WRITTEN BY VALERIE MECHA
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Long pencil strokes
smoothly gliding along the blank, white, paper
that taunts and mocks.
the very beginning of an image appears.
No particular shape or form,
a hint of what is yet to be.
Tentative marks in black,
following the rules made in light gray,
if there is an error,
there is no turning back.
Bringing out the picture in a
BOLD, DARK, color
Next the color,
Calm, pale, greens
Light, rosy, reds
Sky blues and mellow yellows.
adding life inside the lines.
No particular person, item, or
scene can be distinguished.
Is there blooming flowers?
A hint of a building?
A billowing tree?
This is the artist’s impression.
Finally moving to the bottom of the page,
to the right hand corner,
armed with a pen,
Two ideas in mind
The sign of a name.
The pressure of what seems to be a thousand years...
like steam from a kettle
This creation is mine,
I am the artist.
PHOTOS BY ALEXXUS HART
ART BY VALERIE MECHA
WORDS REALLY DO HURT SOMETIMES, DON’T THEY? THE POWER BEHIND WORDS
WRITTEN BY ALEXXUS HART
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
To some people words may be just a form of communication
but what they don’t understand is that when words are spoken, they are normally never forgotten.
Sometimes the things people say, stay in the back of our minds forever
and for some reason they
just won’t go away.
We all know a person who looks so scared to smile, so afraid to speak up,
What they don’t realize is that there are people out there just like them.
People who are scared.
That girl to the left, starves herself just so her younger siblings have enough to eat. Yet people in the halls scream anorexic on a daily
She's afraid that her friends will judge her, because her family lives in poverty.
What she doesn’t know is that
there are people just like her.
People who live in poverty.
That boy to the right, hides from the crowd just so he won’t be noticed,
yet people in the halls call out his imperfections.
All he hears is how nerdy he is
how nothing he does turns out right.
All he ever wanted was to just fit in but he was born to stand out
and what he doesn’t know is
there are people just like him.
People born to stand out.
There are boys and girls, with scars,
who wear a fake smile,
that they don’t believe in
as soon as somebody touches them
they just flinch and pull away.
They say they aren’t worth it.
They say they are nothing, but a blank page in a story of an epic tragedy.
Their minds are full of these thoughts,
that keep them up at night,
crying in the dark.
So I am not going to sit here and watch those who are "different"
be treated this way, I will not be a bystander
because they deserve so much better.
Everyone needs to know they have a voice
and right now my voice is to help those being bullied because of who they are.
Eminem once said,
"I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor.
If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you.
It's as simple as that."
In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month which is October
I want everyone to be who they are and not hold back. Stay positive towards yourself and others because together we can change the way of the world.
It is not easy being a writer. It takes a lot of hard work, time, and imagination. Being a writer myself, I have first hand experience with frustrating writer’s blocks and the massive amounts of thinking and creativity it takes to create a solid, original character. Over time I have found and developed tips and tricks that help me when I am writing. Since I know how difficult writing is, I wanted to help out my fellow aspiring authors.
Every now and then stories need a little spice added to them. Sometimes that spice can be a bit overwhelming, and comes with a side of blood and gore. Not every story has characters that are all sunshine and rainbows. Once in awhile there needs to be a dark little twist thrown in, and that twist is in the shape of a disturbing character!
When I create characters, I always use some type of “fill-in-the-blank” format. The format changes depending on what the theme for the character is. I use the format below for creating characters that have dark pasts and disturbing personalities. Each part will be explained in depth. Remember, this is just a base. You can add or take away whatever you want. In honor of the Halloween season, let’s get to work!
Skills and Talents:
Now let’s go through each category! The categories with less information come first, and the categories with large amounts of information come last.
Illustrate by Shalen Tully
Probably one of the most important parts of creating a character is picking out a name for them. This is at the top of the list, however it is probably one of the last things you do. To get ideas for names, you can simply do a Google search. Search for “creepy names,” or “scary names.” If you want your character’s name to have something to do with death, you can look up how to spell “death” or whatever word you want in a different language.
Personally, I am a Tumblr junky. I love the website, and I end up finding a lot of sources that help with my writing. A certain post I found has a ton of names that are native to different parts of the world. It is an excellent resource for picking out names. If you want to go the extra mile, you could also just buy a name book!
There are two very important types of orientations - sexual and romantic. Sexual orientation has to do with who is your character sexually attracted to. Some examples of sexual orientations are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, and asexal. Romantic orientation has to do with who your character is emotionally attracted to. Examples of romantic orientations are panromantic, biromantic, and lithromantic.
There are so many sexual orientations and romantic orientations that it would take too long to name and explain them all. Feel free to do some research, and really get to know your character.
Now we are getting onto the good stuff. More often than not, disturbing characters don’t exactly have an excellent family background. Their family may have not treated them very well. Their family could have even died - by the character’s hand, or by another’s. Maybe the character is adopted. Here is an organized way to list out the relatives - Melissa Smith, 55, mother; John Smith, 56, father; Patrick Smith, 12, brother... etc.
First part is the relative’s name, then their age, and then their relation to the character. If the character has no relatives, simply put “deceased” or “none” in this category.
Most disturbing and creepy characters have some sort of illness, whether it’s mental or physical. I specialize in dark, creepy stories, so I have many characters that aren’t exactly stable.
One of my characters went through a traumatic event when she was younger so she has PTSD. Another one of my characters was kidnapped, and he ended up developing Stockholm Syndrome towards his kidnapper. I also have another character that has dependent personality disorder and is affected by bipolar disorder. Those are some examples of mental things that affect the character. There is also the possibility of something being physically wrong with them. The same character of mine that has PTSD also has phantom pain from a bullet wound.
If you don’t know a lot of illnesses or disorders, mental or physical, just do some research. As you may have noticed by now, when you make a character you are going to need to be prepared to do a lot of research.
Characters don’t always have to be heroes or morally good people. Some do bad things, and they may use an alias. An alias is a false name a person uses, usually for a short period of time. Alias’ generally get changed often. This is another optional category.
Disturbing characters aren’t exactly morally sound, and they may not make responsible or kind decisions. Some examples of crimes can be breaking and entering, possession of illegal items, distribution of illegal substances/objects, murder, kidnapping, arson, etc. This probably shouldn’t be an optional category.
Who does your character associate themselves with? Are they part of a group? Do they have friends? This part will be in list form. Here’s an example - Peter Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Megan Mannings… etc. If you want to put down ages next to the names and what their relation is to the character, go ahead. Since we are talking about creating characters that aren’t very nice or honest, maybe they associate with people or groups likes themselves.
One of my characters was formerly a part of the Italian Mafia. Another one runs a group that makes and distributes illegal substances. The possibilities are endless!
Imagine walking through a beautiful, enchanting
forest. Soon, you find yourself at a beach, leisurely s
trolling the shore, watching the crashing waves and the
shining rocks along the shoreline. Now imagine that’s a
reality because it is!
This fall’s destination of the month is Seven bridges.
Although the leaves have not yet turned, when they do,
it’s simply mesmerizing! If you stray from the main paths,
you could get lost for hours and hours and never want to
leave. Parks like these are very scarce in Milwaukee, so
places like these should be very treasured.
In the fall, all of these leaves turn bright
reds and oranges and yellows, making for a
fantastic scene to admire. It may be a bit
muddy, so one may need to be prepared for
that. You can cross rocks over small streams to get to
the other side, or of course, bridges.
Here you can just get lost and think.
Spend quality time alone and reflect on nature.
Maybe walk the beach or even go for a swim in
the summer. Or bring some friends to join you
on your journey through the enchanting Seven