Sunday, September 30, 2007

Death and Christmas

When I was a child, my father spent the months leading up to every Christmas making grave blankets to sell so we could make ends meet. We lived just down the street from the town's cemetery, and my dad was a good friend with the caretaker. Local families bought the grave blankets so they could cover the graves of their dead relatives with flowers and pine needles to bring them warmth for the coming winter. I am not sure I understand this custom fully, or where it originated. It is not available on Wikipedia.
I vividly remember going to some local mom & pop store to buy Styrofoam, fresh pine branches, pinecones, fake flowers, and other supplies to make the grave blankets. My mother spent hours making giant pink, red and white bows that would be the best part of the creation. I always helped Dad place the branches in the Styrofoam rectangles. Sometimes I helped arrange the flowers. I loved helping my dad with these symbolic creations. On occasion he let me make the whole thing...well, the small ones for child graves. I never thought too much at the time that what I created was to cover the grave of a small, dead child.
As a finishing touch my father sprayed the thing (except for the bow) with either smelly gold or silver metallic spray paint, or sometimes, a fake white snow. I was not allowed to stay in the cold basement for this part of the process. The fumes were a little bit too much.
I am not sure why we stopped making grave blankets, for certain. It was either because we moved to a different state, or because of a tragic death in our own family. My memories around the time of the death of my nephew fail me. All I know is there was one Christmas season before we moved and we may have made them. If we did, then I am sure that I made one for Jeff to keep him warm that Christmas.
This may be a Christmas holiday tale, but I think it will always be better suited to tell at Halloween.

So, I plan to create a digital piece of one of these grave blankets to go along with this story...And, by the way this is a true story.


A Blanket for Warmth by =peggymintun on deviantART

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Blah Blah Blah Blahgger!!!

Blah Blah Blah...Randomness Rulz..No not rules as in guidelines. It rulz as in it oversees, or whatever. Just read it. Oh, eeer, so you knew what I meant.

Speaking as the Vast Overlord-ess of my Blogger...

1. NBC can kiss my big, fat ass for provoking Apple to take episodes of The Office off of greedy bastards.
2. So, my interview with Dredsden Doll's Amanda Palmer will be in Issue #19 of OLOGY.
3. I may have an interview with Aaron Funk (aka Venetian Snars)...if he responds to my message again. I hope he does...he gives interesting responses to his interview, so I hope he is into it.
4. Recent belly dance moves have been KILLIN my left hip...but I have a class performance on the 9th. Solo. Oh, if you only had a camcorder...that would only put you in grave danger.
5. AGORA is coming up fast. Saturday, October 13th!
6. I am a little off track from my art ideas list because I have been involved in a lot of contests and challenges on DeviantArt. I have been emmersing myself in digital. I have embedded some of my better ones of late in this post. I am progressing in both digital and traditional. I think my digital work is getting better, and it is benefitting my traditional. I don't know if I will ever get to the level of my friend Senecal, as far as selling my digital work. I do plan to submit them in a calendar format for 2008.
7. Getting ready for a Halloween Bash. I decided to have it the weekend after. More of a Day of the Dead party, I guess.
8. Eight is always intentionally left blank because I forget what it is for. Consult the Violent Femmes.
9. I am feeling so goth right now (god, that sounds so fucking lame...I'm leaving it)...can't wait for dreary skies and coldness. I love the fall.
10. Read up on this chick (Erzsebet of Bothory)...she is who I will be at my Halloween party

Seven by *peggymintun on deviantART

Queen of Cups by *peggymintun on deviantART

My Brain on Vast by *peggymintun on deviantART

The World Through My Window by *peggymintun on deviantART

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


OK...took this down for a time, but Jared convinced me not to self-censor.

Holy mother of GOD, I am wired as fuck!!! I think I have RLS, too. Only in my right leg, though. Sort of just in the back of my right leg, above and below the knee area. I feel like my muscles are thin rubber bands and someone is plucking them. Grrrrrr.

Anyways, today was weird. Actually, this year has been wait. The decade has been weird so far. Sometimes when I am wired like this I just think about people I know. I think it is weird how you are destined to meet some people. And I think about how all the people I know intersect and know one another from different sources. Maybe it is a professional industry thing. I'm not sure. Things just seem right at the moment. But at the same time I feel like there is something on the horizon that will change a lot of things. I am not sure if this is personal or having to do with work, though. I never fear change. I am a change junkie, actually.

