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Originally I'd planned on commuting to Arisia because I just couldn't cope with hotel wrangling when hotel rooms became available. However, thanks to the kindness and generosity of [personal profile] lifecollage,[livejournal.com profile] ahf[livejournal.com profile] caulay I was able to stay at the con from Friday-Sunday.
I want to write a novella about how good the weekend was, but I am just too tired to do so right now. Topics that can and should be talked of eventually are-
  1. The hat(s)
  2. Art show
  3. Scalzis
  4. Suddenly GOH liaisoning / the Ursula and Kevin show (rather literally)
  5. Saturday night
  6. Sunday night
The whole point of this... well, let me just cut and paste what I told a friend earlier today--
My weekend was from beginning to end, love, camaraderie, desire, lust, jubilation, a return to true self, a recalibration, a battle cry against despair and hatred. Life affirming.

Also I sold 9 pieces of art at the art show. This is a very good number for me given that many of said pieces were mid-to larger sized and thus priced accordingly.  If anyone wishes they could have just...[bought that thing], let me know. I still have a lot of stock.

I took a page out of [personal profile] lifecollage 's book and walked the city as part of the decompression sequence. I packed up the art then walked from the Westin to Park St. where I went down to Fenway to have lunch and shop with some friends. I have a new playlist that's basically Mizarchivist's Biopic songs / soundtrack to Core Memories. It's an unrefined list, one I had put together for other things but it fit the mood precisely so. So much of what is sung in Lifeboat is how I feel. So much
  • Lady Vagabond- SJ Tucker
  • Hypnotized- Ani
  • Fierce Flawless- Ani
  • The Only Answer- Mike Doughty
  • Down On The River By The Sugarplant- Doughty
  • Hard Way Home- Brandi Carlile
  • Here For Now- Ani
  • Promiscuity- Ani
  • Arsonist and the Thief- Robyn Cage
  • Life Boat- Ani
  • (Still A ) Weirdo
  • Call and Answer- Barenaked Ladies
It was just so good to walk and really soak in how much good happened to me in the last 4 days.
OK. Gonna go rest.

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I am cozied up to my laptop with my 2nd cup  of coffee, listening to Jaime's zen playlist, which is dominated by South American flute, with a child safely deposited in school and no major obligations for hours (til it's time to make dinner).

I survived my first Arisia back as "full time" staff in over 10 years. Maybe... 13 years?! Since I burned out in Reg.
Being the assistant guest of honor liaison div head was as expected a fair bit of work, not just at con, but a LOT of prep ahead of time and for months in advance. Not so much that it was impossible- not at all, but given we were responsible for our GOHs, high stakes. The goal was to get shit done and not let them see how the sausage was made. Turns out there are way more pieces in motion than one can imagine. But, from everything I've heard, all Guests had a good time. I had a great time! Possibly the best time I've had at Arisia in the last 7-10 years.
Props...

  • to [livejournal.com profile] nchanter for being a very involved and dedicated conchair. An honor to serve with you, madame.

  • to [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue for being on top of our division. Ditto: an honor to serve with you, madame. We divided up tasks approximately by guest and it meant nobody had to remember ALL things for in this case 4 people. It can be as little as 2 (artist and author) but we had fan AND muse of whimsy this year, so a team was required. It really was an honor to get to be the Scalzi Wrangler (damn, wish I'd had a ribbon specifically for that. OH well. :) Our team, which

  • [livejournal.com profile] rintrahroars for rocking staff services and taking care of all of us.

  • Jaime for being on kid-patrol with grace and humor

  • Turtle Track (Ocean and Austin big love!) for being their usual rock-star selves and keeping the kids busy so the adults could go have some fun

  • [livejournal.com profile] fubar and [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty - for showing up, hanging out, and being part of a big deal for me.

Things that went wellthe good stuff )Not so great:
lost coat saga )
Pictures of the weekend...
Pictures )

OK. Off to do some art, friends.
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I appear to have figured out a basic cable. I can now see for myself that this is pretty easy, just sort of awkward til you teach your hands how to deal with the extra needle. I am pleased.

I appear to have allowed committed the sin of volunteering and will be in committee this year helping [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue with guest of honor liaison (GOHL) for Arisia next January. At least I'll be in good company. And you know, hang out with John Scalzi a bit. This is actually a good thing. I think.

I discovered with [livejournal.com profile] buxom_bey that SkyZone is a fantastic place to take toddlers. They are literally allowed to bounce off the walls there. Next time we get tickets well in advance. We were only able to let the kids play for half an hour, as they booked up.  Turns out our kids really like hanging out together, so we'll be headed to the MOS in a few weeks. Again.
mizarchivist: (River/Power)
The upside of not selling much at the art show is that I don't have to rebuild my stock. Right?
::shaking it off::
I have a few more items in my commission list, so I'll do those then let clay go for a few months til I don't feel so epically disappointed.
And I'll up my stock on Etsy in the meantime.
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That about sums up the weekend we've had so far. I realize most other folks are still on site having fun. I'm grateful to be home for some quiet before [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance and I have some social time this evening, and Crime Fighter has a sleepover.
A distracted write-up...

Set up my art show table-->
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As of now, only a Cthulhu ornament has been purchased, but we have most of a day left to turn it around... I'm hopeful.

Most of my con was spent, as it always is, wandering around and being social. I got to see [livejournal.com profile] missdimple and [livejournal.com profile] docorion, reconnected with a fellow knitter, Beth, who'd been at last year's festivities. Friday evening [livejournal.com profile] samuraizergling and I had food and extensive chat. I wandered and chatted and didn't feel rushed, as Crime Fighter didn't join me til Saturday. I even ironed all my clothes that needed it and attended the art show reception. Lee Moyers (This year's artist guest of honor) is someone I knew of beforehand and have all his pin up literary calendars, so I got to meet him. Charming. Man. Just sayin'.  As hoped, [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess and I successfully visited. Despite living not that far apart, we don't see each other often.

Saturday I hoped [livejournal.com profile] mzkero's elder child get sorted with his con. Startling that he's 9 already! He was a delight. Crime Fighter donned his Superman jammies and dove into Turtle Track. Like any good 3 year old, he claimed he did not want to go, but then had an excellent time while there. The staff there is absolutely amazing and I am grateful for their attention and expertise.
Arisia established a cosplay repair statation this year, which I helped at. Mostly seweing on buttons and handing out duct tape. But it was in a prime location and I got front row seats for [livejournal.com profile] mud_puppy and [livejournal.com profile] docorion's wibbly wobbly wedding
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By happenstance, [livejournal.com profile] buxom_bey ended up joining us for a sleepover for Saturday. Eventually :) The kiddo and I crashed out while everyone was in full revelry mode-- but s'alright. We had a full day.  And morning over a bit of a picnic breakfast Bey and I got to catch up.  Anyway, a distracted write-up, I know, but mostly an excuse to post the superhero surveying his domain.
mizarchivist: (GeekLove)
Prepping for art show next month and sketched graphics for decorating my plain glass globe/ornaments (3" diameter)... 28 ideas. Some will work, some are a shit-show.LONG list )Already in the lexicon:

  • Hellboy

  • Abe Sapien

  • Serenity

  • Browncoat

  • Cthulhu

I've been sketching all night, so I have a catalog: if I sell out, I can show what I can do. If I didn't get around to it, I can demonstrate the design. Plus just keep track for future work, especially after a long lag. I can also put hash-marks on them to keep statistics if I want to be super-planny in the future. And it lets me determine colors, particularly the base one so I cans streamline production (do all the red ones first, fer example). And because I keep coming up with more ideas, if I at least sketch them out, I may have project-creep, but I don't have to ACT on said creep necessarily. Unless there's major demand...?

The designs are by nature logo-ish and things I will make into stencils. The new ideas are all things I've had some interest in, fan-wise. There's plenty more out there, some that's already even been suggested, but I'm unlikely to pro-actively do anything outside my interests because I feel like a poser. I'm open to doing material outside my interest, but only if I get requests. Because they are minimalist designs and easy to replicate cleanly and quickly, it will help bring costs down a bit... once the templates are done.  I particularly like this whole concept of decoration because anything I have after Open Studio, I can put toward Arisia art show. IF they go well, I can on them throughout the year and have a hell of a stock come next Open Studio/Arisia.

