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Things I’ve liked recently on the internet:

  • Just today I started listening to Iris Dement. I was raised on country music and can’t believe I missed her entirely til now. This one made me tear up– I feel like I know several people just now who are feeling diminished, but who mean so much to the people who love them.
  • An interview with Atul Gawande by economist Tyler Cowen that’s not in the New Yorker, so maybe you missed it? Has sound (which I haven’t tested) and transcript. I liked this bit:

COWEN: Do you feel you’ve underachieved in life?

GAWANDE: That’s a hard question. [laughs] I know objectively that it’s kind of ridiculous that I would think I’ve underachieved, and that I’m proud of all the random things that I’ve been able to be part of. But I bear a kind of chronic dissatisfaction and sense that I’ve got much more to follow through on than I’ve managed to. So yeah, I think “underachieved” is the wrong word, and yet I don’t feel I’ve achieved nearly enough, and that half of what I’ve achieved, I wish I could go back and fix.

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:04 pm
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
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[personal profile] bookherd and her entourage have returned to Virginia. I miss her terribly, even though I'm enjoying this slower, less-social pace of life. For example, I squandered the entirety of yesterday in reading fanfic on the front porch; it was delicious.

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I have spent at least three decades low-key convinced that bobby pins (aka hair grips) are a scam. It turns out that all this time I've just been attempting to use them upside down.

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I've signed up for [community profile] remixrevival, which is open for sign-ups through the 30th. Both art and fic are eligible.

Back when I first encountered remixing, I wanted SO BADLY to participate in one someday, but at the time I was only writing one-offs and could barely conceive of a future when I'd have enough work in a single fandom to qualify. Nowadays my catalog qualifies (and has for several years, although not in as many fandoms as my AO3 dash might first suggest), but the last time I signed up for a remix exchange I got snagged in some headgames about remixing itself, ugh. I'm hoping everything goes much more smoothly this time.

(And I also hope that lots more people sign up, so there's more cool stuff on offer to remix!)

Three Things Make a Post...

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:40 am
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
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...because my brain is too wiped to think of five things.
  1. [personal profile] bookherd and her entourage came to town last weekend and stayed with us. Among other things, we did this:


    Sparkler Bomb 2017 from Sanguinity on Vimeo.


  2. Also last weekend, I woke up to find that [tumblr.com profile] nitefise-art made gorgeous art for Nostoi. I am giddy with delight. Look how beautiful that is.

    BTW, that's two-for-two on fanart for my 'dinosaur' stories. I don't think I ever mentioned it here, but [deviantart.com profile] mommacabbit/[tumblr.com profile] cephalopodqueen did a scientific illustration of the birdosaurs in Holocene Park. I grin and grin whenever I look at it.

    The making-of on those two pieces were very different, at least from my end: Cephalopodqueen consulted heavily with me, asking for my inspirations and references, while Nitefise-art went entirely their own way, revising the particulars of the scene for a bolder visual. I love both works entirely.

    While I'm on the topic, it really does seem to be "cracky premise + critter" that inspires the artists, at least where my stories are concerned. C.f. SPACE BEES by [tumblr.com profile] language-escapes for THE BEST BEE FIC ON MARS. I have absolutely no complaints about this phenomenon -- if anything, it makes me want to write MOAR cracky-premise-plus-critter stories. Fanart is such a frickin' joy. :-D

  3. And a photo I promised [personal profile] scfrankles:

    A medium with an ectoplasmic bird on his head; from "Clairvoyance and Materialisation" (1927) by Gustave Géley
    FIG. 97 — WARSAW EXPERIMENTS: A BIRD FORM
    from Gustave Géley, Clairvoyance and Materialisation, 1927
    (translation of L'Ectoplasmie et la Clairvoyance)


    The photograph is the inspiration for this scene in The Land of Mist:
    'The bird!' said an awestruck whisper. )

    Doyle says in his endnotes, about this photo and the seance report that went with it: "It would take the credulity of a MacCabe to imagine that all this is imposture."

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