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17 May 2004 @ 04:16 pm
Me and Livejournal v 2.0  
Today is May 17th, 2004.
Last time I posted a "Me and Livejournal" entry was September 14th 2003.
What has happened during that time:

First and foremost, Livejournal took my layout and made it no longer free. I had to make a new one. I based the color scheme on this image. In retrospect, I should have made something yellow too, not just purple.

I've had this journal for one month less than three years now. During that time I have posted 360 posts and recieved 1046 comments. That's 2.906 comments per post. Big improvement over last data, which was 1.314 comments per post. I have 64 friends. I have posted 1110 comments. That's 17.34 comments per friend. Again improvement over the 5.895 comments per friend in September. This should be a gauge of just how much time I spend online now, instead of working. I have 115 people list me as a friend. That's 51 people more than I list as friends. Out of my 64, 46 consider me friends as well. Out of the remaining 69 I know less than half.

On that note. If you read this post and you list me as a friend and I do not list you back. Comment to this entry. Tell me who you are. Tell me how you know me. I want to know more of the people who list me as friends! :)

Since the last post, I have lived through break-up twice, I've redesigned my page, I've been accepted to the Kyoto program, I met lots of cool people, I made tons of rules for myself and stuck to them, I made more rules that I did not stick to, I went to my first anime convention, and for the first time in my life I've taken up more commissions than I should.

I draw a lot more now. One of my rules, made up during the fall, was that I will not post "crap" anymore. I will only draw, finish and post worthwhile pictures. Things that have a lot of detail, that are creative, that tell a story. I'm sick of filling my sketchbooks with doodle after doodle of a chick just standing there. So that's what I've been doing now. You see that lately, all the pictures I'm posting are either commissions like this or pictures of my own that are whole scenes like this. Improvement. I've done at least four full drawings since September that include more than one character. I'm sure that before September (and after June 1997 when I started drawing) I've done no more than 5 multiple character drawings altogether. Another improvement. I made a SKETCHBOOK for my sketches, for the good ones, so that they don't clutter up the art page either, even if they are worthwhile. It's updated whenever I do a new sketch. Another improvement.

I have taken to selling art. I used to not want to part with it, but I realized that if I hold on to it, all it does is sit in a box. If I give it to someone, the drawing can have a new purpose of making someone happy. If I sell it, I can also make money in the process. Thus, selling art is better than keeping it. I don't have a total on how much I've made since I started selling it, but I'm guessing it's on the order of $500. This is not very much compared to some of the other online artists who sell art, but it is a lot for me, a girl who has never sold art before. And considering the fact that everything I make from art goes directly into my Kyoto fund, that is a very very good thing.

I'm in the process of redesigning my page. I'm almost done with the Art part of it. I just need to figure out what else needs to be there, make it, and then put it up. When I redesign my page, this design will probably change as well. In the process of redoing my page, I also learned PHP. This will be the first time that I have my webpage do something cool and dynamic (and easy to update) and actually understand what it's doing and how it works. The current way I have on my page of displaying images and making popups with explanations and stuff was done in JavaScript, made to work off the URL line, and written by my ex-boyfriend. I have no idea how it works (though, actually, now that I know PHP, it makes more sense to me), and I can't change it if I want to. But I wrote the entirety of my new page, so I know how everything works, I can change anything I want, and that makes me happy. There's only one little place where I needed help because I did not have enough experience coding to come up with that particular piece of code on my own. Vygotsky all the way.

Overall, I think I'm happier than I was in September. I'm more confident of my artistic abilities (and I've sold more art and commissions, which means that more people agree with me). I've regained a steady group of friends after losing it last year. I have a better idea of what I'm doing in terms of my life and where I am going. I can tell you with confidence what I will be doing for the next year, whereas before I was only confident about the next month. And I don't mean this in the "I'll be going to school for the next month" kind of way, either. I've gotten to be more honest with myself. I've always known what I like and what I don't, but I am better at reacting to these feelings now.

