Check and Mate (First Draft)Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing. Even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great war.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, the smile beaming through her sorrow and loss. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief. She desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. The optimal solution had easily presented itself.
His response had been a simple shrug. “Parties are such a drag... Standing around talking to people you barely know and will likely never meet again... I’m fine, beli
Beta-Reader Match-Making: A Fan Fiction ContestJust a reminder that even if you missed Phase One, you can still jump in and participate as an editor for Phase Two! Just comment or note me and I'll randomly assign you a story to edit!Beta-Reader Match-Making: A Fan Fiction Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
My tenure as Community Volunteer of Fan Fiction ends tomorrow, and I want to go out with a bang. So here's one more competition with prizes so you'll all remember me fondly!
A writer's best friend is another writer. Sometimes you just cannot objectively look over your own work and fix all your mistakes. You need a fresh pair of eyes to help you, and who better than someone else who understands the labors of love you're undertaking? That is where editors come in. But for many people, finding a literary helpmate can be difficult.
What's this about?
This is a two-part contest for writers of fan fiction. Phase One: Write a fan fiction but don't bother to proofread it. Post it in its raw, unedited first draft (just make sure it's still legible--correct your typos, at the ve
Announcing the CRLiterature Book Club!Here at CRLiterature, we wanted to find a fun way to get the community reading -- and reading together. What better way is there than to have a new book to enjoy as a group every month?Announcing the CRLiterature Book Club!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
How do you participate in Book Club? Here are your simple instructions:
1. Acquire the book.
2. Read the book.
3. Stay tuned to the CRLiterature group for discussion journals and chats.
BONUS: We will be giving out arbitrary prizes to some participants each month!
We are hoping to select books that push the community's boundaries, in terms of what we're already reading, but that will also have mass appeal. We are also going to be choosing books that are widely available across English-speaking nations (for now Book Club is English-only) and across e-reading platforms. By rotating moderators, we are hoping that selections will be diverse, both in terms of style and genre, and in terms of author background and point of view.
We are also excited at the possibility of
New Guidelines for Community Weeks For those of you that may not know yet, a Community Week is a chance for everyone in the community to bring to light their favourite subject, art, project or any other topic that you consider important but may get overlooked otherways. If you're interested in participating in the next Community Weeks, then please read the following info!New Guidelines for Community Weeks2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First of all, im-not-sana joined the CW team as Editor, so let's welcome her properly Now, let's get down to business!
Getting involved in a Community Week
If you'd like to get involved with an upcoming Community Week then you need to send a summary of the article you wish to write to projecteducate via note with this title "Community Week Summary" within the following two weeks after the last Community Week ended. You will then be contacted as we discuss your idea with
Getting involved with Project EducateprojecteducateGetting involved with Project Educate2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
projecteducate is full of useful articles and bits of pieces to educate you in various art forms. Over the past year many members of the community have helped out with the group by contributing an article or two during the rather awesome Community Weeks. If you've got an educational article that you would like to share then why not consider helping out? All you need to do is note the projecteducate group your idea and we'll get back to you to help you draft and schedule it! Helping out with groups such as projecteducate is a great way to get more interactive with the community - we look forward to seeing you there. For more detailed information check out this blog.
Short vs. Long - Contest Contest closed, thank you for participating!Short vs. Long - Contest2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Story planning isn't about length—you can use all of the tips throughout this week to figure out anything from a very well-researched drabble to a cycle of novels.
So I'm just taking a moment to talk about the big difference between writing a short vs. long work. I'm not hashing out every distinction—I'm leaving microfiction in particular to the experts—so for our purposes here a short story is anything from 1,000 to 10,000 words and a novel is 40,000 words and above. (Literaticat will tell you different things. Trust her.)
The basics are the same: you need a beginning, middle, and end (yes, short stories are complete stories)! You need an engaging protagonist who works well with the plot, and there's the same range of available genres.
So what is the difference?
Scope. A short story has to be <
PE: Message Center TipsMessage Center TipsPE: Message Center Tips2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello! In this article I will be teaching you some tips on the message center! Just some features and settings you may not have been aware of that I find very useful.c:
This is probably how your journals look by default, since the day you first visited your message center. Let's play around with some settings that may make some things easier for you!
So by clicking on the box that has a bunch of lines on it, you can get the journals (or any other part of the message center) look like how favorites and watches are displayed in your message center! This feature can be very useful if you like to see a bunch of things at the same time, and don't really care about the preview text. Or maybe also if you just want to take a quick skim right now, and look at the items that seem interesting and take the rest of the dive later.
Starting April with a Bang--And a CONTEST!THERE ARE ONLY FIVE! DAYS LEFT--GET YOUR ENTRIES IN!Starting April with a Bang--And a CONTEST!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
April is almost upon us, and us Admin feel it's high time we try to kick this group back into high gear, so here's the scoop:
Will run from April 1st to May 1st.
Poetry AND Prose accepted--you may enter one of each, if you'd like, but can only WIN one of the categories (i.e. if you win for poetry, you can't win for prose). Prose must be NO MORE than 2000 words; Poetry NO MORE than 60 lines.
Your judges are TwilightPoetess, DailyBreadCafe, and SurrealCachinnation
A prize donation will not keep you from participating/winning.
You MUST this journal AND include a description of/link to this contest to participate.
Your entries will be judged and awarded points based on the following: Creativity, Technique, and Theme.
Open to members AND non-members.
Writers' Block: The MythLit Basics WeekWriters' Block: The Myth9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
We've all suffered from sitting down at our desk, booting up our computer, ready to start writing a story and BAM nothing comes out. We sit there and sit there and still nothing comes out. We put everything away and try again the next day but have the same results. Then we go to our favourite blog site and write a journal about how the world is horrible and we're suffering from writers' block.
But are we really suffering from a block?
If, on the third day, someone came to us and said, "Have two pages, double spaced in 12pt text written by tomorrow at noon on a topic of your choosing and I'll give you $1,000," would we still be unable to produce something? I'm sure if given a deadline and incentive like this, the majority of us would be able to write two pages, double spaced in 12pt text by tomorrow at noon. Proving that writers' block is a myth. Well, in most cases.
I'm not saying there is absolutely no such thi
2014 HTTYD MARCH MADNESSThis annual fandom event is comin up soon but it's nothing without httyd creators and user participation.2014 HTTYD MARCH MADNESS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is a friendly fandom competition initiated by our group that pitches the 64 of the HTTYD fandom's creators together, ultimately resulting in one creator who takes bragging rights for the rest of 2013 as the fandom's favorite.
This activity bolsters exposure for creators across social media, resulting in new people discovering their art.
Is there an artist you would like to nominate (traditional, cosplay, crafter, digital)? Do you have what it takes? You may nominate up to three users, yourself included but there are some qualifying rules:
1: Nominee must have made an HTTYD-themed creation since April 1, 2013
2: Nominee must have at least 5 HTTYD-themed creations in their gallery total.
We will take nominations for HTTYD 2013 March Madness until Sunday, February 25th. We will need 64 creators total, we will take them as first nominated, first served. If we are lac
Love dA Lit: Issue 168Welcome to the one-hundred sixty-eighth issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 1681 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges
Literature Contests | Resources | Open Admin Positions
PE Lit Basics: What is Creative Nonfiction?Literature Basics WeekPE Lit Basics: What is Creative Nonfiction?9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
What is Creative Nonfiction?
Creative nonfiction is a popular category choice on deviantaART, and its one of those forms of writing we're exposed to on a much greater scale than perhaps we realise. Creative Nonfiction doesn't mean exaggerating, but making real stories well written. Examples can be found in news articles, biographies, literary journalism, travel/food writing and even personal essays. The scale of what Creative nonfiction covers is large, but its all about good execution that makes this form of writing effective.
