darkemeralds: Simon Tam in space helmet with Chinese writing (Sean Maher)
Here's how it is. I got the painting all done, peeled off the masking, and started to arrange the furniture. I was gonna stick the TV back in its accustomed place and damn. It was just too heavy.

So I put an ad on Craigslist (have I mentioned lately how much I love living in the 21st century?) and within a minute I had a taker.

While they drove over from Vancouver I thought I'd better rig up something to show them that the TV still worked. I plugged in the DVD player and slid Firefly disc 1 in.

The buyers came, saw, and bought as Mal and Zoe lost the Battle of Serenity Valley.

Then someone was interested in the home theater, so I plugged in a few more wires and let the disc keep going, sound only. The music! The great lines! The way I can visualize every moment of every scene, and anticipate every word.

Fandoms come and go, but Serenity? She'll be with me the rest of my life.
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Jayne's demon cup (see icon) has tantalized me since the first time I noticed it--oh, along about my third or fourth viewing of Serenity.

I did every kind of search I could think of on Chinese demons, demon teacups, Asian porcelain, and so on. Came up blank. Then it hit me: it's probably Japanese.

My search bore fruit.

Check it out. )

So I've emailed a friend in Tokyo to see if she recognizes Jayne's Demon Cup or has ever seen anything like it. If I ever get my hands on a set (of cups!), you're all invited over for sake.
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Monsoon came back today from his long (but very comfortable) exile at my mother's house, and after a bit of a pout in the basement, seemed very glad to be home.

My Serenity DVD arrived this afternoon, and I'm going to make a new Christmas Eve tradition of watching it. With a shot of Laphroaig. And maybe some cake.

I hope all my LJ friends are enjoying as pleasant a holiday as I am. )

Okay, I'm cracking my bottle of Laphroaig and cueing up the DVD.

Merry Christmas, everybody.
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While I sit in my hotel room trying not to die from anxiety about my replacement passport that has to arrive by noon tomorrow or I may not be able to make my trip, I've been finishing the Serenity coat.

As you can see, it morphed a bit from the original concept... )

But I'm pretty happy with the way it's turned out.

All together now: everyone vividly imagine Nathan trying it on!
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Ta-da! )

Next: throw together a red silk kimono-style coat, stick the beadwork on the back of the right shoulder, line it with red-and-gold, embellish it a bit more, carry it to Starfury Serenity2, and see if we can get Nathan to try it on.

Never let it be said that my ambitions are modest.
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A productive day of eye-bleedingly detailed craft work brings me within spittin' distance of the finish line.

I have to say, I'm pleased. )
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The Zokotou word meter seems to be broken, but Beading Serenity crept past the halfway point today as I listened to James Marsters read me the last bit of Storm Front by Jim Butcher. (It got better toward the end.)

Then I moved on to Dirt Music by Tim Winton (read, I'm pretty sure, by the author), a wonderfully-written contemporary Australian novel that [livejournal.com profile] wedjateye sent me.

A picture behind the cut. )

In other news, I sort of enjoyed Sean Maher's guest stint as a ghost on The Ghost Whisperer last night. He does up-close and emotional quite well. Also? Sneering disdain. Looks good in bike gear. The funniest part is his reaction to seeing the oh-so-ordinary-looking guy who received his donated heart.

He's very pretty, isn't he? )

It's an unoriginal, predictable show, but it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be--the acting was good and the dialog almost fresh, with some interesting direction. But seriously: dead guy, organ donor, grieving fiancee, heart recipient...what do you think is going to happen?
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I've seen "Serenity" a modest and not-at-all-obsessive nine times now, and I'm here to tell you that it truly doesn't pall.

Sure, certain slight plot holes begin to reveal themselves at that level of scrutiny. Like... )

And it's just barely possible that a couple of scenes may begin to seem a bit slow in comparison to the meteoric pace of the rest of the movie. Such as, believe it or not... )

But amazingly, what's good about the movie stays good, and gets stronger, and you realize that it's a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind item--imperfect, but with a patina and strength and purpose that make it more beautiful and valuable than the glittering, machine-made entertainment we're usually subjected to.

