11 March 2011
Despite all the ranting about losing my creative juices, I figured that trying to revive them while there are remnants is better than waiting till there are none left.
I have written stories before. But they were all mystery thriller psychopathic ones that made me freak out so bad I couldn’t muster the courage to walk over to my bed to sleep. So for a change, this time it’s a fantasy.
- I love World of Warcraft, but I can’t stand most of the people who played.
- I have a hidden knack in drawing and designing fantasy ancient-style Tolkien-style maps.
- Always wanted to write a love story involving myself.
But, it’s not going to be a love story, it’s not a fanfiction, it’s not going to be a copy of anything, it’s going to be original (or as original as what I have in my head).
So here’s my invitation to you: Would you like to be a character in it? And here is some info to help you decide. Read more…
9 March 2011
Team work, creative solutions… has uni (law school at least) been forgetting this? Out of five years’ worth of courses in Law, Finance and Economics, I have come across one class with a strong group work element. It’s true that law lecturers always encouraged creative thinking, yet did they ever endow us with the skills to properly develop our creativity? Not in my classes. We all know that in the real world we will need to cooperate with one another (even if grudgingly for some of us), but for most of the past four years I’ve gotten nothing but an individualistic, competitive vibe from my environment. 90% of you responsible and academic-oriented ones may enjoy this, because all if not most of you would have experienced having to cover three other group members’ work in the last minute. And I was indeed one of the 90% who stood by individualism yet shamelessly stressed how much of a team worker I am in job applications. Was.
The dispute resolution paper I took over January-February involved a group presentation, with seven students in each group. When this course requirement was introduced in the first class, I cringed. By the end of the course, I have made six new friends, allowed my creativity to soar, and experienced staying so late in law school that we got locked in the building. The group presentation deprived me of a golden A, but was nonetheless the most rewarding experience I have had throughout my years of uni.
By fifth-year in uni, most law students tend to think of themselves as working individually in small cubicles, little to do with other “lowly dumb commoners”. When people are put in groups whether it be during class or in a co-curricular activity, the ambitious ones are fighting to be the only one to present all the ideas for the group (as if they did all the work), the less-ambitious ones are as quiet and non-contributing as they were five years ago, and the “leaders” are bossing other people around without ‘please’ and ‘thank you’s.
Creativity-wise, I used to create admirable artworks and designs. Recently, I’ve struggled to create an averagely-attractive blog design for even the simplest blog.
Stories and poetry used to flow out of my head any time, anywhere. These days I’m hitting walls trying to come up with any decent descriptive language to write average quality fiction. After all, I’ve written five-years’ worth of research essays in a strictly professional tone about nothing but law and economics.
Those studying in the creative fields may not be able to sympathise, but I’m dying to finish this semester so I can escape this rigid cage, confinement, whatever. Of course, while at work I’ll still be referring to statutes and regulations, but at work I support and am supported by a team of amazing colleagues and I can once again bring back the daily usage of Adobe Photoshop and flowery adjectives after 6pm without a trace of guilt.
3 November 2007
Finished my last exam today! It was generally good, I thought.
I remember I drew the new design for Appassionato on the back of my Statistics exam questions script and I definitely took it home. I found the questions paper, but the design is no where to be seen. Now where is it? I saw it only yesterday.
So, November–NaNoWriMo month! That means, no new design anytime soon. I recall my original novel idea, and I’m making changes. So far I like it, but I only just started half an hour ago and it’s on 220 words. I see Skye is already on 3,160 words and Chapter Three. Stop intimidating me with your speed.
If anyone else doing NaNo wants to add me, I am, as always, wildx22. (Can people stop thinking that means I’m a wild 22-year-old wanting sex? Nuh-uh.)