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Life of A Wizard

minkusgavein:



We all have a friend that’s super Harry Potter obsessed, right? Let’s just hope they don’t get as crazy as this guy…

Introducing the first installment of Life of A Wizard:

Dance of the Night

Intrigue me.

Captivate me.

Nothing more you have to say.

For you, I’d steal the moon away.

Leave that static being behind

And dive into a world divine.

Give up the heat of your breath

For the trance of non-eternal death.

Stroke the canvas with your visions

Show all of your minds collisions.

Offer me the stars in June

To dance with your moon.

Bring me into your eye,

And I will show you why.

Captivate me.

Intrigue me.

It is perfectly legitimate to write novels which are essentially prose poems, but in the end, I think, a novel is like a car, and if you buy a car and grow flowers in it, you’re forgetting that the car is designed to take you somewhere else.

ROBERT HARRIS (via advicetowriters.com)

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PropertyOfZack Contributor Blog : : Curran Blevins

Words of Truth. With the internet, people feel entitled to access everything. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, if you wouldn’t do/say it to a random stranger on the street, why do/say it to a celebrity? If you would be outraged by the question, so would they. They’re people just like everyone else, respect their privacy

propertyofzack:

PropertyOfZack welcomes back Curran Blevins for his second Contributor Blog. Curran’s first blog was a huge success, so we are thrilled to have him back. This specific entry from Curran revolves around how any privacy bands once had has now disappeared due to a new era in fans and social technologies and how fans are disrespectful and expect too much out of their favorite bands. It’s a great and worthwhile read, so catch up on it below!

There is no safe haven, there is no quiet time, and there isn’t anywhere you can go to have a so-called personal life while on the road anymore. There are no longer secrets left for the minds of the fans. Every question is answered, every autograph request met, and every photo taken time and time again. There is no longer a line that separates bands from their fans, but yet in reality it is the exact opposite. The playing field has been completely leveled, and the idea of a Rock Star has become a thing of the past.

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"Facebook is Why Our Generation Fails at Life"

Why are we so freaking dependent on technology these days? People are so afraid of face or voice contact. I’ve heard multiple conversations as of late talking about how people would rather receive a text than a phone call or voice mail. Not to mention the fact that SOO many people don’t even listen to voicemails left on their phones. With inventions like Skype, FaceTime, and this crazy little thing some of you may not of heard of because it’s so scarce-the TELEPHONE, you’d think that people would want to see each other more.

When you write a text, tweet, or facebook message (or heck, even a tumblr post), there is no emotion in the characters typed on the screen. Those words can be taken in anyway the reader wants them to be. It’s easier for us to hide behind text because when we are truly hurt, angry, annoyed, or overly joyful, the other person never has to know. Through these forms of conversing, we strip away our emotions.

It is a talent to be able to convay our true emotions through written word. Think back to your favorite novel/poem/short story/lyrics, it usually holds a great place in your heart, not because the characters are so great, but because the words are crafted in such a way that they evoke emotions that the author is trying to get across. Not everyone can use words in this way. And those that can, well, we’re not necessarily going to use them every day.

And when it comes to emotional confessions, specifically major events in close friends’ and families’ lives, the last way I want to find out is on facebook, twitter, or a text message. The last thing I want to do is wake up to a text sent at 6:30am from a family member saying “Hello sunshines, I just wanted to let you know you’re going to be an aunt and uncle! Have a nice day!” Or log onto facebook to see someone close to me is engaged (and then later have that same person, who never told me in person, ask me to be in her wedding). Or someone to invite me to a facebook group saying that one of my old high school friends had died in a car accident. These are MAJOR events. Definitely not events that should be shared on through facebook and texting before calling or notifying important people in person. In my mind, it is almost as if you don’t care enough about the important people in your life to have an actual voice or face contection with them. It’s a lack of respect for other people in my book. These are events that people should be informed on a personal level, not with a mass text, photo album, or group page. So friends, keep that in mind ;)

And with text messages, facebook, and twitter, comes a lot of drama. Things are taken the wrong way, they are interpreted to be about someone/something that they are not, and they just cause problems. They also are invasive of those lives of people we don’t know, aka celebrities. Before facebook, twitter, and blogging, the only way people really had to get to know their favorite musician or actor was to read/watch interviews and try to meet them at a concert or on a movie set. Fans would revel in a moment to meet their favorite band after a show. Now, they are greedy for more. You can’t just meet them once, you have to be friends with them (and all of their friends, because you wouldn’t want to miss out on a photo they might be in) on facebook, you need them to notice you on twitter (and if they don’t, they don’t care about their fans). Blogs perpetuate rumors with more ease because, well their personal twitters allude to them possibly being in a relationship with someone. When I was a kid, I LOVED NSYNC, heck I still LOVE NSYNC. Justin was, of course, my favorite. And yes, he was dating Britney Spears, but I was never really more interested in what they did or the ”sweet nothings” they may have said to each other. I was never angry that he was dating her. Frankly, none of that stuff was my business, I didn’t know them. Maybe I was unique, but then again, none of my friends were interested in any of these things either. But today, watch out! Justin Bieber dates Selena Gomez and his fans FLIP. He is so accessible to his fans that they feel as though he is theirs and theirs only. Heaven forbid he meets someone that makes him happy enough to be in a relationship with. And if a celebrity denies being in a relationship by saying “we’re just friends” or just not commenting on it period, well people will not rest until they have the truth. Conversations that a celebrity used to have in private with one another now gets splashed across peoples timelines a la Demi and Ashton. It’s absurd how obsessed people get these days with a celebrities personal life. Let them have privacy! And don’t think that you deserve certain things from them because you are facebook friends or follow them on twitter. Appreciate what you receive! And, honestly, the way people act today and what some perceive they deserve, well that would have been considered stalking long ago. It’s still kind of stalking/creepy, but people think it’s ok because it’s how everyone behaves now.

One may argue that there is no difference in these types of comunications and the written letter so heavily used in the past. However, I would beg to differ. When people sat down to write letters (and still when we do it today), it was not a quick message. A lot of thought goes into writing letters. In today’s instant gratification world, we don’t necessarily stop and think about what we are saying to others. But with letter writing, you have time to go over it, much like writing a paper for school. One of my close friends and I started writing letters to each other this past week. Even though we are making up stories to write each other about (it’s actually a great writing exercise! And it’s fun to just pretend sometimes!), we still have to put thought into what we are writing. It’s not just “hey, what r u up 2?” (Oh and don’t even get me STARTED on text-writing. there’s nothing I can’t stand more than people that use “u” and “r” instead of the actual words), it’s actual thought, stories of our “lives”.

Granted, there was a time in which a phone call seemed impersonal and impractical, but that was mostly because phones weren’t that great of quality. Even the worst cell phone connections today aren’t as bad as it once was. And in those times, most homes did not have phones. And as technology progessed and phones were installed in more and more homes across the nation, people were still wary of them. Eventually, it became an essential part of life, and you still had some personal connection involved with a phone call. You were hearing the voice of the other person, as opposed to today where there really isn’t any insert of a personal touch. Anyone can be typing the words into these formats and they can claim to be whoever they want to be. Even letters provide a sense of personality in them because your unique hand writing is injected into them.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the convience of texting, facebook, and twitter, but I also love spending an hour on the phone with my friends to catch up or skyping with a friend who is on the other side of the state and can’t physically celebrate my birthday with me. Texting and messaging is great, but it shouldn’t completely replace voice or face contact. Stop hiding behind screens, masking your true emotions, and show your friends your true face!

This map bothers me bc it is NOT complete. My hometown is missing!

This map bothers me bc it is NOT complete. My hometown is missing!

Want to go back. Maintenant!

Want to go back. Maintenant!

Yeah, this is basically how I feel every time I sit down to write. Most people want to be elsewhere from their current state ((“the grass is greener…”), and as writers, we have the opportunity to take ourselves to that other place.
symphonysoldier:

songs are like masks.
we all know that songs live through the people that write them. when you listen to a johnny cash song, in a way you are taking a few steps in his boots and looking at the world through his low brimmed cowboy hat… but do artists and songwriters also live through their songs? recently while having an in depth conversation with a friend..i started realizing a lot of fascinating patterns about myself and my writing. as i was thinking about the recent songs that i had been writing, i realized that in my eyes, i was writing the best love songs of my life. words and diction of romance we’re literally crawling out of my mouth and my hands couldn’t keep up with the ink. at first glance… it doesn’t seem that odd though right? after all, i’m in love… i have a girl who i wake up next to every day and who makes me forget about everything else around me. right? wrong. i realized that i am actually quite lonely. i’ve been married to my music for the past good chunk of my life swimming through currents and trying to make the best new album possible. it really had me thinking. why was i writing these deep and heart felt love songs when i had no one? why when i am head over heels with somebody do i write songs about grief, sadness, and loneliness? i came to the conclusion that it’s because i live through my songs. with my words i can live in a fantasy world. a parallel planet where i can do what i want. i can speak what’s on my mind…say what i feel. i have the strength in that world to feel pain and to be vulnerable. my songs can be like outfits that i choose to wear and then take off at the end of the day. i have also met other artists who feel the same way. when writing songs you can patch your own holes. i wrote a song about falling in love to make up for the lack of love that i was feeling. it was something that i was wishing and waiting for, but that for whatever the reason wasn’t coming. i could feel through each line. even though i hadn’t physically felt it…in a way i could emotionally drive right in through my words and melodies. some of these songs are about the types of girls i wish i could meet or that i look for. they’re about the feelings i wish someone would make me feel. my songs make up for what i lack. i design the own stories that i want to live, the very feelings i want to feel, and the exact people i want to interlock hands with. i am a creator and a character at the very same time. though sometimes life can make you feel incredibly numb, with art there is always a way to experience and feel. there is no excuse to live without love or pain. art is an escape…and for me, as sad as it may be, art can be an incredible replacement or placeholder. this is one of the most brutally honest things i have ever written. go make someone feel something. i beg you. a lot of my songs are about real situations and stories… but some of them are just elaborate masks to place over the stale face behind them. you always want what you don’t have. if something is absent, you fill in the spaces and the gaps until you feel fulfilled and full. i have what i like to call “life and sensory ADD”. at all times i need to be feeling something or going through something. i don’t care how much it hurts or how good it feels as long as i am feeling some sort of extreme. i don’t really know what the overall point of this was… i guess i just needed a way to vent. hopefully i’ll be writing a lot more sad songs very, very soon.
-alexander michael
p.s. art is my poison. therefore, art is my escape.

Yeah, this is basically how I feel every time I sit down to write. Most people want to be elsewhere from their current state ((“the grass is greener…”), and as writers, we have the opportunity to take ourselves to that other place.

symphonysoldier:

songs are like masks.

we all know that songs live through the people that write them. when you listen to a johnny cash song, in a way you are taking a few steps in his boots and looking at the world through his low brimmed cowboy hat… but do artists and songwriters also live through their songs? recently while having an in depth conversation with a friend..i started realizing a lot of fascinating patterns about myself and my writing. as i was thinking about the recent songs that i had been writing, i realized that in my eyes, i was writing the best love songs of my life. words and diction of romance we’re literally crawling out of my mouth and my hands couldn’t keep up with the ink. at first glance… it doesn’t seem that odd though right? after all, i’m in love… i have a girl who i wake up next to every day and who makes me forget about everything else around me. right? wrong. i realized that i am actually quite lonely. i’ve been married to my music for the past good chunk of my life swimming through currents and trying to make the best new album possible. it really had me thinking. why was i writing these deep and heart felt love songs when i had no one? why when i am head over heels with somebody do i write songs about grief, sadness, and loneliness? i came to the conclusion that it’s because i live through my songs. with my words i can live in a fantasy world. a parallel planet where i can do what i want. i can speak what’s on my mind…say what i feel. i have the strength in that world to feel pain and to be vulnerable. my songs can be like outfits that i choose to wear and then take off at the end of the day. i have also met other artists who feel the same way. when writing songs you can patch your own holes. i wrote a song about falling in love to make up for the lack of love that i was feeling. it was something that i was wishing and waiting for, but that for whatever the reason wasn’t coming. i could feel through each line. even though i hadn’t physically felt it…in a way i could emotionally drive right in through my words and melodies. some of these songs are about the types of girls i wish i could meet or that i look for. they’re about the feelings i wish someone would make me feel. my songs make up for what i lack. i design the own stories that i want to live, the very feelings i want to feel, and the exact people i want to interlock hands with. i am a creator and a character at the very same time. though sometimes life can make you feel incredibly numb, with art there is always a way to experience and feel. there is no excuse to live without love or pain. art is an escape…and for me, as sad as it may be, art can be an incredible replacement or placeholder. this is one of the most brutally honest things i have ever written. go make someone feel something. i beg you. a lot of my songs are about real situations and stories… but some of them are just elaborate masks to place over the stale face behind them. you always want what you don’t have. if something is absent, you fill in the spaces and the gaps until you feel fulfilled and full. i have what i like to call “life and sensory ADD”. at all times i need to be feeling something or going through something. i don’t care how much it hurts or how good it feels as long as i am feeling some sort of extreme. i don’t really know what the overall point of this was… i guess i just needed a way to vent. hopefully i’ll be writing a lot more sad songs very, very soon.

-alexander michael

p.s. art is my poison. therefore, art is my escape.

I miss seeing this every day outside my bedroom window. That house/view in the winter, just after a snow storm, was always one of my favorite views. You can somewhat see Canada in this picture… haha

I miss seeing this every day outside my bedroom window. That house/view in the winter, just after a snow storm, was always one of my favorite views. You can somewhat see Canada in this picture… haha

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