Monthly Archives: September 2012

Closing Eye

In my last Eye entry, it seems fitting to pay homage to one of the most visually memorable characters of the last ten years, The Pale Man from Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

Del Toro’s visual style, be it in the Hell Boy movies or The Devil’s Backbone, is stunning. He’s like Jim Hensen taken to the next level. Especially amazing are his monsters, whether they be heroes or the stuff of nightmares. When I first saw Pan’s Labyrinth, it was not just the plot that stayed with me–the beautiful and terrible fairytale juxtaposed with the atrocities of war–it was the images. One of the strongest of those visuals was the Pale Man seated at the feast, seemingly sightless until his long fingers uncurl to reveal eyes. Scary? Absolutely. But in some way, like all the Del Toro monsters, there is something arresting and poetic in the images. If you haven’t seen this 2006 film, do yourself a favor and check it out, especially if you enjoy surrealism. Just be wary of the stitching scene.

On another topic, when I joined the NaBloPoMo at the beginning of September, I honestly didn’t know how I would make it blogging every day. It’s been challenging in terms of topics and making time in my day, but it’s been rewarding in more ways.

The visual aspect of my posts has always suffered. I was just telling someone yesterday that I’m a writer not an artist, despite having some experience with art history. Because of the nature of the challenge, I found including images critical which I think helped up my traffic.

My posts have, for the most part, been shorter. I can certainly be long-winded and I think some brevity would much benefit me. Above all of that, blogging has become part of my daily routine. I’m not saying I’ll stay daily forever, for now I’m digging it.

As you can see by the sidebar, I’m re-upping for October. I hadn’t planned to, but MASK is such a provocative topic–psychological, silly, sexy–who knows where it will take me?

Thanks to those who have liked and followed. I heart you all! October is also going to be a bit of a membership drive here on Generation Cake. On October 9 I’ll be posting information about a giveaway for my followers and Facebook fans. No, I’m not going sponsored–that’s not my bag. However, I have awesome stuff for some lucky followers including eco products, upcycled items, and a mystery prize to be revealed later. Tempted? Follow or Like today!

XO

A

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Through the Eyes of Ansel Adams

“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.”

–Ansel Adams

If you ever took a high school photography course, your instructor probably geeked out over Ansel Adams, with good reason. Synonymous with gorgeous black and white photographs of American landscapes, particularly the National Parks, his work is instantly recognizable. Perhaps it is because he refused to use smaller cameras or because of his unique Zone System. Whatever the reason, the world viewed through his lens is a wonder to behold.

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Hug It Out

Today is officially

(Don’t ask me what the little horned guy on the rainbow is supposed to be. I’m not that clued in to nature.)

So how can you celebrate?

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan:

  • hug yourself and you veggie friends.
  • give a shout out to your favorite veg blog.
  • cook yourself a great veg meal.
  • visit a veg restaurant (if you are lucky enough to be near one) to support plant-based eating.

If you aren’t a vegetarian or a vegan:

  • hug a vegan or vegetarian friend.
  • follow, Like, retweet, or comment on a Vegan or Vegetarian blog or tweet (like Generation Cake!)
  • do yourself a favor and go without meat for the day.
  • try a meatless recipe to discover how great plant-based cooking can be.

For anyone, regardless of eating lifestyle, be glad that we have so many wonderful foods to enjoy.

XO

A

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Go Long: When the Novel Beckons

A dear former colleague of mine sent me some feedback on a piece I’d been toying with. One of her notes was that perhaps the work should be expanded to novel lengths. My immediate reaction was to balk: No! I’m not a novelist! I have not story of any great length in me! It’s madness, madness I say.

My fear of the novel wasn’t always omnipresent–I wrote a novel when I was 20. A novel that was essentially a mish-mash of Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney except, you know, not good. It was self-indulgent and superficial and just bad. At the time I thought it was edgy. Ahh the bliss of youthful ego.

That was my last venture into novel writing, though my thesis was essentially half a novel. I will admit I’ve jotted down some fundamental ideas from time to time about longer projects. The problem is I don’t feel like I have it in me go forward with them. Short story and creative essay allow me to tinker with things, keep everything contained, be concise and dynamic. I am still training for sprints; marathons terrify me.

However, after reading Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, my mind has started playing with the idea of a linked short story collection. Instead of either sprint or marathon, it might be a relay. With the NaNo coming up, it may just be time.

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Celebri-Eyes: Iconic Celebrity Eyewear

Carrie Donovan

Elvis Costello

Sally Jessy Raphael

John Lennon

Dame Edna

Buddy Holly

Elton John

Compiling this brief list was hard because of the temptation to branch out into sunglasses (Jackie O!) or fictional characters (Harry Potter! Veronic Sawyer’s monocle!). And while a number of celebs can be seen sporting variations of hipster glasses, I decided to stick to those who are hard to picture without a very specific style of eyewear. The exception to all this is of course Elton John, who has changes his glasses style with his outfit. In this case, I elected to go classic; I have a soft spot for “Benny and the Jets.”

Who is your eyewear icon?

XO

A

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Just Push Play: In Your Eyes

I think this video needs no commentary with its 80s fantasticness.

Or you can always hold your jam box high outside your high school love’s window.

 

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I Spy: My Fantabulous Friends

There are those who number their friends in the double digits. While I certainly have friendly acquaintances, I am not one of those people. My husband has said that I like animals, not people, and that I am slow to warm up to people. Both of these things are true. (On the flip side, people think I’m stand-offish or snobby which is somewhat the misconception of shyness. I am a snob about many things. I’ll own that.) He also says, however, that if I put in the effort to be friends with someone, they must be special indeed. I think he’s right.

So here is a true and touching thought (by Nietzsche of all people!) for my divine friends who close their eyes to my faults, embrace my weirdness, and listen to my ramblings. J’Adore.

XO

A

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Eyes on: Griffin & Sabine

Although my literary musings have been banished to my writing blog, in the spirit of this month’s theme, I thought break my own rule and showcase a lovely series called The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy by Nick Bantock.

When I received the first book as a gift, I was skeptical. However, once I opened it, I was transported to a place where the laws of logic don’t always exist and I’m just fine with it. These works cannot actually be called novels. Instead, they are a collection of postcards between two people who have never met (we think). Their story unfolds in a page turning and visually captivating way.

Gorgeous and intriguing, these books, while brief, are worth checking out just to admire the fantastic postcards. Definitely not one for the Kindle.

XO

A

 

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Have You Ever Really Really Really . . .

If, as Bryan Adams attests, “you can see your unborn children in her eyes” as a mark of knowing you love a woman, did my husband ever see this coming? Because I was unaware we would one day be raising baby Ziggy Stardust.

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