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Disney Buys Star Trek

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 3:00 PM
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DeviantArt Today’s Page News Desk


“Gary Seven” (Reporter Without Portfolio)

I just received a call from “Gary Seven.”

DeviantArt has many surprisingly well-connected members and one of them, a top Paramount executive, contacted us two days ago with a rumor so powerful that we wanted to be 100% certain before publishing it. We now know: Disney just bought all television rights to Star Trek.

Bob Iger, the current chairman and CEO of Disney, bought Star Trek from CBS Television, which had acquired the television rights when it split off from Paramount. Paramount has kept the motion picture rights.

Our contact, who wants to be known as “Gary Seven,” found out about this purchase — needless to say one of the biggest secrets imaginable — when Iger visited Paramount two days ago to let them know what Disney planned to do with their new franchise. Because Paramount is still making Star Trek movies, we guess there must be some sort of clause in the contracts that requires some kind of cooperation between television and motion picture versions.

Gary is on the Paramount Star Trek motion picture team and their heads started spinning when Iger laid out his plans.

What we know from that meeting is this:

  • Disney is rebooting the television series Star Trek as a fast track project. JJ Abrams had been in talks with Disney before it closed on Star Trek. Iger asked Abrams to secretly set the reboot of Star Trek in the Star Wars universe and in return he would be rewarded by directing the first of the Star Wars movies.
  • Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens, now being edited for December release, will plant suggestions that the Federation, Klingons and Romulans were connected to the Star Wars universe. They are dubbing references along those lines into the dialogue now. (Tribbles?) This will set up additional storylines in the television reboot of Star Trek. But Iger assured the meeting that the Star Trek characters would not actually appear in the Star Wars films unless Paramount agreed.
  • Disney will blend Star Trek into their Marvel Universe by placing Marvel characters like Iron Man and a future version of The Guardians of the Galaxy into worlds visited by the Starship Enterprise and its crew in the reboot. Disney also wants a unified backstory that Stark Industries designed the Starship Enterprise and is the go-to contractor for Starships to the Federation. Iger said he would consider licensing the same characters to Paramount for its Star Trek films if the scripts are made compatible.
  • The Disney Channel will be producing an entire series in which the Star Trek characters and more importantly the moral lessons and “humanistic” messages of the franchise will be directed at pre-school and K-6 children. Iger said this was a “passion project” for him because he has learned so much to guide his own life from Star Trek.
  • Disney’s Imagineering division has started plans for the Starship Enterprise Holodeck attraction for all its theme parks as part of TomorrowLand and will easter egg the attraction in the TomorrowLand film coming this summer.
  • Iger showed mock ups of Star Trek merchandise that will start selling at all Disney outlets this summer. In a dramatic gesture he ended his talk by opening up his shirt to display a T-shirt that read “Disney’s Star Trek Coming Soon!”

We are told by Gary that the response was icy while Iger and his team were making their presentation.

As soon as they left the room on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, Brad Grey, the Chairman of Paramount, turned to his executives and said: “Don’t worry. We’ve sued Disney before and we will do it again. They will not f**kup Star Trek like they did with so many other cherished properties. Not on my watch.”

We learned from another source that Paramount’s law firm took over a whole floor in its Century City offices as a “war room” and is pulling in copyright lawyers from all over the country (we guess that includes the one who works here at HQ because he’s been gone for three days and used to be General Counsel at Paramount).

We also learned that Paramount is furiously negotiating with 20th Century Fox Chairman, Jim Gianopulous (who used to work at Paramount on the Star Trek franchise), to use the X-Men or Aliens or Predator characters in the next Star Trek movie.

It’s all great stuff for the press and the critics. But watching this war will be a sad coda and will close the door on the legacy of Gene Rodenberry. At least cyberspace holds the original series intact even if Disney tries to withdraw it and only release it every seven years, as they have done in the past with animation titles.

We may have reached the Final Frontier.

