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DDs: I Do That Now

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 2:09 PM

Includes GIFs for my your viewing pleasure.

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?

Why bother suggesting?

Because people do awesome things and everyone should see 'em. Maybe they had the courage to write an intensely personal nonfiction piece, or the nerve to lampoon all the presidents, or because they wrote something that made you go 'wow, I wish I could write like that.' There's as many reasons as there are people on this site, and if you want to see stuff you like get featured, that's how you make it happen.

DDs are a feature I think the entire site should see. Which doesn't mean only picking stuff I enjoy, but there is a certain degree of personalization. If I decline something, you can suggest it to one of the other CVs. Just don't note more than one person at a time.

All you really have to do is ask, 'Why should the whole site see this?' It's like I were running a magazine: sure, I'll say no to 67% of stuff, but I'd rather see it than not.

But of course, it's easier if you know what my 'why' is. So: I expect technical awesomeness. Style and voice above all. Grammatical perfection is not always appropriate in creative nonfiction.

Is it well paced? Is the hook solid? Is it well-researched? Is the message conveyed without a direct statement? Also, voice voice voice voice voice. Voice.
  • No misinformation. I majored in science. Cite your sources, too.
  • I don't like metafiction. It's personal and unreasonable, and that's why I'm not the only CV.
About poetry...please read this article on enjambment and make sure you've taken those elements into consideration. I cannot enumerate how many interestingly-worded, reasonably-deviced works with illogical linebreaks are out there. (Kudos to beeinthebottle for linking me.)

I don't often connect to work on an emotional level, so try these dudes first. Note that ShadowedAcolyte actively prefers poetry to prose, and IrrevocableFate will take both cause she's awesome, while GrimFace242 and myself prefer prose.

:icongrimface242: :iconirrevocablefate: :iconshadowedacolyte:

I flove humor, horror, transgressive, and nonfiction because they are sadly underrated. I'd also like to see wider cultural representation, which is admittedly tricky because the English has to be up to a minimum standard (or with a translation from an actual human person). I've not had the best of luck with Diwali features, but I did manage Yule a grand total of once. u:

Here is the folder of everything I've featured. You should think about adding to it.

  • One suggestion per note. Please put the author/title of what you're suggesting in the subject line. Only note one person at a time. I will tell you I'm not going to feature it, so wait until then to resuggest.
  • No contest entries if the contest is still running.
  • The preview needs to be used with permission and credited. If it's something you took yourself, having that in the Artist's Comments is very helpful.
  • I'm trying not to feature people twice in a row, but I can check for that myself.
  • Suggesting someone with multiple DDs? I'd like to see improvement and/or a big stylistic difference. They already know they can do that one thing right.

About self suggestions: your job is to sell your work. It's okay if you don't include a message with the suggestion. Do not tell me you know it's not that great. Why would I feature it if you're capable of making it better?

A couple of notes on the foreign languages I actually know well enough to read in (I know a little Greek and Spanish too):
  • Je lis mieux que j'écris en français. Je pense pouvoir comprendre les textes écrit en français, même si je lis très lentment. Tant pis. Mais parce que le site est surtout en anglais, je nécessite une traduction anglaise pour une DD. (La traduction n'est pas forcée d'être merveilleuse. Seulement en anglais, je vous en prie.)
  • मेरे को थोड़ी सी हिंदी आती है, लेकिन ये साईट अंग्रेजी मैं है, इस लिए कृपया अंग्रेजी भी शामिल करना  (पथ है की शायद सभ अक्षरों गलत लिखे है, गूगल की बतकिस्मत मुझ पैर आगई ।) 

If you have any questions, ask ask ask! Just keep in mind that I work full time, and like videogames and reading Nature. Sometimes, I even have a life.

You have the right to not like everything. I don't know if you noticed, but the site's kind of gigantor now.

If you don't understand a format—and I see this a lot with haiku—look it up. Good writers read. (If I had a quarter for each time someone comments on a nonfiction piece saying the story is unbelievable, I'd have money. Check the gallery category, please.)

The artist does not choose the feature! Doesn't matter if it's a self suggestion or otherwise. FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

I don't mind notes asking me why I featured something (or a profile comment if you want to keep it public). Since notes are private space, I consider it highly unprofessional to share their content without permission. So you can say anything there, unless it straight-up violates the Terms of Service.

Some perspective, though: yes, we know it's a big feature. But it is still an art feature. It lasts 24 hours. There are something like 30 every day, 1-2 of which are from the Literature gallery. Please think about the scope of this. Getting a DD didn't make me as an artist. Getting five DDs didn't make me as an artist. It's cool, but it isn't, in the long run, life-changing.

If you want to rant, rather than discuss our differing viewpoints (which isn't going to change the fact that the piece was featured...), or you can't respect the fact that I didn't feature that piece just to fuck with you, please make a journal complaining about my taste in literature instead. I just ask that you don't link the artwork, as the artist had nothing to do with it.

Anyway, props to you for reading through this! Here, have an explosion. (Also props to pica-ae for giving me a solid GIF source.)

Trimmed some more fat. If you have questions you'd like to ask me, you're more than welcome to do so, but there's a ton of shit that just didn't mean anything because it was like "well I do this unless it's awesome", and if you're suggesting it's probably awesome anyway....

Here are my "literature dealbreakers," if you're curious about my personal taste.
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, i never suggested literature works before. do you accept fanfictions too?
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those go to SingingFlames :)
Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! :D
Exillior Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"the nerve to lampoon all the presidents"

... I honest to goodness misread that as "tampon all the presidents". I already had a visual before I realised I had misread.
neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: this is acceptable.
Snapperz Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   Writer
Jaimeeeee. :flirty:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
dd me plz
neurotype Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
bby i gots all the dd for u
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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