Friday, August 31, 2012

The Obituary Challenge

I've been working in The Writing Studio at Georgia State today, when a worried student came in for some assistance. She was assigned to write an obituary for her Journalism class. This obituary was to be written about the professor of her course. I'd never heard of anyone assigning something like this (probably because it's morbid), but it's very practical to learn for Journalism. From there, I had an idea. I thought what a good tag/challenge it would be for fellow bloggers to write an obituary about themselves. (not to mention a bit of morbid fun)

So, Here's the rules:
  1. Link back to whoever tagged you.
  2. Put these rules in your tag. 
  3. Write an obituary about yourself (it can be as funny or as serious as you like).
  4. Write about a paragraph or two (or more if necessary) in length.
  5. You may tag up to 10 people, and be sure to link to them.
  6. Have fun, because creative writing is one of the greatest joys in life! 
 My Obituary:
 Katie, age 18, perished on September 2nd, 2012 due to heart failure brought on by an overdose of life. She was born November 9, 1993, and is survived by her feisty calico cat, Abby, her two apathetic dogs, her endearingly sarcastic brother and father, and her mother, Lucifer. During life (and who knows, maybe even in death), Katie enjoyed making fun of Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures, and ridiculing politicians. In addition to her writing, She was known for her stubbornness and morbidity. She will be missed. If you don't miss her, she will know...and she will hunt you down with her metaphysical powers.

Please join us for Katie's funeral celebration this Sunday starting at 3:00am. There will 5 open bars, a parade, and a bonfire where we will toast marshmallows over her burning remains (providing the police don't show up by then). 

 Tagged People:
  1. AsylumAlice at Aversion to Color
  2. Twisted Princess at Darkling Dreams
  3. Cherish at Babybat's Blog 
  4. Amy at Stripy Tights and Dark Delights
  5. Katelynn at Life of a Babybat
  6. Lady Zendra at Drones and Drabbles
  7. Madame Mari Mortem
  8. SaryWalrus at The Walrus Room
  9. JulietsLace at Juliet's Lace
  10. Dani DeathBiscuit at Confessions of an Australian Goth

Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Day On The Job

Well, today was my first day on the job. The school job that is. I'm working with the English Department, specifically the Writing Studio, at Georgia State. I work at the front desk, so that means I answer phones, make coffee, schedule appointments with tutors, etc. Basic secretarial work. All of the tutors that work in The Writing Studio are really fun. Today, we talked about anything from Dragon Con (which is this weekend) to gender roles in between work. It's great getting to meet people who share commonalities. We're all linked by writing...and we're nerds. All in all, I think I'll really enjoy it.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Going to Dragon Con 2012

I'll be attending Dragon Con for the first time this year. If you didn't know, Dragon Con is a huge Atlanta based event on labor-day weekend (Aug. 31- Sept. 3)  for everything geeky. They have sci-fi, anime, paranormal, horror, etc. If anyone happens to see me there, feel free to say hello! The massive guest list this year includes The Cruxshadows (who perform every year), Aurelio Voltaire, Some of the True Blood cast, Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, some of the TAPS team (Ghost hunters), and even the guy from Reading Rainbow! I'm quite excited as this event is massive. I'll make sure to post many pictures when I attend.

Here's the link to the official site.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Initial College Experience

Yesterday was actually my first day at Georgia State and my first day of college.

My first course in Honors English. My first professor for my English class walked in to the room. She had to make it a point to tell the students that she was indeed the professor and not just a graduate student. That's because she had cherry red hair with blunt bangs, and some scattered tattoos. I noticed a Flannery O'Conner quote on her syllabus, and a Nick Cave quote online, which both made me a bit happy. She's a pretty relaxed teacher, and she seems like an interesting person, so I look forward to her class.

My next class was math... I'm really not a fan of any sort of math. This is an intro class, so the materiel isn't difficult. The only problem is that my professor is from China I believe, and her accent is thick. This makes it so I have to really pay attention, which I guess isn't so bad.

Luckily, those were my only classes for the day. After that, I waited half an hour in line at the bookstore where I found out the college made a mistake in my profile. They said I don't qualify for a certain scholarship which I'd applied for and two people told me I already had. I was sent to someone to speak about the issue, when that person sent me to another person, and then they sent me to a third person where I had to wait in line another hour. After I finally got to see somebody, they didn't know why the computer said I didn't qualify for the scholarship...when I clearly did. This morning, I spoke with somebody on the phone. It should be fixed by tomorrow. Hopefully.

Yesterday, aside from my classes, was a nightmare.

