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Sorry I'm so bad at uploading frequently, these days -- but, I promise, it's all been because I've been working on a super awesome project! That includes cosplay! And handsome men in dresses!!!  OCs -- New Cosplay by stinkulousreddous

I've been writing a novel since about August 2011 (technically January 2005 but eh) and have been editing it since the first draft finished in July 2012. The first draft was a messy, sloppy piece of stink, but I never stopped believing in it. Over the past two years I traveled to a bunch of countries in Europe, meticulously studied literature and archetypes and societal implications, and taught myself the mechanics of writing and, at this point, have sort of polished up a draft that, at this point, can be considered like 99%?? final. 

Now that I've officially registered the book with the US Copyright office, I feel comfortable talking about it in public in more detail, including announcing its title: That Which is Eternal (spoiler: the thing that is eternal is friendship!!!!1!! :iconteagardnerishappyplz: ). It's about five college students who travel abroad, and while they're abroad, make friends with the wrong people and end up getting caught in the crossfire of three countries at war. 

It will be published sometime this year and I am very, very excited to see it go places :love: !!!!!!

I really really reeeeally appreciate all the support people have given me so far throughout these two years of development (and a heads-up thank you to everyone who will continue to give support aaAAAAaAAaa!) :boogie: :love: :iconvltraviolet: is working with me on developing a cover and then it'll be time for me to start putting dollas into advertising (omg yay useful college degrees).

For now, I'm starting up a tumblr account where I will be posting little pictures and bios of the characters and such, and I'd really appreciate feedback if you guys have ideas on how to make it look awesomerer!

The tumblr is here -----> twienovel.tumblr.com/

And it will eventually feature art from :iconvltraviolet:, :icondrmistytang:, :iconblakebroflovski:, :iconhoroko:, :iconchocolapeanut:, :iconzelldinchit:, :iconlegovasavouchi:, :iconfidisart:, :iconmanadarkmagiciangirl:, :iconmuddleofdoodlez:, :iconandythelemon:, :iconnewtstome:, :iconangellust155:, :iconnymre:, :iconrayn44:. It's a big crazy art party! :boogie: 

Again, thank you guys for sharing this really really exciting time in my life, with me 8D Things can only go up from here!
  • Listening to: "C'est La Vie" -- Khaled
  • Reading: "Travels with Charley" - John Steinbeck
  • Watching: Cinema Sins
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Feta/Spinach Dip
  • Drinking: Gatorade
Blaghhfkjghfkhjgakjgdhjkd I'm still jetlagged I just got done farting around Greece and Italy. I swear I must have consumed 300lbs of pppaaasssTTAAA (and, guys, I thought Hetalia was kidding when the show said Greece loves cats...... bbbutttt I swear there are like 30598435830938 cats running around Athens, look at this cat I saw at the Acropolis: scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto…)

So a few times on dA I've mentioned the progress of an original story I've been working on. The draft was finished in July 2012 and I've been chipping at editing it ever since (namely, cutting about 100,000 unnecessary words, pages, paragraphs, ahahahaha eek). After tttooonsss of energy put into it, I'm now in the latest stages of editing and am starting to draft query letters and get ready to approach agents and publishers! 

I've learned a lot from my aunt. She believes in the power of the universe and energy and has all these spiritual techniques to achieve happiness and get things you want. One of the methods she taught me was 'manifestation,' literally (in a nutshell) where you put out positive energy to get things. At first I was like "That's a little teeny bit silly," but then she said, "You know, I wish I had 500 francs so that I could buy a plane ticket." She did her happy energy dance. Then like three weeks later she cleaned her closet and literally 500 francs fluttered off of the top shelf because apparently the people who owned the apartment before her left it behind. So I was like, uh.

Part of manifestation is literally envisioning your (insert thing you want) coming to life and having visions about it. I want my book to be published, I want it to be in hard copy, so I figured if I made something tangible, I'd feel like I was bringing my book to life on another (very positive and happy!) level -- aaaaaaaaaaand if anything, I think it'd be really fun to just prance around as my own character. Pppppossitttiiveee eeennerrgyyyyyy.

 So for Otakon 2014, I'm going to cosplay as one of my OCs! :boogie:
OCs -- New Cosplay by stinkulousreddous (I'll be the guy in the middle). (Leave it to me to cosplay as a man of another race). This is an excuse to flail around in Baltimore and Detroit and the other random cities that have cons that I like in a sparkly frilly jacket and cape :XD: These are some of the kings from my story (there's a lot of royalty hohoho), King Tusca, King Gallio and King Walten (grandfather, son, father), crowned in 1949, 2012 and 1975 respectively. I designed these outfits sometime late last year and figured Gallio's would be the most fun to wear.

Character development has been fun while writing the story itself -- now let's see how fun it is to practice that dialogue in real life :XD:


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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August) otakon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- October) youmacon.com/


Maybe/Most Likely Attending:

-KamiCon- (Birmingham, AL- February) www.kamicon.net/
-ConnectiCon- (Hartford, CT- July) connecticon.org/


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  • Listening to: "Read All About It" -- Emeli Sande
  • Reading: "Travels with Charley" - John Steinbeck
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Tzatziki
  • Drinking: Sparkling Wine
Hooray! This weekend I had a beach retreat with :iconbloodykaiba: , :iconahiruwbox: and :iconswordfreakx: . I got productive and edited one of those music videos we recorded in ~2011~ (some of these clips were recorded at PariahCon and Otakon in 2011) and now, two years later we have another finished Cosplay Music Video!

CMV -- Break your Heart

Looky looky hoorayyyyy ---->>>  www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHnhsm… :love:

Done in typical stupid Sunshine Duelist fashion :rofl: Camera mistakes, sure, and a girl's singing voice supposed to be Vegeta :XD: But for real, we really hope you guys like it and think it's silly and fun. This is our first CMV that uses our DragonBall Z cosplays. 

Sunshine Duelists are back with a new Cosplay Music Video, but this time, it's DragonBall Z-related. Bulma loves Vegeta, but Vegeta warns her from getting too close, because he's just going to probably kill Bulma anyway -- but he's nowhere near as tough as he seems.

And ultimately, who is the heartbreaker in this pair?

Sung from Vegeta's point of view.
  • Listening to: "Break your Heart" -- Taio Cruz
  • Reading: Hunger Games
  • Watching: Plinkett Reviews
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Gatorade
Greetings from Baltimore, on the first day of Otakon. While I'm waiting for the con itself to open and for our pack of friends to make our ways to the con center, figure I'd give a little update.

So last year my Dell computer conked out on me, taking with it my video editing software and a decent amount of the video clips. I was grumpy and frustrated with the whole ordeal and sort of put it on the back burner, which is a shame because we actually filmed FOUR new cosplay music videos a while back that never got the chance to see the light of day.

Well, with my uncle's help I was able to tap into the depths of my poor dead hard drive and retrieve the video files and with a little bit of tinkering can change their formats from the other software's to work on Final Cut Pro, which I have on the mac that I bought to replace the dead Dell. So this is me proclaiming that in not too long I WILL upload new Sunshine Duelists videos, because they're THERE, I just have to edit them! :XD: But that's doable! 

For now though it's time to party it up at Otakon. Tomorrow (Saturday) I'll prace around as Anastasia and try to see if I can crash any Disney photoshoots and be obnoxious. Is anyone at Otakon and wearing Disney getup and taking pictures that I can ------pretend------ to be a part of? :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD:
  • Listening to: "Breath of Life" -- Florence and the Mac
  • Reading: Jeff Herman's Guide
  • Watching: Nostalgia Critic
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Eclair Cake
  • Drinking: Water
And are still more amused by TV shows...

