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Hey! There's a lovely raffle for a custom makoatl over here:
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Makoatls are usually super expensive or difficult to get, and they're a really beautiful species, so go do that thing!
Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year, you guys. Well one of them's not late that counts for something right
Hope you had a tolerable Christmas, at least ^^

Also, I'll be gone for a couple of days for extended family Christmas shenanigans.

Best wishes!
Guess what you guys?
Yeah, I've been here for a year now. I'm not too great with time but it does feel like so much longer~
Okay, I'll keep this brief:
When I first joined dA, I thought I'd skulk for a couple of weeks and then move on; I'd never have dreamed that in a few months' time I'd actually be chatting to people online without making terrible social blunders (or at least without noticing myself making them). It's been a really great year - for the first time I really feel like I've got the hang of life and the existential despair is pretty easy to ignore. Plus, my art's certainly improved, if only to being slightly less painful to behold.
Thank you, everyone, for making my experience of this site so great ^^

Tagged (again)~

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:58 PM
Skin by SimplySilent


Ah, tagspam. What wonderful watchfodder I give. DX

Questions from XxColdfuryxX ;;
1. What genre of music do you usually listen to?
Homestuck music, if any, and classical in the mornings~

2. What irritates you most?
People passing their opinions off as the truth without valid evidence! D:

3. What genre of movies do you watch?
Um. ...Books?
My dad gets me to watch classic sci-fi films with him every now and then, and we occasionally go to see silly family films.

4. Your idol?

:iconyuumei:

5 Why is he/she your idol?
Brilliant artist, writer, storyteller, character creator and activist, who raises very interesting political and social ideas with her work. Just <3

6. Where do you want to be buried at? -hides knife-
In the Brazilian rainforest ^^ Failing that, Nova Scotia.

7. What do you do if your friend cries because of you?
D': Be really awkward and not know how to apologise, then kind of... hover...

8. Are you content with your life?
Definitely! But it can always get better ^^

9. If you could change something in the world, what would you change and why?
I'd make there  be an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent god who actually did stuff to help, because - well, seriously, not much else can help us the way we're going.

10. What do you think of me?
You're all nice and good at roleplaying and a GIMP wizard. :D

Ah, that was fun to do. Okay, I won't annoy you further by tagging anyone ^^; Just have a nice day/night and stuff. Don't die.

Tagged!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 30, 2012, 5:20 AM
Yup. By :iconmoomoko:

1) If you could cosplay anyone or anything EVER perfectly what/who would you cosplay?
Ooh, tricky one. I guess I'd probably go for evil No-Face or something.

2) Uhh what's your favourite Disney movie? XD
:| I dislike Disney. Besides, I don't really watch movies. I guess The Little Mermaid?

3) What's your favourite word?
Serendipitous.

4) Hey. Hey hey. Hey. Guess what?
You couldn't think of another question?

5) MELON.
LEMON.

6) fjaklsdasldjdjgklasjdflkacanyouseethesecretmessagejaglksjdfoiasjdflkjasdlkfjasdklf?
jjgkfdslhabcighelbdivhlszbefihyoafhblnbvodihfsfbsldhfishvlefksoh.

7) Are you sleepy?
YES.

8) What's your favourite food?
Rare steak with garlic <3 Failing that, potatoes and lemon.

9) A super pretty bird just landed outisde my window. I can see it right now. It's watching me. Why is it watching me??
It's probably watching to see if you're going to eat it or something. Possibly it's curious. Why do you care.

10) I looked at it some more and it's a Jay. Why did I tell you this? XD
Ooh, a jay? I haven't seen one of those for ages! You're quite sure?

Okay, questions now.
1) Fish or birds?
2) Taciturnity or talkativeness?
3) Breezes or stillness?
4) Ideal country to live in?
5) In any story, would you generally prefer to be the protagonist, the antagonist or a side-character?
6) How long has it been since you last got a good night's sleep?
7) Stance on unnecessary swearing?
8) How about incorrect, spleling or grammer?
9) What's going through your head right now?
10) Lucky number?

