shoebox_dw: (peanuts snoopy tired)
More fiction tomorrow, when just navigating everyday life will hopefully be seeming less complicated. I have heard of this depressive effect in re: flu before, but never experienced it til now. And never will again, if the deal with this Faust dude goes through OK.

Meanwhile, enjoy...

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

shoebox_dw: (gf amazing talents)

I was fooling around on I Can Haz Cheezburger earlier, and while I can only handle so much cute at a time, I did manage to put together my very first couple of LOLCats. Am now so proud of my little self I am ignoring any possible (er, probable) lameness and posting them here:








shoebox_dw: (mythbusters problem)
I may....just...possibly...see the glimmer of a way clear to resolve my plotting headaches. Something someone mentioned in a comment here awhile ago, about telling the observer's story. More on that later, if it pans out.

Meanwhile, I've been toying with the idea of going back and reworking some of those old posts, pruning them down as it were. I've been concentrating hard on not rambling lately, and the self-editing process has actually been a lot of fun - enough so that it's making reading back over the archives a slightly cringe-worthy experience.

...Also, the cats have come down with an advanced case of February and are currently moping around giving me the Big Eyes of Feline Pathos because I refuse to let them go out in the -20 C windchill. I need something to block out the whining, stat.
shoebox_dw: (garfield camera)
When I'm not cooing over mini-Rhodes Scholars (and their itty-bitty Indiana Jones Lego figures - please note the lovingly-rendered five-o'clock shadow) there are always the cats. If you'll recall, there are two of them, Dolly (Shoemom's) and Lucy (mine):

No, I don't make my bed as often as I should. Focus, people!  A rare moment of not trying to kill each other.


They are easy to tell apart: Dolly is the one who will defend the bathtub to the death. I've been around a lot of cats, defending a lot of territories, but  Dolly's fixation with our fixtures is unique.
more fuzzy goodness under the cut... )
shoebox_dw: (gf amazing talents)
...yours truly has a digital camera!

Yes, the tax refund finally kicked in, the research has been done, the purchase has been made, and I have a whole entire new hobby all tucked up in a cute l'il Roots case. Or at least, I will as soon as I have a chance - hopefully, this weekend - to find and photograph stuff that isn't a) on my bookshelf or b) related to me.

Meanwhile, I've made some interesting preliminary discoveries. For instance, how you can turn the most mundane event into insta-party fodder simply by recording it. The human race - in my vicinity, anyway - seems to be perpetually just slightly disoriented re: self-image, and watching them try and adjust is basically a therapist's wet dream.
My little Canon companion actually comes with a 'Kids & Pets' setting, which I think is just great. (Now, about that 'Recalcitrant Sisters' setting? Actually, for maximum usefulness I'm thinking one of those head-clamps that they used in Victorian photography could maybe shoot out, R2-D2-like, from the top.)

Honestly, I think the whole thing is wonderful. For the largest part of my thirty-odd years a camera has meant  a bulky, multi-component abstract that mysteriously, when all the stars were aligned correctly was my best guess, recorded imagery. I hung about galleries contemplating the output of, say, Ansel Adams with awe, and a vague sense of longing.

Now, suddenly, all the possibilities of Art are cupped in my lone little hand, and that longing is so sharply defined I'm even a little startled at its intensity. I feel this tremendous urge to get out there and Experience the Visual. Nay, interpret Life Itself, give it layers of heretofore unrealised, because indescribable, Meaning...

...In other words, yes, I have become yet another blogger with a camera. Not to worry, though, because I come with a built-in anti-annoyance device in the form of Shoemom, who will kill me if she sits down at our shared computer and finds anything even remotely 'personal' staring back at her. Depending on the nature of said pic, the Shoesisters will unhesitatingly act as witnesses for the defense.

Thus, much as I'm dying to inflict such party-ready moments as Shoemom's Latest New Outfit or Shoesis Counts Her Car Loan Payment While I Speculate on Where She Earned It..not so much. Instead, you might want to prepare for a long series of 'panoramic shots' (cf. Ray Goulding), interspersed with...uh...Cats Doing Cute Stuff, mostly. That never gets old, right?

...Yeah, well, nuts to you, animal-hating party-pooper. For a start, let's meet the cast:Read more... ) 

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