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Dec. 31st, 2012

Art Master List

Even though I have tags like wow, I am constructing a Master List as so many other folks have. 

Wow, this is a long long long list. When appropriate, I have clustered by pairing rather than listing by date.

semi-organized list of stuff )

For the record, my art is ok to use for icons with proper attribution.

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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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. 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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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. 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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Aug. 4th, 2011

Thursday at the Tea House

So I'm sitting at this Tea House out in the city, and the tea is awful (it's a bubble tea place - I had no idea you couldn't get regular tea here), but the company is nice. Katy and I are supposed to be writing. Well, you can see how well that's working out for me so far.

Actually, I have made some progress on the story. I know now that there's a dark secret between the Magician and the Envoy, and that the Handmaid knows much more than she lets on. The Captain is caught up in repairs and investigations of sabotage, made worse by the presence of Imperially well-connected civilian passengers. It seems like there's something there to work with. I just haven't figured out what the real story is yet.

I have big plans for art projects, as usual, but this time I may have more opportunity to get them done. I'm looking for ideas of Awesome Ladies of Science to make a series. I really want to do something with Astrid Farnsworth, and with Dana Scully, and Ellie from Contact, and maybe Madame Curie while I'm at it. Other ideas? I'm willing to stretch to some fandoms I am not familiar with, within reason and with sufficient science awesomeness (and preferably a character with more than token screen time). (And I do mean Science, not just general Action Hero Amazingness. That will be a different series. And I am going to be choosy with lady doctors - not all of them will pass my bar of Science Awesomeness, ok?)

(Should I include my list so far?)

In other fandom news, my love for Dr. Stephen Maturin continues strong through HMS Surprise, during which he and Jack have the MOST ENTERTAINING CONVERSATION:

Stephen said, 'Have you ever contemplated upon sex, my dear?'
'Never,' said Jack. 'Sex has never entered my mind, at any time.'


I laughed out loud when I read that line. Just in general, Stephen is awesome. I did miss that in the film, that in order to go with the naval battle adventure, they had to cut so much of Stephen's awesomeness. I like Jack, too, and feel he was better cast in the film, but they're both a bit too fit and healthy, if you ask me.

Katy and I have been thinking we should have a Hot Regency Guys movie marathon, during which we would screen portions of Sharpe, Hornblower, Master and Commander, Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth and Matthew Macfayden versions), and maybe Sense and Sensibility. I'm sure we could find some locals who could get behind such an event.

I've also been re-inspired to work on my Ancient Afghan Princess painting, which had been languishing in the WIP folder for a while. I credit the inspiration to a gorgeous photo shoot with Freema Agyeman that scrolled across my tumblr a few days ago. Thank you, mysterious Doctor Who reblogger! (The initial inspiration was the "Afghan Gold" exhibition of artifacts at the MFAH.)

Hopefully I'll be able to do some of that digitally. I'm hampered in my digital work by the loaner tablet I'm using. Since I don't have the correct drivers, it's a bit frustrating, but it works well enough to finish my in-progress stuff. I just don't think I could really sketch with it at all. My beloved Intuos4 is somewhere in Washington state, hopefully in a queue to be repaired. I miss you, baby!

Until then, I'm thinking I may try some work with colored pencil and watercolor again, plus I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with Stewart Gill fabric paint on muslin. (Wash fabric thoroughly before painting, though - uneven sizing makes for an interesting application experience.)

Ok, I've procrastinated enough for tonight. I should be writing.

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Jul. 16th, 2011

Saturday

Brief updates:

- Work deadline got away from me, with the result that the last few days at the office were frantic with updates, and we barely got our stuff done. I have a long list of rushed items for next week as well. Fun times.

- Difficulties with having a dynastic name: people looking for my brother on Facebook often friend my dad instead. Is it wrong that I find that hilarious?

- So so so addicted to more fanfic. Holy cow. X-men fanfic is eating my life. In the best way. Also, my obsession with mpreg has successfully translated from Harry Potter fandom. What is wrong with me. ;)

- Went to a preview showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and it was AWESOME. I need to go back again. I have a few nits to pick about it, and one big issue of an internal logic hole, but on the whole it was amazing and such a beautiful experience. The audience was not totally fans, so when I squealed and clapped I had a few companions but not as many as I had when watching the movies at Cons. Also, I ♥ Neville.

- My nonprofit corporation obligations are increasing, bringing with them a slew of committee meetings. This will hopefully lead to some great things for the organization, but it is definitely something that I will have to adjust to in my schedule.

- Except for the illustrations for my paperlegends big bang, I am frustrated by art. I am incredibly inspired lately, but stymied by my own ability, not only with art in general but with the software and digital techniques in particular. Big Bangs have a separate category for me, since they are so often done with extreme time limits - working at marathon fast-paint settings loosens some of my internal critic's stress, and allows me to produce without too much angst. I think I need to try some other prompts or subject matter, after this big bang is done. I may take a break from fan art, even though that means that I'll probably get even less community feedback. (boo.) Just to try to push some skill envelopes.

