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The froggy wonder [Oct. 27th, 2008|12:41 pm]
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Just reading an article in "Fate" magazine while I'm subbing here at the Reiche branch, and a quote from Charles Fort caught my eye:

I believe nothing. I have shut myself away from the rocks and wisdom of ages, and from the so-called great teachers of all time, and perhaps because of that isolation I am given to bizarre hospitalities. I shut the front door upon Christ and Einstein, and at the back door hold out a welcoming hand to little frogs and periwinkles.
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Apocalypse now [Jul. 20th, 2008|12:13 pm]
I spent a lot of time thinking about the apocalypse this spring. Then I stopped. But today a new phase in my thinking occurred to me. I think the apocalypse has already happened, and we just didn't notice. And the zombie movies that appeal to us so much... really we're the zombies. Right now.

Just sayin'.
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The key to it all [Jul. 18th, 2008|07:56 am]
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My housekey and my copy of the car key have been missing for 2 1/2 weeks. They showed up last night on top of the post at the top of the stairs here in the house. The only thing is, it wasn't Tristan that left them there, it wasn't Salli, it wasn't Mich, and it wasn't Adam.

I'm thinking house elves.
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Gluttony [Apr. 16th, 2008|12:10 am]
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On a much lighter note, I just had a small fit and ordered some BPAL (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab) stuff. Dammit. I have been soooo good, but can't find my Miskatonic University perfume and want it NOW, and then some other stuff caught my eye... I have a sneaking suspicion that their descriptions have a lot to do with my consummate attraction to them (although some, like Tulzcha, it's really the scent -- mint, yum!)

I ordered imps (samples) of Hellcat, Drink Me, Tombstone, Gluttony, Envy, Absinthe, as well as a restock of my favorite, Miskatonic University. My other main favorites are Grand Guignol, Tulzscha, and Undertow.

Further delectable details:

HELLCAT:
A soft, sensual, luxuriant blend with a wicked bite: hazelnut, buttercream, honey mead, rum and sweet almond.

ENVY:
Green herbs slithering through mint, lime and lavender.

GLUTTONY:
Thick, sugared and bloated with sweetness. Dark chocolate, vanilla, buttercream, and hops with pralines, hazelnut, toffee and caramel.

ABSINTHE:
Fall under the spell of our Green Fairy! An intoxicating blend containing wormwood essence, light mints, cardamom, anise, hyssop, and the barest hint of lemon.

TOMBSTONE:
A celebration of one of the first commercially produced perfumes of America's Old West. A rugged, warm blend of vanilla, balsam and sassafras layered over Virginia cedar.

DRINK ME:
There seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it, ('which certainly was not here before,' said Alice,) and round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words 'DRINK ME' beautifully printed on it in large letters.

It was all very well to say 'Drink me,' but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. 'No, I'll look first,' she said, 'and see whether it's marked "poison" or not'; for she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison,' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

However, this bottle was not marked 'poison,' so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.

BPAL’s Drink Me is not for drinking. Please use common sense, and remember: perfume oils are for external use only.


Background info:
MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY:
A venerable New England university, whose vast library holds many rare, diabolical and obscure arcane works, including one of the few surviving legitimate copies of the Necronomicon. Home to innumerable scholars of the esoteric and the occult, and the notorious Dr. Herbert West.

The scent of Irish coffee, dusty tomes and polished oakwood halls. (The yummiest of all!)

UNDERTOW:
The Dark Side of Water: clean and purifying, yet menacing -- lotus and juniper with a hint of mint. A scent dragged up from the depths to the Stygian shore.

TULZSCHA (from the Springtime in Arkham series):
A belching column of sick greenish flame... spouting volcanically from depths profound and inconceivable, casting no shadows as healthy flame should, and coating the nitrous stone with a nasty, venomous verdigris. For in all that seething combustion no warmth lay, but only the clamminess of death and corruption.
A crystalline, cold green fire: six mints with white pepper and cucumber.

GRAND GUIGNOL (from the Bewitching Brews series):
In 1897, a new form of entertainment was presented to the people of Montmartre, Paris: the Théâtre du Grand Guignol. During the course of an evening at the theatre, one would watch several small plays, ranging from crime dramas to sexual farces, a violent, throat-ripping, eye-gouging, acid-tossing good time, which always included shock topics such as infanticide, necrophilia, insanity, murder, paranoia, vengeance and death by common household object. Our Grand Guignol perfume is a shot of sweet apricot brandy; just enough to settle your nerves after a ghoulish, gory brush with the macabre.
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It's best to ... [Apr. 6th, 2008|08:41 pm]
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Great quote from Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson (a great read, by the way).

From the epilogue/author's note:

"Going where no man has gone before is more difficult than it sounds. Our cousins and ancestors were no less curious than we are, and were perhaps bolder. This world is their tomb.

You should look under the bed."
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Musings on Bigfoot [Mar. 22nd, 2008|08:33 pm]
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So over the last few months or so, I've been researching Bigfoot as much as a person can without going out and sitting in the forest. Which is not to say I am averse to sitting in the forest. In fact, I would love a good excuse to do so. But I digress!

I've read the classic accounts, such as the Bords' survey of U.S. activity, theBigfoot Casebook Updated: Sightings And Encounters from 1818 to 2004, and John Russell Napier's Bigfoot; The Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality. The rest of the list includes the three staple Loren Coleman books: The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide, Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti and Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America by Loren Coleman. And an assortment of other texts, some more or less important than the others... the list goes on.

Anyways, right now I'm reading Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend by David J. Daegling, which is actually one of the more interesting of the lot, because it really seems to be digging at the roots of the whole phenomenon. The problems... the mysteries... why it all happens, what are we left with -- a handful of hopeful evidence that seems to get mishandled? ...a bunch of jokers? ...a slew of convincing eyewitness accounts of... SOMETHING. I think I had a point but after trying to start the list of all the books I've been reading, my mind kind of glazed over. I must apologize! Gah. Spazz on the keyboard.

Anyways, since I've forgotten what I was going to say, I'll just mention that I've got some really exciting texts in front of me as soon as I finish Bigfoot Exposed, including Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide (on the philosophical side) by Robert Michael Pyle, and Smokey and the Fouke Monster by Smokey Crabtree (classic Bigfoot eyewitness account), not to mention Chad Arment's The Historical Bigfoot, which deals with one of my biggest questions about the beasts, and where the stories of them came from, if it is all folklore (which is mildly disappointing because it only has one early Maine account, and that is a weird one at best).

Apparently I can't speak coherently tonight. So I'm going to sign off. Gahh!! Witness my blank brain. Heck, it's Saturday night.
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Book notes [Feb. 3rd, 2008|06:12 pm]
Just a few things off slips of paper so I can note for later:

Good reads from winter 2007:
A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones
Behind the Curtains by Peter Abrahams
Deep & Dark & Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (supposed to take place in Maine, very haunting)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (which totally blew my mind)

Ideas from last summer for art:
Frogs with facial hair
The Alabaster Eye
The Black Dragon
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Come see the Japanese Monster Crafters of Maine! [Jan. 21st, 2008|09:45 pm]
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SUPER MILK BABY JAPANESE MONSTER MASH-UP!

The title really says it all! This terrific group show at Sanctuary Tattoo pits eight of the Portland area's scariest artists against eachother in a battle of wits and skill over Tokyo! School girls will scream, bones will crack, the sushi will bite back, and buildings will crumble like old matzah balls... or something like that.

Featuring amazing new works of art by myself (Michelle Souliere), Carrie Vinette, Angus - Earl of Portland, Greg Souza, Mordecai Sulk, and more.

See my Flickr.com page for samples of works in progress! Tantalizing...
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Happy New Year! [Dec. 31st, 2007|06:09 pm]
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tiny guardian, originally uploaded by misfitgirl.

May you all have tiny guardians looking out for you.

This is one of the things I actually got done this year... what you are seeing is a cropped sample shot of a large scale piece that is part of a series I'm working on for a group show in the theme of Japanese Monsters to be held at Sanctuary Tattoo in February.

Basically, I'm taking classic Japanese prints, reproducing them on 22"x30" Somerset Satin paper in sumi ink and watercolor, with the addition of a monster in each otherwise traditional image. I'm also working on some paper lanterns (also painted).

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Joe Black Update -- Obituary and more [Sep. 16th, 2007|07:09 pm]
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The Portland Press Herald posted a few kind words about Joe this week, and so they're online somewhere with the rest of this info, I'm going to put them in here for folks to read. His obituary is so short it's hardly more than two lines.
Joseph J. Black
BLACK, JOSEPH J. - 25, of Portland, Sept. 7, 2007. Memorial service, 6 p.m., Sept. 14, Norm's Bar & Grill, 617 Congress St., Portland. Benefit show, Geno's, 625 Congress St., Sept. 16.
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However, in other forums more was said...

SAYING GOODBYE TO JOE
Tonight 25-year-old Joe Black will be remembered and celebrated at Norm's Bar and Grill, 617 Congress St., starting at 6 p.m. The memorial service will be followed on Sunday with a benefit concert at Geno's, 625 Congress St., with a number of local bands performing.

Black died Sept. 7 when he fell six stories down an elevator shaft in the building where he lives. Police do not believe there was foul play involved.

Black was a vibrant musician and well-known in the Portland local music community, most recently as a member of the band Claymore Minds.

His family is asking people who knew and loved him to bring along any photos or stories to tell about him to either of the events.[Source]

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Tribute People all across Portland's arts and music community were stunned to find out Claymore Minds guitarist Joe Black died last week. Police say Black fell down an elevator shaft by accident. Black's accident caught a lot of people off guard, and tonight friends and family are coming together to celebrate his life and help out his family. Tonight at Geno's Claymore Minds, Covered in Bees and Cryptic Overcast are playing starting at 8 p.m. It's a $5 ticket and all proceeds will go to help out Black's family.
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Thanks to Giselle Goodman and Justin Ellis, and thanks the rest of you, for not letting him go silently alone.
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