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    Workshop: Lost Loot of Lornius

    Name of thread: Lost Loot of Lornius
    Name of Author: SirArtemis
    Type of Thread: Quest
    Thread Length: 18 posts
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    Date Closed: 25th May 2017

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    Arte my friend how are ya? Let's get started shall we?


    Storytelling: (10 Points) I will find it incredibly hard to critique you for any thing. I find it hard to find faults in the average writer on here and you are a Judges Choice winner. Your story was really good. You have probably asked every one for input and help in writing it me included. Thank you for allowing me to contribute to this story. The story was well written and engaging I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Setting: (10 Points)
    The air tasted of salt and fish. Calm water stretched in every direction as far as the horizon. A trio of dolphins danced beside our ship as it cut through endless blue toward Lornius. The scene openly contradicted the roiling waves of my temper flaring within, actively buried while we sailed on. I’d never been to Lornius, and truthfully hadn’t heard much but rumors of its floating city; at that point, it didn't really matter.
    Dude you present a fantastic opening for the setting right there it really rings the reader into the setting. I've smelled and tasted that exact setting before fishing in Alaska. After this first establishment of the setting you interspersed tidbits of more setting here and there. It was not overwhelming nor was it vague and slight I got a good sense of where you were in the world. I especially liked the early nautical terminology.

    Pacing: (10 Points) Let me be very un-apologetically clear here. YOU ARE A FREAKING JC WINNER! You know what you are doing when it comes to writing on here. The pacing was excellent your story wasn't overly slow nor was it outlandishly fast. Your ability to weave a story where I didn't get bored is astounding. I really enjoyed the pace if I were to compare it to a run it would be a nice easy one mile trail run.


    Communication: (10 Points) You communicate well; you have a fantastic grasp of the english language. I am actually intimidated to be doing this workshop. You use your internal, and external dialogue incredibly well you use NPC's to forward the plot, and at no time was any thing you were doing or saying unclear.

    Action: (10 Points) You are the J.J. Abrhams of Althanas. The action wasn't over the top but it was fun to read. Let me pause and say that action is not always swords, guns and mage fire going off in every direction in a scene of a terrible battle or outrageous duel. Sometimes action is walking across the street which I have every confidence that you could write in a very entertaining way. You use verbs and adverbs like a champ in your action excellent work.

    Persona: (10 Points) Solo's are nothing but persona! I feel like I have gotten to know your character that much better. I felt tension, I got excited, I was intrigued. This story really showed one thing over any thing else in this thread it was Arte's inquisitiveness. Arte may be this bad ass near godly blacksmith but his inquisitiveness is what makes Arte...feel like Arte! Very good work.


    Mechanics: (10 Points) Arte during my formative years of education I had 2 english teachers which used their position to try to intimidate me into taking their political point of view they could have cared less about teaching me english. The majority of the rest were apathetic and couldn't care less. So there is no way in hell I'm going to find fault in your mechanics.

    Clarity: (10 Points) You're writing is incredibly clear there was never a point in my read through where I was confused as to what was going on. You established the geography of your action and made your actions clear. I read incredibly fast and sometimes I gloss over things and have to re-read things or I miss out. I didn't have to re-read much on your thread.

    Technique: (10 Points)
    Technique is all about special literary devices. This includes foreshadowing, metaphors, and allusion.
    You do a terrific job at writing techniques. You efficiently use metaphor and allusions to forward the plot. You are a J.C winner there is nothing I can complain about here.

    Wildcard: Arte you deserve your light saber! This was a well thought out and written story i enjoyed the read even though I read it fast.

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    Sir Artemis, hello! Keep in mind that I am not by any means experienced at "giving my opinionstuff on writing", and I'm a little nervous about posting it; my critique should be critiqued, I feel? Hopefully, this is somewhat helpful to you anyway! Or, it’ll just be a spoonful of sugar to ease whatever bitter medicine anyone after me may have…

    Setting - I think you did a pretty good job of capturing Lornius in this! The whole thread began with a lovely little bit of descriptionary -- which I noticed JDD has already quoted -- and you just kept describing things. I’ve only recently-ish started trying to unlearn my “describe everything upfront and then just do storystuff” thing, so yeah, good on the that.
    Pacing - Don’t really have much to snip at here; actually, I think I could use some tips from you on this department. The thread length was nice, and I couldn’t identify any places that felt slow. There was always something happening or being described in a way that made it enjoyable to read and keep reading. Works for me!

    Persona - The best part about working with solos, is that they allow the author to completely inject their character’s personality and intentions into the work. It’s just them and their character(s). I didn’t know too much about Artemis going into this thread, so it was interesting to get to know him a little better through it. He comes across as a man of honor who’s seen some shit. That bit with the metal-doorway face made him come across as pretty stoic. All he did was raise an eyebrow at it! Your side characters felt well-done too. Even the door! I’m still getting the hang of making side characters into actual people, so I don’t really know how to go about critiquing these yet. I felt pretty sorry for Dalbur, even before he melted into a puddle of goo… Poor Dalbur.
    Action - Does this section mean action as in [i[battles[/i], or action as in things that the characters do? I kind of think of it as both? I kind of liked how Artemis was exploring the island and the workshop; I’m glad you took the time to flesh out the scenery a bit instead of rushing straight to the action (something I’m now noting for myself, heh). The appearance of the beast at the end was intriguing and provided a nice tension that really helped the story along. There was that nice sense of “holy shit!” that cumulated in the fleeing, and then NO DALBURRRR NOOOOO.

    Clarity - Your writing is incredibly clear to me. I think that’s in good part because you had the sense to scrub and get other’s opinions on it first, so if there were any big mistakes in your first draft, they were poof’d away.
    Mechanics - I’ll leave most of the nit-picky-specifics-poking to the people who have the attention span of -- well -- not Fenn.

    But there is a rare thing that I did notice that made me go “hey, this could be fixed a bit”! It’s one of those sneaky little writing-things that isn’t an obvious problem, but does sort of feel read to weird when you notice it. See this;

    She nodded back to me. She was so tall that she almost sat against the rail of the ship, which made me worry it would buckle under her weight and the whole crew would have to hoist her back up. She crossed her arms while playing with a coin with one hand, letting it dance between her knuckles. The image of a snake with various distinct heads glimmered in the fading light – the symbol of her guild.
    Three out of those four sentences start with the word she. Even worse, they’re all in a row, which makes it all the more obvious. It doesn’t happen often, but when I notice it, it feels off. Sentence variety is a good thing to have because it makes your writing more diverse and keeps your reader engaged. I also took a peek into your thread a while before, when it was just sort of beginning, and you started repeated sentences with “I” a lot, something that got reduced in this final-draft version that I’m reading now. Yay!

    On the other hand, your techniques were stellar. There’s nothing for me to criticize there. This metaphor-y thing in particular was something I liked;

    Lornius was the place that reminded a person with every waking breath that greed and selfishness pervaded this world as easily as a weed through a farmer’s garden.
    It just kind of felt right?

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    Good read, engaging. You put a lot of effort into this, and it shows!
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