I’m trying to write, you little ass. #writing #cats #dammit
So, I’m about 40% into writing one of the darkest pieces of fiction I’ve put together in many years. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or build up hype anything, but it’s the kind of writing project in which I’ve been debating since this morning what app to use: one that works in my browser (Drive, Evernote, or Sta.sh) or one of my offline ones (LibreOffice or Tomboy Notes), the dilemma being I’m not too keen on the idea of this thing being out there in the cloud, yet I like the idea of it closer to home even less. This is one of those little self-indulgent bits of writing that comes along once in a great while and the only reason to bother putting it down is a kind of cathartic, “better to be where I can see it than out in the wild” mentality. In fact, I’m so committed to seeing this through right now that I made up a Pinterest board for visual references.
It’s got that sort of Warhammer 40K quality wherein there is absolutely nobody in any way deserving of your sympathy. Everyone’s horrible and they do horrible things to each other. It’s entirely possible I’ve been watching too many films with Nazis in them the past few days (by the way, Iron Sky: The Director’s Cut on Netflix is awesome, don’t bother with any other version).
May have to dust off an old pseudonym for this one… along with a LiveJournal account for good measure.
Speaking of pseudonyms and movies, I watched The Dark Half earlier in the week, the George A. Romero adaptation of the Stephen King novel. It was pretty damn good, a lot better than I expected. It shoots itself in the foot with its ending, but that’s really just me expecting an American Psycho-style psychological thriller rather than a more straightforward monster movie, a la the Hellraiser series. Anyway, seeing this did somewhat kick off this sudden, shadowy visitation by my muse Serendipity’s evil twin Zemblanity (that’s a real word, look it up if you don’t believe me), the idea of listening to an inner voice you otherwise brush off or ignore, dropping inhibitions to hear it better.
Found these two familiar little guys at Petco. They look exactly like my two cats when they were kittens. As you can see, they didn’t want me to leave.
#zenbrush and Pixlr Express
#Zenbrush and Pixlr Express
#ZenBrush doodle with post-work in Pixlr Express. The image below is a kind of “workflow diagram” (not quite a tutorial) showing the process from the monochrome original, to a template change in ZenBrush (to orange), a few details changed, and finally rotated, cropped, filtered, painted, and watermarked in Pixlr.
Began life in #ZenBrush and then found its way into Pixlr Express. This is technically the second derivation of the original.
SIX LINES TELL YOU IT’S A WOMAN #Zenbrush
It was really tough choosing a font for this. A lot of them made it look like an old movie poster or cosmetics ad. In the end, I went with my default choice for Pixlr, the dotted fonts.
The other challenge was the Zenbrush template. Obviously, it’s pink, but on my laptop, if I wasn’t looking at it head-on, the viewing angle gave it an orange gradient, which looked very striking. I tried to add the effect in GIMP, but nothing really looked right.
I think it’s always worthwhile when I can revisit old works and themes with new tools and get nearly equal results.
#zenbrush Normally, I find most of the templates a bit gimmicky and silly, but this “moon” one put a fairly neat twist on a simple, monochrome representation of a tree (especially turning the brush strokes orange).
#Zenbrush doodles “moth” (right) and “wisp-fly” (left)
Been a little behind posting my #zenbrush works. Had this one on my Pinterest page but never bothered to post it here.
Know what I love most about this little Bluetooth speaker? When I take calls on it, it looks like I’m talking to an egg.