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Mid April News: Diversity

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


In my eight years as a community-oriented deviant, others who visit my profile each day learn quickly what I stand for: positivity and unity. In returning daily to my second “home” on DeviantART, I do consider it a blessing that I can still have a significant impact here amongst my peers – offering a supportive, loving hand to all those who seek it. I have always tried my best to stand by those who I have felt have needed that strong outlet. Everyday, I know there are those who cannot speak for themselves – or may be afraid to. I wish to do what I can to be a voice to those individuals. I am determined to maintain a positive change here, and to endure.

As I am sure many are aware of, there was a community uproar over the closure of DailyLitDeviations. Many within the community were strongly impacted by this. And, in regards to my role here, not surprisingly, I was closely tied to several of them. On the positive side, I was happy to feel an immediate pull of that close-knit loyalty and esteemed support that I so greatly value amongst those I care a great deal for. These strong (re)connections were felt throughout this entire community – it was embraced – and this is a rare gift, truly. Through the ordeal, it also saddened me to see some were hurt along the way, during a sometimes painful and confusing process. My heart goes out to them, because I care very much for everyone here, and their happiness and involvement within my community. I try to do what I can daily to keep everyone united and involved. I want the Literature community I so cherish to keep thriving. The amazing diversity we all have amongst us is well worth carrying on with the encouraging fight.

Within this always growing, diverse community, I simply cannot thank those enough who have guided others to rise above the negativity, and strive to make a difference. The beautiful honor for me is being a part of it – every single day. I deeply appreciate the ongoing, generous showing of the community’s unyielding support for the various efforts of these dedicated deviants – and for what they all continue to do – stand by us. And, please do try to make the effort to reach out a hand in kindness – not in anger. For the rewards are far greater in the end for it.



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!

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty-One.
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
:bulletpurple: April is the month of NaPoWriMo, Script Frenzy and MORE! Get the details Here!
:new: Beccalicious is bringing back the amazing WritersWorkshop Check it out.
:new: Updates on the DailyLitDeviations situation can be read here and here.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' March Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:new: WorldWar-Tori would like to share her Literature News with you.
:new: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:new: Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing Deviants.
:bulletpurple: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:new: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:new: Naktarra has opened her official Literary-Almanac.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:new: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:new: 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, 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, GlitchLit, Writers-Crutch, The-Writing-School, TheKnow, LiteraryShowcase, UnitedFaithPoetry, WriteFromYourHeart.
:new: DailyLitDeviations, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Deviants Making A Difference
SorrowbirdI watched him flap helplessly between the teeth of a barbwire fence, screeching for help.
"Papa, look Papa! A boy!"
My papa stood dazed for a moment, dust billowing at his legs, his eyes teetering along the field. It wasn't until later that evening he told me he hadn't understood what I had seen. What he had seen.
With grass tickling the backsides of my legs, I bounded toward the boy, "What are you doing? Are you okay?"
As I approached him, I felt his skittish eyes rake across my every movement. With his ten-year-old arms slung inside the gaping maw of a fence and darkened feathers pasted along the creases of his face; he looked squarely at me. I could hear his bird-bones quaking at my voice, he pushed harder against the fence. I winced for him.
"Hold still, we'll get you out," I turned back to my papa who stood alongside the road, "Papa," I pleaded, "Please! Help him!"
Reaching out, I touched his shoulder, "Don't be afraid. We're going to help you."
He didn't pull away from me. I thou
He doesn't write poetry anymore.He doesn’t write poetry anymore,
even if he still collects it, reads it, saves it, treasures
faded verses from his wife the way connoisseurs
savor vinyl over metallic rainbows on disc.
I don’t mind not knowing, but I can’t stand not asking.
The record needle hits the groove wrong;
he stumbles over words that aren’t there,
rummaging for an answer he doesn’t really have.
He doesn’t write poetry anymore
and his confusion is strangely endearing.
But there’s a lyricism to his words that I love,
poetic lines inserted between the daily grind
of character names and who said what;
voiceless boys in white and draymen carting the dead to saltwater lakes,
elegiac undertones that haunt historians and forlorn painters.
He doesn’t write poetry anymore –
except when he does.
Cristian Rosas
Mediterranean breeze warmed my dreams;
cappuccino mornings blended
into Bacardi sunsets.
Tobacco smoulders and I remember-
his name was Cristian Rosas.
Sunset passed. Spirits poured
European measures- unlike tight English twenty-five mil,
relieving the throbs of snow white turned red queen.
The glow led our intoxicated journey. Sambuca fused.
We invaded the dance floor.
yellow lanterns,
blue, red, green
blue,
yellow, red,
green merged with smiles.
Freedom spun me to his arms.
Giggles blushed sunburn. Cristian Rosas
whispered his name.
Fingers caressed my shoulder;
pulses shot down my back.
Lights,
music people blurred
into echoes. His words
a treat richer than coffee. Citrus
perfume infused the heat; hunger took control.
Honey seeped into locked lips.
His wink broke the spell.
Notes flew off key. Samba swayed
a desperate grind of genitals, disgust
erupted in my throat. Honey
tinged saccharin;
backhand met cheek.
On patio furniture I sucked cigarettes.
Cappuccino froth sank with my lust
Only as Old"Frail bones predict what fragile minds can't detect,"
He trailed off slowly, "And my bones are achin'."
The air around me hung low and depressed,
Sticking to the back of my throat like a stormy syrup
I'd tried to swallow down.
I peered out the kitchen window
And caught an inklet of patched-over-grey sky;
I wondered what was in store for the day.
Impartial to the gloom outside, we stepped out onto the back porch;
Grandpa wobbled out with his cane in hand and we waited.
In the hushed stillness the trees traded birds—
Robins, swallows, whippoorwills, and cardinals.
If you squinted hard enough at the sullen shrubbery,
You could spot the caterpillar creeping to the underside of the leaf.
That's when I looked at Grandpa,
And saw through his eyes nature receding
At his prescience of a storm.
"Grandpa, how do you always know?"
He chuckled and simply said: "The world tells me."
It was left at that, but years later I have found
That the world is only as old as the person to whom you speak.

 


:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Arthur’s vivid imaginings and creative wordplay are ever present in his intriguing gallery. He takes his loyal readers on adventures to many different worlds – and none of us regret taking the amazing journey.   

ArthurCrow



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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April Adventures

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Welcome to April!

The new spring season has brought on another adventure! Every year, I travel and enjoy meeting other deviants who have greatly impacted my time within the Literature community and beyond. This year brought me to Seattle, Washington, and to one of my trusted mentors and most cherished of friends: LiliWrites. This was certainly a delightful visit; travel frustrations, hotel blunders and daily chilly rain aside – Lili is as sweet, kind, intelligent, and as loving as she is here – and it was a wonderful day.

I enjoyed being in her presence and having the priceless luxury of conversing with her. I relished most listening to her infectious laughter, seeing her gorgeous smile, witnessing her lovely eyes light up at the mention of her fiancée MineralAccident’s name, and in expressing our mutual love for the DeviantART Literature community. I reveled in having the opportunity to hear many of her heartwarming stories, in learning more of her close-knit family and in being able to openly share stories of my own. Intimate conversations that strike at the very heart, leaving us with important imprints, are such precious commodities that individuals can sometimes take for granted. This blessing of having time to spend with a loved one or dear friend is a true blessing that not everyone receives or will always have. Value this blessing and cherish that time – things can change in another heartbeat and before one even realizes it – this time has gone away.

I relish knowing that we parted with a loving embrace and that I have gained another treasured memory. I have been very fortunate in meeting deviants along the way in my eight years here. DeviantART has made so many things possible since my first joining its community, and my own life and its wonderful experiences from my community I consider my second home, would not have been the same without having done so. These invaluable moments are what keep me returning. Moments with the ones who impact me everyday make DeviantART the truly diverse and extraordinary place that it is, and it keeps on growing! None of us should ever be afraid to go out and embrace it, head on. Make a special memory; make a difference – something selfless and worth holding onto. Why not explore the community, reach out, and do something positive? There is no better time to start making more memories and impacting someone else’s experience. I do know that all of these memories I have made shall be cherished indefinitely.



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!

:bulletpurple: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty-One.
Take part in our Ladies of Lit Mini Contest! The deadline is April 20th.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before April 15th. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
:bulletpurple: April is the month of NaPoWriMo, Script Frenzy and MORE! Get the details Here!
:bulletpurple: Updates on the DailyLitDeviations situation can be read here.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' March Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori would like to share her Literature News with you.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: BloodshotInk Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, 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, GlitchLit, Writers-Crutch, The-Writing-School, TheKnow, LiteraryShowcase, UnitedFaithPoetry, WriteFromYourHeart.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Deviants I've Met Over the Years
Darcie's DinerSammy opened her eyes, wincing against both the taste of stale gin in her mouth and the light that seemed to drive knives into her skull. It wasn’t until she stretched, her feet brushing warm skin, that she remembered she wasn’t alone. The air was heavy with an unfamiliar scent, thick with implications. Sammy held her breath, afraid of waking the woman next to her. Her phone beeped twice and she reached for it, muffling the speaker against her chest as she slipped out of the bed and into her bathroom, closing the heavy door behind her with a soft click.
“Hello?” She breathed, already knowing it was her mother on the other end.
“Hey sweetie,” came the tentative voice. “Did I wake you?”
“I was up.” She turned on the faucet to drown out her voice in case the woman in her bed woke. “Look, I can’t really talk right now...”
“I won’t keep you. I just wanted to see how things went last nigh
AdamI, first feeling this sunken heat, first
scraping this grain desert, first
sitting under verdant walls, I
first touching these rooted crags, first
tripping in the mountain's gloam, first
reaching this brackish fountain, I
first holding the ocean, first
drinking its salt poison, first
sinking to my knees, I
first trying to understand, I
first trying to speak
I
Love Is Not A MetaphorBirds do not care if you are broken.
They are just birds, occupied with the business
of survival. The wind that carries them
does not care if you wish to be weightless,
cradled in arms it does not possess.
The ocean it greets does not care if your tears
would push its boundaries up continents
to meet mountain tops that would no more
fashion themselves into soft beds
for your beaten spirit than learn Latin
to remind you that love is no metaphor
& you will lose it by thinking thus.
Bagger LemSometimes Lem wondered how they saw him in the moments just before. An old girlfriend, an ex-husband maybe? Their mom or dad, or maybe a long-dead Army buddy. They saw what they wanted to. All Lem knew was the look on their faces when their gaze met his, when their minds told them he was something other than what he was. They always wore this beaming smile, an expression of damn-it's-good-to-see-you. They kept that look as Lem ripped their throats out with his teeth and slopped up the blood with his tongue.
He could tell himself they died happy, that the last thing they saw was the person they most wanted to see. It was comforting. He was lucky in that respect. Some of the others left theirs with looks of stark terror, or sadness. Lem never wanted to think about it.
He leaned back against the dumpster as blood steamed on his chin. His latest was in a heap at his feet. Some teenager, probably a runaway, selling himself on the street. He looked like hell even before Lem got hold of him.