Your Thoughts

  1. Do you think Disney will eventually own and control a single universal science-fiction narrative based on Star Wars, with all the characters from Star Trek as well as the Marvel and DC Universes fully subsumed and utilized per relative timeline?
  2. Do you think the world’s leaders should get involved to protect the integrity of franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars?
  3. Do you foresee the possibility of a lethal conflict arising between the Vulcans and Jedis different philosophies?  Will the undying spirits of Spock and Obi-Wan Kenobi become the political and religious leaders of the two “unified” but contentious factions?
  4. Is it now possible that Gary Mitchell actually tapped into the Dark Side of the Force in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”?
  5. Do you think Scotty and Tony Stark could get along together in the Enterprise’s engine room?

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Hey guys!

I've really been into speed painting lately, so I wanted to challenge myself. And also you!
The idea of a speed painting is that you take a limited amount of time for a painting. This can be half an hour, or up to two hours, depending how much time you have (and are willing to spend). During that time you make a painting, or get as far as possible. When you reach the time limit, the painting is done. No getting back to it. No cheating. It's done.


:bulletred: Use any medium. I use digital, because it's fast and clean. But you can use traditional as well.
:bulletred: Use references if needed. Don't forget; References are GOOD!!!
:bulletred: Take these tips and tricks to heart.
:bulletred: Take 1 to 2 hours per painting. Not more. Don't cheat.
:bulletred: GO PAINT!!!
:bulletred: Just to clarify; any medium is allowed, as long as your drawings fit the theme and time limit.


The challenge runs from April 1st until April 30th.
There are 10 challenges in total. Be smart and spread your challenges over the weeks.
(Of course you can still do if after this date, but then you can't join the contest)

The Challenges

I've tried to keep the challenge as open as possible, and with a wide variety of different subjects to study and learn from.
Don't be afraid to use references and/or study from them. After all; the goal of this challenge is to learn. You're free to incorporate your own imagination and characters in your work. Make it something you like. 

01. An object in your room
02. Something fashionable [clothing and folds -- yeah!]
03. A sky
04. A landscape or cityscape
05. An interior [inside a house -- think about furniture and stuff]
06. Your OC / A character you like
07. A character/person showing emotion [can be any emotion]
08. A scene that portrays a warm and fuzzy feeling
09. A scene that portrays a cold and/or creepy feeling
10. Free drawing. Make something awesome!

What will you gain from it?

:bulletorange: You'll get faster
:bulletorange: You'll learn to paint without getting lost in all the nifty details
:bulletorange: You'll ditch perfectionism... eventually 
:bulletorange: You'll get a lot of work done
:bulletorange: Painting a total of 10-20 hours this month will learn you shit about art! I'm not kidding!


In order to join the 'contest' attached to this challenge, you have to complete all 10 themes before the deadline.
The person that shows most creativeness, dedication and overall improvement will win 500 points and get featured. This isn't necessarily dependent on skill level.
The most awesome and creative entry's for each challenge will also be featured in a journal at the end of the month.

How to join?

Make sure I see you join!
:bulletblack: Upload every challenge as an individual artwork
:bulletblack: Use #speedpaintingchallenge in your tags
:bulletblack: Tag me or this journal in the description.
:bulletblack: (Optional) Post your paintings in the comment section under this journal

Inspire others

Spread the word!
Tell your friends! 
The more people that join, the better!

Happy speedpainting~! :dummy: 
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Entries will close on the 3rd of April!
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  • Reading: Japanese
  • Drinking: Tea

Hello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing
If you're reading, please favourite+fav and share the article so we can spread this amazing resource around!

Today we're interviewing our Carmalain7 and Vigilo, plus williamszm, kiwi-damnation and jade-pandora on vocabulary building for poetry, and raspil and Memnalar on narrative voice and POV(point of view) for prose!

If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:

Our poetry lesson focuses on vocabulary building, and the prose one on narrative voice and POV.

Poetry: Vocabulary building

It's very rare of beginners to have a wide enough vocabulary to avoid unwanted repetitions. Was there anything, an exercise or method, that helped you build your vocabulary, and do you have any tips in regards to how to self-assess whether your writing is becoming unnecessarily verbose?

Carmalain7, I take the time to read about five lines in both directions of anything I write to ensure that I haven't repeated a word without an unquestionably amazing reason to do so.
Repeated words actually turn me off of a lot of (mostly pop) music.

