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WRITER. ARTIST. THINKER. INVOLUNTARY RECLUSE. I work under my own name, Marque Terrynamahr Strickland, or my pen name, Wrinklegus PoisonTongue. I absolutely ADORE artistically brilliant people. I surround myself with them, as it is with them that I feel most comfortable. I owe everything to artistic people, for without you, I would be nothing. Be you a writer, painter, actor, musician, architect, or whatever, I thrive upon your efforts. You are the air I breath. My solace. My stronghold. My safety net. My sanity. My reason for living. I love you all. Childish. Creative. High maintenance. Sensitive. Insensitive. Insecure. Quick tempered. Loving. Loyal. Lustful. Incredibly horny (especially after 3 decades of involuntary celibacy). Mischievous. Bombastic. Slightly domineering, yet fair and easy to please. Talented to no end. Know-it-all. Chaste. Afraid of germs. Healthy. Insightful. Artist. Born on St. Patrick's Day, I am a PISCES with VIRGO rising, two signs of opposition, which complete me. By the Chinese Zodiac, I'm a DRAGON with ROOSTER rising. —The ‘f-bomb’ is my favourite swear word.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Is Zoe Saldana to Blame? (Or is it just me?)

(Plain text for those who don't like reading words embedded in images.)

Avatar ...I've seen it twice in under 24 hours, and I'm pretty much speechless. It's made me do a lot of thinking about my character, and I'm beginning to wonder whether or not something is wrong with me.
How is it that I'm completely smitten with a fictitious, computer generated creature?

Zoe Saldana plays a character, named Neytiri, who I am absolutely head-over-heels for! I kid you not...this particular creation is the computer generated equivalent of the type of woman that I would consider perfect. She's honest, direct, spiritual, and incredibly sensitive...yet tough and warlike all at once. PERFECT.
Perhaps my ridiculous infatuation with a fictional non-human can shed some light on why I'm so very picky and I avoid 'normal' women like the plague. They just cannot hold my interest. For me, there has to be something unique about a woman, be she a foreigner, an artist, some type of teacher, or a combination thereof. I can't really put my finger on what it is that I need, but she absolutely positively CANNOT look at the world just like the average human being does.

Just recently, I spent several evenings with one of the most magnificent beauties I've ever met. ('Several,' because I was trying to give her a chance and not be such an elitist, holier-than-thou, know-it-all, artistic-genius prick! I fucking HATE that side of me, but it's there, nonetheless...it makes no sense for me to pretend like I don't know myself.) She latched on to me rather quickly, and if I was a jerk, I could have completely taken advantage of her. But I couldn't. Not only do I have no wish to disobey my moral compass and mess up my Karma, but there was something else as well...I wasn't even mildly attracted to her! Seriously, that was the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me, because I'm usually really, really into beauty. But, with her, I felt nothing...except a mild irritation with the bluntness of her mind. Do you know this girl asked me to tone down my vocabulary? LITERALLY! My words were just too big for her! (And keep in mind that we were just talking when she asked me this...I do not speak as I write, and even when I write, I rely on simplicity.) Alas, I guess it takes more than a face to hold my interest!
It wasn't just the fact that she was (I hate to use this word, but-) DUMB...it was her personality and outlook on life. She couldn't see past an hour in front of her. I don't want someone, who cannot 'see beneath the veneer.' Women who observe the world with a veil over their eyes will have no place in my life.
It's funny that a devastating human beauty, like the one I was just seeing, could completely bore me, but this DIGITAL, BLUE ALIEN (an alien with a tail of all things!) had me in the theater salivating!

Most will probably dismiss this as nonsense, thinking that I'm merely smitten by Zoe Saldana's beauty, as her facial features are slightly noticeable underneath all the computer generation. But I really don't think that's the case, guys. Look at it like this...a few of you have read early versions of my stories, and the vast majority of you have seen the things that I draw and paint. So how can we blame my condition on Zoe Saldana?! The truth of the matter is that I'm probably just weird enough to fall in love with a blue humanoid creature!
THAT IS SO ME! I promise you all, if aliens ever visit our world, and their women look and act like Neytiri, you can bet all your money that I will be the first one walking down the street, holding hands with one of them...tail and all!

