Sorrow and Strength:
The Work of Michael Lochlann.
About Michael Lochlann
Michael Lochlann is a twelve-dimensional being sent back in time to monitor the progress of human civilization. Right now, it's not looking so good. Keep this up, and he'll have to delete you all and start over.

Also, he is a fiction writer, composer, database and web developer who dabbles in poetry, indie game development, humor writing, art, philosophy and audio engineering. He plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, and sings, though he cannot guarantee it will sound good. He also enjoys pissing people off.
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(Flash Story) Gateway to Tomorrow (Flash Story) Gateway to Tomorrow
The knock at the door shocked him; in the dark, quiet room, it struck like thunder.
(Flash Story) Suicide I (Flash Story) Suicide I
(Short Story) Helpless (Short Story) Helpless
There was a humming in the background, an unfamiliar, yet constant humming...
(Flash Story) Cold of the Dark (Flash Story) Cold of the Dark
She stood before him, clenching a paper in her hand like a knife, her face crumpled with restrained anger and grief...
(Flash Story) Within Rights (Flash Story) Within Rights
“I can’t lose this job, Joel! I have a little girl to support!”
(Flash Story) The Archer (Flash Story) The Archer
The sword lay in the grass, coated with dark dried blood...
(Flash Story) Master and Slave (Flash Story) Master and Slave
(Flash Story) Kingdom (Flash Story) Kingdom
“The truth is, I’m lonely,” she said, her back to him, eyes low, as if speaking to the end table next to their bed....
(Flash Story) Ruined World (Flash Story) Ruined World
Just like this chair, he thought, the world is old and worn-out; a few more times around and it might collapse under my weight...
Bliss. The ancient Thurslan monks wrote about it: a state of explicit, unbelievable happiness, a happiness so great they felt no hunger or thirst...
(Flash Story) Beyond Your Control (Flash Story) Beyond Your Control
“I won’t forget her! I can’t!”
(Flash Story) Eternal Vale (Flash Story) Eternal Vale
“This is called the Eternal Vale,” Cari read, “because these trees have grown here, unencumbered by man’s progress, for centuries..."
(Short Story) The Star Captain and the Bartender (Short Story) The Star Captain and the Bartender
"Hey there pretty ever been with a space captain before?"

Sometimes mean, sometimes pretty, always weird.

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String quartet arrangement of the piano solo from my album Beauty
String quartet arrangement of the piano solo Terri from the album Beauty
Sad song about a black sky over black sea
Piano solo
Performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Rock/metal cover. Original by Yuki Kajiura

Words that aren't words.
(Poem) Medicine (Poem) Medicine

No Medicine can Heal me,
I need the Strength to bear the Pain.

(Poem) The Sky (Poem) The Sky

The sky burns with joy
As I writhe in the earth.
Darkness is all I see.

(Poem) I am from (Poem) I am from

I am from the blinding fire
of countless battlefields,
bloody, striving, dying to survive.


I am from the drowning lake
of endless breath,
dark, cold, deep and empty.


I am from the shifting earth
of futile death,
bodies buried in lost memory.


I am from the soaring sky
of diamond days,
looking upward
with that weight upon my back.

(Poem) Aphrodite (Poem) Aphrodite

looks so sweet
but she
a murderer's heart

(Poem) The Poet Tree (Poem) The Poet Tree

The poet tree
is where they hang
all the lovers.

If you laugh at any of these, you have very poor taste.
(Joke) American Dream (Joke) American Dream

It used to be the American dream to own a house. 
Now the American dream is “I hope I don’t get shot today.”

(Joke) Spirit Animals (Joke) Spirit Animals

My spirit animal is the wolf,
because no one likes them.

(Joke) Mad scientist (Joke) Mad scientist

I used to be a mad scientist, but I went to anger management.

(Joke) Justice (Joke) Justice

Why do judges have insomnia?
Because justice never sleeps.

(Joke) Upstairs (Joke) Upstairs

I don’t trust my upstairs neighbor
because he is not on the level with me.

(Joke) Nice Guys (Joke) Nice Guys

Nice guys finish last...
Except at the Nice Guy Competition.

(Joke) Lizard Sex (Joke) Lizard Sex

I saw two lizards having sex the other day
He was fucking her so hard her tail broke off.
That's how you know he was good.

(Joke) Blind Joke (Joke) Blind Joke

The worst way to break up with a blind person
Is to tell them you want to see other people.

(Joke) Playground Joke 2 (Joke) Playground Joke 2

Why do kids scream at the playground? 
Are wood chips really that scary?

(Joke) Rage against the machine (Joke) Rage against the machine

I raged against the machine, but it was better at it than me.

(Joke) Inventor (Joke) Inventor

I invented a way to come up with bad ideas,
but then I realized I didn't need it.

(Joke) Tattoo 2 (Joke) Tattoo 2

Tattoos make you look tough, unless you have one that says, “I’m a sissy.”

(Joke) Speed Dating Joke 2 (Joke) Speed Dating Joke 2

They call it speed dating,
But you don't get laid faster.

(Joke) Religion Joke (Joke) Religion Joke

What's the difference between a cult and a religion?
A religion makes more money.

(Joke) The Doors (Joke) The Doors

The Doors are either a great rock band or a very boring museum exhibit.

(Joke) Motorcycle Gang (Joke) Motorcycle Gang

If you changed motorcycle gang to mustache gang, it wouldn’t do anything.

(Joke) Grocery Store Joke 2 (Joke) Grocery Store Joke 2

I did my grocery shopping in a flash
and got arrested for public indecency.

(Joke) IT job (Joke) IT job

I thought about a career in IT
but it sounded like too much network.

(Joke) Frequency (Joke) Frequency

My boss asked me to do something every day, but I have trouble hearing that frequency.

(Joke) Face book (Joke) Face book

They call it Facebook, but clearly, most of the people who use it don’t read.

(Joke) diet coke (Joke) diet coke

I found the recipe for Diet Coke.
Start with a regular Coke,
then don't drink it.

(Joke) Birds and the bees (Joke) Birds and the bees

When I was in high school I had firsthand experience with the birds and the bees. 
In the sense that birds and bees have zero chance of mating successfully.

(Joke) IM (Joke) IM

I got tired of instant messaging my friends,
so now I make them wait.

(Joke) Cure (Joke) Cure

I invented a cure for loneliness.
It’s a cell phone that only calls annoying people.

(Joke) Choir (Joke) Choir

The high school choir sucked so they started auditioning mute kids.

(Joke) HR (Joke) HR

I asked the HR girl at work out on a date.
She said "Yes, I'd love to!"
Then she fired me.

(Joke) Slarm (Joke) Slarm

If you’re slammed at work,
you should get out of the doorway.

(Joke) Iron Age Joke (Joke) Iron Age Joke

The Iron Age started in 1200 B.C.
After that, clothes looked great.

(Joke) Witch Burning Joke (Joke) Witch Burning Joke

It seems cruel that the Inquisition burned witches at the stake, but it's not their fault they couldn't get the electric chair to work.


(Joke) Waste of Space (Joke) Waste of Space

If you’re fat, and you feel like a waste of space, you are.

(Joke) House 6 (Joke) House 6

It’s hard to clean your house when you, yourself, are trash.

(Joke) Chain Reaction Joke (Joke) Chain Reaction Joke

I'm allergic to metal, so when I go to the hardware store I have a chain reaction.

(Joke) Sex Sells (Joke) Sex Sells

They say sex sells,
but I can't give mine away.

(Joke) Light of My Life (Joke) Light of My Life

You're the light of my life.  No, actually, that's the sun.  Sorry.

(Joke) Guitar solo (Joke) Guitar solo

If you played a guitar solo while eating a brownie...that would be really self indulgent.

(Joke) Dimensional Joke (Joke) Dimensional Joke

Critics often call actors one-dimensional.
Which is dumb, because then you wouldn’t be able to see them.

(Joke) Santa Claus (Joke) Santa Claus

I think of God like Santa Claus.
If I don't believe in him, he won't come to my house.
And if he doesn't come to my house, I don't have to be good.

(Joke) Beat Joke (Joke) Beat Joke

I march to the beat of my own drummer, but he keeps fucking up.

(Joke) Sex on the Beach Joke (Joke) Sex on the Beach Joke

Last night I had sex on the beach with a beautiful girl.  Of course I had to drown her first.

(Joke) Death Metal Joke (Joke) Death Metal Joke

Death metal
Is when a steel beam falls on you.

(Joke) Cash (Joke) Cash

I had a lot of cash in my wallet, but it was all Johnny Cash, so it kept leavin' town.

(Joke) People Joke (Joke) People Joke

I like talking to people, I just hate listening to them.

(Joke) Virus Joke (Joke) Virus Joke

The best remedy for a computer virus is apathy.


(Joke) Garden Joke 2 (Joke) Garden Joke 2

I work in my garden every day.  I hate flowers, but I love wasting time.

(Joke) Secret Garden (Joke) Secret Garden

I have a secret garden...
Shit, I guess I don't now.


(Joke) Poetic Devices (Joke) Poetic Devices

There are many poetic devices,
But a cell phone isn't one of them,
because no one would ever
want to talk to a poet.

(Joke) Remote Joke (Joke) Remote Joke

Want to have a long distance relationship?
I'm not remotely interested.

(Joke) Pegasus Joke (Joke) Pegasus Joke

It’s a good thing that the pegasus isn’t real,
Because washing your car would be a bitch.

(Joke) Frog Joke 9 (Joke) Frog Joke 9

Frogs are the only animal that use the slam dunk as a method of locomotion.

(Joke) Mute Joke (Joke) Mute Joke

I hit the mute button on my TV and all the people started using sign language.   

(Joke) Dust Joke (Joke) Dust Joke

It would be cool if Dust in the Wind
was written about vanquished witches.  

(Joke) Librarian Joke (Joke) Librarian Joke

I think the librarian likes me,
because she's always checkin' me out.

(Joke) Insert (Joke) Insert

I hit the insert key and my computer got pregnant.

(Joke) Vader Farts (Joke) Vader Farts

 I wonder if it makes that wooshing sound when Vader farts.

(Joke) Food for Thought Joke (Joke) Food for Thought Joke

Here's some food for thought:
If you had food for thought then you wouldn't be very smart.



(Joke) Grandfather Joke (Joke) Grandfather Joke

I went back in time to kill my grandfather
but he kicked my ass.

(Joke) Selfie Joke (Joke) Selfie Joke

I like to take selfies
in case I stop being ugly.

(Joke) Internet Attack Joke (Joke) Internet Attack Joke

The best way to protect yourself from internet attackers is with chain mail.

(Joke) Dominos Joke (Joke) Dominos Joke

Playing dominos in space must be a drag.

(Joke) Tumblr Joke (Joke) Tumblr Joke

Tumblr is a social media site for mountain climbers who aren't that good.

(Joke) Compass Joke (Joke) Compass Joke

My conscience is my compass, which makes it very difficult to sail my boat.

(Joke) Hush Puppies (Joke) Hush Puppies

What's a mute person's favorite food?
Hush puppies.

(Joke) Fish Joke (Joke) Fish Joke

Fish don't need condoms 
Because fish are ugly

(Joke) Silk Worms (Joke) Silk Worms

Silk worms must have
a great sex life.

(Joke) Question (Joke) Question

When people come up and say, hey can I ask you a question?
they just answered their own question.

(Joke) what are you reading (Joke) what are you reading

Q: What are you reading?
A: Something more interesting than you will ever be in your life.

(Joke) Darrells (Joke) Darrells

Most Darrells are exactly how you think.

(Joke) Black people (Joke) Black people

Black people aren’t really black, unless you grill them.

(Joke) Sports Joke (Joke) Sports Joke

Dating is a lot like playing a sport.
So when I'm having trouble with women,
I remember this quote from football legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr.:
"You miss 100% of the dunks you don't make."

(Joke) Short People (Joke) Short People

Short people don't like me.
My jokes go over their head.

(Joke) Test Joke (Joke) Test Joke

A guy in my city died while taking a physical fitness test.
I guess that means he failed the test.

(Joke) Better Half Joke (Joke) Better Half Joke

I'd like to say you're my better half, but my better half is my right side.

(Joke) Archeologist Joke (Joke) Archeologist Joke

You shouldn't marry an archeologist
Because they are always dating other people.

(Joke) Money Joke 2 (Joke) Money Joke 2

Money is made out of paper because the government couldn’t find anything more inefficient to use.

(Joke) Metal Joke (Joke) Metal Joke

Last night I saw this death metal band called Morbid Obesity.  
Man, they were heavy.

(Joke) Internet Joke (Joke) Internet Joke

The Internet is like a teenager.
It's always on the computer,
and it thinks it knows everything,

(Joke) Space Joke (Joke) Space Joke

One cosmological theory says the universe was created by the energy of the vacuum.
If so, that would explain why everything sucks.

(Joke) Grand piano joke (Joke) Grand piano joke

Yesterday, I bought a grand piano.
I don’t like music, but I do hate elephants.

(Joke) Mountain Climber Joke (Joke) Mountain Climber Joke

I have no respect for mountain climbers.
When I meet one, I tell them,
"There is more to life than getting high."

(Joke) Alien Companies (Joke) Alien Companies

Do alien companies have a human resources department?

(Joke) TV Screen (Joke) TV Screen

If it were really a TV screen
it would only show me what I wanted to see.

(Joke) Chopin Joke 1 (Joke) Chopin Joke 1

They say Chopin died from tuberculosis
But I think he just got sick of playing all those notes.

(Joke) Phantom Menace Joke (Joke) Phantom Menace Joke

The Phantom Menace sounds like a horror movie.  And, for Star Wars fans, it was.

(Joke) Planet Joke (Joke) Planet Joke

Scientists thought they discovered a new planet,
but it was just your momma’s buffet plate.

(Joke) How's Life (Joke) How's Life

When people ask me, how's life?
I tell them,
Life is abundant, in the climates that support it.

(Joke) Quarter Joke (Joke) Quarter Joke

I hit a guy with a roll of quarters.  That was close quarters combat.

(Joke) Consumed Joke (Joke) Consumed Joke

When I was younger, I was consumed by love, but it spit me back out.

(Joke) Guitar Solo 2 (Joke) Guitar Solo 2

Girls love to watch my guitar solos

(Joke) Pick (Joke) Pick

If you use your guitar pick to pick your boogers,
that is still less gross than playing a guitar solo.


(Joke) time traveler (Joke) time traveler

If you’re a time traveler, it’s easy to get out of things. 
“Are you free Friday Night at 7?” 
“No, I’ll be in the past on Friday.”

(Joke) House 11 (Joke) House 11

It’s actually a compliment to call me a doormat, because doormats don’t cry when you step on them.

(Joke) Floor (Joke) Floor

The carpet salesman wanted to speak, so I told him, “Okay, you have the floor.”

(Joke) House 5 (Joke) House 5

My closets are full, so when company comes I just throw everything out the window.

(Joke) Talking (Joke) Talking

I don’t like to talk, which disqualifies me from every job except movie cowboy.  Oh, and serial killer.

(Joke) Little Kids (Joke) Little Kids

Little kids are cute.  For about 10 seconds.

(Joke) Ugly (Joke) Ugly

If you want to know what it’s like to be ugly,
imagine that everything you ever said to the opposite sex
was translated as “I want to eat the contents of your skull.”

(Joke) office (Joke) office

They say you shouldn't date people at the office.  But for me, romancing girls at the office is the same as romancing girls anywhere else: it doesn't work.

(Joke) Coke (Joke) Coke

Coke has those new bottles with people's names on them. 
I like to think that I am drinking that person’s soul.  

(Joke) Call (Joke) Call

They upgraded our phone system at work. 
Now when we’re put on hold a guy in a fedora comes out and plays the trumpet.


(Joke) Metal (Joke) Metal

Maybe metal musicians are just mad that their hair is always in their face.

(Joke) Sticker (Joke) Sticker

I'm going to get a sticker for my car that says "None Of Your Business Life"

(Joke) Universe (Joke) Universe

The universe is
much easier to count than
the multiverse.

(Joke) Friends (Joke) Friends

I bought the girl I like health insurance.
Now we're friends with benefits.

