I'm going on an adventure

Aug. 19th, 2017 01:41 pm
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I'm all packed and looking forward to leaving ungodly tomorrow to arrive in Savannah tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to this trip even if it might be raining during the eclipse time.

I'll be back late Tuesday Night. Hopefully with fun stories to tell.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 08:31 pm
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I was just checking my twitter and saw someone (British) just tweet "Barcelona" with a broken heart next to it.

Out of curiousity I checked the news and I'm simply shocked.

Even more lives that ended short out of the blue. Even more people scarred for life.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 01:31 pm
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I made it all the way upstairs and managed to make one whole icon, lol.

I'm still really tired and I don't know if it's the pill entirely or if I've got a slight cold/allergy thing.

I'll probably end up taking an afternoon nap, Ian's already promised not to wake me.

In the good news side of things I made an experimental dish in the crock pot last night and it tasted amazing. Tikka Masala.

My skin is still tingly with improved circulation and all that cilantro makes me want a big bowl of pho.

I also want to figure out how to prevent my pictures from becoming too small on dreamwidth so that I can type up a few recipes.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Have been dizzy and unable to climb stairs, side effect of meds. Have been cooking good food and sleeping a ton.


Aug. 15th, 2017 03:49 am
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Come find some friends/talk tv at [community profile] tv_talk!

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Aug. 15th, 2017 03:22 am
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I woke up wide awake at 2:30 this morning and I can't seem to go back to sleep.

At least it gives me time to figure out our lunch situation we didn't get to the store yesterday and we only have enough chili left over for one.

I think I have all the ingredients for Chicken and Fennel but I hate making Ian cut up veggies first thing in the morning but cutting them myself is a bad idea because then I get deep cuts on my hand and the knives are quite sharp.

I think we have pasta sauce... I'll figure something out.

Guess who's going on an adventure this coming weekend? We bought solar eclipse glasses expecting that even if Ian couldn't get two days off from work for us to drive North we could at least see the partial solar eclipse but he was able to get the days off.

So off we go to a hotel near the eclipse path so that we can see the full eclipse. It should be fun.

And we're going to a city I've always wanted to see.

So that's something to look forward too. ^_^

On spelling (and writing fics)

Aug. 15th, 2017 07:59 am
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While opening word and skipping to my last place in my type up document, I had a random thought: Is there an extension to the Word dictionaries that contains all the HP terminology with their correct spellings in all variations?

I always hesitate to add them myself as I'm never certain if my spelling is write. And even if I add them, then the next time it's underlined red again (because it's plural/singular, a different tense and what not). Sure, I can check it online, but then I'm wondering if it should be with a capital letter or not.

As much as I tend to go for no caps at all, I'm taking more care when writing stories and that's when I start wondering and while in English it might be better to take a guess on lower case, there are some words/cases where I'm very tempted to use capital letters. It's probably more my experience with German slipping through than actual correct spelling in English.

Well, who cares about my typing up - what feels like 50% is bullet points or haf bullet point/half text anyway. Sometimes I think I need to publish one of those just for the laughs of my writing/plotting style. Although, I wouldn't call it plotting. I rarely know where I want to go - it all develops while writing. Okay, that's a lie. Whenever I start an independent!Harry story, I know where it's suppposed to end: Harry is free of Dumbledore's (or anyone else's) control and Voldemort is defeated. It's a very specific target, right?

I think in part it's because I don't really care how something ends. Well, I do, but I don't mind hearing about it before I reach that part. To me, the ending never was the important bit. The journey to that end was far more important, because as the saying goes: All roads lead to Rome. The question is: Which road are they taking? :)

Before I close this, a fun fact of the day:
I seemingly can't end a word on "in". I remember writing Star Wars stories and getting frustrated with always typing "Anaking" and I thought I was over it, that it was just Anakin I was going to mangle. Well, while typing up this past week I wrote "Slythering" multiple times.
Then again, it's not as if I didn't know where it comes from - it's all those verbs ending in "ing" and my fingers just know that the "g" follows the "in" even when it doesn't.

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Aug. 14th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Finished the movie. Loved it.

Did he remember? Did he is that what the smile is supposed to mean? Did my ship sail and then crash burning to the ground?

It made me cry. All in all it was a great movie.

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Aug. 14th, 2017 09:14 am
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I'm watching and capping Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and so far it's got the charm and whimsy of the first two Harry Potter films without the general lack of magic the later films suffered from.

I love the costumes and actors so far.

Edit: OmG Queenie is the most adorable cupcake. I love her.
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I have a shitload of icons. I have 11,164 images at my new image hosting site. 524 of those are award/participation banners. I created over 10,000 icons in 10 years. *jaw drops*

Unless I'm mistaken I posted my first set of six icons on August 26th, 2006. Original LJ Post Of course, as the post links to Photobucket non of the images are available, but still.

My last icon post on LJ is from March 24th, 2016. Here on DW it's actually December 26th, 2015 so I didn't actually stay up to date with the crossposting. Although, it appears that it's only that one post.

This is why I count 10 years. And even if it had been 11 - 10,000 icons is still a mindblowing amount.

While the overall quality improved in that time, I remember feeling too much like mass producing them while the first icons were more creative even if I lacked the skill to really make them better quality. I developed an eye for cropping, for colouring and even for text placement (to some extend), but I had some beautiful composition attempts in my early icons.

And while I loved photography before, I think it also influence how I took my photos. Mind you, I also took plenty of photos with the firm mind that I'd turn them into icons or icon textures and I very rarely did that. Especially on the texture front.

