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1st-Oct-2012 02:56 pm - Harry
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I painted this about a year ago. I never got around to posting it because it was meant to be a surprise for a friend. But as that friend hardly comes to LJ any more, and because I have finally got around to taking a photo of it, I thought I would just post it. After all, by the time I get around to sending it, 'said friend' might not even remember who Harry Potter is. I really and truly suck at snail mail.

Fandom: Harry Potter
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
From: Deathly Hallows
Warnings: None
Artist comment: I just wanted to have some fun with some not-so-ordinary lighting effects.

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6th-May-2012 08:09 pm - 100 Moments in Fiction
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Stephen R Lawhead - Hood


When looking back on my life, I can never remember a time when I did not know and love Robin Hood. Other girls were playing with My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch dolls and dreaming of being Cinderella. I wanted to be an outlaw, dressed in green, who had a knack for climbing trees and archery. My brother and I used to fight it out with home made bows (which were useless in reality, but in our imaginations, shot deadly and straight) as we raced around our garden, up the trees and into our camps.

I had a hard cover book for kiddies, with a very rugged looking Robin, with all the shadows in his face done in dark greens and blue, on the cover. (It is an image that I still remember today when looking at portraits that I want to paint.) I can't even tell you how many times I read that book. I have giggled through 'Men in Tights' and the Disney version. I bawled my eyes out over the BBC version. I enjoyed 'Prince of Thieves'. I even loved 'Robin of Sherwood' when I was loads younger (I got a book on it, not the tv series). But of all the tales, the Robin Hood that I love the most has to be Lawhead's.

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23rd-Apr-2012 07:36 pm - Chuck season 5
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Cut for spoilers, just in case there are people out there who are more behind than I am.Collapse )

Wow. It becomes really obvious that one has not been onto LJ in aaaaaages, when it takes 15 minutes to remember how to put in the cut. Granted, it would have gone a lot faster if I had just decided to scroll back to an older post...
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"It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there. On the day of the Purge it whistled amongst the swaying masts in the Marina, rushed through the Western Gates and screamed between the buildings. Then, as if appalled by the ragged souls it met there, it quietened to a whimper."

This is the opening of Trudi Canavan's 'The Black Magician Trilogy'. Impressive opening, right? The story line is even better. Even the barest of an outline will be a spoiler, so I will just give mention where the whole story starts.
Sonea is a slum dweller and it is the Purge - an annual event ordered by the King to forcefully remove all the poor folk from within the city. Even people who were managing to make a living there, with small businesses are required to leave. The Magicians, who are all from the best breeding, are required to assist with the Purge, keeping the guards safe from the angry destitute. On this particular day, Sonea and her family are being Purged, forced to leave their home and little business behind and start anew, no one cares where. She is just as furious as the next man. She picks up a rock and hurls it at the Magicians, ... and it penetrates their defensive shields. She, a mere slum dweller, has magic and now the Magicians need to find her. *drum roll*

But before I get to the great things, let me vent a bit of frustration. Firstly, she NEEDS an editor, or perhaps an editor with a bit more than a nano-sized short term memory. The amount of times she repeats ideas gets frustrating. I also feel that her writing style leaves a lot to be desired, or perhaps polished (once again that pesky editor requirement, and no, in case you are wondering, the brilliance above is not maintained throughout the books). She can be particularly long-winded, especially in the second book, which is more of a bridging book than anything else. And on occassion I found myself rolling my eyes at some really dim logic. There were also a few occassions where I felt certain scenes in the story had dwindled in fanfic levels, and were merely put there because Canavan 'loved' the idea. (Seriously, you have to agree with Joss Whedon on some things. Editor...?)

But having said all that, as far as a plot and story goes, it is brilliant. Her characters are mostly well defined. The best part is that Sonea is a very strong female character, and I am not just refering to magically. Even the world that it takes place in is brilliantly constructed, with history, political systems, and faults on all sides of the board. This is probably the best part of the story. Canavan had clearly spent years planning it. Reading the books, you feel that this world could really exist. As to the plot, the first book, although setting the story, gives one no clue as to what the final book is about, although, it has enough red herrings to drag the reader along the expected path, creating all the concerns and emotions that are appropriate. The final book is particularly good, as it is impossible to put down after the first few pages. I am really curious now to see what happens in the trilogy which follows that she is currently writing. The political side of the world has really been turned upside down, and I am very eager to see how things pan out, one generation after The Black Magician Trilogy.

Canavan has created a world that is not black and white. I love that idea as it allows for maturer speculation. It also lends more towards believability. It is just a pity that her editor clearly sucks. A better polished writing style would have suited the tale's potential a lot better, and have probably given the plot the audience that it deserved.
19th-Jan-2011 12:24 am - Cricket World Cup Squad...
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Cricket is my game. I can't say that I have got teary-eyed over it, but definitely shiney-eyed and snotty-nosed. So, after another night of cricketing anxiety that has ended in disappointment I have to destroy some valuable bandwidth to air my grievances. I am not sure what has happened to SA, but some shoddy fielding attempts, some bowling that looked like it came from a fishing programme, some batting that belonged on the courts of the Australian Open and some questionable captaincy decisions has once again left me feeling that the team I know and love is mutating in front of my eyes into something unrecognisable. And then they announced the World Cup 15... The squad

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To all my non-American friends out there. Good luck with the Cricket World cup. May the best team win.

