Why You Should Keep WritingWhy You Should Keep Writing2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Q: What do you guys think of my story so far? Should I keep going?
This seems to be a very popular question. I'll argue it's a useless question, and explain why.
This reply is directed at new writers, and despite the tone that may follow, I really do intend to be sincere and helpful. I was once a newbie, too. And although I'm certainly not going to claim to be great, I've fallen flat on my face enough times to learn how to pick myself up and produce something I'm proud of.
Here's why you need to not ask this question. You're either going to succeed, or you're going to fail. But, either way, you'll be better off for having:
2. Figured out how to motivate yourself to continue
3. Completed the entire first run of the story yourself
1 ~ I can speculate that there are plenty of people out there who are afraid of failure. I know first-hand. I'm not a professional writer. I teach mathematics. And it is my job every Fall to convince a hu
The Saturday Spotlight for July 21st, 2012Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsThe Saturday Spotlight for July 21st, 20123 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Saturday Spotlight for July 21st, 2012
Daily Literature Deviations is proud to feature this special recognition article!
You can show your support by ing this News Article. We hope this gives you some insight into
the person behind the art.
Please comment and the features and congratulate the artist!
Artists will be featured in a special
Follow Me to DLR!Otherwise known as :icondailylitrecognition: / :iconlitrecognition:, the new and (hopefully!) improved DLD!Follow Me to DLR!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
DailyLitRecognition is a community based effort to bring the writers of deviantART to the foreground through daily articles.
I am a SWING ADMIN, which means I will be taking suggestions for both poetry AND prose.
I am also going to be interviewing people, and probably lending a hand with other things as they come up.
One (1) suggestion per note, please.
Please DON'T send the same suggestion to multiple admin!
Self-suggestions are welcome!
Please include a THUMB of the piece you're suggesting, and a short (one or two sentence) description of the piece/why you think it should be featured.
DLR DOES NOT accept chaptered works or fan fiction.
Things I look for in p
Common Arguments regarding Ex-Atheists --Debunked. 1. There is no such thing as an "ex-atheist".Common Arguments regarding Ex-Atheists --Debunked.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
An ex-atheist is an individual who has abandoned the atheistic view of the "absence of belief" in a deity. I am one of them.
2. Ex-atheists were never atheist to begin with.
This is false. Atheism has no ideology or guideline in terms of who is a "true" atheist and who isn't. The closest thing to a "guideline" in terms of anti-religion is regarding "Dawkins Scale" representing the various levels of atheism depending on one's confidence level. But even then, there are flaws in the chart that go against reality terms of theism. To say that another individual was never an atheist before coming to religion after they proclaimed to be so is unruly in itself and only encourages that atheism is more like a religion rather than a freedom of religion. This is said because Christianity and other religions do have a guideline determining how true followers will handle doubt in face of a belief system or the
ArtistleFeatures Vol. IThis is slated to be a series of features written for Artistle on a bi-monthly basis. It will feature works that I have come across here on dA and liked, and also my reasons for liking them. Since I am not a professional or an accomplished amateur, you can be assured that whatever I write is entirely subjective and will quite possibly not have any insightful remark on the technical merits of the work featured.ArtistleFeatures Vol. I2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
because of the curious effect the photographic elements create in combination with its title, 'Stay Forever'. This choice of combination could not have been anything but conscious, and for that cleverness, the artist-photographer is certainly deserving of merit.
Juxtaposed herein one may discern the themes of ephemerality, and a desire to capture and hold on to it that is peculiarly human. And so, we have a bead of water - transient in itself for it must disperse or evaporate - reflecting the
NaPoWriMo 2013Thoughts on NaPoWriMo.NaPoWriMo 20132 years ago in Art Features More Like This
It was brought to my attention that the original 1st paragraph in my journal might be construed as denigrating particular forms and poetic processes. I assure you that was not anywhere close to my intention. I was trying to make a (what in hindsight appears to be somewhat delicate) point that it is not the exposition of a specific creative process that makes the resulting piece of art great (in my opinion), it is primarily the result that matters. In other words, the final "worth" of a piece of art should be judged on its own merit, regardless how it was created. Yeah, I suppose there are exceptions, like historical context, incorporating the process into the artwork itself (e.g. blackout poetry), etc. It's Easter afternoon, so I don't have time to qualify this properly. Suffice it to say that my point is thus: a poem is not special because you used a prompt, used a difficult fixed form,
Super Smash Bros. Animated SeriesHey guys! Guess which video game series is getting it's own animated series on the Nintendo Anime Channel.Super Smash Bros. Animated Series1 month ago in Personal More Like This
That's right, Super Smash Bros. is!
