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  1. I am not there much that is why I made a comment here.
  2. Ok, MadelaineMcMasters, let us try this one more time and keep the same eight points of your focus. Point 1: I had thanked you for the link and stated that he had a strong opinion, but I did not question the historic facts in which the author used. Point 2: One of the responsibilities of the parent is to teach their children the difference between fantasy and reality. It worked for my parents because I never read Doctor Strange or Ghost Rider, thought it was factual, and could be used in school as a current event. Comic books are a form of Entertainment. Otherwise, we need to question novels such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter since our children may read it and think it was true. Point 3: It depends on the method or style used by the writer. Albert Einstein has written some the most poetic pieces scientific papers. Some of the most dreadful things that I have read pertain to medical field because the writer had no imagination or style of writing. Point 4: I suppose the part of ‘easy to write about something’ disappeared like the will o wisp in some dreary marsh for you. I suppose you would be correct if other actions are included with writing. I deal with a 3 year-old and a 1 year-old every day, so I know something about difficulties. I was being logical not condescension, but if it helps you sleep so beit. Point 5: Some days it seems as if reason is a rubber ball thrown at a brick wall, when I am trying to explain something to an individual such as yourself. The Edison and Tesla was an example of a writing topic in which can be either fictional or non-fictional. I cannot get any clearer. If you really feel that strongly about that writing topic, why not write about it. I am more interested in space science especially in regards of travel. It makes for great sci-fi. Point 6: If you are suggesting that I am trying to treat each side fairly, I will take that as compliment coming from you. Many years back, I wrote a composition on ‘journalism’ and touched on ethics and ‘yellow journalism’. I promised the readers that I would always present them with both sides of the coin so to speak. It is interesting to read both sides on any subject. The perfect example is the different camps arguing for or against Pluto being a planet or not. Years ago, a great shop teacher taught the class something about perception in which I remember it as if it was a shining star. To paraphrase Mr.Little-John’s lesson, he held out a comic book with cover towards Wilhelm and asked him to describe it. He described the cover art, read the title, and pointed which were the protagonist and the antagonist. Facing Mary, Little-John held the stem of the comic book and asked her to describe what she saw. Jamie described it as best as she could to the class. Little-John demonstrated to class how two individuals can perceive the same thing differently from each other. I am suggesting that everything has one or more points of perception. Point 7: I feel we human should be honored that you have even acknowledged that we ‘have a long and noble history of creating topics’ such as these fine philosophers Thales, Socrates, Epictetus, Aquinas, Spinoza, Dewey, and too many others to even list. As your species is far superior to us mere humans, I am sure that some of us would delight in sharing one universal thought with no repeating of ideas and be deprived to develop our thoughts and share them with others. I have no need to pardon my ability to find something in which stirs something within you. Point 8: You start the question by saying, “If you are now stating that your mention of Edison and Tesla was not meant to convey any information, but just a string of words intended to show that one could manufacture a topic…” Eureka! I am always noticing talents within a person and encouraging them to explore those talents. I always maintained that their only limitation is the scope of their own imagination. Unless asked for a topic or unless about something I have written, I will not tell another writer what or how to write his or her works. You finish with the actual question, “what distinguishes your effort from a random process?” I decide if I want to fictional or non-fictional first. Develop a framework of ideas using either line-by-line or balloon methods. Research the area in which I am going to be writing. Example: If I am writing something with space travel, I would want how far into space will be travelled and the possible side effects deep space travel. How far along is the development of ion propulsion compared to nuclear (fission or fusion)? Are there aliens and what would they look like? Are they intelligent or primal? I develop the basic elements for the story build on those ideas. The most important part is the cup of sugar with a bit of coffee before and during the entire process.
  3. Before we get started, thank you for the link. Obviously, the author has a strong if not heavy opinion on the topic. It was interesting until he used the term ‘comic’ within the article. I was not sure, if he was a comedian or comic book but will assume the later. If the assumption is correct, the first point made is he just wasted the time ripping into a comic book. The great thing about literature of any sort is the only limitation is the imagination of the writer. I prefer reading Doctor Strange or Ghost Rider, when it comes down to comic books. In one way, I felt like I reading something based “Warehouse 13” or the early years of Captain America. Back to the correction and the second point needing made, over the years two very different camps have developed to support either Edison or Tesla. It is worth listening to any debate between two individuals over the topic of which they believe did what. It was not from that point of view but from that as a writing topic. It is not same when the thought process overlooks the most minuscule point of focus. The third and final points as they relate to second, the quoted used needs to be looked at once more this time use a forensic microscope instead of a telescope. “It is easy to write about something like light bulbs.” The key words are ‘easy to write about something’. If that were not true, you would not have taken the time to write out a reply, so we can move along now. “Not much to tell unless it is written from the historic point of view and trying to decide if you give Edison credit for Tesla's work." This is where the whole thing can get a bit confusing so hang on and allow me to explain. Prior to the later sentence, we have something compared to being ‘easy’ adding to it by saying, ‘not much to tell’ referring to the light bulb itself. It becomes complex when the ‘historic’ and ‘deciding if’ should do something or not. It is a mere comparison of topics from simple to the complexity of topics and the possible debates to ensue. So tell me where do I have history wrong when I was talking about writing topics not facts or history? The Oatmeal strip http://theoatmeal.com/comics
  4. When writing about anything, it is always helpful if the topic is something that you feel passionate about. It is easy to write about something like light bulbs. Not much to tell unless it is written from the historic point of view and trying to decide if you give Edison credit for Tesla's work. Or you can pick something from sci-fi and explore how it has influenced the devices we use on a daily basis such as Star Trek's flip open communicators compared to the cell-phones or the touch screen-computers of some the hard-core space operas to today's touch screen iPods or iPads including other computers.
  5. Thank you. From I have read, your blogs would be a very interesting read. If it were not for SL, I would not have met nor have two very handsome sons. Should you start blogging again, I would be interesting reading. Who knows you might have a fan? :matte-motes-sunglasses-2:
  6. I am not seeing anything at you location aside from greyness.
  7. Sounds very interesting. Heck, I am glad to read any more that you can pass along.
  8. That is precisely why; I do not give out my Facebook page, email or any other method of contacting me. If I know you through SL or Facebook, it tends to stay in either place. Compared to some that use social media as a competition to collect friends, I am not sort of a person. I am who I am, and I will treat people with respect as long as they show the same. If I feel that someone is trustworthy have being gave my trust and friend, I will friend them but not for the sake of some sort of tally. My wife is a bit more trusting then I, and sometimes I remind her that people can rather cruel today, especially, in the concerns of cyber-bullying. I would guess that not seeing a person face-to-face has created sort of a disconnection within some people. I do not know, but it does seem like a topic with reading. Yes, I am always looking for a new topic to write about, it has been suggested that I start a blog page. You would be surprised at how much money can be made through blogging.
  9. TheGOt let us look logically at what you wrote. You wrote, “Your target reader should be everyone” and “The way the post is wrote it only a handful will read threw it,” when the title piece is ‘The Basic of RPs’ and piece talks about RPs, so it is written for a certain type of reader. It is crucial that you develop some sort of comprehension skill especially reading or writing, because you would not write a piece on women’s fashion and give it to someone whose interest is in muscle cars. In this situation, a forum refers a place on the internet for discussion groups that share communications on whatever topic, and the topic written about was RPs. It is on RPs and not the evolutionary theory of the human mind or brain, mental development, or psychology from the applied or the academic. I could write a research article on it if it interests you that much, but the piece that I am currently writing is based on teenagers committing violent crimes for another site. You assume I wrote it for sole purpose of getting my name and opinion heard. True, I wrote it for others to read but not for sake of my own name, because I would have used my actual name and not “JackWolfSchiner”. As far as writing a ‘long winded’ piece, you can use the balloon method, brainstorm by jotting down ideas, research the topic, and have some passion for the subject or topic. Never assume anything about anyone, especially someone that you do not know.
