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Nov. 29th, 2011

a good day!

You guys, today was awesome! Things went right! I didn't have screw-ups to deal with at work, or meetings that went pear-shaped and made me look like a moron. My project progressed REALLY WELL, I got a lot done, and I got pastries during a field trip with my officemate.
[Ok, and this is going to be meaningless for anybody who doesn't do web stuff, but I totally feel like I get a gold star for threading my way through 6 nested CSS files and the associated ASP.NET templates to figure out how to make all the necessary changes to the home page so that they don't break the interior page layouts. Go me! It feels really good to be crunching the website guts around after so long just doing minor cosmetic touches to the existing layout.]

I didn't have to comfort myself with wine and pizza and Iron Man movies after getting ridiculously depressing news. I had a couple of really good conversations, a nice dinner out with my parents, scored some great produce at the Farmers' Market, and have a coffee date to look forward to later.

I'm role-playing in a small way again, which is awesome. I went back to yoga yesterday and did probably 70% of the class to my utmost, and plan to keep going back until I am more flexible (and have lost enough weight to successfully do child's pose? Well, we'll see). Next class: probably Thursday.
In general I feel optimistic and excited and full of energy.

After the last two weeks of craziness, it felt SO GOOD to have a good day! Yay!
(For the record, Thanksgiving was awesome, too.)

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Nov. 23rd, 2011

ART: Calandra, Masterweaver of Pern (OC, G)

Title: Calandra, Masterweaver of Pern
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Dragonriders of Pern
Characters: Masterweaver Calandra and gold Vashti
Notes: Portrait of a character I played for years on Dragonsfire MOO.



full image under cut )

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Nov. 22nd, 2011

The Legacy of Pern

Anne McCaffrey has died. It's a sad day for the science fiction and fantasy community. She was a powerhouse of the genre, helping to pave the way for generations of women creators after her. She also created some very popular worlds, including the Dragonriders of Pern.

I started playing Pern rpgs online in MOOs in 1997, when I was in college. Through those games, I met some of my closest friends, friends I now consider family. I cannot thank Anne enough for not only creating that world, but for encouraging people to populate it themselves, through rpgs like I played, or cosplay.

I probably can't finish these tonight, but since I was in a Pern mood, reminiscing, I went back and looked at some old log files, and sketched the first two characters I played at Dragonsfire MOO.

Calandra, a Weaver of Pern, with her gold firelizard, Vashti )

Zephre, rider of green Miyoth )

I played some other great characters, some of whom I've already drawn. Perhaps one day I'll have a whole portfolio of alter egos from Pern.

Seriously, Dragonsfire MOO people (you know who you are), I am so so so thankful everyday to have you in my life, even long-distance. You've all made a big difference, and I'm really happy that we all liked Anne's world so much we tried to live in it.

Fly high and free, Anne. Thanks.

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ART: Size Matters Not (Original Characters, G)

Title: Size Matters Not
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, if anything
Characters: A couple of awesome gnomes
Notes: There was a prompt on an art community to create characters that were AD&D style non-humans in modern world jobs. I decided to make a couple of gnomes into cute, punkish, tattooed Vespa mechanics. Because that would be totally awesome. (Thus the apparent weird scale issues. For a size chart of AD&D character races, see here (site warns for nudity).)


full image under cut )

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Nov. 18th, 2011

ART: Don't Go, Jane (Jane/Rochester, G)

So I finally watched Jane Eyre, the film with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. I have had a shit week, and today was especially full of things going wrong, so it was lovely to relax with dinner and wine and this movie.

And then I made art, in the moment after the movie when this scene was just stuck in my head.

Title: Don't Go, Jane
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Jane Eyre, 2011 film and book
Characters: Jane, Mr. Rochester


full image under cut )

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Nov. 11th, 2011

Remembrance Day

Futility
Wilfred Owen

Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds—
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs so dear-achieved, are sides
Full-nerved,—still warm,—too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?





A heartfelt thank you to all who serve, in the hopes that there will come a future when none need serve at all.

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Nov. 6th, 2011

looking for a beta

So... I need some outside eyes on my art for this Harry Potter exchange.
I don't want to say too much about it because it's an anon fest, of course, but it's rated G and only peripherally connected to canon. Basically I'd like somebody to take a look and tell me if it makes sense. And, you know, let me know if you see an extra arm or something.

Anybody?

