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February 5, 2016

[Guest Post] How to Pick Up the Pace of Language Learning in Our Daily Life?

by evilnymphstuff

As far as people are concerned, learning a language is tough. Learning a new language is a skill and the learners should be industrious in order to master a new language. A lot of people may not try to learn a language because they consider that it is beyond their talent. However, there are many other people interested in learning a language and they achieve it by means of their motivation and eagerness to learn something new in their life. Have you ever thought of learning a language by integrating it into your daily life?

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It is spot on that learning a new language takes time and effort. Some of the studies have shown that you can learn a language easily if you are capable of applying a stress-free approach to making a new language a part of your daily life. So, we can in fact pick up the pace of language learning especially by making it as a part of our daily life. It does not mean that you should carry grammar books with you from morning to evening.

When you integrate language learning into everyday life, it definitely makes your language learning process more exciting and trouble free. Here are some effective ways that will indeed help your language learning strategies and help you to become engaged with a new language each day:

February 1, 2016

‘The Mad Artist’ Project is ON!

by evilnymphstuff

Hey everyone!

We are finally on the very first day of February (at least, from this side of the world) and this means that ‘The Mad Artist’ Facebook page has just been launched!

Here’s the link to it: https://www.facebook.com/themadartistcommunity/

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Please give it a ‘Like’, share it and invite all your Facebook friends to do the same! :)

It’s not too late to contribute your artwork to the cause, to do so simply contact me!

Thank you for the support!

An Evil Nymph.

January 31, 2016

Heartbreak From A Stranger

by evilnymphstuff

I was looking for more violin players for our end-of-year orchestral shown when you appeared on our doorstep and offered to help.

Being the passionate leader that I was, I treated all my musicians as equally and uniquely important to my eyes. Taught you the arts, seeing you as an individual, not as a pawn.

In the middle of our rehearsals, one day, you came up to me and asked for your leave, because you had other more compulsory obligations and could not cope with everything. I understood, because I am human and you too, and let you go.

A side musical competition came up soon after, one that I did not find important but which my team mates did, thus we gave it much attention too.

On the day of the competition, as my orchestra was setting up, I saw you… on the other side of the stage, armed with your brand new violin, side to side with the opposing team.

You were so proud that you won and we lost.

I focused my orchestra back into the end-of-year show, and the latter was in fact a success. By that time I had forgotten all about you. People leave and people change.

The day you broke my heart was the day you came back to me.

Your orchestra had now a higher position than ours. You came to me to ask for my help for a future musical project. In other words, you needed slaves to do your work, because as the winning team, you would not dare degrade yourself to our standards.

The real truth was that you knew absolutely nothing about being in an orchestra, but you aimed for fame and royalty and here you are on top.

I have no choice but to fake a genuine innocent smile and abide by your wishes. My orchestra is under yours.

If not, I would have taken my orchestra in my own fall. And my orchestra is what I care for the most in life. I had to swallow my pride and my broken heart for the sake of my orchestra, its reputation and mobility. I had to close my eyes and let it go, for my orchestra to float up.

You had given me a unique opportunity for my orchestra, one I could not refuse.

~

An Evil Nymph.

January 26, 2016

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT!

by evilnymphstuff

This is it. We are really doing this. In one week, on the 1st February 2016, we will be launching our artistic project, ‘The Mad Artist’!

For those of you who don’t know what this is all about, please read this brief statement explaining all of it HERE, and if you are more curious about my thought processes about it, click HERE.

But it’s basically a project that will help undervalued artists to showcase their beautiful artworks all on a growing Facebook page – a social media platform for creative minds! I pitched the idea onto this blog first, then to my friends and so far, I was encouraged, so here we are!

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Hehe, this is actually the profile picture of ‘The Mad Artist’ Deviantart group, which I created and used to invite artists all over the world to participate in the project. Here’s the group name: TMA-NewTalents, in case any one of you would like to check out the various submitted artworks there. The response was great and positive :)

To those of you who have considered joining the project too, this is a reminder for you to submit your art now! Well, actually you can submit at any time, even after the launching date, because we’ll always need your art to showcase to a fresh audience that there are rare talents out there!

