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Brain Scan.. Not as pretty as my artwork…

Yeah, it’s serious.

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

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Over the years it has been my freehand spray paint artwork that many of you are accustomed to seeing.  There will be more but for now, there is this.  My wife and I are working hard on keeping you up to date.  We are blown away by the more than 60K followers who show there support to us daily on the blog and other social media platforms!

So, here is a scan of my brain and the Tumor is circled. Its bigger than first thought.  On the 9th I have one more MRI w/ spectroscopy to determine the rate of growth and cell types.  Then it gets really hairy.

Ray Brain

I am doing the best I can to be in good spirits and will continue to strive! It really helps knowing I have touched so many people with my artwork…

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Spare the Junk


Links to: WikiHow.  (Yes, how to crumple a sheet of paper.)

If you’re serious about writing or any other art form, then you have to learn the practice of starting over.  Remember the portrayal of the writer in front of a typewriter, clacking away and throwing away whole sheets of paper into the waste basket?

Yeah, the computer in all of its shapes and forms hasn’t changed the need to start over.  The ease of being able to type or delete text does not mean the process will run any smoother or faster.  Maybe the speed at which you enter the results, but that’s it.  You have to reject the impression that the overall process is better or faster.

If anything, writing has become more of a challenge in this century.  And it’s not because of narcissism.  (Well, not entirely.)  Technology has allowed things to become more complicated than ever.  You can’t resonate well telling tales stuck in the 1700s.  (You can, however find good progress in nonfiction, so don’t take the 1700s off the table.)

The point is, flaws will always affect your work, and that’s okay.  But you can’t become too attached to the material results.  Sure, you’re advancing, but the results are meant to convey something, not the other way around.

So ask yourself: what are you really getting at?  Creating deserves to be effective.  What would happen if you removed a whole sentence that was flawed?  A sentence with redundant detail is a junk sentence; removing it is not a death sentence.

This ‘gutting’ applies especially to fiction.  Just the fact that you’re coming up with something false means you’re running the risk of going off the deep end.  You have to study nonfiction in order to write believable fiction.  If anything, you should be out there absorbing anything you can sans expectations good or bad.

If you’re someone who has, in part, started the practice to work out personal problems then you must hear this: art to settle scores isn’t art.  You’re not writing to unleash baggage on the reader.  Sure, you can put your struggles into characters, but ultimately, you have to know what you’re doing; and it’s even harder than that.

You can be a man of your words (or woman of), but you are not your words.  A good editor will help, but you still have to work on your own stuff.

The real message can become lost in the words.  It only takes a drop of ink to poison a glass of water.  And I’m not talking typos.  Making your words count does not mean being more ‘wordy.’

Art is from the heart.

Art is really the practice of learning how to properly translate what the heart is saying.  Everyone has the potential.

If you’re not able to rewrite, then you’re either a prophet, or an artist who’s lost his/her way.  If you can’t start over somewhere to get the message right, then you haven’t really absorbed your world as opposed to collecting it.  Age cannot kill timeless truths.

Only you know what’s true to you, and you will be tested in life, not just art.  When it comes to the constructive flow, you must allow the flaws to come out so that they can be worked out.  Not feared, but also not left unresolved.

You can utilize plot devices and metaphors, but good writing is always along the lines of perspective.  Professional or not, your voice is there, wanting to speak its truth, however needing an education to translate that truth properly.

So, what are you really getting at?

Giving My Heart Away

It’s certainly not fun and games, writing a novel.  Even if the characters are having fun.

I’ve been in better health before I started.  I wasn’t in good health prior, so, in loading my leads with passion, it’s like I traded one disease for another.  At first it was fun; I developed an unconscious dream I had into two chapters and an idea for the third, all in one day.

There’s definitely something fulfilling in the work, especially since the story is a love story.  But I appear too attached in the way I’ve handled it. Continue reading Giving My Heart Away

Review: The Sound of My Voice

(Sound of My Voice poster image)

Sound of My Voice (2011) is a severely underpromoted/underrated film (5 Screens, 6.6/10 on IMDb/Metacritic, $36K-$405,614 U.S. gross), written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (director).  The R-rated film stars Christopher Denham (Peter Aitken), Nicole Vicius (Lorna Michaelson), Brit Marling (Maggie) and Richard Wharton (Klaus).

A woman with a criminal past that claims to be from the future (Maggie) leads a cult that requires its participants to be blindfolded and handcuffed during travel to the compound development—a development that’s claimed to be a safe haven for a pending civil war.  A male journalist (Peter) investigates, using a pair of glasses with camera and a transmitter, and his girlfriend (Lorna) plays along.  His transmitter gets lodged in his throat; with the recording method ruined, his evidence can now only be of the empirical sort.

The journalist is put in the position to where he must connect with the woman to get information out of her, but he lets her push his ‘virtual’ emotional buttons, and this shakes the relationship with his girlfriend.  His girlfriend tells him that she’s never seen him really cry, as he does during a ‘healing’/vomiting session.  With their own separate involvement in the case, anger and defensiveness flares.  They fight.

The man also works at the school that an odd little girl attends.  The cult leader claims this girl is…her mother.  This yields an operation that would eventually tear everything apart.  Without giving away the ending, the movie is no doubt one that’s hard to forget—one without big fireball explosions.

Well-acted, well-written, with a daring script, this movie is a classic with a fitting title that focuses more on the honest art and less on the sci-fi.  Grade: A-.

Charity: solution

“The best things in life are free.”

Yeah….

Well, in the current status of the world, there are still those monetary systems that rule the world, and rule, subsequently, people.  Until something like the abolition of debt happens, charity is the ultimate tool, —er solution in dealing with other people’s financial woes…woes created by these systems since currencies came into existence out of market value instead of practical value, such as food commodities—also perverted by markets.  Why am I talking about this?  Someone other than me needs help.

Linked on Ray Ferrer’s blog, the Boys and Girl’s club KickStarter project is currently $980 short of the required amount for funding, and the crowd-funding project will expire tomorrow.  Stencil and spray paint art is not as easy as someone would think.  If you haven’t seen Ferrer’s blog, or haven’t seen the process in real time when artists perform, then you don’t know what I mean.  But this project has more to do with helping children than anything else.  Many people need a mentor or role model, especially in these dark times.
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