I sometimes find it easier to start these kind subjects to discuss firstly what the subject isn't. In a generalisation, there are many people who assume that creative nonfiction is a chance to rant about your real life in an informal way and consider it as creative writing. It is also not technical writing, which falls into its own genre. However, Creative nonfiction goes into a much deeper style of writing, turning those
Literary Compass - Vol. 16WelcomeLiterary Compass - Vol. 161 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
If one is looking for Literature, you don't need to go far on deviantART. There is a large community of writers and a plethora of work to peruse. Featuring genres such as fantasy, mystery, horror, and romance, one would be hard-pressed to find an area not covered. However, due to the nature of the site, shorter works tend to get more focus. It's easier to quickly read a poem or a short story, and thus many of the feature articles on dA showcase those works. However, there are many novelists and serial writers among the mix, oftentimes fighting an uphill battle to have their works seen and appreciated.
With that in mind, I have started an article to spotlight some of those artists and their literary-worlds. The works covered in this feature will exclusively be long-form fiction such as novels, trilogies, etc., or fiction serials.
Current Stop - Dendoa
The next stop on our Literary journey is the land of Dendoa created by spadiekitchenqueen
DeviantART Compliments #131Dear EcoStark,DeviantART Compliments #1318 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's been about 2 years since we started watching each other (which is crazy, considering how we've been friends so long), and I'm so very glad that I found you on dA through Sarah. Just- Oh my gosh. I remember how when we first were friends, we didn't have much to talk about. But over this past year, we began to become close. And once I got into OFF, we were really able to discuss more than we used to. I don't regret anything at this point.
But, I just wanted you to know that you're a wonderful friend, even if you might not feel that way. You mean so much to me now... Everyday, I look forward to talking with you, even if it's just for a little bit. (I'm being so honest right now. uvu) Please know that I'll always be here for you if you need me. I hope and wish the best for you, mi amiga. Stay awesome.
PS: Your art style is so cute. uwu Please draw more when you can.
AzumiSaku,you are amazing! You are a very nice and talented person,and those doodles that y
Making the Most of the Words You UseHave you ever opened up a dictionary and just starting reading it? (Oh, come on, I know I'm not the only one!) Well, if you haven't, you should go do that, right now, before you read any further. Okay, you're back. There are literally hundreds of thousands of words out there, and all of them are waiting for you to use them in your next literary masterpiece.Making the Most of the Words You Use1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Now, you may be asking "So what?" Words are just words, right? So long as you get your point across, that's all that matters, right? After all, green is green, whether you call it olive or neon or sea-foam. Right? Right?
Wrong! Consider this scene: Abigail walked through the quiet garden. The hedges formed a maze for her to navigate.
It gets the point across, but doesn't paint much of a picture without context. It's kind of boring, and doesn't give you any details or reason for caring. By adding or changing a few words, you can turn this dry piece of toast into an enchanting seedcake of delight.
[Manga Review] Chapter 699 700 - The End...Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[Manga Review] Chapter 699 700 - The End...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
spoilers - spoilers - spoilers - spoilers - spoilers
The final week, guys! Let's enjoy it while it lasts T^T I'm going to review this chapter then go on to do 700 when it eventually comes out for me...DAMN IT!! I DON'T WANT IT TO END!!!! QAQ
So the chapter starts with a very awesome colour page of Naruto and Sasuke lying on the Hashirama and Madara statue's hands that form a unison sign (Y'know, the one where they interlock their index and middle fingers.) Not gonna lie, love the colour design and detail for it
Sakura and Kakashi finally find the two combatants and Sakura proceeds to heal them both. Sasuke then apologizes to Sakura for all he's done?! What?! S-Seriously, I can't keep up with Sasuke's psyche! What the hell is Sakura to Sasuke then?! All throughout the series Sasuke's done nothing b
SasuSaku: Change Of Heart Part 2Sakura:SasuSaku: Change Of Heart Part 21 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Last night was amazing, after dinner Naruto walked me home and right before he left he gave me a red box.
