So as I mentioned in a response to one of your discussion posts, here's the story sketch I've come up with for Bear the Flame. I f anyone else is reading this, you might not want to spoil the story (if there's really anything good to spoil.). So if you plan on playing Bear the Flame and you're not J.S., then you'd better not read this.
Ok, so now the story. It takes place after the events of Ember's End, in the Mended Wood. Everything is perfect - well, until you find out that there's been a death (Heyward never found a way to ressurect people.). Yes, there are multiple story paths, so if you choose to be a farmer or something you'll only hear hints of what the heroes are up to, but I digress.
Anyways, in the hero path you deal with what the Pilgrim (still figuring out who he'll be) and his band have found on the outskirts of Natalia and Terralain. Yep, the world is much, much bigger than the rabbits ever imagined. Even bigger than Morbin or the wolves ever knew.
So there will be a bunch of different new animal types to deal with. So far I have:
-Racoons: Very nasty creatures that have their eyes on Natalia.
-Moles: They rule an underground empire under Natalia. They're inventors, even smarter than Heyward. Unfortunately, they belive their machines are the answer to everything and even worship them.
-Bears: Live in the most unexplored regions of the world. Not sure if I'll ever use them much.
-Foxes: There will just be one. He's a troublemaker but will side with the rabbits eventually.
Wolves will be back as well, in the final moments of the game. There will also be something called Curse, and I'll explain that later when I have more ideas on it.
Well, there's the basic story of Bear the Flame. It's all subject to change, so feedback and ideas are extremely appreciated. Thank you!
The Pilgrim will most definitely be in this game. He'll be the one to warn of the dangerous outside world, since he will discover about it in one of his adventures. I'd like to give him an identity, just not sure who.
Well, everything has been sort of quiet for a while, so I'd like to share a few ideas I've had with Bear the Flame.
First off, development has been really, really slow. I would like to release the earliest version of the game by Christmas, but we may not even get it done by then. The actual game itself hasn't got very far story wise yet, and it's taken only an hour or two to write. Most of the ideas I have are only in my head still.
Anyways, I've been working on research of TGE, and I've found a few things that I'd like to use in the game as well as a bunch of new ideas I've come up with myself.
Here they are:
- The Starsword. This needs to be fixed. If you recall, in Whitson Mariner they mention that the Starsword will not be able to be mended if the wars are over. Well, if there will be conflicts in Bear the Flame, as there will be, then the sword must be fixed. Smalls is going to have a heart attack, lol.
Then there's returning characters. There will be a bunch, but I'd like time for new characters as well, so characters like Picket may not make big appearances.
Characters I've integrated into the story plans so far:
- Picket: Semi-minor character. Without his sword arm, he can't really fight. Heyward fixes him a fake arm, but it's always breaking apart. Picket doesn't take to the return of villains very well. In fact, he's a bit rash in dealing with them.
- Smalls, Heather: Not really major either. If it comes down to defending Natalia, Smalls will fight beside you. Not sure what I'll do with Heather yet.
- Harmony: Major character in the farming path. She's what they'd call the mariage candidate. Good with kids and is a veteran of sorts, just like your character.
- Dr. Zeiger: Presumed dead. Is in reality studying a rare new substance called Curse. If you make a wrong move, he may die during the story. Curse is dangerous.
- Jo Shanks: Semi-major. Helps you in your quest if you choose the hero path.
- Garten Longtreader: Ssshhh! It's a secret!
And for new characters:
- You: I'm not sure exactly what you'll be called (Dawson is the test version name) but you'll be a buck who survived the seige of Cloud Mountain. The rest of your story is up to you.
- The Corrupted: Beings afflicted with Curse. They're nasty.
Well, that's a bit of what I've got right now. Hope it sounds good.
Thanks so much for sharing those ideas, Cyberman! It sounds quite intriguing, and now with that background information, I can now aid with the formation of a coherent plot(s). Am I to only be responsible for Dawson's plot, then? I think you mentioned elsewhere that with different choices comes a different plot. Will all the different plots have to be figured out? Also, will there be multiple main characters? If so, I suppose their stories will have to be figured out as well.
