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  • My Story,

    10 hours ago

    iSayWhat Plot Twist

    I've been wanting to post this for some time in hope that it can help even just one person. I've been skeptical on whether or not to post as I don't want family to read this and get upset. To them, I am sorry, none of this was your doing, I love you. Trigger warning ahead.

    You keep asking yourself will it get better someday? It will trust me. I know you’ll find that hard to believe, but I know exactly how you are feeling right now. Lost.


    You have friends and yet you are questioning if they truly are your friends, wondering whether if you even want them as friends and if they want you. They do, but if they don’t, there are hundreds of thousands of people you have the possibility to one day interact with. More friends are out there for you to find.


    You have no idea what you want to be, struggling to make the decision on what you want to study, where you want to work. But you’ll figure it out, hey, the job you want may not even exist yet. The one I want didn’t exist when I was your age.


    You worry that because of you not knowing, you are destined to fail. You will make a mistake and chose the wrong subjects. Scared that you will be judged by your relatives, tutors and friends. Feel you aren’t putting in enough effort. You are not being judged, if you need the help, ask. That’s what friends, relatives and tutors are there for.


    But still everything I’m saying isn’t enough, you are still sat in that tree. With your gown’s cord tied around your neck, the other end tied to a branch, all you have to do is lean forwards. And you did.


    I don’t know what happened next, either the knot I tied was shitty or the branch broke. I just remember being on the floor still with the one end tied around my neck. I tugged it off and threw it into the nearby ditch and ran home.


    Now I realise, that everything did get better, and then it got bad again and then better again. That’s just what life is, but it’s the good bits that make it worth living. I sit here now, with the same worry of friends, worry if I’ll ever get my dream job, if I do disappoint people. But it doesn’t effect me how it used to. I think of the memories I could of missed, all of the people I know now I would never have the pleasure of knowing.


    It wasn’t until five years after this I finally talked to someone. After what happened I rarely wore cords on dressing gowns as they reminded me. Often I threw them away. Getting asked by my parents why I lost them so often was difficult.


    Once I finally talked to someone about it, I disappeared from the internet for awhile. When I came back, I briefly talked about depression and encouraged people to talk about it. Now again I encourage you talk about it.


    This is the first time I’ve ever actually “said” what happened to anyone. I’ve tried before, but thinking about and talking at the same time isn’t something I could do. But those I talked to got the idea. They didn't need to know the details. They helped me. And the people you talk can help you too.


    Don’t get to the point I got to, you might not be lucky with what happens next. Thank you for the amazing support I've received from not just friends and family, but from this community. I appreciate it every single day.


    - James

  • Being busy is good, right?

    1 day ago

    Kaoru27Umi

    So. 

    A few of my songs got on a video that hit over 100,000. 

    Wow. Cool. Suddenly my website is getting hundreds of more hits. 


    Naturally I had to bug the person to put proper citation because lols free stuff I use now???


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    Korean, Python, Work, Composing, and Writing (Bookies) are sapping my energy into oblivion.


    Why are you learning Korean? 

    Because I'm learning Python.

    Why are you learning Python?

    Because I'm learning Korean.

    .....???

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    I promise it makes sense in my fucked up little mind.


    바이올린


    Also waiting to see if I gots job??? is making me a little loopy. 


    It's weird, I guess. 

    You're supposed to take chances and eventually something plays out for you well enough to continue moving forward.

    Progression, right?


    I think when that occurs it's all up to luck.

    Luck.

    Nothing else.

    Which sucks.


    Whelp...

    Guess I'll keep trying.

  • Good Bye and Good Luck!

    1 day ago

    SamWaldo RTMI Admin + RTX Guardia

    Being her last day in Michigan, we thought we'd officially say goodbye to our very own @LoZelda! As one of the original members and founder of RT Michigan, we hope that your journey is fruitful! Although she is no longer an admin, she will always have a place for her here in Michigan! We wish you good luck on your path and don't forget about us Michiganders here! ;)


     From all of us,


    RT Michigan  heart

  • Hey Actors!

