adolescent idols.You with your lilac perfumes and claw-footed bathtubs, you with your pleasant gods with their ivory skin and smiling eyes, poised in golden robes, wrapped in divine light, they make you toast in the morning and bless your travels, they hold back tides, they stop traffic, you walk through life under their watchful gaze, your childhood is a talisman.adolescent idols.2 weeks ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes
My gods are liars, cruel and iron-fisted. They left me in a field of brambles, gave me nothing but barbed wire teeth and gatling gun hands, I learned to spit and curse and fight before I could pray on bruised knees. They tested and tempered me with tragedies; I am a weapon of self-destruction they are waiting to detonate. There is no fondness between me and my gods.
And when you fell in love with me, I was a girl, when you fell in love with me, I was a god. You with your gentle ways, bone-china skin, golden tresses, soft hands, blue eyes, you are all hold no grip. I kiss you with sharp teeth and you kiss me with bruised lips and I am making
Her Name is Mary SueHer Name is Mary Sue1 month ago in Editorial
So you think you know what a Mary Sue is. Who is Mary Sue any way? and what does it really mean? It's a dirty word. It's an insult. It's a critique word. It's a "cheap" word we throw around. With all these things of what it is, it's strange that there is still no set defintion for a Mary Sue. So I thought I'd write a little more on the subject. Now I re-read into a lot of articles for this, so there will be plenty of paraphrasing on my part.
WHO'S A MARY SUE?
Maybe you have heard one of these somewhere before; If your character has bright colors, she's a Mary Sue. If she loves Purple, she's a Mary Sue. If she's a princess, she's a Mary Sue. If she has a tragic past, she's a Mary Sue. If she's beautiful, she's a Mary Sue. If She's powerful, she's a Mary sue. If she's a tomboy, she's a Mary Sue. Ah, but that is all untrue; Sadly, I have seen characters accused of being Mary Sues for having even just one of these traits. That's not how Mary Sue operates. Merely being a princess does
10 Tips for Creating a Protagonist10 Tips for Creating a Protagonist10 Tips for Creating a Protagonist1 month ago in Reviews & Guides
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 2 “Protagonists”
“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”
Apart from Primary and Secondary Protagonists, there are many other different protagonist characters-types that can drive a story—ranging from heroes, to villains, to antiheroes, to just normal people. Today, I'm going to discuss what universal attributes make a great protagonist that will drive your story forward, as well as how to define and craft this character in a way that gives them a great level of depth and autonomy from the writer. By creating
No Girls on the Internet tg (Story)No Girls on the Internet tg (Story)1 week ago in Short Stories
Grits: Hey Reya. You gonna jump on chat?
Killer: She's just stalling. She just doesn't want to reveal she's actually a guy.
Quincy: Who did I make that bet with that Reya's a guy?
Mog: That'd be me. I'm starting to regret it.
Killer: Mog, Mog, Mog. You forgot Rule 37: there are no girls on the internet.
Mog: Lol, so true.
Reya: You guys are mean. Give me a couple of minutes. My headphones just came in the mail.
Quincy: Hurry, we're starting soon. I also want to cash in on that bet.
Simon smiled as he opened the package. Inside were pink headphones. For some reason, he told his group of online friends that he was a girl. He always played as the female characters in games, and he kind of wanted to experience what it felt like to be treated as a girl online. He had been able to pull it off so far, but the group recently decided to use voice chat.
Simon decided to go all the way with his prank. He plugged the headphones in and opened the software that came with it: a high qual
Writing Tips - Creating Civilizations (Part I)Or alternatively, I explain my fantasy generator game from awhile back. Today we’re going to talk about how you can create a civilization/society for your fantasy or science fiction world. There will be another part to this though, and in that one I’ll be telling you how to create a society/civilization integral to the theme of your novel. Think of the first parts as creating something like The Shire, and the final ones about creating something like Oceania from 1984.Writing Tips - Creating Civilizations (Part I)2 weeks ago in Articles & Interviews
The main difference is that from there, we start with the “end” - we figure out what we want for the story, and we build things that come from a specific conclusion. In 1984 the civilization is there to prove that totalitarianism is bad. In this one, we start from the beginning. We figure out a society’s assets and we build it to a logical conclusion. It helps make societies more… realistic.
