Deadbolts Ch. 22Deadbolts Ch. 222 years 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
The First Time I Watched Treasure PlanetThe First Time I Watched Treasure PlanetThe First Time I Watched Treasure Planet2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The first time I saw Treasure Planet was when I was much, much younger. And I can't remember my initial reaction completely, other than it was like any other Disney movie: I wanted more for the adventure. The only vivid memories I do recall of seeing it for the first time were of me and my sister in front of the TV down in our basement, literally rolling around laughing so hard we were crying when several of the more minor characters came on and provided priceless Disney comical relief. Treasure Planet is a takeoff of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in which the main character Jim Hawkins boards a ship and takes off in search of Captain Flint's pirate treasure.
When I was younger, Treasure Planet was merely a funny Disney movie with some intense action sequences and so it was easy for me to forget about it. I grew up, years passed, and Treasure Planet was forgotten. I no longer had time for childish movies until I entered fifth g
OC Profile TemplateFull Name:OC Profile Template3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
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Costume (If they have one. If they don't, skip this):
Notable Facial/ Features/Make-up?:
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Positive Personality Trait(s):
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Insane, Sane, Descending into Insanity, or Becoming Sane?:
Moral Compass (Chaotic neutral, for example):
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Family (Includes spouse, children, parents, siblings, or any other notable family
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Short Character Template [UPDATED]SHORT CHARACTER SHEETShort Character Template [UPDATED]4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
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How to Design complex characters using core beliefHow to Design complex characters using core belief9 years ago in Editorial More Like This
A character is basically formed by three things: Personality, Beliefs, History
After designing the character's story and personality, what will help them stay in character is designing the layers of their core beliefs.
The key thing is, these core beliefs are never, ever spoken by the character themselves. They just behave in this belief like it's normal and not even think it's there.
Of course you can still choose to have them say it, they will just be a simpler open book type character. Or say it partially hiding its true statement, you can also use a character's core belief statement to make it a story statement if you see fit.
A core belief system is the thing that will make the character see the world around them differently from one another; thus making their judgement and decisions differently as well.
Everyone (real people) operates this way. Core belief can be formed as early as babies. So watch out of the kids.
After the first layer of core belief is formed, the
Team Fortress Character GuideA Little IntroductionTeam Fortress Character Guide2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
While this is called the 'Team Fortress Character Guide', a lot of the information contained within can be applied to fan characters with many different origins.
Team Fortress 2. A team-based FPS romp through a crazy little world set in an alternate universe version of the 1960s. With a story told mostly through comics and official timelines, an economy based on hats, accessories and bizarre weapons, and a very blurred line between reality and fiction, the game has many fans and an incredible potential for fan fiction. Where there is potential, there are stories...and unfortunately, when stories are written, Mary Sue tends to rear her speshul snowflake head. Mary waltzes in through the Fortress doors and, like a black hole, she warps the very fabric of time and space around herself to fit her needs. Also like a black hole, it's hard to tell where Mary will show up next. Alright, ladies and gents. Mission begins in ten seconds. Last one alive, lock the door!
Give Life to the BackgroundsGive Life to the Backgrounds10 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"Give background personality, give it life."
Think about WHY in the world do you draw backgrounds?
Are you thinking you need to do better in drawing backgrounds because your art needs it to look better?
How do you treat backgrounds in your work? What is actually "backgrounds" to you??
Background by defination in art simply means, the picture plain in the back of the main subject.
So background can be "white" or "blank" that's still background in considering of the art elements.
But what "background" means to most of us, is "scenery" and "enviromental" drawing/painting behind the main "character" or "subject" on the picture.
There is a thing about the background's relationship and the characters (The main subject)....
when we are making a single image, don't we need to make sure the viewer see the "focal" point of the image which is the most interesting part?
Sometimes the background itself can be point blank, to help the focal point to stand out and retreat, that's still
Writing Tips 101Over the 10 years of writing, from online role-playing to full out story writing, I've come to learn a few things that I find helps me when I write my stories. They're little tips that I wish I had known when I had first begun this crazy trip. Some of them are rather obvious, yet unless someone points it out you might not realize it until late into writing. As such, I'd like to share some of those things for you now. If you find this even remotely helpful, please consider faving it.Writing Tips 1013 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. First Drafts ALWAYS Suck
It's a simple fact. You won't be a pro from the beginning, no matter how much natural talent you may have. Just accept this. So how do you deal with this? Just write. Write the first draft of whatever you're working on. Write a lot of it, if not all of it. From when you start and when you stop, you will see a HUGE progression in your writing. You'll see just how much your writing evolved and improved over time, especially if you got feedback along the way.
