Foreign Words the English Language NeedsOh hello. I’m finally getting around to making this news article that I said I might do, like, a month ago. Sorry, I’m not used to writing news articles. Bear with me.
Back in August, I started a series in my forums for cool foreign words. It went over extremely well and numerous people requested that I combine them into a handy-dandy news article for deviantART at large to enjoy. So, here you are: fifteen foreign words that the English language needs to
What it means: A feeling of longing associated with displacement, but not necessarily displacement from one’s original home. An intense yearning to be somewhere you are not. Hiraeth also expresses a sort of ache or longing for something of the past, somewhat similar to the notion of "golden" or "good old days," but with more ancient connotations.
Why it needs to be a thing in English: I speak as someone from a country
Spirit Day is ComingSpirit DaySpirit Day is Coming2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Save the date! Spirit Day is Friday, October 19th! Which means you can show your support for the LGBT community by doing a number of things, from raising awareness through articles, artwork, literature or simply sporting the team colors on and/or offline. What colors?
The color that represents Spirit Day is purple! Which brings us to the challenge portion of Spirit Day!
The Purple Challenge
The Purple Challenge is simple, go one day (October 19th) using only one color during your daily adventure on deviantART: purple. Here are some places you can pimp out the color purple:
Your avatar. Use a simple photo editing program to temporarily turn your avatar purple.
A featured deviation on your page.
A collection of purple deviations.
Use only purple emoticons!
In journal sk
Write and Revise Contest: Part 1You thought we were going to let you rest after the Summer Contest, huh? Wrong! We're back with a two-parter to hopefully get you both creating and editing, as all good writers must. This contest is brought to you by VertigoArt, who has rejoined the ranks of DLD as our contest and affiliate admin! Please go give him some love.Write and Revise Contest: Part 13 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Part 1: Go Wild!
The first part of the contest is relatively simple: write something. It can be a journal, a stream of consciousness, a scrap of a poem, an idea you've had for ages or one that comes to you in a burst of inspiration.
This part of the contest is open from August 11th to
September 11th, 2012October 11th, 2012.
If you need some help getting started check out prompts set up by our affiliate groups, Live-Love-Write listed in their blog here: http://live-love-write.deviantart.com/blog/ and theWrittenRevolution archived here: http://thewrittenrevolution.deviantart.com
The Literature Community ExperimentThis is a typical example of a Beccalicious shower pondering! The idea of this is to try and bring together as many people as possible all in one journal, but not for the sake of making a big number, but to encourage interaction and share useful tidbits. We often say the "literature community" has drifted apart over the past few years and this is just one attempt to try get people to come back together. It's a little hippy, perhaps a far-fetched idea, which is why I am calling it an "experiment". This could be successful and could be a complete fail- only you guys and your efforts can decide its fate!The Literature Community Experiment2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Wow! The response for this has been HUGE!!! Thank you so much all of you who have participated! Don't forget to add CRLiterature to your watch as well as replying to all these wonderful comments!
So you may be new to the literature side of deviantART, or you may be one of those long
Just Tell the Fucking StoryOkay, so I saw this journal that contained a number of tips, including a detailed section on 'show don't tell,' and I had an epiphany. There was an 'Oh' and everything so you know it's legit.Just Tell the Fucking Story2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
For a while now I have wondered why amateur writers write the most mind-numbingly long descriptions that I could not care about even a little (yes, my attention span is short, why'd you think I put in so many GIFs? but anyway, I'm a bit atypical there). I mean, I don't want the 'flames of burning searing pain of the aching broken heart' all up in my grill. I'd genuinely prefer a 'he hated her after the break up.' That's all I need to know about that? Good. Move on.
And that's the 'oh' moment: when people tell you to show not tell, they always fail to mention 'pacing.'
Look, there are times when it's best to convey a mood. His trembling fingers reach for the full glass, her voice an angry buzz in the back of his mind--I'd consider that a reasonable establishing shot. But if you're halfway t
The Unexpected Love ContestHas someone special that you love surprised, delighted, or changed your life in an unexpected, but joyful way? I want to hear your stories.The Unexpected Love Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
One of the best things about finding new love is the excitement and anticipation of the unknown. All of us at one time have felt that exhilarating feeling of unforeseen passion. I want for you to express to me in a poem or short story this unexpected feeling, and what it ultimately means to you. Be as vividly original as you can to make your deviation stand out, but do keep our key elements of what you feel the aspects of “unexpected love” entails as your primary motivation while writing.
Your Submission Guidelines:
Your submissions must be new deviations entered after today. Please <a wytiwyg="1" href="http://my.deviantart.com/notes/#tk=dgUMWxYIWApzVU1cR2h8BFBPfAwNVFpfXw%3D%3D">
Recap Episode and 100 Pieces of Lit.First Things FirstRecap Episode and 100 Pieces of Lit.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Namely, what the hell was that last journal update about?
Well, a metric ton of snow came barreling the hell out of nowhere and buried everyone alive for a few days. Let me tell you, you don't know what cold is until you've had to go without heat and light for a few days. Everything appears to be going back to normal, slowly, but there are still a lot of people without power. I actually packed up and went to my parents place last night because I couldn't deal with another day with no electricity. Couldn't even play with my new toys on Christmas
That said, from the looks of things I'm back to normal, if behind on dA. I will probably get further behind because Pokemon Black/White 2, but I digress. Planning to see The Hobbit sometime next week with the movie gift card I got this year and spent last night watching Brave for the second time. I think it grew on me a little more the second viewing, but I still don't think it's Pixar's best.
As for ot
Top Ten Gruesome FairytalesStumbled across this today.... Needless to say I'm pretty disturbed now. Good ol' fairytales. I did not create this list; the link to the original content is at the bottom, along with my thoughts. Feel free to leave your thoughts too! I'll be posting a proper update soon so stay tuned.Top Ten Gruesome Fairytales2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Pied Piper
In the tale of the Pied Piper, we have a village overrun with rats. A man arrives dressed in clothes of pied (a patchwork of colors) and offers to rid the town of the vermin. The villagers agree to pay a vast sum of money if the piper can do it – and he does. He plays music on his pipe which draws all the rats out of the town. When he returns for payment – the villagers won't cough up so the Pied Piper decides to rid the town of children too! In most modern variants, the piper draws the children to a cave out of the town and when the townsfolk finally agree to pay up, he sends them back. In the darker original, the piper leads the children to a river
Summer ContestUPDATE: Submissions to the contest are now closed. Watch for an announcement on the results.Summer Contest3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Use an object to connect the lives of two or more otherwise unrelated characters.
Contest Begins on June 1st, 2012.
Contest Ends on August 1st, 2012 at 11:59pm Pacific Time
All entries must be Literature. Prose, Poetry, and Scripts are accepted. No visual poetry; concrete is allowed.
All entries must be written specifically for this contest, uploaded to dA on or after June 1st, 2012.
All entries must include a link to this contest journal in the artist's comment of the deviation.
All entries must adhere to deviantART's Submissions Policy and Etiquette Policy.
Anyone who is not judging may enter the contest, including DLD st
Flash Fiction Month July 2012PrefaceFlash Fiction Month July 20123 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
This article is written for #LitResources. Our goal is to be a collection and creation station for all resources pertaining to literature on deviantART. This article will focus on Flash Fiction Month! It will include information about what specifies flash fiction, activities around dA for flash fiction month, and links to resources revolving around FFM activities.
If, after reading the article, you have more information or resources to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment! And don't forget to this article to help spread the word.
What Is Flash Fiction?
Put simply, flash fiction is a very short story. Lengths can vary from as few as six words (i.e. Hemingway's famous Baby Shoes) to a thousand, sometimes more. It depends largely on the outfit for which the author decides to write a piece of flash fiction. For the
Love dA Lit: Issue 89Welcome to the eighty-ninth issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 893 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
This weeks group spotlight is SuperWritersHelp!
LITplease's Community Portal
Literature Links | Group Spotlight | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges
Literature Contests | Resources | Open Admin Positions
Literature Community Relations | Contacting
Community Project: One-Sentence-At-A-Time [CLOSED] Well, that's a wrap! SCFrankles got in the last word this time. Expect the deviation to be posted sometime tomorrow. Thanks for a smashing success!Community Project: One-Sentence-At-A-Time [CLOSED]2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
You've all seen these, I am sure. The idea is one person starts a story with a single sentence. Each participant writes a comment that adds another sentence to continue the story. You can leave as many comments as you'd like, but no two can be back to back. Please make sure you read previous comments so you know what general direction the story is headed.
Some ground rules:
The story will be written in third person omniscient which allows us to be in any character's head at any time. But try not to do too much jumping as that gets confusing.
Absolutely stick to the ONE sentence per comment rule. They can be compound sentences.
