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Looking Back: From Fanfiction to Indie-Publishing (BONUS: Win a FREE ebook!)

Exactly one year ago today, I posted the final chapter of my last epic, In the End (which you can read here if you are interested). It was the big grand finale of the Shikaverse, my own Bionicle fanfic universe, as some of you might recall.   Since then, I have published eleven original novels, four short stories, one novella, one collection, and one serial (which is five episodes), with even more works on the way before the end of 2015 and going well into 2016 and beyond. I even started a new p

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Brick Fiesta

Looking at the schedule for Brick Fiesta this year and considering my own schedule and financial situation, I think I might be able to go this year.   Emphasis on might. I've never gone to a LEGO fan event like Brick Fiesta before, so not entirely sure what to expect. It also depends on anything that might come up on the days its open. I have no big trips or anything else scheduled for July 23-26, but just the same, sometimes things come up when you least expect it (like my grandfather's funeral

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What I got for Christmas this year

Hey, everyone! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday (including those who don't celebrate it; after all, would you rather I wish you a bad Christmas?).   I thought I'd share my loot with y'all because that's what all the cool kids do. Without further ado, I got:   -A brand new Acer E 15 laptop. It's not the fanciest laptop around, but it has amazing battery life (almost 8 hours when fully charged) and can do everything I need it to do, so I'm happy with it -A Logitech mouse to go along

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Canonization

I was going to offer my opinions on the whole issue, but then I decided that I didn't have the time or interest (although I apparently have the time and interest to tell everyone that I don't have the time and interest, so ... ).   -TNTOS-

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Fanfic Ideas

As most of you probably know, I have officially "retired" from writing fanfiction in order to give my real writing career the time and care it deserves (though I may take some time in late 2015/early 2016 to write a couple fics I have ideas for, but that's very far off and not worth talking about at the moment).   Over my fanfic "career," I wrote over 50 epics, short stories, and comedies combined. Not all of them got on BZP; in fact, there were quite a few that I either never finished, never st

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I was doing NaNoWriMo before it was cool

Like many of my fellow BZPers, I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. This will be my sixth year, I believe, as I first participated in 2008 and have won every year since and don't see that changing this year, even though November is gonna be a busier-than-usual month for me, I think.   On a side note, I think this is the most BZPers I've ever seen say that they will be participating in NaNoWriMo. Seriously, most of the time NaNoWriMo just sort of comes and goes around here, even

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Pokemon ORAS Demo: My Initial Thoughts

As some of you may know, Nintendo is distributing codes for the demo for the upcoming remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, called Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which are coming out almost exactly one month from today.   In the US, you can get these codes by signing up for their Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter. When you get the newsletter in your email, you take the code and put it in the Nintendo eShop to download the demo onto your Nintendo 3DS system.   Since I thought Ruby and Sapph

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IT'S HAPPENING (AGAIN)!

OOOOOOH MY GOSH I FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN TAHU IS AWESOME KOPAKA IS AWESOME ONYA ONUA IS AWESOME GALI IS OKAY LEWA IS ALSO OKAY POHATU IS SORT OF OKAY-ISH AND WHO IS EKIMU AND MAN THAT MUST HAVE HURT WHEN HE SLAMMED MAKUTA IN THE FACE WITH HIS HAMMER AND GEARS AND PURPLE AND AND AND-   *hype train crashes*   *Crawls out of the wreckage, dusts self off, takes a deep breath, and tries to act like the mature, responsible adult that he is*   All right. I think Bionicle 2015 is gonna be pretty good.  

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Just saw the movie today.   It was really awesome, probably the best X-Men movie yet. It was even better because I just watched First Class like a week ago, so I didn't have to go back and rewatch anything to understand what was going on. Really loved Young!Charles and Young!Erik the most, TBH. Their actors are just really good.   Definitely looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse, which is coming out in 2016. If it's gonna be anything like Days, it is probably going to be awesome.   -TNTOS-

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CAN'T STOP THE HYPE TRAIN NOW

THE HYPE TRAIN IS OFF THE RAILS. YOU CAN'T DENY IT NOW.   Unless you're a spoilsport, of course, but CHOO CHOO AWAY ANYWAY!   -TNTOS-   Edit: Also:  

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Looking Back: My Past, Present, and Future (and Beyond!)

