May. 12th, 2013

fun with image management

I've been working on an illustration portfolio site in Wordpress and it's driving me absolutely batty, but I think I have finally figured out work-arounds for all the stupid buggy things that are happening. Geez.

In other news, have seen Iron Man 3 twice now, and still enjoyed it. Some things are problematic, but on the whole - yay. Really enjoying the fanfic coming out of it, too.

Been trying to get the house in order, now that we're hopefully done with major interior renovations for a while. I actually have books on my bookcases now, although they are in no way organized or cataloged. Have not found all of them, either. I am sure I am missing a few that must be in odd boxes.

I did set up my sewing machine, though. So, yay.

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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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Jul. 11th, 2011

cleaning up and catching up

Ok, I have finally moved a bunch of the boxes that have been cluttering up my apartment for months. Plus I have stacked all the ApolloCon stuff to one side, so while it's still there, it's no longer actively blocking my creative outlets. (By which I mean the sewing table is once again clear.)

So, ApolloCon happened. It was fun. My costume went over well on Saturday. I got to meet Darth Vader at the Artist Reception.
It's Darth Vader!
Yay! A thousand dreams from my childhood given form! You know it's a party when the Sith crash it.

Among the boxes that I moved/emptied were the ones holding my grandmother's doll collection. All of the dolls have now been photographed and placed on display in my apartment. She had a really amazing group from Poland, dressed in regional folk costume. The workmanship and tiny details are lovely.
Cracow Polish Folk Costume Doll Detail embroidery  - Lowicz region

Now to get the rest of my stuff organized and/or thrown out.

I'm also well into the art for my paperlegends entry, which is good. I was worried for a bit, but now things are coming together, I think.

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Mar. 26th, 2011

feeling good

So, I finished my glomp_fest entry (the one that got eaten by my Painter crash) today, then did my laundry while introducing my parents to the Star Wars prequels (my brother wails, "How could you do that to them?" but we really enjoyed them), and made some significant progress on my portrait of Amidala and Leia.

I came home and put all my laundry away first thing, too - I feel like such a grown-up.

I'm not entirely happy with the color so far - as Dad pointed out, I lost a bit of likeness when I transferred to the new paper and took it to color, so I'm going to cue up some Natalie Portman photos and try to recover that with the pencils in a bit. [ETA: Recovered a pretty decent likeness this evening, yay! Replaced the photo above with the new one. The other is still on Flickr, for comparison.]

But I really love to be working with them again, and I have my dancer to finish, too. Plus I have my workspace cleaned off so I can draw at my drafting table, instead of just using it for storage.


Tomorrow, mixed birthday shenanigans with the Scion and girlfriend and parents, at the Menil Collection. Awesome!

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Mar. 25th, 2011

rediscovering creativity

OK, so I stole the subject line from the title of a course we run at work, whatever.
In light of yesterday's epic software fail (and to keep myself from buying Painter 11 just because Corel sent me a coupon), I am cleaning up my bedroom and clearing my drafting table at last. I hope to finish either my Amidala art or another Star Wars piece in Prismacolor, for display at the art show.

Now, keeping in mind my love of Sith and my general disdain for Jedi (Qui-Gon excepted!), and the fact that I am a much bigger fan of muppets than of CGI, what should I draw? I thought about doing something with the doomed romance between Padme and Anakin, or perhaps something to parallel the Amidala & Leia art featuring Obi Wan and infant Luke? Or maybe I need to skip ahead to the Expanded Universe and draw Luke as a husband and father? Maybe there should be a duel between an unnamed Sith person and a Jedi who is a secondary or extra character in one of the films. (Maybe I should watch the Clone Wars animated stuff so I have new characters to play with...)

I am not totally committed to Star Wars to fill out my panel, either. There are many broadly appealing fandoms I could try. And I do intend to display as many of my Avatar: The Last Airbender pieces as I can. Hmmm. Perhaps a poll.

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Feb. 21st, 2011

another year begins!

Ok, so I had an excellent birthday weekend all around. Got to see some old friends I haven't seen in a while, and had delicious food, and subjected my father to a Disney movie musical (we went to see Tangled - thanks, Dad!), and did not get a damn thing done on my housekeeping.

I am debating getting a jigsaw puzzle to set up in my bedroom. How much do I really want a puzzle, or will I lose several days to obsessive concentration over it? Hmmm.

Still working on some art, but it's been days since I've actually drawn anything, or sewn anything. Just been very busy, and had some books taking up time. (Dude, my phone now has an ebook reader on it. It holds my place when I close it down! Damn, this phone is awesome!)

I may need to create my own three- or four-day weekend once I get things under control at work, so that I can do crafty things and household things. I swear, if I don't take my recycling to the center by the end of the week, I am going to be wading through paper and plastic to get to the kitchen.

Speaking of work, things are still good, but busy, and the tedious kind of busy instead of the frantic deadline-heavy busy. There are some repetitive data-management tasks that just have to be done manually until we get a better system in place.

For various reasons I am feeling very good about my general health, and I have exercised today in hopes of maintaining it. I still need to figure out some way to get my swim on during the day, but perhaps this year will be the one.

And in other news, tragedy at the grocery store today: no kale to be found! Woe! I'll have to remember to swing by the farmer's market for some tomorrow.

In other other news, I'm watching Book 2 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and i just noticed that the wall behind the throne of the Earth King is designed to look like a badger mole. Awesome!

Today's card is the Three of Earth from the Gaian Tarot.
Three of Earth, Gaian Tarot )
This card is about teamwork, synergy, and community creation. I hope that means that some of what I'm doing both online and off with friends and allies will bear great fruit in the coming year. I look forward to working with friends on exciting projects.

And now I should try to sleep.

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Feb. 6th, 2011

Tarot Cards

So yesterday, I pulled The Gardener from the Gaian Tarot.
The Gardener, Gaian Tarot )
I'm thinking this is both a statement about my need to go grocery shopping (after being stuck in the house because of the ice for days), and then also the fact that I got so much done. I cleaned, I created, I cooked, I exercised, I really felt good about myself and the things I was working on.
The only thing that didn't get done was sewing, and I am working on that. But it was a very fertile day, and weekend, and then I went to a dinner party last night that was full of laughter and friends and music.

Today's card is Explorer of Water, also from the Gaian Tarot.
Explorer of Water, Gaian Tarot )
This is a card that speaks of meditation, ease of mind, and being "in the zone". I can see how that would be a good thing for me, especially since I'm getting more creative projects on the horizon, and trying to bring in a deeper spiritual connection in my life.
Both of those things are the sorts of things that the focus and inspiration of the Explorer of Water can aid.

(This time I've remembered to add a link to each picture, so you can go to the website for the Gaian Tarot and see the whole deck, or find out when the mass market version will be published. It's a great deck, I highly recommend it!)

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Feb. 4th, 2011

making progress

So today I had work off because of the ice and treacherous roads. I managed to do the small amount of work required from home (mostly updates about canceled classes), and got a lot done.
I made some great progress on my Merlin Zodiac painting.
I exercised.
I cleaned my bathtub with the grapefruit-and-salt method, and it seriously worked. Amazing!
I turned my sofa cushion to try to get it misshapen evenly, if not restored.
I sorted my paper into recycling, keeping, and shredding.
I started my latest pinch hit for the A:TLA Lunar New Year Exchange.
Now I'm trying to get rid of a few pesky computer errors.

Seriously, that grapefruit thing in the bathtub was amazing. :)

Card of the Day: Ten of Air
Ten of Air, Gaian Tarot )

This is certainly a wintry image, and we're having some amazing winter weather here. This has been a day full of winter activities - cooking, cleaning, sorting, and doing indoor crafts. Oddly enough that's not so different from my usual activities, no matter the season.

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Feb. 1st, 2011


So I've made lots of false starts on a lot of goals, but I did want to take a moment to say that today I did a formal ritual at my new altar. I used a variation of James Wells' tarot game, as sent by Joanna Powell Colbert for adaptation for Imbolc, and used quite a lot of fire.
One thing I learned by doing this, though, was that I still need a few tools. ;) Some of them I know I own already, I just need to find them. Others I'll have to acquire.

It was a really good feeling.

Now I just need to use this inspiration toward some exercise as well as creative pursuits. Heh.

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Jan. 4th, 2011

new year, new germs

Well, I'm sick. Had a pretty miserable night last night, but I feel a lot better today. Flying with head congestion really, really sucked, even after taking meds. Blah.
But now I'm home, and hopefully I will sleep better tonight than last night, and be able to go in to work tomorrow.
Mom and I ran a few errands today, and that was good because it meant I got out of bed and did stuff.
Of course, today was supposed to be a day off to clean and organize my house for the New Year, and after a week of holiday parties and chaotic trip prep, then a week away, my house is messy, my fridge is mostly empty, and my bedroom is piled high with bags that need to be unpacked and sorted. Whee!
So probably shortly I will take my next dose of meds, make some more tea, put on a movie, and get to the unpacking / organizing.

In other news, Pete Postlethwaite died over the weekend. What a loss. He's been a household favorite here since the Sharpe series, but his other roles were all awesome, too. I was possibly the only person in the theater for Inception who clapped her hands and squealed, "It's Pete Postlethwaite," when he was first on screen. Yeah, I did that. He was too young, and I'm sad for his family and friends, and for all his fans.

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Dec. 14th, 2010

holiday madness

So, it's been one holiday event after another, everywhere, lately.
I've been to several parties, including the one at work which was actually the most fun I've ever had at an office holiday party! Plus food! The only problem with all the holiday stuff is that I am in the midst of my most urgent DEADLINES now that the rest of the office has finished theirs. (Mine always come later.) So I was actually working every minute of today when I was not partying. I did make it onto the Cork Board of Awesome in the director's office for my graphic design today, so that's excellent. It's nice to be visually represented with the department even though I have minimal contributions to print collateral.
My poor officemate, though, had to listen to me berating my computer and bewailing inaccurate pixel measurement and padding versus margin error and WHY WON'T THESE WIDTHS LINE UP CORRECTLY, etc. When I finally got it done, I exclaimed, "Oh, my god, it's perfect!" And everybody came in to look at the ruler-straight right margin I had achieved. This is my life. ;)

Tonight there's another holiday Meetup, and tomorrow, and yesterday there was one, too. Fun times indeed, except that I STILL have art deadlines and need to work on some stuff before too long.

I've been feeling really creative, though, and wanting an outlet for that. Luckily I have quilts in progress, stories in progress, and illustrations in progress so basically it's Pick My Poison every day.

I am hoping for clear skies the night of the Solstice so I can go outside and see the eclipse. I may inform work that I'll be in late, so that I can stay up for the whole thing. That will be really awesome.

In other, totally random, news, my adenium plant has grown EIGHT INCHES! And it has leaves again, after the sad sad summer of leaf loss and insect contamination. It would be amazing if it actually bloomed next year, but I'm not holding my breath. There has been no sign of buds since it recovered. My other plant is also doing well, and growing. Very exciting.

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Nov. 30th, 2010

end of semester!

Ok, I have just completed my last evening of Latin translation homework for the semester. w00t! I've had a ton of fun in class but I can't deny I will be so happy that I will have free time again. I want to draw and quilt a whole lot more in 2011.

So, things to do: stock up on band-aids. I thought I had some (I may in fact have some somewhere), but when I sliced my thumb open on the cheese grater (talent, I know) I couldn't find any. So I'm typing this with gauze taped all over my thumb.

Once the Latin Final is done, it'll be time to get my Capricorn on for the Merlin Zodiac Art Challenge. And I still have a big list of exchanges, fests, and challenges to work on.

Time for ice cream and Avatar: The Last Airbender before bed.

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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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Oct. 16th, 2010

two things, of random

- the more I watch, the more I love the music in Merlin. The show may lack essential story logic, but damn that is a fine fine soundtrack.

- newspaper really does clean glass like a dream. Thanks for the tip, Dad!

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Sep. 29th, 2010

a conversation about books... and things

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: 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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May. 15th, 2010

catching up - good, bad, plus ApolloCon Yay!

So yesterday something wonderful occurred: a family dinner, just the four of us: me, my parents, and my brother. We met up after the Scion got off work and had a great dinner at a local restaurant. It's been a long time since we had such an occasion, so I was very happy.
Then just as we were getting ready to go, the heavens opened with torrential downpours. Whee, gotta love East Texas.
Today my cousin is graduating from the University of St. Thomas, and I'll be going to her party this afternoon. I was hoping to see the ceremony on streaming video but it took me until just now to find their link. Doh. I'll have to see about watching it later.
I have tons of stuff to do this weekend, as well, and a busy schedule.

On Thursday I got lucky and attended the symphony in place of a friend who had to go out of town. That was really nice - it's always cool to go to Symphony shows.
Tomorrow I'm going to see Jane Eyre: the Musical at the Hobby Center with another friend, which I expect to be LOLtastic, although I have heard the music and it's pretty good.

Last week really sucked, mostly because of things I didn't feel comfortable blogging until they were resolved. and they live under this cut )
And of course that was totally separate from the general worry about the upcoming Hurricane Season, which promises not only to be worse in general than previous ones, but also full of nasty gross oil spill madness. Apocalypse, this summer!
Plus I've been doing a lot of reading on rape culture, sexual assault awareness, and misogyny in media, which isn't cheerful anytime.
So given that fabulousness I'm sure folks can understand why my reaction to recent Merlin fandom wankitude over the last week has been, "I can't believe you guys think this is worth this much outrage, seriously."

But I'm very happy to see some fun prompts in various prompt-collecting places, and hopefully in this month's TOTAL CRAZINESS (i.e. the last month before ApolloCon goes up) I'll find the time to draw some stuff.

Also, hey - APOLLOCON is coming! Houston's science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention is full of awesome, and I say that not just because I'm on the ConCom. ;) Weekend memberships are still available for pre-registration for $35. They'll be $40 at the door!
We'll have fun stuff this year: authors, artists, musicians, rocket scientists, LARPers, cosplayers, concerts, a dance, readings, and a FABULOUS Con Suite. Come play!

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