cairistiona: (artsy)
curiouswombat gave me Charles Warren Eaton!

He was a tonalist artist. Tonalism emerged on the heels of the Hudson River School style and was darker and murkier. I like both types, though I lean more toward Hudson than Tonalism. Still, there are some really evocative, wonderfully moody paintings by Eaton, including this one, Silence of the Night:
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Let me know if you want me to give you an artist!
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Whoever comments to the effect on this post will be given an artist and then has to post a piece or pieces by that artist, along with this text.

Snagged from [ profile] samtyr and [ profile] just_ann_now !  Interestingly, they both gave me American Impressionist artists from the late 19th/early 20th centuries.

Samtyr gave me Mary Cassat and I chose Louise Nursing Her Child (so hard to choose... her works celebrate the mother/child bond so beautifully, but this one always is a standout for me):
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I love the expression on the baby's face.

And just_ann_now gave me Childe Hassam, and I chose Summer Evening:
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It's so peaceful, and summer evenings are such a beautiful time of day. (As with Cassatt, it was soooo hard to narrow it down... I do love his rainy day landscapes so much. But this one's thoughtfulness and rural setting speaks to me more personally.)
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Because I'm in the mood to talk about myself. XD

Stole it from [ profile] suzllRead more... )
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
This one's British-based, but hey, why not. I'm pretty much an Anglophile and this area is chock-a-block with British immigrants...

Because why shouldn't an American do the Brit meme... )
cairistiona: (Cap)
Since I can't do Aragorn-a-day at present (still working at the Internet issues), I'm going to do a meme, because I haven't done a meme in ages and hey, talking about yourself is fun and half the reason we're all here. *g*

This one is from [ profile] engarian...

Read more... )
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
The meme of six things that start with the letter given by someone... [ profile] curiouswombat gave me the letter R.

Something I hate: Rude people. Never any excuse for it.

Something I love: Reliability. Whether it's a car, an online service, or a friend, I want things/people to be reliable. (Second choice: raptors. I love eagles, hawks and owls.)

Somewhere I've been: Roaring River State Park, Missouri. Lovely out-of-the-way spot with a big spring that feeds into the Roaring River. I haven't been there since the dawn of the digital camera age, so here's a pic of the spring pulled from

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There are woods, bluffs, the river, and walking trails all throughout. Fascinating place...and yes, the water really is that clear and that blue and at the darker blue end is 223 feet deep. The spring puts out some 20 million gallons of water a day. Missouri is dotted with big springs like this one, the largest being, aptly enough, Big Spring, which has an average daily flow of 286 million gallons:

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Depending on groundwater supply and flow rate, it vies as the biggest spring in the US, its place fluctuating with Silver Spring in Florida and Idaho's Snake River Spring complex. It's also in the top 10 biggest springs in the entire world. And I just realized I'm turning this into a travelogue for Missouri springs so moving along...

Somewhere I'd like to go: Nothing springs immediately to mind, so sticking a google pin in the map, how about Rabbit Hash, Kentucky? Looks like a really interesting little historical village along the Ohio River. And I love the name. (And again, random pic grabbed from the Internet.)

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Someone I know: My daughter's taekwondo instructor's name starts with R.

A film I liked: The Return of the King, or if you want to be a purist about "R", then Raiders of the Lost Ark.

If you want to join in feel free to ask for a letter.
cairistiona: (Santa Aragorn)
Gacked from [ profile] suzll. Doing this because it's a very QUICK meme to do.

Total number of stories: 2
Total word count: 4176
Gen: 2
Het: 0
Slash: 0
Femslash: 0

Yep. Two whole stories. *sigh*  One in the LOTR fandom:

Bear It Still For Me A While - The Standard-bearer's thoughts turn homeward as he readies for war. Written for B2MeM 2014, prompt: Spring Landscape. Touches on themes of war, prophecy and death, though this is not a deathfic. Tissues might come in handy, though.

And that reminds me... Tanis made a podcast of Bear It Still For Me A While that I need to do up a post for!. She finished it right as I was in the midst of dealing with my dad's illness, which was a nice bright spot but didn't give me time to advertise it properly! So look for that link soon. :)

And one in the Captain America fandom:

That Kid From Brooklyn - According to his dossier, when on a mission on American soil in 1973, the Winter Soldier failed to show up at the extraction point and instead, confused and leaving great unease in his wake, worked his way across America until he boarded a bus in Chicago that took him to New York. A gap-filler, outsider-POV ficlet for the Winter Soldier, because I couldn’t stand the thought of no one showing Bucky any kindness in all that time.

