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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

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Triggers, Triggers Everywhere

Mon Jul 28, 2014, 4:00 PM
"Trigger warning."

If you browse art on dA or Tumblr, you've probably seen these words before.

What exactly is a trigger?

Triggers come in multiple flavors.
  • Trauma triggers
    • A person who has experienced a severe traumatic event—which isn't just limited to war veterans—may find that a particular sensory experience sends them back to that trauma. (Although as camelopardalisinblue rightfully points out, it may not always be a full-scale flashback. Plenty of grey areas.)

    • I knew someone who had been abused in a room with fish-themed wallpaper. So while something like the Jesus fish was tolerable because it was so abstract, they found real fish uncomfortable, and sudden exposure to a similar type of fish drawing would send them into a severe anxiety attack and then flashbacks, where they were trapped in the event itself. (Details changed to protect privacy, of course.)

  • Self-destructive triggers
    • Images or detailed descriptions of self-harm, anorexia, or other unhealthy behaviors can trigger a relapse into that behavior. Why someone would want to engage in self-destructive behavior is a topic for a different article.
    • Conditions like autism can come with a tendency to self-harm, and that will have its own set of triggers.

A trigger is something that doesn't just cause an emotion like happiness or sadness, it makes a person act in a way that they don't want to act, either through self-harm, using, or literally re-experiencing a traumatic event.

What can I do to avoid triggering other people?

Trauma triggers can be very individual. I was at a panel where they were discussing how a horror game went south because one of the people had been abused by a cult as a child, and did not react well to being surprised by people in hoods. Is that something they could have anticipated? Maybe, maybe not.

It's easier to anticipate harm-related topics being a problem, like rape, cutting, bulimia, childhood abuse, etc. A detailed description of any one of these things can be triggering. This doesn't mean you should avoid exploring these topics. They're unfortunate, but they are part of the human experience, and never discussing them isn't healthy, either.

Flag content when appropriate—though finding that line can be hard when you yourself aren't triggered. If someone asks you to add a warning, be respectful of their request. You don't know what they've been through.

What are my responsibilities as someone who is triggered?

Don't trivialize triggers.

Let's be clear: triggers are frightening for the person experiencing them. They're not simply an emotion like happiness or sadness. They can literally make trauma survivors feel as if they're reliving their trauma. Or they can drive a person to engage in harmful behavior.

I've seen some really absurd uses of the term. Every time you say something is a trigger just because it makes you cry a little, or makes you mildly uncomfortable, you are trivializing it for people who have real, serious issues. Feelings are part of the human experience. Losing control of your actions is not.

If you've read the above and rolled your eyes because you do have real triggers—please try to be patient with people when they fuck up. I know it isn't easy, but for instance in my first example, this person avoided aquariums because they knew it would be unpleasant. They didn't go around and yelling at fish owners for being insensitive, because they knew it wasn't meant to be personal. And they made sure all their friends knew what set them off, so we could help them avoid it or calm down before a full-blown panic attack happened.

With so many people on the Internet, it's likely you will run into something that causes you discomfort, or cause someone else discomfort. Being tolerant and understanding that we all come from different places, and that trivializing mental health—either by overusing the term or ignoring it—isn't appropriate either, can improve everyone's experience.

Feel free to add your thoughts on the matter :peace:

The adoptable winners from this journal are now official! c: I've read through EVERY entries and absolutely every single other comments left on the journal even though I haven't responded you or checked out the tagged deviants yet! Will come back to it, I KEEP MY PROMISES. :D

First of all I'd like to give you all a fluffy hug *hugs you all with paws* and say A BIG THANKS to EVERYONE for the support and enjoying this! Thanks to all the old watchers who keep following my art and everyone else who decided to do. Thanks for everything you do. ;w; One can't simply explain how great it can be to participate together with people in a society of art. I'm really being serious. Showing, creating, working with, and sharing art together with people are one of my ever favorite activities, and one can only imagine how different it would be without you wonderful deviants ever joining! Even though everything has their ups and downs, it's always the best to spread a smile, and this has been just so great. =3

Acknowledge the gratitude. THANK YOU! *Makes face-expressions to hide my happy tears*

I always kept something important in mind, and that was to give my babies a safe and good home (even though some of the characters probably will be killed in a story-scene. Yay! :D <333). So, now you'd like to know the winner names, won't you?


Nope. *Throws ball at you* 

FREE adoptables! by Lithroxid

... 1st design: :iconk-arashi:

Congrats with your first ever received adoptable! Have fun with it on Weebly and in roleplays! c:

... 2nd design: :iconlithroxid:

That's mine... :D

... 3rd design: :icontheowlartist:

You seem to have plenties of exciting plans, please take care of your new character! I love the name Tempest, and the personality you gave it. ;D

... 4th design: :iconescapeintomyfantasy:

Have fun with your new Danielle! The story you came up with really caught my attention. Hope you'll also find a second character to fill the slot of your storyline. c:

... 5th design: :icongogospirit:

Good luck with learning, and have fun! It is hard to let go from this one, but I'll trust you that you'll take care of it. ;w;

... 6th design: :iconlikelylupine:

All the best of luck for your upcoming comic-project! *Wags tail*

... 7th design: ...

I'm sorry, but this character is still left open. *Holds it safely in my arms* This one was the least popular design and didn't get any entries that I couldn't resist... compared to almost all the other designs EVERYONE wanted. xD

... 8th design: :iconliagon:

Eeeee. :D You've got no clue about how excited I am to see how this character will interact with other beings and develop in your story! Can't wait!

... 9th design: :iconkirafursona:

Trust me. I know the feeling of constantly drawing for others and forgetting doing personal art. I hope that this character really WILL motivate you to draw for yourself. You deserve it. Have fun. <3

... 10th design: :iconawakialkyona:

I couldn't RESIST your entry. It was my favorite one of them all. What more should I say? This darling is yours, congratulations! :D

... 11th design: :iconradioactivepills:

*Flops tail* Have so much fun with your new skater-wuff! It was difficult to choose a winner for this one, but you deserve it!

... 12th design: :iconglowingpaws:

Choosing a new owner for this one was the most challenging of them all as a lot of people wanted it. *Overwhelmed* xD But in the end I thought that you deserved it the most. I'm honored that this design also affected you in such a way. I pray for you the best with your upcoming projects, and congratulations with a new main fursona! :D

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated!

PS; Some of the "participants" didn't follow the instructions of the journal and would not be counted for picking... I understand that you are desperate, but guys, this wasn't first come first serve. You had days on you. xD

I'm so sorry to everyone who didn't get anything! There exist other characters out there that wait for you if you needed some. And remember, you could exploit your creativity and try to develop your absolute own designs, personalities and stories as well. If you haven't tried it out yet, I highly recommend you to! It's tons of fun. Characters aren't only visual, you could write OC's as well. :D <33

There will be other similar opportunities like this in the future, but don't expect the intervals to be as dense as the two last ones... xD

Thanks so much, everyone! Have fun with all you OCs, and stay artistic!


hello friends!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

i've had this account for a while but i just recently switched over to it about a month ago. lately i've gotten a lot of new watchers -- more than I'd really expected, so i wanted to do a little thank you giveaway!!

i'll probably do more of these in the future, especially since school doesn't start for a while, so stick around for multiple chances of winning :^)

how to enter: 

+ to enter, +fav fave this journal! 

+ must be watching me! this is for my watchers, after all.

that's it! you don't have to comment or anything but it would be appreciated. :^)

+ you'll get an extra entry if you help spread the word! if you mention this raffle in your journal, poll, etc. and mention me or send me a link showing me in the comments i'll give you one more entry!

that's it! the raffle will end after two weeks, on August 12th! i'll use a random number generator to pick the winner. the winner must respond within three days of being contacted, otherwise i'll draw again. oh, and if no more than 10 people enter, i'll probably redo the giveaway, so that more people have a chance to see it!  

if you win, you'll get a free headshot portrait drawing like this one. 

lucky!! by kat-ari

thanks for looking! *Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (So exciting!) 
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Monday Muses

Mon Jul 28, 2014, 10:54 AM

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. Please also include why you chose that artist or artwork. Your suggestions will be featured next week! :heart:

If you want the feature to be a surprise for the deviant(s) you suggested, please leave away the '@' or :dev: when typing the username (and post links to artworks instead of thumbs), that way your Muses won't be notified of your comment here through the mentions system.

Also feel free to post this wonderful stamp the awesome a-neverending made on the profile pages of your Muses once the feature is published:

Give a stamp! - You are my MondayMuse by a-neverending

This week's Muses are:

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconsyra-728: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
"Syra's been a friend of mine on dA for a long time and her artwork is outstanding. She's drawn a few things for me and they always blow me away. Her coloring and shading are always gorgeous. She's been endlessly encouraging to me any time I feel inadequate and has helped me through more than one hard time. I have a few friends on here that I consider close, and I'm glad to have her as one of them."

~ CoattailsOfJustice

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :icon0bsidio: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
"I want to thank 0bsidio for being there from almost the first day of my dA-time. She is always incredibly supportive, comments on all traditional deviation in a detailed manner and constractively detailed!
Her own art is so wonderful and inspires me especially because she gets never tired to explain how she did it :) (Smile)
Thank you for being there for me all the time! You are a huge support and a treasure for the community!"

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconnicostars: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:

Watcher by nicostars
"Nico's art is amazingly imaginative and vibrant, and seeing her works always puts me in a good mood Aww"

~ KiwiCocktail

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconjofrenchie: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
"Jofrenchie (Joanna) is a huge inspiration and blessing in my life because she is such a kind soul! She reached out to me when I really needed someone to talk to who could understand some of my health struggles, and I know of many others who have surely been touched by her friendship too.  She overflows with sweetness and deserves all the appreciative gestures she can get. Aww Plus, she makes some really cute graphics!"

~ tinylaughs

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen: :iconfelizias: :bulletgreen::bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
"Felizias is one super nice deviant here on dA. She's been my muse often! She's just really kind and very encouraging, and makes me smile. I have always noticed and really appreciated her support, and I think it's very cool that she's talented in a variety of types of artwork, (kind of like she is talented in multiple languages!).
I would like to show a favourite work of mine, which is in photography:

Bonnie by Felizias"

Thank you for participating! :heart:

Thank you to everyone who entered the Rewriting Clichés Fan Fiction Contest!

Third Place

250 :points: Prize

Second Place

500 :points: Prize

And finally...

First Place

1000 :points: Prize

Also entering -

Congratulations to the winners and thank you again to everyone for entering! I hope to see you next month for the next contest!


Community, Respect, Excellence, Artists, Trust, Empower.


An archive for well-written and meaningful fan fiction. New Flash Fan Fiction prompt weekly.

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We're Cutting It Close!

Collab Project: The Daily Bread Cafe (Sneak Peek) by AlphaManifest

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We are cutting it really close to the deadline of August 2nd which is when the grand opening for The Daily Bread Cafe is going to be. I want to go ahead and properly thank all of you who signed up and those who will be signing up in the future as volunteers for the weekly event. Now, as far as those who have already, I did tell all of you that I would contact you again. However, I was hoping to do this yesterday instead of today. It's very early in the morning, so you can only imagine how much I'm trying to get done.

It's literally 2:02 AM as I'm writing this. I have a lot of free time, don't judge me, lol. That, and as I'm writing this...I'm also packing, so yay! for multitasking. I've been working very closely in this project with my lovely friend C-A-Harland, and she has been an incredible amount of help.

Anyway, I want to make sure that you all know how the event will go about and what your role is, regardless of the status you signed up for:

Outline of Event

During each issue, there will be 36 Deviants hosted. This is excluding Issue 01 & All Artisan Features. With each deviant hosted, there will be words of inspiration, along with resources to help them get more involved with the community to better their overall experience at dA. Community Volunteers & Supporters will also be present to expand on resources depending on the category they're representing each week. At the end of each issue, deviants will be given 4 Comments for their participation in the prompt for that day. They are allowed to answer the prompt at anytime. There is no time constraint. Also, each deviant at the end of each issue will receive a gift based on a random roll of #'s by

The gift can range from points, to features by other deviants, premium membership, and more!

Other activities that will be going within The Daily Bread besides features will be articles on different literature topics on our newsletter page (start in late september), contests, giveaways, real time prizes and the advertising of other events/workshops around dA. 


As for the commenters who are apart of this event, thank you for volunteering your time. Hopefully all of you will be able to  be present for our first week of The Daily Bread Cafe in helping deviants feel appreciated for doing what they do best: Being Deviously Creative!

During your time of being a Volunteer, your role is simply to be present when time permits for you. Whenever you're available, any help is appreciated. When doing so, it is entirely up to you on how many deviantions you decided to comment on. On Wednesday's, Artisan's will be featured and will equal to about 12 Deviants hosted versus the usual 36 as an example.  

As a commenter, all you're being asked of is to participate when you can. There's no rules in when or how to go about commenting. However, we ask you to keep in mind that we're showing these deviants a little love. Spreading some honest time from our hearts to visit the beautiful works they've created. The only thing I can ask of you, is when you decide to comment on those deviations, is to write #TDBC or The Daily Bread Cafe at the beginning or end of your comment. That way we can leave our mark amongst those who were chosen for the weekly event and we can kind of keep a tally of what works were commented on, etc. 

Lastly, when you do comment, please keep in mind that your comment should relate to the topic at hand and should state what you like and/or dislike about the artwork you're reviewing. Not only is it being courteous to the creator, but also, it helps in leaving a fruitful comment rather than a comment that has no thought to the artwork. There's no particular length in how long or short your comment must be, but only that it remains solid. 

