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Nov. 30th, 2011

my first audio recording

So, I read my favorite fairy tale aloud to my computer.

The Enchanted Pig, a Romanian Tale (24 minutes)
from Andrew Lang's The Red Fairy Book

I first read this story in Cricket Magazine, with what were very likely some significant edits, and I fell in love with the illustrations and the fantastic adventuress heroine who wears out three pairs of iron shoes and blunts a steel staff while wandering the world, first pregnant and then with an infant. I mean, seriously - she must be made of STEEL.

If you want to just listen, it's also on my tumblr.
And I just tried this thing:

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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Aug. 30th, 2011

2 posts in one day!

Its like there's some kind of crazy procrastination thing going on, as if I had something else I should be working on and choose instead to blog about random things... oh. Yeah. That would be my overdue submission for crit group. Hahaha.
I have an assignment, late-given though it was, at least. How did the Captain of the boat meet her Magician? I envision their partnership heavily influenced by the Aubrey-Maturin partnership in Patrick O'Brian's books. (With which I am absolutely obsessed currently. They alternately make me choke up with emotion and crack up with hilarity, with some moments of confusion and mundanity between.)

However! In addition to the randomness of my writing assignment, we are also in the middle of a super-fun record-setting drought here in East Texas. And after temperatures so high for a few days that raw foodists couldn't have eaten a damn thing outside without a special dispensation, we're finally, maybe getting a break. Unfortunately the break comes in the form of scattered thunderstorms, which will tragically cause flash flooding rather than actually relieving the drought. Damn weather. Still, the lower temperatures (Highs only in the 90s! Heavens!) will be a great relief, and if the rain could just stretch out into near-constant gentle showers for six months straight, we might not lose all the trees in the damn county.

I love our trees!
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Jun. 9th, 2011

oh, dear

So I just finished Cryoburn, the latest in the Vorkosigan saga from Lois McMaster Bujold, and I just have to say, WHAT? WHAT WAS THAT?? O.M.G.!!!

Even having been spoiled, the end still took my breath away. Good grief.

p.s. My friend E has discovered Merlin and now professes to understand. Muahahahaha. :D

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May. 5th, 2011

marrying and other fun hobbies

Once again I let myself get behind on posting, and on general creation of stuff.

So over this past weekend I married my friend Lola to her sweetie Robert, and it was awesome. I love marryin'. :)
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They had a game-themed reception, which I have quite a lot of on my Flickr account. Hopefully soon Lola will post some official wedding photography from the day, and I'll be able to share it.

I managed to turn in a new segment of my steampunk submarine adventure, but I still get the feeling that I am not being correctly descriptive, and got crit that my sentences are too complex. So the upshot is that nobody actually understands what's happening. Gotta work on that.

Stalled out a bit working on my gnome mechanics, mostly because I was not getting what I wanted from the airbrush on Photoshop, so I scrapped it and will start again with Painter.
Plus maybe do some other work in Painter, as well. I have a poll up for suggestions.

Just finished reading Paladin of Souls, which was amazing. I really enjoyed it. I don't remember a damned thing about the prequel, but this one stands quite cheerfully alone.

Randomly, in the last two weeks I have gotten tons of raised eyebrows and excited reactions to my X-Wing Fighter pendant, which is more than I usually get. I would blame Star Wars Day, but I wasn't even wearing it then.

At some point I may get back to recounting my adventures in NYC and Philadelphia, but until then you can always just check my Flickr stream.

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Mar. 5th, 2011

reviews, phones, card of the day

So in the course of Googling myself (as one does, regularly), I found a 2/5 star review of a flash fiction story of mine that was published in 2005 or 2006 (I don't remember), and the entire text of the review is four words long. Very, very strange.

Today Nefertem the Magical Purple Smartphone almost gave me heart failure when he abruptly stopped working. I went to a Sprint Store but they wouldn't help me because while he is a Sprint branded phone, I don't actually have a Sprint account. Doh! I was able to call on one of their phones to get tech support from Credo, and now Nefertem is back in working order. Thank goodness. I was worried for a moment there!

