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Not only that, it's the HALFWAY MARK!

070. Storm

That's De Laurier, not Pierre. You can tell because... um... he's sinister and it's Toronto.

Also I think Pierre had blue eyes... or brown... *cough* but definitely not green!

In other news:

50 Book Challenge: July

17. Blood Rites, Jim Butcher (2004)

Still loving The Dresden Files. Too bad they fucked up the TV series. And it was filming right across from my school, too!

18. Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami (tr. 1994, Alfred Birnbaum)

I think I can deal with the postmodernism, it's the surrealism that threw me.

Yuki was the best part.


Jeremy and I have figured out that, if I don't read at all during November (because of NaNoWriMo), I pretty much have to cram 8 books into each of the remaining months.

Or, I guess, eat that extra $5 contribution to the Canada Savings Bond, BUT THAT WOULD BE WEAK.
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Holy crap that's almost a halfway mark!

056. Breakfast

Caitlyn and The Boy have a heart-to-heart the morning after.

(That is, "the morning after Az has beaten, bitten, and overall used The Boy in many interesting, cruel, and bizarre ways, and Caitlyn is JEALOUS".)

Fair warning: The Boy has pretty clearly been beaten and whipped, so if looking at such images would bug you, don't go look. :P (I think DeviantArt will also give you a warning, but.)

Now to figure out what to do for #50. :P
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Same as January's - bold successes, final tally.

1. Contribute at least $500 to my RRSP.

Just didn't happen. I'll still be doing this, but probably as an automatic withdrawal from my bank account for a certain amount each month.

2. Draw a Fanart100 image.

No, it isn't up yet, but I did manage to finish the lineart and most of the coloring on Breakfast. Will be up officially soon, I promise.

3. Work out at least 10 days out of 29.

I'm surprised that I actually managed this.

4. Read four books.

Done! See below.

5. Apply to a job every weekday (21 days total).

I actually managed, uh... two?

6. Try out Toastmasters.

Never happened - we were always busy on Wednesdays.

7. Give Serena her birthday present.

Clearly I am a bad friend (tm). Though not as bad as with Nick's birthday present. -_-

8. Give Patrick his Valentine's Day gift.


9. Give Patrick his birthday gift.

Okay, not yet, but it's in transit. :P Blame Amazon (actually, don't, they're pretty good).

10. Discuss BC with doctor.


11. Monitor health at SparkPeople.

Yes. Now following their advice? That's something else entirely...

12. Draw Heroes fanart for [ profile] sae.

OMG, non-character fanart! Amazing.



50 Book Challenge

6. World War Z, Max Brooks (2006).

It's like a zombie movie in my pants in interview format! Really good read, I recommend it.

7. Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler (2006).

A good kind of vampire. Really loved the protagonist of this one, and it's a good story, quick read. Sad that the author died last year - but I'll be looking into more of her books.

8. What Color is Your Parachute? 2008, Richard Nelson Bolles (2007).

This was where I was getting a lot of those career exercises from. :P Good, though in the end it didn't really help me much...

9. Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn (2002).

Samurai and ninja in a vaguely magical-flavored Japan-esque history! What's not to like? It's practically Exalted! (No, really, I did enjoy it.)
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In January I had 8 resolutions. I will bold my successes.

1. Look into my RRSP.

I did so, and when Derek comes to talk to my parents next week sometime, I am going to put some more money away into that fund. Probably not as much as I originally thought - my plan was $2000 straight up - but I will likely put in at least $500, and possibly set up a direct withdrawal once a month of, say, $25-$50 (more once I have better work).

2. Look into a new bank account.

As it turns out, most bank accounts don't have much functional difference. I'll just stick with mine.

3. Draw one Fanart100 image.

I colored Birth and drew and colored Outsides. I also did the 10 Images Meme.

4. Work out at least ten days this month.

I think I managed four.

5. Read 5 books.

Indeed! List after this checklist.

6. Figure out what jobs I might actually want.

Managed to do this - even have a list of ten - but am no closer to getting them, because most of them require MORE degrees... that I don't have. *sigh*

7. Renew BC.

Haven't done it, because I might not. Or might change it. Doctor's appointment is in the works, though.

