Friday, 30 December 2011

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Art: Baroness Camazotz


Baroness Camazotz by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART

Camazotz has stolen Baron Samedi's hat.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Art: NecroRaver - Clean

Apparently I've been artfully productive. I guess Cthulhu clicked something in me.

So. NecroRaver. In a tub. Yep.

NecroRaver - Clean by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART

We all know that scene, where the drug addict ODs and is awoken by a cold shower and a nice round of vomiting.
NecroRaver here is half-way there. Already in the tub, with the shower running. Cut out the middle man.

I like the loose sketchiness to this one and I don't think I'll expand upon it. And I know the perspective is shot but I don't mind. Also, Necro has long toes!

Inspired by Depeche Mode's "Clean".
Drown in the irony.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Art: Baphomet and Anubis

So, after I did my Skull of Cthulhu I was struck by the desire to try to do a Baphomet. So I did.

Baphomet by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART
I don't like it as much as Cthulhu. It needs to be tweaked here and there in the wings and the pentacle.

I also did an Anubis because he is my favourite mythological entity and requires all my love.

Anubis by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART
He turned out better than Baphomet I think, but Cthulhu is still my favourite.

Maybe I'll try more. We'll see.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Artist's Meme

This has been floating around various online galleries so I thought I'd do it.
- What sort of artist would you most identify yourself as?
Casual, hobbiest

- What would be your secondary identity?
Pinup/character artist

- What forms of art do you dabble in, but don't excel at?
CompletelyDigital

- How would you describe your 'style'?
Lithe, lanky and angular with sharp edges.

- What medium do you favor most?
Pencil and Photoshop

- What are your favorite subject matters?
Elves and skinny guys.

- What are your least favorite subject matters?
Technology, vehicles, furniture.

- List your Artistic Strengths
Hair, shoulders, elf ears, elbow joints, outfits/clothing.

- List your Artistic Weaknesses
Perspective, proportion, backgrounds, cars and technology.

- Which of the above weaknesses would you most like to see improve?
Perspective

- Adult Content. . . yes/no?
Yes. A good throat slitting or tasteful nudity is necessary to replenish the muse.

- Adult Subject Matter you favor?
Female nudity, bondage, couples with strategically placed limbs covering nudity.

- Schooling/Training received in the arts?
Some life drawing of male nudes.

- Schooling/Training you'd still like to have?
I would like to know more about screen-printing and just printing in general.

- Would you consider yourself prolific, or a 'quality over quantity' sort of artist?
Quality over quantity. I don't draw unless motivated. Or if it's a commission.

- Would you considering yourself a Fine Artist, or a Commercial Artist?
Casual artist.

- Where would you like to be in five years?
It would be nice to have actually produced something for the masses to enjoy.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Madness to My Method

Many writers, professionals, freelance,  indy and new alike seem to subscribe to the idea of  "You're not a writer if you don't write every single day". I can't and do not write every single day. But that doesn't mean I am not a writer. The way I see it is as long as I am writing, and making progress, then I am a writer.

However, there are certain things I require in order to get real writing done.

1) Tea.
I need tea, or occasionally pop, before I write. I need the comfort of warm tea or the subconscious, overlooked action of reaching out for a drink then quaffing. Not only is tea warm and comfy but I think the time I take to drink is the equivalent of my brain coming up for air.
It also helps if it's dreary or rainy outside but that's not always the case and one can't control the weather.

2) Inspiration.
I need to be inspired. I need to have ideas that are ready to spill forth from my fingers. Make no mistake, I always have ideas. I spend probably 90 percent of my time thinking of my various stories and characters. I never have a shortage of ideas, they're just not always in order. Or sometimes there is gaps between scenes or situations. I have to have some sort of inspired path to follow. I feel lucky the rare times the story just seems to write itself.

3) Options.
I call it hop-scotching through stories. I have at any one time at least 2 stories going on. I can work for weeks on one story and then suddenly switch to the other. It's refreshing.

4) Music, TV or silence.
I don't like to write when people are around. I find them distracting. Everything I write has a specialized playlist exclusive to the story. I prefer to listen to their respective playlists while writing but sometimes that's not always possible. Ambient TV sound is sufficient as long as it's something unexciting.

5) The internet.
This might seem counter-productive but I prefer to write with an internet connection for research purposes. I like having an idea or fact and being able to check it's accuracy in a second rather than going back later.

