Happy Frostval! I decided to celebrate our holidays by doing a special release, just for you! (Too bad. All that time wasted for something that will never be seen. :P)
I have something for just about everyone. Here it is, via categories.
Confusing (With a tad bit of tragedy!)
Descent Into Madness is one of my first short stories that I can be truly proud of. It's masterful. I've edited it, and now I'm actually kinda proud of it. For one, I suck at first person, yet managed it in this case. Two, while I feel I didn't capture the true descent into madness, I think that I did a fairly good job, the best that I was allowed in the style I chose to write it in. It's fairly good, and only needs a little polishing. ;)
Yea, technically, it was released last month, but I'm making it official, now.
Tragic (with the famous hidden tint of happiness)
I have two in this category. See if you enjoy them.
Just Another Soldier is a rather powerful short story. The technical writing isn't amazing, or anything, but I rather enjoyed writing it and it is something which I feel you'd enjoy reading. It needs some editing *points to Firefly's critique above*, but otherwise, is still darn good. ;)
(Yea, it was released a few weeks ago, but again, is only now official)
Spoils of War is my latest short story, and quite frankly, one that I feel puts my others to shame. It, again, isn't my best writing. But the impact, I feel, is extraordinarily powerful. At least, in my head. I knew what I wanted, but what actually came out of the keyboard isn't nearly as good, in my opinion. (For example, a lot of the wandering around the town was added, the old man was presented in an entirely different manner, the graves were supposed to be different than what they actually ended up being, and the old man's tone was supposed to be mocking, not hopeful) Still, you get the general idea, and it is something that I am labeling a must-read.
Action (With some sadness, hope, and mystery mixed in!)
Life of a Mortal is an interesting idea by me. Right now, it is labeled as a short story/Flash Fiction, but I might choose to make it a story. (Like Spoils of War, I have many details thought out, but this one is much stronger. Dozens of characters not featured would be made, for example. I've already got the world planned out, but lack the time to write more on it and am not sure whether I should, since what I have is rather fine) It's definitely not my best in technical writing, but I find that it's a rather nice story.
Poetry (Seasonal-appropriate and humorous as well!)
Just one. That's enough, though, as this rather length poem of mine is seasonal-appropriate, and is something anyone with a rather large bundle of snow should be able to appreciate. Either way, you'll get some laughs out of it, if you understand. Movie. It is inspired by my trip down to Oregon. I admit, some of the things mentioned in there are true, but 90% of them are blown so out of proportion, you wouldn't know the original incident was what inspired the corresponding poetry scene. (For example, I rather enjoyed the trip, and wasn't miserable at any point.)
When I typed it up, I added some extra. This part of the poem was not in the written version.
Oh, the wonders of vacation;
a magical time, indeed.
It’s easy to be chained by despair,
but nearly impossible to be freed.
We took the wrong exit,
and I spaced out,
so now we’re lost again,
heading in the wrong direction!
To anyone but us,
this is comedy.
But after all this fuss,
it’s definitely tragedy.
I'd appreciate comments on if you enjoyed it, and on whether those lyrics should stay or be removed.
Humorously Happy (And definitely belonging in the 'other' section!)
Darmichristmas is an odd little thing that I decided to write for the holidays. It's rather humorous, and is quite happy, in comparison to the rest of this update. It's main inspiration would probably have to be _Depression's Author's Fantasy: The Outtakes. I think you'll enjoy it, so I recommend reading it. (Obviously, quality was not my aim, here)
Other (...Minus Darmichristmas)
How To Turn a Flash Fiction into a Novel is a Guide that I am writing. This is just the outline, and is something I'd appreciate feedback on. It does contain some spoilers to Spoils of War, so only read if you don't care about spoiling it, or have already at least glimpsed at Spoils of War. Now, when I say feedback, I'd prefer it not be along the lines of "Mastin, *such and such* guide covers this in better detail." or "Mastin, this is something a writer should never do." What I need is feedback, how to make it better. For example, "*Such and such* guide does this better, because of [...]", "*Such and such* guide conflicts with this, saying [...], so you might want to [...]", you get the idea. I want things that will make the guide better, not things that will tell me to stop making the guide and just suggest making another guide better. <_<
Merry Frostval! Have some happy holidays! :)