danagryphon: (Arms)
Well, my recipient just posted that she received her package, so I can post a pic of the gift I made for the EK Artisan Swap (which is a sooper sekrit type of swap). She's a fellow archer who likes celtic knotwork and earthtones, especially green. So I made her a leather archery bracer with a gold and green celtic knot and a green variegated archer's tassel.

EK Artisan Swap gift

Although this was the fourth round of this swap, it was my first time participating. It was very cool, and I'm looking forward to seeing what goody I get in return. And it's something I'll definitely do again when the next round starts up!
danagryphon: (Arms)
Hubby and I went away this past weekend for a holiday party/awards banquet/Christmas parade for the Shrine Clowns down on Cape Cod. The town of Falmouth make a BIG shindig out of their Xmas parade weekend; the parade is Sunday, but on Saturday, the town is hopping with craft fairs and shopping and all sorts of events. The hotel we stay in has a gingerbread house decorating event for kids, which we get to see the set up for while we are eating breakfast in their dinning room. This year, I didn't go on the big craft fair/shopping expedition because I'm very leery of jostling crowds with my shoulder a bit tender. So I stayed at the hotel and rested while Hubby went out.

Otherwise, the shoulder was actually pretty good, and by the end of the weekend, I was actually able to lift my arm over my head (part of the way, at least) under its own power. Today I go for my post-op appt (it was moved from Friday) and get my stitches out. Thank GODS. The incisions are all completely healed, but the stitches are itching like CRAZY. I've actually stopped wearing the bandaids over them because they were irritating my skin more than anything. Once the stitches come out, I'll be able to put some lotion on it to relieve the dry skin, which should help with the itching.

Tomorrow I go back into the office, braving the commuter rail and the subway to do so. I am debating about wearing the sling or not. Generally, I don't need it, but it is a good deterrent to keep people at a little distance. (Two instances this weekend of people slapping me good-naturedly on the shoulder are strong incentives to wear it when in a crowd who doesn't know or give a shit that I'm still healing.) Plus, I still do not have any strength in the arm to hold on if I'm stuck standing, so it might get people to offer me a seat if that happens. Yeah, I think I'll probably wear it for the commute, but take it off while at work.

The other thing that should happen today is getting my order for PT, which I will set up tomorrow. I'm hoping I can just do once a week if I promise to do the same exercises at home. I have all the stuff I need to from the last time I did PT. But I definitely want to do PT with a therapist so I can have someone tell me when I might be pushing it, and to track my progress more objectively. I can't WAIT until I can pick up a bow, for example, so much so that I know I'm going to have to force myself to take the therapist's word as law on when that can finally happen. However, I am going to start going to an indoor range this Thursday with my two yeomen, to work with them over the winter. Plus, yeoman #2 and I need to get together to make his arrows.

Time to get back to projects. I have a ton of stuff to get done now for Birka, including calligraphy on 3 scrolls (one is a private commission) and at least one garb outfit (more if I decide to make something new for the boy, too). I also have a commission for pair of leather coronets that don't have a firm deadline, but I'd like to get working on it soon (although I'm still waiting on some sketches from the client for one of them). I *did* manage to finish my EK Artisan Exchange gift before my surgery, so I just need to get that packed up and in the mail.

Now I just need to find my motivation!
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I'm all over the place right now with various projects. My stride on my latest PotA story got totally broken while I was trying valiantly (but failing) to finish a story for the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang. Then I had to finish a story for [livejournal.com profile] spn_bigpretzel, which I *did* finish, even if it was a little late, and I'm pretty happy with it. Now I'm back on PotA: Human Nature, but the chapter is going slowly. It's a dungeon crawl through a deserted Air Force base (Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, for those following along). It's been helpful that I found a government doc all about how Kirtland was converted to a nuclear stockpile storage facility in the 80's, complete with lots of pictures of the externally visible portions of the base as well as some shots of the internal facilities. Lots of the pics have been redacted for security reasons (oh MYYY!!), but it's been really helpful to visualize what the place looks like, even if most of the time my characters are just walking down endless corridors for now.

I decided NOT to split the party from the get-go (much as it was tempting to), although there will be some splittage by the end of the chapter when Bad Things Happen. I'm hoping to have the chapter posted by tonight or tomorrow at the latest, depending on how much editing I decide it needs.

I've finished the opening scene of my PotA story I've decided on for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang. OMG it's a serious tease, and I'll post a snippet in a couple of weeks when the comm starts doing "Snippet Saturdays". The story itself is going to be heart-wrenching (OF COURSE!), but in a different way than I think has been done with these characters before. It's a "going home" fic, but with a couple of angsty twists. [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 once said that if anyone could figure out a way to get the guys home, it would be me (and not just because I'm the only one writing in this fandom at the moment). Oh, if she only knew... bwahahahahahahahaha.

