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([personal profile] istia Jul. 21st, 2017 06:31 pm)
Today's [community profile] thefridayfive questions:

Friday 5 music )

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([personal profile] istia Jul. 20th, 2017 08:43 pm)
Since Photobucket switched in June 2017 to an exorbitant annual subscription fee for allowing images to be displayed on 3rd-party sites, I'm instead hosting the pictures here & linking to them in the stories they illustrate at the AO3.

Mi Chaqueta, Su Chaqueta )

Ezra Meets His Future Best Friends )

istia: white background with 7 red counting strokes on it for the magnificent 7 (m7 | poster Saul Bass)
([personal profile] istia Jul. 20th, 2017 08:13 pm)
Photobucket finally got around to replacing my images w/ their "pay up" graphic as I discovered today when I checked.

So, as I mentioned I'd do in this event in a recent post, I've deleted the Clothing & Guest Character image pages from the M7 Handbook. Hopefully I also found all the links to those pages in different places.

For the 3 images w/ 2 of my M7 stories at AO3, I'm going to make a post here in a few minutes displaying those images, then link to that post from the fics. All 3 can go in the same post, which will make them easy to find. If I ever want another image associated w/ a fic, I'll just add it to that same post.

Not as great as having the pictures right there at the bottom of the stories--I doubt any reader will bother clicking a link to go elsehwere--but 3 images is not worth trying to find a new host that works on AO3. Unfortunately, Dreamwidth hosted images don't show there; or at least the test image I tried didn't show up.

I tried out flickr, but it's hopeless. I wasted way too much time trying to figure out how to get the image url. That's all I want! Just upload & give me the link. But, no, it's all runaround everywhere trying to find anything as simple as that. /kvetching

I've had that Photobucket account since 2004. That's a long time for something on the internet to last! I've deleted the account now. Won't ever use it again. Glad I did all the moving & replacing of images last week before the ugly replacement graphic showed up all over.

And there's the proof the new policy applies to even the tiniest users. I was using only 2% of the allowable space as a free user.

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([personal profile] goss Jul. 19th, 2017 09:18 pm)
Title: Bulletproof
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: DCU, Wonder Woman (2017)
Characters/Pairings: Diana
Content Notes: This is a quick one, sketched with pencil. Don't have the time to do a proper watercolour painting job as yet. So in the mean time, I've added some digital tinting in Photoshop, as well as played around with the lighting. I actually like the results. ^___^

Created for the [community profile] drawesome Weekly Challenge #3: Song Lyric Prompt. Inspired by Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia (Ricochet, you take your aim, fire away...).


Click here for entire artwork )
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([personal profile] goss Jul. 16th, 2017 08:21 am)
  1. Google No - DuckDuckGo

    So I saw via Tumblr this week that Google did this sneaky thing where they have quietly dropped the ban on personally identifiable web tracking. Meaning: Until now, Google collected your data, but did not attach your name to it. Now, they can, and will. O_O

    There are helpful instructions at the link on how to opt out of this, which I went ahead and followed. Furthermore, I decided to make DuckDuckGo my default search engine, since its main feature is that it is a Non-Tracking search engine.

  2. Stay Motivated

    Here's an article (via [personal profile] umadoshi) on How to Stay Motivated in an era of stupidity, which is worth the read, especially as artists and creators in fandom. We could all benefit from reminding ourselves that the act of creating has merit and value to ourselves and each other, now more than ever.

  3. Art Challenges

    • Defenders Big Bang:
      Have to remember to get started on this one! Art is due on 1st August. I was holding out to read the author's completed story, but since I have an idea of what direction I want to go in from the initial draft, I think I'm going to go ahead and start on the artwork this week.

    • Weekly Challenge #3 - Song Lyric:
      This week's prompt at [community profile] drawesome is a Lyric from one of your favourite songs. I got Wonder Woman (2017) on my mind, and there are so many songs on my playlist that make me think of her bravery, strength of character, and general awesomeness. I am fangirling that movie SO HARD, so this is the perfect incentive to do a bit of WW fanart.
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    ([personal profile] istia Jul. 15th, 2017 12:59 pm)
    It's a quiet Saturday of doing nothing but resting my knee, so when better to do a 50-question Book Meme? Seen in many places lately. Warning: it appears to have been originally created by a 12-year-old, so it gets lolaciously ridiculous in the middle. *g*

    Book Meme 2017 )

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    ([personal profile] istia Jul. 14th, 2017 12:32 pm)
    I've been having a lousy week, in part because of an old knee injury acting up. It's been a thing since I was about 20 & I'm used to it periodically aching for several days if I accidentally twist it a bit or something similar. But this week, omg. It hasn't hurt this badly in years.

    I've seen folks use round-ups of things in their life that are good or happy or that they're grateful for & figured I'd give it a try. Also: a list! My "i like lists" tag has been sadly underused lately.

    1. yesterday, my writing streak at 750words.com reached 500 days & I graduated to the next tier up badge: spacebird!

    2. I heard about & signed up for tor.com's ebook club & got a free, no-drm copy of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart - each month, Tor gives away 1 ebook to members of the club, whee!

    3. the new series of Who Do You Think You Are (UK) has begun & I have episode 14x02, focusing on Craig Revel Horwood, ready to watch;

    4. I indulged in some retail therapy yesterday, ordering a purple bra in a completely new-to-me style along w/ a totally indulgent, cheap but very pretty blue bead bracelet;

    5. my weekend plans involve doing nothing whatsoever except rest my knee; I have lots of food (my fridge is full of little bottles of liquid meal replacement as well as fresh raw veggies) & no need to go out for anything, so I'm not!

