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I was tagged

Sun Jul 15, 2018, 9:05 AM
Tagged by Admiral-M-10K
Let's see what I've signed up for today

Rules: Answer the questions (which you can change if you don’t feel like answering certain questions) and then tag 15 of your watchers so you can get to know them (or less your choice)!

(I likely won't tag people)

1. Nickname?
Sam

2. Gender?
Female

3. Star sign?
Cancer

4. Height?
5'4"  I know, I'm short

5. Sexuality?
Asexual. Not sure romantically, though

5. Favorite Game (board or video)?
I don't really have a favorite. Not sure anymore about them, haha.

6. Hogwarts house?
Gryffindor

7. Favourite animal?
Okay so I love chickens, pandas, red pandas, koalas, puffer fish, and elephants

8. Average hours spent sleeping?
I average between 2-5 hours a night. I never know anymore.

9. Dogs or cats?
As much as I love both, I am definitely a dog person.

10. Which of your own arts is your favorite and why?
Any of my scratchboards because they make me feel like I've got some fragment of skill.
I will admit that my more serious human drawings recently make me feel happy, too. I still have low energy for drawing, though.

11. What’s your dream trip?
I don't have any inclination to travel or want to travel, so I can't answer this.

12. What’s your dream job?
I'd like to be an author. Sort of at a writing stand-still though, so none of my ideas have been worked on. I blame my brain.

13. When did you make this account?
This account specifically I made July 9th, 2013, but I've been on dA since October 19th, 2011. dA has changed a lot over the years.

14. Do you watch anime, if so what is your favorite?
I have a habit of really enjoying canceled anime, so listing off my favorites would be a tad depressing...

15. How many pets do you have?
Two small poodles (i can't remember toy or teacup), and my baby Poi, the figure eight pufferfish (technically referred to as the Eyespot Pufferfish).

16. Best place to visit in your town or country?
There are some art and historical museums...? And beaches. Florida has a lot of beaches.

17. Favourite ice cream?
Chocolate chip cookie dough.

18. How often do you read?
Its been a while since I've had motivation to pick up a book. I used to read an average of one 400 page book a day. I wish I had that kind of drive again.

19. Favourite study locations?
I don't study a whole lot, but I like to do it on campus rather than in my house. Makes me more focused.

20. Favourite Bands/Musical Artists?
Sleeping With Sirens, Weathers, The Neighbourhood, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and there are a couple that I like some songs of, but I haven't looked into their entire discography, and they include The 1975, Green Day, and System of a Down

21. If you have OCs who is your favorite and why?
I'm incredibly biased toward the characters from my main W.I.P. because I've been developing them for seven years. They're the most fleshed-out, and the complexity of them strikes me as a quality I have yet to recreate in any of my other characters.
I love them too much.

Though I won't tag people, I am more than happy to be tagged for these kinds of things!


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10,000 Pageviews Cake

Sat Jul 7, 2018, 3:54 PM
...The cake you all have been waiting for...

...What has my life come to...

Cake by DentistChicken



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Writer's Meme - Why Not?

Tue May 22, 2018, 9:53 AM
Hey there. I got bored. Have fun reading this.

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.

    I may be biased with my answer since I've started working with the characters in my W.I.P. back in 2011. This universe is my favorite because of the time I have spent developing, changing, and expanding it. The characters have some unique personalities, and I've grown quite attached to them (even those I kill off).
    My other projects have seen far less development and have been around only the last two years at most.

2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?

    I have a handful. Over my three of four projects, I have around 12 main characters, and I have around 13 defined characters that are a part of those projects.
    I find that I have many male characters, but the female characters I have are extremely unique and hold a place in my heart. As much as I love them, I do have to say I have no preference between male and female characters; they all have the potential to be great. (Also can't forget my non-binary characters, who are equally important!)

3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?

    For characters, I choose names I've heard before and liked, names that have been ruined for me, and arrangements of syllables that come to my mind that sound decent when spoken. (For the names that have been ruined for me, I "repurpose" them to be associated with something good rather than something bad.)
    For fictional places, I can't come up with names for those to save my life. I can't even come up with a working title for my W.I.P.

4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!

    To summarize, my W.I.P. is about a girl hiding her identity, gaining training as a hunter (title is a work in progress, too), there are a could of people she has to work with while getting this training. Couple characters die, blah blah blah, Jaden has insomnia, blah blah blah, DJ has a crippling sense of self worth, Dustin is a nerd, and Sebastian is douche bag of the year.

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about "youngest"?

    I'm going to stick with the W.I.P. as my examples since those are the characters I know best.
    By age, Jaden is the youngest, and Sebastian is the oldest. My mentality, Jaden is the oldest, and DJ, Dustin, and Sebastian tie for youngest.

6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?

    I enjoy writing both on the computer and by hand, but both are somewhat strenuous on my wrist. I also have a terrible habit of not writing anything down, so there's that.

7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

    I listen to a lot of alternative music when I write. Both because I enjoy the music, and the songs are quite fitting for my characters and the tragic ends some of them face.

8. What's your favourite genre to write? To read?

    I enjoy reading and writing fiction. I can't nail down a specific kind, but being able to drift off into something made up is nice.

9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

    For characters, I go off of what I want to address, who would be the best type of person to address it, and from there go into "mind walking" as I call it to get inside of the character's mind to develop motive, ambitions, and behaviors. I get to what they look like after developing them mentally.

10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

    So one of them has killed a man--many people, actually--and has been pressured into baiting criminals out, which that in itself is uncomfortable. They all almost die at one point or another...wait, I just realized Sebastian hasn't...that will change.

11. Who is your favourite character to write? Least favourite?

    I love to write either Jaden or DJ. Jaden's interests mesh with mine, but DJ's mindset is the closest to my own. I dislike writing Sebastian since his character is the polar opposite from mine, so it's difficult.

12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world building?

    Again, biased toward the W.I.P. since I spent years working on it.

13. What's your favourite culture to write, fictional or not?

    I don't actually have an answer to this one. Probably since it's my own, it'd be the American culture.

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

    Haha...
    I never actually made a map...
    Might be something for the future...

15. Mid way question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

    Jennifer Lynne Barnes.

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how "far" are you willing to go in your writing?

    Yes. I base it heavily on research since I have no experience of my own to write off of. I say I make it a natural progression with reasons for why two characters would get together, reasons for why they would split apart, how they act prior, during, and after relationships, the level of comfort the two would feel, how they would handle differences in opinion, and most of all, if they are able to be in a relationship that they can both enjoy time together, trust each other, and help each other through thick and thin.
    How far am I willing to go? As far as is naturally required. However, I suggest stuff that goes far rather than write it. Those sorts of things are not in my comfort zone to express in words.

17. Favourite protagonist and why!

    Jaden! She's a complicated mess!

18. Favourite antagonist and why!

    Technically, Sebastian would count since he sort of counters the main goal of Jaden. I haven't developed the antagonists further than a vague idea of what they are.

19. Favourite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

    DJ! He's also a complicated mess that I love and adore! He was originally an antagonist in the first version of this story!

20. What are your favourite character interactions to write?

    So...I'm biased with Jaden and DJ...for many reasons...

21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

    Nope, but it's planned that Jaden takes responsibility for one...for a stint in time :)

22. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

    I've never completed a story. I spend an absurd amount thinking things through and developing to get what I'm expressing in the right words. Also, the whole "I don't write what's in my head down" business combined with an obsessive amount of revising.

23. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

    You're asking someone who is debating killing off everyone. Most interesting way so far is a chest being torn apart, a heart being controlled to explode, and decapitation. Oh, and blood drainage.

24. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

    Nope. Well, Dice does, but she does not count for this.

25. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favourite picture of him!

    I draw one of my story characters once every 300 days. Here's two that fulfill my quota for the next 500 some odd days:
26. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

    Appearances don't play a huge role in my stories. Hence why I wait on looks until I developed them mentally; the looks aren't important, so it's easy to have a diverse cast that can be separated from stereotypes if I make up their appearance after development.

27. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

    Nothing major aside from depression and insomnia.


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Role-Play Group Open for Joining!

Sun Feb 11, 2018, 12:03 PM
    Hey guys! I wanted to tell you all about a group that some friends of mine and I started!
    If you are interested in a role play group that is story driven and oriented around a fantasy adventure, then you should stop by and take a look at Fallcrest!

    A region of Newhaven, Fallcrest is home to the lively city of Neustadt. Characters residing in Neustadt interact with one another as they face adventure.

    As characters embark upon quests and dungeons, they'll face new challenges and gain new friends as they get stronger.
Excerpt From Fallcrest

    This group will be a wonderful place to make friends and develop characters. Each character will be weaved into the story and developed through artwork, literature, and collaborative role-plays, making them especially dynamic.
    A bunch of work was put in by Nanotide, Biomatrix1-15, and myself with essential contributions from Benepotentia to refine and test the central mechanics that make Fallcrest function.
    I do ask that you check the group out, and if you would like to join, we would all love to have you!


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Writing Challenge

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 7:24 PM
        I'm not quite sure how well I'll do with this, but I've decided to challenge myself to completing a 100 prompts challenge, this time for writing. I've attempted a couple of art ones before (ex. a 100 themes) and never completed them, but I am hoping that I will be able to complete the list this time.
        From the last few experiences I've had with these sorts of challenges, I know for a fact that doing one per day for 100 days will not work for me. Not in the slightest. Too many things come up; time doesn't get set aside for the prompts, school gets top priority, and I can be rather forgetful.
        In an attempt to not leave another thing incomplete or left hanging indefinitely, I'll be aiming to do all 100 prompts by the end of the year. (I guess this is my New Year's resolution, then?) If I get them all finished much sooner, then good on me! If not, then I'll continue the challenge into next year until I finish every prompt.
        I've decided to do this prompt list:
100 Writing Prompts Challenge by Sunshockk
        (I realize my journal skin isn't going to be kind to the transparency of the submission, so I'll type it out below the journal.)
        I'll do my best to do them all in order, but I'm going to make no promises. One thing that I'm unsure of is if I will do each one independently, or if I will end up doing them as a continuous piece. That will be discovered as I write.
        There are a few reasons why the idea of taking upon one of these challenges crossed my mind. One of which is that I don't post much that isn't related to a role play group, so I thought I needed to spice up my gallery with some more original content. Probably the second reason is my professor for both American Lit and Journalism. He's gone on about how he sat down and wrote for two or three hours a day for the entire break between semesters and wrote a book (well, he's written quite a few books this way), and I figured this would be a great way to get me in the rhythm of sitting down and begin writing on a semi-regular basis.
        I hope to be able to cross one off the list - maybe two - this weekend. However, I do have some coursework to complete for my classes, so I won't be making any promises. I encourage anyone else who would like to do a 100 themes/prompts challenge to do one. There are quite a few out there with interesting lists of themes for both drawing and writing!
        Here is the list that I will be updating with my progress for my goal:


Dance
Treat
Sand
Salt
Clip
Bread
Fish
Race
Poor
Rich
Name
Vault
Crime
Photograph
Quill
Punch
X-ray
Railroad
Wreck
Coin
Ice
Truck
Antique
House
Flower
Shatter
Star
Goal
School
Crush
Religion
Knight
Light
Train
Contest
Money
Candy
Oil
Flight
Fake
Apple
Boot
Pest
Burn
Lost
Grove
Autumn
Cold
Dice
Splinter
Crickets
Turf
Bubble
Surprise
Gift
Dull
Heart
Pattern
Gum
Print
Boat
Ripe
Kiss
Pipe
Pollution
Secret
Lie
Camouflage
Rain
Safari
Border
War
Nature
Disaster
Ancient
Rescue
Ink
Sleep
Collide
Joke
Card
Gamble
Risk
Disc
Surgery
Bone
Death
Fireflies
Piano
Chest
Luck
Warm
Tack
Trick
Zebra
Rapids
Danger
Electric
Guess
Challenge


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Hey There

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 29, 2017, 4:38 PM
A bit of nostalgia this is
I coded this skin back four years ago when they still did Free Membership day...
I remember the few things I disliked about it.
the body box is too wide
the body background is off by a pixel (which is the worst)
and i am pretty sure that the title font is a dark grey green...
well, it was a good attempt

Poor Sketch. Never to be drawn again...
He’ll forever remain in my heart.

I’ve caved into the core membership sale, obviously.
I’ve got finals next week, so afterwards I’ll get up and code myself a new skin that doesn’t remind me of my art from four years ago...
And maybe some css for my profile. That should be fun.

also, I’m sick. Gotta love it.
if there are any polls that come up, it’s because i like asking questions... yep
have a good day and stay hydrated

  • Listening to: Trouble by Sleeping With Sirens
  • Drinking: Water

General Updates

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 6:56 AM
    This is just a general update journal! It's going to talk about an assortment of topics in varying order.

   
I've been lucky enough to get my first year of college free, and the first semester is quickly approaching it's end. It's been a wild ride, but it has not been bad by any means; in fact, it's a lot better than high school ever was. I am incredibly glad for that. However, I've signed up for what I'm assuming is too many classes for my next semester based on the consensus of the people around me who have been in college for a longer period of time than I have, but I am hoping that is not the case... Hopefully everyone will be hearing from me in the spring, haha!

    Because I've focused on writing up until fairly recently, my submissions for role play groups must be a little bit odd. I know the main thing I promote on my page are my scratchboards, which are definitely not done for any role play groups. Oops...

    I have been motivated to do more scratchboard artwork, but my wrist (and fingers) decided that my motivation equated to "time to not be a good set of joints!"  It got to the point where I had to put the metal inserts into my wrist brace; it's never been that bad.  My writs is plenty better!  No longer constantly wearing the brace (except as a precaution at school with all the note taking since I want my wrist to not be in strenuous positions), but my motivation is being place on hold again with Thanksgiving.  I have been helping with doing everything: general yard maintenance, painting the pool deck, washing fake plants, and cleaning the interior of the house.  It's a lot of stuff that will hopefully be finished by this weekend.  With all that going on, I'm hoping my scratchboard motivation will last until winter break.  Winter break would be a good time to do them.

    Depending on whether you frequent my page or not, you may or may not have noticed that I changed things around.  In the changes that took place, I purged my old journals (except for two) and added the commission widget to my front page with one offering for point commissions...  If you are ever interested in having a 3x3 inch rainbow scratchboard of something, commissions are available for points (550 points to be exact).  Just as an "if you're interested in this" option.  (The prices for the various sized black and white scratchboards have not changed, and their starting prices are also available on my profile page).  Prints of the Shrine scratchboard I did are also still available! They're fifteen USD each, so if you would like one, feel free to contact me about it!

    Until next time I do any updates, be sure to drink some water and have a good day!

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Something I've Been Thinking About

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 6:27 PM
Not that this is important, but I wanted to share something that I feel has been influencing my art block.

    Back in eighth grade I was drawing every day, and I worked hard at it. I was improving left and right, not to mention my teacher was entering a lot of what I did into art shows. If anyone remembers, I'd actually gotten first place in a school-wide poster competition (and third in districts, but that doesn't matter). Well, I had decided to go to the poster viewing at wherever the event was being held. That's where I found that I won (I almost didn't go, silly me). Well while I was there, I was looking at all of the posters, and every one of them deserved first place. Of course, that's always what an artist thinks when comparing themselves to those with other strengths in fields where they have weakness. Something I didn't expect, however, was what I overheard when people were looking at my art.
    Artists should expect critiques and such pointers on how to make their art better, but overhearing almost a dozen adults say how awful my poster looked and that the person in second place deserved to win because it looked ten times better. Believe me, I thought he should have gotten first place, too (his poster was so beautiful). The thing is, those comments haven't left me. It's been what I assume to be two or three years, somewhere in there. Since then, I've just declined to a point where I've stopped feeling like I should draw. I've wonder how insensitive adults can be to just completely fire off their judgement on a kid so quickly and blatantly, not thinking twice about if the child is in the room, as at the time no one was telling me directly. It was at that point I began to doubt myself. Just knowing people will be so open on their judgements. That people won't care about a person because they don't meet their superb expectations.
    I hate knowing that adults will bash a child's art in a contest that supports a strong meaning over a strong use of color. It broke my heart, then and every time I think about it.

That contest that year was based on the theme "Our Time, Our Future"
Peace Poster by DentistChicken

    That may not be the best poster in the world, but it isn't as though the meaning can't be seen. What I tried to portray in the background was two scenes. One is pleasant, and the other not so much. The entire meaning of the poster can be summed up as "either you let the time you have control of lead the world to chaos, or make the world a better place with your actions while you're here." Sure, the poster itself isn't the best thing in the world, but as a thirteen year old with a huge dream to be an artist it was the best thing I had done so far in my budding career. But all that seems to be slowly leaving my grasp every time I think about all of the people who decided to spout their unfiltered judgement at a child's drawing.
    What kills me is the fact that whenever I go to pick up either a pencil or my tablet pen I will be reminded of this. I will be reminded of the flicker in my spirit as I think about the time where I was proud of something and people went on about how they hated it. It's one thing to judge your own artwork so negatively, but it's something else when people do it just because they can. No pointers given, just saying how bad they felt it was.
    It's been a while since I was as creative and inspired to do the amount of work I did when I was thirteen. I am also surprised that it's taken me this long to identify the root of my art block. Now I'm waiting to see when I hold that passion again, if indeed I ever do.
    (Funny thing is, I write to deal with my problems or internal struggle, so my path has taken a turn onto the route of writing. A neutral result I guess.)


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My deviantART Story

Fri Aug 8, 2014, 10:41 AM
    So it looks like its deviantART's 14th birthday. What better way to celebrate than share my deviantART story like most everyone else?
    Though it's been a while, I first joined deviantART as Jaden-Blackfeather. That was back in 2011, which I'm pretty sure that was October 19th. I joined because my friend, Benepotentia, was on it so often, and her friends were on it a lot and just kept talking about it all the time, so I went on and here I am! I was a horrible artist back when I first joined. Everything I drew was a bunch of rectangles because I had no other way of drawing except for a mouse and good old MS Paint. Although I did do a bunch of pencil drawings that I doubt I posted because I was to lazy to do so. And though it was almost three years ago, I still have a lot of my first characters. I don't post a lot about them obviously, but perhaps that will change soon. I remember that when I made all of my characters, they were all animals of some sort. Mostly wolves now that I think about it. Matter of fact, I redrew Jaden's old design back in late April:
Old Jaden Design by DentistChicken
    Even though my first drawing was absolutely horrid now that I remember it, The picture above was quite an improvement, even though it was drawn three months ago... Being on deviantART probably help me figure out that fursonas and animal characters at that point in time were a little overdone, so I gradually changed my mind. I still have animal characters with all of my human ones, but I don't have one that I would say would represented me. I've also made so many great improvements. I underwent a ton of change once I got my tablet, which was a while ago now that I think about it. And one of the first things I did when I got my tablet was redraw a character of mine, which I think was named Jace... Oh well, names have been changed as well as designs.
    The time I've spent on deviantART has taught me many things, and my friends have taught me a whole lot more, and they are all awesome. They probably don't know how much they've taught me, because I am a quiet learner, but all the improvements I've made started with watching you guys draw and looking at your art. (I know, I have a really weird way of learning stuff.) I've also gotten better at writing, but I haven't really posted anything of that sort, now have I? Well soon enough I'll post something. I have quite a few stories in the works, so perhaps soon I'll post one.
    And knowing that I have a dream to be something creative, whether its an artist, author, or something else, deviantART has helped me progress, and everyone who's encouraged me have also ushered me toward improvement. I also loved watching all of my friends improve as well. Seeing everyone succeed in their art has always made me feel awesome inside. I just really like being happy for others, it just makes me feel good.
    I just really want to thank everyone. Everybody has helped me in so many ways. I honestly don't think I'd have gotten this far without all of you.
Thank you to:
:iconwolf-mask: :iconkagamei: :iconfaylahh: :iconpk-mangetsu: :iconbenepotentia: :iconsagefutarki-angel: :iconperiwinklehipo: :iconhappyactor: :iconglovv:
And all of the other artists I've encountered a long the way, you all are absolutely amazing.
Party Happy Birthday, deviantART! To another year of great success, for everybody. I love deviantART!


~:*A few improvements*:~

Some may be old! They're all improvements though!

[If I can find my old back up disk, I could probably redraw a few things... now where did I put it]

Gift: Jinx by DentistChicken ->AT: Peri by DentistChicken


->Chase by DentistChicken


Before And After Periwinklehipo's gift by DentistChicken

Sooner or later I'll do more "Draw This Again" things. Until then, I hope to improve along with the rest of you!


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