Let this post mark the inaugural session of the THP Book Club! For those of you living Underground where news comes slow, slurred, and shōchū-soaked, or up high on the gentle Moon where it hardly ever comes at all, this is an idea piloted by a member of our very own community here at TeaHaitchPeedotmoé, and buoyed into reality on the updrafts of your (yes, your!) participation. The incipiatory discussion can be found in this blog post here >>16758, as well as in the Site Events Discussion Thread from roughly here >>16759 onwards; but just to reiterate, we'll be reading through some of the older stories on the site, one bit at a time and week over week, sharing our thoughts and impressions as we go along together. Our hope is to lend forth a little light to stories that are somewhat shaded from the selective spotlights of mention, as well as to cultivate a climate of discussion and dialogue, by concentrating here what might otherwise
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Well, I finished my reading early, so I'll leave this here while I have the time, spoilered, of course, to not reveal anything to those who haven't started yet.
It's still the beginning and a CYOA so I went in not expecting too much detail thrown at the audience on the first few passes, especially with such small update size, so I might've missed something, but as a premise, the forest is spooky at night, so protag could possibly be a nut. A romantic nut, but a nut all the same. I don't really have any further thoughts on the matter yet.
On a separate but related, though perhaps meta note, what's everyone's thoughts on the practice of saging votes?
>>16812 Still gathering my thoughts from a re-read, so I don't have much to say on the story at present, but I can say that saging votes is kind of a dumb thing that people used to do, though I don't think necessarily out of malice. A lot of folks didn't check the e-mail field to see if it was cleared before posting, and it probably still had the 'sage' from making another post.
Of course, there's a whole other conversation about sage in terms of its utility and whatnot. My own take is that it's a relic of a bygone day and was hardly ever used correctly in the first place. Nowadays, things that people used to get worked up about, like necrobumps, are basically a non-issue, both technically and practically. I can't see any real use case where it would be totally necessary now, and most potential ones people could bring up are likely silly and also non-issues.
...anyway, I should probably try to get my act together and actually talk about the story soon. Watch this space.
Right, I've tried to collect my thoughts after a couple of read-throughs.
I guess, aside from more meta things that I'll remark on later, my first reaction is to wonder when exactly this story is taking place in relation to the games. There's not really much in the way of hints at this stage. Sure, it probably doesn't matter all that much, but it would make some difference to characters, their circumstances, and so on. For instance, is Kagerou doing grassroots things at this point? Is it still too early for that? A sense of 'place' is lacking even after four updates.
My reaction to the protagonist at this stage is... largely unimpressed. Even with the standard discounts made for CYOAs, there's something a little uneven about the writer's handling of him, to say nothing of how weak an idea of him is given. The initial picture is someone a bit flighty and over-cautious, but then he does a lot of things that don't seem very sensible. By the third episode, he's just kind of deadpanning at everything. You could excuse it as shenanigans based on his attraction to Reisen or madness due to her eyes, if you go for that interpretation, but it doesn't feel quite 'earned', you know? Even the bits sprinkled in about his friends and his family are a little bit 'whatever'; they don't say that much despite being used to explain certain things. I guess the way I feel about it is that, at this early point, he should either be handled in a relatively distant manner (for mystery) or should have a lot more time dedicated to establishment, and neither of those is what the writer went with.
Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about the protagonist's motivations. It's very much a 'CYOA' kind of thing where someone is given a 'mission' and bumped out there to accomplish it, but it's still a little thin. We're just kind of told that he feels this or that way based on some hasty narration that doesn't establish much. If we're supp
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Last night, I floated an idea in the Discord about a fun thing that could be done for the season. My main resistance to setting dates and posting a thread is that participation on the site is way down compared to before across the board. The last contest was surprising in how many people actually submitted entries, but it still wasn't on the level of previous ones.
That in mind, I figured we ought to have a thread where we can bat around ideas for things like contests and try to gauge interest/potential engagement before committing. If you have something you'd like to see done on the site, toss it out there.
>>16803 I think it'd be best to stick to weekly intervals, just because it'd give everyone a chance to find some time in the face of external obligations and whatnot.
That being the case, I count 24 posts and I think it might drag on a little taking two whole seasons to get through an unfinished story. And, let's be honest; once someone has found the time to sit down and read a post, they can probably fit in at least one or two more in the same sitting.
My initial suggestion would be something like 2–6 posts biweekly, but let's see what sorts of timescales other people have got in mind first.
