Iunno, man, maybe like six chickens worth?

Discussion in 'Your Bijou Blogette' started by vegacoyote, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Worst homework advice I ever got: “Just write something. Bullshit if you have to.”

    The advice-giver was rather miffed with me when I interpreted this as, “When in doubt, produce word-salad.”

    But like, what the hell else was I supposed to do? No one else ever seemed to get that words are fucking hard. It doesn’t matter if I know the answer. Knowing the answer isn’t the same as composing a sentence to show people I know the answer.

    Anyway when I showed my parents the fruits of their super-useful advice, I got yelled at for being glib and ended up turning in nothing again.

    Thank fuck for most of the GED being multiple choice.
     
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  2. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Writing has also gotten much more difficult since I went on Xyrem, which increased my social anxiety about tenfold. And while I don’t miss having to corral myself from ambien-dialing the internet, I did manage to make a few actual friends by way of wandering into chats while loopy as fuck, when I probably would have said nothing otherwise.

    Anywhooo, my point is, despite this thing being here now, who knows if I’ll end up using it regularly? Certainly not me.
     
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  3. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Eating at family-by-way-of-my-sister’s-married-to-one-of-em. (And also we’ve known them forever.)

    They are very very good cooks and the food is beautiful and also I do not want to put any of it in my mouth.

    Cept these biscuits. The biscuits are OK.

    (They’re kinda like the cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster, only they didn’t rise as much because iffy baking powder.)
     
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  4. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Also, tired. Or, maybe not tired, just heavy? Like someone’s cranked up the gravity dial, but I’m the only one who notices.

    Except, not really, because Colin’s parents have a Saint Bernard, and he definitely notices too.

    His name is Hank, and we’re both flopped out in a darkened side-room going, “Uuuugh, gravity.”
     
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  5. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Things happened. Many things!

    My sister bought a house in Minneapolis. I am invited to move in with her, and am preparing to do so.

    Pros: Proximity to both my sisters; no longer living with my mom; I can bring the two cats that I inherited from a family friend.

    Cons: Cities stress me out; Mandi is keeping her girlfriend’s big, loud, hyperactive dogs; I can’t bring the cat who is My Baby, because he is an outdoor cat and not used to traffic; moving sucks, especially when you’re moving from a relatively-rural situation (that you would like if not for the company) to a city you don’t know.

    That might look like more cons than pros, but no longer living with my mom is a huge pro, as is living near my sisters.
     
  6. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    hey, you could come visit northfield then, it's only an hour from minneapolis!
     
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  7. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Yes! That is another for the Pros list! ^x^
     
  8. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    depending on where in minneapolis the house is, it might not feel too annoyingly urban. i've lived in parts of mpls and st paul that were like "oh god cities suck" and parts that were more like "suburban but you can walk to the bookstore". there are a lot of neighborhoods that have big trees and yards and fences, such that you don't have other people's noise and kerfuffles right up in your face at all times.
     
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  9. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    It’s a pretty suburban-ish sort of area, so it might be relatively tolerable.

    Unfortunately, my comfort zone is calibrated to assume about half an acre of old-growth forest between me and the nearest neighbor, so, still kinda riding the trepidation train over here. :msap:
     
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  10. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    I got picchurs!

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    Cat who is My Baby at his most Regal

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    Cat who is My Baby at his most Potato

    *edit* Bear with me, still working out how best to resize phone images.
     
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  11. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    OK I’m gonna post some pictures of the ceramics I’ve been making, because it’s a thing I have been doing that proves I actually exist, and this is still a bit novel to me.

    Still working on glaze thickness/opacity on these.
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    I used the exact same underglaze for every petal on this bowl. Copper carbonate’s kind of trippy to work with.
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    Experimenting with multiple glaze types and underglazes. Also, drawing ponies.
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  12. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    First one like this I did. I have another one waiting to go into the kiln now.

    The blue underglaze I used for the eyes didn’t quite work out. Still experimenting to see if there’s a way to apply the cobalt carbonate so it doesn’t run like a mofo.
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    First experiment with multiple layered glazes in close proximity. Result: 1) Temmoku and yellow salt come out very turtle-colored; 2) If I want an orange that allows underglazes to show up, I’m going to have to work for it.
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    Came out too dark to make out the details. Cobalt carbonate was layered too thick and overwhelmed the black underglaze; also, not applying wax resist between the white glaze and the green celadon didn’t do any favors. I have another like it waiting for the kiln where I tried some variations on that order.
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    (^ The lighing makes this look yellower than it is. Actual color looks more like the exterior.)
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  13. TwoBrokenMirrors

    TwoBrokenMirrors Succulent Vex Belly

    oh my mum would love that pony mug
    ...
    sorry that's probably a weird thing to say but my mum's been collecting like. abstract/surrealist/naive horse models and decorations since i was wee so i'm used to spotting things for her lmao
     
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  14. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Actually, it’s kind of nice to hear someone might like something I’ve made.

    ... She might have to wrassle my mom for it, though.
     
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  15. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Guuh.

    Finished glazing second-to-last mug today, most of the work there consisting of trying to fix the screwups I made last time I messed with it... tried to start the last one, but ended up just staring at it for like an hour, because I couldn’t think of what I wanted to put on it.

    For a while I was thinking I’d do a butterfly, but like, zoomed way in on the face because, bug face, yeh? But I couldn’t find a reference photo that spoke to me.

    Eventually I decided that my brain just didn’t want to Art today and threw it in, but kept thinking about what to draw... options I came up with beyond butterflies include- capybaras with ducks; turtles like before only more turtle colored; or Moar Ponies.

    ... Actually I might end up doing ponies again. They were weirdly easy to draw on that first mug. It seems my ill-spent youth has committed Draw a Pony to muscle memory.
     
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  16. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    fwiw, bug face sounds super cute.
     
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  17. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Thanks for the push, bug face is hapen. ^x^

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    *edit* Also, here is a fish in progress:

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  18. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    swirly!
     
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  19. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Also, stuff came back from the kiln today, so I have 4 exciting new mug fails to show off!

    Less back/temmoku, more kaki/red art wash next time.
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    2 more to go.
     
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  20. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Lost detail due to excessive underglaze application, and I forgot to get a pre-glaze picture. :(
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    Better than the first, but still indistinct. Evidence mounts for temmoku being too runny for detail work.
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