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How to write about cyberspace in the new tens.

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How to write about cyberspace in the new tens.

Remember back in the 1980s and 1990s when a lot of cyberpunk novels and stuff were about ‘cyberspace’ and had people entering computers or some virtual space with effects on the real space? Well nobody writes cyberpunk like THAT - now it’s all about surveillance, advertising, and long polemics about how technology SUCKS. But there’s a way around it. And that’s to make your story center upon virtual reality. Thanks to the success of stuff like Sword Art Online and Ready Player one, now people are willing to accept that yeah, these things do in fact have a place in pop culture. There’s a lot to be written a

How to write biting social commentary

How to write mysteries and crime

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How to write mysteries and crime

So you want to write a mystery novel or a crime novel? That’s alright - they are quite easy to do. The first thing you need for your story is a main character. Of course all the standard advice applies, but what makes the protagonist of a crime novel different than say, a fiction novel or even a fantasy or science fiction novel? Well easy - the same thing we have from noir novels: They gotta be a detective. The most important thing you need to do with a crime story is to have the actual police force, you know, the people whose jobs it is to solve these crimes and figure out what happened, be absolutely incompetent. After all - our tar

The Forest of Petrification

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The Forest of Petrification

RAP RAP RAP! Bruce was woken up by a strange tapping noise on the door of his dorm room. The Machop stood up in bed. He stretched his pastel-rainbow-coloured wings, then rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and made his way to the door, hearing that tapping noise again. He finally jumped out of the bed, stretching just a bit. “Ugh…I wonder who woke me up...,” Bruce mumbled, soon opening the door. On the other side was a familiar skeletal figure - or rather, a skeleton. None other than that of a Dry Yoshi he knew to be Doug. Under normal circumstances this would be cause for alarm, but Bruce was used to seeing one of his house

13 types of fans we all hate

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13 types of fans we all hate

1. The mad matchmaker. This person believes their shipping is the "One true pairing". Woe be to anyone else who dares think of anything else - or even if they stick to a canonical pairing that violates their "OTP". Expect this fan to constantly crash fanfictions and downvote them or insult the author because "They love this character better!". Also, everyone HAS to have a love interest of some kind - Nobody should be without some kind of a romantic interest! Aromantic people do not exist - because loners are FREAKS!! Seen on: Fanfiction.net. Seriously.... if something has a certain ship pair, then you can expect people to downvote it or give

So anyways, Equestria Girls.

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So anyways, Equestria Girls.

So anyways, Equestria Girls. I don't consider myself a brony at all. Just someone who enjoys watching the show and having fun writing a few cartoony fics. (I wrote something called "Pink Personal Hell and Altering Fate".) However, did you like that movie, Equestria Girls? Well if you did... hit the back button right now and don't read this. Because I am not going to be kind to this trash at all. Within the first few minutes we are introduced to the villain. I guess that's good, give her some exposition. However, she immediately vanishes into another world that she can manipulate better. Despite being Celestia's former pupil, Twilight has t

Who Is M? - Where is everyone?

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Who Is M? - Where is everyone?

Fourteen Days ago The Oceanic Therian Commune was the name of what was formerly known as New Zealand. It was quite a flight from the Iroquois Confederacy – but thankfully there were much faster flights nowadays. While on the flight, Tanya made sure to do a little bit of reading on the history of the Commune, as well as what the current status. During the period of the collapses, a lot of therianthropes (As well as the anthros, who were unable to bcome human) had settled in various Therian-countries in the world. New Zealand pretty much collapsed entirely, and the Therians had pretty much assumed control of New Zealand. It was better t

Who Is M? - What lead here?

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Who Is M? - What lead here?

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, several corporate cruisers stopped the cruise ship “St. Orleans”. The cruise ship was surrounded by them, and quickly boarded by the police. Thankfully, it was not an outright raid, but the progress of the ship was stopped while the ship was searched. When a passenger sounded the alarm that there was a carrier nearing them, they were all instructed to gather in the ballroom. It wasn’t every day that cruisers had to board a passenger ship to search it for something. Normally, cruise liners like the St. Orleans were simple pleasure cruises. While in the ballroom they were told exactly wha

A stay at the Robot Sanitarium

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A stay at the Robot Sanitarium

I went to the hospital complaining about something that felt like it was moving inside me. I don’t know why, I must have been hysterical or something and probably overreacted to some kind of stomach ailment. So medical tests were run on me, and after staying in a few days, was told to be given some kind of psychiatric evaluation, and describe just exactly what happened, like having that thing inside my stomach. I mean it probably was just gas, and I was hysterical. Right? Not according to them. I was found to be mentally insane and sent to the Robot Sanitarium immediately after I was checked out from the hospital. I didn’t even k

Colress's Whereabouts - Aggron TF

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Colress's Whereabouts - Aggron TF

The S.S. Cactus had been left behind on a reef after it ran around and was abandoned. It had remained for years, becoming an attractive target for scavengers and divers alike. Although in the past few years, tourism to the abandoned ship slowly declined. Many of the items from the ship had been claimed by the salvagers and explorers, leaving virtually nothing of worth left in the present. The main reason AJ was outside the S.S. Cactus now was to get pictures for his own Urban Exploring Blog on the internet. In fact, he even had plans to turn his photojournalism into a book about the sights of Hoenn. He had several good shots taken from the b
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How to write about cyberspace in the new tens.

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How to write about cyberspace in the new tens.

Remember back in the 1980s and 1990s when a lot of cyberpunk novels and stuff were about ‘cyberspace’ and had people entering computers or some virtual space with effects on the real space? Well nobody writes cyberpunk like THAT - now it’s all about surveillance, advertising, and long polemics about how technology SUCKS. But there’s a way around it. And that’s to make your story center upon virtual reality. Thanks to the success of stuff like Sword Art Online and Ready Player one, now people are willing to accept that yeah, these things do in fact have a place in pop culture. There’s a lot to be written a

How to write biting social commentary

How to write mysteries and crime

H

How to write mysteries and crime

So you want to write a mystery novel or a crime novel? That’s alright - they are quite easy to do. The first thing you need for your story is a main character. Of course all the standard advice applies, but what makes the protagonist of a crime novel different than say, a fiction novel or even a fantasy or science fiction novel? Well easy - the same thing we have from noir novels: They gotta be a detective. The most important thing you need to do with a crime story is to have the actual police force, you know, the people whose jobs it is to solve these crimes and figure out what happened, be absolutely incompetent. After all - our tar

The Forest of Petrification

T

The Forest of Petrification

RAP RAP RAP! Bruce was woken up by a strange tapping noise on the door of his dorm room. The Machop stood up in bed. He stretched his pastel-rainbow-coloured wings, then rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and made his way to the door, hearing that tapping noise again. He finally jumped out of the bed, stretching just a bit. “Ugh…I wonder who woke me up...,” Bruce mumbled, soon opening the door. On the other side was a familiar skeletal figure - or rather, a skeleton. None other than that of a Dry Yoshi he knew to be Doug. Under normal circumstances this would be cause for alarm, but Bruce was used to seeing one of his house

13 types of fans we all hate

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13 types of fans we all hate

1. The mad matchmaker. This person believes their shipping is the "One true pairing". Woe be to anyone else who dares think of anything else - or even if they stick to a canonical pairing that violates their "OTP". Expect this fan to constantly crash fanfictions and downvote them or insult the author because "They love this character better!". Also, everyone HAS to have a love interest of some kind - Nobody should be without some kind of a romantic interest! Aromantic people do not exist - because loners are FREAKS!! Seen on: Fanfiction.net. Seriously.... if something has a certain ship pair, then you can expect people to downvote it or give

So anyways, Equestria Girls.

S

So anyways, Equestria Girls.

So anyways, Equestria Girls. I don't consider myself a brony at all. Just someone who enjoys watching the show and having fun writing a few cartoony fics. (I wrote something called "Pink Personal Hell and Altering Fate".) However, did you like that movie, Equestria Girls? Well if you did... hit the back button right now and don't read this. Because I am not going to be kind to this trash at all. Within the first few minutes we are introduced to the villain. I guess that's good, give her some exposition. However, she immediately vanishes into another world that she can manipulate better. Despite being Celestia's former pupil, Twilight has t

Who Is M? - Where is everyone?

W

Who Is M? - Where is everyone?

Fourteen Days ago The Oceanic Therian Commune was the name of what was formerly known as New Zealand. It was quite a flight from the Iroquois Confederacy – but thankfully there were much faster flights nowadays. While on the flight, Tanya made sure to do a little bit of reading on the history of the Commune, as well as what the current status. During the period of the collapses, a lot of therianthropes (As well as the anthros, who were unable to bcome human) had settled in various Therian-countries in the world. New Zealand pretty much collapsed entirely, and the Therians had pretty much assumed control of New Zealand. It was better t

Who Is M? - What lead here?

W

Who Is M? - What lead here?

