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Mid August News: Heart Journey

Fri Aug 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


After celebrating another cherished DeviantART birthday – and a looming one of my own – I think of the scores of blessings and the occasional trials during my own DeviantART journey. During times of personal growth, painful loss and devious changes here throughout the years, there are many that freely give love and support. After nine years, I have valued everything they have done for me. My experiences would not have been entirely the same, otherwise.

I owe a vast amount of gratitude to one deviant in particular, who ultimately gave me the courage to raise my voice in the darkness, when I was still trying to forge my path within the community. Many know of this angel who watches over us – his name is Bill, GeneratingHype. He, along with wreckling, StJoan, Moonbeam13, fourteenthstar, and Memnalar in particular – stayed by my side and offered (and continue to offer,) unwavering support.

Other dearest friends and loving beautiful souls: BloodshotInk, LiliWrites, AGMeade, leoraigarath, dreamsinstatic, RosaryOfSighsx, IrrevocableFate, Sammur-amat, julietcaesar, WorldWar-Tori, Beccalicious, Shards-of-Shame, rlkirkland, chromeantennae, camelopardalisinblue, SadisticIceCream, Tobaeus, PurpelBlur, Echostar08, jdrainville, Throntre, Exillior, the-photographicpoet, DrippingWords, ThornyEnglishRose, nightshade-keyblade, raspil, ithaswhatitisnt, mirz-alt, TwilightPoetess, MetaruKitsune, AlwaysRainCheck, keyanadrake, thetaoofchaos, ShadowedAcolytebrokenfragilethings, Medoriko, Lissomer, Lady-Yume, Crossfire120576, weaknesses, hopeburnsblue, Astrikos, Nichrysalis, RoyalBlackheart, 0hgravity, cristinewakesuphappy, neurotype, ssensory, shehrozeameen, GuinevereToGwen, SpriteBlayde, Aerode and many, many others, have impacted me in ways they may never entirely know – they are all blessings: today and always. Thank God for all of their beauty, wisdom, insights and faith in me. If not for that, I am not entirely certain where I might be today.

Each devious moment is a rare gift. Everyday, the tight-knit bonds, infectious positivity, and the excitement of our unique heart journeys keep us united. This uplifts and warms my spirit. It gives me hope that everything I have tried to work rigorously to strive for on a daily basis has not been in vain. I pray it hasn’t. I ache to give a truly caring part of my fullest heart to the community I so deeply appreciate and call home. Others here have provided me with such a rare, beautiful light. And, though I do not always have the proper words to express just how greatly this inspires me to be that much more selfless and giving – I longed for those I dearly love to know it. My personal DeviantART story is one filled with boundless hope, courage, faith, love and simply – enduring.
 


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: Do say thank you to neurotype for her tenure as Literature Community Volunteer! :heart:

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty-Five.
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Have you read about our official CRLiterature Book Club? Latest book news Here.
:new: Mid Month Book Club news is officially Here.
:bulletpurple: If you missed out on PE: Lit Basics Week,
IrrevocableFate has posted a Wrap-up.
:new: Naktarra wants us to S.M.I.L.E.
:new: doughboycafe is hosting a wonderful Historical Fiction Workshop.
:bulletpurple: Check out ezradeacon's Love Letters contest. The deadline is December 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' July Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
:new: 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: Medoriko has shared a wonderful guide to Being Devious in Literature.
:new: SpriteBlayde dips her quill in Stained Ink.
:new: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing Deviants.
:bulletpurple: CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
:new: amour-raven speaks to deviants Literarily.
:bulletpurple: 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.
:new: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
:bulletpurple: ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-Grotto, TheFictionNetwork Ghosts-Of-Literature, Writers--Anonymous, poetryonfire, Story-Book-Publish, HundredMemories, HeartfeltPoetry, Lithouse, Words-Are-Our-Sword, Original-Stories, writers-of-dA, BleedingPoets, Poetry-United, Underrated-Writers,
:new: devSINCERE, TheDailyBreadCafe, Writing-Buddiess, Passion-in-Writing, ScrutinizingScribes, TheWritingHaven.

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

Inspiring Deviants I Adore
Cain's ConceptionEve has been in pain
for months, it seems, swelling
the way an ocean wave does
until it crashes, and the things
she wants to eat! I do not want
to be made into a murderer,
but she loves bluebirds
with honeycomb, and sometimes
tuber plants. Pecks and pricks
aside, it's worth it when she finds
the taste she wants. Sometimes
she swears her stomach is
kicking, and I tease her. "If
it's kicking, then no wonder it
gets bigger!"
Some mornings she wanders
to plants while I am resting
and some strange bird I haven't
named yet begins to lurch. It is
possibly the worst noise I have heard
yet, and I relate it to the feeling
a skunk's stench leaves on my stomach
and I wonder when hers will
stop kicking or growing, or else
what will happen when it stops
kicking or growing, and if she--
I -- if we will be the same.
Some days I believe her,
when I can feel her stomach
kicking in my hands. I wonder if mine
will become an ocean wave too.
StitchesHer name is Stitches and I love her.
She doesn't believe that - she says it is an improbability.
She doesn't say impossibility and that gives me hope.
No one but me knows why she's called Stitches.
I've run my hands over her soft white skin,
Flushed with the fevers of midnight.
I've touched it.
I've let my fingertips explore the hitches in her skin,
Where her body couldn't quite heal itself.
Old memories of gaping holes and vicious lies.
From her shoulder to her wrist,
From her knee to her ankle,
Any where she can negotiate a knife - she is Stitches.
It makes her cry sometimes.
She says she doesn't like being a rag doll any more.
They're old scars, robbing her flesh of its innocence,
Betraying her old soul - etching it out - a tally on her skin.
IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII  
------------------------------------------
Birth of PoetryI tangled my fingers in the curls of the universe,
pulled. The earth fell out: round, warm, spinning.
Awkward and shy, she wondered how she got here; how
a rock that got wet and grew moss could be significant.
So I scooped her up in my fingers, breathed her scent:
(lilies and oceans and ozone and forests and fish and birds
and whales and rain and the empty elegance in wolf howls)
death and life. I found chaos
and knew beauty.
poet, breathe now.                                                                           you
                                                                           are 
                                                                           the 
                                                   


See the rest Here.


: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
IrrevocableFate
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


Lucy has a vibrant gallery filled with colorful works of poetry and delightful fiction. She weaves her beautiful words in such a way to make an unforgettable impact. In the brief time that she has been a member of our Literature Community, she has sparked a welcoming atmosphere for many old and new deviants alike – with interactive projects that encourage positivity.

AlphaManifest



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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August: Loving Spirit

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


Welcome to August!

While a new summer month begins, I have noticed there has been another stir within the Literature community, as of late. Several insightful deviants raised various, significant points about the state of our tight knit circle. Over the course of my years here as an actively involved community deviant, I have written about the many blessings this very community has freely provided to those seeking out encouraging outlets.

I try my absolute best to stand by the positive ideals I re-enforce – striving daily to be an active voice for those who may feel they are not always heard. Rest assured; even the quietest voices have a large impact. Those of you who may think those of us in our presumed positions of wider influence and power do not truly see you: we do. I keep my mind and heart open to new opportunities that present themselves. I am always willing to reach out my loving hand to any deviant in need – all one need do is ask. I also stand by my personal belief one’s efforts to go forth and make a heartfelt, genuine attempt to be passionately involved does make a difference – even in the smallest measures for those around us. Little pushes can open someone else’s eyes to their full potential. As evolving artists, we should hope to endeavor to encourage others to truly keep themselves open to all of budding possibilities. At the end of the day, we should try not to allow ourselves to feel lost in the growing shuffle of what others are doing – and try to focus on making the attempt to do the positive things that make us happiest.

Everyday, one should never be afraid to raise their voice, but do raise it high in courage, hope, understanding, and love. Strive on daily to give sincere efforts each day, because other individuals do take notice – and it does matter. Do not forget to cherish the selfless souls leaving their marks. Each sincere gesture one gives leaves an everlasting mark – always strive to make it a memorable one.
 


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-Five.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: GuinevereToGwen shows you how to be a Productive Writer.
:bulletpurple: Have you read about our official CRLiterature Book Club? Latest book news Here.
:bulletpurple: If you missed out on PE: Lit Basics Week, IrrevocableFate has posted a Wrap-up.
:bulletpurple: pixiepot is heading up a new, wonderful group devSINCERE. Check it out.
:bulletpurple: doughboycafe is hosting a wonderful Historical Fiction Workshop.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites has extended your Critique Month deadline to August 15th!
:bulletpurple: Lissomer is hosting a Color Contest. The deadline is August 19th.
:bulletpurple: Check out ezradeacon's Love Letters contest. The deadline is December 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' July 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: Medoriko has shared a wonderful guide to Being Devious in Literature.
:bulletpurple: SpriteBlayde dips her quill in Stained Ink.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing 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: Naktarra has opened her official Literary-Almanac.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
:bulletpurple: ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-Grotto, TheFictionNetwork Ghosts-Of-Literature, Writers--Anonymous, poetryonfire, Story-Book-Publish, HundredMemories, HeartfeltPoetry, Lithouse, Words-Are-Our-Sword, Original-Stories, writers-of-dA, BleedingPoets, Poetry-United, Underrated-Writers, TheDailyBreadCafe.