    4 hours ago

    SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

    Hello fellow thespians!


    A delightful theatrical opprotunity was lovingly placed in my path. I will be understudy to 2 ladies at Tacoma Musical Theater performing a seris of short plays written by Joh C. Davenport. My friend and mentor, Pavlina, is directing. I cannot tell you how FUCKING THRILLED I AM RIGHT NOW!


    But...the challenge is getting 60 pages of alternating dialogue memorized by the 29th of this month.  Memorization has never been my strength. Even with theater as my major, I find line memorization difficult.


    As I sit here at Starbucks writing line cards (home has too many distractions and this Starbucks is a pokestop), I think about this Community and how we all come from different spaces speciality, experience, and hobby-wise. I bet a few of you know a thing or two about this!


    What method do you use to memorize lines?


    (Not too bad for typing this all on my phone, eh?)


    EDIT: Figured it would be worth bringing up that Chris was a professional actor. He encouraged me to do the line card method when my university taught otherwise :)

  • It begins

    1 day ago

    Ember FoxGirl

    Just started exchanging emails with an advisor concerning the marriage Visa.


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    MTFBWY

    ~Ember

  • Day 19 Project 2, Amazing Aliens is FINISHED

    1 day ago

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    After today's writer's group meeting I made a few touch ups and then did the lettering. After that I removed the tape used for the edges. There are a lot of rough spots but I am happy with it for what it is. Since I am emulating a pulp magazine I tried to convey that in the way the portraits are painted. 


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    And as promised here is a gif showing the process from start to finish. 


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    So, now onto the next project. 

  • Retro Arcade Meetup on Saturday, 1.28.17!

    1 day ago

    jxdalton BIGBITE CEO

    Hey, everyone! 


    What is cooler than getting together with a bunch of fellow nerds and playing some Million Dollars, But? What if we told you we were going to hang out in an all-you-can-play retro arcade!?!


    It's time to start this year off with a  yang ! We're happy to announce our first official meetup of 2017! We're going to be playing some MDB and some classic arcade games!


    Join us at Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield, MO on Saturday 1.28.17! We're going to meet up at the food court at 5pm to play some Million Dollars, But, and then heading upstairs to The Neutral Zone to play some retro arcade games from 6-9 (Some of us will be up there playing before 5 as well)!


    If you're unfamiliar with The Neutral Zone, it features an all you can play retro arcade, where you get to play UNLIMITED arcade games! If you want more information on them, check out their website!


    The MDB games, of course, are completely free; however, there is an admission fee for the arcade. If you mention the promo code "RTSTL", you'll get access to all-you-can-play arcade games for only $15!


    We can't wait to see you guys next Saturday!

  • Did you know...

    7 hours ago

    EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold My d20s are just d1s.

    ... that Eddy and Mica from The Know and more make regular use of their journals on this site?


    If you're into Anime news or are interested in learning about Anime, you really want to follow Mica's journal here.


    Interesting things that don't fit into The Know can be found at Eddy's.

  • Pokemon White Randomizer Nuzlocke Journal

    1 day ago

    Grand-Blazer

    That's right folks, I'm back once again with a new Pokemon Nuzlocke! But this time a little twist has been put on it. This time, I'm still Nuzlocking White, but it's gonna be a Randomizer! For those of you that don't know, that's when RN-Jesus really comes into play and randomizes the Pokemon you encounter, so you can go fishing and run into anything from a Zigzagoon to an Articuno. It's my first time playing one too, so it should be fun.


    Just a reminder on Nuzlocke rules in case you've forgotten though.


    -I can only catch the first Pokemon I encounter on a route. If I kill it, tough luck. Only exceptions are if it's something I've already caught, if it's a shiny or a static Pokemon (stuff that you're given or that shows up in the overworld)


    -If a Pokemon faints, it's dead and I can no longer use it. Normally I have to release it, but I just put it in a Dead box.


    -Nickname all Pokemon. Gotta get attached!