Although, it might be wise for you to pick a certain conclusion, even when
ShadowsByDay's 10 Tips for Aspiring WritersThere are a lot of writers here on dA, and a lot of them are very good. But some... could use some work. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best at writing. Not by a long shot. Everyone learns differently and at different speeds, and everyone has room for improvement. (I know I certainly do!)ShadowsByDay's 10 Tips for Aspiring Writers5 days ago in Reviews & Guides
I get questions sometimes from various people who want help with their writing, or for me to critique something. I'm happy to help and I've decided to compile some of my knowledge and writing techniques that I've picked up over the years. If you want help with one of your pieces of have specific questions, shoot me a note! If I can't help you, I'd be more than happy to send you to someone else who might know!
Now, down to business.
Tip #1: Read a book!
The more, the better! Read lots of books. Read lots of different authors' works! There is no limit to different styles and languages that authors can range in, even if you're technically only reading in one language. In o
Tips for Fighting Depression1) Avoid alcohol. I find having a drink can trigger the depression quite severely the following day, although it should be noted that alcohol effects everyone differently, and some drinks are worse than others. Alcohol is a depressant, so this should be taken seriously...You may love a drink, but you have to consider if it's worth it if you are a sufferer.Tips for Fighting Depression1 month ago in Articles & Interviews
Avoid smoking. Regular smoking is linked to feelings of depression.
2) Consider your diet. Aside from eating healthy and drinking lots of water (which helps with everything), dark chocolate is scientifically proven to help fight depression as well as anxiety, and here's how...
Dark, as well as raw chocolate, contains high amounts of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that breaks down into two other very important neurotransmitters. These are serotonin and melatonin, and both help to protect you against stress. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant, which goes to work immediately to lift your spirits as well as hel
Useless Facts That Might Seem Funny to HetaliansUseless Facts That Might Seem Funny to Hetalians1 month ago in Historical
* Scotland's national animal is the unicorn.
* Wales's national animal is the Welsh Dragon.
* In the Libyan-Egyptian War, a defeat of the Libyans resulted in the Egyptians taking 13,320
penises with them as trophies. Well, at least we can kind of assume that she's straight…
* In the time of Ancient Rome, people would touch their testicles to make an oath.
* In 1995, two Americans competing in a European balloon distance competition accidentally wandered into Belarus which resulted in their deaths, as they were shot down with a missile from a helicopter gunship.
* The town of Fucking, Austria had to make their municipal signs theft proof, because tourists were constantly stealing them. I just threw in that one because I thought it was funny.
* When Germany's openly gay foreign minister called Belarus's president "Europe's last dictator" in 2012, the president responded with, "better to be dictator than gay".
* The Belgian postal service tried to use cats to
Of pregnancy and husbands (Hibari x Reader)Of pregnancy and husbands (Hibari x Reader)2 weeks ago in Short Stories
Of pregnancy and husbands
A/N: Another of my old stories. I actually changed the name to fit in here with my other drabbles, so... well, I hope you enjoy ^-^!
You narrowed your eyes as the yellow, feather ball, chirped loudly from your bedroom’s window. The fat, fluffy and hellish thing had been doing that stupid, yet cute sound of singing Hibari’s name for the past ten minutes.
And it had annoyed you.
If your carnivore of a husband wasn’t as fond of that creature as he was, you would’ve called animal control by now.
Or you would’ve gotten him a bird cage. With a cat inside. A hungry cat.
You closed the book you had been reading, or better said, the book you had been trying to read, (You had read the first two lines at least ten times for the past minutes.) and glared at the yellow bird.
The seemingly harmless animal let out a loud chirp again, and you had to stop yourself from throwing
SithVamp Reviews: The Lion KingSithVamp Reviews: The Lion King2 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides
Welcome to another episode of SithVamp Reviews. Now it’s time to look at another one of Disney’s most famous movies: the Lion King. This review is also because James Earl Jones had his birthday just a week ago and the new Lion King series: The Lion Guard started airing.