Tagging time: :iconmoomoko: :iconmisssapias: ...Ahaha I know nobody well enough

Have a good day! ^^

News!

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:34 AM
Some newsworthy things have happened! So no more meme-spam, you guys. I know how bad I am with that.

First, runes are extremely cool. So cool, in fact, that I have made a few of my own. I'd recommend it - like most not-really-creative activities, it's really satisfying ^^ And of course there's the whole being privy to the secrets of the universe thing. My atheist dad keeps sniggering pointedly at me and making derogatory remarks that he seems to find very funny. Of course I don't believe they work, since the runes, meanings and methods have all changed over time so much that almost all of the original c. 1200 script has been lost. Doesn't mean he has to be so smug about it though.

And second (apologies if you're not a Homestuck fan; it'll be over soon, I promise) - there's going to be a fanmade audio-only musical. Of Homestuck. And they're still accepting auditions and songs and I just know I'm going to waste a few months of my life trying out for it because it is so awesome. Here ya go: mspaforums.com/showthread.php?…

Thirdly and finally, I'm getting a digital art program for next Christmas. Any recommendations? Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop are supposed to be the best, but opinions differ over which is better, so any help would be much appreciated ^^

Squid out!

It Keeps Happening

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:16 AM
Hey there! Well, abandon any hope of an interesting/informative/entertaining journal now, because Rivermask13 just told me to post this and I'm bored.

So, comment on this and I'll:

1. Tell you something I learned about by looking at your dA page for 13 seconds
2. Tell you a colour you remind me of
3. Tell you my first memory of you
4. Ask you a question
5. Tell you something I like about you
6. Give you a nickname
7. Tell you the object that is to the left of me
8. Dare you to do this yourself in your journal

What's not to love?

D of E

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:08 AM


Just came back from Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Tents and shoelaces froze, 16k a day, got lost so many times, lost the map twice. Just... just don't do it, guys. It's not worth it if you're as useless as me D:
Ranty rant over. Have a meme!
*stolen from BlackFoxNightmare*


THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Squid
2. Pip
3. ...Gorilla-chan... (thanks a bunch, Kitten-Pink)

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU'VE HAD:
1. worshipthesquid (everywhere)
2. pipistrelle (everywhere else)
3. whimsy (side-account, a long time ago)

THREE THINGS YOU'VE DONE IN THE LAST 33 MINUTES:
1. Got off the coach to go home after two days living death
2. Tried not to think about school tomorrow
3. Hugged all my piles of books wearing my bowler hat. Because I can.

THREE THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My generally cheerful demeanour.
2. My glasses 8)
3. Well, I guess I mean well, and that's something! ...Right?

THREE THINGS YOU DISLIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My memory D:
2. Don't even talk to me about social interaction. Plus my librarian face >8|  
3. My lack of willpower.

THREE PARTS OF YOUR ORIGINS:
1. Irish (reddish hair, love of potatoes, easily-burning skin)
2. Scottish-Canadian
3. English

THREE THINGS/PEOPLE YOU'RE AFRAID OF:
1. ALL OF YOU PEOPLE
2. Myself :/
3. Dogs :(

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. Bowler hat
2. Two pairs of socks
3. Patchwork skirt (Fashion? What is this thing of which you speak?)

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. Computer.
2. Oranges/bagels.
3. Uh... my... bed?

THREE IMPORTANT OBJECTS:
1. Steampunk coat!
2. Drawing tablet and pen (Dorah and Misty) <3
3. My beloved mechanical pencil (Bricks in Summer)

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS:
1. Um. Bach. ^^;
2. Edward Elgar
3. The Lemon Bucket Orchestra


THREE WAYS FOR YOU TO BE HAPPY:
1. Hanging around with my lovely nerdy friends ^^ Or debating ethics with MissSapias
2. Drawing something unnecessary.
3. Correcting punctuation

THREE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS AT PRESENT:
1. The Irish Washerwoman (yup. Not a song)
2. Bach's Magnificat (it has singing in it!)
3. Don't Get Lost in Heaven - Gorillaz

