This Newsletter is brought to you By: Diana: Editor Cammy: General Spotlight Cerulean: Groups Highlight Kitti: Iwaku Horoscopes Zen: Blog Spotlight Celestialis: Quotables & Notables DECEMBER: HAPPY WINTER IWAKU Seasonal Greetings, Iwaku! Welcome to our last final month of the year, and if you believe in prophesied mumbo-jumbo, maybe even the last month our our lives. What better way to spend out final days than on Iwaku having a badass time with great stories and friends? Little chirping bunnies tell us that awesome members in the Community Volunteers have been putting together a Winterfest of activity for us to enjoy. Be on a look out for winter and holiday themed roleplays and goodies provided by... well... YOU! Let us get on with the news, shall we? The ginormous Iwaku Roleplay Survey has made a return! We're about to start off a new year, so it's time to dust out the rafters and make sure everything on Iwaku is in tip-top shape. One of the ways we make sure Iwaku is giving members what they need is through the ROLEPLAY SURVEY! It's long and asks a crazy bunch of questions, but your answers help us find out what parts of Iwaku needs help. So take a moment and fill it out! Thanks for your patience through all of these server and system updates! Iwaku is hosted on a privately owned server, which gives us the freedom to grow, expand and host anything we want in our community. Unfortunately, that also means that sometimes we have to go through a little trial and error when it comes to fixing server and site issues. Big thanks to everyone for their help in pointing our problems and errors for us! You can continue to help by throwing any big downtime problems you have towards jared555, he's the dummy that volunteered! 8D Thanks Jared! Want to go that extra mile for the community that you love? Join Community Volunteers or Staff! To make a community great it takes MEMBERS being super rad people and giving their time and energy. Iwaku always needs willing and able bodies roleplaying, mentoring, and volunteering to help develop and keep our community entertaining. Any member can drop in to the Community Volunteers group to see how they can lend a hand, even if it's just once in awhile. And if you're a more active and dedicated worker-bee, try your hand at joining staff to help us keep Iwaku neat and safe for members! 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 ] Join CosmicWeinerDog and get lost anywhere on earth with this fun game! Learn the behavioural habits of the elusive Iwakuian in its real-life habitat. If you haven't had enough of it, you can review the meltdown that we witnessed, mocked and, as is now the fashion, fact-checked after the gruelling US election. Is Iwaku ready to take over the world? You decide! Where in the world is Iwaku found? It's the eternal question: Batman, Iron Man...or Goku? And we can all be thankful for pumpkins, Gibs' house full of weapons, and this Fall tradition! Rory leads us to delve into the reasons, both deep and self-serving, why we role-play. Finally, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we pose the question: What are YOU thankful for? BLOG SPOTLIGHT [ View the Blogs ] 'Twas the night before Iwakumas, a poem by Malakyee Another work in progress drawing by Melia. I don't care what you say, I think it looks awesome. Okay even if you don't care for My Little Pony, this version of Gangham Style is hilarious. Check out Esthalia's latest stories and poems! Lest We Forget poems by Cammy, in honor of Veterans and Remembrance Day. Music in Grumpy's brain space Paorou turned some random English words into kanji, including some stuff from Iwaku Another monthly blog entry from Revision, R is for Revelation Ib, you look fabulous! Dawn created Artificial Habitatsphere 947201 Rory talks about Drama versus Tragedy GROUP GATHERING [ Join and Visit the Iwaku Groups ] What's Hot Girls' Club - A group for all you girls out there! =D Come join in the girltopia of Iwaku! Yaoi Fangirls and boys UNITE - Yaoi. Yaoi everywhere. Come join if you like Yaoi! Make sure you are old enough first. Iwaku's Gaming guild - For those that either game hard or casually, this group prides itself on the hobby of gaming. Iwaku Community Voluenteers - "You don't have to be on Staff to help make Iwaku the best roleplay community out there. Get involved as an active volunteer to contribute content, mentor members, and keep us on the ball. This group is dedicated to helping the Iwaku community as a whole to prosper!" Sounds good to me. =) The Way Of The Avatar - An invite only group for "dipping" into the world of the Avatar. Message BeaM if you are interested in joining. What's New D&D Fan Club - Club for all you D&D fans! Join this group and talk about what you would like to be made into a D&D style game or look over