Friday, October 14, 2016

Forgotten Land - A Poem

Finally, a new poem! This one is about the Forgotten Desert. Enjoy!





A lush paradise, now a dusty shell,

A toppling ruin, once a place where families would dwell

All until the phantoms came, with destruction in their wake

This happy civilization began to crumble and break

The sands of time overtook it all

Now a desert, it became drought's thrall

Forgotten, by all but a few

Forsaken, by all who it once knew

The gems that held the land together scattered and lost
This dry land would never feel another frost

Some tried to venture in and rediscover it, but failed

The sun and desolation prevailed

But in every darkness there is still a way

Riding on feathered wings is hope's shining ray

Will they reclaim what has been forgotten?

Will they heal all that is rotten?

Will this fractured land begin to heal?

Only if you can help it, please heed my appeal

Gather what was scattered, bring back life

Save this forgotten land from its desert strife

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Uniqueness Challenge ~ Dare to Look Different

Hey jammers!

So today I took a good hard look at Princess Arcticspirit, my main animal. She's a purple arctic wolf with a headdress, sword and leaf bracelets and is the wolf that shows up in my banner and post signature. I looked around me, at how 90% of members were Arctic Wolves (and nonmembers were either wolves or bunnies) and I realized something. A large part of Animal Jam is self-expression, with tons of animals and thousands of apparel and color combinations. You can look entirely unique and yet, somehow, many people in Animal Jam look very much like 5 or 10 or 50 other people. I realized that I had lots of animals that I really liked but never used, so I decided to change up my look for the month of October and created a challenge to make it more interesting. Thus, I present to you the Uniqueness Challenge!
The Uniqueness Challenge

Have you gotten tired of looking the same every single day? Do you find yourself unintentionally conforming to the crowd rather than displaying your unique sense of style? Perhaps you've played AJ for a while and wish to change it up a little? If so, this challenge is for you! (Note: if you could care less about how you look and change animals frequently than this challenge probably isn't for you)!

How to do it: 

Look at your animals, and determine which ones you play as the most and least. Out of the animals you rarely use, pick one that you like (extra challenge: choose one you see that no one else ever uses, that's how I chose my Llama) or buy a new one. Create a new look for this animal that is very different from the usual color and clothing items you use, but you still like. If you can't figure out good clothing options, I recommend you play Best Dressed if you are unsure what clothing looks good on that particular animal. Choose two more animals and give them looks so you have a land, sea and flying animal that you previously rarely used.

Now, go out and buy each of your animals a new pet and if you like you can also make a new den and decorate it. Now, you can only mainly use those three animals for the next month without using any of the animals you usually play as.

Feel free to read the Journey Books for your animal's species, play Best Dressed with it, take the new pets to the Pet Stop and do whatever you like so that you can grow fond of them, because you're stuck with them for a while. You may find that, although it can be difficult at first, you may find yourself really enjoying the change of scenery (I do enjoy basically being the only Llama in Jamaa).

As for my new looks? I was hoping you were wondering!




These are my new animals. I tend to alternate between the Llama and Owl throughout the day and I make an effort to go underwater more often so I can enjoy my Octopus (it's really fun playing the underwater games, decorating an underwater den and basically being the only person who ever goes underwater). 




Both of the land pets are brand new, the pet Jellyfish I've had for a while but I don't tend to use him very often (and I had never seen his certificate before) so it counts as getting a 'new' pet. I tend to switch between Mossysong (who is a giraffe but is made to look like a llama because pet llamas don't exist yet) and Honeywisp (who is based off of an Elf Owl) no matter what animal I'm using because they both are adorable and I can't bear to just use one! <3

I also made a nice fall-themed den as well as an underwater one. 

Stay fantastic!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Why Pet Phantoms are Great Pets!

Yes, you're reading this correctly. Pet phantoms, the foes of all that is good, of the alphas, of Mira, the harbingers of darkness and destruction... can now be made into pets. It's not that bizarre, though, since in many fantasy MMOs you can tame enemy creatures and they become your loyal companions. While I know many of you are tentative on embracing these little, blobby wonders as your new best friends I am here to prove that phantoms make great pets!

1. They are easy to care for

He eats feelings and plays with smelly goop?
She eats gems and enjoys playing in Slime Puddles. So if you have any unwanted gems then she'll eat them for you! How convenient!

2. They are Adorable!

Look at that face! 