I've created a comm called [livejournal.com profile] twd_reversebang, because I've decided that The Walking Dead NEEDS a reverse bang. I've never run a challenge comm before, so I'm looking for co-mods/mentors/useful help of any sort. I'm looking at you, my fellow Daryl-crazy flisties! No idea of a time frame yet, as I'm sure there will need to be beaucoup pimping to generate enough interest before there is actually a call for people to start making art. But I LOVE reverse bangs ever so much more than big bangs, and as far as I've been able to find, there are no TWD specific ones. And since it's now big enough to be disqualified from all the "small fandom" stuff, it's time to branch out on its own.

Other big area of activity (as always) is SCA stuff. I'm bringing along two newbies (well, one VERY newbie; Coronation will be her first event, and one relative newbie who is kind of at loose ends since breaking up with the GF who got him into the SCA). The relative newbie interested in archery, so this weekend I'm going to help him purchase his own bow and eventually make arrows for it. He also wants to be a marshal. I'm thinking he might be good yeoman material, since my current yeoman has kinda gotten swallowed by fatherhood (which is understandable!) and theater. But nothing says I can't have multiple yeo's, especially since my personal shooting has been greatly curtailed by shoulder problems. So Saturday is making Viking garb with one newbie in the morning, then bow shopping with the other one in the afternoon. Sunday, the Shire is having a demo at a street craft fair in Worcester, so again, my weekend is rather booked up.

Speaking of Coronation, got an IM from the Princess the other night to verify that the boy would be coming with me to Coronation. And that I should make sure that he has a nice tunic to wear for court.... :D (Which of course, means more sewing. And that I should probably also have a nice new outfit...)

Oh, and I got a loom. Someone brought it to the business meeting to give away (although I am making a small donation to the Shire for it). Weaving my own trim is something I've always wanted to do, but I know nothing about it at the moment. This loom is actually big enough to do stuff about 15 inches wide, so I can do bigger things too if I want. Luckily, I have a neighbor (as well as an apprentice sister) who are pretty much experts in the field who have both offered to teach me. Because I need a new hobby.... NOT!

Add to all that trying to keep both boys current in their classes (Elder Boy is taking two online classed through a local community college, Spare Boy has just started High School), and I'm pretty well a one-armed paper hanger at the moment. Luckily, my car can wait to go into the shop for a more opportune time, since after a quick fix so I can open the driver's side door, it is totally driveable. Which reminds me, I need to call the insurance company to find out why I haven't gotten a written estimate yet....
danagryphon: (writing)
I'm really rocking Workflowy these days to keep track of all the challenges for fanfic and fanart that I've signed up for. And I love the export feature so I can copy it into other venues. I also have another folder on it to keep track of SCA projects.

So here's what I'm up to these days:

- RareWomen Fanfic Exchange
      - [COMPLETE] REVEALED 5/4
- SPNBigPretzel Spring Fanfic Exchange
      - [COMPLETE] POSTING 5/2: ART: Survey Says
      - POSTING 5/12: ART: The Code
      - POSTING 5/14: FIC: What The World Needs Now (1k word min)
- Waywardmixes (Round 15 Theme: Heroes and Villains)
      - DUE 5/20: MIX: Ain't No Hero [Daryl Dixon]
- SmallFandomFest
      - CLOSES 7/31: I have my eye on several prompts, for either art or fic
- SPNJ2BigBang
      - ART: Claiming starts 5/4, Due 6/1, Posting starts 6/5: there are 2 Bobby-centric stories I have my eye on
- SciFiBigBang (haven't signed up yet, depends on what the story previews look like)
      - ART: Claiming starts 7/1, Due 8/15, Posting starts 8/20
- DeanCasBigBang
      - FIC: Drafts due 8/15; 10K or 20K words (upgrade by 7/15)
      - ART: Claiming starts 8/20, Due 9/28, Posting starts 10/1

I'm also considering starting a comm for a Walking Dead Big Bang (or reverse bang). Running that would be a new and interesting challenge...
danagryphon: (Arms)
So it's been a crazy month. All the stuff that didn't get done for Birka, I really, really tried to get done for K&Q A&S yesterday. I mostly succeeded, and the couple of things that didn't get done (or didn't quite get finished) for then I can do in the next week or so.

And then, there was this Laureling. The day before Christmas, I got an email from [livejournal.com profile] brokk, telling me that [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina was going to be elevated to the Laural at K&Q A&S, and could I help make sure she would go to the event by asking her to carpool with me, since we have carpooled to these kinds of events in the past. Oh, and what else did he need to do?

Cut for images and insane rambling )

Then on to the next round of projects!

