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Online Al Terego

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9100 on: April 28, 2020, 10:47:57 pm »
I really wish I had a working toaster and bread now...

Good evening Al! Evening Rose!

How are you both?

Quarantined :)

Hi Celeste *waves*

Offline Onakakit

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9101 on: April 28, 2020, 11:29:14 pm »
A good PB&J sandwich with the crust cut off? For you, Celeste!



I understand quarantined. It is not very fun.

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9102 on: April 28, 2020, 11:33:57 pm »
Yaaaaay! Thanks Ona <3

Hey Al *waves back*. Ugh, I know. My friend and I actually started skyping every day from like 2-10pm just because it's so boring being home and not being able to actually hang out. Sometimes it's just blocks of silence while we work on stuff but it's nice at least having that other presence there.

Offline MasterMischief

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9103 on: April 29, 2020, 07:07:11 am »
Thunderstorm woke me up and then put me into a nice, deep sleep.  I hope we get more rain.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.

Offline atenai

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9104 on: April 29, 2020, 08:18:53 am »
I absolutely meant to write *(not that normies aren't enjoyable either).*

My bad! I'm having a devastating mental sword fight with a Migraine who brought a giant hammer where as I only have my trusty butter knife.
I am impressed! The best I usually do is chess with my migraines. Takes a lot longer and drags everything out. My sympathies to a fellow migraineur. I hope you're feeling better today, Onakakit.

Online Al Terego

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9105 on: April 29, 2020, 08:43:13 am »
Vitamin B2 and zinc supplements often help, according to a recommendation we got from a specialist.

Offline Onakakit

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9106 on: April 29, 2020, 10:06:15 am »
Yaaaaay! Thanks Ona <3

Hey Al *waves back*. Ugh, I know. My friend and I actually started skyping every day from like 2-10pm just because it's so boring being home and not being able to actually hang out. Sometimes it's just blocks of silence while we work on stuff but it's nice at least having that other presence there.

It is still good to stay in contact with friends no matter the format. Glad that you are in touch with a friend so that you don't get lonely.

Thunderstorm woke me up and then put me into a nice, deep sleep.  I hope we get more rain.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.

No thunder here, but heavy wind so maybe it will find it's way where I am. I agree that Thunderstorms make the best sleep aids. Hope you are having a good day, Mischief!

I am impressed! The best I usually do is chess with my migraines. Takes a lot longer and drags everything out. My sympathies to a fellow migraineur. I hope you're feeling better today, Onakakit.

I appreciate that, Atenai. I am feeling a little better today. A slow drawn out game of chess? That does sound about right for a Migraine invasion. It is like the Princess Bride, you just don't know which Migraine role you take on till it comes. Will it be the brain (slow and drawn out), the muscle (brain bashing throbbing nightmare), or the strategic (when you are all out of tea and migraine medication). I hope you aren't having any migraine monstrosities invading today.

Vitamin B2 and zinc supplements often help, according to a recommendation we got from a specialist.


I will have to look into that. Thank you for the information, Al!

Offline BrokenAbyss

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9107 on: April 29, 2020, 11:00:04 am »
Hello BrokenAbyss! I read your introduction. I enjoyed reading about your "weirdest" character. I was in a role-play based off of Vampire The Masquerade where I played a Malkavian once. Characters with abstract mental states are very enjoyable from the norm (not that normies are enjoyable either).

Thank you! I have to admit, it was a challenge to write her. I try to make characters that feel alive, genuine like they could be real people. And creating six of those mashed into one body was... interesting. But I still loved it and I wish I could recreate the broken beauty of it.

I think I've heard of that game, but I've never played it myself. So, I had to do a quick search on what a Malkavian is, and it reminds me quite a lot of some other characters I've done. I don't know, broken mental states are just so interesting. It adds so much depth to a character because so few people in the world are perfect. Everyone has flaws, and mental ones seem to be the most fun to write about.

Offline Onakakit

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9108 on: April 29, 2020, 11:37:17 am »
I most defiantly agree. Playing characters with flaws allows for that touch of realism and identifiable connection between writer, character, and reader. As a writer, you feel you have created an actual though fictional person from the uneven amount of freckles on their face to the superpower that allows them to hold up the universe. As a character, they can grow and change to either break further or rebuild themselves time and time again. And finally, as a reader, you can feel as though that character has a piece of you, that you identify "Hey, I would have done that!" or "I'm broken like that, I understand that pain."


Offline BrokenAbyss

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9109 on: April 29, 2020, 11:42:41 am »
Honestly, I doubt I could have explained the beauty of it better than that! It captures the essence of what I try to accomplish beautifully.

All of my characters tend to have aspects that are larger than life, be it powers that let them compete with gods, or wealth, whatever. But, having that bit of Humanity gives them a chance to grow and improve and be relatable. It's honestly one of the things I hate most about some heroes in today's fiction. Take a well known and beloved character like Superman. I can't stand him. He's boring, one dimensional, goody-two-shoes. He has no flaws, or at least not significant ones. Contrast him to Batman, who does have that depth of character. I've always loved learning about Batman because of that extra depth, that pain, that anger. It's far more interesting for me and far more believable. Human's aren't good, nor are they evil. Humans are flawed, broken bits of stardust. A perfect character is simply fictitious. But, a broken, flawed character is... beautiful, realistic, relatable.

