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Monthly giveaway [1500 points]

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 28, 2015, 7:45 AM

As I said before, I was thinking of hosting a giveaway every month, so here I am (again haha..)

I will pick the three winners with a random number generator. 


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Share this journal 
If more than 600 people join, the main prize will be raised by 400:points: (so the winner will get 1200:points:)
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Negative comments will be hidden. 


1st place: 800:points: 
2nd place: 500:points:
3rd place: 200:points:

Deadline: 9th of August

Good luck!

  • Mood: Content

LIT me explain u a thing...about literature news

There is a lot of it.

2015 is...half over. Why would it do that to me, it was like 2000 just yesterday right? Right?! Okay, maybe it was two days ago, but details, details.

This is the first part of the article series "LIT me explain u a thing" chronicling some of the things DA's Lit Community was up to in 2015! Only a portion because I'd be insane if I tried to be more comprehensive (plus who would actually read that?!).

If you're ready to see me become a little wacky, please scroll down and get to reading!  Eye of the Tiger  

Also, please, please, PLEASE :+fav: this. ♥

If you manage to make it through all of this tell me so I can give you a  thumbs up. Also, do not sue me if your eyes fall out after this because I am not responsible for that sort of thing. You really should have gone to a doctor.

January | February | March | April | May | June


Lit Community Relations:

:bulletgreen: CRLit Update - January 2015
:bulletgreen: Literature DD Roundup - January 2015
:bulletgreen: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: January


Writing Contests and Projects:

In the Lit Forum:


Lit Community Relations:

:bulletgreen: CRLit Update - February 2015
:bulletgreen: Literature DD Roundup - February 2015
:bulletgreen: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: February


Writing Contests and Projects:

In the Lit Forum:


Lit Community Relations:

:bulletgreen: CRLit Update - March 2015
:bulletgreen: March Literature DD Round Up
:bulletgreen: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: March


Writing Contests and Projects:

In the Lit Forum:

projecteducate: Publishing Week


Lit Community Relations:

:bulletgreen: CRLit Update - April 2015
:bulletgreen: Literature DD Roundup - April 2015
:bulletgreen: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: April


Writing Contests and Projects:

In the Lit Forum:


Lit Community Relations:

:bulletgreen: CRLit Update - May/June 2015
:bulletgreen: Literature DD Round-Up May 2015
:bulletgreen: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: May


Writing Contests and Projects:

In the Lit Forum:


Lit Community Relations:

:bulletgreen: CRLit Update - May/June 2015
:bulletgreen: Literature DD Roundup - June 2015
:bulletgreen: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: June


Writing Contests and Projects:

In the Lit Forum:

Meanwhile Misha OH MY GOOD WORD YOU MADE IT THROUGH THIS?! I AM SO PROUD, YOU ARE A TROOPER. (Not a Storm Trooper, you have much better aim.) Either way there was TONS more going on and I couldn't list everything because has a limit or something. idk, it's mean to me. If you're looking to get involved with the Literature Community don't be afraid, there are so many of us and so many different things going on. :eager: Find something you like, do it. Prosper.

If you're asking yourself what will happen in the next 6 months, be prepared to be disappointed because I am not Raven and I can not see the future. Or can I? Ha, like I'd tell you because the future is supposed to be a SECRET. However, feel free to send me things you find throughout the rest of the year. Or send me celebrities. Oh yeah...

i explained u the thing

Hi there! This is Pine and I'm holding a little competition for everyone with permission from pandoras-island~

The basis of the competition is to use the prompt to create a piece, whether it be art or writing, and whomever uses the prompt in the best way as determined by guest judges will be the winner!

The prizes:

Each category offers two prizes, a grand prize and a first place prize. For both art and writing categories, the grand prize is a custom or myo kia with a very rare trait/power while the first place prize is a myo with a rare trait/power.


