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Have people seen this Chrono Trigger inspired Squeenix offering? I am pretty sure I won't ever play FFXV, but I might be interested in I am Setsuna.
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Heartbreaker by cirruscastle on DeviantArt

I added this painting to my discussion of the game, but wanted to post it separately in a new post.

I'm enjoying using a watercolour and acrylic paint mixed media approach. I really loved painting this one and feel pretty satisfied with it. Oddly, I much prefer painting on paper still. I am not sure why that is.
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Have you witnessed the glory that is the Ballad of Nuggins? It's a codex entry from Dragon Age Inquisition. It will make more sense to you if you've played at least one of the Dragon Age games and are aware of the ubiquitous nug.
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One of my new goals is to collect all of his short stories. The Last Unicorn is good, but in my opinion, he writes the best fantasy short stories there are.

This painting is based on a story called "Chandail" from the collection We Never Talk About my Brother.

I love the character, Lalkhamsin-khamsolal who calls herself Lal. She has been a slave, a swordswoman, a sorcerer, and a storyteller. You can read about her in The Innkeeper's Song as well. In this story she tells a tale about her encounters with chandail, strange sea creatures who can manipulate the memories of humans. I love the story because it is about a true alien being, how humans misunderstand them and how one human and one chandail come to understand a little more about one another.

Chandail by cirruscastle on DeviantArt


Dec. 4th, 2013 09:41 pm
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Amused by this animated short by Robert Loebel. How do people adapt to live in a world where it is constantly windy?
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The Stolen Child
William Butler Yeats

WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.
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Will-O'-The-Wisps by *marybethcragg on deviantART

I wanted to do something simple. I might have been influenced by Brave just a little. Those wisps were so cute! But I like the combination of pretty but dangerous. Also, it reminds me of LotR "Don't follow the lights!"
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Another blog I really love to read is called The Faery Folklorist. The Folklorist travels all over the United Kingdom to the places where stories have been told about sightings of faeries and other tricky figures of folklore. Then she tells the wonderful stories with beautiful pictures of those places. She must be an excellent photographer, because every one of the places she travels to really looks magical.

Just recently she told the story of an eerie loch haunted by a kelpie.


Jul. 11th, 2012 04:57 pm
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It's the birthday pizza.

pizza 005

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Here's another green man. This one is feeding a cedar waxwing.

This one has been waiting to be finished for a long time now. Now I'm in that awkward stage of needing to decide what to start next. I have some things lined up: a will o' the wisp, a rusalka, a little person exploring some tree roots . . . I don't know.

Also, you'll notice another path in the distance. I have a sort of compulsion to include paths in landscapes that I've recently discovered. In my image folder I have over 20 pictures of them . . .

Hawthorn Man by *marybethcragg on deviantART
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Let me share with you one of my fave cooking blogs, Culinary in the Desert. I follow lots of cooking blogs. This one is my favourite, because I always feel that the recipes are at my level.

If I had describe myself as a cook I would say that I like ambitious home cooking. That is, I'm not interested in spending hours slaving away at it, and I'm not extremely interested in making everything into a visual masterpiece, but I do like a challenge.

Culinary in the Desert Country strikes the perfect balance for me, because there are ambitious new recipes, but most of them are realistic if you're going to make them on a weeknight after coming home from work and I like that. Lots of blogs can be really heavy on the labour intensive gourmet recipes and while I am perfectly willing to give them a try on the weekends, that simply won't be happening once I get home from work.

The highlights, for me:
Holiday Baking Highlights: Every year there is a new list of holiday treats to choose from
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough: It's an awesomely approachable recipe for homemade pizza. I linked the dough itself, but there are a wide variety of toppings and variations to try in other posts.


Dec. 31st, 2010 10:41 am
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Here's my painting for my sister's Christmas present. For me, Aeris is the ultimate hero of Final Fantasy VII. This painting depicts Holy. It's not a moment that actually happened in the game at all. I combined some elements that were associated with Aeris: The City of the Ancients and the Lifestream.


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Now I just need to get a poster frame and she can hang it in her room. I hope she likes it.
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Phew. I actually got some painting done this weekend. I can't let myself give it up just because my job stresses me out.

Here's another one of my castles.

cumuluscastle: (flying sheep)
Are you ready Monty Python fans? Presenting my brother's b-day gift.


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Mais ou sont les baggages? Ou sont les voyageurs? Ils sont ici!


That was very fun to do!


Aug. 8th, 2009 01:24 pm
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My brother is a big fan of the gnomes. His birthday is coming up. At first I didn't know what a gnome would be doing when he wouldn't be adorning someone's lawn.

Fortunately, other people have researched gnomes' lifestyles. I found out that Today, Gnomes are traditionally thought of as being small, bearded and wearing pointed, colourful, conical hats. They live in natural areas close to the Earth and care for wildlife. They are more benevolent than other folkloric creatures such as goblins.

See if you can find all of the insect pets that the gnome is keeping around his house.

Picture 004

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This poem always gets to me, yet I never save it or remember where I read it.

It reminds me of all fairy tales, the lists of requirements you have to follow in order to complete your quest. It reminds me of mythology too, of the stories where people do go to the land of the dead to find their loved ones and the rules they have to follow and the rules they never seem to be able to follow.

The mythological setting gets mixed up with a hospital.

The last line is very sad.


Aug. 7th, 2009 04:35 pm
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Littlest sister (13) painted this yesterday when she visited. It's my new fridge painting.

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And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

I've had the sketch for this for ages sitting around. With my grandmother's birthday coming up I thought I'd finish the other painting I'd sketched out.

Owl and Pussycat

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I do so miss my other camera.
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Here is my first moogle, sitting on top of a paopu fruit pillow I also made.

moogle v.1.0

moogle v.1.0

The hardest part was the 'embroidery.' I put that in quotation marks because I bet anyone who actually embroiders would cringe at my attempt. Bits of white fuzz kept poking through despite my best efforts. The pom pom is so fun. I attached it using doubled up jewelry wire and it swivels around on the moogle's head.

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