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Here is my response for 12/4 for this meme. The prompt is from [personal profile] cassiopeia7, who asked me "How and when did your love of space start?"

I have very, very vague memories of seeing broadcsts of (I think) Apollo 15 and being told by my cousin that "that man is walking on the moon." I was young enough that the rarity of it didn't sink in - all that I knew was that this was a thing you could do, and it was neat.

My love of space grew with my love of all things science and nature as a child. I loved, loved, loved going to the science museum/planetarium and seeing the films about the solar system and the stars. I read this book nearly to pieces (and I still have my copy!).

A love of science fiction (Star Trek, then Star Wars) cemented my interest in space, I think. The thought of going "out there" and seeing more just seemed like a natural part of my life. I couldn't understand not being interested. Then, the Voyager missions happened. And the Cosmos miniseries. I would read articles in Omni, Scientific American, etc.

I hate to say it, but school nearly killed my interest in hard science. I got it into my head that I was "bad at math" (not true, long story) and went in to the humanities instead. I did take basic astronomy as an elective in college, though. My interest has never really waned, although my personal studies into astrophysics and cosmology have picked up again big time in the past couple of years (along with readings on things like string theory and particle physics). Sometimes I have to wonder what might have been...
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Here is my response for 12/1 for this meme. The prompt is from [personal profile] cassiopeia7, who asked me "What is your absolute favorite art tool, the one thing you cannot live without?"

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Here is my response for 12/1 for this meme. The prompt is from [personal profile] aishuu, who asked me about three things I refuse to do again.

Thing one: Ride a horse. I used to take riding lessons a lot when I was younger, and was pushed into doing more and more as my parents got more and more into riding. I suppose I could have said "no more," or "can we slow this down a bit," but what child is going to say "no" to riding a horse? Well, after being stepped on, kicked, scraped off, nearly rolled over on and run away with, I was done. I adore horses, but have no desire to be on the back of one ever again. FYI, Sam's horse-related trauma in Fightin' Words is largely based upon my own experience. As they say, write what you know...

Thing two: Go skiiing. I love being active, don't get me wrong. What I don't love is being cold. Or cold and wet. Or cold and wet and bruised. Or cold and wet and bruised and having a knee that bends in a fun new direction. What I also don't love (see above, re. horses) is being physically out of control when it comes to high speed/change in altitude. I LOVE roller coasters, but part of that is that their speed and plummetting is pre-determined. Skiiing, not so much. Add the cold factor into that, and you've got sure-fire recipe for things I don't long.

Thing three: Go camping. The way I look at it, our ancestors spent tens of thousands of years so we could sleep away from cold, damp, insects, and the hard, hard ground. I choose not to dishonor their sacrifice.

Seriously, though, I used to enjoy camping to a degree, and I have no trouble getting comfortable in a day camp or roughing it in a cabin or similar. I also don't mind getting absolutely filthy doing something outdoorsy. But at my age, I like my creature comforts when day is done. I don't need luxury, but I like being dry, I like being warm, and I like my back not feeling like someone tried to play Jenga with my vertebrae.
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I've seen this a few places on my flist, and I thought it would be good to help get me writing again.

Pick a date below and give me a topic — it can be anything, from fandom related to life related to art related to whatever you want.

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.

Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don’t feel equipped to meet.

Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don’t.

You can request multiple topics (as long as they’re on different days — one topic per day!).

December 01 - (aishuu) 3 things I refuse to do again
December 02 -
December 03 - (cassiopeia7) What is your absolute favorite art tool, the one thing you cannot live without?
December 04 - (cassiopeia7) How and when did your love of space start?
December 05 -
December 06 - (etrix) "The Day That Will Live in Infamy" How does world history influence you and/or your art?
December 07 -
December 08 -
December 09 - (amy37) What is one thing you would love to learn to do?
December 10 -
December 11 -
December 12 - (denugis) Pick a piece of your art that you are proud of and say a bit about its inspiration or your process for that piece or just why it's one you especially like.
December 13 -
December 14 -
December 15 -
December 16 -
December 17 -
December 18 -
December 19 -
December 20 - cancelled due to simultaneous claims for 12/21
December 21a - (cupcake_goth) comfort reads
December 21b - (aishuu) Winter Solstice
December 22 -
December 23 -
December 24 -
December 25 - (aishuu) Fancypant's First Christmas (and nonrelated holiday stories)
December 26 -
December 27 -
December 28 -
December 29 -
December 30 -
December 31 - (etrix) "Looking for a Brand New Year" How do you reflect your personal history and hopes for the future in your art?
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I want to re-boost the Fandom Aid offer I made. One, I adjusted the donation requirements to be a bit more in line with what others were offering for art. Two, for those of you who follow me here, please feel free to request fandoms/subjects you think I'd be able to handle to your liking.

‘BUY IT NOW’ OFFER | Art
QUANTITY | 1
FANDOMS |Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Bleach, Supernatural. Willing to consider other fandoms. Will also do a portrait of your pet or any other animal of your choice.
MINIMUM ‘BUY IT NOW’ DONATION REQUIREMENT | $5 for 9 x12 pencil sketch, $10 for a 9 x 12 inked sketch, $20 for 9 x 12 inked and colored piece, (colored pencil and watercolor), $50 for 9 x 12 oil painting on panel
ANY OTHER INFORMATION | I will ship the original piece to you - international is okay! Rating of piece must be R or lower. You can see a meager sampling of my art here. I most likely won't be able to send art until around New Year's due to other commitments.
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Cooler weather finally hit, and it feels properly like October now. I was able to get out for a nice, long walk and noticed that the maple leaves were starting to turn red.

Finnbarr the cat continues to be adorable, even if he insists on trying to eat things that aren't food (bleach, toes). He's been adjusting so well over the past week that I have to remind myself that he is still adjusting and exploring. He's only been out of the shelter for a week and a day, after all.

In other news, I finally finished the mermaid statue painting I've been working on for a show. I'm mostly happy with it (now that it's out of my hands, I keep seeing things I want to change), and am toying with the idea of ordering/selling gicle prints of the thing.

linnaean house mermaid

I am also toying with the idea of photoshopping in glowing red eyes and a trickle of blood at the corner of her mouth. Just because.

In other art news, I finally started on my SPN RBB picture. And by started, I mean I've assembled a bunch of photos and have Frankensteined together a reference photo for my painting. No, I don't think I'll be making the Early Bird deadline on this one.
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I posted my first batch SPN_J2 big bang art yesterday, for Tripwire. It's a wonderful post-apocalyptic AU with the following premise:

The apocalypse rolls on as planned, with no Dean Winchester to interrupt, and Lucifer wins. As a result, humans are rounded up into camps and used for food and entertainment by the now-dominant monster and demon species. Adam Milligan, once the vessel for the archangel Michael (who is now presumed dead by the world at large) works as a bartender earning his keep, but his life is once again turned upside down by the appearance of Castiel. The angel asks Adam to look after none other than a weakened Michael and keep him safe from the demons who might want to kill him. Now Adam has to decide if Michael's really worth protecting, and if he is, what that means for both their futures.

The art I did for the story (pastels, pen and ink), can be found here. I'd be delighted if you would check it out!

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