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Either that, or I'm just running into all the stupidity in the world the last two days.  Between someone reversing into me because they wouldn't take two minutes to be able to see out their rear window before doing so, to someone nearly hitting me on the freeway because they are in too much of a hurry to make sure the lane they want to move in is clear (they nearly sideswiped me), to a lady who nearly ran into me because she wanted to turn into a parking spot on the opposite side of me and refused to back up to let me into the parking spot I was waiting for when she has no one behind her and I have a line waiting behind me.  And now the new car I have may have just been hit in a parking lot while I was at work or in a store and no one of course will cop to it.

Seriously, this week blows.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: The Binding of Isaac, Geometry Dash and Ys
  • Eating: Chicken and Rice
So apparently my state wants to experience all four seasons in a 24 hour period.  We went from clear skies and 70 degrees yesterday to heavy winds and clouds, to rain and finally to snow by the evening last night.  Now it is snowing like crazy as though it's trying to make up for how little snow we had this winter.  Go figure.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: The Binding of Isaac and Ys
  • Eating: Chicken Parmigiana
to my fans who have patiently stuck with me.  I have been lacking in writing anything for such a long time and Soul Crossed has suffered.  I owe you better than to leave it here and I hope 2015 will be better for my writing muse.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: The World Ends with You
  • Eating: Yummy Christmas leftovers
and to all a good night!
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: The World Ends with You
  • Eating: Yummy Christmas dinner
So my wife, for six years, has been fighting with a vine that has been attacking a beautiful plant in my mom's yard, threatening to strangle the life out of it.  Today, she struck a major blow in the contest, managing to strip out a good amount of the root from the ground without eating at the plant's root system.  She is so proud of herself. 
  • Listening to: Let it Go from Frozen
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: FF Tactics
  • Eating: Arctic Circle
So, in addition to needing surgery to fix what was not healing well so that I'll be setting off metal detectors from now on, my wife was out with friends and stopped at a stoplight.  Some idiot who thought it was a brilliant idea to be looking at his phone while rushing to the airport rear-ended their car.  Whiplash and concussion for both my wife and the driver, and a concussion for the other passenger.  Got to love more issues in my life...
  • Listening to: Let it Go from Frozen
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: FF Tactics
  • Eating: Arctic Circle
So I had finally gotten back on the writing kick, and managed to work through the kinks in the chapter I was stalling on.  I was even feeling good about how my job was going, despite it being year end.  Anyway, I go outside to help my wife bring some stuff in from the car after she got off work, slipped on some ice and pain ran up my right leg.  Next thing I know, I've fallen to the snow, and I'm screaming out like a little girl.  I could not put any weight on my right foot and even being helped inside, I'm hobbling to the house and each move is causing more pain.  I get laid down and then I'm shaking uncontrollably.  (Yay, my first encounter with being in shock) 

Luckily, it was only a sprain, and not as bad as it could be, but I could not go to work today, which my boss was not pleased with, and I have to have help to get back and forth to the bathroom.  (That brings pain with every hop.)  And I am really worried about my job because of this.  If this had happened next week, it wouldn't have been so bad, but we have one week left to get all the year end stuff done and losing a day on it right now is the worst timing we could possibly have had.  So yeah, this sucks.

UPDATE:  Yeah, so I slipped and fell this morning in the bathroom.  I followed that up by passing out and shaking and clenching my teeth.  (Not a seizure thank god.)  Went in to get it checked out, and while that can be a normal reaction to severe pain, they wanted to x-ray my foot.  Turns out I have a fractured fibula.  Not fun...
  • Listening to: Let it Go from Frozen
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: FF Tactics
  • Eating: Arctic Circle
and Happy Holidays to all.
  • Listening to: Let it Go from Frozen
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: FF Tactics
  • Eating: Christmas Dinner
It's been a long time since I've been able to sit down and just write.  To let my words flow through me and onto the page.  I can blame less sleep and stress all I want, but it doesn't change the fact that even when I have gotten all that I wanted in sleep and when things have been going good, I open the document to work on more, and the words just don't hit the paper. 

