So I’ve been off the grid for a bit, but for good reason! Summertime means licensing time in my world, and I’ve been enjoying a rather unexpected explosion of demand not only for my artwork, but for my photography as well! So I’ve been scrambling to keep up with that, as well as gearing up for my upcoming Guest of Honor gig at SpoCon, in Spokane Washington!
I just purchased the last final bits needed for that sci-fi/fantasy show which is the 15th-17th of this month. I’m simultaneously thrilled, and nearly doubled over with gut-wrenching mean-ass butterflies. It’s the most I’ve ever spent stocking up for a show. I will be on more discussion panels than I’ve ever dreamed possible. It’ll be my first official solo presentation, where I’ll be speaking to a room full of people (or at least a couple of folks lol) about my artwork, for a couple of hours. It’ll be the first time I’m actually IN the opening and closing ceremonies of ANYTHING. lolol
I’ve had some health issues this year that have prevented me from going to a LOT of really fun and important things, which has been incredibly frustrating. I’m hoping beyond hope that things just stay even keel for me through the next couple of weeks. I loaded up on the juicing supplies, the fridge is full of veggies and good things, and I’m just willing it to be so.
And now?? Time to start digging out the costumes and the fluffery!!!!! Here are a few pics of the saris I’m going to be fashioning into a gown, as well as the headdress that is currently winging it’s way to me! Cause it’s almost show time!!!! *faints in a pile of glitter*
There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)