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Hello, I'm holding a 200Points point giveaway for anyone and everyone that wants to participate. It is 100% free for anyone to join in and get the chance to win 200 points! :D

All you have to do to enter is favorite +fav this journal
After you do that you are in the giveaway :)
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You don't have to comment on this journal, watch me, or favorite any of my works to be in the giveaway (unless you want to do it, if you do I really appreciate it and thank you!) :D
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Good luck to everyone and most of all have fun :happybounce: 

Facebook My Facebook page please check it out and give it a like, I'd really appreciate it :)

Edit: People are asking about the end date, I'd say it'll be about a month maybe less depending on how much support I get for this. If it's still getting favorites in a couple of weeks i'll keep it going until next month, but if it stops getting favorites then i'll end it. Sorry for the unsure end date but I just want to make sure that everyone gets a shot at this and everyone who wants to gets to enter. Thanks for the support so far guys, I really appreciate it! :D
I haven't spend much time on my computer last weekend, but enough to see that DeviantArt was kept busy by a troll that apparently did really well for as much as trolls can 'do well' on the internet. A little over 4000 pageviews in just 4 days the account is online proved not only the artists involved in the matter took offense... but apparently a lot of other DeviantArt members as well. Even those that seemed (to me at least) totally uninvolved with the troll or the particular type of art.
For those that wonder about the issue; It's about Foxbun's rather cynical joke about the 'closed species' matter. (I'm usually against name calling here. But this account has intentionally created for its goal. It has been all over the site already and would've been in the comments within 10 minutes, even without me mentioning here. I don't provide a link, though. Use your search engine if you want to research it.)

The term white knight is to most older members of DeviantArt (or the internet in general) a well known term, and not for its positive connotation. It's most used in the context of fanatic fangirls or groupies that defend a celebrity or (in this case) famous artist on basically every front, regardless of checking sources, or if this person is right and reasonable or not. This often leads to awkward situations, harassing people, spamming and entire wars against a single (sometimes unaware) critic, often with devastating consequences. 

Seeing the huge amount hateful of comments on this single issue, and considering the fact that a few of the artists attacked where considered 'big shots' on DeviantArt, I consider this again a classic case of white knighting. And regardless of the person being a scam or not; I do not like the sight of that. Not at all. It reminds me a bit too much of the high school bullying where it was often 10 people against 1, and the rest stood by and just watched and laughed. I just can't help to cringe at that kind of behavior. 

Sure, this person might be an experienced internet user. A troll, or whatever people might call it. But not all people are aware of internet rules and community etiquette.
In one of my early years on DeviantArt, I once made the mistake to post a critical comment on an artwork from a user that had a rather big fanbase. Despite my good intentions of actually of wanting to help this artist, and the fact that my comment was overall balanced, the comment was everything but appreciated. At least; not by her fans. Even before she could reply I got at least 5 replies in my inbox written by her fans. They told me, not in the nicest way, my comment was unjustified and that I was a **** [you may imagine] for even having the guts to write something like that to their idol. In the end the artist herself never replied to me, but the negative feeling that came with her drawings lasted a long time. I unwatched her for a while. And even when I found back the courage to watch her again (when I realized she wasn't the one responsible, but her fans were) I actually never commented again. I liked her art, but wanted to avoid her fans really badly.

A few years of experience and a lot more watchers have basically forced to view the issue from the other side as well. 
And this makes it part of the reason why I want to share this with people.

Because as an artist I've learned that you can't completely control a watcher base. A few days ago I made a piece for the MH17 airplane disaster. Just, heartfelt, because as a fellow Dutchy (a lot of people from my country died there) I felt like it. Most reactions were positive. One, however, was negative. But before I even woke up the next day and had the chance to look at it and write a reply to it... another person already wrote something instead. Luckily this was a very sensible person and a very sensible and thoughtful comment. But the point is; with such exposure, people answer things before I myself can even get to it. And that's basically how part of this happens.
Part of it, I say. Because I firmly believe the other part is controllable with responsible behavior. There's a difference between making a journal about "Somebody insulted me. I feel bad today"  or "Person-X insulted me. What a ****". The first statement is probably going to get you some cyber hugs and comforting reactions. The second thing will most definitely redirect all the hate towards that Person-X. And while that sweet revenge might bring you relief for a second, it won't make you anything more than just a big cyber bully. Overall; refrain from name calling, unless positive... or unless it's such a big blown up matter that everybody already knows it and not saying the word is like ignoring an elephant in the room.

As for people in whose name is white knightned (if that even is a verb). I cannot speak for all of them on DeviantArt here, but I'm sure there are many people with me on this one, that don't particularly like it when their "fans" go all out on someone or something. Having a reasonable discussion with someone about a subject, even in the name of some else, is totally fine. As long as it's done in a polite manner and with some solid arguments. Trolling people, harassing them, spamming them, calling names, bullying them... etc... is not cool.
It might seem cute and everything. Defending your idol. And sure, I can imagine people being protective towards someone else that else that already gets a lot of criticism -- I don't deny the fact that some people here are in fact exposed to harsh criticism. But doing bad things in the name of your idol only gives your idol a bad name and reputation. And that's the one thing you don't want as fanatic fan. People turning away from your fandom, because they might've liked the fandom itself, but can't stand the fans. 

To return to the beginning of my DeviantArt journey. I was a newbie on the site, a non-native English person (took me ages to write a message in English) and unaware of the general culture on the site. I thought I did something helpful, and those reactions scared the shit out of me. That being one of the first experiences with that particular artist on the site, it left such a bad taste in my mouth that I never commented on the artist work again. Ironically not even up until today. I could've been an amazing fan, though. Considering that, back in that time, I was a basement dweller with basically no life and there were other people that I commented on all the time. But yeah, those so called fans just scared me away.

What I wanted to say is; just don't be that person that ruins the experience for other people on the website.
If the artist himself wants to be an ass and chase away his fans... that's up to him. Those are his fans, so it's his loss. But don't do it for another artist. If someone personally attacks you, your family, or your best friend... it's totally be okay to get involved. If someone attacks your art, it's okay to get angry. But don't get into a fight for an artist you barely know. Or at least not without doing a proper background check on the subject and having a solid opinion on the subject that's actually yours.

And as a final note. Before any of you go harassing to comment section saying "OMG! U support art theft!!!!" or anything like that, just because I mentioned this particular case; learn to read context. I don't support art theft at all, and I've never done so. But I don't support cyber bullying either. My stance on this case is rather neutral, and the only reason I brought it up is to serve as a recent example.

PE: Literature Basics Settings

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 7:00 AM by SingingFlames:iconsingingflames:
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Literature Basics Week


Along with characters and plot, setting is one of the most important choices we make when we write. In the most basic terms, setting is where your literary work takes place. It's up to you, as the author, to use it and mold it to fit the needs of your writing, make it more than just a backdrop to your prose or poetry.

Scenery by anatomista

A good setting becomes like a character itself. It can be express moods, offer comfort or hindrance. The setting can even be the main antagonist - consider the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, or the island in the 2000 Tom Hanks' film, Cast Away. In both of these examples, the protagonist(s) have to survive their surroundings, one mundane, the other ... less so.

Make Your Setting Work For You


Everything in your written work must be chosen for maximum effect. When deciding on your setting, decide what you want to accomplish with it. Here are some possibilities.

Emphasize the Mood
Imagine your main character has just learned of her husband's murder. She stumbles from her house, into the back alley and collapses, surrounded by discarded filth and vermin. A passing garbage truck drowns out her sobs. This setting emphasizes the character's solidarity and her loss.

Cheerful moods can be expressed with clear, blue skies or flower-filled meadows. Suspense and horror tend to use dark, lonely settings. The 2002 horror film The Ring used constant rain for its ambiance. Occasionally, in comics and movies, the writers will use a limited color scheme to emphasize the mood. Decide which emotions you wish to convey and pick settings that best encompass them.

You can also choose specific moments to emphasize. Many climatic scenes in movies and TV occur during thunderstorms. While writing, you can whip up a windstorm or power outage as needed to create the perfect atmosphere.

Contrast the Mood
Take our first example, but instead place the wife at a playground. Children chase one another and run about, laughing, when she receives a phone call with the tragic news. Squeals of joy drown out her sobs. How does the different scenario change the impact of the scene?

Some other possibilities include a gunshot at a wedding or characters giggling during a funeral. These scenes stand out, they catch our attention, because of their contrast from what we've come to expect. From the popular Hunger Games books and movies, the Capitol (its flamboyant citizens and customs) offers a constant contrast to the protagonists' despair.

As a Metaphor
A character has an epiphany and, behind him, the sun breaks free from the clouds. Another character hears that, after many years apart, her love is returning home from war. Birds burst forth into the sky, singing.

In these (admittedly heavy-handed) scenarios, the settings carry extra meaning besides the character's surroundings. Subtle use of this technique can add layers to your work. If you choose to employ this, be sure to avoid clichés, as they appear trite and elicit bored eyerolls from your readers.

For Your Character to Interact With
Above, I mentioned Stephen King's The Shining and the Tom Hanks' film Cast Away as examples. The young adult novel, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, has a young man surviving, lost and alone in a wilderness. In the 2009 film, 2012, the entire world becomes the adversary. In all of these examples, the setting is the main antagonist. It provides obstacles for the protagonist(s) to overcome. There is an entire survival/natural disaster genre in which the setting is the main antagonist.

The setting can also interact with characters in a more pleasant or beneficial fashion, or as their safe haven. Consider your own memories. Are there certain places that elicit "warm fuzzy" feelings from you? Your grandparents' house? A crisp spring morning, holding your favorite warm drink in hand? Your characters also have those "warm fuzzies" locations that they cherish, their own safe havens. It could be the local library, where he spend much of his youth, or the park bench where she had her first kiss. Those locales are there. Use them. Until the end of the film, Notre Dame was Quasimodo's safe haven in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. When he fled there, there is a sense of triumph that he had reached safety (until the antagonist chose to invade that safety as bad guys tend to do).
Scenery from Jeravna,Bulgaria2 by Majarov86

Economy of Words


When narrating your writing, remember not to spell out endless details, nor overdo the ones you include. Too many descriptors, no matter how well written, distract from your focus and bog down the writing. Details are necessary, but it's a fine balance between sparsity and verbosity. How much is too much? A lot depends on the genre. Readers expect more flowery details in romantic works, while in action/adventure fewer are necessary (however, this does not mean this genre does not need any details!). Not only does the genre influence the amount of description desired, each individual will have their own tastes. One person's vivid details is another's purple prose.

Purple prose is overdone and flowery writing. Whenever a passage draws attention to itself and away from the story or poem, it is purple prose. Purple prose is not limited to settings. Character descriptions, dialogue, any part of a written work can be purple prose. It can be ornate and well-written or meander and leave the reader baffled. In either case, the reader becomes distracted from the main piece.

For more reading on purple prose, check out this link:
theadvancededit.com/academic-w…

Sunset on foreign soil 2 by wazzy88

Other helpful articles:


Creating a New World
Please copy and paste this into a Word document or deviation. Then highlight the information after the colons and type over it.
Setting
Time/Era: Exact year or approximate time
Name of Country: For fun, you could alter the name of an old empire. For example, the Assyrian Empire (Mesopotamia, BC) was particularly brutal, so a twist off of that name could be interesting for more educated readers. Readers love to be in on jokes like that. Oh, and don't steal Asrian Empire. I already called it.
Geography: I recommend you draw a map (it doesn't have to be exact; it's for consistency)
Landscape: Trees, soil, water, buildings... Imagine you were flying over the place in an airplane. What would you see down below?
Housing: How big are the houses that the people live in, and what are they made of? If they're members of a migrant tribe, what do they use for shelter, and how do they transport their shelters? (If that last question is an issue, l
  Writing Tips - Description
Description: Balancing Too Much and Not Enough
There’s an old adage about writing that says, “show, don’t tell.” But what does that actually mean? Surely, we’re not expected to illustrate our stories, are we? Christ, I hope not. Some of mine are rather long.
No. What that means is that you should use your words to paint a visual picture for the reader. “Talking heads” are both boring and confusing, and should generally be avoided. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “talking heads” refers to the phenomenon where all, or most of story is carried out through the characters’ dialogue. You see it like mad in web and news paper comics, but it happens in prose as well.
The first, and arguably the most fun way to banish the talking heads is to make your characters act. This doesn’t mean action, necessarily. The character can do any amount of “going” from place to place or thing to thing, but so what? He’s still not rea

writersrelief.com/blog/2011/05…
www.novel-writing-help.com/sto…

forest scenery by Lunox-baik

Final Words


Your setting is one of the most vital aspects of any written work. It supports your characters and your plot, and can even take on the role of an auxiliary character itself. Decide what type of setting best suites your work and make the best use of it.

Discussion


  1. Which author's or novel's settings have imparted the most lasting impression upon you and why?
  2. Share examples of settings in books, movies or television that emphasize or contrast the piece's mood, that are used as metaphors and/or examples of settings interacting with characters.
  3. Flex your literary muscles! In the comments below, write a brief scene, using one of the art pieces featured in this article. Please credit the piece that inspired you.
  4. Do you have any advice on writing settings? Please share!


Winter is coming by Gallynette


More on Trademarking Sushi Dogs

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 8:56 AM
I've counted 4 notes now from people who seem to be resentful over the fact that I am trademarking Sushi Dogs, and trying to "correct" me and tell me what I can and cannot do legally?.... (One of them claimed to come from a tumblr dA species hate blog or something? kids make blogs for everything these days I s2g)

I don't think many of you know what a trademark actually is.

A trademark gives someone the sole rights to sell a product / service under a certain brand name. The official Patent & Trademark Office gives full explanations about copyright, trademark, and patents here: www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basic…

My lawyer is helping me along with this process. It's very expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment. Once the mark application goes through and is approved, "Sushi Dogs" will be my full, legal intellectual property, and I can sell items under that name while being fully protected by law.

For instance, say I'm browsing dA and see a troll account has made a "Sushi Dog" adopt in an attempt to mock me. I can now send them a cease-and-disest letter, or I can file a lawsuit against them for damaging my brand.
Now, that's on a small scale. My main motive behind trademarking Sushi Dogs is so I can expand them into a line of products, such as shirts, plushies, figures, stickers, etc.
If someone sees my Sushi Dogs and tries to make money by selling their own Sushi Dog items on a larger scale, I would most definitely want to pursue legal action against them. Having an official trademark would allow me to do so.

I can continue making adopts, because they are a goods/service that would be covered by my trademark.

And please note that it's IMPOSSIBLE to protect concepts. The only way to do this is by obtaining a patent, but that is meant for inventions -- not ideas or art. You nor I will never be able to legally own a species, no matter how "original" it is.
(Now, that's just the legal grounds -- blatantly copying others, stealing ideas, and intentionally ripping off artists' work is a moral issue, one that I hope we'd all realize is a truly scummy thing to do.)

For those who still feel somehow wronged by my business decision, please note that this has absolutely nothing to do with closed species. It is a business move. Sushi Dogs are going to become so much more than an adoptable species.
So, I'm not "COPYRIGHTING FOOD DOGS!!!1111", don't worry.
You can continue making canines with chocolate coming out of their ass.... Comme de fuckdown. P:

I'm making another watchers appreciation raffle! This time celebrating 5000 watchers! :dance: ONLY 300 TO GO!
Once I reach 5000 watchers I will do a raffle draw using a random name picker (www.randompicker.com) 

HOW TO ENTER:
Bullet; Red You MUST be a watcher
Bullet; Red You must comment; answer the question: How long have you been on dA?
Bullet; Red You must favourite this journal

There's no right/wrong answer to the question - this is just so I know who is active/interested in winning 

+MORE CHANCE:
:star: Like my Facebook Page (+1) www.facebook.com/GreyRadian
:star: Follow my Tumblr (+1) greyradian.tumblr.com/

If you followed both of my other pages it is important to write down your username/ Facebook name so I can give you the extra entries.
However end of contest will be decided on when I reach 5000 watchers on Deviantart

PRIZES:
This time I made all prizes related to my art, so I know people who watch me are interested in my artworks as well, not just for winning points :)

I will draw 3 people, these 3 people get to select which prize pack they want to claim at first come first service via note

Bullet; Yellow  Pokemon Prize Pack: Both Pokemon XY badge sets

20140617 154234 by GreyRadian


Bullet; Yellow YuGiOh Prize Pack: Yugioh STARS artbook + A4 print

Photo 2026-09-2013 203 2054 2041 20pm original by GreyRadianYu-gi-oh All Stars by GreyRadian


Bullet; Yellow  2 A3 Prints: Winner can select two prints from the following:
A3 prints by GreyRadianA3 reduced prints by GreyRadian


+All 3 winners will be featured!

PLUS

Bullet; Yellow3 more people to be selected at random to win a shiny Sailor Moon bookmark!

:star:5000th watcher will also receive a free Sailor Moon (Don't worry, if you are the 5000th watcher you are still allowed to win the above prizes as well)

20140708 225853 by GreyRadian

Free shipping worldwide! *However because this is a giveaway I will not be responsible for any lost mail
Please spread the word! Everyone will have the same chance of winning :D

DEADLINE

The deadline will be the day after once I reach 5k watchers, I will put up a journal announcing this checkpoint!

I'll be hiding non-dA age related comments and any other questions (and my replies lol) so I won't be confused. But i'll reply to any questions you have :P (Lick)

Please spread the word! Everyone has the same chance of winning :D
Remember the cool things Beccalicious did here, over here, and here, oh, this one too, and this one? Yes? No? Well buckle up, my lovelies, because we're doing something similar. The plan is simple, get people together and get people talking to each other! Since it's been a while we'll start off with a bunch of questions. Please snoop around in the comments and start talking to people, we're all different, but we're all on DA for a reason, so lets get to know one another!



I'm going to try to get this cross-posted to as many groups possible, so please spread the word, put it in your journal, mention it to your friend, someone new, someone old, someone borrowed, someone blue daba dee daba da.

After I come back from my vacation we'll be trying another event, so keep your eyes peeled for that. :eyes: Now onto the meaty bit of this!

Questions!


    • Do you write more on the computer or on paper?

    • When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

    • Can you name three people on DA whose work for the community you admire?

    • What was the last piece of literature you commented on?

    • Obligatory silly question: What's your current obsession[music, movie, game, book, etc]?


I leave you with some wise words from Ash Ketchum:




Fighting the Bloat!

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:44 PM by ShadowedAcolyte:iconshadowedacolyte:
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Literature Basics Week

Fighting the Bloat: Tips for Writing Strong, Lean Poetry and Prose


Hello, everyone! Ross here, for the Writing Basics week hosted by CRLiterature at projecteducate, and I'm talking about writing less. If you write from time to time in your life, it's certain that you either 1) are about to write too much, 2) are currently writing too much, or 3) have just recently written too much. We're going to help fix that.

Obviously I am not saying you should write less often, or write fewer words overall. I am saying that you need to make those words count if you want to be an effective writer: bloat is bad. Those of you who know me know that the preceding sentence is the most hypocritical thing you have ever read, because I sometimes elevate unnecessary verbosity to a sickening, scatological art form. So, to keep me on task, this article will periodically reference a TV show where the characters spend about 20% of their dialogue telling each other to stop talking:

ARCHER.


After a quick defense of lean writing, we'll talk about fighting the bloat before, while, and (most importantly) after the actual act of writing; conclusions and discussion will follow. Tips will be scattered throughout.

Why Fight the Bloat?

Simply put, lean writing is better than bloated writing. It has stronger style and greater reader impact. Bloat (by which I mean any excessive wordiness in writing) inhibits clarity, weakening prose narratives and emotional appeals in poetry alike. Bloated writing gets called "dense", which I think is a bit of a shame, because in bloated writing the important elements are diluted by extraneous language. Lean, efficient writing is much more dense with meaning, because once the garbage has been cleaned away, what's left are the most effective words.

Tip:
  • I'm just going to head off the inevitable comment: "But ___________ is a famous writer and s/he doesn't write taut, lean prose (so I don't have to)." This is just bollocks. Sometimes that writer has a strong, functioning style that overcomes the bloat; or is beloved in ways that have little to do with the text; or just got lucky when Oprah added the book to her book club. Lean writing is stronger than bloated writing.



