mellificent: (quilt - zipper)
Hey, I'm a published photographer... sorta. schmap.com asked if they could use one of my pictures in the latest update of their guide to New Orleans, so I said, sure, why not? You don't get money but you do get credit! Although I didn't use my real name, I used Mel. I figured to the extent I have a "reputation" as a photographer it's for all those pictures on flickr as "mellicious" - not for my real name. Anyway: go to this page and hover over the listing for Hotel Monteleone - a little slideshow comes up on the right, and my picture is in there. It's not exactly big fame, is it?

I seem to have picked up my quilting again, in a small way. About time, isn't it? I went to Office Depot tonight and bought a somewhat expensive lamp for the sewing room - it was too dark in there - so I guess I'm serious. (There's more about that over here, if you're interested.)

I need to put up some GuildWars screenshots, I haven't done any in ages. I have a baby paragon named Delilah who I've been bringing up in Nightfall - it was a good mindless thing to do while I was sick - and nobody has ever even seen the poor child, not even[personal profile] columbina, and she turned level 20 tonight so she's not a baby any more! (I also have - this will make Col laugh - another necro in pre-searing. I like to play low-level characters when I'm tired, it's soothing!)

And I am tried tired now, I'm going to bed!
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I finished defensive driving at last - I put off working on it too much this week (or just forgot about it half the time, really) and ended up spending most of the day on it today, at least off and on. I figured that I needed to finish before tomorrow, because I only paid for three-day shipping and it takes them a day to get it in the mail. I have to be done by Thanksgiving Day, actually - which means I have to turn it in before then. So I'm figuring it will be here Friday, which gives me a couple of spare days to get it down there to turn everything in. It was very boring, but hey, I made 100 on the test and at least it's over with.

I'm still working on getting pictures online, too - another thing that I'm ready to be done with. I'm getting them up faster than I did last year, I think, though. As I recall it was just about Thanksgiving before I finished last year. Flickr has made the process easier and of course it helps to have broadband, and I've gotten somewhat better at the process of getting the names on them, too.

[personal profile] columbina  and I played GuildWars for a good while this afternoon, for the first time in weeks. We've both been busy, we both have new computers to get set up, all of that. Anyway, it was nice to play together. We played my baby monk (who is not such a baby any more, she is at level 17) and Hecuba, Col's elementalist who is playing in the same area. We did a mission in Kryta and then we took Celia to Elona, where she can get heroes, because the fact is, henchmen really suck. So yay, heroes.

Rob did go out - he went to the bookstore for a while and then went to see that Denzel Washington gangster movie, which he said was good. I wanted to stay home, the movies didn't especially appeal and it's nice to just stay home sometimes. We ate pancakes this morning, and drank coffee and had really, really good sex, which always brightens up the day, doesn't it? And then I alternated between GuildWars and getdefensive.com and downloading pictures for pretty much the rest of the day. And now I'm tired and I'm about to go to bed. And I have a whole week of work ahead, darnit. Friday afternoon off, I suppose, but still, a whole week. But there's not much I can do about that.
mellificent: (Potterpuffs fawkes)

George cemetery
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.


This seems very apropos right now.


Unveiling

In the cemetery
a mile away
from where we used to live,
my aunts and mother
my father and uncles lie
in two long rows,
almost the way
they used to sit around
the long planked table
at family dinners.
And walking beside
the graves today, down
one straight path
and up the next,
I don't feel sad, exactly,
just left out a bit,
as if they kept
from me the kind
of grown-up secret
they used to share
back then, something
I'm not quite ready yet
to learn.




(By the way, the tombstone in the picture belongs to a great-aunt - my grandmother's older sister. Note the dates.)
mellificent: (Buffy quote: no babble)

TOGgers & their dragon masks
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.


I posted that whole long GuildWars entry the other day and didn't include a picture - I consider that falling down on the job. (You would be better off clicking over to the big version of of this if you're really interested at all, because the small versions tend to be really muddy.) Anyway, this is some of our guild members in their dragon masks. My character is towards the right, with the red mask and the purple fringey thing and the tattoos.* Columbine is not in the picture because he thinks photo ops are boring, and he is usually quite right, but this one was not. This one was quite entertaining. I don't know if it was the masks making everybody a little goofy or what, but everything ended up like this. (Everybody around us was wanting to join our guild, since we were obviously the fun party people! but most of them weren't old enough. You have to be 25+, which makes us very much the minority around there.)

*Ritualists have tattoos. Lots of them. Tattoos are optional in some cases - like the monk in the bikini, there. For monks, the tattoos are a form of armor, and you can put them on and take them off - which is rather odd when you think too much about it, but that's how it works. (My monk has scalp tattoos but no others so far.) But with ritualists, the tattoos come with the character - very elaborate ones, around her waist, her feet and her hands. I'm just glad I didn't have to be there to get them! :)

mellificent: (Buffy quote: bad cop)
Honestly, I'm trying to write an entry that's not about GuildWars but it's hard, that seems to be all that interests me terribly much these days. (I keep wondering what the people who come to look at my quilts on Flickr make of all those screenshots.) I am going to be forced to tear myself away from GW for two whole days this weekend, though - I am taking my mother up to Bryan to my aunt's. I am expecting this to be a little stressful, in that way that family things tend to be, but I imagine I will muddle through. My cousin is graduating (the pregnant one) and graduation is Saturday morning but we are excused from going because Mama really isn't up to the walking that would be required. (They have graduation on the A&M campus, which I think is really odd.) Anyway, we will be home relatively early Sunday, and Monday is a holiday so I should have a day and a half to catch up with the gaming. That's if Rob isn't demanding all my attention, of course!

