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Aug
11th
2018

I'm still alive and so are my stories · 6:34pm Aug 11th, 2018

I felt like checking in even though there's not actually anything new to say. Here goes:

The most common question I get asked these days is whether or not this or that fic is dead. No. Nope, it's not. That, however, isn't quite as good news as it might at first seem to be.

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Report chris the cynic · 177 views · #meta
Jun
24th
2018

On the lack of updates, and on depression, and on hopelessness, and on all that · 10:56pm Jun 24th, 2018

[This will be extremely long and rambling.]
[You have been warned.]
[Oh, also: profanity]

It would be nice to believe that the reason that I care about the treatment of people with mental illness is because I'm a good person with a big heart and . . . so forth. I'd like to it's something like that instead of something inherently selfish. But there is a potential reason that's inherently selfish.

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Report chris the cynic · 150 views · #meta
Sep
26th
2018

Ranking my published Stories! · 7:34pm Sep 26th, 2018

I have 13 published stories. Two of them are collections of short stories, which I’ll lump together under the name of the larger one, The Collective. So that’s twelve. They’re very different; this, at least, is quite clear. I’m not going to rate them, that would be fairly obnoxious, but I’m going to rank them against each other based on how I feel about them now.

12. Infinity

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Report silverspawn · 50 views · #meta
Dec
9th
2016

Blog about a promotional post, its poster, and the blog that was being promoted therein · 6:26pm Dec 9th, 2016

As of about two-and-a-half days ago, the FimFiction user Lunar Dusk announced in The Shameless Self-Promotion Bureau's group a promotion for a blog post he or she recently made. Hyperlinked in the forum post was the blog post itself, which was apparently titled "It's been a while," but the blog now apparently does not exist or is invisible, for it returns

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Report TheDizzyDan · 183 views · #meta
Oct
1st
2017

Just an update about . . . stuff · 12:19am Oct 1st, 2017

The pace at which people update here is just . . . I can't even. When someone writes a whole story before releasing a single chapter then, sure, I can see how that story would go up quickly. But when someone's posting as they go, pausing to proofread and such, even at my best I'd never be making content at the speeds I've been seeing.

I'm not at my best.

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Report chris the cynic · 114 views · #meta
Jan
17th
2019

Revenge Downvotes! · 12:02am January 17th

I recently noticed that two of my most recent pieces received a downvote at around the same time. I check them often enough and ratings are infrequent enough for this to be noticeable. This just prompted me too look at a few of my other releases. And it turns out...

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Report silverspawn · 57 views · #meta
Aug
22nd
2017

The shape of things to come · 4:38pm Aug 22nd, 2017

So, here's the deal: my mind tends to shoot in hundreds of directions at once and sometimes, just sometimes, that allows me to create a story. It usually means that I update slowly because at any given time I have a dozen projects going on.

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Report chris the cynic · 110 views · #meta
Jan
9th
2018

2017 Progress Report · 9:58pm Jan 9th, 2018

[content note: little relevance to anyone else]

How does state current compare to state start-of-2017?

The good
+++++ I now work out daily, in very short, maximally efficient chunks. I hate doing it, but I’m doing it.1
++ Got somewhat better at maths
++ Minor but important progress on social paranoia
++ Minor but important progress on work ethic

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Report silverspawn · 99 views · #meta
Feb
3rd
2018

How to develop habits reliably · 8:43pm Feb 3rd, 2018

I have seen this book praised by fellow rationalists, so I decided to buy it, reasoning that it was potentially high gain for very low risk. Reading it, there are certainly a bunch of things I could criticize (most notably that it repeats itself, probably intentionally so), but on the whole, my conclusion is that Stephen Guise

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Report silverspawn · 112 views · #meta
Mar
8th
2019

Meta Advice (2/3): How to Give Criticism · 10:51pm March 8th

Welcome back, aspiring writers and readers. Today we’re going to continue the meta conversation about feedback. Now that we have some idea on how one is supposed to take advice, we can move on to learning how to better give it.

I’ll try to keep things efficient since I hate long blog posts and there’s not that many hard concepts this time.

