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Ain't Language Lovely?

One of the things I really like about myself are the ridiculous figures of speech that come out of my mouth sometimes——so a day or two ago I started wondering how funny it would be if I doodled cartoons of their literal interpretations, and thus began keeping a list of some of the better ones I've sputtered over the past week or two.

Like checking your email on a fortune cookie. (Why I hate Netbook computers)
For the love of a platinum-blond sasquach.
Bacon-flavored bubbles! (Because my dog likes to snap at bubbles.)
It's an autonomous hockey puck that sucks on the floor. (Explaining Roombas)
The world is a wanton for rich cats.
A weepy-drunk alley cat howling at the moon. (Why I can't stand a certain song,)

Writer's Block: Dynamite with a laser beam

What's your favorite line from a song, and why?

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First that came to mind: "All that glitters is gold!" because it's a philosophy of life that I like. It's not the riches, it is the richness of one's perception; As an artist, I have the power to alchemize anything I can touch; As a writer, something some people would call "having a golden tongue", I can therefore also alchemize many things that I can't touch. That's the long version version of my reason——-the short version is that line just makes makes me feel better when I'm down. If all that glitters is gold, perhaps I'll go sit on a wall and blow bubbles into the neighbor's yard…. The only other (common) thing in nature that even remotely resembles bubbles, at least which I can think of, is mother-of-pearl, a semi-precious stone. 🙂

Scary, though, are those people who can give elegant words to things which are in truth profane……..whom I, as a straight-talkin' Christian, decree my long-term nemeses…

Fun Fact: My Irish-Texan gma bloodied her nose on the Blarney Stone. True story!! xD

And then I thought of two more lines, which are also favorites because they are the pinnacles of two very powerful and tragic songs. I literally feel 'a stabbing heave of sorrow' in my chest whenever these songs come to these lines. In order, they are:

"For some reason I can't explain, I know St. Peter won't call my name." "Viva la Vida"

"And Puff, that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar." "Puff the Magic Dragon"

If you were a pirate, where would your hideout be and what would it look like?

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Like I'm gonna tell ya. :,D

In three words, how would you describe Lady Gaga?

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They say that the first answer you think of is most likely the right one……

In that case….

*headdesk headdesk headdesk*

On second thought, maybe…..

Loves negative attention.

What is your favorite cult film, and why?

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"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"

Because I'm a sap for stories about mad scientists. O~b~v~i~o~u~s~l~y~~~~~~

Of course the fact that it was written during the Writer's Strike to prove a point that good writers don't need big production companies to be successful just makes it extra sweet, too. 😀

O BTW………Looka THIS!!!!

Right: Neil Patrik Harris, played protagonist in "Dr. Horrible"
Left: Jan Schweiterman, played antagonist in "Good Burger"

At first I was like: O__________O

And then I was like: O__________O

If you were a cross-breed between two animals, what animals would they be, and why?

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Growin' up a Harry Potter fan, naturally I put way too much careful thought into what my "animagus" or "patronus" animal form would be. After actually several years of extremely passive mulling, I finally narrowed down the entire animal kingdom to two could-not-possibly-be-more-different-from-each-other creatures: a barn owl, or a seahorse. The only thing the two practically have in common is their mysteriousness. One flies silently through the darkness, the other lurks discreetly at the bottom of the sea. The creatures, according to the descriptions for animagus and patronus, must represent an individual's personality, not simply be their favorite animal. That made choosing tricky… ANYWAYS—–I always enjoyed a good LOL whenever I imagined what a chimera of the two might look like.

Then I met an Eagle Owl in person. *swoooooooon* ^_____^

…And decided to use "Brother Bear" as a world in Heart of the Realm. Due to the beautiful, bright orange eyes and long, pointed "ears" of the Eagle Owl, along with every owl's longstanding association with wisdom, turning Ansem into one for his adventure in that world was perfect! (I've been mulling this over in high-gear lately.) I'm also infinitely glad that I had the idea to include the race of rabbit-people called Viera from "Final Fantasy XII" and "Reverent Wings"——their nature-oriented spiritualism makes them a perfect substitute for the native Alaskan people in Brother Bear, but their mysterious and cloistered way of life makes them easy for maybe one lost little boy to find, but for the rest of the busy world to miss.

Unlike Kenai, Ansem would be an outsider to forest life, because he's a prince raised in the heart of modern society. The wilds immediately surrounding Lambent Falls (as I call what the official cannon calls "Radiant Garden") are heavily forested (as seen in a projector-slide in "Deep Jungle" from KH1) and poorly mapped. So, I'm thinking of having the Viera be the stuff of legends. Citizens speculate, some people claim they've seen or even spoken with one of these tall rabbit people, and yet fewer and fewer people believe they actually exist. (Meanwhile, one becomes an engineer at Shinra's Weaponry Shop!) In truth, the Viera flit through the forest like bunny-eared ninjas. Somehow, (I'm just gonna rant now) Ansem gets turned into an owl and finds their secret city, or finds their city and then gets turned into an owl, I haven't yet decided which, thus begins a very peculiar adventure for the young prince.

I watched both "Brother Bear" the original, and "Brother Bear 2". Surprisingly, BB2 had the most helpful 'pearl of plot' scraped out of the films so far. The lone line, "Once you love someone, they stay in your heart forever." Throughout the movie, it was clearly something positive——-but in context of Heart of the Realm, it casts a blackly ominous foreshadow of Ansem's apparently permanent, postmortem 'crush' on the White Witch of Narnia later in the story.

I've also been 'mulling in high-gear' over what happens minutes-days after the end of KH1. (The end of the 3rd Act) The state of affairs would be this: Ansem never was a true Heartless, because I'm using my old fanfictions "Ansem Report 14" and "Ansem Report 15", which I hope to elaborate on. (Points to the date on that webpage indicating when they were first posted. *wince*) In short, a Heartless is half of a person's heart that's blindly looking for its other half, but Ansem still has both halves of his heart thus he stayed human when his body was destroyed. Since Ansem was possessing Riku's body when he fought Sora in the World of Chaos (a game stage), Riku's body took all the damage and was destroyed practically the instant after he helped Sora close and seal the Door to Kingdom Hearts, leaving Riku's heart in the same ghostlike state as Ansem's.

Without a body for protection, such a heart is exposed to the full forces of Light and Darkness. In Ansem's case, Darkness made him think as if he was a Heartless, thus he was driven mad by a will to consume and destroy. (Note that that still doesn't explain away his earlier immoral experiments; He IS guilty of terribly things in his right mind and of his free will.) At the end of KH1, when he called out to Kingdom Hearts for more Darkness and instead it overpowered him with Light, the Light lifted the amnesia from his childhood and he suddenly remembered once being a benevolent king in Narnia, bitterly lamenting Jadis, and being turned into an owl.

This does NOT grant him alternating good-and-evil personalities, though it comes close; Instead, the overwhelming feeling he has is of not recognizing himself anymore from either point of view—-every little thing he thinks, does, or feels surprises himself, and it is in this state of shock that King Mickey finds Ansem within Kingdom Hearts. Mickey sympathizes, and grows hopeful of a turnaround. Even still, Ansem—not completely changed—fervently rethinks his understanding of the heart, and eventually creates two hearts out of thin air. Unable to give them bodies, these two Hearts From Nothing are in the same unfortunate ghostly state as Ansem himself and Riku. They appear human except for glowing amber eyes. Rain, a silver-haired girl, hides hers with a blindfold. Clay, the boy, hides his under his long blond hair. Ansem sports his around showing the least concern. Riku simply turns his face away from everyone.

Noctis, sometime in the middle of Act 2, is frozen solid when his dark powers suddenly flooded out of him all at once.

Savannah disappeared along with Leon & company when Hollow Bastion fell to the Heartless. Then at some point Rain and Clay (the two hearts created from nothing) fled from their maker, took refuge with her, and learned dual-wielding. After all, Savannah's a 1st Class SOLDIER.

I totally lost the original train of thought here. Well, it's been over a week since my last post, and one way or another I seriously needed to get these new ideas written down. Bear with me pwease. Never, ever, EVER take this blog seriously—-if I think something ought to be considered a fair sampling of my intellect, I'll copy-and-post it somewhere else. Most of the time I can't even see through the glare of my contact lenses. Fine fate for an artist, eh? Might be nice to learn Braille just so I COULD actually type with my eyes closed / in my sleep…