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  • I wanna take advantage of my lackluster viewership on YouTube and upload myself singing a few covers, because I wanna start singing again and doing it through my YouTube would ensure not many people hear/judge it.

    I just... can't actually find a song I'm any good at. Cantarella sounds bad. Jogen no Tsuki sounds bad. Sweets and Bitters sounds bad. Everything I sing sounds bad, and all I can think is that even the few who do hear it are going to hate it and make fun of me. My voice is deep and I don't have a very wide range, so anything that's not monotonous makes me sound like I'm drunk with a head cold.

    I'll never understand how people are just good at things. I'd like to be good at something too. :yohioloid_lili:
    mobius017
    mobius017
    I still think it might be incorrect to think that your writing skills have disappeared. You said the Kung Fu Panda fandom isn't as active as the Vocaloid one, but I'm not clear on how that would affect the views/feedback you've gotten (in terms of how many readers you have/who can comment/etc.). I keep thinking that KFP was also a big movie franchise with multiple sequels that had mainstream-culture acceptance in a way that Vocaloid definitely doesn't.

    Aside from that, even a good writer doesn't make something great with everything they attempt. Look at Charles Dickens--his Oliver Twist was really successful, but then he had a string of several works that bombed before he wrote A Christmas Carol. His skills weren't gone; he just had several stories that didn't sell well (Which doesn't even say that they weren't good; they just didn't sell.). I think making something really good and having it be successful requires lots of things to line up--there has to be a good writer, with a topic that works well for him/her, with the right kind of inspiration (something that provides the right kind of motivation to draw out said writer's best), and a receptive audience. Writers (or artists in general) with lots of successes aren't people whose every creation is great--they're people who try very often, fail very often, but also succeed more often because they have so many attempts.

    But all of that's just my two cents, of course.
    uncreepy
    uncreepy
    What if you tried something slightly different like making a short webcomic or something? You could even collab with someone. Writing a comic script is a bit less stressful compared to writing a story (from my experience). That might bring in some new viewers and give you a bit of fresh air. (I just don't know a lot about fanfiction, so I can't really give advice on viewership and things like that.)

    Thanks for explaining about your past. I know it must have been hard to be so frank, but I'm glad to get to know you a bit more.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @mobius017 It's popular in the mainstream for sure, but its actual internet fandom is relatively small. On both FanFiction and Tumblr there weren't ever very many of us. It was small enough that I actually held prominence for my works (to the point that, if someone new came along asking for fanfic recs, I was usually the first one mentioned - which miiiiiight be why I hold so little stock in my skills now, being recommended by no one for anything anymore :LOL:). I know failure is a major part of the process. I've just kinda been wired to think that only a certain amount of failure is alright, and I hit the failure quota a few years back (long story short, literally anything I do wrong now is met with intense scorn, both from myself and certain family members). I have to try and rewire my mind to accept failure, but I'm scared that, if I do that, I'll get lazy and stop working hard, so I go right back to beating myself up for not being the best, because I feel like that's the only way I'll ever improve, but then I never improve. It's a vicious cycle.

    @uncreepy I'm sorry for rambling on so much. The whole "I'm-no-good-at-anything" mindset is just one that's been deeply engraved in me for about as long as I can remember, so I felt like explaining it would kinda help make me seem a little less self-pitying and a little more coherent? If that makes sense. I've tried collabing with friends before - I'll write because I can't draw - and ultimately they're rarely satisfied with my work, so I just kinda do my own thing. I've tried publishing some original works, but the record I currently hold there is 7 views on one story. I just don't have any good ideas, and I can't make convincing characters that anyone can feel anything for, so I just stick with writing characters that others are already familiar with.

    I really don't mean to write off y'all's advice, and I'm really sorry if I'm coming across that way. I super deeply appreciate it! I'm just explaining where I'm coming from. I really hope I'm not coming across as passive and I'm really sorry if I am.
    I'm beginning to think the fact that none of the voicebanks I have my eye on being on sale for Black Friday is a blessing in disguise. Nearly two months after my surgery on my right hand and arm, I still can't lift more than a few pounds, and now that I'm getting more confident in using it, it's beginning to really hurt again (I had my second post-op checkup today, the doctor said that kind of pain is normal and will last for a while). And I'm getting it all done again on the other arm in three weeks, meaning I'm looking at not being at 100% capacity until March.

    No one will hire me because of that. The only jobs that'll take college students around here require being able to at least carry several pounds at a time (or not having severe sensory processing issues like I do, yay). So it'll be a while before I have a steady source of income again.

    Luckily, none of the VBs I want are Yamaha-exclusive, so they'll be around for a while longer. Probably.
    I'm officially on a time crunch. I've got four papers due before the end of next week, and then I've got three chapters that need to go up on TBBC before the 20th, because on the 20th I'm having surgery on my other arm and will be, once again, incapacitated. God help me.
    My mom accidentally backed into my car tonight. (The damage is easily fixable, and no one was hurt, so all is well!) She felt horrible. I kept telling her it was okay but she just wouldn't have it. So my sister decided to cheer her up.

    How did she do this?

    By having her cat, who is like almost half her size (in other words, a BIG boi), grant our mother a priestly blessing.

    Have you ever seen a 22-pound-cat being used to perform the sign of the cross? I have. It's glorious. The whole time he just looked so confused. And it did cheer her up! :sonika_ani_lili:
    Anyone know if there's an off-vocal for Nostalogic that doesn't feature the "M-E-I-K-O" chant? It's no big deal if not, I was just curious.
    patuk
    patuk
    Nope, I don't think so :/
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Yeah, I figured as much. Thank you!
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    So at some point between Popeyes and home, I got a thought. I managed to get Kaito onto my temporary laptop. The headphone jack doesn't work, but there's a little device that'll let you hook up headphones through a USB port, and from the looks of it it's pretty cheap. I don't wanna work on any of my WIPs in case something happens when trying to transfer the VSQs between computers, so if I make something, I want it to be good and fun but low-stress.

    That is to say...

    Anyone wanna hear Kaito cover the Avengers theme song?
    cafenurse
    cafenurse
    why of course :kaito_ani_lili:
    uncreepy
    uncreepy
    I dunno if it helps, but I read on the Synth V forum that you can run it off of a flash drive, maybe it would be possible to use the school computer to use Synth V in this way if the laptop doesn't work out?
    Aaaaaah... I’m trying to stay optimistic, but this laptop is horrible. Average battery life: 20 minutes. It won’t let me connect to my University WiFi network. It doesn’t even try- I click CONNECT and it immediately says CANNOT CONNECT. I’m writing this from my phone, which is how I’m going to have to take notes, but it’ll just look like I’m texting so I probably can’t do that either, and my hand is still weak after my surgery so I can’t write, not long enough to take adequate notes. Oh well, I managed to install V4 and Kaito last night, so I can just do that for now, right? Nope! The headphone jack doesn’t work, and the speakers only play out of one side, and I’m in the Student Union, so I can’t play stuff out loud.

    My God, I love my stepsister, but what the hell did she do to this monstrosity? How did it get this bad?
    Blue Of Mind
    Blue Of Mind
    A lot of people don't look after PCs in terms of hardware and software maintenance. (Defragging regularly, installing updates, antivirus scans, etc.) But sometimes, PCs go horrible simply because of age.
    WyndReed
    WyndReed
    I’m sorry but it sounds like she put it through a blender. lol. Seriously though, I’ve never heard of a computer being that damaged before.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    It might be a little of both. The computer's pretty old, at least by laptop standards, but she only uses it for school (she uses her phone and iPad for everything else). So maybe she's just accelerated its already fragile state.

    Whatever the case may be, I thought MY laptop was on the buggy side... :LOL:
    So the guy who helped me fill out the paperwork all but said my laptop's a lost cause. He offered to let me reschedule if I had any doubts whatsoever that I hadn't backed up something I needed, and then he gave me a special folder to keep my stickers in, because "There's a chance you might not be seeing them again otherwise". Soooo data loss is imminent.

