Rae
18 October 2010 @ 09:45 am
I have never in my life had any more problems with a webhost than I have had with Network Solutions. It bothers me that they go out of their way to make their back end as confusing as possible for anyone who doesn't want to use their "build it with us" javascript tool of bullshittery. I know how to write valid markup, thank you. I understand DNS configurations, and website troubleshooting, and even some basic code. I do not need someone to walk my hand through the set up and maintenance of a site.

So tell me why, then, have I had to contact your customer service three times in as many days about various issues with your service? A tiny little website like ours should not be getting 405, 403, and 404 errors every five minutes. And I haven't even mentioned the hellstorm I had to go through to get a properly re-writable wordpress installed. GoDaddy doesn't do this, and they've hosted our other sites for years. Dreamhost, my personal choice, has NEVER done this to me in the two and a half years I've been with them. Hell, I have never even seen Yahoo!Geocities do this, back when it was still running.

This is pathetic, Network Solutions, and I will never recommend you to anyone.

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OK, ranting over with. In other news, I have started yet another project. Yes, yes, I know, please don't kill me. XD; This one will update sporadically and, quite frankly, has no script. I do have an idea where I'm going with it, though. It's more or less an experiment, at this point, in both style and writing. I'm wondering if I can just do this, pulling a story out of my arse, without over worrying myself about the tiny little details. Will it still be interesting?
The project is called Endangered, and it's about a trio of "magics" (that is, otherworldly magical creatures) attempting to survive in a world dead set on exterminating them. In a way, it's a reactionary peace to all of the "child finds out he/she is a part of a magical subculture" kids books which have been popular here lately, in that one of the main characters is an eleven-year-old orphan named Annie (yes, on purpose), who is just finding about what she was born into. But in this world, things are not sunshine and happiness, and good magical times at the expense of those silly, unwitting, and totally helpless "mundanes." Showing your ass to a regular human will get you killed, or severely maimed... as Annie will learn soon enough.

Probably not the most original thing on the planet, but hell--I'm having fun with it. Eventually I might even get to the conversation that sparked it all. XD If I ever get up to ten or so pages, I might make a SmackJeeves for it or something.


 
 
 
 
Rae
This week, I have actually been sleeping.  Yes, that is strange for me. 

Rambling about sleeping schedules and Wacom tablets )

I'm still pressing for a December/January release of the comic... though a part of me is screaming that that's going to fly by sooner than I think.  We'll see, brain. We'll see.

Also, thank you to D for linking me this song. It is appropriate:


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Mixed feelings have made it hard to know how to handle this situation. Part of you is ready to overlook the problem, and the rest of you thinks that you need to do something about it. It’s not clear what actually needs to happen, but it appears as if it’s one of those things that will resolve itself better if you stop trying to correct it. Some things work themselves out. This situation is not anything you can control. If the idea of doing something about it is more appealing to you, the best you can do is keep abreast of your own issues and make sure you’re on top of yourself.
~Cal Garrison

 
 
Rae
27 March 2010 @ 02:18 pm
Today I'm selling books and doing laundry.  The former is, by far, the more important thing. 

All my life I've been a "collector," as my mother likes to put it.  I make collections of just about anything:  buttons, like-coloured tacks, folders with art on them, pencils, even old CDs I burned when I was thirteen.  Since I moved away from home, this collection has followed me through two apartments and a rented room at my cousin's house.  Every so often I make a pass at controlling the mess--I tell myself "No more!" and get rid of a few of the larger messes.  Then I sit upon my couch for a few evenings in a row and end up returning to the bargain store for more DVDs.

This is the first time that I've touched my book collection in a massive way.  For awhile I was obsessed with "trading in" my paperbacks for cheap, used-book-store hardback versions.  I adore hardback books--the smell of them, the weight, the way that their bindings crackle and the good, large print on their pages.  As such, my massive book collection never changed much in number (except to add new titles,) but did become very, very heavy.  It never hits you just how bad that is until you're attempting to move and a box of books about kills your back.

So I sat down in front of my bookshelf this morning and took a good look at what was there.  Most of it was Mercedes Lackey, with some other mixed titles... and the grand majority were books I'd never read more than once a piece.  It was harder than I'd ever imagined to pick up that first book and box it away.  The back of my mind kept screaming "But you might read it again someday!" and I would hesitate, hover at re-shelving it.  Then I remembered just how much money I spent on that book I only read once, and took a good look at the dust growing on top of it.

In the book went, followed by a few score more.  I now have a big traveling cart waiting to be taken to the used-book-store as soon as my pants dry.  A part of me continues to want to repack it, and the rest is proud that I managed to load it up.

And the handful of dollars I get for them will be going toward a new storage unit for my art supplies.
 
