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Art Feature: Musical Dragons

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 10, 2019, 4:43 PM
  • Listening to: Aviators - Godhunter
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: DuckTales 2017, original MacGyver, NCIS
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Water
There's this Valentine's Day: Show Your Heart! event/activity thing going on right now, and the task for today is: "Make a journal sharing 5 deviations about a topic you love!"

I really love dragons, and also music, so I searched both of those words together.

And then I kind of got carried away and ended up with way more than five deviations.




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OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

Journal Entry: Wed May 16, 2018, 6:38 PM
  • Listening to: Retrowave & synthwave compilations on YouTube
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: DuckTales 2017, MacGyver, NCIS
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Water
This was originally going to just be a quick Status post, but then it got kind of long when I barfed excited words all over it, so hey, new Journal update dealio, I guess?
Anyway.

LOOK AT WHAT ARRIVED TODAY


Yaaaaaaaaay by ChimeraDragonfang

GAZE UPON THE LOVELINESS

That, my friends, is YELLOW GLOW POWDER THAT DOES NOT SUCK (smaller bag is green glow powder, to show the difference; from left to right: daylight, UV light, glowing in the dark after a bit of charging).

I AM SO HAPPY

I have been desiring and searching for a proper yellow glow powder for aaages, and it seems so have many other people, because after many requests and much R&D, TechnoGlow has released a yellow glow powder that is everything I hoped it would be. You know, unlike the yellow glow powder offerings I've tried from other places. Those were all full of lies. This stuff, though? Exactly as advertised.

ART PLANS, YO.

This order came with a free UV flashlight/marker thingy, which is pretty rad, a tiny sample packet of green glow powder that I think was included solely to demonstrate how not-green the yellow powder is, and a coupon for $75 off of any purchase over $300. Not sure I'mma need quite that much glow powder before the coupon expires at the end of May, though.

If you too want to dabble in the gloriousness that is glow-in-the-dark pigments, go hit up www.technoglowproducts.com because clearly they are the best (am not company shill; just have never been disappointed with their stuff). They sell a pretty sweet sample pack with tiny bags of every colour available, for people who want to give all of them a try. I am not sure if this new yellow has been added to it yet, however.

Norway feature because today, May 17th, is Norway's national day.



*Stuffs Cake Into Mouth*

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 13, 2018, 6:01 PM
  • Listening to: Retrowave & synthwave compilations on YouTube
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: DuckTales 2017, MacGyver, NCIS
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Water
Yep, birthday. It... was a day, I guess. :shrug: Went to work; boss gave me some cake, so that was nice; came home, baked my own cake; went to band rehearsal and shared cake with people; came home and here we are.

I super appreciate the birthday messages people have left on my page. Thanks, everyone. Meow :3 

I did intend to finally have some new art to post because yeah, that whole "Maybe this year you should complete all those unfinished projects cluttering up your living space, hey?" thing is off to a hell of a start, isn't it? Although I have not started on any new major projects either, so there's that.

An overview of last week for me will perhaps provide some insight for my lower levels of activity of late:
Bullet; Red Sunday: hell if I remember what I was doing
Bullet; Orange Monday: work, rehearsal with band #3
Bullet; Yellow Tuesday: work, rehearsal with band #1
Bullet; Green Wednesday: work, rehearsal with band #3
Bullet; Blue Thursday: work, rehearsal with band #2
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! Friday: work, rehearsal with band #2
Bullet; Purple Saturday: seminar with band #2, concert with band #3

This week looks like this:
Bullet; Red Sunday: lazed around and did fuck-all except take a shower and mass-evolve a bunch of Pokémon in Pokémon GO.
Bullet; Orange Monday: work, drop by the makerspace to do some stuff
Bullet; Yellow Tuesday: work, rehearsal with band #1
Bullet; Green Wednesday: work, rehearsal with band #3
Bullet; Blue Thursday: work, rehearsal with band #2
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! Friday: get up early and fly to Trondheim to play in wind band nationals with band #3, then fly back home the same evening because all the hotels are bugfuck outrageously expensive, and because on...
Bullet; Purple Saturday: concert with band #2 accompanying a big choir, and then back around to...
Bullet; Black Sunday: TWO separate concerts with band #2 and the choir.

Holy shit I am so glad I have a five-day weekend coming up at the end of this month. I love band stuff because HUGE MUSIC NERD (in case you hadn't figured that out yet), but I will still be very happy when this week is over and things return to their regularly scheduled levels of crazy.


Aquamarine feature because it is the birthstone for March.

Fan-Artistan Crafts Contest Winners Feature

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:03 PM
  • Listening to: Retrowave & synthwave compilations on YouTube
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: DuckTales 2017, MacGyver, NCIS
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Water
The Fan Art-isan Craft Contest recently concluded.
I said I'd do a Journal feature of the winners, so this is me doing that.




1st Trophy
RWBY - The Fall Maiden by craftsbyblue
by craftsbyblue

Totally not at all surprised that this piece won first place. It transforms! How cool is that?
Also I am always impressed by well-done wire-wrapping, because out of all the crafting techniques I've dabbled in over the years, it is one of the few that I'm just terrible at.
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2nd Trophy
Zecora Necklace by ChimeraDragonfang
by ChimeraDragonfang (ME :dummy:)

Not going to ramble on a bunch about my own work in a feature post, so allow me simply to reiterate that the stone I used was a joy to carve. So smooth and clean.
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3rd TrophyMahou Shoujo Macaron Magica- Soul Gems by Suzingchips
by Suzingchips

Such pretty little bits of sparkly, and photographing them on matching hues of macarons is a lovely touch.
Makes me want to break out my bead stash and get crafting.
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Here are all the other entries, which you should go look at too.
Lemongrab lampshade by Darl-Stream Crochet Shiny Vaporeon!!! by ClayfrommyHeart
Souvenir Raptor Plushie by NerdyRabbitCreations Somebody loves Herbie... by Mr-Pink-Rose
2nd 12th Bear - Crochet Seahawks Bear Amigurumi by maddinja Samus Aran - Bounty Hunter by herebewonder
Gravity Falls - Mabel lamp! by AiwiloNik Rexy (Night at the Museum) - Contest  by AdelinaBunget
Mahou Shoujo Macaron Magica- The Dessert Witch by Suzingchips

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Clearing Out That Old Journal

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 25, 2017, 5:08 PM
  • Listening to: Retrowave & synthwave compilations on YouTube
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: DuckTales 2017, MacGyver, NCIS
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: Water
Needed to get that Halloween post off my main page because wow it is way past that season now. Since I don't want to type out a bunch of words right now, you get a feature of some ice/snow/winter-related works. It has been nothing but rain in this city for over a week and I need some snow in my life, dammit.





Happy Halloween, and My dAnniversary

Tue Oct 31, 2017, 4:26 PM
  • Listening to: Console Killer - Aviators
  • Reading: This bunch of shit I wrote. It's all terrible.
  • Watching: DuckTales 2017, MacGyver
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Go Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Tortilla chips + salsa that is full of lies
  • Drinking: Water
Along with being Halloween, today also marks eleven years since I joined deviantART. :dummy: Here's to another eleven. :cheers:

Halloween is one thing that always gets me a bit homesick for Canada. Much as I do love Norway, Halloween isn't much of a thing over here (yet. Yet. :shifty:), and I miss it a lot. Ah, childhood, and planning costumes that could fit over a snowsuit. Who else experienced that particular joy when they were younger? Or is experiencing it now with their own offspring?

My family never did store-bought costumes. We're a very hands-on, DIY bunch, and always made our own. Well, for the first few years technically my mother was making them, but from the age of eleven, I did it myself. With Mom's help on some of the sewing at first, but definitely from age thirteen onward I've been making all my own stuff. Experience has turned me into a big believer in "If you want something done right, you need to do it yourself."

Over the years I've been: a horse (I was a five-year-old girl, of course I was going through a horsey stage), a dinosaur, a jaguar, a smilodon (sabre-toothed cat), nondescript demons of various stripes, and several variations on "dragon".

The extent of my dressing up this year was sticking polystyrene horns to my face, and wearing what I lovingly refer to as my "bitch boots" (huge knee-high, platform-style black vinyl boots with buckles all up the sides) that I really like but rarely wear due to issues of practicality (and also because they were in storage at my parents' house until this past July when I dug them out and brought them back to Norway with me).

I did get to go full dragon at Regncon (Bergen's annual gaming convention, predominantly of the boardgame and polyhedral dice RPGs) back on October 13-15, so there's that. I'll post photos once I get some good ones. Guy I handed my camera off to at the con to snap some pics failed completely to get any full-body shots. :| First I need to fix up my tail though. I stripped it down to redo the skin, since for the life of me I could not find the sheet of Spandex that I was so sure I had but maybe actually did use up last year after all, who knows, and so I used some fabric I picked up at a thrift store for 10kr, which worked just fine but since it doesn't stretch the tail lost some of its side-to-side wiggle motion, and that bothered me. Raptus Tegneseriefestival is coming up in two weeks, so that gives me another excuse to get into costume, and another deadline to motivate my ass into getting it done.

Speaking of deadlines, I'm off to bash my face into my keyboard some more while I pick away at this stupid Halloween one-shot story I've been trying to write for freaking ever, and I really want it done this year. I leave you with the Google Translate Sings version of Michael Jackson's immortal "Thriller". Please share with me your favourite spooky music in the comments. I'm always on the prowl for new tunes.



And also have a Halloween art feature, because why not?

Plague Raven Figurine by Meiseki Elvira Mistress of the Dark by BenMilnesArt
Be careful, honey~ by NwanTieve Halloween Collab by MarnyQuinn <da:thumb id="712704541"/>
Ready For Halloween by PrettyJu Black and Gold Pumpkin Dragon by HowManyDragons
The Littlest witch by rockgem Halloween by TimeVirus Pumpkin~ by sassafrass002
Halloween Fox by jmsf-co Happy Halloween Everyone! by ElianaStarlight


Farewell Cassini, Hello Bicycle Race

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 4:25 PM
  • Listening to: I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: Stargate SG-1, MacGyver
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Go Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Cookies dipped in choc.spread 'cause I AM AN ADULT
  • Drinking: Water
Anybody else watch the live broadcast of Cassini's Grand Finale? It was stupid early in most of North America, but at a decent time over in Europe. I had NASA's live feed playing on my tablet while at work so I could follow along. I can still sort of remember when it launched way back in '97, and when it entered orbit in '04, and the hullabaloo of amazement when the Huygens probe made it down to the surface of Titan and sent back fascinating photos (well, everything about space is fascinating, but those photos were especially so).


NASA has a free ebook of some of the image highlights over here. And a bunch more of other free ebooks on a whole lot of different space-related topics, if you're looking for a bit of reading. I may have downloaded quite a lot of them, as if I didn't already have enough in my to-read pile.

This shot here is probably always going to be one of my faves: Name of Image
If I did the code correctly, clicking on that photo should take you to the full resolution version on the NASA website, all 9000x3500 glorious pixels of it. (The teeny lil' bright blue-white dot below the rings to the right is Earth.)

So that covers the first part of the Journal title.



The second part? Ooohhh, the second part.

That alludes to Bergen being this year's host city of the UCI Road World Championships (of course they would set their intro video to Grieg's I Dovregubbens Hall). A whole week of bicycle racing around the city. Yay for those sweet tourism dollars, but boo for vehicular chaos and trashed commutes for everyone who actually lives here.

No one I know here is very thrilled with this. A lot of them are planning to avoid the downtown area as much as possible for the duration of the event.

Overall I don't have it too bad since I live in the downtown core and can walk everywhere I need to go like usual, but having traffic rerouted and weird crossings during the races is still going to mess up my travels to and from work in some way, I'm sure. Still have it easier than my boss and my not-so-central friends, who can't drive in because of closed roads, and need to plan around altered bus/light-rail schedules. Not to mention the scads of tourists all over the place.

If someone somewhere does not broadcast Queen's "Bicycle Race" at least once during this whole shebang, I will be disappointed.




Saturn/Cassini-Huygens art feature for reasons that should be obvious:


  • Listening to: Google Translate Sings (check it out, it's a hoot)
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Stargate SG-1, MacGyver
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Go Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
The.
Worst.

About four and a half months between this one and the last one, and the same time between the two previous. That's some consistency, anyway. Before that it was six months between updates, so it could be worse?

Easter now, so that means FIVE-DAY LONG WEEKEND AW YEAH (yes, Norway has Thursday off too, not just Friday and Monday). I should take this time to complete projects, but who am I kidding I'll probably just read all weekend or something, except on the day it's my turn to run the cleaning crew at the cat shelter.

Most of my life still revolves around band. Have had a few gigs for both the concert and the jazz band since January. Weekend-long concert band seminar coming up at the start of May, and a jazz band concert in there too, so that will be a fun weekend. Then the 17th of May parade two weeks later, where I will be playing trombone because I am not marching with a French horn. Mine is way too expensive to risk taking it on parade, and also the F.horn part for marches is the most boring shit ever ye gods you would not think just playing constant after-beats would be so exhausting but IT IS SO EXHAUSTING YOU GUYS.

