Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Sold several items in the Con*Stellation art show... got the unsold pieces back in yesterday's mail... and ANOTHER award.

Wow. Thank you!

Megumi is eating well, and I've been having to supervise the kitties when they eat, as she keeps wanting to nibble on Seimei's food, and he wants to eat hers.
She's putting on weight, and she gets weighed again in another week or so. Yay!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Vote! Vote! like a baby stoat!

Pondering a new avatar... (just found out that people were confused by the original one... but I still love the original...)

so place your vote before Nov 4

1 Megumi wearing scarf 2 Megumi in her felted handmade cat nest 3 cat nest Megumi
4 Sleeping Seimei 5. Mothra & Candy 6 Mothra & Zine

This avatar will be changed on Flickr, Etsy, and facebook. (possibly elsewhere)
I've always used the same avatar everywhere, but y'know, maybe that's not necessary?

OH! Megumi is getting better all the time.
She has her personality back and is gradually putting the lost weight back on.
We're getting caught up on the vet bill too!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Today's project

I dreamed this one up for Char...
I'll have to get a few and gift one to her...
don't tell!

Convention Update

Archon: Sold 6 items!
Necromonicon: Sold 4 items! AND got a ribbon! (3rd place 3D) YAY!
Con*Stellation is going on this weekend.

And this weekend I'm packing up the box for Windycon.

Thank You ALL so much.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Megumi Mews

Got weighed at vet yesterday, she put on .25# it took 2 weeks.
She gets weighed again in 3 weeks... hopefully having put on .75#.

Getting close (couple hundred away) to paying off the vet.

Thank you everyone for the prayers and purrrs.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


I haven't been posting much of my current work here or on ETSY, because I've been up to my elbows getting ready for art shows at Sci fi conventions. (Archon, Necromonicon, and Con*Stellation in October, and now hustling to be ready for Windycon in November.)

But I just had this great commission to make a Godzilla for a little girl, a GIRLzilla... She turned out great. Merino wool, safety eyes, and polyfill.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Orphan Works Bill...Not Dead Yet


Orphan Works: A Public Knowledge Postmortem


"Orphan works relief was vigorously opposed by visual artists... And while we have thought some of their concerns misguided, they did a fine job of organizing and getting their voices heard."

That was the rueful conclusion Monday from the President of Public Knowledge. She was conducting a postmortem on her blog to explain why their last minute efforts to pass the Orphan Works Act failed last week.

Public Knowledge is one of the key special interest groups driving orphan works legislation. And while interested parties around the country were being told all week that the bill was dead, she now confirms that there was a secret last minute push to pass it:

"[W]ith the country's financial crisis raging [she writes] and Congress in the middle of deliberations over a bill to rescue our financial institutions, there was still an opportunity to get a bill done. But how? The best option was to get either House Courts, Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chairman Berman or House Judiciary Committee Chairman Conyers to take the Senate bill that passed and put it on the 'suspension calendar,' which is the place largely non-controversial legislation gets put so that it will get passed quickly. There can be no amendments to bills placed on the suspension calendar, but it needs a 2/3 majority to pass (italics added).

"On Saturday, September 27," she continues, she and others "were on the phone imploring the members to move the bill...":

"The negotiations went on for hours and hours on Thursday into Friday, but in the end, PK, working with the user community (libraries, documentary filmmakers, educational institutions and the College Art Association) could not agree with [sic] on language with the House staff. Late Friday afternoon, the House voted in favor of a bailout bill and everybody went home. Time had run out." http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1783

Public Knowledge has a "Six Point Program" to undo existing copyright law. "Orphan Works Reform" is Number 5. http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1245 And while they're "disappointed" they weren't able to pass the bill this session, she advises supporters to "focus on what positive things came out of the process, so [they] can move forward quickly next year."

PK says artists have learned their lesson

In her opinion, one of the "positive things" to "come out of the process" is that:

"[V]isual artists, graphic designers and textile manufacturers who opposed orphan works relief now understand that they must change their business models." (Italics added.)

Artists "must change their business models"? Is that a sound we hear from inside the Trojan Horse?

Whatever happened to the claim that this bill was only a minor tweak to copyright law - to let libraries and museums digitize their collections of old work - or let families duplicate photos of grandma?

That was the argument lawmakers heard last spring, when the bill was rolled out suddenly, scripted for quick and easy passage. But now that the anti-copyright lobby has had to fight for it, they've dropped their guard. Now it's time to openly lecture artists that the world is changing and we'd better get used to registering our work with privately owned "databases" -- at least if we want to ensure that our works won't become orphaned.

But of course that was the agenda all along.

PK says not all artists are misguided

PK's President wants Congress to know that not all artists are "misguided" - only those that oppose the bill. Currently, 80 professional groups do.

By contrast, she cites the Graphic Artists Guild as an example of artists who have learned their lesson. She praises GAG as "enlightened," because GAG supported the House version of the bill. She quotes a recent letter from GAG's President in which he admonished artists to "get real about this Orphan Works scare":

"I don't think Orphan Works is going to have a dramatic influence on how we do business [he wrote], but I hope it has awakened us all to the importance of tending to business issues. If we as a community invested a fraction of the energy we've expended on an apocalyptic vision of Orphan Works into protecting our own creations, protesting unfair contracting practices or writing letters to low-paying publishers, we'd be in a far better market position than we are today. The fact is that we give away more in the every day practice of our businesses than the government could ever take from us."

We replied to the GAG letter weeks ago, when it was first circulated to artists. We obviously disagree. Indeed, we'd point out that what the community of artists is doing by opposing this bill is "protecting our own creations":

* The Orphan works bill would have a dramatic affect on business, because it would let people infringe our work without our knowledge, consent or payment.

* Most people who succeed in our field do "treat art as a business."

* People who are bad at business can't be used as proof that successful people must change their business models.

* You can't justify exposing an artists' property to theft by telling him he didn't write enough "letters to low-paying publishers."

* What artists do or don't "give away" on their own doesn't justify government's taking anything from them.

* It's counter-intuitive to tell small business owners we should accept a bill that's bad for business to prove that we've "awakened to the importance of tending to business."

* If we don't fight to keep the work we create, that would be the ultimate failure to tend to business.

A full response to the entire GAG letter is here: http://ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com/2008/09/orphan-works-why-bet-against-ourselves.html

The Orphan Works Act was based on a premise and a conclusion:

* The premise is that the public is being harmed because it doesn't have enough contact information to locate copyright owners.

* The conclusion is that artists must change their business models.

* What's lacking is any evidence in between.

The Orphan Works Act was based on recommendations by the Copyright Office. But the Copyright Office studied the specific subject of orphaned work. They did not study the business models of artists who are alive, working and managing their copyrights. That means there can be no meaningful conclusions drawn from their study to dictate that such artists must change their business models.

From the beginning, artists have said we'd support a true orphan works bill. We've submitted precise amendments that would make one out of this bill. http://ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com/2008/07/hr-5889-amendments.html Our amendments have never been considered.

Instead, as PK's President noted in her postmortem, their last minute strategy for passing the bill would have "put it on the 'suspension calendar.'" And "[t]here can be no amendments to bills placed on the suspension calendar..."

The anti-copyright lobby is well funded. They have powerful backers. They've warned us they'll be back next year.

We should take them at their word.

- Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Board of the Illustrators' Partnership

Over 80 organizations oppose this bill, representing over half a million creators.

U.S. Creators and the image-making public can email Congress through the Capwiz site: http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/ 2 minutes is all it takes to tell the U.S. Congress to uphold copyright protection for the world's artists.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS please fax these 4 U.S. State Agencies and appeal to your home representatives for intervention. http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00267

CALL CONGRESS: 1-800-828-0498. Tell the U.S. Capitol Switchboard Operator "I would like to leave a message for Congressperson __________ that I oppose the Orphan Works Act." The switchboard operator will patch you through to the lawmaker's office and often take a message which also gets passed on to the lawmaker. Once you're put through tell your Representative the message again.

If you received our mail as a forwarded message, and wish to be added to our mailing list, email us at: illustratorspartnership@cnymail.com Place "Add Name" in the subject line, and provide your name and the email address you want used in the message area. Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses.

Please post or forward this message to any interested party.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Zazzle stuff

Got some new things on Zazzle
and a commission to make a Godzilla for a little girl!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tenderizing the New Duvet

Tenderizing the New Duvet
Originally uploaded by trinlayk
New photos (including this video) on my flickr...

I bought a new duvet and duvet cover... the kitties really beat it up the first hour it was on the bed... apparently it makes a cool sound when you rub or pounce on it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Megumi's Missive Friday Afternoon

She's gradually eating better,but still thinner than she should be.
It's getting cool in Milwaukee with a threat of frost tonight. (I need to put mulch over my strawberry plants....)

Last night I had BOTH kitties under the quilt with me, and we were all quite toasty.

ALERT ALERT ALERT!!! during the VP debate the Orphan Works Act was pushed forward in the house.. PLEASE!!!! continue to write your Representatives and beg them to Kill this Bill. PLEASE! protect the rights of creative workers to get paid for the use of their works.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fight the orphan works act!

Protect the copyrights of creative workers everywhere:


This was already sneakily forced through the Senate when everyone was paying attention
to the financial hoopla. YOUR REPRESENTATIVE may not have actually had an opportunity to even have a say!

Please! Keep this bill from passing the house!