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    dotsJournal: Slayer Guidedots
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    Mood: Thrill of the Hunt

    Greetings, everyone! Now, I am sure you aware that humanity as a whole shares several great common problems, but you are not aware of why I am saying this or what this writing is about. I shall tell you! Here I have a compiled a grand list of methods which can be used to solve one of those great problems of humanity: bugs.
    Most people have had to deal with bugs at one time or another, whether enjoying the outdoors by hiking, camping, swimming, or picnicking, or facing the mild annoyance to major distress of finding one in your hotel, car, or home. Often, unless you are unfortunate enough to live in a swamp, on a bed of termites, or in the crown of an ant hill, these problems do not require great investments of time and money to enact a full extermination.
    As such, the purpose of this guide is to provide easy and immediate methods you need to emerge victorious from the usual bug encounters you face in your daily life. These processes require only common household products you can speedily find in your hour of need. Each is also guaranteed to work; they have all been discovered and tested true through my own personal experience.

    1. Large spiders on the floor can be squashed with a quick, crushing blow from a kitchen chair leg. It is recommended that you pick up the chair, which may be held in any direction best benefiting the space of the area and the user’s line of sight. You need only strike once.
    2. If you doubt your aim, however, large spiders on the floor can also be squashed by a dropped or pushed filing cabinet. Warning: May cause a big, gutsy mess. Have disinfecting cleaner and paper towels on hand. If user feels squeamish about clean-up, refer back to 1, which does not reveal the insides of the target, or seek the help of an indulgent family member or housemate.
    3. Stink bugs in your gas fireplace can be terminated simply by turning the gas on. If the heat is sufficient, it will petrify the insects in their place. Corpses may be swept our or left as a conversation piece at the user’s discretion.
    4. To rid stink bugs from your cabin, first ensure that there is a bare light bulb somewhere in the room. Turn it on. Wait. Eventually the insect will circle around and finally attempt to land on the bulb. By this point it will be hot enough that the insect will be scorched on contact, and fall to the ground, stunned and much darker than before. It may now be freed, tossed, flushed, or stomped at the user’s discretion.
    5. Spiders attempting to lower themselves on webs from higher altitudes may be dispatched with a ruler. Rulers are recommended for their stiff composition and easy swinging capabilities when fly swatters are unavailable, such as in bedrooms, fine dining rooms, or studies. Do not attempt to lift the spider with the ruler and carry it to a disposal site, as it will only scuttle around and worry you with the possibility that it could escape into various hiding places. Instead, choose a hard surface beneath or beside the arachnid and swiftly smack it into this surface with the ruler. Hard surfaces are recommended for their effectiveness in killing on impact, and can also be easily wiped down with rag and water or disinfectant.
    6. Spiders on the ceiling are traditionally difficult adversaries, as they generally involve getting up on a chair and putting your face uncomfortably close in order to squish it with a magazine.
    7. Special Guide Alternative to 6: Acquire a Swiffer dust mop, or flat-headed, long-handled cleaning utensil alternative. Attach one of the dust mop catch-cloths meant for gathering dust and crumbs off the floor, as this will make cleaning the utensil easier. If the user is hesitant to waste a catch-cloth, a paper towel can be used instead. Position yourself on the floor at a diagonal from the ceiling, as the user may be uncomfortable standing directly beneath. Keeping a good grip on the end of the handle, bring the utensil upside-down, so the handle points to the floor. Use the flat head to smash the target. You need only strike once; it won’t know what hit it. Users may choose one of two stances, Showman or Excalibur. Showman users hold the utensil with two hands, and sweep the head towards the floor before coming up in an arc to make the hit. This is recommended if the user requires momentum to finish the deed. More experienced users may prefer the Excalibur method: set your feet apart, brandishing the Swiffer already flipped in one hand, and thrust like freeing the mythic blade of legend, with a quick, upward blow and a wild battle cry. Note: The author prefers 7 to 6, and Excalibur to Showman.
    8. Ants can be finished off with a few well-directed shots of household cleaner. While this is a quick fix for explorers, it indicates an ant infestation, for which you may need to set up poison. Don’t waste ammo on a single ant, and instead aim for groups. Note: The author uses Fantastik, though Windex makes a good substitute.
    9. USB drives with hard plastic covers make good hammers for extremely small areas, such as crowded desks where an empty water bottle may not fit without breaking something. It is good for small insects that do not move very fast. Use the back end, away from the cap, so that you can push it off for washing without touching the insect’s body or bodily fluids, or at the very least not get water inside the delicate machinery’s opening by the cap.
    10. Beetles, if you are unable or unwilling to find a shoe, can be slain with a well-aimed dead battery. Your throw requires less force than it does dexterity. You need only strike once. Warning: If beetle is on carpet, both battery and beetle may bounce two feet in the air on impact. It may startle you with its height and the fact that this actually worked. Carapace might also break and reveal white insides.

    ...Created 2010-04-24 15:00:35

    dotsJournal: ES Review: Tdots
    -------------------------------------------
    Mood: It Snuck Up on Me.

    So, my account turned 1,000 days old. From the reactions of my peers and friends here, this is apparently a big deal. That was twenty days ago. I meant to do something, honest, but lots of things, so I figure, "Hey, 20's a good, even number, so I might as well do it now before I forget again."
    I thought I'd do something witty, some strange anniversary special to make you all laugh, but I'm always trying to do that. So I thought I'd make something heartfelt, flowery, and overflowing with love about as subtly as Vesuvius. But I'm always trying to do that, too. So now I'm thinking, I might as well go through my entire 75-days-short-of-three-years on here, and highlight the people, events, and, of course, literature that stand out in my mind. I don't have any precise dates, and I may forget things or mess up facts, but I'll do my best. Just to get it out of the way now: waiting to celebrate three years sounds like more sense to me, but that will appear as "1095 days" on the screen, which doesn't look nearly as impressive. Also, I love you all.

