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✨ About me! ✨




Hello!


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 late 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! :dummy:

projecteducate I'm a member of the Editing Team at Project Educate. tiganusi still hasn't told me what that means. :stare:

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 DDSuggestionDrive.

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)




August CVil War: A Picturesque PartyHello everyone, and welcome to August's CVil War battle!  Last month, we sadly lost the battle as my Harry Potter prompt didn't inspire anyone to submit anything.  Oh well, we can't win them all!  While we unfortunately had to concede that TheMaidenInBlack and her followers of The Many-Faced God won in July, let's all look forward to August and the Picturesque Party that awaits! :D
Each month, TheMaidenInBlack and I go to "battle" by asking the literature community (that's you!) to respond to our prompts in the hopes of becoming the sole champion of our monthly battles.  We pick one winner and one runner-up out of the entries we receive, and award them graciously for their valiant efforts in the CVil War.  Read on to find out what August's prompt entails!
August's Prompt
Last month, I gave a prompt that may have been too precise, so this time around I


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


✨ DD Suggestion Guidelines ✨




I take suggestions from the
Literature Gallery only.

Reminders


:bulletblack: A deviant cannot receive a DD more than once every 6 months. This is a hard-coded restriction that no one can bypass!
:bulletblack: 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.
:bulletblack: 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.
:bulletblack: 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. :)

Guidelines


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.

To Suggest


Send me a note: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 TheMaidenInBlack or doughboycafe if I believe one of them will.

If you're not sure who is the best Literature CV to suggest to, check out their guidelines:

TheMaidenInBlack's DD Suggestion Guidelines
doughboycafe's DD Suggestion Guidelines

✨ Gallery Preview ✨


morning.if my words fall
upon your ears   gentle
and serene
littered leaves below
your feet, gathered
and whispering
an ocean vast
of constellations deep
our minds the root,
our hearts beneath
at once we soar
over snowy peaks
the caress of morning
upon our cheeks
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
and your eyes as wide as cherries
my pulse racing as you saunter
so freely past fields of daisies
into my arms and on my lips
is where i know warmth resides—be
it in your garden or your heart
heat rises without single thought
breathe.coral sunset
reflected
in your hair
sunflower's song
whispered
softly in my ears
the supple breeze
surrenders
to your glowing skin
my hand
your chest
     breathe


.peach blossom rain drops
flood my veins against your stars—
heavenly charade
trees.down below
beneath low hanging
leaves
lives a world
so tiny and
serene
rain drops dance
while pink petals
sing
crickets chirp
far below the
evergreen
announcing love and life
on the ground
beneath

✨ Currently Reading ✨



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling


For more of what I'm currently reading,
check out my Goodreads page.

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
When asked, what is the most ironic user name you have seen on this site, one name jumps to mind for a lot of people. And that would be `lazybutt Seemingly everywhere and anywhere all at once giving critiques, offering advice and helping newcomers is all in a days work for him.
And then besides that he is always full of great suggestions for the site itself, approaching the admins here with well thought out ideas, and many a recommendation for Daily Deviations or just great artists for us to shine some light on.
And if allllllll of that were not enough then there is the =DailyDeviants project that he has been behind since 2005 as well. So yes, `lazybutt is quite the opposite of his namesake and we couldn't be happier about that.
-awarded August 2007

Is the piano a string instrument or a percussion instrument? 

52%
57 deviants said Definitely a string instrument. :stare:
48%
52 deviants said Totally a percussion instrument. :onfire:

Activity


72 deviations
Contest reminders!! 

Contest: The Face-OffConflict
verb (used without object)  1. to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash:
Conflict.
It's been around since we have been. No matter the best intentions, put two people in a room and they will eventually disagree over something. Everyone comes at things from their own points of view, and that is what this contest is about.

In this contest we challenge you to write a story that has at least two characters who are on opposite sides of a conflict. Remember that not all conflict is harmful, nor does it have to be bad. It doesn't have to be violent or even angry. But what your story does need is two people in opposition to each other over an issue or situation, each with their own reasons. And those reasons must be solid. You'll see why in a minute.
The contest goes in two parts:
Part the First!
:bulletorange: Write a short story between 1,000-5,000 word
 Entries are due August 27th at midnight PDT for the Conflict contest run through CRLiterature!