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

Beautiful Imperfections
HopeThere are so many days
when humanity frightens
the most compassionate
person away
it takes only a knife
or a word or a gun, and
oh god,
we scare so easy.
I'm tired of living
without faith,
without promise,
I'm tired of not believing
in tomorrow.
There may not be a god above
but believer or not,
there are so many
reasons to love
I'm not giving up
I'm not letting go;
I'm going to dream
and one day
perhaps I will fly
and I will believe
the best of people
until it kills me,
because the moment
that you give up
is the moment
you become the problem.
She thinks the words 'I love you' are ugly.Darling,
Do you remember how we met?
That was the night I learned
that "flattery will get you nowhere"
really means "seduce me hard
enough and I'll do anything for you."
I have learned that I hate
the sensation of love:
Someone punching
your jaw, bones docking
into your throat and every breath
feels like poison sludge
clawing its way into your lungs.
You
choke, drown, die, wither
but you're not dead.
.i need to turn up the music to drown out the
sound of my own voice breaking;
my lungs are collapsing - i can't breathe:
i am choking on all of the things i've hidden.
the mirror betrays me to my hands:
i want to ruin my skin, leave it
bruised and pocked and scarred until
the flesh reflects the madness within.
i always was the girl who danced with thunderthey've issued
a flash flood warning
and i am thinking
about our legs
tangled like tree
roots beneath the
sheets.
the screen door
doesn't latch anymore
and the wind is
trying to tear it
away and i am
listening to it
scream and hearing
you say my name.
the roads are wet
and treacherous and
all i am thinking about
is you and your
wet lips slippery tongue
roadside teeth in my
skin and the sky is
falling down around
me and--
--all of these warnings
are just another metaphor
for you.



: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


Lucy has a vibrant gallery filled with colorful works of poetry and delightful fiction. She weaves her beautiful words in such a way to make an unforgettable impact. In the brief time that she has been a member of our Literature Community, she has sparked a welcoming atmosphere for many old and new deviants alike – with interactive projects that encourage positivity.

AlphaManifest



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 July News: Appreciation

Tue Jul 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


There are defining moments that come to us – reminding us of our blessings. They oftentimes reveal themselves in the most unexpected of places, as we travel down our paths. And, whether they are blessings in disguise, or unique challenges that may tempt our inner demons, they mold and change us. These ongoing challenges make us come to appreciate the rare, truest gifts. One needn’t look too far to discover that the littlest things – these relished things that are not truly “things” – indeed are the most valuable, loved “things” in our lives that we should be ever-thankful for, and to forever cherish.  

These most beloved “things” in our lives are the enduring friendships, our support systems, and the tender guidance of a loved one. They are the silent prayers others freely offer – the sweetest embraces – and the whispers of encouragement. They are the unity of our communities, the free flowing, thoughtful critiques of fellow artists and writers, and the tight-knit bond we all share. It is such a wondrous feeling when someone else discovers the unexpected beauties in something we have crafted from the love of our very own hands – and in sharing that beautiful creation with other exceptional artists we know will appreciate it. It is a marvelous thing too when there is a connection shared between us. That rare feeling means so much to those it impacts on a daily basis – and it does make a difference. One kind word or gesture of appreciation can shine a light upon someone deserving of it. Everyday, we have the opportunity to reach out and shine that beautiful light upon others – why not take it? Take the moment – seize it – but also remember the importance of humility. Try not to allow arrogance to destroy that loving, positive light.

Taking the moment to always say “thank-you” – even for something that may seem insignificant at the time, could mean everything to the person to whom you have offered it. Little things do impact us, whether we choose to see them or not – as these tiny fragments of positive light surround us, daily. It touches us in far greater ways we may not easily recognize, but that rare light is always shining. These lights are the quiet angels who endeavor to work tirelessly to influence change and generously embrace the world around them, with boundless love. These are the cherished ones who we need to truly open our eyes to and appreciate. These quiet, loving angels sometimes leave the most everlasting impacts – let us all be thankful.
 


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-Four.
Do not miss our critique session with PinkyMcCoversong on July 20th at 7pm EST.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Its Flash Fiction month! Find out the exciting details Here and Here.
:bulletpurple: For those not doing Flash Fiction month, write a novel for Camp NaNoWriMo!
:bulletpurple: GuinevereToGwen shows you how to be a Productive Writer.
:new: Have you read about our official CRLiterature Book Club? Latest book news Here.
:new: It is PE Lit Basics Week! Don't forget to check out some of the Journals!
:new:
Nichrysalis wants to read your thoughts about the Literature Community.
:new: And, in that Lit spirit CelestialMemories is looking to Critique You.
:bulletpurple: Check out ezradeacon's Love Letters contest. The deadline is December 31st.
:bulletpurple: Help Naktarra spread The Lit Love.
:bulletpurple: The inspirational Maya Angelou leaves her
Mark.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites gets Critical, in Two Parts.