    -ES life begins with a friend named K-chan (I believe it was "Kimishi" on here) from another site entirely and a conversation summarily like this:
    K: Hey, you like to write! Join this site, it's fun!
    T: Golly, okay! = D
    This friend is no longer present in my life. She vanished from all the means of communication we had. It's quite sad. But I've recently learned her fate through a mutual friend: she has a boyfriend and cosplays semi-professionally on the anime convention circuit.
    This does not surprise me.

    -I joined ES as a role player. The first role play I ever took part in was the promising "Gene Complex," a dark little number created by the previously mentioned friend, K-chan, concerning a group of young people's struggle to combat a rising terrorist organization and the spread of their toxic biological weapon. This stalled and died with its creator’s departure. I have made an effort to salvage it and write it myself.

    -Impact Character 1: There are several outstanding characters I have created and developed on ES, ones that have a prominent place in my mind and have had a good deal of influence on my writing thus far. The first of these is Nysis, from Gene Complex. I like humorous characters, and Nysis is the first I could legitimately call a “tortured soul.” She’s dark, tragic, and yet maintains a strength of will, personality, wit, and, as the plot develops, a moral conscience in the face of extreme difficulty. I love Nysis; she is damaged and a sinner, but she rediscovers her humanity. She is perhaps the only character I have who experiences such a shift in ideology that she actively changes sides- that is, between the “good” and the “bad” guys. She’s dynamic, to use an English term, and so many other wonderful things I can’t fit.

    -Gene Complex was also how I met a dear, dear friend of mine, that daring, darling looby, Jacoby. I believe K-chan introduced us on my first day or so, but we truly got to know each other through working on Gene Complex. I will probably mention Jimmy several times in this review, for he has stayed with me from the very beginning of my ES experience into the present. I believe I have shared more role plays with Jaco than any other ESer. He is the only friend here whom I have shared my early outside writings with, and I continue to seek guidance from him.

    -Speaking of Jimmy, he was my chief accomplice in my second big role play, “Dance of the Laughing God.” We never did figure out the first half of the title; its creator never explained, and none of the characters ever danced. Dance of the Laughing God, or “Dance,” for short, began as an interesting but seemingly standard premise- battle between gods, bad sealed away, good wounded, she-of-questionable-loyalty now a human, bad comes back, good comes back, stuff happens, they battle, good triumphs, you know the drill- that erupted in the presence of one of the most talented role play coalitions I have had the fortune to work with into a tale of mythic proportions. I mean mythic- it was like writing a legend, but with more dialogue and insight. Jacoby built the good god; his love interest and future ESpouse played she-of-questionable-loyalty; I was his angelic servant. I don’t believe the plot itself would have been anything special if not for the dedication of my colleagues- and myself, I have to put that in there, since it’s my review. We persevered and worked hard; we wanted to finish this, because we got so close to a marvelous ending. Unfortunately, though the good guys (3) were fated to win against the bad guys (2), the bad guys dragged it out until we were prepared to “have words,” and then it stopped. I have also tried to finish this one privately.

    -Impact Character 2: Jhoti, of Dance. I love Jhoti because she’s a sweetheart. I entirely ignore the fact that she is perfectly capable of spearing your hide on a pike and blasting the rest of you threw a canyon wall. That’s cool and all, but it’s not why I love her. She is perfectly loyal and perfectly sincere. I’m not simply trying too hard to make her a hero, I swear, her personality is really like that. Noble, yet meek, she’s too cute. I also have a soft spot for angels, if you want to get technical. Jhoti herself is more like a “long-lived winged-person with magic” than a true angel in the way our world usually understands it, but character-wise she’s about as close as you can get. My heroines are usually independent, tough, and assertive, and they act like it, so it was refreshing to know I could use and love a character that is all of those things, but prefers to speak softly and give another the glory.

    -Dance and Gene consumed much of my ES life for a while. I experienced one other role play that comes to mind simply because it’s the only one that ever had an ending. But the creator dropped the ending on us so abruptly, surprisingly, and infuriatingly, simply so they could make a sequel- before this one was finished?!- that I don’t count it. There were a few others, two of which were about apocalypses, intended to be revivals of the “good” writing on ES- I had no idea what they were talking about, since I was still fresh and young- but I joined anyway and had a good time while they lasted. Jimmy was there, with one of the few characters he didn’t name after himself.

    -Somewhere in this chunk of time I met Kael, whom I call Leak. Leak’s an awesome dude, absolutely cool and just an all-around pleasure to be around and work with. Leak introduced me to his Eldiena project, a fantasy video game series, and I started thinking up and writing down material on the side.
    -I met a whole bunch of people on this thing, most of whom, if I don’t see them now, I probably won’t remember until long after this has been posted. Oops- sorry, that’s my bad!

    -A peculiar phenomenon called “cybering,” rampant spamming, and plain old stupidity invaded ES. I’m not sure if people are talking about this, or an older case, or if they mean something more recent when people mention “bad times” now, but we had such an epidemic that even I was finding it difficult to ignore. When you have to sift through eighteen high school role plays, fifteen vampire role plays, and innumerable role plays where revolting crimes against humanity like slavery, kidnapping, and rape got star treatment, to find your own role play, because the activity bar hasn’t been invented yet and you haven’t realized the search box is for the threads, it gets very aggravating. My dearest Nysis was even attacked. That personal grievance was resolved, but “T not happy” is an understatement.