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Nov. 4th, 2011

Quilt Festival Day 1

So today Mom and Aunt Marlene and I spent the day seeing approximately 85% of the Exhibition floor and about 10% of the vendors at the Festival. Very exciting.
Mom and I return tomorrow for the Vendor Extravaganza!

I am so tired.
Here, have an exceptional and amazing Yin Yang quilt. SO BEAUTIFUL.
IMG_6221

IMG_6222IMG_6223

More photos in the set.
And more to come tomorrow! :)

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Oct. 26th, 2011

the tale of poor Lila and of the fabulous broom-hat

So today I took my darling wee Lila the Blue Prius in for repairs after work, as her keys were low on battery and her innards were doing strange things with dashboard lights. I have woefully abused her, I admit, and owe her some touch-up paint on the dents, but she is my beloved Lila and I do want her to be healthy and safe. So Mom picked me up and I went on my merry way assuming that I would be out of there later that evening.
Hahaha.
Turns out the technician leaves relatively early, so nobody had even started the diagnostics when I checked in again just before the closed for the night. So I didn't get to take Lila home. They will do the repair checking tomorrow and let me know if I will get her back home then. Getting back to my apartment was easy - Mom could give me a ride home - the difficulty was, of course, with the whole work thing.
Luckily for me, I have some really great coworkers who live in the neighborhood and I was able to arrange a carpool to the office for tomorrow.

While I was waiting for the call about my car that never actually came, I used my mom's phone to call customer service about the way Nefertem has been acting up. He was such a beautiful phone when he arrived, then he updated and he's been a flake and irritable. Well, turned out that he got some bad code in the firmware update, so I had to roll him back to the Factory Defaults. That's right, all my ringtones, all my apps, all my custom anythings - GONE. Goodbye, Nefertem, hello Nefertem 2.0. Now he should work again, but I am just scratching the surface of my customization re-do.

After that, I was able to address my other pressing need, that of a costume for the party on Saturday. I took my inspiration from Take Back Halloween's Goddesses section, and aimed for Athena. Across the freeway from the dealership there was a Party City, so I popped in and grabbed some sale items, one of which was a plastic centurion-esque helmet with a red crest. The guy at the register, calling for a price check, had some difficulty getting the folks in the back to identify the piece, until he said, "It's got this red stuff on the top, looks like a broom." Then they got it. I LOLed.
With that broom-helmet, the plastic shield, and the genuine wooden souvenir spear from the Philippines that Mom and Dad let me borrow, I am fully armed as a goddess. I'll be using fabric from various sources for the gown, and I have a wee plushie owl in a mortarboard that will be perfect for the finishing touch. Wise owl, indeed, he graduated! Hee. I can't wait to try putting it all together.

In other news, I am still planning to do Nanowrimo, and fiddling around with various ideas for work during the month. On Sunday we have a writers' group write-in for which I will be finishing my piece for my crit group, then I will be focusing on the Nano novel.
I got some great ideas for my [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays project this past week, from parental units and coworkers (how awesome is it that I can discuss fandom with both? So awesome.), so I am feeling much better about that even though I have yet to start preliminary lines. Having the idea is really helpful. Snupin Santa is moving along, I think, although when I start laying in the color it will be really challenging. I really want to get it right. :)
And my reverse big bang rough draft is rough, but done. I'm tabling it for now, since I'll have a few more weeks after my other deadlines to make it beautiful.

In conclusion,


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Oct. 22nd, 2011

ART: By the Lake (Gwaine/Elena, G)

Title: By the Lake
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Merlin
Characters: Gwaine, Elena
Notes: Drawn for [personal profile] hermette, a scene from her excellent [livejournal.com profile] gwaine_quest fic, Made Glorious Summer, a Regency AU.


full image under cut )

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Oct. 20th, 2011

Awesome Ladies of Science Progress!

Last night's productivity party was awesome. I took my graphite lines for the Awesome Ladies of Science Series #1: Astrid Farnsworth, and did this:

Awesome Ladies of Science #1, in progress part 2At work on Awesome Ladies of Science #1

Obviously the background needs more work, but I'm pretty pleased. The lettering will hopefully look like embossed brass, so it'll be a nice goldenrod contrast to the purple-black room and pink lightning. If you can't see, the text quotes XKCD: "Stand back, I'm going to try science."

I'd like this to be only the first of a series that includes both fictional and nonfictional awesome ladies of science. I've got quite a line-up now thanks to helpful fans and friends.

