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21st-Apr-2010 06:56 am - Day XVIIII - A Talent of Yours
Arya
Wow, I've been really lazy in posting for this. Sorry guys! Honestly just have been too busy with work, second job, and trying to have somewhat of a social life.

Recently I finished Ryan and Rachel's wedding present in time for their 1st year anniversary(court wedding anniversary)


Wild Family by ~nekokikichan on deviantART

I'm also working on a similar idea for my mom for mother's day. Its not going to be FINISHED before then, but its going to be all the kids, grandson, my dad, and the dogs in the world of Labyrinth. I'm wondering if I'm tackling more than I can chew with that one but we'll see : /

Here are two other pieces I did in college that I still like. Outside of that I'm still working on finishing inking a sheep zombie, a portrait of Zepplin, and trying to finish thumbing the first few pages of said sheep zombie comic. Nevermind the fact I still haven't finished coding my new site design. Oh man... I really need to get my ass in gear for that.

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Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy (Dog Nerdism)
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Roar!
So, if you know me even a little bit you're no stranger to the fact that I'm bit of a dog nerd. Or, as some would say, pet Nazi.

I've decided to go through a brief run down on my beliefs of standard dog ownership. Now, I do realize that a lot of my beliefs go above and beyond the average pet owner. And I'm not one to get down on someone who doesn't meet my standards. At the end of the day, as long as the dog is eating food that has some sort of meat listed (chicken instead of just "meat meal"), a home, basic training, love, and isn't being abused, that's pretty good ownership. But I think we can all strive to do more for our furry friends, and this goes for dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, hamsters, etc. This post was inspired by a myriad of things. Initially I was going to do another rant about my pet food demo job, then I read Patricia McConnell's new blog post about dominance, and it stirred up a different sort of rant :)

Picking Out Your Furry Friend
I am a firm, and by firm I mean adamant believer in adopting and rescuing over buying. (Why breed and buy while shelter dogs die?) I think you can find your perfect pet, whether its a puppy or adult, by visiting your local shelter. That being said, for people that are set on a specific breed and temperament I'm not against going to a breeder. However there's a difference between a GOOD BREEDER and a BACKYARD BREEDER.

A GOOD BREEDER will have certain qualifications. One of them being they'll be involved in the dog world in some shape or form. Whether its showing their dogs, competing in a dog sport, or having their dogs working (service dogs, herding dogs, etc). They'll also only have a limited amount of litters each year, and will health test their puppies. A lot of purebreeds have pre-disposed to certain genetic issues. A GOOD BREEDER is trying to better the breed, make them healthier and heartier animals. A BACKYARD BREEDER is in it just for the money and is probably your average joe with a golden who wants to make an extra buck.

For that matter, GOOD BREEDERS, really do not make much profit from their litters. Its expensive to vet all the little ones, take care of the mother properly, and health test these guys. They more than likely aren't going to turn much of a profit from them.

You should ask if you can see your puppy's parents, and other litter mates. Its a HUGE RED FLAG if they will not let you see the mother. If you do see the mother and don't like what you see, look elsewhere. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS with this!!!

A GOOD BREEDER will also be willing to take your puppy back in the event you're no longer to care for them. Again, GOOD BREEDERS are in it for the breed not for the money, and will like to see their puppies well taken care of.

As for rescuing and adopting, trust what your adoption counselor or shelter worker is telling you, and don't rush into an adoption. Its important to find the right dog for you. At the end of the day, you may be surprised with which dog ends up being the right one for your family.

And as always, research research research. Don't adopt or get a border collie if you're just going to lock them up in the apartment and not do anything with them. Some breeds are better lap dogs, others are big couch potatoes, others are stubborn as hell and will test your limits, while others still are intelligent to the point of causing trouble when they're bored. I say this as a Australian Cattledog mix owner, who has kept me on my toes since bringing him home.

While we're on the subject of breeds, goldendoodles, puggles, and all those "designer dogs" are cute and all. But really? They're mutts. They're no more special than my Cattledog Rat Terrier Mix (or Rattledog if you will). There are TONS of mixed breeds in the shelter system, and adopting a dog will cost you MAYBE $200. And you get an up to date on their vaccinations dog, who's already neutered and spayed, who will give back 10 x what you paid in thanks for saving them. Is it really worth it to spend $1200 for a pugxbeagle mix, PLUS the extra couple hundred dollars in vaccinations?

One last thing on the breeding/adoption thing. PET STORE PUPPIES ARE A BIG NO NO. Pet store puppies do nothing more than promote impulse buys and puppy mills. Even if the pet store puppies DON'T come from a puppy mill its probably from a backyard breeder. Read my rant about Puppy Mills from a few years ago to learn more.