    -This led to a brief stint on “ET,” standing for “Ethereal Tide,” if I remember correctly. It was a site created by some of the leading members of my own circle, Leak and his buddy Sorn, to replace ES as a mature, intelligent forum for dedicated role players to convene and for fledglings to learn and grow. It was an ambitious, enthusiastic project, and, as an elected Councilor (Administrator) to manage and lead site members, I had terribly high hopes for it. While flawless in theory, something in it must have lacked. I don’t know what it was, but after a few months, we gradually slipped back to ES, which had cooled, but not changed in practice. I abandoned it as well with some sadness, for, I confess, I had been looking forward to playing a major role in its development. Strangely enough, several months later, I received an e-mail saying I had been sent a personal message there. There were still lingering members! I was excited, thinking that maybe we were returning, or that I could handle this little group myself, so they at least wouldn’t be alone, but my correspondence with the remaining members suddenly stopped one day. I haven’t heard since, so I assume they gave up.

    -I gave up on Dance and Gene at about the same time, after an unsuccessful attempt to transplant them to ET. If rock stars all have a period of depression before they can make great music again, call this mine. I joined a few things, like the incredibly promising Halos of Hope by my lovely friend Beth, but outside factors prevented that from continuing, or starting up again like we had hoped. Indeed, most of this Dark Age was spent, if I was on ES at all, in a big general chat thread, shooting the breeze on the “old days”- pah! Like I’m in any way old- and stirring up nonsense.

    -Impact Character 3: Vergil, from Halos of Hope. I have no idea why Vergil is so embedded in my brain. I had maybe one post, albeit a long, well-written one, maybe two, with him, yet he has almost become the spokesman for my imagination. He’s always been a goofy, optimistic, fun-loving sprite of an angel- yes, angels again- but he’s gotten goofier as I’ve let my mind explore a plot that barely started. The only reason I call him an “Impact Character” is because I still think about him, though nothing ever happened. God, I need to find something to do with the guy.

    -Somewhere before this I met a human sugar cube called Tisa. She is the bubbliest, most infectiously happy person I have ever met- I swear, if she were any sparklier, she could have her own shoujo manga, complete with magically appearing flowers and talking animals. I form the unlikely superhero group Bajirkonai (pure gibberish) with Kael and Tisa, under our secret aliases, Mead, Leak, and Mallow! Leak is a gun-slinging not-actually-a-vampire, Mallow is technically-a-witch-but-more-like-a-fairy, and Mead is that-girl. With a super-powered purse.

    -THIS IS MY CHATZY SHOUT-OUT. I LOVE EVERYONE ON THERE, EXCEPT THAT ONE ANNOYING KID. HE KNOWS WHO HE IS. EVERYONE ELSE I ADORE.

    -I became part of the Eldiena triumvirate, officially! Yay! I did some stuff for this, mostly thinking, because I did very little writing for this period.

    -I’m wrote diddly-squat in the real world too.

    -I discovered OCTs. I like OCTs, so I make my own, the illustrious Myntion Manor OCT. This consumes copious amounts of my time and energy, to the point where I probably mumble rules in my sleep. This hurls me back into writing, and though it just about rips my skull open, I love it. I absolutely love it- I adored running that tournament. I was truly blessed with that idea, and not just because I got to gather people together in friendly competition, experience the style and work of others, and bring a new, fresh idea to my beloved community, which made every long night worth it, but I got to write a story again. I was writing again, and I was back on ES.

    -If you actually put my life on the board game, Myntion Manor would have to be one of those coveted $1,000,000 Life tokens. I can’t explain everything it did for me, proving I could organize something on my own, that I could experience such success, such a permeating love of literature and storytelling, and bringing me out of my lull.

    -Kirsten was my friend before MM, and like most of my friends, she was somehow lured or pressured into it. She actually became our grand champion. If she had never joined ES and my tourney, I probably never would have seen her writing outside of Chatzy. It floored me. Kirst, you are a dear.

    -Though I had basically disappeared from the role play section before MM, I went back to recruit and advertise. From there, I met a lot of new people who restored my interest in the section. I went back and joined a role play for the first time in at least a year, one called “A Kingdom.” It was another one with a basic plot- bad guy appears, kills important person, group of diverse people from diverse places meet for common goal, group bonds, stuff happens, they seemingly kill bad guy, find important person’s replacement, actually kill bad guy, the end. This didn’t get much farther than “Create Character: Choose Class/Name Party, Press Start, Tutorial Level 1,” in a nutshell, but it was fun while it lasted. I mostly wanted to keep it going not because I was extremely interested in our barely begun plot, but because the witty, charming, tricky young rascal I had was an absolute joy to write for. I got to make so much silly, wordy, elaborate dialogue.

    -That fell through, and I found yet another role play. I’m not quite sure what to say about my character for this, because I don’t know him well enough, except that I absolutely love his name. It’s all smooth and noble and French. I’ve made a revival of this; we’re taking it slowly, to focus on quality writing and not mounds of single paragraphs, and to give us all more time to write them, since we’re so busy in the real world.

    -I became the professor of Grammar in the illustrious ES College. Personally I think my class should have been a requirement for everyone, but who am I to talk? I was also the campus counselor, so it wouldn’t have been right for me to offer such a suggestion. By the way, if there are any grammatical errors in this journal posting, please don’t think of me as a hypocrite, as I am crunched for time. I had a student for a while, but the college has kind of fallen off. That’s all right though; it was an excellent idea, and goodness knows we need something like it, but it’s just too difficult to tell an ESer what to do.

