Vanquished

Words

And it’s not because I don’t believe that you’ve never felt this
Or that I believe I’m the only one that’s in this
But who are you to hijack my pain?
To squelch across the floor of my beliefs
And try to show me that you’ve got this

Because you haven’t
And neither do I
And how do I move on from something so
Untouchable
So unbelievably vanquished
And sodden
I’m not the downtrodden
I don’t believe I will be down here forever

So pick yourself up and move on
Say motherfucker who are you
This is my life
And my beliefs in this trial are what I am
And so I stand
And here I am

Not only to become a man
Or a woman
But a person whose place in this universe isn’t predestined by someone else’s beliefs
But my own

I am who I am
And right now I stand here to tell you this
This is your life
Don’t let anybody say that you’re not right for this
Or that you can’t do what you want to do
cause its up to you

And I believe that
We are who we are
Never mind who they are
I stand alone as myself
And that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.

-Steph

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For the sake of it: Perfection Unnecessary

Arts

I feel like I’m ok at drawing, not fantastic, but ok. If I put my mind to drawing something it usually looks somewhat like what I’m trying to draw. There’s definitely room for improvement though and creative exercises are one way to flex your creativity and push through your own boundaries.

Continuous line drawings are where you draw your subject without taking your pencil off the paper. No re-dos, no erasing anything because it doesn’t look right, no starting over.

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It’s intimidating at first, the drawings aren’t turning out quite how you imagine them. Then something happens, you stop worrying about your drawings looking perfect and you start trying to figure out how to move the pencil in ways that will allow you to create different shapes, shading and contours. Inspired anti-perfectionism.

-Steph

Authors’ Note

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This blog reached 1000 views recently. Well, thank you very much!

It seems a small milestone in some ways. Then I think back to when I anxiously published my first post; I had no idea what I was doing.

Still don’t.

Hijacked Planet was created in a vague sense, as a blank canvas to nurture creative ideas. Blogging has helped me overcome writers’ block, ignore creative self-doubt, explore my writing style and improve technique.

This has paid off and I am now working as the Editor of a newspaper.

I started this thing hoping that it would expand organically, and function like an online magnet for under-nourished genius anywhere, attracting like-minded thinkers and doers.

Steph is one such thinker and doer. She’s an accomplished mentor to me and a close friend and comrade.Going forward we will be working on this blog together, in a collaborative effort I’ve been craving for ages.

The times are changing, and together we will chip away, building something I never could have done on my own.

  – Charli

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Charli and I first met when we were thrown together in a bus full of tourists hurriedly traveling from one side of the United States to the other.

We were the ones who strayed from the group, anxious to see the real America, searching out hidden alleyways and stories of authentic people.

We longed for the history, for the well traveled roads of our favourite authors, for an unobtainable perfection. We were transcendent, Charli was invincible.

We had a desire to change the world, to reach out and challenge perspectives, to start a revolution.

Here we will discuss ideas and ideals, cultivate thoughts, challenge hearts & minds and create something beyond what either of us could achieve alone.

– Steph

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