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0 comments by MasterofMetal on Mar 13th, 2015

After 3 years, 33 chapters, 271 pages, 12,459 paragraphs, and 144,999 words later, my story, Birthday in a Valley, is almost done. It involves several friends from the ModDB community, all of whom are main characters. And my take on their personality through Private Messages and reading their comments and interests is reflected in their characters' personality to some extent.
Won't know what to do with my life afterwards, except perhaps publish it and lay on a bed of millions of dollars, having daily raves, and inviting my friends over only so they can smoke money cigars with me (which will never happen*).
Within a month it should be completely done - just this chapter to finish, one more after that, and maybe an epilogue, and everything will be ready to be edited without much else changing.

*I mean the publishing won't happen - a starting author with a 100+ page story is not taken with fondness by Australian publishing companies - subsequently, and unfortunately, the rest will not happen either.

Don't know how exactly to celebrate.

I guess if you know Batman you'd like this:

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TheManwithafan
TheManwithafan Dec 6 2013, 10:38pm says:

Favourite Strayanese PM? Mine is probably either Holt or Whitlam.
Hawke is an honourable mention cause he won the Guiness world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. He then became Prime Minister ;D

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MasterofMetal Creator
MasterofMetal Dec 7 2013, 6:08am replied:

John Curtin.

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MasterofMetal Creator
MasterofMetal Nov 10 2013, 10:25am says:

FYI: I reached the 100,000 word mark somewhere in Chapter 19. 100,000 words on 207 A4 pages. When I hit the mark, Microsoft Word's word counter broke. Literally, it's blank. I can only tell the page number now. 215 pages thus far.
Whether the audience would be interested for that long is a question I can't answer.

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MasterofMetal Creator
MasterofMetal Nov 18 2013, 5:13pm replied:

222 pages.

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[FW]ACE
[FW]ACE Nov 19 2013, 9:48am replied:

... and 108460 words.

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TheManwithafan
TheManwithafan Nov 7 2013, 4:41pm says:

I'm curious, what do you think of Australia becoming a Republic? Approve / Disapprove?

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MasterofMetal Creator
MasterofMetal Nov 10 2013, 9:52am replied:

I see no benefit in staying with the Britain, nor do I see any benefit leaving it.
The only things I don't like is the idea of an "Australian Crown", and how the Governor-General has the power to kick out anyone from politics.

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The_Mastodon
The_Mastodon Oct 31 2013, 1:59am says:

Seeing as I'm such a good spirit I'll answer your call!

If you want to learn how to simply read or translate Tau symbols into the common Alphabet, you should look up the 'Tau to Alphabet letters' chart found in the codex but can as easily be accessed via the internet.
If you want to learn more about the Tau Language aka Tau words there's quite an extensive piece made unofficially, posted on Deviant-Art that is based on the lore from Codices and Novels/Books from Black Library.

You can also download a Tau 'Font' for Microsoft Word which will let you type in Tau with your keyboard. (Should be said other people on the internet won't be able to read it without having the same 'font file' on their computer.)

Here is varies links you may be able to use in your study:

Unofficial Tau Dictionary(incomplete, most extensive piece of Tau language info available) based on the lore: Commanderfarsight.deviantart.com

Tau Language on Lexicanum(Note the Tau uses the same symbol for different of our letters): Wh40k.lexicanum.com

Tau Font for Microsoft Word(Will help you learn recognize the different Tau letters easily): Advancedtautactica.com (Click the Mediafire link on the site to download.)

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[FW]ACE
[FW]ACE Oct 28 2013, 7:00am says:

Your novel would be great as a film!

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MasterofMetal Creator
MasterofMetal Oct 29 2013, 8:49am replied:

That's how I keep picturing it!
I see scenes and such in my head, and objects... but sadly, never the characters. Not Simon, not Jamie, not Ethan, not even Alma.
I can picture Alma at times, but never all of her, only her foot, a hand, her eye, her tail, but never her as a whole.
Then again, perhaps I'm being too possessive and obsessive...

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MasterofMetal Creator
MasterofMetal Oct 29 2013, 9:32am replied:

Also, you might want to check the first few chapters again. I reworked them.
Furthermore, I have checked with my science teacher at school who specialises in biology, and the MAJORITY of my story is SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE! Half of it I was making up, but it turns out that it could very well be (though HIGHLY unlikely) that that lone cell I was talking about, could have survived.
But as Jurassic Park put it, life finds a way.

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