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Daily Lit Recognition for April 23rd, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

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Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!


Featured by: ladyshadowrage

Human Traffic for ProfitYou wake up this fine morning
only to complain
of your 'sore' back,
   your 'cold' feet,
   your 'tired' thoughts
no milk for your corn flakes
no free token for the bus ride to work.
You hear about me in the headlines..
and cluck your teeth in disgust,
a hand drawn quickly to your face
'What a terrible thing', you tell your friends,
and ask what news they've heard.
Much later,
in your warm bed,
you give thanks to the day's end
Yet I get no second thought
from one otherwise occupied,
and way too busy to recall my missing face..
how young I looked then -
when I was but a mere lamb,
snatched from your busy street.
The street where you live,
             where you breathe,
             where you sleep
              eat and shit.
I am no longe

Human Traffic for Profit by eqlrytes

This piece calls attention to a 
growing problem we have in the world 
that doesn't get enough awareness.

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

She Was With the StarsThe amber girl
was preserved perfectly
and her silky hair and porcelain skin
gleamed like a doll's
But the scientists weren't able to keep
her soul burning
because though she was in the
glass case filled with chemicals and fluids
and they were desperately trying to pump
oxygen into her lungs,
her mind was still up in space
with the stars
So the sun was extinguished
despite the cries and mournful screams
because they had
broke her
and the many who looked up
at her light and glory
slowly began to rot away
And so not a single thing was solved

She Was With the Stars by WindFragments

WindFragments tackles a 
heavy-handed subject in this 
beautifully crafted poem.

Featured by: TheTerrorOfTheDeep

do not write about it.give up on sleep like a bad lover 
who despite constant instruction
just can’t get the job done. 
stay inside for days. 
tell the sun to shove it
where it can’t shine.
emerge pale, timid,
breathing - 
stop smiling.
that is no way to suffer.
think about writing; avoid
any instruments that allow it.
think about the way ink smells
like searching, how paper 
is a goddamn aphrodisiac.
imagine yourself as the first animal
mad scientists subjected to space flight;
as Beethoven, denied the marvel
of his own genius; as virgin daughters
sold by their fathers for cattle and sheep
to afford having more virgin daughters.
imagine yourself as Elie Wiesel
watching men submit to murder[ing].
cry about it. rage about it.
despair about it. do not
write about it.
give up on god, humanity, yourself.
don’t you dare get political.
wait for it:
the hand that is not yours to fill 
the one that is; a voice not your own 
to be the firs

do not write about it. by LiliWrites

The echoes of a writer's pain 
are aptly described in this piece.


Featured by: VertigoArt

Two InchesThe funny thing about this story is a lot of it probably isn't true. I mean, what's it that one asshole said? The one that writes about the Vietnam war and had a bestseller composed of shitty essays, the one who makes a lot of veterans sad-angry?  I can't remember his fucking name, but the quote is the "story truth" is the truth you felt rather than what happened, and sometimes, that's more honest than the factual truth. Well. Something like that, I'm paraphrasing. I still can't remember the bastard's name, but I'm gonna say now: I think that guy's an asshole. I mean, a real asshole—
Because that's an excuse right there if I've ever seen one. It's an excuse for a compulsive liar or for someone that can't face life or for someone really miserable or for someone that wants to seem more interesting to sell a book— and you know what, I kind of can't bring myself to give a fuck that I'm gonna do the same thing because I can't even comprehend some of the shit that'

Two Inches by glossolalias

An humorous narrative about a girl 
with a touch of exhibitionism. The paragraphs 
and each line made me smile. Throughout the piece 
you are holding your breath a bit, hoping the narrator 
is not caught, if for no other reason than you want 
to read to the end. This short story keeps you 
interested all the way through.

Featured: Naktarra

lessons learned from seven men...- I -
I hate that you issued instructions like Don't put on any weight, you're small so it would really show, at a time when food was already the enemy and starvation felt like feeding the parts of me that were anchorless.
But I love that you showed me that You're so different from anyone I've ever been with actually means We are way too different for this to work and saved me a lot of future heartache.
- II -
I hate that you misunderstood yourself so much that it made you suspicious of everyone around you.
But I love that certain places will always hold magic for me because of the journeys we took together.
- III -
I hate that you walked away from something potentially lovely, if only ever destined to be temporary, because the people who were actually important in your life wouldn't have approved.
But I love that you reminded me that strength of character is a tr

lessons learned from seven men... by RockstarVanity

A piece of literature that puts a 
refreshingly positive twist on ending 
relationships among friends and significant others.

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Thanks so much for supporting the lit community and this project!

~ The DailyLitRecognition Team ~

Prepared by: TwilightPoetess

Happy Earth Day!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2014, 6:00 AM

On the 22nd of April every year we hold a day of celebration for this planet that gives us everything we have. It's also a good time to reflect on what we are doing for the planet in return. 

In order for the planet to keep sustaining us, we need to preserve our ecosystems and all the services they provide us. There's lots of little things you can do every day to ensure you're helping the planet. 

