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There are two things I’ve been wanting to do lately. to do. Get back into writing fic, and write a Sims story. Well, thanks to some comments made on a message board I frequent (this one right here) the two ideas sort of merged in my brain. I thought, “Hey, I could write a Sims story using, say, Chloe and Lex. That could be fun!”

In a Sims Story is, you basically create some Sims, follow them through their life, and write about what they do and what happens to them. Usually with pictures. And you try to do it in a way that tells an interesting story.

I’ve never done a Sims Story before, but I think it will be fun. Let’s see, shall we?

I'm using the Sims 3, by the way. I'm not playing with any extensions because they slow down my game. But I might up and install one while playing.  

Now on to the story.

Chapter 1: Moving On Down...for a While

Our story begins some time in season 4, and things are pretty normal for good old Smallville. Lionel has wheedled his way out of prison. Lex thinks he and Clark might possibly maybe be friends again…but he’s not sure. And Chloe is bending over backwards for her friends, who don’t really seem to appreciate it. You know, the usual.

One day, Lex is working in his study (mostly trying to think of ways not to have to deal with his father) when the door bursts open.

In marches Chloe, looking as intense and determined as he’s ever seen her. Which is saying something.

“You know what?” she began without preamble. “If we don’t get out of here, this town is going to drive the both of us nuts. That or kill us!”

A thoughtful frown puckering his brow, Lex idly rubbed his chin. She did have a point. Despite its quaint and peaceful small town image, Smallville didn’t seem very healthy for anyone. Especially the...
Posted: 14 Jan 13 01:59 • More • Comments
Title: Steven & Maria
Vidder: Dannyblue
Fandom: The Wisdom of Crocodiles (starring Jude Law)
Characters/Pairings: Steven/Maria (sort of)
Song: "Angels" by Within Temptation
Summary: This is a vampire movie I find myself going back to watch quite a bit. And, on a recent re-watch, this song popped into my head. Boy, does it fit.
Posted: 14 Jan 12 12:45 • Comments
It's been a while since I've recommended anything. But, thanks to YouTube, I was reminded of a show that must be shared with the world. So, today, I'd like to introduce to you a classic TV series called Baywatch Nights. As you might have guessed, this was a spin-off of Baywatch. Sadly, it wasn't nearly as successful, and only lasted two seasons. Something that makes it's many fans weep bitter tears.

What was Baywatch Nights about? Well it was about what Mitch (David Hasselhoff) got up to at night, when he was through guarding lives on the beach. What did he get up to? It usually involved fighting vampires, evil spirits, sea monsters, aliens, werewolves...You know, the usual.  

Here are the opening credits, to sort of give you a hint of what the show was like. You might notice a few familiar faces in the cast.

I love people's reactions when I tell them about this show, which is usually along the lines of, "What the hell does fighting vampires have to do with watching the bay?"

Is Baywatch Nights a good show? Not really. The writing's not great, the acting sucks a lot of the time, most of the stuff that's supposed to be scary ends up being hilarious instead, and there's enough cheese to keep every pizza joint in the world fully stocked. But I can't help loving the mere fact that BN exists. There's something about the audacity of it that just appeals to me. The producers of this show shamelessly and without apology tried to cash in on the success of not one but two major (and totally different) hits of the times, Baywatch and The X-Files. It didn't work out, but the fact that they thought it could is kind of awesome.

Plus, while the show is sort of bad, it's bad in an entertaining way. A lot of people who decide to watch a few minutes of Baywatch Nights to witness the badness for themselves end up getting hooked. That's what happened...
Posted: 10 Jan 12 17:52 • More • Comments
Title: Bonnie Bennett - On a Mission
Summary: Bonnie Bennett is a badass.
Vidder: Dannyblue
Song: "On a Mission" by Gabriella Cilmi
TV Show: The Vampire Diaries
Warning: This vid contains spoilers up to episode 9, season 3.
Vidder's Note: Please watch and review. Feedback is much appreciated. :)
Posted: 20 Nov 11 22:54 • Comments
It's been a while since I've recced a movie, and here's one I just re-watched recently and had to share.


The flick is called To Wong Foo. Thanks for Everything. Julie Newmar. Which has to be one of the longest titles in the history of ever. Most fans shorten it to To Wong Foo.


