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Current Residence: My own reality
Favourite genre of music: Heavy Metal
Favourite style of art: Anime or anime inspired (*cough* Avatar the Last Airbender)
Skin of choice: Mine?
Favourite cartoon character: Starscream, Soundwave, Prince Zuko and the other Avatar charaters
Personal Quote: "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." Bonus points if you know where that's from.
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Please join me in thanking SingingFlames for her time and efforts during her term as a Community Volunteer, representing the Fan Fiction and Literature communities!
Thank you SingingFlames, we love you!
Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.
As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your h
Artists on Writers - No. 4, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Issue No. 4|Archives
The Spectre of Magical Realism Comes to TexasGabriel García Márquez
When he died last April at age 87, he had for a half century been a candidate for “world’s greatest living writer.”
Author of short stories and novels, including his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, he received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1972 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in Literature in 1982. He was a fierce critic of the United States and had a friend in admirer Fidel Castro, with whom he sometimes shared notes on his works-in-progress. He was banned as a “subversive” from entering the U.S. for several decades until President Clinton lifted the tr
Profile DiscussionThe DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.
The DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.
A lot has changed since the last time profiles were redesigned, and we have a number of interesting design challenges and objectives this time around.
At the fore
Please join me in welcoming LiliWrites and TheMaidenInBlack to the Community Volunteer team! Both of these ladies will be helping to represent the literature community. Take a minute and go say hello
Introducing the Timeline of DeviantArt!
Introducing the Timeline of DeviantArt!
Good morning Callisto VIII...
DeviantArt.com will celebrate its 15th birthday in August 2015. While many online communities have come and gone during the last decade and a half, DeviantArt remains because of our passionate and committed community. In that time, we've celebrated many milestones, and it became apparent we were in need of a place to share our victories and our challenges. And since we want to move toward more complete transparency with the community, what better time to also showcas
All Roads Lead to DeviationIn a week it will be April 15th, 2015. Which in my memory is the day fifteen (15) years ago that we embarked on a new project we'd come to call DeviantArt. jark and I agreed for him to wind down projects on the DMusic Network and instead focus his energy on a similar platform for an emerging group of digital artists we were watching closely as fans. Soon after, he found matteo who was working on an education resource for digital artists known as WastedYouth.org and asked him for some perspective on the project. As a high functioning digital artist and photoshop master (I believe he had co-authored a book on photoshop by this time at age 18!) matteo (Matthew Stephens) made many contributions to what became DeviantArt at this critical moment, not the least of which was the NAME 'DeviantArt'! But perhaps more importantly the idea to include all artists on the platform, not just wallpapers and art made for customizing your computer. jark created the ability for us to easily create new
Introducing the DeviantArt Stylus IRL
For nearly 15 years, DeviantArt has been at the forefront of digital art creation, a cutting-edge icon in the high-tech art world. As part of our continuous goal to combine the best in art and technology, DeviantArt has created an innovative tool—the DeviantArt Stylus IRL—that brings the sophistication of digital art into the real world.
A legacy of Innovation
For nearly 15 years, DeviantArt has been at the forefront of digital art creation, a cutting-edge icon in the high-tech art world. As part of our continuous goal to combine the best in art and technology, DeviantArt has created an innovative tool that brings the sophistication of digital art into the real world.
Using the innovative, patent
Throw some poop at the Monkey!Unfortunately, the Monkey (ikazon) will no longer be the lettuce in our BLT sandwich CV Lit Team. We shall miss all that poop flinging!
I'm sure most of you know Trevor already, but if not, he's a really awesome guy and a fantastic community volunteer. I always looked up to him for his ability to make deviants feel truly welcome and encouraged in the lit community. Well and for all those other fabulous things he has done around here. (Lit Fortnightly, chat and crit events, his yearly excuse to say something nice about people, etc.) He's been around for years, pitching in and being wonderful, and definitely deserves more recognition, imo.
As it turns out, he's also super nice and more helpful than you can imagine. Working with him as a community volunteer made my year. I'm a little sad that it has been cut short. (Now I have to harass BeccaJS with all my questions instead of just half of them. Poor Becca!)
The good news is :devlightningmonkey
What is DeviantArt? Part 1
Although it’s getting rarer these days, I sometimes come across people who ask me what exactly “DeviantArt” means. Before I begin to explain all the amazing things our community has to offer, they sometimes look at me sideways and say, "Deviant, eh? One of those websites..."
Most marketing experts would never name a site "DeviantArt," because the word "deviant" has multiple meanings that can be interpreted in different — not always positive — ways. Yet we are the greatest, most diverse art community in existence. Few branding agencies would ever make DeviantArt its infamous green/gray color. Yet we love it, and have become known for it.
Where else can you stunning fan artists alongside the best nature photographers in the world? Or top comic book artists alongside the most talented storytellers of our generation? We are DeviantArt, the wild card of the Internet, th
Some perspective on 'core membership'I know this is probably gonna be a long journal, but if you manage to read all the way through the end you might perhaps even get to learn a few things.
Furthermore I want to state that my opinion on the matter is pretty much neutral. I'm not with DeviantArt on the matter, nor am I against them. I just want to make people see things from the perspective of a 27 year old woman that has been in the web industry for the last decade.
The internet is not free
First of all, and most important thing to realize, is that the internet is not free. Everyone who lived through the early ages of web 1.0. (old people like me) knows that it costs money to run a website. Back in the day user content wasn't a thing. Whenever you wanted to put something on the internet, you needed to get a domain name and rent a piece of web hosting and that would cost you a monthly fee. Gradually
7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue1) Dialogue in fiction is nothing like how people talk in real life. It’s fine to use "as heard in real-life" phrasing, but real-life dialogue is often meaningless. Every single word spoken in fiction must be dripping with meaning. If it has more than one meaning (subtext), all the better.
