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Journal Entry: Sun Jan 29, 2017, 8:49 PM

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Okay, I'm honestly making this journal so that there's something pretty on my page before my sub runs out (Thank you, Lady-RyuuXX87 btw!!)

Where you can find me:

Tumblr: irishgirl982
Instagram: duskblue
Nanowrimo: irishgirl982

EDIT: I am NOT leaving deviantart. I just want to have a discussion about what's going on these days. I will continue to post art here and at other places.


MAIN POST: What the heck is going on with deviantart? It's no longer the place to post art? Are people using instagram or tumblr more? Something else?

I feel like I missed the boat on this. There were a few years when I didn't draw much and then when I came back, there aren't many people left. I just went through my friends list and cleaned it up. I only took off people who haven't been active for years or I didn't remember why I was watching them or who they were. Anyone who was watching me back, I left alone, inactive or not, so no worries.

I'm posting my art now on tumblr and instagram if anyone wants to follow me. Let me know who you are there and I will follow you back. :D

Tumblr: irishgirl982.tumblr.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/duskblue/


Also... anyone doing nanowrimo this year? Tell me about your ideas and your plans! And if you're not already on my friends list, please add me! I will add anyone back who adds me on nanowrimo.

My Nanowrimo Profile: nanowrimo.org/participants/iri…
Originally posted on Tumblr.  Here's the link: miraculous-mask.tumblr.com/ima…

Rules:
1) Pick one character
Fandoms I will draw from:
-Harry Potter
-Miraculous Ladybug
-Ranma 1/2
-Inuyasha
-Naruto
-Fruits Basket
-any of my original characters
-Others will be considered, but I reserve the right to say no

2) Pick a palette by name : miraculous-mask.tumblr.com/ima…
3) I will draw your choice character in the palette of your choice :)
4) I may not finish. For this, I apologize, but I will do my best!

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Let's start with 5 slots:
1) Tracy (not on dA) Kyle from Paying the Consequences (original) Palette: Candy Fire
Kyle - Candy Fire Palette by irishgirl982
2)SuperXLilXCutie Draco from Harry Potter, Palette: Sky Moss
3) WereKatt Hermione (Harry Potter) from book two when she turns into a cat girl, Palette: Black ice
4) rachmaybe Harry from Harry Potter, Palette: Sandy Sea
5) kitkatbun Akane from Ranma 1/2, Palette: Lilac Heart

One Extra:
6) ilovenubi - waiting

Four more... no promises! lol
7) Spacergirl003 Angry Kagome from Inuyasha, Palette: Sherbert
8) Unlovedneko-chan94 Sirius Black from Harry Potter, Palette: Black Ice
9) nerinaxodes Tonks from Harry Potter, Palette: Cherry Royal
10) GuardiansFan1988 Ryouga from Ranma 1/2, Palette, Whispers

Aaand, last 4. Please try and pick palettes not yet used. Palettes remaining: Bath Bomb, Soft Spring, Seafoam, Tears on Rock
11) Shenica Inuyasha, Palette: Rainy Sky
12) Patriot1776 Rasashina, Sesshomaru's mother, from Inuyasha, Palette: Lilac Heart
13) GlyphBellchime Yukio (my OC) in Caribbean Breath
14)

Note to those wondering: I've decided not to do commissions. Sorry about that if you were waiting :(
  • Listening to: Matt Nathanson
  • Reading: Miraculous Ladybug Fanfic. I ship it so hard.
  • Watching: Dr Phil
  • Eating: Popcorn
  • Drinking: Water
Hi, everyone! I was feeling crappy for a week with strep, and then today I fell on some ice right on my knee. It's pretty painful, but I'm fairly sure I didn't bust my kneecap. My whole body is sore from the fall. It's like just as soon as I start feeling better from the strep, I mess up something else. So I'm still thinking about posting a journal for commissions, but it might be a week or so when I feel like I can tackle it. I think I will only do 2 at a time so I don't overwhelm myself.

I also wanted to point you to my instagram, where I've been posting sketches and WIPs. I also post pics of my nails and polish, along with some occasional other random pics. You can follow me here: www.instagram.com/duskblue/

Thanks for being supportive, everyone :) You guys are all awesome <3
  • Listening to: Matt Nathanson
  • Reading: Miraculous Ladybug Fanfic. I ship it so hard.
  • Watching: Miraculous Ladybug Episode 17
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Water
Hi, everyone :D I've been thinking about it for several days, and feeling like I'd maybe like to do some commissions. I know there are not as many people on dA as there used to be, so I'm just simply asking right now. Would anyone be interested?

