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A Prestigious Award

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I want to thank everyone who helped me get here! Myself, a fish, a sandwich. Too many to name them all. I have to stop before I cry. Thank you thank you.

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On Cedar Hill // Book Cover

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Unlike my last two book mocks this one is actually headed for print, my second book cover design for the same publisher. Normally I don’t post my paid work on this blog but I had a pretty fun time making it so hey, I make the rules here right?

Hope you enjoy. Thanks for looking!

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This is Craig – #2

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Craig’s back and trying his darndest.

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Puhlootoe

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Do you know how Pluto got its name? The Pluto Incident (also referred to as Phase 5 or the Pluto disaster) was a catastrophic experimentation incident that occurred on 26 April 1955 at the Disney Research and Development Lab in Pardon, California (then officially San Laos), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of Disney and funded by DARPA. An explosion and fire released Phase 5 of the experiments, including a highly dangerous human dog hybrid known as Pluto. which resulted in several deaths along the California coast and Los Angeles area.

The Pluto incident was the worst genetic accident in history in terms of cost and casualties.[1] It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Experimental Event Scale, the other being the release of Experiment C5 (Trum-P) in 1946.[2] The battle to contain the experiment and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion dollars.[3] During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects are still being investigated.

It was determined the following year that the prototype Pluto would be launched into space as part of the mission Dark Freedom. Dark Freedom is a robotic space transport built and launched in conjunction the European Space Agency. Along with Mikey, its lander module, Dark Freedom was launched for its destination comet 69X/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P).[6][7] It also performed a flyby of the asteroids 21 Lutetia and 2867 Šteins.[8][9][10] On 12 November 2014 the mission encountered a serious error, and the capsule was lost to the thick debris of the outer Kepler debris field[11] Thinking the signal was lost, the mission was filed away until the signal came online on 15 January, 1963. It was found on a previously unknown Kepler belt object. This object was named after the failed experiment Pluto, and remains in quarantine under the authority of the International Agency on the Exclusion Zone Management to this day.

Illustration by me

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Faux Box

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I think I could avoid a lot of problems in my life by not thinking so much. Sometimes a set of shapes is just a set of shapes. Not too few, not too many, not the wrong ones, not the wrong color. Just some shapes, just whatever’s happening. A new set of chaos to which I’ll apply my own meaning.

The control in life will ultimately fall on me, to see what I want to see, to make what I want. I could see the wrongs, I could try to paint over it, or build new shapes. The moment comes though when it’s best to just stand there, to just see something.

I’m grateful though. In the span of all this useless thinking I never thought of a good reason to quit. I mean, when would I have the time?

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Scattered

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Left out, missed out, ran out, got out, going out.

Images taken / by me

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From the notebook, whatever this is.

It makes more sense if you listen to this song.

(It doesn’t really I just wanted to trick you into listening to The Four Tops because you looked like you needed it)

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Gummi Blare

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Sometimes I’m sad, but I’m happy I’m sad. I think being able to feel anything makes me one of the lucky ones. Some people can’t feel sad, just empty. Other people have died and can’t feel anything at all. I feel grateful just that I can lift up my eyelids and see things, anything. I know people younger than me who didn’t make it that far today.

I wish I could tell other people how not to be sad, but nobody can. It’s better to listen instead. So that’s what I’m going to do, listen.

Hope you like the fake book cover, like all things it has no purpose.

And hey, I’m moving to Los Angeles at the end of this month! Pretty big deal for a kid from small town Idaho.

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You Say Gelato

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What am I some kind of new age yuppie existentialist? Nay, I am a pirate, crucified on the pillars of apathy. A fat pacific tuna, drifting through the waters of a french film noir. An anxious floorboard in Ted Nugent’s abandoned Manhatten loft. An enigma. You think you know me, but you don’t, you never will. You have no idea what I’m saying, or why I accompanied this post with an insultingly out of season ice cream illustration. When you are crying in your car on the way to work tomorrow you remember that feeling. Nothing means anything, and so everything means something.

And if today you let a sink in, make sure it’s not that.

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Nightcrawler

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Nightcrawler was a strange and dark movie, a movie with no good guys and an ending that makes you feel relieved and guilty at the same time. Naturally I loved it, so I made this poster based on the camera used by Jake Gyllenhaal in the film. Maybe nobody saw the film, I’m not sure, but I hope you enjoy the poster anyways.

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In Which I Issue A Redaction

I must apologize for a previous post in which I commented on the moral character of those who enjoy everything bagels. As it turns out, my girlfriend rather adores these crispy golden brown rejects.

Not to worry though, I made her this, that we may find peace between our great bagel kingdoms.

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Rabitibbar

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I drew a rabbit. Then I made a rabbit pattern. Then I used it on a book. No politics, no religion, no philosophy, no humor, it’s a rabbit. If you were looking for something that wasn’t a rabbit, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It’s just a rabbit. It’s not even a well drawn rabbit. It’s a rabbit. A rabbit. Rabbit is starting to look weird, It’s sort of a weird word. Rab, bit. RABBIT. RABBITRABBITRABBIT.

Turtle coming Fall 2015.

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Everything Bagels Suck, If You Like Them You Are A Bad Person.

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I wrote a lot of different things here that weren’t related to each other but then I deleted them. No worries though, I feel that the image above from my notebook pretty clearly describes what I was trying to communicate to you.
 
I also noticed that if I make a typo while writing these posts, rather than clicking back to where the typo is I will just backspace all the way back to the typo, re-write it, and then re-write the rest of the text again. So there’s that.
 
I hope you found all of this educational.

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Not An Answer

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I heard these words a long time ago in the movie Treasure Planet and they always stuck with me. I like repeating them to myself whenever I feel judged, embarrassed, anxious, hopeless, whatever. I like remembering my arms still move, words still come out of my mouth, brains still on. Nobody’s taken anything from me and unless they kill me dead they never could. I exist, I’ll keep existing. You can love it, I can love it, you can hate it, I can hate it, doesn’t matter, still here. Still gonna be here. Still enjoying it up, down, sideways, standing still. Still stilling.

Your move universe.

 

Here’s the link to the song if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_tth9Yz4jc

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Vicarious

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If you were watching a movie about your life right now what would you want the main character to do? I never thought the answer to that question had to be particularly grand or larger than life. After all some of my favorite movies don’t have any heroes or explosions. In fact I think the only wrong answer to that question has been nothing. The only wrong thing you could ever do is nothing. I mean if I go out and something horrible happens to me, that’s a pretty interesting story. If I go out and something great happens to me that’s pretty interesting too. The only story I don’t want to watch is one where the main character does nothing. That and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Seriously that movie was horrible.

 

So to recap: nothing, or anything that happened in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

 

Now go direct your own movie.

“When you are bombarded with images from all the people you’ve ever known and people you’ll never meet, the sense of your own experience inevitably becomes more diluted.” -Bryan Melmed

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Into Darkness

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Try to imagine the distant future. Don’t just imagine a world with flying cars and faster computers. Imagine a world that is offensive to us, and yet correct. Imagine a world where people possess not things but ideas we’ve never had. Imagine something you can’t imagine. That is the future.

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Isolation, what a beautiful awful wonderful horrible gift.

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Craig

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Craig is going to be my new creative wisp. If that sounds stupid you can blame Elizabeth Gilbert, it was her stupid idea (link). Which is now Craig’s stupid idea.

You’re my boy Craig….

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We are so weird.

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First, the above illustration isn’t a dig at my parents, grandparents, or even family tree. Most of what I love about myself I get from my family (also probably why I’m crazy). I’ve always been disillusioned with patriotism and tradition though. I like objectivity. Why do anything just because it’s the way that it’s been done? I like change. I want to change always.

Now, America as examined by an alien:

Notes on planet X334:

1. Humans use expensive cut up rocks to pledge love to one another. Most don’t even contain color.

2. Humans made everything faster, yet work more than they used to in some masochistic cycle of death.

3. Humans who move at only 30 times the speed of walking greatly anger the humans moving at 31 times the speed of walking.

4. Humans spend time hiding things in boxes that are then immediately torn open by other humans.

5. They prefer humans who are smaller horizontally, but not vertically.

6. Humans all clear their heads and stare at a large striped cloth to music periodically.

7. Some humans express a moment of silence at dinner, possibly in reverence for all the animal death, plant death, and human slave labor that provided the meal. Most of which will be thrown away.

8. Many humans killing each other for pieces of paper with historical figures printed on them. When these prints aren’t available reading the wrong book will suffice.

9. The ones with colorful striped nooses around their neck seem to receive more respect.

10. They filter water many, many times before defecating in it.

Further observation pending.

 

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What I think I might sort of maybe kind of possibly know about life at 25, a compendium of guilelessness:

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Okay here we go:

1. Everyone is just an old kid playing make believe. Especially those kids in suits with briefcases. Their new tree house just has an elevator. Buy a kite, one of the really stupid superhero themed ones.

2. Everything worth loving in life you carry in your mind, if love is inside of you then love is everywhere you go. You can’t possibly lose. Attacking yourself is the greatest war crime.

3. Your retirement fund can’t buy you the last 40 years of your life back. Spend more time at the park doing really stupid stuff. Ducks are cool. Your parents disappointment just means they love you anyways.

4. Someone on their death bed was granted the wish of living as you for today. Every day. They usually wish you’d dance more even though they know it’s cheesy to ask.

5. Never fear death, if you’re dead you can’t have regrets, like “Man I shouldn’t have put that fork in the toaster.”

6. Happiness is acceleration. You can only feel it when it’s increasing or decreasing, but neither can last forever. You’d fly off the planet.

7. Music will do more for you than religion ever will. Fill your house and brain with it. Don’t take life advice from anyone who doesn’t.

8. Quit being in a hurry to reach some goal or destination, life is only ever this exact instant that you’re in, and nothing else, ever. EVER. The past literally does not exist, neither does the future.

9. Everything you’ve ever thought can be completely wrong, including existential lists you posted to WordPress.

10. Always say exactly how you really feel. Rejection is better than fear. You can always go it alone.

11. Your stupid cave man body is going to want to think stupid cave man thoughts. This war of logic vs. impulse will last forever. Try to roll with it rather than taking it head on.

12. If you ever start to lose perspective, go outside and stare at the moon until you feel better.

13. Watch lots of documentaries, read lots of books, or don’t who cares? Birds are weird.

14. Life is also weird.

15. You’re definitely forgetting something.

If you need me call me. I”ll be hanging out with this stupid whale.

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Personal Pizza

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Isn’t it crazy that you can sit here and think words. I mean you’re sitting here, and you have a trillion individual dumb cells that work together to provide you with your own personal universe. In this universe you can think things, and then store those things in permanent memory. You can process simulation scenarios to predict outcomes of situations, and place yourself in the shoes of another universe to gather understanding. In our universe different things have meaning, different things are beautiful, different things are sad.

 
When you die this absolutely unique universe dies with you. Nobody, no matter how well they know you, will ever be able to truly stand inside of it.

 

Feels good.

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Condors and Butterflies

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Too many sunrises on the wrong end of the day. Hope you enjoy these illustrations, my songs on and it’s time for me to disappear. Oh and try loving something today would ya? Cheers.

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