18 August 2011 @ 12:24 pm
I haven't shared any music lately, so here's a taste of what I've been listening to lately. Most of it is kind of folk-music meets rock, and works a hell of a lot better than that description makes it sound. XD Enjoy!

The Builders & The Butchers - The Coal Mine Fall

Abigail Washburn - Song of the Traveling Daughter

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

Mumford & Sons - Dustbowl Dance

01 December 2010 @ 09:43 am
The best you can do is stay centered. Too many things are whipping you around for you to think that any of them will remain permanent or constant. This is not just about people; it’s about places and things. And it’s also about; what are you really after and what can you do about it now? If anything, the last few months have shown you how much you’ve gotten caught up in other people’s energy as well as their problems. Minus all of that what would your life be like? Don’t over respond to these changes. Step back and let them rearrange your perspective.
~Cal Garrison


It's the first of December. This means that I have twenty-five days to finish my Gift List, commissions, and the first chapter of Wind Spirits. Hooooboy. But I brought this on myself, really. I don't want to have to set Wind Spirits' release back further, but I'd rather that than push it up without at least ten-fifteen pages done.

Right now, five are inked. Of those, two are coloured. I have eleven penciled, and several more thumb-nailed. And I'm a little stuck on the rewrite of CH3. It's a tough point to get through. I can do this, though, right? Stupid question, please don't beat me. XD

Despite all of that, I'm starting to jones for a new layout again. This time I kind of want to make art for it. Endangered, Wind Spirits, or fanart? I'm kind of leaning toward Endangered--mostly as Wind Spirits is hard to get around the naked portion, and I'm not sure how that would look to people who don't know... Ok. I'm very aware of how that would look to those who don't know about WS. Despite everything, appearances do matter for some things.

For those of you waiting on my fanfics: I'm sorry. Odds are that nothing but tiny one-shots are going to be coming out of me all month; possibly longer. I just have too much to work on, and if I stop to do that, it really is a waste of time. Of course, if anyone likes my fanwork they've probably come to realize, by now, just how ungodly slow I am at producing anything. XD

In other news, I'm back on my Seatbelts kick.


Christmas Gift List 2010

Mom & Dad - Abstract painting, sketch completed. Want painting of dogs. References compiled.
Nana & Grandpa - Abstract painting, sketch completed
The Girl - Something gay (no, really.)
Ami - Tier artwork - no progress
Sandy - in progress - sketching.
Kim - Art of Kor; no progress
D - no frippin clue, also b-day present
Rick - bug mother for possibility
Super Secret Thing - Painting in progress
Endangered Christmas Pic - ditto

Rose - Sketch being fixed
Kane - Sketch being fixed
Sandy - Not yet started

Endangered - Page 4 in progress
Wind Spirits - CH1 at some stage of production

08 November 2010 @ 10:31 am

I have had this stuck in my head for days now. It is glorious.

8 / 30

18 October 2010 @ 02:07 pm

I have had this stuck in my head for days.  Dar Williams isn't always my cup of tea--but when she's good, she'd damn good.

This week, I have actually been sleeping.  Yes, that is strange for me. 

Rambling about sleeping schedules and Wacom tablets )

I'm still pressing for a December/January release of the comic... though a part of me is screaming that that's going to fly by sooner than I think.  We'll see, brain. We'll see.

Also, thank you to D for linking me this song. It is appropriate:


Mixed feelings have made it hard to know how to handle this situation. Part of you is ready to overlook the problem, and the rest of you thinks that you need to do something about it. It’s not clear what actually needs to happen, but it appears as if it’s one of those things that will resolve itself better if you stop trying to correct it. Some things work themselves out. This situation is not anything you can control. If the idea of doing something about it is more appealing to you, the best you can do is keep abreast of your own issues and make sure you’re on top of yourself.
~Cal Garrison

16 August 2010 @ 12:50 pm
This is for Elena. XD I referenced this earlier today to her and had to find the song to clarify. Unfortunately I was unable to find the video, just song lyrics, but hopefully this will do:

And since we're on this kick, here's another fabulous classic Christmas song, WITH the original animation:

for whatever reason, I see Zoicite and Nephrite. XD I know, canonically, Nephrite is not a fire-user, but I tend to see him as the counterpart of Rei, for whatever reason.
13 August 2010 @ 01:27 pm
Today I am obsessing over Sondhiem. As though I don't do this regularly. >.>;

Always remember: THE END JUSTIFIES THE BEANS!  (fast forward to 1:00)

09 August 2010 @ 10:36 am

Best anime soundtrack

Cowboy Bebop - The Seatbelts

Hands down, this series has the best soundtrack ever.  Cowboy Bebop boasts a band created for the sole purpose of providing the music for the series--The Seatbelts. With members across the globe, they wrote and performed songs in three different languages, across the span of musical genres, and ultimately produced nine albums worth of music (spanning the tv series and the movie).  A true masterpiece from the mind of Yoko Kanno, The Seatbelts' repertoire is sure to have something for everyone. Here are some selections from the series:

((Note: Everything that's in English is NOT translated--it was meant to be that way.))

An anime you didn't think you would like but ended up loving

Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki

I'm so losing nerd-cred for this one.

Yeah, I wasn't terribly excited for Spirited Away for itself--I was more just intrigued by the idea of an anime getting a wide-release in America.  At the point of Spirited Away's release the only Miyazaki film I had seen was Princess Mononoke, which was far more adult than this childish-seeming fantasy--somehow Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service had passed me by during my childhood--and the whole thing looked rather odd.

Once I saw it, however, my mind changed.  There isn't anyone who can watch these movies and not admit that Miyazaki is a master of his craft.  Like the movie or not; understand the movie or not, it is still a beautiful piece of artwork, the likes of which only Ghibli can produce. Or, at least, has yet produced.

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04 August 2010 @ 10:30 am

Cowboy Bebop -
Real Folk Blues (part 2)

Asked myself what it's all for
You know the funny thing about it
I couldn't answer
No I couldn't answer
Things have turned a deeper shade of blue
And images that might be real
May be illusion
Keep flashing off and on
Wanna be free
Gonna be free

~Yoko Kanno, Blue

Cowboy Bebop is, without any doubt in my mind, one of the greatest stories ever told in the history of animation.  Poignant, well-paced, and with some of the most subtle character development I've ever seen.  Does it have its zany moments? Yes.  It also has a wealth of depth, a rich history, and the single saddest ending on the planet.  It also made that ending fit, like a snug glove; the story would have lost all integrity without it.

Spike Spiegel, an intergalactic bounty hunter called a "cowboy," and his business partner Jet are world-hoping as usual when they stumble across a rough and tumble amnesiac with a gambling addiction, a child genius hacker, and a genetically engineered "data dog" all dead set on bumming a ride.  But that isn't the least of their problems, really.

Through a series of sometimes irrelevant-seeming heists, hi-jinks and and hooligans, we find out that the reckless, woman-hating Spike is running from something.  A thing which is completely intangible and terribly important: his past.  No matter what he does, how he grows or changes, he can't outrun it.

As he notes in, perhaps, the most ludicrous of all the episodes:  "And what was the real lesson? Don't leave things in the fridge."

This seemingly innocuous line sums up the whole of Spike's story. Eventually, he has to turn around and face the mistakes of his past; bite it, before it bites him.  He knows that he's going to die, and walks into it with open arms, because he's tired of running.  The entire thing is brought together by the glorious musical talent of Yoko Kanno, and her balad "Blue." I'll offer you more of Cowboy Bebop's singular soundtrack later on, but for now... here's the end of Cowboy Bebop. Judge for yourself.

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19 July 2010 @ 07:48 pm

And yes, I totally relate this to sailor moon.  Did you even have to ask?