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28 March 2009 @ 07:46 am

Humans are social creatures — I read about those sentiments in one of my textbooks yesterday. While this isn’t a newsflash, this point has never been illustrated so vividly to me until the past few days. I don’t think I really, fully grasped this point until now.

Warning: Another long life updateCollapse )
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Pride & Prejudice (2005) soundtrack
24 March 2009 @ 05:52 pm
Warning: This isn't an icons/graphics-related post; it's another life update.Collapse )
Current Mood: lonelylonely
Current Music: "Wally, Egon, & Models in the Studio" by Rachel's
07 February 2009 @ 03:29 pm
It has been about 70 days, more or less, since the last time I updated my LJ. Within this time frame, a lot has changed in my life, though some changes are more subtle than others.

Oh, I haven't participated in icon challenges at LJ for a long time, but here are a few recent entries for the community travel_icontest :

A Few Rules...
*If you use any graphics that I've created, then please give me credit.
*No hotlinking.
*Comments are appreciated! :-D

001 New Caledonia
002 Faroe Islands
003 Eiffel Tower

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Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: "Harbor" by Vienna Teng
30 November 2008 @ 08:33 pm
Well, I haven't updated my LJ in a long time, so I decided to do this meme, which was snagged from phut . Plus, I love photography, so this seemed fun.

The Rules:
1. Answer each of the questions below using the Flickr Search engine.
2. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
3. Copy the URL of your favorite photo into this site: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php
4. Share!

1. Name: Sarah
2. Favorite food: seafood
3. Hometown: Sacramento
4. Favorite color: blue
5. Celebrity crush: James McAvoy
6. Favorite drink: coffee
7. Dream vacation: Italy
8. Favorite dessert: ice cream
9. What I want to be when I grow up: journalist
10. What I love most in the world: smiles :)
11. One word that describes me: sensitive
12. My username: skywriter (I searched for images without the "86" part)

1. Sarah and her family framed by rainclouds, 2. Seafood Marinara, 3. Had a Great Time Photowalking in Sacramento Friday Night, 4. Blue Feeling, 5. James McAvoy, 6. coffee art, 7. Rome Italy, 8. Ice Cream @ Häagen-Dazs, Shanghai, 9. Journalist writing down phone numbers of witnesses, 10. Cambridge rain: Smile, 11. sensitive space, 12. Have A Good Day
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: "Twilight" score by Carter Burwell
31 October 2008 @ 03:22 am
According to an old entry, the last time I changed my layout was in January.  Time for an update, and what better to promote through my header than one of my favorite television shows, "Pushing Daisies" (Shameless plug: In the U.S., it's on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC), especially considering how many fans are worried about the future of the program and whether it'll get picked up for a full season. 

I had planned on doing a PD-themed layout once the program came back this fall from its hiatus.  I also had ideas for possible headers.  However, I've never gotten around to completing those new headers (maybe some day), so I took a header that I had made for someone else and made a few minor changes to it.  I'm even using the icon that I made to accompany the header. 

The hardest part of the process, though, was choosing a layout and color scheme.  While I became used to my old period drama header and found the shades of blue and gray of the overall scheme rather comforting, this current layout (created by minty_peach ) is more bright and whimsical.  In other words, this is very appropriate for the show.  I still might do some more tweaking to it.  For instance, I haven't exactly fallen in love with this particular shade of green (part of the original layout) for the background.  On the other hand, this color kind of matches the grass in the header, so maybe I'll have to play around with similar greens. 

On the TV front, I have been trying to keep up with PD this season, but it's hard since I'm away at school and don't have my own television.  Anyways I'm usually unavailable to watch the show when it airs.  That's why accessing the episodes on ABC's Web site has been really helpful.  However, recently, I've been having trouble with viewing the show online because I need to upgrade to Adobe Flash Player 10, but my laptop seems to have a problem with accepting that program.  Therefore, besides ABC's online replays of shows, I can't watch certain videos that also require that particular version of the player. I'm not sure if anyone else has had a similar problem with Flash Player 10, but any advice would be nice. Meanwhile, I'll have to get my PD fix somehow.  Hmmm...
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: "Reckoner" by Radiohead
04 August 2008 @ 02:18 pm
I'm finally updating this journal with a graphics post. My most recent graphics-related post prior to this one was back on March 29 when I made 100 Wives & Daughters icons. During that time and since then, I've made non-W&D-related graphics too. ;-) These graphics were entered into contests at period_stills , art_stills , atonementstills , or i_james . The entries for the latter two communities were for header contests. I've kept the original text on those headers for this post, but if you're interested in having and using one of the headers, I'll be happy to customize it for you by taking off the text completely and/or replacing it with new text (Just let me know! :-) ).

