GIF TUTORIAL

i’ve been asked how i make gifs, so this post will outline my method :-)

i will be making this gif: 

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in order to easily follow along, you will need to have:

  • adobe photoshop CS5 or CS6
  • an .mp4 or .avi HD video file

ok so first off, i get the impression that my process of giffing is slightly unorthodox regarding the process of creating layers.  and i don’t know too much about how that might affect the process from platform to platform (i use a mac), so i don’t know that i’d be too helpful fielding technical queries.  i intend to just show you how i gif and i’m more than happy to answer questions concerning what i did within photoshop.  ok, here we go!

1.  so step one, open photoshop (i use CS5, mainly bc i loathe the cropping tool in CS6).

2. open the video file within photoshop that you want to create a gif from.  make sure the file you’re using is HD; at least 720p (1080p is the best, i really don’t bother with 720p files even though they are fine to use. (file>open>select video)

*CS5 will only allow you to play around with .mp4 and .avi files, so try to find files with such extensions

3. make sure the animation toolbar is visible on your desktop by going to window>animation.

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4. it’s time to essentially create the gif.  i know a lot of people make screen caps with kmp player or whatever it’s called.  i downloaded it, and i have no idea how to use it, it’s too complicated for me.  i prefer making my stuff directly within photoshop, i think it’s way easier (bc it’s the only way i’ve ever done it) and way more convenient.  you can control the area of the video you want gifted within the animation toolbar.  toggle the work area ends to the points where you want the gif to start and end (you can adjust the zoom of the frames by pressing the double mountain button as indicated below).

let’s get a closer look at the animation toolbar:

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A: these are the respective ends to the work areas that will show where your gif will start and end.

B: this tool is called the ‘current time indicator.’  it’s job is to basically match up the video with the frames in the animation timeline.  it helps you more precisely mark where you want your gif to start and end.  it requires a little bit of patience (for me anyway, i’m working with an i5 processor, if you have an i7 it may be way more responsive).

C: this toggle helps you to zoom in more specifically on the scene you’re looking to gif.  when you first open your video, you’ll notice when you drag the current time indicator that it will show you essentially the movie in its entirety.  by pressing the double mountain symbol all the way to the right on the toggle under the red letter ‘C,’ you have more control over the area you select to gif.  the frames will become more consecutive the more you zoom in.  notice in the screenshot of the animation toolbar the numbers in red that are ticking off certain parts of the video.  the bigger the numbers are, the further you’ve zoomed in.  i tend to zoom in three times, and it’s sufficient for me.

i select the area i’m going to gif and i’ll zoom out to show you how small it is relative to the size of the video file.

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so as you can see, the numbers marking the time on the video are in much larger increments (10 minutes apart), and my workspace for my gif is not discernible. 

it’s really important that you set the work areas as closely to where you want the gif to begin and end, not only bc it cuts down on the wait time for the video clip to export, but also bc when we go to create the layers we don’t want it to be so big that we have to skip layers.  skipping layers is a no-no if you want to create super smooth, fluid gifs.

5. after you’ve selected the area you want to gif, you go to file>export>render video.  this screen will pop up:

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save the video as whatever you want to call it (i mostly keyboard smash, which i don’t recommend, especially if the video thumbnails have attitude problems and don’t show up whenever they feel like it, like mine do~), then hit render.  then you’ll have to wait an amount of time, depending on how fast your machine is running (i recommend not having a lot of stuff going on in the background, that’s gonna use up ram and slow down the process).  

6.  when it’s finished, we can create layers, hurray!  so, go to file>import>video frames to layers.  locate the clip you just exported and click open.  this screen will pop up: 

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make sure ‘from beginning to end’ is selected, that means when the layers are selected no frames will be skipped and the gif will run seamlessly.  then hit ok.

7. the frames will open in photoshop.  here’s what my desktop looks like atm:

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that obviously needs to be cropped, so i click on the cropping tool and adjust my dimensions.  if you want the set to include one gif in each row the width needs to be 500px, for two in each row it’s 245px and for three it’s 166px.  the height is variable depending on how you want the set to look.  for the purposes of this gif it’s going to be 245px by 140px.

