About Natalie Neumann

Some wannabe writer who talks about video games in addition to writing novels for her own amusement.

Rundown (2/03-2/09) Natalie Will Never Give Up the Fight

After writing for pleasure for about 7 years now, I have learned a lot, and developed my skills considerably, though even with a plethora of writing experience behind me, I still have some bad writing habits (though I don’t really know what they are), and the act of putting my thoughts into words in a semi-articulate manner still takes me longer than I would like.  While I have gotten good at the college approach of squirting out papers with relative quickness, for a lot of personal pieces that flood this site, I regularly struggle when describing or wording certain things, and have been known to spend several hours rewriting parts of a review. I’m not sure if this is just a deficiency on my end, or if this is due to how I often write whenever I have the time, and not necessarily when I am in the right mindset.  But regardless of the reason, I’m not going to get discouraged and I’ll never give up the fight!
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Rundown (1/27-2/02) The Saga Must Go On!

So, just a few days ago I released The Saga of Vincent Dawn, and while I am ultimately happy with the finished project, I am aware that some of the writing seen throughout the story is not up to my previous writing standards.  The act of going through and summarizing a hundreds of pages of poorly written text is an arduous process, especially when it is very personal to you, and when it came time to edit it all once more, my patience grew slim, as I just wanted to be done with the project and get started on the next one.  Though considering how I am still working on the outline, I really have no idea when it will be done. But it will get done, ‘cos I’ve got a story to tell and I’m gonna tell it no matter what, even if nobody actually reads it.
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The Saga of Vincent Dawn

After years or pre-production and 9 months, I am pleased to reveal The Saga of Vincent Dawn!

The Saga of Vincent Dawn is the tale of a troubled and disturbed individual who kills himself and is reborn as a god with the ability to bring whatever his imagination holds to life.  It is a tale of abuse, self-fulfillment, self-loathing, and bizarre happenings the likes of which border on begin complete and utter nonsense. It is also a condensed retelling of a series of novellas I wrote when I was a teenager, reframed and reformatted around a larger narrative depicting the ascension, transformation, and degeneration of an abused child who wanted nothing more than a normal quiet life.

The story is available via GoogleDocs.

If you have any comments about the story, positive or negative, feel free to let me know, as I love getting feedback on my work.

Rundown (1/20-1/26) The Next Level In Graphical Technology

As someone who did not grow up with CRT displays, or at least they were phased out so early in my life that I genuinely cannot remember gaming on them, I developed a fondness for older games being emulated as sharply as they could be.  Or in other words, I like older games to have big, chunky, and clean pixels or smooth blocky anti-aliased polygons, all projected in HD resolutions (without stretching). However, one of the problems with up-resing 3D games like this is the fact that most textures are very low resolutions, and remaking textures is a very intensive process.  Yet just this past week I discovered of what could easily be described as witchcraft, as it is an AI neural network that can be used to recreate and remaster video game textures.  
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