Intro Post

Sep. 27th, 2020 02:22 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

This is my intro post. I figured I'd better have one.

This journal is a mix of fannish stuff, ponderings, computer geekery, art and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others.
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kerravonsen: Fiction/Poetry/Art: it's cheaper than therapy (cheaper-than-therapy)
Empty Vessels

It screams at us "Go out and buy"
Until our goods will reach the sky
We never even wonder why
Or where our money went;
The song of discontent.

It swears ambition is the best
And only competition's blessed
And you must rise above the rest
Spend all in your ascent;
The song of discontent.

Relaxation's always lazy
Satisfaction must be crazy
We must never take it easy
For rest is time misspent;
The song of discontent.

It looks at a half-empty glass
Says over there is greener grass
Insists our gold is only brass
And we must now lament;
The song of discontent.

(Because I am sick of feeling defensive about my lack of ambition.)
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I have finished another scarf! It is a gift for a particular person; I designed it with them in mind. This is another keyhole scarf (I like the design!) made with fluffy chenille yarn.

kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I've mentioned some of these items in earlier posts, but there were no pictures. Now have some piccies!
cut for images )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Heads up!
Bendigo Woollen Mills is having a sale on their "Murano" wool. It is a lovely yarn: 100% wool, multiple colours blending into each other. It is being discontinued, so get it now while you still can.

[ profile] reynardo take note! (And any other Aussies who like making stuff with yarn....)
kerravonsen: Yin-Yang symbol, black and rainbow-sparkles (yin-yang)
Hierarchy of Importance (Revised)

1. If a thing is really worth doing, it's worth doing badly.
2. If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.
3. If a thing is not worth doing, it's not worth doing well.
4. If a thing is really not worth doing, do it so badly that they won't ask you to do it again.

This could lead to someone saying, "I'm sorry, this task isn't important enough for me to do badly."

Some of My Favourite Sayings

"There is no try, there is only do - or do not." -- Yoda

"There are no shoulds." -- My Aunt Estelle

"This, too, shall pass." -- the "saying for all occasions"

"Fear is a foolish counsellor."

"You can't change other people; the only person you can change is yourself."

"Things are getting worse at a slower rate."

"Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies." (NOT said by Buddha or Nelson Mandela)

"The fear of death is the beginning of slavery."

"Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
In an extremely unfortunate bit of timing, I got a bad cold last week, and I'm still sick, though improving. The timing was unfortunate because there was a time-critical thing going on at work (handover of a project) and I simply could not be there. Viruses were battling it out in my body, my throat felt like wet sandpaper, and I was utterly exhausted. Mostly sleeping and drinking lemon honey tea with Lemsip in it. And then when my throat improved, my nose chimed in (which was odd, usually the throat follows the nose). Now I'm in the blowing-the-nose-and-coughing stage (and still v tired).
When I wasn't sleeping, I thought I'd do stuff that didn't require a great many brain cells )
kerravonsen: colourful circles: "Cool" (cool)
My Favourite Semi-Precious Stones, From A - Z

Well, probably not every letter of the alphabet, though.
Why am I thinking about Semi-precious stones? Because I've been sorting my beads, and delighting in the semi-precious ones I have.

I think part of the reason I like semi-precious stones so much is that they are not mechanical, regular, regimented, but natural, irregular, unique. No two stones are exactly the same. I like lampwork beads for the same reason.
pretties! )


Mar. 13th, 2014 04:40 pm
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
I was listening to my randomplay this morning, and was inspired with an awesome SSHG prompt. A completely new one. So maybe there's hope of participating in the [ profile] sshg_promptfest after all, if I can come up with four more(*). The really difficult ones are the art ones, since I want to make art prompts that I myself would want to do, which means something more emotional/symbolic than representational. Wish me luck?

In other news, I have a horrible sore throat. (sigh)

(*) Note that it isn't a requirement of the fest to provide prompts, it's just that I find it less fun if I don't, because I want to inspire as well as be inspired.
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor, silhuette of autumn leaf: "All things die." (all-things-die)
Well, it looks as if I'm in trouble, since the organizer of the [ profile] sshg_promptfest sent me a note saying that she would not accept any prompts that someone else had seen, which means that every single one of the prompts I was asking about in my previous post have been disqualified.

So I have nothing at all.

I think I'm going to cry.
And there's no point in participating in the fest either, so I won't be.

ETA: Please don't get cross at the organizer, the rules were clear, I'd just forgotten about that bit. I had clearly violated the rules by making a PUBLIC post with my prompts in it. There's nothing to be done, it was my own stupid fault.

And, hey, maybe it's not a bad time to take a bit of a break.
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
SSHG Prompt Fest

Though I'm not really sure why I'm posting this, since I'm certain that any of my followers who would be interested in this... already know about it.
kerravonsen: What is essential is invisible to the eye (essential-invisible)
I've been pondering...

If I knew that I had only one day to live...
I would ring up my closest friends and family to say goodbye.

If I knew that I had only one month to live...
I would ask my sister-in-law to organize a family reunion.

If I knew that I had only six months to live...
I would take my long-service leave and visit friends and family while I still could. Then I'd ask brother #2 to come and look after me. And I would make beautiful things, while I still could.

If I knew that I had only a year to live...
I'd probably do the same thing as for the "six months to live" scenario.

That was an unexpectedly enlightening exersize in figuring out where my true desires lie.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
After beavering away all year, and numerous instances of frogging (rip-it, rip-it), I now have a usable cover for my Pocketbook EBook Reader.

I say "usable" rather than "complete", because it doesn't have a closure, but it works enough to be able to put the e-reader inside and close the cover on it, so that's good.


Opened up, outside view:

Opened up, inside view:

about the construction )

After making this, I can understand why some people just go for the much simpler option of making a pouch to put their e-reader into, rather than a cover. But, hey, I have it now, so I'm going to use it.
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
This morning:

Me: My friends keep me sane.
AM: You keep them sane too.

Coming back, I looked at my lawn. The only things that are alive there are dandelions and thistles. 8-(
and some Harry Potter )
kerravonsen: Soolin with a half-smile: impress me (netfic)
Title: Brought to Light
Universe: Sunshine
Author: Innocentsmith
Size: 15K 4298 words
Tags: Short Story, Post-Series
Characters: Sunshine, Constantine, Pat, Mel, Charlie, Yolande
review of Brought to Light )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: Methos: "Scholar, Friend, Warrior, Death, Enigma, Methos" (Methos)
Title: Shadows and Ice On a Dying Planet #2: From Out of the Wilderness
Universe: Highlander
Author: Morgyn Leri
Size: 12K 3769 words
Tags: Short Story, Future, Space
Characters: Methos, Amanda
review of From Out of the Wilderness )
So... what do you think?
kerravonsen: a woman and a man's hand, barely touching (SSHG)
Title: Pet Project
Universe: Harry Potter
Author: Caeria
Size: 2023K 332179 words
Tags: Long Novel, AU Incompatible, SSHG, Friendship, Romance, Mentor, Culture, World-building, Spy, OOTP-compatible, Snape-Pureblood, House Elves
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
review of Pet Project )
So... what do you think?


Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:01 pm
kerravonsen: cover of "The Blue Sword": Fantasy (Fantasy)
I just went to see Frozen with my niece V. It was more enjoyable than I expected. I am certainly going to be tracking down the soundtrack; some of the music was just awesome.
spoilers will be frozen )
kerravonsen: Gregory House: Endure (endure)
I declare I give up on the [profile] fandom_snowflake challenge for this year. Heatwave trumps everything, and I don't feel like catching up later. Though there will be an upcoming craft post when I am less melting.
kerravonsen: "Out of spoons error" (out-of-spoons)
I am SOOOOOOO tired.
That is all.


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