Welcome to March!
Another new season approaches. For me, it is always a time of a growth and renewed appreciations. It is the perfect time to soak in the constants of change and to celebrate the things that make us thankful – this is something that should be done, everyday. Those fortunate enough to bask in the joys of their daily blessings should take the time right now to remember them – and to share those blessings with those around them whom are less privileged. With a loving smile, try to keep your arms open selflessly. You little know whose lives may change in doing so. For me, it will always be in the littlest things.
Today is a new chance for another exciting opportunity to impact a positive change. Whether it should be embracing a new idea, project, or in simply a change in one’s attitude – it speaks volumes to all of those around us…this never should be regarded lightly, or without acknowledgement. It is not easy to follow new paths, when we have been trained all of our lives to take the same “safe” roads. We must try to not be afraid to be distinctly different – or in trying something completely new – as we travel on, sometimes it means re-discovering things we long since knew, and in discovering exactly what it was we were meant to be, all along. I know within the depths of my heart, there will always be a time for reflection and re-growth. The real lesson here sometimes is accepting that the real beauty discovered in our uniqueness is simply in accepting ourselves.
Take all of the flaws, inconsistencies, sorrows, beauties, and daily happiness you feel everyday – and firmly hold onto them. The truest blessing of all is called living – and it is a privilege denied so many. Just to have the opportunity to make an influential difference in the lives of those around you is a glorious miracle. Do not take it for granted. Walk the path you feel is right for you, and try and love without bounds – keep on enduring. Find that inner drive to be selfless – but do not lose sense of self. Endeavor to be the individual you long to be, and that you strive to be remembered for.
For those not as acquainted with me, my journal is a wonderful place to find some tidbits about what is going on in the Literature world. However, that being said, you will want to keep an eye out also for various other news postings from your Literature Community Volunteers, add them to your watch, so you will not miss out on a thing! Scrolling down, you will also find information geared towards other contests, groups and other news various links all related to Literature, so be sure to check them out.
Along with my monthly Ladies of Lit series, I host and support a variety of contests, group projects, a tri-monthly 30 Writers to Discover series, and the ongoing Writers Welcome Wagon. Is there something you wish for me to take part in or to help support? Feel free to note me at any time. Here is the current listing for my Ladies of Lit. Review the guidelines, and send me your suggestions, I am in dire need of them!
If you haven’t yet, be sure to stop by and thank DorianHarper for his service as a Literature Community Volunteer!
Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty.
Take part in our Ladies of Lit Mini-Contest! The deadline is April 20th.
Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before April. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
neurotype is hosting a Speculative Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 29th.
doughboycafe is hosting a Historical Flash Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
Gingersanps wants you to write her a Two Sentence Horror Story. The deadline is April 7th.
Within the community, there are several Literature chatrooms to visit that might be of interest to you. However, if you feel uncomfortable in these chatrooms, you might find what you are looking for in the revamped Literature Forums. There are also several critique and prompt groups available for use towards all of your Literature-related needs. Below, you will find just a small sampling of what the community has to offer you:
#CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
#Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
#Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
#Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.
Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
transliterations From One World to Another.
LITplease A Club for Every Writer.
Throughout DeviantART, there are a number of resourceful news articles filled with features, contests and much, much more. Several deviants keep the literature community in the know with these articles. I am honored to present the creme of the crop, and invite you to fully explore what each article has to offer.
The Lit Gallery Volunteers' February Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
BloodshotInk Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
TwilightPoetess calls for Literary Conversation.
With the official groups feature in full swing, there is a whole array of Literature groups to join and support. Below, you will have the opportunity to check out just a few of the newest ones on DeviantART. And, if there is a group not listed here that may interest you, you might want to check out the official Literature Group Hub.
Worlds-in-Words, Series-Unknown, Story-Writers, Writing-With-Love, FightToWrite, I-LIKE-SHORTS, Expressive-Poetry, LiteraryMovement, Original-Lit, PoetryWithAVoice, Second-Draft, Blackout-Poetry, Learn2Crit-Lit, Lit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthors, NGCreativeWriting, QuickReadsCollective, Souls-Within-Life, Writers-to-improve, Always-Poetry, Criticarium, PolishedInk, Literature-Creed, Edgar-Allen-Poets, PocketStories, Winters-Poets, Everlastingwriting, Literature-Critique, Poets-Haven, Writing-is-Visual, Try-Your-Page, UndefinedPoets, ForeverArtistOfWords, BoundByChainsOfWords, Write-to-inspire, UnitedLiterature, ExpressiveWriters, PoetrynProseWatchers, LyricsPoems, TheWritingShelter.
--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.
Thumbs: Nuggets of Self Discovery
Old SoulsDoc says I’m an old
soul, with my postcards
and letters, and waste-no-words
policy. Doc says old souls still make eye
contact instead of playing with iPhones,
mirrors that stare back, and tell
us who we are by knowing
who they are.
Doc tells me I’m an old
soul in a young body, taming
wild Internets and bringing my words
to heel like a triple score
in a game of Scrabble.
