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  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: Blackout by Mira Grant
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Vanilla
I've been thinking about this for a while, and I can honestly say this is a journal I wasn't sure if I was ever going to write, but it's time to be honest. The last time I wrote a journal was back in February, and the last time I posted work on here was almost a year ago.

I think it's time to admit that my time on dA has come to an end. To be honest I think it ended a while ago. For the past year I've been rubbish at reading other people's work and commenting, and as for posting my own? Well, I've become less inclined to post my work on here and more inclined to perfect it and send it off in the hope of getting it published. I'm trying to build up a portfolio of work, and I'm in the middle of applying for a PhD, too.

I joined dA in 2006 when I was 14 years old. 14! Honestly, I can't believe I've been on this site for 9 years. I have a lot of love for this community, even though so many people have already moved on, which I think is why I haven't wanted to admit that it's time to go. Especially as I've been feeling very nostalgic recently, which I think has a lot to do with being in my 20s and terrified of the future. But you can't move into the future if you can't let go of the past, so I think it's time for me to let dA go.

I have dA, and the people I've met on it, to thank for a lot. I've met some of the loveliest, most helpful people on this site, and some fantastic writers and artists, too. It was the people on this site who helped me to realise that even though writing was my hobby, perhaps I really did have the potential to pursue it to publication. Now I am a published writer; I've had a couple of short stories published and I've even done some game writing, and I want to continue to get my work out there with more short stories and some longer fiction.

What scares me most about leaving dA, though, is the thought that I might lose contact with some of the brilliant people I've met on here. That's why, if any of you want to, I'd love it if you could add me on any other social media you use. I'm on tumblr, twitter, instagram and I have my blog, too. I've been very into the blogging community this past year and continue to love it (though funnily enough I am currently on hiatus while I get some writing done) so if you any of you are bloggers too then let me know!

Thankfully I already have some of you elsewhere. I definitely won't be losing contact with laurotica and I'm already stalking Redfeathyrs on instagram, monstroooo and DamonWakes on twitter and 0hgravity and Akataras on tumblr. That's right, I stalk you all! :evillaugh:

But there are lots of you I'd still like to stay in touch with in some way: Sleyf, cristinewakesuphappy, Alessaandra-the-Fair, Sammur-amat, Magnius159, IyraEMM and MensjeDeZeemeermin are just a handful of some of the lovely people I've met on dA, so I hope I see you guys elsewhere, too!

I'm not leaving today or even tomorrow, I have to go through the stuff on my account and I still need to decide if I'm going to deactivate my account or if I'm just going to leave it so I can pop in every so often if I'm feeling nostalgic. More importantly, I do want to read and comment on the work in my inbox before I go, too - I need to leave some comments on all your fantastic work one last time!

So yeah. This is just a little something to say it's time for dA and I to part ways, and to say thanks to everyone here who made my time here so wonderful and helped me to improve as a writer and as a human being.

I'll leave it there before this starts to sound like an Oscar speech...
  • Mood: Daily Needs
I stole this from :iconc-a-harland: :aww:

1. What does your Deviantart name mean and why?

The town I'm from in North Yorkshire is right next to the moors, so it kind of came from there.

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?

When I first joined dA I was a preteen, and my two big obsessions were Harry Potter and Beyblade. I still love Harry Potter, obviously, and to be honest I'm still very fond of Beyblade despite not having watched it in years.

3. How many watchers do you have now?

104. Well damn.

4. Name 3 of your favourite artists on DA.

When it comes to people who draw I'll always admire briannacherrygarcia, because the Disney nut in me adores everything she does, burdge, because I just love her style and the way she conveys emotion, and Sleyf, who is a lovely person and who makes me jealous every time I look in my inbox because everything she draws looks so gosh darn beautiful.

When it comes to writers on dA, I love laurotica, whose prose I admire constantly, 0hgravity, whose poetry seems to come from his very soul, and cristinewakesuphappy, who writes the kind of poetry you can taste on the tip of your tongue. But I know a lot of writers here on dA and they're all fabulous, so those three were super hard to pick from an extensive list.

5. Or lack thereof, move along…

Why would anyone keep track of artists they don't like?

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on dA?

I don't. I should, but I don't. ^^;

7. What is your most popular submission?

I imagine it's Fire and Water.

8. What are your favorite non-anime TV shows?

Avatar: The Last Airbender; Hannibal; Orphan Black; The Tudors; The Vicar of Dibley; Friends and Game of Thrones.

9. What are the things you wish you could draw better?

HA. I wish I could draw!

10. Summer or winter?

Winter. I love Christmas and I hate being hot.

11. Rain or Sun?

Sun if I'm outside, but I like watching the rain from inside.

12. What's your favourite type of music?

No idea. I know that sounds dumb but I'm genuinely useless when it comes to music genres, so I stay away from categorising them and making a tit of myself.

