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Arguing With A Mirror:

Ah greetings mister Chen, to what do I owe this dubious pleasure?

Don't play around with me man, you know I'm outta material...

Oh? So it would seem that our mighty street thug has finally come crashing down
Have you come to apologise for putting me aside?
Perhaps you finally realised how important I am for creativity

Say whatever you want pal, but I need some juice and I need it now!

And what makes you think I'll help you this time?
If you recall correctly Chen, was it not you who pushed me out?
As far as I remember, you said you wanted to be "real"
You said that my "expertise" was not currently needed

What can I say, I'm an inconsistent freak, ain't that why we're talkin'?

Clearly your manners could use some work, you ought to be begging me!

Well sorry Johnny English, beggin' just ain't what I do y'know
Sides, let's get down to brass tacks here, you're me! If I book it, you book it

Do you believe you have some sort of hold over me?

Let's just call it a workin' business relationship alright?

And what makes you think I will help you without you apologising first?

Maybe the fact that you're just another part of me; lil' fragment of the soul

You are a moron. Indeed we are two parts of the same whole, but let's not forget
I am the one who writes the fantasy stories; I am the part of you that is creative
You are the one who works on the public front, you are the "real" us
However, when you start putting my ideas aside I'm afraid that our deal goes sour
Oh and by the way mister Chen, you left the stove on again

I freakin' hate you...

-Chen Yuan Wen, 23rd July 2012
BREAK THE LIMIT! Faves Needed: 300

Want to know what the above line is about? Read my appeal: [link]

Author's Comment:

First of, I wanted to do something a little different and this DID NOT fit in with poetry, so it was definitely out of that category.

Anyway, how this piece came about was because someone asked me: 'Chen, what is it like inside your head'

I wanted to give him a better answer than a mad carnival and so I thought about it and decided to do a piece that relates to how I, ahem, get my inspiration sometimes.

Certainly it cannot be considered normal to debate with oneself in front of a mirror for 2 hours at a time, but at the end of the day it is what allows me to keep changing my style so to speak.

Mental compartmentalisation can have its benefits ^^

-Chen

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
For my three dear prophets
Prophet :iconforgotten-reaper:
Prophet :iconseikatsu-kitsune:
Prophet :icondragon-demygod:
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Shocker7776 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who argues with a voice in their head. Yours seems much nicer than mine. Mine musts says stuff like "Your an idiot" and is not helpful at all. His only purpose is to stop me from getting a big head, really. Great work!
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LC85 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm starting to become more familiar with your works, but so far this one is my favorite :D You did a great job personifying the two voices, I just think that's cool :giggle:. The weird thing is the Creative Entity sounds a LITTLE like Hannibal Lector :lmao:. And the ending was GOLDEN, putting the Physical Entity in his place and letting him know who really runs the show...and then rubbing it in about the stove :lmao:

:peace:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha, the creative entity is more of an english noblemen (reflecting my creative and slightly effeminate side) whilst the outer persona represents how I behave around friends or when having fun (despite being asian I can talk in a full blown ghetto accent due to the people whom I hung around with, not bad individuals just that talked that way xD). All in all it can make for some creative fun :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MikaDiva Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome :D
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MikaDiva Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing :D
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taffee23 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
!his tpe of thing goes on in my head.. ALL. THE. TIME. Eventually I turn on music and those darn voices shush up anyway, I LOVED this peice of work, I could literally hear the voices one sounded like a creepy villian the other was a normal "hero" or the "real person." Plus I could tottally see it in my head! Awesome job!
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Furinto-Chi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: i hear you. this is almost like how it is inside my head.
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TwiUnderSeeker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Awesome.
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o0SHeeP0o Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
wow you're other side, i dont have one cuz its all SHEEEEEEEEEP as SHeeP

i remember there was a book, mask of sanity i never read it, but it did pop into my mind

anyway i am back from a terribly long break, exams
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Writer
XD British mirror reflection. Mine's a bit of a pervy jerk XD I should write something up like that with me talking to myself!
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
That's really cool. I like how different you made the two sound. =D I wrote a poem with a similar format (alternating fonts) a few months ago, It's based on Freud's idea of the Id, Ego, and Superego. If you have some time would you please check it out? Here's the link. [link]
I'd really like some feedback. Thank you in advance. =)
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vane-ve Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Artist
awesome x3
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Jae10 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Smh...hahah, you have no idea how much I chuckled at this highly amusing skit and so I decided to read this to my family and they too were loling. :giggle:

