The Johto Quest-Chapter 1The Johto QuestThe Johto Quest-Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Clefaai-ry! Clefaai-ry! Clefaai-ry!"
Lyra let out a yawn and stretched her arms out as wide as they can. She rubbed her eyes as she turned off her Poke-larm clock. Scratching the messy tumble of hair on her head, her face lit up with a bright smile.
"Finally! Today is the day!" She threw off her covers and practically flew out of bed. "Crys! Crys! Wake up! Today is the day!"
She jumped into the bed on the other side of the room. Her sister was less enthusiastic.
"What is the matter with you?" Crystal looked over at her Poliwag clock on the nightstand next to her bed, "Lyra it's six-freaking-a.m.! Get off my bed!"
She launched a pillow at her sister, knocking the brunette of the bed, Lyra threw the pillow back onto the bed, sticking her tongue out, "That was highly uncalled for! Fine, sleep, but don't come crying to me when Gold and I get the best starters and you're left with something you don't want!"
Crystal was never much of
Discussing the OCT Deadline FloodAlternatively titled “Why You Are Making the Judges Cry.”Discussing the OCT Deadline Flood1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
It has been my observation through participating in four OCTs, running one, and watching countless more, that a lot of people are in the habit of waiting until the last week (or even the last day) to submit all or most of their entry for the round. Now the last week is part of the time allotted to you, and it is understandable for you to be finishing up the last few pages during this time. What I am taking issue with are the folks who wait until the last week or so to submit 2/3s or more of their round.
There are several inherent problems attached to doing this. First of all, it is extremely frustrating for your opponent to have to wait the entire round to see your entry. Part of the fun of an OCT is seeing how other people interpret your character, and I cannot stress enough how much of a blow it is to a competitor’s morale when it seems like their opponent cannot be bothered to post their e
You Had Me From HelloContains: SpecialShipping (RedxYellow)You Had Me From Hello2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Song: You Had Me From Hello by BonJovi
Rated: K for Kute!
Ametrine burst from her bedroom, the "thump" of her tiny feet a signal to her father, his little girl was awake and ready to play. She peaked into the living room from the hallway entrance, spying her father's form on the couch, seemingly reading something she couldn't see. Deciding on impulse, she tip-toed behind the couch, arms outstretched for her surprise jump attack.
Just as she was about to jump her father twisted in his spot, snatching her up and standing at the same time, tossing her into the air. She giggled and hugged her father, poking his nose before pouting a bit.
"Daaaady, you're supposed to let me get you!" She tried pouting, a smile trying to break through.
Red laughed and held her closer. "Now why would I do that when it's much easier to throw you into the air and TICKLE YOU!" He roared tickling her mercilessly.
The sound of Red's voi
Writing 203: Nice to Meet YouToday's article is extremely important as it is key for successful character development.Writing 203: Nice to Meet You3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS INSIDE AND OUT
That's today's lesson. You have to develop all your characters well enough they become real people. Except those with one line only, like Officer #1 or Hot-Dog Dude. Those are walking puppets to populate your world.
But your primary and secondary characters must be well developed, there's no way around it. Their actions must be driven by their personality and back story. Even though most of this information will never see the light of day, it is imperative they exist through your characters' actions.
If you need a character to behave a specific way to drive the plot forward, it must be planted beforehand and be in line with the previously established personality, it can't be out of character.
My process starts with ten questions I fished here and there and a couple of reminders that form my own Character Bio Sheet. I like to answer them in excruciating detail
Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?You should know your overall plot by now and I'm sure you have your cast of characters in mind, now it's time to cut your cast in half, yep, seriously, cut it in half as you have too many characters. Yep, that's right, we'll focus today's article on something most people tend to ignore: how big should your cast be?Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Here's the thing, the more characters you have, the more pages you will need to develop them in a satisfying manner. So, unless you're writing the next 1000+ novel I suggest you keep your cast with the minimum number of characters as possible your plot requires.
Why have two bad guys when one suffices? What's the point in having 50 mutants in a film where only one takes center stage *wink wink looking at you 20th Century Fox*?
I'm sure that when you cooked up a cool story you had about twenty characters in mind, that's perfectly natural, it's just too much fun creating people to populate your world. But there's an inherent danger in keeping such a bloated cast: the character
A Guide to PokepastasHello there!A Guide to Pokepastas2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
... How'd you get here anyway? Last I checked, all the windows and doors were locked. Oh yeah, I gave you the key...damn. Well, since you're here, I can only assume that you came for my little tutorial for making some pasta. Delicious. I know. First boil some water...the other kind of pasta? Well, if you insist. I do have a few rules on how I make my pastas. Might as well share them. After all, you did go through all that effort of breaking into my house!
