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I have a spiffy new bio-pic, inspired by the need to have one over on Science Fiction and Other ODDesseys, where I'm going to be doing an occasional book review.

So you can click over and read my reviews of The Aphorisms of Kherishdar  and  The Admonishments of Kherishdar   by M. C. A. Hogarth (otherwise known as [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar ).

And thanks to My Angel ([livejournal.com profile] mystique_muse ) who wandered all around our yard with me one day just before sunset, taking picture after picture until we ran out of light!

The commercial (the one on TV) being over, I'm letting my attention return to Big Bang Theory now.

And then food.  And I have to get back to those polar bears before global warming does them in.

wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
I have a spiffy new bio-pic, inspired by the need to have one over on Science Fiction and Other ODDesseys, where I'm going to be doing an occasional book review.

So you can click over and read my reviews of The Aphorisms of Kherishdar  and  The Admonishments of Kherishdar   by M. C. A. Hogarth (otherwise known as [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar ).

And thanks to My Angel ([livejournal.com profile] mystique_muse ) who wandered all around our yard with me one day just before sunset, taking picture after picture until we ran out of light!

The commercial (the one on TV) being over, I'm letting my attention return to Big Bang Theory now.

And then food.  And I have to get back to those polar bears before global warming does them in.

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as a wall calendar! The photos are great...you should go peek! http://www.cafepress.com/pinepigstudio.458781825  I especially like November and April, but you'll doubtless have your own favorites.

And if you don't want to buy one, but do want to tell the artist what you think, he's [livejournal.com profile] red_trillium here.
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as a wall calendar! The photos are great...you should go peek! http://www.cafepress.com/pinepigstudio.458781825  I especially like November and April, but you'll doubtless have your own favorites.

And if you don't want to buy one, but do want to tell the artist what you think, he's [livejournal.com profile] red_trillium here.
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Yesterday, I woke up knowing why I've been having so much trouble trying to write the fairy gold story. But there were errands to do, and My Angel and I had plans to go to Bastille Days, which we did, leaving later than planned, but that way we missed the thunderstorm.

Nearly all of the food was problematic for me, but I expected that. I dug through my rings and covered my fingers to reduce temptation, and wore the moon necklace and matching earrings that I just finished. It was fun. My big splurge was buying some new stone beads from a sale bin. So sometime soon I can make a new necklace for me--and a similar one to give away or sell. So yesterday's big writing task was getting a few people who will be commenting on my old ghost story, so I can consider whether a rewrite will make it more publishable.

Today, I woke up not quite focused to work on the fairy gold story, so I looked over the comments I'd gotten on another story and rewrote it, printing it to send it off by snail mail. I also sent a query on a story that has been out there for months--and got back an apologetic rejection.

Then I rewrote the story, saving a backup copy, and then deleting so much it was practically like writing it from scratch. I now have a 2300 word first draft, though the shape of the story isn't quite right yet. I think it needs more at the end, or a different beginning, but I'm much happier with it than the previous, longer and far-from-finished, draft.

Then I returned to my list of stories. I've gotten several rejections recently, which means it's time to send stories out again. So, today I sent a total of two stories out electronically, and have three ready to put in the mail tomorrow. That brings me to a total of 45 submissions to paying markets (not including Torn World submissions, which are substantial) for the year. Not really on track for my unofficial goal, which was to send out at least 100 submissions over the course of the year, but not too far off.

Of course, sending out so many by snail mail doesn't help me send those stories out again soon. But what can you do? You've got to respect the wishes of the editors if you want to sell to them.

The pictures are from Bastille days.  I do have more; as an experiment, I'll offer to post more if they're sponsored.  $1 a photo.  You can use the donation hat on my profile, and leave me a message, so I know what's being sponsored.

Now, I'm off to send The Headmaster's Cat to another market, and increase that total to 46.

And then to sleep!
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Yesterday, I woke up knowing why I've been having so much trouble trying to write the fairy gold story. But there were errands to do, and My Angel and I had plans to go to Bastille Days, which we did, leaving later than planned, but that way we missed the thunderstorm.

Nearly all of the food was problematic for me, but I expected that. I dug through my rings and covered my fingers to reduce temptation, and wore the moon necklace and matching earrings that I just finished. It was fun. My big splurge was buying some new stone beads from a sale bin. So sometime soon I can make a new necklace for me--and a similar one to give away or sell. So yesterday's big writing task was getting a few people who will be commenting on my old ghost story, so I can consider whether a rewrite will make it more publishable.

Today, I woke up not quite focused to work on the fairy gold story, so I looked over the comments I'd gotten on another story and rewrote it, printing it to send it off by snail mail. I also sent a query on a story that has been out there for months--and got back an apologetic rejection.

Then I rewrote the story, saving a backup copy, and then deleting so much it was practically like writing it from scratch. I now have a 2300 word first draft, though the shape of the story isn't quite right yet. I think it needs more at the end, or a different beginning, but I'm much happier with it than the previous, longer and far-from-finished, draft.

Then I returned to my list of stories. I've gotten several rejections recently, which means it's time to send stories out again. So, today I sent a total of two stories out electronically, and have three ready to put in the mail tomorrow. That brings me to a total of 45 submissions to paying markets (not including Torn World submissions, which are substantial) for the year. Not really on track for my unofficial goal, which was to send out at least 100 submissions over the course of the year, but not too far off.

Of course, sending out so many by snail mail doesn't help me send those stories out again soon. But what can you do? You've got to respect the wishes of the editors if you want to sell to them.

The pictures are from Bastille days.  I do have more; as an experiment, I'll offer to post more if they're sponsored.  $1 a photo.  You can use the donation hat on my profile, and leave me a message, so I know what's being sponsored.

Now, I'm off to send The Headmaster's Cat to another market, and increase that total to 46.

And then to sleep!
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A quick Duckon memory:



There were, by this time, very few other people still playing along, and they were not in the frame.  And my attention was on Amy, so apologies to those I missed.  You all deserve a share of the glory.  (Dang--I tried to put in Amy's LJ name and got a defunct community.)

There was lots of other good music too, and even some dancing.
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A quick Duckon memory:



There were, by this time, very few other people still playing along, and they were not in the frame.  And my attention was on Amy, so apologies to those I missed.  You all deserve a share of the glory.  (Dang--I tried to put in Amy's LJ name and got a defunct community.)

There was lots of other good music too, and even some dancing.

Miscellany

May. 29th, 2010 04:51 pm
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One of my temp employers had a day where people could bring in hazardous trash (old paint, pesticides, etc.), and so I got rid of some of the clutter that's been in this house since I bought it.

I've found homes for all the kittens, the last one other than the one I'm keeping will be picked up Monday.  Now I just need to find a home for Mama.

My Angel got the remedial lawn mowing done, so now we don't have grass that's tall enough to hide a not-so-small child; the new lawnmower shreds things much better than the old so the compost composts faster too, besides being cordless and a lot less hassle to use.  Not that we needed the expense, but we did need a new lawnmower; the body of the old one was held together with multiple layers of duct tape. 

I have a three day weekend, and about a month worth of projects calling me.  There's a closet that needs scraping, plaster work, and paint; a yard that needs work, including weeding the garden and planting some plants, and a bunch of stories that need attention.

Also, Torn World is having a "create a city" contest and I have one partially painted scene that could be developed into a city, with some text. and a totally different idea that I have partially written.  

Why do I so often do things backward like that?  A little of this and a little of that, and not always the stuff that belongs together?

Sometimes bringing the disparate things together leads to cool creative work, one way or another, but more often it pulls me in two different directions because there's really no way to combine them, and a person has only so much time. 

Anyway, to my writer and artist friends, you, too, can enter Torn World contests.  It's might be a little late to try to enter this one, since the deadline is midnight on the last day of May, in whatever Alaska time-zone Ellen lives in, and this time each entry requires both text and art.  But if you're interested in entering some world-building contests, they're announced on the forums at tornworld.net.  And, if interest is expressed, I'll put links here to the new contests as they are announced.

And finally, these poppies are in planters outside one of my temp jobs; I couldn't resist taking a few pictures after work.

Woke up with a headache; ate and took medicine and it's slowly getting better.  I sure hopes it goes away, since I've got a LOT to do!



Miscellany

May. 29th, 2010 04:51 pm
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One of my temp employers had a day where people could bring in hazardous trash (old paint, pesticides, etc.), and so I got rid of some of the clutter that's been in this house since I bought it.

I've found homes for all the kittens, the last one other than the one I'm keeping will be picked up Monday.  Now I just need to find a home for Mama.

My Angel got the remedial lawn mowing done, so now we don't have grass that's tall enough to hide a not-so-small child; the new lawnmower shreds things much better than the old so the compost composts faster too, besides being cordless and a lot less hassle to use.  Not that we needed the expense, but we did need a new lawnmower; the body of the old one was held together with multiple layers of duct tape. 

I have a three day weekend, and about a month worth of projects calling me.  There's a closet that needs scraping, plaster work, and paint; a yard that needs work, including weeding the garden and planting some plants, and a bunch of stories that need attention.

Also, Torn World is having a "create a city" contest and I have one partially painted scene that could be developed into a city, with some text. and a totally different idea that I have partially written.  

Why do I so often do things backward like that?  A little of this and a little of that, and not always the stuff that belongs together?

Sometimes bringing the disparate things together leads to cool creative work, one way or another, but more often it pulls me in two different directions because there's really no way to combine them, and a person has only so much time. 

Anyway, to my writer and artist friends, you, too, can enter Torn World contests.  It's might be a little late to try to enter this one, since the deadline is midnight on the last day of May, in whatever Alaska time-zone Ellen lives in, and this time each entry requires both text and art.  But if you're interested in entering some world-building contests, they're announced on the forums at tornworld.net.  And, if interest is expressed, I'll put links here to the new contests as they are announced.

And finally, these poppies are in planters outside one of my temp jobs; I couldn't resist taking a few pictures after work.

Woke up with a headache; ate and took medicine and it's slowly getting better.  I sure hopes it goes away, since I've got a LOT to do!



Life

Oct. 20th, 2009 01:59 am
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Today I had a job interview; I won't hear from them for a week at least, since my interview was at the first available slot on the first day of interviews. So now I wait. This job would be problematic since everyone else in the firm has health insurance through a spouse. Hurry up, Congress, and pass real health reform!!!

Yesterday, My Angel and I went to a local graveyard to take pictures. We got there only a little before sunset, but spent a good bit of time wandering around. My Angel got tired of me being somewhere else when she saw a good picture, and took some too. :-D

I'm hoping one will give me good inspiration for a Halloween #fridayflash piece.

Other pictures were taken with Fireborn in mind, or for general Fall color.

Some of the gravestones were quite interesting. This one has some kind of animal; most of the ones that had a little animal on top were lambs, presumably the Lamb of God; this one is obviously very worn, but reminded me of a polar bear more than anything else. No way to be sure, I suppose, after all this time.

And I had to switch to the phone's memory for pictures midway.  I guess I have to dig out the adapter and move all the photos on my phone card.  It's full!  Eep!

I also went and got a new cork board; I gave my old one to my daughter a couple of years ago, since I wasn't using it. Well, I'm trying to keep track of magazines and contests and the like, and while I don't want to duplicate Duotrope on 3x5 cards, there's stuff that is much easier to look at all at once!

I used to have a couple nice rejection letters pinned to the old one; I know I didn't throw them out. When I find them again, I'll re-pin! (And scan.)





I should get back to my sparkly sea-serpent story.  It needs a climax, yet, and an ending, and while I know roughly what those will be, they won't be at all unless I write them.  And it needs a title!

And then, I get to write about the mess Orchid is about to get herself into, though she doesn't know it yet.

Oh, and we now have enough leaves falling to start to mulch the roses.  The leaves are free, which is definitely an advantage.  However, they don't all land piled high around the roses by themselves! 

Busybusy. 

I leave you with a fall colors photo from a shopping trip.



The photo with the gravestone shaped like an arch is by My Angel, the rest are by me.


Life

Oct. 20th, 2009 01:59 am
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Today I had a job interview; I won't hear from them for a week at least, since my interview was at the first available slot on the first day of interviews. So now I wait. This job would be problematic since everyone else in the firm has health insurance through a spouse. Hurry up, Congress, and pass real health reform!!!

Yesterday, My Angel and I went to a local graveyard to take pictures. We got there only a little before sunset, but spent a good bit of time wandering around. My Angel got tired of me being somewhere else when she saw a good picture, and took some too. :-D

I'm hoping one will give me good inspiration for a Halloween #fridayflash piece.

Other pictures were taken with Fireborn in mind, or for general Fall color.

Some of the gravestones were quite interesting. This one has some kind of animal; most of the ones that had a little animal on top were lambs, presumably the Lamb of God; this one is obviously very worn, but reminded me of a polar bear more than anything else. No way to be sure, I suppose, after all this time.

And I had to switch to the phone's memory for pictures midway.  I guess I have to dig out the adapter and move all the photos on my phone card.  It's full!  Eep!

I also went and got a new cork board; I gave my old one to my daughter a couple of years ago, since I wasn't using it. Well, I'm trying to keep track of magazines and contests and the like, and while I don't want to duplicate Duotrope on 3x5 cards, there's stuff that is much easier to look at all at once!

I used to have a couple nice rejection letters pinned to the old one; I know I didn't throw them out. When I find them again, I'll re-pin! (And scan.)





I should get back to my sparkly sea-serpent story.  It needs a climax, yet, and an ending, and while I know roughly what those will be, they won't be at all unless I write them.  And it needs a title!

And then, I get to write about the mess Orchid is about to get herself into, though she doesn't know it yet.

Oh, and we now have enough leaves falling to start to mulch the roses.  The leaves are free, which is definitely an advantage.  However, they don't all land piled high around the roses by themselves! 

Busybusy. 

I leave you with a fall colors photo from a shopping trip.



The photo with the gravestone shaped like an arch is by My Angel, the rest are by me.


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Well, we got as much in from the garden as we're going to get; I got a last few tomatoes by flashlight. We also went walking in the park along the Menominee River and I took pictures. Then I headed into Chicago for a lunch date tomorrow with my aunt and sisters, and ran into way too much road destruction!

Anyway, I'll do a proper garden-wrap-up post when I can more easily access the photos.
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Well, we got as much in from the garden as we're going to get; I got a last few tomatoes by flashlight. We also went walking in the park along the Menominee River and I took pictures. Then I headed into Chicago for a lunch date tomorrow with my aunt and sisters, and ran into way too much road destruction!

Anyway, I'll do a proper garden-wrap-up post when I can more easily access the photos.
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If you were at DragonCon (lucky you!), or visiting relatives like me, and missed the chapter of Fireborn I posted Friday, here's a link:


http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/56518.html


And, just 'cause, a picture or two from my Aunt's yard.

And it's SO GOOD to be back using my own keyboard on a table that's not too high!

It was good to see family too, of course.


Oh, and for those interested, Elizabeth Bear talks a little about the donation-model of publishing, and calls it to busking in so many words, over in her journal.  She's [livejournal.com profile] matociquala on LJ.
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If you were at DragonCon (lucky you!), or visiting relatives like me, and missed the chapter of Fireborn I posted Friday, here's a link:


http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/56518.html


And, just 'cause, a picture or two from my Aunt's yard.

And it's SO GOOD to be back using my own keyboard on a table that's not too high!

It was good to see family too, of course.


Oh, and for those interested, Elizabeth Bear talks a little about the donation-model of publishing, and calls it to busking in so many words, over in her journal.  She's [livejournal.com profile] matociquala on LJ.
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When I was first writing the chapter titled Firey Sunset, I had a particular picture in mind.  I took it back in College. 