8. i think my cropping is extremely boring (and i’m trying to work on that), so i don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about cropping.  so yeah, click and drag and a dotted outline will appear, demonstrating the area that will be cropped.  then double click.  we now have the makings of a tumblr-friendly gif!

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gross, right?  we now need to sharpen, set a new frame delay, and add a coloring.

9.  first, it’s time to sharpen the frames.  i used to individually sharpen every frame, but that’s super tedious, especially considering the gif size limit for 245px gifs has been raised to 2mb.  that’s a lot of frames for us to work with and it’d be a pain in the ass to sharpen them all one-by-one.  luckily, there are some awesome people on here that have created sharpening actions.  if you’re unfamiliar with actions, here is a tutorial that explains how to use them.  i use this action, by the talented tumblr user hollandes :-)  bear in mind this only sharpens up to 150 frames, so try to keep your gif confined to that many frames (depending on the colors in the scene that gif would be way too big for tumblr anyway).  to delete frames, click on the first or last frame you don’t want to use so it’s highlighted, then hold down the shift button to highlight all the other frames you don’t want.  then click on the tiny trashcan within the animation toolbar and they will delete.

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10. next i set the frame delay.  as far as i can tell there’s no hard and fast rule of what speed is ‘right’, it’s all subjective.  i think when i was starting out i was setting mine to 0.1s (i was also skipping frames oop).  then i changed to 0.08, then 0.06, and now i set mine to 0.05.  essentially to do this, you go to the drop down arrow on the far right of the animation toolbar and select ‘select all frames.’  once all the frames are selected (they’ll be highlighted), click on the down arrow of any frame, it doesn’t matter which, and select the new speed.  if you set it to 0.05 like me, there is no preset for that, so you’ll have to choose ‘other’ and type it in manually.

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11.  next you add your coloring.  i do intend to make a coloring tutorial, but this one is rather long already so i’m going to save that for another time.  my gif now looks like this:

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12. assuming you’ve tested your gif and you like how it moves and how it looks, the final step is to save.  so go to file>save for web and devices.  i’ll break that screen down into sections:  

the first part on the bottom left tells you how big the gif is. 

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we’re under 2mb, excellent.  if it was over there’s a couple different ways to remedy it.  the quickest solutions are usually to delete frames and/or to darken the gif a bit.

this part decides how the pixels are distributed within the gif or something, idk.  these are pretty much always my settings, i don’t like messing with the colors or the web snap (and thanks to the new gif limit i don’t think it’s really necessary anymore, unless you’re making a really big gif).

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so yeah, that step is important bc it determines how quality the gif looks or some shit.

this part tells you about the dimensions of the gif, how many frames there are and allows you to select whether you want the gif to run forever or only once.  make sure you always have ‘forever’ selected.

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13. last but not least, save your work!  i also recommend saving the psd (by going to file>save as) bc then you can go back and use the coloring again if you wanted to (you won’t be able to access that stuff after it’s been saved as a gif).

here’s my finished product:

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so that’s pretty much how i make a gif.  i hope it was informative and that i explained things clearly, but i know from when i was starting out and following tutorials, i was confused a lot of the time even if the instructions were really clear and there were a lot of helpful pics to show me where stuff was.  so don’t hesitate to ask if you’re confused about anything i covered within the tutorial, but bear in mind i am by no means a photoshop expert and that google is your best friend :-)

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Historical Bibliography: Post-1948

Intro/Methodology  •   Bronze Age Collapse-Roman Period    Byzantine Empire and the Rise of Islam and Caliphate Rule    Crusades, Medieval European Jewish History, and Sephardic Jewish History    Ottoman Empire  •   Early Modern and Modern Jewish History    World War I, French Involvement, and the British Mandate in Palestine  • Holocaust History  •  History of Zionism

Post-1948

They Did Not Dwell Alone: Jewish Immigration from the Soviet Union, 1967-1990 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press) by Professor Petrus Buwalda

The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order (Oxford Studies in International History) by Paul Thomas Chamberlin