    -In other news, I find myself writing again outside of ES. I wrote a short story for a writing contest at my school, which didn’t win, but I’ve been given the go-ahead to edit it and resubmit it. I had to chop 1,000 words off the original to meet regulations! That was painful by the end! I also thought of another story in the shower, which is where I had the idea for the contest story. I’m writing that one in a composition journal during class downtime. It’s slow but sure; once I get the basics out on paper, I’ll type it up.

    So, yeah, that’s my past 1,000 days+ in review. I’ve met some awesome people, written and read some awesome things. I’ve had a good time here, and I think I’ll be here a while yet.
    If your name was not mentioned here, you are not forgotten, you are not unloved, I just don’t have the space to think of everyone and tell you how I really feel. Just know that you have all made an impression on my writing and my person. I’ve learned so much in this experience, and for that, I thank all of you.

    ...Created 2010-03-08 18:55:06

    dotsJournal: 20 Days Latedots
    -------------------------------------------
    Mood: It Snuck Up on Me.

    So, my account turned 1,000 days old. From the reactions of my peers and friends here, this is apparently a big deal. That was twenty days ago. I meant to do something, honest, but lots of things, so I figure, "Hey, 20's a good, even number, so I might as well do it now before I forget again."
    I thought I'd do something witty, some strange anniversary special to make you all laugh, but I'm always trying to do that. So I thought I'd make something heartfelt, flowery, and overflowing with love about as subtly as Vesuvius. But I'm always trying to do that, too. So now I'm thinking, I might as well go through my entire 75-days-short-of-three-years on here, and highlight the people, events, and, of course, literature that stand out in my mind. I don't have any precise dates, and I may forget things or mess up facts, but I'll do my best. Just to get it out of the way now: waiting to celebrate three years sounds like more sense to me, but that will appear as "1095 days" on the screen, which doesn't look nearly as impressive. Also, I love you all.

    -ES life begins with a friend named K-chan (I believe it was "Kimishi" on here) from another site entirely and a conversation summarily like this:
    K: Hey, you like to write! Join this site, it's fun!
    T: Golly, okay! = D
    This friend is no longer present in my life. She vanished from all the means of communication we had. It's quite sad. But I've recently learned her fate through a mutual friend: she has a boyfriend and cosplays semi-professionally on the anime convention circuit.
    This does not surprise me.

    -I joined ES as a role player. The first role play I ever took part in was the promising "Gene Complex," a dark little number created by the previously mentioned friend, K-chan, concerning a group of young people's struggle to combat a rising terrorist organization and the spread of their toxic biological weapon. This stalled and died with its creator’s departure. I have made an effort to salvage it and write it myself.

    -Impact Character 1: There are several outstanding characters I have created and developed on ES, ones that have a prominent place in my mind and have had a good deal of influence on my writing thus far. The first of these is Nysis, from Gene Complex. I like humorous characters, and Nysis is the first I could legitimately call a “tortured soul.” She’s dark, tragic, and yet maintains a strength of will, personality, wit, and, as the plot develops, a moral conscience in the face of extreme difficulty. I love Nysis; she is damaged and a sinner, but she rediscovers her humanity. She is perhaps the only character I have who experiences such a shift in ideology that she actively changes sides- that is, between the “good” and the “bad” guys. She’s dynamic, to use an English term, and so many other wonderful things I can’t fit.

    -Gene Complex was also how I met a dear, dear friend of mine, that daring, darling looby, Jacoby. I believe K-chan introduced us on my first day or so, but we truly got to know each other through working on Gene Complex. I will probably mention Jimmy several times in this review, for he has stayed with me from the very beginning of my ES experience into the present. I believe I have shared more role plays with Jaco than any other ESer. He is the only friend here whom I have shared my early outside writings with, and I continue to seek guidance from him.

    -Speaking of Jimmy, he was my chief accomplice in my second big role play, “Dance of the Laughing God.” We never did figure out the first half of the title; its creator never explained, and none of the characters ever danced. Dance of the Laughing God, or “Dance,” for short, began as an interesting but seemingly standard premise- battle between gods, bad sealed away, good wounded, she-of-questionable-loyalty now a human, bad comes back, good comes back, stuff happens, they battle, good triumphs, you know the drill- that erupted in the presence of one of the most talented role play coalitions I have had the fortune to work with into a tale of mythic proportions. I mean mythic- it was like writing a legend, but with more dialogue and insight. Jacoby built the good god; his love interest and future ESpouse played she-of-questionable-loyalty; I was his angelic servant. I don’t believe the plot itself would have been anything special if not for the dedication of my colleagues- and myself, I have to put that in there, since it’s my review. We persevered and worked hard; we wanted to finish this, because we got so close to a marvelous ending. Unfortunately, though the good guys (3) were fated to win against the bad guys (2), the bad guys dragged it out until we were prepared to “have words,” and then it stopped. I have also tried to finish this one privately.

    -Impact Character 2: Jhoti, of Dance. I love Jhoti because she’s a sweetheart. I entirely ignore the fact that she is perfectly capable of spearing your hide on a pike and blasting the rest of you threw a canyon wall. That’s cool and all, but it’s not why I love her. She is perfectly loyal and perfectly sincere. I’m not simply trying too hard to make her a hero, I swear, her personality is really like that. Noble, yet meek, she’s too cute. I also have a soft spot for angels, if you want to get technical. Jhoti herself is more like a “long-lived winged-person with magic” than a true angel in the way our world usually understands it, but character-wise she’s about as close as you can get. My heroines are usually independent, tough, and assertive, and they act like it, so it was refreshing to know I could use and love a character that is all of those things, but prefers to speak softly and give another the glory.

    -Dance and Gene consumed much of my ES life for a while. I experienced one other role play that comes to mind simply because it’s the only one that ever had an ending. But the creator dropped the ending on us so abruptly, surprisingly, and infuriatingly, simply so they could make a sequel- before this one was finished?!- that I don’t count it. There were a few others, two of which were about apocalypses, intended to be revivals of the “good” writing on ES- I had no idea what they were talking about, since I was still fresh and young- but I joined anyway and had a good time while they lasted. Jimmy was there, with one of the few characters he didn’t name after himself.

    -Somewhere in this chunk of time I met Kael, whom I call Leak. Leak’s an awesome dude, absolutely cool and just an all-around pleasure to be around and work with. Leak introduced me to his Eldiena project, a fantasy video game series, and I started thinking up and writing down material on the side.
    -I met a whole bunch of people on this thing, most of whom, if I don’t see them now, I probably won’t remember until long after this has been posted. Oops- sorry, that’s my bad!

    -A peculiar phenomenon called “cybering,” rampant spamming, and plain old stupidity invaded ES. I’m not sure if people are talking about this, or an older case, or if they mean something more recent when people mention “bad times” now, but we had such an epidemic that even I was finding it difficult to ignore. When you have to sift through eighteen high school role plays, fifteen vampire role plays, and innumerable role plays where revolting crimes against humanity like slavery, kidnapping, and rape got star treatment, to find your own role play, because the activity bar hasn’t been invented yet and you haven’t realized the search box is for the threads, it gets very aggravating. My dearest Nysis was even attacked. That personal grievance was resolved, but “T not happy” is an understatement.

    -This led to a brief stint on “ET,” standing for “Ethereal Tide,” if I remember correctly. It was a site created by some of the leading members of my own circle, Leak and his buddy Sorn, to replace ES as a mature, intelligent forum for dedicated role players to convene and for fledglings to learn and grow. It was an ambitious, enthusiastic project, and, as an elected Councilor (Administrator) to manage and lead site members, I had terribly high hopes for it. While flawless in theory, something in it must have lacked. I don’t know what it was, but after a few months, we gradually slipped back to ES, which had cooled, but not changed in practice. I abandoned it as well with some sadness, for, I confess, I had been looking forward to playing a major role in its development. Strangely enough, several months later, I received an e-mail saying I had been sent a personal message there. There were still lingering members! I was excited, thinking that maybe we were returning, or that I could handle this little group myself, so they at least wouldn’t be alone, but my correspondence with the remaining members suddenly stopped one day. I haven’t heard since, so I assume they gave up.

    -I gave up on Dance and Gene at about the same time, after an unsuccessful attempt to transplant them to ET. If rock stars all have a period of depression before they can make great music again, call this mine. I joined a few things, like the incredibly promising Halos of Hope by my lovely friend Beth, but outside factors prevented that from continuing, or starting up again like we had hoped. Indeed, most of this Dark Age was spent, if I was on ES at all, in a big general chat thread, shooting the breeze on the “old days”- pah! Like I’m in any way old- and stirring up nonsense.

    -Impact Character 3: Vergil, from Halos of Hope. I have no idea why Vergil is so embedded in my brain. I had maybe one post, albeit a long, well-written one, maybe two, with him, yet he has almost become the spokesman for my imagination. He’s always been a goofy, optimistic, fun-loving sprite of an angel- yes, angels again- but he’s gotten goofier as I’ve let my mind explore a plot that barely started. The only reason I call him an “Impact Character” is because I still think about him, though nothing ever happened. God, I need to find something to do with the guy.

    -Somewhere before this I met a human sugar cube called Tisa. She is the bubbliest, most infectiously happy person I have ever met- I swear, if she were any sparklier, she could have her own shoujo manga, complete with magically appearing flowers and talking animals. I form the unlikely superhero group Bajirkonai (pure gibberish) with Kael and Tisa, under our secret aliases, Mead, Leak, and Mallow! Leak is a gun-slinging not-actually-a-vampire, Mallow is technically-a-witch-but-more-like-a-fairy, and Mead is that-girl. With a super-powered purse.

    -THIS IS MY CHATZY SHOUT-OUT. I LOVE EVERYONE ON THERE, EXCEPT THAT ONE ANNOYING KID. HE KNOWS WHO HE IS. EVERYONE ELSE I ADORE.

    -I became part of the Eldiena triumvirate, officially! Yay! I did some stuff for this, mostly thinking, because I did very little writing for this period.

    -I’m wrote diddly-squat in the real world too.

    -I discovered OCTs. I like OCTs, so I make my own, the illustrious Myntion Manor OCT. This consumes copious amounts of my time and energy, to the point where I probably mumble rules in my sleep. This hurls me back into writing, and though it just about rips my skull open, I love it. I absolutely love it- I adored running that tournament. I was truly blessed with that idea, and not just because I got to gather people together in friendly competition, experience the style and work of others, and bring a new, fresh idea to my beloved community, which made every long night worth it, but I got to write a story again. I was writing again, and I was back on ES.

    -If you actually put my life on the board game, Myntion Manor would have to be one of those coveted $1,000,000 Life tokens. I can’t explain everything it did for me, proving I could organize something on my own, that I could experience such success, such a permeating love of literature and storytelling, and bringing me out of my lull.

    -Kirsten was my friend before MM, and like most of my friends, she was somehow lured or pressured into it. She actually became our grand champion. If she had never joined ES and my tourney, I probably never would have seen her writing outside of Chatzy. It floored me. Kirst, you are a dear.

    It’s getting far too late for me to keep doing this. It’s already taken longer than I planned. I’ll have to put this up for now, and maybe do the little that remains tomorrow.
    Good night, loves.

    ...Created 2010-03-04 22:42:10

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    Mood: He's also British.




    Jimmy is a bossy prat.

