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26 April 2013 @ 10:40 pm
Drawing and annoying fangirls rant  
The neighbor got bit by her own dog today. I really don't care anymore so long as those stupid dogs don't come near us or my birds. I heard her say something like, "It bit me, now I have to get rid of him." I really hope so. I hope they get rid of all of them. But the way things are going they'll just get killed by those dogs and problems will be solved.

I got an email today from Livejournal telling me one of my accounts would be purged if I didn't log in because I had less than three posts. I forgot about that. So I looked up all my accounts and logged into all of them and posted at least four posts. They will be purging inactive accounts in 14 days so if you have extra accounts you haven't used log in and post whatever so you don't loose them.

I came across a fanfic on DA today that other artists had been making drawings for. The author can't draw well, but people liked it and were making pics. So I got curious and checked it out. That was disappointing actually and I didn't see why her friends thought it was so great. It's another case of a girl falling in love with a villain and creating a female character for the villain to fall in love with or make friends with. The writing wasn't that great. The female was annoyingly emotional. And she made the bad guy too polite. I already know where it was going because it was in the little description. The girl turns him around from his evil ways and teaches him to care. Oh gosh don't make me puke. First you picked a crappy villain, you wrote him out of character and just to make him even more out of character. I hate it when girls fall in love with bad guys to "save" them. First of all you can't save them if they were real. Second of all if you have to change them you haven't fallen in love with them for who they are. You know what they say about if you love someone you don't change them. The power that bad guys have is alluring for sure but good girls also fear it and don't really want it. Therefore they try to change them which means they do not accept them and there in lies the problem. Make up your own character based on them then, but don't mess with what was there. When I fall for a bad guy it is because I like everything about them. I also do not fear their dark nature because I am of that same nature and it does not frighten me. I like characters that I see a lot of myself in. A lot of characters leave me disappointed, so I took my own advice and made my own.

Another interesting point that Chris brought up the other day was that I am repulsed by most romance. I do not allow my characters to have happy love lives. Never because they are dysfunctional, unfaithful or anything like that. The rare times I have had couples they have no problems when it comes to the relationship. Just look at the Copes and what a joyous family that...was. But that's the thing. Something in their lives prevents them from having that for long. Usually I kill off the female somehow or both. I do think having all these kissing scenes and Disney like happy endings is gross and interferes with the much more fun and interesting action. Also, I don't want to ever end up with any mary sues and bad writing because there's too much love. If I keep it to a minimum or none at all there's not chance that will ever happen. When I was a teen I did used to make comics with myself as a character with my favorite cartoon baddies. I've ripped most of those up. Thank goodness there was no internet back then. They were terrible. No one in their right mind wants to read about that. Boys don't have these problems. They have other problems but at least nothing so unrealistic as this. It just irks me how many good girls fall for bad guys and then try to change them. You don't accept them and you're not really in love with them. You know the real version would never love you and turn on you.

Well I didn't finish my drawing today but I did make some major progress on it. I think tomorrow for sure I should be done with it. It's looking awesome already. Photoshop has been so annoying lately giving me problems. Like it thought it would be funny to change the opacity on the layer without my noticing. I don't know how it got changed and I thought the opacity was messed up on the brush itself. I checked everything and thought something was wrong but then I figured it out. Then today the gradient set on overlay didn't work anymore. Every setting I tried made it look like normal and I had to use an overlay layer to get the same effect when moments ago that feature had been working. I shut down photoshop and reopened and that didn't work. I shut down the whole computer. Nope. It's been doing annoying things like this. So after just not knowing how to do something now that I know what to doing it's just doing stuff like this to aggravate me. Well I'm aggravated. At least I know other way around it but I shouldn't have to. Anyway, I hope tomorrow I can finish this. I think it's going to be an awesome drawing for all the pain it's given me.

Current Mood: WTF?
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earthmother45earthmother45 on April 27th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I've noticed periodically my Elements 5 has fits and a mind of its own and actually stops working after I've spent lots of time on something. I wondered if they maybe wear out after a while or something. I have bought a new Elements 11, but haven't installed it yet.
Des: Scotty - Hello Computer?thagirion on April 27th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
I don't think it's wearing out but you're totally right about it having a mind of its own. I feel some programs have personalities and right now PS just has a mean streak which is unusual. I can't stand Illustrator but funny enough I'm enjoying it more because it's never pulled anything like this, I know it now and is reliable. I'm on better terms with Illustrator right now.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak & Mesilvolf on April 27th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
I hate that too, when they make a girl who changes the bad guy. I've always gone for bad guys as you know and I love their bad ways. I wish at times it was real and I could get away with causing chaos with Zorak, Kurtz or Zane. I think these girls who write these things are afraid that a bad guy wouldn't really love them and so they want to change them. Which is crap because bad guys can love as well; they don't need to change.
I hate romantic things too, mostly from personal experience of it all blowing up in my face so now I can't be doing with it. Most of my characters are single and love plays no part in my stories. Even my book, the love between the two main protagonists is barely touched upon and when it is, it's not soppy or overly romantisized. And one of the reasons the main baddie is bad is because his mate was killed and it's made him hard and vicious against everyone now. Its nice and tragic.

As for that woman, she must treat those dogs badly for them to bite her. I had a neighbor who had a collie and she would hit it with her cane to reprimand it and one day it turned on her and had to be put to sleep. People like that don't deserve dogs in the first place and it would be a kindness to have them put to sleep.

That's weird about Photoshop. I remember waaaaay back years ago Photoshop kept crashing on me at one point. I was so mad because I'd been working on a pic and lost pretty much everything I'd done.
Des: Jafar Annoyedthagirion on April 27th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
I'm sure part of them knows it wouldn't work out because they fear that they can do what they wouldn't. That freedom bad guys have is attractive and one reason they fall for them. They wish they could be free and do those things, but they are good so they never can and it would never work.

She owns aggressive breeds that are prone to turning on their masters anyway. But no she doesn't take good care of them, because for one they need a better fence and I do hear her yelling at them. "BAD DOG!" They don't understand that. I don't care what kind of dog you have you don't yell at them. She has no control or understanding of the right way to reprimand a dog.

" it would be a kindness to have them put to sleep."

The dog or the owner? Haha, that just made me laugh. But yes I totally agree.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak Laughsilvolf on April 27th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
LOL the dog AND the owner XD
Des: Laughingthagirion on April 27th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Haha, both sounds good to me too.
actipton80actipton80 on April 27th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
If your neighbor got bit by her own dog, she's doing something wrong. She either was abusing it, or couldn't handle it. If she was abusing it, she doesn't deserve to have a dog anyway.

I hate stories like the ones you described too, because, if someone wants to change, they have to be the one to decide to change. If people change for someone else, it's either not going to last or it's going to end badly. I think most of the fangirls fall in love for dumb reasons like the bad guy's appearance. I don't understand it, I guess because I find evil to be almost as repulsive a character trait as I find needy to be. I like happy endings, but I want the characters to want it and earn it.
Des: Jafar Annoyedthagirion on April 27th, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
Two problems. She has breeds that are prone to turning and yes she can't handle them and yells at them. You don't yell at dogs. I have seen how she has no control over them. Definitely not if they are mauling people and all she does it yell at the dogs.

Yep, you can't force someone to change, not even for love. Like I told Sivolf above I'm quite sure it has to do with the freedom bad guys have to do the things that they can't. Yes appearance plays into it too. What's interesting about my story is that it is only about villains. So one or maybe two become the protagonist and the reader will eventually pick someone to cheer for and like.

Edited at 2013-04-27 11:45 am (UTC)
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on May 6th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
I had to laugh that your neighbour got bitten by her own dog. Now, did she deserve it or what?

Yeah, you can't change someone, you can only love them for who they are. I so agree with that.

Also, I'm like you - repulsed by most romance. There are very few well written books in the romance genre. And I sure as heck don't want to write any!
Des: OMG Lily Long Tooththagirion on May 6th, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yep definitely deserves it.

Yes, they are the ones that have to want to change and even then it's hard to near impossible. They need to fall for someone they don't want to change.

Hehe, I'm glad you feel the same about romance.