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  • Hey Ultra! Haven't seen you in a while. I hope you're not gone for too long. I would love to talk to you sometime. I have to say, that Avi is epic. Anyway, have a great day!

    ~Reo~

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  • Hey! I noticed you have some article stubs.


    • Blaze (Earth-32)/Dimension 99
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  • Hey! I noticed you have some article stubs.


    • Buglizard (Earth-32)/Dimension 1
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  • How have you been? I've missed you! Grin_2.png

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  • Watchout
    I'm almost caught up...


    Come back plz

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  • CaTGazette
    Happenings

    Planning for DecaSystem Tech is continuing at a fairly steady pace. I'm planning this series more thoroughly than usual, and there are some things in particular I'm looking forward to creating.

    Milky Way Race is also further along in production, albeit primarily in the art department. A promo short for the series was just released this week, so make sure to check that out.

    I am so glad I decided to do the Re:Vise project because it means I can rewrite things to put personal issues like this to rest.

    Wiki News

    This has been one of the least eventful weeks on the wiki in recent memory pls help

    Editorial

    Controversial opinion: the majority of online roleplaying is incredibly cringeworthy and it makes me die a little inside when I see people doing it unironically (there are exceptions, but not many).

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson 13: Chekhov's Gun

    Let's say you're watching a movie, and fairly early into the film, it pauses for a moment to focus on a cowboy flicking his nose in the background. You momentarily wonder what that was about but shrug it off as a shot that went on for too long or something.

    When the third act arrives and all hope seems lost, the background character suddenly bursts into the scene, taking off his face-obscuring cowboy hat to reveal himself as Bruce Lee, who promptly kicks the villain's asses. You think this is a clear Deus Ex Machina for a moment, then remember that, oh yeah, the film built this up a little. So what is it, exactly?

    What you have just borne witness to is known as a (admittedly not amazingly executed) Chekhov's Gun.

    The origin of the phrase "Chekhov's Gun" comes from short story writer Anton Chekhov, who is famously quoted as saying "If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."

    While the original quote is more of a reference to Conservation of Detail, the term "Chekhov's Gun" has come to mean a seemingly insignificant plot element that plays a role in the story some time after it gets introduced. Done well, this can feel like satisfying payoff; done poorly, it can feel like either a borderline asspull or just lazy writing depending on how you screw it up.

    A good Chekhov's Gun is introduced into the story fairly early on, isn't played up as having any sort of wider significance beyond its purpose in its own scene, but is still memorable enough for the audience to say "oh hey I remember that thing!".

    A bad Chekov's Gun is usually done in one of two ways: either the introductory scene is too subtle, making it almost impossible for the audience to realize the element was actually introduced, or it's too blatant, practically yelling at the audience that "THIS THING WILL BE IMPORTANT LATER".

    There are variations to the Chekhov's Gun, such as the Red Herring, which is a plot element specifically created to distract the audience from the real Chekhov's Gun, or the Brick Joke, which is essentially the Chekhov's Gun played for laughs. These variations can be screwed up in the same way as a normal Chekhov's Gun, so make sure to be just as careful while writing them.

    It's Everyday Bro With That Suicidal Flow
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    Art Corner

    Ken MWR

    Ken Tennyson (MWR)
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    Ken's design for Milky Way Race when he's not using the Spanner suit. He's 16 years old and has a new Omnitrix that he uses alongside the Spanner suit to defeat threats across time and space after being picked up as a protégé by Professor Paradox.

    Ben 10 News

    Nothing to report this week.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for this Sunday, folks. I hope you enjoyed the fifty-eighth issue of The CaT Gazette, and I'll see you next week! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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  • Want to meet up and talk some time?

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  • CaTGazette
    Happenings

    Okay you know what screw it I'm just moving the Gazette to Monday now this is ridiculous

    In other news, you should read the Fanon Con Main Blog if you haven't already, since it contains a lot of important news about my stuff.

    I've created the page for my newest project, DecaSystem Tech, so make sure to go check that out.

    Wiki News

    Summer Fanon Con ended on Saturday, and while it wasn't a particularly eventful con, we still got some interesting stuff out of it.

    Editorial

    Sometimes I wish I was still the happy generous person I used to be so people would like me more, but then I remember a lot of people just liked me because I was easy to take advantage of.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson 12: Making an Interesting Cast

    So you want to write a dank ass series with loads of characters that everyone loves, but you keep running into a single problem:

    All of your characters are boring.

    It can be difficult to plan out development for multiple characters, especially characters that don't get much screentime, but if even your main characters are boring, you might have a problem.

    The biggest problem I see when it comes to people trying to create casts is that they aren't really creating characters so much as they're creating character ideas. Let's face it, you can have the best idea for a character in the world, but if you don't flesh it out into a full character in and of itself, well...

    Ghosto

    The less said about that the better.

    The ultimate worth of a character comes less from what happens to them or even what they are so much as it comes from who they are. Any character can have things happen to them, and any character can be something cool, but what really defines them is how they behave in relation to the aforementioned factors.

