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What 24 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

  1. Learn to post on time. Otherwise you’ll be celebrating your two year blogversary ten days too late.
  2. Listen to your audience. As much as you’re writing for yourself, you’re also writing to help your readers traverse this veil of tears safely, so give them what they want sometimes.
  3. Trust your voice. In the beginning, it’s tough finding what exactly makes you who you are as a writer, but if you keep at it long enough, and if you practice, you’ll find out who you are. Until then, don’t stop searching.
  4. Build your niche as you go. Don’t expect your blog to stay the same forever. Experiment as much as you can in the early stages. Find what works for you and what doesn’t. Which font suits your blogging style? Which background? What kind of humour makes you and your readers happy? Never stop asking yourself these questions, and perfect yourself as you learn more.
  5. Invite criticism. Ask everyone and his brother to come and give you advice on how to make your game stronger. Doesn’t matter if they know anything about blogging or not. The beauty (and irony) of the online world is that everyone has opinions, so use it your advantage.
  6. Keep your first blog post online. They’re usually the cringiest pieces of baloney you ever could have written and you can look back and feel proud about the progress you’ve made. Reader, I beg you, don’t read my first blog. Please.
  7. CONNECT. The whole point of blogging, in my experience, has been to reduce the amount of loneliness and complacency in the world by creating a personal, safe space for online and irl discourse, so by all means, keep all lines open.
  8. Keep your ears peeled. Listen to any advice, inspiration, or benign idea that comes your way. Trust me. You’ll never see an idea coming, so stay alert or it’ll sweep you off the ground before you can make heads or tails of it.
  9. Surround yourself with writers who inspire. Although blogging is largely a solitary experience, it doesn’t always have to be. Consciously make the decision to be around the kind of people who literally, through their energy, compel you to write more. Luckily, I found my people very early – I have my closest friends, and I have writers who are equally as passionate about life as I am – but I encourage you to never stop looking for more reasons to write, and here’s why:
  10. You will want to stop. One day, it will seem worthless. The words will stop. Your fountain will run dry. The fear of judgement will kick in faster than the speed of your thoughts, you will curl up into a ball of comfort and all your beautiful dreams, like all beautiful things, will die of neglect and resentment and disregard.

Don’t stop. don’t. stop. Post a word a day if you have to, but don’t stop. Take a week’s break if you have to, but come back. This is not only a matter of not giving up, it is a matter of staying true to who you are. Speaking your mind is a brave, brave thing. I need you to be brave. Put your heart and soul out into the world, because people will see it, and people will continue to believe in the power words have. And one day, you’ll have an amazing story to tell.

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Classical Music For Every Situation

when you think about your first love:

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E Minor, II. Andante

when you drink a good cup of coffee:

El Jarabe Tanatio (The Mexican Hat Dance)

when you DIE:

Debussy – Violin Sonata, I. Allegro vivo

when you’re thinking about thinking:

Ysaye – Sonata for 2 Violins in A Minor, I. Poco lento

wedding:

Boccherini – Minuetto

when you’re in the mood for orchestral music:

Mahler- Symphony No. 5, IV- Adagietto

when you wanna take the less travelled road:

Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No.2, I. Moderato

when you feel like eating music (you read that right):

Bach – Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor BWV 1003, III. Andante

if you wanted to describe music to an alien:

Bach – Violin Partita No.3 in E Major BWV 1006, 1. Preludio

when you meet the love of your life (lol):

Bach – Violin Partita No.3 in E Major BWV 1006, 1. Preludio

if you could never listen to music again and this was your last piece:

Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D Minor, II. Adagio di melto

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Appreciating Musician YouTubers // List

1. twoset violin

Shout-out to @deeyee_drawing for this amazingdesign!

2. Andrew Huang

3. Julian cianciolo

4. charles cornell

5. daniel thrasher

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10 Things That Made 2019 Great

  1. Classical music. I could write about this forever.
  2. TwoSetViolin. God, these people are amazing.
  3. YLAC – the Counter Speech Fellowship.
  4. Bringing the iPod back to life. And downloading Hilary Hahn’s album onto it.
  5. Discovering music courses on coursera.
  6. Hank Green’s new book, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour, being announced.
  7. Watching 30 hours of Project for Awesome livestreams.
  8. Careless Whisper.
  9. Chopin – Etude Op. 25 No.11. I jumped out of my seat the first time I heard it. My god.
  10. Claire de Lune. I still cry when I listen to it.
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2020

To all my friends who take the time to read my blog, first of all, thank you. 2019 has been weirdly vivid and extremely terrifying in equal measures, and if you made it to the end with me, thank you. Second: this year has shown me what real fear feels like. It reaches to the deepest corner of your mind and it penetrates into your soul, and you definitely don’t feel like your best when it comes around. So those of you who went through a scary phase and came out alive, congratulations. You get to live another day, and I respect your resilience. Those of you fighting with regret over the things you couldn’t accomplish, it’s okay. 2020 is right around the corner, and god only knows what you’ll achieve. So keep going strong.

And most importantly: to those who embarked on journeys feeling scared, alone and out of love, but still persisted, I send all my strength out to you. You are a real player, and no matter what the circumstance, I assure you that in 2020, good things will come right to your doorstep.

Happy New Year.

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The 20's Are Coming

It’s finally here. The year’s ending, and I couldn’t be more glad, honestly. It means I get to write my decade in review! Here we go.