I Haz A Sad

Feb. 3rd, 2013 04:34 pm
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going to end up dropping out of the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang this round. I tried to write a story in fandom I hadn't tried before, and it's just not coming together. I've been trying since frikkin' October to get this thing out. The deadline for the rough draft was this past Thursday, when it was supposed to be 80% (a minimum of 8K words) done. I had barely 2K words down. I asked for and got an extension until tomorrow for my draft, but here I am at the almost end of the weekend, and I now have 2600 words. Yeah. It just ain't happening.

I love Space: 1999 as a TV show. I love the characters, but I just can't for the life of me get into their heads to the point where I can write them. I don't know why. I actually love the first page or so, but then it's kinda like, what do they say now?

I'm frustrated, and I've been feeling like I couldn't write anything else while I had this hanging over my head. So I'm going to put it aside, and move on to other things that I have actual burning desire to write. At least I'll still be part of the bang because I signed up to do art, and I'm going to try to get one of the Walking Dead stories (why, oh why didn't I pick that fandom for my story??).

Speaking of art, the art for the [livejournal.com profile] mpregbigbang that I signed up to do is also due Monday, and that's actually in good shape. I've done a banner and a fanmix (including a cover) for each of the three stories, and if I have time before we post, I might actually do a couple more small pieces. My learning curve in photoshop is very shallow, but I'm trying to learn one new technique for each piece I do. I did some masking, some blurring techniques to make one section of a picture stand out against a blurred background, and some overlay stuff. I'm happy with how they are all turning out, and that I keep improving each time I do something. In general, big bangs always seem to have a dearth of artists, so I'm happy to be able to help out in that way.

Other projects I need to get done this week: I am making an evening gown for a fancy ball at the Shrine next Saturday, and I have to do calligraphy on a scroll (in French) to deliver to the Queen by Thursday. For the following weekend, I have to finish a bunch of leatherworking projects for K&Q A&S champs, plus another scroll. Then before the end of the month, I will do the leatherwork commission I have for a quiver.

Yeah, I think that's about it. Sad as I am that I'm not going to get the Space: 1999 story done for the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, it will really make my life a lot easier right now not to sit here and struggle with it.
danagryphon: (Arms)
Birka was, as usual, a whirlwind. (For my non-SCA friends, this is a weekend long SCA con event with a theme inspired by the Viking marketplace called Birka.)

Cut for images and much rambling )
danagryphon: (Arms)
So at Coronation this fall, the members of the Athena's Thimble Embroidery Guild were invited to help create a wall hanging for the East Kingdom royals made of blocks of appliqued letters, from patterns inspired by 15th and 16th century wood block prints. I got the letter G, which also contains a stylized griffin (of course). The kit consisted of the pattern for the block, the red background fabric, the gold fabric for the letter, and a skein of gold embroidery floss. The rest of the fabrics and threads were left to the discretion of the stitcher. I finished mine today; we were encouraged to finish them by Birka (which is next weekend) to give the organizer time to put together the entire thing, which will have 37 blocks total.

Here's my finished block:

Embroidered G Letter Block

2 and 1/2 Birka projects done, 3 and 1/2 to go!
danagryphon: (Autumn)
So, there was this Turkey Day thingy. As they already mentioned, [livejournal.com profile] calygrey (and Spare) and [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 came and partook. Along with my neighbor/friend and her daughter. And my boys were both there for dinner (and hubby, of course). After dinner, Himself came and picked up the boys, and that left the adults to sit around and play Apples to Apples and drink. Good times!

The dinner itself went off well. Brining the turkey (my first time doing it) was a definite win (as was shoving a bunch of butter up under the skin over the breast), so I'll be doing that again. I still have a good amount of leftover turkey from the 21 pound bird I cooked, but that just means more croquettes for Shire Yule in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, it'll get ground up and frozen (it thaws more easily ground up beforehand) until it is needed. The rest of the leftovers are mostly gone, though, so that's also a win. I'll have to do more mashed potatoes closer to the event anyway to make potato candy. I think the left over sweet potatoes are going to get pureed and frozen for later usage. That should all get done tonight, since I don't like to leave anything more than a week. And I still need to get a second turkey to cook for plain turkey for the Shire Yule ([livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 is making a ham, so meats are taken care of).

M and I are going away this weekend down to the Cape for a Shrine (as opposed to Shire) event—their Holiday party and awards banquet. This is the first time I'm going with M to this particular event, as part of my "try to be more involved with hubby's interests". And besides, there's an indoor pool and a hot tub at the hotel. And booze. There's a reason that the party lasts the whole weekend! Anyway, in preparation for that, I need to alter a green taffeta dress that I last wore before my GB surgery, so it needs to be taken in quite a bit. But considering that it had to be *let out* when I bought it as a bridesmaid's dress ages ago, it's not really a big deal. And I'm going to shorten it from a floor length gown to a knee-length party dress, and use the extra material I cut off the bottom to make a wrap for my shoulders, since it's also sleeveless. I think it'll be perfect for a semi-fancy holiday party (M is wearing a suit, but not a tux).

College Boy got back to college just fine on Sunday (Himself took him), then overslept and missed his only class on Monday. Sigh. Younger Child continues to court death between the homework procrastination and the "omg-I-need-a-last-minute-costume-item-for-the-play" (keeping in mind, I've been asking him for WEEKS if he has all the pieces he needs for his costume). Since I won't be around this weekend for any of the performances, I'm going to attend the last dress rehearsal tomorrow night so I can at least see the whole show and his performance. I'm also ordering the DVD that they plan to make of one of the performances.

Got good progress made on some projects at the Better Than Black Friday Craft Project Day. Got Hubby's hobo/clown costume done, started a new piece of garb for E, got some leatherwork done. Looks like E will get new garb for the Yule events, and I will wear my Big Russian Holiday Ornament Coat yet again. But that's ok. It's shiny. No, literally. Shiny. About 20 yards of gold braid trim. And gemstones. And pearls. And it's not done yet. Maybe I'll get more added to it before BBM Yule, but it's definitely at the bottom of the (very long) list of projects.

On the writing front, look for a new story to go up by the end of the week. I'm finishing my slashy PotA story (totally soppy self-indulgent angst-fest that it is). It's cathartic for me, and I don't know if anyone in the world will be interested in reading it. But it'll be done. Many, many deadlines for other fanfics and some fanart (yes, I'm taking that plunge) are coming up, so busy Gryph will be busy. Like that's any change.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Really, is it only Monday?


Cut for length, because I care ;) )


What, me busy?
danagryphon: (Home)
I have the crud that has been hitting everyone else I know. Considering that I slept past ten this morning and feel like crap, I have actually been managing to be semi-productive.

Last night, I had yen for sweets, so I asked hubby to stop on the way home and pick up a box of butter (I don't normally keep butter in the house, but I won't use anything else for baking), and two cans of buttermilk biscuits. For the first time ever, I made monkey bread. I remember having it once or twice maybe in my childhood, although we called it "bubble bread", but mostly I had it in college, because my freshman roommate made it very frequently, completely from scratch. For my first time, I was not so ambitious, and found a recipe online to make it with premade biscuit dough. It came out tasty enough, but I did learn a couple of lessons. One, it needed to cook a little longer, because some of the pieces were still a little doughy. And I think it needs to cool in the bundt pan for a while before inverting, because it fell apart and a bunch of the glaze ended up overflowing the plate and making a mess on the counter.

However, next time I make it, I have another recipe from online for PUMPKIN monkey bread, with a maple glaze, which of course, has to use dough made from scratch. But that's why the goddess made bread machines.

On the writing front, I feel REALLY productive, because I am now on the final chapter (I hope) of my latest PotA story, and then that puppy will be DONE. Hopefully by the end of next week. And then I have to move on to start my[livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang story, my (attempted) two [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang stories, and the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide exchange is coming up!

Anyway, today. I stripped all the beds in the house and washed sheets, did a load of towels, and folded the Boog's laundry that I'd done a while ago from the clothes he'd worn right before he left for college. Also managed to help/cajole the Eepster into cleaning his room (including cleaning out his desk, which filled most of a garbage bag), so he now has a clean desk and two cleaned off dressers, a freshly made bed, and all clean clothes put away. Also put away the last of the trunk/camping stuff from boy scout summer camp. Next up, doing his laundry.

Tomorrow, I am really hoping to get some sewing done. I really, really want both Eepster and I to have new garb for Coronation in a couple of weeks. My tunic is done, but needs to be embellished. His needs to be constructed. I also have several other SCA projects I need to get cracking on, but most of them have deadlines for Yule, since they are gifts. And I've taken a couple of scroll assignments due on 10/20.

The only other thing I was really hoping to get done this weekend was a metric butt-ton of cleaning around the house. Vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the living room carpet (thanks so much, cats). Hubby and I also need to work on cleaning out/rearranging the garage before winter. And I'm feeling the need for a house purge, to at least get rid of a bunch of broken/not-used/old junk, some of which will be tossed, some will be freecycled, and some could probably be sold. And I'd really, really, really like this to be the year that the living room finally gets painted. I know. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
danagryphon: (Home)
I have the crud that has been hitting everyone else I know. Considering that I slept past ten this morning and feel like crap, I have actually been managing to be semi-productive.

