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I'm a Sentimental Old Sap

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jun 13 2015 · 27 views
rambling, to myself
I have this problem in regards to fanfiction where I think about the ridiculous ideas I came up with in my younger days with such undue fondness that I start trying to rework it and see if I can salvage the concept and redo it. So, story time!

(Oh gosh I really have to explain this I’ve been dreading this day)

For several of my BZP years, I was working on a long and convoluted series of stories known as Bioni-Lords. It started out as a story where Bionicle characters were Pokémon, but then I changed things so that, rather than sending out the Bionicles to fight, the humans would fuse with the Bionicles to gain their weapons/powers/etc. And then go and fight Gym Leaders while being hunted by a criminal organization. So, it still wasn’t all that different, really. As this coincided with the beginning of my weeaboo phase (gosh I hope it was just a phase), the scope quickly expanded and I began including “Bioni-Spirits” for characters to fuse with that were based on characters from just about anything—anime, video games, movies, books, and so on. (I also let other people submit Spirits, so at the time of the series’ cancellation the count was…1683? Dang. On the other hand, take that Pokémon! We got more!) The plot only got more confusing from there, with the sequel tossing in an exponentially larger amount of weirdness, and then I started on a prequel that…well, by then I’d like to think my writing had improved and it was decent enough, but then I got super discouraged thinking about the things I would need to do to keep that story in line with the overall canon I had decided on when I was 12 and concluded it would just be best to drop the story and dump all the ideas I was going to use into a few blog posts in case people wanted to read about them. So, that’s it, time to move on, right?

(Man there are some serious run-on sentences in this post)

…Well, okay, even when I was cancelling the series I still wanted to do something else with the concept. I tried simplifying everything as much as possible and seeing where that would go, and ended up with The Blade of Valor, which I then began to expand into The Kaita Legacy. Though, now I’m feeling like those might be erring too far on the “dark and gritty” side, so…I’d still like to finish Kaita Legacy, but maybe I should explore other options as well.

Honestly, a big part of the fun I had with Bioni-Lords was that whenever I got a new hobby or a new idea, I could incorporate it in some form and things would keep going. I thought of it as a “Fanfiction of Everything”, and while part of me feels like that’s innately off-putting, I still just…really, really want to do that again. (Especially with Bionicle being rebooted. It’s given me very targeted motivation.) Of course, even if I were to do that, I know I should probably drop that massive Spirit list and take a new, much more streamlined approach to things (limiting the list only to Spirits that actually show up in the story, at the very least). I could probably also drop the more Pokémon aspects—some of these I abandoned even in the story, things like fixed HP and attacks, they just really limit what you can do in a fight more than I usually liked to. Instead, it’d be better to just state what abilities and equipment a Spirit gives, along with maybe a few specific named technique, and see what the characters do with those. Or, maybe have a basic transformation for characters that can then be customized by adding the abilities and equipment of characters from various things? (Plus some original stuff, probably.)

(I mean…I don’t really want that giant list to go to waste, so I’ll probably preserve it separately from the new list I’ll have to make, even if I hide that old list forever out of shame)

And I mean, the plot will probably still be more like a long-running manga (both of the original Bioni-Lords books that I completed ended up having over a hundred chapters), so I’d probably just embrace that and try to come out with a (probably pretty short) chapter each week or something. That of course presents difficulties that will never go away (both from a time and writing standpoint), but eh, if I’m embracing the manga style, then that comes with it and I’d probably be okay with that. Besides, if I did end up doing something like this, it’d really be for myself, so, who would be there to complain? :P Course, then there’s the question of “why do all this writing if you don’t expect anyone to read it?” but, I mean, it’s still practice, I’m still writing, that in and of itself should be good. And I’m pretty sure it would be a better idea than that one Final Fantasy story I was also considering redoing.

(Come to think of it, since this time I know already that I won’t be sticking to Bionicle Spirits I should probably just put it in OTC. I mean, you know, if I were to do this. Hypothetically.)