"Promise me you won't open this till you go inside?" he had asked me.
"Why?" I asked.
"Just promise?" he said.
"Ok," I said, wondering why he was being so weird.
"Thank you....I love you," he said than kissed me on the lips. He then walked away without waiting to see me my reaction to what just happen, I stood there just staring until I couldn't see him anymore. I walked in my house slowly, what had just happen? He just told me he loved me, but why did he run away like that? I looked down at the box in my hands, what could be in here?
'Well there's only one way to know,' I thought. I opened it to find a silver heart shaped locket, I opened it not really sure what would be inside. What was inside surprised me more than anything, it was a picture of Sasuke no one side and me on the other. The pictures where old, we where both 13 when these where took. But, why would
RobStar Story TrackerEven a writer needs to read in order to create stories.RobStar Story Tracker3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fanfics related to RobStar (and some BBRae) shippers. Majority are RobStar fics unless said otherwise.
 = not read
[tbc]= to be continued
 = one shot
 = stood out the most to me
[//] = funny
Yu-Gi-Oh Disney Theme Songs!Hello there! I decided that I could make a list with the theme songs from disney movies that I think would fit to the characters! Some of them might have more than one! However I cannot put them all in here can I?Yu-Gi-Oh Disney Theme Songs!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alright! I'll add the list and whoever wants to have a link of the song (just in case he/she hasn't heard it before) just ask me with your comment! Okay! Enjoy! (and add me more ideas if you want!)
Yugi Muto: Zero to Hero (Hercules)
Yami Yugi / Atem: Son of Man (Tarzan)
Jounouchi Katsuya: I will go the distance (Hercules)
Anzu Mazaki: Something There (Beauty and the Beast)
Hiroto Honda: You've got a friend in me (Toy Story)
Seto Kaiba: Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
Mokuba Kaiba: Following the Leader (Peter Pan)
Kujaku Mai: I won't say I'm in love (Hercules)
Marik Ishtar: Not one of us (The Lion King 2)
NejiTen and NejiHina shipping rant thingTumblr.NejiTen and NejiHina shipping rant thing2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Idiots. Idiots everywhere.
So apparently there is like this war between NejiHina and NejiTen shippers.
Apparently Nejiten lovers claim Nejihina lovers started on them, and Nejihinalovers claim Nejiten lovers started on them.
Both Nejiten and Nejihina shippers..........can you chill out and just ship your ship?
Neji is dead. Im over it....if he comes back.....AWESOME.
If he stays dead, meh. I mean, lets be realistic, if Neji was alive, I really do not think Kishimoto gives a shit about either NejiTen or NejiHina. In canon, Neji has no love interest. Tenten does not have a love interest. Hinata is interested in Naruto.
Both ships.......they are both, let us be honest here..... fan made. You can whine/argue all you want that they both had their "moments", but realistically, both ships......were lets be honest....unintentionally implied.
Naruto SD, that is just, the biggest load of crack. It freaking implies NejiLee and OrochiTen and DeiTen. Stop blowing your shi
Naruhina: Chapter 2 ~~ The UnexpectedHinata was shocked. Why was he here at this time?!? Hinata asked herself. Hinata looked down. Her hair was covering her face. She couldnt look at Naruto. She turned red and kept asking herself why.Naruhina: Chapter 2 ~~ The Unexpected3 years ago in Personal More Like This
She was nervous. Naruto was quite concerned. " Hinata, are you alright? " Naruto asked. Hinata quickly looked up. " I-Im fine Naruto-kun...Wh-Why are you here this late?? " Hinata asked. Naruto sat there without a word.
Then he finally said " Neji, could you leave us alone for a minute? " Naruto asked. Neji walked away. Hinata chuckled because she knew Neji was pissed. Hinata sat down in a chair across from Naruto. Naruto looked down. Hinata's eyes widened as Naruto blushed.