Can you tell I took a project management workshop yesterday?
mizarchivist: (Dork)
I knew but didn't know that sorting out art show check in is a silly, fiddly yak-shaving sort of deal. Unless you only have one or two pieces, it's unlikely you can get it done in less than an hour.

My procedure for art show is that I create a booklet (at least historically I have) of all the bid sheets. Given the volume and individual sizes of the items I show, the last thing I want is to have the majority of my table real estate dedicated to goddamn bid sheets. So, book.  Because it's me, I have to have all the pieces follow in a logical order around the table. No helter-skelter. This means mapping out how the table will look when I go in and be damn sure it'll stay that way so it's not confusing to run through the bid sheet book, because I may call them damn bid sheets, but I also very much want people to write in them.

Last night I:Did stuff )
Now I just have to temporarily unpack that box to have [livejournal.com profile] drwex take pictures of the new product and not forget my business cards. I love that I'm not going to do this last-minute.
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For the last few years, I had to sacrifice participating in the Arisia art show because I, a) was not producing new work b) had no spoons, given what I know takes prepping and c) figured forcing it would make it Not Fun, and that's not the point.

BUT! This year, well, coming back mean and lean and since I just re-read my orientation email on show prep, I realize I'm registering my stuff tonight, as it's due on the 10th. This is my idea of last-minute, by the way. It's somewhat a relief to have this external factor force me to just stop production.

Previous years, I'd bring magnets, jewelry, ornaments (default Christmas, but who am I to say how they're appreciated), and of course TINS. This year, I'll bring a small representation of my steam-punk jewelry, and some toggles that I've been experimenting with recently, the best of my ornaments that fit on my small display, and fewer tins than previous years. I strongly believe this will be overall better for so many reasons. The table will be less cluttered. It won't take forever to register, or set up. My display apparatus will be less awkward to shuttle back and forth, too.

I'll be introducing some new designs, including a Tardis or two.

This is my imagining the Tardis going through the space/time vortex. I will be bringing a traditional one, too.

Gentleman Cthulhu. (pictures pending)

I also have a bunch of old styles on new work, but haven't gotten pictures yet. In the meantime, here's what I mean when I say...
Pictures... )

Old stock returning--
Pictures... )

So, see you at Arisia! 
mizarchivist: (Jess Thinky)

It looks like there's a lovely up-tick in LJ, so for those who've not necessarily been around much lately- what's up? Let's see...

House

omg, we spent half a year moving... )The summary is: We finally have a great house that I hope we can stay in for a long time and it includes [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty living there, too, which is entirely lovely.


Kid

He goes to school! He learns new things! )

Art

I do a lot of art right now )

Work

Not bored, even rounding the corner to 14 years here )

OK. I thought this was going to be a short summary and then I started rambling, so content cuts, I thank you for containing the ramble. I may hit a few more topics later.

EDIT: Actual executive summary since I fail at short-
House- I haz one and don't want to move again for a long time. It actually has room for its 4 adults and 1 kid.
Kid- I haz one. He remains stunning and challenging
Art- Yes, have some. I learned to spin yarn and I'm back to my obsession with polymer clay + tins
Work- going quite well, actually.

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So, the baby and I had a good time at Arisia-

Thanks, too, to [livejournal.com profile] ahf for delivering- made my arrival and attendance entirely more bearable. I spent a fair bit of time with [livejournal.com profile] taura_g and [livejournal.com profile] missdimple. [livejournal.com profile] evila and [livejournal.com profile] shut_it_already acted as taxi on Saturday- good thing, too, given how bloody cold it was. Between that and the T being down on my side of town for repairs still on weekends, that transport thing could have made the whole weekend trek not worth it.  And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] drwex, my art was packed up safe and sound. The usual way of things is that I am not at the con Sunday/ Monday and he was kind enough to act as my agent.
The big art show surprise was our artist Guest of Honor bought this guy's big brother:
Cthulhu for your tree

Talk about vindication. It's not every day that someone of that caliber and fame waltzes in and buys one's art. My favorite reaction was [livejournal.com profile] hawkhandsaw's husband's- who just geeked out. 
Sadly, bedtime and back to work tomorrow. I'm very much hoping I don't get struck by the barfy con crud that is striking all 'round. 
Jan. 13th, 2012 09:13 pm

Arisia

mizarchivist: (GeekLove)
I had a lovely afternoon/evening at Arisia, set up art, had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] taura_g, found a nifty, nerdy librarian shirt that I may not get around to washing in time to wear for tomorrow (sizing is EVIL and cannot be tolerated). The baby will be wearing his Jayne hat and I have his Star Trek onesie ready to go. Unless there's a package waiting for me in the kitchen, no Charlie Brown shirt, though. 

I'm not planning on attending Sunday/Monday, FYI
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"We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory"
-Howard Zinn via my father, [livejournal.com profile] aint_it_hard

Dad's post earlier today in G+ encapsulates my generic sense of hopefulness today and this gut reaction over the past many weeks and months of having more challenge than I'm remotely comfortable living with. You have to have hope, you just do. And today I have a bit more than I did yesterday, so that alone is a victory.

- water heater being dumb, landlord still in Ireland, so really not the same timezone
+ guy coming this afternoon to hopefully fix it, 
+/- [livejournal.com profile] purple_terror's got the latest crud, but he'll be home for sure to let this guy in.
+/- it meant a very modified bathing experience this morning, but I do not feel the worse for wear on that point.
- [livejournal.com profile] mzkero's youngest has croup and so Crime Fighter will be visiting with other people for the rest of the week.
+ my reaction to this change in scheduling was primarily epic sympathy for having a sick kid. I've already sorted CF's daytime schedule. 
+ I actually got some rest last night. Sudafed is doing the trick on the congestion, which is good. I am limited in what drugs are reasonable to take. I just have to be coherent enough to redose in the middle of the night. 
- Crime Fighter's nose is officially runny now. Poor little dude. It means awful suctioning things will have to happen later. 
- My hearing is rather impaired today, due to congestion. No pain, just pressure, warped sounds, and everything is way too loud. Yuck. 
+ Despite the head colds all 'round, I'm ramping up my efforts to convince the baby not to eat every time he wakes up in the night. Last night's efforts involved a preemptive feeding at 10 and a non-feeding snuggle at 12. By 2, he was not having such tricks, though. I think that's a bit better.
+ It's payday. It's not my month to pay rent, QE's planning on contributing to the general bills fund Thursday, and the Grandfather Charitable Trust proactively sent some funds to be stowed into the baby's account and mine. When you add all that up, the hindbrain stops gibbering for a few days. 
++this just in, my boss proactively said I only have to count Friday as a half vacation day, because I am going to a professional group board meeting, but then I'm doing Arisia stuff. I thought it was easier to mark it a whole day as "V", but yay! Now it's half! These things add up. And sometimes it's these little things. 
+ Reading. I mentioned it earlier, but really. It's a good book. 
+ The general positive uptick in my head means that the con this weekend doesn't feel like a monumental burden. I'm going to spend some of the time with Crime Fighter with me, and some without. I came close to ditching out on half of the weekend entirely because it seemed to stressful and I was feeling really crappy. However, the stubborn part of my brain kept saying, no. I should do this. I need to go do adult things for a few hours. Remind myself I'm capable of such things. Maybe I'll bring my paints with me (since I'm not knitting right now). 

Just Keep Swimming
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OK. I feel a need to write something but I think my degree of sleep dep is such that a coherent post is going to be hard.

I'm reading. This is exciting. I'm grateful I have a commute, otherwise I probably wouldn't. I found a way to consume Possession, the latest book for this month's club discussion. Audible required, as it's otherwise entirely Not My Kind Of Book. But if I let it wash over me while I'm doing the dishes, or whatever, then fine. The actual paper book I'm reading at the moment The God of the Hive, the latest in the Bee Keeper's Apprentice series. It's been pointed out to me that it's quite a Mary Sue premise (Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid spaniel Stieg wife Mary fight crime) - I've always loved the series and while it was a bit of a rough start, I'm hooked enough that I'm tempted to ignore all other things and just read. 

Work... I'm in a fog. But I'm busy. The very short version of new stuff is that I'll be spending more time in Copley Sq. between Feb-April to oversee the last bits of a 2+ year project. Also, my new coworker/office mate starts a week from tomorrow. 

