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transformative works policy update

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:13 am
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I just amended my transformative works policy to make it more friendly to podficcers. I've always wondered what podficcers do if they find a typo in a fic, or the wrong name, or a sentence that makes no sense.

I still don't know the answer to that, but I found a statement addressing that problem in [personal profile] helens78's profile, and I've adapted it for my own use. I like it because it gives podficcers more flexibility when it comes to transforming a written work into an audio performance. Feel free to use any part of this in your own transformative works statement which I hope you have posted somewhere.

So, podficcers:

If you ever need to change words, omit dialogue tags, add dialogue tags, or just generally adjust one of my fics for better podficcing purposes, please do so! As this is original work that deserves recognition, and an alteration of my own work, please mentioned it in your notes, wherever you would normally have notes: "this fic is by [author] with (additions/alterations/ease-of-podfic transformations/contributions/however you want to describe it) by [your name]," or "adapted for podfic by [you] from a work by [author]" or whatever—whether that's in your post or in the "headers" in the podfic.

If you would like me to make alterations specifically for you, or if you have any questions about what exactly I was going for when I decided to leave out half a sentence somewhere, please feel free to ask—I may not want to revise an older fic, but it's worth a try.

you don't know dick

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:22 am
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In news that is both awesome and probably terrible, WB/DC is talking about making a Nightwing movie.

If it's not two hours of dick jokes and gratuitous ass shots while Dick gets tied up and escapes repeatedly, preferably with strategically placed rips to his clothing, then I don't even want to know.

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Apparently at the big Parliament Square demo on Monday, everyone pledged that they would go to Birmingham if Buttercup's state visit is there.

They were invited to do so by a speaker from Birmingham (name could not be recalled by my source but apparently very impressive), who promised that there would be a big street party.

Daily Happiness

Feb. 24th, 2017 12:29 am
torachan: a chibi drawing of sawko, kazehaya, and maru from kimi ni todoke (sawako/kazehaya)
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1. Today was the last day of my vacation. I really enjoyed having the time off (even if the first part was spent recovering and was less pleasant), but I'm also looking forward to getting back to work again.

2. Today Carla had an eye appointment at the LensCrafters down by the Promenade, so we went down there a little early and had lunch at Chipotle first, then wandered over to Barnes & Noble, mainly to check out their toys and stuff rather than books. I got a Marceline Funko Pop and we bought a jigsaw puzzle, since we both agreed we'd like to start doing puzzles. The problem is figuring out a way to do them without kitty interference (especially Chloe, as she's likely to eat the pieces).

3. There was a new episode of Powerless today and it was pretty great.

4. Look at these sweeties! Too sweet for words.

sketches of the day

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:25 pm
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I felt like practicing rendering figures, and Blacklist was handy, so...



Top:
Ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot.
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary.
Character: Agent Elizabeth Keen (from a scene in 2.1).

Bottom:
Ink: Robert Oster School Blue.
Pen: Aurora Optima blue chrome.
Character: Samar Navabi (from a scene in 2.2). I am already in love with her.

(Don't worry; your irregular unscheduled catten will return soon.)

Weekly Reading

Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:47 pm
torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
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What are you currently reading?
Still making very slow progress on The Mayor of Castro Street. I think I read one chapter since last week, lol. ^_^;;

I also have technically started, in that I opened the book, but have not read a single word yet, the most recent Wells & Wong mystery, Mistletoe and Murder. Now that I've caught up, I'll be super sad not to have any more of this series to read! D:

What did you recently finish reading?
A lot. O_O This whole being home from work thing has really done wonders for getting through my to-read pile!

Bookwise, I finished reading First Class Murder and the next book in the series, Jolly Foul Play. I like these books so much!

Comicswise, I finished all the Rick and Morty comics (including the one that came out this week), also also the Lil' Poopy Superstar miniseries. Definitely some fun story arcs in there (I really liked the one that just ended with Jerry from the doofus universe taking over the galaxy).

I also finally read the Star Wars Force Awakens tie-in comic, Shattered Empire, about Poe's mom. That's been on my ipad for a while! It was okay. Really nice art, but the story was just sort of meh.

