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Lots Of Snow

Posted by TNTOS , Dec 29 2009 · 9 views
Real Life
We've had so much snow this month, which is really unusual for us. It has snowed three times down here where I live, including today. Really, we rarely even get snow once a month, so three times in one month sure is something down here.

Yeah. I don't have much to blog about tongue.gif . Although I am thinking of posting my Yu-Gi-Oh! decklist up here, though I don't know if anybody would be interested. Thoughts?

-TNTOS-



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Username Change

Posted by TNTOS , Dec 28 2009 · 25 views
BZPower
I have changed my name from "TNTOS" to "Freed the Matchless General," based off the YGO Monster card of the same name.

Unfortunately, the name has came out as "Freed the Matchless Genera," without the "L." Guess it was too long. Maybe I should ask an administrator or someone to shorten it to something like "Freed" for me, although I am not sure if that is possible. If it is, please tell me, because I don't want to be known as "Freed the Matchless Genera" for 45 days.

-TNTOS-



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What I Got For Christmas Yesterday

Posted by TNTOS , Dec 26 2009 · 13 views
Real Life
Yesterday was great. Had some great food, the weather was actually pretty nice, and the presents were good. Overall I'd say I liked this Christmas better than last year's, though I did get the first two Harry Potter books that Christmas, so whatever.

Anyway, I got:

-Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Warriors' Strike Structure Deck (Dark Valkyria, Marauding Captain, and Freed the Matchless General, anyone?)
-Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Spellcaster's Command Structure Deck (Breaker the Magical Warrior and Enemy Controller are win IMO)
-Yu-Gi-Oh! Spellcaster's Judgment Structure Deck (Another Breaker for me!)
-Half of the Duelist Pack: Yusei Fudo booster box (I never realized just how useful Synchro Monsters could be until my older brother totally owned me in a duel using Stardust Dragon) (Side note: said older brother also got the other half of the booster box, since we were sharing it)
-A couple of singles (Warrior of Atlantis will fit perfectly in my Water Deck)

Didn't get any BIONICLE sets this year, but I do plan to pick up Tahu, Takanuva, and Gresh Stars after Christmas, if we go to Wal-Mart sometime.

-TNTOS-



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Creating Characters

Posted by TNTOS , Dec 22 2009 · 21 views
Writing
This entry's going to be a bit personal. A lot of the techniques I use here when designing characters' personalities are mostly my own and might not work for everybody, but that's okay. I just wanted to post how I do it. Nobody has to agree with me, and I don't expect them to.

Now onto the entry itslf:

Whenever I start a story, I need to know who the protagonist(s) are going to be. I have to, even if I only have the bare bones of the plot itself. Really, I don't even need to know how the characters themselves look; so long as I know some of their basic personality traits and quirks I'll be happy and will be able to continue on with the story. Characters are the most important part of any story for me, whether it be a novel, short story, fanfic, script, or anything else. If I don't have the characters, I generally don't have the story since they are what drive it (particularly if it the story in question happens to be in first-person, in which knowing at least who the main viewpoint character is is absolutely essential IMO).

When I start, say, a fantasy story, I don't immediately think, "Okay, I'll need the Knight in Shining Armor (or Heroic Mage, whatever you prefer) to figh the Dark Lord in order to retrieve the (insert name of quest object here), which will allow him to save the (princess/kingdom/world/universe/whatever)." I don't do this because it doesn't really allow me to write unique and interesting characters and it is just plain uncreative, too, since I don't like using cliches of any kind unless absolutely necessary. Perhaps you could sum up a story of mine like that (though I haven't ever written a story even remotely similar to that before), but I don't simply make a character a knight (or we could say "Toa" here, if you want) and leave him at that. Back in my old day I probably did that, but not anymore. I like to find out as much as I can about a character before writing him or her, generally during the writing process itself.

