SpringSpring3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Bubbles by nairafeeSpring will be.. by onixa
.: rainy :. by all17It's raining... by Katari01
Hello my friends .. by diensilverStillness V by Jules1983
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Light today by PawelMatyso:o by Al-Baum
Inspirational Artisan Crafts #9The AC round up for this weekish... artisan crafts that I found inspiring while browsing through the galleries, or were suggested to me.Inspirational Artisan Crafts #93 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The November Artisan Craft theme challenge is over, but we have a new one up, Winter Days!
Send me DD suggestions from the Artisan Craft gallery. I may take a day or two to get back to you, so please don't be offended. On a side note please, please, PLEASE, when you send a DD suggestion, send it to one moderator! We get really confused if you send us all the same thing
If you have any Artisan Craft related contests or clubs you would like to promote, (heck, anything Artisan Craft related!) note them to me and I'll post them in my journal and the next News letter.
I am also looking for any suggestions on how to make the Artisan Craft community a better place. Speak up, this is your community, I'm here to listen!
I'm not gonna lie to all of you .So i might as well just tell you all, rather than hiding it.I'm not gonna lie to all of you .1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I've been having an absolutely terrible past couple weeks. I've lost all interest in absolutely everything, I've cried every night. I have so much trouble falling asleep, but once I do, I sleep until 5 pm.
I love all of you, and I want to help all of you through your problems. But lately, it's like i don't have time for my own problems. And it feels like no one else has time for me, either.
I woke up this morning, took a shower, and just stood there sobbing until the water got cold. When i got out, I was shaking and could barely stand up... I honestly have no idea what's wrong with me.
Basically, I wanted to tell you guys what's going on, just so i don't seem weird, and so i don't seem like i'm just abandoning you guys.
Anyway, stay strong, all of you... never give up. Okay?
Just 'cause I'm not very strong, doesn't mean you guys aren't.
Love you all <3
Cartoon Network pulls DC Nation and all DC shows"Roughly 10 hours before it was supposed to air, DC Nation and it's programmingCartoon Network pulls DC Nation and all DC shows2 years ago in Personal More Like This
(with Green Lantern the Animated Series, Young Justice, and the Amethyst Princess
of Gemworld and Thunder and Lightning shorts) set to air, it was abruptly pulled
from network schedules. Neither DC nor Cartoon Network has made any announcements
of why it occurred, and DC Nation has summarily been pulled from the entire month
of October. Attempts made to contact either entity have been met with silence.
Not even the producers of the shows were told beforehand, with most learning later
on from distraught fans, who were unable to become 'traught'."
(Text taken from Internet sources)
They better have a real good and I mean REAL GOOD Excuse for this sudden BS move
I'm back! :DTwo weeks ago, I had my last final exam and I'm done now, yay! And I'm also really satisfied with my results, I did much better than I expected, so all of the hard studying actually paid off! XDI'm back! :D3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since last week I've started working 8/5 in a hospital pharmacy, so far I like it but I'm also veeeery tired when I come home in the evenings. But I'm free at the weekends and have some time to draw now! :'D So, I'm gonna post new stuff soon!
Also a big thank you to everybody who left me comments and/or faves on my stuff in the meantime, it's very appreciated! I read all of them and they cheered me up during exam-time! <3
5 Suggestions to Make Horror ScarySince we're coming up on Halloween (sort of) and I'm increasingly irritable at the lack of horror films to see, here five ways I think the genre in film, television and video games could be improved.5 Suggestions to Make Horror Scary2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm actually a fan of horror, but specifically physiological dread rather then gore which is increasingly becoming the minority of horror in general. I'm hoping there are those like me, sick of the splatter and wanting to see horror once more actually SCARE people again!
1: No Cheap Music Stings
This is one that's really starting to get to me. EVERY SINGLE instance of suspense has to be broken up with a loud discordant blast of music and sound. Sure it's startling but since the music sting itself doesn't exist inside the universe of the film/show/game it comes across as artificial with only a little bit of retrospect. To me music stings make me jump but they don't actually scare me, any more then getting a static electrical zap is terrifying. Worse a surprising lot of these stings oc
How to be a Great ArtistPeople write me all the time on how to be a great artist and I figured that I would finally answer instead of delaying it constantly. So here are some tips on how to improve.How to be a Great Artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These are legit. They helped me so they will help you as well.
