I Came. I Saw. I Told a Story.

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After seeing my cousin’s 365 Day photo challenge, I decided to come up with one of my own in the form of my 365 Reasons to Squee. Over the course of the next year, each day I’m going to find something past, present, or future—a memory, an object, an experience—that is squee-worthy to me. Squee-worthy you say? All those happy little emotions that bubble up to the surface when you say, do, or think something so awesome you can’t help but feel happy.

So instead of photos? You get my squees. And? If you’re so inspired? By all means, do the same! Attribution appreciated, as always.

To kick things off, I’m going to give you one of my happiest experiences as a kid—going to the library. Surrounded by books, by so many stories, by so much knowledge…it was total freedom for me. I read everything, losing myself in worlds I’d never seen, places I hoped I’d be able to visit one day. Being surrounded by books, tomes that people had dedicated so much time and energy into writing, it gave me hope. I was never alone in the library. Never. There was always another book to read, another story to tell, another sense of awe and wonder to feel, another human being to recognize, acknowledge, and listen to.

I’ve joked that music saved my life and writing gave me a reason to live it. Looking back, as I try to quantify those times I retreated into the confines of a book…I suppose this is the literal truth for many reasons. For me, books aren’t stagnant objects that sit on a shelf collecting dust. They are a repository of past and present human knowledge, a gift that’s freely accessible and available to everyone, a way to connect with other minds and hearts to be entertained, educated, and inspired. These feelings have roots in my childhood, in all the reasons why the library became one of the most hallowed places for me, why a book was always nearby.

So thanks and a huge round of applause to all the librarians and teachers who cheered me on to keep writing and reading, who encouraged my reading/writing level to increase despite my age, and who always greeted me with kindness.

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Mood: Grateful

Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: I’ve had two cups so far. Trying to limit myself to that.

Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: I took a nap instead. BAD WRITER!

In My Ears: Lament of the air conditioner.

Game Last Played: Age of Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur. I’m on Teeth of Naros now.

Book Last Read: Re-reading His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman

Movie Last Viewed: Lucy

Latest Artistic Project: Um…

Latest Fiction/Comic Release: Last Man Zombie Standing. See also: need to write more flipping comics and exercise my art skillz again. Feh.

Latest Game Release: Hunter the Vigil: Mortal Remains

What I’m Working On: Primarily tie-in games work, original comics, and novels.

explore-blog:

Illustrator Gemma Correll reimagines that famous Victorian map of woman’s heart into this map of the introvert’s heart.
Complement with the power of introverts, illustrated.

Uh… Yeah…

explore-blog:

Illustrator Gemma Correll reimagines that famous Victorian map of woman’s heart into this map of the introvert’s heart.

Complement with the power of introverts, illustrated.

Uh… Yeah…

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painters-in-color:

Paul Cézanne outside his studio at Les Lauves in Provence. Photo was taken in April 1906, six months before his death. Photo by Gertrude Osthaus, colorized by painters-in-color


The movement to color historic black-and-white/sepia-toned photos is outstanding and heartbreaking all at the same time. I love this photo.

painters-in-color:

Paul Cézanne outside his studio at Les Lauves in Provence. Photo was taken in April 1906, six months before his death.
Photo by Gertrude Osthaus, colorized by painters-in-color

The movement to color historic black-and-white/sepia-toned photos is outstanding and heartbreaking all at the same time. I love this photo.

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hedendom:

wintherharlekin:

Scandinavian folklore (special focus on Norway)

Pictures:
Nøkken, Valemon, and Draugen by Theodor Kittelsen
Dragon, Huldra, Trolls, Elves, (first picture), by John Bauer
Fossegrimen by birgitte-gustavsen
Kraken by Bob Eggleton

THESE ARE GREAT!

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"It’s hard to imagine timing for a female-led movie that would be more appropriate than now, when a spec script has already been penned by the writer of a wildly successful recent movie (Guardians, might I add, was the first Marvel Film ever to have a 40% female audience). But to hear Feige tell it, producing Black Widow involves consulting the stars, measuring one’s body temperature, and waiting for a flock of doves to roost on Marvel’s lawn and pronounce the world “ready.” But y’all don’t need a Farmers Almanac: the right time for a female-led movie was yesterday, regardless of Marvel’s plans for the “right story.” If women had the representation we deserve in movies overall, Feige’s call for patience would have been identified as procrastination long ago–and if Marvel’s plate isn’t big enough to handle that, then something is fundamentally broken."

- Yes, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman Wrote A Black Widow Script. But Marvel Has “A Lot On Their Plates.” (via themarysue) br>

The internet and the way we consume media today has blown the doors off of the traditional comic book store fan demographic—more people, all kinds of people, are buying comics and supporting their favorite films, creators, publishers, etc. now more so than ever. There is diversity in comic fans; I see it at every show. LGBTQA+, people of color, women, men, boys, girls, grandmas and grandpas, etc. The success of these films is not due to one type of comic book fan, it is due to many, many different kinds. Beautiful.

The worst part of all this, in my mind, isn’t that there are continued delays. It’s not even the entrenched idea that girls can’t enjoy these films, don’t want to support The Avengers (I’ve rarely seen Black Widow in the fan merchandise for the movie), grow up to be superheroines, or write for these properties—because we will prove the naysayers wrong and will continue to do so just by being “us.”

No, the very, very worst part is that if they’re basing this decision on what happened in the past, there will NEVER be a decent superheroine movie. For example, investors know that Elektra and Catwoman flopped and can see that data. Only, they didn’t flop because they starred a woman as a superheroine—they bombed because they were crap movies. Don’t make a shitty movie, and I guarantee the investors—and more importantly the fans—will be happy. I trust Marvel knows how, but hey…just as a reminder? THERE ARE PLENTY OF AWESOME WRITERS WHO LOVE COMICS WHO WILL WRITE YOU A KICK ASS SCRIPT. *unceremoniously raises hand* PLENTY!!!!!!

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gothiccharmschool:

artagainstsociety:

Sketches by Chiara Bautista

These are just precious.

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expecttheunexpectedtoday:

expecttheunexpectedtoday

Philadelphia-based balloon artist and entertainer
Jason Secoda of Airheads Entertainment
has been creating balloon art for over 15 years

“My philosophy on balloon art tries to shatter the ideas that balloon art is cheesy and that it’s only for kids. I’m very detail-oriented, and as a result, my work is layered and complex. During events, I often find just as many adults enthralled with my work as children are. In short, I make quality, upscale work for all types, and all ages of clientele.”…Secoda

archiiemcphee- The awesome piece pictured at the top of this post, depicting a jungle scene containing ferocious tigers and an ancient temple, was a collaboration created in August 2013 with Dennis Scott, Dylan Gilenas and Jack Mattson. Inspired by the famous Cambodian temple Angkor Wat, the piece is made of over 15,000 balloons, stood nearly 17 feet tall, and covered an area of 225 square feet.

These are balloons. BALLOONS!!!!!! I’m blown away… Not literally, but still.

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brokenponycutiemark:

swelarpers:

By Andrew Kanounov
~ Swelarpers ~

Hngggggg. I want some men’s frock coat version of her AMAZING outfit. I want that SHOULDERPIECE.

Squees with mad, mad glee.

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Announcing Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin' Heroics

That’s right. Not one but TWO Firefly RPG books that will be appearing on store shelves wherever role-playing games are sold. If you’re interested in a copy, follow the link to learn more about it. Congrats to my fabulous team!

wannabeanimator:

Studio Ghibli | 1985 - 2014

After recent rumors of Studio Ghibli closing their animation department and the low box office numbers for When Marnie Was There, it was time to make an appreciation post for a company that has created true movie magic again and again. So, thank you, Studio Ghibli. Hopefully it isn’t good-bye just yet. Studio Ghibli is no longer producing animated films. So here’s to you, Ghibli, and everything you’ve given us.

An amazing legacy. Timeless films. Never forget.

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