With that experi
UTAU VCV Voice Bank Sound Reference SheetHello! First thing's first... I know that many people have a hard time making a VCV (Vowel-Consonant-Vowel) voice bank for their UTAUs, and I've had a hard time as well. I've also realized that a lot of them such as 'Lite VCV' banks miss out on a LOT of sounds and the ust requires a lot of editing. So, for your convenience, as well as mine, I will post the list of sounds needed. I have checked multiple times and it has every sound, all that you need to do is record, and make the oto.ini.UTAU VCV Voice Bank Sound Reference Sheet3 years ago in Letters More Like This
ka ki ke ko ku kya kye kyo kyu
ta ti te to tu tsa tsi tse tso tsu
cha chi che cho chu
sa si se so su sha shi she sho shu
Motivation and enjoying artRecently, I've noticed something very interesting. Despite the fact I'm on a course where I pretty much don't do anything, I've noticed something.Motivation and enjoying art4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I've drawn more here than I ever did studying art at uni. And what's even more amazing is that I've enjoyed it.
Recently, I've been on a bit of a downer concering my artwork. I hadn't been doing anything. I knew I should've been, but I hadn't. I'd tried many different exercises for drawing techniques and tried drawing drills. After coming to this course however, and meeting several friends, I began to realise.
I was enjoying the work that I was doing. Before, in uni, I had fallen into such a state, that it no longer seemed like something that should be enjoyed, just something that needed to be done. The most miraculous thing is how quickly I've improved over these past couple of weeks, from just wholeheartedly enjoying my drawings and getting stuck in. I now draw everyday, not because I think I should, but because I want to. I've stopped usi
Dumbass CommentersEvery so often, I'll scroll down the comments to someone's pictures, because I have no life and nothing better to do with my time. Or sometimes I will have something that I should be doing (like an English project for school), but I'll piss away my time on the internet because I can.Dumbass Commenters5 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Anyway, ever since I joined dA, I've noticed something. Among the dozens of comments one might get, there's always some dumbass making a stupid comment on someone's picture. No matter what you submit, some idiot feels the need to leave you a stupid comment for one reason or another. At first I didn't think anything of it, but then as I looked through comments on peoples' pictures or comments that are shown to me by friends, I noticed something- comments that always fit within a certain category! Since there are few things that annoy me more than idiots (which are idiots who think you owe them a favor for some shit they did or sometimes for no reason at all), I feel the need to rip apart their little
FLELE for Windows usersHi guys! :3FLELE for Windows users5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I noticed some of you guys are having problems with FLELE.
I had problems installing it too.
I downloaded it, and it won't play.
1) I'm using Windows XP
2) I cannot Install the "East Asian Languages" because I HAVE NO CD.
Well, since I really wanted it so badly for my laptop, I had to search ze net.
And yes~ I found it!
The East Asian Languages file.
You can install it WITHOUT the CD just by downloading that file.
It will take some time.
Make sure you know where you saved the file so you can locate it in case your computer cannot detect the file it's looking for.
Step by step tutorial:
1) Download the file and extract it.
2) Go to Control Panel.
3) Click Regional and Language Options.
4) Click the Languages Tab.
5) Click the check box: Install files for East Asian Languages.
NOTE: Sometimes, It will look for the files for East Asian Languages. Just as I have said, you MUST reme
Jack o'lanternJack o'lantern2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
tiny orange kitten
smells of autumn splendor, sweet
Jack o'lantern secrets.
How to Dress Up Naruto OC 1of2How to Dress Up Naruto OC 1of24 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Being annoyed about all those 'neko-ear', 'top model', 'school girl' and 'lolita dress' Naruto OCs, I decided to make a guide to help people to make their Naruto OCs more believable and Naruto-like. Before I begin, I'd like to note a few things.
* First, I don't speak English as my native tongue (I'm a Finn), so there may be some grammar flaws in the tutorial. If you note a flaw, you can mention it, and I won't get angry but happy. People learn from their mistakes, and so do I!
* Second, this tutorial deals with just the clothing of Naruto OCs, not about actual creation of an OC. There are heaps of tutorials about it, just go see them! Think of this as a deeper view to the Naruto clothing issue.
* Third, this tutorial is not made to flame those OC makers that create 'un-Naruto-like' characters. I'm just going to tell tricks to make your character more suitable for the series. It's up to you if you want to use them or not.