About a week ago, I celebrated my 23rd birthday by purchasing a new car. ...and eating a butt-ton of cake. There's this bakery near my house that's super awesome. I got a cake that's vanilla but it's dyed a bunch of different pretty colors 8D I had a really nice birthday, and I really appreciate so many people commenting on my profile here :boogie: I read all of those comments and treasure them!! 

I also have been lucky in recent days to have been given a lot of art -- some of em are commissions, but some of em are generous presents and they're the best presents ever ever :boogie: I like my OCs too much :XD: looklook: 


I have good news: it honestly pains my heart that I've uploaded so few Sunshine Duelists/cosplay-related things lately. It's sad because the Sunshine Duelists actually live in about five different cities, so the time we get together is rare and precious -- the thing is, :iconswordfreakx: is putting together a great opportunity for us to all meet up again and take pictures in cosplay and maybe even do skits!!! It'll probably happen sometime in September but I'm already excited about it.

Speaking of my OCs, taking funny pictures in cosplay isn't the only thing I'm super passionate about -- I also really like writing and am in the final stages of editing my novel! I finished the first draft almost a year ago -- on July 9th, 2012 it had 194,000 words (close to the length of the 4th Harry Potter book) and now it has 96,000 words (about halfway between the lengths of the 2nd and 3rd Harry Potter Books) and it's sssssooo mmmucchhh cleaner and better and yay :XD: That's a funny thing I've learned about writing -- in August 2011 I had this decent concept, by July 2012 I finished a very messy, honestly downright bad first draft, and even then it took me ANOTHER whole year to craft it into a coherent work of art. I guess the lesson is, never give up because you can only keep getting better!!! (...even if it takes a loooong time :XD: )

Anyway, by no means am I the most genius writer in the world (I think I'm still unnecessarily wordy and probably downright cheesy) but I believe in this silly thing and think that someday it'll have a future 8D :excited: Maybe even someday kind of soon! But until then I'll keep commissioning art because y'all can bring my ideas to life better than I can. :XD: Who's open for commissions!?!!?




  • Listening to: "Red Cup" -- Katy Tiz
  • Reading: "Unseen Academicals" -- Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Angry Video Game Nerd
  • Playing: Luigi's Mansion 2
  • Eating: Avocados
  • Drinking: Spanish Cava

It's A Small World

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 6:48 AM


I've been back in Florida for a week now. My adventure around Europe lasted from March 7th to March 28th, and the whole trip itself ended with KaiserNeko's wedding in Maine. Today's one of the first days I don't feel jetlagged anymore ahahah :XD:

The trip was a DREAM. I spent five days by myself in Madrid, and like, the best way I could describe it is, imagine someone with a foot fetish going to the foot museum. That person is surrounded by nothing but feet. Feet as far as the eye can see. Everything you pass is a foot. Well, that's kind of how I felt walking around the streets of Madrid. I thought, "You're hot, you're hot, you were hot 30 years ago, you're hot..." about everyone I passed. I have a problem D8

Switzerland is where I spent the most time -- 10 days. I had fondue about 59038603845046 times and it's literally the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. I never imagined something that smelled THAT bad could be so otherworldly amazing. It was pretty cool to only be a couple-hundred miles away when the Pope was chosen, too!

The last few days were spent in Sweden and Denmark. Denmark was great because I visited Hamlet's castle (I honestly forgot about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark ahahaha) and I did crazy things like jump into the freeZINg ocean because my friend convinced me that's how to live the true culture. Still can't tell if she was lying or not. It was really, really, REALLY cold btw

It's funny, now my blood is too thick to handle the heat at home :XD: It's sort of nice to be back at work but now I know I'll never be happy unless I visit every continent a few times in my life. Next year, I'll hopefully have enough money to visit Eastern Europe -- maybe Russia, Poland or the Czech Republic, and then in 2015, let's aim for Japan :boogie: Hooray goal-setting. #salariesarefunyall

I finally got the motivation today to upload horribly-overdue photo collections from past cons. KamiCon 2013 Collection by stinkulousreddous Youmacon 2012 Collection by stinkulousreddous

Sssssoooo what did I miss in the USA in March? :XD:

  • Listening to: "Suavemente Besame" -- Pitbull
  • Reading: A Moveable Feast -- Hemingway
  • Watching: DragonBall Z Abridged
  • Playing: Luigi's Mansion 2
  • Eating: Greek Yogurt and Swedish Honey
  • Drinking: Coffee

Wanderlust

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 10, 2013, 5:07 AM



UPDATE: Welp, looks like I'm taking a five-day detour to Sweden too! I'm going to write the most amazing going-to-lots-of-countries-whose-names-start-with-S pun EVER

Is anyone here from southern Sweden?? What's some fun stuff to do? Will it still be snowing by March 23rd? :eager:

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When I first got the hotel job, I spent money willy-nilly (iiippaaaaddd) and played around with it a lot, but now, it's time to save, because I've got insatiable travel desires. The job is tough but it's satisfying because it's way easier to set goals: this weekend I'm going to Chicago (instead of going to SwampCon 8( ), then :iconkatyanoctis: , :iconx-tadashi: , :iconswordfreakx: :iconyugioh-abridged: will meet up at KamiCon in Birmingham, then I'll go to Boston in late March, and New York City in late May, then Otakon in August...


But in early March, I'll visit my aunt in Europe!!!!! She lives in Switzerland, and during the three weeks over there, I'll take a five-day detour to Madrid (WITH HOTEL DISCOUNTS YAYAYAY)!!! Now I'm horrrrrribly obsessed APH Spain the Matador by nAndroid19 with everything Spain APH - Matador - by alatherna and think about the trip constantly Oro by Eferruccio and can't stop planning things to do in Madrid spain torero by Rikupi even though it's still far away


Is anyone here actually from Madrid/spent time there already?? 8D Where's a good restaurant or flamenco show to see? 8D I don't want to support bullfighting so I don't want to see that kind of show, but I definitely want to see the palaces in Madrid, and I want to see a Flamenco show, and I want to have the best sangria EVER


And I don't know why it took me this long to realize that I love Spanish-based things, because 95% of my OCs are Latino Commissions 1 by AndytheLemon :thumb342010352: commission from  stinkulousreddous by zelldinchit


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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-KamiCon- (Birmingham, AL- February 2013) www.kamicon.net/
-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August 2013) otakon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November 2013) youmacon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-ConnectiCon- (Hartford, CT- July 2013) connecticon.org/


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  • Listening to: "See You Again" - Miley Cyrus
  • Reading: The Pilgrimage- Paulo Coelho
  • Watching: DragonBall Z Abridged
  • Playing: NintendoLand
  • Eating: Greek Yogurt
  • Drinking: Water
you guys

-----i met Bill Murray this week-----

i'll never be sad again

looklooklook: sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos…


Life is really, really good these days, you guys. I got a job at a hotel and though it's really hard work (I'm still not physically used to standing that much bahaha), it's incredibly rewarding. I bought an iPad! Right this second, I'm playing DBZ Abridged on it!!! Hooray money!!!!

It's kinda late for me to say this, but Youmacon was spectacular this year, as usual. I wasn't too bothered by that the hotel's policies and some aspects of con staff were disorganized; I only can remember the awesome group dinners, and how great it was to meet :iconmalindachan: , :iconex-shadow: and :iconangellust155: in person, and the people who had amazing costumes and props at the Yu-Gi-Oh photoshoot, and playing Mario Party, and seeing Wreck-It Ralph with all of the abridgers and --

aaaaaaaAAAAA HAS EVERYONE SEEN WRECK-IT RALPH? That movie is literally one of the best things I've EVER seen. Absolutely in my top 5 favorite movies. I couldn't find anything to nitpick with my hatred (and that's seriously saying something). Wreck-It Ralph is a MASTERPIECE. I cried about five times the first time I saw it and about ten times the second time I saw it. You guys. I want to say more but it'd be spoilers. Has anyone not seen it yet??? Can I say spoilers so I can rant about how much I love it??!