You see, if all I did was think of my characters in terms of archtypes (like the Wise Old Mentor, for example) then they will never grow and become their own independent entities. They would become uninteresting cardboard cut-outs solely there to drive the plot, and I hate writing like that. It is disrespectful to the characters and makes it harder for me to write, since I never work well with outlines of any kind. Forcing my characters to do what I want, rather than what they want, is unnatural for me and just doesn't work.

But back to the main point: When I start a story, I think of characters in what the story needs, not what I need. If I make a Wise Old Mentor, is it because I actually need him for the story or because I think that all stories I write should have a character like him with little-to-no variation, even though he has little purpose to the plot itself? It isn't so much the archetype itself that bothers me but the fact that if I wrote a Wise Old Mentor character and kept him like that forever that the story would probably be a lot less interesting than if I let him naturally change in his own way during the course of the story.

True, I may create a character based off an archetype sometimes, but they rarely ever stay that way. They will usually evolve and grow, during both the planning and writing process. That is very good, because if your character manages to actually change and become his or her own character during the course of the story it means you've written a well-devleoped character, at least in my opinion.

Part of the reason outlines never work with me is because I have little control over my characters' actions and I hate having to change what they would do in order for what the plot should be. Outlines may work for some people, but they don't for me. I prefer having my characters tell me the story, rather than me telling them the story. Just feels phony if I have to force them to go here or do this when they really want to go here or do this instead, and they are often far more right than I am.

Doesn't mean I simply let them do anything they want, though. Sometimes, if I think they are deviating too far from the main plot or are in a pointless subplot that doesn't compliment the main plot in some way I will steer them back onto the main plot. This has happened to me a few times, where my characters have gone and done something that is so boring or pointless to the plot that I have to go and rewrite it into a more interesting, worthwhile scene instead. Still, I think following my characters and letting them do their own things is generally for the best.

In closing, when I make characters, I start off with a few simply traits and build from there, while allowing the characters to grow and change beyond whatever traits I may have given them. I never let them stay archetypes (if I have based them off archtypes in the first place) and always allow them to grow and become who they want to be. Sometimes, if they are in a boring subplot, I may have to gently point them back in the right direction, but generally they do a pretty good job of their own figuring out where they want to go, plotwise. I find that way works best, at least for me.

-TNTOS-



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Finished! Finally!

Posted by TNTOS , Dec 17 2009 · 18 views
Writing
As of tonight I have finished my NaNoWriMo novel, Two Worlds. Though I did reach the 50k mark last month, the novel itself hadn't actually been finished, but I did finish it tonight at 90,591 words. Hooray!

However, I am putting it aside for now to begin work on An Unlike Alliance's third (and hopefully final) draft. With TW out of the way I can put all of my energy on AUA. I expect it'll be up by summer 2010 at the latest, possibly spring at the earliest depending on how fast I get through the editing.

Time to celebrate and stuff tongue.gif .

-TNTOS-







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BZP Name: TNTOS (short for Toa Nuhrii: Toa of Sugar)
Real Name: Tim
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Country: United States of America
Languages: English, Spanish (not much, though)
Ethnicity: Ukrainian/German
Religion: Progressive Christian
Education: Homeschool Graduate
Goal: To make my living as a writer
Interests: Please see profile for detailed interests list

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Bionicle Epics

The Tales of Shika Nui (NOTE: Links to Shika Trilogy Omnibus edition)
Status: Complete
Rating: PG
Chapters: 16
Summary: When six Matoran thieves are transformed into new Toa heroes and are forced into combat with the Dark Hunters that rule Shika Nui, will they prevail? Find out in the first chapter of the Shika Trilogy of BIONICLE epics!


Tapestry of Evil (NOTE: Links to Shika Trilogy Omnibus edition)
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 23
Summary: After the events of the last epic, the Toa Shika find themselves in Wyoko, a land of shadow. Here they discover the ancient Kra-Matoran tribe and their six Toa, known as the Shodios, are attempting to leave their prison and renew their conquest of the universe as they did 100,000 years ago. Will the Toa Shika be able to defeat them, and if so, at what price? Find out in the second chapter of the Shika Trilogy!


