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Monthly Meow - January

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 9:17 AM

Hello cool cats of DA! :D (Big Grin) kerrybush42 here with your Monthly Meow feature of one spectacular deviation from each gallery, as suggested by their respective gallery moderators. As a brief reminder, here are the galleries and their mods:

Poetry - Fixed InklingsOfOblivion
Poetry - Free Lissomer & haijinik 
Poetry - Eastern haijinik
Fantasy InklingsOfOblivion
Horror haijinik
Romance thousand-streams
Science Fiction InklingsOfOblivion
Mystery and Suspense evilredcaboose
Spiritual and Inspirational haijinik
Humor and Satire Lissomer & kerrybush42 
General Fiction sayuri686
Non-Fiction: Biographies and Self-Expression LOOKING FOR A MOD! (kerrybush42 has selected the featured piece)
Non-Fiction: Essays, Articles, and Guides InklingsOfOblivion

Give a hand for the gallery moderators - they work hard! :clap::clap::clap:

Now, without further ado...

Poetry - Fixed

"Call of the Fairies" by RowanLewgalon (selected by kerrybush42)

Call of the FairiesCome hither, o sweet child of man
Listen to our enchanting song
Come into the land of Pan
Succumb to us and dance along
Sing with us, o human child
Fall deep into our circle dance
Receive from us a kiss so mild
Cast to your world no single glance
Into the land of fairies glide
Leave all you used to know behind
To the Otherland now ride
Leave your world o so unkind
Come hither o sweet child of man
Listen to our enchanting song
Come into the land of Pan
Forget where you did once belong

Poetry - Free

"Southern Waltz" by Robin-Goodfellow12 (selected by kerrybush42)

Southern WaltzSoft sunlight spills lovingly into 
the room, the glass cups reflecting
colors quietly. There was laughing
and playing, the notes coming for 
their archaic songs, with lullabies 
Scent of spaghetti and spice drift 
through the air, the salt shaking 
to the soup’s alluring melody, the 
plates complimenting silver spoons 
and forks. Trembling hands for scarlet
cups, comfort to the afternoon, and
They keep go

Poetry - Eastern

"Olfactive memory - Memoire olfactive" by wordeea (selected by haijinik)


"It was raining" by Zlobniynoldor (selected by kerrybush42)

It was raining  It was raining. It was not a warm summer rain, when the sun's rays shine into the water droplets, and which inspire some hope into your heart. But also it was not a storm - with thunder, lightning and a raging downpour. It was a cold drizzle, which made everything grey, and was the cause that the air looked like a fog.
 Hanna sat by the fire and sharpened her sword. She was in a very bad mood. Nothing inspired her optimism: neither quickly running out firewood, neither the fire, practically useless now, neither way to Est, which was taking two days more. Neither this damn rain. Sleeping on the bags Chiir moved his ear - he did not like dampness, however as all cats.
- What are you grumbling again?
 Jess patched cloak, sitting on a log which was dragged into the cave. As magess of Water, she was not bothered by weather. She would be even quite happy, if that stupid branch...
- Because we stuck in this by-all-gods-forsaken woods, and there is no end of rain in sight! We


"Osmanthus" by Lilith-Awaken (selected by thousand-streams)

OsmanthusResearchers say, smells help people to study new things. They say your mind consciously or subconsciously connect different smells to different memories.
I don't know if it's true for others, but it is definitely true for me. There are some distinct fragrances that immediately evoke some memories and feelings, or those memories and feelings evoke the sensation of fragrances.
The smell of the juicy, ripe raspberries on the sun makes me feel freedom. I think of all the childhood summers, when we used to pick them from the vines, and eat them straight away. We didn't care about the thorns, and after a bigger raid we often looked like we lost a fight to a feral cat. The way mom and granny took out that old, red stained piece of material, which was probably a curtain in its previous life, and pressed the juice out of the fruits, making syrup, which we were all over about. We were young, on summer break, free, without any concerns. We were chasing butterflies, playing pretend, and reading th

Science Fiction

"Swimming in the Data" by Toondar96 (selected by kerrybush42)

Swimming in the Data       It’s like swimming through a river; fast, chaotic, deadly, but also beautiful. The data rushes past in streams, numbers and letters becoming a blur. Everything is at your fingertips, everything within reach. The data contains the sum knowledge of all things, you just have to do is work the deck fast enough to find it. You wade in and once you find ‘your’ steam of data, the piece of intel, the bank numbers, the passwords, whatever it is all you have to do is pull.
        The data does not always come willingly. People that don’t want their secrets found build dams around the steam. Black, jagged blocks of firewall contrasting against the kaleidoscope of blues and greens all around you. It’s the walls that they think will keep them safe. To get past the black ice you must be fast, faster than you ever knew you could be.
        You see, all data, even the firewalls has seams in it, the parts

Mystery and Suspense

"A Rhapsody in Fire - The Music of Emotion" by VexVaudlain (selected by kerrybush42)

A Rhapsody in Fire - The Music of EmotionThe first notes were slow, a haunting sound in the old abandoned theatre. The sound of the violin echoed loudly, every note hanging heavily in the air. They trembled as the cracking walls did, and the shadows dancing through hall seemed darker than before. The very air thickened with something unspoken.
When it happened, the change was almost unnoticed. Notes became shorter, slightly faster, faintly louder. They joined the shadows in their dance, writhing in graceful movements. The gloom that cursed the hall was lifting, if only slightly, the soft glow chasing it from the room. The cold air was seeping away.
The theatre slowly reawakened.
The shadows transformed before the melody did. Movements became sharper, mere flickers against the growing orange light. The violin sang of rebirth and rejuvenation. Warmth permeated old surfaces, paint peeling away faster and renewing the ruined walls. Pillars that stood strong once, now creaked and crackled, adding their own beat to the flowing musi

Spiritual and Inspirational

"Postpartum Prayer" by emerald-rose (selected by haijinik)

Mature Content

Humor and Satire

"to my Grammar Nazi" by TheOtherSarshi (selected by kerrybush42)

to my Grammar NaziSir, since you are a teacher proper
I would invite you home for supper
To teach a street rat such as I
How to speak better on the fly
But since my boyfriend does object
To such a splendid intellect
I'm afraid I must decline
To give a thought to words like thine.

General Fiction

"Shattered Colors" by sandracaskey (selected by sayuri686)

Shattered ColorsHappiness is what I thrive to become. So, I am a greedy individual. I get what I beg for and enjoy it until I want something else. The walls within my room are plastered with vivid and lucid colors. Some depict scenes of my life. Some colors move to form a short clip or a movie. The colors show the scenes of my most prideful times. Even the sorrow I brought about to others. I grin widely at those. Those are my most beloved times.
I sit, knees to chest, with my mouth agape as I gawk at my walls. My skin's pigment never rests upon a natural color. Instead, it soaks in the flashing colors.
An unexpected gift is set at my feet at each glance I give the walls. I shudder in happiness—though, I want to be it, not feel it. Of course, each gift is a surprise, though I guess knowing what you want and receiving it wouldn’t be called a surprise, but it will be for me. I am too slothful to actually do what needs to be done in order to receive such glamorous things, but I always get what

Non-Fiction: Biographies and Self-Expression

"Sunset thoughts" by TheJakesss (selected by kerrybush42)

Sunset thoughtsI opened my eyes
to the ocean swallowing the sun.
Forever a glimpse of rarity
as my mind enters the night,
and all these thoughts
still haunting me as I'm holding on.
Sunset clarity
cold wind reality,
life is so beautiful to me,
but to a dying soul,
it's nothing but a fatality.
I wish I could show you my mind.
It's a mixture of pure mystery
and a little insanity.

Non-Fiction: Essays, Articles, and Guides

"The Geek's Guide to Lit Groups" by PoetryOD (selected by kerrybush42)

The Geek's Guide to Lit GroupsThe Geek's Guide to Lit Groups Links:
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with A - H
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with I - S
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with S - Z
:bulletblue: The Geek's Guide to Inactive Groups

What's done?! IT'S DONE. I have spent days and days and days collecting a list of all the lit groups I could find (1901 groups to be exact!), then I went through each one and moved all the groups that had no discernible activity in the past 12 months to the Inactive Groups list (see links above). Then

Thank you all for your wonderful work! :heart:

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Toondar96 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I got a feature!!!!! Thank you so much!!! Life has gotten really busy and i haven't been on in a long while and this is awesome to come back to!
kerrybush42 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
you are quite welcome! :heart:
thousand-streams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats to everyone for your features =) Lovely pieces.
TheJakesss Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for featuring my poetry!! Greatly appreciated.
kerrybush42 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
you're welcome! :)
Zlobniynoldor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, thank you so much!  Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
kerrybush42 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
you are quite welcome! :heart:
wordeea Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
thank you :) honoured to be part of such a great selection
haijinik Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Student Writer
Lilith-Awaken Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Thank youyou so much for featuring my work here! :blowkiss:
kerrybush42 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
:heart: It was a great piece! thousand-streams has good taste. :D
Lilith-Awaken Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
It means a lot :hug:
thousand-streams Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Heart Huggle! 
evilredcaboose Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought we had some time yet...
kerrybush42 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional Photographer
oh CRAP you're right! I said the end of the day TODAY! My bad. If you still want to select one from your gallery for a feature, I will absolutely include it. the mistake is entirely mine. I hope you'll forgive me. :)
evilredcaboose Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
reply  give me a day and i'll see what i can find.  if i don't respond by end of day tomorrow, i didn't find one and i'll have one found by the end of this month.
kerrybush42 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional Photographer
sounds good! :D
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