13. PC or Mac

PC. I have to use a Mac at work and it can be so frustrating.

14. Anime or Manga?

I've watched more anime than I've read manga, so anime. :)

15. Coke or Pepsi?

Either? I do love Vanilla Coke, though.

16. Read or TV?

Read. :la:

17. How many hours a day do you spend on dA?

Not many right now, sadly. :(

18. Name a talent.

Like one I have or just any talent? :|

19. Flash or traditional cartoons?

 Uh...

20. What is your favourite fast food restaurant?

I really like Subway. Does that count?

21. What are your top 3 favourite books (no mangas)?

NOOOO. I hate this question. :cries:

Right now, my top 3 are probably: Feed by Mira Grant, Rat Queens, Vol.1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch, and Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. There are so many books I love, though.

22. Wii or PlayStation?

Wii. I know how to work a Wii. :|

23. Name 3 of your favourite bands/singers.

Imagine Dragons (who I'm going to see in November! :D), Paolo Nutini, and P!nk.

25. Do you like Denny's?

I've never been to one, so I wouldn't know.

26. What is your favourite smiley?

I love this one: :la:

27. What is your favourite type of pie?

Apple pie!

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours?

I was a student, of course I have. :giggle:

29. Do you go on dA a lot?

Haven't you already asked this question?

30. Are you a member on any other sites besides dA?

Yeah, of course.

31. Do you cosplay?

I don't! I want to, though; I'd love to cosplay as Violet from Rat Queens. :D

32. Fruits or sweets?

Sweets. ;)

33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?

I'm not really a popcorn fan.

34. Have you skipped school?

During my teens I was bullied by one of my teachers for a year and a half, and I'd sometimes pretend to be ill so I didn't have to go to school and face that teacher. So yeah, I guess, is the answer to that.

35. Have you been on a plane?

Yep!

36. Have you swam in an ocean?

Yep!

37. Have you been ice skating?

No. :( I'd like to, though!

38. Favourite sport?

I like playing badminton, and I like watching rugby. Mainly for the players rather than the the sport...

39. Ever been on TV?

Not that I know of!

40. Favourite salad and dressing?

Ahahahahaha!

41. What do you do to relax?

I read or I go on tumblr or I watch a film I already know well. Beauty and the Beast and The Mummy are my comfort films. :heart:

42. What is the last film you saw in the theater?

Kingsman: The Secret Service. I'm still not sure how I feel about it.

43. Favourite Sandwich?

Boring, but I love a good ol' tuna sandwich.

44. If you could go anywhere in the world…

DISNEYWORLD. I'd also love to go to Barcelona, Florence, Verona, Pompeii, Rome, Thailand, Japan, Portugal, Mexico, Egypt, Norway, Germany, Austria and the States.

45. Favourite time of the day?

I like night time. :)

46. What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was very little I was obsessed with dinosaurs and I really wanted to be a paleontologist.

47. What do you want to be now?

Happy.

48. If you could eat with one person, who would it be?

I feel like having lunch with Jennifer Lawrence would be great fun. 

49. What character would you hate to be stuck in a room with?

Christian Grey. He doesn't understand what 'no' means.

50. When is your birthday?

October 10th. :)

51. Favorite type of ice cream?

Ooo... Mint choc chip. :aww:

52. Last book you read?

I'm currently reading Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland. It's awesome.

53. Which store would you max out a credit card at?

Waterstone's. :stare:

54. Do you buy / sell / both on eBay?

Nah.

55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?

"You don't actually like this, do you?" - when referring to a show/film I happen to be watching. Obviously I do or I wouldn't be watching it! Just because you don't like it doesn't mean I can't! :shakefish:

56. Favourite all time movie?

Disney's Beauty and the Beast. :heart:

57. What was your favourite show when you were a kid?

Ahem.

Gargoyles; X-Men; The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy; Cardcaptors; Digimon; Beyblade; Kim Possible; That's So Raven; Dave the Barbarian; Tracy Beaker and many more. Evidently I watched a lot of TV. :|

58. What are you listening to right now?

Hard Out Here - Lily Allen

59. What is the last thing you ate?

Yogurt.

60. If you were a crayon what color would you be?

I'd be the useless white crayon that always hopes it's going to get involved. :P

61. What is the first thing you notice about another person?

Their smile, I think. I'm not entirely sure. ^^;

62. Favourite sport to play?

Badminton.

63. Favourite Day of the Year?

CHRISTMAS!

64. Hugs or Kisses?

Hugs. :aww:

65. Vanilla or Chocolate?

BOTH.

66. Favourite Board Game?

I really like Trivial Pursuit.

67. Favourite smells?

I love cinnamon and apple scented candles. :love:

68. What inspires you?

Other people.

69. Do you have any piercings?

Yep! My ears are pierced, and so's my nose. :)

70. How many siblings do you have?

Two.

