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Magnetic Poetry by SilverInkblot Magnetic Poetry :iconsilverinkblot:SilverInkblot 85 17 Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron by GeekingsCards Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron :icongeekingscards:GeekingsCards 39 1 Where's Wall-E? by GeekingsCards Where's Wall-E? :icongeekingscards:GeekingsCards 15 14 Judd Nelson as Hot Rod by GeekingsCards Judd Nelson as Hot Rod :icongeekingscards:GeekingsCards 13 2 Orson Welles as Unicron by GeekingsCards Orson Welles as Unicron :icongeekingscards:GeekingsCards 36 6
Asperger's Syndrome
A lot of people have been asking me about Asperger's syndrome and some of my experiences with it and some of the conditions. This is largely because, on the internet at least, I seem to be good at hiding it. Most people I meet here don't know that I have Asperger's syndrome unless I directly tell them. I do have it, but what exactly does it mean? First off all, please don't use this as a way to diagnose yourself. If you think that you have Asperger's syndrome, depression, or any other mental condition please see a licensed psychiatrist. You cannot self-diagnose mental conditions. (Hmmm... I kind of have that symptom sometimes, I MUST have this disorder!) Asperger's syndrome is known as a high-functioning autism, and as such many of the symptoms are similar, and yet, in some ways it's very different.
The most notable symptoms of Asperger's syndrome come from issues with social interaction. Most people seem to notice this because there are a lot of people claiming to be an asshole on the
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How to love a girl who can't love herself.
    When she cries herself to sleep
    six out of seven nights a week you must
    say nothing. You must simply take
    her in your arms and kiss her gaunt,
    pale cheeks and wait for her to
    slumber at the sound of your heart.
    On the days where she wishes she
    were part of the stars, tell her
    no. Tell her that there are too many
    lights in the sky and that just one
    would be forgotten the moment you looked
    away from it. Tell her that she is perfect
    the way she is: completely human.
     Don't let her think about the scars
     that no one but her can see. If she
     says "I think I'm broken" smile like you
     know a secret and say, "No, you're mending."
     But do not be the one to fix her - no, she
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On self-love
Maybe who
she really loves,
is the name
of the boy
she thinks of,
while she lines
her chatoyant eyes
with charcoal
maybe the name
she really needs
to think of,
is her own.
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7 Types of Character to Use in Your Novel
7 Types of Character to Use in Your Novel
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 1 “Character Types”
With Links to Supplementary Material
If we're thinking of a story as a theatrical play, you now have a great many things ready for your production to begin. You have your setting (comprised of the
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7 Sorts of Character To Avoid in Your Novel
7 Sorts of Character To Avoid in Your Novel
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 9 “Oversimplified Characters”

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"If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats."
-Richard Bach
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9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story
9 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
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5 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Villain


5 Qualities Readers Want to See in Your Story's Villain
A story is only as good as its villain. And while the antagonist of your story does not have to be a “villain,” they do have to live up to certain reader expectations if you want your story to be of any merit. So here are the top 5 qualities that readers want and need to see in your story's villain.
Quality 1: Your villain should be a dynamic, true-to-life character.
Remember, we are talking villains here, not monsters. And unlike a monster, a villain should be a person. This means that no matter what race, gender, or even
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6 Insights on Writing from *The Edge Chronicles*
6 Insights on Writing Fiction from “The Edge Chronicles” (1)
Any professional writer has one universal and fundamental truth to share when it comes to learning how to write—and that is that you must read. This is one of the primary rules of Stephen King, John Green, and most writers kind enough to pass on bits of advice to the rest of us. And so, today I will be focusing on things that one can learn from specific stories. Today's story? “The Edge Chronicles – Book One – Beyond the Deepwoods” by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
Insight 1: The reaches of fantasy are limited only by our imagination.
“The Edge” is a humble and little-known young-adult fantasy novel. But it remains in my memories one of the best works of fantasy ever created. And why? Because the writers avoided generic previously seen constructs of fantasy, and decided to make a world completely their own. Unique fantasy draws readers in more than stereotypical elves and
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3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete BS
3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete Bullshit
Today, I spent a good many hours scouring the internet for tips on improving my writing. You know, useful and practical suggestions for someone who has actually written a bit and wants hints on some of the finer points of writing—you know, as opposed to just wanting to learn how to get publishers interested in the latest Hunger Games or Twilight knock-off. Well, other than the two masters of storytelling—Stan Lee and Stephen King—I found nothing. I thought to myself, “Blake, even you could offer better writing advice than this!” And so I have. Here are three non-subjective tips for the beginning writer.
Tip 1: Pay attention to “Point of View” (POV)
The first mistake I made in writing my novel, and one that I have seen in every single beginning writer's work that I have edited since, is that I did not really pay attention to POV and narration. When telling a story, it is important to rememb
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Notes on writing dialogue
Dialogue can be one of the most challenging components of writing fiction. Often, the conversations come off feeling too forced or too clunky, lacking in natural rhythm.
However, improving one's dialogue-writing skills is well within anyone's reach, especially considering that there is an art form solely devoted to dialogue: plays/screenplays. We are going to look at how to take tips and pointers from these things, and apply them to our own writing.
Recognizing problems
He would never say that!
Have you ever watched a movie or seen a play and thought, “Geeze, no one would ever say something like that.” Or maybe, “Why would they word it like that?” You know what I mean; where the delivery of the line is directed more toward the audience rather than the other character in the scene.
Maybe it's just poor acting; more likely, it's that the writer was lazy and didn't care if the line was out of character, or the writer simply added too much information
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Learning to grow up.
My fiancee and I have two beautiful, sweet kittehz. I couldn't have asked for a better set of best friends, nor a better family. Our wedding is planned for September 12th of this year, a (hopefully) glorious and great day with accompanying good weather.

