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Journal Entry: Wed Apr 25, 2012, 6:57 AM
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It seems these days as though life is something that has been happening to me, not something that I am making happen. I need to get out and meet more people.


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Long time no new journal entry...

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 12, 2010, 9:54 AM
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Wow, so much has happened since the last time I updated my journal, I hardly know where to begin...

Michael and I are still living, loving and laughing in Cincinnati, OH! I have my kids back and they are in school. I respect their ability to jump right into new social atmospheres and make new friends. It's something I find particularly hard to do. Breaking the ice, idle chit-chat - I'm not very good at it.

But I decided I need to get out more, and I looked around for an artists guild where I might be able to have some studio space away from home. I recently found what I was looking for - they have regular meetings, classes and events and I'll have access to a kiln, darkroom, wood shop, a CNC machine, and hopefully, I'll have opportunities to work with other talented artists. I'm feeling so inspired!

This month, I'm submitting three pieces to the Secret Artworks exhibit www.artworkscincinnati.org/sec… It was a lot of fun last year so I'm excited to be a part of it again this year. Also, I don't know if I'll have time to get my print up there or not, but DAMNED III is taking place at the end of the month up in Detroit. If you're in the area for Halloween, this is one art event you do NOT want to miss out on. thatdamnedshow.com/  … won't be able to make it in person this year, but maybe next...

In other news, I've had my foot in a walking cast for the last 6 weeks with one more week to go. I'm sick of walking like a zombie with this thing. I'm ready to be done with it for good. Let's hope the podiatrist has good news when I go back to see him.

Are you on Facebook? Many of my friends, family and coworkers are there so guess what... I am too! I've been keeping a dream journal there, which is more or less an artistic experiment really. I post an image, usually a photograph I have on file, but sometimes I do a quick sketch, whatever fits the theme of the dream. Check it out here: www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-R… or add me to your friends list: www.facebook.com/StacyReed

Hmmm, what else?

We moved to a new server and launched Librarian Chick 2.0 complete with site-redesign and a couple new sponsors! If you or someone you know are a student or educator, you may want to check out this categorized hand-picked list of free resources like ebooks, games, lectures, tutorials, etc: www.librarianchick.com

And last bit of news for the day, I'm now going on my 10th year with Tucows.com - still working as a software reviewer/librarian and I think it's probably safe to announce (maybe not, let's keep it between you and me for now) that we'll be launching a new site redesign (ahem, overhaul) in the not so distant future. I've been working, working, working... and so excited because this is going to be the best Tucows.com EVER!

Well, that's all I've got time for today.


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Dear Apophysis Admin,

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 4, 2010, 4:58 PM
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Hi guys,

Really love what you've been doing with the group, and the contribution each of you have made in an effort to continue serving the fractal community!  Applause!

I was wondering if you knew that the people you have listed as founders are not the true founders of this group. A founder is one that founds or establishes.  These great folks may be current admin, but the original founders were myself, onebadpenny, and batoruco. One is never an ex-founder - they are always the founder.

I appreciate that you included me in the list of contributors, but I find it a bit unseemly not to acknowledge the hard work and leadership that went into starting this group. Myself and Javier devoted years of our lives, sometimes neglecting other responsibilities, to make sure this group grew and succeeded.

I know this may come across as a silly request, but I would appreciate being placed back on the list of founders along with my co-founders, Russa and Javier. I feel we deserve recognition for our service.  

Keep up the great work, guys!
Stacy


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Cincinnati Ohio

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 1, 2009, 7:37 AM
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Well, I finally made it!  We moved into our new place and I'm unpacking, organizing, cleaning, repairing (some things were damaged) and replacing.

It's been a long eventful battle, but here I am in the beautiful city of Cincy, together with my husband again!  I need to get caught up on so many things, as it seems someone pushed the pause button on my life.  My DA account is just one area I've neglected.  My art has taken a back burner to courts, lawyers, paperwork, packing, and traveling.

I'll be around.

Any of you Facebook junkies want to add me to your friends list?  I'm Stacy Luxton Reed... look me up!


