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Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern-day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.

QUOTE BOARD:

“West, why did you poop in my ice cream truck?”

– Grey, 8/8/19

It was a long day,

-Shady

Don't forget your celebrity's papers!

I know it may seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking beer and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of my writing has been on long-form projects. Because of this, I sometimes write a short (most times comedic, other times not so much) to break up the monotony of those longer projects. But while these shorts are fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

To remedy this, I’ve decided to share them here. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my computer.

2. It’s my hope that someone might be inspired to actually do something creative with them. Want to film one as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating one? Go for it. Feel like performing one live onstage? I dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit and send me a copy of the final product.

The forty-sixth of Shady’s Shorts is called Celebrity Emotional Support Animals.

Download it by clicking below.

DOWNLOAD “CELEBRITY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS”

Number forty-five,

-Shady

“Celebrity Emotional Support Animals” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2019.

"The Girl In Alfred Hitchcock's Shower" by Robert Graysmith.

Duplassing it up, and am now on to my second Robert Graysmith book of the year: The Girl In Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower.

A book about books is next,

-Shady

…for sending me what could quite possibly be the best pair of socks ever.

The best socks!

Ever!

I almost feel bad mismatching them… almost,

-Shady

We couldn’t have asked for a smarter, funnier, and more brilliant daughter.

GREY IS FOUR!

A few weeks ago, our good friend Milan asked Grey what kind of birthday cake she wanted. Her request: “A pink panda cake, with a house on top, with a skeleton on top, and a polar bear candle.”

Pretty specific, right?

Soon after, Milan (who wasn’t able to attend Grey’s party) sent us this sketch.

CAKE SKETCH!

Our other good friend Marla (we have a lot of good friends) got busy building the house and baking the cake. I was in charge of sculpting the skull (which was simplified down from a skeleton) and the polar bear candle holder.

CAKE PARTS!

In the end, Grey’s cake looked pretty close to Milan’s sketch.

CAKE!

Next up… West’s big number two (heh),

-Shady

Jamie's studio!

…got interviewed by our alma mater about her artist studio workspace.

Check it out here.

Glad we’ve stayed in touch after all these years,

-Shady

Not a game I want to play.

Those aren’t hairy or balls,

-Shady

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

Codename Villanelle, then decided to read Washington Irving’s short The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which I somehow managed to not read in high school.

Then again, let’s be honest: I didn’t do much in high school.

Anyway, it’s a turd. It’s super short (seriously, we’re talking about a one-and-done bathroom read), but it’s so boring that it took me just over two weeks to finish… and it’s only 72 pages long… with large type. To be read: I can’t recommend it.

During this time I also dove into Like Brothers by Mark and Jay Duplass, which is proving to be a really fun read.

"Like Brothers" by Mark and Jay Duplass.

I’m only 100 pages in, but unlike Irving’s short I can definitely recommend it.

Another Graysmith book is next,

-Shady

…BBC America’s Killing Eve, so now that I’m done with Blueprint’s book I’ve decided to check out the source material: Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle.

"Codename Villanelle" by Luke Jennings.

Not sure where I’ll go next,

-Shady

This one was to my mom.

That’s something we should be sympathetic toward,

-Shady

Old Poop!