David Levithan and Billy Merrell are putting together an expanded edition of The Full Spectrum and are looking for essays about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and other queer identities by writers under 21. If you have a story you want to tell, go to www.queerthology.com for details on submitting. Deadline is August 1st!
If you have 15 minutes to watch a video: Sydney Opera House / Living Mural. "A global animation project by Universal Everything, collaborating with over 20 different animation studios worldwide to create a living mural on one of the world’s most iconic buildings." In other words: lights and pictures specially designed to be projected onto the Sydney Opera House. Pretty cool.
In Cosmopolitan, I enjoyed "12 Things Every Twentysomething Woman Needs to Do to Get a Bikini Body," by Lane Moore, and before you think I've gone to the dark side, the subtitle is, "Spoiler: You already have one." Number 11 is, "11. Realize you already have a bikini body because you have a body and a bikini can physically go on it. Also, I have literally never seen a woman and thought, Ugh, she doesn't belong in a bathing suit, because I am not human garbage. And I like to think most people aren't either."
This was pretty challenging, especially because in order for everything to line up correctly, the more complicated planets had to end up on my dominant hand. Turns out it is really hard to paint a tiny Saturn with a nail polish brush and toothpicks, right-handed!
I tried to represent their relative sizes correctly, more or less. Well anyway, I did my best, given my limitations of tools and skill. :o) And yes, Pluto gets to be part of my solar system!
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On the far left (my right pinky) is the sun. Might be hard to see here.
I'm quite pleased with Jupiter and Mars.
The giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and Pluto.
Thanks, Kevin, for the pictures. Somehow we failed to take a close-up of my right hand, so here's a bad iPhone selfie, just to share details: