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Apr. 16th, 2011

AO3 fic hit count meme

Interesting... and I hadn't realized how much I had posted there. Hmm. 6 out of 17 are short Merlin fics; the rest are Harry Potter, including the my Magnum Opus in that fandom (#2 on this list).

Top ten AO3 fics by hit count:

1.Isle of Apples(BBC Merlin: Gen; Rated G) Hits: 316
Morgana reflects, long years after the end of Arthur's reign.

2. Far Away as Moonshine (Harry Potter: Draco/Luna, others; Rated R) Hits: 248
For Draco Malfoy, the war was one endless nightmare. Until Luna Lovegood gave him a reason to hope. Can he find his courage, make his luck, and become more than a pawn to those in power?

3. Elemental, word art collaboration with [personal profile] sophinisba (BBC Merlin: Gen, Rated G) Hits: 196
They bear their burdens, they struggle, they rely on each other. IMAGE HEAVY.

4. Kidnapping the King (BBC Merlin: Gen Arthur, Elena, Rated G) Hits: 141
It's up to King Arthur's friends to make sure he doesn't work too hard.

5. This is the Way the World Ends (Harry Potter: Snape/Luna, Explicit) Hits: 94
The Apocalypse, with Luna

6. Liber Artorius (BBC Merlin: Gen Arthur, Rated G) Hits: 90
From the journal of Arthur Pendragon, Prince of Camelot

7. Home for Christmas (Harry Potter: Ron/Hermione/Harry, Rated G) Hits: 77
An Advent drabble

8. A Charming Wreath (Harry Potter: Draco/Luna, Rated PG) Hits: 76
Professor Malfoy discovers a prank left on his office door.

9. The Naming of Names (Harry Potter: Draco/Luna, Rated G) Hits: 73
A quiet moment at Hogwarts for Professor Malfoy and his wife.

10. In Two Words (Harry Potter: Draco/Luna, OC, Rated PG-13) Hits: 72
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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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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. 8th, 2011

Merlin Fandom Love Meme

So I just spent some quality time here, and figured I should actually post it.
Merlin Anon Love Meme


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Dec. 14th, 2010

15 in 15

This one is: 15 fictional characters who have influenced you / you will never forget, first 15 you can think of in 15 minutes or less.

characters to remember )
Well, that was very interesting! The timer makes it quite an adventure!
I may come back and list sources later, if they aren't obvious.

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Nov. 23rd, 2010

it's a meme!

I will write a drabble for the first few commenters to request one. In return, they have to post this in their journal (if they want). You may request the character and/or the pair for the following fandoms: BBC's Merlin, Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender
I'll write any pairing, but I reserve the right to choose the rating. :)

Not setting a firm number, but if I get overwhelmed with prompts (hahaha) I'll edit to close the meme.

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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. 22nd, 2010

Returning to the Top Fives

From Emily: Top Five Things I've Made (with pictures!) All images are clickable.

1. Victorianna (aka My First Doll). I bought the pattern at the Houston Quilt Festival when I was 13 or 14, and made the thing by myself. I taught myself how to use a curved quilting needle, Mom helped me learn how to tea-dye muslin, and I had a lot of adventures with sewing yarn, stuffing, and finishing. The doll pattern comes as a "boudoir" doll, with sewn-on undies, and you can buy several dress patterns from her. Some are fancy Victorian-style things, some are clever transformations of traditional quilt patterns. I did make her a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" dress and apron, but I don't know where they are off the top of my head.
Victorianna Doll

2. Wedding Quilt: Michelle and Andy. This was a collaboration between me and Shelley, and it took four years to finish because we were horrible procrastinators and then we had to shuttle it back and forth between us. Once the top was done, I took it home and eventually did all the finishing, quilted it and put little crystals all over. This was my first time working with: printer fabric sheets; wedge-cut circular piecing (which was hard and involved a hell of a lot of precise math and careful measurement); heat-bonding crystals; free-motion quilting. The writing you can see is from the day of their wedding - we did have the top finished just enough to get it there and have the guests sign it. It all had to be taken apart and redone eventually, but it got done!
<Full quilt before finishing edges
(I can't believe I don't have a photo of the finished version! Here's one of it in situ at Chez Michelle and Andy in Ithaca.)

