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LikeHelp me, I'm holding on for dear life
Won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light
Cuz I'm just holding on for tonight
Ahem.I may or may not have had a dream last night that this dating sim had somehow become just...lesbians, but with a bunch of my existing female characters--like Malach and rock-star-Sable, some magical girls, this dragon-rider princess I made recently, etc. (Except in the dream, I was just playing the game, not making it.)
it was weird. But like...it was also REALLY cool. *rolls around*
Opinions, please! For a new projectI am endeavoring to write a feminist dating sim. I’ve been playing a few of them lately, and I’m sooo tired of their tropey sexist bullshit. I like the idea of a dating sim; it’s cute, and it has potential. Which is why it’s that much sadder that they’re all EXACTLY THE SAME.
Some features I intend to include:
1) different gender options for the protagonist
2) male and female love interests of varying orientations (who are not all straight white(?) skinny pretty boys)
3) more choices—that is, more opportunity to affect the storyline
4) related to number 3, choices to argue with or get pissed off at your love interest if he/she says something that offends you
Some features I intend to completely exclude:
1) cliché anime boy tropes, i.e., the naughty flirty one, the douchebag tsundere, the scary-looking one who’s actually really nice, the childhood friend, etc.
2) “you can’t/shouldn’t do such-and-such, since yo
How to ruin your life:1) Go to YouTube and watch both Don't Hug Me I'm Scared videos
2) Ponder the meaning of life for a bit
3) Go to tumblr and browse the #padlock tag
4) Realize what exactly it is you're shipping and how unreasonably into it you are
Repeat steps 2 through 5 as needed
*cough*To the people who watched me expecting more JackRabbit: I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. The fics I have up here were written like, a year or more ago, and I honestly have absolutely no plans for writing that couple again. >_> I mean, there's a chance you'll see stuff involving Jack--but it'll probably be Black Ice. There's a chance you'll see Bunny, too--but most likely in relation to Cupid.
The closest thing you might see is my band AU, in which 1) everybody's genderbent, and 2) it's actually a BunnyxPitchxJack ot3 thing.
So, um. I just thought I should let you guys know. Not that I don't appreciate you being here! I just know a lot of you watched me after favoriting all of my JackRabbit stuff, so I wanted to go ahead and be clear.
*heavy sigh*Did I tell you guys about the conversation where my sister basically pitched me on a Malach comic? Because ever since then, I'm not satisfied with literature about her; I feel like she's too big for it. I feel like she needs media--she needs an image, a voice, a visibly snazzy wardrobe. She needs to be able to present herself as the intimidating and fascinating creature that she is.
And as an author, I know I'm shaming myself by saying, "words aren't enough." (If I'm perfectly honest, I feel this way about a lot of my stories, simply because I want to give as vivid and detailed a representation of the image in my mind as possible--and words inevitably leave something to interpretation.) But I feel like she, in particular, would work so much better if she could present herself more completely. I want to give her a comic, a movie, a TV series. She's a large enough presence that she could easily be a fantastic anti-heroine (if you ask me, though I may be biased). Somehow, I feel people's
Does this count as a self-promo?It's really more a character promo. >.> Have you guys acquainted yourselves with my Grim Reaper? (Note: this woman is not a Grim Reaper; she is the Grim Reaper. I.e., the fucking boss.) if not, you should. Because she's probably one of my top three favorite characters I've ever created. You've probably seen a coulple of the things I've posted in regards to her if you watch me, but just seeing the title and the first few words isn't really eye-catching. So here I am, throwing it in your face instead!
The best one to start with (if you were interested in doing so) is the Guardian Angel one. I'm just sayin'. She's kind of a wonderful creature.
HahaAnyone know anyone who needs any writing or editing done? No? Haha, I'm so broke. v_v
Ooh, but on a completely separate note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTmF2v59CtI&sns=em
Go be amazed by this thing. The dance! The costumes! The wonderful message of the song (aside from like, 2 lines)! And did I mention the dance? *heavy sigh* I want to start learning belly dance stuff again. v_v Even though I know I'll never be as amazing as this woman; she's just perfect. It makes me wanna cry. ;_;
MaleficentGuys. Good lord. Like, I was skeptical when we first started seeing trailers, but I actually ended up really liking the direction they took it. Also, it was gorgeous to look at, and all the magic was beautiful~
Gonna be honest: I'm a little bit in love with Maleficent now. Sleeping Beauty was never really a big thing for me, so most of my experience with her came through Kingdom Hearts--but I really enjoyed this iteration of her. Can I cosplay her? Because good heavens, the woman's wardrobe. In any case, she gave me writing inspiration (which I've been painfully lacking as of late), so that's exciting. It's funny, because I've been thinking about a witch of my own and her snarky familiar recently, so I'll either be writing about them or her. That's assuming I can get any writing done at all....
Everything You've Learned About Writing is a LieLiterature Basics Week
Okay, so maybe not everything. But there's a lot of stuff that I remember learning in middle and high school that turned out to not actually work for me -- or for pretty much anybody -- as a writer. I'm hoping that if I can lay these lies out for you, we cans turn it around and unlearn some of these bad habits. Because, man, nothing says "noob" like practicing some of these frequently-taught faux pas.
Lie #1: Be super duper descriptive!
Wait, wait, I know what you're thinking. Descriptive language is good, right? You want your reader to know what you're talking about, and to be able to see, smell it, hear it, touch it, taste it the way you do in your head. The problem is that, when it comes to description, a little bit goes a long wa
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics Week
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
Writer's Block: Of Course It's RealLiterature Basics
Ever feel like no matter what you do, you just. can't. write?
You're not alone. Many other writers have been in the same situation, left frustrated and exhausted trying to get through this. But what can you do about it?
What is Writer's Block?
According to wikipedia
"Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce work for years.
Steps to Overcoming Writers Block
Quit. At least for now, take a step back and breathe. The more you struggle the more worked up you become and the worse the block seems to get. Before anything else, give your mind a break for a bit and come back. Sometimes that's all you even need to do. Remember, your mind, just like your body needs rest.
Emotions in Writing and How to Portray ThemLit Basics Week
Wow, yes, emotions; they stir us, they sometimes rule us.
For your written world to come alive this critical element must be rightly imparted into your work. Your character’s emotional state is something that needs to be grasped in meaningful ways in order for a reader to begin caring about what is happening to them. Likewise, poets who write verses that do not express an emotional range will have lines that fall flat and lifeless on their intended readers.
Emotions are not one dimensional – each has a broad range of expression. For example, anger can be experienced anywhere from a mild annoyance, prompt bitter retorts, or become a barely-contained, seething cauldron; long before exploding into an unbridled rage. Often, intense feelings move through several stages all in one event.
Additionally, emotions seldom appear that are pure in their source; celebrated author and counselor H. Norman Wright, MFCC, CTS describes what mos
PE: Literature Basics SettingsLiterature Basics Week
Along with characters and plot, setting is one of the most important choices we make when we write. In the most basic terms, setting is where your literary work takes place. It's up to you, as the author, to use it and mold it to fit the needs of your writing, make it more than just a backdrop to your prose or poetry.
A good setting becomes like a character itself. It can be express moods, offer comfort or hindrance. The setting can even be the main antagonist - consider the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, or the island in the 2000 Tom Hanks' film, Cast Away. In both of these examples, the protagonist(s) have to survive their surroundings, one mundane, the other ... less so.
Make Your Setting Work For You
Everything in your written work must be chosen for maximum effect. When deciding on your setting, decide what you want to accomplish with it. Here are some possibilities.
When and How to EditLit Basics Week
Earlier in the week I got into what editing is and how to love it. Now, let's talk about the entrée following this apéritif: when to edit, and how to do it. And, perhaps even more importantly, how to stop.
Stop, you say?!
Yeah, it's really not that hard to get caught up in this perfectionist funk where all you do is wind around in circles on the same piece. Curb it from the beginning by having an idea of where you want to end. What should the reader walk away thinking about? What should the reader walk away feeling? Do things move fast enough to be interesting?
I stop editing when I get to a point where all my edits are just minor wording tweaks. At that point I'll go back and forth, and I'm not even changing the overall impression the story creates. If it's not productive, it's not worthwhile.
Now that we've gotten dessert out of the way:
Choosing a Literary Format and LengthLit Basics Week
(ShadowedAcolyte deserves equal praise/blame for this one. Hello, ShadowedAcolyte.)
It's Lit Basics Week, for all types of literature, and we haven't discussed the most basic thing of all: deciding what your work should be. Prose, poetry, scripts all have some fundamental things in common. Since they all use words, they can convey the same information, such as the sadness of losing a loved one or the details of attending a classical concert. Of course, written scripts are a lot more dialogue heavy, and prose is more forgiving than poetry on some counts, but the essentials are the same.
So if content doesn't matter, how do you decide?
Format (e.g. prose, poetry, scripts)
What skills do you want to build? Are you trying to challenge yourself with the exactitude that poetry demands (yes even experimental), do you want to play with the media crossing opportunities a script offers, or take advantage of how flexible prose is to delve into your narr
PE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dALit Basics Week
It goes without saying that being noticed on dA as an artist isn't easy. Add in the fact that you're submitting literature to a predominantly visual arts site and you have an even lower chance of being noticed. Your friendly Literature Community Volunteers do their best to feature an array of poetry and prose, but even that is only a single day feature of ONE of your deviations. Getting a following or even just getting deviants to read your lit and give feedback is hard work. But you'll see a common denominator amongst those deviants that have made it.
It's community involvement. You shouldn't expect to receive if you're not willing to give. But how exactly can accomplish that? Is going to random Lit Groups and leaving critique on a dozen or so deviations a week enough? Probably not. Will participating in group challenges, prompts and contests get you noticed? Not by itself. What if you run a weekly or bi-weekly feature article of Literature on dA? Still, no.
Dr. EditloveLit Basics Week
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the edit
It's a common misconception that the end result of writing is a finished product, which can then be sent out to magazines, nailed to a door, read aloud to your prisoners—whatever it is you usually do with your work.
The end result of writing is editing. And the goal of editing is to produce a finished result you can take pride in.
What editing is for
Resolving big errors, e.g. continuity, plot holes, inaccuracies, and other problems that will dampen the overall effect of your work.
Fixing details, e.g. grammar/spelling, ambiguous wording, and other technical issues.
Producing a polished work.
Editing gives you the opportunity to take your work and bring it up to scratch.
Why don't we do this on the initial write? Because getting the ideas down in the first place, and getting them all the way to completion, is a demanding process. Maybe you've written a piece about an improbable goal, but
GuysguysguysguysAnyone remember the story I mentioned before? The Creation and Destruction one? Probably not, because I only mentioned it ever, like, once in Fufu's join.me. But it's real. And I am still working on it. I sent the first draft of the prologue to my sister and then this happened: http://read-your-heart-out.tumblr.com/post/35662720775/sent-my-sister-a-thing-i-wrote-and-then-i-get-a
And I'm so happy right now I can't even.
Okay, that's all. Just...just...this story. I can't wait to share it with you guys. ^.^
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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