I think repeated words can kill any oratory flow, and are often a result of just trying to get the message down in early drafts when other words might serve the meaning behind the message better.

The absolute best way to improve your vocabulary is by reading. Specifically, target writing that you wouldn't normally read, because it often is written with a different audience in mind (thus using different vocabularies!).

Vigilo, Who likes metaphors? I like metaphors. Long ones, apparently.
Actually, we’re going with the same metaphor from last time, except in a slightly different vein. So, your poem is a house, and your words are the furniture of that house. You’ve just moved in, it’s an unfurnished house, and it takes a while to get all the furniture you need. You start with the necessities: a bed, a table, chairs, etc. Once you’ve got the necessities, you move on to the fancier items – maybe a lava lamp. Lava lamps are cool.

Now, like the furniture, the necessities are the words almost every poem will have, and you will always, always need. These are important words, not only because they’re necessary, but because it’s very easy to take them for granted – don’t do that. The fancier furniture (words) is something you’ll always be adding and removing from your house (poem), but it’s very important to keep in mind that they won’t always work for every house, and to not overdo it. 

To figure out what sort of furniture you want, you have to look at other houses and other furniture styles, and I’m going to stop with the metaphor for a while here. The point is, reading other poetry is the best, sure-fire way to building your vocabulary, apart from actually writing a lot of poems. In addition to that, there are quite a lot of vocabulary-based prompts out there - this NaPoWriMo one from last year, for example (you don't have to use a news article - it can be a book, another poem, etc, but one with lots of unfamiliar vocabulary!). 

Honestly, though, I would say that your vocabulary is something that comes with the amount of time you put into reading and writing poetry, and something that never stops being built. I'm still learning. It's also important to keep your audience in mind, especially if you decide to drop in a less well-known word - it could make or break your poem. Imagine having a ten-foot tall statue of, I don’t know, Satan, when you have visitors over to your otherwise mediocre flat. Awkward. 

To avoid being verbose, finally, try reading your poem out. If it sounds awkward and unwieldy to you, imagine how it’d sound to your readers! It’s like the Lucifer statue all over again. Lastly, look at the words that are the potential culprits and identify exactly what it is they do for your poem. Does the bedroom actually need a coffee table? Yes, I know, it would be cool, but that’s the point: it might be cool, but is it needed? If not, throw it out.

williamszm, I feel like the only sure way to develop a broader vocab is to simply read more. So while you are practicing your writing, just be sure to keep reading as well, and eventually the two ought to start influencing each other and improving. Reading other works that you enjoy will also help make it easier to see how your writing differs from those, including if it is too verbose or too bland. But this isn’t a quick solution—I’m still working on improving my vocabularly, and know I have a lot of work to do.

kiwi-damnation, I created a challenge called the December Form Challenge in 2008. I did this because I found my writing was becoming repetitive and stagnant. I found that experimenting with forms forces you out of your comfort zone in many ways, including vocabulary. You are made to tell things differently and therefore you seek and discover new words. I am also a reader and I think this is one of the best ways to create a good vocabulary. Read and store new words in your psyche so that when you write, they will bubble to the surface and beg to be written.
In regards to verbosity, I think you need to assess whether someone walking off the street could relate to what you are saying. I am a rather honest and straight-forward poet and I think that the core part of poetry is relating to others. When purple prose became a large part of poetry, people stopped reading it. Well, the vast majority of people stopped reading it and it became known as Shakespeare or emo. The art form was made to be trivial and the skill set ignored. If your family could almost get the gist of what you are saying then you are on the right track.

jade-pandora, Ah yes, when the word “verbose” was penned, it was and still is perfect for its meaning of too many words (verbs) used.That is an observation of mine regarding writers with not enough imagination to know how to work that limited vocabulary into succinct and interesting verse. Before writers have built up a strong range of words to use, they need to know how to work well with what they have. If you do not do it right with a few words, you will be challenged with even more words. It is not just the vocabulary of larger words, but the annoying filler words that so many people habitually use in their everyday speak that translate over to their writing. Such as “just”, “really”, “basically”, “actually”, oh don’t let me go on, you get the idea!

