Brandon Mull winked at me today (WIFYR day 1)

June 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm (Uncategorized)

Even before I started my job, I couldn’t wait for vacation. It’s not that I was anticipating getting bored at work; rather, I was thrilled to be involved in the 2010 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference. As the conference approached, though, I started to get nervous. Was I ready? Was my story ready? Would I have submissions read in time?

Imagine, then, what I felt when I stepped out of my car, looked east, and saw this:

To me, rays of light have always been more than simply beautiful. For one thing, I used to answer to the nickname “Rae,” so I’ve always identified with light peeking through the clouds. This picture, though, reminds me of Michelangelo: two years ago, I stood in a cathedral in Rome and looked on Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. Those of you who haven’t seen it, the statue has an interesting feature. Moses appears to have two horns coming out of his head. However, these aren’t “horns” in a devilish sense. Rather, they’re cones of light–Michelangelo’s interpretation of revelation coming to Moses.

Both are appropriate images for today. I’m trying to break through with my writing, and I’ve already been inspired: I’ve figured out major revisions for two of my current projects.

Of course, the picture doesn’t apply to everything. According to Toni, I am a daughter of Freya in a pseudo-Rick-Riordan-demigoddess kind of way. (And I apparently don’t get along with Thor, which I believe, especially because I felt like someone was hammering away at my head during lunch.) She is also supposedly my half-sister. Somehow. Ask her, not me. (I wonder if it’s because I told Dave Wolverton she and I were twins?)

(Oh, and don’t worry at me, Brandon Mull’s wink was totally innocent. I signaled to him that he had ten minutes of discussion time left, but he was in the middle of answering questions and couldn’t respond verbally. Hey, it got your attention though, right?)

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Descent into Madness

June 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm (Uncategorized)

The events which I am about to chronicle will further explain my post from yesterday.

Be warned. It’s nerdy.

And don’t forget to blame Toni Pilcher. (Among other things, she asked the Dreaded Question I alluded to in my previous post.)

It started in the middle of winter semester at BYU. My adorable little sister wanted me to knit her a scarf. Not just any scarf: a scarf in Ravenclaw colors that she could wear when she dresses up as Luna for Halloween and the Harry Potter premiere. (This was back before Harry Potter got moved back. Emily was furious that Eclipse delayed the release. She’s a good kid 🙂 )

I did what any good sister would do: I pulled out my color cards for yarn, let her choose which hues she liked, and got online in search of a good scarf pattern.

This is where it all went downhill.

I get all my patterns and project ideas from a website called ravelry.com. I’ve described it before as a facebook for knitters and crocheters. It’s a great place to network, find resources, and relax with people who share your passion for the fiber arts. If any place had a good scarf pattern, it would be rav.

My search was not in vain. I did indeed find a pattern. . . . and a whole lot more.

You see, when knitting, I don’t just see a pattern and start on it. I like to look at photos of finished objects that people have made from the same pattern. In the process of doing this for my sister’s scarf, I discovered something interesting of the avatars of many of the knitters: they all sported the anagram HPKCHC.

I was curious, so I did some research. Apparently, HPKCHC stands for Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup. Every four months, a group of knitters and crocheters on rav create their own House Cup. Everyone gets sorted, everyone can play Quidditch, and everyone can participate in classes, including the arduous OWL projects (which take three months instead of one). Every month, there are six different classes: the five core wizarding classes and one extra.

Sadly, I discovered the HPKCHC halfway through the last term, so I had to wait a month and a half to get sorted. Soon after colelge graduation, however, I received my OWL! I had been sorted into the noble house of Ravenclaw.

A month has passed. I completed all six of my classes and a third of my OWL, but not without some mishaps. For example, I almost exploded the microwave dying a bookscarf for my sister.

I didn't burn the microwave, Will's friends did that making popcorn. I did, however, cause the blue puddle.

Other endeavors were just as dangerous. While doing my Potions “homework,” I knocked my “telescope” into my “cauldron” and created a terrifying creature:

AUGH!

Thankfully, a good friend rescued me from it and has it in custody now.

Despite those mishaps, though, I’m excited for a new term in the HPKCHC! Wish me luck, and see you around rav!

~nightrae

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