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I'm Glad to Have Fiction Writing Back

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Feb 02 2015 · 159 views
Divine Strength
In today's class we sang "Everything Is Awesome" and discussed the cleverness of old episodes of Spongebob before getting on to critiquing stories. One of the stories up was mine, which was the prologue and first chapter of my rough draft novel Divine Strength, and people actually seemed really into it and wanted more! (Which is what a good prologue and first chapter should probably do, I imagine.)

I was thinking of doing something unrelated for story 2, but hey, if they want Queens, I shall give them Queens!

...I don't want to just keep ripping pieces out of my novel draft, though, so I'm writing up a new thing focusing on an event that happened a few centuries prior to the novel. It's going to be primarily a battle and in the process I discovered that one of the Queens is a magical girl, and I'm hoping to make people angry by making the first few pages seem like a semi-cheesy love story before letting everything go brutally and horribly wrong.

That's what a good writer does, right?


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AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Feb 02 2015 · 156 views

On April 23rd, an elite group of members will be executing a simultaneous name change to celebrate the release of the game Bravely Second.

However! Our alliance remains incomplete! I present to you, our current roster!

Former Vestal of Wind and now Pope of the Crystal Orthodoxy, Agnes Oblige, portrayed by Voltex!

The ordinary farmer who was touched by the Celestials, Tiz Arrior, portrayed by Blade!

An amnesiac who has already garnered a new reputation, Ringabel, portrayed by Ehks!

Elite Eternian soldier who has gone on to reform her country, Edea Lee, portrayed by JiMing!

Warrior from the moon determined to slay the encroaching demons, Magnolia Arch, portrayed by yours truly!

Leader of the Three Musketeers and Falcon of the Gale, Yu Zeneolsia, portrayed by Dorek!

Master Swordsman and Wolf of the Inferno, Jean Engarde, portrayed by Tekulo!

But! We lack a member to portray the reliable recruiter and Bison of Solidarity, Nikolai Nikolanikov! We need YOUR help to complete this alliance and properly face the oncoming battle!

If you wish to take Nikolai’s position, please say so in the comments, for we would be very grateful to have you!

Fight bravely, my friends!


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A New Epic!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 31 2015 · 110 views

An even longer time ago, on the mythical island of Okoto, there were two brothers who lived in the Region of Earth. Having been taught the ways of the forge by their mother and an ancient, mystical art by their father, each sought out his own way to be useful to the village—sometimes aiding each other, sometimes clashing against one another. One fateful day, one of the brothers discovered a way to combine the forge and the mystic, and created something that would forever change the destiny of the island…


A Mask of Power.


The Time of the Mask Makers, The First Swing, is now live in the Epics Forum.

(It ended up kinda short but hopefully future parts will be longer, and I mean it kinda fits with G2’s storytelling right yeah it was totally planned)


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MOTIVATION TIME

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 30 2015 · 104 views

Thanks BZP, you gave me one helpful answer so that I could break the tie of responses I got from Tumblr. Tumblr was more helpful than you what the heck that's just wrong.

Anyway, I've begun work on The Time of the Mask Makers, a fanfic exploring the backstory and characters of Ekimu and Makuta. Again, it will almost certainly be rejected by future canon, but I'm going to try to keep it reasonably based in what we know from the winter wave of the story. I've actually got a lot worked out in my head already and am really excited to write it down, so I may be able to post it semi-regularly! That should help me feel productive for a month or two.

Tentatively I'm planning five parts, each focusing on a specific point in time: the creation of the Masks of Power; the creation of the Mask of Control; the creation of the Mask of Creation; the establishment of the status quo described in the lore video (Ekimu being more popular than Makuta and all that), along with some other miscellaneous set-up; and, finally, the creation of the Mask of Ultimate Power, and the fateful clash between Ekimu and Makuta.

Part one should be up real soon, so please look forward to it!


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Quick Question

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 29 2015 · 131 views

Hypothetically, if you were going to read a fanfic elaborating on the backstory of Ekimu and Makuta, would you rather see it take place in the Region of Earth or the Region of Water (for at least the first few chapters)?

Because I may or may not be planning a short epic that will almost certainly be torn to shreds by future canon and I need to decide where they grew up.

,,,

Hypothetically of course.


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Pahrak Finally Posts Another Story

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 26 2015 · 112 views
Divine Strength
Well, I haven’t figured out any type of writing schedule yet, but I do at least have something to post!

As I mentioned, I am taking a Fiction Writing class this semester, which will require us to write three short (ish) stories over the span of the course. For my first assignment, I decided to (edit and) present the prologue and first chapter of the rough draft of the novel I’m working on, Divine Strength. I thought it would be a good way to see how the opening works as a first introduction to the idea, as, barring the teacher and two other students, this will be the first time this group has seen anything about the Queens.