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Details of a Huge Ordeal

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 9, 2009, 2:26 PM
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Michael got a job in Cincinnati.  He started on March 2nd.  I've been here waiting in Flint to see if I can legally join him.  There are some technicalities with joint custody shared with my ex-husband and my not being able to move outside of 100 miles as stated in the divorce decree.

So for now, we're doing a lot of traveling back and forth between Cincy and Flint which is a 5 hour drive one way.  We just got the keys to our new townhouse (I've got pics on Facebook) and we plan to move some stuff in this weekend.  It's very spacious compared to the place we live now, surrounded by a wooded area on a hillside.  We're hoping we have a good renter lined up for the house we own in Flint.  Not quite knowing when I can move is what is causing the hold up there.

We thought we had a court date, but it has been postponed.  We're hoping we can get a rescheduled date sooner than later.  This uncertainty and chaos has been difficult but we're all excited about living in a big city, which seems like a land of promise after having lived in Flint and the surrounding area since I was 3 years old.

I've been packing.  Good grief, we have a lot of books and THINGS — things I believed were essential at one point in time, essential enough to have to purchase or collect for whatever reason — things that I now realize are unneeded,  conveniences, or even luxuries, as I have been living a sort of minimalist's life among these stacks of cardboard boxes.

Trying to fall asleep at night has been a real hurdle.  My electric blanket and the Turner Classic Movie channel have been helpful friends. I'm also reading a good book... anyone read the Tale of the Otori series by Lian Hearn?  

Cool things are happening over at Butterscotch.com and Tucows.com. Also, last month, my blog over at shedreamsindigital.net blew up thanks to the crazy folks over at Stumble Upon who caused me to exceed my bandwidth limit twice over and stun my coworkers.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!
:peace:


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butterscotch.com

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 6, 2008, 11:55 AM
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Those of you who are close friends and family have heard me mention the video tutorials I've been doing lately for the top-secret project Tucows would be launching. Well, today is the big day! I'm proud to announce the public beta launch of the tech-tasty, download-delicious, butteriffic butterscotch!

butterscotch.com is an exciting new technology video content site aimed at technology enthusiasts. Think HGTV meets TechTV for people that love technology, but don't consider themselves geeks. The site will incorporate the Tucows.com file library, bringing in its 10 million unique monthly visitors to the new brand.

butterscotch also offers step-by-step video tutorials, and that's where I come in. Our tutorials offer computer tips and tricks explained in plain English, without all the jargon, so they are easy to follow along with. Short, sweet and to the point, we offer practical advice you can start using right away to save time, money and headaches. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your computer and gadgets.

So check it out and let me know what you think! Remember, it's still in beta; I hear word of official launch after the new year. We'll be adding much more content in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned!


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Labor Day Weekend

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 1, 2008, 6:04 PM
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This is just awesome!


Thanks goes out to MelyannaM who did the CSS and the awesome design and for freeeee! I think it looks great, a much desired facelift for my poor journal. Thank you!

Howdy folks,

The long weekend went by quickly.  I wish I had another day to catch up on everything else I was hoping to somehow, perhaps miraculously, fit in.

Whenever school shopping is involved, there is always a lot of laundry to be done. Last load of towels and I'm done.

Took the kids and mom-in-law to the apple orchard this weekend and had a blast. They made me an awesome root beer float. Also, earlier this weekend, I introduced the kids to the legendary Halo Burger Boston Cooler.  Vernors and ice cream mixed together---how can you go wrong with that?!

I bought this really awesome paint from DecoArt today at the craft store.  It's called Texture Fierro.  When it's painted, it looks and feels like black iron. I tested it out and this stuff is really cool.  Awesomely cool. Cooler than awesomely cool.

No, you are!

Yesssss, you are!

Thismahshithismahshit


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FOSSwiki is an open edit wiki that lists free and open source software.

Totally unrelated, but here's my Stumble Upon collection.  Myspace is for pussies.

Yeah, I said that.
You love me anyway, admit it.




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Old School Apophysis Users Unite!

Thu Aug 14, 2008, 3:04 PM
Yes.  It's true.  Something is in the works but it's Top Secret.  

Details soon!





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Mama's got a new set of wheels... well, new-ISH. :)

I had a crazy day yesterday.  Read all about it here, in an article titled "Venturing Outdoors - Episode 1. In Which We Try Not to Step in the Pile of Poo at Quiznos"

Don't read while eating unless you have an iron stomach.

