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Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

If anyone knows anything about the Ming Dynasty or any helpful sources, please let me know! ^_^ Thank you :3

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

The mings did very well against the Mongols and were one of the more successful dynasties until they got overthrown IIRC

could do a story or path of a Mongol soldiers group getting curbstomped

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

:O Thank you.

I got other plans muehuehue

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Some notes:

-They were overthrown by the Manchus, who formed the Qing Dynasty.

-It was the last Han Chinese dynasty. 

-There were actually some Ming loyalists up until the 1900s, based on anti-Manchu sentiment

-The Ming helped Korea defeat Japan when they invaded during the Imjin War.

-That war was one of the indirect causes of their fall.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Ohhh. The last three I did not know. Thank you! ^_^ 

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
The Ming Dynasty liked to make vases.

The Ming Dynasty was the first to bottle Root Beer in glass bottles, but no one liked the flavor, so they stopped doing that.

The Mings invented Texas Hold 'em.

The Ming Dynasty starred Don Medford and Nancy Malone.

The Ming Dynasty lived on a island, mainly, for many years.

At least I'm pretty sure those are accurate things. I read them on the Internets.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Interesting. :0

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
...I hope I'm misinterpreting the OP but you didn't REALLY grab a prompt about an empire you don't really know anything about, right?

That's like 300 years of history you'll need a crash course in at minimum, and the area they ruled was kind of enormous.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I'm more confused to as why everyone is white knighting Crescent like a damsel in distress when they should be plotting her downfall for this contest. Helping the competition is counter productive.

And Digit especially should know better.

On the other hand, congrats to Crescent for making herself look weak and helpless that she got fools to assist her.

And to Ogre who was deliberately providing false information. yes

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I was planning to check his information. :p Ah, but in truth, my writing isn't comparable to the others'; I enjoy the others' works much more. ^_^ And I would help others even if they're competition - if I can, that is.

E: Didn't realize my downfall had to be planned. Everything will fall in place.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

You wrote a story involving Chinese history before and it got featured, so it initially seemed like your choice with writing about the Ming Dynasty might be something you’d have an advantage in.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

It won't be featured anymore when Steve and Ebon get their historical fictions featured.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Actually Donner Party or Adventures with Raven would be replaced before your story would.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Gunning for adventures with Raven. After I wipe out the Reunion fanfiction game. I hate that one too.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

17 days ago

Quick, she must be diverted!

Watch a miniseries called "Empresses in the Palace" or "Legend of Zhen Huan."  Oh, wait, that was the Qing Dynasty, not the Ming.  My bad.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I know a little. It's time to fill on those gaps in my knowledge! ^_^ And if I recall, I am to write a story, not a textbook. I will, of course, review it all just in case.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
You've got a 300 year period over a large region. A textbook overview would actually be far easier than a story. You'll need to have a enough of a general grasp on the overall history and geography to decide where and when you want to set your story, and then you've got to laser focus your research on that particular place and time and learn about it in enough detail to convincingly create characters and their lives there. That's the part that will be difficult if you're just relying on Google and the wiki.

I've only got two weeks allocated to my story so I'm not aiming to win this one anyway but I'm with End in laughing at these guys tripping over themselves to help the enemy just because your av has cat ears and you signed your post with '^_^ Thank you :3' lol

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Welp, I'm screwed. fox. they're fox ears E: and they will soon be eevee ears

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

17 days ago

I was about to point out they are fox ears.  I remember that naughty fox...though I can't remember how to spell her name.  League of Legends, right?

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

After mizal, and to a smaller degree End, shed some enlightenment on this, I realize how much of a bad idea this is. xD

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
Don't listen to them!

The ACTUAL Ming Dynasty covers only 17 months of time. It was during that 17 months that 17 Ming vases were made. Since that time, all 17 originals have been destroyed except for one. All the other ones you might see or hear about are fakes. And that one? It is made of copper wire and wool from a sheep painted with dyes made from blueberries and coral.

