To Know Ones SelfI look at her and she looks at me,
I don't know what this stranger sees,
My eyes meet hers then part with shame,
Though I stare, I barely know her name.
Her deep blue eyes hold a million fears,
Her brow furrows with a tempered fear,
Her porcelain mask begins to crack,
We drop our gaze and slowly look back.
Her lips so used to feigning a smile,
Struggle to cover her sneer so vile,
As she gazes down on me,
She's disgusted at what she sees.
Her hands reach around my throat,
To choke the words "I'm sorry" out.
Her fingers claw at my wrists,
Until fragile skin breaks and splits.
Her joy at my pain barely disguised,
I see victory in her eyes.
Oh I loath, despise and hate her,
This stranger I see in the mirror.
WORK IN PROGRESSYou’ve been my world for long,
I hoped would last much longer,
I guess I always knew this was wrong,
I don’t get a happy-ever-after.
You and me we don’t fit,
But you seem to think we’re perfect,
I’ll bend to your shape
And prey that my pain will be worth it.
What are you supposed to do?
When the truth will hurt them,
But lying hurts you?
What are you supposed to say?
When you can’t bear to lose them,
But you know you can’t stay?
AutumnOctober’s skin is the pale alabaster of the morning mists,
Drifting through dark valleys in her hidden soul. Her lips
Are the russet robin redbreast who sings in the frosty morn,
Her cheeks the pale blush of the crab apple just finding its own sweetness.
Her touch is as warm as the morning sun rising, chasing away the
Oncoming wintery shadows.
Her eyes, as blue as the sky just before sundown,
And sparkle with the light of the constellations painting God’s canvas.
Her smile holds firm with the justice of Libra,
Silent observation and great wisdom,
Kindness, like that of the old woman who puts out seeds for the hungry birds,
And is sweet as the smell of dewy grass.
October, who’s child grows inside her,
Blooming and swelling,
Her harvest tithe for the world,
Leaving her cold and empty like the ploughed earth.
All Hallows eve rises, and her soul descends to the graveyard of past times,
But not before her child takes its first breath.
November is born.
Here And ThenI compare your pictures; years old to brand new.
In each new image, childish ghosts remain,
And in each old photo, I can see fragments of you.
Though you've grown so much, you're still the same.
Compare pictures; here and now to back then,
I dare you to try and find me.
Through elimination, you'd perhaps spot me in the end;
But I have changed just too much you see...
AqueousI am like water
I am the sea
So many different
Faces of me.
I can be vicious,
Sink ships in their path,
I can be hungry,
Mortals fear my wrath.
Am like nothing you’ve ever seen
Am brand new on the scene.
I am everything
You cannot imagine
I will hold your soul, in my hand…
I can gentle,
A bubbling brook,
I can heal the holes
Left from what others took.
I can be playful,
A spatter of rain,
When I kiss you,
You wont ever be the same….
9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story
(Or Ridding Your Story of Pseudo-depth)
When writing a story, one of the most important aspects to the writer will be the themes. In other words, the message you want to tell the world through your characters, plot, and struggles. However, even stories with a good message often fail on a number of levels, or else try to be deep but come off sounding ridiculous. Today, I'm going to talk about how to create genuine depth in the themes, characters, and dialogue of your story, without turning it into a sermon.
Step 1: Focus on the story and perfect it, long before you worry about the themes.
This is the single greatest failing of most stories with messages. The writer is so focused on them, that they forget the medium altogether. And as important as you think a message is, it is worthless if devoid of a concrete story. So craft your story around something tangible and solid—something that would be wonderful if there were no message whats
7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama
Melodrama, strictly defined, means a “song drama,” of the French tradition. The tradition of this story was characterized by over-the-top emotions, to the point that the character's emotions were unintentionally funny, or ridiculous. Melodrama in modern literature, is a term used for when the emotions of your characters are absurd, petty, beyond control, and seem to overshadow the story; and today I'm going to talk about overcoming the melodrama in your story. Please note that this is something to be considered in the editing process, not in the first draft. There will be melodrama—but don't worry about it until you have a whole story down on paper or digital ink.
Step 1: Identify the melodrama in your story.
If you have written a first draft with a good number of characters with different wants and desires, there WILL be melodrama. And so your first step will go to every scene where there are emotional flares—of love,
How to Hook a Reader
I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told ‘ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing “rules.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
This one is just awesome. I adore some subtle humor in a book, and it’s a great way to start out if you’re witty enough. This short and amusing opening line tells us a lot about the character in a very short time. His name also gives an indication that he is not from the land of Narnia, but is probably from England, if this book is to be similar to the ones prior to it in the series. We know something about his age in t
The Truth About Selling FanartUpdate notice as of January 17, 2013: I have given this guide a MAJOR overhaul. It was originally written over a year and a half ago, and since then my own views and understanding of copyrights has changed. I felt that this guide should reflect those changes, so if you read this guide in the past, please take a moment to look through it again as I have added MANY new topics, information, and sources. Unlike my first draft, I have also changed my viewpoint to neutral throughout this writing.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, nor any kind of professional that works in dealing with laws or copyrights. This guide was written based on my own research and understanding of copyright laws, and from discussions with others knowledgeable of the subject. These facts are all sourced from U.S. law. I encourage others to do their own research and draw informed conclusions on how they would like to pursue the issue of selling fanart.
The Truth About Selling Fanart
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How to Invent a Good UsernameTime for a quickie tutorial!
Your username (also known as nick) gives one of first impressions of you when introducing yourself online. At the best, your username tells people you're an original person with good taste, and at the worst, it blends you to the mass of people lacking imagination.
GENERAL ISSUES TO THINK ABOUT
Here is a list about issues that are healthy to think about in general. After this section, I'll give you "not to do" and "to do" lists about creating usernames. So...
The most important thing is that YOU like your name. If you don't feel cozy with your username, it will irritate you sooner or later. However, especially if you are still young or new with Internet, be prepared for that your naming taste may change later and you may dislike that name you picked first! (That's something I have seen in the comments of this tutorial.)
For example, my first online username was, if I remember correctly, my given name + my birth year (like, Lisa90,
The Impossible Quiz: Answers
IMPOSSIBLE QUIZ ANSWERS! YOU CHEATING SWINE!
Answers in BOLD indicate Bomb questions.
1. Four (Count the holes in the words "A Polo" rather than counting the ONE hole in an actual Polo mint)
2. No, but a tin can (An old joke...)
3. K.O. (O.K. backwards)
4. Click "The Answer" in the question
5. Go around the sides of the flash and back in the other side.
6. Shallots (Shallots are small onions, and as it's a square root, the answer must be smaller)
7. An Elephant (The largest thing in real life)
8. Click the tick that appears just below the S and E.
9. The 2nd "That one" (The second answer is pointing to the third box, which was the last question's answer.)
10. False Teeth (Choose Food = Chews Food)
+ 1 SKIP!
11. n (The number 2 follows the word "December" first, and the letter 'n' follows second.)
12. Click the dot on the 'i' (it is the smallest blue dot there!)
13. F'taang (Well, they do kind of make that sound )
14. Torch (Lighter, as in visual light, not weight)
Proof that The Rugrats Theory is Fake (Updated)By now, everyone knows about the Creepypasta known as "The Rugrats Theory" which states that the babies all died prematurely and became figments of Angelica's imagination. The only Rugrats that were real were Susie, who was Angelica's best friend that played along with her game, Dil and Kimi, who was taken from her mother and became a figment after Angelica listened to stories about Kimi.
When I first read the theory last year, it seemed very well solid with only a few small holes. This is a case with most Creepypastas that are written about TV shows. However, after re-reading "The Rugrats Theory" one year later, I have discovered a couple of major holes. I know...I know. Creepypastas are meant to be scary, not real. That being said, many people may have actually believed this theory, possibly because they mostly remember the series after the first two movies. I remember the entire series, including all the episodes that predate Dil and Kimi. &
9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero
One of the most trending archetypes in modern literature and movies is the antihero. As such, it is also one of the most abused, used often to gain an automatic audience following, or to add sex appeal to a product. Alternatively, I see many beginning writers use the term “antihero” do describe a gritty, dark, or moody hero. All that being said—when created correctly, the antihero story is one of the best types available; which leaves only the matter of knowing the qualities which make a character into an antihero.
Quality 1: The Antihero has deep-rooted instincts to bring about both good and evil.
This is the primary difference that sets the antihero apart from heroes and villains. The antihero should never be just a moody hero that likes to dress in black clothing. Antiheroes are dynamic because they actually have the deep urge inside of them to do evil things, as well as good things. And a very good antihero should
Paint Tool SAI Bug Fixesokkkkk so I was having some problems with this program, and here are two fixes I found.
They work and now I'm happy.
First: Touch sensitivity
I have a Windows 7 comp and a wacom tablet.
So, first open the "Start" menu.
Search for "tablet preference"
A link labeled "Wacom Tablet Preference File Utility" should pop up.
Then, Click "Remove" All Users Preferences.
This fixed touch sensitivity....
On top of that, it wouldn't work at all -______________- it didn't even show up! when I clicked, nothing happened!
So here's what to do....
go to the folder in which sai is located. it could be "PaintTool SAI EnglishPack" or something like that.
A Configuration Settings file should pop up labeled "misc"
You should have the following:
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