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' June Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
:new: IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
:bulletpurple: 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.
:new: SpriteBlayde dips her quill in Stained Ink.
: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.
:bulletpurple: 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.
:new: mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
:bulletpurple: ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-GrottoTheFictionNetwork Ghosts-Of-Literature, Writers--Anonymous, poetryonfire, Story-Book-Publish, HundredMemories, HeartfeltPoetry, Lithouse.
:new: Words-Are-Our-Sword, Original-Stories, writers-of-dA, BleedingPoets.

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

Angels Among Us
Remember the Angel?
Remember the angel that wiped your tears and made you brightly smile?
You always told her to let you be; you were always in denial.
Remember the angel that sang you to sleep and played with your hair?
You never cared to have her near you, though that smile was still there
Remember the angel that waited for you, the one who waited countless hours?
You never seemed to even notice, I guess that was your power
Remember the angel that saved your life, risking also her own?
You ran away and left her there, you left her there alone
Remember the angel that fell from heaven, only to be with you?
You marked her with your sin and made her feel brand new
Remember the angel with crystal eyes and long white hair let down?
You see how she feels alone; do you see that awful frown?
Remember the angel, please remember her now, can't you feel her love?
All of that was only for you , sent from above
Remember the angel, don't you remember the angel,
Watching you by LilSophieSnow Angel by Katerina-ArtThe Gates of Dawn by AndriyMarkivEverlasting Angel - Watercolors by AuroraWienhold


: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


Bridgitte’s DeviantART gallery is home to intelligent, humorous, and candid writing that everyone can relate to. When not sharing her colorful works – she is making a daily difference in sharing an assortment of helpful Literature articles and wonderful resources.

ezradeacon



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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July Festivity: Deviousness

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


Welcome to July!

Everyday, we encounter extraordinary deviants who remind us why we are present here within the community. I feel that it is a blessing to have the opportunity to be amongst those who greatly inspire me on a daily basis – I know I have expressed this often in my journals and comments – but I simply cannot articulate it enough. This community has given so much in my nine years – friendship, support, trust, utmost care and most importantly: love. Oftentimes, as I reflect on how I have traveled along my personal path during my DeviantART journey, it is then I realize the truest magnitude of the things that really matter: the individuals and the heartfelt joys shared amongst us.

There is a rare beauty reflected in watching an artist grow – seeing them come into full “bloom,” and knowing that one’s played an important role in it on many levels. It is exciting having that special place where you can reach out and know you make a rare difference in some way. This to me will always be a most sacred gift, and how I feel within my own community. I feel as a role model – others can look to me for inspiration and positive hope – not only as artists of the pen, but also as wholly better individuals. I cannot claim to know “everything” of Literature – though it is my sincerest hope in some way, I can provide some of the elements to encourage other writers. In the littlest things sometimes come the prevalent lessons. I think again of our community as a whole beautiful, unified society, and how everyone here I cherish has greatly impacted me.

Many know what DeviantART and its community members personally mean to me. In reflection, I have also realized it has been four long years since I obtained official “Deviousness.” This is wondrous in and of itself – it serves as yet another reminder of how greatly treasured my experiences have been, in knowing that I have served faithfully and given over much of myself in selfless ways. I reach out freely and devotedly in the hopes of creating a positive experience for every single deviant who crosses my path. I deeply appreciate everyone’s faith in me, and pray to continue: “aspiring to inspire.”
 


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-Four.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Its Flash Fiction month! Find out the exciting details Here and Here.
:bulletpurple: For those not doing Flash Fiction month, write a novel for Camp NaNoWriMo!
:bulletpurple: GuinevereToGwen shows you how to be a Productive Writer.
:bulletpurple: Have you read about our official CRLiterature Book Club? Latest book news Here.
:bulletpurple: Check out ezradeacon's Love Letters contest. The deadline is December 31st.
:bulletpurple: Help Naktarra spread The Lit Love.
:bulletpurple: The inspirational Maya Angelou leaves her
Mark.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites gets Critical, in Two Parts.

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' June 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: SpriteBlayde dips her quill in Stained Ink.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
:bulletpurple: rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
:bulletpurple: Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing 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: Naktarra has opened her official Literary-Almanac.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
:bulletpurple: ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-GrottoTheFictionNetwork Ghosts-Of-Literature, Writers--Anonymous, poetryonfire, Story-Book-Publish, HundredMemories, HeartfeltPoetry, Lithouse.

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

Elsa Winter in July
Elsa by EeddeyElsa by sakimichanQueen Elsa by KikoLondonElsa by SulaMoon Elsa by juliajm15Elsa by Maby-chan


: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


Bridgitte’s DeviantART gallery is home to intelligent, humorous, and candid writing that everyone can relate to. When not sharing her colorful works – she is making a daily difference in sharing an assortment of helpful Literature articles and wonderful resources.

ezradeacon



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 June News: Beauty in Artistry

Sun Jun 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


While exploring possibilities for my current novel and other projects, I have given much thought to my writing style and its overall influence. Especially on DeviantART – I ache to surround myself with other talented writers and I pay close attention to their unique techniques. While watching, I also learn – I acquire something new each day. I am always happy to see writers joining our community everyday and expressing themselves in uniquely beautiful ways. I could never truly forget the sort of enchantment that comes with the written word – all of us have the rare ability to raise our pens to share something grand of ourselves. We have the power to uplift – elevate our voices in positive ways to influence those around us, and it is an extraordinary gift not to be taken for granted.

Think of some of the most influential writers you know – take a moment to ponder how they made you feel when you read their writing. And, think about how it further shaped your unique identity. Take the time to explore those words and to truly feel them. Though it is easy to take something simply on face value – there will always be a deeper meaning. Words have a distinctive capacity to make us see things in a whole new light; to question some of the very things we believe in, and shred away invisible barriers. Meaningful poetry and prose further unites us in ways we may not be able to comprehend at the time of writing. We simply must not be afraid of genuinely opening ourselves to all of the wondrous possibilities.

Why not take the precious time to appreciate what your fellow writer is attempting to express, instead of being quick to tear down something you may not understand? Sadly, I see this very thing far too often. There is also a rare beauty in simplicity and brevity others occasionally can overlook. We must not be too eager to ignore or reject foreign concepts in writing because they seem erroneous or strange. There is exquisiteness in everything. Gorgeous writing comes in all forms, and it is not always about the technicalities of the form – for me personally, it is about reaching into the depths of someone else’s heart, making them feel something extraordinary. In this, I write of that sort of power in beautiful literature that stays with others for hours, days, and possibly years after the first reading. And, it is about not being afraid of tearing away fragments of your soul and sharing those raw, fragile pieces with others. Most importantly, it is about leaving an everlasting, heartfelt impact. Long after we have left this living world, those closest to us shant soon forget the significance of those remarkable literary expressions. Its profound effects stay with us. And so, we must choose and remember our words carefully – as we strive to lock them away within our hearts forever.
 


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-Three.
:new: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Have you checked out our official CRLiterature Book Club? Book club Schedule.
:new: The June Book Club Mid Month Discussion.
:new: The inspirational Maya Angelou leaves her Mark.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites gets Critical, in Two Parts. Be sure to take part in the Great Lit Crit Event.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae has written a wonderful article on How to Get Started With the Lit Community.

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' May Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
:new: 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.
:new: 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 provides some Writer Resources.
:new: ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:new: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: ivorysinkshore discovers for Funkadelic Lit Deviants.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-Grotto,
:new: TheFictionNetwork Ghosts-Of-Literature, Writers--Anonymous, poetryonfire.

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

Words of Beauty
beauty is a state of mindforgiveness is the
scent the violet leaves
on the foot that stomped it;
I am beautiful in remembrance:
I am beautiful
 in a body two sizes too
     large, in eyes dilated
 with questions (eyes
you cannot name; gray
    like the ocean, blue
       like the heart, green like
      the fever dream I cannot
     wake from) I am the
   hair of a lion, a wild
    thing, ignition upon
  tempted glance. I am the skin
you cannot name, always fleeting;
                                 the chameleon
                       you always see
     but never truly take in.
                 and I know a boy
          carved of ivory silence,
        &
symphony stellataone of my earliest memories -
my mother, steadfast mentality
slowly driving her forward, repeating
repeating re-pea-ting bar by bar
nocturne number eight in d flat major;
never anything less than perfection,
even when fingertips wear thin,
when patience wears thinner,
and chopin fades into dusti am a child born of icy constellations,
cigarette smoke, and canorous chords,
composers whispering at the edge of my sensesblack-garbed, it's grandmother's funeral -
my violin cries massenet's méditation.
my thirteen year-old heart has never
felt so incapable of expression,
so goddamn inadequate, and d major
has never sounded so heartbroken.
we return to a phone call from father,
his composure cracking as he tells us
we'll be doing this all over again;
96 hours, two grandmothers gone,
now all i have is massenet and
it isn't fairwe'd never know it by looking at the sky,
but countless stars waxed requiem to
create us; cenotaphs in the empyrean blacksixteen years old and i can breathe -
twentywe             kill
the          angels
and     then    ask
why    the    world
is full of monsters
Branches of Your HeartYour roots have dug into my soul,
clung to the underbellies of my fears;
cradled my regrets with leaflets.
I watch as birds flit
between the branches of your heart.
You tell me that they always come back to
the ones they love most.
There are flowers peeking
behind your shoulder blades,
blooming brilliant petals while vines
wrap into the nooks of your skin.
With a sigh you decided
to move mountains
with your bark covered arms,
pressing the swollen earth farther
from you, creating a valley where
you and I can touch.


: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


In the few short months I have been avidly watching Sophia, I have come across many superb writings in her eclectic Literature gallery. In sharing her emotions – she presents an array of brilliant imagery all throughout, and is not afraid to strike upon one’s own very heart.

