LoT: MeanwhileLoT: Meanwhile6 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The old man's nephew looked out the giant observation window into the city. His workers and helpers spewed statistics at him every so often about the amount of steam being released and the last earthquake location. They barely even stopped talking anymore.
He sighed, which only deepened when his uncle burst in and ran to look out through the window at the city. The nephew watched him, disinterested, then said "Uncle, really, you have your own observation deck, what are you-"
"Shhhh. Hear that?" The old man waved his nephew impatiently into silence, and went back to his staring, pressing his large nose to the window to see better.
The nephew looked out at the city, then back at the old man. "Hear what?" Agitated, the old man looks at him for a moment before seeming to make up his mind and rushing over to him, dragging him to his eye level by the collar.
"Listen," he hissed. He looked back out the window, and the nephew unenthusiastically follows his gaze.
"I still don't hear anyt
Constructive Criticism"Tell me what you think."Constructive Criticism2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Of the poem?"
"No, of my face. Yes, the poem."
"I was going to say, because your face is just stupid."
"Very funny. Read."
"What did you think?"
"Why did you write this?"
"I wrote it for you."
"You make me self conscious when you say things like that."
"I'm not worth this you know."
"What does that mean?"
"I am half a girl, and I deserve half a poem."
"That is not true, and you still haven't told me what you really thought about it."
"It's as broken and complex and half hearted as a sad song about the way you feel ink trail between your fingers like it's blood. There is no reason for it, it's the kind of beautiful that is there just for being there. It happened, it's a moment in time forever frozen and to be remembered in a way that candles that burn in holy places should be. It's a forever, all by itself- Why are you looking at me like that?"
"Because you believe you deserve half a poem."
"I do. I am too damaged and broken an
This Art Is ShitIf I knew then what I knew now, maybe I might have appreciated my work a little more.This Art Is Shit4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I always used to compare myself to the other artists that I would see, artists much older than me, with the training and the experience I didn't have. It didn't seem to matter to me where they came from, just that they where good and I was not. If I had understood at the time that someday, with perseverance, study and practice that I too might be ask good as them, maybe I might have worked a little harder, studied a little more and not been so down on myself.
Now I look back on a lot of the artists who were my idols, megabytes worth of their art saved to my ancient drive in the basement for reference and inspiration. I realize, they really weren't that good. Some of them were actually quite bad. At any given time, if your art sucks to you or even thousands of other people, it is amazing to someone and you are inspiring someone else by sharing it with them.
If it seems like you are not improving at all
Flames of Old Chapter 6Flames of Old Chapter 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Flames of Old Chapter 6
Game: SWTOR, with hints of KOTOR
Characters: Sith Warrior x3, Sith Inquisitor
Disclaimer: SWTOR, KOTOR [c] Bioware, LucasArts; Viile/Dunamis [c]darthgamer96, used with permission
I cannot believe it. I cannot believe that such a theft could happen in my own household... and the potion, of all things! Hopefully the security footage can reveal the culprit. Hmmm... No. No, it's not possible... She will pay for robbing from me. She. Will. PAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Revan was on one of Ilum's battlefields fighting loyalist Imperial forces. Revan, Waack, Unsunghatred, and Ilaseer defeated strike force after strike force that the Empire sent their way. On other sides of the fortress, Fatalbert and Eissakael joined Durgoth and Surn in repelling other strike forces the Empire sent. Revan never felt so alive in battle before, it was difficult to keep herself balanced, and the dark side in check.
In the middle of one of the fights, she sensed a di
A Long YearA Long Year3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It had been a long year.
Commander Bart Hollings thought as his submarine rose to the surface. The boat's hull popped as the pressure on the hull abated the closer they got to the surface. USS Virginia had been the lead boat in a new class of SSN. One of the most advanced nuclear submarines in the world she had been tasked with a reconnaissance mission. Hollings's submarine had the latest in sonar, electronic sensors, and weapons. All of which are worthless against them! He thought in frustration.
"Approaching periscope depth Captain." The Diving Officer reported. Despite his actual rank, Hollings was the CO of the ship which made him the 'captain'.
"Very well prepare to raise the telephotonic mast and ESM." Hollings answered, standing in the center of the control room.