(Joke) Lately (Joke) Lately

When people I don’t like ask me “What have you been up to lately?” I answer,
“Oh, the usual, just thinking about killing you.”

(Joke) ed (Joke) ed

If your nose is crooked, cut off one ear.  Then it'll look right.

(Joke) Zombor (Joke) Zombor

I'm a fan of zombie movies.  My favorite is the Passion of the Christ.

(Joke) Food (Joke) Food

Quiz: Name a food you can't stand, that most people seem to love.
Me: Human beings.

(Joke) CTE (Joke) CTE

The latest scientific research shows that football players get brain damage from being hit repeatedly in the head.
Also, scientists found that, after you eat food, poop comes out.

(Joke) Youtube Channel (Joke) Youtube Channel

I had a youtube channel,
but people kept changing it.

(Joke) Hard Water (Joke) Hard Water

I threw hard water at my friend  
and he died.

(Joke) Assault (Joke) Assault

I punched a guy, then I threw some double A’s at him.
It was assault and battery.

(Joke) Bear Market 3 (Joke) Bear Market 3

It’s a bear market right now,
So if you want to buy stock,
Better bring your shotgun.

(Joke) Fast Forward (Joke) Fast Forward

Time flies when you’re having fun
Because God fast forwards through the boring shit.

(Joke) Foot (Joke) Foot

I'm about as athletic as the crucified Jesus.

(Joke) Wut (Joke) Wut

Writing a joke notebook is like writing a diary.  It's cathartic, and reading it later makes you want to puke.

(Joke) SEHU (Joke) SEHU

I have seasonal depression.
The seasons I have it are: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

(Joke) Old (Joke) Old

Why do old people drive so slow?
You'd think they'd be in a hurry.
I mean, they don't have much time left.

(Joke) Quantum Entanglement (Joke) Quantum Entanglement

Quantum entanglement is when the cords to your electron microscope get all twisted together.

Quotes that won't be quoted by anyone.
(Thought) Fighting Spirit (Thought) Fighting Spirit

The difference between a strong person and a weak person is their willingness to fight for what they want.

(Thought) Ideal I (Thought) Ideal I

Be careful not to confuse
the world you want to live in 
with the world you actually live in.

(Thought) Truth (Thought) Truth

There is a different Truth for each person.

(Thought) Experience - Life (Thought) Experience - Life

The experience of a life, in summation, is greater than a moment can measure.

(Thought) Melancholy (Thought) Melancholy

Melancholy is the love of our ideals in the face of their failure.

(Thought) Future (Thought) Future

You can't live in the castles you build in the future.

(Thought) Happiness (Thought) Happiness

If you can't be happy,
be strong.

(Thought) Pride (Thought) Pride

Pride is not about impressing others or being better than others. Pride is about doing your best, and being your best.

(Thought) Plate (Thought) Plate

We are maggots scouring a plate, pretending we are gods and heroes.

(Thought) Particles (Thought) Particles

I'm a pile of particles
That thinks it's a human

(Thought) Personhood (Thought) Personhood

Being a good person is NOT a substitute for being a GREAT one.

(Thought) Despair (Thought) Despair

Despair is the difference between hope and reality.

(Thought) Confidence (Thought) Confidence

Confidence is loving yourself in spite of your flaws.

(Thought) Thought and Emotion (Thought) Thought and Emotion

Thought and Emotion are worthless
If they are not attached to the Will.

(Thought) Futile (Thought) Futile

It's not futile if you like doing it.

(Thought) Winning (Thought) Winning

You can only win in the world if you win within yourself first.

(Thought) Value (Thought) Value

Value is subjective, a composite of people's views. Yet one person's view of your value has an undeniably quantitative effect on how they treat you, and thus, your fate. It may make you feel better to say that you are perfect how you are, but in the eyes of the world, it is simply not true.

(Thought) Glory (Thought) Glory

You cannot beg for glory; it must be earned.

(Thought) Joke (Thought) Joke

If the world is a joke, we should learn to laugh louder.

(Thought) Power (Thought) Power

A person's power can be measured by the number of rules they have to follow.

(Thought) Fate (Thought) Fate

You can't fight fate, but you can fight your own weakness.

(Thought) The World (Thought) The World

Change yourself, and the world will follow.
Try to change the world, and the world will laugh.

(Thought) Microcosm = Macrocosm (Thought) Microcosm = Macrocosm

While I exist, the universe cannot exist without me, for I am here.

(Thought) Hope (Thought) Hope

Hope is the belief that life can be different than it is now.

(Thought) Ideas (Thought) Ideas

A dilettante hoards his ideas.
An artist finishes his ideas.
A master transcends his ideas.

(Thought) Boundaries (Thought) Boundaries

Don't let other people dictate how you feel.

(Thought) Trouble (Thought) Trouble

The more trouble she's worth, the more trouble she is.

(Thought) Idols (Thought) Idols

We don't get anywhere by worshipping at the feet of our idols. 
We get somewhere by emulating what makes them successful.

(Thought) Grievance (Thought) Grievance

My grievance is against the world, and thus can never be revenged.

(Thought) Suffered (Thought) Suffered

Perhaps one of life's greatest injustices is that no one but us will ever fully understand or appreciate what we have suffered.

(Thought) Failure (Thought) Failure

You can fail to succeed,
but you cannot fail to improve.
Because every failure teaches you something.

(Thought) Hell (Thought) Hell

Every road is a long road
When you walk through Hell.

(Thought) In the Sky (Thought) In the Sky

Do you think birds enjoy flying?
Or do they only worry about where their next meal is coming from,
never realizing that they are in the sky?

(Thought) What's cool (Thought) What's cool

If you're making something, and ask yourself, "What could I make?" It’s limitless. 
But if you ask yourself "What do other people want me to make?"  You put yourself in this tiny little box, most of the contents of which don’t fascinate you at all.  

(Thought) Sex (Thought) Sex

Sex sells; Love has been discontinued (due to lack of interest)

(Thought) change (Thought) change

You can't change other people - so change yourself.

(Thought) Hope (Thought) Hope

Hope is not faith in the positive outcome of events.
Hope is faith in your own ability to be better and to make a better world.

(Thought) Death (Thought) Death

Consciousness itself will disappear; it is a gift.

(Thought) Perfection (Thought) Perfection

What is more perfect:
A perfection that does not exist?
Or an imperfection that does?

(Thought) Loneliness (Thought) Loneliness

The cure for loneliness is not company.
The cure for loneliness is empathy, understanding, and joy.

(Thought) Life (Thought) Life

Wear life like a new shirt
and cast off your dirty, worn out rags.

(Thought) Money (Thought) Money

Money enables happiness, but it doesn't guarantee happiness.

(Thought) Selfish (Thought) Selfish

People are selfish.  The moment you forget that, you set yourself up for disappointment.

(Thought) Truth (Thought) Truth

I'd rather live in suffering and truth than bliss and ignorance.

(Thought) Hope (Thought) Hope

Hope is a fool's disease.

(Thought) Loser (Thought) Loser

I would rather fail, and be a loser,
Than run away, and be a coward.

(Thought) Relationships (Thought) Relationships

Relationships work best when both parties want the same things.

(Thought) Ideals (Thought) Ideals

Ideals can never be realized.
But they show us where reality is lacking.

(Thought) Cruelty (Thought) Cruelty

The world is cruel beyond our means to imagine, and we forget that at our peril.  Should anything good happen to us, we should consider it luck, and not the pattern of our fortune.  

(Thought) Power (Thought) Power

No man is free when another man holds more power than him.
The weaker man merely has the illusion of freedom;
an illusion that the more powerful man chooses to let him keep.

(Thought) Problems (Thought) Problems

Our character is defined by our problems - and how we solve them.

(Thought) The difference between a dream and a goal (Thought) The difference between a dream and a goal

The difference between a dream and a goal is ACTION.

(Thought) True Love (Thought) True Love

True love acts not out of desire but because it cannot stop itself.

(Thought) Truly Unique (Thought) Truly Unique

Things that are truly different stand out.
The best way to make something truly different is to be yourself and stop trying to be everyone else.

(Thought) Love and Understanding I (Thought) Love and Understanding I

No one can love you as much as you love yourself,
because no one can know you as well as you know yourself.

(Thought) Society (Thought) Society

To live in society is to trade freedom for comfort.  
Those who provide comfort rule.
Those who need comfort obey.
The more comforts we have, the more civilized we become.
The more comforts we need, the less free we become.

(Thought) Separation of Church and State (Thought) Separation of Church and State

There can be no true separation of church and state when state officials are elected by votes and the voters all go to church.

(Thought) Effort (Thought) Effort

Effort does not equal greatness.

(Thought) Effort II (Thought) Effort II

You have to have the right idea and the right technique before effort starts to have fruit.  Otherwise you are running really fast in the wrong direction.

(Thought) Depression (Thought) Depression

Depression is an excess of Emotion and Thought combined with a starvation of the Will.

(Thought) Self-Hate (Thought) Self-Hate

I don't hate myself
I hate the me that others see

(Thought) Ego (Thought) Ego

Ego is inferiority.
True superiority acts without approval from others.

(Thought) Broken (Thought) Broken

A broken world can only produce
a broken man,
because sooner or later he will encounter
something that fails the ideal.

(Thought) Arrogance (Thought) Arrogance

Confidence is thinking of yourself favorably.
Arrogance is thinking of yourself favorably in comparison to others.

(Thought) Faith (Thought) Faith

Living in the present would seem to preclude the need to have faith, as faith is essentially hope, the hope that you are correct in your ideas--and hope is always future-based.

The sound of color, or the color of sound.

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(Art) Saya (Art) Saya
(Art) Digital pencil drawing (Art) Digital pencil drawing
Digital pencil drawing
(Art) Withered by a faceless wind... (Art) Withered by a faceless wind...
Withered by a faceless wind...
(Art) Yukata Girl (Art) Yukata Girl
Yukata Girl
(Art) portrait of Catherine. Digital ink (Art) portrait of Catherine. Digital ink
(Art) Gemma Arterton pencil (Art) Gemma Arterton pencil
Gemma Arterton pencil
(Art) Shujin from Bakuman (Art) Shujin from Bakuman
Shujin from Bakuman
(Art) Atalia, Governor of Hell (Art) Atalia, Governor of Hell
A soul doomed to rule over sorrow and death.
(Art) Alyssa Milano pencil (Art) Alyssa Milano pencil
Alyssa Milano pencil
(Art) Anaru from Ano hana (Art) Anaru from Ano hana
Anaru from Ano hana
(Art) 6-15-15 green eyes.png (Art) 6-15-15 green eyes.png

Wherein I hit ideas on the head with a hammer to see what's inside.
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(Article) Motivation for Artists (Article) Motivation for Artists
What motivates us to create art? Or: why do I lack motivation to create when I love art so much?... When we lack motivation to create, it's because we've lost the fun of creating. We are focusing too much on the work.
(Article) How to Cross Dimensions: Dimension Traveler Stories - An Examination (Article) How to Cross Dimensions: Dimension Traveler Stories - An Examination
Types of Dimension Stories...
(Article) Faith and Religion (Article) Faith and Religion
Faith is the art of dressing emotion in the clothes of reason...
(Article) Pleasure vs Health (Article) Pleasure vs Health
We can say “Things that please me are good.” And we can also say “Things that are healthy are good.” But what is pleasing is not always healthy...
(Article) Drawing People (Article) Drawing People
If you are drawing or painting people: Get the proportions right before you do anything else...
(Article) Art and Violence (Article) Art and Violence
Can the violence depicted in art lead people to commit real violence?...
(Article) Arguing Religion (Article) Arguing Religion
Atheists and agnostics love to argue with the religious. They try so earnestly to persuade, but accomplish nothing. Because they constantly, constantly make this mistake. They argue against religion using logic...
(Article) Fiction: Physical vs Emotional Stakes (Article) Fiction: Physical vs Emotional Stakes
(Article) Willpower (Article) Willpower
Willpower is the art of doing what you say you will do...
(Article) Willpower: Fighting Habits (Article) Willpower: Fighting Habits
Habits are things we do because we always do them. Frequently these are things we want to change--but we find it difficult because we have programmed ourselves to do them...