This is probably going to be one of the most goth-hippie things you’ve read today, but while meditating under the full moon with a black amethyst in hand, I’ve realized that my metaphysical research should be more on my Vocal.Media account and referenced on my website. This will help me financially and build up my platform. I’ve had such horrible writer’s block when it came to articles on Vocal.Media. Even though starting this WordPress blog helped me get some writing in on the daily, it drove me nuts that I was neglecting my writing goals for Vocal.Media. Blogging is natural for me. Article writing takes more planning and organization.
On Vocal.Media, which I feel is a reliable way to gain earnings if you’re willing to put the effort into it, I do my best to write in an informative, but also conversational sort of tone because I want to encourage anyone who comes across my writing to consider the metaphysical world whether it be for fun or in a more serious matter. I wish to write about my topics respectfully and transparently so my audience knows I’m being real with them as I explore these topics myself. There is such a vast paranormal/supernatural community out there and I really want to be a part of it rather than just a quiet outsider. Too many of us have had mystical experiences that we’ve tried to rationally explain, but haven’t yet and I think instead of leaning towards the idea of calling ourselves delusional or freaks, we can have a conversation about it instead. Discussing our experiences can lead to more rational conclusions and coping mechanisms or it can, as us metaphysical lovers like to say, expand our consciousness so we can delve into the unknown or unexplained without being harassed by doubt every day. I still run into people who go through so many things they just want to understand and I think if I were to write more articles about certain types of experiences, like meeting entities from other realms, having visions and dreams that turn out to be prophetic, etc., we’ll all just be more open about it and feel less alone. I know this community is already expanding in a more inclusive manner. I just want to keep the momentum going.
So, this is basically an announcement that the Metaphysical Terms page will soon link to my articles on Vocal.Media and I’ll make sure to announce new articles ASAP.
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A quick note to those of you who connect with the astrological forces out there, Jupiter in retrograde and the full moon in Libra is some very incredible energy right now. It’s a very honest energy. “Dark night of the soul” kind of stuff. Take advantage of it. This energy will help you conquer, or at least face, what is blocking you from your goals and aspirations right now.
All right, so the first page [Literary Terms A-Z] is the page where you click on the letter your literary term starts with so you can find it easily. At the moment, there are only four terms, so there are very few letters. It will develop in time. It’s a shame the page is so plain at the moment, but sometimes less is more. I want it to be user friendly more than anything.
Beyond The Black is a german symphonic metal band that I really like. I don’t have a badass metal band at the moment, so I’m going to do my own take on “Love’s A Burden” with sort of a gothic electronica twist, since it is one of the few songs that isn’t heavy and I don’t have to feel too pressured.
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How I Did Cover Songs In The Past
So, in 2014, I actually had a channel called “Keiko Artz” where I would do cover songs (mostly anime intros, songs from movies, or songs from video games lol). When I nearly lost my battle with clinical depression in 2016, I deleted the channel and all my old songs off of YouTube and removed it from stores (well some songs might be up somewhere lol). The songs are still saved on my computer and there are some I would like to share again, but I’ll need to record them over. But when I had them up, I had them accompanied with (very amateur-ish) digital art. I was still learning how to draw then and it was incredibly difficult to have enough confidence in myself to complete a work and keep it up there. Well, three years later, I’m back into drawing again and I’m determined to keep creating. So, if you stay in touch, I hope you’ll support me. Like I said before, on Instagram I show my progress. The final result will be on my YouTube Channel and on my blog of course :).
So, it hit me recently that I’m overburdening myself with expectations…again. I’ve been overthinking what it means to have a platform for your creative projects and it stresses me out when I compare myself to others or degrade the resources I already have that will help me achieve my goals. After a few deep breaths, I’ve realized that even though I’m extremely introverted and have a difficult time reaching out, I’m going to make sure I set aside time to show more of who I am and how my work has been going at the least on a monthly basis. It’s just…so hard sometimes to convince yourself that there is an audience out there for your work and even if they don’t know you personally, they may care. Actually, even the people who know me personally aren’t sure what I’m doing. I hide everything due to the great fear that no one will understand. Yet art isn’t just about understanding the artist. It’s about experiencing their own creative expression. Either you’ll harmonize with it or you won’t. That’s all it comes down to.
Second. I actually have a song released called “Storm Magick”. It’s not on streaming or download sites at the moment, but it is on my YouTube channel. I’ll have it back in stores momentarily.
One of my dreams is to create a soundtrack for my novel and this is one of the songs. I’ll definitely be releasing new original music, but I want to go back to covers like I did in the past. I learned so much about recording and mixing when I did covers and I know I can apply that experience to my originals. *crosses fingers*
Third, I’ve been messing around with acrylic paints and have had a lot of fun. It’s such a great outlet. I still plan to show sketches and character designs for my novel and I will share them on here as promised. That will mostly be digital work I do on Clip Studio Paint. Traditional painting, however, will be just for me.
Lastly, WordPress has been such a great platform that allows me to connect with other writers, artists, witches, pagans, mythology and history nerds, and more. It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m not as diligent as I am with other social media platforms. The monthly basis update I was talking about earlier will be dedicating myself to blogging and just expressing who I am for at least a solid week (starting today). It’s a challenge for myself really, but if I can connect with others as I try this out, that would be lovely and a real confidence booster.
I think that’s it for now. I have to admit that being so diligent with my artistic career, trying to build a lifestyle where I can pursue my passions without selling my soul to someone else in exchange for basic financial needs is very stressful. Am I grateful for where I am at right now? Most definitely. I have a lot of support and care. Persisting to attain the success I most desire is up to me though.
So, I had a few chapters of my novel on Tapas.io for a while, but I don’t find it to be the right platform. Instead, I’m going to post excerpts of my novel I find I’m really proud of. I’m still considering Wattpad, but I don’t know yet. We’ll see.