The older cat is technically all hers, and his name is Nino. The best step-cat anyone could ever ask for. I call him my BOB, short for "Black Ops Buddy," because he always wants to hang out with you, but not too close. So he will come plop down by me when I am playing videogames or I am about to fall asleep. It's cute and hits you right in the heartstrings when you realize that he could choose to chill and relax in any other room in the apartment, and yet he chooses to exist in that space just out of arm's reach.

He has been on a steady and disconcertingly rapid decline for the past 3 weeks. Unfortunately, he won't be around for much longer. Today he pissed himself due to not being able to get out of the bathtub. He likes to lie down in there because it's hot in the apartment during the afternoons, and he's a smart fucking cat. Intelligent. You can see him thinking; you can almost see the gears cranking into place. He has become very wobbly in the past week, because he is losing muscle mass. He's not drinking water as much, and he's hardly eating. So he was way too weak to get out of the tub. Now, I don't know if he was too weak to even get up, and so he messed himself right where he was lying down. Or, he could have picked a separate place in the tub to do it, but was so wobbly he fell over into his puddle, and couldn't get up. Or, and this is the worst theory, he has since also lost control of his bodily functions. That's the scariest bit. Because that means he's going to be gone way too soon.

Of course, it's always way too soon. He's only 11 years old, turning 12 in September (if he makes it that far). We thought we'd have a lot more time. We always think we will have a lot more time. I am just not ready to say goodbye to one of my best friends, one large chunk of my family. He's my Baby Boy.

I haven't rewritten the description on this fundraising page. But suffice to say, there's no surgery needed anymore. He has a slight heart murmur (worse now, they tell me), and low protein levels, and kidneys are not quite up to par. Surgery has too many risks for an old cat like him. So he keeps the leg, and the biopsy incision is in the final stages of healing. Monday, he was so dehydrated and weak that we had to have subcutaneous fluids injected. The vet started talking about seriously considering euthanasia. We're not ready. He's not ready.

He still has some fight left in him, and we will only push him as far as he wants to go. He still purrs when we give him some luvin's. He's not eating very much at all, and even now that we have his fluid levels up high enough so that he can get up and awkwardly move around like a newborn fawn, he's not drinking enough water either. Tomorrow I have to pick up a prescription for an appetite stimulant. One pill to help his appetite, 2 pills of a corticosteroid to help get some control of the cancer. Daily. Plus maybe continuing the subcutaneous fluid injection every 3rd day.

We just need to make him comfortable. And any money that doesn't go toward his existing vet bills will go towards our local humane society. We love kittehz and puppehz alike.

Anything you can give would be appreciated. If you can't donate, or even if you decide not to, you could give encouragement, send some prayers our way, let me (virtually) cry on your (virtual) shoulder. Whatever you can do to help. I thank you for it.

Thank you for reading.
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  • Drinking: Beer. And more beer. Then some water and beer. And


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xonlyindreamsx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Pokes head in...
ZombieToofer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my God!!

How the hell are you?
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the fave and devWatch :D
intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for the kindness and the watch! :heart:
Gallagher1454 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Happy birthday Lance.
ZombieToofer Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much!
Gallagher1454 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I certainly hope you had a good day. :)
JewelsD Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Tomorrow, I dance through your gallery. But tonight, I must find my slumber before Thor comes and wakes me from my nightmares.
BeyondJen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the fave on 'Plow.' :rose:
pardonM3 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I'm on a bit of a dA break right now, but I swear I'll be back to read and comment on your stuff. :peace:
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