I just know it isn't writer's block.  I know what I want to have happen in each work I haven't moved forward.  I know where I'm going with it.  Something else is standing in my way.  Something is sapping my desire right out of me, and I don't know what it is, or why.  All i know is something I took great joy in working on and doing is suddenly...gone.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Too Much
  • Playing: FF Tactics
  • Eating: Pasticho
The Utah Jazz have their most important game of the year, and they shoot the worst they have all season, miss 9 free throws, shoot 3-11 from three and score their lowest point total for the season in 4 quarters.  What an abysmal performance for what was a crucial night.  Way to step up guys...  I sincerely hope there are major changes by next year.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Vegas, Elementary
  • Playing: Heroes of Might and Magic and Xenogears
  • Eating: nothing
When you realize that someone you love and are close to is on the bleak edge of losing everything they've worked so hard to have and knowing that there isn't a damn thing you can afford to do to help until they can stabilize.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Vegas, Elementary
  • Playing: Heroes of Might and Magic and Xenogears
  • Eating: nothing
Been on the job hunt for a job in my field ever since I got my Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and despite it supposedly being a great field to be in, I keep running into one obstacle.  "You have no experience."  So, I cannot get a job in my field without experience, but I can't get any experience without getting a job in my field.  And I cannot take a year or so as an intern without a paid internship, as I have a family to support.  So I'm stuck in no-man's land until someone is willing to give someone with no experience a chance.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Vegas, Elementary
  • Playing: Heroes of Might and Magic and Xenogears
  • Eating: nothing
I apparently can NOT root for a team that wins the big one, as my 9ers gagged away the Super Bowl.  To me, they lost for three reasons:

1)  They played a pathetic first half of football.  The 9ers have fallen into a habit of playing poorly in the beginning of a game, then expecting to come back.  This time, it bit them.

2)  Wasted timeouts.  You can probably attribute that to the youth of their QB, but the two timeouts they lost would have been helpful down the stretch.  

3)  Giving up the touchdown return to start the second half.  They looked like they were just unprepared to stop any run out at all.

So, congratulation to Baltimore on winning the Super Bowl.  I'll just be over here, cursing the luck again of watching a team I root for lose in the finals, and praying I'll get another chance a lot sooner than the last drought of waiting.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Vegas, Elementary
  • Playing: Heroes of Might and Magic and Xenogears
  • Eating: nothing
As my wife and some of my friends can attest to, I am a huge fan of musicals.  To me, sometimes something is better conveyed through song than just spoken word, and other times, tunes are just fun to have along with the score.  Went to see Les Miserables for the first time today (thoroughly enjoyed myself) and was actually thinking about something.  Personally, even though I've only seen it once, Brigadoon is still my all time fave.  A question to my watchers:  What is your favorite musical, if you have one?
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Vegas, Elementary
  • Playing: Heroes of Might and Magic and Xenogears
  • Eating: nothing
a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to all.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Alcatraz, Fringe and way too much else
  • Playing: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Kartia
  • Eating: nothing
...it's just great fun to stare at my wife and grin like a Cheshire cat, just because I know it freaks her out.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Alcatraz, Fringe and way too much else
  • Playing: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Kartia
  • Eating: nothing
Yes, I'm still kicking.  I have a lot of inspiration.  I just have not felt motivated at all when I sit at the computer to do anything.  It doesn't help that my space key really does not like me much and I have to go back and add in spaces to what I type.  I just...I dunno.  I really sit and stare at the page and have trouble putting words there.

On another note, I go 15 years without having an issue with my bank account, and now, within a month and a half, I've had someone use my account twice to make fraudulent online purchases.  I changed my card number the first time, which only seemed to delay them.  *shakes head*  Friggin' ridiculous.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Alcatraz, Fringe and way too much else
  • Playing: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Kartia
  • Eating: nothing
So apparently Nickelodeon has been running episodes from their shows in the 90s late at night.  Am I the only only one who thinks that was Nick's high point?  Doug, Rocko, Are you afraid of the dark?, Clarissa, Double Dare, Legends, Nick Arcade, Wild and Crazy Kids, Hey Arnold.  Even stuff I didn't care for that was popular such as Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, All that, etc...

