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Not sure if I've ever really talked about how or why I joined dA, so I might as well put it in the captain's log on account of dA's 14th birthday celebration.

I'm not gonna lie; I joined dA for the emotes. I'm not even kidding. And this was back in 2007 when I was eighteen and the coolest emote was Ninja and before there were freaking awesome emotes like these:

 :sniper: :cakerun: Kamicowz :dead: Me and My Birthday Cake 

And of course my personal favorite: Spin me right round 

Telling stories with emotes is a fun pastime for me, and I have this site to blame thank for it. I actually joined a few days before dA's 7th birthday, which is a convenient way for me to never forget my joining anniversary and be reminded year after year how much of an old-timer I am now. So that's a fun coincidence. 

While all of this is true, the main reason I joined dA was to become part of what I perceived to be a cool community of talented artist and graphic designers. I was learning Photoshop at the time and admired the many brilliant website designs. This was when I was first starting to dabble in writing fiction, and I didn't even know there was a writing community on here.

I was also obsessed with Final Fantasy VII Advent Children back then, and I spent way more time than I'd like to admit enamored by the fanart. But let's be honest, fanart and fanfiction is a big part of the community and all around appeal of the dA community. I troll for fanart all the time, and I'm currently hunting for awesome Guardians of the Galaxy art to add to my favorites. (Please send me links to any fun Guardians art you've seen!)

Pretty soon after joining, though, I discovered the awesome writing community and joined a few writing groups (back before there were official dA sanctioned groups--I'm so old!), and I participated in a lot of contests and was awarded my first DD for a terrifyingly awful short story. (Please don't read it!) Let the good times roll!

So yeah, since then I've kept writing and developed a fondness for creating writing tutorials. Sadly, I don't have time to write as many as I'd like or participate in the community as much as I want to. DeviantART has had it's ups and downs, but it's seen me through all my creative phases, ill-fated or otherwise. I'm obviously here to stay. I love this place for all the inspiration it provides and the cool friends I've made over the years. You guys rock.

Happy birthday to all of us!  PARTY HARD  Fun cake 

So, do tell, what's your dA story?



Final Fantasy - Cloud by D17rulezFF7AC: Almost Got You Mommy by ShiroiNeko-samaVincent Valentine _GAME_OVER_ by Cataclysm-X


Orbit Runway by ANTIFAN-REAL brand new day. by sugarmints OSX Yosemite redesign concept by altavizta
Guardians of the Galaxy by PatrickBrown Horus by WojciechFus
Station Foyer by atomhawk AT OL : Beetleship by ATArts


Vortex of Squares by illuminara


Story Arc Explained
In every writing community, terms like "plot" and "development" and "arc" are constantly thrown around, and everyone expects everyone else to know what they mean without ever clearly defining them. Sure, vague advice about the importance of character development and story structure are great and all, but how do you actually do it? Aside from style and grammar, what are the mechanics behind a well-told story?
What does a good story look like?
The answer is surprisingly simple. Not easy, but simple. Every good story does one thing well: it asks a question, deliberates it, then answers it. This provides a framework of three acts that create what's called dramatic tension
Here are some examples of what this looks like:
The Little Mermaid
Act one: Will Ariel become human so she can be with the man she loves?
Act two:

What about you? What were some of your early favorites and deviations? 
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Oogachaga
  • Reading: No, writing! (A new story, huzzah!)
  • Watching: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Eating: Caaaaaaaake
  • Drinking: Lemonade


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I like to consider myself a nerd with class--not so much because I'm classy but because I enjoy the classic things in life. I'm the kind of person who notices all the little specks of beauty and inspiration that tend to hide just out of sight everywhere we look, but I've been known to overlook giant billboards. I'm passionate about living a life of creativity and enjoy writing, design, photography, and architecture to name a few of my favorites.

I'm also a professional dog trainer. I bet that's a twist you didn't see coming! My dogs (and my clients' dogs) are incredibly smart, and they're always challenging me to find new and creative training methods and invent new tricks. They really are man's best friends. And let's face it, parkour is more fun with a border collie!

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silly-sinny Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you for the llama!! :huggle:
illuminara Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Writer
Minamotosanada Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Llama!
illuminara Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Writer
Spin me right round 
weekendhunters Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] Oh gosh, thanks for the watch.
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