Today, I woke up to discover that the first draft of a first chapter excerpt of my novel-in-progress, Prey, had been awarded a Daily Deviation by the lovely `thorns. Thank you so much to her, and for all of you for supporting me as a writer and helping me to achieve one of my dreams in this community. I didn't expect this, and I am touched.
In the meantime, I am still busy with my freelance work at Load and have my first photo shoot with GeekInMe booked for the end of the month. However, if you are wondering why you can't access the links to my work, it is because the Load servers crashed and the team lost everything. The webmaster and EIC had to build it back up after losing a year of hard work, but luckily I shall be back in full swing by next week.
If you have also noticed that I haven't updated my blog in a while, don't worry; I haven't forgotten! I am commissioning my colleague and friend *Paul-James-Kintas to help me redesign the site with new headers and backgrounds. the project begins on the 18th, so look out for my next entry. In the meantime, please go and like me on Facebook.
Finally, #SolutionsSanctuary are holding a tutorial contest and I am donating points, features and critiques among the other many prizes, so please enter and have fun! *akarra is also holding a second contest. The theme is a nature haiku using kigo and it ends on June 12th. I might enter it!
My piece Prey has been honoured with a Daily Deviation by the lovely `thorns. Thank you so much for the support.
I have been chosen as `LadyLincoln's Lady of Lit for May! The chatroom takes place at 6pm EST today: [link]
I thought it was about time I featured some of the amazing things going on around deviantART! I have had a wonderful time here recently and I wanted to thank you all for being so friendly and supportive. If you think I have made you feel welcomed, or I have helped you with my critique, please vote for me for #Life-On-dA's Deviant of the Month award.
I have had the good fortune to be welcomed into a new group this week! If you fancy winning some points or just getting your work seen around the community, please check out ~WeeklyLitContests. It's a great new group founded by ~Liedy. Please enter their opening contest, if you can! Also remember that *akarra's short poem contest ends on May 7th. The theme is music in 30 words or less and I am giving out critiques as prizes, so make sure that you enter soon!
In other news, I have been considering starting a group of my own. Although there are some great literature groups on deviantART, I would love to start one that focuses solely on giving critique and feedback, and hosts weekly competitions with points and feature prizes for those deviants who go out of their way to give the best critiques. What do you think?
Finally, I know that I usually feature lit. in my journals, but today I wanted to feature the incredible artwork produced by one of my colleagues at Load; *Paul-James-Kintas. He is severely under-appreciated here, so please show him love!
I have been chosen as `LadyLincoln's Lady of Lit for May! I am so flattered. Watch this space for a link to her journal.
I have some wonderful news to share with you all! Today I was offered a freelance writing position, writing regular news features, articles and game reviews for Load Game. I have also been asked to model cosplay outfits for their sister site, Geek In Me. After the photo shoots, I get to keep the outfits I wear and then wear them again to vlog reviews on Load. Our first photo shoot will be a Catherine cosplay.
Being on the Load Game team also means that I get free press entry to London Expo this year! I'll be interviewing all of our favourite and upcoming game developers, comic artists and possibly film actors (in costume, of course). This time we'll all be in costume, so I'll be sure to take lots of photos!
While I am here, I would like to say thank you to all of you for sticking by me in my absence; I am feeling a lot better now, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more from me and my critiques very soon. I've already been busy entering this month's literature contests! Let me know how you have all been.
Please don't forget to sign up to my shortstuff blog, like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. Every little helps!
Check out the website I have landed a job with here and sign up or get involved, if you can. I'll appreciate it!
I would like to apologise to all of you for being absent these last few weeks. A long-term hip injury has finally caught me out and I am going to need major surgery, so I am spending a lot of time in bed. However, I am somewhat pleased.
To summarise: my doctor is rather excited, as he is a young Asian man who is specialised in the exact brand of osteopathy that I require. I am his first young patient, which means that he is allowed to explore all options for the first time because I am worth giving a better quality of life to. He wants to 'clean my bones', so I am having all kinds of scans! Also, I have the flu this weekend but that is awful and irrelevant.
I am also celebrating my anniversary with L over the coming month by a visit to Chester Zoo in Wales this weekend, a romantic South Devon break the next and then a week or so staying with him whilst I get to grips with all of this. I will make updates in my blog, so be sure to follow me. Hopefully all of this will be enough to shake of the writer's block.
As Montaigne said, "Writing does not cause misery, it is born of misery." I always thought he was on to something.
Things are going well for me, it seems. I have been asked to do two interviews, gained a special mention in another contest and found today that I now have 106 watchers. Phew! That's a lot of watchers for somebody with only three poems. I also have 6,300 pageviews, which is ridiculous as I had 5,000 just last month. I think I'd better submit some more deviations!
Those of you who keep up with my awfully mundane life may have heard that I have been unwell. This is why I had to stop at 30 during my 50 Critique Challenge for `Kneeling-Glory's critique contest. I have had some x-rays done and it looks as though I'll need major surgery and a replacement (or two) on my hips. I'll be a bionic woman! I thank all of you wonderful deviants who have been so supportive this month.
In other news, I have a blog! I will be featuring it in a box on my page soon, but until then you can read it yourself here or alternatively, like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. All subscriptions, comments, ratings and so forth are greatly appreciated. It isn't particularly interesting now, but I have some (hopefully) very exciting posts in the works!
My name is CJ (if you hadn't guessed already!) I have been on deviantART for four years but have only just become fully active - and been able to afford my first premium thanks to a generous points donation from =pixiepot - so I thought this would be a good time to introduce myself properly.
I am currently studying English Language and Creative Writing at university. Although my gallery says otherwise, I am first and foremost a creative prose and technical writer. I also model far more than I am likely to write poetry, but I haven't been satisfied enough with the quality of any such work lately to upload it here. Hopefully this will change!
After some recent competition wins (see below), becoming an admin and a Peer Editor for #Love-Literature and making some brilliant friends here lately, I am looking forward to participating more in groups, contests and community projects and getting to know you. Please introduce yourself!