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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 4, 2016, 3:27 AM


Hi everyone, I am kiwi-damnation otherwise known as Sam. I am a Kiwi/Australian writer and novice digital artist who revels in helping to build the lit community.


I am a literary sadomasochist: I love to challenge myself to be a better person and a better writer, while also challenging everyone I know to do the same. I think it can be incredibly easy to fall into patterns and habits as writers; and these habits preclude us from growing as authors. 
There is no point in endless repetition, if, in the acquisition of our own particular voices, we lose our drive to evolve as writers.



It has been with this thinking in mind that I have applied to become a
Literature Community Volunteer. For more information on this role, please read The Community Relations Team.  I have a lot of ideas and challenges and I want to help our community to flourish even more. I don’t know how much of what I do and have done is evident from my profile page, and at the risk of being self-involved, I thought I’d make it easier.


 I created DFC (The December Form Challenge) in 2008 to challenge myself. The DFC consists of thirty-one different fixed forms of poetry in thirty-one days — one poem per day. I then created ProjectDFC from which to host it, when groups became a feature of DeviantArt in 2009. I now run ten scheduled intensive monthly challenges on ProjectDFC — soon to become eleven, pending the announcement of a new challenge this upcoming November. The challenges are all vastly different but have one thing in common: they educate, inspire and challenge poets. This has been a labour of love that I fully intend to continue indefinitely.
 

In addition to running ProjectDFC, I have helped run many other groups as an admin — such as Poetry-Magnet, Multhaiku, Authors-Club, and BurdenedHearts. I have also found it personally important to help any deviant who needed it, taking time to answer questions, to run chatrooms, and to write educational articles on topics ranging from DeviantArt site mechanics to literary conventions, as part of the Mentorship program created by TheMaidenInBlack.

Recently, I had the honor of being featured in LiliWrites' Awesome, Literally! series, in a forum about ProjectDFC.
 

At the beginning of his year, I began a challenge for myself to expand my writing in the world of prose. I called it the Prose-ject, and the point was to write consistently daily until I couldn’t anymore. I wanted to build my own skill set and eliminate the self-doubt that, for me, would often arise when writing out of my poetic comfort zone.


This led me to the realisation that there is a definite need for more prose-related community engagement and challenges. I decided then and there to create Prose-ject to meet this need.

At the current moment, Prose-ject has ten challenges formulated and set up for the months of February to November, with smaller prompt challenges and mini-challenges. The challenges are designed to fit within the framework of NaNoWriMo and other major global literary events.
 

I am passionate about the work I do here, as an active member of the literature community on Deviantart. It is something that I strongly believe in, and I am happy to put in the hours to create and achieve the goals I set for myself. And while, like most serious writers, I wish to grow in my artistic capabilities, I also want to continue to serve the community that I love so much.



Amidst all of my passion and drive, I am a person with a disability. It keeps me home most of the week and in some regards, has paved the way towards being far more active on dA than I might have been otherwise. I love this place and dA has helped me become the person I am. The people here are magnificently kind souls and stunning artists.



So even though this is outside my comfort zone, I am putting myself forward — once again, challenging myself to grow in new directions. If I am not chosen to serve as a Community Volunteer, so be it. I know that whomever is chosen will be fantastic for the job and I respect the deliberation given to the process of selecting CVs. I wrote this introduction to show my determination, goals, and efficiency, in order to aid those researching CV candidates.



I love you guys. Thank you for supporting me through everything and for continuing to read my work. You are all phenomenal. Especially copper9lives :huggle:
 
Thank you,
 
Sammy :heart:



  • Mood: Artistic
I sing a requiem of life, honouring the many versions of a being that have been made and remade in the fires of transfiguration. The flames envelop the skin and crackle light across the psyche in waves of dancing sparkles. Charcoaled husks disintegrate as explosions rip through the centre, opening chasms and leaving cosmic dust. It is a violent and magnificent display and it reinvents all who witness its glory. No sugar-coated well wish or sombre inflection can ease the transition into reinvigorated star seedlings, ready for transplantation. No caress, embrace or encounter can halt the shearing of the soul as it bursts through its broken cocoon and reveals the brilliance of its new self. Each palpitation pounds the spirit faster and stronger as they build towards this transformational enlightenment and these throbbing warnings ache. Even the caterpillar cannot foresee the process of liquefaction and reconstitution that is required for its own evolution.

