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review 2018-01-20 18:21
The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark - Brian Smith, Mike Raicht, Charles Wilson (Illustrator)

For more reviews, check out my blog Craft-Cycle

This story works perfectly as a graphic novel. I love the contrast in characters' appearances in the "real world" vs. The Dark. The artwork is amazing. It is such an interesting contrast between childhood play and actual war.

The plot itself is very interesting. It's kind of like Toy Story if Buzz and Woody went on a murderous rampage to save Andy from a nightmare incarnate. Awesome stuff. 

Cool beginning to the series. I am looking forward to reading the next book. 

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text 2017-11-18 15:44
Semi-hilarious update to "oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck"


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First of all, I did learn that it was apparently the community media operation that created the messed-up advertisement, although they may have had direction -- including text -- from a member of our group.  That remains to be seen.


Second, there's some background to this that I chose not to include, but that has now become mildly amusing.


Before each of our events, I compose and send out an email invitation to our "supporters."  These are people who sign up at an event, leaving their name and email address, saying that they wish to be notified of future events.  I've done this for four or five years now, and the list has grown to the point that I have to send the notice out over the course of a day if I don't want Yahoo to shut my account down for spamming!


At our last membership meeting earlier this month, I was asked by the president of the group if I would send a copy of the invitation to the membership as well.  I think part of her reason for this was because she didn't trust that I was actually sending it out, or maybe I'm just paranoid.  Anyway, I dutifully sent it out to the membership last week -- a week earlier than it goes to the list.  I received a couple of nice responses, thanking me for doing this volunteer task and complimenting me on how well the text was written.  (No typos, for one thing.)


One member, however, chose to criticize me on two points.  One issue was a judgment call; I explained to her why I chose the option I did.  Hardly arguable, since the underlying facts were correct, as she had acknowledged.  The other issue was not arguable at all, since the underlying facts were what she herself had provided.  So I just laughed it off.


But when the "oh fuck" item showed up, with all its errors, and the question became does anyone even recognize them -- or care -- I just rolled my eyes and engaged in a lot of swearing.  Then came the chuckle.


Last night I received another little "thank you" note from another member of the group.  She addressed me as "Laura."


Conclusion -- They don't even know enough to care if they wanted to.


Dunning-Kruger rides again!!


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text 2017-11-11 17:00
What I've been doing while I've been gone

This is the one I showed you the other day, my red and black jasper from Brenda, AZ.  Unfortunately, it doesn't show up very well in indoor lighting.



This morning I got outside while the sun was at the right angle for photography and got some better shots.



A couple of  days ago, when I was lamenting my lack of enthusiasm for making jewelry, I sat myself down and collected some determination, along with a small blob of agate a friend had picked up while hiking along the Colorado River.  He brings me handfuls of "really neat rocks" every once in a while, and I tumble them.  A few turn out pretty cool.  This one polished beautifully, but proved to be quite a challenge to wrap.  I persisted and finished it this morning.



Many wire-wrappers just  wind all the loose ends around the top, or they cut the ends off and let it go at that.  I'm compulsive about tucking in the ends.






My signature pieces are the Angel Feathers.  They are, quite frankly, a bitch to wrap.  They also sell well, and since I have several shows coming up, I need to replenish inventory.





Now I have to get back to work.  See y'all later!




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text 2017-11-10 23:22
Stuff. And more stuff.

UPDATE AT THE END.  (It's hopeless.)



A friend and I were commiserating over all the little things that were falling apart in our lives -- selves not included -- and it seemed the list was mutual and never-ending.  The washer, the water softener, the R.O. filtration system, a leaky pipe here, a leaky pipe there, car tires and other vehicle issues, a toaster or an iron or a coffeemaker or some other small appliance that needs to be replaced.  And money doesn't grow on mesquite trees.


So this afternoon BF was trying to make a temporary fix to the R.O. system to last until we make a decision about replacing it, and he needed some pipe cleaners.  I thought I might have some stashed away somewhere, so I went looking.  And looking.  And looking.  No pipe cleaners turned up, but i discovered all kinds of forgotten STUFF that simply needs to go in the trash.


Of course, I didn't have time right then to sort through it.  But it's sitting there in the back of my head, and since BF is gone for the evening and I don't have to cook, this may be an evening for a sandwich and a bowl of pop corn while I sort through STUFF.


The drawers of my desk were full when we moved from Indiana to Arizona in 1985.  Though I have thrown away things to make room for . . . other things, those desk drawers have not actually had any spare space in them for 32 years.  That may change tonight.





I started with one desk drawer.  Some items in the drawer were easy choices for the trash can, and I immediately tossed them there.  I found a few other things to pitch, as well.  It wasn't a lot, but it was something.


So why was it that after I threw things away, there was LESS ROOM in the drawer than before I started?



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text 2017-11-09 20:17
I have been in a jewelry slump

For a variety of reasons, I just haven't been particularly enthusiastic about making jewelry lately.  This piece may not have broken the slump, but at least I finished it.


The stone is red and black jasper with white agate, cut from the big red rock I found near Brenda, Arizona.





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