Welcome to the seventh edition of DeviantART's very own "What is Love?" article! This article aims to support writers and their day-to-day needs when thinking about doing writing while the WiFi is on. For the time being this may not be a regular article, but as a sister to the "Literary Almanac Monthly" and the DeviantART-Smiles project, it is in hope to be something to prod the minds of those who share the same space in the community as these lovelies.
VOLUME SEVEN: WHAT IS LOVE? Introduce yourself!
I am Jenene, and I have played the role as an actively devoted and community oriented Literature deviant for nine years. If you could give anyone/thing a big squishy hug, who would it be?
Anyone who desires one – I adore hugs.
And, to Naktarra
of course, for the honor of this delightful interview, and for showing me loving support towards my endeavors. Any words of advice to those starting out on DeviantART?
One of the very first things that might be helpful for new writers on DeviantART is to seek out those with experience within the community, i.e: those actively involved on a daily basis. The easiest way to do this is to peruse the Art News: Literature Journal
sections, and check out well known writing groups such as CRLiterature
. Also, various $taff and Community Volunteers
are very helpful sources of information while navigating DeviantART.
Comment, comment, comment and work towards contributing towards the greater good and getting to know other deviants on a variety of different levels. Go out within the community and keep a positive attitude (this makes a world of difference) about the various changes that occur and always keep an open mind.
Do write and create your art because it makes you happy and brings you a sense of inner fulfillment. Do what works best for you and stay true to what you are. I also believe that everyone has the strength and ability to impact change, no matter who he or she are or where he or she comes from. We all do have an important voice and are heard. You can make the choice to use your “deviousness” to benefit others, as I have tried to do. I do know in my heart that everyone can
make a difference, and I duly hope that with all of us staying unified as a strong, collective force we will continue to strive to do just that. What are your New Year's resolutions?
Continue to be an active presence toward the community I cherish and finish my novel – (it is over 600 pages – I am very proud.) How do you keep track of all of your writing ideas?
I keep several notebooks on hand. And: post-its every
where. Are there any authors who have heavily or subtly inspired your work?
Various writers here on DeviantART are my primary sources of inspiration, and the remarkable works of Abraham Lincoln. People oft forget he too was a writer who not only pinned speeches, but also poetry and doggerel prose that delighted his readers. He will always be my primary inspiration for a great many things – including all things of the written word. What was something you were really proud of in 2014?
My historical fiction novel – it is still going strong, and I am hoping to reach at least seven hundred or more pages before it is finished. Do you have any favorite quotes you want to share?
My four favorites are from Abraham Lincoln:
“All I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.”
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk backward.”
“Whatever you are: be a good one.” Do you want to give a shout out to any artist(s) or writer(s) in the dA community?
There are many deviants I adore and admire. I have abbreviated this listing to the best of my ability, to narrow down the spectrum to deviants I return to, again and again. They all certainly deserve the shout out:AGMeadeBloodshotInkbrokenfragilethingschromeantennaedreamsinstaticglossolaliasintricately-ordinaryssensoryjulietcaesarLady-YumeLiliWritesLissomerMemnalarNullibicityohgravityraspilRosary0fSighsSammur-amatthetaoofchaosTwilightPoetessyour-methamphetamineHappy keep on keeping on!
Naktarra and LadyLincoln