>>16804 Seems like we've got mostly eager Ayayas who respond to these things the same day or right afterwards, and lazy Hatatoes who only slip in when deadlines are approaching—or in shikigami parlance, a bimodal distribution. I'd even be willing to bet that some of us two-time alternate between the two. That being the case, there's probably no need to deliberate another week about it.
A starting date on a Monday also seems all right to me, since people usually have more opportunities throughout the week to read a story than to collect their thoughts about it in writing, so having the whole weekend there at the end of the period makes sense.
All that is to say, yeah, Feburary 6th, sure. Works for me.
>>16803 Having skimmed over the thread to get an idea of the post length I agree with >>16805 that we should read multiple posts a week, though my estimate is a bit more conservative, maybe 3-4? It'll take slightly longer if we go for smaller numbers of posts, but it'll also be a lot harder to run out of time and fall behind. I'm also fine starting today. >>16805 >Ywn tengu binodes
In the interests of keeping the recs thread clean and limited to recommendations, let's bring all other discussion of stories here. Want to have a protracted argument about why writer x is a faget who should die in a freak kitchen accident? Fire your shots here. Want to complain about story y not having enough (or too much, if you're a sissy) grimdark tentacle death blood rape? By all means, make your voice heard here. Just keep it germane to THP stories and we're all good.
>>16787 >UFO days I'm not sure where my head was. Things stayed reasonably active up to around the time of DDC, and that's kind of where prominent newhus kind of trail off. At least, it feels like later newhus have appeared less. Yachie, for instance, was only in Teruyo's story AFAIK.
Either way, the Fortune Teller didn't appear until 2015, and the LoLK cast owns most of the attention paid to that period, so it's not a huge surprise that there's not much in the way of writing featuring him.
I don't usually want to draw a lot of attention to myself, but that can't be helped in this instance, so I put on my name and trip and everything.
As it says on the tin, I'm primarily propping this thread up to promote a personal site of mine dedicated at least in part to talking about matters related to THP. Now, before you run away, this isn't meant to be a bunch of opinion pieces from some doofus who happens to be a janitor. Some who have been around might have heard me talking about a project to document THP for the benefit of newbies and otherwise. Well, this is where that project has ended up.
That's why the first post I want to present publicly is dedicated to a very important topic for the health of the site: tagging. You might have noticed that a lot of stories in the Story List are missing tags. There is a solution to this, but I can't promise it's a trivial one. Still, it's important that we get as many people as possible contributing to this cause, so I took the liberty of writing out a little guide to how tagging works in a rough fashion. I've also tried to explain a little bit of the rationale behind why tagging is important for the site. Check it out at the link below.
I will be periodically posting entries like this for the benefit of the community. There might also be occasional opinion pieces for the morbidly curious. Rather than trying to integrate comments or such Web 2.0 inanity, I'd prefer to use this thread for discussion and feedback. Feel free to tell me if I've got my facts mixed up or whatever. If there's something more private to discuss, find me on Discord or send an e-mail to the address on the front page of my site.
I think one potential issue with this idea is that it may be difficult to find stories that fit the criteria you've described. Seriously, if you go on the story list, select only "completed" stories, and then filter out anything more than a few threads long or that is a side-story to something else or a short, there aren't many stories left, and many of those that do remain are by authors that get talked about a lot anyway (like Teruyo, YAF, Kizin).
>>16761 Right. I hadn't checked recently, so I'd sort of forgotten the state of the completed stuff.
Not that it really matters that much. The criteria themselves are more an ideal than anything firm. If it's not doable with all of them, then we'll discard whatever necessary until we agree on something. In this case, I guess the story chosen need not be completed. Of course, if we're going to go with something incomplete, then I'd probably add the stipulation that it should ideally be something that has more than a handful of updates.
And, well, I'm also willing to loosen the thread limit as long as we can come to something reasonable; it still shouldn't be anything approaching ten threads or longer.
We used to have writing advice threads, but most 'advice' is either unwanted or unapplicable, so let's not do that anymore. Instead, let's just have a general thread where we can talk about the process and the mindset of writing. Pretty much anything goes as long as it's about writing; given that this is THP, it should generally pertain to writing on THP and about Touhou, though.
N.B. This isn't the place for pitching story ideas. If you have a concept for a story that you want to throw out, see >>16317 for that. However, asking for help with developing an idea and discussion thereof is fine.
