Hi there, f-list! Long time no see. How is everyone doing?
My life has been insane these past few years, but I've somehow survived. I may try to post a general update later on to this blog. But in the midst of all the chaos life has been throwing my way, I've decided to start getting back into crowdfunding again, so I started a new community, silverflameart, run on my shadowsculptor account. Last week was quite a time, getting things ready for the new blog! It feels wonderful to be getting back into the swing of things again. Anyway, it's Monday, which means that I am opening for $5 sketch prompts from now until 5 p.m. CST. This is a weekly event on the new blog--$5 Sketch Day.
The concept is simple: Go to silverflameart, leave a prompt in the comments of the Sketch Day post, a short description of something you'd like to see me sketch. Use the payment button at the bottom of the entry on my blog to pay, and I'll post your sketch both in a reply to you in the comments and in a personal message, where I will link you to the full-sized file.
Also, the first three prompts are free!
So, come on by and leave your prompts! Please be sure to read the info on the blog post carefully before requesting.
Some sample sketches:
I've recently given it a makeover, because something had been missing from it. I strengthened its social networking structure
(it's all under Symposium) to encourage more participation. I've also divided the site into two sections: the social site (which is free) and the network, where members can purchase paid hosting and build their own sites.
The theme is still a community for the mystically creative, and I'm incorporating an invitation to create accounts for your characters as well, to interact them on the site as if they were real-world members. I've a few examples of this, if you'll page through the forums and chat room (The Lounge, under Symposium), in Trick and Evelyn Alvar, two of my own characters. I want to go about this in a way that creates the feel of a gateway to other worlds, where disbelief is suspended into something magical. Take a look at the Persona Accounts page for some of my thoughts on the matter.
But, please do come by and take a look! We have all sorts of fun little features, like personal blogs and groups, private and public chat, and of course the forums. If you'd like an account, go to the Register page and fill out the form, and I'll create an account for you. I've implemented manual user adding because I had so much trouble with spam on the old site.
I hope to see some of you there!
I don't know. I have so many blogs online and I just seem to cycle through them. I miss the days of LJ, though. I miss many of the people I used to talk to on here. I miss feeling connected. I've felt so distant and isolated and sequestered lately, and I've grown sick of it.
I may see about writing a long update post sometime today.
Silverflamegraphics.com is my new artistic home on the web. It's the hub of all my current work, from crowdfunding campaigns to personal work. I'll be hosting events, prize drawings, and more on there. It, too, has membership capability, and a forum covering various artistic topics, though it isn't a multisite network so you can't make your own blogs.
I'm still ironing out the details on both of these sites, but they are up, running, and ready for members and participants, so come on by and take a look!
Life is.... life. I'm still caretaking full time for my grandmother, which is trying, but we're all pushing through. Frankly, the worst of it is seeing how the disease has eaten away her mind, her personality, everything that she is. But I'm glad that she is with family and in a loving environment, even if she's getting to where she doesn't know who we are more and more often.
Our state-provided help literally only consists of an agency sending out someone for about 30 minutes to an hour, five days a week. They help put her on the toilet, and give her a bath twice a week. They help with some of her supplies as well, bringing out diapers and such.