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  • #147464
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Ah come on, it isn’t that bad, you can do it.

    Thanks for the encouragement but I’m going to keep being dramatic about it XD

    Now that’s what I’m talkin about. I love it.

    It happened twice. And then additionally one time someone crashed into me and hit my neck so hard my mask completely tilted. I was very nearly knocked off my feet that time XD Also fun fact that was all the same person because he doesn’t hold back ever. That may also explain why I am shockingly sore even though I only fought for nine minutes total. With the others there were no major incidents because they were going easy on me XD

    Write some trash just to get through it. That usually works for me. Though I may use that a little too often. xD

    Honestly “I’m going to write some trash and make it everyone else’s problem” is a foolproof mindset XD It gets me through writer’s block faster than anything else.

    I actually did fix the issue last night. The scenes didn’t have enough conflict so I amped that up and it fixed the issue almost completely.

    Whenever I get very stuck I find my issue is always about ten lines back because I took a wrong turn and wrote myself into a corner.

    I feel ya.

    I have no idea what the situation is, but having one’s characters react in totally different ways is always interesting.

    That’s a great tip 🙂 It’s always fun to contrast characters with each other.

    That exact thing happened to me on my WIP. I think (more like dearly hope) I got over it and fixed the main character’s POV, but we’ll just have to see.

    Don’t you just love when your side characters shove your MC to the side? In my case it was because the side character has a cooler backstory and hasn’t had a POV yet.

     

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147465
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    It happened twice. And then additionally one time someone crashed into me and hit my neck so hard my mask completely tilted. I was very nearly knocked off my feet that time

    Sweet. 🙂

    Also fun fact that was all the same person because he doesn’t hold back ever. That may also explain why I am shockingly sore even though I only fought for nine minutes total.

    Ha, I love it. That guy is dead serious about the whole thing. xD

    Honestly “I’m going to write some trash and make it everyone else’s problem” is a foolproof mindset XD It gets me through writer’s block faster than anything else.

    Exactly.

    I actually did fix the issue last night. The scenes didn’t have enough conflict so I amped that up and it fixed the issue almost completely.

    Yep, more conflict is usually a good solution.

    Don’t you just love when your side characters shove your MC to the side? In my case it was because the side character has a cooler backstory and hasn’t had a POV yet.

    It really does get on my nerves sometimes though. Bothersome side characters. xD

    #147470
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Ha, I love it. That guy is dead serious about the whole thing. xD

    He didn’t even need to be XD He obviously dropped his guard once or twice, giving me the chance to attack but my brain short-circuted and I did nothing. XD

    It wasn’t easy but he was really fair about it and insisted I got points for a head-hit that wasn’t clearly seen by the judges. He still beat me with three times the points though XD

    Actually, I have a video of that fight (and a couple others) I think I still have your email adress somewhere, if you like I could send the video to you? (I already got my parents permission) I don’t want to load it onto SE because even though I’m wearing a fencing mask, some of the others aren’t so I don’t want to post it publicly. (Also it’s a really big file)

    Yep, more conflict is usually a good solution.

    Besides just being fun to write XD I like writing arguments and general clashing, they’re too much fun.

    It really does get on my nerves sometimes though. Bothersome side characters. xD

    On the plus side that means they’re really interesting XD

    I don’t believe I asked, how far are you into your book now? When do you plan to finish?

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147472
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Okay, so did I say the weather was improving here? Well I take that back. I’m driving me, my brother, and dad to school, and we see snow on the road. Then we get to the highway, and people are going quite slow. Then we get on the highway, and discover it’s slick with frozen snow and some ice. We then begin passing cars in ditches and up against the trees along the side of the road. One of them was even flipped completely over. We proceed to drive to school at 35-40 mph instead of the given 70 mph.

    So yeah, bad weather. 🥶

    Actually, I have a video of that fight (and a couple others) I think I still have your email adress somewhere, if you like I could send the video to you? (I already got my parents permission) I don’t want to load it onto SE because even though I’m wearing a fencing mask, some of the others aren’t so I don’t want to post it publicly.

    Sure, I would love to see it. 🙂 But this is the email I use most of the time, so send it here: 22NBC01@stu.cpsk12.org

    I don’t believe I asked, how far are you into your book now? When do you plan to finish?

    I’m a smidge over 130k words through it. I did several weeks of writing between 20k-25k, and that gave me a nice jump start. I hope to finish it in the last week of March. Emphasis on hope.  If chapters keep getting longer like yesterday, then it could be a while. xD

    #147479
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Okay, so did I say the weather was improving here? Well I take that back. I’m driving me, my brother, and dad to school, and we see snow on the road. Then we get to the highway, and people are going quite slow. Then we get on the highway, and discover it’s slick with frozen snow and some ice. We then begin passing cars in ditches and up against the trees along the side of the road. One of them was even flipped completely over. We proceed to drive to school at 35-40 mph instead of the given 70 mph.

    So yeah, bad weather.

    Good grief! That sounds nerve-racking! Didn’t they salt the roads? I’m glad you made it there safely!

    I’m a smidge over 130k words through it. I did several weeks of writing between 20k-25k, and that gave me a nice jump start. I hope to finish it in the last week of March. Emphasis on hope.  If chapters keep getting longer like yesterday, then it could be a while. xD

    And you started one week ahead of me, about six weeks ago?? Wow, that’s incredibly fast!

    I never cease to be both horrified and deeply impressed by how fast you write XD At that pace you’ll definitely finish in time! What’s your word count goal? 200k?

     

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147485
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    They did eventually salt the roads, but left the house at like 6:50 in the morning, so they didn’t have much time to do it before we were driving.

    And you started one week ahead of me, about six weeks ago?? Wow, that’s incredibly fast!

    Yeah, I think I started on the third week of December.

    I never cease to be both horrified and deeply impressed by how fast you write XD

    Technically, you write faster than I do, I just force myself to get up early and put in the hours to make up for lack of speed. xD

    What’s your word count goal? 200k?

    I really hope it’s just 200k. 😅 At this rate, it might be over that.

    #147537
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    They did eventually salt the roads, but left the house at like 6:50 in the morning, so they didn’t have much time to do it before we were driving.

    Huh, that’s odd! With us they usually salt it the night before. I’m glad it was cleared up though!

    Technically, you write faster than I do, I just force myself to get up early and put in the hours to make up for lack of speed. xD

    But the consistency??? I write something every day but I can’t write that much consistently. I just get burnt out and even more stuck. I think I’m getting better, but I’m nowhere near that yet!

    I really hope it’s just 200k.   At this rate, it might be over that.

    Oh yikes XD I have no idea how you have enough patience to stick with a project for that long. (I say as I’m writing a trilogy that’s probably going to end up well over 400k total.)

    But that’s only the first book in the series and you have five planned? Wow, that’s going to be a huge, epic series! It sounds awesome!

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147583
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Oh yikes XD I have no idea how you have enough patience to stick with a project for that long. (I say as I’m writing a trilogy that’s probably going to end up well over 400k total.) But that’s only the first book in the series and you have five planned?

    Yeah, sometimes I wonder ‘Noah, why don’t you just write a nice YA trilogy where the novels are a simple 100k’. xD

    So as for those fights, first I have a couple questions, and then a couple comments:

    What material are the swords made of?

    What styles and periods are you trying to replicate (there were cutlass type swords in one of the vids)?

    Okay, so first off, that stab you took was brutal. Would it be insensitive of me to say it was quite fun to watch? 🙃

    But what topped even that was when he decapitated you 2:44. That fellow was all in. xD

    He might have been adjusting his neck, but at 1:24 in your fight when he has his sword pointed down and you kinda stop for a moment, he tilts his head to the left and right almost like he was taunting you to attack. I might have misconstrued the gesture, but I still thought it was hilarious. xD

    #147586
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Yeah, sometimes I wonder ‘Noah, why don’t you just write a nice YA trilogy where the novels are a simple 100k’. xD

    Honestly I wonder why I didn’t just write a standalone as my first project XD At least I’m practicing determination XD

    What material are the swords made of?

    So, the longsword videos you saw were wasters, which are made of stiff nylon.

    However, some of the others were using feders, which are made of steel. However, you aren’t allowed to spar with those unless you have full protective gear, including a chest protector, gambeson, and mask protector.

