This Newsletter is brought to you By: Diana: Editor Cammy: General Spotlight SuperCat: Groups Highlight Kitti: Iwaku Horoscopes, Quotable and Notables Ossochanter: Talent Showcase & Challenges Zen: Blog Spotlight Celestialis: Quotable & Notables APRIL: WELCOMING IN THE ACTIVE SEASON! It's spriiiiiiing! Welcome to the active season, Iwaku! For the past two weeks you may have notice the flood gates have opened and tons of new faces are pouring in to join us on roleplaying journeys. From now until the end of summer, expect Iwaku to be hoppin', boppin' and perhaps even driving you a little crazy. We encourage ALL members to take some time to get to know new people, and most of all have some patience with excited silly people. Help answer questions and guide people where you can, or make good use of the report button if you see something staffies need to take care of. IWAKU IS CHANGING FORUM SYSTEMS AT THE END OF THE MONTH. After several years on vbulletin, we are now switching to a new forum system. You won't need to register or move anything, it will all be automagically. Just sit back and wait for it. You can learn more about it here and ask questions. If you want to test out the system and help us make sure the new system has everything we need, the link to the demo forum is posted up in our Cbox! (You DO need to register on the demo forum!) Iwaku needs YOUR ARTWORK for new title banners! We have a special Challenge for Artists! On the new system we want to make sure our title banner uses art made 100% by Iwaku. So if you are an artist, give this challenge a whirl! FOCUS ON ROLEPLAY [ Roleplay 101 | Signups & Plot Discussions | Roleplay Talk ] JUMP IN ROLEPLAYS <center><iframe src="http://www.iwakuroleplay.com/view.php?pg=nwsjumpin" name="newsjumpin" scrolling="auto" frameborder="no" align="center" height = "300px" width = "100%"> </iframe><br></center> NEWEST IWAKU ROLEPLAYS <center><iframe src="http://www.iwakuroleplay.com/view.php?pg=nwsooc" name="nwsooc" scrolling="auto" frameborder="no" align="center" height = "300px" width = "100%"> </iframe><br></center> Find many other kinds of roleplays in the OOC Forum. GENERAL CHATTING [ View the General Forum ] What is the worst thing you've ever tasted? There's been a very spirited discussion this month about the economy and wealth distribution. If you could wield any weapon or war machine, what would it be? Check out some creepy trees! If you could give yourself literally ANY other name, what would it be? What is your 'feel good' food? What do you find beautiful? What is your best personality trait? No cheating and asking other people! Hooray for ear worms! What song is stuck in your head? Finally, the 31 Days of Happy Things Challenge has concluded! Check out all the things that people were happy for all this month. How many completed the challenge? TALENT SHOWCASE [ Browse Member Talent Museum ] [ Tackle Challenges ] [ Study at the Academy ] [ Get Creative in Groups ] WRITING AND ART MUSEUM Iwaku is full of talented people: writers, artists, songsters, and more. Check out these awesome showcases, and be sure to leave encouraging comments if you like someone's work! (Some of these artists may even be contributing to the new Iwaku Art Shop!) New Showcases Welp. Arty moment is go.: MewEla took on drawing a certain celebrity. Angel's not-too-terrible Art~: Key's digital art is easy on the eyes. The Studio (Wolfsin): Wolfsin wants to show off his response to Celeste's Theme Song Challenge. Some of Tor's Poems/Short Stories: Tor posted a pair of perfectly poignant poems. Ghost of a Chance: Shovelslap has a new short story for your reading pleasure. A little bit of writing: spazzmonkey's got a story in the works, as well. Firewall - Fanfiction: Psychedelic wants to know what people think of this fanfic first draft. On the fly: MadhatterLyssa The Sorrows Of A Spartan (A Novel): SuperOtaku shared the introduction to a HALO fan novel. Fangs, Blood, and Bat Wings: Jean chronicles her own take on the intrigue of the royal Russian court at the turn of the century. Black_Hatter's random ideas: Black_Hatter opened up his new showcase thread with a poem. The journey: redblood translated an old oral presentation from Swedish to English for us! My Heart Awake: Knight Thaniel would appreciate feedback on the first chapter of his novel in progress. My Arcobaleno Project: Tifa135 is drawing characters from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Freakshow-Prologue: Jessika Claire posted the prologue for a collaborative book project. Suddenly Poems I've written?: understatedEloquence's new showcase shows off her poetic streak. Some Parables: Zorilla wrote three parables, also viewable in Zori's Blog. Sad Poem/Elegy~: AkiraWolf commemorated her Papaw with