That I was born in the wrong
decade, that I was meant to punch
typewriter keys like a boxer,
that the twenty-first century
wasn’t made for old souls like mine.
Doc thinks I’m too old
to be twenty-three, constantly forgetting
the barriers of my few years.
Like that I never wrote about myself
until he gave me moments
worth writing down, and cared
about the person behind the words.
That I learned who I was by learning
who he was, and drew a timeline
of intersection points where each
node became a poem, and each poem
became a stepping stone.
Doc unearthed an old
soul in my notebook.
Old like a favoriL,When we were children, adults taught us that to love is to hurt. They showed us their broken china and sour tears masked by insults that lose lethality with repetition. They ripped their barely beating hearts out, laid them side-by-side and forced us to compare rhythms. And we learned that love is asynchronous, an antithesis to happiness.
So that's what we believed as we took those first brave, trembling steps toward maturity. Not to be outclassed by previous generations, we created surgical incisions in each other's chests, placed our hearts on examination tables. We investigated the valves as they sputtered and coagulated before furling into themselves. We reorganized the atriums, reversed the ventricles, and drained the blood. Replaced it with blind assumptions awash in bitter words we dared not let loose because we meant to love, not destroy. Surely, no two people loved so thoroughly as we. We broke each other like the china of our childhood.
And when it was done,Two Parts Lion, One Part CubI.
There was always something about the way he looked at me. The first day I entered the classroom, I remembered his face back from seventh grade, when he was a year older. He wore flannel jackets that were warmer than you'd think and skinny jeans so tight that sometimes, I wondered if he even had room for a dick of some sort in there. The look in his eyes though, so brown and intense, made me quiver under the pressure. It was as if he was looking past me. Underneath my makeup, my clothing, my bone structure. I shook from attention.
He used to loom over me all the time. Six foot something and already a head taller than me, he craved making me feel small. When we stood next to each other, my head came to his shoulders. Every time he insisted on hugging me, my cheek was plastered against his skinny chest. I could hear his heartbeat.
But especially when I sat at my desk, reading. He would come from oShame on MeI thought
that I could think my way
out of a brain defect.
That I could unlearn
the way my neurons fire
and the synapses wince
when someone raises their voice
that when he told me to trust
that it could be true.
That I could learn
the way that vocal chords moan
and groan, and growl.
When someone tells me to believe
to be myself
that might mean they meant it.
If you stop by, and would like to begin your journey on my DA homepage, may I suggest starting here. Also, if you are new to DA and need further assistance, please feel free to contact me if you cannot find what you are looking for in the FAQ section found here.
My official DeviantART Prayer Support Log. If there is someone you know who is in need of support, do let me know at any time and I will add them to the log.
I like to support Literature here by adding literature clubs/groups to my watch. If I have yet to add yours, feel free to leave me a comment.
Who is serving the Literature Community and what can they do for you? Your Community Volunteers for Literature are listed below as follows. You can freely contact them at any time with your questions or concerns.
And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!
Please stop by The-Novelist-Club and feel free to join us, whether you are a writer, a poet, reader, or even a critic - we'd love to have you. We are currently accepting regular submissions and various pieces for our Workshops, so please show your support to these wonderful writers and stop by.
Looking to join a fun group which supports the exciting era of Abraham Lincoln by paying homage to his memory with fun panel discussions, Q and A sessions, book reviews and much, much more? Then TheLincolnLegacy is the perfect place for you. Walks of all artistic life are warmly welcomed here.
LungCancer-Awareness was created to bring awareness to a well-known cancer that has not only impacted the daily lives of the members of my own family - but so many others around us. Anything that you can do to promote awareness within your community can and will make a difference!
Wanting to keep an eye on all things Literature on DeviantART, and not sure where to turn? Your official Literature home CRLiterature, is the place to find everything you could possibly want, from generalized information, resources, contests and more, so do not miss out.
Looking for some of the latest news about your Daily Deviations or that news article you may missed over the course of the month? Well then, LitResources may be the very place for you to catch up on all of the latest happenings.
Everyone is welcome over at our group, And we realize that every writer has their own personality, interests, strengths and weaknesses, so we aim to provide unique pathways into the community for everyone. So go on - sign yourself up and get exposed over at Expose-Lit.
Our judges at TalentedWritersGuild are looking for your quality literature! So, if you have something that you feel will simultaneously move us, challenge us, and inspire us as readers - then we are the very group for you.
Looking for a delightful and positively charged environment to post your work and give others some encouragement and support? Then look no further than ProjectPositivity.
I have added several updates to our local club Indiana-Deviants, so if you are from Indiana, or just interested in Hoosier related news, please, by all means, join us! We would be more than happy to have you there. We are always looking to accept new submissions.
Kimberly’s beautifully woven “dreamy” poetry reflects from her heart and through her gorgeous deviant identity, amongst the community. Her writing is sensitive and thoughtful, and she has a creative ability to pull her readers into a world with vibrant imagery – she helps us count the stars, travel through the valley of the butterflies, and discover our euphoria.