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, several corporate cruisers stopped the cruise ship “St. Orleans”. The cruise ship was surrounded by them, and quickly boarded by the police. Thankfully, it was not an outright raid, but the progress of the ship was stopped while the ship was searched. When a passenger sounded the alarm that there was a carrier nearing them, they were all instructed to gather in the ballroom. It wasn’t every day that cruisers had to board a passenger ship to search it for something. Normally, cruise liners like the St. Orleans were simple pleasure cruises. While in the ballroom they were told exactly wha

A stay at the Robot Sanitarium

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A stay at the Robot Sanitarium

I went to the hospital complaining about something that felt like it was moving inside me. I don’t know why, I must have been hysterical or something and probably overreacted to some kind of stomach ailment. So medical tests were run on me, and after staying in a few days, was told to be given some kind of psychiatric evaluation, and describe just exactly what happened, like having that thing inside my stomach. I mean it probably was just gas, and I was hysterical. Right? Not according to them. I was found to be mentally insane and sent to the Robot Sanitarium immediately after I was checked out from the hospital. I didn’t even k

Colress's Whereabouts - Aggron TF

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Colress's Whereabouts - Aggron TF

The S.S. Cactus had been left behind on a reef after it ran around and was abandoned. It had remained for years, becoming an attractive target for scavengers and divers alike. Although in the past few years, tourism to the abandoned ship slowly declined. Many of the items from the ship had been claimed by the salvagers and explorers, leaving virtually nothing of worth left in the present. The main reason AJ was outside the S.S. Cactus now was to get pictures for his own Urban Exploring Blog on the internet. In fact, he even had plans to turn his photojournalism into a book about the sights of Hoenn. He had several good shots taken from the b

Spotlight

A warning to all

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A warning to all

A warning to all If you want to get Comcast “High” speed internet, be forewarned…the service you get varies from “Good” to “Junk”. If everything gets hooked up right, then you’ll get the GOOD Comcast High Speed Internet. If you don’t get everything hooked up right, then you get ComCRAP. Sometimes it’ll work, but other times, it’ll just randomly decide to crap out or go on strike. There actually are some factors…It loves to take naps in nights or whenever you’re submitting something to WebAssign, or when you’re submitting a long essay to DeviantART. (The Longer the essay, t
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dA questionaire that I have stolen

dA questionaire that I have stolen

Stolen from ~SomemuttupNorth (https://www.deviantart.com/somemuttupnorth) 1.  How long have you been on DeviantArt? Uh... eight years? (Some time in 2007) 2.  What does your username mean? Because I was too shy to make my own dA, someone I knew named Ginseng (Whatever happened to him) told me to piggyback on one. So we just did two things - HerbalDrink. 3.  Describe yourself in three words. Self esteem problems 4.  Are you left or right handed? Right-handed, but I think I could have been left-handed. 3.  What was your first deviation? PENANCE IS DEAD TO ME. 4.  What is your favorite type of art to create? Writing, really 5.  If you could instantly master a different a

New year + RP room

New year + RP room

Okay so I haven't really mentioned anything about RP rooms before - I only really mentioned stuff like how working at Subway sucks. By the way - you know those occasions in which you did something stupid and said, "Someone please shoot me if I ever do this again"? Well shoot me for taking another Wednesday shift! After 2007 I tried never to take those again only to find that I did it TWICE in a ROW!!! So expct some Stupid Customer Stories from me - Stupid Customers abound when I work on Wednesdays, or when Band Camp strikes. I'm trying to employ a new strategy to stay awake during an 8 AM class - Bubblegum. I'm a good gumchewer at least, I

So this one time at Band camp, Day of the Ditz!

So this one time at Band camp, Day of the Ditz!

I can't believe that this happened. x_X first off I had to come in at Subway an hour early...no prob really that's not that bad, at least it's 10 and not 8 or 9 because that would mean I'd have to be out of the house at 6-7:30 AM. Also my knee started to act up again. I blame the accident on Monday where my knee made contact with a guy's shin at Karate. So of course I was limping, then about an hour before I was scheduled to leave I was asked to stay another hour because all the customers set us behind schedule and cleaned off our stock. so yeah, standing on my knee all day is not fun. But that isn't that bad, because usually if it happens (

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Finished your commission~
Midday-Mew General Artist
Just an FYI, my computer is down until it can get repairs.
RustySunHobbyist General Artist
:o HerbalDrink? I think I remember you from years ago, I can't remember whether I liked you or not and I can't remember if we ever actually interacted. I probably saw you in the forums a lot. This is really weird sorry.
I dunno you might. You might have seen me on the forums. 
RustySunHobbyist General Artist
Probably, how long have you had that icon?
since 2009? 
Midday-Mew General Artist
My 3DS broke and came back from repairs, but as a result my Friend Code has changed. My 3DS's new Friend Code is 1178-0327-4818. Mii name is Midday Mew. In-game Trainer name is Kyle (X/Y) or Midday Mew (ORAS). My Friend Safari in X/Y is Ground. It has Wooper, Diggersby, and Marowak. Please re-add me. Thanks. ^^

Also, I have a Skype now. Please add me? I'm pretty easy to find. ^^