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Artseed is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching children's lives through modern and fine arts. Since I was about 10 years old, I've been a part of this organization as a student, an apprentice, and now a staff member. Among the most notable moments in my time with Artseed has always been the annual Art-a-thon, taking place during Earth Week, and a gathering in which we make art, do raffles, and enjoy various scheduled music and events all day.

This year, we are doing the Art-a-thon, but this time with a little twist! With COVID-19 running its course, I and other members have been coming up with ways to do the Art-a-thon more remotely, through various social media and over Zoom conference calls. We came up with some ideas on how to do this event, such as:

- Live, scheduled tutorials for computer projects and on working with recycled materials at home

- DIY videos made by Artseed or borrowed from other sources

- Show-and-tells

- Virtual prizes

- YouTube streaming of the event at the venue (if it's even going to happen)

The main goal, as it has always been, is to raise money for our big event: the two-week-long Summer Intensive, in which kids can learn art skills and go on special field trips. So we have made a Mightycause just for donations! From one dollar to a thousand dollars, anything is appreciated.

You may donate here on Mightycause to me (Aber) or any of the people on the leaderboard.

Thank you for reading!

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Updated: Jan 21

Greetings, readers,

From this point on, I will be using a pronoun system in my writings you may not be familiar with. Instead of your typical he/she system, I will use a different pronoun system that differentiates people by a "fourth person" system, also known as an "obviative/proximate" system. (I will explain that shortly and provide brief examples).

Now, there may be two different versions of the system that I use, however, they both tie together in that they both use the obviative/proximate aspect that I mentioned. One version is completely genderless while the other uses the genders, but only in the subject pronouns. I will clarify that shortly. For the most part, I use the gender modified version of the system.


Basically, the system goes that there are two basic pronouns, or singular genderless pronouns:

  • zei, en, huir, huirs, enself

  • nei, nem, neir, neirs, nemself

The way they are used is in an obviate/proximate system where “zei” is generally the first person mentioned who is more in focus or the one doing the action upon another person (the proximate person), and “nei” is generally the second person who is less in focus or is being acted upon (the obviate person). In more complex sentences or passages, this is not always the case as long as the subjects are still clear. Essentially, this is a “fourth person” system.

An example:

  • Zei found huir notebook at neir house.”

So what’s going on? Basically:

  • Zei(PROX) found huir(PROX) notebook at neir(OBV) house”

  • The first subject found first subject’s notebook at second subject’s house.

Now, it gets a little more complex when adding gendered versions of these two basic pronouns to the equation.

For the proximate pronoun:

  • Feminine: she, her, her, hers, herself

  • Masculine: he, him, his, his, himself

And for the obviative pronoun:

  • Feminine: sie, sier, sier, siers, sierself

  • Masculine: ve, vir, vir, virs, virself

Presumably, these gendered versions aren’t used much, if at all, in normal conversation, unless someone is telling an extensive story. As well, they serve well for written narratives. Basically how they’re used is that when a subject is unknown, you may mention huir name and then a gendered version of the obviate or proximate pronoun once. However, when continuing a sentence with the same subject, you change the pronoun to the default genderless version.

Here’s a fairly simple progression in which this occurs:

  • “When Madelyn decided to finally head out on the road trip, she packed huir belongings and called all huir friends to inform them that zei was leaving”

^ You can see above that Madelyn is referred to as “she” once but “zei” the rest of the time.

Now let’s try a more complex progression with two subjects:

  • “Orion didn’t remember where he placed huir bag, so zei asked Madelyn if sie knew. However, nei didn’t know either.”

^ In this sentence, Madelyn is the obviate subject. Madelyn is referred to as “sie” first and then “nei” the rest of the time, just like in the first example sentence.


Why this system, you may ask? Unfortunately, I have no short, simple answer. But what I can say for now is that it came to my mind after years of mind wars and various iterations of what would someday become what I have now. And so I wished to use my artistic license to execute it. It is meant as a thought experiment and not intended for people to use in our own reality. If you believe you can have an open mind and handle this seemingly significant difference in English language use, then by all means, I hope you enjoy the writings.

With love,

the author

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Since I was a child, I dreamed of accomplishing many things. But there were three main ones that I wouldn't have traded for the world:

Write the novel.

Make it into a motion picture.

Compose music for it.

And that dream is closer than it ever has been. Even if it has been a slow process, I still move forward with a hope that I can create a story that can be told through multiple mediums of art, and become a wholesome portrayal of another dimension of reality.

And so, even just knowing that I'm moving forward, I believe something can come of it. I hope to share one of my biggest lifelong projects, starting with a novel, continuing with visuals, and certainly not ending with music, but also finding new ways to tell the story and working with people of other talents and expertise.

With this project, I hope to show the process of world-building, storytelling, and portrayals through visuals and sound. My biggest goals in the next few years are to have the first book done and an animatic with sound and music.

The title of this project will be announced soon.

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