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AtLA: Heart BreakTitle: Heart BreakAtLA: Heart Break by Chaos2112
Characters: Ozai/Ursa, Iroh
Word Count: 400+
Summary: But love is a voice on the wind/and the wages of sin/and a tanglewood tree. -- "Tanglewood Tree"
"I do not want to see you again."
Of every blow Ursa had given him in this fight, that was the one that struck home. The one that cut the legs from under him and sent Ozai sinking to the ground. Blood dripped from his knuckles, from his cheek. His burned shoulders ached. He knew he didn't look much better than Ursa did - one eye swelling shut, and she kept spitting blood. She'd be black and blue in the morning.
But she was still standing, and he knelt in the dust.
"Ursa..." He reached for her, and she stepped back.
"No." Blood dribbled from her mouth, and the eyes that looked down at him were bright and terrible. "You scarred our son, Ozai. And Azula... You don't even understand why any of that was wrong."
AtLA: RebellionTitle: RebellionAtLA: Rebellion by Chaos2112
Characters: Ozai, Kajizu (OC)
Word Count: 1200+
Summary: It is the Firelord's duty to deal with rebellion. The Seneschal reminds Ozai he doesn't have to do it personally.
"Guoyin rebels," Ozai mused. The city had only been conquered a handful of years before, and it had never settled easily under Fire Nation rule. No Earth Kingdom city did, no matter the propaganda. With the death of Azulon and the ascension of a new Firelord, rebellion had ignited in all of the newly-conquered provinces. His military forces stamped them out, but every new week seemed to bring another flurry of reports of spreading rebellion.
Guoyin, inland and located in difficult terrain, had thrown off her governor entirely. Rumor had it that they had carved the man into thirty pieces and displayed his body from the walls.
Word of such a barbaric display, true or not, heartened the rebellion. So long as Gouyin remained free, it would poison the rest of the Fire Nation lands in the Earth Ki
AtLA: GoldeneyeTitle: GoldeneyeAtLA: Goldeneye by Chaos2112
Characters: Liu/Ichiro, Yui, Kouji (OCs)
Word Count: 2600+
Summary: Ichiro's boyfriend isn't who he implies he is. That's all right, Ichiro isn't either.
Author's Notes: Ichiro, Kouji, and Yui belong to dark_puck and are used with her permission and encouragement.
"Interesting eyes you've got," the noodle-seller drawled. There was something in the set of the man's shoulders that told Ichiro the man had seen firebenders too close.
This was the Lower Ring of Ba Sing Se. Most people here had seen firebenders too close, even if too close was a week's march away. Refugees came to the Impenetrable City, and Ba Sing Se stood in defiance of the fire and war sweeping across the rest of the continent. Ba Sing Se would never fall, everyone knew that.
Ichiro was almost certain they were wrong, but he had just enough familiarity with both Fire and Earth to wonder.
He grinned and paid for the noodles, gold eyes bright. "I get that a lot. War-child."
The noodle-seller rela
Giving DD's is Tough - Part IIPart I of this article is here.Giving DD's is Tough - Part II by wynnesome
In this section (Part II) of the article, I want to address the challenge of keeping "balance" in many factors when selecting works to feature for Daily Deviations.
First, and even though I would hope it would go without saying, in works to be featured for a DD, I am looking for excellence. Excellence comes in many forms, including technical mastery, conceptual originality, emotional impact, and overall aesthetic. What constitutes "excellence" in any area of course is subjective, but as the person making the choices, I'm looking for these qualities from my own perspective. A work can be outstanding in one of these areas and weaker in another, which is one aspect of balance to consider. Truly mind blowing art usually shines in several or all of these areas.
For anyone interested and/or unaware, I keep a collection in my 's of
Giving DD's is Tough - Part IOne of the most visible duties and privileges of being a Gallery Moderator is the responsibility to feature Daily Deviations in representation of the gallery. While we as a community sometimes seem to put a bit too much weight and drama on the selection of the DD's, they are still for many deviants a highlight of the dA day, and a prestigious feature when one is received.Giving DD's is Tough - Part I by wynnesome
While many deviants wish they had the privilege of giving DD's, I know that since I have become a Gallery Moderator, I've become aware of just how challenging it can be to consistently feature "good" Daily Deviations. I also have a much different view of DD suggestions, why some are featured and why some aren't, than I ever did when I was a regular subscriber suggesting DD's to various GM's. The challenge is an enjoyable one, but there are definitely more considerations involved than many people might realize.
In this article, I'm going to mention some of the many factors that are a part o