If you want to submit:

(i) Either through the Deviantart group that I linked above,

(ii) Or by sending me an email at daphyin.art@gmail.com

Do watermark your work and link me your Facebook page preferably (if you don’t have one then the link of your blog or any other platform you use), as all credits go to the artist!

You can also write a custom caption, to be sent along with the art.

So what are you waiting for? Join ‘The Mad Artist’ project!

Anyway.

I’m just so excited.

Will update you guys about the project in a week.

Until then,

An Evil Nymph.

January 8, 2016

The Mad Artist

by evilnymphstuff

‘The Mad Artist’ is a project that aims to solve a common inconvenience in the career of an independent artist, a.k.a. the second half of the creative job: publicizing one’s talents and being up-to-date with other artists.

We aim to offer a platform, free of charge, where all arts (both traditional and digital visual arts, crafts, music, photography, writing…) can be showcased to a worldwide audience, with the artist’s name and page/website clearly featured.

Our mission is to minimize the global underestimation of art and showcase how art does contribute to the beauty of the world, of one’s life. In simpler words: art is worth it. In addition, it is always a pleasure to fill someone’s social media feed with beautiful and meaningful things.

Being a start-up project, we will be starting with a Facebook page, and this is because Facebook is conveniently multi-media-friendly in terms of posting, while having one of the biggest active audience in the internet world. As some people say, ‘everyone has Facebook’ now. We might eventually expand to a website and other social networks in the future, depending on the response rate.

If you want to contribute your art to the project, simply send us your best work of art, with or without a caption of your preference, unless your art is writing itself, by email for evaluation and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If your art is accepted, then just sit back and relax, and we will do our best to put your work out there for everyone to see.

Email: daphyin.art@gmail.com

Tentative Launch Date: 1st February 2016 (?)

Partner in art: Dwij Rogbeer

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Yep, it’s official. The project is on!

Oh by the way, we are also recruiting talents from Deviantart. Join our group here: TMA-NewTalents

An Evil Nymph.

 

January 7, 2016

I NEED YOUR OPINION: ‘The Mad Artist’ Project

by evilnymphstuff

I hate myself for saying this, but when I feel like chilling in the morning, doing nothing, I open my Facebook and scroll down my news feed. The nice thing about my news feed is that, since a news feed depends on the previous posts you liked and such, I keep seeing either inspiring/writing quotes or beautiful artworks. I’m especially a fan of Word Porn and berlin-artparasites.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, despite my recent irregularity, you know that I’m also as much of a writer as a reader, and also that I’m as much of a visual artist (especially seen on my instagram) as a viewer and appreciator of art.

So, I was doing my usual online routine when an idea occurred to me. And ‘The Mad Artist’ Project was born.

What is that ‘crazy’ project?

Nothing has been done yet, because I would like some opinions from a little of everywhere before I do begin it; but in theory, ‘The Mad Artist’ is going to be a start-up Facebook platform for starting or established artists (digital, traditional, photographers, you name it) to get to promote their best art on a weekly/monthly basis. If I do get to go along with the project, I will start it as a Facebook page first, then expand to a website and Instagram and more maybe.

Why this project?

You see, I am sometimes an artist too, but often, my student life gets in the way and I just stop. Moreover, every time I feel like making my brand, I tend to falter and shift to another style, thus I’m way too inconsistent in art to have a signature style and build my own ’empire’. However, I’m consistently looking out for artsy things, especially during my Facebook time, since I do have creative friends and I do like a lot of such pages, and I really appreciate art, and sometimes I just wish I could help those consistent and dedicated artists in a way.

Besides, I think that being an independent artist (my targeted audience for the project for the time being) requires not only to make art but also to promote it… and the project is going to take care of that second job, at least, I hope it’s going to give more exposure and encourage mingles among the different artists I know.

It will basically be a platform for uniting my favourite arts and at the same time for more exposure for busy creative artists.

