morning writing

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:23 am
darthneko: World of Warcraft Anduin Wrynn ([fandom] wrynn determination)
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(continued from yesterday)

It was late into the audience hours when the royal Consort and his cousin unexpectedly turned up in line.

Anduin almost had to look twice when their names - sans title or any other fanfaire - were called, the surprise making him slow. They were both of them in travel clothes, leathers worn smooth and supple, ragged and stained, the sort of clothes for hunting, fishing, and sleeping out on the road. They had obviously been out somewhere; Elwynn forest, Anduin suspected, part of Hardwire's ongoing campaign to train Ren back into some semblance of fitness after the birth of the babes. There was dirt and what looked like fresh blood stains on their clothes, and there would probably be venison or roast boar on the dinner table.

Dirty and disheveled, and Ren, at least, was visibly tired, and both with small gift boxes in hand and the most shit-eating grins Anduin had ever seen. He didn't, in that moment, know whether to kiss them or box their ears.
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morning writing

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:37 am
darthneko: World of Warcraft Anduin Wrynn ([fandom] wrynn determination)
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No writing yesterday - was home being sickly. =P That'll teach me not to overdo the unpacking while dehydrated. And now, just to prove how many fic bits I can juggle all at once, here, have a bit about the first Love is in the Air valentine's holiday after the launch of the Legion expansion.... (because my muses are random bastards who jump around and this was what Anduin felt like giving me this morning =P)

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"Good morning, your Majesty," was the first warning he had, a little too bright and cheerful, the throne room guards all smiling a little too broadly. Anduin shook his head ruefully.

"Already?"

The senior guard grinned, utterly unrepentant. "It's not so bad, sir.... yet."

"Yet," Anduin echoed dubiously. His willingness to play along with the game made their smiles broader still, both guards moving to sweep back the doors to the throne with more enthusiasm than strictly necessary.

The audience line had already formed, which didn't make it that different from most days except for the composition of the line - even at a glance Anduin could count more mercenaries than tradesmen, when usually it was the reverse. It was the throne itself that was the source of the guards' amusement; or rather, the two small wrapped boxes resting there, given place of pride on the cushion.

Anduin plucked them from the throne. The gift boxes fit in his palm, heavier than they looked, with a metallic sort of jingle to them. "Only two?" he noted, jesting.
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spindizzy: (Spoilers nooooo)
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I KEEP FORGETTING THAT I CAN MAKE THESE AND BE EFFICIENT FOR A CHANGE, HOW BAD IS THAT.

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And of course, now I've REMEMBERED that I can make masterlists, because I am an adult and I do what I want, I am TOTALLY going to remember to make them for all of the things that I have been yelling about. TOTALLY.

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RAR!

Sep. 17th, 2017 11:07 pm
spindizzy: (Be happy!)
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Hello hello hello! Hello hello! I'm coming to you live and alive, and I have been fucking busy since I last posted. Like, "I haven't checked my reading page in a month" levels of busy. HI GUYS, I MISS YOU.

Let's see, what've I been doing?

  • Okay, most important thing: LEX AND I WENT TO CHECK OUT THE DINOSAURS OF CHINA EXHIBIT AND IT WAS REALLY FUCKING COOL. I posted lots of photos on twitter because I'm me, but I just need to yell about it some more.
    • You know how places have signs from the car park telling you which way to go? All of the ones for this said "I think they went that way".

    • There was a deer outside the building! Just, like, chilling on the lawn! And I was flipping out because why is there a deer there and Lex was laughing his head off because Wollaton Hall is like a deer park? A deer preserve? IT HAS DEER. And it's like yes, I know it has deer, but why are they roaming loose! Over here! That's not safe! Thus further proving that I am FAR TOO CITY FOLK to ever go near wild animals.

    • Okay, the Dinosaurs of China exhibit has a whole bunch of skeletons and fossils brought over from Asia (I thought it was in partnership with some of the universities, but can I find any information on the website? Can I heck as like.), because a) apparently China is where the most advances in paleontology are being made, and b) that is where they found out about dinosaurs having feathers. And they have! Some of the fossils! That show dinosaurs with feathers!

    • I don't know if the disabled route in has all of the stuff painted on the walls explaining the exhibit; I hope it does because I quite liked it. You follow the trail of footprints round, read all the stuff on the walls, go up the stairs, open a curtain, and...

    • THERE IS A FUCKING TWENTY-THREE METRE LONG DINOSAUR SKELETON.

    • THAT'S LIKE SEVENTY FIVE FOOT NINE.

    • THEY'VE GOT IT STANDING UP SO IT'S THIRTEEN METRES TALL, OKAY, AND THAT IS A FUCKING HUGE DINOSAUR.

    • AND I GOT TO TOUCH A FOSSIL. IT WAS A DINOSAUR THIGH BONE AND THERE WAS A SIGN SAYING WE COULD TOUCH IT SO OF COURSE I DID.

    • Also in that room was like a protoceratops (which was a baby and an ancestor of the triceratops); there was a tiny armoured dinosaur that they found as part of a group of baby dinosaurs that had been buried in a sandstorm so they were pretty well preserved; one of the first dinosaurs ever found in China (apparently during WWII, which sounds like it must have been NERVEWRACKING. And! AND! There was a Sinraptor, which I think we can all agree is the best name for a dinosaur that looks like a t-rex, and I'm reading the sign going "Is this really big enough to take down the big one all on it's own?!" until it turned out that it was, uh, not actually fully grown yet.

    • The next room was all of the stuffed birds that they usually keep in the hall, which was somewhere between cool and eerie because it's a room full of eyes. (They have ravens, [Bad username or unknown identity: squeemu!] I meant to get a picture for you, I'm sorry.) But they were all there as a "Here is a comparison between birds and dinosaurs," thing. There was! A tiny dinosaur skeleton! Like, the size of my hand tiny, and it apparently got buried in volcanic ash while it was sleeping, so it was found preserved in that position! That is cool! And there was an Oviraptor (I think it's called that anyway), because someone discovered it next to eggs and assumed that they were eating it, rather than that it was the dinosaurs own nest. Whoops.

    • ... Also who cuts fossilised eggs in half. I mean, paleontologists, but srsly.

    • THERE WAS A DINOSAUR THAT WAS BIGGER THAN I AM THAT HAD FEATHERS.

    • Apparently someone tried to invent a new dinosaur by smooshing two fossils together, and it worked. It was right next to the (apparently legit) dino bird with FOUR WINGS, because sometimes real life is weirder than what we can make up.

    • And I'm pretty sure that the original Fossil Of Dinosaur With Feathers was there. *_*

    • GUYS THEY 3D PRINTED A FOSSIL BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL WAS TOO DELICATE TO TRANSPORT OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT'S THE COOLEST THING THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU.

    • In conclusion, it was super great and if you can, I reckon it's worth your time!

  • Then we went on a danger Ikea run (Q: Why is it a "danger" Ikea run? A: Have you ever been to Ikea?) because Mike's mum was coming over – I'll come back to that – and got a new shelving unit and a pouffe (which we haven't put together yet) and a table with a basket and wheels for me, which is SUPER USEFUL, 10/10, would pile all of my nonsense into again.

  • SO MIKE'S MUM CAME OVER and I'm trying to be nice about her, because she's his mum and our landlady, but we got back and it was literally "Hi, how was your day, I don't know how you live like this." ... Lady, if you want us to keep the place cleaner you can ask, you're our landlady, but I don't know how you thought walking into our home and insulting our housekeeping is acceptable. Also she's going to have someone come round and tile our kitchen wall while he's round doing a different job (dude does not know he's going to be tiling our kitchen yet), and decided that she was going to clean our bathroom for us, by which I mean break the sink and steam-clean the sealant right off the shower. *AGGRAVATED SIGH* On the plus side, she painted the kitchen like she wanted, and has decided that Mike is going to finish painting the rest of the house for her, so...

  • (She wanted us to put all of our stuff in the middle of our bedrooms so that she could paint our bedrooms and I just laughed for days because she grossly overestimated how much space Mike has in his bedroom and underestimated how much crap Lex and I have in ours. It's not happening.)

  • I've taken all of the extra shifts going in September, which hasn't been as many as I'd hoped; we were supposed to start RFID tagging the entire library by now, but they've moved the start date back a month. Oh well, more time for transcripts and writing [community profile] ladybusiness stuff. (I reviewed The Stars Are Legion, which was Fine But Not For Me.)

  • I need to decide if I want to do sign language level two this year. On the one hand, professional development is great and I'd love to know more BSL, and this is the last chance I'm going to have to go with anyone from my old class. On the other hand, I don't have £500 to drop on this again; I didn't really have it last year but seriously won't be out of my overdraft until the 25th of October so I'm not sure I can do it. ... And the classes were good and fun but also I was an anxious wreck before and after them. And Jay can't go either, which means that I'd either be late to class most weeks, have to pay for a taxi, or ask work if I can knock off early so I can get there on time.


    ... I think what I'm saying is that I need to give myself permission to NOT go to sign language next year. /o\

  • Apart from that... I got new stationery? I got these daily pages for my filofax and so far they are exactly what I wanted? I also got myself a fauxdori with red pandas on? I dunno, my brain just went fff! and shut down, I'm sorry. The takeaway point of this is: DINOSAURS, GUYS. DINOSAURS ARE COOL.

Art Study Refs

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:43 am
darthneko: art supplies ([art] lifeblood)
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Landscape:
MapCrunch (daily 360 panoramic)

Random Street View (same as above)

Random Google Street View (same as above)

Figure Drawing:
Line of Action (choose gender, clothed/nude, time limit)

SketchDaily (same as above plus animal choices)

QuickPoses (same as LoA, but option to show pictures upside down and track progress)

morning writing

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:19 am
darthneko: World of Warcraft Anduin Wrynn ([fandom] wrynn determination)
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(back to the wedding bits for today!)

The King's study was, in theory, a place of quiet work and relaxation, where the King could retire from the company of councilors and ministers to review the day's issues and draft necessary written orders. Anduin knew his father had only ever used it as such while nursing a hangover and needing a darkened room and some semblance of work in order to stave off those clamoring for his time; being trapped at a desk with paperwork was, quite likely, one of Varian Wrynn's conceptions of hell.
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As a note of interest, the pic of Anduin in my new icon is from the pre-expansion comic that Blizzard released... sadly, there aren't actually that many good face shots of him in it, but the interesting part that I only realized when I opened it up to find a screencap this morning is that he's holding the demon assassin at sword point and the sword is Shalamayne - which he only recovered from the Broken Shore in patch 7.2, during the Alliance quest chain with him. So actually, that comic would take place sometime after 7.2, and not right after the expansion launch the way I initially read it.

morning writing

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:33 am
darthneko: WoW - Pandaren ([fandom] lorewalker)
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(Continued directly from first and second posts)

Dragging in a ragged breath from somewhere, Ren slid the straps of the carrier off his shoulders, pulling it and both boys around to where he could wrap his arms around them against his front. "/Ling, Den, this is your uncle, Hardwire./" He took another breath, the taste dry and sour in his mouth, and dared to look up and meet his cousin's eyes. "/They're mine./"

Whatever the too-fast beat of his heart was trying to brace for - anger, rejection, condemnation - not even the shadow of it appeared. Hardwire's ears spread wide in astonishment, but his cousin leaned in with a low, soothing rumble to scent both boys, inhaling over their small ears. When Den, in an uncharacteristic fit of bravery, reached up to tug at the thick fur of his cousin's beard, Hardwire only chuckled and lifted the cub easily out of the carrier, boosting the boy up to his shoulder where Den clung, wide eyed, to Hardwire's topknot.

"Hear that?" he announced to the room at large, which of course they had but without any understanding of the Pandaren words. "I'm an uncle!"
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