I guess what I mean by all this is that the nostalgia blinders-induced motivation is evolving, I already have a bunch of brainstorming stuffed in a document, it seems it may only be a matter of time until I start a new ridiculous and convoluted Bioni-Lords successor, SAVE YOURSELVES.


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Source of Prompts

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jun 11 2015 · 12 views

For a while I’ve been trying to think of a weekly or biweekly writing prompt system cause I wanted to get back to writing on a regular schedule. I’m not so sure about the regular part right now, but I’m at least testing it so here’s the run-down.

Right now I’m calling it Reference Roulette. I go onto BS01 and hit the Random Page button. Whatever it lands on, I have to write a short story about that. (If it’s something I’ve already written about, I keep trying until I get something new.) These don’t necessarily need to be Bionicle-related; some of the pages (like the various Elements for example) are vague enough that I might try to get an OTC story out of them, just to see if I can flex my writing muscles outside of Bionicle a little more as well.

I might try doing this as a weekly thing in the future, but today I was just in a state of “I don’t really feel like writing but I want to make myself write maybe if I just get a prompt from here that’ll make me do something.” So, I went and did the thing, I got Lurker’s page and wrote Taking Home a Stray. Not great, but I wrote something! Maybe this will get me up to writing other stuff soon too.


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The Perfect Recruit

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jun 10 2015 · 4 views

In Our Bones, The Second Break, is now live in Epics!

My idea when outlining the story was that each chapter would focus on a different summer set (Scorpio, Warrior, Basher, Slicer, Grinder/all (since Grinder necessarily needed to be in all of them)). They didn’t all quite work out that way (The First Break ended up focusing on a group kinda…), but The Second Break is still very much the Skull Warrior’s story. It does also give us our first look at the Skull Basher, plus brings back Grinder, Slicer, and LoSS to varying degrees, since I wanted an early look at the ensemble…though, Scorpio ended up getting left out, poor thing.

Well, anyway, I hope you enjoy!


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The Official Launch of a New Project!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jun 03 2015 · 4 views

(I got it done sooner than expected and got really excited and didn’t want to wait so here we go)

When 2015 began, there was a lot of criticism of Generation 2 saying that it did not have as much apparent depth as Generation 1. (Then again, there’s probably still a lot of that now.) While that’s not exactly a fair comparison, this got me thinking about how I could expand upon the story presented thus far, the world of Okoto, and the characters we were just getting to know, particularly Makuta. A popular theory is that G2 Makuta is not truly evil, perhaps in part to further differentiate him from G1 Teridax; I liked this idea, so I took it and ran with it. The result was The Time of the Mask Makers, which received a fair amount of interest and generally positive feedback, and I would say it is the most successful story I’ve posted on BZPower. Needless to say, I was elated, so I decided I wanted to hang on to this vision of Okoto.

And so, I am proud to present my new epic, In Our Bones. As the previous story sought to explore the backstory of Ekimu and Makuta, this story is meant to look into the past of the Skull villains and the Ancient City, as well as provide a little more background for the Lord of Skull Spiders after his cameo in Mask Makers and begin tying points together to lay groundwork for a potential myth arc. While these two stories are connected, I did my best to write Bones so that it can be read without having read Mask Makers, so please don’t feel as if you need to read one to read the other! (Of course, I’d be honored if you did read them both, but I don’t want you to feel pressured. :P ) The story is completely written, so I can say with sureness that the chapters will be released every Wednesday until it reaches the climax on 7/1. (Barring any unforeseen events or complications, that is.) I hope you will take a look at it and let me know what you think!

In the future, I do hope to keep writing more stories connected to these two. Ideally I want to write at least one story per wave of G2 sets for the line’s duration, but we’ll have to see if that works out. Right now I am definitely committed to a short story (or it might become a two or three parter) tying Mask Makers and Bones together and summarizing/closing up the 2015 story, but I don’t plan to do a whole lot on that until I finish serializing Bones so that I can better utilize any feedback I may get in that time. And, since I have a compulsive need to come up with names for things like this, I am currently referring to this series of connected G2 stories as “Okoto 579”, or just “O579” for short. The reason is probably obvious. I’ll be tagging the stories with “O579”, and I will also give them an icon in my library and (after posting the third story) make a blog post collecting them to link in the My Writing block.

