Scribbled this at work. Click to see it at full size:
2013 has technically not been a good year.
But as usual, 2013 was also full of good things.
Tonight, once again because of the generosity of friends, I’ll be eating good food with people I love. <3 I wish the same for you!
I’m also done having weekly features for awhile. So Pit Bull Tuesday is going to remain on hiatus while I figure out what I want to commit to posting here.
I keep this blog for me, because on days when I’m sick or waiting for circumstances to shift so I can get something else done, or late at night when I’m feeling liminal and like I just got here on Earth, this is a way for me to scroll back and see who I am and who I was and who I was before that.
That said, there’s something inherently interactive about a public blog, where my perception and portrayal of my experiences are altered by you reading about them. Quantum posting! I still need to find out what types of experiences, thoughts, and projects I’d like to see altered in that way on a regular basis. I’m becoming more of a “fan” than I ever was before; I’m starting to find value in dissecting what I watch and see as the diving board into a discussion instead of merely to record my reaction.
This is a warning that this place might change. It might become NSFW, or boring, or really stupid. It might also have more art, or more photos, or more reviews. I DON’T KNOW OKAY.
…But it will definitely still have screenshots of those weird puzzle games I like to play, because seriously you guys, how can I not show you this brilliant Polish hilarity:
(Click to see it at actual size.)
When I finally had Internet again last night, I had 100+ unread messages in my inbox. It might be awhile before you hear from me because I look like this:
But I’ll definitely be back soon, with tales of adventure and destruction and LOVE. <3
If you haven’t read Kagerou, you can probably skip this. Unless you really want to see an evil goddess trying on dresses made of weirdo sea creatures. rainbowbarnacle wrote it and I illustrated it. Don’t click if you’re somewhere that silly cartoon nudity will be an issue:
Two of my co-workers and I went to Dr. Sketchy’s at the Temple Bar on Monday night. The model was Olympia, who may be the most fun to draw model I’ve ever sketched. She has such long, thin bones; it was a little like drawing a very realistic anime person.
This was a two-minute pose. If you weren’t there, you may think I drew a clutch of angry hemorrhoids, but in fact she had an adorable bouquet of cloth flowers decorating her granny panties.
This is a collaborative effort between me and two other people (I think Maegen and her friend visiting from Mexico). We each drew on it for three minutes and twenty seconds. The turquoise/blue is mine. Pretty sure the hideous leaky pink paint pen is Maegen’s (It was a cool addition to this picture though, even if it did get all over Alan!)
There is a bare breast in the next drawing, so I hid it in case your nosy co-worker is peering over the cubicle wall:
The first story I wrote after Clarion West is coming out today in the anthology Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Steve Berman, from Lethe Press.
“Those that exchange faithful adherence to diction and structure for a stronger focus on character tend to be more successful, most notably Cory Skerry’s “Midnight at the Feet of the Caryatids”…” – Publishers Weekly
“Some of the works recontextualize Poe: Cory Skerry’s “Midnight at the Feet of the Caryatides” takes “Hop-Frog” up impossible heights, in the anthology’s most original story, pulling in classical elements that Poe would recognize along with more fantastical ones that feel delightfully fresh.” – Ideomancer
(The gargoyle looks like Hanzo! haha!)
And here are a few places where you can buy the anthology:
Almost every year, my boyfriend is involved in the sound system for Relay for Life. This is the first year I was in town and otherwise unengaged, and it’s not far from our house, so I decided to take Hanzo over when I brought Seamus some supplies (it’s a 24 hour event).
We were a block away when he started to realize he was Going Somewhere Exciting, and when we rounded the corner and he saw all the people and dogs, his tail whipped my kneecaps like I owed him money.
Sorry the framing is so bad, but he was so excited he was vibrating. I was lucky to get his pretty flower and his dyed pink ribbon in one shot. Breast cancer awareness cutie mark, like a My Little Pit Bull!
We did three laps the first time, left so I could walk Briar too, and then came back after dark for a second round. It was soon time to go home and read submissions, though, and I had to peel him away from the crowd. Every couple of steps on the way back, he did this:
Yeah, he loved Relay for Life. I wonder if I can enter a dog officially as a participant? I know I could get people to pledge money for how many laps he does. I’d have to put a cap on it, because his legs can’t handle as many laps as he wants to do (that’s why we went twice–I let him have a big two hour rest in between walks), but it would still be fun and for a good cause. <3
I originally just walked for Hanzo, because he was so happy to be there and wanted to take part in what everyone else was doing, but it ended up being really good for me, too. Cancer has taken (and is still taking) my loved ones. For all I know, it will come after me, too. It hurt my stomach to see how many candles there were for those who didn’t win their fight. I was surprised, though, to find it also felt good to see a crowd of people who appreciated what went into that fight. When a friend (who is a survivor) told me about how there is a part of the night where only survivors walk, and the crowd cheers for them, she sounded kind of embarrassed and mentioned that it might sound silly. My response was that people cheer at the Olympics for the things that healthy bodies can do–why the hell shouldn’t they cheer for people who have beaten or at least stalled death? That’s a pretty bad-ass achievement, definitely worthy of screaming and stomping!