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Rex Ivan


Fun with rusty metal.

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  • 2 weeks
    New Generation, AKA how to get old fans invested in new works

    Been a while, I know, but I want to talk about the "MLP A New Generation" movie. I saw it on Netflix, and I liked it.

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  • 341 weeks
    It was always there.

    The FIM season five premier highlights the destructive and manipulative nature of communism when actually put into practice. Everyone who watched those two episodes can see that. It's obvious. What isn't so obvious is that the show has been doing that for quite some time. Will you believe me now when I say that the King Sombra episodes were about a tyrannical dictatorship. Yes, I'm banging

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  • 368 weeks
    And then I donated to A.L.S. research

    Demon of Decay decided to tag me with the ALS donation challenge. It was supposed to be 'within twenty-four hours', but he will have to settle for 'within twenty-four hours after first realizing I had been challenged'.

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  • 437 weeks
    In Defense of King Sombra

    This is where I try to defend the character King Sombra against all the people who say he was a useless waste of a villain. Also, the only time I will mention the name “Sauron” will be in this sentence. I understand how some people can compare the two, but it's kind of a cop-out to have your entire case based on a character from a different work, so I won't even go there.

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  • 465 weeks
    The 'Write for Yourself' Lie

    Rant mode engaged.

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Mar
23rd
2012

Trying again. · 3:44am Mar 23rd, 2012

OK, let's try something different, something where I don't try so hard, but still take it seriously. Maybe that is the key: to put effort into a story by ... not putting effort into it? I don't know. I just hope people like it enough to not call me bad names for writing it.

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(Sorry about replying to this so late. I had intended to do so before, and I had typed up most of this reply before I put down my laptop and didn't use it again until now. So, for what it's worth, sorry about leaving you hanging.)

Wow. People called you bad names because of your submission to the write-off? I wrote a story that apparently tiptoes a very, very fine line before rape fiction (I didn't intend that, by the way), and I didn't get that kind of abuse for it. I don't know what to say except, you must have been extraordinarily unlucky through that whole endeavour. I read your submission a while ago and I thought it was quite good myself. True, it was sorta dark and gritty and realistic and stuff, but that's all up to taste I think.

The worst criticism I can levy against it on a technical level is that the dramatic structure behind it wasn't particularly well pronounced. What I mean by that is, things seem to just happen according to schedule, with nothing in the story providing much explanation or impetus for what happens to actually be happening.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're not giving up. There's only one way to get better, and that's to keep going. I'll be watching and commenting as I see fit, for what good that might do.

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Thank you for your kind words. I guess it really is all about timing and luck, to an extent. There are way too many disrespectful anonymous jerks out there on the internet that want to tear you apart at the least sign of weakness. Now, after the whole thing is over, I realize I didn't do anything wrong, except for running into a few of them.

There were a lot of people who thought that I used "passive voice" too much and that I "told but didn't show" far too often. In short they thought my style sucked. Most of the criticisms sounded like they were from sophomore English majors who nitpick a story for not following the same fascist rules that a term paper would. The worst part about the whole thing is that most of them came at me with the attitude of "telling you this is the biggest favor anyone could ever do for another person, and if you don't kiss my feet in gratitude, then you are obviously retarded and don't deserve to ever write again".

On the story itself: yes, the events were not interconnected (except that they were all tied together because of the fire). This was purposely done. I didn't want it to be one of those stories that start out with dissimilar events that all join together by the end. That just seems done too often.

Thank you again. Comments like that help to keep me from losing heart.

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