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Alright mates,

First th' good news. Thanks t' me friend :icongeorge551: I've just sold me 6th copy of the book and received a stunnin' 5 star review. I'm ever grateful t' him fer helpin' me in that regard and it just plain warms me heart.

Now t' th' bad news. As of today, :icontheamericanrealist: is hereby excommunicated from the Black Fedora Pirates. Why? Let me explain.

Two days back he posted a deviation condemnin' th' DA system. This I wouldn't have minded, if not for the fact that he condemned popular artists as well, citing that groups are the only reason fer our success.

Honestly, that's a load of horse crap and I'll tell ya all why. He himself stated that if everyone is usin' groups then yer deviations won't be seen even amongst the mass that gets pumped in everyday. Guess what, that's why ye work has t' be good, it has t' have a proper author tag and an appealing title. The first lines have t' draw the reader in. If your work isn't resonating, then no one will read it even if you are in hundreds o' groups. Sad, but that's a fact.

Second of all, he seemed t' think it was utterly wrong for us to go out there and promote ourselves. Are ye daft?

Fer an artist who writes as a hobby, being known and being seen isn't a big deal; but for those of us trying t' live off the craft we need as much exposure as possible.

Even idols, bands, whoever, when they first start out they will try t' get whatever small stages they can. They will go t' bars, small outlets, go on variety shows, small time radio-shows. Anythin' and everythin' t' get their name out there. THAT'S a part of the arts and entertainment world and it always will be. One hundred artists can come up with the same material. The one who has the sponsor and gets tons of gallery shows, will be the one who is successful. Advertisin' is therefore th' key t' everythin'.

In the Black Fedora Pirates, we have no room fer someone who can't admit to his mistakes and who doesn't recognize the fact that others who are not as well off as him/her might need t' live off their work.

Officers o' the crew, ensure of his proper dismissal and exclusion from the crew.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

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Just sold me 5th Copy

Aye maties,

Yer Captain be here with a little bit o' an update ^^

I just sold me 5th copy o' th' e-book. Which o' course makes me very happy. T' celebrate th' event me uncle helped me design a sales poster. Which can be found here:

Wolven Pride Sales Poster by WordOfChen

If ye'd like t' help me promote. Displayin' th' poster is a great way t' do it ^^

Just 95 more copies t' go till me goal of sellin' 100 wh00!

-Captain Chenbeard o' th' Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

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BOOK HAS BEEN RELEASED ENTRY:
LADIES AND GENTLEWOLVES,

My E-book has been officially released. The cover, done by my uncles at :iconaograi: is displayed here and in the new gallery folder called 'Store', the direct link to Smashwords to PURCHASE the book is listed directly below the thumbnail:

The Wolven Pride (Purchase Link In Description) by WordOfChen

P.S. Scaled down quality looks terrible, view the Deviation to see the ACTUAL image.

Direct Link to Smashwords for PURCHASE: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…

Note: You do not need an e-reader device in order to purchase and enjoy the book. Details can be found if you click on the direct link or on the thumbnail ^^

:iconbarbossaplz:

Now then, here comes the important part. In order for this book to succeed I will be promoting it as much as I can over deviant art, by making new poems each and everyday. However, that alone will not be enough. Instead I will need the strength of each and every deviant in order to make this a success and for that reason I must now make an appeal.

For those of you who make a purchase, please let me know if there are any broken links in the e-book or if there are bugs (i.e. a picture turns into boxes or something), reason being we have placed links and separators to make your reading experience as pleasurable as possible, but we are not sure if these will translate well with Smashwords. They themselves have recommended the format but if there are problems we will fix them at the earliest possible convenience.

At the same time, I implore those of you who purchase the book to leave it a good rating (if you enjoyed it) and perhaps a short review, about 50 words is enough (but write as many as you like) just to tell others about the book.

:icononionxdplz:

Now then, even for those of you who aren't making a purchase. There is a way in which you can assist me (if you'd like that is)

:iconfluttershy-squeeplz:

1) Share my deviations and the e-book to facebook. You can do this by the buttons on the left hand side of the deviation or through the buttons on Smashwords itself.

:iconlovefluttershyplz:

2) Like the book ^^, even if you aren't buying it you can view a free sample of the books, especially the huge epic poem that sets the entire backstory. It's completely free and if you enjoyed it and want to help me out, make sure to click the like button on the book.

:iconhipstershyplz:

3) Help me promote :3 - No not like Jehovah witnesses please >_> All I'm suggesting is maybe a journal, a feature, anything you like really. You couuuuld do fan art, fan fictions, tributes, anything (heck you want me to guest on works, I'll do it), basically anything that could help me get the word out. Remember, the Word of the Chen is essentially the word of the people, if you guys don't speak, I got NOTHIN' xD

:iconoctaviaclapplz:

4) Watch my show and enjoy it ^^ - I'm close to getting google adsense on youtube so if my show gets popular then it would help me out a lot. Feel free to make suggestions for the show (just send a note in and I'll try to talk about your topic, your account will get a mention during the episode and of course be linked).

:iconderpy8dplz:

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And with that, I would like to welcome you all to the world of Gaia, where humans and werewolves have fought for centuries...but will soon face a battle far greater than they can imagine...

The Wolven Pride has been unleashed and I hope you'll all enjoy it. Here's a Wolf to represent the Pride.

:icontaylorlautnerplz:

OH GOD NOT THAT ONE, CHANGE WOLF, CHANGE WOLF

:iconwhitewolfplz:

Close enough

:iconfuckyeaplz:

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

New Crewmember:

52. Ifrit Gilgamesh, Fauren Blatt Meister :iconanunfoldedpapertiger: - The Fauren are a unique race of Feliothropes, similar to the Wolves of the Wolven Pride. Ifrit in particular is a strong Fauren warrior who uses his natural inborn gifts of superior agility and strength to perform incredible acts of swordsmanship (which would be impossible for a mere human to follow). He believes himself to be the last of his kind, but has joined Chenbeard's crew in order to find out if this is really true. The pirate states that on an island not far from the North of the Galbin coast there lives a race of creatures with similar characteristics, though their fur is white; to match with their snowy homeland. For the time being Ifrit has seen fit to grant Chenbeard his assistance, until he sees this other tribe with his own two eyes. His proof of loyalty can be found here (and this one has the captain's personal recommendation as it's VERY good) fav.me/d5qcdke and his current bounty is UNDISCLOSED

So listen up ye bunch o' cut-throats, it be time t' welcome our latest warrior, while we set sail for more adventurous seas. HYAR HAR!

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: NIGHTCORE
  • Reading: The Wolven Pride (and editing it)
  • Watching: The clock ticking closer to the 5th
  • Playing: Yet another online MMORPG xD
  • Eating: CHICKEN!
  • Drinking: Ru-...Wait, why is the rum gone?
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps you can explain this to me, because I am a little confused.

Obviously, the pirate "crew" is not a set of equals. It is a rank-based system that you lead.
:bulletred:"the Captain's will is absolute"
that's all fine and dandy. I know plenty of situations like this that exist like a hierarchy sort of deal; where everyone complies with one person's wants. That's great if you like that sort of thing.

But I'm terribly confused as to what it is they actually DO
:bulletred:"I would prefer if everyone's goals were properly aligned for a common ideal and it was indeed my fault for not setting up these core values"
what goals are you referring to? are you looking for a league of RPing friends or a loyal set of followers who assist you? what exactly is it that the crew IS signing up for?

:bulletred:"To suggest that you are tools for advertisement is wrong as most members aren't even asked by me to do anything."
Again, I'm just confused >.<
If you aren't wanting people as casual friends, or as sources of growth onsite, then what is their purpose? (I truly hope this does not come off as rude or sarcastic - I am genuinely curious and evidently missing something.)

I guess, most importantly, what does being in your crew truly mean? I've seen a few "pirates" and all I've really noticed is sometimes a few promotional journals, and a special signature, though I have not looked into it extensively. Is that it? Swearing by a code and then talking in pirate language with a group of like-minded pals?
I mean, obviously that's not it. Realist was expelled (quit) because he had a differing opinion which he expressed, then refused to back down on.
:bulletred:"we have no room fer someone who can't admit to his mistakes"
so, the crew is a place where no mistakes can be made where they are not properly resolved. it's a common social philosophy that the inability to accept you were "mistaken" will cause expulsion, but often it is not enforced in such a public or final sort of way.
Then what is this? Comrades or social politics?


Sorry for the long comment, it's just been something that's been nagging me in the back of my mind for a while. Thank you in advance for reading.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Well let me put it this way.

When everyone signs up they produce a proof of loyalty. I take this absolutely seriously since signing up means you read over the rules of which the first is (as you pointed out) 'The Captain's Will is Absolute'.

