Medici castle was on a scale that was rarely built on these days. Three hours ride out of Argonia at a gallop, it sat atop a cliff set just in from the sea, proudly overlooking the de'Medici's traditional holdings to Argonia's west. The land had been in the family for generations, and their line could be traced back even further than that. They were a force in politics, a well-worn family name that would come to Argonia's aid when asked and their constant grip on land so close to the city proved that.
However, it hardly made the place more welcoming in the winter. While heavy tapestries were hung up over the windows and fires were stoked at all hours of the day, there was a distinct chill to the air that crept through the walls itself. Torches lined the corridors, their shadows spooking the servant's children as their shirked their duties. The entire affair, outside of the noble's wing, felt much like a
5 Ways Characters Can FailEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways Characters Can Fail2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. They don't have flaws. Flaws are the first thing that should be explored in character, at least after the first flashes of inspiration have passed and you start moving into more concrete turf. People say Mary Sues are defined by lack of flaws; the flip side insists that giving your character "issues" won't make a character any less of a Mary Sue. Now, my definition of a Mary Sue doesn't involve flaws or the lack thereof; a Mary Sue, to me, is defined by the disproportionate amount of attention given to a Sue by the plot and the priorities of other characters. So, yes, it possible for a Mary Sue to have legit flaws and still be a Mary Sue. However, the difference between "issues" and a character flaw is what role they play in the character's deve
Rules and RegulationsGENERALRules and Regulations1 year ago in Personal More Like This
- Read all the journals. They're very important!
- Treat others as you wish to be treated. Know of the golden rule!
- Respect the mods! Refer back to the golden rule. We are here to help you and regulate members to try and keep a positive environment for our members. You will receive a warning upon treating a mod with disrespect. Our mods are extremely polite and friendly, and we would like to ask you to be the same towards us!
- No trolling. Those who've seen the early days of the group would understand, and we'd prefer not to have that repeated.
- No flaming. We would like to maintain a positive environment for members.
- Any questions or concerns? Please leave the group a note.
- Please leave all kinds of drama at the front door. At Spirit-Fish, we would like to keep our environment stress-free and positive. If you bring in any arguments or RL problems, it'll cause a lot of discomfort to other members, so please be sensitive to others. Bringing in drama might give you
RulesHello there! It seems like you have checked out this group, ne?Rules1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm going to give you the rules of joining/applying here in Tenshi Academy. Make sure to follow them all!
- Respect everyone
- No godmodding or metagaming
- Don't make anyone feel left out in an RP
- Don't force anyone to join an rp, or tell anyone they're not allowed to rp.
- Don't offend others
- Please do not trace or use bases for your artwork.
- If you're drawing traditional art, please scan it or make the photo as clear as you possibly can
- Please keep OOC posts to a minimum when RPing.
- If you talk OOC when in an RP, please use some sort of brackets ( like )), ]], }}, etc. ) to avoid confusion.
- Please keep stuff PG-13 if there are people that feel uncomfortable around that sorta stuff
- One character per person
- Only one specie per character-- no double-specie unless you're an admin.
- Your character has to be one o
How To JoinTo join this group, you will have to do several things:How To Join2 years ago in Personal More Like This
♕ Fill out the Application Sheet
♕ Fill out your character's bio. You can find it HERE
♕ (OPTIONAL) Get an application check once you've finished your application.
Please post the link to your application in a comment on our front page.
♕ Wait for the day that we will open member requests (this will be most likely a 24 hour window)
♕ Fill out the google form we will link you
How to JoinBefore creating your character, please read the rules:http://kitty-cancan-cafe.deviantart.com/journal/Kitty-CanCan-Cafe-RULES-295913499How to Join2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you wish to join, send a join request and fill out an application.
When applying, please put your character on the app sheet, and fill out the needed information on it. When your finished, link your app in your join request.
Members please limit yourself to ONE waiter and ONE customer.
Admins may have at least 2 waiters and 2 customers.
Please put the following info in the description of your application for your waiter:
Age: -Age limit ranges from 13 to 35-
Height: -in feet-
How To Join [OPEN]How To Join [OPEN]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Tell your friends who want to join now~
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: TBA
NEXT OPENING DATE: TBA
Do NOT submit your application before the opening date.
