Well shit.

Jun. 4th, 2009 11:54 am
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I have no details right now, about how many more issues will be in print or the fate of as-yet-unreleased content, but as far as I can tell Nickelodeon Magazine has been canceled, effective immediately.

If you know any of the folks who work there, as staff or as freelancers, I'm sure they could use a kind word.

Really, really trying to take a bite out of the silver sandwich today.
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...[livejournal.com profile] jlh and I checked out the very end, when Barack and Michelle were working the room once the debate was technically over. And I'm not sure what's better: that one of the ladies in the audience asked for Barack's autograph, or that he pressed a finger to his lips in a "shh don't tell anyone!" gesture once he was done.

Oh, Barack. Never stop being awesome. <3
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Some things!

- I like to listen to podcasts while I work, as they keep my brain from leaking out of my ears and (unlike with most movies and TV) I don't actually miss anything by not watching them, seeing as they're...you know, audio. In the course of this, I have listened to an ungodly amount of This American Life. I've taken to searching for contributors I particularly like -- David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Starlee Kein -- and then plowing my way through whatever comes up. From what I can tell there have been 363 episodes so far, and I'm...kind of worried I'm going to run out? Yeah. YEAH. THAT IS A LOT OF THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

- I have fallen back in love with the story I've been working on with [livejournal.com profile] foxysquid. Not that I ever fell OUT of love with it, but I just cleaned up some old illustrations I drew for it (yes, I know) and I was listening to the soundtracks I made for it (YES, I KNOW) and then I spent a lot of time sort of sitting around and sighing dreamily.

- I've been drawing an awful lot of bookmarks. I like how they're coming out, but I hope they end up being worth the time investment -- my justification for putting Chronin aside for a couple weeks while I do con prep is that while I MAY in some DISTANT FUTURE make a few thousand dollars off of Chronin's sales (IF IT IS FABULOUSLY SUCCESSFUL AND SELLS OUT ITS ENTIRE PRINT RUN, MIND YOU) I could really use some extra cash right now. I've been extremely conservative with ordering prints, I'm putting a lot of thought into the bookmarks....we'll see I guess?

- Which reminds me of a thing that I've been having sort of an issue with lately. I'm having a difficult time believing in the likelihood of my own success. Like...you know, I think I'll be OKAY. I'm not too worried about being a total failure, that's just silly. But I'm not wholly convinced I'll break even with expenses for Providence Anime Con and Manga Next. I entered the vidding context at AWA, and have been going a little mad waiting for the results to be posted, but I don't really think that I won anything. I'm working on a fic right now (though not much, since I have so much else to do) that I'm really excited about, but I'm not really expecting anyone to read it. It takes a lot out of me to be hopeful and then have those hopes not amount to anything. Other stuff's going really well -- some freelance I'm doing for NickMag (which I'll go back to once I post this, actually...) the pages I've drawn for Chronin, some promising leads that I need to follow up on...you know, not bad! But dammit...DAMMIT AWA JUST POST THE FUCKING CONTEST RESULTS ALREADY D:

- On the other hand, few things are as satisfying as ordering giant-ass prints of your own artwork. Who cares if no one wants to buy my 12"x18" Mulan and Mirai prints? I CAN JUST HANG THEM IN MY OFFICE.

- Minx was canceled. Man. That really really sucks.

- I am incredibly irritated about last night's Project Runway.

- I remain undecided on David Cook's new single.
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Um...yeah, if you aren't interested in what's up in American politics right now, or if you aren't a big fan of Barack Obama, you should probably not read the rest of this post! (Which is basically about how I want to draw little hearts around his name in my notebook)

In fact I am putting it behind a cut! )

Also, to the folks who left comments on that secret note meme which I couldn't reply to (due to said post reaching its comment limit) -- AWWW YOU GUYS!!! <3 <3
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I'm not a political blogger, and I'll just make a fool of myself if I attempt to post like one. But that was a pretty incredible speech. He could have just cruised by on big words and inspiring one-liners and everyone would have been happy, but he actually stood there and laid out what he was going to do and how he was going to do it, he was gracious and respectful, he stood firm against the opposition without resorting to the divisive language and tactics that helped put America into this terrible state in the first place.

Even before Obama started speaking, I looked at that stadium and thought fucking hell, there are 80,000 people in that thing, and they're there because they wanted a chance to see this man in person, to breath the same air and cheer him on to his face. And...I don't know. Earlier today, I spoke with someone who was critical of the change in venue -- it seemed too flashy and show business to her. I disagreed then, and I disagree even more strongly now.

Obama is a candidate of the people. The people wanted to be there with him, and so the DNC chose a venue where such a thing would be possible. It isn't about celebrity. It's about people believing so strongly in someone that they just...crave that personal connection, however small. And that's pretty fucking amazing.

I'm a sap. I'll admit it. I have cried an awful lot of tears while listening to the speeches made during this campaign. I hope that three months from now I'm still crying for all the best reasons.

ETA: I just got an email from the Human Rights Campaign in my inbox, which pointed out something I hadn't really thought of in these terms: "Tonight, Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for President of the United States. Never before have we had a chance to elect a President who proudly, openly stands up for GLBT equality. This is a life-changing moment in American politics." Fuck yes, HRC. Yes it totally fucking is. <3

BIDEN!

Aug. 23rd, 2008 04:32 am
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So I got my text from Barack, and I have to say...an excellent method of cheering oneself up in these trying times? Searching for "Joe Biden" on youtube.

Seriously, this guy is crazy. Crazy AWESOME? Hopefully. Apparently Barack thinks so, and I trust him, you know? We're pals. That's why he texts me at 3AM.
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This morning, while driving south on the Jersey Turnpike on the way to Ikea, we noticed flashing lights ahead and the traffic suddenly slowed.

A few minutes later, we drove past what looked like a convoy of 50 or so MTA city buses, along with other police and MTA vehicles.

I can't imagine where they would be going except to help evacuate refugees. Do any of you have confirmation of this? I can't find a thing on ny1.com and they're usually pretty up-to-date.

Because man...I really, REALLY want to be right about this. One more reason to be damn proud of being a new yorker.
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There's something incredibly surreal about sending out a chapter to one's betas at four in the morning, crawling off to bed, waking up five hours later, and discovering that somewhere in between there was a terrorist attack on London.

To all my friends in the UK: I'm so sorry. I'm just glad to hear that all of you are safe.

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