2) Start the conversation late and exit early. No one wants to read small talk, hellos, or goodbyes unless they add meaning to the story … which is almost never.
3) Dialogue should always progress the plot or character development. No info dumping in dialogue, please. Only put quotation marks around what you can actually envision the character saying in that particular scene, knowing and feeling what that particular character knows and feels. What you want your readers to know has nothing to do with what a character actually says. After all, that's why stories have narration.
4) Be un
Workshop: Planet BuildingWe have discovered hundreds of planets outside of our own solar system. But to this day, there is only one we know for certain has life on it, and that’s the one you’re standing on. But what if you don’t want to set your story on Earth? What if you want to construct your own world, and have it have three moons and orbit a yellow star and a red dwarf in a binary system. Now what?
Well, you’re in luck. The whole point of speculative fiction is that it lets you explore these potentials. However, the thing that’s going to take your epic fantasy or sci-fi to the next level, is having a wonderful and extraordinary planet that still feels plausible.
Here are some tips on designing your own planet.
We will begin our planet with its heart: the core. When a planet forms, the compacting debris heats up to form the core. The spinning of a metallic core is what generates a planet’s magnetic field. The bigger and faster the core, the
The CVs on DDs: A Group InterviewA brief interview with the Community Volunteers!
We're almost done with June, and the Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive has been a rousing success already! But who are these people you're bombarding with pretty art to feature? What do they think of Daily Deviations? And what else do they do in the community?
This group interview was created to help reveal the ways DDs get chosen, who prefers what, and to basically de-mystify the whole process! So get your popcorn and settle in for some devious insights!
Why are suggestions from the community important to the DD selection process?
:iconthemaideninblack: They are important because the community should have a say in what gets features. The community isn't a passive part of the website, it's active and as such, it should actively promote its own product! DDs are a
Fan Fiction Basics: Punctuation
These tutorials are the Fan Fiction Basics. Let’s face it, it doesn’t get more basic than punctuation. Everybody uses punctuation, even the really terrible authors. Unfortunately, using punctuation and knowing when to use it are two very different things.
Let’s take a look at your everyday ordinary punctuation and see what you need to use where. There are two sections of every story. Dialogue is the area where your characters are speaking. Description (usually referred to as exposition) is everything else. Keep that in mind when you are using punctuation, because it can change depending on which you are dealing with.
That is a period. You should recognize it. It’s the single most common piece of punctuation in the English language. A period has only two real uses. It can be used to end a sentence or to end an abbreviation. You may find other uses for it, depending on your fandom. Modern fandoms and th
Fan Fiction Basics: Purple Prose
Every author has their own style. If I so desired I could write an entire tutorial on the subject of writing style. However, if you’re really that interested, there are a number of exhaustive guides on the subject available at your local library. Rather than tackling that topic, let's talk about one thing that strikes terror into the hearts of most authors: purple prose.
Don’t misunderstand. Purple prose definitely has its place in fan fiction. As a fan author, I love writing some very purple stories. Where's the fun in writing if you can’t play around a little bit?
Regardless of my feelings on the subject, purple prose is generally considered out of place in the world of professional literature. It’s the cousin nobody likes to talk about and good authors steer clear. As an author, it’s up to you to decide how you write your stories. I simply felt that it might be appropriate to talk a little about this subject since I know that it tends to get over
Writer References: Titles and Servants
Royalty, nobility and titles are problematic for a lot of authors Not just peerage titles (nobility), but the proper terms for household servants. For writers who aren't used to working in an environment where a basic knowledge of these things is required, this can at least point you in the right direction.
Please be aware that, while I’m posting this as a general guide, it was rescued from some of my older files and was originally intended for the Black Butler fandom. What that means is that it was aimed very particularly at the year 1889 and contains information only pertaining to England. Hopefully people outside of that particular niche will also find it useful. Keep in mind that other countries use different titles and systems. The information provided here will not be accurate to, say, Germany or France, even from the same period.
Peerage titles are the titles of British nobility. The peer system is a legal system of hereditary titles used in
Anybody Can Write a Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write A Novel - Outline
A Step-by-step Guide for Anyone to Learn How to Write a Novel
This is an Outline of all my current articles, and a look at what is to come. I will try to update it, at least once every two weeks. Also note that just because something is absent from the Outline does not mean I don't plan to write it. This is a compilation of only chapters that have already been written.
(You'll notice that I have neglected some points and chapters within this Outline. This this is simply a result of realizing that there is so much to learn, when it comes to writing. Don't worry, I'll be sure to come back and fill in the gaps. Also, if this list inspires any requested topics that you would like me to address, please feel free to suggest them in the comments section.)
Chapter 1– Beginning to Write
10 No-Fail Tips for a Great Fan FicFan fiction isn't complicated. You're a fan of something. You write about it. That's it.
So why is it that there are so many terrible pieces of fan fiction out there? Let's face it, we as fan authors have a reputation. A reputation for being terrible writers who turn out unreadable piles of crap. That's just silly for such a simple concept.
So I thought I'd give you a hand. Here are ten no-fail rules for a great piece of fan fiction. Ready to find out how you can idiot-proof a good piece of literature? Here we go!
1. Say no to weird formatting.
Along with Mary Sues and the like, there's something that is guaranteed to lose you readers at first sight: bad formatting. Weird fonts, odd colors and unexpected characters are all extremely off-putting. Likewise, unusual paragraph formatting (extreme spaces between paragraphs, a lack of paragraphs, etc.) will push readers to go find something a little more familiar.
A well-formatted story uses a plain, non-distracting font in
Daily Deviation Suggestion DriveHave you seen some awesome work in your favorite galleries lately?