Here is a nice guide on RP Groups!
Don't forget that if you have a friend already in, they can work towards getting you in via the Invitation in La Piazza del Mercato!
And to those of you who would maybe like to change societies as members, don't forget that there is the Society Change item in the shop!
[ STEP 1 ]
Read up on and pick a group, according to your OC's desires.
La Compagnia = Chaotic Good
La Dinastia dei Valentino = Chaotic Evil
TIME UP future member head up hereTime up guys we now gonna look trough and will update the list with accepted peopleTIME UP future member head up here1 year ago in Personal More Like This
there be lil line to divide the who join first and who in second round aka this
so watch out !
It will take us few days ~
PS thosewho are trying AGAIN (didn't made it in the first time)NOTE THE GROUP plz so we know you try again
Get yourself ready do sign in the military !
THAT YOUR APP WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE FOLDER DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE GROUP!
READ ALL THE JOURNALS CAREFULLY
TIME OF MINI OPENING IS ONE WEEK!
15th -> 22nd
Dont forget include links to tasks in your application describtion!
You will go trough 3 parts
PART ONE-> APPLICATION -> refer to http://fav.me/d6d4ho8
You fill the application and submit to a folder which is open , no need to be a member.
KCCC-CURRENTLY CLOSED [NO MORE UKES ALLOWED]Kitty Can Can Cafe is now open for applications~!KCCC-CURRENTLY CLOSED [NO MORE UKES ALLOWED]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
About KCCC| Joining Process|Rules|Skype
UPDATE[10/3/13]: Guys,we're getting way too many ukes being submitted into the group and there are less semes than there should be.From now on we will be declining uke applications until we get enough semes to balance out the group...Ehh even though it may be cute,we don't want thousands of ukes to run the place without some manly semes there..
We are now open for new applications for the group~
Please be sure you follow and read all the blog links above in order to get a chance of being accepted into the group.When submitting your application to the group,please ma
6TH ENROLLMENT Judging is now in progress. This could take any length of time from 24hrs to up to 7 days.6TH ENROLLMENT1 year ago in Personal More Like This
★ We will be open for applications from October 15th - 22nd.
★ Please read all stickied journals thoroughly and be precise with your information as there will not be any app checks.
★ A few reminders to prospective members:
- Wear proper uniform. We may be stricter with uniforms this time around.
- Be creative but clear with your character description. We enjoy characters who have their own personality quirks. HH is a school specializing in the stars/astronomy, so be sure to tell us why your character enrolled in such a school!
- As per usual, non-foreign characters are preferred. HH is a Japanese school, afterall!
- Avoid having similar names with other existing students. Check this journal for a complete list.
- We w
Frequently Asked QuestionsGot any questions? Maybe some of these will answer them!Frequently Asked Questions1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Q: What type of group is this?
A: Our group aims to be a group where you can sit back and relax, where people can draw, RP and make friends! We like to keep our group active in terms of art and chats.
Q: Is this a fish gijinka (personification) group?
A: No. Your character will be an ordinary human with a spirit fish.
Q: What is Spirit-Fish about?
A: It is a world where every human has a spirit fish. A being separate to themselves, but at the same time, is connected to the person. Spirit fish represent the human's true self. Read about spirit fish here.
Q: When and where is it set?
A: In modern day Australia, specifically in a university setting. The university doesn't matter too much though, but just to let you know, the initial setting is in the University of Sydney. Remember that we are in the southern hemisphere, so seasons may be reversed!
Q: When will the group hold the next ope
GuidelinesGuidelines3 years ago in Personal More Like This
➠ Be active.
Please, think carefully. There is no point in joining if you’re unable or think you’re unable to stay active. We need an honest amount of your time to make the storyline progress. OTL
This group is also more art based. Please keep in mind- roleplaying is fine, but you will
Announcement//BoardAnnouncement//Board1 year ago in Personal More Like This
As we realized lots of your join request already expired, but please DO NOT worry as it DOESN'T mean that you are rejected.
It is just plain expired... The review will be done at December 1st. So please be patient and we will invite the ones who get in by that time. Thank you very much.
