moiread: (SHINIES • a botanist in faeryland.)
I have bought a lot of shinies from [ profile] elisem over the years and, since she's still making lovely things, I don't expect to stop acquiring more anytime soon. Like a dragon, I now have a small hoard. As awesome as that is, the pieces that I love most have changed over time, and there are a lot of items that I just don't wear anymore. I think they deserve better than languishing in my jewellery box, so I'm sending them out into the world to seek new homes and new civilizations, to boldly go new adventures. Any money I make from these sales will help me afford the confluence of Christmas and vet bills. (My formerly-abused rescue dog says thank you for anxiety meds!)

Lots of earrings and pendants here! )


Aug. 24th, 2013 01:01 pm
moiread: (SHINIES • a botanist in faeryland.)
Elise ([ profile] elisem) is having a sale for her birthday! Go look!

I kind of desperately want to snatch up some of the lampwork earrings but let's face it, I have four pairs already in similar colours. Maybe I should sit on my greedy little hands and let some other people have a chance at them for a change.

In the meantime, my wallet and I are having an argument over "Three Kinds of Imagination". I have had a shitty enough past couple of weeks that I am seriously debating self-medicating with retail therapy even though I really shouldn't. (But it's so purple! And happy! What part of my life couldn't stand to be improved by being more happy and purple? I mean, really. Have you met me?)
moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
Elise ([ profile] elisem) is having another sale, this time for her birthday!

(Anybody else in love with "The Oldest Spell I Know" and wishing they could wear those colours? "When Ma'at Was Young", too.)


Aug. 21st, 2012 11:09 am
moiread: (LOST GIRL • love you best.)
People have been asking what to get me for my birthday, which is on the 29th. As usual, I keep forgetting that my birthday is even coming up anytime soon, so now it's eight days away and I haven't given those people a list yet. Sorry! Better late than never?

For the people who specifically asked, here are suggestions. )

For most everybody else: What you can do for me for my birthday is to go take some time for yourself. Take a day off, or even just a few hours -- whatever you can manage. Do something nice for yourself. Recharge a little. Do something you enjoy, alone or with people you also enjoy. Carve out some time for a thing that will make you happy. And then come tell me about it. ♥
moiread: (STAR TREK • I got out of bed for this?)
This is part ad and part rant, so that it will make me feel better both ways.

Does anybody here want a shirt in this style but in mottled terracotta orange-brown? I bought it custom as a tunic-style shirt, so it's shorter than the dress in the photo -- about 27" long from the cowl. Laid flat and measured that way, it's ~18" wide across the bust and widens to ~21" at the bottom. Double these for circumference. It is also stretchy. I can take photos for you.

The seller I bought it from made it ten inches smaller than the measurements I gave and not the right colour -- terracotta is obviously not anything like purple -- but is currently refusing my request to return it on the basis that it's supposed to be a clingy dress and is hand-dyed. Which is complete bullshit -- expecting made-to-measure items to fit you and be at least in the same family as the colour shown is NOT UNREASONABLE -- but Etsy won't mediate this kind of dispute, only stuff like non-payment or receiving a ceramic frog instead of a handbag. I contacted her to address this the day the top arrived in the mail and got no response for three weeks, at which point I left polite but negative feedback. She left blank negative feedback in return out of spite even though I am an awesome customer, friendly and polite and reasonable and understanding, who communicates clearly and promptly and pays immediately and contacts you about a problem right as soon as they get the item -- all the things a customer should be. (Other humans: not as fair as I wish they were, or as fair as I try to be.)

On the upside, she's finally talking to me. On the downside, it's as described above. She also seems to think that fat people should not expect to wear fitted clothing ever, only tents, so of course this garment looks shitty on me, what else did I expect, which is an element of her replies that I refuse to dignify with a response at all. (My wardrobe: Not actually full of muumuus, fuck you very much. Not that there's anything wrong with muumuus if you like them, but you take my point -- fat people get to have clothing options too. I am smart enough these days to know what works for my body and what doesn't, which is why I arranged for a tunic shirt and not a tube dress, and why I added an extra three inches to the waist measurement so it wouldn't cling to the bits of me that are lumpiest. I am not an idiot; this is not my first rodeo.)

