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2030-02-21 06:13 pm

Intro Post

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, craft and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others. things you should know about me )

Where you can buy my work:

other sites of mine )

Transformative Works Policy

If you wish to transform my work, I have Transformative Works Policy to clarify stuff in advance!

Other stuff

If you want to write fic for me, here is my Generic Ficathon Elaboration Post.

After you have friended/subscribed to me, I would appreciate it if you drop me a comment here, saying hello and what brought you here. No need to ask permission beforehand, but it would be nice to give me a note afterwards.

kerravonsen: (me-cartoon)
2017-10-07 08:30 pm
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Testing and Trying

Trying the official LJ App to see if I can take photos and post them. This is an acrylic pour I did this week. Isn't it pretty?


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kerravonsen: "Homicidal faeries make things more interesting." (homicidal-faeries)
2017-09-15 05:25 pm
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Rosemary and Rue + A Local Habitation - SPOILERS

My rambling spoilery thoughts on the first two books of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire. On audiobook, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal [twitter.com profile] MaryRobinette.

Rosemary and Rue )

In regard to the audiobook itself, Mary Robinette Kowal did a great job. I don't think I can imagine Toby as sounding like anyone else, now. Of the other voices she did... I love Tybalt the best.

So I went on to "A Local Habitation". Audiobook again. Chores become so much more pleasant when one is listening to an urban fantasy mystery. Massive SPOILERS for A Local Habitation )

Yes, more audiobooks of this series are on their way to me.

kerravonsen: What is essential is invisible to the eye (essential-invisible)
2017-09-09 10:43 pm
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Ah, So That's Why

One thing that has baffled me quite a bit in these angry arguments about things like abortion and gay marriage, is the protest "religions shouldn't impose their morals on other people". To me, that has sounded completely unfair, because it's like declaring that anyone who follows a religion shouldn't have a say in a democracy, because obviously their opinions and their votes are going to be informed by their morals, their conscience, their beliefs.

I had an "aha!" moment recently, during a discussion on Twitter. (yes, very unwise to try to discuss anything on Twitter, but it was initially a cordial and respectful discussion, I think.) There are two classes of moral rules: those that apply to everybody, and those that only apply to some people. I think we can agree that things like "don't murder" and "don't steal" apply to everybody. The usual rule of thumb is "if it harms someone else, it applies to everybody". The ones that only apply to some people (I think?) are in the form of a promise made by a person to do or not to do something. Like promising to be faithful to your spouse; doesn't apply to those who don't have a spouse. My "aha" moment was the realisation that non-believers in (Judeo-Christian Abrahamic) religions think that ALL of the religious moral rules ONLY ever apply to followers of that religion; because they're in the form of a promise to obey those rules when they follow that religion, and if you didn't promise to, you don't have to. Whereas followers of Judeo-Christian Abrahamic religions believe that since God/Yahweh/Allah is the ruler/owner of the entire universe, there are some rules that He has laid down which apply to everybody, believer and non-believer alike, and that these rules are self-evident.
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The basis of any cordial discussion of differences is the assumption of good will on the part of the participants. Without it, there is no discussion, just an acrimonious argument.

I'm leaving comments on for the moment, because I am interested in what you think, but the moment someone starts engaging in verbal fisticuffs, I will turn commenting off; I can't deal with the stress.
kerravonsen: Steampunk raygun: "R is for Raygun" (r-is-for-raygun)
2017-08-26 05:15 pm
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Terraforming Mars Game

Thursday when I was out, I bought a couple of games. One of them was "Terraforming Mars", which I hadn't heard of, but which looked interesting. From reading the back of the box, the idea is that the different players are different corporations, contributing to the terraforming of Mars (for money and power and fame, of course, not altruism). The game ends when Mars is deemed to be terraformed. The player with the most victory points wins.

Yesterday I unpacked it and read the rules and discovered at the back of the rule book that one of the given variations is a solo game. So I set it up for that, and played one game, to help me get a feel for the rules and the play. I lost, of course. The way the solo game goes, rather than counting your victory points, you have to complete the terraforming within 14 rounds (called "generations" because terraforming has to be done over multiple lifetimes). Of course I kept going after the 14th generation, and managed to complete the terraforming four generations later, so it wasn't too bad. Read more... )

In conclusion, I would say that I definitely want to try this out with my gaming friends and family - though I expect Certain People will have unholy glee in playing the nasty cards...

kerravonsen: fobwatch: "Windmills of your mind" (watch)
2017-08-24 05:11 am
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I Signed Up For What

I have taken the Plunge and signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_giftfest but I'm feeling trepidation because, looking at all the prompts of all the sign-ups... I can see only ONE, just ONE, that I could turn into craft. But it's worse than that... because even though there are people who have indicated they want Art... their prompts are basically all fic prompts. (!???!)

Very frustrating. (sigh)
Still, if all else fails, I can contact the designated contactee of whomever I am assigned to, and ask for a more arty prompt...
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
2017-08-18 05:52 pm
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SSHG Giftfest

It has come around again.

2017 banner 1


I'm torn about whether I will sign up or not.

I made two works for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest, and put them up on my Etsy store, thinking that at least somebody in the fest would give them a good home... and not a whisper. I think it was even more deeply discouraging because there were folks who commented on my fest entries (before the reveal) that they wanted them... but obviously didn't want them enough to buy them when I pointed out (after the reveal) that they could...

