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Halloweenies @ Dark Delicacies

Pumpkin Lace: a cascade of cobwebby white sandalwood threaded through vanilla bourbon, sharp green cognac, Virginia tobacco, and caramelized sugar, all draped across a freshly carved jack-o-lantern.
wet: something buttery, but almost unpleasant like my reaction to Miskatonic University, just not as bad.
dry: still not liking it - it's almost musty smelling.
after an hour: it's less noxious on me now, but still a Nope.

Papa Monster: grape and red cherry swirl ring pops, licorice whips, and a touch of vanilla cupcake frosting
Starts out as fun, sticky-sweet grape candy/soda, but eventually fades to something plasticky on me after a couple hours. Not for me, but maybe my niece who is six will like it?

Lilith 2014 - scents to celebrate the sixth birthday of the BPAL owner's daughter

Goofballs: “wet grass and sunshine, dogs and wood, and my feet in warm dirt and flowers I pick.”
Smells like summer!

Lily Witch: Lilith named this scent, and said this perfume should smell like witches. Her interpretation is swathed in anise, lime, almond, and witchin’ herbs, and holds a bouquet of pale, graceful lilies.

It's entirely possible I have the olfactory taste of a six year old, since I like both of these scents, though Goofballs is the only one that's going on the Bottle list.

quotable quotes

Dec. 17th, 2014 06:06 pm
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"You're a better duck than Hemmingway."

--me to [livejournal.com profile] mischief5. (I was editing my story live at her.)

[DTM 16-17] It's still happening!

Dec. 17th, 2014 09:02 pm
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There was a really pissed-off, squalling toddler on the train when I got on in Manhattan, so when she was still yelling in Park Slope, I got off and found, serendipitously, a really delicious Chinese hole-in-the-wall where I got basically the exact dinner I wanted for about seven bucks.

A great lead-in for yesterday's DTM. [personal profile] umadoshi asked about my favorite comfort food. This has many answers! I love the frozen palak paneer you can get at Whole Foods (and, luckily, at grocery stores much closer to me and less expensive than Whole Foods) -- in fact, I kind of live off it. I am a tremendous, lifelong devotee of Cheez-Its, which, if you've never had them, they're absolutely perfect baked fake-cheddar snack crackers, and I could (and have) live off them in a pinch. But if we're really going to go for "makes my apartment smell like perfection every time," I'll volunteer Cincinnati chili -- which, again, if you've never had it, you're super missing out. (For vegetarians, it works great with a beef substitute. I like it best on top of spaghetti with very sharp shredded cheddar on top, though it's also great with Fritos.)

For today, [personal profile] siria asked about a book or series I'd like to see adapted for the screen. When I was in high school, I had every intention of figuring out a script for either Doomsday Book or To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, and given her love of screwball comedy, I think both could work really well on TV -- especially, as I think I'd do now, with judicious (by which I mean with extreme prejudice) editing and de-stupidifying of key characters at key moments. Now that I'm nearly finished with the fourth Rivers of London book, though, I'm excited to see how those would translate (and I understand they will, supposedly!).

(All the rest.)

Some good newsy links today --
  • Much as I loathe to agree with noted twerp Ross Douthat, he's right about American political dynasties.
  • Stephen Colbert is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert.
  • Hollywood's toxic obsession with franchises, spelled out and laid out in full.
  • Friendship breakups are our first heartbreaks.
  • An almost-redeems-it-all explanation for the Agents of SHIELD midseason finale, which is actually... pretty great.
  • The rise of the lone she-wolf in popular storytelling
  • [wordpress.com profile] johnhartephoto tells the story behind a photojournalist's best shots.
  • Chris Evans being unconscionably adorable with kids in Massachusetts.
  • A shortcut to what? Mushrooms!
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    Dec. 17th, 2014 08:58 pm
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    The joke in those tags was that characters in Valdemar books really do die and become horses. Mercedes Lackey genuinely thought that this idea was really cool and that it belonged in her books.

    )

    (no subject)

    Dec. 17th, 2014 08:56 pm
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    Characters in Bleach die and go to Yami no Matsuei, and characters in Yami no Matsuei die and go to Bleach.

    Characters who die in both consecutively go to Dragon Ball - aka, hell - a realm where there is no true death, and therefore, no hope of escape.

    #'but where do characters who die in homestuck go preacher' #'they become horses in mercedes lackey books'

    December Meme Day Seventeen

    Dec. 17th, 2014 08:39 pm
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    Musical episodes. Do they work for you?

    OMG, YES! Yes, if it is integrated into the story as the recent musical numbers were on Supernatural. Actually, even when the episode is written to allow the actors to show off their musical talent, ala "let's put on a show!".

    I adore Once More with Feeling of course.
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    Batman #37: Hooray for Clinophobia!

    Dec. 18th, 2014 09:06 am
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    No spoilers yonder for Batman #37 (BECAUSE SH*T WENT DOWN, YO), but there is one nice little callback from Death of the Family, showing how much ol' Mister J loves setting up his punchlines.


    Also could someone loan this Joker a wig? )

    Tisarwat (disconnected thoughts)

    Dec. 18th, 2014 12:40 am
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    Anaander Miaanai's motivation is interesting. In order for her plan as Breq tells us she understands it to make sense, AM would have had to be entirely convinced that the implants and the download would take in a host not genetically identical, that her own personality would continue to dominate, and that AM(T) would either not be discovered, or would be allowed to continue unhindered. It's a plan with multiple points of failure, no graceful fallback, and no contingencies, which seems uncharacteristic.

    More interesting, though, is that AM deliberately sent AM(T) out of communication with the rest of herself. We can probably safely assume that fragments which are physically close find their identities hybridising—AM, and for that matter Justice of Toren, can probably be usefully modelled as a scale-free network. But AM(T) has no other selves there to reinforce them and correct for personality drift, even before Breq starts in on her. So my feeling is that (some of) AM expected to end up with a third-at-least actor, partly because not all of AM('s knowledge) went into AM(T), who becomes a stripped-down, rebooted, possibly even uncontaminated, version.

    It's pretty clear that Breq is not correct in her assertion that the cooption process murders the victim—the whole narrative logic demands that—so what we end up with is a Tisarwat who does not fit Breq's judginess preconception of her character, an unpredictable free agent (insofar as Radchaai are at all free agents) with three millennia of political experience and some really bad poetry. And while Breq confines herself to acting on the smallest possible scale and with the shortest possible range she can manage (and it's still not very short) Tisarwat won't.

    What I'm doing Wednesday

    Dec. 17th, 2014 07:17 pm
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    * Knitting again. I haven't worked on my mittens any since last week, and I ended up deciding against doing a scarf for my uncle. The yarn I wanted to use wasn't working out like I wanted. Fortunately, it turned out I had enough left over from the hat I made him (last winter, that I still haven't given him b/c it was supposed to have ear flaps, but I couldn't get them to look right) that I could make him some matching fingerless mitts. One is finished except for weaving in the ends (ughhhhhhhhh), and the other is on the needles.

    * Watching Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series. It's fucking hilarious and made for good background noise during the knitting. But now I'm caught up, so I may have to switch to Pokemon abridged.

    * Being fucking cold.

    * Gradually becoming more worried that I have two presents for my dad for giftmas, the mitts for my uncle, and nothing else for anyone at all because everyone is a grownup who can buy their own shit and I never know what to do for people anymore and arrrrrrrrgh. (Mostly this is me freaking out about not knowing what to do for my mom. She's as hard to shop for as I am because we're both shopaholics who work in retail.)

    * (Also since I work in retail and am surrounded by holiday shit five days a week for weeks before any given holiday, they are no longer special and I forget what day they're on. My give-a-damn's busted.)

    * Getting ready to make dinner, finally. I'm starving, and we are making what mom calls "those little greasy sandwiches" tonight, aka sandwiches that are buttered on the outside and then toasted on the griddle. *nom*
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    Mom has forbidden him from bringing home any more animals, so he's trying to get me to adopt some for him to play with. Earlier today, I for probably the dozenth time explained to him that I think Dubiety the Cat needs to be a lone cat, given that he is terrified of Tragedy the Cat - who is seventeen years old, half his weight, badly arthritic, deaf, and going blind.

