7 am, by upthehillart. (G, SFW)

Dec. 2nd, 2016 22:22
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Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: male bare chest
Medium: digital art
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Why this piece is awesome: Great slice-of-life picture, they look so cozy together. I like how real this feels

Link: 7 am.


Dec. 2nd, 2016 20:07
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Mehr Licht heute…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale December 3rd, 2016 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

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Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:08
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So, Breitbart News. Steve Bannon, chairman of Breitbart Media and Trump's pick for chief White House strategist, has described it as "a platform for the 'alt-right.'" You don't need the list of who they hate. I'm sure you can guess.

Yesterday, December 1st, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted this:

House Committee on Science retweets Breitbart: '.@BreitbartNews: Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists' December 1, 2016 from twitter

Like, my blood is boiling. This from the committee that worked with the Apollo Program to put a man on the moon. It has the word SCIENCE right in its name. And it's retweeting Breitbart News and denying climate change. So I called them and complained, politely.

You, too, can call the House Committee on Science at (202) 225-6371 and tell them this is unacceptable. This one requires talking to a person, and the person I talked to did not sound pleased with me, but that's fine, I had my say.

It went like this:

"Hi, my name's [YOUR NAME HERE], and I'm a registered voter. I'm calling because the House Committee on Science tweeted a link to a Breitbart article yesterday, and I found that concerning. Breitbart is not a reputable news source, and the Committee shouldn't be promoting junk science from a biased website. Thank you."

The person on the other end said she would pass my concerns along to the chairman, but, like I said, she didn't sound happy about it. Again, that's FINE. I mean, I'm grouchy now and want to go hide under a blanket, but our government is fucking retweeting Breitbart! That is not good!

Ah, righteous anger. Much better than social anxiety.
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An exhibition of natural history illustration called Focus on Nature will open tomorrow at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. 

"Since its inception in 1990, the New York State Museum’s Focus on Nature exhibit series has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural history illustrators. It promotes awareness of a genre of art that requires scientifically accurate illustrations such as those used in textbooks, research journals and publications, interpretive nature centers, and nature guide books. Focus on Nature XIV will feature over 60 works in a variety of mediums representing artists from a diverse geographic range. These works represent a marriage of pleasure and practicality – wherein the artist’s keen observations and sensory interpretations of their subjects are exquisitely rendered."
Two paintings of my paintings will be in the show, the images of tyrannosaurs that I did for Scientific American. There will be an opening reception on December 9, but I won't be able to attend. The show will be on view through April 9, 2017.

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Charley Parker on Casein

Dec. 2nd, 2016 10:00
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Posted by James Gurney

Charley Parker of the blog "Lines and Colors" has written a well-illustrated and comprehensive post on painting in casein, as well as a review of my recent video "Casein Painting in the Wild."
"Casein is one of the least familiar of the water based painting mediums available to contemporary painters, even though it’s one of the oldest painting mediums known. Casein’s use can be reliably traced back over 9,000 years, with evidence of the formulation in cave paintings, and examples have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs from several thousand years ago....Personally, I find casein to be a genuine pleasure to work with. I like the way it flows and handles, the textural possibilities and the appealing color and matte surface in finished paintings."
Painting with Casein Paint
Review of "Casein Painting in the Wild" on Lines and Colors 

Saying Yes

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:00
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Posted by Greg Ruth

-By Greg Ruth

It's the the thing we all of us like to do the most. Yes is so affirmative and so future thinking and growth feeling. YES is the most huggy word in the English language and of course we love to use it as often as we can. Yes we do. But "YES" also brings along with it its favorite sidekick, "Now What?". When we say yes to a job or yes to a creative partnership, or to an edit or any of the moments in our professional lives, we are sealing some sort of deal. YES is the period of every transaction. Yes, is your signature on a contract, a verbal agreement to take on a job, and every Art Director's favorite answer to their most asked question: "Can you get it to me by the end of the week?". So take YES seriously, because even if you don't, it will. Here's some quick tips.

