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  1. Debate Wars - The Fox

    By my nature I think I've always been a bit of a fox. Too "smart" for my own good. Both solitary and social; always searching for a vixen (man do foxy-looks get me going). The irony of looking for a vixen will probably be the story of my life. Look up "Foxes in popular culture" on Wikipedia, and check out the bits about foxes in Japanese mythology, and you'll thoroughly understand my plight in a metaphorical sense.

    Anyway.

    When it comes to debate, I've ...

    Updated February 19th, 2017 at 01:34 PM by Smith

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  2. I Was Wrong

    Yeah yeah, before some of you (if any of you) throw a party, save it for the end.

    Being older does not equal being wiser. This is a non-sequitur. It does equal more life experience though, even if that life experience wasn't very broad.

    To a certain extent one could say that age has an effect on knowledge, and intelligence. Obviously an infant or a child are intellectually inferior to a young adult, or an adult. Although there is a good chance, too, that one can become ...

    Updated February 12th, 2017 at 08:40 AM by Smith

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  3. My Distinct Dialect

    I'm watching a lecture (felt the need to pause it and write this blog) by Brandon Sanderson on dialogue. One of the points he made is making each character feel distinct when they speak. Usually this is done through dialect or accent, but these aren't the only ways it can be done. He asks the class, "How could you write dialogue for an intelligent, or well-educated character?"

    A student's response is you could have them speak in the passive voice.

    Sanderson agrees, ...

    Updated February 8th, 2017 at 12:21 PM by Smith

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  4. Writing Exercise

    It loomed over the city-street in a suffocating way, casting a dark shadow upon the sidewalk and staircase in front. The gargoyles above were enough to make me hesitate, but not in admiration of the eroding architecture, discolored by rain and mold. I supposed their faces were no more welcoming than my own disheveled appearance. Had I slept? Had it really only been two days?

    Ascending the steps, my hand glided along the cool and smooth stone railing, damp from the morning dew. I stopped ...

    Updated February 11th, 2017 at 11:19 PM by Smith

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  5. Situational Fallout

    Status: I will be quitting my job.

    Haven't decided when yet. It wasn't in the heat of the moment, like I threatened it would. Probably for the better. I need time to plan out the proceedings, and establish a safety-net since I'll be walking away from my income.

    Since the only responsibility I *have* to pay for would be car insurance (after I pay off my car loan in 2-3 months), I can easily survive on what I have in the bank for a long while. Won't go into details about ...

    Updated February 3rd, 2017 at 02:59 AM by Smith

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  6. Dysfunctional Death

    My grandfather (my mother's dad) has spent the last few days slowly dying at home. He passed away yesterday, just after noon.

    Meanwhile, I spent that time, if I could even be granted the permission of 'spent' and not 'wasted', working. Worrying about how I'll get days off for a vacation with my friends in Toronto, and how I'll manage not being a few weeks shy of legal drinking age (probably won't stop me, but it's certainly a bit of a roadblock). But perhaps most importantly of all, ...

    Updated January 31st, 2017 at 11:59 AM by Smith

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  7. Debate Wars - Return of the Shitposter

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    Had the ever so wonderful experience of engaging in a debate on another writing forum, on a thread titled "there needs to be more black characters and MCs in fiction".

    You can only imagine the ridiculousness that ensued.

    I mainly started out by asking a lot of questions, because I want to know what stances the other side is taking. I want to have a general idea of where to draw the line, and to begin finding the points ...

    Updated January 28th, 2017 at 06:34 AM by Smith

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  8. Short Stories

    So I've been pondering for a while, where I might be failing in my own writing, specifically regarding short stories.

    As I was eating McDonalds in the kitchen a few minutes ago, I was thinking about an idea for a horror short-story. It just popped into my head at random; perhaps it is true, what they say about the McNightmares.

    And one thing that stood out to me was how the thought of it made *me* feel. I've come to realize that there's an important distinction between ...