  1. Recycle! Try to reduce your waste, and always bin the waste you can't recycle. Make sure you cut open any rings (like the plastic around 6-pack cans or the rings that attach to the lids of bottles) -- if it still ends up in the ocean, you don't want it getting stuck around a little critter. Also say no to activities (like balloon releases) that cause environmental litter and the death of countless animals.
  2. Support green energy wherever and however you can, and try to reduce energy consumption if you're still reliant on non-renewable sources.
  3. Grow as much of your own produce in your backyard as you can. From a tiny herb garden in a balcony planter to a whole orchard, get involved on whatever scale you can! Growing as much of your own food as you can helps reduce environmental destruction as well as the animal cruelty associated with the production of it. And it tastes so much better!
  4. Think about where the products you buy have come from and buy ethically. Does that pack of biscuits contain uncertified palm oil? Is that table made from wood from an old growth forest? Is that soap or detergent biodegradable? Does that fruit come from a farm that uses lots of agrichemicals? How much pollution was involved in transporting it to you? Support local produce and especially support the products that support the Earth. Consumer attitudes are a huge driver of business strategies -- make them think green if they want your money!
There's lots more you can do to to help make the Earth a greener place: hit up Google to find out some more every day tips, and look for events and programs happening in your area!

While we're all in the spirit of Earth-loving, lets look at some of these crafts that exemplify Earth love!

Scorched Earth by bloodXorange
Minecraft earth block chocolate cakes by Aphilien Elemental Earth by beadg1rl
Table lamp VII - Globe - by night 3 by Calabarte Earth Key Necklace by KeypersCove
Leaf Dragons by DragonsAndBeasties Avatar Earth Bender Necklace by boxinghobo
Amigurumi Earth by Hello-Pebbles Earth Path Pagan Rosary by Lindowyn
Spring Earth bird mask by shmeeden Earth Day Cake by JinYonMin
Earth Phone Charms by xXScarletButterflyXx  Earth, Moon and Stars Necklace by Forbiddenynforgotten
Earth Tree - Revisited by rhodespottery Earth forest dragon guardian - stone painting by AlviaAlcedo
Gaia, Mother Earth by KellyMorgenJewelry 
cameo element earth by AngeniaC

Foreword by techgnotic

Gabriel Picolo is a graphic design student in Brazil who has provided at least two people—me and himself—a most compelling reason for getting out of bed every morning in 2014.  He calls it the 365 Days of Doodles Project, for which he creates, each day, one of his wildly imaginative pencil sketch and ink drawings (quite a bit more elevated than a “doodle”—more like a free-flowing meditation).

Gabriel’s “doodles” often situate child characters interacting with wild creatures, some mythic, like dragons, some merely ferocious, like lions.  Sometimes the doodles have more of a cartoonish touch.  Some are fan art.  All are usually spectacularly chaotic, whimsical and alive—like a caffeinated morning wake-up call for the eyes.  What a wonderful way for an artist to engage each and every day.  And a lot of fun for a fan of the artist like me to look forward to each new day.

Gabriel’s project has made me re-think New Year’s resolutions.  Rather than renounce some pleasure like chocolate or cigarettes, but also, rather than pledge to engage some hated task like hitting the gym—why not the “Doodle Option” instead?  Imagine the benefit to each of us individually, psychologically and spiritually, that might be achieved if we chose some pleasurable and creative outlet for a daily reconnection to whimsical being. I know for a fact that spyed is rolling tight with pen and sketchbook these days, finding time to draw no matter how grueling the day's schedule might be.

Imagine 7 billion Earthlings reserving a brief bit of time each day to engage in some de-stressing cathartic creative ritual, like writing a poem, or doodling a doodle and then sharing it with the rest of us on deviantART. I see great things for this concept of the Personal Daily Deviation.  Some say a ripple from a stone tossed by a child into the ocean might become a devastating tsunami across the vast sea.  Maybe a simple hope for happiness expressed in a doodle might become a reality of world peace one day.

Please let depthRADIUS know if you are creating a small piece of creative work each and every day and sharing with everyone on deviantART. I would be glad to create a list for everyone!

Questions for Gabriel Picolo

  1. What prompted you to impose the discipline of daily drawing into your schedule?

    I started the project to fight procrastination and stop being such a lazy artist. Drawing something everyday was my new years' eve resolution.

  2. What has the first one hundred days of doodling taught you as an artist and as an art appreciator?

    The 100 days of doodles so far taught me that inspiration can come from just about anywhere in my life. Everything I encounter may be a theme for that day's drawing. Also, this exercise has taught me that discipline brings good results.

  3. Is subject matter planned in advance or do you wake up each day and wait for inspiration to strike?

    -I prefer to draw things related to how my day was (that's why I start the doodles in the evening). When that's not possible I do have some ideas written down as notes that I choose from.

  1. Has a meditative element presented itself within this daily commitment? Your own version of ink soaked Tai Chi?

    I don't know if this counts as meditation but half an hour before I start the doodle I take a deep breath and start  a pre-planning process of where I'm going to place everything on the paper. It helps a lot.

  2. What are your other artistic responsibilities? Work, etc.?

    I'm currently graduating at Graphic Design, that requires me to draw for college projects now and then. I also take in drawing commissions when I'm not at my "main job", which is not related to art.

Undiscovered: polyflowers

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2014, 8:00 AM

I recently stumbed upon the art of polyflowers, she's relatively new to this community and although she already has a DD, her lovely work deserves a lot more attention and recognition. I hope that you'll enjoy this feature, please visit her gallery for more incredible art! Also, I would appreciate any :+fav: to this article so that more people can see her amazing work :pray:

Comb hair with flowers by polyflowers snowdrops. cold porcelain by polyflowers hairpin with Eustoma by polyflowersBrooch with pink Eustoma by polyflowershair clip with orchid from cold porcelain by polyflowers Bracelet and earrings with roses by polyflowers brooch with snowdrops by polyflowers Set with orchids by polyflowers poppies from cold porcelain by polyflowers Set with flowers from polymer clay by polyflowers Poppy by polyflowers Jewelry set with roses and blueberries from polyme by polyflowers set with mandarins from polymer clay by polyflowers poppies and daisies from cold porcelain by polyflowers 


Tue Apr 22, 2014, 11:00 AM

Urban Explorers are likely to find absolutely anything when they venture into abandoned places. Read about what this photographer found when he ventured into an abandoned Sugar Mill... It's also nice to read about how places have been rescued from becoming abandoned and lost to history, like this New York lighthouse which people are working hard to restore and make into a B & B!

Hotels can be fairly daunting at the best of times, especially some of those old ones and at night. But I think that these urban exploration captures of abandoned hotels and hotel rooms are actually quite beautiful in their own strange way...

faded by Karakuji

Insomnia by Matthias-Haker

Tourist by thebrokenview

Neverending Night by Matthias-Haker

The Last Dance by Matthias-Haker

Hotel R by Miisamm

The Green Room by Matthias-Haker

In a bed of grass by Mafia--Hitman

Hotel in the Mountains II by AbandonedZone

Red Hotel by stengchen

hotel rose by schnotte

Melted Dreams by Matthias-Haker

Tuesday Treats: A Classic

Tue Apr 22, 2014, 5:51 PM

Monday Muses | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly

"This is a classic!" we often hear. What is a classic for you? A book? A movie? Your favorite brand of sweet? 

Show us one of your classics in a deviation (even from your own gallery) and link it in a comment on this blog. Limit of one deviation per member please! Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have a good day! 

:bulletblue: Suggestions must be sent before Tuesday April 29th.

Mary Poppins by OlayaValle

Mary Poppins

Last week, you had to play with 3 key words: Yellow, Water and Wisdom

BP Pond X by LDFranklin Owl of Wisdom by nowherenessa Rain by azuzephre
Yellow submarine by Beyond-insane The five weather dragons by fableworld
Wit and Wisdom by sesam-is-open Lakshmi by midoriharada
Sunset of the Colors by ShaoFeng "Wisdom" by Mira-Jade

Thank you for participating! :heart:


Thank you!

Tue Apr 22, 2014, 11:29 PM
This is a thank you feature for everyone that helped me spread the word about my gofundme and commissions. I'm still in a really bad financial spot because of my medical bills, and would appreciate any further promotion of my commissions or gofundme. I feel really desperate here. If there is anything I can do in return for you, please let me know.
Relevant links
Gofundme page:
More info about what's happening:  #1 #2

On to the feature!

Six Words Story: LoveMy heart aches for the emotion. AgingThor looked to the sky.
Midgard was beautiful this time of year, but it was nothing compared to home...
To Asgard.
There were few clouds covering the sun, in a gorgeous, pink fashion.
Still, nothing compared to the realm of the gods.
Coming to know humans, Thor found them so much like himself.
He didn't understand why he deserved more.
He was just a strong version of them all.
Why was he stronger?
Perhaps, some people couldn't be trusted with strength.
They couldn't all be like the Man of Iron, though.
Much like people on Asgard, everyone was an individual.
And, as the Man of Iron had proved, they were smart enough to find strengths.
They had worked their bodies, worked their minds and even made protective suits.
Thor couldn't understand why they were undeserving of being gods.
Though, he was sure there was some good reason.
Perhaps, at one time, they were more like the frost giants.
Who could assume anything at this point.
He did know that there was no point in making friends.
He sat
An Ode to My HusbandYou say you don't fall easily,
But I quickly fell for you.
You housed me and slept with me,
And then turned back to her.
I want your love,
You know that.
   You use that against me...
        To hurt me and make me turn away.
I don't care what you do to me,
Or even what you've tried.
I want your love more than anything,
And I'd force it if I could.
But of all the boys swooning over me,
You aren't one of them.
I can't force you to love me,
But I really wish you did.
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Thank you all once again!