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The Importance Of Family – A Lesson Each Has Taught Me

IMG_3919Our families define who we are whether we like it or not. My family plays a major role in my life and I am endlessly grateful for it. Although my cousins and aunts and uncles have contributed just as much, my family is so large I could only focus on the direct lines to myself.

Here is a lesson each one has taught me:

My Mother – Our lives are one big canvas. The more colours you add, the more unique the painting becomes. Not everyone will buy a “unique” painting, but the ones who do will find more meaning in each stroke than the painter had ever known. Cherish your colours, marry your collector.

My Father – No man ever broke from the crowd by working for someone else. You must pave your own road to walk on if you want to stand out. Take this path whether the road is paved with gold, or with dirt. We all desire to stand out, the only thing stopping us is our own fear of failure.

My Sister – Sometimes if you look at a simple thing a bit differently, it makes you hilarious. This also applies to success. If we look at the small things everyone takes for granted, we can see a piece of life that is virtually invisible. Taking advantage of these things and use them for your own gain.

My Brother – Competition is best used not against each other, but together against the world. Take on the world as a team, and the world is sure to lose.

My G.G. – Appearance only matters to those who do not affect your life. The age of your mind is the age of your body. Surround yourself with those who love you, and in them, you will live forever. After all, true beauty is how you live, knowing that there is an end.

My Grandma – No matter what happens in your family, they will still be your family. Accept them for who they are and you will have a happy, healthy life. Show them hospitality, and they will grow closer than one could hope for.

My Papa – Other than your children, your significant other is the most important person in your life. They will keep you grounded, pick you up when you fall, love you when you are at your lowest. Sometimes it may be hard, but the key to happiness: Listen to your wife.

My Granny – Love has no boundaries. It can exist in life, and in death. The people that we love make us who we are, and we should all be grateful for that.

My Grampy – There is no room among men for those who question themselves. A real man is one who knows he is not perfect, but never stops bettering himself.

Special Mention: My Dog – There is always room for something else to care about in ones life. Love is reciprocal. I love my dog, she loves me. This should be applied to people too, but we find that hard sometimes because they have their own opinions.

Happy arting,

Isaac Olajos

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5 Tips to Writing Better Poetry – A Mediocre Poets Guide

IMG_00000407Recently, I’ve read too many poems that are lacking the feel that a proper excerpt should have. I’m not claiming to be a very good writer, far from it in fact. Yet I feel that through reading others poems and personal trial and error, I have found some of the major problems with most new writers.

Here are 5 tips on how to write a better poem:

1-Stray From the normal Rhyme Scheme.

Far too many new authors write all of their poetry with the same simple rhyme scheme. This isn’t a huge issue, but if the wording is weak it can begin to feel as if you are reading a Dr Suess book. To create better emotion in your poetry you should think of a rhyme scheme that is unique and mirrors the emotion you intend to convey. Sometimes abandoning rhyme’s all together provides the most powerful message, as it comes directly from your mind, without having to modify your thoughts to adhere to an arbitrary rule.

2-Keep A Rhythm, Simple or Complex.

To add on to the rhyme scheme idea, those with the simple patterns tend to have lyrical rhythm down to a T. Yet those who realize rhymes aren’t necessary in modern poetry tend to jumble their words into one long train of thought. To create a more powerful reading experience, break your poem up into different stanzas. Coaxing the reader into following a rhythm of your words while reading. This helps emphasize certain lines and specific words, allowing the reader to find a more powerful message.

3-Stop Disturbing People.

I understand that poetry is largely based upon personal emotion, but it also must be pleasurable to read even when conveying dark thoughts. Too often do I see poorly written poems about gore and abuse and other dark topics that rely on shock value to convey emotion. This is acceptable at points, but when an entire body of work is based on shocking people into feeling it becomes a burden to read and your audience dissipates quickly. Try using metaphors or wording things less literally to get your point across.

4-Don’t Search for Obscure Words to Make you Sound More Intelligent.

This is one of the worst crimes you can commit. Using long obscure words in your poetry simply to display your literary superiority is confusing to the average reader. I would much rather see a poem that uses a word that all readers can understand than one that halts the rhythm of the poem so that the reader can google what that strange synonym means. Simplicity is often the best route.

5-Try new styles.

Finally, get out of your comfort zone. People always say do one thing really well but in literature, you must do many different things and combine them to succeed. Playing with different styles can help you determine what you enjoy, as well as give you another outlook on the style you use. Innovation comes from exploration. So go ahead, show the world something new.

Happy arting,

Isaac Olajos

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