Some Recs

Friday, 1 September 2017 10:29
paynesgrey: John William Waterhouse (ophelia)
[community profile] het_bigbang  reveals are out! Both of my artists got back to me about my artwork. The Mad Max author really liked it, and I am pleased. I'm going to pimp their works here because I DID read them to do the art and found them really good.

[Mad Max] My Blue Bucket of Gold by ninety6tears
Rated Explicit. Max/Furiosa, canon divergent.
Max returns to the Citadel to arrange an exchange of favors, but his end of a deal with Furiosa, as well as rising concern for the Dag’s struggles, proves to be much more than he bargained for. New beginnings promise healing, but some old habits are hard to wash out.


[Iron Man Movies] the bolder the lip by sandyk
Rated Explicit. Tony/Pepper, AU after Iron Man 2
Pepper said yes to going to Venice. The secret of Tony's success was to tell Pepper the truth, always.


And the story that wasn't finished but I did art for anyway has at least the first chapter up. 

[Riverdale] Jughead and Betty's Epic Detour by Browneyesparker
Rated T. Betty/Jughead. AU
Jughead and Betty take the road trip that Archie and Jughead were supposed to take together. Title taken from "Roger and Amy's Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson but that's as far as it goes. Rated T.

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I'm signing up for this challenge as an artist too. If you're interested:



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I read a really good and HOT fic on KU yesterday. I haven't updated on Goodreads yet because there are two more stories in there to read as a bonus, but the fic was really good if you're into erotica and want something decent to read to get your jollies off. I'm not usually into romance/erotica but I liked the premise and I like to see what sells out there.

It's called: So. Toxic: a virgin, fake marriage by Kelley Harvey.

I have a small shameless addiction to fake marriage / marriage of convenience set ups and I always like to see how they play out. Even as a bonus, these characters are reunited childhood friends which is always adorable IMO. The pacing in this story is pretty fast, and the two characters are likable, even the "bad boy". The writing style is light and amusing, but no where near the juvenile ways of EL James. It can be contemporary at times, but the writing is done well enough that I didn't find it bad or obnoxious. The voice seemed modern enough and fit the characters, like I could picture it.

The book is not without its issues. There is little to no plot, with some plot anecdotes here and there. Tyson has taken care of the baby boy he thinks is his son of a former girlfriend, who is a drug addict. He needs Jo to fake a marriage so he can look like a responsible father to the courts. The only thing I see about Tyson being a good father is what the author tells us. Most of the time he hands the kid off to a friend or something, but the kid does like him. The reason Jo "owes" him seems kind of silly, and we really never know why Tyson is rich or what he does as a job. So their are environmental things in the book that are weak if not non-existent. Jo is pretty milk toast. She has the spunky best friend to threaten the love interest when needed. There is also the evil racist mother trope. 

If you can look by any of that, the sex scenes, and they are NUMEROUS, are really satisfying. I tried reading this book during my lunch break, in the break room, with people coming and going and trying to talk to me, and I was definitely uncomfortable. Haha. 

If anything it was a shameless treat. It was a fast read, and I liked it well enough to share it. It's good for horny readers and not so much for people that like porn with plot. I'd probably read the author again. The writing style and grammar wasn't bad, which is a plus with KU.

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I can tell most people are phoning in today at work. My boss talked to me and another coworker about mattresses on sale and labor day deals for like 20 minutes. So yeah, it's that kind of day.

I do at least want to get all my emails done today, which is manageable. I don't like leaving dangling work for the weekend.

I hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend. I'm looking forward to it. Maybe I'll be productive and get some stuff done.
paynesgrey: Marilyn Monroe (marilyn)
Still desperate! I just had another hefty bill come through for my car, and I'm still paying off medical bills for having my baby and surgery on some complications. 
 
I am open to pretty much everything for the things on this list. Let me know if you have ideas and we can work something out.
 
Things I will be able to do:
 
Graphic design work (1-2 iterations):
- Wallpapers ($3) computer size and lower size
- Banners ($3) No more than 300x400 pixels
- Manips ($5) all sizes
- Book Covers for indie books ($10) - if I need to use my stock imagery account this might include the cost of the stock photo too.
- Logos, icons, other graphics, custom graphics - we can discuss ($3 - $10)
- Indie Publishing package ($100) This includes book cover, beta read, uploading to Amazon, Nook, or any other ebook place. Same goes for a layout for Creative Space too for a physical book.
 
Digital art, fandom or original:
 
- Pastel, Marker or Colored Pencils 8x10 ($25)
- Digital, Photoshop or Illustrator or Sketchbook 8x10 ($30)
- Black and White ink ($15)
- Coloring Book page ($10)
 
Pet Portraits:
 
- Ink ($20)
- Pastel or Colored Pencil ($25)
- Digital, Photoshop ($35)
 
Here are my portfolios to see my work:
 
 
I've done several big bangs, banners, and original award banners for lots of fandom communities. I've got about 15 years of design experience. Most of my professional work is graphic design, prototyping and web design. Painting and drawing is mostly a hobby at this point but I've done it since I could hold a pencil.
I will give a sample sketch to show you before you pay once we discuss subject matter and terms.
 
Keep in mind that I will not ask for payment until after the work is complete. I will be using Paypal only. I would feel super guilty if I got paid even a portion and could not deliver.
 
Please share if you can! Thanks!
 
PS: Another thing that would help out if you haven't bought my book Unbridled. It's at Amazon. 
Even though I don't get royalties until two months later, it would help later.
The e-book is $2.99 and the physical copy is $11.99. If you would like a physical copy signed by me, I can send you one for $10.
 
Thank you very much everyone!


(If I owe you commissions, I'm working on them and will finish them soon!)
paynesgrey: Avatar - DRAW HARDER! // please tell me if you made this (draw)
I haven't done commissions in FOREVER, but I'm kind of desperate at the moment. I have some bills coming up and groceries are needed, as well as savings for the upcoming arrival of the baby, and instead of just asking for money, I prefer to give something for them. The Gods gave me an art talent after all, so...

Keep in mind, I AM seven months pregnant, so soon I won't be able to do much but sit on my butt anyway, so I figured this was a good time.

Things I will be able to do:

Graphic design work (1-2 iterations):
- Wallpapers ($3) computer size and lower size
- Banners ($3) No more than 300x400 pixels
- Manips ($5) all sizes
- Book Covers for indie books ($10) - if I need to use my stock imagery account this might include the cost of the stock photo too.
- Logos, icons, other graphics, custom graphics - we can discuss ($3 - $10)

Digital art, fandom or original:

- Pastel, Marker or Colored Pencils 8x10 ($25)
- Digital, Photoshop or Illustrator or Sketchbook 8x10 ($30)
- Black and White ink ($15)
- Coloring Book page ($10)

Pet Portraits:

- Ink ($20)
- Pastel or Colored Pencil ($25)
- Digital, Photoshop ($35)

Here are my portfolios to see my work:

Behance
Website
Deviantart

I've done several big bangs, banners, and original award banners for lots of fandom communities. I've got about 15 years of design experience. Most of my professional work is graphic design, prototyping and web design. Painting and drawing is mostly a hobby at this point but I've done it since I could hold a pencil.
I will give a sample sketch to show you before you pay once we discuss subject matter and terms.

Keep in mind that I will not ask for payment until after the work is complete. I will be using Paypal only. I would feel super guilty if I got paid even a portion and could not deliver.

Please share if you can! Thanks!

PS: Another thing that would help out if you haven't bought my book Unbridled. It's at Amazon.
Even though I don't get royalties until two months later, it would help later.
The e-book is $2.99 and the physical copy is $11.99. If you would like a physical copy signed by me, I can send you one for $10.

Thank you very much everyone!
paynesgrey: Diana (olicity)
http://hkrowe.com/

Just a small blog update! My cover will be publically released on Friday. I know I've shown you guys under f-lock but I think I'll be done tinkering with it by then for the official release. :)

Also, musings about dedications pages and then update on my blog's header bar. I love my blog more now! I need to add links and keep the social marketing going.

Woot woot!

ARROW FINALE TONIGHT! OMG I'M SO EXCITED!!!

How about NO.

Monday, 23 July 2012 12:50
paynesgrey: Oh Watson (sherlock-john)
LJ has become an undesirable place to come recently. Spammers are everywhere again, targeting old entries with youtube videos. I can't even get excited if someone has actually left a comment on an old fic because I know it's bunk. *SIGH*

Also, Dear Russian accounts that friend me: Do you know English? Good, FUCK OFF. I'm never going to friend you back. EVER.

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Otherwise, life is good. Back feels better today too. Knee feels okay too. I'm hopeful. I'm sure as shit going to tell my PT that it puffed up again though. And this was the day after he did some rigorous stretching on my legs and spine. I'm quite sure that's why it was irritated again. :/

I'm hoping HOPING to conquer banners I owe tonight. Fingers crossed, barring any RL BS that's flung my way.

And I really really wish the Pocket Fiction app on my iPad could update. I really don't like reading stories at FFnet anymore. Their layout is cattywompous and I'd rather just read it on my iPad, but alas...That's usually the app that lets me do it too. I sympathize with them...they had a lot of coding problems ever since FFnet changed shit around.

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