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I've decided to spend a week, possibly more away from the site because of stressors. Details here 

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Nic Swaner
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
Artist's Statement 10/25/2011

Nic Swaner is a studying graphic designer, and a budding young writer whose concepts and syntax require a rush of blood and breath to the lungs. For inspiration he need not look far from the cyclopean sun, feel the displacement before the epilepsy, synthesize some synesthesia, or recall the origami folds his hands have memorized throughout the years.

Nic is almost entirely self-taught in the ways of writing and in doing so has created a style all his own. His medium is mainly through poetry, short stories and articles for websites; he excels in portraying his thoughts and ideas in a world of complex and harmonious verbiage. He is always whittling away at several works of writing that will be submitted to free publishers or magazines. Nic will always be happy to edit and critique your writing, whether it's poetry or prose. Contact him at

Nic is currently studying graphic design and the fundamentals of art. He has always emphasized the power of concept over complexity, and have maximized color and composition to their utmost potential. He prefers to work with photomanipulations and typography to portray his concepts. He is always open to critique from his peers. Other artistic endeavors from Nic include folding origami, film photography, darkroom artwork such as photograms, and music production.


Nic lives in Chicago, Illinois, but his hometown is Robinson, Illinois. He likes Progressive Rock and Underground Rap music. Marcus J. Ranum is his most adored photographer. Samurai Jack is his favorite cartoon character along with Ed, Edd, and Eddy. His favorite ice cream flavor is French Vanilla. He has a mild form of sound to color synesthesia for melodies and believes the song Echoes by Pink Floyd is green.

"The world is only as old as the person to whom you speak." - Nic Swaner



Wed Oct 1, 2014, 8:01 AM
anagnorisis, (Greek: “recognition”), in a literary work, the startling discovery that produces a change from ignorance to knowledge. Anagnorisis usually involves revelation of the true identity of persons previously unknown, as when a father recognizes a stranger as his son, or vice versa.

Hey deviantART. A bit of an update. I'm enjoying being away and doing better in a few different ways because of it and while I'm not 100% away from the site I'm keeping interaction to a minimum and simply observing. I can literally count the number of comments I've left in the past four days on one hand (three comments, one on neurotype's poll, and two replies to SadisticIceCream).

So why is the title of this journal 'anognorisis'? It's a word I stumbled across on a concept album. Fair warning; the next paragraph is about music you may not care for. But it's pertinent to later in the journal. The musician Bodi has a free concept album on bandcamp HERE called The Fall of Atlas which tells the personal story of the artist about carrying more and more burdens in his life, and each song is named after a different Greek God, save for Prologue, Epilogue and the song Anognorisis, which was the one word I didn't recognize. As I'm quite proud of my vocabulary, I had to look it up, and I discovered two things: one, it's a literary reference and as evidenced by the definition above the word is similar to the word epiphany; two, it marks the turning point in the album (literally, all the songs before it are positive and upbeat, after this song, the tone becomes more serious and unnerving). The song itself is really short as far as I like the length of my songs but it's one of those songs that grows progressively more tense and then cuts off, just leaving you wanting more (think Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing). At least that's how I felt after I hit this point in the album. If you have the time or like your music very thought-inducing, I seriously recommend the album. Check out the music video below, which was filmed really uniquely.

Some people I'd be remiss in not calling out who may be interested in this type of music.
AyeAye12, ezradeacon, ButterBadger, hopeburnsblue, chromeantennae, WeirdAndLovely, maybe SilverInkblot, and I'm curious what Lissomer listens to. :la:

So why is the music important to the rest of this journal? Well, I've been very productive writing-wise in the last few days just by not spending my time dawdling on the site (I don't really hang around anywhere else on the internet, deviantART is the city limits), but I feel I write about a lot of the same topics and have fallen into some of the same patterns as to how I write something or come up with a tidbit for later use. I've had a bit of a realization with seeing this and though these methods may be reliable, I recognize what I am doing and I know that settling into a rut is how you get into a rut in the first place. A few of the methods I keep seeing are....

  1. Syntax and phrasing. I'll hear/read something phrased well and take all or part of the syntax from that statement and adjust the phrasing.
    • "Pumping through us bloodless" becomes "Pulsing through me bloodiful"

  2. Idioms. I'll take cliches and idioms and toy with them without necessarily producing worthwhile results.
    • "The nine to five" becomes "A dog with a job works the canine to five."

  3. Oxymora (which is the plural of oxymoron). I'll join two opposite ideas, usually antonyms, and build off of that.
    • Bitlets 163

      Society deifies in death
      those whose beliefs
      we demonize in life.

      Perhaps, it is because
      the beliefs still persist
      and the person doesn't.

  4. Antimetabole. Similar to an oxymoron in concept, it's when you repeat a phrase in reverse, usually to emphasize one side of the phrase. In its most simplest form it can be thought of as this: "eat to live, not live to eat" (an aphorism from Socrates). But like the example below, it can involve more words and complexity. It's easy to do and a very easy fallback to make a statement sound more profound than it actually is. Which is why I'm always wary of doing this.
    • Bitlets 175

      Hold tight to love and let love hold tighter.

But anyways, while I work on spawning writing out of thin air, I'll be hanging back. I have a boatload of Bitlets to post and more ideas for Bitlets poems on the way. Most likely, I probably won't be responding too much or too often but I will be checking in. Some important things:

  1. I had two entrants for the Flash Fella Fiction contest ( camelopardalisinblue and ilyilaice ). Since the prize was only 800 points but the contest was intended for more participants I'm splitting the points between the two of those who participated. Congratulations and I apologize for the delay. I've had the points for a while but had just been sitting on them, utterly forgetful of the contest until a few days ago when I saw the favorites folder for it.

    TestamentWith the mourners gone, the house was finally quiet again. My sister made tea for us while I examined the details of mother's will. We weren't glad she was gone, not by any stretch of the imagination, but we were the kind of family that dotted our i's and crossed our t's. Mother would have wanted it to be this way, so we put aside our grief and focused on the facts.
    And the biggest fact of all was that despite everything we knew about mother, and through all the years she claimed to have no secrets; there was, apparently, one very large one being carried around within her. Her last will and testament, contrary to everything we'd expected, contained a mystifying reference to a prophecy and, of all things, a robotic cat.
    It was this that I was puzzling over while Maisy busied herself in the kitchen, and our conversation was both muted and unenlightening. She was as in the dark as I was, and we sat attempting to make sense of the thing until the birds outside warned us of the day's immine
      FFM 2014 25: The Porcelain FellaI was brushing away a grape-themed wind chime when I saw the porcelain cat. A gray Persian puffball with owlish eyes, I knew right away that it was the perfect gift for my one true love. 499 Pesos, said the tag around its neck. Grinning, I reached for the yellow 500 in my pocket. It had to be fate. I could already see my goddess fiddling with her ponytail and blushing furiously as I bestowed my humble offering. I hoped that we could ride on the same bus afterward, but I didn’t want to jinx it.
    The rain started pouring again when I left the novelty shop. I shielded the porcelain cat inside my slicker all the way home.
    Turned out the cat looked smashing next to my blue star lamp. Did I really have to give it away? Wasn’t there anything else I could do to convey my undying affections? Why not write her a love letter? Of course! I sat up and grabbed a pad of purple-lined paper from my school bag. Think—what words would win her over without fail? As I wrote, I read alo

  2. I am retracting my origami book as prizes for the Recycled Haiku contest over at Multhaiku and the Fixed Form Fiesta I am hosting because I simply cannot produce them consistently yet and am having printing problems. I'd rather be able to make them proficiently than hand out sloppy handiwork.

  3. I need your entries for the second Fixed Form Fiesta! I only have one person down as entered, and I know several people put up poll poems. Some names that come to mind as having polls or being interested in the contest that I'd be excited to see entries from: MagicalJoey, SilverInkblot, AeronDust, copper9lives, katya-13, draecana, DrippingWords. Let me know how much time you need if you are still participating and here's what's up for grabs.

    First Place
    600 points and feature from Nichrysalis

    Second Place
    400 points and feature from Nichrysalis

    Third Place
    200 points and feature from Nichrysalis

    All participants
    Feature from Nichrysalis

    Judging will be done by myself and TwilightPoetess. Entries will be judged by two qualities: their creativity and the final poem.


"End this love letter with: dear world, comma
Thank you for the chance to do right
You're the reason that this kid is breathing new life."

Kristoff Krane

"The lessons I’ve been trying to teach
Are ones that I have yet to learn-face it, when you’re high-you sink
The older that I get the younger that I feel
The less I have to say and the more that I know I know how to heal."

"Give me a seed, I'll show you how to cherish it
Find the dirtiest soil, dig a hole, and bury it
I no longer need a therapist;
I'll just cry all winter on my own come back to the spring and there it is.

Jean Grae

"I mean everything that I've done, I mean everything that I've been
Baby every man that I've loved, maybe I've been loving through sin;
Maybe I just love to be loved, then again not love from within."


"Life is a quiz popped on us as kids
And when we learn to die is when we learn how to live."

Bodi and Kristoff Krane

"Everything and everyone I’ve ever loved
Are living on and never gone and pumping through my blood."

You all are awesome. Stay the awesomest. :heart:

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autisticat Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Writer
thanks for the fave! (late thanks but)
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome! :hug: From one autistic to another.
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Extra late) thanks for faving my Donate widget customizing tutorial! Have a wonderful day pullmonaria by mintyy
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And you too!
N3ffShark Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey, do you listen to southsiders?
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Atmosphere's new album?
N3ffShark Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not all of it.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I wanted to thank you for faving my article about World Suicide Prevention Day. It's something very close to my heart and I appreciate you taking the time to read it. :tighthug: Hope you are having a strong and good day. 

Kate x
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