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Viktor - Writer, Illustrator, Self-Taught Artist, and all around creative person in general.New England, USA

“It's a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave –let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we're faking them. And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it's joy we're looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.” — Neil Gaiman's New Year Wish.

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「V-LOG」 Sakura Frappuccino Taste Test {Cherry Blossoms Beverage}

Directed by @octobernocturne. ♡

So, with Spring on it’s way, Starbucks is featuring a limited edition {five days!} of a new drink named in honour of sakura {cherry blossoms} which should be blooming soon!~ ♡

The drink was primarily made with strawberries and cream, which is totally my weakness, so I LOVED it!~ n.n ♡♡♡

I convinced my brother @leon-moonage-daydream, and my best friend @altoonayourpiano, to go try it out—@leon-moonage-daydream​ told me he enjoyed it! ♡

A short, but sweet, video I made with my sister, where she tries the limited five day Cherry Blossom Frappuccino from Starbucks.

The beverage originated at locations of the franchise in Japan, and is now being featured internationally for a limited five days, between March 15th - March 20th. The brevity of the cherry blossom treat is to represent the window of time that the actual cherry blossoms bloom annually. Their beauty can only be glimpsed for a brief time span before fading away.

Somebody I know made a post on their social media outlet, which was a quotation that read: “People afraid of speaking their mind were never strong to begin with.”

I wrote this out as my response to that post: “I think quotations and opinions such as this one. are quite limiting, and in a way, perhaps, even condescending, toward certain people who suffer from certain disorders. Say for example someone suffering with any type of anxiety happened to see or hear somebody say this. It's going to wreak havoc on their confidence levels, and even their self esteem. Now, I wouldn't say they aren't strong for being unable to speak up in certain situations, I would say that they are in fact strong for having to face their conditions each day. Another example is Selective Mutism, where someone is unable to speak up in unfamiliar surroundings or under certain conditions. I would disagree to say they aren't strong due to their shyness or any other reasons causing their mutism.

I do also recognise that this quote could potentially be directed toward those who are perfectly capable of speaking their mind against those who oppress others, and simply choose not to (usually with the mindset that someone else will), however, the quotation doesn't make this clear by using the word 'afraid', and therefore seems to be saying something else altogether. People who are victims of fear are not weak by any means. Fear is a strong, and often crippling feeling, or emotion. To say victims of it aren't strong? I can't agree with that.

There are a number of other reasons I could think of, in addition to what I’ve already written, but I will leave it at that. So, to keep this consistent with what the quote seems to be trying to say, this is me speaking my mind."

Wearing a #BlackStar in remembrance of #DavidBowie. He held on to life just long enough to see the release of his final work of art, before letting go. May his beautifully creative soul rest amongst the stars.

My 2016 Reading Goals

Reading, my favourite of my pastimes. I have to admit that I didn't get to read nearly as many books as I would have liked to the past couple years.

I was going through my Tumblr feed this afternoon, and I saw a few posts about reading challenges, and it got me thinking. So, for this upcoming year, I want to set a challenge for myself. I would like to be able to read at least two books a month - making a total of 24 books by next New Year's Eve. I won't be counting short stories, graphic novels, or webcomics, as a part of this goal. This will be because they are shorter, and less time consuming, which would make reaching my goal easier than I want this to be. Short story collection will be counted, however, if I read them from front to back.

If anything, this is just a way to motivate myself to make more time for reading. So, here's to a year of stories, and creativity!

Me, keep a blog? A V-log?!

Is such a thing even possible?

For those of you who don’t know me, the answer could be something along the lines of; “Why not? A great deal of other people do it.”

But if you do happen to be one of the few who do know me, then the projected answer is probably, ‘No’.

The reason for this? Well, that is because I’m a busy person, and I have an annoying habit of putting things off. However, having acknowledged this, I decided, “you know what, Micky, why can’t you just motivate yourself, and just bite the bullet”.

So here I am, writing this post, and working on ideas for a V-log as well. Which may actually begin with this post, only in video format - and somewhat different content, but essentially the same.

So, this coming year, 2016, I am going to be pushing myself beyond my increasingly uncomfortable 'comfort zone', and work on various creative projects, with no particular, nor specific, aim, except to make art. Will I be good at it? Not likely. But like most things in life, I will get better as I go along. Because, you know, I’m gonna have to.

Farewell, Dear Friend.

Today, a dear friend of mine is moving out of state. I'm going to miss her, but I am happy for her, and I wish her the best in everything. I have a lot of good memories with her.

Well, here's a scene from a favourite show of mine, 'Midnight Caller', where Jack Killian describes best what it is I'm trying to say.

So, farewell, Samantha, may we meet again one day.