The Riddick 'Rule the Dark Fan Art Contest'
How to Enter
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Submission Deadline: August 16, 2013 At 11:59 PM, PT - Los Angeles Time.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon,
DeviantART: A Critical Community (Part 1)You may have heard...DeviantART: A Critical Community (Part 1)7 months ago in Other More Like This
From the most novice to the most accomplished, dA is home to artists of all types and skills. This mish-mash of talent, experience, knowledge, and eagerness to learn creates a beautiful opportunity for mentorships between those who are learning and those who are willing to lend their time and patience to a burgeoning new artist or writer. But forming those relationships can be daunting for those looking for help and unfulfilling for those offering that help.
This is the first of a two part article series that aims to address a few key points of miscommunication that seem to be common between those willing to offer critique and constructive commentary and those seeking feedback. You may have heard that the critique community on deviantART "sucks" or "doesn't exist", but I'll humbly beg to disagree. I've been an activ
dA Writers-Get NoticedIt's hard being a writer on dA. For every one writer, there are at least 15 artists, 10 of which are fan-artists. And why would people turn away from fanart, comics, and/or yaoi to read your poetry/prose? You have to give them a reason.dA Writers-Get Noticed3 years ago in Writing More Like This
This tutorial will take you through a few steps which will hopefully bring your writing more attention, If you'd care to read:
I cannot stress how crucial this step is. Once you have your 1st draft done, revise for typos and grammatical errors. On the second time, read it out loud to revise for flow. Then check again for grammar and spelling. Read it again, revise word by word.
Can you create more impact with the same amount/less words? If you can, do it.
Now, here are a few things you should keep in mind as you revise.
In most lit thumbs, the first 110 or s
Tips for the Messy WriterWhen the Muse StrikesTips for the Messy Writer2 years ago in Writing More Like This
I don't know about you, but most of my ideas for writing come to me in the shower. There I'll be, rinsing the shampoo from my hair, and suddenly a line flits through my head - a line so beautiful, so perfectly balanced between the universal and the personal that if I do not capture it immediately my muse will torment me with silence the rest of the year. Generally this situation ends with me haphazardly wrapped in a towel, running down the hall past the rest of the household - who have now learned to politely look the other way - to the dry erase board on the refrigerator where I can scribble out the thought before it evaporates into the ether.
If this is a situation familiar to you, then you may be what I call a messy writer. Messy writers are those for whom organization is not always advantageous, or even possible. This short guide offers five rules I've discovered help keep me on track once I've started a writing task. I hope you'll find them h
Civilization Builder Questionnaire for WritersBased on the Seven Rules of CivilizationCivilization Builder Questionnaire for Writers2 years ago in Writing More Like This
-Planned of Unplanned Cities? Why?
-What kinds of transportation are used, and how is traffic managed?
-How is sanitation managed?
-Symbolic or Pictoral written language? Why?
-Where did the system of writing come from?
-How is literacy taught? To whom is literacy taught, when in their lives, and why?
-How is written language stored (what medium)? Where and by whom?
-What kind of religious system? Monotheistic/Polytheistic/Monistic/Animistic/Some Combination?
-What beliefs are included about origins and destiny?
-What kinds of morality is espoused and why?
-What kinds of religious rituals are observed? By whom? What happens? Where? Why?
Political Structure (Organized Government)
-What government system: Autocracy/Democracy/Oligarchy/Theocracy? How did this come to be?
CSS Tricks: Fonts and Text BasicsToday I want to talk about fonts in journal skins You probably saw this one coming And maybe you also saw coming that this will be a rather long tutorial There is just a lot to say about this! Actually this will only be the first one about fonts and text. This one will cover the basics of working with fonts.CSS Tricks: Fonts and Text Basics1 year ago in Journal and Gallery Tutorials More Like This
I will start by talking a bit about web-safe fonts and the concept behind a fallback hierarchy. Further down you'll find a selection of properties that can be styled with examples and explanations.
So, let's go!
The standard web safe fonts
A font is defined as web safe when it is installen on a great number of user's computers. They are also called system fonts, and can vary depending on your PC. Fonts on a Mac OS are not necessarily the same as fonts on a Windows OS.
Here's is a little example: on the left side is an image, an image created in PS on the right side. If both sides look the same, or at least very similar, it means they a
How to Improve Your Writing StyleHow to Improve Your Writing Style1 year ago in Writing More Like This
While I’ve written articles about writing style in the past, they were designed mostly to define what style is and didn’t provide much help for improvement. This article contains some practical tips I’ve discovered that will actually help you improve your style and hopefully provide a foundation for why good style matters. I believe good style is important for many reasons, but mostly because I want my readers to feel like the time they spent with my story was worthwhile, pleasant, and maybe even a little enlightening.
“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” – Steve Almond
“Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” – Kurt Vonnegut
1) Be clear.
“To be clear is the first duty of a writer; to charm and to please are graces to be acquired later