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Hooray, I'm off from work until after Christmas!  :boogie:  And the Solstice has come and gone, so the days will be getting longer again!  :w00t:

I've got a backlog of drawing ideas in my head (for which I'm insanely grateful) and one is nearly done.  I have to be careful, though, because I want it to be done so much that I'm in danger of "forcing" it before it's ready.  :hmm:  Have to be more Zen about it, and just let it happen... :meditate:




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What with work and Christmas, I am officially up to my eyeballs in teh busy.  My deepest apologies to all while I submerge into mountains of gift wrap and wade through oceans of half-crazed shoppers.  I'm still watching folks, and taking note of works I want to comment on when I escape the madness once again.  

A very happy Whatever-You-May-Celebrate to all!  :aww:





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  • Listening to: Christmas carols whether I like it or not
  • Reading: shopping lists
  • Playing: chicken with deadlines
  • Eating: not enough baked goods
  • Drinking: ... Where's the rum gone?!?!!
Greetings!

Welcome to my gallery.  Make yourself at home, and please check out some of the artists in my Favourites section.

Thank you for stopping by!  :)



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  • Listening to: Pandora Radio
  • Watching: the cats snooze on the computer desk
  • Drinking: tea, Earl Grey, hot
So, I saw the news about the new gallery format.  It looks interesting, but I'm certain I'm going to need to use a fast connection to work with it - or I'll have to wait for the initial rush of people trying it out to fade.  Either way, the interface is pretty dicey at the moment.  I'm also going to need to check out the demo video a few more times to get the hang of everything, 'cos it's not quite making sense to me yet.  :-?

Ah well.  New gadgetry always goes through a gangly phase.
:hmm:


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I have four different images vying for attention in my head at the moment.  Just when I think one has settled to the forefront, another jumps up shouting, "Ooh, me!  ME!!", preventing me from settling properly into just one drawing.   It's almost - almost - worse than having no ideas at all, just because I can't stay focused on any one in particular.  I'm trying to cope by starting roughs for all of them this evening; something I normally try not to do.  I'm hoping that if I get their beginnings down on paper, they'll settle down enough to agree to take turns later...

:juggle:



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  • Listening to: Pandora radio
  • Watching: reference images pile up on my hard drive
So, I'm working on amending my lurker status somewhat, and trying to put forth a better effort to leave feedback for people.  There are many members to whom I owe comments!  

Because there are just so many, I would just like to say for now that I am looking at people's work, and I do plan to leave comments.  I just don't know when exactly it will happen - my apologies!  :doh:



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  • Listening to: Nothing, for a change
  • Reading: journal entry after journal entry...
  • Drinking: Decaf Earl Grey
A toast, to the most subversive holiday I can think of, and to the gentlemen and lady who made it great.  :)




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  • Listening to: The 1812 Overture
  • Watching: Parliament blow up
[Edit: This entry was previously nothing more than self-indulgent whinging, so I'm amending it.]

I've been away for a while, but I'm anything but done.  Just looking forward to finishing RL responsibilities so I can come back to the projects that have been waiting.  :nerd:





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  • Listening to: my techno-world-industrial-metal mix
  • Watching: the clock
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Ok, I'll play:

1. Post these rules.
2. Each person tagged must post 8 random (hopefully interesting) facts about themselves.
3. Tags should write a journal of these facts.
4. At the end of the post 8 more bloggers are tagged and named.
5. Go to their page and leave a comment telling them that they're tagged.


Eight random things, hm?

1. I occasionally sleep with my eyes open.

2. I can't sleep with any body part hanging over the edge of the bed.

3. I can tie a cherry stem into a knot without using my hands. ;)

4.  I never had any wisdom teeth.

5. Dark=Good  (be it color, mood...)

6. I once memorized the entire dialogue of "The Last Starfighter".

7.  I was ambidextrous until the age of 5.

8.  I am deeply afraid of the things that try to follow me in the dark.



(and now I tag... anyone reading this who hasn't already done it a bazillion times.  :XD:  :nana:)



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  • Watching: my cat snooze on my tablet
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Just returned from a (much-needed) 10-day vacation, to 59 messages.  Diving in now... will answer as soon as possible, and get back to drawing!

:faint:


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  • Reading: all the messages I came home to
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At last, got some time to draw some more.  :D   (All right, I stole some time, but still...)



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  • Reading: More "to-do" lists
  • Drinking: Water
I have no fewer than four, possibly five ideas clamoring in my head to get out right now.  They've been there for a while now, in various states of semi-solidity... I've just had to set them aside while RL storms roughshod over everything.  (It's horribly inconsiderate that way; someone should teach it some manners...)

