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Hey all.  As I'm sure you know, I'm not all that active around here, anymore. I am, however, posting fanfic for the BBC "Sherlock" fandom over on AO3 if anyone is interested.  I write under the name SamanthaLenore, there as well.
  • Listening to: monwatson's gorgeous johnlock playlists on 8tracks
  • Reading: The Girl with the Curly Hair: Aspergers and Me
  • Watching: BBC Sherlock: Series 3 - Episode 2
  • Eating: raspberries
  • Drinking: earl grey tea with cream and sugar
So, I have essentially been away from DeviantArt for the majority of the last two years, and a lot has changed, it seems.  I feel like a bit of an idiot for asking this, but how on earth do we download images now?  There used to be a download button if you wanted to download a full sized stock image, but that seems to have disappeared.
Whenever I browse the "Newest" category on the main page, here, I am reminded just how downhill this site has gone over the last few years.  Dude!

*runs away into the ether of the interwebs again*
Hey all. Just wanted to let you know that one of our lovely HP community members from LiveJournal, cosmiccoz, is currently struggling to support herself, her mother and her two pet bunnies. To help with this, she has opened art commissions. These are digital scan only, but are very reasonably priced, so if you have a fanfic you want illustrated this is a great opportunity.

Here is her post with all the details: cosmiccoz.livejournal.com/9111…

Please check her out, and snatch up a commission if you can! It will really help her out, and will give you the rare opportunity to get one of your fics illustrated!
Am I the only one who can no longer drag and drop stuff into my favorites?
My gallery has been unstored, all.  Enjoy!
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Beautiful people of DeviantArt, I know you are awesome.  I’ve seen you come together in kindness and generosity before, and I am counting on you again.  You see, my sister, Emily, my darling niece, Lily, and my Brother-in-Law, Chris need your help.


Sixteen months ago my sister, Emily, and brother-in-law, Chris were in a severe car accident.  My sister was 4 months pregnant at the time.  They were driving home from the house of a friend at night, and a moose walked in front of their car.  My brother-in-law swerved away from the moose to protect my sister and the baby, but due to this, the full weight of the moose came through the windshield and hit him.  My sister had cuts and bruises, but my brother-in-law had multiple broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a sever head injury.  He spent months in a coma, and when he finally did come out, he faced many months more of rehab.


Currently, my brother-in-law is still in residential rehab, but there will come a time in the near future, when he will be released. The house my sister and he live in is a very narrow townhouse with three floors and many stairs. This house is now no longer adequate for Chris’ needs, and Emily will have to find a new house before Chris will be able to come home.


As you can imagine, funds are very low for Emily at the moment. To help facilitate getting a new handicap accessible house as soon as possible, a fundraising site has been set up.


I know that times are hard, and many of us are struggling just to make ends meet, but i ask that if you have the ability, you donate. Any little bit helps, and it will make the difference between Chris being able to come home and be with Emily and Lily, or them having to make other arrangements.


Any small donation helps. Your sharing this here in your journal, or anywhere else you are online also helps.  Your prayers and positive thoughts help.


Donations can be made at any Royal Bank branch (if you are in Canada), or by Paypal or mail. 


more details can be found here: bringchrishome.wordpress.com/


Vacation is over, folks.  I'm re-storing my gallery.  Thanks for reading/taking a look.

Gallery out of Storage

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:04 PM


Hey, all!  If there's anyone out there still interested, I've taken my whole gallery, fanfic included, out of storage for a few weeks.  I'm on vacation, and actually have time to keep track of things over here, so read up while you can.  I'll likely be restoring everything again in a few weeks.

Miss you all!

iPad 3 Question

Journal Entry: Sun May 27, 2012, 3:01 PM


Hi, all. Just passing through, and I have some questions for you all:

I'm most likely buying a 3rd gen iPad in the next new months. For those of you who have one, how many Gig do you have: 16, 32 or 64? Do you find the amount of Gig you have fine, or do you wish you had more?

Also, does anyone out there have an iPad with 3G or 4G capability. If so, why did you choose to get that model over wireless only?

Finally, what you predominantly use your iPad for?

If it helps anyone with giving input, I will predominantly be using mine as an ebook reader, for web browsing, as a camera for point-and-shoot situations and HD video, for social networking like facebook, tumblr, pinterest, etc. (this includes text, picture and video posts), and for games.

I may eventually purchase the Pages, iPhoto and iMovie apps if I think I will use them.

Not Coming Back...

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 28, 2012, 4:52 PM
Greetings to all who still watch this account.  I just wanted to let you know that it is unlikely that I will be returning to DeviantArt.  Due to family needing all my attention at the moment, free time for creating has become non-existent.  If I do ever start writing or doing art again, I will drop a quick line here to let you know where I will be posting my work.

Thank-you to all my followers, both those who followed me for my digital art, and those who followed me for my Harry Potter fan fiction.  I appreciate your support and appreciate more than you can know.

Not Sure When I'll Be Back

Tue Sep 20, 2011, 9:08 PM


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Not Sure When I'll Be Back


Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I've had some pretty difficult stuff going on in my personal life since about the middle of September, and there is no indication of it letting up anytime soon.  That being said, I'll be pretty much MIA through the end of 2011, and perhaps beyond.  