In my experience as I have matured into my writing, I have always set time aside to read a dictionary – yes, that’s right – read a dictionary, a physical book on my lap as I sit in a chair. Quiet downtime. I go to random pages and scan the columns of five to ten pages, both sides. I always luck out to find one or two very interesting words that I make note of for when I have a moment of inspiration, taking that opportunity to try the new words out. If you do that often enough over months and even years, you build yourself an impressive vocabulary. Be sure to learn how to use those words in sentences. To know of the words and their meaning is only half the journey. Having a thesaurus handy (or accessible online) is also useful. When it comes time to apply these evocative new words to literary art, you want to have knowledge of the emotion and descriptive they lend to a piece. Of course that goes for any words no matter how well you think you know them. Word choices are very important to your success, and making sure the word groups you use have the right “sound”. That alone is a whole other class-worth of information that all writers, especially poets, should study. The results will be unnoticed or very subtle to a reader who is not familiar with sound in word groups, but it will have its way and be effective all the same.

Having said all of that, it should become easily evident as a writer learns, practices, and improves to tell when one is about to cross the line or has shot past it that the piece has turned into a verbose gridlock. My tip to everyone who writes at any level: I can hear the gridlock better than I can detecting it on paper or on the monitor screen. I speak aloud the lines and verses, and repeat over and over where it still does not sound right as I make my edits. I always manage to worm out the unwanted clutter, so to speak. Try it and see.

In poetry, every word must serve a purpose - and when you're faced with needing to change one word in it with a different one, often a number of other words will have to change too! What's your editing method, in this case? How do you decide whether something needs to go or stay?

Carmalain7, Before I start evaluating a single word on a 'keep or trash' basis, I usually start at the whole stanza; then the individual lines; then the word.
The question I ask myself always stays the same though: "does this add value to the whole?" If the answer isn't yes - including if it's an undecided or maybe - then it's gone.

You have to have to have to be able to 'kill your darlings'. In the past, I've missed out on good chances to shut up, delete, and move forward. 

If there is one thing I would impart to my past self, it's to never miss a good chance to shut up.

Vigilo, This is very true. I just want to re-emphasise that. Every word counts.
So you start by removing what isn’t counting – what is definitely not helping the poem (no matter how strongly you’re attached to it) – well, I start by doing that, anyway, you might do it differently. From that, I can see what happens to the rest of the poem, and after that, it honestly depends on the words. It can be as easy as replacing a word or as difficult as having to remove an entire segment of a particular image. 

Now, for deciding what needs to go and what needs to stay. Kill your darlings applies to poetry as much as it does to prose, though not to characters, but to particular turns of phrase and the like that are – well – your darlings. I had to cut out a part in one of my recent poems that was a very good line but it didn’t do it for the poem, so it had to go, and that was that. Editing a poem is like having a sale for a shop that’s closing down. Everything! Must! Go!

Specific vocabulary for specific imagery, theme, and so on. Maybe we want to write some space poetry, but we're not really that informed on how space works. How do you get it done?

Carmalain7, Reading - especially outside of what you normally read - as the best method to expand your vocabulary is something I touched upon earlier. 
Expanding on that, if you want to write space poetry, read one of the many amazing Niel deGrasse Tyson books first. Take time with the book, take time to digest it, then sit down and write. I think you'll amaze yourself with how much you retain, and how much can bleed over into your writing.

Alternatively, just apply that method for any other subject or genre.

Vigilo, Read up on – and around – the topic before you start. Keep reading while you’re at it, but definitely read up on it before you start. Informal sites are good – I’m a fan for Wikipedia for writing poetry, honestly. I also like using films – particularly, documentaries – as well as photography. Visuals are very helpful when it comes to researching poetry, because they help with building your imagery. 
My own personal process: I tend to Wikipedia-hop before and during writing a poem that’s, say, retelling a myth, and pick up certain information that I find particularly striking and try to work it into my writing. I can’t actually write the poem without the imagery, seeing as that would be a very strange poem, for me, considering a good half, if not more, of my poems is imagery-based. 

