This is a travesty. The Cabal has been talking away here, and it’s become obvious that we will decidedly not be having a NaNoWriMo this year. Why? Because reasons.
Is this really how we want things to end up? I, for one, do not relish the idea of inertia killing off contests, one of my favourite THP institutions.
However, before I descend into ranting and get a couple of particular individuals on my case, I will admit that “timing” and “circumstances” can and do make things hard on people. Asking you guys to jump onto a full-fledged contest when things are in this state is only asking for disappointment, too. So, what do we do? Well, that’s why I’m dropping this notice a half-month in advance.
What are you on about?
Look, we haven’t had any contests this year, and it looks likely at this rate that we won’t if nobody steps up and organises one. Since it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to do that, I’ve had to jump off of my lazy ass to make it happen.
That’s why I, a shitass anon and failed writer, am bringing you…
It stands for:
ACTIVATE THP ONCE MORE
That’s fucking terrible.
You come up with something better next time, then.
Okay, so is this just another annual contest, or…
Not quite. See, like I said, I’m fairly certain opening a regular contest would just be disappointing. We might end up with a couple of entries at best, based on the sentiments I’ve heard.
Instead, we’re going to be going with a much simpler premise:
If you’re a writer, UPDATE YOUR GODDAMN STORIES.
If you’re a reader, VOTE IN THE GODDAMN STORIES.
Regardless of which you are, DISCUSS GODDAMN STORIES AND 2HUS.
Wait, it’s that simple?
It’s that goddamn simple.
Calling this a “contest” is probably more than a bit disingenuous. It’s really more of a public statement, kind of like M
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When I posted the OP, I was pretty convinced that there wouldn't be anything happening. I had doubts anyone would even notice this thing for more than a second.
So, did we win? I don't really know. Things were reasonably active, mostly on account of the actual NaNoWriMo happening, but that tells me nothing. Would any of that have happened if NaNoWriMo hadn't gone on as usual? I have some doubts. Still, activity is activity, and activity in and of itself is good. Let's just call it a job well done.
For my part, I'd like to apologise twice: once for constantly forgetting to bump the thread, and once more for getting involved in NaNoWriMo and falling through. I know no one particularly cares, but it's personally disappointing to me. Commitments are seriously hard to live up to.
On another note, I'd like to think that this little stunt has had a hand in bringing folks onto the Discord. Before this started, there were something like sixty or seventy of us total, and now we're over a hundred. Some of you went to lurking immediately, and that's to be expected, I guess. For those of you who continue to be active, pat yourselves on the back. You may not see it this way, but you're doing your part to keep a community as vibrant as possible. It'd still be better if folks wrote, voted, and generally did more on the site, though.
Anyway, thanks for tolerating my cheap little joke. There may be a repeat, or there could just as well not. I'd be glad if someone were to take over for me, but I'm of no illusion of that happening. I guess we'll just have to see next year.
>>15829 >This is a travesty. The Cabal has been talking away here, and it’s become obvious that we will decidedly not be having a NaNoWriMo this year. Why? Because reasons.
FUCK YOU. DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO.
Yeah, that’s right, fuckheads, we are having a Nana Write More, and it’s gonna be fucking incredible.
“Whoa,” you say. “I thought we weren’t going to have it?”
Are you deaf? Because you heard fucking wrong. Who the hell said that? The ‘Cabal’? I AM THE CABAL YOU PEASANTS. BOW TO ME AND please participate in Nanowrimo please please please I don’t want to be the only one participating.
“Wait. Moral, you can barely fucking update anything!”
To that, invisible talking voice, I reply: That’s what they say every year, but I’ve completed Nanowrimo twice now. I don’t know if I can make it a third time, but god damn it, I’ll try. ________________________________________
Rules are fairly straightforward. Either you:
1) update thirty times in November, or: 2) write thirty-thousand words total before November 30.
Yes, you can technically post 30k words in the last day, but you have to declare that you’re participating before Nanowrimo begins. If you don’t, you’re the first to be fed to the live sharks that were bought by the THP Patreon donor money (don’t fact check me on that). There will be no extensions, as per usual. Also, don’t worry too much about timezones—nobody gives a shit about your made-up timezone that’s 50 hours behind. You’re a human being, so you’re smart enough to keep track of your own days. Yes, there will be auditing, and no, you’re not that stupid enough to fake a timezone difference. Write anything you want—shorts, updates to existing stories, updates to a new story, yadda yadda, go fucking nuts.
...What? You asked if there are prizes? Uh. Shit. Don’t tell them abo
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Some personal stuff happened in my life two thirds into the month and as such, this project fell by the wayside. Still, I managed to write 20k at least, and while that wasn't the goal, I am happy with it. Nanowrimo was a good motivator.
The next step for me is to edit and polish these 20k words a bit more, now that I don't have a deadline, and then post them.
Disclaimer: This is my personal guide on how to write and any tactics that I employ may not work for you and if you think I’m some authority on writing magical girl literature, you’re a fucking loonie. Also, any advice I give is worth jack shit because I don’t follow my own advice over half the time.