3. They are good at listening

They'll sit and let you vent all your problems. Bonus: they look like adorable stuffed animals when they are laying down!

4. They are good at making friends

Pet phantoms have friends everywhere, especially during the Night of the Phantoms!


5. They aren't squeamish 

They love playing with goop and oozy things!


So, what are you waiting for? Members, go ahead and buy this adorable floofy creatures today! Nonmembers, join me in rallying for pet phantoms to become available for nonmembers!

Stay fantastic~!

  





Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall-Inspired Fashions!

Hey jammers!

Fall (my favorite season) is upon us! It's nearly October and the trees outside have probably changed colors outside for most of you (except for me, the trees where I live usually change colors by late October)! To celebrate, I have some awesome fall-inspired outfits so you can rock some gorgeous golds, oranges, reds and purples! I have outfits for both members and nonmembers, so everyone can enjoy!


Outfit 1: Cozy Colors


This snuggly look calls for a hood, ribbon scarf, an orange Jamaaliday sweater (or any blanket or sweater of your choosing) and the new furry boots (if you're a member). The animals pictured are orange and brown and the outfit is colored entirely orange. Perfect for lounging by the fireside, or staying warm on windy Autumn Days! 

Outfit 2: Autumn Fairy


When you think of 'Fall Colors' purple isn't usually the first color to come to mind, but purple is indeed one of the colors of fall! This outfit is perfect for an Autumn Woodland Fairy! For members it calls for a leaf necklace, leaf bracelets, a flower crown and Faerie Wings. Nonmembers can use a lei, grass shoes, a headflower and the normal Wings. In the nonmember picture I added orange to the mix of colors! This outfit looks great in both gold, purple or orange so be sure to try all your options! Careful, though: you may be indistinguishable from the colorful trees and grasses.

Outfits 3 and 4: Night of the Phantom Costumes


These last two outfits are made for the Night of the Phantoms (which is soon approaching)! For the first one I imagined more a whimsical, candy look with purples and oranges. It calls for gingerbread wings, an orange hood, a candy corn necklace and elf slippers (optional, but they match the whimsical look). I prefer cutesy to spooky, so this is definitely one of my favorites! The second one embraces the 'Phantom' part of Night of the Phantoms with the iconic purples and blacks of the holiday. It calls for the phantom gear from the Search for Greely. Since I don't have the Phantom hat from the set I settled for a Horned Helmet instead! This Seal looks well-protected from the phantoms - and well disguised if she decides to enter the Phantom Vortex!

Lastly, here are some outfit ideas from the Play Wild App:

Outfit 1: Halloween Cutie
This is a cute little Halloween type outfit if you like the colors but still want an adorable look! The moon necklace adds a slight hint of spookiness. 

Outfit 2: Spooky Masquerade (note: technically not a complete outfit since gems are difficult to earn in the app, so I'm just previewing this mask, but you get the picture. Great piece to turn into an outfit!)
This mask comes in a lot of great colors, including black and orange! Add a set of Fire Wungs to it and you have the perfect costume! 

Outfit 3: Fall Dryad (same as above, feel free to add more clothing pieces to complete this look!) 
This is a great look for a fall tree Dryad! The butterflies come with the antlers! 
Outfit 4: Little Sunflower 
Sunflowers are a great flower for fall! While this idea is very rough with a few more pieces this outfit  can turn into an adorable, russet flower look! Change up the colors and it's great for Spring, too!

Those are all the outfits for today! Let me know (and send me pictures) if you take one of the suggestions, I'd love to see them! I'll make a Night of the Phantoms costume ideas post as well when the time comes! Until then, happy jamming and stay fantastic!


Monday, September 26, 2016

Upcoming Blog Posts (Yes, I've returned again)



