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. 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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May. 11th, 2009

snarry games

Well, it's official. I'm a Snitch.
In true comic timing, my tablet pen has given up the ghost.  I decided to use the excuse to update my entire Intuos set up. The new one is in the mail.
I am in intimidating company, so I shall have to give some thought to how best to use my time to get some really compelling work done for the team.

2009 SNARRY GAMES - Team Snitch vs. Team Cauldron!

Mar. 2nd, 2009

writers and artists - fun times ahead!

Jan. 25th, 2009

Elizabeth Bennet v. Zombie Apocalypse

OMG, [info]libba_bray posted about this and I WANT ONE!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The awesomeness knows no bounds - especially note the info about the illustrations. w00t!

Jan. 6th, 2009

Teeny Tiny Snape

Teeny Tiny Snape for Keri
Originally uploaded by relentlesstoil.
Look what my friend Keet made for me!
He's keeping Luna company on my office desk now.


She has an Etsy store full of these (not Snape, but cute little dolls) over here.

Oct. 27th, 2008

ART: Burning Love Triptych for snarry_games (NC-17)

The Burning Love Triptych at [info]snarry_games (locked to the comm, featuring comments)
[Edited to add the art on my site, 12/16/08]

Title: The Burning Love Triptych (Wizarding, ca. 21st century)
Artist: [info]zephre
Team: Dragon
Genre(s): Romance
Prompt(s): Return to Me, Rebirth
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: NC-17; Drag mouse over space if you wish to know: * Character Death (and resurrection) *
Artist's Notes/Thank yous: Thanks to my ever-helpful teammates who brainstormed and advised. And thanks to the Sufi poet Rumi and his translators, whose work runs around the borders of each image.
Media used: Photoshop

The Daily Prophet, July 31, 2498: The discovery of a new artifact rocked the Wizarding World this week: a triptych offering new insight into one of the most intriguing relationships to come out of the Second Voldemort War.

see the artifact )

Aug. 26th, 2008

hey, I got in!

Very excited to be in the [info]snarry_games this year.
It's going to be intense and awesome, I'm sure.

Of course, after our squeeing and encouraging and all, it seems fated that [info]venturous and I would end up on opposing teams.  Hee.  *smooches Ven*
It's also somehow entirely appropriate, after spending years and years role-playing Pernese dragonriders, that I'm working with Team Dragon! Yay!

(I have something like a constitutional objection to using super fancy fonts and massive graphics in my posts - occupational hazard - but perhaps just for this I'll end up using a header. ;) )

Now to put away my great squeeing over Snusa (which is awesome!) and work on this stuff.  I have all of October to worry about my later fest deadlines.  Hee.

Aug. 20th, 2008

ART: No Wall Remains (Snape/Luna PG-13)

I've posted my first contribution to [info]hp_tarot's Round Three.

Title: No Wall Remains
Artist: [info]zephre
Type: Art
Main character or Pairing: Severus Snape/Luna Lovegood
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Fictional artistic depiction of characters created by JK Rowling for fan enjoyment w/o profit.
Warnings:  canon blood/gore
Summary: This should be pretty self-explanatory
Cards Drawn/Interpretation: A 7-card spread (which I have applied a bit out of order):
The Lovers: Choice - Dilemma - Attraction - Union
Five of Cups: Dejection - Disappointment over past events - Failure to see what is there
Six of Wands: Victory - Triumph - Honor - Celebration
Four of Swords: Withdrawal - Recovery - Solitude
Eight of Wands: Movement - Advancing - Change
Nine of Swords: Suffering - Violence - Nightmare
King of Pentacles: Wealth - Ego - Sensuality - Business Acumen - Earthly Gifts
Artist Notes: Thanks to beta commenters [info]venturous1, [info]melfinatheblue, [info]dianamoon and cheerleader [info]lore. The title is inspired by a love poem by Rumi that I felt appropriate to this pairing and this story. Text of the poem under the cut. (It's short.)

No Wall Remains )

full image below cut )

Aug. 15th, 2008

hats, cosplay, crafts

The lovely woman who made the hat I wore at Portus has a new web site up:


She's got some good stuff, if you want to take a gander!

Jul. 9th, 2008

Less than a week to go on livelongnmarry

I realize that given the nature of auctions, there will probably be a flurry of action toward the very end, but bidding does end in less than a week. So here is a re-post of my stuff before I depart for Portus and a much more limited net presence.

For LJ's livelongnmarry fandom auction for marriage equality:

Offer: Digital Portrait (with single print)
Offer: Digital Portrait (with single print) II

Jul. 8th, 2008

this is really lovely

I didn't really pay attention to this when it first surfaced, but a good non-fandom friend of mine sent me the link yesterday and damn if this isn't a wonderful speech.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement : Harvard Magazine:
J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.

May. 13th, 2008

ART: Love Triptych ([info]hp_beholder reveal)

[info]hp_beholder reveals have gone up, so I can let everyone know that I drew this one for [info]florence_craye
And I got a lovely fic as a gift, Quite Some Time Since by [info]mindabbles!  W00t! It's got some great Augusta Longbottom/Pomona Sprout love, so you should all read it.

Title: Love Triptych: Mature, Young, Giant
Artist: [info]zephre
Rating: PG
Characters: Elphias Doge/Irma Pince; Millicent Bulstrode/Hermione Granger; Olympe Maxime/Rubeus Hagrid
Warnings: pumpkin as cocktail glass. ;)

snapshots of three courtships )

Mar. 14th, 2008

wacky new toy

Art Blog Community

My Tegaki E Art Entries

Mar. 8th, 2008

The Neglected Weasley...

I have a feeling that nobody on my flist will be seeing this for the first time, but I'm playing so I'm pimpin'.

artwork by [info]reallyreally, banner by [info]swtalmnd

Mar. 7th, 2008

March Challenge at Writing Rocks!

The March Challenge at Writing Rocks is going on right now, and it's Post Secret!


Write something using the cards at Post Secret each week, and see how other folks respond to the prompts on the boards.

Writing Rocks!
(which is not to be confused with Wrock or Wizard Rock, which also rocks but in a totally different way.)

Check it out!

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