An Unlikely Alliance (NOTE: Links to Shika Trilogy Omnibus edition)
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 30
Summary: In An Unlikely Allinace, the third and final chapter of the Shika Trilogy, the Toa Shika return to Shika Nui to find it has changed much since their adventures in Wyoko, and in more ways than one. Forced to ally with new friends and old enemies alike to stop an evil greater than any they have face thus far, the Toa Shika are about to prove themselves as true Toa and as true heroes. But will they learn to work with their new, rather unlikely allies or will their disunity allow the might of the mysterious Tuikas monsters to crush them?


Dimension Hoppers
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 20
Summary: When a valuable treasure is stolen from the island of Tanjo Nui, its two guaridans discover that the thief is a dimension hopper. In order to chase the thief and retrieve the Time Stone, Isarot and Toa Kiriah use a Kanohi Olmak to hop dimensions to go after the thief. Will they succeed? And if they do, will their dimension hopping give them the wisdom they need to understand the Time Stone's true purpose?


Dimension Hoppers: The Other Tale
Status: Complete
Rating: PG
Chapters: 10
Summary: Taking place during "Dimension Hoppers," Toa Nasis and Toa Ahova investigate the possibility of Dark Hunter involvement in the recent theft of the Time Stone. The Shadowed One soon learns of the Time Stone's theft and sends the Dark Hunter Raider to steal it. What will happen when the Toa clash with the Dark Hunter?


The Ghost King's Tragedy
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 10
Summary: Toa Akuna, Toa Kiriah, Toa Oggakia, and Toa Ahova have been gathered by a mysterious being known as the Master of Mist for a special mission. They will go to the island World's End to seek the secret to defeating Makuta Teridax, but will they achieve this mission or will the Ghost King's might destroy the four heroes?
 
Dawn of the New Century
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 29
Summary: Fifty-thousand years after the death of Makuta Teridax, a messiah-like figure named Masqouth appears seemingly out of nowhere in Zisar, the capital of New Zakaz, promising freedom and prosperity to the enslaved Skakdi people. He backs up his claims by miraculously healing wounded or sick Skakdi, all the while hiding his true intentions for these people.
 
At the same time, a Skakdi named Kafor is kidnapped by two Dark Hunters, one a Skrall codenamed Night and the other a Vortixx codenamed Heavyweight. Kafor knows the fate that awaits her at the foot of the Shadowed One's throne, but cannot escape her kidnappers no matter how hard she tries.
 
In the city of New Atero, detective Toa Niham investigates two similar kidnappings while trying to balance her precarious love life with the famous Glatorian Rubella the Red Star. Little does she knew just how intimately related these two kidnappings are, nor the hidden secrets they will lead her to uncover.
 
Meanwhile, Toa Kiriah, veteran guardian of the Time Stone, is summoned by the Almighty Ones in order to help them deal with a new threat. But an unexpected attack forces Kiriah to change her plans and work with people whom she never though she would find herself working with.
 
The lives of these people are destined to intertwine in ways none expect. And when they collide, they -- and their world -- will be changed forever.

In the End
Status: Beginning
Rating: PG-13
Chapter(s): 1
Summary: In this sequel to Dawn of the New Century, the Dawn Duology comes to a thrilling conclusion as the conflict between the Almighty Ones and King Atuje finally comes to a head with Atuje's acquisition of a new physical body. With his new body, Atuje goes to finish the Almighty Ones once and for all, as well as anyone who allies with them.

Night, Kiriah, and Jetrupi attempt to stop him, but Atuje banishes them to a universe none of them have ever been to before. Even worse, they must survive a dangerous maze created by a mad female Skrall who names herself after a trickster goddess, a maze so dangerous that only few have ever came out of it alive.

Meanwhile, Rubella the Red Star, a famous Glatorian fighter, enlists the help of the mysterious Toa Cina to rescue her girlfriend, Niham, from the clutches of Masqouth and the Echoes. Though Cina is friendly and helpful, she seems to be hiding something from Ruby, but Ruby may not find out what it is until it's too late.

