Get Ready to Ramble!

How rambling can help to process information. In my case anyway.

[media-credit id=3 align=”aligncenter” width=”594″][/media-credit]I have the tendency to ramble. It isn’t that weird to skip through several subjects when I talk. Very often I talk about…let’s say something I saw the day before, then I move to what I’d like to bake and then to what’s happening right in front of me. It could go a bit like this:

“…probably normal though. I mean it isn’t that strange to ….oh hey. Do you smell that? I’d love to bake some vanilla cupcakes now! Simple, but always good, you know? No way! Did you see that? I would totally trip if I had to carry that many glasses on a plate…hmm that would make a fun illustration…but yeah. It isn’t that strange to add it in your motivation letter. It would only make sense in your case right? Plus, it can make your letter even more interesting as well!”…

I may have exaggerated a bit. Now before you think that I’m a crazy talker, leaving you no room to say something, I’m not exactly like that all the time (Really. I’m not.). I’m not an immediate rambler when I first meet with people. If I like you, I’ll ramble a little. If I know you a bit better and I still like you…the rambling will be more and so on. Most friends are used to it and happily ramble along.

To me, rambling is like doodling. When most people think of doodling, they can think of quick little mindless drawings that you do while you’re e.g. on the phone, in a meeting or sitting in the metro. You’re not putting that much thought in it and you’re mostly doing it to pass the time. I know I often use the word doodle and people ask me “…is that a doodle?!“…I just love the word and use it for showing work in progress art.

It’s probably the same with rambling, for a lot of people it can sound mindless and confusing, but it can make the brain work in a different way. My brain anyway. It’s a different way to process the information that is floating around and not only done to confuse people. Very often when I talk about several things at once, I can suddenly spot hidden links and connections. Some bits of information fall into place and I get new ideas for illustrations. Some of you know that I often blurt out “Oh! That would make a great illustration!! *scribbles idea down*“. Yeah, my list is pretty long now, but very often I combine ideas into one illustration.

You know, life can be already way too serious at times, so creating little stories as I go, keeps things fun. I love to tell stories! Inspiration is all around us and because of this, my mind is constantly ‘working’ and thinking up new ideas. Sometimes a pause button would come in handy. When I ramble or doodle, I never know when a new idea pops in my mind that could be used for future projects. It’s always a surprise when it happens and that’s what keeps the entire process interesting and fun.

However, sometimes it’s just a mindless ramble though…

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About the Author:

Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • You? Are crazy! MWAH!

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    • Haha! Thank you! I like being crazy hehe. Xxx ^_^

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  • Cher Duncombe

    Sweet TJ, this is a gift! Actually it is probably a ‘stream of consciousness’ that many artists and writers have. You simply cannot turn off that creative fountain that is uniquely TJ! So don’t fight it, and thanks for sharing this gorgeous painting. 🙂

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    • Agreed!

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    • Thank you so much, Sweet Cher! Haha. I can’t contain it even if I tried. Quite often I blurt something and Cilla or Ilaya look at me like O_O or -_-” hehe. I;m just happy I can ramble to all you guys! xoxox <3

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  • Ha ha! I totally have Tourette;s brain, too. Sometimes it’s so hard to turn it off. I’m so glad I don’t blurt everything out, though. And I think it’d be cool to experience what that would be like as an illustrator. Doodle away!

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    • Ohh it’s very difficult to switch it off! Sometime I even dream about it haha. Luckily so far I didn’t blurt out something strange or mean. I wanna have a peek in the mind of a Mom from Mars 😉

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  • Tajira, I never do that. With me it’s one subject and one subject only, in fact … Oh, look, a bunny! Hahahahaha! Love your whimsical painting!

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    • Hahaha you did it again, lovely Melody 🙂 I think Tajira is my new name huh? Now I vaguely recall a conversation between you, me and Garry. Bunniesssss!! Thank you!!

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      • No, no, that was a typo! The h and the j are too darned close together and I just … Oh, look, a seagull! 🙂

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        • It was a ty….aaaaah melody! Look cupcakes and cream puffs running down the street 🙂

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          • Who said having a short attention span is no fun? 😀

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            • *twirls around & jumps in the air* Melody, we totally have to join the circus. 😀

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              • All right, but we must be home in time for tea!

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    • Tea and cookies!! And we have to make sure that the horses wear their feathery headbands too please!

      (There’s a limit on the reply button hehe)

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  • haha, I ramble ALL the time 🙂 I can totally relate to the idea of rambling. I also really relate to chocolate cake… don’t know why though. It could be the frosting. That reminds me of your cupcakes, which remindes me of your doodles, which reminds me of my doodles, which reminds me of rambling! Doodling and rambling both bring out the best in my creativity. Happy creating! 🙂

    See?

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    • Heeey Flameheart!! So lovely to see you here and high five for the rambling haha. Cupcakes!? Look what you did…I wanna bake a batch now haha!

      You gotta love doodling, rambling, writing…ooh look food! *runs away*

      *waves*

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  • I think rambling is a good thing. When I write I often talk out loud to see how what I’m typing sounds. If it sounds good in my ears, it’ll “sound” good on readers’ eyes. I often find myself laughing out loud at the crazy things that come out of my mouth, and sometimes I get frustrated when I just keep saying the same thing over and over. Ah, the life of a writer! 😉

    I think you have a very special gift, and I’m so happy your ramblings lead to your beautiful artwork. The world needs more of it, and more of you.

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    • Wow, Jen. I get LOOKS now…if I sat here talking while I type I’m pretty sure Matt would put me in a home or at the very least Abigail would run into the office and ask, “Mommy, are you ok?” (Even at 2 she knows SHE is the ruler by which to measure others. Ha ha)

      I sit here and laugh without saying it out loud. Yeah…I’m in enough trouble.

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      • Aww haha Abby is so cute 🙂

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    • Hahah I do the same thing! High Five!! Gosh. I often laugh about my own things and then Cilla looks at me like… what the %*^& are you doing -_-?! You know I LOVE your articles. I’d love to peek in The Tonic Brain as well haha.

      Special gift? Goodness Jen, You’re so sweet. Thank you so much <3

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  • Cher Duncombe

    Sweet TJ, you will forever be identified with dazzling cupcakes and whimsical fantasy! In part this came about through what you may call “ramblings” on Facebook. You captured a fantasy that was soon shown in your art. The perhaps unintended consequence of that is the quickly identifiable trademark of TJ Lubrano. You are a one-of-a-kind brand, so ramble on and enjoy every moment. 🙂

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    • Aww Sweet Cher, a gazillion hugs to you!! It’s funny how things can go huh? 🙂 What I thought to be simply rambling became my trademark in such a short amount of time. And it is even more fun when all of you join haha! A story is created in no time! And you just have to love cupcakes. Pretty little cupcakes!! Now I want to bake again haha 🙂

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