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I'm B_25 #4689 on Discord.

Hit me up with anything. I'm a lonely bastard that's on constantly, so a warm hello is always appreciated.

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Call me B.

Some years ago—never mind how long percisely—having little to no friends, and nothing in terms of self-respect, I came to this site to write about an out of character purple dragon. For whatever reason, I adopted an underscore as my middle name, and the number 25 as my last 'cuz it matches my IQ.

Please send me messages as I am lonely amongst this vast website.

~ White Lies ~

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Thank you for the kind words. May we someday meet.

I found your story The Day Spike Stopped Caring. Hilarious, I must say and yet...intriguing. Thank you for your stories. they are gift that you give to the world rather than hold for yourself like a bacteria that fights disease. Yes, that was a compliment, but knowing the insight you put in your stories and blogs, I wouldn't be surprised at you knowing what I mean.

Keep expressing yourself (though you don't need me to tell you that). May that we meet in the future, I shall hope that your impression of me is as good as my impression of you so far.

P.S. I don't write (don't ask why I say this at the end of every comment I make for my favorite writers).

Hope you are as well.

Thank you, sir. I shall get to it soon.

Thanks for considering A Reluctant Herdstallion. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Heyo! Hope you're having a fantastic day! ^^

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The following quotes have touched me improperly in some manner or fashion. Some contain wisdom, others energy, the rest just tomfoolery.


I don't care if I live or die.
You make your choices based on what's fun or not.
I decide based on whether I love it or hate it.
I hate the idea of joining a guy like you.
Kiryu, Yakuza 0

All I gotta do then is kill everybody who comes gunnin' for me.
Once you step into the shadow, you're stained black for life. But...
You can still choose who you bring down with ya.
Goro Majima, Yakuza 0

Aim at writing an orderly discussion supported by evidence, not a summary with the occasional comment.
Strunk and White, The Elements of Style

Just because you have a special ability does not make you any less human.
You must embrace that as a part of yourself and continue to live positively.
The truth behind one's charm is kindness.
Become a good person. That is all.
–Reigen, Mob 100

Other than that and trying to picture the world in your head
make sure that it's cohesive
put yourself outside writing
read your work and think about the picture at every level
does it make sense
does it flow

Imagine you're painting a scene in your mind
you need some broad brush details
you need your reader to be able to imagine what you're imagining
what you're thinking of when you write
you can be austere too
just the right amount of detail

You gotta just relax and keep going.
You can't worry too much about obstacles you may encounter.
— Great Teacher Onizuka.

Winning is a lame reason to stop improving.
There's always someone better than you on the ladder of success.
— Great Teacher Onizuka.

Read. Read good stories, and pay attention to what's being written. Pay attention to how it is written. And then write a lot. Write all the time. I'm bad at this, everyone is, but honing your ability is about practice and understanding the tools you have. Find those favorite authors and read what they write, and don't be afraid to steal techniques you find. Don't write exactly what they write, but do, at the same time. Let me put it this way: It's plagiarism if you paint the Mona Lisa, but when you're just using the same brush stroke technique, it's just a tool. Oya?
– PropsMaster

Everything is gone;
Your Life's work has been destroyed.
Squeeze trigger (Yes/No)?
– David Carlson

I work with drafts, really. I do massive edits to my stories -- as I go, if I feel they're so needed I can't go on, or once it's all written, if it's stuff I can look past for the sake of writin' it all first. And even then, no matter what, once the first draft is complete I edit the whole thing through at least oncebefore the prereaders even show up.

Really: if it's sagging, figure outwhy.Chances are the pacing is too slow because not enough shit is happening; cut stuff out and immediately jump to the next plot point, is my advice. Or, take a day off, re-read, and try to understand exactly what's the problem or where the pacing drops -- then fix that, yo.

But overall: in my experience, if it's something SO ANNOYING that you can't continue, edit it now. If it's something you can push through, then push through and edit it once the draft is complete. Having the bigger picture always helpsa lotwith these things; with pacing issues I always to simply breeze through and finish before editing.
– Aragon

“I end up wracking my brain every time since my readers are quite eager to see them. I want to writetrivial thingsas much as possible, and I guess it stemmed from my memories of comics when I was a kid. I once read about amanga artist’s strugglesin the author’s corner (where they write rantings) and told myself that I wouldn’t write such things.

No one really cares about (an artist’s) hardships. And even if the author were to write about his problems,the readers wouldn’t understand them anyway, right?If so, I thought there’d be no point in writing it. Instead of reading something and becoming depressed,it would be much better to have my readers enjoy the content instead.”

"It is painful to write a story. On the other hand, I enjoy drawing."

The thing is, I get bored easily. So if my manga was just about the action, or comedy, or tearjerking moments, more than anybody, I would get bored. So I change up the style of the series to keep up my motivation to draw the series. The real secret? I think of the plots and scenes when I'm tired. The only way that I can think of a new idea is to think about it a lot without sleeping or eating. That's the only way that I know, because humans can only come up with truly new ideas when they reach their limit. So every time I am done with my manuscript, I am completely exhausted.

I only have the ending of ONE PIECE in my mind, and nothing else. But knowing the end point, I weave the story and make story arcs that build up to it.

I create a playlist that is a soundtrack to a new story arc, and listen to it over and over again when I am working.

"Refreshing is the excuse for laziness."

"Do not escape from writing manga."
– Eiichiro Oda

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.
Never pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television.
The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
– Gore Vidal

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
– Orson Welles

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”

“Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”

“We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?”

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.”

“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

“It's weird to feel like you miss someone you're not even sure you know.”

“The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.”

“Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I'm bullshitting myself, morally speaking?”

“It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.”

“Whatever you get paid attention for is never what you think is most important about yourself.”

“Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else.”

“What the really great artists do is they're entirely themselves. They're entirely themselves, they've got their own vision, they have their own way of fracturing reality, and if it's authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings.”

“Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.”

"If your fidelity to perfectism is too high, you'll never do anything."
– David Foster Wallace


Ernest:I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave... It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds... until it returns, as it does, to all men... and then you must make really good love again.

Paul:Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.

Gil:Adriana, if you stay here though, and this becomes your present then pretty soon you'll start imagining another time was really your... You know, was really the golden time. Yeah, that's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying.

Gert:The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.

Ernest:No subject is terrible if the story is true, and if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.

Ernest:I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know, or Belmonte, who is truly brave. It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds, until it returns, as it does, to all men. And then you must make really good love again.

Ernest:If it's bad, then I hate it because I hate bad writing. If it's good, then I'll be envious and I'll hate it all the more.

I came out of the womb hating life.
— Jack Ripper

Save the Cat, Eats Shoots and Leaves, anything by Stephen Pinker, anything/everything by Terry Pratchett, the Laundry Series by Charles Stross.

Write lots of short stories first. Don't look at them or think about them for two weeks. Come back and go over them after with fresh eyes to see how your writing reads to you.

And always, always try to finish what you start.
— MrNumbers

The key to a woman's heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.

No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!

*Punch* the keys, for God's sake!
— Finding Forrester