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38: Tristetea Vehementa

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 16, 2011, 6:19 AM
38: Tristetea Vehementa


A long week is coming to an end, and I wonder whether this weekened is going to be as long as the week itself. I afraid of waking demons, but the one sleeping neatly on my chest is called - MIDTERMS.

Yup, it's that time already, and I hardly felt a break between the last semester and this one. It seems to me that the world is working according to a worldwide clock, set to tick when a test/paper is about to be submitted.

The good thing about this midetrm in particular, is that I'm writing about Renaissance Sonnets (you know - Petrarch, Wyatt and the guys). The bad thing about it, is that I write about Renaissance Sonnets (you know - Petrarch, Wyatt and THESE guys...).

Do you read sonnets? Do you love sonnets? That's a question that I think most poeple don't bother replying. How many of s actually bothered reading a sonnet, a realy sonnet, in our lifetime? Isn't there something peculiar about this question?! Yes, there is. I agree.

Somehow I keep on getting back to this BIG question, the one about "the importance of poetry". I feel that there's an answer I'd like out there, but I can't seem to find it. Maybe its my life-work, to discover the meaning of poetry. To understand its worth. Maybe it's a waste of time... One thing for sure, instead of writing that damn midtrem I waste my time on dA.

Love,
- Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Shakespeare - The Merchant From Venice

I've never felt so dirty being a Jew. On the other hand, I never read such a display of criticism on the way the Jews are depicted. On the third hand, this is not a play about Jews! So, coming down to it - Shakespeare was and still is an effing genius. Damn you Shakesy!


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Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Gentle Giants
  • Reading: Umberto Eco - On Beauty
  • Watching: Forbrydelsen (The Killing)
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Homemade eggplants stew
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

37: It's Nighttime, an I'm Sleeping

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 30, 2011, 2:56 PM
37: It's Nighttime, an I'm Sleeping


Yes. I'm sleeping.

Well, not really. Obviously I'm writing this.

But in fact, and you can see it if you look really really closely...

...BANG!

I'm sleeping.

That's how a sleeping man sounds - *snore* *snore*. Or, more precisely, it is the sound of the mind not working, the brain kicking in, the sub and un conciouses are looking for a prey, and that thin layer of nearly-feeling, or post-feeling, is the only thing that connects the You and the It. You, being who you are. It, being what you are when you are sleeping.

I don't know if you've ever really looked at a sleeping person - it is not the same person you knew before the sleeping kicked in.

1. It is moving strangely, usually in abrupt movements, once in an hour or so.

2. It is talking, sometimes, incoherently, narrative lacking, a babble of something semi-human.

3. It is alive. You know it is alive. You feel it is alive. But it is not the alive you expect it to be.

The strangest thing about it is that you are It. Yup, and you know you are, and there's nothing you can do about it. Once a day, or so, you are bound to be It. The strange semi-human, semi-Itness.

And when you are that It, when you are in that sleep-mode, you are not yourself, nor can you be, or anything close to it. You are an It, with all the Itness that the Itses have.

So what is it about Itness that makes it so so strange? Well, the most obvious answer is We, the none Itses. We look at the Itses, as if they were part of We, and once they are there, in the Itness, they are not We. They are Itses. And Itses, as much as We would like to think otherwise, are strange and none-human.

So, if You are It, and We are It. And I will be an It, when the time comes. Then surely, or most absolutely, I am an It in potential. Therefore we are all potential Itses.

Coming to the conclusion, dear friends -

WE ARE ALL IT.

Now go read Stephen King and let me know what that makes you feel at this moment. Ouch.

- Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Shakespeare - The Merchant From Venice

I've never felt so dirty being a Jew. On the other hand, I never read such a display of criticism on the way the Jews are depicted. On the third hand, this is not a play about Jews! So, coming down to it - Shakespeare was and still is an effing genius. Damn you Shakesy!


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Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Gentle Giants
  • Reading: Umberto Eco - On Beauty
  • Watching: Forbrydelsen (The Killing)
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Homemade eggplants stew
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

36: 100,000 Poets for Change

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 29, 2011, 2:17 PM
36: 100,000 Poets for Change


I promised to tell you where I was and what I did in the last few months. I won't be able to do it all at once, so I might as well cut it down to pieces and subjects, and divide it into few journals, which I hope you'll find interesting. In the meantime, it is your duty to let me know everything interesting going on lately which I haven't been aware of, like:

* New pieces you've wrote I should read and maybe comment
* Who's gone where, who's new here
* Interesting new lit groups
* Interesting new lit activities

I WANNA KNOW IT ALL! :)

On my part, this is a little bit about 100,000 Poets for Change, which took place on the 24th of September.

100,000 Poets for Change is a worldwide event to promote awareness for change and culture. The idea was to hold poetry related events, all around the world, by volunteers of course, and to wake and shake the world up. In each participating country and city there was 1 or a group of organizers, trying their best to do something meaningful. I can't tell you about all the events, because there are too many to count, but you can check online what happened in your area (link at the bottom).

When a friend of mine, called Adam Fisher, told me about this event I was skeptical. I've been working in 4 jobs lately (yes – imagine that, now try to fill up a schedule with it), packed with studies and papers, and my band was ready to the return to the stages after months of silence (I'll tell you about it in later journals). I checked online, realized there were 3 different Israeli organizers, and decided that they can manage on their own. So I forgot.

A month later Adam tells me he really needs another hand on this project, and asks me to join again. I said to myself - well, you know, it's a worthy cause, and maybe if I won't do too much I might handle it. So I said I'll try. We've met Prof. Karen Alkalay-Gut, which was the one who brought Adam into this, and talked about few things. From here to there I found myself neck deep in a HUGE event. And when I say huge this is what I mean –

We held 4 different events throughout the day. 10AM Saturday morning we went to Tel Aviv's beach walkway and pictured over 100 people holding with words they picked to create a huge poem (soon to be uploaded online). At 3PM we had poetry reading at Bookworm Book Store, with over 15 readers and 50 listeners. At 6PM we had a reading at CafeCafe Coffee Place, again – 16 readers and about 45 listeners. And at the evening, start 9PM, we held the biggest event at Papa's Restaurant. At this last event we had about 18 readers, half of are the elite of the poets in Israel, the other half are a mix of really unknown upcoming artists and a few in the midrange.

Throughout this thing we were interviewed to the radio and running around like crazies to make sure everything was working great. And it was amazing. It was really amazing. The entire team who worked on this – Adam, Yafit, Paz, Maizy, Gerda, Shachar, and of course Karen – everybody were amazing. This turned out to be one huge poetry event with a sum of over 300 participants. For a country where a casual poetry event has barely 20 participants – this is was a huge success. We were all surprised at our capabilities.

Yup, crazy times.

Did you have a 100,000 Poets for Change event? If so, tell me about it.

More soon,

- Omri.

100,000 Poets for Change




Reading is Life

:new:Umberto Eco - On Beauty

It's the first Eco I read, and I have to say that in its confusing little way it is quite fascinating. It is all about the history of Beauty, but on the other side it has all about the psyche, the rationalle, the philosophical and fictional - it is a collection of everything Beauty. But on the other hand... It is not mind blowing. It's a good read.


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Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Gentle Giants
  • Reading: Umberto Eco - On Beauty
  • Watching: Forbrydelsen (The Killing)
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Homemade eggplants stew
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

; It's BACK time!35

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 19, 2011, 11:47 AM
36: 100,000 Poets for Change


Weeeeeellll.

It's time for me to wake up, no? :)

It was bound to happen sometime, and I think that I've been away on my little vacation for far too long. So why not wake up, eh?

Some of you might wonder where I was in the past few months. Promise to share everything with you, but first I would like to read on the HUGE list of new things you wrote (which might be a bit old too, I haven't been here for a while guys).

So I'm gonna read a bit, and then I'm gonna tell you everything about Mindless Echoes' shows, the 100,000 Poets for Change in Israel, the radio interviews, the upcoming ProgStage 2011 festival, TMS' issue #4 (and the in-plan #5), the new course I'm co-managing/lecturing in the Tel Aviv University, me moving in to Tel Aviv, and everything else which (and trust me here) is alot.

In the meantime, while I's slowly getting back into action, tell me what's up with you guys - who is still here? What are you doing? How were the past few months for you? Where is the Lit community in dA and what is it doing nowadays?

So, here we go guys,
Yours,

- Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Umberto Eco - On Beauty

It's the first Eco I read, and I have to say that in its confusing little way it is quite fascinating. It is all about the history of Beauty, but on the other side it has all about the psyche, the rationalle, the philosophical and fictional - it is a collection of everything Beauty. But on the other hand... It is not mind blowing. It's a good read.


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:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

:icongaioumonbatou::iconnycterent::iconhalatia::icongwenavhyeuranastasia:



  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Gentle Giants
  • Reading: Umberto Eco - On Beauty
  • Watching: Forbrydelsen (The Killing)
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Homemade eggplants stew
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

34: Gone But Not a Goner

Journal Entry: Mon May 9, 2011, 3:21 AM
36: 100,000 Poets for Change


The rumors of my disappearance are correct. Although it is all a matter of perspective. I am not here for a while, nor there, nor any really where. It is the tiny space between studying and working which consumes me. It is a vile, evil monster, and I hate it as much as any other student.

So yes, I am slightly gone. But have not forgotten, nor intend it to be a constant thing. I'll be back. Or as the great Bjork says -

"Give her some time, give her some space, all that she said was true"

Much love,
- Omri.

(Wait a minute... am I... a HER?!)




Reading is Life

:new:Umberto Eco - On Beauty

It's the first Eco I read, and I have to say that in its confusing little way it is quite fascinating. It is all about the history of Beauty, but on the other side it has all about the psyche, the rationalle, the philosophical and fictional - it is a collection of everything Beauty. But on the other hand... It is not mind blowing. It's a good read.


Resources for You

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:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
  • Watching: Modern Family and Doctor Who
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

33: Interview Time At Last!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 10, 2011, 1:06 AM
33: Interview Time At Last!


Finally I got to finish the interview with the amazing Jay ( Memnalar - news.deviantart.com/article/14… ), which took me too long to finish. This, along with the inconsistencies with journals, goes to show how packed I am. I have to admit that it is starting to interfere with my writing, and that is the worst, if you ask me. The moment I can’t creating as much as I need to, it’s not even a question of wanting – it is needing, something is wrong. I need to start cutting some of my activities, and there are few things that I’ll have to change in order to do that, it will take time.

So what am I doing? I’m planning on starting something more serious with my writing, and it’s a slow and tiring process, to get to a stage in which I am capable to maintain a portfolio site (yes, thank you dA for giving us writers a decent portfolio, really – that’s a shame!), to get some time to work on my writings and publications, which I am way behind, and to seriously push the projects I believe in. It is not hard for a student to do that, especially if you are holding a job. But I’m not giving up, and it’s not so much about complaining as about releasing – venting is important people! Venting is good.

Lurking around, I notice some things moving in the dA world. I’m glad, I’m happy to see this community shifting and evolving. I just wish we would gather up sometimes, to push for what we want (did I mention portfolios?! Such a shame…). So worry not, dear friends, I will show my face here and there,

Love,
- Fragmented Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Don Juan - Lord Byron

I haven't laughed like this in a while, well, actually since I've read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' The Nun's Priest's Tale. Anyway, this is wonderful, simply wonderful. I fell in love. Read.


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Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
  • Watching: Modern Family and Doctor Who
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended
Memnalar is a name that most of us, in the DeviantART lit community, need no introduction to. But who is the person behind the name, the writer, the artist?

In this interview I’ve decided to torture another ex-GM, I seem to enjoy the prospect of that too much. It seems that all those that are contributing to our little community are too good to not be tortured ;) But it is not the contribution to the community which we are interested in here, nor the activeness or support (although always appreciated). It is the writer, the person that moves us not only by actions – but by words. I think that Memnalar is doing just that.

While preparing for this interview I was browsing his gallery, as I always do, looking for points of interest to base the interview on. I was fascinated. Everything I read had so much to offer. That's what I love about dA, there's so much to explore! And here I will try to show you more of who Memnalar, and what is his POV regarding literature, writing, and art as a whole. So let's get to it!



Warm Up Questions
First thing, let’s get to know you a little bit better –

leoraigarath : How old are you?
Memnalar :  I’m 38, which makes me about 452 in deviantART years.


leoraigarath : Ouch, that’s devi-old! But soon it’s your 500 anniversary, and I’ve heard it comes with a free porridge! So, where does Memnalar come from?
Memnalar :  Born, raised and still live in Corpus Christi, on the Texas Gulf Coast. There are days when I’d rather be anywhere else, and there are days when I wouldn’t be anywhere else. It snowed once here, and I managed to be out of town at the time.


leoraigarath : Well, I’ve never experienced falling snow :shrug:. What is the meaning of your DeviantART nickname?
Memnalar :  Someone once asked me if it was inspired by Agamemnon of Greek myth. Unfortunately, I’m not that erudite. “Memnalar” was the name of an archvillain in Dungeons & Dragons games I used to run (a 2nd Edition lich, for my fellow basement-dwellers among your readers). My players HATED the guy, so the name eventually became of synonym for the worst thing that could happen to their characters. I like to think I’m carrying on that tradition for the poor bastards who show up in my stories.


leoraigarath : We’ll leave that to the readers to decide, so - coffee or Tea?
Memnalar :  Coffee, and I’ll take it any way it’s handed to me, although I prefer it black and sweet. I usually drink tea only when I’m sick, although a cup of jasmine over Thai food is nice.


leoraigarath : Poetry or prose?
Memnalar :  I am more comfortable writing prose. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.


leoraigarath : Any formal experience in writing you’d like to share?
Memnalar :  I got my degree in journalism, wrote for a few small newspapers, and got myself published (for money, even) in a gaming magazine a couple of times. That was a long time ago. Basically, all of my experience happened before the internet was as powerful a force in the publishing world, as it is now. So, I’m at square one as far as my fiction writing is concerned, and so far, I’m content to hang out here and see what happens.


leoraigarath : Where were you published?
Memnalar :  If you seriously lack anything better to do, look up articles titled “Nocturnal Crusade” and “Soulbond: Ecology of the Steel Dragon” in Dragon magazine. Witness the horror.


leoraigarath : I’m sure there are eager readers who would look for the articles and share with us all! What time of day is the best time for you to write?
Memnalar :  When the house is empty and I have enough time to play music and have a couple belts of bourbon or a cup of coffee (remember, black and sweet) without interruption.


leoraigarath : What genre do you prefer reading?
Memnalar : I always come back to epic fantasy. It’s where I started, and it’s home. That said, I also like near-future sci-fi. I’m a huge devotee of William Gibson and his juxtaposition of sleek and grit. He’s the writer who made me want to try my hand. I also love nonfiction, particularly books and articles about history, folklore, politics and the oddities of human belief.

