The Naming of CharactersFirst of all, we don't need this surface-value, wishy-washy crap. I'll show you what I mean, so here's a form I used to give out when accepting OCs for stories a long time ago (ah, back in the days. I truly forgot how fun writing without bounds used to be--you know, writing for your own satisfaction with things like outrageous Sues, blatant cliches, and genres that I have worn out for a year or two. I still do it sometimes, but I can't bring myself to get too heavily into the story because I know it would be really bad to anyone else. I DO miss writing about fantasy journeys, though, but I really wore that out when I was younger, so right now I'm getting into fantasy-without-the-magic. Technically, historical fiction for my own world).The Naming of Characters3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anyway, carry on.
The Ult. Sonic Fanchara GuideThe Ult. Sonic Fanchara Guide6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The Ultimate Sonic Fan Character Creation GuideDISCLAIMER TYPE THINGY: This is a guide of tips for making the most unique and awesome Sonic fan character possible. Everything in here is what I believe makes a truly awesome and not "Mary Sue-infested" Sonic fan character, and is strictly MY OPINION. You, as the reader, do not have to follow these guidelines exactly. I am not, in any way, personally attacking and/or defending any fan characters out there and/or any fan characters mentioned here. I also do not claim any of them as my own. There are many Sonic fan characters out there who break these guidelines and are still unique, awesome, and greatly received by the public. I even broke some of these rules. Heck, SEGA themselves even went past these limits. But like I said, no one is being forced to follow these guidelines (even if I capitalize "DO NOT DO THIS"), so continue reading to find out how to make your character super special awesome! And if you have any questi
Something Quite Peculiar - Chapter 01Something Quite Peculiar - Chapter 012 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter One: Reminiscing
The cabin could barely be called a cabin. It was more of a hut: a building in the loosest sense of the word. It had four walls and a roof, a door, a window, and a chimney that looked as though it were ready to fall over. Truthfully, it appeared that a strong gust of wind could knock down the shack, with signs surrounding which read, “Condemned” and “No Trespassing.”
The small structure was concealed behind several large trees, and was incredibly easy to miss, nestled within the forest that rarely anyone ventured into.
It was always snowing around this cabin, regardless of the season.
Inside was exceedingly less interesting than outside, if at all possible. There was only one room, which contained a mattress and pillow in the corner, a fireplace that appeared to have not been used in decades, and a few shelves on one of the walls.
The shelves proved to be at least somewhat intriguing, containing items such as a matryoshka do
The Truth About Selling FanartUpdate notice as of January 17, 2013: I have given this guide a MAJOR overhaul. It was originally written over a year and a half ago, and since then my own views and understanding of copyrights has changed. I felt that this guide should reflect those changes, so if you read this guide in the past, please take a moment to look through it again as I have added MANY new topics, information, and sources. Unlike my first draft, I have also changed my viewpoint to neutral throughout this writing.The Truth About Selling Fanart3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, nor any kind of professional that works in dealing with laws or copyrights. This guide was written based on my own research and understanding of copyright laws, and from discussions with others knowledgeable of the subject. These facts are all sourced from U.S. law. I encourage others to do their own research and draw informed conclusions on how they would like to pursue the issue of selling fanart.
The Truth About Selling Fanart
Fanart is somethin
Conlanging: A How-ToAre you the sort of person who looks at Elvish script and realizes with excitement that those gorgeous squiggles actually mean something? When watching Avatar, did you find yourself trying to work out certain Na’vi words? Have you ever wished you could make up your own language, whether as something to share with your friends when you were young, or else a deeper element to flesh out your personal universe? If so, you’re damn weird. But you’re also lucky, because this article for the layman is going to make your linguistic dreams a reality.Conlanging: A How-To1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
We’re going to talk about language. More specifically, we’re going to talk about what happens when we take language apart into its little recognizable pieces, because it’s from these pieces of real, natural languages that we build our constructed languages, or conlangs. Essentially, you’re going to get a crash-cours
The Problem with Self Inserts The Problem with Self InsertsThe Problem with Self Inserts 2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
There is nothing wrong with inserting yourself into a story. Like anything, it can be well done or... not so well done. The fact is, the majority of people who tend to write about self inserts happen to be beginners. Naturally, that causes there to be a pattern of certain, specific mistakes that are frequently found whilst reading anything on the internet. The purpose of this deviation isn't to say that self inserts are bad. I'm simply going to point out the most common mistakes that we usually encounter.
