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I think everyone's already seen this one before...but here's where I give you the explicit opportunity to opt-in/out of seeing most of my LJ entries, which can admittedly not be for the faint of heart. And there is NOTHING wrong with not really wanting to be exposed to the gory details of my life. God knows sometimes I wish I wasn't... :)

BTW, I reserve the right to soften the words I'm using here if I can think of a less stark way to put things. I'm not out to hurt anyone, but it's important that there not be any miscommunication either.

As you all are (or maybe aren't) aware, most of my entries are protected. The ones that aren't usually aren't because a) they're essentially meaningless to me, b) they contain information I would like to see widely distributed, or c) it would defeat the purpose to hide them. Note that this can mean all you get is bitchy PSA's, so I guess not being in on the other entries can cut both ways.

What I'd like to know, if you're reading this journal, is whether you want more than a, b, and c. Do you want access to the "good stuff"? Do you want to know what's actually going on in my life instead of just getting the distilled polls, memes and PSA's? In short, do you want to know who I am, or is this LJ more of a curiosity to you? I'll warn you right here that the "good stuff" sometimes (some might say often) involves things like me railing out against people I actually do care for (which could mean you), bitching about a lack of feedback here and elsewhere, talking about why the world sucks, etc. It's NOT for the faint-hearted, but it IS who I am. You simply being on the short list is pretty meaningful to me, for better or worse.

Before you say "Yes! Give it all to me!" there's a contingency. What I ask of you, in return for you reading about me, is that you let me know what you think. You don't need to reply to every entry (I'd have to give some sort of award for that), but I need a sense of presence from you. If you aren't updating your own LJ, I obviously don't expect you to be reading mine, but I don't want to see you posting daily and _never saying anything_ to me. I've walked that road before, and the impression it gives is that you _don't_ actually care what's going on. So, don't say you care and you're interested if you don't think you're likely to express it once in a while. And before you get all huffy and tell me how demanding I'm being, I'm pretty damn lax as far as what constitutes a worthwhile reply. Even an "I'm sorry you're going through that crap (hug)," can make a huge difference. I don't actually tend to get draconian about this unless you're speaking up here less than once/month (and clearly writing in your own LJ far more often).

Obviously, if we're talking about my LJ via non-LJ-means, I'm not going to hold a lack of Comments against you. That would be dumb-assed.

You're also welcome to say that you're not interested in my LJ and you don't give a crap whether I read yours. I'd just as soon know if I'm wasting my time giving a damn.

I'm doing this just as much for you as for me. I've been accused of pestering people to speak up and talk to me. Well, if I already know you aren't really up for the more intense conversation, I'm not particularly likely to pester you, now am I?

I'm posting this now so that there's no sense of pressure. You've got until the end of the year to think about what my friendship means to you, and what your friendship could mean to me. If you say nothing though...then you've said nothing.

All that being said-

[Poll #1098329]

Date: 2007-12-01 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] downeastmike.livejournal.com
We've had the discussion about meaningful comments, and meaningful to whom. I can try to do so, but yeah, bitch at me if not.

Toss me on the list.

I'll either love it or run away screaming. What's the worst that can happen?

Date: 2007-12-01 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doniago.livejournal.com
You'll never talk to me again. :)

But thanks anyway! Welcome to Hell. (grin)

Date: 2007-12-01 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeiroslion.livejournal.com
As much as we rant to each other, this is a no-brainer! :P

Date: 2007-12-01 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doniago.livejournal.com
Rant rant rant... :)

Oh God, I sound like The Penguin... (laughs)
Edited Date: 2007-12-01 10:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-01 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyannvix.livejournal.com
It's all good to me :)

Besides, I still think it's cool to have met someone from our SCA group who also has interests in the furry community too :) I can tell you of my pain and you won't think I'm "one of those freaky furry people" LOL! XD

Date: 2007-12-01 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doniago.livejournal.com
Aw, you do love me!

Ew, girl love!!! (runs and hides)

Don't worry, I'll always think you're one of those freaky furry people. :) But hey, you can think I'm one of those fruit-loopy gay people. (laughs)

It is kind of nice having other local SCA furs around. I think Matthew would be very SCA-compatible...hopefully sometime I'll get to put that to a field test.

Date: 2007-12-01 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyannvix.livejournal.com
Ew, girl love!!! (runs and hides)

Don't worry, I give all my cooties to Trinsic/Erasmus ;) LOL!