An Addendum to Motivation _______________________________________
This isn't a lot of content, but I feel like I should add to this segment where I stated: "Now, this might sound a little weird to say in the motivation section of all places, but with proper routine and regimen, you don’t even need motivation to keep writing."
Oh past me, you are right, but you are also so very wrong. To get words onto paper, I believe that you need both motivation and discipline. Discipline is the greatest supplement to motivation, or something like that. Without motivation, all you'll get are forced, empty words. And without discipline... well, you'll get me. So if you have the motivation, don't be lazy and especially don't be me. Be disciplined.
Hello THP, it has been a while, hasn't it? I'm not dead, by the way. Though I haven't exactly been writing things for THP in many, many years. But at the same time, RiG still floats into my mind from time to time, mostly as a reminder of perhaps my greatest failure. Failure in the sense that it is probably my single most successful thing I've ever written, and I never finished it.
And that greatly bothers me. Yet at the same time, I am unsure if I could ever really give RiG a very satisfying conclusion, given it was my first real CYOA and the plot was basically built up as I did it. While I still have the general outline of what I wanted to do in mind, it does beg the question if it'll be a very enjoyable ending by this point, and further, what really makes a good ending to a CYOA?
A part of me has also toyed with the idea of starting RiG from scratch with a far more concrete idea in mind, and less of my constant readjusting/adding/removing 'content' and 'features' at a whim. Yet at the same time, I am fully aware this may not really accomplish much by starting Reina's journey over from scratch. Particularly because I am sure the faithful readers, still want to see more of the relationships that were already cultivated, and it isn't like starting it over is going to help them there.
This is a kind of rambling post to say I'm not dead, I think of RiG all the time, and I strongly feel I need to find a way to continue it, or finish it. It really puts a hamper on my other ideas and projects, because RiG always sticks in my head as the story I really, really want to write and finish. Which is part of why the Teahouse CYOA fizzled out and died, because I did not like writing something on the same 'scale' as RiG, without having actually finished it!
Well, that and it turns out I never did figure out what Isuke's power would be, and since she's a Gensokyo native, I really need that before I can write her again.
Anyway, what are your thoughts, those of THP who still remember the days of Restorer in Gensokyo? Would you be happy with my attempting to salvage what I remember of my vague plotlines of
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RiG seems to be both your first victory and first defeat, and it's arguable those are things that are best left in memory. Like chasing the glories of one's youth, it can show you how you've grown or just repeat past failures.
I enjoyed RiG. It was fun, comfy, low-stakes, and a little bit indulgent. Amusingly, being what is essentially slife-of-life isekai actually made it a bit of novelty, so that's also a plus. Would I want to see it continue though? The answer is a big maybe.
Since RiG was so easy-going I don't feel a dying need to see out Reina's journey. There was no grand plot that I could speculate the resolution of and then be deprived of it like some other stories, and so looking back it's hard to hype myself up. Of course that's just the nature of laid-back stories, nothing wrong with that.
You have to ask yourself, what makes this time different? In the end everyone's probably going to be interested no matter what you do, but if you don't have a clear path in mind it can only end in failure. Do you truly know the end to Reina's journey? Does she even have one?
[ ] Let it die: The road to catharsis, bittersweet but freeing. [ ] Finish what you started: The road to closure, fraught with nostalgia. [ ] Retread the same path: The road to triumph, a gamble of your pride.
>>15767 Some good points here. And truth be told, the best I can think of that restarting it would do "differently", is trying to focus better on balancing out Reina's life and work. Changing RiG from its comfy slice-of-life isekai wouldn't be on the table, since Reina just being a (mostly) normal Outsider brought into Gensokyo is sort of the point.
Just in hindsight, a lot of her actual work was never really done all that well. I flip-flopped on having money be a thing, then never really got a good way to handle Reina actually doing her work beyond, "Do you want to actually work, Y/N", which is kind of a pointless, dead choice.
And then there was never anything to actually use the money on, so what was the point? I would probably want to try and get RiG to better focus on Reina's personal and professional life.
Which is really, mostly because I kind of like balancing the slice-of-life with management-style sim things. As for what I'd consider an 'end' to Reina's story? That is truly the tricky one, since it IS a slice-of-life, and there was really only one thing Reina had to really solve herself.
Thinking of some other SoL CYOAs, the most logical ending to RiG, would probably be when the one major issue in her life is resolved, and then her getting married or something.
I think your opening statement is pretty true though. I'm mostly wary to just let Reina go, because I feel like she deserves getting some kind of closure. I only have one other OC who is really developed (and has any art) that is suitable to use, and that'd be Ichidou Isuke from the Teahouse CYOA. Who would certainly be very different from the shy, uncertain Outsider brought to Gensokyo, as Isuke is an assertive, womanizing Oni who is quite at home in Gensokyo... sort of.
So I think I have a rough idea of how I'd want to handle the teahouse business side of things, I'm just a bit unsure on the overall end goal. This is still a bit like RiG, in being a pretty slice of life thing, so I suppose that isn't too unusual to not have a clearly defined end goal...
