A Polished White SinkA Polished White Sink:
If I had to call this world a blessing;
I think I'd say 'I find it damn depressing.'
You might think I'm stupid from how I'm dressing,
But this is just the heart I feel like wearing.
I see street corners and absent youth;
Don't pretend you don't ever see the night.
Cause when it turns dark, the maggots start crawling;
Looks like God decided to shut out the light.
I can warm my hands on fire and watch the people go,
They don't know who I am, I just go with the flow.
I see streets that seem empty, clogged to the brink;
But that's the reality deep beneath the sink.
It looks clean on the outside, polished porcelain white,
But inside of the pipes are what you keep out of sight.
Yet they're already straining and distorted with strain;
Soon the flood water comes flowing, wash away with the rain.
-Unofficial release from Chen Yuan Wen, 8th April 2013
CREW LISTEdit: Chenbeard the Pirate is no longer the Captain of the Black Fedora Pirates. The new captain is Lady Riddle :iconDiluculi: so if yer lookin' t' join, best seek 'er out eh? ^^CREW LIST3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Arrr maties. Ye've waited a long time ta see the crew list come up and I just want ye all ta know that this is going to double up as a bounty list (this journal entry will be a permanent entry). It will be linked on my ID and every crew member will be featured here permanently.
For those who are interested in joining the crew, the join rules will be listed below after the bounty section (Ctrl + F, "Join Rules", to skip straight there). If you want to know WHY it is good to have a bounty, scroll past the crew list and I'll give a full explanation on it ("Bounty Section").
Note: members in this list are NOT listed in terms of rank, with the exception of the Captain and First Mate (Co-Captain) who will occupy the first two slots.
1. Chenbeard (Chennie) the Pirate :iconW
SPREAD THE WORD CAMPAIGN 13/02/13SPREAD THE WORDSPREAD THE WORD CAMPAIGN 13/02/132 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Word of Chen \(*w*)/
Ladies and gentlemen, pirates and pirettes,
Today marks the beginning of my new Spread the Word Campaign for 2013. Essentially, I plan for it to be a year long event and it will be focused around the concept of 'cross-marketing'. In other words, 'you scratch my back and I scratch yours'.
How will it work? Read on and find out :3.
SPREAD THE WORD!
...The Word of Chen...
Okay, so the first part of this campaign is clearly to spread the Word of Chen. What does that mean? It means I need to get my DA account out there and the best way for me to tackle this is with the help of the public.
What do you have to do? Simple.
Get 1 new person to watch me. All you need is 1. If you want to get more, save them for other days.
All you have to do, is send me a note telling me who the new watcher
Arrietty is an evil movie, apparently...A few months back Fox News went after The Muppets for "promoting the liberal agenda" (whatever the **** that means this week). Miss Piggy got back at them with a scathing remark during an interview shortly after the controversy and we all had a laugh at Fox's expense. Well... Fox is at it again...Arrietty is an evil movie, apparently...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This time they're going after Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty" and accusing, once again, that liberal Hollywood's agenda is corrupting children and turning them into "occu-toddlers." They also turned their sights on the new adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. They claim that both movies "demonize the 1%" and that people "offended" by these movies should fight back by... littering. Don't believe me? Watch the video and get ready to facepalm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuFcWkFJZgk
Now I can understand (barely) how a conservative could possibly have an issue with The Lorax since it deals with criticizing the logging industry and promoting the dangers of excessive defore
Binary HatredRemember when I was posting some journals about artist taboos and I had a couple more to talk about? Here's one of them, though it doesn't just relate to artists it's just kinda an all around taboo I wish would end.Binary Hatred2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Perceived Rivalry Hatred
Basically it works like this: You say you dislike something and immediately get attacked by people who either defend the thing you said you disliked, or accuse you of being a supporter of it's supposed rival (whether this has any basis in reality or not). It also works on things you like, things you're indifferent to, or anything really. EVERYTHING has a supposed default rival. Movies, TV, Video Games, Ideologies, Words, Phrases, etc. Everything.
Say you're an atheist? Automatically means you hate all Christians.
Say you like the X-Box 360? Automatically means you hate Sony.
Say you like the PS3? Automatically means you hate Microsoft.
You liked a Marvel movie? Guys you hate the DC stuff.
You like Chocolate Ice Creme? Fuck you and your vanilla bias!