this piece. Poem: Lies Aren't Fun~: Akira posted another little poem in this thread, as well. Some of my artisticness.: Fallen Cain showed off some examples of his photoshop skills. New Content AnkhLabs NSFW 18+: Tribs returns with a ficlet about two of his characters, new art, and a dirty drabble! (Warning: Some content in this showcase is Mature and NSFW.) Newish art: Cosmos sketched up some fresh, hot Tegmodeus. Hibou's Artwork: Hibou did some sketches to go with French vocab. Loaded Tablet Pen: AceOfMana posted a couple of new works, one of which is very shiny. Catscratch: Kitti doodled out the beginning of some Zodiac concept art, as well as drawings of Staff Members Celeste and Zen! Tenuous Conviction: Kitti also wrote a poem entitled "Nightingale". Legend of the Guardians: C19 continues the saga of the Guardians! This is my handle.: Nic dumped a ton of awesomesauce sketches into his showcase this month. The Good the Bad and the UGHLY: Miss W posted some IMVU edits and a couple of cute drawings. A few drawings/paintings: Theory popped in with a new card painting. Examples of my work: Zen has a new comic sketch, paintings, and an entry for Diana's Artist Challenge. Sticks and Stones: Ozzie colored and touched up some drawings, as well as posting some new works (including, like Zen, an entry for Diana's challenge)! Music by the Cosmic Weiner Dog!!!: Who's ready for a new song from CWD? Creative Library: Yume is working on some new lyrics. CHALLENGES Our top Challengers this month are Explicit Escritoire, PPBG, and Ella Bailey. Here's a look at our most popular Challenges for March: Plot Challenge: I don't know what it was, but I ate it anyway. Create a Character Challenge #60 Poetry Challenge # 39-Royal Perspective BLOG SPOTLIGHT [ View the Blogs ] Hey Iwaku! I'm always looking for new and interesting blogs to be put on here. If you would your blog to be featured in the next newsletter issue, send me a Private Message and I'll take a look at it. I'm intrigued by blogs that speak about deep subjects, like writing, art, life and sometimes opinion topics. I will definitely take games, books or movie reviews! These are my favorites! I am always on the look out for blogs that are advertising about their roleplays, and the more time and energy spent into a blog usually means it will make it into the Blog Spotlight. Being aesthetically pleasing is a plus! [View The Blogs] Come meet Kajiya Kaen a character made by Hecate Trivia Need something to brighten up your day? Check out this blog and smile. How does a quilt relate to life? I Miss Being a Kid I Am a Lion from Kross Honestly, that cat is a little creepy for my tastes, what do you think? A message from Dawn to those that there are hurting, doubting, or feeling blue? Chat Noir's fist character bio for this site! Congrats! Revision talks about what World Building is, for those of you who are curious. Lstorm, another one of our Masters for World Building speaks about simply letting your world build itself is important as working on it. Another World Building blog, Dream Spirit discusses demons, spirits and hunters. Take a gander at Hayden, one of Absyinthe's characters. GROUP GATHERING [ Join and Visit the Iwaku Groups ] What's New Girl's Alliance - A safe place for girls and their transgender counterparts to talk about girl stuff! The Iwaku Art Shop - This is your to-go place if you ever need art for your Roleplays. If you're an artist come here to peddle your trade. Poets and Poetry -his group is for all poets and lovers of a good piece of verse to share poems they've written, share the poems of others, learn about different types of poetry and shoot the breeze. DeathLord Nation - For Deathlords, Followers of DeathLords and people who wish to be a DeathLord. Iwaku Underground Slave Traders - Be you a sex slave yourself, or a buyer with needs, join this group to find the perfect slave or master for your RP. What's Hot The Herd - If you don't like it, we'll just love and tolerate the shit out of you until you do. DEMONS ANONYMOUS - Be they demons themselves or demon-lovers, we love to RP with demons. Vocaloid Lovers - The name speaks for it's self! Anime & manga freaks :D - A club for anime and/or manga lovers to get their freak on! Official Pokemon Fan Club - A club for lovers of the Pokemon games, manga, anime, and all related media! QUOTABLES AND NOTABLES [ Submit a Quote/Post ] The Staff Member of the month is Revi! She has helped a lot with project managing. Revi is the head in the World Builder's group and has recently had a World Builder's Appreciation week in order to spread the joy of building worlds all over the forum! The Member of the month is Explicit Escitoire! He is one of many new members that have come in this season! Since