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Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
21 March 2009 @ 11:21 am
I've been thinking about ways to improve my life of late and it made me think of this list. It's been sitting in my bookmarks since last September but I thought if I start to cross things off it I would get more proactive. The things that I'm heading towards having.

Things to have before 30:

1. Clothes that fit the size she is now, not the size she was five years ago
2. A weekly income that covers the rent (or mortgage payment)
3. An orgasm.
4. Always enough toilet paper
5. A hair stylist she trusts
6. A favorite song, porn site, image, movie or fantasy that always gets her in the mood
7. Health insurance
8. A signature drink
9. A healthy relationship with her parents
10. Bras in the correct size
11. Enough alcohol in her home to offer drop-by guests a cocktail
12. An emergency hangover remedy
13. A voter registration card
14. A wardrobe that includes the perfectly flattering little black dress, a great pair of heels, jeans that make her ass look great, and a cute hat that hides a bad hair day
15. A yearly appointment with her gynecologist
16. The name of reliable movers to give her friends when they ask for help relocating
17. The gumption to ask a man out
18. A group of girlfriends who get it
19. A set of tools (and the ability to use them…even if it’s just to hang a piece of art)
20. A balanced checkbook
21. No interest in men who just aren’t that into her
22. A vacation to look forward to at least once a year
23. A good bullshit detector
24. The courage to stand up for herself and her beliefs
25. A favorite sex position
26. A set of hand towels so guests don’t have dry their hands on her bath towel (gross!)
27. Enough self-love to avoid and break off unhealthy friendships and relationships
28. A commitment to exercise
29. A retirement fund
30. A great vibrator

In the near future I also want to:
- See more live music.
- Learn new recipes.
- Decorate my flat.

Current Location: Bardon, Qld
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Invincible - OK Go
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
18 July 2008 @ 03:35 pm
I see that the new last.fm has gone live and to a less than warm welcome. Personally I really like the new look, especially the library function. My profile looks nice with the visual of the most listened artists in my library. (I know I'm being a bit obnoxious with the links but it comes from a place of love - and vanity). The new look has inspired me to look into some new music so currently I'm downloading a couple of new things, the first - Zero 7 - was recommended to me by Truth when I was telling him about last.fm. He thinks I'll like them so I'm excited. The second came from my last.fm recommendations page. According to last.fm I should like pop artist and DJ, Annie, because I love Dragonette, The Knife, Junior Senior, M.I.A., The Ting Tings and Cut Copy. So we'll see how that goes. At least it will give me something to come back and write about after I've listened.

Other news is that US Project Runway has started again and someone who has my complete admiration has uploaded the first episode to youtube already. So far Shay and I hate the Seattle guy (I've told Shay I won't judge his city on this guy), Blayne. Blayne looks like Gollum fell into a tin of orange paint, he also seems to think that appending the suffix -licious onto words distracts us from the fact that his model looked like she was wearing an old nappie. I also hope not to see much of Suede, he refers to himself in the third person which is unfortunate as his name is Suede. Maybe sharing a name with a fabric makes you some sort of material-whisperer? As I couldn't really remember what his dress looked like I doubt it. Also, his profile picture shows a little bit of hairy belly skin because his "tough guy" stance has hiked up his t-shirt.

I do love that they returned to the scene of PR's very first challenge - remember when Austin Scarlett one with a cute dress made out of corn husks? Austin himself was the guest judge, he really should be on more TV shows. Kelli's dress won and I agree with the judge's choice, she was the most creative with the grocery store materials  - especially those hook-and-eye closures made from the spirals of a notebook. I loved the look of Kenley's dress and it looks like we may end up <3ing her.
Current Location: Rainworth
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: I Get Around - Dragonette
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
16 July 2008 @ 05:14 pm
I never confuse arrogance with charisma.

I can spot an anti-cliche no matter how cleverly (or not so) you try to dress it up as originality. It's wank.

I can sit on my couch and cry with a roll of toilet paper in my hand for as long as I want now that I live alone.

I have started to feel sorry for myself.

I realise that I tend to care for other people more than they care for me.

I realise that I don't much care to be around myself anyway.

