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Posted by Charley Parker

Charles Dana Gibson, classic pen and ink illustration
Various drawings, Charles Dana Gibson

From the Toronto Public Library.

Gibson was one of the great masters of pen and ink and a major early figure in “Golden Age” illustration.

Look at the head of the “Gibson Girl” the center, and the variety of lines, from the short, fine pen strokes around the eyes and nose, to the fluid, calligraphic curves at the top of the hair (which I assume are done with a brush). Wonderful.

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Banner by Diane of the post title with the OTW logo exploding in fireworks.

Fans come to fanfiction & fandom in different ways, but some discoveries can seem pretty familiar: http://bit.ly/1eFXPwr
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I'm so behind on answering comments and email, but I'm working on it, I swear. It's just so busy and exhausting with my dad and the house and everything, but at least an end is in sight? I also have to write my remix. Well. First, I have to actually choose a story to remix. Sigh. And I have a few post-Cap 2 stories I want to write. But my brain, she's not so compliant. In better news, my sister texted today to let me know the inspection went well yesterday and the buyer is moving forward, so that's good news. *crosses fingers*


Last night, I watched this week's The Good Wife. spoilers )


Today's poem:


Trapped on hell's runway,
every day I'm on my cell
begging for news that the wildfires
have not yet reached my house — it's weird
ghosts who take care of things for me,
its hallelujah brushfire of roses hissing
damply on the stucco ... brittle beards
of palm trees shushing overhead
like the harridan who raised me:

(the wolf in the bed;
the grandmother at the door)...

The family kitchen's an abattoir:
its scorched-earth dooryard's a wizening croft
of ash and dead hearts, planted in winter
by ill-fated crash-test true believers (paths
of chopped glass through the parsley garden) —

What would Alice do?
Which bite to take?

I am no Alice.
Like the truth, I'm not pretty;
some people say I look mean enough
to run down a squirrel
on purpose
(crushed red form; crime of no name) —

but what they don't know
is that I'm gentle as a child
and that I'd choose to use a gun
every time.

It's a whole-body thing, this embrace
of a gun: the furious aim, trigger pad
tingling — long, cold barrel
a shock on the palm; the contrary duckling
trembling in the crosshairs, naked
on the tarmac of memory...

Once, I fled eastward the length of Fire Island,
then fell to my knees beneath a star-studded cast-iron
apron of sky — seized by inspiration, crushed by vision:
Everything we do, Sylvia, feels like hell.

(But I lost my sense of terror there;
knew at once that I must run
not from but straight toward
what I most fear...)

Welcome to the forest of my head.
Is there anything more you need to know?
I invite you to follow me in.
I'll be sure to leave a shredded, flaming
paper trail everywhere I go.

~Gabrielle LeMay


Dark Waters

Apr. 15th, 2014 19:03
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Another impression from yesterdays boat trip…

Ein weiterer Eindruck meiner gestrigen Bootsfahrt...

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by  email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale April 16th, 2014 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per  email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 16. April 2014 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.


Apr. 15th, 2014 19:05
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For those who haven't heard yet: Agents of SHIELD is going to air two episodes tonight. At 8pm they'll show a repeat of last week's "Turn, Turn, Turn", followed by the new ep "Providence" at 9pm.

Decisions decisions

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:52
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Now that I've fallen hard for something that's mostly tumblr-based, I'm not really sure whether to consolidate my tumblrs and just post/reblog everything to one tumblr again. I'd originally created a separate fannish tumblr because I didn't want to subject everyone following me to a fanpocalypse whenever something new and shiny came along, but that was back when I originally thought I was going to be using my tumblr to post mostly original art and other "pro" stuff. But that's not what I'm using it for; it's mainly reblogs anyway, and I've been posting my fanart there anyway (when I have fanart) -- so now I'm torn. Talking about stupidly geeky stuff is a big enough part of my life that I've never been terribly successful at creating specifically geeky spaces and keeping my real life out of them; that's why this, the Sholio journal, has become my main journal and my realname journal gets posted to maybe three times a year. So I'm tempted to just reblog Captain America and White Collar stuff to my main tumblr along with whatever else catches my eye; putting the fan stuff elsewhere is starting to feel like an entirely arbitrary distinction anyway.


