lavenderspark: (shock)
2017-08-19 01:00 pm
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Fanfic

So... I wrote another fic. For a very small (read non existent, seriously, there are only three fics out there other than mine).

This one is quite a bit bigger than the other two I've posted. I didn't expect it to be so long! My other two are less than 1k words and this one is over 2k!!

So if you like the show Younger, or you're just bored and want to kill some time with some random smut, you can find my fic on ff and ao3.

All In on FF

All In on AO3
lavenderspark: (Default)
2017-08-12 10:02 pm
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Icons

Made some icons last night. I posted some over in [profile] your_favorites, for the fantasy show challenge.

I'm feeling a bit rusty even though it's only been a couple months. I've forgotten where some things are and how others work, but it's slowly coming back. I'm trying to focus on making better crops. Making sure my subject is visible and the main focus.

Here's a bunch from Midnight, Texas:

city signdoorflyinggunswings


And a few from Younger:

zipperslashknife


S/N: if anyone can tell me what the html is to put space between my icons when making a table, I'd be very grateful! I hate that they're all up on top of each other. :/
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-08-11 11:47 pm
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The Skin Collector

Finished it either yesterday or the day before, I can't remember now.

It was good, not great, but it did have a few last minute twists that I didn't see until right before they happened, so that was nice.

I probably won't seek out any of the other books in the series, but I won't avoid them either.
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-08-08 11:48 am
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Book #18

My book that I was waiting on from the library finally came in, so I put aside Skin Collector and read that yesterday.

Starling by Fiona Paul )

It was a nice ending to a good series. I liked that we were able to see Cass grow and make her own choices and nothing just happened for the sake of moving forward in the story.
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-08-03 12:04 am
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Book #18

Just started The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver ) Tuesday.

It's pretty good so far. I've never read any of his books, but I've seen The Bone Collector movie with Denzel Washington. So of course now I read the character (Lincoln Rhyme) in his voice.

My only complaint (aside from the whole using the full character name ALL THE TIME (which seems to be a thing now)) is the loads of unnecessary extra information. I don't care about how the lab machines work, just tell me the results! I don't care about past cases, unless they tie into this one!

Maybe it's just me, I don't know. Probably explains why I've been reading so much YA lately though lol.
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-07-31 12:11 pm

Books 16 & 17

Finished Hangman's Beautiful Daughter several weeks ago now. I haven't had much time to update.

It was ok. Kind of didn't really have a solid story line. It went all over and didn't really resolve much.

I also got the book I was waiting on from the library, Belladonna by Fiona Paul )

I read it in a couple days, it was really good. I put a hold on book three, but haven't gotten it yet. There's only three copies of it in our entire library system, so it may take a while.
lavenderspark: (glasses)
2017-06-28 09:36 pm
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More icons!

Made some more icons. Tried to just to more simple looking icons, just playing around with colors.

I am happy that I found a collection of Legion screencaps! Found them on simkl.




And then after talking about The NeverEnding Story, I wanted to make some icons from that as well. Unfortunately I only found one source (eternal fantasy) and the images were smallish. And of course the movie is from the 80s, so not exactly HD quality. I'll make my own caps if I decide to make more icons.




(hopefully those look right. I switched my image host to tinypic and they're using a .jpg even though my icons are .png :/)
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-06-28 09:17 pm
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Books 15 & 16

Started Venom by Fiona Paul ) yesterday and finished it today.

I really liked it. It's the first book in a trilogy and I just put a hold on book 2 at the library. Not sure when I'll get it, but hopefully soon.

Today I started The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb )

It's ok so far. Not really sure where the story is going yet as it shifts around a bit. I'm not sure if it's focus is the family or the town.
lavenderspark: (frame)
2017-06-25 09:14 am
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Icons

Made these last night. They're not great, but I wanted to do something.

These were some I was going to do for the rainbow activity for [community profile] icontalking



And this one was for the favorite scifi movie challenge for [profile] your_favorites


The quality of the cap on that one isn't very good. I can't remember where I got them from. :/ If I do any more for this movie, I'll cap some new ones myself.

I'm also going to look into finding a new image hosting site since I can't seem to get photobucket to cooperate any more. Last night I couldn't even get the page to load and then when it did, I couldn't click on any of the links to copy them here.

Even now the page won't load on my computer. I had to open it on my phone and copy/paste the links into an email so I could get them on my computer. Super annoying. Especially with all the pop up ads.
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-06-24 10:04 pm
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Book 14

I started this while on vacation last week and finished it a couple days ago.

Joyland by Stephen King )

While I enjoyed this story, I've decided that King has gone soft. He no longer writes horror stories. This was a crime novel with a bit of supernatural mixed in. I see now where his son (Joe Hill) gets it from. Though the only book from him that I've read is Heart Shaped Box and it had more horror in it than King's work does any more.

The one thing I didn't like about the book was the feeling that it could've gone more in depth with how the ghost "moved on." It never said anything happened, which was disappointing.
lavenderspark: (flowers)
2017-05-24 01:40 pm

Inspiration/Book 13?

I've been struggling for several months now with writing my Labyrinth fic. I'm stuck in a rather important part of the story and just don't know how to get it to work.

I've been listening to my "Stevie Nicks" station on Pandora all day (it plays lots of singer/songwriters from around the 70s/80s) and when These Dreams by Heart came on, it reminded me (as it often does) of a book I read as a kid. This book has stuck with me ever since I read it in late elementary/early middle school. I've read it several times and it's always brought the same feelings for me.

