Year Of The Horse (Wood) wrap up, Day 1, a set on Flickr.
Year of The Horse (Wood), a set on Flickr.
Welcome to the Lunar New Year Festival. Here’s day two of my horse art, which is leaning unicorn. May the Year of The Horse bring you health, happiness and prosperity!
Currently in a graphic novel mood. Read Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong — robotics team vs. cheerleaders with a different mix of high school characters, but not as different as The Plain Janes, which I picked up at the year end yellow dot sale at my comic shop and LOVED. Had them order me the sequel. Art as shout to the world, cool girl characters and intriguing hints of a gay angle. Then there was American Born Chinese, which is beautifully done and in part an excellent take on the legendary Monkey King.
Getting annoyed at the Wall Street Journal because of their pro let the NSA do what it likes stance, will probably take up a USA Today intro offer to get me daily sports coverage through the Olympics. Renewing Bloomberg Businessweek because: fun covers and insights on their behind the scenes creation and some interesting choices of subjects. Good overview.
Speaking of Olympics, Principle 6 is protesting Russia’s anti gay laws by promoting the non discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter. Sharp angle. Want a hoodie.
Australian soccer is in full swing so following along with the adventures of Jessica Fishlock, Melissa Barbieri and etc. on Twitter. Cardiff City landed new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will I hope stop being such a classic case study in cultures clashing, assumptions and miscommunication. And hey, they came back to beat Newcastle United today.
Have been blasting The Dollyrots Christmas present to pledgers, an acoustic album called Love Songs, Werewolves and Zombies from their previous Kickstarter. It’s a hoot. I’ve been wandering around humming the very catchy “Emo Cthulhu” and “Punk Rock Werewolf” “Werewolf” may resonate a bit. I’ve also been finding them inspiring artistically. You can probably guess which song triggered which drawing when you run into my versions below. And you really should get in on the fun, support The Dollyrots with a pledge and find out all about EC, the Werewolf and Barry.
Starting my Year of The Horse research and working on costumes for Alice In Wonderland at DreamWrights. Have been thinking a lot about the arts that work for me: theatre, illustration, poetry, yes; long form fiction, not so well, but that’s all still steeping so a post for another day.
Hope 2014 started off well for you, thanks for stopping by and let me know what you’re reading/watching/humming. And go see the quietly daring, darn impressive The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Best movie I’ve seen in awhile and this has been a good season for movies. Enjoy. And good night all!
To catch up on my blogging.
Currently listening to a panel of the actors involved in Saving Mr. Banks recorded by my buddy @KristynBurtt because Saving Mr. Banks has been popping up on my radar all week with articles pointing out the Disney corporate whitewashing of the relationships in the movie and USA Today’s forthright ‘see it anyway’ review. On our to see list because Gayle seems to be enthused and well, Emma Thompson. American Hustle is also on our to see list because it looks like fun and Silver Linings Playbook was one of my favorite movies of 2012.
Movies we have seen:
Frozen: excellent. I plan to see it again. Ice amazingly well done, emotional arcs spot on plus fun and funny and charming. Demi Lovato’s version of ‘Let It Go’ worth listening to. This obviously follows the path Tangled started down and although I think the voice talent in Tangled was better, I was actually singing the songs from Frozen the next day. Almost redeemed the total musical fail that was The Princess and The Frog.
Black Nativity: speaking of music, oh my goodness, can people write more movies showcasing Jennifer Hudson. And write a movie where Angela Basset has some fun and kicks some ass. Watch Strange Days people, segue from there. But to get back on track: Black Nativity nicely broke out of the linear, grounded in reality movie trap and took some chances and weaved in poetry and music. Nice to see a movie that takes artistic chances. And I must read Langston Hughes.
What else is happening? It’s cold outside and much snowier than last year. My four favorite soccer players (Sydney Leroux, Jessica Fishlock, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo) are now on the same team (go Seattle Reign!) but this may not last beyond populating the expansion Houston Dash. But it is a nice moment.
My essential Christmas movies: Desk Set, White Christmas, (Rosemary Clooney amazes), Bishop’s Wife (vintage), Christmas in Connecticut (vintage)…need to rip the wrap on Arthur Christmas.
Giving up on single artist Christmas albums, haven’t heard one in several years that I’ve liked. Tried Kelly Clarkson’s this year, rates okay, except ‘Silent Night’ with Reba and Trisha Yearwood which is beautiful.
Oh heck, I think it’s time to try sleep. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are are finding some warmth this holiday season. I have been doodling holiday themed robots for fun + exercise. Enjoy!
Yep. Here’s some to catch you up, in reverse chronological order of composition. For real time haikuing, follow me on Twitter.
Solo Walk Haiku
Sun roars out from gray
Charges carv’d clouds + colors
Fall Glorious Live
Neruda Inspired Haiku
By sign + street light
Reading Neruda, dreaming
Night Touch Starlight You
3:17ish a.m. Haiku
Moon seems very far
Tonight so do you near yet
Nowhere I can touch
Elementary > Sleepy Hollow > Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. although the third episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. did seem like they’d finally taken the training wheels off. I don’t think Hart of Dixie fits in the above equation but we happened across the Season 3 premiere and enjoyed it. They are having so much fun with those characters.
Colder weather is making me miss Bomb Girls. Too bad they couldn’t get it together for a third season. Haven’t heard about when the two hour wrap up movie is filming or airing.
Disney: Flash’s (our Disney loving fluffy orange cat TV critic for those new to the blog) new favorite show is Liv and Maddie, which has improved from its pilot. Not watching Wolfblood as it doesn’t coincide with my schedule and hasn’t seemed interesting enough to track down On Demand. Wander Over Yonder is wonderful visual fun but not impressed with the plotting/writing. Back on board the Phineas and Ferb train; enjoyed this year’s Halloweenish episode with multiple Scarlet Pimpernels (including Stacy, the under the radar cool character aka Candace’s best friend) at a masquerade party thrown by Vanessa.
Have been watching Sabrina The Teenage Witch on DVD, Flash’s other new favorite show — Teen Nick was playing it at 10 p.m. for awhile and it distracted her from grief, I think. TeenNick was also playing Radio Free Roscoe on weekends for too brief a time and needs to start airing episodes again. Sabrina is fun, although I am sensing that some of the Wizards of Waverly Place writers found episodes inspirational.
The Cooking Channel is developing too many hidden camera and/or competition shows. More Tripping Out With Alie and Georgia please. And another season of Bitchin Kitchen, although the first episode of their travel show erred on the side of not funny. Eden Grinshpan of Eden Eats brings her curiousity and style to another show, debuting this week, Log On and Eat With Eden Grinshpan.
Pacific Rim is coming out on DVD tomorrow. Really enjoyed it in the theatre (MONSTERS! ROBOTS! FUNFUNFUN!). Halestorm has Re Ani Mate 2.0 out now, an ep of covers — Judas Priest, Pat Benatar, Daft Punk et al. Need to pick up that and the first Re Ani Mate. Lizzie Hale is one of the great rock and roll screamers, I think. Her voice was having a raspy night when we saw her in concert but it’s amazing the power and control and punch she gets with her voice. She’s up on my list with Robert Plant. Seeing him in concert kicked off a Led Zeppelin-Honeydrippers fanatic listening phase one hot NJ summer
Right now, I’m mostly listening to The Dollyrots (join in the fun of making their latest album), mixed with a few songs off the Gloria Estefan Standards album. I love her versions of “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “Call Me Irresponsible” and a few others, but the tempo on most of the songs seems too slow. Haven’t really been listening to the new Joan Jett as I can’t get the mp3 version to burn to a cd I can play in the car : /
Working on costumes for Sleepy Hollow has been fun but time consuming. Looking forward to getting my weekends back. Arranged a Poe night that I couldn’t participate in but it went off well and I had fun revisiting the poems. Ran into some friends while having tea out today who asked how it went. That led to a discussion of finding my one act adaptation of Murders in The Rue Morgue and restaging it sometime/where.
Have been participating in #drawlloween on Twitter. My inspirations vary widely — or perhaps not, based on these two fairly random choices. Good night. Thanks for stopping by.
Have been working on the costume crew for Sleepy Hollow at DreamWrights in an effort to reclaim my craft skills. Had fun trying to figure out the best way to make a throwable pumpkin for The Horseman. Here’s a mid way through the effort picture:
You can stream Joan Jett’s soon to be released (Tuesday) album Unvarnished at USA Today for at least a couple more days. Give it a listen. I’ve been enjoying the sneak peek.
The Dollyrots are raising money for their next album. Kick in some, darn it.
Gloria Estefan has a Standards album out. Like what I’ve heard so far.
Cher also has a new album out. Busy early Autumn for many.
Liking Sleepy Hollow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far. On a Sabrina the Teenage Witch kick and there’s a new animated version coming out in Mid October, although I do not like the previews of the animation Archie Comics has been showing for upcoming projects. Lack of details in the background and no grace in the character design. Wander Over Yonder has grace and visual imagination but still not sold on the writing and plotting. Shake It Up is really hitting the comic bullseye, Ant Farm is tanking, the universe is lacking a third season of My Babysitter’s A Vampire.
In a pumpkin mood. So here’s two more to share. And a non pumpkin haiku:
2:11 a.m. Haiku:
It can’t be the dark
This sad left touching silence
Dark happens always
Playing Radio Ahmad Jamal on last.fm. My favorite jazz performer thus far. His ‘Jeff‘ is an amazing joy.
No movies out this past week. Next one to see in the theatre…I’m not sure about that. The Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs sequel looks fun. I’m a sucker for monster food + obvious puns. Have to watch the first one sometime. I am looking forward to George Clooney’s non astronaut project, The Monuments Men, coming out later in the year, where our heroes try to rescue art from the Nazis.
Reading: Archie comics, newspapers, not so many magazines these days, although I did hit Barnes and Noble for a magazine meander a couple of weeks ago. Found a cool new soccer magazine called Howler. Liked the style and that they included the US Women’s National Team as well as the men’s.
Kickstarter seems to be an interesting place to wander around for inspiration. Discovered one raising money for a documentary on Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female director of movies. Looking forward to seeing how the movie develops.
You can still get in on the talented + inventive Jill Thompson’s quest to make a Scary Godmother doll. Any and all of the Scary Godmother books or comics are perfect mood: Autumn, October and/or Halloween reading so I am very glad that Thompson has the rights back and will be creating more of them.
Here’s today’s @blinkkittylove Wednesday art for you. I’m in a Joan Jett mood. Good night.