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struck by the moon!

…and it was in the mindless pursuit of paranoid wordplay that I found myself drawn into the present moment as the word

m o o n s t r u c k

grabbed my attention and swelled to enveloped the whole of my awareness.

Moonstruck mindfulness!  

Moon. Struck. Me.

I’m in love with the with the composition of the word, and its myriad of wickedly appropriate synonyms inspired twinkles of light and good humor.

It’s my new word. For now. I don’t need a catchphrase. Just one badass word.

The first hit on google for “synonym paranoid” was thesaurus.com (see link for complete results). The main entry defines paranoid (adj) ever so effectively as “affected by paranoia” and synonymously as “overly suspicious, unreasonably.”

Such a disappointment. That is, until I scrolled down to find:

main entry: moonstruck
part of speech: adjective
definition: insane
synonyms:  around the bend, batty, bizarre, brainsick, cracked, crazed, crazy as a loon, crazy*, cuckoo, daft, demented, derailed, deranged, disordered, distraught, dotty, fatuous, frenzied, idiotic, impractical, irrational, irresponsible, loony, lunatic, mad, mad as a hatter, maniac, maniacal, mental, mentally ill, not all there, nuts, nutty as a fruitcake, nutty, of unsound mind, off, off one’s rocker, out of one’s mind, paranoid , preposterous, psychopathic, psychotic, rabid, raging, raving, schizophrenic, screwy, senseless, sick in the head, stark raving mad, touched*, unbalanced, unhinged, unsettled, unsound, wild, wrong

What a splendid word, moonstruck!  It has a lovely composition and sound as it rolls off the tongue. Plus, it’s accompanied by a whole cast and crew of ne’r-do-wells swirling around its spotlight and flavoring so many thoughts. Familiar territory.

Moonstruck, a memoir.  Working title.  Not even sure I want to write a book, let alone a memoir. Plus, there’s that 80’s movie starring Cher called Moonstruck…

Wordplay. Creativity. Inspiration.


A Spark

Creative & technical in nature. I’m really excited about a small ‘project’ I’ve been working on for some friends over the past couple days. I’m feeling inspired!

More details to come. Laurensworld is not dead yet, and it just might be due for a reincarnation.

new painting posted

i finally got a digital image of the painting i gave to my parents. you can see it at http://homepage.mac.com/richlauren/PhotoAlbum13.html
it’s untitled 04. they actually have it hanging the other way round, which is cool, too. i have another piece that’s almost finished. i’ll be posting it soon!

my paintings & other *new* pics

i am somewhat of a contradiction, in more ways that one, but the aspect that i am discussing now is the duality of my artistic and technical sides. while i make money as a software developer, the artist in me finds its outlet via writing (journaling, poetry, non-fiction), drawing, crafts, scrap-booking, and, as i am now sharing, painting.

disclaimer: i enjoy painting as a hobby. i have learned on my own via experimenting. i do not fancy myself a van gogh, picasso, or dali by any means. i like my art, and others seem to like it as well, so i decided to share it for those who cannot or have not visited my apartment to see it in person.

without further ado, please feel free to check out my paintings (on my .mac space… side-note: .mac rules! seriously. it’s badass…).

also, you can see some of the pictures from my recent girls’ weekend in gatlinburg with my mom, aunts, and cousins (i still need to get the rest from them) here and here. i still need to post all the wild details, but i haven’t had time. highlights include: dancing on the tables at hard rock, riding the sky lift, shopping, great food, amazing bonding, partying in the hot tub, and stopping a a/c leak on the trolley with a tampon.

pictures of my children (animals, people!) jack, viggo, and sandra dee are here. Enjoy!!!

Return of the Artist

After some months of dormancy, my artistic drive is building up again. I have done a couple of new paintings within the past couple months. But I am expanding my horizons to drawing, something I’ve wanted to revisit for some time. So I got some nice colored pencils and quality paper, and I’ve started to experiment with the media. I also got the urge to finish a quote book I started some time ago, as well as craft some neat cards to snail mail to my friends. Lots of supplies have built up around me, so now I need to get to work creating…

laurensworld circa 1999

I found this old zip disk when I moved, and I’ve been meaning to bring it in to work because I don’t have a zip drive at home. So, I brought it in today, and it’s got laurensworld.com from 1999! Now, that was back in the day when the site was filled with content, and it had some badass graphics. Check out this graphic that was on the first page of the site… I’m still proud of it to this day. If only I hadn’t lost the original Photoshop in an unfortunate disk drive death… But oh well, that’s life. Check out some old skooL laurensworld, and I’ll be sure to post more later. I’ve got to get this stuff off of the zip disk so I can sort through it tonight/this week.

The original was too wide (it screwed up my blogger layout), so I posted a thumbnail that links to the original. Enjoy!