Greetings, all, and welcome to my twelfthFABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE
This week's theme is one of my favorite artistic and literary themes of all time: Alice in Wonderland. Just a quick peek and my gallery will show you how much I love Alice! Next week's feature is also going to be based on literature: H. P. Lovecraft! If you've got someone you think should be featured in next Friday's Feature, send me a note with a link to their gallery and I'll take a peek I'd also love to hear about other features, particularly themed ones. I'll list those in the bottom section to help spread the word! The same goes for contests or news articles!
Please favorite this journal and pass it on! And if you liked this feature, be sure to check out the one from last week: fav.me/d5o2g0h
I am ALWAYS seeking donations and nominations for my pay-it-forward project! So far I've been able to donate three premium memberships, and I'm only a few hundred points away from being able to give away another one! I want to be able to donate premium memberships to deserving members, so please check out my journal for info on sending nominations:
Pay-It-Forward ProjectDeviants so far who have received premium memberships as part of this project:
Thank you sososososo much to $namenotrequired for helping me to promote this project!
Greetings! I am posting this to let you all know I have decided I want to try to pay the premium membership love forward, and so I am looking for donations to go toward buying premium memberships for other people You can find the donation box on my front page. PLEASE DONATE! I'll need lots of help - all contributions are appreciated, no matter how small
That's part one, here's part two:
I'm seeking nominations for extra-special deviants, especially those who are really involved in the community, who don't already have a premium membership. If you'd like to nominate someone (I will accept self-nominations, though I look extra-carefully at those), send me a note with the following information:
Finally, to everyone celebrating Yule and Christmas: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
And now, without any further ado: THE FEATURES!
In a Jabberwocky MoodThe umbralings worg
Frothed lights in the throlly mools
Gowls and lunps at dusk
we should be old by nowHis soles are in the sidewalk
and I have trouble breathing such
tendencies; such inclinations to
dance, even as the violets collapse
beneath the incling
--fjeld rocket-launching into the
air: seclusion arisen.
God, his cigarettes are bread crumbs
on the ground; oh, the tendrils,
tendrils of pity
and sickness winding
beneath those shoulder blades, striding,
two jackets to keep the cold out.
I make both of us sick
and there's coffee in the cracks
in the sidewalk in the ground,
plants rising with baited breath
to scour the sky blueless.
Pollution tastes so pure
when all you see is destruction,
and oil spills are just rainbows
unless it's in your backyard and
there's a spark in your arthritic arm
and it drops.
Firelight is in our eyes tonight,
salted green, waving windless.
And oh all the smoke(?)
it makes me sick to be so near;
My thoughts are on the pages
on the table on the brink
of destruction because nothing
is beautiful unless there are
there is Alice in her hairwanderset on
point: away, come away
birdlike, with feathers
ripping through her pores
there is alice in her hair,
wants to wind
so that when she falls
she'll fall into space
follow her down to,
china-strewn linoleum floors
and wallpaper patterns
like shower curtains
wonderland? is dark (without
the luciferin lightningbug
love of her life)
& bloody fingernails reach
for the sun that was taken
away [come away]
she thinks she cannot speak
&her spine is just a thread
the medicine is messing with her head
whisperssometimes she believes
life is better dead)
so she stands on a chair
with thick, itchy twine
hanging pictures of herself
crooked by design
alice.you remind me of the cheshire cat,
restrained chaos hiding behind a perpetual grin,
the insanity is always justified by the win,
your immortal attire, your lackluster eyes,
the way you teach me nothing,
the way everything is a lie.
i remind you of the mad hatter,
tea parties full of sad expressions,
confused verbs and endless lessons,
misshapen top hats, tattered gloves,
the one who stands beside you,
the one you can't help but love.
almost aliceSometimes I almost feel like Alice.
sleeping off their dull words
and dreaming of girls dressed in white
that will whisk me away
with the talk of petticoats and pocket watches.
Alice-SongI don't know how to be a woman,
that soft, coddled creature, all back-lit
hair & skin that smells
so good you could hurt it
& pussies like orchids
I'm too black-eyed &
tired, my hair smells like
forest fires. Theseus won't write
me love letters anymore
& when I cry on the bus
it's at a child, quiet yelps
of a black-jawed vixen
as she listens to the Alice-song
of those flower-cunts purring,
Why do you have to make
because I don't understand
how to be a woman, that
the hammered envelope
or the little girl that
sits in my stomach and swings her
the red queen effect.you said: you know, i can't remember
if you ever told me we were doomed from
but it sounds like something you would say.
but when you find yourself experimenting in
my skin, i will feel obliged to mention the pulse
that pulls my strings, the fact that i am not
your personal puzzle, but something foreign and
frail and not even worth your exasperated sighs.
i am button eyes and uneven stitches and i
said: please shut the door behind you when
and you did not catch the inflection in my tired
flatblack eyes, the weary thread of my shaking
mouth, the "when" instead of "if".
you said: this has to stop.
and i had to remind you that i am just less.
and i felt your cheshire eyes on my sutured back,
prickly with what should have been ancient
history, but when you traced my seams with your
cold fingertips it was yesterday,it was now,now.
and the raconteurs of our age wrote you letters
heavy with ink and implications, fears accrued over
years like the metaphors
Gateway Drug TheoryBetween dreams of curious reaction,
I follow this addiction to your deleterious delight.