Before You Write

Planning ahead can save you time by reducing the amount of bloat you'll have to cut in the editing stage. Focusing on where you're going will help you get there.

Tips:
  • Plan ahead! There are many different ways to do this and you'll have to find the one that works best for you. Fortunately for you, CRLiterature already did a projecteducate week on planning; you can find it here.
  • Make writing time a special time, with minimal distractions, to help you stick to your plan.
  • Keep your notes, index cards, or greasy Denny's receipts covered in planning ideas near where you're writing. You will probably refer to them often.
  • If there are essential concepts you need your reader to know (say, the history of a fantasy kingdom, or a character's background, or the intricacies of maritime law in your poem where shipwrecks are a metaphor for teenage angst), spend extra time thinking about how you're going to get that information across without a giant paragraph of blatant exposition. That kind of paragraph is colloquially called an "info dump" and it's about as pleasant to read as it sounds to say. You have to dispense that information throughout your work, or if that's not possible, rethink how much your writing relies on that information in the first place.


...about the War of Tears and the betrayal of Queen Innesfar by the Blo'orin Guard 500 years before the current story.

While You Write

Just like with planning ahead, you can reduce the amount of bloat to cut in the editing stage by not writing it in the first place. Even while you're writing, pay attention to what's going on in your text.

Tips:
  • Keep those planning notes handy and refer to them often. Ask yourself things like "will this scene get me to the end of the chapter?" or "will this stanza reinforce the tone I want for this poem?". If the answers to those questions are "no", don't write it in the first place. Ask yourself "what will get me there?" or "what will reinforce that tone?" and write that instead.
  • Be wary of long stretches of dialogue. Odds are they are not necessary.
  • Be wary of long sentences (or developing concepts, in poetry) that don't seem to get anywhere fast. If they seem to meander to you (the writer), your reader will get lost for sure. It's also a sign that you don't know what you want to say, which means it's time for a break and more planning.
  • If you write something wordy and you can do better, but no good ideas are coming and you want to keep on writing, highlight it. Use a word processer's background function, pink gel pen in your notebook, or some other unmistakable signal that says "look at me". That way you'll have no excuse for not coming back to it.





Editing

This is where you can do the most to fight the bloat. No amount of planning or aware writing will leave you with a lean, polished piece on the first go around. To make a work shine, you will need to edit. I suggest approaching editing your writing like a concerned relative approaches cleaning the house of a crazed hoarder: everything that can go must go. In this metaphor, the crazed hoarder is your own pride, desperately clinging to each bloated verb phrase or long-winded description, screaming "I need this! We need this! This is important!" Your job is to ruthlessly pry the nonessentials from your own weeping ego and throw them in the trash where they belong. It isn't pleasant, but it is necessary if you want to produce polished work.

Tips:
  • Be on the lookout for extremely long paragraphs or stanzas, long sentences that don't seem to end, or ideas across multiple lines in a poem that take a long time to complete. Ask: "Could all this information be simplified? If not, could it be broken up into more manageable chunks?"
  • Hunt down modifiers like they are bison and you are on the Oregon Trail. Adjectives and adverbs should appear only where they must. Convert phrases with modifiers into phrases with strong nouns and verbs: "The men in orange vests and yellow hats looked at us lustfully" is less strong than "We were ogled by the construction workers".
  • Speaking of verbs, a great way to cut bloat is to simplify verb phrases into verbs: "She was going to have to climb the cliff wall" is less strong than "She needed to climb the cliff wall".
  • Watch out for strings of prepositional phrases. They dilute the important words and make it harder for a reader to follow what you are saying: "She would often think about what she could do to make her a winner as soon as possible" is a soup of words, better written as "She planned to win".
  • Make sure your dialogue is useful. If it goes on too long, it's probably not.
  • Be decidedly on the lookout for long blocks of descriptive text, and then remove them. Is it essential that his dress is blue or her hands are chapped or the table is a rich mahogany color? It might be, if these are symbols or characterizations or Chekhov's guns, but as long as there is a skeleton of descriptive information the reader will fill in the rest.
  • Sometimes, despite your planning, creativity will take you in a completely different direction than you intended (that shipwreck poem ends up being about the true love a whaler in a sinking ship had for his soon-to-be widow back in Nantucket, say). One of the hardest things to do when editing is to realize that all the really great bits you wrote for the piece you meant to write don't necessarily belong in the piece you actually wrote. Remember the crazy hoarder. Don't let the hoarder win.  
 


Conclusion

Hopefully, this is you now:



Discussion

 
  1. How do you fight the bloat? Do you have any tips to share?
  2. What other common forms does the bloat take in your writing?
  3. Are there other forms of bloat you're sick of reading?
 

Thanks for reading and participating. This is me, signing off: 


Hey here is Pixie Cold, ive got a new message from my brother!!!

"Hey my awesome watchers!!

