Summers Family Portrait S5 RSD

More Oddments and Endments: Seriously, I won a thing? No, really??

*First Things FIrst (and now a word from our sponsor): kwritten has a poll over at multi_genfic regarding Round 5 (the theme: Superheros) and a special query trying to gauge interest in a Buffyverse gen-fic community - separate from multi_genfic? A continued part of the comm? Don't change a thing? Weigh in with your thoughts and interest level.

* THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my icons in Challenge 120 of whedon_elite - my Riley icon won second place and my Lorne icon tied third (with shameless666)! WOW! I honestly did not see that coming. Those are my two favorite icons from that round, so I'm thrilled that it was those two.This is the first time I've "placed" at WE, so much joy in my little part of the world. Congratulations to all the winners of this round neatmonster, shameless666, entwashian, sweet_lyri and starry_night! Banners forthcoming soon.


* THANK YOU to the voters in slayerstillness Challenge 46 and to starry_night and tempertemper for the Mod's Choice and Banner Maker's Choice Awards! I'm well and truly astonished by the fact that these are the two "weirdest" of my entry set, the ones I was certain nobody would like except myself (and my darling, amazing, astonishing Muse, velvetwhip) ergo, "Oh what the hell, why not?"

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* Finally -  THANK YOU to whoever (whomever?) nominated me for "Best Reviewer" at Elysian Fields!  I'm really floored by that - in part because I don't see myself as "part of the community" but baphrosia encouraged me to sign up, so I like to dip in and out, check out fics, carefully back out when I see the tropes a'coming and say nice things when I see folks writing stuff that should be encouraged.

Speaking of baphrosia, she's up to Chapter Nine in Ipseity, her Seasonal Spuffy offering; if you read it at SS, make sure you re-read Chapter Two as she went a bit deeper into Buffy's mindset than in the original version. I love the surprising emotional depths, the sly and subtle callbacks to canon, and the fairness and compassion for all the characters. (She even made me appreciate Andrew (!) and I generally loathe the character.)
I already voted on everything and I'm so happy you won! The whedon_elite one was really hard to choose and ultimately I picked the Lorne icon because it's so sad and perfect for him but you even made Riley look sexy! Wow! What kind of scene was that? I don't remember it.

Congrats!
That image of Marc Blucas is from this photo, not a screen cap:
http://www.chosentwo.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=12&pos=42

But he's wearing an army jacket, and it's the image I want to use for a poster for one of Velvetwhip's stories, and it seemed perfect for him after abandoning Buffy. (Yeah I said it....) I just love that image. I'm really pleased with how that icon and the Lorne one turned out - and btw I haven't seen Not Fade Away but just looking at the screen caps and reading his dialogue from the episode I cried making that icon.

Thank you for voting sweetie! I have a bunch of alts from this, slayerstillness and 20in20 to post that I think you'll really like. :D
(babe you should probably go back and change your vote on that poll b/c you are voting for there not to be a Buffy track at all and I don't think that's what you wanted?)

Also thanks for the pimp. I had already decided there were enough votes to warrant doing a Buffy-gen community on it's own which will run the 15th through the 14th of every month starting in July, but more votes and more weigh-ins will definitely help

Congrats on the icon wins!
(babe you should probably go back and change your vote on that poll b/c you are voting for there not to be a Buffy track at all and I don't think that's what you wanted?)

You can throw out my vote sweetie if you want because, like I said - I want what you want. (at least as far as this subject is concerned.) I'm not going to write fic and I love more Buffyverse but I'm reading your other comment and I don't want to be part of you feeling pressured to do something I want.

So, I guess I can go vote again later but it's really all good to me. If that makes sense?

Congrats on the icon wins!

Thank you! I'm super pleased about the Whedon Elite wins because I've never placed there before (except Mods Choice), and it forced me to address some issues that have been a challenge for me as an artist: 1) doing icons with male characters, and 2) working quickly.
Congratulations on your wins, darling!

Also, don't forget 20in20 voting is going on right now!
Thank you sweetie! And I definitely haven't forgotten - I voted! I want to promote the vote in separate post (and then intend to bang that drum often - much more so than last round.)
I would LOVE to join a BTVS genfic community!

Also, major kudos to you on the wins!!!!!


Gabrielle
Kelsey would definitely love your feedback then:
http://multi-genfic.livejournal.com/10135.html

Personally I love the idea of more GEN fic - especially in terms of friendships/relationships between women. (Answering Prayers is on the surface Jangel, but the mother/daughter relationship is it's heart - and you already have a great deal of experience writing gen even in your shippy stories i think you'd be a marvelous asset to such a comm. I can't say much because I don't write but I can make pretty banners and promote it and such.)

major kudos to you on the wins!!!!!

Thank you for being in my corner my dear Muse!
Congrats on the wins, woohoo!