Raising Your Pup
Whether you're bringing home a puppy or adult dog, basic obedience should be a must. ESPECIALLY for puppies where socialization is going to be key to raise a balanced dog. Puppy kindergarten classes are great in exposing them to other dogs, and starting to learn the basics. And I can't stress how important it is to take even your adult dogs to a basic training class or two to learn some tips on controlling your dog and getting them to listen to you.

Also, look for positive based classes. Cesar Millan seems all glamorous, but at the end of the day his techniques are severely out-dated and not recommended for the everyday dog owner. Alpha rolling a dog is DANGEROUS, not to mention counter-productive. If you watch wolf or even dog behavior, a dog OFFERS their stomach, the "dominant" dog does NOT FORCE THE DOG INTO A ROLL!!! An animal only ever forces another onto their back, belly exposed when they're going to cause them bodily harm. Do you REALLY want your dog fearful of you? That's all this is going to accomplish. If you read up on anxious and fearful dog behaviors, then watch Cesar's show with the SOUND OFF you will see what he's calling a calm/submissive dog, is actually scared out of their minds.

Positive reinforcement helps build a confident dog, who WANTS to offer you behaviors. I love teaching Zepplin new tricks and watching him figure out what new behavior I want him to do for me. This causes him to offer up behaviors on his OWN. If I'm making his dinner, he automatically sits and waits for me to put it down. If I'm in the kitchen doing the dishes or making my dinner, he lays down off to the side. I taught him the sitting before food behavior through NILIF(Nothing In Life Is Free), but him laying out of the way in the kitchen was something he did all on his own.

If you have fun working with your dog look for more advanced training! If you have a high energy dog (herding/working breed, terrier) look into Rally Obedience or Agility. I finally was able to find an agility class that looked good and signed myself and Zepplin up for it, and am SO excited to get started and working through new behaviors with him in a class setting.

Nutrition
I now work as a pet food demonstrator for Blue Buffalo, as most of you know, and have always thought dog nutrition was important. Blue was the first food I started Zepplin at, and eventually moved to Innova EVO, which is a grain free dog food. I still feed Zepplin, and Macgyver for that matter, grain free, as I like the results I'm getting. I'd love to feed raw at some point, but right now do not have the time, nor do I feel confident in being able to prepare their meals to that extent every day.

Now, I'm not here to say which dog food I think is better than others. There are a lot of dog food brands that I think work well. Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Solid Gold, Innova EVO, Orijen, are all brands of food that I think are good for dogs and cats alike. Iams, Pedigree, Kibbles 'n Bits, Beneful, Goodlife Recipe, are NOT. Here's a good way to start. I'm going to put give a list of ingredients for you.

Dog Food #1
Turkey, Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavors, Egg, Apples, Tomatoes, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Vitamins, Cottage Cheese, Minerals, Alfalfa Sprouts, Dried Chicory Root, Ascorbic Acid, Direct-Fed Microbials

Dog Food #2
Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Caramel, Flax Meal, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract.

Dog Food #3
Deboned Whitefish, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Menhaden Fish Meal (natural source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Oatmeal, Canola Oil (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Whole Sweet Potatoes, Natural Fish Flavors, Whole Potatoes, Peas, Whole Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed(natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Turmeric, Sunflower Oil (natural source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Oil (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Dried Chicory Root, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium

Dog Food #4
corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour, animal fat (bha used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), calcium sulfate, titanium dioxide, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), dl methionine.

Which out of those four would you eat? I always ask customers, read the ingredients and tell me what is something you wouldn't eat? Out of all those I would probably would eat the first one which is the Innova Evo. 2nd choice would be Dog Food #3 which is Blue Buffalo's Salmon and Sweet Potato Basics formula, then probably Dog Food #2 which is Iams MiniChunks, then Dog Food #4 which is Kibbles 'n Bits.

The Kibbles 'n Bits its easy to see why. They hardly list the type of meat that's in there, and at that its MEAL not even REAL beef and not even the first ingredient. Ingredients are listed by weight, so the first ingredient is what makes up most of the food. Corn is the first ingredient in that dog food. Now a lot of people call corn filler, but this is technically false. Filler implies that it has no nutritional value. Corn technically does, however it has very LITTLE nutritional value. Dogs do not get much nutrients from corn, don't absorb that much. Therefore they end up eating more of the food, and pooping more. The more meat, fruits, vegetables, etc that are in a food, the better the dog will be able to absorb the nutrients, the less they'll eat, and the less they'll poop.

So, yes, you'll be spending more per bag, but you'll have to go out LESS FREQUENTLY to buy the food!