71. Bacon Bits or Croutons?

Depends? I'd rather not have bacon bits in my soup...

72. Favourite Day of the Week?

Saturday. :nod:

73. Favourite phrase?

"Everything will be alright in the end. If everything's not alright, then it's not the end."

74. Favourite Restaurant?

I'm more partial to pubs than restaurants, to be honest. Restaurants can often feel very fancy and commercial, but there's nothing quite like a cosy local pub with good ol' stodgy food. :D

75. Favourite animal?

Guinea Pig :squee:

76. Favourite thing to do outside?

Walk back inside.

No, in all seriousness I love it when the nights are really crisp and clear and all the stars are out. :aww:

77. Favourite thing to do when it's raining?

Watch it rain from somewhere warm and dry.

78. Favourite Disney character?

Belle, of course. :heart:

79. Do you like coffee? If so, what is your favorite brand?

I don't. D:

80. Tag 6 people.

:iconlaurotica::iconsleyf::iconredfeathyrs::icon0hgravity::iconakataras::iconsammur-amat: - consider yourselves tagged! ;)
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: If I Had a Heart, Fever Ray
  • Reading: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
Wow, I haven't posted anything here journal-wise in over two months. Oops.

I don't think I'm ever really going to leave this place. I've made some lovely friends here - laurotica, 0hgravity, Redfeathyrs, Sleyf just to name a few! - and while I speak to most of them on other social media sites nowadays I still can't bring myself to say goodbye to deviantART; I've been on dA since my teens, after all. Even so, I don't think I'm ever going to be as active as I used to be, either. Time changes everything.

So, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas if you celebrate it, and a fantastic New Year! My Christmas was nice, although it did seem to be over far too quickly, and my New Year was brilliant; I spent it in York with my best friend, she's doing her MA there, and we stood outside York Minster and brought in the New Year listening to the bells ring. :aww: I was also introduced to Parks and Rec and ended up binge-watching the first three seasons in a day. That was a good day.

I started my job at Seren Books. :) I've been there two months now and I'm really enjoying it. My colleagues are all super nice, they've made me feel so welcome, and this year it looks like I'll be able to go the Hay Festival with work, so that's exciting! :D At the end of last month I also sent off my first PhD application, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Other than that I don't really have any major news. I'm rather ashamed to say I basically haven't touched Bloodroot and Bracken since finishing my MA. I really need to go back to it and stop trying to edit while I write. Right now, though, I'm working on some short fiction; I'm trying to get more of my stories published to build up my portfolio.

I feel like this update isn't exciting at all. :| Anyway! How are all of you? How's life? What are you up to? Talk to me!
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Starman - David Bowie
  • Reading: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Hi!

I know, I know, I'm still very quiet on here. Quieter than I'd like to be. Honestly I'm much more active on tumblr and on my blog now, and I've even started updating instagram kind of regularly. Still I can't quite bring myself to leave dA. I've made so many friends here and improved so much here with the help of some amazing people, so while I may never be as active on here as I once was I don't have the heart to leave.

So what's changed since I last updated here? Well, I'm now a published author! My sci-fi short story Beam Me Up, which used to be on here, was published in the latest issue of Nebula Rift. It's not even 1,000 words long but it's my first real publication and I'm really pleased with it. :D

And I'm starting my new job on Tuesday! I mentioned in my previous journal that I've been offered a job as a Game Writer starting in January, but I've since accepted another job at an independent publishing house in South Wales as a Marketing Assistant. That might sound pretty dull in comparison at first, but a lot of my job is going to involve organising the centenary celebrations for a Welsh war poet, and as a big fan of war literature I'm very excited about it.

To go into a writing job would have been amazing - and I'm still going to be credited on the game because during my internship I wrote some of the cut scenes - but honestly it got to the point where I just couldn't afford to wait around for a company to get funding so that they could employ me, especially not when another company were willing to take me on a day after my interview. It's a little sad because the video game company are really, really nice and the job would have been very cool - there need to be more women in the video game industry! - but in all honesty I know books a lot better than I know video games, and to be honest after spending a day script writing I'd come home with no inspiration to work on my own projects, and that's just not good for me.

This job is currently only for six months unless the company can get funding to extend it to a year, but it could be that a six month job is ideal for me because I'm still hoping to go back to uni and pursue a PhD in Creative Writing. :aww:

I'm slowly getting back into Bloodroot and Bracken after taking a break from it following the completion of my MA, and I've been jotting down ideas for a new Sci-Fi/Contemporary Romance novel set during Christmas. I love Christmas so much, and I really wanted to challenge myself to write something that is totally out of my usual writing comfort zone. I'm also working on a couple of short stories in the hope that I can get some more published. :D

Other than that I haven't been up to too much. :) I have a gross head cold right now, so I've put myself on house arrest and drugged myself up in the hope that I can rid of it before I start my new job.