My options are to accept the black mark on my reputation in order to keep the one on hers or else change mine to lie so that she'll change hers, but either way I've been swindled and am not getting my money back. If it at least fit, I could trying dyeing it and see what came out, but it's a sausage casing on me.

So. Anyone interested in this top? It could at least find a home with somebody who looks good in oranges and browns!
moiread: (SHINIES • intermediate rose magic.)
So [ profile] elisem is having a sale again! Huzzah!

Stuff I am eyeing:

"Simple, Not Easy"
"The Dye-Worker's Magic"
"Intricate Music" !!!!
"The Long Way Home"
"The Moment of Twilight"
"Sea-Maiden, Sea-Monster" !!!!
your hatred, like a sleeping beast

(Note: This is NOT my way of saying to steer clear of the above items! It's just me linking to things I like!)

I feel as though "Simple, Not Easy" is an idea that resonates very strongly with me, whereas the rest are all about the look of the thing. Especially "Sea-Maiden, Sea-Monster". I mean, come on! That blue is my blue! And I was obsessed with paua shell as a teenager, you have no idea. So that necklace calls to me and makes me laugh.

But I don't know if I can squeeze a necklace-worth out of my budget for this upcoming month, even at sale price. Luckily I get paid in the wee hours of tonight/tomorrow, so I can do all the math then and see where I'm at. (I am especially trying not to think about the combined price tag of all my Elise necklaces, because oh lordy it's a lot, and if I do then I'll get The Stupid Money Guilt. And there is no reason to have The Stupid Money Guilt about anything so fine as those necklaces, so we shan't.)

I have no particular connection to "your hatred, like a sleeping beast", but I feel that the pendant would look good on a long, long chain, so that it hangs almost at my belly, in one of my Onor tops, for the rare times when I want to go a little goth. That pendant says, "Bitch, I will stab you." ;)

I also love a whole bunch of the labradorite pendants -- like "The Water-Smith", oh! -- but I already bought "Metamorphosis Afternoon" last go-round, and I think one is enough. If I get multiples, I'll just wind up not wearing the extras. I am trying to be very firm about this, and I still think the one I got was the best one for me. But they're all so pretty...

Oh! And on the topic of shinies that are FLIPPING BEAUTIFUL but not right for me:

"Friend to the Phoenix"
"Miss Teresa Talks To The Citrus Fairies"
"Table of Correspondences"
"Modern Enchantments"
"The Inventor Takes a Mate"

I mean, really. Really. I feel like I should be wolf-whistling at them.

If you want to check out the sale, it's right here!


May. 10th, 2012 05:48 pm
moiread: (BOOKS • stock.)
I just had to send in a complaint to Kobo Books about their ebook version of Marissa Meyer's Cinder*, which I bought on a lark after seeing a physical copy in-store, only to discover that the e-book version being sold by Kobo is written entirely in allcaps. Yes, really. It's incredibly hard to read, and the original book wasn't written that way. This means that somewhere along the process chain, not only did somebody think this was a good idea but then someone else actually approved it. BAFFLING. So now I want my money back.

But to balance that out: A great big box of shinies arrived in my mailbox today!

I've actually read [ profile] pameladean's Tam Lin and Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood trilogy before, but the former was a library copy and the latter was a seriously messed up epub-format e-book from a friend. (I finally figured out that whatever idiot put the e-book together had arranged it so that you read the first chapter of all three books consecutively, then after that the second chapter of all three, and then the third chapter of all three, and so on. It was REALLY confusing. And yet the story was still good enough to make me an Octavia Butler fan despite the way it had been presented and despite it being my first exposure to her, which should tell you something if you're not already familiar with her work.)

I'm so excited to read the others! Even if these omnibus editions are heavy enough that I could easily beat somebody to death with a single one...

(* No relation to Stephenie, as far as I can tell, and thank goodness for that.)
moiread: (grinning • maria m.)
I saw myself -- overweight but not obese, very buxom, flowy shirt, comfortable pants, long chunky necklace, super short buzzcut hair, big earrings, glasses, a smirk, a crazy hippie bisexual feminist with health problems, book in hand -- and I had to laugh. Because I know that woman. I've known so very many of them. As a young teenager, I would meet these women, these awesome mothers and aunts of my friends, or my very favourite teachers, and they all looked just like that. Just like that. They were articulate, well-read, independent, critical-thinking women with wicked senses of humour, who raised smart kids and gave books to everybody and talked about politics in ways that went completely over my head. I always thought they were so cool and worldly, and I admired them a lot.

