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, ShadowedAcolyte, brokenfragilethings, 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!
Do say thank you to neurotype for her tenure as Literature Community Volunteer!
Ladies of Lit Issue: Volume Forty-Five.
Latest Volume of 30 Writers You Should Discover.
Writers Welcome Wagon Project.
Have you read about our official CRLiterature Book Club? Latest book news Here.
Mid Month Book Club news is officially Here.
If you missed out on PE: Lit Basics Week, IrrevocableFate has posted a Wrap-up.
Naktarra wants us to S.M.I.L.E.
doughboycafe is hosting a wonderful Historical Fiction Workshop.
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:
#CRLiterature The official DeviantART Literature chatroom.
#Writersforlife Write, mingle, learn and keep writing for life.
#Writeroom Looking for tips, ideas and more, the Writeroomies are here for you.
#Cabal Srs bsns of literary discussion.
Writers-Workshop Where the Writers Workshop Writing.
ScreamPrompts Are You A Writer?
HammeredPoetry Sick of cliches? Us Too.
transliterations From One World to Another.
LITplease A Club for Every Writer.
Throughout DeviantART, there are a number of resourceful news articles filled with features, contests and much, much more. Several deviants keep the literature community in the know with these articles. I am honored to present the creme of the crop, and invite you to fully explore what each article has to offer.
The Lit Gallery Volunteers' July Lit Daily Deviations and CV Journal Updates.
IrrevocableFate loves DA Lit! Contests, Various Groups, Workshops and More.
WorldWar-Tori would like to share her Literature News with you.
SadisticIceCream has Publishing Resources.
apocathary also has a collection of Miscellaneous Resources.
julietcaesar does as well in Her Journal.
Medoriko has shared a wonderful guide to Being Devious in Literature.
SpriteBlayde dips her quill in Stained Ink.
chromeantennae Likes to adjust his Lit Antennaes.
rlkirkland Encourages Inspirational Affirmation.
Gingersanps is introducing us to Amazing Deviants.
CelestialMemories finds Stories and Charming Chapters.
amour-raven speaks to deviants Literarily.
GrimFace242 is looking for some Group Therapy and Undiscovered Deviants in Lit.
Aerode finds writers under the radar on his Watch.
Naktarra has opened her official Literary-Almanac.
neurotype goes in search of Wonderful Lit Deviants.
mirz-alt provides some Writer Resources.
ezradeacon also has an array of Lit Resources.
DorianHarper picks out amazing Monthly Daily Lit and discovers dAuthors.
DrippingWords wants to Talk Writing.
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,
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
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
See the rest Here.
If you stop by, and would like to begin your journey on my DA homepage, may I suggest starting here. Also, if you are new to DA and need further assistance, please feel free to contact me if you cannot find what you are looking for in the FAQ section found here.
My official DeviantART Prayer Support Log. If there is someone you know who is in need of support, do let me know at any time and I will add them to the log.
I like to support Literature here by adding literature clubs/groups to my watch. If I have yet to add yours, feel free to leave me a comment.
Who is serving the Literature Community and what can they do for you? Your Community Volunteers for Literature are listed below as follows. You can freely contact them at any time with your questions or concerns.
And, of course, here are some lovely stamps, to show your support!
Please stop by The-Novelist-Club and feel free to join us, whether you are a writer, a poet, reader, or even a critic - we'd love to have you. We are currently accepting regular submissions and various pieces for our Workshops, so please show your support to these wonderful writers and stop by.
Looking to join a fun group which supports the exciting era of Abraham Lincoln by paying homage to his memory with fun panel discussions, Q and A sessions, book reviews and much, much more? Then TheLincolnLegacy is the perfect place for you. Walks of all artistic life are warmly welcomed here.
LungCancer-Awareness was created to bring awareness to a well-known cancer that has not only impacted the daily lives of the members of my own family - but so many others around us. Anything that you can do to promote awareness within your community can and will make a difference!
Wanting to keep an eye on all things Literature on DeviantART, and not sure where to turn? Your official Literature home CRLiterature, is the place to find everything you could possibly want, from generalized information, resources, contests and more, so do not miss out.
Looking for some of the latest news about your Daily Deviations or that news article you may missed over the course of the month? Well then, LitResources may be the very place for you to catch up on all of the latest happenings.
Everyone is welcome over at our group, And we realize that every writer has their own personality, interests, strengths and weaknesses, so we aim to provide unique pathways into the community for everyone. So go on - sign yourself up and get exposed over at Expose-Lit.
Our judges at TalentedWritersGuild are looking for your quality literature! So, if you have something that you feel will simultaneously move us, challenge us, and inspire us as readers - then we are the very group for you.
Looking for a delightful and positively charged environment to post your work and give others some encouragement and support? Then look no further than ProjectPositivity.
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.