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Mad Libs 2
Vengeance begins with a sweet letter, lightly spiced with cinnamon and ginger and caramelised TV remote. I bring it over with a smile. “Thank you so much for staying with me last night,” I say. “I don’t know how I would have dawdled without you.” The Mayhews’ counter-counterstrike is a tray of fresh-baked key, sweet and tangy and dusted with powdered body. “Oh, we just happened to have some extra,” Mrs Mayhew says, but the kinky steam curling from the tray betrays her. If I’m to regain the upper hand, I have no choice but to search my arsenal for the best I have. There: chilled Kleenex,
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Mad Libs 1
Attica was being wedded off to this bloke who grew funny-shaped geese for a living, so naturally the presents had to have that certain je-ne-sais-quoi which a household with this kind of creativity would appreciate. Ma and Da brought the aircraft that yee-hawed, festooned with ribbons and artichoke flowers; Peet had dyed a pencil and Tollie, Jen and Mabe all gave knitted washcloths and farming tool cosies. There was a beer rack from Uncle Liam, while Aunt Meary and her husband had just brought themselves which oh, they shouldn't have. Lastly Nan, ever the frugal one, had remembered the bucketful of cats misplaced and retrieved from behind t
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The Safety of Ohio
In the end through the dew-drops rolling down your freckled face you said let’s find a place where things cannot ever fall away, – and I just didn’t comprehend. By then I felt only invited as you surveyed the broken map of our histories so sudden you were so frantic to nullify each valley, to flatten every beating crest we ever climbed. I saw, your eyes divine your blood so urgent to hammer out even the minor corrugations of our pairing. (By then, the cold velocity of each of us had aged our faces and stole our weight) So - when upon the table that yardstick levelled out your eyes met mine (for the last
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Camera Shy
     First, let me say I'm not a photographer. But, as an interplanetary visitor, I'm very interested in human words. Photography is the subject of this language report. Bear with me while I list the many violent words used in photography, so much violence it alarms me. I don't quite know how to make my report. My siblings, back in the sphere, will perhaps help me. We've inspected the languages used around many human endeavors, but photography seems the most horrendous. Listen to this and please advise.     The human photographer, who is a strange sort of being, picks a "landscape, model, panorama, portrait, pet, family, friend" or, more li
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praise the precipice in written re: views hollywood died & rose again sponsored contents up in flame dance around me like I’m jericho waiting for the fall I collect pieces of time to fill my magpie nest re: bellious spirit re: arrange re: corded re: sponse re: alization re: read wait for no re: guided museum walkthroughs move too fast through the giftshop an exhibit of trinkets displayed for the penniless voyeur the price of adoption comes steep -ed into tea & thoughts that come with it gasoline exhaust -ion faces kickback un- motivational movements one after the other no re: turn with no re: ceipt coda stanzas start to
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I Think, Therefore I Kill (final draft)
Christina was grinning with glee. Almost a year of work had led to this moment, and it was time to reap the rewards. Sure, there had been some complications along the way, but they had been well worth it. With the same hesitance that always comes with being the first of a kind, Christina started a fifteen minute timer and gingerly pressed the button that would hopefully boot up the world’s first fully sentient AI. One of the Holy Grails of programming was sentience in a machine, and in the past, others had gotten incredibly close. But where they had messed up, in Christina’s “humble” opinion, was application. True intelligence came first from thoughts, not problem solving. So the solution to making sure the machine had sentience was by peering into its thought process while it did one thing: think. No sudoku, no prisoner’s dilemma, just let it sit and think to itself. Provided it worked, that was. It had taken an extra bit of time to set it up, but she had made the AI in
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Local 'Hobbit' Charged With Murder 556 Years Later
March 25, 3019th year of the Third Age BREAKING: Sméagol, better known by his alias “Gollum”, was sentenced to death by volcano just moments after an assault on a backpacking hobbit visiting Sammath Naur, a historical site within Mount Doom. The sentence was met with overwhelming approval from the Council of Elrond, who had criticized Elvish security last year following Sméagol’s escape from Mirkwood Prison. He was being held there for unrelated charges of mischief. In the 2463rd year of the Third Age, the then-tween Stoor Hobbit Sméagol was fishing in the Gladden Valley with his long-time friend and cousin
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You Are Here: Part 1
Here. Bethesda, MD. Delaney ran away from home on the last day of our senior year. That’s why I remember it. It’s funny how certain images or sounds stick in your mind. The creaking of the wooden steps leading to my front door. The way my key stuck in the lock. The way my voice echoed when I asked if anyone was home. A bark bounced down the walls from the second floor—my dog, Daisy, a golden retriever recently graduated from puppy-dom. I waited for her to come padding down the stairs to greet me, but she only continued to bark—sharply, with more urgency than I’d ever heard from her before. Frowning, I dragged
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After The Symphony Of Everything At Once
There is no whole of anything anymore, even the silence is something you must be played into as revolving doors resound in stillness  --  empty parking lots with the residuals of the sound of tires treading in dragged leaves, and wrapper. The corner will always own the streamline of a crowd into a bus, their absence bearing them stronger than their presence like a star revealed in its dead light  --   the moon, a fragment more whole that way, more complete in its composite with a sliver of itself in the pollution of our clouds; all these yesterdays, and future days wavering beside you contrapuntal  --  a polyphony of places on the stav
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insurmountable, the horizon obscured
an ocean is only as in- surmountable as your eyes can carry me sunrises like kisses or twilight in- habit, stay the horizon obscured, blinks in- tense, shy or wilt away irises nest like bruises or irises in- bloom.
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Over
To be over something is to ride a speed bump up to its crescent and crush it under tire until the road is wrinkle-free. To be over, some tires have to lose their grip on past reality. To be over someone is to drive a car through potholes to find smooth road ahead. To be over, some one has to say those potholes don't feel like quicksand anymore. Because it is over - you are the speed bump that can become a level crossing. You can watch your train of thought passing by, lay a thumbprint upon the ground and cry Then step back, let the vision vanish into dust Let the life tracks left behind form a new railway. Then, drive away.
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April Showers
Pitter-patter plop sopping spatters pop lapping tapping trickle drop spitter-spatter rain won't stop April hail goes rack-tack-tack rattling rapping rooftop thwack high above a thunderous crack from the galloping mountain pack Rivulets rushing hiss and sizzle leaves and grass-blades rise and fizzle misty meadows groan and grizzle fast recovering in the drizzle
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l'amour a distance
we love like vagrants, ours a truck stop romance, ours all the vagaries of runaway time: us a roadside motel, us a highway map, us a crumpled collection of interstate lines. ours a vagabondish worship of the distances we drive. and all the violence of longing, is that yours or is it mine? and the vacancies in my body, are they yours or are they mine?
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gravedigger
dear sarah, i wonder if sometimes you can still feel the weight of your bed sheet around your neck. heaven knows there were days i could count every thread. last night i was cleaning up my desk, and i found the scissors i used to crack my skin open four years ago and when i went to throw them out, it felt like moving mountains or graves. if you don’t know yet, you’ll learn that some types of grief leave scars—some ghosts don’t know how to stay buried. you will stumble through the rest of your life wondering if you will one day forget how it feels to toe the edge of the cliff and turn the other way. the answer is no
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women
whatever ways we went, wanted, waited, we went work-weary, whisper-wrecked, whitewashed. we were warning, worry, wrath, weakness, willfully. whatever we were, willowy wonder, we were wholly warm waterproofed whip-wild wet within. why wonder when whenever we went, white walls were willing witnesses, we wouldn't worry – we wouldn’t wish –
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Memories (1-4)
Chapter 1 Thursday, June 9, 2011 She’s in there. I can practically smell her sweet perfume, though I know it’s merely a memory from the last time we saw each other. The moment she left me. Anastasia, what have I done? Taylor pulls the Audi alongside the curb next to Seattle Independent Publishing house, or SIP. The man looks at his surroundings with a hint of caution, but confidence. It’s moments like these that I’m glad to have Jason Taylor, the ever observant bodyguard, under my employ, because I’m too fixated on the double door entrance to SIP to worry about my own safety. “Music, Sir?” Taylor
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No Cage for a Crow - One
With the benefit of hindsight, I am forced to admit that the howling heart of a winter storm might not have been the most well-considered moment to run away from home. Of course, adolescents have never been renowned for their unerring wisdom, and I was no exception. All I knew then, the one thought running continuously through my mind as I belted on my dressing gown, stuffed my feet into layers upon layers of stockings and then into my brother’s over-sized boots, and threw a heavy woollen coat over all of it, was that I had to get out. It was all my fault, I had ruined everything, and the only thing left was to run. And so I ran. I ha
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the early bird
at the bottom of a woven bowl tucked under the white porch beams, tawny strands twine in the wind's long fingers in a waving whisper of Spring. a ruby-ribbed, brown-backed sentinel   sings a sunny song nearby, a blithe ballad for the little ones still folded in their feathered, blue beds. the forecast says a snowstorm is imminent.
