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I first posted this in June, while we were in Paris. It didn’t get a lot of response, and I wondered if people had just missed it due to time-of-day issues — it was about 3 am for North American time zones when I published the post. So now that the Darkmoon Faire is here again, I’m re-posting it.

Since After I finished my little dragons, I’ve been working I worked on this when I go went to my [Halifax] ward Relief Society’s Tuesday morning sewing group. It’s been It was quite a fun little project. The finished banner is about six inches wide and ten inches long. The white crescent is two layers — otherwise, it wouldn’t have been opaque enough. The star and the pupil of the eye are embroidered on the felt. I’d like to do another little banner like this, though I probably won’t start the project until after my move later this summer I’m not quite sure where I’ll find the time. Of the city banners, the Ironforge banner seems like it would most easily translate into a felt-and-embroidery design.

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You guys… I knew that this having a full time job thing would be a lot of work, and that it would be hard, and that it would keep me very busy, but ai yi yi… I managed to be prepared enough for the first day or two of classes, but I’ve had to spend some late nights on campus this week to stay even just a little ahead in my prep of where I am in class. I’m struggling with the pacing; I am about a lecture behind my syllabus schedule of topics in both my classes and will probably have to push back the dates for my first midterm exams. I’m going to have to put in some serious prep time over the next couple of months to get enough ahead that I’ll actually be able to afford to take the night off from work to go to Draenor and meet the Warlords on November 13th. I’ve also been developing a crisis of confidence this week as I’ve overheard what my fellow new-hire professor in the next office is doing with his students. I have to keep reminding myself that just because he’s set himself the goal of being the BEST chemistry professor on campus, this isn’t really a competition. I don’t have to try to do the kinds of things he’s doing — I just need to be the best I can be with my own personal teaching philosophy and style.

Classes have been in session for a week and a half now. Before that, I had a week and a half of various sorts of faculty meetings. I drew a lot of doodles in the notebook I was given at the first of those meetings… (more…)

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BTH and I flew back to Canada on Wednesday, only to find that our home internet had gone out. It took us until this afternoon to get it back online.

Among the many museums I visited while in Paris, I became particularly interested in going to the musee du quai Branly when I saw signs advertising that they had a temporary exhibition about the Plains Indians. I visited the wonderful Palais de la decouverte earlier that morning (it opens an hour before the Branly) and my camera’s memory card filled up just before I went in, so I was glad, when I finally got to the Branly, that I’d remembered to bring a sketchbook and some colored pencils.

This dress is based on a Lakota/Cherokee woman’s dress from around 1825, and the baby carrier is based on one made by the Dakota around 1840.

When I went into the museum’s permanent collection, these masks from Vanuatu, which apparently represent ogres of the local mythology, immediately reminded me of WoW’s Trolls:

The main body of the mask is a red clay, with designs painted in black. One mask stood out because it had a round face instead of an elongated one and bright blue paint instead of black. My sketches don’t adequately convey the strong dimensionality of the noses, eyebrows, and lips.

Our travels in Germany took us to Wurtzburg. Walking over the Alte Mainbrucke immediately reminded me of the bridge into Stormwind.


click on the images to visit the sites from which I borrowed them

Our last stop was in Freiberg, where we spent the weekend visiting with BTH’s parents, who have been there for the past 18 months as missionaries specifically called to serve in the Freiberg Temple. Senior couple missionaries have fewer restrictions on their activities than the young proselyting missionaries do, so on Monday (their day off), they took us to see the Terra Mineralia museum housed in one wing of the Freiberg schloss. The many huge crystal formations showcased in the collection — especially the amethysts — reminded me of the Draenei. They are also reminiscent of the areas of Outland where netherdrakes are found.

These aren’t quite the same thing as Syrco’s wonderful “What in WoW reminds you of your home?” prompt, though, so I shall have to address it properly sometime.

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Banners, Banners Everywhere!

Since I finished my little dragons, I’ve been working on this when I go to my ward Relief Society’s Tuesday morning sewing group. It’s been quite a fun little project. The finished banner is about six inches wide and ten inches long. The white crescent is two layers — otherwise, it wouldn’t have been opaque enough. The star and the pupil of the eye are embroidered on the felt. I’d like to do another little banner like this, though I probably won’t start the project until after my move later this summer. Of the city banners, the Ironforge banner seems like it would most easily translate into a felt-and-embroidery design.

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The preview of the new female Night Elf model released this week has inspired me to post this story, which I wrote primarily during summer and autumn of 2011.

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I don’t remember the glory of Zin’Azshari or the decadence of the Highborne.

I don’t remember the War of the Ancients or the Sundering of the world.

My mother once told me that there were more kaldorei children born in the fifty years immediately following Illidan Stormrage’s creation of the second Well of Eternity and the planting of Nordrassil by the Aspects than there were in the previous — or following — five hundred.

Scorned, derided, and shunned by the kaldorei, the remaining Highborne kept to themselves, but we occasionally saw them walking around the very outskirts of Constellas, where we lived. As a child and a youth, I was intensely fascinated by their pale, solemn, haughty countenances and their richly-decorated, yet increasingly threadbare apparel. My parents grew tired of my continual pestering to know more about them. After my father’s patience finally broke and he shouted at me — “Arcane magics destroyed our world! They are forbidden for a reason! Do not seek after them any more!” — I stopped asking about the Highborne… but when I had come of age, my parents could not prevent me from associating with them.
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(for reference: The Underpowered Death Knight and the Orphans, Matron Kaumaleia)

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After three intense months of mogging, Dragonray’s Mog the World in 80 Days competition has come to an end and the Grand Prize has been awarded. Dragonray, Navimie, Cymre, and I discussed at least three different methods of determining the overall winner, and Syrco came out on top in every analysis!


prize banner by Cymre

Bravo, Syrco!

Runner-up Plaid Elf came in a very close second in all the same analyses. Her winning set for Uruguay in Week 8 would make a totally boss outfit for Anduin Wrynn, dontcha think?

I spent quite a while trying to get the face to look right before I gave up and cheated by putting in the face from my WMV pose reference picture.

I had a blast helping to judge the competition. I was so impressed by the creativity of all the participants. I looked forward to seeing what fabulous new outfits would be up in the Judges’ Corner each weekend. Here are some of my personal favorite outfits from each week that didn’t win — either I gave my highest score of the week to this outfit but the outfit I gave my second-highest score to won instead, or I gave my second-highest score to this outfit on a week in which the outfit I gave the highest score to did win.

For everyone who participated, I’ve made this badge to display on your blog, if you wish:

Thank you, Dragonray, for hosting such a splendid Transmogrification event!

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