So, say there was this poem I did involving space, particularly around, I don’t know, Jupiter’s moons – I’d Wikipedia that, first, then maybe see if there’re relatively simple articles online about it, then maybe see if I can find old-school explanations of it as well, for variety’s sake. Chances are, I’ve found something I like in all of this, and am starting to sketch out a rough outline of the poem. During this, I’ll move on to looking for my visuals, maybe even some sounds / music, and eventually, there’ll be a point where I’ll stop the research and focus on the poem proper. 

Don’t go too in-depth with research. You’re making poetry out of theory - not poetry into theory.

Every writer has that moment when they know what they want to say, but not necessarily how to. Do you have any advice on how to overcome it?

Carmalain7, If you've got a great idea, but are unsure how to approach it, the first thing you should absolutely do is note down your idea.

Got it? Cool.

Next, leave it. Seriously, work on something else, go take a walk, cook some food, get some sleep, take your time.

Come back to it every now and again and see where you're at and how you feel with it. If it's still not there, don't force it; there's no rush, the idea isn't going anywhere.

Vigilo, This is a difficult one, because it’ll surely be different for everyone, and what sometimes happens to me is that I go away and do other things until it comes to me suddenly right before I’m about to go to bed. I hate that, really.

Sometimes, though, what I do end up doing is that I write it out, in a very long-winded way – like in a paragraph, for example. I know it’s not how I want to say it, but it does often help to get out what you want to say and figure out the how after. 

Can you think of an exercise our mentees could do to improve their vocabulary?

Vigilo, Read, read, read. Do some found poetry using sources that have vocabulary you don’t know (say, an economics textbook chapter, a news article on astrophysics, what have you). Do some fixed form poetry – like a sestina, for example – because it’ll make you hyper-aware of both vocabulary and form.

(you don't know what found poetry is? Read Writers' Workshop: FOUND POETRY! to learn about it, it's a really amazing method of writing)

Prose: Narrative Voice and POV

How do you decide who tells your story?

Memnalar, Quite often, a story of mine starts with a character idea, so it's usually that character who gets the Point of View. Other times, I try to think of which character will have the most interesting perspective - not the most informed perspective, but the most interesting - and tell the story from her POV.

raspil, It depends on how the story will be best served. Who is closest to the drama. Who has the most to lose. I've wasted my time with POV rewrites in the past. I imagine how the inciting incident sounds in both POV and the one that can be exploited/represented best wins.

How do you give your POV character a realistic voice?

Memnalar, I try to think of any characters as people, not as types. If I'm successful at doing that, the realism starts to take care of itself. How would this person, in these circumstances, with these problems, react in this situation? How does she sound? How does she deal with other people? How is she different from what the rest of the world thinks she is, because in our own way, all of us are different from the way the world sees us.

raspil, I believe all the television I watched when I was a kid on upwards (MASH, Roseanne, Seinfeld) helped me create characters I can blend and imagine in moments to know how they are supposed to be. I've got my favorite directors, too. My characters are far more influenced by TV than literature. It helps with visualization. 

I need to read about things happening. I start out with a story first before I come up with the character -- I think finding the character is easier and faster that way, plus I can start tossing obstacles at them immediately. 

Example: if I'm writing a story about a drug deal gone wrong, I know I will need a character who is savvy about these things but have a secret that if anyone involved knew, it would get them killed... knowing the story first helps me know the character and I can make their voice more believable... and all of this with very little information.

Here's a freebie: Want to know how to get drama in your story faster than anything? I'll let you in on a secret: it's a secret.

Which is your favourite kind of narrator, if any, which do you use the most and why?

Memnalar, I prefer narrators that aren't omniscient, although I've read many stories and novels which succeeded with omniscient narrators. In general, it's easier for me to engage with the story if I'm discovering things "along with" the narrator and POV character. I'm experiencing the story rather than being told the story. That's a very general preference, though, and I've never discarded a book simply because of the type of narrator it employs.

raspil, I primarily use 3rd person limited. I pick one character to represent and I stick with it. I generally write protagonists but I can see doing something with an ally character in the future. I used to head hop until I realized how fast my writing tightened up when I made the switch to limited. It's more challenging but more rewarding at the same time. I'm into stuff like that. 