 


:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Arthur’s vivid imaginings and creative wordplay are ever present in his intriguing gallery. He takes his loyal readers on adventures to many different worlds – and none of us regret taking the amazing journey.   

ArthurCrow



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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Mid March News: Shadows

Sat Mar 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

In two days, there will be another birthday. It is a special one, thought it is a day I can no longer share with one of the few people in this living world that have meant so very much to me. Momma’s birthday anniversary still stings deep. Sadly, I fear it always will – but in the past, I did latch onto the fragile hope I might at last be able to re-connect with someone else who was important to her. In my sincerity and dutiful actions, I prayed I was doing everything in my power to abide by my momma’s last request: to see to her husband’s well being. In the recent past three years I have tried – and I kept on fighting (a losing battle) – until the very end, when it all became a bittersweet failure.

And, despite how deeply hurt I felt (and still feel so today), that it was all so bitterly one sided; in my heart, I wanted to always believe that there would come a day when the phone might ring, or there might be a knock upon my door, and that at last, he might be finally willing to try. All I have ever wanted was for him to try to put aside his own pain – just for a single moment – and to open his eyes to someone else’s grief. Along the way, I began wondering if it were asking too much for someone else to be less selfish. And, as much as I desired to be selfish as her daughter – I was willing to try and put aside my own pain, and felt devastated that he couldn’t.

I learned the truth on the third anniversary of her death.

It came from a third party, because he was “too afraid” to tell me. After a long silence and much hesitation, my dearest friend Tarina informed me momma’s husband Ed could no longer bear to see me, because I: “looked too much like Sue.” Immediately, it felt like the piercing of a thousand knives. No one might ever know the truest agony of gazing into a mirror and facing your mother’s own reflection. I see her in the shapes of my hands, in combing curls that were hers, crying tears from pale hues of hazel that are so eerily familiar. The shadows loom in re-creating art she loved – in singing lyrics to the songs she treasured – carrying the essence of strength that was so important. Every single day, I bravely faced the mirror – and everyday – I faced the painful, looming shadows, but I accepted it. This was God’s most precious gift to me – from angel Momma Sue. I prayed to honor her sacred memory in knowing that I truly was her daughter, in all of these precious things.

And so, it is with a new courage, I must face the realization that I might not see Ed again. Though, I always pray for his comfort and happiness. I felt I have done the best that I could for my momma, fighting on until left with no other alternatives but to sever our connections. The last thing I would ever want is to tear someone else’s heart apart by feeling that my presence is a hindrance and not a comfort. Though I feel his motives are selfish ones, considering this is something beyond my control – I will ultimately come to terms with it, take the higher path, and carry on with doing what I have always done: sharing the tenderness and strength of heart that is my momma’s legacy.



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!

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty.
Take part in our Ladies of Lit Mini Contest! The deadline is April 20th.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:new: 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!
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
:bulletpurple: neurotype is hosting a Speculative Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 29th.
:bulletpurple: doughboycafe is hosting a Historical Flash Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
:new: Gingersanps wants to see 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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' February Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:new: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:new: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: BloodshotInk Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:new: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, 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.
:new: GlitchLit, Writers-Crutch, The-Writing-School, TheKnow.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Thumbs: Shadows of Memories
On my mother's shadowSeeing her now, she's always in yellow:  
buttercup, lemon, ripe wheat
in the sun as observed from the screen
of an oncoming car; her hems always
swaying, as if a dress
could capture life. I'd left her, blue
and lost, in the wilderness, far gone
but not far enough to keep her
from tracking a path back to old haunts
with a few jaundiced dreams
and her pockets stuffed with crumbs.
.
LilacsStage four lung cancer, they said. Six months, at best. You held on for so long, chemotherapy jovially turning you from a white haired lady in to a wig topped moppet. Vitamin C treatments, pills, sleep. Doctors, hospitals, tears and upset stomachs. To make you feel better, we announced that I was pregnant with your eleventh grandchild, and we hoped to God in Heaven that you would meet her. And you did. You clutched her to you with the fierce passion of somebody who has created a life inside of them and spooned her cake on her first birthday...and a month later you faded away.
When the call came, I was sitting on my living room floor. It was my birthday, quietly I turned another year older while you hummed along on machines in a hospital room, far from me. Far from anywhere I needed you to be, and the last place I wanted. It was just before midnight, everything was peaceful, I was content. Contemplative.
We had been in to see you earlier, I stopped by, chatted for just a while. You coul
when someone you loved becomes a memoryi'm interested in things falling,
breaking,
and being forgotten.
i like to see
glass bleed,
it makes me realise
i'm not the only thing
running red.
when i look,
i see passing eyes
roam the lines of my arms,
italian winding roads,
and quickly rush away
into their houses.
nobody likes to watch
something
slowly crumble-
if it isn't a crash,
a tragic accident,
an innocent death
at a hundred miles per hour,
but a drawn out,
intentional decay,
a condemned building
with cracking windows-
you will always see
the whites of their eyes
as they turn away
so as to never meet
the deadness
in yours.
28. Sorrowsubmerged;
drowning.
in over my head.
surrounded,
unable to escape
the captivity
of my own soul.
loss;
bereavement
holds me hostage.
time steals
from me
the things that
i cherish.
the things that
i love.
visceral
melancholy.
life is a paradox.
striving for
happiness,
we land in
despair.
sorrow,
and anguish,
and life
everlasting.
will i live
long enough
to see
my way though?

 


:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.   

Lady-Yume



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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March Discovery

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


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!

:heart: If you haven’t yet, be sure to stop by and thank DorianHarper for his service as a Literature Community Volunteer! :heart:

:bulletpurple: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty.
Take part in our Ladies of Lit Mini Contest! The deadline is April 20th.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: 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!
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
:bulletpurple: neurotype is hosting a Speculative Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 29th.
:bulletpurple: doughboycafe is hosting a Historical Flash Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
:bulletpurple: 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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' February Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: BloodshotInk Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, 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 favori
L,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 o
Shame 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
                   their hand.
I thought
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
I thought
that might mean they meant it.

 


:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.   

Lady-Yume



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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I Miss You, Momma

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 25, 2014, 12:00 AM
Another year has passed by, and I still miss her as much now – as ever. Her spirit stays close and reminds me that I am not alone, and yet – there are still times when I cry for her. Photographs bring me the happy and the not so happy memories. I re-play the images of the beautiful sounds of her laughter, her tears, her frustrations, and her joys. I gaze into the mirror and see parts of her soul, within. Sometimes, I feel so very far away from her. Everything before and after her death comes in a cloudy haze – I wonder if it is all sincerely happening. I would give anything to hear her voice, to embrace her close to me one last time, lean in, and whisper how much I miss her, and love her.


A Loving Artistic Tribute



I finally had the inner strength this past year to open some of the boxes of her belongings. It was a difficult task, but I knew it must be done. On the second anniversary of her death, I lovingly organized all of her artistic canvases – admiring them all. I have never stopped being amazed at the wide-ranging spectrum of talents she possessed. From numerous sketches, portraits, and words – it was truly a beautiful versatile assortment of bold colors and memories from a bygone era. I was much too young when she began then, to have a grand appreciation – but as I studied everything more closely, I realized the stories behind her masterful works deserved its telling. I wanted the world to have a special part the rare beauty momma was so willing to share with others in her living life, the collective spirits so receiving of her creative passions.  

Grappling with the choice to extend a highly personal piece of momma’s heart was not easy for me. I still clung selfishly to every single morsel of her memory I could – not always prepared to give them up – but I wisely realized that this was something she would want. In recent years before her death, she spoke of desiring to leave an artistic legacy. She grew fearful that later generations would not have the enjoyment of seeing these crafty treasures. We were both saddened when she almost lost her last house (momma suffered with her deadly lung cancer by then, and could not afford the payments) – and the safe place to store all of these priceless treasures. And, she did not want the artwork to ever be forgotten. During one of my last visits, she presented me with another of her favorites. I still keep “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” safely mounted on my wall – as a reminder of her fragile, but enduring strength.

Re-opening one of her portfolios from the 1980’s last year really brought to life some of her remarkable pieces (some of them old and some of them new,) that reminded me why she was so excited about art. And, here am I today – immersed in such diverse, loving community. I smile when I think of DeviantART and the impact it has had during my own artistic journeys. Last summer, I finally decided it was time to share momma’s lifelong creative legacy.


Momma's Creative Spirit: SingletreeART



Sue: Self Portrait by SingletreeARTJenene by SingletreeARTWhitestar's Vision by SingletreeART Beauty by SingletreeARTWhat Becomes of the Broken Hearted by SingletreeARTOld Chief Ike and Irene by SingletreeARTSunkissed by SingletreeARTFairy Goddess by SingletreeART


There is not a day that goes by that I am not sincerely thankful for all of the love and support everyone has freely given me, through these most painful years of loss and re-growth. I pray daily that I have done her memory justice. I hope to honor her legacy anew by shedding light on the momma I loved – but also on the gentle hearted person who touched so many other lives with her talents and unflinching generosity. I know that in my heart, momma is my guardian angel now, and that she is with me, always. I feel safe in my knowing it.


