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On Vore
I have uploaded new essays on vore:
Premature Birth = Vore Love?
Vore Community Statistics
Hate in the Vore Community
    Welcome to my essay on the very diverse and unusual subject of vore. If you are reading this out of curiosity or to learn more about vore, then you've come to the right place. If you are here because you do not understand vore, then I would encourage you to read the entire essay, as you will likely learn quite a bit. Regardless of how you found the essay or your reason for reading, I would love to hear your feedback, so please feel free to post a comment - after you have read the essay in it's entirety.
    Overview
    Well, first off, what exactly is vore? At its barest mi
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Punctuating Dialogue: A Guide
Standard Punctuation: Dialogue
Sometimes we read dialogue so often, punctuated in so many different ways, that we either forget what we've learned (if that was anything memorable to begin with) or we rely on instinct to guide us.  A common example of this can be seen in the opening dialogue of darksouldream's piece, Bobby:
‘No,’ replied Cindy `I think his sister Becky is staying with her, but she keeps muttering about parents out living children. The doctors been keeping her pretty sedated.’
Most Americans will cringe at this.  Why?  Well, double quotation marks are the more acceptable usage (the "traditional convention") in American Standard English.  However, in British Standard English, both the double quotation mark and single quotation mark are used.  What's the rule?  Stylis
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Voices... For and About Kids
Voices in Writing For and About Kids
Overview
Well, the title of this piece promises a guide to writing ‘for and about kids’.  This is an all-encompassing phrase that, I hope, will grab anybody who wants to write for or about any characters between the ages of about nought and eighteen.  So, is this the part where I reveal that this guide is actually more limited than that?  No it is not!  At least, I have done my very best to cater to all possible needs, with the following handy headings:
Issues and Obstacles
The Voice of the Child: Advice on Writing Dialogue
Children’s Literature and the Narrative Voice
Young Adult Fiction and the Teenage Voice
Summary
Further Reading
I admit it: this guide is not going to be short, and while it is not going to be excessively long either, it will try to answer every question I have been able to anticipate.
Issues and Obstacles
Picture this.  You have s
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dArama - ISSUE ONE - Love.
The dynamic between core staff, volunteer staff, and the community can at times be pure quality dArama.
It's worth noting that for years I've worked pretty hard to remain neutral on community politics. Today, I'm going to shatter that concept.
Needless to say, I am extremely politically aware of the inner workings of the deviantART community. I read *a lot* of journals, comments, forums, chat rooms. I have fake accounts. I spy.
But I don't spend my time talking politics, instead I focus internally at deviantART designing technologies and implementing understandings with core staff to address the issues I see pop up.
It's time to take a moment to be a bit more petty.
The Structure
In the inner workings of our politics exists the soul of deviantART. What is this place? What was it meant to do? What does it do? What could we do better? And it's the politics that give insight into how well the greater plan is running.
There's $core staff who are employees or contractors and work 8+
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Dear Yaoi Fangirls: I Hate You
It's true.
I hate yaoi fangirls, and I am one.
You may be looking at me with tears in your eyes right now and saying, "Why Chopstick... why?!"  
Well, I'm gonna tell you why.
1.  You're just writing about them because they're hot.
Let's just forget that they hated each other in the game.  Let's completely forget that both of them were completely straight and had loving girlfriends in the anime.  And heaven forbid I bring up the idea that they were really "just friends" in the manga.  I'm not really bitching about drabbles or crackfics so much as I am the fifty-page-long epics that completely ignore canon.  
AND I MEAN COMPLETELY.
Rinoa was just so whiny and Squall and Seifer were just SO KAWAII, you HAD to kill her or maim her or turn her into a ditzy bitch that Squall despised.  I hated her too, you know, but I'm not willing to actually sit down and write her out of the picture in such an abrupt and unlikely way it could be considered a cop-out.  For gods' sake, have pride in w
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Writing Paranormal Characters
As a writer of prose, you may at some point to want to write about a character or characters which are paranormal.  We could perhaps debate over the exact definition of the word ‘paranormal’, and some may prefer ‘supernatural’ - a word more closely associated with magic, whereas ‘paranormal’ tends to be taken to mean something outside the realms of science (though of course, it is not as clear-cut as that, and you may like to think that I am wrong in saying this).
For the purposes of this guide, both ‘paranormal’ and ‘supernatural’ refer to conscious beings, not found in the animal kingdom, that differ in some way to what I controversially call ‘normal’ humans (some paranormal beings may be human, in part or in whole).  To give some well-known examples: ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves and mermaids all fall into this category.  The details, of course, are up to the writer.  If you t
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How To Write Yaoi
Today, we're going to show you how to write The Greatest Thing to ever happen evar.
Yaoi. Since it's a known fact that all female characters are vastly inferior to the male ones, none of them are suitable to be shipped with a male character. In fact, they can all go lez in a corner. No.  This is going to be about yaoi. The greatest thing to evar happen evar of all time. Because we could never let a woman soil the true and pure love between a man and another man. And nothing is more sacred than that.
1. Tops and Bottoms As a rule, all yaoi couples must have a certified top and bottom (or uke and seme for you Japan types). NO EXCEPTIONZ1111!! You're either top. Or bottom. Period. The end. No exceptions. That's how all relationships work. And if you're relationship isn't like that, then there's probably something wrong with you. Or you're a woman. Then there's definitely something w
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A Writing Tutorial
So, you want to try to write something?
Writing is an art that takes a lot of time and patience if one wishes to become successful in the literary arts.  With this tutorial, I hope to help you understand the basics of writing so that you too will be able to write stories that capture the attention of your audience.  Let us begin.
Know what you want to write
Let's start with the basics of coming up with an idea to write for a story.  Now, if one does not know where to start, that is not a big deal.  Even for the newest writer, one can get a random thought that could transform into a brilliant idea in the blink of an eye.  All it takes is inspiration; that spark that makes you, the writer, get up and take a pen and paper or a keyboard and start to write down your ideas.  Where would one look for inspiration though?  That is quite easy actually.  Almost ANYTHING could provide some sort of inspiration, b
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The Ultimate Furry Handbook
The Ultimate Furry Handbook
Section 1: So You Wanna Go Furry?
Do you have a face full of pimples, hidden coyly behind oceans upon oceans of rippling rolls of fat? Are you scrawny and malnourished-looking? Perfectly normal looking but have the social comprehension of a fridge? Have an exceptionally unhealthy work/life balance?
There's hope for you yet.
On the internet, you can be whoever you want to be, and sometimes you just want to be a hilariously endowed, sexually ambiguous black-and-red wolf named "Raven Bloodmoon".
Section 2: What Does Your Fursona Say About You?
Domestic Cat
I am completely unimaginative. I decided that a cat represents me because one day I looked over and saw my cat laying around and thought: "Man, that cat has a good life. All he does is eat and sleep and get cuddles and look adorable while doing it." And then I was like, "Wait a minute, all I do is eat and sleep and wish I could get cuddles".
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FFM Links - July 3, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day Three.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 3rd in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
From time to time, we'll ramp it up a gear and ask you to try your hand at a challenge. It's your choice whether you do the challenge, but to be eligible for a weekly prize, you need to have completed all stories for that week, submitted them on time, and completed all the challenges.  If you complete every challenge and write a piece every day for the whole month, you might be in line for even better prizes, and you'll certainly get a whiter smile, be invited to more parties and improve your manly/womanly vigour.
If you decide to try the challenge, please put Challenge in your comm
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Wrath of the Grammar Nazi
In favor of avoiding parallel structure debates (misplaced modifiers, ahh!) and a general crusade against passive voice, WordCount is offering a list of common "pet peeves" to satisfy the punctuation junkie in all of you.
Please understand that this list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it original, but it warrants saying from time to time.  Nothing in here is meant to insult you, all rules can be broken, and there are always exceptions.  One should also note that rules about comma usage and "the dash" differ from place to place and country to country, but this list falls back on Oxford's guide to style (because we all need a place to start).