Around him the sailors worked the controls that ensured the Virginia was able to function. Forward and to the left of Hollings were the two sailors driving the submarine. They controlled the rudder and bow planes viva a
A tap in the right spotA tap in the right spot3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Commander Klytie Ulloriaq, a female minmatar brutor flying under the colors of the small null sec alliance Capsuleers United could feal the vacuum of space rushing around her ship as she accelerated with her task force through the far reaches of the lawless void. She was currently manning a Vagabond class heavy assault cruiser, manned with as much firepower as the boundless creation corporation could fit on her. The 220 millimeter guns she could see where already spooled up, their heat sinks spinning to quickly dissipate heat into the dark space around her. The guns were loaded and ready, she could feel that as well through her implants.
The task force around her, by ship standards, was a mammoth in size. About two kilometers from her small cruiser, which in itself was as long as the buildings on Jita 4-4 were high, was the monumental hulk of a Ragnarok class Titan, it's sixteen kilometer beam able to cast shadows on planets, and destroy moon
Shades of Green: The Galactus Imperative- TeaserShades of Green: The Galactus Imperative- Teaser3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Shades of Green
The Galactus Imperative
Odin leads Thor to one of his secret chambers, one that even Thor had never knew existed within the walls of Asgard. It was ancient, built during a time long before Thor or even Odin had been born. Built countless millennia ago by the mighty architect and first King of Asgard himself: Bor Burison.
Thor enters the chamber, noticing the glowing oval shaped artifact that was contained within a barrier that only Odin himself could gain access to whenever he desired. His blue eyes focused on the glowing object, watching as Odin slowly approached, grasping it with his hands before lifting it from its resting place atop the stand within the unbreachable barrier.
"Long before I was born, my father Bor found this artifact. It is older than everything. And more powerful than anythi
TFAV Timeline Ancient EraTFAV Timeline Ancient Era4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Transformers AlterVerse Timeline
Important Note: Measured in Earth Years, this is a rough guide to many crucial events involving the Cybertronians, the Nebulans, the Seraphims and the Quintessons, that happened before and during the Great War, eventually leading to the events on Earth which involved humanity. These events stretch over a vast amount of time. Please do take notice that most of the events mentioned here occurred at the same time as the Great War of Cybertron and beyond.
As information about the ancient times has been scattered and inconclusive, most details in this Timeline have been gathered from the Covenant of Primus (in the possession of Alpha Trion) and the history records of Vector Sigma. Additional details will be added soon to explain the events between the time gaps between the major events.
[Approx. 15 Billion Years BCE (Before Common Era)] The Universe was created. The Forces of Darkness and Light exist in perfect equilibrium. Until
Sci-Fi storySci-Fi story4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I was sitting silently on the edge of my bed. I stood up and watched out of the window, the wind
and rain was just crazy. Wind bending the trees to their braking point and rain just pouring down. All
of a suddenly all of it went quiet. I could only hear clock ticking. Click-Clack. And then blinding bright
light flashed over the sky. I was blinded by it and i turned away. Trying to get some sight back. I
rubbed my eyes and as i turned my head back up. Wind had broken one of the trees and it was
falling right into my window. My pupils dilated and i turned away. It all seemed to happen in slow
motion. I took to steps and i jumped out of the way. Tree came with such a force that it shattered
the windows of the entire floor. There were screaming and moaning.
When i opened my eyes it was morning, i was covered in shrapnel of the house. Tree had
demolished half of the wall. I stood up and swept myself clean. I noticed that my clock had stopped
working. I just thought it was because of a tree.
Arachnid Lover - CollabArachnid Lover - Collab10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I should've known it
The minute you arrived
I should've known
What you contrived
I should've seen it
In your eyes
But I was too blind
You lured me in
With your lurid disguise
And trapped me in
Your web of lies
You're simply majestic
My arachnid lover
Dosage of anesthetics
I fought to survive
I strived but you thrived
You took all my pride
And you ate me alive
Give way to screams
Never salvaging my dreams
I was right where you wanted me
Believing every word you'd say
You gave me the world
As fast as you took it away
You used to be the one
That made me feel complete
But the only way you know
How to play is to cheat
You taste bitter now
Though you used to taste sweet
When I look at you now
All I see is deceit
My hunger to hold you
To have you by my side
Our bond coming unglued
And now I have nowhere to hide
d20 40k Tau Fire Caste TraitsTau Traitsd20 40k Tau Fire Caste Traits6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
- +2 Dex, -2 Str
- Medium size
- Space/Reach: 5ft/5ft
- Base Land Speed: 30ft
- Sept: 1 point for Sept traits
- Proficiency: Standard weapons (Tau) and Medium Armour
- Spoken Languages: Tau
- Favoured Class: Soldier
Tau: +2 Wis, +2 Cha.