Will message you after I come up with any more ideas regarding Dawson or the game as a whole. ;)
You could come up with story ideas, storylines, etc., for any character you'd like. If you would like to create new characters that would be cool too.
I'm not planning to have multiple main characters. Perhaps in a future version we could have it so you could choose between a few characters, but definitely not this version. Multiple characters makes development very messy.
Yes, we will have to figure out a bunch of different plots. Let me explain how this will work. The player will choose at first between simple choices, like whether to move out of your home town or to stay. That will make other choices in each path. For example, say you choose to move out. Then you will be faced with where to go, and that will change the story. Going to Newcity may involve political work or an adventure with the Pilgrim, but going to Nick Hollow may set you up for a quiet, farming life. Or maybe you could get a job at a store, or as Gort's assistant... The possiblities are basically endless for what we could do with the story. But the overarching story will still be the same, for example, if you're a farmer you may hear from another character about the adventures of the heroes.
If the name Dawson sounds good to you it's good with me. I named him after Scrooge McDuck's favorite town in the Klondike. :P
I may start a wiki for my projects, but I'm not sure if I should...
All right; I think I've figured out a backstory and character arc for Dawson. Please let me know if this will work! I've never done anything for a video game before, so I definitely could be doing something wrong; especially as I'm used to plotting for a novel. :)
"Dawson is a young buck from the the Great Wood; he had survived the War for All Natalia as a member of a top-secret elite division of the army, and when the Mending came along, he'd settled down. However, in the middle of the night, First Warren is attacked and he can do nothing about it. He's compelled to tell a high-ranking enemy officer (a certain evil individual) vital information to save his family, but a certain evil individual kills his family anyway. (He would be betrothed around this time, btw—possibly to Harmony?)
As the enemy takes over Natalia, he sets on a mission of revenge, looking out only for himself (as he's learned that having loved ones is certain to lead to hurt), but eventually creating a rebel band to take down the enemy by striking them at their heart (an assassination, perhaps, or a sudden, carefully-planned attack in their central stronghold to bring an end to them once and for all). He's led to believe that his betrothed is dead, but later on, he finds this isn't the case (somehow). He's filled with hope that maybe, just maybe he could love again. But then the enemy strikes again, and he's left with the choice to either save himself or his betrothed. He chooses himself, and abandons her to death.
Unfortunately, his saving himself doesn't go very well. He ends up getting captured by the enemy, but isn't killed, thankfully, because his betrothed rescues him just in time (perhaps with the help of others?). Remorseful, he asks for her forgiveness, which she willingly gives him, which changes how he views life.
He and his rebel band go ahead with their plan, and they finally instigate their attack on the central stronghold of the enemy. Dawson heads straight to the certain evil individual and finally has him at his mercy. Faced with death, the certain evil individual begs for forgiveness; Dawson almost kills him, but he remembers that moment when forgiveness was offered to him when he didn't deserve it. So he forgives the guy.
His band's mission proves successful, and the enemy that resists is vanquished and the rest are given pardon.
And they live happily ever after."
I realize this is a pretty vague storyline—I think we'll figure it out in detail as we go along. Please feel free to tweak anything you'd like! I realize this might be an overly-dramatic storyline for a video game; please tell me if that will be an issue! I also assumed Dawson would be the protagonist. If I'm wrong please let me know. So just feel free to mention any questions, thoughts, additions, or ideas you may have. :)
Thank you, this is great! Don't worry, I actually like dramatic video games, and I think there needs to be more of them.
First of all, as there will be multiple story paths I think we can use these ideas for the main or hero path. You actually were thinking along the same lines as me with Dawson being elite, I personally had him in the Forest Guard since that regiment is "the best of the best" (was it Emma who said that?) I dunno.
In my opinion we should try to keep the opening sequences a little bit less... I don't know, eventful, perhaps. I don't remember if I already shared this (forgive me if I have) but the main villians, at least at this point, are racoons, who were once scavengers in a very distant land but have been united under Garten Longtreader, who is really one of the Corrupted. Yeah, it sounds wierd, but I'll try to fully explain later.
If there is to be a big invasion part I'd like it to be near the end. I'd like to aim for a large game, not sure if that'll ever work lol. Oh, and the capitol has been moved to Newcity as of Ember's End, but you probably remember that. So maybe since there's already been a large-scale battle in First Warren we should have one in Newcity?
