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Literature
The Grammar Gangsters
Beware the grammar gangsters!
The mafia of the literary underworld.
They saunter into stanzas,
Weapons concealed
Under their trench coats
Or in violin cases.
They can make you talk,
"With just a few well-placed speech marks,"
Leave you shouting! Where you should have whispered!
And pulp your bold statements into quavering questions?
They can, pepper, your, phrases with, commas,
Or bring your piece to a dead.
Full.
Stop.
They'll trap you (between brackets)
As you - dash - to the exit.
Then: punch a blunted colon
Into the gut of your text
Or worse;
Force-feed you a poisonous semicolon,
Then hack/slash your work to shreds.
The grammar gangsters
Never leave survivors.
Readers discover the victims
In the back alleys of the library,
Bloodstained,
Left unfinished,
In a tommy-gun ellipsis...
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Literature
Punctuating Poetry Part Two
Shifting Gears
The great thing about punctuation is that there is rarely one single, correct, perfect way to punctuate a poem.  Given to a number of different poets, a poem could be punctuated and re-punctuated in as many different ways.  
So let's take a breather from so many rules and look at Leave the Door Open, by KrystalIce:
Crash!
=Thud=
~~Twang~~
*Shatter*
+BOOM+
Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duht
^Pink^
,
^Pink^
,
^Pink^
,
&Clatter&
rollrollroll@
(Ri-i-i-i-i-i---ng)
.STOP.
“…”
“Damn; I should've left the door open.”
At first glance, this could make a grammarian twitch!  It's just a jumble of symbols and shapes and - hey, take a deep breath.  Come back down from Oxford and pay attention.
This poem is an example of using punctuation, not just to punctuate ideas but to illustrate<
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Literature
Punctuating Poetry Part One
Some people believe poetry shouldn't be punctuated and others are still taught to put a comma after every new line. So where is the balance? What does one - especially one new or growing in poetry - do? Well, that's simple: a poet must punctuate with purpose!
In order to punctuate with purpose, however, a poet must understand two things: what she wants to achieve with the poem and what a piece of punctuation can achieve in a poem. This means a poet must understand more than the common rules of punctuation; she must know the effect that certain punctuation points can have on a reader or in a text.
This overview tackles punctuation in poetry from a practical standpoint, but it's important to note that while there are "rules" for punctuation, and while there are even some "rules" for poetry, there are no set-in-stone conventional rules for punctuation in poetry.  There are schools of thought, and linguistic philosophy runs amuck, but there is nothing definit
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Literature
Punctuating Dialogue: A Guide
Standard Punctuation: Dialogue
Sometimes we read dialogue so often, punctuated in so many different ways, that we either forget what we've learned (if that was anything memorable to begin with) or we rely on instinct to guide us.  A common example of this can be seen in the opening dialogue of darksouldream's piece, Bobby:
‘No,’ replied Cindy `I think his sister Becky is staying with her, but she keeps muttering about parents out living children. The doctors been keeping her pretty sedated.’
Most Americans will cringe at this.  Why?  Well, double quotation marks are the more acceptable usage (the "traditional convention") in American Standard English.  However, in British Standard English, both the double quotation mark and single quotation mark are used.  What's the rule?  Styl
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Literature
The Grammar Gangsters
Beware the grammar gangsters!
The mafia of the literary underworld.
They saunter into stanzas,
Weapons concealed
Under their trench coats
Or in violin cases.
They can make you talk,
"With just a few well-placed speech marks,"
Leave you shouting! Where you should have whispered!
And pulp your bold statements into quavering questions?
They can, pepper, your, phrases with, commas,
Or bring your piece to a dead.
Full.
Stop.
They'll trap you (between brackets)
As you - dash - to the exit.
Then: punch a blunted colon
Into the gut of your text
Or worse;
Force-feed you a poisonous semicolon,
Then hack/slash your work to shreds.
The grammar gangsters
Never leave survivors.
Readers discover the victims
In the back alleys of the library,
Bloodstained,
Left unfinished,
In a tommy-gun ellipsis...
:iconCyberPhantom:CyberPhantom
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Literature
Punctuating Poetry Part Two
Shifting Gears
The great thing about punctuation is that there is rarely one single, correct, perfect way to punctuate a poem.  Given to a number of different poets, a poem could be punctuated and re-punctuated in as many different ways.  
So let's take a breather from so many rules and look at Leave the Door Open, by KrystalIce:
Crash!
=Thud=
~~Twang~~
*Shatter*
+BOOM+
Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duht
^Pink^
,
^Pink^
,
^Pink^
,
&Clatter&
rollrollroll@
(Ri-i-i-i-i-i---ng)
.STOP.
“…”
“Damn; I should've left the door open.”
At first glance, this could make a grammarian twitch!  It's just a jumble of symbols and shapes and - hey, take a deep breath.  Come back down from Oxford and pay attention.
This poem is an example of using punctuation, not just to punctuate ideas but to illustrate<
:iconLaMonaca:LaMonaca
:iconlamonaca:LaMonaca 39 8
Literature
Punctuating Poetry Part One
Some people believe poetry shouldn't be punctuated and others are still taught to put a comma after every new line. So where is the balance? What does one - especially one new or growing in poetry - do? Well, that's simple: a poet must punctuate with purpose!
In order to punctuate with purpose, however, a poet must understand two things: what she wants to achieve with the poem and what a piece of punctuation can achieve in a poem. This means a poet must understand more than the common rules of punctuation; she must know the effect that certain punctuation points can have on a reader or in a text.
This overview tackles punctuation in poetry from a practical standpoint, but it's important to note that while there are "rules" for punctuation, and while there are even some "rules" for poetry, there are no set-in-stone conventional rules for punctuation in poetry.  There are schools of thought, and linguistic philosophy runs amuck, but there is nothing definit
:iconLaMonaca:LaMonaca
:iconlamonaca:LaMonaca 222 56
Literature
Punctuating Dialogue: A Guide
Standard Punctuation: Dialogue
Sometimes we read dialogue so often, punctuated in so many different ways, that we either forget what we've learned (if that was anything memorable to begin with) or we rely on instinct to guide us.  A common example of this can be seen in the opening dialogue of darksouldream's piece, Bobby:
‘No,’ replied Cindy `I think his sister Becky is staying with her, but she keeps muttering about parents out living children. The doctors been keeping her pretty sedated.’
Most Americans will cringe at this.  Why?  Well, double quotation marks are the more acceptable usage (the "traditional convention") in American Standard English.  However, in British Standard English, both the double quotation mark and single quotation mark are used.  What's the rule?  Styl
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Critmas: The Results.

