Portal: This Grey PathThis Grey Path
Characters: GLaDOS, Douglas Rattmann, Chell (implied)
Setting: Portal 2 - Chapter 4: The Return
In an eternal instant, the world changed.
He knew of one reason, of just one reason, that explained why he would wake. Here, like this, in the middle of the once-proud cracked walls and shattered windows.
She was not awake, not yet. Still she remained in her artificial slumber, but it would not last. He knew it. If he was here, now, then so were others. It did not matter who. It did not matter why. But he had been told long ago that his purpose was to hold her back, and so he would.
He scrambled down from his perch, paying no attention to the stuttering echo of the voice cheerfully spinning a tale of impending doom across the thousands of like locations spanning across the land, and he hoped she was awake. Not the one who was in man-induced suspension, but the other one, the one who would
PE Prose Basics: Varying SentencesVarying Your SentencesPE Prose Basics: Varying Sentences1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
When I was in college, I took an early morning Anthropology class. I had to wake up at five to catch the bus. Ugh. Yeah, I'm not a morning person. But I did it. The first day, our instructor stood before us and starting reading from the textbook. Word for word. Completely monotone. I was asleep within ten minutes. The rest of the week was the same; arrive, begin listening to the instructor, pass out. I had to drop the class and get whatever refund I could, while I could. It was my worse class experience there.
Most people know that in public speaking, the person talking needs to vary their tone and speech patterns and such to hold their audience's attention. They need to have a rhythm. Otherwise, they'll end up putting the audience to sleep. The same applies to writing. If you use the same sentence length or structure continually, you'll be the literary equivalent of my instructor. Repea
Samus Aran Fan ArtSamus Aran Fan Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Stunning fan art paintings of Samus Aran, everyone's favourite intergalactic bounty hunter.
Samus by mikemaihack
Samus by Sabretoontigers
Samus by AND-3
METROID Samus Aran 100822 by masateru
METROID Samus Aran by masateru
Samus Aran Metroid Prime by reiq
Samus by pacman23
Samus by TylerChampion
Samus in Morphball by torokun
Samus by 2dforever
Samus Aran Open Hatch by torokun
Samus by Mr--Jack
Samus by SephOo
Samus by pacman23
Samus by CONEJOTO
Samus by DUCKAZOID
Samus by iwaisan
Samus by LordHannu
Samus by Alonzo-Canto
Samus Portrait by ZeroNis
20K Pageviews, and Thank You!Hello, friends!20K Pageviews, and Thank You!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I opened this account more than four years ago, to read and write Assassin's Creed fanfiction. I certainly didn't expect it to become such an important part of my life. So many new friends, talented artists, readers have entered my life; and I have had the honour of a Daily Deviation twice. It is an emotion I will never forget.
Out of all the websites where I post my works, deviantART is certainly my favourite. This is where I found the most chances to exchange opinions, to make my writing known and find others' works - even more than Tumblr, where it gets lost in the endless dashboards we all have.
I've been wanting to give special thanks to several people for a while now, and my 20k pageviews just seemed like the perfect chance.
First off, there is a group of Deviants I want to thank sincerely. You are the ones who follow my updates regularly, who never miss a single story; I smile when I see your notifications, and even in the case we have never talked I always
Tyra's Christmas Giveaway - CLOSEDEdit: WE HAVE A WINNER! Surplus points go to TheFelinianWithWings. Screenshots will be uploaded to scraps shortly, and then points shall be delivered.Tyra's Christmas Giveaway - CLOSED3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Merrrrrrrrrry Christmas everyone.
I have come into some points I have no use for, and it seems a shame to sit on them. I tried to use as many of them as I could on commissions, but now that all my commission leads have dried up, I want to see them put to good use. I had considered doing a contest, but who does a contest for a meager 240 points?
That's right, I will be raffling off exactly 240 points.
You must be an existing watcher as of this post. Meaning, don't add me just to join the raffle! I get a date stamp on my watcher list, and I will know if did. I welcome new watchers, but they're just not eligible for this giveaway. Favorite this journal so I can tell you actually want the points. I'll be using the faves list for the raffle.I will do the drawing sometime after midnigh
Fan Fiction On deviantARTGalleries MonthFan Fiction On deviantART7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
What Is Fan Fiction?
Everyday, we are inspired by movies, television, novels, and other forms of media. They engage our minds with a variety of stories and characters, their plights and triumphs, their everyday minutiae. Fan fiction authors are so enamored with these other worlds and their inhabitants that they must partake in the stories which have brought them so much enjoyment. They expand on the current universe, explain gaps in the narrative and delve into characters' motivations.
A good fan fiction (or fanfic) is more than simple borrowing another writer's characters and universe. The fan fiction author must immerse his or her readers in the story, make them believe it is a natural extension of the source material. Characters have their own mannerisms and quirks; each universe has its own history and rules that need to be followed. The fan fiction author must master the nuances of those characters and the world they inhabit (unless purposely writi
MERRY CHRISTMAS!MERRY CHRISTMAS!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a festive and restful holiday full of presents, good food, and family <3
What did you all get for Christmas today? The presents you wanted or a lump of coal?
Bien Pensant by DecepticonFlamewarCerberus Heavy Trooper by Dahgnear
Readymades: Hallmarks of Lazy WritingReadymadesReadymades: Hallmarks of Lazy Writing1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Hallmarks of Lazy Writing
ShadowedAcolyte here for projecteducate's Prose Basics Week. I decided to tackle "lazy writing" as a topic, because they always say "write what you know" and boy, do I know laziness. Then I realized there were dozens of ways to be a lazy writer, so I heroically narrowed the scope of my article down to one broad topic: readymades. After talking about what a "readymade" is, I'll explain why they should be avoided in writing prose*, and I'll finish with some tips to help you avoid using them yourself.
Before we go any further, I should note that the term is not a technical one. It is the word I was taught to use to identify a set of common problems with weak writing, so it's the word I use. I hope you'll find this article helpful, but it's not a textbook.
*I say "prose" because it's Prose Basics Week, but readymades infect poetry as well. If you're more a poet than a prose
Feedback For Favorites ResultsFeedback For Favorites Results2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Original Contest Journal
Created for thorns' Complaint Challenge.
Feedback Generated: 4,085
The +Fav and Run Phenomenon.
To leave Comments, Feedback, and Critiques on Deviations in your Favorites Collection.
Total Comments Generated: 4,085
Number of Participants: 55
Average Amount of Comments Per User: 75
Highest Amount of Comments Given: 399
Grand Prize Winner:
2nd Place Winners:
FEATURE + KIRIBAN!Hey guys! As promised, here are the beautiful arts of everyone who posted on my feature journal ! Thank you everyone who submitted <3FEATURE + KIRIBAN!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
MLP Adobe CS6 Icons by Spaceisthelimit:CM: Mo and Io by Kinotoriyaki
Rifty by MichibanCupcakesThank You! by jayteamOf buttons and water by abi-mACEO 124: Autumn by ForunthPurple Twin by MichibanCupcakesAzzurro Lacrima by AsheraineHuman vs Animal (original) by PreciousAngelWingsThis World is HOME by StarryKnightStudioReplay (photo) by PinjachiEda by ForunthPretty house by LinLupinFight Time For Violeteye! by Tennosei-No-HimeBlush by Tennosei-No-HimeFINISHED-Aido Goes To Sora's House by Tennosei-No-HimeLittle ice girl by abi-m Venture Bros X TwistedFates: Brock Hirigani by orribu[ . . . ] by CommanderHomoOrange Twin by MichibanCupcakeskurobasu: to steal a kissu by poooptatoJon Snow: Art Trade 2013 by AxeMan5
Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest Winners!Let There Be Winners!Fiendish Fan Fiction Contest Winners!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
After much deliberation, we have chosen our winners! We had many excellent entries and it was hard to choose just three winners. I hope everyone enjoyed participating in this as much as we did reading the entries!
The theme of the contest was "Monsters and Creatures." All entries were judged on originality, skill level and emotional impact.
...Is A Tie!
Both DecepticonFlamewar and Fe0 will receive a Three Month Premium Membership!
Contraltissimo will receive a Six Month Premium Membership and
PE Prose Basics: Revise and EditProse Basics Week is winding down now and hopefully you've learned a lot from the brilliant past articles. But, there's more to writing than just getting that first draft done, isn't there? That's where the next big crucial step comes in: revision.PE Prose Basics: Revise and Edit1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Art of Revising:
Revision is such a huge topic to cover, especially since there are many ways to go about it. You can do self-edits, which always are a good first step, or you can get outside revisions from peers. Both are good ideas to really get your work to be top notch. But, the big thing to remember is that there's more to just editing your work than cleaning up a few spelling and grammar mistakes. Revising also includes corrections to sentence flow, scenes, and sometimes overall plot. So, before we jump into some ways to edit, here are a few different terms of methods of editing that may be handy to know-- especially if you're asking a peer to help you with revisions.
Quick FeatureA quick feature for all of those wonderful people who let me "probe" them due to my recent poll or otherwise helped Really appreciate all the help!Quick Feature2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
My deviantART StoryYeah, I know, I said I wasn't going to do this, but everyone else has me all warm and fuzzy and crap so why not. And yeah, this is going to break my personal "two weeks between major features" thing, but I don't care.My deviantART Story8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
So, I've flirted with dA on and off for years. I found it the first time when I was in high school in the early 2000s, but it was never more than a place to host my stuff then. I found it again in college, mostly to help me wrangle all the cosplay pics I was sorting through trying to find myself in them. I never hung out here.
Then in 2012 my life turned upside down. I left my life behind to move back in with my family. I was really low. Yes, I was that low, for those of you who get the reference. The only comfort I had being free from the circumstances I had been in before was that I could watch and listen to and read whatever the heck I wanted. I had been hearing about My Little Pony on Reddit, and resolved to try it. I fell in love. And the Bronies over on
Guide to spambotsAlright guys. So I regularly read the site updates and a common feature in the comments section is the fact that some people feel that spambots are not given enough attention by the staff. But while I was reading these comments, I remembered what happened to a couple friends of mine: they didn't realize the comments they were being left were being done so by spambots.Guide to spambots2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So I'm going to try and give you a few tips on what spambots typically do, and try to give you a few ways to avoid them.
A spambot can come at you from any number of accounts named any number of things. You probably won't get the same message from the same bot twice. The most common bot going around right now is one that leaves a comment that looks like this:
Nice!!! Check this out: [link]
Don't click on it. If you have good virus-blocking software, it might save you. But not everyone has such a thing. So just click on the little pencil icon o
Week 7, 2014 at #deviant365FebruaryWeek 7, 2014 at #deviant3651 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Lucky number week 7 here at deviant365!
Last week, we asked you to give an insight to your artistic approach and/or themes that you showcase in your work. DecepticonFlamewar completed the task and has received 80 from phoenixleo, and a feature on the main page!
DecepticonFlamewar is a great writer who has been on deviantART for just over 2 years! She is an admin in many groups including dA-Junkies, Art-Academy-Users, and Poketopia. Take a look at her amazing gallery!
This week, we are asking you to do acrostic poems! An acrostic poem, is where I give you a word, and you have to use
Mega Mixed Feature: rainylake + Guest Artists :iconrainylake:Mega Mixed Feature: rainylake + Guest Artists1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Writing Effective DialogueWe've all struggled through figuring out how to write dialogue that not only gets the information out there, but also helps build characters or advance the plot. There are tons of books and blogs out there on the topic, too. But just reading about it doesn't do much good if we're not ready to try it out. Give it a go and see what other people think. But let's start with the basics.Writing Effective Dialogue7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What is Effective Dialogue?
Dialogue that's written well will reveal character traits, add to the tension and suspense, helps cut down on text walls of description and of course, advances your plot. One of the most important things to keep in mind when you're writing dialogue is that in fiction, your reader doesn't want to read all the mundane things we say on a regular basis. So if it's not moving the plot or adding to your character's personality, you should think about cutting it completely.
What do I mean by reveals character traits?
Winners Cat Beard Contest!Winners!Winners Cat Beard Contest!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
They win a 3 month PM (or equivalent in points)
They win a 1 month PM (or equivalent in points)
They win 250 points and a big hug!
Sorry it took me a couple of days longer than expected. I had to work late these couple of weeks!
There weren't a lot of entries, actually these three people joined, but I love them loads for trying!