3. Girl in a Headscarf, prismacolor on paper. This was my first project using Prismacolor Pencils. I took a course at Rice Continuing Studies with a very awesome teacher, and chose a gorgeous photo released under Creative Commons licensing to render. I used a grid method to get the image onto the paper, and then colored very carefully. :) This one currently hangs in my office.
Finished and Framed

4. Canterbury in Colors, watercolor on paper. I did this in my watercolor class at the Art League of Houston. I loved that class, and it's kind of a toss-up between this piece and the one of the girl in a chair. I find the Canterbury painting so appealing, though, plus it's based on one of my own photographs. I plan to make an art quilt out of it. This one is framed and hanging next to my door at home.
A Street in Canterbury

5. Wedding Quilt: Lisa and Tim. (Do you see a pattern in my quilt-making? LOL.) This is my first really finished pieced art quilt. I had done one earlier than this of Professor Snape for a fellow Harry Potter fan, but that was based around a print on fabric of one of my illustrations, so it doesn't count in the same way. For Godzilla, I pieced and appliqued the whole thing together and then did shaped quilting to emphasize form and line. And Godzilla's back spikes are actually 3-D. Mom found a great skyline fabric to use on the back so it could be linked to New York, as well. I really enjoyed the shopping for this - Lisa and Tim got some really exciting novelty fabrics. (And they were really enthusiastic when they opened the package, too!)
finished quilt

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Aug. 27th, 2010

Top 5s: Places, Movies, Snupin Stuff

Ok, this is me caught up on my Latin homework (for the moment) and continuing the Top 5 Meme.  I'm going to try to knock out several in one block this time.  I am saving the crafty / art ones until I have the time to actually sit with my various sites and portfolios and things.  Plus I took photos of the first sophisticated doll I ever made, when I was 14, for Emily's Top 5, so I'll have to post those before I can do that one.
Also, I have a shoebox full of photos from my high school trips abroad and my college years - those are going to be scanned soon and posted to Flickr.  So watch out, college buddies. (I admit there are a few folks I wish I could airbrush out, but I will maintain the integrity of the photos.) 

from [personal profile] glockgal

Top 5 places you've visited (and loved) )

Top 5 things you do to stop being bored
1. Read fanfiction.
2. Draw something.
3. Start a crafty project
4. Grab a beloved book off the shelf to re-read.
5. Start organizing my apartment. 

from [profile] dizilla
top 5 favorite sci-fi movies (or if not enough, fantasy too) -- Oh, Diz, I could do five of each!  And in fact, I think I will! 

Top 5 Science Fiction Movies )
Top 5 Fantasy Movies )
Top 5 Snupin Kinks/Cliches )

Also, I thought of a woman to add to my favorite characters list: Philippa Somerville from the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett.  In fact, most of the women in the Lymond Chronicles are rockin' awesome, with Sybilla right up there after Philippa. I still haven't finished the Niccolo books, I have got to get on that.

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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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Aug. 18th, 2010

Top 5 Lists: Round 1: Politicians

So, [profile] forg asked me for my Top 5 Politicians.  Gee, don't start me off easy or anything.  ;)

I am going to place a few limits on this list, just for clarity and also because otherwise I would have gone crazy. These are currently or recently active politicians, within the last decade at least. You know that if I'd opened this up to the dead, Cicero would go right to the top, right?  Anyhow...  With the caveat that every politician I've ever heard of has at one point or another done something to piss me off, here's a list for you:

#1: Senfronia Thompson, rocking the Texas House of Representatives since 1972. She is the longest-serving woman, and longest-serving African-American in the Texas Legislature. She has been fighting the good fight on behalf of women, children, the disenfranchised, working Texans, etc for a while, and is a pretty inspiring speaker. She famously gave a blistering speech in opposition to the anti-same-sex marriage amendment, denouncing the measure as bigotry. You tell 'em, Senfronia!

The next two aren't really ranked one over the other. They are connected, and both are pretty cool.
#2: Antanas Mockus, mayor of Bogotá, twice - once 1995-1997 and once 2001-2003.
#3: Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá, 1998-2001.
These two mayors were part of a tremendous change in urban living in Bogotá, and used creative and ground-breaking techniques to improve the city for all its residents.  They improved public safety, infrastructure, and traffic efficiency. Peñalosa was interviewed in Ode Magazine about the changes wrought in Bogotá and his work on city planning after his term in office.  (Both Peñalosa and Mockus considered a run for president. Mockus ran this year to a runoff with the eventual victor.) Mockus was a guest speaker at the DeLange Conference here on Rice campus when the topic was Transforming the Metropolis: Creating Sustainable and Humane Cities.

