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Anne Rice – Memnoch the Devil

memnochI was happy when we were getting the translations of Vampire Chronicles in Lithuania. But there are still mere three books to this day, while Anne is writing her twelfth, and I am here at an end of the fifth. And truly I don’t know what happened. Lack of profit? Well, they mostly have themselves to blame and punish, not the readers, then, for I didn’t even know the third one was released, and heck, I am a book-blogger! Or did Anne’s free mind scare the narrow ones who were supposed to give us Vampire Chronicles, and not just crumbles of it? That seems just as likely to me. So here I am thus, with “Memnoch the Devil” by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles book 5; ISBN 096319254X; 354p.; Goodreads) finished in its original form.

Truly, after all he’s been through, what more could Lestat do? Seems out of sheer boredom he now plays with his food, stalking them for months and months, getting to know them, and only coming for a kill at the most perfect moment and not sooner. This time it’s the man named Rodger, would be a simple man were he not a Crime Star, dealing in dope and religious antiques. And since tonight is the night Lestat decides to finish the game, he requires a secluded place to feed in. For that purpose he chose Rodger’s apartment, where both he, and his victim too, get startled by a large black granite statue of the Devil himself, so very life-like it seemed to watch them, observe them, and maybe even judge them.

Lestat, being the fearless brat prince we know and love, would maybe have put little thought to it, were it not the ominous footsteps he kept hearing in the recent past. Usually in his most vulnerable and lonely moments too. And that fear was only made stronger when Rodger, murdered and dismembered, returned to tell him his tale, as a ghost, with an aura of urgency about him, for “they’re coming for him” and thus he might not have much time… All that only to be whisked away into oblivion before Lestat’s very eyes.

Enter the Memnoch. Bored, Lestat? How about a role in the war between Heaven and Hell then?

I love Anne, and I love her vampire works. I love how she creates these passionate little stories, filled with saturated drive of life, all told through someone Lestat merely encounters and listens to. My only problem lies with me not being religious whatsoever, and thus believing in no gods. So as before I would’ve jumped at the chance of believing Lestat being out there, for this one book I cannot do so. Just this once. But other than that, it is a great, and truly unique story, and my praises go to Anne for being so capable of making even divine-filled book readable with joy and eagerness. I give it 4 out of 5, earned and firm. And I’m sure out there many will love it far more than I have did.

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The Brave, the Bold, the Beautiful

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Postcard: Winter Wishes

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You can order her here [dA], if prefering, contact me directly for different type or no text at all: jrv.soukyan@gmail.com

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How Roses Eternal are born

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  • First we get the aqua colors and get them a little soggy. You might not want to do this if you have decent kind of aqua colors, but mine turn into wet-chalk-like substance, so I must.
  • I paint the cabochon setting black. Used to use black paper, but figured black paint is to my advantage when it comes to shadows.
  • Start with the darkest color of usable red. I use pure red or add a speck of black in it. That is advisable.

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  • Next I mix up some pink. It has to be a shade of dusty dry pink rose, so the basic one already pre-given in the pallet doesn’t fit my needs. Might fit yours tho, give it a shot.
  • Dab the light with pink. Then with pure white. You can play around a bit and make dew drops. Did it a couple times, it can really save a slightly messy looking miniature.
  • I don’t usually do mid-shade for the stems and leafs, but you can. And I should, and you should probably too.

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  • Instead I just dab basic green with pure white where light would hit it the hardest. I admit, this is a little messy. Mostly because my best and most favorite paintbrush has met its end.
  • Enamel.
  • Just enough of it to cover up the picture.
  • I hold it in pliers and heat it over an open flame of a candle since I don’t have a heat gun. I can’t advice this.

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  • It melts and it hardens, making a gorgeous glass-like shine over the miniature. Much like resin. Can’t say what I prefer, since I didn’t work with resin. I do, on the other hand, have a couple pendants made with resin-finish. Or should I say had? Resin turned yellow and popped off completely, besides scratching up. With enamel – you can always re-heat it, it’ll melt and re-harden and be as good as new, as long as you don’t burn it up.

IMG_4656And this is the finished product that you can see on my [DeviantArt], buy on [Etsy], or like on [Facebook]. Or follow me on Twitter][Tumblr

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Solstice Scents and how I can’t live without them

Not so long ago, thanks to youtube channel of Grav3yardgirl, I discovered Solstice Scents. And now I’m going nuts.