1. Steal People's Work
I'm pretty sure you have a lot of favorite artists that are popular as well. Download their artwork and upload in your account. And because the majority of the internet is stupid, say that it's yours. Who's gonna know? The chances of you getting caught is very slim. But on the chances that you do get caught, deny that you stole it. Create an army and tell your minions to give that person hate spam. And don't forget to write in your journal that everything you post is from you. This will definitely increase your popularity.
2. Find a Style and Stick to It
Who cares about knowledge and construction and improvement? No one does. All you need to succeed is finding a new style and using it forever. Just make up one and n
Normal Heroes Much Needed'...he's more unique then the other guys.'Normal Heroes Much Needed3 years ago in Personal More Like This
From the theme song to Danny Phantom.
I might have ranted about this to begin with but it bears further consideration.
Exactly where did our 'normal' heroes go?
Consider that almost the sum total of every popular hero is elevated above an ineffectual rabble thanks to either alien lineage, genetic tampering, genius level IQ and Olympian training, or technological advantage. Iron Man? He wouldn't be a hero without his suit. Jason Bourne? The term 'hero' is shaky, but the point is made that he'd be nothing without his ultra-super-secret training. Thor? He's a magical alien. Spiderman? The transformation isn't so much from zero to hero it's from ordinary, awkward, useless human to significant super hero. Even Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter makes Honest Abe dance around like a martial artist and chop trees in half with a single blow because of secret vampire knowledge.
He can't just be a regular guy because regular guys, as the prevailing message g
Solutions to Popular ClichesWe all know they exist, and they usually exist for a reason: to serve as the lynchpin of a plot that is either too lazy or the writer too unversed in films and stories to realize how stock they've made their production without intending to. Stereotypical plot turns, unrealistic but procedural character reactions, suspension of logic for the sake of following in well worn footsteps: none of this necessarily means the final product won't be entertaining, don't get me wrong. But what can't be denied is that cliches cheapen a product and make story lines feel less organic and more contrived.Solutions to Popular Cliches11 months ago in Personal More Like This
However in addition to pointing out a few of these classics and trying briefly to explain why they might be used, I'd also like to provide my suggestions for how to get around these road bumps in plot structure and accomplish what these placeholders are meant to, but perhaps accomplish it in a much more interesting way in service to the story, not detrimental to it.
Plot and story are not the same thin
Stop Dumbing Down Movie Trailers!A lot of people seem to believe that all Americans want to see in movies is violence, explosions, and sex. Seeing as a lot of Americans believe that's all Americans want to see you can't really blame other countries (or other Americans) on accepting this stereotype as without exception.Stop Dumbing Down Movie Trailers!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But here's the thing...it's not true.
Americans that I know of, and this is supported by box office numbers, are looking for more.
Sure practically everyone across genders and nationalities enjoys a little high tension conflict be it verbal or physical because we like the escapism of romantic adventure and danger.
But if all we're looking for is blood, guts, and guns...why are movies doing so poorly?
Even financially successful movies are pulling in paltry sums compared to the juggernauts of yesteryear. The interest in cinema hasn't died but it's flickering, especially in America, no matter how many pretty actors are running around or how many bullets are flying.
Which leads me to the poster boy of this
Bring Back (Some) 80s/90s!The 80s and early 90s seem to have be for me like ancient Greece to the Romans:Bring Back (Some) 80s/90s!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
a mystic historical time perhaps that never existed but when art, culture, and life was better, more real and meaningful for all its faults.
I keep hearing people rag on these times, especially it's entertainment and I'm not blind. A lot of the 80s and 90s like any other time period was forgettable and trite nonsense made for a quick buck. But here's the thing to me.
Our modern nonsense is so very BORING.
In the 80s and early 90s the genre movies were things like Arena (man fights aliens in gladiatorial combat) Grimm (troll seeks to resurrect army with ancient ritual) The Lost Platoon (vampires from every period of American warfare team up), Steel Justice (a cop in the future avenges his kid's death with a time traveler and a fifty foot robotic dinosaur) and Abraxas (superior beings from the future, good and bad, struggle for the life of a child who knows The Anti-Life equation).
Nowadays our b-movies are A
How Not to Make Dark AdaptationsCasebook example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9246msCh7x4&feature=g-all-uHow Not to Make Dark Adaptations2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Sort of screams out 'We came up with the title first' doesn't it?
YES. This movie hasn't been released and good movies can come from bad trailers but my problems with this particular attempt at a 'dark' adaptation are so indicative of my difficulties with Hollywood's fumbling efforts to capture some kind of gothic/modern aesthetic that this trailer is practically a living example of everything these guys consistently get wrong.
Am I annoyed by the concept alone? Not really. Adapting a classic and iconic story in a new way is a great way to tackle universal themes without the needless complexity of backstory and exposition. Nolan's Batman trilogy (you knew I'd mention it) displayed how a comic book character can be used as a springboard for moral, political, character based stories.
Am I annoyed that it's an action movie? Not really either. I thought Expendables was a serviceabl
Staying Strong...Not the easiest thing in the world. -.-Staying Strong...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I basically wanted to make this journal to let you guys know... That I have horrible days too. We're all in this together... Keeping each other optimistic, keeping each other strong.
And I promise to be there for you guys (And I hope you guys are there for me too!) even through the hardest of all times.
I want you guys to know that YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO LOVE YOU, and pssst!! ... i'm one of them
I hope you guys are staying beautiful and wonderful <3 and hey, you're amazing, remember that.
So yeah. I'm not having the best day... But I hope you are having the best day ever
My heart goes out to the victimsMy heart goes out to everyone, victims, family members who have lost a loved one, and those shocked around the world at the terrible shooting that occurred in Colorado during the midnight showing of Batman TDKR. I also can't imagine how the young lady who survived the mall shooting one month earlier must have felt just to be struck down there. It's like you just can't win sometimes. She and the rest of the victims are up in heaven waiting to reunite with their family.My heart goes out to the victims3 years ago in Personal More Like This
How to Make Me Care in StoriesThe following four qualities are not requirements by any means for me to enjoy a story in any medium, but they certainly help to let me invest myself deeper into the plot and characters. Perhaps there are more qualities, but this summed them up nicely to my satisfaction.How to Make Me Care in Stories2 years ago in Personal More Like This
An addendum to the journal on How Not To Make Me Care in Stories: http://jarredspekter.deviantart.com/journal/How-Not-to-Make-Me-Care-in-Stories-352011785
1: The Heroes at a Disadvantage
This is a sadly dying art, but one that got me interested in storytelling at a young age. The triumph over adversity is a classic but for me always compelling story to experience, and in order for the triumph to feel earned and victorious there must be an element of risk. A lot of modern day tales seem to feel the audience will not accept a hero/heroine who is not a flawlessly skilled fighter, possesses super human abilities, or is prophesied to be the only hope. The truth is however that as 'cool' as it is to watch our protagonist cle
Character: What You Are in the DarkAnother of my musings on storytelling, characters and such inbound.Character: What You Are in the Dark2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am less then a passionate devotee of a lot of modern day storytelling mediums/stories in general. The reason being I'm recently coming to understand is that there's very rarely a combination of good elements in one production. It tends to be 60/40 in terms of character development, atmosphere, plot, writing, metaphorical depth...etc.
Consider all the times you may have seen a fairly recent film and come away thinking 'Well, the action was great but the characters were boring' or 'It was really deep and meaningful...I think, but nothing really happened' or 'There was lots of character development, it's too bad the plot was so simple and dull'. It seems like the filmmakers/writers/game designers poured their hearts and souls into exactly one aspect of a production, leaving the others undernourished.
Now I realize that maybe some elements don't bother you as much as they do me. I get a massive kick out of overanalyzing
10 Things I No Longer Want to Hear In MoviesTo be a cliche doesn't necessarily mean that the idea is unusable. As humans we tend to think in stereotypes to better assess things quickly so living up to expectations can make people feel more comfortable. Also some things live up to stereotypes in certain cases. Yes it's cliche for someone to want to save someone else they only just met at the possible cost of their life, but the news oftentimes carries stories of extraordinary heroism from ordinary people.10 Things I No Longer Want to Hear In Movies2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The exception doesn't always prove the rule and the trope is a useful tool when used properly.
There are some lines which have worn out their welcome, almost never contribute anything to a story, and are used over...and over...and over again.
They're place holders. The writers themselves probably doesn't understand them fully, just adding them because they heard it somewhere. Unless the context is right, unless the story needs it desperately, I would be very happy never again to hear...
1: The Killing One-liner
My Favorite Horror...Things!In no particular order and for Halloween I present a list of random stuff I consider the best that horror has to offer! Enjoy...if you dareMy Favorite Horror...Things!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1: On the Brighton Road by Richard Middleton
It's a few scant pages in length, one of the few creations of an author with a tragically short career. This in my opinion is the best ghost story ever written. With one of the most vivid and gothic atmospheres in fiction, a simple but effective composition, and a memorable twist which not only shocks but puts all the rest of the journey proceeding into a spine-tingling new prospective as the best revelations do.
This is one to read if you want a quick spook-story that you won't want to sleep soon after. The freezing, tattered tramp and the strange boy with staring, fearful eyes will haunt you forever.
2: Zork Nemesis
This is a game which does everything you're not supposed to do with an established franchise, and because of it is still regarded by many as a classic masterwork. I pe
Unnecessary blockingOkay, so a while back a person, who I will not mention out loud, sent a comment to me on a picture showing an icon of something I would rather not see. I don't think I really need to say what it was, but I naturally was not amused so I warned them to not do that again or I would block them and they send me a note saying that I can't take a joke or something and then THEY block me. Um.........okay. I might have been a bit mean but I was firm with them and I didn't throw some spaz attack, can they not handle being scolded for such behavior? I admit I can be a bit of an A-hole when dealing with immature people but was it worth blocking me for?Unnecessary blocking2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyways......seems just recently they unblocked me and I confronted them on this and wanted to see if I could get them to apologize and keep from doing it again but this is what they ended up saying in response:
F**k it, going back to blocked, i have no interest in talking someone who:
1. is a Grammar N
Supernatural Fic Rec list. Destiel, Other pairingsSome of these are fluffy, really fluffy if you really dislike angst, some have a lot of angst, smut, etc. I will warn you which ones.Supernatural Fic Rec list. Destiel, Other pairings2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pairings: Destiel, Sabriel, Samifer: Sam/Lucifer, Calthazar: Castiel/Balthazar, Casifer: Castiel/Lucifer, other pairings.
Dean and Castiel haven't seen or heard from each other in ten years. How will they react to the choices they've made since those two months they spent together in 1957? Rated M, y'all, in case you didn't notice.
Rated: Fiction M - English - Horror/Romance - Dean W. & Castiel - Chapters: 6 - Words: 17,838 - Published: 05-19-12 - Status: Complete
5 Bad Habits Castiel Picked Up (Fluff/Humour)
...and one Dean
"I am VERY Happy!" Latest from my favourites"I am VERY Happy!"3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Meeting The Enemy, But Never UsEver notice (unless it's just me...again) that the media loves to play with the concept of our identifying with an enemy...but never follows through?Meeting The Enemy, But Never Us2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For the most part the enemy in all forms of entertainment is an out and out 'other', a wild animal, a strangely shaped alien menace or a shambling zombie or an inscrutable malevolent being. These are easy to align against because it's human nature to be mistrustful of things that don't fall into our purview of self image. What we don't identify with we do one of two things to in general: worship or fight.
The vast majority of 'foes' in media from video games to shows to films are a detached society or a dissimilar race to mankind posing a threat, presumably because if the enemy is without qualm and outside of our understanding we can cheer with greater ease of mind when they are slaughtered wholesale in heroic battle.
But wait you say! There's human foes to be had too: thieves and corrupt businessmen and politicians, crazed soldiers, raci
Guys, I'm panicking.This is a really stupid thing to panic about...Guys, I'm panicking.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But, today I have to do 37 classes to make up for what I didn't do yesterday.
That'll take AT LEAST 19 hours.
That means I'll probably have to stay up 24 hours straight so i can take occasional breaks.
But i can do it, right?! yeaaah.
I can spend the next 24 hours awake and doing schoolwork ...