Buon compleanno, [livejournal.com profile] rosenblut! :D

And as for the rest of world.. my oh my, I WONDER what might have happened today ;D CONGRATULATIONS, America - and the best of luck. To all of us, actually. *g*

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Yep. Three days, three drawings. OMG WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO, I know, I know... And what's more, today I'm finally posting something new! :o Well, all right, technically yesterday's drawing was new as well - [livejournal.com profile] sekhmet2 had very obviously seen it, but I hadn't posted it publicly anywhere.

Today's?

Nope, no one's seen it yet, not even her ;P



LINDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA d'you remember that surprise I'd mentioned, like, months ago? YEAH, IT'S HERE NOW. I'd actually wanted to wrap it up and give it to you as a birthday present, but... well. That didn't turn out too well, did it. :/

But I couldn't draw Sirius' face and leave out what he was looking at, now could I? ;D

The rest of you - I'm sorry, I'm not able to include the "full view" option yet! For the moment, it's just the mini thumbnail and medium thumbnail. I'll keep trying to tweak it - or find a gallery script that suits my needs better, and redo it from scratch ;P But that has to wait until the weekend at least, I just don't have the material time to do much more than this right now. Constantly on the move? WHY YES I MIGHT BE.

Love you all, and see you then! <3
First off-- I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS EVER. Omg, thank you SO MUCH for all the well wishes (and the beautiful moments *g*) you sent me yesterday! ♥♥♥ And THANK YOU for all the lovely comments on the last entry - I'd meant to answer them tonight, actually. What I said to myself was: keep on posting the stuff you're behind on first! There, now get around to finishing the [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry page you've had half done for aaaages, upload it, post it, and then get to the rest.

I finished uploading it now, and I still haven't been able to tweak things around in order to show the larger version still. *sigh* But I really want to get it out of the way, so:



Yeah, I've decided not to post the original pictures here, or on any other blog and suchlike. There are reasons - but honestly, my eyelids keep sliding down on their own right now. :P I'll either edit it tomorrow, or expand on the matter next time I post one of the LLNM drawings. ;) The postings will be periodical - twice a month at least, I think, possibly always on the same day, but I have to decide which yet. Depending on when I actually get a, well, chance to. ^^;

Incidentally, that's also - more or less - the look my website is going to have, once I go back to working on it again :P More or less, anyway. How does that look?

Good night! LOVE Y'ALL! <333333333
First of all, happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose (I'm one day late, I'm sorry, dahling!), and a happy (current) birthday to [livejournal.com profile] nike_y! *g*

Allllllso, I think I'll start with the drawing-posting - for today, it's the ONE drawing I managed to submit these past holidays. (The one, possibly because it's the only submission that was made up of a single illustration. Apparently my subconscious has decided that if it's not at least 15 panels long, it's not worth submitting to a fest. O_o Sheesh, I don't even know.)

So, here it is - back to the dear ol Dark Tower fandom! *g*



Title: I'd have you see them very well
Rating: G
Fandom: The Dark Tower, book 7
Characters: Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean, Oy, Jake Chambers, Roland Deschain
Artist notes: and that's the group hug from the last book, and one of my absolute favorites. ;) I hope you like! Also... well, I would have added a quote, but I THINK that one might be a wee bit spoilery. (Also, my love for Eddie Dean is so sadly onesided. Jeez.)




Yep. I amuse myself something silly. Whether I actually amuse other people is more or less secondary, I'm afraid.

Note for non-Discworld fans and other aliens: that's a... well, a Pterry thing. The one about Granny and Borrowing. I love that man so bloody much.

ANYWAY! Yes, I'm alive. ...and I'm going to have to get rid of the seasonal icons, ain't I. Ahem. I uploaded them in a burst of optimism and, er, never quite got to use them? Things have surely gone much differently from what I'd expected - well, from what I'd hoped, at any rate. Couple of family emergencies - not going into detail because it's not worth it, I promise - which, while not being much in terms of danger and suchlike (NOT THAT YOU'D HEAR ME COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT), did mean I was out of the house a lot. Like. A lot. Couple that with the fact that there's sleeping time to factor in (and I love sleeping time very, very much), and it might result in the Bruni fading away - at least as far as the internets were concerned. Not to mention me bailing out on a few commitments, couple of fests included, and BOY am I sorry about that -

- but I liked the prompts too much to let them be, and while I hadn't got around to finish the submissions, I HAD started them. So. You know. Not all hope's quite lost yet. :D

Besides that, while I was hopping from one journal to the other (the good old flist being more or less USELESS on that regard, seriously, it's like taking out seawater of the ocean with a spoon. Or keeping me away from chocolate) I've been seeing the usual Resolution Setting game going on - okay, so the journal hopping might have happened last week, but the concept stands. Seeing people promising themselves they were going to improve, take better care of themselves, love themselves more, do this, do that, I think I might be joining in.


My Very Serious Resolution for the new year

Finish catching up with the Discworld series before I turn 25 again.


It might be worth mentioning that audiobooks count (oh, the way they raise your desire to do the housework, it's kind of unbelievable - I do remember laughing my head off at Pterry's rewriting of the Iliad (or was it the Odissey?) while literally embracing the toilet*), that the Discworld For Younger Adults series does not, and that I have one (audio)book and a half left to listen to. I also have apparently more problems with being 26 than I did with being 25. ;P

(Relatively speaking, that. In all honesty, that was the first time I ever actually thought about the subject. :D)

* I WAS CLEANING IT. You know. In case you were wondering.


What? Wasn't I supposed to play it to my strengths? :P At least that's one resolution I'm reasonably sure to fullfill. ;) Happy New Year, everyone! (And a happy happy and very very belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] remeciel and [livejournal.com profile] zoesmith, too!!)


ETA: Eeeek, I forgot to mention that apparently someone nominated my Snarry Games piece at the [livejournal.com profile] forbiddenawards! O_O My category is The Overexposed Award (Best Fandom Art): Fandom art created not for a specific story, but for general use. I have more or less no hope whatsoever to win it, not looking at the competition, but that someone nominated me to begin with is already brilliant enough, I say :D Whoever that was, thank you! ♥
D:

Does that represent my dismay well enough? Because, well, YOU KNOW. I did kind of disappear from the face of the Earth. And I'm not making promises for the future either - I'm behind on so many drawings that it's not even funny, and I have no idea when to catch up on those. *sighs and scratches head* I guess it's about time I get over myself and start drawing when I'm train-commuting?

...

Yeah, right. I'd have more hope giving up sleep instead. ANYWAY. I'm not even getting into the matter of how many comments I haven't answered yet - OMG SORRY - and I'm not just talking about the ones here on my journal... since, a-hem, my Snarry Games entry got posted. Omg, I got so many more comments on that one that I ever expected to get. O_o

But before we get on the submission proper, I guess I should mention that I did the interview too? I...don't think I posted it, did I. Whoops.




(I'm not going to apologize here, not really - you lot should all know better, seriously. ;P)




As for the submission:

Title: Leviathan, Bound
Team: Dragon
Genre: Romance
Prompts: No Way Out, Moment of Truth
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: PG13 For male kisses, mostly. Fairly tame otherwise.
Media used: Pencil





I WILL ANSWER COMMENTS, I SWEAR I SWEAR I SWEAR! :o But in the meantime - omg. What I got warmed my heart so much, you have no idea. ♥

(Oh - yeah, title comes from the Shearwater song. It's what inspired it in the first place. :D )


Ah, I was forgetting! I'm setting up (i.e.: I started, dunno if I'll ever finish) some kind of "backup art archive", on IJ. I'm placing it on kasche, and I'm stuffing there the stuff I've been doing - including the [livejournal.com profile] rs_games entries. I should probably have mentioned that before, since the games website has been out of commission for a while, but... er, it kinda bypassed my brain entirely. Whoops. ^^;

I LOVE YOU ALL. NO, REALLY. I DO.
Title: Shampoo and a kiss
Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy
Rating: PG - for kisses. One of them.
Warnings: Nothing much - oh, except a bare chest?
Notes: drawn for the first [livejournal.com profile] hd_fanart exchange, in answer to [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules' prompt #23.



:D! Oh man, I was SO GLAD to see the news - way earlier today - but I can hardly say I was surprised by the result ;)

(Best Facebook status yet: McCain't. I heard someone mention it on the car radio as I was coming home tonight, and I couldn't help laughing out loud. ♥)

(Granted, I might have been the tiniest bit giddy about the whole thing. And a little dead tired too, I guess?)


The one thing I was REALLY worried about was California's referendum - but it sounds like it's not definitive? Eh? Eh? Say yes?

It's about time to start posting the livelongnmarry pics, I think... ;) I'd had in mind to start before the referendum itself, as something of a "good luck" thing, but. Haha. Nope, didn't happen.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY[livejournal.com profile] dungeons_master! I hope it's being a GREAT one! :D

Sheesh, at least with this one I'm on time... and wasn't it about this time that [livejournal.com profile] rs_small_gifts started accepting prompts? Either way that'd have to wait a while - even if I had time right now (haha, hello, I don't), with this mouse right now it's impossible to do anything around here. O_o Each time I hit the ctrl key it's half a tragedy. :P *sigh* Oh, well.

Love you all!
Title: The Turn
Fandom: c'mon, guys...
Characters: Sirius & Remus
Rating: sometimes it's G. Sometimes it's not.
Notes: I love my [livejournal.com profile] jadis31 WAY TOO MUCH for my own good. ♥ It was also (vaguely) inspired by the Prestige. Nope, I won't say in which way.


Aw, sometimes it's really the "small" things. I got this letter today - the old fashioned kind, paper, envelope, stamp and all - this letter that someone sent me, and I swear, I hadn't opened it yet and I was already having this HUGE wave of nostalgia. ♥ (Not to mention when I opened it. AW, when I opened it. ♥♥♥ I love that girl.) Omg, I miss you guys so much. Things are changing and I've been settling in, working out a new routine and stuff, and... I really let the friends-side of the interwebs slide away from me. And boy, do I miss it. :( *GROUP HUG TO ALL THE PEOPLE I LOVE AROUND HERE*

Oh oh oh, but on the other hand, looks like a... certain series of books made two more converts! *g* It's just as well I'm not a fan of organized religion. If I were to start a church, I can't really see it catch on too fast at all. ;D




I can't speak for other people, I can't really say why they decided to come to the protest - but I imagine their reasons can't have been too different from mine. I myself had half a mind not to go - there have been some changes in my personal life, which meant that for the past two/three weeks I've been doing little more than running around between cities, dealing with offices, paperwork and the like and honestly, the prospective of a quiet weekend did look appealing.

...but I kept hearing things on the news, the way they've been butchering every single (PUBLIC) service we have, what they're planning to do to the whole scholastic system, what I know first hand, how they keep cutting on funds and cover it with talk of "reforming the public system", of "eliminating the slackers" - because whatever their reforms are doing, believe me, that ain't it. And you know what? I couldn't stay home. I couldn't stay put. What chance I had of making myself heard, no matter how small or ineffective, I had to take it. Not to mention how everyone everywhere seemed sure there'd be hardly anyone, that the Circus Maximus was too large to fill, that it'd be a flop.

Boy how many people there were. (2.5 millions of them, the organizers said, right before Veltroni's speech begun. Couldn't count them all myself, sorry...)

There were two twin marches going on, to split the partecipants somewhat, and I heard that the second one couldn't even get in. We were ahead enough so that we were in sight of the stand, but whatever we saw we saw on the megascreen next to it. Not that it mattered, the sound system was good enough that I could hear every word. And of course I clapped my hands, I couldn't help myself, I clapped them raw - and the absolute best thing was those times when you could feel the cheers raising behind you, far behind you, then getting bigger, coming closer, until it took the people all around you.

I am glad I went.






Let's Fight for Saviano
[Italian text/English text]


Roberto Saviano is under death threats for denouncing the criminal deeds of the Camorra in his book Gomorra, translated and read all over the world.

His freedom is under threat as well as his autonomy as a writer, his chances to meet his family, to enjoy a social life, to have part in the public life, to travel in his own country.

A young writer, guilty to have investigated the organized crime revealing its methods and its structure is forced to live an hidden, underground life, while the Camorra bosses send him death threats from their jails ordering him to stop writing for La Repubblica, his newspaper, and to keep silent.

The State must do every effort to protect Saviano and to defeat the Camorra. But this is not a mere police case. It's a problem of democracy. Saviano's safe freedom concerns everyone of us as citizens.

Signing this appeal we intend to take charge of it, as a personal commitment, urging the State at the same time to take on its responsibility, because it's intolerable that something like this could happen in Europe in 2008.



DARIO FO
MIKHAIL GORBACIOV
GUNTHER GRASS
RITA LEVI MONTALCINI
ORHAN PAMUK
DESMOND TUTU

- the first 110000 signatures - 80000 more and counting -


  1. Eeeeeeeeeeee to everyone to whom I owe replies, emails, comments, or just general "I ATEN'T DEAD" signs (aw, I miss my Pratchett, you know? Haven't read anything by him in a long long time), I'M SORRY. :O These past few days I've done little more than running all over the city and beyond, so, you know. I'm kind of ded.

    But I'll definitely be posting soon.

    (You're free to consider that a threat, if you want.)

    Still, I'm fine - or will be once I've had a nice 16-hours sleep - and happy and everything good, so, you know. ♥


  2. OOOOOH, but I hear snarry_games has begun posting! :o The sucky side of which is that I'm in, well, public, so I don't feel exactly comfortable checking that out right now. WHICH IS SO NOT FUN, incidentally.


  3. Rupert Angier is SO GAY for Alfred Borden. And yes it deserves a point of its own. I'm nearing the end the audiobook, and I'm already itching for slash! I'm also thinking about finally getting around to see the movie, as I've been meaning to for months (literally), but who knows when that will happen. ...is it weird that I don't really like the fact that there are so many famous names in it? Since the author himself is hardly well known, I kind of wished to see unknown actors on the movie, too. Oh well... I've never cared much for Bale but oh, Hugh Jackman I AM looking forward too. ♥ That man in a suit is a sight to behold, after seeing him on Scoop I've been nurturing quite the crush on him. ♥


  4. EEEEEEE the collective volume with all the issues of Long Road Home is out! ♥♥♥ I've already decided that's going to be my gift to myself after I get out of the Toefl exam next Friday, whatever the result ;P


Yep, that's all! Love you! ♥
- except that, you know? The city I live in is beautiful, the air is still warm, and I'm the happiest I've been in years. *inhales deeply and lets it out*

(And, well, usually on LJ there's little enough happiness to go by that I felt it worth the mention. ;) )

(Nope, no man involved - though, you know. It's not like I'd mind if a good one passed by. ♥)





OH AND. For once I followed the link to one of Amazon UK's promotional emails*, and my eye happened upon this.



It's a trimmer. I mean, it is. It says right so on the bottom. So WHY at a first - admittedly very very short, until I stopped and went to look back and saw that uh, no, I was wrong, whoops - glance it looked like SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY? My mind is in the gutter. It is. I know. I should just suck up and accept the fact, I guess. ;P


* Er. *scratches head* Does anyone around here own an ebook reader? I'm still at the stage when I'm "thinking about it", and, I don't know. Any type I should avoid, which one gives value for its money, etc...?
WOHOOHOO! I signed up for the Toefl! Oh man, I was so worried it'd be too late - exam's on the 17th and I know they only let you register until 7 days before the date.

...OKAY, SO TODAY IS STILL THE 9TH, but-- what if they considered dates differently? What if this? What if that? What if that other thing? :O And so forth and so on. But seriously, if dad hadn't managed to fix the modem by tonight (and just tonight he did) I would have been in trouble :( ...okay, okay, maybe not exactly "trouble", there would have still been the 31st, but. You know.

OH WELL.

Ha! Ha! One more thing before I go to sleep! There's this story I read and that I fell in love with - it's called The Great Divide, the second part is here, and it's a Dark Tower fanfiction. (Incidentally, I STRONGLY recommend you read the 7th book first, if you haven't.) Oh, and it's awesome. In case you were, like, wondering or something. It's driven, it's intense - and in the days after I read it I found myself working hard to keep the fanfiction facts separate from the canon facts, it fit in so well. Ha ha, I am so not joking.

And I'm shitty enough that I haven't posted a review yet! Grah! Granted, I have hardly been online lately, but that's no excuse :( Okay, maybe it is. STILL. I've printed it out (only way for me to read anything with some ease, really), though, so at least I can take my time when I try to compose it. I'm telling you, it won't be easy - I felt so much of it acting so deep down, that putting it into words is going to take some work. ;)
So, I'll be taking the TOEFL pretty soon - I'd been postponing it for a while, because (a) it's only valid two years (though I've got to admit that it makes sense) and (b) it's not exactly cheap either - so this afternoon I did a trial test a friend had got for me.

I find amusing (and telling) enough that the only part of it I had real troubles it was the one where I was required to answer a question and/or give a personal opinion. The problem wasn't the answer itself - but that I had only 60 seconds to give it. Dude, I'd barely started by then! (You also have about 20 seconds before that, to organize your thoughts and plan your answer. Most of those seconds were a complete blank. Thinking before I speak? How do you go about doing that?)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] nassima! Hope you're having a SPLENDID day! <3333333333




On other accounts, I've just learned on the news that Gomorrah will represent us at the Academy Awards - and oh boy, I couldn't be happier. ♥ Roberto Saviano, who wrote the (strictly non-fiction) book the movie is based on, and whose subtitle is "Journey through the economical empire and dream of domination of the camorra", has been living (has had to live) with a permanent police escort for at least two years, I think. That's how serious his accusation was, and the kind of courage he showed by writing about the reality he knows, and going through with it.
(Ani posted a recap of the first [livejournal.com profile] pencilslingers' challenge! :D You can see it here - and it's got links to art by [livejournal.com profile] ani_bester, [livejournal.com profile] glockgal, [livejournal.com profile] yorufukagawa and me. ♥)


(Also - I'm getting kind of tired of ICanHas, mostly because most caps now tend to look all the same and not really funny, but when I stumbled on this cap this morning I had my first autentic (ICHC) laugh in quite a while. *g* (and this one SO reminded me of Monkey Island 1.) )


...this is a weird entry, I know it is, but. Er. Would you happen to have a good recipe for french toast? And/or pancakes? It's just... I'm curious to make them, and I know I'd probably found a thousand recipes around, but... I don't know, I tend to be instictively wary of those. :P So, anyone with a trusted recipe to share? ♥
...okay, this is not really pimping, but I HAD to wish THE HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY OF ALL BIRTHDAYS to [livejournal.com profile] midnitemaraud_r!! I'm sorry I'm so late - but I hope you had the most BRILLIANT of days! ♥♥♥




  1. [livejournal.com profile] yuletart.

    Fandom nominations are on!! From the 20th through the 29th, if you have not participated to last year's edition and would like to be a part of the YuleTart world (oh boy, how do I even think that stuff up), you can nominate and/or second your favorite fandoms! (More coherent info in the post.) My choices were:



    — which makes it three books (series) and two manga. (I love Saika Kunieda way too much for my own good. Oh boy, do I ever.) It hurt my heart to leave out Gerard and Jacques, though. ;P There are "visual" fandoms as well, of course (Torchwood, for instance), but... considering the discomfort I have in drawing those, I know I wouldn't have picked them out in the sign up form, so. ;)

    If you like to draw, please consider signing up! It's fun and it's exciting and and and I just want to see it getting as biiiiig as possible. :D



  2. [livejournal.com profile] pencilslingers has its first challenge! :D (Jeez, see what happens I'm not online for most of the week? D: I miss stuff like this, that's what!) The theme was Cuthbert (♥♥♥), and sadly it's almost over - I think either today, or tomorrow until the new one is posted. Wah, now I'm curious to see the next! And I hope I'll be able to do something for it, too. Because there's this thing called [livejournal.com profile] snarry_games that...



  3. The RS Games archive I mentioned aaaages ago is now done! ♥ I posted it directly on [livejournal.com profile] remusxsirius, it made more sense... Boy, I just hope it'll work for other people as well as for me ;P



  4. ...anything I should pimp that I've missed?



  5. Oh! Right, the Torchwood drama. ...that deserves its own entry, though. *g*

I... should have been working on ENTIRELY different stuff, but when Lord Inspiration* calls, sometimes it's exceedingly difficult to resist. ;)

This is due to more than just one cause: first off, to the advent of [livejournal.com profile] pencilslingers, a Dark Tower based fanart-only comm (started by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] ani_bester) that recently joined [livejournal.com profile] after_the_king's side (and will soon be having weekly challenges. GLEE.) - but most of all, it's the latest issue of the DT comics that brought this on. I admit not to being overly in love with it - the art is beautiful, but it's also a little cold - which doesn't change the fact that it's so good to have more canon. If it can be counted as canon. Plus, (a) I love my Bert/Alain bits SO MUCH, and (b) Bert's ponytail is way too darling to miss.

And last of all causes, you have no idea what kind of an enabler [livejournal.com profile] jou is.

She's actually kind of dangerous that way.



Title: Boys aw shut up.
Fandom: The Dark Tower
Characters; Alain Johns and Cuthbert Allgood
Rating: G
Notes: This is dedicated to one [livejournal.com profile] jou and one [livejournal.com profile] feels_like_fire, as a much overdue sign of thanks. :D If I hadn't got to the fandom via the first, and hadn't had first and second to squeal with as I worked my way thought it, my days would have been MUCH bleaker ;) I love you, girls! ♥

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