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To Mr. Neil Gaiman, who spoke at the Billings Library yesterday,

    I wanted to thank you in three parts. Thank you for your creativity, for your positivity, and for your dedication. 

    I'm sure you've received enough awards by now to realize that your creativity is a force to be reckoned with. Even more than that, however, it is a gift. You mentioned in your talk yesterday that stories give us the means to look at the world through a different perspective, to allow us to live other lives. Stories also serve as a sort of cryogenic preservation, allowing us to store our perspectives in a medium that is significantly more durable than our short-lived carbon shells. Your perspective will live on beyond you inside your work, seeing sights and inspiring minds in the future that today might seem impossible. You are certainly deserving of such a gift. 

    Your positivity was of note because of how genuinely you spoke. You told a room full of young teens and young adults that writer's block is not something to be afraid of, but rather something to expect. That life would throw us difficulties you made no effort of hiding, and you told us that sometimes it takes a great deal of time to make great things. These are lessons I have already learned, but I know that hearing those things from you have helped prepare an entire room full of 15-year-old teens for some of what life may throw them, and perhaps some of what life already has. 

    And that brings me to my final item of thanks. Thank you for caring about the next generation. The author H.P. Lovecraft made a habit of corresponding with younger writers, reading their work and encouraging them to hone their craft. What I saw yesterday was a room full of eager young minds looking for inspiration, and one man who held their dreams at the tip of his fingers. Thank you for giving them someone to look up to and aspire towards, for answering the hard questions like "where do you get your inspiration?" and "how long does it take to write a book?". Here in Montana literary heroes famous on the world stage can be hard to find, most of them don't take the time to visit way out here. I'm very glad you did. 

    Also and lastly, I don't think it would be fair to go this far without crediting the source wherefrom I first heard of you: the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast (found at Hppodcraft.com). The podcast is two fellows who for a time would discuss the themes and history of every Lovecraft story. They have since completed discussing Lovecraft's work and are now talking about the stories that inspired Lovecraft. The two gentlemen who co-star the podcast (Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey) are big fans of your work, and it is from them that I first learned of your Sandman series of graphic novels. If it strikes your fancy and you need something to listen to, try their podcast out. They're always inviting guest hosts, and I feel it would be a disservice on my part if I didn't invite you to contact them. 

Signed, 
The only other fellow in the room with a beard,
Who asked you a question about the purpose of stories,
Which you answered. 
  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
  • Reading: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes
  • Watching: Dreams pass by
  • Playing: Starbound
  • Eating: Sand wiches
  • Drinking: Coffee

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I am the Other One, never mind my name. I am merely here to keep you in the right mind, to keep you sane, to keep you from being too much the same.

It's true I am an artist yes. To watch between the spaces, to keep a careful eye out for those who would maim you with the falsehoods of our age. I try when possible (relating to their plans) to make a mess.

Still, perhaps you'll like my stuff. I draw ze' ponies, but I also dabble in dark and science fiction products. I try to keep it loose sometimes, and my style varies slightly all the time. I'm figuring out who I am, I'm calling my very own bluff.

There is one more thing that should grace your mind: be careful of your eyes. If there is one thing that I've learned it's always Ann spreads lies.

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Samii-Doll Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:
Here, have a llama in return :meow:
Also feel free to check out my facebook page & give it a like if you should feel so inclined
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AnnLies Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Consider it liked.
:- )

Ann lies. 

Signed, 
The Other One

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Rode-Egel Jan 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey!
Thanx a lot for the :+fav: on

Elder Thing by Rode-Egel

Enjoy!!!
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AnnLies Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Not a problem sir! A wonderful interpretation of Lovecraft's iconic beasty. I love your take in particular because it reminds me a bit of the Gustave Dore engravings in Dante's Divine Comedy. This sort of classical take on them really makes them seem ancient. Well played!

Ann lies. 

Signed,
The Other One
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Rode-Egel Jan 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Ann (Annelies?)!
And thank you again madam.
The reference to Doré is a huge compliment!
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AnnLies Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Quite welcome! Looking at it now the drawing also has a bit of an ancient Chinese feel to it, particularly how the Chinese dragons are often pictured holding spheres. The more I look at this the more I see inside. Oh, and feel free to call me The Other One or Other, I'm not particular. My username is a bit deceptive, I'll admit. Well, hindsight is 20/20 as they say. 
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rik4100 Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah... A fellow Insane person...
Hi there.
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AnnLies Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Insane!? My fellow human being (latin name: Homo Sapiens) I assure you I am not insane. I believe the term "Hyper-sane" may be more appropriate. You see I was insane, and then I got better. And then I was insane again…a few times. I swear on my life as we type now that I am better! Oh of all things under Luna's Radiant Orb I am better. I feel…better. Don't you? Don't we all, at one point or another? Feel better, I mean? 

Regardless, your comment strikes my interest. Because you seem like such a jolly fellow I'll let you in on something interesting. If you see a girl with a broken face, or perhaps a mare who can't make up her mind on what color she'll be, keep an eye on her. She may tell you things, so many things, but most of what she says cannot be trusted. Read the words again. Do. Not. Trust. Her. For you see its a bit of a character flaw of hers. Despite (or perhaps because of) her unique talents, 
Ann lies. 

I, however, do not! Well, not more than most do. Probably. Allow me to make introductions. I, the exceptionally long-winded one to whom you are typing, am TheOtherOne. And Ann is my muse. Or perhaps I am hers…curious…

REGARDLESS! Who might you, by which I mean rik4100 (not capitalized) be? 
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rik4100 Dec 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I? I am a man, that feels the ponies' friendship spirit inside his body, but only takes about 10% of the energy...
My mind feeds on what is 'scary', 'horror', 'morbid', 'grotesque' etc... and mostly when it's lifelike. 
I let it take control of my body... something tells me it is scary, and gives me a little chill, but after that, I feel like being submerged into nightmares, embraced by it. I tell myself to embrace the nightmare, and thus, become the nightmare.
So that I can get the maximum thrill factor put into a drawing that is intended to be scary. bring horrors that dwell in my brain, to a clear visual element. That is me. I don't neccesarely want to call me 'Insane' either, but I refuse to call myself normal.
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AnnLies Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A wise man once said that "the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."

A student of this man once stated that there are three types of fear. "The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there...”

I aspire to be a student of human emotion. With the capacity of endless complexity, emotion is a fascinating subject and a most astute teacher. You speak of nightmares and chills, thrills and horrors. These are the core of humanity, the pars of us that are too deep to cut out. Most throw a rug over it to hide it out, to muffle the beating of the tell-tale heart as it were. It is indeed pleasant to hear that there are still those who do not. 

So, what do you find yourself terrified of, against all rationale or logic? 

Personally I find mannequins abjectly terrifying. Slenderman is one of my worst fears and as such one of my favorite ideas. 
What's yours? 

Ann lies. 
Signed, 
The Other One.

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