Divine Strength: Prelude has been posted in the OTC Forum for anyone else who wishes to read it. I expect I’ll be posting the other two stories I create for this class there as well—as of yet, I am not sure if either of them will be related to the Queens or not, but the main point is that I’m putting more writing up on BZP. I will also try to work on some of that fanfiction I proposed a while back, and/or think up some regular prompt and post method.

I hope you enjoy the story!


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Return of the Flowchart

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 25 2015 · 177 views
A+ Humor
I made it even simpler this time

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I was going to go with "Has Lego officially announced it", but then I remembered those BZP articles on stuff found through "guessing URLs" which apparently don't count?

Aside from that one exception though the policy is really, truly, unbelievably, extremely simple.

Feel free to use this handy image when teling people why you're closing their topics or whatever, staff, I won't even ask for anything in return


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Bravely Second + Pokken Tournament

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 23 2015 · 133 views

A little more information has come in on Bravely Second, mainly confirmation that Edea has been rebuilding Eternia and working with Agnes to create peace. It looks like "judging" the Asterisk Holders means meeting them, hearing their problems, and deciding who to help.

We also have some more info (and better images!) of some of the new Jobs, so I'll update the Asterisk Guides later today.

Also, the Pokken Tournament stream was this morning, and the game is looking great! Three new Pokemon were announced as playable: Pikachu, Gardevoir, and Suicune. A fighter select screen showed these three along with the previously confirmed Lucario and Machamp, and while this presumably is not the full roster, it is curious to not see Blaziken, who was featured with Lucario in the teaser clip so long ago.

Pokken Tournament will, despite being an arcade game, use a console-style controller with L and R and B and X and Y and A and all that, so maybe they will bring it to a console in the future! The game also features Support Pokemon you can call into battle to aid you (Emolga, Snivy, Lapras, and Fennekin have been shown), and there's more information (and footage) regarding the specific systems. It looks like each fighter has a gauge that, when full, can be used to enter a super mode, which is Mega Evolution for those Pokemon capable of it.

Late January and mid February, people will be able to test out the game in certain arcades, so I'm looking forward to hearing what people's impressions are. I'm actually really psyched for this game and dearly hope it makes it out of Japan.


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A Working Understanding of the Keyblade

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 22 2015 · 99 views
Kingdom Hearts
Because I woke up today and decided "you know what forget homework I'm going to write a nearly 4,000 word essay about a fictional weapon."

...It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Anyway, like the title says, it's me rambling about the Keyblade and how I assume it to work, plus a few mini-theories sprinkled throughout. It does contain a lot of spoilers, and some of the jargon and situations referenced aren't fully elaborated on so it might not make complete sense if you're unfamiliar with Kingdom Hearts. (I mean it might not even make complete sense if you are familiar with it but you know what I mean.)

So yeah, that's my contribution to the world for today, maybe tomorrow I'll do something that actually benefits society!

Probably not.


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I Must Motivate Myself to Write

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 20 2015 · 220 views

I decided to make a content block for my blog with links to my library and sub-libraries (it’s on the left under the Asterisk Guide if you’re curious), and it got me thinking about how I haven’t been writing so much lately. I have been making slow progress on Divine Strength and The Kaita Legacy, and I’ve thought of plenty of ideas, and I guess there was that no context crossover, but the last time I actually posted a work here on BZP was…let’s see…September?

I want to try to get myself posting stories here more frequently again. My first thought was going through my FFFC entries and rewriting them all a week or two at a time, or maybe writing new stories inspired by either the prompt for each of those stories or what each of those stories ended up as. Or maybe I could do a weekly blog entry advertising the new story (which I’ll probably do anyway) and also asking for any suggestions people might have for next week? I could also try tackling that list of ideas I have—I mean, several of them are non-Bionicle, but we have the OTC Forum; and a lot of them are ideas for larger stories, but I could either play with them in short story format or try to commit to writing a chapter a week.

Of course, I should probably use this desire instead for writing Divine Strength. :P Also I’m not sure I really can keep a weekly schedule, especially with taking an actual Fiction Writing class again this semester (and I might post those stories in OTC, I’ll have to think about it). Biweekly like the FFFC would probably be easier, but I still don’t know, and there’s always the possibility of doing this monthly but I feel like that’s not exactly frequent. But, I don’t know, maybe this is an area where I really should try pushing myself…

I guess part of the dilemma is that, while there’s still a lot of Bionicle fanfiction I want to write, I also want to try writing stuff that’s not Bionicle, and I want to post it here but I’m not sure OTC is a very busy place. I feel like this is obnoxious, but I want to gauge my chances of getting feedback on any of this stuff. I’ll post my current list of ideas (in spoilers because there are…a few), if anyone has any comments on these ideas or any of the possible methods mentioned above, I’d appreciate it.

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