Oh man, long time no see!! I miss you all so very much! These last few months have been crazy busy for me, so much to do here in Switzerland! I enjoy being a missionary so much, it is really the most fulfilling experience I have ever had! Right now we are preparing a huge musical and artistical event in Winterthur. So I am actually getting to use my talents even in this great work! It really brings so much joy!!
I hope you all are doing well! Thank you so much to everyone for the birthday wishes! My daddy just wrote me about them and it moved me so much, that even after that time I haven't been on here, you are still thinking of me. I really love you all! Stay creative and I will see you soon! My mission ends in about 8 1/2 months! I am so excited to return and start rocking dA again! Haha :D You all are the best!! Stay awesome!!

Your Sanguis :la:"
5 minutes here for Ninjakato.

"Why do you artists always get so pissed off when someone uses your artwork? You should take it as a compliment!"

 

"You should take it as a Compliment --"
2579886-5567648625-incon by NinjaKato

A compliment would be admiring an artist's work where they post it, and if you really want to use it that badly, complimenting them would be you having enough respect for them to ask first. 
Most of us don't get mad because you use it, it's because you use it without asking or pretend you didn't know who/where it came from when there's a link to where you can find the original artist on the image. 
Taking someone's car to crash it in a derby isn't a compliment to them any more than taking someone's art to wreck it or claim it is a compliment. More so without asking. 





"What about realism artists?! They copy from photographs all the time, no originality there but you don't yell at them for copying photos! What makes some one copying/tracing another artist's work so different?"


Thinking-cap1 by NinjaKato


Firstly -- When someone is referencing a photograph they are essentially looking at pure material. When you do this you are usually looking to draw something realistically and precisely enough to where it's recognizable and anatomically correct. 
Referencing is not the same as tracing. Copying? Yes, to a degree but there's a hook -- Copying a stock photo to ensure decent anatomy is different than taking another artist's work and copying/tracing it for anatomy practice. If their sense of anatomy is wrong you aren't learning anything at all. 
Photos can technically be someone's property but if they put it as stock or reference material they offer it for free license and use by others. They took the image with their camera but they forgo complete ownership in a way. 

Secondly -- Copying a photograph for anatomically correct proportions hardly renders an image 'not creative/original'. Creativity doesn't come from the references used, it comes from the artist's ability to use them in a creative and innovative fashion. Copying or closely referencing a photograph merely dictates whether or not the final outcome is either believable or properly proportioned. 


"If you didn't want it stolen, don't post it online."


Kevin-Hart-Really-GIF by NinjaKato

If I got money for every time I've heard this, I'd have a Ferrari by now... 
Look, just because it's there doesn't mean it's free to take. More so if it's got someone's name on it. My car being parked on the street doesn't mean someone can just hop in and take it for a spin -- "It was just sitting there, your name isn't on it!" 
"Online ≠ Mine" 
A store putting a plate of cookies out on the counter doesn't make them free unless they say 'free cookies!' and even then, you're better off asking in case it's not THOSE cookies that are free. Artists shouldn't have to be worried about their stuff getting ganked because people can't keep their hands to themselves online. It's called common sense. Use it. If you didn't make it or ask for it and get the 'okay', it's not yours. 



"I'm just using your character's likeness -- it's not like I'm claiming I drew it or created it!"


tumblr m4usxzWq5j1qezk6n by NinjaKato

And you can't create your own characters? I mean, you can write out everything about them so why not write out a description as well? 
I can't entirely speak for other artists on this one but creating a character is hard work enough let alone drawing it out to the specs you want. Many of us spend hours or even days-weeks-months trying to come up with decent characters and we put a lot of heart and soul into them. To you they may just be cool drawings but to us they're our creations; part of us. 
I think a lot of people are well aware that if you see someone with 20 different art styles in their list of characters chances are they didn't draw them. So it's not that people are claiming they drew them (not all the time anyway) -- it's again, using our IP for your RP without asking or respecting our rights and terms as the original creator.
You can't copyright ideas or even colors, markings, poses, and personality traits. However, images are something an artist CAN copyright. If you want to have a blue and orange wolf character that acts like Optimus Prime, fine. You can do that, but you can't take someone's wolf version of Optimus Prime and use it as a bio pic for your character without asking. Catch my drift?  
Write out a bio to describe your character, it works just as well if you're a good writer -- And if you're that hard up for a visual, ask or pay an artist to draw it for your personally. Then your character will be made up to specs you want instead of having to steal to get something close.

So you see, it's not that we're selfish whiny pissbabies... It's more because we love our work and we'd love you to enjoy our work as well. On OUR terms. If you respect an artist, respect their rights and terms. 

End of story.


My turn.

First of all, stealing original images and act stupid when you get caught doesn't pay off. Nobody is going to care about your shitty excuses. You got caught for art thievery and you must wear consequences for what you did. Artist wont have nothing against it to use their art as long as you ASK THEM FIRST! Seriously, it's not so hard to ask original owner by viaNote. :note: and ask him:
May I use your art for RP Forums, chats, as an avatar, ID, to practice my skills on and so fourth. Artist will answer you with yes. AS LONG AS YOU DON'T CLAIM AS OWN AND ONLY USE IT FOR PERSONAL USE! Desktop [background for your computer], iPad and other type of crap which count as a personal use. If you edited, recolor it, make a stupid memes, cheap screenshot, crappy photo manipulation, or try to make a stock image out of it. Then it's called art thievery and you will get busted by his fans and by original user. If you like someones carachter, art, photography then make a fan art for him to show how you respect his skills. It doesn't matter how crappy and poor look like, matter of point is, artist will respect it and share it with his followers and others on dA.

