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I owe a weekend report! On Thursday night, I drove out to Chena Hot Springs, all by myself in the van. I camped there overnight, soaked in the morning, and met Layla for a plein air watercolor painting class. Yes, I was torturing myself again with Things I Am Not Good At. Patreon patrons will get a look at what I painted! Friday night I camped out with Layla, Saturday was another day of painting outdoors, and then Saturday night Layla drove back in and Jake left Guppy with the grandparents and drove out in his fancy car. We stayed until Sunday afternoon, soaking and enjoying a leisurely breakfast.

It was a gorgeous time. Sunny weather the first day, threatening clouds the second - but no actual rain until we were tucked into bed, long after a lovely fire and marshmallows.



I brought my iPad and keyboard with me, and actually managed to write a few thousand words, as well! Not-a-book is up to 40k, and I've got just another scene (maaaaybe two) and a fluffy epilogue still to write on it. I've mocked up the cover and drafted the blurb. It feels like it's stampeding to the finish line now! It's eating my brain, big time.

Tomorrow: a massage, the farmer's market, a new artwork release, and maybe a thousand new words, if I'm lucky. All the paid #junicorns are mailed except a few I'll take into town with me tomorrow. (And one more original sale would make me over the moon! I made a special folder at my artist Facebook page to show which originals were still available.)

ObWeekly Post v.3.1: Rant Edition

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:45 am
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[personal profile] tatterpixie
So I went on a bit of a rant to online friends and my poor patient roommate Angie about tracing as it applies to SCA scroll production. Like, the person in question claims they can't draw, yet they want to pursue an activity that almost requires that one draw. It would make sense they would want to learn to draw, right? No, they are practically married to their light pad. Tracing to me is a cheat -- it's great as a learning tool, but to consistently and regularly trace even the simplest clipart and get praised for it when other people are working hard to learn and reproduce the medieval art form... That's just wrong to me. Vented to my Laurel, who agrees, and who also advised me to just "do me" and not let it bother me. Good advice from the boss. ^__^

Other than that, it was a quiet week. Sketched out a practice piece for trying a new-to-me scribal painting style, did some Moonshop sketchery too (I'm thinking of trying out to be a shop artist XD), watched Wimbledon and footie and Formula 1 racing, gamed with friends online for the first time in forever (Mouse Guard is a lot of fun!). Pretty good week!

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 10.40: Clear
Temp: 82F (feels like 84F)
Humidity: 60% (dewpoint 67F)
Pressure: 30.04"
Winds: SE 5mph
Forecast: Partly sunny, chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, high 85F, low 67F

Geez was it hot last week. Hot and humid and gross. The thunderstorms only helped a little, and temporarily. This week promises more of the same. Ugh.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • A Smile and a Song (Three Wishes)
  • Where The Gods Live (Three Wishes)
  • From One Trickster to Another (ItNotM)
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Welcome Home (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM)
  • Options (ItNotM)
  • ORP -- PUFFS v. STUFFS (ItNotM) x5
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • list stuff on Ebay
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: various sketchery
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and watered plants and scrubbed bog
More wording and arting this week, and staying inside from the heat!

Disney Parks news from D23

Jul. 15th, 2017 04:32 pm
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[personal profile] destina
Disney is its own fandom, and OMG there are AMAZING things happening. As I said on tumblr, Disney is about to back trucks up to the parks and shower money on them, because some of our wildest dreams are happening. Including the one I predicted long ago. *g*

cutting to spare those who don't care, but a list of the confirmed changes is behind this cut )

WELL. This is a great day to be a Disney Parks fan. Meanwhile, I have reblogged lots of Infinity War and Star Wars stuff on tumblr, too, as have 1 million others. If you like that stuff but you aren't hanging out there today, you might be missing out just a little. (Unless you're not into squee, capslock and keysmashing; then you're good.)

gratitude and a great salad

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:02 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
I really need to work on gratitude.

1. New medication for the dog, which means she no longer pees in her sleep. (Yes, it's a thing.)

2. Talking my oldest niece into reading the Montmaray novels. Which I then re-read over the weekend, and yes, I cried at that one point. (Oh, Carlos.)

3. Finally getting through to the VA about Dad's life insurance policy.

4. Making my awesome "Oceanside salad" and eating two bowls of it for dinner. [recipe below]

5. Borrowing ebooks from the local library.

*

Oceanside salad )

In other news, I really enjoyed the final Raksura novel by Martha Wells, enough to want to reread them all, except the last Court of Fives novel by Kate Elliott is coming out soon, so I want to reread all of those, but I really shouldn't.

Also, the Narnia fic exchange is up for signups this week, and I cannot decide...

