outlineofash: Illustration of a woman kissing the Angel of Death. Artwork by Yoko Tanji. (Artwork - Kissing the Angel of Death)
- When I'm in a creative slump, reading this always reminds me that it won't last forever.

- I've been trying to improve my handwriting, which has always been small and cramped, by re-training myself to write with the movements of my forearm instead of my fingers. Now my handwriting is bigger and flowing, but also inconsistent. Practice, practice, practice.

- Love this:
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outlineofash: Snapshot of a book cover that reads "Are your children playing with Lucifer's testicles? The truth about Easter eggs." (Text - Easter Bunny)
I don't celebrate Easter beyond eating chocolate, but this is too good to not post:

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It's the monocle. Monocles make everything classier.

One day

Mar. 17th, 2014 07:49 pm
outlineofash: Illustration of a woman in a tuxedo smoking. Artwork by Rene Gruau. (Artwork - Smoking)
One day, I hope I may be as fabulous as this:

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outlineofash: Macro shot of lines from the play Julius Caesar. (Media - Shakespeare)
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I don't know where this is from, but it is awesome.
outlineofash: Illustration of Medusa. Artwork by Chris Thornley. (Artwork - New Medusa)
The Spectrum 21 Award nominees have been announced, meaning there are bunches of fantastic art to look at! (Some of it NSFW.) I especially love "Hot Diggety Dog" by Colin and Kristine Poole, "Fragile Planet" by Bill Mayer, and "Shared Eyewear" by Bill Carman.
outlineofash: Einstein's head superimposed on a muscular body. Above, text reads, "Ideas are sexy, too." (Text - Ideas are sexy too)


Sir Galahad by George Frederic Watts. Seemingly odd that I'd find inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting of a knight from Arthurian myth, considering the story I'm working on is a paranormal about werewolves, witches, and vampires. But one of the characters comes from a family where the knights of legend figure prominently, invoked as models of behavior. This character, whose middle name is Galahad, has had to bear a lot of bad jokes about "Sir Galahad the Chaste."

Gorgeous

Mar. 2nd, 2014 09:57 pm
outlineofash: A shot of the night sky reflected in a body of water. (Landscape - Night Water)
Beautiful, expressive watercolors by the artist Alessandro Sanna.
outlineofash: Shadowy figure eating a light bulb in a room full of them. Artwork by Koren Shadmi. (Artwork - Bulb Eater)
I stumbled across this music video and thought it a clever, eye-catching commentary on how the conventional standards of beauty are impossible to achieve without digital wizardry. The song is pretty catchy, too.
outlineofash: A ringwraith from the LOTR movies with a smiley face superimposed over it. (Smile - Smiley Nazgul)


Photographer Miyoko Ihara shows the close bond between her grandmother and her grandmother's cat through a series of photos. Cat photos are ubiquitous to the net, but I find these to be so charming and touching.
outlineofash: A column of skulls and crossbones. (Fierce - Skulls)
A momento mori ring in which a single skeletal figure wearing a crown wraps around the entire band.

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Via io9.

Personally, I wouldn't find peace in wearing a remembrance - I don't even like looking at photos of loved ones who've died. But I can see how others would find it helpful for their grief and loss.
outlineofash: Lights wrapped around the branches of a tree. (Gentle - Glittery Light)
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. - Tennessee Williams

Petrichor

Jan. 8th, 2014 10:09 am
outlineofash: A man in a courtyard looks down at a rose. (Sundry - White Rose)
petrichor
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtrʌɪkɔː/
noun
[mass noun]

a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather


Via the Oxford Dictionaries.

California has been pretty starved for rain—last time I looked it up, we were six inches below normal—but this morning I finally woke up to fog. It's gone now, but I can still smell the petrichor.
outlineofash: Parody of Uncle Sam poster. Cthulhu points at the viewer while text reads, "I want you for breakfast." (Text - Uncle Cthulhu)
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I'm still laughing. Source unknown.
outlineofash: A monster sits patiently at the table. (Sundry - Monster at the Table)
"Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar." - Mickey Spillane

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