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Motley Musings, January 21st

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 3:25 PM by MotleyDreams:iconmotleydreams:
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This journal is just as much a test of how well this header works out for me as it is a journal entry. What do you think? The skin itself is Nic's, but the header is mine. I was looking for something a bit more... colorful. Please let me know what you think! Comments/suggestions welcome. I also had a small problem with the CSS (since when can't you float images over .gr-top?), but I think I'll pose that to one of the CSS groups when I get the chance. It's been so long since I coded a journal skin I'm still thinking in terms of the old v5 style that's hopelessly outdated.

EDIT: WTF happened to my headers? Fixing, I think... please let me know if this looks wonky.
My family's been having troubles since December, and it feels like I'm walking on eggshells here. I'm not going to be able to keep it up much longer, either, I just can't make two-days-in-bed migraines and tiptoeing around the house mesh. It just... doesn't. I've reached the end of my energy for such things, and I'm anticipating it becoming problematic. I may be a little less active in getting myself reestablished here than I'd like.
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So I've gotten my Practice Acts of Random Kindness effort posted, to kickoff February 1st. If you haven't read that journal (which you should), it's a simple challenge to spread the love around deviantART in a month where people can get really depressed between winter hanging on yet longer and all the Valentine's-centric nonsense that Hallmark has turned into a major holiday. It's hard for me to have a Groundhog's Day challenge, no one would get it, and any pagan names for the day that's halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox (Feb 2) would likely turn people away, not encourage them. But that's essentially what this is, a celebration that spring is on its way and that you don't have to feel so lonely waiting for it. Yes, you southern hemisphere people, I know you've got it rough being backwards and all =P but that's not my fault.

Also, I had a blast at WordWars last weekend, and I won 100 points! :dalove: Everyone should turn out for the next one, whenever they decide it will be. I wrote a couple forum gaming posts before I got started on this random idea which I really ought to revisit sometime. If I had spent a little time thinking about it, it would've come out better, and I think it would've had a lot more going for it. I was surprised that I won something (I never win anything) and yet somehow I also won points from deviant365 this last week, too! It's little things that made me smile this week. :heart:
So I'm looking for a couple people with novel writing experience to help me with a hack'n'slash revision of my first novel. I've got some pretty amateur mistakes in there which need fixing, but I like the novel on the whole. The problem is that I've considered this manuscript so many different ways that I've kinda lost sight of where the issues start or end (and no, they're not straightforward). I'm looking for big picture feedback on the plots and characters. I think they're too predictable but I'm having trouble getting out of my own headspace to rehash them. I wrote this up, it explains it pretty well.
Hi, I'm Marie, and I'm an Author.For the profile gallery over at Beta-Readers.
I'm looking for a beta-reader for my novel Voices in the Dark, which is in need of some serious revision to overcome some amateur-writer mistakes I made when starting it ten years ago. The first draft manuscript is complete, for this purpose, and I plan to be writing the second draft as we talk. I'm seeking someone to provide new eyes on the revision work as my own have offered all they can.
1. Are you new to beta reading?
Let's go with "yes" and skip the excess hedging and explanations. I have read for others, but rarely sought dedicated feedback for myself.
2. Your age (optional):
27 or 4, depending on the day.
3. Genre(s) – Please be specific to pieces you want beta read:
Fantasy. Specifically my own world loosely modeled on our medieval and renaissance times (depending on what facet), hatred of but existence of magic and magical creatures.
4. Rating: G, PG, PG-13, R, or MA? 
This is pro

I haven't actually submitted that to Beta-Readers yet, but I plan to use that group as a resource. Are there any other groups I should be trawling for talented people?

Skin by Nichrysalis, modifications by me.


Marie Efromson
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States


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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   Writer
:hug: Just because. <3
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Writer
How ar eyou?
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Life has been hectic. (And I thought it was bad back when I stopped visiting dA daily, sheesh!) How've you been? How's everything going here?

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It's June 12th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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Happy birthday! :D
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Happy B-Day! :) :cake:
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I hope you're hanging in there. Happy Birthday. :)
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