“Storytelling is an act of cruelty. We are cruel to our characters because to be kind is to invite boredom, and boredom in storytelling is synonymous with big doomy death-shaped death. So: be cruel to your protagonist. Rob him of something. Something important. Something he needs. A weapon. An asset. A piece of knowledge. A loved one. A DELICIOUS PIE. Take it away! Force him to operate without it. Conflict reinvigorates stale stories. New conflict, or old conflict that has evolved and grown teeth.”—
on a rose, or the winner of the consolation price at the Vincent Vega lookalike contest.
My outfit for last Saturday’s Vampire the Masquerade LARP, at a group where I’m “auditioning” so to say. Got to play an NPC ghoul, secretary to the Seneschal, and translator for the Viennese delegation.
I nearly had a heart attack ingame when the Tremere Primogen came up to me asking whether everything was okay, as I was wearing a Dior blood wound inspired shirt to make my outfit pop a little.
…that the people who like me should probably steer clear.
I used the last of my cash to treat myself to a good dinner at my favorite Indian restaurant. I’ve been a patron of “Saffron” (previously: “Cedars on Brooklyn” - same restaurant, no longer on Brooklyn St.) for 30+ years. I know the owner….
Sometimes it's hard NOT to be hard on yourself if you have not known anything else all your life.
I remember chiding myself for thinking of all the things I would change in a certain drawing or painting, then reminding myself that it isn’t jealousy of the artist that makes me think those thoughts, or the “oh, I can do it a lot better than them” demon, but simply the fact that I see things with very different eyes.
Bob (or short: Kate) is the first jack-o-lantern I have ever carved in my life and tomorrow will be my first real Halloween, as in “watching Vincent Price movies all day, going to the candy shop, playing Arkham Horror with my significant otter, and having black spaghetti, muffins with skull sprinkles, brownies with chocolate skeletons and a human heart made of jello among others for food”, and honestly, I can’t wait.
You promised quite some time ago to write more about Master Brick. No, I'm totally not sulking.
The story of how Master Brick became my bodyguard is in progress.
I am working on how to explain time pockets, and train watchers.
The later I hire in Chicago to record the schedules of trains as they arrive and go. The benefit to time travel is, if you can hone in when you need to be where, you never have to wait. Rather like hiring people to wait for you in line, but broader.
Hey! Um, I wanted to ask, would you mind telling me how you did those awesome claws? The nail art I mean :) I would really like to do something similar for a Beckett cosplay xD
Beckett?! Well, hello there gorgeous being.
As for the nails: I don’t know, if it’s visible (can’t take decent pictures for my unlife), but they have a rough texture. First I cut the fake nails no the right size and shape and filed them, then put on them black nail polish (though you could go with any colour at this point), made blood-splatters in red, but didn’t like the look, so I simply painted them over in matte(!) black (it’s from Avon, it’s perfectly matte and dries very quickly *flips his hair*) not only on the upside, but also on the underside where they would be visible (the pointy parts) to give it a more real look. Hope this helps!
When making a list of inspirations for my character Viktor
Rammstein, Carl McCoy, Nevermore, Warrel Dane, alice auaa, Loki, macabre couture, Hannibal King, Carnivale, Arcturus, Ulver, Sabretooth (Victor Creed), War of the riders of the Apocalypse, Elend, Metropolis (Kult), Spider Jerusalem, Ford Fairlane, Dark Eldar, Johnny Bravo, Operation Mindcrime, Doré, Goya, Eddie Izzard