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Greetings, everyone! Firstly, I want to wish all of you a happy Easter weekend, wherever in the world you are at the moment. Secondly, I want to feature a few very special authors and artists, whose work I have been enjoying immensely for some time now. I will start, as I did in the last feature, with literary pieces.
First off, I would like to give a special shout to Nocturnaliss, and to feature this very poignant piece.
It has been a whileIt has been a while, my friend.
How have you been?
Life has changed so much since you've been gone.
Do you remember what you said to me,
Five years ago,
When I last held your hand in mine?
"Don't miss me."
I'm sorry to have disappointed you.
Do you see the sky from where you are?
Are you watching the same fiery sunset?
Are you thinking about our time together,
When you used to knock on my head
Whenever I compared the sky to your hair?
Do you remember me?
Life is not the same. I am not the same.
I see you wherever I go.
I jump at the screech of tires.
And I remember the blank stare in your eyes.
"Don't miss me."
How can I not?
I have tried and failed so many times
That I have stopped trying altogether.
You know I have.
I think I saw you, that one time.
You didn't look like an angel at all.
"I told you not to miss me," you laughed.
But you were dead serious.
I'll try not to miss you my friend,
But you know I can't guarantee that.
Even now that my life is starting to make sense.
Nocturnaliss has recently created a website for her work, which focuses on her big project, Tales From Aeyuu. It is well worth a look, especially for those of you who enjoy fantasy fiction: talesfromaeyuu.webs.com/
Nocturnaliss also has a Patreon profile. I think many of you must know how hard it can be to make a living in an artistic field, so if you feel inclined to help a fellow creator, don’t hesitate to have a look at this link. Bear in mind that you need not donate more than $1 per month, which is very reasonable indeed: www.patreon.com/TalesfromAeyuu
Second on the literature list is the first chapter of a fantastic tale by TheShadyFedora :
Off by a Whisker - Chapter 1
Amazing Cover drawn by NoobyNoob103! :IconNoobyNoob103: Middle cat is Nickleby, I'll let you figure out who the rest are.
(A big thanks to anyone who would take the time to read through this chapter and give me their opinion! You're awesome! Ahead of you is Off by a Whisker, a story of cats, suspense, mystery, secret societies and murder! Sounds fascinating doesn't it? Well don't let me waste your time, on with the story now, as always, read, review, but most of all enjoy!)
The soft murmur of the Buick’s engine, the smell of cardboard boxes, all of it added to a comforting yet exciting orchestra of sensations upon Nickleby’s ears and nose.
Nickleby fit well amongst the stacks of boxes on the back seat of the rumbling car. He was a cat after all, a short-haired, ginger and white tom, comfortably squeezed into the narrow space between the shifting stacks of belongings, packed lunch, and trinkets.
The trip wasn’t all laze an
I love the way the cats are represented and characterised in the wider story. If you enjoyed the first chapter, then it would be worth looking at the rest of the tale.
Thirdly is Crying Into a Chasm, by Indigo-Moon-Shadow :
Crying Into A ChasmA white lily drifts atop black water,
Seeking a gate to her belovèd Mars –
A distant, pristine echo beneath her
As fair petals glitter under the stars.
A cardinal red darts over the snow,
Never stopping to notice a plain bird
Waiting to sing for her belovèd beau –
But the love-song fades as it goes unheard.
A yellow flame dancing upon the wick
Consumes the candle with fervent burning
And her belovèd wax wanes with each lick
Until all she has is ashen yearning.
In absence even, she craves attention –
But that is not to his comprehension.
Fourthly is an entertaining, satirical poem by MaggotsX :
The Proper Use of WordsThe Proper Use of Words
[$$$$] bless You.
Surely Our great [$$$$] loves You, above all.
Yes, You. Yes, all You fine [$$$$] folks, with Your fine
[$$$$] faces. Yes, only You. Oh, Yes, [$$$$]'s glorious [$$$$].
[$$$$] for You. Yes, [$$$$]'s love & [$$$$] for all of You.
May [$$$$] bless You.
But, Evil [!!!!] wait.
Surely up to [xxxx], most vile. Wicked [!!!!] lurk.
Yes, lurk. Yes, They will [xxxx] You. They will [xxxx]
Your [$$$$]. They are utterly [XXXX]. They desire nothing,
Only to [xxxx] You. [XXXX] You & [XXXX] Your [$$$$].
Yes, Evil [!!!!] wait.
Yes, We must [!!!!] Them.
Surely Our [$$$$] will bless Us, [$$$$] hates Them.
Yes, hates [!!!!]. Yes, the [XXXX] [!!!!] must be [!!!!].
Our [$$$$] will forever be [XXXX], until all [!!!!] are rooted out
And We send Them to [XXXX]. For the love of [$$$$],
We must [! ! ! !] Them ALL!
May [$$$$] bless You.
MaggotsX @ 09.02.2016
The next one has a lot of attention already, but I like it, so I’m going to put it here anyway. It’s my journal, darn it!!!
How to love a girl who can't love herself.one.
When she cries herself to sleep
six out of seven nights a week you must
say nothing. You must simply take
her in your arms and kiss her gaunt,
pale cheeks and wait for her to
slumber at the sound of your heart.
On the days where she wishes she
were part of the stars, tell her
no. Tell her that there are too many
lights in the sky and that just one
would be forgotten the moment you looked
away from it. Tell her that she is perfect
the way she is: completely human.
Don't let her think about the scars
that no one but her can see. If she
says "I think I'm broken" smile like you
know a secret and say, "No, you're mending."
But do not be the one to fix her - no, she
Thank you to the author, lupus-astra .
As in my last feature, I can’t help but give a nod to ArwynRie , who has such great skill with the haiku form of poetry. This one is adorable!
paparazzi on the Riverwalk
young son fills my SD card
with fuzzy ducklings
Next, we have a piece by Allesiah:
And now, a poem that I enjoy, written by blanketings :
[exit west, cold]ice water and beer caught in our respective throats
we refuse to acknowledge the shaking
to stare over shoulders
and i map every speck of
dust that passes behind you
an early september chill breathes us in
and decides it likes us very much
keeps us in place
in our restaurant booth
red and crashing and
clashing against our eyes
both of them
helping the darkness
of your skin marking shadows on mine
dashed lines placed to
show where you have been
and emptiness for where you have yet
too late for driving but
you leave anyway
and we still don't look at each other
but you hand me a napkin
and your vibrations sync
symphonious simple loss against time
too late to let them go
I’m going to have an extra section, because the next feature is a comic, and therefore, could fit into either part. This one always makes me smile: Thank you SuperferretIX !!
Thanks travisJhanson !
Now, we arrive in the art section of the feature. The first piece is, I confess, a bit of a biased preference, as it was designed specifically for me. However, in some ways, perhaps that is a good reason to feature it in my journal!!! (You don't have to agree )
Thank you to Eternity9 ! I love all your dragon designs, but this one is especially so:
While on the topic of dragons, poisondragon88 has also produced a special favourite of mine. This close-up of a dragon’s eye is quite striking. (The dragon is the artist’s OC, and you can see more of him, and other OC dragons, in the artist’s profile.)
Third on this list is Tuntalm , who has the most striking and unique artistic style that I have seen for a long time. Some of her work is challenging, but if you are up for a challenge, I would recommend browsing her gallery.
This photo just makes me smile. It’s just so incongruous to see all these elements thrown together. Thanks niklin1 !
The next photograph, by LichtReize, captures something very specific for me, which may or may not have been the artist’s intent. Since this isn’t a review, and I am not a visual arts expert, I will leave it to your own interpretation, and just let you enjoy it:
Another interesting creator on DA is InayatShah . This photograph was taken at Leptis Magna, near Khoms in Libya. For me, it captures a sense of ancientness. I can almost sense to ghosts of the past looking at the image, and it feels like a physical presentation of a place, rather than a digital image of a place.
I am a fan of The Witcher books and video games. Thus, I really enjoy artist Jooleya 's work. Her pictures of the character Ciri feel very authentic to me. This sketch is a favourite of mine, not only because of my interest in the Witcher world, but because Jooleya captures Ciri as she is in the books, rather than in the games. This is interesting to me because of the phase in Ciri’s life which is portrayed here, which ideally requires a bit of a departure from her visual representation in the games. Additionally, the other character in the frame, Mistle, does not appear in the games, and was created entirely from the book descriptions. It also interests me is that Mistle is more or less how I imagined her, and I always love when an artist manages to bring a character to life so well.
This needs no words:
Thank you, SiiroiToriorika !
Finally, a magnificent piece by MariaPetrova :
Thank you for reading, everyone! I hope I’ve been able to point you to some content that you will enjoy. Thank you to all the creators who put so much effort into their art!
Happy Easter to you all!