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This year started out so great, and then since April... ugh. Feel free to skip this in your inbox, I'm just boo-hooing here.

To add to the crap in my personal life, my adorable little albino Budgerigar died. Boo was only 3 years old, and it was the weirdest thing because last week I thought I should take her to the vet, but we still haven't found a vet  for the pets because we've only been in this condo for two months now. But then I convinced myself that her stool was a weird color not because she was sick but because I switched her food to a new brand that was a different color. Nope. She was sick, and it was hard for me to tell because she has been a very low-energy bird since she reached adulthood (she slept on the floor of her cage, she wouldn't leave her cage unless it was to be near me, and if she came to me she just wanted to sleep inside my hand or be petted, etc etc) so she has shown symptoms of lethargy and such for years. 

You hear about people waking up and finding their pets had died overnight, but in my case I woke up, greeted her, she greeted me, she did her "let me out" dance and followed me to the bathroom, and since she was kinda due for one we hopped in the shower together (yes, I showered with my bird! it's the only way I'd get her to bathe because she was afraid of the sink @_@). I sang a few songs but she didn't sing with me, which was unusual. Then I took her back to her cage and she napped on a branch after eating some food. I took my computer into the living room, checked on her a few hours later, and then right before I started to cook dinner I decided to pop in and see how she was doing... and she was dead. Just like that. Laying on the bottom of her cage as if she'd fallen off her perch. I was so shocked I just started screaming and crying.

She never bit me, and I had to hand feed her as a baby, so she was a little more cuddly than most budgies. The only problem I had with her was she would obsessively flock call--even in her sleep! And she ate her poo, and has since she was younger (which may have been a health issue???). And that's just icky. She was the pickiest little eater and would never eat veggies or anything, and most treats I gave her were ignored. I wonder if she died of stress from the move (two in one year, including a 2 hour plane ride) or if she died from an ongoing problem. I was kicking myself for not finding a way to get her to a vet, even though money is tight right now and I am still finding my way around this town. 

I don't think I'm going to get another budgie. I've had bad experiences with horror-birds in the past, and she was the only one I hand-fed from a young age and she was easily the sweetest tempered bird, and most of her sounds she made were her imitating me (she'd say "Hey, baby!" like 10 times a day). She drove me nuts with her flock calling, but I really adored her, and I wish I could have been a better owner. I don't think I'll ever find a better budgie, so she'll be the last one I ever own, I think.


If you are on Inkblazers, you're going to see my schedule is a little off thanks to this (and my husband's birthday, which was the next day... bye-bye, money!) in that this week I will probably only post 3 pages instead of 4. But my schedule has been off ever since I moved.... I just thought I would get things back on track this month. I still have artwork to draw and my Kickstarter to do.




My birthday is next month, and I was thinking about getting a lovebird to help fill the void. I'm not totally sold on the idea of getting another pet so soon, but she was the cheeriest part of my day sometimes and I loved snuggling up with Boo and my dog to watch movies after a hard day's work (my dog hates other dogs and strange people but is pretty chill around small animals and he LOVES cats). Lovebirds are even snugglier than budgies and like to crawl inside of pockets and such, which I would love because I could have my bird in my hoodie pouch while I worked or something. But has anyone ever owned a lovebird? I know they have high-pitched voices, but how irritating does it REALLY get? Are they screamers? Do their bites draw blood? Etc etc. As usual, I can find a ton of sources praising lovebirds as the best pet ever, but bird lovers aren't big on dissing their precious pets, heh. 

It's weird that I am thinking of getting another bird, since I actually prefer mammals to birds, and I did consider getting a squirrel or something, so I'm looking into that as well. I guess I became a bird fan a bit. As frustrating as they can be sometimes (so much more frustrating than most mammals I've owned in the past), I think Boo made me laugh more than any of my non-dog pets. She used to sing the "happy happy joy joy" song from Ren and Stimpy XD Ahhh, I'll miss her. 





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  • Listening to: Vince Neil - \"Forever\"
  • Reading: The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Drinking: apple mugicha
I'm not totally certain but I was tagged by :iconbealmeister: to post my ten favorite songs, bgms, whatever. Not everything was on Youtube, of course, but I'll share what is. I left out pop music that I like (like the Japanese version of "Gee" by Girls' Generation) because my opinion of pop music tends to change, but the songs below are mostly songs I've loved for years. I'll try to add some variety instead of just post a bunch of songs by the same person, though I do have one exception, haha.



