Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)One of the most common questions that I get for the own show that I'm producing right now, Growing Around, is "what's the story arc?" Now they don't mean the arcs of each of the character and how they develop. They're talking about a deeper plot, and that always triggers a response question "why does it need a story arc?" Let's be totally clear here. I'm referring to cartoons, not novels or movies. I'm not even talking about mini-series. I'm talking about your typical 11-minute cartoon that airs on a standard cartoon channel. There persists a stereotype: either your show has an integral plot like Avatar or Steven Universe, or it's going to be as mediocre as Johnny Test. This is not true, and I'm going to tell you why.Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)3 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A show needs to find its strength and utilize it. Sometimes that kind of strength needs a story arc. Gravity Falls' strength happens to be mystery, and a good mystery needs an ongoing arc. Sometimes that strength doesn't need a story arc. Back in the first seasons of Spon
How to Pass All Your College ClassesI finished my Fall Term with a 4.0, and made it on the President’s List. How? I didn’t study for 20 hours a week like people told me I would have to do. I didn’t pull any all-nighters or cram anything. In fact, I studied less than I did last year!How to Pass All Your College Classes2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
So how in the world did I pull it off? Simple. I read the Bible. I kid you not. Here was my procedure:
Step 1: Wake up, go to bathroom if really needed, and start the day with a prayer.
Step 2: Spend at least 10 minutes reading/studying the Bible before doing anything else.
That's it. Before doing this, I was always stressed with my classes; always studying and hardly ever relaxed. In Math, I often got B’s and low A’s, but the workload was a killer.
When I started reading the Bible every morning, I had more energy; I absorbed the lessons better; and when I thought that I didn’t do well on tests (especially in Math), I aced them (ok, I got a 90% on two quizzes). I didn’t have to do
Art theivesHere's another topic that I've been itching to talk about~ Time to completely tear these art theives a new one. Let't get started.Art theives4 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Okay, I know how many people here hate art thieves. Although I don't draw myself, I would be absolutely pissed to see people stealing MY STUFF and crediting as their own. And they think they can do whatever they want too. Well guess what you little pieces of shits? You fucking can't. You are stealing other people's stuff and you think you can get away with it and you can tell the "haters" to "GO FUCK YOURSELF!!11", that's not the way it works around here, dears. If you steal art, you WILL be reported. And if you ARE reported, you will eventually be banned. And just because they can't catch you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, whatever, doesn't mean you'll get called out. You can throw a bitch fit all you want, but what you're doing is wrong. If you're that stupid and you think that, "Oh, the dA admins can't do anything to me if you report me because fuck yo
Blog 2 - More Struggles in writingBlog 2: More Struggles in Writing.Blog 2 - More Struggles in writing20 hours ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
There are many things that an author will com across whilst writing, but not many beginners stop to think about the simple issues. I have come across three such simpl issues. I did not find these, however, until I had conquered my first struggles. Here are three more struggles that need to be overcome to make your writing better.
First is coherence. I never considered at first that what I was writing might not be understood by everyone, but that is infact the case. Not everyone will understand what you right if you do not put your complete thought. Such a simple lesson, right? It may be, but is still one of the most important lessons to learn. All authors had to or still have to learn this valuable lesson. If you do not put every sentence important to your thought, you may still be able to understand it, but others might not be able to. Coherence allows us to cover some of the most vague topics and it still be underst
Manzer (Pictavian Black Metal)Manzer (Pictavian Black Metal)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1) Hello and welcome here! Let's introduce yourself!
Ciao, amica! ("Hello my friend!") I am Shaxul from MANZER, a Pictavian Black Metal power trio. I play the drums and vocals.
2) Manzer: why have you chosen this monicker? What is the meaning?
During the Middle Ages, our region Pictavia was ruled by Counts. One of them was called Ebalus Manzer (9th - 10th century). It means "Ebalus the Bastard", as he was an illegitimate son! We thought it would be the perfect Rock'n'Roll name for our band.
3) You play a very infernal and blasphemous Thrash/Black Metal. Can you describe your biography and your music style? I think that it's perfect for fans of old Venom, old Sepultura, old Kreator, old Sadus, Possessed, Anal Vomit, Morbid Saint. Are you agree?
