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writelikefools2021 · a month ago
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Good Friday - Joe Gallenstein - day 2
And what’s so Good about Friday? Not much these days When we all have to work on Saturday
And Sunday is a holy-nother matter Find myself sitting around Just getting fatter
Can’t relax or even enjoy the day Because before we know it We’re back to Monday
We live not just in the mundane We live for the mundane Every day is a part of the grind
But what’s so Good about Friday? Now that TGIF seems to mean The Grind Includes Friday
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torrentialmonsoon · a year ago
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on a busy street full of starry neighbours, stands a mansion, a palace, some say. where the floorboards  are made of galactic spaces and the roofs belong to the oceanic waves. the windows are made of wings from  glasswing butterflies and the entryway from the light of the heavens.
on an eerie island hidden below the ground stands an abandoned shed, a library of lows, i say. made of steel, no more doors or any windows. full shelves of boxes, labeled  with concrete calligraphy. the markings read UNCERTAINTY, VOIDS, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, DISTRUST, GREED, ARROGANCE, PRIDE, and BROKEN. pulled in with the light, through a blackhole. you are not free to leave. - my mind is just an illusionary palace. do not let it fool you.
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starfly-inq · a year ago
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Bright
Bones scatter When I am bright
Hear them rumble while I'm asleep, The shadows creeping up on me - I'm a body consumed
I feel springtime but laying behind it must be thunder
A hex strung above me, "you are temporary, this is temporary. [Every smile is a little closer to The end] "
Everything ends And Everything dies
I feel fingers touching my eyes, But for how long, but for how long, But for how long?
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margot-suydam · 18 days ago
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All But the Kitchen Sink
All But the Kitchen Sink
Celebrating National Poetry Month: A Poem-a-Day Challenge Poem a day #29 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write an“in the window” poem, and (2) write an “evening” poem. Heading home after every post dinner stroll, I gaze into the light of my kitchen window reflecting on those dirty dishes in the sink.Like ladies in waiting, crustedforks, knifes, and spoons…
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margot-suydam · 19 days ago
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Mouthing Off
Poem a day #27 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry:1) Write a poem that poses a series of questions., and (2) write a “remix” poem based on one or all of your poems created this month. I have done a remix of the first and last lines from most of my PAD challenge poems. There’s nothing like a meandering walk in spring time. Fascinating questions roamin small groups or…
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margot-suydam · 22 days ago
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Occasional Thoughts
Celebrating National Poetry Month: A Poem-a-Day Challenge Poem a day #25 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry:1) Write an “occasion” poem, and (2) write a “thought” poem. Today, again, is your birthdayAnother year, and still I think how much I miss you, and all your life as wilderness poems. I sync again to your signaturesound, my ear now well tuned to the recordings…
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margot-suydam · 25 days ago
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Mother's Gardening
Mother’s Gardening
Celebrating National Poetry Month: A Poem-a-Day Challenge Poem a day #22 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry:1) Write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place., and (2) write a “nature” poem. We worked summermornings in the gardenjust as my mother hadlabored in her mother’sperennially club-qualityflower beds. A smattering…
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margot-suydam · 27 days ago
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Masking Love
Celebrating National Poetry Month: A Poem-a-Day Challenge Poem a day #19 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry:1) Write a sijo, a traditional Korean poetic form, and (2) write a “love” or “anti-love” poem. We stay, lovers too familiar. Our days spent in cramped isolation.Our mouth covers pulled tight keep us safely masked in conversation. Still we splurge on laughing…
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margot-suydam · 29 days ago
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Being Here
Celebrating National Poetry Month: A Poem a Day ChallengePoem a day #18 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write a poem based on the title of one of the chapters from Susan G. Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words. and (2) write a “ekphrastic” poem. Ancient statue, you sit here and nowall alone, a mere remnant of broken-down clay Still you are…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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On the Horizon
Poem a day #17 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write a poem about the moon and (2) write a “waiting” poem. Waiting for the tide of crescentmoonlight to bless our skywe stride in its far-flung glimmer, occupy the small fractions of time in its absence, but not alone. We release the reinslet our less than forgiving sighs wax, bask in colors of fading sun. Like…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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A Familiar Story
