rhymeswithchaos

Sep 21 2013

hayleyed said: Could you explain your story breaking process?

danharmon:

Start with random IDEAS.  Ideas can be anything - Poop is an idea, America, pickles, the number six, a raccoon, anything.

Some ideas will reveal related ideas, i.e. you may think, upon thinking about raccoons, that you have more than one thought about raccoons.  Clouds of related ideas that your mind recognizes as related in any way are potential story AREAS.  Look for areas that make you laugh and cry.

Draw a circle to symbolize your area, because your story will take the “reader” through related ideas in a path around a central idea.  You don’t have to know what the central idea is.  It’s probably dumb.  For God’s sake, you’re writing about raccoons.

Divide your circle into a top half and bottom half and ask yourself what those halves might be.  Like, your raccoon area might become divided into “positive thoughts about raccoons” and “negative thoughts about raccoons.”  If the division doesn’t feel charged for you, pick something else, like male raccoon thoughts and female raccoon thoughts, or biological raccoon thoughts and storybook raccoon thoughts.  At some point, you will divide your area into two parts that create a personal “charge” for you, like a battery.  ”Ooo, I like the idea that there’s a difference between biological raccoons and storybook raccoons, that tingled when I drew that line, I want to know more.” <— that’s my impression of you nailing it.

Divide the divided circle down the middle and pick another charged dichotomy for left and right.  For instance, biological/storybook raccoon area could get divided into dishonest/honest.  

Now you have four quadrants to your circle, going clockwise: biological dishonest raccoon, storybook dishonest raccoon, storybook honest raccoon, biological honest raccoon.  Any point at which you stop feeling charged, go back a step or start over.  Maybe you had to get this far to realize you don’t give a shit about raccoons.  Please note that at this point, people around you will start to express confusion and frustration, because they thought the idea was fine already.  Depending on your mood and standing, these people are called hacks, traitors, parasites, scabs or successful colleagues.

When you find an area that yields four charged quadrants, experiment with protagonists.  Easy answer first, maybe I’m a raccoon.  So once upon a time there was a dishonest biological raccoon that became a storybook raccoon, which lead to him becoming honest before finally going back to being biological again.  Cool?  If not, go back or start over.  Again, please note that many people will not want you to go back or start over.  These people will one day drown in their own blood while you point and laugh with God.  Or maybe they’re good people and you just have Asperger’s.

Then you keep dividing the pie, adding “curvature” to the protagonist’s path with the 8 point story structure you can find me blathering about elsewhere online.

Create more characters as needed, give them their own stories as needed.

Repeat every day until rich people give you money to do it for them.  Buy a house, become one of them and hire poor people to do it for you.  Somewhere in there try to get a dog and a funny girlfriend or it’s all pretty pointless.  Speaking of which, I just realized I’m the only one at the office. Thank you for this question.

Yes.

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May 12 2013

michafrar:

1 out of ? of my NES Hoaxes - Journey (PS3)

Journey has some pretty landscapes <3 wanted to imagine how an NES adaptation would be like. I tried to stick close to the NES limitations. :D I know it exceeds them, though.

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fayedaniels:

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fayedaniels:

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

THAT IS ME YOU GUYS

Only no drugs, never arrested, and not promiscuous. So…

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Awaken

He opened his eyes to her smile, a smirky half-thing that lifted one side of her mouth higher and made her eyes shine like bright stars.

"What happened?"

She laughed, a little one. “You had too much to drink.” She yanked the covers off of him.

He looked at himself. Fully clothed, his tie loosened but still looped dangerously around his neck, even his shoes still on. Taking everything in, he mirrored her smile, lopsided and all, and shook his head. “Did I do anything embarrassing?”

"Oh, darling, you always do."

Even now, years later, he could not see where the slap came from, but if he thought too long about it his cheek would redden with fresh pain like it just happened.

She never did tell him why.

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Jul 05 2011
fuckyeahtattoos:

So, the concept of this tattoo:
This is a turret from Portal. This specific one, for those of you who have played Portal 2, is the one who escaped the production line.
The life of a turret is simple. They are built, tested, put in a box, removed from the box, recycled, used as parts for a new turret. A never ending cycle. But one got away, and when you find him, he says, “I’m different”. He looks like all the others, but somehow, he ended up different.
The words in the background don’t really say anything, I told the artist to do whatever he wanted, it just had to be garbled and gibberish. Along with the little red hearts, the background was inspired by one of the walls of a rat’s den. 

Done by Rich at Body Language in Columbus Ohio.

fuckyeahtattoos:

So, the concept of this tattoo:

This is a turret from Portal. This specific one, for those of you who have played Portal 2, is the one who escaped the production line.

The life of a turret is simple. They are built, tested, put in a box, removed from the box, recycled, used as parts for a new turret. A never ending cycle. But one got away, and when you find him, he says, “I’m different”. He looks like all the others, but somehow, he ended up different.

The words in the background don’t really say anything, I told the artist to do whatever he wanted, it just had to be garbled and gibberish. Along with the little red hearts, the background was inspired by one of the walls of a rat’s den. 

Done by Rich at Body Language in Columbus Ohio.

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