I think Keine has the best hat. It's still darn silly though.

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Yes, I know what you must be thinking, "Sona, why is the contest starting when the previous one only just started the voting phase?" Well, stop talking to yourself and listen up!

This isn't gonna be your typical contest! It'll be running year-long, and shall have no losers! While the general idea is New Year's resolutions, one can enter at any time. There are no rules, save that this one could technically be considered a writing contest. CYOAs, normal stories, you name it.

Basically, declare your resolutions here and try to keep them. I don't expect year-long participation, but so long as you never truly give up, no matter how you falter, you're the true winner!
I hereby wov to start a CYOA in this year. It will be horrible, but at least it will happen.
My new year's resolution is to start or at least post some kind of one-shot or CYOA.

I've held back for so long, around two years, perhaps it's time I stop the planning and just go for it.
I don't really "do" resolutions, but I guess I can pitch my own penny into the hat on this. These are all things I've been trying to do anyway, so I can consider them part of this year's "resolutions".

I resolve to:

update my first story more than twice in the year;
tie up the current story arc for my second story (or get very close);
write at least one porn piece that I actually post on the site;
and actively read and vote more often on the stories I follow.
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I vow to keep poking the hornet nest, if not by contest, by way of content proper.
I'm going to continue my dumb porn story from last year's contest sometime this year. I don't really have a good reason for not doing it when I've had ideas for it for months.

Maybe saying it here will help beat the laziness.
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I'm working on an /at/ compilation due before the 21st this month. Along with that, triple my posts for the story I want to continue.

And then...I'm scratching some shorts on the side because work has me floating other places. Why do I do this to myself?
I've been a lurker for 2 years now, and I'd like to post stories here. Perhaps just Shorts rather than Quests, but I'll try.
I believe in you.
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So... how's everyone doing on their resolutions so far? I feel I'm getting better at making contests, so I feel at least nominally successful in my own resolution.

I hate your contests. All my favorite stories now update slower because the author is participating in a contest. Just throwing that out there.
I enjoy the contests, it gives me an excuse to write something.

I'm glad! After the February contest ends, I'll know for sure if I will be starting more or not. As for it giving you an excuse to write, that's my exact intent by making these contests. Makes me happy to hear my goal is being accomplished.


Well, assuming participating is why they are slowing. The previous one did only have five entries other than myself. Of those entries, up to three stories are possible to have been affected. I'm saying three because I know one of the authors and another was a newbie.

However, I do apologize for that. Mind you, this is part of why I gave such a long window to enter this time. Longer window, more time to work, easier to pace one's self longer to wait before everyone crams it in in the final seconds.

Although, I find it odd you don't enjoy those stories they wrote/won't enjoy the stories they will write, what with them being by authors you love.
One of the stories I was following officially died (RIP, Seija), so I guess that makes it slightly easier on me.

Everything else... I still gotta work on. Updating on a scale that doesn't involve months is hard.

It can be, yeah. How I used to do it before coming here was to have a nightly objective. Mine was 500 words per night, but any amount can work. In the end, if you have an easy objective, writing many thousand words becomes less daunting, and becomes a nightly ritual. Turning it into a ritual is a good thing in my eyes.
Well, I more or less do that already. It's more the problem of getting a significant amount of words out before my attention span gets the better of me; I've been alternating two stories every day, getting out a couple hundred words in the thirty minutes each day.

Having deeply ingrained problems from a poorly-planned plot doesn't help either.
Oh, and I guess I should add that my writing process involves writing the update, writing it again, and then editing it. It sounds ass-backwards, but it's about all that works for me because I change my mind five-hundred times before I'm done with a single draft. But it does add time to the overall process, which is frustrating at times.
I have definitely kind of maybe put some amount of thought into eventually probably doing that thing that I said I would do at some unspecified point in the future. Sort of.
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I didn't even make a resolution and I feel great! Score one for me, nerds.

Keeping my shitty story going is enough, right?
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Late to this, but I want to get at least one part of Dancing Ashes out a month, now that I'm mostly moved into my new house.

I may also start taking the random ideas I keep having and make them into shorts to keep me writing. FFXV gave me the idea for a touhou Road trip.

What the heck is up with that game? I see my friends upload screenshots all the time of those four bishounen dudes hanging out in front of a hotel or beach or something. It's fucking weird.
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It is basically Spring Break meets Monster hunter with Cloud, Tidus, the lovechild of Snow and Auron and a genderswapped Quistis starring as the Backstreet Boys.

It has a few bugs and the final part sucks but it is worth playing.
As my friend put it 'It's a bunch of bros doing what bros do. Going on road trips, fighting demons, and becoming better bros while doing it.'
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So, how's everyone been doing on their goals?

