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THIS IS NOT A DRILL
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cleolinda
Two things:

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MOAR ANNOUNCEMENTS
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I would have mentioned it yesterday if I'd known we were going to reveal it so soon: foresthouse and I have inherited the hostship of Made of Fail.

I've still got a couple more things up my sleeve, accompanied by a growing anxiety that I'm not going to be able to handle all of it during Seasonal Depression Depressive Season, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, I figure.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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cleolinda
Wow, it's been a while.

Suffice it to say that I have had an extremely... challenging... couple of months, what with a persistent concrud flu, my sister's wedding, and our dog Scout's (successful) eye surgery. I'm still not 100% as it is, and seasonal affective blarg is setting in. Which is simply to say, there are many things I want to do, and healthwise it may be difficult to do them, so I'm just going to try to stick with it and take as long as it takes.

Hannibal season 2 recaps are still on the way. (Season 3 has started filming in "Lithuania.") (That said...) (New Italy-related spoilers from today.) They're my priority, if only so I can feel like I Finished A Thing, but there's still nine to go and Winter Is Coming, as it were. That's not a hint of any kind. This was a hint of any kind, because I ended up watching Twin Peaks over the last couple of months as a coping mechanism (for some reason, I found it really soothing). I mean, I'd always wanted to, but I was 11 when it aired, and my mother said no. (In retrospect, this was THE RIGHT PARENTAL CALL.) So here I am, nearly 36, and I... kinda watched the series through twice. It was then announced that there will be new episodes on Showtime in 2016 (I am not making this up). I'm serious, I watched the finale on a Thursday night, and the very next morning, David Lynch and Mark Frost made that first pair of synchronized "That gum you like" tweets. Which I kind of feel terrible about, because so many people waited twenty-five years ("I'll see you in twenty-five years." AHHHHHHH) for word of more Twin Peaks, and I waited about twelve hours. I may actually be the Lathe of Fandom.

At that point, I thought, there's more than a year until the new episodes come out, and ton of people who meant to watch it all those years (or who were too young) (not even born yet?) (oh God) will pick it up, and so recaps through 2015 would actually be (somewhat) timely. I think it's about 30 episodes all told (there's like three different ways to count them), so I'm going to start now but not rush it, and hopefully I'll be done by the time the new ones come out. In a similar vein, I mostly want to have Hannibal season 2 finished by the time season 3 starts (which will be later this time--April or May 2015, they said, rather than the way season 2 started this past February). At which point, I hope, I would resume recapping it week by week. I feel like Hannibal needs to take priority because it's a thing in progress and it was there first, but I'm not setting a schedule for when what gets posted. There's a point you get to with seasonal depression, and bipolar depression, and depression in general--sometimes you have to scale back and be realistic, but then, having done that, you have to step out and take a risk now and then. Sometimes you have to do both at the same time. That's a delicate balance.


So, in conclusion:

1) Hannibal season 2 recaps finished by season 3, spring 2015 (hopefully a lot sooner).

2) Classic Twin Peaks recaps fnished by New Twin Peaks in 2016.

3) Two or three other fun things (they do not involve writing), but I'll talk about those once the details are nailed down.



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In case you needed to catch up on the finale for tonight
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cleolinda
Remember that time I wrote Sleepy Hollow phone fic?




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Season premiere livetweeting will be over at @cleolindajones, once I figure out what time tonight and channel number it actually it is.


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the great red dragon con
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has kicked my ass and I am still recovering. (This year's con crud: a scratchy sore throat that gradually evolves into a head full of sludge and possibly a cough.) (That, and my legs are dead. They are ex-legs. They have joined the marathon invisible.) I'm on my phone right now; I've spent so much time in bed that I haven't even booted up Lizzie yet. However, I had a GREAT time and I'm already trying to wrangle a room for next year. The Hannibal panels went really great; apparently the Saturday afternoon one was "the [horror track's?] highest capacity fan panel of the year." There was a line to get in, and standing room only by the time I got there (long story, and you will hear it)--the big surprise was the two (2) signed scripts I'd been carrying around for two (2) days at that point. But I'll get into that later. I met tons of great people and had such a great time when I was actuall snake (what the hell is wrong with you, autocorrect? actually able) to sit down and was not at that moment cursing out my nemesis, the Marriott. Anyway, here are some pictures, including some of me--links are the best I can do from my phone:

http://twitter.com/cleolinda/status/506103314883547137

http://twitter.com/cleolinda/status/505366964689469440

http://twitter.com/JBoat47/status/506101842708017152

http://twitter.com/cleolinda/status/505737197526740992

http://twitter.com/cleolinda/status/505764439426351104

http://twitter.com/cleolinda/status/505794444181131264

http://twitter.com/Tattle_Crime/status/505746178408189952

MORE TO COME

ONE MORE SLEEP
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cleolinda
Did you realize that I'm leaving town for the first time in ten years for a five-day trip? BECAUSE I JUST DID

AND I AM PACKED AS FUCK




I'll go edit the previous entry, but here is the updated, less detailed version of my schedule--signings, panels, and meetups I am actually involved in are bolded; the rest are things I just want to go to (or are related events); say hi if you're going to them as well (you will know it's me by the ~press pass~):


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THREE SLEEPS UNTIL THE GREAT RED DRAGON CON
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AND I'M FREAKING OUT A LITTLE

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Regarding Hannibal S3
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I've been hearing about some misinformation flying around, and since I've spent the past couple of days herding Hannibal-related SDCC links into Storify posts, I thought I'd put together what they've told us about season three--which is a lot more than people may realize. In order to take all this in, though, you will have to throw out everything you assume and expect the show is going to do; I had to. I think it sounds amazing, but it does not follow a chronological books/movies outline. Basically, all bets are off, and we really cannot assume anything--not even what they have told us before now, because they've also said that they're open to "course-correcting" as they go based on where the story takes them. Throw out literally everything you have heard before this weekend, because unless they re-confirm it, they may not be doing it at all.

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BABY'S FIRST CONVENTION
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SO GUYS

I spent a week or two meebling that maybe I'd get to go to Dragon Con, omg how, I don't know--having no certainties to declare. And then, yesterday, a ton of things fell into place very, very quickly. In fact, I can't even go into most of the details just yet, BUT:

As far as I know, and the precise details may be subject to change, I will be doing an academic Hannibal panel with @wolven that Sunday night (August 31st). I don't know if I can announce the name of it, but suffice it to say that I think this Fellini quote is apropos:

Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.

BUT HERE IS THE IMPORTANT THING

ARE YOU READY

GET READY

There will be a Hannibal-themed fan panel early Saturday afternoon (August 30th), and I am among the panelists. Even better, Freddie is going to call in, since that worked surprisingly well at the Nerd HQ panel. I will definitely have 300 Tattle Crime buttons to give away--we'll reveal that design later, I think, but I can definitely say that I picked out the tagline, and it's in my shade of purple. (And I will have a Tattle Crime "press pass," about which I am way too excited. "I WANT A LANYARD!") (Tattle Crime will also have representatives and different button exclusives at SDCC, by the way. We make our own fun.) (I should put that on my business cards.) I'll have Freddie's business cards and I'm working on a design for my own (speaking of which), now that I finally have somewhere to take them.

I can't even talk about the other stuff we'll have there. Put it this way: if you are a fan of Hannibal, and you are at Dragon Con, this panel is where you want to be.

(I hope you will also want to be at the academic panel--if you've heard me on podcasts before, it will probably sound a good bit like that.)

Anyway, now that the major announcements are out of the way--"I can come for one day, I'll go with my sister, it's only a two-hour drive from Birmingham to Atlanta, it'll be a day trip" has ended up being "I will take the train" (yay, trains!) "and get there Thursday evening and then leave early Tuesday morning." So I will be in Atlanta for four days and five nights, which is #leavingthehouseomg with a vengeance. I honestly have no idea what I'll do with myself on Friday or Monday; I am totally okay with chilling in my room with a book, because it'll be nice just to be away from home a little bit. I'm keeping a lookout for people I might want to go hunt down (I'd like to go see the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab folks, for example), but I am really trying to keep My First Convention down to a manageable experience, you know? So I'm more about picking a spot to be, hanging out, meeting people, and doing the panels, rather than hiking around back and forth or standing in line for hours. Honestly, I have no fear of public speaking. I did when I was younger, but somehow reading college academic papers in two different languages cured me of that; between that and six years (!) of podcast appearances, speaking on the panels is literally the actual last thing I am worried about. I was far more anxious about how I would get there (YAY TRAINS!) and where I would stay (with foresthouse!) and how the hell I would afford it (trains and roommates, WHEE), but that all suddenly got settled in about an hour's conversation. I am also anxious about this basically being my first ~public appearance,~ in that I'll be coming out of my faceless Snicket-like seclusion and now everyone will have a face to put to the pen name. I beg you to hide your disappointment that I am a mere and particularly heavy mortal and not 1) a Yahoo cartoon, 2) Galadriel, or 3) a Pallas cat. I am, however, well-marbled, which has got to count for something in Fancy Cannibal fandom. Which reminds me, I need to find myself a flower crown.


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THE COLLECTION IS COMPLETE
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Let me not bury the lede on this one: THERE ARE THIRTY (30) COLORS AND YOU CAN GET THEM HERE, INDIVIDUALLY OR AS A SET, AS FULL SIZES OR $1 SAMPLES.

We started in March when I started talking about Aromaleigh eyeshadows with Freddie at Tattle-Crime.com, who (being far more intrepid than I am) bounced up to Kristen on Twitter and asked if she could make Ravenstag and Tattler eyeshadows. So, on March 14, IIRC, Ravenstag went up--I'm talking less than 24 hours later here, that's how creative Kristen is--which was the day "Hassun" aired, I think? And Tattler followed the next Friday. One she started watching the show and got interested in doing more, I suggested that the new one(s) go up each Friday to coincide with the season two episode broadcasts, since fandom basically considers that a weekly Hannibal Day and gets festive all day long. And so then we just... started making it up as we went along. We started with twenty as our projected number, because that's generally the size of a full Aromaleigh collection. And then... we kept going. So we ended up finishing with thirty. Freddie and I were basically sounding boards and creative consultants, and I did Tumblr posts each week explaining where each color came from and what it was inspired by; it was important to us that you could point to a specific image and say, "You can put this on your face," and that the color would have some kind of thematic resonance. We wanted to be able to put them together and have the palette of the show:






Then, after a second year of no Emmy nominations and the fandom's grieving indignation thereunto, Kristen suggested we go ahead and put up the final color on Thursday (and also put the whole collection up for the weekly Thursday-Wednesday sale, until July 16th. SAAAAAAALE), so the Grand Reckoning happened a day early. Which is, of course, the name of the final color:

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AND NOW, A MASTER LIST OF ALL THE COLORS, WITH PICTURES AND TRIVIA, FROM ABATTOIR TO WOOF

Click through each color's link to get to the inspiration pictures and/or meta post. Also, I like to refer people to this How Do I Eyeshadow post to explain how to apply multiple colors to different kinds of eyelids (I realized along the way that I have hooded eyes). A number of the This Is My Design colors have duochrome or sparkle colors in common: copper, gold, blue/teal/aqua, rose, even a couple of chartreuses. Some have olive undertones; others like Antler Velvet and Cygnus, have surprisingly smoky bases, while Woof and Unorthodox have similar tones and can be worn together. I'm still experimenting, but a bold red like Tattler can be softened up with Phoenix or Veneer for more of a sunset effect, for example.

Generally I get samples, test them on the back of my hand (where you can also see which colors might look good together), do a test run on my actual face to see how it looks with my complexion and eye color, and then get a few full sizes accordingly. Sometimes I just buy something sight unseen because I know it'll be one of My Colors; other times, the samples surprise me. There are a number of You Gotta See This In Person colors, but in terms of what will look good on just about anyone, I'm going to guess Chrysalis (seriously, it blends with tons of stuff), Gotcha, Feast, and Bellissima (purples tend to work on various complexions), Cygnus, and Lure. Bone Arena, applied with a light hand, is also a good brow or inner corner highlight, rather than a lid color itself (not that I would stop you). Also, my cheerfully doofy amateur swatches at each individual post show the colors applied dry and then with a damp brush ("foiled"), which sometimes reveals a completely different color (Ravenstag, Starling, and Entrapment are examples of this).

Almost all the colors are vegan (with, as far as I can tell, the exception of Bellissima and Ikebana, which have carmine), and most of the thirty are lip safe (the exceptions being Craquelure, Entrapment, Feast, Gotcha, Lucid, Lure, Murder Tie, Perception, and Sublime), meaning you could mix something like Folie à Deux, Bellissima, Ikebana, Tattler, Persuasion, or Phoenix with lip balm or gloss. (Or Ravenstag, for that matter.) Persuasion and Phoenix are actually all-in-one colors that you can also use as blush as well.

So here's a master list of the colors and their conceptual backgrounds--characters, quotes, episodes, imagery, what-have-you. As a bonus, where applicable, I have added the unofficial name I tended to use conversationally for each color. It's a lot easier to say "Cherry Tree Is People" than "Ikebana" ("Ikewhat?" "Ikebana." "What's an ike--" "Flower arranging." "OH THAT ONE") to, let's say, my mother, who enjoyed watching the posts go up each week even though she has no idea what's happening on the show. ONWARD:

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And there you have it. Also, I just got some interesting news about my Labor Day plans (maybe I will take eyeshadow with me). But more on that once I find out more.


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