Top Achievements

  1. Attending the Counter Speech Fellowship. July-Sep 2019
  2. This is a petty one, but 40 trophies. 2010-2019
  3. Cycling 17 kilometres in under an hour and then falling very very sick, skipping the first week of ninth grade. March 2018
  4. Starting this blog 🙂 January 2018
  5. Performing in front of a live crowd at the CSF graduation. Sep 2019

Top Goofs

  1. The first one is so embarrassing I wish I could crawl into the earth and stay there forever. April 2019
  2. I didn’t attempt several questions in my 80 mark tests, which disturbs me more than I had expected. Oct & Dec 2019
  3. I called Alexa Alekhya and was confused why she wasn’t responding. Nov 2019

Biggest Lessons Learnt

  1. You gotta stop living your life so delicately, man. You’re allowed to make mistakes and grow from them. Dec 2019
  2. You ain’t getting nowhere without practice. Dec 2019
  3. There are more interesting things in life than the idea of a person. Oct 2019
  4. Let loose, man. 2016-2019
  5. If you don’t comb your hair, it’s gonna end up looking like sh*t. 2012-forever

Much Excite

  1. Discovering TwoSet Violin, the YouTube channel that fulfills all my musical desires. Dec 2019
  2. Going to Goa, then coming back and going on a spontaneous flight to Darjeeling by myself. May 2019
  3. My first live drama, in which I did something besides narrating. I played the role of a pig. Dec 2018

Biggest Skills I’m Holding Onto

  1. Learning Chinese and Spanish. 2015–
  2. Learning to play the guitar, ukulele and keyboard. 2010–
  3. Cycling everyday. 2018–
  4. Writing. 2016–
  5. My undying curiosity for anything even remotely interesting. 2015–

Goals for the 20’s

  1. Fluency at as many new languages as possible. 2020-2030
  2. Finish my guitar grades. 2024
  3. Travel to at least 5 different countries. 2020-2030 (please, mom and dad)

To all my friends, I hope you had a great decade and I hope you have an even greater 2020. Happy New Year!

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An Honest Conversation

Photo by Anas Alshanti on Unsplash

I acknowledge that it’s been a good while since I’ve blogged the way I used to, and with good explanation.

I don’t know what to say, but I will say this: I don’t feel the same way about writing anymore. It used to be this thing where I had my own little space on the internet where I could speak my mind, where I could let my heart run wild, where the only thing stopping me would be the speed of my fingers, but it’s not the same anymore. The worst part: I know why, but I wish I didn’t. Knowing the reason behind a problem is sadly not doing anything to solve it, and that makes me very annoyed.

You wouldn’t believe how many half-finished drafts I have that I wish I had finished, so many songs I’ve written but none of which I’m proud of, so many ideas, but none of them good, and sometimes, I feel like stopping. Just letting all this go to the dogs, and starting over, but I’m sick of starting over. So, instead of complaining about my absolute lack of motivation, I am still keeping at all the things that I love.

And because, in my head, this blog has morphed into having an audience of one, I would like to remind you that these doors are always open for conversation. Honest, heartfelt conversation. So if you have something to say, any of you, I encourage you to let it out and let it go.

It will be a huge surprise if I don’t delete this in two days. Also, good stuff is definitely coming. Don’t worry.

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Taking a Break

bye frands

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None Pizza

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Trickster Trust

Photo by Karly Santiago on Unsplash


Also stolen from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

(please don’t copystrike me)


I believe that the original human impulse for creativity was born out of pure trickster energy. Of course it was! Creativity wants to flip the mundane world upside down and turn it inside out, and that’s exactly what a trickster does best. But somewhere in the last few centuries, creativity got kidnapped by the martyrs, and it’s been held hostage in their camp of suffering ever since. I believe this turn of events has left art feeling very sad. It has definitely left a lot of artists feeling very sad.

It’s time to give creativity back to the tricksters, is what I say.

The trickster is obviously a charming and subversive figure. But for me, the most wonderful thing about a good trickster is that he trusts. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest this, because he can seem so slippery and shady, but the trickster is full of trust He trusts himself, obviously. He trusts his own cunning, his own right to be here, his own ability to land on his feet in any situation. To a certain extent, of course, he also trusts other people (in that he trusts them to be marks for his shrewdness). But mostly, the trickster trusts the universe. He trusts in its chaotic, lawless, ever-fascinating ways–and for this reason, he does not suffer from undue anxiety. He trusts that the universe is in constant play and, specifically, that it wants to play with him.

A good trickster knows that if he cheerfully tosses a ball out into the cosmos, that ball will be thrown back at him. It might be thrown back really hard, or it might be thrown back really crooked, or it might be thrown back in a cartoonish hail of missiles, or it might not be thrown back until the middle of next year — but it will be thrown back. The trickster waits for the ball to return, catches it however it arrives, and then tosses it back out there into the void again, just to see what will happen. And he loves doing it, because the trickster (in all his cleverness) understands the great cosmic truth that the martyr (in all his seriousness) can never grasp: It’s all just a game.

A big, freaky, wonderful game.

Which is fine, because the trickster likes freaky.

Freaky is his natural environment.

The martyr hates freaky. The martyr wants to kill freaky. And in so doing, he all too often ends up killing himself.