This is deeply frustrating, because I find it really fulfilling to make wearable art, but since I've run out of friends to give my SS/HG works to (they have said that they now have too much to wear...) then the only other way to give them a good home is to sell them; to sell them at a price that actually reflects what they are worth. But if nobody will buy them, then what is the point of making them, if they won't be worn by anybody?

(sigh)

Hence, I am torn.
kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)
2017-08-03 01:25 pm

Bananaloaf Warmshake

I came back from the doctor's appointment after eleven, turned on the heater, and the temperature inside according to its thermostat, was 10C. Which is COLD for an Aussie. And though I pottered around and had lunch after that, I was still hankering for a warm and filling drink, something which wasn't cocoa or tea or soup or coffee. So I made a warmshake (which is a hot/warm milkshake).

Bananaloaf Warmshake

(no actual banana-loaves were harmed in this experiment)

Ingredients:

  • 100ml quick-oats
  • 300ml milk
  • 1-2 bananas (depending on size of bananas - I used 2 small ones)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 whole cloves (because I didn't have any ground cloves; if you have ground cloves, add a pinch)
  • sweetener to taste (optional -- depends on how ripe your bananas are)

Instructions:

  1. Put the oats and the milk in a microwave-safe container and cook in microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until it just starts to boil over (that is, it hasn't boiled over yet, but it is nearly there). This isn't my carelessness, this is the test I use for cooking porridge, and since this is a super-milky porridge, I figured that would do.
  2. Put the banana and the milk mixture and the spices into a tall milkshake-sized container and puree with a stick blender (or put into a conventional blender and puree with that)
  3. Taste-test, and add sweetener if desired.
  4. Drink and enjoy!

I call it a "bananaloaf" warmshake because the oats make it loaf-like, more filling, and probably better for you.

kerravonsen: Jarod investigating ice cream: Genius at work (genius-at-work)
2017-07-29 09:54 pm
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More Decluttering

Besides procrastinating by making a bracelet, I actually did do some sorting and moving and preparing-of-stuff-to-be-thrown-out. The alcove near the fireplace now has the table-thing which was in the front hall, with two sets of plastic drawers underneath it. This is a much better situation than the drawers had been in before, where they had been in the far corner of the lounge with a plank on top of them, and that plank was piled high with boxes. I noticed as I was moving them, that the top parts of the drawers had bent, probably due to the plank. Oops. Well, now they're under the table-thing, there is no pressure being put on them. I'm calling it a "table-thing" because it isn't a table, and it isn't a desk, and I'm sure there's a proper name for it, but I can't remember what it is. It's more like a desk than a table, really.

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kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor, relaxed, eyes closed: "Breathe deep" (Doc8-breathe)
2017-07-29 04:17 pm
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Bin Workin'

Also bin tryin' out stuff with Twitter.


kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
2017-07-24 07:39 pm
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Why YOU Should Buy My Work

Yes, YOU. Not the invisible person over your left shoulder.

Do you like subtlety, secret messages, and geekiness?

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Do you like unique works which are impossible to replicate?

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Do you like being able to interact with the artisan?

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So have I convinced you yet?

kerravonsen: Vila, worried, Avon, both looking off to the right: "We're lost, aren't we?" (lost)
2017-07-22 09:18 pm
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Drowning In Clutter

I have STUFF. It accumulates. Being a frugal, responsible person, I kept a lot of it because "it might be useful" or "somebody else might find it useful" or "I could give it away on Freecycle" or "I could sell it on Ebay". And I did none of the above. None.

The effort and stress of listing something on Ebay has obviously been too great for me to summon up the energy to do. Likewise for Freecycle. This gives me much guilt, because putting things into landfill when they could be recycled is BAD. BAD KA! BAD BAD BAD! I have thus been caught between feeling guilty if I threw it away, and feeling stressed if I didn't. Because Stuff Taking Up Space is getting to really stressful levels for me. I have all these craft materials! I need to put them somewhere! I'm running out of space!

I have finally said "enough!" (or "too much", really). Forget Ebay. Forget Freecycle. Forget them all. One phone call, and I have booked a Hard Rubbish collection. My hope is that people round about will take at least some things off the pile before it gets collected by the Local Council. Shove my guilt, the stress has just gotten TOO MUCH. Stuff it!

So. Hard rubbish. Today I've been going around the house gathering stuff and clearing away stuff. Hopefully my nephew will help me tomorrow to put heavy things outside on the kerb.

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It will be good to get rid of it all.

kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
2017-07-21 02:43 pm
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SSHG Promptfest Reveal

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)
2017-07-16 09:48 pm
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Thought For The Day

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)
2017-07-10 04:41 pm
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How To Derail KA's Plans For The Day

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)
2017-07-03 10:11 pm
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I Can Haz An Etsy Store!

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)
2017-07-02 11:35 pm

Doctor Who 10x11 World Enough And Time

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)
2017-07-01 07:28 pm

Doctor Who 10x8, 10x9, 10x10

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)
2017-06-23 10:06 am
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Drive-By Post Rec

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)
2017-06-13 11:43 am
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Post-Convention ToDo List

  • SLEEP

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