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Saturday, March 7th, 2015
3:22 am
Oh hey
Also, I guess I should let you know, lj: Oscar and I are getting married, too, on June 27th. So, that's pretty exciting.

(2 Windmills | Tilt)

3:21 am
I met circafox and fritzywolf in 2005, shortly after they'd started dating, when we were all living in the Chicago area. By the time I moved to SLC in 2007, we'd become very close. In 2009, they ended up moving to Seattle within 2 months of me, and we renewed our friendship. Two weeks from today, they are getting married. fritzywolf asked me to be his best man. As may be obvious, I have a very hard time connecting with people, so this meant a lot to me.

Among other duties, he asked me to write a poem to read at their wedding. Without giving it much thought, I told him I'd be happy to try my hand at an epithalamium. Just now, I started taking a first crack at the piece. The working title is "Epithalamium for Circa and Fritz", but having not recently seen the word written out, I thought it would be wise to verify I was spelling it correctly. Turns out I was... but the definition was a bit more nuanced than I had been aware of. My impression was that an epithalamium was any poem written to be read at a wedding, but more precisely, it is actually "a poem written specifically for the bride on the way to her marital chamber".

Uh...

That is not exactly what I had in mind.

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013
6:02 am
Stegosaurus Forest
I didn't get that job, either of them.

I'm on unemployment now, and that should keep me from sinking entirely, but the prospects for new employment are rather grim. My resume is, for a 35 year old man, kind of shitty. There are major gaps in my employment and I've never held any job for very long nor shown evidence of any ambition toward advancement. My career has been very un-distinguished.

I have a friend who works in a retail position that he likes but is interested in a job at a credit union for which he's being interviewed. If he gets it, I may try to see if I can get in at his current job. I am also considering entering into a CNA certification program or something similar. This would require remaining on unemployment longer, which I am distinctly uncomfortable with.

Other than that specter on my back, things have been good. The extra free time afforded by being unemployed has helped me reconnect with some people, and some emotional and mental states.

I've been thinking about going out and trying to do shows and push my book but I'm fiercely averse to self-promotion, for complex and entangled reasons I don't fully comprehend and don't feel capable of articulating in any meaningful way. Still, it just feels like: I have all this TIME, and I have this BOOK, so why wouldn't I be out there telling people about it? What the hell is wrong with me?

Anyway, it's 6am, and I'm very tired.

(Tilt)

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
7:19 pm
Meanwhile
Oh geez lj, it's been a long time, huh?

So here's what's up: I've got a book out, Zebra Feathers, which you can buy here: http://minorarcanapress.com/stegosaurus.html

and I'm performing on an internet radio show tomorrow night which you can listen to here: http://www.loudcity.com/stations/hollow-earth-radio/files/show/listen.html The show runs 6pm-8pm EDT-- my set is 15 minutes, will probably be ~6:15pm.

In other news, I'm still living in Seattle, making this the longest I've lived in the same place since leaving NYC in 2001, and I'm still dating Oscar, making this the longest relationship I've ever been in. Our 3rd anniversary is in June. I happily anticipate spending the rest of my life with him, but want to wait a couple years yet before formally proposing.

I lost my job as a game tester a couple weeks ago, but am not terribly worried about it-- applied at a used computer parts store a friend works at, would be pretty surprised if I don't get that.

I don't slam anymore-- I came to the conclusion that the competition messes with my head. I don't like the way I find myself thinking and acting when competition is involved--can't even handle it as an uninvolved spectator, unfortunately. Perhaps as a direct consequence, these days almost all my friends are furries-- I have very few connections left within the poetry world. This used to bother me, but I've gotten used to it, and it seems to've helped my writing, in that I've gotten back to writing for myself again. I think getting the book out helped with that, too.

I hope you are all well, lj folks. Maybe I'll see you again another time.

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Sunday, December 16th, 2012
6:49 am
Open Apology to Christopher Johnson
A few years ago, I sent a friend request on Facebook to the poet Christopher Johnson.

He responded, to the best of my memory "After what you said about me on Livejournal? You can't be serious. Let's just be polite to each other at poetry events and leave it at that."

He was referring to an entry I made in 2004.

The situation was this:

I had qualified for the Worcester poetry slam team and the Boston-Lizard Lounge team. Also qualified for the latter team was the poet Delisile Godeffroy-Taylor, for whose work I had great respect. Due to some situation in her personal life-- I don't remember the details, and may not have ever known them, she was unable to commit to the team, so Christopher would have replaced her.

I opted to be on the Worcester team instead. I made an entry describing this sequence of events in which I cited not wanting to be on a team with Christopher because I didn't respect his work or want to be on a team with him as a significant reason I was going on the Worcester team. I might've used profanity in my description of his work, or possibly of him. I'm too ashamed to look up the entry right now and quote directly, but whatever I said, I'm sure it was cruel, and mean-spirited. The truth is, I didn't even have an opinion of his poetry, particularly, it was just a convenient narrative to explain the decision, to myself as much as to anyone.

Tonight I wanted to send him a note on Facebook apologizing, but "Christopher Johnson" is a pretty common name, and I wasn't able to with confidence determine which one was him, so I'm making the apology public. Given that the initial injury was public, I guess that's appropriate. Christopher: I'm sorry I publicly disrespected you and your poetry.

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Monday, December 10th, 2012
8:01 pm
Zebra Feathers
My first book of poetry, "Zebra Feathers", is being released by Minor Arcana Press on January 1st.

Here is the trailer for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t17B2vyTCHY

...and here is where you can preorder it, if you are so inclined: http://minorarcanapress.com/stegosaurus.html

(Tilt)

Monday, May 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

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Monday, April 30th, 2012
1:19 am
I Need Your Help
This is a video of me performing "The Puppy Who Would Be Pope", accompanied by Fiddleback, recorded and edited by Wyvern Aldinger:

http://youtu.be/CWX-NpsYRMY

20% of the Write Bloody selection process is how many upvotes the submission video gets.

I would therefore be ever so grateful if you would upvote this video-- and even more grateful if you would repost it elsewhere. This is going on through the month of May-- winners announced 6/1.

Thanks! <3

(Tilt)

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
2:10 pm
Essay on Furry
A tiger of my friendly acquaintancship of whom I think very highly wrote this excellent essay on furry. He touches on many things I've thought about and agree with, and articulates them better than I'm capable.

(Tilt)

Monday, April 9th, 2012
3:30 pm
Eep!
I am one of 20 finalists in the Write Bloody 2012 book contest. You can see the full list here (I am Keith Kurzman, if you didn't know).

I am hella excited and also very, very nervous-- about half of these names are people I know and respect, and the rest are complete unknowns to me, which is perhaps even more intimidating.

On April 30th I'ma post a link to a performance of "The Puppy Who Would Be Pope" I recorded a couple weeks ago with Fiddleback, the fox musician I've been performance lately, and Wyvern, a local tiger videographer.. Guys: if you can crosspost and upvote the hell out of this thing, I would be very grateful.

(4 Windmills | Tilt)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
7:00 pm
Vanity
These days, I typically shave once every two or three months. Right now, I'm at about two months.

When it's come up in conversation, I've asserted I don't concern myself with my physical appearance, and shave whenever the hair becomes a problem-- i.e., itching, interfering with eating, etc.

This is posturing bullshit.

I don't shave regularly because I never really learned how to shave well. I'm embarrassed to be seen with the inevitable patches of hair when I do shave and it's easier to just ignore it.

(5 Windmills | Tilt)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
2:06 pm
Performing in San Francisco
In San Francisco on Thursday, January 12th, Fiddleback, thisisstar and I are performing an hour long set of music, poetry and visual art (following an hour long set by local poet Sam Sax). The venue is "The Lost Church" at 65 Capp Street. Doors open at 7:30pm, and there is a $10 cover.

At this time, all signs point toward this being the best show I've ever been a part of. I'm very excited, and if you are in the bay area and want to come, I think that would be neat.

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011
9:10 pm
Not a Joke This Time
Here's a link to an actual recent performance, which included awesome original art by dawnchapel, djinni, thisisstar and the latter's boyfriend Tim Riot, and original music by a tremendously talented local musician, Fiddleback: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2zZ_hhiGzo&feature=channel_video_title

The video is pretty dark, but the sound quality's not bad.

We'll be doing another show like this in Seattle on 10/1, with also poetry and music by Ty Logan.

(Tilt)

Friday, August 19th, 2011
2:40 am
Recent Performance
I don't perform much lately, but it turns out someone got a great recording of a recent show I was in and put it up on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wYO72zqnLQ&feature=youtu.be&t=4m38s

(2 Windmills | Tilt)

Monday, May 16th, 2011
1:27 am
Spilled beer on my keyboard a few weeks ago, so I'm writing this right now on Oscar's laptop.

He gave me this adorable rat stuffed animal tonight-- I've named it D-Trikk.

Livejournal hasn't been doing it for me lately. I'll probably migrate over to Fur Affinity shortly.

(Tilt)

Monday, February 14th, 2011
4:55 pm
Possibly the Best Thing to Happen in the History of Video Games and Literature
Someone has made a short 8-bit style game of The Great Gatsby.

It only takes like 10 minutes to play the whole thing. It's totally worth it, for the first boss fight alone. And the cut scenes!

(3 Windmills | Tilt)

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
3:48 pm
Proof that Twitter has been affecting my LJ habits
This weekend, I moved into a new 2 bedroom apartment at the border of Seattle and Shoreline with Circa, Fritz and Oscar.

Tomorrow, I leave for a ten day Vipassana meditation course.

All else remains well.

(Tilt)

Friday, December 31st, 2010
12:59 pm
An Exciting New Development
The excellent artist astolpho has begun serializing my poem "The Puppy Who Would Be Pope" in his awesome web comic, "The Dawn Chapel", here.

I love how the first page looks, and can't wait to see what he does with the rest of it!

(sorry for the crossposting, for y'all who've already seen this on Twitter and Facebook)

(Tilt)

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
12:50 am

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010
2:41 pm
Q
I was at Bellfurs last night-- the house that a bunch of awesome furries live in in Bellevue that's pretty much the center of my social life right now-- and I was in whitepaws' room with him, forestpaw, Cerb, and ryudowolf (I think essexkun had already gone to bed). We were all pretty fucked up, and then whitepaws put on this bizarre movie:

In brief: an alternate world in which a lizard-like creature plots to kidnap a human child from our world and harvest its terrified screams to use as a source of energy. If successful, he plans to steal many more children and exploit their terror to power a whole city.

Does anyone know what movie this is?

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