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Winner Takes All Ch. 12
Chapter 12: Respite and Regather
It felt like a long way back to Room 394. Not much was said between us - what do you say? I certainly had a lot to think about. Lewis walking beside me was a source of silent encouragement, a reminder that I wasn't alone in what had just happened. But then, I could remember only too vividly when that presence had been turned against me as well. But I had survived that. I mean, I was still here. I could survive this too, right? It wasn't so bad... in comparison...
...Who am I kidding? It was just bad in different ways. I knew I was alright. What worried me, was stuck somewhere deep down, was - is Charmeleon going to be alright?
Could he really ever be?
We may have fallen into a sullen mood on our way home, but the tone shift issue on getting back was thankfully answered for us as the door to our room slid open, and our troubled faces were met at the door by Nicole standing there
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Literature
Hot Coffee
Hot Coffee (or, Everything I Know About Time Travel I Learned From The Internet)
Astro Layssen sat back at the table in the bustling coffee house and wondered how many times he'd been here already.
You always like to imagine that your favourites never change, but of course the rose-tinted glasses can hide the details. The photo on the wall, for instance, showed an open viewscape of fields of coffee beans, instead of the old black-and-white shot of two people (who had probably never met each other before) laughing as old friends over steaming cups that he remembered them putting in later. The striking new red and orange fabric had not yet been brought in to replace to old and patched upholstery. The extremely harassed-looking barista-waiter was definitely a retro addition. Someone shouted in the corner for two vanilla americanos and Astro smiled. Details come and go, you can't avoid that - but the soul of the place hadn't changed. Just like he remembered.
He took a deep drink of
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Literature
Experiment - Multi-Authored Poetry
Passing by, you light up my darkest sky
Going away, driving on a Saturday night.
Don't believe me if I tell you,
I caught you smiling at me
I see the moon, a million stars are out tonight.
Disenchanted lullabies,
I, I wish I could swim
I wake up every evening
I never thought that I was so blind.
Well, guess who just got back today
It's been such a long time
Every time I see you, something happens to me.
Goodbye, Norma Jean,
It's coming out all around the world
I get up, and nothing gets me down.
Can't you understand me
Dustland fairytale beginning
If I could ride this line into forever
Good and bad, I swear I've had them both
Hit my snooze alarm for the twenty-seventh time.
Tony came back to town,
Charades, pop skill, water hyacinth.
I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the trail.
C'mon, all you people
Dogs of war, men of hate
What're we going to do now?
Waking up I see that everything is ok
Sleepless nights and endless days
Can you hear me calling?
Here in the house.
(This poem was constru
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Literature
Perception Ch. 8.5
Chapter 8.5: A Spot Of Tea
In a different part of the multiverse, Beatrice Phidel closed the window and gazed out thoughtfully into the evening sky. Summer evenings were always pleasant - sweltering heat becoming soothing cool as the sky turned dark by shades. At the point of sunset, it was almost as if the sky itself was being coloured in by the orange glow of the Bidfold-on-Trent streetlights writ large. Of course, that wasn't for a couple of hours - but there was no need to rush an evening like this.
No need at all. She gracefully walked over to the patterned sofa she had been resting on just before, ignoring the obnoxious braying of next-door's dog from outside, and lay back again with the peaceful sigh of a good day well used. Letting her hair fall where it landed, Beatrice meticulously picked a spot off her skirt and then reached out to the old wooden sideboard. Perfect. Her tea had just cooled to the right temperature. This was all you could ask for, she thought to herself as sh
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Literature
All My OCs - By Series
Two things really took me by surprise when I did that list of all my OCs at the start of the year: one, I kept updating it rather than leaving it as-is, and two, other people did versions of their own. Wow! A lot of them, though, were organised by series rather than in a big alphabetical list like mine. Personally I quite like the big alphabetical list, so that’s the version I will likely keep updating, but I thought it was really interesting to do my own version with them all by series as well. Besides, it helps give you an idea of who these names all are, especially since there are so many of them!
