Stressy day

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:48 pm
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
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1: Spouse -- with his mom -- has been waiting for their turn at the ultrasound machine, in the ER, since... 3:30pm or so? Well, with a stint at Urgent Care, but UC sent them up to the ER for an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot. It is now 10:50pm. He is still not home. Nor have I heard from him since before I and kid went to seek food.

2: The garage is not usable as an ingress to the house just now, as there is scaffolding there, because we had water damage and our contractor needs to see how bad it is. We also have carpenter ants in one corner. The composite board is at least not disintegrating, but I am now of the opinion that composite board should NEVER be on ANY load-bearing floor. Or wall.

Also, roofs should have a rubber membrane that goes up over a foot at any house-join, so that when ICE DAMS happen, they do not overflow the plastic at the joins, come in the back, and RUIN EVERYTHING.

*sigh*

Further, the ENTIRE CEILING of the garage is not up to fire-code. It's only 1 layer of... whatever that stuff is called. Not drywall? The other thing. I can't remember. But it should be 2 layers, not 1. But noooooo, the people who put it together didn't put in both layers. FURTHER, they doubled-up on the plastic sheeting that's supposed to be on only one side of insulated walls (to keep moisture from being trapped in the middle layer and turning the insulation into Mold Surface Central), and didn't secure the wood slats of the ceiling grid (that holds up the insulation) to all the two-by-fours correctly. Especially at the edges. AND they didn't use long enough screws in the ceiling such that he was being surprised that we hadn't had a chunk of ceiling start coming down.

Having a friend who is a total stickler for code come and SUPERVISE house-building seems like a worthwhile investment at this moment.

3: If you are a lunch restaurant and are closed to customers 10 minutes before your closing time, I am going to tell Apple Maps that your closing time listing is wrong, unless you have a note on the door that the kitchen had to close up early or something. YES, I think people should get to go home promptly! However, I also think that presenting "closing time" to staff as "time we should go home by" is going to make for cranky customers. (We're not the only ones who were hoping to get in under the wire.) Staff should be paid for hanging around till the No More Customers Allowed In closing time! I believe Management is not setting correct Staff expectations. (Or, possibly, not paying them enough for those expectations.)

I am more sympathetic to an evening restaurant closing a little early if they have no customers in the building. I mean, they don't expect last-minute people and it's dark.

It is frustrating to hit BOTH of those in one day, though. -_-

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!!!

Sep. 18th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Dear Generous Benefactor,

Thank you for the copy of All Systems Red, which I am really stoked about getting to read. (For the curious, my local bookstores didn't stock it.)

I have turned on anonymous comments for the moment, which are screened. If you'd like me to write you a thank-you flashfic, please feel free to leave a comment to this post. I'm probably going to turn off anonymous comments by week's end (sooner if I start having problems with spam comments).

Thank you!!!

Best,
YHL
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Liralen, I have the email! I need to send you data! I have not had brains for a few days.

I read The Brightest Fell by McGuire today. Fae families can be really, really screwed up. *pats some of them very carefully* (There's a Babylon Candle in it, though, and apparently that theme is MY CATNIP because I like many bits of the book and I like those bits ALL OUT OF PROPORTION.)

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“That’s thirty for me!” Rek’Vada roared over the sound of tearing metal.
“We’re not keeping score!” Carter shouted back, firing his phaser at the towering, spider-like creature in front of him.
“You’re only saying that,” [t]he Klingon warrior tore another Tholian in half, “because I’m winning!”
“Thirty-two!” Carter yelled back.
http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10618394-%22brothers-in-blood%22


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Gaming and Other Activities

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:01 pm
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Have had a fairly busy week in my favourite pastime. Every day this week I've been working on finishing Papers & Paychecks as well as RPG Review 35-36, now a double issue of Antipodean gaming material. To have both out by the end of the month would be ideal, and I think that is certainly going to happen at current rates of work. Much of RPG Review has been helped by [personal profile] reverancepavane whose epic writing for RPGaDay has been nothing less than extraordinary. In actual play on Wednesday finished the classic introductory Stormbringer scenario The Tower of Yrkath Florn which includes nothing less than a Melnibonéan wheel (my calculations put the value at around $3m AUD). As I've wryly remarked this may very well be our Stormbringer; a theme which I don't think the game does well is the idea of tragedy from power. It was also a heavy Eclipse Phase weekend, with a game on Friday night which curiously was chasing down a antagonist whom the players in my Sunday game are close to encountering for the first time. Whilst a good scenario, once again I could not help but chuckle at the author's rather light idea of what a seedy "sex and drugs and gangs" red-light district would consist of - especially in a transhumanist environment.

On Friday finally managed to write up my review of The Residents concert from March last year. On Saturday attended Software Freedom Day and the LUV AGM, where I have found myself on the committee for yet another year. Afterwards went to [livejournal.com profile] usekh's memorial birthday at the Back Bar. Kudos are due to [personal profile] damien_wise for doing most of the organising of the event. Today visited St Michael's to hear Rev. Ric Holland's impressive service on forgiveness, also taking the opportunity to introduce Shupu, to the location. I hadn't been for several months and was never a regular attendee, so I was quite surprised to discover a few people remembered me. The Rev. offered to catch up for coffee some time and I certainly intend to take up that invitation. Afterwards made my way to university, and stumbled upon the a protest against racism and fascism which I attended; the media of course, concentrated on a very minor disruption, ignoring the important message that the Rohingyan refugee speaking was presenting at the same time.

I need to get to bed.

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:17 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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It's already 2 am. My day was not very exciting.

Conuly found this cool game. http://flashbynight.com/drench/

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Dammit, when it's an abstract concept, you use "less". Less time, less money, less trouble. When it's something you can count, like Nazis, the word is _Fuhrer_.

Er, that is, "fewer". I meant to say "_fewer_ Nazis".
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4am bedtime again, oh well

Sep. 16th, 2017 01:35 am
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
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We'll see what I manage tonight.

Healthcare thing is driving my kid into issues (the very upsetting kind that means interactions with anything but Special Interest Topics is shattering, which is, clearly, not helpful), so please call your Senators and express a wish for something that is not going to make it harder for my family to get healthcare. (I am quite into fixing the crappy parts of the current situation, but block grants is not the way to go...)

(I do rather like my bandaid of a Federal, 100% tax deductible "MedicalGoFundMe/Patreon" thing where people could help each other more easily, but it's a bandaid. ...on the other hand, it's a bandaid that could be applied to politicians. Want healthcare, O Politician? Better make sure that your constituents like you. They're the ones paying. Directly. FOIA applies to donor identities, of course. *evil grin*)

(I know, I know, it's probably not actually workable. But ah, a gal can dream.)

I have acquired the latest Seanan McGuire book -- she broke into Hardcover with the Tobeyverse! That's a cool one to see. I hope that it enables her to have fewer worries about caring for her cats and mom and family. (Now I just need to have enough brain to READ it. *sigh*)

We, meanwhile, have discovered there are weird stains on the garage ceiling, probably from when the ice dams came up over the waterproofing under the siding where garage meets house, and now we have a bunch of stuff in the garage so C____ can climb up and tear a hole there to see how bad the internal damage is. What's rotten in the state of attic? *siiiiiigh* He did not set up the scaffolding because it will be blocking the stairs into the house, and he wouldn't be able to get much done before vanishing for the weekend. And it's raining today. So. Monday.

Oh! http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/09/global-pricing.html -- any prices I should be addressing? O:>

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C_______ says, “Arright. Let's see if I can get through the first ep of Black Sails before game.”
C_______ says, “... For some reason I did not expect this show to be this bright and colourful.”
C_______ says, “Not sure why.”
f___ [to C_______]: Oh yes. It /remembers/ that it's in a tropical zone with very bright sunlight.
f___ [to C_______]: So you get all the grubby pirates and the grubby buildings they hang out in, but also the GREEN and BLUE and YELLOW and glossy sea and, well, so forth. It's one of the things that keeps it from being all Shades Of Brown.
f___ [to C_______]: (...though it did mean I mistook 'We shoot all these flashbacks through a different filter' scenes for 'We shoot all these scenes through a different filter because the quality of light is different in London', aheh.)
C_______ [to f___]: It's so *pretty*!
f___ [to C_______]: Yes! ...and you can actually tell the various grubby white dude pirates apart with their distinct hairstyles and ways of speaking!
C_______ [to f___]: I'm mostly telling by facial hair and/or scarring, so far!
f___ [to C_______]: Oh, yeah, the scars help too.
F~~~~~~~ [to C_______ and f___]: what's this you're talking aboout, arr?
C_______ [to F~~~~~~~]: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2375692
f___ [to F~~~~~~~]: Black Sails! It is a good show.
--Spread the word!


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art accountability

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:57 pm
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Yesterday's sketches are on the left, in Robert Oster Maroon 1789; today's are on the right, in Platinum Carbon Black. I would have liked to do more but it just wasn't happening today or yesterday.

I am maybe not having the best couple of days ever for reasons I can't yet get into (not health-related) so reassuring comments (not on the art, necessarily, just life in general) and links to cute things would be much appreciated.

FLUP

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:01 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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I went down and walked, and made my watch happy. Then I had only 1K more steps to make my fitbit happy, so I did that. And I finished a STO fanfic. I need to do a cover for it, though.

I got to bed around... 3:30? Ish? Yay? Didn't sleep as well as I'd have liked, though. Woke up after a bit and took my thyroid pill -- must check and see if they got the prescription filled, tomorrow -- and then had a while getting back to sleep. Blah.

Need to get paying fic done next. But at least I don't have that mood-piece griping at me.

Havva Quote
f___ says, “You know those 'look, a student at Hogwarts does everything through /cool mechanical stuff/ instead of /magic/!!!' things that float across Tumblr periodically?”
C_______ does.
f___ says, “Lost In Oz is pretty much Dorothy doing that, except without the subterfuge or other people being baffled by it.”
f___ says, “She's just completely non-magical /and/ great with mechanical stuff.”
C_______... ooh.
f___ says, “(Also, magical items appear to be usable by anyone; it's the 'cast spells' stuff that seems to be dependent on being magical oneself. She's... like a Soldier rather than a celestial, kinda?)”
f___ says, “I worry that the aspect of the monkeys being mind-controlled is not dealt with in sufficient ethical nuance! Well, yet.”


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photo of the day

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:07 pm
yhlee: sand dollar against a blue sky and seas (sand dollar)
[personal profile] yhlee
Went for a walk today and saw this:



There would be something beautiful and healing about this except...this is Louisiana. This entire lake is STANDING STAGNANT WATER. In other words, a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. I don't think it was an accident that the entire lake/park was deserted and I was the only one walking around during prime bugs-chow-down-on-humans hour...

art accountability

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:48 pm
yhlee: ashhawk (black phoenix) in flames (hxx emblem Kel)
[personal profile] yhlee
- Worked on a Thing in Photoshop (mostly as a sketch/proof of concept before approaching a real artist to do it properly; I can't make this concept look good enough to pass for what I need it for). Experimented with using large Soft Eraser for transitions.
- Relearned how to do layer masks, which are a thing I have to look up every damn time.
- Did some sketching for a Thing.

Well, solved the doorbell problem...

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:04 pm
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
Disconnected the wires.

As I said in comments: Well. It happened. And then again. And then I creeeeeeept up on the front door, and peered out the window, and... nothing. But I heard the gnawing sound in the wall, faintly. THEN AGAIN RIGHT NEAR MY EAR! I yanked open the door! NOTHING THERE!

We disconnected the wires from the chime 'cause a flying squirrel was chewing up the wires. *sigh*
[...]
When rodent go MUNCH, doorbell go BR-RING BR-RING BR~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ghk.


At least we have a nice door-knocker instead. And now a postit note saying that a mouse ate the wires, because while I am almost certain it's one of the dadgum flying squirrels, "mouse" was easier to fit on the post-it note.

Bed at 4:40 or so. Slight improvement. I should try to get me and kid to bed sooner tonight because I have to drive tomorrow and... guh.

Havva Quote
f___ says, “...West's mother just showed a picture of three women, and explains the woman in the middle is Glinda; "she always insisted on being in the middle in pictures, because she wanted to remind us that she brought the two of us together." Gosh, I really hope that is as gay as it sounds.”
[...]
f___ says, “Aw, drat, the second 'your mom' was to Dorothy, regarding her mother as the third in the picture, so. Probably West does not have two moms. BUT I CAN HOPE.”
--on Lost In Oz


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oh. oh dear.

Sep. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
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When I innocently typed in "gun design software" into Google, I meant "tips on how to graphically design sci-fi guns to be used in illustration," NOT software used for designing actualfax guns!!!

Unrelatedly, in the department of flamewars waiting to happen, the Dragon is reading X-Men but can't tell whether they're DC or Marvel...

