mizal, The Novelist

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3/1/2017 12:33 PM

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1 win / 6 losses


Lauded Sage


"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." --Anton Chekhov

I'm here on CYS primarily as a reader and reviewer. I have an interest in seeing good stories posted, and bad ones going away, and the site being a place readers can browse to reliably find quality work. I tend to be fairly busy during the week, but if you want general impressions or advice on a story or writing excerpt, feel free to PM me. (If you're new, just fyi getting advice and feedback is one of the things the Writing Workshop on the forums is for as well.)

Otherwise, past experience has taught me that the reason you're looking at my profile right now might be because I hurt your fragile feefees with critical remarks.


Haha I think Mizal has a gift for driving half-crazy members into full-fledged crazy :) - Will11

You made fun of something I am doing. That's not very nice. I want people to be nice. Please be nice. - some retard


Let me explain my approach to reviewing:

I said it just a moment ago, but I know words are hard, so I'll repeat: I'm here primarily as a reader and a reviewer. If I feel the thing I just read wasted my time, my review will reflect that.

A story, to be a story, needs an engaging plot, relatable characters and conflicts for them to overcome in a believable way. A rudimentary idea of pacing and structure and a creative idea or two thrown in the mix wouldn't hurt either! (Spelling, punctuation, grammar and proof reading are a given. Better to not publish at all if you can't even be bothered with that much.)

It's not any reader's job to pat you on the back for only failing to deliver in X or Y number of ways. When I see a story that's not a story, I rate it a one and move on. There are people happy to offer feedback, and you can write all you want for as long as you need, but once you hit that publish button you're throwing your work out into the wild and you'd better be sure it can stand on its own merits.

(Storygames with more focus on the 'game' part are rarer and have slightly different criteria, but they still need enough decent writing to hold them together, and above all need to be entertaining.)


Now, for all you kids just starting out, the Grammarly Handbook is a great resource, and above all I'd recommend you just read more books. Step away from comforting junk food like Warrior Cats a little while and challenge yourself by branching out to other genres, older books, and books above your age level. Whether you like them or don't like them, see if you can look at the author's choices from a meta level and identify why.

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Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Thorough and consistent writing workshop contributions / excellent commenting.


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.)

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Breaking out of this kind of team on 3/1/2017 12:31:39 PM
Or Hero/Rival would make more sense. Because yeah, a sidekick is there to support and assist the hero and that's about it. Though sometimes they can be kidnapped in place of Girl.

Writing Prompts Week #9 on 3/1/2017 12:25:27 PM
Well now I have to know.

Breaking out of this kind of team on 3/1/2017 12:23:31 PM
Right, and make sure to establish unique character traits for Girl, such as having a vagina and eventually wanting Hero to get inside of it.

Breaking out of this kind of team on 3/1/2017 11:39:00 AM
/Passive Aggressive Guy

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/1/2017 11:36:50 AM
Blackhawke, if you're reading this, are you autistic? I'm working on a theory...

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/1/2017 11:30:43 AM
LOL at all the time everyone spent on transparent commendation fishing in his WW thread coming to naught...

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/1/2017 11:28:57 AM
Yeah he just PMed me too, lol. I told him that I realized shitposters weren't human, but even animals should be capable of learning. He's ruining all his chances of slinking back in with this alt spamming business, too. You'd think he'd have realized that, but I guess that's what happens when you refuse to lurk.

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/1/2017 11:19:33 AM
Already made an alt a couple alts. I guess now we see whether he managed to figure out what 'lurk' means or if he immediately kamikazes it them.

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/1/2017 11:17:20 AM
I don't even know what he's doing in this thread. I don't think he does either. Every other post, 'why are you all so mean I don't understand???'

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/1/2017 11:11:36 AM
You have made three shitposts in a row, hope that helps. If you can't identify what you're doing wrong, lurk more. (Lurking means shut up for your own good. I think Abraham Lincoln explained it in more detail if that helps.)