There were also 17 people in the Ming Dynasty, but most of those were servants except for Tim. Tim was the bastard half-son of the leader of the Ming Dynasty, surprising NOT named Ming (he was named Glorfin, but it is reported that his friends called him Al). Al collected square marbles.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Interesting.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Didn't they ever show you Mulan at your school? Yeah, I think that movie was about a different dynasty but you should do fine after a viewing of that. Probably.  I wouldn't recommend the sequel however.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I have viewed them. They weren't the best depictions. I'm fine. I attempted to watch the sequel a few weeks ago. Eh.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Of course you're fine. I have nothing but complete faith that you'll have a decent showing in this contest since your last contest entry that I beta-read was pretty nice.

I am unsure of why you attempted to watch that sequel... Haven't you heard there was no Eddie Murphy in that one? I almost believed that wasn't the case when a friend told me.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
Eddie Murphy's grating voice was the most annoying thing about the original.

The sequel though. Oh God, why did you have to remind me. D:

*cues song about princesses in ancient China 'wanting to be like other girls' and various characters expressing surprise and distaste at the idea of arranged marriages as though shocked at the very concept. In ancient China.*

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Well, they did give us a few catchy songs out of some questionable decisons of writing. 

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I had two months in the last contest I entered.

E: Fml I forgot how much I love and hate research.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Oh right, shorter deadline for this one, huh. 

You may need to enlist in the help of Will if he isn't busy rescuing people from dangerous situations.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Will's rescuing people from dangerous situations? :O

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

He's like a teacher or something, right? I heard that can be a pretty dangerous occupation at times. Eh, I'm sure he's managing whatever it he's doing just fine.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

If you've ever played Jade Empire, just use some shit from that.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Never played it. Looks cool. Pretty graphics. Beautiful and realistic representations, from the pictures I saw. E: Architecture-wise. Not that I saw many pictures.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
I guess I'll go ahead and point out the obvious here, in that Journey to the West was written during the Ming dynasty and the author might be a good focal point for starting some research since I'm sure there's plenty about him out there.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

Sun Wukoooooonnnggg. I remember him from my childhood. Thank you, mizal. That's certainly something I would've considered if I hadn't already started writing. Q.Q

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I have 1,000 or so words. It took me 2 hours to write. *facedesks*

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago
I do about 500 an hour on average. Just don't have your plot depend on being more than 50 pages or so and you're fine.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

18 days ago

I plan on 20,000 but might get a little more.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

17 days ago
That's a good goal.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

16 days ago
Don't forget to include the bits about the Ming Dynasty inventing soap-bubble blowing, but not actually realizing they could use that same material to clean things (because that's totally what they did).

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

16 days ago

That is kinda awesome.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

16 days ago

3.5K words. The amount of research I have to do is burdening. xD I've spent at least an hour and a half on this today. *cries and looks at stack of homework*
And old Chinese poetry is so hard to interpret and translate into English.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

16 days ago
You got this.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

16 days ago

:D

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

16 days ago

Completely accurate depiction of Life in the Ming Dynasty:
 

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

13 days ago

6,387 words. Onto the real first part of the story

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

13 days ago
Very nice. I presume the "real" part of the story is when you get into the details of the orange bear with the colorful floppy hat that founded the Ming Dynasty originally...

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

8 days ago

I did nothing for the past three days. competitions I'm behind. 8.8K or so though

E: Beautiful. I have to have Google Earth opened and Google Maps opened and documents opened and my storygame opened and my editor opened and my pages opened.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

7 days ago
Pro tip: You can use Google Earth to focus in on certain areas of the Ming Dynasty for your research.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

7 days ago

10K word mark!

I really should be further along, but my parents have been limiting my computer use. :(

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

7 days ago

Keep up the writing! You could write from your phone which's something I've done recently and it's been working out fine. :)

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago

Thank you :D Ohh. I'm worried that grammar mistakes will force me to slow down haha. But I'll try that. :3

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago

I suffer from constant typos, but I've been writing the less "intricate" scenes on mobile. I've also noticed that the site's spell check will run if I log in later with my laptop. If you also have a good enough beta, then he/she would catch any mistakes.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago
It's really really hard to get into the mindset for this, but grammar and typos and whether any given sentence you're writing is even good or not doesn't actually matter in the first draft. This is how Steve is able to just spew words onto the page at the speed he does.