Getting a jump on this for various reasons. Obviously, Nanowrimo doesn't start until 01 November and ends 30 November. What time? Doesn't matter, just as long as it's November in your timezone.
But, for the newcomers and slow-comers, what is Nanowrimo? For THP purposes, Nanowrimo is when we spend the entire month of November trying to either write thirty (30) updates OR thirty-thousand words total. This can be and often is taken to mean daily updates, but it doesn't matter how you get there. That's just the goal.
You don't even have to write a new story for this; you can enter an ongoing story if you want.
Why do this? Personal satisfaction and community engagement. If you want a prize, I dunno what to tell you; we tried that before. Badger someone into giving you one if you so desire.
Other than the above-stated goals, there aren't any rules as such. It would be nice if people who are participating indicated in this thread that they are doing so. Nothing fancy, just something like:
I'm participating in Nanowrimo. This is my story: >>/[board]/[post]
It would be helpful for following anyone participating, and I imagine that would be desirable for those writers.
Either way, I hope folks do give it a go. It doesn't cost anything to try, and any value in success or failure is only what you ascribe to it.
Many a time, (for a long time), has it been debated among our peers in the Touhou community to appraise and rate each and every hat in the series, but I ask, "what about those who cannot qualify, those who do not wear hats?"
Many a time, (for a long time), they have been left alone, cold, hatless, and double–crossed for something beyond their control.
I daresay it is time to do something about it! With your cooperation, we will determine the best hatlessness in the Touhou Project.
"How?" you might be thinking. Fret not! It is easy: You shall choose a candidate who does not wear a hat (the best picks have never worn a hat*, unlike Udongein, for example) and explain how they are the best at being hatless. To be more specific, tell us why this character is better off without a hat, and how wearing one would only weaken them, whether it be by design, or presence, or some other characteristic they would stand to lose.
Godspeed all, and have a jolly day!
*For those who's hattedness is ambiguous, be brave and make the best case you can. All will be scrutinized, and the hatted shall be shamed.
Spontaneous manifestation of head ornamentation for medical purposes shouldn't count, I'd think. It's not part of their normal attire, it's just there for safety.
In other news, of the true hatless 2hus not yet discussed, I think Kaguya has a pretty good shot of dethroning the current leader.
Kaguya doesn't wear a hat, and doesn't need to. She has her own personal doctor in case she ever gets sunburned, she doesn't get much sun in the first place, and if she got a hat she'd stop having a character design in eternal stasis. Plus, Mokou has a very high hat score, and those two would obviously be on opposite sides of the scale.
Not to be needlessly contrarian, but I cannot accept 'medical reasons' as a valid explanation for this phenomena. A vast number of post-battle band-aid application are placed in strange places such as over the clothes/hair. Meanwhile scuff marks, bruises, and other clear indicators of fisticuffs remain uncovered and untreated.
I can only assume that the bizarre ritual of increasing a defeated opponent's hat/accessory score is meant as a show of dominance.
Since the old thread that was stickied at one point is seemingly just gone, here's a shiny new one to be largely disused in favour of shitposting on the Discord for talking over neato ideas involving 2hus that could be put into prose.
I look forward to the odd newcomer excitedly posting their 2hu x [insert flavour-of-the-month game here] crossover idea. Or I guess folks could seriously discuss ideas, too. Whatever y'all want. Anyway, doors are wide open, so come on through.
Odd newcomer here, swinging in hard with something that isn't 2hu x [insert flavor-of-the-month game here], this has been bouncing around in my head since I started playing touhou
Anon wakes up in the middle of a forest with amnesia. They realize they have with them a big binder chock-full of pages written in by their past self, who claims that Anon entirely intended to end up smack dab in the middle of this secret magic land, but is unable to disclose any real details for reasons they refuse to elaborate on. Looking through the pages reveals large swathes of blank space in what's written, as if chunks of text simply decided they never existed in the first place. Anon, of course, wants to go home (wherever that may be), but the binder insists that there's something really important they have to do before they can. Thus, Anon is forced to fend for themselves in Gensokyo with vague guidance from their past self as they try to, in no particular order: A) Escape B) Regain their memories C) Do whatever the fuck it was they wanted to do before they got brain-wiped
But it'd sure be nice to figure out why Past Anon was so insistent on nobody finding out about the binder...
