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Music / Re: The Manimal's Lo-Fi, Out Of Tune, Music (NEW SONG)
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:21:29 PM »
I amped the audio up to distort it

This song is just meant to be a mess.

Just looking at the waveform made me want to buy you a better mic. Liked it, though I'm honestly not sure what most of the lyrics were.

Video / PC Games / Re: Pokemon Go
« on: July 12, 2016, 08:30:30 AM »
Agreeing with your mom and Coryn on this one. Pokemon GO players make for pretty easy targets since they're just innocently walking around with their (probably expensive) phones out in the open playing a game not thinking too much about any surrounding dangers. I'd say a person is more likely to get mugged though.

Not too sure on the reputability of any news sites since I mostly get my news from Reddit but there are plenty of articles warning of possible dangers as well as actual crime due to Pokemon GO. This being a mugging example: Take it with a grain of salt though, no idea if any articles are real or satire. Though I do believe the teen happening across a corpse while playing Pokemon GO is real.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: No Electronics
« on: July 11, 2016, 06:52:00 PM »
only if you like your handwriting.

Another reason I rarely write with pen and pad. I have chicken scratch writing.

MR Pub / Re: Chat Chat 2016
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:21:07 AM »
I'm a pretty loud person by nature as well, probably because I listen to music at max volume for hours at a time. To avoid practically shouting at people though I had to consciously tell myself to tone it down for years and now I speak too quiet to strangers and too loud to friends.

Video / PC Games / Re: Pokemon Go
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:17:37 AM »
I'm still super salty that it isn't out in Canada yet. Been waiting and constantly checking every day since it was announced to have released in New Zealand. I feel like all the walking I've done since it was released has gone to waste.

Music / Re: The Manimal's Lo-Fi, Out Of Tune, Music
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:15:29 AM »
I agree with Matsui here, your voice is good. All you need in practice, I'm only saying this cause you sound a bit off-key in some parts.

I actually started writing with fanfiction. Not exactly proud of it but it was enjoyable at the time and I don't regret doing it, what was produced on the other hand can burn in hell with all the other abominations in the world.

It's not what I would recommend to a writer to do but it's definitely fun for what it is, just like fanart fanfiction would be another way to interact with your favourite series or characters. Plus when I used to write fanfiction it was a nice challenge to try and properly imitate the pace, speech, reactions and whatnot of the characters and story. A helpful exercise but again, not ideal.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: No Electronics
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:00:21 AM »
Looks like we have a mixed group here.

Personally I'd like to write in a secluded shack somewhere surrounded by books to read and reference but for the life of me I'd still blow my brains out trying to come up with character names without handy ol' Google and Wiki. I do find that writing on a computer screen with a somewhat rigid program limits my imagination though, I'm inside looking at a bright rectangle with defined borders while there are also grammatical errors and spelling mistakes marked out for me in helpful green and red squiggles but it makes me feel like there's only one way to write.

With a pen and paper I tend to slow down and think more, mostly during rest time for my hand. It also makes me feel a bit more involed because if I dislike an idea it isn't a simple matter of deleting the entry to be replaced with the usual blank page but rather I have to erase it, scratch it out or even rip out the page and crumple it up, all of which leave some sort of evidence as a reminder of the idea even though I didn't like it.

Still looking for a typewriter. That thing will do wonders for my writing. Just can't seem to find one that drops within the correct price range for me.

Not exactly what you're looking for but a neat website for typing on a virtual typewriter:

MR Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Coryn
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:51:33 AM »
Looks like I'm a little late to the party.

Happy Birthday, Coryn.

General Manga writer discussions / No Electronics
« on: July 10, 2016, 06:48:44 PM »
I was thinking today about how I'm extremely reliant on my computer and the Internet for my writing. I use my computer to write but when I do I fiddle with the fonts to suit my taste or match the story. I also find it hard to write without some music playing when I used to be able to do it in silence, something I actually preferred once upon a time. Even when I can't think of a name or need some information I don't know offhand I Google some stuff.

Really, I just wanted to ask what you all thought about writing in the digital age with all the tools at our hands. Would you be able to write the same way if you had pen and paper in hand while writing in a quiet room? Do you think you could survive a week away from any technology and focus on writing physically?

MR Pub / Re: After 9 years ...
« on: July 10, 2016, 01:45:55 PM »
Was curious so I checked on my number. I am both 381 and 1366. Almost a thousand new users created in the time I made my first and second accounts. Then about another 1700 users between when I made that and now. How are we not overflowing with active members? :confused:

MR Pub / Re: After 9 years ...
« on: July 10, 2016, 01:29:44 PM »
Aw dang, I remember plenty of names from that third batch of names. Man, it has been a while since I first came to MR. It actually seems like a different place too with the difference in age and almost full change of roster when it comes to members.

Unless I type one for Handa-Kun...I don't really feel like it. In short the first episode was funny.

I was actually waiting for this one today. I watched Handa-kun with bated breath when I saw it on my usual anime watching site and I ended up pretty unhappy with the beginning 9 minute sequence of fluff and filler for the Handa Gang to actually be in the episode. Was wondering what you thought on it.

General Discussion / Re: Writers should try drawing their own stories
« on: July 09, 2016, 09:07:30 AM »
While I definitely agree with you that a writer with the plan to partner up with an artist should do the storyboarding at the very least or be able to, I don't believe most of the users that drop in looking for an unpaid artist to make their super great ultra awesome next-big-thing manga are those who are going to do it for a profession. If anything they're just some people who got overly hyped and think they can just jump in no questions asked into a field in which they have no real experience or knowledge.

It's the same with every job out there, some people think they can pic up and microphone and be an instant pop star or just get that one big role in a movie and become an overnight celebrity. Your advice is definitely right for those actually walking down the path of comic/graphic novel author but as far as the users that continuously post topics looking for amazing artists for no contribution on their apart aside from vague story ideas promising the world then it's a moot point since they wouldn't even bother reading this topic.

Again, I was pretty much like that years ago on the forum too, looking for an artist to draw my ridiculously under-planned, under-developed stories born from an overactive adolescent imagination. Thing is, I stuck around (mostly) to engage in the forum and I got to see some collaborations, participate in a few writing partnerships myself and overall actually learn about the process involved in creating a story. You end up cooling down on that burning passion simply because you learn making a manga isn't as easy as "This would be a cool story! Draw it please!" without putting in any actual work aside from a few hours typing away at a rough idea.

I get your frustration at the constant inflow of writers looking to have the hard work done for them by artists but it's not as if they know any better. KagePen put together a tutorial once on making storyboards here. Doing things like this and keeping them pinned or directing new users to well designed tutorials and how-to's would likely net a more positive effect.

*suuper post sniped me: as he said, friendly advice.

General Discussion / Re: Writers should try drawing their own stories
« on: July 09, 2016, 08:06:49 AM »
Man, I used to be all crazy over making manga too, though it wasn't cause of Bakuman originally but because of Mahoraba oddly enough. Was all about trying to find someone to draw too because even though I tried my hands have never been steady enough for detailed things like drawing and they tend to lock up when I grip stuff too long. Not much of an excuse but like Sherbet and Manimal have pointed out, those without a passion for it can't be expected to practice it to the extent that they'd be satisfied with their own high standards. I mean, I enjoy doodling and such but I wouldn't be able to practice drawing with the same discipline or motivation I do with writing or anything else.

I think it's really part of a young mentality though, to want to partner up and make something you have an intense but temporary passion for. I don't mean that you'll stop wanting to make manga in a few years but you'll stop having that driving feeling that makes you think you can take the world by storm with your motivation and inspirations alone. I stopped caring about making manga a while ago, I would like to do so but it isn't a priority nor is it a passion. I found I actually like writing stories, I like reading them, with or without art or pictures because I like to come up with characters, dialogue, adventures and whatever else. Now I write stories because I want to make a story more than a want to make a manga.

I think writers who can't/won't draw should try and focus more on the story rather than the medium. It's the same for those who want to make movies, comic books, plays, etc. If you get too caught up in how people will see your story you forget what the story is about and it's quality will suffer for it.

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