Fan Art Friday: Social Distancing Mandela

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.  It’s been a while, but we’re finally back!

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My feelings about this image changed dramatically as I went through the process of coloring it, which kind of mirrors my general emotional state right now during our current health crisis and social distancing.

When I saw this mandala, I immediately had a color scheme in mind and was excited to get started.  I did the first, central bit and really loved it.  Then as I kept going, I started questioning my choices and about halfway through I really hated it.  Then when I opened it back up to do the very last bits, I was able to see it more as a whole and now I like it okay.  I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best I’ve done, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Also, I am unclear how this image is related to Star Wars?  I asked my husband and he was also unable to give a satisfactory answer.  Some of the pieces look industrial, like ships or vehicles or something, but I can’t peg exactly what they are from.  Any guesses??

 

 

 

The Book Snob Tag

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Am I a book snob?  I don’t know, so let’s do a tag and find out.  This seemed liked a fun one to do now that we all have some more time home to read!

This tag was originally created by Tia and All the Books over on Youtube.  I found it on Madame Writer’s blog.

1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Nope.  In fact, with classics many times watching the BBC adaptation has inspired me to read the book (Great Expectations, Middlemarch), which I might not have done otherwise.  In general with popular fiction, I do like to read the book first.

2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

I think I have to go with ebooks.  I find that physical books really provide the best reading experience, but since becoming a mom the vast majority of my reading is done on Kindle.  It’s portable, I can read with one hand while following my kid around, or in bed, and switch between multiple books easily.  I’m too practical to be a stickler.

I’ve tried a few audiobooks and find I don’t really care for them at all.

3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Probably not, but the issue doesn’t arise because the person I married is a reader.  We both enjoy sci-fi and fantasy; in fact, one of our first real conversations was about The Lord of the Rings.  We even started reading The Expanse series together, which was very fun until he finished the series and I’m stuck in book 4 and now he nags me occasionally about finishing. 🤣

4. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Horror.  Or even thrillers.  Anything that gives me nightmares or anxiety can go.

5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy!  This almost feels like cheating because it is such a diverse genre.  I love YA fantasy, urban fantasy, high fantasy, fairy tales, magical realism, alternate history, portal fantasy, etc. etc. Three of the last five books I read were some kind of fantasy.  And there are so many classics, like LOTR and Harry Potter, that I could just re-read repeatedly.

6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

There does seem to be a divide between those that read YA and those that don’t. I’ve seen a lot of disdain for adults that read YA, like myself.  I also think that Romance gets a bad rap.  I was never a fan myself until a few years ago, and now it’s my go-to for a light, quick, uplifting read.  There’s a wide range of quality, but I’ve read many romances that are real page-turners with excellent characters and meaningful themes.

7. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Personally, no, I don’t think so.  My parents used to get annoyed when I would read instead of doing chores, does that count?

So, maybe I’m a bit of a snob, but I don’t think I’m too bad.  What about you?  I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but feel free to post your responses in the comments or on your own blog, and leave me a pingback.

Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance

Distance is hard on us all right now.  We know social distancing is necessary, but it is keeping us from our normal daily activities and relationships.

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The towers of San Gimignano in the distance (Tuscany).

But sometimes, distances gives us a new perspective.  We can see things in a different way, different parts of a whole together, that might not have been apparent up close.

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Little Skellig, seen from Skellig Michael (Ireland)

Distance can be beautiful!  It lets us see contrasts and patterns.  We can see how far we have to go, or how far we’ve come.

Parque Eduardo VII, looking down to the Tagus River (Lisboa, Portugal)

View of Barcelona from Parc Güell

But no matter the distance, always remember that you are not really alone.  We are all in this together.  Make sure you reach out to your loved ones!

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You can find more distance at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

Lisboa sits at the mouth of the Tagus River, which then travels from Portugal across most of Spain, being the longest river on the Iberian peninsula.  Its navigable waters gave Lisboa a valuable port which made it possible for Portugal to take the lead in Atlantic sea voyages during the Age of Exploration.  Many famous explorers, including Vasco da Gama, embarked from here.  The “Monument to the Discoveries” celebrates this history with 33 key figures of the time period, with Henry the Navigator in front.

The Monument to the Discoveries on the banks of the Tagus; the 25 de Abril Bridge spans the river behind it

This next photo was a bit of a failure in that I didn’t get a good picture of any of my friends!  But as a shot of the river, it’s pretty cool.

We were visiting the Torre Belem, just a bit further down the river.  Out the tower window, you can see the 25 de Abril Bridge, and the Sanctuary of Christ the King on the opposite bank of the river.

You can find more rivers at the original Lens-Artist challenge.