“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
so here is a thing that is happening in my life that I am really incredibly excited about
Mr Darnielle is too good for us
Since we decided to stay in the current apartment for a few years, we started really ramping up the home improvement type stuff in the last month or so. The thing I’m most excited about is setting up our patio garden.
- Our patio which is pretty deep so even if we clog the railing area with plants we should still be able to get a table and chairs out there. If we have space I want to get a papasan out there >:D Because of how the building is set up and our position in it we don’t get a ton of sunlight so we’re getting mostly partial sun-shade plants so they should be able to thrive with only 4 hours of direct sunlight and then the indirect light. We’re lucky to live in a really mild area of LA where it doesn’t get really damp with marine layer and death fog like in PV and the northern beaches, or too smoggy so we should have a lot of luck with the plants.
- We got these pretty sweet racks and shelves for IKEA, the shelves are $10 a piece and the rack itself is $20 and came with the hooks which is super convenient and a nice bonus. We also got the bench/chest that goes with the set but at $30 just for one it’s not a great bargain. We’ll at least get a lot of use out of it for putting away the bbq stuff and the potting soil/plant food. Plants: super thirsty Money Tree, Candy Striped Azalea, Pink Azalea bonsai, succulents; Graptopetalum (graptopetalum macgougalli), Pink Jelly Beans (sedum rubrotinctum), Stonecrop (sedum spathulifolium), Golden Stonecrop (sedum makinoi).
- So happy I found on of these at the nursery, I love morning glories shrubs (convolvulus cneorum).
- For a little plant, this Pink Jasmine (jasminum polyanthum) is super fragrant. The whole living smells delicious!
- I couldn’t not get this guy. Reminds me of the apartment I lived in in Japan as a kid where there were huge bushes of this around the playground in the complex. Plus it kind of goes with the white and pink theme I’ve started. Pink Pearls (letospernum scoparium).
- More Japan nostalgia with a Japanese Maple (acer palmatum). A lot of the plants is from all over but I think Renee and I agree that there’s nothing gonna stop us from making this a pretty Asian feeling garden. I’m gonna keep my eye out for more flowering bonsai <3
- Not that we don’t like chili peppers but we definitely got the chilies for Jon’s sake. I’m not really sure what a Super Chili is but we’ll find out I guess.
- Jalapenos! I found out after we’d potted it that they don’t actually like being overpotted (too big of a pot) so we’re probably going to go back and get maybe 4 more plants because we do use a lot of those in our cooking.
- I sort of indulged in a weird rack when we were at IKEA an picked up this for $20. Seems like it’s basically perfect for mounding plants like the herbs we shoved in them. It doesn’t have any drainage holes in the pots it comes with so we created a mock system where the plants sit in pots with drainage on top of some pebbles where the water can percolate away from the soil. From top to bottom: French Lavender (lavandula dentata), Peppermint, Spearmint. We are totally not going to make a billion mojitos…
- And we picked up about a dozen strawberry plants (type unknown!) to see how we fair with those. They’re a little tricky and they might not drain enough in this planter so we’ll see. Hopefully I can not over water them and they get enough sun that they do well.
So that’s what we’ve got for now. We still have a pretty big list of things we want to add including: more mints, basils, maybe sage and a different kind of lavender, a thyme plant for my chicken and duck recipes, a big healthy rosemary since we’re weirdly having issues with them dying on us, maybe something good for bees? If you have an suggestions let me know since it’s a work in progress and we’re pretty novice gardeners. Thank god for the internet in that regard.
yo, our shit is going to be the cutest potted garden ever.
Doodled me and Nee’s witchsonas on the plane ride over. I kind of love how drag queen Nee’s is.
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yo here is a quick horse i did as i was doing all that Sai brushes talk. also happy year of the horrrrse.
may i ask what you use to draw/what your brush settings are? your stuff is amazing
hey anon! thanks, here is brushsettingtalk! i switch between Sai and Photoshop, depending on the work though i have been leaning more on PS these days. i do most of the comic coloring in that and have been doing more painting in PS as well. the jana picture is ps, the two more recent things are sai (delphox and witchsona).
my desktop’s Sai settings for pen and brush, which is the majority of what i use. watercolor is for special things, and i’ve played around with the crayon brush a couple of times. i think the cinitq’s settings are a little different to adjust for the different… drawstyle? they should be pretty similar though. honestly, i adjust these pretty frequently.
in Photoshop… i just use the pencil tool…because i usually work at stupid big DPI, with a brush i got from someone’s set that i can’t remember but its pretty popular. but with the shape dynamics turned on for size jitter. spacing is set to 0-4%. so these are the ones i use the most. i kinda forget which ones sometimes, they are similar looking in the thumbnails :\ the one that i use a lot is that one in the middle, its just good for painting. its my fave.
so uhh… i don’t change the settings tooo much. thats why i liked sai so much. right out of the box it works like i want for the most part. photoshop has been a harder journey.
#easy paint tool sai
#answering a thing
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#i like it
i’d be a witch with big hats, busy mixing potions with my wolf familiars, etc. just a ton of jar, bottles, vials filled with things. i love it. we should have witch week more often. witches all day please! thanks bsabo, she know where it at. (its at witches)
okay me too. 100% meme. looking for stuff from last year was kind of pitiful :\ going to have to do more this year.