We like to say we play "Pictavian Black Metal", as we're both inspired by the Black Metal style from the 80's and our region Pictavia, though we don't claim we have invented a new genre, not at all, this is simply the best way to describe what we
Help Nebula (Please read!)Okay guys, I got a message from :iconanimenebula003: today, apparently she can't get any internet and is having a real problem, so let's try to help her out! This is the message she wanted to send:Help Nebula (Please read!)3 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Hey there guys I have a real issue that I need your help with. Now when I have a problem I don’t come to people if I can handle it myself but this is one of those times when I can’t do this on my own.
So as it turns out someone on “Second Life” is selling my Cyber Peg Legs inside Second Life’s market.
I wanted to submit a DMCA report but unfortunately the people who run Second Life do not accept emails, they only accept written or faxed reports.
I can not do either of those things where I’m currently at and I won’t be anywhere that I can do that until the middle of summer. We do not have fax machines and any kind of letter will take weeks to months in order to get to its designation and that isn’t an exaggeration either.
The next thing I tried
Life as a Princess: Episode 182Life as a Princess: Episode 18212 hours ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Life as a Princess
Welcome back to the show. The Eon Awards are almost here, and I can't wait for them! Hopefully I win something awesome this year...not that I'd ever lose to Vibravo or Corona of course. I'm the best there is!
In World News
A German airliner has crashed in the French Alps earlier this week, and as it turns out, the co-pilot is to blame. Yes, Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, intentionally crashed the plane, killing all 150 people onboard. That's very sad, but I guess I understand his reasoning. I mean, I'd wanna kill myself too if I were a dude and I had a woman's name. But I digress. My prayers go out to those who have lost their loved ones.
In U.S. News
If you're in the Manhattan East Area in New York City, then you probably heard that explosion that happened. Yeah, it caught some buildings on fire, and 12 people were killed, with another four critically injured. I tell you, today is not a good day for this kind of stuff. Officials say that
Bryan Jensen said I would never see mykids aliveryan Jensen a supposed deputy of the Sonoma County Sheriffs Department at 1:25pm this afternoon told me that he is in the Sonoma County mafia and that I would never see my two daughters alive again!!Bryan Jensen said I would never see mykids alive4 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I believe his real name is Jeremy Gyger ....
I want something done about electronic harassment and psycotronic generators that the law enforcement agencies are using here in Sonoma County California for human trafficking and mind control brain washing. WE NEED QUWAVE DEFENDERS FROM THESE IDIOT TERRORISTS!!!
Me and my friends who are electronically harassed cannot even phone for help or write emails as they keep getting rerouted!!
Blog 1 - My First Troubles In Writing I am Ryuu Moonlight. I am an aspiring author and artist. I am going to be writing this blog on my experiences as an author; that is what I think of writing, why I like it, mistakes I have made that you can learn from, and I will also be giving an update on my books. I want to be an author that you learn from, whether I teach you something new or show you something old. Without further ado, have a good read!Blog 1 - My First Troubles In Writing2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Blog 1: My First Troubles in writing.
I have been writing for over a year now. I really thought at first that this was going to be an easy feat. I soon learned that writing is not such an easy task that anyone could do it, instead it is a hard task that takes much practice. I started sometime in November 2013 as an author. I was only fifteen at the time, but I had gotten inspiration nonetheless, and inspiration needs to be used. I began typing on a whim one day; that's when i decided to begin writing my idea. I had no idea what I was doing or how to make
Astreas Domains (SymphoBlack Metal from Colombia)Astreas Domains (SymphoBlack Metal from Colombia)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Astreas Domains is a cool band from Colombia: they play a Symphonic and Majestic Black Metal, perfect for all early Dimmu Borgir/Limbonic Art's lovers!
1) Hello and welcome here! Let's introduce yourself!
Hi I am Hagall guitarist of the band... and I started Astreas Domains in 2004.
2) Astreas Domains: what is the meaning of your monicker?
Astreas is a constellation domains the region of this.
3) You play a very gloom, majestic and symphonic Black Metal... can you describe your biography and your music style? I think that it's perfect for fans of early Dimmu Borgir ("Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" era) and Limbonic Art ("Moon in the Scorpio" era).
Are you agree?
