Boys I’ve kissed:
1. I don’t regret it but my god why did you have to be the first one.
2. Every moment I spent with you was another scar on my heart.
3. I don’t remember it and probably you don’t either and that’s okay.
4. Once upon a time I thought I was going to marry you, but now I’d do anything to take those years back.
5. Friends don’t do that to friends.
6. You’re the first boy who ever broke my heart, I’m scared that I’ll never find another man like you and what happens if I never do.
7. I don’t care I don’t care I don’t care I don’t care I don’t care I don’t care.
—  4am
There’s a gentle calm in your eyes
when you look at me,
my love.
What do you see, dare I ask;
What do our eyes
speak of?
Will you grant me an eternity
to find the words –
I am lost!
When I gaze in your gentle eyes,
I have all that I want.
Oh, my darling, please remember,
when you leave the eye
of the storm,
you can always come and find me;
you will always have a home.
—  Soft howling lullaby - M.A. Tempels © 2016
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All can be deducted to that which is logical, necessary and fruitful, as these are the three conditions for perpetuity. Together they are the sole components creating the core of existence. Any other concept is either fantasy, or temporary; both insignificant in the grander scheme of things. Interesting distractions, but not part of the constant one needs to establish the truth behind the reason for existence. What answer do you get to one of life’s greatest questions, when you deduct all using these three core components?
—  The core of existence, by M.A. Tempels © 2016
For me, the most vital aspect of creativity lies in making unexpected connections—not between people (though that’s good too!) but between seemingly disparate ideas. And the only way you can do that is to be a truly curious person. All of the world’s bigger conversations are deepened by that kind of creativity.

As a writer, it is not everyday that a story, poem, or message will come roaring out of you.

Some days require more work than others. Work on your art when you need to.

Some days, you just have to let it be. Rest. Find something else to do…

If the story, poem, idea, or message is there, it will come and you will create something phenomenal.

Screens pass midnight
and my scream sticks in my throat

rip thoughts
in scan


at addiction,


staring down fences
mile high

from black shadows

Your thoughts become you. Know when to extract inspiration from it, and know when to stop the moment it starts ruining you instead of being your muse to create something prettier out of its ugliness. It’s okay to feel the way you do. It’s okay to let it drench you in its raindrops. Feel it on your skin. Become one with it. Be it. Let the sun hide behind your closed lids. Be familiar with the way it feels to be cold, to be swept away into a mess because it’s normal. For a while only though. Know when to stop standing outside when the rain has dried up on your cheeks. Know when to go back to opening doors, instead of staying outside them, and never knowing what home is. Or better yet, know when to dance with your mistakes. Lick the saltiness on your lips. Taste its aftermath. Beat along with how the rain sounds on your eyes. Just learn how to not get carried away, and to remember that not all things have to stay unless you purposely, secretly want them to.
—  s.c
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
—  Ira Glass
You moulded me into this cold and harsh person and I don’t plan on changing.