Lissomer



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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June Creative Spark

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


Welcome to June!

As another summer season begins, I look forward to a renewal of spirit and increased productivity in a creative vein. In regards to it, for the past three years, I have focused my attentions on a particular historical romance novel. And, though I have written lengthy books in the past, for such literary events as November’s NaNoWriMo and April’s Camp NaNoWriMo that have struck a deeply felt cord within; rarely any of them have done so, quite like this one.

One of the things that make this novel the rare exception – is the beautiful, selfless essence of my heroine, Karen-Ann May. When I began to mold her; I wanted her to be a true reflection of who I felt I was, as LadyLincoln. I desired her to be a loving presence – giving freely of herself to others – offering sincere compassion, boundless love and doting affection. I also wished to present a striking physical character, an attempt in matching her personality. I fought to break the tired cliché that many beautiful women are seen as egocentric, malicious and conceited. “Kari,” as she is intimately known to all of those closest to her, is the living embodiment of a sort of angelic beauty – outside, as well as within. Karen-Ann shares countless pages with a tenderhearted Abraham Lincoln, a “tragic idol,” and, a historical figure nearly everyone is familiar with – many feel a close connection to, and ache to know who he truly was. In my twenty years of study, I have intended to bring the soul of this wondrous man back to life – and in primary contrast between the two main characters, I have hoped to present important lessons to always look beyond the surface, and see one’s inner beauty first, in all things.

Life of Shadows” keeps its firm hold upon my heart, and the vivid characters within all of its fluent pages have come so alive within the inner workings of my mind. I feel that I can almost reach Karen-Ann – listen to her unsteady breathing – as we hear Abraham’s voice, declaring openly and honestly how in after reading the heartfelt words she has offered to him, in a declaration of love, he responds:

    “In reading your words, I felt as though I was opening such a beautiful window into your heart. For so long, your heart felt to me like a distant star – even in our closeness, which – I treasure. In all of those precious moments, it was close, but – not quite within my grasp. Today, my own heart felt as though I could at last reach it…

As writers, we humbly pray to reach the hearts of others, with our words. As we raise our pens, we share a part of our own souls through those of our beloved characters. There is no greater artistic gift than in doing so with an enthusiastic joy and a wonderfully bright creative spark.



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-Three.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Have you checked out our official CRLiterature Book Club? It begins TODAY!
Check out the book club schedule Here.
:bulletpurple: LiliWrites gets Critical, in Two Parts. Be sure to take part in the Great Lit Crit Event.
:bulletpurple: chromeantennae has written a wonderful article on How to Get Started With the Lit Community.

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' May 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: Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing 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: Naktarra has opened her official Literary-Almanac.
:bulletpurple: neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
:bulletpurple: mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
:bulletpurple: ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:bulletpurple: ivorysinkshore discovers for Funkadelic Lit Deviants.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-Grotto, TheFictionNetwork, Ghosts-Of-Literature

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

Those Who Love her, Call Her Kari
Roses by TheTragicTruth-Of-MeDaydream by eliz7Olesya S III by YuliaSpesivtsevaPrincess by gabbyd70Candice Swanepoel by priestessblaydRose's Book by akdreamweaver


: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


In the few short months I have been avidly watching Sophia, I have come across many superb writings in her eclectic Literature gallery. In sharing her emotions – she presents an array of brilliant imagery all throughout, and is not afraid to strike upon one’s own very heart.

Lissomer



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 May News: Loving Light

Thu May 15, 2014, 12:00 AM


In two weeks, I will be celebrating another DeviantART anniversary. Within my community, I am overjoyed to see a generous extension of kindness. I feel honored to be a part of this community, to see others reaching out with selfless hearts to inspire their fellow deviants. As artists, we give over so much of ourselves; whether in expressing our souls through a paintbrush or in pen strokes – it is a precious honor to be a grand part of something so encouraging. In almost nine years, there has been much growth and change – though, what community evolves without such things? The ongoing privilege of interacting with my community has made such a difference in my own role as a senior deviant, and I am sincerely blessed to have found such an extraordinary place within it. And, every single day, I give my immeasurable gratitude for each unique experience.

The unity within this community from those who inspire me on a daily basis, are the reason this unity exists in the first place: these caring deviants who strive to make memorable positive changes. We know who they are: they are the ones who strive towards positive change by giving the fullest measures of themselves; they are the ones who provide tender hands to those in need, and they are the ones showing and giving others love without expecting anything in return. And most importantly, they are the ones who fight to keep all of us bounded together tightly, by providing infinite support.

Today, what better way to celebrate my nine-year devious anniversary than to help me promote unity, positivity, and to go show someone you love them? Though, this is something that should be generously given everyday – it should be remembered that to offer one’s love and selflessly be loved is one of life’s greatest blessings, and never taken for granted. The world changes and shifts so quickly that love fades away before we even know it, and in taking the cherished time to be there for someone else can mean the absolute world. Honestly, it only takes one single person to inspire the light for those to follow. Do take that invaluable moment, and allow yourself to be the inspiring, loving light for others.



