NaNo is Around the CornerOnce again, we find ourselves getting ready for the insanity that is NaNoWriMo. If you've never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. That means in the span of thirty days, participants will write 50,000 words.NaNo is Around the Corner9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.
6,250 words per day if they're only writing on weekends.
Either way it's a pretty hefty feat, and not something to walk into unprepared. Even if you're a "by the seat of your pants" type of writer.
Which is where planning and plotting come in. Sure, if you're a pantser, you can sit down and bang out a couple chapters, maybe a whole book, but can you do it in a month? Probably not. At least not without a little bit of preparation. For all the pantsers and everyone else, compiled here is a short list of things to keep in mind, ways to prepare, what no
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF:icontfaprowlplz: : Greetings, internet. I am Keisha's Prowl toy, filling in to write this journal at her request. It is my unfortunate duty to inform you all that Keisha will not be able to join us today as she is currently on the floor twitching and screaming after attending a film called...what was it again?FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF2 years ago in Personal More Like This
:icontfaoptimusplz: : I think she said it was called The Lorax?
:icontfaprowlplz: : Yes, that. It would appear that this film has sent her spiraling into a state of severe rage and hatred. Would that be accurate, Keisha?
:iconthedarklordkeisha: : FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKITYFUCKFUCK FUCK THIS GODDAMN MOVIE IN THE FUCK HOLE FUCK!!!!
:icontfaprowlplz: : That would be a yes.
:iconthedarklordkeisha: : FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!!
Constraint == FreedomToday's delancyplace.com article struck a chord:Constraint == Freedom1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom. Write a song on your lunch break. Paint a painting with only one color. Start a business without any start-up capital. Shoot a movie with your iPhone and a few of your friends. Build a machine out of spare parts. Don't make excuses for not working -- make things with the time, space, and materials you have, right now.
The whole thing is worth a read, but alas it's not in the archives yet: http://www.delanceyplace.com/delancey_archives.php Maybe it will be by the time you see this.
I've noticed this phenomenon myself. Forcing limits on the creative process sometimes yields surprising and pleasing results. In my profe
Fear of the DarkYou'd think darkness would be a friend, having spent more than 3/4 of my waking life during the wee hours.Fear of the Dark1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If there was an official Maximus motto it might be "the sun is trying to kill me!" or "daylight? what's that?" or possibly "pants are for losers". I seriously cannot remember the last time a whole day was spent outside beneath Sol's rays; it's been that long. But that's okay... owls and other nocturnal beasties do just fine under the cover of darkness.
But still, I fear it sometimes. Night is when the veil between real and unreal softens, when Things walk among us that normally stay away. I'm pretty sure this all started thousands of years ago before the invention of night-vision goggles and 24 hour Wal-Marts, but it's still true now. How many horror stories can you think of started out, "it was a bright and sunny day"?
I realized this personal disconnect -- my love for the night alongside my superstitious fear -- as a young adult. It came to a head when I moved into m
Writing Tournament 2014 ~ Round ICome one and come all, raise your pen take part in this grand literary battle! There are subscriptions, points, art, features, and more to be won! You all have until February 12th to enter.Writing Tournament 2014 ~ Round I7 months ago in Personal More Like This
The time is nigh for the Fourth Annual Writers--club Literature Tournament!
This is a tournament for all writers welcoming prose and poetry! It will be a grand competition spanning three rounds of literary challenge! First of all, you must be willing to write for each of the rounds over the coming months.
There will be judging at the end of each round and those who progress to the next round will have to write a new piece for the next round's theme. A new participants list with the surviving writers will be released upon the announcement of the new round.
To sign up, join the group as a member and add this blog entry to your favorites. From there, feel free to submit your entry to the Tournament Round 1 Folder.
DON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah BradleyDon't go to art schoolDON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah Bradley1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The traditional approach is failing us. It's time for a change.
I'VE HAD IT.
