I don’t write poems

I don’t write poems

Rhyming words are tough to find

I try anyway

Maybe something luckily would cross my mind

Now do you have any tip

To let me learn

The art of poetry 

That I don’t find to be that easy

“Just keep writing” 

Is the one tip I hear

And that’s what I’ve been doing

From the past one year

But now when I look back

I’m not that bad

Because I wrote a whole poem

In rhyming words. How’s that?

Friday Art #15- Life and Oil Paints 

I just started learning how to use oil paints. They were a bit difficult at first, just like life was. There is absolutely no handbook or guide to use paints and to live life. I read many articles online in a bid to figure out just what I was missing. I couldn’t find a single article or video to teach me everything, from the start. I guess it doesn’t happen that way. You have to figure out everything yourself. Just like living life.

I lost hope and stopped searching for the answers (at this point I don’t even know what I’m talking about, painting or life!) Then I had a savior. One person solved my problems. She painted the most beautiful oil paintings and helped me to just do it. And same goes with life. There is a person, who can be anyone from your relatives to your friend to your lover. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find the way with them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the ‘right’ way. Just the ‘right’ way for you. Either you’ll learn from lessons or gain something. And aren’t you gaining either way? And sometimes you wonder if they came in your life just to make you stronger or make you learn the lessons.

I almost started hating oil paints because I had to learn to apply two layers of paint. And the amount of drying time they took irritated me. I mean why couldn’t it take a little less time? But I forgot that oil paints were connected to our life. They are like the relationships we have. They are difficult and they require ‘time’. They require time to bloom, time to trust and time to really be.

And most of all I learnt that you have to let everything go. You can’t hold everything and expect to gain more. Just let it all go.

And I also learnt that both life and oil painting isn’t easy. You just have to practice and live it. No short cuts.
And I learnt how oil paints and life were similar.

One Year Improvement Program

Hey everybody! 

I’m back. Officially. 

I took the longest break from blogging (nearly 6 months) because I had to study for my exams which ended in mid-May but I had the longest slump ever and so I couldn’t even write a post, let alone a review. It’s been tough.
And as of now I don’t have access to a computer (mine being disfunctional) and so I had to post this through my phone. You know there was a time (the first year of my blogging) where I wrote everything and posted it from my phone and through the bad internet connection. And so I decided I could do that, again. 
So I have to tell you the whole “One year improvement program”. It’s nothing you have heard of before because I just started it. I have been sitting at home, doing what I like from a month now and I thought about how I should improve myself as a person. You know, read books, research topics and learn stuff. Just IMPROVE. 
And so this idea came into my mind. What if I give myself a year to do anything and everything to improve myself. It’s like I’m setting a goal for myself. A one-year goal.  And at the end of the year I’ll assess what I did. Sounds good? 
Now I decided to keep a check on monthly basis. So every 15th of every month I’ll be summarizing what new I did. And those of you thinking this is another name for the new year resolutions, yes in a way it is. And why didn’t I made new year resolutions instead? First of all, nobody follows them. It’s like everybody’s scared of the label of NY resolution. And secondly, I can’t wait 6 months to really improve. It happens from now. From tomorrow to be more precise. 
And to make matters easy, I just thought of a few things to stress on and the things I want to achieve till next June. 

1) Clean up the blog. Remove unwanted posts that are, let’s just say, embarrassing.

2) Write more posts. And post them.

3) Read books but don’t forget to review them.

4) Do at least 15 acts of kindness.

5) Read and learn the specifics of English language. Basically just read everything.

6) Comment words of appreciation in 20 YouTube videos. 

7) Encourage and inspire at least one person.

8) Draw and paint at least 15 drawings without any reference. Just your imagination.

9) Do plien air drawings. Basically just sit outside and draw on spot. 

10) Post your drawings on your blog. Mark your progress. 

11) And exercise.. that’s important.

12) Learn how to end lists in even numbers.

This list is not just it. The more I learn, the more I gain. 
So if there are people who are thinking of doing this, let me know. We’ll keep updating each other. 
That’s all for today. I have to wake up early tomorrow!

HOW TO MAKE A ZINE

A zine according to Wikipedia is ” zine (/ˈzn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier.”

Today I’ll teach you to make a zine. I never attempted to make a zine before but I’ll say it is the best way to tell your friends you appreciate them and they matter.

So let’s get started.

The things you’ll need:

  • An A4 sheet
  • All the crafty things you can find in your house (as simple as that)

 

STEP 1: Take the piece of sheet and spread it across a flat surface.

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Step 2: Fold the paper along the dotted lines.

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STEP 3: Cut a small slit and cut along the following dotted lines like this-

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STEP 4: Fold the paper after cutting like this-

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STEP 5: At this point you’ll get a kind of small notebook.

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STEP 6: Write the page numbers for your ease while making the pages (though you can choose not to write it not so prominently like I did!)

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STEP 7: Let your creativity flow and design it however you feel like!

I have included the zine that I had made for reference. You can paste pictures, draw or even doodle in your own zine. And don’t forget to write something for your loved ones!

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STEP 8: Now print out the whole page and there you have multiple zines ready.

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There you are! Do share if you make a zine and find this helpful!

Get to Know the Blogger: 100 Questions No One Ever Asks Tag

And here I am in the brand new year telling you about myself- a) even when you never asked for it in the first place and b) I love some self-promotion. I saw this tag on Chocolatesnwafflesblog and here’s a link to it. 

So let’s get started!

  1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I am not someone with OCD but really who sleeps with their closet doors open? I will never do that. And also after watching Conjuring, I bet anyone would do that.
  2. Do you take the shampoo or conditioner bottles from hotels? Yes! Shamelessly yes! Because they are too good to let go and when we pay for the room we pay for them, right? (I’m probably trying to convince you that I am NOT A STEALER and this is not a sin in case you wanted to try it out!)
  3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in? I sleep without tucking them in because I feel trapped and not at all comfortable. And I need to keep my one foot out of the sheets (weird habit).
  4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? Not really interested in stealing street signs.
  5. Do you like to use post-it notes? I do like them but I don’t use them. That often.
  6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them? No.
  7. Would you rather be attacked by a bear or bees? Attacked by a bear. I think I may have a little chance to outrun the bear but the bees, oh no no, THEY ARE DEADLY!bear-attack
  8. Do you have freckles? No
  9. Do you always smile for pictures?  Well most of the time. I don’t want to look back at my pictures with me not smiling and just sulking around. I did that a lot when I was little. Sometimes I wouldn’t even remember I had to smile when someone takes a picture and then I look like someone scolded me just a second before running and taking my picture.. And I quote “Sometimes, it depends on who is behind the camera. Smile or not, I always look bad on pictures, so I avoid them as much as possible.” So true.                                                                             fake-smile
  10. What is your biggest pet peeve?  That I dislike people who are rude. There is enough unhappiness in this world and I don’t want anyone to be more unhappy than that. Also I don’t really like people who seem disinterested in a conversation. Like if you aren’t interested just sit in a room and lock yourself instead of listening to someone you aren’t even listening in the first place!? *rant over*angry-for-rude-people
  11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? No I don’t. But it happens sometimes that unconsciously I count them.
  12. Have you ever peed in the woods?  Actually I have.
  13. What about pooped in the woods?   I don’t think so.
  14. Do you ever dance when there is no music playing?  Yeah sometimes (when no one’s watching) I usually know the song in my head and when I feel too bored to plug in the earphones, I dance without it. And I read a quote somewhere that goes something like this “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.”                                  giphy
  15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?  Unconsciously yes, sometimes. But I stop when someone scolds me for it.
  16. How many people have you slept with? Just myself.
  17. What size is your bed? Medium, I think. I don’t know the bed sizes but I seem to fit so it’s good.
  18. What is your song of the week? If ain’t love by Jason Durulo.
  19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yeah, it’s okay. I won’t ever judge a guy based on the COLOR he wears. I could judge him by his clothes no the exact color. 
  20. Do you still watch cartoons? YEAH! Cartoons are fun and cool and I will never be ashamed of watching cartoons!
  21. What’s your least favorite movie? I really have to think about it. And after thinking I’d say Girl Next Door. I tried watching it several times but the whole concept is too weird for me and the actors also seem like they don’t know how to act properly. (No offence!)
  22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had any? I’d spend a little and bury the rest in a SECRET SPOT. You thought I was going to tell you?
  23. What do you drink with dinner? And sometimes cold drink, when my family’s mood is good.
  24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Tomato sauce!
  25. What is your favorite food?  PIZZA!!!                      pizza
  26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?  There is probably a whole list containing a hundred movies and some of them are – any Marvel movie, Made of Honor, Eat Pray Love, Jurassic World, any Chris Evans’, Chris Pratt’s, or Chris Pines’s movie
  27. Last person you kissed/kissed you? I haven’t kissed anyone from months! I have been staying home or studying to see any cute babies!
  28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?  Not that I wasn’t interested, but the boy/girl scout thing isn’t very popular here. (here = India)
  29. Would you ever strip or pose naked in a magazine? No way! They want to showcase my talent? Fine! I’d never do anything that doesn’t feel good to me.
  30. When was the last time you wrote a letter on paper? In March 2016, I decided to write a handwritten letter to the people that were very close to me in school and give them that as a token of my love and remembrance. So yeah that’s the thing. And another letter I wrote to myself so that I would open it and read it again after 1 year. A letter to my future self.
  31. Can you change the oil on a car? I really don’t go near a car because I always feel I’ll have an accident when I’ll try to drive it and probably damage the car. It is just stuck in my head. I mean I go near a car when I have to sit in it but I don’t drive and so that is a thing I don’t know.
  32. Ever got a speeding ticket? Not even when I drive a two-wheeler.
  33. Ever ran out of gas? Not out of gas but once I was on my two-wheeler and I was supposed to reach somewhere and I knew I was 5 minutes late and then suddenly I felt the accelerator loosen in my grip and the vehicle stopped working. And it was the first time that something like this happened to me and I was in the middle of the road, probably on the verge of crying but then I walked to the place I wanted to go and then came back later for my two-wheeler.
  34. Favorite kind of sandwich?  CHEESE SANDWICH! Anything with cheese in it. cheese
  35. Best thing to eat for breakfast? Bread and omelette. I was not a big fan of it some time back but then one day I was eating it with some cheese and tomato sauce and I saw this brilliant white light from above and I have loved it ever since. Well, it may or may not have happened that dramatically.
  36. What is your usual bedtime?  I usually got to sleep at 11 pm, and sleep comes to me at 12. And I try to wake up before 8am.
  37. Are you lazy? I AM! And often I procrastinate so much that I don’t get any work done till the last day!
  38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?  We don’t really celebrate Halloween here.
  39. What is your Chinese astrological sign? I just checked. Mine is an OX. Not very pleasing. But it means I am – Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.
  40. How many languages can you speak? My first language is Marathi (a language spoken in Inida), Hindi (another language spoken here), English, a little bit of French I learnt in school.
  41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Unfortunately no. I can read all the magazines for free on my mobile.
  42. Which are better, LEGOs or Lincoln logs? I don’t know what Lincoln Logs are. So LEGO…
  43. Are you stubborn? Yes I am. In matters where I think I am right and I don’t hurt anyone.
  44. Which is better Leno or Letterman? I don’t know what they are.
  45. Ever watch soap operas? My mother watches and so I have to.
  46. Are you afraid of heights? No
  47. Do you sing in the car? I sing when there is no one to hear me because I’m a terrible singer to the point where you might faint hearing me singing. Don’t say I never warned you!
  48. Do you sing in the shower? Sometimes.
  49. Do you ever dance in the car? I dance and sing together.dance
  50. Ever used a gun? Fake gun? Yeah. Real gun? Are you kidding? Also if you’d like to read the remaining 50 questions, you’ll have to wait.

Three Tips To Ace Your Exams

There are many tips that can make you a better student and this post is no different. But the way I see it studying becomes really simple if you know these three simple tricks.

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But I’m no expert in these matters but these tricks helped me a lot and I hope that they help you too to become an expert in studies.

 

  • The first thing that you should remember is: Please don’t try to study on the bed. I was very guilty of this habit and I’m glad to say that I changed it and since then I’ve experienced a massive increase of interest in my study habits. It’s best to have a desk or table that you can use every time you do homework. If you associate that environment with work, you can actually start to focus faster; that’s why doing homework in bed isn’t such a great idea. You associate that environment with sleeping, not studying. Keep your work area well stocked with pens, pencils, notebook, and textbooks — anything you’ll need to do your assignments.

 

  • The next thing is developing your studying timetable. Don’t give yourself too much stress by studying for 2-3 hours straight. Allow yourself some time off; you’re only human. You can follow the “40 minute study rule”. The “40 minute study rule” tells that you should study for 40 minutes straight and then take a 5 minute minutes break. You can increase it to 10 minutes too. But don’t do any distracting activity during this break like watching TV or going online. They are activities that distract you from studying and it would be very difficult to recover after the break to study again. Do something light like talking a brisk walk or stretching.

 

  • And the last thing to remember is study regularly. That’s it. Even if you have a year or even half a year to prepare for your exams, study regularly. Make your timetable and allot some hours on each day. The hours you have to decide can me totally up to your needs, total syllabus or your capacity to study. Then study regularly. It is the simplest method to score good consistently. Because of the regular studies you’ll not even feel the pressure of the syllabus swallowing you during the examinations.

And if you tried these, tell me in the comments below if they worked!

 

An Imaginary Conference With My Favorite Authors And Fictional Characters

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Hey everyone! Today I’m going to imagine something. And if you still don’t have the slightest of ideas about what I’ll be imagining, uh, it’s given in the title. Yes, right there.

Now you know what I’m going to do. I’m going to imagine a whole conference which I am attending. But who’s there? Exactly what I have to imagine!