As for what the pirates are. They initially started out (had you been here months ago) as a group of friends whom I'd hope would support my work and move forward with me (as a pirate crew should) the intention was that they would use the bounty system as a way of striving for a higher bounty (reach) throughout the community as demonstrated by the higher view counts on their work denoting higher tiers.

It is not for the sake of promoting my work, but rather I had hoped all would aspire to advance forward in the art world and the goal of that is to obviously be seen by many. i.e. Why would artists put their best works in a gallery otherwise? It is to be seen. Certainly artists can derive joy out of their art, but if they are doing it solely as a hobby why share it online? Therefore anything being shared here must be something that the artist wants seen.

Unfortunately, many did not want to participate in the bounty system and I therefore made it optional. As the crew grew, they started a group and I allowed the group to be autonomous since I don't have the time to join in with all the roleplays and fun and all that; however they seemed to love sailing under the flag and I didn't want to take that joy away.

However, at the end of the day, I was reminded by this incident that the crew is mine to begin with and everyone signed up only after swearing loyalty to me. I can either just let it run out of my control and therefore become something I don't want or I can re-assume proper control of the crew and choose only members who want to be in it for the goal of working hard and moving forward as artists (and to that extent pirates).

I do not expel people for making mistakes, I expel them when they are too proud to apologise for it and to realise that swearing loyalty actually means something. If we can break oaths and promises so easily then what purpose is there in marriage, in a promise, in a warrant, in any other means of oral or written agreement. People who take such things lightly are not welcome here. This is a crew, one created for fun, but with serious values.

As for the future of the pirates, I can no longer ignore their situation and will therefore be stepping in. I have come to an agreement with my two newly appointed Head Officers and will be creating a new pirate charter. All who wish to stay will agree to the new rules and those who wish to leave may leave, just like any other group on DA.

What I can say is that I hope this will create a new, stronger Black Fedora Pirates that is driven to excel and develop their own skills. By uniting under the flag of the black skull and the fedora I hope that we will all achieve new heights in our art be they written, visual or otherwise.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

P.S. Some of the questions as to what the pirates stand for will be released in the pirate charter under our new set of core values.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I apologize! I just noticed :iconblack-fedora-pirates:
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Alright. That helped a lot of what I was unsure about. Up until this point, it had been an official, but fairly lax system. The reason there was a huge upset with the crew was because you were worried it was someone who was governed by you, swearing loyalty to you, and acting under your name. Inappropriate actions from a crew member, in that regard, would speak on your behalf, which you don't want.

(For the record, I also agree on the point about admitting and apologizing for mistakes, though that is of a personal conflict which I am not involved in and don't feel the need to take sides on.)

Again, I'm still stuck on the question of what it is the crew does? It sounds very official and prestigious, in a sense. I recognize the concept of bounties, though it seems that is now a side affair. Is it a league of your fans and allies? Why don't you create a group?

I think that would be a great idea, honestly, if I were to give you advice. It would make organization and rules a lot clearer and make sure incidents like this wouldn't repeat with a large upset among the "crew." It would be a simple and concise way of collecting pirate information, as well as listing standards people would need to follow. (It would also help little weirdos like myself who ask too many questions and want to know a lot.)

Thank you for taking the time to respond, by the way. I know I'm a bit obnoxious .-.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
As you've noticed my dear the group already exists and as for what we do. We seek to improve our art, that is all. As such I will now be offering detailed prompts and other things on the group as well as trying to take an active role in it.

If you'd like to know what the crew is really about, read my newest deviaton 'The Pirate Charter' everything is explained in there.

-Captain Chen of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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aalie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
My gracious Captain, I hope you don't think me rude, but I have a favor to ask of you.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
You can ask via note if you'd prefer

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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aalie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't mind. I'd like to ask if you could post a journal on what the Pirates are about, what they stand for, if you will, because honestly, I don't know anymore...I wish to know, in truth, are we truly your comrades, or are we simply tools used for advertisement, each not allowed to think for ourselves without being punished? I mean, thinking about it, Lilt was expelled for speaking his opinion, which happened to be different from what you yourself believe. My opinion of the Pirates has always been that they are a strong, diverse group of opinionated and supportive individuals led by a captain who speaks his own opinion often and supports his followers however he can, while they do the same in return. This led me to believe that it is a group that accepts each others differences as well. We are all of different age, race, location, political and religious backgrounds, I'm sure, but we tolerate that. So shouldn't we tolerate others opinions as well, even if they differ from our own? I mean no offense, My Captain, and it pains me more than you know to even suggest that my faith wavers in the slightest. But that is how I feel. Please, tell me if I am wrong. I do not speak in anger, nor mean any offense, and I apologize in advance if this seems harsh or naive or ridiculous or whatever else. I only wish to understand.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
I understand. After the situation is resolved I will be changing the structure of the Black Fedora Pirates.