(NOTE: I'd recommend grabbing some popcorn and a soda because you're in for a long read. A long read.)   As of yesterday, I posted the epilogue to my final Bionicle epic, In the End. Y'all know that already, of course (or at least my regular readers do, anyway).   And I did it all before reaching my eighth year anniversary as a BZP member, which will be in October, which is next month. Coincidentally, I started writing Bionicle fanfics eight years ago, too.   Eight years ... dang, that's long. D

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That moment

When one of your favorite bloggers (not necessarily BZP bloggers, just bloggers in general) posts a video in which they speak and you hear their voice for the first time.   Their voice never matches the voice I read their blogs in. Never, ever, ever.   I mean, it's just bizarre how sometimes bloggers (and writers in general, honestly) can have these passionate, powerful writing voices that force you to think deeply the issues they blog about, yet when you hear their verbal voices, you'd never ex

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It is fair and just that I am an cool dude

In all seriousness, though, I'm glad they got the word filter updated.   Now it's time for me to go back through all of my fics and add "jerk" and "idiot" where they're supposed to be, rather than the synonyms I've been forced to used thanks to BZP's word filter .   -TNTOS-

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Life goes on

Earlier today, my grandfather died in a hospital a few states away.   This wasn't unexpected, mind you. See, when I was on vacation at the beginning of this month, it was an out-of-state family reunion thrown by my grandparents to celebrate their 60th anniversary. My grandfather caught pneumonia early on, however, and had to be taken to the nearest hospital. He was there throughout the whole weeklong reunion and remained there even after everyone went home. My grandmother stayed to take care of

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Whatever happened to songfics?

Back in the old days, the Short Stories forum used to be home to many songfics, which, for those who may not know, is the name for stories based on/inspired by certain songs, with the lyrics of those songs usually inserted in between the paragraphs of the story at certain points. An example would be if I wrote a story about 2006 with the lyrics from Move Along inserted between the story paragraphs (though the song doesn't actually have to be related to Bionicle to be used, obviously).   Maybe my

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You know what would be cool?

It would be cool if Nintendo would do another Pokémon game similar to Coliseum or XD for the Wii-U. Those were fun games, despite the limited number of Pokémon you could catch.   Obviously, such a game would not be exactly the same as Coliseum/XD, but it would be cool if they did that sort of thing anyway. Anyone else agree?   -TNTOS-

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Guess who's back

'Sup, everybody. I just got home from my trip out of town and man was it fun. Kind of tired, but it's a good tired and I imagine I will sleep well tonight.   So I'll be back to my usual level of BZP activity now that I am home. Just thought y'all should know that.   -TNTOS-

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The Six Different Kinds of Fanfic Writers

I've been writing Bionicle fanfics for almost eight years now and in that time I've seen a variety of fanfic writers, ranging from the really good to the really bad. And not just on BZP, either, but on other sites that host fanfiction. I've read so much fanfiction, maybe even more than original fiction, which is something because I read a lot of novels and short stories.   As a result, I've noticed that fanfic writers, generally speaking, can be divided into six different categories. This doesn'

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Lookit What I Found

While doing some Googling earlier, I accidentally stumbled upon this little webpage created by Turakii from some years ago.   I didn't even remember this existed until I found it. Not sure how old it is, exactly, but it's from at least 2008, if not older than that.   I even contributed to it. Lookit:     Even funnier, almost all of those facts are still true (except for the last one. In recent years I've managed to exceed 100% awesome ).   I haven't read through all of it yet, but I've alread

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Computer help, anyone?

Hey, guys.   Recently I downloaded the zip.exe program from this website in order to compress my files into the EPUB format (I'm learning ebook formatting, BTW, and the guide I am using said I needed this program in order to make my ebook).   But while I managed to download the program with zero problems, it's acting up on my Windows 8 computer. Every time I try to open it, it opens and then immediately closes before I can use it. It just won't stay open for some reason.   I did some googling an

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National Pokedex: Completed

As of today, I completed the National Pokedex on Pokemon X! Yay!   This is an accomplishment for me because I've never completed the National Pokedex on a Pokemon game before. I only completed this one thanks to the GTS, which, in my opinion, is one of the best things to ever happen to the Pokemon games.   Admittedly, I didn't catch literally every Pokemon. The special Legendaries -- Mew, Jirach, Deoxys, Manaphy, Darkrai,Shaymin, Arceus, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect -- were unavailable on the

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DONE!

As of this morning, I finished editing my upcoming epic, In the End. I am so happy right now, mostly because I always feel this way after finishing an epic or novel.   This was a hard one to write. Not only did it need to resolve the hanging plot points from Dawn of the New Century, but it also had to wrap up the Shikaverse, too. Not sure if I succeeded or not. I think I did and I know I tried, which is really all I can do in the end*.   The entire epic is 20 chapters long, not including the pro

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Fanfic News and Updates

Hi, everyone!   I am pleased to finally announce the release date for my upcoming epic, In the End.   Originally I said I'd post it sometime in early or mid 2014, but I have now set an official release date for it. Here it is:   Monday, March 31st, 2014.   Because I don't want to be posting In the End alongside The Shika Trilogy Omnibus, I have also decided to change the posting schedule for the Omnibus. I will be posting one chapter a day every day for the rest of this month, starting today (as

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The Greatest Bionicle Fanfic Ever Written

Nine years ago, my brothers and I collaborated to write the single greatest Bionicle fanfic ever written. True, most of us didn't know how to write at the time and we had absolutely no experience writing any sort of fiction at all, but gosh darn it we didn't let those minor inconveniences get in the way of us writing the greatest Bionicle fanfic ever written (and yes, the italics are totally necessary. Why? Because it's the greatest Bionicle fanfic ever written that's why).   You must understand

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