The world's first newsletter to have never missed a week of publication.
Between the last issue and now, I have become addicted to building model kits. God help my wallet.
I'm still a depressed hopeless piece of shit, so expect the next issue never sometime.
I've made some progress writing shit but not enough to feel good about myself.
I dropped out of two semesters of college to work on getting my life back together but I haven't made any goddamn progress on that please for the love of god someone kill me already I'm so done with life I just don't want to be alive anymore goddammit what the hell is the point of any of this just the act of existing hurts me god help
Anyways, back to your funny meme newsletter haha.
I've returned to an adminship position on the wiki and it is surprisingly not a contributing factor to my omnipresent suicidal tendencies
We recently had Spring Fanon Con, which was kinda neat.
Other than that, I dunno. Not much happens around here any more.
Lesson ???: Maybe I'll do one of these again someday
I didn't like the original Burst design I made for Napoleon so I redid it.
That's it that's the entire story here what do you want from me
Ben 10 News
Charmcaster debuted in the reboot if you care about that. The episode hasn't been released in English yet but from what I've seen it's basically like if Couples Retreat took place entirely at a Costco and idk how to feel about that.
Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the seventieth issue of The CaT Gazette! Feedback and support are appreciated!
Holy shit the CaT Gazette is still a thing, that's unexpected.
That's right beaches and backhoes the CaT Gazette has (at least momentarily) returned to give you the latest news and updates on CaT's ever-downward spiral towards his inevitable suicide/the downfall of this wiki.
I stepped down as admin at the beginning of the year assuming things would not turn to shit
If you've been keeping tally lately, that didn't work out as grandly as I had planned
There's little to no chance of me getting reinstated as admin, but given everything going on, I don't feel right just standing back and watching everything burn, either. As such, it's time for everyone's favorite CaT activity: complaining and soapboxing! Text your local senators! Petition Congress! Rise up and seize the memes of production! Eat the proletariat! THE REVOLUTION IS NOW, COMRADES! THE REVOLUTION IS NOW!
I forgot to write an actual editorial and if that isn't the true CaT Gazette experience idk what is.
Lesson X-1: Nah
I'll do an actual writing lesson next time. Probably on self-awareness considering most people seem to be terrible at it.
'Bad Grammar' is put onto pages so that, in the future, they can be fixed and marked. This allows the person fixing them to know what page is marked. Not everyone has the time to immediately edit and fix grammar right at the time they stumble upon the page.
Grammarly is not the be-all end-all of grammar. It is a robot. It does not entirely understand our language nor does it understand what you would want to be saying or the context of it. Grammarly helps, but it does not make your grammar good.
Unfortunately I had to leave this wiki a year or two ago and that resulted in the deletion of a page I was fond of: Ben 10: Planetary Chaos. I was just wondering: is there some way to get it back now that I can actually expand it? If not then it's fine.
Pretty much everything I have to announce here is gonna be announced in the main Fanon Con main blog this Friday, so make sure to check that out.
Fall Fanon Con is happening, in case you somehow missed that. Hope you guys are having fun!
Busy work is the cancer of educational institutions.
Lesson 21: Reusing Words
"Hey, you know what gets kind of annoying sometimes?" CaT said.
"No, what?" Lightningfur said.
"When people use the same words to express an action over and over." CaT said.
"Oh, I guess that can get kind of annoying." Lightningfur said. "But how would you fix that?"
"Use a goddamn thesaurus." CaT spoke.
"But there are only so many words you can use to say the exact same thing." Lightningfur said.
"Yeah, well, don't do it too much, then." CaT spoke. "Use other words that are similar to the word you keep reusing but have some variation in the exact meaning."
"What do you mean?" Lightingfur asked.
"Even repetitive actions don't always have the same meaning on each repeat." CaT explained. "For example, a conversation between two characters could just use the word 'said' over and over, or it could use specific words that better describe exactly what the characters are saying or doing."
"Oh, I get it." Lightningfur nodded. "By using more specific wording, you avoid repeating stock phrases that annoy the audience."
"And even beyond that, using more specific wording gives the audience a much clearer picture of what's going on." CaT affirmed. "You can give information on how the characters are presenting their actions without spelling it out with overdone dialogue."
"Show, don't tell, right." Lightningfur scratched the side of his head. "What about for things other than conversation?"
"Like what?" CaT raised a questioning eyebrow.
"Like fight scenes." Lightningfur made a mock jab to accentuate his point. "If you have two people hitting each other over and over, how would make the wording for that more interesting?"
"If your fight scenes consist only of two people hitting each other over and over, you're screwed anyways." CaT yawned. "But that's a topic for another lesson. Anyways, you can change up the verbage to change the implication of an action. For example, what sounds like a bigger hit? Someone getting punched, or someone getting smashed with a fist?"
"Getting smashed with a fist sounds a lot more painful." Lightningfur winced.
"Bingo." CaT said. "If you look at the technical meanings of the words, getting punched pretty much is getting smashed with a fist, but describing the action more dynamically can leave more of an impact on your audience."
"Well, I'll be damned." Lightningfur sat up and put his paws on his hips in contemplation. "That's almost as crazy as this whole 'teaching a lesson using dialogue' thing."
A redesign of Albedo for Ben 10: Milky Way Race that gives him more of a mad scientist vibe.
Ben 10 News
A promo for Season 2 of the Ben 10 reboot has been spotted on TV, showing off more of the new alien armor. The aesthetic of the armor definitely links it to the new alien we have a blurry screenshot of, but hell if I know how it's gonna work in-show.
Well, that's it for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the sixty-seventh issue of The CaT Gazette! Feedback and support are appreciated!