Be a good Muppet todayGo ahead, be a good muppet. Do and think EXACTLY what the media wants you to. Thou shalt feel sorry for the three people who were murdered in Boston today. The next month shall be spent talking about the evils of terrorism again and discussing the stripping away of further liberties from law abiding citizens.Be a good Muppet today2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
25,000 die from hunger every day, a million is withering away in prisons due to the war on drugs for victimless crimes, human rights violations abound, preventable disease and lack of clean water is killing millions per year, banking cartels immune from prosecution are stealing trillions, drones are blowing up children in half, etc, etc..
Fuck all that, right? The media didn't tell you to care. Take the red pill, friends, and walk away. Keep your mind under your own control. This is not a lack of compassion the three fellow human beings who tragically lost their lives today. It's a lack of respect for those who use every marketable tragedy to further their ends and profits. I
Silent GuardiansBe dark knights, silent guardians and watchful protectors over your artist friends and other art communities. Report back to the rightful owner of stolen artworks or reposts without credits so the art criminals get the justice they deserved.Silent Guardians2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Of course, just don't go breaking bones and yell at the art thieves "WHERE ARE THE DRAWINGS~? WHERE ARE THEY!?"
Have a good time.
(The D is not silent)
The Echo chamber dilemmaThe promise of the Internet was that unlimited information and experiences would draw us together. But instead it seems to have driven us apart.The Echo chamber dilemma2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For years I've observed this behavior but haven't been able to vocalize it correctly. Originally I called the behavior of collective opinions as "the hive mentality" of the Internet. But that wasn't exactly right and I often got called out on it. The most prominent example was when I made a comic about a guy disagreeing with opinions and being shouted at till he remained quiet, eventually fading into the background with everyone else. The consensus of that comic was that if you disagree with someone you aren't bullied into not speaking, but instead are free to go someplace else where people who do agree with you exist. And you know what? That wasn't what i was trying to convey, but is sadly true. The Internet is not a hive mind. It's many tiny pocket echo chambers of mutual agreements.
And this is becoming a growing problem, I think, because n
The Comic Is a LieDo I really need to do this? Do I really have to write a journal explaining that my SYAC comics are mostly made up? Really, internet, is this a thing now?The Comic Is a Lie2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So yeah... just so we're all perfectly clear on things... the majority of my comics are made up. While they might have an element of truth or be based on a real event, it's all still rearranged, altered, or just plain fabricated to make a joke.
Here's a good rule of thumb: If I don't expressly say it's based on a real thing in my description, you should just assume that it's made up and fake. And even if I do say it's based on a real thing, chances are it's been altered and re-arranged to make the joke work. So really, you should just assume that everything that happens in SYAC is entirely fictional. I know having an "avatar" that in some respects represents me and my opinions can cloud things but still, just assume that everything is made up. Any references to haters, any frustrations a character is going through,
.she reckons sometimes.11 months ago in Personal More Like This
i'm still nineteen,
eat he says, more -
i'm still sixteen,
i fill the sink with hot,
submerge my arms up to
my elbows to observe them
changing colour, turn -
i'm stuck at five, i'm on the
kitchen floor and burning,
stuck at ten and running,
with my feet all full of glass -
i said they all have names, have
ages, but were gifts
from different fathers
(the favourite lies between middle and ring)
ArrrHey everyone,Arrr3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just got a funny post from Chen and um...well you'll see
"Dear Ms. Secretary,
My son has asked me to post this on his behalf. It must be troublesome but thank you for assisting him. He mentioned something about having to update his work, but I don't think he's currently capable of that.
You see, my son enjoys anime and manga and while I don't begrudge him his hobbies, he has a habit of wanting to try things out that he sees or reads about. As such he attempted some form of tai chi breathing exercises on our balcony. Winter has recently ended but the weather is still cold and he wasn't exactly well clothed. In the end he's caught the worse cold he's ever had and is currently sniffling in bed.
