Intro Post

Feb. 21st, 2030 06:13 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

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

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kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
So, the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptest has completed, and the reveals are up.
I made two items for the same prompt, because it was such a fabulous prompt:

Threads. As light as gossamer or spun into a thread; holding things together at the seams; yarn woven into a tapestry or the warmest blanket; twisted into string, a cord, a rope. Threads of memory or of hair. Loose threads. (prompt by [livejournal.com profile] eoforth)

First piece: Interlocking LivesSSHG Jewellery
On Etsy (more pictures, and yes, you can buy it!!!)

Second piece: Woven Threads
On Etsy (more pictures, and you can buy this one too!)
kerravonsen: Yin-Yang symbol, black and rainbow-sparkles (yin-yang)
Strive to never be ashamed of any of your works, for you don't get to choose what you are remembered by.

(This brought to you by thoughts of Josette Simon and Arthur Conan Doyle.)
kerravonsen: Fiction/Poetry/Art: it's cheaper than therapy (cheaper-than-therapy)
This morning, at a bit after eight, my front door bell rang. There was a parcel at the door (and a van driving away). So I brought the parcel in, and opened it. Aha! The knitting machine I had bought on Ebay! I unboxed it, assembled it, picked up the pinkish-purplish yarn that came with it, pulled up a browser window on Youtube and...

...Eight hours later...

I can haz one fingerless glove!
Using these instructions.
It is imperfect and uneven, but it does keep my hand warm. I made at least 6 attempts before I got all the way through the instructions without making an egregious mistake. (And I gave up on doing the ribbing altogether)
And, yes, that is what I have been doing all day. I haven't even had lunch, now that I think of it. Oops.
Still, I have a fingerless glove.
Mind you, there isn't enough left of the pinkish-purplish yarn to make another, so it is forever doomed to be a solo glove. Ah well.

ETA: 20:09

...Three hours later...

I have another glove. This one was done with the blue yarn which came with the knitting machine.
This glove is longer, and I did the (ribbed) thumb and (ribbed) cuff with hook-knitting rather than on the machine, because I felt that it gave me more control. And the thumb on this one looks a lot tidier.

Oh, it's past dinner time, isn't it?
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Essence of Eclectic is now officially opening its doors wide! (Already had "technical launch", but with not much stock on "shelves"). But today I finished listing all the stuff I had made before Continuum XIII, so there is STUFF. Go and buy it! (Or don't buy it, as you wish).

There's still more catch-up for me to do (about half-a-dozen finished pieces of jewellery to photograph, enter into my inventory, figure out good names for, calculate prices of, and list on Etsy) but I figure there's enough listed there that I can say "come in, and welcome!"

And tell your friends, too (grin).

It's mostly necklaces up there at the moment, but I do intend to make more bracelets, and add in earrings (at request of L), keychains (at request of D), and hairchains (at request of X). I think there were a couple more types of things on the must-make list, but I can't remember right now.

I'm not sure whether I will bother selling scrunchies, there doesn't seem to be much of a market for them. 8-(

Can I make a living from this? Don't know yet.
kerravonsen: Twelfth Doctor looking down, with the number 12 in the top left corner (Doc12)

Oh, there's a lot to like about this, I don't know where to start. Transcript of the episode here.

spoilers will be thrown into a black hole )

kerravonsen: Twelfth Doctor looking down, with the number 12 in the top left corner (Doc12)
Still behind on Doctor Who. Just finished watching The Eaters of Light.
Going to ramble on a bit about it and previous ones.
spoilers will be eaten )
kerravonsen: What is essential is invisible to the eye (essential-invisible)
Go look here for a fascinating discussion about men, women, the world, and the chimerical concept of "the rules".
kerravonsen: Let sleeping possums lie - possum sleeping on top of bookcase (sleeping)
  • SLEEP

That is all. I'll do actual stuff tomorrow.

kerravonsen: (Default)
Well, that was interesting.
Again, there were bits of dialogue I missed. Lucky there's a transcript here.
spoilers will melt into goo )
kerravonsen: Sam Carter, red desert, moon: Another day, Another planet (another-planet)
So, what can one do with odd socks, besides throw them out? I would like to be recycling-minded with the 11 odd socks which I discovered when I sorted ALL my socks yesterday.
kerravonsen: (Default)
So, watched the next Doctor Who episode on my list.
Wow. Just... wow.

Transcript here.
spoilers will go down the rabbit-hole )
kerravonsen: Twelfth Doctor looking down, with the number 12 in the top left corner (Doc12)
The last five minutes of this took me so aback that the rest of the episode faded in comparison.
SPOILERS WILL BE SPOILERED )
kerravonsen: A bee sipping from a flower: "The busy bee has no time for sorrow" (busy bee)
There is a week to go before Continuum XIII, and I will be there, and on the Sunday afternoon, I will have a table at the "Craft Market" they are doing as part of the convention.

I am trying not to panic about the things I have to get done before then; I keep on telling myself "What gets done will get done, and what doesn't get done, won't get done." If worst comes to worst, I won't be wearing any costumes. If second-worst happens, I'll toss in a whole bunch of costume accoutrements without actually planning what I'm wearing. Because costumes come second to preparing for the craft market. I've been crocheting scrunchies like mad, bending aluminium cuff bracelets... and that's been the easy stuff. I want to have as great a variety of stuff as possible, to see what sells. Of course, it may be that NOTHING sells. Ah well.

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kerravonsen: An open book: "All books are either dreams or swords." (books)
Seanan McGuire is a guest of honour at Continuum XIII in June. I've made it a resolution to read at least one work by a GoH before the convention, rather than afterwards. I find it increases my enjoyment of the convention. And, look, I've read two: "Indexing" and "Every Heart A Doorway".

I think I'd say that Indexing is what would happen if you crossed Jim Hines' "The Stepsister Scheme" and his "Libriomancer" and upped the darkness a notch or two. With (forgive me Jim) better characterisation and more lyrical descriptions. I was surprised that I ended up liking the bitchy character quite a lot; funny how one can completely flip one's assessment of a character when you discover the motives behind their behaviour. The ensemble cast... you might consider them a team of firemen who have been dealing with a massive outbreak of serial arsonists in the middle of a drought in the height of summer. Only the "fire" is the intrusion of Fairy Tales into the real world. I'm reminded of this quote from Doctor Who:

"They want to kill us!"
"They want you to be happy. Killing you is just a side-effect."

The Fairy Tales want their Ever After. Killing you is just a side-effect.

"Every Heart A Doorway" is also urban fantasy; it again has the theme that "ever after" is seldom happy in the real world. In this case, it considers what happens to children after they come back from their portal-fantasies -- when they come back up the rabbit-hole, come out of the mirror, close the wardrobe door. When they come back changed and their parents can't accept it. Again with the good characterisation and the lyrical descriptions. Also again with the darkness. There are parts of this which are downright gruesome. I'm not very likely to read the upcoming prequel, which is the backstory of Jack and Jill, because I'm reeeeeally not into vampires. The third book (coming in 2018) looks more appealing to me.

I did also, a few years ago, start listening to an audiobook of the first October Daye novel, "Rosemary and Rue" but I couldn't get into it. Makes me think of the way I couldn't really get into Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series either... I think they're just past the line of how much darkness I can deal with in my fantasy. Just too much grimness and gloom, of the "life sucks" variety.
kerravonsen: Three penguins around the TARDIS: Adoration of the Penguini (tardis-penguins)
The Timeline of River Song; beautifully edited clipshow of River Song's appearances in chronological order.
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: "Any place. Any time. (but not where you intended)" (tardis-any-place)
I need a Twelfth Doctor icon! Where's a good place to look for one that's freely available?
I kept on thinking that I would make myself one, but I clearly haven't.
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis-blue)
Yes, more Doctor Who.
Tropes are side-stepped, Bill gets to be clever.

Transcript is here

spoilers will be consumed )
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "I'm a Time Lord, I walk in Eternity." (eternity)
Yes, I am behind. I will eventually catch up, I'm certain.
Liked it. Bill was magnificent.
Though I had to turn the volume up to maximum to catch what they were saying, and didn't always succeed.
Transcript here.

Y'know, I would hate to be a companion. But having the Doctor as my own personal tutor? That would be awesome squared. I meant to say that in relation to "The Pilot", but I'm saying it now.
spoilers will fall through thin ice )
kerravonsen: Gregory House listening on earphones: "Listen" (listen)
I was going to say "happy songs" but they aren't just happy, they are songs which try to be encouraging. I'm pondering the nature of encouraging songs, and the different approaches they take. Some of them mean well, but end up being DIScouraging instead.

There are a whole pile of "encouraging" songs that I'm not going to list here, which I find more irritating than anything. They're the ones which declare that "you are special" and that all you have to do is just go for it and believe in yourself and everything will work out. No. To "believe in yourself" may be a necessary condition, but it is not sufficient. These songs can be downright discouraging, because they imply that success is as easy as snapping your fingers to summon the right attitude, and that after that, there won't be any problems. Far too naive and simplistic for me. Almost bordering on blame-the-victim, too; that if you don't succeed, there is something wrong with you because you weren't optimistic enough.

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