    And just a note, at the time I'm starting this I have exams coming up soon, plus this is on my laptop which I don't get to use incredibly often. So don't expect as frequent updates this time around, at least for the first bit.

    But with that out of the way, let's start our new adventure!


    Day 1 - January 5


    We start off our journey once again as Blazer, in my house with Cheren and Bianca (or not since random trainer names is on) showing up after Professor Juniper delivered our starter Pokemon to be. And the options aaaaare....


    Seviper, Meganium and fucking Palkia! You'll never guess who I picked.


    Bianca, or should I say Doctor Joey, then requested to battle me. She got Seviper herself, so I just got to spam Dragon Breath on her and won easy. Turned the room into a disaster though.


    Then we fought Cheren, or should I say Doctor Marcellus, and his Meganium. More Dragon Breath spams, I won. Went downstairs, apologized to mom, left the house and went over to Bianca's where her dad was yelling at her then went up to the professor's.


    After introductions, I got to nickname Palkia. I was thinking about some water dragons in fiction, and I ended up naming his Riptide, after one of the Seawings in the Wings of Fire novel series. Go check it out, good stuff.


    So then we go off to Route 1 and we get our bullshit capture tutorial, walk into the tall grass and find... 


    Dragonite! FUCKING AMAZING! When I say that I mean it sarcastically because it wouldn't get in the fucking ball, and then my only attacking move was Dragon Breath so obviously I killed it! So Route 1 is a failure for capture. Was forced to quit there due to some stuff irl, but I'm back now baby.


    Team:

    Riptide the Palkia


    ----


    Day 2 - January 6


    Continuing on with the adventure, we saw that Route 1 also offered Wigglytuff and Snorlax. Two Pokemon that I like that probably would've survived Dragon Breath. Great.


    But then we arrived at Accumula Town, and after more bullshit tutorials at the Pokemon Center, we go outside and find Team Plasma making their PETA speech that I didn't read at all because I'm not focusing on plot this playthrough. Though I will focus on Pokehusbando N, who appeared afterwards to battle me. "Doctor" N sent out a Grovyle, which I knocked out in two Dragon Breaths. Apologies to ThankSwalot.


    Afterwards we went over to Route 2 and ran into a Togekiss. Awesome! Amazing find! 


    Then the thing used Sky Attack and killed Riptide. AWESOME! AMAZING! NUZLOCKE IS ALREADY FUCKING DEAD GUYS!


    But here's something I noticed afterwards. I figured Palkia should be strong enough to take a Sky Attack, since it was just a level 7 Togekiss, but then I realized that Palkia hadn't levelled up at all. In fact, he hadn't gained a single point of EXP. So there's something wrong with the randomizer that I need to fix, which I will for the reset.


    In the meantime y'all can enjoy my fucking salt.


    Dead:
    Riptide the Palkia


    ------


    Second Try

    Day 1 - January 13


    WOOOOO GOT THE EXP BACK! WE'RE STARTED FOR REAL NOW GUYS! Many thanks to Jokerke for that comment about that being a common issue.


    After rebooting the randomizer so it's all new with different Pokemon (RIP Riptide), I got started on our new game again. But since I had already been through the dialogue with Juniper before, I was just spamming my keyboard in hopes of continuing fast. But then I wound up at the name selection and was still doing that, so my name came out to be "AAAAAAA". All caps. So I'm just gonna imagine everyone is screaming in fear whenever they say my name. But anyways, we got to the starter Pokemon and our options weeeeeeeeere...!


    Beedrill, Marill and motherfucking Latios


    For those of you who don't know, Latios is my favorite legendary Pokemon of all time ever, so I immediately picked this thing, though you'd have to be crazy not to. 

    Bianca, or should I say Rich Kid Florentino, then challenged us to a battle again with their Marill. This thing came with Psywave and Heal Block. Not the greatest moveset, with an 80 accuracy making Psywave miss a fair bit, but hey, still gets the job done. And Heal Block will be useful for the first couple gyms and their Potions. But back to the battle at hand, we beat Florentino easy and got EXP for it, woo! 


