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Discovered because she probably licked a brush while painting with lapis lazuli

Either that, or she didn't think to label her cups "Paint Water" and "NOT Paint Water."  :D
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This post upholds that you don't have to be good at a hobby to enjoy it.   

This is true if you enjoy doing the hobby for its own sake by yourself and/or the results are still usable.  Many people and hobbies fall into that category.  Our Imbolc candles got the colors a bit scrambled but they still turned out very pretty. 

The premise is also true if you value your hobby for something other than its appearance or other technical finesse.  My yard may look more like a jungle than a Midwest Living cover, but well, that's because I modeled it after a jungle and not a magazine ... and my detritus food chain is 3 days to apex which is a thing I am proud of.  The toads aren't grading me on how it looks.

However, the premise may not be true if you're trying to make something look like the picture on the box, and failing that goal makes you sad instead of happy.  It definitely is not true if what you want is a craft community but when you go to a quilting circle the other people pick on you.  :/

There are many reasons to take up a hobby.  One is because you enjoy it.  Another is you like doing it with friends.  Perhaps you want the finished product.  Maybe you need a way to practice your manual dexterity that is not boring-ass therapy exercises.  Some folks do it to preserve their culture.  All of these are equally valid; do what works for you.

Leave us not forget the historic value of things that were, in their time, thought mediocre or inferior.  Sometimes people don't recognize greatness for a few decades.  Other times, those everyman examples are all we have left.  All art has value, some is just more practiced or popular than others.  So don't be ashamed of what you do, or what you like.
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Today is the last day to nominate projects and patrons for the Rose & Bay Awards.  If you have not yet done so, please do it now.

The Rose and Bay Award was launched by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith (Elizabeth Barrette) in January 2009, and quickly gained additional volunteers. This award focuses on a growing business model known as "crowdfunding" or "cyberfunded creativity," which directly connects creative people and patrons of the arts online. This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons. It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.

The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2018.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2019.
The voting period spans February 1-February 28, 2019.

These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:

Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!
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We got the card game Illusion for Yule this year.  Watch a video of a review with a sample game in play.

This is overwhelmingly a visual-spatial game; once you read the rules, the only other thing you need to read is the row of percentages on the back of each card.  The front has abstract art in red, yellow, green, and blue.  (Obviously, this is not a game for colorblind people.  Those who can see color and shape but not read fine print might do fine.  YMMV depending on how your eyes work.)  First you draw an arrow card to indicate the color in play.  Then you place cards with increasing amounts of that color in the direction of the arrow. So if the card is blue, you put down cards based on increasing blueness. 

There are many different shapes in play -- squares, triangles, circles, question marks, flowers, letters.  You have to look at the abstract art and try to figure out the proportions of the target color.  This is a lot harder than it looks, because often the colors are only one or two percentage points apart.  If you think the lineup is incorrect, you can challenge it.  Flip over the cards and check the percentages.  If you're right (and the line is wrong) you get the arrow card; if not, the previous player gets it.  The first person to collect three arrows is the winner.

I'm only somewhat good at it, but I love just looking at the different shapes.  Plus, once you know the concept, it's very portable -- you could play this with any set of images, or make your own.  T-America probably has a jillion different decks of this, including ones for famous abstract artists.  Hell, now I want a Frank Lloyd Wright deck. >_<  The tricky part would be calculating the actual percentages to put on the back of each card.  The original deck is huge, though; you won't run out of cards soon.  As another variation, you could play solitaire just by seeing how far you can get before you make a mistake.

If you are looking for a game to enjoy with less verbally oriented people, Illusion is a great choice.  It really stands out from the usual run of games based on words or dexterity.  Artists and other visual thinkers will love the hell out of this.  (Be prepared for distractions talking about the art itself.  As an alternate activity, it's a terrific tool for discussing color and composition in art.)  English language learners and small children can play as soon as they understand the basic concepts of "more color" and "going in this direction."  We really had fun with it, and I think that other folks in our community will enjoy it too.
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Today I found this Name Your Pain Scale.  It's interesting because it combines a variety of descriptions, visual and text, into one infographic.  The really new part is the human shapes.  If you look at those, you can see they show the level of assistance needed -- from none to adaptive equipment to leaning on someone else.  This factor can be very useful in explaining the amount of impairment to someone else, especially a caregiver or caseworker. 
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Here's a brilliant article about why so many modern buildings are hideous and why that's a serious problem we need to fix. 

Our environment affects our moodBeautiful surroundings make people happier.  Ugly surroundings make people unhappy.  While many factors influence mood, it is easier to be happy in a beautiful place than in an ugly place.  Here are some ways to improve your mood by beautifying your home.
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is running this weekend with a theme of Fate and Free Will. Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written:

From My Prompts:


Jan. 15th, 2019 02:49 am
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 Mostly Friesian.  But look at that nose!  :D
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Day 10

Create a fanwork. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

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Day 6

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post

My Wishes

* Fanart of any of my writing. I have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from my most popular fanfic series Love Is For Children. Everything else is fair game too. While I love great art, quality is not a concern; folks are welcome to use my work for practice projects too. I link all of it to the work that inspired it. (AO3 has a dedicated function for that, if you're drawing LIFC. DW just gets regular links.)