Princess Arcticspirit was relaxing on a couch up in her bedroom at the castle she called home. She was scrolling on her blog, reminiscing about all the good times she had writing it . She sighed softly.
"I wish we could continue the blog..." Suddenly, a koala and a fox burst into the room. They were her roommates and co-founders of the Animal Jam Good Times blog, all of them writing under the name of Suzi00. Spirit was the main writer and and it was she who wrote the final post on the blog, but the other animals wrote parts of the blog as well, edited it and worked on the layout and replying to comments. The koala, who had the rather bizarre name of Incredible Quietjunior (he said it was an accidental name) spoke rapidly.
''Princess! We need to continue the blog!'' Princess whipped around and gasped.
''What did you say...?'' 
''He said we need to continue writing the blog. Juno is at our front door, and she has demanded that we write another post on her Alpha Training Camp.'' the fox, Princess Arcticstar, replied. The surprise in Star's voice revealed that she was as surprised as her friend was.
''But that's not all! Pouncing Tinypaw got an idea for another poem, Blooming Arcticviolet wants to write a post on her favorite pranks to pull, and Empress Arcticpride got an idea for a theater! Plus, now I think I want to write more posts on fashion!' Star finished. Spirit's eyes widened as she realized what this meant.
''We're not out of ideas! There's so many things we have to do! ...But what will we do when we run out of ideas again?'' 
''Well, I'm thinking we all brainstorm a list of ideas, and then post it on the blog and slowly write a post for each idea. If we find new ideas we can add them to the list, but once we complete the list we can stop posting, or try to brainstorm another list.'' Incredible mused. Spirit agreed to the plan and within minutes she had rallied every animal that lived in the castle plus Juno (she lived alone and only had written one post for the blog). The concept of this brainstorm session was simple: if an idea didn't make everyone tremble with excitement than they wouldn't do it. Ideas began to be tossed around and soon a furiously scribbled list of ideas was compiled. Spirit looked over the list, everyone agreed to it and the purple Arctic Wolf returned upstairs to her laptop and clicked onto the blog once more. She smiled slightly as she copied down the list onto the blog, and clicked 'Publish'. Her smile widened and soon transformed into maniacal laughter. It was time to return to the blog!'

Hullo my lovely jammers!

Firstly, if you're reading this it means you have stuck around with this blog and for that I thank you (or you have stumbled upon this post months or years later and feel awkward that I am thanking you). I hope you enjoyed that little story I wrote! I like to imagine all my animals working together on my blog and living together in my Fantasy Castle (fun fact: it was my dream den as a nonmember and the first den I purchased when I became member. It is still very dear to my heart). I am the sole writer of this blog, by the way, and am one person; I hope I didn't confuse you! So, you may be wondering: are you really continuing this blog or did you just write that to confuse/annoy me? Well, my dear reader, I am indeed continuing this blog and not just getting your hopes up! 

I have compiled a list of all the posts I'm going to write from here on. I am not promising that I'll write any more posts once when I finish the list, but I might. Now, without further ado, here is a list of all the posts I will write from this point onwards (not necessarily in any particular order):

1.  The Alpha Training Camp: Revisited
2. The Guide to Theatre in Animal Jam (having plays, finding actors and putting on the best show for your audience)
3. Choose Your Own Adventure: Animal Jam (pt. 3)
4. How to have a Kingdom in Animal Jam
5. Harmless and Fun Pranks: Caroling and Talking Chairs
6. Public Library
7. Having an Animal Rescue in Animal Jam (Animal Shelter Pt 2)
8. How to have a Phantom War (w/ alphas) in Jamaa Township (Alpha Training Camp pt 2)
9. Start a Scam Watch!
10. Equestrian Centers in Animal Jam
11. Shops in Animal Jam: Plushie Stores, Art Stores and More 
12. How to have a Parade in Animal Jam
13. Fall Fashion (done! You can find it here: http://animaljamgoodtimes.blogspot.com/2016/09/fall-inspired-fashions.html
14. Halloween Costume Ideas #2
15. Fun Ideas: Become a Storyteller
16. How to host a Fashion Show
17. A study on the roleplayers of Sarepia Forest (humor)
18. *Possible Kimbara Outback Page*
19. 25 Days of Jamaalidays
20. (Continued the two series about having fun at parties and lands until all are complete)
21. Animal Jam Boarding School...? (Inspired by one person in the statistics who came to this blog by searching 'How to make a boarding school in Animal Jam')
22. How to make a Carnival in Animal Jam

Thank you guys sooo much for 10k views!

(Note to self: update this picture)


Thursday, June 9, 2016

I've decided to quit Animal Jam (this blog will stay up, though!)

Sorry for randomly poofing on you guys! I'm not going to beat around the proverbial bush, I've decided to 'close' (technically not close because this blog represents years of work and I'm not going to take it down) the blog down, meaning I'm going to formally stop posting. Here's why:

I ran out of blog ideas >.< There's only so much you can do within the game. Besides, no one seemed interested in the events or RPs anymore, it seems to have lost all creativity and everyone's just trading nowadays. I also don't play Animal Jam much anymore, my membership has ended and I don't feel like renewing it for a game I hardly play now. You could say I grew out of it. It's been amazing posting here and watching people use my ideas, send in screenshots and follow a blog. My blog never really became popular but it's not really an 'ordinary' Animal Jam blog so I'm not surprised. It began and ended as a little tucked away outlet for my creativity, and I'm perfectly fine with that. Also, I'm almost at 10,000 views, my goal that was always so close and yet so far, and I'm content with that.

