You guys can disagree all you want, but let me tell you, the unfailing first part in the below stated works every time if you want to reveal the truth behind someone's contradictions and sugarcoating words toward your work. And if not that, it's a surefire way to get someone to say what's on their mind. The second part in the below stated only works some of the time no matter how hard you try for perfection, and no matter how humble you are naturally, or forcibly.
IF you really want criticism (even if there is nothing wrong with what you said or did), pretend to be arrogant (even if you are not) and you will get plenty of it that would otherwise not be said. And if you want praise (even if there is something wrong with what you said or did,) be humble and you will get plenty of it that would otherwise turn to hate.
But when it comes to me, I am more humble than I am (sometimes) a pretender of arrogance, and the only time I become a pretender of arrogance is when I can never get a logical nor straight answer to why someone disliked or disagreed with my work, notably after my work gets rejected from a Group. Prior to pretending arrogance by listing off all the things I thought were reasons my work should not have got rejected and poorly judged the way it was, I was open to criticism (good, bad or terrible), yet just recently I could never get a straight answer to what was wrong with my The Omniverse (Infinity), Finity, Time and Life... literary work. And so I insisted, "Okay, is it something to do with my formatting? Is it something to do with this, or that?" to which I got no answer beyond, "Your work just doesn't meet the criteria." to which I replied, "Really? Where is the originality factor lacking? Where do you see spelling and grammar errors? Where do you see anything that disqualifies this piece without reasonable doubt so as to not be accepted into the Group? You also told me the work I submitted is not philosophy-based. How? That is all the piece talks about is life itself, among other things beyond microbial life as we know it here on Earth."
I asked all those questions because I really wanted to know what was wrong with the work I submitted, and it's unbelievable I could never get an answer beyond (the second answer I received changed a little), "Your work doesn't meet the criteria, but that doesn't mean it's bad or that it won't get accepted somewhere else." In my head I was thinking, "Are you kidding me? First you tell me my work doesn't meet the criteria, which indicates there's something wrong with it, but then you tell me it's not bad? Not only that, of course my work may / will get accepted somewhere else! Forget somewhere else. Tell me why you (in this Group) rejected my work."
And then there is the, "...OR that it won't get accepted somewhere else." I call that the 'I think your work is terrible, but let me instead lead you on into believing I don't think it's terrible by telling you your work may be or is acceptable somewhere else' sugarcoating to cover a lie effect.
You know, I'm not one for following the trend of emotes, but I when I do I *Facepalm* and that's exactly what I did for about two minutes. I couldn't wrap this brain of mine around the profound ignorance and contradictions I had witnessed. I almost gave up on this person, but I had a strategy I rarely use I knew would work, and the strategy was to pretend arrogance. Lo and behold, not surprisingly, the feedback "Your work doesn't meet the criteria, but that doesn't mean it's bad OR that it won't get accepted somewhere else." quickly turned into, "Okay, well since you want to be arrogant, I think your work is terrible and bad philosophy because your words are 'mysterious', and your words have weird italics, etc." More and more I could not find it within myself to take this person seriously. For one, calling me or my work 'mysterious' is a compliment at best, not a derogatory statement so as to depreciate me or my work. In addition to that, my use of italics (like the last one just used) is for emphasis purposes to draw readers to certain words.
My last response to this person was, "You get more out of a person, and a person gets more out of you when you are honest. While your criticism is still not constructive, I accept it for what it is."
In the end, I was not mad because my work got rejected; I was rather frustrated because no good reason beyond a reasonable doubt was given toward why my work got rejected. That's the difference between getting mad and being frustrated, and many people get those two things confused.
Anyway, I thought I would share that with you guys.
Some of my favorite quotes (in no particular order)
"Shivering with sweat, cold tremors over the skin, I turn the colour of dead grass, and I'm an inch from dying."
"...Again and again...because those I care for best, do me most harm."
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
"One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry." (Ah, so true. More than not, when marriage is official on paper, things oddly seem to get worse).
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of Life. Finally, to take a step without feet."
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense."
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
"Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted."
"Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He/God exists."
Lord Alfred Tennyson:
"A smile abroad is often a scowl at home."
"There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds."
"I the heir of all ages, in the foremost files of time."
"To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour."
"What is now proved was once imagined."
"When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do."
Quotes for Your Creative Drive:
Quote, "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world!" End of quote — Archimedes.
Emphasis: Move the world, today!
Quote, "A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self." End of quote. Charles Dickens.
Emphasis: Anything you do or create — exception to the rule of what you say to ignorant people — is not wasted time on you! especially if you're an artist or writer entertaining an audience.
My Newest Music / Playlist – 2013NOTE:
If you find yourself smirking at something you may not like, move on to the next track. Understand that because I am an artist, writer, and a critic of the arts I am very open to all forms of art. There may also be some repeats from last year's music list.Vocalistic Songs:
(I don't care for all the videos, mostly the music)Chromatics – Cherry www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQ2jG…The Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mfKJ…Guild Wars 2 – Fear Not This Night www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOMQxV…Namie Amuro – Come (Alpha Trance Remix) www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd6Gqe…Love Letters in the Sand – Pat Boone www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhPlKL…Chromatics – Lady www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbx8qR…Metal Gear Solid 3 – Way To Fall (Starsailor) www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9hagV…The Fixx – Red Skies at Night www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCM4_5…The Fixx – Stand or Fall www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMNPMj…Devin Townsend – Deadhead www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrxmrS…Miyavi – Selfish Love www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEH7cp…Miyavi – Survive www.youtube.com/watch?v=uunPri…Miyavi – Survive (Studio Live) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amx9-s…Gackt – Black Stone www.youtube.com/watch?v=23qTT2…Chromatics – Into the Black www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSycSB…Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzgS9…Gackt – Redemption www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXp0v9…Motorcycle – As the Rush Comes www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oBRgX…Age of Loneliness – Enigma www.youtube.com/watch?v=APW_Qw…Andrea Banica – Love in Brazil (something different) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo3Qlj…
Game / Instrumental Music had a big impact on me when I was much younger, and later on at the age of reason. Up until now, I really began to understand and appreciate it all. Now I listen to them when I write.Joe Satriani – If I Could Fly www.youtube.com/watch?v=FclrtP…The Black Mages - Assault of the Silver Dragon www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VAHTU…Final Fantasy VII – The Man with the Machine Gun www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jho-p…No Stress At All - Paul Hardcastle www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1YiSN…Apache Warrior - Paul Hardcastle www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ZpD3…Metal Gear Solid – Sea Breeze www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0RM_N…Relaxing, Beautiful Brazilian Music www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuIEkS…Star Ocean 'Til the End of Time – Moon Base www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_fChm…Star Ocean 'Til the End of Time – Into a Storm Not Memorized www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObspRA…Star Ocean 'Til the End of Time – I See Your Reflection www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW60sr…Believe Again – Techno Trance (rarely do I like this stuff) www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J68pQ…Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg1dMp…Dmitri Shostakovich – The Second Waltz www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoS1_C…Juventino Rosas – Over the Waves Waltz www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzCCQZ…Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sU4mg…Johann Strauss Jr. – Vienna Blood www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R4yTf…Johann Strauss Jr. – Voices of the Spring Waltz www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqm9ja…Percy Faith – Theme from a Summer Place www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7SPm…Steve Vai – Building the Church www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv5UUE…Steve Vai – Bad Horsie www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5BrE1…Valkyrire Profile 2 – The Meditation of Many Years www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob6-A9…Valkyrie Profile 2 – At Peace with Extinction www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOerCf…Valkyrie Profile 2 – A Stable Float www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOerCf…Valkyrie Profile 2 – No Knowledge of Wisdom www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuP1Od…Valkyrie Profile 2 – Neighboring Infinity www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr990m…Xenosaga – Omega www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHpvQl…Xenosaga – The Resurrection www.youtube.com/watch?v=izpN6h…Xenosaga – Ormus www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnYNO-…Resident Evil 4 – Save Theme (calming) www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BR1ZG…Final Fantasy X-2 – Eternal Memories of Lightwaves
– www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9ee_E…Guild Wars 2 – Fear Not This Night (piano version) www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YzWlx…Final Fantasy VIII – The Salt Flats www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqPFN0…Genso Suikoden V – Scar of Destruction www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKRFtg…Genso Suikoden V – Recollection www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPxFJf…Metal Gear Solid 3 – Surfing Guitar www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW8ZOG…Metal Gear Solid 4 – Start Menu Screen www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ATzz3…Final Fantasy VII – Ahead On Our Way www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcEGFA…Final Fantasy VII – Anxious Heart www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMvHTl…Final Fantasy VII – Infiltrating the Shinra Tower www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfNHui…Final Fantasy VII – Trail of Blood www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiWV2K…Final Fnatasy VII – The Chosen One by the Planet www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rV40y…Final Fantasy VII – The Nightmare Begins www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwBjCK…Devil May Cry – Vergil Battle www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdSvIP…The Legend of Dragoon – The Forbidden Land www.youtube.com/watch?v=McIcOH…The Legend of Dragoon – Ruined Celes www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTlpKW…The Legend of Dragoon – Village of Tragedy www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6ZV5S…Chrono Cross – Death Sea www.youtube.com/watch?v=ine3_j…Final Fantasy X – Path of Repentance www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA5Ppk…Final Fantasy XII – The Dalmaska Eastersands www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgvaZ1…On the Move! – Final Fantasy VIII www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDj7ay…
I am still working on my poem Farewell Vanishings
, formerly Farewell Footsteps
, despite being very busy for quite some time now. One of the reasons for the name change is I found myself in the poem relating to footsteps
a little too much, therefore, I don't want it to focus on that one particular piece of imagery. I want to expand the poem more to relate to other things.
Here is a teaser excerpt from the poem:
"Softest on the grass plods, loudest on the lumber,
Farewell! light-to-heavy footsteps always leaving,
Therewith my going moments enticed right then
Like vultures in wait to pluck the muses in men,
Then peck! n' peck! at Earth to form our graves;
Would-be futures are enslaved by eternal slumber."
From - Farewell Vanishings
The poem touches up on moments throughout Life that come and go, love(s) that come and go, even the tiniest things we sometimes hear, think about, observe and dissect to understand, and how our thoughts just then came about, and later change.
I hope you'll enjoy this upcoming poem. I plan for it to be a longer piece than anything I've written before.
Links to my Top-10 Poems to-date:
Almost Always An Almost - an epigram
As I Saw Death - Sonnet
A Woman's Throne
In Memoriam - Mari
Sloggin' Down Fame Street
The Big Blue Pearl
Artists Collapse In Prosperity
Looking Out - Sonnet
The Onlooker's Doom - Sonnet
I am tired of deviantArt users who Favorite for the sake of favoring for
page views! If that is the case, you need not to be on here. Doing that
does not define an artist or a writer; it just makes you look desperate.
I caught on to this behavior after seeing some users Favorite my work,
and when looking through the pages upon pages within their Favorites,
they already added many other people's work after mine in a short time.
To those who do this, please take your pretentiousness somewhere else!
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When you look over her work an other world can be seen.
PERMANENT FEATURED POETS/WRITERS:
Here are some really interesting writers/poets, equally great,
and are NOT to be assumed to favoritism in the order listed:
Is a small-letter poet extraordinaire, brief in his power of word choice
that tends to speak for everyone, whose work is exotic and profound,
and sometimes mixes archaic with modern diction: time overlapping.
Is a modern minstrel/poetic song writer whose work offers and shows
much knowledge through the eyes of an experienced wandering soul,
and is young at heart but very strong in almost everything he writes.
Is a high-spirited and sometimes experimental poet, although
random at times, she goes about writing of the smallest things in
the most eloquent of ways, most would pay no mind, pays mind.
A masterful Metal Artisan:
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Then stop by Rajala's Gallery to see some of the best
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