It's called Dangerous Spaces by Margaret Mahy )

I'm hoping for some inspiration, but if nostalgia is all I get, I'll take it.
lavenderspark: (frame)
2017-05-24 01:16 pm
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Icon Improvement

I had some time last night and decided to try and improve some icons I've made recently. I've still got a couple I'm working on and a few I want to do, but here's a couple that I finished last night.

This one didn't need much improvement. Really the cap itself is gorgeous just the way it is, which is a testament of how good the cinematography was in this show. But I changed the font, moved it around and made sure the icon was actually square. It took me a while to realize I had a "square" cropping option...

Old New


I never posted the original of this one. I wasn't really happy with it, but at the time I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it/how to improve it. I think the text still needs work, but it looks MUCH better.





OldNew


I've discovered the "curves" tool and it has become my new favorite tool. It brightens things SO MUCH easier and cleaner/clearer than the "fill light" tool. Though that does still have it's uses.

[personal profile] tinny, would this be something I could post over at [community profile] icontalking? I'd love some concrit, but don't know if you want members randomly posting things.
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-05-24 01:00 pm
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Book 12

(yes, 12, because I still haven't finished Scarecrow of Oz...)

I started and finished Killjoy by Julie Garwood ) a couple weeks ago.

It was ok. It ended the way I knew it would. I was unaware that it's part of some kind of set, apparently the last one in the set. Oh well. I did get aggravated at one point because the main character learns super important information, which she then ignores/forgets/whatever for several chapters. It just felt very OOC considering she's supposed to be this amazing analyst that uses random obscure information to solve cases. But I guess if she had remembered it sooner, it would've cut the story by about 200 pages and lost a lot of angst/drama. I just feel like the author made a HUGE deal about her finding out everything she could about the information super early for her to just forget it. If the info wasn't going to be used right away, put the investigating bit about it later in the story.
lavenderspark: (Default)
2017-05-11 01:03 pm

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Welp, a good chunk of my shows got the axe. :(

I don't know if you've seen the news yet [personal profile] tinny, but Timeless is one of them. :(

Here's my list:

Conviction
APB
Bones*
Grimm*
Emerald City
Powerless
Timeless

*these are series finales and I knew they were coming.

Powerless didn't even get to finish the first season! They just cancelled it! :(

The oldest show on the list (other than the two *) is Conviction and it only had two seasons! The rest were brand new this season and were really good!

People complained about Powerless and how it needed better superheroes, but it wasn't a superhero show!! It was just a silly little fun show about an insurance company trying to handle the problems of superhero caused damage. Sure there were superheroes on it sometimes, but it's mentioned in the show that no A-list superheroes ever come there. Gotham is the "big city" that everyone wants to go to. There are PLENTY of actual superhero shows out there if that's what you're looking for.

I'm worried all the good shows are moving to the internet (Netflix, Hulu,Amazon). :(

UPDATE: They renewed Timeless after all!!! That makes me super happy!!

However, they also cancelled 2 Broke Girls. :( I get it though. The show had reached the end game of the plot. The girls had finally gotten a successful business and both were in solid happy romantic relationships. I just wish we would've gotten to have an actual final season. You know, like with the series finale being Max's wedding.
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-05-03 11:16 am
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Heartless

Finished it a couple days ago. I really liked it. It didn't end how I wanted it to, but I knew it wasn't going to and it had a good ending. I loved how it was Alice in Wonderland, but not (obviously). All the characters were there, but different and more fleshed out. I remember reading Alice and having a hard time following it. It had story, but then it would just randomly have poetry thrown in. It felt very disconnected. I can't remember if I read Looking Glass or not, I have it, but I don't know if I've read it.

I'm not sure if there's a sequel, or plans for a sequel, but I would love more about Jest. Maybe about his journey to Hearts and why he went (other than because his Queen told him to). And maybe more about Hatta as well.
lavenderspark: (shock)
2017-05-02 05:51 pm
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IT'S FINALLY DONE!!!!!!

Baby Blanket As you wish

I started this blanket almost a year ago and it has given me SO MANY problems, but it's finally done and now I can mail it!

I'm washing it now to make sure it holds together, then I'll be boxing it up to mail it tomorrow!
lavenderspark: (book)
2017-04-26 11:07 pm
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Books 11&12

Currently reading two books at once.

Started Scarecrow of Of ) a while ago, but am only occasionally reading it. Not sure I really like it.

So then I started reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer ) the other day. I really like it so far.
lavenderspark: (flowers)
2017-04-25 08:03 am
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(no subject)

Had a weird dream.

Left my husband and randomly started dating Chris Hardwick. And by randomly, I mean we met at some party and started dating. Not sure what kind of party I would be at that he would also be at, but it wasn't like an event or anything, it was at someone's house. I do remember being in shock/disbelief (in the dream) that I was dating a celebrity.

As the dream went on though, my ex became a guy I dated on and off in high school and we had a young daughter (before I didn't have a kid at all) and I was dating a Chris Hardwick look alike.

It ended with me and some friends and my mom (though she wasn't my actual mom, I can't remember now who she was) searching for my daughter at my house from high school. Things hadn't ended well with my ex and she was with him, but it was late and I didn't want to wake her/deal with him, so I decided to leave them alone until morning.

Not sure what any of that is supposed to mean.
lavenderspark: (frame)
2017-04-15 09:43 pm
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lavenderspark: (book)
2017-04-15 09:34 pm
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Tik-Tok of Oz (book 10)

Finished this the other day. It was nice to visit some of the characters from the other books. And they FINALLY addressed the fact that Toto doesn't talk! In a rather hilarious way, I might add.

Next in the series is Scarecrow of Oz, but I haven't started it yet. I'm still thinking I'll take a break from the series for a bit and read some of the other books I have laying around.