I sing this requiem, feeling these fires keenly as they sear my flesh from within, burning and charring my form. I sing, knowing full well that the process will yield freedom from the agony that has plagued my unconscious moments, and the true and beautiful me I am to become. It may come, as with the caterpillar, through dissolution and reformation.

Who really knows?

I don’t think anyone does.
Requiem of Change
Using the prompt "Requiem" from Flash Lit February 2016 BEGINS! and Flash Lit February (FLF) Week 1 by kiwi-damnation.Written in 15 mins as per rules. 


Currently what I am going through.
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Hello everyone, kiwi here :). Just enlightening you all on what is coming up for this month. As you may be aware, we did some cross-promotion for February Sonnet Challenge by Parsat and the Community Contest by copper9lives. These are fantastic events and I do ask you to consider participating in both. If it was a little ambiguous that they weren't DFC events, I don't blame you, so I am clearing that up.




Oh and this is my first time using gifs so I chose an amazing show. If you don't know it, I pity your soul.


With that said, I want to introduce you to February Form Fiesta for 2016! It's gonna be epic!






FFF by copper9lives (stamp by copper9lives) February Form Fiesta started in 2009 after the first DFC Challenge, as a way for those who missed out on DFC to test themselves and those who did DFC to feed their fixed form addiction...







...attracting more and more interesting folk into the fold as the years go by....







Every year FFF features 5 forms, each a separate contest from each other. Each form's entries are judged and the top 3 entries in each form is determined. As yet prizes have not been ascertained but I can assure you, they will be great.







FFF by copper9lives    FFF by copper9lives   FFF by copper9lives


:squee: FFF 2016 runs from 12am GMT Feb 1st til 12am GMT March 1st.

:squee: All entries can be submitted directly to the FFF 2016 folder or noted to either ProjectDFC, kiwi-damnation or MagicalJoey.


:squee: Limit of one entry per form, but you can enter one in each form if you so desire.

:squee: Challenge yourself and most importantly, have fun :).


FFF by copper9lives    FFF by copper9lives    FFF by copper9lives



Our five forms for 2016 are:

:eager: The Licentia
:eager: The Parallelismus Membrorum
:eager: Ch'i-Yen-Shih Metre
:eager: The Dinggedicht
:eager: The Chatuschka



FFF by copper9lives   FFF by copper9lives   FFF by copper9lives








 The Licentia     


The Licentia form was created by Laura LaMarca. It consists of a minimum of 3 stanzas, each 12 lines long. There are 11 syllables per line. There are also refrains interlaced into each stanza (the capital letters).

The rhyme scheme is as follows:

A1,A2,B1,B2,C1,C2,d,d,e,e,A1,A2 | B1,B2,f,f,g,g,h,h,i,i,A1,A2 | C1,C2,j,j,k,k,l,l,m,m,A1,A2 |


betwixtthepages created a beautiful example with her piece Repeating Seasons (DFC 2014)


Repeating Seasons (DFC 2014)Far in the Atlantic where nobody goes
among harsh churning waves, a white oak tree grows.
Ten months of the year, the oak's weathered roots sleep--
branches hanging barren, no secrets to keep.
With the month's closing, the dark storm clouds depart;
a fire bird rises, the tree's beating heart.
With burning wings spread, she welcomes a new day
and singing a mourning keeps demons at bay.
High overhead, feathers ruffled by the wind,
phoenix clears her throat and finds strength to begin.
"Far in the Atlantic where nobody goes,
among harsh churning waves, a white oak tree grows.
Ten months of the year, the oak's weathered roots sleep--
branches hanging barren, no secrets to keep
until I return and set the sky aflame.
Your roots are my prison, your branches my chains."
She takes a deep breath, her beak heavy with words.
Wonders why she can't leave.  "I miss other birds
but the sea is too cold and I can not swim.
I drown in the waves...and end up here again!"
With closed eyes, she imagine





 




 The Parallelismus Membrorum    


Parallelismus Membrorum is a Hebrew form which centres around contradictions. Each line contradicts/ is opposite of another in couplets. Each line contains only 3 or 4 words.


kiwi-damnation 's piece DFC 3: The Plague helps illustrate the duality of this form.


DFC 3: The PlagueYou are the plague,
That soothes every wound,
So raw and off-key,
Sweet and fine-tuned,
Nobody knows you,
I see your soul,
The timid young rabbit,
The lion so bold,
Nary a whisper,
Carries my scream!
As heavens lie silent,
Hailing; they teem,
Forget all you’ve seen,
But remember me most,
A vibrant bright entity,
A pale shattered ghost,
Joyfully dancing we,
Stare at the sound,
Lost in the darkness,
In light all around,
Where people breathe fire,
I’m encased in ice,
Each moment disgusts me,
I’m fully enticed.
No words are muttered,
They’re chanting our song,
Pulses have quickened,
Dead all along.
You are my plague,
You soothe every wound,
Free and in love,
In hatred entombed.




  


 Ch'i-Yen-Shih Metre  


Ch’i-Yen-Shih metre is a Chinese form featuring quatrains with 7 syllables per line and a break after the fourth syllable in each line. The rhyme scheme is abcb with no set limit to how many stanzas can be written. For a more authentic piece, stick to one syllable words throughout. The following example has the break highlighted but you can have complete lines without off-setting them like this.

I have two examples for this piece, as I found two brilliant pieces that show different ways to approach this.


HuntingForHappiness '         MadPrinceFeanor 's

The MartyrsA fire broke out
              on the docks;
the night lit up
              in starved flames.
Four men fed them,
              one by one.
The town knew not
              those men's names.
    and    DFC 2015 Day 15: PhantasmagoriaBird girl knows that
         she can fly.
She spreads her arms
         free and wide--
the surf down low,
         the sky up;
toes at cliff's edge,
         set to glide.
He takes her wrists,
         holds her back.
He speaks to her,
         a soft plea.
His words are wind
         on her back.
She steps. She falls
         in the sea.







 
 The Dinggedicht   


The Dinggedicht (Object Poem) is an observational form founded in Austria by Rainer Maria Rilke during the Impressionist art era. It is therefore, very similar in its essence to the Japanese senryu. There is no set syllabic count or rhyme scheme, merely that it be framed around acute observations of the world and exploring ideas, attitudes, events or societal conditions. This can include nature’s wonders.


MagicalJoey 's stunning piece DFC #13 - How Do You View Her World? is our example for this.


DFC #13 - How Do You View Her World?How Do You View Her World?
13-12-15
Black clouds bloom like mushrooms
In a fairy ring around her mind;
Look in and you may get lost
In a depression so deep it’s quicksand.
And the people laugh away her descriptions of her malaise
As if she’s exaggerating,
Never knowing that hurts more than she will ever tell,
And that it leaves her forevermore
Alone.








 The Chatuschka   

The Chatuschka is a traditional Russian form that features a single quatrain in trochaic tetrameter with an abab or abcb rhyme scheme. They are usually satirical or ironic in nature and are often put to music.

Regrets by SedahLiah encapsulates the Chatuschka form nicely.


RegretsBags of bones and blood and tougher
Things wound up by loving mother,
Not unique and born to suffer;
I just wish I'd found another.








So that is February Form Fiesta 2016. I hope you've liked our presentation :). I hope to see your kickass entries in the coming month.

Peace out,

kiwi-damnation



  • Mood: Artistic

Hello and welcome to the New Year and a wonderful beginning for Prose-ject!





A little background:

Prose-ject started as a way for me (kiwi-damnation) to challenge myself with consistent prose writing as well as helping to quell the discomfort that comes from writing in an unfamiliar medium. I have been a poet for a very long time and while I have dabbled in prose, poetry is far more natural for me.





And now to introduce you all to the first of many awesome challenges to grace the Prose-ject shores:





Flash Lit February

Flash Lit February is a whole month dedicated to clearing out the pipes and releasing that writer’s block. We will be giving you 25 prompts to choose from each week so that you can have a vast variety of prompts to be inspired by.

Do I have your attention yet?





Good.

Here’s how it’ll work. You will join our group, or not, whatever you choose to do. You’ll scurry to your keyboards, open up a word processing app of some description, and then run your eyes over our prompt list. Choose one that really jumps out at you and turn on the stop watch.





YOU NOW HAVE 15 MINUTES TO WRITE WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT.





Seriously, you have 15 minutes to write whatever that prompt inspires you to write.