I'm pretty sure I'd like Dawson's family... Long gone. He's hurt by the way they died in the reign of Morbin.
For the whole bethrothal thing, I'm not sure rabbits are bethrothed, that's a mideval thing, right? I'd perfer the player to choose what their feelings are towards certain characters, but subtly. For example, you can't just run up to some random doe and ask her to marry you. It would be like in the actual Ember books, where relationships build over time. For the hero path I'd use someone new or perhaps Heynah, and for a more relaxing path I'd use Harmony.
Personally, as well as introducing
I've had an idea for a level (or whatever you want to call it) where the rabbits go back to Akolan.
I was wondering, now that the main Green Ember series has come to a close, what would you think about our wiki having a more "neutral" background? By that I mean, would it be possible to do a background with the cover of The Green Ember rather than Ember Falls (speaking of which, I was thinking I'd reset the banner header soon)? We wouldn't have to do this, of course, if you and Kilmarnock were against it, but I just wondered if it would be possible. Your thoughts?
Thanks for asking, Peony! Hmm... that could prove to be a little difficult; but, I'll see what I can do. Honestly, I really doubt I can manipulate the cover skillfully enough to match this site's dimensions. But we'll see!
Well, I surprised myself by creating something decent. XD Thanks so much for the project, it convinced me that my new program isn't as terribly limited as I thought it was. What I did was copy and paste various sections of what was already in the cover image to create a larger scene, so much of the image is quite abstract and less sharp than it could be if the master Zach Franzen was actually illustrating it himself. Please tell me what you honestly think! Another thing I'm not certain about is whether the image resolution will work. We'll see, I guess!TGE Wiki Background
I finally finished the Wiki Background! Sorry for taking so long, I kind of forgot about it for a bit. XD Please tell me what you think. The middle is kind of sloppy because I knew it wouldn't be seen, but if there's something that just looks too weird, please let me know!
J.S. Clingman wrote: I finally finished the Wiki Background! Sorry for taking so long, I kind of forgot about it for a bit. XD Please tell me what you think. The middle is kind of sloppy because I knew it wouldn't be seen, but if there's something that just looks too weird, please let me know!
In my opinion it looks amazing! Definitely better than what we had before.
Hey there! I was nosing around your profile and noticed some interesting things. I see you're a fellow fan of Tolkien's masterpieces (Then again, who's not?). I also see you profess Christ. Good to see another Christian on Fandom.
By the way, you mentioned in a post that you aren't really a gamer. Would you mind telling me why, as I'd like to try and make my games appeal to everyone, even non-gamers. Thanks!
Hey, CybermanHorsecollar! Nice to officially meet you! It's so cool that you're also an LotR fan and Christian! :)
The main reason I don't game is because I don't really have a means of doing it (or a reason to do so) and because my mother (who's great, don't get me wrong) is against it. She is of the opinion that playing video games is a waste of time and can be overly addictive and generally detrimental to a child's well-being. I'm of the more moderate view that there are many ways to waste one's time, and gaming is just one of them. However, it doesn't have to be a waste of time, in my opinion; video gaming can be a legitimate recreational activity, just like playing a board game or watching a movie, although t's probably better if it's done with someone else, as quality time spent in order to improve a relationship. Perhaps it's not the most productive thing, but if people have fun doing it, I think gaming is a great thing to do in moderation. But I don't think I'd want to get into gaming, anyway, because I have an excessive amount of hobbies and responsibilities that consume all the time I have as it is. XD Does that make any sense? :)
I think it's cool that you're developing a Green Ember game, btw. The Green Ember series is so amazing, it certainly deserves an adaptation of some sort.
That totally makes sense. I understand that some people take gaming WAY to far (For instance some Fortnite players forget to eat.) However, I also believe that, if done right, a game can be a great thing. That's my goal - to make edifying video games. Christians are not impacting this area of entertainment, which quickly is becoming the most popular kind. The only good Christian game I can think of is The Aetherlight, an online game. So I think that The Green Ember needs some sort of game as well.
