Four Eyes? You’re not doing it right

May I raise a question. It’s a pretty simple one. It’s one that’s been bothering me for a while. And here it is. Why would you give a alien creature your making four eyes?

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Here’s an image of an alien from the game Mass Effect. I love you Bio Ware but I have no idea how giving anything, four eyes like this would make any sense? …Maybe this isn’t a simple question. Here, let me nit pick this for you.
Humans have binocular vision, meaning we have two eye that are use together as a pear. This allows us humans to track one thing at a time and have pretty good depth perception and such. It looks something like this

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Simple right? Okay so now someone could argue: well if you have four eyes, it could allow you to track two things at once. And yes, that is most likely true. But if that’s so, why hasn’t nature taken advantage of that? Out of the many many animals,  only one  creature has more then  two eyes, the arachnids.

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That’s right! Spiders! (I hate spiders…-shutters-) But why do these little creeps have so many. Well—did you know that spider’s can’t turn their heads? (Except for jumping spider’s. But they’re just weird.) No I didn’t, you say. Well now you do. Notice where these spider’s eyes are? No? Let me show you a better picture.
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This love picture proves my theory.

So there’s one good reason not to randomly slap on another set of eyes. If your alien or whatever creature your make, can move it’s head to pin point a sound and focus on it, then it probably doesn’t need another pair of forward facing eyes. It’s redundant.
That also brings my attention to another point. Let’s say  you argue that  your creature cant’t move it’s eyes instead. So to make up for that, it has extra eyes. Well here’s where I kill your idea with—

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Hello Everybody!

Well I as I just said above, hello everybody. It’s been server so months since I’ve looked at this blog (not that anyone noticed) but now I’m back. This time I hope that I’m able to go some new heights with this blog. Take it in a bette direction to do some better things

Her on my blog I’d like to keep up my little trend of doing artsy little tips and tricks. It’s good to keep your mind creative and thinking of new little projects to keep it occupied. Well I want to help you do that if for some reason you can’t do it in your own. Don’t feel insulted by that, after all, you wouldn’t have clicked your way to my site if you didn’t need a pit of help. So just spit it out and admit you need help and I’ll provide as a happy tiny bee that works it’s life away to make you people happy. …Well you know, I’ll at least try.

I did post a few thing up here last year and a few of them people didn’t think were too bad so maybe you won’t either. Well that’s all I have to say to you for today. I’m being a bit stupid right now and writing this at four in the morning because, you know, reasons. So I hope you people start seeing things on this blog that are helpful and somewhat cool perhaps. Okay being cool is stretching it but at least helpful.

Okay kids, let’s get creative!

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The base to stories in 3 steps

There was a time I would just sit and stare at a note book, pencil or pen. Hours would go by and I would have completed five words. Five whole words. Once a pond a time... I was doing something wrong. But I had all these great ideas running around my head but. I just didn’t know how to get it out! So spent some long years cultivating my skills as a writer. Until one day people started giving me many complements for a story I wrote for school in 8th grade. All my class mates were like “Wow, where the heck did you pull that from?”, “It’s like you wrote a mini novel.” Heck my teacher liked it so much that to took it home and read it to her full grown son and his girl friend! A year later, I wrote another story for school and this time one of my class mates told me my story should be a movie. Why thank you Lars! And I though you did’t like me. Eventually I summited it to a writing contest and was picked as one of the 30 winners out of hundreds. So I guess I was doing something right. Okay, so last week I posted up a story I wrote, Fort 64. Hoped you liked it. At any rate, the reason way I blogged it was to get you all to fav it use it as an example. When you want to make a story, there are many ways that people advise you to make one. But in my opinion, they can get just plane confusing. So I’m going to try and tell you the three simpler steps that I use to write stories. Who knows? It might actually help.

Step #1 | Settings  

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You may not ignore these two for they are the bread of the story sandwich

In oder for your world to seem alive and real to a reader, it’s important to tell them where everything is going down. In my story, Fort 64, the story is set in a post- apocalyptic era, in the city of LA. Depending on the things you pick for time and place, determine what you can make possible in your world. Star Wars for example. Distant future with interstellar wars throughout the galaxy. Things like space fighters and light sabers make sense in that kind of setting. But A light saber wouldn’t make much sense in the Victorian era. But you could make an air ship possible if it were Steampunk Victorian era! Go steam power!

If you don’t want to spit out a time or place specifically, then hint at it. Show the reader with details of the surrounding, with the slang the people might use, so one so forth. Be creative, think of stuff.

Step #2 | Characters

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Obviously your story needs them characters to tell or act out the world you have so skillfully created for them. I personally, when I’m creating characters, I think it’s best to determine a few key points to start with. Take Raven from Fort 64. I started out with her simply being the medic that was a bit disorganized. From there, considering her time and setting in the story, I worked out the finer points of her character. Loyal, caring for her friends, slightly derpy. The other characters developed in the same way. Finn and Brick started off as just space fillers kinda. I just saw I need more people for the story. But they turned into Finn the funny, slightly smart ass guy that may or may not have had a thing for Raven, while Brick became the big bad wall of badass.

If you’re going into novel sized stories, you may want to start thinking of personal backgrounds on your characters. Things that happen in people’s past can really effect and explain why and how they act in the present. Why the bad guy is the bad guy, why the hero does what he’s doing. This happens in real life, so it should also apply to the fictional world as well. A well rounded character should never brake character and do something OOC. They should always sound like how you created them to be by what they say or do, not you stating what they are.

Step #3 | Situation 

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WHATS GOING DOWN

You know something brilliant or terrible is about to happen when John Crichton from FarScape starts acting like a lunatic. What’s going on to make this madness happen? Let me tell you. There was an evil alien making everyone loss their minds slightly with some weird light he’s making on board their spaceship. That’s the situation. Alien is doing bad stuff to my ship. I need to stop the alien from doing the bad stuff to my ship so I’m going to go stop him. You need that back bone for your story to work.

What is today’s problem and how am I going to fix it? Take the Hunger Games for instance. Main characters sister is selected for the deadly game. To fix this, main character takes sisters place to save her. From there it’s a fight for survival. Entire book summed up in a nutshell. Same thing for my own story. They need medicine. A group goes out to find some. And they have to make to back home. Whole issue of the story right there. After you get the back bone in place, you can start playing with the fun little details, all the in between stuff. But I wanna make the details firs—No, no, and in case you didn’t read it the first time, NO! Details are the in-between events that happen around the real one. They’re just there to give the story flavor, but like food, your food don’t need to be favorable to keep you alive. First you must pick a plot that will keep your readers alive, then you can add all the extra spices that make it taste yummy!

Without these things, your story is a house built of cards. If I blow on it, it breaks. You need a strong base to keep every thing stable. A well made time and place, believable characters, and situation that takes your readers on an adventure. Then you will have a house of solid story stone.

Have a fabtabulous day.

Story Time: Fort 64

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Today I’m going to enlighten you with this lovely story I wrote back in the 8th grade. It’s a short science fiction.  Crazily enough, this was a school assignment.  Next week I will go into detail as to why I decided to post this. Until than, enjoy the story. (>^_^)>


I’m startled from sleep by the blaring of a siren. I sit-up quickly, thinking that we might be under attack. I end up smacking my head on the bottom of the bunk above me.

“Nice one”, says a voice off to my right. I look over in that direction, and whom do I see? Finn Hex, with his dirty blond hair and electric blue eyes, is smiling down at me with that cocky grin of his. “Raven,” he says to me. “I think that you now can be called the champion of hitting your head against inanimate objects. This is the fourth time this week.”

“Real funny,” I reply, scowling at him. The action only makes his grin bigger.

Remembering the siren I ask. “What’s up with the siren, is there something wrong?”

“No,” he replies. “The only thing wrong is that you’re going to be late for the Run, AGAIN! That siren you just heard was the assembly alarm for today’s teams. Remember?” My only response to this is a blank stare. “I came to get you that’s why I’m here,” he prompts slowly. I look at him stupidly for a few more seconds. Then my still half asleep brain makes sense of his words.

“Damn it!” I mutter to myself as I jump out of bed. “Okay. Give me five minutes to get ready,” I tell him. “In the mean time, can you get out!” He shrugs and leaves the room smiling. I make a beeline for my very small restroom to freshen up. I splash cold water onto my face to make myself more alert. I dry my face with an old dingy towel. After that I study myself in the mirror. The reflection who stares back at me has dark brown skin, curly black hair, cut close to her head with bangs that come down to the shoulders, dyed red, and a pair of crystal blue eyes. This is me, Raven Shohona. I’m twenty-six years old and I live in Fort 64.

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Steps to World Building: Making the people

Alrighty kids, today I’m going to give you a tip on how to world build. Okay for any of you out there that don’t know what that is, it’s when you create a fictional world either in the fantasy or sci-fi setting. Most fictional stories you read that has to do with aliens or magic are set in a fictional place and time. Heck it might be in a parallel dimension for all we know. As the author of your sorties, you are the creators of your world, you are god, so you can do whatever you want.

Making a good believable group of people is half of what makes a good story though.

With that in mind, lets get started. Today we’re going use alien’s for our example.

  For the people, by the people 

 In some cases people like to make the environment of their fantasy world first, then develop the creatures that call that world home. I personally think it’s easier to draw the inhabitants first, then develop the two together. So lets create an alien. 

image_by_e3tv-d8k7qr8monkey_alien_by_e3tv-d6vqpidHere I got my idea and doodled it out as a quick little sketch. I already had in mind that this race would be small, agile, and thin. And look like a monkey-dog thing. With this information in mind I can start with the environment.

Long fingers, arms, and legs. feet that look almost like hands. A long fixable looking tail…

Things most monkeys have to help them climb. To me, this creature would look most at home in an environment with lots of trees. So now I have a monkey like race that hangs out in the trees.

