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Alis sketched my character!

For more information about who Chandra is, read The Gift-Knight's Quest which can be ordered here.
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"A survey of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013—out of a total of 5,000—found that only 67 were by African-American authors, and only 93 titles centered on black characters. That’s the lowest number of black protagonists since 1994, when the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison began tracking that data. " Nina Terrero of Entertainment Weekly.

Source: Juniper Leaves, a Quirky YA Fantasy Book.

I know I have my life struggles and dreams, but I tip my hat to this. In the best of all worlds we'll both succeed, but if I had to choose which of only one of us could succeed, I'd suck up awful short-term personal failure in favour of a project like this.
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AUXILIARY MAGAZINE JUNE / JULY 2014 ISSUE OUT NOW

The June/July 2014 issue of Auxiliary Magazine is out now! It is available in a Print Edition and a Digital Edition. A Preview Edition is available online, to get a small peak. Information on purchasing the Print and Digital Edition can be found at www.auxiliarymagazine.com.

The June/July 2014 issue is the thirty fourth issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle. This issue features a cover feature, interview, and exclusive photoshoot with model, fashion designer, and artist Zoetica Ebb, an interview with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, an interview with Sons of Magdalene, and a Seven Deadly Questions interview with :Wumpscut:. The issue also contains a designer spotlight on Jupiter Moon 3 and LouLou D’Vil as our PinUp. Plus one beauty editorial, three fashion editorials, beauty features, fashion features, media reviews, music reviews, our Ask Arden advice column, and more!

Check out the issue at www.auxiliarymagazine.com.
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This moment's amusement hasn't been worth all the money I spent to get it.
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The other day I joked about being on a green screen, “Ready to be plugged into GK4”. Some poor chap took it seriously and asked Jane Jensen if they were going ahead with an FMV sequel.

So in case you were confused, I don’t know Jane Jensen or the Gabriel Knight team, or Activision, and the green screen stuff I have done will debut on Oct. 11 at Dragonfly Bellydance.
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It's August 1. I want to give you an August generally free of me soliciting backers directly, so that September will hopefully not see a bunch of worn out potential backers who are tired of my prodding.

I decided to make the one exception on this, the first day of the month, for the second Dylan I've met recently. Liz Worth and Kire Paputts have been raising awareness of this campaign and I sort of retweeted it politely and delayed looking at it. Now I'm about to cry.

It's at $24K, aiming for the same goal as Auxiliary once did. But it's closer and damn if it can't reach that in 14 days.
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The first Kickstarter we ran had a huge goal, and we went all out with ambition and crazy marketing. We found that there simply wasn't the demand for what we thought, and we paid attention to what did well. So, this is version 2.0, and it's refocused. All print versions are print-on-demand, because unless this is a smash hit somehow that vastly outdoes v1.0 in sheer funds raised, there can't be that economy of scale which would bring the per-issue price down. The focus is instead to bring the digital version to different platforms, as well as just have a regular digital subscription like before.

This is the refocused Auxiliary Magazine Print and Digital Subscriptions Launch, and last I checked we're 72% of the way to our minimum goal on day one. With the rest of the month to go, I feel that I'll probably only need to post this once. Also, if you wanted a t-shirt without the commitment of a subscription, that is now an option!
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Much as I wanted to ramp down campaign sharing as I approach August and September, this one's too good to pass up because it has 4 days left anyway and it's maddeningly close to the band's minimum goal of $4K. And it's flexible funding, so in this case whatever's pledged is received, and they'll work with what they get. And more important than all that, I've seen these guys so many times, seen them become great live performers, and it's about time they released another album.



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Much as I wanted to ramp down campaign sharing as I approach August and September, this one's too good to pass up because it has 4 days left anyway and it's maddeningly close to the band's minimum goal of $4K. And it's flexible funding, so in this case whatever's pledged is received, and they'll work with what they get. And more important than all that, I've seen these guys so many times, seen them become great live performers, and it's about time they released another album.

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This subscription drive is finally live.

Kickstarter link here.

Full press release )
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Maine is now officially a little bit cooler in my eyes, as I've learned about Goth Fly A Kite. (It does hit you up with some survey question; I answered "No" and it went away.)
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I'm just posting it because I've read it a few times and it presents many truths that writers don't always consider when receiving or fearing rejections. Snowbooks is fairly close to its ETA for responding to me but they haven't yet directed me to this personally. If they did, it would nevertheless rank among the best rejections ever.

Snowbooks' Open Rejection Letter.
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Ariel

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Amy's Arms. There are better pictures but not necessarily with the entire band in them, and I didn't want to exclude my roommate.

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David J. There are better pictures but I kept this one solely because the motion made his right hand appear to vanish.

Spectators

Apr. 17th, 2014 01:52 am
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I spent a lot of the sick week and much time recently watching different variations of TMNT. Clearly inspired by people in rubber suits/muppets, then by green animations, I use electrical muscle stimulation machines on my biceps, triceps and abs while sitting in awe of turtle power. One highlight, aside from the two live-action movies (and not "TMNT 3", and not Michael Bay's, which remains unseen), is "Turtles Forever", a 2009 special/compilation where the goofy pudgy-looking turtles from the TV series of my childhood find themselves in the late-2000s new TV series dimension, which is far less whimsical; at some point all 8 turtles of this super-team get their butts kicked by monochromatic turtles from the Laird-Eastman comic.

The chinchillas stare at me. “What exactly is it that he’s doing?” They say.

They’ll get to make different guesses when I start doing squats. Maybe they think I'm trying to be the next Ultimate Warrior. They probably don't care, as long as I keep giving them treats.
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In which I ask 7 Deadly Questions to Faderhead, then review an album that was a bit more on the popular side than I'm used to. Feel free to share this around, it does help, it does make a difference. Full press release below:

AUXILIARY MAGAZINE FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014 ISSUE OUT NOW

The February/March 2014 issue of Auxiliary Magazine is out now! It is available as a free pdf download at www.auxiliarymagazine.com and in print through MagCloud. Information on purchasing print copies also can be found at www.auxiliarymagazine.com.

The February/March 2104 issue is the thirty second issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle. This issue features an interview with Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation, an interview with Zoog Von Rock of Angelspit, a seven deadly questions interview with Faderhead, an artist spotlight on Karla Ortiz, a designer spotlight on The Rogue + The Wolf, Matty Morbid as our PinUp, and Vanity Kills as our cover model. The issue also contains a men’s fashion editorial of true classics with an aura of mystery, a wounded love inspired beauty editorial full of limitless wigs, a knockout fashion editorial for the transition into spring, a moonlit bridal fashion editorial, a bad boy fashion editorial of the staple blue denim and black leather, a runway to vanity feature inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier and Rodarte’s wild hair and smokey eyes, animal print beauty picks, our must-have the black slip, and a witchy bitch style feature. It features photography by Jennifer Link, Ian Compton, Steve Prue, Saryn Christina, Sarah Thomson, Olivia Witzke, Abby Schoofs, and Paul Harries and fashion and products by Ritual, Lip Service, Sugarpill, Spin Doctor, With Love Lingerie, Ghostlove Jewelry, Dahlia Deranged, Sinister Vanity, Irregular Choice, Express, Free People, Gelareh Designs, Handsome & Lace, H&M, Hot Topic, JPHii DESIGN, Kat Von D Makeup, MAC Cosmetics, Make up For Ever, NARS, Shelli Oh, Smashbox, Steve Madden, Celine, Urban Outfitters, and much much more.

Check out the issue at www.auxiliarymagazine.com.
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I'm listening to an interesting TED Talk on Flow, the psychological state I would normally call being "in the zone". I would like to read further about it, because it seems like it could confirm a lot of the feelings I have already experienced, while teaching me things I don't know about how to engage this state.
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