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It's been a couple of months, and I figured some people might be interested in an update over what's going on here. First off, nope, I'm not coming back. The thing is while DA is all very nice and I've sure been lucky here, I don't feel much toward the place, or the community. To reduce it down, other than some exceptions, dA on the whole just seems to be preoccupied with favourites and amassing watchers. That's not a criticism, just a statement of fact, I believe from experience. I've always wanted to network and discuss writing with other writers, and the afore mentioned focus leaves that hope in the shadows. I'm quite sick of trying to get a conversation going with someone, or meet someone new because most of the time, it feels like you've got to pile them with favourites and comments in order to do so, and well, I can't be bothered giving critique and spending my time reading through other people's work when they don't return the favour. In short, I've dropped the something for nothing attitude here, because it just gets exploited most of the time. I guess some people may find that unpalatable, but I won't apologise for holding that attitude. You've got to value your own desires and needs in life, and that means if there's a short story I want to write, I'll spend time doing that rather than writing feedback for someone who's barely sent two lines of conversation. And hey that might not be popular, but you shouldn't have to bury your thoughts and opinions for others. Good life tip there.

Speaking of time, it's coming to the business end of my degree, and as such my time is pretty much caught between doing work for my course, committee work for the climbing club I'm treasurer of, and writing the things I want to get done. It's fun, and so far I believe I've got the balance in a good order. As for the writing if you're interested, I've begun work on a new sci-fi novel which currently stands and 12,000 words, and have been re-working and rewriting the first part of an epic fantasy series that has been a while in the making. Both of which I'm feeling pretty happy about - they've both got a long way to go, but I'm pleased with the idea and the plot arcs I've been developing. It's quite satisfying to write in a genre you weren't entirely familiar with! I'm also working on a few short stories that I'm going to pitch to various places and a poetic epic, so it's been a productive and busy summer.

Radio silence to resume.

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The darkness crept. Every creature slipped underneath black tides of slumber. Eventide rolls overhead. Upon the sky’s tortured veil pinpricks of light meddle between the ocean’s dark waves. Shadow paints the forest with its dye, the looming branches harbouring greater voids underneath once green leaves.

Piercing through, gasping for breath! Inklings of white starlight dot the celestial canvas, swimmers lost at sea. And turning heads, all laud the rise of the luminous orb from the dark depths. She shimmers, shedding her silver shingles between the drowned land’s skeletal trunks. Her beauty acquiesces, waxes, and softens the dark, mixing their dyes, but rendering the light brighter and the shadow darker.

And yet, the shadows retreat back into the sea. The land breathes a sigh, it’s balm against the day absorbed. Night has come, and Phaethon’s scorching ride is undone.

My lunar mistress raises her pale head high, taking upon her centre stage. The curtain falls, our first act beginning. I gaze up on high, the surround stillness itself; dead of night. Now, away from prying eyes in the night, my revelry takes hold; a metamorphosis so wild. She bids me dance, fast as the flying midnight birds, and on all fours I oblige. I leer upwards at the silver dots, weaving between darkened trunks, wild, roaming. She beams brighter upon me, imploring me to dance further.

I bring my voice to laud her, and words fall away to sing the lunar melody. I beseech her journey across the dark tides, my song fading between my lips as I speed after her on silent feet. Yet eventide pulls her farther away, faster than even spirit wings can carry.

I whisper my love to the midnight birds, who fly faster onward to be my wooing dove. But their wings are not so fleet, and the rays of dawn speed on.

At my bloodied heel, the red maw of dawn swallows my love.
Eventide
Short piece about the night.

Phaethon is a character from Greek myth, who being the son of Apollo, rode his father's chariot for a day but was unable to control the horses - putting the earth in danger of being burnt up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaethon
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It's been a couple of months, and I figured some people might be interested in an update over what's going on here. First off, nope, I'm not coming back. The thing is while DA is all very nice and I've sure been lucky here, I don't feel much toward the place, or the community. To reduce it down, other than some exceptions, dA on the whole just seems to be preoccupied with favourites and amassing watchers. That's not a criticism, just a statement of fact, I believe from experience. I've always wanted to network and discuss writing with other writers, and the afore mentioned focus leaves that hope in the shadows. I'm quite sick of trying to get a conversation going with someone, or meet someone new because most of the time, it feels like you've got to pile them with favourites and comments in order to do so, and well, I can't be bothered giving critique and spending my time reading through other people's work when they don't return the favour. In short, I've dropped the something for nothing attitude here, because it just gets exploited most of the time. I guess some people may find that unpalatable, but I won't apologise for holding that attitude. You've got to value your own desires and needs in life, and that means if there's a short story I want to write, I'll spend time doing that rather than writing feedback for someone who's barely sent two lines of conversation. And hey that might not be popular, but you shouldn't have to bury your thoughts and opinions for others. Good life tip there.

Speaking of time, it's coming to the business end of my degree, and as such my time is pretty much caught between doing work for my course, committee work for the climbing club I'm treasurer of, and writing the things I want to get done. It's fun, and so far I believe I've got the balance in a good order. As for the writing if you're interested, I've begun work on a new sci-fi novel which currently stands and 12,000 words, and have been re-working and rewriting the first part of an epic fantasy series that has been a while in the making. Both of which I'm feeling pretty happy about - they've both got a long way to go, but I'm pleased with the idea and the plot arcs I've been developing. It's quite satisfying to write in a genre you weren't entirely familiar with! I'm also working on a few short stories that I'm going to pitch to various places and a poetic epic, so it's been a productive and busy summer.

Radio silence to resume.
Cut to the chase, I'm putting this account into a coma. Why? I can't be bothered to maintain a presence here on DA. It's a sink of bad habits, and distracts from what I want to do, and also what I would like to get out of an account. I'm unsure whether I want to deactivate this account entirely (I mean, never say never right?), so the next best thing is to remove things and leave it. I don't want to confuse people over an account that has things on it, but no actual activity.

I'll leave the DD up, because that still cracks me up.

That being said, I'm going to start removing things over the weekend, or putting things into storage. If you want to keep in touch, note me and we'll discuss details.

It's been fun, but hey, this is how things go.

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Bianor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thank you for the fav+!
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W-Lupus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Writer
You're welcome - keep up the great work!
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introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Writer
Thank you for the watch! :la:
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W-Lupus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Writer
You're welcome!
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
While I certainly appreciated the cleverly constructed and satire laden argument (and argument within the argument) in your recent DD, I simply had to come here to express my immense joy in reading your responses to all of the comments you had gotten to. The patience you expressed, and the points you made, brilliant and beautiful.

I know this is a strange reaction, but thank you so much for representing the literature community and striving to help others as you did. You are truly awesome.
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