~~~ Since it looks like people I send to DeviantArt wind up in the new “eclipse” version of the interface, I have been trying to make it work as well as the old “Classic Green” version, but it looks like that is not possible. The new version has smaller text, useless huge blocks of empty space, less accessible subgallery folders with their labels moved from the top to the bottom, no way to edit the biographical information, other information sections disappeared, a tedious and inefficient new system for arranging gallery items..... the damage goes on and on. It's sickening, but still better than coding it all myself, and I imagine that they will fix some of the bugs eventually.
~~~ The recent change of the DeviantArt logo from “da” to “Z” was bewildering, but didn't actually break things.
November has been a busy month; I have got a lot of studio organizing done, but there is much more to do. I have a lot of pictures of new and old art to upload when times are more calm. Meanwhile, I wish you joy before, during, and after such of the many holidays of the next several weeks as you celebrate. :)
~~~ The other night, as I was out walking, I got a phone call from a friend, letting me know that one of my songs, Ship of Stone*, had won this year's Pegasus Award for Best Classic Filk** Song.
~~~ Hard, dry winds had been shaking the trees so strongly that many had lost branches, and drifts of fallen autumn leaves were scuttling about; the hills were dark due to an emergency power shutdown, and the air was faintly smokey from wildfires near and far. It was very late; only occasional cars passed, and a few cyclists and skateboarders. In the darkness of one front yard, a deer that had snuck down from the hills was grazing, watching me waril
It's July already, life has been distracting, but good. :)
UPDATE: It's now August; good distraction continues. :)
FURTHER UPDATE: September. Mixed good and bad distraction.
(with occasional dentistry and computer work)
ADDITIONAL FURTHER UPDATE: October begins. My birthday happens (with occurrence of cake, shared with friends, yay!). Autumn weather slithers in. The traditional start of the rainy season here, but who knows; years of drought, last winter's sudden, heavy, but late arriving rains...
MORE ADDITIONAL FURTHER UPDATE: Plus, I got my flu shot.
~~~ I got a booth space at a new and tiny but fun outdoor (but not raining) Beltane / May Day vending event, which led to getting an indoor booth at another event I have not sold at before, at an interesting and totally new venue.
~~~ So my busy winter season was (like the rain) NOT over, and I remain busy.
~~~ But I still went to Maker Faire, where it was raining, and had fun. A bit smaller, and somewhat sparser, this year, but still packed with amazing technical items and exquisite craft work, and I got some tools there that I have been wanting. I plan to do a short writeup on a few of the things there, time permitting.
~~~ And I picked
~~~ FogCon being a tiny literary (Science Fiction & Fantasy) convention, I don't sell a lot there, but enough to make it worthwhile, and it's fun. The “gadget petting zoo” was held again, and I got a literary pendant from a favorite jeweler, Laurie Toby Edison**; a representation of one of the mechanical prosthetic hands from the novel Everfair, by Nisi Shawl, and I had some excellent conversations.
~~~ Shortly after that, and after the very small, very worthwhile, open house and sale at the San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society (I'm a member, but I was buying materials, not selling my art), I went to ConSonance, a tiny son
~~~ And, after uploading the previous journal, nearly two months ago, I had to make art to sell at PantheaCon, because so much sold at FurCon. And I had to start catching up on things I had put aside in order to get ready for FurCon.
~~~ And then, a lot of my art sold at PantheaCon, and now I'm getting ready for FOGCon.
~~~ Lots of sales is a delightful problem to have. It's only a problem because I do one of a kind original pieces. An artist I took a class from, many years ago, recommended having some sort of "multiple" to sell, such as prints, and I hope to have some 3D printed items made at some point in time. I've got some nice free 3D
~~~ So here I am, preparing for FurCon. Occasionally doing other things (see previous journal) for short bits of time. Rain continues. Be well, all.
~~~ And now I am at FurCon, set up in the dealer room; selling begins tomorrow. Rain continues. Be well, all.
~~~ The first day of sales has been good, with many complements and much buying of my art. And Cubist (not the DA person who goes by that name, but the source of the character in the comic Off-Centaured drawn by Cervelet, who _is_ the DA person who goes by that name) dropped by. Two more days of sales ahead. Rain continues, but not continuously, as it were. Be well, all.
~~~ All three
~~~ I was wrong about no more vending between WorldCon and FurCon. I got a lift to, and some vending space at, LosCon, the annual convention of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, from Book Universe. The LASFS is a very old club, and I've been a member since the late '50s, though mostly in absentia since 1970. It's good to see old friends, though some couldn't be there. I missed Thanksgiving and Wolfenoot, but things went well.
~~~ I've spent more time on the continuing projects I mentioned last journal, studio order, work space, materials, time with friends. Less time making and learning; I need to put more of those back into the mix.
~~~ The World Science Fiction Convention went well. Art sold, people I hadn't seen in decades dropped by, new people dropped by. I bought a few small items from other vendors, and from the art show. I got to meet Der-Shing Helmer (webcomics creator: The Meek, Mare Internum) in person. I dropped by Black Moon, a party room set up as a bar in a converted spaceship in the universe of the TV series The Expanse; very nicely done.
~~~ I had a booth at a small outdoor festival in the central valley, and that went well, too, in much the same ways. And, unlike last year, there were no thunderstorms just over every horizon, or gusts of wind; just warm
~~~ Continuing my tradition of not updating while working on art for events, this will be short.
~~~ Lost Chord and PanGaia are past, and I'm making items for the the World Science Fiction Convention, where I have a booth.. I will get more photos up after the convention. :)
~~~ No progress on the other projects except for studio sorting and arranging, which is continuing nicely.
~~~ Summer here has no weather, just climate, as usual.
~~~ One of my customers said my work was full of secrets: designs on the back or top or bottom or sides as well as on the "front", textures that have to be touched to be appreciated, soun
~~~ Well, the Lost Chord Awards and the PanGaia Festival are over and a lot of catching up work (advance paperwork for future events, correspondence, buying art materials, repairs, etc.) has been done, and is in progress. Seven weeks to WorldCon.
~~~ The rainy season is over, and the typical Bay Area Summer is in progress. The oxalis is gone, as are several trees, and there is a very colorful bed of "bee-friendly" flowers in bloom, though only one bee has been seen visiting so far. Ivy is attempting to invade, and must be severely admonished.
~~~ The Usual Stuff continues. I got a couple of copies of a back issue of Spaceflight magazine fro