I love ghost stories in particular, because the best ones are all about making you feel the story rather than telling you everything in plain language. The scariest ghost story you’ll ever read won’t use the word “ghost” anywhere. That’s an idea I like to carry into anything I write, that I’m trying to give the reader an impression to work with rather than a blueprint to follow.

I guess I rather like the idea of spending some vicarious time in a world where problems can be solved with a sword instead of litigation and credit counseling. That, and it was the stories of King Arthur and Greek and Norse mythology that drove me to read books on my own. When you grew up on the Twelve Labors of Hercules and the Green Knight carrying his own head off into the sunset, you’re pretty much a fantasy reader for life.


leoraigarath : What is the first thing you look for when you open a fresh new book?
Memnalar :  In fiction? Action. I don’t mean that I want every novel to open up with a car chase or a swordfight, I mean that I want to see characters doing things right off the bat. I have little patience anymore for novels that begin with a lavish description of the setting or page after page of exposition. Characters steer any story, and the best stories give them the wheel.

In nonfiction, I want the writing to make the topic real and human to me, to set me down in the middle of it, and make me curious, no desperate to know more.

In poetry, I look for clarity of language, attention to rhythm and deceptive depth. I like observational poetry that finds meaning in the mundane.


leoraigarath : What is the last thing you expect to find when you open a fresh new book?
Memnalar :  The ending. I’m a notoriously slow reader, and the vast majority of books that occupy my shelves have a bookmark stuck in them.

leoraigarath : What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Memnalar :  Water? Oxygen? Beer? I can’t say that beyond the obvious necessities that there is one thing that would make life completely impossible were it to vanish. I mean, I love music, but I could go on without it. Sex, too. And caffeine. I could probably not do without all three. :)


Main Part
OK, those were warm-ups, now let’s get down to business  

leoraigarath : Tell us a bit about yourself, who is the mysterious Memnalar?
Memnalar :  Not so mysterious. A stepdad, a husband, a dishwasher, a beer-drinker, a cook, a non-smoker, and the guy on the corner that walks his dog in Homer Simpson pajamas. I’m the one in the pajamas, in case there’s confusion. I eat red meat, I hate telephones, I wear cowboy boots whenever I can and I think everyone should get a week off for Halloween.  

leoraigarath : List the biggest 3 influences on your writing and why. What was your motivation to write, and what does it mean for you to write?
Memnalar :  1. Music. It fires my imagination like nothing else.
2. My fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Marroquin. She was the first person who told me I was any good at this.
3. Roleplaying games. Although I don’t play much anymore, I was a face-to-face, dice-and-pencils roleplayer for about 20 years, and everything I write is colored by those journeys of shared imagination.

leoraigarath : After reading Eyrie it is an inevitable question – why heights? And what is the function of Fear as a motivation, according to your view.
Memnalar :  Fear defines us, one way or another. We’re giving in to our fears, (over)reacting to them, denying they exist, or rising to meet them head on, but it’s all about them in the end. One of the better stories about the afterlife I’ve ever seen was the movie Defending Your Life, with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. In that version, you are not judged on arbitrary ideas like Good or Evil, but in how you faced your fears (or didn’t) during your life. It’s a very powerful idea to me.

Eyrie is about that internal conversation that takes place when you are deciding whether to leap off into the unknown to fly or fall, or just staying there on your perch, safe but never moving. Since I’m very afraid of heights - and yet have spent quite a bit of time in high places - it’s an easy metaphor for me. I’m not very complicated.


leoraigarath : Can you try to summarize your writing, a short introduction to those who have never read your work but are interested -  what should they expect?
Memnalar :  I try to write things that are fun to read. I prefer fantasy and sci-fi, with a smattering of horror. In all cases, I try to look at things from a different point of view, create worlds that breathe without burying the reader in pointless detail, and explore the myriad shades of grey in between black and white. I like to write about action, about characters doing things. While I can and do confuse readers, I try like mad not to bore them.

That’s prose. My poetry is much more personal, and observational. That’s where I deal with the real world. My prose is for other worlds.

I write fantasy and sci-fi most often because I’m a shy, repressed introvert that doesn’t like to deal with the real word or the squishy beings that move around it, at least not on their terms. So, instead of taking on the human condition with stories that examine us how we are, I bury that stuff in derivative hackwork about zombies and battle nuns and vengeful robots. I’m probably better than all that, but I’m having a good time.

I mentioned D&D earlier, and the reasons I love that game are the same reasons I write the stuff I write. I like to make up worlds, and then (even more so), the characters who have to deal with the world I’ve given them. They are often not happy people. That probably says something about me that I haven’t confronted.


leoraigarath : leoraigarath : Sometimes it seems that your writing relates not to a grand notion, but rather to the little mundane things. In example, your poem 'Rain or Shine'. What do you think about the idea of "heavy poetry", and what is the difference in approach between the two?
Memnalar :  The little, mundane things are where life is, and during the rare times I gnaw through the leather straps and give poetry a try, it’s usually to talk about life. My prose is all about fiction, whereas poetry for me is about seeing the meaning in my toes.

I don’t know what “heavy poetry” is, unless you’re talking about poetry that deals with deep topics deeply and with full force. “Death be not proud,” and all that. I don’t dwell on heavy concepts except for where you find those concepts reflected in the small moments. “Rain or Shine” is about cancer survivors walking around a track in the rain. It’s a very simple thing about a very big thing. Although I love reading sweeping, epic poems, I don’t write them. For me, the fascinating bits in life are not the first loves and the emergency rooms and the moments of monumental change, it’s the grocery store trips and the lighting of cigarettes and the chopping of vegetables in between.


leoraigarath : Talking about grocery, how about the grocery-list - do you plan what you are going to write?
Memnalar :  I’m a very undisciplined writer. I’ve tried outlines, beat sheets, snowflake methods, etc., and I always come back to simple impulse. I’m doing really well if I can force myself to come up with a story’s end before I start writing it. I don’t recommend this mode of working, because it leads to frustration and reliance on old (and usually bad) habits.


leoraigarath : In your opinion, what is the most important thing that differentiates a writer and a person who aspires to be a writer? Do you think that the popularity or amount of publications is a key element in that?
Memnalar :  There are all kinds of qualifiers. A professional writer regularly gets paid to do it, for instance, while an amateur does what I do. A good writer is not always the same thing as a popular writer, and vice versa and so forth.

Strip all that away, and a writer is nothing more than someone who shuts the hell up and does it. There is no other way to “be a writer” than to write things. The act of crafting words to get an idea across in a meaningful is the thing that makes a writer. If we think too hard about that, then we’re wasting time that could be better spent, you know, writing.


leoraigarath : Do you believe in a unified theory of a writer, or would you say that writers should be artists of multi-styles and concepts. Where are you in that scale, and what do you think is the right place for you to be in as a fully developed writer?
Memnalar :  I think writers, like any other artist, should go where their creative heart takes them. Don’t be afraid to explore new things, new styles, genres, forms, whatever. If you find something you’re good at, don’t be afraid to stick with it if that’s what you really want to do.

I will say that I firmly believe that good writers are good livers of life. Good readers, good music listeners, good tasters...sponges. If all you do is sit there in your room in the dark doing nothing but pounding out stories or poems, then every one of those stories or poems is going to sound like the one before it.


leoraigarath : You described the short story 'Exact Change' as being short, therefore heavy on vague. What did you mean, and what is the importance of the effect of vagueness?
Memnalar :  That was one of the stories I wrote for Flash Fiction Month last year, where it’s all about brevity. I admire writers that can pack a good story into as few words as possible, and I like to play with that when I can.

I guess the “vagueness” in that story and in others comes from leaving certain details to the imagination; implying more than explaining. I’ve always admired those who employ that technique well. It probably stems from my love of ghost stories in which the spooky stuff is never revealed in the full light of day, but inferred. I love showing and not telling, sometimes to a fault. I’m often guilty of obfuscating things that should really be more clear. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


leoraigarath : Now I’m intrigued, what is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Memnalar :  I think that Milk Run is the most “finished” piece, meaning that it’s a coherent story that succeeds in most regards, and has a suitable ending. Even so, my personal favorite is Verdigris a dystopian-fantasy that I wrote in response to a ScreamPrompts challenge.  It’s very ham-fisted in its subtext, and I’m still not sure about the ending, but I had a ball coming up with it.


leoraigarath : What is 'Two Paths' and how did you come to write it.
Memnalar :  Oh, lord.

Two Paths is the albatross around my neck, the monkey on my back and the love-hate relationship in my creative life. It’s a fantasy story that has grown into a serial with delusions of someday becoming a novel. It’s why I started posting writing on dA in the first place, and that was close to four years ago. It’s still not finished. Every once in a while I’ll get a comment from some brave soul who has read all 53 episodes thus far, and I always feel both elated and guilty when that happens.

It’s also the reason I’ve met some of my closest friends here. In that regard, it’s a success.


leoraigarath : What is the uniqueness of serials (as in prose in parts) in comparison with short prose or novel writing, and how do you use the serials form when you write in comparison with other writing styles?
Memnalar :  There’s a big difference between a serial that was intended to be so, and a serial that was really a novella or novel that just got out of control. I’m guilty of the latter. If a novel or series of novels does not have a plan behind it, it can easily grow into an open-ended hydra.  It’s not just the province of the amateur, either. Fans of George R. R. Martin know what I’m talking about. ;)


leoraigarath : Talking about serials, tell us a bit about Furies, and what is Science Fiction in your eyes. What is would you say the emphasis of this genre is, and how do you use it to achieve your goals in a piece.
Memnalar :  I came up with a working definition a while ago that suits me for now: Science-Fiction embellishes the possible, while Fantasy embraces the impossible.  Sometimes the boundary between the two is very thin; “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” as Arthur C. Clarke said.

I am fascinated by the concept of artificial intellligence, by the premise and possibility of machines that think, learn, react emotionally, make mistakes, and perhaps grow from those mistakes, or perhaps not. I’m particularly interested in the premise of human consciousness transferred to a digital environment, and that’s what Furies is about. It’s the clumsy result of me feeling my way down the path that William Gibson blazed.


leoraigarath : And what about nonfiction, you’ve mentioned Journalism?
Memnalar :  I got my degree in journalism, and wrote quite a number of feature stories for my college newspaper, as well as small-press local papers after graduating.

I love nonfiction, I read it often, and I think it’s important for aspiring writers to recognize that nonfiction is critical to civilization, that writing isn’t just about novels and poems. History, science, philosophy, journalism, even the instructions that come with your digital camera are made or broken by the skill of the person who writes about them. Writing is a skill, and it can be employed to make life, truth and reality more accessible, or less so. That’s very powerful.


leoraigarath : It seems that most of your gallery is in present tense. Can you try and describe the reasoning for that, and what is the effect of present tense in your writing?
Memnalar :  I’d love to tell you that I write in present tense because it’s more active, engaging, and plants the reader “in the moment.” But that’s not the truth. The truth is that I started writing ‘Two Paths’ in present tense, and then developed the habit over time, and then it bled over into other stories.

I have to admit that present tense, while I like it and I’ve become comfortable with it, does not sell well. It’s yet another bad habit of mine that I don’t encourage in others. Omri, I’m afraid that this interview is turning into Jay telling the world how NOT to write. ;)


leoraigarath : Lol, I think I like it. It’s the first time I interview a writer that tells me what not to write – it’s refreshing! And if that’s the effect of talking about Present Tense let’s see what talking about Death will do: It seems that you deal a lot with the concept of Death, as we can see in example in the 'Prologue to Two Arcs' and speaking about themes and motifs, can you try and think if there is any special kind of those that reoccur, just like the notion of Death, and surround your pieces? Can you explain them to us?
Memnalar :  I do tend to insert death in some fashion in a lot of things I write. It’s probably another unresolved issue. Oddly, death seems to be a starting point or a plot driver in many things I write instead of an ending or a point of finality. Furies  deals with death in terms of digitizing the immortal soul. 'Exact Change' begins when the main character - a bus driver - dies in an accident. <a href=”fav.me/d2q6f9f“>Verdigris starts out when a main character’s friend dies. Even one of my poems, <a href=”fav.me/d2jmbv1“>Up in the Air is my musing about my grandparents’ method of interment. There are others. I’m plainly dancing around larger questions, but I haven’t reached the point where I can tell you what those questions are.

As for other recurring themes, I tend to write about strong female characters. Not “strong” in the sense that they are flawless or have a chip on their shoulder, but strong in the sense that they don’t depend on men (or anyone, really) to save them from the world. The men that I write about are usually tormented. Not weaklings, not losers, but men who are ill-used by life and usually have to give more than they get.

I like to drop a reader right in the middle of a story, or really, as close to the end as possible, and spoon out backstory only as needed. One of my pet peeves involves novels or stories that dump WAY too much information on you. This is a frequent problem in fantasy fiction especially. One of my inspirations in this regard is fantasy writer Glen Cook, who employs a minimalist, gritty style in his novels. He tells you only what you need to know. I admire that.


leoraigarath : I think that in fact was a very sharing answer, and maybe one of the most interesting in this interview, so let’s close the main part of the interview with that, and just add one more thing, because the position demands: As an ex GM in dA, how would you describe the community and its activity?
Memnalar I love this place. Where else are you going to get feedback on your writing from a martial artist in California, a scientist in Australia, a photographer in Canada and then have it illustrated by a designer in the Philippines? There is no other social network where you can interact in so many ways with so many different kinds of people, all over the world, who all have a creative urge in common.

The downside is when we put aside the important things in order to get caught up in rumor, petty drama, self-aggrandizement, public self-pity and trivial nonsense.

At the end of the day, the thing I love most about dA is the people. It doesn’t really matter if we connect in a chatroom, in the forums, in comments or at a devmeet. It’s the connection itself that is meaningful, and dA gives a unique environment to connect on creative as well as personal levels. I think it’s unfortunate how we can sometimes become overly concerned with the features and the technical gizmos to the point that we forget about the people. Keep the people in mind, always.



Fast Round
to close the interview, answer as intuitively as you can:

leoraigarath : Your favorite book.
Memnalar :  Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. It touched off a lifelong love of spiders. More importantly, it taught me that beauty and strength are not always physical things, and to consider people individually, not as a type.


leoraigarath : Your favorite poem.
Memnalar :  Der Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I must also take this opportunity to recommend orphicfiddler’s story Trickster’s Gambit, which is directly inspired by the poem, and one of my favorite Lit pieces on dA.


leoraigarath : A word/phrase that turns you on.
Memnalar :  I think that “Susurrus” is the sexiest word in the English language.


leoraigarath : A word/phrase that turns you off.
Memnalar :  What turns me off is intellectual dishonesty about language, deliberate co-opting or disingenuous perversion of a word or phrase to achieve some agenda, to exclude or diminish others or inflict a wound. Think of these words: Socialist. Elitist. Patriot. Gay. Jew. Muslim. How are they often used, and how is that different from what they really mean?


leoraigarath : A genre you’ll never write in.
Memnalar :  It’s a big mistake to wall off a genre or style as forbidden territory, or look down our nose at it as if it were beneath us. When we do that, all we’re really doing is giving power to self-imposed limitations. When you say “I’ll never write fantasy,” who are you really helping? Who are you hurting by giving it a shot?