Last night, I had yen for sweets, so I asked hubby to stop on the way home and pick up a box of butter (I don't normally keep butter in the house, but I won't use anything else for baking), and two cans of buttermilk biscuits. For the first time ever, I made monkey bread. I remember having it once or twice maybe in my childhood, although we called it "bubble bread", but mostly I had it in college, because my freshman roommate made it very frequently, completely from scratch. For my first time, I was not so ambitious, and found a recipe online to make it with premade biscuit dough. It came out tasty enough, but I did learn a couple of lessons. One, it needed to cook a little longer, because some of the pieces were still a little doughy. And I think it needs to cool in the bundt pan for a while before inverting, because it fell apart and a bunch of the glaze ended up overflowing the plate and making a mess on the counter.

However, next time I make it, I have another recipe from online for PUMPKIN monkey bread, with a maple glaze, which of course, has to use dough made from scratch. But that's why the goddess made bread machines.

On the writing front, I feel REALLY productive, because I am now on the final chapter (I hope) of my latest PotA story, and then that puppy will be DONE. Hopefully by the end of next week. And then I have to move on to start my[livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang story, my (attempted) two [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang stories, and the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide exchange is coming up!

Anyway, today. I stripped all the beds in the house and washed sheets, did a load of towels, and folded the Boog's laundry that I'd done a while ago from the clothes he'd worn right before he left for college. Also managed to help/cajole the Eepster into cleaning his room (including cleaning out his desk, which filled most of a garbage bag), so he now has a clean desk and two cleaned off dressers, a freshly made bed, and all clean clothes put away. Also put away the last of the trunk/camping stuff from boy scout summer camp. Next up, doing his laundry.

Tomorrow, I am really hoping to get some sewing done. I really, really want both Eepster and I to have new garb for Coronation in a couple of weeks. My tunic is done, but needs to be embellished. His needs to be constructed. I also have several other SCA projects I need to get cracking on, but most of them have deadlines for Yule, since they are gifts. And I've taken a couple of scroll assignments due on 10/20.

The only other thing I was really hoping to get done this weekend was a metric butt-ton of cleaning around the house. Vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the living room carpet (thanks so much, cats). Hubby and I also need to work on cleaning out/rearranging the garage before winter. And I'm feeling the need for a house purge, to at least get rid of a bunch of broken/not-used/old junk, some of which will be tossed, some will be freecycled, and some could probably be sold. And I'd really, really, really like this to be the year that the living room finally gets painted. I know. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ramblings

Jan. 20th, 2012 12:38 pm
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
Well, the humongous scrolls got handed off last night to the person who is going to transport them to the event for tomorrow. When I finished the calligraphy on the second one earlier this week, I had a numb spot on my right index finger (well, okay, truth be told, at the time, the entire hand was numb) that hasn't gone away yet, lol. But doing a Mistress Alys omgwtfbbq wordy (but very period) scroll (or two) seems to be a rite of passage for EK scribes, so I feel like I'm in good company. I'll post pics later this weekend. Not that the awards are surprises at all to the recipients, but it's still good form not to post public pics until after the scrolls have been handed out in court. imo. The only other thing I'll say is that I'm glad I started these puppies with an almost new bottle of ink, because it was significantly depleted when they were done.

Next, on to my Birka projects. An apprenticing gift, and possibly finishing up some new garb. Of course, every Birka I say I'm going to have new garb, and it never happens. Oh well. Also, one of these days I'll remember to actually pre-reg for Birka. I actually managed to prereg for both Rapier Champs (well, d'uh) and A&S Champs. Woohoo! Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to enter into A&S Champs....

The Hubby is off on his guys' weekend, at Clown School down on the Cape with a bunch of his Shrine buddies. He took his humidor with him, so I know at least part of what the weekend will involve. But hey, I'll be doing pretty much the same thing (minus the humidor) next weekend with my SCA buddies, so I'm not begrudging him his fun.

I've pretty much finalized the menu for K&Q Rapier Champs dayboard, now I just need to go do the shopping and start as much prep as far ahead as possible. I think it's going to be a fairly well rounded menu as far as meats vs. veggie, with enough variety that non-gluten, non-dairy, no-pork folks (as long as they are not all of the above!) can all have plenty to eat. Similar in format to the Duello dayboard (mostly finger foods, a couple of hot soups), but with new recipes for the most part just to keep it fresh. And I've got a couple of interesting treats planned for the royals. [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox is also helping with royal treats, and of course, is providing all the bread (for which I'm eternally grateful), and another lady is providing a subtlety dessert as well. I'm still going to make a light dessert, probably just fresh fruit and cookies, just in case. Maybe I'll try to also come up with a gluten-free dessert option (other than the fruit).

My other projects in my mundane (HA!) life, the writing stuff, continues. I've hit a bit of a stumble in the PotA story, trying to pull everything together into some sort of conclusion, whether or not it actually has any sort of resolution remains to be seen. This is the hard work, dealing with the consequences of all the fun times I've been having whumping and angsting the characters. Gotta pay the piper if you want to play. Once the draft of this is done for the end of the month, I'll start working on the [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated story I signed up for. Been doing some research for it, and have to watch a couple more old eps so I can get the characters voices going in my head better (these are three "minor" characters). Ellen I'm actually pretty good on, I think. Jo needs a little work, but Gordon I really need to watch the couple of eps he was in, or he'll end up sounding like Rufus instead, lol. But hey, I think if I show up at Birka with a season or two of SPN in tow, I don't think I'll get too many objections from most of my roomies.

Also still have another House story and a couple of Glee stories percolating, too, but I need to find time to do them. Plus I've gotten requests for sequels (both slashy and gen) for my PotA novel. And I'm sure once Walking Dead and Terra Nova start up again, I'll start getting plot zombies (because "plot bunnies" is way too light and fluffy a term for the story ideas I get) ricocheting around inside my noggin. I definitely need to write faster....

Have a busy kid weekend coming up, with game nights at both school and scouts (the scout one is a sleepover Sat night, the school one isn't, thankfully). And I'm sure there will be homework to deal with in there too. The Boog has midterms/1st term finals next week, so no homework for him, just lots of studying. But the Eepster has a science fair project he needs to start the actual experiments for now. Joy.

Ramblings

Jan. 20th, 2012 12:38 pm
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
Well, the humongous scrolls got handed off last night to the person who is going to transport them to the event for tomorrow. When I finished the calligraphy on the second one earlier this week, I had a numb spot on my right index finger (well, okay, truth be told, at the time, the entire hand was numb) that hasn't gone away yet, lol. But doing a Mistress Alys omgwtfbbq wordy (but very period) scroll (or two) seems to be a rite of passage for EK scribes, so I feel like I'm in good company. I'll post pics later this weekend. Not that the awards are surprises at all to the recipients, but it's still good form not to post public pics until after the scrolls have been handed out in court. imo. The only other thing I'll say is that I'm glad I started these puppies with an almost new bottle of ink, because it was significantly depleted when they were done.

Next, on to my Birka projects. An apprenticing gift, and possibly finishing up some new garb. Of course, every Birka I say I'm going to have new garb, and it never happens. Oh well. Also, one of these days I'll remember to actually pre-reg for Birka. I actually managed to prereg for both Rapier Champs (well, d'uh) and A&S Champs. Woohoo! Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to enter into A&S Champs....

The Hubby is off on his guys' weekend, at Clown School down on the Cape with a bunch of his Shrine buddies. He took his humidor with him, so I know at least part of what the weekend will involve. But hey, I'll be doing pretty much the same thing (minus the humidor) next weekend with my SCA buddies, so I'm not begrudging him his fun.

I've pretty much finalized the menu for K&Q Rapier Champs dayboard, now I just need to go do the shopping and start as much prep as far ahead as possible. I think it's going to be a fairly well rounded menu as far as meats vs. veggie, with enough variety that non-gluten, non-dairy, no-pork folks (as long as they are not all of the above!) can all have plenty to eat. Similar in format to the Duello dayboard (mostly finger foods, a couple of hot soups), but with new recipes for the most part just to keep it fresh. And I've got a couple of interesting treats planned for the royals. [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox is also helping with royal treats, and of course, is providing all the bread (for which I'm eternally grateful), and another lady is providing a subtlety dessert as well. I'm still going to make a light dessert, probably just fresh fruit and cookies, just in case. Maybe I'll try to also come up with a gluten-free dessert option (other than the fruit).

My other projects in my mundane (HA!) life, the writing stuff, continues. I've hit a bit of a stumble in the PotA story, trying to pull everything together into some sort of conclusion, whether or not it actually has any sort of resolution remains to be seen. This is the hard work, dealing with the consequences of all the fun times I've been having whumping and angsting the characters. Gotta pay the piper if you want to play. Once the draft of this is done for the end of the month, I'll start working on the [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated story I signed up for. Been doing some research for it, and have to watch a couple more old eps so I can get the characters voices going in my head better (these are three "minor" characters). Ellen I'm actually pretty good on, I think. Jo needs a little work, but Gordon I really need to watch the couple of eps he was in, or he'll end up sounding like Rufus instead, lol. But hey, I think if I show up at Birka with a season or two of SPN in tow, I don't think I'll get too many objections from most of my roomies.

Also still have another House story and a couple of Glee stories percolating, too, but I need to find time to do them. Plus I've gotten requests for sequels (both slashy and gen) for my PotA novel. And I'm sure once Walking Dead and Terra Nova start up again, I'll start getting plot zombies (because "plot bunnies" is way too light and fluffy a term for the story ideas I get) ricocheting around inside my noggin. I definitely need to write faster....

