Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login

Devious Journal Entry

Sat Apr 29, 2017, 1:18 PM


Hello friends!

I have fantastic news - I finally finished writing my novel! Yes, it really is true...

A few years ago I swapped my camera for a pen, in hope of realising an old dream of being a writer. I had some writing experience, but nothing could have prepared me for years of trying to get the abstract idea out of my head and onto paper. 

The finished manuscript is being read by the second beta reader right now, the first has read just the first half and I am super happy to say that she loved it. A lot of work still awaits me, I want to tidy up a bit, add a bit here, remove a bit there, but all in all it is already a perfectly coherent narrative that clocked just shy of 130,000 words, 88 scenes and 33 chapters plus an epilogue.

I'm lucky to have three more betas who are keen on giving me their feedback, so by the time we are all finished with it, I feel reasonably confident that I'll find someone willing to publish it. Fingers crossed!

Other than that, I'm itching to start on my next novel, the plot and the characters are all sketched out already! 

See you all around, even when I'm not submitting, I come here most days to enjoy your art :blowkiss:

Devious Journal Entry

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 6:10 AM


Hello people!

I hope you are all doing well and that you had a great year. 

There seems to be a 'buy 1 get 1 free' membership sale on, and I wanted to buy one and gift one (as I used to in previous years) but when I go to that page, it doesn't have the option of gifting free membership to someone, instead, they are offering 6 months for the price of 3.

Does anyone know whether the old offer of gifting free memebership with a purchase of one will become available?

Devious Journal Entry

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 7:55 AM


DeviantArt Questionnaire

1. How long have you been on dA?

Seven years.

2. What does your username mean?

That I'm a fairy of photos, lol.

3. Describe yourself in three words.

Water loving dreamer.

4. Are you left handed or right?
 
Right.

5. What was your first deviation?

I deleted my early deviations because they were just stumbling in the dark experiments. But the first I was happy with was taken about six months after I joined. Sadly, due to dA's constant failure to provide reliable editing in the print shop, I recently had to resubmit that work completely, and lost all the comments and faves on it. Be as it may, here it is cherry blossom 

6. What's your favourite type of art to create?

Writing fiction, photography and singing.

7. If you could instantly master a different style of art, what would it be?

Ballet.

8. What was your first favourite?

Thoughts of You by gilad

9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

Photography.

10. Who is your all time favourite deviant artist?

I love so many, I couldn't pick just one. 

11. If you could meet anyone on dA in person, who would it be?

Again, too many to mention. Anyone whose art I ever faved, I'd love to meet to thank for enriching my life with their talent.

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

Apart from sharing the beauty of their talent, many deviants were there to offer support, humour and non-judgemental acceptance when I most needed it. 

13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

Apart from my imagination, a computer and a camera.

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

When I'm immersed in nature and can smell the sea in the air, my beautiful home, the beach, my office with a view of the fields and trees, that is particularly beautiful in the rain. 

15. What is your favourite dA memory?

First time I got a fave and a piece of constructive criticism. I felt for the first time that maybe, I could do this. :)

:blowkiss:

Devious Journal Entry

Tue May 28, 2013, 9:49 AM


Hi everyone :wave:

Long time no journal. I don't even know what this is going to look like because this Stash thing doesn't look like my normal skin and I'm posting form the iPad so it all looks strange. Why did they have to do this to us? :(

Anyway, we're all well, considering the difficult situation we've been going through for the past year and a half. Becksy the cat is all fat and fluffy, loving his new life. Jasper is behaving himself around Becksy, most of the time. But he is a lovely little guy, such an amazing character. Very sweet, funny and affectionate :giggle:.

I've been writing solidly all this time, but three months ago I learned something that's thrown it all upside down. I was told by a Chinese doctor that I shouldn't write crime stories, because they are strong Fire and Metal, and Metal is hurting me (because of the asthma). He recommended that I should write Water-type literature, romance, dramatic emotions, travel, fun.

The very first writing I'd done since I started writing seriously seven years ago, was this exact Water-type stuff, and I enjoyed it very much and it was very successful (on the internet). But it brought me lots of unwanted attention and it was written for practice, not for publishing. I rejected a publishing offer because of this and because it was impractical, in another country where publishers often don't pay writers on time etc. It wasn't really worth it, even though I'm sorry I didn't see it in print.

Since then, I've been working on two novels, one sci-fi vampire story that's on the backburner at the moment, and a crime novel. Both of which are not " healthy" for me right now. So a month ago, I paused for a decision.

In the meantime, I am making the old stuff into an e-book (last pass edit) available as self-published on Amazon and Smashwords and wherever else, I haven't decided yet, because I keep recieving emails from readers asking if/when can they read it again. So I figured, might as well, on my own terms, unadulterated and raw as I liked it.
But it was this recognition that I am capable of writing publishable material, that was priceless.

I'm still soulsearching for the answer to my literary conundrum. And we decided to move out of this horrible little place that brought us a lot of heartache. We have lots of love and joy too, but the problems have overwhelmed us. We are slowly but surely getting out, and I hope to spend next Christmas in a much nicer new house. :fingerscrossed:

Love,
Maya

Devious Journal Entry

Wed Aug 22, 2012, 2:14 AM




CATS and DOGS

Thanks to our lovely, generous  neighbours, who came around to the idea of letting us take care of the cat, we now have a kitty :iconcheerplz:

Becksy

Photobucket

has been sleeping at ours every night, and today I insured him and tomorrow we are taking him to the vet to sort his skin out. He is looking so much better, eating all the fish and good cat biscuits, and having pets, plays with the catnip filled mouse toy, etc etc.
He is really very sweet, and is looking more like a lion every day.

Thank you all so much for advice, it gave me the confidence to pursue the matter and it all worked out great :hug:

I was hoping to get your help on another issue, though. Puppy names (boy) :love:

We are bringing home an Australian Cattle Dog puppy in the first week of October :iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz:

One of these two little guys (from here www.austmans.com/)

Photobucket

If you can think of any names, I'd very much appreciate your suggestions! :iconaawplz:

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 5:15 PM




I CHO CHO CHOOSE YOU

Ok, so I've got a problem.

This little guy

i cho cho choose you

has been really friendly with us for many years. He belongs to our neighbours, two doors down, but they are always at work or out partying, and the cat is outside, alone, usually sitting on rubbish bins, and every time I come out he runs to me for pets and such.
My dogs hated cats, but that didn't stop him from sneaking into our garden all the time. In the last few weeks before my Maggie passed away, he's even been sneaking into my house through the dog flap (he figured out how to use it). And I think it is just because he is craving company.
Also, he has skin allergies, and often looks really awful - fleas, sores on his skin, thin, coat has no lustre... Just really sad.

So, when Maggie passed away, he immediately started coming to our garden, and to our house. I never see the neighbours anyway, and he was in such a sorry state, that I started to feed him oily fish and cat milk, cat biscuits, the lot. Also, lots of pets, and I gave him flea treatment.

Literally within one week, his skin is healing, he has no fleas, he put on weight, his coat is as soft and shiny as a rabbit's fur! And for the past 4 days he's been sleeping at our house.

All this time, we were going to tell the neighbours he was coming to us, so that they don't worry, but we didn't have time (we were going to go tonight). But, this afternoon, they knocked on the door asking if we saw their cat. When I called him (he was sitting on my laptop, his favourite place) he came and jumped into my neighbour's arms. The neighbours looked so sad and worried, they said they haven't seen him at all for a week (I thought he's going between our two houses, I had no idea that he completely abandoned them!)

Long story short, they asked if I could not give him any food, so that he at least sometimes comes home to them. The guy looked particularly devastated because this cat is apparently his baby.

I know they are doing what they think is best, and I know they are working very long hours, but also, they were neglecting the cat a bit, I am sure not on purpose. So, I promised I won't feed him, they were ok about him spending time at my house during the day, so they took him and went home.

And then, the cat came straight back, through the dog flap.

When I didn't feed him tonight, it took us an hour to convince him to get out of the house. Then we closed the dog flap, hoping he will go home when he sees there's no food and that he can't come in. But then, for 3 straight hours, he was banging his head on the closed dog flap, trying to get in. Finally, at almost midnight, we let him in and he ran to us, cuddled up and even though he hasn't eaten anything, he is sleeping on the sofa like a baby.

What the hell am I supposed to do?! I don't want the neighbours to be sad, as they clearly love him, but the cat has decided to stay at my house. I don't want to steal other people's pets, but I just couldn't let him bang his head on the closed dog flap all night. I also don't want to break his little kitty heart.

But also, he has never looked better. Only one week of staying at ours, eating a bit of nice food and being given a chance to groom himself adequately, he looks so much healthier than before.

Does anyone know what is the right thing to do in this situation? Help!

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Fri Jul 20, 2012, 7:41 PM




REST IN PEACE, MY LOVE


Photobucket

i carry your heart with me
i carry it in my heart

i am never without it
anywhere i go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling

i fear no fate
for you are my fate, my sweet
i want no world
for beautiful you are my world, my true

and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root
and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart
i carry it in my heart
—-E. E. Cummings



ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Tue May 15, 2012, 5:24 AM




NEED ADVICE

Hi everyone :wave:

I was hoping to ask for some advice, since this is the first time I am doing something like this.

A week ago I got the enquiry for the order of 2000 (yes, two thousand :faint:) cards with this cover image

lucky star by photofairy

It'll be a proper greeting card with "Season's Greetings" written in front and inside, envelopes and plastic sleeves. Not sure yet if they want rectangular or square.

I am waiting on the quote from my local printer.

Do any of you know what is the mark up, ie. what percentage on top of the printer's price and shipping costs I should ask for myself?

She contacted me on redbubble, and there, non-bespoke, simple (no writing) rectangular cards (white background) go for

£1.51 per card for 100mm x 150 mm

£2.28 for 125mm x 190 mm

I am assuming that price will have to be dropped for a large order, so I am wondering about the percentage mark up that would be reasonable.

Thanks so much for your help! :heart:


ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 5:50 PM




UPDATE

My dearest friends,
And you know who you are, the moderators of groups I had to leave because I was too busy, and moderators in the groups I am still in. Thank you all so much for helping, for being there.

This has been a really difficult time for me. So many real life complications, so awful, and then my healthy dog dies just like that...

In all of this, I have little time for dA at the moment. Mainly, because I have gotten disappointed too many times. It seems that this place has become so censored, so dependent on people bullying anyone who happens to disagree with their friends, behind the back conversations, campaigns on external sites, hush hush gossip in private messages, all except for openly voicing opinions especially in response to questions which apparently asked for honest opinions. No wonder this place is going downhill.

I was one of the most die-hard fans of this place, ready to forgive multitude of sins, but as of late I am finding less and less reasons to stick around. I am particularly upset about the Macro gallery fuckeries, but I said everything I had to say about that. Almost a month and overwhelming opinion that the gallery should remain, but for one reason or another we still don't know what people with admin privileges will decide to do. How very rude. But you gotta play the polite game... Even if they don't.

I'm writing my book. It's my only hope that one day I'll be able to afford private health insurance and a villa on the beach somewhere nice. It's what I need, to do art and be appreciated, not to be dependent on whims of administrators, for a few hundred bucks of profit a year. Fuck that. Pardon my French. Good night.

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 2:37 AM




EPITAPH TO A DOG

Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.

This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
WOLFIE, my DOG,
who was born in Dublin June 2001
and died at Newmarket 8th March 2012

(modified poem by Lord Byron)

gray on white

My dearest Wolfie, I don't know what happened, you just collapsed in the garden and the next day, you were gone.
We all love and miss you so much... :iconaawplz:

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 5:53 PM




LEAVING THE GROUPS

Ok, it's been no secret that I've become utterly fed up with this place, not because of some crusade against anyone, but because it no longer satisfies my artistic appetite. I am not leaving dA but I have decided to leave all the groups I was an admin in, except for the three that I founded.

I got involved in many groups at different stages, when the admins needed help, but except for a couple of groups, my initially temporary positions became permanent because nobody ever came to replace me. Similar thing happened on redbubble where I was asked to come a join an admin team, only to find myself completely alone, over the last year.

Don't take me wrong, I like to help and I was excited about the groups in the beginning, but I think now it is pretty clear that they have become simply an art-dumping site. Nobody really cares about anyone else's art but their own. Huge amounts of submissions, lots of totally substandard artwork and then, irate requests for justifications of declines, all these are the reasons why I have been spending ridiculous amounts of time here, not attending to my own group, not looking at my friend's art. Even if I just come in to quickly deal with huge numbers of submissions, still it takes me several hours, every day.

I have been selling my art on Society6 quite successfully, I organised my website and linked it to SmugMug, and other than that, I want to devote time to my own groups, and to focus on writing my novel.

I am still here and will be in touch with all my friends.

Love, Maya
ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening: to the rain


Devious Journal Entry

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 8:09 PM




dA FAIL?

Ok, first of all, let me say that I really love this image and I feel it is worthy of a DD:

SNOW by lisans

The GM who featured it, however, quoted the following reason:"Great capture with the snow falling and the butterfly's spread wings!"

Now, even if I didn't believe my eyes which are telling me that the snow texture was applied in post processing which makes the whole reason for featuring it a bit of a bad joke, I must believe this picture in the deviant's gallery:

mutlu YILLAR diyecektim by lisans

Same image, no snow.

This whole thing is disturbing. First of all, what kind of experience and knowledge this GM has (or rather - doesn't have) that led him to fail to realise this is not a real photograph? Also, is it at all fair to mislead beginner artists in this way? Just have a look, thousands of faves and kids all over the place being amazed at this "incredible capture". Although I agree, they should be amazed because it would take a complete miracle which would be no doubt crowned as "National Geographic" picture of the year, for this to be a real butterfly really captured really flying in real snow.
This is a great piece of art but it is doctored, it isn't real, it is manipulated.

This being given a DD in the category of Photography really offends me.

And before you ask, no, I didn't report it. Based on recent reports of how staff behaves when they are told they did something wrong, I would have to be much more of an idiot than I already am, to try to sort it out.
But I am pretty disgusted with the whole thing.

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening: to the rain


Devious Journal Entry

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 2:22 AM




dA FRAUD?

Just before Christmas, I bought something from dA. When I was checking out, the 2nd day shipping option displayed as $7.23, and the total as around $18. However, after I checked out, ie. AFTER my card was charged, it showed that it was charged for around $36 and that the shipping was in fact $25.22 and the total - $36.18!

Surely, that had to be a mistake! To tell me you will charge me for $18 and then to go ahead and without my Ok to charge my card for more than double that, has to be a glitch, otherwise it is fraud. False representation. Misleading the customer. Theft?!

So, immediately I wrote a support ticket, and today I received this response:

Hello photofairy,

Thank you for contacting deviantART Customer Care. I am sorry but the order has already shipped so there is nothing further that I can do, unfortunately.

If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Renonevada
Customer Service Representative
deviantART, Inc.


What the hell? Are you serious??

So I wrote them back:

Hello,

I am sorry but that is not acceptable, please sort out the refund of the difference as soon as possible.
The quoted shipping cost and the actual shipping cost apparent only after the checkout differ vastly, which in itself is fraudulent because it deceives the customer and charges their card more than three times the amount.
Surely, devArt as a company is familiar with the law, and just because the merchandise already got shipped, it should not interfere with the refund procedure.

I have let you know as soon as it checked out, so the fact that you haven't picked up my complaint until after shipping is not my responsibility but yours.

Please escalate this to the appropriate staff, and ensure the refund or I will have to initiate the fraud procedure with my bank.

Regards,
Maya


What is this site coming to? Stealing from the customers? This kind of response I would expect from a fraudulent company, not deviantArt!
I am really disappointed. It is not the extra $18 that they basically stole from me, it is the implication this now has.
Because, I have past experience with customer support basically being so totally unsupportive, pretending not to understand the issue, just so that they don't have to do anything.
If this is how this will play out, I will have to deactivate all the prints, but also, I will have to leave this site, because if they are indeed thieves, then I should be mad to stay on here.

Please devArt, sort yourself out asap, because your apparent incompetence has now crossed into criminal behaviour :(

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 7:43 AM




HOW TO DEAL WITH CRITICISM

All this talk about art critiques reminds me of a song by an awesome comedian Tim Minchin. If you haven't discovered him yet, here's your chance :D



I hope you all have an awesome and wonderful New Year! :hug:

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


Devious Journal Entry

Thu Nov 17, 2011, 12:55 PM




CUTEST VIDEO EVER!




Who else wants one? :love:

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


rolleyes

Fri Nov 4, 2011, 2:41 AM




:ROLLEYES:
Looking at the front page today (well, I washed the dishes and mopped up the water that for some reason leaked out of the washing machine, and it's only 7:30 in the morning, what's a girl to do?) it strikes me that the answer to getting faves on dA is very simple.
So, what's popular? Ok, the most obvious - manga and fan art, but we knew this. And not only well drawn stuff but many a doodle, for some reason, has been faved thousands of times in just one day  Go figure! Also, highly prominent are images of naked or semi naked females. Sometimes, it is the incredibly narcissistic self-portraiture artists who have a huge following, sometimes photographers who dress up girls in fetish outfits or sexy lingerie, but butt is one of the surest ways to get you noticed around here.  Or an eating disorder - a graphic and self-pitying descriptions of it.
Also what seems to be really popular these days is slightly blurred and even skewed sometimes, landscapes and Street photos. Now, don't take me wrong, I am a huge fan of breaking the rules, but in my honest opinion, it should be deliberate and result in a better image than traditional approach would allow. But for some reason, blurred hdr's and camera shake is the way to go on devArt.
Particularly interesting is the case of tiny sized, heavily processed closeup of flowers that's been not only faved incessantly but downloaded hundreds of times. One must wonder, what can anyone do with that?
However, a light relief from this sad display is provided by those 20% of really excellent artworks that also found their way to the front page, and thank god for that.

But what I wanted to say is, whoever puts their faith in faves on this site will make a big mistake. I have seen so many fantastic artworks, and many more which are much better than most of what we see on the front page, but they are nowhere near it. And likewise, I have seen so much crap get the attention it doesn't deserve at all.
There is a fine balance between excellent art, longevity on this site and thousands of watchers that certain high quality deviants seem to attract, and I salute them for it. I don't know whether I would have been able to achieve the same, if I only tried, but the truth is, I could never bear to put too much effort into promoting my work, and I have never been fortunate enough to be singled out and catapulted into the heights of devArt fame. But I am relatively content with the attention my art is getting and I am certainly content with my social life on here. So I'm not complaining.
But I know for a fact that, if I allowed the number of faves to dictate how I feel about what I am doing on here, that it would drive me mad. I imagine one has to work so bloody hard at motivating people to fave their work to such a degree, but eventually it takes care of itself. Once a picture has 700+ faves, lots of people will fave it just becuase they think the other faves guarantee it is a good piece of art, so it kinda snowballs from there, but to get to that point, I can't even imagine what people do, or how lucky or good they are  Because I know that having a DD or a really good piece or even a series is no guarantee of followship, which is essential for dA fame.

What really annoys me though, and I mean no disrespect to the person themselves because god knows it is not their fault, but It is completely crazy that in the only place I used to look for some community news - the popular news section, is now completely taken up by one popular deviant's daily journals.
As I said, I know it's not their fault, and they even asked people not to fave them becuase it is embarrassing, but to no avail. The new system is so ridiculously flawed that it has seriously undermined our sense of community.

ps. as for the rest of this journal layout, well, the Edit takes you to retarded stash which is completely useless, there is no way to add any features anymore other than actually making the outline on the computer, css and all, and do it that way. So I basically had to delete the first posting. This is so depressing, I can't even bother to comment on it. 
What a joke :thumbsdown:

ART FEATURE

PRINTS

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

COPYRIGHT
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivs
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com

YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR
www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php :D

eating:
drinking:
listening:


someone should have stayed off

Fri Oct 28, 2011, 5:58 AM




SOMEBODY SHOULD HAVE STAYED OFF


the drugs!

Mkay... So, let's see how this works...
So far, this "Stash" thing, as long as it is still heavily unfinished, shows promise. I can see where they were possibly going with this, but they better add a lot more useful features, and iron out the kinks soon.
Ok, this is a test journal, testing, testing, 1,2,3...

Ok, first problem, why the hell aren't the artworks in our favourites showing up in order? Why does this thing not have pagination but rather, you have to keep pressing "show more results" to get more random results? :confused:

Ok, here's using that method (omfg this is sooooo badly done :no: )

edit - the stupid feature of dropping files to stash does not work :stupid: But hurrah! for the Preview button :winner: - end edit


Wow! Huge display... Mkay, let's reserve judgement for when it shows up in the finished journal :fingerscrossed:
(edit - It doesn't :sadangel: - end edit)

Let's try the thumbs:

CoCo by Amanda-Diaz

And... we won't know until we publish because there's NO PREVIEW BUTTON :stupidme:

editthumbsareworkingendedit

Press "Continue"... :scared: (is this an emoticon? I don't know, there's NO PREVIEW BUTTON!)

edit -

Oh, so NOW we can put the journal skin on and edit the way we were able to before we published a journal IN THE FIRST PLACE!!

Unicorn dies, you heartless bastards!

Ok, let's see if my journal skin will work...

edit - yes but, why can't I edit the the preview description I wrote? We need to see it, otherwise my unicorn reference instead of making sense, makes me look like an idiot. Not to mention the grammar :blush:
Thanks deviantFArt! :hug:


Dennis the Constitutional Peasant


Awesome! One good thing about the recent updates - the embed video feature - no longer works :facepalm: Of course!!



But you should watch this video anyway... but beware "out there be monsters!  :picknose:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOTKA…

ARTIST FEATURE

I have been enjoying my new group :iconcreative-focus: so much recently, so I thought to feature a few of my favourites here too

:thumb101339731: Mushroom Paradise by SAMLIM:thumb186288081: ballet. by direct-evul

Mature Content

B1 by CristianaApostol



KATHY'S AWESOME HANDIWORK
My dear talented firend Kathy :iconevil-e33: has recently opened a scarf-knitting business. I have ordered an absolutely huge one from her and I have to say it is my favourite scarf and security blanket ever! I will take a photo as soon as I can get off my lazy ass and do some photography, but you can see her other works on her facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Where-T… and buy them in her Etsy shop "The Faeries Whisper" www.etsy.com/people/TheFaeries…