I guess two is better than none, but oh for the days when I could zip out lots of words over the course of a year!
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
This one seems about 85% accurate. Not sure I spend *that* much time introspecting, and I doubt I'd be any good at writing ballads, but the rest is spot on, especially the last paragraph. I do tend to be down to earth and comfortable enough in my own skin to embrace my quirkiness. I mean, heck, I wore a Captain America shield t-shirt to the mall today. :D

You Are Thoughtful

Deep and emotive, you're not the type to live life on the surface. You explore every idea and feeling.
You spend a lot of time introspecting, but for you it's not just navel gazing. You are a better person from all the reflecting you do.

If you were a musician, you would write songs with deep lyrics that were full of emotions. Your songs would be expressive.
You're the type who could write amazing ballads. You know how to get others to connect with what you're saying.

You rock because you are down to earth and real. You don't hide who you are, even the bad parts.
You are comfortable in your own skin, and it shows. You embrace the quirkier sides of your personality.

cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
In order to spread positive thinking, list three positive things of your day for five days in a row, and tag three people to do this meme.

Wow, it's already day 5?? That really seemed to go by quickly!

1) I ran across a good quote on tumblr that was attributed to Louisa May Alcott: "Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again." That is sooooo incredibly apt and why I keep rereading the same books and fics over and over again. It's like eating a favorite comfort food.

2) It's 9-11 today. It's hard to come up with positives about that day--far easier to think about how awful the world has become in the years since. But in all honesty, what I remember most about that dark day is the bravery of the first responders and the stories of the kindness of New Yorkers in the days and weeks that followed. I hope New Yorkers haven't lost that sense of unity.

3) Fall crickets are singing. Like the spring peeper frogs in May, one of my favorite sounds of fall is the crickets in September and October. After days and nights filled with the relentless and raucous buzzing of locusts in July and August (we call them dry flies here, because they buzz loudest when the weather is hot and dry), their gentle sounds are so soothing.
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
In order to spread positive thinking, list three positive things of your day for five days in a row, and tag three people to do this meme.

1) Woke up to lovely soft rain and gentle thunder.

2) Fresh raspberries and blueberries in my breakfast bowl.

3) I read the first review of The Maze Runner movie and it was positive. (I loved the books and have been looking forward to this movie ever since I heard they cast Dylan O'Brien as the lead. Not that I watch Teen Wolf but at least as far as looks go, he fit the image I had in my head to a T.)
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
In order to spread positive thinking, list three positive things of your day for five days in a row, and tag three people to do this meme.


2) I really want to put #1 for all three, but I'll spare you. LOL #2 is... the St. Louis Cardinals, after an entirely unimpressive rollercoaster of a season marred by injuries and an offense that sputtered worse than my sister's old 1973 VW Bug engine, finally seem to have their act together, just in time for the pennant race. They're atop their division by a good margin.

3) The bananas I bought Saturday are in the perfect condition of ripeness. Seriously, you have no idea how important that is to me. :D

Short today because I have to get a quick shower and then GO BUY CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDER AND WATCH ALL THE BUCKY & CAP GOODNESS (and badness *sniff* Awww, Bucky....).

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Cap: Don't feel bad, Bucky... we still love you! It wasn't your fault...
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
In order to spread positive thinking, list three positive things of your day for five days in a row....

Day 2...

1) This one is a "positive thing remembered from yesterday" more than today, but it's making me smile this morning so: our church is so large that it offers lots of small-group get-togethers that run each quarter, roughly. They run the gamut from spiritually-based topics to things like self defense martial arts or book clubs or golfing etc. I saw listed, for the first time since we started going, a "guitar jam session" group. I've been wishing, ever since I quit going to our old church where I was part of the music ministry, that I could get together with some good guitarists at our new church (because good gravy, there's some talent there). But of course, the whole breast cancer thing put everything on hold, plus... I just didn't know anyone, other than my exterminator, who plays and he does strictly bluegrass, which I already am pretty well versed at playing. It's fun when he's over to spray the house because afterward we usually pick up the guitars and "pick a little" but that's only like, twice a year at most and usually longer between than that. Anyway, I'm over all the surgeries now and playing a little, and then I saw that group and... I signed up before I could talk my introverted self out of it. *wipes sweaty palms on pj's* It's for beginner and intermediate guitarists--I'm intermediate at best and especially compared with the guy leading it, so hopefully I'll grow and learn as a musician. And make some friends. Big churches are nice as far as them having lots of ways to really do good things in the world but it's hard to make acquaintances. I also hope I'm not the only "old lady" there, but I have a feeling I might be surrounded by teenage boys. Ah well. We'll see how it goes and if I signed up in time to make it into the group (usually these things have limited numbers). In the meantime, I have just enough time to build up some callouses before the first session.

2) That tumblr post I made about Chris Evans now has nearly 13,000 notes. That... completely boggles my mind.

