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  • 20 Chickens in the Literary Center!

    I think this means @Nate has to write a chicken poem! ;) :smt117: #truthordare

    With the help of many talented YWSers the chickens have been saved!

    Here's some of the most recent publications in YWS's premier chicken-genre for your reading enjoyment:

    breaded chicken by @soundofmind : a reflective and nostalgic poem
    when I speak of chickens by @Snoink a chicken poem with a little horror / shock intrigue
    The Comedi-hen by @KateHardy is both humorous and punny!
    The First Golden Goose and The Origins of the Knights: A KotGR Tale a rare work by @KotGRCommander (with some co-writing assistance by myself) is a short story featuring the much awaited origin story of KotGR which happens to involve a goose!
    POV You Are A Chicken Who Just Made It Back From Town by @Corv is an intriguing poem that touches on that age old question "why did the chicken cross the road"
    The Potentiality of Infinite Chickens by @Liminality is a playful and inventive look at chickens from the eyes of a child!
    you are surely not a goose or you would know exactly what i'm saying is one of my most philosophical poems yet. not for the faint of heart. very serious stuff. also featured in COOP: chickens of our poetry zine!
    Chickenstein a shortstory by @Lucrezia is a fast paced parody of Frankenstein that I think you'll enjoy!

    That's some good reading! For all the chicken-literature you can go to the "All Literary" tab and click that "Chicken" genre! Take a read, and maybe you'll even be inspired to join in on the fun!

    (And if any of you chicken authors are looking for a spot to submit you chicken stories or poems... COOP zine is taking submissions - more info and terms on our website. Also if you're not a part of the YWS Chicken Fan Club today's the perfect day to join.)

    soundofmind wrote:I did my chicken duty #chickens

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    soundofmind <3
    Sun Feb 05, 2023 6:04 am

    Snoink We did it!!!
    Sun Feb 05, 2023 6:19 am

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  • This is actually a pretty fun discussion! Weigh in on which Disney princess you think would do the best in the hunger games. My bet is on Mulan & Pocahontas.

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  • Oh my gosh this would be a travesty please help save our chickens!

    Will also give 50 points to anyone who posts a chicken poem in the publishing center under chicken genre.

    Please help! 🥺🥺🥺

    Nate wrote:Okay everyone, I'm issuing an ultimatum. If there's not more than 20 works in the Chicken Lit section by this time next week, I am striking it out!

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  • Your turn now!

    Truth: Why chickens?
    Dare: Write a poem about roosters and share it on your wall!

    lliyah Ah! I'll go for the truth since I've written two Squills articles on that topic!

    -> My YWS Timeline of Chicken Interest
    -> Why chicken poetry tho?

    The other reasons being:
    I've always loved birds. Used to draw different birds and then cut them out and tape them on my mom's work office door until it covered a significant chunk of the door. I also owned two zebra finches when I was in middle-school and high-school and I loved to watch them hop around. Have just always liked birds and thought they were beautiful and poetic.

    And then I first started liking chickens as a small kid because the lady who watched me every day after school had a small farm and they didn't have animals anymore but they would get baby chickens every year and sometimes they'd let me hold them if I was really good as a reward- so I have these nice warm associations of "seeing a chicken" must mean I've done something really good and the world is rewarding me even now. :) It's just always been one of my favorite birds since then.

    Weird story I don't think I've shared on YWS before - but in college for a while there was this app called "yik yak" where you could kind of post anonymous posts and then people who are in your geographic proximity can see and upvote or downvote the posts and I started this really goofy movement where I would post the chicken emoji as a comment to very serious things and after a while other people actually started doing it too - and I also printed probably 50 pictures of a chicken-emoji and posted them in really dumb random places or just left them in the school copier just to see what would happen. And yeah after two years of that I actually did see other people start utilizing the chicken emoji as a form of speech / response kind of.

    Ha and then on YWS it just kind of naturally evolved through different things.

    Fri Feb 03, 2023 9:02 pm

    RandomTalks Thanks for sharing that! Its sweet that you still associate seeing a chicken with doing something good!! Also, you kind of started a movement in college with your chicken emojis - you should be proud! <33
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 9:55 pm

  • lliyah Ohoho! I absolutely love this. :)
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:22 pm

    RandomTalks Excuse the weird crooked feet - its your fault for making me draw for the first time in years... :)
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:26 pm

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  • lliyah hello
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:49 pm

    tatteredbones Hi
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 7:12 pm

  • Resharing my annual Happy Groundhog Day post And wishing you all a very wonderful and magical Groundhog Day! Winter takes another breath, but Spring will surely come again.

    "If Candlemas day be sunny and bright, Winter again will show its might. If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey, Winter soon will pass away."

    "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end." Ecclesiastes 3:11

    Spoiler! :

    lliyah wrote:Just sharing what I shared last year again ~ but that's actually even better ~ HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY / CANDLEMAS TO YOU ALL

    alliyah wrote:A very happy Groundhog Day / Candlemas to you all!!!

    Groundhog Day is one of my very favorite holidays, so much so that I actually traveled to see the groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA last year for Groundhog Day. Here's a Squills article I wrote about why I love it: Squills 2/3/19 - 2/10/19

    Groundhog Day is a good reminder that every winter ends eventually, that seasons shift, that time moves on, which is especially relevant this year while time has at times seemed stopped and winter un-ending with all the pandemic going-ons. Spring is coming though, it really is. :] And here's a poem w/ Groundhog Day vibes for you that I wrote last Spring ~

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    BluesClues idk if you've seen Groundhog Day: The Musical, but the opening song is vibes <3
    Thu Feb 02, 2023 8:52 pm

  • It is nice that the people tab banner had been replaced with chickens. Thank you Nate.

  • 1 more day until Groundhog Day :)

  • truth: what’s been the most challenging thing about being a yws moderator?


    dare: change your username back to alliyah

    lliyah I am overthinking which one of these to do.
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:49 pm

    soundofmind lololol
    Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:33 pm

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  • Ah! #socialweek is here! #truthordare

    link to Social Week forum / info page
    Commenters can post a truth or a dare for you to choose from, or they can comment those options on your wall.

    Euphory i dare you to post about 1) chicken anatomy OR 2) chicken folktales
    i truth you to name your fav TS songs/albums !!

    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:25 pm

    ChesTacos i dare you to make your pfp smthg taco related
    Thu Feb 02, 2023 12:16 am

  • Okay, this actually seems like a fun thing to do! :D

    If anyone shares this on their wall - I will attempt to answer - feel free to answer if you have some words for me too. :] And go share some words with Elinor too for her research! :D

    Elinor wrote:Hello YWS! I have an important question! If you had to think of three words to describe me as person, what words would you choose? Also, if you're familiar enough with my work as an artist/writer, what three words would you use to describe *my work*?

    1) Three words to describe me as a person
    2) Three words to describe my work (if you feel good answering)

    I promise I'm not compliment fishing, it's for research. Comment below, I appreciate it. 🙂

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    tgirly 1. Intelligent, confident, capable
    2. Pastel, emotive, intelligent

    Tue Jan 31, 2023 7:37 pm

    Elinor 1. Smart, spiritual, empathetic

    (Not sure I know your poetry well enough to comment here -- but thank you for resharing!)

    Tue Jan 31, 2023 8:09 pm

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  • Woohoo! This is such a fun time! I'm so happy that the mod squad is keeping this really enjoyable event going that originally started as a super lovely week-long event started by @Carina that we loved so much that we decided to extend into a whole month of fun. Be sure to watch out for fun social activities, challenges, and hashtags to join in on throughout February - your friendly neighborhood YWS moderators have been hard at work planning out events. Click that hedgehog to learn more.

    Also in other exciting news ... Just two more days until Groundhog Day!

    Liminality wrote:

    Social Month 2023

    We all love YWS. It is a special place on the internet where you can find other people with a shared love of writing. We may have all stumbled on to YWS to share our writing, but we often stay for the community.

    To celebrate said community, we are delighted to announce that Social Month will be back in February 2023! During the month of February, there will be activities in the People's Tab and forums that will encourage conversation and fun.

    Click the image to find out more!


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  • Ohmygosh my heart! ❤️ xD this is my favorite meme I have ever seen. Thank u blue <3333


    (Soon I hope!!)

    BluesClues wrote:
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    image ID: a pug dog looking out a window sadly, its paws resting on the window frame. text at the bottom reads "when will my husband return from war bookshelf have @lliyah's poetry on it"


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    BluesClues I hope so too <3 I will be waiting for preorder links!!
    Mon Jan 30, 2023 11:32 pm

  • Here's a NaPo poem re-write -> you were easy to listen to and hard to hear.

    "this feels like a paper crane that has been folded inside out"

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
— Louis L'Amour