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Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:14 am
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Rosendorn says...

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Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:08 pm
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Bellarke says...

Does anyone know how to draw Andy Black, kinda fast, but good so that I can use it as my background, and I have a character who looks like him.

Here is a picture...
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Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:23 pm
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StellaThomas says...

Hey @ThatGeekyGirl, the best place to see if you can commission someone to draw him is definitely over at The YWS Trading Post! Maybe hop over there and either make a thread or reply to one of the ones that's open and taking commission :)
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Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:26 pm
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Kaylaa says...

Hi there @ThatGeekyGirl. I'm afraid your question is a little unclear--are you looking to learn how to draw Andy Black yourself, or are you looking for a person taking art commissions that'll draw him for you? Clarifying on that will help us address your question as best we can.

If the latter and you are looking for somebody who takes art commissions, there's the YWS Trading Post where you can either find a listing that's selling art or make your own listing that's buying art in exchange for points or something else you have to offer. There's also the Art and Photography forum where you may be able to find what you're looking for as well.

Hope this helps!

Edit: Stella beat me to answering this but yes, she's absolutely right!

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Wed May 02, 2018 1:57 pm
xJoeyx says...

What is review star??
Sorry if it's obvious but I'm new here, aaandd
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CaptainJack says...

Hey there @toxicunicorn
Review stars are for the amount of reviews you do, the more you do, the more stars you get.
I see you've already earned your first star (5 reviews) and you're halfway to your second star (25 reviews).
Good job.
Here's the link to: Star Ranking System
Should give you some more information and a look ahead at how many stars are possible.

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Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:42 am
Barcodes says...

Why it feels like I love to write dialogues. Every time I try to detail what's in my head it is kind of different. Most of the time, all of the events in my story are figments of my imagination or dreams. I tried to write what's inside my head after my sleep but I quickly forget it too bad. Help!

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EditorAndPerks says...

Hi @Barcodes! For writing realistic dialogue, I like to picture the conversation in my head, with the two people conversing prominent at front. From there, I try to imagine them talking and what hand gestures or body movements they could make that I or my friends would do in real life. I don’t know how well that works out, but I do like trying to use my own experiences as guides for writing. I hope that helps!

In addition, for dreams, all I can say is some people like having dream journals to categorize their dreams and try to organize their thoughts. I don’t know how well those work either, but this website gives some information on dreams and such, while this one gives examples on how to create your very own dream journal. Hope that gives you ideas!

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Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:44 pm
Evander says...

Alright! I have a quick question about using the -mancy suffix for a school/class of magic, even though -mancy means "the divination of".

The title of my book involves the word "Necromancy" and I'd really like to keep it for the automatic association of raising the dead, even though necromancy technically means divining with the dead. Initially, I had necromancy, and then mastery of classes -- so pyromasters/hydromasters/techomasters. (The magic deals in manipulation, not divining or discovering.) But it feels really weird to have -mancy next to -master.

So, I guess my question is, do other people really care that the suffix doesn't really mean magic? Or do people care about the suffix not really matching? If people don't care about the suffix matching, then I'll probably go with pyromancy, hydromancy, etc.

I want consistency in my naming process, but I also want the names to make sense xD Thanks for reading this ramble, haha
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Rosendorn says...

@Evander I actually didn't know necromancy meant divining with the dead, because pop culture has thoroughly made necromancers be those who raise the dead. Same deal with a "pyromancy" sounding like somebody who lights fires, because of its close similarity to "pyromaniac" which is heavily associated with arsonists.

People usually don't know the etymology of words to that degree, and if they do know the etymology of words to that degree they usually understand that pop culture and general understanding of a word varies from its original route. They might be a little grumbly people aren't using it the exact way, but it's not a deal breaker.

I'd rather have a more familiar word and a matching suffix across all types of magic than have a mix of them. Especially if that mix is in the name of an entomology difference a lot of the mass market will not know.
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Kale says...

Case in point: entomology is the study of insects while etymology is the study of words. :P
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