And bed at 5 again

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:48 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
*sigh*

I am not actually happy with this.

Oh, when I went out and looked at the doorbell again, later that night:
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/907475866090962944

But I think he was way too small to ring the doorbell. (He coulda sat on my thumbnail and most of the thumbnail left over!)

Looked at the bushes where someone would've had to get 'round... I'm really thinking that -- while I would still like a deer-cam to be sure -- it was more likely to be something in the walls biting the wrong wire. Getting into the bushes and out again without killing oneself, in the dark, sprinting around back of the house to avoid the camera, getting into a car or on a bike... all before I got to the bathroom window? Uhhhhh, doubting it.

Deer-cams sound like they'd be pretty neat anyway, though...

Havva Quote
[Regarding the Amazon series "Lost in Oz"]
f___ says, “She has met a cop made of bricks, a flustered clerk, and now an amazingly hot goth girl who is probably the daughter of a wicked witch. I hope she sticks around.”
f___ | http://www.cartoonbrew.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/lostinoz_main.jpg
f___ says, “So far the amazingly hot goth girl has been referred to by snotty classmates as 'West', so, you know, I'm pretty sold on my theory. They are not being subtle.”
f___ says, “...they are sharing a fruit that makes you smile. With rainbow-colored teeth. I WILL MAINTAIN ALL MY HEAD CANONS.”
[...]
f___ says, “West is /great/, I want to very respectfully hug her and support her possibly evil plans.”
I•• says, “Same, and I haven't even seen her.”
f___ says, “I linked a photo with West!”
I•• says, “...oh! So you did!”
I•• says, “Oh. Oh /wow./”
I•• says, “Welp, I'm really gay right now.”
f___ says, “https://www.awn.com/sites/default/files/styles/original/public/image/featured/1033330-amazon-original-kids-series-lost-oz-debut-prime-video.jpg?itok=2zTg3E6y
f___ says, “An image of more of her! Among other things.”
f___ says, “And yeah, feeling kinda gay right now myself.”
I•• hi5s.
[...]
I•• ooo.
I•• says, “I just want to be swept off my feet by a tiny semi-wicked witch, IS THAT SO WRONG”
arcangel [to I••]: ...no?
I•• [to arcangel]: Good! I assume I have your blessing for dating semi-wicked witches, then.
[[They do.]]


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Sep. 12th, 2017 09:06 pm
yhlee: rose in a hexagon (hxx emblem Andan)
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Waterman 52V wet noodle, Diamine Eclipse.

Continuing basic face and eye practice. Next up will be reading the two pages of pointers on drawing the eye (eyebrows, eyelashes).

ETA:
Ctrl+Paint du jour:
- Blending Paint (did worksheet)
- Temp Layers
- Faster Layer Shortcut Keys (now I know how to record Photoshop actions!)
- Brush Technique: Blending
- Blending Practice (worked on worksheet, not done with it)

Bloody hells, the doorbell at 12:39??

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:38 am
archangelbeth: Illustration of a white cat jumping up with its fur standing out and eyes bugged; character is Krosp, from Girl Genius (Krosp EEK!)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
And if anyone actually rang it, they'd have had to've crept around back of the house (possible), gotten through the bushes, and reached up to get the doorbell while smothered in bushes and vines, 'cause there was NOTHING on the camera. And no car, I suspect, because to've gotten away, they would've had to get back through the bushes, go 'round back of the house again, jump in the car, and zoom away before I got to the upstairs window that overlooks the driveway.

Plus no one came back to honk, so probably no car.

Maybe a short in the doorbell? It went bing-bong-bing-bong-urrrrrr----~~~~~~~~~~~~~fzt as I was coming 'round the corner to the hall, trying to figure out what the heck that noise was.

Maybe the raccoons are angry? But I woulda thought they'd've tripped the camera.

Beginning to think about deer-cams. ...maybe the flying squirrels in the walls bit the doorbell wiring?

Got to bed at 5am again. Nothing of note done.

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S_____ . o O ( "The Lunars are engaged in gorilla warfare against the Realm." "You mean guerilla." "No, I don't. Not 'little wars'. Big apes." )


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Sep. 11th, 2017 11:14 pm
yhlee: rose in a hexagon (hxx emblem Andan)
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Eh, I need to work on actualfax symmetry and this is something that will only come with practice and development of hand-eye. Also, I totally do not understand hair--I'm roughing things out based on eyeballing some of the example sketches in Jack Hamm's book but this book is also ©1963. Fortunately somewhere later in this book, if I make it that far, is a section on how to draw hair...