#4: Dennis Kucinich, the only presidential candidate I ever felt was worth my wholehearted support. He currently serves in the House of Representatives for Ohio and continues to be one of the few leaders in that body who show consistent integrity in their decisions.

#5: Barbara Boxer, serving in the Senate for California. She has a good record on many issues close to my heart.

Now that I've closed up the five, I just want to make another shout-out to Senfronia Thompson, because she is just that awesome.  Yay!

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Aug. 16th, 2010


My quest is to post more... in that spirit, I shall open up the journals to:

The Top 5 Things Meme:
Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or ranty or personal or silly. :D And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments).

If anybody bites, I shall answer in a new post, thereby achieving my goal of semi-regular posting!

And while I'm here, should I do the "30 Days of Books Meme"?  The 30 days are almost guaranteed not to be consecutive, but I could try.  Several of my friends are doing it and it does actually look interesting... while also being impossible.  Favorite book? Who can answer that kind of question?
Here is the link to the book meme:

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May. 14th, 2010

Icon Squee Meme

Here's the meme as I got it from <user="sophinisba">
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

(These icons are all from my LiveJournal account - yes, each account has a separate, somewhat overlapping, set.)

This is a photo I took of a lotus flower at Longwood Gardens in the Philadelphia area. I was visiting with my goddaughter and her parents, and the evening light was so amazing that it made even my crappy snapshots look like fine art. The lotus flower has special spiritual significance to me, so I was especially glad to get so many nice shots.

Ok, so I have this slight obsession with the Apocalypse, and it's many associated mythologies. I love stories, and especially stories about the End of All Things, or about Cataclysms that come close to total destruction. I dunno, I also like villains in the movies.  Just a weird quirk.  So this quote paired with an image from that particular episode of Doctor Who was very appealing.  [icon by [ profile] masquerade_arts
This is a sketch I drew for my portfolio site way back in the Dark Ages, although it's still there.  The site is woefully out-of-date and begs for a clean-up, but I doubt I'll have time to address it anytime soon.  Anyway, I have this other obsession with hippos.  It's a  family thing. My parents collected them, I adopted the quirk, I have tons of hippo stuff and find the animals pretty awesome, as well.  Not to mention ridiculously cute. Look at that face!  I especially love the blue faience hippos of Ancient Egypt, by which this sketch is influenced. Whenever I go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I have to visit William the Hippo in the Egypt Galleries. I know exactly where his case is.  :)
LOL, I'd forgotten about this.  I have a lot of Luna Lovegood art, and a lot of fic, too.  She's my favorite character from Harry Potter and I tend to give her a lot of different futures, depending on my mood.  She has great potential.  This particular icon of her is from a piece I did for hump_day_smut, on the theme of "Luna", and enabled me to use the pun-tastic title: "Luna is a Harsh Mistress".  The full art at that link is VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK, featuring full frontal male nudity and bondage, Luna/Draco/Neville.  
I loved John Cho in the new Star Trek, and this is the perfect silly geeky icon for those moments when I am being ridiculous or pedantic or both, or when somebody I know has been AWESOME (which happens a lot. I feel lucky to know so many awesome people.)  [icon by virtuosities]
Oh, Mr. Darcy. I probably wouldn't love you nearly as much without Colin Firth to pave the way, because seriously, you're kind of an ass.  But then again Lizzie's not exactly nice either.  In any case, I love the humorous contradiction between the words and the character, and it usually gets a laugh from fans of the miniseries.  [ icon by [ profile] iconzicons

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Dec. 2nd, 2009

wednesday stuff

[info]glockgal has started a meme for fanartists to share the love. my fanart meme entry

It's really cold here, which is weird. And I've discovered that I'm kind of unprepared, so I'd best go pick up some things before the end of the month when I go to Philadelphia.
By the way, northeast folks - I'm going to be in Philadelphia for the end of the year. I'll probably have a day or an afternoon to meet with locals if you're in the area. Give me a call or drop me a line.

Good lord, I have less than a month before I leave.  Eek eek eek.

Art is proceeding well, but as usual my list of projects keeps growing ahead of my ability to finish anything.

Writing not proceeding so well, but slow is ok as long as it gets done.

Austin this weekend for SMOFCon, then next weekend is the election and then the next weekend is meeting and parties and when exactly was I hoping to get anything done again?  Hmm.

Still making my way through Doctor Who, although I took some time to listen to the three episode commentaries on the Volume 1 DVD of Merlin Series 2.  Interesting.  I wish those DVDs could include deleted scenes, even (perhaps especially) ones played out against CGI stand-ins or greenscreen.  It would be so interesting. Plus we might see some of the characters that appear to have gotten pretty short shrift in the show as aired. (Hi, Morgana!)

Right, gotta make art now.

Oct. 24th, 2009

ART: His Father's Throne (Arthur/Merlin, NC-17)

More quick meme art...

His Father's Throne
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: NC-17
Fandom: BBC's Merlin
Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Summary/Notes: Er, I suppose after all my kinky HP art saying this one kinda squicked me seems bizarre, but I surely hesitated before posting.  Drawn fast for [info]cherrybina's Merlin Rimming Meme Also, the throne is based on the super fancy one in the S2 trailer images from episode 2x07, I think? The Witchfinder one. It may have been featured before, but I don't recall.
Kinks/Warnings: Rimming, magical bondage

explicit art under the cut )

ART: Morgana's Maid (Gwen/Morgana, NC-17)

Got some quick meme art...

Morgana's Maid
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: NC-17
Fandom: BBC's Merlin
Characters: Morgana/Gwen
Summary/Notes: Er, I suppose after all my kinky HP art saying this one kinda squicked me seems bizarre, but I surely hesitated before posting.  Drawn fast for [info]cherrybina's Merlin Rimming Meme, and also posted as a kink meme fill.
Kinks/Warnings: Rimming

explicit art under cut )

Dec. 1st, 2008

December already?

So, er, yeah. I'm still here, still doing stuff, getting behind on the writing but all caught up on the art at last. Looking forward to traveling at the end of the month although I will need to stock up on Airborne for the trip. Egads, it looks cold up there.
Thanksgiving was a festival of drinking, eating, movies, games, cleaning, sorting, drawing, reading, and lazing about. There was also some unfortunate GI distress, which has prompted me to make an appointment to discuss the pharmaceutical option with my doctor. Ever since he ran down the typical symptoms, I've been noticing ones that I hadn't really connected with IBS before. Plus I can't eat anything, it seems, without a lot of discomfort.
We're doing the Food Plan again so we didn't actually make Thanksgiving foods at home, and partook of them sparingly at my aunt's. I am trying to be more diligent about the food diary. With sickness came the inevitable holiday depression, although thankfully that didn't last too long. Somehow I have in my head that achieving a certain level of crafty productivity will mean I never feel depressed again. But experience shows that no matter how many works of art I produce, I will still occasionally be sad. Such is life.
Mom and I watched her favorite reality TV program yesterday: Smart People Doing Real Stuff. The NASA Channel had live radio and video feeds from Mission Control and the cockpit as the shuttle landed. It was pretty cool.
Now that all of my anonymous exchange art is turned in for the next month and a half, I hope to do some work that I can post free and clear, as well as participate in various December writing games, and of course I have a quilt to make. Need to print the photos for that. And find the final important design element to print and applique. It's something very specific, but that has many variations, so I will probably be scouring various sources for a good one. (And I'm hoping that part of it, at least, will be a surprise, as it is a gift.)
And here, since it's December: a meme about Christmas.
Hey, I can start playing my Holiday Playlist now! w00t!

Christmas meme )

Oct. 29th, 2008

no on prop 8

So the meme going around is that you post if you are part of a heterosexual marriage or plan to be. I'm not married, with no plans to be, and no real drive to be either.
But I am an interfaith minister who loves to perform weddings, and I think that legal marriage should be available for every couple. I think that the legal institution should be distinct from any spiritual or religious ceremony, and that the two should not be related, really, at all, unless the couple wishes it so. The legal rights of a marriage are different from spiritual union in any tradition. Let them stand apart.
Seriously, there should be no religious litmus test for the idea of marriage. The idea that one particular group has a monopoly on the definition is disturbing, especially in the United States. My feelings on separation of church and state are pretty clear, and run deep on this and other matters.
(Have I mentioned that I also want to abolish the offices of the Chaplains of the two Houses of Congress?)
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Oct. 22nd, 2008


Egads, I am a monster )

Oct. 8th, 2008

in short

1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post The Controversial Survey?


I think this may be one of the most ridiculous sets of questions I've ever read, not to mention having such an incredible bias. This was written by someone who has an agenda to push, and I don't like the idea of helping them push it.

If anyone has any actual controversial questions that they would like to ask me (the answers to which are not self-evident based on my journal to date), the comment field is open.

(Also, personal pet peeve regarding this particular meme: read the National Flag Code, mystery author!)

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