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Weekly Roundup & Community News

Mon Oct 17, 2011, 2:52 AM by monstroooo:iconmonstroooo:
We've got quite a prose-heavy Roundup for your this week - but this selection of cyber-crimes, werewolves and online gaming parodies will reward anyone who can put a little time aside!


This Week's Highlights
:star: Jonny Carson + Chopin Get Loot by :iconteenagebeatnik:

Bored of the usual grind, the Magister Chopin and his fighter companion Carson head to the dangerous Lostlorn forest.

TeenageBeatnik takes a shot at humour and lands a critical hit in this short story. Its success owes much to snappy, quick-fire dialog and a nice interplay between character and narrative. Fans of online gaming will love the setting of the story and enjoy the in-jokes; but the story is accessible enough for anyone to enjoy.

:star: There Are Things by :iconbeau-penemuel:

"I'm laying in my covers and all I can think about is you"

It's always nice when you come across something unique, something rare. This piece blurs the line between poetry and prose: it's poetry for the beat generation, begging to be read out loud. Beyond its composition, the piece also stands out because it's emotional, vunerable and engrossing - with a killer final line.

:star: Defective by :iconjoeyliverwurst:

Chad is enjoying the last dregs of summer, hanging out and spending some time with his beloved car. Until, that is, a mysterious whistling threatens the peace of the afternoon...

We've never featured a lycanthropic story before in our Roundups, so this short piece seems a good place to start. JoeyLiverwurst has created an enjoyable short story which tells the story of a werewolf in American suburbia. It greatly benefits from a light touch of humour, deftly added to ease the story along.

From The Archive

We love our old deviations as much as we love our new ones. Each week, we dust off an an older item from the gallery and feature it here.

:star: The Angel of Choice by :iconkwatzhewrote:

In the digital wastes of cyberspace, a voice calling itself "the Angel of Death" is persuading people to take their own lives. The police are baffled, completely clueless in their attempts to stop the freightening slew of deaths. But the hacker Dave/null knows a few things the police don't, and embarks on his own course to bring down the Angel of Death.

There's an awful lot to be said about this complex short story - far too much to cover in this space here. The simplest description is that it's an intelligently realised psychological sci-fi story. Sadly, the translation occasionally makes for difficult reading... but we assure you, it's worth bearing with. Seldom is sci-fi so involved, so well thought-out, as it appears here: for those looking for some more cerebral storytelling, this is an absolute gem.


Community News
  • The Word Wars tour is here again!  The next chat is on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at 3:00 PM EST.

    Word Wars is an interesting writing game which is establishing itself on the dA scene. You can read more about it :earth:here. As an added incentive, there is a veritable horde of prizes to be won. If you're for some inspiration this might be just the thing.
  • For the artists among you, there's a new contest over at :iconmythicalpairs:, challenging you to draw two beings reincarnated as mythical creatures. There's more information here!
  • :iconindie-ventures: will be starting their second submission week on Saturday 22nd October. They're compiling an E-Book around the theme of 'inverting fantasy clichés'. For the opportunity to get published, you can read more :earth:here.
  • Finally, Senior Admin :iconmonstroooo: was lucky enough to get a Daily Deviation for his story :earth:The Ballard of Eiy'ra Haiz. Have you had a DLD or DD for a piece in our gallery? Let us know and we'll feature you in this space!




Questions, comments, irreverent remarks or respectful complaints? Send us a note! We love to hear from our members.

This week's roundup was brought to you by:
  • monstroooo
  • GrimFace242
  • TeenageBeatnik (who didn't suggest his own work, promise!)
  • You can support this feature by sharing love, feedback or favourites with these hard-working members.


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General-EbonRose Oct 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Haha. ~Beau-Penemuel called me when she saw you guys featured her. Really awesome work from everyone this week.
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monstroooo Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I look forward to see more from both of you :nod:
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monstroooo Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe! Nice to know we're generating some excitement! :happybounce:
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KwatzHeWrote Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I'm so glad you liked my story! This is an incredible surprise and is very meaningful for me.
I promise I will improve my English!
I would also thank monstroooo, he's been very friendly and helpful.
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monstroooo Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, your English is fine! I think a hand-translation, rather than an automatic one, is way forward, though :)
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:iconteenagebeatnik:
Thanks so much for featuring Carson and Chopin's little romp! I hope people find it enjoyable to read.
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JoeyLiverwurst Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This marks the first time I've ever gotten a review or summary. I'm touched! I'm also in a hurry to check out those other stories.
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monstroooo Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great! I hope we can get you a few favourites and a little feedback :)
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