Family's just got to come first right now!

Thanks to all my watchers and friends.  I'll miss you all, and hopefully I'll be back and ready to create again sometime in 2012.


Pottermore - Is this You?

Sat Sep 10, 2011, 3:59 PM


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Finally got into Pottermore!


EDIT 09/13/11: I have friend requests from the following people on Pottermore.  If one of these is you, please comment and let me know.  I will only friend people if I know who they are:

* EyeStrike49
* StarErised63
* FelicisStrike98


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Username: LumosRose137
Pet: Barn Owl
House: Ravenclaw
Wand: Rowan with Phoenix feather core, 10 3/4 inches, surprisingly swishy

If you are there then feel free to friend me, but post your name below along with your Pottermore username, so I know who you are.  There are a couple of people who have sent me friend requests over there already, but I don't know who you are, so feel free to let me know if you have sent me a friend request already.

:iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz:

p.s. - Oh, and if you are an SS/HG fan hie thee off to fanfiction.net and read Aurette's "Jitters": www.fanfiction.net/s/7370837/1… .  Actually, if you have never read Aurette's stuff, then any or all of her stories are highly recommended.  She's an amazing writer.


Adorable SS/LE Fanart

Sun Aug 21, 2011, 6:26 PM


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Adorable SS/LE Fanart


I haven't adored an SS/LE fanart this much in a very long time. I'm a sucker for details like the Beatles and Led Zepplin poster on the wall, and the tears in Severus' bell bottoms, and I love how Lily's eyes are rolling back a little.  It must be one heck of a kiss, eh! ;-)





Massive Art Theft

Sat Aug 20, 2011, 7:44 AM


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Massive Art Theft


By now, many of you have probably seen this fav.me/d4737e3 on the front page.  This art theft is massive.  It involves thousands of pieces stolen from DA, and the individual in question was making hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars per sold piece.   Several people have filed cases against this person with the FBI (IC3).  For more information, you can read this: randomshadowperson.deviantart.… .  alexiuss is also filing a class action law suit, and he is looking for other impacted artists to join him.

Please check out this link for a list of all the art that was posted on the Art4Love website: aoxa.homeip.net/index17.html .  Check it out and see if any of your art is there.


More Pottermore Details!

Fri Aug 12, 2011, 10:06 PM
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More Pottermore Details

I found this on Tumblr.  It's a press conference about Pottermore.  You get to see how additional character info will show up (i.e. - apparently Vernon and Petunia met at work! Spinner's End is in a fictional town called Cokeworth, etc. ;-)).  It also shows someone getting sorted.  I want in soooooo bad!!!



And actually, now that I think about it, with a name like Cokeworth, that seems indicative of coal mining, which would have made it a coal mining town in North England, somewhere around the Northumberland or Durham coalfield, perhaps...  It also would be fair to say that one could assume that Tobias Snape was a struggling coal miner.  This would also support my suspicions that he died fairly young.  Most coal miners at the time had major respiratory issues due to inhalation of coal dust, it is was not uncommon for them to die in the 40's and 50's.

Glorious Wounds



Glorious Wounds by agnes-cecile

Hades
by Cecilia Woloch
(from Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology, edited by Deborah DeNicola)

Where we go when he closes my eyes
and under what country:
a blue darkness, farther than hell;
a landscape of absence and root and stone.
There are no bodies, here,
we dream shapeless dreams.
A constant, cloudless storm.

Mother, I'll never wake up from him,
I have already travelled too far.
My mouth is the color of his mouth
and his arms are no longer his arms,
they're mute as smoke, as my first white dress,
and the spear of his name, once ferocious,
dissolves on my tongue
like sugar, like birdsong, I whisper it:
Hades.


Finally got into Pottermore!

Wed Aug 3, 2011, 7:54 AM
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Finally got into Pottermore!





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Snape Fanfiction - What is Left to Say...?

So I have a question for all my Snape loving watchers: In your personal opinion is there anything left to say in Snape fanfic that hasn't already been said a million times?  I find it very hard to write fanfic right now because I feel like I have said absolutely everything I would ever want to say about the character.  I still adore the character for all his gorgeous complexity, but I feel like the outstanding issues that motivated me to write fanfiction in the first place have already all been answered by what I have written up to this point.

So, how about you?  What is it that motivates you to write (or read) Snape fanfic or create Snape art?  What wrongs do you still feel the drive to make right?  What passions for the character inspire you the most?

Great Advice for Creatives

Mon Aug 1, 2011, 4:59 PM
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Great Advice for Creatives

Found this today, and thought it was so inspiring and true!



Oodles of Pottermore Images

Mon Aug 1, 2011, 6:26 AM
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Oodles of Pottermore Images

Just look at the oodles of Pottermore images from Pottermore (thanks to Vizen for the link): s1223.photobucket.com/albums/d…

I love this art.  It is so enchanting, exactly as I imagined it all as I read the books, and not at all like the movie, which makes me very happy.  Kudos to the artists who have worked on this project.  I can't wait to get in (sadly I'm starting to think it won't be until October).

Soul on Fire

Sat Jul 30, 2011, 1:57 PM
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Soul on Fire