I'm brennenxr and I'm one of the Literature Community Volunteers here on DA. I've been on DA since 2005 and a senior member since 2006. As a full time student, I spend a lot of my time studying and doing course work. When I'm not doing that, I'm usually here kicking it with you guys!
💖 Amazing Projects 💖
seniormentors As the Applications Admin, I make sure your application gets filed properly! Yay fun!
projecteducate I'm a member of the Editing Team at Project Educate. tiganusi still hasn't told me what that means.
CRLiterature This is the hub for Literature artwork on DA. Check it out!
I'm a general admin at Traditionalists, the-haiku-club, dALibrary, and theWrittenRevolution.
The Meet Your CV articles are a series of interviews about the Community Volunteers here on DA! You can read the published ones below.
LiliWrites (Literature) | RockstarVanity (Photography)
TsaoShin (Fan Art) | Tiganusi (Photography)
Talty (Artisan Crafts) | Cassy-Blue (Stock & Resources)
Morbidman187 (Chats & Forums)
December CVil War: Stress ReliefThe CVil war returns in full force this month with a new prompt, and the winner's of last month's contest! Every month, the literature Community Volunteers post individual prompts that pit the literature community against each other—for the sake of literature! While the monthly battle wages on, you're tasked with responding to one of our prompts (and only one! You must pick a side.) in the hopes of becoming the sole champion, and winner of that month's prizes. Read on to find out what December's prompt entails!
December CVilWar: Holiday MishapsThe CVil war returns in full force this month with a new prompt, and the winners from November's CVilWar! Every month, the literature Community Volunteers post individual prompts that pits the literature community against each other—for the sake of literature! While the monthly battle wages on, you're tasked with responding to one of our prompts (and only one! You must pick a side.) in the hopes of becoming the sole champion, and winner of that month's prizes. Read on to find out what October's prompt entails!
The Literature CVil War has begun! Choose your side and defeat the enemy by joining into the challenge given to you by your leader.
Each month, the Literature CVs will give challenges to the community meant to enhance your writing skills. There's lots of fun and lots of prizes, and the fate of the community rests in your hands!
➡ TREASURED LIT ⬅
Vol. I, II, III, IV
I take suggestions from the
Literature Gallery only.
A deviant cannot receive a DD more than once every 6 months. This is a hard-coded restriction that no one can bypass!
If a piece is an entry into a contest, I can only feature the piece once the contest is over and the winners have been announced.
The deviant who posted your suggestion should have been active within the last 30 days. No worries if you're not sure, however! I will always make sure of this myself before featuring.
If I featured a deviant's last DD, I won't feature their next. I will try my best to send it to one of the other Lit CVs if I think they'll enjoy it, though.
I will feature any form of literature! I don't care about word count or how many lines a poem has. I don't care how popular a piece is already or if the artist has thousands of watchers. I just want really good lit in my inbox. Generally a piece has to pull me into the story within the first few lines/first paragraph. Otherwise, I'll move on. If it helps, the genres of books I enjoy most are classics, contemporary, non-fiction, and narrative poetry.
Send me a note with a link or thumb to the deviation you think deserves a feature. Please send only one artist per note, but feel free to send as many suggestions as you'd like. If you have a specific reason you think something should be featured, please DO say so in your note! Only send your suggestions to ONE CV! If I don't choose to feature your suggestion, I'll forward it onto doughboycafe or BeccaJS if I believe either of them will.
If you're not sure who is the best Literature CV to suggest to, check out their guidelines:
doughboycafe's DD Suggestion Guidelines
BeccaJS's DD Suggestion Guidelines
morning.if my words fall
saturday morning coffee.Seattle held many secrets in its dreary rainfall: college kids having sex in the 7-11 bathroom, a drug dealer staking out Rainier Valley for new clientele, and, worst of all, a secret agent working at the Starbucks on 5th Avenue. I had watched him for months now and every day something suspicious seemed to happen. Today, the strange behavior revolved around the chocolate syrup pump sitting surreptitiously behind neatly placed metallic coffee mugs for sale. The perfect hiding spot for seedy behavior! A woman I earmarked as pleasant-enough looking leaned over the counter cautiously, eye over her shoulder to detect any prying eyes. She whispered something to the duplicitous cashier who squinted his eyes and squished his face, as if he smelled something rancid. Perhaps it were his devious plans that smelled so foul! But alas, all that would transpire would be a few extra squirts of syrup into the woman's drink. This wasn't enough to convince me of his la
sugar.the air scented like strawberries
.peach blossom rain drops
Tandem contest winners!Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for us to announce the winners of the Tandem Contest!!