I will no longer encourage aspiring artists to attend art school. I just won't do it. Unless you're given a full ride scholarship (or have parents with money to burn), attending art school is a waste of your money.
I have a diploma from the best public art school in the nation. Prior to that I attended the best private art school in the nation. I'm not some flaky, disgruntled art graduate, either. I have a quite successful career, thankyouverymuch.
But I am saddened and ashamed at art schools and their blatant exploitation of students. Graduates are woefully ill-prepared for the realities of being professional artists and racked with obscene amounts of debt. By their own estimation, the cost of a four year education at RISD is $245,816. As way
The End of the Twinkie?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/11/16/hostess-twinkies-ding-dongs-wonder-bread-going-out-of-business/1708409/The End of the Twinkie?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
World War 3 may just be months away, with much of the middle east currently being blown apart by missiles and the locals setting their neighbours on fire, but the real news is that the Twinkie, the USA's primary contribution to world cuisine, could cease to be.
"You eat those?" I hear people ask. Hell no. Never eaten one in my life. There's something about their unnatural, chemical-yellow colour and that they have a half-life rather than a use-by date that just sets off one too many alarm-bells.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that if you read the print on the pack, you'll find asbestos to be a key ingredient.
Even John McClane can't keep one down, and he took out a building full of terrorists with nothing but his bare feet and a Santa hat.
Which leads to my point: Without the Twinkie, there are SO many lines from SO many classic movies that future generations just a
MichelangeloMichelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.Michelangelo5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Best known as Michelangelo...
Portrait of Michelangelo by Jacopino del Conte
Michelangelo was an italian painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer. He was born in 1475 in Caprese, Italy (today known as Caprese Michelangelo).
As a young boy, Michalengelo started studying grammar but then he showed no interest in schooling. He preferred copying paintings from churches and seeking company of painters, He started improving his skills at a very early age. When Michelangelo was 13 he was set to be an artist. He became a pupil of the great sculptor,
Skyrim - First ImpressionsPicked up a cheapo copy of Skyrim today. First impressions: this game is so inside the box, it's inside a smaller box.Skyrim - First Impressions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tolkien was, undeniably, a genius, but, for the love of creativity and dynamism; read another f**king book, people.
There's a world of culture, history and myth out there to seek inspiration from! Fantasy should be an exciting, twisted reflection of the world around us, not an endless stream of pirated Lord of the Rings DVDs.
This is Mah Other Pimp Stick!Seems I ran into my limit of emotes on the other journal (which means no more shiny bullets and stars), and it was becoming a bit of a beast anyway. (You guys are so awesome with all of your publishing. ) So this will be Part Two of the epic journal promotion project. If you missed out on any of the awesomeness that occurred before this journal, check here: Go ahead. Don't worry. We'll wait until you get back.This is Mah Other Pimp Stick!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Back already? Great! Same guidelines apply as with the last journal. New entries float toward the top and with a icon next to them. Each published deviant gets a star and each project gets a shiny bullet to help you find them. If you need help searching for a specific deviant, just use Ctrl+F to open a search box. If I've missed anyone in this journal or the last one, feel free to let me know. The more exposure published deviants get, the better!
They like me - HELD OVERSo, NEWS! A couple weeks back, I set a few pieces to 365tomorrows, a sci-fi literature site that specializes in flash fiction, or very short stories of 600 words or fewer. Turns out, they have made me the Featured Writer for the next few weeks, and will feature a piece of mine for the next four Tuesdays.They like me - HELD OVER5 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is my first placement anywhere in decades. Thanks to SRSmith for taking an interest (and a fair amount of pity).
Perhaps familiar to a few of you...
Back to KindergartenMany of the world's problems would be solved if we simply sent some folks back for remedial Kindergarten training. Consider the lessons we learned and how many get forgotten:Back to Kindergarten10 months ago in Personal More Like This
1. Don't hit anyone. C'mon, people. They taught this on, like, day 1.
2. No name calling. Right up there with #1, because once you objectify a person it becomes easier to smack 'em around.
3. Share your stuff. Everyone benefits when you share your cookies & juice.
4. Use your imagination. Without playful extrapolation of reality we're just machines. Imagination lets us game future scenarios and plan for the future. Especially if that future has talking ponies and robots in it.