By-product is another thing you want to avoid in dog food. All that is, is the extra bits of the animals, fur, bones, feathers, etc. While wolves do eat this out in the wild, it doesn't really add that much nutritional value to the dog, and plus, in a lot of dog foods its so high up in the ingredient list! Kibbles 'n Bits its the 3rd ingredient, and Iams its the 4th ingredient. Why so much??? Because its cheap and will help add that meaty flavor.

So a run down, you want meat as the first ingredient (and a defined meat, not must "meat". Chicken or turkey or SOMETHING), no by products, no corn or wheat (a lot of dogs develop allergies to these ingredients). Stick with these few rules and you'll be headed in the right direction for dog nutrition. (Same goes for cat nutrition too!!)

For more information on dog nutrition a GREAT website is The Dog Food Project.

Well, I think that's enough of a rant for an evening. Nutrition is easy for me to go off now since its part of my job on the weekends, but training is something I'm interested in pursuing as a career, and animal welfare has always been a passion of mine. Remember, your dog, cat, ferret, rat, etc are family. Research before you get a pet, make sure you understand all that's involved. And always always ask questions if you're unsure of something :)

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Arya
I've recently found Van Arno. Well in particular I'm in love with three of his paintings, which go together. And its no surprise as to why these paintings caught my eye.

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I would love, love love love, to have prints of these paintings framed, and hanging up in my place. I love the female form, and have what some may consider unhealthy obsession werewolves. I saw these and I was in love from the get go. He had an exhibition last year actually called A Change of Skin featuring women as creatures of myth, changing their forms into something other than human. They're all pretty damn interesting but, of course, the werewolf one is my favorite. I know, I'm so damn predictable!

If you asked me who my all time favorite illustrator/artist was, Ben Templesmith would be that guy. He was the artist for 30 Days of Night, Wormwood, Fell, and one that I'm especially excited to read, Welcome to Hoxford.

I'm a huge fan of "sloppy art". I love it when you can see the painterly style in an illustration and have come to not really like the sleek clean lines that you see in some modern day illustration. Give me paint splatters. Give me inky lines. Give me organized chaos.


Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Six and Eight
Huh... didn't we go over this already? Ah well, I suppose I didn't post the actual song that can bring me to tears.

Nine Inch Nails And All That Could Have Been


I've said it before and I'll say it again. Not only can he do a wonderful job in depicting aggression and anger in his faster heavier songs, but his piano ballets and quieter songs are so full of hurt, and sometimes feel so delicate that you could break them. This song just always touches me emotionally. I know for most others its Hurt or Fragile (when talking about NiN specifically), and while those songs have their own merits, they just don't live up to this one.

I initially wanted to embedded this video, however the user disabled that feature. But, if they did a crime against nature and combined And All That Could Have Been with Requiem for a Dream which is just one of the perfect combination of song and movie in my opinion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw8_7apOoyI

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
30th-Mar-2010 07:17 am - Day XV - A Fanfic
cricket
Fanfiction? Really?

I don't read fanfiction. Even when I was heavily into anime and role playing online I didn't really read fanfiction. And you're talking to a person who was obsessed, and by obsessed I mean had a wall covered with print outs of the man, with Vejita from DragonballZ!

I must admit that I did write one fanfiction. I had a character I had created who was Vejita's sister. So I wrote about her and her quest to find her brother and exact revenge of some sort. (The details are really fuzzy, and I think the files are long gone at this point) I guess it was entertaining? I don't know... I feel kind of dorky admitting this to a large internet audience but I suppose no one reads this thing anyway :P

You're going to laugh when you hear her name to. Ready? Vejira. OH MAN I'M SO ORIGINAL! WITNESS MY CREATIVITY!!!!

No wonder I'm struggling to make it as an illustrator : )

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
29th-Mar-2010 07:06 am - Day XIV - A Non Fictional Book
antichrist
I typically don't read non-fictional books, although I've recently become intensely interested in various dog training books like Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed, Patricia McConnell's The Other End of the Leash, Karen Pryor's Don't Shoot the Dog!, and Jean Donaldson's The Culture Clash, among others. (I'm turning into a bit of a dog training nerd can you tell?)

However, there are two non-fictional books that I absolutely adore. The first is Stephen King's On Writing, which is one of his strongest books. This book is what Stephen King does best, talking. And I say that meaning some of his most entertaining passages to read, are his prologues or epilogues to The Reader. This entire book is part about his journey to fame(the drugs, the alcohol, marriage, etc.) and part about the techniques of writing. I thought this book might get bogged down with technical terms of writing, which is something I'm not particularly as passionate about as others, however I was very pleasantly surprised. Admittedly its been a handful of years since I've read the darn thing, so I can't really expound any further upon it.

Another non-fiction book I've thoroughly enjoyed is Chuck Palahniuk's Stranger Than Fiction. Most of these are a collection of essays Palahniuk's written over the years for papers and magazines, however there's some auto-biographical essays as well, which mostly depict his journey to fame. Specifically watching the adaptation of Fight Club from a book to a movie, the murder of his father, and other childhood memories. There's also a great essay in there where he interviews Marilyn Manson right around the time of the Columbine school shootings.

S'yeah. Sorry I'm so boring in this regard, and just have two books by two of my favorite authors, but maybe hey. Its better than me going into a huge rant about dog training methods, right? ;)

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
26th-Mar-2010 05:28 pm - Day XIII - A Fictional Book
Arya
So right now I'm ready Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk, but I think I'll write about Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis instead.

In case you don't know who this author is, his most famous novel is American Psycho.

I'm not as huge of a fan as Bret Easton Ellis as I am of other authors. I say that meaning Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, etc. have all written at least one book that I'm in love with. I enjoyed reading Ellis' books, with Less Than Zero being one of the most depressing books I've ever read and American Psycho being the only book to make me almost lose my stomach contents, but I wasn't in love with any of them.

Then I read his newest novel, Lunar Park. I wasn't really sure what it was about in all honesty. Once I enjoy at least one book by an author I'll usually just try and read all of their work out of principle. The book opens up with a autobiography about Ellis' life, which pretty much agrees with all the bad reviews/press his books have received, as well as describing himself as a pretty horrible person.

The book itself is fictional, but what we can assume are the true autobiographical parts in the prolouge of the book, has a chilling recounting of writing American Psycho, his most controversial book, and probably one of the most controversial books ever written. He talks about how he wrote it initially to help with the demons of his father, but how he felt like he was possessed while writing the book, and it would not let him sleep at night unless he did a flurry of writing. Once the book was finally finished, he was able to sleep once again. (Eluding to being possessed by Patrick Bateman I'm assuming).

The book depicts Ellis as married, with a child of his on and step-children. He just got through rehab (for the 2nd, 3rd?, time) and was newly married. As the book progresses, depicting the absurdity of suburbia, he's confronted by monsters and demons of his past, which are slowly driving him insane, and later it starts to threaten his family's lives and not just his own. Its interesting to read his style, with a bit of a Stephen King horror twisted into it. I don't know, it was beyond what I was expecting and pretty damn chilling and creepy to read.

The unfortunate bit is if you haven't read, or at the very least seen the movies based on his books, you lose something in the translation.

But, man, now he's up there with Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, Neil Gaiman, etc. for me.

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
23rd-Mar-2010 07:16 am - Day XII - Whatever Tickles Your Fancy
Arya
Hmmmm. I really don't know what to rant or chat about in this "Whatever tickles your fancy" post.

I've started to work towards being a jogger. I say work towards because I'm following that Couch Potato to 5k Runner program. So, really, right now its 2 minutes of jogging, 2 minutes of walking, for 8 rounds. But hey its a start! And Zepplin usually comes with me so he's getting an extra burst of exercise too!

Today after work I'll be bringing my bike into the shop that's a few blocks away. I believe the inner tubes are busted as pumping air in the tires does zilch. Hopefully it won't cost an arm and a leg to tune it up, but we shall see... anyways I'll start riding my bike to work and places near by as well and that should help. I've stopped going to Extreme (the MMA gym) since it was getting difficult to go without a partner, people I used to know there stopped going, and the fee is getting a little difficult to afford. I really loved that place, and Tony, the owner and trainer, is great, but I just can't afford it right now and don't go enough to make it worthwhile. Hopefully I'll be able to go again at some point, as fighting was really a great way to stay in shape, but I suppose only time will tell.

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
cricket
Gah I forgot about these!! I'm going to be out of town for the rest of the week too so these are going to be sporadic again for awhile : /

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My nephew is the cutest thing in the world! He even almost surpasses Zepplin in cuteness!! :D

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
gaius six love!
I thought I had my old photo album here with me, but it appears its still at my parent's house : /

Luckily I have a handful of pictures with me and my first dog Pippen on here. Phew! :P


The Christmas after we brought Pippen home. I would be in... 2nd grade here. So I was.... 7 here. Jesus this picture is almost 20 years old... that makes me feel old... wow.... wooooow...


Here's another one. This one would've been taken Christmas of '02, so its not quite a decade. But close enough. I was 17. I will go through all my old shit though and gather my old photos and scan them in. It scares me how I could've lost them!

Look at how young Ryan and Myles are in this picture. Ryan now has a son and a wife, and Myles is almost a junior in college. Jesus...

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
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