THREE NEW THINGS YOU WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:
1. Get an art style of my own. Or at least get better at the non-style I have
2. Write stuff
3. Participate more in the fandoms I'm in and stop lurking so much

THREE THINGS YOU REGRET:
1. Coming second in the Lit Quiz. Come on, I knew it was a nymph!
2. Every other conversation I've had. Ever.
3. Lots of things I blanked out a second after I did them

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
1. Freedom to be who we both are without fear of judgement from the other
2. Contentment
3. I don't know. Intelligent conversation or something

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE:
1. I actually love everything
2. I'm a hypocrite
3. I lie far too often

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE IN THE OPPOSITE SEX:
Ha no. Like I'd know.

THREE EMOTIONAL THINGS YOU LIKE IN THE OPPOSITE SEX:
See above~

THREE THINGS YOU JUST CAN'T DO:
1. Revise. D:
2. Draw the same character twice on purpose.
3. Draw faces from memory.

THREE THINGS YOU MISS FROM YOUR PAST:
1. My dreams! I used to have these amazing lucid dreams every night and I went to bed early just so they could be longer. But now I only get half-remembered dreams that are hard to sort out from my half-remembered life :(
2. I want my delusions back :'(
3. Excitement at Christmas!

THREE GIFTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE:
1. Drawing stuff I guess.
2. Yup.
3. Yup, definitely drawing stuff.

THREE OF YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES:
1. Fencing
2. Reading
3. Drawin'.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Be freeeeeee
2. Do some fencing to get the stiffness out of me legs
3. Draw/write Kitten-Pink's birthday gift

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO FOR HOLIDAY:
1. Japan
2. Venice
3. France (skiingskiingskiing)

THREE OF YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS (GAMES, MOVIES ETC.):
1. Robin/Nightwing
2. Bran (A Game of Thrones)
3. Dido (The Stolen Lake etc. - Joan Aiken)

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. See the woooooooorld!
2. Write a book
3. Get good at drawing

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I Will Be Gone

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 3:46 PM


...for this weekend because I will be somewhere in the wilds of suburban England for Saturday and most of Sunday and then I will be recuperating and making up for lost body weight. Sorry about not being able to rp and such :(


:star: Happy happy happy! :star:


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News

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 1:30 PM


Finally, something journal-worthy!
First, went to a wonderful dA Meet in London yesterday and met loads of almost scarily friendly people. If you haven't already seen Raygirl, Tsuchinoko-chan, GamefreakDX or Leekface72's stuff then give it a look. And Bailey4ppg is just awesome ^^
Secondly, I finally tried mask-making again and it is far more fun than I remembered. I've got to make more of those things! :D I'll try and upload some work-in-progress pictures. (If you're curious, the subject was my younger sister and the mask will eventually be incorporated into her No-Face cosplay).
And finally, after far to many changes of mind I'm leaning towards Jaspersprite for my costume, if only because I want to make a more ambitious cat mask and I need an excuse to buy stripy tights. MCM expo is coming up quicker every day, so I hope I can get it done in time  *is nervous*

Oh, and my friend FINALLY joined up. She writes things. Go give MissSapias lots of hugs ^^


:star: Happy happy happy! :star:


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Sweet Jegus

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 1:24 AM


PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP
GOD
I LOVE YOU SAB3600

sab3600.deviantart.com/
^This guy. Just incoherent with gratitude here.


Seriously. I will be hugging strangers on the street because there's the slimmest chance that they could have done it.


:star: Happy happy happy! :star:


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Hey, world! This looks like a good idea!
Copied from Kiocah, who copied it from xxAstronomyxx, who had the idea in the first place and wrote all that awesome stuff down there. fav.me/d5cdwb3

_____________________________________________

Alright, so I've noticed on DA that a small compliment or fave, or just checking in to say hi can make someone feel wonderful. I'm of the strong opinion that people NEED this. If everyone cared more, the world would be a better place.
That is probably one of the cheesiest lines I will ever say, but it is true.
I want to help the fellow artist, but more importantly, the person who is the artist.

This is how it will work. Post in this journal > xxastronomyxx.deviantart.com/j… nominating five people who you care the MOST about and who rarely get the support and attention they could use. They don't have to be great artists, they don't have to even be artists! Just people you love, for various reasons.
Explain a little bit why you care for them, and I will do the following:

1. For each person I will give them a llama, a fave, and potentially a watch.

2. For one person out of the five everyone picks(who you think deserves it most), I will draw them a backgroundless shaded sketch of their char. If they don't have a DA or an OC, because maybe it's a relative or such, then I will draw a thing they love. Flowers, people, animals, ect. Bring it on!

But remember, I'm one person, and I also produce art fairly slowly, so help would be appreciated. I know there are many great artists on here who would love to help and I really would love to do this.

So, here it is, I'm broke, but I will do this: copy and paste this whole entire journal entry into your own journal linking it back to me, and I will give you a watch. If you actually decide to do this with me, copy the whole journal and have people of your own watchers comment with their favorite five people. I will then add you to a list of people who have helped me and when I finish all the requests for art, I will also draw you something! However, I need to see examples that you've actually tried to brighten peoples' days up.

______________________________________________________________

SO, in review, this is what you need to do:

IF YOU WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE YOU LOVE ART:
Comment  with five people you love/care for. Tell me the one who deserves it most. I will give each five people a llama and a fave and potentially a watch. However, I will give the fifth person who you think deserves it most a backgroundless shaded picture of something they love. These people do NOT have to be on DA, but I do not want ANYONE tricking me into making art just for themselves. If that happens a lot, then I can't do this.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP ME ADVERTISE:
Copy this whole journal and link it back to me in the journal, then show me your journal. I will then give you a watch.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP ME HELP PEOPLE:
Copy the whole journal, link back to me, but also have your own watchers comment in the journal you posted and then you give them a llama, a fave, potentially a watch, and then a picture of the fifth persons' favorite thing.

__________________________________________


ALSO: MUST READ:
If you post in my journal with the top five people you love, then you CANNOT AT ALL POST IN ANYONE ELSE WHO IS HOLDING A JOURNAL GIVE AWAY WITH ME. That is not fair and it'll be hard enough giving art away to those who did not get it, than giving seconds to people who have already received some.

IF SOMEONE IS NOMINATED BY MORE THAN ONE PERSON: I will only give that nominated person art once. That is it.

I WILL BE KEEPING THIS ALL WRITTEN DOWN, and if people choose to help me, I WILL ALSO BE TELLING THEM WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED ART.

Please don't ruin the fun, because it makes it hard for me to do nice stuff then.

Alright guys, who wants to spread the love, and help me?


___________________________________
To Canada. For two flibbering weeks with no computer )!

Free Premium Membership Day!~

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 7, 2012, 12:52 AM


Gorillaz. I love 'em.

So this was really just to try out the awesome awesomeness of journal skins. TOO MUCH FUN
See you around!

These are too much fun to stop doing ^^;
Stole it from BlackFoxNightmare blackfoxnightmare.deviantart.c… again.

*| Girlish |*
[ ] I love at least one shade of pink.
[ ] I don't like being messy.
[ ] My belongings are organised. (Ha, no.)
[x] I don't like rock music.
[ ] I like wearing accessories all the time.  (I have a key I wear around my neck and a Claddagh ring ^w^ )
[ ] Bright colors amaze me.
[ ] I hate black.
[ ] I go to the salon once a week.
[ ] I comb my hair almost all the time.
[ ] I bring my phone with me everywhere.
Total: 1

*| Boyish |*
[ ] I wear baggy pants.
[x] I play video games.
[ ] I listen to boy bands.
[ ] I like wearing jackets with hoods.
[x] I'm too lazy to do chores.
[/] I don't like shopping. (Would that be clothes shopping or book shopping?)
[ ] I like to go bungee jumping.
[ ] I'm a big fan of marvel heroes.
[x] I barely wear perfume.
Total: 3.5

