But anyway. Things of note.
First of all, Photoshop seems to be randomly working again. It was being really stupid about a month ago when I tried to make banners for obidalastills - when I tried to add text to the banners the words would come out so small that all you could see was a white or black line where they were supposed to be. I tried absolutely everything: increasing and decreasing the font size, closing and opening the program, rebooting my computer, going to the Adobe website, etc. All of that had absolutely no effect. So I got tired of tearing my hair out and used IrfanView (a vastly inferior image editing program) to add text when I needed it.
Tonight I needed to do up some banners for swicontest, and I'm not sure what exactly made me try the text feature again, but I did. Lo and behold it worked perfectly. So colour me pleased but flummoxed. I have no idea why it's suddenly started working, but damn am I glad. No more IrfanView, at least for the interim, and I might actually be able to get back into making graphics again!
Secondly, and probably more important, fanfic100. I've been feeling quite frustrated with it over the past few days, I won't deny that. Mostly because I keep going over there and looking up random people or pairings, for SW or BSG, and finding them taken. Literally every single pairing or person I would want to write about has already been claimed, and in the vast majority of cases, the claimer has only written one or two fics. Sometimes, nothing has been written at all! Most people, it would seem, haven't written since 2005. Yet they continue to hold onto those claims, shortchanging others just because they happened to get there first. The whole situation just makes my blood boil.
But today, I had an epiphany of sorts.
Says who that I need to officially claim the things I want to write about?
Where is it written that I can't just swipe the fanfic100 claim table (they say you can do that so long as you give them credit for creating it) and use it for three or four of my own claims?
Nowhere that I can see!
Oh sure, it would be nice to be official and all, but let's face it: at this point, it's probably impossible. I've just come to the party too late, through no fault of my own. I could comment to the journals of the people who hold those claims, but there's every chance they'll say no. Besides, I haven't ever been that keen on approaching random strangers and asking if they're done with their claims. Maybe at some point I will. Not at the moment, though. And quite frankly, I would prefer to just write the pairings and characters I currently can't than get a big shiny banner if I complete all one hundred fics officially. Hell, if I want a banner I can just ask Katie to whip one up for me. XD
So, over the course of the next few days, I'll be posting several incarnations of the fanfic100 prompt table, one for each pairing or character I'd like to write. This is just a preliminary list, but so far the unofficial claims I'm thinking of taking up are as follows:
- Padmé Amidala
- Obi-Wan Kenobi/Padmé Amidala
- Kara Thrace
- Kara Thrace and Lee Adama
- William Adama and Laura Roslin
- Laura Roslin
More to be added if/when I think of them.
Anybody with me on this unofficial claims business? XD
ETA: Forgot to mention - I finally decided to sign up for InsaneJournal, just as another way of spreading more eggs into more baskets in light of the whole LJ-going-batshit thing. Not sure how much stuff I'll be putting in it right away, but we'll see. Add me at padmekenobi if you've got an IJ, I'll gladly add you back.
Son of ETA: Okay, I lied. In two instances (Obidala and Padmé) I went to the journal of the person currently holding the claim and commented asking if they plan to finish it. In both instances the journal hasn't been updated since 2006, sooo ... *crosses fingers* We'll see, anyway. I'm a bit more shy about the BSG claims, but who knows. I may eventually pluck up the courage.
The ETA That Ate Manhattan: Last one, I think!!! But I was just going through the claims table one last time when I noticed something rather pertinent, as evidenced by my frantic IMs to Katie below:
sensfangirl6 (11:59:33 PM): HOLY CRAP.
stresskitten01 (11:59:37 PM): Whassup?
sensfangirl6 (11:59:38 PM): LAURA ROSLIN.
stresskitten01 (11:59:56 PM): Yeeeees?
sensfangirl6 (12:00:25 PM): LAURA MOTHERFUCKING ROSLIN.
sensfangirl6 (11:59:28 PM): IS NOT CLAIMED AT FANFIC100!!!!!!!
stresskitten01 (12:00:01 AM): Ohh, is that so?
sensfangirl6 (12:00:17 AM): YES!!!! IT'S SO!!!!! OMG!!!!! KATIE THIS IS SERIOUSLY EPIC!!!! A CHARACTER THAT I WANT IS NOT ACTUALLY CLAIMED!!!!!!
stresskitten01 (12:00:29 AM): YAYNESS!!!!!!! Pardon my copious capslocking, but this is AWESOME.
sensfangirl6 (12:01:29 AM): Here, come check the claims table, I want to be absolutely positively 100% undeniably SURE that I'm not seeing things. Like, that my synapses aren't misfiring from chronic exposure to disappointment and showing me what I want to see instead of what actually is. http://megalion.com/ff100/index.php
stresskitten01 (12:01:30 AM): Hehe okay. One sec.
stresskitten01 (12:01:38 AM): Nope, she looks clear!
sensfangirl6 (12:01:49 AM): *changes her waitlist comment to a claim comment!!!!!*
stresskitten01 (12:01:52 AM): Good for you! Lemme know if you get her!
sensfangirl6 (12:03:03 AM): WILL DO!!!!!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. There is the possibility that I might actually get Laura Roslin at fanfic100!!!! It pays to have a fine-toothed comb, seriously. XD