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I found out yesterday that, while everyone's on spring break, my job is shut down. That's okay, I guess, it gives me more time to do other things, but it's also somewhat inconvenient to lose a week's pay when I have a car payment and have to get my car registered all right about now. Blarg.

So... I've been making some jewelry, and some people have said it's quite nice, so I'm just sayin... if you were ever thinking, "oh maybe someday I'll buy something," now would be really, really helpful. Or if you don't see anything you particularly fancy, but you'd be willing to post a link to this entry, the etsy shop, or one of the pieces therein, somewhere, for other people to see, I'd really appreciate it.

A few samples:

Rapunzel Necklace

Beauty and the Beast Necklace
Beauty and the Beast

Godseye Earrings

RichLayers on Etsy
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The printer in the computer lab finally shut down. It spent the last 3 weeks gasping out its dying breath, convinced that it had a paper jam every time someone wanted to print more than one page in a row. So the school is ordering a new one, and printing is being rerouted to the main library computers.

And the lab is so QUIET these days.... I'm enjoying the peace and quiet!

I passed all my 80 word per minute tests last week. Celebrate! Now it's onto 100 word a minute tests. Blah. That was a short celebration; I suck again.

In the meantime, I'm having a rough few days. There's some stuff going on that I can't really talk about, with a few of the people in my life. It's been a hard week and all I want to do is crawl into bed until the sun comes out and the weather warms up. No wonder I can never lose weight in the winter....

So anyway, I'd appreciate some happy thoughts if you've got 'em to spare!
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What is that Cold Miser song from? I feel like I should know... but I don't. It's from a movie right? What movie?
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I spent Wednesday and Thursday at an intensive all-day closed captioning workshop. I now know more about closed captioning than... the average... lay person.

So... what did I miss around here? What's going on with you? Any important entries I missed? How've you been this week? Let me know!

Etsy Shop

Oct. 24th, 2009 03:06 pm
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Well, I've been signed up on etsy for a while now, but I finally got pictures of some of the jewelry I made and posted it up there. The stuff I had handy has a ... strangely religious theme, but I think they're pretty nice/interesting pieces, so check them out! And buy them! Help me pay off my credit card! Or pass the word on if you know anyone who might like these things. :)

Godseye Earrings:
Godseye Earrings

Miz Pah Bracelet:
Miz Pah Bracelet

Click the link to go to the shop!
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This video reminds me of a lot of my creative friends out there... and is also pretty inspirational! Also mom said she was getting the book for the library, so that's pretty neat, too.

Mail Call!

Sep. 11th, 2009 09:49 pm
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I haven't gotten good mail in a while now. That makes me sad. :( See how sad I am?

Especially since I've been mostly stuck at home for the last month and a half, being sick.

So here's the deal. Send me some mail, and I will send YOU some mail back, of equal or greater awesome.* Don't feel like you have to spend money; I love postcards, letters on notepaper, homemade things. Or if you want to go the route of utter convenience, here is my amazon wishlist:

There are items for sale on there used for less that $5! Don't buy the new stuff when used is good and cheap. :)

And if you are so kind and thoughtful as to respond to my request, I will repay the favor with lovely items for your mailbox! Cause everyone loves mail, right?

If you don't have my address and don't want to use the wishlist, send me a private message and we'll see what can be arranged.

*"Awesome" is at my discretion but I'm pretty sure I can work it out in a way that is satisfactory to all parties.
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My friend Tamisha ([ profile] noita_ivy, you can read her account on her livejournal) was just in a car accident. :( She's okay, a little scratched and banged up, but the car is totaled, so she and her husband are trying to bring in some extra money.

She's got a shop with some beautifully designed jewelry, and in the hopes of some economic stimulus, she's offering a 10% discount if you use the coupon code WRECK when you check out.

Some of her lovely designs:

asian stamp

deer and sun necklace

Check out the rest of her store at Tamisha Design!
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My friend Brian is still struggling. Thank you to those of you who sent a few dollars. He's written up a little something and is offering a service if anyone else is willing to donate a few dollars. You can read what he has to say right here.

I know some of you reading this are probably having a hard time making it through the bills this year, and may not have a single dollar to spare. But if you can't spare even a dollar, can you please, please, please spread the word around? Link back to this entry or his entry or his music page?

We could all use a little good karma, right?
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I was tagged by [ profile] spinninghead. ME. She tagged ME. So I will answer these questions.

Firstly: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own note and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

Secondly: Tag eight people.

Who sleeps in bed next to you?
Sometimes Eowyn, sometimes Pepper, sometimes Chris, sometimes a combination of the above.

What's your all time favourite book?
The City of Dreaming Books, by Walter Moers

What kind of magazines do you read?
Smithsonian and Realms of Fantasy. Sometimes. Kind of like books of short stories, they usually take me a while to get through. Those are the only ones I can read cover to cover.

What's your occupation?
I'm a student at Butler Community College, a computer lab assistant, and, lately, an invalid.

What's really creepy?

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
Facebook, Livejournal, yahoo mail, gmail... and often,,

If you could change your name to anything what would it be?
I like my name. I would change other Rachels' names so that it might feel more unusual, but I wouldn't change MY name.

What are you listening to right now?
People typing and mouse clicking. And Loreena McKennitt, but only in my head.

What are you most excited for?
I hope to have Subway for dinner in the near future.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
My green striped knee high socks.

What was the last thing you bought?
A peach pear apricot smoothie.

What was the best thing you've seen today?

Does the weather affect your mood?
If it's really, really hot I feel drained and cranky. Other than that I like most kinds of weather.

What is your zodiac sign?

Do you want to learn another language?
I want to know them all.

Five things you wouldn't want to live without (I changed this question cause "can't live without" is factual and boring and in every one of these things ever):
1. Beautiful artwork
2. Magical, transporting books
3. Side-stitching laughter
4. Fresh fruit
5. A luxuriously comfortable bed

Do you have any siblings?

What's something you'd like to say to someone right now?
Oh, so it's HER FAULT.

Do you have to pee?
Not right now.

Say something to the person who tagged you:
I think if we lived near enough to hang out we'd probably be totally tight friends.

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[ profile] mcburnie
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My dear wonderful friend Brian, who has always been there for me when I need a kind word or just someone to talk to, is terribly down on his luck these days. He's working full time at McDonalds and trying to get funds and paperwork together to go to college this fall, but you know the saying, "If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all?" That seems to be plaguing him lately and I can only watch and wish I could help.

He lives in a townhouse, and had a couple of roommates, but last month they skipped out -- he came home and all their stuff was gone, even though they were all on the lease together. So now he's paying for the place by himself instead of splitting bills three ways. Not easy to do even in much better circumstances!

He had his guitar and bass guitar over in a friend's garage, where they had been working up a band set together. Then his friend's dad got drunk and angry and threw all the instruments outside. He and his other friend want to sue the father for the cost of the damages, but before they can do that they have to pay an appraiser and for a court filing fee.

And if that's not bad enough, today I heard from him and his car was broken into, and his tape deck, ipod, and adapter were stolen. He filed a police report and apparently there were five other reports filed in that neighborhood or apartment complex. Maybe with enough evidence and momentum they can catch the person who did it, but the chances of that are pretty slim, and the chances of him getting his stuff back seem even less likely.

This is a great guy, a super talented musician and one of the nicest people I know. It breaks my heart to see things going this way for him and not to be able to do much for him. I'm hoping that a few of you might help -- send a dollar or two, if you've got it to spare! If you can't, spread the word! It's a small effort but I have to do what I can to help this guy, he's always been a great friend to me and I can't sit here and do nothing!

You can check out some of his music on his myspace page, The Music of Fox, and maybe find some tunes you like or learn a little more about the guy. Whatever you think, I hope you'll consider passing along a few dollars or passing the word along to other friends or music lovers.

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The Nixons. How did I ever discover the Nixons? They blur into a bunch of music and bands that my high school friends introduced me to, force-feeding me music on car trips to Bartlesville, OK for my own good. Trips to the nearest Hastings or the sad little mall that was the closest (about an hour away) thing to shopping available to my high school town of Independence, Kansas.

Last night I found the refrain of one of their songs (Blackout) running through my head, and realized it was a fairly common occurrence. Although I don't listen to them often any more, the Nixons are as appealing to me now as they ever were.

One of my favorites, Don't Cry:

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Well, we are almost up to 50 comics on Near and Far, and, experimental as the whole thing has been, we are looking at taking a short hiatus to re-evaluate the amount of time going into the comic. Don't worry! We'll be back!

In the meantime, we're looking for some guest art to go up, so that we'll have continued content during the break.

So all of you who read this blog and perhaps the comic as well... any interest in putting up some of your artwork? We will take either character artwork or create your own comic, whichever you are inspired to do! A link will be provided to whatever comic, blog, or website you use for your own work.

If you would like to do some guest art or a guest comic, email me at! Do it! You know you want to!
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001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you ANY five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

From [ profile] ladytairngire

1. What's with you and your Mom?

Mom and I are tight. She's one of my best friends. We talk all the time about most everything. If I haven't had a chance to talk with her for a few days I find that we can sit and catch up and share ideas for hours. If I haven't seen her for a few weeks we take a day to adjust to each other again, during which time we'll snap at each other and get annoyed easily--before we get our zen back on and are best buddies again. There are still a few things that I get embarrassed to talk to her about, due to a lifetime of her being my mother... but most of the time I think of her as just another good friend.

2. What is one topic your friends and family know better than to let you get started on...

The third Harry Potter movie or the third Xmen movie.

3. What do you imagine you will be like as an old lady?

I hope I'll be a little like Purple Grandma--noticeable quirky, perhaps, but still sharp and strong.

purple g

4. You've got $100 gift certificate for Victoria's Secret. What do you buy?

Bras bras bras! Actually, bra bra bra. 3 bras I'm pretty sure would use up $100 with very little left over.

5. What do you think about when you can't fall asleep?

Valentino Just Isn't Doing It For me

No, but seriously, I tend to think a lot about writing. The only reasons I usually can't fall asleep are if I've got a lot to do and I'm worried about remembering it all, or if I'm thinking about a story and I keep having new ideas about it and want to keep working on it... and sometimes I just get up and write if that's the case.
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The directions again:

001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you ANY five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

From [ profile] kalenel:

1) What is your inspiration for writing? Not "who," although you can certainly include authors, but I'm referring to any events that you pull from or objects that you need to have near you in order to write. In other words, I suppose I'm asking about how you create your own inspiration, rather than drawing from other authors, as other people so often seem to do.

Slippage. As in, the slight alteration of a current situation/idea/story, in a continual process to create something new. And... real life, sometimes. Especially with the comic. Funny situations that seem universal or at least recognizable to a particular audience. And sometimes... dreams, odd occurrences of the synaptic process that feel like they could make a good/strange/different story. And sometimes a character will occur to me, and I'll start building a situation that would be interesting for that character. And sometimes a situation/world will occur to me, and I'll start building a character who seems interesting in that situation....

Basically, it's a pretty random process and there's no set way I have of doing things.

2) How do you make time for writing? Do you set aside moments everyday for it, or do you write only when inspiration strikes?

I am really bad about it, actually. I think the best way to get a lot of writing done is to have a deadline. Sometimes I can manage to create my own deadlines and that helps. A lot of the time I think, "Soon I'll have enough time to write...." But the hardest part about writing is to just ... sitdownanddothefreakingwork! So... I'm working on that discipline. Sometimes.

3) Where do you see yourself in ten years? Do you have a master plan that you go from to attain these goals (if you have any), or do you just float along in life and see where it takes you?

I sort of have a five year plan. Beyond that I'm not to sure. Part of it is that I DO want to see what comes up and where it takes me... because it seems like the fastest way to make God laugh is to come up with a definite plan for life.... So in ten years, I will hopefully live somewhere new (relative to where I am now), and will be working as a captioner/court reporter, and still writing whatever comes to me in whatever time I have. Of course if I am a totally successful novelist and don't have to keep the day job, that's okay with me, too!

4) If you could sit down and have tea and scones with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, why, and what would you talk about?

I think it would be pretty cool to sit down and have tea and scones with Gene Wolfe. Because I'M RELATED TO HIM. I have no idea what we'd talk about--hopefully some about writing, and maybe a bit about strange coincidences and happenstance. I just think it would be really cool in terms of ... some of our genetics are the same! Maybe the writing genes! From what I understand he's more reserved in terms of communication with the masses, so it would be interesting to get some insight into a more private author's processes and all that.

(I'd say someone like Neil Gaiman, because I think a conversation with him could never be predictable, but on the other hand, he's so accessible to fans online (which is good!) that it's almost too easy an answer....)

5) Related to the above question: what is your favorite tea? Do you even like tea? Have you ever had scones with devonshire cream and jam? Because it is totally awesome (It is 7:30 a.m. here, and I am ready for breakfast, can you tell?).

I love tea. I have a hibiscus tea that I bought in Chinatown, NY, that I absolutely adore--it's a lighter but distinctive floral flavor. I tend to go for the more floral brews, although peppermint has been a long time favorite. I have had scones, although not with devonshire cream. Some things are hard to get in this part of the country... But yes to the jam!
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Even I Can Get Lucky, originally uploaded by richlayers.

This was my first throw of the night, totally random, skill-less luck.

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Apples to Apples, Funny Pairs, originally uploaded by richlayers.

I don't know exactly how these are AWKWARD... but it was a pretty funny grouping!


Mar. 4th, 2009 11:40 am
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Today is a bit slow for me, dunno why. So:

What is in your copy/paste buffer right now?
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Curtis and Chris and I shot this last night in about an hour, then Curtis edited it together over night. Uhmmm... I think it's pretty funny. Willing participant, much?


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