the resources complied by Quill. Strongmen Of America - Science and adventure! No need to be strong OR American. =) Project Genesis - "A Science Fiction World Building and Roleplaying Project." So if this interests you, go ahead and join. One Direction Roleplays - For those you who like to rp One Direction, flock here. S U N N E P H E I A - This is a post-apocalyptic, High Fantasy, RP. PM Quill if you are interested! QUOTABLES AND NOTABLES [ Submit a Quote/Post ] Each month, we take a selection of posts and quotes from the Quotables and Notables submissions. These will be featured here in the newsletter. If you have something to submit to next month's newsletter, please use the submission form. This month's notable post is from the RP Elemental Wings and was posted by Quiet One. The post was nominated because the quote was found to be really funny! The rest of the post can be read here. The Member of the Month is CosmicWeinerDog! He has helped design some new ideas and bring back some fun past ideas in the Community Volunteers group as well as providing friendly and funny comments in Cbox. He's also very active in the General Forums, giving other members a chance to learn more about dreams and giving them an opportunity to let others into their sometimes messed up minds and share their dream experiences with Iwaku! Remember, every month you can nominate new people for the Quotable and Notable section, so if you see an excellent post or snippet, please submit it at the link above! IWAKU HOROSCOPES December 2012 [size=+1]The Herald[/size] January 2 - February 14 With the passing of the days, you may feel the need to consider your finances and re-evaluate your budget. The things that have value to you might be reassessed in the process of determining your funds, but it can be an enlightening experience for you if you’re honest with yourself. [size=+1]The Soulmate[/size] February 15 - April 1 Consider setting future goals for yourself and taking a break from beginning new projects or making any extreme changes in the near future. Instead focus on cultivating those things you’re already committed to and relaxing rather than seeking fulfillment in taking on more tasks. [size=+1]The Guardian[/size] April 2 - May 15 This is the time to look closely at the things you’re currently doing and focus on revising and transforming them until you’re content. Do not sit idly back and wish that things would change, instead take an active role in the way that it pans out and try to figure out what can be done to make it more enjoyable for yourself. Don’t worry, instead concentrate on what you can make better. [size=+1]The Mentor[/size] May 16 - July 1 Now is ideal for making connections with people around you and befriending those to whom you might not ordinarily think to talk. There’s great potential for meeting people that you’ll find camaraderie with and a strong bond, as long as you’re open to speaking with people that don’t seem the type with whom you generally associate. [size=+1]The Trickster[/size] July 2 - August 15 You might feel tense and slightly anxious in the upcoming month, a combination of past events and the stress of the holidays that are arriving. Taking time to yourself to gather your thoughts and refresh your spirit could benefit yourself and your relationships as you’re less likely to be terse and unfriendly fully rested. [size=+1]The Ally[/size] August 16 - October 1 Knowing the things in your life that you ought to be grateful for and reflecting on these might improve how you view the world afterward and is a good idea if you’re feeling more jaded and cynical than your usual self. It’s also important for your own psyche that you take responsibility for the things you’re to blame, so you can accept it and continue forward. [size=+1]The Shadow[/size] October 2 - November 15 While you can tend to be hard on yourself, you must remember that no person is perfect and you shouldn’t let your faults overwhelm how you feel about yourself. Accepting who you are is important, even while you continue trying to better yourself and diminish your flaws. [size=+1]The Rebirth[/size] November 16 - January 1 Your purpose is strong and your determination is burning bright right now, but remember not to tire yourself out too much in the process of taking on the world. The spark that ignites your passion can flicker if you try to take on too much so don’t be afraid to rely on those close to you for support. CURTAIN CALL That wraps up your December newsletter. This month while you're spreading the joy of winter and holiday cheer, or running rampart in fear as the apocalypse comes upon us - remember why you chose Iwaku as your roleplay home! The fun, the family, and the fabulous plot bunnies. Put your best face forward and may the muse be with you, Iwaku!