When you go back and edit, even if you're rewriting entire scenes at a time, it's still about 70% faster to work with ideas you've already got down than to create them exactly perfect from scratch.

Theoretically, anyway. I've never been able to keep myself from stopping and rewriting a paragraph four times because I accidentally used the word 'trees' two sentences in a row. But I can't actually recommend this to anyone and I'd do it the way I said to if I could.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago
What is this "edit" thing you are speaking of?

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago
Pen and paper and just grind for outlining XP if nothing else. A sentence describing every scene in the story and connect lots of little boxes with lines.

When you want to work on a story, but can't, it helps to keeping your focus and interest on it by just going over it again and again from every possible angle, considering different ways you could cover a plot point or how to establish things more efficiently, etc. (Which is why I never pay attention to anything around me while at work, ever. Or while driving.)

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago

Are you saying that many of the storygames on CYS are outlines? :o

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago

Drat those parents!

(Ah, hell, who am I kidding.  I limit my son's time all the time.  Then again, he's only 8.  I doubt you're 8.) :)

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

6 days ago

The amount of time for gaming is even less for me. Two hours... a week.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

5 days ago

14K *squee* I might make it to 20K by the end of this week! :D

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago

There is a problem... This variable is not working out. At all. It should be. It worked in an earlier use of it, but why doesn't it work now?!

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago
Explain problem.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago

I have a variable reset to 4 for a link. When I preview it with variable on display, the variable does not change after I click the link.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago
Copy/paste the code string you're using so we can see it.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago

Not using code; just using the editor. But that is a good idea. Let me see if using code works.

Rip.

I had Variable Changes window open with Days reset to 4, and I also have the code

%DAYS := 4

in the same link. Still doesn't work.

E: It's so simple. I don't know why I'm having problems. xD

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago
I haven't fiddled with the editor in a while, but I can usually fix problems like this fairly quick. Add me as co-author and I'll take a look at it quick. If I can't help, you'll have to ask Brad or Killa.

EDIT: It's almost always easier to use code than the variable adjusters. Only really use them for click and disappear links.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago

Last page of Nanjing chapter.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago
Okay, it's working now. I assume you want the Days to go to four after the person clicks on the link, right? Anyway, that's how the script would have wanted to work if errors weren't blocking it.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago

Well she did it again. Crescent made herself appear weak and helpless and got someone to help her.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 days ago

If she wins this one, then you'll almost have to give her some sort of achievement unlocked thing. :)

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

2 days ago

I'm definitely not going to win if a few certain people don't publish again.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

2 days ago

I thought I sounded a bit whiney, and I didn't expect anyone to help. I'm grateful for Bucky's help.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

2 days ago

15K mark!

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

2 days ago

Yay!  *thumbs up*

I'm a bit behind you at 10k.

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

2 days ago

I've lost my 1900 word a day thing. Too much other work. :( I'm halfway done with this major path. Still have another completely unplanned path - not sure if I'll make it major or minor.

:o Ohhh nice!

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

2 days ago
Very nice, go you!

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

yesterday

Thank you!

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

yesterday

Keep up the progress! Maybe you could win both the contest and have a featured storygame with the same story. :)

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

yesterday

I, too, have dreams. They are not as far fetched as that. >_<

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

21 hours ago

At least you're acknowledging your limitations, eh?

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

7 hours ago

I am. Though I'm happy that WIBN thinks I could do it. :O

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 hours ago

I'm sure you'll be able to do it. Your stories are ones that I tend to find myself enjoying quite allot. 

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

4 hours ago

:O Yay! I find this motivating. ^-^

Ming Dynasty (December 2017 entry)

one hour ago

I don't think you give your writing abilities enouph credit. You're one of my top few favorite writers in the site. :)

You finished second before. Your chances of winning are probably amonst the highest few in the contest.