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Authorly Update - The Pumpkin of Rassilon

I do, in fact, still exist. The scholarship stuff was worked out and now school is settling down into a normal level of graduate-level stupidity. I have little free time, though I do spend a good chunk of it working on my current WIPs.

The rest of it I tend to spend hanging around with my crew of friends, lovingly and collectively referred to as the Horde. This past weekend a subset of the Horde (four of us) got together to carve pumpkins and decorate cookies. It was a wonderful day of stress-free fun.

I attempted and was successful in carving the Pumpkin of Rassilon. There was also a Cookie of Rassilon, which was simultaneously much less impressive and considerably more tasty. See pictures below the cut.

Click through to see larger versions.

LEFT: The Cookie of Rassilon and the Pumpkin of Rassilon.
RIGHT: The Pumpkin of Rassilon glowing! The skin is only scraped away, not cut all the way through.
BELOW: The face I had to carve on the back of the Pumpkin of Rassilon so that the candle inside would have enough air to stay lit.

ABOVE: Various pumpkins. The other two I did are below and to either side of the Pumpkin of Rassilon. (I made an Easter Egg pumpkin!) The two un-carved ones were done by my younger sister. Note how one is licking the other. :-P
BELOW: Various pumpkins glowing. Note the reflection in the window of the face from the back of the Pumpkin of Rassilon. The pumpkin with Japanese on it has the character for "fiery" and was intended to also have the character for "pumpkin" but was unfinished at the time.

LEFT: Cookies I decorated.
RIGHT: More cookies!
BELOW: The real reason for so many pumpkins... lots of roasted pumpkin seeds. A very tasty snack.

So despite mild but irritating stupidity on the part of various professors and classmates over the course of the previous week, this weekend was a fun and tasty success!


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Oct. 19th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
I bow down in awe to your amazing pumpkin carving skills. I could no more create a Pumpkin of Rassilon than I could grow my own TARDIS!
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
It wasn't so much hard as it was time-consuming, though... I cheated! I printed out out the design and used my Mom's sewing pins to mark it into the pumpkin. Then it was just a matter of painstakingly shaving off the right parts. :-)
Oct. 19th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Holy cow! The Pumpkin of Rassilon is gorgeous! Your talents never cease to amaze me. :)

I'm glad you're doing well and everything worked out with the scholarship. Good luck with the WIPs! I'm looking forward to reading them! (No pressure, of course)
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
No pressure... but I still feel bad that you have to wait for your fic. :-(

But, meanwhile, you get pictures of intricately carved pumpkins instead. :-)
Oct. 19th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Those totally rock! And yeah, agree with you on toasted pumpkin seeds. I may have to break down and get a pumpkin to carve this year for that very reason . . . even though, now Aleska and I are living in a student-heavy apartment complex, the pumpking itself is sure to end the evening smashed in the parking lot of we put it out on the porch . . .
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
The pumpkin seeds are the tastiest thing ever... and there are never enough, which is why I invited some friends and family over to carve pumpkins. We had 9 pumpkins worth of seeds, and we still managed to finish them off in only a few days! (Except the little bit I have squirreled away...)

I hear you about the smashed pumpkins. We don't put ours out any more, either. Luckily we have a bay window that works pretty well. It's such a shame that people enjoy destroying other people's handiwork so much.
Oct. 19th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Rassilon love! Very nicely done!
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-D
Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Pumpkin seds - yum! I think I missed out on the pumpkins here (Nassau, Bahamas) - didn't feel like forking out $8.99 for a mid-small pumpkin, but seeing those seeds makes me want to change my mind!
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
They were a flat rate of 40 cents per pound where I got them in Northern New Jersey. But pumpkin seeds are very yummy, and they may in fact be worth the high price of pumpkins. :-D
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