6) My laptop.
I like typing over pen and paper writing though I will write on paper if I have to, obviously. Sometimes one is stricken with inspiration and IT MUST BE WRITTEN RIGHT NOW!  so you grab the nearest pen and paper and write it down. Or take a memo in your not-a-smartphone-phone at 2 am.
But laptop is best.

7) Room to move.
If I am stuck I have a tendency to get up and walk around the room saying "Such and such happens and then.....?" and just try to think of the next logical step in the story or dialog or what have you. This is necessary.

8) Blogging/researching publishers/submitting/making lists counts as writing.
Gathering your resources counts as writing. It helps drive your progress forward. It counts.

So that is the madness in my method. It works for me. As long as I'm making relatively steady progress then I am a writer. It doesn't really matter how I do it, just as long as I get there.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Let The Right One In Vs Let Me In

Well, it's October, that magical time of the year when ghosts and vampires come out to play and everyone is digging out their collection of scary movies to watch all month.

Last night I watched Let Me In, the American remake of 2008's Swedish film Let The Right One In, for the first time.

If you've payed attention to my Goodreads lists, you'd see the book Let The Right One In is one of my all time favourites. Best vampire book ever and the 2008 movie is one of the best vampire movies ever. So when I heard they were remaking a movie that was, in my eyes, practically flawless, I was dubious.

And then I heard it was going to be more true to the book. Well, ok then, at least it won't be a shot-for-shot remake because the original movie did leave things out of the book.

So after seeing it what did I really think?

THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK, MOVIE, AND REMAKE BEYOND THIS POINT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.





LtROI is a perfect example of less is more while Let Me In is a perfect example of how CGI does not make a good film. Eli always fed in shadow while Abby was a CG Spidergirl. I guess they tried to make her look nimble and tricky but she just ended up looking silly. There was a weight to Eli's clamp-and-kill method and the weird acrobatics of Abby were stupid.

The sexual ambiguity was all wrong too. When I first watched LtROI, when Eli says "I am not a girl." I read that to mean "I am not a child, I am a woman." until, of course, the big reveal. In Let Me In, when Abby says those same words I felt only that she meant "I am not a child, I am a woman." And that was that.

I will say I liked the car crash scene and the results of Abby's caretaker post-acid-bath. I felt more of connection between Abby and him than Eli and Harkan. The pool scene was done well.

Owen was good enough, Abby was good enough.

The scene were Owen doesn't let Abby in is, again, less good in the remake. The overly-dramatic score mixed with Chloe Mortez's shaking just made it look over-done.  And THEN Owen actually asked "is this what happens when I don't let you in?" You don't have to explain it! Eli walked in, braced himself, then it happened, quietly and horrifically.

The entire "Be more for a little while" scene was missing, which is to be expected since they cast aside the entire gender issue.

The cop was needless. I say this because there was a cop in the book and if you're going to have a cop then have THE cop, with the cop's backstory!

Now, beyond all this, is my biggest criticism.

Virginia.

Believe it or not Virginia and Lacke's love story was one of my favourite parts of the book. It was tragic and beautiful. Her slow transformation from normal woman to vampire was very intense.
In Let Me In, we only get glimpses of what was supposed to be the Virginia character, she gets bit, she goes to the hospital, the nurse opens the curtains then POOF! Dead.
We didn't see her slow descent, her struggle, or her active choice to have the blinds open and choose to end her suffering. It all just sort of happened. It wasn't character development, it was nothing more than a cool scene.

I'm trying to decide if I hadn't seen the original nor read the book if I would have liked Let Me In. Maybe, because it would have been a break from Twilight-mania and a breath of fresh air, but comparing it to the original just prooves that a bigger budget does not make something better.

Truly, less is more.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I Don't Blog a Lot

I don't blog a lot and I know no one is wondering why that is or want an explanation but I'm going to give one anyway because it's an excuse to blog.

I don't blog a lot because Dave Sim is a misogynist.

I don't blog a lot because Bobby Crosby is a douche.

I don't blog a lot because Anne Rice is insane.

I don't blog a lot because Peter David hates spoilers.

I don't blog a lot because Gene Simmons is full of lulz.

Knowing all these things I cannot bring myself to enjoy their work. When I try to pick up something they created, I sense only their contempt and their sense of entitlement. I can't forget what they have done or said.

I don't want that to happen to me.

I'm only starting out and I have this apprehension about saying or doing the wrong thing. I, the writer and you the reader don't need to be friends, but there should be a sense of mutual respect between us. I know that I have views that some my find "problematic". I laugh at rape jokes, I don't hate Frank Miller, my sense of feminism doesn't extend past the point of "I as a woman have a right to choose to stay at home and be a mother and wife and not some workaholic if that's what I want to do with my life (Protip: It's not. I hate kids.).", I don't feel the need to champion for social justice and as a disabled person I find the whole concept of "Ableism" freaking annoying and far too PC for it's own good.

I only want to entertain people and get my stories, art and characters out into the world, nothing more. If and when I eventually put my prosthetic foot in my mouth, either by the misinterpretation of others, bad wording on my part or out of context quotes I hope that whatever I might say will not colour future readers to my work and they will be able to separate it from me. Just because I write or say something, does not mean I necessarily believe and endorse it or if I do, that I won't change my mind sometime in the future. People change.

I have no agenda, I only try to live my life according to the following: Give to whatever cause you feel is important if and when you can and be decent to your fellow human beings. Also, everything will kill you, even the air, so relax and enjoy life while you're here.

Don't argue on the internet, point and laugh at those arguing.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Ghost World Review

Ghost WorldGhost World by Daniel Clowes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I can see how this comic would have massive cult appeal to the 'disenfranchised youth' of the 90's. However, this book is the bastard child of Strangers in Paradise and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac with a dash of Clerks. It has all the negativity of both books (Plus Daria and Roseanne) but none of the wit, charm or cleverness.

Don't get me wrong, I love negativity. Negativity is awesome if delivered with some class. This book has no class.

Like mommy Strangers in Paradise it features two young woman who are just trying to find their way in the world but like Daddy JtHM, it hates everyone and swears up a storm.

Enid and Rebecca are not fun people, they are not interesting people. They are everything they hate and there is nothing endearing about them.

The passage of time in the book is...hard to follow, with scenes suddenly ending for new ones. Are these flashbacks? And then suddenly Enid goes off to college then...comes back to visit and Rebecca stays in stupid-head nowhere with the guy? What am I supposed to take away from this? The more things change?

The writing wasn't witty or new, it was all the cliche stuff we expect 'nihilistic', misanthropic teenagers say.

I will at least give credit where it's due in the sake that they did feel like real people.

Real people I'd never hang out with.

If you liked this book, I'd recommend Strangers in Paradise for some quality "Who am I and what's my purpose?" story.


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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

An Elven Lacryment Update

Way back in March I posted about my current putzing around with a novelization of Elven Lacryment (AKA Elven Lacryment: SHREDS). I think it's time for a status update.

But before I get to that I want to let you all in on something: Ever since 2005, when I was writing the script for Elven Lacryment the webcomic, I had this one scene in mind that was very heavy and I actually halted writing the script until the art began to catch up to it. Right before that scene was a good place to stop I felt.

Writing the novelization, Elven Lacryment: SHREDS, I had eventually wound up at that same scene.  And I stalled again. This scene has given me all kinds of angst.

I eventually wondered if maybe it didn't belong in the story but I felt that it did, for various reasons. I did however, tone down the scope of the scene and make it more...in line with everything else. In my mind, anyway.

So for months I abandoned EL:S (again) and worked on other things. I completed Blood in the Water and chipped away at Next to Godliness as well as spent some quality time with my PS3.

But finally I'm returning to EL:S and working through that scene that's been giving me no end to my own grief.  I know in the end it will be worth it.

So, official status update on EL:S...

I am ashamed to say that between June and September EL has gone from 24,500 words to 27,170 words. That's not a lot, but it's something. I'm almost through the obstacle course that is this scene and after that hopefully things will pick up.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Cheap Trick

Last night, at last minute, I had the opportunity to go see Cheap Trick at a small venue.
It maybe lame, but I like Cheap Trick. You may know them as the guys who did the theme for That 70's Show but I discovered them through the soundtrack to the movie Heavy Metal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE3J27ApS_8#t=04m014s

and Rock & Rule (Which is Canada's PG rated answer to to Heavy Metal...which was also Canadian...)
http://youtu.be/kTBjwJyn6gY

The warm up band was a group of kids called Plead the Fifth who looked too young to even be in the venue. They weren't bad, they could certainly play, but the lyrical content was laughable. "We only live to die so nothing matters!" or something.  But, I've heard much, much worse in my time. It was brief and sufficient.

So the lights go down and a recording starts, Bart Simpson says "Haven't you even listened to yourself on a recording?" and Homer retorts "I prefer to listen to Cheap Trick" then Apu sings The Dream Police, then a few seconds of That 70's Show theme and the band came out and did their thing.

I'm not going to give a rundown of the show other than a few brief points.

A) Most docile crowd I have ever seen.

B) They still sound good. They sound the same, and that's good. Some people just lose their ability to preform.

C) Magical Mystery Tour needed lasers!

It was a good, fun, light show. But it was also depressing.

No one sings about Lord of the Rings anymore. Everything is love, or sex, or money, or swagger. Everything is autotuned garbage. No one has any talent or skill, just money. Have money? Know someone? Here's a recording contract!
Those facts, combined with Todd's MTV vlog, the state of music over the last 5-10 years is just freaking depressing.

Sigh.

Friday, 27 May 2011

A Poll. Because I'm Curious and Mildly Self-absorbed

Which of Q's works are you most interested in?
ABC kids book - A kids picture book about being different
Project C - That first thing Q started seriously writing and is currently pitching.
Amethyst Breed - her Superhero story
Next to Godliness - The one about the mythology
Elven Lacryment - That elf thing that's been going since 2005
Blood in the Water - The post Apocalyptic vampire novella
A Girl Called Kermit
  
pollcode.com free polls

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Writing About Writing Counts as Writing

A few weeks ago I found an old bit of writing I thought I had lost, a would-be novelization of my defunct webcomic Elven Lacryment. It was 47 pages or so. I picked it up again and began hammering away at it. It started at just over 10,500 words, it is now 19,000. I have no idea how long it's going to be.

Back when I had dreams of ShadowWolf's story being a novel, a family friend told me "If you write one page every day, you'll have a novel in a year." Elven Lacryment has been with me in one form or another since I was (Oh crap, basic math!) 15 or so.  Specifically ShadowWolf herself has been with me since I was 15, other characters that would eventually comprise the Elven Lacryment story came later. In 2005 I had the basic story woven together in my head. I think it's unfair for a story to stick with someone for so long and have nothing come of it.

But despite knowing almost every line of dialogue in every major scene of the story, I still know nothing about it on a statistical level. I have no idea how long it will be, how long I should aim for it to be, not even my current page count.

I'm writing Elven Lacryment in a way I've not written anything before. I'm writing it out of order.

With Project C I wrote the entire thing in order except for the section I really wanted to write. It was my first manuscript and I was worried if I got to the good, tender, meaty centre, that I'd lose interest and abandoned it. I made myself save the best for last.

With everything else I've written thus far, I've written it in order. I also had a self imposed daily word count of at least 1,000 words.

Not so with Elven Lacryment. I'm writing whatever scene I damn well feel like, and I'm only trying to do a page a day.

It's an interesting process. I just hope the final product is coherent.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

All I ever do on this blog are memes

Late World Book Day Meme...

The book I am reading: Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson. A novel about racism and lynchings in the south and the white lawyer who's trying to solve who's behind the return of the KKK to his hometown. I picked it up to kill time in the morning and somehow I got sucked in.

The book I am writing: I put  Next to Godliness on hold because I've hit a snag in the logistics of the plot. For months I would just look at the blinking cursor, wracking my brain about how to wrangle the characters. It was something I thought I'd just be able to bang out, years back when I started it. I didn't foresee how expansive it would become. So I've picked up the old novelization of Elven Lacryment and been working on that. Unfortunately I still see it progressing in little boxes as a comic book but it seems that comics from novels are all the rage right now so there's still hope.

The book I love most this year: I haven't finished a book this year yet.

The last book I received as a gift: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Vampires the way vampires should be. It's refreshing.

The last book I gave as a gift: World War Z by Max Brook. Best zombie book ever.

The nearest book on my desk: Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Save Big Bird & The Odyssey of Gonzo

Congress is going to vote soon on if the federal government should cut ALL federal funding to PBS and NPR, which would have devastating affects free public broadcasting in America-especially on smaller local stations. And let me tell you, without Big Bird and The Splendid Table, the world would be a lesser place. There's a couple petitions and sites where you can contact your representative that I'll link to here if you're interested.

If you can think of another good venue for this, please feel free to crosspost at will.

Petitions:
170MillionAmericans

Moveon

Donate Directly to NPR or PBS:

NPR

PBS

Now for something a little more silly.
People want The Muppets Odyssey! Like, really, really want it! maybe it will happen. Maybe.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Yet another character meme

Ask me my characters' thoughts on [insert subject here], whether it's sex, the apocalypse, or another character. I will write back an explanation.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Testing with a Character Meme

Pick a character I write, and I will give you the top five ideas or concepts or factoids I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting him or her accurately. This includes original characters and characters about whom I write fanfic.

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