Good lord, Sarah Michelle Gellar looks terrible.
mellificent: (GuildWars elementalist)
More of the inevitable screenshots behind the cut...

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mellificent: (GuildWars elementalist)
Rima and her krewe, somewhere in North Kryta

So that is my elementalist Rima in the middle, with henchmen. The two burly gentlemen in the front are the warrior-types, Thom (aka Little Thom) and Stefan. The lady in brown is Reyna the Archer, and behind Rima is Alesia the Healer - not to be confused with Alessa the Warrior. I should have named my warrior something a little more different. (Not visible is Claude the Necromancer, who is probably off somewhere dead. It's how he spends most of his time.) The cat is named Sir George. He was originally just named George, but the White Mantle knighted him - I'm not joking, they really did - so we had to change it. (This was at the end of the D'Alessio Seaboard mission; they normally knight the leader of the party, and for some reason in this case the system decided that the leader of the party was George, not me. It was rather entertaining.)


I really intended to say more than this, but it is late and I am sleepy. Perhaps I will do a part 4A tomorrow.
mellificent: (GuildWars elementalist)
I'm not putting this one behind the cut because I think it's pretty.

Alessa at Lion's Arch

(For that matter, I like this picture so much that I'm putting the big(ger) version behind the cut!)

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(Part 4 will probably go up later, because I didn't get any of the newer Rima screenshots up last night.)

The Ranger

May. 19th, 2006 09:36 am
mellificent: (GuildWars elementalist)
I posted a bunch of Guildwars screenshots on Flickr last night, and Aet requested some explanation, so here goes. (Behind the cut...)

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mellificent: (GuildWars elementalist)

Mel the Midget
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.

This is just to show you that Mel the Monk is also a midget. When you set characters up, you can adjust their size - I meant to make her short, but not this short! She looks like a kid next to some of the big warriors. But I'm getting used to it.

(I also obsess about my characters' outfits, if you haven't figured that out already. I liked this one, but it's long-gone for one that protected better.)

mellificent: (Totoro outline)

GuildWars - Rima at Frost Gate
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.

I love that the cold-resistant armor for elementalists has a bare midriff and bare legs. (I guess if you're keeping warm by magic, it doesn't matter!) And it's not only elementalists, Io's warrior outfit is just as bad.

 

Flickr

Sep. 28th, 2005 09:02 am
mellificent: (quilt - zipper)
This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

(Let's see if I can get this to work with the new name.)
mellificent: (Dr Who - blink)
Well, I have been working on the quilt for... I don't know, a long fucking time - 3-1/2 or 4 hours, I guess - but I got all the quilting done so I am feeling much better. All I have to do tomorrow is sew the label on and I'm done. Which is good, because I am tired.

I just uploaded pictures onto the computer; if I can get them uploaded to Flickr before I go to bed y'all will be able to see the progress. (Or rather, you will if you're on my flickr friends-list or in the group Amanda made.) If not, you'll have to wait until tomorrow!
mellificent: (Bellagio shiny)
We are still having fabulous, not-terribly-hot weather, although it has finally gotten warm enough that I am aware that my air-conditioner in the car still isn't working quite right. Luckily, it's under warranty and I'm already taking it in to the dealer Friday anyway (for inspection and oil change and so forth) so they can look at it then.

We had a jet that kept flying low over our house today, for no apparent reason. Rob, who usually knows such things, thought it was a MiG. There is an aircraft museum not far from us and they hold periodic airshow-type things on the weekends, so presumably that's where it came from - although usually they have things like B-17s rather than jets.

We went to see Kingdom of Heaven today, and I enjoyed it. Orlando Bloom actually seems like a grown-up in this movie, for the first time I can remember.

If you're interested in seeing all my zillion quilt pictures (ok, actually 49 of them, so far) that I've uploaded to flickr, they're here. And I don't know why I never remember to make livejournal posts except right at bedtime, but it is Sunday night, unfortunately, and I need to go to bed at a decent hour, so good night!

Flickr!

May. 14th, 2005 01:47 am
mellificent: (Potter - sit down)
So I have spent most of the last thirty hours or so discovering the goodness that is Flickr. (Which is here for those of you who have not tried it out yet.) I spent all week whining about how Hello wasn't working and what was I going to do, and I decided to look at Flickr even though I didn't even know whether they had a Hello-like (i.e., photo-posting) feature, and they do, and it's as easy or possibly easier than Hello and you don't even have to download anything. So phooey on Hello, I have a new toy instead.

And you people who beat me to it (I know for sure that Nita is one) need to tell me what I haven't found yet. I saw something about a chat feature but I definitely haven't figured out where that comes into it yet. Possibly it's better if I don't! I figured out uploading and sets and favorites and tagging - I think - and I searched around for quilt pictures and found quite a few.... Some really beautiful ones, too.

And it's almost 2 in the morning and I think I'd better go to bed. I've had two Benadryl and I'm getting very loopy.

There's been a discussion on TUS this week about the evilness of Livejournal, or something to that effect. You're certainly welcome to hate it if you like (but if you do what are you doing reading this?)

See? Loopy. Goodnight.
mellificent: (baa)
I'm too tired to actually write anything, but the interests thing is sort of, well, interesting, so here you go:

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