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I'm a regular reader of Escher Girls, so when I read the latest post this morning, I was deeply concerned. The following post was submitted to Eschergirls and was not made by me. The artist is Selkiesiun
I DID NOT DRAW THIS PICTURE. :iconselkiesiun: DID. THIS IS A QUOTE OF HER EXPERIENCES.
I AM ONLY RELAYING THE INFORMATION.
Selkiesiun submitted to Eschergirls:
"This is not so much a critique post as it is a conformation of how absurd the standards of art in the comic book industry have become.
I traveled to San Diego Comic Con this year and participated in the portfolio reviews they where holding from Thursday to S
Sadly AloneLoneliness and sorrow were sitting at the parkSadly Alone3 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
When sorrow noticed it started getting dark
So he leaned down to lonileness and he said
"I'm going to go home, and cry in my bed"
Loneliness shook her head, and whispered a plea
"Just a little longer, would you stay here with me?"
With that said, sorrow wouldn't leave just yet
They both sat and watched as the sun began to set
Then loneliness said, in a cheerful tone
"when you are with me I'm not so alone"
Sorrow laughed gently and said with pure glee
"when we are together you make me happy"
So happiness and friendship sat at the park
After the night became very dark
They spoke with each other up until dawn
And now loneliness and sorrow are forever gone
The Mary Sue and YouAs some of you are probably aware, a "Sue War" is stirring in the DP fandom. Since I've got some free timeThe Mary Sue and You5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
and have a horrible case of writer's block, I figured I would write a little something up concerning Mary Sues.
The Mary Sue
Many people in fandom have heard the term Mary Sue, but few know the actual definition of a Sue. In short, a Mary Sue is a character that is unbelievably perfect. They have skills or traits that are either unexplained or impossible. The Mary Sue often dominates the entire story, and overshadows other main characters, the only exception being the love interest. Essentially, a Mary Sue is the author's idea of a perfect character, and is often a self insert. Note:This does not mean that all self inserts are Mary Sues, although instances of this are extremely rare.
Most Mary Sues have extraordinary powers that are either uncommon or unheard of in the story universe. In the DP fandom, a telltale sign of a Mary Sue is when he/she is
Male Empowerment?Whenever I enter the world of feminist debate, I inevitably end up talking about men. Strange. I think a lot of people see it as a sign of the male-centric viewpoint that we are trying to overcome, but I think it is something more... something that shouldn't be ignored. Feminism is not all about women. Feminism is also about helping men.Male Empowerment?3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
However, I want to make it clear that this is the very antithesis of the male-empowerment fad which basically states, "men have problems too, so why don't we get a rights movement?" Not only is this sort of argument incredibly self-centered, it is completely backwards. Society's idolization of the masculine is, in fact, the root of most of these problems! Consider some of the most common complaints about inequality against men.
-Men are expected to support a family.
-Men are expected to treat women with chivalry and pay for their drinks/meals/etc.
-Men are placed under much more restrictive gender-role ex
What am I doing wrong? A guide to character designHello again, lovelies.What am I doing wrong? A guide to character design4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Now, I have noticed that there seem to be a lot of design conflicts on the site regarding that someone has *le gasp!* copied your character. Oh, the humanity! How dare they?! How dare they also have a character set who are only black, white, and red because that makes them so deep and edgy. How dare their animal also have a star/heart/diamond on its forehead? How dare they make a character with rainbow legs/tails?! How dare they have a fursona with a "dark" side when they become enraged? How dare their sparkle fursona be black with lime green, hot pink, and cyan markings?! How. Fucking. Dare. They?!
So, you call them out on their obvious theft of your character, and then things get spicy. You get barraged by an army of white knights. You send your white knights after their white knights. Then, when all that is going on, you get a nice, big taste of "trolling" because you're all probably worked up and obsessi
Official FFM Prompt Bank 2012Flash Fiction Month is back again, and we need your help.Official FFM Prompt Bank 20123 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Our menagerie of mischievous monkeys has escaped, taking with them the last few vials of distilled imagination that we had saved from last year. Without them, there can be no original stories during Flash Fiction Month 2012.
What does this mean for you? Only your original, non-copyright infringing prompts can fuel the magic needed to create thirty-one original stories.
Just like in previous years, the best prompts will be featured, with credit, to motivate all your fellow Flash Fiction Month 2012 participants. So leave your wittiest, wackiest and wildest ideas in the comments below.
Be careful, it's a zoo out there.