I'll Cry To You, Mother



“The voices inside my heart
Never manage to flow across my tongue
I’ll forever be torn at how to start
To explain the way I feel Mum.

I’ll cry to you, Mother
When the world stands still
On the days you slipped to another
Dimension of a place I can only feel.

I’ll cry to you, Mother
When I need a hug and you’re not here
But be reassured that you’re standing
Whispering silent condolences into my ear.

I’ll take a picnic out to the backyard
Mother, I wish you could see the view
Poignant flocks of lavender
The fresh scent reminds me of you.

And I’ll cry to you, Mother
Wishing you’d lace your scents across my face
And make your fresh, home-made lemonade
As I think, I can feel it and I can taste…

Your zest for life are in the bitter-sweet memories
I’ll cry for you, Mother
My best friend, my guidance and my heart
Even though you’ve slipped to another
State of paradise I’ve yet to see
You’re here in the lavender fields
And though I can’t hug you
You’re love is all I can feel.

I’ll cry for you mother
Because I love you so
When I cry for you, Mother
It’s just to remind you, let you know –

That I’ll never forget.”

the-photographicpoet, 2010




Images & Code by SparklingSary Modified by LadyLincoln

Mid February News: Love Enduring

Sat Feb 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


Each road we travel sometimes takes us down unexpected paths. When I first joined DeviantART eight years ago, I never anticipated where I might truly be now, because of it. Reflecting on this journey, I have gained so much passion, insight and perspective. I’ve discovered the delights of this wonderfully vast community – whether in impacting others or in having them impact me. I feel blessed to know I can return again and again to this endearing place, seek counsel and advice – give and receive heartfelt comfort – know I am treasured as an artist, writer, friend, and an enthusiastic deviant. I long to make this community brighter, simply by encouraging positivity and unity.

I make a renewed promise today to remain devoted to this positive ideal. Everyday, it is an honor to promote and encourage others to do the same. The community is full of opportunities to make a difference. The month of February is the season of love; so there is absolutely no better time than now to go uplift someone else – whether in offering a shoulder, a prayer, or simply just a smile. The passage of time has a way of showing us what truly matters. Do not forget the littlest things can make the largest impact – what you say and do today reflects on how others will remember you tomorrow. 

Try not to get so caught up in frivolous matters that you forget to celebrate life’s truest blessings. Say “thank you” for each and every single one and cherish them all. In a heartbeat, everything can change – in a single breath, your own intimate world crashes down, everything you seek to believe in entirely disappears, and a new normal begins to take shape. Others may not seek to understand it, and try and push you down a completely different path, but only you are entitled to make the choice to ultimately choose which path to follow. Do not be afraid to go your own way – in your own place and right time. Comparing yourself to others, in the end, will only hurt you. Be the person you know you are inside and let that unique and beautiful light shine through. Those who genuinely love you for the person you are – will always appreciate that bountiful reflection of sincerity. It takes tremendous courage to wish to stand tall when others may seek to give up – but I have faith that in continuing to rise above our fears, we allow the love inside and it truly endures.  



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!

:heart: If you haven’t yet, be sure to say thank you to Beccalicious for her dedication and hard work as a Literature Community Volunteer! :heart:

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Thirty-Nine.
Join us on Sunday, February 16th at 7pm EST for our critique session!
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before next April. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
:new: WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
:new: AzizrianDaoXrak is hosting an Anti-Valentine Contest, the deadline is February 28th.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper’s new Romancing Romantics Poetry Contest, the deadline is March 1st.
:bulletpurple: doughboycafe is hosting a Historical Flash Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 15th.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' January Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:new: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:new: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:new: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: BloodshotInk Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:new: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:new: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Nichrysalis uncovers an amazing E-Literature Catalog.
:new: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:new: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: Nichrysalis presents Spoken Heard.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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.

Sonnet-Writers-Cafe, Mature-Writers, ProudPoets, MyWritingClass, WritersWrite, LandOfLetters, LiteratureRoadtrip, thePensPointofView, TheAuthorsNook, Lit-Tutorial, poetic-clan, Literature-United, lit-lash, ThePoetryPeople, FeatheredWords, NebulouSSusurrations, Multhaiku, PoetryIsTheAnswer, OriginalArentWeAll, Prose-for-the-People, 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, 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.
:new: BoundByChainsOfWords, Write-to-inspire, UnitedLiterature, ExpressiveWriters, PoetrynProseWatchers.

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:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

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:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Kyle has a gallery filled with a variety of crafty deviations, filled with imagination, humor and heart. There is not a work featured within her gallery that does not leave a lasting imprint on the reader. When she is not writing, she makes time to leave a positive mark within our Literature community with her always helpful news articles and excellent Literature features.

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February Heroes and Angels

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


Welcome to February.

It is a difficult month – but there has been loving solace offered to me during this heartbreaking time. It has not been an easy season. Between the brutally cold winter, caring for an influx of Emergency Room patients, grieving for two of my close co-workers who both recently lost their mothers (bittersweet reminders everywhere,) and the ongoing struggle to keep strong as my own mother’s death anniversary approaches – I have been at another crossroads. Granted, I am thankful that this dreadful year has not been as gut wrenching as the last – but, I still have moments where I feel paralyzed with emotional pain and burst into tears at the sight of anything that reminds me of my momma.

The years do not fully take the pain away, but I am finding myself coping with it better. I can look at her older photographs, and not always feel the pressure of intense sadness in my chest. I can smile and laugh more now, at the memories they all provide. I tell her stories and feel the warmth of her spirit. The tears I cry are not always of immense sadness – but the relief in knowing that momma does not have to be physically or emotionally broken anymore. She can fly on anywhere her heart desires – to paint, sing, draw, play guitar, write, and watch over those who need her tender guidance. I know I always keep my eyes and heart open. I keep a steady watch for her everlasting warmth and reach out for her comfort. As long as there are beautiful angels like her, GeneratingHype, and the sweet angel mother of Mirz123 – keeping watch over all of us – I know in my heart that I will never truly be alone.

Though it is a painful season, hope and courage still light the way. I do my best not to allow my cup of sorrows to overflow – and let the love inside. I keep my faith that momma’s affection will never die away because I still carry it, deep within. Every day, I selflessly do all I can to offer this tenderness to others in return, with the hopes that giving this heartwarming love will help to heal and bring them happiness, too. Only time is the truest testament to weathering the storm to reach the sunlight – but I will keep fighting on to honor her memory and to make her proud. I want to be worthy of her. With each new day, there is renewed promise for tomorrow. I know with resolute courage, I will continue to endure – my angels are with me, standing by.



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!

:heart: If you haven’t yet, be sure to say thank you to Beccalicious for her dedication and hard work as a Literature Community Volunteer! :heart:

:bulletpurple: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Thirty-Nine.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before next April. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
:bulletpurple: MiloticScale interviewed me for his wonderful Devious Medals Series. Thank you, sweetpea.
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori wants you to take part in her Positivity Project.
:bulletpurple: AzizrianDaoXrak is hosting an Anti-Valentine Contest, the deadline is February 28th.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper’s new Romancing Romantics Poetry Contest, the deadline is March 1st.
:bulletpurple: doughboycafe is hosting a Historical Flash Fiction Contest. Your deadline is March 15th.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' January Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: BloodshotInk Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Nichrysalis uncovers an amazing E-Literature Catalog.
:bulletpurple: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: Nichrysalis presents Spoken Heard.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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.

Sonnet-Writers-Cafe, Mature-Writers, ProudPoets, MyWritingClass, WritersWrite, LandOfLetters, LiteratureRoadtrip, thePensPointofView, TheAuthorsNook, Lit-Tutorial, poetic-clan, Literature-United, lit-lash, ThePoetryPeople, FeatheredWords, NebulouSSusurrations, Multhaiku, PoetryIsTheAnswer, OriginalArentWeAll, Prose-for-the-People, 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, 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.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

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:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype
DorianHarper

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Kyle has a gallery filled with a variety of crafty deviations, filled with imagination, humor and heart. There is not a work featured within her gallery that does not leave a lasting imprint on the reader. When she is not writing, she makes time to leave a positive mark within our Literature community with her always helpful news articles and excellent Literature features.

CelestialMemories



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Mid January News: Homage

Wed Jan 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


If we are fortunate, special individuals come along in our lives that forever change our perspective, and give us gifts they might never truly realize they have given. GeneratingHype was that deviant for me. It almost seems surreal to write at times now of dear Bill, his being physically gone for so long – nearly five years – and yet, his beautiful spirit still dwells here and stays close by to those who truly loved him. As we all continue on into another new year of exciting opportunities, activities, hopes, celebrations and explorations, I recall with fondness how far I have come and of one of the most important inspirations I shall ever have in this fulfilled, living life.

Some might think it ironic now that I barely knew of Bill, until he surprised me one day – coming by for a visit, complimenting me on my profile and taking an intrigued (quiet) notice of the Literature news I was reporting to a (relatively smaller) community. Yet to find my true niche, I was still exploring and learning quite a bit. I believe we have all been in this familiar place before, not sure which paths to follow, who to turn to, what questions to ask, etc. but, I always tried to do my best to be a positive influence and to be helpful to whomever crossed my DeviantART path. As of yet, I did not truly feel a part of the community at large, amongst the scores of talented Literature deviants who were etching their greater influences; but I admired them all just the same and stood by them, prepared to show my support – even if I still stood somewhat at a further distance.