    Updated January 27th, 2017 at 08:52 AM by Smith

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  9. A Rogue Criticism of "Rogue One"

    Well this is precisely what I anticipated with Disney acquiring the Star Wars franchise.

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    The beating and flogging of a pasture full of decaying, vile, horse corpses.

    Before we get to the one in the picture above, let's just say that 3/4 of the Star Wars franchise has revolved around the Death Star (no, turning the Death Star into a "planet" requires the creativity of a five year old). But Jar Jar Abrams says the purpose ...

    Updated January 17th, 2017 at 11:36 AM by Smith

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  10. Unmotivated

    Officially working five days a week, eight hours a day, and that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. I did prefer four tens, as having that third day off was quite nice.

    Then again, all I ever did was waste my days off anyway. Never spent them how I knew I should; making some tea, writing, reading, going to Starbucks and writing. Never signed up for that U18 indoor soccer league. Never did a lot of things. Instead, whenever I get on my computer to check this forum, I just end ...

    Updated January 12th, 2017 at 12:02 PM by Smith

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  11. Drama Exhausts Me

    I've finally figured that out.

    It isn't so much that I'm anti-social or introverted after all. Really, it has more to do with the fact that socializing by nature means more drama.

    I'm done sugar-coating things, so I'll just dive straight into this.

    There's a girl, named Angel of all names (definitely must be the looks, not the personality), who has more or less of a booty-call relationship with our friend Anthony. They used to date, but not anymore, now that ...

    Updated January 3rd, 2017 at 09:40 AM by Smith

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  12. If Writing Were a Person Right Now

    He'd be the most terrible person, I'm sure of it.

    It'd be a worker at my office. See him every day taking donuts for a family of three, taking the last cup of coffee from the pot, smiling to me as he walks by without a hint of sympathy. Just turns his back so I can stare at my reflection in that balding, shiny head of his.

    All I want to do when I come to work, is do my job, and leave. But everything he does, and everything he is, makes me want to do something unthinkable ...

    Updated November 13th, 2016 at 11:40 AM by Smith

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  13. What I've Gleaned from this Election

    My thoughts, in no particular order.

    From reading and listening to people go back and forth, the amount of ignorance bouncing around the walls of hollow-headed echo-chambers is astonishing. This applies to people of all political leanings and affiliations. It's fascinating to see people surround themselves with "facts" that support their predisposition and bias. "Evidence" and "arguments" that support their warped world view, because it makes them feel ...

    Updated November 11th, 2016 at 12:12 PM by Smith

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  14. A Triumphant Return

    My goal of going on indefinite hiatus was not to garner attention, despite the pretentious title of this blog post in particular.

    However, I was very appreciative of all the kind words that people left on it. I'll be honest and say that, while I didn't post anything, I came back after only a week and was already checking in on things. Not just on my blog, but the forums in general.

    I knew I would return, I just didn't know when.

    Calling this a "triumphant" ...

    Updated November 9th, 2016 at 09:59 AM by Smith

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  15. Taking an Indefinite Hiatus -- A Criticism, and Thank-You

    I don't know for how long.

    This forum has been the best and the worst thing to happen to my writing. I'll start with the positive.

    In my personal life, I've known almost nobody who shares my passion for writing. I do have a couple friends that like to dabble in the dark arts of poetry or short-stories, but I always felt like I was taking it more seriously than them. Not saying that in a bad way; I simply felt that they saw it as something to do in their free-time, a hobby. ...

    Updated October 19th, 2016 at 10:35 AM by Smith

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  16. Feeling Bad

    It just hit me a few minutes ago. How bad I really feel about this cute girl I knew, who I went on a date with, and she was a compulsive liar. Not only that but she definitely suffered from something else going on in that head of hers, and I don't mean that in a mean way. I think part of me wanted to help her.

    The date (it's been almost a year since) was a mistake. Her friends later told me that she'd spent time in a psych ward. I felt absolutely horrible, because I know how it feels ...

