[Alpha] Sculpting Ponies FAQOver the years, I've been asked many questions on how I make my ponies through many different outlets (notes, comments, in person, etc). And through that time, I've been collating those questions in hopes of one day making an FAQ/tutorial with pictures and demos for anyone interested in sculpting. However since then, I haven't gotten around to finishing all the questions nor editing them nor polishing them. Frankly, I don't think I ever will. So instead, I'm opting to publish them somewhat raw. Most of them are copypasta's of questions I've answered in some form, others I've gone back and actually polished them to be more coherent. You'll notice some duplicates with slightly different information, the context may be missing, or that some of the questions are left unanswered or half answered but that is how it appears in the document. Also, the names of the questioners have been removed. Either way, this is only a fraction of the questions I've collated so far, and depending on how this[Alpha] Sculpting Ponies FAQ1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Writing Prompts01. letterWriting Prompts4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
02. sticks and stones
08. mother [or father, or both]
17. white noise
24. first kiss
27. fog [or mist]
Fighting IntoleranceMy fellow Americans and Swiss, and Provolone, and even that fellow over there from Tibet:Fighting Intolerance8 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
No more shall we, as the saying goes, stand alone! It is time to let our pressers I mean, oppressors know that their rancid regime is about to rind down excuse me, wind down.
For far too long, we cheeses have been treated as second-class foods. Grains and meats garner all the glory, while we languish half-forgotten in the endmost dairy case. It's no surprise that many of us suffer from low self-esteem! And occasionally, heartburn.
Some people will actually go out of their way to avoid us! What have we done to earn such scorn? We are certainly not ashamed of our history and our heritage as curdled milk. Perhaps there is a subtler, more sinister reason?
(By the way, who let in the representative from Limburg? Somebody, please, open a window!)
Well, no more shall we allow them to string us along; we demand our own thick slice on the pantheon of foods! We are
Creating a Well-Developed Original CharacterCreating a Well-developed OCCreating a Well-Developed Original Character3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello! Welcome to my guide on the creation of a balanced, believable original character! Whether this is your first time creating a character and you want some advice on where to start, or you need to tweak your character, because you're unsatisfied with it, then you've come to the right place. In this guide you'll find details on the importance of every aspect of an OC, from something seemingly insignificant as the name to the powers of a character.
This guide can be applied to original characters of any fandom or purely of your creation for your own story! If your setting doesn't include some parts, like having abilities, you can simply skip over that section. Likewise, if I'm going into details on some specifics that don't apply to your character, feel free to skip over that as well.
Before I get into breaking down a character, let me first start off by asking you to do one thing. Get the term "Mary Sue" out of your head right now bef
How to survive Anime North 09When I went to my first Anime North 7 years ago, I was floored by how big it was and how overwhelming everything seemed to be. At that time, I could really have used a guide, but none seemed to exist. So if this is your first time or your 3rd time, I hope you can learn something new and get the most out of Canadas largest anime convention.How to survive Anime North 095 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
So youve bought your tickets, booked your hotel, and arranged transportation to and from the Congress Centre. Now all you have to do is count down the days right? Not quite. There are a couple of other things you should prepare for.
When youre in the Dealers Room (The area with all the merchandise), the last thing you want is to not be able to buy that special something because you spent your money on that plushie you just had to have! Make sure to save at least $100 before the con! That may seem a lot at first, but manga after manga after figurine after anime pile up and you run out
Here Is No WhyHere Is No Why1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
The bus was late. In the four switches Ben had made so far, he had come to accept lateness as an unavoidable part of this mode of travel. The first three times, he had been irritated. Now, at a little after eleven at night, he really didn’t care. If the bus was at least running, he would be happy. Working air conditioning was a bonus. Timeliness was asking too much.
He wished he could call Mae again, even though he had just talked to her half an hour ago. It had been a little over two weeks since he had seen his fiancée, and hearing her voice helped ease his frustration. But it was late, and she had gone to bed. She would still answer, he knew, and talk as long as he needed, but he didn’t want to keep her up.
Instead, Ben just sat at the little station, staring almost listlessly into his paper coffee cup. He let his mind wander. Of all places, it went to the station’s seating arrangements.
The orange plastic chair wasn’t particularly comfortable, but
permanence.Permanence,permanence.4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
or the reason I haven't stopped loving you yet.
Because I've never wanted to. Because
dementia runs in the family,
and I will forget everything, even
the sound of my own voice. My children
and their children, warm or disinterested
strangers who speak too loudly and
point to photographs of people
I may have lived with or seen
in a movie once. They'll call me mother,
or Stephanie, say other names
I won't recognise, and none of it
will mean a thing. But if I love you,
if for sixty years I love you,
then I will remember that.
Pauses where.The pausePauses where.5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
between the casual
recounting of my day and
doesn't sound like
I love you.
But you don't hear
I've stopped missing you, either,
15Q Meme for OC couples.1: Hello, thanks so much for answering this meme! First of all, tell us the happy lovebirds' names! Full names, please~! c:15Q Meme for OC couples.3 years ago in Settings More Like This
2: Thank you! So, what do they do? Are they students? Or do they already work?
3: Interesting! So how did they meet each other and started dating?
4: Ohhhh, okaaaaay. Then, how far have their relationships developed? Have they gone out together? Have they kissed? Or further?
5: OHOHOHOHOHO ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT. 8D Now, tell us, what do they call each other? By their names? Or by nicknames? Or maybe perhaps "darling" and "honey"? XDDD
6: How cute! c: So, what do you think they both think of each other?
7: Niceeeeee. Do they live together?
8: Do they ever argue? If yes, about what?
9: Aww. Then, how would they react if one of them were hurt? (I'll leave the situation up to you ;D)
10: Tell us a typical route/schedule for their date?
11: Okay! Now, tell us a song you remind them of!
12: *infinite loops* Do they have marrige in mind? If yes, how would thei
'Personal' TherianthropyLately, Ive noticed some talk on Werelist about just how much publicity we as a community really want. Some believe it would be wonderful to have therianthropy become well-known, while others would just as soon keep themselves secret.'Personal' Therianthropy5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
I can respect either opinion. Its the people who insist that no therian should want to tell anyone about their therianthropy that perplex me. These people tell other therians that therianthropy is a personal thing that shouldnt be shared with anyone, and seem to be convinced that anyone who wants to make their therianthropy public or even semi-public cannot possibly be a serious, true therian.
First of all, these particular therians must not realize that their willingness to participate in Werelist breaks their own rules. In talking about their therianthropy even anonymously they make themselves partially public.
Secondly, if it werent for therians making themselves public, the community would
Getting to Anime North by TTCFrom Union Station:Getting to Anime North by TTC5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
-Hop on the subway train going Northbound to Downsview(Very important because both sides are northbound. Don't board the one going to Finch)
-Get off at Lawrence West Station
-Make your way to the bus platform
-Get on the Malton 58 bus
-Get off in front of the Toronto Congress Centre
If you can't find the TTC from Union Station, don't be afraid to ask somebody. It's better than wandering around lost for who knows how long.
From Finch Station:
-Hop on the subway train, it only goes in one direction which is southbound
-Get off at Lawrence Station
-Make your way to the bus platform
-Get on the Lawrence bus headed toward Lawrence West Station
-Get on the Malton 58 bus
-Get off in front of the Toronto Congress Centre
From Kennedy Station:
-Hop on the subway train, it only goes in one direction which is westbound
-Get off at St.George Station
-Switch to the Northbound Yonge subway line (you have to head up)
-Get off at Lawrence West station
-Make your way to the b
Kankri Vantas X Troll-Reader: part 3It felt like you had been running for hours when finally Karkat arrived at the transportalizer that would take you back to Alternia your home world. Karkat leapt onto the platform instantly vanishing in a flash of white.Kankri Vantas X Troll-Reader: part 310 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Ladies first." was all Kankri said before shoving you lightly onto the platform. The feeling of being transportalized could only be described as being thrown into ice cold water then squeezed through a tiny hole, not the most pleasant feeling in your opinion.
When you had finally arrived on the Alternian side of the transportalizer Karkat grabbed your wrist and yanked you from the platform and began to drag you away from the area.
"Karkat! Stop you're forgetting Kankri."
Karkat glared down at you but did as you said and waited for his dancestor. Though after some time of waiting there you began to worry it didn't take that long to transportalize from Earth to Alternia. In a panic you shoved Karkat off of you "(name), WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?!" you leapt onto the p
Become the WindHey Karkat! Look what I can do!Become the Wind2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The troll glanced up from his computer screen with enough time to see John completely dissipate into nothing. What the fuck? John? John! His husktop was folded and hastily moved to the side so he could stand. John!
Something swirled around Karkat and laughed in his ear. Im fine Karkat!
Much to the trolls surprise John reappeared beside him. Dont ever fucking do that again asshole.
John just laughed some more, Oh come on Karkat, its not doing any harm. Its part of my wind powers. I think the Heir of Breath can like, become the wind or something. I dunno, I learned it in a dream bubble once, its pretty cool. I am the Windy Thing!
I dont like it.
The human smirked, Of course you dont like it, think of all the pranking possibilities I can now do! Oh gosh Ill be unstoppable!
Karkat sighed and sat bac
Creating Original SpeciesSo, hello and welcome, once again, to one of my long-as-longcat text tutorials. This one here is going to be on the creation of original species. Unlike my other tutorials, this one is going to be better organized and hopefully make more sense, although, like all my other tutorials, it's going to be more a guide, than anything else. After all, you might not like, or even have to follow, everything I do, though I hope I can at least lay down a good path for you to follow, least you decide you want to follow it at all.Creating Original Species2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
For this tutorial here, I will be using one of my own, nearly-original species, my biological vampires. These are simple characters, more humanoid than anything, and a very good springboard for showing one what developing an original species can do for you, your story, or anything else you plan on using these species on. Along the way, though, I will also be stating things that might apply outside my vampire species, and might apply to your species. Whether you use them or
Lines.Help.Lines.4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I have done it, again.
I have been here many times before.
Hurt myself again today.
And the worst part is,
There's no one else to blame.
Tears threatened at the corners of her eyes. She stared helplessly into the mirror, her wrist turned away from her body awkwardly, so she could see it.
She breathed out harshly in a dry sob, resisting the urge to break the mirror. She yanked her sleeve down, covering the fresh cuts as she swung her backpack up onto her shoulder and walked out of the bathroom. The hallway was busy. No one would notice her.
Breathing slowly, she weaved through classmates until she reached the door, pushing it open forcefully and stepping out. The cool fall wind struck her skin, raising goosebumps. She shivered slightly, but kept walking.
The urge to cry got stronger and stronger the farther she walked, and finally, she gave
Our Captain (Robin Williams Remembrance Poem)Oh, CaptainOur Captain (Robin Williams Remembrance Poem)2 weeks ago in Free Verse More Like This
We’ve never had,
A Friend like You.
You came to us as an Alien,
from the Planet Ork.
But through the Years,
You made Home in Our Hearts
We Saluted You over the Airwaves
We Watched You get Sucked in a Game,
And Haul Your Family in the Big Rolling Turd.
You were a British Nanny,
Who was actually their Dad.
A Business Man,
Who was actually Peter Pan.
A Crazy Scientist,
Making a Being called Flubber.
Who Just Wanted to be Free.
You were a Robot,
Made of Rusty Old Parts.
We’ve never had,
A Friend like You.
You became the Man of the Year,
And the Wax Figurine Exhibit
Of the Twenty-Sixth President
Of the United States of America.
You Were the World’s Greatest Dad,
And the World’s Greatest Therapist.
You Had a License to Wed
And be a Kid,
Who Grew Up Four Times Too Fast.
You only Won One Oscar.
But that’s okay.
We Love all Your Other Works Anyways…
We Will Miss You
fire and bloodi am stormborn;fire and blood4 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
she who dances
with the dragons who
call her mother.
the devourer of a heart
that galloped across a great
grass sea. the queen
who breaks every chain she
sees and will rule over the world
from an iron throne. the
daughter of a mad king who
shall scorch the land with justice.
i am the unburnt.
fire cannot kill a dragon.
Sheets“I adore you,”Sheets5 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
she said, whimsically twisted in the rippled gossamer sheets of their bed.
And in these words were memories of weather-worn love letters,
long kisses with smeared roseate lipstick,
and layered mascara outlining her chatoyant eyes,
for he loved the way it looked.
she said months later, tightly grasping the rippled gossamer sheets of her bed.
And in these words were soiled and crumpled goodbye notes,
untarnished roseate lipstick on her opulent lips,
and smeared mascara, creating an ashy mess on her pillowcase,
for who cares if he used to love the way it looked.
She whispered to empty sheets,
“I meant abhor you.”
.you broke.6 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
that there was
What She Doesn't Know.What she doesn’t know.What She Doesn't Know.5 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Every time when I would get a delivery that would take me away from my family for a few days I always had a set routine that she never knew off. You see it stared just after Geostigma was cured. Tifa and I had stayed behind at the church after all the children and the rest of AVALANCHE had left. I was still stood in waist deep water and still stood by the water’s edge neither of us knew what to say or do. Another few minutes went by before Tifa made the first move; slowly she stepped into the water edging all the closer to me. My breath caught as she placed her small hand against my face.
“Cloud are you coming home now?” She asked her voice barley a whisper.
“If you’ll have me” I replied a small smile gracing my lips. Her hand left my face then and a small barely noticeable punch meet my arm.
“Of course you idiot” Tifa smiled and then quickly turned and left the water and began making her way out of the church
.i will bury myself.8 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
outside in the garden;
like the spare key
or the dead dog,
i'm never there when
you need me
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:The Mary Sue Litmus Test4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.
This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to
Tips for WritingRecently I've seen a lot of misconceptions in fics and general cliche's, so I thought I might share a few tips on writing!Tips for Writing1 month ago in General Fiction More Like This
writing kisses - http://kataangkids.tumblr.com/post/88387572226/prompts-and-pointers-i-made-it-reblog-able
emotions - http://www.bakura.co.uk/post/58185125553/xavesdasbandit-comebackintoyou
deaths - http://www.bakura.co.uk/post/56065162804/writing-tips-76-how-to-write-a-death-scene
crying - http://starrify-everything.tumblr.com/post/86888776007/livewithmelaughwithme-patchjelly-s-o-u-r-c
general info on losing ones virginity and possibly how to write it better - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qFojO8WkpA
good yt channel on sex info so you can learn some info etc. - https://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen/videos
great masterpost - http://kuragesensei.tumblr.com/post/90864520786/starrify-everything-tips-tips-for
another great masterpost - http://shingekinokataang.tumblr.com/post/90832790553/thewritersarchive-this-is-an-ultimate
Before you make a suitThings to think about before making a suit costumeBefore you make a suit2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Here's a whole list of questions of possibilities that I'd highly recommend anyone take a look at and answer if they plan on making a suit. It might bring up some problems to think about before they happen during the process of making a costume.
I'd copy/paste and print this off and answer to any questions that apply to your future project.
1. Do you relate to the creatures physical traits in any way?
2. Do you have any physical problems? ( allergies, loss of breath, heart problems, flexibility, claustrophobia, bowel/bladder problems, etc)
3. Where will be an air vent(s)?
4. Where will the vision be?
5. Can you hear well in the suit?
6. Can people hear you clearly if you should speak?
7. How will the suit be taken apart in case of quick relief?
8. In what rooms or areas can you travel in your suit?
9. How heavy will some pieces of the suit be?
1. Can you sit on the floor in the suit?
2. Can you sit in