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671 Hallmark movies.
Please don’t make Kevin Hart Roland.
"After over twenty-two years, I decided to end my cooperation with Techland. I would like to express my gratitude to the company that has allowed me to develop and fulfill myself for half of my life. Techland, I will always be rooting for you, as well as the great people I have met thanks to you. I wish you that Dying light 2 and subsequent projects will become world hits.
Good bye and good luck!"
Source on his LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6752261437164519424/
Before we begin this tale, I’d like to make note that these events took place in January of 2012. Because of this, many sources are no longer available, and I have to rely on my own memory and quotations preserved through forum and tumblr posts from the time.
It was January of 2012. The world was preparing for the apocalypse, Obama was preparing for his re-election, and Dragon Age creator David Gaider tweeted “Plagiarize if you like-- hey, knock yourself out-- but claim originality, along with "I never even heard of Dragon Age"? ****, please.”
The tweet led to mass confusion in the fandom. Although at the time the role-playing genre was considered to be a bit more niche within the video game circle, Dragon Age was an award-winning, bestselling series with a financially-successful sequel that had only been out for ten months, known especially for its at-the-time progressive cast and acclaimed plot. Did someone really think they could get away with plagiarizing a AAA video game? Yes, yes they did.
Michelle Franklin was known in the Dragon Age fandom for her fic Sten and the Warden. The fic focused on her version of the player character, the Warden, and 8-foot-tall
sex god professional scary man Sten. Sten came from a mysterious warrior culture called the Qunari, and served as the player’s introduction to a group that would go on to become one of the player’s adversaries.
Franklin’s fic became incredibly popular in some niche Dragon Age circles, since a notable number of people find velvet-voiced giants with swords fairly attractive. Franklin even ran in-character Q&A columns on deviantArt, in which she wrote as Sten and responded to questions her readers sent in. I even read some of them at the time. With the recent success of Fifty Shades of Grey, and her own popularity in the Dragon Age fandom, Franklin began seeing dollar signs.
The timeline is unclear, but at some point between 2009 and 2010, Franklin contacted Gaider, sending him her fanfic and asking if there was any way he could contract her and publish the book. He said no.
Undeterred, Franklin edited the book to create her own universe, and sometime in 2010 published the book under Red Willow... keep reading on reddit ➡
Just comment the best possible way to kill somebody and I’ll dm you a personalized snuff video!
Howey's post is absolutely massive. He calls it "just 40 insights" but each insight ranges from a page to a chapter in length. I read it all, and even though I've been writing for some years now, I still found new nuggets of information.
If you don't know who Hugh Howey is, he self-pubbed his stories, made it big on the Kindle, got picked up by Simon & Schuster without even submitting to them (i.e. trad pub came to him, asking for permission to publish him), and did some crazy things in promotion, like handing out his entire book on a business-card-looking USB stick to fans at conventions. He knows what he's talking about.
If you're starting out, and especially if you're a plotter and want advice on how to be effective, then Howey's posts are for you (be advised, they're big, this could easily have been a writing advice book):
Part 1 - Writing: https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights-part-one-becoming-a-writer/
Part 2 - Drafting: https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights-part-two-the-rough-draft/
Part 3 - Revising: https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights-part-three-the-revision-process/
Part 4 - Publishing: https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights-part-four-publishing-your-book/
This year we have gone from Justin Fields is just below Trevor Lawrence to Fields isnt QB 2.
And now in 3 quarters against Clemson, Fields has 385 yards passing and 6 passing touchdowns.
So tomorrow when you start reading these “experts” columns, remember that half of them have flip flopped on Fields all year long.
Because the next thing that will happen is someone will suggest Fields should go ahead of Lawrence.
Use your common sense.
I just had to write this out because I've been on Cloud 9 all weekend and want to express some thoughts. I see a lot of posts here about people struggling with the making process, whether it be due to writers fatigue, troubles with mixing, and music promotion. I totally get that, when you're working on songs for months at a time, sometimes you just can't make things sound the way you want and you just get SO goddamn discouraged. I started working on an album in January 2020 and the road towards finishing it has been filled with troubles, self doubts, feeling like my music sucked, thinking nobody would listen to it, etc.
But I kept coming here and reading all the comments to threads about people struggling. The support this community provides is so uplifting. Every time I hit a road block I would come here and search posts to find the comments that told people to just stop caring about what other people think and do it for YOURSELF. That is the main thing, you need to want to make the music for YOURSELF first and ONLY yourself. And that's the mindset I tried to keep coming back to: If I finish this project, and I am happy with it, then that is all I need. I don't need to become famous, I don't need to count spotify streams, I just need to finish this project because I love music and I love making it.
Well, I finally finished my album and released it over the weekend. And guess what? Not that many people listened to it. And that's okay, because I got a few messages from old high school friends who I hadn't heard from in a decade who said they really dug it! And even my few close friends who listened to it only because they wanted to support me, they each picked a favorite song and told me the parts they liked, the parts they didn't like. It was really awesome.
Sorry for the rambling, but I just wanted to put it out there for anyone who is struggling with the process. It can be hard, it can be lonely, it can seem like a constant uphill battle, but if YOU enjoy the project you put out, then you should be proud of it. And even if you only get a few people to check it out and give you feedback, those moments are the most rewarding moments you can ever imagine. I screenshotted every text conversation I had with a friend about it, which I will save and look back on any time I feel down on myself again. Whether you get a million streams or ten streams, those ten people took the time to check out what you're passionate about. And that's a success in and of its... keep reading on reddit ➡
His wife Maryse also was not allowed at the after-party. Top Bloke Move
If you can come back for Pringles, you can come back for this. Please. We need you.
Disney has recently released a line of books and comics branded "The High Republic". Youtubers are angry due to the presence of some female and minority characters.