As for Masqouth, he currently believes that all is well and that he will be reunited with his parents shortly. Yet doubt begins to creep in his mind as to the trustworthiness of Atuje, forcing him to decide who he is really loyal to.

In the end, all of these threads will come together for the grand finale. When they do, there is no telling who will live and who will die.

(Author's note: This is the FINAL epic in the Shikaverse.)

The Glatorian Chronicles

What is the Glatorian Chronicles?

The Glatorian Chronicles is a series of BIONICLE fanfiction short stories that star each of the twelve Glatorian characters released as sets in 2009. Each story is independent of the others and can be read by itself with little-to-no confusion on the reader's part. All of them are written in first person.

Glatorian Chronicles #1: Gresh's First Match
Summary: Gresh is one of the youngest known Glatorian. But how did he first become a Glatorian? What made him want to become one, anyway? Find out in the first in the series of Short Stories called the Glatorian Chronicles! (Author's note: GFM isn't called a Glatorian Chronicle in the topic itself because I posted this before I decided to make it into the first GC)

Glatorian Chronicles #2: Malum's Exile
Summary: Malum is an exiled Glatorian from Vulcanus and is considered highly dangerous by most. But how did he get exiled? And how did he end up leader of a pack of Vorox? Check out the second Glatorian Chronicle for my interpretations of these events!

Glatorian Chronicles #3: Intruders
Summary: Follow from the point of view of a female Vorox named Sril as she tries to get intruders out of her territory. Will she succeed in this third installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series or will she fail? Read it and find out!

Glatorian Chronicles #4: The Fallen Warrior
Summary: Tarix finds a strange message from a being supposedly known as "The Fallen Warior." Coupled with some mysterious murders and yet another message challenging him to fight in Sandray canyon, will Tarix discover the identity of the Fallen Warrior before it is too late?

Find out in the fourth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!
Chapters: 3
STATUS: Complete

Glatorian Chronicles #5: Honor Versus Greed
Summary: In the fifth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series, Strakk stumbles upon the identity of the traitor and makes a deal with him. The deal is that if Strakk betrayed the villages to the Skrall, then he would be allowed to live once the Skrall have taken over Bara Magna. The traitor agrees to the deal, but what will Strakk do when he learns that the Skrall have been defeated by the rest of the Glatorian?

Glatorian Chronicles #6: New Beginnings
Summary: With Tuma defeated by a strange warrior clad in yellow armor, the Skrall army has been scattered all over the face of Bara Magna, and the Skrall named Branar finds himself alone in the vast desert at night. Here he encounters a baterra, but will he survive his encounter with the shape shifting entity or wille he die in this final confrontation with one of his worst enemies?

Find out in the sixth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #7: Confrontation
Summary: Lead by Mata Nui, the Glatorian and Agori of Bara Magna take on the Skrall and Bone Hunters in one last battle. Vastus, the Prime Glatorian of
Tesara, is isolated from the rest of the group and engages the Bone Hunter Fero in combat. Will he defeat Fero or will the Bone Hunter walk away with Vastus'weapon as his prize?

Find out in the seventh installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian]Glatorian Chronicles #8: The Stranger

Summary: A mysterious Glatorian called Jetrupi has arrived in Tajun. Rumors that he has mysterious powers caused Kiina to believe he might be from another world. She decides to figure out for herself, but is she prepared for the truth surrounding the mysterious warrior or is she in over her head?

Find out in the eighth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #9: Reluctant Allies
Summary: The Core War has been rippling through Spherus Magna like a wave, striking everywhere its combatants choose to battle. One of these soldiers, named Ackar, is isolated from his troop after a clash with the Water Tribe army and has to ally himself with the Water Tribe warrior, Kiina, who has also been isolated from her army, in order to survive and return to their respective armies. Can the two learn to work together and reach their armies, despite their differences? Or will their distrust of each other be their downfall?