What follows is spoilery detail--though if you haven't seen Serenity yet, what ARE you waiting for? )

I'm gonna be thinking and talking about this movie for a long time. Brace yourselves.
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After an extremely frustrating session of fumbling, mistakes, and general brainlessness, I finally made some progress on my massive fannish project today. I might have the beadwork done in time to baste this sucker onto the back of my denim jacket to wear to the opening next Friday.

Progress )

The Serenity Coat, however, is going to take me till the London convention (mid-November) to finish. It has morphed in concept from Mal to Inara--from brown leather to silk and velvet.

Oooh! Look at the pretties! ) So. What do you think so far?
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By now, everyone's seen the latest cast photos from Serenity, right?

I feel like these people are my friends. My very, very good-looking friends, but still, they're folks. They show up at events dressed pretty much like me. Sometimes worse (*fixes Nathan with a scathing quirk of the eyebrow*).

Now they've been kidnapped by a cult. In Stepford.

Part of me is all, "Yay! They look like movie stars and everyone in the world will be able to see how beautiful they are."

The rest of me saves the photos in a file called SluttySerenity. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kispexi2 for helping me clarify my thoughts.)

Who are these 'bots, and what have they done with my heroes? )
Imagine if a REAL artist had gotten hold of this job. Imagine the as-yet undiscovered Greg Edmondson of glamor photography, the Carey Meyer, the Joss. We could have had "sexy elegance." Or "fun in the sun." Or, hell, I don't know, "apres-ski cocktails around the big stone fireplace."

But no. They went with the old tried and true "Barhopping Sluts" motif.

Sigh.
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There seem to be some color problems.

That's the trouble with beads...they aren't paints. )
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The image is starting to emerge! )
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Turns out Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is almost as great for beadwork as for passing time on the elliptical.

See? )
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Now we're getting somewhere!

A nicely-compressed photo of about 52KB shows where we are. )
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The first four rows are done! Proof. )

Only 8388 beads to go.
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For technical reasons involving inadequate software and pigheadedness on my part, Beading Serenity as originally conceived turned out to be stupid and nearly impossible, and I am forced to start over with Plan B.

Plan B involves a loom.

Ahead, warp factor 122. )
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Well, it's a start.

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Some signs that I was done with beadwork--that the artform was, for me, no more:
  • I took my old beadwork website down
  • No one in the beadwork world talks to me anymore
  • I recently came thisclose to giving away all my beads and tools
  • My beadwork software is so old that it won't install on this computer
So it came as a surprise to me, this urge to make something beady again. But I have a mission: a Serenity convention in November.

A ten-inch circle of beadwork affixed to some garment or other is as far as I'm willing to go in costumed geekdom. )

Some signs that maybe beadwork lives again:
  • This icon
  • I just added "beads" and "beadwork" to my interests
  • I'm going to the actual local bead store now.
It'll be like old times.
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It seems I'll be attending a Serenity-oriented convention in the fall. [livejournal.com profile] liquidize offered to make me a T-shirt for the event, and [livejournal.com profile] wedjateye actually sent me a lovely one that I wore to the last screening.

But no. I have a bigger idea. )
Because not only am I big Serenity geek and a minion of Joss, but I'm insane. And I can prove it.
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This just in from Joss. If you click on that link, do NOT scroll down. Ugly awful stuff follows. Just read what Joss has to say.

You might have heard rumors, but I'm here to confirm. On thursday the 26th the studio is doing another round of hit-and-run screenings, and this time it's not ten cities -- it's twenty. It's another vote of confidence from the studio and another chance for us to say "thanks" to you guys for keeping this all rolling. And most importantly, another chance to run that videotape of me before the movie, looking so tragically sexy.

Which cities? Still to be determined. I could go again. How 'bout you?

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