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Dec 31, 2007


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Like shooting poo poo in a barrel

I'm trying to finish the 3rd draft of a short story, nearish-future scifi primarily focused on the interaction between the protagonist and an emergent, city-spanning AI. Writing sucks and is bad and I should go back to drawing.

I dunno if you've already posted about this thread in the art threads, but you might wanna pop into the major CC threads and let people know this is here, since many folks only read the threads in their bookmarks.

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lofi posted:

Is your AI self-improving ? I can imagine weird poo poo with a relationship when one person is growing smarter by the second. It'd be a bastard to write though.

I'm focusing on one construct within the AI, created to facilitate interaction with the protagonist. The construct is indeed self-teaching, but this is a problem when it starts to disagree with the rest of itself!

No fuckin' idea if i'll pull it off.

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Al! posted:

so can we post dumb poo poo we made itt i hope jk im gonna subject u 2 it anyway



i found a plastic spider ring making a web in my mattress pad somehow

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this broken hill posted:

when i was a kid i used to draw all the time and my people looked like pyramidal gooey-eyed alien things but i didn't care. now i can't draw because every time i try, i look at what i just made and think "that's not a loving human, that's a space crab in a skin suit, kill it, KILL IT" and have to tear it out and throw it away. i don't know at what age i learnt to recognise what does and doesn't look like a human face, it was only like in my mid-20s, but i wish i could un-learn it and go back to the horrific manga beasts of old


this broken hill posted:

now i can only derive artistic satisfaction from cramming my rear end full of conte pencils and leaving a trail of finely powdered charcoal wherever i go, an ephemeral monument to my passage through this world

is this art? am i looking at an art right now???

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this broken hill posted:

no sorry, i'm just a space crab in a skin suit

Oh, well in that case, if this is some kind of normie spacecrab skinsuit thread, im out

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whenever i find myself struggling with the hollowness of the creative process, I make myself revel in it. Like, gently caress, it's not illegal to make meaningless poo poo. If you think too hard about anything it starts to feel meaningless. So I open a google doc and start writing all like "yeah you're a dirty, pointless little story and no one will ever love you. i'm gonna write you so hard even though it's all bullshit, i'm gonna MAKE you exist even though you're trying to shove yourself back up the sphincter of my imagination"

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sebmojo posted:

Mod note

This isn't directed at Kanine or anyone else who's talked about the hideous political realities of the cursed hellscape in which we're currently condemned to trudge,

But enough about your modding

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Stuporstar posted:

I'm just sitting here with a blank page spacing out on the tunes

what the, im also Sitting Here with a blank page

shameful admission, i've been writing a lot to the Sim City 5 soundtrack. Something about the bustle gets me going

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Tollymain posted:

im looking forward to the apocalypse because i'll either end up in a commune self-medicating even more heavily with weed than i do now or ill just die eithers good honestly


dark horse option is the pacific nw region of the us finally getting hit by the big one and my city literally sliding into the sea

eeeew there are way too many pnw goons on here

i'm waiting for The Big One so i can start my apocalypse cult in eastern washington. i will use the stories telling skills i learned on these very forums to put my followers under my spell and marry them all to each other and stuff.

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avshalemon posted:

in this age of corporations, the only way to survive is to become a corporation

I'd get voted off my own board of directors so fast

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Stuporstar posted:

Every word I've written in the past few weeks has been unadulterated poo poo, but I've filled in all the holes in the first half of my first novel. I've passed the halfway mark, after five loving years chipping away at it. Only ten chapters left to finish, holy poo poo I'm gonna loving do this. I'm just gonna keep going and get the loving first draft done already. Let's do this, gently caress yes, right now gooooooooo

gently caress yeah writing buddy

i got serious about writing approx. 6 years ago (largely thanks to you and the others who started thunderdome) and i am JUST NOW finally like "aha it's fitting together"

so thanks, and yes go do the thing goooooo

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avshalemon posted:

right now i'm working on a few things but this is the strangest



trying to get a native australian forest growing in colourful plastic waste receptacles, i have seventeen species so far and hope to end up with three hundred or so, and then if i can make enough noise about innovation and sustainability and engagement with the byproducts of our throwaway culture, maybe somebody will pay me to arrange them in public to be contemplated by the people for 2-3 weeks

hey, neat

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sebmojo posted:

Go for it! Keeping a weekly (or at least regular) schedule, having the winner of last week judge the next and not responding to crits are the key elements that make td work but grab what works, I suspect artists might be tougher than writers about having their babies told they are ugly. Let me know if you want mod help for anything.

i was summoned from my dusty crypt to talk about thunderdoming but yeah basically this.

additionally, the reason writing TD has worked so well is because it's incredibly simple (three judges, the winner of one round judges the next, don't respond to crits), so there aren't too many rules to rules lawyer about. We've added a few over the years, as needed, but mostly the contest is a loosely functional headless monster, and I think that's its strength.

I would probably throw my hat in the ring of artdome, though I got nothing on a lot of the very skilled folks here!

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readingatwork posted:


-If we're concerned about scaring off potential participants how would people feel about having this be a win-only thing for now? As in there would be a winner and HMs but no losers or DMs which would let people participate without being afraid getting their feelings hurt. I'm kind of of two minds on this one since I personally kind of like having having loser titles given but I can see how it could be intimidating, particularly for newer artists who are still learning.


This depends, really. A traditional contest certainly wouldn't have losers or dishonorable mentions. So the question is whether you want people to feel like they're participating in a contest, as opposed to a cage match. I know what worked for writing TD, and honestly, it's thrived in spite of hurt feelings.

Sitting Here fucked around with this message at 05:46 on May 24, 2019

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Warbird posted:

Sorry, but can one of you explain what you’re talking about? A drawing contest of some sort?

Thunderdome is a weekly short fiction contest here in CC. Each round has a winner, a loser, and some honorable and dishonorable mentions, chosen by a rotating trio of judges.

Right now people are talking about creating an art contest with a similar structure.

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I am trying to make a habit of doing artdome more and I really like the prompt this week: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3890426&pagenumber=20#post508237833 (Draw magical folk inspired by real life forests)

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Just a friendly reminder that the next art dome round is live! https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3890426&pagenumber=21#post508830150

Rooms that reveal the character of their occupants.

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So a little while ago Sebmojo asked people to weigh in on what could make CC better and a big thing was that it would be nice to have a central, bookmarkable hub for links and projects. To that end we've come up with the Creative Convention project index, where people can link to their individual threads. Also included is a list of links I hope are helpful.

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I am curious to know which Discords are active and not run by weirdos. For writers and idiots, the Thunderdome Discord is very active, but I'm curious if there are other, similarly active goon art servers. I would love to have a list of them if so!!

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Kanine posted:

I made a post in the OSHA thread about some sketchy poo poo that happened when I was in art school.


I'm curious if anyone else has their own interesting OSHA safety stories to tell about their experiences in art school/in general.

I don't have any stories to add but holy poo poo I'm glad the pointiest tool I use is a micron pen I love horrifying OSHA anti-porn

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