Yeah, the Vermont furs still seem to be a very quiet list. Although the LJ community seems to be getting a little bit of activity (finally!!)

By the way, I never asked...do you have a fursona as well? :)

Date: 2007-12-01 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doniago.livejournal.com
"Don't worry, I give all my cooties to Trinsic/Erasmus ;) LOL!"

Girls always say things like that to lull you into a false sense of security.

I've found a couple of VT furs on Pounced, but most of those were...not quite my type.

You can check out some stuff on my furry self at www.fishslayer.net. I've also got an alt who's a coyote...there's no real text about him, but you can see him at http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Sarxory/siphfinal.jpg

There's a couple of lesser alts as well, but Iago is my oldest and most-loved character, with the coyote having become somewhat of...I guess a fan fave.

Date: 2007-12-02 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyannvix.livejournal.com
Oh cool! A newt!! =D That's definately something you don't see around too often...not like foxes, wolves and large cats *eye twitches* That's what happens when I draw too many of those species *eye twitches more* Of course, I shouldn't talk, since HollyAnn's a fox...but that's cuz I made her before I knew they'd be so popular...but anyways...

And you've got some real kick-butt drawings from some cool artists :) I don't think I've heard of them before, but they did a neat job :) I like the one by Rhodin, the shading so cool! :)

Hmmm....I've never drawn a newt before...*twiddles fingers*

Date: 2007-12-02 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doniago.livejournal.com
Well, thanks. :) As mentioned on my site, I can't take full credit....(shifty look)...or can I?

I've never met another newt fursona IRL, but occasionally I'll see one on the Mucks. Definitely not common though.

I knew foxes and wolves and otters and such were common before I even got into furry, only because I had college friends who were into it before me.

Thanks! I like the sketches, but it's quite the irony that Daphne Lage made my first sketch when she was the Guest of Honor at the first Albany Anthrocon...yet everyone always comments on the Rhodin one. I wish I had a current link for him. I love what he did...and I shudder to think of how many pencils he must have gone through.

I'd be curious to see what you'd do with Iago or Siphedious. I definltely prefer non-cartoony and non-anime most of the time. Not really sure how that meshes with your style.

Date: 2007-12-02 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyannvix.livejournal.com
*nods* I first started getting into Furry back in '97...my cousin introduced me to the net and after my brother and I did much convincing to my parents, we got it so I could do some genealogy stuff on it. But when I hit a dead end, my brother re-claimed his computer and started looking up games, and came across Furcadia. I had no idea that it was part of a whole genre of anthro animals, and the only reason why HollyAnn is a fox is because my brother and I wanted play siblings on Furc as well, so...since he's a fox, Holly became a fox too. Heck, when I started drawing my friends' characters on there, I thought I was the only one who came up with this "cool idea". Then I discovered Yerf and FurNation! XD

I found Daphne's art on DeviantArt...after clicking her link on your page, it had a link to her webcomic, which had a link to her DA page, so she's got a lot of her art on DA :) Not sure about Rhodin...but I wouldn't be surprised if he also had a gallery out there, either on VCL, DA, or FA.

I might give it a shot at drawing your newt fursona...I know that once I finish my "homework" from Anthrocon/AnthroFest, I might not be doing commissions for a little while after that, as I just want to focus on stuff I want to draw, or do more SCA crafts or whatever but...at the sametime, I'm thinking "OMG, something that's NOT a popular species in the fandom!! MUST. DRAW!" *laughs!* I could try to get it as realistic as possible, espcially if I use photos for reference (Thank God for Google Images!)

So just so I know...Newt with a hooded cloak and a scythe? If so, what are colours for of the newt, eyes, and cloak? Cuz I've found pictures of all kinds of colours of newts. Can't promise anything...but I'll see what I can do *cracks knuckles* =D

Date: 2007-12-03 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doniago.livejournal.com
Ha, beat you! :)

I think I got into Furry back in '95? I was going home over a break and wanted a way to keep in touch with my college friends. Since they were all on FurryMuck, there ya go. Ironically they've all pretty much abandoned Mucking while I've stuck with it, though some of them still identify themselves as furs... for better or worse.

