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Just as I side note, for reader benefit, I would… really recommend posting this in small chunks

Re: Sandbox and Page Limit by rumetzenrumetzen, 09 Dec 2019 22:26

Great! I'll do my best. :-)

Re: Sandbox and Page Limit by OriCatOriCat, 09 Dec 2019 21:55

A wikidot page can contain up to 250,000 characters.

So, uh, kudos to filling that, lol.

Somehow I hit the sandbox data limit with my SCP wiki sandbox, but it did not specify exactly how much storage space each sandbox can contain. Does anyone have any estimates on the amount of data (and/or number of characters) it would take to reach this limit? Do wiki pages have an equivalent limit, or can they essentially contain an infinite-length article?

The reason I ask is that I'm working on a new story and am enthused about it, but it's going to have to be quite long. I want to make sure I can get it all in one place to get reviewed.

Thank you!

Sandbox and Page Limit by OriCatOriCat, 09 Dec 2019 18:49

I think the main issue is that I am first and foremost a pulp fiction author

… dude my only piece on this site so far is literally titled "Sludge Thompkins in: The Nefarious Lair of the Mutant Bubblegum Lizards". i write the goofiest, pulpiest schlock anyone's ever seen. but i write it well and with care.

While your points are valid, I'm not sure how they can be applied to a stand-alone piece of flash fiction where time for character development is limited.

finding opportunities for characterization in limited space is the entire point of flash fiction. if what you said is true, then nearly all of my works on the SCP wiki should be thermodynamically impossible. but they're not. because i made character studies my entire goddamn stock in trade on the scp wiki. of course characterization is applicable to flash fiction, if it wasn't, no one would read it - you just neglected to bring any.

a writer can always try harder to bring their work up to a shining standard, like a lot of us here have. or, they can mental gymnastics their way into thinking that they're just not compatible with such an elite community. it's always up to them to decide which way to go, but i know which path i picked the first time someone lit my ass up for taking the easy way out.

by CadaverCommanderCadaverCommander, 08 Dec 2019 05:04

Thank you Cadaver. That was well thought out, constructive criticism which you delivered in a respectful manner, which I appreciate.

While your points are valid, I'm not sure how they can be applied to a stand-alone piece of flash fiction where time for character development is limited.

I think the main issue is that I am first and foremost a pulp fiction author, and a there's a non-negligible number of SCP/WL members who have very different standards for site content than I do. I can't change your standards, and I'm not entirely sure I want to change mine, so, I'll probably be focusing most of my efforts elsewhere.

by DrChandraDrChandra, 08 Dec 2019 04:38

this picks and chooses from an entire orchard of tropes and preexisting materials and then does absolutely nothing with them. the only possible takeaway from this article is "Darke is uh, i dunno, probably some kind of vampire wizard or something". nothing is done to establish firm characterization of either him or his granddaughter. you put in at least a mild amount of effort to give personality characteristics to the inquisitor and the gravedigger, but those fall sadly flat when compared to the lifelessness of the deuteragonists. they read like cardboard cutouts of gothic horror characters.

the overall lack of destination or apparent point could potentially had been forgiven if the prose was engaging and vivacious, but it's not. it's a lot of descriptive boilerplate that gives us almost no handhold on the setting or the characters and makes the ride to the end into an obstructive slog rather than an enjoyable or at least thought-provoking venture.

overall, this is cheesy, cheap, and threadbare, and more thought should have been put into doing more with these potentially engaging characters instead of putting them briefly on display before shoving them back in their toybox. a lot more could have been done to make the central thrust of this article more interesting and effective, instead of being rushed out the door while leaving heaps of untapped potential on the table.

by CadaverCommanderCadaverCommander, 08 Dec 2019 04:17

No sir, I can indeed assure you that he is someone Darke. :0
sigh
Okay, maybe I deserved that. I typically haven't been too receptive to harsh criticism in the past. Cad makes a lot of good points below. I'm trying my best to conceptualize what the problem is, and - like I said on Discord - I think it's an over-reliance on tropes and 2D stock characters for short pieces like this, and deflecting criticism of that as being overly elitist. But Cad's right. Character development in a short piece is possible, and if I can't be bothered to do any then the piece probably wasn't worth writing in the first place.

This site, being non-monetized, means that the only reason to write is for the sake of the craft. I need to decide if I'm willing and capable of meeting this challenge.

by DrChandraDrChandra, 08 Dec 2019 04:10

"Someone…. Darke."

Oh you've got to be kidding me.

by Uncle NicoliniUncle Nicolini, 08 Dec 2019 03:40

So this is my first post since joining the Wanderer's Library. It was originally conceived for the SCP wiki, but other than the character of Darke, the SCP content is nearly non-existent, so I hope it's acceptable. Anyone familar with my SCP stuff will probably recognize this as being set in my sub-canon All That Glisters, which was inspired by Randomini's series Wills and Ways, as well as some details coming from Dark's Person of Interest file.

Originally, the 'vital holy energy' mentioned was Akiva, but I changed that so because I wasn't sure if the WL used that term, and it probably wouldn't have made sense in context anyway.

Author Post by DrChandraDrChandra, 08 Dec 2019 03:01

I like the basic concept of what you have, but I think it can be executed better. There are a lot of language errors that make some parts a little confusing, and I think the story can be more developed overall. You portray the cat as something that doesn't really know what is going on, but can still sense hints of the truth. To make the story more engaging for the reader, think of ways to hint at what is happening to the cat's "dominant" without actually giving it away. This should also help with adding more meaningful detail and content.

Ask for review help in the forums next time. If you want, you can work more on this and ask for review.

by Avelon21Avelon21, 07 Dec 2019 20:37

i really liked the the story,the determination of the cat to help his owner and the tragic ending…

poor little cat by junior2729junior2729, 07 Dec 2019 01:44

It is not, I'm afraid.

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 07 Dec 2019 01:10

is this still being updated?

by Robieredd4Robieredd4, 07 Dec 2019 01:05

Therefore, life itself can ruin your expectations.

Even if you just want to see your loved ones one last time.

Huh? by MysteryRedMysteryRed, 06 Dec 2019 20:34

Wh-what happened?

Re: [data expunged] by MysteryRedMysteryRed, 06 Dec 2019 20:27

Not bad! I really liked how much detail you putted into this!

by MysteryRedMysteryRed, 06 Dec 2019 20:08

Wwwwwonderful. The voice here is absolutely amazing.

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 06 Dec 2019 14:29


It's a place nobody knows, not even the Serpent. A place lost deep within the library, to fulfil one singular purpose. Where only the damned ever tread. Join us, won't you?

Re: New Articles 4 by MaliceAforethoughtMaliceAforethought, 05 Dec 2019 15:07

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