Have a busy kid weekend coming up, with game nights at both school and scouts (the scout one is a sleepover Sat night, the school one isn't, thankfully). And I'm sure there will be homework to deal with in there too. The Boog has midterms/1st term finals next week, so no homework for him, just lots of studying. But the Eepster has a science fair project he needs to start the actual experiments for now. Joy.

SCA Stuffs

Jan. 5th, 2012 10:38 am
danagryphon: (Default)
So I noticed that my LJ is turning into a writing journal (which is okay), but I wanted to write about some stuff going on in the SCA lately.

SCA geekery, in case you don't care )

SCA Stuffs

Jan. 5th, 2012 10:38 am
danagryphon: (Default)
So I noticed that my LJ is turning into a writing journal (which is okay), but I wanted to write about some stuff going on in the SCA lately.

SCA geekery, in case you don't care )
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
I finished hubby's clown outfit last night (All I can say about the clown outfit is thank gods for my serger. Slippery polyester muumuu fabric absolutely SUCKS to cut out and work with. The only good thing about that shite is that at least it doesn't fray.), so he can go march in a parade today as a Shrine clown. Which also means that he'll be gone most of the day. So the boys and I have a day to ourselves.

Unfortunately, I need to spend big chunks of today getting caught up on stuff around the house. Cleaning, laundry, general straightening up, plus haircuts for the boys, doing their bday order from Amazon, going through the tons of books they have laying around and finding places for them or donating them to the library. And I need to finish reconciling the troop books now that meetings are over for the summer, and the troop will be inactive until summer camp.

E has a friend coming over this afternoon, so that will keep them occupied while I get stuff done. When hubby gets home this afternoon, I think we are going to try to go see Pirates finally.

On the writing front, I just had another spurt of good writing on the PotA story, but now I'm kinda in a lull on it. So I'm going to take a short break (don't worry,[livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 , it'll be a short one, I promise) to do a Glee story. Just want to see what it's like to work in the fandom of a show that actually, y'know, still on the air. The premise of the story is that Kurt gets a summer job (while Blaine is away working as Six Flags) as a peer counselor on a gay teen crisis hotline. And guess what other Lima teen ends up calling the hotline.... :) Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] briana17 , but yes, I'm probably going to mess with your Klaine... just haven't decided yet if the Kurtofsy is just going to be friendship or slip into something more...

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  wants to know when I'm going to start writing Supernatural slash, LOL. I told her I want to finish watching the rest of the what's already aired, because while Wincest seems like a fun and popular pairing, I'm looking forward to the various angels showing up and am intrigued by the Winchester/Angel pairing idea. But with TNT doing 10 eps a week, the seasons being 22 eps each (except S3, which was only 16), then I should be all caught up to the end of S6 by early August. Bwahahahahaahahahaha

I'm trying to figure out what to do when I go off to Boy Scout summer camp the first week of August. During the day, the adults have a lot of free time while the boys are off doing merit badges and other activities. I think what I might do is take my netbook and sit in the mess hall and write; it seems a shame to have all that free time and NOT use it writing. But I don't want to have electronics out and obvious where the boys will see it, because they aren't supposed to have any electronics at camp. So that might work (plus, that will let me charge the battery, since the mess hall has electricity, and the campsites don't).

The other computer related dilemma I have right now is that the DVD drive on my personal laptop seems to have croaked. I was trying to load the new Glee CDs onto the laptop so I could put them on my mp3 player, and now it won't read anything. The laptop is like 6 years old, I think, so it's definitely past it's prime. And slow as hell. So I am trying to decide if I want to go out and get a new one (which means learning a new OS, since I'm still on XP). Or, since I have the netbook, do I get an external disk drive (for about $30) for that and confiscate it back from B (and probably give B my old laptop, since all he cares about is Internet connectivity). Decisions, decisions.

Oh yes, and finally. WOOHOO NEW YORK! (more on that in a separate post later)
danagryphon: (Gryphon Art)
I finished hubby's clown outfit last night (All I can say about the clown outfit is thank gods for my serger. Slippery polyester muumuu fabric absolutely SUCKS to cut out and work with. The only good thing about that shite is that at least it doesn't fray.), so he can go march in a parade today as a Shrine clown. Which also means that he'll be gone most of the day. So the boys and I have a day to ourselves.

Unfortunately, I need to spend big chunks of today getting caught up on stuff around the house. Cleaning, laundry, general straightening up, plus haircuts for the boys, doing their bday order from Amazon, going through the tons of books they have laying around and finding places for them or donating them to the library. And I need to finish reconciling the troop books now that meetings are over for the summer, and the troop will be inactive until summer camp.

E has a friend coming over this afternoon, so that will keep them occupied while I get stuff done. When hubby gets home this afternoon, I think we are going to try to go see Pirates finally.

On the writing front, I just had another spurt of good writing on the PotA story, but now I'm kinda in a lull on it. So I'm going to take a short break (don't worry,[livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 , it'll be a short one, I promise) to do a Glee story. Just want to see what it's like to work in the fandom of a show that actually, y'know, still on the air. The premise of the story is that Kurt gets a summer job (while Blaine is away working as Six Flags) as a peer counselor on a gay teen crisis hotline. And guess what other Lima teen ends up calling the hotline.... :) Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] briana17 , but yes, I'm probably going to mess with your Klaine... just haven't decided yet if the Kurtofsy is just going to be friendship or slip into something more...

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  wants to know when I'm going to start writing Supernatural slash, LOL. I told her I want to finish watching the rest of the what's already aired, because while Wincest seems like a fun and popular pairing, I'm looking forward to the various angels showing up and am intrigued by the Winchester/Angel pairing idea. But with TNT doing 10 eps a week, the seasons being 22 eps each (except S3, which was only 16), then I should be all caught up to the end of S6 by early August. Bwahahahahaahahahaha

I'm trying to figure out what to do when I go off to Boy Scout summer camp the first week of August. During the day, the adults have a lot of free time while the boys are off doing merit badges and other activities. I think what I might do is take my netbook and sit in the mess hall and write; it seems a shame to have all that free time and NOT use it writing. But I don't want to have electronics out and obvious where the boys will see it, because they aren't supposed to have any electronics at camp. So that might work (plus, that will let me charge the battery, since the mess hall has electricity, and the campsites don't).

The other computer related dilemma I have right now is that the DVD drive on my personal laptop seems to have croaked. I was trying to load the new Glee CDs onto the laptop so I could put them on my mp3 player, and now it won't read anything. The laptop is like 6 years old, I think, so it's definitely past it's prime. And slow as hell. So I am trying to decide if I want to go out and get a new one (which means learning a new OS, since I'm still on XP). Or, since I have the netbook, do I get an external disk drive (for about $30) for that and confiscate it back from B (and probably give B my old laptop, since all he cares about is Internet connectivity). Decisions, decisions.

Oh yes, and finally. WOOHOO NEW YORK! (more on that in a separate post later)
danagryphon: (Default)
Yeah, because I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head.

But this one has a purpose. I'm making a book. It started out because I'm tooling this awesomely cool cover, but the thought of then putting my awesomely cool cover over a commercial blank journal just goes against the grain (pun intended... hardy har har)

Anyway, I've watched a couple of video tutorials on "limp binding" and found a couple of handouts about it online. It looks like the most straightforward book binding technique, and one I can do with the materials I already have on hand and the time remaining to do it.

One remaining question is how big and how many signatures to do. It looks like the average commercial blank journal has 160 pages, which means 80 sheets. I'm using regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper (well, high quality resume paper), folded in half. So if I do 5 signatures, they need to each have 16 sheets once they are folded in half, or 8 sheets before folding. Which is actually a pretty standard signature in publishing these days. And seems a pretty reasonable size that I can fold and punch an awl through.

The other remaining question is how thick of leather I should use. Most limp binding is done with pretty thin, supple leather, so that it folds easily to form a spine. However, I need something slightly thicker in order to be able to do the tooling I want on it. One though I had was to do two thicker sections for the front and back covers, glued onto a thinner layer of leather that wraps all the way around and forms the spine. Especially if I use commercially dyed thinner leather, it will help form a nice interior to the covers.

Well, it'll be an interesting challenge.
danagryphon: (Default)
Yeah, because I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head.

But this one has a purpose. I'm making a book. It started out because I'm tooling this awesomely cool cover, but the thought of then putting my awesomely cool cover over a commercial blank journal just goes against the grain (pun intended... hardy har har)

Anyway, I've watched a couple of video tutorials on "limp binding" and found a couple of handouts about it online. It looks like the most straightforward book binding technique, and one I can do with the materials I already have on hand and the time remaining to do it.

One remaining question is how big and how many signatures to do. It looks like the average commercial blank journal has 160 pages, which means 80 sheets. I'm using regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper (well, high quality resume paper), folded in half. So if I do 5 signatures, they need to each have 16 sheets once they are folded in half, or 8 sheets before folding. Which is actually a pretty standard signature in publishing these days. And seems a pretty reasonable size that I can fold and punch an awl through.

The other remaining question is how thick of leather I should use. Most limp binding is done with pretty thin, supple leather, so that it folds easily to form a spine. However, I need something slightly thicker in order to be able to do the tooling I want on it. One though I had was to do two thicker sections for the front and back covers, glued onto a thinner layer of leather that wraps all the way around and forms the spine. Especially if I use commercially dyed thinner leather, it will help form a nice interior to the covers.

Well, it'll be an interesting challenge.

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