I will say that I’m uncomfortable writing romance, but I’ll never say never.


leoraigarath : A genre you didn’t try and wish to give it a go.
Memnalar :  I’d like to be better at writing about the real world, be it historically or in the present day, with no fantastic elements whatsoever. So far, my attempts have been flat and uninspired. That is unacceptable, since there is so much in our world that is fascinating.


leoraigarath : Cursing or no cursing in your art?
Memnalar :  When I need to cuss, I cuss. They’re only words. It’s what you mean by them that gives them impact.


leoraigarath : The most embarrassing piece you ever wrote.
Memnalar :  The most embarrassing thing I ever wrote was a way-too-long, pathetic email to an ex after she broke my heart. No poem or story will ever come close to flushing my dignity down the toilet like that did.


leoraigarath : What is success in the literature world for you?
Memnalar :  Knowing that there are people who enjoy what I write, who look forward to reading it, and are honest about their opinions when they do read it. That’s a wonderful thing.

But what do I really want? Above all else? To change the game. To introduce something in my writing that echoes in how other people think, imagine and create. Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein. William Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’. Walt Disney’s mouse. Pink Floyd’s wall. Doyle’s detective.

Aren’t we all like that? Even a little?


leoraigarath : If you were to meet any writer/artist in the world – who would it be and what is the first thing you will do/say?
Memnalar :  Living or dead? Vincent Price. I’d ask him to our house for dinner, and I’d apologize in advance for my cooking.



I am now extremely intrigued regarding Jay’s cooking. I think that the next devmeet should be dinner at his house. I would like to thank Memnalar for taking the time on answering this interview, which was superbly interesting to read. I deeply encourage you to find a quiet time to go over his gallery, read, comment, interact. I assure you there’s a lot to read and see.

As always, answering my torturous interviews is both pleasure and a chore, but Jay was brave enough to give us a glimpse into his world, and I think it was a fascinating one.

This interview was composed by Omri J. Luzon ( leoraigarath ), and is the 6th in the series. Previous interviews are:

Behind the Words #1: Interview with ATrue
Behind the Words #2: Interview with Snow-Machine
Behind the Words #3: Interview with LadyLincoln
Behind the Words #4: Interview with Elmara
Behind the Words #5: Interview with GaioumonBatou




If you would like to suggest an interview, post a question or any other reply, send a note to leoraigarath. I would very much appreciate your ideas and comments,

Hope you enjoyed and always look behind the words,

- Omri J. Luzon ( leoraigarath )

32: One Step Toward Practicality

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 5, 2011, 12:46 PM
32: One Step Toward Practicality


Words. Sentences. Grammar. Meaning. They are all connected in our modern world, and we see them as inseparable.

When I first joined DeviantART I was quick to find out that most of the community whom I discussed with, on literature related things, put a lot of emphasize on the "correct" form of writing. It was an amazing experience, which shaped my capabilities and pushed me hard hard forward. I have a problem, see, and it is one that occurs in every spontaneous communicational way, - I vomit it out, carelessly, not caring for the rules of a language.

And then, should I? Should one really care for the modern rules of language (emphasize on the modern)? I think so. I actually do. But probably not in the sense that you think.

Let's take Shakespeare, which most would probably agree with me saying that he was one of the greatest of English shapers. Shakespeare lived in a time where the rules of language were loose. The limitations on how to say things were practically none existent. Therefore, when reading his works, the structure of the sentences is varying, changing, and is not what we would now consider "correct" in many cases. But is it wrong? Mmm… I don't think so.

I come to realize, as time passed, that the rules of a language are not the foundation of the structure (the piece), but only guidelines for practical communication, and by saying practical communication I mostly refer to daily basis needs. In example, buying in the store, hold an argument, debate, discussion. When it comes down to artistic needs – they are not rules, they are suggestions, a straight line of what is expected, a frame that contains that which is known. Is crossing that frameline a fault? No. It is not. In fact, it is a magnificent thing when, i.e., it functions as a reference. You can use a deviation in order to amplify a certain thought, feel, notion.

Thinking about the modern rules of language when one is writing is important. No doubt. But it is too confining when it comes down to creation. It is not less confining than, say, limiting poetry to 14 lines. A sonnet form is amazing, I love sonnets. But it does not mean that one should not write Haiku too. So is language, as I see it – the rules are guidelines, use them to the extent of it serving your needs.

This is one of the mindsets I've been experimenting with lately, in a search for an authentic voice. My authentic voice. A coherent, self-containing, voice. It is why I am experimenting with fragments, which is probably one of the most intensive writing experience I've had in a long while, if not ever (you can see a small example of this project in the poem - Everland, but it is a bit out of context when detached from the project so far entitled "The Fragmented Divine").

See, I'm still searching for the meaning of poetry, and within it the meaning of me as a writer. So far I had only one step forward, and it happened thanks to the person I work with on writing and editing his works, and he told me so – "The problem with poetry is that it is not practical". He also suggested music as the daughter of poetry – a very insightful notion, if you ask me. I was thinking hard on that Poetry not being practical, and I asked myself: Why?

I think that the answer has to do with limitations. When you limit something too much it loses practicality (unlike what one might think – when there are too many restrictions one cannot operate, which is why having a Prime Minister elected along with the Opposition party there will probably be less advancement during his run). One form of limitation would be the expectations for "correctness". As a rule of thumb –there is no Right in Art.

Still searching,
- Omri.

P.S.
Go give LadyLincoln a hug. Now.




Reading is Life

:new:Don Juan - Lord Byron

I haven't laughed like this in a while, well, actually since I've read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' The Nun's Priest's Tale. Anyway, this is wonderful, simply wonderful. I fell in love. Read.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
  • Watching: Modern Family and Doctor Who
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

31: Results of the CSSC!!!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 16, 2011, 3:30 AM
31: Results of the CSSC!!!


Yes, it took me some time to get there, and I'm still behind!!! :phew: But I'll get there, promise. So first, here is my contribution to this amazing contest - the features!!! [if you'd like to see the article - ITS HERE]

1st Place
:iconmiceechojelly:
miceechojelly with the piece - Rozhdestvo

2nd Place
:iconestrangeloedessa:
EstrangeloEdessa with the piece - A True Meaning of Christmas

3rd Place
:iconthestaccatobutterfly:
thestaccatobutterfly with the piece - The Center of the Family

Honorable Mentions
:iconjulietcaesar:
julietcaesar with the piece - Summer Snow

:icongraphitecolours:
GraphiteColours with the piece - The Gift of Light


:w00t::w00t: Congratulations to the winners, and of course I bet that all entries were interesting and good. :nod:

Moving on to personal stuff, which I always seem to update too late... I've had some little time to reply and comment lately, not as much as I would have liked but that's what I have :sad:

I'm now working on my seminar paper about W. B. Yeats (have you ever read him? if not, you should) and I have to admit that he is affecting me. I've been reading some amazing things lately, which I will share with you on my resources journal. And if you'll jump to the forums you'll see some interesting poems I've been uploading there. :nod:

Besides that I'm ok. The band is starting to move again. We are having auditions today too, and hopefully it would be good and worthwhile. I've been tired of auditioning. It's not an easy thing.

Another interesting thing is that my essay on style was published - The Imperfection of Style on The Missing Slate, which I'm really excited about. In fact I think that it is an amazingly interesting magazine! Even though I'm editing for it, which makes me biased, I seriously think that there are interesting articles there! Give it a try.

Well, I think it's enough for one time (oh! You should read X-Factor comic books, really damn good - Peter David Rules!). See you next time :)

Hugs,
- Omri




Reading is Life

:new:Don Juan - Lord Byron

I haven't laughed like this in a while, well, actually since I've read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' The Nun's Priest's Tale. Anyway, this is wonderful, simply wonderful. I fell in love. Read.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

:icongaioumonbatou::iconnycterent::iconhalatia::icongwenavhyeuranastasia:



  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
  • Watching: Modern Family and Doctor Who
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended
Few words on Groups VS. Clubs by the talented LadyLincoln -
Below you will find a wide variety of listings for a various selection of DeviantART Literature Groups and Clubs. This list is by no means complete, and if there are any additional ones you feel should be added, feel free to note leoraigarath and they will be added to the listing. Please be aware that Groups are not considered the same thing as Clubs. Clubs are considered to be standardized DeviantART-run accounts, and will have either a * or = symbol. Groups can be distinguished under the # symbols, and are maintained by their respective founders. If you have any questions about a particular group, it is always best that you contact its founder, co-founder, or various moderators. If you have any additional questions about how to go about creating a group, check out the FAQ.


New Groups: You have/heard of/participate in a group which is not listed - feel free to note me, leoraigarath, with your group's name, link and a 1-2 lines of About Us. Take heed - only LIT-RELATED groups will get into the list. Also please make sure that the groups/club have been active on the last month at least before submitting.

:new: = New additions to the list.

Remember – the groups/clubs are here for you, participate, have fun, learn and respect those who invest a lot of time to make this community a community! Now dive in! :D

- Omri J. Luzon, leoraigarath



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Adopt-A-Writer - Come in and adopt a writer! Or find someone who will offer critique, comments, advice, help, and friendship. You have the chance to be an adopter, an adoptee, mentor or just find yourself in an artistic partnership.

:new:Authors-of-Fantasy - Here we are dedicated to helping authors of fantasy and science fiction based stories get constructive feedback and share links and articles on the writing process.

:new:AuthorsEscape - You've found a great place to work on your writing. We hold many contests and we accept everyone who'd like to join. Don't hesitate to join, and we always look forward to reading what you write!

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:new: Based-On-A - Based-On-A is a place where every type of nonfiction, from creative memoirs to academic essays to journalistic pieces, can find a home. If it’s based on a true story, it belongs at #Based-On-A! We cannot wait to hear your stories.

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TheCritiqueBox - We offer you feedback on improving your own critiques, as well as other tips and opportunities to find people that want critique and to share some of your own work for critique. The goal is to foster a stronger community of people who give and receive critique, lessening the burden on the dedicated individuals who offer it and ask for nothing in return.

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DailyLitDeviations - Daily Literature Deviations is a group dedicated to promoting the work of Literature artists here on deviantArt.

dArtzine - dArtzine the best independent deviantART Webzine...

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:new:ElClubdelaPalabra - The club of the word creates contests on various topics, in all styles. They have literary games, projects like sending letters with stories, teamwork. Every Monday there are articles, entitled "Lunes literarios", related to literature which are posted in the club, and on one of the major Hispanic groups, noticias.


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Flash-Fic-Month - Flash Fiction Month is an annual community writing event, run in July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction every day for a month.

FreePoetry - Do you like creating and/or reading experimental poetry and short prose? Then you've come to the right place. This group is about sharing your poetry without having to worry about people turning it down because it does not fit into their preconceived idea of poetry.

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the-haiku-club - The Haiku Club is a literature project established to encourage writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry. To reach these goals, The Haiku Club provides resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms.

HammeredPoetry - Sick of prompts like "write about ashes" or competitions rewarding "the best poem about winter"? It's easy to fall into the trap of writing what we're good at. Hammered exists to set detailed writing prompts which will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, risk doing the difficult thing, and actually improve as an artist.

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:new:lacoterie - You know that writing group you go to down at the local coffeeshop, where everyone reads each other's work and discusses it? You get in-depth feedback on what you're doing, where to go with it, and how to get better, and you have the opportunity to see what other people are doing as well.

Lesbian-Lit-Club - Home of Lesbian Literature.

Lit-Twitter - Tired of going through journals and news articles to find out what's happening in DevArt literature? Lit-Twitter will keep you in the loop!

Literary-Perceptions - We are a group that focuses on getting literature out into the open here on deviantART. Whether you write poetry, lyrics, fiction or non-fiction, there will be a place for you here.

Literary-Visions - We at #Literary-Visions and our associate group *Literary-Visionaries desire to not only to be a part of the Literature Community of deviantart but to inspire it and spotlight it. There are so many groups based around Literature, but few offer more than a place to see your work stored and possibly gain a few extra views.

LITplease - LITplease offers great opportunities for writers to practice their craft through prompts, contests, workshops, and other projects aimed at flexing those writing muscles.

Live-Love-Write - Live-Love-Write is a club all about helping the writers here on deviantArt, new and old. Through contests, features and much more, writers are given a chance to express themselves and learn more from others.

LitWIP - To provide a forum for authors who have original stories that are... Works In Progress. To provide authors the opportunity to have their stories read by those in the deviantART community. To provide the author the option of having their works critiqued by the readers if they so choose. To provide the reader with original works to read, critique and enjoy.

Love-4-Dark-Poetry - :devolve-4-dark-poetry: is a group that I'm in and it's about the same as Free-Poetry but for the darker writers out there.

lyriclub - lyriclub is a group for songwriters and other poets, that helds a contest each month and occasionally a Critique Week, too.

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MythMash - MythMash is a group for works of literary fiction. We are dedicated to fun and functionality. We're here to help you connect with some fantastic fiction, and have a few lulz while you're at it.

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NaNoWriMo-Love - A group for all you NaNoWrimo crazies out there! (Yup, I'm one of the crazies too).

The-Novelist-Club - A collective group of novelist writers on DeviantArt.


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Open-Mic-Poetry - This is a place for all poets to come together and share their poetry.....All poetry is welcome.

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PennedPaper - This is a group for all lovers of literature. All genres, all styles, all themes. We are dedicated to improving the quality of literature on dA and increasing exposure to the writers who make up the community.

PoetsandWriters - Poets and Writers is a group dedicated to the creation of literature, particularly fiction. Any poems or short stories are accepted, and all are allowed to join. However, because we're dedicated to catering to all ages, we do not allow mature deviations to be submitted to our group.

Poet-Article-Project - The thing is to write an article on a poet, who writes on your poetry in return. Please upload these to this group, to create a lively and large project.

PoetsClub - The Poet's Club is all about poetry. Contest, themes, discussions, challenges, and helpful tools will be guides to poets who want to practice and develop their skills in poetry.

PPPLit - PPPLit (Prodigious Poetry and Prose) is dedicated to featuring underappreciated Literature here on deviantART! This is dedicated to giving writers the recognition they truly deserve and bringing literature to the front of this community.

Prosemonkeys - A group for literature creation, no matter what your style is we make room for you. With weekly prompts, features, and a monthly news article to boot. It's all about the art creation, and spreading dA love. If you write prose this is the place for you.


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quill-cafe - A group set up for all classes of creative writing - whether you write novels, short stories, poetry, film scripts, plays, monologues, comic scripts, song lyrics, etc.

