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☼Strella ♥♫
10 August 2009 @ 10:04 pm
I love you all dearly, but I think it's official...

I am jumping the LJ ship and scrambling onto the USS Tumblr...

I just like it better, what can I say?

My Tumblr is here, and you should check out the site. It's quite spiffy.

I probably won't be posting to LJ much at all anymore.

Best wishes to everyone who I'm abandoning... ♥
☼Strella ♥♫
05 August 2009 @ 09:55 pm
I'm up to 70 goals in my Mission 101 list, and I'm planning on tackling two or three of them tomorrow when Ri comes over: making a chess set (she'll help with that; We tried it once and failed but that was a couple of years ago xD), learning to waveboard (she's a master, seriously o_O), and maybe doing some ninja notes.

I can't believe tomorrow's Thursday already. o_O

I officially have enough for the Rock the River ticket, tucked into an envelope and tacked to my bulletin board. :D I have money saved for the thrift store raids before school too. Sayuri, Imooto-chan, and maybe Ri (I can't remember xD) and I are going to go to the thrift stores in town and then alter the clothes :D Just for fun.

After looking at this series on dA, I really want to do a Seven Deadly Sins shoot with some of the Beloved. I know Tasha at least would have fun with it, and I could always do it with just her, but I think Nekochan and maybe Tsuki and Imooto would enjoy it... it would hold us over until Wonderland at least a little bit. ((I also officially started saving for the Beloved in Wonderland/Through the Camera Lens shoot today--a whole two dollars! xD))

Uhm... I think I can stop rambling. There's not much else to say!

Keep in touch, my friends!

Current Music: Modest Mouse ((I am officially in love with them))
☼Strella ♥♫
04 August 2009 @ 05:49 pm
I'm all excited about my Mission 101 (which I'm keeping track of here). I have 67 goals on it and keep getting more ideas (most of which I forget after I think of them xDD).

I went over to Rom and Josie's again today and played cards and wrote RPs and played chess (YAY NEW MISSION 101 IDEA!) and it was a blast. I biked there and back though so now I'm being all tired and lazy. I'm so out of biking-shape (I can't just say out of shape because I've never really been IN shape)

I went to Bri's yesterday for a bonfire with Kairi, Sayuri, Tasha, and Eiji. It was fun! We hung out and ate hot dogs (turns out Chris is a good grill-er; Bri, not so much--she singed the ends of her hair when she lit the grill! Not kidding) and I got gifts o_O Which was cool. Bri went to New York last week and brought me an authentic I ♥ NY t-shirt. (You'd think I'd own one since I lived there for 8 years, but almost no one who lives in NY wears one because we all live there xD). And Eiji gave me this little blue case with a koi on it that opens up to a small notepad with blank pages. He said he saw it at a yard sale and thought of me. And that makes me smile, a lot, because Eiji is a sweetheart and I really loved him for a long, long time... and I was jealous of Ri's metal heart xD

It's a good thing he's with Neko-chan or I'd fall for him all over again o_O


Yay New York!

☼Strella ♥♫
01 August 2009 @ 11:46 am
Because everyone keeps telling me they want to go to a concert. Here are some prospective shows :D

Thousand Foot Krutch and Children 18:3, $11 adv/$15 dos/$18 for artists' circle (close seats), Nothwestern College

Billy Talent, September 18, $15, Station 4

OWL CITY!, September 26, $14, the Cabooze

Family Force 5, September 27, no ticket price yet, the Cabooze

Johnnyrook, October 1, $5, The Rock

AFI, October 2, $25.50, Epic (I'll only consider going to this if like half the Beloved go with me xD)

Skillet, November 14, $25, Minneapolis Convention Center

Let me know if you want to come to any of these, we can start planning! ♥
Current Location: mom's kitchen
☼Strella ♥♫
30 July 2009 @ 10:19 pm
I figured I should make good on my promise to stay on top of livejournal (and Tumblr, since I checked my Tumblarity and found that I was turning into a photoblogger D: That bothers me)

Today I was awoken by the sound of my mom talking on the telephone to a friend of hers. I assumed it was about the interview for a teaching job she'd had earlier this morning, and I was right. What I didn't expect is for her to bring home good news. She got the job! She's been unemployed since March, and my uncle since April or May (we rent our house from him and he basically keeps our family afloat) so the new position really takes a lot of stress of of our family.

Also, my father had two of his friends from out east last week. These are family friends who I've known for my whole life, and it was really nice to see them again. But the better news is that one of them has been in to photography for quite a while and has recently "upgraded" from film to digital--and he's offered to give me one of his old film cameras!

