Beginners Tutorial: Buy and Donate PointsIn three simple parts:Beginners Tutorial: Buy and Donate Points by namenotrequired
A) deviantART Account
B) Buy Points
C) Donate Points
A) deviantART Account
1. To buy points you need a deviantART account. Log in to yours or create one as below.
B) Buy Points
1. Go with the mouse over Shop in the top bar and select points.
2. On the Points page, click "+Points" on the amount of points you want.
You can choose a combination of different amounts. Want to buy $45 worth of points? Choose '2,000' once and '800' twice. If you want to remove something you added, click the grey "-" next to the green "+Points". You can change the currency in your settings.
3. When you're done, hit the yellow "Checkout" button to go to the checkout page. The first step is to review your order. If everything's ok, hit 'Continue'.
4. Verify payment details. You can pay with Credit Card or Paypal (I personally always use Paypal to use my debit card instead of my credit card). This process depends a bit on your payment choice and details so I won't discuss
Contacting the deviantART Help DeskContacting the deviantART Help Desk by namenotrequired
The unofficial tutorial
Français: Contacter le service d'aide de deviantART.
Suomi: Yhteydenotot deviantARTin Help Deskiin
Other language? Watch #InternationalFAQ Can you translate? Please feel free!
Where to find the Help Desk?
On any dA page, go to the very bottom and click "Help & FAQ" (which looks like this).To the left, click "Contact the Help Desk" (
Simple Sta.sh TutorialWhat is Sta.sh?Simple Sta.sh Tutorial by namenotrequired
Sta.sh is a new system for submitting art to dA. You can find the link in your 'submit' menu. Why use it?Main advantages are that you can submit deviations faster, from more places (currently with apps for android, iPhoto, mac, iOS, etc., as well as from email and FTP) and you can keep them private if you want. You can then share it only with those people you want - for example to ask their opinion before submitting it to your gallery. How to submit?Submitting basically happens in two parts. Upload the file Image- and other fi
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LightningLightningLightning by Dracomancer659
As a boy he stared at thunderclouds
And walked out in the storm
He watched the arcing flashes
while the rest were inside warm
The dark skies stired and thundered
and he heard the thunder crash
He heard the heavens speaking
and he saw God's eyes flash
"Come in you fool!" they said to him
"Seek shelter from the rain!
For if the lightning touches you
you'll never wake again."
"You're wants are not like mine, my friends.
A home, a job, a wife...
To touch that spark of light divine
is all i want of life."
So every time a storm would brew
the man went out to stand.
He waited in the pouring rain
for the touch of Zeus's hand
One day a storm blew in to shame
even the fiercest of squall,
a maelstrom formed of legend,
and he heard its mystic call
He grabbed his bike to follow it
and chase his shining vision.
He'd chase the heavens till his dying breath.
His eyes shone with decision.
He rode through sheets of pouring rain
and suddenly, a flash!
He'd cought the spark of light divine
As a child, I was a dreamer (just ask my primary school teachers...), but I also have a practical problem solving mindset. Perhaps that’s something I learned as a boy scout when I was a teenager. Present me with a new problem and my first intuition is to try and think of solutions. This may sound obvious - if there’s a problem, you’ll want to solve it, right? But it’s my very first reaction, whereas some other people I’m close enough to to comment on are more likely to first analyse the new situation before trying to solve it. The funny consequence is that I occasionally end up suggesting four possible solutions to a new problem before realising that, all things considered, it doesn’t really need to be a problem in the first place.
I’m also an optimist with a very positive mindset. I’m happy with all these things. Yet together, they make me an ambitious person - which is also good, except that this causes me to be harsh on myself a lot. I know that I’m very lucky to be who I am, and to be in the position I’m in. If I’m really honest with myself I can’t think of anything I’d want to change about myself. Yet I always feel like I need to learn this and that and I should try such and such and I should do X and Y and Z more often. The stress this produces is counterproductive at best and toxic to my health and happiness at worst.
This is scary. This is a continuation of the above - I’m always busy and always feel I have something I need to do. But honestly, if there’s one thing I really need to do, it’s relaxing. I’ll be much healthier, happier, I’ll be able to work better as well. I just don’t really know how to. This is also because obligations and hobbies all live on the same laptop and there’s little separation between the two in time or place so I’m never really relaxing.
It’s different when I am with Gwendolyn12 and spend a lot of time only having fun with her. But I’m often without her for many months at a time and I cannot go without relaxing for so long. Relaxing is definitely something I need to learn.
Let’s end on a positive note, shall we? My job involves quite some data analysis, of A/B tests for example - these are experiments where we show 2 versions of the website to different people and measure what people do with them, so we can decide which is best. So I always join every “data meeting” and can’t help but notice how easy it is for me to intuitively decide what to do next. So far, my gut feeling has proven 100% accurate in immediately predicting the conclusion we will come to in the end. I guess I should speak up more and save them all some time!
I'm glad I put that all down in a journal! It sounds weird, but writing it all down truly feels good and made me understand myself better, too. I strongly encourage you, my dear reader, to think about it too - what have you learned about yourself recently?