Taun: Bonus Feat: Pioneer.
Dyanoi: Low-light Vision.
Borkan: +2 Int; Knowledge (research) is considered a class skill.
Dalyth: +2 Cha; Appraisal and Diplomacy are considered class skills.
Falshia: +2 Int; Knowledge (technology) is considered a class skill.
Viorla: +2 Str; Bonus Feat: Great Fortitude.
Sacea: +2 Str, +2 Wis.
Autaal: +2 Cha, -2 Dex.
Ndras: -2 Wis; Sleight of Hand is considered a class skill.
Kelshan: Favoured Enemy.
Elsyeir: +2 Int; Craft (artwork) and Perform (poetry) are considered class skills.
Tashvar: +2 Con; Bonus Feat: Endurance.
The Pocky Game Touko's mind wondered around her childhood's friend's new house. She blinked, unsettled by the big spaces and gaps in each room. He barely had any furniture or knick-knacks to fit such a ginormous environment.The Pocky Game3 years ago in Romance More Like This
It made her want him back in Nuvema Town.
"Don't just stand there gawking. Go ahead and set your things down on the counter." Touya chuckled behind her. She turned to look at him to find him gesturing toward the kitchen.
"Why did you move here, in Undella Town?" She mumbled, shrugging out of her heavy overcoat. Touya took the jacket from her and hung it on a rack near the door. "I mean, I know you're the champion and everything but can't you just live in a smaller house?"
"I guess I like space?" Touya shrugged, taking off his hat. He sighed and ruffled his brown hair, annoyed. "Are you going to step in a little more than a couple of feet in the house or do I hav
Little Green Dot: A Horror StoryI don't think I've ever wanted something so badly, yet been so terrified for my wish to be realized.Little Green Dot: A Horror Story2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I suppose I should back up and explain.
She died one month ago today. I didn't know her as well as I would have liked, but then again that's what everyone says about someone who has passed away. I was friends with her on Facebook, but that doesn't exactly count for much. She liked my statuses about the curling championships, and I liked all of the photos she shared about family and her son's tattoo art.
One month ago today, my aunt died.
Her husband and children (they're my uncle and cousins, but like I said, we weren't all that close) haven't deleted her account. She's still there in my little About page, tumbling around my friends list, that tiny pixelated title under her name: Aunt. But worst of all, that big bar on the side of my Facebook page that lists a random assortment of friends, showing who's online and who isn't; she still shows up there. Every once and I while I catch that
Introductions"Hi, I'm-"Introductions4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I know who you are."
"You're the guy who thinks he's invisible."
"I have a name-"
"It isn't important. Because you really don't think it's important."
"All right. Since we've started out this way, let me just tell you, I know you too."
"You're the girl who is broken."
"I am not broken."
"You're the girl whose eyes close every night and open the next morning, only to find you have never slept at all."
"I sleep well. Besides-"
"You're the girl who dreams of a happy ending even though she has seen seventeen...no, eighteen unhappy ones in her eighteen years."
"Happy endings are over rated. And you're-"
"You're the girl who wants something bigger, something stronger, just so the weakness in her body becomes something so much more."
"You don't understand weakness the way-"
"You're the girl whose heart broke when she was so young, and she fixed it back together with superglue, but cannot ignore the cracks."
"Superglue makes for a good companion, especially when-"
SoNiC Cage, Chapter 8: SoNic Fixes the EconomySoNiC Cage, Chapter 8: SoNic Fixes the Economy2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Following the fight outside of Green Hill Zone, Silver and SoNic decided to rethink their course of action and take a much needed break.
Taking temporary refuge from the heat of the mid-August sun, Silver and SoNic were sitting beneath the overhang of the 7-Eleven with Big Gulps in hand, plotting out their next move against the campaign of the evil Dr. Robotnik.
SoNic leaned back against the wall, took a long sip of his fountain drink, and muttered "Man, I hate that Dr. Robotnik! He exemplifies all that is wrong with technological progress! Why can't he be more like my creator, Dr. Light?"
"It's this gosh-darned economy," Silver replied. "It's turning this whole country into H-E-double-hockey-sticks, so no good-hearted scientists can-"
"I'm sorry, what?" SoNic interrupted. "Hockey sticks? What did you just say?"
