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Fabulous Friday Feature 5: Sea Salt

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 5:22 AM
Autumn Stamp by Kezzi-RoseAutumn Stamp by happy-gurlStamp - Love Halloween by firstfearHappy Halloween by NorthboundFoxI support DLD by IrrevocableFateI suggest DDs. Do you? by archaemic

Greetings, all, and welcome to my fourth

FABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE

I've decided that now that I've got this fabulous year-long subscription, I should take the opportunity to get the word out about other deviants and their magnificent work! :) 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/d5j3fxf


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Visual Art

Salt of the Earth by iluvu2silver pendant by LoveIsMyHatesalt II by KatMPhotographyPanda XVII by ValCarpenterSalt Age by erezmaromBolivian Salt Flats #3 by Guppy0031Salt and wood by gonialiberavolatile chemical by ninakuruMarilyn Monroe Salt Art by MDefourShip at Sea by wierdling

Literature

in the deepoh, you wire waisted
lace-straightened grace laden
heart beholden siren, you cannot be
held or felt or signed or spelt
by these airy hands, no.
this immaterial heart will not beat
for the shallower water that cannot
wash away the stealth of your song
twisting tendrils around variable beat.  
adrenalin is my boat and i
am sinking as tides rise high,
as sky sighs over the skin of silence
between your notes falling like rain.  
i cannot put the drops back into clouds like
we cannot steal the salt from the louder ocean
for your eyes cry crystals that crush
the endless mill and fill the bottomless
spill of lightless depths, your niche
no human eye can see, your story
no human voice can leave, and yet
we do not believe.
run, jump, fallif you're looking for me
you'll find me in the jellyfish sea
i'll be waiting for your sea-salt lips
to claim me and your purple-pruned fingers to
wrap themselves around me and take me far,
far away
we'll do a running start and take a leap of
faith off the edge of the earth and
reach up to kiss the stars -
then
     plummet
spreadeagled, handheld in the sky
and sprout wings to tickle our faces as they
beat by our sides, and
we are euphoric,
  goosebumps in the grass.
(if anyone's looking for me,
 tell them i'll be making love in the jellyfish sea)
outgrowing gillssea-cradled urchin 
child has a salty heart yearnin'
for a glimpse of mother moon
tiny spiked wunderkind
punk, studded belt
you know life's answers well
shuffling through the seaweed-less halls
missing the ocean swell
tidal waves foaming at the mouth
everyone is laughing now
at the boy born on a boat one sunny afternoon
cause mama loved the sea like lovers love the sheets
landlocked kid is homesick and
sea sure, he's searching for the sea shore 
life's a blur for Davy Jones at his locker
capsized by sea-legs on solid ground, he finds his seizures
and he hates his earth mother
he hates her
for falling for the ocean and 
how he's rocked by the moon
how he's mesmerized by her glow
her pull on his sea-conceived cells
no
he hates her too
for the puking in the stalls
for the ridicule
little thingsthe shells get crushed in
the surf. bits stick in my feet --
the sea's in my blood.
Sea-Salt Pleasuressands sift, toes
sieving nature's salts.
i wonder
if your feet share
in these sea-salt
          pleasures,
pores lapping up the gentle
pulse of nature's blood -
   bending with the ebb
       and flow of tidal pulls, my
heart forever calling yours.
The MermenAt night we go down to the sea,
And drown ourselves.
Peel away our skins to reveal the
Wet, gelatinous mess of our muscle and fat and fin.
At night we go down, down to the ocean,
At night we shed our flesh,
And wear the shards of
Moonlight, sand and spray like shivering, nascent scales.
At night we go down, inexorably to the ocean,
Fold and hide our skins
In the rockpools, in the cold
Salt-water steppe. We play at being, just for a while.
At night we go down to the sea bed,
Curl up on the patterned
Sand, the ridges of our bodies,
Entwine and lose ourselves, in doing so find each other.
At night we go down to the ocean,
And drown ourselves.
In the morning we stitch each other
Back into our malformed flesh.
Rub the sand from our eyes,
Brush the salt out of our hair
And wash it from our lips.
Remove the scent of brine from our
Minds, the feel of
Muscle, fat and fin.
And we play at being human.
Keep my face from the sea, and
Turn my face from you.
If, when we play at being human, we glimps
The Salt of the SeaI.
The sovereign man has sunk bitterly;
he opened his mouth calmly
and swallowed the salt.
Swallowed it all.
I expected – fresh waters.
My hat flopped about;
like a goldfish, I was
crowded and troubling.
The word on the street for writers:
for my sake, put some words in my mouth.
II.
The King drowned the pillars in brine.
He knows the tiredness of the terra:
the tension hides in his shoulders,
his shoulders are pillars for the blue yonder.
Still his salt mill grinds.
Still the seas are brittle.
The pillars have become
skeletons of shipwrecks,
but as tall as mountains,
and as swamped as salt is bitter.
III.
Salt away. Jargon is
taken with a grain of salt.
Fault me for it –
lamenting,
mouth to eye,
siren-to-sailor wise.
Lamenting-wise.
IV.
Language has
embittered
the sea.
Submerge my breath. I wish to leave for the dream.


Community News, Features, and Fun(ny) Things

Happy Halloween!Our first ever Halloween party was held a few days ago, since we were sure that all of you little zombies would be pretty busy with the apocalypse today. Even if it wasn't actually Halloween, though, it surely felt so! With awesomeness in the air and spookiness provided by the creativity (and randomness!) of all of you, our party was a huge success. :dummy:
We had rounds of Flash Lit that were stunning, with a bit crazy incredible prompts that were both funny to write about and to think of; and lots of participants that made sure silence never lasted long. :pumpkin: but what's most amazing is that we have a surprise for some of you! Three random participants were selected for a one-month PM each. :la: just a small prize for their efforts and Halloween spirit.
But first, let me show you some of the best efforts of our Flash Lit! They could make you laugh, or shiver... or maybe both. ;P
Prompt "Cockroach", given by Clevina
By Vigilo and Solarune
And the
Inner Divinity Contest Closed!:new:Thank you everyone for your patience! I will be announcing the winners as soon as I hear back from the rest of the judges. We're more than halfway through, so bear with us!:new:
This is an announcement to let you all know
the Inner Divinity Contest folder is now CLOSED!
Thank you so very much to everyone who submitted!
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I'll be contacting the judges soon to get going on deciding who the winners are! We'll try to have results up ASAP. I also have an idea for a little event for the month of November. I haven't quite put it together yet, and I want to make sure I get through judging and the announcements of the winners first, but expect it soon! In the meantime, pleasepleasepleaseplease go take a look at our wonderful submissions!
Entries
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"Kannon" by :devhelice9

The Visual Narrative Project -Your Story in a FilmAre you a writer? Screenwriter? Storyteller? This is YOUR opportunity to get your story made into a short film!

Zev and Meredith, a freshman and junior at Bard College at Simon's Rock are looking for short stories (2-15 pages) that can be adapted into a movie through The Visual Narrative Project!

These stories can be made by anyone of any age and from any location, so share with your friends and consider submitting!

The deadline for submissions is November 20, 2012!
ALL THE INFORMATION IS AT HTTP://VISUAL-NARRATIVE.COM
We hope to work through many avenues of artists and writers including deviantART and other online communities. If you would like to share the project, please go ahead and do so, just link back to the website!
Even if you aren't interested in writing, sign up for the updates mailing list and we
Love dA Lit: Issue 100Welcome to the ONE-HUNDREDTH issue of Love dA Lit! :iconeagerexcitedplz: 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.
:star: This weeks project spotlight is Ladies of Lit! :star:
LITplease's Community Portal

Navigation
Literature Links | Project Spotlight | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges

Fantastic Feature Tuesday #17hello!
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
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 try (try!) to feature
deviants who get less spotlight than others and i will never feature the
same person twice.
these are truly some spectacular works and i urge to you take a look! i only pick the best, you know! (;
please take the time to read through each one - seriously, it takes five minutes - and be sure to the journal! (:



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UPDATES ON THINGS
i have created a favorites folder entitled "Fantastic Feature Tuesday" where you can find every deviation i have ever featured! yippee! and other th
And the land became brown sharp points of death...Before we get down to business, I (AzizrianDaoXrak) would just like to say HI AND HELLO THERE! I'm so pleased to be a new admin here and I'm super excited about the prompts! Feel free to come to me if you need a question answered or need help whoring out your artwork ;D I do a feature every Friday and am always looking for lovely pieces to showcase!
:bulletblue: Prompt responses will be accepted from November 1 - November 25. After which, your doting admin team with rummage through them and select one to be featured for the month of December.
:bulletblue: Critiques will be accepted over the same period (November 1 - 25), and we'll also select the best critique to feature as well.
Now, the rules:
Prompts
:bulletblue: open to members and non-members
:bulletblue: must adhere to group submission guidelines
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áááááááááá+ a link to a recent critique you've done on something in the group gallery must be included
Responses will be ev

Community Portal: October 28thNews
Love dA Lit: Issue 100
:note: If you'd like to have something added/mentioned in this journal or the article please send me a note!
:heart: IrrevocableFate
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! :eager:
Literature Links!
:new::bulletyellow: LadyLincoln will be hosting the Ladies of Lit Chat today at 7PM EST in
Mid-Week Flash Feature and News Update!





First of all, I want to say to everyone in the North Eastern US who is currently weathering the blast of Hurricane Sandy, GOOD LUCK. You are in my thoughts. I hope you make it through this unscathed and warm.
I also wanted to say HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I will not be able to go trick-or-treating this year, due to classes and homework (nor will I, sadly, have much of an opportunity to distribute candy :( ), but I will be running a horror tabletop campaign for friends this weekend, so that should be fun ^^
I have also been doing a LOT of featuring lately, and I was quite disappointed I couldn't find enough pieces for full features using certain themes, so I decided to do a quick flash feature to squeeze some of those in :D I'll still be posting my full weekly feature on Friday. Please consider taking a peek at and faving some of the awesome pieces below! Most of them haven't seen NEARLY enough l

Vintage Christmas Short Story ContestHalloween is over, and for many of us, that can only mean one thing: time to get excited about Christmas! Let us begin with a few definitions from good old dictionary.com.
vinĚtage
[...]
9. representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
10. old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
11. being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
(If you don't know what Christmas means, I suggest you look it up yourself.) :santa:
The Contest
To put it simply, this contest is open to short prose fiction that fits the theme of Vintage Christmas.
To go into a little more depth, this could mean a number of things. We all know, for example, that nobody did Christmas like the Victorians, so perhaps a little Dickens or Alcott homage is in order. We also know that Christmas is better the younger you are, and any writer who can recapture that magic will surely bring
The Secret Santa Writing Contest [closed]update: THIS IS CLOSED.
:star: THIS CONTEST IS BEING SPONSORED BY iskarlata, WHO HAS PROVIDED THE POINTS AS TOP PRIZES :star:
I am dedicating this CHRISTMAS-THEMED writing / visual art poem / prose contest to promoting two of my writing groups! Please join, as they are both in need of more writers. I promise I'll read your stuff.
:bulletred: Deadline: Christmas Day, December 25th, 11:59 PM PST
:star: PRIZES :star:
(Feel free to donate anything you want! If you would like me to, I'll feature you on my page and the group's for 1 year or however long you want.)
:bulletblue: 1st
1000 :points:
Llama from me, my other account, TurquaticTurtle, Kymira12, LightOverpowers58, xXPandaBlossomXx, psto1464
1 year feature on my page and all my journals, journal feature from TurquaticTurtle, Kymira12, TouchedVenus, LightOverpowers58, rainylake
Short stories/poems from me, Fackio-Zally, Kymira12; poetry commissi


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Visual Art
Just up:
Coming Soon: whenever I get around to it - a wendigo


Prose
Short Stories
Just up: The Love Song of H Philip Lovecraft
Coming Soon: The Dream-Makers - Part III (Not a chance in hell!)
Not-So-Short Stories
Just up:
Coming Soon:


Poetry:
Just up: Zombie Love Poems 1+2
Coming soon: Whatever strikes me

100 Poem Project
Current progress: 59/100
journal: azizriandaoxrak.deviantart.com…
blog: 100-poem-project.blogspot.com/
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.

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Vigilo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Writer
Lovely theme, lovely feature - I'm honoured to be included! :hug: :heart:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
I have to agree with *Carmalain7 the themes you choose are wonderful [and so are the features]!

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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:D Thank you! Like I told Alain, I'd love it if you'd keep an eye out for any interesting lit ;)
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
You're welcome! I will certainly keep a lookout for any interesting lit I may come across! :eager:
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PrettyThings9 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
what a beautiful lot of artwork :D and thanks again for featuring me! how lovely :P
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad you like the feature! You're very welcome!
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Man, i honestly love seeing your future topics you choose, they're uniquely brilliant.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:D

Thank you!

The trouble I am currently having is wanting to do a feature with particular theme that I either can't find enough good lit for or enough visual art to fit the theme. I'm currently contemplating "fire and ice," "forest fire," and "lace" as future features, so if you see any awesome lit matching one of these themes, PLEASEEEEEEEE pass it along ;)
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I shall certainly keep my eyes peeled, properly seasoned, and sauteed. :salute:
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