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    >Issue 69

    6c8
    (*muffled snickering*)
    Happenings

    Holy shit the CaT Gazette is still a thing, that's unexpected.

    That's right beaches and backhoes the CaT Gazette has (at least momentarily) returned to give you the latest news and updates on CaT's ever-downward spiral towards his inevitable suicide/the downfall of this wiki.

    YABEI!!!

    Wiki News

    I stepped down as admin at the beginning of the year assuming things would not turn to shit

    If you've been keeping tally lately, that didn't work out as grandly as I had planned

    0d9

    There's little to no chance of me getting reinstated as admin, but given everything going on, I don't feel right just standing back and watching everything burn, either. As such, it's time for everyone's favorite CaT activity: complaining and soapboxing! Text your local senators! Petition Congress! Rise up and seize the memes of production! Eat the proletariat! THE REVOLUTION IS NOW, COMRADES! THE REVOLUTION IS NOW!

    Editorial

    I forgot to write an actual editorial and if that isn't the true CaT Gazette experience idk what is.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson X-1: Nah

    I'll do an actual writing lesson next time. Probably on self-awareness considering most people seem to be terrible at it.

    BUT CAN YOU DO THIS
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    Art Corner

    Meetthefartist2018S

    Meet the Shartist Q1 2018
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    Figured now would be a good time to update my "Meet the Artist" profile.

    Ben 10 News

    Do you care? I don't. Not enough to try catching up on literal months of new at any rate.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the sixty-ninth (dab) issue of The CaT Gazette. Feedback and support are always appreciated.
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  • You are aware that the rules on using fan-made artwork applies to ALL fan-made artwork, not just Ben 10 fan art, right?

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    • Oh. Oh wait hang on.

      EDIT; Sorry, I haven’t used BTFF a lot and forgot about that rule. Would it warrant a warning since I’ve overwritten the images?

      EDIT EDIT: I just checked and one is the official artwork for the character and free-use. But I’ve overwritten the other one.

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    • I don't think they can warn you since you've already rectified the mistake, kinda like they can't warn you for making a page without categories if you add categories five seconds after making the page in a second edit.

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    Happenings

    why am i still doing this

    does anyone even care about these anymore

    Wiki News

    we've gotten a bunch of new users in as of late

    unfortunately they remind me exactly why this wiki is getting less and less enjoyable for me

    Editorial

    i wish i remembered what happiness felt like without having to reject reality

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson X: Use a Search Engine

    It's not that hard people

    relatable
    831nbbe2tnqz

    Art Corner

    ではまた

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    By ChromastoneandTabby


    ~-~-~

    Ben 10 News

    Way too much for me to give enough of a shit about catching up on. Suffice to say Season 2 of the Reboot premiered and we're getting a video game in about a month.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the sixty-eighth issue of The CaT Gazette. Feedback and support are stupid to ask for.
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  • Here's my gift to you.
    1507136833857

    Ottonnor

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  • I am currently writing stuff for a new series Split 10

    Would you have any advice?

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    • Seems pretty good. I would just brush up on the grammar, but otherwise it could be a great series!

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    • I was hoping you could help me make an alien design.Already got the powers worked out.

      Name:Elementis

      Looks:A praying mantis on to legs.Has 4 arms with the bottom set being way big like arms.The top set is green arms with 3 fingers.The omnitrix symbol is on his back.

      Powers:As in the name his powers can switch from electricity to rock,fire and water.

      His head is like a normal praying mantis head but it does not have the normal mantis mouth.

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  • GazetteLogoI60
    Happenings

    Pretty much everything I have to announce here is gonna be announced in the main Fanon Con main blog this Friday, so make sure to check that out.

    Wiki News

    Fall Fanon Con is happening, in case you somehow missed that. Hope you guys are having fun!

    Editorial

    Busy work is the cancer of educational institutions.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson 21: Reusing Words

    "Hey, you know what gets kind of annoying sometimes?" CaT said.

    "No, what?" Lightningfur said.

    "When people use the same words to express an action over and over." CaT said.

    "Oh, I guess that can get kind of annoying." Lightningfur said. "But how would you fix that?"

    "Use a goddamn thesaurus." CaT spoke.

    "But there are only so many words you can use to say the exact same thing." Lightningfur said.

    "Yeah, well, don't do it too much, then." CaT spoke. "Use other words that are similar to the word you keep reusing but have some variation in the exact meaning."

    "What do you mean?" Lightingfur asked.

    "Even repetitive actions don't always have the same meaning on each repeat." CaT explained. "For example, a conversation between two characters could just use the word 'said' over and over, or it could use specific words that better describe exactly what the characters are saying or doing."

    "Oh, I get it." Lightningfur nodded. "By using more specific wording, you avoid repeating stock phrases that annoy the audience."

    "And even beyond that, using more specific wording gives the audience a much clearer picture of what's going on." CaT affirmed. "You can give information on how the characters are presenting their actions without spelling it out with overdone dialogue."

