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I have had it with this year.

Carrie Fisher is the last damned straw.

I was in first grade when the first Star Wars came out.  (I was such a geek that my dad had to build me a rolling R2D2 costume out of plywood and tagboard. It had casters for wheels.  I had to be lifted inside it and the paper mache headpiece tied on with elastic.  Twas awesome.) I was too young to get how amazing it was to have a female lead who could handle a blaster and mouth off to the bad guys, but believe me, I grew up EXPECTING that because of Princess Leia and Lieutenant Uhura.

This year has only gone to show me how little people have learned about the stupidity of bigotry in any form.  I have dumped a few friends I didn't know as well as I thought because of it.

People suck.
2016 sucks.

Animals are awesome though so beware the photodump.  We went to the Miami Zoo and saw the river wolves at last.  I only got one good shot out of about 200 because all otters are hyperactive bastards, but giant otters are worse than most.  It matters not.  I had a joyous time trying.

I am also thinking of publishing a book titled "Photography fails - butt shots from the wild" as I have the most hilarious collection of rumps, tails, and tushies that were ALMOST what I was going for.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Playing: Halo
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Today, my dear man, :iconmgmags: is at work on a Sunday taking care of a sick, wild swan.

I have great reservations about this (male swans being one of the few birds capable of killing a man outside of ostriche/etc.)

However he says in spite of the fact that this is a wild bird, it seems to know they are helping it and has been calm.  It has even been sort of hugging them with it's neck while they work on it.

I wish I was allowed to go take pictures.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Playing: Halo
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
The first part of :iconkoontah:'s crossover with my universe is up on FF.net!  Tis epic!  Go read!

www.fanfiction.net/s/12163719/…; :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Playing: Halo
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
OK...we knew this was coming.
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I am loving the animation and character design....but let me get this straight.  Optimus doesn't like something the council is up to, so he goes to Megatron BEFORE trying to talk to them?!  I get that he's been banished, but they can't...I dunno.  Call?  Text?  Send a smoke signal?  Great idea...put Megs and Starscream in the same place...what could go wrong?

BTW is it just me or is it completely wrong that Starscream is the voice of reason?  Actually, I don't care if it's just me...that's wrong.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Tell them I drove 50 miles through a hurricane to get to work today.  (The district I live in was closed.   The one I work in wasn't.)

TGIF
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Plenty of idiots....plenty.  :XD:

This is a good saga. It's epic, trust me.

The light-bulb in my office (where my computer lives) died.  It's dark back here.  And our gun-metal grey walls are almost black, so that's not helpful.

 OK...time for new bulbs. Bulbs purchased. Bulbs installed. No problem.

The fixture in my office responded to new light-bulbs by trying to catch fire. Oh the delicious smell of burning plastic and electricity. It's bracing.

Time for a new fixture. We go for the hanging industrial type 'cause it looks awesome in a room with metallic walls and TF cels, posters, and toys all over.  We are decorating trend setters, yes we are.  The new one has a cover and LED light bulbs no less!  OOOOOOOOOOO.


OK...but this leads to a new dilemma. We have fairly high ceilings in our office and the ladder we used to use to get to them is the very same one I landed on when I fell and broke my back. It went to the landfill years ago. (That bitch twisted me but good, but I gave it as good as I got!  So there!)

I was beginning to feel like we had hidden cameras for some kind of prank TV show.

So, we are now the proud owners of a very cool telescoping Werner Ladder that is completely bad-ass AND a new light fixture...and bulbs.  We have bulbs.

I am happy to inform you that I am now sitting in an office fully decked out with such modern conveniences as electric lights that turn on and do not catch fire.

Tis awesome.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
I've been waiting since 2010 for this to get done. (Never marry a guy with art OCD by the way...he'll raise your blood pressure!)

Taking a Moment by MGMags 

Of course I could be biased but I just love it. 
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Why, why, why do I INSIST on having no less than 3 major OCs with bloody scales?

Because I'm a masochist apparently.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: Koontah's stuff for x-over
  • Watching: Nothing...we blew through all of Supernatural :(
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Probably.  :XD:

OK all.  Some of you know that my beloved :iconmgmags: inspired this picture.  Ultra Magnus Vs  Roach color by illmatar  I've seen this guy run across 8 lanes of fast traffic to rescue a tortoise from the road, but he's from Miami - where the roaches grow to the size of compact SUVs, hiss, and FLY aggressively at your head if you try to squish them.  It was literally part of our wedding vows that he deal with certain centipedes (my phobia doesn't even live in Fl dammit!) and I am in charge of the roaches.  Geeks should never be allowed to marry and write their own vows BTW...our guy couldn't even read them he was laughing so hard. 

