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Gaming Comics?

Hey, y’all! Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days; I spent the weekend at Amber’s house. I’m back now.
So, I haven’t gotten a single post suggestion, so I decided to become ~independent~ and come up with my own ideas. What would my readers think about a comic, drawn by me, about gaming adventures and crud like that? I could do stories, I could cross over video games, or I could make them instructional; tell me your ideas in the comments.
But, in the meantime, please vote on this poll.

Thanks for your feedback!! :^)

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of Story Beginnings

Hey, guys, and welcome to another Tween Fiction Girl post! Even though I’ve only ever finished two or three stories (GOOD stories, like the kind that other humans can read, that is) I’ve started to write many, many more than that. I have a whole folder on my computer devoted to stories and ideas. Even though few of these make it past Chapter 2, there’s one part that’s written in every book: the beginning.

While climaxes and action – maybe even endings – are way more fun to write, the beginning of the story may just be the most important part of every book or story that’s ever been written down. Every book is different, of course, but there’s a few things that every beginning must do.
– They must draw the reader into the story. If your beginning is stale or boring, the reader will struggle to get through it, and they’ll almost definitely lose hope and stop reading.
– They must give the reader necessary information about the premise of the story. Try to describe your main characters, but don’t go into TOO much detail; endless words about every thread of everything the character is wearing and every detail about every aspect of their body may be nice for you to imagine, but no one wants to read that. Don’t go into the extreme, either – give the reader some information about the surroundings of the main character, or it’ll be difficult to get into the mood of the book.
– They must introduce the mood of the story. Getting the reader to keep reading and telling them what’s happening around them is a great start, but giving them all the details of the world isn’t enough to get your story started. Tell them what they need to know about the story – the characters, the problem, the culture surrounding the setting. Is this a sad story, or a happy story? Scary, or funny? Make sure that’s clear early on.

Of course, beginnings can change. While you’re writing the rest of the story, all the beginning has to do is get you involved. As long as you won’t lose interest, it’s great. For now.

But, after the first draft of the story is written, you’ll likely want to go back and change it. Imagine it from the point of view of someone who’s just getting to know the world you’ve created. Is there information about the characters that doesn’t fit in with what the rest of the story says, or maybe it should be revealed later? Does it seem boring and droning, or does it leap into the action without enough setup at the beginning? If something seems wrong, fix it.

Of course, it’s not a good idea to jump straight from writing the ending of the book to writing the beginning. Let it sit for a little while first. If you’re still in the mood that writing the ending put you in, wait a little while. If your book starts out happy and winds up sad, you want to make sure that you’re capable of writing an actually happy beginning before jumping into it. Make sure the mood of your story flows, or the beginning will seem as out of place as it did if there were flaws in the actual writing of it.

As with any part of the story, make sure the grammar is accurate and readable. Vary the length of your sentences. Add some short ones here and there, or put a long one every paragraph or so. It’ll make the wording seem more natural and easy to understand, thus letting your reader get through it more easily.

If your story’s beginning meets these recommendations, then congratulations! You’re well on your way to writing the world’s next bestseller. Keep going!!

Remember, if you want to see a TFG post about a specific subject, you can always suggest one here. As always, thanks so much for reading!!!

~ Summer

Minecraft Faction Needs Help!!

The Minecraft faction I started for my followers is experiencing some issues. Our base has been raided twice and all our stuff was stolen. Thankfully, Amber and I set up base in an unclaimed town far away from the raided base, so we will quite possibly be moving. We could use some extra hands in building our town. Get on the factions server of play.gotpvp.com and ask for Myra_Magnificent in order to join. I appreciate it a lot!!

Summer

Minecraft Crashing – Help!!

Hey, guys. Recently – the last couple of weeks, that is – I’ve been having issues with Minecraft and I wondered if any of you can help me.
Here’s the problem. I start Minecraft normally, clicking the launcher and clicking play. I usually get on Got PVP and try to play on my faction, but I’ll be playing just fine for maybe a minute at the most, and my computer crashes. The first time, I got 46 seconds of gameplay. (I timed it.) Just now, I tried to play and got around 15 seconds before it crashed. I’m running on a 2010 laptop and I know it’s not overheating, and I’m fairly sure that it’s an issue with the video card in my computer. I know the problem, but I have no solution. I’ve tried turning down the Minecraft graphics, but it doesn’t help. If you’ve had similar problems or have a way to fix it, PLEASE tell me!!

Summer

P.S. This means I won’t be playing much Minecraft until it’s fixed, so no updates on Minecraft gaming stuff and no progress on my faction. Sorry, guys.

Minecraft Snapshot 14w21b: My Thoughts

Hey, guys!! Today I’ll be talking about the current preview of the next Minecraft update, otherwise known as a snapshot. I’ll be talking about the ups and downs of this preview, as well as what I think about the next update.
First of all, there are six new blocks to build with: diorite, andesite, granite, and polished versions of each of these. 2014-06-02_09.47.32
Granite is going to be very good for building houses, as it looks like a kitchen floor or counter. The other two could probably save the same purpose. They can be found in random places with stone, a little like coal ore, but mostly on the surface and in the water.
There’s also another new block under “decorations”: the slime block. 2014-06-02_09.47.09
It looks really cool, and I love the purpose it serves: it’s like a trampoline; it bounces everything that lands on it. I bet if you built a giant room out of slime blocks it would be like a trampoline room. Whoa…
And here’s my favorite feature of the snapshot: 1.8 skins are now fully functional! Skins can now have different arms and legs and a 3D “hat” layer over the whole body. My skin creator only supports the 1.8 format, so this is a big relief. Both Amber’s and my skins are 1.8 format, so I really can’t wait until 1.8 comes out officially so we can use them in multiplayer.
Overall, I think this is a great addition to the world of Minecraft. I absolutely love the new skin format, and the new blocks are cool, too.
Thanks for reading, I appreciate it a lot!!

Summer 🙂

UPDATE: One of my readers noted in the comments that not only are there new blocks and skin formats, but there’s also a new set of commands – I won’t go into detail about that – but villagers can also plant and harvest crops.2014-06-04_09.59.31
Funny how, with their big eyebrows and crossed arms, they look like they’re plotting your death.