The Prompt: 

*Your Kiamara hears something in the woods and goes to check it out, what is it that they find?*

~If you do not own a Kiamara, you can use the mascot for the competition which is located here… ~

-There are two different categories you can enter into.

'Art' which allows you to create a single piece that shows your kiamara finding whatever it is that they may find.

And 'Writing' which allows for a single piece of writing up to 3000 words which depicts whatever they may find.

-You can do a single comic page as your piece of art, though no more than 6 panels! 

-You can include their journey through the forest if you please.

-Please only include one kiamara unless they find another kiamara.

-You may give the mascot any personality you like

-Please keep gore/cursing/adult themes to a minimum please. This is just supposed to be something fun ;u;

If you would like to enter into the 'Art' Category, post your entry here:

If you would like to enter into the 'Writing' Category, post your entry here:

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I'll try to answer promptly! Just make sure you read thoroughly before asking a question, please!

Summer Artist Feature

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 27, 2015, 3:47 PM

Heart If you like this feature please add it to your +favs ! Heart

So a few weeks ago, I asked some people to show me their best work and I would do daily features of some of the artists that I feel may not have the exposure that they deserve. 
I will feature about 10-15 artist. I hope you guys like the artist and their works and will go give them some love! And if you like their stuff, watch! 

Today's featured artist is :iconavvyraptor: 
Avvyraptor is an artist based in Bulgaria. She is an active member of Deviantart, Instagram, and tumblr to name a few. Her commissions are open and she is incredibly talented, and her work is fun and inspiring!  

Princesses by Avvyraptor 
yeh by Avvyraptor
Commission Riehimee by Avvyraptor
Sheets by Avvyraptor
Derp by Avvyraptor
Marceline by Avvyraptor

Skin by SimplySilent
  • Mood: Joy

A journal by niklin1.

You can find part 1 of this story HERE!

On Friday night Jan got to work gathering some more streetie friends for the Saturday photo-walk. We met up at 11 am at Oxford Circus. The line-up was me, Jan = lightdrafter, Noah = noahsamuelmosko and their friends Peter Matus and Zdenek Lesovsky. Peter and Zdenek are not on dA, but on Flickr.

SAM 6411 fs by niklin1
Meeting at Oxford Circus. Jan left, Noah far center and Peter right.

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At the pub. From left to right: Niklas, Zdenek, Peter and Jan. Photo: Noah.

After a short time talking at a pub, we walked to nearby The Photographers' Gallery and saw the current exhibitions. It's free and it was a nice start of the day!

SAM 6453 fs by niklin1
Jan in action 'round the corner from the Gallery.

The photo-walk proper started and here are two of my shots:
Hair in Face by niklin1     English Bulldog by niklin1

After about an hour it was time for some much needed replenishing of fluid levels.  ;-)  It was a hot day. I promise!

SAM 6549 fs by niklin1
Zdenek at the second pub...

SAM 6547 fs by niklin1
Jan and Peter.

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Me and Jan. Photo: Noah.

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Yes I Can. That's me shooting!  Photo: Noah.

But in this case, the result is...well...not all shots come out good.
SAM 6641 fs by niklin1

Here's Noah working the same crossing or maybe the next:

SAM 6648 fs by niklin1

Noah tells me he wasn't too pleased with this result either...

2015-07-street-  0023 by niklin1

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Here's Jan caught in the act by Noah:

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And here's Jan's resulting shot.

Another two of mine:
Man in Cap by niklin1     Zero Percent by niklin1

SAM 6915 fs by niklin1
Peter Matus.

2015-07-street-  0037 by niklin1
Jan in action. Forever and always. Photo: Noah.

SAM 6951 fs by niklin1
Noah and Jan prowling Trafalgar Square.

SAM 7077 fs by niklin1
The sign says "No Loading" and yet here we are getting loaded!

SAM 7125 fs by niklin1
We came upon a stag party and the three of us shot away!

Bride To Be by niklin1
This is Jan's pic.

Unfortunately, Noah's shot didn't work out.

