To This Day of Evil Days. Sort of.

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Morning! Yesterday, John “The Muskrat” Kovalic and I contributed two lots for the Evil for Crestline elementary school charity auction. The Valentinelli Fiction Sampler Pack is worth about $75 retail — maybe more? Because ALL will be signed. Hee. Included with three anthologies and two novellas, you’ll also get a $20 gift certificate to John’s Dork Tower trade lot includes the first three trades from the Dork Tower webcomic — worth retail $60 and a lot more signed! The auction ends Monday, February 25th, so bid now! I promise, you’ll be VERY spoiled.

On a more somber note, winter has not yet released its icy grip on our fair city. I’ve been oscillating from cabin fever to productivity back to feeling a bit trapped by the weather. Adding another layer to my routine this week; I’m in a pseudo-artist recovery program designed to buff up some of the long-neglected aspects of my artist talents. And, that’s yielded some interesting results so far. Definitely venturing off into newer territories and whatnot. So, yay!

Remember when I mentioned the purse conundrum? I wound up modifying a Le Sac and I love it now. Very, very light. Very light. Hate feeling bogged down by purses.

Sugar Skull Le Sac

Before I go, I just wanted to mention that the more time I spend getting to know you, the more I see how common is to be hurt. Even if we don’t acknowledge it, many of us have been bullied in some way. It’s common to seek validation. To vent about it. To declare what our problems are to the world.

It is uncommon to use that pain and turn it into an inspiration. To do something about it other than say “Hey! Over here! I’m hurt!” Yes, you’re hurt. Yes, you’re in pain. Hence, the reason why today I’m sharing this video with you. Powerful message and a fantastic, absolutely fantastic example of how one artist took his experiences and channeled his art into a message for bullied kids. I hope this inspires you to do something today. Whether that’s for yourself (you’re worth it!) or for someone else (they’re worth it, too!) go forth and DO.

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    Mood: Wintermudgeon
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Beh
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: House cleaning. Grr.
    In My Ears: Expecting by Andy Scott
    Game Last Played: War of the North
    Movie Last Viewed: A Good Day To Die Hard
    Latest Artistic Project: Contest design (In progress)
    Latest Release: “The Button” We Are Dust anthology

Gangnam Lo Pan Style. Hee.

You're An Idiot, Starscream

Yes, the past few days have been an exercise in blogging philosophy. Enough with the thinking! Away with the thought police! Ban the Care Bear Stare! I give you, the one. . .the only. . . Lo Pan Style (Gangnam Style Parody).

While I’m quite certain you’ve already seen this, WATCH IT AGAIN!

    Mood: Badly quoting Big Trouble In Little China. What of it?
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: I need me a Rayden. (Wrong movie.)
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: BENDY TWISTY THINGS.
    In My Ears: Lo Pan. Duh.
    Game Last Played: Dragon Age: Origins
    Movie Last Viewed: Spiderman the new one.
    Latest Artistic Project: In progress!
    Latest Release: “Fangs and Formaldehyde” from the New Hero anthology through Stone Skin Press

Look Into This Light! (Oh, Wait!)

Jack the Pumpkin King

Yesterday’s screed took a bit longer than I had expected to, so today I’m making encouraging you to watch this fantastic Halloween Light Show 2012. If you want to see something like this all year round, please donate to the “Monica Wants A Mansion” fund otherwise known as the “buy and review the author’s books” initiative.

If you did not chuckle at that last line, consider how many poor, unlucky gnomes had to suffer for its telling. No one ever cares about the gnomes. Just lawn decorations, that’s all they are.

    Mood: Chipper. I spliced a comma. ON PURPOSE.
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Twiki says: beeedebeedebeede
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: I laugh in the face of muscular twitching. Muwahahahaha!
    In My Ears: The loudest computer fan you’ve ever heard.
    Game Last Played: Dragon Age: Origins
    Movie Last Viewed: The Raven
    Latest Artistic Project: In progress!
    Latest Release: “Fangs and Formaldehyde” from the New Hero anthology through Stone Skin Press

Awesome Halloween Light Show

This light show to the tune of “This Is Halloween” is made out of win. And, um… To preserve your sanity, just mute the comments.

[Video] Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently

So, I couldn’t come up with a good post for today. (Yeah, I know…so sue me…) Instead, I turn you to Ray Bradbury who talks about writing persistently. Because? It’s RAY BRADBURY. *falls over*

Watch Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently on YouTube!

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