| ||Name's Joel, nice to meet yah. I'm a long-time rper, and I see rping as a wonderful, creative outlet for all sorts of experimentation. I've never been afraid to try new things or push both myself and my ideas in new directions. This challenge is what makes rping enjoyable for me.|
I would say that I'm competent in my abilities to write lyrical prose, to tell compelling stories, and make diverse and interesting characters. Of course, this is only a game. I don't view this as work and would never expect anyone to do it for anything more than good fun. However, beware my brave inquirer, I may be challenging to keep up with; and some more casual players may not enjoy the level of thought and mental gymnastics that writing with me might require. However, if you are like me and are looking for something with more grit, more heat, more bite... then, my friend, by all means, read on.
Principles: There are many commonsense rules that I'm not going to bother explaining. Everything boils down to being
nice fair and always, always being entertaining. Nothing is more boring than accommodating needy players. Give me a reason to want to write with you, and I'll give you the World.
The Overview: Now, the way this usually proceeds for me is that potential players and I will exchange general story ideas until something either sticks or we realize that the chemistry isn't there. While I can bombard you with a laundry list of story hooks, this initial step isn't so much about settling quickly on a story scenario as us feeling out where our respective muses are. How you plot tells me a lot about you and visa-versa. It lets me know how creative you are and how well you can string events together to make some sort of purposeful narrative. Most of the time, we won't even use anything that we plot together... I just like to develop a basic understanding of the story (a framework if you will). Plotting is just to get us started in the right direction, and I won't ever plan out a story in detail beforehand. This initial step usually filters out a lot of players who view rping as literally "role-playing" and not collaborative writing. Step two is us scrutinizing one another's writing samples (post histories) to avoid the usually embarrassing situation where one another's prose or grammar simply isn't at par. Don't worry, I also love writing pulpy crap and messing around with my writing style, where I've gone between two sentence posts to multipage, gratuitous, purple-prose novella level headaches. As I said before, this is just a game to me, and I certainly don't expect you to write me a publishable novel. What follows is us posting together at whatever pace is comfortable. I prefer to use the forum (as it's editable). It is also very important to me that we develop an ooc rapport through either chat, messages, games, or some other outlet. I am writing for you after all... custom written and tailored for you and only you. Let's keep a conversation going.
Okay now if I haven't scared you off, congratulations (!), you've gotten past my tough-talk
flak shield. I'm quite pleasant otherwise, but I simply don't have the patience to hold people's hands anymore. I hope you understand and thank you for reading this long, long introduction. Now, let me (finally) tell you what my interests are... | ||General Interests: I absolutely love playing tough guy characters, largely inspired from the classics but also viewed through a contemporary lens. These are generally flawed characters, assholes probably, perhaps villainous to anti-heroes, and certainly without the sort of support might expect or maybe deserve. These characters are invariably older men who have had enough time to make their mistakes, to make poor choices, and matured enough to regret them. I'm interested in stories that explore morality, fear, guilt, and struggle. Is this sounding a lot like a hard-boiled dime novel or a western or a cheesy 80s action movie? Excellent. I'm personally fascinated by heteronormative aspects of stories and essentially f-king with them. For my part, I enjoy exploring masculine attributes in characters (both male and female), and while I think on the surface my characters are hyper-masculine (yang might be a better word), I like playing with how to better humanize and balance them to the reader without compromising the facade they present in the story. For example, Daniel Craig's homoerotic quip in the recent Bond movie is such a delicious flip on the old fashioned playboy.|
Settings are always a really tricky one to pin down for me. I admit that I'm very finicky with tastes that run wildly from one extreme to another. Let me just say that I'm really uninspired by anime (clearly there are some excellent ones but I've rarely seen anyone mentioning Studio Ghibli as inspiration in RP). I'm also leery of high fantasy and similarly overwrought sci-fi. The reasons are the same. My feeling is that setting should be curated to provide only the bare minimum in order to progress the story... a story that is about characters. All that said, I still love world-building and can do that a lot on the side. They are all just ideas of course, and I fully expect most of it to end up on the cutting room floor. Recently, I've been leaning towards the supernatural, the contemporary criminal underworld, and early twentieth century. But, I've played stories in antiquity, medieval, the Civil War, in Westerns, slice of life drama, horror, post-apoc (Joel... hint hint), and sci-fi future. I've also played fantasy too and written stories in magical realism prose and also screen writing format. Anyway, the point is that I'm really open to ideas. Oh, and I also enjoy writing really good smut, because seriously shouldn't it always make you excited to read and write it? While we are on that note, I'll mention that I have considered mxm pairings before, but these stories have rarely worked out for me. If you are interested in a mxm pairing please be aware that I'm more drawn to the psychology of gay characters than smut (although I have a feeling it'd be epic if I ever manage a decent story that holds my attention).
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At a Glance...
| ||Fandoms/Inspirations: Hellboy/BPRD (comic), Penny Dreadful, The Drop*, Fables* (comic), Haruki Mirakami, Elmore Leonard, Cloud Atlas (book), Space Odyssey, Solaris, Interstellar, Battlestar Galactica (new), Lawless*, The Proposition, The Last of Us, Cold Mountain, Lost, 12 Monkeys, Inception, Mad Max, Fringe, Crono Trigger, The Walking Dead (comic), Indiana Jones, Game of Thrones, Bioshock, Xcom, True Grit, Firefly, Blade Runner, and lots more... |
Character Aesthetics: Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard*, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy*, Rosario Dawson*, Jake Gyllenhaal*, Zoe Saldana, Julianne Moore, Rhianna, Sam Worthington, Jason Momoa, Kate Mara, Noomi Rapace*, Rooney Mara, Lupita Nyong'o, Ben Wishshaw, Zhang Ziyi, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jean Dujardin, Eva Green, and lots more...
(*) soft spot for these
Please and Thank You...
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