My last small bit of sadness right now is the next month. I will be going home to New York on June 11th. That's Friday of exam week. That means lots of good things. I'll see my family. We'll go to Mohegan Sun. I can take bubble baths. I can walk around the house barefoot without the bottoms of my feet turning dark grey. I don't have to think about Physics for another year. I'll have lots of time for art. I can finish all my projects. But it also means bad things. I won't see my college friends anymore, since none of them will be in New York. I won't be in Chicago. I won't have the opportunity to randomly crash at my friends' houses. I love crashing at people's houses. Before college, I haven't done it since I left Russia in 1995. And of course, I won't be taking Physics. So the last bit of sadness is that the things I'm very much looking forward to also signal the end of some things that I really really like.
leadora_skywolfleadora_skywolf on May 17th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
I listed you as a friend, although I don't know you in 'real' life. I hope that doesn't sound too creepy.
You just seemed like a good artist and I enjoyed looking at your art. Whenever I find people that inspire me, I have the tendency to come back when I'm looking for more inspiration. Listing you as a friend was the easiest and most hassle free way of making sure I didn't forget who you were, and didn't lose a possible source for inspiration. (There I go with that word again.)
I hope that helps knock at least one person off the list of unknowns. I really enjoy your art, and look forward to anything you may draw in the future.
rrrragganald on May 17th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
i saw your work on in the aimee art community liked it and added you. you didn't yell at me for adding you without asking which made me happy and .....um yea that's all for now :o)
Kulitdrealkulit on May 17th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hi! Well, you can call me kulit. I saw this post you made at digitalartcom. I poked around your website after, liked the site and the art you had. Scanned a few posts on your journal, and it looked like you're nice, so I just added you. Hope you don't mind. :D

For something about me, the interests on the User Info page pretty much tells a bit. It's a little outdated, but it's okay in general. ;)
Celanoharpyisle on May 17th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
It's Celano from s8. :)
seri_wavelengthseri_wavelength on May 17th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
I've got you listed as a friend because I like your artwork, and because you're fellow Gargoyles fan. I think we've only chatted once or twice, and I don't know you well, but I chat as Seri these days. It used to be Wavelength about 5 years ago before I came up with a gargoyle persona.
disappear~inv0ke on May 17th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)

if you're going to be in new york, maria darling, feel free to come and visit me :F i would enjoy that very much so. you know where i live...and where i go to school.
betsywilleatyou on May 18th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
Hey, I list you on my friends list. I'm Kyja-a 20 year old first year animation student from Brisbane, Australia. I saw some of your work on one of the drawing communities and thought you were interesting so I listed you as a friend.
Реактивный микрокиборг / Wingless Angel: Suguru: Huntercorneredangel on May 18th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC)
ну, типа, привет ^^

...also, I can be *much* more eloquent, in either language. But it's too early in the morning to try.
SpotWeldspotweld on May 18th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
Heya, it's me SpotWeld.
I think we first crossed path's over at Station 8, then later when we both were part of Wintersmith Dreams.

I've always been a fan of your artwork and hopefully you don't mind me hanging around.
ScullyRaptor: squee!scullyraptor on May 24th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
But it also means bad things. I won't see my college friends anymore, since none of them will be in New York. I won't be in Chicago. I won't have the opportunity to randomly crash at my friends' houses. I love crashing at people's houses.

I'd love to hang out at some point if you want to, and I'm sure you'd be welcome to crash here ^^
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on May 24th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think I know you IRL... do I? But I do know you online and I will be in New York this summer, so I'm sure we can get together ^_^
ScullyRaptorscullyraptor on May 24th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
Nope, I don't think we've ever met IRL, but some of my very closest friends now are people I knew originally online, and it's always fun to hang out with other artists!
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on May 24th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
*nod nod* my oldest friends in this country that i still maintain contact with I originally met online. like kelley york. I'd known her for 7+ years online, but I just met her for the first time two weeks ago. ^_^

and yeah, artists are such fun people. even if there's NOTHING to do together... you can always draw ;)
ScullyRaptorscullyraptor on May 24th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
*grins* Exactly. The summer's a little better around by me, as far as having stuff to do... since the beaches are open and there are often outdoor events going on... but art jams are awesome, especially if it's with people you don't get to see often.