I will write in 1st person but only when I need to get inside a character's head for more impact. I don't do it too often. Like I said above, it depends on how the story will benefit most/best.

Do you prefer your narrator to have a distinctive voice, or be a more neutral one? Does this decision affect stories strongly, or is it an unimportant one?

Memnalar, I want the narrator to allow me to forget I'm reading a story. It's not distinctiveness or neutrality that's as important as consistency, which is achieved through careful editing and rewrites.

raspil, As long as it feels like it's the narrator's voice and not the writer, I'm happy either way. I want the stories to be one true word after another.

A big, big THANK YOU to all who participated in this interview, your contribution was amazing. :heart: If you reader have any questions, tag the deviant you want to ask them to! They knew they were signing up for it. Totally. :shifty:

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Daily Lit Recognition for March 26th, 2015

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Suggested by: chromeantennae
Featured by: TwilightPoetess
kryptonite kidi.
"I'll be batman,
and you can be my robin,"
you said with a smile.
(it's just like you
to want to play the hero.
you speak when 
someone pulls the string on your back:
you have all the right words.)
when I was a little girl,
I wished I could be a superhero.
all I needed was a radioactive spider,
or hidden powers
or super soldier serum.
I grew up in pursuit of these,
and became an adult when I realized
that I'd never find them.
I miss the days when I believed 
all I needed was a cape to save the world.
I knew you weren't the one
because somehow I still wanted a hero,
somehow I still believed they existed:
one person who could rescue the city
all in a day's work.
I knew you had the framework
but not the heart,
a branchless tree
with no roots.
sometimes I stand on the edge,
wishing I could fly
but knowing I never will.
I think it's enough to pretend 
I'll learn how one day.
(in other words,
I'm not your sidekick.)

From the suggester: This is a really unique piece centered around the concept of being a hero but ended in a very real way. Beautifully done.

Suggested By: thetaoofchaos
Featured By: AyeAye12
HandsI woke up like this.
I also went to sleep like this,
this is how I look every day.
I noticed my face for the first time today
in a bathroom on campus, two classes in and
seven hours after I woke up and seven hours after
I saw my hands for the first time this morning.
My hands are always in front of me,
pulling me forward, pushing me out of bed in the mornings,
even before my head is awake
they’re already searching through the dark.
They change with the season, they tell me
what I did yesterday in a dialect of
scabbed cuts, rough spots, broken nails and blistering skin.
They pride me with reminders of unscathed strength,
of first tries, of a confidence
I have never been able to express by way of face.
When my brain starts pressing on the inside of my skull,
when my heart is breaking,
when the fear and the stress and the directionless panic
take the place of the air in my lungs like stones,
my fingers find pens, sewing needles,
a cup of something hot to press into my palm,
and in s

A beautiful slam piece, simultaneously accessible and complex.


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The Well Beast and I"NO," the beast in the well said.
"What do you mean, 'no'?  Don't you know what an ultimatum is?" I shouted down at it. "I really will do it!"
"NO," the beast said.  "IS TRICK."
"I really don't have to cut you this slack," I yelled.  "I really loved that cat!  Not even the Prior would blame me for taking revenge!"
"WAS GOOD," the beast said.
"Was...? Wait. Did you just tell me how delicious my pet was?  Did you really, in the name of cruel irony, tell me that my Mr. Snickers was delicious?"
"WAS GOOD," the beast confirmed.
"Alright, this is fucking happening," I said, getting up onto the lip of the well.  I unzipped my fly.
"NO, IS TRICK," the beast said, a little uncertainly.
I whipped out my man-hose and started peeing down the well.
"NO NO NO NO NO," the beast said.  The walls of the well shook as the beast writhed around.
"Nowhere to hide in a well, is there?" I called down.  "I've been drinking an awful lot of water!  Why, I daresay I c

