Category: Net Stuff


And this would be that NaNoWriMo post I mentioned way back when.  I admit I’m not going to make it this year, I’ve only got about a thousand words and a plot outline, but it’s more than I’ve managed any year before now.  I may even manage to get up to five thousand words by the end of next week, get a really good first few chapters and some character introduction stuff going on.  Maybe dip into the actual plot.

On the end of why I haven’t been NaNoWriMo-ing, reasons of choices and insane classes and a bricked computer, it goes on and on.  Mostly excuses.

But here’s where the post has a point dear readers.  I want to know about you guys’ experiences with NaNoWriMo, your successes and failures and what divided the two.  Sound off in the comments.

More posts coming soon.

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So, as the title suggests, I’ve got a bit of an idea brewing but I wanted to see if there was any interest before trying to put it into motion.  As you guys may have figured or I might have mentioned it, either way, my reviews leave out a lot of what I’d like to say about books both good and bad.  What I’m considering is doing either typed book rants that would expand on some of the stuff I mentioned enjoying or not as well as adding things I’d thought of later or starting with the typed rants and then trying posting video rants.

Part of my concern here comes from the video part because, well this is me, I don’t want to feel like I’m ripping off the That Guy With the Glasses crew but I think it could be an interesting thing to give a try and if it works that would be awesome.

The other thing that worries me a bit is spoilers, I don’t know how you guys feel about them as a generality, but no matter which version of this I decided to try I’m sure it would be pretty spoilerific.  That’s why a lot of the stuff I leave out gets left out, it ties into the ending too much or would spoil the plot twist or whatever.  This would involve me talking about the things that just get me about a book or that are really awesome but say more than I feel a review should.  I figured that if I did this there would be a warning in the title of each typed rant or at the beginning of any video rants.

So, why do I want to do this?  Mostly I love books and most of the people I talk to on a regular basis either don’t read the same stuff I do or are my coworkers and already think I’m a bit nuts.  I don’t really talk about the hows and whys of book stuff much because it feels like rambling to the wrong audience a lot of the time, with this I would both know that my audience was interested in books and that if they didn’t want to read/watch it they could just flip to a different page and be done with it.  Plus, there’s the feed back aspect to this.  I like bouncing ideas around with other people, it’s kind of fun.  Aside from that, I don’t know.  If anyone has any ideas as to how to make this work, that’d be great or if you just would prefer I shut this down and go back to just posting reviews.

Speaking of that, there should be a review up sometime Saturday and I’ll probably rant about comics a bit next week just for old times sake.  I’m working my way back into the groove here.

Like it says in the title, I’m really not sure what I’m talking about today so this will probably go a little where did all of this come from I swear there wasn’t a giraffe in my bag when I packed it!

After writing the post asking if anyone thought that Slendy could be successfully brought into the relm of books I began trolling the piss out of a friend of mine because she’s easy to freak out.  So I decided to try writing the project I mentioned.  I’ve been noticing weird things lately, the trees are watching me. OK, no this isn’t turning into a slenderblog, I just felt like writing that.  It got me thinking though, what makes for good horror?  Here’s the top five things that I’ve come up with.

5) Group Fear – One of my favorite things to do with the slenderblogs is to read/watch them with my friends and see there reactions.  It’s great to watch one of them freak out when something big happens like the Thin Duke going after the main character(s).  An audience feeds off of its own fear even across the internet and the fear builds and readers get this great kind of freaked out that later readers miss out on to some degree.  Horror movies in theaters are great because of the other audience members also reacting.

4) Monsters in Odd Places/ Times – The Faceless Fellow can and has shown up at any time of day in just about any area.  Sure water is supposed to drive him off and supposedly he can’t see anyone above about the second story as human, but he did peek in that window in Marble Hornets and he is always surrounded by fog.  Monsters are expected to show up in the dead of night, possibly while it’s raining cats and dogs, so putting them out in full day light especially if they’re not being used for a cat scare works great.

3) Backstory – Mr. Happy has tons of backstory, mostly built by the internet hivemind and then polished by the slenderblogers.  It’s been built upon by hundreds of people since that first picture appeared on Something Awful and there’s enough variation to make it feel very much like one of the urban legends that have been around forever, like Bloody Mary or the thing that lives under the hill.  It’s creepy and leaves a reader wondering what is being left out and what could be worse.

2) Ambiguity – We don’t even know what Slender Man is exactly, but like the Blair Witch before him we get freaked out by him.  What is he?  What does he want?  Why is he here?  Are we making him stronger by writing about him?  If so, why do we keep writing about him?  With the Blair Witch, the audience never sees her only what she does to the film makers.  Or before that even, Psycho has Norman Bates’ mother who dotes on him so much that she murders the woman who stays in the motel, but she’s been dead the whole time.  People fear the unknown, so it only makes sense that the unknown would make for good horror.

1) Character Reactions – One of the biggest things that makes The Tall Guy terrifying in Marble Hornets is the way everyone reacts to him.  He’s just standing there slendering around, but Jay is flipping his shit over it because holy cow it’s going to take me away and eat my soul/eyes/memories.  Masky gets to attack people just about every time he’s shown, but the Gentleman in the Suit seldom attacks directly.  Which one has people training cameras on themselves and running for their lives?

That’s what I’ve been able to think up.  What do you guys think?  What makes you jump when things go bump in the night?

A friend of mine and I had a conversation earlier today regarding the Slender Man and horror movies.  It’s one of those things that makes a really good story when handled well, such as with Marble Hornets or Just Another Fool.  What I’m wondering is if it  could be applied to literature effectively.  We’re talking a Lovecraftian monstrosity that stalks and kills anyone who pays to much attention to him (it?) here, a monstrosity that already has a ton of back story and exposure from all the ARGs and Slenderbloggers.  Would it apply well to literature?  To books that don’t up date with something new every few days or weeks?  The amount of hits that places like Dreams in Darkness and, again, Just Another Fool get even after being finished could suggest so.  Would the Slenderbloggers and the guys who run the ARGs react well to a novelist adding to their mythology?  Would they tie it into what they were doing as a kind of “those poor fools what have they done”  or would they decry someone trying to capitalize on the ground work that they laid?  At the end of the day, would there be enough interest outside of the internet to make it worthwhile to a publisher to print a novel that played with Slendy or would it be ignored by all but the already present followers online?

What do you guys think?  Is Slendy something that could work in a book or should he stay online?   Heck, maybe sound off with your favorite Slenderblog or ARG while you’re at it.