YES to a new project you love and want to do and pays great is the easiest yes there is. That's an inappropriate Meg Ryan in the coffee shop kind of yes. And when those come, and they do, don't let Yes fog you out of still taking the details of what you've agreed to seriously. It's truly easy when some dream client or some fantastic author or whomever wants you to do a job with/for them. It's easy to get caught in the moment and say YES to everything. It's easy to get in big trouble doing this. I'm not saying don't scream aloud and dance a bit in front of strangers if you want, or need to, I'm just saying let that emotional explosion happen, and then push it out of the way so you can make sure you affirm what you've agreed to in a way that the YES you shout at the end is a joyful one free of regret or a deep sense of having made a wrong turn. There's a reason ecstatic joy isn't a long sustained state of being: joy makes us stupid. So... bad or good, YES or NO, moderation in all things is the key.

When you sign a YES to a contract you are entering into a different level of YESitude. This is the place where you are essentially getting married to the company or whomever it is that's issuing that contract, so make sure you both understand the ramifications of this YES, and your side of the cookie so you don't get surprised. As an a artist making a piece, you own everything about it in all ways. A contract is by its very nature you trading out some or all of those privileges for money or some other form of compensation. This isn't evil, this is what they are buying with their money, and signing that purchase agreement means you agree to those terms. A YES here affixes in stone not only your rate of pay with this particular person or company, it sets it for the next one too. This isn't to mean the next job is going to pay as much or as little depending on any number of things, but this particular scale will be the baseline from which to launch your rates. Remember, you agreeing to all of the terms cited in any contract you sign, so make sure you not only read it yourself, hire a lawyer who knows what they are doing to read it for you. If you can magic an agent or manager to do this and couple that with their inside knowledge of you, then you can have an even better conversation. But remember these two things: 1.) A contract on its outset is about setting forth your obligations and their rights. Period. 2.) Hiring a lawyer or a manager to read everyone one of these over and negotiate for you on your behalf is a lot like hiring an accountant to do your taxes- YES, you can do them yourself, but you'll save a helluva a lot more money if you hire someone who knows how to do them. Contracts have all kinds of arcane weirdly worded clauses and phrases in their to vex the conscious mind of any thinking mammal, know that you will not understand them without help. The sooner you get this sorted out, the better.

YES also should mean more than just what's on the paper of your contract. And this is the most consequential line in this whole article. When you sign up for a job and it starts demanding more than you thought, but still within the parameters of what is expected of you, be prepared to roll with this. You are always going to say YES in a way that commits you more than what you may have expected from any given situation. Be prepared to do more, go further. At the end fo the project the only thing that really matters in the long long run, is that the work is great and you have done your best. THIS is how you get the next job, or the one after that. Think of your career like long link of chain: hack out a job, protest by withholding work from a crap AD, or self sabotage because you "just aren't feeling it anymore", is how you break a link in that chain. And since I assume you know how chains work, that is a bad idea. It may mean eating some crow, and muscling through a bad job with grace. This is harder than you might think, but you do not want to be known as the girl or boy who quits. The value and import of any YES you will ever utter hinges on how you can stay true to that idea even when it's easier not to. Say YES to the face of a hell job and you will be mightier for it. Know that when you say YES to any gig, you are going to be the one who takes it to the end. There is no shame in getting fired from one- it happens to all of us, but there is a lot of shame for a quitter of a job. Don't do it because something better comes along. Don't do it because you hate your editor, or you think the company you work for is horrible. Close out your job, make it about the work above all else, graciously shake hands and walk away. No one ever said you have to work for bad folk, or companies you hate, but word of successfully navigating a hellstorm and coming out clean will only encourage others to want to bring you in for something. Or even if you just had a bum gig but love the company, you land it well and do your best, you could easily find another job coming from them next that won't necessarily be anything but fantastic. We all get bad gigs that go to bad places, and walking away petulantly from them only makes them stronger and more likely to reoccur.

Be a positice YES force in your own life and choices. It's hippy dippy dragon-pooping-on-a-rainbow malarky, I know, but it doesn't mean it's not true. Nobody wants to circle around a black hole, but they love orbiting a sun. A positive progressive outlook on your professional life, even if your work is anything but, can really make a difference. This is the attitude that when you go into a portfolio review you seem bright and happy and enjoy your own work, as opposed to being overly nervous and talking down your pieces, pointing out your missteps and why you should have done better. One of these two kids is going to the circus, and the other is going home to catch up on cleaning the kitchen. It matters how you treat and behave around your peers, how you stay loyal to them and your clients and how you can keep a little more head above the water when things go into the pooper. I have surfed some of the most horrendously ugly human tragedies while on a job and have found that while there is indeed bonding in commiserating, when it comes down to it, it's better to be about solutions rather than problems. It will bond you like war-buddies after too long in the trench. It makes you happier and feel better overall and guess what, even if that doesn't matter to you at its very least ebb, it gets you more work.

Don't say YES to everything! Seriously, this is an especially common thing for those of us just starting out hungry and eager to get our careers going, or those of us mid-thrust suddenly finding ourselves broke and desperate for work. Only you can be your own judge about how much ugly you can take on to pay bills or feed your kids or get a leg up, but it really helps to bounce things off of friends and peers who aren't YES men for you. Truth and good advice isn't always going to be what you want to hear and even if you don't know it yet, you will come to find you're glad you got it. Sometimes a job is deeply tempting and it seems as if passing it up could be a bad idea even though for some reason, real or not, you aren't quite able to get to YES with it. I've passed on some INSANELY spectacular jobs, because there was a scheduling conflict, or the relationship would have clearly been acrimonious, or it just for whatever reason didn't feel right. I agonize and I tear at the walls worried I've made the wrong choice, but you know, just about each and every one has passed by leaving me available for another job that turns out to be better or more fulfilling. It's like the universe is Willy Wonka actually giving you the chocolate factory for not having caved into his mean tirade a moment earlier when he said you lost it. These sweet rewards are made all the sweeter by realizing they would have come anyway, and if you had said YES to the worrisome gig, you'd likely not have time say anything but NO to this one. Which just makes your previous commitment all the worse. SO go with your gut. The longer you do this the sharper your spidey senses get. If it's any consolation I have only in the last year, after working more than 20 years in this business, managed to avoid catastrophic projects by spotting them early where before I only saw them when it was too late.

Find a coping mechanism to make your work, whatever it is, feel positive and YESful. For me the most effective tool has been the combination of trying only to take on the right gigs, (as much as my own need to pay the bills affords of course), and the 52 Weeks Project. This weekly drawing thing I do is about saying YES to art making even when it becomes slogged down in the mire of being simply... work. It takes time away from work and other things and it can be exhausting and not always produce the best images, but the overall effect has been entirely uplifting and positive. If only because I have a safe place go and draw that no one has any say in, and I can be safe there. It's like a schvitz for your art heart. It rejuvenates and makes you better and fresher when it's time to get to work. Say YES to taking a break or a trip someplace or just an afternoon off sometimes. Give yourself a little present each and every day if you can, just like Agent Cooper says you should. That cup of coffee, or hobbit-lovemaking art you can't help but want to draw is where you recharge your batteries and exorcise your demons.

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Fandom stocking signup time! (What, were you expecting something else? XD)

Signups and instructions are here! I am currently finalizing my signup; this year I'm not going to wait until the last minute, dangit.

Oh by the way, I forgot to say this earlier, but thank you so much to everyone who left me comments on the love meme. ♥ Not having done this before, I'm not sure if there is an etiquette to it (do you answer them? politely ignore them like one is supposed to do with book reviews?) but they made my day brighter; thank you so much. ♥ ♥ ♥

In other news, today I was invited to a creative writing class on campus to talk to undergrads about my romance self-publishing adventures. They also had another local author who is a trad-published fantasy writer, so basically we had an hour-long mini-panel in which we talked about traditional vs. self-publishing and the students asked us questions. Their questions were excellent, and they were interested and curious, and the other panelist was very courteous about taking turns switching back and forth on taking questions with me and not talking over me (actually, if anything, I had to be careful not to talk over the top of him). All in all, it was a great experience, and the instructor is having us and a couple of other local authors come back to do the same for her graduate students in the spring.

And then I had Thai food and watched more of the Flash with [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion, and was gifted a painting by a 4-year-old who very politely signed it for me. She also "helped" me brush the snow off my car, which was really more like I was brushing the snow off the car with her (literally; she was sort of like a wiggly snow brush extension) but a good time was had by all, at least judging from the giggling.

With the snow coming down like crazy outside, and December having inexplicably arrived, I'm starting to feel some holiday feels, a little bit? I need to put up some decorations around here.
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Painting with casein paint

Dec. 1st, 2016 20:34
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Posted by Charley Parker

Painting with casein, Samuel Coleman, John Molnar, unknown ancient Egyptian artist, Harry Anderson, Gustav Klimt, Jane Fisher, Len Guggenberger, John Berkey, Walker Moore, David S. Costanzo, Anthony Martino, James Gurney, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alan Bray, George Mclean, Colin Campbell Cooper
Casein (pronounced “kay’ seen”) is a water based paint in which the binder is the milk protein of the same name.