Step #1: Know the character.
As easy as this sounds, it isn't so easy. What if a fan of your pasta-to-be puts that character in a certain situation? How would it act? How would it respond? So here's what I do when setting up:
1. JOIN AN RP. As ridiculous as this sounds, it really helps. Really get to know that character! It also helps if you didn't make the RP so you can't twist the events!
2. Ask yourself a series of questions about your characters personality. That really can turn the tables from a boring to interesting
How To Write A PokepastaSo you wanna write a creepypasta? You want to torture some poor little human or Pokemon until it is nothing but a puddle of blood and bone? But... you haven't got a clue what you're doing, or don't know where to start, or maybe just want some good tips? You've come to the right place!How To Write A Pokepasta3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
... Yeah, that opening sucks, hehe. Anyway, I am getting annoyed at all these 'pastas I see that are just carbon copies of each other. I'm not talking to anyone in particular here, and sorry if it offends you, but the blunt truth is that a lot of the 'pasta out there is really uninteresting. It's all BLOOD BLOOD DEATH KILL REVENGE STAB STAB STAB. Hey, even I've done this - remember 'Little Red Rabbit'? My first 'pasta, and I just did what everyone else was doing, haha. Then I realised that EVERYONE writes 'pasta about revenge and wanting to be the only one that 'Master' uses and loves. It's... well, it's getting a bit boring. Sorry to people out there with 'pasta like this.
So yep, this is the basic way I
Guide To RoleplayTo Be a Good RoleplayerGuide To Roleplay4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I wrote this guide because I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. I want to do everything by the book-but sometimes, there is no book to go by. It was a day in the middle of my Winter Break when I decided that I should look for a guide to role-playing; I only found one and it didn't elaborate enough for my tastes.
By no means is this a set of strict rules or even a standard, but this is what I look for in roleplay partners and what almost all of the people that I roleplay with universally appreciate. If you don't like this, I'm not forcing you to read it.
Ia. Roleplay Terms
If you're new to roleplaying, you may not know all of the terms involved. I sure know that I didn't! These are some of the most commonly used ones.
O.O.C./Out of Character: Out of character is something that the person writing the post, not the character, is saying.
Power Playing: Excercising control outside of your respective amount, like controlling other
Equus AbsurdusIn keeping with my ranting about aggravating animals in fantasy, I think I shall rant about horses. The second most overly romanticized and anthropomorphized animal galloping around DA, second only to wolves. And heck, the ol' Equus Absurdus may give Lupus Bardus a run for his money. This will be less pointing out ineptitude in storytelling and rampant cliche, and more about doing your friggin' homework before you write or draw horses. And watching Spirit doesn't count.Equus Absurdus5 years ago in Historical More Like This
I'll be pretty blunt about the art side of things. Horses are Hard To Draw, and they are the Gods of being Hard To Draw. The only thing that I think might be harder is dinosaurs. (She said smugly.) Or possibly deer. When the grand masters of the Renaissance and contemporary master artists alike are stumped by rendering the correct pose of horses in flight, you bow before the king of hard art. Because ever
Tormenting Nigthmares PrologueSilence.Tormenting Nigthmares Prologue2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Three words describing perfectly the scenery in front of a certain dark brunet. Suddenly, a bright light blinded him and he covered his eyes. After a few moments, he slowly opened them and he could see clearly.
His teeth gritting between his jaws, hands balling into fists on his sides, he glared at the eerie figure before him. The person before him wasn't the one he used to love; no, it was that person, but possessed. The body was floating a foot about the ground and a dark aura could be seen coming out of it.
The creature, ever so glad to see the Pokedex Holder, smiled a nasty smirk. With the soulless eyes of the body it was possessing, it kept staring at him amusingly.
" You were looking for me .?" It asked with a creepy voice. The dark brunet took a sharp breath and nodded.
"Yeah " he said as he took a step forward, closer to the person. His red eyes filled with anger and hate, he got out one of his Pokeballs. With a blink
624 Days and Counting- Ch. 15624 Days and Counting- Ch. 152 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I got a window seat.
Even though I have flown on Reshiram too many times to count, I always get excited about flying. I figured taking off on a plane wouldn't be too different than on a Pokémon, but it took so much longer, making me impatient. It would start to back up slowly, turn, go straight and pick up speed, stop, and then go again. It took about fifteen minutes for us to actually get into the air, and I was shaking in my seat. N sat beside me looking bored as hell, and I resisted the urge to hit him and make him as excited as I was. It was beautiful.
