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01 January 2030 @ 11:59 pm
I've decided to make this post public - it's just a collection of resources and cool things, especially for art. Because I trust LJ more than I trust my computer/browsers, so this is better than bookmarks, for me.

Current Mood: excitedexcited
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25 January 2015 @ 09:41 pm
So, I don't find myself with much to say these days. But I am still a shutterbug. In fact, I got a new camera for Christmas, a fancy DSLR (Nikon D3300).

And there's no reason I can't share some pictures :D?

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28 May 2014 @ 11:58 pm
Long time no see~~

I am slowly getting back some spare social energy after a variety of life changes (most notably new teller job which is still going very well). I really didn't mean to disappear off the face of LJ/DW, I'm just working a lot more than I used to which means interacting with other people face-to-face a lot more than I'm used to doing.

Which, btw, is one of the great things about new job! I can now work 32 hours (and overtime! when I get it! even up to 40 hours!) without feeling like I am physically falling apart, since my job no longer requires that I stand for my entire shift, run around like a panicked deer, and haul heavy objects. Also, my boss doesn't try to guilt me if I call in sick (and I get actual payed sick days!) which helps, like, a ton.

I am still nervous sometimes that my physical condition will (almost definitely) continue to deteriorate. My leg and back both started acting up today for reasons unknown. I wasn't being especially active or anything. I also have some other health issues (that I have talked about in the past, but IDK if I want to talk about out from under locked posts any more TBH) that have been definitely getting worse as well.

Ummm...other interesting things that have happened...sister has turned out to be a genius seamstress. She made her first proper clothing item a couple of months ago - she even heavily modified the pattern - and it fit her perfectly and looked awesome, and I'm still processing the fact that she can even use a sewing machine, which I can't figure out for the life of me.

Also, Banjo-Kazooie is available now for digital download on the X-Box and we've been reliving our childhood with me playing through it and sister watching and making snarky comments and occasionally providing aid when I get stuck. It is much easier than we remember, which she and I have determined is probably because the last time I played, the N64 controllers were literally too big for my hands to hold properly.

Anyways, I'm going to be more active here probably? Ummmm don't expect too much from me all at once eh. But I will almost definitely be revising my access lists and quite possibly setting a lot of old entries to private/protected; I know there are a few of my old entries that are important to people, so if there's any you think I should consider leaving public, feel free to let me know.
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15 February 2014 @ 09:52 pm
So, as some of you may know, zombieboyband recently released her sequel to Winter Wolf, titled City Wolf! (GO BUY IT the first one is currently FREE if you have not read it yet) And I had the pleasure of working with her again to create the cover! Which, lemme tell you, she's awesome to work with :D

While making the cover (and discussing the state of e-publishing and indie publishing in general) I got thinking again about the fact that a lot of self-publishing authors have never commissioned a piece of art or graphic design work before. And I know that can make it really intimidating to do, and also (unfortunately) makes it easy for scammy, or at least not-quite-ethical cover designers to prey on authors. So I thought I would just throw together a quick bit on my own process (with screenshots!) and hopefully make it a little less of a mystery as to what goes on at this end of things. Plus I thought people might find it interesting?

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And that's how it was done! Hopefully it was educational, or at least entertaining?
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09 January 2014 @ 09:00 pm
I done made a flash game 6 u 9

It's a tiny, crappy dress-up game, but it works and does everything I want it to! Except I didn't get the chance to implement a choice of eye shape, because I realized belatedly that the lazy way I did it wouldn't work in practice really, but that's alright. You can play it here, it can provide a whole like, two seconds of entertainment maybe :D
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09 January 2014 @ 05:52 pm
People who sent birthday wishes: thank you! Sorry I didn't answer either of you individually, birthday things are kind of...weird...for me? But I do appreciate it.

In other news, I'm currently working on learning to use Flash Pro CC and code in Actionscript 3. Off to a great start so far, since my little 'get to know the code' project turned into several hours of me figuring out how to do something that you're apparently not intended to do and nobody has done before in AS3, rather than just giving up and using AS2 instead. But I was successful! And I have a crappy little dress-up game like 75% done.
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05 January 2014 @ 12:14 pm
I'm playing Pokemon Y, by the way, and I'm really enjoying it~ I know they've been trying to freshen up the series, and Pokemon B&W wasn't very successful in my opinion - like, they were good pokemon games, but all the new stuff they added, for the most part, were actually detractors for me? They made things overly complicated and didn't seem to mesh with the game as a whole. Pokemon XY is the complete opposite, they tossed out all the BW stuff and tried again and it's AWESOME. Mini-games that help you make your pokemon stronger in battle, new battle mechanics (mobs! of wild pokemon!) and, most markedly, they completely changed the feel of the game just by making really awesome 'late-game' pokemon available at the beginning - in the first few routes you can get Absol and a lot of the three-stage dragon-types, for example.

The order you get the HMs in is switched around as well, and you don't need a million water HMs any more (which they did do in B&W, to be fair). Mega evolution is also pretty cool; at first I was a bit irritated that you can only get the stones to mega-evolve pretty much all the pokemon until after the 'end' of the game, but the fact is that there are so many really awesome pokemon available in this game that I can only see myself building a mega-evolution team after the end of the game ANYWAYS, which I assume is what they were going for.

I've seen some people say that they found XY too easy compared to past games, but I'm finding kind of the opposite, that I'm having to rework a lot of my strategy to adapt to the change in pace. Usually, I'm the kind of person who NEVER runs from a wild battle, but the abundance of Absol and fucking Miltank in some routes - early routes, with pokemon I was still working on - meant I had to get used to learning when to run from a battle immediately, because the loss in time running back to a pokemon center after a single wild pokemon wiped out a third of my team wouldn't be worth it. And there's a lot more options in terms of creating a strategic team, with all the pokemon available to you right from the beginning, which I LOVE.

And then there's the fact that you can customize your character - including skin color, to some extent - and buy awesome clothing for them, which you know I am enjoying ahhhhhhh

Anyways I'm gonna go play some more now because I have to evolve my team so I can kick dakfire's butt in a PvP
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02 January 2014 @ 09:57 pm
So, I'm still working on getting stuff together for a CHICKEN PICS POST (because there are SO MANY PHOTOS OF MY CHICKENS, Y'ALL, SERIOUSLY) but in the meantime...some art you all missed from me (because I've only been posting it on tumblr)?

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P.S. I'm having a ton of trouble getting LJ to load ATM, so if there's something terribly wrong with this post, I apologize, it'll probably be a bit before I can fix it...

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01 January 2014 @ 12:08 am
Happy new year, everyone! And I'm sorry for disappearing the way I have. I think it was primarily emotional/social exhaustion while I adjusted to my new job.

Things that are new:

Job! It's great! Most of the time. It's also been very illuminating about how insulted some people can be when you ask for their ID. When they want money out of an account that you can't otherwise verify belongs to them.

Chickens! They're bigger now! And one of them is laying eggs! Do you all want photos? I have photos.

Therapy! I quit going. I felt like I had gotten as much as I could out of my current therapist, and the fact that my work schedule changes every week made it really difficult to get in a regular appointment.

Things that haven't changed:

Family situation! Still living at home (paying rent now). Mom still being the way she is, and has recently started a feud with dad's sister that is still ongoing.

Love for chickens! Having them has not changed anything. I am so happy with my chickens. I want more chickens.

Partners! Still in an open relationship with beasts_and_men.