I will be clear on the following matters. Initially the crew was designed simply for me to find comrades. However it grew beyond that when many people started signing up. However, we are not a parliament nor a nation of democracy. A structure of leadership still does exist. Rule number one of the join rules state that the Captain's will is absolute.

To suggest that you are tools for advertisement is wrong as most members aren't even asked by me to do anything. You join the crew of your own accord and you'll notice that I don't interfere with that.

What happened with Lilt is sad but apparently I have heard that he has misrepresented my opinion. My feelings on the matter were that hard work and effort is what moves us forward in this world as pirates. It is for that reason that I have a bounty system. You should all be working hard to claim bounties by getting your work seen and improving yourself within this art community.

Instead Lilt's deviation was not an opinion but rather a condemnation. He suggested that hard work is not needed at all. Instead you can just write 'jdghdeghodihoihth' post it to 300 groups and get recognised. That is obviously not true.

The purpose of the groups on deviant art is no different from that of a PHYSICAL gallery in the real world. However we are allowed to join freely instead of requiring sponsors which only one in a thousand artists may get at any one point in time.

However, if everyone has the same idea of posting to groups as Lilt himself suggested. Then how does one's work get differentiated from the rest? People are so lazy they rarely even browse the watch of the groups that they join (I myself can only do so occasionally). I analyzed how I selected pieces and applied it to the majority. The majority of individuals will be drawn in by the title, by key words, by the first few lines of your poetry. Does that not require hardwork? Does that not require some measure of skill and practise to put together a piece that is enticing right from the get-go?

I will be clear on this matter as well. We are pirates, we work hard in our own way. Whining is not tolerated and I expect all pirates to understand the value of hardwork. Those that believe group submissions to be a short-cut are essentially slapping me in the face since I use them a lot. There are others in the crew who felt the same way.

It takes stamina, endurance and determination to drag yourself to submit to groups everyday. Most people are lazy and want a fair solution to all. The problem is fairness means lowering yourself to the lowest common denominator. Why should groups be condemned because individuals say they are too lazy to submit or have no time. I have to work, study and still manage to do it. It is simply a matter of whether or not you are willing to sacrifice your time to do so.

I asked Lilt to take it down and apologise to me, stating my points very clearly. He did not and that is why he has been expelled. If he has said anything else other than his stubborn refusal to apologise to the Captain he swore loyalty to, then that is mere slander.

I will leave each crew-member to decide for themselves, but I do promise this crew will be sorted out once the dust has settled. Tolerating the opinion of another is fine, but not when it goes against the core value of the pirates: Hard Work, Determination, Perseverance even in the face of all odds. We do not whine, we take our suffering and bite it down in order to become stronger. It is my fault for not stating it clearly, but this is my stance on the matter.

If you could Talia, I'd like a favour in return. Spread my message to the rest and let them decide for themselves. Those who want to mutiny may do so. I will carry on through these waters, even if I have to start with a small crew once more. I refuse to let my ship become a parliament house where we cannot think and act as one. For that reason, core values, core ideals must be established and that will be done so soon.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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aalie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I understand most of that, Captain. Both your viewpoint and reasoning, as well as his were clear to me before I even decided to comment. What I don't get is, and forgive me again if this sounds rude, is that Lilt did explain that his work was simply satirical, and he only meant it against people believe that popularity makes you better at you chosen art, and he himself did not believe that hard work was not a necessity when it comes to getting better. I have not heard him say a cross word about you, my Captain, else I'd have put him in his place. I could've easily missed a comment to another, so I'll refrain from saying that he didn't outside of my presence. I noticed that he did take the deviation down, and when I asked, he told me he did it out of respect for you, but didn't apologize for stating what he believed, which I can respect. While there is honor in apologizing when you have done wrong, I see no honor in apologizing for what you believe or when you haven't done wrong. I don't agree with how either of you initially handled the situation, but my respect for the both of you remains intact, and I do agree with the new rules you have instated to settle such disputes.

I shall spread your message to the rest of the crew, even though I am certain that ideas of mutiny have already been snuffed out at the reminder of how many would be hurt by it. I thank you for listening to what I have to say on the matter, and bid you a good day, Captain.
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