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I'm posting the icons that came from this week's challenges at [ profile] str_icontest (#5: Out of Character), [ profile] richlan_ic (#19), and [ profile] seekerstillness (#6). All of the images were provided by the community as prompts, and the textures used are from Hybrid Genesis ([profile] hgx).

9 Chris Pine
5 Zachary Quinto

4 Richard/Kahlan (Legend of the Seeker)
1 Richard  (Legend of the Seeker)
1 Kahlan (Legend of the Seeker)
1 Denna (Legend of the Seeker)


Chris PineRichard/KahlanRichard

The Icons )
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So You Think You Can Dance - Top 10 )

I liked this week's Warehouse 13, HawthoRNe, and In Plain Sight (though I'm disturbed by the glass of wine in front of Jinx at the end. I think this was probably a prop error, since everyone was freakin' sitting there and not saying anything about it, but it was a pretty *big* mistake (as nit-picky things go) and I wagged a disappointed finger in their general direction.)

And now I'm off to make icons, cause [ profile] seekerstillness, [ profile] richlan_ic, and [ profile] str_icontest are all due tomorrow. I think. I hope, anyway.
cybermathwitch: (artemis)
What is so compelling about Starbuck? Kara?

She... well, she "feels" right. There's a certain symmetry, not of character, but of emotion and expression that resonates with me, the way that Sarah McLachlan's older work used to resonate with me. (And how very disconcerting it was to realize that that didn't work anymore - to come to the painful conclusion that while beautiful and moving, The Freedom Sessions doesn't "match" me anymore. :( I'm nothing like Starbuck in most of the ways that count. I'm not athletic, I'm not driven, I'm not loudly rebellious or willing to take whatever shit I get when I do something wrong. I avoid doing something wrong or upsetting people all the time as much as I can, because I'm scared. But it's in the way she carries herself. The way that she moves, smiles, grins, fights, cries, and is scared, herself - she's an outward expression of my internal world. Which makes her an excellent subject for LJ artwork, as LJ is my internal world laid a little bit more bare.

I'm working (slowly - must talk to my Catholic cousin about the day-to-day "use" (for lack of a better word) of the saints) on a theory of my own spirituality and how it interconnects to fandom. Or artwork, rather. Fandom is the intense appreciation and experience of and for artwork. I like that definition, I think I'll keep it.

But religion. And spirituality. I'm a Dionysian. My god is Dionysus, and his mysteries are ecstasy, catharsis, theatre, and intoxication. They're all about the letting go of things. The allowing things to sweep over you and sweep you up. He is the god that possesses, not the physical body, like Zeus does, but the heart and mind. Stories possess our hearts and minds. Music possesses our hearts and minds. (It's in no way surprising that he and Apollo are flips of the coin, as Apollo is the god of the music, but Dionysus is the god of the rhythm, the effect the music *has*. The best possible example of a modern Dionysia would be a rave, Ecstasy and all, though I have no desire now, nor have I ever had, to take illegal drugs. Though I wouldn't mind going to a rave sans drug abuse. Pulsing light, flashing colors, pounding beats. (Need to re-watch that scene in the second Matrix movie - yummy.) This goes back to a previous ramble about fandom and fen. I see the whole-hearted-ly throwing myself into my life as a spiritual experience.

You see, I've been having a very cock-eyed sort of "dark night of the soul" (yes, I very nearly did write that "knight", why do you ask? ;) ). I haven't doubted the god/s (much - hardly at all, anyway). I've just doubted my path. And then the other day I realized something. I tried to think back over the most spiritual, emotional experiences I've had in my life. The ones I really remember, without putting the "these are the things that should be considered" filter on it. (i.e., I didn't just think of what would commonly be considered religious instances.)

On the list? Marching band in high school (numerous experiences), the first ScaperCon (in particular), the other ScaperCons (to a lesser degree), numerous episode moments, book passages, songs, and movie moments, sketching, any time I'm in the path of an approaching storm, certain vids, spring, a couple gatherings (especially fire dancing), reading The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, certain concerts, rain wet, impossibly green forests, certain images, the change of the seasons, and occasionally sex.

The things that I realized (and was kind of astonished) didn't make that immediate list? many of the outwardly religious activities that I've been doing the last several years, including my initiation.

(and part of the value of the list is the fact that I didn't over think it, just felt it)

What's the recurring theme, there, folks? Art. And by my earlier definition, fandom. Beauty. Movement. Storytelling. Love.

That's my spirituality. That's what I believe in. Art by turns concentrates, exposes, spotlights, purifies and exemplifies human experience. There is a frakking quote somewhere about how characters may live life more truly and fully than we do, perhaps it says more purely, and I can't remember where it is. (Possibly in Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey?)

Beyond that, we use stories. Our stories inform our decisions and our actions. As a thinking, reasoning species that is self-aware, we decide on right or wrong partly through imagining the consequences of either choice. And every story we hear, every story we tell influences that. So our characters are people we look up to (or down on), but whose actions and stories inform our own. They are our examples, both good and bad. (In the broad definition of story I'm using here, even true events, when related, are stories - history is as much that information as "fiction", a term which losses some or all meaning in that sudden rush because whether something happened in our physical world, the motivations, reactions, and feelings are true.)

And I've gone on a hell of a round-about here. (And this is just further proof that I'm a textual mimic - my writing style changes and shapes itself around whatever I'm currently reading. A couple excerpts from Kate Millet and lots of Roberto Calasso lead to the above.)

::resists urge not to post because she might be seen as a freak and just bloody well posts it anyway, open and out there. which is also why it's not lj-cut... sorry to the f-lists I've just gummed up.::


Aug. 23rd, 2006 10:46 pm
cybermathwitch: (squee mythic-designs)
The Hall of Fame is up for [ profile] bsg_challenge's Mini-Series challenge. It's not a contest comm, so *everyone* gets one piece of their work in the Hall of Fame, but the mod picks which piece gets it. Which kind of makes it like a contest with yourself. I was actually kinda surprised (ok, was *very* surprised) that this:

was what got chosen. The rest are here, and I also submitted the altered version of my "prayer" icon:

::shrugs:: Tis tres cool, nonetheless, and I get a nifty banner!

(Does anyone know how to include a javascript-y type thing on your LJ page and/or your LJ userinfo page? I'm trying to get my 43 Things list on my journal somehow. It'll generate the javascript for me, but I'm not sure where to paste it to on LJ.)
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Links for various and sundry peoples:

For my bookish friends: Library Thing (I haven't tried it, but it looked cool.)

For my Firefly and Endless people: icons I found through a friend of a friend.


As some of you may or may not be aware, I have four journals (besides this one) and one comm on LJ:
[profile] klm_art (graphic and digital art), [profile] koren_m (my fic), [profile] thingsofstring (needle crafts - knitting, cross-stitch and crochet mostly), [profile] _f_a_n_tasies (reviews)


[profile] through_a_glass which is a writing community

I'm trying to decide what to do with them. I know I want to keep my art journal and my fic journals. It's the easiest way to organize that information, even if it adds another step to posting updates since I need to mention/link from here. I also have to decide whether to post to communities directly from the journals that apply (post fic from the fic journal handle, art from the art journal handle, etc.) or fake cut from this journal. I know several of you have multiple journals - I'd love any kind of feedback or advice on that one.

I'm 85% sure I'm keeping my craft journal, because it's a different mental place than regular journaling. Unless everyone here wants to hear all about my trials and joys with string. Of the not-kinky variety. That's something else. ::eg::

I'm mostly on the fence about [profile] _f_a_n_tasies. It's supposed to be a fandom journal, with more formal reviews of books, movies, show eps, and cds. And I've used it, and would like to start doing that again. As a regular habit, even. I guess part of the question becomes is fandom the same kind of box that art, writing, and crafting are in my life. It probably is. So I should probably keep it. And again, link back here.

But speaking of boxes... if I'm boxing everything else (cause it's not like they don't all mush together anyhow, yeesh) would it make sense to have a separate place for religious/spiritual ramblings? In that in particular I'm thinking about wanting/needing a f-locked journal. Which is a *very* valid reason for separating it out. Also, how many of you are interested in reading that here? I mean that as a genuine question.

Finally, regarding [profile] through_a_glass - the description of the comm is as follows:

This a community for developing writing skills, finding feedback, and trying to lure others into taking those plot bunnies that won't seem to leave you alone, but that you can't seem to write about. ::veg::

Seriously though, I know there are other writing communities out there, and I don't think that there's a specific something to make this one stand out, except that it's, well, *us*. And I don't mean that in a "we're better than everyone" sort of way, but rather in a "we all know each other" sort of way. I want this to be a place to bounce ideas around, to issue various fandom (and non-fandom) challenges, to post finished and in-progress works, and get feedback on them, and to discuss the actual *process* of writing various kinds of fiction.

It's not done a thing in several years. So, if anyone is interested in forming a writing community or being part of said group, lemme know and I'll think on opening it up. It was started for myself and several off-line friends of mine, but again, I'm willing to expand on that. Would very much *like* to expand on that, actually.

Icon Updates:

Am about to go upload the rest of the icons I've made the last several years to [profile] klm_art. Several will be up for grabs, it's a mixed bag of subjects, and I'd love feedback. Post is here. (Updated)

note: zomg am starting to hate the rich text editor and am glad I can (sort of) read html code... the lj user tagging blew up and first had the entire second half of the post as *one* lj user tag and once I fixed that tried to put the little "people" images on *both* sides of the handle, rather than the front end.  WTF?
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First, I'm a little confused.  I just upgraded back to a paid account (yay! squee!), and figured, as according to the site, that I'd have 30 userpic slots.  Cause that's what it says, right? 

How do I have 105?

I'm not complaining mind you - more pics = yay! - I'm just wondering how that happened (and if it's really true, and not a site glitch.)

On to more interesting developments:

I have a new journal.  Yes, *another* one.  But there's a good reason this time, really!  See, ever since I was old enough to draw, my mom taught me to sign my work with my initials.  So I've always signed any artwork I've done "klm".  I made a big chunk of icons and a couple wallpapers of BSG last night for [profile] bsg_challenge, and when I was saving them it occured to me I didn't have a way of translating that over into the digital world.  (Also, in purely practical thoughts, I needed a place to upload the images and didn't want to make this account a sponsored account.  I didn't realize I would be upgrading this morning.)  So I checked, and while "klm" by itself was taken, [profile] klm_art was not.  So there you have it.  There are 20 icons and 2 wallpapers, all from the Mini-Series.

Teasers (also, my new default icon - see above - is from this batch):

follow the fake cut (rules, credits, disclaimers, etc. are all within)

I meant to make one of Laura and one of Helo, but at 4am I pretty much collapsed.
Finally, I found an article about the Japanese royal family - specifically a comparison of Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko and how they approach their duties and obligations.  Princess Kiko is about 8 months pregnant with her third child (she has two daughters) and everyone is waiting to see whether it's going to be a boy or a girl, because right now there's not actually an heir to the throne in that generation.  (Crown Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito have one child, a 4-year-old girl name Aiko.  Currently though, Japanese law doesn't allow a woman to inhereit the throne.)
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First, apparently we're getting new planets.  We'll have twelve, to be precise.  (Yeah, I went there.  Makes you go "hmmm...", ne?)

[profile] elflore, I'm sending you a Writely invite because I pretty please and sweetly would like your opinion on the fic I'm working on.  ::bats eyelashes::

I wouldn't mind at least one other beta ([personal profile] serendipityxxi is doing a wonderful job thus far) for said fic.  It's BSG, K/L, and has very mild season 3 speculation.  If you've seen the newest trailer I pimped a few entries back, then you know everything I know about it.

