back when there weren’t hacks and we all had to duplicate crap with that turn-off-your-wifi-when-the-session-is-ending-at-the-exact-right-moment
when clover paths blew up in popularity and we all shared the same pain of having to dupe for hours and hours to fill our towns with clovers and WHOA I FOUND A FOUR LEAF CLOVER I WONDER IF THAT MAKES ME LUCKY
I remember when all the drama was on acnlconfessions and about 50% of it was furries
that infamous club tortimer troll guy who made me cry that one time and wow that was so stupid omg
“why is marshal so popularrrrr I only liek the UGLY villagersss” - about 30% of submissions to confession blogs
when I sold marshal to someone for 40 million bells omg
beetle farming for hours and hours to pay off them loans because once again NO HACKS
kind souls posting their high turnip prices and letting people come to their towns to sell, those people saved my life
the great pastel vs. forest towns debate (is that still a thing?)
when the sloppy set was a Huge Deal and now I never see it??
north tbh, I miss it
dream suite: “is that a bra rack”
debates about whether or not tom nook is really evil
discovering that you could put ur kk music on shuffle = mind blown
the excitement of discovering various new features in acnl for the first time- gem rocks, the clam shell music boxes, bamboo!! amazing!!
the term “dreamies” I rarely see it anymore and I am grateful for that
People really need to be more fucking careful of what they say. Especially online. The internet is not the place to express your “opinions”, there are so many impressionable kids out there. Your Snapchat story is not the place to share your thoughts on bi people, your instagram is not the place to comment about how there’s “only two genders!!1!” And don’t even get me started on fucking tumblr. It can be a great place to meet people who share your experiences, but no newly questioning 13 year old should have to come across “aces aren’t valid” when all they want is a label to hold onto.
Second place winners of the raffle - expect to see your finished pieces soon! (Within the next few days)
First place - I still need to line art and do the rest of it so I thank you for your patience!
I am now debating on putting up commissions. I am not finding a job as quickly as I thought I would be able to - and I don’t want to just sit and wait for something to happen. So I thought about doing art commissions!
I am still debating on it due to not finding what kind of licences, establishing a payment method, and other more legal aspects of doing art commissions online (all I find for it is ‘get a payment account, show your prices, and do the commissions!’ steps… nothing about if I need to be registered in my area as a solo business owner and having a licence to sell, or if there are items for later on if taxes come into play, etc…) But yeah - that’s my current dilemma with that o-o
But yep - that’s what I’ve been currently doing! I’ll give more updates as time goes on with both of these things! And if I do start commissions - all prizes will be finished prior to me starting that.
How do you and Cait keep your internet friendship!! Like What kinda stuff do you talk about every day? I really want to keep an internet friendship but I'm just so bad at it :(
i think the biggest misconception abt internet friendships is that you have to have a constant conversation going. often times me and cait just say a few words to each other a day and that’s enough ya know? it’s always good to share common interests and talk about irl things too like that’s what me and cait talk mostly abt
Could I have some tips about writing short stories?
I’m really happy to be the one to answer this question, because short stories have very quickly risen to the top of my “Favorite Things to Write” list. I find that there’s something really liberating in the restrictions of the style, because it makes your creativity and more craft-oriented mind work in tandem. It’s incredibly engaging, and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned over the years!
Before I get into a nice, organised bullet list of advice, I do want to start by addressing a really common misconception about short stories. There are some rumors floating around that short stories need to have a certain…restraint to them in order to be taken seriously. Like they need to be particularly subtle, gritty, hyper-realistic, or generally boring in order to be worth anything.
Before you fall into this trap, please realise that “literary” is not a genre. Some of the most interesting short stories I’ve come across have been set in the most ludicrous of sci-fi environments, with pieces of the sky falling or smothering the earth in tiny, fuzzy microbes. Your story can be whatever you want it to be— girls from Jupiter or an almost-transcendent discussion of the human experience. You do you, and make beautiful art from it.
That’s my biggest piece of advice for you, anyway. Now onto the actual answer to your question….
Take advantage of writing prompts. If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea from scratch, try getting a prompt from someone nearby or (if you’re as afraid of talking to people as I am) use one of those online generators. Even the ones that don’t stand out to you right away as particularly interesting can be helpful for getting a flow going, especially if you don’t pick around to find one that speaks to you. Forcing your brain to work under those types of restrictions gets you in the headspace for writing shorts as a whole.
Start small. Short stories tend to focus more heavily on a single aspect of their content (i.e. a certain character, emotion, or tension), so you don’t really need to know a lot about your characters or their surroundings going in. Give yourself a starting point and let the world evolve around it.
Develop your prompts. I like to shoot for about five paragraphs of each prompt. This gives me enough time and content to determine if the idea is going to hold water for a while. If you feel like you can keep going after five paragraphs, do so! If not, find a new prompt.
Don’t sweat the first draft. This is more of a general piece of advice, but I’ve found it rings especially true for short stories. The short tends to develop in unexpected ways as you continue to write, and you’re most likely not going to end up telling the exact same story in the final draft anyway (unless you’re Flannery O’Connor, and then the first draft is the final draft). You’ve got a way to go yet, so don’t get caught up trying to make it perfect right away.
Keep your end game in mind. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re writing, but this can often lead into spending several paragraphs setting the scene or following a certain topic of conversation that isn’t really necessary. I’ve always found it more efficient to have some idea of where your story is going to end, so you always know what you’re working toward as the story develops. With that being said….
Feel free to explore your own tangents. This is somewhat in direct opposition to what I just said, but as long as you have some idea of your end goal, it’s okay to work new things in there. It’s possible that your story may change direction halfway through and you come up with a new end point to work for, so see where your mind takes you!
Set a limit for yourself. Know your word and page count, even if it’s just an arbitrary number you make on the spot. Work to meet it, but try not to exceed it. You end up cutting a lot of irrelevant details and streamlining your story when you know there’s a cap on your content.
Figure out the point of your story. As I mentioned before, shorts tend to focus in on a very specific part of the story and let everything else build around it and for it. Have an idea of what you want it to be while you’re writing, and see how keeping that tone in mind affects your writing.
Explore new styles. This is another general tip, but I like short stories for the uniqueness they get to have when it comes to style and narrative perspective. Working with styles you’re not really familiar with can bring a whole new angle to your writing that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise, and it’s good to see how that develops and affects your story.
Workshop, workshop, workshop. Feel around your writing community for people who may be interested in offering critique of your story. Bouncing your ideas off of them can help you gain a better understanding of what is/isn’t working within your story, as well as offer new perspectives and interpretations that you alone may not have considered.
Analyse your work as a whole. I’ve found that answering the following questions can give you a good idea of what needs to be revised in later drafts:
Is there a discernible message to the story? Is it conveyed effectively?
What does each element of the story contribute to the piece as a whole?
What changes within the story. What do we know or understand now that we didn’t at the beginning?
Set a new limit. Change up your word/page expectation and see how the story changes and develops in response.
Don’t overedit. If the story feels finished, it probably is. There’s no use second-guessing yourself at that point.
I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck moving forward with your stories. Happy writing!