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10 January 2013 @ 02:57 am
I've had the flu for the past few days; it's been fun! (Not)

One interesting thing about this particular bout, though, is that every night I've had one extremely long, sustained dream about being in a war of some sort. I wake up every hour to toss and turn and feel miserable but every time I go back to sleep, I go right back into that same dream, right where it left off.

I wonder what kind of crazy battles I'll be fighting tonight!
05 September 2012 @ 10:36 pm
As a postscript to my last post, here's one of my favorite set of panels from My Heart Is Beating:


Anyway, I went and tracked down some of Ha Il-Kwon's other works and...uh, wow. I didn't think I'd find anything that would top My Heart Is Beating so fast but lol I was wrong.

Annarasumanara (link here) is another webcomic by Ha Il-Kwon. It's a gorgeous series that reminds me quite a bit of Coelacanth, another astonishingly beautiful, well-drawn, and poignant series. It's less overtly frightening but just as unsettling, and just as ready to dive into some of the darker parts of human nature. I guess even though Annarasumanara doesn't deal with like...actual murders or anything like that, the unsettling aspect of it comes into play in that the dark spots it tackles are much more common and everyday - poverty, mental illness, societal ostracism, and teenage malice.

Spoiler-free summary and review!Collapse )

I think that Annarasumanara is shorter than My Heart Is Beating... Anyway, overall the characters are just as well-developed and also better fleshed-out, in some ways, than the ones in My Heart is Beating (which is saying a lot). MHIB does manage to keep the admittedly-funny-but-still-sort-of-stupid character gimmicks to an admirably low level considering the genre(s) it belongs to, but Annarasumanara eliminates them altogether...unless you count Il-Deung's weird head...but I think that's more some sort of bizarre symbolism than like, a gimmick.

Anyway yes, Annarasumanara is amazing, everyone should read it, etc. etc. etc.
29 August 2012 @ 11:31 pm
Oh hay y'all I have an Etsy shop now! Here it is.

For the moment it's just bookmarks, but I might put up small paintings, charms, sculptures, etc. later.
27 August 2012 @ 03:45 pm
The apartment repairmen have been her since 9 this morning fixing our bathroom tiles (which were falling off). I feel bad for them, but I feel worse for myself because wow I REALLY NEED TO TAKE A DUMP RIGHT NOW YOU GUYS. /tmi

Anyway I have been glued to the computer most of the day because strange men terrify me, and more so when they're in my living space.

So in the meantime I have just been sitting here drawing most of the time, so if you would like me to make a drawing of anything for you, throw a request my way! (Just sketches.)

edit: you guys it is past 7 and the men are still here; they've been working at it since 9 this morning and I DON'T HAVE ANY CASH ON ME TO GIVE THEM A TIP. I AM FREAKING OUT. what am i going to do ughhhhhhhhh I could seriously throw myself into traffic right now, I am so ashamed. :'(
01 June 2012 @ 03:08 am










...It was actually a very close shave. Hence my pants-wetting excitement. You will have to excuse me.
: crankyCRYING
04 May 2012 @ 11:26 pm
You guys I don't think you understand how happy Cucumber Quest makes me

31 January 2012 @ 08:21 pm
Ughhh, my circadian rhythm is completely off lately. >_<

Today, to procrastinate from THESIS OMG, I've been working on a choose-your-own-adventure thing that I've had in mind for...quite a while. Over a year, I guess? It's called CLEAR and it's about a person who suddenly turns invisible. Then some crazy stuff happens! Or maybe you just go crazy. Whatever. As the game progresses, you also lose your ability to speak to people, then to physically interact with anything. Eventually you disappear entirely. So the point of the...game, I guess, is to find a way to reverse your condition before you vanish. That and not get killed by other things. You're constantly being chased, whether you know it or not. 

It's at cleargame. It's very much not done yet, though, but there's enough of it now that you should be able to get a sense of what's going on. 

Recommend not friending the journal since then you'd just sporadically get a bunch of random updates that don't make much sense. CLEAR is going to be quite long when I'm done with it. If I ever am, that is! But I hope I at least get pretty far with it. 
03 January 2012 @ 11:48 pm
What is your favorite quote?
"It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission." -Grace Hopper (supposedly)

This isn't actually my favorite quote. But for better or for worse, it's the one I really do live by.

Edit: Oh, also, there's supposed to be a meteor shower from around 2:30-5AM this morning. If you live in the Eastern Hemisphere it should be pretty visible, from what I hear, though people on the East Coast are supposed to get the best view. Apparently you might do best spotting the meteors if you look straight up.

Not sure how good of a view I'll get, since I live so close to D.C., but I know a couple of you live in less urbanized areas, so maybe the meteors will have a good showing where you are!
13 February 2011 @ 09:50 pm
Today I have suddenly decided that it is vitally important that I learn to be able to pen-spin LIKE A BAWSS. I've gotten a lot better in a surprisingly short amunt of time! That's not to say that I'm good, 'cause I'm not, but at least I've gotten to the point where I can spin hat pen without looking at it or thinking about it. Next up is being able to look rad while doing it. Not there yet! But it's totes gonna happen.

...I hate myself a little more for saying "totes" just now. It's up there with "obvi" as something that really annoys me to hear people say. "Bestie" is the worst, though. People who refer to their best friends as "bestie" need to be punched out.

ANYWAY, more importantly, I am thinking about taking some drawing commissions? I'm kind of in dire need of money right now, and I won't be getting my paycheck from work for a while and need to buy art supplies and food. Here's the pricing info, copy-pasted from my old dA journal, along with some links for examples (not all of the options have links, sorry!). Here's what I dooooo:

Price list and stuff under the cut!Collapse )

SO! PM/e-mail me if you think you might be interested and we'll talk about payment methods and stuff IF you are digging any of this. I'm pretty flexible about everything, including pricing, style, and medium. :> You can e-mail me at my normal address, which is minamifl@aol.com, but it'd probably be better to try and reach me at minami_hofmann@corcoran.edu.

Oh and, on a side note. I am on like floor 7 of the ruins and Kyle just died. I don't really like Kyle that much because I think his face looks like a butt, but he was really rad in this playthrough and was fully supported out; had this romance bromance going with Forde and everything. Should I restart the ruins or just barrel on through, what do you think. :|
07 January 2011 @ 09:19 pm
Poll #1665616 Just curious...

Have you/would you Facebook-friend your parent(s)?

Depends on which parent.
Whatbook what?
My dad tried friending me a while back. The next time he called me, he ordered me to friend him. I flat-out told him, "No".

In his defense, I would never friend my mother, either. I can just see her now, all up on my statuses and comments when I'm talking to people, being all, "Why you post picture of yourself with mustache?? Why girl post picture of banana split and say it's you??? Stop saying "oh my goodness", you don't know that's swearing?!!"

I mean, really, who friends their parents? Who does that? That's just weird. (I mean, you know...unless you do. Then that's okay, because I...bet your parents are really rad?)