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30th-Dec-2037 10:16 am - friends only (partially)
sassenach


Welcome to my journal! It's only partially friends only.
My personal, real-life posts are locked, but anything
else I post is public.

I am adding friends, but only if I know you through any
of the communities I'm involved in here on LJ. :)

If you're looking for my graphics, check out woodenwhisper!
19th-Jun-2016 05:24 pm - YouTube Update!
sassenach
Hi everyone! Here are my latest videos. I hope you enjoy them! ^_^

If you'd like to support me and my videos, you can check out my channel and subscribe!



16th-Jun-2016 07:28 pm - Self-Publishing
sassenach
I've decided to go ahead and self-publish some of my short stories, one at a time. I haven't finished anything lengthy yet, and I just thought, what's the harm? I've just finished the formatting process using lulu.com and it wasn't exactly difficult. It was just time-consuming. I'm surprised lulu does this for free! The first one I'm selling is my story that was published this spring in my college's magazine, Tomatoes. I haven't worried myself over the cover or anything. It's very low-key right now.

Right now, the ebook is only available from lulu.com. If you'd like to support me and my writing, you can find it here for $1.49. If I'm approved, it'll also be sold in the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Amazon Kindle, and Kobo "soon." I don't know how fast that'll happen, if it'll happen, so I decided to go ahead and make this post. :)
16th-Jun-2016 10:15 am - Florence
sassenach


The concert was wonderful! We did get there early to try to get a good spot. We ended up being three people away from the stage, and we stood there through the first opening act - Kelsey Lu. Her music was very soft and dreamy. But each song sounded the same and I don't know if I'm into it. I'm going to look her up on Spotify. But then I started to feel a little panicky and my feet were really hurting, so we left. While we using the bathroom and getting a drink, Grimes started. I didn't care about missing her. But we went back in during her performance and she is WEIRD. Not my type of thing at all. I can't even describe what she does.

When her performance ended, it was like ten or fifteen minutes until Florence started. The lights dimmed and then the band came out. And then Florence came out. It was so cool! They started with "What the Water Gave Me" and after about thirty seconds I started crying. I've always joked that if I saw her in concert, I'd be sobbing. Well, I did! I don't remember exactly the order of songs, but she also played:
"Rabbit Heart"
"Shake It Out"
"Ship to Wreck"
"How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful"
"Queen of Peace"
"Cosmic Love" (kind of a stripped down version)
"Spectrum"
"Delilah"
"Spectrum"
"Mother"
"Dog Days Are Over"
"Various Storms & Saints"
"You've Got the Love"
"What Kind Of Man"
During "Shake It Out" I was literally sobbing, so I couldn't sing. Above is the one picture I took during the first song because I was so into the concert the whole night. At one point the lights went down and she popped up at the back of the venue. We ran over and were SO CLOSE. My sister got a couple good pictures, but I was just staring at her. :p It was amazing. I would love to see her again.
11th-Jun-2016 11:17 am - YouTube Update!
sassenach
Hi everyone! Here are my latest videos. I hope you enjoy them! ^_^

If you'd like to support me and my videos, you can check out my channel and subscribe!



2nd-Jun-2016 06:39 pm - YouTube Update!
claire
Hi everyone! Here are my latest videos. I hope you enjoy them! ^_^

If you'd like to support me and my videos, you can check out my channel and subscribe!



23rd-May-2016 07:11 pm - My House
claire
The Month in Questions - Day 23: What is your house like? How do you like to decorate? Pictures if you're comfortable! ( sobota)
My house is a MESS. It's probably the one thing I'm not comfortable taking pictures of. I still live with my mom and my step-dad, and altogether, we're just not very organized people. We have a lot of stuff, but we also don't clean all that often. It's not great. There really aren't decorations, or even pictures. It's kind of sad. :( I hope that when I live on my own, I don't live like this.
claire
The Month in Questions - Day 22: Which fictional house (Hogwarts and/or ASoIaF) do you most identify with and why? ( novindalf)
WELL, I am definitely a Ravenclaw.

Even when I first read the Harry Potter books, I felt close to the Ravenclaw House. Now, I just see myself as a nerd who loves learning. I think some people see Ravenclaws as snobs, and that is probably a part of my personality. Like, I like to be correct about things. Use the right words. Not be ignorant. So I think that's a Ravenclaw trait.

As for ASOIAF, it's harder. I immediately think Starks because the books start off kind of being their story. They're the nicest people. I mean, I guess Daenerys is also interesting, but I don't identify with the Targaryens because I'm not a conqueror. I feel like the Starks just stay in their home, in their castle, on their lands, and take care of their own. That's me. I don't know the ASOIAF houses as well as I know the HP houses, but I also like the Tullys and the Greyjoys.