    Updated October 5th, 2016 at 12:22 PM by Smith

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  17. People Need to See This

    Very interesting!



    It's 100% accurate. I would know, being a guy and all.

    Updated October 5th, 2016 at 11:37 AM by Smith

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  18. Encouragement

    If you need encouragement to do something... if you literally cannot do it without constant reassurance, then take this as a good sign it may not be for you.

    That's not to say encouragement is a bad thing. We all love encouragement, and should strive to give it to others who deserve it! I mean, that's why I post some of my work on here. I love seeing the "Likes" and "Thanks" on my work as much as I appreciate the constructive feedback.

    But my primary ...
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  19. My Favorite Scene From the Movie "Black Hawk Down"

    Oh wait...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp0Z0MTxt-w

    Sort of makes me want to move to Russia, or any place where police are respected. This kind of shit shouldn't be tolerated. Hopefully it'll be met with ruthless lethal force like it should be.

    Then again, I've always been a fan of autocracy and Machiavellianism as long as I'm on the winning team.

    In all seriousness, it makes me wonder. If race relations have been set-back 50 years under a black ...

    Updated September 25th, 2016 at 09:06 AM by Smith

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  20. About Love (inspired by kamino)

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    I think that some of us have this idea in our heads, called "The One". At least, I know I used to.

    On the surface, it's sort of clear why this is a bit of a disastrous idea.

    While applying logic to love is a messy business, scientifically and mathematically speaking I find it hard to believe there is only One person out there for us.

    How about Exhibit A: You hit it off with somebody. The relationship lasts ...

    Updated September 19th, 2016 at 01:23 PM by Smith

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  21. Removing Social Media and How It's Helped Me

    So in the past few days I've deleted my Twitter. I've uninstalled Instagram from my phone (my Instagram still exists, but I'm not going to use it), and I'm very close to deleting my Facebook.

    Now, this isn't some sort of conspiracy-inspired action. It's something that's making me... happier.

    Twitter was just a huge waste of time, strangely because I didn't have the time to begin with. I didn't have the time, want, or need to go through all these tweets. I didn't want to ...
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  22. Breaking the Geneva Conventions

    I'm my own worst enemy. Maybe the only way to fight it, is to break the Geneva Conventions and use some chemical warfare. Take some pills. I told myself I wouldn't do it...

    I was seeing a therapist; that stopped around the beginning of this year. I think April.

    I feel like I can't write lately. Suddenly it's like everything I type, everything I write, I hate... if I can even write at all; I've felt so unmotivated lately, and no amount of trying to force myself to write ...

    Updated September 11th, 2016 at 12:35 PM by Smith

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  23. Why I Admire Jim Adkins

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    Realized the picture is a little small, so I'll type it out below. This is something Jim Adkins (lead-singer of Jimmy Eat World) posted about their new album, and I thought it was very good advice to share.

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    "It is about throwing away your default responses to life, accept life on the terms of life and becoming willing to accept the best any of us have is to be in a state of progress.

    Emotional injury is usually ...

    Updated September 7th, 2016 at 12:03 PM by Smith

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  24. Handling Anxiety (and finding happiness)

    Hope this helps somebody, and that you have a good day.

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    The clock.

    Every second of every day it dictates what we do. And it's a constant reminder of the time that is passing. Or rather, running out.

    "How am I spending it?"

    "What more could I be doing with it?"

    "When will my time be up?"

    All typical thoughts that cross my mind, as I sit at home playing video games, after ...
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  25. "But They're Just a Loud Minority"

    Oh are they really?



    Basically, we need to start reading "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf" to our children again.

    So for a long time now, I've been exposed to the No True Scotsman fallacy. If you're unfamiliar, it's basically an attempt -- in this example -- to refute my argument by saying that "real feminists wouldn't do that!" This flawed argument can be exposed in more detail by reading the Wikipedia ...

    Updated September 2nd, 2016 at 11:43 PM by Smith

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