Terminal Pleasure

Don't hate the Pylsur, hate the game.

Anonymous asked: Confession: I think you're the biggest scumbag on Moon Guard.

This anon was sent to Shrilinda.

It’s a tough call. Shrilinda is definitely one of the biggest scumbags on Moon Guard. The only thing keeping her back from being number 1 is the presence of active sexual predators on MG.

BoL Hlemmur “stories”

They aren’t really stories, they are just scenes and most of the versions on Tumblr are early unpolished drafts with the final edits getting posted on the MG forum or BoL boards. I’m collecting them here for my own reference — you don’t need to read them. I just want them in the same place.

Hlemmur and the Fool’s Errand

Hlemmur, Malakk and the Breadman

Hlemmur vs. the Knight-Creeper

Hlemmur Sits along the Riverbank

Hlemmur Describes the Trial

Hlemmur Paints Her Face

Hlemmur Plays Chess

Hlemmur and the Honorable Doll

It sounds like a children’s series.

Writing RP character dialogue

I address this discussion primarily to members of BoL, but anyone may participate.

While writing and looking over that short Hlemmur blurb, I got to thinking about how we express character not only through what a person says but also through how they say it.

When I write a character like Hlemmur, I don’t consciously think about expressing their personality but I do hear a rhythm in my head which I try to match — a sort of music of speech that I try to graft words over.

This gives the dialogue and character an individual sort of feel, I think. All of Hlemmur’s dialogue can be broken down into certain types:

-stories or “bits” quoted from memory, like you see from a comedian trying to anchor sections of his set to an unrelated context such as a roast

-improvised Burroughsian “routines” or flights of fancy

-one liner witticisms based primarily on inversion

So, everything Hlemmur says is governed by oral tradition or oral performance rules. This leads to a lot of:

-stress on organic internal rhyme
-repetition and alliteration
-mirrored structures
-unstressed wordplay

Now, I don’t think about those things while writing the dialogue because I don’t want anything to seem forced. During editing I will try to sharpen them up or accentuate it, but I rarely add anything new because I don’t want it to lose the off-the-cuff/improvised feeling.

So, that’s me as an example, but I would like to hear what “tricks” YOU use to write a character’s dialogue in such a way as to express the character’s personality.

staff:

Welcome to the second installment of our government transparency report, where we explain in (hopefully not boring) detail the government requests we receive for account information, and how we respond to those requests. 
How many requests? From January to June 2014, we provided information—either user data or blog content—for 84% of the requests made, covering 199 blog URLs. This represents approximately 0.00010% of all blogs on Tumblr. Not a huge number, but this is about full disclosure, no matter what the scale. 
Also in this report: some emerging trends in the data, and some information about our improved user notice policy. Plus: a few additional gems to keep you fully educated about when the government is requesting your information, and what we’re doing to defend your rights. 
We take the privacy of your information seriously, as you know, and we’ll be auditing ourselves twice a year from here on out. Look for our next report in early 2015.


I like to think of the NSA reading all those #Signal boosts and genderbent Disney princess headcannons.

staff:

Welcome to the second installment of our government transparency report, where we explain in (hopefully not boring) detail the government requests we receive for account information, and how we respond to those requests.

How many requests? From January to June 2014, we provided information—either user data or blog content—for 84% of the requests made, covering 199 blog URLs. This represents approximately 0.00010% of all blogs on Tumblr. Not a huge number, but this is about full disclosure, no matter what the scale.

Also in this report: some emerging trends in the data, and some information about our improved user notice policy. Plus: a few additional gems to keep you fully educated about when the government is requesting your information, and what we’re doing to defend your rights.

We take the privacy of your information seriously, as you know, and we’ll be auditing ourselves twice a year from here on out. Look for our next report in early 2015.

I like to think of the NSA reading all those #Signal boosts and genderbent Disney princess headcannons.

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