Pictures that Tell Stories

Apr. 15th, 2014 10:11
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Posted by James Gurney

Gabriel von Max, Monkeys as Critics

Blog reader Sean Oswald asks: "I was exploring some narrative artworks, and I wanted to ask if you would point me towards some resources that would help me learn about narrative art making. I want to know more about story and how it has been used in visual art to communicate ideas. I would also like to learn more about the pictorial mechanics of telling stories and the science behind it."

Sean, I think this is an important question. I wish there was more written about this, and I think it's a fertile field for study. Most of what's been written about the topic by art historians so far has been dismissive and short-sighted, usually by people who don't really create storytelling pictures.

You asked about pictorial mechanics. The best practical resources I've found are these four books:
Famous Artists Course (Get the editions from the 1950s)
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis
Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
....and of course it's something I talk about in my own book, Imaginative Realism

To understand the science behind how we look at storytelling pictures, I would love to see a researcher combine eyetracking data with fMRI brain scans in real time to see what's going on in the brain as a person begins to decipher a picture. Do the mirror neurons fire when you see a picture of a person doing a certain action? Can you actually see the brain engage on different levels as the visual processing moves from lower to higher levels?

Thomas Cole Voyage of Life: (Childhood, Youth, Manhood, Old Age), 1842
Here are a few thoughts on the topic. There are some famous series of paintings such as Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life" that tell stories with a beginning, middle, and end, almost like a painted graphic novel. The Catholic church has told many Bible stories sequentially in stained glass windows and altarpieces.

Norman Rockwell, Breaking Home Ties
But let's consider single-image story-paintings, and let's begin with semantics. People often call them "illustrations." But I don't really like that term because it's misleading. Some paintings don't illustrate a text—they can stand entirely on their own, just as a play or a movie would do. In that sense, Rockwell's Post covers aren't illustrations, even though they're some of the finest examples of storytelling pictures.

As I mentioned in a post called "Detective Storytelling," I also have difficulty with the term "narrative art" because a true narrative requires the presentation of a series of events, revealed in sequence (First A, then B, then C). In a single picture, unlike a graphic novel or an animated film, all the events are telescoped into a single moment. Previous moments or events are implied by clues, and the subsequent moment can only be suggested. We might better describe this kind of art as a “detective storytelling.” It demands effort from the viewer to find all the clues, and care from the artist to make sure not to clutter the scene with extraneous detail.
‘A Special Pleader’ by Charles Burton Barber
Several books have been written about Victorian Narrative Painting. It's a big subject with a lot of wonderful examples. For example, in this painting by Barber, the dog's characterization shows its conflict of loyalties, and the picture hints at the tantrum the girl threw before she was punished.

Rockwell, Pyle, and N.C. Wyeth talk a lot about the importance of eliminating unnecessary detail, and of choosing the supreme moment to illustrate. Of the three, only Rockwell sat down to write a book about the topic. There are extensive student notes of Pyle's teaching. But they're mostly unpublished, so I'll try to share more on the blog. Also, don't miss the blog by Ian Schoenherr on Howard Pyle. Wyeth's thinking is best revealed in his letters, collected in The Letters of N. C. Wyeth
Ivan Shishkin Wind Fallen Trees, 1888
As a final thought, I believe it's possible for a painting to tell a story without human figures at all, as long as the painting implies a series of events that preceded the moment depicted. Shishkin's forest paintings often describe the story of the forest by presenting evidence of past storms and woodcutters.

Previous Posts:
Detective Storytelling and Before the Judge (Analyzing two academic paintings).

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Apr. 15th, 2014 15:22
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In addition to my previous vid link, here is the link to the full interview with Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg on abc.go.com. Pretty interesting. About 15 minutes long (and I think it's region-locked, but Media Hint for example fixes that.)

Guess it's time to steal myself for tonight's episode. :/ Most everyone seems to be so much more optimistic about... recent developments, than I am. Sigh.
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Fandom: Galaxy Quest
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Tawney Madison
Content Notes/Warnings: maybe not in the best possible taste
Medium: digital vector art
Artist on DW/LJ: nope
Artist Website/Gallery: on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Well, awesome may be going a bit far, but hey - Tawney Madison's chest was awesome, and this celebrates that well known feature of the movie! The artist seems to like doing vector art of peoples' chests, but well, each to their own. Also I like the texturing and the colours. And believe me, compared to some of the versions of TM's chest out there, this is a model of propriety.
Link: Teaser Poster - Tawney Madison's chest

Bates Motel 2.07

Apr. 15th, 2014 13:19
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In which revelations are at hand.

