Join me in thanking jane-beata for her time with the Traditional Art Community.
and Shue13 for his help with the Space and Sci-fi community
and tatasz for her help with the fractal community
We appreciate you!
As a Tough Mudder I pledge that:
* I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
* I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
* I do not whine - kids whine.
* I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
* I overcome all fears.
The Problem With Character SheetsAlright, there are some pretty awesome character sheets out there. I don't personally use them, but I've seen others make them work. I'm not here to dispute the fact that they've got some utility, but I am here to point out one big problem with relying on a list of traits—which is generally how character sheets present these things—to define your character.
(Note: This also applies to Mary Sue tests. 'Not a Mary Sue' just means your character isn't a perfect storm of coincidence. It has nothing to do with likeability or even believability. <insert dictator here> isn't a Mary Sue, either.)
I think this approach is, if it's the only approach you take to figuring out a character, a really bad idea.
Take a moment to think about your best friend. What's their favorite food? What are they good at, and what are things they do that make you Google good places to dump a body?
Is Your Skin Too Thin?A lot of writers on this site fantasize about having a book published someday. But even if you don't, pretty much everyone still posts for an audience, even going so far as to hope for honest feedback.
Hell, who doesn't like improving?
If you are honestly truly really, after much introspection, writing only for yourself and not particularly interested in critical feedback, I would skip this. There's no point.
Here's the thing: improving depends on having some thick skin. How do you know if you're there? Read on below.
Please imagine these comments directed at you, most likely in an email (though hopefully not the same email), about your favorite and most polished work ever, the one that you'd like to see on the front page of the New Yorker or with a prologue by Neil Gaiman or something. IDK man. Poets, fill in whatever you need here.
Your work is too long and boring.This is absurd and uninteresting.This is not funny.Not for us
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
I carefully avoid the owl’s eye.
I don’t really walk, nor do I fly.
Time in Wonderland rushes by.
What sort of thing am I?
Use part or the whole of me in your hat.
The Red Queen’s garden has butterflies and snakes.
There are more snakes than butterflies, but only by 1.
When you square the number of butterflies and the number of snakes,
You will have three squared between them.
The number of butterflies on your hat must equal the square root of the number of butterflies in the garden. What is that number?
Everything changes when you enter Wonderland.
Mind-blowing is the vastness of this realm.
Keep searching. The answer is here.
Never fear what you do not see. Just let go and try again.
Inverted and sometimes backwards clues await you.
Read within the lines; the answer lies within.
Do not try too hard with this one.
When you find the answer, write it on your hat (can be on a tag).
ANSWER: DRINK ME
I run without legs, but you’ll never find me walking.
My face is without eyes, and I have no mouth for talking.
I have hands with no fingers, but I may have rings.
What am I, of all the worldly things?
ANSWER: A CLOCK
Did you know that there is a cool innovation that lets you look right through the wall of the White Rabbit’s house? What’s it called?
ANSWER: A WINDOW
What occurs twice in a heartbeat,
Once in a minute,
And never in a million years?
ANSWER: THE LETTER T
We four sit beneath the oak tree:
The Duck, the Lory, the Pigeon, and the Eaglet.
Three of us belong; one does not.
Use a part or the whole of the oddball in your hat.
ANSWER: THE DUCK (she belongs in water)
Upside down and backwards, you will find the answer to this clue.
The answer lies within these lines, from
One line to the next. It is part of your persona
What’s in it, they always ask? Guess, if you can!
ALTERNATIVE CLUE: IT’S WHAT YOU CALL YOURSEL
No man can wear this suit,
No man can exist,
Yet you will know full well what’s got by me.
You will know what lies at me, for that is reason.
Touch me when I am gentle, stay away when I am hard as rock.
Seize me for valour, don't lose me to failure.
I'm late, I'm late!
This blasted thing has made me late!
No time to say "Hello", goodbye!
Please don't strip me for
I'm late! I'm late! And, when I wave I lose the time I save
Too long it is! Too narrow!
Tied me up in knots so I hop hop hop!
I wish that I could fly
But this blasted thing would trail behind
There's danger if I dare to stop and I will be in a bind!
You see I'm overdue
This decoration just won't do!
Can't even say "Good-bye", hello!
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!
Red and white, I am a throne to an unusual creature
Eat me if you dare
I’ll take you on a trip beyond Wonderland,
and maybe even beyond the Looking Glass!
Bulgy and blue, this is not my final form
Find me amidst a cloud of pungent smoke
for whilst I wait and wait I have nothing better to do
Your riddles may be silly
and your prose rather lacking
but I will take the lot and ruminate
for you see, I will be rather more tomorrow than I am today
Baked I am quite delicious
but not when the cook has a hand in my making
Cold I crumble
Warm I would melt on your tongue
They say I was stolen by such a knave
They also say the truth is in the eating! Find me and try me for yourself!
8 P in the SS
1 DP removed
1 S in the SS
1 M to go with E
4 IP and 4 OP
1 P with R
Put an (legal) image of a P with R on your hat.
ANSWER: SATURN (planet with rings)
If the queen catches you with me on your hat,
your head will be rolling before you can take a whiff.
ANSWER: A ROSE
Many do not know it, but there is a library in Wonderland.
It is one of Alice’s favorite places to visit.
In it, you can find many upside down and backward books.
There is even a special dictionary.
Which word in this dictionary is spelled backwards?
I have come from Wonderland to New York and Chicago.
Tomorrow I will be in Los Angeles.
What’s funny is, everywhere I go, all I do is sit in a corner.
What am I?
ANSWER: A STAMP
For Alice, ____ x 12 = 19.
Put the correct number of flowers on your hat.
Make them colorful!
DeviantART and Lifetime's Witches of East End invited you to create an original piece of art using an element or scene from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," or "The Black Cat." There were amazing renditions of these classic stories, all of which showcased Poe's macabre mastery. The competition was intense, but our judges were able to select the top pieces, which were sent to the Witches of East End Creative Team! Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists below!
In our Witches of East End Contest, we challenged you to illustrate a scene or element from one of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales: "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," or "The Raven." The Creative team behind the Witches of East End have hand-picked three winners, with the top winner earning a spot for their artwork in the upcoming season finale of Witches of East End! Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations, winners!
This is our favorite. It's in the color palette and tone of the Beauchamp house and would be very easy to fit in. It also has great subtext for Asgard as well as Poe. Totally love it!
We love the darkness of this piece and how much it reminded us of Aunt Wendy, while still tying into the Poe theme. You can feel from this art that the cat truly has a story to tell beyond its shadow!
This piece has a very haunting, strong, and dark emotion that relates both to Witches of East End and Edgar Allen Poe. The aspects of the room (the staircase, chair, etc.) combined with the power of the heart make us feel as if this portrait could come to life!
Illustrate an Edgar Allan Poe scene, story, or element from "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," or "The Raven" that you would expect to see in the world of The Witches of East End. The winning work will be displayed in an episode of the series perhaps as a picture, book illustration, tarot card, or some other fanciful way chosen by the creative team of the show.
Edgar Allan Poe was a master of the mysterious and the macabre. The witches of East End would certainly indulge in the study of the master. Re-familiarize yourself with these three classic Edgar Allan Poe stories and absorb the context for the world of The Witches of East End.
Based on Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the Beauchamp family, where in season one sisters Freya and Ingrid discovered they are witches with ancient magical powers. With the help of their mother Joanna and Aunt Wendy, they learned how to cultivate their craft and work together to defeat unearthly enemies seeking revenge on their family, while keeping their abilities a secret from the town.
This season, with the portal to Asgard open, what comes through will forever change the lives of the Beauchamps. Darkness surrounds East End as a new stranger arrives. Joanna is still weak with poison in her blood as the Beauchamps search desperately for a cure. With the death of Penelope, Killian and Dash's warlock powers return. #DarknessIsRising
The Witches of East End Edgar Allan Poe Contest begins at 2:00PM Pacific Time (PT) on July 15th, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on July 27, 2014
Twenty-five semifinalists will be selected by full time deviantART staff. The three winning entries will be selected from the semifinalists by Lifetime on a basis of its suitability of use within the set on the series.
The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:
Please read the Official Rules for more details on judging
Thank you to everyone who participated in The Transformation Challenge! The 25 semi-finalist entries blew away the Microsoft and Motherboard judges, but they worked hard together and came up with the three finalists. Each of the finalist winners will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, $1,000 USD, an all-expense paid trip to work with a featured artist, and have had their winning work featured as a home page billboard generating thousands of page views for their deviations.
Congratulations to the three finalists in the WeChat Animated Emoticon Sticker Challenge! The judges from WeChat were astounded by the ingenuity that was displayed in each entry. All three winners will receive $1,000 and had their entry exhibited in a billboard on the deviantART homepage.