Good Arabs: The Isræli Security Agencies and the Isræli Arabs, 1948-1967 by Hillel Cohen

The Limits of Détente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973 by Craig Daigle

Palestine 1948: War, Escape and the Emergence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Yoav Gelber

Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Isræl by Mark LeVine

1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris

1948 and After: Israel and the Palestinians (Clarendon Paperbacks) by Benny Morris

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (Cambridge Middle East Library) by Benny Morris

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge Middle East Studies) by Benny Morris

Israel’s Border Wars, 1949-1956: Arab Infiltration, Israeli Retaliation, and the Countdown to the Suez War by Benny Morris

Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren

The Soviet Government and the Jews 1948-1967: A Documented Study by Benjamin Pinkus

The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union by Yaacov Ro’i

The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War (Cold War International History Project) by Yaacov Ro’i

The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948, 2nd Edition (Cambridge Middle East Studies 15) by Eugene L. Rogan

1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev

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mistermthesheep said:

Hey, I'm a little confused about exactly what cultural appropriation is. Could you explain it?

Hate to be that chick, but it’s late, and this is why Google exists. Collected a few articles at random, and if you have a specific question around occurrences of appropriation, feel free to drop another ask.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_appropriation

http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/09/cultural-exchange-and-cultural-appropriation/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/19/can-t-shake-off-taylor-swift-s-cultural-appropriation-haters-gonna-hate.html

http://jezebel.com/on-miley-cyrus-ratchet-culture-and-accessorizing-with-514381016

http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/5-things-white-people-cultural-appropriation/

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thecoffeecoyote said:

I'm becoming increasingly interested in Wadjet. Any experiences you'd like to share? Infos? UPGs? Just... stuff?

First off, welcome to the Wadjet club!

I don’t have too much in the way of exciting experiences and UPG to offer - my deity reception isn’t very good. But when I do get stuff from Wadjet, it’s undeniable. I’ll smell the candle that I burn for Her in my dreams. I’ll feel strong and sudden urges to do things for Her.

Once, I was considering doing something in Her honor. I wasn’t sure if She was nudging me to do it, or if I was just projecting my interests. So I asked Her. Her response was immediate. One of Her sacred animals, a mouse, came out from under the fire pit I was sitting at, ran in my direction, stared at me, and then took off. I figured it was a ‘yes’.

I guess the best way to describe my experience with Her is that when Wadjet speaks, you listen.

I’ve also gotten the sense that She’s one of the more old-fashioned Kemetic deities. Compared to others that I’ve made offerings to, She was more concerned with cleanliness, bowing, what’s being offered, etc. She’s not going to smite you for giving Her something She doesn’t like, but She’ll make Her displeasure known. If you want to jump in to making offerings to Her (which I absolutely recommend), I’ve found that She prefers the basic bread-and-water setup.

I think all of that - Her forcefulness and Her preference for tradition - is a function of the fact that Wadjet is very, very, very old, even by Kemetic deity standards. We’re talking, like, paleolithic. Her city (Per-Wadjet/Pe Dep/Buto) was one of the centers of Predynastic Egypt, and Her worship is attested since then. I don’t think that She’s completely adjusted to the changing times.

In terms of info, I don’t have too much more than what I posted in my 30-day challenge. Henadology is always your friend, along with the Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. I did find a book specifically about Her, but I can’t seem to find it again. It was primarily a collection of all the existing Wadjet art, with a little bit of commentary. If I can dig it up, I’ll post it here. The last bit of info that I’ve got is that trueriptide is also a Wadjet worshiper (through Kemetic Orthodoxy), and might have some more stuff to add.

