Angelo Sotira, InterviewedAngelo Sotira, Interviewed10 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A brief history of deviantART
Angelo Sotira helped pioneer deviantART after the internet's "boom days" with Scott Jarkoff and Matt Stephens. Scott ensured that deviantART functioned code-wise and community-wise, Matt focused on making sure that the world knew about what promise deviantART offered to aspiring artists, and Angelo covered the legal and some techinical bases, including directing the business concerns of deviantART as a company.
As with any venture, there were the "usual" hiccups, though it's debatable whether anything about deviantART or how it came about can be considered "usual". The founders and the site weathered the storms that hit, and because of the initial and continued dedication of Scott and Angelo, along with the rest of the core developers and volunteer staff, deviantART continues to function, evolving continually to meet the demands of artists, exponential increases in deviations (and consequently necessary space) and operating costs, along with dozens
Engine of Chaos"Define problem," I said, watching my guest over steepled fingers.Engine of Chaos5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The man - he had introduced himself as Edward Carter - twisted a machine-pressed felt hat between calloused hands.
"Well, I run a warehouse in the West India docks for a Mister Hibberd," he began, and grimaced, his pale brow furrowing beneath lank, age-bleached hair. "Top gent. But... There's somethin' tha's not right."
Oil-stained fingernails bit into his hat's brim, and he wet his lips.
"The foreman - he's walked out on me. An' I can't get lightermen in for love nor money. It's me engineer..." The felt hat audibly complained at his attentions. "He's gone a bit... I think he's blown a valve - if you'll excuse the expression."
He paused, and glanced anxiously about the room. Though I doubt he found much comfort there; my study was sparsely decorated at best. His eyes paused on my coat stand, before wandering idly over my desk, and finally, relucta
Troy...or notTroy or notTroy...or not7 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
By the Gods! snapped Helen, standing resplendent in the middle of the battlefield, will noone ask me whether I want to go back or not? Even though Im the one being fought over, no one even tries to ask my opinion about it!
The two rival armies had come to a halt on either side of the legendary beauty, gaping at her in amazement. Menelaus was standing at the head of his army, holding an unsheathed sword, with his mouth hanging open, looking utterly stupid, as his slow brain tried to figure out why his wife was behaving like that. From the time he had known her, she had always been so meek and obedient, always listening to him and giving him whatever he asked for. Now she was a veritable lioness, standing there roaring away loudly enough to scare the hair off a man.
Now that she had grabbed everyones attention, Helen cleared her throat and continued none too mildly
I dont know why you bunch of id
What I Learned at SRU -37-What I Learned at SRU -37-4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A/N: Back to schedule programming, friends. Thanks for bearing with me through what has been a very difficult process - and an ongoing on. I'm still looking for work, actually. In case you missed it, I put out an Avatar canon-based AU short ("Affection") and a side-story background with Jane and Johnny ("Sidepocket") not to mention that there's been more SRU art posted in the past few weeks. Notably, an awesome 4-page comic depicting a scene I wrote that actually hasn't happened in the story yet (so some light spoilers there). Here's the first two pages (click the "Download" on the right to see in full view), with pages 3 and 4 linked in the descriptions. Definitely check it out!
What I Learned at SRU
Chapter 37 - Nonsense
- Saturday, December 4th, 2010 -
Mai's rusty voice came out clear through the Jasmine Dragon's sound system, her eyes glued to her page as she read aloud at a crawling, thought
What I Learned at SRU -18-What I Learned at SRU -18-4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
What I Learned at SRU
Chapter 18 - The Fearsome Fivesome
- Friday, October 8th, 2010 -
"Sure. Why not?"
"But..." Jane was confused. "Wh-...? I don't..."
"Pick a place to eat, Freckle-Face, it's not hard," Sokka chuckled.
"Some place cheap, please!" Aang piped up weakly. Toph knuckled him on the arm.
"Shut up, Twinkle-Toes, I'll cover you."
"No, you don't have to do-"
"I'll cover you," she insisted. "Not like I can't afford it, Twinkle-Toes."
"What are you in the mood for?" Katara wondered, her head tipped slightly to the side at Jane's crossed arms.
"I-I dunno," Jane grunted, popping up her shoulders. "Pizza...?"
"Pizza Hut?" Katara suggested.
"Pizza Hut!" Sokka defiantly cried, whipping out his phone in dramatic fashion.
"Pizza Hut, Hoooohh!" shouted Toph and Aang in unison, raising their fists.
Jane sighed at their random outburst, likely some inside joke she wasn't inside of.
"Whaaaat?" Sokka groaned from the
What I Learned at SRU -11-What I Learned at SRU -11-5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A/N: This chapter was originally going to be more Sokka heavy but somehow that changed along the way - but it's definitely got a more romantic skew to it. We'll see what happens next chapter, as I really do want to give some more attention to Sokka soon.
What I Learned at SRU
Chapter 11 - Comfort Zone
- Sunday, September 12th, 2010 -
"Why don't you do something with the other guys?"
["Oh. Because Toph and Aang had the same idea that you did. Ha."]
"Ah...Well, I'm sorry, Sis, but Suki and I haven't really spent a lot of time alone yet and she keeps trying to get me to go along with it...and...-"
["No, no! I understand. You really should, Sokka..."]
Bah. Like I'm some pity case or something. Urgh. Is my situation really that pathetic?
["When I see you with her, you seem happy."]
["Sokka, seriously. It's no big deal. I'll be fine. I want you to have a good night, Brother."]
"Yea. I'll try. Thanks, Sis."
What I Learned at SRU -10-What I Learned at SRU -10-5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A/N: I know there's been a bit of a heavy emphasis on the female characters earlier on here, and this chapter continues that - honestly, this is partially because the girls have a bit more external drama but also because the plot just needs me to focus on them first.
What I Learned at SRU
Chapter 10 - Simple
[Boomerang Blog: Back At Ya!]
[Posted on September 7th at 11:46pm]
[by Noble Sir Kesuk Esquire]
[So ya know how my ex-girlfriend has been hanging out with us? Yea. About that...It's starting to get kinda weird. There's definitely something still there, ya know? Not surprising, really. The only reason we broke up Freshman year was because she transferred. My friends keep picking on me about it. I just don't know what to do. Every time those feelings start coming up I can't stop thinking about Yue. Like I'd be betraying her or something...Does that even make sense?]
[I need to think about all of this.]
What I Learned at SRU -32-What I Learned at SRU -32-4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A/N: Depressed yet? ;D Last few chapters have been pretty high-tension, amirite? Such is the life of a college student. While it's not as if problems can magically disappear, Thanksgiving break is a vacation, isn't it? ^_^; We should try to relax here for a bit...
What I Learned at SRU
Chapter 32 - Family Blood
- Thursday, November 25th, 2010 - Thanksgiving
"I dunno, play something happy, Tophie!"
Toph struggled to keep her visage rigid and courteous so as not to let her disdain come through.
"I'm not really in the mood, Cousin..."
"Please? Pretty please? You're so gooood."
Dressed like a proper "lady," her hair forced into a tidy bun, and decorated in various articles of jewelry that rubbed her the wrong way, Toph was not in a state of mind for playing music to begin with. The lisping voice of her cousin was certainly not helping her feel any better.
"Meng," began Toph with a tone like plastic. "I'm glad you like my work, but now's just...not a proper time
You're Beautiful - Ch. 3Avatar: The Last AirbenderYou're Beautiful - Ch. 38 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
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Chapter 3: An Old Friend
Sometime Around Noon
Um, excuse me, came the soft, reserved voice of a girl standing at the counter.
Oh, Jin, hello, Iroh said, smiling at the dark haired girl as he finished washing out a dirty cup. Did you enjoy your tea?
Yes, thank you. It was wonderful, Jin said kindly. She then pulled out a slip of paper and slid it across the counter. And thank you for the coupon. It was very sweet of you.
Youre welcome, but the gift was actually my nephews idea.
Iroh slipped the coupon off the counter and put it away, then took Jins teacup and dunked it into a pool of nearby water to wash it off. Jin stood hesitantly and twiddled her thumbs for a moment, thinking quietly to herself and building up her courage.
Um, is Lee here? she asked. He seemed upset when he left last night, and I
Tommy and the Boys_prefacetoo_Constantly counting coins causes clever counters to prosper,Tommy and the Boys_prefacetoo_7 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
but advice is like beef, best taken with a grain of salt.
Clang, clang, clang go the machines on the assembly line.
They are Calvinists, destinies not their own.
A goes to Z and what do you get
always the same, the alphabet.
The factory boys go down to the bar,
And Tommy O Rourke, well he has a cigar.
And he sits and he drinks and he watches the game.
And hell do it tomorrow night just the same.
And tonight hell take a needle and stick it in his arm
To make the world stop hurting and give him some charm.
And Johnny, young Johnnys a real mans man.
And every day he comes up with a plan
to bag him a girl to go home with him.
So he has someone to be with when the lights go dim.
Everyone thinks he lives quite the life,
But he wants to kill himself cause he just wants a wife
And Stephen old Stephen he just sits in a chair
And all of the guys, they give him the stare.
They dont know why he goes out to t
Rules Are Made To Be BrokenRules Are Made To Be Broken6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
[b] Rules Are Made To Be Broken! [/b]
[b] Chapter One: Sinfully Delicious. [/b]
"Oh, that was a wonderful dinner Bree, sinfully delicious. Katherine giggled as she leant against her friends kitchen counter. We should do this every other Wednesday evening, what do you say?
I think its a wonderful idea, this has been so much fun. Bree agreed, spraying the counter with disinfectant. I have felt so relaxed, and at home.
Thats probably because this is your home numpty! Katherine giggled, as she ran her finger methodically, round the rim of her empty wine glass.
The redhead let out a flighty laugh, as she looked down at her friend I think someone has had too much to drink my dear. She leant forward to take the glass, but was stopped short by Katherines slender hand.
Noooo thats not fair She wined, Please, just a drop more. Katherine pouted, causing Bree to chuckle once mor
A Heart to Heart TalkA Heart to Heart Talk3 years ago in Settings More Like This
A heart to heart talk.
Takoda and Ty Lee
It has been a year since Ty Lee and I had met and started to train together I didn't think it was possible for our bond to get any closer but I was proved to be wrong one night. It started out on a late night during a full moon we were just about to start a long training session between the two of us but something wasn't right. Ty Lee seemed to be lacking today and her mood wasn't as happy as what I was usually use too, she had me worried but she assured me that she was fine just tired. She asked if she could cut down on training for tonight and head to bed early which I agreed with because I didn't want her to exert herself. I had watched as she walked away her steps seemed very droopy and her feet slightly dragged something wasn't right but I figured she'd tell me in her own time when she was ready too. I had trained a little longer than what I would usually do but I just felt the need to get some stuff off my mind.
It had been
A swimming lesson (ScotlandXLifeguard!Reader)Your eyes closed whilst you rested from your job for a bit. Sighing, you wiped the little pearls of sweat from your forehead.A swimming lesson (ScotlandXLifeguard!Reader)3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Your eyes snapped open the moment you heard some continuous splashing and you immediately jumped out of your seat and scanned the pool. You saw the origin of the splashing and your arched back soared through the air, slicing the water with your outstretched hands. You swam to the man and broke the surface holding him. You pulled him out of the pool and looked at him.
His auburn hair stuck to his forehead, but he wasn't breathing! You inhaled and breathed out in his mouth, pressing your mouth against his. He spluttered and opened his eyes eventually. You let out a breath in relief and smiled at him. "You okay?" He grumbled and scratched his head, wiping the hair out of his eyes.
"Aye, thanks to ye lass." You blinked, you weren't expecting that cute Scottish accent. He grinned at you and touched his lips. "So, is this your way of coming on to me?" He asked raisin
The TempoA while back a colleague of mine brought up in a conversation that somewhere in the world someone dies with every second that passes by. On the other side of that coin, he said, every second someone is born. He said it so matter-of-factly, as though it made perfect sense that there be some sort of universal scale of grief and happiness, life and death. I dont know for sure that what he said was true, but today theres two particular seconds I cant seem to get off my mind.The Tempo7 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I used to have this business associate by the name of James Silver. He was pretty young to be as far along as he was. I cant honestly say that he had much of a life outside of his work, at least not that I knew about. Of course you could see him out occasionally, maybe having lunch with friends or partners, and possibly every once in a while it would be a woman. But men like James simply did not have time for a personal life. Guys like him were driven to succeed, maybe by their own will or volit
The Deviant's DictionaryThe Deviant's Dictionary11 years ago in Humor More Like This
$- A title that commands respect, such as "Sir," "Duke," or "Bass Master." Also: ', @, ^, #, %, and +
Adoptee- A subspecies of deviant, which attach themselves to larger predators, much like remoras or temporary tattoos.
Anime- One of the most thriving, fastest-growing religions in the world today.
Avatar- The tiny, tiny window in the computer screen, though which a deviant may look at the outside world.
Community- A safe haven where like minds can gather, free from the prying and oppressive eyes of the outside world, to talk about how sexy Jack Sparrow is.
Constructive criticism- Any comment that does not involve the words "dood," "teh," "poop" or "gay." Any replies made to constructive criticism will contain all four.
Dark Art- Pictures of various pale women with too much eye makeup. May or may not be bleeding from somewhere.
Deviant- Once thought to exist only in myth, the wild deviant has recently been found thriving in variou
Mirror's Edge Essay: FaithMirror's Edge Essay: Faith6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Mirrors Edge: Faith as a Revolutionary Character.
I wrote this to try to start blogging again. Feel free to scrutinize it as I would love to debate about it. I will try write one every week. Next week will be about Batman and why he is one of the best superheroes ever (yes, I will try to add reasoning to this thesis).
Mirrors Edge: Faith as a Revolutionary Character.
In the past, console video games were scrutinized as being a male-only kind of activity, with game characters like Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series and Ivy from the Soul Calibur series representing what game developers thought of their gaming consumer audience: mostly male players. The existing male-only stereotype and the overly enticing and exotic female character design models produced a cycle that pushed and discouraged many women gamers into a minority population among the gamer population. Like overly muscle-developed men, really enticing women characters became a no
Destiny Comes Knocking chp.9Chapter 9Destiny Comes Knocking chp.98 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In the darkness of the scarlet tent which moved gently as the breeze from outside delicately caressed it, was a very flexible girl who could not sleep. It wasnt that she wasnt tired because she was, her mind just refused to shut down to allow her to slip into a pleasant dream, mostly because she was very distracted at the moment. Her mind was lost as she observed the one who held her heart, the one who ignited the fire in her soul and put the joy in her smile, the one person who made living worth while.
Azula was the princess of the Fire Nation, a clever thinker, and if she put her mind to it, could have the world at her knees any day. But it was here, at night in this very tent, the princess was no longer a princess. She was not a powerful fire bender, and she was certainly not the manipulative little demon she could be, right now she was simply Azula, a troubled teenager desperately trying to do normal teenage stuff. It was now in these lat
Inn BetweenTitle: Inn Between the Honeymoon Suite and the HookerInn Between8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Author: Lex 'Spork' Tenou
Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Warnings/Disclaimer: "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and all derivative characters are property of Nickelodeon. All original ideas are distributed under the CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. For more information on the Creative Commons License, visit CreativeCommons.org.
Archiving: Ask first.
Author's Note: Written for fortheloveofpizza. See the illustration via the link in author's comments.
Summary: Sometimes, even the greatest will is stuck in between an Earthbender and a hard place.
Growling, the dark form of the young woman known as Toph Bei Fong rolled over, beating her head against the floor with a series of solid thunks. Her roughly trimmed dark hair fluttered around her face, obscuring her features as she growled into the darkness of the room she shared with her traveling companion Katara.