    As you can see, in both videos at least one person was just fighting in a shirt, and if you were to get hit with a steel sword, cracking a rib is a possibility, besides getting bruised very badly.

    Someone even suggested to me as a joke,

    “Why don’t you just fight with steel?”

    Me: “I don’t have a death wish, thanks.”

    “Nah, they’re scared of you.”

    (This was after that second fight, it was an obvious joke XD)

    Same goes for the dussacks, they’re made of steel covered in leather, so though they look harmless it’s really painful to get hit with them.

    What styles and periods are you trying to replicate (there were cutlass type swords in one of the vids)?

    The longswords are according to the style of Ringeck and Lichtenauer, in the fifteenth century.

    The other swords are called dussacks, they’re training weapons historically used to train for one-handed one-edged weapons. However, sharp steel versions were also a viable sidearm in the 16th and 17th century. This was in the style of Meyer, who also wrote on the longsword.

    They’re extracurricular though, and mostly for the higher level students, so I’ve never used them. I want to at least slightly get the hang of one weapon first XD

    Okay, so first off, that stab you took was brutal. Would it be insensitive of me to say it was quite fun to watch?

    I’ve shown the video to a few of my friends and they all enjoyed watching me get stabbed in the throat a little too much. Should I be concerned? But honestly even I find it hilarious to watch XD

    But what topped even that was when he decapitated you 2:44. That fellow was all in. xD

    About halfway through he realized I was no competition and just started practicing techniques on me XD He even told me afterward “Maybe I shouldn’t have shoved you after that one”. (Not an apology, mind you, just an observation XD)

    I don’t know how clear it was in the video but besides hitting me in the neck he then stepped forward and shoved me backward. It was impressive and effective but I hadn’t seen it coming in any way XD

    He might have been adjusting his neck, but at 1:24 in your fight when he has his sword pointed down and you kinda stop for a moment, he tilts his head to the left and right almost like he was taunting you to attack. I might have misconstrued the gesture, but I still thought it was hilarious. xD

    He was absolutely taunting me. XD The gesture was very much a “Well, aren’t you going to do something about it?” He even told me afterward “Next time someone drops their sword like that they’re being stupid and you have to stab them in the chest, alright?”

    The only thing in my brain when he did that was elevator music and the thought that even if I attacked he was going to hit me first so I just did nothing XD

    And you’ll notice after that point he does similar things several more times, like the feign at 2:40 which was purely to confuse me and fighting one-handed or with lowered sword several times after that.

    With any other opponent that would have been vastly overconfident and even completely reckless since he was literally just doing it to show off and subtly make fun of me XD It was very in character XD

    It makes it hilarious to watch back afterward, and he was very fair about the whole fight. Both times when I hit him and the judges weren’t sure he pointed it out to them and made sure I got points even if it wasn’t certain.

    I’ve trained with him some before, mostly in unarmed combat. He’s very hard to fight since he’s really competitive and also much better than I am, but he’ll always fight fair and explain how you should do better. All in all, I really enjoyed the fight and learned a lot, even if it wasn’t great for my ego XD

    Also I’m glad you enjoyed watching me metaphorically (and almost literally) fall on my face XD

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147589
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    However, some of the others were using feders, which are made of steel. However, you aren’t allowed to spar with those unless you have full protective gear, including a chest protector, gambeson, and mask protector.

    Nice. Are gambeson’s as comfortable as they are purported to be?

    Someone even suggested to me as a joke,

    “Why don’t you just fight with steel?”

    Me: “I don’t have a death wish, thanks.”

    “Nah, they’re scared of you.”

    I love it. xD

    The longswords are according to the style of Ringeck and Lichtenauer, in the fifteenth century. The other swords are called dussacks, they’re training weapons historically used to train for one-handed one-edged weapons. However, sharp steel versions were also a viable sidearm in the 16th and 17th century. This was in the style of Meyer, who also wrote on the longsword.

    Nice. I figured the medieval swords were at least the late middle ages.

    I’ve shown the video to a few of my friends and they all enjoyed watching me get stabbed in the throat a little too much. Should I be concerned?