I’m going to practice my prose writing and keep it in a prose form. And if you’re bored and don’t want to read I’ll make life easier for you. I’ll bold the names of the people I’ll be imagining. So let’s start.

I stumbled for my car keys. I was already late. Late for what? For the conference! Which conference? I told you last week that my favorite authors and some fictional characters are coming in our city to meet people. And I’m so excited! Who are coming? Oh, will you wait?! It’s a surprise for you.

I entered the car and started to drive. Did I mention I didn’t have my driver’s licence? And if a cop arrests me you’ll have to bail me out. What? Nah, just kidding. I turn on the music so that we can quickly reach there without looking at the clock for the thousandth time.

We reach the building. Huge posters and banners welcome us. We enter inside fearing not knowing what to do. But see, the people organizing the conference and here to greet us and take us directly to meet them. Thank God I’m not going to get lost in here.

We enter the large room, some people seated, some talking, some empty chairs waiting for us. Look there’s two empty chairs in the front row. Hurry, let’s grab them before anyone else does. I run forward and sit on the chair. Yeah! Front seat, favorite people! Life is so awesome!

Look there come the people. Woah they look so amazing. I wish I could look like them, like a writer.

The first one to arrive is Dean Koontz. Oh my god, I have so many questions to ask him about his books and how does he even plot them out. They are so perfect.

Next in the line is Hermione Granger! I was dying to meet her! I’ll ask her the secret of her intelligence. And how does it feel to have a series of books written on her life.

And look who’s next! Classandra Clare. I’ve just read her City of Bones but I want to meet her and make her sign my copy.

Next up, Cale Windermere from Annie Arcane’s book Hart Broken. Oh he looks so handsome even though he’s quadriplegic. But that doesn’t stop me gushing over his looks and personality.

And there would be Gregory David Roberts present  too. He wrote Shantaram and I’m in love with his writing and his thoughts. I would have a little chat with him and hope that he could share some of his experiences which taught him to be the person he is. He is an ex-convict and ran from a Australian prison. But after he came to India he changed and started working as a doctor for the people living in the slums. This was a heart touching redemption because he himself started living in the slums which is very hard for someone who came from a totally different country.

And at last the conference will have John Green. I loved his Fault in our stars and I’m dying to get writing tips from him on how to engage the reader and create so much emotion. I cried so bad after I finished TFIOS.

 

And at last I’d thank Eventbrite which is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. And if you plan to have a conference, find conferences in your local area with Eventbrite. I’m providing a link to its page so that you can easily plan, find and manage a conference and it is all for free!

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Eventbrite’s conference management page 

And I’d love to know who’d you like to meet at a conference? Feel free to take a look at Eventbrite and set up a conference now!

Weekly Recollections #6

Hey everybody!

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I hope you’re having a great Sunday!

And so am I. I just ordered three books!!! And imagine my happiness when all of them came at really, really low prices!

If you read my post yesterday you’ll know that I’m beginning to be open about my life and what happened. Sometimes I think I think too much but then doesn’t everyone!?

I am currently reading Broken Jars, a fistful of dreams written by 5 different authors together. And I’ve made a schedule for studying but I’m finding it a little difficult to really follow it. I’m trying my best to follow it but I’m not just feeling like studying. And it’s bugging me because I’m a nerd and studying means a lot to me. I hope this coming week just increases my productivity and I’ll be able to study more.

I wrote these three posts this week. Do check them out if you haven’t.

How is you weekend? Any plans for the coming week?

You Are Enough

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Really, you should love yourself. It’s easier said than done.
Some time back I was struggling to like anything I did. I didn’t like my hair, my eyes, the way I walked, even I started disliking myself as a person. And then I realized I have to live with myself for my whole life and I was even more distraught. The thoughts of not being good enough crossed my mind. But I had nothing to do except think there was something wrong with me. But there wasn’t.
All I needed was someone who could say “You’re good enough. There’s no need to prove anyone how you are.” Nobody’s perfect. But nobody’s totally imperfect too. Find that something that makes you different from others. Do what you love. Because at the end of the day only you can judge your actions, rather than some random stranger who knows nothing about you.
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So just sharing this means I could (hopefully) save one of you from these negative thoughts. Start thinking about 5 things you absolutely love about yourself. I bet you’ll feel much better.

Friday Art #14 – A rose

Hey! I’m starting to post this again.

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In other news I started to write my novel again and I plan on finishing it this time. For those of you who don’t know about it, I started writing it in July 2016 but I couldn’t figure out how to continue the story. But I’m back writing it and I’ll probably do a post about it soon.

Till then…

Have a happy Friday!

P.S. Do tell me how do you like the rose!