Thoughts from the creators of LizzyTJ: Author/Creator Barron: Webmaster/Artist/Editor

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Monday, February 04, 2008

2008 v1.0
Yep, still alive. Kicking? Well, hopefully more so this year.

2007 was pretty much a creative wash due to crazy career moves for both me and Barron. I ended up working at a medical company in a department with wall-to-wall women. Quite the dramatic (and I emphasize the word dramatic to the nth degree) contrast to when I worked with all men at my dot com job.

As a kid, I always wanted to live a real life episode of "The Facts of Life"... but not on freaking acid!!!

If nothing else, the experience has provided me with copious book material/dinner conversation tales for decades to come. Barron can decide if he wants to share his workplace insanity with y'all. Our respective companies folded and the requisite massive layoffs hit right before the holidays. Never fun to go through but, sadly, not a new experience for either one of us. Webmaster B is already safely ensconced in a new company and I am holding my breath on a state job – not exactly my ideal but it’s all about security, vacation and health benefits now.

On the medical front, Barron is still doing super cool/rad/awesome sans gallbladder and I survived surgery #17 (massive right foot reconstruction) in October. Look out scar fetish sites, here I come! Already this year, my dad and a close friend went through serious medical scares but all is stabilized for now. I'm hoping February will provide the necessary breather to emotionally process everything from the past 12+ months.

And I’ll take this opportunity to plug Le Scaphandre et le Papillon aka "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." It deserves every award it wins and then some. This film should be required viewing for every high school social studies class along with “Red Asphalt” (remember that?). It would provide the younger generations with much-needed empathy skills.

On a more positive note, I did post the new Anita chapter to the Darkfin MySpace site and worked on another property which is currently making the rounds. I was beyond thrilled to see my two all-time sonic goddesses, Bjork and Tori Amos, here in LA within the same week at the sucky new Nokia theater -- just like most chicks in this town (native and transplant), gorgeous on the outside, distant/clueless/hollow on the inside. I beg any artist coming in the future to please choose The Wiltern instead. I also saw the extremely talented Feist and Spoon at The Gibson and Kelly Clarkson (seriously people, stop laughing at me on this) a week later. Yay aural pleasure!

So, that's about it for now. I promise to make a concerted effort to get back to Darkfin this year, even if it means posting plain text chapters on the MySpace page. I really do appreciate those of you who stay in contact and keep your fingers, toes and eyes crossed for a great 2008: )

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