    Then we fought Cheren, or Rich Kid Daniel, and beat him with more Psywave spams. Left the house, saw Bianca's dad bitch at her and went to the Professor's place. There we got to nickname our Latios, and since he's such a fucking bro we went ahead and called him Kamina. And if I find a Latias I'll be sure to call her Yoko.


    Went off to Route 1 then and got out turtorial on catching again, and then I got myself my first encounter. Gulpin! Nice! Never used a Swalot before, so this'll be a cool experience. I named it Thanks, after my bro ThankSwalot. You've probably seen him around here a few times.


    Went back to my house to heal, then went back onto the Route and found that Krokorok was something else I could've caught. Shame, since Krookodile is probably my favorite Gen 5 Pokemon, but hey, point of a randomizer and a Nuzlocke is to use stuff you normally wouldn't, so whatever.


    Cut things off there for the day, but now I'm back for real baby!


    Team:
    Kamina the Latios
    Thanks the Gulpin


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    Day 2 - January 14


    Continuing on Route 1, we found that we could also have gotten a Floatzel, Azumarill and Rhyhorn. And I would've really loved to get that last one, but it is what it is. We then reached Accumula Town and went through more tutorial bullshit at the Pokemon Centre before getting to Team Plasma's PETA speech. Again. This is getting pretty tiring.


    Blah blah, N showed up after, he's a Rich Kid, and he sent out a Litwick. And boy was this thing was an asshole.


    I had Thanks sent out first, but since he can't harm ghost-types all I could was Poison Gas it and switch. Which I did, but this candle had Minimize, which was going to go really poorly with Psywave's shit accuracy. Thankfully though, I got enough of them to make the poison kill before I got killed by Astonish spams.


    We healed up at the Pokemon Centre then went into the next Route, where our mom gave us Running Shoes. Hurray, I'm faster now. We went into the grass and had our first encounter with a Tyranitar! Awesome! Fucking amazing!


    After a couple Pounds and a Yawn from Thanks, we got the thing in the ball and spent a solid five minutes trying to figure out what to name it. Since it turns into what's basically a dinosaur, I named it after the Jojo Stand Scary Monsters, which turns those it infects into dinosaurs. But since I couldn't fit all those, characters I had to settle for ScaryMonst.


    We then got to battle some trainers like Elite Four Malcolm who had a Wynaut and nothing else. Nice. Some other things that could've been caught on the route include Weavile and Hypno, the former of which would've cool. I've used Tyranitar before, so getting something new wouldn't be so bad, and Weavile is awesome from what I hear.


    At the end of the route we battled Bianca again, who still had her Marill, as well as... another Marill... Man what are the odds of that happening? Kicked her ass anyways. Then we went into Striaton City, healed up and immediately went to Dreamyard to get whatever Pokemon is replacing the stupid monkeys. After beating the trainers in there and getting to her, the girl gave me a Hitmontop. That's actually pretty interesting.


    My immediate thought though was "sick spins", but that sounded too simple. So sick spins lead to TR-8R from Force Awakens, but that didn't seem fitting for Hitmontop, and neither did just "Traitor". So in the end I decided to call it Traytourre. Seemed better than the other two while still keeping some relevance to sick spins. Leaving things off there today. Tomorrow we'll get back to the gym.


    Team:

    Kamina the Latios
    Thanks the Gulpin

    ScaryMonst the Tyranitar

    Traytourre the Hitmontop


    ----


    Day 3 - January 15


    To start the day off, we went over to the Pokemon School to fight Cheren, who had gotten himself a Riolu. A bit of a dick punch, but ScaryMonst took care of it along with his Beedrill. We then got to go to the gym, where we fought our way through the trainers before making it to the gym leader. Since Latios replaced Snivy, I got to fight Chili, or should I say Analyst Wayne. He had a Kirlia and a Shuppet, the former of which I left to ScaryMonst and the latter got one shot by a critical Pursuit from Traytourre. Pretty promising for his first fight.