Never did Furcadia. Much like IRC/SL/etc., I waste enough time online already and don't need the help. :)

(laughs) Funny that you thought drawing fursonas was your idea. :)

I don't know about Rhodin. He was kind of reclusive at the time I think. I _saw_ him at an AC I think, but never actually got the chance to meet him, which was unfortunate. His art blew me away enough that he showed me a _draft_ of his sketch for Iago and I thought it was the finished work. :)

I thank you in advance should you choose to draw my character. That would be awesome. :) Iago's a California newt, which if memory serves means he's basically black, but with gold/orange streaking down his backside.

Oh! Here you go- http://www.californiaherps.com/salamanders/images/amsigillatum2.jpg

Yeah, Iago basically is a newt doing his version of the Grim Reaper. He's got a forked tongue if you want to get all fancy, and reptilian eyes even though newts are _not_ reptiles. Iago also has long brown hair, though you usually can't see that because of the cloak (shut up, it was my first furry creation (grin)). Blue eyes, black cloak.

Yeah, not the most challenging color palatte ever. :)

Date: 2007-12-03 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyannvix.livejournal.com
Wow...in '95, I was just in college XD I don't even think I remember most of the stuff in there...other than knowing how to make corsages and boutinierres, those were easy and we made them so often, I doubt I could ever forget! XD I remember my first computer class we had there was 45 minutes of "how to turn the computer on and off" and that's all we did...switch goes on! Switch goes off! And the computers didn't even have Windows on them! XD

I've been on IRC a few times, but that's pretty much it. And I don't go on Furcadia very much these days...half of it is because most of my friends are gone from there now, and the other half is that whenever someone sees that I'm there and they're familiar with me, they're all "OMG HOLLYANN!!! I LUV UR ART!! DRAW ME PLZ!!" and when I tell them I don't do free requests anymore, then it's "U SUCK AND UR ART SUCKS!!" I just think to myself "Well, if my art sucks, then why bug me for a drawing?" LOL!

We didn't actually go to a furry con till 2001...I don't think my parents would've ever approved if I went to stuff like that while I was still at home, but a friend of mine told me about them before I got married and thought that my art was actually good enough to sell. So after Trinsic and I got married and settled in, I just came up with "hey, let's try this Anthrocon that everyone's talking about..." and I've been hooked ever since :) Although it's getting expensive now...last year we roomed with an artist friend of mine and that helped to cut down the costs of the hotel...we might end up having to do that again next year...maybe then I'll finally break even!

I'm still trying to see if I can get a drawing from Eric Schwartz...My brother and I knew about him long before we knew what furry was, back in the days of the Amiga and bulletin boards! XD We used to view Eric's art like that and download his cartoons and stuff. Most people are surprised that I still haven't managed to get a drawing from him (while they've managed to get 5!) but it seems that everytime I try to approach him, even before the con starts, he's got like..20 sketchbooks to work in O.o So I always tell myself "Well, I'll go later" but his pile still grows, so I never seem to get a drawing from him. Heck, it took 7 years for me to get a drawing from Goldenwolf finally! LOL!

And I think the colours are going to be challenging-enough ;) Not too long ago, the wheels in my head finally turned and I think I understand how to "properly" colour black...I still have problems colouring it, but at least it looks good now, compared to how it used to look ;) The newt in the photo looks like it dumped in a vat of sparkles! LOL! I'll see what I can do. I still need to write up my Christmas cards n' stuff (Chanukah card for you!), so maybe I can doodle it up and send it in along with the card ;)

Mmm...yes..must draw something different...

Date: 2007-12-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyannvix.livejournal.com
Okee dokie, all finished :)

I tried my best to get it as realistic-looking as possible, using that photo you gave me the link as reference. I also decided to do something different and did it as a non-inked badge...they're a little harder to do cuz instead of inking the drawing, I have to trace out everything with a particular colour of pencil crayon (eg: black for the cloak, blue for the eye, golden-yellow for the spots and cloak ring, etc etc), then erase the regular pencil sketch and then colour it all in markers and then colour and shade it with pencil crayons. Whew!

I tried getting newt part as dark as I could go, but after a while, the black just didn't want to lay down anymore on it...Otherwise, I think it turned out pretty good :)

http://us.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/HollyAnn/Furry_Convention_Drawings/iagobadge.jpg

*keeps fingers crossed!!*

Date: 2007-12-21 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mach.livejournal.com
None of the above.

I read LJ's often enough, and I do it to find out whats going on with folks I don't talk to every day or maybe don't get time to converse with long enough to get everything.

I only speak when I feel like it, and I don't post unless I have something meaningful to say.

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