Bill reached out for me. His hand was one of the first who welcomed me into the community I supported and endeavored to further unify. In this unselfish spirit, I desired to continue on with one of the most important lessons that he taught me: to never stop fighting on, for a greater positive good. He wrote to me privately once that nothing we do in this vein goes unnoticed, and that others will have an appreciation for it. I never forgot the loving and sincere understanding and support he offered, in what I was striving to accomplish. He always believed in me, first and foremost. He kept his resolve to stand by me on those darker days when I felt that absolutely nothing I did was right. He spurred me on to accept these daily challenges and to become a better person. He was fearless, toward the very end. I wanted to honor this beautiful spirit of bravery by standing strong in the face of adversity and change. And, I pray that I have. I still think of him when the emotional storms come – and, rising up to the challenge, I remember to endeavor on with courage, hope and strength.



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!

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Thirty-Eight.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before next April. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
:new: spyed has written an important Community Pillars Journal. Who makes a difference here, for you? Tell him!
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori is hosting a Title Poetry Contest. The deadline is February 5th.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.
:new: gridcube would like to draw your attention to Prosaicos'  latest Contest.
:new: imaginative-lioness is hosting a wonderful Literature Roadtrip Contest! The deadline is February 1st.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:new: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' December Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:new: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:new: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:new: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: KathrynODriscoll Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:new: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque uncovers an amazing E-Literature Catalog.
:new: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:new: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:new: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque presents Spoken Heard.
:new: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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.

WRITE-THE-LITERATURE, We-The-Writers, Freedom-In-Words, Free-Write-Project, Sonnet-Writers-Cafe, Mature-Writers, ProudPoets, MyWritingClass, WritersWrite, LandOfLetters, LiteratureRoadtrip, thePensPointofView, TheAuthorsNook, Lit-Tutorial, poetic-clan, Literature-United, lit-lash, ThePoetryPeople, FeatheredWords, NebulouSSusurrations, Multhaiku, PoetryIsTheAnswer, OriginalArentWeAll, Prose-for-the-People, 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, QuickReadsCollective, Souls-Within-Life, Writers-to-improve, Always-Poetry, Criticarium, PolishedInk, Literature-Creed, Edgar-Allen-Poets, PocketStories.
:new: Winters-Poets, Everlastingwriting, Literature-Critique, Poets-Haven.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Thumbs: OHiNeedTea: Generous Spirit


Featuring the winner of the Spirit of Generosity December Giveaway.



:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

GrimFace242
neurotype
DorianHarper

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Dorian’s writing never ceases to amaze. With a skillful pen, he writes everything with a homespun charm and beauty. There is a vast supply of imaginative creativity and heart in everything he shares within his gallery.

DorianHarper



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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January New Year

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


Welcome to January!

I start the New Year with the continuous goals of hope for contentment and for striving towards positive change and growth. The passage of years gives me a far better understanding of life’s daily joy and turmoil – and a deeper appreciation for those who take the journey with me. Each day, I am beyond grateful for another chance to impact a life – someone’s heart – and make that all-important difference. Every priceless moment continues to remind me of home, of heart and of her. The holidays are such a wonderful time to rejoice in our many blessings, but sometimes I admit to still feeling hollow inside. It will be three years, next month. It is hard to believe at times that it has felt so long.

But, I know that Momma Sue is in a better place – looking over me and staying close by. Other angels have taken their place next to hers. And, when thinking of one of the sweetest of all of God’s angels – I always think often of the courageously strong GeneratingHype. His enduring strength to keep fighting still inspires me, years after his passing. The legacies of his beautiful words live on to motivate others. Despite his daily battles with illness, he kept fighting and never gave up on his hope to make his living world a better place – and it was so to be – because of his strength of will. Bill was a true testament that anything is possible if we seek to believe in ourselves and to have the willingness to stand up, fight against the stereotypes and to make positive things happen. There will never be enough humbled words of gratitude to truly thank this man – and others – for instilling deep within me the inward strength to carry on with love and honor.

There are so many wonderful friends here who have continued to stand by my side and deeply honor me with their sincerity, love and friendship. I am humbled and very thankful for every single moment of happiness that I have shared amongst the deviants of my community. Every wonderful memory is not forgotten – and I cherish them all so. I feel blessed and enriched by these experiences, and honored to be a part of something enduring and beautiful. Thank you to all who make each moment here shine.

I hope everyone’s 2014 is extraordinary.



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!

:bulletpurple: Congratulations to our new Literature seniors: futilitarian, Same-side and ShadowedAcolyte!
:bulletpurple: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Thirty-Eight.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before next April. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
:bulletpurple: WorldWar-Tori is hosting a Title Poetry Contest. The deadline is February 5th.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites is hosting her annual Human Trafficking Awareness Contest. Your deadline is March 31st.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' December Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: KathrynODriscoll Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque uncovers an amazing E-Literature Catalog.
:bulletpurple: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque presents Spoken Heard.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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.

WRITE-THE-LITERATURE, We-The-Writers, Freedom-In-Words, Free-Write-Project, Sonnet-Writers-Cafe, Mature-Writers, ProudPoets, MyWritingClass, WritersWrite, LandOfLetters, LiteratureRoadtrip, thePensPointofView, TheAuthorsNook, Lit-Tutorial, poetic-clan, Literature-United, lit-lash, ThePoetryPeople, FeatheredWords, NebulouSSusurrations, Multhaiku, PoetryIsTheAnswer, OriginalArentWeAll, Prose-for-the-People, 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, QuickReadsCollective, Souls-Within-Life, Writers-to-improve, Always-Poetry, Criticarium, PolishedInk, Literature-Creed, Edgar-Allen-Poets, PocketStories.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Lit Superhero: GeneratingHype


You are forever in our hearts, Bill. 1983 – 2010




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

Beccalicious
GrimFace242
neurotype
DorianHarper

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Dorian’s writing never ceases to amaze. With a skillful pen, he writes everything with a homespun charm and beauty. There is a vast supply of imaginative creativity and heart in everything he shares within his gallery.

DorianHarper



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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Mid December News: Season of Love

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 12:00 AM


As we celebrate another festive and joyful season, I take time to celebrate my many blessings. I am blessed to know so many whose hearts have connected with mine – having reached forth loving hands – creating everlasting bonds. I happily return home to DeviantART again and again, to find affectionate support and comfort. I cannot even begin to thank everyone who has made such a difference in expressing his or her dearest friendship and sincerest care towards me. All of you here who I have the esteemed honor to call “friend” – have deeply touched a special part of my soul. I did not wish for another holiday season to pass by without my having said so. It is a rare, beautiful gift – perhaps the most rare and precious of all. I am so thankful for it: truly, truly. Friendships, trust, love, honor, and faith – these are the most wonderful gifts, priceless and true.

The holiday is the season of giving and the season of love. But, I hope to give selflessly all year long. I hope to use my words and my heart to remind others to try not to take what precious things they have for granted. Life has a way of reminding us how fragile – and how bittersweet it can be. I know I have expressed this before; but it is very important to remember and to never forget: life is precious and changes in a heartbeat. One day something that we always know and understand may be completely altered the very next – so it is important to be appreciative and humble. Little things can make such a difference. Such as showing someone else what he or she means by going out of your own way to do something significant for him or her – without any expectations in return, save the sincerity of a thank you, for your kindnesses. Kindness of heart will get anyone further than selfish wants ever will, we just need to open our own eyes and see. 

As time reflects the changing of ideals – I have sadly seen the lack of warm sincerity shown towards others. This pains me to watch. People ignore those who are hurting, ignore common curiosities, and ignore the principles of being genuine. We ought to make that effort to let go of our inner fears and prejudices, open our arms and hearts in unselfishness, and try and see through someone else’s perspective. Is this not what this season of love should be about – in showing others the: “better angels of our nature?” One simple kindness, or genuine act of love towards another can impact an entire day – moment – lifetime. Do not be afraid to reach out and show it. Be thankful, love faithfully, and cherish every blessing.



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!

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Thirty-Seven.
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: My new Inspiring Deviants series.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:new: dev-lit is officially back. Check it out for more Literature links and news!
:bulletpurple: How did everyone do on their NaNoWriMo novels? Tell me here! I want to hear about all of your stories and what you plan on doing next.
:bulletpurple: LungCancer-Awareness wants your support! Check out our latest project, take part, and you will receive a special reward. I am giving away 1,000 points. Your deadline is January 1st.
:bulletpurple: Looking for an opportunity to feature a writer you love? Now, here is your chance! Note your selection before next April. There are only thirty slots open, so choose wisely!
:new: Check out my Spirit of Generosity: Holiday Giveaway! Great prizes to be won for your efforts...points and more! Your deadline is January 1st.
:bulletpurple: kiwi-damnation is hosting her December Form Challenge. The deadline is January 1st.
:new: DorianHarper has some great NaNoEdMo Tips.
:new: WorldWar-Tori tells us why she Cares So Much About The Literature Community. Beccalicious posted a wonderful response to this Here. Share your thoughts!

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' November Lit Daily Deviations. and CR Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:new: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:new: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: KathrynODriscoll Simply Loves Lit Deviants.
:new: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque uncovers an amazing E-Literature Catalog.
:new: Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Funny and Scary(!) Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: autumnlit delves into Devious Poetic Libraries.
:new: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:new: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque presents Spoken Heard.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites' got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: 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.

theScienceofPoetry, DeviantWritersUnited, WRITE-THE-LITERATURE, We-The-Writers, Freedom-In-Words, Free-Write-Project, Sonnet-Writers-Cafe, Mature-Writers, ProudPoets, MyWritingClass, WritersWrite, LandOfLetters, LiteratureRoadtrip, thePensPointofView, TheAuthorsNook, Lit-Tutorial, poetic-clan, Literature-United, lit-lash, ThePoetryPeople, FeatheredWords, NebulouSSusurrations, Multhaiku, PoetryIsTheAnswer, OriginalArentWeAll, Prose-for-the-People, 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-LitLit-Addicts, writingmadefun, UndergroundAuthorsNGCreativeWriting, QuickReadsCollective, Souls-Within-Life, Writers-to-improve, Always-Poetry.
:new: Criticarium, PolishedInk, Literature-Creed, Edgar-Allen-Poets, PocketStories.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Angels, Fairies and Dreamers
Everlasting Angel - Watercolors by AuroraWienholdDaydream by eliz7Fallen Angel - Sketch by Katerina-ArtDream on by COFFEES-timeTransformation to a Fairy by UntamedUnwantedBelle by Elf-in-mirror


:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

Beccalicious
GrimFace242
neurotype
DorianHarper

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


I have had much joy in discovering the extraordinary works in this deviant’s gallery. There is such strength and noble courage within each piece. She has an important story to share – and it strikes home with so many. I encourage one to take the time to explore her writings, nothing within disappoints.

dietcocaine



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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March Growth

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:00 AM


Welcome to March!

