Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:24 pm
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So, I got the brilliant idea, to see if I could find out anything more about the mysterious shrine Rachel and I found, to contact the author of the book The Fox and the Jewel, because she would probably be the person to have some sort of idea, and I figured an email from someone interested in the subject wouldn't be seen as weird. :)

I figure she's probably a professor somewhere and start looking. I'm right. Except that she vanishes off the face of the planet about 2001/2002. Up until then she was a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and had published a handful of articles. After that ... nothing. The Library of Congress authority records have her birth date but not a death date. They're usually fairly good at getting them, but in this case ... maybe not. I can't find any trace of her after that time, so no clue what's happened to her.

Searching was annoying, just because she shares a name with a fairly prominent triathlete, so I had to sift those hits out. XD Anyway, it looks like I may be fated never to know anything more about the shrine, unless I manage to find some other professor specializing in Japanese religion whose language I speak. :)

Anyone interested in picking up the gauntlet: name Karen (Ann) Smyers, born 1954. (Not the athlete, who was born in 1961.)

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Jun. 23rd, 2006 11:36 pm
telophase: (FB - Ritsu // hypno_jango on Journalfen)
I know that most of you have better things to do on a Friday night than read LJ, but hey. At any rate, I dunno how many of you already know, but [ profile] rachelmanija and I are working on a next thing - a 20-40 page short story to submit to an anthology, and because I didn't want to draw trenchcoats again for a while, among other things, we're doing a sort of fantasy thing that we like to refer to as Gay Tibetan Martial Artists.*

If you're interested in How It All Happened, you can read her blog entry about it here.

At any rate, I'm starting to collect images for reference and inspiration, and if any of you feel like wielding a little Google-fu, here's the sort of thing I'm looking for.

Mountains. But not general pretty scenery mountains. I've got plenty of images of dramatic snow blowing off Everest and the like. What I need is photos that are a little more intimate - trekking in the mountains, mountain paths, and so on. And not really forested Apalachian-type mountians. I need dramatic, unforgiving, tough Himalayan or Andean type mountain terrain shots. Crevasses and gorges = Good. Snow = Good. Rocky terrain = Good. The sort of place where almost the only living creature is mad dogs and Englishmen mountain goats and idiotic mountaineers. I don't need dramatic long-distance scenery shots. I need to know how to draw people actually walkign on trails, so I need photos of trails and climbers on walls and stuff that are close enough to allow me to draw them. I can't do all the pages with teh images all at a distance of half a mile. If you're not sure what I mean, ask.

Tibetan, Nepali, and Bhutanese moasteries, temples, and other buildings. As well as people and clothing. If you can find some shots of the beautiful old buildings - I think it may be a temple complex - in Kathmandu, so much the better.

Images and video of someone wielding a chain whip. (It's a weapon of a rope or chain with a weight on one end - in Shanghai Knights, Jackie Chan improvises one with a length of rope and a horseshoe.) Images and video of interesting Central Asian weapons, especally ones that aren't that well-known. If anyone can find proof that the Tibetan dorje and the axe known as the Ego Chopper and other symbolic weapons were actually used as real weapons, I LOVE YOU LONG TIME FIVE DOLLAS. (Caveat: not from the site. I'm trying to corroborate their info.)

I'll post as I think of other things.

* Again with the gay, because it's a yaoi/boys'love-themed market we're going to be submitting to.

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