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Feeling really good right now, ^_^  got some fresh air, and now I'm ready to take on all this work--

So, here's what happened recently!

-Apparently there was metal in our microwave today, and when I tried to microwave some bourbon chicken cause I had less than an hour to get to work, I saw something arc--  Turned out one of the plastic hinges had metal in it and melted part of the microwave!  So that's fun--  >.>  I look forward to a perfume of smoke every day~

-Got some more art supplies from Office Depot and Michaels today, including some color blenders and blending stumps for better-looking aert--  Though seriously, it's hella expensive to art, @___________@  PERSPECTIVE GAINED--

-I'm actually doing alright with what I've sketched lately--  I'll post some pictures sometime in the future.  I'm currently learning how to:

:bulletred: Draw realistic human eyes

:bulletblue: Draw Pokemon

:bulletyellow: Figure out perspective

:bulletgreen: Shade properly

:bulletpurple: Not suck at art

:bulletorange: Drawing hands (of which I will have LOADS of fun with!)

-And finally, I'm transferring to a new store, and THANK GOD.  The one I work at now SUCKS.  The manager's a bully, there's tons of people day in day out, and the whole atmosphere reeks of negativity (which is why I've had a lot of mood swings lately).  Plus, the Super Bowl's coming and it's gonna be hella busy--
Welp, it's been 3 years, and I've pretty much gotten really good at my writing.  But, I've felt lacking in my ability to draw, and it's been on my mind for a very long time.

When I first joined dA, I tried my hand at drawing traditional, with HORRID results.  I mean, don't get me wrong, it wasn't so god-awful to the point of visual incineration, but I felt so dismayed with my initial attempts I just resorted to writing.

3 (coming on 4) years later, I've received a lot of praise for my skills and the improvement there-of, and I thank everyone for their support.  But, I think it's (finally) time to move on to something I always wanted to do for years: making my characters come to life.

Will I still write?  Yeah, cause I have a collab project to finish and a story to edit (by the way, Meta-Kaz, thank you very much for being patient with me).  But, I think this year, I'll resolve to try more.

So, here goes.
12 people were killed over several satirical pieces of art depicting Muhammad acting under religious extremism, and several officers were injured as well in the attack (including one who was executed on the ground).  These are the drawings that they were killed over: www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01…

Charlie Hebdo has long been lambasting many popular figures, religions and politicians, and they were sued and firebombed as a result (though the lawsuits fell through).  They started after a publication called Hara-Kiri was banned for depicting the death of French President Charles de Gaulle in a comedic manner.

Now, I've (not at all) discussed my viewpoint on art as a whole, partially because of my fears of being criticized for my views and because I'm a massive coward, but I think this time, I should weigh in on how I feel about the attack.  I'm prepared for whatever criticism comes my way on the subject.  I admit I am not wholly educated, nor entirely up to snuff when it comes to this sort of thing, but I thought I should express my views all the same.

It is entirely unnecessary, pathetic, and despicable for a bunch of terrorists to go attacking cartoonists over their satirical views on the prophet Muhammad and using religion as an excuse to hurt others, and it is equally stupid to rationalize the claim that they, quote, avenged their prophet, unquote.

Art is a great tool in communicating a positive message, be it video games or literature or movies or paintings.  Art is incredibly inspirational, and great things come from people who were inspired by their favorite stories or pictures.  Hell, it's one of the reasons why I joined deviantART; to make my own stuff and (hopefully) become a better artist as a result.  The only time I feel art is hurtful is if it's intended as propaganda to support an agenda made to belittle or destroy others' beliefs while building up the other side as being the correct side.  I don't think the cartoonists intended their messages to be negative, though I understand some of the cartoons (especially the one where Muhammad is being beheaded) are very provocative.

So, it's perhaps time to ask, should we include satire under free speech?

Yeah, definitely.  Criticism is how we improve as people, and without it, I don't think I or anyone else would have grown at all as people.  Satire is incredibly critical, I think, and it gives us new perspectives on things like war, politics, and so on (heck, if you want some damn good satire, read Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five; it's a striking piece of literature and an effective satire on how we view death and war.)

However, on the flip side, perhaps the folks at Charlie Hebdo should have been more responsible with their artistic licenses.  Maybe they should have taken into consideration an attack on their corporation, based on the firebombing, and gone quiet as a result.  After all, art has power, and it can spur people into action for either the right or (as with the terrorist attack) the wrong reasons.  But it shows a significant lack of tolerance in the world by certain individuals who cannot take a joke.  Even if it is poking fun in a harsh manner.

People have a right to be offended at whatever they want.  If a piece of literature or art hurt you because it made fun of what you believe in, by all rights, be angry.  But it does not give you or anyone else the right to injure or kill whoever expresses their critical views.

It is NOT okay to hurt people, period, for any reason, or no reason at all.  I apologize if my views are ignorant of the bigger picture.  I'd very much appreciate your criticism.
But wow, am I glad I stopped thinking it, ^_^

Thanks guys.  I appreciate your support.
I need help, honestly.

I think I've become far too negative for my own good.  Always saying how my skills suck, not properly repaying you guys for all the good advice you've given me and for watching me...

The thing is, I want to feel bad because all this time, I've thought that getting better meant I was corrupting myself somehow.  But, is that really the case?  Is striving to be successful a highway toward corruption?  Because it seems to me that that's not true.

For God's sake, I've downplayed all my good aspects just in case I become some sort of...thing I don't fully understand.  I've become enslaved to the negativity.  I think I've become insane.

I know I can do better, and I've done good work.  I look at my writing and think, "Wow, I did alright, but I think I can do better".

I'm really confused, @_@  All of this is so confusing...
Feeling really good right now, ^_^  got some fresh air, and now I'm ready to take on all this work--

So, here's what happened recently!

-Apparently there was metal in our microwave today, and when I tried to microwave some bourbon chicken cause I had less than an hour to get to work, I saw something arc--  Turned out one of the plastic hinges had metal in it and melted part of the microwave!  So that's fun--  >.>  I look forward to a perfume of smoke every day~

-Got some more art supplies from Office Depot and Michaels today, including some color blenders and blending stumps for better-looking aert--  Though seriously, it's hella expensive to art, @___________@  PERSPECTIVE GAINED--

-I'm actually doing alright with what I've sketched lately--  I'll post some pictures sometime in the future.  I'm currently learning how to:

:bulletred: Draw realistic human eyes

:bulletblue: Draw Pokemon

:bulletyellow: Figure out perspective

:bulletgreen: Shade properly

:bulletpurple: Not suck at art

:bulletorange: Drawing hands (of which I will have LOADS of fun with!)

-And finally, I'm transferring to a new store, and THANK GOD.  The one I work at now SUCKS.  The manager's a bully, there's tons of people day in day out, and the whole atmosphere reeks of negativity (which is why I've had a lot of mood swings lately).  Plus, the Super Bowl's coming and it's gonna be hella busy--

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writercoda Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
YOU CALLED ME FANTABULOUS WHAT EVEN
you have me on your friends list what evener
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Student Writer
ASJDSFASDSNDAGINBADFSAFIG  YOU VISITED MY PAGE WHAT EVENERERER  But yes, cause you're talented and nice--

I don't actually know how to edit my settings--  But even so--
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writercoda Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
LIKEWISE AND THANKYEH :D
actually I need to read over your stuff already, haven't had the chance to yet and I've been seeing it all over the place ^^;
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Student Writer
YEHWELCOME--

i never realized how quasi-famous I am--

please be gentle with me senpai  *shot*
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Dash-Metal-Cheetah Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooooowww! thank you so much friend for the favorite! :D hugs and greetings too :meow:
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Writer
Welcome!  :hug:  :3
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Adarhi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awee thank you so much for favorite ♥.♥
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Writer
No problem!  ^_^
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Adarhi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Thanks for the fav!
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