The simplest, easiest way to not make a Mary SueMay Sue tests and descriptions try their best to help you refine your character, especially in keeping it from being something that's worse that 'poorly written--a Sue.The simplest, easiest way to not make a Mary Sue4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
An easy way to test these tests is to plug canon characters into them. There are enjoyable characters that are already written who are beautiful, smart, savvy, have tons of skills, live forever, are resurrected, find true love, and are enjoyable. You wonder other people got away with such things and why you can't or you start hating most authors because they mention--just once--'beautiful' or someone easily winning a battle.
But your smart enough to get that bad feeling down your spine from some characters. They didn't just get a bad author or a crappy director, they just shouldn't be and the feeling just gets stronger the more you read and watch things and grasp deeper aspects of story-telling mediums. You know that Sues exist and that they are out to get your story. They must be stopped, but now you wonder how.
Profile SkeletonName: (Self explanatory, but can do with elaboration. Meaning of name, appropriateness, background, connotation. Also includes nicknames, titles, etc.)Profile Skeleton4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Race: (Varies depending on genre. I use this for species, as well as a brief species description for fantasy worlds, but also for census-race in real-world stuff.)
Setting: (For fantasy worlds, I usually have an entirely separate sheet, but for real-world stuff, a few sentences here usually suffices. I include location, time frame, and current events, getting as specific as possible. For fantasy worlds, I use a few sentences with notes back to my reference sheet.)
Affiliation: (This often overlaps with race and setting. In a conflict situation, there are usually sides to be taken. This can include political groups, ethnic groups, cultural groups, nationality, factions...)
Occupation: (Also self explanatory, but I also use it as a brief summary of how the job affects the character's daily li
Good night, Carlos “Good evening, Listeners.” Cecil gulped, his voice cracking on the very last syllable. “Today, is not the day for celebration.” He paused, eyes fluttering shut. He could feel his eyes grow quite moist at just the thought of announcing this. “Our, dearest, dearest Carlos… Has left us… and Night Vale.” He spoke in a heavy tone, doing everything in his power not to throw the microphone against the wall. “I am not allowed to disclose why or how, but please, let us remember that the secret police, are ALWAYS watching.” He bit his lip so hard little blots of blood bubbled at the surface. His magnificent, perfect Carlos was gone. There was nothing left for him in Night Vale, nothing worth living for. He placed a shaky hand over the desk and leaned forward. “ Do NOT try to investigate the secrets of Night Vale, listeners. Do not try to confront the hooded figures.” He heaved, hisGood night, Carlos2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
listen1. I shouldn't havelisten2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
to explain to you that my body
is perfect just as it is
2. the only thing
that I will ever wax
3. women have large breasts
and small breasts and sometimes
no breasts at all
4. I am not defined
solely by my reproductive organs
and my relationship to them
5. if I never hear another
solitary word about my weight ever again
I'll probably die happy
Character Development GuideCHARACTER QUESTIONAIRECharacter Development Guide5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Physical Condition (Fit, unfit, or something in between?):
Hair Color and Style:
Physical Imperfections/Would Like Most to Change:
Years of Schooling:
Major and Minor Studies in College:
Grades Achieved in School:
Special Occupational Training:
Skills, Abilities and Talents:
General Personality Type:
Method of Handling Anger Or Rage (Repress, throw things, etc.):
A Field Guide to Trolls on dAAh yes, the uncomfortable truth. You see, there is a drawback to become well known and popular on deviantart and that is the Devious Bullus Trollius otherwise known as the DeviantArt trolls. Every well known artist and no few authors have had their share of these pests; they are widespread, they are numerous, they are a pain.A Field Guide to Trolls on dA5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Trolls come in a few flavors, but they all share a few things in common:
They enjoy kicking people down just for the 'lulz'.
They enjoy annoying people just for the 'lulz'
They are bulllies.
However, beyond that baseline, we have a few different flavors of troll and here they are:
The Troll who does it 'just for the lulz'. These trolls go after well known pieces, DDs and popular pieces and drop a mean, rude, or crude comment just to piss people off. The Lulz Troll feeds off of anger, hostility, and payback comments on their page. They like to watch their pageviews go up, even if it is
An Analysis of Deviant Art's AsshatteryAn Analysis of Deviant Art's Asshattery3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
As many of us are well aware, there are many fundamental issues with the way Deviant Art functions as a website. The site is often slow or all-out unresponsive, people have no privacy and protection, and other problems exist that the staff simply doesn't care to resolve. Despite these problems and many others, the most we see in the way of site updates is aesthetic tweaks and piddly, unnecessary destination re-routes.
