delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
I have no idea what the time difference between here and there is (though I should know, because [personal profile] nursedarry lives there too), so I'm just going to go ahead and post this today.

For the talented and entertaining [profile] shiv5468, because blond with peacock. Happy birthday!!

(Edit: Please note, this isn't my own work [I only wish!!]. Click the image for more info about the artwork.)

delphipsmith: (KellsS)
Heartfelt thanks to you all for your kind and comforting comments on my last post. Mr Psmith and I are slowly getting used to the house without our beloved Demi; it's tough and it hurts, but she's always in our hearts so we feel like she's still close to us.

On a happier note, [profile] sshg_promptfest is open for claiming! There are some wonderful prompts this year, so go forth and stake your claim :)

SSHG Prompt Fest
delphipsmith: (HPvsTwi)
Take the day off from work and read "DM of the Rings," a very funny comic in which a long-suffering dungeon master tries to persuade Dave -- I mean Frodo -- and eight other players to stay in character as he leads them through a lengthy adventure in a strange new place called Middle Earth. I have been giggling away for an hour straight and we're not even through Moria yet. If you have ever been a DM/GM (*koff*[ profile] tcpip*koff*), you'll find the creator's comments underneath each episode funny as hell, too -- I was particularly amused by those for Episode XIII.

"Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign..."

Episode I: The Copious Backstory ==>

THANK YOU to everyone :) for the warm birthday wishes and virtual gifts, and to the wonderful [ profile] rivertempest for the real gift of Snape's wand (yes! Snape's wand!!!) -- it is a thing of beauty and I shall cherish it.

Also, my mom sent me this. She knows me well lol.

delphipsmith: (snape applause)
I'm thrilled to say that we have a truly impressive turnout for this year's [ profile] sshg_giftfest! Combine that with loads of thought-provoking prompts and the fabulous talent in the signup (some old friends along with, I am pleased to say, some new ones) should make for an excellent fest. Huzzah!!
delphipsmith: (George scream)
My god am I glad the last two months are over. Major projects behind or plunging into crisis mode at work (again, or still, depending on your point of view), a visit to my mom (which was lovely but included much discussion of legal/estate stuff, which always depresses me), a conference whereat not only was I on the Board of Directors but I had to teach a brand new workshop I'd never taught before, my godson graduating high school (there is NO WAY he is that old, it's impossible), taking on co-mod responsibilities for my online writing group, an overflow of editing work for my freelance clients, Marvin the laptop died and I had to migrate my entire life onto Marvin II...arrgghh. I'm sure there were other things but I must have blocked them out in a vain attempt at mental self-defense. They'll probably surface later and cause me to leap up screaming at some awkward moment. In the middle of dinner, say, or while at the theatre.

Somewhere along the line, though, I did manage to watch the last season of Mad Men -- what a wild ride that was! -- and last night I finally got caught up on Wolf Hall. I want to have Mark Rylance's babies.

Now all I have left to do is finish my [ profile] sshg_promptfest fic which is due in nine days, get ready for my trip west for [ profile] nursedarry's dad's 100th birthday (!!), and write a paper for a conference in August. It'll be like shooting fish in a barrel.

And of course I have to catch up on what's new with all of YOU, my flist. So, what's the single most interesting thing that's happened to each of you in the past two months, since I abandoned you all in the middle of March? Tell, tell!
delphipsmith: (elephant)
Somebody on my flist is a collector and lover of keys -- the old-fashioned kind, like these -- and I am completely blanking on who. I thought maybe this icon would help me remember but no luck, alas! Is it you, [ profile] teddyradiator?
delphipsmith: (GilesLatin)
Still lots of free books left on my Annual Shelf Weeding and Book Giveaway -- stop by and claim a few!

No need to pay postage or do anything in return, but if you want to, please give to one of the following excellent causes: Planned Parenthood (people), the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (animals), or the Kansas Rural Center (sustainable agriculture).
delphipsmith: (Cicero books)
Yes, it's time again for the Annual Weeding of the Psmith Bookshelves, and the subsequent search to get them adopted into good and loving homes. It's a long list this year (I was very firm with myself), but the rules haven't changed: if you want one or two or six or ten, just comment to this post listing which ones you want. I'll box them up and ship them.

You don't need to do anything in return, but if you want to, please give to one of the following excellent causes: Planned Parenthood (people), the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (animals), or the Kansas Rural Center (sustainable agriculture).

