Been in the UK for a couple of weeks now, the first week or so in Peterborough and now in Leicester. They both have very photogenic parts, though unfortunately the overcast skies mean the lighting is now always ideal for said photographs.
Still, the weather has actually been nice and mild. Compared to Spain it may as well be winter here, but given how hot it got there right before I left, that’s okay really.
One of the things you notice right away in Málaga is an abundance of ceramic tile art, particularly religious images, on the sides of many buildings.
Most of the ones I photographed aren’t from churches but rather from cofradias, the religious organizations in charge of maintaining and carrying the figures and floats during the Holy Week processions. There are something like 40 of these organizations in the city and many of them have their own buildings, built to accomodate the floats which are often too tall to fit in the church doors.
More over on my Flickr.
Finished Moby Dick, and really enjoyed it.
Like most of the modern reviewers I’ve seen, I was surprised first of all by the humour, particularly in the first part of the book. And not just the humour, but also the easygoing and charming tone of the narrator. One of the other things I found charming is just how little the book cares about most of what we consider obvious rules of novel writing. Possibly some of that is the style of the time, I’m no expert, but you get the feeling that Melville doesn’t give a rat’s ass, he is writing exactly the book he wants to write and if that means switching viewpoints suddenly after hundreds of pages of a single narrator, or taking what is essentially a 200 page novella and inserting a 400 page book of mini-essays on whales and whaling in the middle, well so be it.
But the thing that surprised me the most is how sftnal it felt to me. Being steeped in genre makes me see it everywhere I suppose, but two thirds of this book is essentially HUGE infodumps. But they’re lovingly written, by an author who could probably write three more volumes on whaling and whales. I couldn’t help but think of a Neal Stephenson book, or the KSR Mars Trilogy. Melville gives you an outsider narrator in an essentially alien world who then describes it to an audience that he expects will know nothing about it. It is fascinating (for the most part, I admit I skimmed the last 50 pages or so of the middle) and sometimes just beautiful.
I’ve been in Spain for a little over two months, which should have been less than half the length of my stay. Unfortunately circumstances are such that I have to return to the US early. Still it has been lovely so far, and I hope to come back next year.
Aside from the good weather, the constant activity in the city center, and the great food at reasonable prices, the city has also provided a pretty constant stream of free outdoor events of one type or another, and even an anime con at local convention center.
Of course it hasn’t hurt that my brother’s house is very nice, he and his wife have spent the last decade fixing it up and the result is wonderful. The whole place is lovingly crafted, but the rooftop terrace is the icing on the cake.
In a couple of weeks I’ll be heading off, first to Leicester for two months, and then back to San Francisco for a indefinite amount of time, hopefully less than six months. I’ll miss the place, but my stomach is already dreaming of good old fashioned Norther California style burritos.
Chicon 7 came and went, and I blogged about that elsewhere.
A new SF/SF went up, as did a new Geek Girl Crafts Podcast. And I made more stuff on the loom, learning to do decreases and all sorts of other stuff in order to produce the Loom Beaded Necklace of Rassilon!
Been doing more crafting than art recently, though I need to switch gears with Chicon approaching quickly. Still, I’m rather pleased with some of the results, including these vaccuum tube pendants.
Chicon promises to be a relatively low key con for me, compared to Renovation. I’m only on two panels and have no other responsibilities other than hanging my art, so I’m looking forward to enjoying the fruits of everyone else’s labor, eating deep dish pizza, and spending time with John.
Meanwhile, the Geek Girl Crafts Podcast has been going for a year now, and spawned a podzine. SF/SF continues it’s regular monthly schedule, and although I’ve been slacking off on my columnist duties there I have at least continued to maintain the calendar more or less at my usual pace. Luckily there are always plenty of events, and plenty of people interested in knowing about them.
What with Google being all evil again, and also just from a desire to clear up some clutter, I deleted a bunch of stuff yesterday from various accounts. In the process I went through my old Google Docs with the intention of deleting files I already have saved elsewhere, and transferring the rest to Dropbox, which I highly recommend as an alternative.
As it turns out, there were a couple of convention reports and bits of fan writing that I hadn’t archived here, including a Potlatch 18 report (with my favorite GOH experience ever) and an account of the Mutant Enemy Picket Day. While I’m under the hood I also figured I may as well spruce up all that text with links and photos, something I’ve been meaning to do for ages. It’s gonna take forever, but rainy season is finally here and I have no conventions for a month, so the timing is perfect.
Well, Gallifrey One is over and it’s time to be updating things here a bit. I’ve changed the gallery link the more descriptive “arts and crafts” so I can start uploading beading and costuming stuff there as well, which is long overdue. Also added are links to the Geek Girl Crafts Podcast, which I do with Sandy Jacobs-Tolle and Jade Falcon, and to my Artfire Store.