This Newsletter is brought to you By: Diana: Editor Cammy: Editor & General Spotlight Cerulean: Groups Highlight Kitti: Iwaku Horoscopes, Quotables & Notables Ossochanter: Talent Showcase & Challenges Revision: Quotable and Notables Zen: Blog Spotlight Celestialis: Quotables & Notables JANUARY: HAPPY NEW YEAR, IWAKU Congratulations on making it through to another year! Let's make this one of the best for Iwaku! January Masquerade Join us for this year's very first Monthly Masquerade: Masquerade on Ice! Hot drinks and icy world, costumes and masks, magical and mortal folk. Who will win the heart of the Faerie Queen? Stay tuned for more details coming soon! Vote for February's Festival! What will it be? Romance? Steampunk? Paranormal? Noir? Vote now and make your choice known! Voting ends on the second, so the festival team can prepare a theme-filled month. Join In and Help Out! Want to help Iwaku be the best it can be? Join a Community Group, participate in events or volunteer! You can help with the Radio Show, join in on the Bar Night, Open Mic, or the upcoming Festival. It's January, so why not make a resolution to get more involved in Iwaku? It takes all of us to make a great community! 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 ] Read about Diana squealing over a possum and get ideas on how to fend off Wild Deer! Who is Myrn going to visit on his grand USA Trip? It's group therapy time as folks gather around and share stories of their First Time. Remember, the first step to cure is admitting you have a problem. Ever wonder which author you resemble in your writing? Does your style match up with who you think your influences are? Find out who I Write Like! What scents do you love? Which do you hate? And wherever there are presents, there will be STRANGE presents! What's the strangest gift YOU'VE ever received? And speaking of presents, did your characters want anything special for Christmas? And while the world indeed did not end, if it did, we'd have a great End of the World playlist to entertain us. And finally, on a positive note, how has 2012 been good to you? TALENT SHOWCASE [ Browse Member Talent Museum ] [ Tackle Challenges ] [ Study at the Academy ] [ Get Creative in Groups ] WRITING AND ART MUSEUM December was a great month for art and writing, despite the holiday lull! The Museum saw a lot of new stories, drawings and paintings, and even jewelry-making. Check out Iwaku's talented creative souls: New Showcases My Songs: Eternalsinger13 posted a couple of examples of lyrics. If you want more, be sure to post your comments in the thread! Geas, a Judge's Tale: Revi thrills us with the first part of her intriguing fantasy story. Phoenix's Wrath's Poetry/Sort of: Our man Tonks (a.k.a. Phoenix's Wrath) sort of left us some poems. Haunting Ground- Tu Fui, Ego Eris: Daniella_Belli is writing fanfiction for her favorite game. Read the first part here! [IWAKUTSUKI] KORIN-HEN (KORIN EPISODE): Remember the short-lived incarnation of Iwaku based on feudal Japan? Paorou does! Don't Forget to Smile: Some weirdo named Ozzie made a short comic thing. Melia's art thread: Looking for art by Melia? Now it's all in one place! The Strange Ones: Those of you with time should give Steve some feedback on his prose. He's trying out some new things. A Tale of Two Pillars: Laharl whipped up a short fable. Sims?: JKAmaryllis has some neat pictures created via The Sims. Something I Made: MoonyBlade made something, and it is a sweetass ring. Newish art: Cosmos has some great-looking new stuff. FJ22 Show off: Jojo is showing off a poem and a photo collage. The Warrior and the Demon: Along with Canibelle, Super Cat is writing a story. Warning: Contains some violence. Art Portfolio: Adamis posted some photos of her sketchbook's contents. New Content Ceru's stuff?: Iwaku's official Graphic Artist has some new designs up, as well as two bonus poems. Dwindling Glory - Fated: Malkuthe's been on quite the writing spree this month. This is my handle.: Everything Nic draws is amazing. Seriously. Art...that is somewhat like art (Requests Always Open+): Ekaetriana returns triumphantly with new material! No requests filled, unfortunately, but if you still want something, just leave her a note. MAAAAAAAAH FREAKIN ART.: Hydronine/TK posted a whole boatload of her drawings, including some