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I can relate to all of the above. Creativity can ebb and flow along with our moods, seasons, and the surface of the ocean. Doesn't make it any more fun, just puts it into perspective.

I had another idea after reading the comment about using these stand-ups a pieces on a board game (cool idea +Mathias Gutfeldt). If someone out there had a 3D printer, your art could take on another dimension and near infinite new potential for the gangly beast we all love/hate: Merchandising. And it's equally evil twin, Marketing.

The $500 to $2000 price tag is daunting, but since it would truly be an investment, it's worth consideration.

Or, you could open your own studio or affiliate with an existing studio and keep working in the mediums in which you're already proficient.

Pondering, as usual.

Regardless, I like the new pieces. I think they're pretty awesome.
Lately I've been feeling the pressures of the everyday ... the pressures of being a grown up with grown up responsibilities ... and its a drag. It really started to get at my desire to create and I haven't done as much as I w...
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It's the Blogger/Plus integration option, if that's what has you confused.
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2 zombies walk into a bar. They both survey the scene.

There’s a chubby guy dipping pork rinds in a draft beer. Three or four middle age women looking lonely and drinking martinis. In front of them are some business men, ties loosened, sport coats slightly rumpled, laughing too loud and adding to the already abundant array of empty bottles and shot glasses. One zombie notices that the busty female bartender would have been super hot back in his living days.

In addition, there are a few random drunks slowly turning themselves into pickled versions of themselves, probably reminiscing about when they used to play high-school football and screw cheerleaders.

After their perusal, the first zombie, Hank, asks they other what he’s going to have.

“I don’t know, Harry. Can’t make up my mind.”

Harry nods, smiles, drools a little, and replies, “A little of everybody then…gotta’ love a buffet.” Hank puts on a filth encrusted bib, locks the door, and prepares to get his money’s worth.

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Image is the work of Zombie Grandmaster, +byron rempel , back when we first met a 3 or 4 years ago. He's also the guy who did the header image on my blog, zombiefiles.net

Thanks, Byron :)
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Thanks. I try to take inspiration from my fellow Plussers. There are some hardcore creatives here, you included. Good folks to be around.
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In 3rd grade, I got into a scrap with a pencil that insisted on rolling off my desk as I was trying to ignore my teacher. After rolling off for about the 12th time, I liberated myself from my desk, leaped onto the pencil and stomped it into carbon-based smithereens.

When the destruction was complete and I regained consciousness, I noticed that I had gotten the attention of my classmates and the teacher.

"Got it," I said, and sat back down. Nobody argued or questioned my actions. And the world kept spinning 'round.

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This post is dedicated to all the people who have, at one time in their lives, waged battle with the inanimate and lived to tell the tale.
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Thank you for sharing your battle; i to have been in some bloody battles with inanimate objects. Although i lived to tell, they were worthy oppnates and forever will be the rememberd. 
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I reckon I'm tired of not writing. I write a little but all you groovy artists on G+ will know what I'm talking about. When you're not really doing the work, we know it. I haven't been. And I know it.

And I'm tired of it.

I remember reading back history on Stephen King's history as a writer. That dude was committed. He was reading or writing every chance he got. Writing, submitting, doing it like a pro. Joe Lansdale is the same. If I'm ever going to get better as a writer, I've gotta' do the work.

Writing every day is the best advice I've ever gotten. I've been pretty bad about applying it for way too long. So I'm writing every day and doing my best to think like a pro. Here's a decent little article I read that helped me clear some of the dusty old ghostwebs in the crawlspace of my imagination. Where I keep the dark stuff.
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Hello there, +sheena behling , good to see you, as usual.

I checked the availability of the book you mentioned at our local library and all I came up with was, "Do the Work" by the same author. Sounded like a similar subject matter. I'll check it out until I find, "The War on Art".

I'm a bit of a minimalist and don't acquire much but I'll give it a read when/if I find a copy. Thanks for the tip.
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Threats are peculiar. They are philosophically empty and yet, so compelling. Heroes, villains, and all types in between make threats on a regular basis. Many of these threats are empty; there to intimidate and show prowess. Others, though, have gravity.

This is a compilation of excellent threats. Enough gravity here to keep the Earth on its axis. Enjoy.

side note: Expect some cussing, violence, and other threat-related behavior.
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Threats are one of my favourite parts of langauge.
They can literally mean anything and anything can turn into a threat with just the right push.
And a threat even has the power to completely invalidate what your saying or it can make give what your saying priority in importance.
This best threats often involve manipulation
I remember one time I was in the hospital for a half-assed suicide attempt and the doctor was trying to tell me I'd have to go into treatment because the night nurses said I tried to strangle myself with a chord (I didn't).
Instantly I told the doctor that 1) I didn't do that but 2) if he'd like to believe that (I knew he was lying) then I'd love to point out the nurses did nothing to stop me and it was now his job to reprimend them accordingly because if he used that as an excuse to send me to psyche-treatment (which he was trying to do) I would see to it the proper people were informed of my mistreatment and lack of proper procedures being taken to ensure my safety.

Another time I informed a psycheward that I had driven an hour and half (technically true) to pick up my gf who was there and that the facility constantly changing her release date last minute (very literly so in this case) was not only was harmful to her mental health but that I knew the proper organizations to talk to in the event they didn't atleast work with me.
All these things are/were technically true, but what they were doing wasn't technically illegal.
They let me see her within 20minutes (but wouldn't let take her home) to atleast prove they were willing to work with me and didn't want an investigation on their facility.

Hospitals... my threats outshine at hospitals :p
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I've been interacting with +byron rempel for a few years now and I'm delighted to call him friend. He's a phenomenal and prolific artist and a genuinely good guy.

He's got a new open-ended zombie/artist/blog kinda' thing going on now and I plan on following it. Based on my experience, I'd recommend anybody who digs good art, particularly zombie-ish material, and the zombie sub-culture to give it a try.

Besides, if you follow him, you'll be granted super powers. Pretty cool, eh? When I started, I was an ordinary philosophical, blogging, zombie-culture loving guy. Now, I can kill a yak at 200 yards...with mind bullets. That do anything for ya'.

That last bit is a total lie. But the parts about Byron being ultra-groovy are fact. Plus, he sells his stuff for ridiculously affordable prices. Always cool.
What the hell is a cat doing on a blog called The Way of the Zombie? Good question. When I originally thought of starting The Way of the Zombie it was intended to be something different ... but I could never nail down exactly...
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I feel ya' on that one, man. The journey of a thousand ideas begins with the first. My journey is one of writing stories, yours in creating images. Both noble and difficult to make pay the bills.

Persistence, I reckon. That and a bit of stubbornness. I know I've got the stubborn part. I've just got to get the persistence to be as strong.

I believe in you, man. No matter how things work out, you're the same good person. That matters to me more than deeds.
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I've been listening to metal since I was about 13. I really dig it. I've also been about half pagan, half agnostic for most of my life. I don't really believe there is a physical manifestation of the groovy pagan deities I dig: Pan, Thor, Ra, Gaia are some of my favorites. I like the idea of the energy they represent.

My corner of the world was blessed with a thunderstorm recently. Powerful reminder of why the Nords came up with a god of Thunder. They could hear it, see the lightning associated with it, and how it impacted their lives. More real than certain other deities associated with certain other religions.

Same goes for Pan; I can see the forest and feel the wildness of it. Ra; I experienced an immensely powerful sensation of this ancient Egyptian deity during a sunrise over the Atlantic ocean many years ago. There may have been hallucinogens involved but that only served to strengthen the experience. Powerful.

Gaia is mythological personality associated with the planet upon which I live, so again, I can see it, feel it, taste it, etc. All very real and having a personality to which I can attribute makes it more fun. The way mythology should be. Fun, but not to be taken too seriously.

Anyway, back to the point. I dig some metal. I also dig the idea of an immense, pissed off, hammer wielding Nordic badass kicking ass on a bunch of Frost Giants and causing storms in the process. Pure metal.

I recently happened upon some excellent metal from a German group called Rebellion.

All Hail Thor, God of Thunder.
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I'm really fucking sick of all the pro and against talk regarding climate change. Everybody is missing the point. Everybody on both sides.

It's not a matter of climate change vs. no climate change. It's not an issue of whether it's happening or not happening, or whether it's natural or not natural.

Toxins are being spewed into Air, Earth, and Water. Simple fact. This is known. There is no arguing that petroleum based pesticides can increase toxic loads in water and earth and are being used with gleeful abandon on almost every crop grown. Toxic chemicals are pumped into our water supply in huge quantities on a daily basis. Questionable new technologies are being used in our food supply by corporations that serve as their own watchdogs. That's screwed up, at best, massively dangerous at worst.

Our groundwater is laden with toxins, our water table is so screwed up as to be laughable, and our air quality is pretty bad, too, depending on where you look and at what time.

Let's fix what is known to be wrong instead of pointlessly arguing about climate change. We're missing the point. It's ridiculous and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's tired of arguing with everybody about it.

Feed the hungry, clean up the water, house the citizens of the United States, and catch up with the rest of the 1st world nations regarding health-care.

Maybe if we look for something upon which we all agree, we can get something done. But first...Quit Arguing.
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And this is why I suggested this course of action. Now and days, because of this behavior, it's become the only solution. 
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Wrote a little piece of flash fiction I figured I'd post to the Plus. Since I started working full-time, I've been negligent of my writing. I still do it but not enough.

I've been talking with a few people where I live in NW Arkansas about starting a horror writers group at a local Bookstore. As I was hoping, I got inspired and whipped out a little something. It's a very short piece, typical of flash, but it was super-fun to write. Since that's why I write in the first place, I reckon it got the job done.

Feel free to share your thoughts, as always.

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Normal is a mask people wear when they are afraid of being judged by others. It's quite silly. Especially considering the masks are probably made in China and meant to be sold at Wal-Mart.

The more folks feel comfortable enough to take off their masks and realize we're all a little bit weird, the better off the world will be. Idealistic? Most assuredly, but it feels better than thinking we're going to live our lives wearing the silly things.

It's important to note that I'm only referring to those fakey masks. Masks worn for super hero work are totally cool.
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I appreciate the kind words and support, +sheena behling. You're good about that sort of thing; Quick to give a shout out to the idealistic and free-thinking savages of the world.

Plus, you rock a pretty awesome hoola-hoop. You have other fantastic assets, too, but I'll leave those to your husband to mention.

Happy late Ostara. Pagan :)
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