And now with a paycheck, I can afford to go to a few more cons!! I'll be going to SwampCon with LittleKuriboh in Gainesville in January, is anyone going to that? We'll also make an appearance at KamiCon like usual. I'll probably bring a bunch of cosplays to KamiCon.


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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-SwampCon- (Gainesville, FL- January 2013) www.swampcon.com/
-KamiCon- (Birmingham, AL- February 2013) www.kamicon.net/
-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August 2013) otakon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November 2013) youmacon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-ConnectiCon- (Hartford, CT- July 2013) connecticon.org/


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  • Listening to: \
  • Reading: The Alchemist- Paolo Coelho
  • Watching: DragonBall Z Abridged
  • Playing: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Eating: Imitation crab
  • Drinking: Coffee
Sometimes, I think it's really easy to get caught up in things, to the point where it's easier to forget to be grateful. For the first time in my life, honestly, things are kind of slow, and I think it's been enriching; for the first time, with a placid heart, I can count my blessings and be energized with the state of mind to manifest new wonderful things. I cut more than half of my hair off again but this time... actually like it enough :XD: I'm feeling pretty positive these days 8) which is good, considering it's officially pester-some-employer-into-hiring-me-for-my-career time ack


I'm starting to see some of those "good things hidden off of the sidewalk" that I talked about in past journals. Otakon was a spectacular experience -- I'll upload pictures one of these days :boogie: I also got to travel to New Hampshire, Boston, the New York Renaissance Faire and Connecticut last week! I've never been that far north before! The Renaissance Faire was awesome -- my favorite part was when we watched the glass-blowing guy make a cup! The glacial mountains in New Hampshire were gorgeous and lobsters were only $3.99 per pound what


:iconkatyanoctis: introduced me to Code Geass last week after I commented that I liked the costume designs. I'm really enjoying the show so far, because I diggggg a show that has so many underlying lessons and implications fdlkjdgjdlfjg. I'm in love with Suzaku. I'm halfway through the second season. He better not die. I'm already mad enough that he and Euphy didn't get married -- Euphy/Suzaku is now one of my OTPs, riding in the car (the back seat, but still in the car) with Ron/Hermione, Rapunzel/Flynn Rider, Priest Seto/Kisara and Fry/Leela. My heart is broken. Suzaku BETTER NOT DIE IF HE DIES IN THAT ANIME I'M GONNA POOP A LOT




On a somewhat-related note, I will never get over how wonderful and wonderful and wonderful Tangled is, either. brb gonna go sing like twenty million hours of tangled karaoke



on another kinda-related note, a lot of my friends have made my life especially holy crap wonderful these days. :iconbirdewilliams: thldkfgjdkljgdklfjgdldkgjtthannkkkyyouuuuuimsmartznow
  • Reading: My OCs get into trouble
  • Watching: Code Geass
  • Playing: Find Mii II
  • Eating: Peanut butter sandwich
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

The World's Gonna Wake Up and See

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 23, 2012, 1:14 PM


Three days before my plane leaves for Otakon, I sit at a computer desk that I pulled out of my neighbor's garbage. My calves and feet are throbbing from walking around Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom all day yesterday. But, I'm ignoring all discomfort, because I just reminded myself that my plane to Otakon leaves in three days


Who-all is going to Otakon? I'm very excited. I actually won't be cosplaying as Seto Kaiba at all -- I'm only going to wear the Anastasia dress because it hasn't gotten a lot of con appearances, and I can't afford to bring 58406840958049685409 suitcases to be able to have both Seto Kaiba and Anastasia. :XD: But, tons of my homies are still going to do all of the YuGiOh things, so I'll follow them around to the YuGiOh photoshoots to take pictures, so I'll be easy to find and I'll take a bunch of pictures and put them up here :boogie: I miss yawll homies that only party together once a year :boogie:


Otakon is sort of a milestone for me, this year. I'm considering it the last vacation-like summer thing before entering the big ol' grown up world. I'll seriously apply for jobs relevant to my career as soon as I return to Florida in early August... part of me is reminded of the trepidation that graduation was made up of. The idea of actually being responsible for a career is ...honestly, quite intimidating, and somehow extremely different from the responsibilities of classes, internships, part-time jobs or the debate team. I don't feel unconfident -- but, maybe it is a sort of 'where do I go from here' thing. Everything that I worked myself sick for in high school and college was to get myself to where I sit at this desk that I pulled out of my neighbor's trash. Once I actually am working in a news room, then what do I do? It's strange to not have tangible, far-away goals.


But, in April, I learned a very important lesson that I guess I need to remind myself of now. On April 8th, I could only see a very narrow path leading one way: graduation, move home, get job, no more cons. My vision was so clouded that I did not notice all of the wonderful things that actually hid in the shadows right on the sidewalk -- so, when I passed them, I was surprised. On April 9th, it was a highly-energetic, hyper-positive new friend; on July 9th, it was finishing writing a story. It's satisfying to like... actually finish something -- like, characters are my friends, and I've done them a favor by finishing their adventure, you know what I mean? :XD: I don't know what the next step is for the story, but it has been a source of incredible positivity this summer -- something that, when I was in a terrible mood on my graduation day two months ago, I didn't really foresee happening. Commission for Stinkulousreddous by rayn44


I guess the point is, I'm sort of pouty about applying for my career because I have fair reason to believe that it will end my con streak and that's scary and sad :/ Then again, it's been proven twice -- I may THINK that I see the path ahead of me, but actually, I have no idea what amazing positive things are waiting off to the side of the path, hiding cloaked in my dim dread.


I guess the other point is, Otakon is really special and I'm really excited for it this year in particular. :XD:



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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August) otakon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November) www.http/youmacon.com/
-MAGFest- (Washington D.C.- January 2013) magfest.org/
-KamiCon- (Birmingham, AL- February 2013) www.kamicon.net/



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  • Reading: My OCs get into trouble
  • Watching: Moonrise Kingdom
  • Playing: Mario Tennis 3DS
  • Eating: Mozarella cheese wheel
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew: Code Red

This is a serious question.

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 7, 2012, 7:15 PM
What are realistic ways to approach a really crazy dream?


it's that kind of dream where 549869569467498 people have to come together --just right--
and i have to work for like 70 billion hours
and if i hesitate or doubt myself for like even half a second it could fail







i mean.... it's really crazy.

ssssssssssssso how does one conquer crazy?

  • Listening to: How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Reading: My OCs get into trouble
  • Watching: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Playing: Mario Tennis 3DS
  • Eating: Tuna salad
  • Drinking: Orange juice

It's Always Sunny

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 15, 2012, 8:14 PM



Greetings from Philadelphia! My brother just graduated from high school (and got accepted to FSU!), I just graduated from college, and my 22nd birthday was this past Tuesday, so my family decided to take a trip to Philly. I've only ever passed through, so this was full of new experiences. I ate cheesesteaks and saw a lot of Benjamin Franklin statues (and his grave) and saw a bell that had a butt crack!