I hope that helps, thecoffeecoyote, and that I didn’t bury you in too much. I can give you a tl;dr if you need it. I can get carried away sometimes…

anonymous said:

since it seems to be 'tell solo your horrible mental illness story' day: i've been through ten different mental health professionals. i am a manic depressive, anxiety ridden extrovert who hates people and themselves. inferiority complex, hero complex, adoptive personality. self-destructive with disassociative personality disorders, ptsd and adhd. i have been looking for a new mental health professional simply because i am on the brink of imploding. any suggestions?

yeah

~*~recommendations~*~

from your school, your physician, anyone you trust that would have a list of that sort of thing

and then look them up. google that shit. shrinks have online review pages these days where people actually go complain about issues they’ve experienced. 

and keep in mind that just because you go to one visit you don’t have to go to a second. The first couple of visits is SUPPOSED to be for you and the therapist to decide if you’re a good fit. You aren’t signing away your soul.

and I’m a biiiig fan of clearly defining your goals for therapy on your first visit (for example, one of mine was that I required practical techniques for me to apply to my life rather than just paying them to listen to me talk for an hour) so your shrink/therapist knows EXACTLY what kind of service you are requesting.

and don’t ever forget that it’s YOUR mental health and your mental health team is there to provide YOU with what is best and healthiest for YOU. You are a consumer and they are providing you with a service and if the service is subpar you can take your money elsewhere. 

also it’s pretty common for people to be misdiagnosed because they never tell their therapists about symptoms because they don’t realize they’re symptoms or they think it’s not a big deal or they’re afraid to bring it up. They can’t crawl inside your mind, a lot of therapy is built on you self-reporting issues. For instance bipolar people pretty regularly get misdiagnosed with general depression because they can’t identify the difference between a “not depressed” mood and a manic/hypomanic mood so they never bring those up.

If you feel helpless, there are ways you can channel your rage and sadness in real life.

1. Join a peaceful protest.

They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern. 

2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident.

In 2012, more than 300 black people were executed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. In the last month, three other unarmed African-American men—Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles—have been killed by police. Those are the ones we know about.

3. Stop saying “This can’t be happening in America.”

I understand the impulse, I really do. But that impulse only comes to those who are insulated and isolated from how America treats poor people and people of color every day. Langston Hughes wrote “America never was America to me” in 1935. If you didn’t quite understand that poem in your junior high or high-school lit classes, read it again, while you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. Let it sink in.

4. STFU about looting.

And call out your friends and family members who won’t. It’s been five days since Michael Brown was murdered. On one of those days, some furious, grieving citizens caused some property damage. Nine have been arrested. Every other day since then, police with more gear than American soldiers going into battle have been occupying the neighborhood where Brown died, attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets. They’ve tear-gassed a state senator and Al-Jazeera reporters, and arrested an alderman. They’ve demanded that reporters leave the area and arrested two who didn’t move fast enough. “Disproportionate” doesn’t begin to describe it. If you look at all that and still think it’s important to talk about looting for “balance,” you should know that you sound like a racist asshole.

5. Look Around You.

If you live in an urban environment, you’re in a position to bear witness and document inappropriate and abusive police behavior. If you see an African-American neighbor being detained by police, wait to see what happens. Get your phone out. Download the ACLU’s “Police Tape” app, and if you see something that looks off, take a video that will upload directly to their servers, in case your phone is confiscated. Whatever police may tell you, this is your legal right.

6. Make a donation to a civil rights organization like the Southern Poverty Law Center or the ACLU.

7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

8. Put pressure on your elected representatives.

Institutional abuse of African-American citizens is happening all over the country, and it demands a federal response. Talk to your senators and congresspeople about enacting policies to protect citizens from their protectors. While you’re at it, maybe suggest they work to limit the amount of military weaponry police can inherit from the armed forces.

9. Listen to your African-American friends when they try to tell you why this hurts.

If you don’t have any African-American friends, you might want to think about why that is.

10. Okay, go ahead and tweet.

And Facebook. Tumblr. Instagram. Vine. Amplify the voices of people on the ground, and help counteract the damaging narratives being propagated by some mainstream media organizations. It’s the very least we can do.

 

For white people wanting to know what they can do to help.

Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:

Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:

Making notes? Here you go:

Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:

Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:

Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:

Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:

So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 

All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:

Turns out I’d forgotten about screenwriters, so here goes:

I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:

ETA: After a request I’ve added screenplay software to the list.

Links to Help You Start Coding by azurethemes/salazhar
In honor of opening my theme blog, I thought I’d make this post on learning how to code since many people ask where/how I started coding. This is not a tutorial on how to code a theme, but a list of resources on how to start learning HTML and CSS.