MY PRINTS


PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY


COPYRIGHT NOTICE
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs.
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com
YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR

I have to put this in myself because my journal won't!
Mood: :dalove:
eating: nothing
drinking: tea
listening: air purifier


edit - yaay, it works, it works :crying:

Epilogue: so far I can see absolutely no improvement except that now, due to this 1984-esque Stash-thing, my journal title finally registers (it didn't before for some reason, and it was totally pissing me off).
However, I must say that my absolute favourite improvement is that I can finally see exactly how many people saw this journal and DID NOT LEAVE A COMMENT!
Unicorn! you guys, I swear... :D

Devious Journal Entry

Thu Oct 20, 2011, 5:33 AM


GROUP THERAPY



Just this morning I decided to have another clear-out of the groups I belong to. For months now I hardly ever add anything to them becuase I just don't have time or energy to keep track of different rules, limits etc. So far, when someone invites my picture I approve and join the group, but that resulted in me taking almost all groups off my watch becuase the inbox flood was driving me crazy.
So, I decided to leave some in order to simplify my dA existence.
Truth be told, there are so many groups competing for attention, some of them literally spamming their members, some more discrete, but over time I decided to keep looking only at ones that have either a subject I am especially interested in or high standard for submissions.

So, within minutes of leaving one particular group I received a note from one of the admins, basically asking in a"devastated" tone whether I was offended by something and to please please come back to share my "wonderful art". They also sent me another invite to Members and faved a few of my pictures before reading my reply.

If you have been following my journals you already know that my life hasn't been a walk in the park lately (I won't repeat myself I promise :giggle:), so I wrote to her a nice note apologising and explaining that nothing was wrong but that I am very busy and tired and not submitting to groups for months now. Also that most groups are off my watch becuase I just can't cope with inbox overload. Wished her all the best yadda yadda and thanked her for the faves on her profile page.
And then I read two more notes from her. One basically accusing me of being rude and complacent for accepting requests to add my art but denying membership, and another saying "No faves".
So she removed all my artwork from her faves and kicked all my artwork out of her group :rofl:
Now, I don't really care about her faves or her group. Also, I am used to coming across some extremely selfish people. Like some kid who got kicked off "X Factor" last week said "This is the hardest thing anyone can possibly go though in their life!"
ORLY? Well, I can think of about 3 billion harder things people go through in their lives every day, but a sheltered teenager who has her ass kissed by her parents every day will obviously be oblivious to any of those, so she will embarrass herself on national television.

But all this kinda ties in with something I've been thinking about. Groups. The reason why in my groups I accept artwork from non-members and why I don't care about the number of members is precisely this.
Please dont take me wrong, I love having lots of members, it really makes me happy, but I am equally happy to have a non-member approve my requests for their art. Becuase I primarily care about art and can think of 100 reasons why my group may be one group too many for lots of great artists. These days, as the groups list still grows at an astounding rate, people are swamped by requests to join but they can't possibly be expected to give the same amount of attention to everyone who wants their attention.
For example (and I am not even well known!) I already only thank people who fave lots of my work at the same time. I also respond to comments, but single faves, I simply haven't had the time to do that in like 3 years.
But still, every time there is a discussion about this issue, there are plenty of people here who cry out about rudeness, complacency, disrespect and what not, of better known artists who don't thank them for faves.
All this is really telling me is that they fave well known work not because they want to collect it, get inspired or honour good art, but rather in order to attract attention to themselves.
These are the same people who do stuff like "faves for faves", buying pageviews for points and all sorts of things designed to glorify them as attention seekers rather than genuine artists.

So, I told her to piss off :nod:

oh, and ps. did you know we can now do this :dance:



oh, oh, and this one :love:





ARTIST FEATURE

I have been enjoying my new group :iconcreative-focus: so much recently, so I thought to feature a few of my favourites here too

:thumb101339731: Mushroom Paradise by SAMLIM:thumb186288081: ballet. by direct-evul

Mature Content

B1 by CristianaApostol



KATHY'S AWESOME HANDIWORK
My dear talented firend Kathy :iconevil-e33: has recently opened a scarf-knitting business. I have ordered an absolutely huge one from her and I have to say it is my favourite scarf and security blanket ever! I will take a photo as soon as I can get off my lazy ass and do some photography, but you can see her other works on her facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Where-T… and buy them in her Etsy shop "The Faeries Whisper" www.etsy.com/people/TheFaeries…

MY PRINTS


PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY


COPYRIGHT NOTICE
Most my art is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs.
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com
YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR

I have to put this in myself because my journal won't!
Mood: :dalove:
eating: nothing
drinking: tea
listening: air purifier


Devious Journal Entry

Wed Oct 19, 2011, 7:05 AM


SORRY FOR THE FLOODING!



