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The Icon M-Word-Thing! Nabbed from Oshun!

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

The Icon M-Word-Thing! Nabbed from Oshun!

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I got this m-word-thing from heartofoshun. Here's how to play:

1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Hermione icon

I wanted a Hermione icon for literally years. No, it shouldn't be an ordeal to find an icon of one of the major characters in one of the most popular works of modern YA fiction, but we all know what my life has been like these past few years. I just didn't have time to look. Finally, I found this one by iconsbywong and adopted it.

I enjoy the Harry Potter books and movies, but I'm hardly part of the fandom, so why Hermione? Bobby took to calling me Hermione when I started back to school because I become hyperventilatingly batshit nuts about my schoolwork. Seriously, one of the few major arguments Bobby and I have ever had concerned an educational psychology textbook that wasn't ordered on time. I was getting the stinkeye from him this afternoon because I confessed that I hadn't decided yet if I was taking the textbook I'm currently reading for my next class (which doesn't start till October) with me to the beach. I've already decided on my term paper topic for the class. I'm nuts. I admit that.

An icon with Hermione was one of the few I felt I truly needed for those posts when I handwring about school.

Maedhros and Fingon friends icon

This icon was created by the incomparable ladyelleth, on her icon journal september_icons, using artwork done by the amazing Kasiopea. (The grandiose adjectives are very much deserved, as I am talking about one of my favorite digital artists and one of my favorite traditional artists in the fandom!) This is one of my favorite icons, and I use it a lot when replying to comments. Why is it a favorite? It's hard to articulate. Maedhros and Fingon have so much and so profound of significance to many people in the Silm community. Although I don't write them as a pairing often, I'm no exception in seeing meaning in their friendship. The whole Thangorodrim story was probably the only thing that stood out from my first muddled reading of The Silmarillion; Maedhros was instantly a favorite character of mine and still is.

accordion icon

Okay, I'm really thrilled that Oshun picked this one! I made this icon myself, and I think I did a pretty good job on it, considering my feeble skills with web graphics. This one is inspired by a slogan used on Northern Sun merchandise. I changed the wording to the imperative, which I think sounds better than their version. (Sorry, Northern Sun!)

During a team spirit training session at school recently, we had to make a personal mandala with only visual images, with the exception of our personal credo at the bottom. I chose this as my personal credo. It's always been very important to me not to get swept up by social influence but to try to step outside of that and ask why we think or do what we do. I try not to be contrary just to be contrary (really ... I suspect anyone who knows me very well in RL is rolling their eyes right now!) but do try very hard to always act in accordance with my values, even when that means marching out of step with everyone around me.

Out of the Storm icon

Another beautiful icon by ladyelleth, on september_icons, using artwork by another fabulous and favorite artist of mine, oloriel. I use this one a lot too. I call myself a pie-eyed optimist for a reason, and this icon conveys hope in the midst of strife. From a fannish perspective, of course, it draws on the meaning and symbolism of Eärendil and the Silmaril. When I see this icon, I see Maedhros and Maglor, momentarily pausing from their pursuit of the Silmarils, looking heavenward and appreciating the beauty of their father's creation in a new way.

skate icon

This was one of the first icons I made for myself. Bad me, I didn't find and credit the artist. :( I chose it because I have been freestyle rollerskating--taking lessons and performing in shows--since I was 11 years old. (I haven't in recent years because ... *shifty look at Life[tm]*) I used to write about skating a lot, so this was my icon for skating posts. The daughter of my skating teacher recently put together a book to commemorate how long her mom has been teaching, and I wrote a letter to include in it. My skating teacher had such a positive impact on my life at a time when I really needed someone to care about and appreciate me. I've talked before on here about how my self-esteem was shredded as a kid by bullying by peers and, I'm sorry to say, a teacher that I had throughout elementary school. I started skating right as I began in middle school, and it allowed me to see myself differently, and my skating teacher helped to erase a lot of the misconceptions I had of myself as awkward, ugly, and worthy only of criticism. Skating gave me a lot of confidence and is something I simply love to do. A pair of skates and an open floor gives me a feeling of freedom like no other. Since music will always translate into motion for me, it's another form of artistic expression.
  • The first time I saw your skating icon I showed it to my daughter. She had not close friends from ballet, but all of her lifelong best friends have had a devotion to something that straddled the boundaries of physical and artistic in their childhood--ballet, fencing, gymnastics, ballroom dancing. I think it is really important to give kids that growing up. The Greeks understood something about that aspect of life. I missed it completely and am sorry now (I was a cheerleader in high school, but back in my day it was less athletic and more of a popularity contest).