Format (hardcover hc or pb) is given in the list. Unless otherwise noted, all are in very good condition. If you want to know more about any of them, just ask :)

Fiction )

Nonfiction )

I also have about 30 back issues of Piecework, the wonderful craft magazine published by Interweave Press. Packed with lush illustrations, gorgeous photos, ideas for beading, sewing, felting, quilting, lacemaking, etc etc etc. You can see sample issues on the Piecework website.
delphipsmith: (grinchmas)
I got this from [ profile] ladyoneill and it's...a little creepy how good it is. Is it harvesting my LJ tags? No, because some of the words aren't my tags. Is it sucking in the text of all my entries and digesting them? Trolling my goodreads shelves? Reading my mind? Number 5 in particular kind of weirds me out. But yeah, this is all TOTALLY me :)

Except for the fact that it mentions only FOUR BOOKS. That's just wrong.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, delphipsmith sent to me...
Twelve pitrys drumming
Eleven pyttans piping
Ten squibstress a-leaping
Nine libraries dancing
Eight archives a-writing
Seven politics a-reading
Six parodies a-thinking
Five dysto-o-o-opias
Four books
Three renaissance festivals
Two old movies
...and a post-apocalypse in a fantasy.
Get your own Twelve Days:
delphipsmith: (Solo odds)
Prompting is open at [ profile] mini_fest! Signups are still open at [ profile] sshg_giftfest!! [ profile] hp_goldenage is going to have an anonymous promptfest this fall!!!

So much fun, so little time...

Borrowed from [ profile] toblass and [ profile] savine_snape:

After all the recent terrible tragedies that have and are happening it's time for some positivity and kindness to happen.

So, I'm going to grab the pay-it-forward idea and put a little twist on it. The first twelve people to comment will get a surprise from me at some random point during the next twelve months.

All I ask is that in your comment, you share something with me about yourself that I may not know otherwise. This might be a good opportunity for me to get to know my friends better as well.

Ooh, I can't wait to see what I learn ::rubs hands in anticipation::
delphipsmith: (all shall be well)
...all of you, for your kind words and warm thoughts and hugs; they were and are much appreciated. G's funeral is tomorrow, and then we can begin to figure out how life goes on. Because it *does* go on, which is the difficult gift at the heart of all loss.
delphipsmith: (books)
Mr Psmith is working on an elephant conservation paper, which involves a VERY SHORT survey. If any of you would be willing to take it so he has more data to work with that would be wonderful and I would hug you virtually! The survey is here, if you're willing. Thank you!!
delphipsmith: (McBadass)
...what [ profile] teddyradiator made me!! They're lovely, so thick and warm and soft, and Gryffindor colors to boot. Thank you, tr :)

delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
Still have a bunch of titles left to give away!! See the list here. Really, they're free, no catches :)
delphipsmith: (much rejoicing)
You know, it's amazing how the whole country is celebrating my birthday. Not only did all federal employees get the day off, but there were 800,000 people partying in the streets of Washington DC this morning!! Remarkable. And that's not even counting the lovely birthday wishes from my flisties here on LJ. Thank you all, I feel so loved :)

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delphipsmith: (much rejoicing)
I'm a few days late in posting this, but I must show off photos of the gorgeous, soft, heavy, warm sofa spread that I commissioned from [ profile] irishredlass. Isn't it luscious?!


The craftsmanship is beautiful, it smells wonderful, and the colors go beautifully with our living room, the (not pictured) sage green rug and dusty blue squishy chair. It's especially welcome since it snowed again yesterday (hiss boo) and the highs (ha ha) for next week look like this: Monday 19°, Tuesday 15°, Wednesday 12°. Yikes!!!

I also commissioned a baby blanket for some friends but unfortunately didn't have a chance to get pics before I had to wrap it and give it. They are under strict instructions to provide a photo -- with infant -- sometime around March when the offspring arrives. If they oblige, I shall post. Thank you, [ profile] irishredlass!
delphipsmith: (wibble)
Thanks to everyone who contributed most excellent names for Lucius' dogs -- he may have to start a breeding program (for the dogs, not for himself) in order to use them all!

In the absence of anything sensible to say, after several many glasses of wine (which seemed appropriate on the verge of a four-day weekend), I give you...MANLY TEA.

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