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The Neopian Times Week 58 > Articles > A Grundo's Guide to the Deep Catacombs

A Grundo's Guide to the Deep Catacombs

by too_kule

DEEP CACTABOMBS - Is your Neopet a hyper little pet that drinks Purplum Mocha and Weevil Coffee by the gallon? If so, you've probably paid a visit or two to the Deep Cactabombs. While strolling with your Neopet to get it to walk off that energy you might have passed the Campfire or the Art Gallery. I'd bet 500 NP you wished you could have thousands of eyes staring at your work of art, whether written or drawn. I'm no master, but with my guide you'll be the envy of...everybody else who admirers these things while de-energizing their Neopet!

The Poetry Contest - Only four or five poems get onto the site, so I figure the odds aren't exactly amazing. But I've gotten in twice, so how hard could it be? The award is very nice, 1,000 NP not to mention a trophy and a rare item. When they say rare, they don't mean a 3,000 NP Light Faerie. They mean a 50,000 NP Skunk Paintbrush! Well, let's get started. Pick something in Neopia to start with. It doesn't even have to be new! I wrote a nice poem called The Shrine of Coltzan only a couple weeks ago! Here's a nice hint, when writing a poem figure out what you want to write. Once you have that figured out, make it rhyme. I spent AGES making this one verse rhyme when I wrote Adopting a Grundo. Eventually, I had to erase that verse and make another. Don't be afraid to do that. Also, when writing be sure to do some research. If you're needing a Petpet that rhymes 'three' look it up! You could choose Melvie or Huggy or whatever! Another tip, make sure it makes sense. A poem that could rival one by Edgar Allen Poe won't be chosen if it makes numerous references to Smellerts or Korfats (I'm funny, aren't I?) or something of that sort. Finally, use a spell check program! I think you don't have to ask why.

Campfire (Storytelling Competition) - In case you're wondering, I HAVE had a story piece on the site. It's just that...Dr. Sloth sent several mutated Neopets to steal my trophy! Yes...that's a good excuse. OK, so I haven't gotten one on the site, but it can't be that hard! It has to make sense of course. Don't be writing this ten page biography on Dr_Death when it's talking about somebody doing a Snow Faerie quest. Maybe not that extreme, but just keep it straightforward. A couple tips from the Poetry Contest carry over, such as spell check (paste it into a program that has that ability) and don't make mention to the oh-so-popular Neopet Jellyphante or the Hocky (I could go on forever.) And a little bit of humour wouldn't be bad also.

Art Gallery - Once your Neopet is regretting that extra House Blend with Cream and nature is calling, you have no choice but to ask the owner of the Art Gallery for the use of their facilities. While your pet is...you know...you are standing there astonished at the pictures. Well, there isn't much you can do here. Some people can draw, and others can't. But that's what the How-to-Draw section is for! Skeith Day is coming up so I suggest you brush up on your Skeith drawings.

Neopian Times - Once your Neopet is feeling better, don't be surprised if they want more caffeine. While they're chugging down Thornberry Tea and Snowberry Tea and Strongberry Tea (unaware they'll have no sleep tonight) you could be nibbling on Tigersquash Swirly Cake and reading the latest copy of the Neopian Times. Look at all of the sections...articles, comics, short stories and series! I have had an article on the site (you're reading it right now) so I am a master! No I'm not, but I can help you. A topic is good. Unlike poems, this should be new. I doubt the Coltzan's Shrine would make a good article nowadays. It should be new, something about Meridell or NeoQuest II and Neopets mentioned a world made of jelly (where nobody would be hungry.) For the comics, you have a choice. 1) Write a funny comic 2) Write one with super heroes. But there are more funny comics than big adventure ones. Now for the short stories. You have to introduce a character, make something happen, and then end it in one whole page. Not easy, but it can be done! Make sure it's original though. Finally, the continued series. You'd either have to write a little bit everyday or drink many cups of Zeenana Cappuccino. Be prepared for this to take a few days since it'll have to be sent all at once. Just make sure your story doesn't mention a BlubBlub who takes a trip to the Rice Caves and you'll be fine. For everything here, make sure you use spell check!

Well, after reading this I'm sure you just want to head down to the Deep Cactabombs and get started on your art, written or drawn! Now, I think my Neopet is wired enough so it's time to play one looooong game of Meerca Chase. Adios!

Note: The title of this article is not making fun of Grundos in any way! OK, maybe it is but what are you going to do?


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