2015-07-street-  0030 by niklin1
This passage with the mirrored ceiling must have been made with us photographers in mind! Photo: Noah.

Musketeers by niklin1
Photo: Jan.

Two more of mine:
Matilda by niklin1      Guy in Green by niklin1

SAM 7176 fs by niklin1
The Boys on Regent Street.

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One last round before hugs goodbyes and rushing off to the train!


Sunday was rest day with regards to SP, but on Monday me and Jan met up for one more short photo walk. Jan showed me some very nice places for street photography around City Hall and Borough Market.

SAM 8185 fs by niklin1
Light which is good enough for an SP style portrait...

At City Hall by niklin1
....should be good enough for some SP!?

Here are two more from my camera on the Monday:
Warmth by niklin1      A Smoke and a Chat by niklin1

SAM 8201 fs by niklin1
Good luck on your spin around the globe, Jan!  :-)
Everybody follow his blog from the trip HERE!


Feature Misc.

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 4:56 AM

Daily Fractal Feature 28th July 2015

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 5:42 AM

On a daily basis we, at :icondailyfractalfeatures:, aim to showcase a small selection of fractal artwork to the community. We are proud to feature today's Daily Fractal Feature! You can show your support by +favloveing this article.

aartika-fractal-art  :iconaartika-fractal-art: from her ID
"aartika-fractal-art has been working with fractals since 1999, initially Tierazon & Sterlingware, now almost exclusively with Ultra Fractal; occasionally with Apophysis and Xenodream."

Eifiona by aartika-fractal-art

Ice and Fire by aartika-fractal-art Daybreak by aartika-fractal-art Magic Circles 57 by aartika-fractal-art Edge of a Cliff by aartika-fractal-art

anyzamarah   :iconanyzamarah: from her ID
"Hi all, I'm a fractal artist since autumn 2011 and I really LOVE this stuff! Love
I've learned so much here on dA. Without all the tutorials, parameters and tips written by other artists I would never have been able to understand fractal structures - and even to create my own type of fractal art!
Thank you so much all! Heart Hug Heart "

Dancing All Night by Anyzamarah

Lost In Thought by Anyzamarah Show Your True Colors by Anyzamarah Cinderella's Satin Gown by Anyzamarah Deal Gently With You by Anyzamarah

judson-cottrell :iconjudson-cottrell: from his ID
"Finally and thanks to the heavens, I'm once again able to dig deep into the fractal universe to discover new things not seen before. Went without a decent computer for a year and it drove me a bit more crazier than before. Aside from some health conditions I've acquired over the past two years, memory loss was the big one. I'm happily re-discovering some of the techniques I think I used but it's all good. Can always add new ones too. Stay tuned folks."

Eye of Hurricane by Judson-Cottrell

Blazing Amber by Judson-Cottrell The Electoral College Selects Our Victor by Judson-Cottrell Wood Shop by Judson-Cottrell Mirage By Moonlight by Judson-Cottrell

janhein :iconjanhein: from his ID
"Since about 10 years I create digital art. More specifically I create digital collages, manipulating computer-generated fractal images and sometimes photos. I'm interested in the hidden realities behind our every-day-life-experiences. Fractals often seem to express or describe these realities."

Fractal intruder causing turmoil by janhein

Fractal Usurpation by janhein It seems to be funny, somehow by janhein Misty morning by janhein Meeting of the Board in 7th Heaven by janhein

ronbennett :iconronbennett: from his ID
"I was born in Newfoundland, Canada, February 19, 1967, and grew up in the small fishing town of St. Paul's Inlet on the Northern Peninsula. Attended Greavette Memorial High School in the nearby town of Cow Head and later, the Corner Brook campus of Memorial University. Moved to Toronto in 1986. Began doing creative and digital art in 1999."

Colour Collage by ronbennett

Fractal 19 by ronbennett Field of Flowers by ronbennett The Early Universe by ronbennett Dark Desires by ronbennett

For more information, including how to suggest a deviation to be featured, please visit us at DailyFractalFeatures.