Some versions of this, like Huntress-of-Hearts’ version, use nifty formatting tricks with italics and underlining to show which characters were more important than others. I’ve gone for a much simpler system – the closer you are to the top, the more important you are. Bear in mind with this, though, the ‘central’ characters of each series will gener
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Literature
Perception Ch. 8
Chapter 8: Room Service
'Room for two for one night will cost you fifteen.'
Lucian folded his arms. 'Twelve.'
'You know what? Fine. It's late.' The lich behind the wooden counter turned around to pick the key off the rack and Lucian smiled tightly at a deal well won. Without turning his head he said 'Jason, stop staring.'
'I'm not staring!'
'You've been staring at everything since we got into this city. Also, you sound defensive when you're lying.'
'But that thing has a shelled carapace and an eye in the middle of its face and-'
'Then stop staring at it. You want to draw its attention?'
'...Oh.'
'One floor up,' the lich declared in its eternally dry voice, turning back as it slapped the key onto the table. 'Eighth corridor, first room.' Lucian scooped the key up and automatically began towing Jason towards the staircase past a couple staring romantically through the window, ignoring the other boy's protests at being manhandled so.
'That thing could have vapourised you in an inst
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Literature
Perception Ch. 7
Chapter 7: Teenager On Top of the World (Meanwhile)
From the window you could see right the way across the horizon, spotless blue sky stretching brightly over great swathes of field, forest, farmland and dirt. Flowing across the landscape were the cities, huge sprawling masses of urbanisation from Beluvia in the south to Lerrus in the north-east, spilling out over the plain like concrete lakes. On a good day you could even see Antu-wp just over the horizon. Lucy looked out over all this land from her window, and knew that one day she would own it all.  
She hated that thought. It spoiled her ability to enjoy the view.  
It wasn't her fault that they had an excellent vantage and view point in this building. In the millennia gone by it had served the previous occupants well to build the giant stone castle on the top of a mountain with a cliff on three sides and a long, straight uphill road leading up the other. It made it easy to spot maraudin
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Back And Forth Ch. 7
Chapter 7: Crash Course
'Commander-'
'I don't want to hear it.'
Behind his desk the Charizard was a looming shadow of flame. Tongues of fire flickered around the edges of his jaw like his personal vitriol in visible form. The Maractus could do nothing but baulk before it, beads of sweat running down his face as he did. Whether it was the heat or the fear was a purely academic detail.
'Unless you have a perfect excuse for your failure and a detailed stratagem for how to actually achieve your goal next time, I suggest you choose your words carefully,' the Commander said like a falling anvil. 'You told me your soldiers were sufficient.'
'They are, sir!' the Maractus pleaded desperately. 'They are strong and capable battlers, all of them-'
'Then kindly tell me how they failed to assassinate a FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY!' the Commander bellowed in a sudden roar that make his Units Master buckle in fright. 'If they can't even kill him, how are they possibly going to recapture a girl
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All My OCs - So Far
So recently in the attempt of finishing off the latest chapter of one of my series I came down with a serious writing funk and potential dose of the dreaded Writer's Block, which was extremely un-fun. One of the things I used to get by it was an exercise in listing all of my OCs that I've ever created, whether they've been published to dA or not or whether they ever will be published to dA or not. And then I uploaded said list, because I felt it worth sharing. I don't know why, I just did.
Just saying: Some of these names are prospective, and may be changed when appearing in an actual story. Some characters have been put together in a group where individuals haven't been differentiated from each other enough yet. Also, I apologise for some very similar names, and some where I hadn't realised that I had outright used the same one twice. The high number of Cam/Camerons is due to 1) in-universe cloning and 2) mentally adding extra characterisation to faceless RPG heroes that were n
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How To Survive A Pokeumans Story - Updated
    -       I will not call my attacks.
    -       I will track ALL my takeaway orders, and if one arrives that I’m not expecting I will stay away from the door.
    -       Just in case, I will keep my tail down in the spring season.
