Man, I'm not even sure what to say, y'all, I feel like I was on an episode of Survivor and got blindsided hard while an immunity idol sitting heavy in my pocket.
References that give light to my age aside, I just want to tell people that watch me and are DLD enthusiasts and supporters that this whole thing really did come out of nowhere. I can't imagine how such an - in my view - irrational decision was reached, but I want everybody to keep in mind that: A)
we don't have the whole story. Even if it got laid out from beginning to end for us, we are not the people involved and thus can never truly view this from their eyes. I understand the hurt that it brings to see something disappear so suddenly, I feel like someone cut my DA legs out from under me as DLD and tWR really are the foundation that I established myself on this site with. I can't tell you how much I grew as a writer and admirer of literature through that group, it's just impossible to put to words. It hurts, but lets stay level-headed and rational y'all. andB)
DLD, in spite of being community focused, was never truly ours to begin with. The people who create it and who are given control have every right to make a decision that they wish to make, however irrational it may be. It's theirs, they own it, and - at the end of the day - let's just be thankful that they decided to share it with the world. (I have that same view on music and it really helps me put some things into perspective when I otherwise feel betrayed.)
Everything will move forward; all things find balance with time.
I just want to close this chapter by saying that it is unfortunate that DLD has burned the bridges that so many labored so long to build, especially over something that (in my perception) is as petty as it was, but those bridges are burnt; what's past is past. Let's look forward to the future, whatever it might bring.
As to the suggestion that DLD moved away from what it was originally intended for, I was fortunate and blessed enough to see real writers grow and integrate into the community through DLD, and even be contacted by some expressing their excitement and appreciation. If operating on love for the community as a whole rather than in response to a perceived sleight from the greater dA is a movement from DLD's original intent, I'm glad it's closing because real people were positively impacted and that is something I'll always support.
But yes, please please (me) please go give hugs, hearts, condolences, and endless thanks to LiliWrites
, and SilverInkblot
as they did more for DLD and - through it - this community than anyone can put to words. They were never content to let it stagnate and were always pushing forward to make it better for y'all and the Lit community as a whole and made a lot of sacrifices to make things happen and are wonderful people and I can't imagine how it must feel to have something you invested in for so long ripped from you so unjustly. They are in the right, especially Shane who somehow got strawmanned in that exit article for no reason, and I support and back them and everything they say and decide in regards to this fiasco.
Also, be sure to thank our friendly neighborhood DLD admins, both past and
past. You can find the most recent ones in the admin box here
Aside from the aforementioned Lili, Lauren, and Shane (who I really can't thank enough for gracing this community with their time and effort, and even letting me being associated with them in doing so!), I also really need to thank LadyofGaerdon
, and Nichrysalis
for the same reasons. Without them and DLD, I might not even still be here on dA, and certainly would not be the writer that I am today, nor would have interacted and been touched by so many people on here. So yeah, all six of them, just the most delightfulest.
Wow. Easily the most drama I've ever seen here on dA
Speaking of drama, here's some bad news for people who love bad news (so it's good news!): after working a couple part-time gigs, I'm finally moving up in the world and taking a full-time position up in good 'ole Washington D.C. Crazy right?! Somehow I conned someone into hiring me.
I still haven't told all the people I need to tell about the job position - including some people here on dA, my extended family, most of my friends - that I keep up with, so let's just keep this between you and me, yeah?
I don't know why, but I've always had trouble sharing things about my life with people when they are of the extremes (good or bad)...
Anyways, I'll be moving up that-a-ways as soon as I finish some things up back home in Atlanta including - but not limited to - packing, beating the FFX re-issue, taking my GMATs (gross), and making sure my littlest brother beats me in the long run of life by getting into a killer college and just being the best. So, all that considered, I may be a bit quieter around here than usual (which is pretty darn quiet, I know), but I'll do my very best to be available to everyone and do my jobs over at tWR as often as I can, so keep me in the loop, yeah?
And if you're in that D.C. area and want to meet for tea/coffee sometime and say "hey" and "you" and "are" and "a jerk!" to me, I'd be super excited and happy to meet up so send me one of them fancy newfangled iNotes things that all the kids be sending here on dA these days.
Also, if you write and or read a delightful piece recently, please link it here in the comments and I promise to read and hopefully even do some commenting.
Y'all are the best, don't let anyone ever try to trick you into otherwise. Hope all is well, and I'm here for you if not. Keep your heads up, don't be stagnant, keep moving forward. If a hippie like me can get a big-boy pants wearing job, I promise you can do what you set your mind to and work hard towards.
All the best to you all,
(p.s. I'm not sure I should still be keeping the DLD icon here, but I'm still so proud of my involvement and time there and the contributions of every admin I ever worked for and with that I'm going to be keeping it there at least for the foreseeable future. And after all this talk of letting past be past, right? Love you all, endless endless thanks for the support all these years!)