mizal, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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3/6/2021 4:05 PM

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1 win / 6 losses


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Avatar and other art by the amazing MadHattersDaughter unless otherwise noted. Hi. If you're browsing with a PC, you should get the Chrome or Firefox site extension made by BradinDvorak. It lets you set dark mode from your profile and improves formatting for a better reading experience along with various other improvements and an overall facelift for the site. NOTICE: I'm not currently able to proofread on request. Just make a thread in the Writing Workshop and someone will usually volunteer to look over your story. I try to read all WW threads anyhow, I just don't like to make promises because I fear commitment! Also, Agent of Order, Inseparable, and Silver Horn, Silver Hooves are currently the only of my stories I'd recommend anyone bother with, unless you're just out to harvest points. Most others are joke games or rushed for this or that deadline or prompt and hell I can't even remember anymore which are still up or why. For something short (very short) and sweet, do check out the entries in the Tiny 'Topia thread. The theme is dystopic and utopic storygames in 2250 words or less. But if you're wanting a recommendation of a random story that is good, check out: Winter, After the Harvest. (Will be updating this spot weekly monthly, whenever I remember to.) And the rest of this profile has been SCRUBBED!!! I am now one step closer to actually rewriting it. (CYS flag by Sentinel)

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Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Earning 5,000 Points Thorough and consistent writing workshop contributions / excellent commenting. Having 1 Storygame(s) Featured Posting 16369 Forum Posts Given by BerkaZerka on 11/10/2017 - Forum and Site Contributions Not Unnoticed Given by EndMaster on 11/30/2017 - It's everything you've always wanted! Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 08/14/2019 - For excellent writing, keeping the site together and generally being an excellent presence Given by Killa_Robot on 08/15/2019 - For being a net positive to the site, even while helping idiots Given by mizal on 08/15/2019 - MUHAHAHAHAHA! *strokes fluffy white cat* I always knew this day would come. Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For Inseperable and your other great stories


You harvest in the Arena. Every machine needs a function, and that is yours. Written for the Tiny 'Topia challenge.

A Stack of Cats
You are a man on a mission. The cats, they must be stacked.

A puzzling math and logic game I made just to put some of the scripting practice I've been doing to use. Have fun and please let me know if you encounter any bugs.

Should be solvable by middle schoolers, or those with same basic level of intelligence as a middle schooler.

Agent of Order
Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...

There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)

Facts About the Planet and the Solar System
A compilation of some little known facts about the solar system, as well as the debunking of a few myths.

In addition to the scientific explanations, there's a small story dramatizing it all.

Hopefully young readers will find this fun as well as educational. :)

(Might not be the greatest story ever written, but consider this: it got me 200 points.)

Featured Story Inseparable
It doesn't matter what they say...

Love is for the Birds
...and the squirrels. Sort of.

Written in six hours, for no other reason than to avoid consignment to the SHAME pit after my other Romance contest entry didn't want to cooperate.

Now You Gotta Deal With This S***

A tale told in verse. A text from your sister requesting a pick up from a party leads to a night of strangeness.

Inspired by Bucky's ballad contest. Though...I wouldn't call this a ballad. I'm not sure what I'd call it, actually, other than exceedingly stupid, and fun to write.

(Don't pay any attention to the scores, they're just for me to track which endings reviewers get.)

Read My Stories or Die!












Silver Horn, Silver Hooves
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...

A fairy tale adventure.

Another Damn Wolf Story
I have no idea why I wrote this. All I can say in my defense is that it seemed like a good idea at the ti--wait no that's a lie, I said, repeatedly that this was stupid and shameful every time I mentioned working on it.

The truth is I needed to publish something before the end of the year and there is CLEARLY a burning need for wolf stories in the psyche of children using the internet. But then they write them badly, or make their wolves behave like clans of cats. So here is a simple straightfoward story of a young wolf leaving his pack in search of a better life. Maybe no one will ever feel the need to write another one now, or if nothing else maybe this will give them ideas for how to do it in slightly more minimum-standards-meeting ways.

Final conclusion however is that writing about some dumb animal with no agency is not something I'd recommend.

Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)

(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)

WOWSERS! Triggers ahead!

Dedicated to the good people of COG.

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Recent Posts

Series of "Quetions" on 3/6/2021 4:01:44 PM
Well it's been unpublished now. Hopefully to comments will discourage them from puttimg it up again, but just in case be sure they know that terrible things will happen. Actually wasn't aware you could remove yourself once a story was published.

Timewasters on 3/6/2021 3:40:57 PM
Thinking of the kids again, there's some elaborate mobile dress up game called Love Nikki Fashion Queen or something Engrishy like that. It has some vague RPG elements and it was something that would pop up a lot on those lists for phone games that don't absolutely require you to spend money to progress. I kept it installed for few weeks and there were pretty regular events and these lighthearted completely nonsensical scenarios where every form of conflict in the kingdom was resolved with a fashion duel. Seemed like more was possible than just the story campaign though, they had daily freebies and weekly themed outfit contests with voting and things, and some kind of guild system. Some people seemed into it to an unhealthy degree.

CYS Book Club? on 3/6/2021 3:17:53 PM
There will be free online copies of any of these, they're all old enough.

CYS Book Club? on 3/6/2021 2:06:02 PM
I'll take the lemon one. (Damn now I'm hungry for real...)

CYS Book Club? on 3/6/2021 1:46:54 PM
I'd go with either Call of the Wild or To Kill a Mockingbird, since if you haven't already read those, then wtf is wrong with you? But I believe BZ is a long time fan of Animal Farm. Seems smart to start with books most of us are probably shows familiar with though, no excuse that way, nothing needed but to refresh on it and discuss. Also I hope you're bringing cupcakes for the whole class.

Series of "Quetions" on 3/6/2021 11:45:20 AM
@stargirl Please tell us the no doubt thrilling tale of how your name originally wound up attached to this, and how you got it taken off. http://chooseyourstory.com/Story/Series_of_Quetions.aspx It caused a bit of dismay and speculation. (Very relieved your status as one of the good ones has been restored however.)

Is it annoying if I introduce myself like this? on 3/6/2021 11:27:17 AM
It's been awhile since we've had one this good. It's a testament to the improved resilience of even our cringiest noobs that they don't instantly storm off in a huff like they think we insulted Erin Hunter or something. This is because they've sprung up in fields fertilized with the thousands of unworthies who came before.

Is it annoying if I introduce myself like this? on 3/6/2021 11:24:26 AM
Right, next you'll be trying to tell us you don't lick toilet seats either.

Interesting Comments 6 on 3/6/2021 8:59:59 AM
I'm pretty busy at work and wasn't even thinking about this topic, but all of a sudden with just a bolt from the blue I realized we could've been referring to the LoL players as 'lol fags' all along.

I got a vaccine! on 3/6/2021 4:03:53 AM
As a caregiver shouldn't you be eligible? People who worked with the elderly officially were in the 1a priority group anyway. Not sure how they're doing it in other places, but here after weeks of the online forms and phone lines for registration being crashed in the first thirty seconds of becoming available, they just set up waiting lists for the 1b group where they randomly select however many people a week. If you can get on anything like that in your case I think you should. There's people who have gotten it with much less of an excuse, they literally ask zero questions at any point in process and just have you check a box saying you have some vague unconfirmed condition when you register. "Obesity" is a qualifying medical risk, that's everyone in Texas.