• Today's the first day I actually sat down and focused on reading. For the past few days, I've just been procrastinating, then reading a few pages in bed. Oops. Well, I managed to read 50 pages today. I'm currently reading You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down. It's a collection of short stories by Alice Walker. When I finish this I'm going to read Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

• Outlander spoilers ahead! I don't read the books, so this is strictly about the show. [2.07 Faith]This was like the saddest episode in a long time. And they're probably going to submit this for an Emmy for Caitriona. She did such an amazing job. I thought they did such a good job of storytelling with this episode. When Jamie comes home, and Claire is telling him about the baby, and it cuts to her holding the baby for hours and hours... That was so good! Also, at like episode 2 or 3 I said to my sister that I think she miscarries this baby. Because she was SO PREGNANT, but not as pregnant in episode 1 when she's back with Frank. Jack Randall continues to be THE BIGGEST piece of shit. I hate him so much. He is literally evil. Poor Fergus.

• As you may know, I have an Etsy shop! They've been offering this thing called Pattern where you can have your own site "powered by Etsy." So I did it. I bought the domain for $13/year. The Pattern thing is $15/month, but I'm currently in the free month trial. So check it out! Tell your friends!
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• I got my grades for the semester!

I thought I'd be getting 2 As and 2 Bs, so it kind of averaged out. My GPA stayed the exact same, which is so great. I thought my British Lit prof was going to lower my grade by a whole letter grade because of my absenses, but it doesn't look like he did. I got low As on almost all my papers, so I feel like he didn't lower it all. Then for the Israeli Short Story, I hated that fucking class. I expected a B, and she must have lowered it because of my absences. Next semester I will GO TO FUCKING CLASS.
21st-May-2016 10:37 am - Death & Icons
claire
The Month in Questions - Day 20: What character death from any form of media (movies, television, books) have you not gotten over? Was that particular death preventable or was it justified in context of the narrative? ( rogueslayer452)
To be honest, I don't get too upset when someone dies. I may be shocked and sad, but I usually get over it. Is that bad? :/ However, there is one or two that happened recently that really bothered me, and I'm still annoyed.
[The 100]Lexa dying on the 100 was completely bullshit. I didn't even see the episode because I was a few behind, but I stopped watching when I heard she died. I knew they were going to kill her, and I don't think it was justified. Lesbian/bisexual women get killed so often, it's ridiculous. They never get happy endings. Or at least, it's very rare. There are reasons for her death - Alycia was cast on a new show - but killing Lexa was the cheap and easy way out. I feel like lesbian/bisexual women always get thrown under the bus.
The second one is Game of Thrones, and it happened a few seasons ago. [Game of Thrones]This one I can't fault the writers of the show because it was in the book as well: Ygritte's death pisses me off. Why? Because it only happened to create man pain. I don't really remember if the show did this, but in the book, Jon spends SO MUCH TIME wondering if his arrow was the one that killed Ygritte. Yeah, it's different in the show. In the show, they're right in front of each other and someone else kills Ygritte. In the book, they're far apart. Jon sees Ygritte fighting, he looks away, looks back (I think), and she's down, so he wonders for the next forever if he's the one who actually killed her. Why do women have to die just for man pain? It happens in a lot of different media, a lot of the time.
So I guess the only deaths that bother me are the ones with larger discussions behind them, typically women's issues.

The Month in Questions - Day 21: talk about icons :> ( jsfunction)
I've been trying to get back into icon-making for the past few weeks (maybe months), and I feel like everything I make sucks. Just yesterday I made some stuff for the7days, and I only like some of them.

This is one where I painted the background. I usually just crop an image and leave it. I don't have the skills to do much else. But sometimes I can do negative space, like this one, and I think it came out well.

I think one of my strongest points is muted coloring, and I love the way this icon turned out.

The technique called chiaroscuro gets me, and I only attempt it if I have the right cap. I don't even know why I have this cap of Ingrid since I hated that arc on OUAT, lol. But I think this turned out nice!

Then there are icons by other people that blow me away. I wish I had these skills! I used to do praise posts every month, but I'm not as involved in the icon community anymore, so I'm not saving as many icons. Here are some I saved recently, though!

dixon dixon dixon dixon dixon

dixon dixon shameless666 marcasite tturners

tturners tturners naginis naginis naginis

naginis naginis naginis naginis starkwars
20th-May-2016 02:53 pm - YouTube Update!
claire
Hi everyone! Here are my latest videos. I hope you enjoy them! ^_^



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