Motley Crue is my favorite band, and though I don't really have a favorite song by them, it may be a toss-up between "Wildside" and "Livewire". I went with "Wildside" just because the video is less silly. I hear this song and no matter where I am I get PUMPED. It makes me feel so good and fills me with confidence even though the song is about people doing bad things. Love this band, but I'm kinda glad to hear they are on their very last tour because I'd rather they go out with a bang then end up doing birthday parties when they are in their seventies because they think they still got a chance at busting out a hit. They don't, to be honest, and I'd rather Nikki Sixx focus on some of his other projects (that DO stand a chance of making great music... like Sixx: A.M.)



My other favorite band is Heart. One of the few bands that made a major change to their sound and I still liked it. Started out doing Led Zeppelin type rock and moved into this really cool '80s rock band, with both eras being amazing. This is from their second sound era, and unfortunately I couldn't find an album rip, but look how young Letterman is! I LOVE this song, and it just reminds me how much the Wilson sisters completely owned rock music. Anne's vocals can compete with any male rockstar. I think their most famous single is "Barracuda", which is also awesome and from their first sound phase. The only downside to Heart is their band name, which makes searching online pretty difficult. Heart... pretty common word.



Despite my favorite bands being rock/metal, I'm also a huge jazz fan. This is my FAVORITE song, period. When I was in a metal band I tried to convince everyone to do a metal cover of this somehow. It's hard to sing, too, but you can't go to karaoke with me and never hear me try this. Of all the versions I've heard, Queen Latifah's is my favorite. I can't believe she debuted as a rapper! She's got a great jazz voice. 



I am not a big Natalie Cole fan, but I do love this song. It's from the movie Cat's Don't Dance, which is one of my favorite non-Disney animated movies. It's great, if you haven't seen it you are missing out on a really great animated musical... with music by RANDY NEWMAN before he just threw up his hands and went "Yeah, I don't care anymore". The fact he doesn't sing on the album anywhere also helps. And by the way, Sawyer is one of the best female leads in an animated movie XD She was so cynical and funny! More jazz... I was also going to add "He's A Tramp" from Lady And The Tramp but went with this so I could get people to watch the movie :p



I love Korn, but I LOOOOVED their Untitled album and this is the big single from that effort. LOVE IT. It baffles me to hear that Korn fans generally hate this album, but I guess in retrospect I wasn't a fan before this album and that probably explains why I don't like their other albums as much. Not a single song on the album I hate!



Alice In Chains is my third favorite band. They are my favorite thing to come out of the nineties and it is a darn shame the original vocalist died. LOVVVE this band, but everyone who goes to karaoke with me hates me because I want to sing them and nobody else knows who they are. A ton of later chapters in FaLLEN were written with this band playing, as well as the next one. 



I adore Evanescence! I know, most metal fans kind of turn their nose up at them, but it's the combination of female vocals, piano, and metal that I love. This song is my favorite from their newer album, but my favorite song is "Going Under" from their first album... titled Fallen, haha. No, it's a coincidence that my series has the same title, but I did title the first chapter "Bring Me To Life" from the Fallen album as a nod to the similar titles.



While I can't say I'm still a fan of the man, I had some pretty hardcore feelings for Gackt and his music up until about whenever he turned 30. Then his voice changed and got more nasally, and a lot of his music sounded like he was phoning it in. But his early twenties stuff is really amazing, and this has always been my favorite song by him. It does things to my girly parts, I can't even listen to it when my husband is around because I feel like I'm cheating on him. And I probably would, if Gackt walked into my house right now and said "Take me" I'd put on this song and we would make some babies. Just as I know my husband would cheat on me if Avril Lavigne did the same to him... ick. Anyway, Gackt's early stuff was actually what I listened to while writing the first draft of FaLLEN, so even though I haven't bought an album by him in nearly a decade, and I have no interest in his Fried Chickenzzz effort, I am still in love with this song. I think he recently covered this or something because it used to be a really hard B-side to track down but I have seen it pop up here and there in recent years as a remix or something. But this is him before his voice gave out, so this is my favorite version.



Another Gackt, I know... but this time it's just him on piano. This and his piano solo from Malice Mizer titled "Regret" are huge huge huge inspirations for a certain piano piece that pops up in FaLLEN in the next volume. Honestly... if Gackt really does compose all his own music as he says, and that includes his piano solos, I would love to see him work as just a composer. I had a friend in high school who played piano pretty well and she said she couldn't even figure out what he was doing for some of this.



