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Magnetic GirlA giant white dove let out a deep cooing sound as it rested in a massive olive tree in the middle of an island that grew nothing else but small, fragile white flowers that shone like snow on the steep cliffs constantly eroded by the crashing waves. On the top of the tree was a small platform with a rope ladder swaying in the ocean breeze.
Lira rested underneath the wing of the dove. She drowsily watched the dappled daylight that filtered through the branches and fell asleep to the sound of the waves and the fluttering leaves. Cirrus clouds traveled across the sky that turned gradually from a clear azure into hues of orange, red and dark blue.
The stars appeared one by one like stardust glittering in the deep sky. As Lira woke, she was covered in the white plumage of the dove, the white feathers glowing in the twilight underneath her arms like wings of her own.
The dove did not stir as the girl carefully rose and crawled on the branch. She nimbly made her way up to the rope ladder and f
FFM 09: A Gentleman's View“I must’ve been Greek in a past life,” Arty grunted through a mouthful of Gyro. I didn’t pay much attention. We both knew he didn’t believe in reincarnation anyway. “This’s amazing. Oop, hey, new guy’s here.”
It was another long night, wasting my life at the tavern. I was on the money-making end, rather than one of the Orcish bikers or shady Elves that shoveled their money at me in exchange for a sympathetic ear and a bottle. I was lucky in that, but I always felt like there was more to life than keeping the family business afloat. Always that sense that something was missing.
In this part of Harlem, it was the same characters every night, but the new guy had shown up a week ago, claimed a stool at the counter, and made himself comfortable there each night since. Arty called him ‘the rich faggy type’ and insisted that he’d be dead by the end of the
I'm Going to Find Out - A short storyThirteen year old Emily Frank stood alone in her bedroom in darkness. The drapes were pulled closed over the window to block the night from looking in. A tear fell from her eye, rolled down her face and fell, fell, until it hit the carpet. She pulled out a letter from her pocket that she had written. She opened it, and read it. Immediately, she went to her desk and pulled out a pen, deciding she should write more. The pen waited over the paper but no words came from it. After a hesitation and a frustrated sigh, Emily put the pen down, re-folded the letter, and walked to her bed. It was perfectly made, which matched her perfectly clean room. Emily's childhood friends were neatly perched on her bed, watching her.
"They'll never need to clean after me again." Emily whispered to them. She glanced from one stuffed animal to the other. They didn't respond.
"You know, I think you're the only ones who'll notice I'm gone." Her voice cracked with overwhelming sadness, and tears blurred her visio
make a wishmake a wish - and hope it flies,
maybe not in the way that time seems to but,
sometimes it's not fair
when others get what you wanted
(but you must live with that fact)
merely arranging a pattern in the dirt,
using your finger to draw shapes and names,
a heart... some initials...
making a wish without the wishing star,
desperation driving you to hope.
close your eyes against the battling forces,
feel the rush as it floods through you...
(i didn't ask for this,
and at first - i didn't want it either)
now the confusion is laced
with bittersweet memories of time past,
and looking around at the damage caused, you realize that
maybe making a wish... is where you went wrong.
Shall I Compare Thee to A Winter's Eve?Shall I compare thee to a Winter's eve?
Thou art more malignant and more extreme:
Aimless winds doth remove October's leaves,
And winter's loan is far too brief a time:
All times too frigid dost the heavens shine,
And oft is pale texture much adorned;
And declines the fair far too oft than not,
Not by the stars nor the course of nature;
By thy eternal winter dost thou fade
And naught is of your fairness tomorrow;
And thou shalt wander into Death's embrace,
While in evanescent lines dost thou shrink:
So long as men are blind, breaths burdensome,
So long life kills this and thy life grows dim.
A Letter to My Five-Year Old Self.Dear me,
You will not be able to read this letter, because you are only five years old and five year old Korean girls in 1998 generally don't have the ability to read complex English prose. I regret this dearly because I have some important things that I want you to know, and you won't do so until you're too old and it's too late.
But sometimes you need to get it out there, and God help me, so I will.
You're in the apex of your life and you're happy. Your father loves you, your mother loves you, you're on a trek around Europe and you're the sweetest, quietest, most polite little girl. You best enjoy it because it's not going to last very long. I'm sorry to say this, but it won't. But if I told you this in person you'd just blink up at me with liquid-black eyes and shrug before running off to laugh at life. So here it's going to go.
In 2000 you're going to be sent to England. It's not your fault this time around, you didn't ask for it.
There you'll attend primary school and meet the boy
While Final Fantasy XV was still known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, director Tetsuya Nomura says it took three months to convince Square Enix to move the project to the next-gen consoles rather than moving it to smartphones.
Many gamers are excited to see what Final Fantasy XV will bring to the table after the disappointment that Final Fantasy XIII brought. Nomura said in an interview with Dengeki about how difficult it was to convince Square Enix not to move the project to the iOS and Android platforms.