Things are always crazy around these parts.  I've been checking in on my DA friends more often these days, but finding the time to leave thoughtful comments has been difficult and I hate leaving one liners like "I love it!" even though it's an accurate statement of so much art I see here.

Anyway, I've been considering adding products to my Etsy account and I have to wonder if anyone is having much success there.  Any tips?  Anyone?

I used the proceeds from sales of my mini Flying Spaghetti Monster sculptures to buy my first real studio easel.  I have owned a couple tabletop easels, but nothing this awesome! I'm still waiting for it to be delivered.

I'm such a lucky girl!





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In Memory of Hoffman

Thu May 1, 2008, 1:39 PM
Click on the image below to see an animated series of morphing fractal images in memory of Albert Hoffman.



I have never taken LSD.  I can only imagine what it must feel like.  Rest in peace, Albert Hoffman.





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Happy 5 Yr DA Birthday to Me!

Tue Apr 22, 2008, 7:19 AM
Yup, that's right, 5 years ago today I became a member of deviantArt, a decision I've never once looked back on with regret.

To all of you who make up the dA community, the largest community of artists on the Internet, I would give my sincere thanks. You inspire me, you encourage me, you have helped me to grow as an artist and an individual.  You have taught me the importance of community service. You have shared your lives, your ambitions, your creativity.  You have enhanced my life with the unique and complex ways in which you express your humanity.

Many of you have befriended me, watched me, collaborated with me, supported me, added my artwork to your favorites, featured me in your journals, nominated my works for Daily Deviations, bought my prints, commented or criticized - not to bring me down but to enhance my skills.  You've been my sounding board. With you I've shared many of my most personal moments - my wedding, my troubled youth, the death of my brother, periods of depression and soul-searching, an erotic photo shoot, my first exhibitions, putting my cat to sleep... my triumphs and my defeats, all along sharing in the pain of my sorrows and delighting in my joys.  I can't tell you how much that means to me.  

Thank you, deviantArtists, for your part in making the last 5 years the most prolific and life-altering years of my artistic career.  I am honored to be a senior member of this site and I hope to be around another 5 years!

Wishing you all the best!
Sya





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Fascinating!

Fri Mar 21, 2008, 2:50 PM
Everything is so damned fascinating!





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Daily Deviation!? Sweet!

Sat Feb 9, 2008, 7:15 PM
One of my old school fractals was nominated for a Daily Deviation yesterday and I wasn't even aware of it!  Link  Thanks Sophquest, I'm glad you like it.

I'm ramping up to do some advertising locally, so I've been busy making changes and updates to my wiki, Librarian Chick, where I host a list of free educational resources. I noticed that because of this, I've been neglecting some of my other sites, including this one. I honestly think I have my hands in too many pots at once.  My apologies.  I'm currently searching for some form of balance.

Real life has been meh. The DD really uplifted my spirits. Thanks for all your support, guys.  It's hard to keep an upbeat online persona when you're feeling sucky in real life.  Ironically, it's online where things are really happening for me! I've been selling more prints, getting lots of orders for mini Flying Spaghetti Monsters, and I have a buyer interested in one of my original paintings. Additionally, my blog, Librarian Chick and FOSSwiki have all had record high visitors and pageviews this month. I also noticed LC has been saved over 2,500 times on del.icio.us! That's pretty awesome, I never dreamed it would be such a popular resource!

I won't get into the things that are bringing me down in the real world.  I am trying to stay focussed.  Before everything fell apart, I had a dream that I was swimming in the ocean and suddenly, a huge storm developed, creating a funnel that ripped through the waters, which had been calm only moments before. The blackened clouds sent lightning bolts through the sky, that split into new layers of lightning bolts, like fractal patterns, spreading out until they vanished into the horizons. My husband and I were fighting to survive, caught in the mud and muck of the shore while the storm raged. Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity of struggling, we were able to escape, and I remember we were safe and warm, looking over the tumultuous sea from a balcony.  The next day, I just couldn't shake this dream.  I finally sketched it out hoping to exorcise it... but the drawing gave me the creeps so I stashed it away. That very night, the storm hit and it's been a struggle for my family and I ever since.

