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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 25th, 2017 08:58 am)

Actually, I've always loved wearing rings but the making rings is a little new.  One thing I have noticed about all these Iron Age - Anglo Saxon rings that have been found...they're BIG.  Like they'd fit me, big.  This is a nice change to the dainty little things in the shops.

Off to buy supplies :D

I've been doing less book bingeing and more reading of fic over the last month, which is probably, ultimately a happy balance for me.

Liberty and Other Stories (Prosperity, #2-4, 6) - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★

A diverse series of stories expanding on the Prosperity universe, both before and after the events of Prosperity. read more )

The New Born Year - Kris Ripper ★ ★

I love this series, and I really liked getting to know Ally better, but I found this a difficult and unpleasant read. read more )

Full of Briars (October Daye, #9.3) - Seanan McGuire ★ ★ ★

I'm several books behind in this series, and figured this was a good way to dip back in. Because Quentin. Who is awesome. read more )

Gun To My Head - Dira Lewis ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. First read April 5, 2017. Second read April 6, 2017. Third read now, by which you might infer that I really fucking love this book. read more )

The Mystic Marriage (Alpennia, #2) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★

I continue to adore this series. This second installment continues to follow Barbara and Margerit's lives, while expanding the focus to two characters who played a supporting role in the first book. read more )

The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1) - Martha Wells ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. I think I first read this sometime in 2010.

This is a secondary-world fantasy set in the approximate equivalent of 17th Century France only with both sorcery and Fae more )

Point of Dreams (Astreiant, #2) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett ★ ★ ★ ★

In some ways the murders are the least interesting part of this book. They matter, and they drive the plot, but it's the thematic stuff going on around and in cause of the murders that I found most interesting.

This is a book about relationships, and the ways they are seen and controlled by society and societal pressures. read more )

Seven Summer Nights - Harper Fox ★ ★ ★ ★

This was not the book I expected it to be, but I quite enjoyed the book it turned out to be.

This is, as the cover copy stated, a just-post-WWII historical romance between an archaeologist and a vicar, both of whom came back from the war changed. It's about two men trying to fit back into roles and ways of life they no longer fit. read more )

Bound to Be a Groom (Regency Reimagined, #1) - Megan Mulry


It's queer, kinky, poly, historical erotica. I'm pretty much THE target audience for this book. And I gave up at 13% read. read more )

Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey, #1) - Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold ★ ★ ★ ★

This was a rougher read than I expected from the ad copy. Good, but at times decidedly difficult.

This is a queer, steampunk murder mystery, but that's not really what it's about.

What it actually is is a book about institutionally-sanctioned bullying and abuse and the different ways in which adult survivors of childhood trauma cope with their past. read more )
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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 21st, 2017 08:47 am)
Once upon a time, I pinned a bunch of rings.  I pinned anything that it looked like I could make.  There's a lot of twisted wire types, like from my previous post.

I was looking at the UK Detector Find Database, to look for the proper record for one of the rings I posted about yesterday, when I discovered the problem:

I have found a lot more rings there that seem to be makeable.  LOL
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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 20th, 2017 01:34 pm)
I'm right now watching a TD talk about learning. He says that it really just takes about 20 hours to get decent at something.  

Which got me to thinking about making rings.  I've made two rings. I'm sure I've spent more than 20 hours doing this.  I'm not "decent" at it yet.  The guy says that you should break your thing down into sub-skills, and I think that may be key to this.  There are so many skills involved in silversmithing that I probably have to spend 20 hours on each one.  So I have a project plan in mind.

First things 1st, I need to cast my garbage into raw materials.  Whether I use this raw material I cast is another matter, because casting and taking raw ingots and making wire are more skills.
Since I want to recycle the 2 rings I've already made, and try both again. I'm going to need to take detailed pictures of them, for comparison's sake.

Cut for photos )

Step two will be to select rings that will let me practice soldering, and then setting.  

Wish me luck.
([syndicated profile] dorktower_feed Sep. 17th, 2017 05:01 am)

Posted by John Kovalic

Hi, gang!

While I’m recovering from Insane Bike Ride 2017 (Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.), I should probably let you know I’ll be at Hal-Con, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this weekend. The gust list is pretty awesome – come check it out!

Friday, Sept. 22

  • 4 pm – 5 pm Signing, Booth A2
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm ~ Sketch Battle (Coca-Cola Stage)

Saturday, Sept. 23

  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm ~ Dork Tower and Munckin – A +10 Life in Gaming (Room 301)
  • 1 pm – 2 pm Signing, Booth A2
  • 7:00PM – 9:00pm ~ Stargazer Soiree in Delta Halifax

Sunday, Sept. 24

  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm ~ Creating Fun: Game Creation From Script to Sale (Room 302-3)
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Signing, Booth A2

Hal-Con very generously gave me a table (a2 – about as appropriate for a British-born cartoonist as you could imagine), but I won’t be bringing anything to sell. I’ll post additional times there, though, if you’d like to bring anything along to get signed. Saturday and Sunday I’ll try and be there as soon as the doors open.

Judith and I adore Canada, and it will be great to be back!

Insane Charity Bike Ride 2017 was magnificent. A record-breaker, even! Thank you all!

I’ll try and post a full report soon, but here’s how I spent my Sunday night:


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([personal profile] ilanikhan Sep. 14th, 2017 07:56 pm)
... There's a man napping in my driveway.

I went out to unload the car about ...45 minutes ago.  And there's a man napping in my driveway.  He's propped up in a seated position against a shed at the edge of the property.  He's moving, so I know he's alive, but he must be very intoxicated.  

I did not approach him, I called for someone to do that for me.  There were several possible outcomes, either he would be provoked, or he would need medical attention.  I wouldn't feel comfortable if he wandered off if he needed help, and I cannot give him the help he would need, so I'm letting trained professionals do that.  I fear they might let him wander off, but hopefully he'll get home.


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