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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Mouthwash

Feb. 3rd, 2016 06:39 pm
kerravonsen: Rose in a patchwork of styles: Time Traveller (Rose-time-traveller)
Normal person: It washes mouths.

Marketroid:cut for your own protection )
Brought to you by a bottle of mouthwash and my thesaurus.
kerravonsen: (fractal2)
Context: my desktop computer died just before Christmas (fortunately I had backups). When I got back from visiting family, I ordered a new computer, and it arrived and it is pretty.
beware, there is computer geeky stuff here )
kerravonsen: Crayons vs Despair - animated (despair)
In one word: Chill.
In three words: No voluntary deadlines.

In detail: I have decided that this year I will eschew anything which has a deadline, whether that be a fest, or making cosplay for Continuum in June, or making Christmas presents. I don't have to do any of those things, even if I feel pressure to. Even if the pressure I feel is purely from inside and not anything external. I don't have to. So I will try an experiment: I won't do them. NO DEADLINES.

Last year I was under pressure all year, trying to make Christmas presents for everybody, signing up for various fests (two of which I defaulted on, and one which I had to ask for an extension). I don't want to do that again. And I know it's easy to say "oh, just one more". So this year I will have a flat ban. I know that will disappoint some people who like seeing my stuff in fests. Don't worry, it isn't as if I won't be doing any creative stuff. I will be doing that; I just won't do them to deadlines. Time for my other un-deadlined unfinished projects. Time for playing around experimentally with crafts. Maybe even do a bit of writing? I've told my family that this year, everyone is getting One Salted Peanut for Christmas. Not that I would do that really, but I want to prevent myself from putting pressure on myself; far too easy for me to do. I have a THING about making handmade presents, have done since I was a teenager. I like making stuff to give away. Hey, maybe this year I'll make some stuff for myself! (What? Really?) It's been a while since I've done that. And it's not really as if I won't be making any presents at all -- some of those unfinished projects were for presents anyway. But still: no deadlines.

Note that this doesn't exclude things like NaArMaMo or PicoWriMo, because they aren't deadlines in the same kind of way; especially NaArt, because that's an event which encourages playing around and experimenting, which I do want to do. Play!

CHILL.

Secondary goal: read less fanfic and start tackling my huge unread-book pile. But not as a should. More as a change of scenery. (Currently reading "The Engines of God" by Jack McDevitt. Archaeology IN SPACE!)

(Current health status: still coughing and using up tissues at a great rate. Today I slept for most of the day, hopefully that did me good. Then again, I needed to, since I hadn't slept half the night before. (sigh))

(Still have not caught up on LJ and DW. Apologies to those people whose comments I have not yet replied to.)
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor screaming: "you've been cut adrift" (cut-adrift)
I am really really really behind on everything. And I should just resign myself to not being able to catch up. I still have to go through the sshg_giftfest and answer emails and read the rest of the ones I missed out on. And fandom_stocking. And whatever else you folk tell me I need to catch up on. But otherwise... (sigh)

First, I was away over Christmas (and have reported about same).
Then, just a couple of days after I got back, I came down with a horrible cold, which has progressed to different phases of horribleness. I suspected something was wrong when, on Sunday, when we were celebrating my father's first anniversary with M, at the end of the afternoon, my voice started getting hoarse. Next day, still hoarse, with a tickle in my throat. My lovely nieces plied me with lemon drinks. And I slept from time to time. More coughing. More croaking. Throat becoming more sore. Worse at night when I tried to sleep because when I was awake I could stop myself from coughing by sheer willpower. One night I read "Redshirts" from cover to cover, which was fun, but did not give me sleep. Yesterday I had to stay awake because (a) my nieces were leaving, so I wanted to enjoy the last bit with them and say goodbye, and then I had to stay awake because of grocery delivery (and the annoying people have changed the delivery window from two hours to three hours). And today I had to stay awake just in case my computer was delivered, but I expect it won't be until Monday now.

Right now, I am aching all over, blowing my nose, coughing, sneezing, and being exhausted.

In the midst of it all, I did actually work on my Severus-fest item (I had already asked for an extension before I went away). After about five times ripping it up and starting again from scratch, I have the first half of it done. I also started the second half, but the design didn't suit, so I'll have to throw that away and try something else. Tomorrow, hopefully.

Alas, I'm going to have to bow out of the M.A.I.L. challenge this time around, there's no way I would complete a headdress in 20 days unless they were all days off (which they aren't).

I'm wondering whether I should just forget about doing ANYTHING which has deadlines this year. Why do I keep on over-committing myself? If it isn't fests, it's Christmas presents. (sigh)

So, peoples, tell me what has happened while I was away, and/or tell me stuff to cheer me up. Please?
kerravonsen: Three camels with riders: WISE MEN still seek Him (wise-men-seek-him)
This year, Christmas in Canberra at my sister's place. We celebrated Christmas over two days (Christmas Day and Boxing Day) because two members of the family were driving up on Christmas Day. So Christmas Day, those who were awake early enough went to church, then we had a delicious cold lunch (twice-baked ham, Moreton Bay Bugs, Tiger Prawns, three different salads, bread rolls, fruit punch) followed by Proper Traditional Christmas Pudding Made To A Family Recipe (by brother-in-law to his mother's recipe) with all the trimmings (ice cream, custard, cream, Hard Sauce).

Then there were games; in my case, Puerto Rico.

Then Boxing Day; a quiet morning, and then the Traditional Hot Christmas Dinner. The weather was cooperative with a cool change and rain. Turkey, potatoes, pumpkin, peas, carrots, gravy, all very traditional. And yummy. Though I suppose the purple carrots weren't very traditional. 8-) There were party hats (which I was commissioned to decorate with a sparse number of sticker) and home-made "Christmas Crackers". The crackers didn't crack, but they did have "popper" things in them. The "fortunes" were all quotes from The Lord of the Rings, and there was a dispute about the exact wording for one of them - ah, we're all nerds.
Read more... )
kerravonsen: Zen dying from gunk: "I am sorry... I have failed you" (Zen-failed)
It looks like my home desktop computer is Mostly Dead. That is, the hard drive upon which my Operating System resides is not responding. The computer reboots, but it can only find the disk sometimes, and when it can find it, it can't read it. I've done the "reboot N times while attempting to tweak things" and I probably just damaged the disk further. (sigh)

I expect it is because of the heat; the computer was behaving erratically yesterday too.

I do not have time to fix it or replace it before I fly away for Christmas, because I have to spend the time getting ready to go away, and there's lots of stuff still to do for that, and I'm already going to lose a day of that preparation, because nobody should be expected to do anything on a day with a top of 41C (which is tomorrow) (when I was planning to do laundry and survey my clothes for packing).

Gah!

So. While I am getting ready for Christmas, and while I am away for Christmas, and until the unknown time after that when I get a fixed or replacement computer running:
a) www.katspace.org will be down
b) I will not receive any email

If you wish to contact me, I'll still be keeping an eye on Dreamwidth and LJ and Twitter (because I still have internet and a working laptop), though I might not be able to when I'm away.

(sigh)

Of course these things happen in heatwaves, that's just the way life is. (sigh) Computers are more fragile than human beings.
kerravonsen: Three camels with riders: WISE MEN still seek Him (wise-men-seek-him)
My stocking for [community profile] fandom_stocking is here!

I think the sign-ups have closed, but if you've already signed up, let me know where your stocking is...
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor, silhuette of autumn leaf: "All things die." (all-things-die)
Seen it now. Well. Um. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that. It does not compare to the previous one; that was sheer genius. It was also much better than the lame stuff that RTD tended to give us as the second part of two-parters (e.g. The End of Time). But between those extremes I'm not really sure where I stand on it.
spoilers will be memory-erased )
I need a Capaldi icon. Pretty please make me one?
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor, silhuette of autumn leaf: "All things die." (all-things-die)
I watched it again, noticing things I didn't notice the first time around.
spoilers will crumble to dust )
Still please do not discuss "Hell Bent"; I haven't watched it yet (though I intend to, shortly).

I need a Capaldi icon.
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor, silhuette of autumn leaf: "All things die." (all-things-die)
Now I've watched this one, which from the non-spoilery comments I saw last week, was raveworthy.
And now I understand why.
Oh my oh my oh my oh my.
spoilers will be trapped for eternity )
Please DO NOT discuss the next episode "Hell Bent" here - I haven't seen it yet.
kerravonsen: Second Doctor, face screwed up, hands over ears: "No! Must... resist... spoilers!" (Doc2-resist-spoilers)
From the various reactions of people, I was expecting this to be as bad as Victory of the Daleks. But it wasn't as bad as that.
Mind you, it didn't make sense. The more I think about it, the less sense it makes. It makes even less sense than the Christmas Special, which wasn't supposed to make sense.
spoilers will turn to dust )
kerravonsen: Dayna pointing a gun: "I don't NEED to kill you with my brain" (Dayna)
Douglas Adams had this to say about war:

Three stages in the history of warfare:
RETRIBUTION: I'm going to kill you because you killed my brother.

ANTICIPATION: I'm going to kill you because I killed your brother.

DIPLOMACY: I'm going to kill my brother and then kill you, on the pretext that your brother did it.


(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

If he'd been alive today, he might have added another one.

TERRORISM: My brother will martyr himself killing your sister, so that you will martyr his family, so that my cousins will kill you and I'll run away laughing.
kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco)
"Russians" by Sting came up on my randomplay.

Thinking about nuclear bombs (and I followed a few other links which gave me more information on the scale of destruction they are capable of)... it's a bit like Avada Kedavra, isn't it? Not the scale, obviously, but the feeling of a death that there is no defence against. Or like the Deplorable Word - the weapon that is too horrible to use. Too horrible for any sane person to use. Unfortunately, I am certain that there exist human beings on this Earth who would not hesitate to use them if they had them. People who are not interested in their own survival.

There's no such thing as a winnable war
It's a lie we don't believe any more.


War only benefits vultures.

Maybe I should start wearing a Peace Sign. It originated with the Nuclear Disarmament movement.
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis-blue)
This time I watched them back-to-back.
I liked the second half better than the first half.
spoilers will be kidnapped )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
(Yes, there were previous adventures.)

I've decided to stop using the term "knooking", and am going with a suggestion someone made in a forum on Ravelry, and start calling it "hook knitting". It's more precise, I think. Less confusing.

Why am I bothering with hook-knitting? Because I want to. Please don't call this craft a "rip off", "a waste of time", or "not real knitting". It is "real" knitting, it just uses different tools to achieve the same effect, just like loom-knitting does. Then again, loom-knitting also tends to be called "not real knitting". Enough - or I will end up derailing this post with a rant about Realness.

So... I've been doing more hook-knitting, trying out tools and methods and modifications.
Trial 1 )
Trial 2 )
Trial 3 )
Trial 4 )
Trial 5 )

further thoughts )
kerravonsen: TARDIS in a field: "Somewhere Else" (tardis-somewhere-else)
Well, I've now seen part 2. I'm... not really sure what I think.
spoilers will be shot )

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