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I'm now officially one video behind, since they just posted one of Julia Child today, but if you missed the Bob Ross remix when it was first posted, here it is:

Not quite as good as the Mister Rogers one, but still fun. I admit the artist in me has always cringed at The Joy of Painting as far as artistic style/quality goes (I keep wanting to yell things like "Complementary colors! Gray it down! Atmospheric perspective!"), but as a creative personality, he had some things right, anyway.
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For those of you who haven't seen it several times already today, I give you the awesomeness that is Mr. Rogers, artfully combined with some Autotune and a catchy beat...

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Things have been busy lately, and updating the blog tends to get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, but here are a few quick notes:

I've added another Anthro Dreams podcast to my website's audio page. "Sweet Nothings" is a bit of slice-of-life furry flash fiction originally written in response to the writing prompt "the ice cream shop." (While you're there, you can also check out the holiday-themed fantasy piece "An Older World," which I completely forgot to announce here when it first came out.)

Publication of By Sword and Star is moving along steadily; we're waiting for print proofs now, and the first chapters of the novel will also appear in the Anthro Dreams podcast as a teaser. Unless there are any unforeseeable snags, it looks like it'll be available next month. (I'm planning on taking pre-orders for signed copies starting soon; watch this space.)

The Odyssey online class I took this past month has wrapped up. It felt like it went by pretty fast, so it's kind of hard to evaluate how much I learned from it when I'm still absorbing some of the info. (I was, of course, reminded that I still hate critique, much as I recognize it as a necessary evil... but somehow I expect that's always going to be the case.) *shrug* At any rate, I can get focused now on coming up with a workable writing routine again and getting some momentum back that I lost over the last few months.

Finally, have a fun video. Bert knows what it's like to live with a writer... XD

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So, as may already be obvious, I'm doing away with the Friday Finds, at least for now, and will just try to stop in here and make general updates a bit more often. I'll still share links and videos and whatever as I run across them, but I haven't had as much time as I'd like lately to browse for things, so the weekly schedule was fast becoming just another obligation.

With that said, here's something fun I just watched. I've never worked in food service, but I have worked retail jobs, and I love seeing stuff like this. What I really love about it is that it isn't some kind of snarky prank that plays on making fun of the employee -- after all, these people are just trying to do their jobs, and a lot of the time the job just sucks. But this isn't about making fun of anyone; from what I can tell, it's just plain making fun, something that's often in short supply these days.

And so I give you the best Sonic order ever:

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It's been a very long week, and therefore I'm watching Muppet Show and Sesame Street clips on YouTube. XD

Always loved this song...

(Count yourselves lucky -- this week's Friday Find could have been Bert and Ernie with "Dance Myself to Sleep."


Oh, what the heck.)

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Video quality is atrocious, but you can still get the gist of this classic little cartoon that I first saw on Sesame Street:

Kind of the precursor to Simon's Cat, one might say. :)
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Silly, catchy, all-around fun. I recommend playing it fairly loud. :)


The artist's website can be found here. (I should probably note, though, that "The Happy Song" is pretty different from his usual work, which tends toward cinematic-feeling orchestral/new age instrumentals.)

Color quiz

Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:07 am
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Man, how long has it been since I took an online quiz? I used to wind up doing those things practically on a daily basis in my early days on LiveJournal -- what character from Lord of the Rings are you, your hobbit name, your elf name, what animal are you, what book are you, on and on and on.


you are lightskyblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Took this the other day and wound up with steel blue, which was fairly similar, I think, in terms of the description. The "finishing projects" thing is definitely on target, though I think I do stress over things far more than this would imply. :)


Jul. 8th, 2011 04:32 pm
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Or at least, the writing and editing part. I sent the hopefully-mostly-final-except-for-minor-proofing version of By Sword and Star to the editor today. With other projects going on, I know the editor won't get to it for another month or so, but it felt good to finally cross it off the list, so to speak.

Oh, and I made a Wordle of the novel text:

I guess we know what the main character's name is, don't we? XD
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My flash fiction title "Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Meets the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" is the co-winner of this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Short Story Title, hosted by [livejournal.com profile] jongibbs:


(Darn it, I knew I should have told my husband to go vote for me in the final round. Then it wouldn't have been a tie.) ;)

On a serious note, though, there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that I tied for first place without asking anybody outright to vote for me, even though it's possible I could have driven a few more voters to LJ to win outright. I'm just not crazy about doing the whole "hey guyz! go vote for me!!!" thing, even though I know it's not exactly frowned upon.

At any rate, both of us winners get a copy of Jon Gibbs' book Fur-Face (which I'd been wanting to read), a coffee mug that says "I are a writer" (sweet!), and either a guest blog post or an interview on his blog. Since I don't have any astounding ideas for blog posts at the moment, I'll be taking the interview option. Plus, interviews give me a satisfying illusion of importance. :)

(I really should make "Norma" into a series: "Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Finds the Lost City of Atlantis," "Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Meets Cthulhu"...)

Or not. :D
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Sometimes I think they know when I'm having a bad day and time the films to be released then. :)

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Sometimes the best writing advice shows up in unexpected places. In this case: Don't write something just because you think everybody will like it, or you'll wind up with a big mess that even you don't understand.

"Arthur Writes a Story"

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