Legend of Korra - rambling about Book 1SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T WATCHED KORRA'S FIRST SEASON.
There's been tons of blog posts out there analyzing what Legend of Korra's first season did both positive and negative thoughts. There's a lot of praise (there was a pretty steady flow as the season went on) but also some scathing critique (largely due to the finale). I'm not even going to try to be comprehensive because I've already tossed out so many ideas as the season went on, and other people have already laid out essays on the thing. I just wanted to touch on some points of interest to me things I loved and hated about Korra's first season.
To be clear, I could make a similar list of things for any season of the original series. Furthermore, it is important to point out that the team only had 12 episodes to work with, spent TWO YEARS making the season, had to endure all kinds of fast-paced conditions we can't even understand, I'm sure and in general, none of my critique here is meant in any person
PROCRASTINATIONProcrastination... Being a sloth... it's a disease.PROCRASTINATION2 years ago in Personal More Like This
All of us struggle with it. On certain days you just don't feel like doing nothing at all. Other days you feel that you worked hard on something and that you're owed time-off for it. And there's that period where you KNOW you should've been working on something; after a lot of time have passed you eventually find yourself wondering WHY you even went along doing nothing for so long.
We're not perfect creatures, it HAPPENS.
But being a procrastinator compared to being a hard-worker is a measure of how serious you take yourself.
If you have a regular 9-5, come home whether it's a long commute or short one, and then taking care of family matters (wife, kids, or parents), it can be pretty hard to keep yourself focused. That's a valid reason for struggling trying to stay focused on a creative project. Life is hard in that aspect. You're definitely a hard-worker in that regard. If you do all that and then work your
Chocolate Commissions!I do a variety of other art and crafts commissions: please see the full journal for more details: http://itti.deviantart.com/journal/Serious-Commissions-216090522Chocolate Commissions!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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What is art?There's a lot of deviations on the front page that I check out just so I can read the comments.What is art?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of users seem to think they can define what is art and what isn't, and this never fails to infuriate me.
Have these people ever been to any art galleries? A lot of popular modern art looks like it's been drawn by 5 year olds in 5 minutes, while classical art all looks exactly the same. Maybe they should go visit some museums and start shouting "not art, herp derp" until they get thrown out.
If stuff you don't like makes the front page, it means there's an audience for that sort of stuff, in which case you should be blaming DeviantArt's user base rather than insulting the artists. Funnily enough, unoriginal Pokemon and Pony crap doesn't get as much hate as a lot of nude stuff. I wonder why. (*coughpersonalinsecuritiescough*)
Wikipedia's definition of art is: "Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and aff
Pondering prologues (wall of text warning)Rant ahoy! (The following is my own pondering and can include personal opinions and just plain boring nerd rant. Feel free to disagree or ignore if you will, but I still hope some of you can find it more amusing than annoying. I'm a cronic rambler.)Pondering prologues (wall of text warning)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I like comics. I love reading them, printed and online alike, and I spend quite considerable amount of time browsing through them when I have free time.
I'm watching a few comic groups here in DA, most of which concentrate on animal comics. And there seems to be a trend there, that is starting to feel really dull, and that's prologues. Ya know, I don't have anything against having a prologue, if it really works with the story, but this certain trend is starting to bug me real bad:
I want to read comics and their stories, why do I have to go through pages and pages of religious propaganda to even see any characters to relate with?
I don't like bland religious propaganda, specially if it's just that; there is no characters shown that would sh
Girl ProblemsZuko reread Katara's letter for the hundredth time. She asked him to remind Pema to take care of herself, to tell Jinora stories about when they were younger, to make sure Ikki and Meelo don't interrupt him while he did that, to remind Tenzin that Korra doesn't respond well to strict teaching techniques but not to be too easy on her because she needs to learn airbending and to be patient with Korra and use positive reassurance (all Zuko could think of was when Katara was telling him the same things about Aang), offer to take Korra out for meat because she was sure Korra would be craving it by now (must be a Southern Water Tribe thing, he thought), and to make sure those teammates of hers were treating her nicely and to threaten the boys if they weren't. The last part sounded almost fun but he was sure it wouldn't be needed. From what he'd seen of Korra when he visited the South Pole years ago and what Katara told him he's pretty sure KoGirl Problems2 years ago in Humor More Like This
A Badass Pro-Maiko ArgumentINTRODUCTIONA Badass Pro-Maiko Argument4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I didn't think they still existed, I really didn't--Super Zutarians, I mean. I realize that there are still those who ship Zuko and Katara, and that's fine, whatever floats your steamboat--but I thought that the end of the series pretty much ended the "OMG ZUKO SHOULD BE WIT KATARAAA<33333 AND NOT THAT FREAKIN' EMO BEEYOTCH!!!!" discussions.
