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    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #37, 2017/06/16: Three Years

      1 year ago


      Its been three years since I started this journal series- its come quite a ways.  Here's the entries we've covered since last year's anniversary journal:




      Writers and Influences

      Environmental Degradation

      Writing a Book Series

      Series Themes

      Stand Alone Novels

      The Shrike

      Culinary Aspects, Thoughts on Food


      So where are we going to go in the next year?  I've got no idea- each month tends to be random.  But hopefully, there'll be some very good things.

      For next month's entry (since I'm reading a novel of this genre), we're going to dive into the genre of alternate history.

    • Entry #100, 2017/05/25: Four Years.

      1 year ago


      Yes, four years ago I signed up here on RT.  Yes, I know the new version of the site says I joined the 26th, but it was late on the 25th (for me) that I joined up.

      When I was preparing to join up, I'd been debating several user names which I could use but was having some trouble figuring out which one to choose, so I took a walk, to help figure things out for my alias.  As I was walking down one street, I was passing a line of osage orange trees that were used to help mark a property line.  I hadn't really been considering the name of osage orange, but it popped into my head that "osage orange" would be a good as an interesting alias, and decided it was a name worth using.

      So I came home, and signed up.  In the past year, I've gone to my first con, and continue to have fun with the GGG.  Hope some good things happen in the next year.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #36, 2015/05/15: Patriotism

      1 year ago


      So I found myself wandering through my web browser's bookmarks, trying to get some sort of inspiration for this month's entry, I found a bookmark on a British patriotic anthem, "Rule, Britainnia!" and that gave me the though for an entry on patriotism.

      Now what is patriotism? Basically, patriotism is a love and strong affinity for one's homeland, or the associated aspects of one's homeland.  There are many factors into patriotism, and many points of view- its best to try and do some research where possible to find out more about what kind of patriotism you, as I found out by even doing some looking for a few things to discuss.  Even I would have to look this material up in order to provide for a more realistic and relatable story to write about it.  Of course, some personal experience also helps as well.

      So, regardless of the level or the type of patriotism you want to write about in your novel or other writing, you need to remember the context for it within the story.  One such story could have a revolutionary working toward a revolution in a downtrodden society that an ruthless monarchy lords over.  There could be a war of one country invading one of its neighbors in a bid for resources, and the country being invaded could have people saying "Help defeat the invading barbarians cause they're mongrels who abuse those of our faith!"  If you feel the need to patriotism in a different way, make sure you have a plan and reasoning for such, even its not really explained as thoroughly in the novel.

      Do bear in mind that as with most any subject, that patriotism can be a double-edged sword, and can turn readers off.  It can be even one little thing that makes people not finish the novel.  If you go through a more traditional publisher, they may not like what you're depicting, and may even reject your novel outright, if they don't work with you on it so that they can accept it.  There are undoubtedly some risks in depicting.

      So, all this being said, try to have some fun with patriotism.  For next month, we'll discuss the third year of this journal series.

    • Entry #99, 2017/05/13: Time for another Spring Farm Tour

      1 year ago


      So, I had yet another spring farm tour today, as a mother's day gift for my mom.  For whatever reasons with the site, I'm having trouble uploading images to the site from my camera (I tried from multiple browsers, I might add), so I'm not gonna be trying to do so.  I'm not going to cover all the stops that I went to, mostly because of how tired I am.

      One of the first stops we stopped at was a place specializing in sheep and bees.  We were advised to keep clear of the fence line at the pen, because of it being an electric fence- I instantly recalled the RTAA episode "Brandon and the Electric Fence." We looked around at the other parts of the ranch, then went onto the next stop, a bison ranch.  We found some interesting displays in the barn, but the bison weren't near the barn, but farther afield when we arrived.  The rancher tried to have the bison head back to the barn while meat was being gotten, and as my mom and I were about to leave, I saw the herd away in the field and I pointed them out, getting several pics.

      We made several more stops, then for the second to last stop, was the alpaca ranch we stopped at last fall.  We were able to get in a little closer to the chickens, donkeys and alpacas this time around.  A number of the chickens were resting under one of the maclura pomifera trees (the tree from which I derive my alias) on site.  Most of the alpacas were either resting or grazing under tree shade.  We then got a few things from the shop, and went to the last stop, a produce farm, where we got some strawberries, and then went on home.

