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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...

TwmCritFolderSubmissionProcess by Kira73

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.

TWM in the news!

TheWritersMeow has been featured with an interview in :iconirrevocablefate:'s latest Love dA Lit news article. You can check out and fave the article here -->…

More dA lit news

:new: :iconnycterent: wants your opinion on how to improve dA's lit gallery… .

:bulletblack: :iconsoul-poets: Will be starting weekly features via blog and news articles. From their founder: Our literature on Deviantart is starving, and the only thing we can do about it is join together and give each other exposure. Soul Poetry Features is about poetry produced from artists that deserve recognition. You don't have to join Soul-Poets to be featured, but it helps to receive notes and comments from artists about poems they are really proud of. Thank you!

:bulletblack: :iconsixwordstories: has started their 52 Week Challenge. The one for week 2 : Write a story involving one specific colour without mentioning the actual color… .

:bulletblack: :iconeditorialsquad: has made some exciting changes to their critique system, and are looking for staff members… .

:bulletblack: :iconbeta-readers: is in dire need of betas… !

:bulletblack: Literature news section on dA.

:bulletblack: Past lit DD's.

:bulletblack: Dev Lit on Twitter.

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Esther stared at Rebecca's back as she lay on the bed, sobs racking her body. Tears soaked the material of the pillowcase on which Rebecca lay as her wails echoed through the apartment. Esther swallowed a sigh, restraining herself to rubbing Rebecca's back and trying to soothe her friend. Focusing on the blonde hair splayed across the sheets, she managed to keep herself silent, not even allowing an exasperated huff to escape.
Despite having known that Anthony was wrong for her, Esther had made no attempt to separate the pair after Rebecca's initial response. When the blonde had yelled at her, railing about jealousy and how Esther would only ever be alone in the world, it was all she could do to bite her tongue, letting her friend's anger boil over and burn through. As easy as it would have been to walk away, t
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they do not mean war
- most days.When darkness fell and with it my demons appeared
he held out his earthly hands and asked me to trust him. I let him lead me through the
darkness and I came out alive. Mother, how was I to know that one day I would have to
battle his demons.
Days when he curses the silence of his world I cup my hands around his
ears so he can hear my voice and I whisper, I love you I love you I love you. My love does not calm him any more.
His face has lines filled with every paranoid thought, every miserable failure, every little drop of self-hate. Every day they etch deeper; turning into violent rivers. Mother, I hold his gaunt face in my small hands and it is overflowing. He would master my storms, turn them into little heaps by a wooden bed; whisper me endless love without the use of his voice. Reach into me, dip himself in our contentedness. Mothe
1 deviant said With LoveShe was beautiful- soft wisps of hair and wrinkled skin eyes screwed shut.
She was also born two months premature.
So small she could fit in the palm of his hand, her father through the tears.
He cried for his daughter who was finally here and, at the moment, safe; and he cried for his wife, who had not made it through the birth.
Heartbroken, he basically lived at the hospital, eagerly awaiting the day that he could take his daughter home.
Months passed, then several more followed.
Tests and medicine and beeping machines and hushed conversation with pitying looks thrown his way and soon the father was sick of the place, yet refused to leave. He couldn’t. Not when his baby girl was still there, with only him to support her.
In the end, he stayed, ignoring the looks and words of doubt, choosing instead to cheer his daughter on.
They took it day by day, because each one was a miracle.
Finally, after what seemed like endless examinations and treatments, he got the okay to take her ho
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