Feb 6, 2016

What Your Favorite Artwork Says About You

who knew the faintest detail of a personal preference could reveal so much about our personalities? So, we thought: If our favorite milk products and children's literature can be so illuminating, what about our favorite pieces of art...?

Thus began our investigation into the character-revealing aspects of everyone's most loved masterpieces. Because a picture's worth a thousand words at least a few revelatory sentences, right?

1 Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

Obviously you are a romantic, one who dreams of traveling the world, eating fine foods and probably falling in love with an opera singer. Or, you're just attracted to shiny things like gold, and you owned too many college dorm posters.

2 Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night"

You are a quiet intellectual who enjoys spending nights in... gazing out windows perhaps? You are exhausted with the use of the term "introvert." You may or may not be pursuing an unrequited love interest. And the object of that love interest is probably sunflowers.

3 Edvard Munch's "The Scream"

"Laid back" is not a term people would use to describe you. You can often be seen finishing work in the wee hours of the night, complaining to friends by daylight that you're "so busy" and "stressed." You're making this face right now, aren't you?

4 Frida Kahlo's Portraits (Any of Them)

apn Photo/Lilli Strauss
You have extravagant style, a dominant speaking voice and an impetuous attitude overall. You utter the words "Why Not?" more than the average individual. If faced with the decision of which pet to buy, your brain goes straight to monkey.

5 Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"

You've read too many thrillers that sensationalize art history, so much so that you've embarked upon your own quest to solve the mystery of this woman's smirk. This is, therefore, not the first time you've gazed upon her face today. We fear your undeterred resolve.

6 Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Dustheads"

Mainstream [insert anything here] is just not for you. Your friends consider you a source of information for things indie, alternative and artsy. You make a lot of mixed tapes. And your next choice for favorite artwork would have been anything by Keith Haring. Well done, you.

7 Georgia O'Keeffe's "Pink Tulip"

Your desert island check list: a good book, a strong cup of tea and an iPod stocked with a few hours of classical music. Or just this painting. This painting would do.

8 Jackson Pollock's "Number 19"

You thrive in chaos. You eat while driving, read magazines backwards and need to have at least one layer of clutter around the house to feel comfortable. But hey, it works.

9 Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory"

Photo Sean Gallup/Getty Images
You are the type of person who feels very comfortable sharing vivid details from your slightly horrific dreams to the chagrin of every single one of your friends. You have inhaled. You have exhaled. And then you repeated the process a couple times for good measure.

10 Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Screenprints

Your biggest secret: You've more than once contemplated a singing career because, hey, your voice sounds really good echoing through the halls of empty staircases.

11 Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

Oddball, horse of a different color, strange bird. There are more than a few phrases to describe the special brand of "you." But you don't care. Because you're too busy examining the 50 shades of crazy happening in this painting! Amiright?

12 Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain"

You're a contrarian with a quick wit. If Magritte's "Ceci n'est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe)" was on this list, you would have picked that. In fact, you pick that anyway.

13 Katsushika Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa"

Because who doesn't love a good early 19th century woodprint? Seriously, everyone loves this artwork, they just do.

14 Cindy Sherman's Self Portraits

You have muttered the word "obvious" about 13 times throughout the course of reading this list. You love Cindy, but she's not even your first choice for favorite contemporary artist.

15 Damien Hirst's "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living"

AP Photo/Matt Dunham
You've never been to a museum. But you do have a morbid fascination with animals in vitrines.

16 Barbara Kruger's "We Don't Need Another Hero"

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
You're reading this list from the study room of your college humanities department. Your coffee mug features either the visage of Notorious RBG or reads "eschew obfuscation."

17 Kara Walker's "A Subtlety"

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
You either enjoy massively popular art shows in Williamsburg, regardless of the content, because, well, this makes for a great 'gram. OR you are acutely aware of the surreal history hidden behind this 75-foot long sculpture and, for the record, hate selfies.

18 Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms

(Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Polka dots, need we say more?

19 Banksy's "Riot Green"

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Go home, friend, you're drunk.