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 1:44 PM
8 years ago, I started a small community challenge to encourage people to offer a little bit of critique for their fellow deviants. Back then, it was a simple challenge with no team, no bonus games and a handful of awesome people participated. We were happy with the 100+ delivered in just 12 days. Fast forward to now and some individuals got more than our total in year one. This is crazy and I love it!

Just to put into perspective, here are the totals for the previous years:

2011- 120
2012- 120
2013- 158
2014- 366
2015- 206
2016- 917
2017- 1213

2018- 1375 critiques delivered.


YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!


48 of you signed up to the challenge, with 41 active and an amazing 31 people completed the threshold of 12 critiques! The bonus challenges also proved popular, with 3,606 bonus points scored on the challenges!

I was a bit unsure about putting the bonus challenge in, but wanted to try something different and have learnt what does and doesn't work as a result. There will the bonuses next year although there will be an improved approach!

Before I share the results, I need to offer some huge thanks! To operate critmas properly, there is a massive spreadsheet of stats, data and funky colour charts. To help maintain that I had a team of Adjudicators who worked tirelessly to support getting your critiques checked, overchecked and scored accordingly. You guys dished them out as fast as we could add them in so without them I think you would have been waiting till March for your results if I was alone. Therefore please give a huge :heart: to JessaMar , doughboycafe  and akrasiel for whom I am extremely grateful!

I also need to share the love for our wonderful queen of the ducks squanpie because her artwork for the teams bought them to life. I hope you guys gave her some good critique as the duckbutt challenge was dedicated to her!

The Results: Teams



Critmas2018 by BeccaJS

POINSETTIA PIKES ARE THE WINNERS!


Critmaspp by BeccaJS


Well done to 
:
PennedinWhite (Team Captain!)



Commiserations to the other three teams and your players. May you think deep what could have been and come back next year fighting fierce!

Critmastt by BeccaJSCritmasmb by BeccaJSCritmashh by BeccaJS


I heard rumours of discord chats, secret journals and sneaky strategies- but for me that is what the team element is all about! I haven't seen anything yet so if anyone wants to reveal the secrets of their teams, please do because I find it hilarious!

The Results: Individuals


Whether you are someone who chased every bonus point like you were possessed or played it cool and casual to get your critiques written, everyone who achieved 12 or more critiques is a winner. So before we look at individuals, well done to the 31 people who managed the critmas challenge- each of you will receive 300 points each.

However, I know there are a few who are rather competitive and some who are just plain insane. Whatever drives you there has been some individuals hitting the high numbers this year and it wouldn't be fair not to present these results in order of the highest critiques and points.

Top 10 by Critiques

Critmastop10crits by BeccaJS

Top 10 by Bonus points


Critmastop10bonus by BeccaJS

Top 10 overall


Critmastop10 by BeccaJS

Individual prizing


The points awarded are broken down based on a series of things achieved. There was additional points awarded for: Abcdearious, duckbutt, getting all 12 challenges complete, and getting both 25/12 & 1/1, There was also points awarded for those who hit 100, 50 & 25 critiques accordingly and then the winning team also won extra points. Because it will take me forever to put each score breakdown in this journal, totals are below. If you insist on knowing your breakdown, you can comment below.

Special awards:

Highest score: ninebark
Christmas or Critmas? SlytherclawPadawan   (awarded due to 90% of critiques being Christmas themed!)
Best Santa: neurotype  (day 1 challenge winner)
Best countdown: xlntwtch (day 8 challenge winner)
Superduckbutt: squanpie 
Adjudicators of awesome: JessaMar , akrasiel , doughboycafe 
Oh Captain my Captain: Meterious , ThornyEnglishRose , doughboycafe , PennedinWhite 

Spot prizes are awarded using a random name generator with all those scoring 12 or more critiques applicable. 


C= Critiques B= Bonus points T= Total Score


ninebark    Mistletoe Bows C- 151 B- 450 T- 601
total points awarded: 750
Spot prize: Bullet; Blue 1 x $15 Amazon gift cards from LiliWrites 


SlytherclawPadawan Poinsettia Pikes  C- 134 B- 347 T- 481
total points awarded: 750
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

Malintra-Shadowmoon  Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 124 B- 278 T- 402
total points awarded: 550
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

dailydragonlair Poinsettia Pikes  C- 123 B- 221 T- 344
total points awarded: 600
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue 1 x $15 Amazon gift cards from LiliWrites 

BATTLEFAIRIES Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 101 B- 294 T- 395
total points awarded: 550

neurotype Poinsettia Pikes  C- 65 B- 189 T- 254
total points awarded: 750
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

Cobrateen Poinsettia Pikes  C- 57 B- 177 T- 234
total points awarded: 600

Meterious Holly Handgrenades C- 50 B- 185 T- 235
total points awarded: 600

RowanandKatrina Poinsettia Pikes  C- 50 B- 151 T- 201
total points awarded: 550
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

ChimeraDragonfang Poinsettia Pikes  C- 42 B- 137 T- 179
total points awarded: 600

ria-illustrates  Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 36 B- 49 T- 85
total points awarded: 400
Spot prize: Bullet; Blue A copy of the book Sol.Terra Complete Collection by C-A-Harland from LiliWrites 


audawG Poinsettia Pikes  C- 33 B- 104 T- 137
total points awarded: 550

doughboycafe Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 33 B- 88 T- 121
total points awarded: 650

heartdialect Poinsettia Pikes  C- 30 B- 146 T- 176
total points awarded: 550
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

DMSalesman Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 29 B- 48 T- 77
total points awarded: 350
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

xlntwtch Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 27 B- 72 T- 99
total points awarded: 500

JessaMar Mistletoe Bows C- 26 B- 73 T- 99
total points awarded: 500

IamNoHere Mistletoe Bows C- 19 B- 28 T- 47
total points awarded: 300

IntelligentZombie  Mistletoe Bows C- 17 B- 47 T- 64
total points awarded: 350

comatose-comet Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 17 B- 31 T- 48
total points awarded: 350

craftsbyblue Mistletoe Bows C- 16 B- 100 T- 116
total points awarded: 400
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

ThornyEnglishRose Mistletoe Bows C- 15 B- 76 T- 91
total points awarded: 450

TEK427 Poinsettia Pikes  C- 14 B- 41 T- 55
total points awarded: 450
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

jonwassing Mistletoe Bows C- 14 B- 20 T- 34
total points awarded: 300
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

Lily-Lucid Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 13 B- 27 T- 40
total points awarded: 300
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

psto1464 Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 13 B- 22 T- 35
total points awarded: 300
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

nosedivve Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 13 B- 17 T- 30
total points awarded: 300

