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So remember in my last journal when I said there had been a very special event regarding my writing that I couldn't tell you about yet?

Well I'm allowed to tell you now.

Over the summer I entered The Big Idea Competition, a writing competition where you submit an idea for a childrens story (from 9 - older teens) and the winners get a chance to have their idea turned into a book, tv show, film or stage-play. There are 6 winners, all of whom win £1000 cash and the overall winner gets a guaranteed book deal while the 5 runners up will have the chance to in the future.

I'm one of the 5 runners up. 

And just for the proof: thebigideacompetition.co.uk/

I freaked out completely when I found out but I am overjoyed that this happened at all. Huge congratulations to the overall winner Neal Jackson, I'm totally getting the book when it comes out. 

I've already shared this on facebook today, and previously with my close family and friends, but I was especially excited to have the chance to share this news with you guys.

Know why? This is the idea I entered.

'The Fandom' - Six friends and fans of the book series ‘Heartstrings’ hit an accident on the road, only to awaken in the fictional world they love. With their OC personas they think they can survive this change, but maybe their adoration has left them blind to the real danger they are in.

Do you see? You guys are the reason I won. You are the ones who gave me inspiration for an idea that has the chance of becoming a real piece of media.

I have long been inspired and fascinated by fandoms, fanboys, fangirls and just the general communities built up by these people. Creepypasta fans, Whoovians, Trekkies, Bronies, Otakus. Every single one of you has made such an impact on my life that I want to write about it and share it with the world.

For a few more details on the idea, my concept is based around a couple of questions: How well can an OC integrate with canon characters? Would you be able to survive in a 'self-insert' situation if it played out realistically? And where do you draw the line between Canon and Headcanon? Using these as a basis, my idea is to put these six people (representing six different types of fans, although there are many more) into their desired fictional world and see how they would realistically deal with it. And spoiler warning, one of them dies soon after starting. It's both a commentary and criticism of fandoms, seeing both the extremes they can go to and the passion they display. And the judges thought it was good enough to become a real story.  

So yes, to all of my friends, my watchers, and anyone I have ever come in contact with on this sight, fanfiction.net, youtube, even facebook... you all helped me win. 

And as a runner up there's only a chance the story will get adapted, but it is going to get written either way. I promise that this is going to be a full, published story. Because more than anything, this demonstrates how brilliant fandoms are and how much they hold a place in peoples lives. 

Thank you to every single one of you. You made this possible. And I love you all for it. 
  • Mood: Triumph
  • Listening to: Tais Toi Mon Coeur
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: Cinema Snob - Shock Treatment
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing (That shall be remedied soon)
  • Drinking: Blackcurrent Juice
Hey guys :D

So it's been a llllllllooooooonnnnngggg time since I was last on DA. I had a very unexpected hiatus and I feel bad for disappearing on so many people without warning. 

I vanished for a couple of reasons, mostly because of that really annoying thing called Life getting in the way. You see I'm currently about halfway through the first semester of my final year of Egyptology at University. I'm doing my dissertation, preparing for my final exams that will determine my overal grade and trying to get everything together for Masters next year (including organising a house which will happen easily enough as soon as I can get a job... which is not working out very well :( ) so that's taking up a huge chunk of time. So yeah, still loving every moment of it but man is it draining.

The other reason is that I've once again hit a creative stump. Now I know that I've complained about this a couple of times and as creative people yourselves, you're probably used to it yourselves and thinking 'suck it up and get on with it'. However... I've been in this for well over a month now. To the point where I am struggling to come up with anything. When I need to it works, but even in my creative writing society I'm having trouble coming up with ideas and when I write, it doesn't feel right. Whether it's considered good or bad is purely subjective, but I don't feel any heart in it; it doesn't feel like MY writing if you get what I mean. And I actually find that quite depressing, I guess I never realised just how much writing was a vital part of my life. 

There have been encouraging developments to get me out of that slump, specifically a very special event that occurred recently. Unfortunatley I cannot tell you what that is yet (for reasons that will become clear), but rest assured once I get the all-clear I will do a full journal post explaining it because this could not have been possible without all of you supporting me and helping me develop. However even with that I am still finding myself in a stump when it comes to creative writing. 

Saying that, I have found something that has peaked my interest again. Non-fiction writing. Some of you may have noticed that I've been using my journals alot for discussions, rants or analysis'. Some of you also know that I have a hubpages account where I do creepypasta reviews. And I've also been watching many analytical and reviewing shows online. All of this is culminating together to give me something different. 

Here's how things are going to work. I am going to take a break, for however long it takes, from anything to do with creative fiction. No characters, no stories, nothing like that. I will return to them in time for now I'm going to focus my thoughts on non-fiction writing. The creepypasta reviews are something I'm going to take up again and I'm going to start re-developing my short-lived 'Theory Thoughts' section, with a much less structured style and more in-depth content. I will happily accept ideas and topics you'd like to see tackled and as always feedback is happily accepted. 

