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Stay Back, I'm Infected

on April 14, 2009 - 9:53am

SkellyCatGourd by Candace Navarate
I spent a couple days taking care of Yetch last week while he suffered through some nasty chills. Seems it's my turn now.

I've been battling the flu the last 48 hours, and spent the past two nights waking up in feverish sweats, tormented by roller coaster body temperatures and nightmares. I don't mind the monster dreams so much (they at least provide a possible prop idea) but I hate the ones that deal with human bad guys.

I normally have vivid nightmares as it is, but with the fever it's like someone slipped LSD into my Ginger ale.

The other downfall is that my blog reader gets backed up (79 new items), my email goes unanswered (14 and counting) and I don't get to post about all the things I love.

Like THIS exciting piece of news. I entered a contest held by the Eclectic Halloween Artist Group, and won (as did fellow blogger Frog Queen). What's even better? I won the piece done by Candace Navarate of Howlingmoonsblog:

Creepy Easter Special

on April 12, 2009 - 3:00pm

Bass Easter Special
I have to run, but I wanted to give a tip of the hat to The Haunted Closet.

There were tons of fantastic Easter posts that came through my blog reader this morning, but this was my favourite. Why? Because it filled me with the joy of childhood fun, reminding me of a treasure long forgotten.

Head on over and enjoy the screen shots from this classic (and possibly not well known) Easter special where some smart bunny decides it should be more like Halloween instead.

Easter Message: Love Thy Web Neighbour

on April 12, 2009 - 10:19am

Mr Flopsy by Ghoul Friday
Happy Easter, everyone! Hopefully the Easter bunny left you hidden shrunken heads instead of boring easter eggs (though chocolate is always a nice surprise).

This Easter morning, I found a random (but polite) comment on my site that didn't make any reference to my blog post but instead promoted someone else's blog. I thought I might - in the spirit of the holiday - break from tradition of erasing and forgetting what comes across as spam, and instead offer a bit of advice (hopefully without sounding preachy). This post is for people who might be new to the role of webmaster/blogger. I think it's fair to say some people just don't know the best way to get others to promote their site.

Generally speaking, people don't mind if you post a link to your site IF you at least comment on whatever their blog post was about. But chances are, if you just say "Hey look at my stuff!" your comment will not get approved or will be erased because it has nothing to do with the topic.

The Underbiters: Gary

on April 11, 2009 - 8:56am

Gary of the UnderbitersGary keeps to himself, moving at his own pace. He doesn't like a lot of commotion (hence his distaste for Dimly). He detests loud noises and bright lights, which explains why Gary can most often be found in dark places around the house: closets, toolboxes, filing cabinets and under the couch.

In the shadows, you can hear him scratching and chewing on whatever he's found. For the longest time I thought we had a mouse.

During the autumn months, he'll trot along the inside of eaves troughs, enjoying the mildew scent as he snacks on soggy leaves. You may think this is a great way to keep the troughs clear, but Gary will rip through protective wire mesh that normally prevents critters and debris from entering. He'll also bend the metal of the troughs, roof flashing and even shingles if they are barring him from some out of reach treasure.

Favourite foods include lost change and unpopped popcorn kernels.

Evil Easter Eggs

on April 10, 2009 - 4:14pm


A few days ago, Gorify posted an army of links to scary Easter eggs. I saved a few of my favourites and did a search of my own to bring you this collage.

Sources from left to right:

Skull-A-Day Skull Egg

SeanKreynolds Frankenstein Monster Egg

photorelativity Xray Egg

B_Zedan Zombie Chicken Egg

gotbaby Eyeball Egg

That Bastard Tara Zombie Eggs

WonderDookie Zombie Egg

Since the x-ray egg isn't a real egg (it's completely computer generated), I'm going to say the zombie in the bottom right is my favourite.

Underbiter Mysteries Revealed

on April 10, 2009 - 12:13pm


UPDATE: Only ONE Underbiter post left before this mini contest is over. Submit your questions about the Underbiter characters to me (email, comment or tweet) to be published here and you have a chance to get a small treat in the mail.

Be sure to enter your email properly if you're hoping to win (so I can contact you)!

And to be fair, the completely unbiased Yetch will be choosing the winners based on a) originality/interest and b) if the question leads to interesting tidbits of background information.

See the full post for more details.

The Underbiters: Dimly

on April 10, 2009 - 7:52am

Dimly of the UnderbitersDimly is a dreamer with a short attention span. He can be nibbling on a flower petal one second, then running across the lawn - mouth open - chasing after dandelion fluff in the breeze. A moment later, he'll change directions again barrelling after a passing car.

Dimly is outside most of the time. He loves the feeling of grass and earth, so his time spent in the house is brief. Have you ever vacuumed, going from one side of the house to the other, and by the time you get back to where you started, there's dirt or crumbs? That's Dimly, dashing through the room.

Dimly can sometimes be drawn out of hiding with a flashlight or a mirror; like a cat, he'll chase a bouncing spotlight (unless another Underbiter stops him). You might also catch a glimpse of him on a windowsill some rainy afternoon looking out and up to the sky.

Favourite foods include all types of plants and string.

The Underbiters: Splink

on April 9, 2009 - 10:08am

The Underbiters: Splink
Splink tends to keep to himself, rarely making a noise or a fuss.

He's one of the Underbiters I see the least. In fact, I've only spotted him twice. Both times it looked like he was floating, but that could be my imagination. He's so quick it's hard to tell. His shimmering green colour adds to the illusion as well.

Splink likes to eat things that 'make stuff go'. Keys, remote controls, the prongs on electrical plugs, and ON buttons being his favourites. He might also be to blame for mornings when I start my car and the gas gauge is somehow near empty when I know it should be almost full (of course, I have my suspicions that Yetch might actually be behind that).

I'm positive Splink is responsible for the switch on my air purifier suddenly not working. I swear I can hear his gurgly little giggle every time I turn the control and nothing happens.

Don't Judge a Book By Its Pseudonym

on April 9, 2009 - 8:54am

Ghoulish Door painted by Ego
I'm not sure why an artist would refer to himself as "Ego". Maybe to convince other people he's confident in his work (which would be overcompensating), or maybe he's pompous in real life and his friends call him that. Hopefully there's an entirely different reason, because while I think his chosen nom de plume has much to be desired, his artwork is a heck of a lot of fun.

Ego is an artist in his 30's from Seattle, which is where you'll find this great door (pictured left). I wouldn't mind having something similar on my office wall.

So what else do I know about Ego? He has an account on Deviant Art where he refers to himself as Lord Ego (*raises eyebrow*) and a blog simply named EGO's Artsy Stuff.

He's heavily into the skater culture, works at a tattoo shop, and is a vegan. That's about it, really.

More art below.

Finding Beautiful Beasties in Video Games

on April 8, 2009 - 1:45pm

Secret World Monster
Despite the glitches I've been encountering on twitter (like waking up to find all my previous posts have vanished), I still think it's a great resource. For example, I never would have encountered King Unicorn, and I would have completely missed his tweet this morning linking to this trailer for the new Secret World video game.

I'm not too interested in the game, but King Unicorn had promised inspiration waited at the end of the link and he was right. That's where I saw this beastie (pictured right).

Nasty little devil, isn't he? What a great face.

I shouldn't be surprised. If anyone knows creepy creatures, it's King Unicorn.


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