julien pacaud

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Estrella Circus Girl

Life and times of a circus runaway


Hourly comic part one!
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 Well I was going to post the first half of the hourly comic, but then Flickr crapped out on me, so instead you get a link: hourly comic part one!

EDIT: Aaaaand part two!

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Nearly
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Hourly comic is done, but of course I am tired and sick, so I will finish and post it tomorrow.  

Goodnight, moon.

Hourlies
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 I missed hourly comic day (I think it was the first), but I decided to do an hourly comic tomorrow anyways.  I probably won't post every hour; too much of a pain--I'll draw them throughout the day, then post in the evening.

Yay comics!
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Well.
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When it has been two months since your last update, you know it's time to do something about it.

I'm back in Seattle from vacation, both to Madison, WI and with my parents in Maryland.  I had a grand time--cooked and ate a LOT of fantastic food, got to play music, go for walks, see some movies, and spend plenty of time sitting on my butt reading with a fluffy cat in my lap.  It was a Good Time.

There have been some pretty big changes in my life in the past year, and I don't think I've written about them here, or anywhere.  So, an overview:

In addition to the kids' circus classes I teach in the gym at SANCA, I started training to work in the flying trapeze tent.  It is a welcome change from working short classes with very little kids--the hours are longer, and the work is both physically and mentally more challenging.  Flying is awesome and exhilarating and all the stuff you'd think it'd be, but working up there is more like being a deckhand on a ship--you're surrounded by lines that can't get tangled or confused with each other, and there's a process that needs to happen efficiently, quickly, and in a very precise order.  It's different socially, too.  The people who work in the tent are called the Fly Team, and they act as a team in a way that doesn't happen in the gym.  So far, I'm in love with it.  

Music is back in my life in a big way.  I play guitar with three fiddlers in a group called Skolkis--it's Swedish for truancy, or playing hooky. :)  We play Swedish tunes for dancing and listening, and I love it!  Swedish music is extremely bizarre to American ears, and it was really difficult at the beginning, but I've come a long way in a pretty short time and I'm having a blast playing music with fun friends, and sometimes getting paid for it.  I'm also probably going to buy a new guitar sometime soon.  Eek.  o_o

As you know if you've been keeping up with No Horse Studio, I'm also trying to get my butt in gear in the art world also.  I got to sell some artwork at a school fundraiser/craft fair around Thanksgiving, which was ridiculously fun, and actually made me some money.  Right now I'm struggling between wanting more free time to make art and advance myself as an artist, and being afraid of squandering free time.  I'm not very good at self-directing and -motivating, but I'm working on it, and I think I'm very slowly improving.  

And finally, after months of getting all choked up whenever I see a horse anywhere (even in movies), I've finally decided to try to get back in the saddle.  My plan is to apply to equestrian summer camps as a counselor for this coming summer.  If it goes well, then maybe I'll be able to stay on in a work-study kind of arrangement; if I don't like it, at least I'll have a local reference at the end of the season and I can go about applying to other stables as a barnhand, groom or exerciser.  

So that's where I am in life.  I'm going to try to post here more; I don't like the idea of abandoning it just when my life has gotten so exciting.  

If you got this far, have a treat.Collapse )


What is the most exciting thing that happened to you in 2010?

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ejl


Exciting news from the insect world
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New sketches up at No Horse Studio!

And now, on to the news: If I Blame The Patriarchy is to be trusted, the widespread understanding that an essential step of the praying mantis mating process* involves the female mantid chewing off the head of her mate is being seriously challenged.  The original test subjects which yielded these results were starved and stressed by overly invasive lab conditions; recent tests yielded much more heartwarming results:

"In nature, mating usually takes place under cover, so rather than leaning over the tank studying their every move, we left them alone and videotaped what happened. We were amazed at what we saw. Out of thirty matings, we didn't record one instance of cannibalism, and instead we saw an elaborate courtship display, with both sexes performing a ritual dance, stroking each other with their antennae before finally mating. It really was a lovely display." [source]
 
It seems that only one type of mantis, Mantis religiosa, actually requires the removal of the male's head for copulation to be successful.  

*Say that five times fast.

A Good Cat
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Today Natasha, the cat who has been in my life since I was five years old, quietly passed.  

I am sad but feeling mostly okay about it--she was eighteen (!!) years old, she has had a longer and better life than many cats get; and though I'm sad I had to be so far away when she died, I am grateful to have had her in my life at all.  She was the beginning of my love affair with animals, and she gave us Philip and Annie (aka Stumpy).  I am starting work on a comic about her.
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Älskar allt
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What have you been reading lately?

Alternately, what is an image you saw recently that stuck in your mind?

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Snack of the week
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From the bottom up, in this order:  

One multigrain cracker + one glob of mustard + one slice of English coastal cheddar + one smear of pumpkin butter.  Out of nowhere I had a craving for it yesterday afternoon, and it turned out to be delicious.  Incidentally, I got all of those ingredients at Trader Joe's.  

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Little things.
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 Emma is away at a women-in-computing conference; so, this:

try not to barf from the cute

Barf, I know.  

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Johnny Wander
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Things I have to do today:

- finish updates on the flyer for Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance (due tomorrow)
- pump out another draft of the website for the Seattle Folklore Society (due Friday)
- make some comics

Things that would be good to get to today:

- start sanding the kitchen table so we can paint it 
- practice guitar
- work on some story ideas
- fold laundry
- do dishes

Things I have done so far today:

- drink coffee
- read Johnny Wander.  


I truly believe that part of being an artist is reading the work of your contemporaries, but this comic.  This comic is a problem.  I'm having a hard time finding it again, but in the archives somewhere is a four- or five-pager about a little blind girl with a pet basilisk.  Yuko (one of the authors) has such a wealth of imaginary animals in her head.  It makes me *, where * = something like jealousy, but also with an urge to go make more of my own stuff, just... more like that.  

Hope to be posting some art soon.  It was a slow week.  

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Edit: Well I just finished the archive, so I guess it's time to take a shower.  

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