August 10th, 2002

Marie Masquerade

the jasmine chronicles...

hey everyone - want Margaret Weis to finally write the third installment of the Raistlin Chronicles? sign the petition at Raistland (the wonderful sycophantic Raistlin Majere website we all adore)!
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i'm currently drinking diet Mountain Dew Code Red. it's lovely stuff - i'm so happy they came out with in in diet! now my life would only be complete if they came out with diet Vanilla Coke! i also had a potato with some broccoli, carrots and brussel sprouts for lunch, and a new *Banana* SlimFast for breakfast. people sometimes glare at me when i buy SlimFasts (or tell me "honey, you don't need to be on a diet!"), but they are a very good source of nutrition and yumminess for people like me who rarely bother for breakfast.

i have to go show my face at the Rainforest Cafe tonight (my once a week night waiting tables to show on paper that i am gainfully employed). i always feel silly going to work - i generally make more money by staying at home and painting pictures. but, to some credit bureaus/mortgage lenders/apartment leasers it seems that "self-employed" means the same as "unemployed"! next year i'm going to talk to a tax accountant to see what i have to do to convince everyone that being a self-representing artist is actually a valid form of employment. but in the meantime, one evening of work every couple of weeks isn't too bad. besides, i'll get to transfer to the Rainforest Cafe in Florida (it's difficult to get an apartment in a new city without officially having a job). Matt will be working tonight with me as well, and perhaps even Annie!
Today i'm working on another custom painting (and got another request for a commission this morning, whew!). It's actually a second rendition of one of my previous paintings that had already sold. It won't be an exact copy (i'm not THAT good!), but it will be very similar. A lot of artists throughout history have done the same thing. Leonardo da Vinci did it a couple of times - "Madonna of the Rocks" (see below) and even the "Mona Lisa". The second Mona Lisa was even painted nude - but was destroyed in a fire (it belonged to the French Royal family). Well, i'd better get into my "Safari Guide" uniform - later!
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