[sticky entry] Sticky: How to Beta Yourself

Apr. 6th, 2015 11:26 am
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Word usage to look out for when you haven't got a Beta. (with particular reference to Iron Man and Avengers fandom). This doesn't cover grammar, canon, formatting or any of the other facets of betaing, just words that I've seen used where they don't belong.

If you're unsure of the difference between 'Affect' and 'Effect', 'Fewer' and 'Less', 'Callus' and 'Callous', or when to use an apostrophe (rule of thumb, apostrophe used where a letter is omitted, or to indicate possession where there does not already exist a possessive form without the apostrophe) then this might help you.

Proper use of possessive pronouns: its dog (the dog is its), his cat (the cat is his), her goldfish (the goldfish is hers), my aardvark (the aardvark is mine), your horse (the horse is yours), Our bunny (the bunny is ours), Their canary (the canary is theirs).

Then there are a few special cases- Whose elephant is that? (the elephant belongs to an unknown), and One's ferret (ferret belonging to a generic one- apparently in a tribe where ferret ownership is assumed).

This is a long list. I've been coming back and adding more as I encounter them. So far I've found no examples beginning with N, X, or Z.

I haven't time to beta for anyone,alas. )
feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art polar bear)
I got caught up in reading, and nearly forgot to Naart!

feng_shui_house: drawing of a pig text pig out on art (Art pig)
Today I crayoned first, because the thunderstorm happened earlier in the day, and then I did a couple sketch.io doodles. Pretty sure one is a wolf and the other some kind of owl. :^)

I made yesterday's crayoned horses into a design and then I added today's crayoned horses to that and made another design. I do like drawing on repurposed brown paper, its got texture. :^)

feng_shui_house: drawing of a pig text pig out on art (Art pig)
There was thunder right after I made the fox and ferret, but I was still in an arty mood, so I shut down the 'puter and dug out my crayons & some salvaged brown paper used as padding inside an order from Amazon and went with my old standby, horses.

As ever, click to open full size image in new tab.

feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
Tried out the 'crayon' tool in sketch.io. Very versatile, you can adjust the width, and the opacity, and you can make the outline different color from the fill, and you can choose from colors, or a set of gradients, or a set of patterns. I mostly went with simple gradients with orange or black or white borders (the white borders on white background work as erasers- and yes, you can change the background, too.)

feng_shui_house: drawing of robin text I heart cheep art (Art robin)
It's probably time to admit I'm just plain bone-lazy, isn't it?

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feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art cool)
Once again sketch.io saves the day.

Three quick doodles, using the 'web' drawing tool. Click for full size image to open in a new tab.

feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
Took FOREVER. I started out using a photo I took at the zoo for reference, and drew a pencil drawing. Then the scanner was EVIL, and I had to restart the scanner and computer several times before it would work. Then I cleaned up the drawing and increased the contrast but it still looked dull, so then I eyedroppered a few colors from the photo and painted a low opacity 'wash' over it and it STILL didn't please me, so then I used the virtual finger painting to smudge it and FINALLY I liked it.

So here, have an all-day gorilla. ;^) Click to open larger size in new tab.

feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
Too hot for functional brain, and then I conked out and had a nap. But at least there's still the sketch.IO site for doodling.

So have a dragon and a smirky critter of nebulous species.

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feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
Am v. sleepy today and reading fanfic- found a long story in which Natasha Romanov (from Avengers) is turned into an orange tabby cat. So I drew her. ;^) Click for full size version in new page.

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feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
I mentioned a hyena on a leash in a fic yesterday and that started me googling-- in Nigeria there's a group (seems to be all men) who go around with baboons and spotted hyenas on leashes. Conflicting info on WHY. Some sources say they're bankrobbers and debt collectors. Others say they're like traveling circuses. And some say they're Animists and believe the animals give them power...

more stuff about hyenas )
feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art cool)
I'm yawning all over the place, so here's a quick doodle from Sketchpad.


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MiddleEarth Air Safety

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made #AirNZSafetyVideo

Cat's Christmas Disaster (with happy ending)

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feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
The peacock spider group of spiders are very very very tiny. So tiny that you could probably fit a dozen on your thumbnail. So tiny that even though they are venomous they're harmless because their fangs are far too small to bite through our skin.

And the BOYZ dance! They have to dance well because bad dancers get eaten by the girlz.

OMG SO CUTE. Peacock Spider Christmas

Peacock Spider YMCA
feng_shui_house: drawing of robin text I heart cheep art (Art robin)
I had a customization request at Spoonflower, so I was delayed getting started on Naart, and then I was further delayed because Google Images just kept giving me all these beautiful wild cats.

I did finally get out my wood flooring samples, my Sharpie markers and my electric engraver. It's an African Golden Cat done on Maple wood. You can click on the thumbnail & it'll open as a larger image in a new page.


And as long as I had it, I made it into a design over at Spoonflower. Making a seamless repeat is fiddly.

feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art polar bear)
Ouchy after yardwork yesterday, plus I weeded and got more ouchy today, plus a swatch sampler arrived so I'll be some time setting them for sale, so I decided to try a doodle *on* the lined paper of the pad I doodled on the back of yesterday in case I don't get around to more elaborate art today.

Zebra has lines )

Day 2 Naart

Aug. 2nd, 2017 08:43 pm
feng_shui_house: drawing of a pig text pig out on art (Art pig)
I finished 6 more plaids I'd started yesterday & stuck them in a collection by themselves. I think the plaid frenzy must end soon.

Also I picked up an old notepad, thinking to doodle, but it was all lined & I wasn't in the mood for lines, so I drew on the cardboard backing instead. Was funny because it had a partial watermark left by a glass I'd laid on it, and that became the cat's back.
1 pic, quick kitty doodle )
feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art cool)
EDITED to add a possible site: See end of post.

It's such a pain trying to find a suitable photohost that I think Naarmamo is too much trouble for folks this year. I am tired of spending time learning new sites, loading and linking only to lose everything 2 to 3 years later.

At least Spoonflower hosts the designs I upload to them, so maybe I'll just share some of my designs. I just finished this one.

Mostly Navy plaid.

If I do make art not on Spoonflower I'll probably try to use LJ to host it. *fingers crossed* I have Flickr at the moment, but don't trust their new overlords not to go the Photobucket Ransom Route. Ipernity- forget it, more than double the old fee, new management already owes Amazon & has been shut down at least once for failing to pay hosting.

I considered Imgur, but IMGUR's TOS made it clear they want you to use it just as photo album on their site- reluctantly they allow you to hotlink to personal blogs, but if they catch you putting anything on a commercial site (such as Spoonflower) it will not only get your IMGUR account canceled they say they will then block you from SEEING anyone ELSE'S imgur.

EDIT: Possibly for the purposes of Naarmamo this site might work- it's not meant for image STORING, but for linking to forums- It looks like you don't need to get an account, just upload your images and get 'permanent links for Facebook, Twitter, message boards and blogs.'

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