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  1. Yeah, here you go: They vary in quality. Some haven't aged as well as others. Most were written in high school except for the Avengers fic and the Doctor Who attempt that turned into nothing. Man I forgot some of the stuff I put in this. 'Jack cupped her delicate chin in his hand and stared at her with his eyes, chocolate orbs, melting with passion, "Just say yes." "Your eyes make me hungry," Raven whispered.'
  2. Oh, completely intentional. My first fanfic ever was a Mary Sue parody fic that still makes me chuckle sometimes. Though my favorite is probably this Yu Yu Hakusho fic I did, though I can't completely claim credit for it because my brother snuck on my computer midway through and wrote a hilarious interlude that I had to keep in because it killed me.
  3. I kinda just figured out that my nano actually is based on some really depressing themes... maybe nobody else who reads it will notice, but it just suddenly struck me this morning that I'm just writing more about helplessness in the face of an unstoppable uncaring existential threat.
  4. I like to think I've succeeded at it. 100% of my fanfics ended up being comedy.
  5. Well, it wasn't actually really hard. Some of the "hunk o' metal" chisels I've shown here are a lot harder to make than this. We used a sort of rose "kit" which was basically a bunch of clover shaped pieces of metal with a hole in them already punched out so we basically took those and sanded down any rough edges left over from the machining. Then, I spent a lot of time texturing the petals and sepal (not shown) to look nice. The hardest part was putting them together since the "stem" was like 1/8" round bar and the hole in the punched out petals was slightly smaller. So I had to forge down the end into a point, stick a forge weld on the end of the point, layer the petals in the right order and hammer them down tight, and then cap off the end by heating the top with a blowtorch and pounding it into a bolt head type cap. After that it was largely just pealing up the petals with scrolling tongs, heating the flower part, and bending the petals to look more like a rose. Then I cut the stem a bit shorter and bent it to look a bit more natural and finished off the top with a blowtorch to give it a more interesting texture. It was pretty fun to make, really, and looks nice for the amount of effort I put in. I might buy some more of these kits and pound out a few more roses if I have time.
  6. So, I did another blacksmithing project...
  7. Hrmmm... Well most influence would be: Terry Pratchett, JRR Tolkien, Brian Jacques, Avi, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Favorite is a lot harder because there's some authors where I really really like one book they wrote, but haven't read any others, or where I generally like everything they've done, but it hasn't really influenced my own writing. Like Lawrence Yep, Rick Riordan, Alexander Dumas, Charles Dickens, Jonathon Stroud, and Max Gladstone. I might even throw Victor Hugo in there for his architecture fun times.
  8. Tamora Pierce, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling would probably be my top three off the top of my head. Though, I guess I've been taking more from Jane Austen and Mary Shelley recently. Regarding horror stage plays, my dad and I are planning to try writing a Lovecraft adaptation for this local theater troupe we like.
  9. Yeah, I'd say spoiler tags and content warning at a minimum, or link to a google docs or something.
  10. So, weird thing is I'm not really a huge fan of raw Lovecraft. There's neat ideas, but the characters seem pretty sterile and the prose tends to drag on in the style of the time. What I am a fan of are rewrites of Lovecraft, where other writers who are better at characterization do a new treatment of the stories to make them more interesting on a personal level (like in video games, movies, and plays). Same with Ambrose Bierce. I guess the interest lies in fear of something that is not understandable. There's not often any neat answers in cosmic horror, at least for the characters. Which is a lot different from traditional horror, which tends to provide very straightforward answers. Like why does Normon Bates kill women? Because he has a messed up relationship with his dead mother. Why does Jigsaw make these elaborate traps? Because he believes that only the people with the strongest desire to survive deserve to live. Why do zombies eat people? Because they're hungry. There are no answers in cosmic horror, only suggestions. Why does Pennywise eat kids? We don't know. Why do they need to be scared first? No idea. Why Derry? Who knows. He's a powerful child-eating spider monster from outer space. We can guess that he's really eating the fear or whatever, but we don't really know anything. And nobody does. The kids figure things that work out live through trial and error. There's no manual for dealing with this sort of thing. The only information about a cosmic horror villain usually comes from the mad or the wrong. It's garbage or incomplete. And in fighting the monster, either the characters have to try to figure out what they're fighting while they're fighting it or eschew finding out anything at all in favor of simply stopping an intermediary of the monster (like cultists or evil wizards or what have you). And that is part of the lasting effect of the horror. The protagonists might win, but they might not know why or if they've even truly won. Or in terms of many Lovecraft monsters, it's never a win, just a delay. And I find that scarier, or at least more interesting to me. I feel like the more you know about a horror villain/monster, the less scary they are. The monster lurking in the shadows is scarier than the monster standing on the other side of a brightly lit room. Also, why traditional vampires aren't scary. Yeah, they can drink your blood while you're sleeping, but they can't come in your house unless you invite them, burn up in direct sunlight, can be warded away with holy symbols, holy water, and garlic, can be killed with a wooden stake to the heart, etc. So much is known about vampires that they can be a threat, but a threat where how to defeat it is common knowledge. But how do you kill a Shoggoth or a Pennywise? Well, if you've read the books already, you'd know, but when you start for the first time, you don't know. It's completely new. And you as a reader/watcher can't judge for yourself whether a character's plan would work because you're just as in the dark as they are.
  11. Yep. Since she's a detective, I've sorta been writing it a bit like a hardboiled detective novel, chasing leads and getting fed tidbits of information that turn into more leads. The latest lead was a newspaper article that she found, showing that she'd been admitted to this sanitarium and she makes the leap that maybe the weird number on her arm refers to a file cabinet drawer where she might have hid some info. So she and vampire sidekick decide to try to bluff their way in to take a peak (she disguises herself to not get recognized). They initially are planning to pretend that they're looking for a place to stash their nuts uncle, but then the head doctor thinks they're undercover cops, so they go along with that and he shows them a spoopy occurrence that happened the exact same night the main character event (basically this one exam room got tilted 90 degrees somehow). I happened to accidentally develop some world-building during the course of writing, that any sort of magic that messes with space/time is banned because it can weaken the fabric of reality and let "things" from other planes travel through. Which happened here where a creature from the other side passes through a weak spot and some nurses from our side pass halfway through before getting fused together and stuck in the floor. The creature possesses the head doctor and treats the place like his own little amusement park. When the main characters show up, it tries to lure them to the basement where it's locked up the rest of the staff and patients, but they figure out something is wrong too fast and then have to frantically run around for a bit to try and find things that creatures from outside reality don't like to get the thing out of the doctor (basically silver and salt). Of course, now the doctor is now probably gonna be a full time resident for awhile because being possessed is agonizing and traumatizing.
  12. My sanatarium encounter turned from a simple "get a file from a filing cabinet" to " oh crumbs, the head doctor is being worn by a demon like a skin suit and now he's skittering around upside down like the Ring girl"
  13. I wasn't a fan at first, honestly, but it's growing on me. Someone on resetera described the outfit as a grandma trying to be a hipster and I was like "oh man, that exactly describes the Doctor." Having said that, I'll also say I didn't really like Smith or Capaldi's costumes until the second iteration, so I imagine Jodie's Doctor will probably go through a few fashion changes over the course of her run and I'll be a super fan of at least one of them.
  14. I like cosmic most of all, but I'll enjoy other stuff if it's well done. I did spend a lot of time describing the gruesome ways these minor antagonists got murdered in my NaNo though...