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  06:45:55  25 February 2004
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Amoki
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I'm working on college most of the week. I usually get a chance to check the forums once in a while, but I don't have the time to read any of the submissions. I might do that this weekend. I've been doing some writing, which I plan on doing a lot more of very soon. It's been pretty slow lately, though. I guess I'm gathering energy to do something really big. Just need to figure out what that is.

On the side I've worked on some music (electronic) and I've been dabbling in a little text-based game supplemented with drawings. All I've really finished on that are some pictures of weapons.

Used to play Call of Duty or Enemy Territory on the internet every day or two, but my good mouse died and I'm stuck with working on this really horrible trackball.

I guess that pretty much sums it up for me. What about you?
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First of all, I am studying here in NZ now- year 13 student in local fee. Kinda like it here, especially how you westerners get to study. You guys gotta be thankful that you guys can take the subjects you like, because in Malaysia I was submitted to take 9 subjects...

My love for now is still the game and its contest, as usual. Get to pull some hairs from the 'players' while learning something out of everyone's mistake. But I only get to play at teh weekend/ today's exception because I refused to go to school's sports day. Too bad GSC closed the contest, because I lost some oppurtunity to cull some lamb...

And get to read every story in the contest using my PDA, a sony Clie which is a complete moster- mp3 player, movie shooter, movie player, scientific cal, 1.3 MP cam, game, weather forecast, news reader, alarm,.... damn, the only thing is still don;t have is a handphone... did I mention colour screen?

Oh, yes, when I mean every story, I meant every story. Will post my assesment this weekend on the story I find worth reading and having top ten quality.

games? Still sticking with thing's with 'Tom Clancy's ' in front: Ghost recon, Rogue Spear, Black Thorn... never find them boring, and still reminds me on reality that firing full auto is only logical in Counterstrike and MOH. . Also help me during analyzing the stories to remember that squeezing three-shot burst with a rifle within a second and still manage to get a headshot is almost impossible...

Well, that too pretty much sum up my current life.
  16:48:37  23 February 2004
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I'm working on college most of the week. I usually get a chance to check the forums once in a while, but I don't have the time to read any of the submissions. I might do that this weekend. I've been doing some writing, which I plan on doing a lot more of very soon. It's been pretty slow lately, though. I guess I'm gathering energy to do something really big. Just need to figure out what that is.

On the side I've worked on some music (electronic) and I've been dabbling in a little text-based game supplemented with drawings. All I've really finished on that are some pictures of weapons.

Used to play Call of Duty or Enemy Territory on the internet every day or two, but my good mouse died and I'm stuck with working on this really horrible trackball.

I guess that pretty much sums it up for me. What about you?
  09:03:15  22 February 2004
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Amoki
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so what are you doing now, Grisly silence
  16:48:49  29 December 2003
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With the struggle part I was just making an example. This is also no Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Liked your example though.
  02:03:57  29 December 2003
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Amoki
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Thought of some other things that might help new writers.

Struggle - Easy is boring. Hard is interesting. Impossible is even more interesting. Ask yourself this: what would be more interesting to read, taking out the military installation with a tactical nuke, or systematically sneaking about the inside planting bombs while patrolling guards and security cameras watch for any movement?

The answet is, you can't. Damnit, it is call a military installation, and there is no such thing as splinter cell! Sam fisher is just an illusion. the more accurate descripbtion would be- would you be taking out a base with a XM-103 Machinegun that caused one hell of a noise, or would you be going in with a Oc-14 Groza

Endings and Beginnings - If your beginning is boring, or bad, no one will read the rest. If the end is boring or bad, no one will read anything else that you right. It doesn't matter how good the middle is, but if the beginning and/or end suck, it will destroy your story.

Beginnings - Must be interesing. Must catch the readers eye and keep them glued to the page. Beginnings are actually in the middle. Something always happened before it. Thus, instead of starting it as early as possible, try jumping in the middle and refer to stuff in the past.

Endings - Must tie things up (unless there are further installments). Don't leave major loose ends. Perhaps a few small things that are not concluded will leave questions in the readers mind that are good, because a squeaky clean finish can be annoying.

everything' correct! 100/100 for you

Unnecessary Characters/Events - Don't add or keep things that don't further the plot or add something usefull. You could have the coolest character in the world, but if he doesn't contribute something, and just stands around looking cool, cut him or (you can do this sometimes) change the plot to fit him in. This also stands for events that don't make sense.

correct. Those character that don't contribute much in the major plot should be no name face to save words.

Be Optimistic - If you practice, you will get better. If something you write sucks, do it again. Everyone starts out bad. The point is that they will not always be that way. Learn from your mistakes, learn from your successes, and you'll do fine.

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This is the Unicerval truth. And remember: out of the 60 billion popultation (probably had increased ) in this world, some people with the same interest as you WILL like what you write. And never hesistate to ask around for help- friendly people are always around in this part of the forum
  01:22:15  29 December 2003
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GrislySilence
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Thought of some other things that might help new writers.

Struggle - Easy is boring. Hard is interesting. Impossible is even more interesting. Ask yourself this: what would be more interesting to read, taking out the military installation with a tactical nuke, or systematically sneaking about the inside planting bombs while patrolling guards and security cameras watch for any movement?

Endings and Beginnings - If your beginning is boring, or bad, no one will read the rest. If the end is boring or bad, no one will read anything else that you right. It doesn't matter how good the middle is, but if the beginning and/or end suck, it will destroy your story.

Beginnings - Must be interesing. Must catch the readers eye and keep them glued to the page. Beginnings are actually in the middle. Something always happened before it. Thus, instead of starting it as early as possible, try jumping in the middle and refer to stuff in the past.

Endings - Must tie things up (unless there are further installments). Don't leave major loose ends. Perhaps a few small things that are not concluded will leave questions in the readers mind that are good, because a squeaky clean finish can be annoying.

Unnecessary Characters/Events - Don't add or keep things that don't further the plot or add something usefull. You could have the coolest character in the world, but if he doesn't contribute something, and just stands around looking cool, cut him or (you can do this sometimes) change the plot to fit him in. This also stands for events that don't make sense.

Be Optimistic - If you practice, you will get better. If something you write sucks, do it again. Everyone starts out bad. The point is that they will not always be that way. Learn from your mistakes, learn from your successes, and you'll do fine.
  01:15:00  13 December 2003
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Amoki
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Well, although it seems to be a little late now, (18 days left), writing is a lifelong skill.
  01:12:00  13 December 2003
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Thanks a lot guys!
  19:45:36  12 December 2003
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No I can't actually. Sorry.
Actually you can do that, Claws Get back to the list of threads and click on the envelope in front of the thread - it will become stickied. Another clicking on the stickied thread will return it back to normal.
When creating a new thread you can select a proper category so that it will go in the important section staying always on top.
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I knew how to do it when creating a new thread but didn't know about the little envelope... *blush*

Thanks pepsi.
  14:25:20  12 December 2003
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Amoki
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They did it! (Waving hand in air and wolf-whistlin ) Good job, [GSC]Pepsi. So apprently GSC guys are still walking around looking from time to time.
 
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