A lot's happened to me, recently. My father practically disowned me this month, followed by my grandmother dying just last weekend, with the funeral having just been this week. Add to this illness, angst, near-clinical depression and my father continuing to guilt trip me for the weeks beyond, add a dash of extremely annoying housemates and a pinch of nearly having to pay $10,000 a year I wasn't expecting to, and you have the recipe for near-constant migraines. Oh, wait. Had them too.
Nevertheless. Life goes on, and from time to time even improves a little. And I wouldn't change a single thing. Although being able to instantaneously catch up on everything I've got to catch up on would be nice.
The reason I wouldn't want a thing to change is that despite my father and I bickering, I am still doing exactly that which /I/ want to do. I'm sure of my path, and I'm sure it's what I want to do. And to all of you out there in Internet Land, remember this - don't ever let anyone tell you what to do. Don't let anyone try to mould you into what /they/ want you to be. Always make sure that you're doing what you want to do, and don't take any stick from anyone who tries to stop you from doing what you feel you should be doing.
Bear in mind, though, that this comes with an automatic second piece of advice. Always be /sure/ that what you're doing is what you want to do. Part of the reason all this business with my father started is that I realised, halfway through my first year of university, that I really didn't want to study Maths anymore. I dropped out, I figured out for certain what I wanted to study, and now I feel a lot better.
And now, onto happier thoughts. First and foremost, this fanfic reviewer needs a little stress relief and a fair amount of ranting about RPGs. After some thought, I've come up with a possible idea, which I'm going to relate to you all. Calling all you English RPGamers and Fanfic Writers! If you're interested in having a huge big get-together - preferably in Birmingham but potentially in London if needed - to have a drink, enjoy ourselves and generally get incredible amounts of RPG fans and writers in one single room somewhere - contact me, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can all come up with. Just imagine the potential chaos, if someone threw a pad of paper or a laptop in there too.
Secondly, go to http://www.north-comic.com to read a webcomic that isn't necessarily funny, but rather sets out to tell a story. With, might I add, kick-ass art and great writing. And a giant spatula, of course.
Notes From Fanfic Land
From Alanna: If we get one more submission from people who haven't read the guidelines, I will personally drive to your house and bite your face. PEOPLE. The guidelines are there for a reason. We put them there so that we don't get ten thousand stories that we can't use. We're not doing this to be mean; any fiction market will have guidelines. If your story doesn't meet the guidelines, all you're going to get will be a politely worded letter pointing you to the guidelines. Why don't you save us all some trouble and read them first? That's why they're on every update.
Writing Tip of the Week
Look up. Way up, to my pieces of advice in the intro. Do what you want to do. Someone tells you that Vyse - Gilder fanfiction, say, isn't feasible? Who /cares/? If you want to write it, go right ahead. Just be certain that it's what you /want/ to write - writing something you don't want to will mean you'll be forcing it, and it'll turn out worse than it could be.
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