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Weekly Round-up!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 14, 2013, 2:08 PM
Every week, we collect and feature the outstanding submissions to our gallery. If you're looking for quality literature to read, start here!

Each item is hand-picked by our admins and presented with a small introduction (we think this makes browsing literature easier). We don't seek perfection: we just choose interesting work and share it for critique, appreciation and encouragement.


This week's Round-up arrives laden with a sense of mourning, a feeling that something has passed us by. From the young lover trying to recover from a broken heart which was never really whole; to the old gumtree who is helpless against nature's wrath; to the crows who watch the demise of their old friend: there's no denying that the January blues are here.

It's not all doom and gloom though: there are exciting things coming to the literature community and WritersInk in 2013 - check the Community News for details!

This Week's Highlights


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lover without a purpose by hazeltown



Abstract romantic poetry to stir the soul.

Who is the absent lover addressed in this piece? Is this grief for a love lost; or a lament for a lover who was never truly found? Whatever story you take away from the piece, we're sure you'll be touched by its yearning beauty.

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The Machine by elGallifrey



In a future where humanity has spread itself amongst the stars, Terric lives in a very familiar world of poverty, hardship and oppression. When tragedy befalls his family, he learns an important truth about the nature of humanity.

Young author elGallifrey writes with a skill beyond his years. This is a solid sci-fi yarn, treading a delicate line between a well-paced plot, interesting concepts, and themes we can all relate to.


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Euro's Inferno by Concora



A short poem which punches well above its weight.

We couldn't not share this tribute to the fires that have been raging in Australia this week. Our thoughts are with our friends Down Under :heart:

From the Archive

We love our old deviations just as much as our new ones. From time to time, we like to pull out an old gem that's been lost in the depths of our gallery and feature it in this space.


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Murder's Mourning by SomethingOnceSacred



A murder of crows sits and watches as part of their world falls down.

Successful writers tend to lean on a few key skills to tell a story effectively. These include the ability to play on the meanings of words (more than just for laughs); the ability to make otherwise ordinary moments seem special; and the ability to convey personal experiences in a way which complete strangers can understand. This sad, quietly emotive piece is a work of humble vision which does all of the above.


Community News

:bulletblack: Please welcome the newest member of our admin team: TheMoorMaiden :clap: Jess has been an enthusastic, hard-working and supportive member of the group for quite some time now - we're thrilled that she's decided to help us out as a Literature Scout. She's a pretty good writer, too with a few Round-up features  and even a Daily Deviation to her name!

:bulletblack: We've just launched a brand new feature: Editorials! We've launched the feature with a series of articles about Daily Deviations, with a view to both increasing the number of community suggestions, and to better explaining a process which, to many, is a mystery. We'll be publishing an article per week on this subject, and shortly after will turn our focus onto some other issue within the literature community. If there's anything you'd like us to investigate, please let us know in the comments, or send the group a note!

:bulletblack: The Write Off is coming! Yes, deviantART's number one multi-round, rapid-fire, celebrity-supported chatroom based random prompt event is coming back on Sunday 27th January at 4pm GMT. If you're interested, please :+devwatch: the writeoffentries account for more details and reminders nearer the time.

DLD and DD Shouts!

As ever, we've been keeping an eye on the literature features throughout the community. Congratulations to the following members who've recieved DD's in the past week:
:bulletblack:  BlakeCurran for The Passenger

:bulletblack: projectilewordvomit for Bokeh. (who was actually featured on Christmas Day - sorry we missed it! :ashamed:)


And well done to the following for receiving a :icondailylitdeviations:
:bulletblack: melodysnow on Creep

:bulletblack: disrhythmic on summergirl

:bulletblack: Cionie on When Intending Permanence
Well done everyone! :boogie:

Have we missed anyone? If your a piece of your  work in our gallery has been featured in the last week or so, let us know and we'll give you a shout-out in this space :D

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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Writer
:love: <3
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Cionie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the DLD shoutout :D

January isn't all blue and sadness! Though this is a great collection of stories, as always :)
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wei-en Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Welcome TheMoorMaiden!
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Janoera Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I especially like this week's round up! Its jam packed with great stories, new editorials, write off announcements, and a new admin:) Welcome *TheMoorMaiden :hug:
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Concora Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Writer
Thank you for my inclusion in this fantastic - as per usual! - round-up. :heart: Things are beginning to look up for us over here in Aussieland. :)
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schongslipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations to everyone and thanks for sharing your wonderful writing!
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projectilewordvomit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good work everyone :meow:
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fervvent Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
congrats to everyone :heart:

also x: sorry to be that guy, but i received a DD on the 28th for [link] and i was never mentioned in the bottom bit hah.
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations! :woohoo:

Sorry if it seems a bit, er, territorial, but we only shout-out for pieces that are in our gallery :( Otherwise, we're just copy & pasting the DDs and DLDs each week, which seems a little silly :giggle: Sorry!
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fervvent Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha thanks (: ohh, I see, I thought it was of whoever is in the group. My bad!
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