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Moi. Being silly.
So I finally got BF addicted to Star Trek (TNG, because of course), and it's been fun. Then, tonight, he facebooks me this little ditty: 

(Sung to the tune of "Let it Go") 
Make it so! 
Make it so! 
We can't hold them anymore! 
Make it so! 
Make it so! 
We risk a breach of our warp core! 
I don't careeeee...what LaForge says 
Fire at will, Number One
The Borg never bothered me anyway


Never let it be said that BF isn't a poet! (Also, the LaForge thing is because he knows I love LaForge and thus he likes to make fun of him solely to irk me. He would probably do it with Data and Picard too but he can't in the face of their awesomeness). 


Also, we went to the Maryland Renn Fest yesterday! It was awesome, even though it started raining half an hour after we got there in the morning and didn't stop until 6pm (aka an hour before close). Siiiigh. For those that don't know, I haaaate rain. Haaaaate. I bought a carved wooden dragon ornament and another banner from my favorite tent (a red Welsh dragon to match my purple gryphon from last year!) and lots and lots of food and a WoodBaby gryphon puppet who is now my favorite thing ever!!! His name is Sir Skittle. Check it: 

Seriously, I knew I wanted one after last year (I found the shop right at the end of the day and had a bit too much sticker shock), so I went straight for it this year after saving up. BUT, I thought they were just really cool shoulder-sitters. So as the saleslady (who had one on her shoulder, of course) was showing me how to put mine on, hers started MOVING and I FREAKED OUT a littlebitok. And she was like "whoa, honey, they're all puppets," and I was like MUST HAVE BECAUSE NOW I CAN PRETEND THAT I AM A LABYRINTH DENIZEN AND THAT A LITTLE GRYPHON ESCAPED THE HENSON CREATURE SHOP TO COME TO ME. And sit on my shoulder. And freak out people who want to pet it and don't realize it can move. >:3 :heart: :heart: :heart: 

What else? I tried the strongman "whack the thing and try to ring the bell" thing and didn't get above "Plague Victim," which was sad and embarrassing. :C I threw some axes, which was more fun. And I popped two balloons with darts, so I got a prize token, yaaaay! The darts thing sort of vindicated my pride after the strongman thing. >.> Also there was a rope bridge thing that you could try to climb up before it flipped you off (our whole group took turns failing and falling dramatically into the hay, it was great) and the Wheel of Death (which is even scarier to watch in the rain because HOLY SNOT MAN YOU ARE GOING TO DIE), and this magician put his whole body into a balloon and out again and it was really weird (imagine a man with a four-foot pink balloon for a head, or that same balloon with only a guy's head sticking out of it...yeah). Um. We watched some fencing and some jousting and watched my friend get her fortune told and generally it was just a really fun (if muddy and wet) day. 

Oh wow. This is truly the nerdiest journal I've ever posted...Star Trek *AND* Renn Fest at once? Oy vey. ;P 


Love love love, all you dA peeps! 

:heart: TAE out 
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Skye Boat Song
  • Reading: Skyfire--Jess Owen
  • Playing: with Sir Skittle!
  • Eating: cookies
  • Drinking: peppermint tea


One Will Rise Higher by TheAntimonyElement
One Will Rise Higher
One will rise higher
One will see farther
His wing beats will part the storm.
They will call him the Summer King,
And this will be his song.

I am very proud to present, FINALLY, a project I've been working on for an embarrassingly long time since this fall. These are four magnets created for the supremely talented :iconelementaljess: of a few of the characters from her incredible "Summer King" books. In order, they are: 

:bulletblue: Rashard, or "Shard," the last-born of a conquered race of gryfons
:bulletblue: Thyra, Shard's steadfast half-sister and mate of...
:bulletblue: Kjorn, the golden prince and wingbrother to Shard
:bulletblue: Ragna, the White Queen and keeper of many secrets...

These books ("Song of the Summer King" and "Skyfire," to be followed soon by the conclusion, "A Shard of Sun!") are beyond fantastic. The characters are lovable (I'm partial to Caj, myself ;) ), the conflicts are believable, the humor is genuine, and the action is heart-pounding. Both books so far are totally engrossing reads, and I'm awaiting the last book with bated breath. You can buy both the first two books on Amazon, and the Kindle versions are super cheap! Check the first one out here:… :star: 

...Ok, enough shilling. :P For serious, this was an incredibly fun set of pieces to do. They've been essentially finished for like 2 months, but then law school finals hit and everything had to be put on hold for a while, haha. Plus I was stressing about how exactly to finish them, but I'm thrilled with the result! :heart: Seriously, I am SO HAPPY with these--they took A LOT of work but it feels so worth it! :D 

In terms of the actual work required...let's just say that I redid Shard least 3 times because I wasn't happy with his coloration. And Kjorn got redone like 4 times because making solid, metallic gold coloration look interesting and textured is FREAKING HARD YOU GAIZ. Also I left the lid off my blue ink like a dumb and promptly spilled it ALL OVER ALL OF KJORN #1 WHICH WAS BASICALLY THE WORST DISASTER EVER because there goes like half a bottle of ink and also AAAHHHHHH. So yeah, basically Kjorn just aggressively hated me during this whole process. Whatever, I'm done with him! XD 

It's funny, I was most worried about painting Ragna because I feel like I've never had much luck shading either pure white or pure black, but she was actually probably the most cooperative of the four. She's also just got so much delicious contrast in her background--yum! 

There's also quite a bit of symbolism in these guys. Both the pure-blooded Vanir gryfons (Shard and Ragna) are flying at night (gasp!), while Aesir Thyra and Kjorn are flying in the day. Shard is holding fire because it's awesome and a plot point what. Finally, each of the gryfons is wearing feathers that symbolize their relationships, with each other and with other characters. Shard is wearing his wingbrother Kjorn's feather and vice versa. Thyra is wearing her mate Kjorn's feather and vice versa (I don't know if that is a wingbrother/mate thing to do, but I liked the idea). Thyra and Ragna each have one of Shard's feathers, and Ragna wears one of Baldr the Nightwing's feathers as well as her son's. Finally, Kjorn is holding one of his father Sverin's feathers--the Red King is not an easy presence to ignore! 

As a final point, I want to emphasize that these guys look SO MUCH BETTER IN PERSON. AUGH. I spent several hours scanning and photo-ing and desperately trying to capture the subtle lighting and coloration shifts that make these guys look so special, but at some point you just have to shrug and say "eh, I tried." So, you guys will just have to take my word for it. ;) 

India inks, liquid metallic acrylics, gel pens, and NAIL POLISH, WOOT. Thyra and Ragna are sporting some lovely pearlescent white (along with a smidge of metallic turquoise on Ragna). Kjorn's had so many layers of color heaped on him that I no longer remember what he's wearing, but it's probably a combination of white and bronze. Shard got lucky, as I had this really cool iridescent grey kicking around. It looks grey face-on, but is green when tilted one way and purple when tilted the other. Very cool, and very appropriate for a young gryfon just coming into his wonderfully waterproof Vanir powers. 

And All the Waves Would Bow Down by TheAntimonyElement
And All the Waves Would Bow Down
Another magnet! This one is for a very new but very good friend who is moving across the country. I'm excited for her (she has a wonderful job offer) but very sad that we won't get to know each other better. So this is for her, as a going-away present (and possibly also a "I'm going to come see you sometime and crash on your futon!" promise ;P ). 

India inks, liquid acrylic metallic ink ( :heart: !!!!), and lots of gel pen on magnet paper. Enjoy! :heart: 

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Thanks for the watch! Your paper cuts are beautiful 
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Thank you for adding me to your Watch! ^v^ :glomp:
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Thank you for the fave. =)
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Happy birthday, may it be awesome!
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