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Realm-of-Fantasy - Fantasy, by its core definition is: the free play of creative imagination. This is a place for both Artists and Enthusiasts to come and share their imagination, and meet others with a similar passion. This Group features Fantasy and Science Fiction related Artwork and Literature.

RenderWonderland - RenderWonderland is a community for fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers/poets. RW showcases members' literature, highlights events concerning these genres on/off dA, and creates an environment for members to meet others with similar goals.

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ScreamPrompts - This is a prompt-only group that is designed to help you think about what you're writing (it won't hurt, I promise). You will find prompts that are challenging and unique but not intimidating.

Scribblers-Anonymous - We are a club dedicated to prose and poetry writers of any style, genre, characters, themes, and more. If anyone wants a place to show off their under appreciated literary style for their genre of choice, we welcome him/her with open arms, wide eyes, and great interest.

ShortStackStories - Our goal is to increase the reader for short stories and to spread the interest to everyone for appreciate, and hopefully, they will be able to write short stories as a hobby.

SongofthePoets - SongofthePoets is a group for rhythmical poetry and poetry in general, that features a selection from the gallery in a news article every month.

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transliterations - transliterations aims to promote and prompt literature in translation. Translation here means to move from one language to another--whether that language be English, Greek, paint, photography or music. We are all about bringing different artforms and artworlds together.

TransmetLit - TransmetLit is a literature group dedicated to the creation and further evolution of transgressive fiction.

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Vignettophiles - Not all of us can write thousand-page epics. If original flash fiction, drabbles, and vignettes are your specialty, come on down and make your work at home! We embrace all genres, barring pornography and erotica. Now seeking affiliates!

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We-Write-Fantasy - Do you have a fantasy story that nobody's reading because they can't take the time too? Wanting to break free, but nobody's listening? Well here's a group ready to give feedback. Our group is soley dedicated to fantasy stories.

Word-Smiths - Not an exclusive group, but we do want your best work. We want poetry and prose that says something - tells a story; evokes a mood or memory; stirs an emotion; takes the reader out of him or herself.

wordflight - A general literature group, relatively new. We are open to new and innovative techniques and ideas! We accept almost every form of literature (including visual and non-fiction). We give prompts and contests with open-ended topics.

Wordspill-Central - Wordspill is a group designed to offer motivation for any level of writer who wants to get words on a page.

writers-in-progress - Writers-In-Progress exists to provide a safe place for writers to upload their peices and receive helpful critiques in order to become a better writer.

Writers-Guild-DA - We are a group dedicated to showcasing our member's literature as well as encouraging our members to critique each other's works.

TheWritersMeow - For writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, publishing tips, and encouragement. Regular contests, exercises, & special features. We feature both prose and poetry. A friendly, family-like community!

Writers-Workshop - #Writers-Workshop runs a variety of workshops led by members of the community, all of which allow writers of all abilities to discover new forms, develop new skills, and have a bit of fun with new writing tasks.

writingclub - We try to appreciate all the types of literature that there is. We want people who have had little experience be able to talk and throw around ideas with someone who knows a lot of the tricks of the trade.

The-Writers-Review - There is a lack of feedback for literature here on DA. Our mission is to change this. We are focused on giving literature the attention it deserves by critiquing and commenting.

WritersPen - Poetry is possibly the most beautiful way to express an emotion. It is deep, moving... Raw. That is why we feel the need to have a group devoted to poetry. Writer's Pen is all about poetry and the poets who write it!

[New]WriterArt - WriterArt is a mini-community within the big world that is deviantArt, where writers can focus their audience to just a specific group of people who are more likely to discover and comment on each other's literature. This is Where Writers find Writing.

WritersInk - Stories were being told before writing even existed, and story tellers were revered people who were always welcome. This is a place were all storytellers are welcome no matter the age, interest, or strength.

theWrittenRevolution - theWrittenRevolution is a literature group designed to give all dedicated and inspired writers the chance to develop and promote their work in order to get feedback, whether it be prose, poetry, song lyrics or any other form of writing. Our Twitter account, @WrittenRevolt, will keep you up to date on group activities and literature news around deviantART.

write-to-live - dedicated to those who use writing as an outlet for emotional troubles AND for those who just want to write in a particular emotional theme (i.e. love, dislike, harmony, insecurity... anything of the sort).


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Xpose-it - Xpose-it is a group that aims to bring Xposure to books, music and films, deviants and deviations, countries, projects, contests and much more right to your message centre.

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YouAsTheNarrator - This is a Literature Based Writing Prompt Group specifically designed for Original Characters and extreme limitations in order to utilize writing skill. Everything here is based off Original Characters (OC) that are submitted to a specific folder and then used against the different scenarios/prompts offered by the group.

30: Six Word Story Contest

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 29, 2011, 4:36 PM
30: Six Word Story Contest


Have you heard of the amazingly fun contest by SixWordStories? No? Shame! Then you should at least check them out. But if you did, or if you are interested in finding out a bit about it, I dedicate this journal to featuring the three first places! :w00t::w00t! [And you can read all about it HERE too!]

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1st Place: Confession by Silver786

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2nd Place: Recently at the Bookstore by TaurusJ

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3rd Place:  Eulogy by ripari

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I love seeing these contests take place, I must admit. It makes me feel that the something in the community is moving and that everybody's having fun.

I, on the other hand, am having tests. And that's not fun. The studying is fun. The tests are ARGH! (yes, that was an ARGH of rage). A lot of my time is being consumed in studying, and I have hardly any time to do dA stuff. And it is annoying, because I love dA. I love you guys. I love this community. I feel like the studies are as a rift between me and dA. Annoying.

But let me tell you what I did do, besides the studying and working of course -

There was a poetry reading in the university entitled - 'Something About Nature' - , and I read two of my poems - Blue Nuns in a Barren Land and The Durra Pipes. I got very good feedback, although I was excited as hell. I am used to reading poetry, if you guys remember the amazing days of Writers-Slam... *nostalgic reminiscing*... But I've never read my poems live, on stage, in front of a crowd. It was a good kind of stressing.

Along with that I've been putting aside the 2nd editing of my novel, in order to clear my mind, and started working on some fragmented poetry. I'll probably share it with you once I have something worthy of sharing.

With my band things are moving nicely, we are still auditioning for bass players, and now looking for a guitar player too. We had a radio interview last week, it was funny. But we are mostly trying to reform the group, so that when the tests are over we will be able to get back to biz.

So things are moving, life is evolving, the world is turning, and my ass is as flat as the chair I sit on for God knows how many hours. Be good boys and girls! And have fun for me! I'm drying out.

- Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Don Juan - Lord Byron

I haven't laughed like this in a while, well, actually since I've read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' The Nun's Priest's Tale. Anyway, this is wonderful, simply wonderful. I fell in love. Read.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

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  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
  • Watching: Modern Family and Doctor Who
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended
An updated list of all the Literature Groups and Clubs on dA, especially for you to join and participate in the lit community!



Few words on Groups VS. Clubs by the talented LadyLincoln -
Below you will find a wide variety of listings for a various selection of DeviantART Literature Groups and Clubs. This list is by no means complete, and if there are any additional ones you feel should be added, feel free to note leoraigarath and they will be added to the listing. Please be aware that Groups are not considered the same thing as Clubs. Clubs are considered to be standardized DeviantART-run accounts, and will have either a * or = symbol. Groups can be distinguished under the # symbols, and are maintained by their respective founders. If you have any questions about a particular group, it is always best that you contact its founder, co-founder, or various moderators. If you have any additional questions about how to go about creating a group, check out the FAQ.


New Groups: You have/heard of/participate in a group which is not listed - feel free to note me, leoraigarath, with your group's name, link and a 1-2 lines of About Us. Take heed - only LIT-RELATED groups will get into the list. Also please make sure that the groups/club have been active on the last month at least before submitting.

:new: = New additions to the list.

Remember – the groups/clubs are here for you, participate, have fun, learn and respect those who invest a lot of time to make this community a community! Now dive in! :D

- Omri J. Luzon, leoraigarath



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Adopt-A-Writer - Come in and adopt a writer! Or find someone who will offer critique, comments, advice, help, and friendship. You have the chance to be an adopter, an adoptee, mentor or just find yourself in an artistic partnership.


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TheCritiqueBox - We offer you feedback on improving your own critiques, as well as other tips and opportunities to find people that want critique and to share some of your own work for critique. The goal is to foster a stronger community of people who give and receive critique, lessening the burden on the dedicated individuals who offer it and ask for nothing in return.

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DailyLitDeviations - Daily Literature Deviations is a group dedicated to promoting the work of Literature artists here on deviantArt.

dArtzine - dArtzine the best independent deviantART Webzine...

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Flash-Fic-Month - Flash Fiction Month is an annual community writing event, run in July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction every day for a month.

FreePoetry - Do you like creating and/or reading experimental poetry and short prose? Then you've come to the right place. This group is about sharing your poetry without having to worry about people turning it down because it does not fit into their preconceived idea of poetry.

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the-haiku-club - The Haiku Club is a literature project established to encourage writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry. To reach these goals, The Haiku Club provides resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms.

HammeredPoetry - Sick of prompts like "write about ashes" or competitions rewarding "the best poem about winter"? It's easy to fall into the trap of writing what we're good at. Hammered exists to set detailed writing prompts which will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, risk doing the difficult thing, and actually improve as an artist.

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Lesbian-Lit-Club - Home of Lesbian Literature.

Lit-Twitter - Tired of going through journals and news articles to find out what's happening in DevArt literature? Lit-Twitter will keep you in the loop!

Literary-Perceptions - We are a group that focuses on getting literature out into the open here on deviantART. Whether you write poetry, lyrics, fiction or non-fiction, there will be a place for you here.

Literary-Visions - We at #Literary-Visions and our associate group *Literary-Visionaries desire to not only to be a part of the Literature Community of deviantart but to inspire it and spotlight it. There are so many groups based around Literature, but few offer more than a place to see your work stored and possibly gain a few extra views.

LITplease - LITplease offers great opportunities for writers to practice their craft through prompts, contests, workshops, and other projects aimed at flexing those writing muscles.

Live-Love-Write - Live-Love-Write is a club all about helping the writers here on deviantArt, new and old. Through contests, features and much more, writers are given a chance to express themselves and learn more from others.

LitWIP - To provide a forum for authors who have original stories that are... Works In Progress. To provide authors the opportunity to have their stories read by those in the deviantART community. To provide the author the option of having their works critiqued by the readers if they so choose. To provide the reader with original works to read, critique and enjoy.

:new:Love-4-Dark-Poetry - :devolve-4-dark-poetry: is a group that I'm in and it's about the same as Free-Poetry but for the darker writers out there.

lyriclub - lyriclub is a group for songwriters and other poets, that helds a contest each month and occasionally a Critique Week, too.

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MythMash - MythMash is a group for works of literary fiction. We are dedicated to fun and functionality. We're here to help you connect with some fantastic fiction, and have a few lulz while you're at it.

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NaNoWriMo-Love - A group for all you NaNoWrimo crazies out there! (Yup, I'm one of the crazies too).

The-Novelist-Club - A collective group of novelist writers on DeviantArt.


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Open-Mic-Poetry - This is a place for all poets to come together and share their poetry.....All poetry is welcome.

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:new: PennedPaper - This is a group for all lovers of literature. All genres, all styles, all themes. We are dedicated to improving the quality of literature on dA and increasing exposure to the writers who make up the community.

PoetsandWriters - Poets and Writers is a group dedicated to the creation of literature, particularly fiction. Any poems or short stories are accepted, and all are allowed to join. However, because we're dedicated to catering to all ages, we do not allow mature deviations to be submitted to our group.

Poet-Article-Project - The thing is to write an article on a poet, who writes on your poetry in return. Please upload these to this group, to create a lively and large project.

PoetsClub - The Poet's Club is all about poetry. Contest, themes, discussions, challenges, and helpful tools will be guides to poets who want to practice and develop their skills in poetry.

PPPLit - PPPLit (Prodigious Poetry and Prose) is dedicated to featuring underappreciated Literature here on deviantART! This is dedicated to giving writers the recognition they truly deserve and bringing literature to the front of this community.

Prosemonkeys - A group for literature creation, no matter what your style is we make room for you. With weekly prompts, features, and a monthly news article to boot. It's all about the art creation, and spreading dA love. If you write prose this is the place for you.


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quill-cafe - A group set up for all classes of creative writing - whether you write novels, short stories, poetry, film scripts, plays, monologues, comic scripts, song lyrics, etc.

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Realm-of-Fantasy - Fantasy, by its core definition is: the free play of creative imagination. This is a place for both Artists and Enthusiasts to come and share their imagination, and meet others with a similar passion. This Group features Fantasy and Science Fiction related Artwork and Literature.

RenderWonderland - RenderWonderland is a community for fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers/poets. RW showcases members' literature, highlights events concerning these genres on/off dA, and creates an environment for members to meet others with similar goals.

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ScreamPrompts - This is a prompt-only group that is designed to help you think about what you're writing (it won't hurt, I promise). You will find prompts that are challenging and unique but not intimidating.

Scribblers-Anonymous - We are a club dedicated to prose and poetry writers of any style, genre, characters, themes, and more. If anyone wants a place to show off their under appreciated literary style for their genre of choice, we welcome him/her with open arms, wide eyes, and great interest.

ShortStackStories - Our goal is to increase the reader for short stories and to spread the interest to everyone for appreciate, and hopefully, they will be able to write short stories as a hobby.

SongofthePoets - SongofthePoets is a group for rhythmical poetry and poetry in general, that features a selection from the gallery in a news article every month.

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:new: transliterations - transliterations aims to promote and prompt literature in translation. Translation here means to move from one language to another--whether that language be English, Greek, paint, photography or music. We are all about bringing different artforms and artworlds together.

TransmetLit - TransmetLit is a literature group dedicated to the creation and further evolution of transgressive fiction.

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Vignettophiles - Not all of us can write thousand-page epics. If original flash fiction, drabbles, and vignettes are your specialty, come on down and make your work at home! We embrace all genres, barring pornography and erotica. Now seeking affiliates!

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We-Write-Fantasy - Do you have a fantasy story that nobody's reading because they can't take the time too? Wanting to break free, but nobody's listening? Well here's a group ready to give feedback. Our group is soley dedicated to fantasy stories.

Word-Smiths - Not an exclusive group, but we do want your best work. We want poetry and prose that says something - tells a story; evokes a mood or memory; stirs an emotion; takes the reader out of him or herself.

:new: wordflight - A general literature group, relatively new. We are open to new and innovative techniques and ideas! We accept almost every form of literature (including visual and non-fiction). We give prompts and contests with open-ended topics.

Wordspill-Central - Wordspill is a group designed to offer motivation for any level of writer who wants to get words on a page.

writers-in-progress - Writers-In-Progress exists to provide a safe place for writers to upload their peices and receive helpful critiques in order to become a better writer.

Writers-Guild-DA - We are a group dedicated to showcasing our member's literature as well as encouraging our members to critique each other's works.

TheWritersMeow - For writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, publishing tips, and encouragement. Regular contests, exercises, & special features. We feature both prose and poetry. A friendly, family-like community!

Writers-Workshop - #Writers-Workshop runs a variety of workshops led by members of the community, all of which allow writers of all abilities to discover new forms, develop new skills, and have a bit of fun with new writing tasks.

writingclub - We try to appreciate all the types of literature that there is. We want people who have had little experience be able to talk and throw around ideas with someone who knows a lot of the tricks of the trade.

The-Writers-Review - There is a lack of feedback for literature here on DA. Our mission is to change this. We are focused on giving literature the attention it deserves by critiquing and commenting.

WritersPen - Poetry is possibly the most beautiful way to express an emotion. It is deep, moving... Raw. That is why we feel the need to have a group devoted to poetry. Writer's Pen is all about poetry and the poets who write it!

WritersInk - Stories were being told before writing even existed, and story tellers were revered people who were always welcome. This is a place were all storytellers are welcome no matter the age, interest, or strength.

theWrittenRevolution - theWrittenRevolution is a literature group designed to give all dedicated and inspired writers the chance to develop and promote their work in order to get feedback, whether it be prose, poetry, song lyrics or any other form of writing. Our Twitter account, @WrittenRevolt, will keep you up to date on group activities and literature news around deviantART.

write-to-live - dedicated to those who use writing as an outlet for emotional troubles AND for those who just want to write in a particular emotional theme (i.e. love, dislike, harmony, insecurity... anything of the sort).


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Xpose-it - Xpose-it is a group that aims to bring Xposure to books, music and films, deviants and deviations, countries, projects, contests and much more right to your message centre.

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:new: YouAsTheNarrator - This is a Literature Based Writing Prompt Group specifically designed for Original Characters and extreme limitations in order to utilize writing skill. Everything here is based off Original Characters (OC) that are submitted to a specific folder and then used against the different scenarios/prompts offered by the group.

Literature Groups List

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 20, 2011, 9:14 AM
Literature Groups List

Few words on Groups VS. Clubs by the talented LadyLincoln -
Below you will find a wide variety of listings for a various selection of DeviantART Literature Groups and Clubs. This list is by no means complete, and if there are any additional ones you feel should be added, feel free to note leoraigarath and they will be added to the listing. Please be aware that Groups are not considered the same thing as Clubs. Clubs are considered to be standardized DeviantART-run accounts, and will have either a * or = symbol. Groups can be distinguished under the # symbols, and are maintained by their respective founders. If you have any questions about a particular group, it is always best that you contact its founder, co-founder, or various moderators. If you have any additional questions about how to go about creating a group, check out the FAQ.


New Groups: You have/heard of/participate in a group which is not listed - feel free to note me, leoraigarath, with your group's name, link and a 1-2 lines of About Us. Take heed - only LIT-RELATED groups will get into the list. Also please make sure that the groups/club have been active on the last month at least before submitting.

:new: = New additions to the list.

Remember the groups/clubs are here for you, participate, have fun, learn and respect those who invest a lot of time to make this community a community! Now dive in! :D

- Omri J. Luzon, leoraigarath





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Adopt-A-Writer - Come in and adopt a writer! Or find someone who will offer critique, comments, advice, help, and friendship. You have the chance to be an adopter, an adoptee, mentor or just find yourself in an artistic partnership.

Authors-of-Fantasy - Here we are dedicated to helping authors of fantasy and science fiction based stories get constructive feedback and share links and articles on the writing process.

AuthorsEscape - You've found a great place to work on your writing. We hold many contests and we accept everyone who'd like to join. Don't hesitate to join, and we always look forward to reading what you write!


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Based-On-A - Based-On-A is a place where every type of nonfiction, from creative memoirs to academic essays to journalistic pieces, can find a home. If it’s based on a true story, it belongs at #Based-On-A! We cannot wait to hear your stories.


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DailyLitDeviations - Daily Literature Deviations is a group dedicated to promoting the work of Literature artists here on deviantArt.

dArtzine - dArtzine the best independent deviantART Webzine...


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ElClubdelaPalabra - The club of the word creates contests on various topics, in all styles. They have literary games, projects like sending letters with stories, teamwork. Every Monday there are articles, entitled "Lunes literarios", related to literature which are posted in the club, and on one of the major Hispanic groups, noticias.


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Flash-Fic-Month - Flash Fiction Month is an annual community writing event, run in July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction every day for a month.

FreePoetry - Do you like creating and/or reading experimental poetry and short prose? Then you've come to the right place. This group is about sharing your poetry without having to worry about people turning it down because it does not fit into their preconceived idea of poetry.


H

the-haiku-club - The Haiku Club is a literature project established to encourage writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry. To reach these goals, The Haiku Club provides resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms.

:HammeredPoetry - Sick of prompts like "write about ashes" or competitions rewarding "the best poem about winter"? It's easy to fall into the trap of writing what we're good at. Hammered exists to set detailed writing prompts which will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, risk doing the difficult thing, and actually improve as an artist.

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lacoterie - You know that writing group you go to down at the local coffeeshop, where everyone reads each other's work and discusses it? You get in-depth feedback on what you're doing, where to go with it, and how to get better, and you have the opportunity to see what other people are doing as well.

Lesbian-Lit-Club - Home of Lesbian Literature.

Lit-Twitter - Tired of going through journals and news articles to find out what's happening in DevArt literature? Lit-Twitter will keep you in the loop!

theletterbox - theletterbox is the headquarters for active literature groups across deviantART to share ideas, information and to collaborate on projects to present a more united literature experience for deviant writers.

Literary-Perceptions - We are a group that focuses on getting literature out into the open here on deviantART. Whether you write poetry, lyrics, fiction or non-fiction, there will be a place for you here.

Literary-Visions - We at #Literary-Visions and our associate group *Literary-Visionaries desire to not only to be a part of the Literature Community of deviantart but to inspire it and spotlight it. There are so many groups based around Literature, but few offer more than a place to see your work stored and possibly gain a few extra views.

LITplease - LITplease offers great opportunities for writers to practice their craft through prompts, contests, workshops, and other projects aimed at flexing those writing muscles.

Live-Love-Write - Live-Love-Write is a club all about helping the writers here on deviantArt, new and old. Through contests, features and much more, writers are given a chance to express themselves and learn more from others.

LitWIP - To provide a forum for authors who have original stories that are... Works In Progress. To provide authors the opportunity to have their stories read by those in the deviantART community. To provide the author the option of having their works critiqued by the readers if they so choose. To provide the reader with original works to read, critique and enjoy.

Love-4-Dark-Poetry - :devolve-4-dark-poetry: is a group that I'm in and it's about the same as Free-Poetry but for the darker writers out there.

lyriclub - lyriclub is a group for songwriters and other poets, that helds a contest each month and occasionally a Critique Week, too.

Lyrics-Community - Lyrics-Community is dedicated to lyrics as well as lyrically related or inspired art.


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MythMash - MythMash is a group for works of literary fiction. We are dedicated to fun and functionality. We're here to help you connect with some fantastic fiction, and have a few lulz while you're at it.

N

NaNoWriMo-Love - A group for all you NaNoWrimo crazies out there! (Yup, I'm one of the crazies too).

The-Novelist-Club - A collective group of novelist writers on DeviantArt.


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Open-Mic-Poetry - This is a place for all poets to come together and share their poetry.....All poetry is welcome.

TheOtherPoets - This is a group looking for flare, no fear to express whats on the heart and mind, and something just a bit different than the other pieces of poetry out there.


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PennedPaper - This is a group for all lovers of literature. All genres, all styles, all themes. We are dedicated to improving the quality of literature on dA and increasing exposure to the writers who make up the community.

:new:Poemas - Before you join read the rules: (1) Have fun, (2) Poetry, Prose, and short stories, (3) Respect the artist and/or writer critque if asked otherwise don't...

Poet-Article-Project - The thing is to write an article on a poet, who writes on your poetry in return. Please upload these to this group, to create a lively and large project.

PoetsandWriters - Poets and Writers is a group dedicated to the creation of literature, particularly fiction. Any poems or short stories are accepted, and all are allowed to join. However, because we're dedicated to catering to all ages, we do not allow mature deviations to be submitted to our group.

PoetsClub - The Poet's Club is all about poetry. Contest, themes, discussions, challenges, and helpful tools will be guides to poets who want to practice and develop their skills in poetry.

PPPLit - PPPLit (Prodigious Poetry and Prose) is dedicated to featuring underappreciated Literature here on deviantART! This is dedicated to giving writers the recognition they truly deserve and bringing literature to the front of this community.

Prosemonkeys - A group for literature creation, no matter what your style is we make room for you. With weekly prompts, features, and a monthly news article to boot. It's all about the art creation, and spreading dA love. If you write prose this is the place for you.

Q

quill-cafe - A group set up for all classes of creative writing - whether you write novels, short stories, poetry, film scripts, plays, monologues, comic scripts, song lyrics, etc.

R

Realm-of-Fantasy - Fantasy, by its core definition is: the free play of creative imagination. This is a place for both Artists and Enthusiasts to come and share their imagination, and meet others with a similar passion. This Group features Fantasy and Science Fiction related Artwork and Literature.

RenderWonderland - RenderWonderland is a community for fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers/poets. RW showcases members' literature, highlights events concerning these genres on/off dA, and creates an environment for members to meet others with similar goals.

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ScreamPrompts - This is a prompt-only group that is designed to help you think about what you're writing (it won't hurt, I promise). You will find prompts that are challenging and unique but not intimidating.

Scribblers-Anonymous - We are a club dedicated to prose and poetry writers of any style, genre, characters, themes, and more. If anyone wants a place to show off their under appreciated literary style for their genre of choice, we welcome him/her with open arms, wide eyes, and great interest.

ShortStackStories - Our goal is to increase the reader for short stories and to spread the interest to everyone for appreciate, and hopefully, they will be able to write short stories as a hobby.

SongofthePoets - SongofthePoets is a group for rhythmical poetry and poetry in general, that features a selection from the gallery in a news article every month.

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transliterations - transliterations aims to promote and prompt literature in translation. Translation here means to move from one language to another--whether that language be English, Greek, paint, photography or music. We are all about bringing different artforms and artworlds together.

TransmetLit - TransmetLit is a literature group dedicated to the creation and further evolution of transgressive fiction.


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Vignettophiles - Not all of us can write thousand-page epics. If original flash fiction, drabbles, and vignettes are your specialty, come on down and make your work at home! We embrace all genres, barring pornography and erotica. Now seeking affiliates!


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We-Write-Fantasy - Do you have a fantasy story that nobody's reading because they can't take the time too? Wanting to break free, but nobody's listening? Well here's a group ready to give feedback. Our group is soley dedicated to fantasy stories.

wordflight - A general literature group, relatively new. We are open to new and innovative techniques and ideas! We accept almost every form of literature (including visual and non-fiction). We give prompts and contests with open-ended topics.

Word-Smiths - Not an exclusive group, but we do want your best work. We want poetry and prose that says something - tells a story; evokes a mood or memory; stirs an emotion; takes the reader out of him or herself.

Wordspill-Central - Wordspill is a group designed to offer motivation for any level of writer who wants to get words on a page.

writers-in-progress - Writers-In-Progress exists to provide a safe place for writers to upload their peices and receive helpful critiques in order to become a better writer.

Writers-Guild-DA - We are a group dedicated to showcasing our member's literature as well as encouraging our members to critique each other's works.

TheWritersMeow - For writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, publishing tips, and encouragement. Regular contests, exercises, & special features. We feature both prose and poetry. A friendly, family-like community!

write-to-live - dedicated to those who use writing as an outlet for emotional troubles AND for those who just want to write in a particular emotional theme (i.e. love, dislike, harmony, insecurity... anything of the sort).

Writers-Workshop - #Writers-Workshop runs a variety of workshops led by members of the community, all of which allow writers of all abilities to discover new forms, develop new skills, and have a bit of fun with new writing tasks.

writingclub - We try to appreciate all the types of literature that there is. We want people who have had little experience be able to talk and throw around ideas with someone who knows a lot of the tricks of the trade.

The-Writers-Review - There is a lack of feedback for literature here on DA. Our mission is to change this. We are focused on giving literature the attention it deserves by critiquing and commenting.

WriterArt - WriterArt is a mini-community within the big world that is deviantArt, where writers can focus their audience to just a specific group of people who are more likely to discover and comment on each other's literature. This is Where Writers find Writing.

WritersPen - Poetry is possibly the most beautiful way to express an emotion. It is deep, moving... Raw. That is why we feel the need to have a group devoted to poetry. Writer's Pen is all about poetry and the poets who write it!

WritersInk - Stories were being told before writing even existed, and story tellers were revered people who were always welcome. This is a place were all storytellers are welcome no matter the age, interest, or strength.

theWrittenRevolution - theWrittenRevolution is a literature group designed to give all dedicated and inspired writers the chance to develop and promote their work in order to get feedback, whether it be prose, poetry, song lyrics or any other form of writing. Our Twitter account, @WrittenRevolt, will keep you up to date on group activities and literature news around deviantART.


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Xpose-it - Xpose-it is a group that aims to bring Xposure to books, music and films, deviants and deviations, countries, projects, contests and much more right to your message centre.

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YouAsTheNarrator - This is a Literature Based Writing Prompt Group specifically designed for Original Characters and extreme limitations in order to utilize writing skill. Everything here is based off Original Characters (OC) that are submitted to a specific folder and then used against the different scenarios/prompts offered by the group.

  • Mood: Tired

Thanksgiving Note Project Feature!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 15, 2011, 3:46 AM
28: Happy New Year! :D


It took a while to get there, I try not to spam you with constant updates from me (yeah yeah, nice excuse :P It's the studies, I swear!). So let's see, we have a winner and a feature is in place, so before I ramble allow me to introduce - nonnihil! :w00t::w00t:




Mr. John R. Freeman Jr. comes from the vast USA, specifically - south Florida, and he creates amazing works. I loved browsing his gallery, although I feel it is not filled enough (come on nonnihil! We want more! We want more!). But since his last journal was made of the few words - "I am so exhausted." - I think we'll forgive him this time, and wait in patience for more. In the meantime, BROWSE HIS GALLERY!

Thank you :D

As for me, I am in the early Finals period, I feel my head about to explode and suffer of sore throat, the antibiotics kind. My stomach hurts, I hate Penicillin, and my ass is flat due to hours of studying. My last poem - Blue Nuns in a Barren Land was the last poem I wrote, and it is the first step to the next stage in my vision. Although my vision is blurred by overdose of education.

In another direction, I got a bunch of notes regarding the Groups List I published, which is really great, because it feels good to see that people care enough to note me! I thank you all, I will reply very soon.

One last thing, for now, today is Ladies of Lit Chat Critique Spotlight with 3wyl, who won the category of Best Senior for last year (congratulations!!!! :w00t: :w00t: Go congratulate! Now!) and I urge you all to participate. It will take place on 6pm Eastern time, HERE. Go play and be nice! :D

Much love, best regards, have a beer, life is too packed to be a human being,
Yours,
   - Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Don Juan - Lord Byron

I haven't laughed like this in a while, well, actually since I've read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' The Nun's Priest's Tale. Anyway, this is wonderful, simply wonderful. I fell in love. Read.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

:icongaioumonbatou::iconnycterent::iconhalatia::icongwenavhyeuranastasia:



  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
  • Watching: Modern Family and Doctor Who
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended
An updated list of all the Literature Groups and Clubs on dA, especially for you to join and participate in the lit community!



Few words on Groups VS. Clubs by the talented LadyLincoln -
Below you will find a wide variety of listings for a various selection of DeviantART Literature Groups and Clubs. This list is by no means complete, and if there are any additional ones you feel should be added, feel free to note leoraigarath and they will be added to the listing. Please be aware that Groups are not considered the same thing as Clubs. Clubs are considered to be standardized DeviantART-run accounts, and will have either a * or = symbol. Groups can be distinguished under the # symbols, and are maintained by their respective founders. If you have any questions about a particular group, it is always best that you contact its founder, co-founder, or various moderators. If you have any additional questions about how to go about creating a group, check out the FAQ.


New Groups: You have/heard of/participate in a group which is not listed - feel free to note me, leoraigarath, with your group's name, link and a 1-2 lines of About Us. Take heed - only LIT-RELATED groups will get into the list. Also please make sure that the groups/club have been active on the last month at least before submitting.

:new: = New additions to the list.

Remember – the groups/clubs are here for you, participate, have fun, learn and respect those who invest a lot of time to make this community a community! Now dive in! :D

- Omri J. Luzon, leoraigarath



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Adopt-A-Writer - Come in and adopt a writer! Or find someone who will offer critique, comments, advice, help, and friendship. You have the chance to be an adopter, an adoptee, mentor or just find yourself in an artistic partnership.


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TheCritiqueBox - We offer you feedback on improving your own critiques, as well as other tips and opportunities to find people that want critique and to share some of your own work for critique. The goal is to foster a stronger community of people who give and receive critique, lessening the burden on the dedicated individuals who offer it and ask for nothing in return.

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DailyLitDeviations - Daily Literature Deviations is a group dedicated to promoting the work of Literature artists here on deviantArt.

dArtzine - dArtzine the best independent deviantART Webzine...

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Flash-Fic-Month - Flash Fiction Month is an annual community writing event, run in July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction every day for a month.

:new: FreePoetry - Do you like creating and/or reading experimental poetry and short prose? Then you've come to the right place. This group is about sharing your poetry without having to worry about people turning it down because it does not fit into their preconceived idea of poetry.

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the-haiku-club - The Haiku Club is a literature project established to encourage writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry. To reach these goals, The Haiku Club provides resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms.

HammeredPoetry - Sick of prompts like "write about ashes" or competitions rewarding "the best poem about winter"? It's easy to fall into the trap of writing what we're good at. Hammered exists to set detailed writing prompts which will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, risk doing the difficult thing, and actually improve as an artist.

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Lesbian-Lit-Club - Home of Lesbian Literature.

Lit-Twitter - Tired of going through journals and news articles to find out what's happening in DevArt literature? Lit-Twitter will keep you in the loop!

Literary-Perceptions - We are a group that focuses on getting literature out into the open here on deviantART. Whether you write poetry, lyrics, fiction or non-fiction, there will be a place for you here.

Literary-Visions - We at #Literary-Visions and our associate group *Literary-Visionaries desire to not only to be a part of the Literature Community of deviantart but to inspire it and spotlight it. There are so many groups based around Literature, but few offer more than a place to see your work stored and possibly gain a few extra views.

LITplease - LITplease offers great opportunities for writers to practice their craft through prompts, contests, workshops, and other projects aimed at flexing those writing muscles.

Live-Love-Write - Live-Love-Write is a club all about helping the writers here on deviantArt, new and old. Through contests, features and much more, writers are given a chance to express themselves and learn more from others.

LitWIP - To provide a forum for authors who have original stories that are... Works In Progress. To provide authors the opportunity to have their stories read by those in the deviantART community. To provide the author the option of having their works critiqued by the readers if they so choose. To provide the reader with original works to read, critique and enjoy.

lyriclub - lyriclub is a group for songwriters and other poets, that helds a contest each month and occasionally a Critique Week, too.

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MythMash - MythMash is a group for works of literary fiction. We are dedicated to fun and functionality. We're here to help you connect with some fantastic fiction, and have a few lulz while you're at it.

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NaNoWriMo-Love - A group for all you NaNoWrimo crazies out there! (Yup, I'm one of the crazies too).

The-Novelist-Club - A collective group of novelist writers on DeviantArt.


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:new:Open-Mic-Poetry - This is a place for all poets to come together and share their poetry.....All poetry is welcome.

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PoetsandWriters - Poets and Writers is a group dedicated to the creation of literature, particularly fiction. Any poems or short stories are accepted, and all are allowed to join. However, because we're dedicated to catering to all ages, we do not allow mature deviations to be submitted to our group.

Poet-Article-Project - The thing is to write an article on a poet, who writes on your poetry in return. Please upload these to this group, to create a lively and large project.

PoetsClub - The Poet's Club is all about poetry. Contest, themes, discussions, challenges, and helpful tools will be guides to poets who want to practice and develop their skills in poetry.

PPPLit - PPPLit (Prodigious Poetry and Prose) is dedicated to featuring underappreciated Literature here on deviantART! This is dedicated to giving writers the recognition they truly deserve and bringing literature to the front of this community.

Prosemonkeys - A group for literature creation, no matter what your style is we make room for you. With weekly prompts, features, and a monthly news article to boot. It's all about the art creation, and spreading dA love. If you write prose this is the place for you.


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quill-cafe - A group set up for all classes of creative writing - whether you write novels, short stories, poetry, film scripts, plays, monologues, comic scripts, song lyrics, etc.

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Realm-of-Fantasy - Fantasy, by its core definition is: the free play of creative imagination. This is a place for both Artists and Enthusiasts to come and share their imagination, and meet others with a similar passion. This Group features Fantasy and Science Fiction related Artwork and Literature.

RenderWonderland - RenderWonderland is a community for fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers/poets. RW showcases members' literature, highlights events concerning these genres on/off dA, and creates an environment for members to meet others with similar goals.

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ScreamPrompts - This is a prompt-only group that is designed to help you think about what you're writing (it won't hurt, I promise). You will find prompts that are challenging and unique but not intimidating.

Scribblers-Anonymous - We are a club dedicated to prose and poetry writers of any style, genre, characters, themes, and more. If anyone wants a place to show off their under appreciated literary style for their genre of choice, we welcome him/her with open arms, wide eyes, and great interest.

ShortStackStories - Our goal is to increase the reader for short stories and to spread the interest to everyone for appreciate, and hopefully, they will be able to write short stories as a hobby.

SongofthePoets - SongofthePoets is a group for rhythmical poetry and poetry in general, that features a selection from the gallery in a news article every month.

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TransmetLit - TransmetLit is a literature group dedicated to the creation and further evolution of transgressive fiction.

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:new:Vignettophiles - Not all of us can write thousand-page epics. If original flash fiction, drabbles, and vignettes are your specialty, come on down and make your work at home! We embrace all genres, barring pornography and erotica. Now seeking affiliates!

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We-Write-Fantasy - Do you have a fantasy story that nobody's reading because they can't take the time too? Wanting to break free, but nobody's listening? Well here's a group ready to give feedback. Our group is soley dedicated to fantasy stories.

Word-Smiths - Not an exclusive group, but we do want your best work. We want poetry and prose that says something - tells a story; evokes a mood or memory; stirs an emotion; takes the reader out of him or herself.

Wordspill-Central - Wordspill is a group designed to offer motivation for any level of writer who wants to get words on a page.

writers-in-progress - Writers-In-Progress exists to provide a safe place for writers to upload their peices and receive helpful critiques in order to become a better writer.

Writers-Guild-DA - We are a group dedicated to showcasing our member's literature as well as encouraging our members to critique each other's works.

TheWritersMeow - For writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, publishing tips, and encouragement. Regular contests, exercises, & special features. We feature both prose and poetry. A friendly, family-like community!

Writers-Workshop - #Writers-Workshop runs a variety of workshops led by members of the community, all of which allow writers of all abilities to discover new forms, develop new skills, and have a bit of fun with new writing tasks.

writingclub - We try to appreciate all the types of literature that there is. We want people who have had little experience be able to talk and throw around ideas with someone who knows a lot of the tricks of the trade.

The-Writers-Review - There is a lack of feedback for literature here on DA. Our mission is to change this. We are focused on giving literature the attention it deserves by critiquing and commenting.

WritersPen - Poetry is possibly the most beautiful way to express an emotion. It is deep, moving... Raw. That is why we feel the need to have a group devoted to poetry. Writer's Pen is all about poetry and the poets who write it!

WritersInk - Stories were being told before writing even existed, and story tellers were revered people who were always welcome. This is a place were all storytellers are welcome no matter the age, interest, or strength.

theWrittenRevolution - We're the leaders of the revolution, and now we're setting deviantART on fire.

write-to-live - dedicated to those who use writing as an outlet for emotional troubles AND for those who just want to write in a particular emotional theme (i.e. love, dislike, harmony, insecurity... anything of the sort).


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Xpose-it - Xpose-it is a group that aims to bring Xposure to books, music and films, deviants and deviations, countries, projects, contests and much more right to your message centre.

28: Happy New Year! :D

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 3, 2011, 1:10 AM
28: Happy New Year! :D


Freshness of Overload
You can't argue that a good, heavy overload is not healthy for your soul. There's nothing like no life to make sure that you are well domesticated and chained to the lord of education and work. Yes, life is splendid and wonderful, and unfortunately all that splendidness bites large chunks of time of my life. Which renders my dA account rather in-updated. I apologize for the lack of participation, life can be rather consuming, and that is not to my pleasentness. I am not pleased by that. Although I have some time to work on my poems and writings, here and there, it is not in the frequency I aspired to. There's just too much to do, and too little time. But this is temporarily, until the end of this semester, on the next one I am planning to lower the amount of my studies – I am incapable of maintaining this amount of overload while trying to earn some living.

Anyway, that's not interesting. Money, education, life – all of that is just a mere mirror to the interesting things: Literature. So let's talk literature. What are you guys working on now? What are you writing? What are you reading? What did you find interesting – in and out of dA? What occupies you at the first step into the new year?

I finished writing the poem - Blue Nuns in a Barren Land. I also started working on some older poems, and wrote a philosophical article about the idea of Stasis-Existence, an idea that was forming in my mind. I have some plans regarding the Behind the Words interview series, which I'll update you with soon, and of course I need to update the Groups List. There are more interesting resources that I will publish really soon, for those of you who follow and read those, so generally a lot is coming. What I need now is time. Is anybody selling?

Happy New Year! I wish you all a beautiful year.
- Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:Don Juan - Lord Byron

I haven't laughed like this in a while, well, actually since I've read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales' The Nun's Priest's Tale. Anyway, this is wonderful, simply wonderful. I fell in love. Read.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

:icongaioumonbatou::iconnycterent::iconhalatia::icongwenavhyeuranastasia:



  • Mood: Humor
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: A.B. Yehoshu - The Lover
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

27: Deviant of the Year

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 15, 2010, 1:56 PM
27: Deviant of the Year


Yes, it is true, and I forgot to tell you about it because I was so shy that I almost deleted it of my consciousness. As it appears I was nominated to deviantoftheyear, on the category of Best Senior, along with many worthy and great fellows: 3wyl, lithriel, nokari and Yasny-chan - all amazing guys you should know! I really do feel honored about it, I have no idea how I even got to the list but I did, which makes me very happy and in a stupid cheery mood :D :w00t: :w00t:

So go ahead and vote, there are other interesting categories too – Best Staff, Favorite Former Staff, Best Signature (which made me laugh to tears at few signatures lol :) ), etc. It is an interesting project and I'm really happy that I was thought of, and that my contribution to this amazing community is noticed. It really does mean a lot.

OK OK, I'm rambling, (sorry, I'm a bit sick… temp and headaches makes your mind think in circles). :hug:

- Crazy Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:The Redress of Poetry by Seamus Heaney

I've bought this amazing book on my trip to Poland, on 2009. I found it in the most amazing bookstore I've ever been to in my entire life, called Massolit Books & Cafe, fell in love with the place immediately. This book is a collection of lectures regarding Irish Poets and Poetry, and it is so in depth and interesting that there were chapters I couldn't stop reading. Simply fascinating.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

:icongaioumonbatou::iconnycterent::iconhalatia::icongwenavhyeuranastasia:



  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: A.B. Yehoshu - The Lover
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended

26: The Importance of Understanding

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 11, 2010, 2:48 PM
26: The Importance of Understanding


As some of you might know, I've been searching the world for an answer to the importance of Poetry in our modern world. So far I am more confused than understanding; I start to wonder if I'll ever get it.

The other day, I was asked – "What is it that you aspire to?" That's a rather strange question, I thought, what does one aspire to? Then came the natural idea of - isn't that supposed a most dynamic thing? I mean, we go through so many changes in life that one can't really grasp what was in the day before, what would bring the day tomorrow, so what can one really aspire to?

Personally, with all honesty, I have a moral issue with that question: On one side of the trench, I am a practical person which knows how to get what I want to get, when I decide to get it, and on the other side, do you really want to be a practical-mind when it comes to Art? Isn't that a bit of a strange notion - Practical Art? How does one create a poem in a practical way? Let's review my writing history, you'll find out that It can take me years to finish a poem, and I have more than a handful of evidence in my gallery, though some poems can take mere days to be finished. If you look at it like that there's nothing really practical about that, the other way around – it is the most impractical approach.

Wait a minute, I've drifted. Let's go back to the subject –
What can one really aspire to? If I'll say that I aspire to be a recognizable poet, who can actually live off his art, whose art would outlive him and integrate with the deepest levels of our cultural essence, saying all that would make me one egomaniac bastard, don't you agree? Still, wouldn't that be something? Isn't that what I'm trying to do, deep deep down underneath all the walls of my personality?

Then again, there's the ever so important pop relatedness - I wouldn't like to popize my art. I aspire to express myself the way I see things, to reveal it all for me as much as to you, and to be able of being my most devoted audience; to emphasize and identify with that I create, to feel it. That doesn't really go hand in hand in our modern conception of what publicizing mean. Doesn't necessarily contradict it, but doesn't agree with either. In fact, the word Truth have been altered by the media so easily that I hardly believe anybody can recognize a truth walking down the street.

For a guy who is not much of a crowd-pleaser (you are not, let's face the truth dear Omri), for a semi-loner, strange, peculiar human-being, you make things rather hard on yourself, don't you. So here comes the parade: Take the first part of my ambition – I feel horrible about it. Sounds so pretentious, doesn't it? If have read another artist say those words I would have probably spewed an euch! and look the other way. What kind of character allow a thought pattern of such an ego-pumped manner, a bit megalomaniac, isn't it? But it's there, aspiring, motivating me to write (when I'm not depressed due to it, or maybe when I'm depressed it all comes out much better…). At the same time, it makes me feel appalled to realize it. And the second part of it is the Shyness, which works in a rather unusual way: I strive forward, making, building, creating, and then – halt. Can't. No crossing. Too strange, exposed, how can I reveal so much, poetically or as is. Oh no, that's it, I must hold myself aback! And there it is, the grand blankness.

Still haven't answered the question really, did I. If there was a degree in avoidance I might get a doctorate without even applying. So, what can one really aspire to? As far as one can, I aspire to be a poet not only in my heart and fingers, in my essence, but in interaction with the world as well. And how far can one aspire really? Probably not farther than one step beyond that which we know. And when it comes to Poetry, first one have to know what it means, then, and only then, can one actually take that one step farther.

So here it is, the conclusion of this journal entry, why do I search for the meaning of Poetry? No, it is not only an interesting topic for a philosophical discussion, it actually dictates the limitations of my world-view, my artistic essence, my aspiration to cross those limits into the unknown and bring back with me some new understanding of that uncharted unknown.

There's a storm brewing outside, the winds howl and roar, I am in dire need of sleep.
Be true – be you,

- Omri.




Reading is Life

:new:The Redress of Poetry by Seamus Heaney

I've bought this amazing book on my trip to Poland, on 2009. I found it in the most amazing bookstore I've ever been to in my entire life, called Massolit Books & Cafe, fell in love with the place immediately. This book is a collection of lectures regarding Irish Poets and Poetry, and it is so in depth and interesting that there were chapters I couldn't stop reading. Simply fascinating.


Resources for You

:bulletgreen: Literature Groups List
:bulletgreen: Resources On the Side
:bulletgreen: Aditi's Amazing Resource Central
:new::bulletgreen: Prosody Guide



Meet your Makers!... err... GMs

:icongaioumonbatou::iconnycterent::iconhalatia::icongwenavhyeuranastasia:



  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Reading: A.B. Yehoshu - The Lover
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother
  • Playing: Kurzweil PC3x
  • Eating: Pancakes! nom nom.
  • Drinking: Islay Mist Blended
An updated list of all the Literature Groups and Clubs on dA, especially for you to join and participate in the lit community!



Few words on Groups VS. Clubs by the talented LadyLincoln -
Below you will find a wide variety of listings for a various selection of DeviantART Literature Groups and Clubs. This list is by no means complete, and if there are any additional ones you feel should be added, feel free to note leoraigarath and they will be added to the listing. Please be aware that Groups are not considered the same thing as Clubs. Clubs are considered to be standardized DeviantART-run accounts, and will have either a * or = symbol. Groups can be distinguished under the # symbols, and are maintained by their respective founders. If you have any questions about a particular group, it is always best that you contact its founder, co-founder, or various moderators. If you have any additional questions about how to go about creating a group, check out the FAQ.


New Groups: You have/heard of/participate in a group which is not listed - feel free to note me, leoraigarath, with your group's name, link and a 1-2 lines of About Us. Take heed - only LIT-RELATED groups will get into the list. Also please make sure that the groups/club have been active on the last month at least before submitting.

:new: = New additions to the list.

Remember – the groups/clubs are here for you, participate, have fun, learn and respect those who invest a lot of time to make this community a community! Now dive in! :D

- Omri J. Luzon, leoraigarath



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Adopt-A-Writer - Come in and adopt a writer! Or find someone who will offer critique, comments, advice, help, and friendship. You have the chance to be an adopter, an adoptee, mentor or just find yourself in an artistic partnership.


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TheCritiqueBox - We offer you feedback on improving your own critiques, as well as other tips and opportunities to find people that want critique and to share some of your own work for critique. The goal is to foster a stronger community of people who give and receive critique, lessening the burden on the dedicated individuals who offer it and ask for nothing in return.

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DailyLitDeviations - Daily Literature Deviations is a group dedicated to promoting the work of Literature artists here on deviantArt.

dArtzine - dArtzine the best independent deviantART Webzine...

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Flash-Fic-Month - Flash Fiction Month is an annual community writing event, run in July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction every day for a month.

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the-haiku-club - The Haiku Club is a literature project established to encourage writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry. To reach these goals, The Haiku Club provides resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms.

HammeredPoetry - Sick of prompts like "write about ashes" or competitions rewarding "the best poem about winter"? It's easy to fall into the trap of writing what we're good at. Hammered exists to set detailed writing prompts which will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, risk doing the difficult thing, and actually improve as an artist.

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:new:Lesbian-Lit-Club - Home of Lesbian Literature.

Lit-Twitter - Tired of going through journals and news articles to find out what's happening in DevArt literature? Lit-Twitter will keep you in the loop!

Literary-Perceptions - We are a group that focuses on getting literature out into the open here on deviantART. Whether you write poetry, lyrics, fiction or non-fiction, there will be a place for you here.

Literary-Visions - We at #Literary-Visions and our associate group *Literary-Visionaries desire to not only to be a part of the Literature Community of deviantart but to inspire it and spotlight it. There are so many groups based around Literature, but few offer more than a place to see your work stored and possibly gain a few extra views.

LITplease - LITplease offers great opportunities for writers to practice their craft through prompts, contests, workshops, and other projects aimed at flexing those writing muscles.

Live-Love-Write - Live-Love-Write is a club all about helping the writers here on deviantArt, new and old. Through contests, features and much more, writers are given a chance to express themselves and learn more from others.

LitWIP - To provide a forum for authors who have original stories that are... Works In Progress. To provide authors the opportunity to have their stories read by those in the deviantART community. To provide the author the option of having their works critiqued by the readers if they so choose. To provide the reader with original works to read, critique and enjoy.

lyriclub - lyriclub is a group for songwriters and other poets, that helds a contest each month and occasionally a Critique Week, too.

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MythMash - MythMash is a group for works of literary fiction. We are dedicated to fun and functionality. We're here to help you connect with some fantastic fiction, and have a few lulz while you're at it.

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NaNoWriMo-Love - A group for all you NaNoWrimo crazies out there! (Yup, I'm one of the crazies too).

The-Novelist-Club - A collective group of novelist writers on DeviantArt.


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:new:PoetsandWriters - Poets and Writers is a group dedicated to the creation of literature, particularly fiction. Any poems or short stories are accepted, and all are allowed to join. However, because we're dedicated to catering to all ages, we do not allow mature deviations to be submitted to our group.

Poet-Article-Project - The thing is to write an article on a poet, who writes on your poetry in return. Please upload these to this group, to create a lively and large project.

PoetsClub - The Poet's Club is all about poetry. Contest, themes, discussions, challenges, and helpful tools will be guides to poets who want to practice and develop their skills in poetry.

:new:PPPLit - PPPLit (Prodigious Poetry and Prose) is dedicated to featuring underappreciated Literature here on deviantART! This is dedicated to giving writers the recognition they truly deserve and bringing literature to the front of this community.

Prosemonkeys - A group for literature creation, no matter what your style is we make room for you. With weekly prompts, features, and a monthly news article to boot. It's all about the art creation, and spreading dA love. If you write prose this is the place for you.


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quill-cafe - A group set up for all classes of creative writing - whether you write novels, short stories, poetry, film scripts, plays, monologues, comic scripts, song lyrics, etc.

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Realm-of-Fantasy - Fantasy, by its core definition is: the free play of creative imagination. This is a place for both Artists and Enthusiasts to come and share their imagination, and meet others with a similar passion. This Group features Fantasy and Science Fiction related Artwork and Literature.

RenderWonderland - RenderWonderland is a community for fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers/poets. RW showcases members' literature, highlights events concerning these genres on/off dA, and creates an environment for members to meet others with similar goals.

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ScreamPrompts - This is a prompt-only group that is designed to help you think about what you're writing (it won't hurt, I promise). You will find prompts that are challenging and unique but not intimidating.

Scribblers-Anonymous - We are a club dedicated to prose and poetry writers of any style, genre, characters, themes, and more. If anyone wants a place to show off their under appreciated literary style for their genre of choice, we welcome him/her with open arms, wide eyes, and great interest.

ShortStackStories - Our goal is to increase the reader for short stories and to spread the interest to everyone for appreciate, and hopefully, they will be able to write short stories as a hobby.

SongofthePoets - SongofthePoets is a group for rhythmical poetry and poetry in general, that features a selection from the gallery in a news article every month.

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We-Write-Fantasy - Do you have a fantasy story that nobody's reading because they can't take the time too? Wanting to break free, but nobody's listening? Well here's a group ready to give feedback. Our group is soley dedicated to fantasy stories.

Word-Smiths - Not an exclusive group, but we do want your best work. We want poetry and prose that says something - tells a story; evokes a mood or memory; stirs an emotion; takes the reader out of him or herself.

Wordspill-Central - Wordspill is a group designed to offer motivation for any level of writer who wants to get words on a page.

writers-in-progress - Writers-In-Progress exists to provide a safe place for writers to upload their peices and receive helpful critiques in order to become a better writer.

Writers-Guild-DA - We are a group dedicated to showcasing our member's literature as well as encouraging our members to critique each other's works.

TheWritersMeow - For writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, publishing tips, and encouragement. Regular contests, exercises, & special features. We feature both prose and poetry. A friendly, family-like community!

Writers-Workshop - #Writers-Workshop runs a variety of workshops led by members of the community, all of which allow writers of all abilities to discover new forms, develop new skills, and have a bit of fun with new writing tasks.

writingclub - We try to appreciate all the types of literature that there is. We want people who have had little experience be able to talk and throw around ideas with someone who knows a lot of the tricks of the trade.

The-Writers-Review - There is a lack of feedback for literature here on DA. Our mission is to change this. We are focused on giving literature the attention it deserves by critiquing and commenting.

WritersPen - Poetry is possibly the most beautiful way to express an emotion. It is deep, moving... Raw. That is why we feel the need to have a group devoted to poetry. Writer's Pen is all about poetry and the poets who write it!

WritersInk - Stories were being told before writing even existed, and story tellers were revered people who were always welcome. This is a place were all storytellers are welcome no matter the age, interest, or strength.

theWrittenRevolution - We're the leaders of the revolution, and now we're setting deviantART on fire.

write-to-live - dedicated to those who use writing as an outlet for emotional troubles AND for those who just want to write in a particular emotional theme (i.e. love, dislike, harmony, insecurity... anything of the sort).


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If you are a lit enthusiastic on the dA world you should know the name GaioumonBatou. Not because the obsession with monkeys, nor due to the GM of Literature role in the dA community, not because of amazing works of art, such as The quietest of nights or Alchemic, or because 132K+ people thought his profile interesting enough to visit – no. all these reasons are just a drop in the sea of why knowing Mr. Super-TurboMecha-Battle-Admin, or simply put Trevor, is so important. The reason is because Trevor is, and as simple as that, an amazing guy.

My first serious interaction with GaioumonBatou was years ago, when what was back then a giantly active group - DailyDeviants - looked for new staff members. Both GaioumonBatou and me found ourselves reviewing and commenting on a daily basis, and straight on it was obvious that the man is crazy. It took him almost no-time to step up and become the head of the Literature team, and from there to the GM door the road was short (and you have to admit that in order to become a GM you have to be a little bit crazy!).

Trevor contributed, and still do, to the Literature community in more ways than one would expect. His influence is strongly felt, and I think it is more than fair to say that he became a cornerstone in our lit world. So it comes as no surprise that I've decided to drag his busy-ass and interrogate the monkey out of him (factoid: did you ever really notice the description on his profile page – 'Chief of monkey buttness.'?).




Warm Up Questions
First thing, let's get to know you a little bit better –


leoraigarath : How old are you?
GaioumonBatou :  I am 21 going on too old for my own good.


leoraigarath :   Where do you come from?
GaioumonBatou :  I hail from southern California, United States.


leoraigarath :   What is the meaning of your DeviantART nickname?
GaioumonBatou :  Oh man, the username. When I joined dA, I was a roleplayer looking for reference images. The username's based on one of the characters from that point in time.


leoraigarath :   Coffee or Tea?
GaioumonBatou :  I love tea, but I'm fine with coffee as well.


leoraigarath :   Poetry or prose?
GaioumonBatou :  Prose, actually. All I ever seem to write is poetry, but I love reading prose. There's something impressive about crafting a story well.


leoraigarath :   Any formal experience in writing you'd like to share?
GaioumonBatou :  I'm currently in my fourth year of university for a BA in English Literature. Thing is, I was originally a classical music performance student, so I don't have much by way of achievements in writing, but I can bore you with clarinet things.


leoraigarath :   Published/non-Published?
GaioumonBatou :  I've been published three times, once each at Litterbox Magazine, Foundling Review, and The Missing Slate.


leoraigarath :   What time of day is the best time for you to write?
GaioumonBatou :  Writing consistently happens at 2 am, for me.

leoraigarath :   What genre do you prefer reading?
GaioumonBatou :  Reading...I go for general fiction, which is so not specific at all, but it's probably about as accurate an answer as you'll get from me. I read all sorts of random things.


leoraigarath :   What attracts you to that genre?
GaioumonBatou :  The thing I like about general fiction is that it takes regular life and makes interesting things of it. My life isn't particularly interesting, far as I can tell, so it's neat to read things that make life more interesting.


leoraigarath :   What is the first thing you look for when you open a fresh new book?
GaioumonBatou :  I read the first page of any book at a store before I consider buying it. If the first page catches me, then I'm usually content to read the rest. If not, it goes back to the shelf. =P


leoraigarath :   What is the last thing you expect to find when you open a fresh new book?
GaioumonBatou :  Blank pages. =P When I open a new book, I think my mind prepares itself to enter a world that's not my own, so I'm not usually caught off guard by opening a book. Though, I'd think finding a body part in a fresh new book would be pretty high up there on the list of things I least expect. I'm only a gruesome person sometimes, I swear.


leoraigarath :   What is the one thing you can't live without?
GaioumonBatou :  I have a small notebook I carry everywhere I go. I think I'd be pretty lost without it, I write down little things every few minutes, some days.


leoraigarath :   Tell us a bit about yourself, who is Trevor?
GaioumonBatou :  Trevor is a short, tired bass clarinet player who likes to listen to music and stare at his computer screen. He occasionally speaks in the third person, as well.


leoraigarath :   Can you tell us a bit about what motivates you, how you came to, be a writer?
GaioumonBatou :  Funny story about that, actually. I came to be a writer through a horrendous lie. When I was younger I had a  girlfriend who told me she wrote poems and such, and in my infinite wisdom I said something to the effect of "oh cool! I write too!" and she asked to see what I'd written. So I told her it was something new and that it was still being worked on and that once I'd gotten to the end of a chapter she could see it, until finally I had a chapter to show her. Yes, that's my story. Yes I realize how tasteless it is. No, I don't regret it, because I wouldn't be writing now if not for that.


leoraigarath :   How did you start your road as an artist, and on DeviantART specifically?
GaioumonBatou :  I joined dA to collect art for roleplaying, which sums it all up, really. After that fun story with my then-girlfriend, I started getting involved in roleplaying forums online, which led me to join dA. I posted some writing the first few months, getting a few readers, and then Amberlouie hosted a contest and I decided to enter. When I lost, I wanted to know what I was doing wrong that others were doing right. I owe a lot of my improvement to the folks that helped me out around here, and so it's nice to see things come full circle for others, as well.


leoraigarath :   What is your favorite piece in your gallery, why?
GaioumonBatou :  Right now, probably Alchemic. It was one of the first times I felt comfortable working with language poetry, and I feel that it's signified a pretty strong shift in my voice as a writer.


leoraigarath :   You sit down to write - how do you ready yourself, or, what inspires you to write?
GaioumonBatou :  My preparation process is, quite literally, pulling out my notebook, taking the pen out of the spiral binding, and choosing the first three words that come to mind. From that I try to make an image, and from that I try to give the image a context. In terms of inspiration, I love music by Steve Reich, Imogen Heap, and Kaki King in particular, because I can let them sit in the background and allow the feeling the chords give to influence the writing without being distracting.


leoraigarath :   What is the most important thing a writer should aspire to?
GaioumonBatou :  This is a tricky question for me, because I'm not an aspiring anything. A poet came to speak at my school a few weeks ago, and she works as an admissions officer for a college. Writing is something she does in her free time because she enjoys it, and I think that for a lot of people that's what needs to happen. I think that the best thing a writer can do is find that point where writing fits comfortably in with the rest of life, so that you can accomplish that and work things without them conflicting with one another.


leoraigarath :   How do you measure your work, or, what do you compare your work to in order to know how good you are?
GaioumonBatou :  I compare my work with my older work. I try not to compare my writing to other people's writing, because I don't generally like my own writing very much, so when I compare my writing to other people's works, I tend to get discouraged. I like looking at the consistency from one poem to another between my newer and older works, so I can incorporate old ideas into new things and see if I can say now what I meant to say then.


leoraigarath :   What are your strengths in writing?
GaioumonBatou :  Because of my background in music, I have a pretty good sense of rhythm and acoustics, and I have a strong sense of characteristics and personality traits. My characters are pretty consistent, I think.


leoraigarath :   What are your weaknesses?
GaioumonBatou :  I'm not a visual thinker, which makes writing landscapes and nature kind of difficult for me. What I see in my head is not often what ends up being described, unfortunately.


leoraigarath :   Do you plan what you are going to write? If so, how do you plan it? If not, how do you know what to write about?
GaioumonBatou :  Nope. I probably should, sometimes, but I don't. First drafts happen on the fly, organization happens with the second draft.


leoraigarath :   How do you know that this is the end of a piece?
GaioumonBatou :  There's a point where I either run out of ideas, or I come up with an idea that I feel would end the piece well. The latter's pretty rare. Generally speaking, there comes a point where I'll write a word and my brain will stop functioning. That means writing time is over. :lol: Every once in a while I can return to a poem and add more to it, but for the most part, I find it easier to remove things than to add them, and so when I get to that stopping point, the poem's basically in first draft mode.


leoraigarath :   For anybody who knows you this won't come as a surprise, but some things have to be asked – so, what's with the monkeys?
GaioumonBatou :  I've always liked monkeys to some degree or another. It just reflects a lot more on the internet than my other likes because I don't have personal traits that are visually reflected. Most of my interests relate to music (specifically listening to music), so my love for monkeys comes across a bit strong, I suppose?


leoraigarath :   How deep should an editing go, or how do you know when enough is enough? Do you think it applies to poetry and prose alike?
GaioumonBatou :  Revision should go as far as it needs to in order to make the work successful overall, for both prose and poetry. Personally, I find it easier to tighten prose in terms of mechanics and form, but it's harder to revise the content itself, as content can range anywhere from one phrase or sentence to several pages. In poetry, I feel that altering the mechanics and form tends to lend itself to the content more easily because of the experimental aspect of grammar in poetry.


leoraigarath :   What is more important to you – the opening line, or, the ending line – and why?
GaioumonBatou :  I'd say the opening line will have the most impact (and could potentially cost you readers if it's not good), but in saying that, every part of every work is influential in terms of its overall success.

leoraigarath :   I've noticed that most of the times you don't like the endings to your work. What is it about endings that causes you so much suffering?
GaioumonBatou :  I hate endings. Part of the reason may be because I seem to be incapable of forming a proper end to anything, ever. I don't think I fully grasp the concept of what makes a good ending yet. I'm not used to closure, and my writing very likely reflects this.


leoraigarath :   In your opinion, what is the most important thing that differentiates a writer and a person who aspire to be a writer? Do you think that the popularity or amount of publications is a key element in that?
GaioumonBatou :  A person who aspires to be a writer is one who hasn't found a stage in their writing comfortable enough for them to apply the term "writer". I don't think popularity or publishing have anything to do with it. If you're looking to be a published writer, then publications come into play. Otherwise, though, I think it's a word we use to say we do more with our languages than just converse.


leoraigarath :   Do you consider yourself a writer, or do you feel that deep inside you still aspire to be a writer? Why is that?
GaioumonBatou :  I don't think I consider myself either. Some days I feel like I write because I want to, and others I feel like I write because if I don't write my head will explode. I think all in all I'm some guy with a pen and a notebook, and if people can make sense of that then I've exceeded my expectations.


leoraigarath :   What differentiates a professional piece of writing and an amateur one?
GaioumonBatou :  On a general and broad scale, awareness of technique. When working right on the borderline between amateur and professional, I'd say attention to detail. I think that everyone has the potential to create art once. The difference between amateur and professional on the broad level is that the professional is aware of what is being done and why. On the smaller scale, the difference is that every last detail is functioning to better the work.


leoraigarath :   I know you as a writer who put a lot of weight on technique, and of course punctuation. What is the wildest, most technique-free, instinctual and mindless piece you ever wrote? How did you come to write it, and how do you feel regarding it?
GaioumonBatou :  That'd probably go to The day has swallowed us, honestly. The entire concept of the piece was to follow Adam's thoughts as he and Eve experienced the world after the fall for the first time, and so I removed myself from my usual constraints of punctuation and grammar and just let the thoughts run with him. There are parts of it I'm not entirely happy with, at this stage, but enough of it turned out the way I wanted it to that I'm still fairly content with it.


leoraigarath :   What was the hardest piece to write for you, why is that?
GaioumonBatou :  Hm. Two Swings, I think. I don't like writing about myself, especially on things I know I'm not ever likely to detach myself from, but as it was NaPo at the time, it was a matter of getting a poem done or not getting a poem done, and that's what happened. It was hard for me because it was a moment of childhood that most kids have, the one that they'd prefer not to relive, and I was reliving it on that particular day.


leoraigarath :   Although out of the context I can't ignore this aspect, so what does it mean to be a Gallery Moderator on DeviantART, and how do you feel doing that?
GaioumonBatou :  Being a gallery moderator, to me, is the chance to give back for all the things I've taken from this community. Three years ago I knew nothing about writing beyond how to write essays for class. It took feedback and resources from people here on dA (Amberlouie, smolkingmerrors, and lovetodeviate, to name a few) for me to start learning about writing, and in working as a gallery moderator, I want to make sure that the resources I was able to find are available for others as well.


leoraigarath :   How do you see the literature community on DeviantART, can you try and tell us what does the word Community mean in this relation?
GaioumonBatou :  The lit community is not as tight-knit as it was when I joined, and while that has its disadvantages, I think it's beneficial for people trying to find some way of getting involved, which I feel has led to a larger pool of talent and potential than the community has seen in previous years. The community aspect of things is where the less tight-knit nature is most beneficial, because the community at large is more welcoming, and there are plenty of groups and clubs and chats where people can find their footing.


leoraigarath :   There's an aspect of your poems that is very experimental, especially considering the sporadic aspects of poems such as If it was loving you. and Things to avoid. What does experimenting mean to you, and how do you use it to create your beautiful art?
GaioumonBatou :  I am wary when I experiment with things, because I don't generally like to, and I don't often find that I'm happy with the end result. However, once in a while I'll give something a go, and once in a while I find a technique or turn of phrase that I feel works very comfortably the way I meant it to. I think experimenting definitely has its benefits, especially if the worst thing you can get out of it is a dislike for the end result. What's the loss, right?


leoraigarath :   Throughout the years, whenever I your works there was always a thread that is weaved through them all, some nostalgic sense that connect them, tying them in a bundle. I could feel it strongly in the lines of your amazingly touching poem The quietest of nights - "A song escapes a sleeping child's lips, / robbed from tomorrow. Will you cry / come morning, small blackbird?" Does it make sense to you?
GaioumonBatou :  I think a lot of the time I make the one mistake I've been warned all my life not to do. I have a tendency to live in the past, sometimes, and I'd imagine that reflects in what I write, too.


leoraigarath :   Can you tell us the story behind The quietest of nights, and what that poems mean to you? Also, why do you feel that it is the best thing you ever wrote?
GaioumonBatou :  Honestly, that poem came out of a quiet moment at 2 in the morning, which is rare as I'm generally listening to music at 2 in the morning. I don't want to say there isn't a story behind it, but I'm not sure the story is something that really needs clarification. To me, the poem is an exhale. It was a thought escaping my mind, and some form of closure came with its leaving. It was a pleasant feeling.


leoraigarath :   One of your NaPo 2010 poems, maybe the best of the series to me, is The day has swallowed us. What does participating in NaPo means to you, and how do you view the entire NaPo thing?
GaioumonBatou :  To me, NaPo (National Poetry Writing Month, for those of you not familiar with the term) is something that is just great fun. It's a chance to explore all sorts of poetic things that otherwise might be written off as bad ideas. This past April, many of my poems ended up being on the theme of Adam and Eve, and while I thought exploring the idea once or twice was all well and good, it took six or seven more poems to get to the things I really wanted to express, and I think that NaPo is good for getting to the ideas beneath the ideas, really stretching the creative mind to its full potential.


leoraigarath :   The poem The day has swallowed us has one specific line - "hollow like this sky" - that I feel to summarize the atmosphere of this poem as it sucks you into it. What does this poem, which is very unlike many of your works, mean to you?
GaioumonBatou :  This poem was trying things I hadn't done before with ideas I'd already expressed, a sort of variation on a theme, from a musical perspective, haha. To me it was one of those instances where I was able to try something out of my comfort zone to remind myself that while I write in one style, it doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other styles for me to try as well.


leoraigarath :   These Stars Are Monsters is a short cento piece you wrote a year ago. You based this cento on Wikipedia, which is already a somewhat innovative thought. Why writing a cento? What does this form, which we don't see so often around, entails?
GaioumonBatou :  The cento is a fun form of found poetry, in that you go around finding 100 lines (usually from one novel or story) and you splice them together to create a poem. We were working with found poetry in a class I had been taking at the time, and I was procrastinating as usual when I happened onto Wikipedia. Part of me was looking for a good excuse for citing Wikipedia (which you don't do, ever), and part of me found the articles fascinating. The rest happened on its own from there. I just didn't have the patience to do 100 lines, so I stopped at 22, haha.


leoraigarath :   Do you think that the platform of DeviantART allows you to be more experimental as an artist? Why is that?
GaioumonBatou :  I think that dA gives me the chance to test the waters with my writing more than I'd be able to otherwise. I never have a strong sense of how a reader will react to my writing, so experimentation it just something I do because I feel a want to do it. I have readers here to thank for the majority of feedback I get, so I can be grateful that people will tell me when things aren't working. ;P


leoraigarath :   Looking back at everything you experienced throughout the years on dA, what is your best memory, one thing that you will take with you on anywhere you go?
GaioumonBatou :  There was a workshop that lovetodeviate hosted back in March 2008, at a time where the hosts at Writers-Workshop picked out a few works from each workshop to highlight successful things about them, and she picked my entry among a few others. After three or four months of coming to terms with the fact that I was not a good writer, it was thrilling to find that I was, in fact, doing something right. That's stuck with me ever since, knowing that even when I may not have it right, I'm on track and it's just a matter of work and learning until I get to where I'm trying to go.


Fast Round
to close the interview, answer as intuitively as you can:

leoraigarath :   Your favorite book.
GaioumonBatou :  Right now, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

leoraigarath :   Your favorite poem.
GaioumonBatou :  "Birdwings" by Rumi (I retain rights to retract or replace this answer when I find something else I like)

leoraigarath :   A word/phrase that turns you on.
GaioumonBatou :  brackish.

leoraigarath :   A word/phrase that turns you off.
GaioumonBatou :  Moist.

leoraigarath :   A genre you'll never write in.
GaioumonBatou :  Never say never.

leoraigarath :   A genre you didn't try and wish to give it a go.
GaioumonBatou :  Historical could be fun.

leoraigarath :   Cursing or no cursing in your art?
GaioumonBatou :  Tactful usage of cursing is fine. Swearing for swearing's sake is not fine.

leoraigarath :   The most embarrassing piece you ever wrote.
GaioumonBatou :  Long since deleted from existence.

leoraigarath :   What is success in the literature world for you?
GaioumonBatou :  Proper publishing, I suppose, though really, people reading is inevitably what determines whether or not anything comes of it.

leoraigarath :   If you were to meet any writer/artist in the world – who would it be and what is the first thing you will do/say?
GaioumonBatou :  Joyce Carol Oates, and I'd ask her why the heck she's so creepy. :paranoid:


leoraigarath :   Anything else you'd like to share before we let the door kick your ass? :)
GaioumonBatou :  Take everything I say with a grain of salt. I'm still learning how to live.


I would like to thank GaioumonBatou for taking the time on answering this interview, it is not easy finding the time and mood to succumb to my torturous interrogation! It was wonderful and insightful dive into a writer and a GM world, and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

This interview was composed by leoraigarath, and is the 5th in a series of writing-guides Interviews. Previous interviews in the series:

Behind the Words #1: Interview with ATrue
Behind the Words #2: Interview with Snow-Machine
Behind the Words #3: Interview with LadyLincoln
Behind the Words #4: Interview with Elmara



If you would like to suggest someone for interviewing, or have something specific you would like to ask or certain topics that interest you, send a note to leoraigarath. I would very much appreciate your ideas and comments, hope you enjoy it.

Don't stop looking behind the words!
- Omri J. Luzon ( leoraigarath )