And okay, that also makes me feel old as it makes me remember how long I've been in fandom in total. I'm sure I wrote it down somewhere, but off of the top of my head: I'd say my first contact with fandom was late 1990s or 2000. I'm fairly certain I wrote my first English story in spring 2001 and I had some German tries (incl. finished ones) before that and I had been readong for a while before I first started writing. That's at least 17 years as part of fandom.

Man, now I feel old. I spent more than half of my life being a participant of fandom in one way or another - from reader to writer to icon/art maker. I even once tried my hand at making a fanvid (I gave it up after I realised how much work it was to create a half assed, badly cut, badly matched to the music fanvid. Still, it gave me a new appreciation for the fan creation that fanvids are!)

To think that it accompanied me from school to university to my first job to where I'm now. I'm also very grateful that I only ever heard of fandom wars, but never experienced them myself. I also think I only ever got one flame on my stories and the few critics I got on icons (outside of lims and rumbles) was constructive criticism. And in a way, I feel as if I saw fandom grow. I saw it grow from a few websites and some mailinglists to I don't know how many websites, to blogs, to entire communities. Sure, I've also seen fandom die somewhat with websites that disappeared, with authors that disappeared (and sometimes taking all of their stories with them) to fandoms just kind of dying as their tv shows come to an end, as movie series end or as movies are replaced with newer and shinier ones.

And this post was only supposed to be about the amount of icons. Instead it turned into trip down memory lane. And why not? Fandom has played a huge part in my life. It's been as much a comfort to me as music has been. I could sink my emotions into it and find something to resonate with it. Whether it was something to make me cry, to make me angry, to let my anger out (hello character bashing fics), to giving me confidence, to finding hope for the future.

404 motivation not found

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:14 am
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I sorted through icons trying to clear out some duplicates and get things organized into folders until I got dizzy in the evening.

Luckily Ian was home and could help me down the stairs if he hadn't been, well that's why we keep pillows and blankets near the futon.

I got a few hours of sleep and woke up starving and with my headache lessened a little bit before midnight, I wanted to watch fantastic beasts but I just wasn't feeling focused.

I did manage to organize the shopping list and come up with a menu plan.

Ian's not feeling motivated this morning to go to the market and the store and I'm not sure I've got enough motivation to motivate him into going. He might be able to get away with bargaining.

I've got beans boiling for chili... so it's not like we don't have food for today.

I've got to write a FS story for a fest but I hate the prompt I was given. I hate it so much. I try and think about it and my brain has no ideas. But I'll try and scrawl something out and fast. Maybe I won't hate it as much later.

I've also got icon making to do, icon organization to do...

And all I want to do is go back to bed until my neck and head stop hurting.

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Aug. 12th, 2017 02:43 pm
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I hate migraines.

My head is on an ice pack and I'm writing this on my phone so if words become weird we can blame that.

My dad is doing better, they didn't find anything wrong with his chest or lungs. They think that when he hurt his back it made his chest hurt.

My stepmom is a passive aggressive bitch who implied that I don't care about my father. I really hate her sometimes. I care deeply about people so she can fuck right off.

I bought a paid account yesterday so I have more icons, yay!

I'm behind on comments and such so I'll be catching up once my brain stops pounding.

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Aug. 10th, 2017 01:30 pm
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I'm in such a bad mood today that I'm contemplating going to bed before my husband gets off work just so I don't bite his head off.

I burnt my finger making macaroni and cheese because since I loaded the dishes in the dishwasher and ran it someone put dishes in the sink and as a result I got burned trying to juggle the strainer and the pot. Then hubs got bitchy about the fact that I didn't put the milk in letting him do it when he got home because he makes better boxed mac than I do... but if he'd come home straight from work for lunch, he would have gotten home just as I put the macaroni back in the pot.

How was I supposed to know he was going to the the gym we joined last year to see if we can get them to not auto renew?

Also apparently the gym is like the hotel california you can join up any time you'd like but you can never cancel.

And the Basshole pissed on everything the other day so I'm doing more laundry than necessary. Thanks Basshole. Grrr... my Roomate's eldest cat is such a dick.

Update on my dad

Aug. 8th, 2017 09:13 pm
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All of the tests done at the hospital look good but he's being admitted to see a hospital tomorrow.

I'm very anxious about this. My relationship with my father is complicated and broken and this is frightening me.

It was a very uncomfortable out to eat with Ian's mum, our roomate, and our best friend because I didn't want to be there. I wanted to be at home where I could cuddle my cat and wait for news.

I bought some wine coolers and some icecream sandwiches not the best of food choices but I need them.

Hopefully it turns out to be nothing scary. Years ago before I was born so at least 33 years ago he had chest pains that weren't anything more than anxiety and then he hasn't had them since. Hopefully that's the case.

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Aug. 8th, 2017 03:57 pm
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I was about to start a post about my day but I got a message from my Stepmom that my dad's at the hospital getting a chest work up for chest pain.

Fingers crossed and prayers please?

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Aug. 7th, 2017 08:07 pm
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Took two benedryl so hopefully I can sleep, handwrote some fic, planned out the rest of my setup for my 20in20, and ate a delicious lasagna.

Now to sleep. Hopefully.

Dani's personal best of the week

Aug. 7th, 2017 04:42 pm
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I've been making icons for seven days now for [community profile] dailyicons and I wanted to share some of my favorites. I chose two icons that I made this week for each category.


Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Star Wars:


A Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit 20in20 Challenge

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