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Ballad of Me

Guest post by Clara Littleton

 

I am a girl, pretty and fair.

I like to wear flowers in my hair.

I care and Share with all I meet.

I worry about all the people without enough to eat.

I am a woman and think with my heart,

by this is only a very ..very small part.

 

Some days…. many days….

When this is me….

I want to race cars, climb mountains and play baseball.

these are the days I dread….

when the words come that I don’t like,

I don’t like them at all.

 

Dyke, bitch, confused and not doing my part.

Now that I think back, not so much.

The names are here no matter the garb.

Tom boy, whore

Biker bitch, tease

My long dress, they think I cover for shame.

Too long or too short,

look at those clothes. She’s such as slut.

 

She must be selling something, I bet it’s free.

Tits too small, or too big. They bet they’re fake

They stop and stare.

Is it my clothes, maybe my hair?

I wonder why they are still standing there.

I turn away.

I want to fight back.

I want to scream,

but these same venomous words are all that is available to me.

To label me.

 

Not girl enough, too much a boy.

I dance with spiders and snakes.

Sometimes they assume it’s all a fake.

Is it because I am a girl?….

To the man crying out to be allowed to feel.

This all makes my head whorl.

From the men too, pride they steal.

 

Rare day they dare,

To ask me, to be fair?

What label may we address?

I’m always caught so unaware.

Bo, girl, femme, masculine,

modest, outrageous, too skinny, tooo fat,

I sometimes forget where I’m at.

 

Lost in what I might be called,

They ask again, wanting to know it all.

I sigh, the words don’t mean a damn.

Not to me, or these people who have set me free

from these labels, schemes and plots.

They ask again, what label do you want?

 

Finally, I look up, filled with dread.

I feel sad and mad and wish I’d fled.

I contemplate one moment,

the words still flying free.

If you want to label me…

I remind them of civility.

Label me please but with the label I want….

Stop playing this game,

for the label YOU want.

For everyone it’s simply the same.

I just want you to ask for my name.

About the poet:

Carla is an accomplished educator and art enthusiast who also owns and operates her own artistic services and jewelry business Archaeotype Designs.

Voice Over Mistakes in Films

Guest Post By Jessica Wright

Have you ever thought ‘I like this film but I just can’t stand the narrator’? Or, ‘why is there even a narrator telling me this is Paris if you can clearly see the Eiffel Tower’? And what about voice-over translations that don’t make any sense?

There are 3 kinds of mistakes when talking about voice over or off-camera commentary in film production:

-        The voice itself

There is always a character behind a voice, even if it’s just a narrator linking parts of the story, this voice has a personality. And this personality should match the tone and style of the story. In films where the voice over is used continuously, like in animated movies, a good casting is even more important. Characters need credibility and not having the adequate voice for them is a terrible mistake. Mistakes here are also related to the emotions ‘shown’, the tone of voice, a correct diction and any other techniques that are common to any kind of acting. The responsible for these mistakes would be casting and direction.

-        The use of the voice over

Sometimes the use of a voice over is just not needed. When an image is already telling you the story, showing a context or you can see the personality of the characters with their looks and acting, you don’t need another voice to explain what you already know and make you aware that you are watching a movie instead of letting you dive into it. If a voice over is used to, let’s say, introduce a character, it should be to give additional information of what you don’t see or can’t explain otherwise. The responsible for these mistakes would be the scriptwriter.

-        Translation mistakes:

We can find hundreds of mistakes when talking about voice over translations or dubbing. The choice of the voice is even more important here and should match not only the personality but also the physical appearance of the character. Translating dialogs and adapting them to another language is always a hard work. In addition to common translating difficulties, when doing a foreign language voice over, it has to look like the character is actually pronouncing those other words instead of the original ones. Again, credibility is needed in order to believe the story told. The responsible here would be the studio in charge of this post production service.

These are just general mistakes occurring in filmmaking, but voice over also happens in any kind of television production, radio, advertising, video games and  audio visual in general, so imagine how many more mistakes can be done in each of them!

How to write an effective essay

Guest post courtesy of York Notes

For many people there is nothing more intimidating than having to sit down and write an effective essay for a piece of coursework or an exam. It is a concentration of so many things learnt that the actual managing of all that information into a succinct and readable essay can just become overwhelming.

marker and page

One way to make life easier when faced with this kind of task is to break the job down into manageable sections. In this article we will look at how to make the introduction as good as it possible can be, because if you start well you will feel much more confident going into the rest of the essay.

Before you start any essay you need to make an outline of what it is that you are going to do. Every piece of written work should be founded on a plan and never written from cold.

In an essay, it is essential that you have a “grabber.” This is something that will grab a hold of the reader’s attention from the beginning. It could be a joke, a shocking fact, a proverb or a quote. You need something special to set this piece of work apart.

The next element of the introduction is for you to introduce your topic or subject. It is not however to simply state what your topic or subject is. You need to give the reader reasons for wanting to know about what it is that you have decided to talk about, or how you are going to talk about it.

girl working

A good way to break down the reasons for you to talk about your topic is to ask yourself five questions about the topic: who, why, what, where and how. If you systematically break down the topic into these easily understandable aspects, then your ability to write clearly about it will also begin to flow more naturally.

Once you have understood what it is you are going to talk about and why, it is necessary for you to understand whether you are going to be writing from a positive or negative point of view about your topic.

It is important because once you have decided what your point of view is going to be in your own head you do not then go and present your argument in a one-sided way. A good essay always looks at two sides of an argument and you must always keep this in mind no matter what your personal opinions on the topic are.

Once you have taken the time out to consider your essay in such a methodical way, you will see how the actual writing of it becomes so much easier.

thesis

Of course, understanding how to write an essay and how to implement a plan about your writing is a great step towards writing better pieces of work, but it does not mean that your English literature revision books can be forgotten about now that you have the perfect essay writing method.

If you do not do the study that gives you the information you will need to write, then you are never going to have any knowledge base from which to write.

Essays do not need to be the most difficult things in the world, but you have to work at them in order for this to be true.

Info from: Revision notes, Chapter summaries and books on English Literature

Are zombies the new vampires in art, fiction and everyday life?

Guest Post By Courtney Cummings

Vampires have been the recent craze of this generation.  Everywhere you look, you get a good taste of an overly romanticized monster that looks like he’s drinking more muscle milk than blood.  Young tweens have been caught in this trance through Hollywood’s dramas such as Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood.  The list goes on, but I sure hope that this fascination wears off before the Zombies get too irritated.

Though our society tends to be filled with an endless amount of lifeless bloodsuckers, the majority of people everywhere act more like zombies.  Firstly, when walking around you don’t usually see people with super speed or strength gliding through the air – even if they have had their morning coffee.  When Monday morning rolls around, the zombie in everyone is extremely apparent. You pull yourself out of bed and mindlessly walk from one place to the next only to stop for food, the basic necessity.  You cannot really speak to others like a functioning human.  You have no intention to attack others, but you could really care less about recognizing their existence.

vampire photo

Ever noticed how every zombie looks pretty similar?  Every classic film or publication features a lifeless individual with sunken eyes, a glazed over demeanor, the same clothes and an aggravated look on their face.  Sounds like corporate America to me.  Everyone has the same baggy suit that was handed down from their father.  They go to work in identical cubes with an undeserving salary.  Their only desire is self-survival.  I don’t see vampires going to work or even doing anything besides hunting pray that doesn’t stand a chance.  At least when zombies attack they move slowly.

Vampires also do not sleep or eat.  They defy all odds but can’t even step into the daylight.  Well for some of us, waking up before 1pm is difficult – but not impossible.  Americans, especially, have an obsession with food and sleep that cannot be denied.  You are diagnosed as mentally ill if you fail to do either of those functions properly.  Hello folks, we are not vampires.  Zombies too have this uncanny ability to navigate through life with only one care in the world, eating.  Most humans are terrorized by blood; some even pass out at the mere sight.

zombie

Don’t even get me started on the musical tastes of today’s youth.  Vampires are often portrayed as these classical characters that have refined their artistic palette throughout the infinite years of their existence.  Zombies, like humans, aren’t that cultured.  Many people are completely oblivious to the fine arts that are in the present, past and future as well.  Even look at the music kids are listening to these days.  They blast dubstep and electronic music that can only be danceable if you do “the zombie”.  Flailing your arms and bobbing your head have become extremely popular when hitting the dance floor.

So get over your crush on Edward Cullen and focus on reality.  The zombie apocalypse is on its way, and you should recognize your roots before it’s too late.  You wouldn’t want them to show up and see you fanaticizing about being bit on the neck by their enemy.  Jump on this band wagon before they are headed for you.  They could be closer than you think.

Emily

Guest poem by J.H. Wells

blue eyes

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A portrait Pollack painted,

drunk, blossoming ornate beauty.

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Gypsy eyes, wearing violet,

hiding, the nighttime thief,

from dawns  heart of

destitution.

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But I know so little of this design.

For we have not shared

passion’s ferocity

nor,

taken part in the restless feeling

in a dying conversation.

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So, who is to say

That our house will burn, or if

The lavenders will have a

divine scent?

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Join me,

drowning in some gin.

I’ll be by my typewriter, and you

lost in your violin.

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Until then,

love will have to starve.

Guest blogging/posting

For those of us who consider ourselves creative people and also try to get the word out there about our creative ambitions, guest posting or guest blogging can be a good opportunity.

With that being said, I’m looking to both guest post for other blogs as well as feature other people’s posts on mine. If you own or run a blog and are interested in in either of these possibilities, please let me know either in the comments section or via e-mail at trcapromo@gmail.com .

What I’ll accept for this blog:

Anything arts related in any way. It must be original work and at least 250 words (unless it’s poetry or a visual submission like photography or a drawing). I’ll provide one backlink per poem or visual submission and up to two per written other form of written post.

What I can provide:

Having worked in journalism as well as the arts, I am up for providing mostly anything. However, if possible I’d like to keep the topics related to:

Poetry and writing

Photography and the visual arts

Movies and video

Music and the performing arts

Goth, emo or punk subcultures

Body modification

Graphic design

Maybe we can make this work out well for everyone!

 

Ulysses’ Fall

Guest post by Veronica Pamoukaghlian

Ulysses’ Fall (Las Toscas, Uruguay, Jan 14th, 2012)

Ulysses,
go back home

a patient seamstress
awaits your voyage’s end

this land of me
that you can call your own
needs nought of you
till you be ripe
for giving

My mermaid’s chant
was beyond help
like planets’ sway

yet only you
could hear it

I meant no harm
when I lured you to my island

Many a sailor
I had drowned
before you drifted
into my waters

my tuneless song
was yours
beyond the silence

Yet I could not
let you drown
to follow me
into the world of fish

and it’s too late
for me
to give my voice
and live over the surface

So we must live
this while
in middle-land
in middle-sea
this in-between
of bliss and tragedy

So, welcome Home
wherever you may be
this island has become
a land of Thee

Resume your life
in that other place
where you must hide
your godliness
behind the mask
of ordinary days

Stay away
until your head turns gray

and though you may forget
the stringness of my song

I will always remember
you were a god

Veronica Pamoukaghlian is a poet and filmmaker based in Uruguay. Follow her on Facebook:
Poetry by Veronica Pamoukaghlian, and Twitter @verozoneuy. She has a website at
The Wander Life. You may also check out her film  Raúl, the movie.

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