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* Definitely chilly in the mornings now. I'm cold. But the backdoor is open because the dogs prefer it that way. :) It's a layering time of year, however I will still be overdressed for the valley as the temperature difference is about fifteen to twenty degrees!

* We are in the flyzone of CalFire and they've got a big one about forty miles from here. Helicopters and retardent planes keep buzzing overhead. We can't see the smoke from here but continue to get panicked texts from folks in the valley who swear it looks as though this ridge is ablaze. The fire is over where the men mancamp and they were going to head over there this weekend for a trail cleaning day and night barbecue but that's going to be off now. I've been trying to get better about preparedeness but when the texts began last night and I slightly panicked, I realized I'm STILL not ready. I need to move this to the top of my "to do" list.

* Halfway through "IT" and looking forward to discussing next week. I guess....I'm slightly disappointed that it isn't scary at all on a reread? I don't know, we'll talk about that and more over at pathos_horror in October! Join us!

* Although I am committed to LJ and would back an LJ Rennaissance, I gotta say that this Photobucket fuckery is making me upset. I want to share photos and I want my zillion photos off of that website. And I don't want any more emails telling me to upgrade to the $400 a year plan!!! WTF? Are you serious, Photobucket?

* Kidling2 and his gf are cementing their reconcilliation by moving into their own apartment. I'm nervous for them....but they are determined, so we shall see. It frees the poolhouse apartment back up and we may have several guests for the holidays so that's on my "to do" list as well.

* Jumped into figurative work this week in the sculpture class and it felt like coming home. Strangely, I'm deep into my first bust piece and it seems to be another Crone. I'm not sure why that is such an archetype for me. I'm surreptiously using my 74 year old classmate to model from. I hope she doesn't notice....overtly. Her bust was interesting. Something folks don't realize is that sculptors almost always sculpt themselves in one way or another. Although slightly abstract and amatuerish, her bust looks just like her! I have a picture...but of course...can't embed it. GRRRRRR. The instructor is suggesting we make the class...I don't remember the word for this....continuous? Where we just sign up again every six weeks and keep working. I LOVE THAT IDEA!! But I need to settle on a medium first. I've been thinking clay...although firing and glazing are more complicated than I am looking for right now...I've also been considering epoxy which is something I could do here at the house. Decisions! It has been inspiring to be in that gorgeous studio with the energy of all the artists coming and going as they work. And I could be tempted into teaching again. "Woman as Vessel" is a good two-part class but we would need a live model....and privacy. I may or may not suggest this to the owner.

* We are watching "Manhunt" on Netflix, a dramatization of how the FBI caught the Unabomber. It makes me so terribly sad because I know Ted has Asperger Syndrome. It's hard to watch this....

* I'm dipping a toe into fanfic. It's been many years since I have written fic. Right now it's all about The Originals. I'm bummed out that Season 5 is going to be their last. I really have gotten attached to these crazy vampires and werewolves.


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Sep. 30th, 2017 04:24 am (UTC)
I hope you get to work on your to-do list, especially being prepared for potential fires.

Sep. 30th, 2017 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S! I need to move preparedness to the top of that list!
Oct. 17th, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
Absolutely! :)

Sep. 30th, 2017 10:09 am (UTC)
A friend of mine has been using a media called "Paverpol" for sculptures over a wire armature and she's been having loads of fun with it. Just a suggestion for a different media to try. They have a Paverpol website that you can check for more information.

- Erulisse (one L)
Sep. 30th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thank you for this tip! I will check it out now!
Sep. 30th, 2017 01:27 pm (UTC)
Reading about your sculpture class is fascinating. I've never known anyone to have taken one unless you count a pottery class. It's been so long since I've been truly crafty :shakes head: My town's adult ed is seriously lacking in that department.

I pulled all my actual photos from Photobucket and left my layout backgrounds and a few GIFs I don't care about. I've been asking around what people are using instead if they want to embed something as opposed to, say, clicking onto a new tab to Flickr. Imgur seems to be the winner so far because it's free. I don't know what they offer for storage, though.
Sep. 30th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
I sculpted throughout my thirties and it was a very tactile, very satisfying craft. It feels both strange and familiar to return to it now. The instructor teaches a wheel throwing class and is trying to talk me into that ... but I don't think pottery is for me.

I have thousands of images on Photobucket and have been putting off that job for a while now. Ugh. But I know I have to do it. I sure with their DL feature worked! I'll check out Imgur!
Sep. 30th, 2017 03:02 pm (UTC)
I've tried pottery a couple of times and, yeah...it's not me. I've never been able to figure out why. I probably would like sculpture mostly because of the creating-with-your-own-hands element. I get that when using fondant or sugarpaste in cake decorating. I was also a huge Play-Doh kid, LOL.

I've always wanted to take a stained glass class. The costs here are prohibitive, unfortunately.

Sep. 30th, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
I took stained glass in high school and when I went to return to it as an adult I could not believe the costs!!! That's too bad that you're in a community without a good adult ed program. Ours dried up here a few years back and I did support them - took clogging, and dancing, and writing, and photography, and archery, and fencing, and sign language...and the attendance became smaller and smaller. It's strange. Now I have to look at the privately owned places to get educamated.

For me, the issue with pottery is the skill factor. It takes years to get decent and who wants all that crappy crockery around the place?
Sep. 30th, 2017 02:12 pm (UTC)
i misread the first line about calfire and thought you were in the fire zone. O.O i'm glad you're not!

i love reading about your adventures in sculpture. i'm not artistic that way at all - i took some pottery classes at the jcc and then at someone's house when i was a wee thing, and finding all the stuff my mom kept when we were going through my parents' house was kind of fun, but it's not something i'm invested in as an adult - anyway, because it's not my thing, it's really interesting reading about your experiences and attitudes towards what you're doing. a continuous class would be really cool! and your classmate might be flattered that you used her as a model. i would. :D
Sep. 30th, 2017 02:58 pm (UTC)
Eee! It's close but yeah, not here. I so need to get more prepared! I think part of me just shuts down at the thought of trying to choose - this thing or that, that thing or this. It's a strange situation to know pre-disaster what you're possibly going to be left with...

Sculpture! I sculpted throughout my thirties and it was really gratifying. I've always been into art, though. I was accepted into the College of Fine Arts & Crafts as a senior in high school when a painting of mine won best of County...but my folks refused to let me got to an art school. Ah, well. Sculpting definitely let me scratch that itch and I really enjoyed it. It's been quite the experience to return to it now. The smells, the feel, the creating! I just have to make the decision about "community". I find myself more and more isolated and sometimes that's good and sometimes it ain't.
Sep. 30th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC)
I am waffling, still, about joining y'all in the read-a-long of IT.
When I was in HS and the book was everywhere several of my friends who knew me well told me to avoid it, I would have nightmares. Back then I avoided all horror, and I believe that they had my best interests at heart.
But in the last several years I've started enjoying horror a bit more, though movies are still easier for me than books (somehow the images existing concretely outside my head make them less terrifying). Then again, I've read Joe Hill's Nos4atu and made it through that.
So I am a total newbie, have read some King but would be coming to IT with only what's seeped into popular culture. Think I should give it a go or should I continue to avoid?
Oct. 1st, 2017 02:25 am (UTC)
Hmmmm....this is a HARD one, hon. I read horror when I was a teen and it did me no good. I lean towards being frightened of things, anyway, but still the allure was impossible. Movies I have to avoid because I'm the opposite - movie images stay with me and I wish I could rid myself of them. Books work on a different level of my subconscious and although frightening and lasting...the fear is more...thoughtful? I don't know. These are thinky thoughts!

I read IT as a teen and felt that it was one of the most frightening things I had ever read. I'm having a completely different experience with it as an adult. I'm not frightened and am enjoying King's flair for storytelling and character and dialogue. I'm halfway through...and open to the possibility that it could get scary? But I don't think it will.

Let's pose this question in the comm and see what kind of feedback we get?
Oct. 1st, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
I am totally in favor of asking the comm, I would be curious to know what other people's thoughts are. I need to join up will get to that when I'm on a real computer tomorrow.
Oct. 4th, 2017 03:51 am (UTC)
I find horror movies to be MUCH less scary than books -- with novels/stories, I'm more invested in the characters, and my mind fills in the details and makes them truly terrifying.

Movies can jump-scare me or give me the shivers with suspense, but that's not really the same thing. Books are more *visceral.*

"IT" is a rough book, because you really get to care about so many people in it (and even the ones you're less attached to, it's hard to read about children losing their lives) . . . it's also one of my all-time favorite horror novels, and I *love* the way the main characters are written. I was also a severely-bullied child, and I really identified with the Losers Club on that front -- plus, I read "IT" for the first time when I was in fifth grade.

Maybe this shouldn't be the *first* King novel you read? (Now I'm trying to think of what to recommend -- maybe one of the early short-story collections, "Night Shift" or "Skeleton Crew," to get a sense of his writing in small doses?)

"The Talisman" is more of a fantasy novel with some horror elements (co-authored by Peter Straub), and is *also* one of my all-time favorite books.

Maybe "Firestarter," "Christine," or "The Shining," to see how you feel about his writing, and then go on from there?

I'm not a huge fan of anything after 1991 -- not that it's all *bad*, just that all of my favorites date earlier: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King_bibliography#Novels

-- A <3
Oct. 4th, 2017 04:09 pm (UTC)
This isn't my first King novel actually. I read his fantasy novel and whichever short story collection has "The Body" in HS, and I read "Gerald's Game" in college. Which wins the award for worst timing ever, I was one of a half-dozen people living in the dorm over winter break - stupid.

But I know I enjoy his prose and his storytelling, just that he also gave me nightmares. I've decided to try "IT" and am through the first two chapters so far. I'm setting a rule that I won't read it after dark, and giving myself permission to pause at some point if it's getting to be too much. But this is a book I've honestly always been curious about, probably because I was told I shouldn't read it - heh. So having pleasant company to read it with seems like a good way to do it.

Thank you for your thoughtful response, I really appreciate it. And will have to add "The Talisman" to my list of books to read.

Oct. 4th, 2017 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oops! Sorry, I misread your comment and thought this was your first time picking up King.

(Got my flu shot yesterday and am running a fever, so I'm not at my best -- vastly preferable to getting the actual flu with asthma and a compromised immune system!)

Yikes, "Gerald's Game" on a near-empty campus must have been... interesting, LOL!

Sounds like you have a great plan and attitude -- and if you liked "The Body" (have you seen "Stand By Me?" Just re-watched it at a recent theater revival!), you'll probably enjoy the way the kids in "IT" are written. I've always felt that King has a very clear and unflinching eye on childhood.


-- A <3
Oct. 4th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
Flu shot - I still need to do that.

I have seen "Stand By Me", it was what made me decide I wanted to try reading King back in HS. I've also seen "The Shining" though I understand it's really not like the book at all.

Cheers to you as well!

Oct. 2nd, 2017 04:20 am (UTC)
Your sculpting sounds so wonderful. I threw a few pots when I was a kid, and I loved the feel of the clay on my skin. There is something healing in it, I think. I'm knitting again. Yay!

I went for a walk up to the Co-op early this evening. It was the perfect Fall walk. The wind was strong, and bracing. I came home with rosy cheeks and a bright red nose. My hair was actually improved. As I watched a garbage bag billowing and blowing back and forth across a sunbeam I was reminded of American Beauty and just as I was thinking about it a bunch of leaves raced across the road, completely capturing my imagination. Autumn used to be my favorite season, today I remembered why.

But you! Be safe! Take care of your self and your homestead. I'll be praying for your safety and well-being.


Edited at 2017-10-02 04:24 am (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
I started migrating some of my Photobucket files over to LJ.

Do you have a free LJ account or a paid one? My yearly account is about $20 or $30 over here, and it comes with a fair amount of its own photo storage, so that's an easy way to go. All the pictures crosspost to DW just fine, too.

It sounds as if the air must be getting better where you are, if you can leave doors open? It's not noticeably smoky down here anymore, and it was pretty bad about 3 weeks ago...
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