Thousand Roads

A Pokémon fansite dedicated to the creative side of the Pokémon fandom, especially fanfiction.

miltank

beth

Hi there! I'm in college working on a research project! We want to generate word clouds using tf-idf to prioritize unique words. Some Googling brought up a page on your website where you applied this technique to fanfics (/stuff/wordcloud_explanation.htm) and from your explanation, it sounded like exactly what we're looking for. I would love to talk code and algorithms for this with you! Did you write the code yourself and if so, is it hosted anywhere so that my partner and I can take a look? If your code isn't hosted anywhere, talking generally about algorithms for it would also be super useful for us! The contact page said this was the best place to start getting in touch, but my partner also sent you a message on tumblr to try reaching out there!

umbreon

Runtoastrun

This is clever. I can use this for a chat RP that I'm doing. Very useful.

noctowl

Z4ck0r

I have a Hypno that knows Steam Eruption, Flare Blitz, Nuzzle & Sheer Cold. That Hypno might be my favorite Pokemon on the Randomizer

diglett

Refdow

thx for this tool, I needed something like this before and ended up doing it manually...

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

You need to put a semicolon after the pokémon's name if you want to make a sprite. Just posting a sprite is pretty spammy, though; in the future I'll delete comments like this.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Yeah, it would definitely be difficult to pick up where you left off on a 'fic that's been dormant for more than a year or so, I think; in that case a rewrite seems totally sensible, if you're still interested in the story itself and don't want to get back into it solely because you feel obligated to finish. Your style, and probably the ideas you have for the story as well, will have shifted so much that there would probably be a big disconnect between the earlier and later chapters even if you did decide to pick up where you left off rather than rewriting.

Good luck with your reboot! I'll be sure to check it out once it gets posted. Also, glad you liked the NaNoWriMon. (I really need to set up comment threading or something that makes it clearer what someone's responding to, aaarrgh...)

parasect

txteclipse

Website: Enigmatic Crystal

I embarked on a complete, nothing-is-sacred, throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater rewrite of my longest fic last year. I hadn't worked on that story since 2010 or so, and in my mind it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. Like, really dead. But then I realized a lot of the characters and themes resonate with me more than anything else I've written, and I decided It Was Time. So I leaped in feet-first.

Now I'm at around the same word count as the original story and still going. Everything is so different! All my characters have changed, the plot's complexity has gone from "pretzel" to "bowl of spaghetti," and I'm having a blast. But in the back of my mind there's still that feeling that nothing I'm writing now is particularly better than before. I know it's not true (looking at one of my old chapters confirms that pretty quickly), but I know what it's like to succumb to writing drudgery and I don't want it to happen again, not with this story especially.

So I guess my response is "great article, I agree with it, but it also depends." I think in a case like mine where the story was pretty much dead anyway, a reboot can't hurt anything. Going back to work on earlier chapters while the story is still in progress, on the other hand? Probably not a good idea. If I've learned anything about writing over the years, it's that sometimes you just have to write.

metapod

txteclipse

Website: Enigmatic Crystal

Is this where all the cool kids hang out? Loved using the word count widget on my NaNo this year!

cubchoo

Butterfree

Website: The Cave of Dragonflies

Maybe the sheer fact that you didn't even bother to question whether it was a good idea was a pretty good indicator that it was?

Perhaps! I did think something like that when I was writing my original comment - that when you're in that sort of state of mind about your writing where you can churn out chapters at a breakneck pace with no hangups, rewriting is a lot less costly than when you deliberate over every word. The good-enough zone is probably not defined only by the story not needing rewriting as much, but also significantly by how much longer it'll probably take you to rewrite once you've achieved a certain level of competence.

I gotcha. Since I don't have a large project along the lines of TQftL, I probably over-value moving on to new material.

That or I'm a sentimental sap who over-values old stuff. :P I have a major tendency to be extremely attached to anything I've owned or worked on for a very long time, so I'm probably less enthused about doing something shiny and new than most people. (See also how most of my future fanfiction plans seem to be rewriting or continuing my existing completed stuff.) I don't really expect anyone else to see things the same way I do, but for me personally I'm quite happy to have been working on TQftL all this time rather than doing something else.

(I also agree that Morphic is "good enough," and actually I think it's kind of interesting how much better it is than most of the other stuff you wrote in 2007, no offense to the other stuff you wrote in 2007.)

Ahaha, I'm actually wayyyy more cringey about the early Morphic chapters than the QftL chapters I wrote around that time, or even earlier. I can't even properly tell you how I feel about their objective quality because I have this powerful physical aversion to even looking at them, so I've made, like, one attempt to reread them in the past five-plus years (but I spent most of that one attempt internally screaming at how exaggerated and fake everything was and being horrified I haven't gotten around to that rewrite yet). But that likely has something to do with the fact Morphic is a lot more adult and ambitious, which sort of sets a higher bar for a lot of things. I do think it's definitely better overall than anything else I was writing around that time.

And like I said, I hope it didn't come across like I was saying "you made the WRONG DECISION you shouldn't have done that rewrite;" I just wanted to try to understand where you were coming from, since we have different perspectives on the issue.

Oh, no, I didn't think so. If my comment came off as defensive, that's my bad. I'm not really even trying to persuade you of the validity of my rewrites, just musing on my personal experiences with and feelings about them.

So how are Chapter 66-69 edits coming along?

I haven't been working on them much lately, unfortunately - been busy with other stuff. So I'm still in a similar place of making some final edits to 66 and then getting on with 67.

Ohhh, Phoenixsong had that error, too, but she wasn't able to reproduce it. I bet you're right and it's the security token that's expiring (it's set to expire after an hour, if that helps decide if that was what happened to you?); I did not even realize that could happen and didn't include an error message for it.

It had been probably over 24 hours since I loaded the page, so yeah, it would definitely have expired.

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