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  • #103023
    Joseph Lin
    @joseph_darkgrate

    Oopsies poopsies, I’m back.
    Haha, hey guys, it’s been a while.  It’s me: Xonos!  Though you can call me Joseph or whatever you’d like.

    It’s been a long while, and since then, I’m happy to announce to you all that I’ve approved none whatsoever in my self-discipline to finish anything I write!  Pretty exciting, right?  Anyway, aside from writing, thankfully, I’ve grown a lot.  I have no idea when was the last time I even posted here haha.  Apparently, ten months ago?  Oof.  I hope you all enjoyed the time that you had without me because I’m back now.

    I won’t be totally active, because I’d hate to disappoint as usual — sticking around for a bit and then disappearing.  But, on the other hand, I do want to get a little more serious about my writing.  I have so many ideas, so much time, and too little resolve.  Forgive me, your graces, if it was an illegal move of my to create another post here.  It’s been so long that I’ve essentially forgotten everything and everyone here haha.

    On the plus side, I get to make better impressions as my new self and hopefully get another go at writing all my stories ultimately, of course, for the glory of God.
    Anyway, give me a kick if you know me and I’ve forgotten you — or even if we’ve never met.  I’m happy to answer any questions about where I’ve been and where I am now haha, and I’d like to get to know you guys too.  Apparently, everyone’s either died or gone off to college, sadly.

    -Joseph/Xonos

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    #103026
    Naiya Dyani
    @naiya-dyani

      @joseph-darkgrate HOW DARE YOU FORGET ME?!?!?

      Lol, yeah, we haven’t met. I’m Naiya. I’ve seen you on a few writing sites. Always from the shadows, though. Wouldn’t do to break my ninja cat character by letting myself be seen.

      Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

      #103079
      Joseph Lin
      @joseph_darkgrate

      @naiya-dyani , for a very split second there, I was scared that I did.  But now it’s all good haha.

      Haha, that’s cool.  I’m guessing NaNoWrimo?  That’s the one I spend the most time on.  Very smart of you to stay secret — I’ve been reading a lot of stalker horror stories lately.

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      #103106
      Naiya Dyani
      @naiya-dyani

        @joseph_darkgrate (will get the tag right this time) Yup! I think I’ve posted, like, five things tops there XD. I’m WAY more active on here. The group is smaller, but we have more in common. You know, since it’s narrowed to Christian writers. 😀

        What kind of stuff do you write? I’m doing speculative fiction right now.

        Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

        #103131
        Joseph Lin
        @joseph_darkgrate

        @naiya-dyani , understandable haha.  I’m active there mainly because I have an established personality, and it’d be hard to leave now haha.

        Honestly, I’ll write whatever’s on my mind at the moment.  I’m a very visually-orientated person though, so whatever I write, it tends to have complicated action scenes.  Not necessarily fighting, but lots of movement haha.  I’ve written short bits of horror, drama, mystery, and all a bit combined.  It depends!

        Hm, I’ve heard of speculative fiction before; but I’m not sure what it is?  Want to save me a Google search haha?

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        #103150
        Naiya Dyani
        @naiya-dyani

          @joseph_darkgrate Cool! Yeah, it took me forever to figure out what speculative fiction was until I realized it was probably what I’ve been writing for a while. Heh.

          If I’m on the right track (and I may well not be), it’s similar to some fantasy in that you have a made-up world, but it doesn’t necessarily have things like magic and dragons and so forth.

          Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

          #103168
          Joseph Lin
          @joseph_darkgrate

          @naiya-dyani , interesting!  Huh… that’s really cool — in fact, I think a lot of what I’ve been writing may be speculative fiction then haha.  That’s pretty weird.

          Although the reason it’s speculative fiction is probably more because “IT’S ANOTHER WOOORRRLD” is easier than doing your research ahha.  If so, then I’m guilty.

           

          Merry Christmas!