There is an ongoing donation pool for :icondailyfractalfeatures: & :iconfractal-resources: to become SuperGroups over on :icondeadened-glow:'s page! We are still looking for more Co-Founders to help out with our daily features. Please take a look at the details on our Home page. DailyFractalFeatures

Don't forget to enter our current challenge  Flower Festival 2015Hi all  Flower 
For the months of July into early September we are running a Flowers Challenge. We know that many of you enjoy making this type of fractal and hope that lots of you will take the time to make something pretty. Flowers can be generated in most if not all fractal software.  For instance Ultra Fractal, Apophysis and Mandelbuld 3D maybe Incendia and Chaotica, Frax even.  I don't have user knowledge of a lot of fractal software so will be guided by you, but please.... no manipulations.  Show off you skills with Raw Fractals.  I guess an exception would be Light Maps used for colour and with DIFS.
UF users might want to explore the flower shapes in RKB.ulb, though I know there are lots of other ways to make flowers. and if any one knows a good tut for Apo flowers then do leave us a comment and I'll add it to the detailsFlower Bullet (DarkTurq) - F2U! 
 and our affiliate group :iconfractal-love: is also holding a Desert Themed Contest. Please visit the group for more details.

Another affiliate :iconxtremefractals: is holding a fractal manipulation contest. Details here: Fractal Manipulation ContestRecently we ran a journal featuring fractal manipulations.   Here's the natural follow-up to that - a Fractal Manipulation Contest!
The Rules
 • Entries must be a fractal that has been manipulated.  There are many ways - see the journal for ideas & techniques.
 • Entries must be posted to the fractal manipulation category - here on Deviant Art.
 • Entries must have been posted on or after the date of this announcement.
 • Only two entries per member allowed.
 • Only entries submitted to the Contest Gallery will be eligible.
 • It would be greatly appreciated - but not required - that you mention this contest in y

Feature Prepared by :iconfractalholic:. Be safe and have a great day! :squee: :hug:

Created at Modified by Fractalholic

20 Years Down Under

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 28, 2015, 6:55 AM

Its kinda crazy to think but I have been living down under for quite some time now. Today marks the 20th Year Anniversary of me living in Australia if you could believe it.

Thats me when I first arrived in Australia, a typical Chinese kid from Hong Kong who didn't speak a single word of English (Now I can speak about 30 words!). I still remember that day when my parents and I arrived in Australia, the weather was cold but sunny, the people would greet you when you walk past them, grass everywhere, that was my first impression on that day.

I do remember being kinda nervous moving to a new country. Especially for my first day of school, my mum went to the school with me and she immediately started looking around for other Asians. She spotted an Asian mother with her kid my age and started talking to them, the mother and her son was quite nice, the mother is from Malaysia but she can speak Chinese, but her son Matthew was born here so his Cantonese was not very fluent, I remember trying to make conversation with him but he replied in English and I thought to myself 'Oh great work mum, you found me a friend that I can't communicate with.' But eventually I started to learn English and he helped me greatly with learning too, he was my first ever friend in Australia and we still hang out to this day.

