1. Where I spend most of my time. To the left of my desk you can see the sansan art by metalshell that joannalannister gifted me, and also the sketch of the art she commissioned for me from dotofink. (The watercolor is being framed, I’ll take pictures of that when it’s done.) The beanies on the top left shelf are gifts, and I keep my birds on the top right. (They like to be up high.) I also have some souvenirs, two angry little adorable villains, and the Dr. Nathan Milbury that norabombay gave me like 15+ years ago (and I customized). On the right are my hound and little bird, sad little bobblehead Sandor (he needs a Sansa), big tough action figure Sandor and Stranger (which will also get pictures taken once I finish customizing a Sansa), and Promethea/Sophie. (Need to take my Adora out of its box and put her up there with them, though maybe I should get a She-Ra too, for the parallels.) Oh and to the lower right you can see my huge-ass tower of power.
2. The incredibly disorganized bookshelves of doom. Lots and lots of beanies on the top, including a hedgehog and orangutang I got signed by Terry Pratchett. :) Really ought to put my books in some kind of order - I mean, I know where they are, but it would look better.
3. Framed xkcd map of the internet (extremely out of date, but still pretty, and likely to make guests do a double-take). TV, xbox, blu-ray. Comic book boxes (not remotely all I own, I’ve still got like 6 at my dad’s place along with many more of my books). The bowl on the coffee table does not hold glass tchotchkes, they’re actually rubber balls and you can bounce them off the walls if you want. :)
4. Somewhat more organized if half-empty bookshelves. Also my peace lily and the endlessly growing pothos ivy of doom. Got my Sleeping Beauty incolay music box (it plays “Once Upon a Dream”) here, my very fancy silver menorah I don’t use, and I’ll probably put my etched rose goblets here if I can figure out how to display them safely. A certain book series is on the bottom there. ;) And over on the right you can see my Westeros & Essos map, with flag pins for all the character locations. Note, the ceiling soffit here is just a bit low, and people over 6 feet tall may bump their heads if they don’t watch out.
5. Most of my jewelry collection. Count the butterflies! (Believe it or not, there are more, in my jewelry box full of pieces that can’t go on this hanging thingy.)
6. Top of my fridge, with all those nice notes and cards from danainthedogpark, joannalannister, goodqueensansa, ofhouseadama, wolfheartedqueen and others. I look at them every day and smile. :) Also, bonus, there’s an actual tiny selfie of me… circa 1992, from an alumni newsletter.
I tag, um… anyone who wants to do this, as usual. :)
In truth, I am neither Asgardian nor son of Jotunheim.
I’m Loki only and I’m alone.
I have no brother, I am like no brother;
And this word ‘love,’ which graybeards call divine,
Be resident in men like one another
And not in me: I am myself alone.
(Richard of Gloucester talking in Henry VI part III, V, vi)
Searching “Richard III” on tumblr now results only in pics of Martin Freeman playing RIII. Sigh. Still vilified, old Dickon.
On this day - 22nd August 1485 - The Battle of Bosworth Field
The Battle of Bosworth Field was the last battle of the long running Wars of the Roses, where the houses of York and Lancaster fought over the throne of England. The crown had changed between both houses many times and was currently in the hands of the Yorkist King Richard III.
On the morning of the 22nd of August, Richard and his Yorkist army met with Henry Tudor and the Lancastrian support he had gathered. Richard held the high ground on Ambien Hill, while Henry was at the bottom on marshier land. This was a disadvantage for Henry’s men, as charging down the hill was much easier than charging up. Henry’s forces suffered large casualties because of this. Richard’s men also fell in large numbers due to the very skilled Welsh longbowmen in Henry’s army.
Another disadvantage Henry faced was his smaller number of men. He was believed to have had a force of about 5000 men, while Richard had around 10,000-12,000. However, not all of Richard’s men fought. The Earl of Northumberland failed to commit his troops to the battle, and a number of 4000 men belonging to the Stanley family did not engage in the fighting, but instead stayed back and watched. Lord Stanley had reasons to support both Richard and Henry, so he decided to see who would ultimately win before he chose a side. When Henry’s forces started to overpower the Yorkists Stanley chose to back him and charged against the King.
As the battle turned against Richard, he caught sight of Henry and with a small number of trusted men he charged towards him. He got close enough to kill Henry’s standard bearer, but was struck down and killed. At the King’s death the remaining Yorkist forces scattered and fled.
Richard’s crown was found and placed upon Henry’s head proclaiming him rightful King by conquest. Richard’s body was stripped naked and paraded around on a horse. He was then buried in an unknown location until he was recently found 527 years later under a car park in Leicester.
The Battle of Bosworth resulted in the death of Richard III and thus the end of the long ruling Plantagenet line. With this also ended the Medieval period in England, and saw the beginning of the Tudor era. Henry Tudor became King Henry VII, and began one of the most well-known eras in English history.
The Battle Od Bosworth. Requiescat in pace Richard III Rex
Hello tumblr! New at this, and so much more.
I’ll start with the big news —
The Best We Could Do, my graphic novel / immigration epic / family history, has found a publisher! I’m taking this year off teaching to focus on finishing it, with the help of some fine folks at Abrams ComicArts.
I am, of course, elated and terrified. Now back to work.
Here’s my really simple method for painting with watercolor! Hope someone finds this at least a little bit useful! ^^
(I apologize the typos (edit: damn there were STILL so many argh!) and possible bad grammar.)
Studio Ghibli | 1985 - 2014
After recent rumors of Studio Ghibli closing their animation department and the low box office numbers for When Marnie Was There, it was time to make an appreciation post for a company that has created true movie magic again and again. So, thank you, Studio Ghibli. Hopefully it isn’t good-bye just yet.Studio Ghibli is no longer producing animated films. So here’s to you, Ghibli, and everything you’ve given us.
the night is dark and full of terrors
I asked a bunch of my favorite artists for their pet peeves regarding things they are asked to draw…these are some of the gems!
I heard you couldn’t go to San Diego. I’m sad too. Here’s something to do instead.
We’re making a comic starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, a public-domain hero from the 1940s. Write, draw, celebrate awesome female characters.
Plus it’s called “Science Sleuth.”
Writers and artists invited to submit: Superdames.org/contest
(Only 2 weeks left! Deadline is Aug. 1, 2014!)
Favorite female characters: 15/??Oscar François de Jarjayes - The Rose of Versailles
"Liberty… Equality… Fraternity… These supreme ideals are the eternal foundations for humanity…"
The true reason of celebrating the 14th of July… Lady Oscar’s death.