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Soulless Red – Original Piece

This was a journal prompt I had to write in my creative writing class that had to do with colors. We had about 20 minutes to write it. It’s been fixed up, but most of it is the original. I’m afraid it’s really not that original, but I like it. 🙂

At one point in her life, art meant everything to her. She was like many other artists – opening a hidden spot of her heart – nay, her soul onto blank canvas for the world to see. It was a gradual process at first, much like meeting the love of one’s life – opening up little by little to reveal who she really was. Art was her true love. She whispered new secrets with every brush stroke on the canvas.

But that was one time.

Colors, which at one time represented her world, faded into nothing more than tints and hues. Only red was the exception. And red… red was her favorite color. It was vibrant. It was passion. But it became scorn. For years she kept a cheery face while continuing her starving career, making red her symbol of hope. She never expected the life of an artist to be an easy one, nor for everyone to understand her, but she never expected the attacks of criticism and rejection. Like a red pen correcting – never approving of anything. Rejecting her emotions… her heart… her soul.

For a while she continued on. A few harsh words wouldn’t get her down. But as time passed, she realized she was only painting what others wanted. And it was one day, as she was adding a stroke of red to a rose petal, that she froze. The red looked awful, like dripping blood. It was not on her side. None of her art was – she had lost herself in a world, bleeding slowly and no one cared.

To change wasn’t easy. Her career was doing better than it had before. She kicked her easel in desperation. It toppled to the ground – the painting following. She sat still for a time pondering what had happened to her. It took all her strength to wash all that red down the drain. All the colors, which had long lost their meaning to her, followed. Canvas, easel, paintbrush – all were tossed away. Then a silence came. Voices of ridicule subsided in her head. She had peace, but she had lost her true passion along the way.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Original Writing

 

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Silly Haikus

I am so hungry.

I wish there was food in the

refrigerator.

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Original Writing

 

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Character-Driven Stories

I finally just got the opportunity to see The Breakfast Club for the first time, and I loved it. It’s not an exciting tale with action, many sets, or much to do. The whole plot is basically a group of very different teenagers are stuck with each other in detention one day and learn about each other. That’s it. It sounds so boring, but chances are, you’ve probably seen it – and loved it too.

 

That’s because The Breakfast Club is a character-driven story. Most movies and books today are plot-driven (or special effects-driven lol), which means that events force the characters to act and follow a path. When you talk about a plot-driven story to your friends, it’s something like: Then the guy had to rush to the place, but the girl was gone and there was only a clue, and so he went to another city to track her down, but it was a trap… etc. It makes for great action and adventure stories. However, character-driven stories are quite simplistic in plot. They set up a circumstance, and then they leave everything else up to the characters to decide how to act. When done right, we learn to have strong feelings towards the characters (whether like or hate), and are really pulled into a great story. Most of early cinema were character-driven stories since studios couldn’t have the special effects or big sets we can use today (and just think of several great classics). Yes, technically every story is both character- and plot-driven, but one is usually more focused on than the other. While most of today’s audiences prefer constant action, character-driven stories grow more and more rare. However, when one shows up and is done right, it shines like a beacon. I’d love to see more modern ones around.

 

What do you think? Feel free to comment. 🙂

 

P.S. I’m not going to be able to post something every day for the next week, but I have some things lined up.

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in News / Opinions, Reviews

 

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National Dance Day is for You!

July 30th,2011 is the 2nd annual National Dance Day! Do you dance? If not, that’s ok. I don’t either.

National Dance Day is not just for those who are professional dancers, it’s a day to get everybody to celebrate dance. If you don’t even know where to begin, the show So You Think You Can Dance and the Dizzy Feet Foundation have put together three new routines you can try for this year’s National Dance Day. So You Think You Can Dance’s ballroom expert, Mary Murphy, choreographed a very basic salsa that’s great for anyone who has never danced before (which is probably the one I’m doing). Robin Antin, one of the founders of the Pussycat Dolls, choreographs the intermediate routine, and the Emmy-nominated husband and wife choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (also called Nappytabs) created a challenging hip-hop routine for experts. Also, if you’d like to try an easy hip-hop routine, check out the beginner one they did for last year’s Day of Dance (I’m including it below).

Remember, National Day of Dance is about getting everyone to get up and dance and promote fitness and health. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you tend to trip over air or haven’t danced a day in your life. Practice in your backyard, your living room, or even in your bedroom. It’s not about looking perfect and being a professional dancer. It’s about having fun.

So go find what interests you about dance (it can be anything – don’t be limited by the couple of routines I mentioned), find your own style, and DANCE!

Tabitha and Napoleon’s 2010 Beginner Hip-Hop Routine

Mary Murphy’s 2011 Beginner Salsa Routine

Robin Antin’s 2011 Intermediate Routine

Tabitha and Napoleon’s 2011 Expert Hip-Hop Routine

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in News / Opinions

 

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Disney Drawings and Winnie the Pooh!

So I’ve been busy for the last couple of hours drawing all of these. They aren’t the best, but at least you can tell who they are. Oh, and of course, I don’t own these characters. They belong to Disney (unless you want to be technical about Tigger really belonging to Milne, etc). 😛

Now, onto an actual post:

We all pretty much know that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is so close to coming out, and I can’t wait to see the story come to a close (well, the movie version). However, I am also really excited for Winnie-the-Pooh. I love pretty much all Pooh things, although I admittedly never saw Pooh’s Heffalump Movie or Piglet’s Big Movie (which might revoke my status as a Pooh fan, but I saw all the other movies). I also love the original stories by Milne and I am a HUGE Disney fanatic. To see Pooh go back to his roots is really exciting. I also love Disney 2D animation. I think Disney made the mistake of abandoning 2D animation and only really using 3D. It’s not that we don’t want 2D anymore, it’s just that your 2D movies were not that great and your 3D ones were better. :/ Well, Princess and the Frog was a start, but Tangled was better and off-set the push back to 2D again. Hopefully the simplicity and beauty of Winnie-the-Pooh might bring some attention back to good ol’ 2D animation. Oh, I so hope this will be a good movie!

The other thing I want to comment on is that I find it kind of funny how Disney knows Winnie-the-Pooh is going against Harry Potter and is making fun of it in their ads. If you haven’t seen them, check them out below. I love that they have a very Harry Potter-ish opening and then say, “Nope! We’re Winnie the Pooh!”  If the movie is a bomb, at least the advertising is super clever, and I applaud Disney.


 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Art / Comics, News / Opinions

 

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Papercraft!

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday. I was busy but also kind of lazy. However, today I’ve been busy making all of these (and watching Disney movies on VHS). 😀

I’m not really all that great at papercraft, so I usually stick to more boxy-style pieces. The first one I ever built was Navi from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time about two years ago for one of my friend’s birthday, and I was bit in over my head. XD However, the same friend’s birthday party is coming up, so I had to make her some more (and then some are going to another friend too). I’ve made quite a few this summer, but unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of them. From here on out, I will though. 🙂

If you are interested in making papercraft, here are some of my favorite websites:

http://www.cubeecraft.com/

http://paperkraft.blogspot.com/

http://nintendopapercraft.blogspot.com/

Have fun, and be creative! 🙂

Please note that I only put these together. I did not make the templates, nor do I own the characters.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Art / Comics

 

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My Day in Six-Word Sentences

Ernest Hemingway once wrote a famous six-word story that went: “For Sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” Since then, many people have written their own six-word stories. Sometimes they’re serious, and sometimes they’re silly. I’m kind of lazy right now, so I thought why not write about my day in six-word sentences too?

Slept in too late. Oh well.

Tour de France – riders hurt again. 😦

Went shopping today. Didn’t find anything.

Very Nervous. First Job interview tomorrow.

Bored. Time to write daily post.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Original Writing

 

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