Unfortunately this is going to impact something else; my roleplaying. To all of my current partners I apologise but my head is not with it. I will endeavour to respond as much as I can but honestly don't expect anything serious for a while. If that bothers you to a point where you don't think it's worth it, then by all means tell me you don't want to continue. I won't be offended and I won't hold it against you. But if any of you are patient enough to let me continue to respond whenever I get the inspiration and don't mind having long breaks between replies, I thank you and I commend you.

So that's it basically. I'm going to focus on reviews and analysis, stay away from fiction for a while, and try and slowly push myself back into things. Thanks for reading, hope you guys enjoy the new stuff and I look forward to getting back into DA (hopefully without a sudden dissappearance). 

P.S. What happened to DA while I was gone? For the most part it's the same but these new layouts are still confusing.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Tais Toi Mon Coeur
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: South Park - Creme Fraiche
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing (That shall be remedied soon)
  • Drinking: Lemon Juice
Got this from :icondawnrex15:

No offense America but your government is really starting to annoy me. First SOPA, then CISPA and now there's this new thing which could potentially shut down DA as well as other sites that don't get much profit from it's users. Basically, they want websites to have their users pay for them more. 

There's a petition, please sign it and spread the word.

act.freepress.net/sign/interne…
  • Mood: Stumped
  • Listening to: Battle of the Bands
At least, I think it can be called that. 

This is what I'm talking about:


It's in Spanish, had to use the caption translate which doesn't give the best english but it's servicable. It was good... kinda. Admittedly it was nearly 15 minutes of some guys talking at the camera which got tedious at times (not helped by the bad subtitles). 

The best thing about this is that someone took the time to create some fake stop-motion images of the show itself, complete with a theme song! I've stated before that I would love to see someone actually make a Candle Cove show (I mean, there's a whole wiki full of episode descriptions to work with) so seeing this was incredibly cool. Of course it's very obvious that this is fake as there are several details which don't match the original story. For starters WHERE IS PIRATE PERCY?! Seriously, he was one of the first characters mentioned in the original and he was nowhere to be seen here! Also apparently Janice is now a puppet (that's not just for the footage the guy actually says she's a puppet... a rather adolescent looking puppet too), the Laughing Stock looks more like Davey Jones ship, Horace doesn't have his monacle and Skintaker... Oh Skintaker, what did they do to you! You know how you get some characters whose descriptions are vague enough so that people can always have their own interpretations? Yeah well Skintaker isn't one of them! I'm going to quote the actual story here to show what I mean. This is Skintaker's description: 
just a dirty skeleton wearing that brown top hat and cape. and his glass eyes that were too big for his skull. 
There have been many different fanarts of all the different characters but it's pretty clear that fans have universally agreed on this design. So what does he look like in these animated segments? A skeleton with a pirate hat, full clothing made out of FABRIC and NO MOVING JAW. Oh and to top it off, he cuts Janice's throat open! Yeah. Really. 

Not gonna lie, I burst out laughing at that point. The absurdity was too much to take.

I feel like I'm being too hard on this. After all we all know that Candle Cove is fictional so making any footage for it is interesting to see. However, my question isn't even how accurate this representation was. My question is... what is this? Is this supposed to be legit? Is this intentionally fictional? The content is too ridiculous to be anything but staged, but they take themselves so seriously you kinda wanna believe them. And my biggest thing is that I don't read Spanish, therefore doing any kind of research on the series this show is part of is almost impossible. I don't know if it's just an internet series or if this actually went on TV. 

Does anybody know? If anyone here knows Spanish can you help me research it a bit? I just... I don't know, I want to know if I'm supposed to be enjoying this ironically or if this is supposed to be taken seriously. It has clearly has a pretty decent budget based on the effects so if this is just an internet series, I need to start making videos. 

For those of you seeing this as another one of my insane ramblings and are intending to back away slowly... I don't blame you. Seriously these kind of rants are becoming a thing now. Maybe I should just make them a thing. 
  • Mood: Stumped
  • Listening to: Battle of the Bands
Once again I'm using my journal to vent my brain.

So, I like horror. And I like anime. Therefore horror anime is of huge interest for me. A couple of my personal favourites are Another, Le Portrait De Petit Cossette and The Gregory Horror Show.

Now at one point I was searching for horror anime on my favourite anime website animeplus.tv and came across this little thing called Pupa. The premise is that there is a brother Utsutsu and sister Yume who both get infected by a virus; the sister becomes a flesh-eating beast while the brother gains endless regenerative powers. To keep her monstrous side supressed, Utsutsu lets Yume eat him every day. Sounds like a good idea for a horror doesn't it?

Well... I hear it worked in the manga?

Ok, after sitting through all 12 episodes (which took me less than an hour but we'll get to that later) I am in a state of disbelief. I just don't understand what I just watched. It wasn't good. It was quite bad. Because of this I read and watched several reviews about it and there are two running themes becoming apparent: 1) This is a bad anime and 2) It's a bad adaptation of an apparently brilliant manga.