On the one hand, I'm thrilled - it means that when the dust settles, I won't have to go looking for the Muse, trying to lure it out with Haagen-Dazs while hiding the gaff tape behind my back.  On the other hand, every day for the past several weeks has been a study in frustration.

It would help, obviously, if I worked faster than I do.  But the truth is, nearly every piece I do involves a large chunk of "homework", to say nothing of multiple erasings and re-draws.

*sigh*   All right, I'm sitting here whinging when there's work to be done and gotten out of the way.  :shakefist:  "Nothing can come of nothing"...


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  • Listening to: Them
  • Playing: music on my Nano to keep me working
  • Eating: breakfast
  • Drinking: Coffee
I am currently engaged in a quixotic attempt to draft out a map of the Shadow Gallery.  I honestly don't recall where the original impulse began, but it's developed a life of its own now.

There are large gaps, both in the information and on the map itself.  Much conjecture, and many areas labeled "Unknown", somewhat reminiscent of the "Here be Monsters" inscriptions on ancient atlases.  I get the distinct feeling I'm going to wind up with more questions than answers when all is said and done...and if I didn't know he was too polite to do so, I'd swear I could "see" V smirking...

(Update:  It's done, but dA is having issues with uploading this evening.   I shall try again in the morning!)


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  • Listening to: V for Vendetta soundtrack
  • Reading: (incorrect!) diagrams on the official webpage
  • Watching: bits of the movie for references
  • Drinking: Water
I've been considering buying a subscription to dA for a little while now.  I like the idea of being able to see more thumbnails at once in searches, and being able to post features of artists that really grab my attention.

On the other hand, these are bells and whistles that I've managed to function without for the better part of a year, and there's really nothing in the subscription package that I'd just die without.

Time will tell.  :shrug:




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  • Listening to: the inexorable ticking of the clock
  • Reading: to-do lists
  • Eating: Chlorpheniramine maleate
  • Drinking: Caffeine. Lots of it.
I love fractals.  I can't help it.  The colors, patterns, and rhythms of it have a synaesthetic appeal that (almost) make me wish I was better at math, because that would be one more level on which I could appreciate it.   As it is, I settle for happily staring, getting lost in the flowing repetitions.   ('S probably why I like techno music as well, actually...)

I can't post thumbnails, alas, but below are two (of many) digital/fractal art groups out there.  I could wander for hours if I didn't have work to do.... :gallery:



:icondigitalpainters: DigitalPainters (check out Rykk's work, especially)
:iconultra-fractal: Ultra-Fractal







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There we go... got some things done at last.  Stress levels ratcheting back down to a much healthier level.  :phew:

Things will still be "interesting" for a while, but I no longer feel like I'm stuck in a holding pattern.  Now all I need to do is see if I can make up for some lost time... {*cracks up hysterically*}  :rofl:

(And is there *any* way to *not* use the Mood icon in one's journal?!? :hmm:)

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To be brief, RL is kicking my @$$ at the moment.  I have things in the works, and I will be working on them soon, blast it! :shakefist:

:no: I remember when Summer was the time everything stopped..... :dohtwo:



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  • Listening to: The voices in my head clamoring for attention
  • Reading: To-do lists
  • Watching: The days zip past on the calendar
  • Playing: I wish...
  • Eating: Take-out garbage
  • Drinking: too much caffeine
I love the Favs gallery function here.  Love it.   I was always the little (and not-so-little) kid picking up colorful rocks/shells/what-have-you, and just generally indulging the "Ooh, shiny!" portion of my brain, so having the option to have  works that I like on dA available on one page is fantastic.  :D

If you haven't already done so, please, have a look at my Favs.  Many, many people out there have some fantastic stuff that should be seen.   I don't even know who many of them are; I just know they've done things that've made me stop and say "Wow!!"   For that matter, have a look at anyone's Favs, just to see what inspires that person.   See how many strange places you can end up.  ;-)

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  • Listening to: VNV Nation
  • Watching: All the pretties in people's galleries
  • Eating: leftovers
  • Drinking: water
I've been spoiled having the "Preview" function on dA posts.   The latest glitch has made it necessary for me to either accurately visualize the code I'm entering (assuming I don't eliminate it altogether), or to be at peace with any goofy errors I might be posting.   'S a bit unsettling.   :O_o:

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  • Listening to: IM windows bleeping for my attention
  • Watching: new dA bugs hatching - they're so cute!!
  • Eating: leftovers
  • Drinking: not nearly enough