He said it was important to tell his "pirates" that he will not be making an update today and to forgive him. I am not sure what this is slang for, but I hope my son has not joined any street gangs. I remember him aspiring to be a rapper at some point, but he appears to have giv
Thoughts on MLP season 3 finaleThe season 3 finale was a good watch if you didn't expect too much from it. The only downside was that it was a short episode so everything needed to be squeezed into it. It was basically montage songs back to back so Twilight being turned into a princess felt unearned. If that didn't happen, the episode would have been fine but then it would have been a sub-par season finale. The idea of Twilight being a princess is fine with me as it opens doors to new ideas and story. She achieved this status rather quickly in this episode but as Celestia explained to Twilight, she had 3 seasons to achieve it so it was sort of justified but not enough. I felt everything happened too quickly in this episode leaving no room for transition or development of the story. What lead to Twilight being turned into a princess just didn't feel spectacular enough. On the positive side, the songs were good, there were no villains and it had a happy ending.Thoughts on MLP season 3 finale2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I felt it wasn't necessary to post my thoughts about the
Breaking the Limit - A Special Event by Chen + !CRUCIAL UPDATE: Please read "Update #6" in the Update Log, it suggests that the staff may not be wholly at fault: http://fav.me/d57il1d However, the revolution continues as we have yet to receive an answer. Proceed to the latest update belowBreaking the Limit - A Special Event by Chen + !3 years ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE: All Updates will be posted below the journal entry, just ctrl + f "Update #12" to see it. All updates are numbered at the bottom
Please note this event ended a long time ago, though there was no official resolution to the matter, my work is no longer targeted and though I don't know who/what was responsible at the time. I have decided to raise awareness of the literature community through my art, rather than through this event
Breaking the Limit - A Special Event by Chen
Hi there everyone,
I would like to start this with a simple appeal: DA seems to be trying to prevent me from reaching front page by shuffling my literature behind less popular pieces each time it reaches a set fave count. They have not given me a
1,000 Point Giveaway! 500 for 2!Listen up, everyone! I've recently been extremely blessed with over 1,000 DeviantART points. Now, since I don't have a clue what to do with them, I decided "why not give them to someone who deserves them?"1,000 Point Giveaway! 500 for 2!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will be giving 500 DeviantART points to 2 lucky "random" deviants (I promise not to be bias) on March 15, 2013 at exactly 7 pm! (PST)
WHAT YOU MUST DO TO ENTER IN AND WIN:
1. Favorite this journal entry.
2. Watch me for updates. (If you are already watching me then you're already in the clear to win.)
3. Make a journal entry about this event with a link to this one.
4. Comment on this journal with a link to your journal entry about this event. (So I can add you to the participants.)
^Follow those four steps and you have the chance to win!
Remember, the deadline is March 15, 2013 at 7 pm (PST)
I doubt this will arouse any attention, but hey, 500 points can be all yours! So, come on in and participate!
.i think in fingerprints and teeth,.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
in skin and lips,
i'll try remember better, sir,
rubber wrists, a vial?
a concrete sore on the flesh of the earth,
eats away at the world til it's aching
all over - muscle turns to dust and
the clocks self-destruct, i bought a
fake bouquet -
i know the day the month the time,
but i don't want -
is there some medicine for this?
some blue and green, some bitter
taste? a stitch or two, some sleep, some
time to grieve, just something
psychology and torture?
yes we do hang draw and quarter, pop your brain
down over there and i will see
what i can do, take two at night, come back
next week -
about this fire
in my tongue, how much longer will
it last? these days i speak smoke
signals no one knows and how
i'm looking white, i'm
burning up -
some time down
in the ground and
write it out,
don't be a
(dandelions for eyes, scatter them wide)
.what if.11 months ago in Personal More Like This
i get rid of everything -
one summer i found
a dead stag beetle
laying on the pavement,
brittle and crisp
dried out by the sun,
he must have thought
that he'd died and
gone to hell
the year i got hit
in the temple
with a hammer, hard
but not hard enough,
funny what happens
when you pull a voice
out of its chest
just because it looks
done, slick and silver
and only a sliver meant
what it said, i feel
deflated, i wish
i'd have known then
that in a couple
of years i'd have written
as a bad dream, written
you off in a poem
with the leaves and the
trees and the moon
as a fat white opal, sunken
into the wall that divides us,
the border from
my land to yours,
she is nothing but
to me -
what if all the dead
opened their mouths
and said everything
they wished they had?
(i saw the stars weeping when my nose bled)
.she said.11 months ago in Personal More Like This
if you need me
and i do,
i cannot sleep,
got ghosts working
the night shift
as i speak
in the bath
instead of the bed,
and she says
and i know you'd
see it too
if you looked
close enough -
(charlotte charlotte, look at it this way)
Off*beat reprinting of 1+2 Extras??So this month I will be working on new covers for books 1+2 of Off*beat. They will be reprinted with my new publishing company and match the layout, logo ect of the eventual book 3. I would like to add some extra content, and my publishers have agreed to possibly adding a limited copy insert as well.Off*beat reprinting of 1+2 Extras??2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'd like to know what the patient, patient, (bless your souls ;_ patient readers of Off*beat would be interested in seeing as added content and a possible limited insert.
I was thinking for added content perhaps more little funny strips, kind of omake? style. Or sharing some of my photography and talking a bit more of actual locations in NYC that heavily inspired the setting.
For limited inserts, I was thinking of perhaps a post card, bookmark, or stickers.
If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know. Thanks!
And I will have more updates in the months to come
Advice for our Artists and WritersI figure this is a much needed journal. I know a lot of people want to know how to get better and how to rank better in the judging. It's very tough to judge at all, believe us - there are so many great entries and it's hard to give out numbers that suggest "this one is better than this other one-" but I guess that's the reality of judging, huh?Advice for our Artists and Writers4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, this group IS here to give people prompts about what to draw. We like seeing improvement, and there was a good amount of it from people who entered Mission 2 after having done Mission 1. I can only imagine how much more improvement we'll see with these next ones!
I suppose I ought to start at something that both the art and writing categories have in common:
For these two categories, readability means a separate but similar thing.
For art, ask yourself these questions...
1) Is my handwriting legible?
It's important that we can clearly and quickly read what you wr
.there is.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
how you can make
all the animals
with one wave of
make them open
their throats and
and i think i will
find you sticking pins
through the webbing
of a bat's wing,
cross legged in
the garden with
the snake around
that's how i'd like
(the world will shift, a heart will break away from it's chest, tectonic)
.give me hearts withstanding their beatings.6 months ago in Personal More Like This
give me skins growing stronger
give me wolves seeking no other company
give me bluebirds who are in love with their cages
give me the plug of the ocean
give me gods face, the only thing you know
give me a sting, a cut, a bloodstream
give me a wound that will save me the effort of healing
give me a guilt i can wash off
give me the witches inside of your hands
give me tulips, red
give me the past laid out neatly in front of me
give me a name i recognize but do not know
give me the sun, finding himself
give me the language of birds
give me unclipped wings
give me the creases of water, the grid
give me pearl, mother
give me the taste of comets
give me the sound of ants under fingers
give me the home address of the divine
give me candles
give me my own kind of light
give me a destroying angel, the taste of heaven
give me the trembling of a mouse
give me a wreck, a rescue, a salvage
give me a darkness that is not self-important
give me bones, white
//stealing this pass-it-on because feelsI rarely do this anymore, but oh my god it hit me right in the feels; via Dashing-Tophat//stealing this pass-it-on because feels2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Wanna kill yourself? Imagine this.
You come home from school one day. You've had yet another horrible day. You're just ready to give up. So you go to your room, close the door, and take out that suicide note you've written and rewritten over and over and over You take out those razor blades, and cut for the very last time. You grab that bottle of pills and take them all. Laying down, holding the letter to your chest, you close your eyes for the very last time.
A few hours later, your little brother knocks on your door to come tell you dinners ready. You don't answer, so he walks in. All he sees is you laying on your bed, so he thinks you're asleep. He tells your mom this. Your mom goes to your room to wake you up. She notices something is odd. She grabs the paper in your hand and reads it. Sobbing,
.sometimes the cold holds my hands so tight.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
they start to burn, turn red and raw, i know it has
something to say but has no voice
so i must feel the chill instead, it knows
no other way, i know
no other way
that i am thinking of the sun
(the tide comes in and licks her sandy lips, drinks in the moon and i am gone)
an introduction to my Anthro universe.. :PI got a question the other day, about what dog breed Sam and Saunders in their anthro form is supposed to be.an introduction to my Anthro universe.. :P3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I started answering the comment, but soon found out it would just end up being a looooong reply... And I thought, as I wrote, that maybe others would be interested in what breed they and their relatives are, as well as Spike's breed, some character origins, how the people (or anthro) in my little fictive universe views their fellow inhabitants, and a bit of history around this whole thing.
Therefore, I'm deciding on writing a journal entry about this.
The different breeds.
Saunders and Sam were originally, when I first created and designed them, supposed to be Golden Retrievers. Thus, they did in fact both have floppy, furry ears just like the Golden has. For some reason, I felt this made the characters look sad, so I changed - I think - Saunders' ears first to stand up just like a Terrier's ears. Sam's ears changed shortly after. I kept this change as I thought it ma
Stay your swords and LISTEN (Updated)A kind friend has posted an alternative analysis on the matter. Though it is already settled and I expect no more to be said on it, reading it can bring no harm, here is the link: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/388173516/3148734764Stay your swords and LISTEN (Updated)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Her boyfriend's side of the story, since we must know both sides. Again this is here only for information purposes, the matter is long since settled and I hope no more will come of it. However knowledge is understanding so have a read ^^: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/388173516/3148862299
Now that I have your attention:
:iconpyrofiend324: has called for me to stay my blade. He has stated his reasons for doing so and I shall heed them.
First, I must clarify. My right to speak is mine alone. Everyone has this right and may choose to exercise it. We are all human and we have feelings on certain matters, feelings which we are allowed. Not everyone may agree with us, but we cannot be denied t