Defendant Lobby no. 42

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bzpowerconfessions:

“i am really annoyed that i can’t say “gay as fuck” in order to describe tahu and kopaka and/or onua and lewa without being filtered”

I can confirm BZP-appropriate ways of expressing this sentiment are “tahu makes kopaka’s ko-koro go doki-doki” and “actually there’s no beating around the bush here, onua and lewa have interest in a homoromantic relationship with each other”

bzpowerconfessions:

i am really annoyed that i can’t say “gay as fuck” in order to describe tahu and kopaka and/or onua and lewa without being filtered”

I can confirm BZP-appropriate ways of expressing this sentiment are “tahu makes kopaka’s ko-koro go doki-doki” and “actually there’s no beating around the bush here, onua and lewa have interest in a homoromantic relationship with each other”

More writing questions

robissexyashellism, virulenthearts, this is on you, so you better read this you nerds

(Full ask meme here!)

What is your favourite piece that you have done?

This is a toughie! It’s a three-way toss-up between “An Aftermath”, “The Shadow and the Sea”, and “The Days They Were Needed and The Years They Were Not”.  Each let me get into a character (or characters) who felt kind of stiffed by canon, and it was a lot of fun picking them apart.  Ultimately, I might give the nod to “An Aftermath” - it’s a little rougher than the others, and not a lot ‘happens’, but writing about Kiina and Onua was a lot of fun, and I got to get into a little more depth with them.

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Show us at least one piece that you wrote recently that you did not put on a public site.

This is recent-ish (like, late last year - I wasn’t joking about not writing much lately).  You might recognize these two from a certain other fic.

Also immediate disclaimer: I wrote this during NaNo and so it’s rough as helllllllll.  It’s also like, part of one chapter of a huge fic.

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NUMBERS ONE THU NINETY-NINE. YES I KNOW THERE'S ONLY TWENTY-FIVE. YOU'RE A WRITER, MAKE MORE NERD.

Anyway both you and virulenthearts bugged me to do them all but I’m a lazy bum so I’ll just go through these in order in a number of posts.

When did you get into writing?

when I was six years old I opened MS Paint and used the text tool to write a fanfic about ash and gary having a pokemon battle and ash trying to catch gary’s pokemon in a bmp file and I wish I still had that image somewhere

More seriously, I always kind of wanted to write throughout middle/high school (I’ll get into more detail on this in a later question), but it wasn’t until college - namely late 2011 - when there was a BZP contest, and out of nowhere I slammed out “Fractures”.  And that was that.

What writing-related sites have you ever signed up for?

NaNoWriMo, ff.net… and that’s about it! I should probably get on AO3 at some point.  Oh, and work with more sites that aren’t just fanfic stuff.

Show us your oldest piece of writing that you have on hand.

Disregarding the “on hand” until I can get home and dig up either the Bionicle “definitely-not-self-insert-human-on-Mata-Nui” story I wrote in like 2003 on BZP or the Megaman Battle Network/Chrono Trigger crossover I started writing not long after.  destroy me

What defines your style as a writer?

This is a tough one, in part because I haven’t written as much this year or last as I did in, say, 2012.  I like trying to make use of pauses in prose - lots of hyphens, interrupted dialogue, gaps in the formatting, and so on.  There’s also a lot of little tics that I have to work on, like this pattern:

Character A made a motion.  “Dialogue?”

Character B shook his head.  “Dialogue.”

Character A sighed.  “Dialogue dialogue dialogue,” she said.

Character B thought this over.  Thought process.

I guess it’s a side effect of playing videogames, where you see this sort of stuff all the time (think text boxes + portraits).  Though it does bring to mind a different style point - that I try to keep characters ‘active’ throughout a dialogue. 

None of these are really ‘defining,’ though.  In terms of subject, I try to focus on character rather than larger society/adventure, I guess - I mean, I wrote a story about the Toa Kaita as characters, for crying out loud.

And in terms of tone, I can’t bring myself to write a pure downer of a story - bittersweet’s the darkest I’ll go.  I guess “Glitches" was ultimately pretty dark, but that’s also a story that never fully clicked with me (and with folks at large, given I got a total of one review, which was later wiped by the database issues.)

Do you practice other styles/have you tried other styles in the past?

Occasionally I’ve done little bits and pieces.  I know for one writing prompt/anthology, I tried to channel Bradbury a little bit (and failed miserably, in my opinion) with the slight unnerving/fantastical side of technology.  And once I was braindumping my thoughts into a notepad file and realized I’d started writing in the style of an old Japanese text/diary, The Pillow Book

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logicalabsurdity:

Matoran lifespans are ridiculously and frustratingly long because the story team wanted the saga to have a big, jaw-dropping time scale and didn’t realize what a dumb, stupid idea it was to have all the characters live much longer than the saga itself.

Lots of stories are shorter…

Really the more frustrating bit is how Matoran, who are suppose to live for thousands of years, just don’t act it. You know how much you’d pick up in a thousand years? How much you’d see and learn? It’d become pretty damn hard to pull a fast one on you, and yet the Matoran just don’t act like it. Maybe they’ve just been worker drones for so long they only developed personalities in the last decade.

Bless these posts.

The timescale in Bionicle always bugged the hell out of me.  I can understand the desire to make it epic-scale, but none of the characters reflect it in the least.  It gets even worse with the Glatorian - a hundred thousand years of struggling for survival, and while they might be a little less happy than the MU on balance, nobody really seems that permanently scarred.

