Month: November 2020

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The (After) Life of the Party

"We need to talk," she said, the most feared phrase in the English language invaded his ears. She took him by the hand into a quiet corner of the arena's backstage area and waited for her to speak. She seemed resolute in her words, but her hands told him the truth. She was nervous and couldn't quit playing with her trademark purple jade ring. She couldn't look at him as she spoke either. He wasn't paying attention, really, until... "You're what? Say that again?" he interrupted her. "Look, Summers, I'm 30, you're 21," she began before he cut her off…

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Create an Original Domain Name

I have been designing websites since 1998 when Yahoo! GeoCities was still only GeoCities. I learned how to code in HTML, all on my own. My very first website was *NSYNC Revolution, a fansite about the boy band *NSYNC. I was constantly at odds with my family because if someone picked up the house phone, I would be kicked off the Internet and I'd have to start all over again. Am I showing my age yet? I didn't invest in my own domain name until about 2000 when I purchased It was to be my first vanity domain name…

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the vintage classics cover of the bloody chamber

Little Lady Love: Music from and Inspired by The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

The official soundtrack for Little Lady Love: A Moving Storyboard. "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" by Florence + The Machine"Dreamboat Annie" by Heart"The Earth Shook the Devil's Hand" by Sophie Ellis-Bextor"Together) by The Raconteurs"With Every Heartbeat" by Robyn"Take a Bow" by Muse"Everything is Everything" by Phoenix"Little Lady Love (About 2 Remix)" by Sugababes

The beehive wallpaper in McHenry Mansion, taken in 2015 by me

Slanted Suitcase: McHenry Mansion, Modesto

McHenry Mansion was probably my gateway drug into my lifelong obsession with old houses. As a local who lived in the Southside, driving past that Victorian-Italianate home to get to the rest of the city was a visual treat and something I looked forward to daily. We did a school trip in third or fourth grade, probably around the time that we were doing civic projects, learning about the history of Modesto and California in general. My favorite memory was learning about how calling cards worked. My best friend A still resides in Modesto and when I moved back to…

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The Crowds Below

Today's visual prompt is a shot I took on top of the Ferris wheel at the last Vegoose at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2007. What a great festival! I really wish they had been able to bring it back in subsequent years, however, the recession put the kibosh on that. I'm hoping it'll come back eventually if we ever get COVID under control. vegoose 2007 Anyway, here are some ideas to get full use out of the prompt: Write about a character going to a music festival. Write about a character's fear of heights but conquering them (or making them…

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It Was Like ‘Static’

“So, are we going to storage today, Ma?” Mary said, gulping down her orange juice. “Yeah. There are a few things your Grandma Lucy’s been after me to let her have that used to belong to Daddy,” Marcy added. “I might get rid of the whole unit.” “What are you gonna do with all the stuff in it?” asked Mark. It was almost a year since Michael Crow had been removed from the machines that kept him alive. Mark took some time off from work for a week and had been visiting. Mark was an investment banker in San Francisco.…

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Illustration by Ryoko Arai designed for 'The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories' by Angela Carter.

Little Lady Love (2010)

Cast Darlene Dalmaceda as "la comtesse"Norma Desmond (Guilliean Pacheco) as "la chanteuse d'opera"Griffin Dwyer as "l'accordeur de piano"Cassandra Taylor as "la petite amour"Joe Veiga as "le marquis" Watch the Moving Storyboard My Creative Process I chose to interpret “The Bloody Chamber” in my own way. Initially, I thought about doing it as a short film. Due to my time and location limitations, I knew I could not stage a simple interpretation of the book. Instead, I decided to strip it down and put it to music and photographs. I would like to think that this “moving storyboard” could serve…

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2013 mixtape

A Swimming Pool to Remember

My end of the year mixtape, which was culled from my "Top Track of 2013" list on Lay Down in Swimming Pools by Mutya Keisha SiobhanA Belle to Remember by Hayley KiyokoPrimitive by Róisín MurphyCabaret (featuring Drake) by Justin TimberlakeOn the Metro by Girls AloudSomething New by Girls AloudBeat of My Drum by Nicola RobertsUnder the Sun by CherylLove Will Tell Us Where to Go by Bridgit MendlerGhetto Baby by CherylBlurred Lines (featuring T.I. & Pharrell) by Robin ThickeToo Close by Alex ClareHurricane by Bridgit MendlerGraffiti My Soul (Ten Version) by Girls AloudDiamond Rings (featuring Emeli Sandé) by Chipmunk

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We are one of the shouts

Let me start this week off on the right foot by giving you a quote from Ray Bradbury. We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts. Ray Bradbury Now the floor is open to you. Write something really quickly about this quote. Write it from the POV of your main character, or maybe someone in the background. Whatever you choose to do, WRITE. Good luck to everyone who…

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