*| Nerdy |*
[x] I always carry a pen in my purse or pocket.
[ ] I enjoy studying.  
[x] I wear glasses.
[ ] I'm a straight "A" student.
[x] I've never skipped any class in my whole life.
[x] I like my shirt tucked in.
[ ] My favorite subject is science.
[x] I enjoy reading books.
[ ] My assignments are always passed on time.
[x] I correct people with their grammar.
Total: 6

*| Emo |*
[x] I love the color black.
[ ] I always sit at the corner.
[ ] One side of my hair is covering one side of my face unless behind ear.  
[ ] I like listening to metal rock music.
[ ] I have a lot of problems in my life.
[ ] I'm not much of a loud person.
[ ] I don't talk much.
[ ] I don't have that many friends.  (Meh, I dunno...  Maybe I do...?)
[ ] I barely have fun.
[ ] I barely go out with my folks or friends.
Total: 1

*| Childish |*
[x] I am open to my parents.
[x] I sleep with a stuffed toy. (khjjhlhgkjfMr.Snugglebunnykhfhgjkdf)
[x] I watch cartoons.
[ ] I don't like watching horror movies.  
[ ] I sleep with a night light.
[ ] My parents are the ones who choose my outfit.
[ ] I'm scared of roller coasters.
[ ] I like being with my family relatives.
[x] I take bubble baths.
[ ] I've ran around the house in my underwear.
Total: 4

*| Popular |*
[ ] A lot of people adore me.
[ ] I hangout with the coolest crew.
[/] My parents are loaded.
[ ] I get everything I want.
[ ] I don't wear the same outfit twice.
[ ] I always have the latest gadgets.
[ ] I'm updated to the latest gossips.
[x] I don't like people blocking my way.
[ ] I have a lot of friends.
[ ] A lot of people look to me.
Total: 1.5

My Stereotype: So basically a childish nerd. *cries* WHY, MR SNUGGLEBUNNY, WHY?
Meme stolen from blackfoxnightmare.deviantart.c… ^^

x-full out agree
/-half of it

What Mythological Creature Are You?

Centaur:
[/] You are rather wild, and let your instincts run you.
[] You get drunk a lot.
[] Bravery and boldness is second nature to you.
[] You have a deep love for astronomy and the universe.
[] You like to read your daily horoscope
[] You have a high level of pride in yourself.
[x] In the woods is the best place for you to be.
[/] You are spiritual.
[] The horse is one of your favorite animal.
[/] You are possessive and territorial.
Total: 2.5

Elf:

[] Your ears are slightly pointed at the tips.
[X] You are very intelligent.
[] Your five senses are extremely keen.
[/] Your weight is quite a bit lighter than the average person at your particular height.
[x] You always [try to ):] wear elegant clothes and [try to D:] speak as politely as possible.
[] You are most at peace when you are gazing at something beautiful, like nature.
[] You look very young for your age.
[x] You rarely get sick.
[] You are a very hard worker. [Lol, no.]
[] Above all other superpowers, you would love to read minds or see the future.
Total: 3.5


Fairy:
[x] You are happy a lot of the time.
[] The best superpower to you would be to fly.
[/] You are very shy. [Used to be ^^]
[x] You love the forest and plant life in general.
[x] You are always willing to help others, even if you might not be the best to offer aid.
[] You are young and short.
[] Dancing is one of your favorite pastimes.
[] If someone ticks you off, you are very clever with getting them back.
[x] Your clothing isn't always presentable, but you are comfortable with what you wear.
[] Circles are a wonderful symbol of unity to you.
Total: 4.5

Gnome/Dwarf:
[] You are excellent with crafts and handiwork.
[x] In social situations, you tend to be a little awkward.
[] You are short for your age.
[/] You are an isolationist.
[] You love to play practical jokes on people.
[] You are extremely fascinated with jewelry.
[] You look older than your age.
[x] You love the woods and the mountains.
[x] You are well off, or come from a family that is well off
[x] You have a short temper.
Total: 4.5

Harpy/Siren:
[] You are best at talking bad about people behind their backs and not to their face.
[] When you are annoyed, you will go to a great extent to torment whoever did so to you.
[] You often take things that aren't yours
[x] You are easily angered.
[x] Death fascinates you.
[x] You are female, or a feminine-looking man.
[] You associate yourself with the wind element.
[x] You can switch quickly between your light and dark side.
[] You love to trick others.
[/] You have a ravenous appetite.
Total: 4.5

Mermaid:
[] You love the beach more so because of the water than the shore itself.
[] Fish are some of the most beautiful creatures to you.
[] The ultimate superpower to you would be to breathe underwater.
[] You enjoy looking at ships, but not riding them, as well as you like ships for traveling, not hunting in the sea.
[] You are good at swimming.
[x] You like to collect shells.
[/] You use sea items as jewelry or decoration
[] You enjoy learning about the ocean and the life inside it.
[x] You are extremely against ocean pollution, and someday, perhaps, you will work to stop that.
[] Legs on land are not as important as a fin in the sea.
Total: 2.5

Vampire:
[] You're a night person.
[] You have a fascination with blood
[] You are pale.
[x] You wish you had a bat as a pet.
[] You are not religious at all.
[x] Tight spaces are not scary or uncomfortable for you.
[/] The sun's glare annoys you all too often.
[] You hate food with lots of garlic in it.
[x] To you, a kiss on the neck is more romantic than a kiss on the cheek or lips.
[] You don't like sharp objects near you.
Total: 3.5

Werewolf:
[] The full moon is the most beautiful scene to you.
[] You have a lot of body hair.  (ShaddupshaddupIhavereallylonghair)
[/] The ability to shapeshift is the best superpower to you.
[] You prefer gold over silver items.
[x] You lack self control.
[] You find it easier to have sympathy for animals than for humans.
[] You have a deep respect for wolves and wild dogs.
[/] You like to be alone.
[] You have a terrible secret and you only tell people you trust 100% about it
[/] You'd rather be outdoors than indoors.
Total: 2.5

Wizard/Witch:
[] You love chemistry.
[] You are intuitive and good at analyzing people, to the point that people seriously or jokingly say you're psychic.
[] The most amazing supernatural power to you is controlling the elements.
[x] You are a nature lover.
[x] You have a strong sense of responsibility.
[x] You spend a lot of time alone.
[] You usually hang around with a certain animal all the time when you feel lonely.
[x] You are spiritual, but not necessarily religious.
[] Cooking is one of your favorite things to do.
[/] You enjoy learning about Wicca and the occult.
Total: 4.5

Zombie:
[] You are pale.
[/] You are hungry a lot.
[] Many activities you do every day make you feel mindless, or like a drone.
[] Most of the time you or a part of you is cold.
[x] You love to eat meat.
[] You would resort to cannibalism if that was the only source of food.
[/] You make grunts and moans a lot.
[x] You enjoy learning about psychology because you study the brain.
[/] You usually walk slow.
[/] You are not afraid of seeing a lot of blood or getting a lot of blood on yourself.
Total: 3


Argh, look at all those 4.5s ^^' So I'm a kind of bizarre... Witch-Harpy-Dwarf-Fairy. Whut.

...I have to draw that now.
The new scanner arrived, and so now I get to upload ALL the stuff I did in the last year or so!
I am grinning evilly at the clutter in your inboxes I will cause.
IMAGINE A SITUATION THAT YOU WAKE UP NAKED IN BED NEXT TO ME.

Using only 3 words, what would you say to me?

Note: If you comment, please copy and paste this as your journal, so I may comment on yours as well. Be a good sport. Play along~
A brown paper envelope of inordinate size just came in the door. On closer inspection, it proved to be from my grandmother, and contained the lyrics to 'Rule Britannia!' (yes, apparently it does have verses), a coffee-stained voucher for Ocado and a cheque for £200. And no accompanying letter that would have explained this.

Huh. Genetics, hey?

Also, the longer I leave my messages, the more daunting the prospect of checking them all gets. It's starting to look a bit like a miniature Mount Doom. So please forgive me if, due to my current state of cowardly cowering, I have not looked at your art/checked you messages/done anything at all for the last... what, has it been a month yet?