Offline atenai

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9110 on: April 29, 2020, 11:46:04 am »
Vitamin B2 and zinc supplements often help, according to a recommendation we got from a specialist.
Can confirm, but on some level these are useful for everyone to be taking. I don't know that I've actually seen any major difference in headache activity with them?
I appreciate that, Atenai. I am feeling a little better today. A slow drawn out game of chess? That does sound about right for a Migraine invasion. It is like the Princess Bride, you just don't know which Migraine role you take on till it comes. Will it be the brain (slow and drawn out), the muscle (brain bashing throbbing nightmare), or the strategic (when you are all out of tea and migraine medication). I hope you aren't having any migraine monstrosities invading today.
I like that! The trio are very apt, and I kinda wish I could draw something to that effect. But now migraines are definitely Princess Bride references if not the usual chessgame! ;D

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9111 on: April 30, 2020, 12:00:03 am »
I don't know, broken mental states are just so interesting. It adds so much depth to a character because so few people in the world are perfect. Everyone has flaws, and mental ones seem to be the most fun to write about.
They are, indeed. I always try to add the psychological side to my characters because it really adds a lot of depth. It's not always easy and a huge challenge, but that is half the fun. ;D

Offline Wickedelights

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9112 on: May 02, 2020, 12:58:40 pm »
Wanders in with a pitcher of mimosas to curl up and read

Greetings and salutations lovelies!

Online Al Terego

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9113 on: May 02, 2020, 01:17:48 pm »
Ahoy matey!  Welcome to E!

I once tried reading a pitcher of mimosas.
It didn't go well.

Offline Wickedelights

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9114 on: May 02, 2020, 01:24:19 pm »
Reading WITH one is a little easier, at least for a while. Once you get down towards the bottom though, I imagine it's about the same.

Thanks for the welcome!

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9115 on: May 02, 2020, 01:43:48 pm »
Oh!  That makes much more sense!

*Tries to fit the pitcher over his eyes, struggles for a bit, then sighs and goes back to his glasses, muttering under his breath about the follies of the younger generation*

Here's something small to start the weekend off:



Offline Wickedelights

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9116 on: May 02, 2020, 01:49:10 pm »
Mmmm those look delish!

Giggles and watches you curiously with a couple glasses in hand.

Well, I suppose that's one way to do it!  I prefer to drink it while I read though...

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9117 on: May 02, 2020, 01:57:19 pm »
~peeks in, waves and drops some coffees~

Happy weekend, everyone! :-)

Offline Wickedelights

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9118 on: May 02, 2020, 02:00:13 pm »
Happy weekend Nico! Blows kisses Thanks for the coffee, I will need some.. after the mimosas that is. How are you today?

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9119 on: May 02, 2020, 02:05:14 pm »
Happy weekend Nico! Blows kisses Thanks for the coffee, I will need some.. after the mimosas that is. How are you today?

You're welcome! Welcome to E! :-)

Oh, I am doing okay today, thank you. I was of no use the past days because I suffered from an episode of bad migraine combined with severe nausea. But today is the first days this week where I feel like a human being again! How are you?

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9120 on: May 02, 2020, 02:10:18 pm »
Mmmm those look delish!

This is one of the most calorie-rich threads on E :)

Giggles and watches you curiously with a couple glasses in hand.

Well, I suppose that's one way to do it!  I prefer to drink it while I read though...

That was the result of too much drinking.  I'll make sure to stick to my spectacles next time.

Best of luck on your approval!

Offline Wickedelights

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9121 on: May 02, 2020, 02:20:13 pm »
Hasn't anyone ever told you that it's calorie free if you share Al Terego?!

Aww I'm so sorry about the migraine, I get them too and they do tend to knock you out for days. :(  I'm ok Nico, thanks for asking. I'm currently playing Pathfinder with my group over discord while lovingly fondling my mighty dice hoard. (I have a SLIGHT addiction to pretty dice...)

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9122 on: May 02, 2020, 02:22:29 pm »

Aww I'm so sorry about the migraine, I get them too and they do tend to knock you out for days. :(  I'm ok Nico, thanks for asking. I'm currently playing Pathfinder with my group over discord while lovingly fondling my mighty dice hoard. (I have a SLIGHT addiction to pretty dice...)
I'm so used to the migraines by now, I get them since I was in puberty. It's in my mother's side of the family. What knocks me out is the meds I take. They are good, but they tend to make me drowsy and sleepy all the time. Buuuut I think the worst is over now. I even managed to write two replies today. ;D

Sounds good!

Offline Wickedelights

Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9123 on: May 02, 2020, 02:32:03 pm »
2 replies?  That brings up an interesting question. How many stories do most regular members partake in at any one time? It seems like with such an active community and so many people and ideas floating about that it would be very easy and tempting to over extend oneself.

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Re: Welcome to the New Doormat
« Reply #9124 on: May 02, 2020, 02:37:11 pm »
2 replies?  That brings up an interesting question. How many stories do most regular members partake in at any one time? It seems like with such an active community and so many people and ideas floating about that it would be very easy and tempting to over extend oneself.
Yes. And..I have no clue. I can only speak for myself and I will not overwhelm myself. I have a comfortable amount of stories with room for more but I know where my limits are. :-) I am already slow at times and too many stories will only increase that. ~laughs~ But I now that there are members with a huge amount of stories.