It's just a bad day.
Current Location: Rainworth
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Nicest Thing - Kate Nash
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
16 July 2008 @ 01:31 am
I <3 him.
Current Location: Bardon
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Razorlight - In the Morning
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin

I don't usually pay much attention to the writer's block questions but there is an ad that I really love at the moment and I'm glad it's on again. It's a commercial for Quitline or whatever it's called. That service that helps people quit smoking? I love it. I think the idea (a smoker gives a common excuse for not quitting smoking (ie: "My dad smoked all his life and he lived to be 80", "I could be hit by a bus", "I'll quit, maybe next month", "Sorry, I can't quit") and then after each excuse it shows someone suffering from smoking with a line that relates to the excuse (ie: "I'm 40", "I feel like I've been run over by a truck", "They say he's got weeks, not months" and finally a doctor delivering bad news "I'm sorry.")) is really affective because it's something that someone can relate to rather than just a dissection of a smokers lung. No one gets the chance to see their own lungs but I think that people can recognise the excuses given in the commercial as things that they have said themselves, or that friends or family have given. I know I can.

As for ads that I hate... there are too many.

Current Location: Rainworth
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Lighthouse - The Waifs
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
25 May 2008 @ 08:57 pm
I haven't updated in a while and although I've been without the internet for the past 5 weeks, I know it's not just that. I've been lazy and I deserve a slap on the wrist.

I am working on a few projects at the moment. Semester 1 is coming to an end so I'm swamped with assignments but enjoying the opportunity to write. Still working for Armidi but feeling guilty about disappearing for 5 weeks without warning. I've been doing some research into short story publishing opportunities and I'm planning to send some stuff to some Aussie literary journals and accumulate a nice collection of rejection letters, you know, so I feel like a real writer. I also have a little magazine project (second life related) in the works that I don't want to say too much about yet.

Oh and I like two guys at the moment.
Current Location: Rainworth
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: 77% - The Herd
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
10 March 2008 @ 09:47 am
First 200 words of my short story for Creative Writing: The Short Story. Currently untitled.

Peggy does her washing in the small, three-walled room behind the house. The machine whirs into action somewhere between 9.02 and 9.13AM every three days, excepting when that day falls on a Wednesday. She works early on Wednesdays and can't wash her clothes until the afternoon. Every six days she washes her bed linen and every 9 days she spends a little longer by the machine – hand-washing her most delicate items in a white plastic basin balanced on the edge of the trough.

When I sit on my bed my window looks onto the back-yard. And the laundry. I flick ash from my cigarette out the window and watch her broad shoulders move as she swirls something in her basin. When she turns she has slightly androgynous features. I like that but I duck my head back inside my room. I wonder if she saw me; I wonder if she waved. I hear the soft hiss of the hose waking up and smell the sun-warmed chlorine. Today is Thursday so she's tending to the garden.

I had a pot-plant once, a fern. It died. I stub my cigarette out in the empty pot and slide off the bed.
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Current Location: Ashgrove
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Blue Flower - Mazzy Star
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
23 February 2008 @ 11:03 am
1)    Go overseas.
2)    Set and achieve monthly word count goals.
3)    Read at least 20 books
4)    Update journal at least one a week.
5)    Drop 3 dress sizes.
6)    Be involved in SL things unrelated to fashion on regular basis.
7)    Learn 5 new recipes.
8)    Do mixed media collage on large canvas
9)    Redecorate room.
10)  Finish ripping all CDs to computer.
11)   Write and mail more letters.
12)   Sort and throw away old broken crap in boxes.
13)   Buy pretty new stationery to compete with Iris.
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Current Location: Ashgrove
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Current Music: Iris's typing sounds.
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
17 February 2008 @ 12:31 pm
Please excuse my listings, I'm just organising my own mind out a bit.
Currently Reading
Required For School
Currently Owned
Currently Borrowed

Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edward-Jones & Anonymous
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Carrie by Steven King
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
The Children's Bach by Helen Garner
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
The Tailor of Panama by John Le Carre
The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea by Mark Haddon
The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon
Welcome to Tangier by Morris Lurie
Surrender by Sonya Harnett
Australian Short Stories #64 by Various
Accordion Crimes by E. Annie Proulx
Penguin Modern Poets 10 - The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Everything You Need by A.L. Kennedy
That Old Ace in the Hole by E. Annie Proulx
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Yes I was reading it for the third time but I'm counting it.)
Current Location: Ashgrove
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Step Right Up - Tom Waits
Erin "Dakota Buck" Franklin
15 February 2008 @ 11:37 pm
I realize I've mostly neglected flickr for a while so I'm returning in my free-time with a new series - Virtually Topless. The series will be made up of 100 topless avatar pictures (I'm hoping that they'll seem tasteful). I've got some ideas for shots already planned out and I'm really excited about this. When the collection is complete I'll get some gallery space in world to display the full collection. While the exhibition is open I'll run a raffle - the prizes will be RL prints of the winners' favourite images from the series and all the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.
Current Location: Imogen
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: It's Oh So Quiet - Björk