International Best Day of the Year Day's 22nd anniversary was this past Tuesday! Thank you guys for being so wonderful to me on my 22nd burday! :boogie: I got a lot of beautiful gift art:
:thumb307844864: :thumb308004541:  twitgoo.com/5x4i1t
Happy Birthday, Julie! by LovelyMetalhead   p.twimg.com/AvJpBd6CAAEYqLh.jp…


thank you thank you thank you all :boogie: :party:


I was supposed to be born on this day in 1990: Friday, June 15th (yeah, the calendar days for June 2012 are the same for June 1990 yeaaaaaa). I felt like I needed to pay some attention to this day, so, I gave it to one of my OCs. Hahahaha he's a loser he's three days younger than me haaaaaaaa



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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August) otakon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-Ancient City Con- (Jacksonville, FL- July) www.ancientcitycon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November) www.http/youmacon.com/


Cons that I Considered But Unfortunately Am Not Attending:

-ConnectiCon- (Hartford, CT- July) connecticon.org/
-Anime Festival Orlando- (Orlando, FL- August) animefestivalorlando.com/


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  • Listening to: What Makes You Beautiful- One Direction
  • Reading: My OCs get into trouble
  • Watching: FSU Baseball
  • Playing: Mario Tennis 3DS
  • Eating: Sweet Potato Fries
  • Drinking: Orange Juice

Twenty-Two Cups of Coffee

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 5:51 PM


You guys. The weirdest freaking thing happened to me last month. I said in a previous journal that I graduated from college -- well, in the weeks after that, something strange happened.

You guys won't freaking believe it. I woke up at 9:45am, and then went to the kitchen, and then I ate cereal. Then I sat on the couch. I wrote a little bit. Then I drew a picture. Then I chased the kitten and cuddled him and lost a liter of blood. It was ------so---weird.------ I like ... wasn't expected to do anything. No alarm clocks going off at 6:15am. No speeches to practice for an hour a day. No eighteen hours of classes. No coffeehouse job. No TV internship. I actually was ----in my home---- for more than three waking hours, you guys. holy crappppp

by week two of this, i was horribly bored

cabin fever is no fun, so, I ventured out and found a new coffeehouse! 8D I've been enjoying sitting and drinking coffee all day and writing and doodling. It's strange to experience life for a short time while having very little responsibility. I'll only have this for a few months; come August, I'll return to career-hunting. I'll appreciate it while I have it, but, surely will be grateful to be busy-busy-busy like I've always been. I guess everyone needs a vacation sometimes. Now, six days before my 22nd birthday, I'm looking forward to lots of summer vacations and parties :boogie: My family will fart around Philadelphia next week before my brother goes off to college. Anyone have any good suggestions on where to go in Philadelphia that's good?

I am officially going to Otakon, and then immediately after, my first Renaissance Faire! Who-all is going to Otakon? I will only cosplay as Anastasia at Otakon but I'll go with my friends to all of the YuGiOh shoots, so, I'll be around to take YuGiOh pictures :boogie: Also, I've never been to a Renaissance Faire -- who's got good stories from them? :XD: I will be relying on :iconkatyanoctis: to give me most of the pointers, but, knowing that I'm about to go to a Faire makes me wish that I hadn't chopped off all of my ridiculous hair three years ago so that I could look like Merida from Brave :XD:

Also. 22. twenty-two. that's so, like, not-a-kid anymore. wwwuttttttttttt

  • Listening to: On My Own- Les Miserables
  • Reading: My OCs get into trouble
  • Watching: Nostalgia Critic
  • Playing: Streetpass for 3DS
  • Eating: Watermelon
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew: Code Red

Gradubated.

Journal Entry: Wed May 16, 2012, 12:54 PM


As of April 28th this year, I am a degree-holding college graduate. sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-a… I got a blister on my foot as I turned my tassel and crossed the stage- add injury to insult, why don't you! Graduation was not something that I spectacularly looked forward to; the idea of giving up what I considered to be a close-to-perfect life (graduating from college meant that I could not compete in debate, have my awesome internship, have my coffeehouse job, take time off to go to very many cons, or live in a house with/nearby the vast majority of my friends) made me into a pretty big downerpants. I liked to think that a major life change would lead to only improvement, and it was difficult to see that at first. Either way, I'm developing a healthier attitude about it as I've started to spend time back at home with my mother in my hometown. It won't be all bad. :XD: We just got back from a cruise to the Florida Keys and Bahamas. boyyyyyyyyyyyy I needed that week of putting my brain back in the right place :XD:


I'm starting to think about my birthday.... and, further, Otakon (which I'll probably be able to afford because I'll ask my family members for plane tickets/money as birthday presents ahahaha). Who-all is going to Otakon? I don't know what my employment situation will be like in July/August but I do have high desires to travel (internationally and domestically!). If I don't have my career by July then I think I would like to go to Otakon. I want more opportunities to be Anastasia :boogie: Otakon is a big-enough convention that maybe there'll be a Dimitri for me to take pictures with. I love a guy in a three-piece suit :love: Dimitri is a dapper fellow.


This past month, I've been spending a LOT of time in vans, which means, more time to hang out with my imaginary friends! ...and then beg my real friends to draw my imaginary friends doing cool stuff for me because I have the talent of a newspaper comic artist. This is King Tusca: Commission: stinkulousreddous 4 by vltraviolet He's a gangster. I named him after the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (the place where KamiCon is held, and also, where I had a load of amazing speech tournaments). I like him because he wears purple dresses and it's socially acceptable for him to because he's a king duh.


I guess overall, I really would call myself happy, now. I spent the month of April in a mood of negativity and dread but I think I just had a bad attitude; instead of seeing graduation as a new part of my life, saw it as simply the end of something good, when it shouldn't be that way. Now that I am back in my hometown and have free time, I will go find an organization to be a part of- I missed being in theatre while in college (it was my favorite thing to do in high school!) so maybe I'll get into a community theatre or something! :boogie: Does anyone have any good theatre stories? :XD: Yeah, I'm chipper, even as I sit here typing this while sporting a spectacular sinus infection (looking at the bright side: I got sick the day AFTER the cruise ahahaha!).



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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August) otakon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-Ancient City Con- (Jacksonville, FL- July) www.ancientcitycon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November) www.http/youmacon.com/


Cons that I Considered But Unfortunately Am Not Attending:

-AnimeNext- (Somerset, NJ- June) www.animenext.org/wordpress/
-MetroCon- (Tampa, FL- June) metroconventions.com/
-ConnectiCon- (Hartford, CT- July) connecticon.org/
-Anime Festival Orlando- (Orlando, FL- August) animefestivalorlando.com/


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  • Listening to: "Livin' La Vida Loca"- Ricky Martin
  • Reading: The Cat Who...
  • Watching: Sailor Moon
  • Playing: Streetpass for 3DS
  • Eating: Moe's Burrito
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew

Oop. Quinceanera. Salome!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 12, 2012, 11:14 AM



I know I write about my speech team a lot, but, I (almost literally) do not love anything in the world more than I love my speech team. Gimme twenty (or a thousand) seconds to gush about them and then I'll talk about cosplay and KhaoticKon. :XD:

This past weekend, we drove from north-central Florida to east-central Texas (fourteen hours in one weekend dlgkdfljdklfjd) to attend the first of two national speaking tournaments. I am sosososososososo proud of my teammates: my team as a whole got into the top 25% of scores, and then, one of my teammates snagged 19th place (out of several hundred!!!) and got named a quarterfinalist.