Today was quite a bit better. My professors are good. I'm very excited about my Astronomy class in particular.

I was able to tour the area around the college a bit more at my own leisurely pace today. The atmosphere around the college is very cool. There are so many restaurants there I want to try. I especially want to try the pho restaurant and the korean taco place. There's even always seems to be a guy playing his saxaphone on the street. Today, there was a man handing out inspirational quotes. He handed me one from Winston Churchill. This is a pleasant change from yesterday when religious picketers were standing on the street corner, telling people they were going to burn in hell...

Well, That's Georgia State for you. :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DIY: Cat's Eye Nails

I've recently been getting into doing interesting designs on my nails. In no way am I good at painting my nails. I'm the person who gets polish all over my hands and the sides of my fingers, but I've been trying. I originally got this idea from my mother who said, "Katie, wouldn't it be cool if you did your nails to resemble cat's eyes?" I thought about what a great idea that was, and how I didn't know why I never thought of it. I got out my metallic green, black, and clear polishes, and I retrieved a toothpick from the kitchen. This is all you need to achieve this look. 

All you do is paint the base your desired metallic color. After you let your base coat dry, dip your toothpick in the black polish and carefully dab the slit shape onto the nail. After you're finished, paint on your clear top coat to finish it up. After that, you're done. It's that simple! 

Here were my results:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bela Lugosi's Dead: Remembering A Legend

"Death, the final, triumphant lover."- Bela lugosi
If you did not know, today is the 56th anniversary of Bela Lugosi's death. He died this day (August 16) in 1956. Bela Lugosi is regarded by many to be a horror legend. He starred in movies such as Dracula, White Zombie, Murders in The Rue Morgue, etc. This man changed the face of horror forever.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Witch's House

There lies a small crumbled white house in the middle of the forest where the smell of mildew pervades the nostrils of any person in it's presence. Vines choke the entryways, and toppled trees lean on the perforated roof that can barely support it's own weight. This house has been here for years, and no one knows the complete story. Many say it is haunted, and it is known to the locals as the witch's house.

This is not the first time I have visited this local legend. I came here the year before when people were still able to step up into the doorway and peer around at what lies inside. I remember random baseball memorabilia, a toppled fridge with an open book, and clothes strewn everywhere. What really stuck out were the hundreds of glass bottles circling the forest floor outside the dwelling. One of these bottles reportedly hurled past my best friend's head and shattered on a nearby tree. No one was seen throwing it either. This time, it was far too weathered to step inside. There was too much of a risk of falling through the rotted floor.  I hope you enjoy my photos from the experience, and perhaps they will give you the same eerie feeling that so many report to encounter here in real life.

This old car is the first glimpse as you happen upon  the property.

Random oven with flowers inside.

The front of the house

concrete well

inside the well

Sunday, August 12, 2012

August Update

Since this month is so busy, it seemed like a good idea to have a little update about what's going on in my life lately.

On the twentieth of August, I will officially be a college student at Georgia State University. I am very excited and a little nervous. On top of that, I have really exciting news: I am going to be working with Georgia State's English Department, specifically with the Writing Studio. This is a great opportunity for me to meet people who work in the field and are willing to give me advice. This job is going to put money towards my tuition as well. All I have to do is fill out some more paperwork, and speak with a couple of people about my  payroll and job responsibilities.

My brother is also going to be moving to Thailand in The Fall (probably October). He's going to be an English teacher for a year or two. I'm very happy for him. I'm also saving up my money to buy a plane ticket so I can trek over there myself. Yay for 14 hour plane rides! Aside from the heat, I think I would really enjoy Thailand. They don't call it the 'Land of a Thousand Smiles' for nothing. The people are friendly, the jungles and beaches are beautiful, and the food is amazing. If you have not had Thai food, you definitely need to.

More recently, I've been enjoying my last weeks of summer with my friends before it ends. I've been smoking hookahs, going to drag shows, going hiking, and I've even started watching Game of Thrones. I plan on going to Dragon Con, and I'm very excited for the upcoming Dead Can Dance concert. I haven't had much time to do any posts until now, but I'm sure you guys understand. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable Summer. Until next post, people!

Dead Can Dance is the shit...Seriously, I love them. I have since middle school, which definitely says something about them.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Garden Adventure

A couple of days ago, My friend Jessica and I decided to go out for a garden adventure at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. The day started out cloudy with thunderstorms looming in the distance. That did not deter us. Luckily, we weren't caught in the storm and we had the whole place to ourselves. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a "Collector's garden" with "over 3,000 species of plants," and it is a "blend of art, history, and horticulture."   Our day was filled with exploring, blowing bubbles, and feeding koi fish. We definitely had a lot of fun, feeling like we were in some sort of magical fantasy land. 