My advice to anyone wanting to write a blog? When you create it, plan what you're going to post. Don't post all at once, keep a consistent schedule (my blog was updated whenever I get a new idea so that never worked for me, haha) so you get a rhythm (I did get one, though) going. Take time to choose the perfect name and the perfect look for your blog. Don't force your blog to be anything it isn't, don't suddenly just start posting rants about real-world issues because people read blogs to be happy and often inspired. Don't be afraid to advertise, but don't expect a massive following. Even if you only have four followers, treat them well and make them happy they read it. Be honest with your followers if you aren't going to post and don't be afraid to pull the plug if you 100% know you aren't going to post anymore but leave the blog up just in case you do.

I love you guys, thank you for all the adventures you've shared with me. If you want to find me, I'm Heather Duskfire on a game called Star Stable. I might want to blog about that in the same way I blogged about Animal Jam - upbeat and imaginative.

Until our paths cross once more~




Friday, November 27, 2015

Spread Some Cheer + I've Returned

Hey Jammers!

The Jamaalidays have come the day after Thanksgiving, apparently AJHQ has some of those people who celebrate Christmas ASAP :3

And so, I invite you all to spread some cheer! I just got a message with a tiny gift saying 'Just trying to spread some cheer! Pass it on'. So, I bought a little somethin' and passed it on! I invite you to do the same. Tell your buddies you're thankful for them, send someone a little gift, just do something kind for someone. It's (almost) the holidays, after all!

I haven't been playing Animal Jam as much as I used to, but I just logged on and was overwhelmed by a wave of... sadness. I never knew how much I missed Animal Jam, and you guys <3

And so, I've returned, I guess? Thank you for being patient with me while I'm silly and try to leave. Let's hope I never (unofficially) leave again! If this blog is inactive, then leave a little comment reminding me to make a post! I'll try my best to do so.

I love you guys and I'm so thankful for you <3


Monday, November 9, 2015

The final chapter!

I have added the final chapter to A Tiger's Destiny, now renamed The Moon and Sun. I'm sorry that I didn't give this to you before, and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing this little adventure with me that was writing it.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Lion King Animal Cosplay!

Naaants ingonyma bagithi baba!

That's Swahili, and the opening words of the opening song of the Lion King! So, a few days ago a certain blogger watched the Lion King for the first time! And so, of course, she just HAD to post some Lion King-inspired costumes. So, here they are, member and nonmember alike!


Simba

So, here he is for members:

Note that Simba has a red mane, not a brown one.

Nonmember:

I got a little creative since there isn't really a mane for nonmembers.

I also tried using a hood, but it looked really odd.

Bonus! Simba as a Cub


Nala

Member:

Nonmember:


Nala is pretty straightforward. You can put a crown on her if you like!

Mufasa


Member:

Just darken up Simba's look and you'll get MUFASA! 

Nonmember:


Sarabi

Member:
This one looked too much like Nala, so I darkened it

You can choose whatever!


Nonmember:



(If you want to do Sarafina, Nala's mother, then just darken Nala's fur, but keep the eyes)


Scar


Member:

(Don't ask me where I went with this one. I tried to make him look lean, but....)

(I love how this one turned out)

Nonmember:

(Rather dashing, wouldn't you say?)

(If you want to do a scar-less scar, then just use the spiked hair colored black)

Hyenas

Member:
You can change eye shape to choose your hyena. Shenzi has girl eyes, Banzi has the eyes pictured, and Ed would probably have... errr, the default eyes? You can change up the mane if you like, but I think it turned out pretty well

Nonmember:


Derp.


Zazu

Member:


Nonmember:




Timon and Pumbaa

Sorry but I couldn't find a good pig or meerkat. If a meerkat pet comes out, I could do pet versions!


Rafiki

Someone get me that epic alpha staff thing, or whatever it's called! I need to bonk insolent young lions on the head with it!




This took a very very very long time to do, and I hope you enjoyed it! If you want me to do some more movie or book inspired costumes, comment and let me know! 


Love you guys, even though I don't post very often <3