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  1.  (9884.1)
    Saturday night open mic: a thing for talking about your week. The mic is open all night. Tell me what's going on. Make some noise. Show me your face if you like. Tell me what you're planning.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    Doing finishing touches on PhD thesis, hating having to do this referencing lark..

    Wishing I hadn't bought sugar free red bull. Listening to the Shels. And just come out of the other side of a spot of beard re-itching thanks to that seductive beard thread that promised to show us women smoking pipes but then didn't.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011 edited
    I've missed these. Partially because my narcissistic self likes having an audience to rant to, and partially because it's interesting to hear what's going on with everyone.

    What's going on: I'm waiting for supper to bake (cornbread). I just put a small passionflower plant in a pot a little while ago. I'm trying to figure out what my best/most sell-able photos/artworks are and trying not to be terrified about it. I'm also watching my budget/spending closely in hopes of proving to myself that moving out is actually affordable. At least the summer season is starting, which means tourists, which means people buying lots of pizzas, which means more hours (and pay) for me.

    Noise: AAAAAHHHHHHHH. I think that counts.

    7 blazer and scarf

    Planning: Sell prints of photos/art online. Make enough money from that to supplement what I'm already making and move into an apartment (hopefully with a dishwasher). Maybe even start hiring models at some point. Get better at kicking my own ass and draw more often. Buy/Build a CPU. Stuff like that.
  2.  (9884.4)
    I'm in my study, drinking rum, hitting guitars, jabbering randomly at the internet and trying to hold things together . Have had a few weeks when I've realised that I'm not doing at that as well as I thought I was... Lots of stuff going on, work and family, and I keep blowing fuses. Lost my temper completely at some hapless sap from Sky TV - my mother in (common) law had used my mobile when signing up, and they've got my number instead of hers. No matter how many times I've told them, the bastards keep calling me, often five times a day, and when I told them I'd had enough and demanded they erase it from their records the guy told me 'I can't remove your number from the database for data protection reasons'. Which started a Bernard Black-style rant which ended with 'Look. It's MY BLOODY PHONE NUMBER. It's not HER number, it's not YOUR number, and it's not Rupert BLOODY Murdoch's number, now SOD OFF'.

    And then I felt awful at taking my frustrations out on some poor bastard wage slave wanking for coins in some fucking horrid call centre, and have spent the last three days trying to calm down.

    At work, I've had 'managing the employee magazine' added to my job - which I've done before, but not for nearly a decade. So I've got to get used to print again, and working with agencies and designers and all of the stuff that goes with producing physical stuff on paper.

    Am taking my brood over to see my grandfather tomorrow. I don't see him anywhere near as much as I'd like to.

    Plans at the moment - keep on keeping on. No time for anything much else. Am reawakening a love of floral photography, slowly, hopefully the work in the garden will pay off and I'll have plenty of source material over the summer.




    Singularity Jones - Leaving Thin Walls

    Peace to all...
  3.  (9884.5)
    On my way to take the girlfriend to an A.A. meeting. So, that's my night.
    • CommentAuthorhedmeat
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    Coming up at the end of my first month in LA. Thought being homeless would suck more than this, but it hasn't been all that horrible, actually. Although I am wondering where the hell are these warm California nights I keep hearing about but have yet to find. Lot of the other homeless blokes are in the same boat as I am, the starving artist type. We don't got homes but we got phones and laptops. The new homeless.

    I sent in my proposal to Kickstarter last night. Hoping it'll be approved soon so I can start raising money for my novel. Writing in libraries during the day and Barnes and Nobles at night is all well and good, but I'm sure a nice little hostel for a few months would be even more conducive to the writing process.


    Apparently it's not just white people around whom it is unsafe to pass out drunk.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    I've got three weeks till I get married. I'm totally sick of hearing myself talk about it but there is literally nothing else going on in my life apart from that and work. I can't wait until I can get back to being a regular human being.

    In July I'm going to sign up for some drawing classes. Maybe some photography classes too because I think I've got as far as I can on trial and error and although I'm getting some pretty good results with haphazard lighting constructions made of desk lamps, plastic and blue-tac I think I've reached my limit. It's time to actually understand what the hell I'm doing.

    On the plus side I am drawing for the first time in like I don't know how long. Thank you Remake/Remodel!
    • CommentAuthorSteve Toase
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011 edited
    Last week. Getting book review finished that has been hanging around for far too long. Cracking on with some digital mapping (One of my day jobs).
    On Monday I'm reading at an event in York to raise money for the Japan relief effort. They're having an exhibition of tanka and haiku. I contributed one of my short stories about my own experiences during the floods of 2000 in York, and they're displaying the passage describing the spirit of the floods. On Tuesday I start reviewing for a local venue. Not paid but I get few tickets into their gigs so clawing back some kind of social life.

    Just found out my short story Stich has gone live at Eschatology Journal

    Old face
    Old photo
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    Tell me what's going on: I have been unable to do much renovation of the shop this week due to quite a lot of it being outside of my skill set and all the e-mail enquiries for general admin stuff have not been responded too. That feeling as if nothing may be happening from people that you rely on and praying that the company you are talking to hasn't gone bust (I need to get Wizards of the coast stuff from somebody!).

    Make some noise.

    Show me your face if you like.

    Tell me what you're planning: Getting round to the Manga companies that are not already available via Diamond, buying a till and organizing some stalls at fairs and the like.

    The main issue at the moment is that to my parents it does not look like I'm doing much when I try to explain that dealing with the fear that doing something like this holds for me. I don't know what's going to happen in the future is sort of the flip side to the "get excited and do things" especially since at this present moment my employment options are limited due to my experience.

    But there is no crying on Whitechapel and I will meet each obstacle and problem as it comes and tear it apart with my bare hands if needs be.

    Also I have been toying around with some ideas for a Whitechapel fighting eels patch but that's just in my head for the moment.
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011 edited
    having both a wonderful and eerily dreadful week at the exact same time. On the wonderful side I've got a handful of professional creative people working for free helping me write grants/budgets/proposals and turning my ink drawings into 3D animations and video game type graphics like this... warren ellis' saturday night open mic
    on the eerily dreadful side this has freed up my time so I've been doing a bit of reading but either my personal life is dictating fiction or the fiction is dictating my personal life, I re-read Julio Cortazar"s End of game, Satre's Nausea and have to visit my old pal Gregor tonight. This is what I look like today, tomorrow I might be a bug...

    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    I would love it if I was a bug tomorrow!
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011 edited
    @Paprika - being an AXOLOTL was kind of fun too
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011 edited
    First weekend off in more than a month, watching medias and following my compatriots from Crashspace post from our booth at the Maker Faire.

    Laughing on Saturday

    Feeling good, if trapped. Ultra high pressure at work, stealing time to get stuff done on my own time. Not really very happy with how things are going, but I have the tiger by the tail, I can't let go now.

    I'm really happy about stuff happening at crashspace, we just had our first meeting of the Neuroscience Group this week, which is going to be amazing. We're going to be developing some excellent DIY material for folks to use, and building some custom diagnostic gear. This time next year, you should be able to come here and get some insight into your brain.
  4.  (9884.14)
    @outlawpoet: Brain stuff sounds very cool.

    @J0nCarp3nter: I'm surprised I haven't told off any telemarketers (etc) yet. I'm also looking forward to the floral photos.

    @hedmeat: Nice hand/face photo. Best of luck with the kickstarter.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    Lots going on. Me and a buddy are doing an Ebook of weird urban fiction. I am way the shit behind. Serial still going well. Am currently necking some 6.7% ABV American Brown Ale by a local brewer. Good shit.

    I am utterly and completely fucked in many fundamental ways and I want a cigarette.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011 edited
    Fireworks goin off for Victoria Day celebrations, dog goin nuts, sirens, weird screaming from fireworks? ---

    Sun actually decided to come out today for once. We've had rain for an eternity it seems....

    And and and -- finally got back lettered pages for new project. Oh yes, it's been taking forever but a new project going out to publishers is exciting.
    • CommentAuthorOda
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    Every day that goes that I'm single, I become myself more and more. I become stranger, weirder, grow an even more grotesque and silly sense of humour, no guy to try and seem adult in front of, I thrive and me and my friends get along better than ever.

    But I'm becoming more and more sure that there is no guy (or girl) out there for me. Not that I'm at all desperate to have someone yet, but if I do manage to bring someone I actually like home, they become awkward and it seems I'm the girl you don't mention to your mates because they'd be like "OH NO YOU DIDN'T". I'm so weird. So bloody weird. And it's me. It's what I'm like. And if there's any guy out there liking me for me, he has 50 kilos extra and a depression on top of it. No one can actually be attracted to without there being something seriously wrong with them.

    No one likes me "because of" my personality, and I won't do with "despite of" it! It seems what was charming in a 16-year-old me just scares people off in a 23-year old (and seriously gaining weight) me.

    Other than that, life is okay. I do light. I work with bands. I am a good band-babysitter. I'm good.

    I have an inner ear infection and some fever and such and I took some paracetamol/codeine pills and then had a few beers and it doesn't hurt anymore and I had a good night, I just felt sad when I got home is all.

    I have a nice bunad:

    A good week to you all, and sleep and ear pain to me :P and emoness. I already said on twitter; I disgust myself today.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    My girl is working tonight, so I'm trying to decide if I should go out and be social or if I should stay in to read and play video games. Either choice would be a rare occurrence, so I'm torn.

    Decisions ... decisions ... decisions

    It's been pretty typical Western Oregon weather lately. Glorious sun alternating with torrential downpours of rain. I like it.

    My work week was mostly wretched, but I attribute that to my less-than-desirable job. It does make me appreciate my non-working hours much more, so there is an upside.

    Time to hit up twitter to see if anyone is doing anything 'round town.

    (It's entirely possible that I will end up just reading this all night to see what you guys are doing, instead.)
  5.  (9884.19)
    Hello Whitechapel, hope you're all well.

    Don't make much of a noise here, though I have an entire Summer of Free Time in which to hopefully do so.


    Since finishing my exams at the start of May, I've been thoroughly moulding myself into the sofa; PORTAL 2 and L.A. NOIRE have vastly accelerated this process. Finished reading THE BEAT HOTEL by Barry Miles - great read, recommended.

    This week I'm planning on getting the most out of the sunshine and fresh air before my hayfever kicks in. Considering getting something most likely horribly similar to this to counter the effects.

    Here's me.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2011
    Completed two percent of my novel, started writing a web comic, remembered why I despise my job, found out I got all A's in m first semester back to college, finished gathering notes for a message I am delivering next week about memorial day, found out one of my favorite bands is about to commence their farewell tour, and experienced a brain explosion reading Warren's talk.

    No noise, feeling quiet.


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