If you are confused, here’s a prototype of how a post on the page would look like: a photo/the art and a caption by me (because I do love to write and I did enjoy doing the Picture it & Write challenges long before on this blog, which has the same concept):

“”She might as well have been a porcelain doll. She was played with, but she could not play with.”

Art by An Evil Nymph.”

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December 26, 2015

Wrong Major, Right Path

by evilnymphstuff

I figured that university was probably not for me. But I kept going, because it was not about classes and grades anymore, but about that sense of belonging among your peers, the community that makes the institution truly alive in the first place.

People have told me several times that I’m good at academia. But I chose not to go with it. I did not enjoy it as much as getting my hands dirty. Academia is too lonely for me. I enjoy teamwork and concrete projects, though I did not know that side of mine before I had actually experienced it.

In the end, I’m left doing a degree I have no real passion for; I have no idea what I am going to do after this, but at the same time, I know exactly what I am going to do after this. Taking a right turn, not looking back. The trip is set.

As the year 2015 is ending, I’ve been giving a lot of thoughts about my future and this is what I am at now. It’s all even more blur and unstable than before. Yet, I have grown to know myself more, my needs, my happiness triggers. All of me never stay the same and that is, I believe, the beauty of what makes us human: we are full of possibilities; we change because nothing is ever fixed and it is those uncertainties that are closer to the truth of who we are.

On that note, merry Christmas and happy new year 2016!

An Evil Nymph.

P.S.: Also partly published in my Dayre: dayre.me/dkwaye

November 9, 2015

A Career Change

by evilnymphstuff

This title is misleading only because I have not had one career change, but several ones, since… forever. Today, I’d just like to share with you my surprisingly consistent career changes throughout my 1.5 years in university so far, because I realized a weird pattern out of it.

I would have an epiphany about my future plans after every single semester at that very moment when we are all revising for exams. I am currently ending my third semester, therefore, I have had three career changes so far.

First semester:

Those of you who read my blog last year, you might remember that, after reading A Beautiful Mind, I was completely into becoming a researcher. Yes, that was my first change of career plans. It’s true that, apart from being a writer, which is a dream I will always have faith in, I did not have an exact fixed career path that I wanted to take in conjunction with my studies in Psychology and Arts.

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As I was sipping my Starbucks drink, I was dreaming about becoming a researcher in a fusion of arts and psychology, thus I was determined to finish my degree (a double major in Writing and Psychology) with High Distinctions so as to enroll in the Honours year, which would eventually lead me to my PhD. Perfect linear plan.

But the whole idea started becoming quite boring as I already knew where I would go.

October 31, 2015

Ready, Set… NANOWRIMO!

by evilnymphstuff

Guys, I’m alive.

I know that my latest post is 1 month+ old, which is probably my MIA record in the blogosphere, and that the latter was a depressing short story, but I would like to let you know that I am perfectly fine… even very happy. Lately, I have simply been overwhelmed by Life, in beautiful amazing ways, and at this point, I’d say that I have never been so lucky. If I was not an atheist I would probably have thanked the Lord. But instead, I’ll just thank the universe.

Anyway, my wake-up call to blogging today was actually the realization that… I’m DOING NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR! (as you’ve guessed from the title, of course) After 2 years of no-NaNo, at last, I’m getting back at it!

If you are also participating this year and would like to be my NaNo buddy, my username is DaphLeFay and yep it’s obvious that I can’t change my username and this one totally reminds me of the ‘me’ that created this blog in the first place. XD

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This time, the novel I will be writing will be different from previous years. The main reason why I have not been blogging for a month was because of my commitment in my university’s Performing Arts Club, especially as we were coming close to our big Year-End Production. And I’d say that this whole experience, which is actually my second time, although I was in a higher position this time, changed me and touched my heart like nothing else.

Thus I’d like to dedicate this year’s NaNo novel to my Performing Arts Club. My novel is called, you guess it, The Performing Arts Club.

Anyway, I know I have a lot to do now and those who are doing NaNo can relate, therefore, I’d just like to wish you all good luck!

May your pen never fail you.

An Evil Nymph.