joining, he has jumped right into creating discussion for Diana's 10 topics in 10 days challenge. Not only does he create discussions, but he has been keeping our challenges alive by responding to them! The Roleplay of the month is Quest Online and is GMed by Wolfsin! This roleplay is inspired by Sword Are Online and has lots of fighting in it, but there isn't just fighting! This GM has put a lot of work into this roleplay to make it enjoyable for anyone who joins. Wolfsin, for jumping straight in and getting his hands dirty with as many roleplays as he could that caught his eye. He's been a pliant and versatile roleplayer who has shown a willingness to accommodate the criticisms of others and work to better himself with practice and integrating advice given to him. The Academy Student of the Month is azure_night! She jumped right into doing exercises and requesting a Mentor, as well as checking out Challenges and making a splash on the site. IWAKU HOROSCOPES [size=+1]The Herald[/size] January 2 - February 14 Do not allow hurt or resentful feelings to grow while you bow your head and submit to those who seem to have a stronger will. Empower yourself and remind your own thoughts that you have skills and abilities as well. With this new attitude, certain friendships and agreements may be seen in a different light. Difficult group dynamics or unpleasant feelings in a relationship may negatively affect productivity. [size=+1]The Soulmate[/size] February 15 - April 1 This is a month of emotional receptivity for you dawning, making you sensitive to the criticisms of others but also charming for how you are perceived. To those with whom you are already close, take care to infuse your actions and words with kind and appreciative words for them, lest they feel left by the wayside. [size=+1]The Guardian[/size] April 2 - May 15 Is there something that you are avoiding doing as of late, a business dilemma or personal problem? You will continue to feel anxious and guilty over unresolved situations such as this if you do not take action in them and it is better to solve these problems than to let them fester and potentially become problems of an even greater magnitude. [size=+1]The Mentor[/size] May 16 - July 1 Remember that minor influence in your life add up, especially when counting your well-being. Small annoyances or minor upsets can weigh down your thoughts until the collection of small things has become a bring burden on your shoulders. Do little things for yourself to ease this as much as possible for a heightened state of personal happiness and greater opportunities for personal satisfaction. [size=+1]The Trickster[/size] July 2 - August 15 Your tendency to play safe at life and maintain a distance between yourself and those who might be able to truly stir your heart, or wound it, is a measure that you will often find reward in when someone lets you down. Remember, however, that there are many situations worth taking the risk and to allow a more vulnerable side of yourself to show. [size=+1]The Ally[/size] August 16 - October 1 A look into your past, specifically relationships within your family, may shed light on your reactions to other things in your daily life. Thinking through what made you do things a certain way can help you in making decisions with more clarity and a better background for why some things may give you a knee-jerk reaction. [size=+1]The Shadow[/size] October 2 - November 15 Organization is the word of the month for you! While other affairs in your life lately may have been taking precedence, between romances and more business or academic affairs, you’re getting everything back on track (or hoping to do so!) and sorting out everything until you’re content with it. With any luck, you’ll have things back tidy and neat as you like it. [size=+1]The Rebirth[/size] November 16 - January 1 Your life is on a path, one that does not even become apparent until you look path on the winding route that your life has taken. The person that you were before would likely barely recognize the person that you are now, and that is neither good nor bad, but simply something that you must come to terms with. You are always changing, there is no need to fear it! CURTAIN CALL That's it for this month's newsletter! During April we are going to be very focused on working out the kinks in the new forum system before updating. That might even include several polls in the community hub for YOUR opinions, as well as turning off some things on Iwaku before we do test imports. We'll try to make sure there is as little down time as possible. Don't forget to welcome in our flood of newbies with open arms. To get out there and have some fun in roleplays. And to put your best attitude forward! May the muse be with you!