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Just a few hours left that we can:

1) VOTE for our favorite icons in Round 6 of btvsats20in20; the deadline is tonight Jan 18th and there are still ties to be broken. Not that I mind tie-breaking votes this time around when the icons in question are so pretty to look at. (And not that I mind ties votes, either.)  For those folks who have voted, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Full disclosure (aka "Why no I'm not a hypocrite...") : When I don't do as well as I'd like in a round, I mope and mewl and gripe about it pitifully and wonder "Why not?". (Especially if I'm in the throes of severe depression - not an acceptable excuse but not fun and not pretty, I assure you.)

When I do well in a particular round, I sit back slack-jawed and wonder "Wow, neat but - why?  Shouldn't folks be voting for that other person's icons? They totally should be."

At least I'm predictable in my irrrationality, so - Yay for predictability?

2) Post our favorite fanworks for 2014 at buffyversetop5 - deadline is Jan 19th. (I think it's about 8pm-ish EST.  I get really confused about the time zone changes so basically - don't wait until the last minute; the second-to-last will do.)
Thanks for the heads-up about Buffyverse Top 5. I'm not sure I'll be able to get something coherent written about the stuff that I liked by tomorrow, but I would have totally forgotten about the deadline otherwise. And hopefully it will spur on some people who are more organized and focused than I am at the moment.

Good luck with the btvsats20in20. :)
I had so many ideas for btw posts and I haven't been able to pull it together - I feel overwhelmed by everything I wanted to post about, knocked off balance by a recent, um, fandom kerfuffle, and also newish my part-time job.

I do hope people will continue to post and most importantly keep commenting and replying - because we can still check into the posts as long as we like.

I always say "at least there's the classic round in October" and I have yet to actually make those either. *le sigh*

Good luck with the btvsats20in20. :)

Thanks sweetie!
I've already voted in 20in20 and I'm crossing fingers and toes that you win. You deserve it, hunny! Your icons are fan-freaking-tabulous!
Thank you sweetie! I'm pretty happy with the fact that I've held my own against some of my very favorite artists in this fandom this round.
When I don't do as well as I'd like in a round, I mope and mewl and gripe about it pitifully and wonder "Why not?". There's usually an icon or two that I feel that way about in every challenge. On the other hand, if I look back at my icons a week or two after a challenge, I usually think "I thought that I con was good enough to win? Where was my head, how could I possible think that stinky icon was any good."

I generally like most of my icons, right after I make them but think they are the worst a few weeks later.
I actually took a hard, critical look at all my previous 20in20 sets and felt the same way. I can see the flaws in those sets I was SO proud of at the time (the Tara set? oh dear goodness me, but no....) - and yet there's individual icons I still love. The Xander/Buffy STFU icon for instance I still think is pretty damn funny and I love the clarity, the color, the wit. I still don't know why it didn't do better and I realize there's no answer to that. Objectively speaking, some of the icons for this current set aren't better than some of my NA again icons.

Then again, some of my icons have done better this round than ones by starry_night and temper temper that I consider far superior. Color me perplexed either way. (NO way my category set is better than starry_night's, or my soft glow is better than temper's. Just NO way IMHO, as flattered that i am that some people think so.)

I honestly think a lot of my feelings regarding my icons has to do with where my head is at the time I made them. when I was making the Normal Again set I was in the throes of some heavy depression, I was unemployed - I made those poor little icons bear the entire weight of my shredded hopes, as if getting an award would somehow restore my self-esteem a little.

I generally like most of my icons, right after I make them but think they are the worst a few weeks later.

I've looked at my icons that I posted a year ago on January 1, 2014 the other day and wanted to scratch my eyes out. *lol*
Then again, some of my icons have done better this round than ones by starry_night and temper temper that I consider far superior. I thought you had some excellent icons this round. I think the icons that are doing well this round deserve to be doing well.

Color me perplexed either way I am many time perplexed how votes turn out.

I've looked at my icons that I posted a year ago on January 1, 2014 the other day and wanted to scratch my eyes out. *lol* I feel the same way about my early icons too. At least you can blame the eye scratching icons on the fact that you were only using photobucket....what's my excuse?

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I think the icons that are doing well this round deserve to be doing well.

THANK YOU, dear. *blushes* I really am not happy with my Soft Glow entry, I look at it and see the flaws and how the glow could have been applied more subtly and I KNOW I could have done a better job on that one. That was really thrown together at the last minute. (But I only spent about a week on this set so technically the entire thing was "thrown together" this time.)

The recast icon OTOH could have been better but I couldn't get a better icon from that screepcap or any caps of Aly from the Breakfast club. It's the best i was capable of and i really tried, so the flaws in clarity don't bother me.

Which I guess is another aspect of all this - the harder i work on an icon the more likely I'll have developed an attachment too it, and the less likely I'll be objective about it's quality; the more puzzled I'll be that everyone else doesn't love it the way I do. Or vice versa with the ones I don't spend a lot of time on or love very much. (Like, the Joyce & Buffy icon I made for the last round of Slayerstillness - I made several alt versions, spent a lot of time on it and got teary-eyed about it. It didn't place; whereas the icons I spent the least amount of time on took 2nd and 3rd place. Still scratching my head about that but hey, I'll take it.)

At least you can blame the eye scratching icons on the fact that you were only using photobucket....what's my excuse?

You were mastering the tools.

PS looks pretty freakin' complicated to me anyway. (And comlodge assured me that PS elements is as different to full PS as ipiccy is.)