“The project came to a standstill in 2011 when I decided to become more ambitious,” explained Nomura, “I wanted more from Final Fantasy and I knew that I would have to make a strong pitch to executives in order to move the game into the next generation. Unfortunately, they had a different definition of next generation that I did not anticipate.”
“One executive told me that this game would work much better on his iPhone,” continued Nomura, “He said in addition to reaching a larger audience, it would be easier to make on the iPhone because people do not expect much from it. I fought back saying that gamers deserve a good game and not some throwaway title that people will forget in a week. I was hit back with charts explaining how much more profitable that throwaway title would be.”
After about a month and a half of fighting with Square Enix executives, it looked like there was no chance for Nomura to win.
“It was very disheartening when some of my staff members started working on microtransactions for Final Fantasy XV,” said Nomura, “I told them that I was not giving up the fight, but they thought I had already lost. After all, I could not convince the executives that the quality of a video game is important. After two months, some of executives started to not care about our meetings. One of them even said that we could have finished Final Fantasy XV on smartphones in those two months and have started work on Final Fantasy XVI.”
Finally, after about three months, Nomura decided to make a final move designed to appeal directly to the executives. He knew there was a way to save Final Fantasy XV without damaging the potential of the game.
“Around the time of our meetings, I learned about a project called Lightning Returns,” recalled Nomura, “I said to the executives that I had a brilliant idea for that game as long as they let me have my Final Fantasy XV. In short, I became a character designer for Lightning Returns and told them that I will make any DLC costumes they want in order to make the game very profitable. I dressed her in some of the most tawdry costumes, but I did not care since it was not my game. Toriyama definitely did not have a problem with it. This is how I secured Final Fantasy XV for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.”
The interviewer then asked Nomura what he learned from this experience to which he replied, “Every time I hear the Angry Birds music, I just want to take that person’s phone away and throw it as hard as I can to the ground.”
I don't even like how Nomura says that Lightning has tawdry costumes, =.=. Well Lightning have some number of "tawdry" costumes, but Noctis' costume, too. I like his old costume better. But I like his dress suit >.< And I kinda don't like Prompto's and Cor Leonis' costumes either. :/
Well as for Lightning it just looks kind of OOC [some of her costumes].
Well we can have some conversation going on eh?
LIGHTNING: So Noctis, it seems you owe me something, for saving your game. [pokes his head]
NOCTIS: [dozing off as he waits for his game, blinked and looks up at her. And was surprised as he saw her wearing some costume that he didn't expect she'll wear *let alone your imagination what costume she's wearing*] ....
LIGHTNING: I wore this to be able to secure your game for PS4 and XboxOne. :/
Me: I don't even like Nomura's words. It seems he really meant to make Lightning's costume tawdry since he's the one who admitted it. :/
Whatever. But maybe he still should be thankful because of his character, Lightning and the Lightning Returns Project, he able to convince those executive and have secured[as he said] FFXV to PS4 and xbox one and will become next gen. =.=
Summer, Sun and Fun - Challenge- is closed Theme : Summer, Sun & Fun - Challenge
The challenge is closed. Thanks so much to all participants, who send me so lovely entries. They are all unbelievable beautiful and all fit to the theme so great. All judges will have a lot of fun to look at and we will have a hard voting.
I returned from my holidays to the Canary Islands. I brought back some stocks, but not so many, I relaxed a lot and enjoyed the sun and the silence in my hotel. I´m sad that the week is over, but it was so wonderful for me. I will post some new stocks soon. Most I took from the dunes of Maspalomas (Gran Canaria), the sea and plants
Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide Pt02This is Part 2 of Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide. It is aimed at resource providers new and old - I'm trying to give some tips and pointers based on my experience both as a stocker and a photomanipulator. If you have anything to add (maybe you have an example from your own gallery I could insert - pretty please?), feel free to comment, I still feel like I forgot soooo much Any other comments are of course welcome as well. I hope this helps at least some
>>What you will find in this guide:
Part 01: Introduction incl. Note on Copyright
Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images [you are reading it]
Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where t
Talking About Legitimate Resources... AND How to Verify Them!
To Start With PLEASE Read:
Two Good Groups to Check for Unrestricted, as well as Legitimate Stock Resources Are:
:iconunrestricted-world: and :iconlegitimate-stock:
On my Profile Page, Beneath the ID, is a List of Unrestricted Stock Providers I am Aware of.
To get a lot of Stock Updates, Watch:
The Group's Latest Update:
Shameless Self-Promotion of Groups I Admin that are Either Stock-Related or Contain a Stock Folder:
:iconfantasy-stock-group: :iconjoint-stock: :iconstock-for-premades: :iconholidays: :icondevnews: :iconwingit-stock: :iconmindspan: :iconclear-cut:
Stock Goodies from my Favorites' Folders!