Valarious

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    • Update

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      We found him - alive, not too well. But he'll live, which is the good news. So I'm going to be at the hospital for a bit until he feels better.

      Thanks for your wishes.

    • Emergency Hiatus

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      I will probably be spending the next couple - hopefully hours - but who knows how long truly, working with the police in my town. As of last night, my boyfriend Daniel has been missing for 48 hours. For those of you who knew what happened last Monday, I assure you his disappearance has nothing to do with that situation. So forgive me for any absences.

      Until then - stay safe all of you and I hope I will come onto this site with happier news next time.

      IF MY XBOX LIVE GAMERTAG SHOWS UP - IT IS NOT ME, PROBABLY MY FRIENDS.

    • To All

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      Happy Yuletide & Merry Christmas as always. I hope everyone has their wishes come true and able to spend time with those they love.

      Be safe, be thankful, and always be merry.

    • Scenes With The Boy Toy Part Two

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      I have a friend named Leslie, who we have always called Les. So the other day while my darling boyfriend was playing Call of Duty, we were talking about going on a road trip and taking my other friend Mark's car. I knew he was distracted but I wasn't quite prepared for this:

      Valarious: Well, Mark's driving so it'll be one of us in the front with the other and Les being in the backseat.
      Daniel: (after a pause) Did you just say lesbian?
      Valarious: And facepalm

      ----
      And our latest non-angry argument.

      Daniel - It's secret Asian man.
      Valarious - No, it's secret agent man.
      Daniel - Why would they sing about a secret agent man, that's stupid.
      Valarious - Why would they sing about secret Asian people?
      Daniel - Because they're not racist.
      Valarious - ..........

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      And our new one, which is now featured in Root Beer Floats (my novel)

      Valarious - When I have ever put your life in danger, seriously?
      Daniel - Seven times. This makes eight. Nine if you include the stop sign incident.
      Valarious - What? Last week doesn't count. I had it at six.
      Daniel - Oh, it totally counts. You didn't tell me that raccoon had rabies.

    • Write On Group Launch!

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      So, since it's midnight somewhere and I'm incredibly too impatient for my own good, I'm opening up the forum for the Write On group! Members feel free to post whatever you'd like!!! (There is more to come in only a couple days.)

      Write On is a group specifically designed to help with writer's block troubles and hopefully inspiring new ideas. They are mostly games posted on threads which include group projects or solo topics. And the best part? THERE ARE NO DEADLINES!!! Procrastination is one thing, having your creativity smushed by a deadline is another.

      Want to join? Leave me a personal comment and/or journal comment.

    • New Topic Watch Thread

      in Forums > New Topic Watch Thread | Follow this topic

      Valarious

      The beauty about the forums is that you can create all the new topics you want. The problem is, even those in the group who are watching the thread don't receive updates on when new topics are created. Hence, we have the NEW TOPIC WATCH THREAD.

      If you post a new game to share, be sure to also leave a comment in THIS thread so that people are able to know that there's something new to check out. Also, if you will, please describe what you are posting for clariity and ease. Thank you all ever so much!

      Post edited 12/16/10 11:03PM

      4 replies

    • Psych [Character Development]

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      Valarious

      Psych – Scenario 1: [Character Development] Psych is inspired by scenarios from the book What Would Your Character Do? by Eric and Ann Maisel (available in most stores). Literally taken from the book, these scenarios provide psychological feedback on your character’s actions and thoughts. Whether it inspire a scene, short story, or a new character, post a reply/whatever you’d like that came from this inspiration!

      Scenario 1 – Family Picnic

      Your character is attending an extended family picnic. This may be the first time you meet any of your character’s relatives, so give yourself adequate time to populate the picnic. Think through what sort of mother and father “made” your character, whether or not your character has siblings, and what the sibling order might be. Are there children, grandparents, important aunts and uncles, and or/important cousins, nephews and nieces? Take your time and begin to understand your character’s extended family. With your book in mind, dream up the right family picnic for your character to attend, one that will help you learn what you need to know. If you discover that your character’s parents are deceased, will you place the picnic in the past or act as if they are still alive? Will you include the in-laws, if your character is married? Will you narrow the cast down to just your character’s immediate family or will you include distant cousins? Take your time and develop your cast of characters and setting for your picnic.

      Questions and meanings posted in the reply below. Only a few are described to provide examples rather than copy the entire book.

      2 replies

    • Scenes With The Boy Toy

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      These are some different encounters I have managed to witness with my bofyriend. And conversations I have held with him and others.

      1) Conversation between my friend Roxie and him the other night:
      Val - I think we'd both better get to bed so that he can get his brain fuctional again.
      Roxie - same
      Daniel - Why am I the one who has no brain?
      Roxie - b/c ur male sweetie
      Daniel - (five seconds later) Function.
      Roxie - don't worry it's not ur fault
      Val - (who is giggling now.)
      Roxie - lol - blame the swimmers that made you
      Daniel - My parents weren't swimmers
      (Affter much laughing, he finally got it by the way) and Roxie said "yeah, he'd better blame those swimmers. i don't think the pool was the problem."