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          #103171
          Naiya Dyani
          @naiya-dyani

            @joseph_darkgrate Pffft, that’s TOTALLY not why I started doing speculative fiction. . . heh. . .

            Although now I’m actually having fun with worldbuilding. So there’s that.

            Merry Christmas!

            Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

            #103197
            Joseph Lin
            @joseph_darkgrate

            If speculative fiction is what I think it is, then that’s EXACTLY why I’m doing it haha.
            To be fair though, I did buy “A Writer’s Guide to Weapons” by Benjamin Sobieck, so like, I’m practically an expert on guns now if I do say so myself. 😉  There’s nothing in the book about chainsaw-crossbows though.

            Worldbuilding is awesome haha.  I try to do it, but I’m not very good at it outside of just imagining a few different things.  I have ideas, but it’s hard to expand after that since my mind moves on pretty quickly.  Are you worldbuilding for your speculative fiction?

            Get anything good for Christmas, @naiya-dyani ?

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            #103211
            Naiya Dyani
            @naiya-dyani

              @joseph_darkgrate Chainsaw. . . crossbows, you say? Should I be concerned?

              Heh, I’m not sure if I go as detailed with my worldbuilding as I should! For my current story, I made two countries, Aimoni and Birkata, with a region (dependent of Aimoni) sandwiched between them called Cresba. I’m also working on a language called Aboreil that people in Birkata and Cresba speak. I have some characters speak it every now and then. It’s really fun to make; I’ve been taking some inspiration from the Japanese language. My sister says it sounds like a blend of French and Japanese. One of the best parts of making up a language, though, is that it sounds cool when you tell people about it. 😉

              In Birkata, I have two main tribes, the Jirkana and the Sirakani. The Jirkana are pretty peaceful people, but the Sirakani are a fierce raiding tribe. Pulling the Sirakani into conflict with my main characters in Cresba has been fun. 🙂

              *looks back over last few paragraphs* Huh, maybe I worldbuild in a little more detail than I thought. Not sure if I make it very interesting in the book, though. I’ll see when it put it out for beta reads, I guess. *shrugs*

              I’ve been having too much fun with some manga drawing books I got for Christmas! Did a little fanart as well as some character drawings for SE friends. How was your Christmas?

               

              Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

              #103236
              Joseph Lin
              @joseph_darkgrate

              No haha — it’s just an exaggerated example.

              Interesting!  The extent of my Japanese skills mainly comes from watching all the old Godzilla movies haha, and not much else.  French is a beautiful language though.  I want to learn it someday.  But it’s Latin for now. 😉

              Huh, interesting — what is your story about?

              I definitely haven’t gotten anywhere close to that kind of detail haha, which is bad news for me, I guess.

              Cool!
              Well, my Christmas was fun.  I played video games most of the time because the whole family’s sick, and we can’t really do much else haha.  For my gift, I got Monopoly: Socialism edition, which is hilarious haha.  Otherwise, I’ve been doing some drawing!

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              #103245
              Naiya Dyani
              @naiya-dyani

                @joseph_darkgrate Japanese is fun! You have to want to learn it for it to be enjoyable rather than torture, though. XP I think that’s the way with all languages. I’ll be honest, I was thinking of teaching a world languages intro class for younger kids at my homeschool co-op, but changed my mind after trying out a bunch of languages on Duolingo. Like, Russian is TECHNICALLY supposed to be easier than Japanese, but the first few lessons or so of Russian were pure pain for me. A backwards N is supposed to be pronounced N, not ‘eh’ or something!!!

                *rant over*

                ANYway, how to describe my story. . . in a sentence, I would say it’s about a group of teens living in the mountains who face danger surrounding one of their friends while they struggle against the shadows of their own pasts. If you want more details, I can do that; however, I’m not just going to subject you to an unwarranted essay. 😛

                S-socialism edition, you say? *look of great concern* Is it at least shorter than the regular version? My brother won that the other day simply because the rest of us were so sick of it we just up and quit. XD

                I hope your family gets better soon!

