Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Liebster Blog Award

Marzio Ombra tagged me in his blog post over at for the Liebster Blog Award Q&A.

Here are the Liebster Blog Award Rules:
Each nominee must answer the 11 questions.
  • Link back to the one who nominated you.
  • Create 11 new questions for the next nominees to answer.
  • Choose the next 11 nominees and link to them in your post.
  • Go to their blogs/pages/sites/twitter/whatever and tell them.
  • No tag backs!
Now, onto Marzio's questions...

1) Bad News! You were accidentally killed in a ridiculous stunt while partying with a drunken God. Good News! He feels terrible about the whole mess and has offered to return you to life. Bad News! Due to the complex and arcane rules dictating what the Gods and Goddesses can and cannot do, you cannot be revived as a human being! Good News! You can be brought back as any non-human race from fiction! Which race do you choose and why?
My inner Star Wars geek is going to have to say a Twi'Lek (I played one in Star Wars Galaxies, the MMORPG). First off, I just love the idea of a race of people whose skin color can run the entire rainbow spectrum. They're beautiful, cunning, highly adaptable, and tend to lead lives full of all sorts of wondrous debauchery. Not to mention that there's no such thing as a "bad hair day" when you have head-tails... and you'll never go bald.

2) Tomorrow at dawn you will be executed, but tonight you dine. What is your last meal?
My executioner.

3) Enough of Death, let’s try Life – Would you prefer mortality or immortality? If you choose mortality, how long would you like to live? Why?
Mortality. Most Immortals seem plagued by regrets and the unresolved ghosts of their pasts. That's no way to spend eternity. I have no concrete prerequisite for how long I would like to stick around for, but as I watch my parents deteriorate and fade... I think a sincere answer would be "for as long as I am still myself, and still free in body, mind and spirit."

4) Someone who knows you quite well told me that you are like an animal but I forgot which one. What animal do you think they said and why on earth would they say such a thing?
An owl. Owls are wise and very mysterious. It is my nature to "observe", and I have learned to usually keep any comments on those observations to a strict minimum. When I do act, however, I do so with little advance notice, and leave barely a trace of my passing.

5) What is the best prize you ever received and what did you do to win it?
One of my grammar school teachers gave me a little plastic fish on a plaque and called it the "Jaws Award", because I had not yet learned how to keep my big mouth shut.

6) Hot damn! They are making a movie of your life! Due to the complex and arcane rules dictating what Hollywood Gods can and cannot do, they have asked you to name who will direct this epic film and which actor/actress will play you. Who are they?
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Actor: Joe Manganiello ~ I look nothing like him, but the sex scenes would be fabulous.

7) You have been banished! What in the Nine Hells did you do to deserve Exile and where will you go?
Not sure what I would have done, but my temper would have to had played a part in it, without question. It takes a lot to set it off, but when it does go off... it's an elephant gun. LOL. My personal hell would most probably be to have to spend an eternity invisible, unseen and untouched... forever surrounded by others, but never truly a part of anyone's life.

8) We all have our moments. What is the absolute smartest and/or dumbest thing you have ever done?
Not sure if this counts or not (it probably doesn't), but one of the best kept secrets of my life is that I am one of the clumsiest people I know. Most of the dumb things I've done were birthed by that little fact.

9) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
I can't narrow it down to just one, but at the top of my favorites list are: The Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit, The Harry Potter Series and Carrie. Yes, Carrie. LOL

10) The Sphinx owes you a boon for services rendered. She has agreed to answer one question with complete honesty & accuracy. What question would you ask?
"Have I made a difference?"

11) For some crazy reason, you decided to let the party God from Question 1 borrow your house last weekend and the nut completely trashed the place! While he did agree to have it cleaned up, he feels awful all the same. To patch up your friendship he hands you a ‘Re-Do’ coin. It grants you one free ‘do-over’ for any one event in your life. Do you use it right away or hold onto it for future needs?
I would use it. This is going to sound very cliche, but I never had a chance to say "good-bye" to my aunt. She died very suddenly, and although I do know that she knew just how much I loved her, I would have truly cherished the opportunity to say it at least one more time.

