Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Art & Aesthetics

I just posted my second blog of the month for Arts America: "Companion Circles" Examines Artist Relationships On and Off the Canvas. It talks about a current exhibit on display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, which I just went to see today with Matt. Earlier this month, I posted about a local artist, Maria Calderon, and her exhibit at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery that just closed a few days ago.

I've really been enjoying the part-time blogging I've done for Arts America, especially since it ensures that I get out and look at beautiful art! Speaking of which, I'm excited for the nice weather we're supposed to have Friday since it coincides with March's First Friday down in the Crossroads.

One of the things I've been thinking about more as I get closer and closer to bringing this baby out into the world, is how much beauty, visual, aural and tactile, all contribute so much to my enjoyment of life. Feeding the senses is so important for me, and I can't wait to expose my little dude to the amazing glory of art and nature and all the wonder they inspire. It's gonna be so much fun!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Rag: Get Paid for Poems & Short Fiction

Image via The Rag

I was super excited to find an epublication, The Rag, that actually pays writers for the submissions it publishes. This is a rare find in the literary world, so I wanted to pass the information along!

This is from the e-mail they sent in response to my inquiry:
Our magazine is called The Rag, and we specialize in the publication of contemporary short fiction and poetry. The Rag is an electronic publication, but unlike online literary magazines we target the e-reader markets exclusively, rather than publishing content on the web (i.e. we offer ePub and PDF files for download to any e-reading device or app, and we also publish through Kindle and Nook). The overall goal of our publication is to create a sustainable magazine that can afford to pay its writers, while also producing a competitive product in the literary marketplace.

So, how much do we pay? For our next issue we are paying between $150-200 for short fiction (word limits: 10k) and between $30-50 for poetry and flash fiction (word limits: 1,500 or less).

The Rag's primary target audience is the Contemporary Fiction reader, and those who enjoy subtle, Transgressive themes and styles... Also, if you're concerned with the potential exposure your work will receive (as you should be), we're happy to report that our reader base is rapidly growing. We've been on the market for a very short time, and already we're receiving about 3 subscriptions per day, plus individual Amazon Kindle/B&N Nook sales, so our reader base is currently in the hundreds and we expect to be in the thousands before the end of our first year.

Best of luck!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

May & Matt's Crafty Baby Shower (Pics)

I had SO MUCH FUN at the baby shower my friends Teresa (organizer of KC Crafter's Society) and Darcy (founder of Create Your Own Reality) teamed up to host for us this weekend. Several guests commented, and I quite agree, that it was the best baby shower ever! We decorated onesies, created scrapbook pages & an alphabet, played baby bingo, and much more. Teresa made everything look so cute, I thought I was going to puke rainbows and fairy dust.

The punch was served in this adorable baby bathtub.

Teresa helping me with the iron-on guide I used to embroider a onesie.

@princessofworld and @average_jane swept the baby bingo awards!

My partially completed onesie & partially eaten plate of snacks.
I was too busy talking to get much done.


I had to take my onesie home to finish it, but I think it was worth the effort!

The alphabet everyone made is now gracing a wall of our apartment.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Changes & Opportunities

Monday was my last day at Vulcan's Forge as seasonal help. I'll still pop in now and again to fill in a shift when needed, but it will be a huge relief to be able to rest more. Growing a baby is tiring work! Especially now that I've only got about 10 weeks more til this little guy is ready to come out and play.

I'm also looking forward to re-dedicating my energies to making art and writing stories. I haven't done much creatively during the pregnancy, due to mostly tiredness and lack of inspiration. But I'm feeling my creative juices flowing again, and I'm excited to get some stuff done! Including working on a piece for an upcoming show, "Future Currents." (More on that at a later date.)

Otherwise, I'll also be looking for freelance opportunities. Stuff I can and have done include:
-event planning
-personal organizer
-figure modeling

If you want to hire me/throw me a lead, my email is reddvenus AT gmail DOT com.

Oh! And Saturday is my first baby shower, so look forward to seeing pictures of more cute baby-related stuff!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Man Takes Ice from Glacier, Rips Off The Simpsons

Image via Simpsons Wiki

At the beginning of this month, an Argentine man was arrested for stealing 5 tons of glacier ice from a Patagonian glacier. When Matt told me about it, I instantly thought of The Simpsons episode "Rosebud," in which Mr. Burns' childhood bear, Bobo, finds its way back to him through a complicated set of coincidences, which includes an ice-gathering mission to the North Pole.

I couldn't find a video of that part of the episode, so the Wikipedia description will have to suffice:
Burns reveals to Smithers that he misses his cherished bear Bobo and desperately wants it back but has no idea where it is. Another flashback reveals Bobo's history: after Burns drops it, the bear is washed downriver to New York where it is picked up by Charles Lindbergh and flown across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Upon arrival in Paris, Lindbergh tosses the bear out the window, where it is caught by Adolf Hitler. In 1945, in his F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany, Hitler blames Bobo for losing World War II and tosses him away. Bobo is seen again in 1957 onboard the USS Nautilus headed for the North Pole. Bobo becomes encased in a block of ice until picked up by an ice-gathering expedition. In 1993, the bag of ice with him in it is sent to Apu's Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield. Bart Simpson buys the bag of ice, finds Bobo inside and gives it to Maggie to play with.
I just don't know how to feel about this. What once was a totally ridiculous-seeming joke in a cartoon show is now real-life news. Life is sooooooooooooooo freaking weird, innit?!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

OK Go's Video Art

I have been SO IMPRESSED with the last several OK Go music videos. They've been making these incredibly artistic, often installation-based videos that have just blown me away. They released their latest video for "Needing/Getting" yesterday:

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And, just in case you missed them, here's a few others:

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

We've Come a Long Way, Baby!

This is the first ever picture of me and Matt together, taken about a month after we first met:

And this is a recent picture of us, 11 years later:

Have I said lately how much I love him? Cause, he's basically the most awesome person I know. Our relationship just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter! I'm so blessed.

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