    Note that for their behavior to feel realistic, your characters should act as their own agents and not just plot devices. You can give a character arbitrary traits and follow a paint-by-number scheme of how they go through a scenario given those traits, but if the personality of the character doesn't feel genuine, then it just feels like you're putting your writing on autopilot.

    I feel like I'm not getting this across very well, so let's use a practical example here from a series I have an unhealthy focus on for no discernible reason, Mig X.

    Mig X, like the majority of series on the wiki, has a lot of problems with characters feeling unrealistic and fleshed out (no offense Mig), but unlike the majority of series, it has one big saving grace: Terox.

    Terox is an absolute joy to read. He's simultaneously a horrifying villain and an amazing little shit, and what makes him stand out so much from everything else is that he feels free. Terox doesn't feel constrained by the plot; Terox is the plot. He sets everything in motion by being himself, whereas a lot of other characters in the series just seem to act based on what would make the story seem "cool".

    Of course, the main thing to nail down above all that is to make a character relatable. A stock badass with a stock tragic backstory and stock behavioral issues isn't relatable; it just feels forced. Try to imagine yourself in a character's shoes while you're writing them and think about how you would react in their situation.

    Even if your personalities are wildly different, just roleplay for a minute and think, for example, "If I was a badass hero, what would I say?" instead of "If this plank of wood character was a badass hero, what would they say?". You're almost guaranteed to get better results.

    Once you gain more experience writing a character and nail down their personality, you should be able to start asking "what would [character] do?" directly, but depending on the specific character, this could take a while.

    I've tried to sum up what I could here, but as this is (obviously) a very complex topic, I would recommend reading this TVTropes page on the subject as well, assuming you have the time. It goes more in-depth on an individual basis I couldn't cover here without making this issue extremely long.

    Social Interaction is for Normies
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    Art Corner

    Iblis

    Iblis/Abstract
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    Iblis is who you could technically call the primary antagonist of DecaSystem Tech. He wields the UnaSystem Vision, which allows him to transform into an alien called Abstract. He is feared by the other Challengers due to his position as Executioner if any of them break the rules of the tournament.

    Ben 10 News

    Nothing to report this week.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for this Sunday, folks. I hope you enjoyed the fifty-seventh issue of The CaT Gazette, and I'll see you next week! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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  • CaTGazette
    Happenings

    Another late Gazette. Sunday was busier than usual and I kind of forgot about writing it. My bad.

    Most news on my stuff is gonna be announced in the Fanon Con Main Blog on Friday, so make sure to read through my entry on that!

    Wiki News

    Summer Fanon Con has begun! I've updated the head and siderail module, where you'll be able to find the full schedule for the con.

    Editorial

    I'm too scared of death and worried about screwing everyone else over to ever really commit suicide, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it on a semi-regular basis.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson N/A: Health Notice

    Sometimes it's healthier for you to go out and about and do something outside instead of sitting on your computer and writing walls of text for a fanfiction wiki all day. Being outside will make you healthier both mentally and physically, and let's be honest, when was the last time any of us got our daily recommended dose of Vitamin D?

    BTFF In a Nutshell
    Notallteens

    Art Corner

    Dex Archer

    Dex Archer
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    The protagonist of an upcoming project to be announced in the Main Blog on Friday. For now, all I'm letting slip is his name and that the device he's holding is called the DecaSystem.

    Ben 10 News

    There's a blurry screenshot of a new alien for the Reboot floating around, and while it does resemble the toy seen at the New York Toy Fair, its legitimacy is still debatable, so I'll refrain from parading it around for now.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for this Sunday, folks. I hope you enjoyed the fifty-sixth issue of The CaT Gazette, and I'll see you next week! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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  • CaTGazette
    Happenings

    I apologize for putting the Gazette out a day late. I've sort of lost my energy to do much of anything lately. I'll elaborate more in the Editorial section if anyone wants to read it.

    I haven't been making much progress on my series lately either for the same reason. I've really lost my mojo.

    On the more uplifting side of things, I figured out that messages sent by bots will not clog up Recent Activity; as such, all new issues of the Gazette will be delivered by your friendly neighborhood BotBot Bot.

    Wiki News

    Signups for Summer Fanon Con are ending this week, so make sure you get in there and enroll while you still can!

    Wikia has made the new header mandatory across all wikis, and while we've done what we can with it, it's still pretty ugly.

    Editorial

    To be honest, I kinda feel like the wiki is dying. Not because of all the terrible changes Wikia has made, (though heaven knows that doesn't help), but because of our own community.

    Now don't get me wrong, people still interact with each other; the wiki's Discord servers are both a lot more active than Chaturn was in its twilight years, but as for content on the wiki itself? Yeah, that's kind of dying out.

    At the end of the day, there's no one thing to blame for it; it's just how things work. People get older and busier, and Ben 10 just isn't the smash hit success it was seven and a half years ago. The reboot is good (fight me you neckbeards), but there's nothing that particularly stands out about it to make it worth writing about in most people's eyes.