Sakura Taisen's songs are in a whole other plane of musical ecstasy. They are all takarazuka musical-styled pieces and while some are pretty generic, some, like this, are really intense. The seiyuu sing all the songs and, and many of the songs come from actual musicals they put on as the characters. Some are grand musical pieces, some are jazz pieces, some are wacky happy songs... I like the epic musical pieces and jazz pieces best. And many of the seiyuu in the games are better than what's on the radio these days! Other songs I really love are "Ai Wa Towa Ni" and "Kiss Me Sweet". This one used to give me chills, especially in the movie (with Ratchet) and in the actual musical. Sung by Sakura and Maria, who I hardcore shipped.



I'm cheating and adding another song :D I wanted to show examples of BGM I like, too, so here is my favorite BGM from the original End of Evangelion movie, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. This BGM gives me chills, and I love how it builds. I can remember writing a few scenes of FaLLEN with this BGM playing near the end of the first arc...


I guess I'll tag :iconcybervideo:, :iconjadiner:, and :icongalacticpink: to do this, but anyone is welcome. If you see this on my profile and choose to do it, just @ me somewhere in the entry and I'll check it out :D




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The Japanese printed chapters books 1-5 are available on Inkblazers's marketplace at the link below!



There are other things available, too, so check it out!


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ogawaburukku.com/fallen




Shop for FaLLEN and other products by Ogawa Burukku!

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  • Listening to: Vince Neil - \"Forever\"
  • Reading: The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Drinking: apple mugicha

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Brooke Stephenson
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My name is Brooke, age 30, and this is me with my plant Max in my greeeeen DA shirt. I live in Tokyo and have worked as a professional manga assistant off and on but am now trying to get my own work published. I also do a lot of freelance translating and artwork as well as publishing independently for comic shows, and I even did a quick stint as a storyboard artist for a kid's show in the US. Oh, and this is an old photo, I'm like really really fat now. Like a blowfish on steroids.

Check out my webcomic/webmanga FaLLEN! I work so hard on it ;_;

漫画家の世界ってなかなか厳しいっすねー(*゚ー゚)

Current Residence: Matsuyama, Japan
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Favourite genre of music: heavy metal and hard rock
Favourite style of art: manga
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod Nano Gen. 6 green!
Favourite cartoon character: Flower (Bambi) and Fifi (Tiny Toons)
Personal Quote: "Think of them as very well-rounded pectorals."
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DreamKeeperArts Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for the llama!
Very much enjoying your comic, keep up the good work.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the lovely comment! And you're welcome llama cancan 
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cybervideo Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Japanese people seem to have too much time on their hands. They invented a new pregnancy test meme. kotaku.com/anime-characters-an… You should check it out. Basically you take any screenshot still, anime or otherwise (funnier if it's anime) and then photoshop a picture of a hand holding a pregnancy test. A few of the posted pictures are actually kind of hilarious. Especially the ones with same sex couples/shippings.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
Hmmm... glitch Link made me smile.
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cybervideo Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
lol He did me too. Just love that derpy face.
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cybervideo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sent an e-mail. The news said a storm was heading your way, causing 50-foot waves. Hope all is alright. Needless to say I'm slightly concerned.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, a massive typhoon is heading right for us. One headed over to Tokyo last week and Hero and I were like "Haha, suck it, Tokyo, we don't live there anymore!" like assholes. But it's unlikely for a typhoon to hurt us too much, since we are more near the north part of shikoku (the island it's heading for) and Hero and I don't even live near the coast. Since it's hitting us this weekend, I'm going to watch the weather report tomorrow and see if I need to run out and get supplies, since we do live right next to a river and if it floods from all the rain we'll definitely be getting, I might want to go to the store for eggs or something. We went to the store today, though, so we have enough to last us a little while. Though I just now realized I forgot to get red wine vinegar again! Crap!

I actually did not get your email, you should send it again.
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mauricebarkley Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Umm, can you try drawing Boniface grabs The Cure Queentet Leader Cure Snow(de.images.search.yahoo.com/sea… by the neck?
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately I've got my hands full with other projects so I'm not taking requests at the moment >_<;; Sorry!
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cybervideo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The e-mail wasn't really of any consequence. Basically the same thing I said here. Saw a report, was concerned, be safe. But yeah, good thing you're not in Tokyo anymore. That would have been quite the ordeal, again.
That must be a slow moving storm if it's not hitting you until the weekend. The report made it sound dire and that everyone should head for the hills. But then again, that could just be FOX News overblowing things again.
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