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Was reminded of the existence of this G+ thing. Who's actually active here? In particular, who don't I have/what don't I see elsewhere?

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I wrote something about Uncivilisation, the imminence of doom, what doom really means anyway, and what you should do about it.

Really need to get back into reviewing. First step: working out what I've actually read lately that wants one. Certainly lots of good stuff...

Valente's Girl who circumnavigated Fairyland
Piercy's Body of Glass
Lovegrove's Untied Kingdom
Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker
Aaronovitch's Rivers of London
Reynolds's Chasm City & House of Suns

Also Martin's A Dance of Dragons & Butcher's Ghost Story, which I'm not likely to review, and AS Byatt's Possession and Keri Hulme's The Bone People which are not really suited to my blog so much. I did read or re-read quite a few other things, but if I can't remember them then I doubt I'd be able to write about them.

There is an entirely unexpected cat on my sofa. She must have been there for hours, and then I went into the living room and woke her up. She is surprisingly happy to be stroked, but will probably be less happy when I put her out for the night.

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Here's a better photo of last night's work. I'm pretty pleased with how they came out, though I want to try & do something about the edge effects, and of course I still need to fix on the findings.

They're made from 300gsm paper (Fabriano Ecologica - recycled, acid free, made with hydro power), and so very light even when laminated.

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Right. After a few more hours' vector graphics work (it's basically 2D digital sculpture, and it's incredibly addictive) and a pile of intermediate messing-around-with-ink-and-paper-and-glue steps (click through to Flickr for full documentation) I have these drying on my worktable. They're going to become two pairs of earrings if they're still OK in the morning, and I'll be able to start producing more of them for sale. After that, I can start on more leaf shapes - I wanted to start with stinging nettles, because there's one next to my garden bench and I've been thinking for weeks that its leaves were beautiful. But there will be oak and ivy at the least.

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Wanna Draw? Try Inkscape!!

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Stinging nettle leaves look rather pretty when reduced to some sort of Goth Deco skeleton. (WIP image - much more tidying and balancing left to do.) This is a scan of an actual nettle leaf, Messed Around With using Gimp & Inkscape.

Today has been awesome. Cats, trains (3 different kinds), a potential new art market, power tools, good beer, good company, strange glowing things, and high voltage electricity.

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