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Icontest challenge deadlines, Hush icons and anti-nostalgia - the college edition!

** starry_night just posted a tiebreaker post for Most Creative icon for slayerstillness Round 24. Voting will be up for 24 hours or until the tie is broken. And as it happens, these are two super-fantastic entries out of an amazing field of icons. THESE ICONS - THIS ROUND - GAH!  They are all, to borrow a phrase from the lovely velvetwhip, awesomesauce in a jar.  And then some. I kind of love tiebreakers. Chose between two items instead ten/twenty/thirty/howevermany? I can handle that. Most of the time. Sometimes. Sorta-kinda.

** A reminder from dragonydreams that the deadline for entries in otherworldlyric challenge 172 is midnight Friday May 23 and that she could still use some more entries in that challenge. I'm sort of surprised because I thought people would be all over the prompt song this time, until I remember that for a lot of folks it's finals time. Thank you eilowyn for reminding me that world still exists. (Now get back to the books, sweetie.)  Which means those of us who have reliable computer acces (tiny percentage of the world's population) and are not in college/sick and dying of malaria and malnutrition/hiking in the Andes/performing at Carnegie Hall/fighting in a war of independence from 50 years of oppression need to pick up the slack.


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I remember that time in college, goodness: cram for the final exam for all three/five/nine/howevermany courses, plus essays and final projects no one will remember or care about once the grades are posted; running on zero sleep (what's that?) and fueled entirely on coffee, soda pop, pudding cups, crackers (fiber!) and the occasional apple or banana snuck from the caf. Sort of like Buffy in late season 7 but without the end-of-the-world stress factor. Good times.*

And when I was in college the lovely addictive drug o'distraction once known as the world wide web was unknown or unavailable to me (if to anyone at all). I had to hone my keen distractibilty and procrastination skills to a finer edge the old-fashioned way: curl up in the dusty library stacks with a pile of 20-odd books that had nothing to do with my projects but oooh, look, the history of women's underwear in Europe from the Middle Ages through the 20th century? Nifty!

For all my friends in college right now - GET SOMETHING TO EAT. TAKE A NAP OR TWO. YOU WILL DO JUST FINE. REMEMBER, THIS TOO SHALL PASS, AND THEN WE'LL PARTY.

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* I actually did make it through the last days of one semester finishing a project to the ZERO moment, no sleep, on an apple and a chocolate pudding cup. Then I went to a sedate end-of-the-semester party at a classmate's very nice apartment in an old Victorian house that had been subdivided, as such things are within walking distance of any college campus. I ate a handful of triscuit crackers with cheese and grapes, drank half a glass of champagne and then ended up clutching the bathroom sink for several minutes trying not to have an epileptic seizure. It turns out that:

   epilepsy
+ anti-spasmodic medications
- sleep
- food
+ alcohol
= VERY BAD MATH
Unfortunately, math was always my weakest subject. But that's why it's called a "learning experience".
I LOVE YOUR ICONS! (Also, being quoted makes me blush and squee at the same time.)


Gabrielle
Oh thank you! I have other Hush icons but decided to cut it "short" (all things being relative with me.)

being quoted makes me blush and squee at the same time

THAT makes for a very pretty mental picture. :)
I love those Tara icons! And I have one more day of finals ... then I have a week off ... then summer term begins, and I'm back in class from 8-12 :(
Thank you! I'm fond of those Tara icons too (I'm fond of pretty much all the Tara icons I make, even the lesser quality ones.)

And I have one more day of finals ... then I have a week off ... then summer term begins, and I'm back in class from 8-12 :(



Does this mean three more months of backriding? I can do it, you know; whatever it takes to get you your degree. Although I prefer being the fun parent.
I'm not going to pull off the C in ASL, so I'm re-taking it during June. The professor has been as accommodating as possible, but it's just too much work. So I'm taking the class again with the same professor in June. This way I'll still graduate on time.

And speaking of Amy Poehler . . . have you heard of her Smart Girls organization/thing? It's a group/program/thing (it calls itself "an online network and community movement") for empowering young women to be smart, particularly steering them towards math and sciences, fields which women are underrepresented. If you're on any other social networks besides LJ, they're fun to follow.
I remember now you mentioning your professor, sorry. That was very decent of them to do that for you.

And no I had not heard of Amy's organization thanks! I'll have to follow it on Facebook! This sort of thing is desperatelyl needed - successful women mentoring young girls and other women. It seems to happen all too rarely. Maybe quietly in the "real world" among the less than rich and famous, but we need to make more noise about it.

Have you heard of Chely Wright? She's the first major country-music star to come out of the closet (in 2010) and a part of her motivation was explicitly to help kids so they didn't have to go through what she did growing up. She wanted to use her voice and her "public capital" to do the most good, like Amy is doing, and that's a fabulous thing.



Edited at 2014-05-23 09:46 pm (UTC)
Good for Chely! I know Jennifer Knapp is actually a Christian artist who came out because she wanted the church to be more welcoming to LGBTQ people. It sounds like a similar story of wanting to come out so that others don't feel alone (like our girl Ellen Page!).
I know Jennifer Knapp is actually a Christian artist who came out

I hadn't heard of her, thank you! That was another of Chely's goals - to make the Christian church a more welcoming place, and to fight the stereotype that people of faith can't be gay, and vice versa. I recommend watching the documentary about her coming out, if it's on Amazon Prime (I watched it on Netflix) "Wish me Away" http://www.wishmeawaydoc.com

and watch her in a Q and A at Highlands Church (in Denver, I think?) She's a marvelous speaker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTk6c9tIjqc

It's also interesting because of her age, and seeing her interact with her publisher who is more of an "old school" lesbian, the friction there, and her sister Jennifer and dad are INCREDIBLE people.

(like our girl Ellen Page!).

Ellen is awesome, full stop.

I can't go half of a day without sleeping and eating. I really don't know how people do it.

Pretty icons! The "not a good sign" is very funny. I actually liked Giles and Olivia, even if it wasn't explored (I also liked the fact that it wasn't really explored because Giles had a whole life before meeting the Scoobies) Best icons are: 13 and 14. I like the effect of the last one, 16, it seems so shiny! And Buffy is dressed kinda like the Buffybot. (I'm realizing that now, yes XD)
I really don't know how people do it.

I do because I do it all the time, even though I'm not in collge - and it's not healthy. Your way is much better!

Thank you sweetie for the compliments! I have more Hush icons but decided to leave off the snarkier icons. (*cough*Riley*cough*)

I like the "not a good sign" one too, and the Tara ones a lot. S4 is a lot of fun for the icon making, especially the funny ones.

I actually liked Giles and Olivia, even if it wasn't explored

There will be meta and more icons because I HAVE ISSUES with this. (Not the notion of a backstory for Giles, which I do like, but the way Olivia is dismissed. I wish they'd taken her character further.)

And Buffy is dressed kinda like the Buffybot. (I'm realizing that now, yes XD)

Wait, WHAT?? *looks at icons* OMG I - did not notice that, at all. You get the Good Catch Award of the day!
Also, if I may add something, I really like your latest banners (The one for Snogged and the other for Eilowyn) SO DAMN PRETTY. *_________*


(I would love to see the Riley one. Shushhh)

Edited at 2014-05-23 08:23 pm (UTC)
OMG thank you sweetie! (I'm trying so hard to say "they're nothing special" just say thank you and STFU - IT'S SO HARD.)

I would love to see the Riley one

Saving those for another post - there are several. You will like.
Your icons look fabulous!

Also, I made an icon for otherworldlyric. Hopefully I made the cut.... *crosses fingers*
thank you so much, hon!

Also, I made an icon for otherworldlyric. Hopefully I made the cut.... *crosses fingers*

*FLINGS CONFETTI* Yay! I can't wait to see it!

It's really not about winning - lately I've been having so much fun improving and seeing what I can do (and what ipiccy is capable of). And what other people do inspires me so much.
These are fab icons! I think my favorites are 1, 7, and 16.

I love the softness on all of them but still with a clear picture!
Oh goodness, thank you sweetie! That's an incredible compliment.

I love the softness on all of them but still with a clear picture!

I'm so glad you think they look good. Full disclosure, I sharpened #1 a lot before I posted it here, but the others are pretty much as-is. I'm kind of pleased that some of them look as nice as they do - I guess there's something to be said for not trying to hard sometimes?

And I like 7 and 16 too - I have no idea how 16 ended up looking that good. I don't even remember making it. *lol* 7 is the one I made most recently, after I started doing OWL challenges and thinking of text as a genuinely decorative element. And Tara in S4 is a really wonderful subject for icons - so pretty, and elemental, like the Empress of the Tarot deck.

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Have I told you how easily I get drunk because of my meds? My entire family makes fun of me because I get sloshed after one beer. So yes, I'm familiar with very bad math.
Gently but firmly tell them (whilst you are sober) to go bite themselves.

Slayer metabolism? SO not your fault.