I have faith that at the end, I'll be looking out over the storm from a safe and peaceful place, but trying to emerge from the muck in the meantime... I'll be honest, the muck fuckin' sucks.




You know you want to order a FSM cuz they're so cute... and also, I really need the cash.


P.S.
A thing just occurred to me.

Why have I always felt more open to talk about my personal life with you, my DA friends, whereas I prefer to keep my emotions hidden from the readers of my personal blog?  Is it because I feel a sense of connectedness to my fellow artists and poets?  Is it because you have always accepted me for who I am, despite my faults and my mood-swingy comings and goings?





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THANK YOU!

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It is totally rockin!  

Much love,
Sya





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  • Listening to: Bossy - Kelis
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My Art on a Book Cover

Fri Nov 16, 2007, 12:37 PM
  • Mood: Artistic
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  • Reading: The Girl Who Played Go
  • Watching: ACLU "Drug Wars"

It is.

Sun Oct 14, 2007, 6:48 PM
It is what it is.

I am. Existence is sometimes wonderful, sometimes painful, always beautiful.

I don't mean to talk in riddles.  My brain is overwhelmed.  Life is to be lived to the fullest.  I'm learning to believe in my passions.  My life has a purpose.  I have a voice.

The mystery of life and the power of love give us reason enough to celebrate.   




I'm fighting my way out of the blahs with the power of positive thinking. That statement is peppered a tad with sarcasm... but seriously?  I think it may be working.





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  • Listening to: Stone Temple Pilots
  • Reading: Friday - Heinlein
  • Watching: Desperate Housewives
  • Playing: Virtual Villagers

Shit Shit Shit

Fri Sep 14, 2007, 8:00 PM
I've got a case of the blahs.  

Wish I could paint it.

I should totally try.





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Me.dium

Wed Aug 8, 2007, 9:11 AM
I'm pretty excited about this software, Me.dium which just officially launched Monday.  With this sidebar plugin, you can see the activity of others online in real-time as they surf the web!  There's live chat, and they offer widgets for your blog or website too!  If you want to read more about it, I wrote an article that explains how it works here at Tucows.

I'm on a mission to fill my buddy list with cool folks like you this month, so if you decide to give it a whirl, please ADD ME!! my username is stacyreed... I'll be looking for you there!





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Emo tales of putting my cat to sleep

Tue Jul 31, 2007, 3:52 PM
Charm  Charm by Sya  aka Charmers aka Pinhead aka Squeaktoy aka Pudgers

Mike and I adopted Charm from the Humane Society.  She was a bit skittish, but very lovable and sweet.  Unfortunately, she was sick from the time she was a kitten.  One of the things I loved most about Charm was how whenever we were in the kitchen, she would try to get our attention by rolling around on the living room floor, striking poses with her feet.  



This was her favorite pose.  Then she'd stick her tongue out and it was all over!  It always caused one of us to stop and rub her belly. She was a pudgy cat.  I used to call her Pudgers whenever she would grunt to get up in my lap.

She completely tore up the leather on Michael's vibrating chair but he never once rallied to get her declawed (thank you, hunny)! I'm just glad she never attacked his speakers!  

She always waited patiently for our elder male cat to eat or drink before her.   When he gobbled up all his treats and went after hers, she never complained, just let him at it.  

When the vet said there was nothing they could do for her condition and we tried everything else we could think of to help her, we had to make the decision.  So I agonized over it for a what seems like months now.

The Humane Society has a policy that if you are ever unable to continue caring for a pet that you adopted from them, you have to bring it back to their facility.  So I called and explained the situation and they told me to bring her in.   I had to agree when they said the most humane thing to do for her would be to put her to sleep.

While I was there, I noticed a sign that said for every one human baby born, 15 puppies and 45 kittens are born.  The shelter was over-populated and they were about to turn me down at the door when I arrived with yet another cat until they heard I was the one they talked to earlier on the phone.

It was painful to know that I was losing a friend and a sweet loving pet, but it also hurts to know that many of those animals never stand a chance.

Anyway, this is just my way of letting go of my sweet little Charmers.  We'll all miss you.  Goodbye.

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