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12 September 2012 @ 12:09 am
How To Watch A Scary Movie By Yourself

1. Watch a lot of scary movies.
Good horror is a lot like good comedy - there are certain beats and rhythms to a joke, as there are certain beats and rhythms to a scare. The scare should be logical but surprising in it's execution. You should subconsciously start putting together where the scare is going to come from, but still be startled when it shows up. The more horror you watch, the better you are at learning to recognizing the beats, and better anticipate when to shut your eyes.

2. Breath deeply.
This can help you get through a lot of scary scenes when you know something is about to pop up in your face and startle you. I tend to hold my breath in anticipation, which starves my brain of oxygen and makes me all the more anxious. So yoga breathe - 8 counts in, 8 counts hold, 8 counts release. You're still going to be scared, but you'll also feel calmer about it.

3. Watch it all in one sitting.
You're by yourself. There is the strong desire to pause when things are getting intense. Resist. The more you pause to mentally prepare yourself, the more drawn out and scary the movie becomes. It is intimidating you into leaving. Don't let it. Resist! It'll be over sooner that way.

4. Think about what the ghost is going through.
We're most afraid of something when we have no idea what it wants from us. From DMJared with Tips On How To Make The Game SLENDER Not Scary:
Rationalize the Slenderman. Why would he be chasing you? Maybe I dropped my wallet in the park and he's trying to give it back to me because he's a nice guy. Look at him: he wears a nice suit. Maybe he just wants some help. Maybe he's homeless and needs help washing his suit so he can go into a job interview and make himself into a decent human being. [...] Look at those arms. I bet he gives wonderful hugs.

5. You have the power of mute!
If all else fails, most scares/anticipation are built out of a combination of the score and musical stings. You can always mute, which is the cowards way out, but hey - you gotta do what you gotta do.
Current Mood: scaredscared
06 September 2012 @ 06:04 pm
Comment and I'll:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something. A fandom, a song, a colour, a piece of fruit. SOMETHING.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character/pairing.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you. (Or else I'll just ask a random question. I reserve that right.)
7. Tell you my favorite user pic(s) of yours.
8. Tell you that you must spread this disease in your LJ.

Right from behindgrey_eyes
Current Mood: impressedinterested
I'm not sure if I'm good at gift-giving. I don't like receiving gifts because I'm particular, and there's not a whole lot I want. There's always stuff I need - socks, shower curtain rings, corn cob bedding - but stuff like that rarely makes a good gift. So when I wish to give shape to my gratitude, I want whatever I'm giving to make the receiver feel listened to, noticed, special. I've been the recipient of some bizarre but well-meaning goods that always leaves me wondering if the other person knows me at all. And that's what paramount in my mind when trying to give presents - is it generic, or is meaningful? It's an art, and it takes a lot of thought to be good at it.

What I usually I do is give something temporary that the receiver will enjoy once (flowers, food, movie tickets) that both shows I care and won't create more unwanted clutter. But if I want to give something more permanent, I want it to be unique. That's how I usually end up making something.

I'm in the process of moving (an entry on that is coming up next) and my nearest neighbors have done a lot of looking out for me - they've helped with the lawn, had me over to their house for family dinners, etc. I really wanted to show them in a concrete way I appreciated them. And after I thought about it for a while, I realized the thing they know me for best is my Halloween decorations. So I decided to carve a faux pumpkin for them.

Which brings me to the second theme of this entry: the artistic process. Part of my move also includes me trying my hand at being Actually A Writer, instead of a Long-Winded Procrastinating Daydreamer. Working on this pumpkin project made me realize I have clearer thoughts about the artistic process than I realized. I can even present them in a bulleted list, with the pumpkin as an example:

Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: "Yo Pumpkinhead" The Seatbelts
08 August 2012 @ 11:44 am
Current Mood: accomplishedanticipatory
Current Music: "Once A Year Day!" The Pajama Game
03 August 2012 @ 08:41 pm

A+ for prison references

I love listening to her laugh. She seems more human.
Current Mood: happyhappy
But enough about high schoolCollapse )

All day, every day.
Current Mood: depresseddespondent
Current Music: "Lights Turned On" Childish Gambino
23 June 2012 @ 07:59 pm
As previously discussed, I really like fresh strawberries. Out-of-season strawberries taste diluted and empty. But we live in a modern age - there's gotta be a solution in there somewhere.

Well, we can flash freeze them! We can flash freeze them at home, thanks to Alton Brown and Good Eats! And why just a few? We can freeze a whole lot!

Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: "Strawberry Fields" The Beatles
21 June 2012 @ 12:24 am

When I'm feeling ineffective, like when I can't find an apartment I can afford AND wants me as a tenant, I try to make something.

This was my first time making pretzels. I couldn't get the shape right so I just make pretzel blobs. Cover anything with enough butter, sugar or salt and it won't matter what they look like. They are also delicious. I have had four.

Here is the recipe.

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Current Mood: shockedshocked
Current Music: Futurama