Another one that's been on my ipad for a while is Lost at Sea, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of Scott Pilgrim. I love Scott Pilgrim, yet somehow never got around to reading any of his other stuff. I think this may be his first graphic novel; it definitely feels a lot more amateurish than Scott Pilgrim, but I enjoyed it.

I've read a lot of manga, too! I read volumes 2 and 3 of Otouto no Otto, which continues to be awesome. That's all there is so far, and it looks like the next volume might wrap it up, which makes me sad, but I'm glad to have found it.

I also read volume 13 of Silver Spoon and volume 13 of Yotsuba&, both of which have sadly become the sort of series that is on hiatus more than it's actually published, which is sad, because I like them both a lot.

Then I read volume 13 (a lot of 13s here for some reason) of Ore Monogatari!!, which turned out to be the final volume. I'd had no idea it ended! I'm so bad at keeping on top of the series I'm following. ^_^;; Overall I was happy with the ending and I think it ended at a good place. Slight spoiler )

And finally, I finished up Aozora Yell. The last volume of this I'd read was volume 12, and then even though I had the next couple volumes on my ipad for ages, I just never read them. So since I was clearing stuff off my ipad, I thought I'd see how many volumes I was behind, only to find that it had ended at volume 19, so now seemed a perfect time to finish it up. I liked the ending a lot!

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, today is my last day of vacation, so I probably won't be getting as much read as I have been (no probably about it, really), but in addition to finishing the books I'm currently reading, I want to continue getting through the manga and comic backlog on my ipad. But I don't know what I'm going to choose next!

[hexarchate] Hexarch Nirai Kujen

Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:11 pm
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I gave up on Ye Fancy Background because apparently I can only learn one thing at a time in Photoshop, two if I stretch, and the two things were Stars and Doing Humans That Look Kind of Like Humans. Anyway, I just have to declare this done because I can't look at it any longer.



Comments welcome; this is very much a learning process.

(I think it was two or three hours on the gloves alone, my God I am inefficient.)

Empathetic gaze

Feb. 23rd, 2017 03:21 pm
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Previous post on this subject: https://sasha-feather.dreamwidth.org/1025648.html

While talking with Jesse about how to *really* get at what I want to describe, rather than male gaze or female gaze, what we came up with was empathetic or empathizing gaze vs. Objectifying gaze.

I like accuracy of language, as you have probably figured out if you've known me a while.

You can divide any image into thirds. Your eye will fall onto the top third line or bottom third line of the frame. What sits on this line? Objectifying images often have breasts and hips of women at the top and bottom thirds. Empathethic gaze images will have the subject's eyes at the top third line (or sometimes the center or bottom third) of the image; the point is that you are focusing on their eyes and that encourages you to feel what they are feeling.

TJ and Amal (http://tjandamal.com/) is a good example of empathetic gaze in a comics medium.
Also see:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Moonlight - notice the focus on eyes and hands in the trailer (https://youtu.be/9NJj12tJzqc)

colored pencil extravaganza

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:48 am
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Here's a thing about me: I'm a total nerd for pens, paper, pencils, anything you can write with or on. I love an office supply store. My notebook collection is out of control.

I've recently taken up coloring again, which gave me an excuse to buy a whole lot of colored pencils. To read the reviews on Amazon, each brand is either the best or the worst, as it is with all reviews on Amazon. So of course I was forced to try them all. Or five, so far.

I started out by investigating my pre-existing colored pencil collection. I have a set of twelve Crayola pencils, which are hard and a little waxy and don't blend very well and are kind of faint, color-wise. I have a twenty-four set of Coloray, which apparently were made by Faber Castell and are now discontinued. I also have six Venus Paradise pencils, which you can sell used on eBay for about two bucks a piece because the nostalgia factor is high. Plus various terrible hard waxy pencils I should definitely throw out but probably won't.

Thus begins the great pencil experiment.

In order of increasing cost (actually, it's how much I paid, which isn't the same thing), with price per pencil in USD.

Prang | $0.25

Cheap and effective. )


Staedtler Ergosoft | $0.42

Fuzzy with protected cores. )


Staedtler Watercolor Pencils | $0.58

Soft and easy. )


Koh-I-Noor | $0.65

Smooth color laydown and a nice feel. )


Prismacolor Premier | $0.92

Artist quality pencils with soft cores and beautiful color. )

In conclusion, the first set of Prangs I bought were good and the second set terrible, the Koh-I-Noor are probably my favorite due to their versatility, good blending, and feel, but the Staedtler pencils are great too, and I would use Prismacolors if I could afford all them.