The Lion King came out in 1994. The movie opens with a song: The Circle of Life, and while the song is playing, we see that various animals, including Rhinos, Antelope, Cheetahs, Meerkats, Guinea Fowl and Elephants are heading for Pride Rock to see the birth of Simba, the son of King Mufasa. The Baboon Shaman, Rafiki holds Simba up in the air so the Animals can see him.
Then we see Mufasa’s brother, Scar, voiced by Jeremy Irons, who is about to eat a mouse, when he’s stopped by Zazu the Hornbill, voiced by Rowan Atkinson. Zazu lectures Scar, until the lion has enough and tries to eat him. But Scar is stopped by Mufasa, and he spits out Zazu. Mufasa is voiced by James Earl Jones, and he asks Scar
Profile in Change - Kiara TanakaProfile in Change - Kiara Tanaka 3 days ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes
Kiara had a voice in her head that wanted her to destroy everything. Or at the very least cause some serious pandemonium with substantial amount of property damage. Some people getting hurt from all that was only to be expected.
That voice was just terrible really.
But Kiara had to deal with it. And sadly enough of some times she found herself listening to the voice too. Not always giving in to temptation, but even listening was a pretty dangerous thing too since it was really good at coaxing her.
This was because the voice was an echo of a demon lord, Black Fox.
A Poetic Review Of UndertaleA Poetic Review Of Undertale1 month ago in Reviews & Guides
XANDER REVIEWS: UNDERTALE
In the nearly eighteen years since I was born, an awful lot has changed in the world of Nintendo. Mario has pretty much officially become their equivalent to Call Of Duty, and the general originality of their games has even more officially plummeted to an all-time low.
The same can honestly be said for pretty much every major game company nowadays, most especially Capcom; I wouldn't be surprised in the least bit if those greedy, money-grubbing bastards literally charged you just to mow their lawn.
However, in the late September of last year, in 2015, something truly amazing happened in the United States...it was a world-changing event of which we all caught an early firsthand glimpse.
Toby Fox, the creator of Radiation's Halloween Hack, followed through on his previous, almost equally overrated success by creating a world-(in)famous independently developed role-playing game that is so freaking amazing that I am honestly at a loss for words to
Total Drama Brains vs Brawns Honest TrailerFrom the guy that brought you story after story of hypocrisy and double standards... comes a story so lopsided that the rapist accidentally manages to be one of the most sympathetic characters.Total Drama Brains vs Brawns Honest Trailer2 weeks ago in Editorial
Total Drama: Brains VS Brawns!
Meet Rai, a girl who singlehandedly set feminism back two decades. Watch as she sits back and coasts through the game because someone who is friends with someone who's actually trying thinks she's cute. Watch as she fills up precious screen time complaining about being on a show that many fans would love to be on instead of her.
Witness the ultimate battle of wits and strength... and that Indian girl who was also there for some reason. But watch out: some of the brains are pretty strong, and some of the brawns are pretty smart, basically nullifying the entire theme of the season.
Be invested in the plot of the Cloaked Shadow, a saboteur whose identity is only a mystery to those in the game, while you roll your eyes at the pretense of the Shadow being hard to fig
kill me with wordsIf you took a needle, pushed it into my skin andkill me with words1 month ago in Emotional
watched me bleed,
If I told you it hurt, does that make me a liar?
When words fall from your lips and stick to me like thorns,
why is it my job to pull them free and tend to the wounds?
You put them there in the first place, but that doesn't matter.
If I wear my pain on my face, you roll your eyes and say,
"Oh, it's not so bad. Stop being so dramatic."
I hate that word.
I hate it for its glibness, the blithe dismissal that I am merely an act,
a pantomime to be mocked and forgotten within mere moments.
As if my own heart is nothing to be taken seriously.
"You're being oversensitive."
It's easy for you to say that, isn't it?
Because nobody ever sees the damage that words can do.
There are no bruises to flower on my skin, dark and wide just beneath the surface.
You cannot hear the crack of bone as my body bears the brunt of some heavy impact.
Instead, there is a gradual change.
Something in you freezes over time. Wha
Robot Wars The Complete History: Part 4Robot Wars The Complete History: Part 41 week ago in Historical
In the year 2000, the beginning of the new millennium, the released Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars.
At the time of the Fourth Wars, Robots Wars had become a popular hit all over Britain and this series would go on to further increase said popularity. So obviously after three successful seasons in a row, the BBC was quick to have yet another series for their mega-hit game show. Filming began in August 2000 with the show's format featuring sixteen heats all with six robots each. Unlike the Third Wars where it was four head-to-head battles in the first round, the Fourth Wars featured a three-way "melee" battle, meaning three robots would fight together with only two going through to the next round. There were also Pinball and Sumo competitions that were shown sparingly throughout the series in-between fights.
For this series, the seeding returned with a whopping total of 32 SEEDED ROBOTS IN THE WHOLE SERIES!!! This alone marks the most amount of seeded machines in ANY series of Robot W
Never a Burden - Tsukishima Kei x ReaderNever a Burden - Tsukishima Kei x Reader3 weeks ago in Short Stories
Today was a normal day for the tall blond. School was boring as ever, his loud and enthusiastic friend beside him to annoy him to the fullest, same old everyday life.
Except that his always smiling and cheerful girlfriend who was the only person that the teasing jerk was actually really nice and caring to, was emitting a gloomy aura. Not that he did or said anything for her to act like that.
All Tsukishima wanted was to comfort her all day but the opportunities were missed because of the constant distractions and the fact that you have different classrooms.
First he couldn't talk to you this morning because of the load of things the teachers made him do.
At lunch he wasn't also able to eat lunch with you since the teacher made him stay for a while and dismissed him making him late and wasn't able to find you.
And at the end of the day, you usually waited outside his classroom beaming a smile as both of you walk towards the gym and wait for his club activities to finish, then he'll walk
STOP WITH THE CREATIONISM!!!!! IT IS NOT REAL!!!!!Imagine the Titanic minus the smokestacks, framed out of timber rather than iron. Imagine that instead of a doomed ocean liner bustling with well-dressed elites, it’s home to 2,000 seasick animals, a handful of teenage dinosaurs and one patriarchal family headed by a 500-year-old man bent on saving the world. Cultures all over the globe share the legend of Noah’s Ark, but this summer one especially enthusiastic Christian ministry will try to convince you that it looked exactly like this—dinosaurs and all—when it opens its biblical theme park. Its pièce de résistance is a 510-foot representation of Noah’s giant boat. (OK, the Titanic was bigger, but you get the idea.) Tickets for the July 7 opening go on sale January 19, and the ministry folks are betting big—with borrowed money—that people will want to see the show.STOP WITH THE CREATIONISM!!!!! IT IS NOT REAL!!!!!3 weeks ago in Editorial
The masterminds behind this monument to theological devotion are fundamentalist Christian organi
[Portal 2] I don't hate youDear Portal fellas,[Portal 2] I don't hate you3 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides
Back when I wrote my essay about GLaDOS, I left her relationships with the other characters for the last. In the light of recent meta ruminations, I read the part about Chell once more.
While I touched all the basic concepts and summed up GLaDOS’ feelings about pretty much every main event, there is a lot I left out. More specifically, I kind of ignored three things:
the future – in other words, the impact Chell had on the rest of her life;
I did say that GLaDOS eventually likes her quite a lot, and the reasons why she comes to liker her, but I was never specific on what exactly she likes about Chell;how Chell herself (likely) feels about GLaDOS, if she feels anything at all.
It isn’t easy to explain this interaction, the first reason being – as I already mentioned – that,
Hannibal on Facebook (+Reader)Hannibal on Facebook (+Reader)2 weeks ago in Short Stories
(Y/n) (L/n) has become friends with Jack Crawford and 7 others.
Hannibal Lecter - (Y/n) (L/n)
'I am pleased you accepted my friend request. Although I must request you change your profile picture, it is rather revealing'
Will Graham, Alana Bloom and 4 others like this.
(Y/n) (L/n): Hannibal like an inch of my stomach is showing...
Hannibal Lecter: An inch to much.
Will Graham: Your picture is fine (Y/n), ignore Hannibal.
Hannibal Lecter: Fine but don't say I did not warn you when you attract creeps.
(Y/n) (L/n): Pft who's stupid enough to hit on an FBI agent?
Frederick Chilton - (Y/n) (L/n)
'Hello Agent (L/n), I must say you look rather delightful '
(Y/n) (L/n): Goddamit Chilton
Hannibal Lecter: Told you so.
Frederick Chilton: What? Can't I compliment someone?
(Y/n) (L/n): Stop sending me wink emoticons in private message
Hannibal Lecter: I think I'm having finger food tonight.
MeasurementsThe measure of a man: He does what he saysMeasurements1 month ago in Editorial
The measure of a gentlemen: He is prompt and on time.
The measure of a leader: He has your trust.
The measure of a statesman: He looks good doing it.
The measure of a fool: Is in decibels.
The measure of a wise man: In the Quality of his advice.
The measure of a coward: How far he can run.
The measure of a Hero: How well he faces death.
The measure of a politician: He has the manners of a poker player.
The measure of a storyteller: In the telling of the tale.
The measure of a Joker: In the truths he sells.
The measure of an honest man: He is willing to take the blame.
The measure of a Good Leader: He is all of these things and more.
For, you must always remember: Pride comes before the fall, and character always matters! You must be of worth to yourself, before you can matter to anyone else. For the world is full of frauds and importers. So, be true to yourself, if you think you are going to fool anyone.
Vaettir- gods/beings of Norse mythology Reference.Vættir. “The Families/clans.”Vaettir- gods/beings of Norse mythology Reference.2 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides
Types of Elf:
Dark elves (possibly another name for dwarves)
Singular- Dökkálf or Myrkálf
Plural- Dökkálfar or Myrkálfar
Black elves (possibly another name for dwarves)
Singular- Jötunn or Þurs (Thurs) or Risi
Plural- Jötunar or Þursar (Thursar) or Risar
Singular- Gýgr or Íviðja
Plural- Gýgjar or Íviðjur
Types of giant:
Fire giants. (live in Muspelsheim not Jotunheim)
if gender is fluid perhaps this is a flash floodgive it an inch and it takes miles.if gender is fluid perhaps this is a flash flood1 month ago in Emotional
you can't blame it. you stuffed the feeling down down after letting it run for years, rampant and childlike, a whirlwind of excitement and expression. it pulled you by the hand in ecstatic dance. look at me! it cried, look at me in all my many forms, look at the choices i don't have to make!
one day you were too old for that. and away it went, spoken of but never seen, and all was peaceful and quiet.
it knocked on the closet door one day - may i have one thing? it asks. just one little thing, for me.
what can it hurt? you're right, feeling. a new binder is overdue, and i need it as much as you do, for costume, you say. and you purchase, furtive, strangely ashamed of admitting it even with your costume - someone will see through this, recognise it as the gift you bought for the feeling in the closet
and with every gift you give it - acknowledgement; freedom (but play nice, look, you can't make me look like
Kim's Revenge Part 2: Immobile Kim, Plump Kourtney3 months later:Kim's Revenge Part 2: Immobile Kim, Plump Kourtney2 weeks ago in Short Stories
Like most overweight people who make vows to lose weight, Kim had failed. Unlike most of them, Kim had notoriously failed, ballooning herself up to a hefty 400 pounds. At 320 pounds, her embarrassed mother had to hire servants and butlers to tend to most of her needs. At 340, she mostly stopped going out of the house, staying inside to herself and with food. At 360, Kim had given up on walking, since she it was way too tiring. At her current weight, Kim was struggling with simple tasks such as talking without having to heavily breath for a gasp of air, or getting herself up off the couch. Sometimes she would sleep there. Since the stairs were such a torture, Kim installed an elevator to help her go upstairs whenever she actually propelled herself off the couch. She mostly now just spent her days watching tv and eating unhealthy food. Too fat to fit into her shower, she only took a monthly bathe, since her luxury bathroom was on the top floor, an architecture move