Books and RedheadsSadja stared up at the high bookcase and heaved a deep, long-suffering sigh. According to the ledger, the book she was looking for was somewhere above her, far out of reach. She chewed on her lip as she scanned the room for one of those handy ladders that allow the vertically-challenged to reach top-shelf content. There were none in sight. "Typical," she muttered, resting her hands on her hips. For a brief moment, she considered climbing the shelves, but decided against it when she envisioned the chaos that would follow.Books and Redheads by Xephinetsa
Left without option, she went to search for the librarian, only to crash into a towering Imperial between shelves. The breath left her lungs and she choked on fur as her face collided with his cloak. She yelled into the fur, her voice muffled by the soft substance. He gave her a gentle nudge and took half a step backwards, allowing her some space to recover from their collision. She said something in Yoku that
War Is MessyIt is a standard recovery mission: get in, secure the perimeter, salvage any assets, and get out.War Is Messy by Xephinetsa
Jorge-052 almost laughs when he is told not to expect any resistance. As a Spartan II, he knows that things are never as straightforward as they appear, and statements like that are unreliable. As he and his team prepare for departure, he attaches a few extra grenades to his belt. “Expecting trouble, are we?”
He turns to Aislinn and ruffles her messy blonde hair. “Always.”
They land in a shallow vale, and watch as their transport peels off, disappearing behind the tree line. Emile is already advancing towards their destination, a small blinking light on Jorge’s HUD, gaining distance. Two lights remain stationary: Verity and Aislinn. He can’t see their faces, but he knows they are watching him, waiting. Emile has almost reached the other side of the val
Half-Lifers has been updated! (Please read me!)Hello again, Half-Lifers!Half-Lifers has been updated! (Please read me!) by Half-Lifers
I know in the last journal the group posted I mentioned how we had been upgraded to a Super Group, well now the update is complete! You should go check out our main page; it's got lots of goodies added (and by goodies, I mean CSS of course.)
If you find any problems with the codes, please don't hesitate to let me know. Group CSS and codes are harder to work with than deviant page CSS codes, so I'm sure mistakes will happen. The code has been tested on other browsers and computers, but what it looks like when I tested it and what it looks like when you look at it can be entirely different!
The front page is not the only thing to get an update! Here is a list of all the pretty new/updated things we have now:
• RULES HAVE BEEN UPDATED ON THE MAIN - PLEASE READ THEM!
• FAQ has been added on the main page.
• The character list will be being moved to a Journal.
• New icons for deviantART and Steam.
What does your username mean?
It's an anagram of my first name, with an added 'X'. Back when I was obsessed with Kingdom Hearts, my sister created the name for my Organisation XIII character. I've used it ever since.
The Final ConfrontationAishi stepped off the loading ramp onto the cracked surface of Malachor V. She could sense Kreia's presence below her, deep within the planet's core. The end was drawing near only one would survive their inevitable encounter she was determined it would be her. A definite goal in mind, Aishi moved forward, memorising the route she took so in the event that a quick escape was required, she would be prepared.
It wasn't long before she encountered her first real threat: a storm beast. She remembered the ugly creatures well from the Mandalorian Wars, where she had been witness to so much death, the majority of it by her own hands. She pushed away all feelings of regret and focused on her current situation; the beast hadn't yet noticed her.
She knew it was only a matter of time.
Activating her lightsaber, she propelled forward with the Force and lunged at her adversary in one swift movement. Despite its size, it was quick to react and swatted her away as it would a minor annoya
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Digital art! I love working with a graphic tablet to create art in Photoshop. I find I'm much better at it than I am with traditional means. I love the freedom of layers, and the countless array of brushes and settings to play with!
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I would love a more relaxed, cartoonish style that I could sketch quickly and effectively. I find I am often too rigid with my brush strokes, and my art suffers for it. That, or a beautiful painterly semi-realistic style.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
I'd say I lean towards digital art, especially character portraits. I love seeing other people's original characters, or characters from things that I like in different styles.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
All of the people who take the time to leave feedback on my art have impacted on my life! And those who have made beautiful art of my characters, made me laugh and/or cry with their work... so many people have impacted me in so many different ways!
What is your favourite DeviantART memory?
Any time someone has told me my art has inspired them, made them laugh, etc. I feel like I've accomplished something, and it's wonderful.
Happy 15th birthday, DeviantART!!
Using YouTube for WritingI had a moment of hesitant epiphany several years ago when I was writing an essay about fear and public speaking. A quote I had wanted on the subject was, according to Google, attributed to Jerry Seinfeld, but I couldn't find a transcript of the text anywhere online. I was ready to head desk my face into oblivion when the proverbial lightbulb lit up, sending little jolts of OMG voltage through my head: YOUTUBE. Of course! I could find the performance I wanted and just transcribe the quote myself. Brilliant!
And wow, I thought, we're there. We now live in that age where we can call out to a computer for any recorded moment in time and it will obediently return with a display of footage from that call. Things I didn't even know happened last week, month, year, I can recall to life by simply requesting it with my fingertips. It's not just sci-fi anymore. It's not as slick as the graphics interfaces movies would have you believe, but functionally, we can all do those things.
Pursuit of a Dream
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Felipe Cagno’s Long Journey to “The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkang.”
Many deviants know well…
…“The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand”, the 200+ pages graphic novel written and created by Brazilian storyteller FelipeCagno.