Let's aim to have this story done by January 5th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. I'll compile all the comments into one
Why do you love dA's Literature Community?Reasons to love dA's Literature CommunityWhy do you love dA's Literature Community?2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Today, November 3rd, is the last day to send me in your reason!
Love dA Lit is turning one hundred! One-hundred weeks that is. In that time I've really come to appreciate how active and passionate the Literature Community on dA is; this community is truly amazing and I'm honored to be a part of it. And what better way to celebrate than to spread a little love and hand out some prizes? It's also a good excuse for me to hug you all.
So why do you love dA's Literature Community?
Share what you love about the Lit Community, your reason doesn't need to be long, it could be a few words or a few sentences. Be as specific or general as you want!
Anyone can participate. Even if you don't 'include' yourself in the Literature Community you can still send me a note!
Untitled is just a synonym for lazy.Well, the color poem form I introduced to dA was a rousing success, but interest of late seems to have died down. So I'm back with a new form for you all, something exciting and new, something different, something that I will probably make into a contest once I get some points in the bank. You ready?Untitled is just a synonym for lazy.2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There's a group now - feel free to head over to TheTitlePage! We're still in set-up mode, so excuse the plainness for now.
Found Poetry Project - Titles as Art
One of my favorite things about the creative process is coming up with a good title. The title can make or break a piece; it can give context not provided in the piece itself, set a tone or mood, or just give that little extra something you can't put a name on.
You know I'm right. How many times have you stumbled into an ordinary piece with a beautifully creative title? And it's not something
Critique Contest: ALL Mediums!AboutCritique Contest: ALL Mediums!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In my opinion, critique is commentary on art or literature aimed at giving direction for improvement, encouraging artistic growth, and promoting education. These three elements are vitally important to any artist, in any medium because they provide a cornerstone for advancement.
On deviantART, we see entire communities dedicated exclusively to giving and receiving critique because artists of all levels understand the benefits of critique. February's Solutions Sanctuary project is focused on critique because many, many people complain that there just is not enough of it on dA. Well, time to put your keyboards where your mouths are, my fellow deviants!
For this contest, I challenge you to give at least one other deviant a critique. You may use the critique feature or leave critiques in comments. You may critique work from a group, from your watchlist, from the
All deviants can now write Critiques Be a giver!All deviants can now write Critiques3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Sometimes you come across a deviation that deserves special attention. It catches your eye in such a way that you're compelled to craft a response that goes above and beyond a normal comment. Or perhaps a fellow deviant is having a tough time with a particular aspect of their work, and you know just what they need to take their art to the next level. As a good Internet citizen and art enthusiast, you want to help them out, but a normal comment doesn't quite suit your purpose.
For these situations and more, we've given everyone the ability to write a Critique.
What is Critique?
DeviantART's Critique system is designed to help artists get in-depth, critical feedback and commentary on their work. Valued feedback through Critique promotes creative growth as an artist and draws special attention to work. Critiques are also a way for committed art enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and fans to publish real criticism,
DA Lit : Who We AreI am proud to be exclusively a literature artist. I really don't know how to do anything else. Here on DA, Literature is not necessarily under appreciated by most of the people in the community, it is just widely ignored. I think, really, many of us are completely okay with that. For the most part, we aren't here for popularity.DA Lit : Who We Are3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We are here for each other. We don't have thousands of followers. We don't have millions of faves. But for the most part, we have been able to find other artists that help us to refine our art. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I truly cannot express the appreciation and love that I have for my friends who consistently critique my work. One monstroooo, ChibiDomo, or any other of my adamant critique-rs is worth a thousand faceless, nameless followers.
We are a community of our own. There are many groups here on DA that inspire writ
Louder Than dA Bomb POETRY SLAM + Comment Below!If you cannot participate for the awesome prize pool, see the bottom of this journal for a possible reward.Louder Than dA Bomb POETRY SLAM + Comment Below!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A few days ago Elocutionists received a huge helping of prize donations for an unnamed contest the likes and scale of which have never been seen on deviantART before. What is it, you ask?
It's a slam. A poetry slam. And it's Louder Than dA Bomb.
A poetry slam is a "no holds barred" spoken word competition. Poets are encouraged to alliterate, rhyme, shout, whisper, zing, compliment, parody, satirize, improvise, recite, quote, play with words and even sing if the opportunity arises.