For any of it to make sense character-wise you’ve got to assume a Bionicle year is much shorter than a normal year.

logicalabsurdity:

boltgsr:

logicalabsurdity:

I might repost Kiina, Master of the Grudge on BZPower. On the other hand, considering how my anxiety is going “AND THEN WE’LL HIDE IN A CORNER AND HAVE A PANIC ATTACK FOR A WEEK!" I probably won’t just yet.

Instead the .txt with the thing lightly edited and BBCode formatted will languish on my hard drive while I write other things.

… Hey, boltgsr, would it be OK if I mentioned that I originally posted the fic on AO3 and Fanfiction.net?

I’m probably overthinking this, but just to err on the side of caution you might want to omit AO3 there, just because it doesn’t have any sort of default filtering.  Personally I don’t mind that much, but on the off-chance a 12-year-old sees your fic, looks you up on AO3, and the first thing they see is a story tagged with “Rape/non-con”, it’d be one heck of a headache for everyone.

Sorry for the trouble!

(PS: just post the darn thing, we’re not scary, I promise.)

Gehehehe, yeah. … IIIIII’m gonna go make that particular fic only-members-can-view, now.

And I don’t think you’re overthinking it anyway. Until AO3 by default doesn’t show anything more mature than, hmmm, teens and up, I think it’d be best to avoid encouraging the minors to go poking their heads around.

Ahem. So. I still definitely need to work up the courage because anxiety cares not for rational thoughts, but while I’m doing that I’ll also run the sentence that I have about this being a repost by you:

Awright. GSR convinced me to repost this here, and after some light editing I have, so!

Doesn’t mention where it’s been posted before, but anyone with a modicum of Google-fu can easily look up the story title and find both other instances.

That’s fine, I think.  If someone really, really wants to Google the fic, find where it’s been posted before, and investigate further off nothing more than “repost this here”… well, that’s their prerogative.  BZP tries to be family-friendly, but you can go down the road of “well what if” forever.

logicalabsurdity:

I might repost Kiina, Master of the Grudge on BZPower. On the other hand, considering how my anxiety is going “AND THEN WE’LL HIDE IN A CORNER AND HAVE A PANIC ATTACK FOR A WEEK!" I probably won’t just yet.

Instead the .txt with the thing lightly edited and BBCode formatted will languish on my hard drive while I write other things.

… Hey, boltgsr, would it be OK if I mentioned that I originally posted the fic on AO3 and Fanfiction.net?

I’m probably overthinking this, but just to err on the side of caution you might want to omit AO3 there, just because it doesn’t have any sort of default filtering.  Personally I don’t mind that much, but on the off-chance a 12-year-old sees your fic, looks you up on AO3, and the first thing they see is a story tagged with “Rape/non-con”, it’d be one heck of a headache for everyone.

Sorry for the trouble!

(PS: just post the darn thing, we’re not scary, I promise.)

mocfactory:

Can someone who uses BZPower tell me what the up arrows are for? Are those like Facebook likes? Would I be abusing them if I used them as such?

They’re a little closer to Reddit upvotes - they’re a way to express support or that you like a post/work/etc., but who gave it points is anonymous.

logicalabsurdity:

Okay, rereading Kiina, Master of the Grudge to make sure it doesn’t have language I’ll have to edit before I post it to BZP, and oh look a Library mod is on Tumblr in the form of boltgsr!

The worst language is a few instances of “hell” and “damn”, and the most graphic descriptions of violence are Kiina threatening to strangle various people and one instance of her comparing Berix saying she doesn’t love him to him hypothetically stabbing her in the gut, with no going into detail about either violent act. Is all that OK?

Expect the “hells” and “damns” to get filtered to hashes automatically, but other than that it sounds fine.  Generally, the library’s a little more lenient with content than much of the rest of BZP (think mild PG-13).

logicalabsurdity:

boltgsr:

logicalabsurdity:

all right, what the fuck ever, i’m gonna stop F5ing the crap out of Bionicle Discussion and go immerse myself in fanworks, the Bonkles 2015 topic won’t vanish if I leave it alone this isn’t S&T

The library could always use more love!

the library could use a better frikkin’ sorting system

I’d like to, but there’s no organized list of story summaries for me to glance through, and those are what catch my eye more reliably than just clicking a title and hoping.

And if by love, you mean more writing…  heh heh heh. 242 words in an AU that cheerfully tosses elemental gender restrictions to the wind among other things (the stars don’t show shit, nixie’s just a seer)

hmm goddamn how should i differentiate lhii from jaller if i have them both and they both have haus uhhhhhh oh right different shades of red and yellow/gold

That’s a fair point, but unfortunately that’s the downside of board-based fic gathering - there’s not really any way to provide descriptions, just tags.  (IPB removed the functionality entirely a few years ago, actually.)

We technically have topics where people can log their fics, but they’re fairly outdated (and still broken from the board software wonkiness a few months back, now that I look).  Maybe in the future we could mandate people put a summary at the top of the topic or something - but whether or not we’ll even have enough people posting to make it worth it is another question.  Maybe if the 2015 rumors are true, but how anything on that front is gonna turn out is currently unknown.

Still, thanks for the feedback! And if you ever feel like posting that Berix + Kiina sibling-esque fic, we could use the variety.

also yes different color patterning and maybe scarring on the masks