Ok, some of you may have noticed a huge numbers of my pictures appearing in your message centres - I am really sorry about that!
Looks like dA had messed up the notifications so now, even though I don't want to notify my watchers with updated images, they still go through for some reason...

The reason why I am updating is, I am changing permissions for most pictures to Creative Commons - NoCommercial NoDerivatives

So please bear with me, it won't be long before all is updated.
I am really sorry about flooding your inboxes though :hug:





ARTIST FEATURE

I have been enjoying my new group :iconcreative-focus: so much recently, so I thought to feature a few of my favourites here too

:thumb101339731: Mushroom Paradise by SAMLIM:thumb186288081: ballet. by direct-evul

Mature Content

B1 by CristianaApostol



KATHY'S AWESOME HANDIWORK
My dear talented firend Kathy :iconevil-e33: has recently opened a scarf-knitting business. I have ordered an absolutely huge one from her and I have to say it is my favourite scarf and security blanket ever! I will take a photo as soon as I can get off my lazy ass and do some photography, but you can see her other works on her facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Where-T… and buy them in her Etsy shop "The Faeries Whisper" www.etsy.com/people/TheFaeries…
MY PRINTS


PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY


COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All work contained in my gallery is copyright photofairy 2007 - 2011. All rights reserved, no use is permitted without my express written permission. Failure to observe the copyright laws will result in prompt legal action.
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com
YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR


I have to put this in myself because my journal won't!


Mood: :dalove:
eating: nothing
drinking: tea
listening: air purifier


Devious Journal Entry

Sat Sep 24, 2011, 6:31 AM


STUFF



I've been wanting to write a journal for a while now, various things, rants, opinions, sad stuff that is happening in my life, but the fact is, I really don't know how to communicate when I'm sad. I wish I could relate to people better but I just can't. So I am sorry for being quiet and absent and possibly (probably!) weird for a while now. I think it might be best (help me and help explain) to do an update of all the things I would have written a journal about if I could.

1. It's strange, in the last 6 months or so, from previously liking and understanding why at least 80% of DDs received a DD, now that standard has slipped horribly. I know it, you know it, anyone with eyes knows it. But it's depressing, really, really depressing to see mediocre at best art being promoted.
I don't give a shit about "young artists". they need to be inspired by better than themselves, not pacified into "I'm ok - you're ok" bullshit by being given DDs that are as bad as their work. Besides, it's hurting my eyes, this poorly manipulated, badly exposed, terribly focused, desperately unoriginal etcetera stuff that I am exposed to now at least 50% of the time.
Another thing that is annoying are all the young "up and coming" artists who can take a decent picture, but their portfolio screams "develop me, develop me!!" however, they have decided that they need a DD. So now they are on a mission, hassling people to suggest them, lamenting about "how wonderful it would be to get a DD" in their journals, bribing with points and whoring their work out to 101 groups.
Basically, they are so annoying and persistent until someone finally gives them a DD just so they can shut up.
What does a DD mean in that case? N-o-t-h-i-n-g.

2. I'm all for groups, groups are cool, but what I hate are the new groups that are so desperate to have heaps of members and pageviews that they accept 70 or more deviations per day :faint: and then they spam us with 2, 3 or more journals per week, I mean enough already! I had to remove several groups off my watch list because of that, and I know that it's none of my business, but it is in a way, because each of them asked me to join and I did so out of politeness, so I consider it impolite of them to spam my inbox like this. Most likely they don't care what I think but yes, it's been annoying me.
I never add my work to groups anymore, I don't know, it's all too much hassle somehow but when people invite me I accept because it would be rude not to.
But for Christ's sake, please, please if you find yourself accepting more than 5 deviations per day, you are most definitely not employing reasonable standards in your group, and need to reconsider the focus, otherwise you are just a dumping ground for art. Because nobody has time to give due attention to 70 deviations just from your group every day. And if people are not actually viewing your gallery, than what's the point?