Find out in the ninth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!
Chapters: 6
STATUS: Complete

Glatorian Chronicles #10: For Fame and for Fortune
Summary: During the Battle of Roxtus, the elite forces Skrall Stronius escapes into the Black Spike Mountains after wounding the Glatorian Gelu. However, Gelu heads after the Skrall, but soon finds himself up against a foe he is not sure he can defeat. Will Gelu survive his encounter with Stronius or will he die?

Find out in the tenth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #11: Obsidian Among the Frost
Summary: Stronius and an unnamed Skrall find themselves separated from the rest of their squad following a fierce battle with the Fire army. They are stalked by a monstrous mutation that is attracted to sharp objects, of which they have plenty of. Will Stronius and the Skrall survive this ordeal or will they be eaten alive by the monster?

Find out in the eleventh installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #12: The Future Begins Where the Past Ends
Summary: After defeating Makuta Teridax, Mata Nui returns to the Mask of Life to figure out why Ignika, the mask's spirit, has been acting so aggressive toward him lately.

But when Ignika reveals his own plans, will Mata Nui be able to stop him before it's too late?

Find out in the twelfth and finall installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Miscellaneous Short Stories

This content block is for all of the other short stories that I have written, the ones that aren't part of a series like the Glatorian Chronicles.

The Recruitment of Axonn

Summary: Axonn is one of the greatest Order of Mata Nui members, even to this day. But how, exactly, did he end up joining that particular organization? What prompted him to join it? And what was his first mission? Read this short story to read one author's interpretation of events!

Icarax's Broken Heart

Summary: Originally an entry for Short Stories Contest #5, this short story focuses on Icarax as he realizes that he has feelings for Gorast during the time when Teridax had ordered the two Makuta to hunt down unloyal members of the Brotherhood. Will Icarax succeed in winning Gorast over or will he tragically fail?

Paranoia

Summary: In an alternate universe, King Brutaka has ruled the Matoran Universe for 2000 years. But in his old age is becoming increasingly paranoid and mistrusting of everybody, for he believes that Axonn - whom he had banished from the universe 2000 years ago - has returned to kill him. Is Brutaka correct in that assumption or is he simply paranoid?

S&T Contest #6: False Hopes
Summary: This story follows Mantax and Pridak as they attempt to steal what might be an important, previously unknown treasure from the Zyglak of the Pit. Pridak believes it will give the Barraki the ability to breathe air again, while Mantax privately thinks it is proof that someone had betrayed the League of Six Kingdoms all those years ago. Will they succeed in their quest?

Library Summer Olympics 2010: An Abrupt End
Summary: Makuta Koghi, the Makuta of the Southern Islands, attempts to take the island of Shika Nui by striking at what he believes to be its weakest defenses. But when the battle suddenly turns in the favor of his enemies, will the Makuta live long enough to regret his hasty decision?

BS01 Contest #5: A Change in Plans
Summary: When the Dark Hunter Flamer is defeated and jailed by a Toa team, Guardian is sent by the Shadowed One to eliminate the captured Hunter before he can reveal Odina's location to the Toa.

However, when Guardian arrives, he learns from a badly wounded Flamer that one of the Toa, a Toa of Psionics named Varian, managed to learn the location of Odina from him and has gone to inform her allies. This forces Guardian to go after Varian, before Odina's security is put at an even greater risk than before. Will he succeed in capturing her or will he fail?

SS Contest #8: The Triumph of the Toa
Summary: After escaping the destruction of their village, Turaga Mohadias and the few villagers still at his side are in a desperate situation, which is definitely not the time for stories. Yet Nurmaz, one of the Matoran, wishes to hear the story of the triumph of the Toa Avha. Mohadias decides to tell the story, but wonders if there is something wrong with Nurmaz. What are Nurmaz's motives for wanting to hear this story? Will Mohadias find out?

Two Tales
Summary: A compiliation of TNTOS's Flash Fiction Warm Up entries. Includes "The Curse of Vagueness" and "The Test."