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Saturday Spotlight for November 3rd, 2012

Daily Literature Deviations is proud to feature this special recognition article!

You can show your support by :+fav:ing this News Article. We hope this gives you some insight into the person behind the art. Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artist!

Artists will be featured in a special news article every Saturday. Major points to SilverInkblot and DrippingWordsfor doing the hard work and research that goes into these articles! 

Today's featured deviant is:

 

Questions

 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing.

I began writing in a middle school language arts class. I went to a small school and had the same teacher for three years who was constantly and passionately investing in her students. She encouraged my best friend and I to stretch our literary muscles and write for personal enjoyment. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It became an addiction.

My writing process is fairly simple. An idea forms in my mind, usually spawned by a daydream or an event in my personal life, and a few lines will echo in my head until I write them down. It can take me anywhere from ten minutes to many weeks in order to be satisfied with something I have written. Editing is key!

Writing is an outlet. I used it in the early years of my writing as a way to deal with all of the madness that comes with adolescence. I suppose I write to understand myself and my reactions to my surroundings. It's a way to digest events and emotions, as refreshing as "sleeping on it" may be. I once wrote this about writing: fav.me/d2poch0

2. How do you feel about dA as a literature community?

I have learned more about writing from dA than from any class I've taken over the years. I think it's a fantastic resource that gives burgeoning artists the opportunity to connect with others and learn from veteran deviants. My writing specifically has been heavily influenced by members of dA such as bailey--elizabeth, Leurindal, Scarlettletters, dreamsinstatic, hush-lullaby... The list never ends.

3. Do you ever re-write your pieces, or do you let them come as they will? How long do you have to work on a piece before you can consider it "finished?"

I am constantly re-writing my pieces. I am never satisfied with them, and it takes a marked self-control to finally leave them alone. However, that is not to say that some pieces simply flow into my mind. I don't write when uninspired, but I've always believed that inspiration is a bit like a muscle or a way of looking at the world. If you let everything inspire you, if you are constantly writing; your words should slow smoothly in your mind and evolve into something of better quality. But, despite constant maturation as a writer, I am always editing. I suppose the answer to your question is a bit of both.

4. What do you consider to be your highest literary accomplishment?

Winning prizes and contests never feels much like an achievement, oddly. I am most proud of my work when others comment on and critique it. I want to know how the reader feels when they consume my words.

5. What themes do you like to incorporate in your writing?

Mmm, my poems are mostly introspective. Emotions such as love, loss, anger, desire, etc; always feature. I have a tendency to incorporate surreal elements in my works, and I have this water motif that I always return to. I've always thought of my soul as a vast sea and related my emotions to its currents; and, as my words are mostly reflections of my state of mind, this repetition of watery images and ideas has appeared in most of my poems.

Poetry

"your song reminds me of swimming" by running-in-the-rain

Prose

my howls are silentI, too, see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness. We are decomposing too early, our souls dying before our bodies can catch up. We are silently ravenous, a quiet craze in our hearts, not quite the same as your generation, Ginsberg. We do not shriek "Holy! Holy! Holy!" as we burn. We drown soundlessly.
The overeducated, proud products of postmodernism dissolve in a lukewarm soup of ennui, bored balloons filled with hubris rather than helium. Fragile dolls with flaking bones and hair and skin like flowers wilting, weighed down by indomitable wills and insecurities... these plastic girls starve to death and diabetes in the car beside me, fantasizing about food in the passenger seat. Former nymphets gouge symbols into themselves, the bleeding crags physical outlets for the demonic depression, for the memories of beloved older brothers molesting them in the living room, while her mother sits at a hospital bedside beside a fading father.
I see the most remarkable minds crippl

"my howls are silent" by running-in-the-rain

linguisticsAnd perhaps we artists don't speak the same language as the rest of you at all, actually. We do not even speak each other's languages. Visual artists, painters and photographers and the rest, speak a quick, throaty dialect given to slow slow vowels and long words that slither out in between the teeth. Musicians, of course, are given to singing every word of their language. They're a multilingual breed, that one, with a quite near-normal first language that is still a bit like humming, and then an incandescently ethereal and oftentimes demonic vocabulary in the other. Dancers do not speak at all, mute except when displaying an arresting, enchanting form of sign language. Artisans, and I count sculptors in their field, sound the most ordinary of all of all of us when sentences slip between their lips, but the words themselves are fantastic and endearing, little conglomerate syllables and sounds that should not be in the same phrase together but also belong together, like the French langu

"linguistics" by running-in-the-rain

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~ The DailyLitDeviations Team ~

Prepared by:  DrippingWords

Here at DLD, the need for special feature of artists who have received a DLD occurred to many members of the team over time. NOW we get to work and finally do just that!
Special thanks to the team members that have fought for this. Included you will find an interview with yet another wonderful deviant in the literature community.
Please take the time to read it and then go show some love!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
Well done and always fascinating. Thank you.
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running-in-the-rain Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the feature. <3
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a broad spectrum of incentives to write reveald by those you feature.
Always interesting to get anothers perspective on our art. Thanks!
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