" Na-Naruto? What is it? " Hinata was really nervous. She tried her best to hide it. " Hinata...I need to talk to you... about something... and its very important. " Naruto said. Naruto's words made Hinata even more nervous.
She took a deep breath and let out a sigh. " Wh-What do we need to talk about? " Hinata asked. Na
OHSHC+Reader~Perverted Host~ch2YOUR P.O.V:OHSHC+Reader~Perverted Host~ch22 years ago in Personal More Like This
You were currently in the club room, getting a feel of the place before you could start working. "Hey, hentai cross-dresser, are you almost finished?", Tamaki whined, twirling a strawberry pocky in his mouth. You bit down on the other end, eating half of it in one bite. Tamaki blushed, & skirted backwards full-speed. Kyoya placed a hand on your shoulder, "Yuu, before you begin, you'll have to meet the other four hosts, understood?" You grinned, "Sure, fair enough....Kyo-chan♥." You quickly kissed his cheek, & ran off to the other side of the room. Kyoya held his face gently. "Is she playing me, or.....? Hmph, this might just be another interesting year yet."
You were lounging on a couch, when you heard two voices speak simultaneously. "Yo, can we help you?" You looked up to see two cute twins, with their
[Discussion Part 1]Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[Discussion Part 1]4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Discussions Part 2
Tonight most countries in American continent will be able to appreciate a strange phonemena known as "Blood Moon" caused by a moon eclipse at about 2am Read More Here (at CNN)
Funny thing is that I've seen many comments and memes calling this... Madara's Infinite Tsukuyomi!!! see? http://i.imgur.com/mB7ZfUD.png"
So what do you think? Would you like this to happen? I hope not!! Naruto must defeat him and stop this!
Merry Christmas Narutards!!
To all our members and staff I wish you all the merriest Christmas wherever you are and whatever you
[Characters Birthdays] January B-days!Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[Characters Birthdays] January B-days!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
01 - Maito Gai
02 - Tatami Iwashi
04 - Haku
06 - Danzou
Danzou by karka92Danzou by TheFresco
06 - Ebizou
ebizou by valentinandujar
08 - Hyuuga Hiashi, Hyuuga Hizashi
Hizashi Hyuga by ApostollHiashi Hyuuga by ShinoharaaHyuuga Hizashi by Huudel
09 - Haku
Haku by BarleeHaku by paintpixelNaruto and Haku by dragonfly-world
19 - Gaara
gaara by wickedmikelGaara by ayumi-studioGaara of the Sand by yuumeigaara by daennah
23 - Aburame Shino
Aburame Shino... by UchihaItachiAkatsukiShino by hyperboosterAburame Shino by agra19
24 - Yamanaka Inoichi
Inoichi Yamanaka by jesterry83 by crepusculaeInoichi Yamanaka by Alakazum
25 - Minato Namikaze (4th Hokage)
Kushina+Minato by Athena-chanYondaime Hokage by kunoichi-sanYondaime by tiffa
Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject Congratulations! Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject
Cake bullet - FREE TO USE by Rueile January
Recently ShikaTema Stuff in ANIME and MANGAWell, well... These last two weeks had been good for shikatema fans. We had some hints in the ROCK LEE ANIME and some happy news in NARUTO MANGA.Recently ShikaTema Stuff in ANIME and MANGA2 years ago in Personal More Like This
NARUTO MANGA (611) & (612)
1.Shikamaru and Chouji arrive where Naruto is.
2.Temari and some ninjas arrive where Shikamaru and Chouji are.
3. Temari is surprised but at the same proud of how good Shikamaru and Shikaku are with estrategy.
(It's a cute thing, cause she's praising them)
ROCK LEE ANIME 36
This episode was epic. The thing is Tenten want to prove she became stronger, so Team Gai decided to fight Suna Team.
And they tried to defeat Temari like this: