Greetings, all, and welcome to my THIRTIETH
FABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE
If you've got someone you think should be featured in next Friday's Feature, I'd love it if you would send me a note with a link to the deviation in question 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!
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I am ALWAYS seeking donations and nominations for my pay-it-forward project! So far I've been able to donate FIVE 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 ProjectUpdate: 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:
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
National Poetry Writing Month 2013 is OFFICIALLY OVER. To see what was up to, check out Summer's Peculiar Adventures in the Real World.
And now, without any further ado: THE FEATURES!
Catharsis (Slam Poem WIP)In the psychiatric waiting room
you asked me if I believed you could get better.
I don't hail Mary or believe in ghosts,
but I've prayed until I heard thirteen footsteps on the roof—
and heard it enough times to not question if it was you.
But the hierarchy of monarch butterflies
in my stomach are hesitant to take precedence
over the moths quick to blame
you when your twitter hashtags are hashmarks;
like high scores in psych wards.
my father says as he kneels
to hear the corn grow
tuesdays on the way to a strip of sunlight,
foreign food and
a nook where the heart is still unpacking.
home couldn't have been any other way,
then I'm like a snail,
home is near for all that it's near,
until I go to sleep
home is like the scent of spring,
the trees of paradise blooming a perpetual october in my mind,
the scent of jasmine, tea, the full moon,
home is a window and the window back home,
and every window,
the stories they read me to sleep
The color of waterHe takes my hand and plants heat in my palm.
Hurry, hurry, he urges me and his voice is distant and warm.
Its June but there are no crickets chirping. The air has turned into tulle and swallows veil themselves in pink and gray. The ground opens greedy under our feet as we run, we stumble into her hunger for moons and craters, for dirt. Its swollen and clods like balloons creak in the dense dusk and fill the clouds. We spoon them in our soles, the rain forks them. Were cols of paper, flushes of spilt milk and our lines disappear as the water keeps overwriting. Were bronchi, fleshy and bloody and white with air and the air thumps around us like a big heart, dipping into the ground and popping out as she spits it, crying all the names of the sun. It embraces her like a lusty lover, howling, moaning, screaming, returns her to her most savage and frantic desire breathe, breathe, breathe. A million little lungs.
He drags me into the small hut and we
-c. thievesWe are agoraphobic little children, weaving gold from straw and placing spider kisses on handkerchiefs. You play a game of ocd and multiple personality disorders in which you will pluck hair from my bangs and dangle choices upon fine copper string. I'm sure your name has more than six letters because the best things in the world are never even, and your favourite colour will not be blue, or purple, but rather indigo or puce. You will be my four-leaf clover and downy feather, a gift from angels long departed. I know for a fact you will refuse to bury your face in my neck because yours will be far too beautiful to hide from such a grey world.
I am watching you closed-eyed from behind the reeds, because I dont need my eyes to know, and its part of the game because when youre little and naïve and still believe that everything is pictureperfect that if I cant see you then I am as invisible as spiderweb silk. You like to chase me and mummify me with ribbons, thou
Community News, Features, and Fun(ny) Things
Writing Resources for Noobs (...and not-so-noobs)I spend a lot of time giving advice to young writers. It's cool, I like doing it, and I really don't mind spending time with newbies discussing the business and the art. But I thought it might be useful to everyone if I put some of my favorite stuff here in one post.
Chuck gets it.
I find that I often link a series of the same places over and over. There are a lot of resources out there on the web, and yeah, I could just tell y'all to go Google it, but while Google brings up some great links, I also have my own personal favorites. So here you go, EKA's Favorite Writing Resources:
On Querying, Publishers, and Agents
Absolute Write: Bewares & Background Checks
Jennifer Represents, blog of l
Being Funny with HaveTales-WillTellI'm constantly sad about not finding sufficient amounts of humorous works here. It occurred to me that, you know, maybe I should spread the word on how to be funny!
Since I've got nothing, I turned to someone who is pretty amusing around these parts. The thumbnails featured throughout this article were provided by HaveTales-WillTell (or are from his gallery), so you don't have to take my word for it.
What do you find funny?
Above all else, I delight in cleverness. When reading, that often means puns and other forms of wordplay; with visual media, there can be the additional dimension of a character's actions mirroring or contrasting with their mannerisms, dialogue or accent.
These days, puns are underappreciated, relegated to opening-monologue punchlines and thrown-together internet memes. (Walken on Sunshine, anyone? ) Back in the day, it was different: Shakespeare, for example, included them in some form in every single one of his plays. One memorable e
Love dA Lit: Issue 127Welcome to the one-hundred twenty-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 or project for two weeks. 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.
Note: Happy Mother's Day.
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Group Spotlight | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges
Community Portal: May 12thCommunity Portal
Love dA Lit: Issue 127
On the Subject of Literature Daily Deviations... (Please share your thoughts and opinions!)
Forum Game: Five Sentence Stories
Forum Discussion: Poetry Clichés
This here is mah pimp stick andThis is Mah Other Pimp Stick
In Cahoots Collaboration Contest (September 1st) [Off dA Contest]
#NaPoWriMo Feature 3As I mentioned in my last three journal entries, those who completed NaPoWriMo & let #NaPoWriMo admin know before the deadline, have won a feature by me (amongst other prizes). Since there were more than 30 winners, I've decided to break it into 3 separate features, and I've personally chosen my favourite poem from each winner's WriMo '13 gallery/list. This is feature three -- for feature one, please go here, and for feature two, here.
Apologies on the lateness of this particular feature, I've had a crazy week!
So, without further ado, here are the third group of the features - in order of their response to my previous journal.
I invite you
NaPoWriMo, Features, and MusingsSo originally this was going to be a nice little feature of some of my favourite NaPoWriMo creations accompanied by small comments. Then the week happened so it turned into a feature of things that I like from whenever. And now I've been sick puking and loafing around crying so the comments aren't happening. Everyone make your sounds of elation now.
Without further ado here are some lovely things:
March Madness by nospoonwriter :thumb364506246:
Spring Alliance Contest! Greetings, luminous Allies! It is my pleasure to announce the Spring 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 now hosts seasonal contests, and as the Winter Contest is now over, it is time for Spring. I
Friday Feature: Issue 024A Collection of -
protection (Premium Content) by sth22art
3 by argylekidd
dictum ac factum by sylvia-p
Puppeteers at work by lucia-eggenhoffer
6963 by IlonaShevchishina
:iconshinokoe: :iconap3rtur3: :iconskinpistol: :iconiamthewoodendoor:
:iconh20baby93: :iconephemeral-artifacts: :iconharuniji: :iconmilieere:
:iconlonglivecarl: :iconremiorski: :iconsth22art: :iconargylekidd:
:iconsylvia-p: :iconlucia-eggenhoffer: :iconilonashevchishina: :iconbe-awesome-or-die:
24 Hours remaining in the contest!Members of Heart-of-Poetry, the contest ends in just 24 hours! Make sure you get in all your entries and ask any questions that you have. If you are in need of an extension or anything of the sort because of special circumstances please send me or the group a note.
Theme: Six word story. Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story that had only six words that could make one cry.
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
The theme of this contest is to write a story that is under ten words. This contest is entitled 'The Six Word Story' but it can be any length as long as the tale or poem is under ten words.
1. Three entries per deviant
2. Mature content is allowed, but it must have a warning
3. Must be ten words or less
4. Your entry must be written for this contest (published after this journal)
5. Please submit to the <b>
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Celebrating Deviousness - May 2013
CR Newsletter March/April 2013
Spring Feature of GrimGloomTale The long winter is finally over, so we can proceed to our next seasonal feature: time for the lovely Spring. I've seen many fabulous works submitted to the group, as always, and they all deserve to be seen. Unfortunately, I can't show them all in this one little showcase. Here you will see only works having below 100 favourites. Give them attention that they lack!
Aimee and Aime by ALEXAst
The door in the Dwimorberg by LeenZuydgeestFoolish Little Troll by erinclairebWanderer by ILioNart
The CR Stamp Project: WinnersAfter receiving some great amazing entries, the Community Relations team voted and so, without any further delay, the winners are:
Most voted stamp among the static entries.
Most voted stamp among the animated entries.
Prize given using a random generator.
Best Stamp overall
Most voted stamp in general.
Congratulations! Each winner will receive a 3 months Premium Membership from the Community Relations team.
Thanks to everybody who participated! Remember that you're always encouraged to show your support for the CR Team in the form of a stamp! This project is intended to be recurrent, so keep an eye on this space for more information in the future!
100 Poem Project Update!
Current progress: 68/100
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.