There's a button called "Favorites" on every deviation page you visit, use THAT to add stuff you like to your collection, because that's why it's there.

This one is so obvious, :grump: I don't know how many times I heard stupid excuses like:
But I'm faving it because I like it. I don't steal it if I post it on my gallery account. Or an example of this can be found on every stolen deviation they submit:
I'm just sharing it to show others, on that way I'm making original artist more popular. No you don't, you just make yourself look like a total fool when you do that. :facepalm: If you want to make original artist popular, here's a better idea, featured their work in art community groups, on that way people will see original art and spread to other art community groups so others can view it. Or even better, suggest a DD [Daily Deviation]. There are plenty of volunteers who will listen your suggestion of which art should be featured in Daily Deviation category so everyone can view it and share it in other community groups by via Journal features. On this way you will make artist more popular and show him how you respect his hard work he spend by making an official character, commissions, personal OC's and yadididi yadidi ya. Stop being a cry baby. :| You're not making yourself look smart when you say all these words I mention it above, you look like a total idiot when you behave like this.
But A'm autistic I don't knouw da ruls, stap bulling mi!!1!
Oh Dear Lord NO! Just not THAT! :facepalm:
Bullshit Excuse Stamp by Maria-Oregon Your Own Damn Fault by Maria-Oregon Your stupid rules are not DA rules by Maria-Oregon Learn The Rules People by Maria-Oregon
Also, :| Learn what bullying is, before you decide to throw THAT type of tantrum as a shitty confetti. :|
What is bullying?
Here what bullying actually is:
Cyberbullies, what are they and how to avoid them?Cyberbullies are today the biggest problem of the dA community, many members don't know how to deal with them or how to avoid being cyberbullied by a cyberbully. Best thing would be is to block him, write a journal about him, warn your friends to be aware of him in case if cyberbully attack them. Contact the antitheft groups or group which are dedicated for dealing with cyberbully problem. Fill a ticket to helpdesk and wait for admin of CEA Communication to assign your request and decide what to do with a cyberbully who harass you and your friend.
First of all what is cyberbullying? That is a question that many people ask and most of them don't know the answer, while some of them use a term cyberbully when somebody enforce them the rules of dA terms of service or telling them to take violation image down. This is a typical thing for a thief to say a member:
You're bullying me stap it!!!1! No! Bullying is not when somebody enforce you the rules of dA terms of service, bull

Keep it in your mind that this is deviantART community, not
  • deviantTRASH
  • deviantGARBAGE
  • deviantPHOTOBUCKET
  • deviantFACEBOOK
  • deviantTUMBLIR
This is deviantART made for ART community, not for posting things you don't own. If you believe you have rights to post whatever you found on internet, then this site is NOT a place for you. Deactivate yourself and go back to cave where you belong. People like you are NOT welcome here. :icongtfoplz::icongetoutplz::icondoorplz: Or even better, got to Facebook and post garbage you stole it there. Facebook don't care about artist copyrights. It's perfectly fits them when their shitty site is filled with art thieves like you. :|

Also learn a difference between nagging and explaining you the rules of dA shit before you start trowing that tantrum like a shitty confetti because you don't know both of that. :stare:

Nagging, in interpersonal communication, is repetitious behaviour in the form of pestering, hectoring or otherwise continuously urging an individual to complete previously discussed requests or act on advice. A form of persistent persuasion that is more repetitive rather than aggressive.

According to the Wall Street Journal, nagging is "the interaction in which one person repeatedly makes a request, the other person repeatedly ignores it and both become increasingly annoyed".[1] Thus, nagging is an interaction to which each party contributes.

According to Kari P. Soule "That Interpersonal ritual is nagging. Yet, the term nagging seldom appears in interpersonal communication or conflict textbooks.It appears that "nagging" is commonly used in everyday conversation but it rarely makes it to academic print"[2]

The word is derived from the Scandinavian nagga, which means "to gnaw".[3]

Nagging by spouses is a frequent marital complaint. Psychotherapists such as Edward S. Dean have reported that individuals who nag are often "weak, insecure, and fearful ... their nagging disguises a basic feeling of weakness and provides an illusion of power and superiority".[3] Nagging is sometimes used by spouses of alcoholics as one of several "drinking control efforts",[4] but it is often unproductive.[5] Psychologically, nagging can act to reinforce behavior.[5] A study by the University of Florida found the main factors that lead a person to nag are differences in "gender, social distance, and social status and power".[6]Nagging has been found to attributed to be more of a feminine form of interpersonal communication rather than masculine. Nagging is often seen as at repetitious form of persuasion rather resorting to more aggressive persuasion tactics in order to gain compliance .Which was found in a study by Kari P. Soule (Ph. D., Communication Studies)--Northwestern University of 63 females and 40 males aged 19 and one of 202 people aged 24 to 84-49.[7] An equal number of men and women nag,however studies have shown that women are more likely to nag both men and women ,while men are more likely to nag only men . Meaning women nag all people,which can be attributed to the reason why women are stereotyped as nagging people all the time.