A Few Rules...
*If you use any graphics that I've created, then please give me credit.
*No hotlinking.
*Comments are appreciated! :-D

001 The Golden Compass
002 Shakespeare in Love
003 John Adams miniseries
004-006 Vincent van Gogh
007-011 John Everett Millais
012-016 Georgia O'Keeffe
017-021 Lord Frederick Leighton
022 Atonement header
023-024 James McAvoy headers


I hate flowers. I only paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.Collapse )
Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: The Garden by Mirah
01 June 2008 @ 03:01 pm
Hi, I'm one of the moderators for the icontest community art_stills.  There is currently a bunch of ties in the voting for the latest challenge.  If you could take a couple minutes to vote for your favorite icons, then that would be great (I know that a few of you have already done that - thank you! :-D )!  You don't have to be a member to vote. 

You can check out the entries for the Vincent van Gogh challenge HERE.  If you have any questions, then please let me know.  You can check out the entries for the John Everett Millais challenge HERE.  Thanks! :-)
Current Mood: restlessrestless
22 May 2008 @ 10:54 pm
No, this isn't one of my usual graphic posts.  Instead, I'm using this post as an actual journal, sharing my thoughts and feelings.  So I won't clog up your friends list, you can follow the cut to find out more, if you want:

On a somewhat related note, I came across a Dashboard Confessional song that I'd heard before, but now it feels so fresh, since I'm looking at it from a different perspective.  The song is "This Ruined Puzzle."  I've always thought it was a beautiful song, but I was appreciating it more from an aesthetic perspective (the melody; the lyrics, especially "Does he ever get the girl?" and the way that part is sung; etc.).  Now that I've had a couple good cry sessions and people that I've know for two semesters are leaving (I just gave a teary-eyed hug to a couple people), I appreciate the song on a deeper level.  While my situation(s) isn't/aren't over a romantic relationship, I do also feel a sense of loss (I started listening to that song not long after my roommate left). 

As a bonus, I've listened to this song multiple times on YouTube by watching a fan video (using different, lovely fan art, BTW) that ships Snape and Lilly from the Harry Potter series.  If you're familiar with that, especially The Prince's Tale chapter from the seventh book, you know how poignant that is. I've posted the video here, but THERE ARE SPOILERS in the video from the seventh book:

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: "This Ruined Puzzle" by Dashboard Confessional
15 May 2008 @ 10:25 pm
Another person on LJ, elvenjaneite, and I will be moderating a community called art_stills.   This stillness icontest, which was founded by piccadilly_pics and was moderated by her and aaania80, involves creating icons based off of the artwork of artists such as Monet, Rodin, Mary Cassatt, and Hiroshige. 

This is the first time either of us has ever run a community like this before (in my case, this is my first time ever running an online community).  However, this was one of the first LJ communities that I had ever joined, and I wanted to keep it going (just not by myself). 

I already set up my "first" challenge, with entries due in a couple of weeks, so if you or anyone else would be interested, then come on over, join (if you're not already a member), and participate (whether it's making icons, voting, or both):

Challenge #22 - Vincent van Gogh 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
That's one of my favorite lines from the BBC period drama "Wives & Daughters." That miniseries was the subject for my first participation in the icons community icons100 (if you want to check out the whole set, then click here, and if you want to check out my banner, then click here and go to the Special Categories section at the bottom).

When deciding upon a subject for my first attempt at 100 icons, I wanted something that I enjoyed (of course), and I also kept in mind the 50 assigned themes that I had to cover within my 100 icons. I wanted something versatile enough to cover all those topics.

After narrowing down the list (which all consisted of period dramas, BTW), I decided on "Wives & Daughters" for a few reasons:
  • It's 301 minutes long and divided into four parts, and within that time frame, there's humor, drama, tragedy, romance and the seemingly ordinary moments of life (at least life during that time period, though there definitely are universal themes): All in all, there's a lot to work with.
  • No one else at the community had done it before, and I notice in general that there are less graphics for this compared with some heavyweight period dramas, such as Pride & Prejudice and North & South. This leads to another point...
  • ...while I think it's somewhat under-appreciated, it's still one of my favorite period dramas (definitely in my top 5), and I would rank it up there with P&P and N&S. My favorite character is the protagonist Molly Gibson, who was played subtly and wonderfully by Justine Waddell (while I chose the general minseries for my subject, instead of focusing on a particular character, the most popular character featured in my icons was Molly). As much as I appreciate lively, outspoken heroines such as P&P's Lizzy, I could connect and relate to Molly and her introverted personality. During W&D, I definitely felt (and even shed some tears) for her. Plus, she is strong in her own way.
I completed the first 50 icons relatively fast in January while I was still on break before the semester began at my university. After the semester began, though, I was pretty busy and just didn't make time to finish it off. In fact, I barely made graphics at all (you'll see those in another post ;-) ) until this past week. I had to ask for an extension, and during last week, which was my spring break, I realized that my deadline (March 30) was coming up really soon (I actually made about 45 icons within 3 days O_O).

Here are some random tidbits about the icons themselves:

Do you like my sermons? Have they given you an appetite for lunch?Collapse )

All in all, it was an interesting experience. In the future, though, if I want to make 100 icons for something, I'll have to wait until I have more much free time.
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: "A Sorta Fairytale" by Tori Amos