    I've got everything I need backed up to an external hard drive, though, and my Vocaloids have been deactivated so I can install and re-activate them again, and it's all covered under warranty, so I'm not too concerned. And while my stepsister's computer doesn't have nearly as much space, I can still probably temporarily install V4 and a handful of VBs to hold me over!
    My stepsister's letting me use her laptop while mine's in the shop! She keeps it on the charger 24/7, so its average battery life is 20 minutes, making it useless for school (there's only one class where I sit anywhere near a charger), but I can at least use it at home or take it out and hook it up someplace. So I won't have to go without too much in the coming month!
    So what was SUPPOSED to be a quick-fix now requires Best Buy to ship my computer back to the manufacturer to fix, which will take up to a month. I asked if there was any risk of losing my info on my computer. “Of course there is.” I asked what I was supposed to do about my Vocaloids, because if my computer gets wiped while they’re still installed I can’t recover them because they’ll still be registered as installed on another computer. “Well, sounds like you’ll need to uninstall them all.” So I’ve gotta uninstall all of my Vocaloids, and then Vocaloid itself, and then save the files to an external hard drive before I can send it out. So I’m gonna have to go a month without a computer. A month without Vocaloid or CeVIO or SynthV. A month without writing conveniently. A month without anything I’m even marginally good at.

    Because fuck having any reason to live and be productive, right? ٩( ᐛ )و
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Technically, you should be able to just deauthorize the Vocaloids. So you would just run the appropriate version's deauthorization tools. Most likely, you'll get the data back safe and sound, and you can just reauthorize with the codes that you have hopefully saved somewhere.

    I really second what @patuk said, though--keeping a backup of any files you don't want to lose, installers, serial codes, etc., is crucial. I was lucky when my PC started having issues--I'd just recently been thinking and planning for what might happen if my computer was to die. So when it started to seem like it was on its last legs, I was at least mentally ready for evacuating my Vocaloids. I really think of the authorization/deauthorization process as this ticking time bomb under which a huge number of software users live, because everything fails eventually.

    Think of it like this--a regular platter-based HD (as opposed to a Solid State Drive) works by having a mechanical arm hover over a spinning platter, reading electronic charges from a distance of a few microns. If, for whatever reason, the arm hits the platter, the HD is probably ruined. Even if someone can do some forensic black magic to salvage the data on the drive, you're not going to use it anymore, so if your Vocaloids are registered using it, they all die instantly. (Or rather, fall on the grace of their mostly-secret grace licenses, or maybe working with Yamaha in Japanese to clear out the license that you can't use anymore.)

    It's good to be prepared.

    (Sorry, I really don't mean to sound condescending. I just feel strongly about this.)
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    No, it didn't sound condescending at all! Y'all are absolutely right. I've got everything important saved to files already. I forgot to save Oliver's download file when I first got this laptop, so after I was able to get another copy, I made sure to save everything so that wouldn't happen again, with him or anyone else. I've also gathered all of my activation codes and put them together on a Docs file, so I can access it via the internet.

    And yeah, I forgot about the deauthorization. Sure enough, I was able to deactivate everything with one click! If it all goes off without a hitch, I won't have to reinstall everything, just reactivate it, which will save me a ton of time. And if I DO have to reinstall to a new computer, well, I've got all of the files I need.
    WyndReed
    WyndReed
    Something I’d suggest, incase you have to reinstall everything, is to make a list of the programs you might need to install again. (Tip from experience. My old laptop bombed on me and trying to recreate my program list from memory was a total nightmare.)
    So the bottom of my laptop randomly popped off and won’t reconnect. I got a warrently on it, but it’ll void if I get if fixed here, so tomorrow I have to drive all the way back to town to get it fixed (it’s only a half-hour drive, but I don’t like driving that far; it’s nerve-wracking) and until then, I can’t use it. Like, it works still, but I don’t wanna risk making it worse.

    So for the rest of the night, I’m gonna drown my sorrows in Dr. Pepper and HoLV. I’ve been meaning to start a new file anyway...
    @patuk I just wanna say thank you so much for directing me to Lightworks. It's taking some getting used to, but it's already so much simpler to use than what I was previously doing, and it doesn't start lagging when I add more than three tasks. I owe you my life.
    After stewing from my failure with 1LDK, I'm jumping back into the fray and finishing up Oliver's/Prima's Lullaby. I hope to have it up by the end of the day, or at least by tomorrow!
    So my cousin got married last night. The ceremony was just over three minutes long, and then we spent an hour helping ourselves to cake, chocolate, and fruit punch. The fruit punch came in two varieties: standard punch, and "special" punch, which was less punch and more Malibu. I had three cups.

