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Ah I finished work early today, which is fine, except I have nothing to do for the next 30 minutes. So I may as well post something lame but deeply important to myself and then complete cleaning off my paper ridden desk.

The following thoughts belong to Hough MacLeod the cartoonist / writer / advertiser creative person from gapingvoid.com. While I can create a message visually, I'm always impressed with those that can express their inner most thoughts in a few well worded sentences. The grass is always greener I suppose.

Also Chrom I'm working on your trade you better be working on mine. > :U



+Dying young is overrated.

    I've seen so many young people take the "Gotta do the drugs & booze thing to make me a better artist" route over the years. A choice that wasn't smart, original, effective, healthy, or ended happily.

It's a familiar story: a kid reads about Charlie Parker or Jimi Hendrix or Charles Bukowski and somehow decides that their tragic example somehow gives him permission and/or absolution to spend the next decade or two drowning in his own metaphorical vomit.

Of course, the older you get, the more casualties of this foolishness you meet. The more time has had to ravage their lives. The more pathetic they seem. And the less remarkable work they seem to have to show for it, for all their "amazing experiences" and "special insights".

The smarter and more talented the artist is, the less likely he will choose this route. Sure, he might screw around a wee bit while he's young and stupid, but he will move on quicker than most.

But the kid thinks it's all about talent; he thinks it's all about 'potential'. He underestimates how much time, discipline and stamina also play their part. Sure, there are exceptions. But that is why we like their stories when we're young. Because they are exceptional stories. And every kid with a guitar or a pen or a paintbrush or an idea for a new business wants to be exceptional. Every kid underestimates his competition, and overestimates his chances. Every kid is a sucker for the idea that there's a way to make it without having to do the actual hard work.

So the bars of West Hollywood and New York are awash with people throwing their lives away in the desperate hope of finding a shortcut, any shortcut. And a lot of them aren't even young anymore; their B-plans having been washed away by Vodka & Tonics years ago.

Meanwhile their competition is at home, working their asses off.




+Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

    Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay etc, especially if you haven't sold it yet. And the ones that aren't, you don't want in your life anyway.

Making a big deal over your creative schtick is the kiss of death. That's all I have to say on the subject.
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ADarkerBreed Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
I agree and disagree with you in some ways

The drug part is one... I don't endorse hard drugs, but I do believe that as long as you yourself are in control of yourself, and not the drugs controlling you, things like a joint or a couple of shots are alright, and can be in fact fun.
It all comes down to willpower, what people don't seem to realize with names like Hendrix and Janis Joplin is all the hard work they did to get to their respective positions, and that in the end recklessness and stupidity did them in.

I live in a family of alcoholics, so I tend not to get drunk other than every so often at the occasional party (once a month if that)
I smoke marijuana more often than most folks, but I can spend days and weeks without getting high, and I can do art with or without it, I just seem to concentrate better when high (I was diagnosed ADD, and was in both advanced classes and special education because of it)

Dying young is overrated, but I'll let the Reaper embrace me once I make a true impact on the world and make something of myself, then I will have lived a good life
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ScaryDeadGirl Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
It's more like "I need to take drugs to be creative" that seems so wrong, though I don't disagree with anything you've said. We'll all die when we die, hopefully we'll all get to make a meaningful mark before that time comes. :)
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ADarkerBreed Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
:)

just a smile... I get all hot and bothered when people agree with me, it makes me feel deep or smart, or intellectual... or sweaty, on of them
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Jeanie-ppk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
thanks for sharing those thoughts. :o
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ScaryDeadGirl Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
I'm never going to stop loving your icon.
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Jeanie-ppk Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
that's sweet. Thank you.
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Zareste Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
I was just thinking today about how many people have not only accepted death, but learn to rely on it. My younger brother (21) is a major drinker and smoker, and the other day I told him that I work around older people who suffer through every day with the consequences of youthful partying. My brother was with his drinking buddies at the time, and he said "then I'm gonna die knowing I was a party animal!" and all his friends shouted 'hell yeah!'

Well, no, he'll struggle through every day of his later life, dealing with one organ failure after another, regular surgeries, barely alive for years upon years, then maybe death. I may call him at the hospital just to laugh at him.

Guess I'm going off on a tangent. meh
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ScaryDeadGirl Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
It's that whole romantisized idea of dying young. Like somehow a life is better lived within a few short years of bodily abuse in the name of anti establishment or individuality. Being 28 now, I really didn't start "living" till about 23. My younger years were all spent on acting stupid, and figuring myself out. Once I got over that life seemed so much more worth it. My feeling is some people are too afraid to face their own future.

I had a similar situation with my own younger sibling. He did learn to grow up eventually, but there's not much you can do except stand by and watch them crash and burn till they figure out what they need to do.
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Zareste Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
I'll bet it's from being locked in the school system all those years, being someone's bitch every hour of the day. When the vulnerable suffer, they lose all restraint, so they get free and the lion's out of the cage.

And we all do it. Some people party till they die, others say they've 'cleaned up their act', which is a joke - they only become the new oppressor. A very small handful would like to end the pattern of dominance once and for all.
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ADarkerBreed Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
The better idea is to confront him. Not just about the consequences but about what his drinking is doing to you and possibly your family.

I've been through some shit recently, and it's all kinda revolved around the hard partying type my brother was, and now learned he shouldn't be. It took many near death experiences and being screwed royally by the juvenile system, but he finally learned.
You may not be so lucky sadly, and if you confront him at least you could say "I told you so" and know that you did what you could do, the rest is up to him
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