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Journal Entry: Sun Dec 14, 2014, 7:17 AM
I am a fan of litanies. What is a litany? A litany is a list, usually used for poetic purpose. It's most commonly seen as a word for certain types of rituals in religious ceremonies, but it can also be understood as just any list with a thematic purpose. (You can read all about that online.) However, it doesn't have to be religious to be a litany!

Merriam-Webster defines the word as:
1) a prayer consisting of a series of invocations and supplications by the leader with alternate responses by the congregation
2)
a :  a resonant or repetitive chant
b :  a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration
c :  a sizable series or set of problems
It is supposed to originate from the Middle English letanie, it in turn is from the Late Latin litania, which refers to the Late Greek litaneia, which stems from the word for entreaty: litanos, meaning supplicant. Unsurprisingly, very frequently in religious tradition, you will find that litanies are used to list the "supplicant's" many woes or ordeals that they have to suffer through in life. But litanies are not necessarily negative things! Litanies can be uplifting, upbeat, and cheerful as well. One of my favorite examples of a "literary litany" is copywriter Robert Pirosh's letter of introduction to Hollywood bigwig directors in the 1930s.
Dear Sir:

I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave "V" words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land's-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.

I have just returned and I still like words.

May I have a few with you?

Robert Pirosh
385 Madison Avenue
Room 610
New York
Eldorado 5-6024
So next time you need to vent about all the bad stuff in your life, try giving folks a "Litany of Woes" instead of a list of complaints. So much more epic that way!

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Mad42Sam Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Thank you for the fav :)
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werewolf90x Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i finished my mass effect artwork. but my work is not in the gallery. WHY
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Hi werewolf90x -- I am assuming you're asking why it hasn't been added to the :iconbiowarefanclub: correct? Can you link to me what work you're talking about?
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werewolf90x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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but your guideline saids the polished thing. i worked really really hard on them
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
You composition and the proportions would be okay. Unfortunately, I think it's the way that you did the outlines that is probably baring it from entry. If you're working with a pencil sketch, may I suggest that you use a marker or Sharpie to draw some thick outlines first (called inking) before you scan and color them in? If you are working digitally, try downloading a free program like GIMP that will let you do multiple layers (it's really much easier for coloring, too!).

Here is a simple How-To for inking: www.wikihow.com/Ink-a-Drawing
YouTube instruction video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd7BP1…

Believe me, it makes a world of difference in your drawing!
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animot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot for the watch!
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noborux Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey dude, hows life been for ya?
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey you! Life has been ups and downs. Definitely what they call "interesting times". Overall, great learning experiences, lots of stories, miss hanging out with my online buddies, though. How've you been?
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noborux Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Likewise with me actually, I've met my low and high notes these past few years. I get so distracted that I sometimes can't keep up with people's updates on DA.

But I'm glad to hear that you're at least doing okay :), hows the drawings going? or have you been taking a break?
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necthassak Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!
I really appreciate it :love:
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