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Update: New layout

I finally got around to adding a new layout. It uses an old header I made about... six months ago of Sarah Michelle Gellar and modified codes by snubbly. Someday I will get around to coding my own LJ layout... some day! I promise!

So this is just my gleeful post of layout-y success. I'm actually already working on a new header, so this probably won't be here for long. It's pretty, though, yes?

xoxo
Miry
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Update: Well...

I thought when I first started this journal it would be easier to keep updated if I used it as a place to house just my creative work. Evidently this is not the case. The problem seems to be that I am too busy with school to do much creative work at all. Sadly, I have lately found myself too exhausted upon finishing my school work to pick up a pencil or open mi (my no-frills writing software of choice.) It certainly doesn't help that I've been trying to maintain a fairly busy social life. Of course, busy for me is probably leisurely for most others, as I've never been too big on the socializing. It's nice to have lots of friends right now, though, even if that means staying up a little later to finish off essays.

I've been doing so much writing for school that I haven't had much creative energy to devote to fanworks or even original works. However, I have been keeping up with my TV--of course, that is much easier to do when tired than write or draw. I've just finished the latest seasons of Bones, House, and Gossip Girl. I didn't particularly take to any of the season finales, although I did like a lot of the late season arcs. Unfortunately I think they really chose a bad direction with Bones. The penultimate episode was so promising, and then the finale was just... ugh. Anyhow, I'm still excited for my shows to come back in the fall, and of course for Dollhouse in '09. In the meantime I'll be plenty busy all summer, going on two separate trips to Mexico, one with my family and one without. So things should be good.

I've been thinking... maybe if I can stop fussing about having all my writing be polished before uploading it, this place can at least be a little less dusty. So I'll try to have some stuff to post here sometime soon. Right now is crunch time as the semester is coming to a close, so I have projects for every class. In fact, I should be working on one such project right now. So... I'll go do that.

xoxo
Ncy

P.S. Sorry this was such a long, crappy post. I just wanted to get some stuff off my chest and avoid work for a little bit.
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Update: Satsu is AWESOME

So I'm now caught up on Buffy Season 8. I wasn't going to read the comics, but Jo Chen's covers are too pretty to resist. A friend picked up the Long Way Home paperback for my birthday, which I read through in about an hour. I'm incredibly cheap and didn't want to buy No Future For You in seperate comics--although I'll probably purchase a paperback, if one is released. Instead, I went to Barnes & Noble and sat down in the middle of the magazine section and read through parts 1-3. Yeah, I got some strange looks.

I'm really loving the comics. I don't necessarily like a lot of the choices made, and I feel like a lot of it is sort of vaguely out of character, but it's just so nice to get my Joss fix. So. Nice. (I can't wait for Dollhouse! Eliza Dushku + Joss = INSTANT PERFECTION. Y/N?)

Anyhow, why is isn't there more Buffy/Satsu fanfiction? I don't understand. I mean, yeah, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the Fuffy, but still. What would this ship be called? Batsu? Suffy? Satfy? Bufsu? Hm. If anyone can rec Buffy/Satsu I'd be thrilled. If not, I may be forced to write some. I actually thought they'd be cute together before I even got to the whole cinnamon lipgloss business. Probably from the instant Buffy mentioned Satsu's hair. Aww.

In other news, I saw Dan in Real Life on Friday. It was charming. Not the greatest movie of all time, but very cute. Honestly, Steve Carrell can do very little wrong. Well, I passed on Evan Almighty, but Little Miss Sunshine was just adorable, and I love The Office.

Just a note, Smashed is really much funnier at three in the morning. Especially if you've just eaten about half a box of those delicious Tofutti ice cream sandwiches.

Okay, back to studying my Mandarin!

<3
Marina
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Fic: Deconstructing Chaos

Title: Deconstructing Chaos
Word Count: 992
Characters/Pairings: Buffy/Spike
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Set pre-Smashed in early season 6, slightly AU, angsty
Summary: Buffy reflects on life and love, until a nighttime visitors disturbs her reverie.
Disclaimer: Not mine. Not the characters, not the world, not the relationships. I'm just playing in Joss's sandbox.
Author's Notes: This was written for my fanfic50 claim, #13: want.

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Tutorial: 002 Texture Tutorial of Doom

I wrote another tutorial. :) It's frightening long and extremely complex, but I've tried to break down my icon-making style here and give some tips as to how to deal with various situations. I cover lightening dark caps, blending, texture use, and cropping.

This tutorial is, like all my tutorials, for Photoshop Elements 2.0 with the Earthbound Light plug-in installed for Curves, Layer Mask, and Selective Color. The level is advanced.

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Hope you enjoy the tutorial. Remember not to copy everything and to try your own creative twists.

<3
Marina
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Awards

Occasionally I enter icontests, and occasionally I win things. I feel kind of bad about not posting my banners, because the makers went to the effort to make me pretty custom banners. So here is my awards post. Under a cut for your convenience.

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<3
Marina
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Graphics: 32 Buffy/SMG Icons

So I'm am wayyy too lazy to post these icons to communities, but they've been sitting around here as a private post forever. I guess I just didn't want to code the wallpaper and banner previews. I'll post them later.

Breakdown:
27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
05 Sarah Michelle Gellar

Previews:


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Credits:
Icon table by the generator
Caps by Screencap Paradise and myself

Rules:
• Credit effulgency if you use any of the icons
• Please, please, please don't hotlink
• Textless icons are not bases--you can only modify these if you ask me first
• Don't steal :(
• Enjoy!

<3
Marina
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Fic: Fanfic50 Prompt Table

I may be going a little bit insane(r). I just applied to claim Buffy Summers over at fanfic50. So yes, I will be writing a monstrous 50 Buffy-centric fics. We'll see if I survive. I seriously need to stop claiming things and signing up for challenges. It's like a disease, I tell you!

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Wish me luck!

<3
Miry
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Graphics: 32 BtVS Icons

So I made a bunch of Buffy icons. Here they are! Enjoy them. I have another batch which I haven't posted for some inexplicable reason. I have the post all coded and everything, posted to my journal and marked "private." Eventually I will make it public. For now...

Breakdown:
32 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Previews:


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Credits:
Icon table by the generator
Caps by dj43 and Screencap Paradise

Rules:
• Credit effulgency if you use any of the icons
• Please, please, please don't hotlink
• Textless icons are not bases--you can only modify these if you ask me first
• Don't steal :(
• Enjoy!

<3
Marina