    "Show, don't tell, right." Lightningfur scratched the side of his head. "What about for things other than conversation?"

    "Like what?" CaT raised a questioning eyebrow.

    "Like fight scenes." Lightningfur made a mock jab to accentuate his point. "If you have two people hitting each other over and over, how would make the wording for that more interesting?"

    "If your fight scenes consist only of two people hitting each other over and over, you're screwed anyways." CaT yawned. "But that's a topic for another lesson. Anyways, you can change up the verbage to change the implication of an action. For example, what sounds like a bigger hit? Someone getting punched, or someone getting smashed with a fist?"

    "Getting smashed with a fist sounds a lot more painful." Lightningfur winced.

    "Bingo." CaT said. "If you look at the technical meanings of the words, getting punched pretty much is getting smashed with a fist, but describing the action more dynamically can leave more of an impact on your audience."

    "Well, I'll be damned." Lightningfur sat up and put his paws on his hips in contemplation. "That's almost as crazy as this whole 'teaching a lesson using dialogue' thing."

    "But not nearly as stupid."

    My Current State of Being
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    Art Corner

    AlbedoMWR

    Albedo (Milky Way Race)
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    A redesign of Albedo for Ben 10: Milky Way Race that gives him more of a mad scientist vibe.

    Ben 10 News

    A promo for Season 2 of the Ben 10 reboot has been spotted on TV, showing off more of the new alien armor. The aesthetic of the armor definitely links it to the new alien we have a blurry screenshot of, but hell if I know how it's gonna work in-show.

    Ben 10 Reboot Season 2 Promo

    Ben 10 Reboot Season 2 Promo

    Closing
    Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the sixty-seventh issue of The CaT Gazette! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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  • Hey, So you were talking about doing a series with me? I could use someone to edit aliens and stuff like that

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  • Please do not invade other people's privacy. You messaged CaT saying you read Dioga's Fanon Con entry. Not only is that an invasion of privacy, but it's also rude. You need to wait your turn like everybody else. Please read the rules to prevent this from happening again.

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    Happenings

    Just started full-time college work, so I'm going to have even less time to work on my stuff from now on.

    RIP

    Wiki News

    Signups for Fall Fanon Con are still going, and will be running for one more week! Let's try and make this our most successful Fanon Con yet!

    Make sure to sign up for the next round of the Chain of Gifts while you still can! Signups end tomorrow!

    Editorial

    Every day keeps passing by faster and faster and it feels like I'm barely keeping up.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson 20: Writing Sadness Without Melodrama

    Let's face it, whenever you write something sad, your main goal is usually going to be getting the audience to feel sadness as well. According to common logic, bigger=better, so obviously the more over-the-top dramatic you make the scene, the sadder the audience is going to feel, right?

    Well, no.

    A problem a lot of "sad" scenes have is that they go too far in trying to make the audience feel for what's going on, making the scene loop around into absurdist territory instead of depressing territory. This can also happen if you try to force a sad scene where it's really unnecessary or nonsensical; you break your audience's suspension of disbelief and end up taking them out of the story.

    To write a sad scene without it coming across as forced or cringy, keep the following things in mind:

    • Cut down on any excessive drama. There's reacting, and then there's overreacting.
    • Make the scene warranted. Putting in a sad scene for the sake of putting in a sad scene when it doesn't fit with the narrative makes it seem like you're just trying to get a reaction instead of telling an actual story.
    • Give the audience attachments. You can't just throw drama about random people at us and expect us to care about it; give the audience time to connect with the characters involved in the scene before throwing it out there.

    There's probably more to say on this topic, but it's frankly kind of a vague thing to cover, so if you have any specific questions I didn't answer here, just ask.

    I felt like this scene from If: Part 1 needed a visual representation
    HercCallsOutIsaacCS

    Art Corner

    TheoSummerRe

    Theo Summer Outfit Redesign
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    A redesign of Theodore Logical's summer outfit from Tech 10: Star Spirit. I know it's not the most popular clothing choice for him but I really like it so fight me in the streets.

    IsaacSSReRe

    Isaac Logical (Star Spirit Redesign 3)
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    The other two Star Spirit designs for this guy sucked ass, so I decided to do one that was a bit more stylized. I think this one properly shows off his ironically contradictory retro fashion sense he thinks makes him look edgy but in reality just makes him look like a tool.

    it also furthermore exemplifies why anyone allowing him to be responsible for raising a child was a terrible mistake.

    BTW for those not in the know (AKA most people), EarthCo. is the name of the company Isaac runs in-universe. So there's that.

    Ben 10 News

    We've received confirmation that the upcoming Ben 10 game for the Nintendo Switch will be released on November 10th in Europe and November 14th in the USA.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the sixty-sixth issue of The CaT Gazette! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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  • GazetteLogoI60
    Happenings

    I'm gonna be honest I'll be scrounging up everything I can for Fanon Con but I've been too burned out all year to have much to present.

