what would my motivation even be

A thing I am pondering.

Sooooo I’m considering making a Patreon for my original fiction. I wasn’t sure that was something writers do, but it totally is. I have some old-fandom knee-jerk dubious reactions to it (omg you can’t get paid for fanfic even though this is not fanfic) and a good healthy dollop of Imposter Syndrome (omg why would anyone pay for access to my writings and process) but the various friends I’ve mentioned it to think it’s something I should explore, so here I go.

So after determining that yes, Patreon is definitely a Thing That Writers Often Do, I’m considering it. I think opening up and sharing my process might be motivating, not to mention that discussion with patreons might be helpful.

So I open it up to you, blog followers. What Patreon benefits would you like to see on my hypothetical site? Keep in mind that nothing fanfic-related would be involved.

Maybe just click “Like” if you’d be interested? So I can see how many might be?

isthatchester  asked:

Who musically inspires you? And what do you think sets you apart from other artists?

What inspires me?

Life. Just living and being able to appreciate every single second of my existence. Being able to wake up every morning and appreciate the people in my life. Whether it would be my family, or my gang that I’m with almost everyday or my acquaintances that I see every now and then. Or my long distance loved ones from abroad like @mdglovely, @2pacschild, @blvckpharaxh, @placesplusfaces. Even my enemies inspire me. People’s energies influence what I create in my music. And I feel like that’s why my fans gravitate to it so much. Anything in my life that triggers some sort of emotion motivates me to create something. Since I’m not the most social person in the world, that’s like the initial way that i choose to express myself.

The fact that I am eager to enhance my self awareness and my self sufficiency makes me some sort of an anomaly. I think that’s what’s lacking with rising artist. If you go onto my page, there’s not a shit load of engagement primarily because I’m not taking shortcuts in this shit. I’m not brown nosing or dick riding niggas just to get on. And it’s paying off pretty well to be honest 🤣.
Of course you’re going to hear some similarities between me or Metro Boomin or Eestbound or even a Travis Scott. But these niggas inspire me to a certain degree. And im not ashamed to admit that but I know that I’m bringing an energy to the scene that people aren’t experiencing atm.

Sorry for the late reply and for how long it is 😂. Hope this clarifies things.

Dreamt Radiator Springs was selected to put on play and Mater kept being a prima donna director who meddled with the script until it made absolutely no sense

Luigi finally caved and said: “Guido and I cannot take this anymore you Big *unitelligible gibberish* Baffoon!

It’s raining fish, Ramone is in a coma, Sarge is in a dress, Guido just wants to sing but you casted him as a french mime! A FRENCH MIME! And I-I don’t even understand what setting this’ supposed to be. Are we in 1960s Greenwich Villiage or someone’s basement in 1980s Milwaukee?

And who is Lugi supposed to be? Is Luigi a good wolf or bad wolf why would Luigi be bad wolf? WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION MATER?!”

And Mater just scowls and says “It’s called ‘Anchorism Stew’. And yer motivation is tuh SAY YER DANG LINES AND FOLLOW THE GOSH DADGUM SCREIPT!”

Then he throws the papers he’s holding in the air driving around in circles “THAT’S IT UR FIREd YOU CAN’T FIRE ME I QUIT! AAAARRRAAAAH!”

*He slings his tow cable like a long scarf and storms off*

Then Cruz drives up with a clipboard

“Okaaaay, let’s go back to the scene when ‘Julie WhillaWheelz’ (Sarge) fights The Russian Tesla-saurus Rex to rescue the cowboys trapped on the moon and take it from there.”

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First Auror Potter I have ever painted was on his birthday, July 31st, in 2016, and it’s the first of this collection. I think that’s why I started to think of him as an +20 yo auror. Somehow, it’s like he’s growing with me in real time. My vision of Harry Potter has matured over the years. He’s no longer a young boy in my mind as I’m no longer a child or teenager. What motivates me is to think he’s got wiser and more serious and all shit he’s been through since he was a kid made him even more sarcastic then he was. “No need to call me sir, professor” would turn into something like “You need to call me sir”.