Drawn with a Waterman 52V wet noodle. Ink: Diamine Eclipse.

Today was mostly a loss not because it was a bad day but because my sleep was unavoidably wrecked. Such is life! On the bright side, my cat loves me. :3

A moment of self-promotion

Sep. 11th, 2017 12:50 pm
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Hi, you guys. I put up a public Patreon post yesterday intended to lure in new supporters. The main lure is that I promised to let supporters see early chapters of Going North in November,  by which time I'd be confident that said chapters would not be undergoing any more radical alteration.

I really dislike doing this. I feel terrible when I can't support people I want to support, or can't shower money on them rather than providing a dollar a month. And yet from the other side, every $1 supporter is so valuable to me that I have continual difficulty in remembering that there is an awards structure and that people who are able and willing to support me for more than that are supposed to get extra perks.

ANYWAY, I don't want to make anybody feel guilty or anxious, or obliged in any way, except that, if it isn't inconvenient and you haven't already done so as a result of my posting the link on Twitter, you might spread the word a little further. If you can't or don't, no guilt need obtrude, not the slightest.

Here's the link to the public post on Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/seasons-return-14318544

Raphael and I are hoping to go hiking later this week, so I intend my next post to be another phenological one rather than this kind of thing.

Thank you.

Pamela

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We'll see if that happens. -_-

I hope everyone I know in Florida is safe.

Remember that while tossing sacred kings into volcanos is an excellent theory, only do so in law-abiding manners. If it is not legal in your jurisdiction, you may use legal methods to lobby local law-makers to change the law. Do not pollute volcanos with sacred king poppets without permission; it's rude and may mess with any science being done there. Don't litter.

...I am minded of my Stormsverse stuff. Hm. Did I tag that...
I did! Start at the bottom:
http://archangelbeth.dreamwidth.org/tag/stormsverse

...I should just go AO3 that, shouldn't I...

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"Holy holy<Holy>() {}"
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on writing and being kind to yourself

Sep. 10th, 2017 08:50 pm
yhlee: I am a cilantro writer (cilantro photo) (cilantro writer)
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One of the hardest things I've had to learn about writing is that it is okay to be kind to yourself.

I have bipolar disorder, and when I'm depressed it's hard to get out of bed. It's very easy to beat myself up for the days when I don't get a lick of writing done. I can write when depressed. I can usually eke out even 250 words just to have something down, and I won't lie that getting something down makes me feel better in the way that doing the dishes makes me feel better: because I have this thing where I have to be doing something useful or I'm worthless. That's not exactly a mentally healthy place to be and I rather disrecommend it.

It is okay to have off days. To have days where there are things more important than getting the words down. To have days where you just have some tea (or beverage of choice) and be kind to yourself and pet the cat.

Writing can frequently be miserable and neurosis-inducing. Or anyway I often find it so, mainly because it's hard work and I'm already walking around with mental illness. It's hard not to feel that everything has to be brilliant or it's worthless, that I'll never catch up with people who write more than my plodding 2,000 words/day (which I don't even make some days).

But the truth is that writing shouldn't be punishment, and that it's healthy to do things that are not-writing because they make you happy. I can't remember what writer gave this advice but she said to schedule your social activities first, then your writing, because the social activities would keep you grounded and happy--modulo whatever level of introversion you have, I guess. I'm fairly introverted but I do like a certain minimum of getting out of the house and doing things that aren't writing, just because.

Seriously, be kind to yourself. You're the only yourself you have. Writing can happen after.

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Sep. 10th, 2017 08:47 pm
yhlee: rose in a hexagon (hxx emblem Andan)
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Watch as I continue to struggle with wavy hair. :p I think tomorrow I may see what's next--I think it's drawing basic eyes, which should be fun.

(I know it's beginner stuff but one has to start somewhere?)

After the Dragon goes to bed I'm going to snatch the tablet and work through the next couple Ctrl+Paint tutorials. :D

ETA #1
Ctrl+Paint du jour:
- Layers
- Brush and Eraser
- Color

(most of this is review but some of the keyboard/mouse shortcuts are things that are useful to refresh and some are just new to me because I am still a Photoshop n00b)

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