Poem a day #15 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write a poem that explores an early memory of your parent engaged in a habit, before shifting into writing about yourself engaging in the same habit, and (2) write a “a blank’ story”  poem. Numerous Sundays construct an engaging life Crinkle up your nose, paper rustling dire news Acrostics in glossy…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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From Where I Sit
From Where I Sit
Poem a day #14 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry:1) Write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name, and (2) write a “From Where You’re Sitting”  poem. They say I hail from south of the dama pearl dropped off the edge of where water stops. Dutch ancestors pitched coins in the bedrock of Manhattanhelped clear routesfor transatlantic trade busy…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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Don’t Go Off Somewhere Else
Don’t Go Off Somewhere Else
Poem a day #13 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write a poem in the form of a news article you wish would come out tomorrow, and (2) write a “lucky or unlucky” poem. Nobody has traveled like youthe itch for going settled inwalking tours and cheap digscuriosity of an attic berth, maybeclose comfort of creaky bunks. Across the major cites, you rushbastions of…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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Ode to One Ancient Tree
Ode to One Ancient Tree
Poem a day #11 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write a two-part poem, in the form of an exchange of letters. The first stanza (or part) should be in the form of a letter that you write either to yourself or to a famous fictional or historical person. The second part should be the letter you receive in response, and (2) write a “prime number ” poem. IRemember…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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Get Busy
Poem a day #10 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Write a “Junk Drawer Song,” poem, which comes from poet Hoa Nguyen, and asks you to listen to a song (I chose Our House by CSNY) for the what it evokes, then make a list of what’s in your junk drawer,  and use both in writing a poem and (2) write a “get ‘blank’ ” poem. Dig deep down the back of any junk drawer.…
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margot-suydam · a month ago
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Trudy Lost
Welcome to National Poetry Month 2021: A Poem a Day Challenge Poem a day #8 is a response to prompts from NaPoWriMo and Write Better Poetry: 1) Read a few of the poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, and then write your own poem in the form of a monologue delivered by someone who is dead,  and (2) write a “metaphor” poem. I was never good with money did much more than splurge on…
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cbialczak1971 · a month ago
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From my desk: 04/06/2021
From my desk: 04/06/2021
I woke last night in a panic. It was probably around 2:00am. I forgot to write my poems for NaPoWriMo 2021 and NaNoWriMo 2021! So bummed! I wanted to make it every single day, including NPM 21! NPM 21: https://murisopsis.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/looking-for-poetry/ NaPoWriMo 2021: https://www.napowrimo.net/ NaNoWriMo 2021: https://nanowrimo.org/Camp NaNoWriMo:…
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pepprs · a month ago
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its almost 2:30 and im doing an entire days worth of dishes bc i live in hell but im getting distracted bc my head is spinning and i want to make like 15 personal posts rn so im just gonna put all of my thoughts here and deal w it later <3 if pepprs.tumblr.com is a public diary yes <3
Idk if ive talked abt it before but when i was in 10th grade i kept a Google doc diary where i wrote abt... the ppl i liked or was infatuated w / projected on / whatever u wanna cal it im still trying to ummmm 😚 process it but i was scared ppl in my classes would see bc i wrote it during class so I made the text like 6pt dont and every time I wrote abt a girl id use symbols to replace the she/her pronouns and................ 😐 idk why that memory came back to me but it’s very sad to think Abt and i havent quite.. like gotten over that shame I don’t think. L <3
I had a dream last night abt going to brighton again when quarantine lifted and I was like going to a beach at sunset every night the week leading up to my departure to practice independence and being by the ocean and whatever and it fell through in the dream so I missed my chance to go back I think bc i couldn’t afford it or i had school or smth but.... my grief and anxiety abt leaving home was thunderous exactly how i lived it once before and i woke up feeling like my January 2020 self and it was very weird and hollowing i guess is the word for it. Also wtf on the car ride today i smelled like... food smells and road smells and Life Smells bc we were in a commercial area for one part of it during DAYTIME (it’s happened one other time in oct but that was at night when stores were closed for the day) and the car windows were open and it struck me that like.. holy shit the last time i smelled those kinds of things was in BRIGHTON. Like how am i gonna readjust to post quarantine life w that giant wound of like my unresolved.... whatever the fuck u call that experience bc it wasn’t a semester but it was 7 weeks of... something. Like I wasn’t here for the end of the world. and that is so HEAVY. And there are ppl an ocean away who ive seen more recently than like the dearest ppl in my life rn. Not that those ppl aren’t also dear to me but I’ve lost touch w basically all of them and the whole thing is just. Sick and twisted legitimately. I feel it all the time when ppp talk abt like what it was like in America / at home / on campus / whatever but it’s gonna be so intense when we come back and see each other again bc the last time i was there and whatever was before I went to BRIGHTON. which is fucking ages ago and so... terrifying
Also speaking of that car ride the thing abt going back to my middle and high schools today.. yeah what the fuck was that. And we’ve driven past my elementary school too and also our preschool also so basically ive passed by every school ive ever gone to except the one i currently go to bc my m*m has it out for me and is determined to keep me away from campus for Some Strange Reason even tho it’s the one place i miss more than anywhere obviously and being back there would be.... A Lot but healing and helpful in the end i think. Lol <3
I’ve been too hyper focused on my own thoughts and cataloging and interpreting them and now I don’t know how to take a break from that. Like I spend all of my free time journaling and today i tried to do not do it bc ive spent every weekend for the last like 3 weeks capturing every single detail of every day as ive been doing for yrs now and I couldn’t even take that break today like i just had to sketch out some details so I wouldn’t forget. And now im gonna be more vulnerable this week bc i’ll fall behind w journaling and have to put hw first and then im gonna have to power thru like 6 weeks in one sitting like I did in December lmfao. Sorta freaky thst during covid especially ive become so obsessive w collecting / preserving / holding on to everything that ever happens to me bc stories are everything and i believe that every part of this is gonna matter. but journaling that intensely helps my mental health but does it really but is that just internalized voice of p*rents making me doubt myself bc they disapprove lol
I do dishes quietly and clean the whole kitchen and it’s very thorough and i complain abt it rarely like only when im pushed to do it. It’s just im tired
I have so many unread messages on literally every app rn and probably more i haventeven realized I’ve received bc i turned off notifs / badges for a lot of stuff and. I simply cannot open them even when im having a good day i just can’t and ik it’s taken a toll on my relationships and it was bad before Covid but i literally have messages and emails from last march when i came home that i still havent opened and idk if i ever will or can at this point bc idk how to explain what’s going on w me that i can’t just reply to messages. I can’t even explain it to myself but i fucking hate it
Napowrimo is coming up and im excited and scared. How am i gonna swing that also i hwvent written poetry since last like may when i finished last napowrimo late literaly i havent written a single thing since then and idk if I have it in me anymore but im gonna try so hard and i hope whatever it is comes back
I don’t remember the last time i cried which is kinda cool. Like i think I have this month and i cried sooo much in feb but i definitely havent cried for the last week plus which is... weird and nice bc ive become a crier in quarantine <3 but i think im doing better this month which is promising!!’ Probably bc it’s getting warmer / brighter and ive been keeping on track w journaling and taking walks lol and also challenging myself to like speak up when i need things. but we’ll see how the 2nd half of the semester goes
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oatmilkthey · 2 months ago
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#NaPoWriMo 2020
- poems based on the #NaPoWriMo 2020 prompts
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The Dream Crosser
Surprise! NaPoWriMo didn't kill me (and I'm not abandoning dA because of the incoming Eclipse update either, more on that situation here), I just needed a week off to recuperate...and obsessively play Animal Crossing: New Horizons... Admittedly, I actually drew this well over a month ago (and wrote up the majority of the description!), not just before NaPoWriMo but before I actually had New Horizons in my grasp. The plan was to post it the day I got the game. Which was supposed to be much closer to the game's launch (March 20th). That ended up not happening and the day I got the game was the first day of NaPoWriMo, but 1. I messed up with the non-uniform prompts and spent all of the day trying to catch up so I couldn't even play the game yet, and 2. As a side effect, I ended up having two posts that day and a lot of work to do to catch up the second, and I hardly had time to think about posting this. And even if I had posted it, it would've been drowned in the incoming NaPoWriMo posts. And so, here we are. Really, really, I do have to mention that I truly feel for anyone else still waiting on the game for whatever reason. You have my deepest sympathy and I'm so sorry I can't just give you the game right now and make it better.  I know the wait was hard enough for me, being this is the one game I highly anticipated in over a year and I essentially had the rug yanked out from under me. But I'll save that story for after I talk about the art itself since I'm sure that's what most people are here for and not my pre-order frustrations. So in case you don't know or couldn't tell, this is the lovely Luna from AC: New Leaf's Dream Suite. From what we've seen of New Horizons since it's release, the Dream Suite's functions and purpose have been mostly absolved into the Airport and Dodo Codes, and so I'm very doubtful Luna will actually be in the game in any capacity, which makes me sad. A typical player (including me) wouldn't even necessarily interact with Luna that much in New Leaf unless you really enjoy visiting other towns using Dream Codes, so I'm not sure what it is, but for some reason I just really like her. That's why I picked her to draw to celebrate. I very nearly drew her a long time ago when I was on an Animal Crossing kick in 2018, but at the time I didn't like the idea of pressuring myself into drawing all and/or multiple AC characters just because I wanted to be "fair" to them all (much the same reason I don't draw Pokemon very often), so I ended up drawing One Little Spark, a crossover of the Disney character Figment drawn in the New Leaf style, instead. So in a way, she's had this coming for quite a while. At the time I started working on her, (way back in early March, because I was hoping beyond hope my pre-order would arrive to me actually on launch day, but ha ha ha look who's got egg on her face for that ) I was running a bit dry on artistic motivation, and so while I tried to draw her in my usual manner: Making a sketch, transferring the sketch onto different paper with finalized lines, then picking whichever coloring method I was most into at the time), I was struggling with the sketch. I've had days where I have to work on a sketch for a really long time before I can get something I'm happy with, but this day I was just so not into the whole sketching process. I wanted to create, but I wanted it to be quick and easy and simple. I didn't want to have to poke at it for hours and hours and then still maybe not be happy when I was done. So when I got discouraged enough, I broke away from trying to draw Luna and just drew mandalas instead. (As had become my art-block crutch for a little while.) Somewhere in me, as I worked on other things, I kept going back and forth on what to do about Luna, though. I did still want to draw her, but my usual formula just wasn't working for me. Not for her. I even tried briefly to draw her linelessly, digitally, as what was supposed to be a quick and simple experiment, but that went downhill even faster than sketching did. Although, for some reason, the lineless idea wouldn't leave me alone after that. Finally, I decided to try something completely different. I was going to try and free-handedly draw her, without lines, traditionally. With, primarily, alcohol markers. Honestly, the thought minorly horrifies me now just as much as it did before I started. And yet, here we are and I actually like how it turned out. Allow me to explain how this came together: So, since I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out once I decided to try it, I opted to use my not-so-great mixed media paper so I wouldn't feel guilty about wasting better paper if I ended up hating it. Naturally, this did lead to some notable limitations, but not enough to discourage me from trying. I dove right in with the dark brown for her head and body, focusing on getting the general shapes down. I'd noticed some glaring mistakes in my mostly unproductive sketching when it came to Luna's body proportions, so I tried to keep those things in mind and adjust accordingly as I went. It was scary because there is no erasing this way short of using white paint and because this paper feathers pretty noticeably with markers. Then once I got to a certain point, I had to switch and bring in some pink and off-white markers to draw in parts of her dress so I knew where to put her other arm and her legs. And here is where I technically cheated; I did use my "clear" Stardust Gelly Roll pen to do most of the outlines for her dress. I needed some kind of guideline, but pencil tends to get yucky when you put markers on top and at the time I couldn't really think of a better option. (The joke was kind of on me because somehow I still got a nasty gray line that looked like pencil under her bust that I had to gently edit out later in Photoshop, but I digress.) As I went with the markers, I was also doing some light shading. Not too much, because this paper is really fussy with layers and blending, but enough that I felt like it didn't look completely flat and I could tell where one shape ended and another started. Though, for her nose (trunk? I believe Luna is supposed to be a Tapir) and her raised arm, I had to get a little creative and I used a white brush pen meant for glass/ceramics to put in the lines so you could actually see them. And later I would use the same pen in 3-4 layers to add the white back in for her eyes. With the base for her body, dress, and the bun part of her hair done though, then I had the task of figuring out what to do for her shoes and the details of her face. (Without having to mix and use specific paint for those tiny details.) In the end, I opted to mostly use my classic red Gelly Roll pen for her shoes, and a little bit of a dark red alcohol marker for shading. And then I got to experiment with mixing the classic red and one of the Moonlight Gelly Rolls for her lips so that the color would be visible and not just a dark lip-shaped "what is this." This was because the classic Gelly Rolls don't show up super well on dark surfaces and the Moonlight ones do, but I didn't have the right color straight out of a Moonlight pen. It did take 2-3 careful layers, but I think I managed well enough in the end. I used just one black pen, a Prismacolor brush-tip fine liner, for her eyes, though in-person the white base underneath makes her pupils look about a shade or two lighter from certain angles, which was a very unintentional nice touch. My answer to everything else ended up being gouache, although I did try to come up with pen colors for her eye shadow and the blue dots on her cheeks before admitting defeat that I just didn't have the colors I needed. Originally, I had actually been thinking of trying a lineless art piece with gouache, as I think it would work particularly well for that look, but I wasn't ready to fully commit to the idea, mostly because I seem to be even worse at mixing a non-excessive amount of a specific color with gouache than I am with acrylics, and that sounds like a fantastic way to waste a bunch of palette space because I mixed too much but it's gouache so it can be re-wet and re-use it and I don't want to just throw it away...  (Although I suppose this could be half-way solved by getting a bigger palette specifically for mixing gouache, but I also don't want to have to buy yet another palette when I have some perfectly good ones...If I could just use up all the paint in them already...) Anyway. Point: This is kind of a step between a full lineless gouache piece and not doing one at all. Baby steps, yes? I knew from fairly early on that I was probably going to have to use gouache for the front part of her hair/bangs, since I did not thoroughly plan ahead enough and didn't leave a gap there to do it with markers. Fortunately, I didn't have to do much mixing since my gouache already has a nice yellow ochre color included, and I could use a bit of the other two browns and one I had some leftover mixed already from Roses in Your Eyes for shading. (White for the flowers, too, thank goodness.) And I actually ended up going over most of her bun with gouache too since, by comparison, the marker didn't look like it had much shading and it was bothering me. I did have to mix my own blue and pinky-purple for her makeup, and I ended up with a lot of leftover pinky-purple. But it's kind of okay because by itself it's such a pretty color I'm sure I'll find an excuse to use that one. After that, I just had to do some minor tweaks where the gouache had gotten a bit away from me and then I went ham on the shading for the dress based on my reference photo. Then I realized I wanted some kind of background because this seemed awfully boring without one. And, naturally, I hadn't really planned ahead for that, me being me and being in habit of doing the background last... At first, I wanted to do something hot pink, since her official Amiibo card has a hot pink background, but then I thought that might be a little too loud and I wasn't really sure the best way to apply one without potentially messing her up. And also, this isn't watercolor or paper thicker than 140 lb, which immediately threw watercolor out the window unless I wanted a very uneven paper when I was finished. I'd already pushed my luck with the gouache and been very careful about not using much water with it; I decided it was best not to push my luck any farther. Also, I couldn't use my pink PanPastel, despite that being maybe my best option, because it is still perpetually screwed onto the little Pan Pastel stack with no hope of getting unstuck anytime soon. (One of these days I swear, I will order either another set like the one I have or an individual Pink one to solve this problem, but until then, I am going to bring it up every single time as a caution to others to please be very careful when screwing and unscrewing your own Pan Pastels if you store them screwed together.) And I didn't feel like dragging out some of my drawing pastels and/or makeup that's too expired to use on my face and very slowly building up color and hoping it'll do what the Pan Pastels do. With no better ideas coming to me, I decided I'd leave the drawing for the night and come back to it the next day. After yet more brainstorming the next day, I finally settled on doing a glittery rounded rectangle and filling it with washi tape stripes. This plan did change a little as I figured out which tapes I wanted to use (a purple-y, champagne gold, and light pink ones, the latter two of which look more different in-person than they do on the scan) and as I actually started applying the lines. Partially because this tape is a bit thin and partially because I'm not used to cutting tape around very specific shapes, it took a very long time to both place strips of the tape and then get them cut to fit right up to Luna without looking strange. Once I got to a certain point going in one direction, I realized my next couple of cuts were just going to be too hard for me to stand. I had a choice: Ditch the tape, or figure something else out. Taking a risk, I decided to try and salvage it by doing an almost-plaid/checkerboard with the tape, specifically leaving out certain areas where I knew it would be too tricky to cut the tape. This also turned out to be a good way to use up some of the pieces of tape I'd already cut off that were too small to be used the other way. It's still not the greatest background solution I've ever come up with, but it does the job of making it look less empty, and that's really all I wanted anyway. And you know, compared to official images her proportions look wonky, but by herself (meaning, without comparing the two) I think Luna looks pretty good, actually. (Though, I admit I did have to tweak her right ear in Photoshop because it came out entirely too long and there wasn't really a good way for me to fix it by hand.) To think, this piece started out as such a mess. Or rather, I was such a mess when I started. And yet, here we are, and it looks kinda okay. Okay enough that I finished it and am posting it, at least.   