I have been very happy to provide material for the arts community. However, I will, with no regrets, delete this account if I see it being misused. The safety and the ethical protection of my models, and my own images has absolute first priority. Always.
Go forth and create for it is our purpose to "Instigate Art"
"One final post.
One final request for help.
The last few days have been rough beyond words.
So I figured a third and final try couldn't hurt a thing.
I am thankful each and every day for your support, your love, your encouragement and kindness; things that are more precious than money.
But unfortunately, money is a necessity in this world.
And for someone in my position, it can make or break a life.
Over and over and over again, kind, caring people - friends, family, even acquaintances - ask me what they can do to help.
And I'm at the point where I need it, and I have an answer.
This is not an easy post for me to write.
To some outsiders, I appear aloof, intimidating, or outright cold. I'm not. What I am is shy and proud in equal measure, socially anxious and afraid to ask for help.
My grasp of language is still too feeble to write a proper GoFundMe. I can write, but I just don't know what to say. I'm two months into an aggressive Babesia treatment cycle that will last half a year, with at least six months of IV treatment beyond that.
I'm in too much pain to work; in effect, financially helpless. My health insurance plan is excellent, but extremely expensive, and doesn't cover the mental health treatment that is essential during a very long and extremely painful course of treatment. My medication regimen is stripping me down to skin and muscle and bone, resulting in decreased cold tolerance and even more pain.
All I can offer at this point is my Paypal information, and a sincere plea for any help you can spare.
The address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Any money you send me will be used for warm clothes, gloves, winter boots, and other essentials to keep me going through the winter, as well as medical expenses and psychological maintenance.
Thank you for hearing me out, for your understanding, and for your support. "
© 2016 Marion Z. Skydancer
It took some digging but I found what I believe to be the accurate dates determined by NASA for the Zodiac signs, if you include Ophiuchus and adjust for orbital precession. NASA explained that the signs as we know them have completely different date ranges now.
Here the "new" dates for all 13 signs:
Capricorn: January 20 - February 16
Aquarius: February 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11 – April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – August 10
Leo: August 10 – September 16
Virgo: September 16 – October 30
Libra: October 30 – November 23
Scorpio: November 23 – November 29
Ophiuchus: November 29 – December 17
Sagittarius: December 17 – January 20
Now that you've caught your breath, here's a hard truth: From the get-go, astrology was not intended as an exact science. And as NASA has shown, some of its most foundational values, like these very signs, can be challenged by astrology's hard-science counterpart, astronomy.
"Minor comment here by me"
Most folk that look at this closely will realize the length of time for each sign is different. Astronomically, the angle that each constellation covers varies a lot, so unlike the arbitrary division of astrology, if you use actual astronomical data, that is how it works out, the sun is only in each constellation when it actually IS in each constellation's arc.
Just wanted to clear that up.
Safely back from Dragon Con, and rather a lot of new material to post, but, also a small colony of virii and microbes came along for the ride, so I need to deal with them first. Be patient and there will be much fun things to come. A tiny bit of a teaser for you.
I will definitely be shooting with The Dresden Files, Cinder Spires, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and in the parade. Otherwise I will most likely be around the art show, and shooting small individual shoots with different folk, as well as wandering about in wizard garb with a camera in my kit.
All donations of course toward my work is deeply appreciated. Note me if you need my address to send props, costume items or wish to donate directly to my fund through paypal. Never hurts to have the option.
The replacement camera seems to be doing pretty well, much better than I expected in someways, missing a few options I used heavily with my Pentax, but over all, an interesting piece of kit. Eventually I must save up, sell a bit of the accumulating stash of art and work I have around here, and get a new Pentax, But I think I will be keeping this Sony. It lets me finally pull all that lovely Minolta glass I have had in the drawer for years again.
So, Happy Solstice, and we continue ONward.
All goes well, I will be back by Midsummer's Eve.
Looking forward to Midsummer's Eve, the fireflies are out and about, the weather is much warmer, and the mountains are green and gorgeous.
However. Thanks to my dear friend NicholasArts and his assistance, I have a replacement that will serve well, though there are a few things it has that I have to figure out, and is missing a few things I found extremely useful on the old one, but... we adapt, we stretch, we grow and we make stock. While is is a blow to the budget... which I find to be much like fudge, it melts away just laying there in the pan... Dragon Con is very much in my sights and we will be there with wand and staff and lens. Which also means that if anyone would like to shoot some artsy stuff, or a nice stock series while I am down there it would be great fun.
The world is changing. Art about it while you can.
In other news... much work going on to get ready for this year's 30th anniversary of Dragon Con