 
Current Mood: determined
 
 
Rae
22 March 2010 @ 12:03 pm
This morning's moment of funny:

For those who don't know, I work for a liquor wholesale company--restaurants call us to place their orders, we deliver, blah blah blah.  Considering the area (SE Texas), we get a lot of A) Mexican restaurants, and B) restaurant owners/employees that speak little to no English, or who have C) extremely garbled accents. As no one in our office speaks fluent Spanish, at current, this can lead to the occasional issue, but we usually manage to work around it.

First thing in the morning, I come in and check our voice mail to see who placed orders there over the weekend. There were only two messages, and one was not an order.  The one that was I listened to five times to get all the information.  Most of it made sense, except for the name of the restaurant:

Super Tardis ala Coco

After searching through quickbooks for awhile, I found the correct name: Super Tortas Acapulco. XD


In other news, I was mildly productive this weekend! :3 Just... not in the way I was supposed to be. D:  I got most of my room cleaned and re-organized--all that is left is the bedroom area, which doesn't really bother me so much.  I need to strip the bed and wash the linens, but I can do that tonight.  The business end of the room is nearly complete, however.

I moved furniture, dusted everything, and basically got myself set up with a much better work-space than I had before.  I really, really wish I had a place for my old art-desk, but that isn't going to happen--at least not until I get rid of some shit.  I wouldn't mind being able to take down the rickety make-shift "shelves" my cousin rigged up in there, but that is the sort of job that requires a weekends worth of full-time attention to, plus enlisting Jr.'s strength. (The structure is part aluminum siding, part concrete blocks stacked to the ceiling. It's dangerous, and not at all attached to the wall. x.x)

If I were to get rid of those, I could find a cheap desk/shelving unit at IKEA or something that would give me MUCH more organization and work space (hell, I already picked out two from their uncatalogued that would be awesome)... shit, now I want to do that. =.=  But I shouldn't.  Not, at least, until I know if I'll be moving soon or not.

All this uncertainty is ruining my nesting tendencies.

Another product of this weekend is that I'm thinking about getting into the Artist Alley con-life. I've thought about it before, but I now that I have friends who are doing it, and I'm not in school anymore, it seems like it could be fun.  Navigating the tax laws for it is difficult, but I think with a little bit of research that it's navigate-able.

The bigger issue is about things to sell, and if I even have a chance at it.  Original works are all well and good--and I would obviously be trying to produce some for con purposes--fanart sells better. I wouldn't (and don't) really expect conning to be lucrative, but I would hope to be able to at least make back my investment, after taxes and everything is concerned. The only real "issue" with this is that I don't have much to do with the current anime fads.

I'm going to be going to the Anime Matsuri con two weeks from now--for Saturday, at least, and maaaybe Sunday--and doing some market "research" there.  What people are offering, the major characters...but more importantly, what characters are missing.  I have a strong feeling that doing buttons or the like of characters who are lesser known might have a bit of a market.  For instance, Sailor Moon is still VERY popular, but I rarely see any buttons/chibis/etc of the Amazon Quartet, even though they have a fanbase. Or the Shitennou for that matter.  Most of what gets made are the Senshi and/or Tux Max.  

Granted, this might not be true at all cons, but I don't remember seeing anything of the like at the few I've been to, or posted to places like dA, where button designs are often displayed with a "will be at X con" note.

If anyone has suggestions of lesser-noted characters from like... Naruto, Death Note, Soul Eater, Kingdom Hearts, etc... pls to be mentioning it.  XD

Right now I'm looking at getting a table at the Delta H con in august as a test run.  Mostly because it's a tiny, second year con with cheap tables.  So if I hate it, I haven't wasted that much money.  I'll also (probably) be dragging Ami with me, who is uber excited.  She was supposed to go to Matsuri with me, too, but that is, sadly, not working out. D:

Which reminds me, if anyone is going to be at Matsuri on Sat, and you wanna get together, SAY SOMETHING. :D I would love to have company!  I know I need to mention it to you, Natalie, since you asked a few weeks ago, but there are a few other Texans on my f-list....

Hmmm, what else.

V, you need to help me beat Keanu into shape or something if you want that chapter.  Though Nick has been making noise that his chapter might come first.  If you're wondering what is taking so freaking long, it's the fact that I ended up writing 6k words of useless material for Keanu because I started the chapter "too soon."  (I seriously had to cut it, or else the chapter would go massively slow and be about fifty pages long--aka, the problem with MIN.)