      So that's the bulk of it- it was a good day.

    • Entry #98, 2017/04/24: Round Two... surprised again!

      1 year ago


      Yay, another Featured User Day!  Once again, I was caught by surprise.  I pulled up the site, then thought "Let's see who's today's FU before I log in. *scrolls down with the merest glance*  Oh, its me- wait, WHAT!?"  I'm still glad to be a member of this community.  Talking with people that I never would've had the chance to meet before, listening to the tales of good friends (Glad you've got a new daughter, @monopoly_j!  Keep her nerdy!)

      So, what's new any of you?

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #35, 2016/4/16: Culinary Aspects, Some Thoughts on Food

      1 year ago


      Owing the fact that there’s so much in the culinary world to discuss, I’ve decided to have a certain focus on some thoughts of food.

      Knowing that food is vital for most organisms to live, and that food takes many forms, its interesting to think about for fiction. Now, what sort food do you want your people to have as their norm and for special occasions? It depends on the culture, geography, geology, weather and climate, what types of animals, grains, plants and other food sources are available to your writing’s culture to use. Do bear in mind that not all types of foods are found in the same places- there are many common foods but there are some that are only found in certain areas. One must also consider the availability of food over the course of the year, cultural aspects of food, means of acquisition, storage and transport, cost, rules and regulations (if any), etc.

      Now, knowing the sources and influences, one can figure out what one wants to have as typical foods for one’s writings, as well as the foods used more sparingly/for special occasions. You must know that in some cases, some foods are forbidden for religious, known health or other reasons, and make sure that for any foods of these types that exist in your writings, make sure that there is logic for this. But in many cases, one must know how much culture, geography and weather can influence food and what makes it unique for the writing involved. Of course, this can lead to some very interesting foods.

      Within the context of your fiction, create foods that are interesting. Yes, there must be “bland”, “typical” or “boring” foods within your writings, to offer contrast to other, more unique and savory foods that would exist in the contrast to the bland ones. Even subtle differences can make the differences between a normal fare and a great one. Don’t be afraid to explore and explain the details. Look around at earth cultures to see some of the unique foods that exist to serve as inspiration- and creating more unique, fictional foods based on the content of your own writings content can be a very good thing.

      For next month, I’m going to have to think about the topic.

    • Entry #97, 2017/04/01: Another RT Birthday...

      1 year ago


      Yep, RT might be turning 14, with RvB Season 15 upon us, the greatest thing about RT is its community.  To my fellow community members, I say Huzzah to you, and hope to continue to see you guys around here for another good year.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #34, 2016/03/15: The Shrike

      2 years ago


      Ok, guys, this month we’re going to be talking about an important entity from Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos series, the Shrike.

      So what is the Shrike? Its a being that is typically seen on the world of Hyperion (though it has been seen on other worlds), and drives its name from the Earth bird species of the same name. It’s a three meter (10 foot) tall humaniod-like being, with four arms and a body made of a chrome-steel like metal with many thorns and spikes, razor-sharp bladed fingers on its four arms, multi-faceted red eyes and sharp pointy teeth. Its origin and purpose are unknown, but its suggested its made in the far future, and is a pivotal role in the relations between humans and TechnoCore, a gathering of Artificial Intelligences that had been originally made by man, and has since separated itself from mankind, but remains in contact in some ways.

      I’d like to present a few artistic images that help represent my mind’s view of the Shrike- bear in mind that aspects of these depictions are how I see the Shrike.  All three of the images from DeviantArt, and I will include links to the original pages at the end of the journal.




      My personal mind’s eye sees the Shrike much like the first image, but with the arms, fingers, some spines and the teeth of the second, and the eyes, “crown” of spikes, some of the other thorns and a lesser extent the fingers of the third image.

