Monday, April 26, 2010

Counterculture Heresy: Nonconformity

"Who's to decide what is proper? What if 'proper' was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you do it then? I think you would."
-Alice Kingsley

I mean, seriously.

There's an alarming lack of originality among the teenagers of this particular year(as I'm sure is also true of adults, but that would make this post far too long). The "normal" kids are nothing more than copies of a standard no one can spell out and, as a result, they copy off each other. I wouldn't normally care what those in my age range choose to do, for it's not up to me to pound the uncommon trait of Common Sense into anyone's head, but there's one thing that particularly annoys me.

People are unoriginal. They copy each other because they have no imagination. And, if they do, they're too afraid to use it, because they don't trust themselves enough to pull it off. What I really don't get is how the thought that they are the unique ones can ever cross their minds. I don't mind people being flaky and immature, so long as they're honest.

I have no idea who's reading this, but I have a dare for you, which consists of a few parts. If someone asks for your opinion, give it to them. If everyone is wearing red because it's the "cool" thing to do, wear blue if you want. If all your friends are hyped up on a band that you think is disgusting, don't buy the album. Never think that residence in the majority makes you 'a-ok' or Makes Might Right.

Trust yourself and your own style. If you really want to be interesting, don't base yourself on anyone. Even if people think you're wierd. Even if they hate you. It will probably be cause they don't have power over you anymore, or that they envy your confidence, because it's something they're afraid to reach out and take for themselves. It's easy to be like everyone else. Oh. So. Simple.

"If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends."
-Helen Burns, Jane Eyre

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dark Diversions: The Addams Family series

Today, due to visions of television-fuzz and yellowish spots, I stayed home and did...absolutely nothing. Which, as you probably know, I don't like to do. It was the kind of hindrance of health that prevents me from reading, writing, or (gasp!) knitting. After re-watching the end of a fantastic movie about The Spirit of St. Louis, my lack of paper, yarn and ink was all but forgotten as I proceeded to devour multiple episodes of The Addams Family.

The sight of Gomez sharpening the iron fence is the perfect thing to cheer me up.
Here I leave you with a "mini-episode" that I found on Youtube. It shows enough snapshots of the lovely family and home to get a general idea of the series. I know not everyone likes this sort, but I love it better than batman and black licorice combined, and wanted to share what made me happy today.

A bit of Blackbird trivia: when I was a little kid(as opposed to a big kid I am at present) I did a fantastic impression of Cousin Itt. Being a shy nine-year-old with waist length hair, there wasn't much else I was good at--LOL.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I and Love and You

This is how I feel today.


Friday, April 16, 2010

"OMG!" doesn't mean "Oh Majestic God!"

"I need to share a concern with my fellow Christian Facebookers, MySpacers, Pleonasters, Twitterers, texters and other social media types. 'OMG!' doesn’t mean 'O Majestic God' or 'O Magnificent God.' It is not a means by which God is honored. It doesn’t even mean 'Oh my goodness.' When people read that, they see and hear in their minds the phrase, 'Oh my God.'"

Monday, April 12, 2010

recent projects.

Click on any picture you want to make bigger.

The first is a dress I'm finishing up for my book trailer. More info on that here. The second is a panel I did on a whim, featuring a symbol from that same book series, signifying "air," with the latin word for "wind." I plan to make panels for each of the element symbols in the story. If you're a knitter and like my colorwork, feel free to send me a message to ask for the chart. (nicely!)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

cherry blossom festival + knitting

Yesterday I went to an "event" that you've probably heard of, or at least seen pictures of. Planted around the Washington DC Tidal Basin are a lot of(ok, ok...I didn't count them. I don't know how many. A lot.) cherry trees. They're the kind of pretty, flowering trees that could ever possibly compel me to wade through crowds of summer-y tourists to see.

Other than an awesome chance to take great pictures, it's also an interesting peoplewatching experience. (No, I didn't take pictures of strangers. That I remember.) Of the more common species of tourist(or appearing to be tourist) I spotted: Pretty Female in Skimpy Dress and Illogical Sandals, Trendy Teen Who Must Wear Converse Everywhere, and Pseudo-Indie Guy Biologically Grafted to His Cell Phone.

Pushing these sad-but-hilarious observations aside, I took some other very nice pictures yesterday(click on any picture you'd like to make bigger):

(Concerning the woman in the photos that is not me: no, I did not creep up on a stranger. This is my lovely friend M who takes infinitely lovelier pictures than I do. The two guys in the photos are Pendragon and Mr. Universe.)

And now, from the knitting world...

This will eventually be Carson's Lantern, a pattern I'm writing for the knitting book I want to print. It will go along with my first novel, and have things from the story or things with inspired themes. I'm doing it on size 1 circular needles, with grey Simply Soft, and a type of glow-in-the-dark yarn from Bernat.

The sleeve for a sweater I started a long time ago. As in, September. I finished the body for it early March. I'd originally intended to wear it to the theater when I saw Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but that didn't happen. (yes, I was inspired by the Mad Hatter. You don't miss a thing.) It will hopefully be finished in time for the weather to cool off again, at which point I shall pack it to Hatty's house for a scone and nonsense-laden tea party.

This one is kind of hard. The Red Heart yarn gets really tight when you use smaller needles, but with some messing with it, it's fine. This is the head of a plushie dragon I'm working on, also for that knitting book. She(yes, it's a she) is going to be three feet long, but I'm only at about a foot. It's gotten so big that when I do the underside I have to put the head on my shoulder and hug the thing with my neck. I know I could take the stuffing out, but the curves would be killer to go back and fill, and I want to know how it looks as I go along. I'm using that gigantic One Pound Red Heart stuff, and size 6 DPNs. If you want to test this pattern, send me a message. It requires knowledge of wrapped stitches, M1 increasing and left-facing decreasing.