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Some people are just THAT awesome. I want to thank you all for existing and thinking I'm cool T^T *sniffles* anyway:

:iconwiipodgirl: did a reading of my poem "Shot to Hell" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlhDzy… - have a look if you like it. If you want to do readings of my work, just ask :3

:iconz-a-d-y: did this tribute for "Aren't You Ashamed Yet?" - Aren't you ashamed yet? by Z-A-D-Y

So thank you so much to these guys for enjoying my work enough to do that ^^

Anyway, I have an update on the whole secrets thing. It would appear to me that secrets are hindering pieces with visual covers. Or at least that is my observation today, as there is a piece that has beaten mine, yet it was shuffled back and the one that is supposed to come next after mine, has far less viewership (in terms of both favourites and comments). The one similarity I did note between the shuffled person's work and mine which is somehow miraculously still standing on the frontpage is that we both have a lot of watchers (though mine are far far less). As these two weeks progress I will continue launching test pieces here and there, so that when the actual event comes around in 2 weeks. We will have better knowledge about what Secrets actually means for Literature and how deep the denial will actually go.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

The Truth:

I have just validated the 'common myth', that DASECRETS, shares a slot with literature. How can this be? I honestly have no idea. DA secrets are NOT literature, it is NOT poetry, it is an IMAGE. It is NOT a Written Work, it is just a secret. Go ahead, check the lit. 24 page. There are some with 100 or more faves which generally qualifies for front page (since mine has expired). Did any of them make it? Oh noes, a secret piece is up there. *Watch my anguished tears fall from my eyes*

Uncomfortable truth much? Pffft, oh well. In the end, our single slot on the front page (which used to be about as difficult to get into as the hunger games) is now overloaded with secrets, which get popular fast and hog the spotlight for X amount of time.

Can I do anything about it right now? Unfortunately, no. Will I do something about it in 2 weeks, you can bet your money on it! *___*

2 weeks, once my exams are over, in 2 weeks, I will think of something. In fact, one of my dear readers has already given me a fantastic idea and I will announce it at the end of my official hiatus (though I never stick to them anyway >3<)

In the mean time, think about this information that I have given you all and consider the implications. Think about what it means for those of us who hope that literature will be recognised as an art-form as opposed to...a list of inner secrets.

If I wanted to peek inside someone's diary I'd do it by asking politely, rather than having it splattered on the front page and passed off as literature.

For those that would suggest contacting the help desk or posting in suggestions. Your topic gets shut-down, no need to even try ^^ and the help-desk takes weeks to reply and by that time any evidence becomes difficult to retrieve and prove (since they can't see for themselves).

So what should we do? Hehe, watch, wait and see, I'm going to turn it into the biggest show yet when I'm back (officially). After all...THIS ISN'T EVEN MY FINAL FORM :iconfriezaplz:

P.S. Incidentally, THIS is my final form :iconpussinbootsplz:

P.P.S. I should probably also say that my grades in marketing theory was 98.5%. The only question I got wrong in the finals was this.
Question: When attempting to market a product, list down some of the factors that you would consider, given that it is targeted toward adolescent males.
Apparently the right answer was not, "Gratuitous shots of a suitably well endowed female's blessings as well as similar shots of her posterior preferably clothed in thin strips of cloth with a misleading slogan such as, 'Do it'."
I still think it was the right answer >_> but anyway, I think I will be able to pull this off. The work shuffling thing wasn't so bad, I mean it happened every now and again. This sharing the slot with secrets stuff...nope...nope nope nope, can't let it go on indefinitely.

Bounties:

Arrr and now I be switchin' back t' me pirate accent fer a little while, as I have t' be dishin' out several bounties...well it's actually just one bounty claimer really, but several of his claims at once yah?

Please congratulate, :icontheamericanrealist: for earning a bounty of 16,000 gems on all of these lovely pieces.

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I suggest ye have a read, they're honestly not bad ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
  • Listening to: Remember the Name - Fort Minor
  • Reading: Stories of Hardship
  • Watching: The World struggle on
  • Playing: An old game of Halo for feels
  • Eating: A simple sandwich, can't afford more
  • Drinking: Water, it's free
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:iconambreechristineskye:
AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I'm glad your feeling better Chen. =)
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Z-A-D-Y Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
~feels special~ :D YOUR WELCOME for existing..
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ratjay Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love your work so much. And maybe a grab for power by writing a peice against DASecrets and having everyone fave it would work...
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Nah, it's not about grabbing power, the important thing is to understand how it affects the Literature community and how we can improve fairness for all of us

After all I'm not the only one affected by this, this time round ^^;

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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ratjay Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good point. Hm. Idunno. I am stumped for once.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Writer
It's fine, I'll think of a good plan to sort it out ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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:iconwiipodgirl:
Wiipodgirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my Lord, you mentioned me.
I LOVE YOU FOREVER!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Welcomes :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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:iconwiipodgirl:
Wiipodgirl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean it.
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dragonofyang Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: Good job on the marketing question. :iconloolplz:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
It was the right thing to do bro xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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dragonofyang Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Yes it was. xD
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LionSchool Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional
I don't get it... like if you think a Secret, is Literature... why not just tag it as such?
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
No no...DASECRETS are a separate category posted by DA, however it shares a slot with Literature. So if a secret piece is posted, Literature cannot overtake it. That's all, which is unfair to literature artists since we only get one slot to showcase our work on the frontpage and now we have to compete with Secrets and each other. It's just plain bad =P

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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LionSchool Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional
Ahhhh.... I see now...Yeah..that does seem unfair. Crazy.. I hope they'll come to their senses and change it!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
They won't, but when the event starts we'll force a change through awareness xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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cawelling Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good answer captain. :D I know an add like that would catch a LOT of teenagers attention. (you should actually make an add like that, instant fame :D).

Can't wait to see what you come up with to take care of this problem. Horrible thing to post someone elses secret on the front of a public webpage (even anonymously). You have my full support.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
No people willing send in their secrets to be posted, the problem is just that its sharing a slot with Lit. on the front page which is the real thing giving me grief xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Mossstar10 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that seems a trifle unfair to me. But, lately, I've seen a lot of unfair things on dA, so... I guess this doesn't surprise me.

BUT GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK CAPTAIN :D I DUNNO ABOUT THE REST OF THE CREW, BUT I MISSED YOU *Glomp*!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I've always been around xD and I'm on hiatus starting tomorrow for 2 weeks (exams y'know) xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DeeryDeerth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, in many ways, I agree with you, Cap'n. DASECRETS are not literature, definitely. And I even have no idea why or how did they earn the front page. That is unfair. >.>

And congratulations to RealistWriter for the bounty! Awesome! :D
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Well since I'm the Captain and all, I guess I ought to do something about it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DeeryDeerth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
Best of luck for that. :)
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kriswillowflower Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Tears came from my eyes concerning your marking answer. Why, of all reasons, was that not acceptable? *Attempts to type between laughing and wiping away tears..*
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, they told me the actual answer was supposed to be:

"Given the young demographic of the readers, sports and adolescent pursuits such as the outdoors or friendly gatherings should be used to enhance the social atomsphere of the product. It is also advisable to use common teen brands or teenage music icons in order to generate a buzz"

In my mind I was like, "Unfortunately, most teenagers spend their time on one of many jokesites and facebook, the internet is their home, all they want to see is some T&A, nuff said"

But yeah, my answer got a 0 xD, although the tutor wanted to give me full marks the lecturer wasn't too happy

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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TheAmericanRealist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
My god... You really put that as your answer didn't you?
...
Anyways something should definitely be done about those secrets...
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes, yes I did xD

But they told me the actual answer was supposed to be:

"Given the young demographic of the readers, sports and adolescent pursuits such as the outdoors or friendly gatherings should be used to enhance the social atomsphere of the product. It is also advisable to use common teen brands or teenage music icons in order to generate a buzz"

I was like....no xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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:icontheamericanrealist:
TheAmericanRealist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
But... Your answer was so much more accurate! (Not to mention humorous)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Well the truth is, I could have answered in three words (i.e. "Tits and Ass"), but that would have been really inappropriate given it was a written exam. The lecture kept going on about how I shouldn't be acting like a teen anymore, but BINGO! even his own response indicates that teen males (adolescent males) think about that.

Lost the battle, but won the war :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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:icontheamericanrealist:
TheAmericanRealist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Writer
Huh. Just like A Chorus Line... And still, very accurate answer. Perhaps a bit crude, but hey, variety is the spice of life!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
haha, I'm rarely crude, hence why I preferred my answer xD I like to act a little bit english and needlessly length things when I can

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Krusnik03 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Way. I can't believe you actually put that as an answer. XDD Personally, I agree with you.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes, yes I did xD

But they told me the actual answer was supposed to be:

"Given the young demographic of the readers, sports and adolescent pursuits such as the outdoors or friendly gatherings should be used to enhance the social atomsphere of the product. It is also advisable to use common teen brands or teenage music icons in order to generate a buzz"

I was like....no xD

Also, I'll think of a plan for this whole secrets thing :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Krusnik03 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If that's what they said, they clearly have no idea of the real answer. XD
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gilotyna815 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hate those dAsecrets. This is a site for art not some random memories or thoughts or whatever. They should move to facebook, that's the site they fit.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
That's my point. It's like a faceook like contest. "Like if you feel dis 2 evrytim"

It's sad .___.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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gilotyna815 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, it is :no:.
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Ivylis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I kinda laughed at your answer but hey, its true!

Literature sharing a slot with secrets?? I don't even...
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
I know it's definitely true xD, unfortunately this was the answer they wanted xD

"Given the young demographic of the readers, sports and adolescent pursuits such as the outdoors or friendly gatherings should be used to enhance the social atomsphere of the product. It is also advisable to use common teen brands or teenage music icons in order to generate a buzz"

I was like....no xD

As for the secrets thing, it's a guaranteed truth unfortunately =P

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Ivylis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*looks at answer*.... I don't see teen males going crazy over One Direction or something not to mention over sports (not so much in this generation anyway)...XD Your answer though *slowly nods head*LOL XD

Sigh *facepalm* What are they thinking ._.''
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I know seriously...they would have had more success properly using internet memes to cater to the meme-loving community and everyone would just immediately zerg rush the product (My exam was 2 years ago though so I wasn't well versed in memes) so yeaaaah xD

I dunno, educators need to learn about what's real to today's audience xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Ivylis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's why in marketing and business ALWAYS keep up with the trend..ugh :/ *not looking forward to my next semester's business modules -.-''*
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha, I have one more semester and the its time to apply for jobs T^T

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok!
We'll be waiting!:)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Look forward to it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok!I shall!:la:
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