    We got the Trio Badge, and went outside where we met Fennel. She brought us over to her lab for some dialogue I skipped, then she gave me Cut. Great. Taught it to Thanks and went over to the Dreamyard again. Found Team Plasma trying to beat up a Munna and kicked their asses. 


    Afterwards Fennel showed up again to get her Dream Mist, and I checked out the grass. First encounter? Baltoy. Man, this Dreamyard has a thing for sick spins, doesn't it? A couple Psywaves from Kamina and I threw a ball, catching it in one go. Since it's also a spinning Poke, I had to keep up the TR-8R theme, and I decided to call it Claytor. 'Cause you know, clay and traitor, seemed clever. Let me know if you think it's clever!


    Anyways, after that we went on over to the next route, where we fought the likes of Champions Amy&Tia, Rocker Crystal and Cooltrainer Sophie, all preschool people. Then Cheren showed up with a Chimchar and Beedrill to fight me and I won again with no trouble. Bianca came along after and told us about how Team Plasma stole a little girl's Pokemon, so Cheren ran off to get them. I meanwhile got to catching stuff. 


    Walked into the grass and found a Whismur. I had Traytourre out front, which I thought was smart, but he was too high levelled and killed it with a Pursuit. First loss of the game. Luckily I got some redemption in the cave, where I caught a Seismitoad. Named it Atilla, after one of the Punk Frogs from Ninja Turtles. Me and Cheren fought off the Team Plasma grunts, who are sailors by the way, then we left the cave and returned the Pokemon.


    Continuing down the route, I figured I was pretty underlevelled and decided to grind for a bit, since Lenora is level 20 and I still got level 12s. Left things off there for the day since I had to get back to studying.


    Team:
    Kamina the Latios
    Thanks the Gulpin
    ScaryMonst the Tyranitar
    Traytourre the Hitmontop
    Claytor the Baltoy 
    Atilla the Seismitoad


    ----


    Day 4 - January 18

    So today was still just grinding, but I realized upon starting up the game I could just go to Pinwheel Forest for stronger Pokemon and a new capture. So I ran down the route, through Nacrene City and right into Pinwheel Forest. I forgot to heal up before I got there though, but I remembered there being a nurse who would heal my stuff up. Cool.


    Not cool actually. I forgot I actually had to battle her, and I was leading with a low HP Thanks against her Scizor. Couldn't do anything to it, so I was gonna switch, but then it Pursuit'd my ass and well, apologies to ThankSwalot, but he died. I had ScaryMonst avenge him though.


    After that I went into the grass for the new capture, and we got a freaking Eevee! Dude I love Eevee! Can't get Sylveon in this game, but still! Eevee! And after weakening it ever so slightly with Mudslaps from Claytor and wasting a bunch of Pokeballs, I finally caught the thing. I wasn't entirely sure what to evolve it into though, since I'd take basically any of them, but it was a guy, so for some reason I just named him after a certain pink puffball. Thus, Kirby was added to the team.


    After that it was just more grinding with things like Smergle (real happy I didn't get that), Bisharp, Wailord, and more. I probably won't update tomorrow because exams start Friday and I gotta study (which I why I didn't update the last few days), but I'll probably go up against Lenora next time. She won't have her stupid Herdier and Watchog this time, so this could either be a lot better or a lot worse.


    Team:
    Kamina the Latinos
    ScaryMonst the Tyranitar
    Traytourre the Hitmontop
    Claytor the Baltoy 
    Atilla the Seismitoad
    Kirby the Eevee


    Dead:
    Thanks the Gulpin


  • First World Problems

    1 day ago

    1TinSoldier Big Red

    Have to deal with the phone company today. Seems when I switched from the business account i used to have to the personal account I now use, the business account continued to charge me. And now there is a discrepancy in the accounts and I'm apparently paying for my phone twice each month.


    and NOW I'm on hold AGAIN, because I need to go to a different department to fix this.


    For the THIRD time since making the call.


    WHY!? Why can't we have competent people, and systems that WORK? Why do I need to bounce between three departments (and I'd wager a week's pay on having to get transferred again) before someone can actually DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?!

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