The first pack of samples I ordered around Halloween of 2012, and they probably had event going on, for with my 3 ordered scents, they also gave 3 more samples free to go. I remember I’ve gotten myself two types of “Forest” smells (Spellbound; Black), “Manor” which stands among my favorites ever since, “Jack and the Devil“; “Dragon Blood” obviously and “Shoikat Grove“. While at first I didn’t like all of them and Manor struck me like a lightening, later other scents became more pleasing too, I guess that’s because of my wicked imagination that connects smells to visions. Jack and the Devil is a bit too strong, but when I smell it, I think of how this Jack could have looked like, thus I imagine a dark figure, strolling in dark, maybe a bit damp and windy night, with a smile on his face and the sense of devil somewhere by. Same way with the forest smells, I right away take in the image of a specific forest, of elves that live in that forest and this specific smell lingering in their dead-silent kingdom, when in disguise they wait for mere mortals to pass by and if you’re to listen carefully, you might hear a bow creak as they wait for a reason to bury an arrow into your neck.

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I put most of the scents in there, first and second order

   By the way, Inquisitor smells like Narnia. The first time the little girl enters it – snow, pines, coldness – yea, I can imagine an inquisitor-stature mean looking man with a pelt on his long black robe walking through there in seek of a path towards nearest village.

  Later I ordered more and honestly I don’t even remember what it was that time, but every order I got (and so far it’s four orders total) was bigger than the last. This time no particular scent really captured me and two of them were truly not for me. One got mixed up, as I ordered Cenobite and received Cocoa Mallow. While the latter one was interesting, with scents of pure cocoa in it, I don’t really like the sort of smells so I simply gave it to somebody who appreciated it more. Another I gave to my mother, for she said it smelled “clean”. Go figure, seriously. And one other I still have, wait, no, I just checked my drawer, I still got two of the ones I didn’t particularly like, those were Lace Draped Specter and Moonlight on the Grove.  Don’t get me wrong, scents are good, but some perfumes are too overpowering to me. For instance, the Spectre smell reminds me of grandfather’s aftershave with very old medicine mixed, all that mingling with bakery still in clay oven, baking. Moonlight grove I can’t even describe. It’s a lot more pleasant, but it confuses the hell out of me.

  My third bash is my favorite, for I liked every scent from the start AND found my new scent. Many people who feel themselves better when surrounded by fantasy-based scents are probably seeking “their own smell”. Pharoah is my scent.

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  Library and Master Bedroom intrigued me the most when I was ordering it. I ordered five (I took out the pharoah from the pack and just keep it by my side at all times. five means +1 free, they always give one free, but I guess there are events when they give more, remembering my first handful), and left out one blank. When you order it, they lead you to a page where you pick out scents if it’s more than one, if you leave few blank – you can later in order comments add which ones you want to be “filled into the blanks”, because usually not all are on the list. I left one blank and asked to drop me a Library in there and as always – they did exactly that. For free scent I took something Halloweenish but they very kindly contacted me and said they’re out of it, so I just asked for another sample of Manor (the girl said it’s her favorite too). So, as I received my pack (and I cut it with scissors thus ruining the usual presents they add in there – a bookmark, good one to add, a postcard where they thank you, I got two framed, and a card or two representing either the season or the main idea of your package, I think, I could be wrong. Also it’s filled with black confetti mixed with season-colored ones, so for Halloween it was orange bits, for winter it was green and for spring and the Valentine day so to say – hot pink, I keep them in a transparent bottle), I was obviously most curious for Library scent. I call myself a Nosferatu (reference to nosferatu’s, information rats from VtM: B ), and a book-rat, I figure it could be good. And it is good. It smells of leather bound book that got a bit moldy because the wooden cabinets in an old wooden house are slightly damp when it rains and warmth makes water vapor and seep through your windows, but they nevertheless collected dust and thus you open it – this is the smell. Others are great too, but as I said, I was struck even harder than with Manor, when I smelled Pharaoh. I don’t know what the hell it smells of, but I can imagine a parchment scroll, sandy smooth stone floor, incense clouds pouring out of golden pots, decorated with turquoise.

  This smell first time I ordered in a perfume bottle, after trying out this sample. I just don’t think I can get enough.

  Remember I mentioned they mixed up my order the one time? Well, I wrote to them, trying to be as kind and humble as possible, for it can happen to either of us and neither of us would want to be bitched at, and they with same attitude as mine – kindly and humbly gave me a “code” I was to enter in comments, so that with my next order I would receive a free extra sample of Cenobite.  You know, it’s very alike Cocoa Mallow so I slightly regret bothering them about it, but I’m glad never the less.

  In general I am damn pleased with Solstice Scents, got nothing but good experience  and my little treasure of scent vials keep me smiling. I can indeed recommend them.

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FRESHKON ALLURING EYES

Alrighty, there was a sale on “FreshKon Alluring Eyes” and I couldn’t tame myself. I always wanted lenses that make your eyes bigger (not that I want bigger eyes, but anything less human than regular is most beautiful for me), thus I grabbed myself a pair of blacks (for there were brown ones too). And today I got them!

They are amazing, very soft and most comfortable. Once they’re stuck on your eye – you stop feeling them whatsoever, unlike Terror Eyes, those I tend to feel for a while and have sort of a disturbance in the vision, not that I don’t like them, I just like them a bit less than these.

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