Tis the rainy season, and while our lovely sonic pest deterrents do a really good job most of the year, we do see some roaches once in a while during the summer.  I guess even they are smart enough to decide uncomfortable sounds are preferable to drowning.  So we had one in the living-room the other night.

Never fear!  Mighty Hunter Drogo to the rescue!  Higher Education by illmatar  I was struggling to get my slow butt off the couch and my kitty boy was having a grand time with this fabulous new toy.  He was batting it, and picking it up, dropping it...anything but actually killing it.  My husband (playing Assassin's Creed ironically) was having a heart attack, waving the controller, and yelling.  "DROGO!  Don't eat it!  Drogo leave it!"

Ah, but my cat shares my sense of humor, and he likes to play fetch with his toys.  So what's a kitty to do with a fun toy that Daddy is insisting he stop playing with?  Why, bring it TO Daddy of course!  So, just as I got close enough to get the poor, tortured creature away from my cat, Drogo ran across the living room and dropped it right under :iconmgmags: 's chair.

You will believe a man can fly!

I am a good wife.  I was not laughing very loud at all.  Of course I am posting this story online.  Devilish Laugh 
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
First:  Link to a honest ad for a Viper.   Go here.  Seriously.  oppositelock.kinja.com/most-ho…  Hilarious - especially if you like cars.  I'm talking to you :iconhotrod-302: .

Second:  The myth of demons having horns comes from the way cats pin their ears back when they are in the mood to make trouble.  I am certain of this...and I have adopted the devil himself.

Third:  The humidity was so high yesterday we had a rainbow....with no rain.  Very faint, didn't last long, but still.....

Fourth:  If you were Optimus and Elita getting to go anywhere you wanted incognito as humans for a vacation where would you go? 

Last: 

Am I the only person ever to ask someone to un-watch them? 

I did. Yesterday.  I am so...opposed... to the misogynistic bondage stuff this guy almost *exclusively* faves that I am disturbed he would WANT to watch me.  Maelstrom may be a G1 Transformers fiction but those of you with the...endurance to slog through it know I have been using it to deal with issues of child abuse and so forth.  Because murdering the people who hurt my students is illegal and all.   It's not the first time I've thought about asking someone to unfave or unwatch me, it's just the first time I've actually done it.  There's been a few times when, for instance, some of my images of Elita and Lancer have ended up in a fave collections surrounded by women in bondage that I have almost asked for them to be removed.  Elita in bondage.  No.   Just...no.

I don't want my art associated with that.  Am I being stupid? 

For that matter am I alone in that I visit the galleries and fave collections of everyone who faves or watches me?  Except the ones that have angry warnings about thanking them for faves....I don't visit those.  You fave me and I am obligated by the Law of Jayne (my mom) to say thank you...unless you make me feel unwelcome for stopping by.   I figure if someone likes my work we probably have at least a little in common and I may find things I enjoy on their page.   Most of the time it's true.

Not this time. 

Oy. 
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Well, I did it.

It took WAY longer than I expected and was a huge PIA, but after months of eye-crossing boredom I finally got every page/section of Maelstrom linked up to the next page/section from beginning to end.

I write too damned much.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Heh.

Yeah.

:iconmgmags: and I finally got around to season 1 of The Flash on Netflix through our X-Box yesterday.  We got an achievement...for watching 10 straight episodes. 

No achievement for laundry though...nor vacuuming.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
La la la la 201 FREAKING WATCHERS?! :lal: Thank you guys so much! :D (Big Grin) :squee: Hug Party Seriously-- this is awesome! Woohooooo! Love

So in honor of this special occasion, I will be doing some headshot sketch requests as a thank you to all of you amazing people! :happybounce: Everyone who comments and follows the rules will get a request! :D (Big Grin)

RULES:

- Must be a watcher!
- No canons, just OCs!
- One OC per person!
- Humanoid or Transformer! (I can humanize characters if need be)
- Send a link to a reference of your character!
- Share this journal and link it below!