1. Apostrophes are not there to make words look pretty. They do have an actual purpose (namely to indicate contractions or possession);
2. Semicolons connect two related thoughts while simultaneously separating two complete thoughts (or objects in a list);
3. "A lot" and "all right" are not words. They are
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FFM Links - July 12, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day TWELVETY.
Ficcionistas, so far you have had it easy peasy.
Now, the resistance test. :threaten:
Get your game face on, because it's time for arguably the most challenging CHALLENGE of the month so far. Scroll down for more information.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 12th in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
From time to time, we'll ramp it up a gear and ask you to try your hand at a challenge. It's your choice whether you do the challenge, but to be eligible for a weekly prize, you need to have completed all stories for that week, submitted them on time, and completed all the challenges.  If you complete every challenge and write a piece every day
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FFM Links - July 8, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day Eight.
Woo!  Yeah!  One week completely down!  This is going to be a breeze, right?
It's the start of week two and everyone has had two whole challenge-free days.  I'm ramping up the difficulty a little with this week's challenges, from easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy to ooh, this might be a bit tricky mode.  Good luck, and keep right on ficcin'.
Today is the fourth CHALLENGE of the month.  Find out more below.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 8th in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
From time to time, we'll ramp it up a gear and ask you to try your hand at a challenge. It's your choice whether you do the challenge, but to be eligible fo
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On furries
*WARNING- Some people may find topics in this post objectionable or not something everyone should read. If you have a problem with this and choose to read this post, it's not my problem.*
One of the places I go to brought up the subject of furries recently. If you don't know what a furry is, it's a fan of anthropomorphic art. Anthropomorphic or "anthro" art is animals with human characteristics (Bugs Bunny is an anthro rabbit for example). The term "furry" may also be used to describe an anthro animal, even if it has no fur.
Some of you are probably thinking, "Furries? Aren't they those gay people who dress up and do it in animal costumes, draw XXX animal art, and 'really love' their pets? Those freaks?" I'm here to set things straight.
First off, furries are not people who think they are an animal or have an animal's spirit. Those people are called "Otherkin" and they may or may not be a furry. Furries may, and it seems often wish to be their animal, but that's essentially the same th
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FFM Links - July 22, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, Day TWENTY TOOTH!
Week 4, Challenge 1

Can you believe it's the last full week of FFM already?  Sad Viva.  Fistpump would be inappropriate.
BUT DON'T CRY! I've got something that'll put the cheeky gap-toothed grins back on those little faces of yours.  It's another Challenge day!  And it's probably the trickiest challenge of 2014 yet!  If it was 2013 we'd be making disparaging comments about its bottom, probably; it's that tricky.
Keep reading to find out all about it.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 22th in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
From time to time, we'll ramp it up a gear and ask you to try your hand at a challenge. It's your choice whether you do the challenge,
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FFM Links - July 11, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day Eleven.
No challenge today. Doesn't mean we can't all have a good time. If the freedom of no-challenge makes things harder for you, try popping into the FFM chatroom and asking one of the horrible helpful people in there for a prompt.
And if you have spare time, there's always the continuous stream of love the Prompt Bank needs...
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 11th in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
Everyone loves comments and encouragement, so do make an effort to encourage your fellow Flash Fiction Month participants. Let's help each other to have the best possible experience. A quick
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FFM Links - July 1, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day One.
LEEEEET'S GEEEEEET RRREADY TO RRRRRUMBLE!!!!!!
Ahem, I mean right ho, chaps, chapesses and chappacinos, let's get ready to write some spiffing top-hole very short fiction.  I do hope you've got yourselves well strapped-in because we're going to kick matters off with a little challenge today - keep reading to find out more.
We just finished a warm up chat in the #FlashFictionMonth chatroom. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 1st in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
From time to time, we'll ramp it up a gear and ask you to try your hand at a challenge. It's your c
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Vore Community Statistics
If you do not know what vore is, please read this essay: On Vore
I became curious and decided to conduct some surveys asking for information on members of the vore community. I got about three dozen responses, and these are the results (all respondents have an appreciation for vore; please remember this is a very small demographic in a community of hundreds of thousands of people and is likely not accurate on a large scale):
Gender:
54% are male.
46% are female.
Sexuality:
56% are heterosexual, about half are male and half female.
11% are bisexual, the majority being female.
33% are asexual, about half are male and half female.
0% are homosexual (which would more than likely change with an increased demographic.)
Age:
64% are past teenage years, about half above the age of twenty-five.
36% are <i>
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Hate in the Vore Community
    When I first became a part of the vore community, I assumed that, since it was such a strange and unusual topic, the fans of it would be very open-minded and accepting of others. And that is true, for the most part.
    However, there is a surprising amount of intolerance and hatred over nothing but differing opinions and interests in the community, and it needs to stop.
    The first thing anyone who likes vore needs to realize is that, to the standards of "normal" society, we are weird. Words to describe vore-lovers include freak, pervert, dangerous, etc. But those of us who like vore know the stigma isn't true; not in the least.
    So why does the community stigmatize its own members in the same way society stigmatizes them? For the exact same reasons. The "stranger" forms of vore (let's be honest, all vore is equally strange), may be difficult to understand or connect to by the majority, which leads to the reponse of
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FFM Links - July 2, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day Two.
Well, that was brilliant.  Didn't we do well?  We learned loads, we had a good time, we met new...
What, we have to write for more than one day this month?
Apparently we do.
There's no challenge today, so just write what you like and post the link below.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 2nd in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
Everyone loves comments and encouragement, so do make an effort to encourage your fellow Flash Fiction Month participants. Let's help each other to have the best possible experience. A quick comment lets a writer know somebody's reading, and we all love that.
Reminders

For those reading this who still haven't signed up for thirty-one days o
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FFM Links - 14 July 2015
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, Day 14!
Today is Bastille Day, the commemoration of the beginning of the French Revolution, when the citizens of Paris stormed the gates of the Bastille and brought the ancien régime to its knees.
In keeping with that revolutionary spirit, today we would like you to take up arms against the oppressors, to oust the despots/tyrants/monarchs/CEO’s/Hydra's of your choice and stage your very own protest against tyranny!
Show us hippies with flowers in their hair, the pitfalls of extreme activism, or miners unions striking for decent pay. Whether it's peasant hordes rising up against their noble overlords (or vice versa), political showdowns, strikes on an alien colony, or hackers waging digital warfare against corporate behemoths, change is in the wind my friends, and it's time to make your stand. 
VIVE LA REVOLUTION!
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story o
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FFM Links - July 15, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, Day 15
And welcome to week three!
There is another challenge today, so what are you waiting for?  Scroll down to find out more.
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing one piece of very short "flash" fiction (55-1000 words) every day of July.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 15th in the comments below.
Every day, there will be a new deviation where you can post a link to your piece of flash fiction for the day.
From time to time, we'll ramp it up a gear and ask you to try your hand at a challenge. It's your choice whether you do the challenge, but to be eligible for a weekly prize, you need to have completed all stories for that week, submitted them on time, and completed all the challenges.  If you complete every challenge and write a piece every day for the whole month, you might be in line for even better prizes, and you'll certainly get a whiter smile, be invited to mor
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FFM Links - July 7, 2014
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2014, Day SIETE.
It's the end of week one.  You've all done great stuff so far (terrible, but great).
We have been getting a lot of complaints it is all a bit too easy this year.  Never fear, We're going to ramp up the difficulty incrementally every week.  Heh.
A lot of people have requested time extensions for various challenges because of lack of internet access or because of real life stuff.  As a recognition that many of you human types appear to live in the real world and have stuff going on, we're not going to police the posting times especially hard this year. As long as you're all caught up in time to post your stuff on the week one journal before the judging starts you'll be in.  I'm posting that journal today, but you've got until Thursday before judging starts.
Another day off challenges.  Get to filling that ol'
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