Joe Schmo Is My Genius (and I Can Work with That)

  Astoria, Queens I finally got around to reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic and I’ve been thinking about ideas. I’ve entertained this topic before on this blog. My updated stance on the matter is as follows: My ability to generate ideas has improved significantly. Doing so isn’t even daunting anymore. I write down the ridiculous…

Same Shoes

  Hello, hello! This is Vika. It has been a while. Three or four months, I believe. That is a bit lame and vaguely unsettling. Just last year, I was certain that my motive for updating this site and blog in no way concerned the requirements and curriculum of a class I was once apart…

A Mural

Apparently, I am graduating in 18 days. It also seems that I have four days of high school left. Seven school days prior to my final day at Herricks, I decided to paint a mural on a wall beside my classroom that has been blank for the entirety of this year. I am not certain…

The War of Art I

  A lot seems to have changed since I first read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art in February of this year. I found out that my adenoids are inflamed, I might be going to college, and my aversion to strong cheeses has diminished. More relevant, however, is my experience watching a TED Talk by…

Impediments

  I’ve never been one to shy away from an audience. I say that as though I often experience crowds of people gathering before me, eager to lend me their attention. To my dismay, this has certainly never been the case though this has not stopped me from amassing audiences on my own. With colored…

Motivation and Fulfillment

I crave validation. My psychology textbook explains that creativity’s greatest motivator is intrinsic pleasure as opposed to external pressure. When I am passionate about a project, my work and process tend to be more successful. I do not deny this, though I do believe that external factors motivate me as well, especially at the beginning…

Resisting Resistance

  I am constantly being reminded of my lack of confidence. I am told that I am my own worst enemy, that I fear failure and believe myself to be incompetent. Author Steven Pressfield refers to this internal struggle as “resistance.” I do not deny that I experience resistance, though when I reflect on projects…

Legacy

 I have, on many occasions, experienced the discussion of permanence in regard to artists and their art. Artists and historians often assert that the artist is motivated to create due to the lasting nature of a work of art. I find the argument that a human’s actions are primarily influenced by the reminder of one’s…

Entertaining My Entertaining Thoughts

I have developed a habit of planning. I am aware that my preoccupation with my own experience is entirely self-serving. I deplore self-absorption in others and consequently, often give myself a slap on the wrist when I find that I am being selfish or inconsiderate. Despite this, I do not seem to have a problem…