5. Wait your turn. Not only is it polite, but patience is a valuable skill. Imagine early tribes of humans rage-quitting a stakeout at the watering hole: "Fucking mastodons! We've been here for twenty minutes! Don't they know we need to eat? I'll go see what Thog is doing."
No Reason to PanicOkay, so a coupla months ago one of the car keys went missing.No Reason to Panic1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A short time after that, the car acted like it was haunted: the trunk would pop open mysteriously in the garage, the doors locking and unlocking. The horn would honk at odd times, and it even "panicked" once or twice.
I didn't connect the two events until this morning, when I discovered the missing key.
In the back yard.
With doggy tooth marks all over it.
Batfleck Forever.In keeping with the apparent theme of casting actors whose presence just don’t match the characters they’re meant to be portraying: the role of Lex Luthor in the next Superman flick has now been filled.Batfleck Forever.6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Lex Luthor: A manipulative mastermind. A hugely successful industrialist. A brilliant businessman apparently born to be both the brains and figurehead of a multinational mega corporation. A man whose actions got him all the way to the White House. A man who is as charming and commanding as he is evil and power-hungry.
A man being played by Jesse Eisenberg, the weedy guy that played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network……and whose voice sounds like a duck being raped by a chipmunk.
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At the End of MayMy muse let herself in quietly.At the End of May2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Actually, the opposite of that. I first knew she was here when I heard the back door rattle followed by curses. Of course I kept it locked. I wasn't in the mood for company.
I thought she'd gotten the hint, but no. Next I heard breaking glass and the unmistakable squeak/slide of a window being lifted. I sighed, saved my work, and turned my office chair to face her arrival.
She entered my office with a smirk: tall black girl dressed in black jeans, black t-shirt, black motorcycle boots. The shirt had a stylized logo of two American bald eagles fucking with the caption FUCK YEAH, USA!
With a whoof of breath she dropped into my leather sofa. The boots made serial thunks as they came off. Next she skinned (black) socks off her feet, flinging the socks over her shoulder. Flexed her toes, then cracked them.
We eyed each other for long moments.
Whats in the bag? 001Want to be featured?Whats in the bag? 0012 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am going to start a journal series featuring photographers and their bags.
If you would like to be featured please note me with a photo of the contents of your shooting bag laid out with a description or comments on the contents.
To kick it off, here is my bag
This is my every day carry bag, I take it everywhere I have a few other bag with my pro-equipment but they arn't nearly as fun.
From left to right:
Vivitar Flash (I hardly use this but its nice to have just in case )
Leica M6 with 50mm Elmar f3.5 (Leica branding taped over for stealth)
My Moleskine Journal and Fisher Space Pen
A homemade press pass (you wouldn't believe how useful this is, especially when traveling in other countries)
Spectra Light Meter
Meds and Vitamins Including Ginger, Antacid, Charcoal and Cough Drops
Bits of line (to practice my knot tying when I am bored)
Queue here.Heh heh.Queue here.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was digging through my archives again. Forgot I made this little game: http://www.soloendeavour.com/Queue.zip
Day 461 in the Life of a Small Newspaper Editor"Malcolm, these horoscopes... you'll have to redo them."Day 461 in the Life of a Small Newspaper Editor10 months ago in Personal More Like This
"That's Mister Penrose," he observed without looking at me. He continued working his old Smith Corona madly, which made absolutely zero sense since we'd been filing electronically since, like, 1989.
"Please. Just redo them. Quickly... deadline's in twenty."
"You don't like my horoscopes?" I detected a half-smirk.
