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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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300 Point Giveaway! (by me!)

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 12:54 AM
Okay Sweating a little... this is the first time making a point giveaway..
if it turns out great I'd be sure to hold another one again sometime! :D (Big Grin) 

there will be 6 winners!

each will get 50 :points:!

How to join:

1. Watch me and CHEVR0LET-CAMAR0 (she's my sis)

2. Fav this journal!

and... you're done! :D (Big Grin) 

(if you're aleady watching both of us just fav this journal!)

the winners will be chosen with 

Please don't unwatch us if you're a winner
go unwatch us if you lose,  we don't care! 

deadline: September 30th 2014

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Demi Lovato - Really Don't Care (ft. Cher Lloyd)

Flash Manip Challenge 01 - Dreams

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 1:08 PM

You've heard of flash mobs, right? Large groups of people that meet in public places and perform in some way for a short amount of time, then disperse and act as if nothing happened, leaving everyone else surprised and confused? I figured I'd try to incorporate something like that into a short challenge. :D

You will be given a theme. The idea is to quickly piece together a manip based on that theme. Because the time limit to complete it will be short, technical skill will not be heavily judged

There will be more of these challenges, but they will not be on a set schedule. Like a flash mob, they're meant to surprise you and keep you on your toes. :meow:

Guidelines for Challenge 1
Theme: Dreams
Time limit: 3 days (due by 11:59pm EST September 21st)
You will be judged on creativity/originality & how well you fit the theme
:star: All stock must be legitimate
Upload your entry to your gallery and send the link/thumb via note

Because this is not a full-blown contest but instead somewhat frequent challenges, the prizes will be fairly small.
There will be two winners.
If anyone wishes to donate anything extra, it will be greatly appreciated. :heart:

First place
200 points
3 month subscription
feature on profile

Second place
100 points
1 month subscription
feature on profile

If you can't take part in this one, don't worry! :hug: There will be many more. Hopefully these will help stir up inspiration and creative ideas. :heart:

Also, feel free to suggest future challenge themes! (they just won't go in the order they are received ;))

Happy manipping! :eager:

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day from #CR!

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

lagoon by IIDanmrak
Ahoy Mateys! Welcome to International Talk Like a Pirate Day presented to you by communityrelations on deviantART!

You may see some pirates around the site today, so make sure to keep an eye out and consider taking part in being like a pirate! :evileye:

What is TLAPD?

Talk Like a Pirate Day (or TLAPD) is a day of fun times and lots of arrrs! TLAPD starrrrted in 1995 and has grown more and more since that that day in September! With events all over the world, many people join togetherrrrr and embrace their inner pirate! 
"Twas a pirate who sailed out o’ Bristol
Had a hook made o’ delicate crystal.
It would flash in the sun
And could fright anyone
But it cracked when he fired his pistol."
Events go on all over the place! Some places actually give out discounts to those that walk into restaurants or shops as pirates!
Like drinking? So do pirates! Many bars welcome pirates into their midsts today! 

How is communityrelations Enjoying TLAPD?

We have a number of different events going on throughout the day! We invite you to take part in one, or all of them! We'd love to have you on board!

We love Pirate Arrrrrrt!

Show us yours and comment below with some of your favorites! Be inspired by some of these awesome pieces here! Also be sure to check out today's Daily Deviations for some more pirate inspired work! 

Yo Ho Ho by screwbald   Once Upon A Time - Captain Hook by MelissaFindley   Pirate Of The Baltic Sea by Wieselblitz

Want to learn how to talk like a pirate? 

Well you can do so now! And don't forget, thar lads and lasses be more attracted to pirates, so use your words wisely! After all... C'mon, lad, shiver me timbers!


Skin by Dan Leveille

TLAPD Muro Challenge Winner!

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 8:40 AM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:

Are yeeee land lobers ready for a pirate of a good time!! Then Join me NOW!!

The Booty

The booty be lookin mighty good to yew land lobers eyes! What looks t'a' be in ye' here chest is a  3 month premium membership and 2 One month memberships!

The Clue

I will also be'a handen out some clues for ye adventure if ye choose to participate!!  If'n ye aint sure, here be the adventure's map!
Talk Like a Pirate Day - Treasure Hunt!!Arr mateys',
Tomorrow, Friday (September 19th) is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and what kind of day would that be without a chance for you all to win some booty!  .:Piratela:. 
I reckon some Community Volunteers have been hogging some booty to themselves, the slimy eels!
It's your job to find where they are hiding their booty, and steal it all for ye-self! Pirate w00t 
Here's how it works:
Read over the Chat list of activities here
Attend as many Chat events as you can: Clues to find their booty will be announced during the events!
Collect the clues to each Community Volunteer's booty, and try to find them all!!
Once you have found them all, send me Mrs-Durden, a note with the links to all their booty!
:note: Booty = Treasure. The treasure will be a photo, linked somewhere on the Comm

Thank Yee all Who Participated!

The land lubbers seemed ta have been asleep in their hammocks below decks! So thank you TheAncynt for participant'n!  Below you will find the winner and their prizes for our muro chat event! You will find who won the booty below!

1st Place Theme #1


Draw a pirate captain finding the biggest horde of loot ever! It must contain these THREE things: A pirate captain, loot ( treasure ), and a mermaid!


 3 Month Membership


All The Entries!

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Skin by KovoWolf

Words Of Wisdom

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."

― Pablo Picasso



I'm going to take 10 requests and or art trades and then close them (for now). While the requests are closed I'm open for commissions ^^

- 4 pony limit on art trades and requests
- 1 request per person
- no porn or gore (scars are fine)

How to enter for requests
- post comment with link to pony/ponies
- if you want a pony in a certain pose or you want your ponies doing something tell me
- tell me if you want a sketch or colored drawing (be aware that a colored drawing will take longer)
- I can turn your character into a pony if you want

How to enter for Art Trades
- post comment with link to pony/ponies
- if you want a pony in a certain pose or you want your ponies doing something tell me
- tell me if you want a sketch or colored drawing (be aware that a colored drawing will take longer)
- I can turn your character into a pony if you want
- tell me what are your limits for your picture that you will do for me










Here it is, just like last year: Pokemon Gender Differences.
Deadline: Friday, November 28th

--Will have a link to the entries here.--

(May change slightly or add more places if other donors come forward. I'm still accepting donations for art, journal features, or points!)

:bulletgreen:1st Place:
   - 1-year sub from me
   - Art from Sharulia

:bulletgreen:2nd place:
   - Art from Ashstar13

:bulletgreen:Honorable Mentions:
   - Will get a mention from me in the results journal

:bulletgreen: If I have enough points left over I'll throw in some cake badges, starting from 1st place down.

Sometimes, Pokemon have interesting gender differences (like in the Nidoran line), other times, they're just awful (Wobbuffet?!), and the rest are very subtle or nonexistent anyway. Well, your job is to change that!

I want you guys to take an existing Pokemon's line, and make two distinct (but visually related!) male and female designs. The Nidoran line is a great example of exactly what I'm looking for. You can see how different each design is, but you can also see how all 3 stages are visually similar.
Nidos for pokedorks Contest 40 by WindieDragon

:bulletblue: Absolutely no gender labels. Don't put the m/f symbol next to them, don't mention it in the description, and if they're interacting with each other they shouldn't be exhibiting any gender-specific body language. If the gender isn't instantly obvious, then your design has already failed.
:bulletblue: You can have up to TWO entries, but you can only place with one. G-rated only.
:bulletblue: Submit your entries to me via note with the subject of "Contest Entry". Other methods will not be accepted. (You can swap out entries until the deadline.)
:bulletblue: You must do the entire Pokemon line, including any branched evolutions but excluding banned Pokemon. (See below for more detailed info.)
:bulletblue: Only ONE Pokemon line per entry, and all in one image.
:bulletblue: In the case of single-gender Pokemon, changes must still be made to both gender designs. (Like if you did Tauros, you'd have to change something for the male version. You can't just add a female version and leave the male one as-is.)
:bulletblue: ALL skill levels are welcome, but you will be judged on presentation, design, and creativity.
:bulletblue: Submissions must be done in a cartoony style. You don't have to be a Sugimori clone or anything, I just want to avoid extremes like realism or chibis so it's a fair playing field. Really, just draw it like normal Pokemon, and you'll be fine.
:bulletblue: Pokemon should be depicted in their natural Pokemon bodies. Basically, no anthros/gijinkas/whatever. Again, just draw them like Pokemon, and you're good.
:bulletblue: Some Pokemon are banned, but otherwise I don't care whether you use normal or gender-exclusive, genderless, legendary, etc. Feel free to make a male/female Lugia, Ditto, Acreus, Voltorb, etc.

The following are great examples of what you should do, and that's why they're banned from this contest:
:bulletred: NidaranF - NidaranM
:bulletred: Nidorina - Nidorino
:bulletred: Nidoqueen - Nidoking
:bulletred: Gardevoir - Gallade (Ralts and Kirlia are ok if you choose to do their line, just leave off Gardevoir and Gallade.)
:bulletred: Silcoon - Cascoon (Same as above, just do Wurmple, Beautifly, and Dustox if you choose this line)
:bulletred: Plusle - Minun (They're not technically related but their designs are similar so it counts.)
:bulletred: Volbeat - Illumise
:bulletred: Latias - Latios
:bulletred: Shellos E W (Not a gender difference, but their designs are still a great example.)
:bulletred: Gastrodon E W
:bulletred: Uxie - Mesprit - Azelf (Same reason as Plusle and Minun.)
:bulletred: Basculin R - B (Same as Shellos, although these are the bare minimum differences I'd accept.)
:bulletred: Frillish M F
:bulletred: Jellicent M F
:bulletred: Arcanine (Ok so this one's a bit different, but I'm gonna save you time by saying this now. Using Arcanine is a guaranteed lose for you because I'm biased about it, and I'll hate anything you change about its design.)
:bulletred: Meowstic M F
:bulletred: Pyroar M F

:bulletblue: The prize will be awarded as exact points (2,396 :points:).
:bulletblue: dA likes to do a give-one-get-one-free promo around Christmas. If you're patient, you might want to hold onto those points so you can sub a friend as well!
:bulletblue: Backgrounds are not necessary, but they might affect your presentation score depending on how well you make them work. That's a very big "might" though.
:bulletblue: If you're insane enough to do Eevee, you only have to a minimum of TWO of its evolutions, because having to make a m/f out of that many evos is just torture. The more you do, the more chances you have to gain or lose points.
:bulletblue: Designs for non-permanent form changes (Shaymin, Darmanitan, Giratina, Deoxys, Megas, etc.) are optional. Again, they can help or hurt your score.
:bulletblue: The 1-year sub is the only prize I'm providing, the rest are donations. This means that I can personally guarantee that the sub will be given, but please understand that the other prizes may change if anything comes up on the donor's end.
:bulletblue: I don't care about you making new names, just the designs.

Need inspiration? View last year's ENTRIES and WINNERS.
  • Mood: Welcoming
It is finally time for Ponyville Mystery to head for what I like to call the final stretch. Most oft he texts are already written and proof-read, the designs are (aside from the Gameboard) finished and the whole project starts coming together.  

This will lead to a few problems I like to confront head-on :). First of all… many of the cards I’ll now add are in fact cards that contain encounters i. e. little stories. And just to put it into perspective, we’re talking about nearly 150 cards. I am absolutely thrilled about finally getting them out, as well as new cards with artworks, but releasing them all at once won’t do them justice, so I thought up a little routine!

One card a day for as long as I manage to keep it up! Additionally, every Sunday,  there’ll be one special card among them, containing an artwork like a spell or a new exciting item or maybe even new investigators.

But that’s not all. Ponyville Mystery now has its own Wordpress-Site, which is much more beautiful and neatly arranged. I also made some new headers to make the site look extra awesome!

In addition, we now have a tumblr!

I think that’s all for now.

Stay awesome! :)


Wanna win some art?

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 12:46 PM

aboveClouds is doing a giveaway! But be quick, it ends tonight!

Thousand Watcher Giveaway! by aboveClouds

'I Only Play for Sport' Video Streams

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:24 AM


o in case anyone missed my livestreams (which I'm betting a couple of you did), I made some YouTube videos in three parts for you to watch. Let me know in the comments what you think. If you'd like to subscribe to me, you can go to and be notified when I do make videos like these.