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    A Thread for Writers to talk about Writing

    Well, as a 48 year old aspiring trombonist I couldn't agree with @KSK's general principle and specific example more. I keep one trombone at home and one in the office (yes, really) so I can practice whenever I have a spare few minutes. In the six years I've been working on it, I've gone from very basic can-sort-of-make-a-note to performing on stage, under lights, with a few different bands. I practice my instrument a heck of a lot more than my kids practice theirs, and believe me I do remark on that when they wonder why they're not first chair in wind ensemble I suppose I'm learning writing (and have been learning, continually, for about 40 years now) the same way I'm learning trombone, and I would just add one thing to @KSK's rock god example: criticism. Yes you have to get it from others: directly from helpful friends and indirectly from your readers. It can be hard to stay objective and know what to listen to and what to discard in that criticism, but a good writer develops the knack. I suppose receiving criticism is something else that can be practiced BUT the most IMPORTANT and VALUABLE CRITIC IS -- YOU!!! If you can look at something you wrote and tell whether it's good or crap, you'll progress much, much faster. It's like the computer algorithms that learn to play really good chess--they work by playing millions of games against themselves and continually refining techniques based on the outcome. The difference of course is that a chess result is objective and a writing (or musical) result is not. But as with anything else, self-criticism can be developed through practice. A good way to start is by reading a lot of stuff and criticizing it. What worked? What didn't work? and WHY??? If you can answer that last question and apply it to your OWN work, you WILL write better.
  2. Awww, thanks @Angel-125! If only I'd had these parts last year, Wernher's Fliegenstrudel might have looked quite a bit different
  3. Kuzzter

    Where Is Multiplayer?

    And now, a message from the Kerbulan Empire:
  4. Kuzzter

    A Thread for Writers to talk about Writing

    I read through it... and I'm sorry, it's hard to tell you much since there really isn't much connecting the narrative to actually tell a story. It's a mash-up, like your sig says: you take some elements from Kerbfleet (the spelling of Captin, a fourth wall breach...) some elements from Emiko (which is far, far from over...) some elements from Duna Attacks and I can't tell where else. Well, it takes more than borrowing a few memes to make a story. The reason those elements from my work and @Just Jim's resonated with you are because they are from carefully constructed narratives that drew you in and made you think or feel something. Most good stories on this Forum start with an interesting mission, then add characters and narrative that makes the reader care a bit more. Maybe start with that?
  5. I'll stay (mostly) dead and let the readers analyze this, but yes @greenTurtle1134 you make an excellent point. I think most would agree this probably wouldn't have worked for any other Kerbulans we've met. So, why did it work on these two? Kerbulans have consistently been motivated by exactly one thing: fear. Fear of the agonizer, fear of assassination--I think it was Kenlie who observed that the more murdery a Kerbulans was, the more afraid they were of meeting someone even more murdery. Kurt and Melgee are extremely murdery, and extremely identical. Often we don't know where the mind of one ends and the other begins. They play chess by taking turns being White and playing the Fool's Mate over and over. And Kenlie's threat was to change just one of them, horribly and permanently. He didn't even say which one he'd shoot. I'll say no more here, but Kenlie might express some thoughts later in his personal log
  6. I have to admit... me too... but hey here's something to read for the first time!
  7. Ah yes... Clippy... and once we'be learned all about Windows circa the Milennium, maybe there will be time for that thing with the quoted comics pages and the spoiler tags...
  8. Hi Hanson looks like you're a new reader, glad to have you! Please edit your post to put the quotes comics pages in a spoiler tag if you don't mind: otherwise the repeated and out of order pages mess up the flow of comics as people go through the thread. Thanks!
  9. Yeah... we're in one of the few corners of the Internet where it should not be necessary to explain Newton's third law: something left that thingie in the "equal and opposite direction" with enough momentum to cycle the action.
  10. I guess this means it's the third act now that it's been fired.... oh wait sorry I forgot I was dead. I'll shut up now.
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    What crimes against Kerbin have you committed?

    My alleged crimes include: Mutiny Climbing a flagpole without authorization Public performance without a license Operating a commercial vehicle without a license Attempted aggravated theft of rocket parts Failure to adhere to a filed flight plan Grand theft aircraft Grand theft spacecraft (multiple counts) Barratry (again, multiple counts) Liftoff without a valid flight plan Failure to signal a gravity turn Unlicensed manufacture of an intoxicant Contributing to the delinquency of an enzin Counterfeiting of mission patches Petit larceny/pickpocketing Unlawful abandonment Piracy Aggravated failure to file a flight plan before changing SOI Fortunately, I was acquitted.
  12. As far as this story is concerned, all canon regarding Kerbals and war (or near-war) is contained in the Zwischenspiel and happened "the year before Year Zero". Link is in the OP ETA: Actually, almost everything you need to know about Kerbals and almost-war is on the very first page of the Zwischenspiel: ...strongly implied later on that, had von Kermulan Kerman not landed when he did and given the Kerbals spaceflight technology, the quarrels between agencies could well have resulted in violence. Thus, it was a non-murdery member of a very murdery species that kept Kerbin non-murdery.
  13. Not sure whether you're asking me or DolphinDude (from 3 years ago!), but my Mun is your Mun. Now if you want to know where I got Kerbulus, and the Num that orbits it, that's all courtesy of @GregroxMun via Kopernicus
  14. Oh no, it's not that I don't think people read my stuff--they do, and I'm really grateful for it. It's that the ship (and boats) were such an absolute beast to design, test, build, fly, assemble in orbit, debug through subsequent KSP versions, etc, etc, that I wouldn't expect anyone else to voluntarily go through it!