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Rabbiting
Note: there is a link to a spoken version of this poem in the description. I recommend listening to it as you read. They talk about fight, and flight, and freeze, but what's to be done when nothing can be done, when the wolf is there, stronger and faster, and you firmly in his sights, I'll tell you— the body shakes and shakes. You were not a wolf, I didn't see you and think animal. You were human, then later, inhumane. I never learned your human name, what others call you when they believe your skin. The right word may be alien. After all, I was abducted. They say I should find comfort where I can. The constancy of ocean. Sunrise
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to live on pluto
i want to live on pluto and inherit from him the world’s uncertainty: live life in a year’s meager fraction, make snow cones that never melt, become nearly weightless and one-third ice. gracelessly i glide on patches of ice, hopskotching the moons of pluto and drifting into nothing, weightless, contemplating distant blues with such uncertainty my blood refuses to melt; my fingers twitch in fractions. my bones, too, fraction and my eyelashes get tipped with ice; numb lips whisper “melt,” but he refuses: pluto, with no uncertainty, makes my head weightless. my whole life i’ve wanted to be weightless, to stop be
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power and nothing beautiful
we are exhausted from the black box guilt under the waves, the drinker’s need that carries us home to make believe once, briefly, we had a lot to say. what I remember each morning isn’t harmless. what we outlived at home strikes, retreats every comfort, every dreaming secret insisting on its own innocence. I begged to be a third person candle inside a groaning pumpkin husk - this rehearsal making me glow.
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So You Want to Get Published: Navigating Magazines
I'm going to talk about my experiences with the publishing process (yes, that's plural! I have a sample set larger than N=1). For me, this has been predominantly SF/F, but this should generalize to most prose and even some poetry. For starters, I think that most of us should go through this process at least once. Whether you're looking to self-publish, get into novels, indie or Big 5, start your own zine...you have to have some understanding of the current industry and terminology. Between writing Twitter and the random blogs that come up on Google, if you don't have an existing starting point, you're going to end up with like 50 different ideas on how the process works. Why not try a more hands-on approach instead? Anyway, getting from a story on your computer to in a print (or online!) magazine is a process. There's a lot of magazines out there, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, but here's how I do it. It's worked so far. 1. Write something. Duh? Well, not exactly. I
LitPickings #11: 9 April 2019
What is LitPickings? There's so much happening in the dA Lit community. And we here at LitPickings want to ensure that you don't miss out on any deviously delightful going-ons. That's why (in the spirit of HugQueen (https://www.deviantart.com/hugqueen)'s Love dA Lit) we will be curating and sharing news in weekly journals. Everything from prompts to forum threads and polls to contests will be featured. :eager: Table of contents 1. News 2. Seeking Help 3. Features 4. Contests 5. Prompts/Challenges 6. Polls/Discussions 7. Forum 8. Publishing Opportunities 9. Resources 10. Groups 11. Daily Deviations 12. Foreign Language News News :new: projecteducate (https://www.deviantart.com/projecteducate): Express This! Contest Wi
The Heart and Spirit of Poetry
Poetry Week The Abstract of It When I read and write poetry, there are two aspects that I semi-consciously track. They’re the heart and spirit within the poems themselves.  These are by no means concrete things and, as you may have guessed, this article is about as un-technical as you can get.  It’s more intended to initiate a conversation between you and what you write and read, rather than tell you how to have the conversation or what to discuss.  I’m sure this is a completely different conversation between every reader, writer and every poem ever written.  I’m also of the opinion, that since much of poetry’s a
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Improving Language to Improve Your Poetry
Poetry Week Hello there! My name is Yuukon (https://www.deviantart.com/yuukon) and I am here for Poetry Week! Today I am going to tell you something about how your language skills relate to writing poetry and how important language skill is in poetry. Full title: How improving your language skills will improve your poetry. (For some reason my titles are often too long :stare:) Ever since I have become a language teacher (I teach English), I tend to look a lot more critically at the way I use language than before I taught English. I am more aware of my choice of words, my grammar and my pronunciation. This also results in being able to look differently at how others use lang
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LitPickings #10: 2 April 2019
What is LitPickings? There's so much happening in the dA Lit community. And we here at LitPickings want to ensure that you don't miss out on any deviously delightful going-ons. That's why (in the spirit of HugQueen (https://www.deviantart.com/hugqueen)'s Love dA Lit) we will be curating and sharing news in weekly journals. Everything from prompts to forum threads and polls to contests will be featured. :eager: Table of contents 1. News 2. Seeking Help 3. Features 4. Contests 5. Prompts/Challenges 6. Polls/Discussions 7. Forum 8. Publishing Opportunities 9. Resources 10. Groups 11. Daily Deviations 12. Foreign Language News News :new: projecteducate (https://www.deviantart.com/projecteducate): Welcome to Poetry Week!:
A Loser's guide to short story submissions.