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Self-PortraitSo far away from what I was; I'm a thin man, now.Long grey hair and beard, where I have hair.I finally have that sallow look I always wanted,feeling that my face was too big and wide
If I'd known all the things I've learned in almost fifty-eight years, I'd have had a good life.Sadly, I was a slow learner; it's been hard. At least I know who I am now, and I like the man.
I feel comfortable calling myself a man now. For many years, I didn't; I was a lost sheep,
a black sheep who refused to follow, but never knew where he was going; a revolutionary without a plan.
But that's behind me now. I've grown into the wrinkles on my skin.I know the world and its secrets, and know that I can't change it.
I am bold and assertive when I need to be now. Sometimes I'm short-tempered, but normally laid-back. Anyone who knows me knows that I've suffered many losses, especially in the last
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30 Days of Poetry: NaPoWriMo 2015

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 12:08 PM
NaPoWriMo is almost upon us! (That's National Poetry Writing Month, if you're unfamiliar with the term. It starts April 1st.)

Here's the run down of what NaPo is all about:

  • Write 30 poems in 30 days.

Yep, that's it. That's all you do, but it can be harder than it sounds if you're not used to writing that much!

What is it that we'll be doing at CRLiterature and theWrittenRevolution?

We'll come up with 10 Prompts every week to help give you some inspiration! Of course, you don't have to follow any of the prompts, but they will be there to help you. The prompt articles will also serve as a "check-in" of sorts so you can update us on how you are doing, if you're behind, or ahead, or whatever!

Advice from Vigilo

(Vigilo is a NaPoWriMo World Champion who has completed it a number of times.)

How to Prepare
  • Some people find it easier to get through the month if they have a running theme for all of their poems. This can be anything from having a particular topic to a particular type of poetry - I did thirty micropoems on the theme of the sea for one year, and this year, I'm doing found poems.

  • Make sure you're enjoying it! This isn't supposed to be stressful: it's supposed to be challenging and fun. If it's stressing you out the wrong way, change the limits. You do you.

  • Keep sources of inspiration handy. You probably have a better idea of what inspires you than I do, so keep them around.

  • Talk to people! You're not doing this alone. The NaPoWriMo official site has a list of participant blogs, and a lot of people on DA participate. Just follow the trail of tears - I mean, just look around, they're not going to be quiet about the fact that they're doing NaPoWriMo. Or even try collaborating on a poem or two if you feel like it. (Maybe you could do an Exquisite Corpse!* version of NaPoWriMo. That would be awesome.)

  • You don't have to organise your entire monthly schedule (though, I mean, that sounds like it'd be pretty helpful) but it's good to have an idea of what your month's going to be like. If you know there's a day you definitely won't be able to spare time for poetry, there's probably going to have to be a day where you write two poems.

  • Get used to the likelihood that not all of your thirty poems will be as good as you want them. That's okay - in the long run, it's all about practicing and improving on something you enjoy doing. I usually end up getting around five good poems and twenty five 'meh' poems, but it's worth it for those five. Hey, while you're at it, if you're having a bad poem day, have fun with it - try your hand at writing the worst poem you can come up with.

  • But only for bad poem days, unless your running theme is bad poetry, okay?

  • Reward-based systems work for some people - so treat yourself to, I don't know, some Nutella crepes at the end of every week if you've successfully made it!

*Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative game where participants are put into a specific order and then each contributes something to a poem. Usually it's writing a single line, before passing it on to the next person. It then rotates back to the first person and goes on and on, my friend. The really important rule is that participants are not allowed to see the whole poem until the end.

Some Other Helpful Things:


Preparing for NaPoWriMoNaPoWriMo isn't just around the corner, it's approaching at the speed of an express freight train. If you've never heard of it, NaPoWriMo is short  for National Poetry Writing Month. Like it's November counterpart, NaPo is a month filled with vigorous writing, but instead of cranking out scenes and chapters, participants write a poem every day.  
You think it sounds easy, well, give it a try and we'll see what you say at the end of the month.
Whether you're a serious poet or someone just interested in the challenge, NaPo isn't something you should walk into unprepared.  So how do you prepare for NaPo, you ask?  Well, the same way you prepare for any mass writing challenge.  Get a game plan and stick to it!
Once again, I've gone to the lit community here on dA, and asked what it takes to succeed at NaPo and similar to my Preparing for NaNo articles back in October, I've compile
NaPoWriMo 2013Oi, scriptwriters, playwrights - go see our equally awesome article on Script Frenzy 2013. :dummy:
If you haven't realised yet, it's near the end of March.
Some of our poets know what's coming up soon.
Some of you are about to find out. :eyes:
And INB4 some of you sling Eliot at me, yes, "April is the cruellest month." :ahoy:
National Poetry Writing Month
It's thirty days of April. It's one poem every day, and thirty poems by the end of the month. Write a poem each day, for every day of April. Any sort of poem - fixed verse, free verse, heroic epic, haiku, Google poetry, prose poems - any sort of poems. That's the challenge.
From the website:
NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.
NaPoWriMo was founded in 2003, when poet
NaPoWriMo 2013While NaPoWriMo may be a somewhat synthetic mechanism, (the idea that there is some significance to the fact that the poem was written during the month of April and was just one in a series written in successive days), I find one aspect of it absolutely intoxicating:  it's an excuse to write everyday!  I don't need prompts or form challenges or contests or anything so specific to get my juices rushing around.  I just need a simple excuse to write.  And I finally gave it a shot last year - writing a poem everyday for the month of April 2012.  I find the exercise liberating.  It forces you to always be in contact with both your poetry brain and your poetry fingers, solidifying the synaptic connections that allow for this behavior, like a photographer carrying around their camera wherever they go, ready to frame the world at the drop of a hat.  When you decide you have to write 30 poems in 30 days, you'll need to use everything, all experiences, a April EventsIf you're like me, it helps to have other people's support and collective enthusiasm to keep you going. To that end, I'm trying to collect a list of hosted events (not just random hanging out in chats) around dA that might help you and me stay energized. Not everything is necessarily NaNo focused, but word wars and write ins of any style can help.
If there isn't an event you'd like to see, feel free to let me know and I'll see if I can't find one or find someone to create one. Interested in hosting an event yourself? Let me know that too!
For my NaNo cabin, it's a little bit of a trick to get us all in one place at the same time, given the spread of timezones (GMT-4, GMT+2, GMT+12, others?) but Friday afternoon here should be safe, and possibly Saturday late morning, though that's getting late for New Zealanders. We will have to see what comes of it, but I've tentatively set aside time each week for my cabin mates. This works for me, since I'm usually most active in the afternoon, but
NaPoWriMo 2015It is about that time! It's almost April which means NaPoWrimo and NaPoWriMo is back at it again :eager:
I wanted to revive this group in full force in time for April, and hopefully you all will join us for a long month of writing epicness.
About the group:
:bulletblue: We accept poetry only.
:bulletblue: There are four folders set up, one for each of the weeks of April. Please submit your poem according to the day it was written, not the day you posted it.
:bulletblue: In accordance with the above, please indicate in your author's description and/or the title that the poem was written for NaPoWriMo (you can simply put the group's icon if you like) and which day the poem was written for - i.e. "day 5" or "April 5th". If you're not writing one poem per day, you can simply put "poem #5" and we will consider it as written for day five.
:bulletblue: There is a limit of three deviations per day.
About NaPoWriMo (in general)
:bulletblue: Your task: write thirty poems in thirty days.
NaPoWriMo 2015 anyone? Update!!:new: Update :new:
Due to the positive responses, napowrimo is a go! :la: I am in the process of sending notes to the people who have mentioned they were willing to admin. So if you did, be on the look out :) I'll be making a journal in a few days to get everyone all psyched and geared up! Can't wait guys!!!
If you haven't read this journal already, see below.
So. This is a thing. I totally forgot about this group,as there's no need for it UNTIL NOW :love: I know some of you inquired if this group would be up and running...especially considering April is coming VERY soon. Well, the owner of the group hasn't been active on dA for months (I miss her :( ) and the other co-founder has left dA altogether I believe. SO...I am the lone ranger in this situation. I have found out a few things though.
1. Thankfully, she gave me full rights as a co-founder so I can basically man the group on my own.
2. I can (I think) invite people to be a contributor.
3. I am totally willing to do another NaPoWr

If Poetry isn't your thing there is also a Camp NaNoWriMo going on.

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