20
Jun

Return from Absentia

   Posted by: Dawn   in My Life, Things of Interest, Updates

It’s been a while.  I don’t have much of an excuse beyond my focus on work in the past 6-10 months.  What I have realized, though, is that without creative outlets my stress levels skyrocket, and that sidelines any personal interests.  It’s a vicious cycle, and I’m glad I’ve found the perspective to change it.  It’s a process, y’all, so bear with me while I claw my way out of the cubicle jungle to seek a better balance.  Thanks to those of you who kick, poke, prod, call, IM, chat, and email me about my posting and need to come back to the land of the living, both through this site and in person.  Sometimes nagging is necessary.  Thank you.

So a quick and dirty update: 

Where I’ve Been Recently: (”But Dawn, didn’t you get a professional camera for Christmas this year? Why didn’t you take that with you?”  I have no excuse.  Next time!)

National Hispanic University, San Jose, Ca

NHU

NHU

That would be the Grasshopper I ate at dinner.  When in Rome!
That would be the Grasshopper I ate at dinner. When in Rome!

 

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

walker-art-gallery-from-the-steble-fountain-of-the-four-seasons

walker-art-gallery-from-the-steble-fountain-of-the-four-seasons

St. John's Garden
St. John’s Garden

What I’ve finished reading recently:

My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World’s Most Notorious Murderers - Helen Morrison and Harold Goldberg (3.5 out of 5; If you like criminal, abnormal, or forensic psychology this is a good read)

Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King  (4 out of 5; Short stories about the mindset of people in absolutely horrible situations, great read but a little disturbing. Not a light read.)

 

What I’m Reading Now:

Cleopatra: a Life - Stacy Schiff  (a biography of Cleopatra.  Fascinating thus far.)

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base  - Annie Jacobsen (If you’re a conspiracy buff, Area 51 enthusiast, or are interested in spy history, this is an interesting read so far!)

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City - Nelson Johnson

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy - Bruce Watson

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard - Elmore Lonard (I’m a HUGE fan of Justified, which was created by Elmore Leonard and based on his novella, Fire in the Hole (2000). Can’t wait to jump back in to Pulp fiction and westerns!)

 

What I’m Watching:

  • Falling Skies — Don’t screw this up Steven Spielberg!
  • Deadliest Catch — Look, I can admit my fascination with these kinds of reality shows.
  • Coal – See above.  This is mind boggling to me.  Much more interesting to watch than American Idol or SYTYCD. 

ComicsTopics that have me so angry that I have to set aside time for an even longer, ranty post:

  • The Wonder Woman TV Series and tv costume — luckily this was canceled before it ruined any chance for another series.  Every time I started to write a post about this, I would start seeing spots…
  • DC Universe reboot– It’s coming.  I’m not happy about this.  Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and Flashpoint have already done the job of realigning the entire DC universe, but apparently someone thinks it makes sense to completely reboot the major books and titles.  Wonder Woman will have had 4 writers in as many years, and it’s no wonder they are having difficulty keeping fans.  When you reboot every 15 issues and screw up continuity, people tend to get fed up.  More later.

 

That’s it for now.  The Baltimore ComicCon is coming up in August, and I can’t wait.  Mark Waid is going to be there again this year, and perhaps I can find a better first issue of Kingdom Come for him to sign.  We’re also working on finding a weekend to go crabbing, so I’m sure those exploits will make their way here.  Oh yeah, and we’ll be moving again soon, so that fun should begin in a few months.  See?  Never a dull moment here!  I’m actually scheduling time in my calendar to post, so let’s see how this turns out, yeah?  Now that this “update” post is out of the way, I can get back to posts with some substance. 

Hope all is well!

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8
Nov

Not Waving But Drowning

   Posted by: Dawn   in Uncategorized

If you haven’t heard of the poem “Waving not Drowning” by Stevie Smith in 1972, then you really ought to look it up.  Here, I’ll do it for you:

 

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

 

That’s how I’m feeling as of late.  Every time I thought of updating the blog over the past few months, I started to panic with the long list of things that I haven’t written about, or topics that I haven’t told you about…. Let’s face it, I’ve been a horrible Blog Date, as of late.  The realities of my schedule are such that a post every day is just not possible, but I can  aim for a post a week.  hey, aim low and shoot hight, right?  Or is it the other way around?  Either way, I think it’s time I get back in the saddle and use this space as the outlet that it used to be for me.  I’m not assigning a specific day of the week for the posts, so you’ll have to stay on your toes! 

 

Once I scrub the rust off, maybe once a week won’t be enough.  Let’s hope.

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I’ve been incognito lately, but I have tons and tons of things to share, but sadly, no time to do it at the moment.  So instead, I’ll share visuals that (hopefully) will send you spring-boarding in to your own basement-of-the-interwebz link chain and treasure hunts.
I hit pay dirt when I found dcwomenkickingass via my random tumblr site, and as expected, found links to other amazing sites and work– Like this rendering of the Disney princesses as Superheroes by Kreugan on DeviantArt:

Disney heroes

Disney heroes

 

And pretty much everything you ever wanted on the Women of DC over at dcwomenkickingass (also on Twitter @dcwomenkickingass).  And don’t forget to check there for cool projects folks are doing! For example, I just fell in love with these birthday cakes, for example from a blog I found through them, Between the Pages

 

WW Cake

WW Cake

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13
Sep

Why I love xkcd…

   Posted by: Dawn   in Uncategorized

 

 

The Carraige (xkcd)

The Carriage (xkcd)

 

From one of my favorite web-comics, xkcd.  if you still haven’t discovered the genius of this series, you need to apologize and go indulge.  Post haste.