Strange Lands Historical Fiction ContestUPDATE: The contest has been extended til August 31!
It's summer, kids, so it's that time again. Time for a historical fiction contest.
This year it is going to be a lot more open than it previously has been. The theme is Strange Lands. The goal is easy: write a short story, flash fiction, or poem of historical fiction. Anything. Any time, any prompt, any characters. Except.
The story cannot take place in the country you live in, or any country you have ever lived in.
The point is to explore a new place you don't know as much about yet. And yes you're more or less on your honor not to cheat
So, here we go, RULES:
:bulletblue: Must be between 500-4k words for prose. No line limit for poetry, but I swear to heaven if you write me the Illiad I won't like it.
:bulletblack: Must be original work. I don't want fan fiction.
:bulletblue: You may write an original character or an original event BUT...
:bulletblack: Must be actual history, not AU history
 The Strange Lands Historical Fiction contest has been extended to August 31st.  Get your entries in for a chance to win! :eager:

August CVil War: A Picturesque PartyHello everyone, and welcome to August's CVil War battle!  Last month, we sadly lost the battle as my Harry Potter prompt didn't inspire anyone to submit anything.  Oh well, we can't win them all!  While we unfortunately had to concede that TheMaidenInBlack and her followers of The Many-Faced God won in July, let's all look forward to August and the Picturesque Party that awaits! :D
Each month, TheMaidenInBlack and I go to "battle" by asking the literature community (that's you!) to respond to our prompts in the hopes of becoming the sole champion of our monthly battles.  We pick one winner and one runner-up out of the entries we receive, and award them graciously for their valiant efforts in the CVil War.  Read on to find out what August's prompt entails!
August's Prompt
Last month, I gave a prompt that may have been too precise, so this time around I
 The latest CVil War has been posted - this one requires you to respond to a photograph prompt.  Entries are due September 9th! :la:

End summer the right way by winning prizes, and having lots of fun!
261 deviations

August CVil War: A Picturesque Party

Wed Aug 17, 2016, 12:59 PM
Hello everyone, and welcome to August's CVil War battle!  Last month, we sadly lost the battle as my Harry Potter prompt didn't inspire anyone to submit anything.  Oh well, we can't win them all!  While we unfortunately had to concede that TheMaidenInBlack and her followers of The Many-Faced God won in July, let's all look forward to August and the Picturesque Party that awaits! :D

Each month, TheMaidenInBlack and I go to "battle" by asking the literature community (that's you!) to respond to our prompts in the hopes of becoming the sole champion of our monthly battles.  We pick one winner and one runner-up out of the entries we receive, and award them graciously for their valiant efforts in the CVil War.  Read on to find out what August's prompt entails!

August's Prompt

Last month, I gave a prompt that may have been too precise, so this time around I'd like to have a more general, open prompt that hopefully everyone can respond to. (:

My fellow literary soldiers, in order to take part this month, you must respond to the photograph below in any genre or style, meaning you can write a poem, a piece of prose, or create a visual or found poem--so long as it's literature.  If you're writing a poem, your maximum line count is 50 lines.  If you're writing prose, your maximum word count is 1000 words.  The photograph is abstract, so what do you see? How does it make you feel? What characters do you envision in the scene?  Tell me in your writing! :)



The Rules and Prizes of War

The champion of this battle, whose literary work exceeds all others, shall receive:
  1. 3 Month Core Membership or equivalent in points!
  2. Their own private island!
  3. A lifetime supply of coconuts to do with as they please.


And a runner up shall receive:
  1. 1 Month Core Membership or equivalent in points!
  2. A trophy of a dolphin!


Besides the rules in the prompt above, you must comment your submission below by September 9th 11:59 PDT.  In your comment, please also include whether you'd like Points or a Core Membership if you win.  Winners and next month's prompt will be posted on (or just after) September 15th, 2016.


