Friday, May 31, 2013
I fully realize I may be assembling a lego cabal of my multiple personalities on my desk at work.

I fully realize I may be assembling a lego cabal of my multiple personalities on my desk at work.

Friday, May 3, 2013
MAH TINY CUTE NEW LIL KINDLE!  That’s a lipstick next to it to give you some idea…

MAH TINY CUTE NEW LIL KINDLE! That’s a lipstick next to it to give you some idea…

Friday, April 12, 2013
Dear friends who own a truck: you’re welcome!

Dear friends who own a truck: you’re welcome!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
So let me describe what you’re seeing here; this is a bigger version of the thing I made earlier today, which will eventually be a wall poster.
This is a snowflake life plan.
I got the idea from this site here: https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/ which describes the act of writing a novel as building a tessellating snowflake. 
I felt that I could apply the same to improving myself in much the same way. 
Working outward, I put the goal of my quest in the center: I want to be able to go to Great Britain and put a white rose on the grave of A.E. Housman, the great poet.
Around this goal were the three large tasks I’d have to overcome before I would feel that my quest was complete.  The accomplishments of these tasks would also facilitate my trip.  They are: Look and feel the part, Make the money, and Be the person worth knowing.  In much the same way that only the pure and non-violent could approach the Holy Grail of Arthurian fame, I wouldn’t dare to come before A.E. with anything less. 
Not to mention I can’t fly to England on pocket change.
The three large goals each break down to secondary goals, and each secondary has its tertiary tasks:

Look and feel the part:
Lose the weight (Diet, Recumbent Bike, Milestone Rewards)
Fight and dance (Flamenco, Belly dance, Stick fighting)
Makeup, Colors, Clothing (Photo shoot, Update wardrobe, Professional Makeup Review)
Make the money:
Maximize returns (more VM Patterns, high end commissions, Website and advertising)
Climb the ladder (vet resume, Spanish, Linked in/networking)
Minimize lifestyle (small apartment, save extra money, pay off cc’s)
Be the person worth knowing:
Writing (sonnets, novel, Tempest Shaken)
Reading (classics, modern thought, poetry)
Creating (restructure old patterns, more bjd’s, shows/art books)

Some of the tertiary goals are simple and straightforward; some are going to have 4th and 5th level tasks underneath them (thus the external lines).  Some can be accomplished quickly (like having someone vet my resume) and some may take months or a year or even more (like learning Spanish).
And there are crossovers between tasks; writing more patterns could go under “Creating” as well as “Maximizing returns” but it was important to me to have an even distribution and relatively clear reasoning.
With my goals spread out and visualized like this, I can attack tasks as the time, money, and health allows.  Eventually as each task collapses and they add up to complete the ones beneath them, nothing will be left but my three requirements, and my final goal.
After that?  Well, the Grail Knights for the most part chose death; only a few returned and those were much changed.
I might just go back to college.  Or take over the world.

So let me describe what you’re seeing here; this is a bigger version of the thing I made earlier today, which will eventually be a wall poster.

This is a snowflake life plan.

I got the idea from this site here: https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/ which describes the act of writing a novel as building a tessellating snowflake. 

I felt that I could apply the same to improving myself in much the same way. 

Working outward, I put the goal of my quest in the center: I want to be able to go to Great Britain and put a white rose on the grave of A.E. Housman, the great poet.

Around this goal were the three large tasks I’d have to overcome before I would feel that my quest was complete.  The accomplishments of these tasks would also facilitate my trip.  They are: Look and feel the part, Make the money, and Be the person worth knowing.  In much the same way that only the pure and non-violent could approach the Holy Grail of Arthurian fame, I wouldn’t dare to come before A.E. with anything less. 

Not to mention I can’t fly to England on pocket change.

The three large goals each break down to secondary goals, and each secondary has its tertiary tasks:

Look and feel the part:

  • Lose the weight (Diet, Recumbent Bike, Milestone Rewards)
  • Fight and dance (Flamenco, Belly dance, Stick fighting)
  • Makeup, Colors, Clothing (Photo shoot, Update wardrobe, Professional Makeup Review)

Make the money:

  • Maximize returns (more VM Patterns, high end commissions, Website and advertising)
  • Climb the ladder (vet resume, Spanish, Linked in/networking)
  • Minimize lifestyle (small apartment, save extra money, pay off cc’s)

Be the person worth knowing:

  • Writing (sonnets, novel, Tempest Shaken)
  • Reading (classics, modern thought, poetry)
  • Creating (restructure old patterns, more bjd’s, shows/art books)

Some of the tertiary goals are simple and straightforward; some are going to have 4th and 5th level tasks underneath them (thus the external lines).  Some can be accomplished quickly (like having someone vet my resume) and some may take months or a year or even more (like learning Spanish).

And there are crossovers between tasks; writing more patterns could go under “Creating” as well as “Maximizing returns” but it was important to me to have an even distribution and relatively clear reasoning.

With my goals spread out and visualized like this, I can attack tasks as the time, money, and health allows.  Eventually as each task collapses and they add up to complete the ones beneath them, nothing will be left but my three requirements, and my final goal.

After that?  Well, the Grail Knights for the most part chose death; only a few returned and those were much changed.

I might just go back to college.  Or take over the world.

Today I made a thing.

Today I made a thing.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

So I’m going to take a moment and pause in the middle of an existential bout of manic self-hatred and show everyone the new hotness.  To the right is my trusty old needle case that never had enough pockets and so all my junk (*snerk*) just rattled around in side.  To the left is my EDC wallet I got from Maxpedition that didn’t really fit right on my Dark TARDIS; with everything I crammed in it (*snerk*) it didn’t keep its nice square lines. 

So I decided to make it my new needle case, with my hooks and writing implements and spare needles and scissors and rulers and thread and notions, etc.

The blue piece of cloth in the second picture is where I keep all the needles I work with the most often.  Previously I’d just stab them through the lining of the old case to keep them handy (*snerk*) but the lining in this bag is like HA HA SCREW YOU.  Speaks well to its durability.


Goodbye old teal bag.  Hello, new hotness.

Side note: the Dark TARDIS has a new configuration and several new patches.  Pictures whenever.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today I have become Vox Mortuum, Maker of Shoes.

… I was already Destroyer of Worlds but it’s really more of a hobby than anything.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
LOOK AT MY SWAG LOKI.  He combines in one form both Loki and Final Fantasy — two things that I adore.  I got him this weekend at the Days of the Dead con: http://www.daysofthedead.net/atlanta/  He made me squee out loud when I saw him so I had to treat myself.What else did I get?  A small nice box of expensive chocolates (now gone because DAMN), two small artsy type prints, a metric ton of business cards from a lot of really awesome vendors, and a signed photo of Robert Allen Mukes from House of a 1000 Corpses, who is 6’10” (dios mio! *fans herself mas rapida*) and a sexy beast and a complete and total sweetheart.  That steel-grey mane he has going…
Today has been a happy painful blur (forgot all my aleve at home, mea culpa) and there was a ton more that happened, but those are the high points. 

LOOK AT MY SWAG LOKI.  He combines in one form both Loki and Final Fantasy — two things that I adore.  I got him this weekend at the Days of the Dead con: http://www.daysofthedead.net/atlanta/  He made me squee out loud when I saw him so I had to treat myself.

What else did I get?  A small nice box of expensive chocolates (now gone because DAMN), two small artsy type prints, a metric ton of business cards from a lot of really awesome vendors, and a signed photo of Robert Allen Mukes from House of a 1000 Corpses, who is 6’10” (dios mio! *fans herself mas rapida*) and a sexy beast and a complete and total sweetheart.  That steel-grey mane he has going…

Today has been a happy painful blur (forgot all my aleve at home, mea culpa) and there was a ton more that happened, but those are the high points. 

Friday, February 1, 2013 Saturday, January 26, 2013
For getting things done this weekend and generally blowing off steam, this is my “kick the world to death” movie list.  Our entire Hellraiser collection is in there not only for kicking ass but also because I’m hoping to build a Pinhead doll this weekend.

For getting things done this weekend and generally blowing off steam, this is my “kick the world to death” movie list.  Our entire Hellraiser collection is in there not only for kicking ass but also because I’m hoping to build a Pinhead doll this weekend.

Friday, January 25, 2013

My fandom moment of the day

A while back I got a new Samsung Galaxy tablet and like any good fan girl I named it Castiel.  Well, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t seem to “sleep” right; I’ll put it in my jump-bag but halfway through the day it’ll be out of battery when it should have been asleep the whole time.  So I made a note to myself to research if there’s anything else I can do to make it not spend its battery so fast, but it went on my to-do list as “Teach Castiel to sleep”.

And then I thought… huh.

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Clive Barker said this on twitter today and you know… sometimes he just strikes me right to the heart, right to the very heart.  When he does, I forget all the differences between me and him and we suddenly share the same wavelength again.
#and in that moment I swear we were a tumblr full of naked guys

Clive Barker said this on twitter today and you know… sometimes he just strikes me right to the heart, right to the very heart.  When he does, I forget all the differences between me and him and we suddenly share the same wavelength again.

#and in that moment I swear we were a tumblr full of naked guys

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I’m having a very bad pain day; I’m in some sort of stress flare probably.  So I wrote a sonnet about it.  Above is Crappy-Camera-Phone picture of my long-hand planning.  Final version is here: http://www.voxmortuum.net/gonzo/2013/01/sonnet-18-agonys-waltz/
I changed one or two word choices and some punctuation in between long-hand and publishing.  The conceit in this sonnet is that Pain is a monstrous creature stampeding loose in the labyrinth of my body and there will be no charming Theseus armed with a ball of twine and his father’s sword to slay it.  Instead, I will continue to outrun my destiny (or my “doom” as it used to be called) for as long as I can, and then we must dance…

I’m having a very bad pain day; I’m in some sort of stress flare probably.  So I wrote a sonnet about it.  Above is Crappy-Camera-Phone picture of my long-hand planning.  Final version is here: http://www.voxmortuum.net/gonzo/2013/01/sonnet-18-agonys-waltz/

I changed one or two word choices and some punctuation in between long-hand and publishing.  The conceit in this sonnet is that Pain is a monstrous creature stampeding loose in the labyrinth of my body and there will be no charming Theseus armed with a ball of twine and his father’s sword to slay it.  Instead, I will continue to outrun my destiny (or my “doom” as it used to be called) for as long as I can, and then we must dance…