Casein is one of the least familiar of the water based painting mediums available to contemporary painters, even though it’s one of the oldest painting mediums known. Casein’s use can be reliably traced back over 9,000 years, with evidence of the formulation in cave paintings, and examples have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs from several thousand years ago.

There is new evidence that casein as a binder for paints may have been present in the oldest known examples of human use of painting materials, recently analyzed traces preserved in caves in South Africa from 49,000 years ago. (For reference, the oldest known examples of human writing — i.e. language, not just numbers — are only about 5,000 years old.)

Casein has a varied history, frequently used as an underpainting for oils and achieving its greatest modern popularity as a stand-alone medium in the mid 20th century, when it was popular with illustrators for its quick drying time, workability and easy-to-photograph matte surface. Like it’s gum arabic based cousin, gouache, the use of casein by illustrators was largely eclipsed by acrylic, which quickly dries impervious to water and subsequent applications of paint layers.

Casein has been in use as a decorative paint for furniture and other items, where is is generally referred to as “milk-based paint”; I’m not sure if the formulation is different from the artists’ paint. Casein has also been used as a ground for oil paints and for silverpoint drawing; the binder itself is a glue, used in undiluted form to glue furniture.

Casein has an interesting place in the spectrum of artists’ paints. It most closely resembles gouache as an opaque water based medium that dries to a beautiful matte finish. Like gouache, it changes value somewhat — generally lightening — as it dries. This can take a little getting used to and it can take multiple layers to produce satisfactory darks, but I find that more than offset by casein’s other qualities.

Casein is more full-bodied than gouache, and can be used a bit more thickly (though not in heavy impastos like oil). This makes it a little more like oil in terms of scumbling and creating interesting surface textures, and it can be particularly appealing to oil painters who want the speed and convenience of an alternative water based medium.

Casein also has a particularly nice characteristic of flowing off the brush, and can be applied to a smoother and more even flat color surface than gouache.

Some have said they’re not fond of the scent of casein paint, but others, including myself, find it quite pleasant. Your mileage may vary.

Unlike gouache and watercolor, which can always be reactivated with water (either an advantage or disadvantage, depending on the artist’s needs), casein eventually dries to a surface more resistant to water.

Varnish can be applied to paintings that have dried for two weeks or so, either matte or glossy, the latter application bringing out the darks and giving the painting a look closer to oils. Care must be taken, though, not to disturb the surface when applying the varnish; you’ll find more detailed information on some of the sites I’ll list below.

Like gouache, casein is being “rediscovered” by contemporary artists, and appreciated for its unique characteristics. It is particularly suited, I think, for plein air painting.

“True” casein must be made up frequently by the artist, as it goes off in a day, or 4 or 5 if refrigerated.

Modern adoption has been greatly boosted by the availability of casein emulsion, a formulation of casein and drying oil that does not readily spoil and is available in tubes.

To make “true” casein, vinegar is used to separate out the liquid whey, leaving the curdled milk protein — essentially cottage cheese. This is dried and ground to a powder for future use or used immediately, and usually mixed with water and ammonium carbonate or clear liquid ammonia (though there are other formulations using lime or borax). The result is a milky fluid into which powdered pigments are mixed to make paint.

Already extracted and dried casein powder can be purchased from suppliers like Sinopia, Kama Pigments or Earth Pigments (recipe here).

The tube casein seems to have most of the wonderful working qualities and beautiful surface appearance of the fresh made version, and is certainly an easier approach to the medium.

Casein emulsion tube paint

Jack Richeson & Co. is the most prominent provider of commercial casein paints, having bought the “Shiva” line and name from the previous manufacturer. Their casein emulsion paints are available through most online art supply houses, though I understand that they may be difficult to find outside the U.S.

Plaka, by Pelican, is another brand of casein based paint, that I know is at least available in the UK, though it may be aimed somewhat more at decorative artists than painters.

Casein is generally less expensive that gouache, perhaps because the binder and formulation of pigment is less costly, I don’t know. It comes in large tubes of 37ml, similar to oil, as opposed to the small tubes favored for watercolor and gouache.