Today the card I pulled was the Eight of Earth in the Gaian Tarot.
Eight of Earth, Gaian Tarot )
This card is about lessons, so I've had a few lately. Today, my lesson about how to manually reboot my phone. Also a lesson about how things on the 'net have a way of being resurrected even after several years of downtime. Fiction never dies! Bad fiction really never dies!
That flash fiction piece was my second piece of paid prose. Fun.
Today I also got a lesson from the universe in being a nice customer despite frustration. Frustration and anger live in very particular parts of my body, too, and it's always a sign to me that I need to slow down and breathe and get things under control when the emotions come out physically.
This card also makes me want to go to a fire circle. I love the drumming.
Delicious lessons for today: how to reheat rice in the rice cooker. (It turned out well!) And adding mushrooms to my sauteed kale really worked! Nom nom nom.
Other lesson: Bar Code Viewer on phone works, but no easy way to link it up to LibraryThing. Oh, well. Manual entry it is.
And lessons in general: The Wild Hunt has a couple of nice link round-ups for the recent gender discrimination/inclusiveness controversy that has rocked the public pagan sphere lately. Looks like some really exceptional conversations are starting.

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Sean Bean made me do it

Oh, lordy, I started reading A Game of Thrones again, and this time it took. I am having trouble putting it down, in fact, to do other things like, you know, eat.
Amie said I would like it, but I was stubborn because I didn't get into it years ago when it first came out. Now, though, I may have given it another chance because the "Winter is Coming" web presence is just that compelling.
Hello, Sean Bean in another book adapted to film. Perhaps I should read that book, too, just like I did with the others.
Dammit, I am really really into it!
(And only, like, a quarter of the way through it.) At least the newest volume is supposed to come out soon. I have a nice fresh volume awaiting me once I slog through the previous four. Then I can join the rest of the folks waiting for the last one. (Something my parents and I are quite familiar with - I remember when they were waiting on tenterhooks for the last volume of Niccolo (Gemini (The House of Niccolo, 8)) and hoping that Dorothy Dunnett would finish it before she died. It's not an unfamiliar position for any fan of series or epic fiction.)
Is it terrible that I also can't wait to get through the books so I can see what the fandom looks like? :D

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Mar. 3rd, 2011

World Book Day Meme

World Book Day

The book(s) I am reading: The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente which is pretty cool but doesn't hold my interest across all the layers.
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn, which is quite a tome and I expect will take me months.

The book I am writing: A courageous captain and the crew of her exploratory submarine, with a collection of magical and mundane scientists and passengers, deal with sabotage and betrayal in a part of their world as yet uncharted by their nations, discover previously unknown civilizations, and battle strange mecha and/or giant sea fauna. I haven't quite decided yet. ;) (Tentacles FTW!)

The book I love most: I hate questions like this! Today, I shall say Sati, by Christopher Pike. This book changed the way I thought about life, the universe, and everything when I was young, and I've read it to many times that my copy is falling apart. It's not perfect by any means, and it's pretty light fare, but it had a message I still find compelling.

And coming in a close second, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.

The last book I received as a gift: I think probably Zombies vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. My brother gave this to me for Christmas. ♥

The last book I gave as a gift: I think probably Flotsam by David Wiesner, whose work is awesome, by the way. This book was one of several I gave my goddaughter for Christmas. [ETA: I was wrong! Just two weeks ago I gave a friend in hospital Sanjay Patel's The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow]

The nearest book on my desk: Desk? What desk? But the closest book to me, if I don't count the ebooks living on Nefertem the Magical Purple Smartphone, is Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve, which was one of my "Arthurian Legend" obsession books.