A poll about AO3 norms

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:24 pm
destina: cherry blossoms (Default)
[personal profile] destina
I anonymized it for your truth-telling convenience. I'm just curious, really; these are things I've been wondering about, so why not ask?


Poll #18575 AO3 norms, part 1
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 81

I've heard that a 'good rate of return' is considered to be one comment per 100 hits. Your thoughts on this number?

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Accurate
12 (16.7%)

Arbitrary
60 (83.3%)

Which is the most valuable fannish currency for your story in order to attract readers?

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Kudos
40 (56.3%)

Comments
11 (15.5%)

Hits
4 (5.6%)

Bookmarks
10 (14.1%)

Tumblr reblogs
6 (8.5%)

Do you ever read bookmarks to see the comments people put there even though they haven't commented on your story itself?

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Yes
49 (67.1%)

No
7 (9.6%)

People do that??
17 (23.3%)

Tell the truth: which method do you personally use when you want to read fic in a new fandom?

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Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by kudos
43 (53.8%)

Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by comments
9 (11.2%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by bookmarks
7 (8.8%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by hit count
7 (8.8%)

I use other tags to sort and I will explain in comments
14 (17.5%)

I have the hit counts turned off on my stories.

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Yes
6 (8.5%)

No
65 (91.5%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the kudos button.

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Yes
7 (9.3%)

No
68 (90.7%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the comments on a story, not just moderate them.

View Answers

Yes
15 (20.5%)

No
58 (79.5%)

Freeform tumblr-style tags suck and should not be allowed.

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Yes
36 (47.4%)

No
40 (52.6%)

How do you use tags the most?

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To find things I want to read
46 (56.8%)

To avoid things I don't want to read
15 (18.5%)

To sort or filter things
9 (11.1%)

As red flags to warn me off immature writers
10 (12.3%)

As green lights to find things that are funny or delightful
1 (1.2%)

Which of the following is the most irritating to you as a reader?

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Failing to warn properly
3 (3.7%)

Putting the wrong indicator on a story (gen when it's m/m)
9 (11.1%)

Super-long summaries which explain the story for you
3 (3.7%)

Super-long notes or footnotes
2 (2.5%)

Fics without proper spacing or paragraph breaks
29 (35.8%)

Fics without proper dialog punctuation
9 (11.1%)

Self-deprecating author's notes
8 (9.9%)

'Comment and I might write more haha'
18 (22.2%)

Last question: what do you discern from the order of pairings listed on the story?

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I assume all the pairings listed will be in the story, period
42 (51.9%)

I assume the most important/primary pairing is listed first in order
53 (65.4%)

I don't assume; I check notes to see if there's guidance about it
9 (11.1%)

I assume there could be a mix of past and present pairings for any given listed pairings
27 (33.3%)

New artwork, General updates

Jul. 12th, 2017 02:09 pm
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[personal profile] ellenmillion
Wow! If I sell one more #Junicorn original, I will have sold half of them. This pleases me enormously: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1604777.html

Writing continues, slowly but steadily. 579 words today, 538 yesterday. Not-a-book is approaching 35k and I'm still pretty happy with it. My main characters are adrift on the ocean, but rescue is in sight. Then there will be a climactic show-down, a sweet epilogue, and I've got a brilliant idea for a scene (that may become two scenes) that I need to go back and find a good spot for. This is already longer than any of my published books, and I have at least 10k left to add. (I thought it would be done at 40k, but that's not likely now.)

This morning I got my car perma-registered, which entailed a painless trip to the DMV, and then I got the oil in the truck changed and fixed a turn signal. Then Guppy and I went and played at the Children's Museum for a while, then went to the Farmer's Market, and she was happy to take an actual nap when we got home.

I have fabulous writing and arting plans for the weekend, and will be non-communicado starting tomorrow afternoon until Monday. I shall hopefully be back with many grand tales and updates.

I have to go wake Guppy or tonight will be unpleasant, so have another of the Color On! Magazine pieces:


Original available!

The list of summer vacation 2017

Jul. 12th, 2017 12:12 am
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[personal profile] nonesane
...yaaaay, lists. No seriously, lists help me not panic about All The Stuff I Want To Do. I know I won't get all of this done, but getting it all written down in an overview like this helps :)

Also, I've promised myself only to have two writing projects on at the same time, to prevent me from dilly-dallying and only writing two orders on each of my gazillion WIPs.

Updated: 2017-07-21
To-do list 2017 )
destina: (mcu: spidey)
[personal profile] destina
I wanted to read this story, but it didn't exist, so I wrote 8,600 words of it. And then I rewrote it so it was Homecoming-compliant. And now here we are, in the handbasket.

100-Point Restoration (8691 words) by Destina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Ned Leeds, May Parker (Spider-Man), Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Future Fic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

Tony needs a happiness upgrade; Peter wants Tony. These goals might be compatible. (This story is set roughly five years post-Homecoming.)




What are the odds that I'd write two MCU stories and they'd both be (different) rare pairs?? Or that the unfinished third one will be, too?
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It was a weekend of beds! We bought Guppy a bed frame, finally. She outgrew her toddler bed a while ago, and we had a mattress on the floor for her, but this is much, much better.

Not stopping there, we dismantled my weird-sized bed and turned it into a twin XL, which frees up the bedroom space ENORMOUSLY, and makes the room so much more gorgeous. Hopefully it will mean fewer barked shins, as well.

There was gaming and art on Sunday, which I haven't scanned yet.

It's a sulky, rainy day today, and we're watching movies while I do some Facebook promo and jot notes on my not-a-book. (Earlier, we had a balloon party and drew in Guppy's workbooks together).

Don't forget about the Amazon clearance: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1609672.html

And the next Sketch Fest is the 21st! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/144259459467548

And I promised artwork this week! I am the featured artist at Color On! Magazine. I did five exclusive pieces for them (back in April!), and you can buy print or digital issues. One of them is Butterflies at Solstice, posted a few weeks ago. One of them is this piece:


Under the Rose Bush - Fairy Wedding. The original is available, inquire!

You can read the interview they did here: https://coloronmag.com/issue/july-2017/

(And then there was food poisoning. Better now, but not up to bellydancing tonight.)

ObWeekly Post v.3.1: Blah Edition

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:18 am
tatterpixie: i cannot brane, i has teh dumb (branes)
[personal profile] tatterpixie
So yeah, decompression happened, as did a whole lot of napping, as did the Fourth of July holiday. We went over to Angie's parents' house on the Fourth for grilling, which was yummy, then came home and Angie's boy Micah grilled for us on the shiny new grill he acquired for Angie. ^___^ Mmmm so much grilled meat. XD

Otherwise, apart from fireworks shenanigans by the neighbors, it was a quiet week. Didn't get much accomplished, per my agenda last week, but I think that's okay. ^__^

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 10.16am: Mostly cloudy
Temp: 71F (feels like 71F)
Humidity: 68% (dewpoint 60F)
Pressure: 30.08"
Winds: NNW 5mph
Forecast: Partly sunny, slight chance of PM showers, high 85F, low 68F

It was warm and muggy last week, kinda gross actually. At least it wasn't as hot as it has been in the past, and it rained some which sort of helped. Sunday was downright glorious even. This week promises to be more of the same, with highs in the mid to upper 80s and potential for thunderstorms until a cooling trend hits toward the end of the week. WHEE SUMMER.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • A Smile and a Song (Three Wishes)
  • Where The Gods Live (Three Wishes)
  • From One Trickster to Another (ItNotM) x1
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Welcome Home (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM) x1
  • Options (ItNotM)
  • started
  • ORP -- PUFFS v. STUFFS (ItNotM) x3
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: nothing
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox
So much for getting any scribal stuff done last week. Gonna make up for it this week! CANNOT LOSE MOMENTUM.

Sale at Amazon!

Jul. 7th, 2017 08:36 am
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[personal profile] ellenmillion
Addicted to Amazon prime? Just hate paying shipping?

I am liquidating my Amazon Fulfillment stock!

Use the links below to get the last few books I have available there at the same price as the webpage, but pay no shipping with Amazon Prime (or by purchasing enough to qualify for free shipping). Disclosure: these are affiliate links. You can also view everything at my seller page.

Wild Teas of Alaska (10 left)
Garden Sprites (3 left)
Christmas Sprites (3 left)
Splendid and Scaled (7 left)
Fishtank Fantasies (5 left)
Feathered Fantastic (7 left)
Equine Enchantment (8 left)
Fairies and Friends (2 left)
An Alphabestiary of Clockwork Devices (7 left)
Fantastrix (2 left)
Wildflowers of Alaska (4 left)
Dotminatrix (5 left)
The Collected Faeries of Victoria Griffin (2 left)
Fishpond Fantasies (5 left)

I will still have coloring books available on Amazon after these are sold, but they will be shipped directly from me. And they will not be this cheap - I'm taking a hit on these to save myself having to pay to remove or destroy them before storage fees hit. Mitzi's books will continue to be available through Amazon Prime, as they continue to do well enough to be worth it.

Also, I would very, very much appreciate your reviews and comments at Amazon! Even mediocre but honest reviews will help legitimize a product, and that really matters for a small business like mine. (And of course, if you share your raves, that's even better...) You can leave a review if you purchased through a Kickstarter or through my webpage, as well. If you have a PDF copy, you can also review that, just specify what format you have and how you got it.

Thanks!

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