Cat Beard Contest
That's right, you've read that correct! I've been promising you a contest for a while now and here it is!
I want you to cuddle up with your pets and create a Cat Beard*
These are old deviations, these c
January Literature NewsletterAs half of us come down from the holiday season and the other half gear up for it, we're continuing to keep things busy at CRLiterature!January Literature Newsletter1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
But first, a GIF that accurately represents the beginning of month delay:
Blogs from CRLiterature
2014 - A New Year for WritingLIT me explain u a thing: July-Dec 2013Introducing Prose Basics [Help!]DD Roundup: December
Writing Exercises and Contests
Be A Critic: Gingersanps
120 Seconds ContestFill in the Blanks Contest (deadline today!)
Contest Results, Features and Other News
January Double FeatureBeing Historical with doughboycafe
League of Lit Grou
Topsy Turvy Contest WinnersWe had some superb entries for the Topsy Turvy Contest! I would like to take a moment to congratulate everyone who participated on their truly entertaining and wonderful entries. I loved seeing your unique interpretations on the prompt. There were touching entries, funny entries, and intense ones too! You all did a fantastic job!Topsy Turvy Contest Winners1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to a mere three choices. Everyone, please give a huge "Congratulations!" to our winners!
Prize - 250
Prize - 500
REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-howREAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy everyone. For those who are about to watch it - you're in for a treat, regardless.
Now, to share with you some tips.
Two extra Screens - Super handy when you can display reference photos from your personal archives for your projects. As you can see here I'm focusing solely on Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) for the moment, he is after all the focal point. It's totally okay to use a lot of references for your finished illustration - the more visual info you have to make a convincing illustration the better. Thanks to :iconchemb0t: for inspiring me to get those extra screens where otherwise I would have never have done so on my own. Also :iconyuski: here is another example of how I do my stuff using the two screens to it's full advantage.
Feature O' Friends #1Hello, one and all!Feature O' Friends #12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Time for our first issue of Feature O' Friends!! This series is aimed at developing and nurturing community spirit by allowing members to suggest a friend to be featured in the next issue! Those who suggest a friend will also have their art featured as well.
Interested? Come on, we'd love to see who you're willing to suggest! But before you do any suggesting, here are some guidelines and steps you should take in order to participate.
First, think of a friend who you think deserves a feature, and write up to 5 sentences why you think your friend should be featured. Give other members a reason to check your friend out!
Next, choose two deviations from their gallery. Choose the ones you love, or the ones you think deserve the most attention. Get the thumb codes ("") of these deviations, and add them into your suggestion.
After that, grab two deviations from your gallery
Pokemon X/Y Celebratory Contest WinnersWell, everyone, the end of the contest has passed, and 3 grand prize winners have emerged! Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who competed and showed interest in this contest. We'd also like to take a moment and thank CenthraKaze for being our sponsor in this contest. Below you will find the winners of this contest and their entries in the final round.Pokemon X/Y Celebratory Contest Winners1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First Place is awarded to DecepticonFlamewar! She will receive a Nintendo 3DS of her choice, a copy of Pokemon X, and a copy of Pokemon Y!
Second Place is awarded to KirasDarkLight! She will receive a copy of Pokemon X and a copy of Pokemon Y!
Third Place is awarded to TwintailCat! She will receive either a copy of Pokemon X or a copy of Pokemon Y!
This tiebreaker was judged by EliteFour :devDarkAlchemi
PE Prose Basics: Pacing ( and Show vs. Tell)Hello, everyone! As you all know, this week over at projecteducate is Prose Basics. We're here to help all you prose writers (whether flash fiction, short stories, or novels) get better at your craft with some basic tips for growth. Today, I'm going to be talking about something you've probably heard about again and again: pacing.PE Prose Basics: Pacing ( and Show vs. Tell)1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
What is Pacing?
No, it's not what you do when you're stuck on a scene and need to get up and stretch those leg muscles to get your writing juices flowing. It's actually a very important ability that writers have to control the speed their story is read. You as the author get to manipulate the reader in a way and make the speed of the story match the scene. What better way to drop the reader right into the moment? But, pacing also holds the ability to make or break your story and keep or lose your reader's interest. This is why it's so important in writing.
Setting the Scene: