01/21/16

Carryin’ Crow

I realised that for technical reasons (and money reasons too, given the amount of metal it would have used), the rough crow couldn’t be made as a one-off piece. I’ve hollowed it out to get a relatively thin and even thickness of metal, but the wax is on the soft side, and having taken out armature to reduce thickness I had to add more wax to stop the piece falling apart. Anyway, I’ll talk to the foundry about feasibility and cost today and see what they say.

carryin-crow

01/14/16

Night’s Nieces

Night’s Nieces

The Legacy of Tanith Lee

by Storm Constantine

“In the footsteps of the High Priestess of Fantasy…
Tanith Lee – 1947-2015 – was a huge influence on fantasy literature, and a towering inspiration to a generation of writers, who were captivated by her iconic, poetic prose, her deft use of language, her surreal visions and her ground-breaking ideas. Many successful authors claim that discovering the work of Tanith Lee encouraged them to write in the first place. In particular, she was instrumental in giving women writers the confidence to break the staid moulds of the genre – to be evocative, sensual and daring in their work, to smash boundaries.
Its title inspired by Tanith’s Flat Earth sequence of books, (in particular Night’s Master), Night’s Nieces is a collection of stories by female writers, who not only counted Tanith Lee as a close friend, but also as a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration. Tanith, having no children herself, considered these younger women to be her ‘nieces’ and offered her support to their writing.
While the ‘nieces’ included in this book do not encompass all of Tanith’s close writer friends – for she had many – it amply provides a sample of her legacy. Each ‘niece’ has written a short story inspired by Tanith’s work, as well as an accompanying article describing how Tanith influenced her career and sharing fond memories of her friendship. The book also includes previously unpublished photographs from Tanith’s life, as well as artwork by the authors.
Contributors include Storm Constantine, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Vera Nazarian, Sarah Singleton, Kari Sperring, Sam Stone, Freda Warrington and Liz Williams. With an introduction by John Kaiine.”

Night’s Nieces at Immanion Press and Amazon.

12/6/15

Anglo-Saxon words (of more than four letters)

20 lost or almost-lost Old English words.

My favourites:

2. BREÓST-HORD

Breóst-hord literally means “breast-treasure,” and was used in Old English literature to refer to what we might call the heart, the mind, or the soul today—namely, a person’s inner workings and feelings.

6. EARSLING

No, not another name for a ear bandage. Earsling actually brings together the Old English equivalent of “arse,” ears or ærs, and the suffix –ling, which is related to the –long of words like livelong, headlong and endlong. It ultimately means “in the direction of your arse”—or, in other words, backwards. Just like attercop, happily arseling also still survives in a handful of English dialects.

9. FRUMBYRDLING

As far as words that should have never left the language go, frumbyrdling is right up there at the top of the list: it’s an 11th century word for a young boy growing in his first beard.

10. GESIBSUMNES

Gesibsumnes (the ge– is roughly pronounced like “yeah”) literally means something along the lines of “collective peacefulness.” It referred to the general feeling of friendship, companionship, or closeness between siblings or members of the same family.

11/28/15

Green

I’m so peeved. I made a lovely green…

blackadder_purest_green_still

…but it turned brown, and I don’t know why (I used a stop bath), or why it was green in the first place. It involved two dunkings of the thing in the stuff, but that may have been a coincidence. At any rate, it was…

…an accident!

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Well, that was the bronze rings. As for the silver, all the coloured ones darkened, even in ziploc bags. I now have Protectaclear, which I’ll be trying on two new coloured ones and leaving them outside for a couple of weeks.