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Goal for Next New Year'sEDIT 1 YEAR LATER:
Well, not nearly as far as all this. But actually the story itself is in a much better place -- much more interesting, many more layers, and a tighter plot to boot. (No functional full draft, however...not even one in which characters have the same name the whole way through. You know that awkward moment when you meet someone who has your character's first name and it's an uncommon enough first name that you're like, "Well...I had the name picked out long before I met you but let's avoid awkwardness" so you change the character name? That happened. Twice for the same character. Ugghh.)
And I think honestly the main reason a lot of this didn't happen is that I was super busy. Summer was when I planned to get most of this done -- and I was way, way too busy but in the best possible way. A lot of learning and growing on so many levels, and I finished almost every day utterly exhausted but happy. Worth putting this off. But, as a result, what precious little time I had i
Read This!Featuring the winners of the DLD Summer Contest! Check it out
Prompt: "Use an object to connect the lives of two or more otherwise unrelated characters"
FIRST PLACE http://fav.me/d58yttw
"Forgiveness Economics" by brassteeth
A banknote with a purple stain connects the lives of three characters.
SECOND PLACE http://fav.me/d59hfwz
"we are all waiting to be found." by momo-madness
A cemetery bench brings two characters together.
RUNNER UP http://fav.me/d53zsiq
"Star Dust." by laurotica
A bullet connects the lives of two humans living on the moon.
Since I'm so late in putting this up, it'll stay up through October 29th.
We are Women. We are Human.What's going on?
While the US is not the country that forces a rape victim to marry her rapist, we are still a country where a woman's fundamental right to bodily integrity is denied by current and pending legislation, written and passed primarily by men.
And now, an art feature:
Please note that the views expressed above are not necessarily endorsed by any of the following artists whose work is featured here. If your art is featured here, and you would prefer it to be removed, please let me know.
Think about future? by eXeArt
morpankhi by kokaliyaStarlight by orsnaiSam II by Adam-Nowak
Shadows of Our LivesJourney through an art feature...discover something new. Give these artists some s & comments!
modern day red riding hood by junon The Old Bicycle Seller by pelacurseni Last Goodbye by Val-Faustino What do you have there? by DrOfPhotography No Horizon by OhTheNorwegian The Limits of Reason by MahmoudYakut goodbye blue sky by navidoutlaw born unequal... by VaggelisFragiadakis Light Up by SonjaPhotography Christmas Card by beprotybe Portrait of Lady Wisdom by melanierogers Watching by karikaiyuk Waiting by David681 Lovely by TonyEP :thumb200251790: Anyel II by DanielTorresStorni Are you feeling lucky, punk? by duhcoolies Murderer by Gironimo Fastball by mathematix Oi'LL Give 'Em Foive... by EarthHart tattoo by ARIANA1985 I am Nomad by f-i-g-m-e-n-t dikmen vadisi - 52 by kadircelep While raining 2 by jericho1405 Ghost rider 1 by jericho1405 :thumb159484158: Father, yes son... by SHA-1 nics7 by l-snow-f Thinking by SilvaKinzelmann World is mine by SHA-1 8615 by pietervanbalen :thumb192260997: Young street footballers by mario19 Kukushka. 068659 SPT by AlexGontar mardi gras indian by sethlamden Cordoba by yelou how can i go??? by rozeki Business by almcdermid Soul by LeeLooAnja Derriere la porte by SHA-1 Sarah by stijn Efrat Gosh by guyprives :thumb19459
Boys & Girls of Summer Look To The Future by DragonTreasureArt Olives by yelou In Satsang by Sarasai Running through the Beach by VitaminCakes oh very young by spacedementchen :thumb192662475:
Hope you're having a great summer!
(And if you're in the southern hemisphere...have a nice winter!)
The Little Guys ~ a creature featureTake a closer look at the little guys--you never know what you may find!
Goldfish Bowl by dearlyphilosophic MOOP. by Cuttlefish-Sama Flight of the Dragon by erezmarom :thumb195195842: Cute Curiosity by Alannah-Hawker stag beetle on endpaper by sskoczek Top View by erezmarom .: Fragile :. by zZToraZz Red eyed tree frog by Alannah-Hawker Ladybug by fruitpunch1 Seahorse 2 by LDFranklin :thumb186382593: Day 4 by kgulheim Fly No.764532 by jsz leptircich....... by IgorGlavas :thumb180987670: hanging on by PeterJCoskun study in red and green by GREYFading miracycle by Attila-G la petite tortue by jvrichardson Medveditza by Besedina even in the dark by KalbiCamdan There's Something About Snail by WednesdayM0rning auf der Lauer by deoroller M2112 - Pink City. by Lothringen Jumping Spider 6 by RichardConstantinoff Day 6 by kgulheim Junior.The.Cicada by OctoberRainne Psychedelic smile by x-crossroad king o' the plank by LifeWithARedhead Monarchs Three by jbrum Stronger than Life .:1:. by Manon-Blutsanguen .: e x p l o r e r :. by jsz :thumb187657387: My Home by saka50ft Dragonfly by EmilyCantera Kraken by DaughterOfTheRain Natural Curiosity by Alexlky :thumb167415732: Bathing Wasp by Japers Green by Cheshirsky a butterfly so close by Aparazita-R 1mm Gazelle by AimishBoy :t
National Novel Writing Month this November!You might know what NaNoWriMo means. You might not.
Whether you're new to the mad writing frenzy that is National Novel Writing Month or not, I encourage you all to take up the challenge!
You'll be writing 50,000 words in 30 days this November.
Sounds tough? It is, but you can do it. Just take it 1,667 words a day, slow and steady, or have yourself a few binge days every week. (You might find yourself spending inordinate amounts of time describing scenery in order to meet your word count each day!)
Whatever your strategy is, this is a challenge that will help you become a better writer. Too many novelists try to write a novel...and then barely scratch out a chapter, so frightened by the possibility of imperfection.
This challenge isn't meant to write any great piece of fiction. It is meant as an exercise to make you realize your writing potential--yes, you can write thousands and thousands of words, and yes, you can write down complete crap without the world e
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.
My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’
And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.
You do have the time
Inb4 “you don’t know my life!!!1one1!!” Listen here young padawo
Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
Every single one of those initially low-balled me; offering me starting contracts at 10-20% of my regular rate. And despite publications th
JULY Challenge WATER - the voting is CLOSED:icontransparentplz:
All works here
This is the new way to find our winner of our monthly challenge: instead using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED on this theme!
This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.
The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites!
All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups.
The work with most votes wins 130 points;
the second place wins 80, the 3rd place wins 50 and the 4th wins 25 .
These prizes c
RoF Signature Feature: Of Angels and Demons Vol. 2
Fav this Feature for a chance to get your artwork presented in our next feature!
We will pick one Member that faved this article to be in the next one.
Of Angels and Demons
presented by the Realm of Fantasy
Momus Advby Toru-meow
Avoid That dAramaAnyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!
I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored
I ALWAYS have to reply
If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at
LUGGAGE FOR THE DANCER IN RED - 13-2014
the loner by korrox the ninth gate by Tom-Ripley
On the edge of the world by igorsev Contraposition by SplitEnsds On the edge of the world by igorsev
SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura unsustainable by chriseastmids SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura
Colibri' by martaraff Mgh IV - St. Georg in the Puddle by DpressedSoul Colibri' by martaraff
im garten IV by BuChWien PNEUMA by menervaTau im garten IV by BuChWien
A. by ValeriaVi at the window by JakezDaniel A. by ValeriaVi
A whiter shade of pale by Barnum60 life philosophy by tuminka
Streetside Stories: MonochromeAligopter by - DougNZ
by - dmitryzhkov
The Look Out by - PatrickMonnier
:: ghost town by - noahsamuelmosko
\-ooby - DinoKose
2by - Henzonlee
shemsby - arslanalp
The hand of the player by - mariomencacci
Childhoodby - IFedorovskaya
Nature squares feature
Vicia cracca by StargazerLZ flows in you. by simoendli
treasure. by simoendli .: falling down :. by biszkopciik p u r p u r e a by poppy412
sunrays flowers 2 by StargazerLZ fleur by girlmarvel easiness by vitzy
Look from above.. by Bojkovski 0996 by topinka Flowers Of Paradise by Onceuponatime13
::Hidden Passion:: by onixa Searching for a new world by Healzo lily by nakedlady
Day 42 - Little flower by EliseEnchanted As time goes by by cloduy
Human HabitatsPlaces made, places found, places imagined...
so others can enjoy these too!
The Sun Is Setting by Zaiye Vysoke Myto by Wintertale-eu :thumb95451535: La Mezquita de Cordoba by akemilu 24 AFREMOV HIGH RESOLUTION by Leonidafremov Victoria by Dhaundre :thumb168629358: Home Sweet Home by grr9 Burj Khalifa HDR 10 by lemonsatethelimes Black symphony by blue-a Newtonian Dawn by nelson808 Crown HDR by DanielleMiner :thumb183006241: OL1310-Silo by mikper Moonlight by Mobicca Steep street by PENANDINKDRAWINGS Museum Security Scene by nelson808 Quang Minh Buddhist Temple by DanielleMiner Flats by under-the-ivy nab colours by abhenna Reflet bruxellois by flop404 Waiting by DonatasLT St.Petersburg.9 by CrLT :thumb130736893: Lichtbild 15 by creativvv :thumb155474226: Steel by IraMustyPhotography 2012 - The End by gold-desire Never End by Fright-Night :thumb176762465: Minoan Palace Knossos by heartMelinda Rustic Italian Garden Home by MohaniRose :thumb173387211: Creep House by ascenciok :thumb162658890: The Door by Bas-Celik Entrapped by LauraTringaliHolmes Bespoke by GeorginaRagazza rome 84 by AlexGrifo Graffiti 521 by cmdpirxII St John Orphanage3 by RichardjJones Bedroom by VovichZ fable factory by magirus-deutz :thumb15
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