Don’t Do It Halfway

livsnjutareDo you know anyone like this?  I do.  I admire them.  Everyone I’ve met who loves life deeply exudes passion for…all the things.  A life filled with passion is a great thing.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


How Do You Process Your Thoughts?

babelismI tend to process complicated things out loud.  Whether those are emotions, concepts, plans, whatever, I need to talk it out.  Responses are generally not necessary because what pours out of my mouth is a confusions of ideas, speech, and thought.  Once I sift through the rubble, I have a cohesive…something.

In this respect, I can relate to Sherlock Holmes and the skull.  I have been known to talk to the dog.  Dexter isn’t the best conversationalist, but he’s an excellent listener.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


I Can Relate

abibliophobiaEvery time I head out on a trip, I begin to get anxious unless I’ve packed a book for every day I’m going to be away.  I’m not talking comic books here.  These are novels.  They’re heavy.  They take up massive amounts of space.  There’s always a nagging feeling I’ve forgotten something unless I have them.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Exploring the Strange and Marvelous

selcouthI like exploring the unfamiliar, rare and strange.  It almost always turns out to be marvelous.  Every time I uncover a gem of knowledge and get to polish and shine until it becomes part of my collection, it makes me happy.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Retail Therapy

oniochalasiaOh, oniochalasia, I know you well.  Otherwise known as I’m-having-a-bad-day-I-need-pineapple-shoes.  Not always the best way of coping with the vagaries of life, but surprisingly effective.

Life lesson – don’t use credit for retail therapy.  You require more retail therapy when the bill comes due!

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Stormborn

louringGame of Thrones is seriously affecting my view of the world.  I saw this definition, and I think of storms, stormborn…you can guess the rest.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


This is No Air Castle

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I’m beginning to put together the logistical pieces for my graphic design firm, and in all the immense excitement, there’s a little kernel of fear too.  However, this is no castle in the air I’m building here.  The Fraud Police get no niche carved out for them.

Its early stages yet, but when I’m closer to the launch, I’ll share.  I promise.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


A Hiding Place

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I need a place to hide today.  I didn’t have something quite as sophisticated as an abditory in mind though.  If you want to find me, I’ll be in my pillow fort coloring.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Inspired

Foo FightersI recently gained access to HBO programming…brace yourselves. My first discovery? Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. I’m completely addicted. If Dave Grohl didn’t already have “rock god” status, he attained it when he broke his leg during a show and still finished it…then created a Foo Fighters guitar version of the Iron Throne (Two guesses what I discovered next). Watching the Foo Fighters national tour of these music-rich cities to record their album inspires me to do…stuff.

The premise for the show intrigued me from the beginning. The idea that the albums released from artists are influenced by the city in which they’re recorded is interesting. I mean, no artist creates in a vacuum, right?  Our perceptions are constantly being filtered through all this…stuff, and the stuff we’re surrounded with just gets bigger and bigger when you throw in the Internet and social media. So in the midst of this barrage of stimuli, how much does the energy of a place even register?

Touring the country to create an album and pay homage to the musical history and traditions of the cities without losing the quintessential quality that makes them the Foo Fighters is a tricky thing.  There’s a fine line to walk, and they’ve done it well.  Lyrically, they reference the rich history of their locale and, they keep the sound their own.  You can still hear the influence of all the music they’ve been listening to in order to get ready for their arrival in each song

Before the Chicago episode, if you’d told me Cheap Trick was influenced by the blues…well, I don’t know if I’d believed you. Now, I can hear it in Rick Nielson’s guitar. I can hear the DC punk scene in The Beastie Boys and know they’d listened to Bad Brains, and it opens up a new level to the music I already loved. davegrohl

Watching the stories of the founding of Dischord Records, Inner Ear Studio, Rancho de la Luna, Steve Albini’s philosophy, and more…it is inspiring.  You do what you think is right. If you love it, and no one will help you get there…do it yourself. Keep true to your vision. Do what you love.

How could I not be inspired? As the credits were rolling on the DC episode, I grabbed my guitar…struggled through some truly awful sounding chord progressions (which I KNOW will never get better unless I practice), because I was inspired to create, to make something. After my hands got tired, and my lack of calluses made my fingertips scream, I got down to writing this. Maybe I struggle sometimes with balancing responsibility with the stuff I love, but if I stay inspired, or hell just open to inspiration, and climb out of the depths every time I get bogged down…shit gets done.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Rat Queens

Rat Queens

I looovvveee this comic book.  It features a mercenary team comprised of four women.  Sassy, opinionated, hard partying, ass-kicking women who are heroes when necessary…or when they feel like it…or when the pay is good enough.

Betty, Dee, Hannah & Violet make me the laugh-out-loud-while-reading kind of happy.  The Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe & Roc Upchurch is well crafted and endlessly entertaining.  I went back to it for a reference while writing this and ended up reading most of “Volume One: Sass and Sorcery” again. Fine, I read all of it and started in on Volume Two before remembering adult responsibilities.  In the meantime, I forgot what I’d gone back to look for in the first place. (See, my previous post about my my newly discovered tactic for staying on purpose.)

Wiebe and Upchurch just kept layering on the good stuff with this one.  Well-crafted characters are always a soft spot of mine. Give them a great story arc and I’m an immediate fan.  Allow those characters to break stereotypical molds, and I’m hooked.  Toss in a fun read and a great sense of humor, I’ll never stop reading.  I felt like I should be able to include something that wasn’t positively glowing, but even on a second read through, it didn’t happen. (That’s my reason for reading it again!  I knew I could find one.)

Did anybody ever watch the Saturday morning cartoon Dungeons & Dragons? I did.  I only got to watch a few episodes, because of…well, its a long story (or at least one that has nothing to do with comic books, see look at me, staying on track), but this feels just a touch like that.  It carries the qualities that made me look forward to cartoons.  Maybe I’m feeling a touch nostalgic, because I’m not saying I watched cartoons where I could actually see entrails of disemboweled enemies…yeah, did I mention this book is not for the kiddies?  (No, seriously.)  Foul mouthed, funny, recreational drug using, brave, sexy, violent characters in a story in which all of the above takes place…it is great, just NOT for children.

Volume 3 came out on April 19th, and I’ve been looking forward to it for months.  I have no idea how I missed it when I was at the comic book store.  Does that mean I get to go back?  Hooray!

‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S.  Wait, you say?  Didn’t she just post that she liked individual issues because of her over scheduled lifestyle?  I did, dear friends, but I’m also just particular enough that I need a matching set. Also, I will set aside the time to read this one cover to cover, adult responsibilities be damned…in theory anyway.


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