For more bearded/auror Harry, see this tag :)

The 3 Elements of a FLAWED Character

You know that moment when you find an old notebook, and you start reading the story you were writing years ago, and after about one page…  

And then after a few more paragraphs … 

This has happened to me several times. On every occasion I want to curl up in a small box and wait until everyone forgets I was ever a writer. And every time, no matter which old story it is, what sends me crawling into that box is the same thing: the main character. Even after I had learned to incorporate empathetic qualities into my heroes (as listed in the last post), my protagonists were still deeply annoying – if not more unbearable than before. 

Why? What made them this way? They had winningly empathetic traits! Were they terrible people still? No, and that was the problem. They were perfect. Smart. Noble. Brave. They had dazzling martial arts skills. They loved people and people loved them. They were Chosen in some way and destined for greatness. Angst-plagued though, of course. They were tragic little heroes, misunderstood and abused, driven by the desire to vanquish all who caused them suffering.  

I could’ve composed a Gaston-like song enumerating their virtues and sorrows. 

And the only thing that would’ve made them more punchable is if they did use antlers in all of their decorating.

Characters can’t be completely likable. Yes, they must possess strengths that win the reader’s empathy, but without an equal amount of flaws … they can’t function. If they’re not flawed, they shouldn’t be the main character. Story is about someone changing, for better or worse. Under the surface, all good stories are about this process of human growth or decline. So if a hero is perfect from the beginning, there’s nowhere they need to go. And consequently, there’s no reason for a reader to follow. 

The inclination to follow a story is begun with interest in the premise, of course – but it is locked in when empathy occurs, when we begin to care – the moment the reader transposes their own external and internal lives onto a character’s life. A process which starts when a reader recognizes a shared something between themselves and the hero. Sometimes, this is a goal or strength or situation. And sometimes, it’s a flaw. We meet a character that is weak in the same way we are, and a strong internal connection is born between the reader’s life and the life on the page. On a deep level we’re thinking “This person is like me. What happens to them? How do they deal with it?” And because of this connection based on what is lacking in our lives, we want to live the story, see how it ends, and find out how the main character – who is just like us – reached that ending. Because it’s our lives we’re reading about, and if we play it out in advance, maybe we can reach a positive ending too. 

So! In what way should a main character be FLAWED? 

1) Weak in a way that only hurts themselves. 

Let’s call these MIND.

2) Flawed in a way that hurts others. 

Let’s call these MORAL.

The most realistic – and most compelling – characters have both types.  

And if a character has these flaws, the story must be steering them towards what they NEED to overcome them. The main character needs to learn something, a truth, a new way to live. This is the theme of the story. Theme is a statement the story seeks to prove, to the main character and the reader, about how to live a better life. It’s the solution to whatever moral and mental conundrum they’re facing. So … 

3) The SOLUTION to their moral and mental weaknesses. 

How does that work? To illustrate, let’s look at Stitch and Alexander Hamilton. (What a combination.) 

STITCH

Moral: He’s destructive. Violent. Rude. Vindictive.  Manipulative. Enjoys the suffering of his enemies.

 And in general, pushes everyone and everything away.  

Mind: Despite his violent ways, he yearns to belong, and senses that he can’t.

He believes he’s alone, he’s unlovable, he’s monstrous, he’s never had a family and never will – he’s lost, like the Ugly Duckling. He’s missing a family he’s never had.  

Solution: He just needs to start treating people like family to be accepted into one. 

HAMILTON

Moral: He’s selfish. (“Be careful with that one love, he will do what it takes to survive.”) He’s arrogant. He’s self-centered. (Think of the entirety of Burn.) And in his obsessive journey to succeed, he pushes everyone out of his path.  

Mind: He has a fixation on death, on time running out, which drives his manic desire to achieve. (“I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory.) He’s insecure. ("Graduate in two and join the revolution. He looked at me like I was stupid. I’m not stupid.”) 

Solution: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? Eliza tells his story. Hamilton’s goal throughout the story is a legacy; he strives to achieve this immortality in any way possible, even if it means neglecting his loved ones, or even ruining their lives. He needs to learn that his loved ones are enough. Eliza is enough. And through her, he will live on. 

