Welcome to what I hope will be a new regular feature here on CrazyBeautiful – Sylvan Points at Stuff! I’m always finding neat or thoughtful things I want to share, so I thought I’d gather up four or five a week and post them here for you. All sorts of subjects, from all sorts of places. Find out what catches your author’s attention.
Vicky Papiaoannou’s art journaling is different from the style you see most often in YouTube videos; it’s a cross between art journaling, scrapbooking, card making, and…other stuff I’m sure. But I love watching her build her pages, especially in this one – that stack of books is fantastic! In later videos you can hear her lovely voice and accent on a voice-over describing her process as she works. This one, though, is just set to music.
Next, we have the perfect flash mob: The Australian cast of The Lion King musical burst into “The Circle of Life” on a plane. As if that song didn’t already give me chills – imagine hearing them sing it two rows away! I kind of thought someone should have picked up the little boy in the aisle at the end and held him aloft to show Pride Rock their new king.
Interesting: Lorde has had a face to face run-in with what Hollywood will do to her as a celebrity.
I probably should have posted this one before SXSW, but oh well: Austin’s Best Coffee Shops, Winter 2014. I’ve been to Epoch, Flightpath (long long ago), Thunderbird, and Cherrywood; Epoch is open 24 hours and is a good place to go if you need to study or write alone or with a group. Cherrywood’s food and drinks are fantastic (get a Luna taco). There are a couple, like Fair Bean and Strange Brew, that I think should be on the list, or at least they’re on my list!
I just finished a short story for the Mammoth Book of Southern Gothic Romance, which will be out I believe in November (In the UK, not sure about the US, I’ll let you know). I’m particularly proud of it because I absolutely suck at short stories – not the writing, but the coming up with ideas part. However the people who beta’d the story thought it was damn cool. If I had to sum it up in three words they’d be
What do you do when the world’s problems become unbearable? I think a lot of my kindred around here know this feeling – I know most vegans do. You see so much that’s awful and your contribution is so small that it’s easy to either give up, become angry, or do both. Stephanie Vesseley offers some insight she received from Ram Dass.
One last thing along those lines, for Austinites – the Texas VegFest is this Saturday at Fiesta Gardens! There will be food vendors, all sorts of goodies to buy (Last year I got hold of a Fluffernutter Whoopie Pie from Capitol City Bakery and HOLY CRAP was it good!), and speakers including Mac Danzig, 2007 Ultimate Fighter Welter Weight Winner; Nicole Sopko, Vegan Business Owner, Yogi & Animal Activist, and local favorite Chef Inge Bothma, owner of Happy Vegan Baker. I won’t be volunteering this year for personal reasons, but trust me, it’s a great event with live music and beer and everything that makes Austin great without all the damned bacon. The website has more about the venue, parking, et cetera. I recommend you go fairly early before all the good cupcakes are sold out.