With spring and a new season for us just around the corner, I hope to encourage everyone to begin this month with a renewed start, joining us within the community to continue to celebrate its ongoing, successful growth. It never ceases to amaze to see how many deviants join our ranks everyday, impacting us with their writing – and community spirit.

Recently, in honor of this revitalizing spring spirit within the Literature community, I asked other deviants to introduce me (again) to some wonderful writers, and still encourage it now. Everyday, nothing pleases me more than to have the honor to come across other writers that I have not had the opportunity to meet, or better yet, to discover some new, breathtaking work. One of the exciting things for me here is still having the chance to feature someone else that the community might not be as familiar with, or to have the change to re-introduce someone who has impacted me as a writer. I have discovered so many wonderful Literary deviants and friends through Ladies of Lit and 30 Writers to Discover. I smile at the impact it makes. I still wonder in happy amazement at times, what might have happened to me if I had not the good fortune in discovering deviants who now I cannot imagine being on DeviantART – my second home – without. They are beautiful ones, like the sweet AGMeade, wreckling, LiliWrites, RosaryOfSighsx, KathrynODriscoll…and so many others within the community who impact me on a daily basis with their gorgeous writing and beautiful, creative spirits.

Seven years here has given me so many wonderful, rare opportunities to also improve my craft, and I beyond thankful for it. When I began taking my writing somewhat more seriously towards the end of the nineteen nineties, I still have DeviantART and several of its fantastic deviants to thank for giving me the extra boost of daily encouragement to keep writing from the heart, and to share my stories. I might never have had the courage to pick up my pen and share those rare fragments of my soul, otherwise. It is such a blessing to continue to have the opportunity to read, share and make an impact. As cliché (but tried and true this is), writing does fuel the world. It also drives my daily passion to keep us all united with a common cause: finding your niche, and picking up the pen to make a difference.    



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, and please take a moment to add them to your watch, so you will not miss out on a thing! Oh, and do not forget about our own resident tweeter, Lit-Twitter, who always does a fantastic job collecting several more tidbits for us in all things Lit. 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.

My monthly Ladies of Lit series officially arrived last August. At any time, if there is a literature female deviant that you feel merits a feature; please Note me. Also, not sure who has already been featured? Take a look at the current listing. Along with that, I host a variety of group projects, a tri-monthly 30 Writers to Discover series, and the ongoing Writers Welcome Wagon.

:bulletpurple: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Twenty-nine.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Wonderful Writers.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
Do not miss your chance to meet and mingle with other writers.
:bulletpurple: A wonderful Resources and Critique article courtesy of the LitResources staff.
:bulletpurple: Get yourself Exposed, and read up on some tips for getting to know Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: The Literature CVs need your Feedback on the Literature Gallery Restructure!
:bulletpurple: Beccalicious wants you to Write a Prompt. She also has Writing Opportunities for you. And, while you are at it, go Sponsor Her, to support Cancer research!
:bulletpurple: The winners of the Unexpected Love Contest will be announced on March 15th, as per my monthly journal update.
:bulletpurple: In honor of Poetry Forms week, Beccalicious and the CV gang are hosting a Poetry Contest. The deadline is March 25th.
:bulletpurple: KathrynODriscoll's Review Project is back for March. The deadline is March 31.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: CritiqueIt DeviantART's Quality Critique Club.
:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of clichés…Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' February Lit Daily Deviations. and Official CR Journal Updates.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate Loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: wyldhoney finds Writers With Promise.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: SilverInkblot looks to read your Found Poetry
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: NicBelroque uncovers an amazing E-Literature Catalog.
:bulletpurple: Mahi-Fish shares a Handy Poetry Checklist.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: HaveTales-WillTell is all Lit Up.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites's got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream answers questions about Publishing.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate spotlights a League of Lit Groups.
:bulletpurple: Jon-Law writes A Brilliant Writing Guide.

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.

through-the-pages, Painted-From-Words, Escape-To-Poetry, BeautifulSong, NovelHaven, TheDesireProject, PenToPage, Literature-Out-Loud, ScribesAndAll, LiteratureJunkies, Elocutionists, Authors-Anonymous, Book-Sanctuary, confessional-poetry, Forgotten-Fiction, LiteratureDomain, Beautiful-Poetry, ToWriteTogether, World-of-Literature, WrittenLiterature, Poetry-Clubhouse, OurProse, Writers-At-Heart, AllLiteratureWelcome, Glory-Be-Project, LitLoveCommunity, Writeandread, The-Writing-Group, PennyStories, skinnywords, How-To-Write-A-Book, paper-forests,  Poetry-Passion, PassionforLiterature, INeedAPen, TheQuillAndInk, WritingMoreThanWords, Literaturean, NaHaiWriMo, WriteInWinter, Writers-Drive, TheTitlePage.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Of Love and Poets
Poets have the loneliest hearts.I drink morphine
like peach tea;
down 6 pills by morning
just to keep my mind
filled up
with nothing.
& I know I can go days
without speaking a word
but-
I want a moon shy girl
with wolves at her back,
bite mark ankles &
a bottle of writer’s tears
tucked under one arm.
I want to be end of the war
kisses bruised into her hipbones;
the epilogue written over her
tiger-striped skin.
With these wisteria limbs
February cold, &
these weak lungs
exhaling coralline whispers,
I’ve got a tongue for words
but still have no idea how to love
a universe girl.
In absence of a poem.I chewed my pen to the nib
and swallowed the ink thoughtlessly,
but no matter how long I thought,
I couldn't say what you mean to me.
I tried, I tried and I tested,
every word in my diminutive range,
but I screwed up more pieces of paper
and happened upon something strange;
I noticed words, which have served me,
for all of my formative years,
had no power to convey my gratitude
for the times that you dried my tears.
Whenever I doubt myself (often),
You're the one who tells me I'm wrong
You lift up my chin and remind me, wait
for the good things that will come along.
I can't find a way to express how
you are the saving grace in my head.
So words can't tell you how I love you -
I hope my silence will tell you instead.
My words are flightless birds     Hey, is it okay now?
     Is it alright to tell you how
     I cannot eat,
     I cannot sleep, I always,
     Always want to weep
     I look for you in lonely corners
     Of bus-bus-busy streets;
     Turn around
           You are nowhere to be found
Can you keep my secret?
I don't want to keep
Regretting
Let me spill, shout it out
I long to know all you're about
I want to feel
Your steady gaze
Stuck on my skin
As I graze
Your lips with mine; I cannot find
My head, lost in a maze
Of you
I am unscrewed, feigning
Shrewdness
     My words are flightless
     Birds whose
     Heartbeats cause erratic echoes
     In my rib-cage
     Since God knows
     When; I hum along
     This broken song
Make me, break me
Overtake me
Love me till I cannot
Stand
Till all I taste
Sans you is bland
Love me while holding my hand
Tell me all I long to hear
Force me to see
How you fear
Losing me; Certainly,
Prove me wrong
Show me how men can love
So strongly
Magnetized,
     
           I am mesmeri
desire in minor keyif only i were strings on your guitar,
to be touched and teased
till tremendous tremolo echoed
in these hollowing bones
fretting for your affectionate fingers to thrum
percussion gently along this rough curvature
my unvarnished body, natural concavities
resonating the rhythm of your sweet phalangeal beats
the heat, in each of your lovely palms, washing over me -
bending me, until i sing into the void
an anthem only yours
give me a voice
pluck calloused, never callously,
the notes growing slowly outward
from this sonorous garden,
my musical soul
sighs a song for you
each note hung, neatly strung, and laced
through my being -
would you find them all for me?
could you release each one,
with the delicate strums from your easy hands?
arpeggiate me amorously
away into the evening
until my frame is fully known
and the very molecules in me hum
as those caressed in your guitar
gently balanced upon your knee
the strings of which you touch and tease
and strum the love
to me


Featuring the works of: DearPoetry, KathrynODriscoll, Sammur-amat and 0hgravity.


:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: Who is serving the Literature Community and what can they do for you? Your Community Volunteers for Literature are listed below as follows, along with their guidelines. You can freely contact them at any time with your questions or concerns.

Beccalicious DD Suggestion Guidelines.
neurotype   DD Suggestion Guidelines.
NicBelroque   DD Suggestion Guidelines.

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Shane is a down to earth, creative, beautiful soul who never fails to touch me – and others – with his well crafted poetry and prose. The honesty and enduring quality of his writing makes his outstanding gallery well worth reading, time and again.  

thetaoofchaos



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Life Without Momma: Reflections

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:17 AM
Two years is a long time. On some days, it feels indefinite when your kindred spirit, greatest supporter, fellow artist, friend, and dearest mother are no longer by your side. The winter days especially, feel cold and empty. The traditional "family" oriented holidays and celebrations are still the hardest to face. I dread my birthdays the most, because I know I will think of her and wonder why she could not be here to celebrate it with me. The littlest trinkets that she gave to me over the years that seemed insignificant at the time take on a whole new definition of sentimental meaning. My memories of her, all of the precious ones that grow more distant over the changing passages of time, become more valuable.

In her prime, my Momma was one of strongest, most determined people you would meet. Everyday, she followed her own path, and did things her way. When someone said she could not do something, she always proved him or her wrong. She was proud, and never let anyone or anything push her down, or to destroy her spirit. She lived a difficult life, having first lost her own mother at age twelve, who was murdered by her father. Momma could not have understood then the powerful impact this would have in her future, when she would have her own daughter. She was overprotective, but fiercely loving.

