This was posted more in depth on my personal blog, where I can insert the photos how I want them to look (what here I can't manage. Probably it is possible, but I am too anti-technicus to figure out how. Last time I tried I got my whole gallery linked to a blog post.)
Longing for a real community
The struggle is real, and I am more and more convinced that what I am actually longing for does not exist.
I wish for a dedicated community of writers – as many or a
Posting here what I have posted in English, at their time, on my personal blog, on this subject. The other times I did the opposite - first wrote here, then transcribed it my blog.
NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow
The fantastic five NaNoWriMo winners
I had an anonymous user on Necessary Evil ask the following:
What you can do to make your site a success is a tough thing to give advice on since everyone has different ideas of what a 'success' is. So for starters, my advice would be for you to decide what success means to you. Is it a site with lots of members? Is it a site with people who are posting every day? Is it a site where people fearlessly start and join open threads? Once you've pinpointed what it means to you to be suc
So loads of missed updates. I apologize. The world mostly ate me over the past few months so I apologize for the lack of them. I'm trying to work on making sure they are more consistent for everyone. Trying for every two weeks.
So first things first! Welcome, again, to @Gothams Reckoning for joining the The Initiative staff! You are amazing and your guides are great we are really happy to have you.
We have lots of things going on including January Nomin
It sounds like you're a staffer, and if that's the case then I would encourage you to have the member speak with this person! In my opinion, this is not a task which the staff should have to handle, but then again I place strong emphasis on members being able to stand up for themselves and communicate their wants and needs. If you decide to get involved as a staffer, then in order to perpetuate fairness you will have to oversee any characters that have been created from a wanted ad. That's not n
An anonymous individual came to me with the concern about playing a character that could be the source of some controversy. The character in question is from a series which takes an alternate- and obviously fictional- look at real events and people. There is a big difference between the real version of this character and their fictional portrayal, which is where the controversy arises from, as some of these differences may be seen as insensitive. This character has little in common with the real
I was reading the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and this made me think about the various fandoms I like. My main ones are Tolkien and Star Wars (before the Disney take-over - I didn't like Force Awakens and probably won't care for the stories that spring off that, but I'm reserving judgement for Rogue One and the various stand alone spin-offs.) Reading those then got me re-visiting Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and this made me think whic
Yes, I am lazy. Or, rather, tired, both physically and mentally. I am 48 and sometimes I feel 100.
I wish I was feeling and thinking differently, but not anymore. My mother was shocked when I told her that I have another priority from now on than my carreer. She had taught me to hold my carreer the highest, and I have done it. I got a PhD and I honoured it through having well thought projects, through teaching others and writing a book and various teaching materials and contributions
Don't write alone, they say. Involve your members, because RPG means interaction. Well, it means interaction between characters, and this could be achieved even if they are written by only one writer. What if the members CAN get involved, but they don't want to? I would have liked to involve them in all threads, to have characters of all kind (not only NPCs) shared, or at least to have discussions among writers even if I have to write some threads alone. They seem to simply not be interested.
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. It's been a trying time of PC issues for me! However lots to update on this week!!
First and foremost, congratulations to @Blackjack Bart for winning GC5! The new challenge will be posted this weekend.
Next up! We have cleaned up our hosted accounts before we started to manage them here on IPS' software. Anyone that has our hosting it is now properly associated to your user account. You can now personally cancel or begin to donate u
Alright, so I think I took on too much and I’m starting to feel the effects of it. I’m unfocused, I have a constant ringing headache. I want to finish things but when I start looking at it I start to feel a little panicky, which honestly, isn’t anything like … Continue reading
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I admit I am confronted with an activity problem on my nearly six years old site. Most of the sites have one, at a moment or another.
I feel it is something wrong with the very slow pace we have progressed with this year, and with people posting, instead of each week, only 1-2 times a month. In one year of writing, we have covered only two story months. In other years, there were three to six story months for a year of writing. If a quicker pace was possible before, and it created mo
After going through and updating suggested fandoms and genres there still seems to be confusion on why there is no "Fantasy" genre within the Directory and other locations on the site and I feel that we need to clear up this confusion as it appears to give pause to many people that are trying to select their "genre" and we want to try to mitigate this confusion as best as we can.
I'm sure all of you remember my post from over a year ago here:
How can one overcome frustration and regret?
Yes, I know, one would say "be happy with what you have/ actually is, instead of focusing on what you don't have/ what should have been". But is it so easy?
It is again tied to the frustrating missed opportunities I have been blogging about almost two years ago, to the fact that nothing happens if you don't write and to me claiming that I don't care anymore, as advised above... just that I actually do and I just pretend I do no
It seems that people have interest in writing only certain characters, or only certain aspects of the characters' lives, while a story implies writing several character types in several circumstances which make sense for their lives.
E.g. a Navy officer has in the story not only the role to charm ladies at a party, but mainly to take part in battles or to lead work scenes as well... to show only a few aspects. He should interact also with his superiors, with allied officers, he can l
Once I believed that there is one truth in everything, and all the other perceptions are wrong. This was how I was educated, and how my mother still believes. (But she also believes she is right in everything, when she isn't, and often what she knew isn't applicable at the current society).
As I grew up and gained experience, I understood that there is no absolute truth, everything being various shades of gray. Whiter or blacker, but still gray. And that, unfortunately, everyone has
My father died on the fourth day of Hannukah, 3 weeks before turning 93. May God rest him in peace!
He is in the photo, at his 90-th anniversary, with the granddaughter who ressembles him the most, Raluca.
93 years of life means a full, accomplished life. Three daughters from two wives, four grandsons and two granddaughters from the first two (as I can't have children), and he lived long enough to play with three grand-grandsons and two grand-granddaughters. A new gran
I hate Reign. Stop talking to me about Reign. You want medieval shows? You want Renaissance shows? HERE are some you ought to spend your time with instead:
Borgia- Netflix. Italian sets. Gorgeous and at least quasi-historical costuming. Actual faithful replicas of some of the jewelry. Balls-out crazy plotlines while yet remaining a touch closer to the spirit of balls-out crazy that actually made up the Borgia-era papacy.
The Borgia: Showtime. STUNNING co
I DON'T CARE ANYMORE
(Or so I say in this moment; tomorrow I might discover that I am actually caring, and just attempting to grow a shield around myself).
I want to write with everybody, and I see lots of character opportunities which remain unused. No fault of mine; I have shown them to everybody, they have been invited into threads, for certain plots the NPCs and characters for adoption had been publicly advertised, together with their plot opportunities. If nobody is interes
Belated huggles and loves and good vibes to you! And don’t quit because of someone’s poorly trained crotchgoblin. 😜 You’re a wonderful writer and I know first hand how passionate you are about your Embers.
Yup! It's so bad. I honestly also think the best thing we can do is try and figure out how to make aeroplanes less dependent on fossil fuels. That article you linked mentioned it kind of but didn't outright say it. But aside from private jets there are dozens of planes flying all the time and Idk why we haven't focused more on their impact on the environment and making them more green.
Basically. I can live with pretty much anything, I just don't. I'm sure eventually the ATLA site wi
That's 585 exploitative individuals who probably think of themselves as self made and that anyone can do it (so they're delusional as well).
It's funny, board software is like a tool. You define what you want it to do and then you decide the software. Jcink is your, I just want new topics and add reply software, I don't want anything else option.
The forum in my sig is jcink, picked because we needed nothing special and I wanted my coadmin to be confident with the softwar