The reason I think that Ember would be better as a game as opposed to a movie or something else is that games can be interactive stories, as I mentioned previously. I would like to adapt the series as a traditional action-adventure 3D game, but I'm no artist so I'm currently going to do a text-based game.
This is probably something your mom will be fine with as it's basically a book you play. There's currently a super-basic demo for it somewhere.
I think that's a great goal. Yeah, come to think of it, I don't really know of the existence of any video games that cater to a Christian audience. I think it's cool that you're trying to create content that fills that void. :)
That makes sense; I like the idea of interactive stories--I suppose it can foster greater brain activity than movie-watching. XD I hope you find the right partner to make that happen. I can't say I know of anyone, although I am acquainted with someone who was formerly a video game developer. He now does something else, though, and he like what he does now. :/
I may have to try your demo, thanks for mentioning it!
What are some things you like doing other than gaming (and reading)?
I'm a outdoorsman sometimes (people are a little suprised bt that usually.) I'm also a bit of a writer, so I'd like to use that for my games.
Old cartoons fascinate me. Don't know why, but they do.
I'd really like to find someone who'd be interested in helping development, but I'm not sure I will. For now I'm just gathering ideas for a story, and I don't have much except that I know that I want my story to take place after the events of Ember's End and I will be using a bunch of new animals. If you want to contribute ideas I could most definitely use some.
That's alright! I'm really using more ideas from movies and books than from games. I really like to write fiction (never actually made something that wasn't fan-fiction though.) I'm also really into wikis.
I'm glad you like fan fiction! I just have never been very good at theorizing and creating anything under the "fan" label (or otherwise doing anything else that normal fans like doing XD). So, I think it's pretty cool that you find it relatively easy.
I'll be sure to message you if I come up with any ideas! :)
Hey, DeathSongLover! I'm doing well, thank you! How about yourself? :)
I am currently reading Ember's End. I'm being a little slow about it, too, as I've been occupying myself with other projects. Have you read it? ;)
You're fine. ;) Congrats on finishing The Lord of the Rings!! As aforementioned, I've been occupying myself with projects other than books and so I haven't finished The Return of the King yet. *facepalm*
I’m doing all right thanks. Has your area been hit by the coronavirus?
Ah, I did the same for awhile before I realized I can’t do that and read the book and finished it with ease. I started to distract myself with Narnia but I found that my mind kept wandering back to Embers End. So that failed. What part have you reached?
Thank you, it was amazing. Sometimes I find myself wandering back to the bookshelf and randomly opening the book to read sections of its.
It is a truly fantastic tale. Return of the King has got to be my favorite one of the trilogy: I love the battle and new characters and the ending and.. yeah
Hey, DeathSongLover: sorry for not getting back to you in a while--I've sort of been trying to finish Ember's End before I made another appearance here, which I've done successfully, I'm happy to say. (IT'S AMAZING!!!!)
Yes, our state has been affected by COVID-19. Last I checked, we have just under 100 cases (or maybe that was under 100 deaths?), although the number is almost certainly higher now. How have you been affected by the whole virus pandemic thing? Being homeschooled, nothing much has changed, except the fact that we aren't able to attend orchestra practice or church.
Interestingly (but not surprisingly) enough, Ember's End reminded me very much of The Return of the King. Ember's End has to be my favorite book out of the series. How about you? ;)
A couple of the family trees are going to need some work for Ember's End; I won't go into specifics in case you're still reading, but when you're done I think we should talk it over. I tried experimenting with editing one and previewing it without saving, but I'm nowhere near as fluent with the format we've got for those as you are.
I've finished updating Helmer's Family Tree, the Longtreader Family Tree, and the Royal Family Tree. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Btw, do you know whether Picket and Weezie and Heather and Smalls had anymore children other than the ones I listed? I couldn't find references to any other children, but I thought it might be possible. Also, do you know whether Flint and Fay are direct ancestors of the Royal Family?
As far as suggestions go, I have a couple of thoughts. I get the impression from the last chapters of Ember's end that Wilfred and Airen got married, if only for the purpose of raising war orphans they adopted. So if possible it might be good to try and work Wilfred into Helmer's family tree and Airen into the Longtreaders, along with some mention of their "fifteen childrens" (p. 390) Of course, there's also the unnamed sons and daughters of King Jupiter and Lady Glen who have been mentioned over the course of the series. It would be nice if we could fit them on the Royal Family Tree somehow, but if not I'm not too bothered by it; frankly I'm impressed you were able to work in Naylen and his wife. If we could drop Heather and Smalls down to the same row as Naylen and add another box it might work, but I don't know if it would all fit; you probably have a better idea than I do.
There do seem to be implications that Heather and Picket have additional children. Mrs. Weaver refers to two (p. 395), Picket refers to "some of my kids" (p. 398), Smalls is described as "gaz[ing] at his own children" despite Hanna leading Jo away (p. 402), and Heather mentions herself and Weezie "having babies" (p. 406). I'd say an unnamed children box, like on the Hewson family tree, would work. The Flint and Fay question is a tricky one. In Ember's End:
"I am the son of Jupiter Great, descendant by blood and heir of Flint Firstking!"-Smalls, p. 373
It makes it sound like the line of Whitson Mariner is descended from Flint and Fay, which was also suggested by Hame Smith in Ember Rising when he said Smalls was "kin to the original smith", meaning Flint. However, we know that Whitson's line was not the rulilng line until King Gerrard appointed him as successor. I would guess that Whitson may have been a relative-perhaps a distant cousin or something-of Gerrard, but that's just my supposition. Might be something to ask S.D. Smith during his upcoming social media event, if you can.
Also, you think we should rename the Flint article "Flint Firstking"?
With regards to the characters who have family trees, I've been substituting the relative lists in their infoboxes for "See family tree"; I figure there's no need to duplicate information. Besides, when it comes to some family's-especially the whole mess of the Royal Family, Longtreaders, and Helmer's family-the infobox lists were getting absurdly long.
On Helmer's family tree, do you think it'd be possible to add a row for Brindle Cove's parents? They are mentioned in Wreck and Rise. And on the Longtreader family tree, is there any way we could shift Helmer and Airen's kids over, and Sween and Whittle's with their spouses in the process? I feel bad for poor Jacks, who's cut off by the current format. However, if it's not possible I understand, and it's not a big deal; you've done an amazing job with all the trees, and I shudder to think of trying to duplicate or add to what you've done in any meanginful way.
Looks great J.S.! You're totally fine; we all get busy with different things.
Brindle's folks weren't mentioned by name; Whitson just invites "you (meaning Brindle) and your parents" to join him and Lillie for dinner.
Yeah, the idea occurred to me as I was adding the infobox to the Maggie Joveson (though I'm not sure whether that would actually be her last name) article. I mean, there were probably a dozen or more entries on there between her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunt siblings, and cousins-it was ridiculous.
Thanks for the reminder, Kilmarnock! Goodness, I'm almost disappointed Ember's End arrived so soon... I've been meaning to write the synopsis for TFF, among other things, and now we have a new book to take care of! Oh well, all worth it, I'm sure. I'll update the Featured Media, thanks!
So, I've started a wiki for The Ravenwood Saga (Christian/Dark Fantasy/YA by Morgan L. Busse) and I'd love if you could give me any advice or explanations (especially) on how running a wiki works and what the different lingo means (e.g. ambiguous-something or rather XD). Anyway, I'd really appreciate it!
Also, whenever I get it fully up and running, I'd love if ya'll'd be okay with perhaps affiliating with each other? No worries if you decide otherwise.
Thanks so much for the message, Kate! I'd love to help you with any explanations you may need, and I know Pinkpeony73 and Kilmarnock228 can help too! (They administrate a couple other wikis.) A good way to start is to edit your wiki's overall look and its main page. Have you uploaded a wordmark yet (the wiki-logo), or edited your theme colors/wiki-background yet? That stuff can be accessed and modified by going to Special:ThemeDesigner on your wiki (that would be your-wiki-name-here.fandom.com/wiki/Special:ThemeDesigner). If there's any feature on this wiki (or on our mainpage) that you'd like to know how to replicate, I'd be more than glad to help. Just send me a message! ;)
Also, I'd personally be very excited to have your wiki affiliate with ours (if Peony and Kilmarnock agree to it, that is, which I don't think would be a problem). If you'd like to, you could probably join our Christian Fantasy Footer Wiki Project; I think your wiki would qualify! ;)
I have not yet uploaded a wordmark, and I guess that's my first question. How did ya'll create a logo of the specified size? I have an idea of what I want but I can't for the life of me figure out how to make it. 😆 [Edit: Never mind! I figured it out!]