I didn't have my Pokeballs on me. No one could on the plane; they were all stowed away beneath. I would have loved to have Serperior to enjoy it with me, but according to security, it was a safety hazard.
I spent the four hours chatting with N and watching people. We whispered to each other and pointed out the obvious foreigners. To N and I's surprise, there were people from Germany on the plane. It was
Create a Fictional CharacterHow To:Create a Fictional Character7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Create a Fictional Character
Creating fictional characters are probably the most difficult part of writing. How does one create a believable, well-developed character? A person cannot just pull something out of their butt and call it a character. A character needs to be thought out, needs to be planned. Characters are the people who tell the story that the author is writing. It needs to be made out to be as real as the author can make it. That leaves the question, how does a person create a fictional character?
First thing that needs to be done is to give the faceless, undeveloped character a gender and a name. A person should not name the character after themselves, unless the author is writing an autobiography. This essay is talking about a fictional character. Give the character a name all its own, and do not name it after its personality. If the character is charitable, do not name it Charity.
The next step is as vital as the gender and name. The character needs
Deadbolts Ch. 22Deadbolts Ch. 221 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She hates me.
I know she hates me.
The look she had given him was seared deep into his memory. That look of hurt and confusion and utter betrayal. He would never forget it, and he would never forgive himself for putting it on her face.
He hadn’t meant to be harsh—but he was just so angry. If they had barely escaped with their lives, what did that mean for Lance? It means he’s dead, that’s what. That was the thought that pushed him over the edge and caused him to snap at her. And that resulted in her looking at him like she no longer knew who he was, almost as if she was…scared of him.
Casey spent the truck ride trying to convince himself he didn’t care what she thought because it was all her fault Lance was gone. But every time he tried to be angry with her, he saw that expression on her face. Then his anger melted. He couldn’t do it. Once he had time to cool down and start thinking clearly again, the gu
StoriesDid you ever noticeStories10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
The anger you feel
When stories reflect real life
The way you rant about
Bad writing, plot holes
Characters behaving out of character
When a character is forgiven
Too easily, too fast, like you forgave
Your family, your friend, your lover
Because you love them and you
Just want to forget
When a story has no closure
No neatly tied ends, all just
Partial explanations and messy details
And you’re left wondering
What the point was, like you did after
Your last breakup, your last failure,
Your last missed opportunity
Left dissatisfied and always wondering
What could have been
When a coincidence occurs,
Two events that should have
Been connected, should have made sense
You try your hardest to convince yourself that
It means something, it’s a sign
It’ll be important in the long run
And you’ll sigh when it doesn’t, angry and
Disappointed, like the last time you waited
On a sign, on some impossible coincidence,
So impossible it couldn
Flash Button TutorialFlash Button Tutorial3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
here's my explanation, key words are in bold and surperflous information is in teletype, sidenotes are in italics
first and formost...
I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT YOU MAKE SURE IT IS USING FLASH ACTION SCRIPT 2.0 (if you already made your movie in another action script like 3.0, don't worry, you can change it in the settings option in the proporties panle)
you have to draw a button like you would drawing any other object (draw it in a new layer on your last frame) you can put it a frame after your animation or on the last frame of your animation depending on weather you want the screen blank while the viewer decides if they want to click that buton and watch it again...
Next select the whole thing and convert it into a button the same way you would convert any art into a symbol. (right click > convert to symbol > select Button from the list of radio buttons)
Double click on your new button
your timeline should
How To 'Flesh Out' an OCHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The aggregate of features and traits that form the
individual nature of some person or thing.
In this tutorial I will guide you through a way to 'flesh out' an Original Character (Also known as an OC). Before we begin, let's go through the basics.
A character is quite simply one who possesses qualities that define them from someone else. Every character is original and unique. A character can not only be human, but an animal, an alien, or anything that the imagination can come up with.
However, characters are often difficult to create, because to put it bluntly, you are in a sense creating a new being. This being needs the same kinds of traits and characteristics you possess, but can't be your own. They have to be original. In this case, many young writers and artists forget how hard it is to make a character and forget the complex details that enhance a character.
Fleshing out is a term used commonly in developing characters. It means to add additional det
Showing Not Telling: Nothing You Can DoTelling:Showing Not Telling: Nothing You Can Do8 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Two people sat on an old bench on a beach. The woman didn't want to talk, trying to hold back tears. The man wanted to talk to her, but couldn't, so he left. She looked up at the sky that was filled with clouds. She started to cry as she waited for the tsunami to hit the beach.
