Thursday, March 31, 2011

EUPHONIUM!!!

I finally started! Yay! And I can actually get a sound out! Carrying it home was quite an ordeal, especially since it was hot today, but I've got to practice, right?

Someday, I will not be as good as David Childs.  (Note: the volume is really low.  Crank it up to hear the awesomeness better.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How Not to Act

Would you like to see a veritable gem of professionalism, dignity, and class?

Then don't click on the above link.

By now, the saga of Jacqueline Howett has pretty much become a meme.  In case you don't know about it, though, the author rages at a somewhat negative but extremely fair review and generally acts in an extremely, shall we say, lulzcow-esque way. For someone like me (filled with schadenfreude), it was very amusing.

However, it seems to me that the problem is not only with the author (though her behavior is clearly less than stellar). The later commenters are also conducting themselves poorly by flogging a dead horse and continuing to tear into the author even though all that needs to be said on the subject has already been said.

See, when others start taking potshots at her mental health, it kind of makes me want to be a devil's advocate. All in all, the blog owner made a good choice by disallowing further comments.

And another example of a writer taking a review poorly. You (ghost who is the sole reader of my blog) can decide which is worse.

Personally, I love critiques (caveat: I haven't gotten enough exposure to receive a really negative one). How else am I going to get an objective perspective on my writing? If someone is taking time out of their day to help a writer improve, the least the writer can do is respond graciously.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bestiary

A strange little story (seriously, even I don't get it) written for kicks using words from the Random Word Generator. The randomly generated words were chrysemys (painted turtle), thunnus (tuna), cryptocercus (wood roaches), sphingidae (hawk moths), and pediculidae (lice).

Bestiary

She cut off a lock of hair and put it into a small, ornate box painted with stripes – orange-red on black. A row of hexagons down the middle. A latch in the shape of a turtle’s head. And now, a curl of brown looking more coppery than usual against the matte black of its insides.

"I keep this for you," she said, and closed it.


She sat looking at the empty plate for a long time, seeing without seeing the slender bones and the shimmering scales scattered about like drops of mercury. The fish head was turned away from her, its wide eyes staring up into the air and down into the gleaming white china plate. And then, its perspective changed.

"I keep this for you," she said, and lifted it high.


She arranged the carvings of roaches on a white-painted windowsill so that they all faced out in a circle. The wood was stained a dark brown color, glossy, almost slimy. The legs and antennae were all delicately carved, a pest rendered in loving, reverent detail. One roach was missing from the circle, the one facing north.

"I keep this for you," she said, and carved out its eyes.


She held in her hand a lighter made of ivory and metal and flame, and in the darkness the moths whirled around it like a brown-winged storm. The flame flickered in the breeze of their fluttering. As they swooped around the fire, the moth wings began to take on more color – pink, purple, orange. Red. This moth she caught, and held.

"I keep this for you," she said, and burned it.


And her smile was that which the parasite gives the host. It was weakness, it was disease, it was death, it was love.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ID + Other Art News

Who am I?  For a surface understanding, the following things will suffice: math problems, books, drawing, Rammstein, fencing, flute, and the necklace I wear almost every day.  Everything but the flute was drawn in the sketchbook that I'm slowly starting to use more.  Ms paint is underrated.  Hooray for copypasta and resize functions!

In other news: my sister gave me some watercolor paper.  There's just something about paper that gives me that "create something!" itch.  My first implementation of this paper will be a series of pictures tied together by an orange balloon. A lot of my recent dA favorites have been of watercolor and I really wanted to try using that medium on something other than printer paper.

Some other things I'd like to draw include a black-purple tree against a sunset (this I got from a dream I had a long time ago). I also want to take another stab at interesting perspective and draw a picture combining the ProjU character Radu with falconry. Finally, I want to draw a map of the world that is my working setting for the "settingless" story.

And last of all, I've been thinking for a while that I want to redesign this blog. I like the colors, myself, but black-and-blue may not seem...welcoming. Eh, what do I know, no one reads my ramblings anyways. ;)

I want to start euphonium I wanna start euphonium when can I start euphonium blaaaaargh?????

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Revising ProjU, part VIII + Miscellaneous

I haven't gotten as much done in this last month as I would have liked, given that I've only finished two scenes since my last update on ProjU in February, but I did get past a scene that was from my least favorite group of people to write. The one I'm working on right now is from the country whose culture I like the most and whose characters I actually want to figure out.

ART!  Yesterday I finished a picture of a dream I had a while ago. Since it's not in a series with anything, I figure I'll put it up:
In the dream I was climbing up a stair made of dice in a smoke-filled sky. I have some more dream images that I'm going to get around to drawing eventually.

Yesterday I went to the library and am all set to catch up to a few series. The books:

-A Wizard of Mars, by Diane Duane
-Genius Wars, by Catherine Jinks
-The Immortal Fire, by Anne Ursu

I also read The Chosen, by Chaim Potok. It was really good, especially the character interactions.

Finalmente, a good song - "Liebe ist Alles" by Adoro.  I think it may be a cover of another German group's song, but I haven't bothered to look for the original if there is one.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Some Sites

More posting of links.

Re-enchantment is an examination of fairy tales. It's kind of hard to navigate, though, and as I've only spent five minutes on it thus far I've probably only scratched the surface of its content. The music is rather eerie.
EDIT: And you can only view it if you live in Australia. Oh, well.

Check out this guy(Gary Lippincott)'s art. Isn't it amazing? I think I might put up a link list on the right side with the websites of some artists I really admire.

And InsanityEngine's deviantART journal, about the beauty of space, has been inspiring me since 2010.

(I got a little bit of work done on ProjU yesterday. Not a lot, but better than nothing, right?)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Brain is Somewhat Fried

"At least six paragraphs." I have eight.

"Around 750 words." I have around 1,800.

I don't even know how many hours I've thrown into this research report, but it's a lot.

I think I'll go do nothing for a while. Ach, my brain hurts.

This is the best damn essay I've ever written, I swear it.

3/7/11 Edit: And now time for revisions. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Too Good Not to Share

NatGeo, NatGeo.  You remind me that the world is beautiful.

Check out some of the entries in National Geographic's 2010 Photo Contest.

My favorites: 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, 17, 22, 25, 33, 34, 35, 39, 40, 44, 45, and 47.  The dude in picture 32 looks a lot like how I imagine Radu.