"And to fly on charred, paper wings..."

 
I have been meaning to post an entry for over a week now. Whenever I've tried, however, I've always been thwarted by something. It could be lack of time, lack of energy, or simple fear of writing anything publicly at all. I had tried writing something last night as a matter of fact. I certainly had time to write last night. I also had more than sufficient energy. Yet, each time I made the attempt, I failed spectacularly. The preponderance of the evening was the current status of Paper Girl. I...

The #43

 
For the record, I do regret having to cancel any possible trip to the UK next year. When I had gone the first time, I had taken on the attitude that this would be the one and only opportunity I would have to do so. Every time I visited an ATM, every time I paid a bill that I had to mentally multiple by 200%, I told myself this. In the end, the total monetary cost of the trip was some $1000 including airfare.While that doesn't seem like much, $1000 becomes an awful lot of money when you're...

Jewelry and a Movie: 3 Chokers for $10

 
A Finished ChokerChokers are a hold over from Victorian fashion. While they aren't commonly worn by women today, they are still a much sought-after accessory for those with archaic tastes.The problem is that they are difficult to find in mainstream stores today. Furthermore, what I have found has been limited in style as well as the available sizes. To my disappointment -- as well as my general rage at the anorexic bent of USian fashion -- I couldn't find one in my size.Thankfully, chokers aren't...

Deni-chan is a Cold Weather Girl

 
Deni-chan (the deninet.com webserver) was down today since early this morning. Being that I was at work, I was unable to get back to the glowing blue box on my living room floor and figure out what was wrong. I had hoped she just needed a restart, but it wasn't so simple.When she came back up, her main documents drive, the one housing virtually all the data on the server, refused to mount. I had feared that drive had failed completely. When I finally tore away the IDE and power cables, her stack of...

Masaka is Waking

 
It appears that after slumbering the entire summer, my artistic muse has finally woken up. I suspect it's the smell of the approaching winter in the Minnesotan air.The image to the right is a quick sketch for an Paper Girl promo image. It was actually inspired by a character from the Naruto...

Critical Limit #1

 
Some weeks ago, I decided to change my exercise regimen (again). Until that point, I had been focusing purely on strength. In the process I managed to max out two bikes, and one magnetic trainer. When I was on top of it, it didn't seem enough resistance. This left me with a frustrating problem however.No matter how hard I tried, I still became winded going up a flight of stairs. I could bike for 45 minutes at the highest resistance and gear, and I couldn't go up a flight of stairs. As a result,

In a previous era, I would have been burned for Heresy

 
Oh, the writing ideas I get while listening to symphonic death metal... Arch Angel, Dark Angel lend me thy light;Through death's veil 'till we have Heaven in sight. The icy wind ripped at his dark and sodden clothes. The dark angel beat his black wings furously, trying to fly further and faster than he ever dared. He's head of the pack, a group of winged beings behind him, each straining to keep up. They had to be fast. They had to be swift. The cold cut through their skin like a blade.

The Obsession of Thérèse de la Neige

 
I've come to a realization of sorts lately, one I should have realized quite some time ago.You see, I suck at outlining. In the last year and a half I have attempted to put together a complete outline for Paper Girl. Unfortunately, every time I threw myself into the task, I seem to end up in the same spot. I end up with a big, over detailed and unruly document that I am ultimately unsatisfied with. I'm convinced there are "holes" in the story yet to fill in. Sometimes I attempt to fill...

So much for War Dialing

 
A week ago Monday, I visited my Endo some 9 months after I intended to. In addition to my standard checkup (breast exam, blood levels, etc.) I had two problems I wanted addressed.The first problem was lightheadedness after taking my spiro. While this is completely normal given the nature of the medication, the severity of it has noticeably increased in the past year. I was concerned that as I had lost weight since my last checkup, that I could be taking too much. Furthermore there has been a general...

Her Nimble Fingers

 
Mental note: Never leave your laptop in the precariously hanging last tray on the conveyor to the security scanner. Those conveyors tend to back up too. The tray flipped over and landed square on the monitor with a slap. The right-arrow key popped off, but after a through diagnostic, everything seems fine. It managed to play an AVI from DVD, an MKV from the hard drive, and render a scene in Blender without dying. I even managed to pop the arrow key back on. I must be more careful. Next time I might not...