Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Decline of Creativity

As every artist comes to struggle with at random times during their life, I have been plagued with the disease known as "artist's block". This detrimental item comes, at least to me, with various lazy, ill-motivating, and down right unenjoyable symptoms.

  1. Unexplainable, Suffocating Fatigue - There is nothing more aggravating than feeling like a dead lump of wasted skin as you sleep your what could have been productive days away. Instead of working on my novels, constructing artwork and illustrations, or even writing a post for my role playing website, I find myself intimate with my pillow on more occasions than not - and my alarm clock is very jealous of this affair.
  2. Head-ache Inducing Boredom - I despise boredom. Yet, I can't fix it when I don't have the motivation to get off my rear end to do a single thing. Yes, I still ride and get a work out there every other day, however, while at home I merely stare at the ceiling or walls. I'm starting to become skeptical about whether they will start trying to talk to me. Crazy, I know.
  3. Unavoidable, Instant Rages - Seeing as I hate artist's block, lack of motivation, and all symptoms relating to said items, I find myself incredibly angry with myself, and tend to make rash decisions I would have rather avoided. But what can I do? Its like a circle. Every symptom falls back on itself in this carousel of uselessness, and its not planning on winding down to a stop. Nope. The gay music of nostalgia just drones one like some dying animal.
I think I've made my point quite clear with just these three examples as to how irritating such blocks can be; and the fact its stopping both my art and writing just irks me all the more. I do hope it returns soon.

How do you deal with these times? Force yourself through it? Wait for it to pass? Please feel free to share.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Warrior Dash 2012

Warrior Dash. 2012.

Where to start? Well, I suppose the fact that this was my first Warrior Dash... ever. I had only heard about this 3+ mile obstacle course that was basically a hop, skip, and a jump away from our house last year around this time when my friend Katie, pictured above third person in from the left, told me about her experience. Needless to say, this time I joined in (furthest left) with our friends and family.

For those unfamiliar with Warrior Dash, as I had been up until recently, its quite simple. Armed with only the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet, you take off on a timed track through the wilderness where several obstacles are placed in your path to test your ability as a "warrior". From swimming through small bodies of water to a test of balance, running down a sand pit to scale a mound on the other side, and crawling under barbed wire in mud up to your chin you see it all.

Oh. Did I mention the main attraction? Mud. Lots of it. Near the end of the trek - and I do say it is a trek, at this point I was ready for a nice warm shower and bath - we trudged through waist deep, black mud. At this point I was forced to bid adieu to my aqua shoes as they were sucked mercilessly off my feet and sacrificed to the Warrior Dash Mud gods. So, without any other means of escape (oops, did I say that?) I jogged onward with Katie towards the final obstacles: a nice rope wall...

Several BURNING objects.... (go ahead and laugh, I know its ridiculous myself).

And a quick swim through a mud bog covered with a canopy of barbed wire!

All with a head cold! YAY!

Cray cray, I know. But fun, and very much worth it! I recommend it to everyone who has a Warrior Dash hosted in their state. Don't worry your pretty heads! You can always skip an obstacle you're not comfortable with, and don't have to be in shape - just take my word on that one, ha-ha. All in all, I forced myself through the 85 degrees, sunny, hot day through mud, water, more mud, and sand for a silly medal.

But I'm damn proud. More pictures to come, hopefully! For now, I need to rest up for a date I have with the bestie tomorrow (among attempting to rid myself of this silly head cold). Goodnight, my dears!

Friday, July 27, 2012


What best way to celebrate the birth of a new blog other than getting to know the face behind the screen?

Firstly, my name is Hailee and I am a girl of many passions. The first and foremost passion is horse back riding. I've been a part of the prestigious sport since I was eight years old, topping off my many years of experience at nearly twelve. Wow. That's almost a shocker to me! I've had one big partner during the whole time; my red dun quarter horse Kid. He's my baby, whether he likes the attention or not, and one of my best friends. For a few years he was joined by a flea bitten gray half-Arabian named Dover. These two wonderful boys have taken me to the top, and we maintained out position there for several years. Now, I ride a wonderful dark bay Hanovarian named Malone. Though I don't necessarily own him myself, I love him all the same.

Second on my list of passions is writing (explaining this blog, I suppose). My life goal is to be a published author - even if its just for one single book. I don't really care! As long as my books, my work, my worlds even, are on the shelves for others to enjoy. Due to these aspirations, I'm majoring in English with a Writing Specialization at my current learning establishment, the University of Michigan - Flint (wonderful campus, I assure you). Currently I'm working on three series. I know, crazy right?! Very. Anyways, I hope to eventually share snippets and references with you.

Lastly, my forgotten passion is art. I only say this because I haven't quite given it the time of day I would like. I haven't drawn in sometime. However, today I did start a piece of one of my lovely Wyvern (a form of dragon) characters named Katta. I hope to share with you all soon!

Obviously, the blog will surround these three main items. I can't promise reviews of video games, movies, and books won't pop up here and there - after all, I'm quite fond of the three! Haha.

That's all I have for today, other than I'm fighting one terrible head cold. For now, as Tobuscus of Youtube would put it: Bless your faee, and if you sneezed during this blog, bless you. Haha!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Blog, New Start

Some of you may recognize me! Well, me being a silly, distracted nineteen year old lost the login information to my last blog, and whenever I successfully logged into Blogger it sent me here. Might as well start anew, right? Maybe it was some crazy way of some higher being telling me to just start over and fresh.

Here we are! For the next few days I don't expect very many things for this blog. I'll just write to write, blog to blog, review to review, and rant to rant. You'll all see the sides of me that my family and friends fail to on a regular basis. However, one must know that if they hold in all their emotions all of the time that it'll destroy them.

What's better to let out some steam than some good ranting on a blog? Grab your popcorn, adjust your 3D glasses, because we're about to get real.

Welcome to the life of an aspiring writer, horse back rider, and sophomore college student.