Descriptive vs Prescriptive

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Mar
3rd
2015

Someday maybe I'll learn to estimate · 6:36am Mar 3rd, 2015

The third chapter of Last Draconequus is done and up, clocking in at almost 17000 words. I had expected 10000. Someday I will figure out how to accurately pre-estimate my word count...

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Report alarajrogers · 206 views · #writing meta
Feb
6th
2015

Progress Bars · 2:29am Feb 6th, 2015

I have added Progress Bars to all of my incomplete stories. They're based on my outlines and notes, so nothing about them is encoded in stone -- if I estimate there are 22 chapters to a story, it may turn out there are 25 once I write them all -- but they're based on my best estimates at this time. I also noted whether chapters were completed, tightly outlined (line by line outlining), loosely outlined (I have a paragraph description of what happens in the chapter) or not outlined (I have a

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Report alarajrogers · 341 views · #writing meta
Feb
24th
2016

On permission. · 2:38am Feb 24th, 2016

I should clear this up now before I even publish a story here.

There are some fic writers who create an awesome setting. Naturally, this may result in other ficcers writing recursive fanfiction or fanfics from that setting. The polite thing to do is ASK FIRST. Maybe it is to stop the flood of horrible fics that derail carefully planned out development, maybe it's a test to see who is prepared for the original author to say "no". I don't know and I don't care.

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Report NocturnalLillith · 97 views · #meta #rant
Apr
26th
2015

Done with refactoring Elements of Opposition · 6:19am Apr 26th, 2015

I finally have an outline I'm happy with, after more than a year of working on this story.

Of course, in the process, I seem to have increased the total expected chapter count from 14 to 19, and increased the length by about 50%, but there will be a lot more action, more feels, and more setting Fluttercruel's house on fire. (No, she's not in it at the time. Neither are the animals.)

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Report alarajrogers · 205 views · #writing meta
May
22nd
2015

A statement regarding my fics · 9:17pm May 22nd, 2015

There are fics I am working on (in a different fandom) that I have been working on since 1993.

I have a lot of unfinished fics. I have only ever acknowledged 3 of them to be permanently cancelled. Two of them, because I finally admitted to myself that I was never returning to that fandom again. One of them, because I took the OC out of it and made her the main character of an original novel, so I pretty much can't keep using her in fanfic.

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Report alarajrogers · 308 views · #writing meta
Jan
11th
2018

Pre-commitment: sleep · 9:48pm Jan 11th, 2018

Followup to: 2017 progress report

Time to take drastic steps. Some form of pre-commitment towards not oversleeping on days where I don’t need to get up early is in order.

Beeminder is a website where you can do commitments and pledge money in case you fail. But I don’t like the idea of paying Beeminder. Why should they gain money if I fail? It is an effective business model, but I won’t participate. Screw that.

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Report silverspawn · 104 views · #meta #sleep
May
19th
2015

I'm so behind... · 3:43pm May 19th, 2015

I meant to have EOO updated three months ago. And I was supposed to be half done with Not the Hero by now. Le sigh...

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Report alarajrogers · 205 views · #writing meta
May
5th
2015

Expect new No Escape to go up today, most likely · 3:41pm May 5th, 2015

While I've written some stuff that takes place in the future in the story and blogged it, the new chapter won't contain any of that, because we're still not there yet. After this one I'll have one short (Discord's journal entry) and one long, and then we go to the moon after that.

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Report alarajrogers · 185 views · #writing meta
Oct
20th
2015

Requests · 9:24am Oct 20th, 2015

I've already gotten a request to do a story, so I thought I might post this to save myself some time. Sorry, I don't do them.

I really don't have a problem with writing a story for someone, but most of the time, it seems that people ask me to write things that I'm not really into writing. I only have a few ships that I support, and for the most part, I don't like to stray too far from canon, even if the idea of fanfiction can be and often is, wish fulfillment.

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Report PegasusGuard1337 · 136 views · #requests #meta
Oct
16th
2017

Corrections to my OTHER stories go here · 12:44am Oct 16th, 2017

This blog post is so that people offering many wonderful, helpful, appreciated corrections and suggestions for my various stories, including the ones on my website, so that people giving suggestions can stop cluttering up the comments section of my stories with their giant blocks of spoilered text, Reese.

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Report ferret · 2,036 views · #meta #editing
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