Yes, my theme colours have been edited and I'm working on a background image. As I move through this wiki building process I'll probably come up with more questions. Thanks again for the help!
Yeah, it looks like the wiki would qualify for the CFFWP! How would I go about joining?
Also, I'd appreciate any feedback you or any other wiki-runners have time to provide. I'm pretty sure the link to the wiki is on my profile here, if you ever want to check it out! Please don't be afraid to critique; I need it. 😁
CFFWP can be joined by request. Upon your affirmative, I will add the Ravenwood Saga Wiki to the template, which you can then add to your wiki's mainpage. The template shows up on all of the participating wikis' mainpages (except w:c:lotr and w:c:narnia, just because the administrators didn't respond to my invitations). So, the idea is to link all Christian Fantasy wikis together so as to bring in more traffic. It's supposed to be a symbiotic relationship, of sorts, an alliance. :)
Your wiki looks great for something that's just starting! If you'd like to, I can make your wiki-wordmark into an image with a transparent background. (The Ravenwood Saga looks interesting, by the way, I'll have to read it someday!)
You can check out other wikis' mainpages to see what they do. Most (including this wiki) have a slider-gallery displaying the latest news and graphics; listing articles is also a good idea, as well (one I see you have utilized!). (Btw, you might want to link to your message wall on your mainpage, where you say "drop me a message".) I like what you've put on so far; if you'd like to change anything, add a right column, or need any general help, please let me know! (You may certainly refer to this wiki's mainpage to see what features you'd like to know how to add.) Good luck on your wiki!
Just wanted to check in with you, Celta-wise. First off, thank you so, so much for all your amazing feedback! You provide a perspective that's truly unique and thoughtful, and I'm so grateful to you for taking the time to read my little story. :)
Second: so, as is obvious, I'm done with this draft. Yay! xD As you saw on the Hangout, I'm planning on starting to rewrite it in a few months, after I've made some progress on my TLK rewrite. The Hangout is still gonna be "running" even when I'm not writing, as I'll likely be dumping ideas and questions and such there. So feel free to stay on the Hangout or leave it. No pressure either way! I'll probably open for alphas for the next draft around late spring or early summer. If you're interested in being an alpha again, you can just let me know on the Hangout or, if it's all right with you, I could give you my email via a wiki chat. But again, absolutely no pressure to read; you did so much with this draft, so I totally understand if you'd rather not. And no pressure to answer immediately, either. I know you're busy right now; we've all got lives, after all, so don't worry about anything. ;)
Again, I really appreciate all you've done to help me with this. Seriously, the next draft is going to be so much better thanks to you.
Hey, Peony! Thanks so much for the message; sorry for not getting back to you until now. I'm so glad my being an Alpha-reader helped you out, and you are more than welcome. :)
I'd love to be an Alpha again for any of your writing projects, although next time, I think I'll make it a habit to read on Friday night instead of Sunday, seeing as it doesn't matter much whether I stay up late on Friday night. I think I have your email, by the way, if it's the same one you use whenever you comment on Celta.
