Us vs Them

Dec. 18th, 2014 12:32 pm
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Don't have time right now to fully explain this thought, let alone explore it, But please do comment if you have thoughts.

Do we humans need a Them to feel like Us? That is, in order to feel a kinship with anyone, do we also need someone to other?

It sure seems like it. We sure do seem to spontaneously generate new Others when we are shown that the old Others are really Us.

No more scribbld?

Dec. 17th, 2014 04:25 pm
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So I guess my account over at scribbld has randomly disappeared so I'll be using this account from now on. I would continue using my old account over there, but if they are going to just willy nilly take stuff away from us without warning, then I don't want to risk putting my content over there anymore *sigh* I should have been doing monthly backups.

[meme] Holiday Wishes 2014

Dec. 17th, 2014 09:57 am
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Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered... whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ/DW/FB. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV"). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) can get in touch with you. Your home address is not required!
Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ/Dreamwidth/FB so that the holiday joy will spread.

Surf around your friends list (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here's the important part...

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes one person's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use - or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free - do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf - to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not - it's your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just... wish, and it might come true. Give and you might receive. You'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Hi I'm Emmy. I've been doing this for a very long time. I'm a 26 year-old freelance writer, poet and reiki practitioner from Massachusetts who volunteers as a cat caretaker at a local animal shelter.

01. Holiday cards - I prefer Yule/Secular/ Generic holiday, but if you have religious cards that aren't super denomination-specific I'll accept those too.
02. Stickers - I always get neat things when I ask for stickers and I love the variety I get. I don't really care what kind of stickers you give me: seasonal, anime, random, spiritual. I use them in journals and ATCs and penpal letters.
03. Stationery
04. Amazon Wishlist:
The sidebar has stuff categorized and it overlaps a bit with information in this list because I tend to send this out to family as well. The holiday_wishes one is assorted things I haven't sorted yet. Please let me know if you're poking around the "business/someday" or "NaNoPrizeVault" sections, since those tend to be things I'm saving up for myself. I also have a list that is adult/kink/little that I keep hidden. Email or PM me if you want the link to that one.
05. Gift cards: Amazon, Etsy, Itunes
06. Pipe dream 1: a rename token or equivalent tokens for my public LJ ([personal profile] brides_koneko)
07. Pipe dream 2: a keyboard for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet
08. oil pastels
09. Friends/Followers on my private LJ (dreamwriteremmy) or the public one mentioned above (brides_koneko)
10. postage stamps

If you're interested in fulfilling a wish, my email address is ehryniewi[AT]gmail[dot]com, please put Holiday Wishes & the wish # in the subject so I can filter these out so they don't get lost in my inbox. Thank you!
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost First night. The sun hasn't set yet in Hawaii, right? #Hanukkah #candlelight

Other people's art books

Dec. 16th, 2014 09:50 pm
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[personal profile] batwrangler
I think Melissa Jay Craig's Bookworks are beautiful and I am particularly smitten by her (S) Edition mushroom books.

Ascencion on SyFy

Dec. 15th, 2014 11:10 pm
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3 night miniseries event, Tricia Helfer. Basic premise is that in the 50s/60s the US built a generation ship to send people to Proxima Centauri. Fifty one years later, we see what's become of them.

spoilers, but I did not like it )

Life (such as it goes)

Dec. 16th, 2014 08:45 am
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All of my writing energy seems to be going towards my daily pages, and when I get it there never seems to be anything that I feel the need to share with the rest of the world. Obviously, if I were writing full-time this would have to change. Then again, I'd also have some structured subjects to talk about.

Reading: I was reading The Summer Prince but I took a short break and lost my momentum. The quality of prose is good and it's stocked with all sorts of good, shiny little ideas, but they can't obscure the fact that the premise of the book is human sacrifice. It's a hard sell, and I'm not sold. Then I started reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and I was pretty enthralled for a while, but Helen's diary is a hard read and I took a break and didn't pick it up again yet I promise nothing. Now I'm reading Late Eclipses (one of the Toby Daye books) and pretty well tearing through it. I read a lot on the weekend, which was nice.

I am also reading ungodly amounts of Skyrim fanfic (how the hell did video game fandom even happen to me?). And I tried digging into the [community profile] femslashex archives from this year but haven't even made a dent.