I just never expected I'd be turning into one.

See you when you're 35, self.
moiread: (SHINIES • poetsblood/obstreperousrose.)
The Lioness has made some new shinies and put a bunch of new and old things up for sale! I am so thrilled for her that she has felt up to doing this. Also, I have only just woken up, so bear with me if I sound groggy.


"The Post-Colonial Literature of Elves: When They Chained the Leaves" is so me, and I went !!! at it, but it has sold already, alas.

I'm thinking I will get "Dainty Dinosaurs", though. I don't have any shinies from [ profile] elisem that involve a natural stone look at all, and I love the white and pink there.

Others that are gorgeous but that are not me:

"Dreaming Zygote" is absolutely stunning.
"The Faithful Emperor" and "The Sultan's Poetry Garden" have gorgeous cloisonne beads, holy.
"The Nixie Said Yes"! Look at that blue! Actually now I kind of do want to wear them. Dangit. I don't know how well the cream would go up next to my face, but I have shirts in that blue...
"Miss Teresa Talks To The Citrus Fairies"! Something about these beads makes me want to roll around in them naked. I don't even know. They just do.
moiread: (MUSIC • guitar.)
So, uh. I'm a radio DJ now. I completely forgot to mention that here when it happened. WOOPS!

I was approached about it a few weeks ago, and had my audition show on the 21st of last month. The audition show was CRAZY -- they threw every horrible listener experience they've ever had at me, all at once, to see how I rolled with it -- but I passed with flying colours and we made it official right after. I have since been catching up (whenever my health permits; it's been a bad run lately) on all the shiny new responsibilities I have with the station. It's an internet radio station, of course, because there's no way my health could permit me to go work at one in-person right now, but I've been helping out there for a year now as a volunteer on the Street Team and I'm thrilled to be part of the actual staff now!

I've told a few people individually so far and, in nearly all cases, the conversation has pretty much gone like this:

"I'm a DJ at an internet radio station now! I'm so excited!"
"Are you a real DJ?"
"So you use turntables and everything?"
"No. That's turntabling. That is a recent niche subset of DJing."
"Oh. I thought that's what DJ meant."
"DJ just means 'disk jockey'. It just refers to anyone who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Any person you hear on the radio is a DJ. So yes, I am a 'real' DJ, just like every other DJ since the dawn of entertainment radio has also been a real DJ, including before turntabling was a thing."

So now you know! I am a DJ; I do not turntable. Not that there is anything wrong with turntabling, but it is a bit frustrating to have that conversation over and over and feel like my pride and excitement in this new venture is somehow being devalued. So now you know! And we do not have to have that conversation. Awkwardness avoided!

I am really excited, you guys. As many of you know, I am a pretty big music geek and I love to put together playlists and mixes, so this is right up my alley. I intend to play a lot of stuff that the station doesn't see much of, like pop, dance music, 80s, folk, blues, and the occasional stint of world music and ambient. I am going to have SO MUCH FUN. :D

And speaking of which: My debut show is tonight. Well, technically it's actually the wee hours of tomorrow morning, because it runs from midnight to 3am, but who's counting? Because it's such a late-night timeslot, I'm going to be debuting with pop, dance, and techno. If that sounds like your thing, you should definitely tune in by visiting The Cape Radio's website. The link to tap into the broadcast stream is right up there at the top, under "GET CONNECTED". Just select your music player of choice and enjoy!

And I'm sorry if this announcement sounds bleh and cranky. I am super tired and in need of a nap so I can be all happy and high-energy tonight. Hope to see you there!

PS: I've also made a twitter account for my DJ persona, where I will talk about DJ stuff, link to new music I find that I feel is worth sharing, and announce upcoming shows. For the moment, I'm just a fill-in DJ (by my preference), so those announcements are the best way to find out when I'm going to be on. :)

PPS: The station itself is called The Cape Radio, because it's staffed (and primarily listened to) by players of the City of Heroes MMORPG, but we have a lot of listeners from outside the game as well. I just figured I should explain that so you're not really confused by all the fake ads for in-game companies and bumpers full of jokes about the game. ;)

PPPS: Yes, I totally wound up named after my snake. It honestly just worked out that way, I SWEAR.

