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Fabulous Friday Feature 14: Adoration

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 4, 2013, 7:44 AM


:thumb89743470:Write. -stamp by RivanaTea Stamp by KawikuI support DLD by IrrevocableFateI suggest DDs. Do you? by archaemic

Greetings, all, and welcome to my fourteenth

FABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE

This week, I'm taking a moment to think back on all the pieces I've found in the past few years and featuring my favorites! Yep, that's right, I am attempting to do a survey of my absolute favorite pieces from the past EIGHT YEARS. I know a bunch of these are DDs, and for that I'm sorry, but these are pieces that I find I keep coming back to in order to show people HOW AMAZING they are. Next week, I'll be trying to tackle an immortal theme: DEATH. 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/d5pirf1

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 Project:new:Update: Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, I will not be continuing this project. However, I strongly encourage you all to pay it forward yourselves!



Deviants so far who have received premium memberships as part of this project:

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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 membersh


ALSO, my dear friend angeljunkie is raising funds to renew lacoterie's supergroup submission and would be grateful for any donations! Please consider just donating a point or two to help! Please check out the donation box on his front page.

And now, without any further ado: THE FEATURES!

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Visual Art

White Lady by yanadhyanaWinter fire by Lita-in-depressshake his trees by fdasuarezTree Of Life Buckle by Cloud-Dragonzburn our souls, release the wicked II by TheNightSheDiedPersephone by fanitsafantasyTarot: Ten of Wands by puimunsomewhere under the rainbow by eWKnFlight Freeze by acidtwistFirestarter by AnitaAntiFirst Strike by aquapellThe Reckoning of Rivendell by elegaerA little-feather girl by AlvisHamiltonAll Good Deer go to Heaven by cocorieVerfall by NoctiLunaLady of the Forest by TrollGirlGolden Pollen by yanadhyanaNorthern Witch by FinngualaEnlightened by Miguel-Santos:thumb279741109::thumb317852068:Scintillant by TheBlueShadowMorrigane looks the Thiefeyes by ChonunhwaForest deer girl I. by FairysirenStanding Still 1 by gilad

Literature

Tell Her - Border SeriesWill you still persist, axe to your own
throat, standing on the front lines?
I love your body, don't you love your body?
And all the dead rebound off
the ground, and say, "Tell her to
stop, Kyla, tell her to come live
on this side of the line, where there is
sparse shelling and time for tea between.
Tell her the world is made for dirt and water
which take care of their own - they take
care of their own in the end. No holding
the world, tell her, no carrying it on
your shoulders like that's what it means
to be strong." I was on the field, my love,
when they said, "Tell her
it's her that has gravity, she already
calls the earth to her knees."
Voices from Saginaw, MI: 1952-1974                Dad would ask so many questions                            I hated interpreting
for him                         hands stuck on refrain                   it wasn’t that my parents were deaf
        but that other parents could hear                    I found that strange                        we had to move
   &
don't get tired of elephants yetI've had my crippling moments.
They'd either start in my stomach
with an ache like broken glass
or stab me right in the catharsis,
somewhere near my heart or breath
or maybe my left foot.
I wouldn't know how it feels
to hurt to walk, but I imagine
with a destination like farther,
it's no pilgrimage.
So take the burden off your back.
Life is not a sandstorm
and your lungs are only a mirage
if you expect to see your breath
every time you breathe.
So take a breath
back, just one step
and listen with your smoke signals.
Help is on the way.
I just can't promise
it knows much about this lifetime.
It's the same way I could never promise
elephants remember everything
or that every Elvis impersonator
means thank you very much outside
of his facade. Don't bother asking God either.
He wouldn't know and he wouldn't care.
He's still trying to number the hairs
on my head, hoping he won't lose count.
Our days are often double-digit jerseyed.
And go ahead and tell me now that this isn't a game.
Very f
Tessa.We laid you in the earth
as the day reached its close.
The afternoon's thunderstorms
passed to the east and in the west
the sun burned brilliant,
its diurnal death a ruddy kiss
upon our swollen cheeks.  
That morning you looked at me
from the backseat and suddenly
you knew what we meant by
"it's time."  And you let go so quick,
so quiet – your tail thumped, thumped
against the clinic floor, then stopped;
your face was a calm, golden yellow.
The tears did not come then
in the office, transactional and sterile,
but as my bare feet picked up the rain  
lingering upon the backyard grass –
here where you scouted out smells  
and followed us children about,
nosing our pockets for something tasty.   
Tonight, the hollyhocks are in bloom
beside the old oak tree in whose
shade you curled up, contented
as you aged to simply watch over us
and paw at the occasional acorn.  
You never asked for much – a little lov
If Kronos Drank MilkWhen I was little, Mama always told me that you couldn't swear by God's name, because then He might expect you to do something for him. So she always swore by milk. I felt very enlightened.
"Milk," she'd mutter whenever I forgot to hang up the laundry, "I've raised a useless child." Or, sometimes it was more like, "Milk! Jessie, get outta that tree, girl!" Things like that.
People would always look at us strangely, and not because Mama and I looked so different. We'd be in the store and Mama would be muttering "milk" at the oddest times, and I'd be standing on the other side of the aisle with my hands hiding in the edges of my coat pockets.
Even when I was a teenager, Mama would still make me take a shower at 8:30 so that she could brush my hair before she went to bed. She made me grow it out, and I felt like an Indian because it was so dark and it hadn't been cut since I was four. Every night, I'd sit in front of the decaying couch on a stool and let Mama brush my hair while she watch
A Portrait of AtlasHe had not heard --
of the buffaloes whose quiet lowing
has muted the triumphant raven's crowing,
as they, beast and bird, have run towards the sinking sun;
and of the wild woman, who knows
the earth as her own, following fable, bows
to the sea from her place on the sky-crowned mountains --
he has not heard of earth,
for his vision has been clouded by sky.
But he has heard --
of the waxing moon's wells and water,
which runs down as rain to the sky, to falter,
as they are caught in the sky's mosaic of smoke and cloud;
and of the wild, wild man, who roams
the earth as a dream and sits by the sea foams,
waiting for a star to fall out of the ocean and walk the heavens --
and he has heard of that sky.
And he has heard his daughters sing --
of the light of the dragon scales of sunset
that flicker when evening falls over the west,
as an eye of storm holds vigil, and an eye of sea that sleeps;
of apples golden and green that hold their eyes
and hold their hopes and dreams in wintry jade vines,
Grandma's wild lace
For the little ones
Grandma grew lace
in her backyard,
twining live ivy
up the willows
and the sycamores,
a spider's snowfall.
Stopping to smooth
the curtains from our eyes,
she flicked the sun in
through the fly screens.
We never noticed the dusk
because the house still smelled
of melons and bagels
and matzo ball soup.
Memories of France, 1918Was it so terrible?
The countryside in spring?
"Oui, ma fille,
it was,
horrifying.
The red
all I can still see
is the red
everywhere
it stuck in their hair,
behind my eyes.
It was terrible, the red."
The red was the blood,
Grandpere?  The blood
of the dying soldiers?
"Non, non.  The
poppies.
They were crushed
before they could bloom."
metamorphosisHe's caught the green bug
and the shape of him stumbles,
wound up and resounding like a spring;
a tumbling flower, or a man in heat deseated
who's caught the green bug like rain on the tongue.
Now he's coiled tit to thigh, skin twitching like a gadfly
and shaping a rare round amen to the sob of it,
the sheer glorious throb of it: the dirty thumb
pressing on the seeds in spring, the storms
and showers working hour to hour
at the nonsense of being
while down in the garden
his body becomes a boyish stamen
and aiming between the eyes of the sky
he splits himself, spitting aphids and sucking
at the ground, the euclidian sway of his petals
hounding for water, begging for sound: he settles
and stops in the earth, all naked and green.
He cannot tell the round arse of a tulip
from the sun. No, he cannot run,
and the mayflies are dying
one by one by one.


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Complaint Challenge Contest!

We got our complaints out in December 2012. Now, 2013 is about doing something productive with them. I am not going to sit and grumble about my pet peeves. Neither should you!
Anyone who knows me should have been suspicious from the start of Phase 1 because complaining is one of my own complaints. (And you saw this trick last year!) That's right. I complain about people complaining. Silly, yes? Well I decided to do something about it with this challenge. 
I hope everyone enjoyed sharing their gripes in Phase 1 because it is time for Phase 2! :eager: And Phase 2 is open to everyone, even if you didn't participate in Phase 1, or decided to change what complaint you'd like to address!
Complaint Challenge – Phase 2
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Fantastic Feature Tuesday #25Happy new year everyone! :party: It's still the 31st for me, but I figured I might not have time to post this tomorrow and it must already be Tuesday for someone out there. And so this can remain Fantastic Feature Tuesday, not Monday.
This 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
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based on structure, impact and word usage. I will never feature the
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Please this news article so it will reach a larger audience!



things i must do before i die: by ChloroformBoy A Ceiling Bas-relief (the Fontaine House) by Swep-Lovitt
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tWR's Specials: New Year Chat Event!Happy New Year, revolutionaries! :dummy: I hope you all have an amazing 2013. We originally planned to have a chat event around Christmas... :lol: but we are disorganised fishies, so instead we are going to hold two belated New Year's chats (to cater for different timezones) this Sunday, January the 6th!
What's going on?
We are going to be having a critique session, so bring along a piece of literature you want feedback on, and/or your critiquing mindset! There will also be fun (largely thought up by Sammur-amat) such as a collaborative in-chat story, and a Q&A session with the admins who are present. (No, you may not ask us to reveal our deepest darkest secrets. :paranoid:)
Also, if you have a piece you're entering in our contest, bring it to the critique session for other members to offer feedback on!
We'll post a wrap-up article after the event, so even if you can't make it
Love dA Lit: Issue 109Welcome to the one-hundred ninth issue of Love dA Lit! :snowflake: 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.
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Whoa.  You guys came to play!  We got over 200 entries for the DEAR TEEN ME contest, and we are both delighted and shocked and...well, exhausted after reading so many heartfelt entries!
First of all, I want to thank everyone who entered.  This is a very personal writing endeavor and I know it's hard to put yourselves out there so I hope you all give yourselves a hug for me!
Secondly, I want to thank my co-judges, wreckling, Cassildra, neurotype and Vocable.  I think I would have drowned in letters if it weren't for you guys!
SO.  Without further ado, here are your winners!

First place, which wins a prize pack of Zest books including DEAR TEEN ME signed by various authors in the anthology (and ME!); a1 year premium membership, a laptop bag
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Literature DD Roundup- December 2012Greetings everyone!
Today is New Years Eve, so before we share the roundup for December, on behalf of the Lit CVs, I wish you all a fantastic 2013!
It’s been a year of progression for the literature community, one I hope you will all join us on the continued journey for 2013. The community isn’t just 4 volunteers, it is ALL OF YOU, and I hope you share your ideas and get involved.
December has showcased some fantastic pieces of writing, and because of this we have actually snuck in a few bonus features. On Christmas day, we had 4 Literature DDs and from mid-December onwards we added some extra DDs over the weekend- something which we will now be doing every weekend!  :la:
(ps. Did anyone notice we’d snuck in some extra DDs lately?)
Here is the roundup for December:
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Top 20 of 2012As it is the end of the year (in fact, already the 1st in some places) I wanted to do a feature of my top 20 favourite DDs from 2012.  I looked after 3 galleries and have been privileged to be shown and able to promote some incredible art and artists.  So here are my picks =) 
Superman Man of steel by CyrilT Prince with a Thousand Enemies by Sleyf Tinky Winky from Teletubbies by AtomiccircuS DruggySherlock by CoeyKuhn Poppy by YOGISHA We're All Mad Here - The Cheshire Cat by NickyBarkla Pokemon Gijinka: SKITTY by hellcorpceo Batgirl by danielmchavez EOWYN vs THE WITCH KING by nachomolina Change your...fate? by Kuitsuku
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:star:What are some of your favourite pieces of art from 2012?:star:

New Contest: Mea CulpaMea culpa - the fault is mine. Throughout the history of humankind, we have defined our morality of the day with help from many sources, both extraneous and internal, experiencially and symbolically.  Some use religious text.  Some use the example and teachings of their parents.  Some find heroes in history or in their lives to emulate.  Some will determine what is wrong (and right) from what has been criminalized. And still others will find new means, isolated from traditional sources, in a vacuum of their own personal intellect and empathy. It has been postulated that the backbone of societal behavior is guilt, i.e. having a conscience and being influenced by it. And this guilt should keep us in line, keep us good, lest we suffer from our own self-disgrace in the eyes of our internal and external juries.  But, does this work?  As most everyone would agree, we are not perfect beings.  Throughout the centuries, we have displayed every conceivable erro tWR's Specials: New Year Chat Event!Happy New Year, revolutionaries! :dummy: I hope you all have an amazing 2013. We originally planned to have a chat event around Christmas... :lol: but we are disorganised fishies, so instead we are going to hold two belated New Year's chats (to cater for different timezones) this Sunday, January the 6th!
What's going on?
We are going to be having a critique session, so bring along a piece of literature you want feedback on, and/or your critiquing mindset! There will also be fun (largely thought up by Sammur-amat) such as a collaborative in-chat story, and a Q&A session with the admins who are present. (No, you may not ask us to reveal our deepest darkest secrets. :paranoid:)
Also, if you have a piece you're entering in our contest, bring it to the critique session for other members to offer feedback on!
We'll post a wrap-up article after the event, so even if you can't make it
Digitally Delicious: Jan 1st.
White Prince
by NadiavanderDonk

Midgard Master of Demon Mountain
by Trishkell

Out There Revisited
by Gaius31duke

My Little Friend
by Elderscroller

Downtown
by PeteAmachree

Free as a bird
by memod

Mistveil Spires
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100 Poem Project Update!
Current progress: 67/100
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Thank you so much for the feature!
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AzizrianDaoXrak Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're so welcome! :)
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Chonunhwa Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the featuring ! :)
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AzizrianDaoXrak Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:) You're so welcome!
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Miguel-Santos Jan 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you Azi.
Much love to you and every artist here. :hug:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^ You're so welcome!
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Vigilo Jan 6, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much! Honoured and grateful. :glomp: :heart:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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STelari Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for featuring my drawing and article (:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just looooooooooove your work, so I had to include it ;)
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