I was wrong.
Truly, one would think that Super Zutarians would eventually embrace the light, or at least acknowledge the light--that light being the well-thought-out rebuttals to various Pro-Zutara forum rants. However, I recently was involved in an argument with what I thought was a dying breed, wherein I was called some vaguely amusing names, told to shut up multiple times, and asked to present my Pro-Maiko argument in a more intelligent light.
So, here. I present to you all an essay, part for spite and part for enlightenment, on one of the most plausible and most romantic kids' cartoon couples I h
Memories and LonelinessMemories and LonelinessMemories and Loneliness2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Asami drove her car slowly into the garage, parked it, killed the engine, and stepped out. She stood there for a moment, unsure of what to do in the once familiar place. All of her tools and the random things that had been stuffed into the space were still there untouched since she'd left. Even her mother's cedar chest still had a fine layer of dust on it. She had thought that perhaps her father might raid it after evading the police. She took a step towards it and stopped, her hand hovering uselessly in the air. She couldn't bring herself to open it yet. She might never be able to. It hurt her just to think of how her father had used her mother's death and memory as an excuse to become the twisted man that he had. It was like she had died all over again, and this time, Daddy wouldn't be there to comfort her and wrap her in his arms.
Her breath hitched in her throat, and it felt like there was a steel bar wrapped around her chest. She couldn't even breathe in th
Maiko- I Waited Three Years- Part1: The Agni Kai"Azula!" I called. The young princess paused in her bending practice and turned to me.Maiko- I Waited Three Years- Part1: The Agni Kai2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Do you know where Zuko is?"
The twelve year old frowned slightly. "You'd rather see him than me?" she asked skeptically. Her tone was icy and a familiar sensation of fear chilled my blood. But I had learned to restrain my emotions. I didn't let my fear show.
"No, princess," I replied calmly, "That's not it. It's just that I haven't seen him yet today and was wondering if he was alright."
Her hazel eyes bore into mine, searching for a possible motive for seeking out her brother. Apparently she was unable to see through my expressionless face. "He's out in the garden. Something about an Agni Kai."
"Thank you, princess." I bowed and ran off in the direction of the garden.
Despite how often Azula would put Zuko down, I had always had my own thoughts about him. I appreciated him more than anyone else in my life. He wasn't like Azula. She expected to be treated like a princess. But even though
Dreams come true.Mai stood at the door, leaning against its frame. She let her eyes roam over the figure that stood a few feet away. Just a few feet.Dreams come true.2 years ago in Romance More Like This
A few days ago, when she would be locked inside that cold cell, she would be angry at him for leaving her behind, for not giving her the opportunity to choose to go with him. But right now, she couldn't care less. Because she knew that he had been so close to dying and just the thought made her want to run at him and keep him in her arms.
She observed as he struggled to put on his robe, his muscles tense under his pale skin. She had never regretted the decision of saving him; she had never regretted standing up against Azula. Knowing that he was safe was the only thing that kept her composed during her imprisonment.
When she heard him moan in pain, she decided to let him know that she was there. "You need some help with that?" She asked, taking some steps closer. She couldn't help the smile that appeared on her face when he turned around eagerly.
Midnight MotherhoodThe Fire Nation palace was calm and peaceful at the hush of midnight. The summer breeze brought a wonderful chill to those in their warm beds that night. All was silent except for the calm sounds of a new mother putting to bed her newborn child.Midnight Motherhood2 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Please be quiet, you darling little parasite," cooed Fire Lady Mai to the swathed bundle in her arms. She'd been pacing through the nursery for almost half an hour now, rocking the baby steadily in her arms. Clearly it wasn't working since the little darling was still screaming its little head off.
Mai had long since lost her patience. She had done everything she was supposed to. She'd changed it, feed it, burped it, changed it again and still it continued with the waterworks. Why wouldn't it stop?
The young mother debated upon her options. The Royal Nanny was on leave (Zuko had been in a rather annoyingly generous mood), so that was out. Her next choice was to wake up her husband and make it all his problem, just for the fun of it. Unfortunat