I accepted after some stammering and lots of thank-yous, and I'm quite excited for it; I used film cameras in photography this last year and was impressed by the results. I currently am still holding my uncle's old 35mm camera hostage (I borrowed it for the class I took) because I have pictures left on the roll and wanted to save them for something special, but I'm probably going to go out tomorrow and use up the rest now. I'll take it to Walgreens and get the images put on a disk as well, so that I'll be able to learn how to work with them more.

I've been feeling quite creative recently. Maybe I should finish a few of my projects and share some pictures ^_^

Also, I've been thinking of restarting P365 when I have the new camera and also starting a Mission 101, because sandiekay and lovelydacey both have one. What do you think?

Current Location: Mom's, kitchen
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Asher playing guitar
☼Strella ♥♫
27 July 2009 @ 06:28 pm
Dear LiveJournal,

I am sorry I haven't been around lately. I apologize for abandoning you all. I have 289 messages that stand for entries I need to read and I intend to read every one of them.

One of the reasons for my extended absence is that I got caught up in other types of journaling: Tumblr, and actual on-paper-with-a-pen journaling, both of which I love, paper-and-pen more so.

I'll try to be back on more often, and I'll try to be more meaningful in what I share with you guys. I promise.

Current Location: Mom's kitchen
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Whatever Asher is listening to (aka nothing pretty)
☼Strella ♥♫
30 June 2009 @ 12:13 pm
I'm planning on biking to the library today and taking care of that huge $20 debt I owe them ^^" It's a mix of overdue fees and a lost book. I haven't been to the library since March of '08, and that's just too long. sandiekay's talk of the Gregor the Overlander books made me start thinking of going and since I know I can get there on my bike, I might as well go. I have nothing better to do today :D

I'll let you guys know how many books I pick up this time. I think my record is 27 :D

Any book recommendations?

OH ALSO I was talking to Rom and Josie about possibly meeting up with us at Summer Fete on Friday. I miss them and they wanted to make plans for the 4th but I have family stuff all day. So yays.


PS--I cleaned my room until 1.30 last night xD It looks nice, yay!
Current Location: Mom's//Kitchen
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Nothin'
☼Strella ♥♫
29 June 2009 @ 11:06 am
Tumblr is amazing. It's like a blog-Twitter-Moleskinenotebook cross. Thanks Hally.
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Current Location: Mom's//Kitchen
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Michael Jackson (RiP)
☼Strella ♥♫
25 June 2009 @ 02:23 pm
Hey, Kai and Sayuri! Here's the details for tomorrow's shoot. Read them over, and let me know if there's anything that sounds wrong, or that you want to tweak. Scenes are listed in order of how they appear on the album. A heart (♥) means Instinct is in the scene; A sun (☼) means Innocence is in the scene. Read on, dearies.


Sai needs to bring it
Ri needs to bring it
I'll bring it.

Red juice
Something for under your dress
Shorts to wear under costumes while biking
Comfortable shoes to bike/walk in
Food xD
Your camera, fully charged
A deck of cards (we only need the 4 Queens though)
Your makeup



♥ ☼ CANTO III-- I'll take several shots and mask them together while I'm editing. Innocence and Instinct will be floating in the sky, blended together, and then fallen, unconscious, on the ground, separate. Probably a two-panel scene.

♥ ☼ FIGHT INSIDE-- This will be a two-panel shot. The first one will be of Innocence and Instinct facing each other, bound wrist-to-wrist with red rope (which I have) and struggling to get away from the other. The second panel will be almost the same, but with I&I facing away from each other. I&I will both look angry in this set. "The fight inside is coursing through my veins. And it's raging; the fight inside is breaking me again."

DEATH OF ME-- Instinct will be lounging around, probably in that place with the rafters, or maybe another place with better walls. This is her I'm-sexy-and-you-can't-win shot. She'll have her feet up, her jacket slung somewhere, a glass of red juice in her hand, and she'll be smiling crookedly. She should be laughing with her eyes. "I was comfortable inside these walls."

MYSTERY OF YOU-- Instinct is kneeling alone. There is a bright red, smeared, "bleeding" heart on her chest, drawn in the lipstick she is wearing. She is halfway between crying and screaming. Her hands are grasping either at her chest near the heart, or her throat. She is very broken and very weak, much in contrast to the previous scene. There is a possibility of a double panel either in this scene or the next, the second part being a macro of the heart. "You touch the deepest part of me, the places I could not save. Tell me why I'm so dark inside."