Moving from place to place, lacking the stability in her private life early on, she still managed to carve out a respectable living for herself. She gained her independence after two rocky marriages to men who deeply hurt her, proving that despite hardship, she could find her true happiness. Over the years, as a single parent, my dear "Momma Sue," as she was affectionately known to members outside of the family, taught me the values of loyalty, strength, respect, honesty, and hard work. I will never forget how astounded I was daily, at her tireless efforts to make a difference, whether as an employee, friend or mother figure. Momma took on every role eagerly, and in time, became a fearless leader of sorts.

She was, of course, not without her faults. Her temper was fiery at times, and her impatience for lack of perfection was the most apparent in her beautiful artwork. Momma would get frustrated at times if something she were working on was not quite right, having a tendency to do it over and over and over again to the point of aggravation for others who were involved, attempting to obtain the end result that she wanted. This daily striving for perfection in all things did not always make living with her easy. I would push myself too hard at times, struggling to meet her standards. But, throughout it all, the highs and lows, we stood by each other, encouraging one another, and being one another's strength.

When she was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in the May of 2010, her tireless devotion to others was given back to her, tenfold. Toward the end of her life, Momma grew overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, but the daily vigor that kept her passionate about living her life, her way, continued to always inspire others, perhaps even without her realizing it. She made a difference, for me and for those fortunate enough to personally know her, and to be loved and cherished by her. Momma rarely let others into her inner sphere, with good reason, since mistrust was her mainstay for several years. However, her courage, wisdom, strength and amazing resourcefulness in the face of adversity, were just a few of the wonderful things that defined her character over the years, before her heartbreaking death.


On my mother's shadowSeeing her now, she's always in yellow:  
buttercup, lemon, ripe wheat
in the sun as observed from the screen
of an oncoming car; her hems always
swaying, as if a dress
could capture life. I'd left her, blue
and lost, in the wilderness, far gone
but not far enough to keep her
from tracking a path back to old haunts
with a few jaundiced dreams
and her pockets stuffed with crumbs.
.
LilacsStage four lung cancer, they said. Six months, at best. You held on for so long, chemotherapy jovially turning you from a white haired lady in to a wig topped moppet. Vitamin C treatments, pills, sleep. Doctors, hospitals, tears and upset stomachs. To make you feel better, we announced that I was pregnant with your eleventh grandchild, and we hoped to God in Heaven that you would meet her. And you did. You clutched her to you with the fierce passion of somebody who has created a life inside of them and spooned her cake on her first birthday...and a month later you faded away.
When the call came, I was sitting on my living room floor. It was my birthday, quietly I turned another year older while you hummed along on machines in a hospital room, far from me. Far from anywhere I needed you to be, and the last place I wanted. It was just before midnight, everything was peaceful, I was content. Contemplative.
We had been in to see you earlier, I stopped by, chatted for just a while. You coul
Dear MomDear Mom,
[I know this really isn't a letter like I promised, but you should be used to me giving less then I say I will]
I'm going to feel bad, throwing you into the ocean.
I'm going to have to clench my teeth, close my eyes, and grip my hip [because you're there, forever; in jagged scar tissue with upside down mountain capped M's and a blocky O, you're there, forever.] to keep myself from diving in after you and gathering you back together with the finest cheesecloth, molding you back together and filling you with all the beautiful things you've been drained of. I'll jam sea glass in your eye sockets and replace your weak bird bones with coral, I'll fill your lungs with saltwater [because oxygen obviously never worked; I almost miss that respirator keeping me awake at night] and wrap you with seaweed to hold you together again.
And I'll let you speak by jamming the truths to all my lies I've told you down your throat. I will whispersobconfess all my dirty deeds. I will tell yo
when someone you loved becomes a memoryi'm interested in things falling,
breaking,
and being forgotten.
i like to see
glass bleed,
it makes me realise
i'm not the only thing
running red.
when i look,
i see passing eyes
roam the lines of my arms,
italian winding roads,
and quickly rush away
into their houses.
nobody likes to watch
something
slowly crumble-
if it isn't a crash,
a tragic accident,
an innocent death
at a hundred miles per hour,
but a drawn out,
intentional decay,
a condemned building
with cracking windows-
you will always see
the whites of their eyes
as they turn away
so as to never meet
the deadness
in yours.
28. Sorrowsubmerged;
drowning.
in over my head.
surrounded,
unable to escape
the captivity
of my own soul.
loss;
bereavement
holds me hostage.
time steals
from me
the things that
i cherish.
the things that
i love.
visceral
melancholy.
life is a paradox.
striving for
happiness,
we land in
despair.
sorrow,
and anguish,
and life
everlasting.
will i live
long enough
to see
my way though?


The daily encouragement given towards me makes such a world of difference, as I continue to face a different life without Momma. As I reflect on another year gone by, I stay appreciative for the little blessings. I smile at the memories, and stay optimistic. I kept the vow to make my Momma proud, by doing everything to honor her memory by grasping onto her fighting spirit – and forging my own positive path in the world.

Mid February News: Strength

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:00 AM


While the busy month of February continues, I carry on with strength in my heart – as one of the most difficult monthly anniversaries approach. To say the very least, it has been a wearisome last few months. Though, the endless support and love, especially amongst the community here has been nothing short of marvelous. Spending precious time with my cherished friends here is one of the brightest parts of my day. The tremendous feeling of joy often outweighs the sadness, and I feel blessed.

I have found that we discover our little blessings at times when we are not looking for them. Recently, I prayed to find a joyful distraction for my pain. While I was searching for the answers in the end that I knew were inevitable, the journey was worth making. I have spent a great deal reflecting and holding onto those priceless fragments of hope and love. And, February is the season for remembering how important love is. However, I never need an excuse to express just how important my loved ones are – as I make it a point to do so every single day of my life. This is a healthy habit to develop. Reaching out to bring joy to others also makes a difference in his or her life, and it does matter. Sadly, there are so many unhappy souls that need the support. This is a difficult time of year for many. I know from my own past experiences how bittersweet that feeling of loneliness can be. On occasion, you feel as if you may drown in your sorrows. The trick is to not allow them to defeat you.

It is always best to look for the happiness in life, and hold onto the love. Sometimes, we discover this in the most unexpected of places. I will always believe in some aspects of fate, and that everything happens to us for a reason. We may not know the logic or lesson for it at the time it occurs, but the higher being has a plan for us. Everyday, we encounter other individuals who change us, mold us, and alter our perceptions, making us wonder how we lived without knowing them. At times, the lessons are painful. My Momma wisely reminded me that intertwining souls travel the same roads for a while, and then, after a time – once they provided what the higher being felt we needed – the paths changed course and separated. I asked her why this had to hurt so much, and why we must let these people go. Then and now, I dislike(d) burning bridges without a fight. She re-assured me that if the love we were fighting to hold onto was strong enough to keep us united, and then the conflicts that were attempting to ultimately divide us would not stand a chance.

I have never forgotten that lesson she taught me, or the importance of giving others the benefit of the doubt. All my life, I watched her fight until her last breath to hold onto something that meant the world to her. In the end, she finally gained the happiness that she desired. I was overjoyed for her, and continued to pray for that same bliss and uplifting strength for myself, as I followed my own path. Just remember that no matter what roads we choose to follow, and how it impacts us along the way; never stop believing that reaching out to love others, for better or for worse, makes a difference.



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, and please take a moment to add them to your watch, so you will not miss out on a thing! Oh, and do not forget about our own resident tweeter, Lit-Twitter, who always does a fantastic job collecting several more tidbits for us in all things Lit. 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.

My monthly Ladies of Lit series officially arrived last August. At any time, if there is a literature female deviant that you feel merits a feature; please Note me. Also, not sure who has already been featured? Take a look at the current listing. Along with that, I host a variety of group projects, a tri-monthly 30 Writers to Discover series, and the ongoing Writers Welcome Wagon.

:star: If I missed something, do not hesitate to let me know. I have been absent for a month, and am trying to get caught up on all of my messages from January.

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Twenty-eight.
I am in dire need of your suggestions for March 7th's article, so note me!
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Wonderful Writers.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project and Devious Writers Feature.
Do not miss your chance to meet and mingle with other writers.
:bulletpurple: A wonderful Resources and Critique article courtesy of the LitResources staff.
:bulletpurple: Get yourself Exposed, and read up on some tips for getting to know Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Beccalicious wants you to Write a Prompt. She also has Writing Opportunities for you. And, while you are at it, go Sponsor Her, to support Cancer research!
:new: Check out my new Unexpected Love Contest. The Deadline is March 1st.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: CritiqueIt DeviantART's Quality Critique Club.
:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of clichés…Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' January Lit Daily Deviations. and Official CR Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate Loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: wyldhoney finds Writers With Promise.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:new: SilverInkblot looks to read your Found Poetry
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Mahi-Fish shares a Handy Poetry Checklist.
:new: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:new: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit.
:new: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: HaveTales-WillTell is all Lit Up.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites's got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream answers questions about Publishing.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate spotlights a League of Lit Groups.
:bulletpurple: Jon-Law writes A Brilliant Writing Guide.

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.

all4poetry, Poems-Galore, Good-Literature, The-Writers-Study, the-writers-workshop, TheRoyalScribe, wordsfromyoursoul, ShadowPoetry, 9bottles, DA-Poetics, through-the-pages, Painted-From-Words, Escape-To-Poetry, BeautifulSong, NovelHaven, TheDesireProject, PenToPage, Literature-Out-Loud, ScribesAndAll, LiteratureJunkies, Elocutionists, Authors-Anonymous, Book-Sanctuary, confessional-poetry, Forgotten-Fiction, LiteratureDomain, Beautiful-Poetry, ToWriteTogether, World-of-Literature, WrittenLiterature, Poetry-Clubhouse, OurProse, Writers-At-Heart, AllLiteratureWelcome, Glory-Be-Project, LitLoveCommunity, Writeandread, The-Writing-Group, PennyStories, skinnywords, How-To-Write-A-Book, paper-forests,  Poetry-Passion.
:new: PassionforLiterature, INeedAPen, TheQuillAndInk, WritingMoreThanWords, Literaturean, NaHaiWriMo

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Abraham Lincoln: Patriot
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:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: Who is serving the Literature Community and what can they do for you? Your Community Volunteers for Literature are listed below as follows, along with their guidelines. You can freely contact them at any time with your questions or concerns.