    ...Created 2010-02-03 20:51:13

    dotsJournal: MM FINALEdots
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    Mood: The Last Great Announcement

    At last, at last, the finale of our grand tournament has arrived!

    I have given up my usual opening to direct your focus, dear reader, fan, follower, competitor and character, to the piece itself, written by our own champion, Snarkypoet, with only a small bit by yours truly. I won’t reveal any of the details, because the best way to see it is as it is, where it is, and in its entirety. I hope you will be as pleased with it as I know we are.

    Yes, I am aware it sure took us a hell of a long time to get it out there, and I don’t use swear words lightly, but the real world and its trials and tribulations are unsympathetic to the schedule and wishes of an artist, and if you want to live long enough to create that art, a piece of literature worthy enough to be showcased and highlighted as our tournament’s shining star and triumph, you have to bend to it sooner or later.

    I take full responsibility for this tardiness. Everyone has my deepest apology.

    But why are you still listening to me jabber? Go read our fabulous final piece! I know it’s not going to get up and run away, but it’s the culmination of our amazing tournament! This is built on the blood, sweat, tears, and bones of our every simply astounding contestant to get this far! Read I say, read!

    But please come back, because I have something else to say.

    Have you read it yet? You have? Good.

    Alas, it is bittersweet, but all good things must come to an end, and what is now available for all to read is the final page.

    Or is it?

    Much Love,
    Your Tearfully Relieved Hostess,
    Tisuna

    P.S

    We hope you have enjoyed your stay at Myntion Manor. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the future.

    Congratulations to our brave competitors, and good luck to us all.

    Use it wisely.

    Sincerely,
    The Manager,
    Lydia

    ...Created 2010-01-15 18:58:43

    dotsJournal: MM FINALEdots
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    Mood: The Last Great Announcement

    At last, at last, the finale of our grand tournament has arrived!

    I have given up my usual opening to direct your focus, dear reader, fan, follower, competitor and character, to the piece itself, written by our own champion, Snarkypoet, with only a small bit by yours truly. I won’t reveal any of the details, because the best way to see it as it is, where it is, and in its entirety. I hope you will be as pleased with it as I know we are.

    Yes, I am aware it sure took us a hell of a long time to get it out there, and I don’t use swear words lightly, but the real world and its trials and tribulations are unsympathetic to the schedule and wishes of an artist, and if you want to live long enough to create that art, a piece of literature worthy enough to be showcased and highlighted as our tournament’s shining star and triumph, you have to bend to it sooner or later.

    I take full responsibility for this tardiness. Everyone has my deepest apology.

    But why are you still listening to me jabber? Go read our fabulous final piece! I know it’s not going to get up and run away, but it’s the culmination of our amazing tournament! This is built on the blood, sweat, tears, and bones of our every simply astounding contestant! Read I say, read!

    But please come back, because I have something else to say.

    Have you read it yet? You have? Good.

    Because, as wonderful as my tournament was, I want to make a plug for another little project our very own Finals Opponent is building up.
    If you have been following or competing in Myntion Manor and now find yourself inspired to do a little battling of your own- as was my intention from the beginning, to introduce this bettering and bonding competitive collaboration to our realm of ES- I suggest you navigate over to Bleeding_AngelX’s page and look up a new OCT: CoreTech.
    Also, if you’re feeling a press for time or you’re still not over the epic adventure here, due to a subtle tie between the events of Myntion Manor and this new situation, potential competitors could easily transplant their MM character to CT. Fans, this means you might see your favorite with another run to win. Favorite writers, favorite characters. You’ll certainly see Bleeding_AngelX, and you might even see me.

    However, this is just a suggestion; new characters are always welcome. I, for instance, will not be using Miss Lydia or anyone from the Manor, as though the settings of these two OCTs happen to sit in the same country, their affairs are entirely separate and unknown to each other, with the exception of the newly severed link of the tournament.
    I hope to see you there.

    Alas, it is bittersweet, but all good things must come to an end, and what is now available for all to read is the final page.

    Or is it?

    Much Love,
    Your Tearfully Relieved Hostess,
    Tisuna

    P.S

    We hope you have enjoyed your stay at Myntion Manor. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the future.

    Congratulations to our brave competitors, and good luck to us all.

    Use it wisely.

    Sincerely,
    The Manager,
    Lydia

    ...Created 2010-01-10 21:02:05

    dotsJournal: MM FINALEdots
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    Mood: The Last Great Announcement

    Yes, yes, at last the finale to the Myntion Manor OCT is here! I apologize for the great delay, but the real world is taxing and unsympathetic to an artist's calling. I won't attempt to reveal any of this, because I know it is awesome and amazing, for the greater portion of it was written by our champion, the unmistakable, honorable, and downright excellent Snarkypoet. The first bit is written by yours truly, and beneath this squiggle (~) is Snarkypoet's. Please, let us enjoy the fruit of her labor and once again offer her our heartfelt congratulations.

    At last, at last, the finale of our grand tournament has arrived!

    I have given up my usual opening to direct your focus, dear reader, fan, follower, competitor and character, to the piece itself, written by our own champion, Snarkypoet, with only a small bit by yours truly. I won’t reveal any of the details, because the best way to see it as it is, where it is, and in its entirety. I hope you will be as pleased with it as I know we are.

    Yes, I am aware it sure took us a hell of a long time to get it out there, and I don’t use swear words lightly, but the real world and its trials and tribulations are unsympathetic to the schedule and wishes of an artist, and if you want to live long enough to create that art, a piece of literature worthy enough to be showcased and highlighted as our tournament’s shining star and triumph, you have to bend to it sooner or later.

    I take full responsibility for this tardiness. Everyone has my deepest apology.

    But why are you still listening to me jabber? Go read our fabulous final piece! I know it’s not going to get up and run away, but it’s the culmination of our amazing tournament! This is built on the blood, sweat, tears, and bones of our every simply astounding contestant! Read I say, read!

    But please come back, because I have something else to say.

    Have you read it yet? You have? Good.

    Because, as wonderful as my tournament was, I want to make a plug for another little project our very own Finals Opponent is building up.
    If you have been following or competing in Myntion Manor and now find yourself inspired to do a little battling of your own- as was my intention from the beginning, to introduce this bettering and bonding competitive collaboration to our realm of ES- I suggest you navigate over to Bleeding_AngelX’s page and look up a new OCT: CoreTech.
    Also, if you’re feeling a press for time or you’re still not over the epic adventure here, due to a subtle tie between the events of Myntion Manor and this new situation, potential competitors could easily transplant their MM character to CT. Fans, this means you might see your favorite with another run to win. Favorite writers, favorite characters. You’ll certainly see Bleeding_AngelX, and you might even see me.

    However, this is just a suggestion; new characters are always welcome. I, for instance, will not be using Miss Lydia or anyone from the Manor, as though the settings of these two OCTs happen to sit in the same country, their affairs are entirely separate and unknown to each other, with the exception of the newly severed link of the tournament.
    I hope to see you there.

    Alas, it is bittersweet, but all good things must come to an end, and what is now available for all to read is the final page.

    Or is it?

    Much Love,
    Your Tearfully Relieved Hostess,
    Tisuna

    P.S

    We hope you have enjoyed your stay at Myntion Manor. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the future.

    Congratulations to our brave competitors, and good luck to us all.

    Use it wisely.

    Sincerely,
    The Manager,
    Lydia

    ...Created 2010-01-10 21:00:28

    dotsJournal: MM FINALEdots
    -------------------------------------------
    Mood: The Last Great Announcement

    Yes, yes, at last the finale to the Myntion Manor OCT is here! I apologize for the great delay, but the real world is taxing and unsympathetic to an artist's calling. I won't attempt to reveal any of this, because I know it is awesome and amazing, for the greater portion of it was written by our champion, the unmistakable, honorable, and downright excellent Snarkypoet. The first bit is written by yours truly, and beneath this squiggle (~) is Snarkypoet's. Please, let us enjoy the fruit of her labor and once again offer her our heartfelt congratulations.

    At last, at last, the finale of our grand tournament has arrived!

    I have given up my usual opening to direct your focus, dear reader, fan, follower, competitor and character, to the piece itself, written by our own champion, Snarkypoet, with only a small bit by yours truly. I won’t reveal any of the details, because the best way to see it as it is, where it is, and in its entirety. I hope you will be as pleased with it as I know we are.

    Yes, I am aware it sure took us a hell of a long time to get it out there, and I don’t use swear words lightly, but the real world and its trials and tribulations are unsympathetic to the schedule and wishes of an artist, and if you want to live long enough to create that art, a piece of literature worthy enough to be showcased and highlighted as our tournament’s shining star and triumph, you have to bend to it sooner or later.

    I take full responsibility for this tardiness. Everyone has my deepest apology.

    But why are you still listening to me jabber? Go read our fabulous final piece! I know it’s not going to get up and run away, but it’s the culmination of our amazing tournament! This is built on the blood, sweat, tears, and bones of our every simply astounding contestant to get this far! Read I say, read!

    But please come back, because I have something else to say.

    Have you read it yet? You have? Good.

    Because, as wonderful as my tournament was, I want to make a plug for another little project our very own Finals Opponent is building up.
    If you have been following or competing in Myntion Manor and now find yourself inspired to do a little battling of your own- as was my intention from the beginning, to introduce this bettering and bonding competitive collaboration to our realm of ES- I suggest you navigate over to Bleeding_AngelX’s page and look up a new OCT: CoreTech.
    Also, if you’re feeling a press for time or you’re still not over the epic adventure here, due to a subtle tie between the events of Myntion Manor and this new situation, potential competitors could easily transplant their MM character to CT. Fans, this means you might see your favorite with another run to win. Favorite writers, favorite characters. You’ll certainly see Bleeding_AngelX, and you might even see me.

    However, this is just a suggestion; new characters are always welcome. I, for instance, will not be using Miss Lydia or anyone from the Manor, as though the settings of these two OCTs happen to sit in the same country, their affairs are entirely separate and unknown to each other, with the exception of the newly severed link of the tournament.
    I hope to see you there.

    Alas, it is bittersweet, but all good things must come to an end, and what is now available for all to read is the final page.

    Or is it?

    Much Love,
    Your Tearfully Relieved Hostess,
    Tisuna

    P.S

    We hope you have enjoyed your stay at Myntion Manor. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the future.

    Congratulations to our brave competitors, and good luck to us all.

    Use it wisely.

    Sincerely,
    The Manager,
    Lydia

    ...Created 2010-01-10 20:58:53

    dotsJournal: MM CHAMPIONdots
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    Mood: The Second Great Announcement

    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Dearest Friends,

    The polls have been closed for some time now, and at last I have the pleasure of announcing the Champion of the Myntion Manor Original Character Tournament. I apologize for not releasing this sooner; I have been kept busy by a merciless outside world.

    I promised I would not keep you in delicious suspense when I made my presentation, fanfare, and speech of gratitude on the day I opened the polls. I could fill up this space with a lot of things, but I will hold true to this promise.

