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29 October 2014 @ 09:38 pm
Just a couple days ago, I got back from a trip to New York with relatives; my aunt, uncle, and cousin were driving up to visit other relatives, and invited my sister and me along, and it was a busy trip. Eventually, I should get around to writing more about it, but suffice to say it was a busy seven days. Our aunt's house is about a twenty minute train ride outside Manhattan, and I went in four three or four days. Unfortunately, I was sick the entire trip, but it was still a lot of fun.

Now I'm pulling this last minute shit at Halloween again. I spent ages working on other projects--I had a commission to finish, then spent time working on a coat while thinking that I should work on my Halloween costume--so now I'll be finishing it tomorrow afternoon, just in time for work the next morning. I have had absolutely no time for anything else, and at one point went over a month without doing any drawing, even. My "reading" consists of audiobooks on youtube while sewing.

I did make up for that the past few days, though. Today, I spent the whole day painting on the computer, learning new tricks. In a couple days, my life will get back into a steady routine again, at least. I need to start focusing on other things. Like writing; I've been losing patience--or perhaps inspiration--for it, and I want to start building that up again. I think a key will be buying a traditional keyboard to hook into this computer. Even though it has s keyboard of sorts, there's nothing quite like the reliable clack of heavy-duty keys.

In the meantime, I had someone ask me if one of my old, long stories was on AO3 for download. I'm thinking maybe I'll upload the whole thing there, then orphan it, in case someone is interested in finishing it themselves; I had started writing it back in '07, and while I am still interested in the concept, I am far beyond that skill level at this point. While I'm at it, I think I should go ahead and upload other stories I still like on the archive.

I'm also intenting to go through honest effort to find another job, too. The minimum wage in Michigan went up, so now I'm barely below it, anyhow, and now they're saying that, in January, no one at the restaurant will be allowed set schedules. It's just the last straw, and I don't want to be present for the chaos that will ensue. I really want a bank job or something. Something quiet, where I get holidays off. Those are benefits, as far as I'm concerned.

So, I'll try to go into more detail about New York another day, hopefully within the next week, and not pulling this weeks between posts shit. (Once again, I think the lack of a real keyboard is a contributing factor; what I have is not very ergonomic, and I'm making typos every other word, which means it takes me forever to type anything at all.)

19 June 2014 @ 07:34 pm
Taken from ashmedai

Ah, the dark side of LiveJournal. There are so many dysfunctional people talking about their wretched lives that occasionally you wonder how they get through a day without groping for the razor.
But everyone has a dark side. Sometimes, you reveal a little too much; other times, you just need to vent. Sometimes you fall in love. The Psychodrama of LiveJournal, "How many people do you drag, kicking and screaming, into your neuroses?"

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18 June 2014 @ 12:47 pm
A friend over Fb brought this to our attention, partly because he wasn't entirely sure what she meant by "PIV" (reading it, I gather it means "penis in vagina.)

PIV Is Always Rape, Ok?

I really, really want to respond to this woman. I want to write, "So, when I tie down my man and use his penis to pleasure myself, I'm being raped without realizing it?" No, I'm not a dominatrix, I don't even have a man. But...I just want to know what she'd say. Because this is one of the reasons I truly had radical feminists.

I couldn't even make it all the way through the thing, it's so ludicrous.

27 May 2014 @ 09:10 am
Turns out Memorial Day at work was boring. Go figure. Although, now I can't go home early on Thursday. Ever need to bring  yourself back down the Earth? Go to your bank account, look at the balance, then subtract all the bills from the month. I guess I'm not taking that time off around my birthday.

I feel like I'm doing a lot of movie posts, lately. Really, a lot of it has to do with the fact that it's more entertaining to have the TV on while I'm working on my maille than to just sit there in silence and do it.

Anyway, I went ahead and rented Romeo and Juliet and Cloud Atlas.

The first one was...well, decent. I guess it's never been my favorite Shakespeare, and I've seen better performances of Shakespearean plays. But for a play that hasn't been updated in any major way since the sixties, it wasn't bad. (I say that in terms of a movie using the original script.) The colors were beautiful, and the main characters actually looked their age, although Romeo's face was a little...Bieberish. It's not his fault, though. They also cut out some lines here or there, nothing too huge, although I did miss Mercutio acting like an ass.

(Speaking of Shakespeare, I found out that PBS is playing The Hollow Crown in September, with Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. Excited!)

As for Cloud Atlas...how can words express how good this movie was? It was based on a book, which I now also want to read. Basically, it's about reincarnation, but it's also about how "strangers" lives are all connected, spanning about a thousand years. There's only something like ten actors that play about thirty-some main roles, too. And while at first glance it seems to be about love, (and really, not all the characters have a love story) it's also about freedom and how our actions affect the world. It's about two and a half hours long, and it packs in all the things which make a great story--love, adventure, comedy, tragedy, and an overarching message that doesn't make you feel gross, like you've just been preached to.

This was one of those Hollywood movies that flopped simply because audiences don't like complicated movies. Why is it that the world doesn't want to have to think?