Casein, even more than gouache, is brittle when it dries, and if used thickly, should be used on a heavy watercolor paper, or ideally on illustration board or panel. Ampersand, which makes familiar painting panels for plein air artists, makes a line of Claybord, that they promote as being ideal for casein and gouache, largely because the clay infused primer is absorbent, rather than non-absorbent as is favored in surfaces for oil painting. I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve been working successfully so far on 140lb watercolor blocks and hot press Bainbridge Board (I use hot press because I prefer a smooth surface).

To a point, casein washes up like watercolor or gouache, but because it hardens to a water resistant form over time, more care must be taken to wash out brushes after painting, or keep them suspended overnight in a brush washer. Casein is also a little rougher on brushes than watercolor or gouache, and it might be considered preferable to use synthetics. Because of the thickness of the paint compared with watercolor, casein painters often use brushes labeled for acrylic, somewhere in between stiffer oil brushes and softer watercolor brushes.

It can also be a little more difficult to get brushes clean, I use a little Murphy’s Oil Soap, I’ve also heard Greek olive oil soap recommended.

Casein is well suited to be used with gouache, the former giving body and texture, and the latter being even better for fine detail and sharp lines (though casein does well on its own in that respect).

Casein is often used with other paints, notably acrylic, in which acrylic plays the role of thin, transparent application and casein provides the ability to easily create thick, opaque passages — similar to the way watercolor and gouache are often used together.

There is a National Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic, which sounds promising, but the navigation in their online galleries of competition winners is so terrible as to be almost unusable. You have to click to enlarge an image in a pop-up just to see the artist’s name, and even then there is no indication of the medium. You have to either look up each artist in Google and go to their own sites to look for the medium, or look for the winners of the “Richeson/Shiva Award For Casein Painting” as you wearily pop-up and close, pop-up and close, pop-up and close, in an attempt to find the few casein painters among the predominant majority of acrylic artists. Unfortunate; it might otherwise be a good resource.

Also unfortunate, and similar to gouache, is the dearth of information on casein use and painting techniques compared to other painting mediums. The Richeson site provides some information, and you can find casein mentioned in art materials compendiums, like Mark David Gottsegen’s The Painter’s Handbook, as well as in older books on illustration materials, like Rob Howard’s The Illustrator’s Bible.

A number of artists who work in casein feature short informational pages about the medium on their websites, and I’ll list some in my links, below. By far the best source I know of is James Gurney’s blog, Gurney Journey.

Gurney has for several years been working with casein, as well as gouache and other mediums, and has been sharing his experience and findings in the form of articles and short videos.

He has just released a new full-length instructional video, Casein Painting in the Wild, which I cover in a separate post.

One of the segments of his video demonstrates painting in a very limited palette of four colors, and artists who are curious about casein may want to try a similar approach to simply try out the medium.

Personally, I find casein to be a genuine pleasure to work with. I like the way it flows and handles, the textural possibilities and the appealing color and matte surface in finished paintings.

Artists who try it may be surprised at how nice it can be to work with.

Cave walls optional.

(Images above, links to my posts: Samuel Coleman, John Molnar, unknown ancient Egyptian artist, Harry Anderson, Gustav Klimt, Jane Fisher, Len Guggenberger, John Berkey, Larry Seiler, Walker Moore, David S. Costanzo, Anthony Martino, James Gurney, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alan Bray, George Mclean, Colin Campbell Cooper)

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Posted by Charley Parker

James Gurney's Casein Painting in the Wild

Casein is a water based paint that uses milk protein as its binder. It shares many characteristics with gouache; both are water-based, opaque and dry to an appealing matte finish. Both dry quickly and can be used in concert with other water based mediums. Both are neglected step-children of watercolor and are somewhat on the fringes of awareness among painters — undeservedly so.

Partly, this may be because they don’t get much attention in popular media, and they suffer from a shortage of instructional material.

This is where contemporary painter, illustrator, writer and instructional materials creator James Gurney comes in. Gurney has long been an advocate of the use of casein and gouache, and his blog, Gurney Journey is one of the best sources of information of both mediums.

Gurney has just released the the latest addition to his excellent series of instructional videos on painting “in the wild” with water based mediums, Casein Painting in the Wild.

In it, he takes you through 7 location paintings, discussing the process in his laid-back, conversational manner, with lots of helpful close ups of paint application and brush handling, as well as occasional split screens of the subject and painting. He also discusses materials and gives and overview of the medium in general.

Though it’s focused on painting in casein on location, the techniques are applicable to gouache, which is readily used in conjunction with casein, and many of the basic principles he covers are relevant to other painting mediums.

Given the frequent $70 – $100 or more price range of other artist instruction videos, Gurney, by acting as his own camera operator and post production studio, can offer quality videos like this for a bargain price of $15 (for the downloadable version).

I purchased my copy as a downloadable file from GumRoad, though the video is also available as a disc from other sources (see this article for information).

As always, the video is generously supplemented by additional material on the blog, such as a specific post about readers’ casein questions. There is a trailer and excerpt videos on YouTube as well as in several articles on Gurney Journey.

Like Gurney’s other instructional videos on water-based mediums, Casein Painting in the Wild leaves you enthused to load up your brushes and have at it, indulging in the unique qualities and pleasures of this unfairly overlooked method of painting.


Durch den Regen

Dec. 1st, 2016 20:25
[syndicated profile] edwardbgordon_feed
Unfavourable weather like this, was the reason mulled wine was invented…

Und deswegen wurde der Glühwein erfunden…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord


© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

And another thing!

Dec. 1st, 2016 15:03
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[personal profile] dira
I am finally, in the year 2016--2017, actually--going to have fic appearing in a zine! Except we're calling it a "fanbook" and/or a "Stucky anthology" nowadays, apparently.

Still! Not Without You is going to be a thing, and I will have a story (the one I refer to as "Saddest Steve/Bucky I Could Think Of" in WIP status updates) in it! There's going to be a Kickstarter to fund printing it in full color, since it involves 300 pages of fic and art--digital copies will be $5, print copies start at $25 with other extras available at higher tiers.

You can sign up here to get an email when the Kickstarter gets going, or if you're on the Tumblrs you can follow the link above to the blog and follow there!
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[personal profile] runpunkrun

watch out fo the full moon of sonia
shinin down on ya.
git yo/self fattened up man
you gon be doing battle with me
ima gonna stake you out
grind you down
leave greasy spots all over yo/soul
till you bone dry. man.
you gon know you done been touched by me
this time.
ima gonna tattoo me on you fo ever
leave my creases all inside yo creases
i done warned ya boy
watch out
for the full moon of sonia
shinin down on ya

you done been touched by me )
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[personal profile] musesfool
Listen, I didn't ask for hot flashes. I don't want hot flashes. Can't I give them back? (amusing Thanksgiving story: every time I did something - had coffee, or wine, or chocolate, or turkey, my sister was like, "You know drinking/eating X can cause hot flashes, right?" Me: *heavy sigh* "I know." Of course, she's still put out that she went 11 months without a period and then when she thought she was finally done, nope, she had to restart the clock.)

Meanwhile, work continues to be hectic and occasionally infuriating. Perhaps a locked post over the weekend? Idk if I have the energy to write it out.

Let's talk about Arrow since that was the best episode of the show in a long time!
spoilers )

So even given that I haven't watched Arrow in a while, that was a super satisfying episode.

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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter, Teddy Lupin
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] cookiecreation

Why this piece is awesome: I love how happy and familiar with each other Harry and Teddy are. Teddy looks great, I love the color of his hair and how happy he looks. Love the contented smile on Harry's face.

Link: Legacies.

Vikings 4.11.

Dec. 1st, 2016 19:24
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[personal profile] selenak
Went from Munich to Bamberg, signed about a hundred Christmas letters with no end in sight, rewarded self with 45 minutes of fiction. The second half of Vikings season 4 has started, Amazon Prime puts up an episode a week, which means for the first time I could watch it when broadcast. More or less.

Read more... )

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Dec. 1st, 2016 12:14
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(no subject)

Dec. 1st, 2016 09:17
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Queen Daenerys by Mehdic (SFW)

Dec. 2nd, 2016 00:42
mific: (Tyrion)
[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
I'm sneaking this in as it's still Nov 30th somewhere on the planet! :)

Fandom: Game of Thrones
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Daenerys
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Mehdic on DA
Why this piece is awesome: A gorgeous portrait of Daenerys in regal finery, on the iron throne. The likeness is amazing and I love her complicated expression and that she looks so strong here, as many portraits just show her as pretty. She's very much a queen, here.
Link: Queen Daenerys


Nov. 30th, 2016 23:10
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[personal profile] sholio
A possible Flash casting/character spoiler for a future episode (after the mid-season break) + speculation.

lurking under the cut )

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