September 21, 2014
Writing to be Read vs. Writing to Write

Ultimately, the goal of writing is to transport the reader to a place other than their current mindset. Be it through the telling of a story or a plain laying out of the facts, writing disrupts the current thoughts of the reader in order to present a view. I’ve always believed that writing should be able to present a greater truth than what is normally sought out in everyday life, and thus the writer has an obligation to his/her readers to carefully construct an alternate perspective.

Writing is to take a snapshot of reality and frame it so that the facts present themselves. As writers, we take what we know; the scenes we’ve lived and the thoughts we’ve been gifted with and like a prepared meal, lay it out for our audience to be digested.

While surely there’s a case to be made that writing can be a medium for self-expression and can be used to allow a form of release for the writer, you aren’t given the choice of how people view your work. Every artist, every lyricist is member to a party of people that have been hurt, and we all want to write about how broken our hearts are and how much the world is failing us. But this in itself becomes a cross section of society as we know it; the reader sees us as a failed group of people alienated by the community we live in. And this in itself becomes a commentary on our own life and the people around us.

We can’t extricate ourselves from presenting the world as we see it if we choose to write. So as writers, we need to realize that there is no difference between writing to be read, and writing to write.

We all have a story to tell, and it’s our responsibility to tell it well.

September 21, 2014
On Musical Aspirations

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September 16, 2014
The “Moondog Auriga” Project

I said there were some possible projects incoming, yeah?

Over the weekend, I found myself a lot of free time, due to a lack of urgent deadlines, so I picked up my guitar and began writing for the first time in months.

It’s been a challenge. I think I’ve improved as a poet, but that’s mostly because I haven’t really stopped writing poetry since I started over 8 years ago. But I haven’t really done much work musically for at least a year or two now.

Currently, my goal is to write at least one song a month for the next year. And I need to be meticulous about my writing. I won’t settle for anything less than something I can be proud of.

I’ll keep this updated.

September 14, 2014
To Love A Dream

His spirit took flight
in the middle of the night
released by a dream
he kept so deep within.

If she could breathe air
and the air was not thin
would she know herself a dream,
a dream he kept within?

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September 14, 2014

How do you manage to keep singing about love in a world where everyone is lonely?

September 11, 2014

Before, when this time of year would come around, I’d quietly contemplate the good fortune my family had 13 years ago. My father was on a business trip to Boston, scheduled to take a flight back to California. However, the business meeting he was supposed to have earlier in the week was postponed and moved to a later date. As a result, he cancelled his flight, and never boarded American Airlines Flight 175.

By a twist of fate, he avoided being involved in that terrible hijacking that eventually crashed into Tower Two of the World Trade Center.

But despite having such luck, he would succumb to an sudden heart attack in 2014. We’d deduced that the cause was due to a highly stressful daily routine, coupled with a poor diet and a 30 year plus smoking habit.

I guess sometimes death doesn’t choose you, and that’s reason enough to be grateful. But other times, we choose death, even if it’s unknowingly.

Miss you dad. Every day.

September 11, 2014

(How Video Games Use Architecture)


(How Video Games Use Architecture)

September 10, 2014

I’d love to stop being angry long enough to just get through my day in peace.

I’ve been cheated on before, and felt less betrayed.

September 9, 2014

It’s painful
to think about
all the good
that won’t come out of me

September 9, 2014
Lucid Dreaming - Log 1

I’ve been exploring lucid dreaming for the past 4 years now, and I think I’ve gotten proficient enough in the skill to start looking into more practical applications.

As an architectural student, I tripped upon its use as a conceptual and exploratory tool by accident. Long night marathons spent drafting and designing called for the necessity of napping, during which I would find myself inadvertently triggering bouts of lucid dreaming. In these dreams I discovered I was able to simulate the design I was mulling over, in the dreamscape, and navigate them in real time. This became a trick that I used over and over in my studies.

However, I’m curious to see if lucid dreaming would be able to help my in my waking life past the ability to run simulations.

Lately, I’ve been trying to explore its use as a tool for introspection and self-realization.

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