    That’s a sound question. I’m sure it’s not personal. 🙃

    About halfway through he realized I was no competition and just started practicing techniques on me XD He even told me afterward “Maybe I shouldn’t have shoved you after that one”. (Not an apology, mind you, just an observation XD)

    With all the strange techniques he was using, I figured as much.

    I don’t know how clear it was in the video but besides hitting me in the neck he then stepped forward and shoved me backward. It was impressive and effective but I hadn’t seen it coming in any way

    Shoving is always a most useful tactic. Not that I’ve ever shoved anyone of course. 😉

    He was absolutely taunting me. XD The gesture was very much a “Well, aren’t you going to do something about it?” He even told me afterward “Next time someone drops their sword like that they’re being stupid and you have to stab them in the chest, alright?”

    😂 I love it so much. I knew that had to be it. Taunting is the same way everywhere.

    Both times when I hit him and the judges weren’t sure he pointed it out to them and made sure I got points even if it wasn’t certain.

    Yeah, I noticed that. Taunting and honor make a good combo.

    Also I’m glad you enjoyed watching me metaphorically (and almost literally) fall on my face XD

    Oh, it was wonderful. 😉

    #147592
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Nice. Are gambeson’s as comfortable as they are purported to be?

    I wouldn’t know, I’m a beginner, I don’t have one XD I just have a fencing mask and gloves.

    (We’re organized into two main groups, beginners and recruits, with recruits being the senior and allowed to fight with steel. There are far more recruits than beginners in our group, I only fought recruits that night.)

    Theoretically, from what I’ve seen, yes. It takes a while to put on full gear, (gambeson, chest protector, mask, gloves, elbow protector, knee protector.) maybe about ten minutes, but nobody takes off anything except masks and gloves until it’s all done.

    The recruits have occasionally practiced throws with swords in full gear, which basically involves tackling your opponent and freedom of movement has never seemed to be an issue. (I’ve done it too, it’s fun. Just don’t land on your sword. That hurts, even the flat edge of a nylon blade.)

    Nice. I figured the medieval swords were at least the late middle ages.

    Yep, longswords were late in the middle ages, as are most of the manuals we have on sword-fighting.

    Just the other day someone tried to explain to me how crusaders started using maces because it took too long to draw their longswords and they’d get stabbed before that.

    Incidentally the same person who told me they stopped wearing plate armor during the crusades because too many people died of heatstroke. And who said knights wore daggers in their boots and just stood on one leg to reach it.

    No, none of this was a joke. He was dead-seriously trying to explain it to me and disagreed with me when I politely put in that neither plate armor nor longswords existed during the crusades and that taking too long to draw a sword has nothing to do with the length of a sword and standing on one leg during a fight is a very bad idea. At that point I just smiled and agreed.

    That’s a sound question. I’m sure it’s not personal.

    Admittedly most of those friends are writers who are notorious for their somewhat violent and dark sense of humor so that plays a role XD

    With all the strange techniques he was using, I figured as much.

    They were actually all well-executed techniques, and what’s worse I learned most of them. They just fled my brain leaving nothing except “Hit with sword”

    Shoving is always a most useful tactic. Not that I’ve ever shoved anyone of course.

    Oh I know you haven’t. You’re very chivalrous. 🙃

     I love it so much. I knew that had to be it. Taunting is the same way everywhere.

    Ngl, I kind of deserved it and it definitely gave me a laugh XD

    Oh, it was wonderful.

    Knew you’d enjoy my humiliation 😀

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147595
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    The recruits have occasionally practiced throws with swords in full gear, which basically involves tackling your opponent and freedom of movement has never seemed to be an issue.

    Nice. Y’all have any brigandines?

    Just the other day someone tried to explain to me how crusaders started using maces because it took too long to draw their longswords and they’d get stabbed before that Incidentally the same person who told me they stopped wearing plate armor during the crusades because too many people died of heatstroke. And who said knights wore daggers in their boots and just stood on one leg to reach it.

    That’s hilarious. That ‘they stopped  wearing plate armor because of heatstroke’ part especially. Gold. xD

    Admittedly most of those friends are writers who are notorious for their somewhat violent and dark sense of humor so that plays a role

    I would never indulge in such humor.

    They just fled my brain leaving nothing except “Hit with sword”

    That would so be me.