                 

                Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

                #103265
                Joseph Lin
                @joseph_darkgrate

                Interesting experience with languages.  I’m assuming English was the one you were born with?
                I was raised for a few years speaking Mandarin, but I was switched onto English once I started preschool.  By now, I’ve forgotten most of my Mandarin; but I can at least understand most of it when I hear it being spoken.  Currently, I’m learning Latin as it is a requirement of my school curriculum haha.  It’s difficult, but I’m getting the hang of it sort of.

                Intriguing.  Haha, I know how that is.  Sometimes I like to trick my friends into asking VERY specific questions about whatever I’m working on, just so I can UNLOAD twenty minutes of creative ranting haha.  It’s exhilerating, but also, as it turns out, not great for writing.  Because if you get a writer’s high before you even finish your work, then there’s no motivation afterwards.  It was a major revelation when I discovered that that was what I had been doing essentially all my life haha.  Now I *try* to be a little more secretive.  But it’s hard not to share your genius, you know?

                Yeeeeep!  Haha, it’s definitely a satirical game.  There’s no winning in the socialist system literally until you cheat. 😉  I haven’t played it yet, but I plan to on Monday.  I think it’s shorter because there’s only four players allowed?  I was interested in it because I have strong opinions on socialism, and my dad thought it’d make a funny gift haha

                Thanks!  I think we’re all improving by now.  The kids are eating and playing (and louder) again; and I’m coughing up a lot of phlegm, which I think is a sign I’m running towards the end of it?  Anyway, I should be fine by Monday, which is my last debate meeting for the year — exciting!

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                #103647
                Naiya Dyani
                @naiya-dyani

                  @joseph_darkgrate *suddenly falls in through odd glowing portal, fighting back monsters that look strangely like school books* *portal shuts, leaving half a book on the other side* *wipes forehead with edge of black cloak*

                  I honestly did mean to respond sooner. My mortal enemies have been attacking, however, and I haven’t had time to do much more than quick replies or comments on here. . . 😣 Sorry. . .

                  Yeah, my first language is English, but I’ve been really interested in a few others lately! It’s also kind of fun listening to other languages I don’t know–for instance, a few of my international friends speak their native language to each other. I like listening in, even when I don’t have the slightest clue what they’re speaking! XD

                  That’s really cool! I’m assuming your family’s Chinese/has Chinese roots. . . ? Good luck with Latin lol. At least it will be ‘useful’? Depending on what you do with it. . .  XD

                  One thing I’ve seen recently about motivation is that when you most want to do whatever it is (writing in this case of course), stop. At first, the idea seemed awful to me, but then I read further and realized it was supposed to stretch your motivation, not kill it. It’s like reading a suspenseful bedtime story–when you end on a cliffhanger, you’re excited to read the next chapter all the next day. If you go to sleep wanting to write, you’ll wake up motivated the next morning. I’ll have to try it soon.

                  Now that it’s been, like, two weeks, how did the sadist game Socialist Monopoly go? It sounds weirdly fun. . . like playing an evil character in a play–you get to be evil even when you’re not! 😛

                  I’d say good luck with the debate meeting. . . but it’s a little late for that now. . . so I hope it went well?

                  Also question that sounds totally random but would make sense if you saw my thought process (oh wait that describes literally everything I say),  but do you know your MBTI type? Sorry, your signature gave me a serious T-type ‘vibe’. Now I’m curious. XD

                   

                  Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

                  #104338
                  Veraza Winterknight
                  @kari-karast

                  *pops out of nowhere* Did I hear someone say “expert on guns”??? *adds another person to my mental list of people to bombard with questions about guns should I have the need*

                  *coughs* Anyhow. Welcome back to Emberian Existence! *runs back off into shadows*

                  "You can dance with my henchman."

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