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So it's Christmas 2016, and I thought I'd write an entry wishing everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year. (This applies generally in theory, although I gather that it only the people who read it will know that I wished them a merry Christmas in practice :P )

While I'm here, breaking out of my usual activities and writing an actual journal entry, I thought I'd take a moment to mention some fantastic art and literature that I've enjoyed over the last year. It will be a limited sampling, but I'm keen to share at least some of the awesome work on DA. It isn't really a top ten list or anything: Just a few I enjoyed recently and wanted to share.

First up, the literature:

1. An awesome, tense and original tale by Zara-Arletis
The Sleeping CityMather Just hugged the shadow of the rocks like an ardent lover but all his attention was on the field of mirror-shine below. Row upon row of solar panels sidling up to a serpent's tangle of pipes that filled the valley with an electric hum. The sleeping city, thought Mather, grinding his jaw. He stood up in the bright, hot desert sun and faced the hill behind him. His holy warriors were there, unseen behind the rocks and sand. Mather made the alls-clear sign and motioned them forward.
Down the hill they slid, bellies pressed to the grit, his band of fearless men. Die-well, Tenacity, Cherubin, and Enoch, all four goodly young men with a fire in their hearts. They beheld the sleeping city with all of Mather's hatred and then some, as it should be. This was the home of Covenant, the frauds that stole mankind's future. 
Mather waited until his men were tucked into the shadows and whispered to them in carrying tones. "The valley's empty of the living, but you'll see Covenant sensors u

2. One of a series of OC profiles by HarlequindeSade
OC Profile: Naomi Jager SilversteinName: Naomi Jager Silverstein
Age: 39
Gender: Female
Height: Five feet, nine inches
Weight/Build: Naomi’s body is designed to resemble cassowary. Her limbs are long and slender, highly flexible, and incredibly strong, quite the contrast to how sleek they are. As you could expect, these wiry things are every bit as fast as they are powerful. Her body is shaped like a tightly packed vertical lozenge, having a slightly longer than normal neck which supports her head.
Skin Color: Naomi’s skin is a rich shade of olive-cream. Like her husband, Cyrus, she spends much of her time outside, giving it a tan shade.
Facial Features: Her head is is shaped like a ball of very hard cheese that is beginning to age. Her chin is small, and her nose is equally so. The forehead is exposed to the world partially because she brushes her hair away from it. The lips are medium sized. They are set either in a smile or a purse of pondering.
Naomi’s face is beginning to lose it’s elasticit

3. A melancholic story with a good twist by vevulicious379
Stay With MeThe day was dull and dreary. Grey clouds against a greyer sky. Around noon a light rain began to fall, the first of many. Such showers weren’t rare occurrences for September.
On the couch in the living room the two of them sat: sisters, an older one and a younger one, underneath a blue fleece blanket shared between them. A dull light shone through the sliding glass door built into the east wall, and dark silhouettes were cast across the walls from droplets of rain impacting the exterior surface and extending into thin streaks, stretching like tendrils towards the floor. The elder girl, dark-haired and about seventeen in appearance, sat with her back against the far armrest and her sister, her junior by a year or two with more reddish hair and lighter skin, pulled close up against her body, arms wrapped around her midsection just below her chest and chin resting on her right shoulder. The TV on the far side of the room was turned on and cast off the occasional noticeably brig

4. An exceptional excerpt of prose fiction by Nocturnaliss
The General falters by Nocturnaliss
5. A short, humorous poem by MaggotsX
Fall 2016/Anger Management: Grade F-Fall 2016/Anger Management: Grade F-
Angry
Facebook people
Dissed and deplorabled
I just block them
Whoops
MaggotsX @ 12.01.2016