But first of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated for this contest and promoted it! (deviants but also groups). This contest wouldn't have been a success without your help
And of course, thank you to ALL the participants for taking part of it!
Trust me, picking a top 3 was difficult for us because the entries were really good! But we finally made our decision!
FIRST: Wesley-Souza and cholie with:
SECOND: CD-STOCK and Exornali with:
The plural of Mongoose is PolygeeseIt’s not April Yet!
Alright, you got me. This is my April journal, based off my aim to submit one journal a month for this year (barring a rather shaky start in Jan/Feb…), and to build on that irregular schedule, I’m submitting this in March.
Well I’ve got two excuses here. One is the obvious one – my core membership runs out in only a few days, and I wanted to make sure I got at least one more journal posted with pretty CSS.
Strike that, everybody go shower some love on the ever awesome Zara-Arletis since she just topped up my core membership for another few months. Thank you so much! Guess you'll have to put up with my rambling journals a little while longer!
The other, equally important reason, is because April is going to be a Very Busy Month! You can read more at the ‘what’s on’ section at the bottom of this very journal, but for now let me just leave you this.
NaPoWriMo 2017Hello brave knights,
With the hectic journey that was NaNoWriMo behind us, now is the time for another literary endeavor, are you brave enough or are you brave enough lads and lasses?
NaPoWriMo is upon us and it's time you draw these quills and get to writing once more.
What is NaPoWriMo?
NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. A poet by the name of Maureen Thorson started the project in 2003 inspired by NaNoWriMo. For more information, check out the official NaPo site here: http://www.napowrimo.net/
April 1st until April 30th.
Your challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days. Not feeling inspired enough? No problem, you can check out the links below for prompts and ideas about what to write:
dAmnMobile 3 is out now!dAmnMobile is the only way to get onto the DeviantArt chat network on your iOS device such as your iPhone, iPod or iPad! With dAmnMobile 3, you can once again chat on the go.
A minimalistic interface brings dAmn to you wherever you are. With the ability to easily tab other chatters, autocomplete emotes, view user lists and more, dAmnMobile offers it all.
Key features now include:
• Username and emoticon autocompletion, type @ for users and : for emotes!
• Notifications on being tabbed while running and while in the background.
• Animated emote support and great thumb viewing.
• Great new user interface and icons to easily navigate with.
• Connections to dAmn will stay open for three minutes while the app is in the background and warn you before they close!
All this for only $1.99!
(It may take a few hours to be available in your local App Store)
March Lit News + How to Get Involved!Spring is just around the corner, let's get animated and get involved.
First, a call to action
Do you want to be involved in the Literature Community? Have complaints or suggestions or things you want to see changed? Here's the deal.
We can't do this alone.
There are a few things that the literature community needs right now in order to blossom and grow, and they all seem to revolve around connecting writers with other writers or the tools they need to hone their craft. If you want to see writers like you or writers you admire in the spotlight, you need to help us, your CVs and CRLit admins, connect. We do a fair amount of on site reading and group involvement, but at the end of the day, without YOU, we can only do so much.
So here's what YOU can do to help out and knit this community tighter than ever:
Start a feature - be in monthly, weekly, whatever you want. Some of these become staples of the community like the Ladies of Li
Workshop: IntroductionsWhen we decided to launch this workshop, there was one thing in the back of our heads that we knew needed to be accomplished before we could jump into talking about writing. The participants need to know each other and care about giving feedback to each other.
Throughout this process, we're all going to be working close together and giving feedback on each others' submissions. We know it can be a big scary world out there, especially when you don't know who any one is, so the first task is to break the ice.
If you've been following JosephBlakeParker's journals, you'll know he starts out with an introduction not only to you but also to your story. We're going to start in the same place.
Your first task
is to create a deviation that includes the following:
A short introduction to you. Include why you want to be a writer and what you hope to accomplish in your writing.The genre of the novel you will be working on during this workshop.What i
The tandem contest!Yes, yes, you heard it, it's contest time!
And this time, we will ask you to collaborate with someone!
So how does it work?
The point of this contest will be to be paired with an artist of another art style (either poems, macro or stock). You'll have to work together to merge your different art styles into one cohesive creation.
In other words, you will have to:
- Either merge a poem with either a stock image or a macro photograph (or vice versa) so the poem will be part of the macro photograph or stock image (like here or here) or include it in the description section of your deviation (like here).
- Or merge a macro photograph
Cold/Comfort Contest: OpenWinter has really been showing its teeth lately. When the wind is cold and the nights long we tend to focus on cultivating a cozy atmosphere to ward off cabin fever. The Dane's have a word, hygge (pronounced hue-gah), that translates roughly as coziness and focuses on taking deep pleasure in ordinary things. This appreciation of simple things is shared by the great haiku poets. Let's explore the great contrasts of the season, from winter's stark beauty to the many cozy moments found inside.
Write an original poem, or share one you wrote this winter, using an Eastern poetry form of your choice. Your poem should follow the style and structure guidelines for the form and our House Rules. Rem
January CVil War: Unspoken ConflictThe CVil war returns in full force this month with a new prompt, and the winners from November's CVilWar! Every month, the literature Community Volunteers post individual prompts that pits the literature community against each other—for the sake of literature! While the monthly battle wages on, you're tasked with responding to one of our prompts (and only one! You must pick a side.) in the hopes of becoming the sole champion, and winner of that month's prizes. Read on to find out what October's prompt entails!
This month is about CONFLICT. Write me either a story or a poem of any genre or form where there is a serious conflict. But here's the catch: whatever the conflict is, it must be unspoken. People need to talk around it, act around it, or if speaking of it, only indirectly. I should be able to guess what the conflict is
The Nefarious Networking Project: JanuaryHello, all! I hope you had a great time with the Exquisite Corpse project and getting to know your partners. Please do not forget to comment with your project so I can add it to the feature in this post. So far we only received one by OneWithTheStars and kiwi-damnation.
What is the Nefarious Networking Project?
Every month, deviants who respond to the questionnaire below are paired with a deviant to get to know and produce a project. If you have responded to the questionnaire in the past, but have not received a partner, it may be because there have not been enough deviants to pair you up yet. So please comment with answers to the questionnaire if you haven't responded yet and would like a partner or if you have already responded to the questionnaire, please comment explaining so and we will hopefully get you a partner this month. If you have a partner, continue on to t
Unwelcome GuestHector meandered through the open air marketplace with his hands shoved into the pockets of his dark trench coat. Elbows tucked in at his sides, he watched his feet as he walked. He strolled alone, though surrounded by many. The booming voices of vendors enticing the passing crowds didn’t reach him, nor did the lively plucking of stringed instruments emanating from somewhere near the center of the court. Little caught his attention anymore, not now. He spun the wedding band around his ring finger and the next intake of breath stabbed his lungs. The soft, alluring scent of honeyed bread pained his nostrils, the aroma of the pastries far too much like home.
His shoulders bowed inward and he stared unblinking at his boots, at the buckles clinking as he placed foot after foot from one stone paver to the next, one foot per tile of the grid. One, two, three…his chest trembled and he clenched his fists inside his pockets…four, five, six he counted his steps to restrain his t
Lavender The albino swept his locks out of his face before picking up his assault rifle. “Follow me,” he commanded, the others scrambling to their feet.
Emro frowned, locking his eyes on the lieutenant. “But… where? We’re surrounded from every side.”
Xepher stared into darkness, a maze of narrow hallways before him. “Just follow.”
He had no plan. Yet, the cold embrace she gave him, her arms gently wrapped around his shoulders, they tried to tell him it was going to be alright.
He didn’t believe it. Not from her. She'd hurt him more than once.
She put her hand on his, a chill a