Attack On Titan Blank OC SheetName:Attack On Titan Blank OC Sheet1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Alias (if any):
Species (If a Titan Shifter fill out that section; if not get rid of it or leave it blank):
Birthplace (Which Wall, What town, etc.):
Current Residence (Which Wall, What town, etc.):
Marital Status (Single, Married, etc.):
Grad. Path (Survey Corps, etc):
Number of Titans Killed:
Status (Alive, Missing, etc.):
(Optional) If anything but alive tell what happened:
Favorites (not necessary)-
Time of Day:
Hair style (Always Down, Always Up, etc.):
Memory (any issues with this?):
Sight (do you need glasses?):
Mental (Any problems? Example: depression):
Physical (Do you take care
How to create an UTAUloidHow to create an UTAUloid4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello, thanks for clicking this.
In this tutorial, I will tell you a bit more about how to make an UTAUloid.
First, you must ask yourself:
What language do I want to make my UTAUloid sing in?
Most people use so called "recording lists", also known as "reclist" to record the sounds used for their UTAUloid. Without a reclist, recording is almost impossible for a newbie like you.
These links have a lot of great reclist.
Maybe you can find one that is for your language!
Two CV VC lists: One in Japanese, one in Bulgarian.
A (kind of) complicated English reclist.
Many CV reclists in languages such as English, Dutch, Spanish, Filipino.
Some of them are not perfect.
... What? There is none that is in your language?
You can still try searching on oth
Character Design TutorialGENERAL ISSUES ABOUT CHARACTER DESIGNCharacter Design Tutorial4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
[New section!] Over-mirroring aka sticking too much in patterns of the original series!
INTRODUCTION: DESIGN OF CHARACTER'S LOOKS: WHAT IS ITS ROLE IN THE WHOLE CHARACTER DESIGN?
At first: No costume can save a badly made character. Your Average Joe/Jane character won't become any more interesting even if you make him/her to wear turquoise hair and odd-colored neon-color eyes. What makes character interesting is his/her INNER SIDE: his/her personality, history, skills, behavior pattern, odd traits, running gags, simply WHAT (S)HE IS. A rye bread doesn't become into a cream cake even if you put on it whipped cream and strawberries.
However, a good design may help the reader/viewer to notice, tell apart and remember the character more easily. That's why all Naruto characters are not sporting black hair and wearing those green tactical vests: if all character seemed almost similar, it would be pain for the reader to tell who of th
How to evade making a Mary SueThe Mary Sue GuideHow to evade making a Mary Sue7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
This guide is meant to introduce and/or inform you of this threat that is currently attacking storywritting, drawing, Original Character creation (OCs) and fandom/fanfiction in general, not to say Originality itself!
During the course of this guide, you will learn what a Mary Sue is, youll identify one when sighted and, most importantly, you will not create one and hopefully you will help others in the subject, so they dont create Mary Sues too.
I) Mary Sue 101:
-What is a Mary Sue?
Mary Sue is a title given to characters in fanfiction (and sometimes original, professional work) who are simply perfect: They are beautiful, smart, friendly, always willing to help for nothing in exchange even if they can die, powerful, important in one way or other...you get the point (I will explain on emphasis later). These characters are often created in Roleplaying forums/chatrooms or simply as OCs with a storyline
A How To on Writing FanfictionA How To on Writing Fanfiction7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
1. Intelligence is required. No matter how interesting or humorous a plot you may have, it is always better to read a well-written, intelligible fiction than a thrown-together piece of junk riddled with spelling/grammatical mistakes.
2. Plot is important. There are such things as PWP's (see PWP section), but other than that, plot is what really makes a story. What is happening is what makes the reader go on and want to read more.
3. Creativity is a must. No one wants to read the same thing that they have seen from 50 other writers. Try to be original, and if you see an idea you really like, improvise it a little without copying it outright.
4. Every element in the story matters. From the plot to the series to what happens to the characters, everything ties together to make the story what it is.
OVERALL WRITING SKILLS
Some writers are just naturally gifted and have a way with words. Others struggle with how to make complex senten
The PoetThe Poet:The Poet2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He smiles as he sees her sleeping
& gently covers her with a blanket.
He goes to the window and looks out
watching snow fall, ever so slowly...
He sees people in the streets,
Chatting, walking. Some happy,
Others sad. Hearts beating,
Hearts broken; some warm, some cold.
He looks back at her, as she stirs in bed.
A yawn from her, brings another smile to him:
"How cute," he chuckles as he strokes her head.
He runs his fingers through her hair and is content.
Yet, even if he is happy here, again -
He is drawn to that window and finds himself
Staring out at the street and watching;
Marveling at the disparity and wondering -
Isn't there something that I can do?
Isn't there a better way for us all?
He looks back at her, sleeping peacefully;
He thinks about the future and sighs.
He wants a better world for her,
One where she would always be safe,
But unfortunately, he has no power.
He is just one man with little to his name.
He picks up a piece of paper, one found lyin