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  00:18:21  5 September 2009
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On forum: 06/28/2008
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I NEED more from your great mind, now STALKER!!!!


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  00:17:42  5 September 2009
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So....uhmmm.. The Zone: Life and Death 2.......Where is it?


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  20:29:24  16 June 2009
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Psynexus
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Thanks man, I always appreciate hearing about how much the story was enjoyed by the readers. Honestly, I had the same sense of companionship and concern for the characters as I decided their fates in my head as well - I feel very attached to them and genuinely concerned for the events they go through and how they emerge (or don't) out the other side. It's doubly so with the way I write as well; I make it all up as I go. 90% of the story was made up on the spot - the other 10% was just an overall plot and a general direction that the story was going in.

As for making the characters seem like real people - that was something I struggled with at times, but as my writing improved, I was able to convey it better and even had myself convinced at times. (Oo) I had this constant fear that I would over-do it and make the characters to Hollywood to the point where I spend too much time on their image while they become soulless voids on the inside. Thankfully, the fear of that was enough to (hopefully) never make it a reality and I feel like I could write another story the same size and keep the focus true to the characters and not play off of the reviews of the first story to create empty shells where characters once stood. In short; if I had to write another story right now, there's a good chance I could write it better than the first one (except for maybe Day 14... that was fucking epic! )

So yeah... if anyone one in Hollywood is reading this, take note! Anyway, enough self-absorption, but that's where I'm coming from. I do hope to write some more Stalker fanfic at some point - right now I'm actually the lead writer on a module for Neverwinter Nights that I came up with the idea for - but afterwards I'll see where I'm at and I might start writing a sequel. (w00t!) Once again, thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Maybe you'll get another chance to see Virtue & co. in action soon.
  07:32:40  16 June 2009
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Ickus
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06/16/2009 7:43:20
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Wow...

I've spent the last two days doing nothing but reading this thing from top to bottom, from Day 1 to 14. It's breath-taking, and I feel touched by the tale that seems all to real; except for the onslaught of spelling errors and typos, the tale shed light on the touchy parts of the Zone, which is far more interesting and heart breaking than the original game. In edition, you made the STALKERs seem like real people, not just these one-mind-set people who barely have a thing to say, it adds to the desperation to the Zone and its inhabitants, making it seem like STALKERs are fighting for more than to put bread on the table. I even seem to be coming on to the bandits; When I first killed a Bandit, I just thought of it as a shell, but now it makes Bandits, even though assholes, seem somewhat Human and capable. All around, you've made The Zone and the STALKERs in it seem like they're real, fighting for their lives as we speak, you're story is a... Oh, what's the word for it? Well, I can say one thing, from Day 1 to the Climatic Day 14, I was quite Speechless.

Please, do continue, my thirst has not been quenched, your leaving a cliffhanger that frustrates me so. (Oh, and I want more of Zombie, I feel some compassion for the guy.)
  06:25:20  9 June 2009
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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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Point taken. Check the link in my sig for my 50 cents... thought you might want to know
  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.
  01:12:04  4 June 2009
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ZeroDead
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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.
  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.
  09:25:12  9 May 2009
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HoboRebellion
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For my next writing
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Incentive!
  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.
 
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