Think, apply, use or throw away any idea you get

Now I work off impulse all the time so the first thing that pops into my head when making something up, I’ll usually apply it somehow. I wanted these guys to be really light. Like I could pick it up by the tail and it would only feel like ten pounds. So how could that work? That’s when you hit the internet and look up a few things. I found that birds are pretty light due to the fact that they have hollow bones. So why not these guys? Apply little things like that to your races and keep adding!

Lets see, what else do we have to work with based on the appearance of these guys alone? They have big eyes. Okay, what do big eyes usually mean. Good eye sight. Usually when something has big eyes, it can see pretty darn well. Okay what would this little alien need good eye sight for? Not a lot a light? Well I did say earlier that this race lives in an environment filled with trees. Perhaps the the canopy is so thick, like in the Amazon rainforest, that hardly any light reaches the forest floor. That would be a good reason for having big eyes. To see better in low lighting.

See, by making the race and the world at around the same time, you can match them, the two can make more sense with each other. You don’t want to make a world that is dry and hot while your race is moist and looks aquatic. The two just don’t fit together! It’s like saying a camel lives in the arctic tundra. What? No. Does not make much sense.

Once you’ve worked out the basics of your own race you can start adding things like culture, behavior, government, social norms, ect. Remember, a lot of these things will be linked to your races environment, how they look, and how they interact with their world. Feel free to use race generators. I find them quite handy when it comes to finding a name for may aliens because I‘m to lazy to suck at making up names.  They give you go ideas on some basics traits or odd little things your race might do. Or they just make you laugh because they are just down right ridiculous.


Name: Bolugians

Home-world: Byzan IV

A race of telekinetic bovids with extendable limbs and poisonous spines on their heads. They express their emotions through the excretion of variously colored bodily fluids. They prefer not to leave their home-world and use holographic representations of themselves to explore the galaxy instead.

What’s stranger than a spoon-bending cow with extendable legs? A spoon-bending cow with extendable legs and a poisonous hair-do, of course. An encounter with a Bolugian would be made all the stranger when it starts sweating with glee and spews up a load of pink “pleased to meet you” juice. Still, at least it would only be holographic vomit.

These have to be the craziest, most random alien creatures it’s possible to invent. I’m not at all surprised that they don’t get out much; if I was one of these guys I wouldn’t want to leave the house either, and the thought of meeting potentially hostile species would fill me with… oh no, apprehension juice! That’s gonna stain.


The shark-like race. They have powerful nasal senses. Their limbs are not so much specific, but are used for multiple functions. They can consume almost anything material. They can take on the form of someone’s worst fears. They are a race of doctors. They are known to have terrible body odor. They lay eggs. Under stress, they undergo distinct personality changes. Their government is ethical in its own way. Most of their species ascended to a godlike existence – they are the descendants of those that did not.

…Uh-huh.

“Paging Dr. Sharktopus…paging Dr. Sharktopus to the ER.”

“I’m sorry, ma’am. You have cancer. I can smell it on you.”

“Doctor…why are you eating the patients leg?”

“Oh, hello Dr. Shark- OH MY GOD! NOT A CLOWN!!!”

*Dr. Sharktopus thinking to self* “God…this surgery is so stressful…I haven’t paid my cable bill…my little girls going out with that punk…” *Enters homicidal fury, and amputates the patients head.*

Yeah…somehow I can’t imagine them being good doctors.

Those were just some of my favorite responses I found on the generator sights.

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How to make original sounding ideas

BOOM.

INSPIRATION.

I GOT IT!

Wait no I… Dammit. Lost it.

Okay, how many times have you thought you had a great idea but then you lost it *Snapping sound* like that? Or worst… Someone already came up with that idea. Oh…really? They did? ……………..Shoot. Okay. Now what?

Well you know what? I’m here to tell you that taking someone elses idea isn’t always a bad thing.

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Okay, obviously you can’t be like “Oh I like this, I’m going to use this whichever way I please. Thanks for the idea.”

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NO, you can’t take someones whole idea and use it, but you can take pieces of it.

Let me explain in more detail. You see an idea you like a lot and you’d like to use it somehow but you don’t want to be a copycat. So instead of take the whole idea, you take a part of it and modify it with your own ideas. That’s how idea’s are usually made now-a-days. Pretty great, right?

Well here’s another trick. Even when you take an idea and modify it so it’s different, it may still be recognizable to the original idea. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just look at smart phones. They are all almost exactly the same with the exception of a few features. But if you want your idea to seem really original, it’s time we made a Frankinstein.

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Yes my idea lives!!!!!!!

But really, “frainkseinning” is a good method for making original sounding ideas.

This pretty much how you do it. You take little parts of a lot of other ideas and you put them together in the order you like, then zap it with some brain power and it lives!!!!

I use this method a lot myself when I write or draw. It’s great and I’ve actually won a writing contest for a story I wrote, and guess what? I used the methods I just spoke of!

All you have to remember is the difference between stealing an idea and modifying one and making it your own.

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