Read more... )

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Apr. 15th, 2014 11:05
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This cast, man. I can't figure out how to embed this, but here's a short video in which Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg talk about the cast's reaction to last episode's ending. (spoilers, obviously)

Rec(s) of the day

Apr. 15th, 2014 10:01
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Confessor by [fanfiction.net profile] Kitty-O
Gen; Skye&Ward; set some time after Turn, Turn, Turn (major spoilers); 1552 words
Summary: But then – out of the shadows, and Ward thought, "Whoops, that's me". And then he asked Skye out for drinks.

Don’t let the summary fool you... this story nearly brought tears to my eyes. So good. (Also, so painful to read but right now, what isn't.)

unreliable landmarks by [archiveofourown.org profile] someofusare
Gen; Grant Ward; backstory/character study; M; 4643 words
Summary: Pictures of Grant Ward. Every hero villain needs an origin story.
"This is a story of three brothers. That's how it would start."
sholio: Sebastian Stan as Bucky (Winter Soldier Bucky)
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The Captain America comics, you guys.

I am losing the ability to can.

CA comics spoilers and general squeeful flailtastic incoherency; you know what I'm like when I have a new shiny )

P.S. On a completely different note, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight! It's visible mostly from North America and will be at maximum eclipse for the next hour or so. If your skies are clear, look to the southeast; it is very red and cool. It looks like a moon on an alien planet.
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Posted by Justin

By Justin Gerard

Friend and fellow MuddyColors contributor Cory Godbey is running a wonderful little Kickstarter for a project that I am very jealous of.  It is called Tales from the Wilder Forest. A Collection of fantastic little bonfire short stories by Cael Jacobs which Cory is currently illustrating.

The Kickstarter has already hit (and more than doubled) its original goal and is now taking the last of the orders for the project. You should check it out.  It may be the only way to get a hold of the books. And it ends April 15.  THAT IS TODAY. TODAY IS LITERALLY THE LAST DAY.  Leave now and check it out on the Kickstarter page.

Captain America/Avengers Recs!

Apr. 14th, 2014 20:58
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Okay, we're gonna do this a little different. There's a firehose worth of new fic turning up related to Captain America. I have by no means read all of it and, in fact, there are a lot of great looking ones I haven't read, but there are some piling up that are tagged to be recced. Unfortunately, a lot times when I go to write the rec notes, my brain just produces <3! or <3!!!, and maybe *SWOONflail* or *crywhimper*. Thanks, brain, that's very helpful of you.

So these recs will be a bit steamlined and may or may not come with rec notes. If you're looking for fic to cover that itch the new movie brought on, I enjoyed all of these and think they're worth your time. They were not exclusively written post-movie, at least one is only tangentially related by virtue of the MCU, but they're all going behind a cut to cover my spoiler bases. I'll try to have the next set of recs out in a bit more timely fashion. :)

Note that titles in [ brackets ] are untitled (usually ficlets or images from Tumblr) and I've given them something for linking purposes. Usually generic, sometimes my creativity gets the better of me - blame me, not the author. Speaking of Tumblr, I know I'm missing a lot of great art flying around over there, but alas for data caps. My occasional reblogging is usually things that have been referenced elsewhere and I very rarely see my dashboard until the end of the month when I have some leftover bandwidth to burn. So if you know of anything great, feel free to link me!

25 Fics & 1 Gifset )
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Or, why the hell did I decide to put on Acqua di Gio (pour femme)?



I can't even review it. It's... a fruity floral with notes of Weezer.

Self-portraits #12

Apr. 14th, 2014 23:31
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Posted by Charley Parker

Self portraits: George Hendrik Breitner, Amadeo Modigliani, Arthur Rackham, Marie Bashkirtseff, Cornelis Visscher, Frederic Bazille, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Claesz

More “selfies” from the hands of artists from the past. Nary an iPhone among them.

