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I Am Leaving BZPower

Posted by Cederak , Mar 13 2013 · 477 views

I said I'd be writing up something of a goodbye entry soon, with my impending departure date of March 19 coming ever closer. I'm off to begin basic military training for the U.S. Air Force and I suspect it will keep me terribly busy. Anyway, I suppose I'll cover some history on things before I get to the whole "see ya later" bit.
 
Over the course of the past seven and a half years, I have been an active member of this community. I have seen people come, people go, people hacking, people banned, and much more. Of the many sections on this website where BZPers feel most at home, my favorite locale is the Library. I began there with a couple comedies, entered the world of short stories soon after, and finally fell in love with writing epics. I think sometimes that I would've made a decent RPer, but it was epics that drew me in first. Reading them, writing them, and eventually reviewing them. I first became an epic critic during the second incarnation of the ECC, when the Library was far busier (as was the site as a whole). After transitioning over to a new ECC with a new leader, I continued to write and build my total works, some of which I am more fond of than others.
 
Despite my activity on the site though, I wasn't terribly social. I posted when I could, responded to PMs regarding my work or the work of other writers, but my really close friends was a short list for much of my time on BZP. It was that fact and the slow winding down of the site that nearly convinced me to leave entirely a couple years back.
 
Around early 2011, I was posting my epic Dynamic Paradigm, a piece that didn't really take off the way I had hoped. I put aside and lost a good relationship to focus on that epic, which turned out to be an ironic sense of priorities when the board abruptly went down for a good portion of that year. In the meantime, I continued writing my epic and finished posting it when the board came back online. Late that year, I also requested starting the next ECC, which was an absolute honor to have done. With my life growing busier, I'm confident that I left the ECC in very capable hands.
 
Into early 2012, I began talking with Velox more, a BZPer that had been on my friends list for several years, but one that I seldom communicated with. He had experience with running critic clubs and I asked him to join the ECC as something of a consultant. Throughout 2012, and later joined by Nuile, we began an effort to stimulate activity within the Library, reform the critic clubs a bit, and establish the Ambage. All the while I was hard at work writing Cenotaphs – an epic that gained such praise and exposure, I was beyond thankful for the support from readers and critics alike.
 
As you may know, the Ambage went on to introduce contests, publish an anthology, and spearhead the effort to make an OTC a reality. I made some wonderful friends during my tenure as an Ambage host, and I say the same regarding the ECC and SSCC. I wish all of these groups nothing but the best as we look hopefully to the future.
 
And to you, my friends, I thank you for having stood by me, inspiring me, and making BZPower a better place. I will sincerely miss you.
 
Farewell for now,
 
-Ced

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Captain Caboose
Mar 13 2013 02:38 PM

What...

 

Well all I can say is good-luck, and hope you have a successful time.

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Ced, I know this isn't the last time we'll talk before you leave, but it's been awesome knowing you. If it weren't for getting to know you and others like you, I probably would've wound up leaving BZP myself at some point. Instead I'm happy to be here and happy to give back in what little way I can as an FM and ECC critic.

All the best out there, man.
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It's always sad to see someone leave this community, especially a talented and active one.

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Captain Caboose
Mar 13 2013 06:07 PM

Farewell my fellow author. May the force be with you.

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Toa Nidhiki05
Mar 13 2013 07:20 PM

Good luck in basic training. :)

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Man, Caleb, it's going to be so weird without you. It's really crazy to think that we really never got that close until last June-ish, but I like to think that our friendship has become a great one since then, and I'm glad that you'll be keeping in touch (even with awesome actual letters =O). It's been a great, great year, and you've helped so much. Not only me personally, but the writing community here and BZPower as a whole. You really turned around the SSCC and ECC, you helped make the Ambage possible, and you've always been there for me. It's funny how we disagree on almost everything morally and politically, yet we're still great friends, you're still always willing to listen and talk, and you've inspired me a lot.

 

Thanks for everything, bro. As I said in the dedication of X:15, the USAF truly is lucky to have you, and you'll be missed here. I hope you have a great time in this new journey of life that you're embarking upon, and I look forward to the day you return. 

 

Until then, all the best wishes. You'll remain in my prayers, and I know we'll talk again before you leave (and after, for that matter, which I look forward to). 

 

--Andrew

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I wish you best of luck in military training, Ced. My father was once in the Air Force - he will tell you it's no picnic.

Even though we have had our disagreements, I really appreciate the work you have done for the Library. Many of us down there owe you an incredible debt for your reforms, and just for bringing us a great story. Thanks, and best of luck.

fishers64
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I hope you do well in the Air Force, Ced. You're a great guy and I hope you achieve the goals you have set for yourself in your life, whatever they may be.

 

-TNTOS-

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I'm disappointed that I probably won't be able to be there for whenever you make that last Ambage chat, but it's been pretty awesome with you and the others in the Ambage chats (although my participation is lacking).

 

Good luck with basic, and I look forward to reading more of your works until and after you return.

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Parks and Rekt
Mar 14 2013 08:17 PM

I love you.

 

xo

 

-Tyler

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Bye Ced, really gonna miss you man. We all love ya.

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Not sure when you’ll see this, but I figured I’d write up a more official farewell here. I mean, why not, right? It’s what the cool kids are into.
 
So what can I say? You tell a mean story, that’s for sure. The Library is gonna miss your work.  And I’m not sure if I ever thanked you for getting me involved in the ECC. Thanks! XD It’s really helped me as a writer, and is also how I found out you existed. To be sentimental and honest, I’m more thankful for the latter.
 
It’s been great getting to work with you in the ECC and Ambage, and even better just chatting.  I’ve always said how I’ve wanted an older brother, and I’d definitely want him to be something like you. Well…I tried a dozen different ways to try and make that sound less corny and melodramatic, but I finally decided that whatever gets my point across would have to suffice.  Now, with all the smooshy stuff out of the way, I, like Andrew, look forward to keeping in touch. (even with awesome actual letters =O )
 
So after a bit of thought, I decided to close this letter with something familiar and sums things up very nicely.
 
I believe in you. =)
 
~Aimee
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A Directory, For Your Convenience

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You Probably Have The Wrong Address

No? You're actually looking for Cederak? Formerly Toa Cederak? Oh, you don't remember me having that name? Well, that's for the best.

What can I say here that can't be found in my profile? Or rather, what do I want to say here that can't be found in my profile? I could've copy/pasted the "About Me" section here, but if you go ahead and click that profile link just above, you'll notice it's the only dark blue text on the page. Unless there's blue text in some advertisement that loads when you click the link. That is, unfortunately, out of my hands. Besides, what's a little effort on your part to check my profile? Labor builds character, or so I've heard. If anything, it's made me more than a little cynical at times. Hey wait, cynicism is a character trait!

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