Meme for a rainy afternoon

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:57 pm
el_staplador: Yuri Plisetsky from 'Yuri!!! on Ice' sticking his tongue out; caption 'makes me wanna barf' (yuri on ice)
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Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fics are here.


Also, I note with some amusement that the only fic mentioned in this post that I haven't actually managed to finish is The Fall of Strelsau. Though it's now sitting at 6,833 words, and yes, includes a by-election.
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She didn't mean like this:
Cargigan folded into skull

(Don't ask how the socks turned out!)

A Week of Skulls

Jun. 25th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Monday
Bookish...
check the titles )
Tuesday
Preparations (tiny sketch)
sketch )
Wednesday
Embroidered sample
embroidery )
Thursday
The things we keep in our lives...
candle )
Friday's serendipity
Seen in a shop...
silver skull in dome )
Saturday
Buttons (a homage to Neil Gaiman's "Other Mother" in Coraline)...
buttoned up skull )
Sunday's serendipity
Found on the side wall of Tesco...
Grafitti )

Drive-By Post Rec

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:06 am
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Go look here for a fascinating discussion about men, women, the world, and the chimerical concept of "the rules".

SkullADay (14)

Jun. 18th, 2017 01:49 pm
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I finished the knitted skull and embroidered it. Not as pleased with the knit (the green yarn didn't play ball as well as the off white). But here it is:



Cool! I've never uploaded to YouTube before.

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Jun. 18th, 2017 01:05 pm
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I failed to make anything new on Thursday, but did appreciate how part of Quentin Blake's skill is in implying the skeleton (and sometimes skeletal) within a creature.

Also, I amended, again, the translation:

Whatevers! in these sluggish times
That give nor joy nor shame to mull
The sole solution to our crimes:
The smiling rictus of the skull.

I think this is the finished version, although I dislike line two and would love to come up with a better.

SkullADay (10 & 11)

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:58 pm
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So, after an abortive search for an old piece of calligraphy I did based round the Verlaine "Quatrain" and in a week where I was dealing with arranging translations at work, I fell to thinking about attempting a translation myself.

Et voilà:



That was Tuesday. But all the next day there was something bugging me. Here's the Wednesday amendment:



Reads better, even if "smile" might be seen as weaker (and less accurate) than "laugh".

(Also on Wednesday, I started another knitted skull, which became Saturday's effort.)

SkullADay (9) belated catchup

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:08 pm
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Busy week--and electricians at work on the house. (We still don't have enough sockets but the number of extension leads has diminished.)

Monday, I did this:
Skull silhouette on text background (!Quatrain" by Paul Verlaine)
The text is a poem (a long-time favourite) by Paul Verlaine, which set me thinking....

Private Viewing

Jun. 16th, 2017 09:33 am
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Got an invite to a private viewing of Quentin Blake's work for the Folio Society at what is rapidly becoming my favourite exhibition space: The Heong Gallery. Listened to the Master of Downing and the Production Director of from Folio and Quentin Blake. Bumped into my Tutor from university days (not entirely surprising).

And I drank prosecco and ate posh nibbles.

And the paintings from some of Blake's (does the surname go with great pictures?) Folio collaborations--Don Quixote, Voyages to the Moon and Sun, La Fontaine's Fables, The Golden Ass, Candide, and Riddley Walker--were even better in the flesh than on the page (however great the printed reproductions are [I have Don Q and Riddley Walker (that's my birthday and Xmas present taken care of this year: my copy is number 140) to compare]).

I'd happily pay huge amounts for "Cupid and Venus" and "Pan and Echo"; any picture of Blake's involving a horse is worth serious attention; but, but, but... The Riddley Walker illustrations are masterful. There are a series--I think it's "Goodparly and Orfing sitting...", "Bernt Arse dogs....", "Riddley walking with the dogs...", "Rightway and Deaper set off....", and "Riddley walking off..."--which have a quite shallow, landscape orientation, all with a primarily monochrome colour scheme, but (as a hugely-perceptive fellow viewer pointed out) each with a single accent colour, and they are mind-blowing.
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