  10. Thank you for the warning. I will make sure that I have something for headaches nearby. :matte-motes-sunglasses-1:
  11. Yea, makes me feel like an old gumshoe.
  12. As much as I enjoy writing, the blog area sounds like it would be worth the time. It might be a bit fun too.
  13. The concept of role-playing has been around for ages from children imitating the heroes from the stories orally passed down from one generation to the next before history had a written form. The tales of gladiators reenacting battles were events the people looked forward to watching. It was clearly the bloodiest example acting as another individual or group. Fast forward to when the radios and cameras introduced a new way to tell stories in which allowed people to take on roles of characters. From the radio, Red Skelton was one the names of comedians being heard. Many of the earlier shows inspired by the comics or popular books of the day like Dick Tracy, Long Ranger and Little Orphan Annie just to name a few. The list of TV shows is still growing including the list of ‘reality shows’. From personal experience, the swashbuckling characters played by Errol Flynn such as Robin Hood, or the roles in which Peter O’Toole brought to life on the silver screen. RichardHarris must be within the list because of the numerous roles including King Arthur from Camelot or NicolWilliamson as Merlin in “Excalibur”. Aside from actors as certain roles, role-play enables someone to escape their reality to be an adventure, a sleuth, a swashbuckling pirate, a wizard, or one of the many space operas. Then the idea of acting (or role-playing) and of a game merged to form the springboard for the some of the best-known RPGs. Now, we can explore the world of RPGs. The ‘RPG’ often associated with the tabletop gamers of yore, before the electronic devices and computers took hold of them. As children, we played Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, or variations of Robin Hood or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table that is a form of role-playing. Growing older, the role-playing led people into acting or finding other ways to continue to live out those childish dreams as a teen or an adult. Thus in 1974, Gary Gygax and TSR ushered in the era of Dungeons and Dragons with the rules to create the characters and to run the game using dice, paper and pencil, and most importantly imagination. The game has a judge that develops the story’s framework in which the players interact and add further details to the story. White Wolf pushed the live action role-play (LARP) to forefront of the RPGs, especially after developing Mind’s Eye Theater that allows the World of Darkness to pool into the mix. Just like the tabletop, it tells a story, but it is more like an improvised theatre using props and costumes. Unlike the tabletop, the stage is the surrounding and the narration or storyline is not as rigid or strict. In the early start of the ‘electronic age’ later including the home or personal computers, role play was defined as playing premade character in which you had very limited choices. When the tabletop game producers turned to computers, they brought more choices and more control over the character development within a storyline as they evolved. Games such as the Final Fantasy series and Dungeon & Dragons started as single player or multiplayer (two option and later more). They are more about the structure of the character and not so much the storyline. As games became available online, RPGs went through another change again. Like every sort of change, the basic were MUDs (Multi User Dungeon) before becoming the MMORPGs (Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). The game designers develop more complex storylines, and the programmers are able to offer realistic images with the ever-changing technology. The ‘Freeform Role-Playing’ is a very basic form of RP. It has no established storyline with the driving force being the player telling their together through IMs, emails, or any other method of transmitting their interactions. With the many methods to RP, they have created many forms of crossovers. The tabletop crossing over to LARP is one easily to perceive. Role-play happens in many areas of social media too, including Facebook, twitter, IVUM, and Second Life are just a few examples. The components to role-playing come down to a few things in which are fundamental. To make things easier, the RPs that are ran by AI will not be included in this review of RPG. The easiest way to look at RPs is to compare it to a story in which two or more people tell the story. The group decides on the genre such as fantasy (D&D or Everquest), horror-mystery (H. P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu, White Wolf’s the World of Darkness or classic whodunit), sci-fi (Star Wars, Cyberpunk or space opera) or any others that did not make the list. Some of these have core rulebooks to help with the games as far as tabletop or LARPs. While in the format of virtual social media such as Second Life or IVUM, the role-players agree to a more, relax form of rule in which they act within. The scripted RPs has a GM (Game Master) or DM (Dungeon Master) in which is the playwright and director. The GM controls the basic setting, theme, plots and subplots, and conflicts leading to the climax, and narration, but the players influence those to. Some groups might have one or more people that take turns at developing the stories and directing the episodes. The players provide the cast of actors/actresses and the roles. The players ultimately develop the main characters complete with motivations, personalities and quirks (with positive and negative qualities too), including their history. They control the characters’ actions, speaking parts, inner thoughts and most things pertain to that character. Depending on genre and theme, the character may vary from a warrior, a librarian, or a private investigator in which they base their skills or talents. With the tabletop or the LARP, it is easier for the GM to write the stories for the gaming group, but it should be recorded somewhere within their profile like in Second Life in the picks. Those new to RPs should be aware of certain things that the group tries to avoid. MarySue or GaryStu characters created with no flaws and with everything already there for the character. God modding is a player that controls not only his/her character and the actions or responses of the others as oppose to power playing in which only tries to control the other people’s characters. When the player does or says out of character (OOC), they agree to use something such as ‘*’ at the opening and at the ending of their personal discussions. When there is not any notation, the other players assume that they are back in character (BIC). Some groups treat everything as if you are IC (in character) at all times. Some people have a hard time keeping in and out of character separated and let bleed over one media to another such as a player becomes mad at a person from a RP in Second Life leaving offensive comments on another person’s Facebook page where everyone not aware of a RP situation. Players must always remember that they are playing a role and role is not their real selves. It may be hard for some to remember simple ‘Etiquette’ of showing respect, patience (not everyone types fast or has the highest grade of computer), and do not use CAPS LOCK for every entry. Remember to respect the other player even if your characters are at odds. Having explored the concept of RP are as varied as the genres found in a bookstore. The Art of RPs offers away to relive the dreams of being swashbuckler, a fame sleuth, a wizard or any other character from any genres or history. The idea is to tale tells with friends and to have fun. Moreover, who knows, your group could inspire the next novelist.
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