As far as I can gather, there are four basic issues with Deviant Art that desperately need to be changed. There are probably more, but they will be saved for a later article if they are brought to my attention. Each issue I see will be discussed and solutions will be proposed. It is not necessarily my hope to receive a Daily Deviation on this, and I certainly don't expect the staff to actually take it into consideration, but I do hope to at least share my thoughts on the issues I've experienced in my 2.5 years as a De
Fat GirlI am the girl with the pretty faceFat Girl3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Who 'could be so beautiful'
I had to develop a personality
Had to become funny and likeable
Had to perfect the art of the one-minute introduction
And I am not lovely
I am personable
I am not the ingénue
I am the character actress
I will say "yes."
That is what separates us from the pack.
We will say "yes."
And we will make jokes at our own expense
We will learn to laugh when someone pokes our belly
We will flirt without fear
Because we've already been shot down so many times
That what is one more rejection?
We will live life like others cannot
Full of reckless abandon
And joy and fun and laughter
Because the quickest way to learn to not give a fuck
Is to be one of us
For we have been so downtrodden
We have been so shamed
That we've grown callouses on our BMIs
And if you call me fat,
I will laugh and say, "Obviously."
Darling, if you wear your pain like armor
No one can use it to hurt you
And in the end, we will all be the same
And we will all fee
I am not an objectThere’s something I don’t like about the phrase “rape culture.” It’s not that I think it doesn’t exist or that I want to turn a blind eye to the problem. Rather, I feel like it is a misnomer that breeds confusion and skeptism. Rape culture is not just about rape. In fact, most of the time it is not. It is about objectifying women. Objectifying of women can lead to rape, but more often it appears in the form of little acts of disrespect and harassment that strip a woman of her feeling of humanity.I am not an object2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I think a lot of people don’t realize how much these sorts of dehumanizing experiences can affect a person… especially if they’ve never been the target of one. But they shouldn’t be minimized, even if they never escalate. People seem to think that sexual harassment is “no big deal” so long as it doesn’t culminate in rape. “You got catcalled? Groped at a party? Leered a
Cecil/Carlos WTNV- purringYay for WTNV fanfiction!!!! I hope you all enjoy, it's just a short drabble about Cecil's purringCecil/Carlos WTNV- purring2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Carlos yawned, stretching out like a cat on his bed. Next to him, he could feel Cecil stir softly, moving ever so much closer to him. Everything here was perfect. The room was warmed by the breath of the lovers, Cecil’s chilly, moist skin cuddled up against Carlos was pure bliss. He had his fingers curled into Cecil’s hair, gripping ever so slightly as he leaned over to press his nose against his neck. The scent of coffee, old (and definitely banned) books, and cologne perfumed his nostrils, wrangling a content sigh from the both of them. He couldn't believe this was happening, right here, right now. Carefully, he pressed his ear against Cecil’s collar bone, listening to his shallow breath, and the steady irregular heartbeat. Almost immediately Cecil responded by wrapping both arms around Carlos, p
Dipper goes to Wendy's FanficThis is my first Gravity falls fanfiction, Lets see how this trainwreck goes ^^""Dipper goes to Wendy's Fanfic3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
It was a fine day in Gravity Falls. A mild summer storm had just passed over, leaving everything damp. The sun gleamed brightly through the dusty old windows of the Mystery Shack, as if apologizing for being gone so long. Dipper sat up, annoyed by the sudden bright light, and rubbed his eyes. Things didn't go well with Robbie and Wendy yesterday. Although he had made that pact with Robbie, he couldn't help but feel depressed. He loved seeing Wendy smile, but hated the fact that they weren't meant for him. The thought of being helplessly in love with Wendy was difficult, as she seemed perfectly fine without him. He knew that it was wrong to live his life like this, and tried to get over it, something stopped him every time. He decided to make the best of it and forget
Dipper goes to Wendy's Chapter Two Its been three days since Dipper has had any real emotional moments with Wendy. At first it saddened him, but he then realized that Wendy had a good reason.Dipper goes to Wendy's Chapter Two3 years ago in Romance More Like This
“I’m just trying to keep ‘us’ a secret.” She had told him the other day. IT wasn’t too bad though, she still showed some affection for him. Every now and then, she would squeeze his hand, or peck him on the cheek, whilst no one was watching. She tried to spend alone time with him, but everyone in the mystery shack had unknowingly been a snoop. The two thought they were able to successfully keep their silly love a romance, well, of course, except for Mabel. Although, it wasn’t very troublesome, as Mabel knew the importance of keeping it confidential. She had worked so hard for those two to be together, she wasn’t about to ruin it. Everything seemed fine, however, they didn’t notice the suspicions of another close by.