Images above (links to my posts): George Hendrik Breitner, Amedeo Modigliani, Arthur Rackham, Marie Bashkirtseff, Cornelis Visscher (with detail), Frédéric Bazille, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Claesz (with detail).

[Random] ...

Apr. 14th, 2014 15:17
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The child turned nine yesterday. This is deeply disturbing. Next year, she'll be a decade old.

Remember when she was born? Yeah, me too.

Now she's upstairs playing with a friend. I hear no sounds that would indicate that they're actively destroying anything, which is good.

Back on a big huge block of tan in my scarf. I'd been so busy that I was stuck on the first green stripe until this weekend, when I got a lot of knitting done at Pacificon. The tan is the worst part. So much tan.

Due to item the first on this not a list, I missed the last day of Pacificon. I do hope it was bitchin'. Mostly, I'm in the post-con weird headspace of deep regret for not talking to more people. At least my legs are no longer sore from my Saturday morning jog.

Am attempting to avoid checking my work email until tomorrow morning. Forcing self to take a break while taking vacation days. Harder than it looks.

Back to the item before last, I think what I wind up regretting most about not talking to more people is that I am aware I should expand my local fannish social circle, but feel too much like an incorrectly shaped peg to do so, and thus basically talk primarily to people I already know well enough to talk to in person. I swear that makes sense in my head.


cosmic disturbance

Apr. 14th, 2014 16:40
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I have a kink for people that should have met or would have improved by meeting X not meeting. Or not doing something/doing something that changes their course.completely. Like Watson not meeting Sherlock, Moriarty not being a criminal, etc. I love it when the character also feels like their missing something and it gets corrected or a "theres something on your backs" storyline (outside interference) but that isn't a recruitment. The person involved could be an OC btw.

I am absolutely drowning in work

Apr. 14th, 2014 17:40
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I feel like mentioning it, because I've been pretty quiet lately - changed jobs not terribly long ago and am still getting used to New Job, and right now, the New Job is kicking my ass with how much work I have to do... good work, I like the work, but I'd really love to take a break and just read some Steve/Bucky healing cock porn, you know?

Stormy Weather

Apr. 14th, 2014 19:46
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It was probably not the wisest decision to take the boat out in weather conditions like this, but it was worth it. Storm, hail and rain, sometimes some sunlight, alone on the Müggelsee…

Es war wahrscheinlich keine vernünftige Entscheidung heute mit dem Boot zu fahren bei diesem Wetter, aber es hat sich trotzdem gelohnt. Sturm, Hagel und Regen, manchmal auch Sonne, allein auf dem Müggelsee…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

The daily painting is no longer available.
Das Tagesbild ist nicht mehr erhältlich.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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Banner by Erin of a close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

Do you have legal experience? Are you interested in helping volunteers? Are you good at investigating complaints? We need you! Volunteer for the OTW: http://bit.ly/RiFYRF 
turlough: Touma & Xiu & Shin & Seiji with Nasuti & Jun & Byakuen in balloon ((yst) ordinary boys)
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Fandom: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (aka Ronin Warriors)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Xiu
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] complexcrystal

Why this piece is awesome: Finding a work that depicts Xiu as stylishly badass and attractive is definitely not common so I was very happy when I found this. It's such a cool and fun work.

Link: boys of summer 2008 - 19 (Shu)

The state of things

Apr. 14th, 2014 12:41
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The haroset is made. The eggs are boiled. The matzah balls are simmering, and I am reminding myself (as I do every year) that if I messed up the matzah-meal-to-egg ratio, I can go buy more eggs and try again.

Meanwhile I've been entertaining myself with vague mental noodlings about what it would be like if there were a seder on Serenity. (Yes, this would require everyone on the ship to be Jewish. Just roll with it.)

Shepherd Book would be a rabbi, then. Mal would be a lapsed Jew, still angry at God for allowing the atrocities of the war to happen, and he'd grumble about the ritual being meaningless and anachronistic and how he had a ship to run, but he'd show up, and it would move him despite himself.

Inara would supply good wine from somewhere in her shuttle, and would pour each of the Four Cups for everyone.

Kaylee would sing the Four Questions.

Zoe would volunteer to read the part about how God delivered the children of Israel from bondage with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.

Wash would insist on reading the midrash about how when the Egyptians were perishing, God rebuked the angels and told them not to sing praises.

When they got to the Four Children, Book would ask Simon to read the Wise One, and Jayne to read the Wicked One ("Hey! What're you implying?"), and Kaylee to read the Simple One, and without being called-upon River would pipe up with the One Who Does Not Know To Ask.

At the end, Simon would sing "Chad Gadya" at rapid-fire pace, and everyone else would trip over their tongues and fall out of the song laughing, except for River, who would sing with him all the way to the end.

At least, these are my theories. I welcome other ideas in comments. :-)
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Wow, this weekend, okay.

Friday night, I went to see CA:TWS again with L. - she enjoyed it but thought there was too much fighting. While I am of the opinion that most action movies of the past twenty years are too long and have fight scenes and chase scenes both that go on too long, I didn't really feel that at all about Cap 2. (Possibly the overwhelming amount of Bucky feels on display - both mine and Steve's - contributes to that.) I can see where I'll be FFing through on dvd, but it's nowhere near the amount of FFing I've done for CA:TFA (nearly everything between Steve's mourning scene and the plane going down) or Avengers (e.g., the whole Iron Man/Thor confrontation in the middle: bleh; I'm not here for superheroes fighting each other, unless one is mind-controlled or brainwashed or something). Because I thought the fights were really tied to characterization and also easy to follow. Also, ROBOT ARM. Ahem.

Then we went for a late dinner at a new restaurant in the neighborhood and I had BBQ brisket tacos, which were excellent, though probably a little spicier than was wise at such a late hour, given my acid reflux issues. And also some unpronounceable but lovely German (? I think?) wheat beer. (They also had a variety of IPAs but I can never remember if I like them or not; maybe next time I will get a tasting flight and find out.)

Then Saturday morning I headed out to the island for some intensive decluttering with my dad - well, after I finished emptying out the dresser in my bedroom there and packing up some kitchen items I'll be taking with me (including two vintage yellow Pyrex mixing bowls, four champagne coupes, some fancy cut-glass stemmed dessert bowls that were my grandmother's, and a set of tiny vintage cordial glasses [also my grandmother's]), my dad continued to empty out his desk while I watched a selected episodes version of s1 of AtLA on his giant TV via Amazon Prime.

In addition to a decade's worth of check registers that he shredded (page by page since he has a tiny home shredder that overheats a lot), he found the little metal box with some recipes my grandmother kept, most of them clipped out of Il Progresso and some handwritten, but all in Italian, so getting them translated should be interesting (I've been looking for that box forever, or at least since my parents moved into that house 12 years ago; I keep hoping there will be a copy of Aunt Jean's pizza dough recipe in it, since I never got that from them and I've never had anything like it anywhere else, though my dad says they had no recipe for that, it was all done by eyeball/feel).

In the midst of that, there were people who came to see the house, and the realtor (not our person, but the one for the prospective buyers) actually tried to talk up the place, which was nice to hear, because we figured that 1. the asking price was way too high, and 2. it was going to be a tough sell regardless, but even though all I had to do was open the door, I still found the experience uncomfortable.

Then my brother and his wife came over to sort through more stuff and empty out the large breakfront in the dining room - they're taking it, since my grandfather made it (as well as my dad's desk and several other pieces of furniture that we've distributed through the family - he was a cabinet maker, with a side of instrument making, so my brother also took the remaining grandpa-made mandolin as well - he already has one and a guitar my grandpa made for him hanging in his living room).

On Sunday, we were up early because my dad had to finish clearing out the desk so my b-i-l could load it into a truck and take it back to his house and then he and my nephew took the dresser from my room, so all my clothes that I haven't given to Goodwill are sitting in a giant garbage bag while I try to figure out how I'm going to get them home and where I'm going to put them when I do. (Ideally, my brother will store all this stuff for me for a while, so I can clear out some crap in my own apt. and then he can drive me into the city with it; we'll see what happens, I guess; also, I am taking the KitchenAid, which means bye-bye microwave).

