Morobu wakes a bit early: the bamboo bed is mildly uncomfortable, and during the night he had twice almost fallen off the left edge. But he is adequately rested; after brief morning prayers, he packs up and leaves as soon as dawn permits, continuing his determined drive up-hill.
Travel is difficult. A couple times the undergrowth opens up and Morobu can enjoy a gentle walk between the trunks of tall trees, but most of the time it's slow going. There are streams, though less cool than he had hoped, and while stopping to drink Morobu hears a squawk unlike any bird of the hills.
He doesn't want to think, gull
, but a tight feeling in his chest tells him it is so. Continuing uphill, some smooth boulders and odd bits of sandy ground punctuate the chaotic underbrush, briars and ever-present bamboo.
In half a newpix Morobu emerges at last from all of this into the open, and his suspicions are confirmed: he has clearly arrived at a seashore, with a gray sandy beach leading in both directions, occasionally broken by steep rocks forming natural jetties. The mid-morning sun glints off a few waves, and sea-birds drift along the beach to Morobu's right.
azule wrote: morobu - Maybe I'm not lost, but I am confused. When your story started I thought it was something about Japan, but there's a lot of Q04B, so I guess it's Q04B in Japan with OTTers. Now I'm thinking that there might even be tips for the hotdog, clues. Do I have this right?
There are Q04B
hints, but they're meant to be pretty obvious and are there just for humor value. For example in chapter 6
character (who is probably the Pope from the real @ucim
's excellent Acts of the Clerics series), tells a story the moral of which is to "Remember the Chirpy and the Panther"
, which simply means that you shouldn't be afraid to use the Chirpy
boost in Q04B
(a boost that gives hints as to what your next move might be)
The premise of the story is that my fictitious Japanese alter-ego, "Morobu", is in Japan searching for something called the Dojo of Searchfu, which is presumably some kind of school or martial arts academy where one goes to learn how to find things. The irony is that the Dojo itself is very hard to find, so you've pretty much graduated with high honours the moment you stumble upon the place. All of that comes from a little footnote
I dashed off as a cute afterthought in a post just before I left on my own, real-world trip to Japan.
Halfway through my trip I decided it would be a lot of fun to make a serial story for the OTT out of that premise. The story was outlined one day while waiting in a plaza in a real Japanese temple, and the first four chapters about half-written somewhere over the Pacific ocean during my return flight. Clearly, Morobu needs something to do whilst essentially wandering about in a nearly-aimless fashion, so I started throwing in Q04B
-related stuff. Japan has a lot of its own unique types of religion, such as a lot of sects of Buddhism, so it made sense to put ucim
's "prayers" (a concept he started
in the early 20th
century) into my story. So when they "pray", they're actually playing Q04B
. Except it's fiction, so they don't need to have a phone or any other organized sand to pray.
ucim wrote: Hotdog? These are Sacred Prayers!
There ya go. Case in point.
The story also involves a lot of authentic Japanese stuff and references to my actual activities in Japan. The story is set in the part of Japan where I've spent all my time each of the three times I travelled there: Fujinomiya City, on the southwest slopes of the famous mountain.
As you can see from the latest intallment Morobu is pretty confused right now, and doesn't understand what the sea is doing atop Mount Fuji. The stuff you've read up to now is simply getting him lost, so that he can gain some insight and make the story a bit more intricate. I have written another dozen chapters and outlined the entire rest of the story, plus the major plot-points of a sequel. I have a detailed map of the Fujinomiya district with lines showing where Morobu travels and encounters each of the major characters. I'll post, that plus a glossary once it's no longer a spoiler. I have not
obsessively invented a language with its own alphabet, grammar and vocabulary, like J.R.R. Tolkien and Randall Munroe did, but Japanese has four alphabets and Yoda grammar so that's close enough
say that I am obsessed enough that I now know a lot more about certain specific bits of Japan than I ever thought I would.
That's my guess for the slowest speed that the thread could go and survive, is at one post/wip.
There must be some threads where any postrate would make sense... since (by default) threads are sorted with the most-recently-posted at the top of the list, there's that rule that one shouldn't post unless one has something new and sufficiently important to contribute and which is related to that specific thread. Of course, this thread had a newpix every newpix for four mips, but long before that amount of time had gone by the
Mod dem pretty much conceded to the notion that it was all RELATED
and we'd always find a reason to say something new, newpix or no.
Anyway, excluding FaiD
where fair is foul and foul is fair, and obvious exceptions like Forum Games
, the usual requirement is that you need to make a new thread, unless you're saying something squarely RELATED
to an existing thread and also saying something new. Looking at News & Articles
reveals some good examples: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread
has been going since when you'd expect, the fall of 2012. I am impressed by the fact that it remains unlocked, and wouldn't be at all surprised if it went well over a wip without something new to say. Another thread in the same forum is The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
, where the rule seems to be you can post whenever you find an inspiring article about something futuristic that hasn't been mentioned before. I'm a little too
by the latest article linked from that thread
, but with 454 posts since April 2011, it could easily have been idle for a mip or two... let's see... yep, page 8: it was idle for almost three yips and justifiably re-awakened
warning from Mod dem.
AluisioASG wrote: mrob, I'm loving the story, despite being too lazy to figure out half of what you mention.
Glad to hear it! (and from others I haven't quoted directly). I do try to repeat things a little bit every now and then, but I know it needs a coherent summary (which I'll post inside a spoiler-tag after most of the Chekhov's guns have fired).
Glad to see new work in the Beanish thread @azule
, I love your Trousers of Time
(in my pants).
Eternal Density wrote: The joke was a) we kinda have our own mangled version of Swedish here and b) OTTish is a play on 'Scottish'.
Yeah, I got that — but which type of punctuation should we use if mixing OTTish and Swedish in the same sentence?
! Leave the basement door open a bit, they need a little fresh air and sunlight down there. Thanks for noticing the missing forward-link in chapter 14; fixed!
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go watch 22 grown men kick a ball around for 1 1
nopix... (It's odd loving a sport wherein a nil-nil draw is considered an admirable achievement...)
CH*RPING TIME ACCESSORS? HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Edit: Add the bit at the end about Association Football.