Beccalicious DD Suggestion Guidelines.
neurotype   DD Suggestion Guidelines.
NicBelroque   DD Suggestion Guidelines.
thorns         DD Suggestion Guidelines.      

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: Please stop by :iconthe-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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Jen's caring nature shines through in every piece of heartfelt writing in her gallery. Her beautiful words often convey to us her unending, endearing story about her tenderness and strength of heart.

BeyondJen



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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February Hope

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:00 AM


Welcome to February.

First, I wished to thank all of you who offered their support to me while I was away. This wonderful community has always deeply touched and honored me with its thoughtful generosity. I took my quiet time away for much needed rest. I feel that I do not have enough words to express to everyone how greatly I missed them, but I am hopeful that all of you have been well and happy. I am also eager to hear from everyone – do write and share how January has kept you, and send a smile or two my way.

For a long time, I drifted back and forth, fighting with depression, emotionally and physically. Granted, I still am trying to find my way back, but it is difficult. The hardest part of this portion of the year is the realization that the one person who understood me far better than anyone else…is forever gone now. And, as the days turn into years, the light of her precious memory that I am fighting to hold onto grows dimmer. I fear that I might eventually lose sight of her face, her voice, and her strength. Toward the first half of last December, we lost two patients. One of these patients reminded me so much of my momma. As everything began to escalate beyond my control, I grew horrified, and it was one of the few times I struggled with being in the role I was in, feeling an overwhelming sense of helplessness. All I could see was my momma's face. And though there was nothing more to be done, I just could not get past that reoccurring feeling of failing – while it continued to bring back painful memories of my Momma. Over and over, the same heartbreaking questions began to haunt me: what more could I do? Why couldn't I try to push my Momma to take better care of herself? And, why couldn't I take better care of her, and these two patients that now needed me?

My dearest friend tried re-assuring me that everything that could be done (in both instances in the past and present,) was done, but the agonized feeling continued to gnaw away at me. My horrible insomnia came back in staggering force. I think I may have slept maybe between fifteen and twenty hours the entire months of November and December. Every day, when made to face the ER, tears swelled into my eyes and I found it difficult to focus on my daily tasks. But, I kept forcing myself to go to work, because of so little staff, and guilt for desiring to call in, when RNs were desperately needed, as the flu season was making everyone miserable, including me. Patient intakes were off the charts, and everyone was either tired, frustrated, or both. When not working, (which was rare!) the frequent, ongoing upsets in my personal life also came to head, before and after the holidays, which led me to my near-breaking point.

Needless to say, I am somewhat recovered now, since I have prayed about it daily, and gotten some serious rest, but I am still fighting to keep my positive spirits up. I thank God everyday for the support I received, and continue to receive. For without it, I might not have been strong enough to keep fighting to push myself away from my inner demons, pull myself up, and see the positive. It is easy to forget how close you are to the edge when you are hurting so badly, but hope is always a powerful force. One of the most important lessons I learned throughout this was to keep a strong faith in yourself, even when you feel at odds with your battling demons. You may never truly know the power of your own will until it is tested. We alone make the choice to allow for it to destroy us, or to make us stronger. I choose the latter.



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, and please take a moment to add them to your watch, so you will not miss out on a thing! Oh, and do not forget about our own resident tweeter, Lit-Twitter, who always does a fantastic job collecting several more tidbits for us in all things Lit. 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.

My monthly Ladies of Lit series officially arrived last August. At any time, if there is a literature female deviant that you feel merits a feature; please Note me. Also, not sure who has already been featured? Take a look at the current listing. Along with that, I host a variety of group projects, a tri-monthly 30 Writers to Discover series, and the ongoing Writers Welcome Wagon.

:star: If I missed something, do not hesitate to let me know. I have been absent for a month, and am trying to get caught up on all of my messages from January.

:heart: Do not forget to go and congratulate our newest Seniors. Especially our Literature deviants, who I am so proud of! dreamsinstatic, FuzzyHoser, GrimFace242, MagicalJoey, mirz-alt, OfOneSoul, raspil, thetaoofchaos, and vespera.

:bulletpurple: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Twenty-eight.
I am in dire need of your suggestions for March 7th's article, so note me!
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Wonderful Writers.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project and Devious Writers Feature.
Do not miss your chance to meet and mingle with other writers.
:bulletpurple: A wonderful Resources and Critique article courtesy of the LitResources staff.
:bulletpurple: Get yourself Exposed, and read up on some tips for getting to know Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Beccalicious wants you to Write a Prompt. She also has Writing Opportunities for you. And, while you are at it, go Sponsor Her, to support Cancer research!
:bulletpurple: thorns Complaint Challenge is back. The Deadline is February 9th.
:bulletpurple: KathrynODriscoll is hosting a Review Project. The deadline is February 14th.
:bulletpurple: The Lit Moderators are also hosting The Alternate Universe Contest. Need ideas? Click Here. The Deadline is February 18th.
:bulletpurple: Check out my new Unexpected Love Contest. The Deadline is March 1st.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: CritiqueIt DeviantART's Quality Critique Club.
:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of clichés…Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' January Lit Daily Deviations. and Official CR Journal Updates.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate Loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: wyldhoney finds Writers With Promise.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: SilverInkblot looks to read your Found Poetry
:bulletpurple: GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: Mahi-Fish shares a Handy Poetry Checklist.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: HaveTales-WillTell is all Lit Up.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites's got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream answers questions about Publishing.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate spotlights a League of Lit Groups.
:bulletpurple: Jon-Law writes A Brilliant Writing Guide.

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.

all4poetry, Poems-Galore, Good-Literature, The-Writers-Study, the-writers-workshop, TheRoyalScribe, wordsfromyoursoul, ShadowPoetry, 9bottles, DA-Poetics, through-the-pages, Painted-From-Words, Escape-To-Poetry, BeautifulSong, NovelHaven, TheDesireProject, PenToPage, Literature-Out-Loud, ScribesAndAll, LiteratureJunkies, Elocutionists, Authors-Anonymous, Book-Sanctuary, confessional-poetry, Forgotten-Fiction, LiteratureDomain, Beautiful-Poetry, ToWriteTogether, World-of-Literature, WrittenLiterature, Poetry-Clubhouse, OurProse, Writers-At-Heart, AllLiteratureWelcome, Glory-Be-Project, LitLoveCommunity, Writeandread, The-Writing-Group, PennyStories, skinnywords, How-To-Write-A-Book, paper-forests,  Poetry-Passion.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Abraham Lincoln: Patriot
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:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: Who is serving the Literature Community and what can they do for you? Your Community Volunteers for Literature are listed below as follows, along with their guidelines. You can freely contact them at any time with your questions or concerns.

Beccalicious DD Suggestion Guidelines.
neurotype   DD Suggestion Guidelines.
NicBelroque   DD Suggestion Guidelines.
thorns         DD Suggestion Guidelines.      

:bulletpurple: And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!

LadyLincoln_Stamp by Silver-Dew-DropSupport Stamp: LadyLincoln by GaioumonBatouLadyLincoln Stamp by leoraigarath
LadyLincoln stamp by wrecklinglady lincoln stamp I by peterdawesLadyLincoln Stamp by Thiefoworld




:bulletpurple: Please stop by :iconthe-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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.


Jen's caring nature shines through in every piece of heartfelt writing in her gallery. Her beautiful words often convey to us her unending, endearing story about her tenderness and strength of heart.

BeyondJen



So Many Books by LaPurrIndiana Deviant Support Stamp by Indianadeviantseating disorder awareness by Sakuras-Inner-FanInspired by you stamp by shimmer-dragonLove To Write Stamp by Latias-Flyerstamp by ZenryuCommunity we care stamp by deviantStampsThankful Stamp by JunkbyJenCancer Awareness Stamp by neesa


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January Hiatus

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:00 AM
My dearest community,


I will be on a month long hiatus from DeviantART. These past few weeks have been extremely difficult for me on many levels. I need some time away from here for myself to re-evaluate things. I am nearing a personal breaking point, and I do not wish for it to affect my community efforts. I am taking my dearest friend's advice to heart, and fighting to put myself first, for a change. I need some time away from here to breathe. I wished I could say that I was not deeply hurting, but I am. January and February are the cruelest months for me, and I need rest, relaxation and healing time.

In the meantime, note me Ladies of Lit suggestions for February. Also be aware that I will not be interviewing anyone for next month's article. However, I will be adding in additional features, so I encourage all of your suggestions. If you do not feel up to this, send along encouraging notes, instead. I hope to have delightful messages to look forward to, when I return.
Take care of yourselves. I love and treasure all of you.


Blessings,
Jenene


Mid December News: Blessings

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:01 AM
Personal News

As the December season continues in full force, I take several moments to count the blessings that life has to offer and to savor these joys. Despite how difficult it is to be joyous during this time of year, I am thankful for so many things. I try my best to focus on the positive memories when my painful winter heartbreak settles in, as I do everything I can to adhere to my hope and strength.

Everyday, I do my best to reach out to others in a loving way, because life is simply too short to take the love we receive and those everyday life blessings for granted. Many often forget to say 'thank you,' or 'I appreciate you,' or 'I love you,' and to know just how important it sometimes is. I certainly know that other writers can appreciate the value and beauty of words, and what they ultimately mean to us. I also realize sometimes (without meaning to,) we overlook someone else's pain, because we are so hurt and blindsided by our own to open our eyes, and see through another individual's perspective. It is just as easy for everyone to take a moment to reach out to others, as it is to choose to ignore their tribulations. I prefer to be pro-active, and extend my hand and my heart to others. In my own heart, I know that this is what my Momma would have wanted. I pray everyday that I continue to make her proud by loving others, and by standing by my word.

