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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: Today at 01:36:46 PM »
It's a strange day when you have a similar reaction to an AC/DC release as me! :blink: I think my reaction was "Huh."

Memphis May Fire - "Blood & Water":
Almost skipped this new single after the slew of boring mediocrity that has been the last few Memphis May Fire albums since their 2011 release. But then I saw everyone and their mothers reacting to the song on Youtube and got curious. Well, holy sh*t, these guys might make a comeback if they keep this up. I always thought it was a shame that they lost the Southern flare to their instrumentals which made their debut interesting to me, and unfortunately that's not back, but what we get instead is a great modernization of their 2011 sound, bringing it forward the decade that it needed. The main guitar riff is slick, exciting and fun, the rhythm is bouncy and solid, and the vocals are finally the right mix of heavy and catchy, with a fantastic chorus that has an awesome second level to it, and far less corny lyrics than previous releases. Hope they keep this up.

Sonic Syndicate - "Denied":
A mate of mine literally just got into old school sonic syndicate a month or so ago... about 12 years too late... but it made me nostalgic and I've been listening over their first 3 albums again. This bunch hit something special over in sweden back in the 2000s. Super catchy and heavy music. I really love Rolands voice from back then.

The Unguided - "Phoenix Down":
Of course I can't talk about Sonic Syndicate without also mentioning The Unguided. So happy that the SS core could get back together to continue with the music that they actually wanted to make and continue with the concepts explored in their albums. This style of music is so much fun to me.

Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: Today at 01:03:43 PM »
Finally sat down and finished Jujutsu Kaisen season 1 myself this afternoon. Its a very fun show and I really like the animation. It ALMOST scratches the itch left by Naruto and early Bleach... but only almost, because they are absolutley blazing through whatever semblence of plot there is to the point where it's kinda hurting it... In fact, I think it was the beginning of episode 20 where I had to check my watch history just to make sure that I hadn't accidentally skipped an episode! They had uniquely animated flashbacks with high-quality animations that were not just re-using old footage!? I don't think I've ever seen that in anime before! They used it to skip past half an episode worth of fight scene, which I don't mind, but it meant that they delivered strategy and lessons learned in the form of flashback exposition dialogue, which felt weird. Anyways, now that they have been given their rankings I'm hoping the show will pick up into a cool monster of the week type show with a grand overarching plot that comes more into focus.

Don't know what I'll pick up next, but I now definitely know that I'm going to find a series that is complete. Really can't stand waiting for airing anime or new seasons to release to get the full story.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: June 14, 2021, 07:02:11 AM »
@Manimal - What do you think of the new AC/DC track?? AC/DC - "Witch's Spell"

Jonathan Young - "Night Witches (Sabaton Cover)" / Sabaton - "Night Wiches":
Honestly, I think Sabaton should just be inducted into the Heavy Metal Hall of Fame already. This band kicks ass! Fantastic song that is more symphonic than a lot of their others, and a fantastic cover by Jonathan Young. They are great at picking out war stories and turning them into infectious tunes. You've just got to fist pump it to songs like "Primo Victoria".

Powerwolf - "Beast of Gevaudan":
Another band that, like Sabaton, are just a blast to listen to. For me they lack quite the same impact and are usually a little less serious, but they are still a whole lot of fun. This new track is on the more serious side though, and if their upcoming album continues in the vein then I am REALLY looking forward to it!

White Moth Black Butterfly - "The Cost of Dreaming":
Daniel Tompkins' progressive electronica/pop project just released this new album and it may be my new go to for relaxing writing sessions. It's mostly reserved and easy-going musically, but both Daniel and Jordan show their stunning vocal control and creativity throughout, using some very interesting techniques that for me elevate their style above standard pop artists - really standout in the chorus of "The Dreamer". It's quite emotive and soulful music I find.

Zeal & Ardor - "Run":
I've gushed about the creativity of this project before and how they seem to refine their sound every album. The mix of African-American Chant-style music with Black Metal here is better than I think I've ever heard it, resulting in this very dark, percussive, industrial sound that I love. Probably on of the heaviest Z&A tracks they've released, and I think one of my favourites. Looking forward to the new album next year.