I have lost 42 pounds so far...since July. I really need to step it up. I am at a plateau right now. I do need to follow a plan better and start exercising more. I just can't pull off 100% discipline. That fucking bores me. And I need a vice. No, I am not without sin, and I never plan to be. It is part of my humanity enrichment program.

Oh, this is 1 AM babel. I may delete it tomorrow. Like that sweet post about the Get Well Soon card pissing me off. OH yeah, who sends get well soon cards to the chronically ill who has a disease that has no known cure, and no pinpointed cause? Now that is beautiful irony. Yes, church ladies, I will get-well-soon as soon as these right-wing Christian fuckheads who so carefully (carelessly) blend the lines of church and state approve some much needed stem cell research. Until then, please divert your funds from Hallmark and USPS to the MS charities and pray for science that will help the masses and not just me.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Weird Noises and Other Stuff

So, I was thinking on the way to Tennessee that the skies look different over other places. It is just an observation:

This is what the outside of the room looked like. We were like 3 stories up and I thought the only way to get down was the elevator, and a ramp out to the back parking lot. Anyway, I thought the red bars were cool...
Oh yeah, we watched Vacancy while we were there. This movie must be watched in a hotel room to make it scary.

Ever have a movie piss you off? Just got done watching Premonition. I fucking hate how it ended. It was just messed up. I would bitch about it more, but I'd hate to give away the ending. Look...a tree:

Look...a spider. Joe was smoking on the deck and spotted him. He's so cute. I took 10 pics and they all turned out blurry. Oh well.

The mountains look awesome in the mornings...all the fog that has settled overnight. I got a few good shots on the road to home.

And this one is from day 2 back on the mountain. I showed one shot a couple days ago. This orb thing appeared in this shot, but nothing was on the lens, and the light was not hitting the camera. Paranormal activity, maybe???

So, I notice now that the noises around here are weird. The wailing of the sirens and then the wailing of the dogs mimicking the sirens. And the wind...wait there has been no wind. So, I am gearing up for Halloween. It ought to be a good year for weirdness.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Random Pictures...

Almost time to come home. Went to the Haunted Mansion today. I screamed a couple times. Oh yeah...just about fell over once. It was creepy, but only because I allowed it to be. Then I went to Ripley's Believe It or Not. Love that place. I have not been to one of those in a while. But, I am bored now, and ready to get home.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hmmmm...Smells like ****...At least smells are free!

Let me preface this by sayin' Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yar, matey!!! Rock on with your bad-ass eye patches.

I think when the lights go down in this town that everyone pees in the corners and shits in the creek. It is a lovely little town nestled between the mountains, but it is a little stinky. Just a bit. Smells are free though.

Having fun so far. It is very WTHB here. Just sayin'. I speak of 90% of the tourists. The locals look like they have come off a hard busy season of all things WT. They have that OMG-get-the-fuck-out-of-here attitude. A tattoo artist growled at me on the street yesterday. I was going to have her tattoo me...ok, not really I want to do that closer ro home.
Today we went to the aquarium. They searched us for guns. Poor little fishes held captive for the enjoyment of thousands of ...people. People with knives. I took pictures...

Later on we went up the mountain to take some pictures on the Outlook. It was very cool. I have vertigo. Normally I appreciate that dizzy, out-of-control feeling, but not when I think I will fall to my death...keep in mind the actual drop-off is like 50 feet away, making it impossible to fall to my death.

And I thought for a moment that I had gotten over my vertigo, but it returned full force.

Sasquatch Spotting

Better believe this...we saw a Sasquatch today. A little scary...he almost became roadkill. All right, if you don't believe me, here is proof:

Sunday, September 16, 2007

20 Random Things About Me...Plus Pics of Jared and Jimbo

20 Random (painfully interesting) facts....

1. I love to write bad, angsty poetry...the kind that provokes one to snap their fingers, crave lattes, and smoke clove cigarettes in dark coffee houses.
2. I love Indian food, especially Tandoori chicken...yum.
3. I love rockin' out to Guitar Hero, and have been known to play with 95% accuracy with the guitar behind my head. OH yeah.
4. I recently got the chance (thanks to a friend on DA) to interview Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls....!!!! It'll be in an upcoming issue of OLOGY magazine!
5. My current favorite thing to do (aside from my art) is bellydancing and I have been taking classes for almost a year now.
6. I love mountains...but I get vertigo like a bitch.
7. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a disc jockey...but my dreams took a tragic turn into oblivion when I accidentally left the studio mic on while DJ-ing one night...there's a lot more to that story that I will not tell here.
9. Brainchild from Omnibucket gave me nightmares and started my love and fascination with all things zombie.
10. I hate 80's styles...ruffles, pinned pants, leg warmers and big hair. Come on people, once was too freakin' much.
11. My fav coffee house drink is sugarfree hazelnut iced coffee.
12. I love books by astrophysicists, such as Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking, but can feel my brain overloading when I read them. Wow.
13. Sometimes when I drift off to sleep and am very relaxed I see shapes and lights that play like a music player visualization, and I also, on occasion, have hypnagogic hallucinations.
14. I love making Flash animations to music, but I never have time to do it.
15. I most identify with being a Buddhist, but I appreciate other religions.
16. One of these days I want to learn to play the piano.
17. I love reading tarot cards for people, but will not do it when I am not feeling well.
18. The last three cars I have owned have been Ford Tauruses. I don't care about cars...they serve a purpose. If I had to have a luxury car it would be a Jaguar. And I would pronounce it Jag-U-wah.
19. I only like to chew cinnamon gum.
20. I can move my eyes in different directions independently.

Okay...time for pics of Jimmie and Jared....

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Too Much Coffee

Is that possible?? I think I should have stopped at 3 cups...I had two this morning...2 big mugs at Bobs for lunch, and then 2 giant mugs this afternoon. TWEAK. I am fucking wired. Of course they each had artery clogging amounts of half-n-half.

So, I'm going down to Tennessee next week. Turns out that just over the mountain is a little town called Crabtree, NC. That is cool, given that Crabtree is my maiden name. Back when I was a young maiden...ha. Anyway, it is in the Blue Ridge in the Smokey Mountains just to the east of Cherokee land. I may have to pop over there just for a look around...that would also bring me very close to my Mom's family, too, and my current fav place to visit, Asheville, NC. I just love that area of the country.
Things I have found amusing lately:

Seth Green spoofs Chris Crocker's plea for Britney:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Cure

OK...listening to the Cure for an hour is not a cure for depression. Truly I am only reminded of things that make me sad. I won't go into any gruesome details. I will only make a wish, put it in a box, cast a spell, and hope that things work out like I want. I careful what you wish for.

Hmmmmm....what have I found interesting lately...little kitty kitty.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Senecal's Old One! Short Story

Hello. Wrote this story for Senecal's Old One! on Omnibucket just for fun. Kind of a weird science fiction out of body experience type tale of madness. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

It's Sunday...Time for Random Things

First off, here is a blog from Bruce Campbell that I found this morning on mySpace. I have asked him to be my "friend". Who in the hell wouldn't? Bruce has a WIKI, as well. Who in the hell doesn't?
Here are two extended Old Spice videos:

If you have IT, you don't need IT.
If you need IT, you don't have IT.
If you have IT, you need more of IT.
If you have more of IT, you don't need less of IT.
You need IT to get IT.
And you certainly need IT to get more of IT.
But if you don't already have any of IT to begin with,
you can't get any of IT to get started,
which means you really have no idea how to get IT in the first place, do you?
You can share IT, sure.
You can even stockpile IT if you'd like.
But you can't fake IT.
Wanting IT.
Needing IT.
Wishing for IT.
The point is if you've never had any of IT, ever,
People just seem to know.


I seem to be catching up with old friends this week. I just met up with Carmen yesterday...Monday is Julie and Isolde...Thursday is Samantha...and then Saturday is Jenn. Here's to old friends...Cheers!

I just finished writing a story to go with Senecal's Old One!. I think it turned out kind of cool. It needs to be linked up to the picture, then I will share it. Today I need to work on art. Seems that creative writing drains my energy, while art energizes me. It's the yin and yang of my creative cycle.

OK, I am off to watch a movie, or fold laundry, or paint a picture, or whatever Sunday brings.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Goth Ninja Belly Dance

I began taking belly dance lessons last November, almost one year ago, at Habeeba's School of Belly Dance Arts. I have absolutely loved it every step (ahem) of the way. I joke about it a lot and say that I am Goth Ninja...when you start school they make you wear black from head to toe because the introduction of color is too distracting to the instructors and other students. This may be true. I have never shook the black, and had my practice skirt and veil made from black chiffon. I also only wear black hip scarves...well, I do have a leopard skin one, too.

It certainly has been a challenge from time to time. We have learned how to Flutter, which is moving the diaphragm in and out until it makes the fat on your belly move in waves. Yeah, that's attractive. Another one of the more difficult moves is the Bedouin Walk. This is where you shimmy (moving the knees back and forth until your ass shakes and jiggles (again, lovely sight)and then moving forward and back with hip drops in a duck all that? Neither do I...actually, I did have a breakthrough last time. Other than those two and coordinating playing the zills (finger cymbals) at the same time, I have been quite successful at learning all the moves...the "sweet new moves", as I have pegged them for Joe.

So, here are a few of my favorite videos from the web showing this art form around the world:

Rachel Brice:
Paris Performance
Tribal Fusion
Rachel Brice Tribute

Mariah, My First Instructor

Egyptian Male Dancer

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Diseases Sound Better In Japanese

Over a decade ago I was diagnosed with thyroid disease. One of my "ologists" just told me today that the condition I have is known as Hashimoto's disease. Now I can get into that...HASHIMOTO. That sounds like a cool character on a Godzilla movie, or some other Japanese coolness. So, I figure I will have all my other current and future conditions and diseases translated into Japanese...just to take the edge off and give it an air of mystery.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Artist Statements

This is something I struggle with because when I write about myself, I tend to be a complete smart ass, or too simplistic, and it comes off just weird and disjointed. So, this week one of my goals is to formulate and write an artist statement and my bio.

I found this site, which seems to be a good resource.

Another thing is finding that balance between making it personal and too-much-information. I tend to not have a filter. I'll post something, then go back and read it and change it 20 times. And then still think it's shit and go back and change it again. Then wonder if I should just delete the whole damned thing and forget about it. Or should I be one of those cool people who just say something like "My art will devour your soul and regurgitate it into a rancid, puffy cloud of smoke". You see what I mean, that's not cool. That's, when I say it. It could work for you, perhaps.

So, anyway, I'm going to get to work and see what fabulous, awe-inspiring, genius words I can string together to describe all that is me and my art and my process.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Hey, What's Up?

Have you ever heard of MoBA, the Museum of Bad Art? I love it. It is located in Boston, MA. Their website is priceless. The descriptions of the works really make it. All the works are really just fun...I would liken it to receiving a piece of are from one of your kids, or (in my case) friends/family kids. You know, look at that it and think "at least they are trying". And then to add on some high brow art description to describe the work is awesome (and meant to be humorous...I hope!) Anyway, you should check it out. Recently I polled people on deviantArt to see what they would think about showing up in MoBA. I think I have a couple people who want to get their work in there now. Hmmmm...perhaps a contest or challenge. We are all striving to be so good at our craft, it's like a a welcome change to be allowed to screw up and be recognized (in a tongue-in-cheek way) for it, too. Kind of a right back at ya...I'm good and I'm bad...I am versatile.'s the linkage: MoBA, baby.

So the folks over at Omnibucket have been working very hard to get their new site up and running. I am just going to blatantly copy and paste their About description, rather than try to formulate a description in my own words...then feel free to surf over there and check it out...maybe set up an account if you are a creative type and want to participate...

"Omnibucket is

*A creative incubator for creators, fans, and producers.

*A platform for creators to converge, collaborate, and create.

*A space for fans and consumers to learn about the creative process as it grows and happens.

*A source for creativity scouts to discover developed and production-ready projects.

Omnibucket is a creative incubator more than a traditional publishing company.
As the founders of Omnibucket we have already defined space, built up real-world experience, and have a growing network of talent and industry contacts. These assets enable us to foster creative collaborations which yield book-based projects that are ready for mainstream production.

This web space itself is a place where contributors can work directly with each other by adding their own content. has aspects of social networking sites; the difference is that this network is comprised of people involved in the creative process."

Visit Omnibucket.