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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

Vote! (33,432 votes) 806 comments
83,588 Deviants Online
This is my 3rd giveaway.

Want to win 100 points?
Rules are simple.

1. Fav this journal to enter(This will be your number)
2. Watch me only if you like my work.
3. Comment done.

Yep you are now done just wait till the results are announced.
Winner will be selected from

If more than 60 people enter then i will increase the number of winners to 3 and points to 200.
Open till 4th September.

Anyone who wants to help me or want to place a prize is welcome.

September Color Contest!

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:10 PM
Ladies and gentlemen... The contest is HERE!!!

YEAH! It's finally time! Let's get down to business!

This is a color contest! The entry period is September 1st, 2014 to September 30th, 2014. After that, one week will be used for judging entries. Please note that after September 30th, your entry will not be considered valid, so please try to make that deadline! However, if you for some reason can only upload it the day after or a few days after, you will still be listed with the other people that participated.:dummy:

The color is... BLUE! Yes, blue~! The color of Sapphire, which is September's birthstone. Happy birthday to everyone born this month!

:bulletblue: What you have to do: :bulletblue:

:bulletblue: Compose a picture made of only shades of blue, like this color palette:… (This is a safe link, it leads to*
:bulletblue: Tell me in the description what the color blue conveys to you, what it means, and/or symbolizes. This contest is NOT for skill, it is for creativity-- meaning the more we're moved by your picture, the better chance of you winning, even if you don't have very good art skills!
:bulletblue: Your entry can be traditional, digital, photography, and even literature! Yep! This contest spans across all of these media.
:bulletblue: For literature entrants: make a poem, story or prose based on the color blue; see bullet 2 above.
:bulletblue: For photographers: Take a picture of something (or a lot of things together!) blue; see bullet 2.
:bulletblue: *Note: CRAFTS and other hand-made things count towards traditional art.

You can enter once per category. That means you can enter to digital art, traditional art, literature, AND photography, HOWEVER you can only win in one category for fairness.

:bulletblue: Due to prize constraints, we will have only 1 winner for each category, meaning only 1 person will win the digital art category, one for the literature category, etc. There will be 4 winners total, and below them in the 'winners' journal' I will list every single person who participated, even if they were a judge, prize donor, or someone who couldn't make it in time! And also a llama from me, if you want one :3

"Okay, okay! But what about PRIZES?!"

:bulletblue: Here is the list of prizes! :bulletblue:

For digital art--

LonelyZoner: Drawn commission (Please note she will probably need more time than others to draw your request!)

Tora-Sayo: Free commission of 1 OC, anime or real life character with a simple background

KoJewKi: 2 Art books (contact them for more details~)

Cuthillius: Drawn animal commission

Kirassvaeri: Drawn commission, llama (Please see her journal here for what she will and will not draw, along with examples of her drawings:… )

TheTigeressWithin: Short story with the theme being winner's choice

OrionisZeta: Silhouette-style commission (contact him for more details!)

raiku321: Drawn commission

AikouDesu (me~!!): Drawn commission, 215 points, llama, your personal slave and/or friend

For traditional art--

LonelyZoner: Drawn commission (Please note she will probably need more time than others to draw your request!)

Tora-Sayo: 50 points, free commission of 2 OCs, anime or real life character with detailed background

KoJewKi: 2 Art books

Cuthillius: Drawn animal commission

Kirassvaeri: Drawn commission, llama (Please see her journal here for what she will and will not draw, along with examples of her drawings:… )

TheTigeressWithin: Short story with the theme being winner's choice

blueberryblossoms: Drawn commission

OrionisZeta: Silhouette-style commission (contact him for more details!)

raiku321: Drawn commission

AikouDesu (me~!!): Drawn commission, 215 points, llama, your personal slave and/or friend

For literature--

LonelyZoner: Drawn commission (Please note she will probably need more time than others to draw your request!)

Tora-Sayo: Free commission of 2 OCs, anime or real life characters with simple background

Cuthillius: Drawn animal commission

Kirassvaeri: Drawn commission, llama (Please see her journal here for what she will and will not draw, along with examples of her drawings:… )

TheTigeressWithin: Short story with the theme being winner's choice

OrionisZeta: Silhouette-style commission (contact him for more details!)

raiku321: Drawn commission

AikouDesu (me~!!): Drawn commission, 215 points, llama, your personal slave and/or friend

For photography--

LonelyZoner: Drawn commission (Please note she will probably need more time than others to draw your request!)

Tora-Sayo: Free commission of 1 OC, anime or real life character without background

Cuthillius: Drawn animal commission

Kirassvaeri: Drawn commission, llama (Please see her journal here for what she will and will not draw, along with examples of her drawings:… )

TheTigeressWithin: Short story with the theme being winner's choice

OrionisZeta: Silhouette-style commission (contact him for more details!)

raiku321: Drawn commission

AikouDesu (me~!!): Drawn commission, 215 points, llama, your personal slave and/or friend

Now, GO CRAZY!!! :iconexcitedlaplz:

Official Fan Art Newsletter [#01]

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 6:31 PM

| Table of Contents |

- Official Community News -
- Community Projects & Interviews -
- Concerns of the Community -
- Ideas & Suggestions -
- Community Spotlight -

Official Community News

:star: A Tribute to Robin Williams by techgnotic
:star: Guardians of the Galaxy by madizzlee
:star: Fan Art Friday: Assassin's Creed by Lyricanna
:star: Fan Art Friday: Persona by Lyricanna
:star: A Guide to the Subcategories of Fan Art by Lyricanna
:star: Fan Fiction on deviantART by SingingFlames
:star: PE: Fan Art and Anime/Manga - Miscats by Gwendolyn12
:star: Misplaced works: Traditional Art and Fan Art by STelari
:star: Fan Art + Fan-Fiction DD Roundup by TheCreativeJenn

Community Projects & Interviews

:star: deviantArt Fella Collab! by TommyGK
:star: Fan Art World #7: Kingdom Hearts by Pascua-Tanya
....... [#8 Alice in Wonderland]
....... [#9 Avatar The Last Airbender]
....... [#10 Aladdin Disney]
:star: dA Birthday Contest! Fella Fan Art! by Pascua-Tanya || -- [Español] --
:star: draw my sonic oc contest
by housin123
:star: Birthday Contest + Points Raffle! by JacksonChen
:star: Draw my OC Contest by Thomas-J-Baker
:star: Interview #1: Inma by SimplySilent
:star: Fanfiction interview by DixonVixon
:star: Fanfiction Giveaway by erundle

Concerns of the Community

Misunderstandings of Traced Art

"I've heard some people say that if you use a reference for a drawing, painting, etc. then it's not really art. That is total bull. If you make something from nothing then it is art, and even if you use a reference there's always going to be some kind of difference, even if it is so small no one can see it, because there isn't really a "perfect" artist. I mean, even landscape painters need a reference, but according to those commenters and other people, that isn't really art. Bullcrap. Art is art, and yours is beautiful, don't let ignorance make you feel bad. They're probably just more jealous than anything else, anyway."

At least two fan arts were featured by me that resembled a photo, and the community was given the impression that they were completely unoriginal, having been ripped from the actual source without considering the fact that they were made from scratch. The series of unfortunate events led to such an uproar that one of the deviations had to have their Daily Deviation recognition removed to sterilize the never-ending arguments.

As deviants, it should be in our best interest to support each other and keep an environment where practice is key to being the best you can be, and where criticism serves as a beneficial gesture - not destructive. You don't have to be a Fan Artist to be original, but as Fan Artists continue to expand here, there are most who celebrate their support of fandoms... all the while yearning make their style recognizable.

Previous deviants have gained recognition through their works, all by recreating an existing image pertaining to Fan Art, and it should be expected that there will be many more who will follow the same procedure so long as technology advances and resources become more available to enrich success.

12 Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty by harbek Iron Man by MattiasFahlberg
Look closely - the Daily Deviations here are originals remade with an artist's style.
- - - -
What was once appreciated and welcomed warm-heartedly by the community has suddenly blown up in flames by angry deviants with Today's DDs! What gives?

Daenerys and Drogon by PhotoshopIsMyKung-Fu Arwen and Aragorn by imorawetz I just wanted to say - hello by beth193

As artists, I encourage us to take a stand at learning more of what we create, and to continue making our mark wherever art is needed.

References aren't a sin - they're a blessing. Use them.

:star: :heart: :star:

Critiques aren't a gateway to spread hate and immaturity, they're to spread growth and familiarity.

Artists, deviantART isn't just a platform for art, it's a home where you can mature career-wise and a neighborhood to socialize. With this in mind, please begin sourcing your reference links in your descriptions before you submit it to the public - respect where you got the source from! Only the ignorant would recreate something and claim they did it without any help.

:star::star: Special Note to my Suggesters: My Fan Art Guidelines have been updated in regards to this serious matter. From now on, please make sure reference links are included in the artist's deviation, and even if you aren't sure if what they feature is an actual alteration, ask yourself these:

- Does it look like a photograph?
- Will I see a similar image if I do a Google Search on these keywords?
- Is this same art style consistent in the artist's gallery?

I will have to confirm that you did your research, because as suggesters it is in your best interest to highlight an artist's attractive style - NOT to add another DD Suggestion in your Accepted DD's folder. Please be considerate of your actions, and prevent as little drama as possible by doing research. :)


Respect the Suggester

While we're on the topic of Suggesters, I would like to make one small note to come across. On average, I get at least 25 notes a week, sometimes by the same suggester, but when it isn't, it's of a new suggester who has just gotten the hang of helping CV's feature artists who could use the exposure.

At this time, I would like to just narrow it down on what I'd like to say ---

Thank You.

I know it is tough to adapt to various tastes of the communityrelations team, but your determination to bring light to a deviant's work in the community at a high standard is incomparable. Personally, I believe suggesters ought to have more respect just as much as the community volunteer that features their suggestion - for without one's help, what good is the other? You help us feature artists, and with the mindset that starving artists have to start, you help their work get known, you help them get business they never thought they would qualify for.. you help them become who they are.

Suggesters, you have a bold are an important portion of the community. You can be ambitious, passionate, generous, uplifting, inspiring, and especially patient. You may not get the responses you need to continue your endeavors as irreplaceable assets, but you trust your gut and keep the artists in mind.


learn from these suggesters. You may see their suggestions featured on a daily basis, or even once in a blue moon due to life and it's added responsibilities - but learn from them. Get to know them. See what drives them to help deviantART's artists thrive. If you can never at least try to put yourselves in their shoes, you have no right to taint their name or set their dreams up in flames. Getting the wrong idea from anyone's actions should never convert into a life-long grudge or judgment without understanding the initial cause.

After all... DD Suggesters are human just like the staff, and just like the CVs in front of them.

As a whole, we are a powerful community and no one should be left behind.

For more information on how to suggest, who to suggest to, and what kind to suggest to them, please read this latest article by ginkgografix - Did You Know? - Suggesting DDs.

As for the suggesters, thank you so much for making a difference with your efforts, and don't let the flame burn out.
I salute you!!!

Ideas & Suggestions

It is unsure where we stand with our secret projects (with a contest in-the-making), but Lyricanna and I are eager to bring our overdue projects to light so the community can pick up their desired medium and create to win prizes and gain recognition. For now, we will highlight what the community is up to until the official information is released.

Also, you have a voice too! If there is anything you want to share with us, or if there is anything you'd like to collaborate together, please send me a note titled:

[ Fan Art Project ]

..and I will review it, and bring it to Lyricanna's attention. Thank you. :)

Community Spotlight

Last but not least - enjoy a small feature for our growing community!

Notable Artists to Watch
:star: :iconcryophase: || Cryophase makes a lot of excellent Metroid fan art and fan fiction.

:star: :iconfreezingicekirby:|| FreezingIceKirby does awesome fan art of all kinds of cartoon media characters.

Arcade Miss Fortune by loserfacerochelle  Samus Aran by SplashBrush CatBug Plush by tygerbug
Guardians Of The Galaxy - Rocket and baby Groot by p1xer Untitled by wdom909 MOAR 3D CATBUG! by SuperMoonImagination
With Great Feedback Comes Great Improvement! by SuperMoonImagination
Link - Hyrule Warriors Cosplay by Laovaan Marvel Team up by theCHAMBA
Linkachu 2 by CoyoDesign

DeviantART Compliments #128

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 6:13 PM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:

dA Compliments

More compliments sent in by wonderful members of the community!

:iconflyingheartsplz: :icondacompliments: :iconflyingheartsplz:

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bring more exposure to the dA Compliments project.

I just want to say you are a wonderful friend, thank you for being there when I need it most. You have an amazing style of artwork and even a great taste in movies and shows! Have a great day.

EpicPrincessofDoom and AquarianRoyalty are amazing people overall and deserve so much love! They are both cute and smart, with talents of their own.
EpicPrincessofDoom is very special to me because she is one of the first people I met on this site. Despite my flaws, and my stupid roleplaying, she's always up for being nice and has a large, and funny cast of amusing characters! She is also really cute sounding, and is overall a good person to be around. Don't let mean people keep you down, go for the crown my Australian cutie! 38)
AquarianRoyalty is the queen of rarepair ships. Be it Ararezi, Equius x everyone (especially the bby Rose Lalonde), or pale Erirezi, this girl has it! She attracts an array of fun and friendly people, so defs check her out! She has a lot of potential in her art, and it's so amazing!

From, Enemom

Thank you thank you thank you especially to LightBulbMoon  for keeping the good ship  XtremeFractals running  while I was in the hospital

Also a blanket thank you to each and every person who looked after my husband  melodiousglenndog....sent me cards, made me  art......what a wonderful group we have here.

CARBONATED-STARDUST, Although we haven't known each other for too long, I'm happy to say that you've quickly become one of my best friends! Your humor is just perfect for me, and your tastes are odd, but that's what makes you interesting and unique and what makes me like you! You're so extremely nice it's almost crazy, and your art is cute to boot!! You've already given me many gifts, although I think the biggest and best gift you've given me so far is the time that you spend with me!! Your kindly 'good morning's put a smile on my face and brighten my day instantly. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and I hope we can spend more time together!!

sheples, There's not much I can say here except that you're one of the greatest people I've ever met!! You've inspired me, taught me, helped me, cheered me up and done so many other things for me that the list would go on and on. Although we've had our fair share of awkward moments, upsetting moments, and straight up awful moments, we still manage to stick together and keep on going. I sincerely hope that we can continue being together this way, and that we can open up our hearts more and be more honest with each other. Your art is beautiful and inspirational and it's no surprise that many, myself included, look up to you! You yourself are beautiful, too, and you need to believe it!! For day one, now, and all the days in between, I thank you for all of them!

Odyssey-Redstars, You're incredible, and there's not much else to add to that. You've done so many amazing things for me, ranging from cheering me up after a hard day, giving me advice when I don't know what to do, to giving me bunches of art gifts because you almost always want to! I'm so grateful for everything, and I definitely want to pay you back for it all one day. You're one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I'm so glad that I met you on accident, because it's made me so unbelievably happy. I want us to stay together for a very long time, and I want us to keep understanding each other and helping each other for an even longer time. You're a wonderful person, and your art is so quirky and special in many of its own ways! Even the silly, not-much-effort-put-into-it art is great. I give you many thanks for the advice, love, art, and many, many other things.

You are such a wonderful artist, and a great friend. You have many skills, just like Xena! I love seeing all the jewelry you make and exchanging letters with you, and talking HtLJ. Your friendship means so much to me, and thanks for taking the time to send me the stroopwafels! :D

I won't mention any names publicly, but someone very close to my heart deserves all the compliments in the world. Here's mine.
Just by coming to know you, I've learned that love and friendship are really not that different. It started out with my childish crush on you, and now you're the best friend I could ever have. And so much more too: my role model, my kindred spirit, and in your words, my plot buddy.
I speak in my hardly understandable way, and you listen. I mention what's bothering me, and you help. I cry, and you give me your shoulder. (Plus a headpat. >w<)
I'm so glad you were able to stand the old me long enough for me to become as I am now. I'm a real person because of you. I owe you more than I can ever repay, but I try to give a little back every day.
I talk with you, I listen to you, I help you, I love you.
Here's hoping I've brightened your life a fraction as much as you've brightened mine.

Elyses & Sklavenbrause
I would like to thank you two for being great friends and interesting people over so many years. But also for being such amazing artists and inspirations. You are two of the few people that really keep me going and have been an idol to me ever since I saw your pictures over seven years ago. Please keep it up and never let someone take away the fun in the things you do!

hopeburnsblue is an amazing lady. She's going through some difficult stuff right now, but I want her to know that her strength shines out despite it all. I want her to know that, no matter what, she's amazing and wonderful, and deserving of so very much kindness.

You are beautiful, smart, funny, and caring in every way. We've been through so much, the chatzys, the drama, the roleplays. I'm blessed that I met you. Your art has gotten so much better, and you've improved so much as an artist and a person. I wish I knew you in real life, but for now I'm okay with the midnight video calls XD But seriously, you are my sister, my best friend, my moirail, and my homegirl. Luv ya!

shyfurry is a brillant user. Even though she joined yesterday, she has great potential to be a great user.

Oh man. You are awesome. Words literally can't describe how awesome you are. You may be more awesome than I am - and that's saying something!
Haha, but all jokes aside - you truly are an amazing person and I wouldn't be half as far as I am now if it weren't for you. You always try to put your art and writing skills down, but, truthfully - I strive to be as amazing as you are.
Keep being you, keep being awesome - and boost your confidence, because I need more of your awesome submissions to feast my eyes upon. <3

Dear Lissomer
you're an absolutely, dizzingly gorgeous writer. Your poems are something that I'd expect to find in a book, unique and beautiful and expertly crafted.
You're also a super nice, funny and clever person. I'm not even the slightest afraid of you. Honestly, I'd shake your hand if I ever got to meet you. All your kind words and the fact that you even read my poetry make me so happy. Thanks a lot for being here and being you!
What else to say... The coffee they make from your caffeinestream is very tasty, I suppose.
I hope you have a very nice day, my dear! :heart:

fishter911 is a great person who has an amazing and sweet personality that would just brighten anyone's day up~ He has helped me at times whenever I have felt down or when I just needed a hug. u-u I honestly don't know how I could thank him enough for all the things he has done for me. He's also so generous towards people and all that~.. owo :heart: I love ya lots and you should never doubt yourself whenever things get bad for you. :hug: Cuz you know that you're a strong person who can do lots of things. :iconcutegamzeeplz: You rule!~~~
puchiipanda is simply wonderful. She's one of the sweetest and funniest people on dA, and her art is always lots of fun to look at! It's already very good, but it's improving at an incredible speed. This is someone who's really committed to improving- it's extremely inspiring! Coupled with a friendly attitude, this is someone I never regret watching. I really can't emphasize enough how nice she is and how fun it is to talk to her. Come for the art, stay for the artist! :)

I really like C-ATVOMIT and their art. I never know what kind of art to expect next, and it's always something interesting! It's strange, because it isn't the kind of art I usually like, but something about how this particular artist handles it really made it different. The colors are sharp and jump of the page, and the character designs are as unique and diverse as they are cool! These are OC's that I'd really love to read more about. :) There's real feeling in the lines, and to top it off, the artist is a fun and exciting person as well as a genuinely nice one- I can always look forward to seeing their new art and journals!

You're kind, caring and damn right awesome. And even though your OC has a toilet as a cutie-mark, you're amazingly talented, bringing joy into dA with your beautiful skills. I know, I'm not the only one who thinks this.
You try and help everyone, doing livestreams with free requests and even replying politely to comments which seems harsh and mean. You're even doing a contest, trying to get more people to get artistic and to actually do something, than searching around dA, waiting for a miracle.
So, thank-you for everything.

Dear KatyMacabre ,
  I just wanted to say that I've known you for such a long time,
that I wanted to tell you that I love you.
I love you so much that I would do **anything** for you.
You're so sweet and talented, you make me laugh and smile.
You just make me feel so happy to know that someone cares about me that much.
I'm sorry I'm not perfect, you could've done so much better than me.
But I'm so glad that you choose me <3
So I know I'm not the best,
I know I'm not the nicest or most talented
But I just feel like I won the lottery because I have you in my life.
I feel all warm inside when I talk to you, I just want to hug you and hold you for a lifetime.
I might not be a Romeo, but I have found my Juliet ; v ;
coughs funky doghtor, u know who this is
this is ur mother emily
eggs coughs giveme your art styleohmygod
mek, brother, you're the best invertebrother ever
scrolling, dude, you're hella rad.
oh katie (qIobe) and u stay hella amazing god ur so funny
these people are my dear friends
and if you hurt them i will slap u god
coughs from your lord,

Detachments ,
You have some really cute, interesting characters. The designs are definitely better than what I see on other OCs. I think that is something to also take pride in, since coming up with characters can be, well, difficult. I'm kinda sad you're leaving because I think you are one of dA's better original artists. Oh well hope you find success on other sites I'm sure many will be just as awed by your art as your fans are here xoxo

There are so many people I wish to compliment, where do I even begin??
I think I'll start with imblue36752100,
You were basically my 1st real friend I made on here. We originally clicked when we were both  obsessing over Soul Eater and we started making jokes and I just… You made me lmao XD.
Gurl, you were fabulous from the beginning don't you ever change~ :blowkiss:
I hope one day we can meet IRL since we're both in SoCal <3
Stay rad,

Next I want to thank NINJAWERETIGER for always being SO SWEET and caring and always supporting me :heart: I've met some truly incredible people in the last few years and mostly thanks to you!
I met arisaxkureno, The-New-Host, Toxic-Weirdo and so many other incredible friends through you and I can't thank you enough!
Thank you for always being there and being so friendly cause you got me through my miserable middle school years with your kindness.
Love always and forever,

Now onto 2 awesome fellow Californians! :D
To Avato-chan, my anime buddy,
You introduced me to a lot of amazing shows that I might not have discovered otherwise. I am the person I am because of the things you've shown me and I want to say thanks for everything!
See you at wondercon maybe?
Love Lulu

To DenkiSutoraiki,
We've had plenty of ups and downs in the past years, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Our trials have only made our bond stronger and, for that, I couldn't be more grateful~
I know you'll continue to be awesome and strong and beautiful and I hope we can meet up soon.
Love LulutheDragonQueen

You're going to be off to college and I'm not gonna see you as much anymore but I want you to know you're an amazing friend, pseudo-sis, artist, partner in crime, etc xD
I'm gonna miss you so much and I honestly wouldn't be the artist or person I am today if I didn't know you. I hope you can learn to appreciate yourself and your work without me having to remind you how amazing you are! Be proud of yourself and don't compare yourself to others because you'll be loved anyways <3
(and you're gonna be great in college, don't worry ;) )

You are a great artist, a fantastic roleplayer, and you're full of awesome ideas.
But most importantly:
You're an absolutely amazing person.
Your kindness has already brought you lots of friends and loads of admiration, and I just wanted to remind you how much of an impact you have made on all our lives.
I'm glad I met you, and that we became friends. I love talking to you, and I absolutely admire your skills. You are a treasure to so many, and it makes me even happier to know that I'm special to you, too.
This whole thing was pure coincidence, but really, you deserve compliments like this one every day. Stay the way you are, for that's how your friends love you. Bye~

RebeccaBajanJerome Where should i begin? You're such a beautiful person, both inside and out. You sunny spirit brightens my every day and you are a very special girl in the most beautiful way. The best way to to describe you is that you are like a miracle sent from above. You are a wonderful person and I love you very much. Thank you for always being my friend.