    My knee is actually feeling a bit better today after a mighty 4 hours sleep last night, so I'm cautiously hopeful it will continue to improve!

    Hope all of you have, or are having, happy weekends yourselves. :)

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    ([personal profile] istia Jul. 12th, 2017 02:11 pm)
    I've heard mentions in various places recently about the giant solar power farm China is building to help the transition from coal fuel w/ all its attendant pollution & degradation of the environment to cleaner, sustainable energy. I thought it was a great initiative.

    Then I saw a picture of it:

    And fell over w/ glee! When the solar farm's completed, it'll be twice as big as it is currently & will feature a 2nd panda.

    ♠ ♠ ♠

    I've finished migrating all my journal pics from Photobucket to DW. Whew! I did it a bit at a time, but discovered I'd done a lot of picspams over the years. That was a chore.

    Now the only images left at PB are the 3 little pics w/ 2 of my fics at AO3, & the large number at my zeke site illustrating the Guests & Clothing pages in the M7 Handbook. Those are all still showing up, so I'll leave them alone until PB blocks them.

    They comprise 148 clothing & 750 guest character images. I don't have enough space on my tiny zeke site to host them; also, there's way too many to bother changing all those image links. I very much doubt anybody ever looks at those pages these days, anyway. New fans probably don't even know about the Handbook & have no reason to care.

    So I'll leave them up & check once in a while. When PB blocks them, I'll delete those pages.

    goss: (*fangirls* - Starfire Raven)
    ([personal profile] goss Jul. 10th, 2017 04:26 pm)
    So Teen Wolf fandom is having a meltdown over the new trailer for the final episodes of Season-whatever. Apparently Tyler Hoechlin is back! Derek and Stiles might actually be in the same room together? IS THIS THE REAL LIFE??

    Trailer on YouTube )

    I stopped watching when they killed off Erica, Boyd and Allison on Season 3, but never left the fandom. My shippy heart is stuck on Sterek for life. ♥____♥ THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!! \o/ ...Actually, no - it's probably going to SUCK :b , and Stiles and Derek might only share screen-time for those 3 seconds shown in the trailer:

    But who cares?? Fandom will come through! I am already anticipating AO3 being flooded with fix-it fic, and whole epics being written around those 3 seconds of interaction. :D :D :D
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    ([personal profile] istia Jul. 9th, 2017 09:33 pm)
    Great episode of Poldark tonight, 305, which I've been looking forward to since S3 got underway. This episode covers one of my favourite parts of the books & the show did a good job w/ it! I'm only sad that Spoiler )

    Just watched the 1st episode of new show Will, set in 1589 London as young Shakespeare 1st arrives in London as a hopeful actor & fledging playwright.

    The colour! So much delicious colour everywhere. None of that desaturated nonsense so many history shows go in for for inexplicable reasons. London is a teeming, roguish, colourful bed of mayhem. The theatre--audiences & players alike--are suitably wild, disruptive, sexual, unruly, crude, & utterly delightful!

    Spoilers )

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    ([personal profile] goss Jul. 10th, 2017 12:13 am)
    Title: Me A Monster
    Artist: [personal profile] goss
    Rating: G
    Fandom: Black Sails
    Characters/Pairings: Captain Flint
    Content Notes: Drawn and shaded with watercolour pencils, with watercolour paint applied to the background. Created for the [community profile] drawesome Weekly Challenge #2 (Word Prompt: Villainous).

    Title taken from a particularly memorable line by Captain Flint: "They took everything from us. Then they call me a monster?". I find the show's examination of good guy/bad guy, and its running theme of "heroic" characters carrying out villainous actions, to be quite fascinating.


    Click here for entire artwork )
    I have realized that I will never again fit into some of my suits.  If anyone reading this knows someone starting a professional career who could use a bunch of blazers, skirt suits, and pant suits in women's size 6, let me know; if not, I will give them to my local Suited for Change, which helps women with professional outfits.
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    ([personal profile] goss Jul. 9th, 2017 10:29 am)
    1. Mail!

      Thanks for the awesome Doctor Who themed postcards, [personal profile] misbegotten! I looooove them. ^___^

    2. Icon

      I saw this pair of pretty amazing gifs (from the animated Avengers Assemble tv series, I think) via Tumblr the other day... Steve Rogers: Artist in Despair )

      ...and could not pass up the chance to make myself an icon. It is quite literally /o\ . Hee.

    3. Craft Project: Class gifts

      I found this really great idea on Pinterest for gifting my class with an End of the Academic Year token: a Student Survival Kit. It's a collection of items like pen, eraser, paperclips, etc., but with a little meaning behind each one. Here are 2 pics showing the gift bags I made up for each student, with the items listed in the front: 2 Photos: Student Survival Kit )

      I decided to add my own spin to it, and make it a cute, interactive, bonding experience for the class. The really special part had to do with the last item: the puzzle piece (To know that you are an important part of the picture). I found an inspirational poster online, and Photoshopped in some stars, the class name, and an overlay of a puzzle template. Printed on bristol board, cut out the puzzle pieces, labelled each one with a student's name and added the individual pieces to their gift bags.

      And then waited for them to open up their bags, find the puzzle piece and then slowly realise it might be part of a larger picture. I sat back and enjoyed watching them scramble to get together and contribute all their pieces, eager to solve it. Delight at seeing their class name form and touched by the message. There were lots of Awwwww's and sentimental mush. LOL. It was a nice moment, and worth the lack of sleep and painstaking work of cutting all those puzzle pieces the night before. :b

      Photo: Class Jigsaw Puzzle )