    Having fought through auditions, rounds, semi-finals, and the stunning final match, and emerged Victorious, the recipient of glory and fortune, and our coveted Grand Prize, the Grand Champion of the Myntion Manor Original Character Tournament, is none other than:





    SNARKYPOET AND HER CHARACTERS, FLORENCE AND THE MORSTENDS


    All right, everybody, we have a winner! We have a winner! And you know what that means- party time! Release your confetti and streamers, sound the trumpets, pop the champagne, fire the guns, SNARKYPOET AND FLORENCE AND THE MORSTENDS have won the Myntion Manor OCT! Cheers! Congratulations! Félicitations! Glückwünsche! Felicidades! Mazeltoff! I apologize if the accents don’t show up, but they all mean CONGRATULATIONS! WHOOT! Your peers have judged you the Best in this marvelous competition, and may you always strive for nothing less in your great art!

    And let’s not forget to give a big round of applause for Bleeding_AngelX- he did a wonderful job, and deserves recognition for granting us such a great show- in a tournament like this, where the greatest reward is self-improvement, getting your work out there, and the strengthening of such a community, we all hold the roses in the end. It was a long, hard, fight, and he made it all the way to the final round; that in itself is something to be proud of.

    Now, because we all like getting things, and we all like giving even more, I have to follow up with this announcement:

    All contestants, it’s time to turn over the SPOILS. I’ll talk to Snarkypoet about how she wants to do this, but just get prepared to flatter us once again with your mad writing skills to fulfill her commissions. I myself await her request.

    BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET.

    Please, dear readers, sweet listeners, keep your seats! Our story is not yet done! Snarkypoet has yet to finish her tale! She has her finish for the Morstends’ run, and we will work together to create the final ending of the Myntion Manor tournament in the storyline my own entries follow. We also request Bleeding_AngelX with the latter, so never fear, Drek supporters, your man’s still on board! (I can’t speak for him about your girl, though. Ooh, don’t hurt me.) So, please, stick around for the stirring conclusion to the Florence story, and the last chapter in the Myntion Manor tournament.

    With Sincerest Affections,
    And All My Love,
    Your Hostess,
    Tisuna

    ...Created 2009-10-02 19:15:49

    dotsJournal: MM Finals Closedots
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    Mood: Last of the Ends

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    It is my greatest pleasure and fondest misery to officially close the Final Round of Myntion Manor OCT.
    I can’t even begin to describe my feelings as I made that statement. In the interest of saving space and your own precious time, I give you our finalists’ entries

    Myntion Manor OCT
    Final Round

    Snarkypoet vs. Bleeding_AngelX

    http://www.eliteskills.com/z/178704 Vs. http://www.eliteskills.com/z/178695

    This looks to be an extremely close match, one whose outcome I struggle to predict with the utmost difficulty. In the end, I must give up. It is up to you, the voters, our dear competitors, who have stayed with us throughout this entire spell.

    READ ENTRIES FIRST BEFORE YOU READ BELOW.

    Now, before you all vote, I must make a few statements, that I encourage you to pay close attention to. IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE READ THE ENTRIES BEFORE YOU READ THIS, AS IT CONTAINS SPOILERS. WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS.

    1. Snarkypoet’s entry ends after what we can reasonably call the climax of her story featuring the Morstends, but the final resolution, for those following on a plot graph, such as the reception of the prize and what it is used for, has not yet been released. Upon Snarkypoet’s victory, there will be such a resolution. However, because of the structure of this tournament, where only the winner’s entry becomes canon, this match will not become official, and thus the resolution will not be released, until Snarkypoet is voted the winner.

    2. Due to the content of both entries, the character Drek cannot win the tournament. However, please remember that this does not disqualify Bleeding_AngelX from winning the tournament, and the grand prize. I remind you that the grand prize is commissioned writing from each of the competitors and the hostess.

    3. Bleeding_AngelX’s entry ends after what we can reasonably call the climax of his story, as well as the resolution. Due to the nature of this entry, should it become canon in the overall tournament plot, the prize will go to Florence and the Morstends, as the first runners-up. Should this come to be, there will be a collaboration of as-yet undecided kind between the two writers and the hostess to reach a final piece for closure to the overall tournament plot.

    I think that’s everything. Thank you for reading this.
    Now then, the deadline for votes from our previous competitors is Sunday, September 27, 2009. If you need more time, please, let me know as soon as you realize it, because I know this is a difficult decision to make. Vote for the story you think is best, the characters you love the most, the tale you want to see fulfilled.
    This is a manor of enchantment and unpredictability; anything can happen, and the possibilities are endless.
    But none will be reached if you don’t vote. Sunday, September 27, 2009. Remember it.

    I have to say, this has been an amazing journey, everyone. This was an idea, a dream, you could call it, that I never thought would come to fruition. But here we are, on the eve of the last end, with a prize to award and glory to bestow. Forgive the attempted poetry, I say it now so as not to clog the release of the final results, but this has been simply marvelous, and I have to extend my gratitude to everyone.
    To my competitors, my ill-fated-but-understanding judges, my constant voters, my finalists, our fans, my shoulders-to-cry-on, my human sedatives, those who kept me running, and those who kept me sane; thank you. All of you are all these things to me. You made all this work, blood, sweat, and tears worth it. Thank you.

    As a note to that following of fans, recently brought to my attention, that I mentioned just a moment before, I am thinking of opening a place where we can all talk and chat, share ideas, voice compliments, comments, questions, recommendations, etc. The plan is to open this to all our competitors, our judges, and anyone who considers themselves a fan of anyone or anything in the tournament, and me, of course. My options at the moment are a place on Elite Skills Role Play, or to create a public room on the Chatzy network. Please drop me a line with any thoughts on this matter.

    Again, thank you to everyone. This has been such a gratifying experience.

    With All My Love,
    Your Hostess,
    Tisuna

    ...Created 2009-09-22 20:01:04

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