Last year around this time, I posted a journal: Legendary Day: April 18, 2011 (and Ten Facts meme)Don't you guys remember the days of your life that are so exceptionally good, they will always remain heavily in your memories? I've got a few days like that. Most markedly, the best day of my life was Sunday, March 8th, 2009: I was a (……………slightly) timorous 18-year-old college freshman, and I was at my first national speech tournament: Novice Nationals, in Houston, Texas. The first-year-students-only tournament had been tremendous fun: and, on that Sunday morning, I learned that I had advanced to finals in two of my speeches. This was a huge, huge, huge deal! :la:
The way speech tournaments work: there are six finalists. At the awards ceremony, the six have no idea how they ranked: they walk forward, simply knowing that they are finalists, and wait for the host to call their names in order. In 6th place, from this school, this competitor. Applause. They get a trophy and go away. 5th place, this school, this competitor, clap, trophy, go away. This goes on unti
about how I, too, quarterfinaled! It's a -humongous- deal to get into national outrounds: it means great publicity for the school and truly is a manifestation of dreams coming true (and you get to do it in front of your, essentially, FAMILY). Last year, I was named 17th place in my type of speech; it was the biggest honor that I've ever worked that hard for.

This year, I wrote a speech about a much more personal topic: my speech is about revolutionary leukemia treatments. In September 2010, my father died of leukemia; I wrap up the speech by adding a sort of "boy, I wish my family coulda had the option of this cool new treatment" part. It was often a little bit difficult to give this speech, but, I wanted to find a healthy way to mourn by placing mourning inside of an activity that brings me nothing but joy. I'm grateful for the chance to have done that.

I dreamed that I could be successful with this speech, too. I could graduate from my speech career, holding that quarterfinalist (you're a quarterfinalist if you get between 24th and 13th place) title close; but, always wondered if I could semifinal (getting between 12th and 7th place) or even final (6th to 1st place). I wondered what it would feel like to be told that not only was my speech good for the sake of it being well-researched and that I practiced hard, but also, that people supported me in my mourning and pursuit of happiness through this medium.

This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to experience that. On April 9th, 2012- the NEW new best day of my life- I was named a SEMIfinalist; ultimately, 8th place in the nation. My mom said "dad would have been so proud of you." The fact that he WOULD have been proud-  he wasn't actually proud, but, he WOULD have been- reminds me why I give this speech in the first place. These tournaments are the healthiest things that have ever happened to me, and, the idea of no longer being able to compete is what is making me experience situational depression regarding my impending graduation in three weeks.

I'm sorry if that sounds like bragging. It just is that I want my friends to share this experience with me; I wish that I could properly put into words (ironic, isn't it) the way that my heart thrashed when I saw the big poster that dropped down, revealing that I had been sent forward into the semi-final rounds. There is one more national tournament that we're going to.... and, I will take the constructive criticism from these ballots and make myself an even stronger performer for my very final tournament.


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Yes. Right. KhaoticKon! :iconswordfreakx: and I are driving down there on Friday morning to meet up with :iconvltraviolet: :iconwrightisright3: and :iconmanadarkmagiciangirl:! I'm real excited- Team Four Star will be there, and I cherish every opportunity to see them :boogie:

I think I will actually NOT cosplay as Seto Kaiba at all. I'm in a humongous Anastasia mood. I feel like I won't get too many chances to go to cons anymore after graduation, so, I want to give Anastasia a chance to be cosplayed! I love this costume and am so excited to waltz around in it. Maybe if I get lucky, someone will cosplay as Dimitri!

If you're going to KhaoticKon, please say hi! :boogie: I love meeting new people and taking lots of cosplay pictures. I'm pretty hard to miss: I have startlingly red hair and I won't be wearing a wig, so, I'll be pretty identifiable :XD:


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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Khaotic Kon- (Tampa, FL- April 2012) khaotickon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-ComicPalooza- (Houston, TX- May) www.comicpalooza.com/
-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August) otakon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November) www.http/youmacon.com/


Cons that I Considered But Unfortunately Am Not Attending:

-PariahCon- (Lakeland, FL- April) pariahcon.com/
-MetroCon- (Tampa, FL- June) metroconventions.com/


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  • Listening to: "Revolution"- Flogging Molly
  • Playing: Streetpass for 3DS
  • Eating: Bread Pudding
  • Drinking: Chai Latte

Tagged by Birde

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 28, 2012, 2:09 PM


1. Post 5 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions your tagger created for you
3. Create 11 new questions of your own
4. Tag 11 people to answer them



Five facts:

1. I love my college so much that I am almost situationally depressed because I have to graduate a month from today.
2. I think I have pretty hands and pretty fingernails.
3. I have a very strange speech pattern that I've adopted from inspiration of several friends. I'm kind of like a mockingbird- sometimes, a faint Southern accent is detectable and other times, I pronounce multi-syllable words as separate words entirely ("kit tty"). I also use some British words like "nippy"
4. From working in a coffeehouse, I learned that there is almost nothing more frustrating than trying to count coins so that you can roll them and finding that you have forty-nine pennies.
5. I like the Nigel Thornberry face-replace meme -way- too much


Questions for me (by :iconbirdewilliams: ) :

1. Do you ever feel like you're older/younger in your head than you actually are?
:bulletgreen: Oh I'm definitely younger in soul/mind than 21. I don't know why my birth certificate claims that I'm 21 because I don't think that I am- I'm more like 9 or something



2. When you're having a tough time, who do you turn to for advice?
:bulletgreen:  Depends on the situation. Sometimes my cousin who is about my age, sometimes :iconkatyanoctis:, and sometimes my speech coach who is a little older and way wiser than I am.


3. Dog person or cat person? what do you think this says about you?
:bulletgreen:  Cat person, 1000000%. I'm actually quite afraid of big overly-hyper dogs, and I think that this completely truthfully admits that I am afraid of situations in which I have little control (similarly, big hyper crazy dogs just run at you and there's nothing that you can do but kinda cross your arms and turn away and wait for it to be over).


4. What was the best party you've ever been to?
:bulletgreen:  Hahaha probably Youmacon!



5. When you were a kid, who was your favorite imaginary friend?
:bulletgreen: I didn't make up that many friends, per se... I had crushes on existing cartoon characters, though, if that counts. I made up my own completely original characters for the first time when I was like 14 hahaha



6. Think of a moment where your mind was completely and utterly blown.  What happened?
:bulletgreen: In 2006 or so, I made a character named 'Gallio Cordoba' when writing a story (I started the story in 2005, but, didn't make this character up until later). I named him that after the silly (and personality-relevant) qualities of the periodic table element 'gallium,' and then, his last name was based on my favorite city in Argentina (where my grandfather- named Paul- has lived for many decades; we visited in June 2009 last). His main point of development comes from the fact that he suffered tremendously because his sister was killed.

In December 2011 (give or take 5 years after coming up with the character originally), I had revived this story and was doing other kinds of research for it. I found that there was a Roman official born in the year 5 BC- who worked with the Apostle Paul- named "Junius Annaeus Gallio." He was born in what is now Córdoba, Spain and eventually fell into a deep depression when his brother died.

I was like d;fgkd;lkgdflg;dg;fklsjlkdjlkgsjldl;faaaaaaaaaa (I --------swear-------- I had never learned these facts before (especially not back in 2006) and didn't simply remember them subconsciously)



7. Did you ever dislike something on principle (avoiding a fad) only to find out it was actually pretty good? Conversely, did you ever join a bandwagon for its popularity only to discover all your friends are retarded and it sucks?
:bulletgreen: I actually feel like I have grown to dislike about half of the Disney princess movies as I've gotten older. :/ When I was a kid I LOVED Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Mulan... now, I legitimately dislike those movies (I have negative feelings for Cinderella and the Mermaid way more than I do, Beauty and the Beast and Mulan, but, still) and don't see why little girls are encouraged to take 'healthy' moral lessons from them. I feel like I liked them as a kid just because oooooo magic oooo pretty dresses ooooo princes ooo dreams yayayay but as I've learned to critique the depth of literature, found that those movies pretty terribly don't live up to their own 'morals,' in my opinion (don't hate me, y'all, please, I'm -not- saying that people who do like those movies are dumb or anything- I just don't like them, myself, but I promise that Disney -is- overall great and I LOVE the Lion King, Tangled, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Princess and the Frog...). But yeah, does that count as 'joining a bandwagon' even though I was like 6


8. What's your reaction when someone falls on you crying?
:bulletgreen: I'm pretty good at staying calm... I generally will say something like "let me help you figure out how to fix the problem." I think I'm not that good at just being vented to because I'm such a take-action sort of person that I don't really know how to sit and wallow in emotions and just be a listener.... :/


9. What's the most unusual thing you've ever put in your mouth?
:bulletgreen:  Creamed-corn thin-crust pizza that I ate while visiting Córdoba, Argentina in 2009. Looked and smelled like oatmeal, tasted like creamed-corn thin-crust pizza. Oddly tasty.


10. Which year was your most embarrassing school picture? and why did you wear that shit?
:bulletgreen: Ughh I was an extraordinarily unhealthy and overweight pre-teen- so, pretty much all of my middle school pictures (2001-2003). It wasn't that I wore weird things, particularly... but, it was obvious that I did not like myself or take care of myself. My smile was fake and forced, my hair was ratty (and obviously ignored) and my eyes were dull. It was all completely self-imposed.


11. What's something you strongly disagree with your parents about?
:bulletgreen: I honestly don't think I disagree STRONGLY about anything; I've always felt free to develop and nourish my own opinions but even so they never differed STRONGLY. I do remember I had a fight with my parents when I was like, 15 or so when they told me that I needed to forgive and maybe even befriend people who had bullied me when I was in middle school (I went to high school with a lot of the same people). To this day I still struggle with finding true and absolute forgiveness in my heart for people who have wronged me yet not genuinely apologized.



Questions to answer:
1. What is the worst advice that you've ever been given? Did you take it? What were the bad results?
2. What's the most embarrassing bodily-function-related thing that you've ever publicly done?
3. Do you believe in love/soulmates? Do you believe that marriage as an institution works?
4. What do you think is the biggest character flaw with the internet-loving generation today?
5. What is the thing that you take the most offense to/get most angry about?
6. What is the most hurtful or heartbreaking thing that someone could possibly do to/for you?
7. What is the best thing that someone could possibly do to/for you?
8. Do you believe in fate or destiny? Do you believe that people can control or shape their own destinies or do you believe that we are all subjected to fate?
9. What is something that you know you'll honestly never do, but, it's still pretty fun (and healthy!) to fantasize about?
10. If you could instantly master one talent or skill (musical, sport, artistic, whatever), which would it be?
11. Do you think that money truly makes people happy?


People I tag:

sdjlfhdslkflkdfjsklfsjdf :iconbirdewilliams: pretty much tagged anyone who I think would do this :XD: tagged by vk-tsukiSo I like tags... but I don't like tagging people.  Bite me.  XD
1. Post 5 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions your tagger created for you
3. Create 11 new questions of your own
4. Tag 11 people to answer them
Five facts:
1. I have a pretty serious fear of jellyfish. I wouldn't call it phobia because it doesn't stop me from going in the ocean, but... *shudder* ugghhhhhhh I am freaking terrified of jellyfish.
2. I love my hair, but I'm never satisfied with the color of it.  Sometimes I just want to cut it all off because the weight of it gives me headaches.
3. I have a dent in my right temple from when I cracked my head open as a kid. I like to sick people out with it. XD
4. If my cats are in my presence, I babble at them pretty much nonstop.  I have a silly talking-to-animals-and-small-children voice too.  It's pretty amusing to watch in short bursts.
5. There's very little in this world that causes me more irritation and pa


  • Listening to: "So What"- Pink
  • Reading: My speeches- nationals is in a week aaaa
  • Watching: Intervention
  • Playing: Streetpass for 3DS
  • Eating: Kidney bean soup
  • Drinking: Mango-pineapple smoothie

This is the Nebraska Radio Station

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:15 AM



This is the first blog posted entirely with the new mac. I've spent the last few weeks learning all of the intricacies of a new operating system... it wasn't hard to identify the perks: it's certainly pretty easy and nice and light. I also realized how 'bad' my life was with a faulty PC; I enjoyed singing karaoke and downloading pictures with the new and usable mac! ... then, remembering that I loved to play the SIMS and owned the game on Steam, I became even more excited that I could play computer games, again (since my PC's video/whatever card essentially crashed and I could do nothing but, like, word processing and photoshop)! I downloaded Steam on the mac and happily downloaded the SIMS 3 game that I'd purchased for thirty dollars.


Mac said, "lol nope"


I said, "lol macs are sturdy i wonder if it won't break if i bash my head against the keyboard for a while"


I don't know. I spend $2000 on something, I kind of expect it to be able to fly me to the moon. Can't help but be a little irkedypants that it won't play a doggoned video game. I digress. I'll go spend another $30 on the galdarned CD game. I do enjoy spending money.


Does anyone use tumblr frequently? :XD: I decided to jump on the tumblr bandwagon a little while ago: sreddous.tumblr.com/ if you post funny things and want a follower, I'm always lookin' for funny people to follow! I hope I post funny or neato things, too... I do post a lot of Disney princesses who have had their faces swapped with Nigel Thornberry's...


On an unrelated note, I've been commissioning my homies quite a bit to doodle my little originial characters. This is what I'd look like if I was a guy and had a beard (like I've always wanted to!) Commission: stinkulousreddous 3 by vltraviolet


KamiCon was an incredible experience. I still sort of shake in my odd man-heels whenever my stunned mind dares to venture back to the moment in which I made eye contact with Eric Stuart, standing at his autograph table- he eyeballed the costumes of me and :iconswordfreakx: and sighed, "Ah, let me guess." his voice turned deep and rusty and so beautifully, splendidly familiar- "You summon the Blue-Eyes White Dragon?"


No, but, I did summon the brown-log poop dragon into my tight black pants.


Meeting Eric Stuart was one of the things that I'd dreamt about since realizing that YuGiOh voice actors did sometimes- however sparsely- grace anime conventions with their gorgeous presences. In July 2009, I learned that Wayne Grayson was set to attend Youmacon... since then, always held out some hope that the other actors would show themselves, too. Eric Stuart, Dan Green and Darren Dunstan all attended the YuGiOh 3D Movie premiere in New York. Infreakingcredible. Don't give up hope, guys- it's very reasonable that someday, a YuGiOh voice actor will wander into your state... :faint:


I'm always grateful to have the chance to party with :iconkatyanoctis:, :iconlovelymetalhead:, :iconakarui: :iconhoroko:, :iconyugioh-abridged: and :iconsonion:!! It was great to meet :icontaemanaku: too :love: We got to go to a lot of meals and things together, and it was really special :party: We have a ton of immortal quotations (mostly said by :iconhoroko:, including that he's the lady with the biggest breasts, that he's the owner of a radio station that involves pigs and inappropriate piercings, and orgies with a sword case). I'll upload collections of pictures soon! Those people are such a delight to be around. :XD:


It's now been a year since I had any new cosplays made. Over my spring break (in three weeks), I will realize a little dream that I've had for ...about a year, give or take. Hear me out, guys: I'm going to cosplay as a GIRL


it's a haunting, alien thought.


I want to be Anastasia! :party: I legitimately believe that the dress that she wears in the end of the movie: heckyeahanastasia.tumblr.com/p… is the most beautiful animated dress from any of the old princess movies (Disney or not). If i go to Megacon (a 50/50 chance) in March, I'll wear this dress to it: the girl and mother who are the genius behind my Kaiba coat will also be the genius behind the Anastasia court dress! :love: I hope that it makes for fantastic photo opportunities :woohoo: :iconkatyanoctis: is going to re-vamp her Snow White costume, so that we can be yellowy princesses together at either Otakon or Youmacon. Is there an Anastasia/Snow White shipping? ...if not, we'll get right on that


Plus, I'm looking forward to twirling around in this costume because I wouldn't need to wear a wig. That's a nice bonus. Maybe my hair is short now and fits well under a wig cap, but, come on, wig caps are poop anyway



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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Khaotic Kon- (Tampa, FL- April 2012) khaotickon.com/


Maybe Attending:

-MegaCon- (Orlando, FL- February) www.megaconvention.com/
-Otakon- (Baltimore, MD- August) otakon.com/
-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November) www.http/youmacon.com/


Cons that I Considered But Unfortunately Am Not Attending:

-PariahCon- (Lakeland, FL- April) pariahcon.com/
-MetroCon- (Tampa, FL- June) metroconventions.com/


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  • Listening to: "I Was a Teenage Anarchist"
  • Reading: Something about Chicago fires for school
  • Watching: Danny Phantom
  • Playing: Swapnote for 3DS
  • Eating: Peanut butter and honey sandwich
  • Drinking: Coffee

Thoroughly Modern Julie

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 26, 2012, 3:14 PM


Seven days from this millisecond, I will be driving on interstate 10. My car will be full of wildly-singing, boisterous morons. I haven't been this keyed up about something in a while! :eager:


KamiCon is in about a week! :woohoo: Who-all is going? I'm driving up with :iconlovelymetalhead:, :iconkatyanoctis:, :iconswordfreakx: and :iconhoroko:, and am besideeeee myselffff with excitement, waiting to see :iconakarui:, :iconyugioh-abridged: and :iconkirbopher15:!!! The world is a good place. I'll be cosplaying as Seto Kaiba (not in a big Vegeta mood blah) on Saturday and Sunday (might not cosplay at all on Friday... not too sure yet). ERIC STUART is going to be there... I'm kind of desperate for him to be like "omg yay kaiba and blue-eyes cosplayers." I need that kind of approval aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :faint:


Speaking of fairly exciting things: the other day, I gave up trying to fix my PC. It simply –refuses- to play videos anymore, and candidly, I'd really, -really- like to upload some Sunshine Duelist videos! :doh: So, Tuesday, I bit the bullet and bought a Macbook Pro so that I can have Final Cut (I have to have that specific software to create my job resume anyway). I am completely mac-stupid and have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, but I'm not really a brand-snob... I'm sure that I'll learn to like the mac. I'll still use the PC for things like photoshop and word processing and such, but, it's been downgraded to an eternal desktop. Poor thing... it served me decorously. I'm eager for the mac to arrive, though... what should I name it? I have to name it in order to properly bond with it. Also, do you guys have any advice on …like, I guess how to handle macs in general? I mean it, I'm terrified to learn how to right-click. I have -no-idea-.


I'm one of those people who like... when I get stirred to love something, I LOVE SOMETHING. :love: A couple of months ago, I started reviving a very old original story… these days, I am OBSESSED with drawing the six main characters :XD: Cupcakes in my Underwear Drawer by stinkulousreddous Writing homies, do y'all like… bond in friendship with your characters too?  :rofl: these guys are my dawgs and they hang out with me when I ride in the debate-team vans for 28 hours per weekend. Although, riding in the car with the redheaded guy in that picture kind of sucks. He is a bit inconsiderate and farts a lot.


As I consider myself a pretty limited-to-newspaper-comics-style artist, I've been puking money all over the place, ordering commissions... :iconvltraviolet: and :iconhoroko: have taken the brunt of my fanatic requesting. Likethislikethislikethislikethis Commission: stinkulousreddous 2 by vltraviolet aaaaaaaaaaaaa it looks exactly like what I see in my head omgggg 8DDDDDD


On an unrelated note, I made another big scary decision: I cut off like ...all of my hair. I went from looking like this: a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto… to looking like this: a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto… , thanks to my gangstertastic incredibly-talented homie stylist :iconassumetheposition:  It's kind of terrifying. I consider my hair to be like ...a cornerstone of my self-esteem. I'm a confident person, but, the fact that I had a huge red lion's mane always made me feel special and uniquely beautiful. Now, my hair is still red... but, it's awfully subdued. You can't see it from ten miles away anymore. I like the cut verryyyyyyy muuchhhhh for the sake that it is modern, professional and stylish; but, I still make poop in my panties whenever I see myself in the mirror, because I just don't recognize myself. It's about making sacrifices to be an "adult" and enter the professional, sleek, TV-representing working world ...can't say yet that I like this transitory part of my life. The more that my beloved school reminds me to apply for graduation and order my regalia, the more I get sad... 8(


Oh well. Happy thoughts. Not grumpy. Who-all is going to KamiCon?:party: I hope that YuGiOh is represented well... I loveee taking photoshoots and all of that good stuff. I'm excited to upload lots of new cosplay pictures within the next week...and, once I get the mac, Sunshine Duelists videos will follow! :boogie:

  • Listening to: "Danza Kuduro"- Don Omar
  • Reading: a new tournament's speech
  • Watching: Nostalgia Chick
  • Playing: Find Mii II- HARD LEVEL
  • Eating: German flax bread
  • Drinking: Coffee

Peppermint Cupcakes

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 20, 2011, 6:41 AM


EDIT: LittleKuriboh has set up an auction to help raise money for Dan Green and his family. Please visit this journal: Card Games for Charity 5 - Dan Green:iconkatyacarminis: ---- Hey, guys.
Most of you probably know this by now, but near the beginning of the month, tragedy struck within the voice acting community: Dan Green lost his wife as she gave birth to twins. The twins are healthy and doing well, but Dan is struggling to properly care for them, as the care of the newborn twins along with the costs associated with his wife's funeral have placed a severe financial strain upon him.
Because of this, LK has set up Card Games for Charity #5, to try and lend some support to Dan as he deals with the pain of losing his wife and the effort it takes to be a good father. There are a lot of items on the list, some of which are very unique. Please check them out.
Here is his video explaining everything:
http://youtu.be/zjg2EaWY-jk
And here is a list of the individual auctions:
LittleKuriboh Song Parody -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/270878014416
Three YGO Cards -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/270878015498
YGO Season 2 DVD Set -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/270
for more information if you are interested in hearing about donating or bidding on some of the items being auctioned!!!

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Yikes! I'm usually way better at uploading journals after cons, especially- I guess I feel like my friends beat me to saying all of the incredible things about Youmacon that needed to be said :rofl: I've uploaded some picture collections from Youma:

You-Ma-Con Yu-Gi-Oh 2011 by stinkulousreddous
Businessman by stinkulousreddous

and will likely upload more eventually; my computer has been a bit of a nightmare lately.... I lost all of my software a few months ago when I had the computer completely wiped, so it's been tough to edit pictures (and especially videos!!!!) :doh: so, I'm veryvery sorry that I've been tough to get ahold of recently blahhhhh. I guess I should go easy on my computer; it's approaching its 4th birthday and I'm pretty abusive to it in general. But, still, I have VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS and it's very frustrating when it doesn't work. >8( I'll get it looked at this week, I guess.

But, yes, in quite a late summary, Youmacon was a phenomenal experience, consisting of fantastic group dinners and much sharing of desserts and a ton of inside jokes, many of which center around the death of poor MasakoX; I've come to expect this sort of memory-making from Youmacon! AND I STREETPASSED LIKE SEVENTY BAJILLION PEOPLE HHGGNNNGNNNGNGGGG THE EPONA HAT ACTUALLY MAKES MY MII LOOK REDHEADED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Speaking of having way too much sugar, one thing that IS working perfectly well on my stupid poop computer is the word processor. Lately, I've taken to writing a new/old story. Have any of y'all ever done that? In 2005, I thought up six characters and wrote a story. I thought about those characters for the first time in going on six years a few months ago- thinking, "wow, this story was written by ...uh, a 15-year-old who may be kind of stupid," but, observing the characters... well, they weren't really half-badly-developed...! (my favorite thing about literature in general is character development; it's why I like things with stupid predictable stories like YuGiOh and DBZ bahaha!) So, I figured I'd try to use my new coleje smartz and write a new adventure for them to go on that wasn't shallow and full of plot holes. I'm really excited- I think if these characters were real, I'd really like to be friends with them!

Would you guys read chapters or whatever if I were to upload snippets in journals, like I did for the YuGiOh fanfiction? :boogie: since I consider myself a rookie hobbyist sort of writer, I am DESPERATE FOR CRITIQUE ALWAYS





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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-KamiCon- (Tuscaloosa, AL- February 2012) www.kamicon.net/
-Khaotic Kon- (Tampa, FL- April 2012) khaotickon.com/


Cons that I Considered But Unfortunately Am Not Attending:


-MAGFest- (Washington, D.C. Area- January 2012)  magfest.org/
-MegaCon- (Orlando, FL- February 2012) www.megaconvention.com/
-MetroCon- (Tampa, FL- June 2012) metroconventions.com/


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  • Listening to: "Breath of Heaven"- Amy Grant
  • Reading: A lot of research on Ancient Egypt
  • Watching: Redlettermedia
  • Playing: Nintendozone
  • Eating: apple-cinnamon oatmeal
  • Drinking: Water

There's No Debate: Hot Dogs Cause Cancer.

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 1, 2011, 1:24 PM
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HOW GREAT IS THIS JOURNAL SKIN? It'd be a lot better if it didn't feature Toad. I'm afraid that I am -not- fond of Toad (not to be confused with the animal, the toad. I think those are great). That's okay; I like Luigi more than I hate Toad. I'm a positive person.

Youmacon is days away (I know, because AirTran has sent me about 84956594789678 e-mails: "Confirmation for MCO Departure to DTW, Thursday, Nov. 3!" "Don't forget, departure at 4:30pm eastern time!" "Don't oversleep!" "Seriously, make sure that you're there on time!")! Who-all is going? I'm ridiculously excited. I'll only be cosplaying as Seto Kaiba (the Vegeta costume doesn't travel well, so I learned at Otakon). I'll be Kaiba all three days. I'll be spending pretty much all of my time with :iconbirdewilliams: , :iconkatyanoctis: , :iconwrightisright3:, :iconswordfreakx: , :iconlovelymetalhead: , :iconheadphonesstudios: , :iconhoroko: , :iconakarui: :iconvltraviolet: and :iconishiila: . If you're at Youmacon and see me, say whut up! I like to take pictures with other YuGiOh cosplayers, especially!

This past weekend, I had the incredible honor and pleasure to fly my newly-21-year-old butt to Las Vegas for the first time. I attended LittleKuriboh's wedding- on Saturday, October 29th, he got married to Marianne Miller, a fellow voice actor!

I Do. Ummmmm... Yes. by stinkulousreddous

Their ceremony was classy and beautiful and extremely touching! :love: :iconkatyanoctis: cried harder than everyone but that's not saying much; it was a pretty sniffly hour. I might get around to uploading pictures (eheheh...after I upload pictures from EXP Con, naturally....). Many of the guys from Team Four Star were the groomsmen and looked ADORABLE in their little suits, standing at the front of the chapel; I had a great time palling around with all of them a day early- we walked around the casino strip and went to malls and ate WAY WAY WAY too much at buffets and rode in a gangstertastic limousine and all watched the Florida/Georgia football game (a pretty huge deal to college-football-lovers). I convinced two English guys, a Canadian, a guy from Minnesota and a guy from Louisiana to all cheer against my least-favorite team. We had a fun time :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I didn't know what to expect of Vegas, itself, as a city- I'm one of those kind of disgustingly goody-goody kids who didn't act like a 21-year-old before I was actually 21 years old. But, I consider it a good balance: we did everything that you're really supposed to do in Vegas, but it never got so crazy that I couldn't tell my mom the entire truth about what we did on the trip :rofl: I am tremendously satisfied! :XD: It was a lot of fun. Many of us even ended up leaving the casinos with a profit!!! (I won 30 cents. Hey, I know people who lost fifty bucks. I'm grateful!)

The only part of the trip at all for me was the traveling, to actually get there- the stories that I have of the drives and flights are a little bit hilarious. On Wednesday, I first had to drive from my college town to my hometown (about three hours down a COMPLETELY DESERTED no-cities-in-between highway). My car's been acting funny lately (the alignment is bad), and I was going to get it serviced this weekend- it decided it didn't want to wait. At 4:45pm, right outside of my hometown's downtown district (10 miles from my grandmom's house,) my tire EXPLODES while I was going 78mph and I lost control of the steering- barely I was able to lumber my way across three lanes of highway and into a parking lot. Pretty grateful for that, though- I was close to the city so I could be easily rescued, traffic hadn't gotten bad yet and I wasn't rushing to catch any planes or anything. I'm lucky :faint:

My flight left Vegas, heading back towards Atlanta, at 10:30pm on Saturday, and was scheduled to land in Atlanta at 5:30am on Sunday (time difference eeeeek). I'd brought a pillow so that I could sleep on this overnight flight. The air on the plane itself was -600 degrees, there was a PISSED vocal baby sitting directly behind me, the lady sitting next to me stole my armrest and stuck her elbow into my space when she fell asleep and I was one inch too tall to sleep forward on the tray. After the baby shut up about 45 minutes into the flight, I was able to sleep for about thirty minutes- then, as we were flying over like Albuquerque or something, was jarred awake by the stewardess screaming over the intercom, "IS THERE A DOCTOR HERE???" Of course now everyone on the plane is freaking out- the middle-aged woman sitting directly in front of me isn't breathing!! All of the stewards were hovering over her and -shrieking-, "she's not responding! Ma'am! Ma'am!!" Apparently she was traveling alone had some sort of diabetic coma, and there were three doctors who were able to get her some food and I think insulin. She was stable enough that we were able to make it all the way to Atlanta- the paramedics took her off of the plane first. But it was ridiculously scary. I hope that she's okay.... :(

Overall, it was a fantastic trip, and I'm ridiculously excited for another fantastic trip, soon! :boogie: see you guys at Youmacon!! I'm prepared already for the photoshoots, hilarious panels and delicious treats at the maid cafe!!!!


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I guess I should list my convention appearances; I want to know ahead of time whoall I'm gonna run into!  Let me know if you're attending any of these:


Definitely Attending:

-Youmacon- (Detroit, MI- November) www.youmacon.com/
-KamiCon- (Tuscaloosa, AL- February 2012) www.kamicon.net/
-Khaotic Kon- (Tampa, FL- April 2012) khaotickon.com/


Maybe/Most Likely Attending:

-MAGFest- (Washington, D.C. Area- January 2012)  magfest.org/


Cons that I Considered But Unfortunately Am Not Attending:


-FandomCon- (Pensacola, FL- November) www.facebook.com/people/Fandom…
-MegaCon- (Orlando, FL- February 2012) www.megaconvention.com/
-MetroCon- (Tampa, FL- June 2012) metroconventions.com/


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  • Listening to: Super Mario Can Can
  • Reading: A new speech
  • Watching: The Florida/Georgia Football Game
  • Playing: Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Eating: Tuna salad wrap
  • Drinking: Coke Zero