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  1. It's a good idea in theory, but difficult to put into practice due to several factors. Still, we're putting in chapter skips, so that'll make it easier for watchers to bounce around as they like.
  2. I condensed them as much as I could while still covering the plot. xD But yeah, length is an issue, and while we've already recorded all of Mistborn Era 1, Era 2, and SH, we do have some ideas to put into play for when we get into Stormlight. (We'll start putting chapters into future episodes so people can skip if they want.) Stormlight way too long for recaps. Must sum up.
  3. religion

    I am indeed Pagan - Kemetic, specifically. (For those who aren't familiar with the term, it is the religious tradition associated with the gods of ancient Egypt.) I've talked about it pretty openly, both in my AMA thread and the Shard's original Religion thread. Yep, we had one. And it stayed respectful then, too.
  4. The other piece of this is that when Elend had earlier tested the rest of the army (the "milder" Mistfallen), he was mostly focused on finding pewter, iron, and steel Allomancers - the ones most useful in a fight. By far that wouldn't cover all of them, but he reasonably expected Demoux's group to have some of those.
  5. I am shamelessly abusing my moderator powers and double-posting (but hey, it's been a year-and-a-half since my last post, so I don't feel too bad). Guess what I finished? And guess what is now posted up on AO3? Yep, that's right: Clear and Present Discord. Finally, the full story behind how Twilight Sparkle read George R.R. Martin's books! Please note a content warning for some mild innuendo, though I do think it'll go straight over the heads of the most innocent. https://archiveofourown.org/works/36792862?view_full_work=true
  6. Hi! You're gonna make me blush. And that's pretty nice. I bet Anpu appreciates that. And Set seems to think it's hilarious the literary villainy he gets cast in, so I'm sure he's fine there, too. Ha! I think I forgot you were among the people I sent it to. xD I'm almost finished with the de-fanfictioning draft, so if you ever want to see what my book looked like when it was still in the Mistborn world, the window is closing. (Assuming I didn't break all of the links when I moved the draft files into a new folder on Google Drive - I never know what that's going to do.) I'm currently in the midst of rewriting the climax of the book, which is hard because changing the world and the magic system essentially borked all of my action scenes. The more action-y a sequence, the more intensely the scene has to be retooled. And the ending is even more different, because there are a few key plot points that I fiddled with; all in all, the story itself is much stronger now that I'm no longer twisting my narrative into pretzels to avoid contradicting Mistborn canon. I have this plotted out as a series of 7 books, and I have at least a general set of events in mind for each book. It gon be gud. But this week and next, I need to focus in on that Other Project I've been working on (you know the one). Chocolate. Yum, chocolate. Well, if you're gonna make me choose, I guess I'll have to say psychology. Mostly because my brain is a strange mix of weird genetic oddities and borked-up neurochemistry. I've struggled with ADHD and OCD for my entire life, and learning more about how all of that works has given me a massive sense of empowerment over it all. It's really helped. Gimmee some angry ghosts. I can take 'em. I'll drop-kick the little jerks into the next multidimensional ZIP code.
  7. I'm sorry, folks, but no. Even setting aside the danger of this going off the rails, this thread runs counter to the type of culture we want to cultivate on the Shard. We appreciate that you meant it in good fun, but it just doesn't work. Locking the topic.
  8. Kay, so there's this moderator who I haven't seen until recently but all of a sudden they're just everywhere. They seem cool and all, but I don't know who they are.

    It's you. In case that wasn't clear. What's up?

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    2. Kaymyth


      In all seriousness, I've been around a while, but I was most active on the forums back from 2015-2017. Then RL work stress ate my brain.

      I've been back active again for a couple years, but mostly on the Discord, and not much in the book discussion channels, but making a solid attempt at being Useful Staff (tm). Apparently it's working. :D

    3. Channelknight Fadran

      Channelknight Fadran

      Coolio. Well, it's cool seeing humans around!

    4. Kaymyth


      I am She Who Was Declared Shardmom before I even got my staff spikes. And clearly, I am a pony, not a human. :D

      But if you have any questions, feel free to ask me. Or...you know, I bet I even have an old AMA thread on the AMA board, not that anyone's posted anything there in years.