If you happen to turn on the tv and see SA playing India on Friday, that is where I live (although, I won't be at the grounds - tickets are already sold out. Boo hoo)
8th-Jul-2010 09:55 pm - Art: Conversations
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Months ago I said I was painting Wilfred Mott from Doctor Who. I don't know why, but there was something about his eyes that caught my attention. He has eyes that look like they have seen a lot - and not all of it good. I thought that I would try and capture that. I would love to hear if you think I got that right, or if you think I missed it.

So here it is:
Title: Conversations
Fandom: Doctor Who
Subject: Wilfred Mott
Medium: Acrylic paint
Warnings: None whatsoever

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25th-Jun-2010 09:22 pm - Name change!!!!
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Finally, I have changed my name. I have been wanting to do this 2 weeks after I had chosen wandrin_dreamer (what can I say, I was under pressure to get an lj, and I didn't have the 6 years I needed to think of a name I liked).

Anyways, I am now pan_alchemist. Because everything I do has a reason, I will explain this one. I was given the nickname The Alchemist from a good friend at university last year. She felt that I could just turn a rough idea into something brilliant with ease, and I thought her name for me was one of the biggest compliments I had ever been given. And I must also admit that I liked the sound and feel of it - a bit of fantasy and a bit of brains. But 'The Alchemist' was taken, and Alchemist just needed something more so I needed something else that would capture me, so I went for Pan. Pan because of Peter Pan. The story starts with the lines "All children, except one, grow up". But that is wrong. It should read 'two'. In many ways, I am still very much a kid at heart.

And that is why I have this name. Simple really. :D

Anyways, I need to send a massive thank you to kilcarr for sending me the tokens to pull this off.
24th-Jun-2010 06:45 pm - The Next New Karate Kid
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I grew up on The Karate Kid. You should probably understand this because I was not even into the double digits when the first one came out. It also has a lot to do with the fact that I did karate for a while - long enough to get my brown belt (and then I tossed it for being a waste of time, and started Kung Fu and Tai Chi instead as they are a hell of a lot more effective.) But we aren't talking about the future here, we are just talking about a silly story that, back in the day, was high action and inspiring.

When I heard that they were remaking the first one, I was very dubious. After all, although I never thought or bought that dear Daniel Larusso could beat the average 12 year old in a fight without script writers dealing him a lucky break, it was still something that I cherished from the past - a distant memory that, even in its stupidity, still managed to shape a little of who I am today. I felt that they were screwing with something that should just be left alone.

But today, out of sheer boredom at school, I ended up finding it and watching it, and I was really rather impressed. Granted, I am seeing it with eyes that are a bit glazed over with fond memories, and I probably won't recommend it to just anyone to watch, but it was far greater than any expectation I could have mustered. Jayden Smith is actually believable. Where Ralph Macchio lacked any fighting coordination, Jayden just seems to be able to move. It was also brilliant to see Jackie Chan in something other than a comedic role. The training was also a lot more buyable (with the exception of putting on the jacket thing - cause seriously, we would all be able to kick butt if that is all it took), as it went beyond to things like strength training, flexibility (yes, I have had someone stand on my legs for the splits - which was fine because I can do the splits and was just being lazy) and actual sparring. I also appreciated that he did Kung Fu instead (title be damned ... lol).

But the other thing I appreciated was the subtle references to the first one (well, besides the story line, because that was basically the same). But then I suppose that only a few people on the planet can actually recite the entire 1st movie, so they probably wouldn't have picked up on that. I also was glad that they didn't call Jackie Chan's character Mr Miyagi. No one but Pat Morita is Mr Miyagi. I think it was a sign of respect to him to not try and even redo his character.

Oh, and to anyone who wants to know what it is like living in Asia, just watch the beginning where he is just trying to find 'the maintenance man', and the miming that follows. I have been in Korea for 3 years (almost), and I still end up miming EVERY SINGLE DAY. And yes, it feels just as stupid as it looks... lol!
23rd-Apr-2010 06:29 pm - Wilfred Mott
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I just thought I would share this thought I found with other Doctor Who fans here.

“Wilfred Mott” is an anagram for “Time Lord WTF” (or FTW, however you like to think of it)."

I thought that was funny... lol.

*heads back to see if I can find the right Wilfred picture. Otherwise I am going to have to install CS3 on my pc, and I wanted to wait until I had backed up Windows before doing that...*
2nd-Apr-2010 10:54 pm - Survivor
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I don't usually watch Survivor. In fact, with the exception of Idols, I tend to avoid reality tv like I avoid going to see a doctor. But this season of Survivor interested me because Boston Rob was back. The last time I watched Survivor was when he did the All Stars, which was back in the day before my folks decided to get Satellite tv, before I had the internet, and before I learnt all about sparrowing entertainment.

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ETA: I suppose everyone has heard that dear SMeyer has another story out. Will the nightmare never end? (Apologies to the few Twilight fans on my flist)
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