That's all for now, folks-- Thanks so much and I hope you have a wonderful day! Glomp!
  • Listening to: Radiohead- Last Flowers to the Hospital
  • Reading: nah
  • Watching: Studio C, Simply Nailogical, etc (binging YouTube)
  • Playing: Be Wherever You Are from SU (at an art festival)
  • Eating: bread (and tums, because my stomach is DYINGGG)
  • Drinking: water
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
It's been a while.....
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
So, my core membership lapsed and I really didn't see the point in renewing it.  I have an ad blocker that handles things nicely and the few features I lost weren't really worth the $50 to me. 

Then my shoulder angel started poking me.  (She looks like my mom BTW...)  "It's not about the ads or the stats," she said..."it's about supporting the site you use so much.  Can you imagine the overhead for all the servers they must need?  What about the staff?"

My shoulder angel is good at guilt, being Jewish and all.

She is also relentless.I surrender! 

So...I have spent $50 dollars I really could put to better use just to shut her up.STFU you idiot! WINNER! 

No I'm not neurotic!  Why do you ask?  The random eye twitching is nothing serious I promise!
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
to make this kind of stuff work?

Behold!  A Transformers pop-up book where the pages ACTUALLY transform.

toyland.gizmodo.com/transforme…

My mind...it boggles.  And gibbers...  and...other things....
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Can I say that I really, really, really hate having to use pink?

Really.

......

I am a color bigot.

 Tis a result of my traumatic childhood when my relatives insisted that I wanted to dress in pretty pink clothes and so on.  Comments such as "I like green and purple better" went unheard.  They heard  "wants pink and frilly shit," instead of wants robot toys and to play in the woods catching snakes and frogs.  Frills catch on the pricker bushes, which is good for destroying shit you hate wearing so I hung out with a lot of thorns. 

It's not Elita's fault.

I hate it anyway.

That is all.
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
In my quest to squash the stupid out of certain chapters of Maelstrom, I have found that showing, rather than telling, tends to be a wee bit more work...and words.  Some sections are also brand new, but that means I am now shoe-horning new sections between old ones. 

More awkwardness will be coming soon, but maybe, just maybe, once I am less unhappy with the old chapters I will be able to move forward again.

Plus, :iconkoontah: is willing to go slumming to work on a crossover with me.  EVIL Laughter!   It already has spawned some intriguing notions and she's not even really ready to work on it yet. Nuu 
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
OK. Let's be clear before I start that :iconmgmags: did indeed know what he was getting into before he married me as he was a fan of Maelstrom before he was a fan of me...both the twisted sense of humor and the simply twisted bits of it. 

So.  We are broke...like all the time.  I have only received pay cuts in the last decade - not even an annual step increase for years of service.  Therefore things like holidays often go with little to no celebration or even a card.  For instance, if my man were EVER to spend our cash on say...flowers...for Valentine's day or whatever, he would be lucky to get away with only serious injuries.

This year though, life made him an offer he couldn't refuse.  The Broadway production of "The Lion King" came to Tampa.  So, my Sweetie got us tickets. 

I was very excited.

I also wanted to kill him.

But, also, so very excited.

But so very expensive....there must be consequences. 

What to do with so much happiness and so much fury? 

Make art of course!

My kids in Art Club are making illuminated letters.  So I made "M" for Michael.  And mollusk...I wrapped a big black octopus around it and covered it with snails.  The snails also gave me an excuse for "M" is for mucus too.  I used his favorite colors of red and gold and the slime trails are gold too.

"The Lion King" was epic BTW.  Go see it.  Once in a lifetime worth it kind of thing.  And be glad you haven't married a troll who thinks snails are funny.

Happy Valentine's Day Honey!  Sorry you got into this yet?
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee
Deadpool was awesome.  Some parts seemed sort of familiar..hmmm...  Nevertheless, awesome, stupid roaring fun.  I laughed till I wheezed.

Also, after working since somewhen around Thanksgiving, I finally have all the pages of the original nine comics of Maelstrom linked to the start of the series and the next page.  Of course :iconmgmags: tells me right as I'm finishing to also link them to the previous page.  (Love you Honey...your timing is crap, but I love you!)   I will do this! Someday!  Right after I learn to skydive and run a pottery wheel with my toes.

Now there's only the text stories to tackle.  After the books, 'twill be a walk in the gardens of non-suckageness. 
  • Listening to: Drogo messing with stuff he shouldn't
  • Reading: My own work...trying to spark my muse
  • Eating: Yup
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeeCOFFEEcoffeecoffeecoffee