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19 May 2017 @ 09:35 pm
My drawing of Scary Fear for the hood is finally finished. Check this out.

I'm quite happy with it and if it prints as good as this looks I'll have a great thing going.

But there are still some issues. Here's what it will look like on the hood.

I'm having the problem of the hood bumpers and that loop covering him. He's not centered or the loop would be on his face. I don't mind so much his wings covered by the round bumpers but I'm not sure what to do about it. I can remove them from the hood but I worry about there being holes and water condensation getting into my engine and then ruining the decal too. There are some flat bumpers I could get but don't now if the sticker will stick to them as it won't be a smooth surface and again I worry about water condensation getting in and causing bubbling. This is most annoying. The drawing has to be off center so it's not on his face and then I'll have to puncture it to put these things back on. So far I don't see a way to keep them off.

Well you guys may know the background was giving me a hard time. I downloaded some cloud brushes today. I found this great site called Brusheezy. https://www.brusheezy.com/ It's too bad that sometimes these brush packs come with way more brushes than I need. I have tons of brushes in my photoshop right now and really need to get rid of the ones I never use. But I'm glad I found some cloud ones as I've just been using the same cloud ones over and over and I'm getting tired of my stuff looking the same.

I had to take Sandwich to the vet today. Bullet bit him the other day. It was a small bite in his side and I didn't think anything of it. But he started picking it and it got way worse and all infected.

I had the idea to make a vest out of Vet Wrap since the collars they had were too big. There was a love bird collar but it was still too big. My vet loved this idea and said she will order a smaller collar and to use this little vest until then. He got a shot of antibiotics and a bottle to put in his drinking water. He kept putting his feet in the vest so he couldn't walk but was flopping around the floor of the cage. I knew he was just being dramatic. I put the perch low and eventually I guess he got bored because now he's standing like in the pic and using his feet normally.

Well that's been the biggest excitement today. I'm going to stop here as I'm rather sleepy.
10 May 2017 @ 08:48 pm
What a great day today has been. We took a large load of garbage to the dump. After that we had a nice IHOP breakfast. Then we headed off to the warehouse to pick up the chairs I had ordered. Here are some pics.

Here is the huge warehouse for Rooms To Go. I've never been in such a huge one. It was several blocks in many directions.

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29 April 2017 @ 09:21 pm
At last we got our new bed and this time it was the right one. The delivery came way earlier than expected and they didn't even give me time they just called and said they were outside. That was annoying but glad to get it over with early. I could tell right away this bed is softer and will be much better. Later today I went to Walmart and got new covers for it. I got more Jurassic World Sheets and will post that pic in time. I'm looking forward to a good sleep tonight.

I have finally made that review of my phone that I said I would share with you guys. So here is the video.

I made only tiny progress on the Easter drawing so I guess it won't be finished before the end of April after all. Tomorrow Chris and I will work around the house so I will probably not have time to draw or work on it. But I do have an April drawing which is Bringer of Light so that's good.
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25 April 2017 @ 09:39 am

Ha so LJ is celebrating 18 years on the net. Here's my card with my stats. I'm proud to have been here 12 of those years. I wish I had joined sooner now. I joined Oct 16, 2004. Things are going well here. I've got a nice early start on the day. Washed my Jeep and it looks nicer. Tomorrow I should finally be rid of that office furniture in the storage, so I'm looking forward to that. I hope today I can find time to color my art. The stork has been started but I need to finish him already so I can get started on Fear. I may have to make an art list and then prioritize. That helps when I feel I have too many projects and don't know where to start. I guess I should finish the Stork because it's an Easter drawing and it's already so darn late.
16 April 2017 @ 05:55 pm
Well my Easter went very well. Chris and I had a quiet one. We went out to the storage and got some good work done in there. Finally when you look in there you can really see walls and floor. Pretty soon I think we can swap stuff around between both units and put the stuff we're getting rid of in the big one. But it still won't be easy as there is big furniture to move even if it is only a few hundred feet away. Chris got me a cute Easter Basket with a Peeps bunny. A blue one as that's my fave. They didn't make the Peep chick or he would have gotten me that of course.

I got a chance to make some art today. I started an Easter Drawing but no way it can be done in time. So this will be late. Probably a few days late as I'm such a slow artist but here are all the elements.

This drawing will feature Scary Fear of course. I wanted it to be a scary Easter and to have something more frightening than a chicken. A terror bird came to mind but instead of drawing an extinct bird I decided to go with one of those lovely not well known living terror birds the Shoe Billed Stork. These birds are amazing with the big bill. They do look very scary with a mean look and probably can bite really hard. They love to eat freshwater eels. This is the closest thing you can get to a living terror bird today. And they can fly. So in my drawing this guy is going to be scaled up to add to the terror. He'll be about 10 feet tall. He's part of the background.

And this is the foreground. Scary Fear will be crouching in front of him and scaled down. He'll be holding a giant evil black egg. It's based on an emu egg so it will be greenish black and is spewing toxic yolk as it laughs. Notice a subtle detail. Fear's shoes. I toyed with the idea of having no shoes in this drawing so you could see his raven feet. Those aren't to scale it's just for me to get an idea if I like this or not. They are too thick and look more like raptor claws. If I do decide to go this route his feet will be the thinner feet of ravens. I like the left foot because it's upside down and curled up since he's sitting on it. But I will still ink this with his shoes. And originally the egg was going to be facing to the right. This way everyone's facing all three directions; left, right and center. But I felt it didn't look right. Not for this piece. The side view is great if that egg were looking at something else but it's not. So I think I will go with the forward view. I'm very excited about this drawing but this will probably be very late. I think this will take me a few days to ink and color.
16 April 2017 @ 08:47 am
Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all will have a good one. I have no real plans today. It is possible I may get a new chicken coop since things are on sale. I'm also gathering ideas for building a new one in time. When I do I hope to build my best one yet and make it really nice. I know it will take me a few weeks to construct. I've been working with my nepenthes as well. Most have gone back outside. It's time to repot them. I need to take an inventory of all my amorphs too. It's definitely repotting season. I saw a black racer yesterday. They are always a good sign of spring. So pretty and sleek. The birds have picked clean our loquat tree. The crows have been coming to feed on that one everyday. I've also seen lots of baby cranes while driving around.
03 April 2017 @ 10:03 pm
Wanted to share a neat Raven Prayer I found. It fits Scary Fear as a prayer to him and the attributes fit me as well and I find myself relating more and more to ravens.

Winged emissary from the realm beyond
Fire stealer
Wolf friend

I call on your wisdom
Teach me your tricks of thought and memory
Lend me your eloquence
To speak of hidden mysteries
Help me use the tools around me to attain my goals
And if I do not find these tools
Teach me to craft them
Help me fly with agility to where I'm most needed
Teach me to sing for love and
to return to those places where it has lived before
I ask for your strength
In the face of intimidation
I ask for your wings
As I dive into darkness and return with knowledge
I ask for your magic
In Shaping the unformed into a beautiful reality
I call on thee

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01 April 2017 @ 01:09 pm
I'm glad most websites I go to haven't done dumb things for April 1st. Like the time Amazon set their look back 10 years. I couldn't navigate it and I was pissed they lost my business that day. I didn't buy anything until the day was over. Perhaps they learned their lesson because this year there is nothing of the sort there. Good. But I went to look up something on Google Maps and found this.


Ok these kinds of harmless jokes I do like and they amuse me. You can see what I wrote in the description there.

If we get the new place I really want to save up to finally get my raven. You guys know I have been wanting a raven for YEARS now. Every time I try saving for one something goes wrong though. I think I will now make it a goal to get this bird if we move to the new place. I'll have the room for one. I plan to build an outdoor aviary for him. I'm already looking into what kind of toys to get too that will keep him busy as smart birds get bored and need things to do. Last year I bought the DVD on how to care and feed them. I just ordered the more expensive DVD for how to train them. Both DVD's are over priced but only this breeder has them and if I'm seriously spending this much already well it means I am ready for a big pet again and a big responsibility like when I used to have Joel my blue and gold macaw. These birds are DNA sexed so I want a male and I already know I will name him Fear. I hope I can help mold his personality into someone as bold and fun and loving as Joel was. I'm already expecting stupid pranks from him too like taking pencils and some of my things and hiding them.

Speaking of Ravens I have solved the dilemma of Fear's feet. Chris and I were talking about this yesterday. What does Fear's feet look like when he takes off his shoes? Well they are bird feet. But they aren't shaped like bird feet because they've been stuffed into those small shoes. He's still a cell so they spread out and fill with cytoplasm. He does have hard little nails on them but they are nowhere near as long as the nails/claws on his hands. They are the smallest hard parts about him. So now that mission where he takes off his shoes is something I can visualize. And as for his wings I think he has them the majority of the time but he can dismiss them if he needs to. So in a way they are like a summon and almost always on.

I hate it when I say I have tons of ideas and can't wait to get started on them. And now I'm ready to start on something new and I don't know where to start. It's like all my awesome ideas left me. I'll figure it out. I always do.
30 March 2017 @ 06:54 pm
I have finally finished this. I think I will name it Bringer of light. I'm posting it here first and then I'll post this on DA once I finish the recolors of my older art.

I'm quite proud of this. Both Fear and the background look wonderful. I'm really getting used to his new look. BTW, new default icon for me. Yes I must find time to animate this. Maybe not just blinking but opening and closing his mouth? We'll see. Love my creepy boy.

Prospects for getting the house we want are looking better. Wish us luck with that. But at the same time it's kind of bad. If we get approved we'll have to hurry up and sell this one. We need to get it fixed up and get all my mother's junk out of it. I know it will be hard to sell with all the repairs it needs. When it comes to houses seems everything is always in a hurry. Well here's hoping that the place we want will also lower the price. We'll make an offer to bring it down 10 grand. I hope they go for that. They've lowered the price twice already and it's been up since at least Dec so seems we're the only ones interested in it. I hate haggling but these are big dollar amounts so we need it to come down as much as we can. So very exciting news and because of the extra work that needs to be done I may have to vanish from DA again. We'll see.
29 March 2017 @ 06:49 pm
Just posting some of my art again as some of my friends in real life wanted to see them. No need to comment again for those of you that already have.

Scary Fear in the drawing Phobophile. Lover of Fear. I just love my raven neuron so much. He's fun to draw.

Fear's Conspiracy. A flock of ravens is called a Conspiracy as some of you may know. This is my tribute to the Victorius album cover Dreamchaser. http://blackwindmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Victorius-Dreamchaser.jpg
So many of their songs fit Scary Fear so well. I'd love for them to see this sometime. My raven neuron and scary boy.

And a pic of Bullet I drew in Samsung Notes. It's a very basic program I don't really know how to use. The strangest thing is I don't know where the files are being saved to. I had to email this to myself and it came out tiny as you see. Looks bigger in the program. I don't know.

I've got so many ideas for Scary Fear. I'm very inspired right now and will post some concepts I hope to get some feed back on soon. Today was a good day. Chris and I moved almost 20 boxes out of storage. And still it looks over whelming. I don't think we'll finish before the 1st.
06 March 2017 @ 10:11 am
One of the things I wanted to do in this post was talk about the new change on my phone and how bad it is. But I don't have all the screen caps yet. Chris has the old version and our OS looked the same so I have to wait for him to get home to get a few more screen shots I am missing that I could not find online. The biggest loss to me is the world clock looking so bad now and being buried a well as the alarm which is part of the same program. I never used the timer or the stop watch so I don't care about those much though I'm sure they've been ruined too. The original world clock was great because you could click on "World clock" and the earth was right there. It was a grey earth but the background had constellations that were so cool. You could spin the earth and the stars moved accordingly. The cities you had were set. You didn't have to "add" anything though not all major cities where available. Florida only had Miami which was odd. When you clicked on a city the entire timezone lit up on the earth and a box showed you the time and weather and how far ahead or behind they were if it was another time zone. If you clicked in a space the timezone stayed lit up. One of my fave things was to click random cities then spin the earth in all directions to see where the time zone hit. I loved looking at the tiny pacific islands. You could zoom in and out of the earth. And one of the coolest things was it had the shadow of night and day. I would constantly check to see if the sunset was coming or which of my friends had night already or day. I didn't even check the time most of the the time. I just loved seeing where the edge of night and day was all around the globe. It was my fave app.

Now when you click on the clock not only are all the thumnails for apps terrible but it's a blank page. I had to add a city so I added Miami and THEN you click that and you get the earth. The earth is this ugly flat grey and white. The sky is flat grey blue with no stars. You can't see cities from the default altitude. You have to zoom in. And when you click a city the time zone no longer is highlighted. Night and day are still there but it's been so watered down this is no longer any fun. As for the alarm it was easy. There were big numbers you scrolled like an old odometer and sent. That's now a boring simplified clock and you have to click it to get to the settings. Extra pointless clicking when before things were right on the surface. The alarm was special to me because we both used it a lot when I was recovering from surgery those first few weeks. I had it set to go off every 4 hours round the clock for my medicine. And I had a wonderful song picked for it. Luckily the songs are still there. Crossing A River is very gentle and not something that would scare me awake. It was wonderful. So for them to have changed these things I grew so fond of while I was very sick really bothers me.
Here's the ringtone/alarm tone https://youtu.be/NSDg6vrrMnc
I wonder if setting the phone back to factory would fix this mess? I don't care if I lose my texts and as for photos I can back those up easily. While looking up screen caps I saw other world clocks that were more advanced. I haven't wanted to put an email on this phone because I don't want to download anything or have an email on my phone. But now that everything is messed up perhaps I should as I'd like a nicer keyboard skin as it worse now. And maybe I should get another world clock since I'm not happy about having lost this one. I could use an email I never use just for this phone. I just don't want to be bothered when I do get any kinds of emails even spam. I don't want my phone ringing or beeping unless it's from someone I know. So that's part of my rant until I do a comparison later on with all the screen caps.

Other than that things are going well. I'm really enjoying writing outlines for all my stories. I'm feeling very creative because of it and it's nice to have my ideas laid out so I can flesh them out later. I think today I will start to work on the frames for the next page of FBTF. I'll also try to write up some idea for how the ending to UP could have been better. I love UP it's my fave Pixar movie and I really don't have any complaints about it. But I can't help but think what would happen if I gave it a happy ending for everyone. Kind of like the happy ending for Hunt for Red October that I crossed over with Jurassic Park. I am enjoying reading all your ideas too. I was telling Gamma I love how creative the raptor pack is.

Yesterday was a great day. It was a day off and though we didn't do anything amazing, I still can't anyway, it was nice to spend a whole day together. We had a nice breakfast at IHOP which I haven't done in a long time and the staff was happy to see me again. I've been gone a long time and was a regular there. We did a bit of work at the storage unit. So we threw out stuff and made small progress there. We came home and watched Groundhog day. I really like that movie and the time concepts in it. One of my fave parts is when Bill Murry breaks the pencil and the next day when the day resets the pencil is intact again. Then our friend Mike came over and took the two white couches. I'm so glad those are gone because they were taking up so much space in our living room. Our house is packed with my mother's furniture and stuff and that made a big opening. But not only that I am very happy to have made him happy. He really needed them for a friend and I know they'll be appreciated. I gave him the tons of pillows that went with them too. He was so happy and we finally felt like we paid him back for all the amazing help he's given us over the years. If we do get this new house I'm glad we won't be moving too far and can still stay in touch. That's the only thing I'll miss about moving is having him so close as a neighbor.

Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing. I've been watching Chris play Horizon Zero Dawn and so far I really like that game. When he's done I'll play it. He's been very excited waiting for it to come out. I can't wait for Mass Effect Andromeda but this game is good and I'm very curious about the story. Short version is our civilization was destroyed for some reason and machine animals rule the earth now. Our descendants live like tribals and think the machines are bad and it's forbidden to go in the old ruins. But the lead character Aloy wants to find out what happened and doesn't listen to the rules of the tribe. I must say I am just as curious as her so I really want to find out what happened to the earth. It's that kind of deep intelligent story that Chris and I love.

BTW on the opposite extreme I found a very funny short movie I want to recommend to you guys. It's totally crazy and off the wall. It's called Kung Fury and it's on Netflix. It's so cheesy bad that it's good. Basically it's about a cop that gets Kung Fu super powers. He finds out Hitler has appeared in "modern" times. This takes place in the 80's and everything is super colorful and very cool looking. So to stop Hitler Kung Fury has to go into the past but goes too far and has to get the help of Vikings and then is sent to Nazi Germany for a huge battle with the bad guys. This movie reminds me so much of my old comic Incredible Quest of Two Monsters and A Butterfly Net that I almost wonder if they read it. There are cool cars, video games, computers, dinosaurs, gods, machines ha it's so awesome really. It's so bad it's good so I highly recommend it. And it's short. Under an hour. Here's the Amazon info on it. https://www.amazon.com/Kung-Fury-Andreas-Cahling/dp/B012UOCYKC/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1488812861&sr=1-1&keywords=kung+fury
I wish it were on DVD as I prefer to have physical copies of things and not just digital downloads.

Well I'll stop here for now. I have a lot of stuff I still need to write up for my idea dumps for the Charlie stories.
28 February 2017 @ 09:58 am
So I need to take it a bit easy because of my relapse from my surgery. I don't like not being as active as I used to be. I made a follow up appointment with another doctor but it's a ways off. Soonest they could see me so we'll see how it goes. But other interesting things have been going on. I've been looking up seeds of my fave plants. I hope to be well enough to garden this year. The Tabebuia tree I planted is blooming right now. I should get a pic of it. I'm behind on pics and art because of this. I'm starting to think about rare cucurbits again. How I love that plant family. It's my fave for having such unusual fruits and vines. I'm still on the search for the rare Fluted Pumpkin that I saw years ago at Epcot. I don't know why they are the only ones in the US that seem to have it. Gosh I'd love one. Telfairia occidentalis. Too bad I don't know anyone in West Africa that could just send me seeds. I'm thinking of trying Casa Banana again though that went very badly the last few times. That may be the first seed order I put in. And yesterday I was looking up Nepenthes. Not good I shouldn't be doing that since I need to save my money.

Bullet the budgie has laid three eggs in a very strange place. They are in the food dish. I hadn't planned to breed her but the Phage line must go on so I will let her have it though it is not a proper nest. With the mess from all my mother's things in the house I don't know where the candler went so I can't check if these little eggs are fertile or not. It would be nice. I told Chris if they hatch and she can get them to 5 or 7 days I can take over handfeeding from there. I'm not well enough to set up a proper nest and cage right now so I'm just going to allow her to have this and hope for the best. I had to put in a second bowl because with her using the food dish I don't think Sandwich was getting anything to eat.

And I've also been looking up JP Jeeps. I really want to paint my Jeep in those colors. I can't wait for that but again got to keep saving up. So today is the last day of Feb. I changed all the calendars as I like to do that a day early. I have a Jeep calendar and this month's Jeep is a yellow one going through mud. That's neat.

I got Chris a new GPS as a gift. It's the same model as mine only it also has traffic. I'm so glad and he loves it now. He's put in all his addresses into it and it's much bigger and more up to date than the really old one. After driving his truck home the other day I hated how crappy that one was. The screen was dark and faded. I don't know how he could see anything on it. So yes newer one that's way better. I got him the one with Traffic because he needs that more than I do.

I paid off my cell phone the other day so now I completely own it which is a nice feeling. I think I figured out all the bugs in it and got it just how I want it. I should do a review on it sometime as I have very few negatives to say about it.

I have another sketch page half done of Fear drawings. I am not getting many ideas for what to fill in the final spaces with though so it may be a while before I finish it. I want to get back to work on comics but sitting at the computer and working with the tablet is tiring and I just can't do it yet. I hope I can get over this so I can get back to that. But for now I'm doing pencil art at least. I'm lucky to have finished the raptor for AudeS.
14 February 2017 @ 09:25 am
I had a dream about George two nights ago. Sort of. It was a bit long but now I don't remember much about it. I think I was filming a movie and had hired a great actor to play George. He looked so much like him. Only his hair wasn't quite right. Too straight and not layered and bushy enough. Other than that he was amazing. He knew how to play him and he was very nice. I wanted to always keep him in my sight because though I wasn't really lucid somehow I knew it was a dream and if I looked away or went to another room he would disappear. He sensed that I liked him and always smiled and stayed around me. I also had an actress that was pretty. I have no idea what part she was supposed to play. And that's it really. Such a short thing.
11 February 2017 @ 08:48 am
Yesterday, Chris's friend Eric came over to help us move stuff from the other house. After two failed attempts we finally found a place to rent a truck from. We went to the other house and were able to get almost everything out that's mine. We only left the large and small cabinets because they could not be carried out by only two people. I'm considering not keeping the smaller wider one. It's a shame because it's beautiful Chinese carvings on it but it's so big I just don't know where I'm going to put it in our house. The other one is delicate because of the glass. Though I just had an idea typing this. I wonder if the doors can be taken off that way it won't be so delicate? I could rent or borrow a small trailer and would just need help to get it in the trailer from some people. Getting them into our house would still be an issue though.

So we brought home the curio cabinet the other bed and the couches. The new bed is nice and much better for my back. I slept fairly well last night. The other thing I'm happy about is I did very well on this outing. I did better than my last one and didn't start to hurt til much later. Also yesterday was the first time I drove since my surgery. I drove Chris's truck since he had to return the big one. It was just a five minute drive but I did it and I'm proud of that. This morning I feel pretty good energy and pain wise so I certainly have recovered way better than when we went to the beach. I relapsed after that and was pretty bad for about three days. I'm going to take it easy today, maybe I can finally work on some art today. We'll see. Chris has the small loveseat in his room now and I think that will be great for him. We plan to rearrange the bedroom eventually so we'll see if that works out for the better or not. I'm not up for normal drives just yet but I think that if I have to go somewhere I should be able to. I think I'm on the mend finally.
05 February 2017 @ 11:03 am
So yesterday was our 21st anniversary and we went out to Gandy Beach. I'm so thankful I had strength to walk around for a good amount of time. We got there at low tied and checked out the tide pools. The day was just amazing.

We found these blobs. At first we thought they were jellyfish. But they were tethered. See the circle? There were several in the sand. Jellyfish don't dig, burrow or anchor like this. This is most likely the egg sac of a a Lugworm or some kind of marine worm. They were very cute and pretty.

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