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:bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletgreen: :bulletblue: :bulletblue: ITU Contest - Past and Present :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletgreen: :bulletblue: :bulletblue:



The contest is now (for real this time) closed!



Sorry for the confusion, but yes the contest is STILL OPEN for another (almost) 12 hours! Again, sorry for the confusion!

If you have already submitted your entry but it has yet to be accepted, please do not ask us when it will be accepted! We have a big backlog and your entry is fine as long as you have submitted before this journal update.




Hello Members and visitors of :iconinspiretheuninspired:, and welcome to our newest contest!

Our last contest prompted you to think about the prospects of your past and future, and this time we'll be asking you to consider the relationship between your past and present! With the help of our admins and affiliates, we're in the process of compiling a prize list, so you can look forward to watching it grow! We look forward to seeing who participates!:D


Theme: The theme of this contest is "Past and Present." Consider your past and the events and decisions you've experienced and made: which ones have made you the person you are today? Now, keeping those in mind, here is your challenge: show us how you would be different if some pivotal, key event in your past changed drastically or never happened. In other words, if some very important event or decision in your life never actually happened at all or turned out differently than it actually did, what about you and your personality would be different compared to who you are today? What you'll essentially be doing is creating an alternate universe in your story or poem where you "took the other fork in the road" during a major event or decision in your life.

Feel free to interpret the prompt however you like! Entries can be fictional, but we're at least looking for fiction that was inspired by true events.:D Have any questions? Leave a comment and I'll help you out!:dance:

Start Date: Friday, March 1st
End Date: Friday, May 10th
Judging Period: Friday, May 10th - Sunday, May 19th
Judges: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, Lady-Luck03
Judging Guideline: The scores will be tallied up and scored out of twenty. You can get:

:bulletblue: Five points for Creativity
:bulletblue: Five points for Interpretation
:bulletblue: Five points for Technique
:bulletblue: Five points for Impact


Rules:

:bulletorange: Each entry must be a new deviation.
:bulletred: In the author's description, you must state that your deviation was written for this contest, and include a link back to this blog. Please also briefly include what your inspiration was (e.g. what event in your life did you choose?) and how it relates to the theme.
:bulletorange: Both prose and poetry are acceptable entries!
:bulletred: Each person can submit only one entry, but it can be edited or swapped for another one until the contest closes.
:bulletorange: Mature deviations are allowed, as long as they follow deviantART's terms and conditions regarding mature content.
:bulletred: No fanfiction.
:bulletorange: Members and members of affiliates may enter!
:bulletred: You may submit an entry of you are a judge, but you are not eligible to win.
:bulletorange: The maximum word length allowed is 4,000 words.
:bulletred: Please submit your entry to the Past and Present Contest folder.
:bulletorange: If you contribute to the prizes, you may still enter!

:bulletpurple: If you would like to donate prizes, just note me (MistressofQuills)and I'll add your donations to the prize list! After the contest is over and the winners have been announced, I will be featuring all the donors for this contest!:D


Prizes:


First Place


3 month Premium Membership, courtesy of Lady-Luck03
200 :points:, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
100 :points:, courtesy of WritersInk
50 :points:, courtesy of TheBackOfTheBook
40 :points:, courtesy of H-A-Cooke
25 :points:, courtesy of DEANJENO--art
20 :points:, courtesy of TheCritiquables
15 :points:, courtesy of AshHughes
15 :points:, courtesy of NotenSMSK
Group journal feature, courtesy of InspireandCreate
Group journal feature, courtesy of ThePoetryofDA
Group journal feature, courtesy of Wielders-of-the-Pen
Group journal feature, courtesy of Love-Literature
Group journal feature, courtesy of Soul-Poets
Group journal feature, courtesy of TheCritiquables
2 Literature commissions, courtesy of MistressofQuills
1 Literature commission, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
1 Literature commission, courtesy of Renn-Ravengirl
1 Literature commission, courtesy of AimeeRaindrop
1 Visual Art commission, courtesy of LaParisienne12
Journal feature, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
Journal feature, courtesy of AshHughes
Journal feature, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 4 additional deviations, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 2 additional deviations, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
4 :+fav:s, courtesy of AshHughes
Llamas, courtesy of: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, AshHughes, Dusky-Inc, strawburdeath, xSammyKayx, The-Amber-Footprint, SweetAndSourLollipop, aliforever331, Starija (if available).


Second Place


100 :points:, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
50 :points:, courtesy of WritersInk
30 :points:, courtesy of TheBackOfTheBook
20 :points:, courtesy of H-A-Cooke
15 :points:, courtesy of DEANJENO--art
15 :points:, courtesy of TheCritiquables
10 :points:, courtesy of AshHughes
10 :points:, courtesy of NotenSMSK
Group journal feature, courtesy of InspireandCreate
Group journal feature, courtesy of ThePoetryofDA
Group journal feature, courtesy of Wielders-of-the-Pen
Group journal feature, courtesy of Love-Literature
Group journal feature, courtesy of TheCritiquables
1 literature commission, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
Journal feature, courtesy of AshHughes
Journal feature, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 3 additional deviations, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 1 additional deviation, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
3 :+fav:s, courtesy of AshHughes
Llamas, courtesy of: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, AshHughes, Dusky-Inc, strawburdeath, xSammyKayx, The-Amber-Footprint, SweetAndSourLollipop, aliforever331, Starija (if available).


Third Place


50 :points:, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
50 :points:, courtesy of WritersInk
20 :points:, courtesy of TheBackOfTheBook
15 :points:, courtesy of H-A-Cooke
10 :points:, courtesy of DEANJENO--art
10 :points:, courtesy of TheCritiquables
5 :points:, courtesy of AshHughes
5 :points:, courtesy of NotenSMSK
Group journal feature, courtesy of InspireandCreate
Group journal feature, courtesy of ThePoetryofDA
Group journal feature, courtesy of Wielders-of-the-Pen
Group journal feature, courtesy of Love-Literature
Group journal feature, courtesy of TheCritiquables
Journal feature, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
Journal feature, courtesy of AshHughes
Journal feature, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 2 additional deviations, courtesy of MistressofQuills
2 :+fav:s, courtesy of AshHughes
Llamas, courtesy of: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, AshHughes, Dusky-Inc, strawburdeath, xSammyKayx, The-Amber-Footprint, SweetAndSourLollipop, aliforever331, Starija (if available).


And with that, the contest is OPEN, as is the new folder in our gallery! It's called the "Past and Present Contest" folder.

:bulletblue: Good luck everyone! The judges and I look forward to seeing your entries!:squee:

~ MistressofQuills
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:iconthebloodyepicpumpkin:
TheBloodyEpicPumpkin Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Writer
I have about, what, nine or ten hours left? Now I finally have an idea. Wonderful. I'll see if I can get it in on time. If not, at least I tried. xD
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that opening time can vary because of different time zones. So do not hurry and take your time. I think it is a good idea to give everybody a chance :)
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:iconklei-brandybear:
Klei-Brandybear Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um.. My apologies, but I wanted to know why my submission [link] was declined..? >.<
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's alright! You submitted it twice, so we accepted the first one and declined the second :)
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:iconklei-brandybear:
Klei-Brandybear Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh hey! When I checked, it was lying in the folder already. Huh.
My bad.. >.<
Please ignore my previous post..
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:iconninquetari:
ninquetari Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
It's still Friday, May 10th, and it wasn't specified according to which time zone you're working, so I assumed EST would work.
Can I still enter the contest? Here's my entry - [link]
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We fixed the time zone issue and the contest will be open for another twelve hours, so you can still submit it! Sorry about the confusion. :)
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:iconninquetari:
ninquetari Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I'm a religious jew, and by the time you fixed it I couldn't use the computer until now, because of our laws.
I'd really appreciate it if you could put my entry in, as it was ready and linked here before the end of the contest.
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Er.. but aren't you in EST? I am too, and it's only 1:30 PM, so I don't see how you can be on the computer now =P

Regardless, you did have your entry posted on time, so I will have it submitted to the folder. Sorry about that!
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:iconninquetari:
ninquetari Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
No, I'm in GMT+2:00 (aka Israel :) ), and Shabbath ended a few minutes before I replied earlier...
On Friday, I didn't remember the initials of the latest time zone, and had no time to check, so I used EST, which is also one I see often stated as the time zone used for contests.

Thank you!
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I assumed you were in EST since you mentioned it earlier. We'll make sure to include time zones for our next contest :nod:
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:iconninquetari:
ninquetari Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I supposed as much. :)

Great, thanks!
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:iconsinfullycute:
SinfullyCute Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already submitted my work but it wasn't accepted yet. [link]

Good luck everyone! =D
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It will be soon! Sorry for the delay. :)
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:iconsinfullycute:
SinfullyCute Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. As long as I'm still in the running. ;-)
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:icondeanjeno--art:
DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
finally submitted my work :D
here it is [link]

the group still has to accept it and what not :p
but i submitted before the deadline :D which thank God i checked earlier today and wrote poem today self :woohoo:

otherwise i would missed deadline.:O
hope you guys like.:thumbsup:
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It shall be accepted soon! :la:
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:icondeanjeno--art:
DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks :D glad i didn't miss deadline :):):)
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:iconbrokengod--veins:
brokengod--veins Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Here's my entry: [link]

Well, I already submitted to the right folder, but it says it has to be reviewed and there's only one day left to submit. C:

Sorry! C:
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Don't worry, if it doesn't get accepted before the deadline, it will still be an entry for the contest. You did submit it before the deadline, after all. It wouldn't be fair otherwise, since it would be our fault for being slow XD It takes two votes, so it might be another while until it's accepted.
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:iconbrokengod--veins:
brokengod--veins Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just hope it'll be accepted before the deadline just to be sure XD

Thank you! :heart:
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We're keeping diligent track of the time stamps, so it'll be fine :nod:

No problem!
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:iconbrokengod--veins:
brokengod--veins Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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:iconspyderzt:
SpyderZT Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, I realize that it's a silly aversion. It's not like there's a 'Cost' of any kind, and while it's only on a small scale, it even comes with a potential boost to deviation views. So there's no 'downside' except for that little 'tick' in the back of my head that keeps me from just joining up to ever group that does something cool. (I think 'part' of it is that when I 'join' something, be it a cause, a job, or a group, I 'want' to contribute in some substantial way, and I realize that I just don't have the time to do so, and won't likely have that kind of time in the foreseeable future. ;?)

That said, you responded quickly, politely, and you answered the questions fully and openly. I'll join, and stick around unless I discover some negative aspect of having joined a group that I did not foresee. ;P Thanks for your time. (And even just writing this out has inspired me for a little blog post poking fun at myself for my aversion, so thanks for that as well. ;P)
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I completely understand :nod: Many people don't like joining groups unless they're certain that they have the time to be active and participate in the group. Regardless, no one's going to come banging on your door asking why you're not contributing to a group, so there's nothing wrong with it. We would like it if everyone was active, but I'm a realistic person and I know it doesn't happen. :)

I'm glad you decided to join - hope you enjoy your stay!
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:iconspyderzt:
SpyderZT Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, quick question here. I have an illogical aversion to joining groups (That's the easiest way to describe it ;P), but I found this competition through reading #AnotherContestGroup. I'll mention it there as well, but there was no indication (Until I came back and Re-Read the qualifications. ;?) that this was a members only contest. I've written a good chunk of an entry (And it'll still make a fine enough Deviation for myself if I have indeed erred too far here ;P) and was wondering if this was a technical limitation (Difficult to monitor submissions without doing so), or a practical one (Group Numbers, Advertising, Etc.). Of course, I'm also asking if my submission would be valid without joining a group to submit it. (Side note, this is actually the second time I've run into this, only the last time I caught it early enough. ;P) I 'May' have to Re-Evaluate my Aversion, or just stop trying to participate in contests. o.O!
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dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just an FYI, I've participated in a lot of dA contests and I can say that 99.8% of them have their 'rule #1' of being a member of the club. But hey, at least you're not afraid to recognize this illogical aversion that logically prevents you from participating in just about every contest out there. Just sayin.
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It actually does say in our rules that the contest is for members of #InspireTheUninspired and members of our affiliate groups only :)

It's more about group numbers, but not in terms of statistics. We like to have people join our group because we host a lot of contests and prompts and by joining them you'll have all our announcements sent straight to your inbox. By joining, you'll be able participate in our events, check out our features, group news, etc.

It would be a shame for you to waste your contest entry (the prizes are so awesome, after all!), so I would urge you to join and submit it. If, after the contest ends, you don't want to stay in the group, you can always leave. You're not required to stay once you join. But we'd love it if you stay! :)
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:iconwei-en:
wei-en Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Wait - nevermind...
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:iconwei-en:
wei-en Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Must it tell a story?
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:iconaryamay:
AryaMay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do we have to get approval before sending it into the folder? I tried submitting but it says that the request is pending. I'm a member of the group, so yeah... seems odd.
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:iconh-a-cooke:
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The way folders work at :iconinspiretheuninspired: is:

1) Deviant Submit a Deviation
2) Admins review the deviation in Admin Area
3) A Deviation Requires 2 Votes to get into the Folder


For contests you have to make sure you're submitting within the time frame, which for the Past and Present contest you are. You just have to wait for the Admins to vote on your piece. If there's something missing from your submission - like you forgot to mention in the Author's Description that your work was for an ITU contest - you'll receive a message from the admins letting you know if you've forgotten anything or if you've submitted to the wrong folder.
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:iconaryamay:
AryaMay Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info.
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:iconh-a-cooke:
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I figured it was good to answer some questions you were having. That way you aren't confused.
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's like that no matter what folder you submit to. All deviations submitted to the gallery require two votes to be accepted, so it won't be accepted right away since there might not be two admins online at the moment :) I'm surprised you've never noticed before.. Is this your first time submitting to a group?
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:iconaryamay:
AryaMay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I joined a few days ago.
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, welcome to the group then! :) You'll see the same thing with many other groups too, but some do have automatic acceptance.
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:iconaryamay:
AryaMay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay. It's just that it's odd how the acceptance thing applies to contest folders as well. Generally, there're on auto for other writing groups.
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm, not always, actually. The reason why we (and others) do it is because we have a few rules for our contests, such as indicating in your author's description that it was written specifically for the contest, and what your inspiration was, so we need to check that you've done that before you can enter it. Otherwise we'd start judging and it would be too late to have you fix it if there was something wrong :)
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:iconaryamay:
AryaMay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah,okay. That makes sense, thanks :)
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem :)
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:iconchild-of-minerva:
Child-of-Minerva Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is ~Child-of-Minerva from #AnotherContestGroup, and I’d like to inform you that we have found and added your contest to our listings!

With our 8000+ members and 9000+ watchers, your contest is sure to get more entries (Or at the very least, views)!
Also, if you’re low on prizes to offer, see if you qualify for our Winner’s Package. It supplies a journal feature, exclusive admittance to our gallery, and other prizes from the staff of ACG if you meet the requirements and send in your contest results at the end. Please see our FAQ ([link]) for details.

Let us know if the deadline changes, if you’d like another contest featured, or if you have any questions that are not in the FAQ.

Perhaps join the group to get updates in ACG. We feature hundreds of contests that offer many different prizes, so there is definitely something there for everyone.

Good luck!

~Child-of-Minerva
:iconanothercontestgroup::iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconh-a-cooke:
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for featuring our contest! If you're interested I can return the favor by featuring your group in my dA Weekly article. Here's an example of what the post will look like (using the last article): [link].
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:iconchild-of-minerva:
Child-of-Minerva Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :aww:

That would be wonderful :)
Thank you.
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:iconh-a-cooke:
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can find the short journal here: [link]
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:iconchild-of-minerva:
Child-of-Minerva Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, thank you for the group feature! :)
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:iconh-a-cooke:
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Feel free to suggest some as well!
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:iconforestmeetwildfire:
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconchild-of-minerva:
Child-of-Minerva Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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TigerCloudz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i'm joining this without a question!
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