I'm also a bit unsure where I want to place it. I recall last time I did on the road to the Youkai Mountain, which may still be the best choice. Though, I may end up just posting it in /th/, since I don't want to just focus on the Youkai Mountain group.
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As some of you might have noticed, the site has a new front page and the default style has been changed from photon to chernobyl on boards. This is to make the site more accessible to newcomers but you'll be able to change the style to something else, as always, from the drop down menu at the top of every page.
There's a few changes that I plan on making to the site, including adding better support for small screens such as those on tablets and phones. The front page already scales nicely but rehauling the dusty old board code is an undertaking that will probably take me a while. I'm prioritizing something else at the moment, which I think everyone will be happy about. Nothing as visually dramatic, before you complain, and I promise it'll be good.
I plan on tweaking the front page some more in the coming days, fixing a few spacing issues and padding. But if there's anything else that you want to suggest that needs improvement or tweaking, I guess this is the thread for you. I'll promise to listen and tell you why or why not I can or cannot do something.
I'm also using the trip I use for writing as opposed to the admin identity because honestly it's less of a hassle not having to log in every time to post.
Hey y'all, Moral here with yet another waste of time thread in /gensokyo/. I've been working on a (rather hastily done) script to add a couple basic features to THP. Right now, it's only a proof of concept and I will not be releasing it at this time because... frankly, it's embarrassing to release such a piece of shit. However, I do plan on working on it at my own leisure, and it will be completed before I die of old age. I promise.
Some features already implemented: 1) Cute waifu watching you read your shitty fanfics. 2) (Poorly designed) Navigation bar that follows you around like a stalker. Can be minimized. 3) Quick reply box (currently unable to drag and move) 4) Reply boxes are all the same width so it looks more uniform. Also stops your fat waifu from blocking text.
Features to be added: 1) Real menus that can change waifus and their transparency instead of junk 2) Adding in a quick reply link to every post (might take some time to figure this out in the future) 3) Customize your CSS only using this script. 3a) UI to facilitate CSS customization
Current known bugs: 1) Previous and next buttons at the bottom of board page float all the way to the left and all the way to the right, respectively. >This bug is due to the bottom bar having no class or id so I can't exclude it from how I format my tables (aka my quick reply box). Can be fixable but not high up in priority right now. 2) (Unable to reproduce) Once, a .webm file displayed its garbage information after it was uploaded. >Not much information about this, since it happened only once. Will test more.
To close, if you guys have any suggestions, advice, feedback, prayers, or anything really, let me know here.
I've been meaning to get around to this sooner, but you know me: slow as fuck.
Changes: 1) Navigation bar overhaul. It inherits properties from its current CSS style instead of being monochromatic and ugly. It can also be optionally fixed, meaning you don't have to scroll back to the top of the page to access all that. 2) Updated quick reply to include the update checkbox. I'm in the process of testing it out as we speak, so forgive me if I post this as an update on the frontpage. Preview currently is useless, sadly. 3) Toggles. You can toggle hiding/showing your waifu. Same with the quick reply. Basically, it's just a QoL change.
>>15593 Some additional comments: Update does indeed work, and god damn it just as I posted about all the previous bugs being worked out, the .webm bug decided to show up again. >(Unable to reproduce) Once, a .webm file displayed its garbage information after it was uploaded. But yeah, aside from that, the script's nearing release.
Yyyyep. Seems I'll be your host again this year. If anyone has wondered where other contests and the prizes of the contests past are, well... it's been a bit of a rough year on my health.
Potentially concerning matters aside, it's that time again! It's time to dance and write and laugh and maybe read, too!
The entry period shall be 2 weeks in length, running from 8/13/18 to 8/27/18. Voting shall likewise run for two weeks, running from 8/27/18 to 9/10/18.
As per usual, the subject matter is up to you. The categories will be as followed: General, Newbie and Lewd.
I exclude lewd newbies on the grounds of lewds being strapped for participants as it stands. Winning a contest of one isn't exactly winning at all.
I'll offer crappy art prizes IOUs for the three winners, but I have other prizes I still need to dole out first and foremost, not to mention that I need to get back in the drawing mood. I just got over another illness or something and now my eyes have been strained for going on a week, which kinda really sucks in general. I think I've had almost 3 months of feeling like crap thus far this year. And it was only in 3 chunks. Kiiiinda sucks.
I'm sorry officer Kotohime, but I think you may have the wrong author. I'm afraid Keymaster hasn't been seen around these parts in years.
I... can't be overly specific without spoilers, but one should not wish to read this story for Kosuzu. Just as, say, one should not wish to read Tenshi is in This Story for Tenshi.
It is about her, though, and there is a great deal of Marisa, if you happen to be that way inclined. Though strictly speaking not all of Marisa makes an appearance. Make of that what you will.
I'm reliably informed that objectively awful cookie-cutter umbrella stories are in greater demand, though, so I may attempt to bake some more of those first, if my muse gives me any choice in the matter. Which, of late, it has not.