Recently I’ve realized that while I’ve been on Comic Vine a whole lot, and even though I’ve been keeping up with my mod-work, I haven’t really been as much of an active presence on the site. In some spirit of revampiness, probably inspired by the whole 52 DC relaunch thing, I’ve started working on how to fix that. The problem has always been that I have TONS of ideas, but I don’t get around to implementing them. If I have a fixed schedule I’m more likely to get stuff done. I’ll also be making an effort to change certain things (listed below).
Wiki: I’ll be working on writing for the Wiki again, rather than just occasionally updating my favorite characters. I’ll also be writing issue summaries and uploading images, things I’ve never done much of before. I’ll be doing a lot of formatting to conform with the CV style guide.
RPGing: HERE’S the major change. Until now my characters have largely been anti-social, interacting only with each other. I’d like to expand their relations with characters that are NOT mine. Please, please, please send me a PM if you want our characters to interact. I’ll also be hanging out in the IC chat threads (Loners, team threads, etc.) so if you don’t want a full-blown RPG stuff can still happen. A few of my characters WILL be redone. I’ll be trying to use some of my newer or previously unused characters, while also working on character development for my favored characters. I might schedule certain periods when I will ONLY use one character so they can develop more fully.
Fan-Fics: I never update, I forget about my stuff. Time to start writing more and keeping things consistently going. I’ll be starting with a new Tangent and the continuation of the Whatever Happened To…? Series, as well as a few one-shot stories with my characters.
Forums: …I don’t know, maybe I’ll comment more. It’s kind of ridiculous that I only have a little over 6,000 posts (admittedly I have a LOT more when you factor in my other profiles, but still).
Please note that this may vary if I’m busy or travelling. When school starts up again I will likely not be able to update everything as much as I would like. Certain portion of this (particularly the writing) may be put on hiatus if I feel sick or overly tired.
Blog Mondays: Mondays are blog days. I don’t know what I’ll write about, but I’ll try to write one up on Mondays. It may be opinion, poll, stories, whatever. It might be random pictures of what my guinea pigs did. Blogs might occasionally be reviews, or videos.
Bio Tuesdays: I have a LOT of characters. Very few of them really have a comprehensive bio, or if they do it’s not up to date. On Tuesdays I’ll choose one character, and give them a bio. Since some bios are lengthy, this may be a multi-day operation. I might also spotlight a certain character in my blog, set up a drawing challenge, etc.
Wiki Wednesday: On Wednesdays I’ll be setting aside time for wiki editing. Most likely completing a bio for some obscure character, but also formatting, writing issue descriptions, or uploading images. I MAY put together a list of the upcoming Wiki Wednesday edit lists.
Talkative Thursdays: Thursdays will be my social days…on Thursdays I’ll randomly contact a user and have a conversation with them. Might be a new user, might be someone I know.
Fan-Fic Fridays: Fridays are usually good times for writing…I don’t have anything due the next day, and unless I go out with my family I have almost the entire night to do what I want. So on Fridays I will attempt to write up a free-standing (or serial) story. MOST of these will probably revolve around my OCs, best known in the RPG section. I might turn my hand to actual fan-fiction, but that’s a very big ‘if’. Due to the intensive nature of fan-fics, and the issue of my usually writing double-digit page ones, it’s possible the fan-fic will not actually go up on Friday. If not, I will make an attempt to get it up Saturday.
RPG Saturdays: I’ll be RPGing every day…I have to, or I’d fall WAY behind no matter how few of the things I take part in. But on Saturdays I’ll make sure to actually post in as many things as I can. Saturdays I’ll also try to come up with a new RPG idea, which will NOT be implemented immediately, but will be written down for backup.
Scribbly Sundays: Sundays are not fun days for me. I tend to be busy, if I have work I will almost certainly have put it off until then, and my sleep schedule gets completely thrown off. As a result, I rarely do much good writing on Sundays…so on Sundays, I’ll be working on art. A sketch, a painting, something on Deviantart, just something artistic. Some days I’ll take requests, others I’ll do my own thing.
Each day I’ll have a different kind of user-feedback type of thing. That means you if you haven’t figured this out. Please, please, please don’t be shy…I love hearing from people and I do hold suggestions very highly.
Mondays: On any day during the week, you can send me a blog topic. I might not use it, but I will definitely take it under consideration. When I remember I do write down my pull list in the Comic Previews forum. You may ask for a review of any title I’m getting (I will NOT go out of my way to buy a new series) and I’ll try to get a review up.
Tuesdays: This is easy. My character list is here, just suggest a character and I’ll work on the bio. I’ll go by number of votes unless I’m feeling inspired, and if there are no votes (or a tie) I’ll just choose.
Wednesday: I might set ‘themes’ some weeks. You can help out and edit the pages too! Or you could suggest a page that it seems I might know enough about to edit, or which has major formatting issues you’re too lazy to deal with.
Thursdays: Shoot me a PM! Unless my computer’s being glitchy, I’m in a rotten mood, or I forget, I almost ALWAYS reply. I’m happy to chat about whatever, so don’t be shy!
Fridays: Here’s where input matters…on Fridays I’m willing to set up a collaborative work with another writer. I am also willing to concoct a story about one of my characters if you express interest. The condition here is that you MUST actually comment on it once it’s done or I’ll ignore all your requests in the future. (Don’t worry about missing it…I send links.)
Saturdays: If you’re an RPGer, tell me if you want to RPG. If you’re not, go read one and leave a comment in the OOC. On Saturdays I’ll also try to frequent IC chat threads, so ask and I’ll send a character over there to interact.
Sundays: Leave a suggestion! My deviantart is icarusmach9.deviantart.com, but I also tend to put everything on Comic Vine. I’ll draw both established characters, and my OCs.
I’ll finally get Icarusflies’ Guide to Everything done to help out new users.
I’ll continue to make RPG/Fan-Fic related videos, and see if I can get some real costumes together for those…on that note, I’ll find a video camera so I don’t end up using my computer’s webcam for all the filming.
I’ll try to learn my limits so I don’t end up with too many commitments and no way to fulfill them all…this includes learning to say ‘No’ to RPGs even if they look REALLY FUN. Also, not joining twelve teams when I can’t post in the team RPGs…with that in mind I may be quitting a few teams soon.
I’ll work on my lists some more. I have a few, but I’m sure I could come up with some cool new ones.
So there you have it…the rebooted Icarusflies! Now you can place your bets for how long this will actually last. :P
There will be a few other things changed within the next few days, I'll announce them (or not) as they happen.