Yeah "Moon in the Scorpio" was the best work of black metal I have heard... so I take some influences of that music... and mix our own style... with a great technique guitars fast and dark melodies... with a new age and dark key boards... epic voices etc.. etc...
we take new influences too to compose the Astreas Domains
Video games as 'games'I think we can safely say, and agree upon, that video-gaming is not a sport. Sports, in my opinion, require physical activity beyond twiddling your fingers and exercising the synapses in your brain. I believe that a game needs competition, and that competition must be an adversary of some type. This begs the question, is chess a game if you are playing against yourself? Well, I would argue, yes, because you are facing the adversary who just happens to be yourself. Fair game, I guess.Video games as 'games'2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
It's easy to view sport orientated videogames such as Wii Sports and Tekken or Street Fighter as games because they inherently take the forms of sport and apply them to the computerised world, thus taking out the 'sport' but retaining the game. So by that definition, game is form, not activity.
Any sports-modelled videogame still requires a competition-based form to involve yourself in the playing of: whether you are playing against your flatmate or
Folder (Nu Metal from Italy)Folder (Nu Metal from Italy)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Folder has been a cool Nu/Crossover Metal band from Italy. A lots of people ouside Italy still love their music, so, this is the interview with Folder translated in English for all the Folder's fans around the world
1) Hello and let's introduce yourself! Well, I have a music blog, and I have opened it because my first idea was supporting expecially all italian underground bands, playing in 1998/2003... when I was a teen and I was listening them! I bought some Metal magazines like Psycho!, Metal Shock, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound...
I still remember a lots of italian bands, their first demos, often reviewed as "best demo of the week/top band". People used "paper and pen" for talking with the bands, eh eh!
Mana: Hello! I'm Mana, and I was the singer. Yeah, I remember those years, too. I loved so much those magazines you were talking about, and today I'm not a fan of the mp3's files, I still love the real cd's!
Max: Hello to everybody! I'm Max, I was the guitarist. I bought those magazine
Purvaja (Black Metal from India)Purvaja (Black Metal from India)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I have spoken with this amazing artist, from India: Purvaja.
You can listen him on youtube! He plays Black Metal, and the concept he speaks about is really interesting.
1) Hello and welcome here, in Italy! Let's introduce yourself to our italian readers!
Greetings Lunaria, Firstly thank you for showing interest and taking time to
Purvaja (meaning: Primordial) is a one man vedic/black metal act from Hyderabad, India. With influences spawning from various genres of black metal and vedic metal, Purvaja combines the elements required to create music reflecting its lyrical themes
based on vedic culture, hindu philosophy, mythology and other related theologies.
2) Purvaja: what is the meaning of your monicker?
In your logo, you have draw the pitchfork, the "Om" symbol and the swastika. Can you explain the meaning of this evocative symbol you have draw?
Purvaja means Primordial. The main focus of Purvaja is to evoke the essence of what our ancestors have
Tillen Avers (Rock from Russia)Tillen Avers (Rock from Russia)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1) Hello and welcome here! Let's introduce yourself!
Hello! We are Tillen Avers, the rock-band from Moscow, Russia!
Our names is Tillen (Vocal), Val (Guitar), Kill (Drums, vocal), Alex (Bass)
2) Why have you chosen this monicker? It's your name?
Yes, band name is my real-name.(As vocalist and front-man... aa... Woman))
3) Can you describe your biography and your music style? I think you should play a good Hard Rock, like Scorpions.
Rock band "Tillen Avers" was formed in Moscow in 2013. Date of band's foundation is considered to be December 15, 2013 when the band played their first gig in Moscow club "Little Rock".
The team was founded by vocalist Tillen Avers from the Moscow girls-metal-band "AELLA" and by Valentine Makhrov (Val Tigger), a guitarist from the "Sangriel" metal-band.
Val Tiger, once he positioned himself as a leader of the band, made a proposal to his colleagues from "Sangriel" to join a new-born cover band. After the first rehearsal Kirill Kravtsov (Kill Schneider) and A
Nu-Nation (Modern Nu Metal from Russia)Nu-Nation (Modern Nu Metal from Russia)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1) Hello and welcome here! Let's introduce yourself!
Hey there! My name is Alexander, I am founder and guitarplayer of Russian metal band NU-NATION.
2) I have found you on YouTube. Well, Nu-Nation is a monicker 100% fitted with your music. There is a reference with the music you play (a very heavy and adrenalitic Nu Metal with a modern touch of Metalcore expecially for the heavy vocals, in my opinion) and, at the same time, it expresses a concept about a "new nation", a new state of mind, perharps. Why have you chosen this monicker? And how you label your music style?
Well, you've understood the main idea of our name in 100%-right way. We had some options when we just started about the name, but we didn't really like them. Once our previous drummer called me and said that he got an idea -- 'NU-NATION'. I liked it, and other members too. It sounds well and have a concept. As for our music style, now we call it 'modern nu-metal'. In fact, right now we are trying to mix different music st
Tales of Dark (GothicDoom Death Metal from Serbia)Tales of Dark (GothicDoom Death Metal from Serbia)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1) Welcome and thank you for speaking with us. Can you introduce yourself, for our italian readers?
You are very welcome, it is my pleasure.
My name is Árpád Takács, and I am the male vocalist in Tales of Dark… We are a doom/death metal band from Novi Sad (Serbia), active for almost 13 years. By now we have two albums out (the first on Solitude Prod. and the second on BadMoodMen, both from Moscow, Russia), and we’re currently working on the material which is hopefully about to become our third full length.
2) I think that your monicker describes very well your music. In fact, every single song can be considered as a single dark and gloomy tale. What others meanings has got your monicker?
It could mean anything, really. There is no specific meaning behind it. I guess it depends on the imagination of the listeners, and that is what truly matters. The same goes for the songs themselves. I am not a storytelling type of a writer, my lyrics are rather just my rando
Sirannon (Epic Pagan Black Metal from Turkey)Sirannon (Epic Pagan Black Metal from Turkey)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Ok, I have spoken with this metal band, from Turkey.
1) Hello and welcome! Let's introduce yourself!
Sirannon was founded in Izmir in 2005 by Wesretkau. She tried to find proper band members, stable line-up and started composing works during 2005-2007. We recorded our first demo called "Annon Morin" in 2007. But afterwards we decided not to release this recording. And in the next step, we started to preparations of our debut album. Our first album's name is "Semper Caliga" which contains intro + outro and 11 songs. Then we signed an agreement with Unmerciful Death Productions (USA) and the album was distributed in Russia, Estonia, Sweden, France, Greece, USA, Mexico, Barbados, Colombia etc . Also album sales are still proceeding via major e-shops like ebay.com, amazon.com.
"Semper Caliga" is the first release female black metal album in Turkiye's metal history.
Many fanzines, radio stations, webzines and zines had been reviewed or interviewed with us. Plus, our songs have been inclu
Melan Nephos Thanatou (Symphonic Black Metal)Melan Nephos Thanatou (Symphonic Black Metal)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Melan Nephos Thanatou was an Italian band; in 2002 they have released a nice demo, for all the lovers of the early Cradle of Filth's style and Symphonic Black Metal "old style".
A few days ago, I have meet Andrea, the singer of the band!, and so, here's the interview!
Andrea shared with me the other three songs of the demo (I have only the second track, "Death said"), so I could uploaded the full demo on YouTube! If you love Cradle of Filth's old style, I invite you to go on YouTube and listen to the demo of these guys!
And now read what tells us Andrea!
1) Hello! Introduce yourself to our readers!
Hello, I'm Andrea (Gorg) the singer of the band; I have written also the lyrics.
2) Let's start with a classic question: what does your monicker mean, and why did you choose it?
The name means "Black Cloud Of Death" in Greek Language. It was an idea of Alessandro, our guitar player, and this name married perfectly with the lyrics; the Greek Language gave that air of "mystique" that intrigued
Descend (Death Progressive Metal from Sweden)Descend (Death Progressive Metal from Sweden)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1) Hello and welcome here! Let's introduce yourself!
We are DESCEND. From Stockholm Sweden.
Andreas Lindström - Guitar
Jonathan Persson - Drums
Justin Biggs - Bass
Alex Wijkman - Guitar
Nima Farhadian - Langroudi - vocals
2) Descend: why have you chosen this monicker?