What few know is the story of how it took him almost a decade to bring this story to the public between script re–writes, produc
Writing, for Happiness!Writers are not often characterized as a cheery bunch. Drunken alcoholics, grumpy recluses, and snobbish elitists are the more common stereotypes. (Harlan Ellison once raged at a friend of mine who made the mistake of asking him how one becomes a writer: "Writer?" the prize winning writer exclaimed, "The world doesn't need more writers, we need more plumbers!") Whatever the personality of the writer, to write is to share an experience or a vision or a story; to make meaning of the world with words in a way that others can appreciate.
So, can writing make us happier?
A few recent psychology studies have been investigating the physiological and rational reasons why the act of writing itself may have positive and helpful benefits in helping everyday people live happier. The idea is that writing gives us a way to voice our stories, and because we create the stories as we write them, it empowers us to pursue story paths that result in greater happiness.
In scientific te
How to Win Friends and Influence Deviantart Part 1*Title stolen from a well-known and favourite book of mine
Part 1: Submitting with POWER
I know there are a million "how to be popular" guides on DA and a million more parody versions of them. This article isn't about becoming popular, or starting drama or racking up pageviews as fast as possible for the sake of seeing a larger number.
This article won't make your art better, or make you more a more popular personality. However, what I've noticed is that many artists are missing out on feedback and exposure that they should be getting if not for a few common mistakes. Time after time, I've read on Artist's Confessions, or just browsing through members' personal journals that their gallery doesn't recieve any traffic and they can't improve because they're not getting any feedback. They feel like their lack of popularity is a personal statement. That their art isn't worth looking at. This is entirely untrue.
Hopefully this will help you, the underexposed artist, to b
Writing AdviceIf you stopped by my page because of flash fic month, or are a writer, you should read this, because it is the most concise and perfect explanation I have ever heard for what separates writing that sounds amateur from writing that sounds professional. I need to take a lot of this advice too.
Wow, links have changed.
Also, I imagine that internet years are like dog years. So dA is actually turning 91 or something.
Words Are Choices, TooAs writers, when you write,do you think about how these speech patterns operate in your everyday life, and how choosing those words very carefully can shape the way your characters relate not just to each other, but to the reader? Think about your favorite CRPG, and the kinds of choices you are allowed to make in them. For good or for evil, most systems allow you to make a "kind choice" as well as a "selfish choice" in your conversations, with the implicit dichotomy of good and bad. But how often do you stop to make that same choice when you are talking to people in your real life? Or when you write? Are you consciously aware your words are choices that shape not only others' opinion of you, but your thoughts about yourself, too?
Let's take the example of "I" versus "you".
#1: "It's not my fault I ran from the dragon."
#2: "You'd run from the dragon, too."
Both say the same thing (although the second one is implied that the speaker ran), but have very different effects. Think about how
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?
Convenient location for consolidating facts (986 mg)
Useful reminders (310 mg)
Advice (127 mg)
This is a questionnaire meant for recording important information in a convenient place to facilitate consistency.
Copy and paste text into a Sta.sh Writer, .txt, or Microsoft Word document. Highlight information after the colons and type over it. When writing, record facts about your character here to keep track of them.
The questionnaire is not a substitute for proper character development.
Do not use if you have not written any scenes with this character.
Stop and ask a doctor if you find yourself uncertain about what the answers to many of these questions are.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away, and purchase a new computer.
Resources/Advice-Heads and FacesHere is a second resource journal brought on because all the portraits I've been doing this week! The first journal was Stuff to Listen to While Drawing. This is basically a huge list of tutorials and references. At the end I talk about two 3D models of heads that have been super useful to me recently!
General: Face Tutorial by alexds1 Face Tutorial by phobs Reference Head and Face by what-i-do-is-secret Men that look like men by what-i-do-is-secret
Mass Effect: Necessary ShapesTitle: Necessary Shapes
Game: Mass Effect 2
So she calls me up to the Loft and I go, because you do what your commander tells you in this job, and I figure it's about Alchera.
A while ago she came by the bridge and and kept talking about the memorial, so I guess it's about that again. Last time she just stood there, out of armor but looking like the ceramic was still making her shoulders square. "I just got coordinates for the crash site. If you want to join me on the shuttle you can go." She looks awkward sometimes, when she's out of commander mode. Leadership's always there for her, you know? Waiting under the surface, even when she was under Anderson's command. It's not leading that's hard, but it got easier after Lazarus. Like the scars soaked it in, and maybe she can be a normal person who isn't afraid to not be a hero. Not everybody sees it, but I think I do when she comes to visit and just stands with me.
ME3: Four HeroesLogan Shepard is thinking of London. The last time he was there, food wrappers were blowing across dirty sidewalks. Someone in a dark, furry hat played unrecognizable, jaunty music on a dented guitar at the side of Westminster Bridge. Logan joined the Tenth Stret Reds to get out of poverty, and then joined the Alliance to get out of the gang.
He's been trying to make recompense for thefts ever since, concentrating on giving things back. For every sandwich he took, a family put back together. For every wallet he took, a species patched up. That seems like a good recompense to Shepard.
He wonders whether there are still Reds down there, trying to get each other and any passing rabble out of the way before the next Reaper leg comes down.
Jack speaks up. She's been standing beside him, arms crossed over her leather shirt. The tatoos on her arms are priceless paintings. "You ready for this?"
Logan says, "Yes."
He's going to give the galaxy its freedom back.
Kendra Shepard has seen this al