      Now, you might be curious why I find the Shrike so appealing. There some aspects of the Shrike I have to explain. Firstly, the appearance of the Shrike and what it does. Much like its avian namesake, it impales its victims on thorns- in this case, on a Tree of Pain, which is a vast, artificial tree, where people agonize for eternity, imapled on three meter thorns. The Shrike, as you can see in the imagary above, has many thorns and spines on its body, which when combined with its read eyes and four arms, create the image of a terrifying hunter, made all the more potent by the fact that it can travel through space-time via Plack-space, known in the novels as The Void Which Binds. But as fearful as it appears, the Shrike does create a sense of awe and wonder,

      Another aspect of appeal is that the Shrike is is its mysterious nature. The Shrike is apart of an interaction between humans, TechnoCore, and a group of beings who live in The Void Which Binds called, as by the AI Ummon, the Lions, Tiger and Bears. Its not known who “controls” the Shrike, but it plays an important part in the battle between the Human Ultimate Intelligence and TechnoCore’s Ultimate Intelligence. Its able use The Void to appear in multiple locations simultaneously, and attack a victim or target before it can even hope to react. So what the Shrike fights for, and for whom, remain unknown. Aenea, one of the protagonists of the later half of the Cantos, seems to have a “limited control” of the Shrike, or more likely, because she has been through time and had experiences with the Shrike, it is being sent to protect her, so that she can ultimately overthrow the Pax


      Of course, the there is a religion formed around the for the first two novels of the Cantos, called the Church of the Final Atonement, or the Shrike Church. It foresaw the Shrike as the one to punish mankind for its ills and sins, and that a person- later known as Aenea- would be able to later be able to redeem humanity, as much as the Shrike seeks the payment for sins. Thus, when the Time Tombs- a grouping of structures where time-space behaves rather strangely, and often unpredictably- began to open in the beginning of Hyperion and the Shrike was on the move again, the Shrike Church aimed to pay its tribute and thus, the story of the Cantos’ main events began, with seven pilgrims (each having encountered the Shrike in some way) being sent to the Time Tombs to make a request of the Shrike.  Of course... things happened.

      As for next month, we’ll discuss a few things on culinary.


      The Shrike By FilipeHattori

      The Lord and The Colonel By Abiogenisis

      The Shrike By Pengono

    • Entry #96, 2017/03/06: It's quite cool, really....

      2 years ago


      This is a shout out to both @TheDarkLight and @McDom in this journal.  These two fellow members of the Good Guy Gamers (not to mention friends here on RT) are back-to-back Featured Users!  It's nice to see someone I interact with here on the site and/or related media (ie, the GGG), but this just seems to break records.  It's nice to see folks like these fellow gamers and friends highlighted.  Its an honor and a privilege to know you guys, and I hope we can continue to have fun together!

      Welcome to the Featured User Club, guys.  Our clubhouse?  As I told @IndiaRT28 and @Myshu some months ago, the closest thing to a Clubhouse is the GGG, but also the RT community as well.

    • Entry #95, 2017/02/23: World 1.10 Second Image Show

      2 years ago


      It's been awhile since I last posted something about my 1.10 Minecraft World- well, here's n update.  Been having to balance real life, other games, social media and being with gaming friends.  I've put a few updates in 1.10 Minecraft Album, but I'll hit a few highlights here.


      So this is my storage building- I'm going for a multi-level mall sort of feel, with a Japanese/Chinese style roof and at least one- if not several- sky-lights.  Part of me wants to install a throne area as well, as that I will be "king" of this land.  There's also goign to be prisons in the corners, and there's a access from one corner (directly ahead in this image) from the mineshaft, as well as a manual input from the same corner for any supplies I might be carrying.  You can see my house in the background as well.


      This is my mineshaft at present- as you can see, I've been doing a lot of mining; the end is in sight, but you have to look hard.  Its taken a lot of resources to be able build the smelter, my house, the storage building, the zombie farm and have resources to build other things.  This is where I spend a lot of my time, and so other builds do help get me get out of the mine. 


      This is entrance to the Mark 5.3 "Challenger" Industrial Smelter.  Its departed from the original prototype I wanted to build, with some improvements, ergo the .3 designation.  It's been expanded in length with another full block of furnaces (5.1), features redstone control for on/off functionality from a control room (5.2) and added both coal lump and coal block input (5.3).  It's called the "Challenger" because it has been both a challenge to build, and in honor of the Union Pacific 3900 "Challenger" class steam locomotive.


      My Edgar.  In my house- nuff said.

      I'll post further personal Minecraft world updates as I can, guys.

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