I have no idea if I'll be returning to this style/method for art-making in the future, but even if I don't it was a nice experiment to try, and that's what art is really all about isn't it? Experimenting, trying new things? Speaking of experimenting though, about those pre-order frustrations I mentioned now that I've covered everything about the art itself...(in small text for those that don't care to easily skip over) Back in February I tried twice to pre-order New Horizons from Target, since they were running an ad where if you pre-ordered the game you'd also get an AC themed journal with it, and that combined with my family member's employee discount made it the cheapest/best value way for us to buy the game. As I said, I tried to order it twice. Both times, it was sold out. My family member had even tried to go to the store and have them order it before then, to no avail. After the second time, which was the day after Target sent out the sale paper with the new ad in it, while I was still frustratedly wondering how on earth do you sell out of a pre-order?? I kept refreshing the page every so often just to see if by some fluke it would miraculously not be sold out. I got very lucky around 3 in the afternoon and we managed to get the order in before it sold out again. Now, we're a relatively cheap family, so we didn't pay for the "express shipping" or whatever. Although, this was a $60 game and we were ordering it three whole weeks (on March 2nd) before release. If you ask me, the least they could do is have it shipped out either on launch day (March 20th) or the day after. Especially if I can pre-order a book on Amazon with three days' notice and they can still get it to me on release day. But, okay, I could live with waiting an extra day or up to maybe three if I had to. (And, to be fair, this was all before a certain virus exploded into chaos here in the US.) Much to my dismay, a week before NH release day, I checked the order status with Target only to be told I wouldn't get it until the 26th. A week later. That was pretty disappointing at the time, but it didn't really bother me until the day before and the day of launch when some people were getting their pre-orders early from places like Amazon and Best Buy (and some of them didn't even pay for the express shipping option from their selected source). If those two companies could plan around virus constraints to do that, why in the heck couldn't Target? But, okay, fine. Maybe the virus had something to do with it and they were really doing the best they could. Whatever. A week. Fine. I'll wait a week. A few days later though, we got an email saying: Surprise! Don't expect your dumb video game until April 3rd because we couldn't get our act together! (Okay, that's not what it really said, but that's what it felt like.) And I know, I promise I so know there are much more serious issues going on in the world right now and a video game about talking animals isn't exactly a priority shipment. I know. But it was still massively upsetting after I'd already waited so long. And, honestly, I feel like they had plenty of time and notice to take care of the game before everything else exploded and messed it all up. Again, especially if other companies already had time to even ship orders early and/or get the games to people on launch day. Or the day after. TWO WEEKS after launch, and you don't tell me about the secondary delay until the week I started expecting the game to already be in the mail on it's way to me? The only tiny silver lining is that as I was checking the order to make sure it didn't miraculously get pushed back to sometime in 2021 (because I really had no faith in Target's time estimates at this point) is that it did get bumped back up to April 1st. Although, I did think that it would be the absolute least funny April Fools' Day Joke ever if the day came and it was late because screw me.  But it did arrive to me on April 1st as promised; I just had a million other things to do before I could play it. ) And I will say, I know I could've just canceled the pre-order and bought the game digitally, but it was enough of a hassle to order it in the first place, and if I did that I'd also lose my pre-order bonus. And all that aside, I specifically wanted a physical copy to begin with. I always prefer that when it's possible. So people on the internet that want to eat me alive for not canceling when the shipping got screwed up, there are my reasons. Take 'em or leave 'em. (Seriously, I've seen some people be really rude about this just because they didn't like hearing people upset that they didn't have the game yet...when they already had it themselves or didn't care about AC in the first place...) Moral of the story: Don't pre-order from Target. Or, at least, don't expect the item to actually get to you right around release day. Account for at least two additional weeks of not having the thing. ...Seriously though, how do you sell out of a pre-order?? At least, when it's a highly anticipated game and you're a big company and not some small indie company with limited resources! Sheesh! Anyway. I have the game now, I've been playing it as much as possible and enjoying it. I still have a ways to go before my island is "complete" per se, but it's coming along nicely and I feel more comfortable now taking some more time away from it to get back into the swing of making art and things like that. So hopefully I'll be getting back into a regular posting schedule and you'll have that to look forward to. 
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