If there is interest, I will come up with a price list and everything else needed in a separate journal. (Right now I'm recovering from strep. yuck.) I know I haven't been the speediest person in the past, but I'm older and a bit more experienced with things now, so I think I could have a better handle on it. I would start with only 3 to make sure I completed everything in a timely manner.



I also wanted to let you know that my friend, Lavandula-BJD, is thinking about holding a contest for some points. Head on over to her journal if you're interested :)
  Balance: 500 points - Giveaway?I've been thinking about giving away the remaining points I have on this account. 
My Question to you all is:
Who would be interested in a fan-art competition?
The prize? I currently have 527 points collected on my account. I won't be spending them. And with how the prices have upped, I'm sure some people would be able to make good use of them? 
Edit: The competition is on! I will leave this up until the end of January and then I'll update with rules and the like. :) Heads up: because it is only 500 points, I won't be asking gigantic works of arts with days of labour, so don't feel intimidated! I'll keep it open for all levels of skill. :)
So, let me hear in a comment if you'd be interested in this. Or what other prizes might be nice. (Heck, one price could be me drawing some charas for you or something.) (Mind you, I can't actually ship things, so it's going to be digitally send only.) And a fan-art competition seems like a fun thin
  • Listening to: Matt Nathanson
  • Watching: Miraculous Ladybug Episode 16
  • Drinking: Water
Hi :) I have felt like I've been in such an art rut in the past month or so. I want to do some more Dramione fanart, but my inspiration has all but left me. So... here's where you come in. Please request what you would like to see me draw (Dramione, aka Draco/Hermione only). I have 5 slots open. First five will (hopefully) be drawn.

Note: if you request something that I'd rather not draw or I don't feel like I can pull off, I'll ask you to request an alternate situation. I will not draw anything R-rated.

Dramione Open Slots:
1) ilovenubi
  Dramione - Yuleball by irishgirl982
2) simpuruu-hime
Dramione-Um, that was supposed to be MY milkshake? by irishgirl982
3) Anie
4) ldymusyc
5) ferretsoup
  • Listening to: Matt Nathanson
  • Reading: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • Watching: Daria
  • Playing: Candy Crush Soda
  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? 11 years! I've been here most of the time it's been around :)

  2. What does your username mean? Well I created this screen name when I was 16. I have an Irish last name and I worked at an Irish gift shop at the time. Seemed appropriate.

  3. Describe yourself in three words. Quiet, Creative, Dreaming

  4. Are you left or right handed? Right.

  5. What was your first deviation? OMG it's been so long. I don't think this is my very first deviation, but I deleted some really old stuff a long time ago.
    Miroku and Sango by irishgirl982

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? Anime/Disney styled cartoons.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? 100% Disney style. I've always wanted to draw in this style, but Anime has corrupted my own style XD. I do like how it turned out though :)

  8. What was your first favourite? I don't think this is my first one because so many have been deleted throughout the years, but this is the first one that's left. FYI, anything that gets put in "storage" gets deleted from my fave list. I hate seeing that ugly gray box.
    A Slytherin Christmas by casie

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Anime, Cartoons, Sketches, Photography, BJDs. Probably Anime is the number one most faved.

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? :icontracyjb: She's probably getting tagged like crazy on this quiz. lol.

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? I have already met some and it was awesome, but among those I haven't met, I would really love to meet :iconteash83: as we have been friends for a long time and this is where we originally met. <3

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? With friendship. I've met so many wonderful people on here.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? Paper, pencil. Sometimes Copics >.>

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? At home. I get nervous when strangers are watching me.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? Oh, so many of them. One of the most memorable things that happened here is when I ran the Inuyasha contest group, :iconthattime:, which is now defunct. That was so much fun! Also, Ranma fans united here, as well as Dramione ones. Love you all!

  • Reading: Working on a story plot, not really reading.
  • Watching: Starstruck
  • Playing: Candy Crush Soda
  • Drinking: Water
Hi, everyone! It had been a while since my last journal entry and I wanted to boot it off my page, so here is a new one! What's been going on? I've been writing and drawing (more drawing than I have been in the last several years) and I hope to do more. What have you been up to?

I started watching Anime again (sort of) and I'm wondering if anyone out there can suggest their new favorites to me? (like in the last 3 years or current)

If you've been watching me over the years, you know the kind that I like: Funny, semi-romantic, adventure, fantasy, or non-fantasy. I tend to not like super dark things nor do I like sci-fi robots and such. I also don't like extreme drama.


Edit:
New Anime I've watched so far:
Yona of the Dawn - This one is ongoing. It's a romantic-historical fantasy. Love it!
Blue Exorcist - This is probably my fave one on the list. I love the MC
The Devil is a Part-Timer! - Okay this one is also in the running for favorite. I love the premise!
Ouran Host Club - I've seen this before, or most of it, but I completely forgot what happened.
Kotoura-san - Super cute, shorter anime. Slight fantasy/romance/silly
Sword Art Online - Um... love. I didn't think I would like it because of the gaming premise, but it's good.
Kaze No Stigma - This one was so-so. I like the idea, but the FMC bothered me.
Yamada's First Time - This one looks like it might be fanservice, but it's really not so much and actually a romance. It was cute.
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: April and Oliver (among other things)
  • Watching: Yona of the Dawn
  • Drinking: Water
Hi, everyone! So who is doing nanowrimo this year? What kind of story are you writing? Tell me about it!!

If you'd like to add me, please do! Here is the link to my profile: nanowrimo.org/participants/iri…
I'll for sure add you back :D

I'm writing a Young Adult novel this year. And more pop stars >.> (that's my thing)
  • Listening to: Lots of stuff
  • Reading: Lots of books
  • Watching: New Girl on netflix.
  • Playing: Solitaire?
  • Drinking: Water
Hi everyone!

Halloween is approaching and I'm thinking about what I want to do for my pumpkin this year. I can't really find anything I like, so I'm thinking about making my own pattern. Does anyone have any ideas? Maybe something you'd like to use yourself? Here's the pumpkin pumpkin I made several years ago:
Train Your Dragon Pumpkin Ptrn by irishgirl982

Nanowrimo!!! Who is doing it? (Do I have you on my buddy list there? If not, please comment here and add me! I'll add you back :) ) I have my story nearly ready to write... it's gonna be awesome this year. I have a feeling. *-*

My novel is called: Everywhere and Nowhere
It's about: A misguided pop star who tries to get away from his life temporarily, only to realize there is no escaping it.
  • Listening to: Lots of stuff
  • Reading: Lots of books
  • Watching: New Girl on netflix.
  • Drinking: Water
Hey, everyone!! Just when I'm in the drawing spirit, my tablet decides it's broken. I don't remember how many years I had my Intuos4 Medium, but I didn't use it nearly as much as my Intuos2 6x8. I'm super disappointed in it. There is no way I'm shelling out the money for a similar sized tablet again if it's just going to break.

So... I bought a small Intuos Manga tablet for $99. It'll get here tomorrow (hopefully!) and then be prepared for art!

Has anyone else had problems with their Intuos4 tablets?? Grr!

End note: My cat is sitting next to me with his eyes closed (sleeping) because I won't let him on my lap. He has the tendency to crawl all over my keyboard and I want to type this!
  • Listening to: Matt Nathanson
  • Reading: Writing: The Fifth Son
  • Watching: Brother Bear 2
  • Eating: Popcorn
  • Drinking: Water
Hi! :D

Sorry I've been MIA.... HERE IS A PICTURE I'VE DRAWN! :D It's one of my main characters in my new story that I'm working on for this year's nanowrimo! My story is called Bridges.

-I know some of you have added me from previous years. If you have, I still have you on my buddy list.
-If you are doing Nano this year and we haven't added one another from previous years, please add me, and I'll add you back!!
-However, Nano is not sending out notifications this year, so please comment below to let me know your Nano screenname, so I know to add you back :)

Here is my Nano page: irishgirl982 !!! Yay!!


Yay! I hope you're all doing well :) <3
  • Listening to: OneRepublic
  • Reading: Writing: Brdiges
  • Watching: American Justice
  • Eating: Pizza!
  • Drinking: Coffee &gt;.&gt;
:icondontplz: NOTE: For passersby who may be thinking about sending me a note to ask me if they can post my art on their website, the answer is no. Please don't send me a note asking this question. :(



Hi, everyone! Well, I had over 200 comments sitting in my message center. I had gotten really bad at replying to them, and for that I apologize. I haven't been feeling really well lately with my migraines so it's been a little difficult for me. (I've also been camped out on livejournal more than deviantart these days)

I had to delete a bunch of comments because there was no way I could reply to them all, but I did read each and every one of them and I want to thank you all for the nice comments on my art and stories! (And I'm really sorry I can't finish Time For a Change for those who were commenting about that :( )

For those wishing to color my sketches, you may do so as long as you credit me and link back to me. I would also like if you left me a comment or note to tell me that you've posted it on deviantart so I may favorite it! The only exception is you may not color something marked as a commission! (I also said no to a Sirius/Remus drawing that had lines from someone's story in it) Also, do not post my art anywhere else other than deviantart!!

As for me and art, I'm still struggling to find inspiration and motivation to keep drawing, but I haven't given up and I'm still around these parts. (Still wanting to post Dramione fanart! LOL. I just have to DRAW it first!) So please stay tuned! *crosses fingers*

One last thing... I finished Nanowrimo! I cleared just over the 50,000 word mark on November 30th. Now I feel a little burnt out on writing. I'm about to start writing some short stories again before I pick up my Nano novel to look at again. Whew! Congrats to everyone else who attempted and finished!! Yay for November!
  • Watching: Cold Case Files on A&amp;E
  • Drinking: Ice Tea
Hi again!

So.... it's almost November! Who's doing Nano this year? Anyone I haven't friended from previous years? I want you on my buddy list! We need to support one another!!

Find my profile here: www.nanowrimo.org/en/participa…

If you add me, I'll add you back, but comment here too! I want to know who you are! <3

What's your story about this year? Any worries? Are you golden? Thoughts/Concerns?

I'm writing fluffiness again this year... a little less fluffy than last year, but my story idea has changed from my last journal entry. LOL ;) as usual.
  • Watching: Hoarding: Buried Alive
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey, everyone :)

I'm still here, I just haven't been drawing much. Call it an art block, I don't know. I've been writing a ton of short stories for my writing community, Writerverse over on LJ. (if anyone wants to join, it's pretty awesome. You just have to participate in one challenge every 2 weeks)

The purpose of this journal is to let you know that I'm still alive, still sort of drawing, and to let you know that I plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year :D

Last year I won! I still haven't EDITED my story >.> I have the first four chapters posted on figment here: Diamonds and Spades It's really fluffy and has a completely happy ending. I hope to have that up soon. Sorry it's taking forever XD. It IS finished though!

I also moved Hideaway to Figment because I was getting some creepy emails from fictionpress...>.>

I'll post my Nanowrimo link closer to November so we can be writing buddies if you plan to participate too :)

Also, here's a drawing I just submitted, it's a new character, Collin, from my planned Nano story:

Collin by irishgirl982
  • Watching: Hoarding: Buried Alive
  • Drinking: Coffee



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She's named! Thank you!



I'm writing a new book soon, and I need help with naming the female character. I've decided that this is what she sorta looks like:

(LOL yay for reusing drawings!)

And here's a little about her without giving too much about the story away:

Personality: Bubbly, Happy

Key Traits: Isn't afraid to tell you what she thinks, goes after what she wants, determined to be #1

Skills: Acting, Photography, Wrapping men around her little finger.

Background: Parents divorced when she was young. Father wanted her to be in acting, but they recently no longer get along. She gets along great with her mom, but her mom isn't really keen on her choice of career.

I'm a little picky about names. It can't start with a C because I've used C names for two girls in recent stories. I like classic names that aren't super popular or trendy.

(If it turns out that I'm too picky, I'll just delete this journal and go to task of searching name databases myself. haha XD)




NOTE: I'll be editing my NaNoWriMo story starting January 1st, and then posting the story to fictionpress then. It's really sweet and fluffy, so if you're interested in reading that, I'll let you know once it's posted via a journal or an art post :) Thanks, guys!

  • Listening to: The Non-Prophets
  • Reading: Friday's Child
  • Eating: Rice
  • Drinking: Water

Nanowrimo?

Sat Oct 29, 2011, 3:13 AM



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Hello! Is anyone else doing Nanowrimo this year?? I'm looking for buddies and support this year, so if you'd like to be my nano buddy, please let me know, and I will add you back, asap!!!

Here is my profile: www.nanowrimo.org/en/participa…

I'm writing a Romance type thing called Diamonds and Spades this year, and I have it planned out pretty well, so hopefully I can make it! Tell me about your story!!!

Here is my main character: (Her name is Ellen Calhoun)




Anyway, add me, and i'll add you back! I want nano buddies!!!!

  • Listening to: The Non-Prophets
  • Reading: Faro's Daughter
  • Eating: Strawberry Jello
  • Drinking: Water



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Name something I have access to take a picture of, and you shall get your wish. (As long as it's within reason. LOL)

20 slots! (I'm bored, and I want to play with my SLR camera :D )

ex: I'm willing to do nature stuff, cats, things around my apartment, where I do my art from....etc :D

1) dreadfuldelights Something on my wall
My Ansel Adams Plaque

2) ChibiAngel86 Spin around and snap a pic
*pending*
3) RBL-M1A2Tanker A neat looking building of interesting architectural design
*can't do this in the middle of the night XD*
4) simplyeffortless My favorite poster
Warm Rain print by druihd (find it here: fav.me/d2re5v )

5) DoNotTrustThisAngel Cover of your fave book and/or movie
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer and While You Were Sleeping

6) Feffafee Something to do with your favorite Anime/ Manga
Neville likes Ranma, too :D

7) MichikoJackie Something from my closet
8) mirosango14 favorite picture book while growing up
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If anyone else wants to do this, too, go for it! :)

  • Listening to: The Atheist Experience
  • Reading: The Grand Sophy
  • Drinking: Chai

Status - Art Owed

Sat Mar 12, 2011, 9:56 PM



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I realize I've been a bit of a *cough* slacker in this category in the past several years. ahem... and I wish to rectify the situation.

So... here's a list of the art I owe. Once I finish, it can go back business as usual =D

Key:
Not yet started :star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:
Sketched :star::star-empty::star-empty:
Lineart done :star::star::star-empty:
Completed :star::star::star:

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Old Commissions Note: I'm no longer taking any.

SesshomaruTaisho
:star::star::star:

Lady-RyuuXX87
:star::star::star:

seussical-love
:star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:

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Gifts

Did I promise you a gift and forget about it? Please tell me D: (and please be honest T_T I should have SOME sort of recollection of you and the promised art... LOL)

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  • Listening to: Patients talking in the ER waiting room
  • Reading: Writing: Never Enough
  • Drinking: Coffee &lt;3

My Novel + Thoughts on POV

Sun Jan 16, 2011, 11:56 PM



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Well, I finished writing my book sometime last week or so. It ended up being 230 pages and just over 113,000 words. Not too shabby :D (Which, btw, you can read here: www.fictionpress.com/s/2845104… ...though I only have 1-26 posted and it's the unedited version!)

I finally feel like I'm ready to talk about it really being done. I went through a mourning period where I was kinda depressed about it being over, and I still am, but I think I'm starting to feel ready to move on. (a little)

I'm still debating about a final chapter. I've been going back and forth about it since I wrote the ending. Personally, I hate epilogues, so I need to find a way to make it non-epilogue-ish. I just don't want to remove myself too far from the story, so if I'm going to do it, I better do it soon.

Then, I think I'm going to take a few weeks (maybe even a month or so) and not pick it up at all. After that, I'm going to dive into editing. (hopefully) There's a workshop at the Loft in Minneapolis for editing young adult novels, and I might embark on that.


IN THE MEANTIME............. I'm already contemplating my NEXT novel... although I have some PROBLEMS.

My problems are typical. (for me. LOL)

A) I kind of want to tackle a one POV novel (I even thought about doing first person, but I probably won't do that...) Hideaway was the first book I wrote where I did only two POVs, and I'd like to take it one step further. Although, I suspect writing in one POV might be easier than how I had it for Hideaway (One POV every other chapter. GAHHHH!)

B) I want to write from a male POV... which is a little difficult considering my main audience is probably female. Are there readers out there who wouldn't read a book if it was in a male POV? I don't know. I guess it might be hard to "relate" to a character if that character is an different gender than you are. However, I do NOT want to write a book exclusively from a female POV. I think I would be bored to tears.

I imagine writing Hideaway from only Carly's POV.... and ugh, I think it would suck.

Follow up thoughts on this:
1) Maybe a switch-up is a good thing? Why not a male POV??? :D
2) If I write from a male POV, chances are, my female character IS GOING TO COMPLETELY SUCK. She's going to be two dimentional and no one will like her. Hmm... that would be bad!


So, I guess that's what I'm thinking about. I want my main character to be male, but the audience will be female. Is this a problem??? LOL (He won't be like Arthur... he'll be more like Paul.... but not as obnoxious!!! Ugh!)

Anyone have their two cents to add on this topic??? Am I the only person who thinks about this stuff??? (Probably)


PS: the good news is, I might start drawing more than Hideaway illustrations. haha :D

  • Listening to: Nurses chatting