What would have happened if they weren’t flawed? The stories would have been boring. What would have happened if their flaws had been treated like attributes that didn’t have to change? The stories would have ceased to be. Progress couldn’t happen, because by accepting the status quo of their mental and moral states, we’re refusing the call to adventure outright. They’d just exist in the same state they were in the setup, stagnant, somewhat lifeless. Flawed characters must motor towards that NEED, or solution, that will save their lives. 

(I realize this “need” element is rather vague, so it’ll get its own post.)  

But in conclusion, this balance of strengths and flaws – and how this fictional person deals with the adventure they’re thrown into – is what makes a main character compelling, empathetic, and real. 

So when I unearth a notebook years in the future, containing one of stories I’m writing now, maybe the main character won’t make me feel like this:

Maybe it’ll even be like this: 

And best of all, maybe one of those characters will make a reader somewhere feel understood and helped and not alone. Wow. That would be amazing.

Well, there’s my writing motivation for today. I’m going to go make my main character more of a lovable jerk.

Guys, y’all awesome! 1k followers! Thank you sooooooo much for every note, every comment and every message or ask you left me, I’m melting, love you all ♥

And this is Jesse i will spam my friends with, I’ll have him always prepared. I love you ♥ YER AWESOME

how I stay focused while I study/do my homework!

It’s one thing to start homework and studying, but to stay focused is another thing. Here are some things that work for me!

  • Before I start anything, I tidy up my room! 
    • I know I won’t be able to stay focused if my room isn’t clean, so before I even sit down I make sure everything is in it’s place. I keep my room pretty neat, so this takes about 15 minutes. If I didn’t do this my OCD would kick in and I’d find myself getting up every 5 minutes to put something away.
  • Grab everything I need
    • Again, before starting anything I make sure I have everything in arm’s distance. I make sure I have pens, pencils, calculator, books, etc. I hate when I’m in my groove and then have to get up to find something.
  • Keep a drink near by
    • I usually have something to sip on, tea, juice, water, etc. When I feel myself starting to fidget, I just take a quick drink and I’m ready to go again. Plus, it’s so important to stay hydrated!! 
  • Take a break!
    • When I feel myself really starting to fidget I take a break. I go talk to someone in my family, pet my dog, check instagram, go into my kitchen and eat a snack, doodle, anything really. If I do work for an hour straight, I usually take about a 10 minute break. After this, it’s right back to work!
  • Light a candle 
    • I always have a candle lit or have my diffuser with my essential oils going. My favorite is lavender! When I smell a good smell it keeps my alert and focused.
  • Music?
    • I know many people aren’t too sure of this and like to study in silence, but me personally I like to have music playing in the background VERY low. I find that silence is more distracting. But if you like silence, then go for it! Whatever works for you.
  • Planning, planning, planning!
    • I always plan out my study schedule/assignments. This is a little bit less stressful. For example, I have physics assignments about every week with 10 questions, so each day I try to do about 1-3 problems (doesn’t seem like too much, but depending on the topic they can take me about 15 minutes each).
    • I always set a stopping point so I have an endpoint and I’m not just doing work aimlessly, like copying my biology notes. Instead of just going until I feel like stopping, I’ll set an endpoint, like the end of the powerpoint or a slide number, this way I know how much I have to do. 
    • Planning everything out is also better in the long run. I set little due dates for myself (that aren’t real) to help me stay on top of my assignments. Oh, and it is so nice when it’s the day before the assignments due and you aren’t even worried because you had it completed two days ago. 
    • It’s easier to do a little each day than to cram everything the day before. I know after 3 hours of studying/doing the assignment I’m not even paying attention, I’m just going through the motions of doing work. 
  • Take a deep breath!! You’ve got this ♡ 

So these are somethings that I do! If you would like to try them out I would love to know how they work for you! Everyone is different, so stick to what works for you! Thanks for reading :) x

[Major Spoilers] “Follow your true feelings!”: My Musings on P5′s Wildcard Couple

Can we talk about Morgana’s astute observations regarding Akechi’s true feelings for Akira? Can we talk about how (Morgana’s words–not mine) Akechi’s smile when he was hanging out with Akira had been genuine? This boy– who had distanced himself from everyone, who had wrapped himself up in layers upon layers of lies that he wears like a second skin, who had made revenge his one and only goal in life – had also, in spite of himself, serendipitously found kinship in the one boy whom he has decided that he has to kill. 

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Even though I have my difficulties you still accept me and love me for who I really am. You are my everyday motivation that makes me want to become a better person. Thank you.
—  Poets Love Her

7/100 days of productivity 

hello again guys! so recently i’ve been wanting to do some cool posts with tips and stuff but my mind is just blank and blocked and I want your opinions! what kind of posts would you like to see? let me know in the comments below please, this blog is also yours! 

by the way guys, yesterday I was listening to a really cool playlist for studying on spotify and I found a MASTERPIECE. is the main theme song from the movie “the imitation game” and it’s just soo good, like I dont even know how to explain the feelings this song gives me. 

studygram: yangstudies

🎧 the imitation game - alexander desplat 

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07 . 08 . 2016 // (now it’s already 17:40) I guess this is it for today! I’m not gonna lie, I’m incredibly tired and my back hurts like hell, but at least I finished studying history. (Priorities, yay)

Anyways, I would like to thank you guys SOOO much for 30k followers!!! This is completely mind-blowing, I don’t even have the words to say how happy I am right now. It amazes me every day that so many people actually care for what I’m doing!

Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! 💕

(Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to hunt some Pokemon)

Writing tip:

The “Yes and…”/”No, but…” game.

Okay, so I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Now please don’t think this is me trying to tell you how to write. It’s not. It’s just a tip you COULD use if you wanted to. In no way is this meant to be condescending or whatever. I’m just no good at explaining things, so I go into more detail. I do mention it later on but I’ll say it now anyway; this does not just qualify for DIALOGUE you can use this method for anything. This is just the basics of the game. Now, let’s get to it.

I’ve had it happen to me a few times where I’m left staring at at a reply thinking, “okay… now what??” Then I thought of acting. I know it’s off subject … but bear with me on this;

In some acting classes I did, we played this game called the “yes and..”/”no, but…” game and It really does apply with writing too. Usually, with the “yes and…” game you’re not allowed to say no. You’re also not allowed to just say yes and leave it at that. When doing this you’re giving your partner more to go off of. The story isn’t a dead end. Now, this isn’t me saying this applies with ALL threads, nor am I saying this just applies to dialogue. It doesn’t. Though saying that the CONCEPT can still be useful

For example; If my partner writes something like “Is that your dog?” and my reply is “Yes.” Chances are my partner will be left thinking, “okay… now what?” BUT if my reply went something like this… “Yes and his name is Jupiter.” At least then my partner has something more to go from. They could then question the dogs name, or compliment it. See where I’m going with this?? You wouldn’t even need to say and that’s just the basic idea behind it. It could be a case of something like this.

“Is that your dog?”
“Yes. Would you like to pet him?” 

Again, this gives my partner something to answer, even if it’s only small. The conversation has motive to continue rather than coming to a stop. Okay, so that was “Yes and…” now for “No, but…” The reason I brought this game into it is because it’s PRETTY unlikely that your character is never going to say no.

Your character has EVERY right to say no. Though saying that, when you’re character is being shut down constantly by another, it’s hard to keep threads going. Instead of risking you’re partner going, “this is going nowhere.” Or “I’m not getting anywhere with this and it’s just going in circles,” ADD TO THE NO. Even if the no is METAPHORICAL.

For example; If my partner says something like “Would you like to get coffee with me?” and my reply was simply, “no.” I’m pretty sure their character would just want to walk away like, “well… okay.” BUT if I were to say something like, “no, but there’s a pizza place near by that I’ve been dying to try out.” Already you can see the conversation can be added to. Again; you don’t HAVE to say “but.” The conversation could go something like this;

“Would you like to get coffee with me?”
“No.” He takes a beat before looking around, “how about an ice cream instead?” 

My character still said no, but there was something added to keep the conversation going. I know this is probably obvious points, I’m sure it is. I’m also sure everyone probably knows these ideas anyway, but I’ve still had replies shut down. Threads that reached a dead end because you can’t break through a conversation. So, I just thought I’d give a little idea that could maybe help if anyone needed it.

Hope this helps!! 

MBTI as Night Vale Proverbs

ESTJ: “I’m all business,” I say, peeling off my skin strip by strip, showing you what oozes out. “Business to my core.”

ISTJ: Be careful what you wish for. Because it probably won’t come true, and life is about expectations management.

ESFJ: Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say your mother’s in the hospital. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Is there anything I can do? Listen. I’ll drive you over there. We’ll leave right now. Grab a coat; it’s a little cold out. I’m so sorry.

ISFJ: Eating meat is a difficult moral decision, because it’s stolen, that meat. You should apologise.

ESTP: Pain is just weakness leaving the body, and then being replaced by pain. Lots of pain.

ISTP: “There’s no harm in trying” really depends on what you’re trying. Either way, give it a go - it’s probably fine.

ESFP: I let my haters be my motivators. Mostly they tell me I suck, and then I get sad. This was a terrible idea.

ISFP: Say what you will about dance, but language is a limited form of expression.

ENFJ: If you love someone, set them free. Set them free now. This is the police, and we have you surrounded.

INFJ: If I said you had a beautiful body, would it even matter because we are so insignificant in this vast incomprehensible universe?

ENFP: Ask your doctor just who he thinks he is. Say it just like that. Say, “Who do you think you are?” See if he starts crying. I know I would.

INFP: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never quite describe the pain.

ENTJ:  Remember that all sentences must have a noun, a verb, and the phrase “foolish mortals”.

INTJ: Listen. I’m not a hero. The real heroes are the people that point out to us when protesters have smartphones, thus invalidating all concerns.

ENTP: Lost? Confused? Lacking direction? Need to find a purpose in your life?

INTP: Look to the sky. You will not find answers there, but you will certainly see what everyone is screaming about.

~Nero & Nike

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I don’t know why anyone would even ask this. What do you think they’re going to say? “Yeah, we read it all the time.” Of course not. So that raises interesting questions about why this was asked in the first place. Was it someone maybe hoping for a certain reaction? Or..? I’m baffled tbh.

I’m not going to speculate on motives here because it doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t have been asked. PERIOD. Please. I’m begging you. Don’t bring ships to them. I don’t care what ship it is, Just leave it in fanon. (X)

(this is my first masterpost sorry if it’s bad) A bullet journal has a lot of uses. A planner, homework reminders, to-do lists- but understandably, some pages could use a little of inspiration. And what better inspiration than from artists? Even without a bullet journal, quotes can be a great thing to decorate journals, your room, etcetera. So, I’ve compiled a list of quotes (some aren’t very motivational) by some of your favorite artists!

VINCENT VAN GOGH

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

“I wish they would only take me as I am.”

“In spite of everything I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”

“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.”

“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.”

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.“

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.“

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

PABLO PICASSO

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.“

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

“Everything you can imagine is real.“

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

“Action is the foundational key to all success.“

"It takes a long time to become young.”

“Youth has no age.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

“Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.”

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”

“To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”

SALVADOR DALI

“Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.“

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.”

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.”

“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.”

“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”

“It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.”

“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.”

“So little of what could happen does happen.”

“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”

JACKSON POLLOCK

“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

“My painting does not come from the easel.”

“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing.”

“Love is friendship set to music.”

“The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.”

“The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.”

“Energy and motion made visible- memories arrested in space.”

“Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.”

“I’m very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you’re painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.”

“Abstract art should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed- ater awhile you may like it or you may not.”

“Each age finds its own technique… I mean, the strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.“

CLAUDE MONET

“I must have flowers always and always.”

“Color is my daylong obsession, joy and torment.“

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.“

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”

“The more I live, the more I regret how little I know.“

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

“I can only draw what I see.“

“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.”

“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.“

“I don’t think I’m made for any earthly kind of pleasure.”

“The light constantly changes, and that alters the atmosphere and beauty of things every minute.“

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

“Nobody sees a flower- really- it is so small it takes time- we haven’t time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

“I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then.”

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

“I decided to accept as true my own thinking.”

“You are one of my nicest thoughts.”

“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.”

“I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary–you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.”

“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.”

“I can’t live where I want to, I can’t go where I want to go, I can’t do what I want to, I can’t even say what I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.”

“I’m frightened all the time. But I never let it stop me. Never!”

LEONARDO DA VINCI

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?”

“Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

“While I thought I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

“I love those who can smile in trouble…”

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

FRIDA KAHLO

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because the subject I know best.”

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

“Nothing is absolute.”

“Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”

“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

HENRI MATISSE

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

“Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.”

“Creativity takes courage.”

“An artist must not feel under any constraint.”

“We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.”

“A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.”

“Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.”

“To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.”

“Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.”

“In love, the one who runs away is the winner.”

“Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor’s direct carving.”

MICHELANGELO

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

“Genius is eternal patience.”

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”

“I am still learning.”

Concept:
Enjolras/Grantaire modern AU fic but written as Victor Hugo would have done

Example:
Chapter III: In which Enjolras and Grantaire encounter the crowd at the Louvre

Enjolras, striding imposingly up stairs with Grantaire at his heels, exited the Tuileries métro onto the rue de Rivoli. They followed the road east, alongside the Jardin des Tuileries, past the statue of Jeanne d’arc, then crossed through the Jardin…[etc]…and finally arrived in front of the Pyramide du Louvre.

‘It is no less busy than usual,’ remarked Enjolras, his youthful beauty striking even in the crowd of hundreds. 

‘That is what I said; even on a Tuesday morning on such an ugly day the tourists will flock to this grand triangle for the purpose of a single photograph. To have such motivation! Had I but an ounce of it for such a thing, my own portrait would be smiling on the wall alongside Mona Lisa herself,’ replied Grantaire. ‘But no matter, we are here for the heart, not the skin. And which is more important? Let us enter. If it is alright with you.’

Enjolras gently clasped his hand with a smile. ‘It is.’

Chapter IV: The Louvre

A few words on the Louvre. 

[9000 words redacted] 

hmslusitania  asked:

If you're not too terribly busy, the world could always use more Holsom fluff :)

Holsom fluff, my favorite! I combined this with a secondary request from @zombizombi for some ref!Holster, which I could not resist, because Holster+bitching speaks to my soul. Also, team dentist!Ransom, because it amused me. (Warning: mention of teeth.)

(Now also on AO3.)


Ransom landed in his seat barely five minutes before the game was supposed to start. Lardo, feet propped up against the glass, sketchbook against her knees, fingertips just peeking out of the sleeves of yet another sweatshirt stolen from Shitty, spared him a glance and a “You’re late” before going back to sketching warm-ups.

“I know, I know. Kid broke off two of her teeth on the playground, right up to the nerve, so I had to do some composites.”

She grimaced. “Ugh.”

“Why do you ask me these things when you know I’m going to talk to you about teeth? I’m a dentist, for fuck’s sake. And we’re here to watch hockey.”

“I’m in it for the butts.”

He grinned as he took in the player stretching on the ice in front of her and then her sketchbook. “Think Shits will like that one?”

“I call it ‘Spread,’” she said loftily.

He choked and was suddenly glad he hadn’t had time to stop by concessions on his way in. “So, uh, where is Shits tonight anyway?”

She waved a hand vaguely, barely missing whacking him in the face with the end of the sleeve. “Up in the office. They needed some documents looked over.”

He recognized that tone. “How long have you guys been here?”

Hours.”

“Couldn’t get anyone to strip for you?”

“Shut up.” Then she turned to him and smiled slowly.

Ransom was immediately alarmed. “Oh god. What?”

“There is some news you’ll want.”

“Yeah?” he asked cautiously.

“New ref.”

Ransom’s eyebrows went up. “And I’m interested in this… because why? I mean, is he supposed to be good or biased or something else?”

“Tall. He’s supposed to be very tall. You’ll see.”

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anonymous asked:

do you know any spells for weight loss?

Obligatory health warning: be careful with weight loss spells at this point, but… Be very clear in your intentions, and how you intend to lose weight (seriously); specifying a desired goal is also a great idea to make sure you don’t lose too much, because that could make you extremely sick. Be careful, please; obviously I can’t tell you what not to do with your own body, but things can get dangerous with weight loss spells. So, again, just make sure you’re clear in your intentions, even to the point of specifying how you want to lose the weight (from more exercise, better diet, etc.).

I would also recommend doing lifestyle changes before and in conjunction with weight loss spells, even going so far as to recommend seeing a doctor to see what a healthy plan could be for you.

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