    When the wiki first started, Alien Force was already airing, expanding the Ben 10 universe way beyond the basic "kid on summer vacation" concept and thus giving people a lot more to work with. Since the reboot has looped the franchise back to that plot, there's not nearly as much people can do with it, and fics based on the old continuity don't grab people's attention like they used to.

    As for the rare new fics that are being made, good luck getting much feedback on them. The wiki's gotten a tad better about this lately, but for the majority of the content someone puts out, they may as well still be screaming into the uncaring void for how much good it does them.

    As for why I've lost my mojo, everything I mentioned above contributes to it pretty significantly. I started my art and writing careers on this wiki, and with it dying, I'm sort of floundering around for a source of motivation. I still have a lot of stuff to do on the wiki, but does any of it matter? I am so close to finishing Tech 10 and being done with it forever (three episodes and a movie), but I don't know if I can even bring myself to do that.

    People seem to be looking forward to Ben 10: Milky Way Race, but as the old Ben 10 continuity keeps fading into irrelevancy, so does my motivation to write the damn thing. It doesn't help that my only other popular series that people actually engage with are Mack 10, which was made around shitting on people and created out of bitterness, and CaT Reviews, which is entirely dependent on other people's work.

    The first BTFF RPG seemed to be popular (46+ downloads!), but I never got wind of that until I actually checked the numbers for myself because of how little people mentioned it to me. The Spooktober RPG was barely played by anyone, and if The Next Evolution or Not Applicable RPG ever actually get finished, I'm sure the general reaction will just be some people saying "oh it's cool that you did that" and then nothing coming of it.

    The only thing I'm actually kind of invested in working on right now is my post-Tech 10 project (not Reform; I cancelled that because it ultimately didn't seem like a good idea), and that's only because I plan on adapting it into something original I can put out as its own book somewhere down the line (granted the more solid foundation and setting for it compared to some of my other works helps, but still).

    I'm probably coming off like I'm complaining about people not paying attention to me, and I don't mean for that to be the message here; I'm just explaining why I don't have the same motivation I used to. Hell, putting my own stuff aside, I don't even have the motivation to help people any more; every person I've ever tried to help has ended up screwing me somehow (except Mig; thanks bro), and goddammit I try to stay positive but it's hard to unironically say I want to help anyone out these days.

    Honestly, I don't even know where I'm going with this anymore. I'd be surprised if more than a couple people actually took the time to read through this boring-ass wall of text.

    See you next week, I guess.

    Writing Lesson

    Lesson 11: Deus Ex Machina

    So imagine you're watching one of the best, most tense and dramatic movies you've ever seen. The climax is almost over, the protagonists are screwed, the antagonists have pretty much won, and you're wondering how the hell they're going to turn all this around.

    Then Jesus comes out and uses holy lasers to make the villains blow up.

    Excuse me, what?

    The source of the disappointment and frustration you'd be feeling at this random-ass plot point is called a Deus Ex Machina, translated as "god out of the machine". The phrase originates from ancient Greek theater, where actors playing Gods would literally be lowered down by a crane (the "machine") at the end of a play to fix everything without any prior buildup.

    Note that even if a plot point is unexpected or unsatisfying, it is not necessarily a Deus Ex Machina; TV Tropes helpfully lists the four qualifying factors for a plot point to be considered one.

    1. Deus ex Machina are solutions to a problem. They are never unexpected developments that make things worse, nor sudden twists that only change the understanding of a story.
    2. Deus ex Machina are sudden or unexpected. This means that even if they are featured, referenced or set-up earlier in the story, they do not change the course of nor appear as a natural or a viable solution to the plotline they eventually "solve".
    3. Deus ex Machina are used to resolve a situation portrayed as unsolvable or hopeless. If the problem could be solved with a bit of common sense or other type of simple intervention, the solution is not a Deus ex Machina no matter how unexpected it may seem.
    4. Deus Ex Machina are external to the characters and their choices throughout the story. The solution comes from a character with small or non-existent influence on the plot until that point or random chance from nature or karma.

    The reason discussing this is so important is because there are so many stories on this damn wiki that end in "EVERYONE IS SCREWED BUT THIS NEW ALIEN I PULLED OUT OF MY ASS IS GOING TO SAVE THE DAY BECAUSE REASONS" that Category:Aliens might as well be renamed Category:Bullshit Endings.

    This is a fairly simple concept to understand, so this is just more of a heads-up telling you to not pull shit out of your ass at the last moment. Yes, this trope can technically be used well, but most of the time it isn't, so I would recommend taking the four qualifications of the Deus Ex Machina to heart and blatantly defying them whenever possible.

    Gotta Spin Fast
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    Art Corner

    UltimateAllStarReFX

    Ultimate All Star Redesign
    By ChromastoneandTabby


    I wasn't really satisfied with this thing's first design (and neither was anyone else really) so I decided to redo it. I was a bit iffy on the white markings at first, but the people on the Discord seemed to like it.

    Ben 10 News

    Nothing to report for this issue.

    Closing
    Well, that's it for this Sunday, folks. I hope you enjoyed the fifty-fifth issue of The CaT Gazette, and I'll see you next week! Feedback and support are appreciated!
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