♥ ☼ START AGAIN-- This is a companion to Mystery of You. Instinct is still kneeling and still wounded with the heart, but she looks less in pain and more sorrowful. She's looking off in the distance somewhere. Innocence is standing next to her, and now SHE is the one who looks pained. She is reaching towards the heart on Instinct's chest, and is an inch or so away from it. She will be partly ghosted out in the final image, so we will have to take one shot with her there and one without. "I can make it right with one more try. Can we start again?"

NEVER BE THE SAME-- Innocence is wandering either in trees or reeds. She is lost. Her dress is snagging in different places, and she looks confused and slightly scared, as if she has a feeling she is being watched or followed. We may have a small glint of black farther from her, suggesting her suspicion is correct, but I haven't decided yet. We can try it both ways. "I'm caught inside the memories and promises and yesterdays...I just can't walk away."

♥ ☼ CONFESSION-- Instinct is holding the frame up around her face, as if she is a reflection in a mirror. She is grinning, and the grin is dark. Innocence is turning away, but looking over her shoulder at the "mirror." We might have to take two shots; I'm considering masking out Instinct's body outside of the frame to strengthen the mirror effect. There is also the possibility of making this a two-panel and having it be reversed as well--Innocence in the mirror, and Instinct fleeing. "I confess, I'm always afraid, always ashamed, of what's inside my head."

SHADOWS-- This is a double-panel scene. Innocence is alone. She holds a white rosary in her hands, and her eyes are tightly shut. She looks deep in concentration or afraid. She is dappled in shadow. The second panel is a macro of the cross on the rosary clutched in her hands; it is half in and half out of the shadows. "I'm holding onto you, I'll never let go. I need you with me as I enter the shadows."

ORDINARY WORLD-- This will hopefully be taken under that highway overpass at the end of the first half of Bass Ponds. Innocence is beneath the overpass, perhaps hiding partway behind one of the support pillars. She is looking around warily. The road and hopefully cars should be included in this shot. "There's an ordinary world, somehow, I have to find. And as I try to make my way to the ordinary world, I will learn to survive."

OUT FROM UNDER-- Instinct is caught mid-fall in this scene, dropping from somewhere. Possibly the rafters of that structure I mentioned before, possibly just a tree branch. Her eyes should be shut, but her face should be calm. Since her hair is short now, we need to depend on her dress and/or jacket to show the motion, and this might take a lot of tries. "I took the fall; I took it all. ... I finally broke in the pressure."

♥ ☼ TAKE IT ALL AWAY-- This uses the idea with the cups I mentioned to you both on Tuesday. Innocence and Instinct will interlink arms, and each hold a cup to their own lips. HOWEVER, Instinct's cup will hold clear water, and Innocence's will hold the red juice. Both should have their lips almost open and their glasses close to their mouths. It will be a close-up shot of just the mouths and glasses, if possible, but I want to show the interlinked arms as well. "It's over now, just innocence and instinct still remain."

♥ ☼ OVERTAKE YOU-- This is the tree shot I discussed with you on Tuesday. Innocence is walking on a path beneath trees, smiling, on the balls of her feet with her arms out, taking in the air. Instinct is on a tree limb above her in a relaxed but predatory crouch. She is smiling darkly. She would have her jacket over her shoulder if possible, making balance and stalking look like minimal effort. "I'll just be strong and keep knowing that now I will overtake you. You try to get me but you'll end up dead."

FOREVER-- This is most probably a two-panel scene. Instinct is standing quite obviously in the middle of a road, grinning, looking sideways with only her eyes. She holds a hand of four cards in one hand and the jacket is slung over her shoulder with the other. The second panel is a macro of the four cards, which shows that they are all Queens of the four different suits, but that the diamond is black rather than red. The Queen of Hearts is the only red suit in the hand. "You came when you knew that the game was over."

♥ ☼ NOTHING AND EVERYTHING-- This is a companion to Fight Inside, and another double panel scene. We will take it last because of the costume/make-up we need to do. Innocence and Instinct are standing side by side, with the wrists in the middle held up. They are bound by the red rope again. Their fists are closed, and they are both staring straight ahead with emotionless faces. The second panel is the same posture and expression, but now Innocence dons the black dress and dark makeup, while Instinct is in white with little to no makeup at all. Their wrists are still bound. "Enemy, familiar friend, my beginning and my end. It's nothing; it's everything."


So, I know it's a LOT of crap, but I need to know if either of you have issues with it before tonight, preferably, so that we can make provisions for whatever it is we need to change. Call me if you need to; Asher has friends over and I don't know if/when I'll have the computer again tonight. Love you!

Current Location: Mom's room
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Red//album:Innocence and Instinct (of course xD)