And why not a few coloring book recommendations why I'm here. I like things with abstract patterns so I don't have to worry about if I colored a bird wrong, because I will definitely worry about that.

Entangled is a book of abstract designs by Angela Porter that has a nice mix of incredibly detailed fussy little zig-zags and swirls, and some larger floral patterns, and mandalas. It's put out by Creative Haven, and all their books are really nice, with one-sided, perforated pages, and the paper is thick and toothy without being fuzzy; that texture gives my colored pencils a little something to work against. Slippery paper and colored pencils don't really mix. I also have a Creative Haven color-by-numbers book about ocean critters, which is nice for when I don't want to think about what color things should be, but then I find myself disagreeing with them at times, so it's not as relaxing as I'd hoped.

I also like Valentina Harper's work. She uses a lot of lines within larger shapes, as well as little circles inside larger shapes. She's often published by Design Originals, and they have the same toothy one-sided perforated paper as Creative Haven.
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Continuing through this list.

Read more... )

Anyone thinking of going to ConFabCon?

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Due to reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I've been asked to add 7 biweekly meetings to boss1's calendar through the end of the second quarter, and as you can imagine, this is making me tear my hair out, especially for the next two weeks, which are already overbooked. This lack of understanding of the basics of space-time - that you can't be in two places at once and you can't add extra time just to fit in more meetings (I mean, they are already meeting before 9 and after 5) - is baffling to me. And extremely frustrating because after I work the scheduling magic and manage to fit everybody in somehow, they invariably decide to change things and require more rescheduling. It's stupid and exhausting.

Speaking of exhausting, they confirmed that my dad has a staph infection, the how and why of which are unknown, but nobody's uttered the terrifying term MRSA so I don't think it's that, at least. He says he feels better and wants to go home, which I guess is something. Dom is supposed to buttonhole the doctor today to get more detailed information. And the social worker has already said that he'll be sent to a rehab facility upon discharge to get him walking again. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Wednesday reading, on a Thursday:

What I've just finished
The Cafe La Femme books by Livia Day: A Trifle Dead, The Blackmail Blend, and Drowned Vanilla, all of which I enjoyed very much (Drowned Vanilla even has ice cream recipes I might have to try!), though I really hope the whole situation with Stewart gets resolved satisfactorily (by which I mean, in a poly relationship for Tabitha, rather than her choosing one or the other guy).

What I'm reading now
I just started The Bees by Laline Paull, and I mean literally just started so I have nothing to say about it yet.

What I'm reading next
*hands*

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Oh, my heart, part 2

Feb. 23rd, 2017 08:39 am
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LaunchGood: Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery

$109,794
funded of $20,000 goal


(If the name behind it sounds familiar -- yes, this is the same Linda Sarsour who was one of the Women's March on Washington organizers, among other activist accomplishments.)

Daily Happiness

Feb. 23rd, 2017 12:42 am
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1. I posted two chapters of manga!

2. We had roast chicken, asparagus, and butternut squash soup for dinner and it was all so delicious. The soup was bought, the sort you get from the grocery store deli, but everything else was homemade. I also made a rhubarb custard pie for dessert, so it was a pretty awesome evening food-wise.

3. We took a nice walk this morning, about a mile and a half. That's the longest Carla's been able to walk in a while, and although it wore her out, she was still able to make dinner and we even took another shorter walk in the evening.

4. We got a new vacuum today. I'd had it on my Amazon wishlist for a while and then the price dropped last week, so I went ahead and ordered it. Our old vacuum wasn't totally dead, but it was getting there, and also it was super loud, which bothered the kitties and also bothered Carla, especially when she's migrainey, so we got one that's supposed to be quieter and it really is pretty quiet for a vacuum! The cats still weren't thrilled with it, but Carla said it didn't bother her at all, and it did a better job than our old one, too, so I'm pretty pleased with it. (Also it has a retractable cord, which is great!)

5. Molly's always so cute when she gets on my desk demanding pets. :)

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