1. Making ourselves better than we really are.
Don't be fooled by the word "better." This can be replaced with mysterious, deep, dark, tragic, romantic, lovable... anything we want. Maybe a mix of a few of those things. The point is, the version of ourselves will be biased.
2. Not making anything bad happen to yourself
Let's talk about the word "bad." Does this mean something, perhaps, like... getting a disease? No. It means anything that interferes with
10 Character Meme!Choose 10 of your favourite characters/OCs/Friends/Celebrites/other.10 Character Meme!1 year ago in Settings More Like This
1:  finds a time machine! What time period do they visit?!
2:  falls in love with , but knows that  is dating . What happens?
3: wakes up in 's house with no memory of how they got there.
4:  receives a love note from . What does it say? How does  react?
5:  and  get married!
6:  and  are stuck on a deserted island. Who survives longest?
7:  beats up . Why?
8:  murders  and  takes the blame.
9: ZOMBIES! How does  react?
10:  traps  in a hole.
11:  is captured by . How does  react?
12:  and  go on a holiday. Where?
13: ,  and  are cursed. What happens to them?
14:  and  visit a haunted house.
15:  is genderswapped. Describe 's reaction.
16:  throws a surprise party for .
17: THE END! Tag someone or describe what 's reaction to this entire meme is.
It's Late - twoSmall, curious whispers led to action as running footsteps could be heard off in the distance, getting further and further away, while the disturbance of leaves crumbling and a bush being disturbed by violent movement increased; a fairly tall, hoodied man flung himself with a clenched fist at the assaultee's head, hitting him square in the temple as he spat the words "Get the fuck off'a him!" in a devilish and fury filled voice.It's Late - two2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Still lying on the ground in a teary and minor bloody mess remained Abel, sobbing and shaking even after the pissed off drunk had been knocked off of him by his rescuer. Whoever it was had clearly strong considering that he'd taken out the alcohol ridden bastard with one blow. He dared to open an eye, just enough to get a glimpse of the taller man. Sure, he looked equally as shady, but atleast he wasn't staking him too. Speaking of staking, now that he was no longer being molested, or pinned down, he may as well take the split second of time to inspect the now
Writing Prompt 101 - CharacterWriting Prompt 101Writing Prompt 101 - Character5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Note: Many people have asked how I come up with my characters so I figured I would share what I do. This is just an outline and know that you dont have to fill out any and all. Its a guideline. Also note, that though you answer these questions not everything should be included or expected in your writing. This is so you can know your characters intimately and how they would react but not everyone else needs to know some things.
Basic Information is key to the first vital step
Name: (normal, foreign, alien etc)
Age: (2 years, 1000, immortal etc)
Gender: (female, male, transvestite etc)
Race: (human, vampire, alien etc)
Profession: (student, doctor, king, mage etc)
Note: These tell you what your character is but it just scratches the surface to character building
Project Profile_003: UltimeciaProject Profile_003: Ultimecia6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Project Profile_003: Ultimecia
Images of Ultimecia:
"Ultimecia", "Sorceress Ultimecia", "Artemisia", "Artemicia", "Artemisa".
Sometime between Nov. 23 and Dec. 21, some 11 generations after the game's end.
Ultimecia's bangs are center-parted, raise slightly (about two inches), and then flow down, extending to about halfway down her thighs. The remainder of her hair is elevated in an odd fashion. Two cups protruding in either direction on top of her head hold he
ChocolateMount Justice wasn't well known, but to those that it was, its serious moments were held in high regard due to how united all residents became at the bitter silence and the grim glances easily painted atop the shaky frowns and anger riddled features. These moments robbed even the strongest-willed of them of their optimistic smiles, their broken hearts nestled peacefully in their chests with the broken breaths and flustered blushes. The shadows regularly disguised by the simple shine of the sun's rays as they snuck through the glass of the windows quickly became apparent to the blindest of eyes until it seemed to drown all occupants, the last thread of happiness twitching its last few breaths away.Chocolate2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Today wasn't one of those serious moments.