Writing: Yuletide was going well, and then it stalled. I'm nervous. My piece is coherent, but it's under a thousand words and I fear it's inevitably to be seen as incomplete. How to go about completing it to standard is something I need to stew on. Most of my other fanfic is stalled, but I did make a breakthrough last week with something I've been stuck on for a while. Relationship-type dialogue, and a more complex sort than what I have dealt with mostly up to now. My Collar of the Damned stuff is also stalled. I try not to dwell too hard on how many open WIPs I have. It is depressing.

Of course, the reason for all of this is my current fixation with Skyrim fanfic, of which I have been producing a fairly respectable amount. Anatomy of a fandom infatuation. I actually think about that subject a lot, now.


Dec. 16th, 2014 12:09 am
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I probably shouldn't have done that. But I don't entirely regret it. Payday is in two days.

And I was all sulky to lose two of the Glamourkin's I had in my cart to suddenly being gone, so I decided to just push the button. ([personal profile] mermaiden or [personal profile] willow_cabin, If I end with more of these by the time the update finishes, can I combine shipping at all?)

Yuletides Past Meme

Dec. 15th, 2014 08:37 pm
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2007 | The Sixth Heaven
Fandom: Beauty & The Beast (TV Show)
Word Count: 5,523

Oh, Lordy. Okay, this was the most AU I'd ever taken anything ever. I rewrote it as a budding teenage romance, against the parallel of Alighieri's Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradisio. The work is riddled with references and head-tips, while still being true as true can be to Catherine and Vincent, Dante and Beatrice, and the words themselves.

Extra Treat: Lulled and Warm
Another tiny Vincent piece I wrote while rewatching the whole series amid research.

2008 | The Smallest Spark of Hope
Fandom: Terminator
Word Count: 2,394

I don't remember what I got paired up with this person for, but like the year before it was not for I ended up writing. I actually did not expect this story to happen. I liked the movies, but wasn't in love and yet this exploded from me and the simple request for "Terminator Movie AU; Kyle Lives."

I had so much fun writing this one. Because I wanted to include how Kyle could have survived his last circumstances, without cutting the legs off all the growing Sarah does in the next six months, year, two years, when she travels the world and learns how to protect herself. In a way it's very Tale of Two Cities, because they don't meet until just at the end, with absolutely nothing settled and everything the way it should be.

2009 | odorous smoke and breathing flower
Fandom: Elfquest
Word Count: 3,772

The first year I wrote for a fandom I offered. She wanted a story about Dart, with mentions potentially of his love-mate Sushen, and I was enamored. I reread my oldest fandom for all the main hard books, pushing pieces around until I found something I dearly and desperately loved no matter what age.

The story of Dart and Geoki, who are supposed to make and break your heart. So I wrote about that story. And, yes, it still mentions love mates and endless quests, and fires and famine and family and home. About morals, right and wrong, and growing, how it is painful, haunted, and beautiful, hopeful. All at once.

2010 | To Learn The Games You Play
Fandom: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Word Count: 2,569

Another Terminator I did not plan for, nor get matched up on but was swept up in the prompt (that way I'd been swept up nthe series), because my recipient wanted The Story of Allison Young. Who is the skin copy of Cameron. And I was hooked.

I built my story around the single episode of scenes we see Allison and The Terminator/1st canonical Cameron-skin appearance. And then I filled it in with memories, and interlocking, overlapping piece of his her mind and history. Which turned out quite interesting.

2011 | Will forever be known as the year Amanda tried to sign up for Yuletide the day after it closed

2012 | No First, or Last, Prayer
Fandom: Jacqueline Carey's The Sundering Duology
Word Count: 1,513

This was the year I wrote in one of my most favorite fandoms/books series ever, that I never expected to be writing in, now ever expected to receive from it (though it had been listed in my wants fro every year since starting Yuletide). I did very little research because this series burned itself into my heart and soul during my first read, but the research I did, in fact, did change my story entirely.

From one full-born idea-piece to another full-born idea piece. I researched one night, and wrote in one night, three days apart, having to put it off for Christmas, and six hours of overtime, and a few other things. But it literally flew from my fingertips and I'm quite in love with it still.
2013 | Conscience
Fandom: Revenge
Word Count: 1,945

I have to admit I never thought I'd end up writing in this fandom. It was only that I'd decided to add it on both side of the line as a want and a willing fandom (because my willingness to write in a lot of crazy extra fandoms exploded this year). But I have to admit I was, also, really swayed by my recipient's want for a Nolan story. I like shadow of the hero(/anti-hero stories).

I love Edmund Dantes, and by extension Emily Rose/Amanda Clarke, but it was delicious to be given the challenge of writing for her best friend, partner in crime and all around conscience, Jitney Cricket, Nolan. It was something I think stands up well against the test of time.

2014 | Unrevealed
Fandom: Unrevealed
Word Count: 3,907 (Current to Rough Draft 1)

I did not expect to end up back in this fandom, and all once I almost never expect to be out of this fandom where it comes to Yuletide. I think it's that I may be in the small group of the few people still writing in it, and willing to write in it, pretty much whatever anyone wants to have written in it. I fell in love with this challenge the first second I read it. Trepidacious and challenged.

I watched all the episodes across one Sunday at home. I wrote the whole story across a day and half. It just exploded out of me, demanding every part of me, and a good deal of the internet at its disposal, too. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, but I'd love to send it through a number of beta's.

Wild cranes* in another format

Dec. 14th, 2014 05:50 pm
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Here's an earlier notebook that I made with the same decorative paper:


Outer covers: crane* chiyogami (Paper Mojo, JP-357C); inner covers: burgundy lotka (Hollanders); blackwaxed linen thread. Text block: unsewn, medium, blank signatures (Hollanders).

*The paper website calls them geese, but their legs are too long for geese, so I'm opting for fancifully colored cranes.
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As I was told it would be

Dec. 14th, 2014 07:16 am
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I'm still making it out of my shell and back to some of the places and people I knew, frequented, left behind int the spring and so last night was this riot of something completely different. A few days ago the maintainer of my cooking meetup sent me a message saying she was so excited I signed up as coming to the Christmas meetup.

I stared at it for a long time.

I had not signed up, after all. My name was still on it, because twelve months ago I had said I would run that night. The Christmas, White Elephant everything. But ten months later I hadn't spoken to anyone on the list in the long slog of being deeply ill, being severely depressed, and under the yoke of the job that was rending my soul to shreds.

I stared at it for days. Unanswering. Guilty. Nervous.

I didn't even decide entirely until yesterday morning to go, and even then I felt it was a poor embarrassment of a decision. I wasn't going to have a dish prepared (for appetizers or desserts). Just a bottle of wine and a white elephant gift. But I put on my big girl pants, still without even answering the maintainers e-mail, and I drove across town and showed up. Nervous. Embarrassed. Feeling about two feet tall.

About the concept of having to apologize and explain. All of....that. The last ten months of my life.

But I got there, and people were smiling instantly. I got pulled into the kitchen and away to the presentation table, by people hugging me and saying they'd missed me. A lot of the group spent the night finding a quiet moment to say they were so relieved to see that I was okay, since the last time they'd seen me was March right as my roommate was leaving me and I in the downslide swing of being super physically ill.

That they'd been asking of me, of each other for months. Afraid I might have had cancer, or something equally worse. That they had all even considered verging on my apartment manager (from the place I moved out of in May) to ask where I lived so they could check on me.

It was.......humbling in a lot of ways.

None of guilting. Always off to the side, semi-private, with a hug, a smile, a hand on my shoulder, or back or arm. While pouring wine, or eating food, keeping company with people making dishes, or rearranging things on the presentation table. Just people taking a moment to relayed their year of concern and their gratitude to see that I was so much better.

The night itself was lovely, too. The food was amazing, appetizers, desserts, and wine of several kinds each. The White Elephant exchange which I ended up stepping in and running (since I mentioned that I ran the one for my SciFi group last Saturday). I, even, ended up singing Christmas songs for karaoke than never having agreed to go with Earl to karaoke once in five years.

It was all in all a humbling, fun night. I'm going to look forward to having this group back in my next year.

Cased-in flat-back notebook

Dec. 14th, 2014 09:12 am
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I used Hollanders' medium pre-sewn text block with their recommended .087 Standard Book Board for the cover boards and Mohawk Cover for the spine, covered in Metallic Book Cloth Copper (all from Hollanders) and Wild Geese* on Red Chiyogami (JP-357C from Paper Mojo). Despite carefully marking the center of the cloth, I seem to have offset it by about a quarter of an inch, which might be just enough to make it look like a subtle but deliberate design choice? I made headbands by wrapping a length of walnut waxed linen thread (folded over twice so that it was four strands thick) in burgundy lotka paper, and I used Bookbinders's PH-neutral PVA glue for sticking everything together. The text block already had plain endpapers attached, so I went with those.

Here's one picture (click through it for a few more):


*The paper website calls them geese, but their legs are too long for geese, so I'm betting they are actually meant to be stylized cranes.


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