Rorschach Test

Dedication is medication

Recursive failure a tonic for chronic dysthymia

Some would say, that to enter the fray,

is nothing short of having an intercalary birthday

Misery has not made a miser out of me,

To write my life in 2B or not 2B?

Questionable questions are not meant to be answered!

The tell-tale truth is oft spoken but seldom heard.

AN: Some say that Alan Watts is a fraud. Others go to his speeches and applaud. Anyhow, I have taken a liking to this particular quote of his, that is all.

The Third & Final Quote- Book Tag Day 3

This post marks the end of the book tag. Many thanks to T.K Lawrence for being the one to tag me.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

I chose this quote:

“According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. I’ve never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you’re also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking.”
Jonathan Stroud, Ptolemy’s Gate

If you have read the Bartimaeus sequence or played the video game ‘Avencast’ you will immediately realize just how true this statement is. Euripedes once said, “Death is a debt we all have to pay.” Although most of us are not Lannisters (game of thrones allusion), all of us pay our debt.

I tag: Everyone in the known and unknown universe. :p

Three Quotes Book Tag- Day #2

As you may well know by now, I’m taking part in a book tag. T.K Lawrence is the one behind the tag.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

And most importantly, the quote:

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I echoed those thoughts when I first began reading. Picture books just seemed so much more vibrant than their finely printed counterparts. Illustrations accentuate the message and help to deliver it to a younger audience. Dr. Suess anyone?

For my part, I tag:

Vincent Wambua

Andrew The Lonely Author

BookOwly

Three Quotes Book Tag- DAY #1

I have been cordially invited to participate in this tag by none other than T.K. LAWRENCE.

Seeing as that I’ve always been a big fan of quotes, this will be a fun way to share some of my favorites with you all.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Here it is:

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”
Orson Scott Card as Ender Wiggins, Ender’s Game

This quote by Ender blew my mind. The Ender Quintet series has many memorable quotes, but this one takes the forefront.

Boy genius and military tactician Ender uses empathy as a tool to comprehend the thought process of his foes before dismantling them. It’s tragic as empathy isn’t conventionally associated with warfare strategy.

I tag:

If you see this and you want to do it too, please feel free!

Global Dignity Day: One Year Later

Global Dignity Day is celebrated on the third Wednesday of the month of October every year. Students are asked to give a short speech about what dignity means to them and highlight it with anecdotes.  Afterwards, they are advised to write a letter addressed to themselves which is to be received exactly 365 days later. The contents of the letter must include what they want to achieve for themselves and others by living with dignity.

I am happy to report that I’ve received the letter! Even better still is that I’ve completely forgotten the contents of the missive.

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Without further ado, this is what was written on the letter:

“The best way to promote dignity is to be dignified. Leading by example is a sign of dignity. We cannot expect others to do what we ourselves do not believe in. To convince others, you must first convince yourself. Actions speak for themselves.”

Short, but I tried to apply brevity of speech. I don’t believe in going into detail if I can afford to be concise.

On the other side of the page I read:

“I want to be like Albert Camus. He opened my eyes to the absurd. I began putting things in perspective and not judging matters based on mere arbitrary assumptions.”

My speech on dignity was a spin off on the fact that sometimes it’s okay to ask others for help. There are people who genuinely perform acts of altruism without the need for money to change hands.

Once when I was standing in line for the BTS skytrain in Thailand, I witnessed a German man having great difficulty trying to use the automated ticket machine. I realised that he didn’t want to ask for help because everyone else seemed to go through the process of purchasing a ticket with relative ease.

I walked up to him, said,”Maybe it’s broken, it’s rush hour after all, let me check.” then went through the necessary actions slowly so he could observe, and handed him the ticket. I then proceeded to remark,”Everything seems to be in order, this is why they say,’Don’t ever trust a robot to do a man’s job!’ There must have been a glitch.”

The gentleman nodded and was on his way. It was a tacit understanding. No words needed to be spoken.

A link to the GDD website: Global Dignity Day Website

If you want to send an e-mail to yourself meant to be read one year later, try this website:

Future Me Org

Purposefully Purposeless

Of what use is a photograph

if it doesn’t make us laugh?

Of what use is a road map

if it doesn’t point out the traps?

Of what use is having a use?

Everything but the kitchen sink will fall into disuse!

  • everything but the kitchen sink
    phrase of kitchen sink
    1. 1.
      humorous
      everything imaginable.

The Blogger Recognition Award

Blog Recognition Award

Much to my surprise, when I returned home earlier today after an eventful evening at the IUB Wordplay Debate tournament which I had attended as an observer, I saw that I had been nominated for the award.

This is the first award that I’ve received on the blogosphere! I graciously accept it on behalf of the Creative Writing Club of Scholastica.

The emotion that immediately flooded the corridors of my mind after the shock wore off was happiness. You know the kind of happiness we imagine Sisyphus feeling in Albert Camus’ essay, ‘Myth of Sisyphus’.

I must credit Vincent Wambua for seeing the potential in this blog. Thanks a googolplex. (1×10^1000)

Vincent writes poems, articles and free verses with the objective to inspire.

Visit his blog, you won’t regret it: Vincent’s Blog

Rules for the award:

-Select 15 other bloggers to award.
-You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
-Write a post to show off your award.
-Give a brief story of how your blog started.
-Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
-Thank whoever nominated you and give a link to their blog.
-Attach the award to the blog.
-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
-Provide a link to the award creator.

How My Blog Started:

A few months ago I purchased a wristband which had “WordPress: Code Is Poetry” emblazoned on it. I was wearing it when the school events office manager asked me whether or not I was interested in forming a Creative Writing Club and promoting right-brained activities. One thing led to another and I went back home that very day and got to work on this blog.

Personally I’ve always preferred reading over writing, and listening over public speaking, but over the course of the last 2 years I’ve been endeavoring to branch out and explore new activities which are not in my comfort zone.

Advice to New Blogger Friends:

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Also, don’t be scared to rediscover things you’ve long since given up on in a brand new light. Failure is just another opportunity to begin again but this time more intelligently. Henry Ford’s words not mine.

With that being said, try commenting on your fellow blogger’s posts and get to know them. There’s a lot to learn from everyone.

And I further nominate:

Click on their names to be redirected to their blogs.

MidiMike (Guitar tutorial and Song Writing)

Cinetactic (Movie Review)

SevenFlorins (Game Review)

PoesyPlusPolemics (Poet)

MonNeverLearns (Mon’s study blog)

FrankSolanki (Poet)

Unbolt (Poet)

Bookowly (Book/ ARC Review)

SportsAttitudes (Sports)

Lynzrealcooking (cooking)

Bedifferentbuddy (inspirational)

PWC (writer’s collaboration)

ReadItOrNotReviews (Book Reviews)

Happy Thoughts Revised (Collab about depression)

kunwookimm (plays the piano, takes photographs, draws pictures)

Prochnost.

All the best. 🙂

Are Viral Videos Virulent?

Link to the video

As you can probably tell from watching the above video, that boy will not be forgetting about his little dance escapade anytime soon. Alas, what began as a boy having some fun without being self-conscious turned into a circus show with a jeering crowd.

Can’t anyone ever have any fun without being criticized these days? It seems not.

There’s always a group of individuals ready to slice another individual’s self-esteem into ribbons.

And then there are those called SJW (Social Justice Warrior) who are prepared beforehand to fight on behalf of the victim.

My suggestion to you is to grab some popcorn and take the backseat. It’s not always necessary to have an opinion. Put that philosophy into practice and you’ll have a much smoother internet experience.

ARC (NetGalley) Review: Mr.s Ravenbach’s Way

Product Details (Amazon): 

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: The Amazing Escapades of Toby Wilcox (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Regan Arts. (March 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941393586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1941393581

Synopsis:

Tobias Wilcox who prefers to be called Toby has just moved into town, leaving his doting teachers and childhood comrade Carlton behind. Quite naturally he is not exactly eager to start the year at McKegway School For Clever And Gifted Children, seeing as that the environment is altogether new for him. Little did young Toby know that a lot more than fitting in would soon occupy his mind. In fact his mind would become the very root of his misery. Under the stringent tutelage of the unyielding and vainglorious Mr.s Ravenbach, young Toby’s freeminded opinions are not tolerated. This is a story about how a boy who wasn’t strong enough, fast enough, or even agile enough. It serves as a testament to how being smart and determined can go a long way. Friendship, forgiveness and family all have a part to play in young Toby’s playground. Now the question remains: will Toby rise to the occasion or be destined to repeat Fourth grade?

Review:

What immediately caught my eye is that William M. Akers (the author) had dedicated  the book to first-rate educators such as Sir Ken Robinson. Coincidentally, just two days before I read ‘Mr.s Ravenbach’s Way’, I happened to have watched a Ted video featuring Sir Robinson’s speech about how schools kill creativity. The speech was punctuated with humor and that too in good taste. It opened the door to intellectual discourse for the masses who were able to identify with Sir Robinson’s presentation style.

Similarly, in ‘Mr.s Ravenbach’s Way’ I found that William M. Akers offers a keen insight into the life of an ordinary fourth grader, a life that was made miserable for the pettiest of reasons. Undoubtedly, empathy plays a key role when reading the book. As I perused the pages, I was enamored of the story and became moved to the verge of tears, for Toby’s plight brought back many of my own miserable memories.

The narrative, for the most part, is done through Mr.s Ravenbach, however, the reader does get a glimpse into Toby’s thoughts through his private journal which ironically isn’t as private as it should be. On that note, Aker’s own sixth grade English teacher Mr.s Mason had betrayed his confidence, safe to say, he used his own experiences to add depth and realism to the story. This is a clear use of verisimilitude considering that many readers, including myself, will be able to relate to such incidents of betrayal. Almost comically the author has dedicated an undedication page to “awful teachers” & “Ghastly school adminstrators” which highlights the satirical side of the novel.

Further adding to the novel is the way Mr.s Ravenbach is portrayed. There is more to her character than meets the eye, and gradually, plot twist after plot twist, we begin to piece together what drives this teacher who is ever so thirsty for success and a fifth taste of the esteemed Golden Apple Award For Excellence In Teaching. In fact, though it kills me to say this, sometimes it is quite impossible not to feel sorry for her.

What struck me the most about this novel is how it broached the age old adage, “Honesty is the best policy.” If that is indeed true, then why do our teachers teach us to tell the truth and then go on to administer all manners of rules and regulations to silence us when we speak the truth, and nothing but the truth? The answer I gleaned is that hypocrisy is ingrained into our minds from a young age, and to be politically correct is more important than to be truthful.

Rating: 5/5 (Stars)

Justification: Had I read this instead of Enid Blyton, Dr. Suess, or Ronald Dahl when I was Toby’s age, it would have soothed my rebellious heart and taught me patience in the face of unassailable barriers. I only hope the future generation utilize this opportunity well.

Sir Ted Robinson’s keynote speech about Schools killing creativity. (it has more than 35 million+ views)

Click on this link to be redirected to TED’s video