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Oookay, here comes:
1) I once read 12 books within a month. Personal record I’m pretty proud of.
2) I have a deeply rooted phobia of needles/syringes and once fainted three times in a row after I’ve had my blood taken. And once I cried for 15 minutes because I got a thrombosis injection in hospital. - It’s really bad, but I can’t control it. - But I just faced it recently when I got my ears pierced. - Go me! (Does all of this count as one confession?)
3) When I was 12 I memorized a whole animal-encyclopedia because I was bored.
4) I wish I had a big, luxurius beard so I could stroke it thoughtfully or knowingly at (in)appropiate moments.
5) I’ve never been in love or in a relationship but according to my friends I give the best relationship-tips. Go figure.
6) I really crush on women who have tattoos/piercings/unusual haircuts
7) I consider myself ugly. Really ugly. And I’ve already thought about plastic surgery, much to my own shame.
8) I’ve got a huge bowl full with little origami lucky stars and whenever I find scraps of paper I cut them to a right size and make more stars.
9) I once managed to make a microwave explode. Funny story, that one.
10) I get easily distracted. Especially by moving or shiny things. Don’t expect my attention for at least 10 minutes if it is shiny and moving.
1) I’m a martial artist. I’ve been studying since I was seven. I wouldn’t even hesitate to say that I’m good at it. I have done work as a fight choreographer for film, and I am trained in stage combat as well.
“I hated school. I hated school, and I didn’t realize why. I thought I was - there was something wrong with me for hating school and not being able to deal with school. At the time, it was ingrained in me that school was - if you’re not successful at school, you’re not going to be successful at life. And the hierarchy with subjects at school, the arts are given no credence and if they are, it’s false credence. So yeah, I look back on it and I get angry. I am angry about it because you know, there might be a brilliant ballerina somewhere in school that’s being forced to do maths and she’s seen as “difficult”. But if she was just allowed to express whatever gifts she has to offer, than she would be happy and she could make hundreds of other people joyous for a couple of hours per night.”—
Just wanted to add that there’s an interesting book that discusses this with case examples, called The Element by Ken Robinson, which argues why the current school system doesn’t work anymore in this day and age because of this. Worth a read, I reckon.
THIS THIS SO MUCH. I don’t know how other countries’ school-systems are, but here in Austria it’s disastrous. It’s all about conformity and standardisation. Not your talents count, your grades do. And the subjects you are not very good in. How many days and nights I’ve studied math like nothing else existed in this world just to get a decent D-? How much time WASTED on a subject I have little interest in, but have to invest the most of my time in? Time I could have used, time I desperately NEEDED to draw, write, to be creative. How many subjects have been ruined for me because the teacher didn’t care, and simply wanted to end the day and lesson as quickly as possible, without even as much as looking their students in the eye? How many hours wasted just copying the textbooks or listening to the frustrated, uninspired grinding of my teachers through the subject material?
School here in Austria is an ordeal. Nobody cares for us students. Nobody listens to us. We are not taken seriously, our daily school-life is an apathetic, lifeless, stagnating mess. Garnished with frustrated, unqualified teachers that make our lives even worse, by mocking us, or using us as outlet for their bitterness and frustration. And if we stand up for ourselves, we are punished. We can’t speak up, because if we do, the teacher we rebelled against is making our life even worse, by degrading us and using us as their personal anger-outlet they can use and kick as long as they like.
Seriously ask 20, 50, 100 austrian students if they liked school, I bet that 99,9% will say no. And count the years until graduation. It’s NO wonder so many students drop out and begin to work at the age of 16 here. Because it is mind-numbing, it is so frustrating at times that you just want to stand up in class and SCREAM. Grab the teacher at their shoulder and shake them. So much time wasted on inane, useless listening to a person who doesn’t give a shit about you and your education, your talents, your strength or your personality. If you are talented, you are going to suffer here in Austria. Because nobody cares. In fact, most likely you’re gonna spend most of your time with those subjects you aren’t good in, because that’s what matters. The goddamn grades. Not that you maybe are terribly frustrated with the teacher’s methods, not that the teacher is horrible unqualified at teaching their subject, not that you simply don’t had the time to study. NO. You are as good as your grades. Nothing more.
And even if there are schools that fit your talents, you can bet that they are being degraded and standardized with every new year. So if you got any talents, you sure have to use what little precious time and energy you have left to nurture them. Which is not much. Because that works so swimmingly when you feel as if you are not a person anymore because the school swallowed all of your energy, spirit and curiosity. Because it is so easy to muster up energy and inspiration after a frustrating day in school that deprived you of exactly that. And because none of the teachers got this weird idea that THEIR subject is the most important one and think that you got no other subjects you have to study for. (/sarcasm)
GODDAMNIT. The austrian school ruined me. It ruined me as a thinking, curious human being that used to want to explore the whole world and as an artist. Heck, I’ve been going to this selfproclaimed “artschool” for four years now and I feel I’ve never been so deprived of creativity and joy for art. And I’m not alone. So many students are feeling exactly like me. Most of them in fact.
This isn’t right. This system systematically destroys talented minds. And the worst part is that you can do nothing about it. You can’t change it. You can’t even speak up. Well, you can, but nobody hears it. Or they just ignore it. Because this is austrian mentality, people. You know a situation is bad and unhealthy and must be changed, but Austrians just complain about it without every doing something. Everybody knows how bad our schoolsystem is, but nobody cares.
SHIT SHIT SHIT. I feel so helpless. Ahhh, goddamnit, I just had to get this out of the system. Can’t change it, but I fear that after my graduation I’ll have a nervous breakdown and spend the next year in a clinic. Goddamnit…
I swear to you guys, if I ever, ever got myself a dog, it would be a pug. They are my spirit animals. Awkward, tiny, and awkward. And tiny. But alas, as I am terribly afraid of dogs, this love story will never be. True Tragedy.
Also I can’t stop drawing cute things, I think something is wrong with me. Heeelp me! D:
this is really cute
btw what is your stance on corgis?? this is important information to know!
Corgis are awesome. Especially when they are running. They look like me when I’m running. Also I bet they have the cuddliest and biggest ears of all animals ever.
PS: When I uploaded this on tinypic.com it asked me to verify my step by entering “dog’s breakfast”. That’s just mean, tinypic. Shame on you.
Thank you all for the great suggestions and the nice Christmas-wishes! I hope you all had fantastic holidays so far, and got what you wanted for Christmas. :)
For today I’ll close the requests for “Merry Scribblemess”, but I’m really in a giving mood, so if you want to, you can send me a request for the 27th December, and I’ll continue to draw you some sketches!
This is the third and final part of your gift, from your Secret Santa chileancarmenere! I hope you enjoy it :) happy holidays!
“Soo…” Isabela settled herself on Aveline’s desk, casually pushing aside the paperwork.
“So…?” Aveline raised her head with her best long-suffering…
This was soooo amazing! Thank you very much! I loved it immensly, the relationship of Aveline and Isabela is one of my favourites in the game, and you really captured them nicely! Thank you, thank you! And merry christmas to you!
Leave a request in my ask or as a comment on this post and I’ll draw a little sketch for you or for whoever you want to tomorrow on the 25th! Whatever you want, however you want it, or how much you want!