February Life- Silver Skulls, Books and Coffee

coffee and my art journal

January held the kind of intensity of a dump truck running over my body over and over- but not in a totally bad way. Mostly it was the month full of challenges at work, trying to figure out if wearing heels was worth the professionalism boost vs the fact that i’m still not adept enough to run around rapidly in them and the subsequent decrease in speed that would bring. It was also the month where I didn’t get much done, artistically speaking, due to coming home from work dragging the stress with me till I finally fell asleep much too late into the hours past midnight.

Coffee and Tumblr

Not an over-all bad month though.

February though, i’ve got plans for you. I have 4 books I’m pretty much going to force myself to get through if I have to, just so I can get back on the reading horse, since it seems my ravenous love for books has taken a backseat to anything and everything else and I really want to blame tumblr for that and the way it sucks me in for hours on end reading what amount to essays on the upcoming Captain America movie and marveling at gifsets and edits for even the most overlooked characters/moments in films and books. It so easy to obsess over the things I love on there and gods if it’s not my most severe addiction.

Saga, Welcome to Night Vale, The World Is Curved - random books I read

But, books! Currently just a couple of pages away from finishing the Welcome to Night Vale novel and I still haven’t decided how I feel about it. On the one hand the writing is excellent and my head conjures up images of used car salesmen howling on the roof of broken down cars much easier than when I listen to the podcast but on the other hand…there is something lacking that I can’t quite put my finger on. The World Is Curved is something I picked up on my last ill-advised trip to Half-Price books (ill advised because I always come home with twice as many books as I said I would) with a couple of other economics themed books I’m honestly excited to tear through as it means I’ll be closer to being able to buy those econ books that don’t hold your hand while dumping all kinds of insane theories at you. Saga was gifted to me by the boyfriend for Christmas and if you haven’t heard of it I really suggest you go give it a look-see. The art is amazing, the characters startlingly unique and the story is the perfect blend of humorous and heartbreaking. The last book i’m getting through is The Cosmic Perspective but honestly, it’s not really a book you read through, mostly because it’s actually a textbook and something I picked up as a reference source for a project i’m working on, though for a textbook it’s terribly engrossing and makes me want to walk up to people and be like “DID YOU KNOW-” about space things.

words and more words, fables and coffee

Apart from dealing with pharmaceutical intricacies at work, plowing through a mini-stack of books,tempering my addiction to tumblr, and trying to finish art projects, i’ve also been writing. There are currently 6 legal pads filled with inane ideas, store outlines, world building, plot points and character arcs and while i’m still editing the last project (Whiskey Runner- the Ocean Is Spilling) so I can feel more confident about shopping it around to agents, it hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of treasure hunting space pirates colliding with honor-bound tech savvy marauders, Djinns on roadtrips across the great heartland of America, and messing around with the idea of Empaths and the idea of what love could mean to someone who very literally, feels everything. My best friend has put up her services to help me pick which will be the next project, so heaven help her with that honestly.

Skully and Slytherin

Not drowning in my coffee cups yet,
~m

P.S
The silver skull featured in the photos above is named Skully because I was very tired and feeling really unimaginative the day I got him and you’ll be pleased to know the the lady at the furniture store I purchased him from gave me the weirdest look when I told her I would be putting him in the loft where I keep my books. But you tell me where the f*** else am I going to put him, the garden?

Tell Your Future- The Tin Stories

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inspired by Carnivàle , Tin Stories
in ink, in pen, Tin Stories sleepy fables and coffee

Perhaps it was found underneath a pile of dusty, spiderweb covered quilts, or shoved behind a pile of outdated encyclopedias. A simple and small thing to misplace and leave behind…. or maybe something purposely hidden away, to never think of again. Delicate, ornately covered fingers uncovering and dusted off to peek a look inside. Perhaps stubby young hands grabbed without notice, shoved in a pocket for a later look. And the question itches at the mind, does it itself, tell your future…?

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Altered Altoids Tin, fables and coffee

Could be it was a gift, from some half-stranger right around the time the sun was setting on the third day in the last week of that 11th month. Or a whimsical purchase from a used trinkets store, it glinted in the reflected sunlight of old mirrors and the want tugged at some memory long buried. Something slightly borrowed from a beloved aunt or taken from a distant and never-seen relative. Were you asked to take a glimpse at the events to come and fold it up, hide it inside, to forget only to remember on another distant day?

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It could have been as easy as being handed a small card from inside, any card, pick one, and tell me a story. Amid breathing in cold and wild blue winter air or burning the smell of a summer ending in willing lungs while the sky slowly lit up with stars. Your future is only a single option from a list of many to be told, easily and fairly exchanged for a thrill at the unknown. 

Tell Your Future,  

 ~m

 

Part of a new series i’m working on, a way to stretch out those creative writing tendrils a bit. For anyone curious, I listed to the Carnivàle soundtrack on repeat while I came up with the idea for the tin and the words following. Creepy and lovely, with just a hint of disturbing. Highly recommended songs : Black Blizzard, Justin Calls Iris, Rita Sue and Jonesy, Babylon and of course the Main Title Theme. 

Art Journal Monday- Tiny Swirls and Elven Ears

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I’ve taken to listening to podcast and lectures while I type type type away at work. I used to just make myself playlists, or find existing ones on 8tracks or Spotify, but after a couple of weeks of that my brain started caving in on itself with boredom and demanded more substantial food to digest while another (tiny) part actually did work. Not to say my job is boring, just to say that when it comes to feeling challenged, perhaps that is slightly lacking, at least right now.

Fear not ! “, I murmured to my brain, “I shall procure entertainment for you and then you can stop replaying my most embarrassing moments of the past 10 years for enjoyment, you intangible bastard.” So I downloaded a couple (more than a hundred )of episodes from various podcasts, from Welcome to Nightvale, which I had stopped listening to almost 2 years ago but was more than happy to dive into again, to 99% Invisible which is hard to explain but is proving fascinating in multiple parts so far. I also got hooked on a couple of audiobook lectures, my favorite currently being 1066: The Year That Changed Everything. I’d never listened to audiobooks before, not to mention i’ve never experienced history in a solely auditory format but I gotta say, it’s definitely something I’m loving so far. I don’t know if i’m going to go as far as purchasing actual audiobooks, though I did catch myself eyeing the audiobook version of The Devil In The White City but we’ll see….

Songs on repeat this past week:
Girls– Slow Magic
Hold the Line– Toto
Wish You Were Here– Sparklehorse
Honey– Junkie XL
Girls & Boys – Good Charlotte
Saiun– Yoshida Brothers
Simple Math– Manchester Orchestra
La Vie Boheme– RENT

This coming week i’ll probably devour 50 more episodes of podcasts, bother my bf with endless tidbits of information about medieval history after I splurge on The Medieval World audiobook (from the Great Courses section if anyone else is interested) and hopefully battle through my slightly-ever-increasing boredom at work. I’m not complaining though, honestly hey, at least I get to listen to whatever the fudge I want to as long as my production queue volumes don’t go down, and that at least, is a challenge I can meet. Er, hopefully.

~m