Hallucinated whispers of Cheshire smiles formed under starry skies,
propel me to leap from cardhouse rooftops, catching sunrises
between gnashed teeth with lips forced into a bow.
In the impulsive waking hours,
I crave you between fingertips and lips,
welcoming the ribbons of soothing lies
puffed by caterpillar, and await metamorphosis
from something more than fantasy.
But in the six o'clock hour of murdered time,
a wonderland between sheets is riddled.
[Un]enjoyed tea for fanfare too late,
I collapsed along with the rabbit hole.
Copyright © 2012 Jen Fowler
All Rights Reserved.
Tea Time, Alice."Abandon his corpse. Tea time, Alice."
Alice"She's fucking POISON," my friends would say.
Beautifully morbid, like an Alice who tumbled
on a fourth in the month of May.
Beautifully morbid, like an Alice who tumbled
down the rabbit hole. Into her dreams,
my beautiful Alice has now stumbled.
Down the rabbit hole, into her dreams,
those nighmarish and ghoulish shadows
where nothing is everything as it seems.
Those nightmarish and ghoulish shadows,
the twisted pair of the hare and the hatter
are hellbent on stringing you up in the gallows.
The twisted pair of the hare and the hatter,
sitting comfortably at the Red Queen's party,
just want you for tea. So, what is the matter?
Sitting comfortably at the Red Queen's party,
held in the honor of your unbirthday,
feeding upon the once healthy and hearty.
Held in the honor of your unbirthday,
the day of your death arrived
on a fourth in the month of May.
Community News, Features, and Fun(ny) Things
DFC 2012! The December Form Challenge is back!It’s that time of year again… DFC! Who’s ready to tackle the December Form Challenge for 2012?
This year follows the same format as last year with new forms and new prompts to challenge and befuddle you.
Please check out The DFC Form Chart 2012. All of the days are outlined with forms and prompts and explanations for each.
If you can’t access the pdf, please don’t hesitate to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sort it out straight away for you. I have a word document version that I can happily send out to you.
All entries (that we know about) will be getting collected and placed into our designated DFC 2012 folder so that you can all peruse each other’s work. We also still have a
The Literature Community ExperimentThis is a typical example of a ^Beccalicious shower pondering! The idea of this is to try and bring together as many people as possible all in one journal, but not for the sake of making a big number, but to encourage interaction and share useful tidbits. We often say the "literature community" has drifted apart over the past few years and this is just one attempt to try get people to come back together. It's a little hippy, perhaps a far-fetched idea, which is why I am calling it an "experiment". This could be successful and could be a complete fail- only you guys and your efforts can decide its fate!
Wow! The response for this has been HUGE!!! Thank you so much all of you who have participated! Don't forget to add %CRLiterature to your watch as well as replying to all these wonderful comments!
So you may be new to the literature side of deviantART, or you may be one of those long
Community Portal: December 16thNews
Love dA Lit: Issue 107
If you'd like to have something added/mentioned in this journal or the article please comment or send me a note!
About Love dA Lit
Love dA Lit aims to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.
Love dA Lit is published every Sunday, by `IrrevocableFate via news article, and the Community portal will be updated in accompaniment with it!
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Fantastic Feature Tuesday #23This is a weekly feature of amazing literature that I come by during my
travels across deviantART. This is only a small sample of a vast amount
of wonderful pieces of literature written by absolutely fantastic
writers. Each deviation was carefully selected from a writer's gallery
based on structure, impact and word usage. I will never feature the
same person twice, so check out these wonderful writers now while you can!
Please this news article so it will reach a larger audience!
PS. These first two are a collab, so be sure to check them both out!
the decline of dreams. by ~Lychalis
scene by ~ellesea ad astra by ~AnotherPassenger
Love dA Lit: Issue 107Welcome to the one-hundred seventh issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.
This week’s group spotlight is %PoeticalCondition!
#LITplease's Community Portal
Literature Links | Group Spotlight | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges
Literature Contests | Resources
The Magic of Memories - Literature CompetitionPoetry Competition #14 - "The Magic of Memories"
Updated info and current entries list
Your challenge is to think of someone you love, and a memory you have had with them this year, and use that memory or emotion as the inspiration for a piece of literature. You can go off on a tangent, or stick with a retelling of the story, its up to you. You might wish to give this to the person as a gift so try to think how you can make it appropriate for them as well as for a wide audience.
JANUARY 12th at MIDNIGHT GMT. (the end of that day)
Want to donate to the prize list? Just comment or send me a note. You can do this anonymously if you wish, or if you wish to donate points there is a widget on my profile page `KathrynODriscoll
*Prize list accurate at time of posting, updated list available
The Pick'N'Mix contest!It's finally here, ladies and gentlemen. After announcing it last week, we're officially releasing our latest contest today.