    Wiki News

    Signups for Fall Fanon Con have started, and will be running for two weeks! Let's try and make this our most successful Fanon Con yet!

    Speaking of signups, the next round of the Chain of Gifts is accepting applications over the next week! The more, the merrier!

    Editorial

    Caffeine is neat and all but it puts a lot of stress on my heart, so I only drink it if I'm too tired to function otherwise.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson 19: Writing Interesting Scenery

    Geez, you people are really busting my balls here when it comes to writing lessons lately. I guess that's about what I should have expected to begin with for this section but eh at least I'm learning stuff while I'm teaching it.

    Writing interesting scenery is a very important part of writing, but usually ends up being ignored because of the wiki's love of the Script format; there's nothing really wrong with the Script format, but it can be rather limiting, since it is essentially a bare-minimum method of storytelling.

    In real life, scripts and scenery usually come from two completely different departments working on the same project and end up being put into a cohesive whole by the director; in the text-only format of the wiki, there is no "Scenery Department" for you to work with, so most of the Script-style narratives here (as well as a lot of traditional narratives) end up lacking a lot of panache.

    If you want a personal example, I don't think Star Spirit is bad by any means, but I'm pretty unhappy with how the first two seasons turned out because of how much I was limited by the Script format. I might be changing the format to Paragraph in the revised edition, I might not, but the point is, even thought I ended up being comfortable enough with Script by the end, it didn't allow me enough wiggle room to write effective scenery.

    What you can do to help fix this issue, assuming you're having it, is mix the Script and Paragraph formats. Script for dialogue, Paragraph for descriptions. I ended up using this style myself after some experimentation, but there are still some dialogue tricks you can only pull off in Paragraph; that's not the main point of this lesson, however, so let's just move on.

    Getting down to brass tacks, the most important thing about writing scenery is making sure it contributes to the emotion of the narrative. Sure, you can go ahead and just list off basic attributes of the location, but that's a good way to end up boring both yourself and your audience. The best way to go about it is describing what it would be like to actually be there instead of what it would look like in a picture. What does the scene smell like? Feel like? Taste like? What is that scent on the breeze? What is the atmosphere given off by those trees? What does that lady calling the cops on you taste like?

    Okay, maybe don't go quite that far, but I think you should be getting the point here. Remember that being somewhere is something you experience with all of your senses (okay usually not taste but hey sometimes it's applicable), not just your sight. Let me give you an example:

    • "The bar had a lamp hanging down from the ceiling in the middle of the room. Wooden tables and chairs were arranged on the floor, and the bartender stood behind the counter."

    Boring as shit, right? This is what I call "Picture Writing", in that a picture of the place you're describing would be exactly as, if not even more, helpful to your audience than what you're writing about it. Now let me give you an example of how this could be improved into a description that takes advantage of your senses, or what I like to call "Experience Writing".

    • "The bar had only a single flickering old lamp illuminating the entirety of the room, giving the shoddy building an eerie atmosphere. Musty wooden tables and chairs that would let out an almost pained creaking if you were to use them were arranged haphazardly on the floor, as if they had been hastily thrown back into place after a particularly messy bar fight the night before. The bartender standing behind the counter wore the countenance and scent of a barely-functioning drunkard who had once been optimistic about his prospects in life but had long since turned to abusing his own stock to keep himself going."

    Notice how that paragraph took a lot longer to read but didn't feel nearly as tedious? That's an example of how Expressive Writing can turn an okay bar scene into a full-fledged experience for the audience.

    If you examine the Expressive Writing paragraph, you'll notice how I used adjectives and dynamic descriptions to describe the scenery in a way that it almost felt like a short story in and of itself, despite nothing actually happening. You can tell the bar has a lot of history, even though none of that history is directly described to you.

    Of course, not every scenery description has to be particularly dragged out; sometimes a forest is just a normal-ass forest, and there's nothing special to describe about it. Overdoing it with your scenery descriptions is still going to bore your audience even if the descriptions themselves are fantastic. The most important aspect of writing these descriptions, as with pretty much everything I talk about in these writing sections, is finding the right balance between terse and interesting; figuring out how to get across the most information with the least words. Of course, you can sometimes subvert the terseness for establishing a particular atmosphere or simply for comedic effect, but that kind of decision ultimately comes down to the individual story and storyteller.

    Overall, the main thing you need to do to get good at scenery writing is practice, which applies to most things about writing, really. Work on using "Experience Writing" instead of "Picture Writing" and eventually you'll be writing some really engaging scenes for your audience to get absorbed into.

    I don't wanna live but I'm not particularly fond of death
    MyMemes

    Art Corner

    Re:Vise Project Alien Redesigns - First Batch
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    Bet you forgot about this project almost as much as I did

    NovaS3Re

    Nova S3 Design (Tweaked)
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    I know I already featured this picture in a past Gazette, but I fixed it up a bit to make it look better.

    Ben 10 News

    Nothing to report on this week.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the sixty-fifth issue of The CaT Gazette! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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