By the way, happy April Fools Day everybody!
No seriously, the fact that my art style is visible and that some of my works that I've uploaded here on DA are on the video should be enough evidence that this is fake.....
Jim HensonI would like to make my feelings about the Muppets well-known. Sure it's easy to see that I love them like crazy and are ecstatic that they are making a comeback with this new movie that was released this past November (which I loved ), but I really want to speak my mind about them.Jim Henson3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In 1955, Jim Henson created a short called Sam and Friends. This would be the start of what would become Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock. The characters he created were something special and not just pieces of felt that could talk. The intricacy in creating these Muppets not only with their looks but their personalities and humanity really made them feel real to everyone.
Jim, like Walt Disney, wanted to change what he could do with his characters. He was able to make Kermit ride a bicycle, create a dragon that actually breathed fire, and creating costumes for well-known characters (as well as his own) that would look lovable (and not creepy).
For several decades, Jim Henson's work was we
Lived Long and ProsperedThe great Leonard Nimoy has died, age 83.Lived Long and Prospered2 months ago in Personal More Like This
There’s not really much I can write about the chap or his impact on sci-fi culture that you’re not already aware of. We all knew and loved him as Spock from Star Trek. Hell, I named one of my webcomic’s characters after him.
Nimoy never forgot about his fans, either, and how it is they who ensured his lasting popularity. It’s telling that it was he who cameoed in the recent Trek films and not Shatner.
Being the awesome man he was, his final words to the public (by way of twitter) were “LLAP”.
“Live Long and Prosper”.
Galactic Empire under new managementWow. This I didn't see coming: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20146942Galactic Empire under new management3 years ago in Personal More Like This
$4 Billion? (£2.5 Billion, in real money)
Not as much as Pixar.....but then, if Lucasfilm were a house, JarJar would be the devaluing, sh*t-stained carpet a new owner would have to deal with.
And, no, I'm not going to denounce it. Disney buying Lucasfilm? That has potential, and I'm not talking Star Wars, here.
If I've read the press release on the Disney corporate website correctly, they now own EVERYTHING – including Lucasarts, which is a division of Lucasfilm.
Monkey Island/Day of the Tentacle/Sam & Max + Disney? That could be amazing!
As for the (inevitable) Star Wars 7, I'm really hoping they use the Thrawn Trilogy. In fact, I'm betting they do. Let's face it; Disney haven't ever had an original idea, that's why they keep buying up other people's work, and if they're hoping to have something released by 2015 they'll have no choice but to dive into existing material.
Of course, if they produce a Satur
Collection: 'Tis The SeasonCollection: 'Tis The Season4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
’Tis The Season
Every year our minds and souls embrace a period of giving, a time when we think of others and spend time with family and friends. For many though there is no time off. They have to work or are on emergency standby to help those who have accidents.
Then there are those who have nothing to share, no money to buy gifts, who can only give the love in their hearts to others. Those are the greatest gifts.
We all know someone that could do with some love this season. Knock on a door or make a phone call, share a meal or just make someone a cup of tea and listen to their stories. We will all benefit from giving others a little of our time.
All it takes is one thing....….one little thing to ruin what would otherwise be a splendid moment.All it takes is one thing....5 months ago in Personal More Like This
The new Star Wars teaser has me bouncing up and down in my chair with glee. I’ve watched it a dozen times and I cannot wait until I get the chance to see it on the big screen, but there is one teeny, tiny thing that just rubs me the wrong way. It’s a really stupid thing, too. Something that, when I tell you what it is, many are going to ask why it’s worth getting in a twist over.
That stupid lightsabre.
And it IS stupid. It’s a really, really bad weapon design and people are going to be taking the piss out of it for years to come, I’m sure.
Ever since Darth Maul showed up with his two-bladed sabre (I believe it was called “The Compensator”) a new sabre gimmick has been required with each further expansion of the mythology. We’ve had purple sabres, Ventress had her twin sabres, Grievous did his Cuisinart-thing, etc, etc.
The gimmick Star Wars VII seems to be employ
I'm changing my name.That's right. I'm changing my DA name.I'm changing my name.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've thought long and hard and have decided to change it toooooo.......
That's right; i'm one of the few artists here on DA that seems content with my name. That; and I think changing a "brand" simply because you can, after you've spent time and energy building up an audience is f**king stupid.
I've been here for years. I've operated on the internet under "jollyjack" for longer. If I changed that now it would be monumentally confusing to people that follow my work, which, in turn, would have an effect on revenue.
There are a ton of artists here whose work I keenly follow, and I think they're kinda shooting themselves in the foot by doing this.
Kinda reminds be of those little label-making things everyone's been given on at least one Christmas as a kid: you unwrap it, you find out what it does and you spend the rest of the day punching out new tags for everything. Even if they'
The Ghost of The MontgomeryToday's fun fact: there's a World War 2 shipwreck in the estuary of the River Thames, and it's loaded with high explosives.The Ghost of The Montgomery2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The SS Richard Montgomery, part of an Allied convoy in 1944, drifted into a sandbank and broke in two, taking most of its rather volatile cargo down with it.
Recovery of the explosives has always been deemed "too expensive", and an exclusion zone has been enforced around the wreck for decades, with huge "danger" signs attached to fixed buoys and the masts of the Montgomery itself, which peek out above the shallow waters.
There are a few theories as to what might happen if it goes off, including the flooding of certain parts of London or the release of a toxic cloud (there's some…."interesting" ordinance on board). All that's really certain is that the stuff is still has the capacity to make a bit of noise.
Just to give you an idea of just how much a
Disney closes LucasArtsF**k you, Disney. F**k you.Disney closes LucasArts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you are not angered by this news, you're obviously a very young gamer and probably (rightly) see LucasArts as nothing more than a mediocre-Star-Wars-title-discharging-sewer-pipe.
Disney bought LucasFilm because of the Star Wars cash-cow, but the number of classic IPs produced by LucasArts throughout the 90s makes the descision to close it rather than attempt to return to the studio to its glory days pretty staggering.
I actually see way more potential in LucasArts IPs than Star Wars.....but then, so would anyone with even the most stunted of creative minds.
Disney obviously still own all the properties, but the LucasArts brand is gone, and it's the end of an era, even if they start picking at the corpse for ideas to ruin.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Secret of Monkey Island, anyone?
Tributes to 4th Doctor: The Bohemian travellerThere's no point of being a grownup if you can't be childish sometimes!Tributes to 4th Doctor: The Bohemian traveller1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Tom Baker, The Doctor with the most companions, stories and above all...THE DOCTOR WITH A SMILE A DEFINES THE LAWS OF PHYSICS! In this incarnation, The Doctor was everywhere, up in space then down to earth, traveled through the past, present and the future, into the parallel universe and into his own body to fight off a virus (Technically, a cloned version of himself). ......And that famous ridiculous - looking 7 meter long scarf. 100 ways of usage and 100 ways to get out/into troubles.
Would you like a jelly baby? You may be a doctor. But I'm the Doctor. The definite article, you might say.
Excuse me, can you help me? I'm a spy. I'm a Time Lord.
Post Office Rant (read if bought prints)OKAY... so... I'm a really pleasant guy. I'm OVERLY pleasant. I go out of my way to smile at people, thank the lady on the speaker at the drive thru, and shake hands with anyone who helps me find something at Best Buy. I don't make a fuss, and I KNOW what retails is like, so I let people do their thing! I don't want fussy customers when I'm working, so I try my absolute best NOT to be one.Post Office Rant (read if bought prints)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But today argghhh....
Last week when I dropped off prints at the Post Office, I was berated for writing "DO NOT BEND" on them. Apparently this is only allowed if you are shipping things labeled as PARCEL or PACKAGES. But you know what? I DO ship all of my prints as Parcel! That way they are treated with more care, and I can label them as DO NOT BEND.
However, APPARENTLY I have to use USPS's DO NOT BEND stickers. Which is total bullshit. HOWEVER, I decided to humor USPS today, and I went with my envelopes unlabeled. I asked the nice grumpy lady for DO NOT BEND stickers. She said, "Dose only for parcel
Teenage Alien Ninja TurtlesI've just learned that filmmaker Michael Bay (aka - Uwe-Boll-With-A-Budget) has turned his withering gaze upon the Heroes in a Half-Shell, and has set about mutilating the franchise by informing us that their origin will change in his upcoming (oh god; if I have to refer to another film as this I may start weeping blood) reboot.Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Y'know in the Disney animation Bolt where the idiot pigeons give a one-word pitch at how to "improve" the series that the titular doggie has absconded from? It's a dig at crappy writers that have no idea how to come up with an original idea and so just shoehorn in absurd new story elements to an existing tale.
Well; that's basically what Mr Bay has said:
Nope. They're not mutants anymore. They're aliens.
After Transformers: This should be buried on the dark side of the Moon (or whatever it was called), I vowed never to piss away my money or, more importantly; my time, watching any future film Bay is connected with.
This news kinda reinfo
Fall of the Union?On the 18th of September, Scotland may break from the UK.Fall of the Union?8 months ago in Personal More Like This
As a resident of these isles, I can tell you that the general atmosphere surrounding the vote is a bit…..”meh”.
This is kind of alarming. It’s a big f**king deal for both sides of the border and people should be paying a little more attention, especially up in Scotland, since it’s they who will determine what transpires.
My opinion on the matter is that unity brings strength, but people have a right to decide their own future and if the Scots feel they’re better off going solo then they should vote “Yes”.
However, I feel that those behind the calls for independence (the same people who will hold power with a “yes” vote) are playing on an opportunity presented to them by the economic downturn between 2008 and now. It’s made their sales pitch much more enticing to those whose finances were shaken over the last 6 years by evil forces in London (naturally, they don
They are at it AGAIN!! Stop ACTA, SOPA, an PIPAI've done some digging on the heinous bill ACTA and the information that I found was not good at all. It seems that it was already signed in the U.S. months ago and the bill will be enacted in January 26! The U.K. parliament will be signing this bill tomorrow as well. This is REALLY bad.They are at it AGAIN!! Stop ACTA, SOPA, an PIPA3 years ago in Personal More Like This
These @#!holes just don't know when to QUIT!! Another disasterous bill hits the surface! And this is a bill straight from frickin hell!! ACTA.
You NEED to watch these videos!!
The Golden Age Of Travel PostersThe Golden Age Of Travel Posters2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The Golden Age Of Travel Posters
Vintage Miami Florida Travel Poster
Canoeing the lagoons of Cerulean City, strolling through Wonderland, zipping to Jupiter’s moons and more adventures have been promised in travel posters.
Of course these locations are exotic dream destinations, fantasy worlds, but there was a time when travel itself to very real locales in this world was a special and fantastical undertaking. Vintage travel posters take us back
Is dA and its Group system slowing dying out?Hello everyone!Is dA and its Group system slowing dying out?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Before you read, please keep in mind that my intentions are not to blame, insult, criticize, or say anything harmful about anyone! The intentions of this feature if anything, is to motivate us all in improving the group system and dA as a whole! ALSO this is focused more largely on photography, digital art, and a few other mediums, but I don't claim to speak for the cases of other mediums and types of groups that I am not familiar with.
EDIT: To make things clear, I don't believe dA or Groups will ever be "dead" in the sense of them not existing anymore, or members in both factions not existing either, I'm using "Death" more metaphorically perhaps, in saying that the way the group system is intended to be working, has been failing, and needs improving in order to not fail its purpose, and that dA needs to do something to strengthen the community sense and interactions between members both in groups and in the dA com
Thanks from WLC!The Wildlife Learning Center Indiegogo fundraiser is over, and we've named a bunny Angel, and tortoise Tank, and raised $26,515! The vast majority of the donations came from BRONIES, who continue to amaze me with their generosity!Thanks from WLC!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated and spread the word. Though we did not reach our ultimate goal, this is still a huge sum and will be a huge help for the animals WLC cares for.
You all rock!
Allpose: *Last* last call for booksIf you ordered books from me, they should be going out within the next 5 days.Allpose: *Last* last call for books3 years ago in Personal More Like This
SORRY IT'S TAKING SO LONG!! USPS raised their rates for people outside the US and I have to make sure I have shipping for everyone in one action. Thank you everyone for your patience. I love you all. (it's true)
I wasn't able to get rid of these books as easily as I was thinking...so I still have them.
I'm running low on the couples books but I still have plenty of the rest.
I'm open back up and would really like to sell them all. Please! 8D
They're super useful and I really want to see people use them. So stop by the store!
The USPS did away with surface to air shipping overseas. That means I, unfortunately, have to charge an additional $40+ to anyone outside of the US (except for Canada, I think). So be aware of that.
How is everyone doing, btw? ...school started and everything else!
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