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  • winterwolf0100
    Jul 16, 2024

    Happy birthdayyy! I'm late in the day, but I hope it all went well for you

  • Ooh, I'm apparently only six reviews away from the next milestone! (Not the next star, as all stars after yellow require a hundred reviews, so you get your first blue only at 350.) :D

    Okay, if you're reading this, reply with a work and I'll review it sometime in the next month, until I reach 300. If I'm feeling generous, I might even continue past that. XD

    Also, some random, unsolicited advice: if you're ever quoting from a book of fiction like in the YWS quote generator, don't put "[author], [novel]" as the attribution, as that's factually incorrect; put "[character], [novel] by [author]" instead. (This is the same reason why you don't quote the editor of a book of non-fiction that has chapters written by different people.) Characters could say some really nasty things, after all, and I wouldn't want that attributed to me if it were my character being quoted. X_x

    Kaia I love that last sentence. Yeh don't quote me; quote my character xP
    Jul 8, 2024

    BrumalHunter Exactly. XD
    Jul 15, 2024

  • This will be so incredibly random but I really enjoy reading all your continuous updates in the LMS club xD

    Slight Edit: For a tiny bit of context, I'm finally editing my own LMS and your comments long ago about my descriptions are finally being addressed. Thank you again for that by the way. You probably don't even remember writing that review but its one of the best bits of advice I've ever gotten. Which is why I wanted to make this wall post after silently reading your updates for so many weeks. I'll stop this ramble now. Hope you're having a good day <3

    BrumalHunter Aww, thank you! :D You are very brave to be reading what are effectively weekly ramblings, but I'm very pleasantly surprised and pleased to hear you're enjoying them. XD

    I had to check the review to refresh my memory (and unlike you, who write YWS reviews like your life depends on it O.o), and I'm glad you still find it helpful! It's a bit clinical and not awfully encouraging, but I tried to give you useful critiques, so as long as that holds up, I did my job right. B)

    I know this isn't necessary, but as a token of appreciation for your interest and gratitude, I'd like to offer you another review! You can reply with a link to any of your works and I'll happily review it sometime in the next two weeks! It's now actually been more than a year since my last review, but I'm always happy to share my thoughts with someone who values them. :D

    PS: I checked your profile just to verify something, and I saw I wasn't following you! I typically follow anyone I consider important or noteworthy and with whom I've at least had some interaction, and you definitely fall in that category, so I've addressed my mistake. Blame it on how little I'm present on the site, or I'd have noticed much sooner. XD

    And moreover, we normally follow people who say nice things to us. XP

    Jun 16, 2024

    KateHardy You're Welcome <3 They are most enjoyable ramblings xD.

    It was honestly more encouraging than you think xD That tone of c'mon you can do better than these mistakes was genuinely really inspiring.

    Well I'd be honored<33 And you definitely don't have to if you find yourself busy <3
    The Meet Cute: Behind The Scenes Edition Part One

    <33 Thank you for the follow. It appears I am guilty of the same mistake so have a follow back. :)

    Jun 17, 2024

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  • Happy and Safe Pride Month, colourful peeps! <3

  • Sometimes, when you see people being happy and positive and so intensely naive and saccharine that your aqueous humour starts turning into syrup, you just… need to STFU and walk away. Nobody wants the unsolicited commentary of a disillusioned relic.

  • I logged in just now to submit my thousand words for Pokémon: Purgatory for the week, and as soon as I saw the three comments posted on my wall, I realised oh yeah, it was my cake day recently! :D

    To those of you who posted, thank you! I'm not around all that much anymore, but this relic— HOLY CRUMPET, IT'S BEEN TEN YEARS! :shock:

    I've been on YWS for a decade now. Damn, I'm officially ancient. I was just going to say that for those who might find it interesting, I was apparently proposed to on that day by a Jojo-posing, golden immortal when I entered his embassy to buy a souvenir. :lol:

    (Don't congratulate me for getting married; it's just joking phrasing, with the full context enspoilered below. :P)

    Spoiler! :
    I started playing Yu-Gi-Oh for the first time last month. I'm playing on Master Duel, and it's done several things for its two-year anniversary, including making alternate-art cards available for a limited amount of time. I think the regular art of "Eldlich the Golden Lord" looks ridiculous, whereas his alternate art is way cooler. I do have a zombie deck, so on pure impulse, I bought a single pack (my first one) from the "Immortal Royalty" pack, just to see if I could get him, since I'd greatly prefer this art if I ever did use him. I consider the odds before I do anything lottery-related, so I knew I very likely wouldn't get him.


    And then I did. In foil. On my first try, as mentioned!

    The marriage thing is just a joke my best friend made when I told him (I'm bi, but there's also other inside-context that would take too long to explain now), and the embassy thing comes from the fact that I "took a look around" by drawing his pack, didn't think anything would come of it, but did it just because anyway. The phrasing is purely us having fun. I had a 0.045% chance of getting this particular card in foil, so I don't think it's hard to see why this was the highlight of my day. 8) :smt047

  • happy cake day!

    BrumalHunter Thanks, Blue! ^_^
    Mar 31, 2024

  • Cake day, cake day!! Hope you have an amazing dayy!! 🎂

    BrumalHunter Thank you, thank you~ ;P
    Mar 31, 2024

  • haaaaappy cake dayyyyyy!! :D hope it's a great one!!