To see what TheMaidenInBlack has asked from her band of thieves, go here.  Why you'd want to is beyond me, however. :shifty:

DeviantArt's Sweet 16 is this Sunday, August 7th!  Join in the celebration by checking out these journals - lots of fun stuff to take part in, and lots of prizes to win as well. :)

DA's Sweet 16 - Birthday Bingo!
This year to celebrate DA's birthday your Community Relations team has put together a series of contests and events for you to partake in. This Birthday Bingo contest is one of them! Please read through the rules below, and participate to earn some awesome prizes! La la la la
Rules:
To get bingo you must get at least 4 boxes, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally
To submit your 4 finds, please send a note to Mrs-Durden
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ANSWERS AS A COMMENT ON THIS JOURNAL. If you do you will be disqualified. The same goes if you decide to share hints or answers with anyone.Your answers must include the Bingo slots you chose (i.e A, B, C, D) and the link for each slot! (i.e A = [insert link], B = [insert link] etc etc)
Deadline:
You have until August 9th at 11:59PM Pacific Time.
Prize:
The
  DA's Sweet 16 - 'Guess Who' puzzle!
To celebrate DA's 16th Birthday the Community Relations team has a variety of awesome contests and events for you to partake in. This is one of them! La la la la
We've put together a crossword puzzle for you. To win, you must guess which Community Volunteer matches which hint. The puzzle consists of the usernames of each CV included, therefore only usernames will be acceptable answers and symbols such as "-" may be included. For example, if my username is included in this puzzle, you would need to spell out Mrs-Durden with the hyphen in the middle counting as a box. Got it? Good.
Rules and Guidelines:
You must download the crossword puzzle and fill it in by using Paint, Photoshop or any other image processor where you can draw in each CV's username. Write legibly! Spelling counts!To submit your crossword puzzle answers, you must upload the puzzle into your sta.sh and send the link to it via note t
  DA's Sweet 16! List of of Chat/Forum Events!
DeviantArt is turning sixteen this year! That's right, we're celebrating DA's sweet sixteen! This year, as usual, we have a whole bunch of contests and events prepared for you guys. Are you ready to compete and win some dope prizes?? :eager: Here's our schedule:
All chat events will happen in :#communityrelations: ! All times are Pacific Time, please use a time converter as needed!
Chat Events:
11am PST: Muro Draw Challenge hosted by JenFruzz wherein you will be challenged to use Muro and draw based on prompts assigned to you in a specific amount of time.
1pm PST: Literature themed challenges hosted by TheMaidenInBlack wherein you will receive prompt-based writing challenges and play a scavenger hunt game as well!
4pm PST: Trivia with Mrs-Durden wherein you will be asked trivia questions in a ruthless competition where the person with the most correct answers wins.
5pm PST: Rock, Paper Scissors with morbidman187
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DeviantArt launched 16 years ago, providing a community of artists and art appreciators with a place to call home. Now, on August 7th, as we celebrate our Sweet Sixteen, we’re bringing a birthday celebration to our deviants around the world! From the comfort of your computer, help us celebrate the reason we’re all here today — our vibrant and inspirational community!
Standing at the cusp of Internet-adulthood, it’s always enjoyable to look back and embrace the carefree days of our artistic youth. This year, while adult coloring books are flying off the shelves nearly faster than fiction, what better way to unwind than celebrating with some coloring of your own? Using the Paint Bucket Tool in your favorite image-editing software, download our template and find inspiration and serenity in the swirling shapes.

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CaptainRedblood Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
Thanks for Watching my friend!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for watching, man
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rhunel Featured By Owner 6 days ago   General Artist
I just wanted to thank you for submitting for a DD a poem by YouInventedMe which I recently featured. You took the extra step which I haven't yet, and I am happy to see that the judges agreed with you. Thank you for your work on DA and have a blessed day. -Debra
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YouInventedMe Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Writer
Thank you for the Daily Deviation on human time capsule!
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Good afternoon Brennen,

Just wanted to extend my sincere gratitude for your reading, and subsequent featuring of my piece, The End of the Twentieth Century.

Coming from someone I have always held in high respect every time I see your interactions with people or the community, it truly is a great honor, good sir, thank you. Thanks for everything!

All the best in all of your endeavors.
-Alain
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