I took a lot of sunrise photos then, since I was working on the student paper, which was a daily.  And sunset photos too.  With two small lakes on campus, a lot of those photos were over water.  I was in charge of placing stories and headlines (and continued tags and everything else) on the pages.  It was a late-night job.

That makes it...older than I really want to contemplate.  Anyway, when it came time to post that chapter, I couldn't find it, and so used a photo from my trip to MOONCon this year as a substitute.  But I really wasn't happy with it.  It was far from Fiery.

However, I have now found the photo!  And I went back and edited it into its proper spot in the story.  (-:  And just 'cause you folks are special, I'm copying it here.  It's one of the photos that made someone with a real camera, with 35mm film and filters and light meters and all, tell me I was lying when I told them all I had was one of those disc cameras. 

I'm still really pleased with this photo.

The photo on today's chapter is from a trip to "da UP" I took in 1989.  This photo is from 1979.
 
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When I was first writing the chapter titled Firey Sunset, I had a particular picture in mind.  I took it back in College. 

I took a lot of sunrise photos then, since I was working on the student paper, which was a daily.  And sunset photos too.  With two small lakes on campus, a lot of those photos were over water.  I was in charge of placing stories and headlines (and continued tags and everything else) on the pages.  It was a late-night job.

That makes it...older than I really want to contemplate.  Anyway, when it came time to post that chapter, I couldn't find it, and so used a photo from my trip to MOONCon this year as a substitute.  But I really wasn't happy with it.  It was far from Fiery.

However, I have now found the photo!  And I went back and edited it into its proper spot in the story.  (-:  And just 'cause you folks are special, I'm copying it here.  It's one of the photos that made someone with a real camera, with 35mm film and filters and light meters and all, tell me I was lying when I told them all I had was one of those disc cameras. 

I'm still really pleased with this photo.

The photo on today's chapter is from a trip to "da UP" I took in 1989.  This photo is from 1979.
 
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So I thought I'd devote a large part of the day to making art. Visual art, that is. But what to work on?

I've also been wishing, for a few months, for the chance to get together with other artists in the same room, with pleasant conversation about life and artistic techniques, and friendly kibitzing/comments on each others' work. Of course, the artists I want to do this with live far away, so that isn't happening today. But I thought I would at least let you folks comment/kibitz on some of the unfinished projects littering my house in my art studio.

Don't worry if you're not a trained artist--you're welcome to come play regardless!

This post was delayed because in the bath I realized a few things about the scene in Fireborn I'm writing, so I came back to the computer and did verbal arts for a while.

Then I went outside to peek at the garden and take some pictures, and found some gorgeous copper-colored beetles on the hibiscus buds. Are these good bugs or bad? I don't know, so I captured a couple in a jar for My Angel to look at later.

(Here is the bug. Anyone know what it is?)

While I was outside, I took a few pictures of flowers, green tomatoes, and other plants.

Oh, and while I'm thinking about it, I want to thank the people on my friends list who have reminded me that photography is an art too! Thank you.

So, here's some projects in various states of unfinished.



The sketch of the instrument case is hopefully the start of a new "sponsor me" button, for things more musical in nature.   The topsy-turvy cat was inspired by one of [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar 's one-card-draw comments to me, a while back.

The two dragons here are on tie-dyed t-shirts. The dragon amidst flowers is on a size L, the dragon who needs to be holding something (but what?) is on an XL. (These fabric paints are very soft, and very durable. I've had the paints still in great shape on t-shirts where the silk-screening is falling off and the material has worn thin enough to tear easily.)

I also sent a picture of an alien to my aol to put here, but it hasn't arrived in my in-box, and I'm ready to get some art done! Likewise some pictures of other paintings, and a canvass with a rip in it that I painted to make a place to hang dream catchers at art shows, but which, now that I've started it, I'm very tempted to turn into a painting. I really like the cloud-forms I did.

Oh well, maybe later.



cut because her state of incompleteness could be mistaken for nudity )

What are you working on today?

And, what do you want to encourage me to work on today?

I'll post at least one update, maybe more depending on how much I get done.
 

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