tielan: (books - shiny)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 10:41 pm
NPR: Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve

From what I understand, the problem is less that 'without bees we won't be able to pollinate anything' and more 'the way we agribusiness is a problem - and the way we use bees in agribusiness is part of that problem'.


NPR: The Astrobiology Of The Anthropocene (2016)

Basically, like the Jurassic, Triassic, and other '-cene' eras, we're now in the Anthropocene. A new way of looking at things.


The Establishment: Adoption Is A Feminist Issue (But Not For The Reasons You Think)

Ties in with abortion and childbearing, and (I think) points out the issue that if women weren't crowded into a place where they have no economic choices/advantages, then both adoption and abortion rates would drop.

Which is pretty much what this article I linked to (from a Christian minister in Sydney) points out - that having children economically disadvantages women, and if we as a society (or culture, or community) are not going to help a woman bear the burden of children, then even the ones who eventually want children are going to abort if they become pregnant at an inconvenient time.


The Atlantic: The Cheapest Generation

What do you do when an entire generation of society largely don't want or can't afford the products you're selling? What does that do to the model of economic growth?


Sydney Morning Herald: Three Women Who Regret Motherhood

Earlier this week, I asked if there was any socially acceptable way for a woman to indicate she regretted having children. The kick for that question was this article.

I think the most helpful thing I got was [personal profile] havocthecat saying that perhaps there needs to be some kind of 'mourning ceremony' for all the things that are going to be lost in having a child. A baby shower is supposed to be the joyful, hopeful, encouraging thing, but we don't talk about the negative side of changes to a woman's status when she becomes a mother.


Racked: The Politics of Pockets (2016)

How and why women's clothing has no pockets.


The New Yorker: China's Mistress Dispellers

The people who are hired to get rid of China's mistresses - chase them off, buy them out - whatever works. And the culture and sociology and reasoning behind the scenes of such a business, as well as an insight into a brief history of Chinese marriage.


The New Yorker: Power To The People (2015)

An article about solar power and the part that utility companies - and regulation - may have to play in that; to their advantage, but in the face of the old model. (Man, how does that sound familiar.)

There was an interesting article that popped up as a result of this (or which popped this up as a result) about solar power in Africa - that's a 2017 article, about startups in Africa selling cheap power to sub-Saharan Africans, the advantages, disadvantages, and moral questions. I don't know where that article is, though - I thought I saved it, but maybe not.


Modern Maker's Retreat: A New Perspective on Modern Quilting

The last few years have seen arguments over what defines modern quilting, and this woman has an interesting perspective on it all (and one which I've lightly touched on in quilting blogging). Quilting used to be a thrift task - done because there were scraps that needed to be used rather than wasted. Now, it's a creative work of art - done for the joy of it, and by people who have the resources to spend on function-specific tools and fabric. She thinks that's the difference between 'traditional' and 'modern' quilting for her. I can't entirely agree; I think colour and fabric and style comes into play as well.
tielan: (quilting)
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 10:20 pm
It's got a dark side, it's got a light side, and it holds the galaxy together!


It's just been handed in for the Sydney Quilt Show, 2017.
tielan: (quilting)
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 09:19 am
Today is gonna be the day...

A Duct Tape Galaxy: Nearly there! Just have to join it all together.
tielan: (quilting)
Friday, April 21st, 2017 09:26 pm
One of the most finicky quilts I've ever had to quilt myself. Took 4 hours from go to whoa.

beneath the cut )

That was most of my day today. And some writing.
tielan: (Merlin - gwen)
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 06:03 pm
So, it's the weirdest thing actually having to go 40 entries back through my Readlist in the space of a day. WEIRD. I haven't had to do that in, oh, about 8 years (and that was LJ).

Mind you, a lot of those entries are the 2017revival introductions and the comm that lets you know about new comms popping up. And friends who are crossposting from twitter and instagram.

Still, that's a helluva lot more action than I've seen in a while!

(And it's kind of good. Not quite the meta-y stuff that I have long been longing for around here, but nice to see some activity. Here's hoping it remains active!)


story of a quilt )

Tonight, I have to dig up some lemongrass, only it's already dark outside. Luckily, the lemongrass is right in the line of my headlights as my car is parked in the carport. SCORE! I'm digging up a clump of lemongrass to swap with a woman 30 mins away whose parents have an olive tree whose olives are ripe. Basically, I'm going to try curing my own olives. Probably by brining them since that looks like it involves less water. (But will probably end with them more salty. Oh well.)