For the longest time the Elocutionists team have wanted to hear the roaring voice of literature, and this month we don't want to hear just any spoken word for a chance at prizes— NO! We want to listen to a writer's passion, emotion, and drive to keep being who they are; their inspiration to keep writing as they will and we want to hear you que
Literature DD Roundup- November 2012Greetings everyone!Literature DD Roundup- November 20122 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
In all honesty, I have no idea where November has gone! However, we have still managed to pull out a wonderful array of Daily Deviations for Literature this month and here is our roundup of all those brilliant features!
Features by Beccalicious
When your hands can mimic birds by Ad-Kins You Wouldn't Download a Zombie by DawnArdent
Moonbites - Morsures de lune by Wordeea This Common Blood by bangingonkeyboards if teen dreams were teen novels by back-bones My Husband Tried To Make Love To Me by emilygolightly
Features by neurotype
It Goes Both Ways - Intro by spectrosity Invictus by GeneratingHype A Great Man Masturbates in the National Church by Autumn-Hills Imitating Nature by CowsRawesome
Malin Goes Dark by nequ chroma by SolarumNyx :thumb326194263: Automatic by IndigoSkyes
I am eight years old. by StacyBasye Organ Grinder. by Kill-Natalie The Doppelganger 2 by FaeFallen To Be a Charming Female by CailinLiath
Features by Nichrysalis
Bits of Nothing 61 by ef-barber ISLNDS by gliitchlord if only, if only. by momo-madness for unseeing eyes by Pailei
Wanderlust by Peemu :t
Colors ContestCOLORS CONTEST RESULTSColors Contest2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Update: The Colors Contest Results are Finally In!!!
OK, yes, it has been quite awhile since this contest ended. There have complications outside the current DLD administration's control which lead to some of the delay - the rest of the time: procrastination. In any case, better late than never, right?
Anyway, here are the winners:
The color of betrayal by jamberry-song
Barracuda by Sigma-Echo-Seven
Need textures?We had a feature of drawing references yesterday, so let's take a look at textures now. I must admit that I'm a total freak when it comes to this topic. I love textures, I love making them and I love seeing them everywhere. In this feature I'll also include some tutorials, traditional and digital, so you could learn how to make some on your own.Need textures?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Metallic Green Textures by Gypsy-Stock
Old Paper Texture Pack by nevermoregraphixold paper stock 03 by ftouriniWood Texture by TammySueSeamless desert sand texture by hhh316
yellow texture by raregirl86yellow cracks texture by ftourini-stockold map by Meltys-stockYellow fabrics by 10grams-stock
Merlin by dazzle-texturesBurnt Orange Patterns Part2 by WebTreatsETCOrange Grunge by R2krw9
Red Velvet Textures by RockStockRed Clouds Texture by JRMB-Stock:thumb97407126:
:thumb276819046:Pink Stripes Texture by emothic-stock:thumb110124321::thumb116788933:
:thumb154539504:purple texture by raregirl86Paper Pack 6 by dierat:thumb167329623:
old victorian blue by ClarabellafaireStockMore Cement Floors by GreenEyezz-stockvintage blue texture by beckastexture 140 by Sirius-sdz
Our First Contest: Brevity Is the Soul of LitNational Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) is set to begin on April 1; what better platform with which to launch our first contest! So without further ado, allow us to present: Brevity Is the Soul of Lit.Our First Contest: Brevity Is the Soul of Lit2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Everyone always scrolls down to the prizes first anyway, so let's just get that out of the way. As more prizes are (hopefully) added, they will be highlighted.
Best in Show (overall winner)
3-month sub, courtesy of wreckling.
700 points, courtesy of GrimFace242, thorns, LadyLincoln, neurotype and myself.
Inclusion in our Featured folder.
Critique, courtesy of tiganusi.
Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.
Best of Breed (themed entry)
450 points, courtesy of GrimFace242, thorns, LadyLincoln, neurotype and myself.
Inclusion in our Featured folder.
CSS Did You Know? - October 10th, 2012CSS Did You Know? - October 10th, 20122 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Saturday SpotlightGuidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsThe Saturday Spotlight3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Saturday Spotlight for February 18th, 2012
Daily Literature Deviations is proud to feature this special recognition article!
You can show your support by ing this News Article. We hope this gives you some insight into
the person behind the art.
Please comment and the features and congratulate the artist!
Artists will be featured in a special news article every Saturday. Major points to SilverInkblot
for doing the hard work
Triggers, Triggers Everywhere"Trigger warning."Triggers, Triggers Everywhere7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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 triggersA 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. Learn more about PTSD here.
I knew someone who had been abused in a room with fish-themed wallpaper. (Details changed to protect privacy.) 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 drawin