Here's another story about young Ry thats kinda interesting. I was.. umm.. quite fascinated by.... ahem.. the umm..... white girls. I've always been surrounded by Asians in Hong Kong (Obviously), but then when I came to Australia, I came in contact with these pretty Australian girls with their bright blue eyes and wavy blonde hair and pointy nose, I was like oh my gosh its Princess Zelda in real life! (And I am Link.. except I lack courage, more about that later in the story) Yes, I was attracted to the foreign ladies. I still remember my first crush in primary school, a blonde white girl, her name was Katrina, she wasn't the prettiest girl of the grade but I remember she had a very kind heart and that attracted me. We went to a primary school that had down syndrome and disabled children there too, I think its a great way to teach the kids that everyone should be treated equally, I wish more school did that. Anyway, I remember seeing Katrina taking care of a kid with learning disability, I thought that was so sweet and I fell in love with her. I have spoken to her a few times during school, now I think about it... my English must've been SOOOO bad, I probably had a very heavy unattractive Chinese accent and I might've even used the wrong words, I could've called her a toaster by accident who knows! But yeah she was quite nice to me, I remember there were two times I tried to tell her my feelings (For what reason I have no clue, I was 8, I ain't allowed to date anyone till Im 21 according to my parents!). So the first time was when we went to a school excursion, it was a theme park called Wonderland (It closed down unfortunately). I played one of those theme park games and won myself a little blue dog stuff toy, I was gonna give it to Katrina, but I was nervous as heck! I remember walking up to her...... ready to give her the stuff toy...  and then walked back the other way. I chickened out... I still have that blue dog and its a constant reminder of what a loser I was everytime I look at it. The second attempt was when we were at the school formal, kids were dancing and stuff, and just like a cheesy teen movie, a slow song came up... I saw her sitting there and I was tempted to ask her for a dance (I don't even dance... but it felt right). And this was near the end of primary school, so I know I might never see her again after that, this was my one shot, YOU'VE ONLY GOT ONE SHOT! (Like Eminem in 8 Mile) Anyway so once again I took a deep breath and stood up, I walked across the crowded dance floor, it felt as if time slowed down, I went up to her... ANDDDDD choked (Like Eminem in 8 Mile). I couldn't say it, what if she said no? I would've melt right there to the ground, it would've been so embarrassing. At the end I didn't say it... AND that was it. We both went to a different high school after that and I have never seen her since.

You know, while I was writing this journal, I thought about the time I lived here, the more I think about it, the more I like Australia. I was born in Hong Kong, but I would say that Australia is my home. I've made some great friends here, the air is clean, the humour is great, people are nice in general. I like it here! Here's to another 20 years down under.

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OINK OINK OINK :iconpig-plz::iconpig-plz::iconpig-plz:

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  • Reading: Miranda Sings Help Book

Weekly Feature #1

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:10 AM

Here goes nothing, my first weekly feature includes art from some of the lovely people who commented on my thumbshare thread.

Woman by DPasschier Detective Inspector John Rebus by Hexigate Sanguine by NinJaPleeZ
Spartan by DivinoArtista Let's Play! by AmbergrisElement poor vin by Omnisciency
 Treasure by fridouw Ciri by revois Emma and Max by Fullmetal-Animator
Sweet Darkness by InkyShade sunset by sbeeart Jay - OC portrait by KumhoCuppaJoe
Blue Dragon by K-Koji Into the Clouds by TheBlue-Light When it Became Night... by mindwasp
Morning in this Ugly City by Akyura44 Angelic Lady Knight by Lodchen Battousai by sarahhite 
Loki - The Trickster - Colored Pencil by ChaoKitty City of Amaris by Jinsky Perlsdum by Vechx
The Unveiling by JRD-artistry Poussey. by hobbittiponi Amy Lee by ArTRefugiuM    
Abandoned Lighthouse by da-hazard Fall by Goshun Sakura Tree by Frostwindz 
Keep on Walking by ippomoea Red Soul by Stan-kun81daenerys targaryen by bornploopersAssassin's Creed Syndicate Artwork by Bleem7

All of these guys are awesome, and you should definitely check out their work!
I'd like to do theme weeks as well, so if anyone has any suggestions for that let me know!

Skin by MoonZaphire

Hidden Talent Feature

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 6:56 AM by Astrikos:iconastrikos:
This is similar to the focal point series, but instead features more on a lot of art, not just a few individual artists. 
Hope you enjoy! Please consider :+fav:ing this, so the art featured here gains more exposure.
Also make sure to support the artists here! :eager: [Most art here has less than 20 favorites]

Beautiful work everyone! Thanks to everyone who shared here. 
Have a lovely day!

CSS by Astrikos