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April 3rd, 2009

08:14 am - WELCOME TO MY LJ

I'm tired of the previous (outdated) post being at the top of my journal, so I'm making a new one. You may be here for the posts I wrote back in 2005-2006 on manga page layout. Click here for the index. You may be here for other reasons. All are welcome, especially if they're willing to put up with the extraordinary amounts of piffle I post.

Here's the general rules of the road: if you're not willing to comply, you may prefer to hang out elsewhere.

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08:14 am - WELCOME TO MY JOURNAL

I'm tired of the previous (outdated) post being at the top of my journal, so I'm making a new one. You may be here for the posts I wrote back in 2005-2006 on manga page layout. Click here for the index. You may be here for other reasons. All are welcome, especially if they're willing to put up with the extraordinary amounts of piffle I post.

Here's the general rules of the road: if you're not willing to comply, you may prefer to hang out elsewhere.

FRIENDING

Feel free to friend me without asking - I consider the LJ friends page to be a reading list, not a declaration of actual friend friendship, if you know what I mean. Please forgive me if I don't friend you back - I used to friend everyone back, and met some really interesting people that way, but there are only so many hours in the day and I do have a life offline!

COMMENTING

Anonymous commenting is off, because I hate, hate, hate drive-by commenters who don't identify themselves or leave any way to get replies. If you don't want to get an LJ to reply, then you can email me - telophase @ livejournal works, and my regular email address is on my profile page. I might not answer - see above about there only being so many hours in the day - but I will read it.

Occasionally when spambots make LJs and start commenting I activate the CAPTCHA for non-friends. Yes, I'm asking you to prove you're human. Yes, it's necessary. I actually got into an argument with a spambot once before realizing it was a spambot, and I'm also tired of having to delete spam comments multiple times an hour.

I shouldn't have to say this but: in my journal, anyone is welcome to comment back to anything anyone else has said. The only person I've banned so far (besides spambots) attacked someone else for commenting on her reply to me, and then repeatedly failed to understand why I didn't like that. I think of my LJ as a bastard version of the literary salons: every post is an invitation to conversation. You may not like the way that conversation is going, and you have the right to object to it, but you don't get to dictate policy.

I'm the one that gets to dictate policy here. :)

ART

You can make icons or layout with my art IF YOU CREDIT ME and PROVIDE A LINK to here or my deviantart page. Please don't repost full pieces elsewhere, on Photobucket or the like, unless there is a clear watermark with my LJ or DA address on it. I want people to be able to find me! Naturally, don't take credit for the art. :)

On critique: I'm currently at a psychological place where if I get crit at the wrong stage of a pic, it kills it dead for me. This is not a good state of affairs, I know, but I need to work through most problems on my own, because at this point if I don't turn my own brain to the knotty problems, I don't actually learn anything. Works in progress are posted here as a record for myself, and because my readers tell me they like seeing the stages of a paiting.

So: the general rule is, when crit won't kill the pic for me, I ask for it. If I've posted something on DeviantArt in my gallery or scraps, feel free to crit over there unless I specifically ask you not to. (I may be starting a ConceptArt forum thread - that'll obviously be open for crit, because that's the purpose of those threads.)

Yes, I'm an ungrateful bitch. I own that. You don't have to hang out here if you don't want to. My opinion about art is that if you're having fun with it, that's great, and I'm not going to crit unless you ask me to, and I ask you extend the same courtesy to me. Simple enough?

12:54 pm - Library people!

I had a question in email from someone thinking about the library field, and she gave me permission to post it here, to gather more input form others in the field:cut for questionCollapse )
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02:12 pm

Have I mentioned recently how much I love the Best of China Landscape Pool on Flickr? (I totally want to go to that place.)

04:31 pm

Racialicious has a mostly-positive review of the HBO/BBC production of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

07:25 pm - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Dahlquist: yea or nay?

08:10 pm

More evidence Sora is a teenage boy: when he's snuggling with me and purring, he keeps trying to stick his paws under my shirt.

(I think he prefers kneading bare skin over fabric but his claws are SHARP)
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