The sun washed every corner free of the deadly shadows, smiles in abundance lining every ounce of the air and drowning everyone into their own form of happiness. The breaths were laughter of the purest kind, the sparkle in their eyes of excitement an
Common Sindarin PhrasesCommon Sindarin Phrases3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Common Phrases in Sindarin
Sindarin is technically not a functional language, there are so many words missing. Simple words are just simply non-existant. But there is some help for the language, it's a beautiful, poetic, and its in Lord of the Rings for goodness sake.
If there are any phrases that you would like to see me translate, feel free to contact me and I will add them to the list.
So you may want to review this page many times after seeing it for the first time.
"thou" : formal
"you" : informal
-----a dash before the characters make it a suffix that is used for verbs and possessive
Formal: lín ; informal: -ch
Formal: -l (obscure) pl: -dh ; informal: -g ; pl: -ch
(the reason the l is obscure is because it can often be confused with a verb tense that is why it is best to avoid it)
__1: Aiya "Hail" [this one stems from Que
A word about haiku - MS JamesA word about haiku - by Michael JamesA word about haiku - MS James8 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I believe there are a few basic precepts about haiku that are largely overlooked, or just flat out just not taught in most basic literary (poetic) courses. Everyone seems to know that a haiku is supposed to be written in the structure of 5-7-5 syllables per line respectively, but there is much more going on than just a simple syllable constraint. I shall attempt to give a brief overview of the main points about haiku.
First off, the 5-7-5 syllable structure most often cited as being the sole 'structural rule' of haiku is based on the original Japanese constraint. However, the Japanese language and more specifically their word structure differ from English in a critical way when it comes to the definition of this structure. In the Japanese language, each sound unit is called an onji as opposed to our syllable. This unit of measure for a word is considerable more concise than what we use to define a syllable (typically only
You BetA short little 'coming out' story. BirdFlashYou Bet2 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Hmmm?" the older boy hummed, lazily running his fingers through the shaggy black hair fanned out on his chest.
"Do you love me?" Wally snapped his head up, staring down into the innocent blue eyes of his boyfriend.
"'Course I do, Dick. You know that." Dick smiled softly and snuggled further into Wally's chest, apparently ending the conversation there. Wally wasn't having it. "What's wrong babe?"
"Nuthin's wrong," Dick murmured. Wally brushed aside a strand of Dick's hair and tilted his face up to look in his eyes.
"I thought we didn't lie to each other." Dick cast his eyes aside and a faint blush spread across his cheeks.
"I won't laugh, scout's honor." Wally held up three fingers in the scout salute, and Dick couldn't help but smile through his embarrassment. He sighed and laid his head back on Wally's chest.
"Well, I just sometimes feel like maybe...maybe we shouldn't hide anymore. You love me, and I love you,
No Words NeededIt was Friday afternoon and the cave was eerily quiet.No Words Needed2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Practically no one was around. Conner, Megan, and Kaldur were off on a special off world mission, meaning the cave was currently empty.
All except for a certain speedster.
In one of the many restrooms present in the cave, Wally West was standing in front of a mirror staring at his own reflection.
Sad green eyes stared back at him as his gaze shifted to the large purple bruise that was currently forming on his right cheek. He gently ran his fingers over the purple spot and winced when he felt a familiar sense of pain flow through his body.
He looked up at his reflection once more as his grip on the sink tightened. His eyes began to water as he thought about the reason behind the bruise.
His dad had hit him.
Yeah, he had been pushed around before but never had his dad physically hit him.
It hurt to think about it.
Wally was too busy with his thoughts to notice that somebody else had entered the room. By the time he realized he was no
SlenderWally snorted in frustration as the rest of the team had a barrier around the small ebony's room at the Cave, his arms firmly crossing over his chest as his eyes darted between each of them in search of a way to get through. They were tightly packed though, not even the slightest of a chance that he would be able to slip his muscled frame through the cracks without crushing himself to death. That didn't stop him from pushing through them, parting the women rather than where Conner stood with the thought if he had that he would've been crushed for sure.Slender2 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Would it kill you guys to give him some space?" he griped, glaring accusingly at them before setting his ear to the wood of the door and knocking sharp and quick. "Rob, it's just me. Can I come in?"
There was a quiet little whimper, but he got no more of a response than that. It didn't seem to bother him though, instead being all he needed to hear to work his way through the heavy lock on the door, pushing the others back.
MeltingWhen one stops to ponder the concept nothing, one might tilt their head and think hard on how impossible that single word is. To be nothing is to lack anything, but you can't simply lack anything because there never is a space where there isn't anything. Even space isn't nothingness because of the planets and stars it holds, as well as the temperatures, satellites, the atoms in the gas around some of the planets and the darkness. Nothing is easily the most used oxymoron without even being realized for it.Melting2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Today though, as Wally clutched at his trembling arms with his shivering best friend trudging along beside him with his tiny white teeth chattering loud enough that it gave the ginger a headache, he realized he had found nothing in itself. It was all of these 'snow dunes' as he called them, the ones that had him to his knees and poor Dick to his hips as they waddled on through the snow storm, lost beyond belief. All they could see in every direction was white, nothing else, besides th
Changing Fate Chapter 2Changing Fate Chapter 24 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Come back here, you little brat!" yelled the angry thug leader.
A young girl was now running down the empty streets of the village she had just arrived in. She hasn't even been there for no more than 30 minutes ago and she was getting chased by five men.
"You won't get away!" the second thug bellowed.
She shifted from running and jumped from building to building to shake them off her trail. 'God! How on earth did I let myself get into this mess?' the girl asked herself while trying to catch her breath.
She realized that she needed to find a place to hide and rest before those men end up finding her again. The girl quickly scanned the village for an empty alleyway and she grinned happily when she had found a spot. She jumped down to that spot and accidentally landed wrong on her right foot, spraining her ankle in the process. She winced at the sudden sensation of pain in her leg and cursed herself for be
InertiaSometimes, I feel so very sorry forInertia2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
the letters that I write.
Born onto a blank page and
trapped there all their lives.
No new sites to see, no unfamiliar faces to meet;
standing in a lonely row
just to express my thoughts as words,
and yet, completely unable to express their own.
They lie paralyzed in their birthplace
lacking the ability to grow and learn.
Immovable to change for the rest of their lives.
And sometimes, I wonder to myself,
why I choose to be the same.
Ultimate Trainer GuideGeneral InfoUltimate Trainer Guide4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Natural Hair Color (If Dyed):
Any Musical Talent:
-If so, which instrument(s):
Any Abilities (Psychic abilities, can talk to Pokemon, etc)
Careful or Clumsy:
Clean or Dirty Fighter:
Neat Freak or Slob:
Social Butterflies or Loners:
Lover or Fighter:
One word to describe personality:
Short Paragraph of personality:
Rich? Middle Class? Poor?:
Age they started Journey:
Association? (Rocket, Galactic, etc):
Skills (In Battle):
Skills (Out of Battle):
Most important childhood event/why:
Drive to Battle:
Most wanted Pokemon:
If they were a Pokemon, which one would they be:
Who were they raised by:
If not by parent
Writing Tips -1Writing TipsWriting Tips -13 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Okay, so writing. Something you are interested in? Well,
lets get to grips with just some of the basics of great writing. These tips
will transform your attitude from "How can I fill this page?" into "How can
I fill this page with good quality writing?"
Part One: Initial Idea
Why is it that finding an idea can be so hard?
Why does everyone else have the power to come up with amazing ideas, and what
are you left with? Nothing... Well, to you, that may be what it seems
like, but I'm sure if you dig deep enough, you don't really lack in
ideas, you just have a hard time bringing them to the surface. Here
are some ways to bring out that buried inspiration:
Base some ideas on real life events
Its probably the easiest way to write, you may have experienced what you are
writing about, this helps the mind describe the situation, it also makes it
sound much more realistic.
Use inspiration from other pieces of writing
Irken Detailed InformationIrkensIrken Detailed Information8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
An Irken from birth is made a cyborg from the PAK that is implanted onto its back, & merges with its spine. Physically, Irkens are typically short humanoid aliens with insectoid traits, such as their eyes & antennae. In terms of genetics, they appear to be simpler in design than humans are, most likely made so by the control brains on Irk to make cloning simpler, while keeping the irkens stronger traits on top.
Irkens have four known organs, the brain, the stomach, the heart, & the squeedly-splooch, although the lower half of the body hasnt been seen, so any sexual organs or excretion organs are yet to be accounted for.
The Irken mouth has two rows of teeth on the top & bottom that seem to be in one two rows all connected together. The tongue is a segmented, spiked muscle that can extend longer than humans can.
The hand has only two fingers on each with an opposable thumb t