The Daily Bread Cafe Team
 7 | 29 | 2014

Founder | Illustrator | Graphic Design

Co-Founder | Administration |  Illustrator | Assistant




This winter, The Daily Bread Cafe will be hosting a huge contest. It will be surrounded by the categories that are represented on SWS's Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday. We would like the grand prize to be 2,000:points: to 5,000 :points: . C-A-Harland and myself are doing a lot to try and achieve our smallest goal of at least 1,500:points:. Even to that degree, our lowest amount would be a start in reaching our higher goal. We would gladly appreciate any donations towards our efforts in pulling this off. More details will come about in late October.

On August 2nd I will be collaborating to create a 2nd deviantart account to be specifically made for donations. In the meantime, I will be personally taking donations in my donation box until further notice. All donations given to this account within the time span of now and August 2nd will be transferred to that account.

Any contribution is helpful. We're not asking for any specific amount.

Thank you! 

Share & Share

Lastly, I just want to remind you guys that The Daily Bread Cafe is still up for help when it comes to volunteering your time in commenting! If you know anyone who may be interested, please don't hesitate I will really appreciate if you guys can spread the word.

The more the merrier!

Calling All Commenters, Critic's, and Bookworms!Bonjour, Help Wanted
I hope all of you are having a beautiful day. The weather isn't too bad actually, but I'm beat tired. Anywho my lovely's, I'm in the process of making an event that will require at least 20 Commenters, Critic's, and/or Bookworms (readers). It's completely voluntary, so if you're interested, please keep reading below. Remember, every little bit helps!
Event Supporters
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What's the Event About?
I will be starting a weekly event that deals with featuring deviants, but it's not just any type of feature. We're just giving some love to the community, that's all. Each deviant featured, who answers the daily prompt, will receive a comments on <b wytiwyg="1">

The Sign-Up Sheet
</i> A special event is upon us!

I am allowing people to audition characters to be in my comic, Super Paper Bleck! FCs and OCs welcome! Open PERMAENTLY!

Deviant Nightmares Magazine and Other Stuff

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 28, 2014, 12:57 PM

The anthology didn't really get all that much interest, and I'm trying to get exposure for you guys, so the decision was made to take Deviant Nightmares in a slightly different direction.

I give you... Drumroll (cue echo-effect and booming God-like voice)

Deviant Nightmares Magazine!:happybounce: I think I've fainted. Heart 

Deviant Nightmares Magazine - Issue #1 Coming Soon by joseph-sweet

Yup, we decided to publish a quarterly magazine.

what does this mean for you?
Well, it means that it will be a bit easier to publish you guys on a regular basis, and magazines are shorter, so... Offline and on here, we have enough stories for most of next year's issues. Between 3 and four stories per issue, depending on length of submissions, and articles written by staff. there's also opportunity for that now as well. If you write a news article that's relevant to the magazine, and want a shot, note me with it and I'll give it my consideration. 
We're looking for horror, dark science, apocalyptic, and dark fantasy fiction. The magazine may be themed on some months, but at other times will be considered general horror. Articles pertaining to this category and movies and books in that area will be considered.

We're currently looking for apocalyptic, zombie, vampire, werewolf and general horror stuff. The more violent the better, but it needs to be good.

Also art. Really anything goes. We may be featuring an artist or author in each magazine, so if you want your stuff featured in a magazine that could potentially be viewed by millions, get submitting.

I'll be changing the folder in a few minutes or making a new one for general DNM submissions.  DNM=Deviant Nightmares Magazine, of course. 

Submit anything you think will fit in there, articles, stories, art, photography, etc. And if you feel that you know an artist, author or both who is worthy of a magazine feature, shoot me a note.

I'll do another feature in the next day or two. hings have been hectic. 

I apologize for not being around to approve submissions for nearly a month. Some unexpected stuff happened.

For 2015 submissions - at least for the first couple of issues - think vampires and werewolves, but we aren't looking for sappy romantic stuff. No twilight-like stories. We're looking to go back to the roots of vampires and werewolves that made them terrifying to begin with.

Blood and gore and violence and darkness. Keep it coming. We'll take it to the masses and hopefully get you the recognition you deserve.

Joseph Sweet

Graciias by SoffMalik

Llegué a mis primeros 111 Watchers! Love 
Muuchas gracias a todos por sus comentarios, watchs, favoritos, TODO!
Y mil gracias a las cuentas que me están donando! :') En verdad, sé que no es el mejor dA pero hago el esfuerzo para que sea lo mejor posible c: Hace un par de días decidí hacer esto de los points y así poder obtener una membresía.. Y es mucho más lindo cuando se hace con el apoyo de otros!
No voy a hacer la gran dedicatoria porque no me saldría bien y además las aburriría.. jajaja 
Solo GRACIAS!! Y estaré preparando un lindo pack para mis Watchers eue que subiré cuando llegue a los 150, que sé que pasará Giggle 
Y nadaaa.... jaja esto es para ustedes♥ Hug ♥