© Marque Terrynamahr Strickland/18th December, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I forgot to post this. It's just a progress pic...

This is old now. I put it up everywhere else at least a month ago! Sorry folks. There's a lot more to this painting done now, but I'm going to wait until the piece is completed to post them all!

(You can see my idea changed slightly from my original sketch.)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Holy smokes, I'm toasty! Me and that holiday brown liquor!

I never go out, so therefore I don't drink much (although I quite like hard liquor, I just don't abuse it). You guys ever tried this 'Makers Mark'? I kinda like it. Good stuff! Straight, it's quite nice!

Anyways, how was everyone's Thanksgiving? Good hopefully. Did you all overeat?
Me, I just had one big plate, and that was it. I mostly enjoy this holiday, because I'm quite the card shark, and I get to 'send people to boston' in "Bid Wiss" (Idk if that's how you spell it.). I'm beginning to wonder if 'Bid' is a black man's card game, because it's only with Afr. Americans that I ever play it. None of my non-black friends have ever heard of it. They all play poker, but that's not a game that black families play. They either play 'spades' or 'bid.' Spades is pretty fucking lame...it's just too easy...not enough choices! But 'Bid' is my fave! I love that shit! I spent my entire freshman year of college learning to play with upperclassmen. Initially, it was only because I wanted to learn to whip my uncle ass at the holidays. But it actually wound up teaching me more than that....like, how to play cards WISELY, with any game!

Anyways, I was just wondering how you guys were doing. I'm only rambling on about nonsense, simply because I'm drunk...no, not really, just buzzed. I'm so big, sometimes I get it in my mind that alcohol won't affect me, but it appears that even us 6'4'' giants have limits! Lol.

And, by the way, any of you all thinking of participating in this "Black Friday" nonsense, simply to get a tv...please don't fall for the bullshit of Best Buy, Sams' Club, or K Mart, or any of the other big names. DO NOT BUY A 720 P TELEVISION! For those of you all who are NOT tech nerds, like me, you need to know that you're being lured in to buy this bullshit with these low prices, simply because they assume you're dumb asses...which very well may not be too far from the truth, seeing as how so many of you guys by expensive items without RESEARCH!
For those of you thinking of purchasing hi-def tv's, these are the specs you want:
50,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio (at least...but now you can get them with 2,000,000:1, but that's overkill, IMO)
120 Hz (at least...these days, you may see 240 Hz, or even 600!)
This is what's going to make your picture look the best!

Man, I must really be tipsy, because I'm going on and on about nonsense! LOL. Anyways, I love you all, and I hope you had a good holiday.

Oh, and for the person that asked me what the hell is up with the lack of updates on my end (art/blogs/movie reviews), you must understand that I'm trying to finish up this last book. Perhaps when that is done, I'll get back on my movie reviews and other fun stuff!
You all have a great weekend!
(Anybody know good cures for hangovers? I don't believe I'll have one, but who knows? Just in case! I think maybe I'll go eat this last piece of cheese cake now to soak up some of this damn liquor!)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My new novella, guys!

Sorry, this photo does my book no justice! Yes, I wrote the book and illustrated the cover. I hope you likes!

I gotta get back to my desk now, as I've got to finish writing this other story by the end of next week!
...and then I have to paint the last two book jacket images for my latest books. Alas, my work never ends! Lol.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Okay, so...I went to the HARRY POTTER EXHIBITION!

Okay, so...I went to the HARRY POTTER EXHIBITION!