The other one is me, working in a coffeehouse with wonky lighting, thus the awkward posture.

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Oct. 15th, 2011

Bradley James, you amaze me

So, Bradley James was so impressive in this latest episode of Merlin. (Colin was, too. And Tony. Good grief.) But man, Bradley. Amazing.
spoilers )

Also, I made art for it, speed painting for the [dreamwidth.org profile] camelot_fleet spoiler party.
It's rated PG, mostly for angst.
header and art )

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Oct. 1st, 2011

reactions: Doctor Who and Merlin

Doctor Who: not quite sure what that was.
spoilers )

Merlin: SO EPIC. Loved it.
spoilers )

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Sep. 29th, 2011

split personality weather and other incidentals

This is what the sky looked like this morning: in the east, blue, clear, fluffy clouds and blue skies, bright sun; in the west, GIANT THREATENING THUNDERHEAD OF DOOM.
Thursday morning sunshineThursday morning thunderhead
I really hope it actually rains. A gentle daily drizzle for about 60 days. That would be awesome.
UPDATE because this post has been sitting on my desktop since 9am: IT DIDN'T RAIN. BOO.

For those who care about these things, these are my alternative IDs: I have a Twitter account, a Pinboard account, and a Tumblr, plus I'm on Pinterest if anybody does that (or wants an invite!).

Also, I cut my hair.
Me in my messy office
This is very short for me, as the lovely lady at the salon looked at the reference photo I brought and cut my hair that short while it was wet, not thinking about the fact that my hair curls. So now it's a lot shorter than I'm used to. Whee! I've been told it makes me look "like a grownup". But I've also been asked if I was a freshman, so I guess it evens out?

Today we went out to lunch and almost missed a turn, the driver took it quite fast in a tiny, tiny car and as we all exclaimed and reached for handles, she says, "Don't worry, I've got airbags all the way around!" LOL. I love my office.

FenCon was awesome, but I didn't actually do much at the con itself, since I was helping with parties and tables. I got to see two panels, and they were both GoH features. Excellent stuff. Really like meeting Gail Carriger at the parties, she's awesome in person and told great stories on the panels.

Had some great conversations, as well, including one wherein I completely blanked on the title of every Iain M. Banks Culture novel ever. Whee! I haven't read them all, but I do love the series. (In case it ever comes up again, here they are.)

Also, it's Banned Books Week! Go read something!
Also also, Merlin is on Saturday! Eeeee! And Doctor Who! It's like a Saturday made of awesome! I can't wait. :D

I'm just going to post this before I crash my computer again. Whee.

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Sep. 22nd, 2011

ART: Desert Princess (Original, G)

So this is mostly inspired by the exhibit "Afghan Gold" that came through the Museum of Fine Arts here a few years ago. I just couldn't keep the idea out of my head, so here's a much-evolved version of the concept.

Title: Desert Princess
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Fandom: Original Character
Notes: This piece is done without top-layer lines. I did a very basic outline to place her features, then built it up in layers of color applied with fairly thick brushes. I'm pretty pleased with the effect.


image under cut )

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Sep. 9th, 2011

quick hits

My twitter account is full of randomness today, but at least it's moved from trauma to humor. Sort of. After discussing the inevitability of flashbacks due to a combination of 9/11 Anniversary coverage and the FIRES that are filling the sky with smoke, raining ash on homes, and making the air smell of burning (yeah, no flashback potential there AT ALL), we decided that the best solution would be for TX to send truckloads of shamwows to the flooded areas. They mop up the water, send them back, and we wring them out over the fires.
Done.
Now, we will address the deficit and jobs crisis. Ok, no we won't. We'll actually address Hollywood and it's crazy crazy remakes.

me: Russell Crowe as Javert. Hugh Jackman as Valjean. I may need to sit down.
Jaye: wow. is Hollywood making a movie just for you?
Man, they might be. They really, really might be. I'll have to take my dad! (Les Miz is one of our shared musical interests!)