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Mar. 2nd, 2011

Life, the universe, and the rest of it

So mostly over the last little while I've been posting photos of food.
I should take more photos of the food I cook at home - I made a really excellent dinner tonight that hasn't made me sick, so hooray!
Today I went to a Brown Bag Lunch Presentation at the university, by the Executive Chefs from a couple of the residential colleges here. These students eat so well! They prepared some great stuff in the kitchen theater and then we all got to eat it for lunch. (On the menu: Seafood medley, Beef Wellington (with portabella mushrooms instead of foie gras), and mascarpone crepes with berry flambe drizzled with strawberry jam, a balsamic reduction, and fresh basil.
HOLY COW.
I did not eat like this in college... (photos) )
I LOVE FOOD. HERE I TALK ABOUT IT. )

Ok, that was more than I thought I'd type about food and eating.

On a different subject: reading.
I read The Eagle of the Ninth and really enjoyed the heck out of it. I borrowed a nonfiction title from the office Liberal Studies Library, Slaves and Masters in the Roman Empire: A Study in Social Control that should be an interesting follow-up to that. I don't know if I will be able to bring myself to see the film while it's in theaters. I might find that very fun, actually, but I have terrible motivation about going to films alone, and I don't have a movie-going geek tribe here. At least not movies in the theater. ;)
I also have on the back burner some Northern European primary source mythology - The Eddas and the Mabinogion and some others, as many as I can find in Public Domain libraries for download. (Have I mentioned that I love Nefertem the Magical Purple Smartphone/eBook Reader?)
And yesterday I spent the entire evening devouring in basically one sitting Anne Bishop's latest Black Jewels offering, Twilight's Dawn: A Black Jewels Book. I have read much criticism of the series and even agree with some of it, but damn, they are addictive and I love them. I couldn't bear to put it down. And I thought it would be easier to pause since it was a series of connected novellas rather than one story! Ahahahaha, so wrong. I was very surprised, but not in an unpleasant way, by the turn of those novellas, so that's good. Kept me engaged.


Today's card: The Four of Air, Gaian Tarot
Four of Air, Gaian Tarot )
Oh, dear, it's the nesting card. I just put in some inquiries with my property management company and some warehouses in the First Ward about larger apartments and art studios for rent. I am taking active steps to pursue changes in my living and creative working situation. I am actually a bit amazed to be in a position to consider such, but again, that's part of why I moved back here. Options. Relatively low cost of living. Thriving arts community. I have to do some buckling down here, too, and make decisions.
It's a good card for today, I think.

Plus I did my taxes. Always a nice feeling.

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Feb. 19th, 2011

any advice on Android ebook readers?

Any Android users out there have advice on ebook readers? Which ones do you like, which ones get good reviews, which ones have flexibility and decent book selections?

Thanks!
(And if anybody wants to share other useful or entertaining free apps, feel free.)

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Feb. 1st, 2011

been busy...

We can see how well my "card a day" posts helped me remember to post regularly. Hahaha.
So, been busy - working on a lot of illustrations, mostly for Avatar: the Last Airbender but there's some Merlin caught in there, and planning stages for the Harry Potter Snupin BLU art focus big bang, plus [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends is signing up now for Merlin stories and art and cheerleading.





I've been writing - I started my steampunk submersible craziness for my group, and for the [dreamwidth.org profile] camelot_fleet Finish-a-Thon. Yay! Very excited about that, although if anybody is interested cheerleading and hitting me over the head when I skip important descriptions, that would be awesome.

We're having a ridiculously cold wintry snap for Imbolg this year. Fun times. It's a good time to re-dedicate myself to some projects, though, and perhaps kick-start some of my 2011 spiritual goals.

Appropriately enough given the Imbolg planning and spiritual kick-starting, I drew Taliesin, the Hierophant, from the Llewellyn Deck today.
Taliesin, the Hierophant, Llewellyn Tarot )
This card is about custom, religion, society. It's often a card about conforming to expected norms, so in a way it's a reminder to actually be in my religion, instead of just sitting around the outside of it.
Reading Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons (which, incidentally, is making a case to debunk the "Anglo-Saxon Invasion" of Britain and thereby most of the legends in their traditional form - awesome book) has reminded me of the sense of connection that many non-Christian religions have. Christianity (especially early and medieval Christianity) seems to begin this idea of religion as something separate from lifeway, something that can be compartmentalized into a part of the mind, unrelated to the physical universe of body and labor. Many pagan traditions, and the neo-pagan one I'm practicing (badly), have an intense unity between the spiritual and the physical. Physicality is part and parcel of practice, and in fact it isn't really practice but rather lifeway; worldview; lifestyle, perhaps. It's intimately involved in everything - every decision, every movement, every breath. This echoes the kind of ritualized existence early archaeologists posit for those early historic cultures. Seriously, this book has me examining all sorts of thoughts I'm sure I've had before, but now with added personal relevance and a sense of quiet revelation.
Pretty intense. When I go into my occasional existential crises over my purpose in the universe, it's a good time to remind myself through divine physicality that I am part of this great spirit, and that I am worth believing in. (If I don't think so, who will?)
Yes, I think this card definitely wants me to do a working later.

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Nov. 19th, 2010

Book Meme

The rules are: This is about authors who've inspired, affected, delighted, or otherwise touched you somehow. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

The 15 authors meme:

Here are mine (in no particular order):
15 authors )

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Oct. 30th, 2010

Saturday Saturday

So, stuff got done today, actually.

I ended up going out and running errands at midday with Kim, which was great. It got me out of the house and I did grocery shopping.
As a result, today's dinner was a stupendous achievement - grilled boneless pork chop with a light garlic dusting, green beans steamed with shallots, and a baked potato. Nom nom nom. I also broke out the peach tea. I have a lovely extra chop and green beans for lunch tomorrow now, too.

I put away all my laundry finally, and got some general room-organizing done. My sofa is still covered in photographs and boxes of same, from my massive scanning effort. I hope to get some of those cleaned up and posted to Flickr very soon.

I have been reading more and more and more Arthurian Legend stuff - all sorts of things, from YA fun to classic translations. It's not quite enough to break me away from my obsession with all things Roman, but darned close. (I'm almost finished with the latest Falco, Nemesis - my reading took a hiatus for travel but now I've caught up again.)

I made some excellent progress on some arts that I am doing for the holiday fest exchange season. Not quite enough that I feel comfortable blowing off tomorrow, especially since I have a houseguest coming next week, but enough that I am no longer stressing about them.

Merlin squee beneath the cut because SPOILERS for 3x08 Eye of the Phoenix, and some for future eps )

I confess I have cooled a bit on Inception and Sherlock, fandom-wise, although I still read fun-sounding recs and the Inception picspams continue to be awesome. I am also reading WAY MORE RPF than ever before, you guys are such a bad influence. ;)

For Samhain I am going to try recording a guided meditation for myself on audio, using the great software I own but have never opened. Should be interesting, at least. I've been working a lot more with individual deities and thinking about relationships with them, so hopefully this series of meditations will bring me some interesting new things to ponder. Plus any meditation is good meditation, right?

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Sep. 29th, 2010

a conversation about books... and things

E: http://www.recyclart.org/2010/09/library-information-desk/
me: but... but... nobody can READ those books now
E: true... so you do it out of publishers' remainders
me: I suppose that is acceptable
E: or zillions of copies of Catcher in the Rye. bleah
me: that would be very fine. or the Bridges of Madison County [Ed note: bad high school English class experience speaking]
me: I have to say that I have found a new respect for Wuthering Heights thanks to Tom Hardy. :P I am so so so silly.
E: never read it
E: wait, Thomas Hardy?
me: no, Tom Hardy, actor.
Elizabeth: like Far From Madding Crowd guy? I would put THAT in a book desk
me: HOT BRITISH ACTOR
me: give me a little credit. you could totally build me a desk out of The Return of the Native
me: hot, absolutely ridiculous, crazy actor. although that may just be being British. he played Heathcliff in a really well-done BBC miniseries. and in the course of discussing it with my mom I had to give her a recap of the story
E: oh
me: you know what cravats do to me. :D
me: those Brontës. sigh. wackos.
E: "You know what cravats do to me" made me snort tea
me: my work here is done. :D

And in conclusion, Dude Watching With the Brontës.


Also, a bullet-point list of things that have happened lately:
life as a list )

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Sep. 3rd, 2010

well, crap

Note to self: don't embed stuff from Deepest Sender.
The bulk of my text for that post was lost, because it came after the embed code from Youtube, which apparently ate it all.  I am a bit peeved about that, since it was some cool stuff.  May try to recreate it later.

Summary: Contact by Carl Sagan is a great book, better, as one would suppose, than the movie. Math is magic.

In other news, Latin class continues to go pretty well.  But I find that when I have the translation down and felt it was pretty easy, the class as a whole seems to be fumbling around blindly without a grammar book. This means that we spent a lot of time today on sentence diagramming, which is fine - it's how one learns. I just figured it was best done before class. I'm going to continue to just sit in the back and chuckle over Cicero, and posting this pretty much guarantees that next time I get called on I will have no idea what I'm doing. :P
Thank goodness for the Perseus Project, though. I haven't had to buy a dictionary or a grammar yet, and using them as searchable databases instead of paper pages is actually quite a lot easier.

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Symphony of Science and other neat things

Last night one of my old friends had a birthday party - it was a "Swango Dance Party" and there were some very impressive dancers. I met up with more old friends, mostly from high school, and met some new people. I may need to check out the dance scene here - not club dancing, but social dancing. Apparently there's a thriving tango and swing culture that I've just missed.

Here, Symphony of Science, just to put a smile on your face (And in case the embedding doesn't work, you can just go watch it on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cd36WJ79z4:





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Aug. 22nd, 2010

Top 5 Characters, any fandom

Continuing the Top 5 Meme:
Well, if this were a list of characters in any ONE fandom, I would be listing from Babylon 5, because that show has a lot of favorites.  Just so you know.  ;)  Also, this is one of those lists that may change at any moment, for random reasons. I remember great characters all the time, and my obsessions change with fandoms. In fact, I could rewrite it right now... but I won't.  It's stuck for now.
I think it would take a lot to knock G'kar off the top slot, though, I'm just sayin'. I'm going to include 5 runners-up, just because I can.

it's too hard to choose! )

I'm kind of disappointed in myself that so few of these are women. And hey, lots of them are from Babylon 5 anyway. It's just that good.



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Jul. 30th, 2010

Tiger Beatdown is excellent again

Tiger Beatdown › The Girl With The Lots of Creepy Disturbing Torture That Pissed Me Off: On Stieg Larsson:
But the bottom line is not so much that of a Reviewer, but that of a Lady: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo creeps me the fuck out. In my gut, right there, the place that is like GET ME OUT OF HERE AND FIX ME A DRINK AND START TELLING ME ABOUT UNICORNS AND KITTENS OR SOMETHING. The novel’s original title in Swedish was Men Who Hate Women; but reading the book, you start to get the feeling it’s not a polemic so much as a manual.
Seriously, every review I have read of the movie (or the book) made me ill.

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Jul. 29th, 2010

in which I blather at length

I am being encouraged to blog, in general and in specific relating to fandom, activism, and crafting. So here I am trying to get back into the groove.  There are some things that I should accept and get over as long as I am blogging, things that I think have been contributing to my "write and delete before posting" habits of late:

1) People will disagree with me.
2) I will sometimes be wrong, and people may point that out. (Horrors!)

Obviously I need to grow a thicker skin, and also not invest so much emotion in comments. So, that done, what have I been doing lately? Hmm...

I have been following with great joy the Merlin-related excitement on my flist. SDCC was a fun sidelight, as were the cons across the pond. I have been eating up all the spoilers for Season 3 I can get, even though I am not really seeing much in the way of real story spoilers.  I am working with two writers to create art for a Merlin bigbang this summer.

I really enjoyed the first installment of the new BBC Sherlock. It had some problems, not least of which was the treatment of women, but I plan to tune in for the whole run, and was excited about seeing more of the series.

Have enjoyed the discussion and fic that has come out of the season finale of Doctor Who as well. I really loved the way the season ended, on the whole, and felt like a new life had been breathed into the Doctor. I still ♥ Rory a lot, too.

Absolutely full of squee for Avatar: The Legend of Korra and its associated rumors and story spoilers. A female Avatar? WIN. The possibility of seeing characters from Avatar The Last Airbender in awesome elder roles? WIN. I hope that they continue the great storytelling they managed with ATLA.

Related to all of those, but specifically something I was discussing in comments with [personal profile] glockgal, is the ire that accompanies the squee, when creators of whatever media we're consuming explain in painful detail how we are supposed to interpret said media. They reveal to us their Truth of the Creation, and we are then constrained (supposedly) by their statement. Moffat pulled this with Sherlock, and JKR did it with Harry Potter.  I think that the line between communicating with the consumers of your stuff and dictating their acceptable reactions is pretty clear, and should be respected. Criticism and interpretation are by their nature variable. No one person views the world, and thus any piece of media, in the same way. It just cheeses me off to see writers (or other creators) slamming doors on interpretations (even interpretations supported by the text, good grief) simply to cling to an outdated or economically motivated industry status quo.

Well, that was refreshing.

My writing has been going well, too, although not as productive as my art. Yet. I may have found a new set of events to mine for material, though.  The story and my frustrations with it may actually end up being a separate post (or set of posts) under a "Writing" filter.

Reading has been going just ok.  I did finish Bewitching Season and Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle, and they were excellent. I think I liked the first one best, but the second one had some choice moments as well. Currently I'm engrossed in Nemesis by Lindsey Davis, the latest in the Marcus Didius Falco series. I love love love this series, so I was quite excited to borrow this one from my mom.

Does anybody out there do fabric stamping? I am thinking of running a series of tests of stamps made of various materials, and wondered what other folks used. I'd be using them with Stewart Gill fabric paints.

Hopefully there will be more to come from me! 

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May. 4th, 2010

weekend, fun stuff, Carl Kasell

So yesterday I went to a luncheon for corporate and non-profit supporters of a local public radio station (the office lotto for tickets fell to me this time), and the result was that I got to hear a great speech, see a funny magic show, and meet Carl Kasell.  He is a lovely man. No, I didn't ask him to record a message for me on my phone.  Hahaha.

me and Amy with Carl Kasell

I did some fun art stuff this weekend, and started organizing my books (including the new acquisitions from the Library Sale). To that end I ended up at IKEA twice getting shelves and bookcases. Construction is ongoing. I also caught up on Doctor Who, and now desperately await the catching-up of my known Doctor fans. I really want to discuss, dissect, rant, and speculate about the Weeping Angels two-parter! 

I have been expanding my Reading List on DW and enjoying a catch-up at times on IJ for various fests.

I finished Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder, which was excellent, but made me realize that I don't think I've actually read Fire Study yet.  I thought I had, but I may be wrong.  Oops! More to read, oh, woe!
I also reread Prince Caspian (Vol. 2, dangit! 2!) because I watched the movie and it was so weird. Nice, and fun, and full of great music, but it seemed unbalanced to me and rereading the book showed why. Oh, well. Rumor has it that Dawn Treader will be truer to the source material with fewer romantic shenanigans.
Now I'm well into The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin, which I am enjoying very much. It's unfolding into something epic, but I'm still just in the very beginnings of it, so nobody spoil me, please. I'm already avoiding squee about it.

And just to keep everybody enthusiastic, today is Star Wars Day, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and Saturday is the Art Car Parade! Celebrate something!

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