    -       I will NOT call my attacks. End of.
    -       A makeshift gas mask will be useful if I have the time to make one.
:bulletblack: Just try not to breathe when they use their purple gas on you.
    -       Should I find myself captured and in a van, I have a sixty-three percent chance that the Pokemon Rescue Troop will come to my aid. If they do, I’d better prepare for things to get worse. After all, I am captured, caged, no seat belt. N
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Man-in-crowd-4
Insert-Amusing-'Real'-Name-Here
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Behind you...
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: My dad. I'm so shameless
Favourite style of art: Good art
Operating System: Anything
MP3 player of choice: Ipod touch
Shell of choice: Blastoise, but only if i get those cannons. No? Bowser.
Skin of choice: Does anyone else think of Silence of the Lambs when they read this?
Favourite cartoon character: Kyo, Momiji, Shigure and Kagura Sohma. If you insist on cartoons then Tom and Jerry.
Personal Quote: Thinking inside the box doesn't leave much room to work with.
Interests
It's simple, really. It was much too stressful.

I'm keeping this simple. I had taken, for some time now, a very unhelpful approach to my writing. I wasn't really enjoying it that much. I felt obliged to meet non-existent deadlines to maintain the interest of people I had projected my own impatience onto. I felt the need to be involved with every admin discussion in Pokeumans, to be reading as many things as possible, to re-create what I still feel were my glory days of having read the entire Pokeumans gallery and every new member having known my face. And I can't do that. It's changed. I'm at uni now, that makes me busy. But even just writing chapters got this - I felt the need to work on them as fast as possible even when people told me there was no rush, because if I didn't I feared people would lose all interest. I wasn't writing when I wanted to, I was writing as much as I could. And while my series themselves were what I wanted to be writing, the way I was writing them in terms of sitting down and typing was unhealthy. And, it has to be said, I was investing a lot of mental and actual effort on relationships with people that I barely knew on here. The idea was to build up that relationship with them and try and make more online friends, which I don't regret, but even so it was disproportionate in some cases. And, well, I have friends in real life too. I love you guys dearly and sincerely call many of you my friends, but I also want to get close to people who live in the same city as me as well.

Now I've got a lot better at these. This is me having actually made a lot of improvements over the last few months, and maybe dredging a little. But it still stands. So I'm taking a break from writing. If it's that stressful, I'm going to turn it off, go away a bit and then turn it on again in a more default setting (good analogy for it). I will still see posts. I will still leave comments. I will still talk to people. I am not quitting DA in any sense. And mark my words, I will start writing again at some point. It's my favourite hobby. But I need to straighten out my approach to it first, so I'm leaving it be for now. Once I've worked out how to read posts and write for fun, rather than for pressure, and as a hobby rather than something that I feel needs I will be back. But if nothing else, I have exams coming up for the next two weeks.

This also means I am taking a break from the Pokeumans Admin Area, until I figure out how to approach that well too. Again, I will be back.

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AWildTotodile Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Thanks for the watch and Happy New Years! Like I always tell my viewers if you ever need to tell me something feel free to note me :p
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Man-in-crowd-4 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
No problem! By the way, which series is the canon version of Keven the Totodile now? Is it still Fate's Cruelty, or did you change it?
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AWildTotodile Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Versions? What do you mean?
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Man-in-crowd-4 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Didn't you say over note you were changing the character into an Extinctionist?
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yellowfire7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hey~ Merry Christmas!
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Man-in-crowd-4 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Merry Christmas to you too!
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IHMH1464 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
In all these years, you've never once changed your avatar picture. Guess you really are trying to be the man in the crowd.
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Man-in-crowd-4 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
:D Well, that and I couldn't think of an image I could use to deliver writing critique, casual one-liners and sincere personal counselling as needed.
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Catequin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fave~
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pokemonmanic3595 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Student Writer
Hey dude, will you be updating the TVTropes pages for Chapters 19 & 20? I always look forward to seeing new updates :)
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