I believe that is everything! I’ll make new blog posts each week advertising the new chapter, so check back if you want to keep up with the tale of the Ancient City!


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Off This Weekend

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jun 02 2015 · 8 views

So my sister and I are going to be away at an anime convention this Thursday through Sunday. I don’t expect to be on much until we get back, I’ll be a little busy burning money and hiding in the back of panel rooms, also my sister is actually running a panel and has invited me to join her at the Panel Runner Table and I’m excited to do that again. This is the fourth time she’s run the panel (in less than a year) and the second time I’ve gotten to go. The name is “Worst (and Funniest) Dubbed Songs”, so you can imagine why I enjoy it. (YA-YO YAAA-YOOOOO) For whatever reason there are also a fair number of writing panels (some fanfic-specific and some not), and that’s pretty neat; maybe it’ll motivate me to do more work on those fanfics I’m trying to get out!


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Coming This Summer

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 31 2015 · 46 views
teaser, HOW MYSTERIOUS

And the words of the Skull Grinder continued to echo in the Protector’s mind:


“Even a fool can see why you lowlanders are destined to fall before us. Put plainly, you fight only if you need to. You think battle is something that finds you, something you can wait out and endure. Even when raising a weapon you think it a shield or a tool. All your villages, your very position, ‘Protector’, is based on this delusion.


“My people are different. For us, fighting is like breathing. Our lineage is a combat record, a family tree whose roots entangle and tear asunder whomever we can call an enemy. We find battle, and then we conquer it. The will to fight, the unstoppable thirst for blood, is what our souls are made of. Should it not be obvious? You inherently peaceful villagers can never truly win a war with we of the City. For us, war is essential. War is everything.


“War is in our bones.”




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Another Sonia Update Already?

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 28 2015 · 46 views

Finally I have managed to make a quick update! Chapter 4 of Shooting Star Sonia is already up in OTC!

So, I’ve rearranged my outline for the story. Originally, Chapter 4 was going to end differently and lead right into the scenario planned for Chapter 5, but I thought it would work better if I moved that scenario back to Chapter 6. I’ve still got a plan for what I’m doing in the new Chapter 5, but there are a few things I’m still working out, so there might be more of a delay. Also my upcoming vacation. And I guess I was hoping to make some more progress on that other fanfic soon as well. But, regardless of all that, hopefully I won’t take about a month like I have been prior to this update! Now, let me see if I can get this figured out…


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A Shorter Sonia Update

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 23 2015 · 79 views

I actually have something to show for all that downtime! Chapter 3 of Shooting Star Sonia is now live!

This one is much shorter than Chapter 2 (about the same length as Chapter 1); part of me worries that it’ll feel a bit anticlimactic after such a big chapter, but I think Sonia could use an easy win right now and I’m going to use that as justification.

I’ve actually also gotten a decent start on Chapter 4 as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to present that soon. Since Chapters 4 and 5 will be more heavily linked, I’m hoping I’ll be able to slide right into Chapter 5 and get that out soonish as well, but maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Okay, back to work!


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Back (For A While)

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 22 2015 · 84 views

Hello everyone! I am pleased to report that my sister and I have moved into our new apartment and the internet is already up and running, so I’ll be resuming normal activities for a bit before our upcoming vacation. (But more on that later.)

I was at work all day, so I didn’t get to move like…anything, and I feel sort of bad about that. But my sister, my dad, one of our friends, and someone my dad knows got almost everything over here, and we’ll finish up tomorrow and I’ll hopefully be more useful then. I don’t have to work again until Monday, so that should make it a little easier to settle in.

My sister is still over at our dad’s house so I’m spending the night alone. I’m a little nervous, but I’ll deal with that as it comes. I’m actually pretty tired so hopefully I’ll crash at a reasonable time and my brain won’t have time to mess me up.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. New apartment get!


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E3 Wishlist

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 20 2015 · 148 views

I know it’s still a ways off, but I’ve been spending too much of my Wi-Fi-less time thinking about E3, so to vent the excitement I put together a list of things I’d like to see happen this year, no matter how unlikely.