Dude, that was some of the most fun I've ever had in my life...what a magnificent show! This tour is a walk through decorated corridors of all things HP, beginning with a pitch black room, housing several TV screens on the wall ahead of you. For a few minutes, you bear witness to an incredible montage of scenes from the films (and every screen displays something different...or, at least, the looped videos are timed differently, so that it seems like they're all showing something different).
When you exit the screen-room is where the real fun begins. The walls are chock-full of talking paintings, many of which include 'the Fat Lady' trying to finally prove to you that she can sing. (I really wish she'd quit that shit, because she's always holding people up! I mean, what if I was running amuck, late night, about the castle, trying to escape Filch or Snape? She'd likely have me caught, the witch!)

My absolute favourite aspects of the tour was seeing the wands (Professor McGonagall's is really nice!) and, also, perusing the Potion Master's disturbing plethora of bottled substances. Though it was all fabulous, if I had one criticism, it would be that the mannequins (those holding the actor's clothing) needed to be more to scale, for the people (in reality) are far bigger than they were portrayed. On the opposite end, Buckbeak, the Hippogriff, was marvelously sized, as was Fawkes, the Phoenix...both were huge!
And I loved the broomstick and Quidditch displays!

On the whole, this exhibit of film artifacts was so astonishing that I need scarcely say that I was very sorry for the tour to end. Although I don't know where else the exhibit is traveling after it leaves here, if it makes it to your city, I highly recommend it...especially if you're a fantasy or Harry Potter enthusiast!

—Marque, September 2009

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you guys what took place before the tour started...Harry Potter trivia! The parents were laughing at me, because I absolutely slaughtered their children! I don't take it easy on people simply because they're young. (LOL!) In fact, I'm absolutely horrified at any 8 year old, who doesn't know the word for the disarming spell. What the hell is the world coming to when a kid doesn't know “EXPELLIARMUS!”
(When you're messing with me in Harry Potter trivia, you'd best bring your "A" game...otherwise be slain!)

Then again, perhaps it is because of my ardent belief in the Japanese "never take it easy on games with a child just because they're young" frame of mind that I was cruelly placed in Slytherin House, when the woman put the Sorting Hat on me! (WITCH!)
...Someone must have been watching me beat up on little kids in HP trivia, and that's why they thought to put me in Draco Malfoy's house. I'm highly affronted by this nonsense!

Eff, you guys. I've always considered myself a "Gryffindor" type, thank you very much!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Dark Knight...I've found a hole in the plot, guys!

Even as superb and well written as it is, I just found an error!

Are we just supposed to assume that the Joker and his goons left the benefit party without injuring, killing, or, at least, kidnapping anyone else?
After Bruce jumps out of that window to save Rachel, don't you think the Joker and company would have at least searched the apt./building for anything of value, or something they could use against Batman? ...and let us not forget that Bruce/Batman left Harvey Dent unconscious in the closet!
...and what about the rest of the guests at the party? The Joker just let them go home, did he? ...I highly doubt it!

Alas, it is thus with all great stories...examine anything close enough, and you will always find flaws. Sometimes I wish the artist in me had an "off" switch, because I often wind up ruining things for myself! :)

Monday, June 8, 2009


Upon completion, I felt that this was my best. If not my best, it was certainly my favourite. However, I'm not sure how I feel now, as this is clearly a FAILED painting, because everyone thinks it's a boy! But 'he' is actually a 'SHE!' You merely cannot see a bust, because of the fact that her clothing is tight and form-fitting. I would have thought that the red lips, smooth sensuous curves in her face, and long hair with red band were enough to make her femininity clear, but apparently not.
I'll do better next time.

Acrylic, Ink/2009
Caska, 'the Criminal Castoff of Chryssina Caverns,' Conjures a Cup of Comforting Cocoa

Monday, March 30, 2009

Though I don't have an agent yet, I'm making progress! Hooray!

I had a young girl (who is diagnosed "Emotional/
Behaviour/Attention Deficit" disorder) fly through my book! A very good sign!

My Loyal, Wandering Souls