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  23:30:48  7 May 2009
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Psynexus
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On forum: 04/15/2007
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I've only re-read the first entry, personally, i would have left it as it was. Though if your targeting an audience with no knowledge of this game or it's background, i guess re-writing it is the way to go.
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Yeah, I'm, going to keep the original since it still does have value to it, but so far, re-writing it is the best thing I could have done. I'm currently working on the days surrounding X16 and adding a ton of details and such. I think it will be even better once I'm finished.
  03:23:26  8 May 2009
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silentneal
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On forum: 05/02/2009
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honestly I like the new style, the old entries were far too constricted but my problem is that I just don't see someone wassting their time typing on a PDA while they're injured or wandering through the anomaly-ridden zone where one false step could compress you to a singularity.
  03:55:56  8 May 2009
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Psynexus
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True, but putting the entire thing in audio would have made it really unexciting really fast. Believe me, I've tried it. You have to kinda excuse the fact that Virtue is entering information at times where it would be dangerous to, so I usually ended the logs with something like "it's too dangerous to continue - back to audio".

I would have been much easier had I not decided to go with a PDA format, but since I'm the only person I know who's decided to do it, I've had to make up the rules as I go. I'm trying to eliminate as much of it as I can and compress more information into the logs when he's safe and actually has the chance to - which is something that the first half of the story or so didn't really do. It wasn't until the second half that I decided it was necessary to make the PDA "smarter" and let you know what was going on based off of the external sound it was picking up.

For my next writing, I think I'll probably stick to the standard story format because it was extremely difficult to get the information I wanted out while keeping to the format. But the story is still a work in progress, so hopefully that thought will be far from your mind by the end of the edits.
  04:01:53  8 May 2009
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silentneal
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True, but putting the entire thing in audio would have made it really unexciting really fast. Believe me, I've tried it. You have to kinda excuse the fact that Virtue is entering information at times where it would be dangerous to, so I usually ended the logs with something like "it's too dangerous to continue - back to audio".

I would have been much easier had I not decided to go with a PDA format, but since I'm the only person I know who's decided to do it, I've had to make up the rules as I go. I'm trying to eliminate as much of it as I can and compress more information into the logs when he's safe and actually has the chance to - which is something that the first half of the story or so didn't really do. It wasn't until the second half that I decided it was necessary to make the PDA "smarter" and let you know what was going on based off of the external sound it was picking up.

For my next writing, I think I'll probably stick to the standard story format because it was extremely difficult to get the information I wanted out while keeping to the format. But the story is still a work in progress, so hopefully that thought will be far from your mind by the end of the edits.
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yeah the format could really strangle your thought processes...
  20:57:20  8 May 2009
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HL2 Master
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God, in between this revamp and the role paly, how are you ever going to make a sequel?


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  23:41:53  8 May 2009
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Psynexus
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God, in between this revamp and the role paly, how are you ever going to make a sequel?


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Well I'm still in-between jobs. Trust me, I'll find time somehow. The only thing occupying my time now is family bullshit. I just gotta get past that and I'll have the time to finish/start writing.
  09:25:12  9 May 2009
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HoboRebellion
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On forum: 12/07/2008
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For my next writing
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Incentive!
  20:10:06  30 May 2009
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hmmv50cal
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On forum: 09/18/2008
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The only word I can think of to describe the story is GOOD. Best fan fiction I have ever read. The PDA format allows you to feel more connected to the story, makes it seem more real. The content was amazing. The plot is ridiculously awesome.


+ 9001 from me. My props to you.
  01:12:04  4 June 2009
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ZeroDead
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On forum: 12/07/2008
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Man, your story makes the game boring! There's only so much fun to be had when you just shoot stalkers or mutants in the head with no higher purpose.

I wish I had the same determination to see things through as you do... I'm a wannabe writer myself but I am rarely able to finish my stories, I run out of steam very soon. Kudos to you, man.
  12:15:43  8 June 2009
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Psynexus
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Man, your story makes the game boring! There's only so much fun to be had when you just shoot stalkers or mutants in the head with no higher purpose.

I wish I had the same determination to see things through as you do... I'm a wannabe writer myself but I am rarely able to finish my stories, I run out of steam very soon. Kudos to you, man.
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Thanks, I appreciate it. It's hard to say what it was exactly that kept me going, maybe it was the desire to finally complete something as I have a habit of leaving things half-finished myself. But one thing I can say for sure is that if it hadn't been for the community's support I doubt I would have written as much as I did. Looking back at it I can hardly believe I did what I did... I guess this must be one hell of a community.

So my advice to you would be to just start when you feel you're ready - don't rush it and don't force it. Post in pieces and listen to what feedback you get and take advice to heart but don't let criticism get you down. There are good critics and bad critics - I encountered both along the way and both can be helpful whether it's boosting your ego or slamming you into a wall of reality and making you rethink your writing.

So don't be shy - if you feel you have what it takes go for it! Thanks for reading - I'll count you as another fan whose support was monumental in my ongoing writing.
 
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