Alright so check it...Gensokyo gets destroyed by some cataclysm at a specific point in time after MC awakens right? Only he doesn't die and instead gets sent back to that point in the past for whatever reason. Certain parts of the notebook are 'blank' because there are 'allies' close to him that either contribute to or cause the collapse and they have ways to see the notebook. His future selves found a way to hide these entries untill certain conditions are met. The story progresses through several iterations of MC ignorance, investigation, and strategic combat with the enemy until the inevitable doomsday(or death), at which point the voters can choose a new vague hint they can send back in time(let's make friends with Sanae, watch the stars on XX day, 9PM curfew DO NOT answer the door, ect...ect..). For added mystery, be sure to make MC a bit of an unreliable narrator, with some of the pre-loaded hints/ journal entries being true/false depending on other factors in the current run.
Oh boy, just what we need, a few more uninspired babby's first fanfiction Anon drops into Gensokyo isekai stories that could be fitted into any franchise with the serial numbers filed off because the story itself isn't a product of the setting and the author doesn't even care that much about or understand the series they're writing for since they just want to wank over their newly minted OC that doesn't even fit into the setting, mmmmmm just love them, gimme more
Man, it's a hot one like seven inches from the mid-day sun
That's the sort of feeling everyone's having in Gensokyo right now. Is it the seasons acting up again? Are things on fire? Has Hell come to establish itself on the surface? Whatever's causing it, pretty much everywhere is hot and humid. That's why the theme for 2022's annual contest shall be a Red-Hot Day in Gensokyo.
Some of you may already be wondering what I'm on about, considering the customary yearly contests generally don't have themes. That's absolutely true in most cases, but in a (sort of) democratic process of discussion and exchange of ideas, it was decided that a narrowing of topics would help bring a bit of focus to potential entrants. Sure, there's the risk that some won't like the theme and not participate, but the flip-side is potentially having nobody participate because the range of potential subjects is too wide. After all, can you easily think up something contest-worthy off the top of your head? (Rhetorical question, do not answer.) Better to buck tradition and have slightly higher hopes of participation than be stubborn and probably get nothing, I think, anyway.
With that in mind, I think newbies and old-bies alike are on the same footing here. Thus, I'll go ahead and explicate everything:
* The theme of the contest is 'a hot day in Gensokyo'. As such, that should be the main topical focus of any entry. What that means is ultimately down to the entrant; it could be as much about a nuclear meltdown as 2hus cooling off by the river. Just keep it in mind when writing your piece.
* There is also a secondary (read: optional) theme of the colour red. Again, there is no set meaning as far as the sort of content that encompasses. There's also no pressure as far as its inclusion, so feel free to ignore the secondary theme if it doesn't fit your plans. That said, I will give extra kudos to
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>>16602 >I deliberately chose to execute it in a way that would not give away that the fact that it I wrote it. You got me there. I mainly suspected it was yours but there was room enough to second-guess myself.
>>16602 Dammit. I like to consider myself a big fan, but I was totally fooled.
>lack of character Just to quibble, what I meant was in terms of distinctness. I'll be honest in that I didn't give any entry a particularly deep look-over, so I wasn't primed to appreciate any subtleties of your work. Basically, I took the most shallow route for judging things for lots of things I could — but will refrain from — whinge about. That's rather unfair to you and others, but it is what it is.
>>16602 >It was really gratifying to see someone comment on the metaphorical aspect of it. You’re welcome. Well done.
Hello. To no one’s surprise, I authored the fishtits piece. The aim, aside from you being happy to see me, was to effect a more “generic” pornographic scene such as may be found in other fanfiction repositories, complete with, yes, repetition, crudeness, etc. – but, between a somewhat confounding theme (how would a Slav know what summer is…?), work and and being busy with the bun over in /shrine/, I couldn’t commit 100%. Well, at least it filled out the category. Was better than leaving it (at the time) empty. Too bad about the middling, stopgap quality.
On which note, combined with Mibya’s comment up above, damn, we really screwed the pooch this year on that, didn’t we? Guess those votes of no confidence were deserved after all. I’m going to have to think about breaking some promises (er, again) and maybe making up for it in some way…
Whoops! Looks like the previous one is finally on autosage. Here's to another five years, I guess.
Let's not actually take five years, though it's most probable at this point.
Might as well take this opportunity to repeat my recommendation for From the Scarlet Moon Flows the Spring and add that Clever, Audacious, and Wise -- and most of Teruyo's stuff from the past couple of years, really -- is worth a read.