13 May 2014 @ 09:01 am
Even Mother's Day evening ended up being a bit of a marathon run for us. Normally there's a gap between lunch and dinner, but that never happened this time. Rather, it stayed more or less steady, and fizzled out toward the end of the night.

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Somehow, I seem to be running into cannibals a lot in my pop culture experiences lately. I suppose I could try harder to avoid them, but often it just doesn't work out like that. (Often there's no warning given! So yeah...um, warning: I'm going to talk about a movie where people kill and eat other people. And least the movie wasn't too graphic...)
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Speaking of Netflix, I turned on QaF on it (what can I say, I was too lazy to put in my DVDs) and...they changed over half the music! At integral parts! At first I was like, "maybe I'm imagining it," so I went to more or less important episodes, and I wasn't. Like in the very beginning of 309, where they're dancing in Babylon again for the first time since getting back together, or in 311 when they're getting all turned on by Justin's posters. It doesn't fit with the scenes, and doesn't fade in and out gracefully, and just seems cheap overall. Changing things like that in people's work, very intentional decisions like what music to use, just makes me feel so annoyed.

I think I'll just end this post with a pretty drawing. The colors and style of dress is in alignment with a civil officer of the Heian Court in medieval Japan. I've been proud of myself lately for learning different face types...


Been fighting the winter blues. Did a bit of cleaning today--or rather, a lot. My workshop is at a place where I can do stuff, although I'm gonna have a battle with the cats peeing there. I haven't hit full hibernation yet, although my lack of posts anywhere online can be an indication that I'm close.

Anyway, I found this bit of writing on my computer; every once in a while I restart my mythology-based project, and it comes out a bit better each time. I'm not sure it'll ever be finished because I'm such a nit-picker about historical/mythological accuracy, and I'm not entirely sure I like this version so much. It almost sounds like a lesson in geography and lineage or something...is it silly to have so much arbitrary detail in fiction?

Maybe it just needs to be filled out better...


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21 November 2013 @ 12:57 pm
I may or may not be addicted to horror at this point. Either way, I've been watching a lot of them lately. So I thought I'd make a movie post.

But first:

I'm the second.

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29 October 2013 @ 11:35 am
...but somehow, I can't wait till it's over this year.

I just don't have a life right now. Some of the people at work have been asking if I'm ever not working (I can't afford to not work two jobs) and the answer right now is no. Whenever I'm not at work, I'm working on Halloween shit. Namely my costume, which I need to finish today. I can do it, probably. I've decided not to worry about parts that can't be seen, considering I'm only going to be wearing it for one day, too.

And I've been slacking. Which, considering what "slacking" means, is a little sad. I went out with friends on Sunday night, at about nine. But I'd finished the tiara, so I decided to go for it. And then yesterday I spent the evening after work with my mother, carving pumpkins and stuff.

Tomorrow, I've got till about eleven to work. Then I've got work and the Halloween concert with friends. And then it's Halloween on Thursday. I'll be working that day, and then on to my parents' house to pass out candy. Afterward, a party.

Then I can get started on projects that are going to make me some money. Probably. After going to the play one of my friends is in, and a number of other events. Yeah, busiest time of the year for me.

So, "Loki's Army"--which is basically an enormous Loki-based fandom admittedly made up mostly of girls--started something called the Free Loki Campaign. The original purpose of this was to petition Marvel to make a movie in which Loki was the protagonist. Yes, it is geeky, and even I didn't bother to sign it.  Mostly because, with Disney holding the reigns, I can't see them ever letting Tom Hiddleston go, what with the enormous amounts of money that he alone has made them. Yeah, Disney has a way of tying people into contracts that they can't get out of.

Anyway, one day, one of the original instigators of the Free Loki Campaign realized that, with well over a thousand people who signed this petition--and thus showing their ultimate geekiness, loyalty to Loki and Tom Hiddleston, and giving over their email addresses--they could do some good with it. Therefore, they have decided to attempt to run a charity drive for Operation Smile in the name of Loki/Tom Hiddleston fans, naming Tom Hiddleston (who really is a wonderful, charitable person himself) as their inspiration.

I would love to donate to anyone who asked me, I really would. However, I am poor. Like...can't make my rent poor. However, I feel like I can do a little good, at least, by passing this on to anyone who can.

Operation Smile Donation Drive

And I'll do a more complete life update in a little while.
27 September 2013 @ 08:57 pm
I'm really far behind on posting art; it's been going up on my DeviantArt account, so why not here?

Since there's so much to post, I can't say as much as I would want to about each drawing. However, I will say: I drew a steampunk Mercury, and just kept going with it. So yeah...steampunk Roman Gods. In order: Apollo, Bacchus, one of the Furies, Mercury, Minerva, and Venus.

After that, I have a pretty experimental drawing.

Finally, four comic book fanarts: Poison Ivy, Loki and Thor as women (Loki paraded around as a woman for a few weeks in the comics because he could, and once convinced Odin to turn Thor into a woman to teach him humility) and a cracky drawing of them having tea in frilly dresses.
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