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How to Slay your Writer’s Block

Tackling that blank page on your computer screen, but not literally.

   It’s undoubtedly one of the biggest problems of a writer to face in the wondrous yet traitorous world of novel-writing. Why traitorous, you ask? Well how else can you describe the feeling of doing a mundane task, striking upon a brilliant idea when you least expect it, make note of it and then firing up your computer and then…

   …doing nothing. “Is there something wrong with me?” you ask yourself, “Do I not have enough of an idea to begin writing?”. After a while, you decide that must be the problem and in an attempt to make the firing up of you computer not feel like a waste of time, you watch cat videos or tweet something. Hey, maybe that’s why you’re here right now reading this post.

   Most people who cover this subject would be telling you to “stop looking at Tumblr and get writing!by this point but don’t worry, for I am a merciful teacher. I understand like you that this does not help you write because I have been there myself. It just irritates you more, right? Instead, I’m going to give you some straight-up constructive advice that I’ve accumulated from my own experiences on how to stop thinking about that book you’re going to write and to just write it!

1. Give yourself a Deadline. Now this sounds intimidating as all hell but don’t despair! You can’t fire yourself when you’re your own boss and it’s surprisingly fun to give yourself anything from ten minutes to half an hour to write whatever comes into your head. You find that as soon as you set that alarm on your phone that your “inner editor”, the culprit behind your self-doubtful writing all this time, has been erstwhile booted out the window to make space for the serious writing that’s about to go down! Just remember that the number of words you want to write need to be proportionate to the amount of time given - if you give yourself too long a deadline for a short story then the pressure simply will not be on. (Bonus: If you still have trouble with writing using a deadline, try using a writing prompt too!)

2. Your story is unique and the world needs it! This is the worst one for me personally to suffer, that moment when you’ve thought long and hard about a story idea only to realise it shares a lot of similarities with one of your favourite movies, TV shows or another book. Self-doubt creeps in or even worse, you see yourself as a rip-off. This is not true! It’s partially true when somebody says that there are no original story ideas anymore but then, how long has that been true for? The Hobbit and Star Wars: A New Hope share huge similarities in basic story and yet neither of them can be counted as stealing the other’s story. Don’t be dissuaded by somebody doing a better job, write it anyway and be damned! The world needs your book and it ain’t gonna write itself!

3. Imagine your story like a Cat. Legendary American writer Ray Bradbury once said that he treats his stories the same way he treats a cat. If he tries to pick it up, it’ll move away. So instead, he ignores it and does something else until the cat wonders why it’s being ignored, and goes over to him only to put itself in the position to be snatched up when it least expects it.
   You are not a slave to your writing. Most of the time, if you find that you cannot force yourself to write that story then there’s a problem - you’re forcing yourself. The art of writing is enjoyable and incredibly satisfying and so it shouldn’t feel like slave labour. Get comfortable, grab yourself a coffee or any other drink you like, fire up your computer and just take it easy, acknowledge that you shouldn’t have to do a running jump into your blank page because anybody who does usually feels like they have something to make up for. This is not a contest, this is your art and good art cannot be rushed. If in doubt, let the cat come to you.

4. Don’t do it just for the money. It’s okay to love writing so much that you want to make it into your job but it’s not healthy to think about that until after you’ve released some material. When you’re working on finally writing that first story that you want to become a bestseller, money or fame is a poor motivation compared to the fire that is already burning in your soul.
This isn’t because it’s immoral to put money first, which is never necessarily true, but because when somebody is writing with money in mind, they’re so hung up on what people will pay money to read that it actually hampers their ability to write something they’re passionate about. It’s okay to follow the trend but it’s not healthy to simply be a slave to the trend. Some of the most classic books went against the grain and ended up creating their own trends altogether! Write what you want to write, not what the world wants you to write and usually, you find that this allows the floodgates of your imagination to run free again.

5. Kill Your Darling. Put the kitchen knife down, that’s not what I mean. The term “killing your darlings” is a writing slur that refers to a situation where you have to cut out a scene that you love but does not help the story in any way. We’re supersizing it for this one, though, as sometimes my mind has been so hung up on a single story idea that I love but never gets on the page. When you struggle, if all else fails, take a good, hard and unbiased look at your story idea. Can you really get a story out of this or is it just a cool idea that lacks substance?
   If you find that the story is lacking, it most likely pays to discard the idea from the possibility of becoming it’s own story, no matter how much it hurts. Doing this frees up enough processing power to either make way for the next idea in the queue or to even simply take a much needed break from your writing. But it’s okay! The idea may be dead but it’s not forgotten. The old saying “The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts” serves you well for that idea may come back as a guest star in one of your later projects. The story I am writing right now is an amalgamation of at least three discarded ideas from my past coming together to become something far more likely to make it as a team!

   Hopefully the pointers here have helped you to bring down your lack of motivation or self-esteem and if my specific methods didn’t work, it’s okay! You’ll work it out with or without anybody’s help, all I can hope to do is to speed up that process because quite frankly, your book sounds great and I need a new story to read! ^_^’ Happy writing!

- CR

(PS, I noticed looking through this that I mention cats a lot. I’m not a crazy cat person, just highly coincidental. Honest!) *Strokes a cat Bond-villain style”

Here it is! 

The idea for this AMV came from two good friends of mine from college. They posted the song on my wall and demanded I make a video with it. After fighting off a few other editors I decided that this would be my Otakon 2014 video. I spent most of the final months of school discussing this AMV with Emily and Jessica, and what ships would be hilarious. It was Jessica who originally stumbled on the idea of Edward Elric and Eren Jaeger - and I ran with it. 

After I finished Anime 101 I had a lot of constructive feedback from the editing community about my technicals. Mostly about my color correction. So when I started this video I had two goals in mind : Finish in time for Otakon and improve on the things people usually harped on me about. Overall I think this video is the cleanest of all my comedies. This is the direction I want to move my editing in. 

I was really overwhelmed by the positive feedback I received at Otakon. The audience reaction was by far one of the best I have ever gotten, and many people approached me after my panels, the contest and Iron Editor to talk about how much they loved the video and how they were huge fans of my work. I was really touched by this - I love hearing that I inspired people – So Thank you! 

Download should be available on the org soon (as in tomorrow) Keep an eye on my tumblr for more images and fun things to come in the next few weeks. I am currently out of town so need to wait until I get back to my computer.


00:05 - This scene is from Oreimo. I added Haruhi and the posters. If you .look closely you can see pictures of the lead from Oreimo on the wall. 

00:07 -   Some of the characters names have been changed to hilarious alternatives. 

00:09 - Not all the netflix choices are aniome. Included are Sherlock (SherxWatson is one of my favorite secret crack pairings) Paranorman (My favorite animated movie) and they Aristocats (Another of my favs). My Little Pony is seen too, as that show is so ship crazy. The Netflix categories have also been changed to ship related names. 

00:10 - It’s not 3am

00:13 - I drew this fanart. It took me a few days and consumed a fair amount of my editing time. For a while I was convinced I wouldn’t finish on time, and that this picture would be to blame.  I also at one point realized that I was drawing soft core porn of less than legal adults. Whooops. 

00:14 It had to get cut off for compositions sake so here is the whole fan fiction. I wrote this (with some help) I wanted to make it a good sort of awful.

“Eren stared at Ed’s long silky hair. Something in him yearned to run his fingers through it, to tangle himself in the alchemist’s tresses as if they were the cords of his 3DMG. He jerked his gaze away, staring down at his uniform. 
"So…I heard they call you a dog of the military…” Eren said carefully, trying to break the silence.
Ed chuckled knowingly. “Yea, they do say that. But I think you’re more of a dog than I am.” He moved closer, brushing Eren’s ear. “And I’m gonna show you what this automail arm can do…”
Shivering, Eren let Ed’s arm trail across his own. “But what if Levi finds out?” 
Ed smirked, “That clean freak? He can join in to for all I care.” The alchemist placed his finger under Eren’s chin and made the dark haired boy look at him. “Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Titans, humonculi, or even the end of the world. So for tonight let me show you why they call me ‘FullMetal’.”
Eren gasped as Ed found him, his eyes closing from the odd sensation of automail on flesh. 
“They don’t call you titan for nothing” Ed smiled. Eren couldn’t reply, the sensations coming from his Colossal Titan were too great. He felt Edwards other hand, guiding his own to find the alchemist’s own transmutation. 
“Ah yes” Edward sighed, “Now that’s what I call equivalent exchange.”

00:16 I redrew most of haruhi’s face here so it would work with what she was doing. In the anime she just looks stern. 

00:22 - 00:23 This scene is covered with credits in the original show. I really wanted to use it though, so I had to paint over a lot of the haruhi mask. 

00:23 Titanic Jokes appear 3 times in this AMV. Can you find them all. I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP. 

00:29 Originally a lot of this was screen captures. However because of legal reasons for Otakon I had to change a lot of the website names. So I made my own search bar. 

00:30 - 00:44 TUMBLR
All the websites seen in this AMV were hand made by me in photoshop and then edited in AE. It was the only way to get the effect I wanted. I had a lot of fun studying the sites and then creating motion graphics to emulate them. 

A lot of inside jokes can be found here. I will upload the tumblr stills at one point so they can all be read, but if you are easter egg hunting all the posts have unique tags. I picked animation related material from my own tumblr favs to fill in the inbetween spaces. 

Several of the posts also have comments. Mainly by sketcherz (On of my friends this AMV is dedicated to saying her token line - all day every day) and CecilxCarlos4eva (My other friend who absolutely loves this Nightvale crack ship.) 

00:53 Here Kyon is looking at a screen labled the Canon Cannon. It shows Light Yagami and Misa. 

00:55 Screen says Engage Shipping Beam 

00:56 Bunch of little jokes here. Reddit Topics read

VIvifxAMV Makes new Comedy - No one is surprised
Ed and Eren both have Dead Moms and lack limbs Ship it. 
I got that Ice Cold Water. ANd it’s only one doller (Otakon Reference) 
Class for Anime Charactrers (Anime 101 Reference) 

00:57The Bar on the side of Imgur shows several other modified screencaps and where to find them in the AMV 

01:00 Total reference to this video :

01:06 Get it. It’s funny cause it sank. 

01:10 - Lots of silly crack pairings can be seen here, Try to figure out the logic behind them. 

01:16 - This is actually my favorite crack ship of all time. I just want Shinji to end up with that sexy angel. 

01:20 Looots of 4chan post silliness 

1:23 Pretty much what you find on google images if you search HaruxRin 

1:26 Some of the side images here are pretty silly and very inside jokey. Some people refer to me as VixenAMV as a joke that with Anime 101. When the AMV Dissociation (Made by the fabulous irriadin) was released everyone thought the french editor StickyGaiden made it so theres that. The rest are some pretty hilarious pictures I found when I searched crack ships. The artist for the Trunks/Poco one is the username under it. 

1:36 Probably gonna have to release the images here for all the jokes to be read. The folder on the left is my actual project folder. 

1:45 Gonna release the twitter images too. But man, that lelouch post. 

1:54 Some really funny top searches on google there…lemme tell you. Spelling error is actually on purpose. Have you read those fan fics? 

1:58 - Some silly movie posters in the background.That bg you ask? It’s from Anime 101

1:59 Really silly but I’ve used this mask in 3 AMVs at this point. If you can name them good job. I just change the books she is holding each time. 

2:03 - The geass here is hand animated by me. It;s about 12 frames and was relitively fun to do. I always thought this clip would be perfect for it - so I am glad I got to use it,. 

2:06 : Covering up CC with a Dakimura. NAILED IT. 

2:09 This idea was given to me by the hilarious drewaconcluision. I am glad I ran with it. It got a really great reaction from live audiences. 

2:12 That flyer though. Very misleading.