The Admins will now be reviewing the Application sent in, please be patience during this period.
The result for the FISSARE's First Opening will be announced at Sunday, 1 December 2013 GMT/UTC +7. Please be reminded that every countdown to deadlines are going to be in GMT/UTC +7, please refer to this link if you don't know the time here.
Draw OC Contest $40 in prizes! ENDED!!!Drawing Contest Topic: Drawing my Original Character doing something! Seriously, anything PG.Draw OC Contest $40 in prizes! ENDED!!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Deadline: September 13th, 11:59pm http://wwp.eastern-standard-time.com/
Guidelines for participants~
Your submission can be done in any drawing media (traditional, digital, pixel)
Please do not change or alter her gender without permission.
You can enter a maximum of three pieces, but only may win once
Send me a note or comment here with a link to your entry, and I'll add it to the entries folder. (I will not go searching for it)
You're free to submit your entry to any group you want, but you must accept my request to put it in my group Collection-System
Drawing Smoochy is what this contest is all about!
Please link to this journal in your contest entry's description!
The entry must be made specifically for the contest! (You cannot use previous deviations for the entry, this includes bases. Collabs are fine as long as the
ENROLMENT INFOENROLMENT INFOENROLMENT INFO1 year ago in Personal More Like This
JOIN REQUEST IS CLOSED.
Application Check is available by commenting on our front page with a link to your app, asking for app check! Please note we only make sure that you have filled in the fields correctly and have provided the necessary information! When we said everything is alright, it does not guarantee you will make it into the group.
Characters must be drawn in full body or half body, and a minimum of 1 chibi is required on the application sheet.
Please note that you must have your app completed before submitting a join request! Those who have submitted a join request should not ask for App Check anymore.
Applications will not be evaluated officially until the end of the opening and when join request is closed.
Thank you for your understanding!
Edit: We've determined that we will be accepting only 19 new members for the next opening to fill up all 60 member slots for the group. This number is prone to change, however. We'
How to: Margin + PaddingFor this tutorial series I am explaining different elements you can create or modify with the help of CSS. The level of experience that is needed to be able to understand the tutorials can differ and will be in no order.How to: Margin + Padding1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
However I will try to explain the things as simple as possible. Upcoming questions should be left in a comment directly to this blog so that people with similar problems can look them up later as well.
The tutorial series is based on the gruze-structure of journals. If you are still using the old structure or have a journal installed that used it, things won’t work the same way like explained below.
For simple skins the old structure is fine, but the more features you add, the more I would recommend using the gruze-structure. You can look up the differences here: http://ginkgografix.deviantart.com/art/Old-vs-Gruze-Journals-112772369
It seems like a lot of people are struggling with the usage of margin and padding. In the end it doesn’t matter ho
* Announcements [ April 30: Important Changes ]April 30, 2014* Announcements [ April 30: Important Changes ]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
After a lot of deliberation, OhSquishy and I have decided to make Arupa-Ka into a casual, publicly open group. It will keep it's "my-pace" environment and will be changed into a group for people with alpaca gijinkas/kemonomimis in a present AU to meet up, hang out, draw with and find roleplay partners.
Additionally, some major changes include:
- We will be moving all current applications into the "Character Archive" folder unless you request to be placed in the "Active Character" folder. Please comment below if you wish to stay as an active RPer in this group.
- At the same time, we will be removing the "*Skype Masterlist" and ask that any active members to resubmit their RP information to the "*Roleplay Masterlist".
- We will probably have no more mini-assignments and events, aside the random "art trade" events once in awhile and potential group RPs in the chatroom.
However, feel free to use the current resource
||c h a r a c t e r c r e a t i o n||||R U L E S/N O T E S||||c h a r a c t e r c r e a t i o n||1 year ago in Personal More Like This
✿ Outfits should be loosely based off of your character's respective flower (that includes color scheme too. If your character's flower is a red tulip, their base color should be red.)
✿ Your character does not require to have been born in the nurseries of Maia, but please provide an elaborate back-story for your character should they have originated from elsewhere.
✿ Remember! They are all about 2 1/2 inches tall!