Also, I cannot breathe.  GD I LOVE ALLERGY SEASON. /slits wrist/

 
 
Rae
05 March 2010 @ 06:07 pm
4 srz gaius


I am promising telling myself that I must do at LEAST three of the things on this list by Monday:

1.  Design, finish, and implement a new LJ layout
2.  Finish chapter three of TSM
3.  Import and organize all of SMM: MIN into Y-writer 5
4.  Completely outline SMM: MIN and synopses for the rest of the series before you write a single word of prose. Dammit.
5.  Finish the full outline of WS
6.  Re-draft the full outline of WS
7.  Beginning working on WS script (5,6,7 must be done in order!)
8.  Finish commission sketches, send to commissioners.
9.  Complete two character profiles for WS.
10.  Clean/organize room, go grocery shopping, sell off untouched hardbacks at HPB and NO, THESE DO NOT COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE ITEM
11.  Layout and code new portfolio website -- consider a CMS for this, it is important
12.  At least one completed bit of poster art
13.  Finish BF prompt piece, "Luminary."
14.  Sort through and re-organize tags, sort through icons--exchange out duplicate emotions/responses and those that go unused, for newer ones of a better variety.



I expect everyone to be adequately disappointed in me if I do not do any of these things.  Please, do tell me so and prod me with sharp sticks.  D:

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Current Mood: determined
 
 
Rae
25 January 2010 @ 11:51 am
Just figured I might share a little bit of the comic stuff I've been working on with everybody..


Sisterly Revenge by =subomouse on deviantART


A Family Dinner by =subomouse on deviantART




 
 
Current Mood: bored
 
 
Rae
25 December 2009 @ 01:10 pm
(In other words: I'm insane)


1. All You Need Is Love
2. Dark
3. Eat Me
4. Insanity
5. Blink
6. Let It Be
7. Lose Control
8. Revolution
9. No Time
10. Tears
11. Sorrow
12. Happiness is a Warm Gun
13. Rainy Monday
14. Night
15. Across the Universe
16. Dreams
17. I Want To Hold Your Hand
18. Walk This World Alone
19. Life
20. Two Roads
21. I’ve Just Seen a Face
22. Overcoats, Canes, Top Hats
23. Stripes
24. Windmill
25. Horror
26. Mirror
27. Broken Pieces
28. Seeing Red
29. Hey Jude
30. Pain
31. Guardian Angel: [link]
32. In the Storm
33. Stay Stuck
34. Where’s Your Heart?
35. Nine in the Afternoon
36. Lightning
37. Snow
38. Sleep
39. Shadow
40. The Walrus
41. Heart
42. Fairy
43. Walk Alone
44. Edgar Allen Poe
45. Mask
46. Vampire
47. DeviantART
48. Chains
49. Under Water
50. Wings
51. Upside Down
52. Unseen
53. Princess
54. Censored
55. What If...
56. End of the World
57. Silhouette
58. 86
59. Make Your Mark: [link]
60. Shut Up: [link]
61. Crashing Waves
62. Buttons
63. Strawberry Fields Forever
64. Board it Up
65. Pirate
66. Soul
67. Line Without A Hook
68. Sky of Dust
69. Freedom
70. Skull
71. Empty
72. Candy-land
73. Old-school
74. Mutation
75. Rock
76. Band-Aid
77. Ice
78. Sandwich
79. Open Up My Mind
80. Clumsy
81. Keyboard
82. Hope
83. Paper Bags and Plastic Hearts
84. Cursed
85. Pie
86. Fate
87. Show Me the Way
88. You Kill Me
89. Skipping Records
90. Let Go
91. Bobby Pin
92. Headphone
93. Bullet
94. Kiss Your Lips
95. Losing Yourself
96. Rope
97. Now
98. Keep Everything Inside
99. Fell Apart
100. Death
 
 
Rae
20 July 2009 @ 10:28 am
*stretches*

So BTHE (also known as "Super Secret Ficathon Thingie") is finished and in beta-reading mode.  Lovely Lovely Ami is helping me with this, but I might need at least one more beta to make sure every thing was caught.  Any takers?  It's Sailor Moon, focus on the shittennou.

I think I might write another one for the 'thon, since I have a good amount of time left and several plot bunnies gnawing on my feet.  This might put WiP and MiN a bit on the back burner (as if MiN hasn't been simmering there for months, again.) but as both casts are now sitting in corners demanding various pastries before they continue, I don't think that's much of an issue. They seem to have gotten the idea that I cook.  I'm not really sure where this notion came from, but it's turning into quite a dellima.  Thankfully the 'thon cast are all too crazy to be aware of what the other muses are doing, otherwise I might have had a... much larger rebellion on my hands.

*shakes fist*

In other news, the NaNoRiMo project has changed itself again.  This time I'm returning to something started about seven years ago which never got written down (But has been living in my and my best friend's head). It's about damn time, i says.