"No, I do not. For one thing: Sagittarius. 'Saturn aligns with Mars, which means you will die.' Also, Taurus: 'The stars foretell your unfortunate death today.' Malcolm--"
"Malcolm, we can't all die. Rewrite them now."
"But all of us do. Who's to say tomorrow's not the day?" Tappity-tappy-tap-ding. "What sign are you, dear David?"
"Taurus," I sighed. He just grinned at me over his librarian glasses.
"Well, some of us are destined to die even sooner it seems."
I stood up. "You have twenty minutes. I'm leaving for the day... just make sure it gets done."
"I'll be thinking
Charles Snippy: DreamsEntry 382:Charles Snippy: Dreams2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My personal online psychiatrist is making me narrate this nonsense down on the chip embedded in my tooth in hopes that someday I may be cured of my "incompatibility" with ANNET, or at least possibly reduce the "mild psychosis caused by work-related stress" as she calls it.
I know that it's not going to happen. The problem is something genetic and while those goons in the genetics department would love to get their machines into my brain, I prefer the lack of sleep and headaches to lobotomy.
I seen the reports on their test subjects: "total neural shut-down", "subject resists integration with the net, increasing the signal strength lead to damage to the 85% of the frontal lobe."
Call me old fashioned, but I like my brain the way it is.
I've had that day-dream again. Day-mare is more likely.
A flash-mare? Not sure what to call these, really.
The transmitter towers dotting this bloody city are making my life difficult, but not as difficult as the fact that everyone expects me t
Writers of the Revolution, JuneFeatured WRITERWriters of the Revolution, June3 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
Featured by Vigilo
I found BarbecuedIguana's work through Memnalar's Seven Days of Sci-Fi (which led to some really fantastic work, check out that entire gallery of amazing writing) and, just, wow. BarbecuedIguana writes prose and that prose is absolutely brilliant.
A lot of it is science fiction or horror fiction, a lot of is sometimes wryly, sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious, but I can easily promise you that all of it is amazing, and I highly recommend you do what I just did in the past hour and read everything you can by him, starting with the four pieces I've finally, painstakingly decided upon below (it was really difficult to just stick with only four pieces).
"And the organic in question did not just use the machine
The Future of Storytelling Has ArrivedWatch depthRADIUSThe Future of Storytelling Has Arrived2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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Ninja Turtles by lukekeith
The recently announced changes to the core mythos of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the backlash from fans over the ending to Mass Effect 3 have ignited an incredible discussion about the rapidly evolving “collaborative” relationship between producers and consumers of videogames, movies, and similar “products.” Now it’s exploded beyond the secure borders of top news publications, gamin
111 points giveaway!The winner:Hello, sweeties (:111 points giveaway!The winner:2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Sending huggies again while doing some fashion experiments with a skirt I found in my closet
I also joined ask.fm so if you have any questions (photography and non photography related), you can ask me here: http://ask.fm/nakedintherain1
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All you have to do to participate is:
fav this journal
well, that's it
You don't have to visit my gallery nor watch me, but if you do, thank you
I will pick the winner with a little help of random.org and announce it in this journal on 23rd January around 5pm (GMT+1) (:
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Inking on the L.A.M.The past few weeks were emotionally rough, so I found myself closing down, creatively, and retreating into an analytic frame of mind. I started getting very picky about technical things, focusing like a laser on - you guessed it - brush strokes. This sort of thing has the potential to quickly degenerate to the level of a symptom. In my case, I think it starts as a symptom, which is my signal to elevate it to practical knowledge and skill by channeling it through art.Inking on the L.A.M.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In any event, after a long period of "obsessing," I formulated a new, streamlined understanding of brush inking abstracted from all I have explained so far. And it should come as no surprise that, as with my original brush handling "katas", it's based on my experience in the martial arts.
"Inking on the L.A.M." * is a simple, practical, and elegant way to approach controlling ink effects by matching brush movement to the kind of lines and marks one wants to make. It is analytical, not intuitive, wh