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    Linguistics! What level are you at / What are you studying/interested in? If you ever need any help with that, I'm finishing my undergrad for honours ling (phonetics) this year and I'd love to try to help before I jump into TA-ing next year.

    Generative/Chomskian, optimality theory, evolutionary phonology, or exemplar?!
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    [quote author=Jacq link=topic=15512.msg220075#msg220075 date=1320644886]
    Generative/Chomskian, optimality theory, evolutionary phonology, or exemplar?!
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    Introductory. lol

    I'm taking it as a requisite, but I don't plan to study it after this quarter. I have enjoyed it though. Now I know what pronunciation guides are trying to tell me.
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    Aw man.
    Well, good luck on the quiz. If you have an opportunity to take more of the "fun" ling courses (ie - things that aren't phonology, syntax, historical, or semantics) I recommend it, if for no other reason then it looks good at parties.
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    I've decided it's time for another sporadic update to my personal topic. As I outlined in my last post here, I am now on winter break until 2012. My brother is home from his college, and I've been having fun catching up with him. Unfortunately, I've caught a cold, which has left me feeling too crappy to get much done. Which is a shame, since I had a lot I was hoping to get done or make progress on. I picked up on Digimon World 4 again, and have been playing through Castlevania: Harmony of Despair with my brother. Besides the games I've been trying to do some reading.

    As is usual on my breaks, I'm hoping to get a good deal of writing done. And while I love spending time with my family, the constant noise around the house makes it difficult to focus enough on the work. Looking back, I'm a little surprised that I got so much written back when my brother lived here full time. Being sick doesn't help. I've had trouble enough just writing this post. The rest of my family have all had this same cold, but are now recovered, so hopefully I'll get better quickly and find time to lengthen The Call a bit.

    I've also been trying to get into making my own CCGs, starting with Digimon Tactics. Work on Tactics is progressing good. I'm waiting for Garith to get back to me with art for the cards, after which things should be able to get rolling. I'm also turning over in my head an idea for another game based on classic horror, fantasy, mystery, and science fiction literature.
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    Re: For Whoever Is Interested

    Hello again. I'm trying to get into a more regular schedule for my various endeavors, some of which have suffered lately for lack of attention. I am still in school, and of course school must come first. I attend my classes, and I do any homework for the next time I have that class once I get home. While in class, I'm usually journaling, typically either figuring out what to do next in The Call or working on building the world of my more serious writing efforts. When at home without homework to be done, I'm either working on the Digimon Tactics card game (if something is distracting me, like my parents watching television) or writing (when I have quiet time to myself). Hopefully people interested in The Call and Digimon Tactics will start seeing the benefits of this more focused approach soon.
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    Wow, sounds like you're really focused on this. When you say you want a day job as a writer, have you thought about what medium you're going to publish in (and how far away that might be)?

    Seems like you have a busy life. You don't play sports or anything?

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    No, no sports. About the extent of my exercise is climbing stairs and swinging down at my old grade school's playground after class when the weather's nice.

    I'm trying to stay focused, but I'm a veteran procrastinator, and this isn't the first time I've made resolutions like this, but hopefully this one will stick.

    When it comes to writing as a career, I'll have to start out small and work my way up. I'm optimistic about my chances, but it pays to be realistic. I'll begin by trying to get short stories published in whatever paying medium will take them. I have a few written, though I haven't tried to publish yet, mostly through laziness, though I'm slowly getting around to it. There are a lot of good books out there which can help writers to find the markets they want to break into, and others that give advice on how they should go about doing it.

    I know that I won't be able to support myself as a full-time fiction writer. I will need some kind of day job to provide me with a steady stream of funds while I work on writing and publishing my first efforts. Since I plan on living alone for quite some time into the future, if not always, it hopefully won't take much to keep me comfortable. Right now I live with my parents, commute to school, and work a minimum wage job on the weekends. After I graduate in the spring I'm going to see about getting a better-paying job and trying to move out.

    I'm going to start out with short stories, but I have a novel that I'm working on, and there's much more to do in the future. At the moment I'm playing catch-up, in a way. I have a list of ideas for novels, novellas, and short stories (though the lengths of those may change as I write them) which may very well take up the rest of my life. Right now, at the most conservative count, I have ideas for 50 novels and 106 shorter works, set in the same literary universe, with ties between the vsrious stories. It will take a long, long time.

    Right now in the publishing world it seems like literature is shifting away from print to electronic stuff like the Kindle. Publishing works on the latter is easier and more lucrative, though I'm not convinced yet that a Kindle writer can build up a reputation like that now enjoyed by franchise writers like, say, Stephen King. Kindle will probably be my backup plan if I have trouble breaking into the market of printed books. I'm trying to think big on this, and try to be as optimistic as possible, something that doesn't come naturally to me. In fact, I would love to spread out into other materials as well, particularly as a gamer. It would be cool to do a card game, like Fantasy Flight Games' A Game of Thrones LCG, or a tie-in video game.

    But that's years away, if anywhere. Right now I can just stick to the current plan and work my way up.
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    Yeah, but at least it sounds like you have a plan. Not sure if you know about it already, but every November there's an event geared towards writers called Nanowrimo, and during that month you aim to write at least 50000 words to create a novel. I think for some years a printed manuscript/book was the reward, but I'm not too certain. Ice has more info, I believe.

    Honestly, I'm sort of interested in the literary profession as well, but being only a high school senior, I don't really have plans for the future, nor do I want to commit myself on a career yet. And things like writing the storyline for a video game or creating a card game sounds pretty good as well. I guess journalism is the one thing I don't see myself doing.

    Good luck on this, dude.

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    Thank you. I wish you success in whatever you decide to do. I had heard of Nanowrimo from instructors and classmates in my fiction classes, though I'm not sure whether I would want to participate. It would help me finally get some writing done, but I wouldn't attempt it until I've graduated. The Call is approaching 100,000 words, but that's taken me two years. Hopefully things pick up when I no longer have school to worry about.
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    Spring break has come and gone with little progress on forum-relevant projects. I'm now into my Spring quarter, the last before I get my bachelor's degree. Most of the lack of progress can be attributed to the fact that I've taken an interest in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games and was trying to get through the first one before school started back up. This was fun, and I was successful, though it came at a cost. Last quarter I had three classes that were both writing and reading intensive, so I was forced to virtually shelve The Call and Digimon Tactics. This next quarter should be easier, with only one 400 level class, and two of my classes being low level electives like History 101 and Geography 202. If I can stay focused I should be able to get some stuff done. If anyone has been waiting on me, thanks for your patience.
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