Andreas founded the band in 2003 when he was quite young. He thought the name DESCEND sounded cool to him. So, it's been DESCEND ever since.
3) You play an extreme Metal, full of technical and instrumental forms, dark and heavy melody and mood. Can you describe your biography and your music style?
The band in its earlier stages was more or less a thrash band. Influenced by bands like Sabbath Testament The Haunted and At the Gates.
Through the years, and a few member changes here and there, we developed a more Progressive style with the extreme elements you hear today.
We basically write music we enjoy listening to ourselves.
4) On YouTube we can listen your songs. Can you describe this album? Is it a concept? I think
Small Press, Big 5, etc Publishing WeekSmall Press, Big 5, etc 4 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
When you decide to write for publication there are a series of decisions to be made. They tend to have a branching nature where each decision leads to another and requires you to develop new skills and tools. Assuming you have not decided to self-publish, one of these decisions is whether to approach major trade publishers, or smaller publishers.
The Big 5
Let’ start with some categories. The major trade publishers are referred to as the Big 5. They are HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Between them and all their many imprints and subsidiaries, these five are estimated to account for over 75% of the non-indie book trade. A number of other presses are smaller but have comparable abilities to pay substantial advances, package books professionally, and effectively distribute and market them to large national chains and the mainstream media.
And everything else is, well, everyth
Totengefluster (SymphonicBlack Metal from Germany)Totengefluster (SymphonicBlack Metal from Germany)2 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1) Hello and welcome here! Let's introduce yourself and your band!
Narbengrund: Hello. I am Narbengrund and I guess one could label me as the singer of our little “creepshow” which is called Totengeflüster…
2) Totengeflüster: why have you chosen this monicker? What is the meaning?
Narbengrund: The word “Totengeflüster” describes the inner voice which so many of us have buried so deeply inside their heads, just because the words of this voice do not fit in this perfect society… but even through tons of cold mental earth one still can hear her… or at least I do…
3) Can you describe your biography and your Black Metal style?
Narbengrund: In the year 2007 Totleben began to write the first songs and shortly after starting he realized, that these bones were in need of some flesh too… and so he decided to ask me, if I would like to be the singer of his new project… In 2010 all of our songs for “Vom Seelensterben&
Elder Scrolls Online: RevisitedIt's time for the re-review now that we've returned to Elder Scrolls Online. For those that don't know, we played the Beta and then subscribed when it was officially released. We played to Level Cap, and even squeezed out a couple Veteran ranks. We dabbled in PvP(player versus player) and PvE(player versus environment), so if you're looking for a Hardcore Player's review, this is not it. This is from the perspective of two casual gamers and should not be taken as the law as it's simply our opinions.Elder Scrolls Online: Revisited3 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
So, let's revisit The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.
First thing you should know is that the game went Buy to Play this month. It means that you buy the game and then you play to your heart's content. It will now function like a Bethesda game where you buy the game and buy DLC (if you feel like it). Don't like the current DLC? Wait until the next one!
For people that are familiar with MMOs with the Pay to Play model, (such as World of Warcraft), ESO offers that as an option. The p
The Ross R-U106 haplogroupThe SNP M405/S21/U106 is an estimated 3,500 ybp circa 1480 B.C. and found in the geographical regions of Frisia, Benelux, England, Austria, and northern Italy. It’s referred as a Western Germanic SNP and associated with the Germanic tribes. Only way this SNP which is not found with frequency in Scotland is part of the Ross’s is either through a Celt – Germanic tribe like the Belgae ,or the Menapii both recorded in Scotland anciently, or a NPE involving the French Normans, Anglo – Saxons, Danes, or Vikings. The Ross history has had enough of a dubious genealogy and several NPE (Non Paternal Events) that anything is possibleThe Ross R-U106 haplogroup4 days ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Crashed Jetliners on Other Side of WorldOkay, we have had 2 maybe 3 jetliners who disapeared or crashed under mysterious circumstances (was the Ukraine one explained? I forget)Crashed Jetliners on Other Side of World22 hours ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
So today/yesterday authorities find voice recorder, and this seems to indicate inflight sabotage. So I guess my theory about not being terrorism was wrong...
Do you suppose any unexplained ones have same explaination?
Question is... Don't terrorists usually like to brag about the wrongdoing?