✿ Please do not use bases and/or traced art!
✿ Flowers are not limited to the grows-out-of-the-ground variety! They can be any blooming flower, no matter where. For example, they could be a cherry blossom, or a flower that blooms from a cactus, or even a dandelion (which is a weed). In the case in which your OC is a blossom from a tree, DO NOT write the name of the tree, please. Instead, write "[tree name] blossom".
✿ Unnatural skin tones and hair colors are completely acceptable!
||W R I T T E N
How to JoinHow to Join1 year ago in Personal More Like This
How to Jo
KagePro Icons (free to use) new come Thanks for the 200+ fAVESKagePro Icons (free to use) new come9 months ago in Personal More Like This
SO Here IS Some Kagepro ICon That I HUNT..
Describing your CharactersDescribing your CharactersDescribing your Characters2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
As writers, one of our primary goals is to bring characters to life in the readers’ imaginations. To do this, a character needs two things:
1) A personality.
2) A physical appearance the reader can imagine.
The first is created through characterization, and the second is said to be done through physical description. While both statements are true, what I’d like to discuss is how physical description needs to do more than just craft appearance, and more than anything, it's characterization that contributes to vividly imagined characters.
Take a look at the following example.
1) When I entered Mr. Smith's office, he stood and smiled at me. He had a big nose, brown eyes, and short, brown hair. He wore a dark suit. I shook his hand.
What do you know about Mr. Smith from this brief scene? The physical details I’ve given say that he has a big nose, brown eyes, and short, brown hair.
200 ART FEATURESOur group UnlimitedAnime-Manga has reached 200k pageviews!200 ART FEATURES2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
So featured here are 200 works from the members! Check them out & give them love!
And please this journal so it can reach larger audience, thus giving more exposure to the artists.
Kiki and Jiji by ArtfulVoyage Fate- Attack on Titan/Shingeki no kyojin by To-Ka-Ro Happy Birthday, Apollo 11 by Friendist
Artist's Toolbox: Origami PaperOrigami PaperArtist's Toolbox: Origami Paper1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The Japanese for 'Paper' is Kami 紙. For Japanese speakers, the word Kami may refer to any kind of paper, but for English speakers, Kami is often used informally to refer to pre-cut packaged squares of paper.
There are a lot of different kinds of paper that you can use for origami. Usually square in shape, there are some that are of different shapes in different materials and different gradients. Based on this, a popular question that is asked is What kind of paper should be used for origami?
There is no single, correct answer. You are free to use whatever paper you like, but it does depend on what you are folding. Here are some types of paper that you could consider using for origami:
Washi paper is the traditional origami paper used in Japan. It is usually considered the finest and most expensive paper and, while it is handmade, it
Hints and Tips #1Hello and welcome to the first instalments of 'Hints & Tips' andHints and Tips #16 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I hope these short and simple Tutorials will help boost and
inspire YOU to learn and create your own works in the many
forms and mediums that you may work in.
SO... The first Hint/Tip is -
FIXING WARPED FINISHED WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
(lumpy or uneven surface)
1- The warped painting
2 - Turn the painting around and cover the back
with plenty of water from corner to corner
3- Place in a large hardback book between blank pages
4- Close the book and place something heavy on it and wait
30 to 50 minutes so that the pages absorb the moisture
5- You open the book and the painting is flat
=to show that it doesn't remove paint, here is the finished piece=
I hope this helps
The Name GameThe Name GameThe Name Game1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Pitfalls to Avoid and Tricks to Use while Naming People and Places
We've all been there. You're reading a pretty interesting piece of fantasy fiction, and a few paragraphs in you learn that the main villain's name is "Abraxas the Cruel, Lord of the Black Tower." You wince at the unoriginality, close the deviation, and move on to something more interesting. We've all been on the other side of things, too, with a detailed plot outline in hand, staring at a Word document that displays only a single line: "???? knew what he had to do--kill the president." We're sure that once we get that protagonist's name down, that perfect name, we'll be able to write the whole thing in one gush of brilliance, but all that's coming to mind are banal names like "John Everyman" or over-the-top ones like "Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster".*
*Yes, that is his rea