I'sd suggested to kwritten on having a separate Buffy track when she'd been worried that it was crowding out the smaller fandoms, so I was glad to see it on the poll! Naturally I voted for it. :) Thanks for spreading the word. I'd mentioned in the su_herald too in the hope of getting more votes. :)
I'd mentioned in the su_herald too in the hope of getting more votes. :)

I saw that and it's a great idea - using your powers for good! :D

I must admit one of the most effective if time consuming ways I've found for getting out the vote (say, when an icon challenge vote has had a low turnout) has been to PM folks who I know are interested, have voted in the past, or who are friends/writers whose works I've voted for in the past (or who have promoted fic sites) because turnabout is fair play. And because there is so much stuff to keep up with (I would have missed Sunnydale Memorial awards voting this round if spuffy_luvr hadn't reminded me. And no I DO NOT ask people to vote for me. Just in case anyone is wondering.)

You'd be surprised the results a quick direct PM can bring.

Speaking of SunnyD - good luck in this round especially as new author!
Eh, mostly waiting for the holiday to start and for the writing muse to do something with the few ideas I have right now. :) Hope everything's good with you?
I just lost my job last week actually, so I'm still reeling from that. (I was treated very shabbily to say the least.) I'm managing not to get lost in either depression or rage over it but we'll see how I feel in a month. (a regular income was a very nice thing to have, you know?)
Damn, I'm so sorry to hear that. Hope you find something soon. We had cutbacks at my job recently and the management handled it incredibly poorly, so I know the feeling. I got lucky this time, but some of my best colleagues didn't, and I'm probably going to start job hunting soon as the summer's over. Every now and then, you get a reminder that all that bullshit about companies valuing their empl... sorry, "co-workers"' loyalty is strictly a one-way street.
Congratulations on the wins! They were very well-deserved! I'm so happy with your award-winning icon.
Aw, thank you! My two favorite efforts won, how often does that happen? *lol* (I assume we're talking about whedon elite of course.)
The congratulations extend to all, but I guess it's needless to say that your Lorne one from whedonelite is my favourite!
I think that Lorne one is one of my favorites I've ever made - its better than the one I made for btvsats20in0 beforehand.

And I haven't watched AtS so I've answered my own question, is it possible to make a good icon for a show you haven't seen? But I know just enough about the character to care (whereas Fred I have no knowledge or feelings about, so it was a lot harder to make hers.)
I think that Lorne one is one of my favorites I've ever made - its better than the one I made for btvsats20in0 beforehand.

I'm pretty sure I have seen that one (it's up for voting in Round 10 now, right?) and I must say I like it a lot too! But I like that this one is simpler and the body language is saying so much.

So you haven't watched AtS? I would never have thought! Are you planning to watch it at some point, or are you just not interested?

Yeah, the other one is up for voting now. (Tell your friends! Voting ends today; I'm pretty sure you already voted but promotion is always welcome. If we can get at least 30 people voting? That's my goal.)

The WE one you snagged is simpler and stronger. I know I've said this before but you have a very good eye and excellent taste!

So you haven't watched AtS? I would never have thought!

Wow, thanks! Now that's a great compliment!

I was going to ask if you wanted me to personalize the Lorne icon for you - there's space for your initials (I just wonder if it would ruin the composition?)

Are you planning to watch it at some point, or are you just not interested?

A bit of both if that makes sense? The last two years have been hard on me physically and emotionally - eventful but not in a good way - and on some level I don't feel like I want to take AtS on. Not yet.

I cried reading Lorne's dialogue making these icons; I cried watching the buffyverse fanvid "Brave New World" that's a tribute to The Wish but includes a snippet from You're Welcome. I know too darn much on the one hand and not enough on the other.

Also, I tend to not be as interested in show with male protagonists, although I try.



I was going to ask if you wanted me to personalize the Lorne icon for you - there's space for your initials (I just wonder if it would ruin the composition?)

Many thanks for the offer, but I really like the icon as it is. I don't think personalizing it will improve it.

The last two years have been hard on me physically and emotionally - eventful but not in a good way - and on some level I don't feel like I want to take AtS on. Not yet.

It sounds like recent events (job) are just the tip of the iceberg, so I can understand you're not in the mood for watching Angel right now. I hope things will get better soon!
I agree about the personalization. The more I look at that icon the happier I am with how it turned out.

And thank you for the good wishes! I hope so too, although hopefully I've also learned by now - life gets better, life gets worse, it goes up, it goes down (no I did not just quote Riley Finn, did I? Yeesh.)

so I can understand you're not in the mood for watching Angel right now.

If I end up watching it, it will probably be because of baphrosia's fic Ipseity, which pre-supposes knowledge of AtS S5. I'm really enjoying the story anyway though.
I'm waiting until Ipseity has been posted as a whole to read it, because I prefer to read completed fics. I'm looking forward to it!