Eeveelution and Homestuck fanart. Also, a step-by-step walkthrough of drawing Karkat Batman. (It's as awesome as it sounds.) Loaded Tablet Pen: AceofMana's Showcase is full of lovely digital art! A few drawings/paintings: Theory has a lovely new card painting to check out. Twin Moons: Lstorm is back with another chapter. Examples of my work: It seems Zen has taken it upon herself to draw chibi versions of Staff members. Her first victims are Vay and Kitti. CHALLENGES Our top Challengers this month are enyverses, Tomboy3, and Parson. Here's a look at our most popular Challenges for November: Image Challenge: A Jumble of Photos #14 We have more people making Challenges than replying! If you ever find yourself with some time on your hands and no roleplay posts to write, consider replying to some Challenges. ACADEMY WRITING EXERCISES This month's top hardworking student is RangerKay, whose enthusiasm has been evident in Exercises and Discussions throughout the Academy! This month in the Academy: Writing Exercise: Diary Entry featuring redblood and Daniella_Belli. Writing Exercise: Stress featuring RangerKay. Writing Exercise: Fear featuring BlazingBlade, RangerKay, and Delicia. Writing Exercise: Diary Entry #2 featuring Daniella_Belli. Writing Exercise: Animal's Point of View featuring RangerKay. Writing Exercise: Mourning featuring RangerKay. Writing Exercise: Make a Haunted House featuring RangerKay. Writing Exercise: About Your Lover featuring RangerKay. Cutting the Shit featuring E-Claire. Writing Exercise: Stream of Consciousness featuring redblood, putputters, Delicia, LuluRS, and RangerKay. Writing Exercise: Food featuring RangerKay, E-Claire, and Zombiebrains234. Writing Exercise: Description Vs. Dialogue featuring Daniella_Belli. BLOG SPOTLIGHT [ View the Blogs ] The winter holidays are officially over, but surely it wouldn't hurt to share some of the warm and fuzzy blogs from this past month. Read Grumpy's review on Resident Evil: Retribution Fluffy's take on Iwakumas, check out that adorable cupcake. And click here to see another nerdy cupcake. Iwakutsuki, Korin-hen Episode 1, by Paorou Why Drew puts apples on his Christmas tree. Be sure to check out their new ride. A L.N.N. Athena Teaser from Vay. From Lorelei, a Peppermint Whipped Cream Allow me to introduce the Garmin's Edge 500 A potential roleplay called The Noblest of Games run by Revision Candyland will never be the same in your eyes again... There's No Place Like Home For the Holidays by Scarlette GROUP GATHERING [ Join and Visit the Iwaku Groups ] What's Hot 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. Demons Anonymous - "Be they demons themselves or demon-lovers, we love to RP with demons.Be them Hell made, Earth made, vile and gruesome, inexplicably dropdead sexy- or straight out of a folktale only your grampa knows- we love Demons." Love is Love - "Roleplay group where anything goes, if you can find the right partner for it :)" Girls' Club - A group for all you girls out there! =D Come join in the girltopia of Iwaku! What's New Bar Night - "Bar Night is a casual Chat Roleplay event hosted by Zen. The event typically runs for three hours and is a social event for characters from all genres and universes to socialize and mingle with the ever charming Bartender. Transgender, Transsexual, and Trans Supporters Unite -"I know that there is a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) but far too long has this group been blended in with sexual orientation when it has to do with gender identity. Not that we are ungrateful of the support of the GBLQ community, we just need a place where we have our cause, we fight our fight while still being an ally." Anime and Manga League - "Whether you've got a passing interest, or if you're a hardcore weeaboo, you're welcome here. Talk about it, advertise fanbased RPs, just do whatever - as long as it relates." Vocaloid Lovers -"The name speaks for it's self!" Loyal Minions and Jagers of the Heterodyne - "Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE! A group dedicated to the glory of Girl Genius and the House of Heterodyne. Long may they reign over Europa and all the world!" 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 Green Thorne Bed and Breakfast and was posted by Dawn. The post was nominated because the character came across extremely adorable and easy to relate to. The rest of the post can be read here. The featured roleplay of the month is Celestial Avians and is GMed by Dovahkiin. This roleplay is about a special school that holds some unique members. These unique members have tattoos of bird constellations that give them special abilities! What constellation are you connected to? ~Description from the OOC~ Cygnus, the swan. Aquila, the eagle. Columba, the dove. Corvus, the raven or crow. Pavo, the peacock. Grus, the crane. Tucana, the toucan. Apus, the bird of paradise. The strangest part of these bird constellations is that you have one of them tattooed somewhere on your body in silver ink, but you don't remember ever getting the tattoo. The Staff Member of the Month is Grumpy! 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! Roleplay Member of the Month: Redwinter. After her initial joinup, she's been enthusiastically joining and politely asking questions about roleplay, as well as eagerly trying to run her own. She's been a positive member of the roleplays she's in and posting story-driving and character developing contributions. The Member of the Month is...Cosmos! Over the month she's posted some real thinkers in General Chat, providing some interesting debates and views. Cosmos has also been greeting newcomers to Iwaku in the New Arrivals forum, leaving friendly messages to help newbies feel welcome to our wonderful community! She's also put up some wonderful posts in the Creative Challenges section as well as putting up some art in the Museum! Congrats Cosmos and have a wonderful New Year! 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 January 2013 [size=+1]The Herald[/size] January 2 - February 14 It is important for you to know when to tone down the effort you put into some endeavors and when to redouble for those that are truly worth your time and will pay off in the long run. [size=+1]The Soulmate[/size] February 15 - April 1 The beginning of a new year is fresh and exciting for one who is so emotionally in tune as yourself, because the feelings of beginning anew are enough to make you both anxious and excited. Remember that you don’t need to accomplish everything in the first month! [size=+1]The Guardian[/size] April 2 - May 15 There will be obstacles in the future and few are quite so realistically aware as you are when you look to the future. However, you must allow yourself to enjoy the time as it comes and to worry less. [size=+1]The Mentor[/size] May 16 - July 1 As the old year passes into the new, you may be feeling weary and in need of rest as it seems that the never-ending cycle is beginning its rotation once more and you are simply a spindle in the turning wheel. Relax in this upcoming time, remind yourself what you want from life. [size=+1]The Trickster[/size] July 2 - August 15 There is much to be glad for with this new month and if you remind yourself of this and do not take yourself too seriously in the haze of resolutions and trying to create a better year, you will do better. Do not be afraid and rather face things with a brave heart. Confidence takes you far. [size=+1]The Ally[/size] August 16 - October 1 Loneliness might set in for you as the new year dawns and everyone, it seems, has someone and while you might not be single, that feeling of malaise is sure to creep into everyone’s heart at some time. Take a moment to appreciate the people close to you and hopefully it will quickly pass. [size=+1]The Shadow[/size] October 2 - November 15 There is little to define the two years as they blur together before your eyes. The events of the old year are still unfolding into the new one for you and your insights into the workings of these are invaluable for yourself and those around you. Don’t forget, however, that you are allowed a fresh start if you need one. [size=+1]The Rebirth[/size] November 16 - January 1 The rebirth fading into the new year is somewhat poetic and you will not be feeling washed out as your time fades but rather refreshed, since this is your cycle beginning once more. Approach life with exuberance and bear in mind the lessons of the other aspectsas you proceed. CURTAIN CALL That's it for this month! Once you get over your Holiday Hangover, dive right in and get involved! Have a great month, Iwaku, and Happy Roleplaying!