- Writing? What writing? At least the writers' meetup has been going well.

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Jul. 13th, 2011

progress

Made a bit more progress with the Big Bang art. Have lots of meetings to look forward to this month. Most of them related to the nonprofit corp, but some others.
Meet-ups were great. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group has EXPLODED with new members. It's kind of awesome.
Tomorrow is Harry Potter - I'm definitely looking forward to it. I may even wear my hat, if I remember to bring it with me to work. I have to leave extremely promptly so I have time to eat before the 6:30 show. I love preview showings. ;)

Reading SO MUCH X-men fanfic, with a few Merlin binges thrown in, and some nostalgic Harry Potter revisits. It's been fun.
Recs, anyone? Especially X-men rarepairs, by which I mean Alex/Armando. Ahem.

Must it be true that if one is having a steampunk submarine adventure, there must at some point be a giant tentacled sea monster? Just checking.

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May. 26th, 2011

stuff, things, travel

So I find myself suddenly traveling to Nashville for a conference next week. Anybody know any good places to visit if I have downtime? I've only really ever driven through on my way somewhere else, taking time to visit the Parthenon and not much besides. I shall be there on weekdays.

This comes at an interesting time of year for me, since we are gearing up for ApolloCon the last weekend in June. (Houston's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Convention, full of awesome! I'm in the Art Show, too. Come on down!)

Work = Intense as well. Fun, but intense. We've got some stuff going on. :)

Art is progressing. I'm thinking that one of my challenge entries is going to involve major angst, and Colin Morgan's face just lends itself to that so well. I'll have to find some cute fic to get me through it all. LOL.
I've been contemplating fic writing, too. Although I must have a rule that I make progress on my original fic (I can pretend I'm writing fanfic for it, right?) before I indulge.

Speaking of fic, I am almost at the point in my BSG viewing where it will be safe for me to announce that I would like to read all the Adama/Roslin fic in the land. I may also have to create a very belated reaction post to the end of the series, as everyone I know has lately reiterated to me just how badly the show ends.

I have several Dreamwidth invite codes if anybody wants one, by the way.

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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'. :)
IMG_5535
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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Apr. 25th, 2011

long time, no post

I have really dropped the ball here - not even a Card of the Day for a while!
I've been enjoying life, though - family gatherings, game playing, eating and drinking out, bar trivia, meeting the new cat ) (possible name: Greebo), taking care of my car, and not doing any art or writing. I am trying to get the writing done now, but it's hard going. Rar.
I saw the first episode of Game of Thrones, and will probably catch up on the rest with On Demand or something next month. Saw the premiere of Doctor Who on BBC America and was amazed, bewildered, and enchanted once again. Ogled spoileriffic photos from the set of Merlin as well. Yay!
I really have to focus, though, because things are happening that are on a schedule. First there's the wedding next weekend (you all know how much I love marrying people!), for which I must finish up the script. Then there's ApolloCon coming up very soon, and making sure I have all the materials ready for that. (If you're in Houston for the last weekend in June, come on by! We're awesome!)
Also coming up: Art Car Parade! w00t!

angsting about art )

Today I am concentrating on the writing, hopefully sometime this week I can go back and look at the art WIPs with a slightly more optimistic attitude.

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Mar. 27th, 2011

a change in plans...

Well, our Menil Collection field trip will have to wait for another day. This time, tragic circumstances forced a shift: a death in Hillary's family caused all activity to move to getting her packed up to be picked up by her parents to fly to Chicago for the services.

I went over the ancestral homestead to give out hugs and generally be on hand, and brought with me the third Star Wars prequel, which we finished shortly before Hillary's parents arrived. I like it, but as I told Hillary, I tend to root for the Sith. So.

While I was there watching the movie I made some progress on Amidala:
More details

I'm still working tonight, too.
After we sent Hillary off, Peter joined us for dinner, which was fun. We talked of many things (including Peter's sending us all into hysterics with a randomly inserted line from M*A*S*H), and ate delicious things. So, the weekend was different from expected, but still ok.

ETA: this is the current version:
More work on the veil

What color do you think for the background and blanket, flist? My initial plan was to have purples and reds in the background (that's the pre-cursor to the Rebellion insignia on the wall), and a dark teal/blue blanket. But perhaps I should keep with the limited palette I've established, make the blanket something in the warmer range, and make the back wall a sun-ray effect, except for the red emblem.

Ponder ponder ponder. Perhaps I'll play with photoshop later to compare ideas.

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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.

IMG_5417
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.

Yay!

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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Mar. 24th, 2011

crash and burn

I'm declaring this evening done. After being uninspired for my glomp fest entry, I did some work on it and brought it up to a level I thought I could live with, figuring I could tweak it later. Then Painter crashed, and I realized that (as always when I have a crash) I hadn't saved in FAR TOO LONG. I lost basically the entire re-edit.

I suppose that wasn't actually the illustration style I need to use for that piece. Rar.