This year, I pray for well being and happiness. Always take the time to reflect, and to remember what the holiday season is really about. It is never about those empty, physical things. These things can be replaced and forgotten. The caring season is about expressing our love, hopes, and by cherishing those around us who make differences in our lives, reminding us what we mean to them. When I fondly recall my own special memories, I think first of family. Through each endearing lesson we learn for the upcoming year, never forget that despite how alone you may feel at times, someone out there is thinking of you – and loves and values you more than you might ever know.

A Bit of Literature

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, and please take a moment to add them to your watch, so you will not miss out on a thing! Oh, and do not forget about our own resident tweeter, Lit-Twitter, who always does a fantastic job collecting several more tidbits for us in all things Lit. 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.

My monthly Ladies of Lit series officially arrived last August. At any time, if there is a literature female deviant that you feel merits a feature; please Note me. Also, not sure who has already been featured? Take a look at the current listing. Along with that, I host a variety of group projects, a tri-monthly 30 Writers to Discover series, and the ongoing Writers Welcome Wagon.

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Twenty-Seven.
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Wonderful Writers.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project and Devious Writers Feature.
Do not miss your chance to meet and mingle with other writers.
:bulletpurple: Help me promote Lung Cancer Awareness. The deadline is January 1st.
:bulletpurple: A wonderful Resources and Critique article courtesy of the LitResources staff.
:bulletpurple: Get yourself Exposed, and read up on some tips for getting to know Deviants in Lit.
:bulletpurple: ThornyEnglishRose is starting her Vintage Christmas Contest. The deadline is December 17th.
:new: KathrynODriscoll hopes to read your Magical Memories. The deadline is January 12.
:bulletpurple: Sammur-amat is hosting a New Years Contest. The deadline is January 21st.
:bulletpurple: innocencedied2nite wants you to open your heart and Give Something Back.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites wants you to be a literary hero. Help report a Miscat.
:new: Beccalicious poses an exciting experiment for the Literature community.
:new: NicBelroque makes the call for support for the Elocutionists.
:new: raspil has another insightful journal telling it like it is. Give it a read.

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:

:bulletpurple: #CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
:bulletpurple: #Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
:bulletpurple: #Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
:bulletpurple: #Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.

:bulletpurple: CritiqueIt DeviantART's Quality Critique Club.
:bulletpurple: Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
:bulletpurple: ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
:bulletpurple: HammeredPoetry Sick of clichés…Us Too.
:bulletpurple: transliterations From One World to Another.
:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: The Lit Gallery Volunteers' November Lit Daily Deviations. and Official CR Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate Loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: wyldhoney finds Writers With Promise.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
:bulletpurple: apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
:bulletpurple: julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
:bulletpurple: leoraigarath also collects Resources.
:bulletpurple: Mahi-Fish shares a Handy Poetry Checklist.
:new: mirz-alt helps us follow a Literary Compass.
:bulletpurple: safia3 supports her Novelist Writers. And is always looking for suggestions!
:bulletpurple: zebrazebrazebra brings us an Acrostics Series with HaveTales-WillTell.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: HaveTales-WillTell is all Lit Up.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites's got an eye for those who are Demonstrably Deviant.
:bulletpurple: SadisticIceCream answers questions about Publishing.
:bulletpurple: IrrevocableFate spotlights a League of Lit Groups.
:bulletpurple: Jon-Law writes A Brilliant Writing Guide. Print it, read it, and save it. This is worth it.

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.

ChasingInk, DAWritersUnite, TheWritersCollection, A-Fistful-Of-Pages, SymphonyOfWords, The-Unspoken-Word, PoetryWeek, BlackoutSunrise, LiterallyUnknown, WordsSparkle, InfinityCodex, Creative-Pens, HeartfeltPoetry, 15-Minutes-of-Fame, TheReadersCatalogue, FindtheWords, Literatureforall, Literature-Dark, The-Typing-Machine, Library-of-Stories, InspireTheUninspired, Crowns-of-Sonnets, all4poetry, Poems-Galore, Good-Literature, The-Writers-Study, the-writers-workshop, TheRoyalScribe, wordsfromyoursoul, ShadowPoetry, 9bottles, DA-Poetics, through-the-pages, Painted-From-Words, Escape-To-Poetry, BeautifulSong, NovelHaven, TheDesireProject, PenToPage, Literature-Out-Loud, ScribesAndAll, LiteratureJunkies, Elocutionists, Authors-Anonymous, Book-Sanctuary, confessional-poetry, Forgotten-Fiction, LiteratureDomain, Beautiful-Poetry.
:new: ToWriteTogether, World-of-Literature, WrittenLiterature, Poetry-Clubhouse, OurProse, Writers-At-Heart, AllLiteratureWelcome, Glory-Be-Project.

--Any other Literature news that you would like to see in this reserved space? Note me.

Thumbs: Change of Season, of Heart

You Look Like I Need A DrinkStatic verses quaking through crippled fingers, lisps written into inebriated meaning.  And I tried with fervent failure to pronounce the sarcasm spewing from my palms, but they were naughty syllables, practicing cohesion without permission, and heaving disjointed language from my rotten, rotten teeth.
She straggles with boulder bones sinking through infectious flesh, frantic slurs bleeding from her throat.  And I stumble for words, endeavoring to compose rainbows of smeared thought, but my vocal chords stutter unintelligible sympathy, incoherent accents and forced definition.
So I draw this poetic slop from corroded neurons, eager to drain the deformity from metaphors, the dialects distorted by ancient tongues.  But my every opinion staggers through intoxication, trying to find a stable image in visions of jittery focus.
Alcohol insinuating rough apologies.
-
Static verses quaked through your crippled fingertips, lisps I had written with poor intent.
novemberthe sun is a dim pearl
beneath a blanket of gray
hung low from the heavens;
i'm your yellow tremor
paled by the cold, aching
for a proper sunrise.
FallFor a while it will seem
as if I was never coming back,
like summer or a childhood dream.
Your toes twist in the September sand
and the chill reminds you
that some thoughtless time,
some apple-scented eve
the old dog will growl low,
the night shadows stir;
moths will dart desperate
through an open door--
and you will watch solitude disappear
like broken, restless love.
thawingmy love,
i swear, there is a ghost beneath my bones.
she slides around the rungs of my ribs, gentle like a lover's hands but cold, so unlike yours. i lay in bed at night, days after you have gone, your jacket and seven blankets struggling to keep me warm -but her arctic touch seeps deeper, slides its way past my lips and settles in places i swore only you could touch. and i am left gasping, arching, desperate for a body one hundred and thirty eight miles away, a voice that doesn't seem nearly as warm after traveling through the airwaves, a spring that only exists in your arms.
because i miss laughter, i miss your eyes, i miss the feeling of thawing after forty days in the tundra of my own heart, and two in yours.
Dear Daddy's GirlDear Naive 15,  
You're ignorant as Hell.
You dress in baggy blue jeans, wear an oversized hoodie every day, and never let your hair down. Students at school, and even your mom, think you're gay… and you don't even know.
All of your classmates blame you for a burn book that circulated after that Mean Girls movie. Everyone thinks you're a jealous bitch and secretly they mock you. How can you not see that?
Your teachers are all positive that you cut yourself and that you're always on drugs. Even now you have no idea why they ask you to take your jacket off during class. Could it be that you always wear long sleeves?
It's okay, sweetheart. I had to find out the hard way, too.
Right now you're probably wishing your dad was home. He's the only one that will read your stories and tell you how creative you are. You don't have to beg him to watch movies with you, and he'll listen to your favorite songs without calling you suicidal. Right now, living wi
Old Loves and Sanity in a Lonely ChairLithographs of you
waxing lyrical on the bookshelf
between love letters and lithium
and the taste of your breath.
April euphoria
wearing down like the sole of well-
worn shoes
I wait at the door
half in and half out
with so much to lose






:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: Who is serving the Literature Community and what can they do for you? Your Community Volunteers for Literature are listed below as follows, along with their guidelines. You can freely contact them at any time with your questions or concerns.

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:bulletpurple: Please stop by :iconthe-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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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!

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

:bulletpurple: 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.

Featured Writer of the Month

Jorge never ceases to amaze me with his powerful poetry and prose, which always packs a vibrant, imagery-filled "punch." Though this talented deviant has only been present on DeviantART for a few short months, his writing is consistently beautiful and well worth returning to, again and again.

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30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XIII

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:01 AM

What'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 first twelve articles in this series.


Let’s Meet A Few More of Them:



Anovoca
Find You in a DreamI wish that I could find a way
To plant the seed of dreams in day
Pick a fruit and choose the taste
No more the maiden runs with haste
Not to be caught but get away
Just as they seem to do in day
It has always been my prize
To break this cage and free my eyes
When morrow comes to still remain
Escaped from sorrows and mundane
And ever look upon the skies
Where peace that is immortal lies
If only I could choose the thought
I'd go to places long forgot
The memories I hold most dear
Forfeit my life and live them here
Ignore the outcomes life had brought
And find the happy end once sought
To Write of HorrorTo paint a scene of mythic horrors
Take dim lit room and darkest corners
Find a child huddled there, cradled tight in his despair
Silent here for not his murmurs,
murmuring out a prayer
He asks the keeper keep to keeping
While all his guardians tucked in sleeping
Ignorant of the shadows creeping
Slow across the hallway floor, standing now outside his door
Somewhere near the sound of breathing,
breaths too heavy to ignore
Then just outside there raised a howl
A distant boom and monstrous growl
Envisions he a ghostly cowl
Afloat across the yard in prowl
Come to steal his soul away, curtains hold the fiend at