I had a wonderful Christmas, thanks for asking. It was a restful, quiet day spent with family, as it ought to be. We didn't get any snow, unfortunately (although I suppose I oughtn't complain; you Texans probably never get snow during the holidays). ;) We had fun assembling with friends and family for New Year's as well, on the day itself as well as on the 4th. Each day, we had fun binge-watching Marvel movies (I do not profess to be a fan, just so you know; I just find them novel and entertaining). ;)
How was your Christmas and New Year? :)
The fact that 2019 is already done and gone is making me feel like I ought to start paying attention to important things in life that I've been neglecting: like writing, for example. So just as a warning, I may reboot my long-lost blog sometime before the end of the month, God willing, of course. And start writing my story again. I've been mulling it over in my head for a while, and I think I've figured out my problem: I have more than a couple major themes I'd like to incorporate in my story, but I just don't know how to do so without making it clumsy. Do you, perchance, have any tips for doing that? :)
I'll try to take the survey tomorrow, by the way. I'm sorry I haven't gotten to it sooner; I think I subconsciously put it off until I had a long-enough window of time to begin and finish it. It looked as though it could be rather lengthy. ;)
Oh, wonderful! Thank you so much! :D And, yes, that's right, you do. I forgot that's how it worked. xD
That's great! I'm glad you had a good holiday. Ha! That's funny, because we binge-watched Marvel movies on New Year's Eve! xD Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok, to be specific. Great minds think alike! ;)
It was pretty good! Similarly, we stayed home and had Christmas by ourselves. It was a great day. And then for New Year's, as I mentioned, we binge-watched movies and stuffed our faces. 'Twas fun! xD
I know that feeling. Honestly though, I wouldn't worry too much about "getting on" with things like that. You've still got plenty of time for such things, so if you don't feel like you're in the right season of life to start those ventures back up, then don't let guilt force you to do so. ;)
Hmm. I mean, I'm probably not the best person to ask, seeing as my own story is full of plot holes. xD But that stems from the fact that I didn't outline my story enough before writing; so my advice would be to outline your story thoroughly before writing. You'll save yourself a lot of rewriting, editing, and headaches. Trust me! In any case, I'm excited to hear you might be writing again soon! Let me know if you need any readers. ;)
No worries! It is a bit of a long one. Sorry about that. xD
Wow, that's a funny coincidence! I guess great minds do think alike! XD Thor: Ragnarok is quite funny, although I disliked the fact that it had a lot of rock music, rude humor, and gory slaughter of innocent lives. (What did you think of the film, and Black Panther?) I never got to see Black Panther in its entirety, as my mother thought that some weird ritual thing they were doing resembled an occultic rite. I would have liked to see the much-fabled scene with both Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman (who played Gollum and Bilbo, respectively, in The Hobbit). Here's another interesting fact: last New Year's Eve, my family and I were watching Ragnarok when the clock struck 12:00 a.m. ;)
I'm glad to hear your New Year's and Christmas celebrations were so much fun for you! Thanks so much for the encouragement and the advice! As a Perceiver rather than a Judger, I do tend to dislike having to plan for anything in any way, although I'm beginning to see that there must be some balance between not planning at all and planning so much that you ruin all the fun. So thank you, I'll be sure to outline my story before I write it. And thank you for offering to be a reader! I'll be sure to alert you whenever I need someone to read my story, although that probably can't happen in a long time, since I have to write the story first in order for it to be actually read. XD
Yes, it is! Oh, I heard that about the humor. We screen a lot of movies before/as we're watching them, so a lot of that stuff gets cut out. ;) I really liked it, actually! I have particular affinity for the character Loki; he's actually my favorite Marvel character, so I was glad to see him in it. Black Panther is great too--it reminds me of The Lion King, which is probably why I liked Black Panther so much. Hmm, I think I know the scene your mother was thinking of. It's definitely not a scene of Christian influence, but I honestly didn't think too much of it. It's not a very in-your-face thing. *shrug*
No problem! Yes, I understand that completely. xD Sounds good! ;)
By the way; I'll admit that I wanted to send something to you via email - a petition that I recently wrote, addressed to Amazon Studios on the issue of their not slaughtering the "LotR on Prime" TV series, which is currently in production. That's how I found I didn't have your email address. :)
Anyway, since you have admitted to liking The Hobbit trilogy, and since I don't think you would appreciate Amazon turning this into a TV-MA series, I thought you might be willing to sign it, which you can do here.
Thanks so much! I figure that even if Amazon decides to disregard the petition, we can't say that we didn't do anything. And that is what makes me feel happy inside. That and the fact that there are apparently so many other LotR fans who feel exactly as I do regarding these issues. :)
Hey J.S. do you think you could help me out with the Spoilers3 template I made for First Fowler/A Green Ember story books? It's serviceable, but it'd probably be good if we could make it a different color from the other Spoilers templates and see about getting the title text for First Fowler in there.
Did some searching and found out how to change the link color. I changed it to orange to contrast with the blue background; if you or Peony think another color would be better though, you're more than welcome to change it.