Month of Monsters: Puissant Petunia

Most of the time Petunia didn't feel very powerful. After all, she couldn't even get her tomatoes to grow. All they did was look sort of sad and dejected in a way that only tomato plants could. Of course, being a spirit of death probably didn't help the situation. However, she still liked to try. She had hope that one day she could eat a perfectly ripe tomato from her very own garden. That would be a grand day. Perhaps that was why they thought she was mighty.

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Redshirts Fan Art

There's this pretty nifty sci-fi author guy called John Scalzi. You may have heard of him. If not, well, you're missing out on some really good stories. You really should go read (or listen to) one of his books right away. At any rate, he has this book called Redshirts coming out June 5th. It's about redshirts. I know, right? I'm giddy with anticipation, but I digress. So,  Scalzi decided it might be fun to have a little slideshow of fan art before the release. The only problem was that he had no fan art since the book hasn't been released yet. Being the clever fellow he is, he decided to kindly ask folks to make some fan art. There is even a contest for the best of the lot.

Making art of poor space explorers being menaced and most likely eaten, smashed, and/or disembowled - yeah, count me in.

Thus, my entry was made and sent in and lo, it came to pass that my piece had made the top five entries. Huzzah!

Granted there are four other very very nice entries to contend with. They are all glorious in their Redshirt mayhem. Voting is open until noon ET, May 29th. I'm not saying you should vote for me... well actually, I am. PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!  However, I won't be put out if you like the others better. They are all fabulous.

 

Improper Use of Slugs: Mustache

I got nothing.

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PARTICIPATION + FREE STUFF = WIN!!

In addition to the improper slug usage of my own device, if anyone has any suggestions for improper slug usage, leave a comment or email me with your suggestions. Granted there is no guarantee that I will pick your suggestion (i.e. it may already be on my master list or it doesn't register high enough on my awesome meter - personal taste and all). However, that being said, if I do pick your idea to include in this project, you will receive a free print of the image. NOTE: If you leave your suggestion in the comments, please make sure to include a valid email address so I may contact you if your idea is selected.

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Previous Improper Slug Usage

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Improper Use of Slugs: Dog Food

True story, I did know a dog that liked eating slugs. She would scour her yard for the chewy morsels and return with a muzzle covered in slug slime.

I'm really glad she wasn't my dog.

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PARTICIPATION + FREE STUFF = WIN!!

In addition to the improper slug usage of my own device, if anyone has any suggestions for improper slug usage, leave a comment or email me with your suggestions. Granted there is no guarantee that I will pick your suggestion (i.e. it may already be on my master list or it doesn't register high enough on my awesome meter - personal taste and all). However, that being said, if I do pick your idea to include in this project, you will receive a free print of the image. NOTE: If you leave your suggestion in the comments, please make sure to include a valid email address so I may contact you if your idea is selected.

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Previous Improper Slug Usage

Slug Candles

Slug Diapers

Slug Thumbtacks

Slug Shoes

Improper Use of Slugs: Shoes

Good news everyone! This project hasn't died a most painful death (unlike these hapless slug victims). Right now I have two more in the queue so I'm not lying (this time). There really is more. Yay!

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PARTICIPATION + FREE STUFF = WIN!!

In addition to the improper slug usage of my own device, if anyone has any suggestions for improper slug usage, leave a comment or email me with your suggestions. Granted there is no guarantee that I will pick your suggestion (i.e. it may already be on my master list or it doesn't register high enough on my awesome meter - personal taste and all). However, that being said, if I do pick your idea to include in this project, you will receive a free print of the image. NOTE: If you leave your suggestion in the comments, please make sure to include a valid email address so I may contact you if your idea is selected.

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Previous Improper Slug Usage

Slug Candles

Slug Diapers

Slug Thumbtacks

Paths of the Dead

I've been meaning to write a little something on the Catacombs of Paris for some time now. I had originally wanted to put something together for Halloween, but as you can see I've missed that mark. I think why it was taking me so long is that I wanted to do the place justice in words, when really, I should have just let the photos speak for themselves. So many bones are down there, more than you will ever see, and each had its own life. It's estimated that there's around six million individuals at rest down there. The history of the place is fascinating. I won't go into detail about it, but if you are interested you can read up at the Catacombs of Paris website.

So many unknown souls, so many stories lost and forgotten.

C'est le mort.

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On a side note, I went with my uncle, who lives in Paris, but for all the decades he has been there, he had never visited the catacombs. I think he was a little appalled that I was taking photos of all the bones; perhaps even thought I was being a bit disrespectful. My thought is, why would you not take photos of all the bones? It has been almost a year later and I am still thinking about all those nameless folks down in the dark. I find them fascinating, as macabre as that may be, yet still in my thoughts.

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If you happen to be going to Paris anytime soon and would like to see the Catacombs for yourself, to find the small entrance look for the large lion statue at the intersection. He will be looking away from an old, insignificant looking, stone building (here). That is where you'll find the entrance. (Doesn't that sound like the most marvelous opening setting for a novel?) Of course, the line of people waiting to get in will give it away too, but I still like the lion directions better.  However, be forewarned, it's popular so you may want to plan your visit for a non-holiday time of the year or plan on standing in line for a while. They only let a small group of people down at a time. A flashlight is handy too, but not absolutely necessary. No flash photography is allowed.