8. Buy SimonL a birthday gift.




50 Book Challenge

1. Making Money, Terry Pratchett (2007)

It's Pratchett. I love Pratchett. I love Vetinari. I love this book. That's really all there is to it. *G*

2. Kushiel's Justice, Jacqueline Carey (2007)

Um, kind of ditto. Well, I love this series, anyway. Imriel is... not as awesome as Ph├Ędre, but I like him.

3. The Art of Happiness at Work, the Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler (2003)

Interesting, but not quite what I was looking for. Still, the Dalai Lama is very engaging, even through the text. The sort of person you'd want to sit and talk with for a long afternoon.

4. How to Write a Dirty Story, Susie Bright (2002)

Useful information for breaking into publishing as a writer, and some neat exercises, but I felt maybe a little short on advice. On the other hand, the exercises were VERY good, and I'm slowly working through them.

5. Do What You Are, Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger (1995)

Basically, "match your Myers-Briggs personality type to a list of jobs we suggest". The problem is - no one can figure out my personality type. :P My parents think I'm an INTP, Patrick and Meagan think I'm an ISFJ, and I test myself and come up ENTJ. Whar?

However, the lists for INTJ and + ENTJ did have some similarities to my personal 10 "might like these jobs" list, so maybe there's hope...
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029. Birth - Cindy with Clarence.
005. Outsides - Az cutting Caitlyn's hair.
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1. Goddamnit, the 50 Book Challenge. THIS SHOULD NOT BE SO HARD FOR ME.
2. Do at least one picture a month on Fanart100. That's not too much to ask right? Especially since I have like three half-finished pencil sketches.
3. Finish NaNo this year.
3b. If I don't finish NaNo this year, or write at least 50,000 words of something - something complete - over the course of 12 months, resign self to fact that wanting to write is not enough when you have no talent or drive.
4. Find talent and/or drive.
5. Work out. Specific goals to come later, but "achieve at least average capability in endurance, strength and flexibility arenas" is more or less it.
6. Find some sort of job that meets the following qualifications:
-doesn't make me feel like I wasted seventeen years of my life;
-doesn't make me want to die inside;
-maybe even makes me happy to go to work (negotiable);
-is something I am qualified to do;
-preferably makes more than $17000 a year. (For those of you playing along, that's $8.75/hour, 37.5 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. You know... [what will be] minimum wage.)

This month's specific goals:
1. Look into RRSP, banking, and other investment stuff. (Specifically: how much do I have in my RRSP, how much can I boost that to, how much do I want to boost it by, and what's my plan for it; is there a better bank account for me; what to do with $1000)
2. Figure out what the hell I'm doing for a job.
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047. Heart

The Cowboy munching on a vampire heart. Tasty!
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060. Drink

D'or drinking Az's blood.

As noted in the DevArt comment, originally Az looked a lot happier. Not sure what happened with the coloring. O well.

I really like Az's face on this one, for some reason, but I'm iffy about the coloring for the most part. I like that bite though.
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Guys, I KNOW there is an image out there of Anthy from Shoujo Kakumei Utena with a blank expression (hell, there's probably a FEW), but GODDAMN ME if I can find it. Help?

Edit: Okay, so I can't get a screencap, but I can get a paused YouTube vid.

Also, I need to watch this fucking series again. Fuckity fuck fuck.

*goes and dies somewhere in a corner*

...but if someone wants to find me an anime reference pic of a vampire biting someone, preferably male biting female, I'LL REALLY LOVE YOU

*whimper* oh god the tired
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025. Strangers


Not that I don't take kindly to interlopers, or anything.
No no.
See, we *liked* new people! Tears, Vlad...

It was just the ones that tried to take over or make us do as they said! (These guys, Frank...)



Jeremy: And it's Siegfryd ;)
Alex: Nuh-uh, I made up the name, I say how it's spelled! ;p
Jeremy: But... I has it writtens!
Alex: I had it writtens FIRST!
Alex: Besides, I named him after an actual Russian prince character.
Jeremy: DM fiat!
Alex: I will give terrible beatings! Not nice ones!
HasturHasturHastur: BRING. IT. ON.
Alex: *lol*
Alex: You're lucky I don't have a frenzy mode. ;)
Jeremy: Pfft, if you did you would have killed Patrick long ago.
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105 days until 2008.

Still have *checks* 17 books (need an update) and 57 images to go.

Can I finish an image every ~2 days?

Probably not, especially if I'm also trying for a book every ~6 (though I may catch this up quickly, if I can start reading faster - what is HAPPENING to me, guys?).

32. Is Your Straight Man Gay Enough? The Ultimate Renovation Guide, Nan Shipley & Jason Anthony

Cute, if a little stereotypical on all ends of things... but that's where the humor comes from, no?

33. The Best American Erotica 2007, ed. Susie Bright

It has a vampire story, guys! Yay! Edit: And it figures that the author of that story died this year. *sigh* Well... at least I can support her estate? I guess? Motherfucker.

Also, who knew I had a thing for femmes and their daddies?
Apparently so. Okay, we always knew I liked femmes. And butches. Two great tastes that... you know the rest, I hope?



There used to be a time where you couldn't STOP me from reading.

Have I lost all taste for everything?


New deadline: end of the year. If 50 Books and Fanart 100 isn't over, I can't be held legally responsible for what happens at New Year's. :P

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026. Teammates

Gina, Lucas, and Mark (yes, based on the characters from Empire Records), David's band and childhood friends.


Sep. 13th, 2007 02:13 pm
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066. Rain

Tears-Like-Rain, vampire biker chick Gangrel DO NOT MESS WITH SHE FUCKS SHIT UP. I loved her, man.


Aug. 10th, 2007 01:28 pm
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037. Sound

David plays his guitar. The best part of this image? His band poster in the background. Gina's shadowy gothy angel on the left? HOT! (They're supposed to represent Gina, Lucas, and Mark. David himself is not on the poster anywhere, though I did make a secondary poster that has a red angel with his back to the camera, his arms bound behind him.)

And this, my friends, is image 40 of 100. Almost halfway!

I'm taking a break from the vampires for a little bit to do three D&D images (Galen/Siegfried, Nadja/Branwyn, Owen/Romas). I never noticed, but we have two Lawfuls, two Neutrals, and two Chaotics (and that's what these divisions are). I have kind of complicated poses in mind for Galen/Siegfried (which is actually turning out pretty well) and Owen/Romas, so hopefully they won't suck? ^^;;
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040. Sight

Cindy using Auspex.


50 Book Challenge

24. Sailing to Sarantium, Guy Gavriel Kay
25. Lord of Emperors, Guy Gavriel Kay

The Sarantine Mosaic series. I quite enjoyed it, but then, it's politics and art and politics regarding art and also magic. Whee!

26. Whore Carnival, Shannon Bell

Despite heralding itself as a book that covers the geneaology of prostitution, Whore Carnival is a series of interviews that deal with the lives of here-and-now, mostly Canadian, escorts, streetwalkers, pornographers, and one john. It's a super-interesting read, from a perspective we [societally] don't often get. And now I can finally give it back to Jen. :)

27. Inferno, Dante Alighieri, tr. Robin Kirkpatrick, with essays and commentary

Finally getting around to reading these. Next: Purgatory and Paradise.

28. God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens

Mostly a look at all the bad things religion and religiosity has caused, and a denunciation of it. Despite preaching to the choir [hah] - at least in terms of atheism - I found myself annoyed at his tone in places. Currently working on a book that is quite similar - that is, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

29. Today I Will...: How to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true..., M.J. Ryan

Interesting enough that I'm willing to give some of the suggestions a try. Nothing really new from other self-help books, though her writing style is amusing.

30. Roma Eterna, Robert Silverberg

An alternate-universe piece of science fiction, in which the Roman Empire does not collapse, but rather lasts well into their 21st century (or later - I can't entirely recall). Their time does not move quite as ours does, with inventions and such occuring at different dates, and it all the while remains Rome. Interesting if you like AU fiction.

31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

After long and deliberate consideration, I still haven't decided if this is #1 or #2.

Still working on: In the Night Garden, Book 3 of The Dresden Files, The God Delusion, a set of Lovecraft stories that will probably need renewing, The Last Light of the Sun, The Roses of Roazon.
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Been a while since I last did this, eh?...

050. Spade

D'or digs a grave for a ghoul.
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088. School

Good ol' Jove Benedict Grey.
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012. Orange

Cindy's ghoul Sandy. So endeth the Ghoul series of pictures.

To do: Senses (Sight, Taste, Smell), Events (Birthday, Independence, New Year).
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024. Family

D'or and his broodmate Connor.


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