To Wong Foo is the story of three drag queens traveling cross country, from New York to Los Angeles, in a rather dubious car. The drag queens are played by Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo. And they are awesome. Here's a clip from one of my favorite scenes. Although the movie is filled with favorite scenes for me.



I swear, I spend most of the movie thinking, "Man, they are awesome. Look at how awesome they are. How can they be this awesome? Oh, wait, there's a plot. I should really be paying attention to it. But they're just so awesome."


And they are. I can gush all day about how great the three actors are in this film.  Especially Wesley Snipes who, of the three, is probably the one I'd have most doubted could nail the female mannerisms as dead on as he does.


I'm half convinced that, every morning after arriving on set, the actors did some kind of ancient, obscure ritual during which they were temporarily possessed by the spirits of three women, and remained so until the end of the day's filming.


That or they're just really good actors.


It's a testament to the actors that, before long, you start thinking of their characters as "she" and "her." And, while there is a plot (a few, actually), I admit I watch mostly for the performances. 


If you've never seen it check it out, if for no other reason than to watch the three actors being awesome. :D

Posted: 17 Mar 11 16:42 • Comments
Okay, I did another version of my Mord'Sith Gwen wallpaper. Some people will claim it was because I'm all obsessive or something. But I'm not. I just had another take on it is all. And, if nothing else, it's certainly less red than the first.

Click image to enlarge.

It's available in three lovely sizes.



800 X 600

And here's the original, for the curious, and fans of more vivid colors.

IllustrationClick on the Image to enlarge.



Posted: 1 Jan 11 17:21 • Comments
When I ran across the picture of Charisma Carpenter (of BtVS and Angel) as a Mord'Sith, I thought, "You know, I can totally see Cordelia as a Mord'Sith, so that's not a huge stretch." Which made me start thinking of characters you might not expect to be Mord'Sith, like Gwen. Then I thought, "But maybe Gwen would be a kickass Mord'Sith." And then I imagined Merlin or Arthur meeting Mord'Sith Gwen. After that, this wallpaper had to be made.

IllustrationClick on the Image to enlarge.
For those who haven't watched Legend of the Seeker, the Mord'Sith are a group of highly trained warrior women who totally kick all kinds of ass. And fighting a Mord'Sith is never a good idea. One Mord'Sith could probably handle a half dozen of Camelot's knights all by herself. And you can check out my favorite Mord'Sith in action HERE.

I actually haven't done any fanart (besides gifs and such) in a really, really long time. But, once I had this idea, I couldn't let go.

Anyway, you can get the wallpaper in three sizes. Just right click and "Save As."




And, for those interested, here are the pics I started with.

Illustration                    ...
Posted: 31 Dec 10 18:05 • Comments
Title: Fade Away (1/1)
Author: dannyblue
Fandom: Lisa (a film from 1989/1990)
Word Count: A little over 200 words.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "She avoided looking in mirrors for a long time after that night."
Warnings: If you haven't seen the movie Lisa, and don't want to be spoiled for it, do not read this fic.
Disclaimer: I do not own Lisa, or any of its characters.
Author's Note: I don't know why I suddenly got the urge to write a fic for this film. I was just thrilled to be writing again. Plus I've always liked Lisa. After watching it, I often wonder how the 14 year-old main character will deal with everything post-movie. And a fic was eventually born. :)

She avoided looking in mirrors for a long time after that night. Because, when she did, all she could see were the bruises. A livid, purple handprint encircled her neck like a collar. A stain she couldn't wash away, no matter how hard she tried.

She'd freeze, unable to tear her eyes away from the bruises reflecting back at her. Heart pounding harder and harder until it was all she could hear. And, suddenly, she couldn't think. Every rational thought was swept away by something sharp and cold. And she couldn't breathe. She tried, but her throat was locked, and all she could do was make these raspy, gasping sounds.

That's when the world around her started to fade, inky black bleeding in around the edges of her vision. And she was back in that room, his hand wrapped tight around her neck. Looking at her in a way that made her want to curl into a ball on the floor and hide as much of herself from him as she could.

She was in that room, and he was pushing her back towards the bed. And no matter how har...
Posted: 4 Dec 10 13:22 • More • Comments
IllustrationAnd, finally, it's time for part two of my 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like list. After I posted 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like, Part 1 , some folks suggested some vampire dudes they felt I was leaving out unfairly. And some even popped into my head all on their own. But I was determined to stick with my original list. Because I know me, and any kind of indecisiveness could lead to hemming and hawing, and part two never getting posted.

So, without further ado, five more vampire dudes I really like.

6. Julian Luna (TV Show, Kindred: The Embraced)

Kindred: The Embraced
is a series about an entire vampire sub-culture living amongst humans. If you're wondering about the title, being "embraced" meant being turned, and “kindred” is what the vamps call themselves. They find being called “vampires” offensive. The fact that they drink blood, have issues with sunlight, don’t age, are super strong and fast, and so on and so forth is so not the point. If you don’t want to piss one of them off, do not call them vampires.

Every major city has a Prince (who can be male or female) whose job is keeping the vampire population in line. And punishing those who break the rules. (Two rules being you can't embrace someone without their consent, and you have to get the Prince's permission first.) And Julian Luna is the Prince of San Fransisco.

I've always seen Julian as what Dracula might be like if he lived in modern times. And wasn't evil. Julian is handsome, suave, debonair, rich, charismatic, charming, and all that good stuff. Oh, and he lives in this awesome...
Posted: 24 Oct 10 19:02 • More • Comments
IllustrationLast year, to celebrate the Halloween season, I made two vampire fanmixes. (Taste of Blood and We Hunger.) This year, I present to you my list of 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like. There are other vampire dudes I really like, but I wanted to limit myself to ten, and not spend so much fussing over trying to make a “definitive” list that I ended up not posting anything at all. (Which has happened to me many times before.) Plus, I’m sure there are some lovable vampire dudes I didn’t think of when I was making the list. But these ten will provide plenty of eye candy for the time being. Well, five for now. I’m splitting the list into two parts, because this thing is gonna be big. Well, big for me. :)

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is part 1 of 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like.

1. Nick Knight (Television Show, Forever Knight)

IllustrationI don’t know if Nick was the first animal blood-drinking, crime fighting vampire ever, but it wouldn’t surprise me. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Nick was the template used when creating many of the non-evil and/or crime fighting vamps that came after him. Which is why he’s first on the list.

Nick was an 800 year old vampire who was pretty evil for quite a bit of time. But he had a change of heart and, by the time the show starts, he is a police detective, fighting crime and trying to make up for his evil past. (Sound familiar?) Nick’s greatest wish is to become human again…sorta kinda. Part o...
Posted: 6 Oct 10 21:59 • More • Comments
Note: While I'm using AS, you can do this stuff in other programs too. 

Turning a gif into an animated icon can be tough. At LiveJournal (and many forums and message boards), an icon can't be any bigger than 100X100, and the filesize can't be more than 40KB. And while resizing and cropping a gif isn't too difficult, getting the filesize down from 300KB (for example) to just 40KB can be a much bigger challenge.

And what about the gifs you want to use in your LJ sidebar? If the gifs are too "heavy," they can make a page take forever to load. Which can really annoy the folks visiting your journal.

Luckily, you can use a program like Animation Shop to decrease the file size of your gifs.
<br>Another Note: You should make all of these adjustments on a copy of the gif you are using, just in case there are any mishaps.

Make the Avatar Shorter

This is the gif I'm going to be working with.


I've already cropped it so that it's 100X100. And here are it's specs.

Size: 100X100
Length: 3.6 seconds
Frames: 51
File Size: 383KB

The easiest way to decrease file size is to shorten the length of the gif.
Open the icon in Animation ShopDecide how many frames you can trim off the beginning and end of the gif without losing the basic spirit you want your icon to have.Highlight all of the frames you want to remove and hit the DEL key. (Or click on the scissors icon in the toolbar.)

Shortening the avatar from 51 f...
Posted: 13 Sep 10 16:19 • More • Comments
For your listening pleasure, I present to you an obsession mix. As many of you who've read my fic know, obsession is one of my favorite themes. And when I realized how many "obsession" songs I actually had, a mix seemed like a natural.

As you'll notice, I like songs that seem all romantic and sweet on the surface. But, when you actually stop and listen to the lyrics, you start feeling disturbed. And, in some cases, creeped the hell out.

Here is the track list. (You can read the lyrics below.)

01. Possession – Sarah McLachlan
02. Vermillion 2 – Slipknot
03. Your House - Alanis Morissette
04. Shame – Stabbing Westward
05. Strange and Beautiful – Aqualung
06. #1 Crush – Garbage
07. Follow You Home – Nickelback
08. It’s No Good – Depeche Mode
09. Surrender – Evanescence
10. A Collection – Marillion

You can preview and download the songs HERE.

1. Possession – Sarah McLachlan
Into the sea of waking dreams,
I follow without pride.
‘Cause nothing stands between us here,
And I won’t be denied.

2. Vermillion 2 – Slipknot
A catch in my throat, choke,
Torn into pieces.
I won't. No!
I don't wanna be this...

3. Your House - Alanis Morissette
I walked down the hall,
Into your room,
Where I could smell you.
And I shouldn't be here without permission.
I shouldn't be here.

4. Shame – Stabbing Westward
I pray for someone to ache for me
The way I ache for you.
If you ignore that I'm alive,
I've nothing to cling to.

5. Strange an...
Posted: 15 Aug 10 18:42 • More • Comments
I haven't made a post in a while (much too long). And it probably seems strange I'm making a post for something like this. But I just can't help it.

Is this, or is this not, one of the cutest things you have ever seen in your life?


I'm melting over here. Melting!

And I haven't stopped saying, "Awwww," since I saw it.

I'll pull myself together eventually. But, until then...Awwwwww.
Posted: 14 Aug 10 17:06 • Comments
Illustration                    Illustration
You come across an animated gif that you would love to use as an icon, or in the sidebar on your LiveJournal. But the gif is 300x169, much too big for either of those. (Unless you have a really wide sidebar.) You're going to have to resize the gif. Easy, right?

Well, resizing an animated gif isn't as easy as resizing a static image. Use the wrong graphics editor, and your gif won't be animated anymore. Which would sort of defeat the whole purpose of what you're trying to do.

Luckily, there are two quick and easy ways to resize an animated gif. One uses Animation Shop. The other uses one of the completely free software programs I found during one of my freeware binges. (It's a harmless addiction.) And this program requires no installation. Bonus!

Resizing a Gif Using Animation Shop

First, open the gif in Animation Shop.

Note: I've come across some "gifs" that have a .jpg extension instead of a .gif extension. Before opening one of these files in AS, change the extension from .jpg to .gif, and it should work just fine.


In the Animation menu, select "Resize Animation."


In the resize dialog, type in the new size for your gif. Make sure "Maintain aspect ratio" is checked. And you'll probably want to use "Smart size" as the Resize Type.

Posted: 11 Apr 10 15:36 • Comments
Here are some gifs from the latest LotS episode, "Desecrated." There under the cut so those who haven't seen the ep yet won't be spoiled. I'm including the links, for those with dialup. And, if you decide to use any of them, please credit. :D


The Flying Wallendas!

That's what popped into my head when the scene started. Don't judge.


Kahlan goes BOOM

You know Cara wanted to laugh.


"Aw, get over here!"

This did my friendshipper's heart good.


Not Alone

This one speaks for itself.

I was going to gif the fight, but it was made of too much awesome. I might do it later.

By the way, I'm probably going to do a tutorial on resizing gifs. If anyone's interested, keep an eye out.

Posted: 10 Apr 10 22:11 • Comments
Anyone who's ever watched Nightmare On Elm Street no doubt remembers the line. And there's an homage to it in Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

Not the most comforting thing to say to a person. But, when Freddy's involved, what else can you do?
Posted: 25 Mar 10 14:34 • Comments
Watching "Bound" over the weekend, and one moment stood out to me as particularly sweet. And who knew I'd one day refer to Cara as "sweet." But she kind of was in this episode.

Note: Use the links if your Internet is having problem with the gifs.

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They are such gal pals.

I also made two closeup versions. Just because. :D

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Closeup #1

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Closeup #2

Feel free to use, but please credit. :-D
Posted: 21 Mar 10 22:43 • Comments
Well, I've done three, so I can actually call this a series. This vid is about the similarities in the way Freddy meets the heroine (not including "minor brushes") in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

Posted: 20 Mar 10 13:44 • Comments
Here's another homage to A Nightmare On Elm Street to be found in New Nightmare. This time, it's the famous "Screw Your Pass" scene.

And a lot of New Nightmare viewers end up strongly disliking the hospital staff for thinking the heroine is crazy. But, if you look at things from their point of view, given the way she was acting, you can't really blame them for thinking she had some mental health issues.
Posted: 13 Mar 10 15:54 • Comments
One of the many things I like about New Nightmare (Nightmare On Elm Street 7) is how it proudly pays homage to the original Nightmare On Elm Street. As this vid of the famous "Tongue Phone" scene demonstrates.

I'm actually thinking of doing more of these little comparisons. And I'm willing to take suggestions. :D
Posted: 10 Mar 10 16:21 • Comments
Another good episode featuring lots of gif-worthy stuff. (And there are links for those with dial up.)

We start with Cara.


Double Eyeroll

Because a single eyeroll just wasn't enough.


Kahlan gets shot, and then...


Zedd pulls out the arrow

I would've passed out by this point. Then again, I'm not a BAMC.


Cara keeps fighting

If Cara continuing to fight after her throat was cut isn't the definition of "badass," I don't know what is.


A glimpse of baneling Cara


And another

Because that makeup is just awesome.


Rahl pays a visit

And Cara isn't as happy to see him as he would've liked. Hence the eyeroll. Although a more subdued one than usual. :-D


Kahlan says goodbye

The moment was sad. But I was happy that Cara got to see that people would be upset if she died. I don't think she thought they'd care before.

Posted: 21 Feb 10 05:06 • Comments
I decided to try my hand at gif making. The latest episode of Legend of the Seeker was very gif-worthy, starting with Cara's Epic Eyeroll. (TM Illustrationbradcpu .)


Richard and Cara trade "WTF?!" looks.


Kahlan confesses herself.


The two Kahlans are rejoined.


Please comment and credit if using. :)
Posted: 14 Feb 10 01:46 • Comments
To help get us all in the mood for Valentine's Day, I made a new screen saver. And it look something like this.

Download your Animated Hearts Screen Saver
And if you'd like to make your own screen savers, don't forget to check out the tutorial.
Posted: 1 Feb 10 16:27 • Comments
Howdie, folks. Here is a tutorial showing you how you can make a screen saver using just about any piece of video you can get your hands on. For example, I made a lovely screen saver using the opening title cards for Supernatural.


You can get that screen saver HERE.

Making screen savers isn't actually that complicated. However, figuring out how to do it, and what software programs you will need to do whatever it is you want to do, can be the hard part. There can also be some labor involved depending on what video you have to work with, and how fancy you want to get with it.

Right now, I'm going to give you the absolute basics on making a screen saver from a video. Later, I'll post tips and tricks for any issues that come to mind (or that I run across as I make other screen savers).

Let's get started.

Step One: Choosing Your Video

You can use pretty much any piece of video you have to make a screen saver.  
A funny clip from your favorite show.A snippet of a kickass action scene from your favorite movie.One of your short fanvids.Just about anything else.
However, the longer your video, the bigger the screen saver file size will be. I've never made a 10 minute-long screen saver, but I imagine the file size would be huge. For example, I recently made a screen saver from the opening for Legend of the Seeker. The opening is a little over 20 seconds long, and the screen saver weighed in at nearly 6 MB without sound.

That's another thing. A screen saver with sound will be bigger than the same screen saver without sound. The sound version of that LotS screensaver was nearly 6.5 MB.  

I don't know if a really big screen saver will cause problems. If you d...
Posted: 31 Jan 10 18:35 • More • Comments
I put together a screen saver of the season 2 Legend of the Seeker opening. I'm sure LotS fans know what it looks like. But, just in case:

I made two versions, one with the sound and one without. And I warn you. The one with sound can give you a little fright if your not expecting it, especially if your volume is set pretty high.

You can install (and uninstall) the screen savers just like any other piece of software.

LOTS Opening (with sound)

LOTS Opening (no sound)

Coming up is another Supernatural screen saver. I'm also working on a tutorial that will show you how to make your own screen savers, so keep an eye out for it. :-D
Posted: 30 Jan 10 07:49 • Comments