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TOMD 4: The Tribraggart Tournament

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Peace, Oct 14, 2015.

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  1. Inexistence

    Inexistence Seventh Year

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    Good luck, man. A thing I'd like to comment is you saying about "a reminder that I need to do better", which sounds like a shitload of pressure on yourself to be "fixed". I've done my own journey through this shitty time, and thinking of yourself as "broken" just makes things harder. At least it did for me.

    You don't have to be perfect. You don't even have to be good. Each day happens, and each one you get through is another one closer to feeling more like yourself again.

    I really hope your pick for a new therapist goes well. You got this.
     
  2. sonder

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    Thank you. I think I needed to hear that. I'm not sure how that's going to manifest in my life, but I think, for the first time since I started therapy, I'm excited about what that might look like. Cheers to finding a good match. I hope your journey goes well.
     
  3. Nazgus

    Nazgus Chief Warlock DLP Supporter DLP Gold Supporter

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    TOMD: Decided to take a creative writing class this semester. Turns out that for someone who reads as much as I do, I really suck at writing. To be fair I haven't done any non-academic writing for... ten years? And what I did back then was probably terrible since I was 11.

    Currently debating scrambling to try and find an alternate class to take since I'm supposed to cram out 2.5k words of a short story in three weeks and I'm quite sure there's no way I can have anything to share that wouldn't make me die of shame in that amount of time.

    Leaning towards sticking it out because even if I'm terrible I'm guaranteed to be significantly less terrible by the end and I could take the class Pass/No Pass so it would really just be my pride on the line.
     
  4. Conquistador

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    Post it on WbA. I'm sure at least one of the absolute legends on this site would be willing to help you out.
     
  5. Microwave

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    Reported for self plagiarism.
     
  6. Conquistador

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    Not gonna lie, that would be pretty funny.

    But in all seriousness @Nazgus don't worry about that because WbA is not public. So unless someone here is your professor, you should be fine.
     
  7. Imariel

    Imariel Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    This actually happened to my sister and her friend. Her friend owned a company(small) on the side and they used part of the company IP, logos and something else iirc, when writing a uni essay using the company to exemplify whatever it is they were writing about. They got stamped for plagiarism and had to face the uni board for it. Ended up getting off laaaaaate into that process.
     
  8. Nevermind

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    Funny story: Speaking as someone who has done a few writing classes (mostly journalism, but also creative writing) and once vomited ten pages of screenplay and what I think was roughly 1500 words of treatment out in a day and a half and got commended for my effort and careful worldbuilding, you can definitely get this done!
    At least where I’m from, most of the professors doing these kinds of classes know their stuff, but aren’t really inclined to deal with actually letting someone fail a class, especially when there’s no grade on the line.
     
  9. sonder

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    Having done NaNoWriMo for a couple years (and been really bad at it), it is going to hurt a lot less if you just hunker down and write regardless of how good or bad it is. YNaNo has a good workbook for you to get started, if you want some structure. I think you've got the potential to write some very interesting fiction so I hope you don't give up!
     
  10. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign –§ Prestigious §–

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    @Nazgus

    Do it. Doitdoitdoitdoitdoit. Do eeet.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Nazgus

    Nazgus Chief Warlock DLP Supporter DLP Gold Supporter

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    Tbh I'd take fighting the plagiarism charge on if it meant the professor had to sit there explain how they found it first...

    Not sure I'll be posting this first one to WbA, it's not for a grade so I'd somehow rather the first draft go through the class critique before showing it here. Will never see any of those people again after June, but I'll probably still be on this forum for a long time to come. Will probably take advantage of it for the final submission though, too good a resource to pass up on now that you've pointed it out. Thanks @momo!

    @Nevermind: Not sure I'll be doing this one P/NP. Other option is to do both of my CS classes P/NP, so it's a matter of how much I want to study for those. Odds are, whichever I decide to P/NP will be the one I end up getting an A in. It's how these things tend to go if we're being honest...

    @sonder: Will take a look, but isn't NaNoWriMo 50k over a month? Feels like anything geared for that will be overkill for my situation.

    @ScottPress: Not gonna lie, that picture helped tip me over the edge.

    Looks like I'll be sticking with the class then, thanks for encouragement all!
     
  12. sonder

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    That is true that it is 50k over a month. The book I’ve linked is for the YA challenge (10-50k and your choice when to stop). Their workbook has a simple plot outline (exposition, rise, climax, fall, denouement) worksheet and a guide to types of conflict so I figured that would be helpful. There’s also more complex stuff like world building and character development worksheets.
     
  13. Miner

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    I did this past semester and could never quite fix my problem of “I only really write fanfiction and then change the names and places.”

    It was still an awesome experience and I highly recommend that you stick it out even if you think you suck. Guarantee at least five others in your class feel worse than you.
     
  14. ScottPress

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    TOMD: I did the political compass test. Wtf, I've become a slightly left-leaning libertarian?
     
  15. CareOtters

    CareOtters Dark Lord DLP Supporter

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    Did the test involve an actual compass? The needle was just dragged off course by your magnetic personality.
     
  16. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign –§ Prestigious §–

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    I think if magnetic manipulation occured, the needle was repulsed rather than drawn to me.
     
  17. The Iron Rose

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    TOMD: Just started a new contact. A sister company is splitting from the parent company on a technical level. I was expecting to be handling fallout from a domain migration gone awry - basic desktop support stuff. Instead, I just finished drafting requirements for their entire domain infrastructure, including data control and ownership, GDPR requirements, division of labour between in house and the vendor building the servers, migration process, etc.

    It's fucking fantastic resume fodder. I wouldn't normally be doing this sort of stuff for another few years!


    E: OK cool I'm also evaluating and delivering a report on a multimillion vendor relationship and designing their SEIM/security architecture. I sure feel like a real consultant now!
     
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  18. Oment

    Oment The Betrayer

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    Magnetic North is shifting. :sherlock:
     
  19. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Moderator DLP Supporter

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    FTFY
     
  20. Giovanni

    Giovanni God of Scotch

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    TOMD: Took the shitty weather as an excuse to finish a dozen or so minor woodworking projects I've had on the backburner for a while. Wife got home from work and asked why there was a giant oak table in the living room.

    Answer: Because I'd finally gotten tired of looking at the finished top and decided to add hairpin legs instead of a complicated wooden base that would have doubled it's finished weight.
     
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