Nov. 24th, 2010 09:32 pm
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Shadow was getting neutered today and it turned into massive, major surgery. He can't walk right now, and isn't allowed to move much at all the next two weeks because half of his body is being held together only by thread. I'm worried sick.

On top of that, my hand is depressing me. Literally. I haven't felt this depressed all semester. I can handle the pain from moving it at all, but what I can't handle is that I can't push past the muscle weakness like I can the pain. I'm having to wear a big, clunky brace, and even typing this is a major ordeal. I need my hand. Really, really bad. I don't know how to relax or take it easy. I want to draw. I want to paint. I want to work on Christmas gifts. I want to type freely. Dammit, I want to just be able to browse the internet without every click of the mouse being a test of will.

I know it's almost Thanksgiving, and I'm trying my hardest to be thankful. But right now, I just can't.
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Do you realize how hard it is to type, let alone draw with a mouse, when your hand looks like a mummy in its ace bandage? D:

Not going to bother going to the doctor. This is a textbook case of a moderate hand strain, down to how and why it happened.

Worst part? Healing time of 10 days to 6 weeks.

Now tell me how the heck I'm supposed to finish the semester?
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Anyone heard of it? I ran across a teaser trailer for it on Youtube while doing research on Flash. The artwork instantly floored me, a gorgeous combination of American comics and 1980s anime. And the fact that it was based on a short story by Poe was a huge plus.

So, I went to check out the site. The site's interface alone blew me away. I clicked to read the story, and it's this...animated graphic novel format? You click through to animate it.

The story's 10 chapters long, and just concluded in September. The first chapter confused me, but after that? I was completely hooked. So hooked I sat at the computer six hours straight because I COULDN'T STOP READING.

I could sit here and try to describe the story to you, but there's no way I could. Really, the whole atmosphere screams Poe, but...modernized, with a big dose of eroticism.

That being said, if you're weak of heart or stomach, you might want to avoid it. It's very explicit sexually in all ways possible, pretty much. And it winds up getting pretty damn gorey, too.

But if that doesn't bother you, you enjoy Poe-esque horror, stories about mortality and immortality, about love, about the highs and lows of human nature... you might want to check it out.

Website: http://www.masque-of-the-red-death.com/


Nov. 20th, 2010 10:38 pm
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After spending four hours trudging through creative commons music, I found the PERFECT PERFECT song for my teaser trailer! It should make timing things a breeze, and it's got that whole first half is quiet, second half is epic vibe.

PLUS, I found the PERFECT hosting platform for my webnovel/comic project!

Wow, I feel like a dork.
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To all those involved, to friends, to family. My heart goes out to you.
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Anyone ever heard of Mirrormask? I hadn't. But then I saw a link through my current obsession with Dave McKean via his website, and clicky clicky, wound up buying it (along with the other Jim Henson movies, Labyrinth and Dark Crystal).

Just got to watching it. I SHOULD have been prepared. I KNEW it was Gaiman and McKean's handywork. But no.

All I can say is, thank God I didn't see this movie as a child. As is, I'm going to have nightmares.

Glorious, glorious nightmares.

Don't let them know you're afraid. D: D: D:

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I have a quick question for you guys. Is there a term out there for people who are on their last incarnation on Earth in the reincarnation cycle? I'm trying to do research, but thought I'd toss the question out there, anyways.

It's related to a teaser trailer I'm making for my future webcomic/novel project. :3
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For serious? No wonder I'm afraid of electronics and clowns.

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Because their songs are the ones I run to when I'm lost. When I'm confused. When I'm nostalgic. When I need a glimmer of what lies beneath. When I need reminding that everyone feels that brief, fleeting heartbeat of memory that seeps beneath the cracks in the attic of one's soul.

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Say you were to start reading an online novel. Would you prefer it be updated every month with a full chapter, or every week with 1/4th of a chapter?

I've discovered, inbetween my fits of paralyzing stress, that the only thing that's going to keep me sane since both the angels and Hades are being silent, is to start a creative project of my own. Not one for school. Just one all for me, what I want to do. And take the last bit of advice an angel gave me in the process, and screw my fears of using my own experiences as fodder.

It's going to be an unconventional web story. Some parts will be illustrated, some will be comics, some will be novel, letters, poetry, etc. I MAY even incorporate animations and audio.

The story isn't going to have a beginning nor an end. Instead, I want it to be like a dream...separate arcs that make no sense, but when you wake up and link things together, it forms a beautiful thread that you can't quite pinpoint what keeps it holding together.

I'm going to start concept art this week, get a feel for some characters and locations, maybe jot down story ideas. I want to have a fair bit done before I actually launch the site, so I can keep on top of regular postings. My tentative launch date is January 1st.

But the thing I need to figure out first is how to structure the launches. Thus my question. :p
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Has anyone ever heard of doing a webfront for a novel? Like, having a really nice website updated weekly or monthly with a new chapter, or short story, etc. I know they do it with webcomics, but what about prose?

If so, can  ya'll point me to one? I'm really wanting to do this...
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I want to start writing again. However, I cannot come up with a plot. This is annoying, because I have a handful of plots in my head that I've been meaning to write out for years. So why not write one of those?