I feel I hit the interest mark on this contest, myself! 12 entries! Seems a month is a good length of time to accept entries!
Coming closer to updating but still not very close; my process is still horribly slow but unfortunately necessary. ZUN knows if I'll live up to my first resolution. Or my third, for that matter.

Glad to hear! A new story, or continuing a current one? If the latter, what's the story?
Two stories, actually. I'm the guy who writes Fame and Misfortune and Don't Call Me a Glutton on /youkai/.

Ahh, that one. I remember seeing the latter. The name was very memorable. Out of curiosity, what's it about?
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I love them both!

Your lack of updates physically hurt me, but I would be a hypocrite if I criticized other people's willpower.
>Out of curiosity, what's it about?
Kinda hard to summarise, but here's my best attempt:

Koyomi is a wolf tengu who earned herself a name at academy for having a cast iron stomach. After graduating, she got stuck in a crappy remote post before getting a sudden transfer out to Amaden, an amazingly skeevy outpost where all types in Gensokyo come together. This time, she's stuck acting as a lowly (non-Guard-affiliated) patrolwoman and hating every moment of it. Complicating her life is her sudden involvement with Kokoro, who claims to be street performer but is obviously harbouring all sorts of secrets. What follows is the story of two frenemies who tackle various issues, criminal or political, facing Amaden, and cause major headaches for everybody else along the way.

My apologies. I've been writing everyday for long stretches since January, but progress is just slow. Please continue to be patient with me.
Anybody keeping to their resolutions? Having only two months left to meet self-expectations is nerve-wracking. I've only managed half of mine.

Technically! I mean, there's really no end to mine, only efforts to keep at it. Once the year has ended, so too will I have succeeded.
fuck me, I haven't event started it.
All I wanted to do was keep my story going and I've accomplished at least that much, so I'll count that as a win.

Maybe my resolution for next year should be to update more often so my story can finish this decade.
My resolution was to do everything in my power to prevent yours from coming true.

Feel free to throw stones at this scapegoat. I did it all.
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Yeah, I don't think it's gonna happen. Oops.
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Chin up lads. My resolution was to accomplish all your resolutions, except much better. Take solace in the fact that you're a valuable part of the losers/winners dynamic.
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Well, since this is the very end of the year, I guess I might as well step forward to tie this challenge up. This has been one surreal and busy year, and I doubt I'm the only one that has had drastically shifting priorities from one month to the next. Hard to say if it was a good year or a bad year. It was just... a year.

Anyway, resolutions.

>update my first story more than twice in the year
This is one of the more unfortunate pieces of my four-part resolution, because I had every intention of fulfilling it. However, when I escaped from Japan (long story, don't ask), I came to realise just how fucked my story setup was and decided it was best for everybody if I just dragged it out back and quickly put it out of its misery. Three years with barely any progress was a pretty good sign that was needed anyway.

>tie up the current story arc for my second story (or get very close)
This is another part I couldn't live up to. I highly overestimated my ability to resolve anything quickly in a story I'm writing. Even when there's a direction -- and I assure you there is one -- I don't do fast-paced. Various timing inconveniences and nearly losing my editor on a couple of occasions had a way of keeping updates unfinished far longer than I'd want. Such is life.

>write at least one porn piece that I actually post on the site
Now, this one, I managed a couple of times over with Soap Street and my seasonal Okina short. I never believed it'd happen, but I suppose that's the power of 2017. I have no intention of stopping now, so my Nemuno story will continue its (relatively) short run into 2018.

>actively read and vote more often on the stories I follow
This goal was a bit of a dud since it's so vague and unbounded. I did do more reading and voting than before, but there were long stretches where I pulled away from everything, mostly to try and hurry up on updates. Would I call it a success? Enh. (Imagine my hand wiggling here.)

Also, I think it's safe to say that I'm done with contests for the duration. My single victory was enough to satisfy me after three tries, and I'm distracted enough as it is. Hopefully, we'll still keep having interesting ones, though.
Well, I didn't manage to write my first story here after all, but I drew a bunch of fanarts for a story or two, so close enough I guess?
Thank you for that, by the way. I never would have dreamed in a million years someone would make fanart of anything I write.

More is always welcome.
Overall, I felt I did well on my vague resolution to do contests. Time to start the 2018 thread, even if it's late. Just feel horrible, so ended up sleeping a lot. Sorry about that.


Good job on 1.5/4 of your resolutions!


I'm sure that those pictures made the author's days, so while not a success, you succeeded in something unrelated. Success is nice in any form.
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>I'm sure that those pictures made the author's days
If >>15310 is who I presume they are, then I can confirm first-hand you are absolutely right. Caused me quite a bit of embarrassment by making me grin foolishly at my phone on a crowded train in one instance, but still made my day.
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