  9. This is, I feel, a very subjective definition. I'm not sure you realize this, but I'm a Kemetic Pagan. The gods I worship are those of ancient Egypt, and they fit none of these criteria. But I'll tell you now, I will get very offended if someone starts trying to explain to me how my gods aren't actual gods.
  10. With punctuation, it really comes down to memorizing a bunch of rules. It's annoying and dull, but that's the only way to learn it. Take notes, make a cheat sheet, whatever works for you. This is one piece where having a writing group can be really useful, but only if you have the right group of people. Ideally, you want folks who all have different strengths and weaknesses, so you each have something to contribute to the others. And y'know, even when you're good at a thing, sometimes you'll make a mistake. In my group, we're constantly fixing each other's grammar/spelling/punctuation all over the place. I have been told that dialogue in particular is difficult to get right, and that I'm freakishly good at writing it, so I'll share the trick I use to get mine smooth. Even if you don't talk to a lot of people, I assume you watch at least some TV/movies, right? I tend to imagine my characters on the screen. I visualize them, build the scene, and run them through it in my head over and over, working the scene until I have the emotions right, the movements, and the conversation. Once I have it sorted, well, I just write what I've pictured. It works well for me, though as always, your mileage may vary.
  11. UPDATE: So apparently the introduction of the Cultivation bot has been so popular that the sprint messages spammed the heck out of the #writing channel. We have created a new #sprintspam channel (located conveniently directly below #botspam) for all your writing sprint needs. I shall edit my first post to bring all information up to date. Also: feel free to use this thread to coordinate and collect sprint groups if you like.
  12. Okay, I have maybe half an author credential crumpled in my back pocket; I've got a short story published and a weekly writing critique group I'm part of, so there's a halfway decent chance I know what I'm talking about. I'm going to take a moment to kick my imposter syndrome to the curb and chime in with opinion in three parts: 1. The kudos: You show a lot of promise as a writer. You've already got a good grasp of narrative flow, and you're demonstrating skill at painting a picture with words. These pieces are huge and, in some ways, the harder things to teach. You're clearly an avid reader, as it shows in your writing. You understand the feel of how writing words. That's invaluable. 2. The harshest truth: Writing is work. Growing as a writer is even more work. The old saying goes, "It takes at least a million words of crap in order to learn how to write well." And it's true. It's going to take time and a lot more words before you're writing at the level you want to be. But know that every single writer out there has done the same, and you have the spark. You can do it, if you've the will. 3. One thing to work on: I want to leave you with some concrete feedback without making you feel like I've picked your selection apart with a red pen, so I'm going to give you an assignment of one single thing you can improve: punctuation. Study up on your comma placement and, particularly, the correct punctuation to use around dialogue. It's an easy thing that you can learn that will give you immediate results. It's a small piece that will have a big impact on the overall look, flow, and polish of your writing. Good on you for being brave and sharing your work! I know that first time can be hard, and getting any kind of criticism can be crushing for a newbie writer. So I have one final piece of bonus advice for you: keep sharing. Keep putting yourself out there. It's hard, I know, but the only way for any writer to grow is to take the feedback and use it to improve your writing. Because no matter how successful, every writer has been exactly where you are right now. All of us. Every single one. (And, in fact, some of us may well have started a lot further back!) Even now, Brandon Sanderson himself will sometimes write something that turns out to be broken. He's shelved projects that didn't work. (See: Apocalypse Guard.) Good writers aren't born, they're grown. Keep growing!
  13. Brandon has done one hell of a job in reaching and supporting new/emergent writers. Reading Alloy of Law cracked my brain open, and activated my Writer Mode. I hadn't asked for it, hadn't been expecting it, but it just happened. I still don't know whether I happened to hit some kind of "words read" threshold that auto-triggered something or if Brandon hid some kind of secret Konami Code in the book that specifically worked on my brain. What I do know is, now I can't shut it off. His writing lecture videos made a huge impact, too. I learned an extraordinary amount from watching them.