"Oh, it means-"
"No, really, because I'm almost more than one-hundred percent certain that was just the stupidest thing I've ever heard in my entire life. Would you like to try
UMvC3 Fan Moveset: YunUMvC3 Fan Moveset: Yun3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Origin: Street Fighter series
First Appearance: Street Fighter III New Generation (1997)
Voiced by: Todd Haberkorn (EN) Kentaro Ito (JP)
Theme song: A remix of Yun's theme from Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Alternate costume: Yun's Alternate costume from Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Stage: Downtown China -Midnight Thunderstorm- (Shared with Yang)
Standing light punch, Crouching light punch, Jumping light punch
Standing middle punch, Crouching middle punch, Jumping middle punch
Standing fierce punch, Crouching fierce punch, Jumping fierce punch
Hiza Geri: P + K
Monkey Flip: L or R + P + K
Gekihou Sui: M + K
Gekitei Futai: (R +) L + K
Ento Shugeki: L + P + K
Raigeki Shuu: AIR DR + K
Senpuu Kyaku: R + M
Dakai: R + H
Zesshou Hohou: QCF + P
Kobokushi: QCB + P
Fake Kobokushi: QCB + PP
Tetsuzan Kou: DP + P
Nishou Kyaku: DP + K
Zenpou Tenshin: close, HCB + K
Gen'ei Jin: QCF x2 + P
You Hou: QCF x2 + PP
(Lv. 3)Sourai Rengeki: QCF x2
mbiraThe rain has moved on while he's awaymbira5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and I listen to the thrum of a
Zimbabwe lullaby played on the mbira.
How still the air, yet there's the
scent of unlit candles; gifts from him
because they remind him of me.
I can't help but smile as I recall,
we were together shopping one day
when he exclaimed, "I smell you!"
Now the last of the empty thunder
rumbles low as I consciously inhale...
I don't have the heart to burn them.
Xenomorph battle marchXenomorph battle march3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
This is my battle(x2)
My enemy´s Blood
This is my battle(x2)
This is our War
This is our enemy´s Blood
This is our Hive
The Life of AnimationThe Life of Animation5 years ago in Historical More Like This
"If this business was easy, it would be a sin."
-Hayao Miyazaki, Animerica Magazine. 1993
Animation is the youngest medium of art that mankind has created. Spanning barely over one hundred years, its history is as rich and dramatic as any other. Starting as the simple idea of an illusion of moving art by a couple clever innovators at Edison's film company in the early 1900's, it soon boomed into a mega-corporate commercial venture that employed thousands and captivated millions only decades later. It spread outside of America and took many different forms in many different countries and cultures. Today, the face of animation is very different than it ever was. Computers, corporate chokeholds and the death of the innovators of animation has left a doubtful future for the preservation of animation's defining age.
The 1910's saw the rise of animation as a serious medium and the first studios began to appear in the United States. Winsor McCay, a masterful draftsman and artist, had
The Baths of ErosLit by the gold of an afternoonThe Baths of Eros3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
from the skylight,
a slight and barefoot servant girl,
her plaited hair bound up and
secured with a lyre's harp,
moves from guest to guest, who wait
and mime in the reception hall
of an Athenian bathhouse.
She, bending low, holding a tray
where each man takes a cup to sip from,
peering over the rim,
musing at the heat underfoot from
the fires beneath the stone works,
as a lesser fire stokes those who
watch her with eyes steaming,
melting their cynicism.
Drawn to and leaning forward,
feeling like the beguiling child
who sees his reflection
in the sweet water of a deep well
before falling in without a sound--
the neckline of her tunic folds open,
unspooling her fragrance,
evoking visions of its offerings.
Don't tempt me.These blank pages mark me,Don't tempt me.5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Invisible fingers point.
Silent laughs from the lines,
screaming in my face.
My pen is losing,
So much paper; not enough ink.
Maybe if I bleed,
Spill my essence to fill.
Should they then stop,
Should they be burned?
The thought of running out,
A lack there-of.
It sickens me,
Makes my stomach churn.
Go away and never return,
Banish yourself to nowhere.
Or I WILL become your worst nightmare!
Diamond TearsDiamond Tears10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The heart will cry out.
But the mind will remain silent.
Tears will only reveal
The hidden desire deep inside.
Diamond stars glittering in the skies.
Diamond tears shimming within the lies.
The heart will be alone.
But the mind will delve in company.
The tears will only reveal
The abondoned hope residing inside.
Diamond tears will glitter in this lie.
Diamond stars will shimmer in this sky.
The heart will dive into the darkness.
But the mind will shine in its light.
The tearls can only reveal
The lost pain hidden inside.