    So he comes over to the house this evening, sits there playing with Dubiety for a while, and then asks me hopefully, "do you think he'd like a friend?"

    I gave him the cookies I fucked up. I don't think he noticed they tasted funny.

    Yuletide Status

    Dec. 17th, 2014 07:13 pm
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    Yuletide Status: EXTRA BEARS WITH BEARS ON TOP

    Word count: 338
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    Wonderful meeting today with two last year students in technical services studies. There last internship is a project/intervention in a library. They are gonna take a look at our serials management process. It's a mess. Frankly, it's even catastrophic. I'm supervising this like I would a contract consultant. Giving them the guidance but also the structure so they can learn and produce an efficient, productive and useful report including a presentation of the results. They could/can if they like this type of work and are good at it turn this into a liveable thing they could offer to public libraries and make money as consultants. Because I  *know* most of my colleagues are having huge problem with serials management and are in need of help to plan for the digital form of serials. Which we are only timidly dipping our toes in. Not of lot of digital version of magazines are available for libraries in French. If I were to retire like in 3 months I would definitely go and start up a consulting firm and use this as a calling card.

    Anyway.. on with the books.

    Just Finished

    There's Something about Ari by L.B. Gregg. Longish m/m novella. his reads like an AU Teen Wolf fanfic to me. A good one too. I liked the brothers relationship. I also liked how compact and together the plot was.

    Too Friendly to Date by Nicole Helm.  I wanted to stump on my ebook reader. I really liked both Jacob and Leah a lot. Their journey, how they overcome their fears, how they learn to fit was wonderful if a little painful to read. But.... the whole Leah's health issues (she's a heart transplant) the way her family, her mother, mostly her mother (because the character of her father doesn't say a word in the whole book, he's like a ghost) made me want to throw my ebook reader at the wall. Same for Grace's attitude towards Jacob and his family (his mom survived breast cancer once and they chose not to tell teenage Jacob the whole time. I kept on reading because I fell hard for Jacob and Leah and their desire to work it out, work through painful stuff and finally make it through but I'm left with an aftertaste of ableism. Leah's mom attitude borders on abuse.




    I'm still slowly reading

    I want to finish the three I have on deck right now. That's the goal for the week.



    Secret War. Bendis' Marvel. My geeky and adorable young man that does all reading activities (Storytime with young children, schools visits, etc) for the library recommended I read this when I told him I didn't really get the whole Daisy Johnson thing on Agents of Shield but he did hence the Secret War recommendation. In return I dropped my Ms Marvel copy on his desk the next day.



    that was an adventure!

    Dec. 17th, 2014 05:35 pm
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    My fingers are sore from the results of my adventure today! With the cheerleading of several people (You know who you are, you fabulous people!) I rode to the music store today.

    I managed to get appropriately dressed (the teachings of my father are strong within me - you get dressed nice for the music store) with a scent (Clinique Happy) and brush my hair to go to the music store. Granted, I was going on a bike about two miles, but I was crossing two of the four big roads in Hattiesburg on a bike. With a helmet, but I was still apprehensive. And I didn't really want to go.

    Why did I go? For ukulele strings, of course! I bought a set of Lanikai by Aquila strings for half off today, plus I managed a set for my brother in law for sixty percent off!

    I came home (I didn't get hit by a car EITHER way, winner winner chicken dinner!) and went about the task of changing out strings. I didn't expect this to be difficult, I learned how to change strings on a stringed instrument in community college when I took Classical Guitar.

    WHAT REALLY STOKED MY GOAT WAS WHEN I FOUND KNOTS AT THE TUNING PEGS OF MY UKULELE THAT HAD BEEN HIDDEN BY THE WOUND STRING. WHAT THE EVERLIVING FRAK WAS SOMEONE THINKING PUTTING KNOTS ON A STRINGED INSTRUMENT LIKE THAT.

    I'm good. Really. After having to USE A FREAKING KNIFE (not scissors, oh no) to get the damn knots untied and off, I go about replacing the strings. The A, the E, the G, the C. In that order. Then I have to tighten them, and tune them. Fortunately I have a tuner on my phone. I know the strings are going to stretch, so I have to tune it before I play it for a little while.

    KNOTS. FLAMES, FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

    I imagine I looked a bit odd on the way to and from the music store. I was cheering myself on the whole way there and congratulating myself on the way back. I did a thing!

    I've been practicing Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and it's an easy enough song, it's just getting my right hand to do something different than my left hand. Not an easy trick for me.

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    Dec. 17th, 2014 06:51 pm
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    Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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    December Talking Meme: Favourite Book

    Dec. 18th, 2014 12:03 am
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    It's past midnight, but it's still the 17th in other time zones. :D

    [livejournal.com profile] crazedturkey asked: Your favourite book.

    This question got me stumped. It's difficult to narrow it down to a single book! Last time someone asked me this question (I can't find it, perhaps it was in the comments in someone else's journal) I cheated and picked one book per genre. :D That's more feasible.

    Also, there's the fact that my favourite book changed a lot over time. When I was in high school, I would have said 'The Name of the Rose' by Umberto Eco or 'The Leopard' by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Then I started reading in English, and for years my favourite novels were 'The Bean Trees' by Barbara Kingsolver and 'The Diaries of Jane Somers' by Doris Lessing.

    Then [personal profile] briasoleil introduced me to Canadian literature and for a good long while I oscillated between Margaret Atwood (specifically 'The Handmade Tale' and 'Alias Grace') and Michael Ondaatje (with 'The English Patient' first and 'Anil's Ghost' later) being my favourite authors.

    More recently, Ali Smith has become one of my favourite authors ('Girl Meets Boy' is still the best of her books, imo) and the last book to make a really strong impression on me was 'Molly Fox's Birthday' by Deirdre Madden (my review).

    These are all wonderful books which I'd recommend to anyone. However, I haven't reread them more than twice. I don't feel the need to revisit them periodically. So does this mean they're really not my favourite, after all?
    Because there are some books, which are admittedly not Serious or Proper Good Books, which, instead, I come back to on a regular basis. And they always give me some joy and/or comfort.
    The Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin, the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, the Harry Potter books, the Rivers of London books, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle. These are my comfort reads. And I love them to bits, even if they certainly are not literature material.

    In this department, I think that what I can consider my favourite book, then, is 'All Creatures Great and Small' by James Herriot. I got a (translated) copy when I was 10, as a gift for my first Holy Communion. And I immediately fell in love with it. With the rural Yorkshire setting. The humour. The characters. The heart-warming, soothing nature of the stories. I slowly got all the other books by Herriot. And then, when my English got good enough, I also bought them all in the original (second-hand).
    'All Creatures Great and Small' still remains my favourite. It's the book equivalent of your favourite hot beverage of choice on a winter's night.
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    US coach banned for eight years

    Dec. 17th, 2014 10:33 pm
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    Posted by Fred Clark

    1960: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1961: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1962: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1963: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1964: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1965: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1966: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1967: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1968: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1969: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1970: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1971: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1972: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1973: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1974: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1975: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1976: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1977: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1978: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1979: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1980: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1981: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1982: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1983: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1984: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1985: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1986: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1987: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1988: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1989: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1990: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1991: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1992: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1993: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1994: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1995: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1996: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1997: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1998: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    1999: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2000: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2001: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2002: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2003: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2004: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2005: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2006: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2007: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2008: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2009: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2010: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2011: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2012: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2013: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
    2014: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.

    But now, apparently, President Barack Obama plans to break with this grand tradition of tough-talk and consistent failure.

    According to White House materials, the new policy will establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, expand travel opportunities to and from the island, make it easier for those in the United States to send money to people in Cuba, and create opportunities for limited financial transactions between the countries, among other things.

    About time. America’s Cuba policy has been been an utter failure for longer than I’ve been alive.

    Some will no doubt try to get political traction by decrying this change as a “betrayal,” but I’m not sure that criticizing the president for an insufficient commitment to abject failure and fecklessness is really a winning argument. A losing policy should never be a winning argument.

    After more than half a century of failure, it’s time to try something else.

    Plus, we need the pitching.

     

    Have a non-DM post.

    Dec. 17th, 2014 02:26 pm
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    Wednesday Reading! )

    In other news:

    -The end of the year means, amongst other things, new writing challenge sign-ups! I do [community profile] getyourwordsout yearly; I signed up for 250k again next year even though I'm going to be probably ~40k short of that figure this year? It can be a bit more intense than [community profile] inkingitout, but the latter is really good too (I did it at the same time as GYWO one year); I like how flexible [community profile] inkingitout is.

    -I doubt anyone who reads this is interested (or hasn't already considered it), but: [livejournal.com profile] 1d_bigbang is doing artist claims right now. I'm posting a story this year! I'm mostly doing it because I needed the help of an external challenge to finish my fic, so I can't say I need someone to claim my story, but yes. Worth mentioning.

    -Speaking of fic, I'm scheduled to have not one, not two, but three stories going up in the next two weeks! At least one of them isn't going to be revealed as mine until after the New Year - I did a Yuletide treat - but how exciting is that? I had a month this year where I didn't post anything! I definitely made up for lost time!
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    Trio by Edwin Morgan

    Dec. 17th, 2014 10:49 pm
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    I did promise some Edwin Morgan and this is a seasonably appropriate piece as well.

    Trio

    Coming up Buchanan Street, quickly, on a sharp evening
    a young man and two girls, under the Christmas lights –
    The young man carries a new guitar in his arms,
    the girl on the inside carries a very young baby,
    and the girl on the outside carries a chihuahua.
    And the three of them are laughing, their breath rises
    in a cloud of happiness, and as they pass
    the boy says, ‘Wait till he sees this but!’
    The chihuahua has a tiny Royal Stewart tartan coat like a teapot-holder,
    the baby in its white shawl is all bright eyes and mouth like favours
    in a fresh sweet cake,
    the guitar swells out under its milky plastic cover, tied at the neck
    with silver tinsel tape and a brisk sprig of mistletoe.
    Orphean sprig! Melting baby! Warm chihuahua!
    The vale of tears is powerless before you.
    Whether Christ is born, or is not born, you
    put paid to fate, it abdicates
    under the Christmas lights.
    Monsters of the year
    go blank, are scattered back,
    can’t bear this march of three.

    – And the three have passed, vanished in the crowd
    (yet not vanished, for in their arms they wind
    the life of men and beasts, and music,
    laughter ringing them round like a guard)
    at the end of this winter’s day.
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    too much coughing

    Dec. 17th, 2014 03:24 pm
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    So a couple weeks ago I got pretty sick and it's lingered a lot longer than most illnesses normally linger with me, but I had some of the worst time sleeping and well, being sick and sleep deprived doesn't really make for good recovery. So I spent a better portion of the week in a low communication haze. I've been feeling a lot better lately but still dealing with some obnoxious congestion but at least I'm sleeping in my own bed again.

    Though this ordeal, I have learned my lesson and I am not taking anything for colds ever again, because I honestly think that the cold meds I took just prolonged my natural recovery. It may help some people but I'm just not one of them. Hot steam and cough drops for me.

    Aannywho, been thinking a lot about comic starting up again. I'm giving serious consideration to actually doing 2 at once, which seems like a bad idea but IDK, considering the style of one of them I feel like I'll be using 1 comic to just kinda keep me running, like sketchwork. Like, just to be clear, of the comics I'm referring to the big one is 'demon's legacy' comic I've been dragging on for forever that probably everyone is tired hearing about. The other is a more recent concept, a sort of 'slice of life' style comic in a simple style of a set of bug like species type characters.

    My main comic is going to be very story heavy, and to be honest I'm still not sure I want to keep the name and I'm still having a hard time figuring out exactly how I'm going to start. But the bug comic I know exactly how I can start and heck I even have the first 10 pages thumbnailed out since like... half a year ago. and while it doesn't have a set story, it's mailable enough that I can sort of make stuff as it goes. I feel like it's a good one to cut my teeth on, and that I could even keep it going after I start one of my more complicated ones, as I plan on doing a really simplistic style with it. I'm hoping once I give myself a 'regular' update schedule that alone will give me sort of well, practice and a better approach to the larger comic. Yeah it seems lofty but I think I can pull it off, esp if I'm not in a position where I need to take commissions again.

    I'm thinking 'windswept' for the bug comic title.
    I really need a better title than Demon's Legacy for the other but I honestly am still at a loss. aaahh.
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