@akraisel Poinsettia Pikes  C- 12 B- 42 T- 54
total points awarded: 550

Amarantheans Mistletoe Bows C- 12 B- 33 T- 45
total points awarded: 350

Yuukon Holly Handgrenades C- 12 B- 22 T- 34
total points awarded: 300
Spot Prize Bullet; Blue Journal Feature from LiliWrites 

Metanaito-kyou Holly Handgrenades C- 12 B- 21 T- 33
total points awarded: 300

AfroChica94 Poinsettia Pikes  C- 10 B- 5 T- 15
total points awarded: 110

RoyalOats Holly Handgrenades C- 8 B- 5 T- 13
total points awarded: 8

BlackBowfin Tannenbaum trebuchets C- 7 B- 25 T- 32
total points awarded: 7

PennedinWhite  Poinsettia Pikes  C- 6 B- 1 T- 7
total points awarded: 206

FuschiaButterfly1  Mistletoe Bows C- 6 B- 0 T- 6
total points awarded: 6

squanpie Holly Handgrenades C- 5 B- 21 T- 26
total points awarded: 155

LiliWrites Holly Handgrenades C- 5 B- 7 T- 12
total points awarded: 5

Daphne-Brown Holly Handgrenades C- 4 B- 1 T- 5
total points awarded: 4

SpixelArt Holly Handgrenades C- 3 B- 5 T- 8
total points awarded: 3

ShardSharp2000 Mistletoe Bows C- 1 B- 0 T- 1
total points awarded: 1


Points pool generously provided by: communityrelations Zara-Arletis*, BeccaJS , akrasiel*, LiliWrites , BlackBowfin*, Memnalar*, BloodyWing*, neurotype *, ThornyEnglishRose *, DMSalesman* & LadyLincoln *

*received via donation pool. Points and prizes may take a while to send out to everyone to please be patient whilst this is being organised.

And so ends another year


Thank you to everyone who participated, promoted, helped score, supported your teams, kept sanity checks (CRLiterature team!) and made this event a success.  Without you guys, it wouldn't have been worth it! Have a Happy New Year and make 2019 awesome!

If you want to look at other awesome events that happen around here, please check out CRLiterature 

As for me? I am going to have a catch up on all the other dA things I have ignored for this and then probably have a week off to recover! :faint:

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0iorn0 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2018
Hi I'm iorn. I do world building and stuff. I'm  working on a series of settings called blackthorn and might make a webcomic based on the world in the future. You should check it out.
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AchakWildSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! X3 I wanted to introduce myself as Olivia Giangrande. I am sorry to bother you.. I hope I'm not. But I came here to ask if you were interested in checking out my self-published book The Druid and the Wolf?

It's an animal book. There are wolves, dragons, humans, and sorcery and magic. It's an epic action adventure story.

Story Summary: "Long ago, shrouded by the mists of the Dark Age, there lived a clan of druid humans in Ancient Britannia. They practiced their magic and worshiped nature and God in peace. They resided in a province, or Kingdom, called Aerulis and the kings and queens rarely bothered them. The physicians of the druid clan often times had very spiritual connections with God, more so than the rest of the clan, and one day Tairek (the sole physician of the clan at the time of this story) receives a prophecy that foretells of a great white wolf with eyes the color green that will save the druid clan. They are confused because they have never been threatened by anyone or anything, at least not enough to do a remarkable amount of damage. Not long after, a patrol finds a white wolf pup and the clan raises her on goat's milk. One year passes, and everything seems peaceful still until a fire set by the King of Aerulis' soldiers ravages their camp. The whole druid clan is rounded up and for mysterious, unexplained reasons sentenced to death. The white wolf (who is discovered to be part dog) also known as Sascha is able to talk with Tairek using his spiritual connection and he tells her that she must save them, by learning how to fight in an elsewhere place. And with that, starts Sascha's journey to save the druid clan... to save her family."

Like my page on Facebook for updates and in stock status, and to pre-order a copy (you can order a copy anywhere as long as there's a message system to contact me): Facebook.com/oganimalbooks/

I have a patreon (I also make calming jars for anxiety and panic disorder): patreon.com/ogbooksandjars/

If you have any questions, let me know.

If you don't want a copy or to give anything, I want to ask you to maybe give my Facebook page a LIKE. Thank you!
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
Any particular reason I can't submit anything to this group?
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