3. There are some spoilt little shits on dA, let me tell you. I've had several conversations that went something like this:
They apply for membership in a group. Quite often they just joined dA, we are talking days or weeks. Their gallery is quite terrible. No shame in that, my gallery was terrible in the beginning too. It takes lots of time, practice and some new equipment to start taking good pictures, so, deviant - new, gallery - terrible, membership declined.
Then, a rude message left on the group's front page, presumably to embarrass the group, to "warn" others, to basically vent their frustration with what they consider "maximum damage". Here they slag us off for rejecting them, clearly demonstrating that they never bothered to read joining criteria displayed in bold font at the top of the page.
They are told off for doing so, their comment is hidden an they are asked to refrain from leaving such comments and if they need to ask a question to do so under the membership application.
Further fighting continues, this idiot with blurry, sad pictures is accusing me of being rude, who do I think I am, I am a bitch, an asshole etc.

Things are not much better when a spoilt brat's shitty picture gets rejected either. They ask why it was declined only so they can "explain" why it was impossible to not shoot it blurry/noisy/badly composed, "oh, but the bug moved/it was raining/do you know how difficult it is.../I don't have a macro lens" etcetera.
I don't care, not one little bit. When you take a decent picture, I'll accept it, until then, keep it to yourself. I am under no obligation to accept shitty work, because, whatever happened to delayed gratification? Ok, you want to take a picture of that bug. It may take you 3 months and multiple photoshoots to finally capture the image worthy of everyone's attention.
Again, spoilt little brats who think I am their mother who has to clap her hands and give them a hug every bloody time they do something, anything.
What have these parents done to those children? They seem to have raised entitled, narcissistic and rude individuals. Why didn't they teach them respect for themselves, others, art? Or is it just that young people are always rude, hot headed and know no better until life slaps them in the face a few times and they learn to be more humble?
I just don't know anymore...

4. My little Maggie dog is sick and this time she won't pull through. I am devastated, crying every day, but I am trying to be strong for her. We have pets all the time, I give her medicine so she is not in pain and she sleeps a lot. I can't imagine her not being here with me. In 15 years we've been apart for 1 year only, when I moved to UK, and during that year we used to "talk" on Skype every Saturday for hours. Otherwise, we've been together every day. I just don't know what I'm going to do once she's gone.
So, I'm sorry for not being around dA much and not following through on projects like contests and features, but I am beside myself and just can't manage things here at the moment.

5. Nice thing happened, I sold a couple of iPhone cases on Society6, these ones society6.com/photofairy/starle…
I was well chuffed because it is a big site and I just joined, so it was pretty remarkable someone not only found me there, but bought something too.
I sampled their merchandise before, to check the quality, and it is incredibly good (I bought a laptop, iPad and iPhone skins and an iPhone case). I dare say - much better than dA, better resolution and colour rendition, and the prices are comparable. The only pity is - they don't do calendars.
But yes, it was a nice surprise.


ARTIST FEATURE

There's something iconic, primeval in a generic "Maggie-dog" - yellow or orange, looking like a mix between a fox, a dog and a wolf (looking like dingo, really) you can find them on all continents. Some of them are stray, some are cherished family pets, and some were stray only to become cherished family pets. Be as it may, I think most people have an orange Maggie-dog somewhere in their memory, and the ones who were lucky enough to have one as a pet will know that they are the best ever.
(Please forgive me for not notifying the artists of this feature, I hope you won't mind this time :hug:)

say cheese............. by TreMenda I see you by lokidayo carry me home by lokidayo Lazy Fox by thrumyeye Soaked Kitten 03 by lumibear:thumb48681058: It's Only a Game by Czertice Alert by Gibbich Duck, Duck, GOOOOOSE by lokidayo Flowers? For me? Awww by photofairy Silly Cattle Dog by yaeldayah Australian Cattle Dog by ThomasBerryman:thumb203501535: Heeler by lokidayo australian heeler 52 by consideritfox:thumb154918238: australian heeler 68 by consideritfox Cowdogs by DreamEyce my Maggie by photofairy


KATHY'S AWESOME HANDIWORK
My dear talented firend Kathy :iconevil-e33: has recently opened a scarf-knitting business. I have ordered an absolutely huge one from her and I have to say it is my favourite scarf and security blanket ever! I will take a photo as soon as I can get off my lazy ass and do some photography, but you can see her other works on her facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Where-T… and buy them in her Etsy shop "The Faeries Whisper" www.etsy.com/people/TheFaeries…
MY PRINTS


PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY


COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All work contained in my gallery is copyright photofairy 2007 - 2011. All rights reserved, no use is permitted without my express written permission. Failure to observe the copyright laws will result in prompt legal action.
If you have any queries please write to annebellissima(at)gmail.com
YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR


I have to put this in myself because my journal won't


Mood: :raincloud:
eating: nothing
drinking: coffee
listening: Maggie snoring :heart: