere there's a version of me who died sleeping in a breakroom, but he must be out there somewhere, for I had two decisions to make, and thank God I made the right one. Now I have a second chance to make things right. Be careful and safe out there, and live the lives you desire. It's better to live the life you love than to die in one you hate.
Hey yall ^_^. Two new updates: 1. A new movie rant for Logan is up on the Mist Reviews channel, and one for Kong: Skull Island is coming soon as well. Will these films put you in a berserker rage, or will you be banging your chest in victorious glee after witnessing these flicks? Go to Inner Dimension/Video Reviews to find out ;). 2. For the Duelists out there, I've finally exposed how to overcome the annoying Zoodiacs, Majespecters, D/D/Ds, and ABC - Dragon Buster in Part 6 of my how-to-beat-the-meta series on hubpages. You'll naturally find that under Inner Dimensions/Hubpages. After this, the next two things you all can expect: a hub on Yugioh rules some vet duelists are either too snobbish or lack the articulation to explain, and a review and AMV for Shin Sekai Yuri, the king of horror anime as far as I'm concerned. So, keep those peepers on nous, for we got more stuff coming for you.
I wrote it a while back, but I finally decided to fine-tune and publish my first horror story for my Eastern Shore series: One Last Ride. To give yourself a scare, click the now activated link under Fiction Dimension in the Other category. Also, sorry for the long wait on the Akame Ga Kill Rant, which should be up in the next few days, but I've been absorbed in A. Putting Elementals, my next novel, on hiatus for a different one about the CEO of a 3rd party game developer trying to save his company from a glitch that cause its players to die, and B. an AMV for my new crowned king of horror anime: Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World). So stay turned, and thanks for continuing to support Mist Productions. We're just getting started ^_^.
Things have been busy lately, which is always a good thing! I made the promise two months ago, and I've finally made good on it ^_^. How to Build a Competitive Yu-Gi-Oh Deck, Part 2, is up. Even though improving the odds of drawing your cards, understanding net-advantage, and deck themes is information duelists will drool over, I still recommend reading Part 1 before jumping into this one. Afterall, how can one understand advanced skills if one hasn't grasped the basics?
Also, the review for Akame Ga Kill is uploaded. Unfortunately, I've been told its blocked, but I'll have that fixed in a day or two. If any Yu-Gi-Oh fans out there want a type of hub written, but no one has done the honors, please let me know what you want to see. Likewise, if there are any anime you want me to review, please let me know that too. As always though, thank you for supporting Mist Productions, and Peace out!
FYI: For my next anime review, to show how unbiased I am (and to show what separates Mist Reviews from the norm), I'm going to tackle an anime I DON'T LIKE, so be looking for that coming to a Youtube near you.
Now that Turkey Day is done, turkeys and pigs everywhere can rest easy in their pens until next year. Baby chickens are next. Christmas is coming, and I'm more excited about sipping some eggnog than wondering what presents I'll get this year (When you get to be my age, you don't get presents anymore, you become Santa. And trust me, the transformation is as gruesome as the image in your head). But enough about that: My work won't get done itself, right? The newest Hub: The Best Yugioh OTKs is up, and man is it awesome. Check it out by visiting my Hubpages page under Inner Dimensions :). Also, on another fun note, I think I'll finally create a part 2 to creating a competitive Yugioh deck, and finally reveal the secrets duelists don't want you to know. Calculating percentages... Net advantages... Holding back plays... It'll be fun ^_^. Oh, and did I mention they announced Season 3 of my most favorite anime of all time: Code Geass?! LOL, man do I NOT have high hopes for that. I personally think it's going to be cash-grab with Lelouch getting a new Geass that lets him turn Super Saiyan so he can fight his evil, bratty, chibby clone sporting a mechanical arm with One Punch Man's strength while Kallen cheers in the background wearing a Kill La Kill suit (I mean, that type of thing sells now... right -_-), but who knows? While I'm setting up my latest review, I think I'll throw together a video explaining what they should do to not f**** up season 3, not because they'll watch it, but because it'll make me feel better :P. Well, that's all for now. Thanks for continuing to support Mist Productions, and Peace Out!
I'll admit, I've been draggin' a bit, but the RWBY Volume 1 is finally up. Of course it can be accessed through Inner Dimensions/Video Reviews. The Rant is also shot and ready to be edited, so I'm ahead of the game now ^_^. Let's see... I also had my anniversary and went to the Chrysler Museum for it. I had no idea so much powerful religious art existed @_@, it blew me away. Despite all the good news, after all my caution, I've been bitten by a bug, and by bug I mean an annoying virus :(. It won't stop me from producing my work though, but nobody likes getting sick. Make sure you all carry plenty of hand sanitizer and bundle up. Heck, carry a spare hoody or coat in the car if you have to, because right between these season transitions is where people get sick the most, by underestimating Mother Nature. Well, this is MAYJOR signing out.
In my latest Hub, I explore the best Trap cards currently in the game. I have to admit though, I think my list actually SHOWS I know something about the current game, rather than simply being an exploiter of those who love the game, so please check it out ^_^. You can see my latest Hub if you go to Inner Dimensions/Hubpages, naturally :). My next one may be another how to defeat the current popular decks... But I might explore more advanced methods to win matches, like netting advantage-disadvantage with card plays, ratios in drawing certain cards, holding back your plays, stuff like that.
After receiving some feedback from players, I've made some changes to the Mystic Tales Demo, which from this point forth will be called Version 3. The changes include:
1. New animal sprites in Turquoisa and the Trial Forest to interact with and that just look cute populating the map
2. Corrected errors in current maps (LOL, it's hard to get a writer to do an artist's job...)
3. New battle-Talk options. Basically, instead of you just learning knowledge about Spirit users to debuff them, you can now learn things about your allies and use that knowledge to Buff them/get them to use powerful attacks. Knowledge is now power more than ever ;).
4. Dialogue fixes
5. Replacement of the error-ridden Skip-scene script with some fancy eventing of my own letting you mid-save during a cut scene. Those who played the game will know what I'm talking about :(, and those just playing it won't have to worry about it ;).
As usual, if you find any bugs, weird dialogue, bad mapping, etc., please let me know. Even though I've test-played my game till my eyes bled, my mind gets fixed to certain patterns and will naturally miss things your minds won't. So please help a brotha out. I want this demo to be at least functional until I start working on the more action-packed Skirmish demo, and I want to do that before I get my artists and musicians on board. To download the new demo, go to Virtual Dimension/Mystic Tales on this site to see it.
Oh, and of course The Maze Game, a short story a part of my Ashtrail University series, is now available here via Creative Exiles.com. I took a stab at writing my own creepypasta story, and I'm personally satisfied with the result ;). Like it, hate it, have a suggestion for a horror story you haven't seen written, please let me know below :). Especially something dealing with tech or video games. Those be my expertise, ya know? To see The Maze Game, which is in four parts (story isn't that long, but my buddies over there insisted I break it into smaller parts.), can be accessed through the Fiction Dimension (of course). Well, that's all for now peops. Peace Out...