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 done so, go congratulate IrrevocableFate and ShadowedAcolyte for joining the Literature Community Volunteer team!
Read more about them Here! :heart:

:new: Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty-Two.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Beccalicious is bringing back the amazing WritersWorkshop Check it out.
:bulletpurple: Have you checked out our official CRLiterature Book Club? It begins June 1st!
:new: Check out the book club schedule Here.
:bulletpurple: shehrozeameen would like to draw your attention to TheCritiquables' Journal.
:new: chromeantennae has written a wonderful article on How to Get Started With the Lit Community.

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' April Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
:new: 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.
:new: 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.
:new: mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
:bulletpurple: DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
:new: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
:bulletpurple: MotleyDreams has some Literature Articles You Should Know.
:new: LiliWrites gets Critical, in Two Parts.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA.
:new: KnightsOfRomance,Writer-War-Room, Infectious-Kindness, Writers-Grotto.

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

Sharing The Love
Show love, everyone! It's a beautiful thing.Soooo, I have a journal idea I think everyone will love. :giggle: I want people to comment on this journal with people they love! :eager: Pretty easy, right? :giggle: Mention/tag (Whatever term you wanna use. :lol:) people that you love for whatever reason! :la: And if you'd like, add a small (Or large! :D) blurb why! Here, I'll start! :eager:
WeirdAndLovely, because she's the most beautiful girl on the planet to me. She's smart, witty, charming, and I'm so glad she's my girlfriend. She's a brilliant artist and I love her so damn much. :love:
SpriteBlayde, because Kelsy is my longest (and best) friend. She's been here for me through thick and thin, when so many people have come, gone, tried to come back and left again, she's been the constant for me for two years. And I couldn't be more grateful for that. She's my sister!
A-Lovely-Anxiety, because she's my favorite 49er. So brilliant, beautiful, intelligent, and a wonderful sister of mine. We'll always be southern 49ers
Love dA Lit Loves You: Vol. 4Hello lovelies. Love dA Lit Loves you! Well, it would if it were a sentient being, in the meantime please accept my undying love. 
I don't actually get a lot of notes / comments from people sending me news or contests, so when I do I'm super happy. Like. Super duper happy. And what better way to say thank you than feature those who support Love dA Lit [I will feature those that frequently comment and fave too]! Then I might surprise you and randomly feature some people just because I can or those who've sent me in DD suggestions. It's all about spreading the love! :heart:
As always I welcome suggestions for news, events, projects, groups, or contests for Love dA Lit! ♥
Love dA Lit Gives a Big Thank You To...
:iconshehrozeameen: :icontwistedalyx: :iconladyshadowrage: :iconrlkirkland: :iconchromeantennae:
:iconMattiello: :iconLiliWrites: :iconLadyLincoln: :iconbigbdawg001: :iconwannabeliterate:
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Communities rely on Pillars made of HeartCommunities of all kinds are held up by pillars made of heart. Typically embodied by people who let the weight of their community rest on their shoulders, willing to let life be life. Sometimes it hurts, and sometimes it's comfortable. Regardless, the result is a halo that surrounds all participants in a community. The healing light of being mothered, fathered or cared for.
These are very special people who take this role in your community. Maybe this person is you. In which case, please be you today, and every day. Because you are very important.
For the rest of us, we all know who the pillars are that hold up the communities that we care about. We all know the value of what they do, especially when we stop to think about it.
There is nothing in life that I have ever found a deeper admiration for than people who take on this role. Pillars of Community. When a human being digs their heels in, claims territory and begins to show Love towards a group of people, they begin to embody
DeviantART Compliments #100Poisons-Kiss what can I even say. the way you treat people with kindness... the way you show compassion... the way in which you mean what you say... the way in which you're true. the way you put together your equine manipulations. your art is so stunning and I can't believe the improvement you've shown in simply this past year. keep up the outstanding work! :')
♥♥
lunnai this is to a very special person who deserves so many gold stars that there aren't enough to give her <3 thanks for bringing laughter and smiles each time I talk to you :') you always find out how to make me smile and I adore you silly sayings ^u^ you're so talented, i can't even begin to describe how stunning your art is. your equine manipulations are just out of this world <333
Infinite-Calamity thanks for being such an amazing friend and supporter! you shot me on the ramp to art, and inspired me so I just wanted to thank you ever so much :') i love your work, so much. your improve
 


: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


Danielle’s gallery is packed full of intriguing and clever pieces to peruse, on her multi-faceted profile. Whether in sharing her novels brimming over with moving tales or reading a touching story or poem from a unique angle, she’s written something for everyone to enjoy.

GuinevereToGwen



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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May Community Caring

Thu May 1, 2014, 12:00 AM


Welcome to May!

Looking forward to a new month, I anticipate several upcoming events within the community. Recently, in correlation with one of these related DeviantART projects, I began my research in perusing through some of my older journals. I feel honored to say being a member of this tight-knit community over the years has given me so much enduring courage and strength. I have truly grown in these eight years – and continue growing. I strive to persist in reaching out to others in positive and caring ways.

Some visit my second home and may wonder – and indeed – others have asked: how did you get your start? What compels you to keep going, and: why do you do what it is you do?

In beginning to forge a positive role, I began by selflessly seeking to give an enduring part of my own heart toward a greater cause – giving sincerity, loving support, and working “deviously” in promoting other artists who share(d) my passion here for all things Literature. DeviantART and its community members have played pivotal roles in my life for an extended period of time, and I simply could not forget the wonderful deviants who made an impact – or made me feel welcomed. Some of them have long since moved on, or still inspire myself – and others – in spirit. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to “stay devious” along side all of them, and am very appreciative for my unique experiences. Without these enduring, guiding hands of support, I certainly may not have felt compelled to carry on with the good fight. These deviants are the real reason I endure to make a difference. I keep on going because I see how this positivity impacts a worthwhile change. Some might dare say that one person cannot make a difference – but I wholeheartedly disagree. I have seen it – and have truly never stopped believing in it. The community I call my second home inspires me, every day.

The DeviantART community has long since been a source of positive inspiration and always will be. I know that I certainly cannot look to a finer group of individuals to encourage, uplift, and inspire. Though some may still wonder why caring deviants strive on towards that sometimes unknown “greater cause” – when the rewards for it might seem so few. The positive impact for these selfless actions are noble incentive enough – and in simply knowing that others can look to us to openly dedicate our hearts to the truest measures of faithful care. Now, go raise your voice in encouragement and be the inspiration.  



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-Two.
:bulletpurple: Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
:bulletpurple: Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
:bulletpurple: Beccalicious is bringing back the amazing WritersWorkshop Check it out.
:bulletpurple: Have you checked out our official CRLiterature Book Club? It begins June 1st!
:bulletpurple: shehrozeameen would like to draw your attention to TheCritiquables' Journal.

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' April 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: Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing 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: 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.
:bulletpurple: DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
: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.

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, LitRecognition, Lit-Daily-Pick, NarrativePoetry, Write-a-world, TheWaysiders, ShortStOrIeSMANIA, KnightsOfRomance.

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

Deviants Who Care
Moon-spun mothsPerched in your throat,
it is like a prayer;
an exhalation
against your palms,
soft as a secret
in the womb.
          How weightless we are
          under the tender moon
          in this enchanted twilight.
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum
 
Last night, I dreamt of us.
We were together on a mountaintop,
I was sitting on the edge,
With my legs dangling above the bottomless pit,
With a lone, white chrysanthemum in my hand as I pull the petals from the stem.
While you were standing above me, looking on, languidly,
None of us wanting to say anything,
My own mental battle sewing my lips to one another,
Unable to speak,
While you were probably trapped within your own mental depths;
In my mind, I was debating between venting and jumping,
Simply over the fact I didn’t know what that look was in your eyes,
But I think that’s probably the point, that we’re no longer of the same kind,
Maybe I changed into something I’m unaware of, maybe you were the one to transform,
But I don’t get the same feel of what used to be,
This is foreign to me,
An unapologetic feeling of extreme apathy,
And that is the unfortunate reality of this situation,
No matter how long
our atoms were once starsthese weary atoms are constantly
wreathed into genetic ornaments and
recycled from human to human.
i can trace my veins off into the brazen
custody of our prescribed atmosphere.
bring me to where the world ends
and the horizon collides with the heavens,
because i'd like to recreate myself into
something new.
or at least fade among the hydrogen
furnaces, returning to a cosmic cradle.
Harvest MoonThree a.m. moonlight
across lazy dust motes; a
tree scrapes the window.
Your arm weighs on my hip like
whispered promises of love.

 


: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
IrrevocableFate
neurotype
ShadowedAcolyte

: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.


Danielle’s gallery is packed full of intriguing and clever pieces to peruse, on her multi-faceted profile. Whether in sharing her novels brimming over with moving tales or reading a touching story or poem from a unique angle, she’s written something for everyone to enjoy.

GuinevereToGwen



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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By ginkgografix Exclusively for LadyLincoln and best viewed in FireFox

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.
:new: 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



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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
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




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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.

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

Thumbs: Abraham Lincoln: American Hero
Abraham Lincoln by PaulTajslLincoln by ThreshTheSkyAbraham Lincoln in 1861 by KraljAleksandarAbraham Lincoln by ArturoJMorales<da:thumb id="289185080"/>Lincoln by VampireHungerStrike
 


: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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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-Peop