Dandelions Among RosesAlthough I am the southDandelions Among Roses7 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,
posing by 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?
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
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
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
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
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
Bipolar DisorderLook over your shoulder. They're watching you.Bipolar Disorder10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Tighten your stomach muscles.
Bounce your leg up and down.
"Are you okay?"
Don't say anything.
Feel it, feel the thoughts melting from your mind.
"What are you doing?"
They're behind you.
Kill them before they kill you.
Please save me.
Crazy. You're crazy.
No one wants you.
Pull the trigger.
"Please tell me what's wrong."
You wouldn't understand.
"Who are you? I don't know you anymore."
I'm a nobody.
I am Bipolar Disorder.
... "I don't know."
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 Pokepasta2 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
Artist Alley 101Artist Alley 1012 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
ARTIST ALLEY 101
Hi there deviantart guinea pigs! 8D I'm preparing an outline for a panel at A-kon! I have vast experience attending conventions and displaying my work. What I've written here are my total thoughts on how to do your first artist alley. It has not been made into an outline yet. What I'm needing is feedback, questions, and conversations about this information so I can decide what I might add or take away from this discussion before creating a final outline and hand out! Please help me! I'd really appreciate any comments you feel ready to leave! I am not really a comfortable public speaker, I only feel capable once I have prepared material extensively for the occasion.
Why to do an artist alley:
AA can turn a nice profit for a lot of people, but more often than not, First Con Ever is a learning experience more than a bountiful retail extravaganza. But before you shy away from losing money, consider that you'll probably pay more for a single college class and
The Ten Commandments of Fanfiction Writing1. Thou shall not take credit for work that does not belong to them.The Ten Commandments of Fanfiction Writing1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
One of the most important rules of fanfiction writing, in my opinion: Credit the original creator. Always have a disclaimer somewhere amongst your works, whether it be each individual chapter or just a simple "I own nothing" statement on your profile. I, being a lazy ass, use the latter choice of that sentence. If you make the decision to use song lyrics for something, credit the artist as well. Same with fanart--the characters you are drawing are not yours. I hate to break it to you, but you don't own Rainbow Dash. The Sonic Screwdriver did not pop up first in your overactive imagination. A certain blonde ninja obsessed with ramen who has a nine-tailed fox demon sealed inside of him is not your creation.
2. Thou shall enlist the help of a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, spellcheck, and an editor before submitting their work.
Another biggie for me. I take great pains to make sure my pieces--f
Discorded Chocolate MilkDiscorded Chocolate Milk1 year ago in Profiles More Like This
DISCORD CHOCOLATE MILK
2 TO 3 TEASPOONS OF CHOCOLATE COCO POWDER OR CHOCOLATE SYRUP
1 1/3 CUP OF MILK (16 OUNCES OR SO)
COLD WHIP CREAM OR REDDI WHIP OF ANY FLAVOR
COTTON CANDY(PREFERABLY PINK)
Take the coco mix or syrup and stir it into the milk until fully blended and dissolved. Let chill in the fridge for about 30 to 60 minutes.
Fill the glass with the milk leaving 2 to three inches from the rim (top) of the glass. Take the cold, thick, whip cream and line the top of the chocolate milk leaving a inch or two from the top of the glass.
Now finally take the cloud of cotton candy and gently shape it to fit in the remaining space of the glass, lightly resting it on the whip cream covering.
Now you have a Discord inspired cotton candy drink! Dip the straw
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 Story9 months 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
7 Usernames to stop makingUser names with more than one extra "X":7 Usernames to stop making3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Okay, these names were unique when they were first spawned from some Goth kid's head, but X's don't make your user name look cool any more. It makes you look like some emo/goth wannabe who is just looking for attention.
User names with random numbers on the end:
When you type in a desired user name but it's already taken, the computer makes names as suggestions, like instead of JohnSmith, you're J.smith, SmithJohn, Johsmi, JohnSmith233... etc. The list can go on. Just because you want your "desired" user name, doesn't mean you need to memorize pi.
User names that are just misspelled words:
Misspelling used to be cool, now it's not. Nobody cares if you type "da" instead of "the" or use extra letters. If the best thing you can come up with for your user name is a word, the
Ten Commandments of Writing1. Have an original plot.Ten Commandments of Writing3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
If every book was the same, we'd get bored with them pretty quick. Variety is what gives that special spice. Try to come up with a story that's entirely your own. If your work is based off another work, however loosely, make sure you use your own style. Don't just repeat what someone else has already written. Nobody likes a copycat, and you could face an unpleasant lawsuit that way.
2. Have a good title.
If you want people to read your book, you'll need a title that will catch their eye. Make it exciting, but keep it brief, too. Don't make your title so long that it wears the reader down. Try to stay within the limit of ten words. If you have trouble inventing a title, go through your story and decide what the main theme is, what it is in that story that really stands out.
3. Make your characters as believable as possible.
The characters are what make the story a story. You learn about them, sympathize with them, and hate them.
Character Profile FormCharacter Profile Form7 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Meaning of name:
Origin of name:
Socioeconomic level as a child:
Socioeconomic level as an adult:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Other memories/events that still affects him/her and why/how:
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why:
Biggest role model:
Biggest disillusions from childhood: