Writer, Wanderer, Wonderer
So, I’m playing Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life VIDEOGAME…

And can I just say…

This is such a wonderful, weird, surreal, funny videogame…

I mean, these are actual screenshots…

Can we just appreciate these for a moment…

The game can be found here on this retro game site (7th Level, the game makers, went defunct).

I haven’t finished it yet (I’m on “The Cottage” stage).

phoxtank:

oliviawhen:

dishface:

A man and a dog struggle with the command “stay.”

I’m happy to show you all my year-long junior film at MICA. Lots of thank yous to everyone mentioned in the credits, and to you guys for supporting me!

My roommate and sole animation assistant for Borrowed Light just put her 3rd year film online! It’s really amazing. I have no idea how she did this while helping me, and working on tons of other things too. 

Yea, you all need to cry this morning.  That’s the best way to start the day.

Fair Use in Novels

thedancingwriter:

I often get questions from Anons asking me what is appropriate to use in a novel, from song quotes to character names of wildly popular characters from other books (names that are obviously more unique than just Sarah or Alice or Amelia). So I’m going to lay the groundwork of what writers can and can’t use in their novels—or for their novels.

  1. Quotes from song lyrics. You can’t do this. Period. If you want to use quoted song lyrics, you would have to get permission from the artists themselves—and you would likely have to pay a heady sum of money to obtain that permission. A big part of the reason why you can’t do this is because song lyrics are often so short in the first place, and if you misquote even one word, you run the risk of being sued. In fact, you run the risk of being sued period if your book is somehow published with quoted song lyrics from an actual band. 
  1. Names of fictional characters. One Anon asked me if he or she could use a fictional character’s name as a nickname for one of his/her characters. As far as I know, this is not copyright infringement, especially if the character whose nicknamed Harry Potter does not in anyway resemble the actual Harry Potter. It is also not copyright infringement to use a fictional character’s name in passing. For example, in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, Leonard frequently mentions Holden Caulfield as a comparison to himself. Holden Caulfield, however, is not an actual character in the book. There’s also the question of cameos, and whether or not a writer can use an actual character as a cameo in the book. This is on shaky ground, because using a published fictional character as a cameo technically is not copyright infringement, until that character actually starts talking. However, from the article I linked to you, you still run the risk of being sued. Fan fiction is an entirely different matter, as most writers don’t profit from this work, and authors want to please enthusiastic readers. (I would both cry and feel EXTREMELY flattered if someone were to ever write a fanfiction of my book, When Stars Die.)
  1. Public domain. Any book before 1923 is fair use. Granted this does not mean you can re-write the entire book. Basically this means you can quote these works, while attributing their authors to them, in your novels. Frenchie,from Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez, frequently talks about Emily Dickinson and quotes her as well. Libba Bray puts a part of Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shallot, in A Great and Terrible Beauty. And when I do revisions for my novels, I’d like for my protagonist to quote parts of Edgar Allen Poe. 
  2. Titles. You don’t need permission to use song titles, movie titles, book titles, television titles, and so on and so forth. You can also include the names of things, place, and events and people in your work without permission. I mention Paula Dean in brief passing in the current work I’m writing, because she owns a restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, the place my character lives. 
  3. Pictures. I’m primarily talking about if you’re self-publishing or are allowed to work with your publisher (usually small press) on designing the cover. ANY stock photos listed on any stock photo website is fair game and can be photoshopped as much as you want to. However, you often have to buy these photos, but once you pay for them, they are yours to do with what you want. Unfortunately, you run the risk of having a similar book cover as another book, especially if you don’t do too much to that image beyond slapping your name and title of the book on it. The cover for When Stars Die received a heavy makeover, so it is not likely that I will find another book using my exact cover. I may find a book using the girl on the cover, but the plum blossoms, the colors, how the girl was edited, and my title and name are probably going to be next to impossible to find on another book. 
  4. Quoting famous people. If the quote from, let’s say, a famous speech in the past, is over 100 years old, that work is likely in the public domain, so it’s fair to use quotes from  Georgie Washington or another popular figure. 
  5. Referencing facts. If you’re referencing facts, like how the universe was made, this is not copyright infringement—they are unadorned facts. For the current novel I’m working on, I did use a website to help Gene’s teacher explain black holes, because Gene uses black holes as a motif to describe how people can have an effect on one another. However, because this is knowledge that you can pick up from any text book or even an astronomy class you took, I don’t need to quote the source I took it from because I did not repeat word-for-word what that website said. The website simply listed facts that you can find anywhere from a legitimate source. 
  6. Using quotes from TV, films, or advertising. These are copyrighted, so don’t use them, unless you want to get sued. 

For now, these are the only points I can think of on what writers are allowed to use and not use in their novels. If someone can think of anything more, feel free to re-blog and add to this list!

Ask Box is always open, and I think this is the last day for my book/Amazon gift card giveaway, so you better enter while you can!

maikevierkant:

Space Foxes (because space animals are fun).

maikevierkant:

Space Foxes (because space animals are fun).

Design 101: GUI Design

auro-cyanide:

I made an informal blog on designing GUI for Visual Novels. You can find it here

Have you seen the animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show?

sssonny:

real-faker:

katy-133:

real-faker:

I haven’t! But I like Gervais. Is it good?

I think it’s good. Basically, the series uses audio from unscripted conversations between Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, with animation added to it.

It mostly focuses on Karl and his… unique ideas and views on the world, as well as Ricky and Stephen’s reactions to them. The conversation subjects vary, from philosophy to reading Karl’s diary.

The animation’s art style reminded me of a cross between Hanna-Barbera & Bill Wray (which made me think of you, because you mentioned Bill Wray in one of your posts the other day).

So, yeah. I definitely recommend at least checking it out. :)

Ahhhh!! Okay cool! Yeah that sounds enjoyable… And I do like Bill Wray, haha. His paintings and colors are excellent…

Also Claire Duffy says the show is ‘hard to dislike’, which is enough to sell me. I’ll give it a watch!

ahh mike showed me this! it’s so funny! oh and then you should watch An Idiot Abroad afterward. x)

Oh yes! An Idiot Abroad is hilarious! And then Karl Pilkington did The Moaning of Life, which is also funny.

How many moons does Earth have? - Qi Clip - BBC

The obvious answer is not always the right one…

Have you seen the animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show?

real-faker:

I haven’t! But I like Gervais. Is it good?

I think it’s good. Basically, the series uses audio from unscripted conversations between Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, with animation added to it.

It mostly focuses on Karl and his… unique ideas and views on the world, as well as Ricky and Stephen’s reactions to them. The conversation subjects vary, from philosophy to reading Karl’s diary.

The animation’s art style reminded me of a cross between Hanna-Barbera & Bill Wray (which made me think of you, because you mentioned Bill Wray in one of your posts the other day).

So, yeah. I definitely recommend at least checking it out. :)

Listening right now!

chocolate-time-machine:

kihuotter:

thatfilthyanimal:

lilaira:

misplacedhash:

rattlecat:

shrineheart:

Okay, decided to whip this up because of the following reasons:

1) I get this question a lot. Apparently there are a ton of folks out there that are really new to paypal and while I don’t mind helping, having a good reference page for folks that shows you exactly what to do will cut down the time I spend explaining it.

2) I’ve had two flags on my account in the past year because no one check the “No Shipping Required” box. So Paypal comes to me and says “Hey you didn’t ship our their thing!!!” but I do digital commissions…there’s nothing to ship! So this step is really important!

3) I often have to give out my Paypal email over and over for this and I figured having it in one spot might help!

There will be a new page on my blog with these images and I’ll try to keep them up to date if Paypal happens to change their format! Hope this helps you guys!

(Interested in commissioning me? Check out this page here!)

Putting this on my art blog ‘fo my folks.

NEVER MENTION ANTHRO CHARACTERS, FURAFFINITY/DEVIANTART/INKBUNNY/ETC., ANYTHING OF AN ADULT NATURE OR ANYTHING EVEN MILDLY QUESTIONABLE (EVEN AVOID THINGS LIKE TRANSGENDER). PAYPAL IS A SHITTY SERVICE AND WILL LOCK YOUR ACCOUNT DOWN WITH ALL THE MONEY INSIDE IF THIS HAPPENS.

Oh my god, seriously???

Yes! They associate furries with porn. It’s recommended to not leave any comments at all for it if possible, and discuss the commissions themselves off-site.

This has happened quite a few times and if they do it, bye-bye money.

Alternatively, if people need to pay you, YOU can send THEM a request for money via PayPal, which prevents them from leaving comments in the comment box.

This prevents idiot commissioners from commenting in it like “oh I forgot plz make my character’s dick like 6 feet long ty”.

Either instruct your customers in this and make 1000000% sure that they follow along with it (and if they don’t follow along, refund the payment and decline the commission - trust me, it’s the only way to talk paypal out of locking your account, I’ve had to call them several times to fix this)

 - OR - 

SEND YOUR CUSTOMERS INVOICES.

Get their e-mail address, make a professional looking invoice, and fill it out with labels like “Custom Illustration” or “Character Art” so that some dingdong customer doesn’t say

"omg ty so much so excited to see my wolf character in your style! So sexy!"

Because as harmless as that sounds, IT. WILL. GET. YOUR. ACCOUNT. LOCKED. DOWN.

Then your money is in a place where you can’t touch it -AND- you can’t refund your customer. 

WHY RISK IT? SEND AN INVOICE. IT MAKES SURE YOU GET PAID IN THE CORRECT MANNER AND PREVENTS SIMPLE MISTAKES LIKE THIS FROM MESSING EVERYTHING UP.

Plus, if you make enough, it makes doing your taxes like a million billion times easier.

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