Also, for some nostalgia, one of the best songs from one of the coolest cartoon bands of the time:  The Beets!  www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7c3bQ…
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Alcatraz, Fringe and way too much else
  • Playing: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Kartia
  • Eating: nothing
Bachelors Degree.

*dances*  Ceremony was today and it still feels surreal.  Had my grandmother in town from Australia along with several of my family here in Utah.  It just feels so strange to think that I've come this far.  Still have a bigger goal to reach in a Masters and other goals, including my novel that I'm working on, but this step seemed like the biggest in my life.  Now I just need to keep pressing forward and get a good job.  

The funny part is:  I kinda wish it was me in the stands, celebrating one of my sons doing the same thing.  I know it's a long way to think, but now that I've felt it from one end, I want to feel this pride in someone else as well.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Alcatraz, Fringe and way too much else
  • Playing: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Kartia
  • Eating: nothing
(Disclaimer:  These are my guidelines for and opinions of OCs in fanfiction and a bit of fanfiction in general.  Let's look at this sentence in detail and point out a few things.  1)  This is an opinion, and yes I'm entitled to it.  You may not agree with it and that's just fine.  You are entitled to yours as well.  As long as you understand that, we'll get along great.  If you don't understand that, well, that's the great thing about the back button.   If you're here to flame and not discuss things civilly, I'm not interested. 2)  Note the use of the word "guidelines" instead of the word "rules".  Under certain circumstances, these can be treated just like Barbosa does to the pirate code in PotC.  OCs in fanfics are a tricky business, and not every guidelines applies in every situation.  3)  Both of these are tied to the word "my".  These are what works for me in both my reading of fanfiction and what I try to adhere to in writing it.  Other people are different.  Do try and keep that in mind.)

I was in the middle of clearing out my backlog of deviations when I saw a thumbnail pertaining to this deviation from :iconpika: : pika.deviantart.com/art/BAD-FA…
Curious, I clicked further in and checked out the description and then the commentary.  While the term "bad" is very subjective, and not something I choose to delve into as it's a personal preference,  I can generally sum up the major arguments in one of three things: issues with the writing itself, issues with canon being OOC, and created characters or OCs.

The first issue is a matter of learning, practice, and editing.  These issues tend to be with grammar, spelling, punctuation and plot, and since these are all functions of the writing process, I lump them under the general header "Learning Curve".  The main portion of this is fixable, some of it is even accidental or habitual rather than laziness (I have my issues from time to time, as my own editor will berate me for on occasion), and if the author is willing to listen to constructive criticism (concrit) and find someone who knows such rules to proofread for them, this issue can and will go away.

The second issue falls under the category in my mind of "Research", and no, I don't mean the "I've watched the show some and feel I know what the character is really feeling" type.  This goes along with the idea that you are writing characters you didn't create.  You are not going to be dead on with your writing of them.  Only the creator truly knows the characters down to the last detail.  Deal with it.  There are two types of this.  The first is when the person states that the universe they are writing in is Alternate Universe.  Things have changed so drastically because of a change of events or realities that characters HAVE to change.  I can accept this.  Ill met by Starlight is one of my favorite stories in this genre.  As long as you go in with the mindset that the characters you know will be different in some way, you should be fine.  It's when characters are in the same universe and drastically different that a lot of people have issues.  Try to realize you did not create these characters and that you need to do as much research on the characters as possible, and you should be close.

However, the last issue is the one I wanted to talk on as OCs tend to show up in most of the fanfiction world and seem to be the most reviled characters in existence.  I can understand why.  A character you create is usually going to be closer to your heart than one you only watch or read about.  You poured your writing into this character.  It's your creation.  However, just because you love your character to death does not mean everyone else will feel the same way.  You may catch a lot of flak for bringing this character to interact with the characters they know and love.   In my opinion, there are ways that you can cut down the amount of flak you are going to take.