Sleep. Not seeing a lot of that. It's wearing on me. Crime Fighter saves up most of his hungry for the middle of the night when he has guaranteed MOM time, instead of bottle time. We need him to not do this. It's the previously hinted at worst of both worlds: go to work, get woken up all night. I am generically OK-ish, as long as you don't make me move too terribly quickly and don't throw any monkey wrenches into my routine. 

I got the art processed for Arisia/art show. 43 pieces this year, and very little new (maybe 2-3 pieces?) - I very much expect to not have the interest or time to do very much art between now and Arisia '13, so if that be the case, will almost certainly skip the art show.  This is not a problem at all in my brain. I spent at least 5 years not doing a thing with clay, and it might be another fallow season for me for that medium. The fact I am enjoying painting and reading is more than enough for me right now. 
I'm still feeling unsettled about my logistics for the weekend, but I'm also not inclined to force a plan right now. I want to get through Friday and then see how things shake out.
mizarchivist: (Dork)
[livejournal.com profile] drwex was a creature of great excellence and kept me company while I sorted through goodwill for 10th Doctor outfits. He amused Crime Fighter and gave me good feedback on suit jackets and the necessity of having the camel colored overcoat. I acquired both jacket, coat, and reasonable pair of pants. I am using the Chucks I got from my now former coworker (a different color of brown, but so be it. I'm not going to win awards) and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] purple_terror, I have a sonic screwdriver. I think that's good enough, eh? I also figured out how to arrange to have Crime Fighter delivered to me at the hotel, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rintrahroars, so all this means I feel like this is really coming together.

The hilarious thing is I was thinking about how I didn't really want to deal with extra stuff, and my prime Naughty Nurse participation is Friday after I set up art. But I'll be in my Doctor outfit, since I thought it'd be HI-larious to wear it to the meeting I'm attending earlier that day. I mean... why not? Makes for less faffing about and should be interesting to see if anyone else notices... or if I can keep my mouth shut about my outfit long enough to see if anyone notices. So, what to do. Wait! I won't be a nurse this year because I'll already be The Doctor!

The question is-- aside from maybe an arm band with a red cross on it, is there another way that might distinguish me as someone soliciting for people's blood? I figure the clip board might be enough. 
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Is anyone rolling through near Alewife on Friday afternoon, headed to Arisia? Someone with room in their vehicle? I need to figure out how to get the kid from [livejournal.com profile] primal_pastry to me at the hotel and neither of us have cars. She is not planning to go to the con. Given how many are going in that direction, I'd like to avoid making someone head over there who wasn't planning on it in the first place.
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Dec. 24th, 2011 11:42 pm

ugh

mizarchivist: (Dragon)
I started to make some ornaments to take to Arisia, particularly since I'd sold all my Hellboy/Abe set. Except I do not  have the patience for this right now. I'll finish the 2 I started on the principle of it all, but I'm going back to watercolors for a while. 
mizarchivist: (LOLbrarian-serious)

I've had a lot in my head, but not necessarily been writing stuff down, so let's see how this goes. This is a post driven by the notion that I've not posted in a while. 

Work-

so much stuff! )


Baby-
He's great! 

Picture and update )
Union-
nothing significant, but some small stuff that could grow to big stuff )
Art-
Some is better than none, and Arisia )
Upcoming Holiday stuff-
visits and brain weasels )
mizarchivist: (CrimeFighter7Wks)
One of the fun things I got to do before Crime Fighter arrived was to tie dye some clothes, including what I ended up calling the Chrysalis -- well, I think for obvious reasons. We took it with us to the hospital and then I thought I'd put it on him again yesterday.

Pictures of Crime Fighter at 1 day and again at 7 weeks- )
While we're here-- what's new, what's up-
My onward progress to recouperation )
Crime Fighter's progress )
Work: return, kid care plans, etc. )
Finally some queries:
  • Did I loan you my How I Met Your Mother, season 1? May I have it back? 
  • Do you need any boxes for moving? I have a box of boxes on my front porch that I'd like to find a new home. 
Um, how did it get to be almost noon?! Ack.

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