September 27, 2015

The Day She Died.

by evilnymphstuff

She died the day she turned 20.

It attacked her and destroyed who she was. It stole her heart and everything that mattered. She was left lying on the ground, with only a body of air and dirt. Nevertheless, she stood up again and faced the sun. In its haste, it left a piece of her soul. She took one step at a time back to life.

But it came back for it.

At that moment, she laughed. Her body shook uncontrollably. “Take it all, take it all,” she said. Because being 20 made her realise that Life was indeed merciless. And she was left with nothing.

She was only 20, and yet, she was dead, dead in an empty bottle; still she was living, living in death. She kept on taking one step at a time, into certain nothingness. She bumped into other bodies; she met with new experiences. Life was being thrown at her but she could not return the favour.

She might as well have been a porcelain doll. She was played with, but she could not play with.
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This picture was taken during our annual Monash ball 2015 at the Majestic Hotel and features a real performer, posing as a kind of statue.

An Evil Nymph.

August 22, 2015

A Writer’s World; A Writer’s Block

by evilnymphstuff

I always believed that writers had an imaginary world of their own, where every story, every place, every character they had ever created resided, because I do have one. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis had one each, and now of course we would also think of George R. R. Martin’s. Mine also has a name, but not as fancy as ‘Narnia’, so I’ll skip that part. This phenomenon, I call it a writer’s world. All the characters and all the buildings or places I’ve ever invented since I was 8 still exist for me and are just waiting for my cue to jump out to the real world and onto paper.

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The thing is, I’m currently having the longest writer’s block ever. I’ve written a few short stories at the start of the year but since then I didn’t open my word processor at all (except for assignments, no choice, obviously). So it’s been around 6 months (OMG half a year!) since I last put a story on paper. I rarely think about my writer’s world anymore but when I do, it looks chaotic and neglected, instead of being the little paradise I used to go to when I was in secondary school (my writing peak years) to pick and choose characters and what not.

August 1, 2015

Common Misconception about my Writing Major | Medium | Happy Birthday Evil Nymph’s Blog!

by evilnymphstuff

My second year of university started this Monday. Second year is when it is time for us to choose our major, to specialise in a particular field of study…

Read more…

I started writing this post in the middle of today’s psychology lecture (guilty! But only for a few seconds, the time it took me to write two sentences) and I was planning to finish it on WordPress back home tonight, but then, something happened.

Medium happened.

I might have been on WordPress only for around 3 years, but I have actually been blogging a little longer than that, since I also had a Blogger before…

Wait, I JUST REALISED SOMETHING. Okay I am not going to edit this post, this is my trail of thoughts written down live… 

An Evil Nymph’s Blog is now officially 4 years old!!! (1st August) OMG. Happy birthday, little blog. And I’m sorry for neglecting you since I came in Malaysia, and I’m sorry in advance for what I am going to write in the next few paragraphs…

July 19, 2015

One Year in Malaysia

by evilnymphstuff

It was this Friday July 17th that marked my one-year anniversary with Malaysia. Yes, I have been living in Malaysia, as an undergraduate student, for more than a year now. Not once did I go back to my home country, Mauritius.

How does it feel?

Someone told me that I would change after having stayed abroad for so long. Someone else added that while I would change, the people back in my country, my family, would not, which will give off a weird feeling if I go back one day. Today, I can say I completely agree. I’ve changed, no, I’ve grown.

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Not literally obviously.

July 3, 2015

The End

by evilnymphstuff

This post comes a little late, but it was only after my last exams on the 24th June that it really hit me; that is, my first year in university.

The amazing but terrible thing about doing a Bachelor of Arts is that it is so flexible that almost no one undertakes the same unit sequence. In my case, no one else is majoring in psychology and in writing simultaneously.

First year was the year of getting familiar with the field of Arts therefore I studied a little bit of everything, from cold war politics to Game of Thrones analysis. I also met a lot of people but eventually only a few became what one could call my School of Arts gang. We met one another on the very first day of school and until the last day, on the 24th, when we had our last first year dinner…

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Pizza!!! XD

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