And today's moment of Latin Zen: [This is full of Classics snark, and if you aren't familiar with at least I, Claudius it may make no sense.]
We were discussing historiography, Livy, and Livy's presumed friendship with Augustus. Livy produced an incredible body of work, a complete history of Rome from its founding to his present day in 142 books, writing an average of 3 books per year for forty years. The problem: only thirty-something books survived to modern day, and none of them about Livy's own time. Certain hints from later historians writing about Livy, as well as textual interpretations by modern historians, create a belief that Livy and Augustus got along very well, shared some opinions and values, and were quite possibly friends. One item that is cited as evidence is the fact that Livy was a tutor to young Claudius.
So one of the young things in my class (possibly stalling for time, I admit), asked whether there was any possibility that Livy could have known at the time of his teaching that Claudius would one day be the emperor.
I thought to myself, "NO WAY."
And then the prof said, "ABSOLUTELY NOT," making big negative arm motions.
It made me laugh.
I have to keep reminding myself, unformed larvae, unformed larvae, unformed larvae*. Some of them may be up to their ears in classical civ at that age, after all, I was, but the prof made a good point when he said that he didn't want to assume too much about the class's knowledge of the Augustan Age. (Not that I could really be considered an expert or anything, geez. It just feels like I've been pickling in random classical trivia from that general period for most of my life.)
Anyway. ZEN LATIN SNARK.
[*For all that I snark at them, they're actually quite good at Latin. Better than I am, most days!]

I walked back to my office from class and it was, alas, still really hot even with the "cool snap" we're getting. 90-something is no joke when you're walking across campus in blue jeans.

And I just took some time explaining to someone the difference between block level and in-line tags in XHTML, but I don't think I did it very well. I should work on that. Yay for validating her markup for class, though.

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Sep. 6th, 2011

what kind of goggles?

Oh, fandom, fandom, you have been such a terrible influence on me. In the very best way, of course.

I've gotten to the point where I read a perfectly lovely and innocuous bit of an Aubrey-Maturin book and I just CHORTLE and GIGGLE and SWOON because it's so adorable. I can't even deal with it. Jack has a conversation with HIS WIFE and all I can see is the love for Stephen. Oh, fandom, I am ruined. Ruined. I just want to draw little pink hearts all over the book. And the story is so ridiculous, too - everybody is totally fucked up and life happens even to the best of them. My greatest affection lies with Tom Pullings at the moment, for growing up into a man who can run a ship AND hold a toddler without breaking a sweat. Learn from Tom, Jack! LOL. [Don't tell me if there is a fanfic collection somewhere. I don't think I could cope with it mentally quite yet. Finding fanfic for A Room with a View was bad enough.]

In other news, I ate so well today. Went to the farmer's market and got fresh greens and tomatoes for salad, and some beautiful green beans for steaming. I washed the rice before I cooked it and it really made a great difference, and I grilled pork strips with an herbal spice blend and Hungarian sweet paprika. SO GOOD. It was a beautiful thing, and I have enough that I can eat it again for lunch or another evening.

Now it's time for me to give some serious time to my Latin homework, and then if I still have time I shall draw. Yay fandom drawing! I am signed up already for Snupin Santa this year, and I am considering both Merlin Holidays and Merlin Games. Any other fests I should be thinking of? I have lost track of so many recently.

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Sep. 3rd, 2011

ART: Sweet Rivalry (Elena/Gwaine, PG-13)

Title: Sweet Rivalry
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: PG-13
Fandom Fusion: Merlin / Harry Potter
Characters: Elena/Gwaine
Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] hermette, whose Tweets of Gwaine and Elena at Hogwarts sparked this whole idea.



She caught him just outside the locker rooms after the game... )

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Art: Paper Lanterns for merlin_melee

I forgot to post this. :)

Title: Paper Lanterns
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Rating: G
Characters: Gwen, Tom, Morgana, Gorlois
Summary: Sharing traditions, fathers and daughters
Notes: Drawn for the [livejournal.com profile] merlin_melee challenge summer 2011, for Team Rooks. The photo prompt was a bunch of people launching paper lanterns.



Paper Lanterns )

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Sep. 2nd, 2011

Illustrations for "The Sword in the Global Economic Crisis"

Here are my illustrations for [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends
Fic: The Sword in the Global Economic Crisis
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fiercynn
Fic Post at AO3

Title: At Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Rating: G
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Characters: Merlin, Arjun "Arthur"

They hiked in companionable silence for a while, scrambling across the Salisbury Crags until they reached the beginning of a steep path up the seat itself.  )

Title: At the Castle Keep, Cardiff
Rating: G
Artist: [personal profile] zephre
Characters: Gwen, Lancelot, Mohana "Morgana", Merlin, Arjun "Arthur"

Read more... )

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