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Recently, I was inspired by the amazing Kaye @ Beautiful Kayekie to develop my own buttons by graphic designing. Her Bloglovin buttons are spectacularly pretty, and I wanted to create something comparable to its beauty. Continue reading

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Free High Resolution Stock Photos — An Invaluable Resource

Free dusk dawn horizon photo - creative commons zero

Part of Upsplash’s Royalty-Free photography. Breathtakingly beautiful.

An extremely short post, as these images evidently speak for themselves. Discovered on this lovely blog, I am astounded by the sheer quality in Upsplash‘s photography collection offers.

Their license?

All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: A Must-See For Lovers of Linguistics

There are certain human emotions, almost universal, that everyone can relate to… but can never adequately express, given limitations of the English language. These emotions, these categories of sorrows, range from  a desire to experience every emotion intensely –like one did during their youth– to the realisation that every passerby has a complex, vivid, compelling story of their own… one you will never fully uncover.

These obscure –yet profound– sorrows can now be expressed by English speakers, by borrowing words from other languages. For the examples above, their respective words are Yu Yi  and Sonder, and there are numerous other titled “sorrows” within your reach on YouTube. Continue reading

A Delightful Surprise [“Risking Exposure”; a paperback gift from the author]

This post is immensely overdue –in fact, possibly a couple of months or so. For this, I blame high school, the world of anime and the abundant book sales I’ve recently visited, indulging in literary goodness. But there are no words to express my gratitude. Continue reading

Past, Present and Future: Learning & Mistakes

Our perceptions of ourselves and reality change as we trudge through life. This is inevitable, as learning is a basic human trait regarded as an absolute necessity, leading to discontinuations of certain characteristics or emphasis on others. Life itself can provide difference challenges for various people –but the human itself is still the same, yet in different forms or vague, blocked “fragments” of time; the past, the present and the future.  Continue reading

Small Talk [100 WORD STORY]

This week’s challenge is based on this intriguing picture. I’m unsure how to interpret the piece, but a definite sense of loneliness in this orderly city exists. What the characters are communicating are, to me, ambiguous –but their ambitions and emotions feel explicit.

It’s rather curious, too, in a simple way; what are these figures doing in the dead of the night? What keeps them awake? Expressing this in 100 words is definitely a challenge, but somehow suiting. Continue reading

Please Stay [FLASH FICTION]

Originally, this post was supposed to be a satirical piece revolving around an infatuated man. It’s deliberately lavish in detail and a little absurd in terms of emotions… yet, I discovered I can’t write about infatuation/unrequited love meaninglessly, and concluded with a more philosophical ending than I expected.

In italics are questions, following the “interview/interviewer” setting, but with a nameless interviewer. This is a combination of two challenges; an interview and foreshadowing. I imagine the interviewer to be his own conscience, or even another voice in his head. Continue reading