first day of school for O!
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Today is the school first day in months where both children are out of the house. The amount of psychic weight that is lifted by this is astonishing, even if all I am going to do with it is huddle in bed with tea and chicken soup.

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A preview of about a third of what I've sent to the Arisia art show this year! . . . . . #spaceart #arisia2018 #handmade #handmadejewelry #shiny #reversepainting
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getting ready for Arisia
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I'm putting together my box for the Arisia art show, and their database asks for the date of creation for the pieces. With the jewelry, that's easy -- all 2017 (even if I had much left from earlier, I won't send a jewelry piece to the same show twice.)  But I'm sending almost all the cards, because of how Arisia handles prints, so I had to look up the dates (by file time stamp, mostly) when the originals were completed. "How cities are born" was completed in 2009. I didn't show it at all until 2011, and that only once. 3 years ago, I printed it on metal for a lark, and now it's reliably my best seller. That's not the only work that lurked unseen for years, just the most egregious example of work I *should* have been putting out there. Remembering those years of just blankness in my art-making is making me melancholy. 

On a happier note, I was granted TWO panels at Arisia this year, so I am sending ALL THE THINGS. As in, I currently have 29 things entered into the database, and am pretty sure I can fit 15, maybe even 20, more. I've got a tray full curing upstairs that I will pick from tomorrow morning, and I might go back into my show stock and grab more bookmarks. I sadly only got one really dramatic necklace done, but for a while I thought I wouldn't even have that, so I am trying to be content with that.

Oh hell, how did it get to be 1 am? I still have cards to bag and jewelry to card.


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I have painted all the things. Next I will epoxy all the things, then send half to Arisia
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Painting lots of spacescapes while watching lots of Big Family Cooking Showdown. (Check out a couple of the really iridescent ones in action in my story. ) A couple are already spoken for, but if you see something you like, message me before I send half of them off to #Arisia -- they can be set as pendants, bracelets or bookmarks. . #spacejewelry #reversepainting #shiny
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I would like to thank @arcanecomics for saving my butt when I realized (while wrapping) that of the graphic novels I bought last month for Yule presents, Monstress, while awesome, was NOT a good choice for my 14 year old. They had a ton of good suggestions and we will definitely be back! (Brave Chef Brianna is for the younger one and Black Bolt is for me) #localcomicshop
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no more nice people dying, please.
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A very talented and kind kpop musician I've followed ever since I started listening to kpop died today, likely of suicide. He was only 27. He'd helped so many of his fans work through their own depression, both through his music and his late night radio show, and it just seems so incredibly unfair that a wonderful young man like this is taken from us when there are so many actively horrible old people ruining lives and continuing to be hale and hearty.

This is not the song of his I listen to most often, but it is the one that I keep replaying today.

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almost breathing deeply
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 Down to one major external-deadline project! I sent in the PTSA directory last night suuuuper late, and it is a huge relief. Now to get the last (horrible) task done, and I can ... well, not relax, but do the projects that don't have to go to other people. (And a few small projects that need to be shipped, but they are just a few jewelry orders)

I need to actually find some Christmas spirit somewhere. At least I've caught up a bit on sleep (and cut down enough on bubbly caffeine sources) that I'm not feeling like a walking husk any more. And today was Margo's cookie party, which was lovely low-key socializing with babies and todllers and I ate way too many buckeyes.

I also did my first (wildly unsuccessful, since I'm still figuring out settings for my random cardstock) test of the Glowforge and I didn't blow anything up, plus I successfully made Inkscape bend to my will. So that's cheering.

We're scheduled to tour one of the special day programs with O on Monday. Which is kind of huge, really. I just hope this works.  It's clear that she's not going to be "normal function" for a long time, but it seems pretty helpful that she can get closer to it than she is now.


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yay it's over
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I have no more in-person shows to do! Technically ever, though I will acquire a few in the spring and going forward as appropriate shows pop up.  A few convention shows to mail-in to, and that whole online thing continues to need to happen, but still no more getting up at 5 to drive somewhere and smile at people for 8 hours! Yaaaay!

It's been really good to do so many shows, particularly back to back, though. I have a much better sense of where I should be selling, and what people are responding to in my work that I want to encourage.

Having a card spinner makes all the difference in the world, so much so that I need to not only reorder cards but add more designs.  I'm not sure if I should get Summer's Exile (which has been around forever and occasionally sells as a print but isn't super popular) or Viewing Platform (which is brand new this year and hasn't been to any conventions yet to get a real read on if people like it, but visually fits in a little more closely with my other popular pieces, it's more SF than fantasy) 


Now to just get through the (somewhat literal) pile of things that were waiting "until shows are done" and I get to play with the glowforge.


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#Repost @space_telescopes (@get_repost) ・・・ Today marks the 24th anniversary of Hubble’s house call from the space telescope optometrists. On December 7-8, 1993, NASA astronauts Kathryn Thornton and Tom Akers installed Hubble’s Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) and Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). COSTAR was designed by scientists and engineers at @STScI to compensate for a flaw in Hubble’s primary mirror that resulted in relatively blurry images. WFPC2 replaced the original WFPC, with corrective optics built in. This image shows spiral galaxy M100 as seen with the original WFPC on November 27, 1993 (right) and the same galaxy as seen with the WFPC2 on December 31, 1993 (left). M100, number 100 in Messier’s catalog of non-comets, is located 56 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. #HubbleHistory #NotAComet Credit: NASA, STScI.
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