One interesting thing they host on Tuesdays is something called "Moonlight Magic in The Garden" or "Twilight Tuesdays." We didn't get to attend this time, but I plan on it soon. Basically, on these nights, the garden hosts evening picnics, bird watching, bat watching, and moonlit garden tours. Sounds lovely, right? 

Brace yourself for all the pictures:
Some sort of medieval torture device?

Not as comfy as it seems

Those blobs under the water are koi fish. They were huge.

This is the tea house, where presumably tea time is held. 

I loved this metal sculpture in the middle of the pond.

A whole greenhouse filled with bonsai trees

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Thoughts On The Term, " Ghost Hunting"

Many people may not know, but I rarely use the term, 'Ghost Hunting.' Usually I prefer to use 'Paranormal Investigating,' 'Paranormal Research,' or simply 'Investigating.' There's actually a specific reason for this. I feel that the term is inaccurate to describe how I perceive the field.

The word, 'Hunting' is defined in the as "The pursuit and killing or capture of game and wild animals, regarded as sport." 'Hunting' is obviously an aggressive word, and I do not associate it with what my group and I do. 'Ghost Hunting' may accurately describe the 'investigating' style of the Ghost Adventures crew. If you have seen this program, you know what I am talking about. The team, especially Zak Bagans, are what ghost bullies would be. They aggressively confront and hunt down whatever entity may be on location. This, unfortunately, seems to be the style nowadays with many groups. This makes it that much harder for actual investigators to gain any respect or credibility outside the field.

'Paranormal Investigation' or 'research' implies the careful examination of the location in question. It involves use of the scientific method and a healthy dose of skepticism to narrow down the possibilities of the source of the occurrences. These kinds of people do not hunt down whatever could be attached to the property. Investigators aim largely to help the people experiencing activity. For example, my group was able to pinpoint the source of one family's problems a few months back. We were able to determine that it was not a haunting, but faulty electrical causing flickering lights and a very high electromagnetic field (EMF). If you did not know, high EMF is thought to cause headaches, uneasiness, and even hallucinations. We were able to put a family at ease with our findings, and that is what mattered most.

In my group, we have a double blind investigative style to reinforce the scientific method. This means that we send in two different groups at separate times. The members in the groups have no prior knowledge of the location or the activity experienced on the property. This assures that whatever the group experiences is authentic. If both the groups' findings match up, then there is definitely some significance. Everything that can be debunked, is. We do not know any definite information on the property until after evidence review. At that time, we contact the clients with our results and opinions. In my opinion, this method is the most credible and efficient. It further verifies that we are more precisely a team of investigators and not ghost hunters.

"A search of inquiry for ascertaining facts; detailed or careful examination." 'Investigation' is synonymous with 'exploration.' That is what we do, and that is how I will always think of the field. It isn't haphazard or forceful. That is why I do not to believe 'Ghost Hunting' will never be tantamount to 'Paranormal Investigating.'

On a similar note, I want everyone to witness the horrible monstrosity that is this song. And no, I do not mean it in a good way. This one was written by Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures. I admit, I do love to rip on this guy any chance I can get. I just can't resist.

DIY: Zombie Feltie

It's the first of August, which means It's my best friend's birthday! Happy birthday, Justean!

Being the zombie fanatic she is, I thought I'd make her a present to feed her unhealthy obsession with the undead. The first thing that came to mind was...Zombie Feltie! I'd seen them online, and you can even purchase the book of how to make them. Mine wasn't as elaborate as some of these in the book, but they're still fairly simple to make.
Here's what to do if you want one of your own:
Step 1: Sketch a plan of what you want your creature to look like.
This may not seem so important, but if you don't brainstorm, you might end up with something you don't like as much as you would've hoped.

Step 2: Cut out (in felt material) the pieces you need. 
Make sure you don't accidentally forget to cut out two pieces for the body. Try not to make the shape too perfect looking since creatures of the undead aren't perfect looking either.

Step 3: Ready your hot glue gun, needle and thread, and fabric paint!
Sew on the button eyes, and use the hot glue gun to glue down the mouth, teeth, and pants. The fabric paint is for the details like stitches or dripping blood.

Step 4: Start sewing together your little monster.
I like to use mismatched thread so it really stands out. Also, make sure to leave plenty of space for stuffing!

Step 5: Make sure your zombie minion is stuffed. 
You can even add a squeaker if you like (which is what I did).