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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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Feb. 9th, 2011

professional conference + karaoke = ?

So I'm at this professional marketing conference for folks in Continuing and Professional Education, and as part of the programming for this evening a consulting company is hosting karaoke. As I type this, a gaggle of marketing professionals are doing the Electric Slide in the 4th floor lobby of the convention center.
Yeah, so my boss dared me to sing, and I got called right after a really talented guy did Queen's Little Thing Called Love and he was a smash hit (and could actually sing). So I have to follow that, with "Human" by The Killers.
I sing this all the time in my car, but what karaoke makes me realize is that A) I have no ear for pitch; B) I don't know the timing without the singer to do it with me. I did some aside about being nervous, and being a dancer not a singer, and I had a table of very enthusiastic fans up near the front, so that was fun. And I got kudos from the folks in the audience, because I think that everybody else who has gone up has some connection with the organizers of the convention. ;)
I am just happy to make a fool of myself in public. ;)
My boss gave me a standing ovation and our table thanked me for representing them so they wouldn't have to get up themselves. LOL.

Ok, now some folks have gotten up to dance while a girl sings "I Will Survive" on stage. Some of these dancers are really awesome!

Best. Conference. Ever. ROFL!

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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. 10th, 2010

Latin for fun and profit

LOL, the medieval story we got to translate in class was HILARIOUS: guy kills enemy, makes a cup out of enemy's skull, marries enemy's daughter, delights in giving daughter the cup and inviting her to have a drink with dear ole dad, daughter plots and kills the guy. Fun times with barbarians!
And now, guess what?

We're reading GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH, you guys. A story about HENGIST.  LOLZ forever.

Ahem. Yeah, I can be serious.  Someday. There are tales of SPACE: IT'S REALLY BIG! \o/ plus cute baby elephants, the biker invasion of Galveston Island, airport delays with bonus beagle action, and an XTREME QUILT SHOW experience to be blogged, maybe.  Eventually.  Some of the photos are on Flickr already.


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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. 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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Jul. 2nd, 2009


I have this unfinished WIP that was really close to my heart - and still is, in its way, and I'm wondering now whether or not to finish it.  It's a one-shot featuring Harry and  Luna, in my Far Away as Moonshine ''verse, which I love to pieces despite the extreme rarepair-ness of it.  :P

I also have a bunch of prompts to fulfill for my now-defunct but still inspiring table on Luna.
Haven't been feeling the writing bug lately, but now that my ApolloCon stress is mostly done for the year, and I'm gearing up for Azkatraz, HP is back on the brain. (And I just can't do fic for Merlin yet. It took me years to work up to it in HP, maybe someday.)

To write, or not to write? Maybe I'll just keep drawing...

And oh crap, officially less than two weeks to the Con and I need to frame my art for the Gallery and Auction!
And print postcards... And test my DVD cable... And move all the pr0n off the  laptop that's traveling with me.  Yeep.

Apr. 21st, 2009

general update

Ok, so I noted that I haven't updated here with anything of substance in over two weeks, which we all know is the internet equivalent of ten million years.
I'm still living in what I like to call cardboard chic, a house full of piles and boxes and no real organization.
True to prediction, though, I am spending a lot less time at home. Dinner and/or coffee with friends, meetings, meet-ups, a con, family events, and evening classes have all conspired to keep me far from home.
And I'm going out of town for a week starting next Tuesday. I'll be in the New York metro area, attending the Tarot Reader's Studio as well as hanging out with my beloved friends in the vicinity (and some coming in to town from afar, including Australia! Wow!).
That said, I expect to be spending more time at home in May. I have quilts to make and paintings to paint, for one thing. Plus a lot of tarot cards and still some fan exchanges to finish.  Plus the three Big Bangs I decided to sign up for. Mmm, fun. I also have books to unpack and an apartment to arrange. I also plan to acquire an actual TV. No, really! I'm going to set it up and watch it and everything. Probably.

That plus the whole Summer of Cons (ApolloCon, Azkatraz, Anticipation - I sense a theme here.)  should keep me busy.

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. 14th, 2009

Merlin-commentary - in one compact post

Post #1:
Here are the caveats:
I don't tend to watch TV, so I have seen neither the show nor any clips.
The web site video doesn't work if you're logging in outside the UK, so all I had to go on were the character descriptions and stills. 

Transcript of chat below:
a plenitude of snark and a lack of saxony goodness, or evilness as the case may be )

Post #2:
I have now seen the first episode of the BBC's Merlin.
Here is my running commentary.  bwahahaha.

snark and hilarity )

Oh, interwebs, I love you! I'm going to watch the whole show now!
Except not right this minute because it's time to sleep.

Jan. 8th, 2009

new year crunch

January is a crunch time at work, and I have been home only a couple of hours (awake anyhow) for the last few days. Next week looks like more of the same. It's CRAZY busy at the office and I have tons of club meetings and an evening art class and I just haven't had a space to breathe since I got back from Philadelphia.

I am thinking that there are fests signing up that I am missing...
And I could do a Year in Art post...
And I think reveals have gone up that I missed... (will have to catch up this weekend for thank-yous and such)

The only thing I've managed to do fandom-wise is my clunky Happy Birthday sketch for Snape, which I will post when I get back to Ginevra, I hope. Sofia is a mighty little machine, but she doesn't keep any art.

What am I forgetting? 
Don't you hate that feeling?
And seriously, I have this Godzilla quilt practically designed in my head, but I haven't had the chance to get out my fabric yet. It's all in a basket on my desk! Curses! Where is my Time-Turner?

Ok, lunch is over. Time to be crunched by the Jaws of Industry.
I hope this settles down by February.

Dec. 24th, 2008

festive holiday cheer

Things I have done that are fun:

- went to see The Day the Earth Stood Still with my dad. We snarked. And enjoyed ourselves. And snarked. It was good.
- played two rounds of The Downfall of Pompeii with my mom. w00t! Sacrifice them to the volcano! Muahahahaha!
- made cinnamon pecans, watched Donna bake while entertaining the little one, played with Lando, danced Lando around the kitchen, introduced Lando to Sandra Boynton's brilliant Hippos Go Berserk! counting board book, and ate yummy festive holiday pound cake (which isn't fruitcake. really).
- watched A Muppet Family Christmas  and A Muppet Christmas Carol with Donna and Lando and, later, Jon.

also done:
- laundry. lots of it.
- moved furniture, re-arranged my room, sorted books, sorted more books, including antiques, moved boxes of toys, and helped mom hook up her computer to the network printer.

coming soon:
- baking cookies! (maybe.)
- playing more games with the family.
- big extended family Christmas meal and game playing.
- making art.
- sewing.
- moving all the boxes to make space for the new craft table.
- packing for Philadelphia (what do you mean it might snow in December? Where did I put my boots?)

Dec. 16th, 2008

updates and whatnot

OMG, I'm trying to create (I'm a day behind on advent drabbles again, not that I'm going to panic over it, but I have IDEAS) and there's nobody to commiserate with. The only chatroom I know about is kind of dead, or at least slow, and gchat is empty, and sigh.
I miss my old writers' chat, but they wouldn't have been the best folks to blather with over fanfic stuff anyhow. It was just such a big group it was almost always busy in the chatroom.

And how sad is it that I feel so out of sorts trying to work without a background hum of interweb chatter? Geez. *firmly opens photoshop, or GoogleDocs at the very least.*

I have deadline stuff to do, too!

In related news, I updated my Art Master List up to yesterday's snarry_hols reveal, including the drawbles so far.

Dec. 9th, 2008

a slight Draco/Neville obsession?

I have been obsessively rereading A.J. Hall's Lust Over Pendle universe for the last couple of months.  I have a very few other sources for the Draco/Neville pairing, but it's really my only reliable source for finished stories at the moment.
Anybody know another source to feed the random obsession?  Like Snape, Draco is a character I can pair with many people depending on the situation and characterization, and who is writing.

Also, today I created a wholly awful and traumatic scene from the Far Away as Moonshine universe in my head while driving, and I am reluctant to actually carry it through to print. Nobody dies, although it's a very close thing, but it puts Draco through such an emotional wringer that it hurts me to relive it. I'm sure the other authors on my list know of what I speak.
Maybe I'll try transcribing it later.

Oct. 31st, 2008

frivolous geekitude

After yesterday's disturbing and important subject matter over at LJ, we shift now to utterly frivolous science fiction and fantasy geekitude.
Yesterday I got a package in the mail - a used VHS edition of the virtually-unknown TV pilot movie called White Dwarf.  (Apparently the only available DVD edition is a very rare and expensive Region 2 edition.)
I watched it before Rachel came on last night, and it was totally awesome, in that awful way that TV pilots are. The story is short but jam-packed with bizarre and wonderful characters, on a world that is more fantasy than science fiction for all that it's on a planet light-years from Earth where young New York doctors come to intern with the local healer.  The 31st century is kind of regressive, and the planet has the ridiculous premise that one side is always dark, the other always light. The two sides are separated by a wall, and the weather is controlled by strange alien devices floating in the sky.
The light side is a sort of Wild West frontierland, while the dark is Renaissance Faire chic. 
Anyway, it's great. I was terribly excited to finally get a decent copy (we had an ancient home recording off the TV, but it's long been lost among the collected detritus of M*A*S*H episodes and other movies stored on unlabeled or mislabeled tapes.) and it wasn't nearly as awful to sit through as I thought it would be.
It makes me wonder what a comic book writer or animator might make of the story and the world, if they were to revisit it now.

Oct. 7th, 2008

Dad's birthday party

Table for Dad's birthday
Originally uploaded by zephrene.
Mom said it was "black tie and tails" for dinner, and we couldn't eat until we had drawn our black tie and tails on our post-its. So we all drew something and stuck it to our shirts.
The hippo candle holder served as cake stand-in for the singing and candle-blowing portion of the evening.
(Dad's birthday is Wednesday, but he's off on a business trip tomorrow so we had dinner last night.)

Aug. 30th, 2008

the perfect wedding shoes

So I'm officiating a wedding on Saturday and have this great green and brown ensemble to wear. I just needed shoes - here I am, tons of brown clothes and no brown shoes. Egads.
So Mom and I braved the sales and lo, if we didn't find the perfect pair of wedding shoes.

the perfect shoes )

Aug. 26th, 2008

Uploaded by zephrene on 26 Aug 08, 12.09PM CDT.

The Wrong Flier

Ok, I know I am just a sick person but this flier made me laugh out loud as I walked to lunch in the student center today.


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Aug. 14th, 2008


You Are Andale Mono

You are a geek, pure and simple. You spend a lot of time online.

In fact, you probably love the internet more than anyone you know.

You are picky about design, mostly for readability's sake.

You are the type most likely to be irritated by a bad font.

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