    Basically, it was the best wedding I've ever been to.
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    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I'm kinda there and kinda not. I love the idea, the aesthetics, all that, and I love imagining weddings for my favorite pairings and designing wedding outfits and the likes. But actual weddings freak me out. It's half because of social anxiety and half because of my autism, and weddings and their after-parties are often noisy and last a really long time with little opportunity for escape. My brother got married last year, and it was lovely... but it was just 16 hours of stress and more stress, and that was just the day itself.

    I don't anticipate ever getting married, but if I do, I want my wedding to be like my cousin's. ^^’
    cafenurse
    cafenurse
    Yeah, I get that. I think my biggest gripe with weddings is sometimes the ceremonies are way too long. I have a lot of trouble sitting still and paying attention for long periods of time. But my SO and I are both atheist so our ceremony wont have any religious elements to it, which should make it a lot shorter since most weddings ive been too spend a lot of time on reading bible scripture. I hope anyway, cause I think if I stand up there for too long I'll start swaying around or moving a lot lol!
    But a 16 hour wedding does sound stressful for a guest! I'm glad you enjoyed your cousins wedding so much. c:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Yeah, religious weddings do tend to be longer. My family and I are Christians, so weddings tend to be all over the board; the actual ceremony at my brother's wedding was only about twenty minutes, the rest of it was me helping out beforehand and then the after-party. The record was set by my grandparents; when they remarried, the ceremony (the ceremony alone) was two and a half hours long. (I was eight and the flower girl; they've still got the video, where I was caught on film spinning in circles to amuse myself and scratching my butt with a rose.)
    It's finally happening. Dex, Daina, and my copy of the V5 Editor are going to a good home! It's a friend on Facebook who already has experience with SynthV but hasn't gotten to use Vocaloid yet due to the price. Here's hoping it goes smoothly! She seemed really excited about it.
    This is the first year I’m actively looking forward to Black Friday. I hope the Voctro Lab Vocaloids go on sale again - I’d love to snatch Maika up!
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    cafenurse
    cafenurse
    same!!! theres so much tech stuff i want this year. I want a new daw and a new video editor and new vocaloids and--- just about new everything~
    I really wish Yamaha would extend a Black Friday sale for voicebanks. Even 15% off would be great... TToTT
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @patuk Big Fish Audio often has sales on the Vocaloids they sell independently of the companies who make them. You can sometimes go on BFA and get Avanna for $30 while she's still $60 on Zero-G's website, and that same logic applies to the others they sell as well. So I don't think that's the issue, honestly. I could be wrong though- I don't know much about this topic, admittedly...
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    patuk
    patuk
    Their contracts might be different but I'm not too sure either :teto_lili: Speaking of Big Fish Audio...didn't they use to sell Sweet Ann and Big Al?? I believe they once did but not anymore which sucks cuz this might have been the only way to get them on sale.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I dunno. I discovered them early last year, at which point they didn’t stock them. If they did and they stopped, though... dang it all!
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    It's possible to transfer a Vocaloid over to another computer so long as it's been uninstalled on the computer it was originally installed on. I was able to transfer all of my VBs over that way when I got my new laptop.

    To that end... would it be possible to send a VB to someone else after uninstalling it? Send them the download files and the serial code, assuming they have an editor it would work on? Because there's some VBs I just really don't see myself ever using, and I only got them because they were on sale, and I'd feel awful if they just sat wasting away on my laptop.
    cafenurse
    cafenurse
    Yeah, it is possible. but if I recall correctly it is against vocaloids TOS? or maybe VO just had a rule that you couldnt trade.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I don't see why it'd be against the TOS (although, admittedly, I'm one of those heathens that's never read the TOS). I feel like it'd be similar to gifting a VB to someone - you've paid for it, so as long as you pass along the legit VB and not a pirated version (or you haven't pirated the VB you're giving away), it shouldn't be an issue. That's just my view on it, but again, I haven't read the TOS.
    cafenurse
    cafenurse
    Yeah im not sure either, but sometimes TOSs are really...particular. I think maybe the rule might have been no trading actually, but my memory is fuzzy. But I dont think youd be doing any harm cause like you said, it's like a gift. So Id say go for it
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