    BrumalHunter Thank you! It was great, but I realised I didn't have cake, so I need to rectify that error as soon as possible. XD
    Mar 31, 2024

    Spearmint excellent!! and yes, definitely rectify that grave mistake soon =P
    Mar 31, 2024

  • Happy Former-Date-of-the-Winter-Solstice, people! :D

    (The Church decided to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December starting in the third century CE, which was historically the day on which the Romans celebrated the winter solstice! The solstice has since been moved to fall anywhere between December 20th–22nd.)

  • Given my avatar, I'd probably be one of those people that just leaves the Christmas tree up all year. XD

  • I had a fight with someone I consider an ex-friend (for a while now) about five hours ago, but I still had an obligation to myself to write the weekly 1K words for my novel, so I took a few hours off and then followed through with the commitment! It feels good to write despite numerous impulses telling me not to. ^_^

    EllieMae <3333
    Nov 26, 2023

    BrumalHunter <3
    Dec 3, 2023

  • happy birthday!

  • happy birthday hunter! hope it's a good one

    BrumalHunter Oh, thanks! Haha, I knew not even my family would celebrate it much this year, so I jokingly told them it's cancelled and I'll just jump straight from 25 to 27 next year. XD
    Jul 16, 2023

  • I already gave a long victory speech on the club wall, so I'm just including it in here. XD

    Omni wrote:Everyone! It has been a long time coming, but we have finally reached the end of LMS Round VI!

    The final week of Blizzard was hard fought, and hard won! First off, please give a huge congratulations to every Warrior who made it to the final week of Blizzard and wrote for it! @BrumalHunter @SilverNight @WeepingWisteria have all been through so much and came out of the raging snowstorm stronger than before.

    Congratulations to @WeepingWisteria for getting third place with 15033 words!

    Congratulations to @SilverNight for getting second place with 22150 words!

    And Congratulations to @BrumalHunter for getting first place with 40076 words!

    BrumalHunter is the Last Man Standing of LMS Round VI!

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    BrumalHunter wrote:The first time I participated in Last Man Standing was during Round II, which took place in 2015 and 2016. My novel was about an Electrike going to school and learning to become a Pokémon battler as part of a team. It was a lot of fun, but it required a lot of work, both in terms of research and in terms of posting. I got distracted during Week 30 and fell out, which was a shame, but my best friend @TinkerTwaggy ended up winning the round while he was visiting me in South Africa, so I have no regrets there!

    After that round, Tenyo created Blizzard to shorten the competition's length. With three rounds having passed since I last participated, I decided last year that sure, I would join Round VI and see if I could prove to myself that I have what it takes to survive the original icy hell. I again went with a Pokémon novel, called Pokémon Purgatory, but I learned from my mistakes last time and adapted to the current environment. I specifically crafted a setting that would allow me to not only follow the story yet write as much fluff or rubbish as was required to just keep progressing, but also to make it possible to write the insane amounts required by Blizzard. (I did my due diligence and checked how the previous three Blizzards had went, naturally.) I was determined and ready.

    I was the first to submit on Week 1, but even just two weeks later, I was waiting until 21:00 or 22:00 on Sunday night to write my thousand words for the week. I abandoned all pretence of formal submission and just went with spoilers in my posts in the threads. So it continued until Week 38, at which point I switched gears and prepared myself for the madness ahead. I was determined and confident, and as Blizzard commenced, I felt I stood a very good chance of actually succeeding in my goal.

    The third week of Blizzard was already a tough one. The progression from 1K to 2.5K to 6K to 13K was manageable, but I expected the fourth week would be around 20K. Unfortunately, the final week got impatient and ate that particular week, so any thoughts of warming up perished with it. I knew, as a result, that I'd likely write a decent amount earlier in the week but leave most of it for the end, yet I didn't — couldn't — expect how the week would ultimately turn out.

    I didn't sleep on the final day and wrote for nearly 20 consecutive hours. I had set myself two goals: reach a word total of 100K for my novel, and if possible, submit 40K words by the end and set a new LMS record. I succeeded in both of these, so regardless of whether I would win or lose, I was satisfied. The spoilers below show videos from a rhythm game I play, with thematically appropriate maps and songs; the first spoiler represents how I thought the final week would go, but the second spoiler represents how it actually went.

    I ended up winning! I had proven to myself that my determination was enough, for once in my life, to actually complete an important and very demanding task within the deadline. My preparation had paid off, and I possessed the skill to see it through. I've grown immensely from this experience and I will cherish it forever; I will not be doing it again. XD

    Thank you to the organisers and other participants for making Last Man Standing: Round VI possible! And thank you especially to TinkerTwaggy for your undying support. I wish the best of luck to all future participants, and as Pokémon Purgatory is still far from done (would you believe me if I told you the first chapter isn't done yet?), you'll probably see me around as a Rogue, still pumping out my weekly thousand words.

    It's over. BUT NOT FOR ME! ;D

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    alliyah Congratulations, what an amazing achievement!
    Jul 4, 2023

I'd be a quote vigilante. A literary Batman. Someone had better be quoting me now!
— Feltrix