-Square Enix announces something The World Ends With You-related.

-No, really, some good news about TWEWY, that’d be really cool. And handled better than the initial release of Solo Remix, preferably?

-Square Enix announces a date for the NA release of Bravely Second: End Layer, and gives us some costumes we can get upon release. (Though this definitely wouldn’t include all of the costumes available in the Japanese version.) And maybe Bravely Second amiibo, that could be cool, probably?

-Square Enix shows a trailer for Kingdom Hearts Unchained X and announces the NA release date, plus some teasers for the next story update for X. (Also some info on the Unions please, I want to make an informed decision when I join.) And just for the heck of it, Kingdom Hearts figures announced for Disney Infinity. Even though that means I would need to buy Disney Infinity…

-…Alright, I guess it’d be neat to see a new trailer for KHIII, preferably with new story content and/or showing off Keyblade transformations. Kairi, Riku, and Aqua must all appear.

-Square Enix announces a Nintendo 3DS remake of Final Fantasy V. (Does not require New 3DS.)

-Square Enix does not do anything related to Final Fantasy VII. The fans riot, but that’s normal, so no one really notices.

-Nintendo announces acquisition of full rights to Mega Man, announces partnership with Keiji Inafune on new Mega Man projects including Mega Man Legends 3, a new Star Force (or a sequel series), and a new amiibo-compatible game that will be released alongside amiibo of every version of Mega Man. In celebration, Mega Man will be making cameo appearances in all Nintendo games released over the next year, as well as several games that are already out via DLC patches.

-Please Nintendo. Please rescue the super fighting robot.

-Nintendo announces the next Pokémon game, to be released worldwide either late 2015 or early 2016. Compatible with regular 3DS, does not require New 3DS. (Can you tell I don’t have a New 3DS?) Most likely a new Kalos game or new Kanto remakes, both of which could be really cool...of course I wouldn’t mind if they took the surprise route and announced Sinnoh remakes, eheheh. (Whatever it is we need new Mega Evolutions!) New information on Pokken Tournament is also released. And maybe a new Pokémon Stadium-type game for Wii U, that’s something that could be pretty fun.

-Though I don’t follow the series, I feel like it would probably be a good thing if a new Metroid were announced. Yea or nay?

-I mean there’s probably going to be a new Mario game or something. I don’t follow this either, but I want to get at least one of these right and this is a pretty safe bet. Not that there’s anything wrong with Mario games, of course.

-Reveal of new DLC fighters for Smash, ideally some I want to play as so I can complain about Nintendo taking the money I am hoping I will want to give them. It’s a weird feeling. Also maybe some good news regarding Smash amiibo, and sensible production and distribution of them in all territories.

-A sequel to Tomodachi Life is announced, because why the heck not.

-Also we really need an update to StreetPass Plaza’s Puzzle Swap. Pressing the d-pad 20 times to get to the panel I want is annoying, it would make more sense to put a grid-based navigation menu on the touch screen, I think. Also if we could be more specific when buying puzzle pieces with Play Coins, and, you know…not get duplicates…that would be pretty rad.

-There should probably be a Mother 3 joke on here somewhere, right?

-Sony announces a new, cheaper model of the PS4. I’m going to need one of those someday and I work part-time in a grocery store deli.

-And I mean Capcom is probably going to announce a new Street Fighter IV and nothing else, what the heck I’m already angry.

-New information on Steins;Gate 0 is released. Cool information. El Psy Kongroo.

-Lego announces a new game (RPG!) set on the island of Okoto, probably available on, like, all platforms. It’ll probably suck. I’ll probably love it. The game also includes an Easter Egg where you can listen to a remixed version of the Piraka Rap since 2016 is the 10th anniversary of that magnificent work of art. There will also be numerous, numerous things included to definitively prove that this is a reboot, and fans will still insist it is a continuation.

-Wow I know I put a good deal of bitterness in this but I don’t want to end on that, OH WAIT THERE’S A SECRET ENDING YAY

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