I have not read the manga but to be frank... I shouldn't have to. To give some perspective, I am not a stickler for faithful adaptations. I will not rant and whine and bitch if something isn't exactly like the source material, I'm open to changes and alterations as long as it's good. There's quite a few adaptations that I'm very forgiving towards despite taking liberties with the source material. But it has to be good enough to stand on it's own as a cohesive story. Anime is the perfect representation of this as, from what I've seen, about 90% of it is adaptations. Some of it's good, some of it's bad, some of it's amazing and some of it's awful. But up until today, I have never seen any kind of adaptation that leaves you lost without the manga. I've never needed to read the manga because the anime gave a cohesive story. 

Until today. I'm going to repeat something that keeps coming up in the reviews of this show. The producers seem to have taken random sections from the manga and animated them. The plot is full of holes. Storylines are picked up and dropped with no further mentions. Characters are relegated to tropes without room for development. And the ending... what the actual fuck? It was like a reverse Master of Martial Hearts! For clarification that is a reprehensible show that starts as a silly fanservice show with nothing but battle-stripping and cutesy moments but ends with a sickening horror-fest that is disturbing on multiple levels... so just imagine that the other way around.

Speaking about that disturbing factor... that's the most baffling thing. This has alot of gore, frequent cannibalism, abuse, mentally unstable people and the freakiest implied incestual tones I've ever seen. Yet I'm not disturbed. I know I should be but I'm not. Part of that might be the episode length. I said before that it took less than an hour to watch all twelve episodes, and the reason for that is that each episode is only about four minutes long; and that's including the opening and ending credits. Some people may find that an instant turn off but I don't mind it. I mentioned at the start of this that one of my favourite horror animes is The Gregory Horror Show, which consists of episodes that are less than three minutes. AND THAT WORKS! The style and the development works to make this an effective horror show. Pupa on the other hand doesn't work. The moment the story is starting, the ending credits roll. And if it had been used more effectively and not shown random out of context episodes that did nothing to further the plot that stopped dead at the penultimate episode THEN MAYBE THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST INTERESTING!!!!!!!

That's it, I'm out. I needed to get this out of my system because there is too much confusion from this. Feel free to ignore this journal entry, or post your own opinions if you've seen this anime. You know what I would really love to see? If there's anybody out there who enjoyed this anime! Yeah, that is worth commenting. Otherwise... that's it. 

My last words? Pupa the anime is not worth watching. Even the uncensored version. 
  • Mood: Stumped
  • Listening to: Battle of the Bands
So remember in my last journal when I said there had been a very special event regarding my writing that I couldn't tell you about yet?

Well I'm allowed to tell you now.

Over the summer I entered The Big Idea Competition, a writing competition where you submit an idea for a childrens story (from 9 - older teens) and the winners get a chance to have their idea turned into a book, tv show, film or stage-play. There are 6 winners, all of whom win £1000 cash and the overall winner gets a guaranteed book deal while the 5 runners up will have the chance to in the future.

I'm one of the 5 runners up. 

And just for the proof: thebigideacompetition.co.uk/

I freaked out completely when I found out but I am overjoyed that this happened at all. Huge congratulations to the overall winner Neal Jackson, I'm totally getting the book when it comes out. 

I've already shared this on facebook today, and previously with my close family and friends, but I was especially excited to have the chance to share this news with you guys.

Know why? This is the idea I entered.

'The Fandom' - Six friends and fans of the book series ‘Heartstrings’ hit an accident on the road, only to awaken in the fictional world they love. With their OC personas they think they can survive this change, but maybe their adoration has left them blind to the real danger they are in.

Do you see? You guys are the reason I won. You are the ones who gave me inspiration for an idea that has the chance of becoming a real piece of media.

I have long been inspired and fascinated by fandoms, fanboys, fangirls and just the general communities built up by these people. Creepypasta fans, Whoovians, Trekkies, Bronies, Otakus. Every single one of you has made such an impact on my life that I want to write about it and share it with the world.

For a few more details on the idea, my concept is based around a couple of questions: How well can an OC integrate with canon characters? Would you be able to survive in a 'self-insert' situation if it played out realistically? And where do you draw the line between Canon and Headcanon? Using these as a basis, my idea is to put these six people (representing six different types of fans, although there are many more) into their desired fictional world and see how they would realistically deal with it. And spoiler warning, one of them dies soon after starting. It's both a commentary and criticism of fandoms, seeing both the extremes they can go to and the passion they display. And the judges thought it was good enough to become a real story.  

So yes, to all of my friends, my watchers, and anyone I have ever come in contact with on this sight, fanfiction.net, youtube, even facebook... you all helped me win. 

And as a runner up there's only a chance the story will get adapted, but it is going to get written either way. I promise that this is going to be a full, published story. Because more than anything, this demonstrates how brilliant fandoms are and how much they hold a place in peoples lives. 

Thank you to every single one of you. You made this possible. And I love you all for it. 
  • Mood: Triumph
  • Listening to: Tais Toi Mon Coeur
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: Cinema Snob - Shock Treatment
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing (That shall be remedied soon)
  • Drinking: Blackcurrent Juice

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