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Time:08:07 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused
I noticed a terrible looking convenience store near my house today, so I just went there to peek inside.

It exceeded even my expectations.

Ice creamer freezer that looks like it hasn't held ice cream for years? Check.

Video rental section still stocked with VHS and a mysterious closed cabinet marked "adult"? Check.

Bags of milk on the floor of a fridge? A fine coating of dust on many surfaces? Check, check!

Sleepy-eyed old man balefully staring at you from behind the counter the entire time? Check.

On the counter, a "humorous" "tobacco" pipe, shaped like what appeared to be a white Rastafarian with an enormous doobie. CHECK.

It was a magical experience.
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Time:11:03 am
Current Mood:curiouscurious
Hey, does anyone remember this?? I'm also going to post to whatwasthatbook

I'm looking for the title of a (probably) YA novel about a boy who's sort of saved from abusive conditions by a sixth grade teacher (might have been high school, but I remember him being a little younger).

I just had a dream about this, so the details are a liiittle vague, and it might not be a real book, but if it is I must have read it around sixth grade myself.

In the story, I think he had a younger brother too, one who may not have wanted to leave his abusive family. I think the father was a violent alcholic, and he may have died somewhere during the story. The mother was manipulative and needy.

So this kid is really smart and I can't remember how he meets his teacher (because these kids were being "home-schooled" except not really, they were just living in a shack in the woods) but the teacher somehow convinces him to come to school, and eventually the kid moves in with the teacher and his wife. I think it took place somewhere in New England.
He's pretty rough around the edges and doesn't get along with this new classmates, gets into a lot of fights, but really enjoys working in the school garden which sort of calms him down and lets him focus on learning and integrating into society.

So thanks if you recognize it! Sorry if it's very vague, as I said this was from a dream, and I just woke up. If it's a real book I want to go back and read it, and if it's not then maybe I should write it myself.

(If it IS a real book, the actual dream was about his 15 year class reunion!)
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Subject:I CAN'T DRIVE....FIFTY FIIIIIVVVEEEE!
Time:09:52 pm


So yeah, I got a speeding ticket. It's gonna be a bad one- I was going, uh, pretty fast. Although the points on my license are undoubtedly going to be worse than the fine itself, I'm probably looking at least at about $200. Ugh.

So, I'd been thinking about opening up commissions for fun anyway, so I figure why not now? To make it more hilarious (to me anyway) it's going to be themed: I will draw any character you want committing a minor crime. I was thinking $20 each, for a cartoony 9"x6" copic marker drawing, shipping included. You can either suggest something or just leave it up to my discretion- although no promises that it will be in character since this is kind of a fun wacky thing.

I have no idea if people have any desire to pay for my drawings, but hey, if you're interested, please send me an e-mail at laura (at) sanguine-art.com (or you can just comment here).

(Sorry if some of you see this posted all over the place- I'm trying to hit as many places as I have access to, and there's bound to be some overlapping.)
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Subject:I have an actual Art Degree, from a real Art School.
Time:06:22 pm
I wish everyone read the same dumb books that I have, because then you'd all understand this:



Then again, maybe you don't want to understand.

(It's a scene from the trashy romance novel I found while waiting for a ride at a hotel after my car broke. I kindly supplied the alternative dialogue.)

There's also this, "inspired" by certain cat-like blankets from Brothers in Arms by LM Bujold.

http://lauramw.deviantart.com/art/From-Barrayar-with-Love-206546206

Aren't you all so glad I'm updating my livejournal again?
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Subject:Dream time!
Time:04:21 pm
Current Mood:sicksick
WOOP WOOP Dream journal alert!

I came home sick from work today and slept for about forever. And had this dream!

A friend and I were tourists in the land of the dead. It was pretty much just like the regular world except that people were spirits instead of mortal, and it seemed to always be that time of the day just before sunset. There was apparently some political unrest or something going on there that we were unaware of before going, but we had to be on the run a lot. Some of the dead were trying to either kidnap/kill the living tourists (over the course of the dream I escaped being tied to my friend under a bar, ran away from authorities on a horse, skiied away from yet more authorities, and escaped through the woods. It was pretty action packed.) Pretty early on we decided that we just needed to get home, but it was difficult because the only way to leave was to tell a dead person your name, and then the dead person had to use it in a certain way. This was dangerous because giving them your name gave them power over you, so you had to be very careful. Most of the tourists (we ran into many other tourists there) carried a piece of mail with them, so they could show their name very discreetly.

Somewhere along the line I realized that I wasn't ACTUALLY in the world of the dead, I was just in a movie about it, that I was also watching. It was directed by Terry Gilliam. There might have also been some weird Don Quixote stuff at the end but that was kind of vague.

It was a pretty long dream, but at the end we ended up stumbling into a more stable area where a bunch of dead relatives (completely made up, not my actual dead relatives) were having a beach barbeque. The end!
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Time:10:15 pm
Been awhile since I touched this thing, I guess my usual barrage of stupid Deviant Art links is just more fun on twitter.

Anyway, I got stranded at a hotel tonight because my cars lights aren't working, and had to wait for a ride.

On the plus side, I found an abandoned romance novel in the hotel lobby. Now that's what I call coming out ahead!

PAX East is in two days, I am hoping that I can make it through the entire weekend without being phenomenally awkward.
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Subject:Cards!
Time:12:41 am
Today was dedicated to making cards!

I feel kinda bad because I didn't really write personal messages on many of them- I didn't even sign most of them. However, each and every one was made with the power of love and friendship!

...some of them are kind of gluey though, because I tried to glue them to a thicker piece of paper. The paper I printed on was super thin! It's supposed to be specially made for lino-printing but it just seems way too flimsy to me.

I still have a pretty long way to go with linoleum printing, yikes.
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Subject:"Holiday" cards!
Time:03:59 pm
Current Mood:gigglyFESTIVE
I'm making my cards this weekend, because I like LIVIN' ON THE EDGE, so if anyone wants a "generic winter holiday" card, post your address here!

I mean, probably everyone reading this is already getting a card by default, but still. Comments are screened, the only one who can see them is myself.
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Subject:THE BEST.
Time:11:31 pm
I was updating Classical Nude Desslok with a better version on Deviantart, when I noticed that it is the VERY FIRST result when you search for Desslok. I mean, it's not like it has much competition on the site, being fanart for a show that's almost 40 years old, but still.

The second result? THIS.
http://snapesangel.deviantart.com/art/Desslok-73683617?q=boost%3Apopular+desslok&qo=1

The third result is this and it's actually pretty great.
http://thepostitsproject.deviantart.com/art/desslok-desslok-desslok-175962722?q=boost%3Apopular+desslok&qo=2

BUT YEAH. WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE!

Edit: OH What is this fanfic!? http://sir-talen.deviantart.com/art/The-Black-Parade-118923138?q=boost%3Apopular+desslok&qo=14
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Time:09:13 pm
Work is boring; drawing makes it less so.



I always feel a little lame posting anything about my job, because it's kind of a shitty, embarrassing job. I mean, I don't really think there's any shame in having a crappy day job, and I think people can learn a lot from them*, but still. Lame.
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