      ----
      2) While driving one day for dinner
      Val - I think salsa sounds amazing right now
      Daniel - Holy shit that squirrel was huge!
      Val - (blinking) And I thought I had ADD
      Daniel - Oh my god there's two of them!!

      -----
      While playing Halo:

      Daniel - YEAH WHO'S the tea-bagger now bitch! YEAH GET SOME YOU YOU YOU FACE!!!!

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      While conspiring against me for Christmas presents I walked in on him and my best friend Andy talking about what they should get me. As soon as I approached Daniel jumps about a foot and says hi.

      Daniel - Hey baby
      Val - What are you two doing?
      Daniel - Nothing
      Pause for about twenty seconds
      Daniel- Andy was going to braid my hair.
      More silence
      Andy (who is gay) - Awkward.....

    • Red

      8 years ago

      Valarious

      Is it bad when you notice a squirrel in the snow more than a stop sign two inches from your car?


      ....what's worse is that I have my ADD medicine.

      P.S. No one was around when I missed the stop = no one hurt.

    • Lyrical [Song Develpment, Improvisation]

      in Forums > Lyrical [Song Develpment, Improvisation] | Follow this topic

      Valarious

      Lyrical: [Song Lyric Formation, Improv Fusion] Composing a song or just looking for some musical fun? This is your stop. Three years ago, my friends and I devised a game that can be played both online and in person. Since we will most likely be posting replies online, I will only publish rules for the online version here. If you’d like the “in-person” game rules, please send me a personal comment or message.

      One person types one line/lyric from a song. The next person in turn takes one specific word from that line and finds another line/lyric with the same word. DO NOT USE AND/THE/BUT/OR, ETC. THOSE ARE TOO BASIC AND EASY. The process gets faster as it continues as more people contribute. Since there is no established order to this game, multiple games can happen within the replies, which makes it more difficult. (It is much harder in person to keep up with the flow.) The song can be your own or one that is played on the radio or in your library.

      The point of this game is to get the creative mind flowing, using words that don’t appear in songs very often. The ending result of mixed lyrics is also very beautiful poetry, especially if the songs used are original. It also sometimes helps with rhyme scheme, meter, and flow.

      Example:

      - Walking through a dream…I see you…my light of darkness, breathing hope of a new life
      - Reply: Cause I can feel you breathing…and it’s keeping me awake…
      - Reply: I’m awake, I’m alive…now I know what I believe inside – now it’s my time
      - Reply: End your grief with me, there’s another way, release your life – take your place inside the fire with her

      1 reply

  • Comments (792)

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      I wish I could... I just don't have the time right now. What little time and energy I do have is being put towards trying to get out my current story, so unfortunately I'll have to sit this out. But if you start a group, I'd love to be a tag-a-long. smiley12.gif

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Try a few. I'm certain you will find one you absolutely love.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      I've gotten away from beer. I do drink Guiness on occasion, and a Sam Adams or Yuengling from time to time, but my days of drinking draft beer are pretty much gone.

      Rum & Cola
      Gin & 7-Up
      Scotch on the rocks

      That's pretty much it for me.

      Oh, and Cabernet wine/Sangria is a dinner drink for me.

    • DaftProdigy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tinfoil Hatter

      8 years ago

      O__O

      That looks good.

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      oOOOHHHHhhhh!!!

      (er.. what's the UV?)

    • TheSylvester whoa

      8 years ago

      Alan Wake is LOADS of fun. If you're in to horror/thriller, I'd pick it up. (It made me scream once or twice. XD) Not too difficult, either, only at certain points. And the story, in my opinion, is fantastic, mysterious, and creepy. ONLY problem I'd have is with the character animations, but they're not terrible.

      As for achievements, there's the normal story ones, yanno, beat this enemy, blah blah.

      They, of course, have the difficulty achievements (beat it on Nightmare, the hardest setting, and whatnot.), which I don't know about, I haven't beaten it on Normal yet.

      Then there's the "kill x enemies with this weapon" which is easy enough, there's plenty of chances to get the various weapons, especially with multiple playthroughs.

      And then there's the collectibles (coffee mugs and manuscript pages), which, because it's a very linear game, aren't hard either. The hidden item spaces are marked with hidden arrows, too, so.

      tl;dr Game is great, achievements aren't THAT hard.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      40+??

      Quite the extended family!

      Glad to hear you had a good time! I have the weekend off (kinda need it). I usually go out to see the OSU - Mich game, but I just don't feel like leaving the place for a bit.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Good Morning!

      Turkey Day was spent quietly and pleasantly at home. Watched a bit of football, but mostly caught up on some casual chores and some computer upkeep.

      How was yours?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving smiley12.gif

    • JadeLawless

      8 years ago

      Um.. No, actually. No one has ever said anything like that to me before. Thanks! smiley12.gif

    • osiris32

      8 years ago

      Excellent, I'm looking forward to it!!

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Thank you!

      And yes, I've been Leafified!!

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Oh yeah, RT was being a bit balky, and I am not too sure what was going on at that time. I think this is the one that I was going with.

      www.safehaven.com/article/18914/silver-margin-hike-underscores-need-for-bullion-ownership

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Here is a much better explanation of what just happened with the Margins.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Been busy - here's three quick things

      Silver Trading Manipulations

      www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69Q0SE20101027

      Caused Silver to rise in price

      www.resourceinvestor.com/News/2010/10/Pages/Silver-Robust-as-CFTC-Commissioner-Alleges-Manipulation.aspx

      More on the Fraud/Manipulation (which includes HSBC)

      timiacono.com/index.php/2010/10/27/silver-jp-morgan-and-the-cftc/

      Silver margins increased making it more difficult to invest in Silver

      www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/11/09/cme-lifts-margin-requirements-silver/

      This sparks sell offs and causes Silver to drop

      online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20101110-716141.html

      How may this directly affect you? Here's a list of uses

      www.silverinstitute.org/silver_uses.php

      Basically, lawsuit filed late Oct accusing JP Morgan & HSBC(?) of fraud and/or Silver manipulation causes Silver to rise in price. This has a strong ripple effect throughout the Silver industry causing CME to raise the limit from $5000 to $65000 which forces some companies to sell off their short contracts, thereby driving the price of Silver down again.

      How do these recent events affect you? Silver is and industrial metal as well as a precious metal, and the cost of Silver affects the end cost to you (the consumer) depending on what the price is of Silver that a manufacturer pays.

      Photography, Electronics, and Batteries are one of the biggest industrial users of Silver.

      There is a bunch more, but for a 4 page paper, this should be more than enough to fill up those pages and it doesn't get much more tied into Economics than Silver.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Is this a 3-5 page paper, a Midterm type, or 'The Paper' that needs to be 8-10 pages?

      Is there a range of topics?

      Are we talking about something that is going to or has already affected you?

      I happen to be doing some studying on the Precious Metals market and it is quite an exciting time right now.

    • osiris32

      8 years ago

      Well, send me what you have, and I'll go through it.

    • osiris32

      8 years ago

      Well, I'll give it my best. It's all in the wording. For the officer in the scene, just make him (I'm going to assume it's a male) sound as professional as possible. Sir, Ma'aam, that kind of thing. Give it a run through, and I'll try and get back to you with suggestions.

      Do I get credit in my English Lit class for this?

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      My suggestion for your Cosplay outfit. I was busy trying to catch up with 3 days of alerts and rushed my reply.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Evil Sam Manson.

    • LuffyMugen

      8 years ago

      Yeah I guess Amazon has an exclusive deal with Nickelodeon to make the DVD's for Danny Phantom and a few other Nick shows.

      This is what WIki says about the Seasons:

      Despite its claim, each set only contained thirteen episodes each—the first set including the first thirteen episodes; the second set carrying on with the next thirteen. The third Danny Phantom DVD was released on June. 9th.[32] This set contains the entirety of Season Three, rather than the previous thirteen episode sets, skipping over the rest of Season Two. Later editions of the first two seasons contained the entire first and second seasons of Danny Phantom and was released in Nov. 2009. Those, and all the other episodes, can be found on iTunes.

      So I guess Amazon has them correctly, but you probably will have a harder time finding them.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Cortana was going to be one of my suggestions!

      But yes, both would be cool!

    • LuffyMugen

      8 years ago

      Has to be the Box Ghost. He was my favorite "Villain". Or the Episodes with Ember I enjoyed her as well.

      I watched the first and second seasons, maybe a little more. I was really sad that Butch Hartman has said he was going to stop making Fairly Oddparents to continue with Danny Phantom, and he has kind of stopped making both.

      I think I will have to pick up the Seasons of Danny Phantom. I believe I have seen them. I miss that show.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Boy, I just don't get out much beyond Halo and Oblivion, so I'm quite limited in suggestions when it comes to games. And I know next to nothing about anime (just haven't taken the time to get into it).

      Hmmm...

      Do you have pics of you in costume? This may help me out (but no promises).

    • TheSylvester whoa

      8 years ago

      Thanks! I just didn't have much to say during that one (if you're referencing the sexuality podcast).

      And, no, sadly I do not have Fable III yet... smiley3.gif I'm planning to get it soon(ish), though, so I'll make sure I hit ya up when that eventually happens.

    • RegrettableDeed FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Movin' On

      8 years ago

      Heheehe. Thank you. ^__^ smiley12.gif

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      It's time to set up a DD rotation list. How you all do that could be a bit complicated (depending on if it is the same crew that goes out, or if people wander in and out of your social circle).

      Focus on the Econ thing, it is far too important and is but a passing thing (pun wasn't intended!).

      The complicated love life thing... I live alone because it seems that most of the love interests that come my way seem to have a heavy complication factor involved, and I want simplicity right now. I have too many other major issues that I'm focusing on and don't need the drama that comes from a complicated love life. Fortunately those major issues are coming to pass soon (one was relocating my business and it is really starting to take off!).

      If you find a solution to a complicated love life, please!, clue me in!!

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Why so stressful?

    • DaftProdigy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tinfoil Hatter

      8 years ago

      Oops, I just realized something--there's a section in the site's ToS that says anything you post here basically belongs to RT. So posting that chapter here might be a bad idea if you're getting it published.

    • Shabobble FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Extra Life

      8 years ago

      inception.davepedu.com/

    • DaftProdigy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tinfoil Hatter

      8 years ago

      Definitely! Go for it. =D

    • Yaini

      8 years ago

      I did. But unfortunately my hard drive wiped, lost the story and all of my other work.

      Plus I have little time for re-writing it due to exams over the next two months. However Christmas time, I'll have free time and probably rewritten most of it.

      Can I call a raincheck on your help?

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Awesome! And I suggest you stop gambling now, while you are so far ahead.

      If not, put that money aside as your gambling bank roll (OK, you can pull your $20 out). This way you can easily keep track of how well you are doing.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      If you have Skype you can send me a doc.

      ScotchDon

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Send me a link in a PM. I'm at work and can't enjoy it properly.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      St Louis has a beautiful city skyline! I was fortunate enough to get a great photo this spring. I didn't spend much time at all in St Louis, so I have nothing to offer as far as where to go and what to see.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Well happy birthday!

      I don't do margaritas, any more. I really wasn't into them before, but after a serious drinking session of tequila, I completely lost my ability to drink tequila for quite some time. Even now I can only do a quality tequila (Patrón).

      Any more I just stick with gin or rum, and sometimes scotch, and sangria. I'll have an occasional beer.

      Any big plans now that you are 21?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Only managed to get about half of it read last night. (it was longer than I thought it would be...) but I like it so far. very cute. smiley1.gif

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      I am doing fine today!

      I had a bit of a troubling weekend, but developments yesterday afforded me a good night's sleep.

      How is your day going?

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      How she was up all night playing Grifball and doing shots.

      Actually, I quoted the entire journal and linked to it. I shared it in our Grifball/Reach locker room.

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      reading now. smiley1.gif

    • Shabobble FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Extra Life

      8 years ago

      Not sure yet. Wrote a five-page story for Creative Writing class and it came out so well, I'm going to use the characters as inspiration for NaNoWriMo.

      I don't know what you'd call the genre, but the 5 pages are my latest journal entry.

    • Shabobble FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Extra Life

      8 years ago

      You should. I need to start mine.

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      I suppose, though I really would prefer to just revise it... y'know, keep the parts that are mine and be able to call the book... y'know... mine. smiley1.gif

      And then I'll send a complementary copy to Burnie. And if he likes it, tell him I can *easily* revise it for RvB... >.> smiley0.gif

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Am currently working on one.. yeah. smiley1.gif

      Technically speaking, Prodigal Son is novel-length... just around 100,000 words. If I ever manage to revise it to remove the RvB copyrighted aspects, then it will be a proper novel, too. smiley1.gif

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      I don't know about writing under that kind of pressure all of the time. But I did well with my writing classes in College under pressure (and it did seem to produce some of my best writing). However, having regular deadlines means the work will get done.

      I have my Epic Quest on hold right now because I'm having trouble putting the next chapter into words. It has taken me a week just to figure out what exactly the theme(?) is going to be, and the tentative title is 'Epic Quest Misunderstood'.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      You may have mentioned her before, but my memory is cluttered from years of accumulation.

      What kind of deadline are you on?

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      Then by all means, you must get this chapter done! We don't want Barbara having a heart attack!

      ...

      Who's Barbara?

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      8 years ago

      I'm at work, just about ready to leave, and going to watch the Ohio State vs Wisconsin game. Then some chores at home before playing some more Reach (probably should mow the leaves first though - but they'll be there tomorrow).

      You?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Well... DADT was, at the time, a step in the right direction. But that time is over, and it's time to stop relegating to 'second class citizens' a whole segment of the population. It has always been wrong, and yet whenever we manage to drag ourselves out of the dark ages on one issue, society always seems to find some new 'group' to demonize so that they can collectively feel better about their 'norm'... *sigh*

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