Spare MeThe lights were dim and music blaringSpare Me3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
when I saw a girl who started staring.
Her eyes struck with me a gaze worth sharing,
eyes that whispered I have a heart worth sparing.
Lolli's Desu and Helpful List of PLZ's:iconiloveitplz: :iconiloveitmoreplz: :iconretardiloveitplz: :iconiheartitplz: :iconilovekrissiplz: :iconikilleditplz: :iconinomitplz: :iconirapeitplz: :iconilikeitplz: :iconilickitplz: :iconidislikeitplz: :iconihateitplz: :iconiwantitplz: :iconicantbelieveitplz: :iconiderpitplz: :iconikissitplz: :iconidontloveitplz:Lolli's Desu and Helpful List of PLZ's4 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
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:iconholygoodnessplz: :iconhappytearplz: :iconwrahplz: :iconyeeshplz: :iconhappyderpplz: :iconsnivelplz:
:iconimseriousplz: :iconimveryseriousplz: :iconimrealyseriousplz: :iconimultraseriousplz: :iconimepicseriousplz: :iconimultimateseriousplz: :iconiminfi
10 rules for rping10 Basic Rules for RPing:10 rules for rping7 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. No godmodding, even in the slightest. Leave everything open for anything to happen, and then if you're RPing with another good RPer, they will respond reasonably. This means you never control another characters actions, and never make it impossible for a character to get out of a situation. If youve set up a precedent for something and the other RPer can also follow rules, then the RP will go well. For example, having guards come out of nowhere and surround someone to make it impossible for them to get away or fight their way out is godmodding. If however theyve say, infiltrated a castle and youve set a precedent that youve got guards there, then that would likely be okay, so long as you keep things realistic. The guards wont be there immediately, it takes time for them to arrive and respond. And please, for sanitys sake, keep the number realistic. If youre in a castle, you arent going to have 10,000 guards. I
Plastic SurgeryWhat if Barbie looked at Ken,Plastic Surgery3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
And asked him, "Do you think I'm thin?
Am I pretty enough for you?
Or do you think of others, too?"
Ken would say, "Of course not, dear."
His plastic smile from ear to ear.
"You are indeed my only doll,
We're made for eachother, don't you recall?"
"But, Ken, I don't like what I see,
In the reflection that stares at me.
I see that my hair is going grey,
I'm growing old and fading away."
"My plastic is brittle, my limbs are weak.
Surely there's another girl you seek?
Another dolls' lips you'd like to smash?
I'm sure I belong deep down in the trash."
Though Ken consoles, it doesn't help.
Barbie falters in sense of self.
Starts skipping meals and throwing up,
Until her confidence at last erupts.
Barbie continues for weeks on end,
Her own self image starts to bend.
She feels her youth is slipping away,
Though she looks the same day after day.
Soon Barbie finally feels within,
She's tired of the body she is in.
She wants a slimmer waist, a bigger che
Foolish Heart.I'm a fragile thing.Foolish Heart.3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm far more delicate than your mother's finest vase filled with artificial flowers and love to the brim.
I can shatter with the tiniest mistreatment.
I try to hide away in the darkest labyrinths; it's to keep myself safe.
I fear being broken once again.
I've been down that jagged path, I don't want to do it again.
But then a light finds my safe place; Awe replaces fear.
The light isn't so bad, it's soothing even.
For months we do this tango of love and grace.
I thought I could finally be safe again in the arms of a total stranger, who transformed into my lover.
Some things I didn't understand about you, but I let them go.
Your light was dangerous, it blinds from the truth.
I found that out far too late.
I'd fallen and shattered, and awaited for you to pick up the pieces.
Finally I realized that you never would.
You're empty inside; never to be satisfied.
Not even the deepest love could fill the holes in your heart.
I was a fool to fall and now I'm living with the
Pounding Head And there was that pounding in his head again beating in his ears like a snare drum keeping the time for the army as lines of cadets marched in the rain, black leather boots crushing puddles to cobblestone and splashing water up like a miniature tsunami. A tsunami which would rise up and swell from the ocean, grabbing at the buildings and pulling them down greedily. Greedy the way the tax man ripped the poor man's home away, leaving him depressed and alone and beaten. Beaten the way the blond woman curled up on her bathroom floor with bruises on her face and arms was by her husband, the husband she can't leave because of some misguided and self-destructive sense of loyalty. Loyalty rooted in the confusion between love and terror, the loyalty felt by the boy who demands his kidnapper not be punished, and psychiatrists gravely announce has developed Stockholm syndrome, the way he falls asleep in her mother's arms, dreaming oPounding Head3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This