The character's role

Unless your OC exists outside the continuity of the universe you are writing about, there will be interaction between your creation and the canon characters of the show and a role for your OC to play.  (Not to say that stories that take place in the distant past or future or are alternate universe are unusable, but they are a fine line for the fanfic author as they might lose some of the fans just because they do not involve any characters they care about.  It happens.)  First, what is the role?  Do they side with the hero(ine), are they a villain, or are they some random neutral character?  One of the most easily acceptable is the villain OC, because some of the detractors of OCs don't apply for villains in the same way that they apply to the side of good.  For instance, a villain should be better in some way than the hero, otherwise what is their point?  A hero who doesn't have to overcome something difficult is ordinary instead of heroic.  Where the problem comes with villains is the redeemed villain.  This can be very tricky to pull off since your villain can soon be part of what hurts a heroic OC.

The main problem with heroic OCs is very simple.  The character takes over the storyline, relegating the usual main characters to set pieces or sidekicks.  In most stories, this pisses off a lot of readers, me included.  I know you love your OC, but a lot of attempts to make them "the most interesting character ever!" backfire.  Characters like that fall into most people's definition of Mary Sue/Gary Stu.  It doesn't help that several authors have their OCs develop a romantic relationship with one (or heaven forbid more than one) of the canon character, a personal pet peeve of mine.    ESPECIALLY if said canon character is in a canon relationship already that the fanfic author seemingly does not approve of.  (This drives me nuts)  It looks like the author is trying to act out a fantasy of theirs.  If you want to write it for your personal stuff, fine, but putting it out in public can draw the wrong kind of criticism.  

Some things I've learned about OCs that I tend to use as guidelines

Don't have your OC be the focus of the storyline

Unless you are writing an AU or another time fic, or if the universe will allow for a fic about an OC (i.e. Resident Evil can do it) being the main focus, don't let your OC run all over the plot.  Most universes have existing heroes that should not need your OC to solve all their problems, relationship or otherwise.  The storyline should be about the main characters and if you have an OC that is necessary to drive the plot, try not to diminish the main characters and their role.  The story should be about the canon characters.  After all, it's their world your OC is intruding in, and you should act like a guest in it, and not an uninvited, unwanted guest at that.  

Your character should not blend into the background either.  There are some authors that go to the other extreme and try and do everything they can to avoid the Sue/Stu stereotype, making their character so uninteresting that they are bland, but that can be just as bad.  They become less dynamic then furniture and maybe just as important, but that can lead the reader to ask "Why are they even there?"

Avoid trying to make your character "shiny" or "uber"

You want your OC to be distinctive and memorable, someone that is not just a "Clone" of some other character in existence.  However, resist the urge to make them overpowered (so strong that it makes you wonder why the main characters are even needed) or so pretty/handsome that they might as well sparkle like Edward.  One thing that I see people like to use as a counter that beauty is a scar or set of them, and yet seem to make it enhance the character's beauty and are never anyplace truly awful on the body.   

Try and follow the rules of interviews in this case.  Never try and act like you have no faults or that your faults are actually positives.  People have flaws.  So should your OCs.  And don't be superficial.  Balance your characters with true flaws and true quirks.  Make them real.  Your character doesn't have to be the most powerful to be memorable or useful.   A random quirk such as never getting a character's name right, like Walter Bishop from Fringe always calling Astrid anything BUT Astrid but always being close, can stick with someone and be much more interesting than someone who screams "Look how awesome I am."  

An OC should be treated with care when writing.  You are not just writing in someone new.  You are upsetting a balance another author created.  Respect the author and the universe they created and you might gain respect from other readers and a fanbase.
  • Reading: Game of thrones
  • Watching: Alcatraz, Fringe and way too much else
  • Playing: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Kartia
  • Eating: nothing