    Oh I know you haven’t. You’re very chivalrous.

    Exactly. 😄

    Knew you’d enjoy my humiliation

    🙃

    #147639
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Nice. Y’all have any brigandines?

    Nope. Well, the club doesn’t have or use any but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the reenactment folks have some. I know at least my instructor and probably a few others do or have done reenactment.

    That’s hilarious. That ‘they stopped  wearing plate armor because of heatstroke’ part especially. Gold. xD

    Oh, absolutely. I was honestly stunned. And about five minutes before I’d had to explain what HEMA was because he’d never heard of it and he instantly turned around and tried to explain it to me. I just pulled out of the conversation after that because I absolutely would have laughed. XD Or gotten exhasperated which is bad too XD

    I would never indulge in such humor.

    I know you wouldn’t. Never. Absolutely not. The thought never even occured to you.

    That would so be me.

    Apparently it’s a fairly normal reaction XD I was complaining about how I was doing everything wrong because I was panicking and someone else said “As long as you hit them it’s not wrong.” Which is very solid reasoning XD

    In other news, I ordered a copy of The Book Thief (I only have it on audiobook) and I’m planning to go through and annotate it to study the prose. (With sticky notes because I’m one of those people who cannot write in a book. Still feels like sacrilege.)

    (Also the cover was very pretty and I got an illustrated copy so it’s absolutely worth it)

    Anyway I’ll probably end up ranting to you about it in an attempt to understand it better so brace yourself I guess XD

     

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #147641
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @rose-colored-fancy

    And about five minutes before I’d had to explain what HEMA was because he’d never heard of it and he instantly turned around and tried to explain it to me.

    Wow. Just…wow.

    I know you wouldn’t. Never. Absolutely not. The thought never even occured to you.

    See, you’re really starting to understand me as a person now. 🙃

    Anyway I’ll probably end up ranting to you about it in an attempt to understand it better so brace yourself I guess

    That sounds like a fantastic idea. I’ll be looking forward to the rant. 🙂

    #148115
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @noah-cochran

    Hey Noah,

    How have you been? How are life, school, writing, and the weather? (You know, the important things 😉 )

    We’ve had three massive storms over the course of six days. Respectively, Dudley, Eunice, and now Franklin. Eunice was the worst. We didn’t have any serious damages (A few things fell over and broke, a bunch of dead branches everywhere, and one of our plum trees ripped in half) It was stressful but could have been a lot worse. Let me tell you it’s not fun to hear a hundred-year-old house creaking around you with that kind of massive wind.

    Everything is one big mud puddle and I honestly can’t remember last time I saw the sun, so I’m very done with winter. Oh, and I have an anecdote related to how the horses handled the storm, remind me to tell you. (It’s a good one, I embarrass myself quite spectacularly)

    Writing has been… difficult at best. I’m not stuck, I know what to write, I just struggle to actually write it. I’m still on track but mostly because I had a big head-start. I just started on the first midpoint at 72k.

    (I don’t know how but I managed to have four midpoints. Two character midpoints and two plot midpoints, and they all happen consecutively, so that’s chaos.)

    Since we last spoke, my characters have gotten in fights, commited arson, and hurled snakes at people, so it certainly hasn’t been boring. (I wish this was an exaggeration but all of these things actually happened.)

    Situation is still loosely the same, one character is cooperating and making himself as interesting as possible and Liorah is balking like a lame mule.

    Besides that I got a new story idea (a loosely contemporary mystery) and the two main characters promptly emerged, considerably developed, and started talking to me. Unfortunately they’ve done nothing but cause trouble and nag me, so I finally relented and wrote one of their scenes as a short story. I hope that’s enough to keep them in the back of my mind until the trilogy is finished, but I doubt it.

    It’s surprisingly interesting though. They’re really interesting characters, I have to admit. They have a cool dynamic.

    School has been the same, perhaps slightly more stressful than usual. Physics will be the death of me.

    The HEMA club announced that we’ll be hosting the National championships this year, but it’s on a Saturday so I won’t be attending. An immense pity, they need voulenteers and it would have been really fun to see. However they’ll hopefully be recorded so I can at least watch them afterward.

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

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