Since the desk was gone, that meant the iMac had to be put on the other smaller desk in the room (not built by my grandfather), the one that my dad uses for paperwork, so the whole thing is a jumble and not really conducive to doing anything (since that desk wasn't being moved, my dad did not clean it off *facepalm*). At which point we were like, "why is he taking that? is there even room for it? Wouldn't a laptop be better, so he could take it anywhere in the house with him instead of being tied to a desk?" and he said, "Get me a laptop. Do it now." So I ordered him at 13" MacBook Air, for pickup at the Smith Haven Mall Apple store later in the afternoon, and we settled in to wait for another set of prospective buyers. Then we took a drive to pick up the laptop (with him cursing me every step for making him walk through the mall - he has mobility issues and uses a walker - but they needed to see a photo ID and his credit card, which he knew going into the transaction so...we made stops for him to rest along the way, and they had a chair for him in the store itself), and got him a lapdesk to use it with (I left him sitting in the mall while I went to B&N), and then did a small grocery shopping (necessities only) and had dinner, and then spent the rest of the evening setting up his new laptop with his passwords and bookmarks (which I saved from the iMac but chose not to import since they were full of stuff he was never going to use again). Which took a little longer than it should have because he has to get used to the touchpad and also he types with one finger.

My nephew is going to take the iMac, but we still have to get some stuff off it - my tax records, some music, nothing major (I've already zipped and sent myself all my word docs that were backed up out there).

And I also did ALL THE LAUNDRY my god so much laundry.

Luckily, the weather was beautiful through it all.

But! In the midst of all of that, my sister texted me to let me know that there was an offer on the house! For more than we hoped to get (though not as much as it was listed for, because that was a fool's dream.) And they want to close by May 15 if at all possible (with an extension to June 15 if necessary)! So the inspector is coming this evening, but hopefully that will be fine and we can get this show on the road!

So my dad was finally like, "Holy crap, I'm actually moving and I can't take all this stuff with me!" (He is moving into my sister's the first weekend of May regardless, as long as the installation of the stair lift thing goes well, but we thought it was going to take a lot longer to get an offer on the house.)

So a lot of things are in motion, but hopefully the end of my having to give up my weekends is near. By the end of May I should have them to myself again for a while. *crosses fingers* And then I have to start clearing my own space out.

After all that, I missed posting a poem yesterday, which made me sad, but there just wasn't time and it wouldn't have been easy to do via my iPad (I was barely online at all the whole weekend except for checking email on my phone).

So here's a poem for today:

So You Would Listen to Me
by Laura Riesco

So you would listen to me
I tangled your silence

My words became
shrill with the wind

The starry shadows
of all my poems
plunged in your eyes

So you would listen to me
God put you in the night

The whole world put
solitude in our steps

So you would listen to me
I diverted your path

How many nights spent
I gave you in a minute

You were to blame
for the tremor of my hands

You were to blame
and now you listened to me

Illuminated knives
crossed my breasts

I dug from the cavity
the reason of my dreams

So you would listen to me
I tangled your silence

I was falling in parts
and in parts in silence
I was leaving the soul to you.

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[personal profile] sholio
Sooooo this past week I went out and bought an enormous stack of Captain America TPBs. (DON'T JUDGE ME. A GIRL HAS NEEDS. XD)

I mostly stopped buying superhero comics about a decade ago, having wandered away due to getting sucked into indy comics much more heavily, and then DC's reboot/retcon of Justice League International was the final nail in that particular coffin. (I haven't bought a DC book since then. I am STILL bitter about it.) However, I was always more of a Marvel fan anyway, and I have been slowly wandering back over the last couple of years -- not with huge comics-fan intensity (well, er, prior to the last week), but there is some really good stuff coming out of Marvel right now. [personal profile] ratcreature turned me onto Mark Waid's Daredevil, which is really great, and now I've found that I really enjoy Brubaker's Captain America as well. It helps that I really like the art, which is very moody and chiaroscuro and heavily photo-referenced -- I realize this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I find the general effect very pleasing, and with comics, art is frequently the thing that makes or breaks a book for me.

Anyway, if you are a comics-reading sort of person, I definitely recommend the Captain America: Winter Soldier TPB; it's the start of Brubaker's run on the book, which makes it a good jumping-on point and kicks off a fairly coherent and self-contained storyline (by Marvel standards), as well as having a very obvious connection to the movie's plotline.

Under the cut there's a scan of a page from the 'Red Menace' TPB that made me squeak; it's spoilery for the end of the movie )

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