Making Its Mark
As a Neopian Times author myself, I decided that it would be a great honor to
be published in the 250th issue of the Neopian Times. I was a published journalist
during issues 150 and 200, but was absent from the list of authors in those editions.
Intending to let that fad end and meet my recently made goal, I began to prepare
for my piece. I zipped open my Neopian Times Pencil Case, pulled out my Neopian
Times Quill and then I walked over to my Dung Shelf to find my Neopian Times Notebook.
Putting quill to paper, I sat down in my Neopian Times Bean Bag and began to
think of ideas for an article. Could I write an in-depth history of the Neopian
Times? Nah, that’s been done already. Could I recognize the best authors of
the Neopian Times? No, most of them won’t approve of me putting them in my article;
they already consider me a stalker. Then it hit me. I could do a comic crossover
with another artist! I then came to the sad realization that I couldn’t draw;
therefore, I had no comic to begin with.
Then my stomach grumbled. I knew I couldn’t work on an empty stomach. I got
up out of my chair and walked to the kitchen as my Lucky Green Boots’ heels
clicked on the floor. I opened the fridge and a Dung Muffin caught my eye. Licking
my lips, I went to reach it, when a random White Weewoo flew through my window.
It flitted around and bumped into me, causing my intended snack to land right
on my I Love The Neopian Times T-shirt. The petpet then flew right back out
of the window.
Slightly frustrated, I sighed and settled for pouring some Rancid Dung Coffee
into my Neopian Times Mug. I stirred it around and glanced around my room. My
eyes crossed my Bori’s Usuki sets, which included the Snoogy Usuki Set and the
Neopian Times Usuki Set. I walked back over to my bean bag, and an idea smacked
me in the face.
I looked at my bean bag. I looked at my shirt and my shirt’s dung stain. I
looked at the coffee in my hand and its mug. I looked at my boots. I looked
at my quill, my pencil case, my notebook. I remembered the White Weewoo, the
Usuki sets, and the muffin I left on the floor in the kitchen. I then realized
that the Neopian Times consumed almost every single part of my morning. Surely,
my morning wouldn’t be too different from the rest of Neopia’s.
I then began to remember everything that the Neopian Times has to offer, aside
from the great reading to keep you occupied. Whether it be a rainy day, a sunny
day, or a snowy day, the Neopian Times will keep you inside just so you can
read it in peace. With amazing article, astounding stories, and creative comics,
it is worth hours of entertainment.
Each week, the Neopian Times has made its mark on separate Neopians, but I
realized that the Neopian Times has impacted Neopia as a whole, as well.
The Neopian Times could be considered an endorser of sorts. After all, it is
a newspaper that advertises a new Neopian attraction every week. Are business
and games the only things that this newspaper supports?
I was beginning to ponder about dung, and it wasn’t because of a certain feeling
in my stomach. Way back in the ages before issue seventy-six, the editor of
the Neopian Times had a certain liking for dung. The writers of the Neopian
Times would add references of dung in their submissions for the editor. Many
items involving dung got publicity because of this, and many new dung items
were created in dung’s new found publicity.
In fact, the current Neopian Times editor has been assumed to have a liking
for a very gloomy looking petpet, the Snoogy. The Snoogy now has a Usuki set
named after it, and it is unknown whether it was created for the editor or not.
Popular rumors, however, say it is.
The widespread popularity of dung and the Snoogy couldn’t have been done solely
by the Neopian Times, as there are many other deciding factors. There were,
however, a few ideas that gained their reputation from the Neopian Times, and
the Neopian Times alone.
One of those was a certain little birdie. The White Weewoo started off as an
idea, one simple fanatical movement. Through the publicity that it got through
the Neopian Times, the White Weewoo became more than a dream, it became a dream
come true. Now, anyone that can afford a Weewoo for a petpet and a White Petpet
Paint Brush can take part in the ritual of the creation of White Weewoo. Also,
Lucky Green Boots became a trademark of a Neopian Times jack-of-all-trades,
and those boots are now a special type of legend. They are worn by many aspiring
authors, signifying dedication and enthusiasm for writing.
The endorsement that the Neopian Times gives to lesser known Neopian oddities
isn’t its only strong point. This newspaper has had a whole day dedicated to
everything that it has done. Neopian Times Day was dubbed on the 26th day of
Hunting, Year 6. A whole slew of Neopian Times items were made available to
the public, ranging from furniture to a battle item.
I reflected upon my recent thoughts. There were other things that the Neopian
Times were responsible for in Neopia. There was an avatar centered about the
newspaper, an Advent Calendar day in Year 6 was dedicated to it, and there are
possibly millions of Neopian Times Issue 3s wandering around Neopia.
Items couldn’t be what the Neopian Times was solely responsible for. Tangibility
is a great thing to give, and the Neopian Times sure has down a lot of that.
My listing of all of the Neopian Times inspired items was the majority of my
thoughts. But everything that the Neopian Times offered couldn’t be solid.
The Neopian Times offered a goal for aspiring authors and previously published
writers. Many Neopians will send in dozens of submissions, hoping each time
that one will get accepted. Rejection will come knocking, but that doesn’t keep
Also, when that uplifting acceptance letter comes, you have to toil in waiting
for your piece to show up for all to see. Don’t forget, when it comes out, you
have all of your fan mail you have to answer. Some of it isn’t positive, but
that doesn’t dampen spirits any more than a rejection notice.
The Neopian Times offers confidence, patience, respect, and assurance. Unrelated
to the direct points already brought up, this newspaper also embraces ingenuity,
intelligence, courtesy, and commitment.
Smiling to myself, I begin to write. I knew I had an idea for my article.