Because they're too concrete. It's like, some of these stories are from when I was 15-16 years old. And I WANT to write them. The general premises are solid. But the details and especially the characters seem like they can't be moved. Like they've been carved out of stone into the annals of time. And I can't work with that kind of pressure.

Have any of you guys had that happen? Where a story cemented itself and you couldn't change it? Or a character? Do you have any tips for breaking them out of it? If not, any idea how to come up with new plots? D:


Sep. 15th, 2010 09:32 am
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...And I knew this was coming. Gotta love complete crashes. It's like the moment I realize what's going on, everything around me shatters (haha, I just thought of that scene in Labyrinth with the masquerade and junk lady).

So, w00t depression. You are teh silly.

Gonna take it a little slower today and tomorrow as far as pushing myself to get projects done, and then take Friday to try and rebalance things in my life. Hopefully that will help. :p


Sep. 14th, 2010 08:25 pm
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You know, it's a little intimidating when one of your favorite artists on DA favorites one of your pieces. :x

Cut for ramblings on my day-to-day life )
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Anyone heard of them? I thought the professor was joking when he said our first project was taking pictures with a scanner. Apparently not. At first I was upset because it sounded boring, but then I go to play around with it a little. I am in LOVE. It's not as easy as it looks, and you get a shallow depth of field which is major hearts. And it's almost always got this eerie, dark tinge to it, which works well for me. Here's the one I did today, makeshift with just objects I had on hand. Thursday I'll be bringing in a whole boxful of stuff, including a lot of my ritual items. :p

Silver Ice Scanogram by ~KBStudio on deviantART
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Lately, I've been bouncing between mild depression and lethargy, to actually feel glimmers of hope and little surges of energy, and feeling comfortable. I keep taking those little surges and using them to try and figure out what's going on, since it feels like I've been a zombie the past three weeks.

I've discovered I'm not scared of the portfolio review in that I won't be accepted into the art program. I know I'm not the best artist, but I also know I'm decently good. What I'm REALLY afraid of is what portfolio review means: I'll be going from lower level, to upper level classes.

I've been working at the level of upper classes, so that's not the problem. The problem is I have to declare a major. And that scares the hell out of me. I am very much a mixed media artist, and I love dabbling in pretty much anything. So having to choose a single area to focus on is daunting.

The obvious answer is Drawing. But...that's not what my heart says anymore. Clay would be the next obvious answer, because I've worked with it before and am good enough that a professor tried to recruit me when I was still in high school. But I don't know if that's the answer, either.

Then there's printmaking. I haven't done it before. Even in class, we haven't done it yet or even seen demonstrations. But I know what it entails, and it's something I'm very interested in. I could even learn book binding, and paper making.

But it's also very expensive, and not exactly a widely-known art form (to the general public). And I'd be taking a giant leap of faith, since I don't know anyone in the department, and I could wind up hating it. And because I already know I'm coming at it from a completely different angle than the vast majority of my classmates.

But there's something so romantic about it, to me. It would also give me the opportunity to incorporate writing into my art, and I wouldn't feel like I'm betraying that part of myself anymore.

I started out this post just meaning to say that I'm working out my priorities. But guess my brain doesn't work that way. :p
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I remember reading a couple of years ago that they were making the movie, then promptly forgot about it. I was shocked when I stumbled upon it in the DVD store. Why wasn't it in theaters? I mean, it has Colin Firth in it, for crying out loud. So I snatched it up, praying it wasn't going to completely butcher the book.

Well, it did. But I still LOVED the movie. They couldn't have chosen a better actor to play Dorian than Ben Barnes. And they didn't do too bad keeping the general message there.

Ah, Dorian, Dorian, Dorian. Back in high school, we got to choose any book in the world to read and do a report on. While most students chose Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, I decided to go with "The Picture of Dorian Gray," because what very little I'd heard of the book sounded interesting. I ate that book up. I found Wilde's prose drop-dead beautiful, and the whole reflection on beauty and youth was fascinating. The characters really jumped off the page, too.

After I read the book and wrote my report, I wound up getting in this heavy debate with my teacher. She gave me a good grade, but she severely disagreed with me. She thought that Dorian was pure evil. I sat there, stunned...how could you arrive at that conclusion? Now I see it's more telling of who I am than anything.

And now I'm rambling. I haven't read that book in seven years. I think as soon as I get a spare minute, I shall start it again.

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Was nothing short of epic.

Not only was he completely phenomenal, but the peeps I was sitting around were highly entertaining. Nothing like getting a bunch of cougars, unsuspecting parents with kids, and glam ravers of all sorts of gender bending varieties in the same vicinity as each other.

I am covered in glitter from head to toe. And I am sleepy. So I am going to bed.


Sep. 10th, 2010 04:34 pm
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Had an imp-sniffing party with my sister, and she told me to put "Inferno" on. I now smell like a walking Red Hot candy. XD
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Well, some of it did. This stuff is beyond words. It's odd, though. The ones I thought I would love, some of them I don't like much. And the ones I was iffy on, I'm loving to death.

Like, the dragonsblood. I didn't think I'd like that series very much, but man is it good!

I don't know how they do it. Undertow smells so much like the ocean, it's making me miss it.

Only problem is I just opened 8 frimps to sniff them, and managed to get oil on me, so now I smell like 8 different scents. XD
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