How are all of you? Talk to me! :la:
  • Mood: Triumph
  • Reading: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Watching: Friends
So I received my MA results today.

I PASSED WITH A DISTINCTION! :squee:

I'm so happy, and one of the most exciting things about getting a distinction is that it gives me that extra chance to receive funding so I can apply for a PhD. :aww:

About a month ago I also mentioned I had an internship with a company in Wales. My internship is now over, and I can now reveal that I was interning at an independent video game company where I was helping to write the script for a new science fiction game. It was a lot of fun, and what's even more exciting is that I've been offered a job, starting in January, to work as a paid script writer for the company.

It's so rare to be able to come out of a Creative Writing MA and go into a writing job, so I'm so, so, so pleased and thankful!

So hopefully that clears up why I've been pretty quiet here recently - I've been a little busy!

How are you? Talk to me! Are any of you going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year?
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: Blackout by Mira Grant
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Vanilla
I've been thinking about this for a while, and I can honestly say this is a journal I wasn't sure if I was ever going to write, but it's time to be honest. The last time I wrote a journal was back in February, and the last time I posted work on here was almost a year ago.

I think it's time to admit that my time on dA has come to an end. To be honest I think it ended a while ago. For the past year I've been rubbish at reading other people's work and commenting, and as for posting my own? Well, I've become less inclined to post my work on here and more inclined to perfect it and send it off in the hope of getting it published. I'm trying to build up a portfolio of work, and I'm in the middle of applying for a PhD, too.

I joined dA in 2006 when I was 14 years old. 14! Honestly, I can't believe I've been on this site for 9 years. I have a lot of love for this community, even though so many people have already moved on, which I think is why I haven't wanted to admit that it's time to go. Especially as I've been feeling very nostalgic recently, which I think has a lot to do with being in my 20s and terrified of the future. But you can't move into the future if you can't let go of the past, so I think it's time for me to let dA go.

I have dA, and the people I've met on it, to thank for a lot. I've met some of the loveliest, most helpful people on this site, and some fantastic writers and artists, too. It was the people on this site who helped me to realise that even though writing was my hobby, perhaps I really did have the potential to pursue it to publication. Now I am a published writer; I've had a couple of short stories published and I've even done some game writing, and I want to continue to get my work out there with more short stories and some longer fiction.

What scares me most about leaving dA, though, is the thought that I might lose contact with some of the brilliant people I've met on here. That's why, if any of you want to, I'd love it if you could add me on any other social media you use. I'm on tumblr, twitter, instagram and I have my blog, too. I've been very into the blogging community this past year and continue to love it (though funnily enough I am currently on hiatus while I get some writing done) so if you any of you are bloggers too then let me know!

Thankfully I already have some of you elsewhere. I definitely won't be losing contact with laurotica and I'm already stalking Redfeathyrs on instagram, monstroooo and DamonWakes on twitter and 0hgravity and Akataras on tumblr. That's right, I stalk you all! :evillaugh:

But there are lots of you I'd still like to stay in touch with in some way: Sleyf, cristinewakesuphappy, Alessaandra-the-Fair, Sammur-amat, Magnius159, IyraEMM and MensjeDeZeemeermin are just a handful of some of the lovely people I've met on dA, so I hope I see you guys elsewhere, too!

I'm not leaving today or even tomorrow, I have to go through the stuff on my account and I still need to decide if I'm going to deactivate my account or if I'm just going to leave it so I can pop in every so often if I'm feeling nostalgic. More importantly, I do want to read and comment on the work in my inbox before I go, too - I need to leave some comments on all your fantastic work one last time!

So yeah. This is just a little something to say it's time for dA and I to part ways, and to say thanks to everyone here who made my time here so wonderful and helped me to improve as a writer and as a human being.

I'll leave it there before this starts to sound like an Oscar speech...

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Jess
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United Kingdom
Call me Jess, I'm a 22 year old from England who recently graduated with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, and I've now returned to university to pursue an MA in Creative Writing.

Writing is both my hobby and my passion, and it's my dream to one day be a published author. Until that time you can find bits and pieces of what I write here.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
To know you is an education, to share your world is an adventure, to see your creations is a priceless gift, to appreciate your erudition is humbling.  To know you is a pleasure, and so we seek you out and rejoice in your existence, wishing you to rejoice in it also, and, moreover, to celebrate your being and to thank your parents.  We thank THEM for the wonderful gift they gave US on a day we so justly celebrate by wishing you a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, dear! :hug:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
I rejoice in your acquaintance.
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InkyRose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday- have a wonderful day! :D
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Thank you! :hug:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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Thank you! :tighthug:
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:heart: I hope your day was suitably amazing :D
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave on Icarus by Sleyf
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You're welcome! :)
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