TheNewIAP, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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Notorious Marauder



What can I say about myself?  I love to read, write and play the guitar (flatpicking and classical, mostly, but I do enjoy folk tunes and Civil War diddies, as well).  I have a lot (and I mean a lot) of varied interests and hobbies.  I won't bother to bore you with a long list, though.  And I'm also on constant lookout for "real life" adventure wherever and whenever I can find it.

I haven't published anything yet, but it's not for the lack of trying.  I've gained a few wrinkles, a few white hairs and a bald spot (from tearing my hair out in frustration) because of it, too.  There are always too many ideas flooding me while I write that I just can't seem to hold on to a single one long enough to see it through.

Anyway, I've been a member here longer than this profile would indicate, so if there's anything I can do to help, just let me know...

















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February Flash Fiction Contest Feedback Thread on 2/20/2017 9:36:03 AM
I'm sorry that you didn't appreciate that the final sentence not only defined the perspective of the piece, but also brought a third nonchalant personality into focus.  I get that most males of that age group would try to put up a more cavalier front to others, but it's much more difficult to be brazen to one's self.  I'm open to suggestions for the final thought of the character that would appeal to more readers while not straying too far from the established character, though.

Thanks for reading it, but I'm quite content with having submitted the only entry written in second person POV and wouldn't want to change that.

February Flash Fiction Contest Feedback Thread on 2/19/2017 8:01:18 PM
Thanks!  It'll probably dredge up painful memories for some people, though.  XD

February Flash Fiction Contest Feedback Thread on 2/19/2017 10:49:08 AM
Posted mine...

This was fun!

February Flash Fiction Contest Submission Thread on 2/19/2017 10:39:31 AM
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February Flash Fiction Contest Submission Thread on 2/19/2017 10:37:53 AM
“No kid of mine is gonna sit on his ass and be worthless!”

“You can’t just throw him out on the street!? Where will he sleep? How will he eat?”

“He’s twenty-three damned years old! It’s time he started acting like it!”

“He’s never been on his own! Can’t we at least help him get started? Find him a place to rent and make sure he’s got plenty of food so he doesn’t starve?”

“How’s he supposed to ever be a man if you coddle him!? I swear, women shouldn’t be allowed to have kids! He’s a damned lazy bum and you refuse to cut the umbilical cord!”

“At least let him stay here until he’s found a job and has saved enough to—”

“No, dammit! He’ll just sit on the couch like he’s been doing playing his damned video games letting Mommy and Daddy pamper his sorry ass! I’m done breaking my back so he can be worthless!”

“Give him ‘til the end of the month, Please!? I can’t stand the thought of my baby out there all alone!?”

“You need to let him grow up! He’s not a baby anymore! He can make it if you’d give him half a chance!”

“Don’t do this!? Please!? He can move into the garage—”

“No! No! No! He’s gotta make it on his own if he’s ever gonna be a man! Can’t you see that!?”

“He’s not ready. He’s never even had a job.”

“When he gets hungry enough, he’ll get a job. He’ll learn what it means to be a man — you either sink or swim! That’s all there is to it. He’s a grown man for Christ sakes! It’s time he acts like it!”

Closing the front door you think, Well, at least I had a good run.


Wordcount: 300

February Contest & End's EdgeLord Contest on 2/19/2017 10:06:08 AM
I'd like to throw my hat in the ring.  Sign me up!

DnD Characters on 2/17/2017 11:11:19 PM
You Are A: True Neutral Human Ranger (6th Level) Ability Scores: Strength- 16 Dexterity- 15 Constitution- 18 Intelligence- 16 Wisdom- 11 Charisma- 13 Alignment: True Neutral- A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction. Race: Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like. Class: Rangers- Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast. Detailed Results: Alignment: Lawful Good ----- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17) Neutral Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (24) Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19) Lawful Neutral -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17) True Neutral ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (24) Chaotic Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19) Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXX (8) Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (15) Chaotic Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10) Law & Chaos: Law ----- XXXXXX (6) Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13) Chaos --- XXXXXXXX (8) Good & Evil: Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXX (11) Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXX (11) Evil ---- XX (2) Race: Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14) Dwarf ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10) Elf ------ XXXXXXXX (8) Gnome ---- XXXXXX (6) Halfling - XXXXXXXX (8) Half-Elf - XXXXXXXXXX (10) Half-Orc - XXXX (4) Class: Barbarian - XXXXXXXXXX (10) Bard ------ XX (2) Cleric ---- XXXX (4) Druid ----- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14) Fighter --- XXXXXXXXXX (10) Monk ------ XXXXXXXXXXXX (12) Paladin --- XXXXXXXXXX (10) Ranger ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16) Rogue ----- XXXXXX (6) Sorcerer -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14) Wizard ---- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)

Axiom's Art Contest on 1/27/2017 7:04:58 PM
This is great, @Axiom!

If anything can motivate me to actually finish something, this would be it.  Well, this and pushing my internal critic off of an overpass in front of an eighteen wheeler.

I'm definitely interested. Is there an expiration date on this offer?  Because with my track record it might take a while...

And do I have to choose between a picture and a critique?  What would I have to do to get both?

Unpublished Stories Not Accessible through My Stuf on 1/17/2017 10:31:04 PM
You can still play-test with the new "Preview" button, just can't view the game description page.  Just in case anyone might see this and mistakenly think that they can't view their game without publishing.

v20170002 Update on 1/15/2017 12:11:06 PM
Thanks, 3J.  My daily point addiction was nearly as bad as the one I had for dueling.  Hopefully this'll help me to become more productive and focused on writing which is my primary reason for being here.

And lots of great updates.  Keep up the good work!