UPDATE: Once you're done, submit your entries to this Favourites gallery here http://thewrittenrevolution.deviantart.com/favourites/53144079 , or note us with a link to your submission and we'll do it for you! What you have to do is go to the folder we linked just now, click on "suggest a Favourite", then select the deviation from your gallery. Remember to include your dice numbers in your Artist's Comments!
Wooho, I know, right?
We already said in the blog linked above what this contest is about, but we'll do a quick revision for those of you who didn't do their homework. You know who you are.
The basic idea
This contest will have you write either prose or poetry following the guidelines that Lady Randomness w
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XIIIWhat's This?
Below you will find a new assortment of various writers on DeviantART who are worth getting to know. All of their respective galleries are packed full of tremendous works that I enjoy and hope that you will too. And, if there is a writer that may not be listed in this edition, you may wish to read the
Winter Alliance Contest! Greetings, fair Allies! It is my pleasure to announce the Winter Alliance Contest!
What is the Alliance, you ask?
The Alliance is a project group intended to encourage visual and literary artists to work together. I've felt for some time that the dA Literature Community can at times be somewhat insular - to its detriment. We in the Lit Community are also sometimes prone to griping about the lack of exposure our work receives when compared to that of visual artists. So in the spirit of ^thorns brilliant Complaint Challenge I thought I would try to do something about that. And so the Alliance was born!
Because I, your founder, have a deep and abiding love for the seasons, this group will now host seasonal contests, and as the Autumn Contest is now over, it is time for Winter to reig
Help distribute cards for the Holiday Card Project
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the truly amazing and inspiring response we've received for the Holiday Card Project! The cards continue to arrive at deviantART headquarters in a steady stream, day after day. We've received over 2,000 cards, and have already started distributing them to hospitals around the world.
With so many cards, there's a chance we'll be able to spread the holiday cheer to even more hospitals than originally anticipated -- and that's where you come in. We're making a call for volunteers, just like you, to distribute Holiday Card Project cards to your local hospitals!
We're looking for res
Muro For *Membership .05 is CLOSED! Hello everyone, and welcome to the fifth Muro for *Membership contest! Here you have the chance to win one of two one month premium memberships by making a Muro drawing either in the journal comments or by linking one that's based off of two or more provided themes each month. What makes this contest unique? That no matter what your skill level is as an artist, as long as you meet the minimum requirements of each months contest, you are eligible to randomly win a premium membership. After the end of each contest's submission period, each qualifying deviant will receive a number starting at one and go up as high as it needs to, and after each person gets a number they are entered into a random number generator and the middle and last numbers that represent the people will win a one month premium membership.
Please check out this journal if you
Urbex #1Urban Exploration is the exploration of man-made structures. Usually these are abandoned ruins, or components that used to be part of everyday life but are no longer seen on a regular basis by the human eye. This series of articles aims to highlight exactly what Urban Exploration is, how it's achieved and the some of the best Urbex Photographers here on deviantART.
This Weeks Features
*MildlyReactive takes Urban Exploration to daring heights with their collection of bold, beautiful and often never seen before images. Wander over to their gallery, have a browse through their vantage points and join me in admiring this true Urban Explorer and their work.
Operation WFP is coming! [Started!]Find the start article here: http://nicswaner.deviantart.com/journal/Operation-WFP-Start-344101940
You have around 12 hours remaining to submit your feedback comment and wishlists to win a prize! We've only had a few entries thus far so your chances of winning are good.
It's been nearly a year since Operation TYP. ^GrimFace242 and I have plotted some terrible shenanigans, but this time it's even worse! We've flung poop at `NicBelroque and
brainwashed convinced him to join the dark side with us! Why? To remind you guys that giving is important.
What is Operation WFP?
It's 48 hours of fun for the entire community. At the start date you will be given a short list of simple tasks that can be done in as little as half an hour.
What is this task? It's so super secret we can't tell you until the start date!
Artisan Craft Features #16Welcome to a new artisan crafts newsletter, sorry they've been sporadic lately I will make my best to make them weekly from now on. If there's anything that you want me to advertise please don't hesitate to contact me!
It is Artisan Crafts Month at %ArtHistoryProject! If you would like to submit an article there's still time to sign up, go ahead it's so much fun! Here's the articles so far:
Welcome to Artisan Crafts!
Meet the Artisan Crafts GalleryAn Easy Wire-Wrapping TutorialFriday Interviews: ^cakecrumbsPapercuttingsArt Clay JewelryFood as ArtFriday Interviews: ~FoldedWildernessHow to Make a Viking Dress
100 Poem Project Update!
Current progress: 67/100
Also note that the terribly sweet ~SayaStarshine took a look at my list and decided she wanted to do it, too! She is using the same topics as me, and you can find the link to her stuff here.