    I love the last one for its optimism. For all my complaining I am a diehard optimist.

    Last time I saw my ex- (Baby Fingon's birthday or something) he asked me who Hermione was? I have no patience at this point with someone who hasn't read at least one Harry Potter book or see one of the movies who is trying to teach. (He's a professor at CCNY, Hunter College. Dofus!)
    • all of her lifelong best friends have had a devotion to something that straddled the boundaries of physical and artistic in their childhood

      I don't care for team sports (primarily thanks to the bullying teacher who made them ordeals of shame for five formative years!) but love that kind of stuff. The physical exertion is secondary for me; what makes it so satisfying is feeling and translating music/emotion into motion.

      I have no patience at this point with someone who hasn't read at least one Harry Potter book or see one of the movies who is trying to teach.

      How true! I feel like a slacker for avoiding Twilight. I have the good excuse to continue in that since I teach boys who are unlikely to be much interested in it. But even I'm passingly familiar with it to know the main characters! I'd imagine one would have to hide under a rock to be entirely naive of the high points of Harry Potter.
    • I read a third to a half of the first in the Twilight series in our regular Barnes & Noble. OMG! Since then I have limited myself to enjoying reading anyone who is off on a rant about the series or the film made of it. They may be wildly popular, but are lacking everything that made HP a nearly universal book among a generation of kids and likely to stay in print. HP may not be Shakespeare but there are real positive values in it and it's just so much fun to see how she mines myth and legend and popular interpretations of those for the details of her world. The most generous thing I can say about Twilight is that I don't believe in banning books.

      Edited at 2011-08-22 10:30 pm (UTC)
      • *snerk* I'm hoping I can survive my current school long enough that Twilight becomes a thing of the pop-culture past, and then I need never read it. Yay.
    • I feel like a slacker for avoiding Twilight.

      Please, please follow Oshun in this: "Since then I have limited myself to enjoying reading anyone who is off on a rant about the series or the film made of it."

      This is truly A WISE COURSE OF ACTION. Don't waste your time reading the books, go read cleolinda's summaries instead.
      • One of my favorite guilty pleasures is reading summaries like these. I'm not sure at this point whose I have read!

        Edited at 2011-08-23 01:49 am (UTC)
      • No worries--I have no plans to read them anytime soon! Anytime at all, if I can help it! I thought I'd "have to," maybe, if I taught at a school where a lot of the students had read them. I don't ever want to be one of those English teachers who puts down what students read on their own because it isn't literary enough ... even if I hate what they're reading with everyone bone in my body! As it turns out, though, I teach at an all-boys school, and there isn't a whole lotta love for sparkly vampires among the students I teach. ;) If I end up in a co-ed school someday, I hope it is after Twilight inevitably loses popularity. (Although what will replace it in the hearts and minds of American's teeny-teens ... one shudders to imagine! :D)
  • The skating icon always makes me smile. :) And I love the accordion one!

    My icon collection really needs to be updated (and I'm too lazy to do it right now), but what the heck: UNICORNS!
    • I had no idea that anyone liked the flowery skate but me! :D

      Your collection may need updating but dang. You have some absolutely amazing photos! I enjoyed just perusing them all. It's hard to choose, but here we go.

      (love this one! :)
  • Unicorns! (Maybe I'll be able to get the images to show up this time…)

    I like your skating icon, too. It's pretty, and awesome that it means so much.
    • The skate icon (which doesn't get used much these days) is really feeling the love! :D

      Okay, here be yer unicorns ... (That was rather piratish and I'm not sure why. Arrrr.)

      And I can't resist because I love this one ...

  • Yoo-ni-korrrrns? C:
    • I don't know if you intended it, but your comment reminded me of how the skeleton in the Last Unicorn movie says unicorn ... sorry, supreme dorkiness! :D

      Anyway. Here you go!

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