End of May I will be doing the Seven Mountains hike for the fourth time, though at least this year I do not have a jazz band gig the night before, or a concert band gig the evening of the same day. Band, I love you, but sometimes you make life be hella crazy.

End of June/first half of July I am going "home" to visit the parental units in Canada because this year is Canada's 150th anniversary and I want to be there for that (I say "home" in quotation marks because my parents moved to another town after I left that is not now nor will probably ever be home to me). I intend to march with my hometown band for that Canada Day parade and join them to play the pre-fireworks concert because of course I am going to do band shit while I am there. Probs end up playing trombone since mine is still at my parents' place.

One thing I want to get back into is drawing regularly. I used to doodle all the time, and my drawing skills have definitely taken a nosedive since I stopped scribbling dragons all over my class notes. To that effect, I have an assignment for my Watchers to motivate me back into drawing and keep me at it:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to leave a Muro comment on this Journal, containing a simple scribble, like a weird shape or squiggly line, which I will then use as my starting point for daily sketches (I am aiming for daily, anyway, but let's be honest here: my track record hasn't been the greatest of late). I'm aiming for a month's worth of sketches, so leave as many starting scribbles as you'd like. I will post the results as either weekly or fortnightly sketchdumps.

Any other artists who want to use this idea to gather inspiration, go right ahead.
  • Listening to: Google Translate Sings (check it out, it's a hoot)
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Go Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
In other news, Chim is still terrible at Journal updates.

Only four and a half months since the last post this time, instead of six. So yay, improvement? I guess? Maybe?

I have been busy, mostly with band things -- of course it's band things -- but I've also just been a plain old lazy, unmotivated slob in the times where I'm not running between work and band rehearsal, when I could have written Journal posts or uploaded some of my thousands of photos from that Dolomites hiking excursion I did back in July HEY REMEMBER THAT? (And sometimes it is legit running between job and band. When I have jazz rehearsal, I hoof it home after work, grab my trombone and trombone stand and music stand and sheet music and assorted mutes, then dash out the door again to catch the light rail to our rehearsal location.)

Lots of stuff happened in October. First weekend was a band seminar (Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday); second weekend I don't actually remember but it was probably band-related somehow or maybe I actually worked that weekend IDK; third weekend was Regncon (best out-of-context quote from the con: "Okay, actually I think I will be taking the laser nipples after all."); fourth weekend was the regional band competition that all those workshop seminars were for (we came in dead last in our division but only by one point); and the final weekend was a small concert in the afternoon, and a bigger concert in the evening that ended up getting cancelled, but that was okay because it meant I could throw a little Halloween get-together (to which only one of my friends could make it, so we sat on the couch and watched Pacific Rim and stupid YouTube videos and ate cake, so hey, not a bad evening, all things considered.)

November was much the same, though a little bit calmer. One weekend with regular work stuff, one with a jazz band seminar, then a small exhibition at a school band competition, and this weekend that just was I had a big jazz band concert at a dance club, then a normal Saturday workday where I spent most of it putting up decorations in the storefront (gotta make some more music-themed paper snowflakes, I think), and today was my turn to run the Sunday cleaning crew at the cat shelter where I'm a volunteer. Also today was Regncon's annual meeting, so it was clean cat shelter, go to meeting, go back to cat shelter to close up for the evening.

Tomorrow I have a short band concert dealy, playing music at the Christmas market thing hosted by the school where we rehearse. We provide free music for them as a small "Thanks for letting us take over your music room one night a week." Am now proceeding to be a paranoid shit about some unruly child damaging my horn.

Then it's just two more concert band rehearsals before we have our Christmas concert on December 13th, and two more jazz band rehearsals, and then both bands are on break for the winter holidays. Yay.

Art-wise I have actually been working on a bunch of stuff! :dummy: And it's almost done! :dummy: Really! :dummy: It's almost all engraving work, and some of it has in fact been mostly done for months, but I've been holding off on full completion until I have more things ready for the final step of fusing the paints and glow powders (because oh yes indeed more glowing things are coming), just so I'm not heating up an entire oven just for one puny rock.

I have five more simple things to engrave, which I hope to have done by next weekend, before final firing on all the backlogged pieces happens. So look for new works being posted soonish. I could photograph and post them now, but won't, in case something goes very wrong during the final stage and things get destroyed.

That's pretty much the main points of my life right now: work, band stuff, art projects, not writing dA Journal entries and generally procrastinating on posting photos of things.

Is anybody still interested in "Chim's Italy/Switzerland Adventures" from back in July? It has been a good four months since, so if nobody cares I'll just stick to finally choosing my favourite photos and writing some info on those, but if people want to hear more in-depth commentary, I can do proper rambling Journal posts too. If someone else wanted to read about it there'd be motivation to post stuff, at least, which is something I've kinda lacked the last little while.

Wow this turned into a bit of a rambly, almost-stream-of-conciousness mess of terrible. Clearly I don't know how to word anymore.

How've the rest of you been?
God, Chim, you are the worst at regular Journal updates. How long has it been? Six months? Just a smidgen over six months, yep. So much for that whole “gonna do better in 2016” at maintaining regular updates. It has been met with horrendous, abysmal failure.

My art posting too has kind of... lagged. A lot. I do have new pieces to post -- quite a few of them, in fact -- I just haven't yet got my ass in gear with collaging the photos. 2016 has been very busy, and it's only at the halfway point (also: holyshittheyearishalfoverwhaaat).

Already I have a tentative band schedule for the fall season, and the second half of the year is shaping up to be just as crazy.

Damn, 2016, calm your tits a bit, hey?

So what have I been up to basically since the start of the year? Lots of things! Bullet points because faster (except probably not really):

- Celebrated New Year's Eve in Gdańsk by sitting downtown and watching the fireworks
- Walked around Gdańsk a lot
- The Amsterdam Bike and Bagel Bar in downtown Gdańsk has the best dessert pierogis
- The. Best.
- My old phone finally kicked it after eight years of service
- Still worked, but was becoming so functionally flaky that it was completely unreliable as a means of communication
- Eight years is not a bad run for a cellphone
- Especially when six of those years were after it went  through my washing machine
- Got a CAT B100 phone
- It's one of those rugged dust-, dirt-, drop-, shock- and waterproof things made for construction sites (IP67 rating)
- If my old phone was a brick, this thing is a cinderblock
- Like, I legit think I could club someone to death with this thing, it's that tough and chunky
- Discounted by a good 20% because it was the display model
- Was playing in three(!) bands throughout January, February and half of March
- Normally I play in two bands: a concert band and a big band jazz band
- This year a bunch of us from the concert band joined forces with another concert band to play at the national wind band championships
- Our piece was “Armenian Dances (Part 1)” by Alfred Reed (Listen here: youtu.be/D0aKPALW4hM {not my band, obviously).
- I started on trombone, but there were already five other trombonists, and only two French horn players, so I was all “Yo, you want more horn? Because I can play horn.”
- Conductor wanted more horn
- So I played horn
- It was great
- I haven't had the chance to really play horn for years, so at the start I kind of sucked
- Okay, I was all sorts of terrible, and needed a fingering chart handy for a few rehearsals because I'd forotten what half of them were
- Nationals were in Trondheim, on the same weekend as my birthday
- I saw the aurora borealis from the plane on the flight up
- We came twelfth out of sixteen at nationals, so not great but not super    horrible either
- Honestly we could have come in dead last and I would not have cared; just the experience was enough for me
- I spent a few hours of my birthday at Trondheim's Ringve Musikk Museum
- It was super cool
- The theremin had a “Do Not Touch” sign on it, and that amused me greatly (yes, the public was allowed to play it)
- I BOUGHT A FRENCH HORN
- I DID
- IT IS NEW AND SHINY
- I AM NOW AN UTTERLY PARANOID LITTLE SHIT ABOUT DAMAGING IT
- My 30th birthday gift to myself (yes, Chim is thirty now. Just... whaaat)
- It is a Hans Hoyer K10 F/Bb double horn, with a detachable bell and interchangable mouthpiece receivers
- It is also the most expensive thing I have ever purchased
- Like, ever ever
- Thought April would calm down some because one less band to play in, but haha no of course not
- Life is still busy
- Band seminar weekends and some concerts
- May was the same deal
- I hosted couchsurfers pretty much every weekend in May
- Made for an extra busy May, but it was fun
- On the Sunday, May 15, I threw a big ol' waffle breakfast party
- Typically something like that would be done the morning of May 17 (Norway's national day), but because I had a jazz band gig super early that day, I did it a few days earlier
- Intended to have it for my two couchsurfing guests, two flatmates, and a friend
- Then I invited the upstairs neighbours too, when two of them came down to help my third soon-to-be-former flatmate move his stuff upstairs
- Kind of went: “Hey, I made a fucktonne of waffles. Wanna come help eat everything?”
- Ended up having ten people over for waffles
- End of May I did the Seven Mountains of Bergen hike for the third time
- The day before I had two jazz band gigs
- The first one was at a small music festival
- Outdoors
- In the rain
- It was cold
- The second one was outdoors too
- But by then the rain had stopped and the skies were clear
- It ended at 23:00
- I got home at a little before midnight
- I had to get up at 04:00 for the 7 Fjellstur
- Successfully got up at 04:00, started hiking at 05:00, reached the first summit at 06:00
- Learned that breaking bones really do sound like dry sticks snapping, when the lady just ahead of me on the trail down Lyderhorn misstepped weird and broke her leg
- New personal best achieved: 35km hike completed in 11h20min (with total elevation change of about 2.5km)
- Two hours after I got back home from the hike, I grabbed my music shit and headed out to play a concert
- When the rest of the band stood up to bow, my ass stayed right in that chair
- My knees were sore from the hike and like hell I was getting up until I absolutely had to
- The next day I was only slightly sore, and the day after that I felt perfectly fine again
- Going to a gym on the regular is paying off
- Last band performance of the year in June
- Then SWEET GLORIOUS FREEDOM
- Still busy though
- Brother and I have been planning a big hiking trip to the Dolomites in Italy and then more hiking in Switzerland since almost the start of the year
- My flight out to Venice to meet up with him departed at stupid o'clock in the morning on July 1
- So I spent the second half of June getting all my shit together for that
- Bought a tablet so I could have Internet access on the go
- It's a nice rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
- Got it for like 30% off because it was the display model (again, yes) and my credt card company was doing a “get 20% discount on anything you buy with your card at this chain of stores on these days” promotion
- Also bought a new camera
- Okay, new to me, but not new new
- Bought it via finn.no, Norway's slightly less skeevy version of Craigslist
- It's a Canon 6D
- Way better than my little Sony Cyber-shot point-and-shoot
- Though that one has its place too (love the click-and-scan panorama function) and I'm stilll taking it to Italy with me, alongside the objectively “better” Canon
- One week to go until departure
- Last-minute do-I-have-everything panic/excitement
- Brexit happened
- It did NOT fuck up the NOK:EUR exchange rate for me
- My hair is now pink with purple bangs and tips (Manic Panic's “Cleo Rose” and Directions' “Neon Blue”)
- Company that delivers the aviation fuel to my local airport (and a few others) went on strike
- Chance that the Bergen airport could shut down on July 1
- You may recall that as the day I was scheduled to fly out
- Worrying about this is a level of stress I really did not need in my life
- Cue keeping a careful eye on the situation
- Thankfully it managed to remain business as usual and I arrivedin Venice ten minutes ahead of schedule

And that has been some of the goings-on in my life from the end of December up to the first of July. Next post(s) will be about my time in Italy and Switzerland, and won't take six months to post.

And oh yes there will be photos. We're not even at the halfway point of this trip and already my photo count at the time of writing*(**) is at 1014 on the Canon and 226 on the Sony, although that's before culling the terrible shots.

* It is now 1249 and 300, respectively.

** Even more than that now, but camera batteries are recharging so I can't check the photo count.

I started writing this Journal on the first of July -- happy very late Canada Day to the Canucks amongst my Watchers, and Independence Day to the USAers, and happy national-day-type celebrations to a whole slew of other nations where the list was taking too much space and time and effort to compile -- and it is now almost two weeks later. Typing things on a tablet takes a lot longer than using a physical keyboard, I've been up in the mountains with slow/spotty/generally unreliable Internet access, I've been exhausted at the end of the day and just wanted to sleep, and I had to fix all the formatting that dA's mobile app destroyed when I pasted in what I wrote.

There are probably typos all up in this thing. I'll be saving the next updates for when I have a physical keyboard in front of me.
For excessively broad definitions of the word "road" anyway.Jet Globe

...Ye gods I am the worst at Journal updates. :stare: I used to post them regularly, but the last few years I've just been slacking off all over the place. Gonna do better for 2016.

My ass is once more parked in an airport departure lounge, with one more hour to kill before boarding. This time I'm heading to Gdańsk, Poland. I had a week of vacation time left for this year, and figured I'd best actually go somewhere instead of just filling my days with Internet and a sleep schedule that becomes more and more skewed as the days pass. My original idea was to maybe head up north, to Tromsø or thereabouts, for perpetual nighttime and snow and the aurora borealis, because I have experienced the midnight sun, but not the other way around.

So why Poland instead? Turns out flying inside Norway is frigging expensive, you guys, especially around the holiday high season. I think I'd have had to book a flight like six months in advance to get anything not stupid costly. Also, there has been just about fuck-all for snow this winter, and abnormally warm over the whole country. Forecast for Tromsø was about the same as Bergen, albeit a few degrees colder, and overcast as hell, and when your entire reason for wanting to go is snow and astronomical phenomena, that sort of weather puts a bit of a damper on things.

It snowed in Bergen this weekend, because of course it would snow right before I left for somewhere else. Hahahahaha. No.

With northern Norway no longer being a very appealing option, I asked around for destination ideas. My boss suggested Gdańsk, which has never really been on my list of places I want to see, but I looked into it anyway.

It has one of, if not the largest brick church in the world? And it's in the Gothic style? Well shit, I wanna see that. Old cathedrals are so cool. There is also a hell of a lot of WWII history there. Like, really a lot. I didn't much care for History as a school subject and found it a bit boring, but it's very different when you're surrounded by it and can practically feel it around you. It's like how any book you're required to read for a language class just sucks by default, whereas if you were to read it on your own time and of your own volition it might not be so bad.

So I was mostly decided that hey, this is a place that sounds pretty cool. I should check it out. Then I spoke with my dad on Christmas Eve and mentioned my tentative plans, and he told me some more cool things. Turns out we have quite a bit of family history in the area. My paternal grandparents met at a casino in Sopot, one of the other cities in the Tricity area, and they lived in Gdańsk for the few years my grandfather was managing the local office of one of Norway's shipping lines. They got out of Dodge in 1939, for what should be obvious reasons.

Well double shit, now I definitely have to visit this place.

Plane is boarding now.

Here I go.
'Bout time I scraped that old Journal entry off of here anyway.

How long have you been on deviantART?

Will be nine years at the end of this coming October.

What does your username mean?
Exactly what it says. “Chimera” as in the Greek monster, and “Dragonfang” as in dragons and fangs. (That’s “Dragonfang” as one word. One. Word. :stare: I have seen people write it “Dragon Fang” too often. Stop it. :shakefist:)

Oh, are we supposed to give a big spiel about how we chose it and stuff? Okay, that goes all the way back to when the first X-Men movie came out, a good few years before I joined dA. Of course you get to talking about it with friends, and conversation oft turns toward what sort of wacky and wonderful superpower you’d want, and by extension what an appropriate codename might be. My ability of choice has always been shapeshifting into various animals. So what’s a good name for a zoomorph? Well, the chimera was a monster composed of a mishmash of several animals, and that’s kind of what a shapeshifter is too. Hence “Chimera”. I... don’t quite remember where the “Dragonfang” part came from, aside from me just really liking dragons.


Describe yourself in three words.
Ideas outnumbering hours.

Are you left- or right-handed?
Both! :dummy: Some things I can do better with my left, some I can do better with my right, some I can do equally well with both, and some things I’m just terrible at regardless of which hand I’m using. The best way to keep people from absconding with your good scissors is to have scissors that 90% of them can’t use. :B

What was your first deviation?
This thing → Neurainbow by ChimeraDragonfang

What is your favourite type of art to create?
I’m kind of a dabbler in, ah, rather a lot of different kinds of art, but the majority of what I do falls under Artisan Crafts. Right now I’m big into engraving things in rocks and glass.

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
If I bashed my face into my computer tower enough times, think I could absorb all the intricacies of Blender via some sort of bizarre osmosis? Every now and then I reopen that program with the intention of finally figuring out what the hell I’m doing, then the UI hits me again and I go “NOPE” and close everything.

One day, Blender. ONE DAY.

What was your first Favourite?
Going through my collection, apparently this → Lil Formers - Spacebridge by MattMoylan
I think there were a few others technically before it that I’ve either long since removed from my faves or they were deleted by their creators.

What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Fractals. So many fractals. Like these: