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While I sit here feeling very very numb - oh look, 20in20 voting! SHINY!!

Voting for Round 1 of btvsats20in20 is up NOW until June 16th; there are separate posts for the 10 Themes, Category (black/white), and Artist's Choice.

And sign-ups are already being accepted for Round 2 so grab your claim!

Kudos to bangel_4e for all their hard work, for creating this comm and for making it all look great! And I forgot to thank clockwork_hart1 in my entries post for taking the time to explain how to make a collage in ipiccy so I could do the blending icons. I'd never done that before because Photobucket doesn't have that capability.

So go and vote for your favorites, the best of the best if such decisions can be made. What is "best" really? I used to whine and complain when I had 9 - 30 entries to chose from? I had NO IDEA how good I had it. Oh to be so young and innocent again (as I was last week...)

It's a trade off: on the one hand I've LOVED giving and getting feedback beforehand. Showing off more of my work, knowing who made what and learning from y'all how stuff is done is marvelous and energizing. Artists NEED audiences, even an audience of one. And vice versa.

And artists need a community of other artists to learn and grow. I've seen how not having that, how being a lone wolf, has been harmful to my sweetheart's growth as an artist. It stunts her if anything - hence the need to go to NYC last October and attend the Armory Show and expose herself to work she'd never seen before.

OTOH, it makes it a little harder to vote, if anything - I feel that nagging sense of "oh I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings". Which, oddly enough, I don't feel when I vote in or judge fic contests. Perhaps because it feels as if the "fic writing community" is larger than the "visual arts community (icon makers)" in this fandom, although that may just be my perception and limited scope of aquaintance. IDK.

And now I understand why you can't see the voting results in other icontests I've participated in. I thought it would be nifty? I'm re-thinking that stance. I'm feeling nervous all over again. And a little sick. Ok, I was feeling sick before thanks to a life-changing event involving sudden loss of income leading to numbness and depression but also nausea - which makes it sound like I'm fishing for pity votes or somesuch nonsense and really not. (Does that make it sound like I'm fishing for pity votes? Oh god I hope not. Somebody slap me upside the head. Or even better, hug me - hugs are of the good!)

Anyhoo - thank you everyone for your support, encouragement and feedback. Seriously, you folks have kept me from curling up in a very small ball in the corner (because it's impossible to sit at the desk and type in a fetal position.)

As velvetwhip would agree, this is what fandom is all about: not about endless wars and intercene skirmishes, not about "my HBIC/MANPIRE is better than your HBIC/MANPIRE" but about friendship. And sharing. And porn. And fun. And hairporn. And endless creativity. And Winged!Buffy/Vamp!Willow porn (ok that last one might just be me...It doesn't exist yet, but someday!)
This time is really DAMN HARD to choose. Congrats, it means that you're all really talented. But, ugh, who do I vote?
Oh boy - so true ... I have voted, but one or two were very hard choices.

It has been a good round, but that does make that final decision harder!

I have signed on for next month ... BtVS, season 1 (so, no Spike!!) ... hope that you join in, as well.
I have signed on for next month ... BtVS, season 1

I saw that - go you! :) I think that's a nifty claim. Season 1 is terribly underrated IMO and deserves more love. I can wait to see.

And I did sign up - my first choice was Vamp Willow (surprise!) because I've been meaning to do some VW icons for a while and this is the perfect motivation.
Thanks so much for promoting the voting, I really appreciate it :)
And I'm glad people like the comm and that you've signed up again...it makes me incredibly happy!
Thanks so much for promoting the voting,

You're welcome hon it's what I do! ("promoting the voting" - hey cool tag phrase!)

I'm already jazzed about who has signed up and the claims.

Btw I didn't see the deadline do you know that yet? I'm going on vacation mid-July for a week so I'll want to get mine done early this time, no last minute lucy!
I went and voted!

*hugs and good thoughts for you*

Also, yes, fandom is about friendships not fighting.


Gabrielle
yay! for voting

I'm snuggling up with your hugs and warm thoughts right now (whichi is good because it's raining hideously,) thank you again SO MUCH.

fandom is about friendships not fighting.

Agreed!
I whole agree completely that fandom is about love and all those wonderful things you listed, not petty fights. *squishes you*

Thanks for the heads up with voting, I will be voting tonight!!!!
*squishes you back*

And hey I just saw your sign up for round 2 - you're doing Dawn icons! *squees*



Edited at 2014-06-10 12:06 am (UTC)
*hugs tight*

Winged!Buffy and Vamp!Willow, hmmm?

I've never written an angel fic before, but perhaps I could be inspired? :P
Winged!Buffy and Vamp!Willow, hmmm?

I've never written an angel fic before, but perhaps I could be inspired? :P




I've actually got myself thinking about doing an icon or art for it and I don't think I've ever "prompted myself" before! (or better yet, saying pretty please to comlodge). Maybe it could be like a spinoff AU of brutti ma buoni's Wingsverse fics?
It was difficult to vote, wasn't it? There were so many and my eyes kept going from one icon to another. I made a decision but what always happens in these 20 in 20 icon challenges there are a ton of icons i wanted to vote on but couldn't because my quota was filled.
It was difficult to vote, wasn't it? There were so many and my eyes kept going from one icon to another. I made a decision but what always happens in these 20 in 20 icon challenges there are a ton of icons i wanted to vote on but couldn't because my quota was filled.

Goodness yes. And I thought OWL and SS challenges were difficult!

I don't know if I voted differently at the 20in20 to the others because I had seen all the entries beforehand but I swear that there were so many icons I didn't remember. When they are mixed together with each other and out of their original context I see different things. (I kept looking at my voting slate and realizing I had 7-9 checked and had to pare down.)

Voting for b/w set was one of the most difficult because there were a couple of icons that I looked at for the longest time wondering "is there color in those or are they just warmer and cooler versions of grey/black..." when I'm forced to make choices my brain goes crazy with the analytical.

BTW - it's not showing up as well here because my template shrinks icons in convo threads but I saw the Freshman icon on your journal and LOVE IT. The jewel-like bits of color are perfectly done and I have no idea why there aren't more icons of that moment because it's one of my favorite Buffy moments of awesome.
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I approve of this plan! (Have you read brutti_ma_buoni's fic that started my kink, "the one with wings"?)

And hello there and welcome, how did you find me? I see that you're friends with two of the best writers in fandom, rahirah and il_mio_capitano; and I started reading your fic A Scent of flowers and am intrigued because I adore all three pairings. Will explore your fics further. I admit I'm a little shy about NC-17, is there anything in your stuff that will likely make me cry? (torture, Buffy-bashing, etc *lol*)