Anastacia - "Left Outside Alone":
Yeah. You are reading this right. I'm just gonna say it, R&B used to actually rock! I was watching a video that had this song on in the background and I was like, "huh someone must've stitched these vocals over a hard rock cover... I don't remember it being so heavy," but no, this was how the original sounded! I feel like this came at the end of an era for R&B... Tying off the bow laced by the likes of Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin and leading into Destiny's Child...

We had a brief period of really iconic singer-songwriter hits that I enjoyed like Tracy Chapman - "Fast Car", Natalie Imbriglia - "Torn" and Vanessa Carlton - "A Thousand Miles", but there are so few artists nowadays that are really catching my ears with this kind of music at all...

Burdrehnar - "Warriors of Tyre" (Imagine Dragons - Warriors):
It turns out even one of the least interesting bands in the world can make a couple of songs that I like. Also it turned out to be the perfect theme-song for a D&D stream that I watch! It matches up with the animated video this guy made so well! The other song by Imagine Dragons that I think is passable is "Friction"...

Killswitch Engage - "Alive or Just Breathing":
What a titan of a metalcore album. Raw, emotive, heavy as sh*t, super iconic tracks - I actually find myself going back to this more than their follow-ups nowadays. I think the roughness of this album in this style of music sounds almost novel to me now.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: June 14, 2021, 05:50:31 AM »
11 June 2021: Made a few corrections to the draft - probably no more than 150 words worth, but they were very important changes that had large implications for the villain in the narrative. Once again, having someone there as the editor/project manager really helped put me back on track. Also, super proud of my new chapter titles!

@Vacant - I haven't heard of Plottr before, but having an adjustable timeline sounds useful for planning plot. I've been tempted by Campfire for D&D and story writing, and I also have Scrivener on my iPad that I never use but I know that many people do. Glad to see you are getting back into writing again! Can't wait to get my eyes on some of your work :biggrin:

@Super - I really like your progress charts that you make on your profile thread thing! If I were a more organized person then I think I would steal those! :sure:

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: June 12, 2021, 07:39:40 AM »
A year ago, I wouldn't have thought half of those were genres of music... but after playing around on https://everynoise.com/ for a while, now my mind has been opened! Also I think someone else was talking to me about Russion Post-Punk the other week, but I cannot remember why! :push:

If I'm being honest I've mostly been listening to the same stuff as usual the last few weeks as I worked my way through my assessment period... However, a few things have jogged my memory or caught my ear:

Burden of a Day - "Oneonethousand":
Was listening to a new song by a band called For Those Who Can See and it really reminded me of the sound of metalcore when I was getting into bands like August Burns Red back in the good old 2000s (back before the synthcore stuff really took off)! Then it got me thinking of this album. What a freakin' blast of an album. Crunchy, catchy, riffy, impressive vocals. "Remember" was pretty much an instant metalcore classic for me. It was such a shame that we didn't get more albums after this one, but I did enjoy the brief alt-rock outing that some of the members came together for afterwards. 12 years on and this album still holds up fantastically.

Twelve Foot Ninja - "LONG WAY HOME":
These aussies keep making the most bizarre music videos I have ever seen... But their fusion-style modern metal sound is just stellar and super fun! I can't wait for this new album to drop!

As It Is - "IDGAF":
For their pop-punk meets post-hardcore sound, these guys go to some pretty dark places now, but it makes their music very emotive and expressive. They always surprise me with how much I enjoy their music and this album looks like it will do the same.

Sleeping With Sirens - "Bloody Knuckles":
In a music landscape where most popular post-hardcore and metalcore bands have really leaned into the electronic and pop-rock elements to stay popular and relevant, Sleeping With Sirens surprise me in that they seem to hold on to a lot of their original heaviness - they were never a brutal band, and always fairly accessible anyway, but it's almost refreshing to see things NOT change so much! Fun track taking newer interesting vocal techniques from pop music to great effect.

Slaughter to Prevail - "Baba Yaga" & Lorna Shore - "To the Hellfire":
(Graphic imagery warning...)
Sometimes I just want to hear something that sounds like demons erupting from the fiery pits... this applies to both of these songs. 'nuff said.

Manga Creations / Re: MR: War Arc
« on: June 12, 2021, 07:04:20 AM »
I don't see why you wouldn't still be able to release a short! Just make sure to run everything by Coryn as the Editor to make sure everything is above board and in continuity.

Coryn also released an updated compilation of MR Canon links here if you need to catch up or refresh.

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: June 12, 2021, 06:57:27 AM »
That is quite a lot to happen over a relatively short period!

I feel like a huge part of growing up is learning how to feel comfortable and proud in yourself and your capabilities, and also working out and achieving what you need to do to get there - seems like you've made some great progress.

It's very interesting to hear about your schooling experience and the reservations you've had about your career path. It's difficult because I think that teaching may be just about the only profession where that sort of crossover with personal life interests is considered to matter to such an extent that it could cause problems. But you seem to be looking at the change in path really positively which is fantastic.

Welcome Center / Re: LONG TIME NO SEE >.>;;
« on: June 12, 2021, 06:48:25 AM »
Hey welcome back Mahlua :biggrin:

Huge congratulations on your engagement! :heart: Between you and Coryn and a bunch of other friends I'm beginning to feel like I'm super slacking on the life development side of things :sure:

Sometimes stability and security are what is really required for people. I often have days where I miss working a standard 9-5 job that just gives me time and mental energy left over for creative hobbies. Hopefully what you are doing now works out for you in that way at least.

Welcome Center / Re: After long years of absence, I'm back
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:58:06 PM »
Welcome back Pavo :biggrin:

Congratulations on the move, hope you are happy over there. And good luck with the jRPG project, that's so cool!

Welcome Center / Re: Hello! I am back.
« on: June 06, 2021, 02:05:18 PM »
Welcome back to MR ;D

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: June 03, 2021, 07:42:57 PM »
3 June 2021: Surprised myself with just over 1000 words tonight! Even squeezed a gym session in the middle. I haven't felt this productive in weeks :blush:

4-5 June 2021: ~1500 words to finish out the chapter draft. Would say it was roughly 4 hours of work, and roughly 500 words more than I thought I would be writing, but I got carried away writing villain stuff again  :sure:

One-shot manga that I have read have all been in the 50-ish page range, although as I understand it they are basically just stories that play out over one single chapter, so that could be anywhere from 20-ish to 60+ pages.

The plot structure can be quite varied... generally you will still see your typical three-act narrative structure ("Setup, Confrontation, Resolution"), but I have read a couple that don't necessarily follow this - some drop you in without any setup or exposition at all (well past the inciting incident), some are without a confrontation (things just happen but they are interesting or immersive to see anyway), or some don't even resolve (usually because they act as pilot chapters for further serialization (wouldn't recommend this...)).

I like the structure that you have outlined though, it's basically a doubled three-act narrative. I feel like it would be difficult to fit a tripled three-act narrative effectively into a one-shot page count... The only thing I would point out is that stories and narratives do not necessarily have to focus on a protagonist.

Coryn asks the right questions though, does the competition have guidelines for you to follow?

Manga Art Gallery / Re: BobbyJoex's Gallery(unorginized)
« on: June 03, 2021, 02:49:33 PM »
Liking the new style! Very expressive :biggrin:

The fluid, sort of sketchy line work looks great. Do you feel that this style is more manageable for your work goals??

Welcome Center / Re: New yet old User.... Account
« on: June 02, 2021, 02:19:31 PM »
Welcome out from your lurking! :ninja:

I look forward to whatever you share; I'm intrigued to see the art-style you have settled on :)

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: June 01, 2021, 05:55:26 PM »
1 June 2021: 650 very carefully considered words this afternoon as I try to sneak in attempts to finish this chapter draft this week. Trying very hard not to butcher Lego's character :sure:

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