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Wood, paper sculpture, pen and pencil…. not all mediums were made equal.

When There Are No Words

When the world isn’t the way it’s
supposed to be
my head
– my mouth –
They aren’t either.

We spit up empty lies
– I’m just glad you said it
like it was –
and my thoughts
Shit,
I didn’t notice they
turned into my feelings.

I can swear as long as it’s a poem,
right?
This isn’t wrong
– I’ll tell you what is:
Everything.

Fucking life.

I would like to
(thankyouverymuch)
live a certain kind of lie.

I love being this thing
some would call “unique”
I love it,
but cut out the scene where
she dies of cancer.

Cut out the scars that
never faded
– cut them out with
a sterile needle
and paste in the credits, rolling
like this is just another damn dream.

Cut out the garbage
words like
“abuse”
“depression”
“intelligent”

I like being intelligent, but
sometimes I like it too much.

Cut out my heart –
Shit, hold up –
put it back inside
my hollow chest.

There’s no way anyone can
mend this sort of damage
– not with words, anyways –
and I thank God
that you said you wouldn’t try.

It’s not right to say things,
empty things.

It’s not right to compare who’s
worse off, because
we all are.

It’s not right to say I can’t grieve
as if I had
a fucking chance
to change all this.

You’re damn right in saying
that swearing is wrong.

But sometimes there are no words –
and when there are no words
I use them all.

M.
Mar 4/16
acrylic on canvas, Feb/16

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This is not a Rose

In 1929, Rene Magritte revolutionized the way people saw images by painting “The Treachery of Images” – a painting of a pipe with the words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” (this is not a pipe) underneath. The message is incredibly profound: what you see is not a pipe. It is simply an image of a pipe.

For this week’s Last Week’s Poetry, I wrote a piece that deals with similar thoughts. We attribute so much meaning to different things, and often our meaning stems not from the thing itself, but from how it is presented and what we associate with it.

This Rose

This rose is not a rose so much as it
is freedom in a flower given me
while I pursue the light of roses lit
and burning as they’re rent from their home tree

This rose is not a rose because it’s red
It’s not a flower for its petaled sight
I cherish it for things you showed and said
instead of loving it for its own light

This rose is not a rose I still declare
It may be fair, it may be bright and still
but roses for their own sake own no flair
They merely grow and prick my hands at will

This rose is not a rose because I love
this rose more than the flowers bunched that day
For none did meet my hands, which held above
were empty in their own thorn-broken way

But know this rose is much more than a rose
because you were the one who handed me
this rose, already falling like it knows
that destined things don’t always have to be

But destined things mean more when we decide
to take them in our hands though they bear thorns
that prick us and make us give up our pride
and weather love through hardship and through storms

This rose is not a rose but like myself
it clings to you; it needs no earthly wealth

M.
Oct 12/15, henna on skin, GIMP edits added

The Wonderful World of “FWB”

Fantasy World Building. The art of creation; the ultimate achievement in imagination. At least, I’d like to think so.

FWB is simply creating unique places from scratch. Often based on vaguely medieval or futuristic elements, these places are as detailed or simple as the creator wishes, and can be used for anything – from nothing, to video games, to book universes, to hobby projects.

I first got into FWB because of a story I was writing. It needed a setting, and certain – ah – magical elements prevented me from setting it in the “real world.” Ergo, I made up my own.
While I am aware that the tried and throttled “Medieval World of Magic” thing has become more stumbling block cliche than artistic extension, there is still value in creating a loosely inspired universe. As always, however, there are things to avoid, dos and don’ts to consider, and a whole whack-load of information to sift through. More on this in the future.

Disclaimer:

In working on my personal little world, I have done extensive research on different world building elements. Please keep in mind that I’m by no means an expert in anything. At all. However, I’m one heck of a researcher and I promise that the excerpts, designs, and facts I post are always thoroughly researched and not just pasted off of Wikipedia. Any specific work posted will be my own unless otherwise referenced and credited.

My World:

IMG_2037My world has no name, because naming things is hard, but it does have a rough landscape and two defined countries, as well as a detailed city (with more to follow).

This city layout is one I drew up last year. Inspired by a type of flower called a Protea, this design has concentric walls accessed by bridges (not seen in this picture). The street design is perhaps a bit too linear, but it does look quite dramatic from a bird’s-eye view.

Fantasy Map 1 001Although a lot of my layouts are done on paper, I have also started experimenting with drawing software. Though my work here is hardly worth showing as I don’t have much experience, I do want to say that fooling around on programs like GIMP is awesome.

This second map is a much larger scale depiction of one of my countries. Thanks to an incredibly helpful tutorial by RobA from Cartographers’ Guild, it actually looks almost decent. The link to his tutorial is posted below.

M.

Further Reading:

For anyone interested in more information, here are a few sites that I’ve found useful. From demographics calculators, to some basic world building information, to a bit of cartography, these sites are some of the first I got into when I started creating my world.

http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/demog.htm
“Medieval Demographics Made Easy”: Sometimes it’s all in the name.

http://www.eclecticco.net/Worldbuilding.htm
A general conglomeration of interesting links.
Note: some of the links on this site are broken or outdated. The ones that work, however, are great.

http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/A_Magical_Medieval_City_Guide_(DnD_Other)
Note: yes, you read correctly; this is indeed from Dungeons and Dragons. However, most of it is really great information. So it’s on here.

http://www.welshpiper.com/medieval-demographics-online/
A handy demographics calculator. Just in case crunching numbers is (or isn’t) your thing.

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1142
Cartographers’ Guild‘s map making tutorial. If you want to go in depth, prepare to spend a lot of your time.