Annoying Writing Habits That Many People Have

Do you hate it when people chew with their mouths open? 
Does it bother you when people bite their nails? 
Most people have a pet peeve, and readers are no different. Bad writing habits or mistakes can set readers on edge. How can you find out if you are unintentionally irritating your audience? Check out this list of some of the most hated writing habits.

Perplexed Possessives and Contractions

People might overlook this small annoyance in text messages, but they find it difficult to let it pass in formal writing. In fact, some readers get downright irate when people misuse possessive pronouns and contractions. Your and their are possessive pronouns. They’re and you’re are contractions. You’re is the contraction, or shortened form, of you are. They’re is the contraction of they are. To figure out whether to use a possessive pronoun or a contraction, expand the contraction to its full form. Then, ask yourself if the sentence still makes sense.

You’re going to be late. You are going to be late.
The sentence is logical. You’re is correct.

You’re car is running. You are car is running.
The sentence doesn’t work. Don’t use the contraction.

You can use the same rule of thumb to decide between their and they’re. However, there is one more word that is often confused with these two homophones—there. There can be used in a lot of different ways, but it might help to remember that there is the opposite of here. You can substitute here for there and see if your sentence still makes sense.

Commas Everywhere or Nowhere at All

It is difficult to remember when to use a comma. Some writers add them haphazardly and others avoid them like the plague. What rules govern comma usage? Consult the Business Insider article, “13 Rules for Using Commas Without Looking Like an Idiot.”

Long, Long, Long

A reader may lose interest or become confused if sentences or paragraphs are excessively long. While proofreading, eliminate unnecessary words. Ask yourself if all the sentences in a paragraph support its main idea. Move or eliminate any that don’t.

Catachresis and Sesquipedalianism

Some people think the longest word they know is always the best one to use. However, there are dangers in using unnecessarily long or obscure words. You might alienate readers who don’t understand such terms. You might seem pretentious. You might use the word incorrectly. The best way to avoid this habit is to write with your audience in mind and to double-check the meaning of any unusual words.

Questionable Quotes

When you throw a quote into your writing and don’t add any context, readers may not understand the connection. Introduce the quote (or follow it) with an explanation that plainly shows why it is relevant to the topic at hand.

Redundancy, or Saying the Same Thing Over Again

Writers following a major news story may run out of fresh information. Instead of waiting for a new development, they spin the same old information into article after article. Other writers may need to hit a certain word count, so they restate what they have already written. Both tendencies are annoying. There’s no quick fix for this flaw. Just don’t do it!


A writer who passes off the work of another author as his own without authorization runs the risk of losing the respect of his peers. Granted, some plagiarism is unintentional—the result of misunderstanding how to give proper credit to the appropriate source. However, ignorance is no excuse. There are many online guides to help writers avoid this faux pas.

Trying to Sound Like Other People

Some writers don’t plagiarize, but they do mimic (sometimes poorly) the style of other authors. Mimicking other writers for practice is a good way to develop skills, but successful writers must eventually develop their own distinctive voice. You can do the same. Make sure your published work sounds like you. There is one special exception; some writers are commissioned to write in the style of deceased authors, such as V.C. Andrews, to continue their legacy. However, these writers spend an immense amount of time perfecting their craft by studying everything about the authors and their writing.

Review some of your recent work with an objective eye. Are you committing the writing equivalent of chewing with your mouth open? Remember, these are common bad habits. They are all fixable. What’s the first step in fixing a problem? It’s admitting that it exists. And if you are being driven up the wall by the bothersome writing habits of others? Look on the bright side. You can’t control whether someone chews with their mouth open, but you can turn a page.

In process - Vladimir Volegov

Feb 5, 2016

BOOK BLITZ - Black by T.L. Smith

Title: Black

Author: T.L. Smith

Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 29, 2016


I am loyal, but I will betray you.  
I am strong, but I have scars  
I am an angel, but the devil.  
I met her when I was sixteen and she was a breath of fresh air. She swooped in, making me smile. But then she left, taking my next breath with her.  
Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter.  
I found her again ten years later, with a syringe in her arm.  
Blood coming from between her legs.  
She was broken and I was glad she was broken. She wouldn't think less of me and my damaged ways.

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