Now I'm thinking I should just go read or something until bedtime. No point starting something else with this kind of emotional stress in play.

If only work were easing up, but although I feel very good about the work and my progress, there's just SO MUCH, and I have a vacation-imposed deadline for some of it.

I've painted my fingernails blue. It looks really silly, given how little of fingernail there is, but perhaps the bright color in the corner of my eye will be a deterrent to biting, or something. Yum, stress.

Ok, time to go look at something that's not a computer screen for a while.

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Mar. 22nd, 2011

adorable little sister and other news

Baby sister Gabi:
Gabi in the grassGabi at rest
How cute is she? SO CUTE!
I had to take my car to get the headlight replaced, and since the dealership is close to the ancestral homestead, I spent the afternoon doing a bit of light "work from home", listening to the wind chimes on the patio, and photographing the puppy.
She was very excited to see me - family claim this is because of the Full Moon, but Gabi is just like that. She was very sad when Dad left for a work trip, though. She must hate that luggage, it means her best buddy is going to be gone for a while.

So, yeah, my car. Poor darling filthy Lila is really in need of a bath and some paint touch-up, but the thing I visited for was the headlight. It took two hours to get the news that yes, it was a headlight bulb and not a computer glitch, and another two hours to get the thing replaced. (What kind of vehicle is constructed such that you have to remove the front bumper to put in a light bulb? Geez, Toyota.) Although the process took forever, I do like the guys at the Service Dept of the dealership, so that's nice.
I will have to take her back for her full check-up and inspection next month after the expenses settle.

I am planning to enter the Art Show at ApolloCon 2011, and need to get my slate of stuff together. I'm not sure of the audience there for my stuff, but I don't enter to sell things, really, just to do it and say that I did. I think that if I finish the gnomes, and the Star Wars art, and maybe do something else Star Wars related, I could furnish a pretty good variety on the panel. (I am definitely including my portrait of Sir Leon, even if nobody knows who he is. He's too awesome not to showcase.)

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Mar. 20th, 2011

Wackiness

So, briefly:

- Went to the MFAH to see the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists on loan from Washington, DC. It was pretty neat, but to be honest I was museum-ed out by the end of the exhibit and it wasn't even that big. The parental units were equally done so we went for dinner. Once again, I was denied carrot cake - Boo. I'm starting to think that it's something Barnaby's puts on the menu to taunt unwary diners.

- I'm working on some non-Merlin, non-HP art. I know, weird. I've got an expanded piece based on a ConceptArt.org Character of the Week assignment: fantasy races employed in the modern world. I am drawing D&D style gnomes as mechanics. Punk mechanics. With a Vespa. I've also now got a Star Wars Prequel Fix-it piece coming along of Padme and baby Leia.

- I am exploring the idea of using my Tumblr as a vehicle for my art. We'll see how that works out.

Other stuff is happening, but it's all in meatspace so far, and it's pretty good. Maybe I'll get into it in another post.

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Feb. 15th, 2011

WIP meme

Ganked from a few places.
Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

Also, people have WIP folders? ;) I certainly don't. These are just lying around in other folders.

Well, hm.
Art WIPs )

Writing WIPs )

Too bad I don't have file names for the crafts in progress. ;)

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Feb. 13th, 2011

Home with new toy

So, I made it home from San Antonio after a very fun conference and a brief stop at the Alamo and at El Mercado to have lunch at Mi Tierra restaurant. (Well worth the hype, IMO, and also a family tradition.)

Here is the required photo op:
In front of the Alamo
I think I will go get my hair cut today. Egads.

Also resident at the Alamo, which I had forgotten or perhaps never seen, beautiful giant koi fish:
Giant koi at the Alamo. Gorgeous!

Yesterday I visited the ancestral homestead to pick up my new smartphone (purple, already be-stickered), so expect me to become a head-down drone during all important interactions for a while now. :P He really is very cool, and I am very happy with him so far. (I think, as he is purple and has an Egyptian lotus sticker on his back, I will call him after the god of the lotus, Nefertem.)

I also got to have dinner with Donna and Jon and the little ones, who are very entertaining. (And were forgiving of my smartphone obsession.) We watched Star Wars, Episode I, which is Lando's current favorite, and it was actually not terrible to watch. Lando is a very enthusiastic Padawan learner, with his own lightsaber and everything. Watching with kids really makes you view these films in different ways.
As long as I didn't listen to any of the dialogue, it was great, and Liam Neeson was awesome! Donna and I had a whole conversation about the AU where Qui Gon lives and Obi-Wan doesn't fuck everything up with Anakin. It was awesome!

Today's card: Temperance from the Gaian Tarot.
Key 14: Temperance, Gaian Tarot )
In her description of this card, Joanna mentions specifically that it is a card beloved by and created for artists. It is a card of mixing and making, of creative solutions to problems and cooperation among disparate elements. I'd like to think that Temperance creates great energies in my life all the time, both spiritually and socially. I hope also that she watches over my creativity to keep me from becoming too predictable, or stuck in any ruts.

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