I also have to drop around to a friend's house and check on her cat. They've gone to visit the US and while a friend is coming to stay in a day or two, I'm occasionally looking after the cat.

family stuff )

Today I logged into an application for the type of work I do...and discovered that my company has not yet severed the connection between my login for that app and their partner grouping. So I still have access to all their trouble tickets for the customers on that app... Oops!

Finally, Not Primetime sign-ups are GO!

(And thank you to whoever picked up my smut swap pinch hit. I hope the other lonely PH recip has also found a home.)

This has been a ramble straight out of my brain. Sorry about that...
tielan: (grr)
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 10:15 am
I'm enjoying the time off; time to quilt, to write, to plant my garden. However, my sister is getting tense about not having any income (hers, in particular, but mine also).

I have gotten a lot of quilting done! Including making a pussy hat block:

Pussy hat block

It's only 5.5" unfinished - 5" square finished - but is going to be in the corners of the Sydney Mod SQuaD (Sewists, Quilters, and Dressmakers) Group quilt for the year, photos of which I will have up later. It was a round robin, and I did the centre medallion, and half of the outermost border.


Jaw is not getting better. It's not getting worse, so far as I can tell, but it's not getting better. I haven't spoken to the oral surgeon just yet; we're going with some osteopath work first. *shrugs*


On Friday, I'm doing nails for a dozen women from a far north set of islands who have come down to Sydney for the Mardi Gras. Apparently they're trans, and a friend asked me if I was interested/willing to help with giving them manicures. Sure thing!

I should really do my own nails before then; they've been natural for a few days after repeated manicures and polishes, just giving them a bit of time to recover (but not too much, otherwise they split).


Writing; very little inspiration to write. Will have to get back into the 20 minutes every hour writing that produced some of my longer works.


I have not been posting about politics; things are getting bad here, too. I really have to broach the matter of getting a group together to the friend I'm sitting and sewing with this morning. Even some protest will let our (conservative) member know that we don't like what his party is doing.
tielan: (quilting)
Sunday, January 29th, 2017 09:38 pm
Quilt tops mostly:

meadow, friendship supernova )


I hadn't really named the 3rd quilt until now, but given that his family is into Star Wars and the quilt has a lot of dark squares, I think that 'Darksabre' might be a good name for it. :)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, December 17th, 2016 12:04 pm
Christmas Day is a quiet one with the parentals, the sistren, and possibly a few aunts and uncles. Mum has some simple Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls planned for lunch, and a few bits and pieces for dessert.

Boxing Day (the 26th) will be the big bash with relatives and ALL THE FOOD EVER HOMG.

Dad comes in on the 30th (hopefully not at the same time as my friend's birthday lunch). Oh bugger. I need to work out presents for him, stepmother, stepbrother, and stepmother's sis...

Made some things for gifts to go to older kids/women. I was already donating to a couple of shelters/organisations that assist DV survivors, but sometimes I imagine it's nice for people to get something that can be personally theirs.

a small pile of boxy pouches )

I've always believed in the importance of doing and not just saying; and I feel I've been a bit lazy these last five to ten years. And, naturally, just as I start looking for options, I lose my job. On one hand, that means I have more time to do things. On the other, it means part of the scramble will be to develop resources to fill in the holes. If I can't find the money, then things will start having to slip through the gaps.

We'll worry about that when it comes.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, August 28th, 2016 07:45 pm
So, as soon as I handed in the story to the Marvel Bang, the muse promptly deserted me.

I've re-written the next scene at least five times so far and I just can't get the banter right. And I'm thinking I have to rewrite some of the earlier stories to be longer and develop the dynamics better. At least one of them could do with some fleshing out now that I have a better idea of the characters, where they are, how they're going to interact in this universe, etc. And I'm thinking it wasn't such a good idea to submit a poly-ship story for someone to produce a fanwork for. MCU artists are not generally multishippers in my experience. So I'll likely end up with someone who likes one of the pairings, but not any of the others...

I was spoiled last time I did this - my artist for the last Marvel Bang was good - as in, she did art of the characters in the scenes from the story, in a realistic style, and the art looked like the characters! I don't think she's in the fandom anymore, alas.

health things )
tielan: (quilting)
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 10:48 am
So, [community profile] seeingcolorcomm threw me off-balance with the timing - a fic I thought would be easy turned out more difficult. I ended up rewriting it entirely, and then took on a PH.

I have [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest and the story is half-written, the other half of which is still a little fuzzy. I kind of have an ending but...

There was the next story in the neighbours AU, the next chapter in the Bucky/Sam fic, and the 2nd half of Maria & Pepper Pacific Rim AU.

And then I have [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang, a minimum of 8K of which is due in a week. Which, yes, I can do 8K in a day when the characters aren't stalling me. The plot is all laid out, but the actual words are eluding me.

Plus, the physical issues are beginning to aggravate again.

I may need word wars. Encouragement. And a bit more sleep would certainly be nice, even if I've worked out how to 'drift off' once I wake up after about 5 hours of sleep.

Also: looks like I might have next work from next week. Or possibly the week after, if we can get anyone to actually sign on the dotted line...


I guess I've also been a little distracted: my quilt group is putting a quilt into the show next year - it's a medallion quilt, and I'm the one doing the centrepiece.

photos )
tielan: (quilting)
Friday, July 8th, 2016 11:18 pm
So, one of my f-list expressed an interest in buying The Promises Of Spring, and I figured it was a good time to utilise a spreadsheet someone in the Australian Quilting Community made about the cost of quiltmaking.

The someone who did the calculation spreadsheet is a he, btw. One of the few males in quilting, and he gains attention for being a male in a traditionally 'female' pastime - the glass elevator, as compared to the glass ceiling. So he's taught to value his work and is valued for his work, even as the women around him doing the same thing are less noticed and less appreciated for what they do.

However, the spreadsheet has a use, which is to put a solid number on an activity where I tend not to count the cost - mostly because I've never had to.

The Promises of Spring is this quilt:

Promises of Spring

Now, the price that someone would pay for it may be a different beast to the cost of making a quilt. I have no problem accepting a lower price - hell, most of the time I give these quilts away for free - and I believe people online are less likely to undervalue the cost, but it's good to see the numbers and have a better idea of just how much it might cost to put something like The Promises Of Spring together.

a graphic of a spreadsheet, hopefully it displays )

So that's a conservative estimate of how much it cost to produce the quilt, not counting all the brainspace I used to angst over this or that regarding it. I'm more than happy to sell it at rather less, but it's good for others and for me to have a decent idea of what it costs to make, purely in monetary terms.
tielan: (quilting)
Thursday, June 16th, 2016 06:41 am
Something I (and my quilting group) can do.

Quilts For Pulse

I have two 'heart' blocks that I made about 3 years ago and then couldn't work out what to do with them - now I can make more and send them off!

(This amidst trying to make 13 Lined Drawsting Bags for the Sam/Jack Horsewomen - a group of a dozen SG1 fans who met and bonded over, you guessed it, the Sam/Jack pairing in SG1, and who are having a meet-up in Colorado in late July... I think I can do these reasonably fast - if, say, I set aside a whole day for this.)

...I'm listening to "The Election of 1800". Sounds awfully like The Election of 2016. Of course, exactly which candidate has principles, while the other has none is up to the individual and who they're choosing between...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, May 27th, 2016 01:47 pm
(title from "the thargomindah road" - an old Australian song)

The neck always feels a little fragile the day after a visit to the chiro. And I have a headache that I fear would be probably more than threatening if not for the panadol I took a couple of hours ago.

I'm not sure I can write tonight. An awful lot of things are all churned up, including the oncoming winter, the state of Marvel fandom, my feelings about my health, and a lingering feeling of aloneness in fandom.


Have a link: Eleven million deaths as clickbait - a commentary on That Thing What's Currently Happening In Marvel.

And a number of fics:

oh, there's a show alright but it may not be the one you want
“So, after months of trying to keep you lot quiet and under the radar, you’ve managed to completely blow your cover, start a manhunt, and declare yourselves gay for each other in just over fifty hours.”
Sam/Bucky drunk!Vegas!Marriage fic with a side order of Maria/Steve UST that is ridiculously popular considering I dashed it off after an amusing Tumblr post. (Hey, I did say I kind of wanted to write Sam/Bucky, looks like my brain got hijacked with hijinks - and, btw, my fingers just typed 'bijinks' which, um, yeah. Hi, Freud!)

Casualties Of War
It’s better this way. Anything between them could only ever be a casualty of the events and people that need them more.
6K of extremely self-indulgent Maria-Saves-The-Day fic, featuring Valkyrie, all the Avengers, and Maria/Steve. I'm not sure what the first commenter meant; anyone willing to hazard a guess/explain it to me?

Every Breaking Wave
She's thirty-five when she realises he's never seen her as an old woman.
Someone prompted me with "Captain Hill + 'mourn'" and this is the result. It's an AU based off 'The Time Traveler's Wife', and extremely angsty, mentions a character death, and features a character coming to terms with her own death. Same series as Lepidopterae.

Return To Me
Four days is an eternity between ransom message and rescue.
Someone else prompted me with "Captain Hill + 'come back'" and this is quite possibly even more brutal than Every Breaking Wave.

trying to break the mold
Three-quarters of a potential sedoretu, shooting for orbit, burning like fire.
A little Steve/Bucky/Peggy sedoretu ficlet. WARNING: follows MCU canon, so unfinished/unhappy ending.

I'm presently working on:
* a Maria Hill movie plot that would fit into the MCU
* To The End Of Love (need to switch off my inner editor/critic and just write this on out; it's kind of awful)
* the next chapter in the Steve/Maria Neighbors AU, after they went to Italian with her grandparents and kissed
* the next chapter in Sam/Bucky drunk!Vegas!Marriage.
* and to top it all off, someone actually went and asked for "Captain Hill + loss", which involves "one character dying while in the arms of the other". Geeze. This WILL end badly.

So much writing. And BEARS of so little brain.

Plus two quilts to prep for the Sydney Quilt Show which is in LESS THAN A MONTH (what, when did this happen) and which have to be finished, ready to hang, and dropped off in a nearby suburb by the middle of next month. (Oh, geeze, I hope it's the middle of next month.)
tielan: Wonder Woman (stupidity)
Monday, February 22nd, 2016 09:29 am
So, my quilt is presently showing at QuiltCon, Pasadena, CA.

It didn't win any prizes, but I was hardly expecting it to. And it's been photographed quite a few times by various people, some of who've tagged me on instagram.

Most notably, it was instagrammed by the company who makes the fabric with which I made the quilt - both the front and the backing - Cotton+Steel.

It's nice to be noticed. :)
tielan: (quilting)
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 09:24 pm
It's a long way to the finished quilt if you want to design your own...

Swarm #swarmbysel

Say hello to "Swarm"!

a few pics over the last 18 months )

It looks stunning, though. And I'm definitely keeping this one. :)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, September 14th, 2015 06:14 am
There are just so many things to do and not enough time to do them.

a practical acquaintance with bees is at 28K and I still haven't reached the halfway point. *shudder* It was supposed to be for the [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang but I couldn't promise it was going to be finished by then - incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] geckoholic, that's the same fic I sent you for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang which also never got off the ground.

Sokovia, Suburbia, and the Senate is 1/4 through at around 10K. The premise is all laid out, the stage set, the characters firmly positioned. The next 1/4 of the story is the relationship development.

and all the small stuff, the end of year exchanges, and the state of the profic )

So that's the writing front - crazy, eh?

Let's not even count all the things I want to do in the garden now that it's SPRING. (And it's definitely spring: my tulips say so!

I left in winter and come back to SPRING! #gardenofsel #garden

My mother's assistance in the garden has been...mixed useful. On the positive side, I have four holes in my garden right now, and many fruit trees in which to put them. On the negative side, she and her gardener weeded out all my orchard groundcover...


This week, I'm going to dig up spaces and plant a lot of quick-growing greens for the spring/early summer salads. I probably should have planted them out before this, but I was lazy before I went away in August and this is the result.

Quilting...I have two things with a deadline, one which is a class, and four things that I want to get done before the end of the year. And that's the 'easy' list.

Why are there so many things to do? Why?

And today I'm back to work after four weeks off. I'm dreading to discover what client I'll end up at...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, June 25th, 2015 03:16 pm
I have a fix for the issue of DOOM. Just have to wait and see if the customer will accept it.

Quilting group is contemplating a new name: Sydney Modern Sewists & Quilters - nicknamed "The Sydney Mod SQuad!" (This is quilting; mum-puns abound.)

I'm still a bit tense, although not as bad as I was six hours ago. I just want to go to bed and get a full night's sleep.

Except that Quiltcon West 2016 - a big quilters' convention in Pasadena, CA - starts sign-ups at 7am PST Thursday 25th. Which is 12am Friday 26th around here.

I'm presently debating whether or not to go - my quilting friends can't, and the person whose workshops I would most like to attend I already saw at the quilting retreat earlier this year...

And there's the job uncertainty, too...

Finally, I don't think I can write "treats" for the [livejournal.com profile] mcu_aufest: they keep turning into several thousand word epics...
tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 11:49 am

I don't know whether to chew my nails to the quick, or just do flaily arms all day.

\o\ /o/ \o\ /o/

Wait, that looks like a Mexican wave.

\o/ /o\ /o/ \o\


The sun is shining (albeit through grey clouds) and Sydney hasn't been entirely washed away. We're lucky - our house is on brick stilts, not slab, and we have no underground, so we haven't had any leaks. The main roof doesn't leak (after 60+ hours of cyclonic storm, I think we can say that there are no leaks) and there is one issue at the laundry door, but that's related to the guttering leading onto the porch roof.

I think most of my garden has survived (although some of the plant leaves are looking a little waterlogged) and the parentals touched down yesterday morning in one piece.

I am slowly getting my show quilts done.

This is "Swarm":

WIP Wednesday: swarm by Sel

It needs at least another three sections of equivalent size to be complete, and then I have to quilt it.

There's still another quilt to go, and I'd like to submit a third quilt for the Modern Quilt Show...but I'm not sure I'll have the time to do it. Time is of the essence here, and I'm all out of it in the coming weeks.

[livejournal.com profile] heroinesbigbang has fallen by the wayside, I got Luna's section done, and I'm halfway through Angela's headspace, but nothing more.

Maybe I should just write them all out of order? But I also have [community profile] space_swap (and [personal profile] colls, I'm going to need a bit more time to get this done - when's your last date when I can get my pinch hit in? Or are you waiting on me? Can it wait until Saturday?)

And the pulled muscle in my calf twinged this morning while I was running for the train.

This is not good. Not. Good.

But I am at work and I am getting things done. Yay for that.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, February 27th, 2015 07:59 am
So, I have my MCU Ladies assignment in and I'm looking at treats. And all the bunnies are coming up epic. (No, brain. NO.)

I should try writing some short treats. Emphasis on short.

I finished 'No Fate' (the soulmates fic) which I've been trying to write for, oh, a month. I have 'Duncker's Candle' which has been waiting for, oh, nine months.

And I have the Maria Hill epic from HELL.



I guess I just hate watching things as serials; too much angst and emotional investment.

I don't suppose there'd be anyone available to chat-watch Agents of SHIELD S2.0 with me in about 12 hours (4am Eastern US time)? *sigh* I want someone to burble with, because that's always more fun and if I do that, it's harder for me to get distracted and walk away.


I have assorted quilting projects that REALLY need finishing, not least of which are two handmade gifts that are for January and February and which I have NOT EVEN TOUCHED. Too scared to get it wrong, which is so much stupid, I don't even have the words for it.


Work: as of next week, I will be commuting by train one of two ways.

There's the way which involves changing trains twice, but is shorter overall (45 mins).

And there's the way which involves changing trains only once, but which gives me a good 45 minutes of writing time from when I get on to when I get off...

Maybe I'll go the long way in the morning and the short way in the afternoon? I could write on the way to work, and handsew on the way home?
tielan: (quilting)
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 07:42 am
[personal profile] jelazakazone asked: - Quilting! What do you love about it? What frustrates you? What's your favorite project to date?

What do I love about quilting! (in three words, plus maybe a few extra) )

I'm all about the geometrics, which I believe is pretty much the opposite of what I've seen of your lovely quilting work, [personal profile] jelazakazone! (And been really impressed by, too.)

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