UNDERSTANDING HTML
These websites are the one I used to learn and understand more about HTML and CSS. 

  • Code Academy
    Code Academy teaches you HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and more interactively. Their tutorials are great for anyone of any age. This site is my favorite and I definitely recommend it.
  • w3Schools
    w3Schools is what I like to call my online glossary. It has literally everything you need to know.

MAKING TUMBLR THEMES
There are many great tutorials here on tumblr on creating your own theme. Here are a few:

Tumblr has also provided us with a document on creating custom themes and I suggest going through it. 

USING BASE CODES
If you wanna start coding themes, but you don’t know where to start, I suggest using a base code. 
I have a masterpost of base codes here, but you will want to use base codes that come with instructions like these two [ one | two ] so it’s easier for you to customize and understand the theme.

CONCLUSION
Again, this is just a list of resources to help you begin coding your own tumblr themes. I will release another resources list with more external links that provides you with tutorials to make your themes even better. This one is just to help you start out.

Please like/reblog this if you found it useful.
If you have anymore questions on coding, feel free to ask me!

anonymous said:

I've always loved your art but i was wondering how do you color hair I adore how soft it looks

uhh i’m not good at explaining but i’ll do my best i guess

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before i colour i try to make sure my sketch is cohesive, having hair separated into chunks. hair does naturally form in clumps rather than individual strands but i stylise it a LOT so it looks real thick

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basic colours, on a layer set multiply (usually decrease the opacity of my lines so they’re less obvious but blend in better with whatever base colour i use). considering the light source also, darkest in the middle but a little less so on the very bottom. textured brushes also help toooo

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usually i’ll reuse a colour already existing in my colour scheme to add into the hair, but since this is real quick i just picked two colours i like, and i consciously try to pick colours that work well together already (blue and orange/brown). unless i’m deliberately doing unnatural looking hair, i try to keep those colours a little pale, a little desaturated so they blend in a little nicer. i’m trying to think of my reasoning for doing this but all i can come up with is ‘it looks cool’ x_x;;;;

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hair is usually pretty shiny or at least i just really like how shiny hair looks so i put in a darker shade of the brown-black, mostly in the middle

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i finally merged the line and colour layers together so i could start blending and defining everything better. also, for even more shinieness i put in some highlights. don’t overdo this :0
i don’t usually pick new colours at this point, just eyedrop what i already have. but if i do add new ones in (like the highlight) i try to make sure it’s similar enough to fit with what i already have (the orange highlight is just a paler version of the brown i was already using)

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basically just continue defining stuff, don’t worry about making everything perfectly smoothly blended, hair can look better if its scruffy and less defined looking.

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i still like to use outlines in my colouring, but i vary between having outlines darker or lighter than the colour inside. also in the case of the hair on the edges (notice the back of the head), i’ll use the orange as an outline against the blue, i found that looks kinda cool since they compliment one another

i think the key for it, and just for my approach to colouring in general, is to have a variety of tones and hues while still keeping it unified. rather than having the same kind of brown all throughout the hair, trying having multiple kinds of brown, warm browns, cool browns etc. or my approach is to add in stuff like blue as i’ve just showed you lmao
keeping colours unified can be hard, i have trouble with it a lot, but the more you experiment with colour the more you’ll develop an eye for it and start knowing intuitively what colours work and what don’t

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i hope that answers it to some extent??? if you need me to clarify something let me know because i know im terrible at explaining myself ;_;
ALSO I GOTTA MENTION THE OBLIGATORY “this is just my way not THE way” please take everything i say with a grain of salt!!!!

A Bit about Urban Legends

Anonymous said: Any tips on how to create a good and convincing urban legend?

First off, what is an urban legend? 

urban legend (n): a humorous or horrific story or piece of information circulated as though true, especially one purporting to involve someone vaguely related or known to the teller.

Urban legends, also known as urban myths or urban tales, are a kind of contemporary legend and are classified as folklore by sociologists and folklorists. They often combine elements of the fantastical with those of the mundane to create something vaguely believable. 