StarLightSilver123 PinkChickenInk Angelbluedeer
I'm really bad at things like this, but I just wanted to say thanks for always being there. I'm grateful for our friendship more than you'll ever know. Thanks for being my friend, online and off, even through all the crap I've unfairly put you through. <3 you guys.

Girl, you're so awesome! <33
;;w;; You're art is friggin adorable, and your my best friend on deviantART!! <3333
Now guess who I am~ |DD

shuuming is the sweetest person ever !! i am very glad i met her ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
she is a very talented artist and i just know she is going to be very successful (●ↀωↀ●)✧

Apologies for the lack of journals recently. :ohnoes: There will be some extra journals in the next few days to catch up with the backlog.av

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Skin by SimplySilent
A type of Flash Fiction, six word stories are (very) short stories with an exact word count: six words. SixWordStories is the place where, alongside quality, quantity really does matter. Though these stories are so brief in length, they can be as profound, if not more, than the prose and poetry you see and read every day, partly because six word stories can tell us so much and yet contain so little.

As a Group, we encourage writers to explore their boundaries with prompts, collaborations and more, but we accept anyone and everyone too! Whether you are a digital artist, photographer, or something else entirely, if you can string six words together into a story, this is the place to be!
Please support the contest and :+fav: the article so that more can join in on the fun! :dalove:

Contest Begins:

September 1st

Contest Ends:

September 30th,


Six word story ;P



The reason why we are doing a 'Questions' theme contest is because we receive a lot of submissions with questions that are not stories. Therefore, not only is this a contest, it is also a challenge for all those that are brave enough to take it on!

We strongly suggest that your question(s) take up one bit of the six word story (1-3 words) and not the entire piece. The more it takes up the entire piece, the less a story it will be!


:bulletblue: One entry, per person.

:bulletblue: The entry must contain a minimum of one question and must be a story!

:bulletblue: The entry must be newly submitted to deviantART from September 1st.

:bulletblue: The entry must only contain six words and follow our guidelines.

:bulletblue: The Author's Comments must include: SixWordStories' Question Contest (Or you can copy and paste: :devsixwordstories:' Question Contest )

How to Submit:

Submit the entry to SixWordStories' Gallery here. You do not need to be a member of SixWordStories to enter; it's open to everyone and anyone!


One winner will receive a 3 Month Premium Membership, news feature, their piece submitted into SixWordStories' Featured folder! Two honourable mentions will also receive :points:, a news feature, their piece submitted into SixWordStories' Featured folder! Additionally, 10-15 entries also be featured in the announcement of the contest winners (news article), alongside the winners!

If you would like to give a prize to this contest, please note SixWordStories with the subject title: Contest Prize. We appreciate any and every support given! :la:

It would be best to :+devwatch: SixWordStories just in case there are any updates. We wish you the best of luck and hope you have fun as well! If you have any queries (or anything else), please do not hesitate to contact us! :love:

Perksofbeingwallflower1 by DrippingWords

SEPTEMBER is home to Banned Books Week, so we will be reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower, a coming-of-age epistolary novel written by STEPHEN CHBOSKY. What are you waiting for? Go forth and read!

Things You Need To Know For This Month

  • Read the book! You know you want to. :eyes:
  • We will be discussing up to the February 8th entry in the MID-MONTH DISCUSSION JOURNAL, which I will be posting through CRLiterature on MONDAY, September 15th. Keep an eye out! :eye:
  • Instead of an END OF THE MONTH CHAT, we will have and END OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION JOURNAL. It will be like the mid-month journal, but at the end of the month. This way, it's easy for you to participate no matter what time zone you live in! I'll be posting that through CRLiterature on SUNDAY, September 28th. PinkyMcCoversong and I will moderate. :eager:
  • How exactly do you win prizes? Participate! Commenting on the discussion journals, responding to other deviant's comments, posting fan art, or posting reviews of the novel are ways to earn points (not dA points)! If you are posting fan art or a review, please be sure to note CRLiterature with the title: BOOK CLUB PARTICIPATION. We give out points for each of the criteria and the deviant with the most points at the end of the month wins the prize! :squee:


Wallflower Fan Art

perks by juliannatheory
Perks VII by whatshername13
Perks by ThimbleBostitch
Perks of being a wallflower 2 by LexahLovelee 
Perks by Catching-Smoke
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Love and like by ohitsanina

CRLiterature BOOK CLUB Schedule

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 4:42 PM

Planning ahead when it comes to getting your read on? So are we! Here's the official schedule for the CRLiterature Book Club.

Not sure what to expect from Book Club? Check out our Book Club Facts.

September 2014

  • Host: DrippingWords
  • Mid Month Discussion: Monday, September 15th
  • End of Month Journal: Sunday, September 28th

October 2014

November 2014

  • Host: Beccalicious
  • Mid Month Discussion: TBD
  • End of Month Journal: TBD

Still having trouble finding a book? Have you tried BookDepository?

Previous Books:

June 2014 - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy hosted by PinkyMcCoversong
July 2014 - Thief Lord hosted by GrimFace242
August 2014 - Carrie hosted by Nichrysalis

WishingWell Weekly Ed. 104

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:44 AM

:iconsparklingpinkloveplz: Welcome to WishingWell Weekly :iconsparklingpinkloveplz:

Hello Dear Members, Watchers, and Visitors,

WELCOME TO dAWishingWell!


What SPECTACULAR Events Happening in Our Group!

:eyes: CHECK OUT :new:"Fishing for Wishes 8.4":
Fishing for Wishes 8:4Featuring DD, Group and Exposure Wishes.
Take a look at the new wishes!
:star: BloomingRoseXeniia wishes for DD. :star:
:star: C0MPASSION wishes for Samiraku to receive a DD. :star:
:star: Esthiell wishes for a DD. :star:
:star: frantices wishes for a DD. :star:
 I'll be waiting by frantices Who are you really? by frantices
:heart: Aliniel wishes for a DD. :heart:
Eli the Snail by Aliniel La plenitude by Aliniel The Graceful Duet Edited by Aliniel

Please DO Comment if you help, we would really appreciate it so much! Thank you! :love:

:eyes: YAY :w00t: It's the "Wishing Jar 8.5":
The Wishing Jar 8:5Featuring Memberships and Point Wishes. :iconlainloveplz:
Hello everyone! This is DeviBrigard and I will be watching over Eve's big jar of Nutella while she is on a temporary break! :D
Take a look at the new wishes!
:star: HigherSeeking wishes for a 12-month premium membership. :star:
:heart: FlamingBreeze wishes for a premium membership. :heart:
:heart: googimoong wishes for 1 or 3-month premium membership. :heart:
:heart: Maiyunbby wishes for justi-adopts to receive a 3-month premium membership. :heart:

Please DO Comment if you help, we would really love your help, if you could! Thanks so much! :love:

:eyes: And See "Wish Fondue 8.5":
Wish Fondue 8:5Featuring critiques/comments, prints, badges, contests/events, commissions/adoptables and miscellaneous wishes.
Take a look at the new wishes!
No new wish.
:star: SilverInkblot wishes for photo prints from her wishlist. :star:
:star: Viokcha wishes for llamas. :star:
No new wish.

Comment if you help, please and thank you, kindly! :love:

:iconrainbowarrowplz: Yay! "Monday Muses"!! I adore me, some Monday Muses! :iconlittleheartplz:
Monday MusesTuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly

Welcome to our activity on Mondays - Monday Muses!
It's all about the artists and artworks that inspire you! :painter:
There are many ways someone can be an inspiration. By displaying inspiring community spirit, or providing helpful resources for example. Or maybe you just stumbled over an amazing artwork that simply knocked you off your feet and inspired you to make something of your own right away. No matter what it is, we want you to share it!
Simply pick an artist or deviation you find inspiring in some way, and post them in a comment on this journal. Pleas

It's not too late to participate! :iconlittleheartplz:

:iconrainbowarrowplz:  "Tuesday Treats!" is always fun! :excited:
Tuesday Treats: What is in the box?Monday Muses | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly
What is in the box?

Select a deviation (even from your own gallery) to show what you think is in the box and link it in a comment on this blog. Limit of 1 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 September 2nd.

What a Wonderful World!

:note: It's always a really great topic! :rose:

:heart: And let us not forget to check these out:
Wandering WednesdaysHello everybody!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
Today we have another edition of our new “Wandering Wednesdays” ... As you all know by now, from time to time we affiliate with new groups, so we chose Wednesdays to go wander around one of our affiliated groups :gallery: … So come on, let’s go!!! :eager: :eager: :eager:
Let’s get inside :iconemotiholics: Emotiholics: today :sherlock:
"Are you addicted to emotes? Well, here's the place to calm that craving. :dummy:" :tighthug:
So what do we have here???   :gallery:
Let’s go meet the Admins :excited:
:heart:   [Love]   [Heart]   [Love]   [Heart]   [Love]   [Heart]
Thursday GreetsMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Friday Fun | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly
:spotlight-left:  Welcome to Thursday Greets!  :spotlight-right:
Thursday Greets is a weekly feature of a few of our newest members, in hopes to give them some exposure! Below you will find some of their artwork, their wish, and any interesting going ons that they may have.
Let's meet some of our newest members and spread the love. :heart:
:iconLillith-The-Frog: Lillith-The-Frog

Lillith-The-Frog has no wis

Friday FunMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly
Welcome to Friday Fun!

Friday Fun is a new weekly blog dedicated to our affiliates contests and events. If your group is affiliated to us, you can send a note to the group with a link to the journal describing your event. Note that a journal is required; we will not write a description for you! :) If your news is time sensitive, please consider that we will only feature it on the next Friday.
If you want to affiliate your group with us<
Late Selfless SaturdayMonday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | WishingWell Weekly
:spotlight-left: Welcome to Selfless Saturday! :spotlight-right:
Selfless Saturday is a weekly feature to promote one of our active members.
 20Tourniquet02 joined dAWishingWell on January 2012 and have been an active member ever since, granting wishes and participating to activities. Thank you for staying around!


:icongiveroseplz: BIG Thank You's :icongiveroseplz:
:iconcuterainbowplz: Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this group, in a variety of ways, such as through your donation of POINTS :points:, HERE: TheWishingWidget, promoting us in your profile journals, group journals, participating in our various Group Activities, Commenting on our other very Special Features that we have, and :+fav:'ing the work that we are sharing with you, AND
:star:ANYTHING to do with helping to make dA wishes come true!:star:
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks:
This is all VERY IMPORTANT support and participation, and we are truly grateful for all of it!
Most recent POINT feature:
:new: Point Feature - July 2014Monday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | WishingWell Weekly
Hello everyone! :wave:
This is a feature for everyone who donated to our point collection account ~TheWishingWidget :la:.

:points: All the points donated are used to grant wishes. :points:

If you would like to be featured in the next update please donate "Here"

"Anonymous" donors are not featured but we thank them just as well. :heart:

10+ :points:
:iconc0mpassion: :devc

:icongrouphugplz::iconpinklilyplz::icongrouphugplz::icongrouphugplz: :icongrouphugplz:

:icontreasurechestplz: The Treasure Chest :icontreasurechestplz:

"The Treasure Chest"- truly OUTSTANDING work, found from around dA from Active Deviants, any genre, with 299 faves or less.
Here goes our 15th ONE! :la:


BAKU BONG by ZenophrenicFluctuation of ID by McCorvey92Depth by JeremyYoung

Somewhere we'll meet again in colors of love by alexandernAnother day dawns at Staithes by YorkshireSamPoppies 5 by wienwal

Ask not the sparrow by juneyijunRebecca Yanovskaya The Guardian by Ryer-Ord-StarFlame Robin by Maromanko

Sunset 76 by RisandellDroplet by Aheng711Gary Oldman by Dejmiaann

Three Little Pigs vs. GodzillaOnce upon a time there were three little pigs venturing out on their own. The first little pig decided that he needed a shelter to live in, so he built a little hut out of straw. Some time later, Godzilla ventured into that part of the village and came across the straw hut. He asked the little pig to come out and the little pig said, "Not a chance, buddy". So, Godzilla huffed and puffed and blew fire and burned the straw hut to the ground and enjoyed roast pork for breakfast.
The second little pig decided that he needed a place to live, so he built a log cabin. Some time later, Godzilla ventured into that part of the village and came across the log cabin. He asked the little pig to come out and the little pig said, "Not a chance, buddy". So, Godzilla huffed and puffed and blew fire and burned the log cabin to the ground and enjoyed smoked ham for lunch.
While Godzilla was busy devouring the first two little pigs, the third little pig decided to build a brick house. Some time later, God
A Light In The Dark by LychnobiaHanna by aufzehengehen

Look at me by KariatydaPortrait of happiness by UtiliaMignanoTomorrow by clippercarrillo

Urban Cats - 44 by MARX77Her Turn to Become A Man by ThroughMyThoughtsGenerations by Mahaha1985

Scenic waterfall by diana-0421Treasured Trove by GolubajaWho Is The Decoration by LoByteSo

Bloom in Glass by wolfepaw You Don't Have to be Wonder Woman...I think these walls are collapsing around me because I'm not smart. I don't think with my head, I think with my hands in terms of what I can make, what I can break, and how to put back together what was previously given up on.
No, I don't always have a steady grip on reality and sometimes my abstract sight, the only one I can really see with, wavers and I'm blind to everything around me. So I feel my way through the thorns and the storms and put my friends in poetry so that way, when they leave, I can still say we're gonna be best friends forever.
It won't really surprise any of you to know that I auditioned to be Wonder Woman. They told me I had great spirit but that cape was way too big and those boots were too tall and I just didn't have the look, you know, that superhero look. But I had great spirit! And if I just stuck around long enough, they were sure I could change the world.
But even if that doesn't quite work out, even if the world is exactly the same fifty year
Calm Before the Storm by akrasiel

Unchained Melody by AndaelentariGreat Horned Owl by deskridgeTrying to find the path by Arte-de-Junqueiro

I'm still here by VampirbieneDream Lake by MtnMamaHi Friend by Jukepoksi

Pink Dogwoods by bewilderedconfusedYellowstone Sunset by ChaosOfGodsChecking out the tourists by DeviantTeddine


If you would like to participate in "The Treasure Chest" feature, simply refer to the criteria above, and IF you are an Admin., Member, or Friend of dAWishingWell you may feel free to suggest, UP to three deviations you feel are worthy of being found in the Treasure Chest.

All you have to do, is place the thumbcode or link of the deviation, in a comment below. And that's it! :w00t:

Yes, this is for the work of someone else, besides yours, in this type of activity. :XD:
Just please remember, that "three" is a MAX number. One is fine- and please don't suggest more than three... per week! :la:

:note: A Question came up: Yes, the intent is ONE work of Art, per ONE Artist each. So three different Artist featured, at the most, with one work each.

Thank you!!!! :love:

The following EIGHT Members and Friends of The Well, helped by suggesting the first 21 works!!

:iconwindklang: :icondeb-e-ann: :iconkiwicocktail: :iconfraeya: :iconc0mpassion: :iconknifeintoaster: :iconuszatyarbuz: :iconfelizias:


:cake: :party: Birthday Corner, For: Aussie-Blonde and for, Andaelentari and for, JulianasGrandma and for, CameronKobe and for, Shirimasen and for, deskridge and for, johngiannis27 and for, Arte-de-Junqueiro and for, KJames7 and for, primalfuryan and for, NanaOsaki88 and for, Trippy4U and for, VisualPoetress and for, Neccers and for, theubbergeek2:party: :cake:

The Admins and Staff at dAWishingWell love to celebrate and share the :dalove: and we hope you will share in our celebration of these wonderful artists!  Feel free to wish them well!

Linley Aussie-Blonde - Aug. 18th
Mr Fry Loves the Fish by Aussie-BlondePink Rose for Ellen by Aussie-Blonde

Elizabeth Andaelentari - Aug. 18th
Colors of the Wind by AndaelentariTorn by Andaelentari

Allie JulianasGrandma - Aug. 19th
Happy Birthday Teresa by JulianasGrandmaHappy Birthday Mel. by JulianasGrandma

Cameron CameronKobe - Aug. 20th
Lost To The Captain by CameronKobeHere's To You by CameronKobe

John-Luke Shirimasen - Aug. 27th
PC Cat is unamused. by ShirimasenStarburst by Shirimasen

Daniel deskridge - Aug. 27th
The Peace Accord by deskridgeBringer of Fall by deskridge

John johngiannis27 - Aug. 27th
natural dymamic wallpaper by johngiannis27color contact I wallpaper by johngiannis27

Mel Arte-de-Junqueiro - Aug. 30th
Man the lifeboats by Arte-de-JunqueiroLady by Arte-de-Junqueiro

K. KJames7 - Sept. 1st
Rubin 08 by KJames7Bunny Say What? by KJames7

DJ NOx Ali primalfuryan - Sept. 1st
Loneliness In my Room by primalfuryanSPIRIT OF THE HORSE by primalfuryan

Nana NanaOsaki88 - Sept. 2nd
Johnny Depp by NanaOsaki88Slash by NanaOsaki88

Richard Trippy4U - Sept. 4th
Bathed In Rumination by Trippy4UA Space Within by Trippy4U

Michelle VisualPoetress - Sept. 5th
Waiting For An Eternity by VisualPoetressForest Queen by VisualPoetress

Neccers Neccers - Sept. 5th
Blu by NeccersTilly by Neccers

TUG2 theubbergeek2 - Sept. 5th
Birthday gift - Keokotheshadowfang by theubbergeek2Request - Sandstormpony by theubbergeek2

Please keep an EYE :eyes: out for our next weekly feature articles and events to participate in- as they are outlined and summarized in the top portion of this weekly news article!

As you can see... Lots of really fantabulous things happening here in our group!
Check back every day!


Thank you so much to Members and Staff Alike! :thanks:
We, at dAWishingWell would like to WISH all of our Members, Watchers, Visitors,
a sensational FIRST week of SEPTEMBER! Butterfly love by Nina1love1


:iconblowkissteaplz:, Tea

Handy Hints and Tips: Long Exposure

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 8:00 PM by Fe0:iconfe0:

Long Exposure

For photographers, long exposure is a must for wicked epic shots.

Experiment with the shutter speed to create some interesting effects. When taking a night time shot, try shooting with the shutter speed altered, to a slower speed. You will see that the movement of the object is captured along with some light trails. If you choose a faster shutter speed, the trails will not be as long or bright; instead the action will be frozen, giving you an average shot.    
   This technique works well if you are photographing a moving object.

This is the common method that photographers use to take those cool photos of highways, with vehicle lights drug out, for example. Though, there are many other fabulous outcomes that you can find with long exposure.
   Play around, adventure a bit & see what amazing shots come from it! 
;) (Wink)

Solitary traveler by JeffreyDobbs
Photo: Solitary Traveler by JeffreyDobbs


PE: Chat and Forum Contests

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:00 AM

Welcome to another Chat & Forum projecteducate week.
During this week we will aim to promote involvement and interest in both the chats and forums and this contest will hopefully help provide further incentive to not only get involved but stay involved through-out the week.

This contest will have three different elements and you are welcome to participate in all three, or just one.. just which ever you are most comfortable with.  While we encourage full participation, it is worth noting that these contests are about having fun so if anything makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, feel free to skip it in favor of other events that are more to your liking.


Who doesn't love scuzzles?  Over the past we have observed much success where scuzzles were involved so we felt it was a good way to help get everyone involved in what we have planned for you this week.  

During the week we have multiple events planned, you'll want to participate in and pay attention to as many as possible since there will be scuzzle pieces given out at the end of each (1 piece each day).  

What you'll need to do:
:bulletred:Keep an eye on projecteducate or this journal to stay up to date on which events are happening where and when. You can find the week's schedule at the bottom of this article, and links will be added as they are available.  
:bulletred:Participate in as many (or as few) events as you'd like.  Remeber that one event a day will grant you a piece of the scuzzle.  
:bulletred:Collect as many scuzzle pieces as you are able by Saturday and either note me your put together scuzzle or link me to an image of it (which aready exists on dA).  
All notes with your completed scuzzle must be titled "Scuzzle" and noted to me (Astralseed)

Deadline: Saturday September 6th, 11:59PM PST


Since the goal of this week is to get people more familiar and or comfortable with the chats and forums here on DeviantART, we're asking you to take some time this week to get more intimate with these areas of the site.  
At the end of the week we will have you submit your experiences back to us with prizes up for grabs!

What you'll need to do:
:bulletred:Take this week to familiarize yourself with the chat and forum.  
Feel free to visit as many or as few chats and/or forums as you are comfortable with.  
We highly suggest taking the time to browse a little and trying out different ones.  Don't be afraid to post your own forum thread through-out the week, or maybe even create your own chatroom and invite your friends.
:bulletred:Keep track of your experiences during the week, what forums or chats are you enjoying, howcome, have you made new friends, etc?  
:bulletred:Participating in the events we have scheduled for the week can be seen as bonus points for this challenge.  The challenges are also a lovely place to get started with the chats and forums, just remember to branch out in ways that you are comfortable with and will enjoy.
:bulletred:On Saturday note me (Astralseed) with your experiences.  
Be sure to include any chatrooms or forum threads you've created during the week.  

Deadline: Saturday September 6th, 11:59PM PST

Forum Challenges:

For this we'll want you to pay extra close attention to the challenges posted in the forums this week. We will be scoring you on overall effort of your participation.  

What you'll need to do:
:bulletred:Ideally we'd like to see you participate in all of the forum events we have planned for this week, but we'll also understand if that's not possible.  
:bulletred:Remember that the goal of this week is to relax and have fun while getting to know the chats and forums a bit better.  We will definitely take favor to someone doing just that, rather than forcing yourself through events you're clearly uncomfortable with.  
:bulletred:Keep an eye on projecteducate or this journal to stay up to date on which events are happening where and when. You can find the week's schedule at the bottom of this article, and links will be added as they are available.  
:bulletred:Participate in as many (or as few) events as you'd like.

We will be keeping score on these events so there wont be any need for you to send us any notes in regards to your participation.  


  • 1st place winner in each of the above categories will receive a 3 month Premium Membership
  • We also have a few 1000 points to divide up between participants who have shown us great effort in these events. 

Schedule of events for the week:

Monday 1st September

AM: Contest by Astralseed
AM: Forum Descriptions by 3wyl
PM: Chat Descriptions by diphylla

Tuesday 2nd September

AM: CHAT: Scavenger Hunt by Astralseed
PM: CHAT: Deviation Hunt by justanothersomeone 8PM PST

Wednesday 3rd September

AM: Forum Interview: FixMeKnow by 3wyl
PM: CHAT: Art Challenges by puddlefisher 12PM PST

Thursday 4th September

AM: FORUM: Scuzzle 
PM: FORUM: Muro Challenge by Anoya
PM: CHAT: Muro Draw Challenge by Erzsabet 6PM PST

Friday 5th September

AM: FORUM: Scavenger Hunt by 3wyl
PM: CHAT: Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament by morbidman187 

Saturday 6th September

AM: CHAT: Trivia by Mrs-Durden 11AM PST
PM: CHAT: Trivia by Mrs-Durden 12PM PST
PM: Chat Interview copperrein by Astralseed

Sunday 7th September

AM: Forum Interview deVere by 3wyl
PM: Chat & Forum PE Week Roundup (Winners Announcement)

Just a note to say that once events go live, they will be linked within the above schedule to help make things easier on those of you participating.