3) [ profile] bluegerl posted a link to a vid of Tom Hiddleston singing a Hank Williams classic. I love Tom and I love Hank Williams, and after I watched that I went on a youtube Hank Williams binge, which reminded me how much I adore the song, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." And then I went searching for Patsy Cline. "Walking After Midnight"... bliss. For a while in high school I sang that song fortissimo in the shower every day.  Good times, good times. *g*
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
[ profile] the_winterwitch tagged me with this one! I won't tag anyone individually, but I do challenge everyone who's a friend here and any who are just drive-by peekers to do this, because I think it's one of the more emotionally healthy memes you can do for yourself. :)

In order to spread positive thinking, list three positive things of your day for five days in a row, and tag three people to do this meme.

Okay, it's very early on a Sunday morning but I already have three positives:

1) I woke up on this side of the dirt. ALWAYS A POSITIVE THING.

2) It's actually a little chilly this morning, very autumnal, and I pulled out my favorite hooded sweatshirt for the first time this fall, even though I am also very comfortable wearing flip-flops. Autumn is such a jumble when it comes to what to wear.

  2a) Coffee tastes so much better on a crisp morning.

3) I looked at the work I've done on my latest Winter Soldier sketch and it... kinda doesn't suck too bad. LOL   

  3a) As I looked at it, I remembered the texts I sent the ever-so-patient [ profile] suzll yesterday bemoaning how hard it is to draw Sebastian Stan's HUGE eyes when trying to capture suspicious watchfulness and had a good giggle. (In that role, and who knows, maybe all his roles, I haven't actually watched him in any other project, he has a tendency to actually widen his eyes when he's doing the Intense Staring. It feels all kinds of counter-intuitive, but works perfectly on film. I just can't quite get it right on paper. Yet.) (Second parenthetical: I'll share that one when it's a little farther along. Just started it yesterday so, yeah, ways to go yet.)

  3b) In writing 3a, I realize just how dadgum much I enjoy sketching. I've told that to hubby and also told him a very good Christmas gift would be a wacom tablet.

Gosh, do I have to stop at three?? Or, um, I guess 5 because I cheated and added a's and b's????
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Since actually writing seems to have utterly escaped my grasp lately, I'll natter on about writing instead. Fire away:

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.

B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].
cairistiona: (The Road)
I find myself needing some distraction today...

Pick a letter and I promise some rambling about it. Then do it yourself if you like!

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)
cairistiona: (b&w intensity)
Doing this because I need to get my brain back into writing mode!!!

Writings ahead... )

cairistiona: (happy viggo)
Yep. Nailed it.

You Are an Imaginative Thinker

You are a nonlinear thinker, and you're even surprised by the places your mind takes you.
You love to get lost in a story, whether it's your own or not. You love fantasy.

You are a positive and uplifting person. You inspire others to be better.
You are full of wonder and curiosity. You feel a strong connection to the world.

cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Gacked this meme from [ profile] levade001.... Not *sure* this really applies, but I do tend to work better alone, and I have a VERY developed snarky side (you really wouldn't believe HOW snarky) that I rarely let loose. So... yeah.

I am... Iron Man.

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Take the quiz.
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Name five 'non-sexual kinks' you have as a reader/writer: that is, five writing techniques, themes, settings, or character types that really draw you into a story. (If they are different for you as a reader than as a writer, please name both!)

1. Platonic male relationships. For me... this is HUGE. I cannot get enough of it. Call it whatever: buddy fic, friendship fic, close-as-brothers fic... it's that male-male friendship dynamic that I find fascinating. Not slash or romance at all, but the complexity of platonic friendship between men. I dig it. Completely.

2. Point of View:  I like it best when it's narrow. First person or limited third. I want to get in *one* character's head and see the story from his/her eyes and really see how that character thinks and how the events of the story may change them. I don't mind multiple POVs (I use that in my current Rushlight WIP) but I prefer to stay in one head as opposed to head-hopping all over the place.

3. Setting - I love setting when it's used well, when it's woven inexplicably with a character's narrative so I have a clear idea of place and mood. Setting should be treated as a character, and I love it when I find a book or fic where the author understands that.

4. This one I'm swiping from Suzll... Vulnerable Heroes. I don't want him to blast through ten thousand armed berserkers and emerge victorious with nary a scratch. I want to see the hero bleed, cry, get so exhausted his legs won't hold him anymore. I want him to feel sorrow and regret and have moments of doubt and epiphany. I think that's why I like h/ccccc so much: it shows the hero at his most vulnerable. That said, I don't want them to be so vulnerable as to be constantly navel-gazing about everything. And related to the Vulnerable Hero is the idea of the Good-hearted Hero. I'm so completely uninterested in the current trend of "no one's good or bad" so-called "dark" fantasy. I want my hero to be basically good. And yeah, evil is fine. I think there really is evil in the world and I want my heroes to take it out!

5. Coming of Age and/or Origin stories. I really, really dig these. I love the self-discovery that takes place in them. And I love looking back after knowing a character as an adult and seeing what he was like as a child or adolescent.


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