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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 21, 2011, 9:36 AM

Critique folders

The Advanced Critique folders are officially open! :w00t: Before you rush off to submit there, please read the instructions on this deviation first...

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This is our hopeful attempt at gaining equal feedback on a higher level. I, as well as the other TWM staff members, will be participating in giving critique for this venture, but there's no way we can critique it all. For this to be successful, we need your help as well. To gain, first you have to give... the way many real critique groups operate. This is not the place for those seeking more comments or faves, but a place to post for future revises. A place for hard feedback.

You DO NOT have to be a dA subscriber to submit to Advanced Critique. We don't care what symbol you carry in front of your name, as long as you like to crit. If you do not understand how to go about giving a critique, you can consult the guides in the main Advanced Critique folder. You may also note us and we'll be happy to provide you with working examples of crit given to those on dA.

For now, we have subfolders for poetry and prose. If they fill up more than expected, we may add genres as well. At the moment, we are imposing NO LIMITS on submissions to the Advanced subfolders, as long as you first critique a TWM member and fill out the form. As the subfolders fill up, we may impose limits, but for now... critique away! :)

Please note... if you already have a deviation submitted to TWM that you wish to submit for Advanced, please do not ask us to move it. All you need to do is yank it from the galleries (please note us if you are unfamiliar with how to do this) then resubmit to TWM when the Advanced requirements are met.

More folder news

Please ignore the folder marked 'February' for the time being. EmmyIsAZebra will be cranking out some prompty goodness next month that will involve weekly contests and points galore. Be sure to watch for it! The prompts she has in store for you all are delicious.

The 'Transgressive' folder has been deleted, since we've had all of four devs posted since the genre folders first opened in October. The four deviations it contained went into the genres that were the next best fit (general, horror, and romance). If you have a transgressive genre deviation and question on where it should go, please don't hesitate to ask us.

For fanfiction, we've had a few questions about where to place those. We do not, nor will not have a fanfiction folder set up. You may post them in whichever genre you feel fits your fanfic the best.

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Which Submission best demonstrates the Scene Challenge Prompt Best? 

6 deviants said Time's Illusion~ It's true what they say about death. When it happens to you, you know it's over. ~
"Oh, but I didn't order-" I protested loudly, but it was in vain.
The older lady beat me to the punch by saying something in what I would guess was Chinese. She resolutely pushed the plate into my chest, then turned around and left my table, her head held high.
What the actual hell?
It came out as a question, because I wasn't sure what to make of this. Quite honestly, I also wasn't so sure if I was ever going to visit this Chinese restaurant again. First that tall, quiet, red-haired guy who worked here and kept glancing at me when he thought I wasn't looking. Now this old lady acting weird to me and giving me stuff I didn't ask for… This was a strange place, that's for sure.
Or maybe it's just been a long day and it's all in my mind. Wouldn't be the first time.
Since she wasn't going to take it back, I decided to do with the order as I pleased.
With tha
4 deviants said Fortune"Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing."
I am finding it hard to believe that they’d resort to this type of scare tactic over a little possibly spoiled chicken, but... whatever… I pick up my check and pay the bill, tucking the fortune into my pocket.
“You will leave town now, yes?” the hostess holds the door out to me, her voice loaded with concern.
“I will leave, no,” I reply.
“You must leave. Leave now! Never return. It is not safe,” her eyes look toward the kitchen worriedly. She's acting like a bad actress in a film noir.
“No, I go home.”
"No! Home not safe. You go now."
"Listen: you've got the wrong guy. I am not in any danger, except from that chicken - it was off." I tuck my wallet back into my trousers and head for my car.
It is a long ride home – too long. My stomach is queasy – too much duck sauce, I think.
I make it home a
3 deviants said Fortune CookieA fortune cookie.
They're always so...
Cheesy, yes, that's the word.
Oh well, they're fun
Tearing it open.
What kind of message is this?
"Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing."
It can't be true.
No way, fortune cookies
Are always so cheesy.
Later at night.
I kept the message.
I don't know why
It can't be true
But four nightmares later,
I know
I have to leave.
Knitting needles, yarn,
Money, sweaters,
Leggings, hairbrush-
Oh, I always forget you,
Toothbrush, come here-
The bus is empty this late
Nearly midnight after all
Shadows play there,
Strange and dancing
Was that a knife?
Just a shadow, just a shadow
That's what comes out of my
Sweat dripping
Eyes squinting
Why are we stopping?
It was true
It was a knife
Oh God
Oh God
I did what you said
I did it, I left!
"Too late."
1 deviant said
No deviants said Scene (for reference): At a Chinese restaurant, your character opens his fortune cookie and reads the following message: "Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing."...

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