Moving on.

Jul. 3rd, 2011 12:56 am
moiread: (railroad • maria m.)
I bought myself a beautiful thing, and tomorrow I will cut all my hair off. I waited until work ended for this school year, and then all kinds of stuff happened, and now it's way past due. I just need my hair gone. Maybe next week I'll even get my quote tattoo, which I've been sitting on for the last two years. ("What you were will not happen again.")


Jun. 6th, 2011 09:49 pm
moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
It seems like whenever things are really crappy in my life, something random and nice happens, even if it's just getting my shinies in the mail! :)

This is my latest purchase from Elise ([ profile] elisem), called "Carnival Dragons" (from the Dragon Candy set). Isn't it lovely? It's less in-your-face than some of the other necklaces I have of hers, which is really nice as far as variety goes, and it's casual enough that I can wear it basically anytime. (Not so much with, say, Vulture Goddess. That one needs Certain Outfits.) I love it because it's all my favourite colours in one place, so it suits me perfectly, and it even sneaks in bits of the colours I wish I could wear in such a way that they totally work. And it's just so full of joy! :3

Photos! )
moiread: (sea creatures • jenny l.)
Right, so. I remember how many of you replied when I offered out that vibrator last time, and I definitely know how many of you I've played Vibrator Fairy to, so I thought y'all might want to know...

EdenFantasys is having yet another vibrator giveaway! Zini has put out four new super adorable high-quality luxury vibrators and if you win, you can have your pick of them. Entering is easy: you just tweet about it, blog about it, like it on Facebook, comment to tell them why you think these vibrators look awesome, etc, and each one counts as another chance to win.

moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
Elise ([ profile] elisem) has just posted the first set of stuff she's made since her stroke, and though she and I are not close, I have to say that I am incredibly thankful that she came through it okay, and that she did not lose the ability to do this thing that she loves.

This batch was particularly wonderful, but the pieces that really caught my eye were:

"Dragon Candy: Carnival Dragons"
"Lightning Song"
"There" <--- not for me, but it really does look like sumi-e, doesn't it?

I was going to have a talk with my credit card about the first two but "Lightning Song" has already sold. (No surprise there! Just LOOK at it!) I'm a little sad about that, but Elise says there will be more coming with those stones in 'em, which means I can get something else and also wait until later when my budget isn't so tight. Besides, whoever bought it must have loved it even more than me, because they jumped on it right away while I was still over here dithering back and forth and agonizing about credit card debt. So they totally win. ;)
moiread: (giggle • kristin k.)
Somebody just sent me a certain fun toy from Venus Envy, my favourite local store for sex-related items. I have no idea who did it, since it came gift-wrapped with a gift receipt and with these sorts of online purchases, the return address is the store it was bought from. VERY CLEVER, YOU.

So whoever you are: Thank you!

I'm always playing Vibrator Fairy for my friends, but apart from Meg ([ profile] chaedyn), the friend who bought me my very first sex toy when I was seventeen, nobody's ever played Vibrator Fairy for me before. I am very very amused.
moiread: (bookish • liv t.)
"Teeth: Vampire Tales" (no cover image there, but Amazon shows it) just came out, and it's available in paperback already and available through Chapters already. AND YET I AM BROKE. I'm broke this whole month, and probably next month too, so I can't buy it. Not for awhile. I am so sad.

But the fact that I can't buy it for awhile doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it and tell me how it is! Please please please tell me how it is? It's got stories by Neil Gaiman and Emma Bull and Catherynne Valente and Melissa Marr, just to name a few. I AM EXCITED. :D

ALSO ALSO. There is also a new Borderlands anthology out, I think? If not, it's coming out very soon. And I am so excited for that, I can't even express it to you. I've had the other Borderlands books saved in my Amazon "Buy Later" cart for something like the last two years, but considering some are out of print and expensive, I've yet to have enough money at the right time to make it happen. Someday, though! And hopefully someday soon, if I can swing it, since the new anthology is some pretty strong impetus to get the rest. I am over here rubbing my greedy little hands together in glee!

EDIT: Or someone could just buy me the vampire book. Uh. That works too. I tried to say no, but they argued that I have lent them money/bought them things, and that I should just shut up and enjoy my book, so I have shut up and will enjoy my book when it arrives. I have the best friends! ♥


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