I first started submitting short stories to publications when I was 14 years old. Back then it was different to how it is now. I guess folks who are a bit younger than I am may find this difficult to believe but back then the internet wasn't really a thing. It existed, oh yes, but not everyone had access to it and it was nowhere near as simple as we've become accustomed to. I had one friend who had regular internet access and it was tightly limited. The days of unlimited, whatever you want whenever you want broadband were still a few years away. Back then if you were serious about submitting stories to places you had to get the thing printed
LitPickings #9: 25 March 2019
What is LitPickings? There's so much happening in the dA Lit community. And we here at LitPickings want to ensure that you don't miss out on any deviously delightful going-ons. That's why (in the spirit of HugQueen (https://www.deviantart.com/hugqueen)'s Love dA Lit) we will be curating and sharing news in weekly journals. Everything from prompts to forum threads and polls to contests will be featured. :eager: Table of contents 1. News 2. Seeking Help 3. Features 4. Contests 5. Prompts/Challenges 6. Polls/Discussions 7. Forum 8. Publishing Opportunities 9. Resources 10. Groups 11. Daily Deviations 12. Foreign Language News News :new: NaPoWriMo (https://www.deviantart.com/napowrimo) shares some NaPo 2019 Tips and
LitPickings #8: 20 March 2019
What is LitPickings? There's so much happening in the dA Lit community. And we here at LitPickings want to ensure that you don't miss out on any deviously delightful going-ons. That's why (in the spirit of HugQueen (https://www.deviantart.com/hugqueen)'s Love dA Lit) we will be curating and sharing news in weekly journals. Everything from prompts to forum threads and polls to contests will be featured. :eager: Table of contents 1. News 2. Seeking Help 3. Features 4. Contests 5. Prompts/Challenges 6. Polls/Discussions 7. Forum 8. Publishing Opportunities 9. Resources 10. Groups 11. Daily Deviations 12. Foreign Language News News :new: LiliWrites (https://www.deviantart.com/liliwrites) shares LitVid Series 5: Write
LitPickings #7: 12 March 2019
What is LitPickings? There's so much happening in the dA Lit community. And we here at LitPickings want to ensure that you don't miss out on any deviously delightful going-ons. That's why (in the spirit of HugQueen (https://www.deviantart.com/hugqueen)'s Love dA Lit) we will be curating and sharing news in weekly journals. Everything from prompts to forum threads and polls to contests will be featured. :eager: Table of contents 1. News 2. Seeking Help 3. Features 4. Contests 5. Prompts/Challenges 6. Polls/Discussions 7. Forum 8. Publishing Opportunities 9. Resources 10. Groups 11. Daily Deviations 12. Foreign Language News News :new: Yuukon (https://www.deviantart.com/yuukon) and LadyLincoln (https://www.deviantart.com/ladylincoln) introduce Guidin
Delving into political / editorial cartoons
Comics and Cartoons Week One shot. That’s all you’ve got to make a meaningful commentary on an issue or current event. If you’re Hamilton a cartoonist, that is. Despite the fact that they often get lost in the shadow of their better-known cousins (comics), cartoons not only came first but paved the way for comics. Their rich history begins hundreds of years ago, with one of the most widely consumed reading materials in popular culture: newspapers. “The plumb pudding in danger or state epicures taking un petit souper” by James Gillray, 1818; The British Library, public domain. The idea makes sense, doesn&#8217
Feedback on YOUR artwork
Dear members, A few days ago I ran a poll at projecteducate (https://www.deviantart.com/projecteducate) asking you to link the thumbnail of one of your works you'd like a Community Volunteer to provide feedback on. This journal will be showcasing your artwork and the corresponding feedback that was given on it, we hope you enjoy! All of this feedback was given with the intent to help you improve, please know that all intentions were good, and that if you have any questions we'll do our best to reply! efelidi (https://www.deviantart.com/efelidi) said: This is a really nice idea, and I actually love the limited colour palette you chose for this piece. It has something very earthy, which I feel is fitting for the charac
Receiving Feedback and Dealing with Criticism
Feedback Weekend Hello! Yuukon (https://www.deviantart.com/yuukon) here, and welcome to Feedback Weekend! During previous Feedback Weekend I was assisted by B0nkers (https://www.deviantart.com/b0nkers) in an article that discussed how one can give feedback, today, we're on the opposite end of the spectrum: receiving it! Before we kick off on this article, I want to do a small recap of some of the terms we used last time that will be coming back in this article. Critique is a critical review, discussion or commentary of a specified topic. Criticism is to judge, to find faults without providing ways to overcome those setbacks of a specified topic. Critique is positive, looks at structure, finds what's working
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Educational Article Index
Photography 101 chapters:Photography 101: Chapter 01: Basics and LookingPhotography 101: Chapter 02: Composition-LocationPhotography 101: Chapter 03: LightingPhotography 101: Chapter 04: Light sources and WBPhotography 101: Chapter 05: RAW and Basic EditingPhotography 101: Chapter 06: Gear Photography 101: Chapter 07: Categorising Photos 1 Photography 101: Chapter 07: Categorising Photos 2 Photography 101: Chapter 08: Architecture Photography 101: Chapter 09: Nature Photography Photography 101: Chapter 10: Darkroom Photography ProjectEducate Articles:Photojournalism Exposing the Artisan Crafts Gallery with Talty Exploring Abstract and Surrea
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The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 1
Part I - The Big Four: Exploring Plot Types Before we start, it will be prudent to know what kind of plot you seek for your project. There are four main types that we will explore here: - The character-driven plot. - The event- or situation-driven plot. - The world-driven plot. - The concept- or theme-driven plot. The character-driven plot is employed in stories that are propelled forward by the learning, changing character or characters. Harry Potter is an example of character-driven plot. I have one friend who is absolutely certain that this is the future of literature, because of the way we view and understand the human psyche. The
Critiquing Poetry
Critiquing Poetry Hello everyone! :wave: This guide is to help people give a more in-depth critique for poetry. You don't have to comment on everything this guide says, but it's just to give a general idea. Let's start! Structure  If the number of lines in each stanza varies, what does that tell you about the content of each stanza? Are the short stanzas less important or more focused?  Why has the poet divided the poem into different stanzas? What is contained in each stanza?  What occurs between stanzas? Do the poet's ideas seem to jump?  Is an image developed in each stanza?  What effect does the line length have on the way you r
Constructive Commenting: Guiding Questions
ProjectComment (https://www.deviantart.com/projectcomment) believes every single person on DeviantArt can write a constructive comment, but constructive commenting is not necessarily easy for us. That is why we have produced this article of questions, written with the intention to guide you in your constructive commenting should you need additional support. Take note that the following should be used as a guide and basic foundation for your comment, not to be used or interpreted as a checklist or minimum required by ProjectComment (https://www.deviantart.com/projectcomment). The below should help you expand upon your own comment, as we do not accept comments that are itemized lists. What is a Constructive Comment? Co
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ProjectComment (https://www.deviantart.com/projectcomment) is different. We know we ask a lot of our members and of all artists on DeviantArt, whether we ask you to give comments first before receiving any in return, whether we ask you to write 100 words and more, whether we ask you to support constructive comments, to mention and spread our cause. Many artists are intimidated or anxious, and many more don't see the point. Many are quick to leave without really experiencing what it is like to give a constructive comment, much less receive one. Sometimes, it is all too easy to imagine receiving constructive comments, but our question is who gives these comments? How can anyone rece
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There were a lot of great entries to this contest! Tons of new things for me to put on my watch/play/read list, too! :) Thank you to everyone who entered, and to all who helped spread the word or donated a prize. We couldn't have pulled it off without you! And now, the winners of CRLiterature (https://www.deviantart.com/crliterature)'s Fan Fiction Limerick Contest! First Place: MirachRavaia (https://www.deviantart.com/mirachravaia) Winning Entry: Other Work from this Deviant: Second Place: ThornyEnglishRose (https://www.deviantart.com/thornyenglishrose) Winning Entry: Other Work from this Deviant: Runner Up: skydriane (https://www.deviantart.com/skydriane) Winning Entry: Other Work from this Deviant: I will be contacting the winners and prize donors shortly for getting things distributed. Pleas
Pride 2019
DA is having a big thingie for Pride this year, which is great. Check it out here: Personally, I'm most interested in doing what I can to help transgender communities. I feel like they are being attacked a lot in my country right now. LGBTQ+ rights are never something to take for granted for any of the groups it encompasses. But there has been so much news about transgendered people being murdered, singled out for attacks by politicians, banned from the military, etc -- I just think they need a bit of extra support right now. So, if you are transgender (or any other part of the LGBTQ+ community for that matter), please know that I am your a
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Thank you from my heart.  :hug:
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Thanks so much for the DD feature, you sneaky person you! :camera: Gotcha' - lol - :alien:
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Thank you so much for seeing enough potential in my writing to feature one of my works as a Daily Deviation. It really means a lot to me.
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Thanks for the fave! :iconredsparklesplz:
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Thank You very much!
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Thank you so much for the DD.
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thanks for the fave :dalove:
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