Urban legends do not have to take place in urban areas; in fact, there are no hard and fast rules for urban legends at all. The only requisite for the designation of “urban legend” seems to be a memorable short story worth telling your friends to creep them out or make them laugh.

How do these stories reach their audiences? Word of mouth, of course, or something very close to it.

"Urban legends are sometimes repeated in news stories and, in recent years, distributed by e-mail or social media. People frequently allege that such tales happened to a "friend of a friend" (FOAF); the phrase has become a commonly used term when recounting this type of story." (from Wikipedia: Urban Legends)

One urban legend can be passed down through generations with only minor changes to the overall narrative, and similar urban legends can be found thousands of miles apart in vastly disparate cultures. 

Contemporary (“urban”) legends are one of the most pervasive forms of folklore in active circulation, but they are far from a modern phenomenon. The same processes of using narrative to communicate and negotiate anomalous experiences can be traced back thousands of years. Contemporary legends are contemporary to the teller and audience, not solely to the scholar. And what had been thought of as purely local narratives were found to exist in multiple manifestations throughout the world. (from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research website, ContemporaryLegend.org)

I’d recommend starting by reading a lot of urban legends. Here are a few links:

Once you’ve bulked up your urban legends knowledge, the next step is making sure that your legend is convincing. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Baby steps. If you’re trying to get the hang of writing your own urban legend, you could start by reimagining one that already exists. Take an urban legend like Bloody Mary and add your own details or create a new twist. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can move on to creating an entirely new urban legend.  
  • FOAF. “Friend of a friend,” or FOAF, is a key factor in the creation of urban legends. The events of the story should never have happened to you personally—or even to anyone you know well. The more indistinct the connection the better. A friend of your aunt. A buddy from back in Wisconsin’s dad. Anyone twice removed is generally preferable, but you’d ideally want those two connections to be friends or family members. You’d want them to be credible-sounding people. “A guy at a truck stop told me his drug dealer once…” isn’t really the best place to start (although it is intriguing). 
  • Location, location, location. One thing that can really boost an urban legend’s plausibility is a good setting. Local history is a great place to mine for the foundations of an urban legend. Local landmarks as well as famous people and popular historical figures from the area can be great springboards for the story. From the next town over to somewhere in Germany to your own guest bathroom, location can vary widely as long as the right details are included. 
  • Scare factor. Most urban legends have a creepy element to them. Sometimes this element exists to scare the listener into behaving a certain way (like going to bed on time or brushing your teeth), and sometimes it exists purely for the chills of a good scare. Some urban legends reach dare-level proportions, as with Bloody Mary, and there is a call to action included in the storytelling process. Consider including something like this in your urban legend.  
  • Tell it. Once you’ve got the basics of your story down, tell it. Out loud. Don’t memorize a script; really good urban legends come across more as half-remembrance, half-cautionary tale than as witness testimony. You want a spontaneous feel to the storytelling process, so actually speak your story out loud to other people and gauge their reactions. You could even ask them to tell the story to another person, then ask that person to tell it to you. That way, you’ve got just the boiled-down details and key phrases of the story from a third party to work with as well. Of course, you can do this more than once to get even more feedback. (This would probably work better if your guinea pigs didn’t know the story was a complete fabrication. Maybe tell them you heard it from a friend of a friend!)
  • Record yourself telling the story. Instead of relying on your memory of how you and/or others told the story out loud, record yourself and whoever else telling the story. Maybe record multiple tellings, transcribe them, then stitch together the best parts of each retelling into a Frankenstein’s Monster of an awesome urban legend. 

Need more help? Check out these links for creating your own urban legend!

Thank you for your question, and good luck with creating your own urban legends! 

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At the Hotline and loveisrespect, we know that domestic violence and dating abuse can affect anyone—including men. Although they make up a smaller percentage of our callers and chatters, there are many more men who do not report or seek help for their abuse, for a variety of reasons: 

  • Men are often socialized not to express their feelings or see themselves as victims.
  • Pervading beliefs or stereotypes about men being abusers, women being victims.
  • The abuse of men is often treated as less serious, or a “joke.”
  • Many believe there are no resources or support available for male victims.

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