Though personally, I think it was a very creative response to your buddy's question^^
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IRideAMagicalLadle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its me and myself...all over again :icongreatjobplz:
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noorelven Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I think inspired by this from you I might do a similar piece but i am afraid i will lose all friends and family even if portray the dumbest version i can think of :S .. how do you hide behind that damnable unbreakable mask of sanity of yours ? it should be an artefact: Captain Chenbeard's Unbreakable Mask of Sanity of Pirate Awesomness WordBending ... or some such ... :D
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Argentum-Lupae-Luna Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice. I don't know what made me laugh more...the fact that I was reading this, or that I was listening to that drunk Canadian singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the same time, though personally, I think this was the winner. I talk to myself all the time, so I understand the concept, the thing is...my best mate has arguments with her mirror on a daily basis, usually on the subject of her writing...it's an interesting departure from your normal style, to say the least.
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LyraJolt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah what an interesting Arguement, and more surprising each little part is so different from the whole soul ~
;3 I talk to myself sometimes as well, more of an light argument of what to do and not about myself in a intense manner like this. I am back from that hiatus as you can notice and I am ready to try my best to help break that limit of faves.. How have you been though Chen ? Honestly you are always getting bombed with bad events/busyness in life, such as you awaiting your grades and dealing with the large work behind your ebooks/poems. It sounds terribly tiring, I worry too much about you after all when was the last time you had a hiatus for a break and not for school/work and what not ?
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IsleintheSkye Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Writer
Well, I've done this before, but never to a mirror. I tried it and got a good storyline out of it. Thanks for the idea! =D
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kedonsine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And Psycho The Rapist Says I Am Crazy....
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is strangely funny! I was laughing the whole way through! I am also like that sometimes...
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   General Artist
:iconalpacinoplz: You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?

About your breaking the limit thing - This short story was shuffled back behind one less popular lit piece all along, but it was just recently shuffled behind several others, so it probably won't make the front page even if it earns it. Damn.
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DrkSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Writer
Well, at least I'm not the only one who argues/holds long conversations with myself lol
Interesting one =D
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silentcamellia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay, im not th only one who talks to myself using a mirror XD
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ciscobuddy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I talk to inanimate objects all the time. I have come to consider it thinking out loud.
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crysanthemum963 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Hmm, sorta creepy to me for some reason O_o.
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starmic Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
ones of the bests!!! i dint need to talk to the mirror i guess she follow me...if got what im talking about whitdout think im crazy
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FrostKissXx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ha, that was cute.
I debate with myself every once in awhile, too...
yelling at myself to practice my clarinet and marching over the summer and not mess around playing with clay or writing silly novels...
and then I yell back and tell myself that I'm not playing, I'm creating art, and if I ever want to really publish something, I have to hone my writing skills... oi, it's a mess, with three parts alternately fighting, making truces and allies with each other, and other parts of my subconciousness!
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Monochrome-Kitten Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is clever, I never would've thought to write a piece about arguing with my own reflection! I've found myself doing it occasionally for inspiration, it's always disappointing when I don't receive a reply. Great work, kudos to you. :)
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Luna-is-only-so-many Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I loved it. >w< Very much like me. Only I have a bit more sides than two and each has it's own voice and accent, and sometimes gender. They all have their own images in my head to match as well.
There's Gangster me
Ghetto me
Scotsman me
British me
Ye Old me
and then
Possibly clinically crazy me

Though I guess I aught to include Beast me as well.

And every side caters to the different things I dabble on at the time.
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AdmiralSilv Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Trippy :stare:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Yep, that's also a part of the problem xD

-Chen
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Duragonslaya Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, really cool.!.! Loved it!!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha, thanks mate, just a little look inside my screwy head ^^

-Chen
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Duragonslaya Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a bit screwy inside of every person's head.!
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EternalFireOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me laugh! Your mind is as bad as my own! Well if talking to a mirror is weird then we both are :D Talking to inanimate objects can help with creativity...and loneliness :D It was nice to see something a little different from you :)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Well do you talk to the mirror for two hours. I was in negotiations all day T^T

Finally got Mr. Creative working...but I have to agree to his terms...and that means releasing a song piece he's wanted to do since forever xD

-Chen
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EternalFireOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I spent about 4 episodes of a Tv programme discusing it with my own reflection. It never replied...

XD I ended up staying up until 6 just to watch the sunrise. It was very inspiring. I often have to ask my alter egos for help with my muse ^^
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
The secret is to change your voice:

-Deep low growling voice-
C'mon man this isn't funny

-Noble Aristocratic Englishmen-
Come to me for help again Chen? That's almost cute, have a seat on the divan, the maids will be along

-Deep low growling voice-
You get maids in this place?


It's our mental subconscious, I get Bill Cosby delivering my french fries

-Doorbell rings, it's Bill Cosby-
Mumbo flumbo gumbo chops -takes out french fries-

-Noble Aristocratic Englishmen-
Isn't he adorable?

-Deep low growling voice-
Man, I gotta lay off the sugar...

-Chen
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EternalFireOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting...I wrote something between a child like character and a nobleman accusing her of theft. I mysef have a rather changeable voice.
This was most entertaining to read!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
It's even funnier to watch me do xD

-Chen
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EternalFireOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, yes it is! XD
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Diluculi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are not the only one with several personalities inside the mind and arguing for hours ^_^
And now I know I am not the only one, too :dummy:

this was fun to read, maybe a bit short I think. ^^
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha, thing is, I physically argue in front of a mirror and change my voice to match xD. It's really good for creativity though

-Chen
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Diluculi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
haha, cool ^^
I have debates in my head each time I take a shower :lol:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Interesting xD

-Chen
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crystallized-skies Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well keep on doing what you're doing (and give the man inside you're head a pat on the back) because it's brilliant.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Well he agreed to work again...if I agree to his terms and I have. He wanted to do a special piece for awhile, it'll be out tomorrow xD

-Chen
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crystallized-skies Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's good. I look forward to seeing his work tomorrow. :giggle:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha glad to hear it :3

-Chen
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Geobukseon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Writer
'I frikkin' hate you' LOVE IT! so true... so true...
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