  14. Hello my fellow writers of the 17th Shard! Do you find accountability helpful for your daily writing productivity? Maybe you find that a little friendly competition spurs you on? Or perhaps you simply enjoy a bit of camaraderie now and then? Well, starting Monday, September 6, Rasaar and I are going to be running regular writing sprints on the Shard Discord! We’ll go Monday-Friday, 2pm-5pm Central Time US. That is, for reference: 12pm-3pm Pacific Time (US) 3pm-6pm Eastern Time (US) 8pm-11pm London Time (UK) What the heck is a writing sprint? A writing sprint is a focused, timed period of writing designed to increase word count by dissuading distractions and, with multiple participants, add a little competition. NaNoWriMo calls them Word Wars, but the principle is the same: set a timer, WRITE, then report on your progress! We’ve also added a new bot to the Discord server to facilitate tracking sprints (more on that below). Why are you doing this? Well, for me specifically, I have ADHD, which comes with it executive dysfunction issues. Experience has taught me that I work best when I am accountable to some other human(s) in order to be at my best. I’ve had good luck with joining others’ writing sprints, but they aren’t always at the most convenient time for me, nor are they as consistent as I would prefer. As for Rasaar, she has expressed to me a similar desire for some structure with getting into the writing groove. We actually came up with the idea of running Shard writing sprints independently of each other, and by a stroke of luck, our preferred writing times line up very well despite being in wildly different time zones. How exactly are you going to structure three hours of sprinting? We’re planning to do multiple sprints per session in 30-minute blocks. We’ll probably do something along the lines of 25-minutes of writing to a 5-minute break. We can tweak the details as we figure out what works best. This is a great idea, but Crazy Unicorn Lady, these times don’t work for me! Worry not! The Discord bot we’re using for the sprints will be accessible to everyone, though will be limited to the #sprintspam channel, located near the bottom of the Discord channel list. If there are other times on any day that work for you and a few of your friends, you are more than welcome to hop onto Discord and utilize it! And while you may be familiar with Sprinto, we’ve renamed it to Cultivation to fit in with our snazzy little theme. We’ve also created a new voice channel -- Creative -- for the sake of all writing and arting discussion. You can verbally coordinate sprints there and, if you like, chat during the rest minutes between sprints. I’m in! But I can’t do it every weekday. Is it okay if I only join a couple days a week? Of course! Join when it works for you. Barring holidays, vacations, and emergencies, we plan to keep a regular schedule so you know when to expect us there. (Having two mods running the event together will help there!) Neat! I’m on the Discord now and I want to run my own sprints. How do I use Cultivation? Cultivation is a fairly simple bot that has been programmed with basic commands. She can start a sprint, keep track of time, and even track your word count during the sprint! Bear in mind, though, she doesn’t work in every channel. Mostly, we expect member-run sprints to happen in #writing. Moderator-run sprints can occur in #writing or #chat-for-voice. Per the first update comment: all sprints should take place on the #sprintspam channel. Bot Commands: **Starting the sprint:** _sprint 20 -- in 1 minute, start a 20-minute sprint _sprint 20 in 5 -- in 5 minutes, start a 20-minute sprint _sprint 20 now -- start a 20-minute sprint right now (The maximum sprint time is 60 minutes.) **Participating:** _join -- join the sprint with starting word count of 0 _join 100 -- join the sprint with starting word count of 100 _wc 200 -- set your word count to 200 (the bot will ask you to do this after the sprint ends) _= -- join the sprint with starting word count equal to the last word count you've given the bot **Stopping:** _forget -- you will not be pinged for the next sprint (otherwise, Cultivation will ping you for 3 sprints after the last you participated in) _cancel -- stops the sprint you started So, say you’ve got some people ready to write and you want to start a sprint. No problem! Simply go to the #writing channel in the 17th Shard Discord and start her up! Say you want to run a 15-minute sprint -- you’ll type “_sprint 15” into the chat, hit enter, and the bot will respond. If you don’t want the sprint to start immediately, that’s fine, too! You can instead type “_sprint 15 in 3” and a 15-minute sprint will begin in 3 minutes. Now, you and everyone else needs to officially join the sprint with your word count. Cultivation makes it easy to track based on your current document count - just tell her where you’re starting at the beginning of the sprint. You’ve already got 1,257 words written in your current Work in Progress, so you’ll type “_join 1257” to set the starting point. When the sprint is over, Cultivation will ping an alert and text marking the end of the sprint will appear on screen! Say now you’re document is up to 1,513 words - you’ll type “_wc 1513” into the chat. The bot will automatically calculate the number of words you’ve written and save the data. Once everyone has input their final word counts, Cultivation will send a message to the chat with a ranking of every participant and their final results. Cultivation’s command list will also be pinned to a message on the channel, so if you forget how to work her, the information will always be at your fingertips. Happy writing, and we hope to see you in writing sprints on the Discord!
  15. Oh, hai there, ADHD/OCD twin! (My diagnoses are fresh, but I've been dealing with this crem basically my entire life. OCD is annoying.)