Two figures sat on an aged and moss covered park bench, unsteadily fixed into the shifting sand. With misted eyes, she stared straight ahead. He sighed, sitting, anticipating a reply, but she continued to stare, emotionless, into the oceans dull grey waters. The chalk cliffs enveloped them in a tender embrace, yet it felt so cold, so lonely. Without another sound, he stood and took a step in the opposite direction. The wind caught her chin, lifted it to the clouded sky and her eyelashes grazed her cheeks. A glimmer of light reflected off a lone tear gently running down her face as she waited, waited for the wave to arrive.
Fixing Common UTAU ErrorsFixing Common UTAU Errors2 years ago in Comedy More Like This
I'm just going to name the ones I can think of off the top of my head...if you come across another one let me know and I'll try to figure out how to fix it c:
Errors With Voice or UST
[!] exclamation points above notes
Unfortunately there's no quick and easy way to get rid of these, but so far this is the fastest way I know of:
1) click on note with [!] above it (it will turn pink if you don't have everything already selected)
2) push ctrl Y on your keyboard
3) past 'pre' and 'ovl' you'll see 3 buttons in a row in Japanese. Click the middle one.
4) hit ok
*This will get rid of that ONE exclamation point on that ONE note...you'll need to do this w/ all notes that have exclamation points.
If that didn't work, do step one and two, but then drag the little red points around on the line until all points are not touching each other or are not vertical of each other. Hit ok~
My Utau Won't Sing
if you highlight notes and hit play but there is
Dandelions Among RosesAlthough I am the southDandelions Among Roses10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
and your daisies are the north,
my petals are no less than shooting stars,
for have you not said a flower is a flower?
Tell me then, why must I perish?
I try my best at glamour,
yet I am still nothing to you
compared to roses.
Tell your gardener to go;
we are not friends, he and I.
His hands are the devil,
and his jars hold the devil's heart.
As summer grows old,
he rains the devil's tears among us.
Although you may say a flower is a flower,
what is a dandelion among a bouquet of roses?
How Not to Tell a StoryAfter being on DeviantArt for a few years now, I've noticed patterns in people's stories. Patterns, that I can't say I've ever seen until I started using the internet. I believe that's because these kind of patterns are thoroughly unprofessional. The pattern in short is this:How Not to Tell a Story1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Character = victim
Plot = bad things happening to said victim
Maybe this sounds harsh. It's not if you understand that is ALL there is to these stories. They take any character, hurl them into a tragedy and that's it.
Let's get this straight: We do not know your character well enough to care about them yet. No matter how bloody and gutty their injuries are, no matter how many of their family members are deceased, no matter what their boyfriend did to them, no matter what kind of disease they have, WE. DO. NOT. CARE!!!!!
These kind of things are sad in themselves, but WHO is this person we're supposed to feel so horrible for? Establish THAT. It should be your absolute FIRST priority: no exceptions.
No more pasting
Character Creation TutorialCharacter Creation TutorialCharacter Creation Tutorial5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
How to effectively develop a realistic and likable character for novels and fanfiction.
Table of Contents:
I. A Name
II. Physical Attributes
III. Style & Personality
It can be assumed that developing a plot and storyline is self explanatory. If not, you can find another tutorial for that. This tutorial will focus primarily on the thought-process of creating new characters with depth.
I. A name is the first step. Try to match the character to their name, or somehow integrate the character's name into the storyline or progression of the character's maturity and personality. For example, a character who is dark and moody would probably not be named Star unless this contradiction holds some meaning in the story. (In a comedy it would have a nice effect, but in a drama or serious story, not so much).
If you can't think of a name you can go to places like babynames.com or google for assistance
Decembersville Ch. 23Chapter 23 Mellons charadeDecembersville Ch. 235 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
This is bad. This is so very bad! Tins shivering voice echoed in the darkness. Mellon was squeezed right next to him, lifting the sewer lid just a crack, peering into the snowy, empty street. And brilliant idea, Melloni! Ive always wanted to dive head-first into a grimy sewer!
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Ladies first, Mellon sighed. Tin was forcefully thrown out of the sewer hole, hitting the snowy pavement hard. He continued to whine and complain at how wet and slimy he was and Mellon helped Zero out of the hole, carefully pulling him out by his wrists. And I would zip it if I were you. Your annoying nagging is what almost got us killed about five minutes ago. We were lucky there was a cesspool around to escape through.
Zero slimily stood up, retching at how bad he smelled and how grimy he was. Then he calmly looked all around him; they