I was going to my parents' house this weekend so that I could a. see them, and b. have a way to get to and from work, since everyone else is going away, but mom decided it would be better for her to come spend Friday (my day off this week) with me here and help me rent a car.  I'm hoping this will mean more writing for me this weekend.

Since [profile] bsg_challenge has started over (I think?) with the Mini this week, I want to get some art worked up probably tomorrow (the deadline's Friday).  I'm thinking of setting a goal for myself to do at least some icons and a wallpaper for each ep.  We'll see.  I have re-installed Picture Publisher 8 (my favoritest graphics software ever) so this might actually happen in my world.
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Firstly, I have Writely invites if anyone wants one. Writely isn't a blog, it's an online wordprocessing program that allows users to create, edit, and collaborate on documents online. You can upload, download, store, and email documents via the program, and it has a pretty flexible formatting system (you can do most types of text-effects, sizes, fonts, etc that you could do in Word or a similar program, and it will export in most of the major file formats, including Word and Open Office.) Google has joined the site as a partner and registration is technically closed down while they fiddle with it, but you can still get in via invites. It is particularly useful for group projects or for writing and beta-reading fic. (Which would be why I joined up.)

Secondly, I have completely redone my journal - title, color scheme, the lot of it. Instead of going with one of the pre-made colourways I made my own from a picture of a stormfront off of Flickr. I used Pixie to pin down the html color codes in parts of the picture, then applied them to the Smooth Sailing style in LJ. I didn't actually use a photo in the design, because I haven't re-installed my Picture Publisher 8 yet. But I like it very, very much the way it is. I managed to get the colors and contrasts that appeal to me so much in a storm-threatened sky. I'm sure just about everyone reads my journal via their f-list, but if you happen to meander on over to the journal proper, I'd love to know what you think.

Thirdly, I'm on my way to a doctor's appointment to have a stress test. I'm not sure how it'll go - it depends on if they want me to walk or run, and if they want me to run, how long it's for, because of my asthma. But I'm hoping I'll be able to do it w/o them having to schedule a nuclear one. What I'm hoping for, if anyone wants to throw prayers or energy this way, is that either a. everything will show up ok BECAUSE IT REALLY IS OK, or b. they'll see what's actually going on if there's something wrong. I'm emphasizing that first part because I don't want it to look like it's fine and then not be.
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I made two new icons for [ profile] thingsofstring:


Feel free to nab them, but please leave me a comment and credit me in the pic comments, k?

(copyright stuff: I don't own the original images that I based them from (I got them off of Google's image search and and they're my first attempt to use Paint Shop Pro instead of Micrografx Picture Publisher, so be kind!)
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A craft list.

That's fandom.

That slashes.


uh... so yeah, introductions. Right.

My name is Koren. I'm 25, and I've been an incorrigable (sp?) fangirl since my dad started "reading" me X-Men and New Mutant comics when I was, like, 3? (Basically, he told me what was going on, rather than reading it straight off, but still.) And taping my cartoons for me. He's an enabler. ::eg::

My slash pairings? OTPs are Jim/Blair (sentinel), Stuart/Vince (qafuk), chiana/jool (farscape), bobby/hank (x-men), dani/rhayne (new mutants/x-men/whateverthehellbookthey'reinnow), uhh... Harry/Ron (when also w/ Hermione - my OT3!), and fanon Harry/Draco. I KNOW there're more I'm forgetting, but I'm forgetting them. Snerk. 'Course, that's not getting into all the anime pairings...

My crafts? Knitting. First, foremost, and always. Crochet, cross-stitch (which I actually learned how to do first, cause I started bugging my mom to let me "help" her as soon as I could see over the arm of the chair), sketching and colored pencil work, some embroidery and hand sewing. (Sewing machines confuse the hell out of me.) Origami.

Must go work now (to be able to afford all these addictions!) but I'm so glad I found this group!


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