...and here are my questions, kiddies:
1. If you had to choose a color that you would no longer be able to see, what would it be? Be warned, however... you would also be unable to see anything that is naturally that color.
2. At the cost of one of your five senses, you can gain the ability to speak to any one animal species. Which sense would you sacrifice, and which species would you chose to be able to communicate with?
3. To hell and back with being a superhero! A bitter streak runs through your heart, and you've taken on the role of a villain to reap your revenge. What's your name? super power(s)? and origin?
4. You are fairly sure that certain bits and pieces of your life have become the subject of a very scandalous, but very popular novel. Do you come forward and bask in the "potential" limelight, or do you hope that no one connects the dots that could eventually lead back to you?
5. You're a legitimate psychic, and can speak with those who have crossed over. However (for whatever the reason), you can only seem to ask a single question of each spirit you encounter, whether they answer honestly or not. What is the one question you would never ask?
6. A fortune, a family, or an infallible friend. You can only have one. Which and why?
7. You have the power to create the love of your life. What four traits, and what one flaw would you bestow on them?
8. You died, and are given the chance to haunt an ex-lover who had broken your heart for a whole year before moving on. Would you choose to be a helpful presence in their lives, or make it a misery?
9. You can live the life of a famous historical person for an entire year. Your actions would neither change history, nor have any other permanent negative effects. Who would you become?
10. You can live the life of a famous fictional character for an entire year. Who would you become?
11. You can switch places with someone you currently know for a single day in their lives. Your actions as that person would indeed have very real, earthly consequences. Who would you become, and what would you do?

My nominees:
Christine C. BenedictBobbi CisseThe Dragyn's LairThe Holly TreeIdols of the TribeThe iPod WitchLady Wolfen MistsNarcisse NavarreVictoria OlvieriRoger PrattThe Cheeky Witch,  and anyone else who wishes to add their name to the roster...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Horoscopes: 05.28.13

Aries: March 21 - April 20
You need purpose in life. You've divided your energy and scattered it to the four winds. Gather it back around, and focus it in one place. You'll be surprised what you are capable of when the whole of your soul is into it.

Taurus: April 21 - May 21
Single again? Maybe it's time to sit back and re-examine yourself. The problem may not be the other person. You might be expecting people to live up to an unfair ideal.

Gemini: May 22 - June 21
Feeling overwhelmed at work? at home? Take it easy. Everyone has issues. Learn to take the hard things with a little more ease. Your temper has been flaring a little too much lately, and it's unattractive.

Cancer: June 22 - July 22
The answers to your problems don't always announce their presence. Look for the little clues that will lead to the big solution. Maybe a nice walk in the rain, or a trip to the mall will hold an unexpected revelation. Go buy some shoes, take an Aquarius with you.

Leo: July 23 - August 22
An honest smile and a firm hand shake can make a good impression better. New faces will be popping into your life this week, take a good look. One of them is going to catch more than just your eye.

Virgo: August 23 - September 22
Wandering eyes have gotten you in trouble before. Didn't learn your lesson then? Desires and fantasies play an important part of our life, but even the Olympics take a four year break. Take a long cold shower, honey. If you still need some "pussy" go and adopt a cat.

Libra: September 23 - October 23
Hate your job? Is your boss an asshole? Stop bitching about it and do something. The hardest thing in life is to trust your gut feeling, but it gives you the greatest reward. Taking a risk is the cornerstone of success.

Scorpio: October 24 - November 22
Don't let the negative moods of others influence you. Count your blessings. You have a lot in your favor, or do you need a parade and some fanfare to make you see that?

Sagittarius: November 23 - December 21
My fellow Sagittarians... we are destiny's kings. Pick a target and shoot for it. We rarely miss. Follow your own heart, for it, better than anything or anyone else knows you and what makes you happy. Don't let your insecurities or "bad vibes" slow you down. Obstacles are only obstacles if you see them as such.

Capricorn: December 22 - January 20
What ever happened to the Unknown Comic? You have the potential to be the life of the party this week. Go dancing, host a party... or even a dinner. Surround yourself with the people you love. Their energy and good will make all the difference in the world.

Aquarius: January 21 - February 19
Your ability to find the positive in almost any situation is a skill that, sadly, not enough people possess. Share it, and spread some of the happiness that seems to come so naturally to you.

Pisces: February 20 - March 20
Life isn't always a banquet. Sometimes it throws difficult obstacles and hard choices in your way. Just remember one thing... You have the power to face anything. You decide to wake up in the morning. You decide what to wear. You decide to go to work. Maybe it's time you decided to put yourself first.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hoboken Art & Music Festival 2013

Hoboken Art & Music Festival
May 5, 2013

Over 300 Artists, Crafters, Photographers, Sculptors, Local Businesses, Restaurants, Food Vendors, local non-profits & more...

Ok... I realize I'm a little late in posting this up. LOL. Brighton and I hit the Hoboken Art & Music Festival earlier this month, and although we didn't hang around the music stages very much, we did get to see almost the entire faire. It was a gorgeous day, and the festival got a lot of traffic. I'm actually looking into maybe setting up a booth next year for my "Simply Divine" series if I can get a few more of them done.

Here's a list of some of show's best:
Custom Ceramic Art (
Garden Gothic (
James Polisky (
Jersey City Urban Art Program (
La Muse Kalliope (
Nick Jodice (
Nolenz Volenz (
SepiaLepus Illustrations (
The Secret Life of Toys (

There's An App For That: Menageries

I think I'm probably drawn to the menagerie / zoo apps for the same reason I'm drawn to the city / village building ones... they sate my inner control-freak.

Ice Age Village
I was never really a big dinosaur fan as a kid (nor am I now honestly), but I have seen all three of the animated films in the Ice Age franchise (admittingly however... not in the theater). Though I'm pretty sure there was more than one paleontologist or pretentious geek in the world who cringed at all the historical impossibilities, I did find them enjoyable enough to give Ice Age Village a try when I came across it. The art direction is really impressive. The movie's main characters, species, habitats and miscellaneous village decorations all look as if they came right off of the screen... and right out of prehistory (kinda sorta maybe). Unlike quite a few of the other apps I've played so far, you really don't feel as though you need to spend any real money to advance. Yes, there are some "premium" items and animals only available via acorns, which are purchased with real world money, but there is a way to earn those acorns in game too! Where it fails, however (and quite unfortunately), is in its exuberant cost for further land expansions. Advancement should be a challenge, yes... but it should still feel fun and not like a chore or a tedious impossible grind. Ugh.

Prehistoric species come in all shapes and sizes... and colors!
Tiny Monsters
Love! Love! LOVE Tiny Monsters! This is one of the very few apps I still play. Each animal falls into an elemental category, and interbreeding them can create some really interesting results. "Mythic" (color variant) versions of each animal are random and can be a bit challenging to come across, but there's a Monsterpedia to help you track what you've hatched so far and haven't...

Each Tiny Monster has its own unique animation!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "fifth of May", is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

To celebrate another important part of Mexican heritage, please vist my CafePress Shop, and check out La Virgen de Guadalupe, part of the "Simly Divine" series. La Virgen de Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image, bearing the titles of the Queen of Mexico, Patroness of the Americas, and Empress of Latin America.

Simply Divine: La Virgen de Guadalupe
La Virgen de Guadalupe
According to official Catholic accounts of the Guadalupan apparitions, during a walk from his home village to Mexico City early on the morning of December 9, 1531, Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl of fifteen to sixteen, surrounded by light. This event occurred on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac. Speaking in the local language of Nahuatl, the Lady asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor. From her words, Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary. When he told his story to the Spanish bishop, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the bishop asked him to return and ask the lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin then asked Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, even though it was winter when no flowers bloomed. There, he found Castilian roses,which were of the Bishop's native home, but not indigenous to Tepeyac. He gathered them, and the Virgin herself re-arranged them in his tilma, or peasant's cloak. When Juan Diego presented the roses to Zumárraga, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe miraculously appeared imprinted on the cloth of Diego's tilma.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"Must Fix" ~ Part 2

Shop Azodnem

I am very happy to say that I have met my goal. I had wanted to finish all of my CafePress Shop's revamping before the end of April, and the last three sections were completed last night! In a nutshell, I reorganized most of the existing sections, surprisingly retired a few designs, reposted others, and even added some new things (finally). Yay. Progress.

Update 05.02.13: Ugh. I noticed that there have been some more product additions to the marketplace, so I'm going to make a quick run through all the sections once again to add those into my storefront. However, I must add that having done all the back end work I talked about in my original "Must Fix" post, the process for updates and additions has gotten significantly easier!

Update 05.19.13: All the new stuff has been added. >collapse<