6. One of many beautiful haikus by ArwynRie
rolesshattered looking glass
seeing all the persons 
in one woman

7. This lyrical poem by SuperferretIX
My right, my choice My right, my choice
I will be master of what is mine,
I'll tame it to my cause,
I'll craft it in those fires divine,
And use it without pause,
I will stand upon the highest top,
Or walk an alley row,
Or steal across a wall, and stop,
And peer at those below,
I will weild it with my fiery skill,
I'll loom in shadows dark,
I'll hound my goal, and with my will,
Find solace in my mark,
I will carve a path through pages plain,
Quest into waters deep,
And stir it up, and search in vain,
For secrets it might keep,
I will whisper my sad tale, to those,
Who care to lend an ear,
And walk the path of which I chose,
With ne'er a hint of fear,
I will look out over lands so vast,
My mind can't comprehend,
The wonders of the now and past,
This time on Earth I spend,
Yet dear tempered steel, your sheen will dull,
My eyes will cloud with time,
We'll fall together, an empty hull,
Now that we're past our prime,
I could cling to you, with weathered claws,
Or slip you from my hand,
Relinquish mysel

8. A stark, thematically-challenging piece from blanketings
cannonball criesand oh will this fire burn
wild, melting wax and rain,
these fever-delirious delusions
ill illusions of nighttime wars
but i will not write them.
i cannot bear this pen's weight, no-
i can't beat this pressure in
and against these whimpering lungs
this hollow throat of mine.
trees of life to ashes
and ashes to breath
and breath to choking cries
from darkened rooms flickering
to sixteen mm memories
all as i bury them cold
bury them close
and i grasp my legs so i won't run
to dream of unlove backwards
and ignore this fireplace tremble,
earthquakes in my chest
conversing, convulsing
as they battle until morning

9. An entertaining look at copyright, copyright infringement and Vulcans: thanks painted-bees !
Fictional species, races, characters and copyrightI design a vulcan OC, she's doing the vulcan salute.
She is named T'Pom. 
I can't sell her nor make a profit off of her (nor can anyone else via commissions or otherwise, technically). Technically the IP holders can even ask me to stop making work about her--because making my own vulcan character infringes on their copyright. (but the IP holder is a chill dude and has expressed that they actually get excited about this kind of fan participation, so I'm not worried!)
I design a very logical space elf, blond hair, blue eyes, blue shirt and black jeans. He is making a hand gesture I call "the space elf peace sign", it's an important part of his character.
His name is Marlon.
I can sell this character--I can do what ever I want with him. He's mine. He doesn't infringe on anyone's copyright at all. Even the hand guesture, which is clearly the vulcan salute (space elf peace sign my ass)--is not and cannot be trademarked. And so, sure... space elf peace sign, why not?

10. And, finally ... (drumroll :P) This Christmas-themed horror-comedy tale to get you in the mood for the season: thanks KomradApex !
Micropasta: Naughty and NiceMicropasta: Naughty and Nice
Present, gift, souvenir, carnage, donation. One of those words doesn’t belong.
Do you remember those anonymous gifts you got as a child? Maybe your parents said they were “From Santa” or “To the Family”. You probably thought they were just the result of your parents being cute. After all, adults often don’t realize how essentially cynical most children are in regards to Santa. But think hard. Didn’t your parents seem a little surprised too, when they noticed that as much as half a dozen unexpected presents were under the tree?
Oh, but those were the best gifts! A Sega Saturn, He-Man and She-Ra action figures, and even a Charizard card worth its weight in gold inside a collector’s case.
And one Christmas you just couldn’t wait, could you? You had to open up those mysterious presents from no one early. And therein lies the problem.
These gifts really do come from Santa, but like any ma


Secondly, the artwork:

The first piece probably doesn't need much introduction for a lot of you, but I'm putting it out there anyway, because it's such a beautifully-drawn series: the Lackadaisy comics by tracyjb:

Lackadaisy Ziegfeld by tracyjb

Detailed, unique and gloriously brought to life. I was introduced to this comic by a friend, and can fully recommend it. I particularly like the above picture, 'Ziegfeld'.

Secondly,this hilarious illustration of a dragon crashing in comedic fashion, while being hunted by hamsters. Dat facial expression, though :D :

Dragon Crash by Hamsterfly

This artwork is brought to you by Hamsterfly

Thirdly, this stunning, seasonal photomanipulation piece byrobhas1left:

A Little house on the prairie Christmas by robhas1left

Fourthly, one of my all-time favourites from Eternity9 :

Night Landscape 02 by Eternity9

Fifthly, Newt Scamander meets the Doctor:

Doctor Newt by KarasuTenguProyectos

Thanks KarasuTenguProyectos; it made me smile :D

Sixth, a lovely portrayal of a Flowerdancer dragon from 'Flight Rising', courtesy of poisondragon88 :

Flight Rising:  Flowerdance by poisondragon88

Seventh, this dark photomanipulation from BigBad-Red :

Sorceria by BigBad-Red

Eighth, this magnificent photograph byMariaPetrova :

Dancing Forest by MariaPetrova

It's eerie and beautiful at the same time.

Nineth, this adorable inspirational piece by SuperferretIX :
New identity by SuperferretIX

And, finally,this cute-as-a-button cross stitch by pinkythepink :

Duke Waxeye, Friendly Chirpy (GraniteFire) by pinkythepink

Now, having finished sharing for the moment, (although I expect I will be back with more soon,) I wish you all the best over Christmas. I know that not everyone has friends and family to share the holidays with, and some of you might be experiencing hardships. If that's the case, just know that you can always message me if you need a friendly ear.

Merry Christmas!
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HarlequindeSade Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
My apologies for not responding to this sooner. I've been busy with a lot of personal issues. I want to thank you all for featuring me. Thanks, everyone! Expect more from me, soon!
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'One of many beautiful haiku'?!  Your words are so gracious!  Thank you, and may your new year be a wonderful one!
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Thanks for featuring me! It's an honor! Izuku Impressed Icon 
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Thanks for the feature. And a Merry Christmas to you too!
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:iconblushplz: Well thank you so much for featuring me!
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Daaaawwwww omg you found it exceptional *_______* thank you so much for featuring me! And just being around! And awww merry christmas to you :hug:
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Thank you for including me in the feature..have a Merry Christmas.
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Thank you for the mention :D Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too :iconchristmastimeplz:
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Thanks for the feature! If it interests you I've also written a few other Christmas-themed horror stories:
Mciropasta: The Reindeer of DiomedesWell, this is interesting. Having just run away from home, you'd expected the only surreal sight in your first few hours of homelessness to maybe be a fellow junkie, lying dead under the concrete jungle of Alpenview's main overpass.
Instead, you have come across a sleigh of sorts in the nearby suburbs. It is crudely hammered together out of sheet metal and rebar, complete with eight reindeer shackled to it. They look just a little unnatural with their red eyes, gore-slicked teeth, knotted and messy hides, and above all, their malefic and disturbingly intelligent smiles. This to say nothing of the apparent owner of the sleigh, a red-clad humanoid figure whose decaying flesh is just barely clinging to his battered bones.
As he pitches Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs at the nearby houses from his sack full of merry goodness, the rather ugly wound in his chest made apparent with each action he performs, a rather uncharacteristic desire seizes you. You don't have a winter coat so you'll pr

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Micropasta: Scratching as she PraysThe box had reflective silver wrapping, with some sort of sparkly material infused into the paper, and came complete with a lovely gold ribbon binding the thing together. There were only three things off about this particular present.
For one, the tag read "From Georgia Johnstone". Georgia was a bit of a recluse within the Johnstone family, and neither Jennifer nor Adam Johnstone knew her very well at all. This was the first year she'd sent anything to the household of Jennifer and Adam at all.
For another, a curious scraping could be heard at night, coming from the location of the tree, sometimes accompanied by a stream-of-consciousness muttering. The family thought it was mice or some other small vermin causing the scratching, and that the voice must have been one of those cheesy prerecorded greeting cards going off, of which there were doubtless over a dozen under the tree by now. Those cards were cheap made-in-China pieces of garbage nowadays, and they'd sometimes seem
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Thanks for pointing out your other stories. I'll be sure to have a look at them soon :D
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Thanks for your interest!
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Thanks so much for the feature :) Have a Merry Christmas!
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Thank you! I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Santa Clause Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Aww 
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