It's been a while now since the results of JessaMar
's birthday contest were announced, so probably not many people are thinking about it anymore, but here I am reminding you with my own personal top two. It's always fascinating and fun helping to judge literature contests. I loved the fairytale theme of this one, and after several weeks I still remember two entries in particular, one of which placed and the other of which received an honourable mention. For me, both of these were stand-out pieces:
The boy who drew a life in the woods"What are you up to?"
It was the first memory Nik had of his mother.
A toddler on her lap, he reached for her pen with one chubby hand. Heike smiled indulgently as she let him take it, watching him grip it in his tiny fist. She expected him to do what all children his age did, stick it in his mouth. The other mothers in the doctor's waiting room watched as well, many with judgment in their eyes, waiting for the coming disaster of ink everywhere.
"Ms. Branton?" The nurse surprised her, finally calling them. Heike followed, carrying her son into the pastel examination room. "Still not talking?" The woman ran a hand over Nik's blonde hair in sympathy.
"The test results...Is he okay?" Heike couldn't hide her concern.
"The doctor will see you, shortly," the nurse assured. "Until then, you can read the pamphlets." The woman gestured to the stack Heike held in one hand and left, closing the door behind her.
Sitting, Heike saw the booklets were now covered in ink. ADHD, autism, and a whole gam
Amy's VacationClickety-clack went the loom, clickety-clack. Amy passed the shuttle through and stepped on the pedal. Clickety-clack, clickety-clack. The fabric would be a rich yellow like sunlight blazing in the morning. Sleeves of golden pleather hung nearby, along with strips of deep reds and purples for the trim. Clickety-clack, clickety-clack.
A sound almost indistinguishable from thunder broke the air. She stopped and yelled, “Did something break?”
The thunderous slamming continued. Standing, Amy strode across the nursery studio, glancing down at a baby sleeping in a crib and sidestepping a toddler bouncing in a swing. She continued down a hall littered with laundry and toys, passing rooms with children playing video games and hitting each other. In the living room two girls sat in front of a TV quiz show as the sound of pounding continued from the front door.
Amy growled and opened a hallway closet, spun the dial of a safe clickety-clack clickety-clack clickety-clack and pulled out
Moving on to another positive, I am now on the staff of CRLiterature
, though I don't suppose anyone has really noticed yet! I want to thank everyone who thought of me and agreed to issue the invitation, which I was very happy to accept. I do tend to lurk for a while when I join anything new until I start to pick things up and gain confidence; I'm doing that now, but eventually, I'm sure you'll start to notice me. I am certainly honoured to have been entrusted with a senior role in such a wonderful and supportive community.
And finally, this brings me to Eclipse, and the raw deal said community appears to be getting. Right now I'm reminding myself very much of the people who were too lazy to read the Harry Potter
books, specifically the wide-eyed discussions they were having about Draco Malfoy's role in the Half-Blood Prince
movie long after the rest of us had moved on from having the exact same discussions. I was aware that people here, particularly my fellow writers, were objecting to what they were seeing in Eclipse when it became available to Deviants who were subscribed. I haven't had a subscription for a while now, so I was just lurking and reserving judgement until I could see the thing for myself. That time has now come.
Well, it's ugly. I might just about get used to the lighter colour scheme when I am forced to, but I will never forget the individuality that DA will be losing after all these years. I think 'the new DeviantArt' is disorganised and far less navigable than what we will be losing. More importantly, though, it is a great shame that 'Literature' is no longer to be considered a type of 'Deviation'. I read what many of you guys were saying about there being no section for author comments, and I thought gosh, that's terrible - surely it'll get sorted out soon! What I did not realise was that the submission process for literature in Eclipse is exactly the same as it is for journals. 'Share what's on your mind...' it orders, with the option to add pictures and videos and freaking emoticons, for goodness' sake! If that isn't de-valuing literature as an art form then, as the saying goes, I'm the Tooth Fairy. The way things are, writers can't make comments on their deviations, attach tags, declare mature content, sort into sub-folders or do any of the other fancy things I saw when pretending I was going to submit a visual artwork. What the actual hell?
But you guys knew all that already, right? I know I'm behind on this - do tell me if I'm missing anything.