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2020-01-01 12:01 am
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This journal is friends only. It contains mostly posts about my personal life and to a minor degree some commentary on tv shows, movies, books, etc that I like.

Feel free to friend me, chances are that I might or might not friend you back depending on how much we have in common. Leaving a comment in this post, will increase the chances of that happening :)

As for my fandoms - there tend to be a few main fandoms that I don't ever seem to leave completely (Doctor Who, Sherlock and Harry Potter) and then there are a lot of other fandoms that I return to every now and then. This can be for a relatively short amount of time (a couple of weeks to a month) or for a bit longer (several months up to over a year).
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2017-08-15 07:59 am
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On spelling (and writing fics)

While opening word and skipping to my last place in my type up document, I had a random thought: Is there an extension to the Word dictionaries that contains all the HP terminology with their correct spellings in all variations?

I always hesitate to add them myself as I'm never certain if my spelling is write. And even if I add them, then the next time it's underlined red again (because it's plural/singular, a different tense and what not). Sure, I can check it online, but then I'm wondering if it should be with a capital letter or not.

As much as I tend to go for no caps at all, I'm taking more care when writing stories and that's when I start wondering and while in English it might be better to take a guess on lower case, there are some words/cases where I'm very tempted to use capital letters. It's probably more my experience with German slipping through than actual correct spelling in English.

Well, who cares about my typing up - what feels like 50% is bullet points or haf bullet point/half text anyway. Sometimes I think I need to publish one of those just for the laughs of my writing/plotting style. Although, I wouldn't call it plotting. I rarely know where I want to go - it all develops while writing. Okay, that's a lie. Whenever I start an independent!Harry story, I know where it's suppposed to end: Harry is free of Dumbledore's (or anyone else's) control and Voldemort is defeated. It's a very specific target, right?

I think in part it's because I don't really care how something ends. Well, I do, but I don't mind hearing about it before I reach that part. To me, the ending never was the important bit. The journey to that end was far more important, because as the saying goes: All roads lead to Rome. The question is: Which road are they taking? :)

Before I close this, a fun fact of the day:
I seemingly can't end a word on "in". I remember writing Star Wars stories and getting frustrated with always typing "Anaking" and I thought I was over it, that it was just Anakin I was going to mangle. Well, while typing up this past week I wrote "Slythering" multiple times.
Then again, it's not as if I didn't know where it comes from - it's all those verbs ending in "ing" and my fingers just know that the "g" follows the "in" even when it doesn't.
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2017-08-13 05:24 pm

10 years of being an Icon maker (and 17 being part of Fandom)

I have a shitload of icons. I have 11,164 images at my new image hosting site. 524 of those are award/participation banners. I created over 10,000 icons in 10 years. *jaw drops*

Unless I'm mistaken I posted my first set of six icons on August 26th, 2006. Original LJ Post Of course, as the post links to Photobucket non of the images are available, but still.

My last icon post on LJ is from March 24th, 2016. Here on DW it's actually December 26th, 2015 so I didn't actually stay up to date with the crossposting. Although, it appears that it's only that one post.

This is why I count 10 years. And even if it had been 11 - 10,000 icons is still a mindblowing amount.

While the overall quality improved in that time, I remember feeling too much like mass producing them while the first icons were more creative even if I lacked the skill to really make them better quality. I developed an eye for cropping, for colouring and even for text placement (to some extend), but I had some beautiful composition attempts in my early icons.

And while I loved photography before, I think it also influence how I took my photos. Mind you, I also took plenty of photos with the firm mind that I'd turn them into icons or icon textures and I very rarely did that. Especially on the texture front.

And okay, that also makes me feel old as it makes me remember how long I've been in fandom in total. I'm sure I wrote it down somewhere, but off of the top of my head: I'd say my first contact with fandom was late 1990s or 2000. I'm fairly certain I wrote my first English story in spring 2001 and I had some German tries (incl. finished ones) before that and I had been readong for a while before I first started writing. That's at least 17 years as part of fandom.

Man, now I feel old. I spent more than half of my life being a participant of fandom in one way or another - from reader to writer to icon/art maker. I even once tried my hand at making a fanvid (I gave it up after I realised how much work it was to create a half assed, badly cut, badly matched to the music fanvid. Still, it gave me a new appreciation for the fan creation that fanvids are!)

To think that it accompanied me from school to university to my first job to where I'm now. I'm also very grateful that I only ever heard of fandom wars, but never experienced them myself. I also think I only ever got one flame on my stories and the few critics I got on icons (outside of lims and rumbles) was constructive criticism. And in a way, I feel as if I saw fandom grow. I saw it grow from a few websites and some mailinglists to I don't know how many websites, to blogs, to entire communities. Sure, I've also seen fandom die somewhat with websites that disappeared, with authors that disappeared (and sometimes taking all of their stories with them) to fandoms just kind of dying as their tv shows come to an end, as movie series end or as movies are replaced with newer and shinier ones.

And this post was only supposed to be about the amount of icons. Instead it turned into trip down memory lane. And why not? Fandom has played a huge part in my life. It's been as much a comfort to me as music has been. I could sink my emotions into it and find something to resonate with it. Whether it was something to make me cry, to make me angry, to let my anger out (hello character bashing fics), to giving me confidence, to finding hope for the future.
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([dw] kate : long hair)
2017-07-28 06:45 pm

Icons...

Am I just looking in the wrong places or aren't there any Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them icons?
immortalje: Fawkes looking at Harry Potter ([hp] harryfawkes)
2017-07-24 08:23 pm

New Layout

As part of coming back to dreamwidth, I figured a new facelift for this journal (and [community profile] love_sacrificed) is in order. It's been over a year since I really looked at any of my journals. Be it here or at livejournal or at insanejournal.

Even longer since I did anything but moderate one of my contest communities or post a batch of icons. To be honest: towards the end I was stressing myself more with this than anything else. I took a step back as I undertook some major changes in my life (new job, new city) and it took longer than I expected. However, I think I needed that time away.

Read more... )

Anyway, I've also started on updating my icons and I think this won't be the end of it.
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([lotr] bilbothorin : hug)
2014-12-25 04:51 pm

Happy Christmas

I wish everyone a happy Christmas!

I hope it's merry, healthy, peaceful and filled with friends and family :)

a little picture )
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([sherlock] sherlock : gun scratch)
2014-04-08 10:56 am

LGBT question for a story

I know its been awhile since my last post and this isn't really an update. Time's been flying by so far this year. Somehow it just started, but it's already April. How did that happen?

Anyway, after seeing winter soldier I was inspired to write some stories (lets hope the slot doesn't abandon me before i'm done) and I've got a question.

When did gay sex become legal I'm the US? I found the date for the end of "don't ask don't tell", but got a bit confused about outside of the military. The dates I found were far more recent than I had thought and were interwoven with the same sex marriage topics.

My intention is to have Sam bring Steve uptodate on the issue and I don't want to get it wrong.

Now I should get back to work though...
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2014-03-28 06:57 am

I need a little help with voting...

This isn't exactly the update on me that I had planned since the beginning of the year... time sure flies by. Way faster than I ever experienced. I can't believe that March is nearly over already. Hopefully this coming weekend will be better even if my to do list keeps on growing which just makes me avoid it all - which is so very helpful with reducing it!

Anyway, the reason for this post: I could use some more votes over on [community profile] lotr20in20!

round 03: tie breaker (round 2)
round 05: themes voting
round 05: category voting
round 05: ac voting

And for anyone who feels like making LotR/The Hobbit icons:
round 06: sign ups
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2014-01-15 10:51 pm

Voting Help needed!

I could use some help with the round 2 tie breaker and round 3 voting for [community profile] lotr20in20! There aren't enough votes in any of the polls to close the voting. I'm hoping for at least 5 votes in each poll! So far there are only 2-3 for the round 3 voting and 4 in the round 2 tie breaker!

round 2: tie breaker
round 3: theme voting
round 3: category voting
round 3: ac voting

Even though there are only 5 days left you can still sign up for this round!
round 4: sign up
round 4: themes
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-12-31 02:01 pm

Happy New Year!

I wish everybody a happy new year!!



And of course, New Year's Eve isn't the same without Dinner for One
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-12-25 09:40 am

Happy Christmas :)

I wish everyone that celebrates it a Happy Christmas!
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-12-14 08:40 pm

Pimp: [community profile] lotr20in20

[community profile] lotr20in20 could use a few more votes for the round 2 tie breaker!

Additionally, if you want you cann still sign up! Finished sets of 20 icons can submitted until December 25th!

Sign Up
Themes
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([dw] river : gun)
2013-11-23 10:43 pm

SPOILER: The Day of the Doctor!!

Wherein I ramble about the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who!

Boring Talk )

SPOILER NON STOP!!!! )

I think there are countless things I can still mention - that I should mention - but I've also got an icon post to code for [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho20in20.

Now I really want to watch it all over again. And again. And again! :D :D
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-11-06 08:23 pm

Voting help needed

I could use a couple of more votes for the tie breaker before I can post the results for round 01 of [community profile] lotr20in20! If anybody could vote I'd be really grateful! :)

Tie Breaker

(And if anyone wants to join round 02 - while the prompts are posted and only 14 days left, the sign ups are still open!)
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-09-19 06:52 am

a little pimp...

Since I'm not busy enough with procrastinating, I created [community profile] lotr20in20 :)



Sign ups for the first round (prompts to be posted on October 1st) are open and can be found here
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-09-07 08:42 am

Learning languages and a new show...

I got caught up with rushing to finish my planned blackout for [livejournal.com profile] love_bingo the better part of August (due date was last weekend) and found myself doing nothing but reading this last week since I just couldn't be bothered to make anything - wether it was a post, writing something (well, I did that at work!), making icons or replying to comments/posts. I hopefully will get around to doing that over the weekend.

You never stop learning... )

And really, I meant to make this a short post with one single question and a promise for a more detailed one later... I guess I can just keep on going!

But first my question. While I was on vacation with my parents, I had to watch various crime shows/films with my parents. They love them and I used to watch a lot several years ago, but my interest has vaned some - I don't mind watching them, but don't seek them out either.

One of the series we watched (because it tagged onto another one and none of use wanted to go to bed yet) was the British show "Silent Witness" which Amazon labels me under various different names (I guess German TV initially gave it a different name and when the lead character left they changed it to the original name) Not to mention that there are 16 seasons so far... Does anyone know the show and can offer me advice on which season to start with?

The episode(s) we watched was "Shadows" from Series 13. I really liked the characters, but they weren't part of the show since the beginning. At least not in this combination. If I go by the Wikipedia episode guide that would be Series 8.

I think a post about my birthday / vacation can wait until I'm back later today and worked on my to do list a little (there are several things I've just been avoiding! - even if they should be done pretty quick)
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
2013-07-26 07:02 am

some tired ramblings

I've been meaning to write a little something for the past week or two. Time flies by too fast for me to keep track of it!

cars & computers )

TV Shows )

In other news, after a very hesitant start, summer has finally arrived with roughly 30°C (86°F) this past week(s) and it's zapping a lot of my energy. Especially when it comes to making icons. Most of the time I find myself reading fanfictions. Most of it is Harry Potter fanfiction which leaves me more or less satisfied. After reading fanfictions for years, I've come to have high expectations - especially when it comes to plot. I've gotten a taste for stories in which the characters read the books, but it's hard to find well written ones that aren't Harry/Ginny. I would prefer Gen (outside of those already dating) since that type of story just doesn't really lend itself to get people together. In most of them there's simply no plot/relationship developement since all they do is read (and comment on) the books.

on character bashing and shipping )

Other than that, I'm on my vacation countdown! 2 1/2 weeks left until my vacation. Should I be unable to work on my icons for [livejournal.com profile] love_bingo until then, I'm hoping that the first week of vacation will give me plenty of time. The second week I'll be in Bonn with my mother - shopping, sightseeing and the Beatles musicle. By chance we even got tickets for the opening night! I've also got to decide what to do (or not to do) for my birthday. My grandmother is good at making me invite my aunt and uncle as well as my cousin and her boyfriend. I know that their schedule tends to be rather full and they've grown tired of family birthdays. To be honest, outside of my grandmother most of my family have grown tired of it (unless it's a significant anniversary) because it's just another day filled up in an already busy schedule (especially in summer). I'm turning 29 this year (as the oldest of my generation) and my cousin turned 24 last December. I dare say that until there's a new generation this will stay that way. Not to mention that I live too far away from everyone to really celebrate at my place (which is too small anyway) and I'd have to celebrate at my parents' house. The main idea is to possibly simply go out for dinner and inviting my grandparents along. Just them aside from my parents and brother (+ girlfriend).

I think this will be my first 29th birthday of many ;)
(Does anybody know the secret to eternal youth/life? I'd like to see the future while remaining young. Although I can't imagine wanting to live for several millenia!)

Added: So, I wrote this two days ago at work... the heat combined with my period starting has given me the rest and I've done nothing more but making my dailyicons, reading and playing the DOS games Keen 4 or Colonization. I might write that meta post today at work though.
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (PD - ned surprised/shocked)
2013-06-13 05:13 pm

Photobucket & Plotbunnies!

Since I had this problem this morning again, I finally remembered to actually post about it. Does anybody have problems saving icons hosted on photobucket?

click here for more... )