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Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome! ;) It's the next edition of the New Artist Highlight! :party:

This time around, our lovely featured artist is the talented saltwaterlungs!  With a knack for metaphors and a gift with words, this girl has me hooked, and I'm sure she'll hook you, too. So, my lovelies, shall we begin?

Why did you start writing?
My parents read to me from a young age, and I started writing shortly after. I never had a reason why I wanted to write, I just did. The reason I continue to write today is because of my teachers' and parents' encouragement and nourishing of this talent and ache I had.

What is your inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere, and there is nothing more corny or true than that saying. I write about people I see, I write about my emotions, I write about friends, I write about completely made up scenarios. Short answer: everything.

What is your favorite piece in your gallery? And why?
This question is very difficult for me because I really like my work. Right now, I'd say that symphonymelodies are etched into our palms
and harmonies are stuffed
between each vertebrae.
our bodies sing to each other,
and we are deaf composers
with a knack for symphonies.
my favorite. I love the imagery I used here and the extended metaphor. I think it's one of my best.

What is your impression of dA and DailyLitRecognition so far?
I've been involved on dA for about two years now, and I love it here. The literature community is kind and supportive, always willing to help, and the people are full of good ideas. DLR is succeeding at being the DLD replacement, even improving it. I find that I like the pieces being featured now much more than I liked the DLD features.

Let's end with a silly question! If you could have one mostly useless superpower, what would it be?
(for example, any writing/drawing implement you hold will never dull/run out of ink...but only if you hold it in your non-dominant hand[or feet, if you're ambidextrous]:giggle: and this would only be mostly useless because you could learn to write/draw with your non-dominant hand[or feet!])
I'd like the power to run really fast but only backwards.

smile vignettesi. the corners of his eyes crinkle and his teeth look like a camera’s flash against his dark hair.
ii. he smiles at their attempts to make him laugh. but when they pull out a terrible corny joke, his eyes crinkle in the corners and he has to sit down. the joke has replaced his knees with Jell-o. he puts his head in his hands; that smile he has is contagious.
iii. she only smiles because everyone else is.
iv. she nods, then smiles, says “yeah”, and then delves back into her thoughts.
v. his arm floats above his girlfriend’s waist. when he looks over his shoulder, his friends cover their mouths to disguise their laughter, and he tries to smile too. he turns back around and keeps the same smile plastered on his face as he listens to his girlfriend and her friends jabber.
vi. they nod seriously, but when their teacher’s back is turned, their masks crack.
viii. he smiles, looking at the girl with her arms crossed, his own arms open wide.
ix. they all glance at
Who doesn't love a smile? And a good vignette? You get both in these beautiful literary snapshots.

And that concludes the first part of this article...


...and now, for something completely different.

What's new?

Since the last article, I've been doing my best to keep tabs on new works by new deviants to feature in this section! Here are a few notable works:

baby, I'm starvingKnife and fork in fist
at the table I wait,
served up for me
your heart on a plate.
A succinct and intriguing look at love, this is only one of many fantastic works by the spectacular new addition to dA's literary community of deviants. ;)

hyperioni want to live like a redwood tree-
even if fire sears me bare and empty,
a thousand years later
i will still be growing.
Another short piece, but absolutely gorgeous in how it simply conveys a desire to, not avoid the hurts of this life but, to weather the storms and continue on with the journey.

:thumb456289885: You can almost hear the sea, taste the salt and smell that briny seaweed smell of the oceans when you read this piece. Stunning.

Being Okay Is The Hardest Thing We DoBeing Okay Is The Hardest Thing We Do
because being okay is expected,
if we’re not okay, that’s not okay,
what can we do to be okay?
we can scribble illegible words
on a canvas made for by painters
masquerading as notebook paper,
and hope that we can sell the burn
of stinging emotions for some paper.
but the funny thing about that thought?
is that american money isn’t paper,
it’s 75% cotton and 25% linen fibers.
so even the money you'd earn from your misery,
isn't anything you can write on
when you realize your money isn't 
made to heal. even if it does talk. 
but it never really ever says enough, does it?
But that's okay...
being okay is the hardest thing we do
because sticks and stones do break bones,
but you can hide the scars 
with a jacket or longer sweatshirt.
or put on pants as opposed to athletic shorts.
words kill, words heal, and words are so much more.
and you can't hide the scars that riddle your face,
the way your
This is one of those pieces that I think everyone needs to read. It's message is a powerful and important one. We're not always going to be okay, but that's fine.


Thank you to the lovely saltwaterlungs for answering my questions, and a big thank you to all of you reading this right now. If anyone wants to suggest any artists for future features, please feel free to note me(draecana). The only stipulation is that they have to have been on dA for 2 years or less. It's all about spreading the love  to new artists. <3

Until next time, 
and all my love,
Sylvia -- draecana

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Spellspeaker Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very belated, but thank you for the feature!
prettyflour Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Horray!  saltwaterlungs  is wonderfully talented!
saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the interview! It was a lot of fun! :glomp:
daybreaksmiles Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the little feature :D (you guys are on it! that poem's not even a day old)
chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And thank you SO much for the little feature and kind words as well. <33
chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a wonderful interview, I absolutely LOVED this. :love: Well done to to the two gorgeous ladies who made this so epic! draecana and saltwaterlungs, y'all are epic. :heart:
saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Rocky Balboa! :glomp:
chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure, Salt Lake City! :iconultraglompplz:
draecana Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:bow: Thanks, Ricky! Glad you liked it!:D
chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem, of course! :love:
I loved it! <3
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wonder why the centering for the thumbs is off? I've had that happen to me before as well when working in Stash :/
Gingersanps Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It does it to me as well. I need to physically copy and paste the thumb again. 
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I usually do the whole thing in Word, then copy/paste it here: Then copy/paste that into Stash, highlight everything, and center it.
Gingersanps Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Huh. I just do it all on stash. 
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's the only way I can be sure the formatting will come out right :shrug:
introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014   Writer
Thank you so much. :heart:
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