* If you prefer writing to art, fanfic of my work is also welcome.

* Any of my lyrical poetry set to music and/or sung. I don't have them all gathered in one spot, but the Six Poems of the Fall from A Conflagration of Dragons have some options. "The Janardanakavita" is for singing. "The Chant of the Return of Sebak," "the chain of cicada shells," and "The Harrowing of Hildeburh" are meant to be declaimed rather than sung, if anyone's into that. "The Nesting Urge of Aluzza" could go either way. Hunting around, I found a few miscellaneous ones: "The Bonecage," "Fiorenza and the Sea," "Still Growing Strong," "Let's Make Lemonade," "We're All Mad," and "Light the Match."

* Fanfic of someone making Kylo Ren go clean his room because he is acting like a pouty teenager instead of a respectable martial artist.  Wish granted by [personal profile] meridian_rose 

* We watched Into the Spider-Verse recently, and I loved the storyline despite the eye-searing artwork. I would like to see fanfic of Miles Morales and his uncle actually having to work through the horrible relationship tangle instead of following the standard Spider-Man plot. Write fresh or recommend something already written, I'm not picky.

* Stuff you made. It's fun having little bits of things from my friends -- music, books, fibercrafts, artist trading cards, etc. It doesn't have to be big or fancy.

* So I have this thing about encouraging people to do heroic stuff in everyday life. By heroic I mean skills and virtues, not deeds of derring-do. Pick any item from "How to Be a Hero in Real Life," "Become Like a Comic Book Superhero," "25 Virtues Found in the Best of Men," "How to Make Your Home Town More Like Bluehill," or any similar list of emergency skills or world repair. Learn it or do it, and that counts. The world needs more heroes, superpowers not required. Oddly enough, I have found that writing about heroes and healthy societies is a lot more effective than picketing or writing letters. I'm a practical activist; I do what works. And I want to live in a world where, when a hero says "I just did what anyone would have done," it's generally true.

Wishes Granted

For [personal profile] analise010:
I just updated my DW profile for Snowflake.
My transformative works policy is here. Other people who wanted the TWP: [personal profile] wenchpixie, [personal profile] kaixo, [personal profile] paradoxial[personal profile] silveradept 

For [personal profile] independence1776:
Sustainability resources for beginners.

For [personal profile] evilinsanemonkey:
See [community profile] allbingo to find writing prompts.

For [personal profile] kurgaya:
Active DW communities include [community profile] allbingo and [community profile] crowdfunding. Other people who wanted this: [personal profile] isabellerecs

For [personal profile] mythicmistress:
Resources on how to deal with writer's block.

For [personal profile] ruuger:
Fainting(ish) men.

For [personal profile] marginaliana:
How to care less about what other people think.

For [personal profile] spikedluv:
How to be kind to each other. Other people who wanted this: [personal profile] cornerofmadness[personal profile] silveradept[personal profile] skytintedwater 

For [personal profile] flamingsword:
Writing about nonmale, nonwhite, and/or nonbinary characters.

For [personal profile] snake_socks:

For [personal profile] teigh_corvus:
Art-friendly inspiration communities include [community profile] allbingo and [community profile] crowdfunding.

For [personal profile] implicated2:
A variety of things.

For [personal profile] 22degreehalo:
Asexual, aromantic, etc. characters.  Other people who wanted this: [personal profile] venusinthenight[personal profile] marzipan77 

For [personal profile] smilebackwards:
Talk about writing.

For [personal profile] paradoxial:
Torn World is a shared world that lends itself well to collaboration.

For [personal profile] skytintedwater:
World peace.  Some assembly required.

Mental Load

Jan. 6th, 2019 02:56 am
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This cartoon illustrates the burden of mental load.  It's closely related to the concept of emotional labor, and is a leading reason why people -- especially women -- are exhausted so often.

My partner and I divided the workload based on ability and interest.  We share tasks that we both love or both hate.  But most of it is divided because we prefer and are good at different tasks.  That means my partner does the vast majority of the organizing and I do all the vermin control.  It works for us.  Because if we tried to assign those tasks based on crotch shape, it would be an absolute disaster, and we are not idiots.

Now, it doesn't have to be exactly equal in type.  Our balance has shifted back and forth over the years, depending on who was making more of the income.  But the people in a relationship should each be contributing approximately equal effort and receiving approximately equal benefit.  If it's too uneven, that's not stable, and tends to break down over time. 

So think about the balance in your relationships, and for the love of fuck, express your appreciation for whoever does the "thankless" tasks. There is absolutely no reason why they should be thankless.  You are capable of saying "Thank you for doing the dishes" or giving your partner a smooch or whatever other form of appreciation they value.
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 For my ace/aro friends, here is a t-shirt with a pile of giant squiggly zucchini.

Yes, someone made acepr0n on a t-shirt.  I am pretty sure they did not know they were doing that.  ;)


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