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One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again.

Marshall Vandruff, one of the best teachers I have ever had, on artist’s block. Said during a webinar done on Visualarium to advertise his upcoming online course on animal anatomy (source links to webinar)  (via her0inchic)
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harmonypowerhouse:

*develops new crush* *looks up star sign compatibility instead of actually talking to them*

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fuck me like im one of your insecurities 

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the-psycho-cutie:

i didn’t realize growing up meant dying inside but hey it’s whatever

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  • as-howarthHey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?
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    I guess I am both happy and sad.

    I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.

    But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.

  • the nine of wands, the fool, and the lovers

    fishingboatproceeds:

    zaielle:

    Imagine a world where people only die if they know about death. 

    (How quickly) would everyone become immortal? What do you think will happen? Will there come a point wherein everyone hides the the concept of death from a generation and the concept will die out? Can you even do that? You can’t teach any form of history, or even family trees, because every previous generation has died (what about pets and other animals? is it only human mortality that counts?). Infant mortality would drop to zero though. 

    If people only can die if they know death exist, would anything change at all? 

    And so a novel was born.

    aka oryx and crake/year of the flood/maddaddam

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