It is not meant to be amazing, or brilliant, or even your best work. It is simply an exercise for re-energising your creative cogs and mopping away the literary cobwebs. There is also no way you can fall into your normal writing habits with subject or style. This exercise is meant to challenge you to expand your thinking and to allow you to see where your mind is at.





I have done this many times for both poetry and prose and use it often for all the reasons listed above. Some of my flash pieces are my best pieces because they came from somewhere entirely different in my consciousness and gave me something to really think about.





The Nitty Gritty Of It All

:typerhappy: Flash Lit February (FLF) runs from 12am GMT February 1st until 12am GMT March 1st .
:typerhappy: If you’d like to do this as part of our building community, please submit your pieces directly into ourFlash Lit February folder or note Prose-ject or kiwi-damnation.
:typerhappy: Please link this journal into your artist’s comments so that other’s know what you are doing.
:typerhappy: Stick to dA’s guidelines for content. Don’t create abusive pieces, we will report them and not accept them.
:typerhappy: Enjoy creating new weird and wonderful pieces.



Week 1 Prompt List

Flash Lit February (FLF) Week 1 by kiwi-damnation





Until next time bitches!

kiwi-damnation
  • Mood: Artistic

My Best Foot Forward

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 4, 2016, 3:27 AM


Hi everyone, I am kiwi-damnation otherwise known as Sam. I am a Kiwi/Australian writer and novice digital artist who revels in helping to build the lit community.


I am a literary sadomasochist: I love to challenge myself to be a better person and a better writer, while also challenging everyone I know to do the same. I think it can be incredibly easy to fall into patterns and habits as writers; and these habits preclude us from growing as authors. 
There is no point in endless repetition, if, in the acquisition of our own particular voices, we lose our drive to evolve as writers.



It has been with this thinking in mind that I have applied to become a
Literature Community Volunteer. For more information on this role, please read The Community Relations Team.  I have a lot of ideas and challenges and I want to help our community to flourish even more. I don’t know how much of what I do and have done is evident from my profile page, and at the risk of being self-involved, I thought I’d make it easier.


 I created DFC (The December Form Challenge) in 2008 to challenge myself. The DFC consists of thirty-one different fixed forms of poetry in thirty-one days — one poem per day. I then created ProjectDFC from which to host it, when groups became a feature of DeviantArt in 2009. I now run ten scheduled intensive monthly challenges on ProjectDFC — soon to become eleven, pending the announcement of a new challenge this upcoming November. The challenges are all vastly different but have one thing in common: they educate, inspire and challenge poets. This has been a labour of love that I fully intend to continue indefinitely.
 

In addition to running ProjectDFC, I have helped run many other groups as an admin — such as Poetry-Magnet, Multhaiku, Authors-Club, and BurdenedHearts. I have also found it personally important to help any deviant who needed it, taking time to answer questions, to run chatrooms, and to write educational articles on topics ranging from DeviantArt site mechanics to literary conventions, as part of the Mentorship program created by TheMaidenInBlack.

Recently, I had the honor of being featured in LiliWrites' Awesome, Literally! series, in a forum about ProjectDFC.
 

At the beginning of his year, I began a challenge for myself to expand my writing in the world of prose. I called it the Prose-ject, and the point was to write consistently daily until I couldn’t anymore. I wanted to build my own skill set and eliminate the self-doubt that, for me, would often arise when writing out of my poetic comfort zone.


This led me to the realisation that there is a definite need for more prose-related community engagement and challenges. I decided then and there to create Prose-ject to meet this need.

At the current moment, Prose-ject has ten challenges formulated and set up for the months of February to November, with smaller prompt challenges and mini-challenges. The challenges are designed to fit within the framework of NaNoWriMo and other major global literary events.
 

I am passionate about the work I do here, as an active member of the literature community on Deviantart. It is something that I strongly believe in, and I am happy to put in the hours to create and achieve the goals I set for myself. And while, like most serious writers, I wish to grow in my artistic capabilities, I also want to continue to serve the community that I love so much.



Amidst all of my passion and drive, I am a person with a disability. It keeps me home most of the week and in some regards, has paved the way towards being far more active on dA than I might have been otherwise. I love this place and dA has helped me become the person I am. The people here are magnificently kind souls and stunning artists.



So even though this is outside my comfort zone, I am putting myself forward — once again, challenging myself to grow in new directions. If I am not chosen to serve as a Community Volunteer, so be it. I know that whomever is chosen will be fantastic for the job and I respect the deliberation given to the process of selecting CVs. I wrote this introduction to show my determination, goals, and efficiency, in order to aid those researching CV candidates.



I love you guys. Thank you for supporting me through everything and for continuing to read my work. You are all phenomenal. Especially copper9lives :huggle:
 
Thank you,
 
Sammy :heart:



  • Mood: Artistic

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kiwi-damnation has started a donation pool!
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#ProjectDFC is getting revamped with challenges every month and contests galore. To be truly successful with this endeavour, we need Super Group membership. If any of you could donate some points to this cause, I would be incredibly grateful.

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Hey guys! I'm Sam a.k.a kiwi-damnation.

I am a massage therapist by day and artist by night. I love to create in many different ways and especially enjoy the incredible world of fixed form poetry. I run a group ProjectDFC devoted to preserving the art of fixed form poetry and bringing you all along for the ride.

Seriously though, I love dA and all it represents and I look forward to reading/gazing upon all of your art. You all amaze me. Thank you for the privilege of sharing this journey with you.

Aaaaand you can find my photography on kiwi-damnation-stock

Adios amigos!
Interests

Commissions

Poetry
Self-Condemn Visual Poetry by kiwi-damnation
Give me a topic and a fixed form that you would like and I will create something specially for you.
Fractals
I Love and Adore You by kiwi-damnation
Wheel of Fortune by kiwi-damnation
Love in Chrysalis by kiwi-damnation
Cockleshells by kiwi-damnation
Give me your favourite colours or a shape or an idea you would like and I will do my best to create it for you.

STAMPS!

[Stamp] Gratitude by Creepiest I Love You Stamp by MissBezz DD Stamp by tRiBaLmArKiNgS Daily Deviation Stamp by Abfc DFC2008 by copper9lives DFC2009 by copper9lives Dfc2013 by copper9lives ISurvivedDFC by copper9lives I heart ProjectDFC by copper9lives

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ShadowWorldRed Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Faves, Sammy - and for the Flash of inspiration!

 ツ

- Mick
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Writer
Hehehe you are so welcome :)
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the generous donation! It was such a pleasant surprise to log on it and see! It really turned my weekend around :heart:
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016   Writer
You deserve everything :heart:
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ShadowWorldRed Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sammy, it is with great pleasure that I join your new Prose-ject group! :eager: 

I also thank you for joining dA-heART-colLAB ! I will be seeking affiliations soon, and I will include this group and DFC in my requests! :D

Mick 
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016   Writer
No problem :) I'll approve those.
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mIkeschwaRz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Thx 4 the :+fav:
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016   Writer
You're welcome :)
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Pyrefang Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  New Deviant
I'm entirely smitten with your works.

Since I'm almost entirely incapable of illustrating on computer program(me)s, poetry can be summarized and made similar to my "bread and butter."

Your pieces are totally emotional -- and altogether feels written as if it were the truth.

To be candid... I want to see what this whole "DFC" competition is about.

Perhaps I could give my good 'ol virtual ballpoint pen a spin?

* An inspired feline races towards you, almost hesitantly. In doing so, her aural pinnae perk shortly after recognizing you; she paws at your legs in excitement, hoping you'd proffer her praise.
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016   Writer
Thank you :). In a lot of ways, they are the truth. They are my truth. Everything I write comes from something that happened or a moment I knew. 

The DFC challenge, that runs every December, is a challenge of fixed form poetry. My group ProjectDFC, which you just became a member of, runs this and 10 other challenges throughout the year. DFC is the main attraction with 31 forms (a piece a day for all of December) and it was created to inspire and expand poetic minds as well as create vastly different bodies of work.

If you want to playback old challenges, the form charts are in the Featured section of the group gallery. 

We have February Form Fiesta, a contest, coming up in less than two weeks. Are you game? I shall be putting the journal up soon :).
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Pyrefang Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  New Deviant
I'm most certainly up for the challenge. 

Thank you for being the artist that you are.
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016   Writer
:) Thank you :)
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KariLiimatainen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: for :+fav:
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016   Writer
You're welcome, your photography is stunning :)
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RJBG Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Great work!
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