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  • About The Grim Reaper's Friend
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    USA - ID - Post Falls
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    Self employed writer/digital designer/computer student
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    Writing, Tae Kwon-Do, Jui-Jitsu, digital design (photoshop), video game design
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    Go to my website to read my fan fiction!

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  • Join Date: September 19th, 2010
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May 25th, 2021
06:04 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned FirstHeroUser in post How to get out of a house with no doors or windows.
FirstHeroUser Your best bet is pro...
05:28 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned TheAverageFan in post TGRF's Reviews - Mistborn (The Final Empire)
TheAverageFan I've added in a summ...
02:57 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned TheAverageFan in post TGRF's Reviews - Mistborn (The Final Empire)
TheAverageFan Wouldn't that spoil ...
May 22nd, 2021
02:02 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned IshMEL in post FFC #70 - Why math is not like writing
IshMEL True. I fear my expe...
April 28th, 2021
12:28 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned TheAverageFan in post FFC #70 - Why math is not like writing
TheAverageFan Adding the arc in af...
February 14th, 2021
09:38 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned William099 in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
William099 TheAverageFan I'...
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William099 TheAverageFan I'm back. ~T...
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Jak But totally worth th...
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11:19 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned William099 in post Preferences for next Fan Fiction (IV)
TheAverageFan William099 Sylvano the Wasabu...
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TheAverageFan William099 Sylva...
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...eFan William099 Sylvano the Wasabus BiggaBullfrog I'm...
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...lvano the Wasabus BiggaBullfrog I'm pinging my read...
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...t this message from itsbuzzi . I haven't the fain...
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November 4th, 2019
01:32 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned TheAverageFan in post FFC #38 - Another One Bites the Dust
@TheAverageFan I've told myself th...
October 23rd, 2019
01:12 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned TheAverageFan in post FFC #37 - Mid-Career Crisis???
TheAverageFan And yes, I probably ...
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03:07 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend mentioned TheAverageFan in post FFC #36 - The Cover for End Come
TheAverageFan It used to be I'd ju...
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... BiggaBullfrog, and The Grim Reaper's Friend!
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March 26th, 2021
09:50 PM - Heroscaper Guy quoted The Grim Reaper's Friend in post Re: Official Site Question Dump
Can anyone point me to the (doubtless limited...
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Can anyone point me to the (doubtle...
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March 6th, 2021
12:10 AM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted TheAverageFan in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
So this was an improvement, but yo...
March 5th, 2021
02:43 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted TheAverageFan in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
Thanks for the feedback! As usua...
02:43 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted taf in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
...u for sharing. ~TAF, 7/10 So this was a...
February 24th, 2021
05:21 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted TheAverageFan in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
Usually what makes the POV shift m...
12:46 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted TheAverageFan in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
Finally caught up. Still a very fa...
February 18th, 2021
12:32 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted TheAverageFan in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
The fast pace is actually somethin...
February 17th, 2021
11:18 PM - TheAverageFan quoted The Grim Reaper's Friend in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
The fast pace is actually something I'm tryin...
February 15th, 2021
10:57 PM - The Grim Reaper's Friend quoted TheAverageFan in post Re: Valkyrie - A HeroScape Fan Fiction
Okay I am caught up. Good so far; ...
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08:36 AM - TheAverageFan quoted The Grim Reaper's Friend in post Re: Preferences for next Fan Fiction (IV)
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Posted June 3rd, 2021 at 01:46 PM Comments 2
Posted in TGRF's Reviews
I finished the second book in the Mistborn trilogy yesterday, and after letting my thoughts gel a bit, I want to get down to the review.

On the whole, I think I definitely liked the first book better. It just felt more... cohesive. It felt more structured, in a good way. But I'll get more into that below.

In terms of writing level, I feel like it's about where I am now. I think my structuring and development is better, but Sanderson I think has the better characters and twists.

Ratings:
5: Amazing, above flawless.
4: Flawless, but doesn't really stand out.
3: Might have some issues, but works fine.
2: Has some issues which might detract from the story.
1: Flawed, bring the story down noticeably.

Title: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
My Rating: 3.7/5 - A good read

Summary: Following the events of the first book (which I'll do my best to avoid spoiling),...

Posted May 29th, 2021 at 08:45 PM Comments 0
Posted in FFC
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #73

I spent a few minutes looking at the screen today, the realization washing over me that I might have just defeated my greatest writing nemesis.

Throughout my writing years, I've narrowed down my problems to a few consistent ones. Crunched intros are there, due to me trying to introduce everything at once. Undeveloped antagonists seem to be haunting my more recent stories for some reason. Stakes - an older nemesis - hems and haws on if it's still an issue. But the big one, the main thing I seem to always struggle with, is a double-header: squished content, and the inability to get a character to change.

These are two sides (plot and character) of the same coin: absent middles. On one side, you have the plot, going straight from the beginning of the story, to the midpoint, and then straight to the end. What happens in the middle? Unfortunately, the 3-act structure is a void there. It took me awhile to...

Posted May 25th, 2021 at 06:02 PM Comments 0
Posted in TGRF's Reviews
I read the SYLO books back in... I can't even remember when. A few years back. I hadn't read anything recently at the time, and possessed by a sudden urge to do so, I perused the fiction shelves of the local library, looking for likely titles. The one that I ended up checking out was SYLO, by D. J. MacHale, the first in a trilogy. Since reading all three books, I've had the desire to review them ever since.

Ratings:
5: Amazing, above flawless.
4: Flawless, but doesn't really stand out.
3: Might have some issues, but works fine.
2: Has some issues which might detract from the story.
1: Flawed, bring the story down noticeably.

Title: The SYLO Chronicles (SYLO, STORM, STRIKE)
Author: D.J.MacHale
My Rating: 4/5

Summary (no spoilers)
It's kind of hard to summarize the whole trilogy without spoiling it. That's because the last two books are based on the ending twist of the first. That twist...

Posted May 23rd, 2021 at 07:29 PM Comments 4
Posted in TGRF's Reviews
I've decided to start another series of blogs, for the purpose of reviewing/critiquing stories (and possibly movies) I've read. I don't read as much as I should these days, but when I do finish up a good fiction book, I often feel like sharing my thoughts on it. So that's what this is for. There are no spoilers below, aside from some very general hints on the story structure used.

Ratings:
5: Amazing, above flawless.
4: Flawless, but doesn't really stand out.
3: Might have some issues, but works fine.
2: Has some issues which might detract from the story.
1: Flawed, bring the story down noticeably.

Title: Mistborn (The Final Empire)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3.9/5 - a solid read.

I hadn't heard about Brandon Sanderson until recently, and upon hearing that he was known for writing 'clean' stories, I knew I had to check him out. I really don't want to read a ton of language or......

Posted May 22nd, 2021 at 02:29 PM Comments 1
Posted in FFC
TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry #72

It's been a bit since my last update, and I haven't really been around much, so I wanted to let my readers know what's going on.

Not much has changed from my last FFC update. I still have some stories floating around, nothing is really taking off, and that's about it. This goes for my novels as well, to a lesser extent.

Over the last year, it's been becoming increasingly clear why this is happening. For the first five years of my writing, it was like I was unstoppable. My stories got better, I never had problems writing them like I do now, things just worked. My writing hasn't really felt that way since I wrote Red. I've detailed before that that's where everything seems to have fallen apart.

Over the last year or so, I've had to shift my thinking quite a bit. I've had to confront the fact that I need to get out and get a job and general experience like a normal person - something...
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