Nagging can be found between both male and female spouses, though usually over different subjects, according to a Good Housekeeping article which described husbands' nagging as usually involving finding "fault with their dinner, with the household bills [and] with the children", along with "carry[ING] home the worries of business."[8]It has been found that behavioural noncompliance is more common among spouses. Behavioral noncompliance referrers to when person whom is being nagged remains silent while being nagged or who agrees to complete the request, but later does not follow through. This is strategy in order to end the confrontation or interaction quickly without conflict, which is why its is common among spouses or partners. As the nagging interaction that starts out in a calm and polite manner which continues and persuader becomes more repetitive, the interaction is more likely to become aggressive in nature. The persuasive target could also respond in a more direct fashion through the tactic of verbal noncompliance. Verbal noncompliance refers to when the persuasive target telling a persuader through word that they will not comply. An example of verbal noncompliance could be a simple no, or I am too busy right now more even more elaborate response. This tactic does end the nagging interaction more rapidly; however it can cause a more aggressive response from the persuader who may alter persistent persuasion to threats or another aggressive form of persuasion.

Parental and child nagging

In terms of parental nagging of children, a study at Washington State University in 1959 stated that this nagging was a "symptom of the rejection of the child" because of the way that children interfere with the parents' "individual needs and aspirations" with their requirements of "time and energy".[9] According to James U. McNeal in his 1992 book Kids as Customers, there are seven classifications of juvenile nagging, wherein children nag their parents to obtain something they desire.[10]

The interpersonal interaction

Nagging as a form of interpersonal communication is considered to be a form of persistent persuasion that requires a persuader and a persuasive target. The interaction can be broken down into a 4 step interaction process according to Martin A Kozloff A researcher whom has identified in his work the four main steps of the nagging . The 4 steps in the interaction are as follows:

  1. Nagger gives signal to perform or stop performing a task or behavior.
  2. Naggee does not comply to request from the nagger.
  3. In response the nagger repeats their request or signal in further effort to gain compliance.
  4. The Naggee again responds with non-compliance

Kazloff argues that this interaction cycle continues until the Naggee complies to the Nagger’s request or the nagger gives up the attempt to persuade the Naggee. Kazloff also identifies other important aspects of the persistent persuasion such as non-compliance is necessary for the persuader to be persistent and the persuader will often change the initial requests words and Paralinguistic cues as a strategic tactic. This will hopefully entices the persuasive target into complying with the request. Nagging a very common form of persuasion which is used in all aspects of life whether domestic , professional it is common practice in order to avoid more aggressive persuasive tactics like threats.[11]

When you start following these rules we mention it above, you wont have problem with us and you will longer. Follow them and everything will be alright. :pat:

When I get vacom tablet and start posting my staff in my gallery, I will spam this in every gallery submission I make to get in their tick heads that thievery doesn't pay off and they cannot use my art! :grump: You may use it, only if you ask me first. ;)
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Manip Academy

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:08 AM by Aeirmid:iconaeirmid:


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Introducing a new project!


Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.

Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.

This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.


How you can help


Everyone is encouraged to get involved with sharing knowledge. It would be great if you could write a journal over at CRPhotomanipulation and/or at we-HEART-photomanip, but it's fine just to send us a tip; we'll write it up for you. The idea is not to have people writing tutorials all the time, but rather to share different little tips and tricks that help along the way. It can be something as simple as showing how a candle would reflect light on the wall, or it can be something more difficult like using a scatter brush or creating a glow effect. You could tell a big secret, or you could just tell a little tip. You can even just say how you did one particular effect in one of your photomanipulations.


Current calendar


Here are the currently reserved spaces. To reserve a space, you can just leave a comment with the date and topic of your choice. We'll be happy to add you.


August 2014


4th - Carlos-Quevedo - Parallelism
7th - Cinnamoncandy - Creating softness in photomanipulation
11th - Iskander1989 - Using shadows to highlight reliefs
14th - LiliaOsipova - Perspective and blending
18th - LadyEvilArts - Blending modes
21st - peroline - How to change a fire's color so it fits the background
25th - Holding for Aegis-Strife 
28th - vacuumslayer - TBD

September 2014


1st - Aeirmid - Lighting with curves adjustments
4th - StarsColdNight - TBD
8th - Wesley-Souza - TBD
11th - Emerald-Depths - TBD
15th - nikkidoodlesx3 - TBD
18th - Lhianne - TBD
22nd - MarcelaBolivar - How to create a pale, foggy atmosphere
25th - OPEN
29th - OPEN



Also, if you have something that you want to know that isn't listed here, please note CRPhotomanipulation and tell us what it is and who you think can explain it, and we'll do our best to get it for you. :heart:

Make sure you are watching :iconcrphotomanipulation: and :iconwe-heart-photomanip:!! That's where the magic will be happening.

We are excited about this project and hope that you will be, too. :heart:

Peace,

AbbeyMarie | Aeirmid | Emerald-Depths


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