First thing: I've started reading your recaps on the book, and I'm not averse to sexy bits either, but dear god, this is a hot mess. I'm torn between cackling like a maniac and being vaguely horrified. Second: On an unrelated note, could you recommend some books from less known 19th century women writers? I was thinking of expanding my literary horizons in that area a little beyond Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.
Amy Levy! Perhaps more comparable to Louisa May Alcott or George Eliot in her style and time-period; but also very much her own distinct authorial self. Oscar Wilde was a raving fan, so there’s a glowing recommendation if you won’t take one from me.
Elizabeth von Arnim is also another favourite of mine; again, from later in the 19th century and into the early 20th, but she does write so beautifully.
And I have one-off favourites by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Elizabeth Gaskell, but they’re certainly more better-known. (Like, for shits and giggles, you cannot topFHB’s A Lady of Quality, which, I’ll just link to SBTB’s review here, and it has A SEQUEL FROM THE HERO’S POV (His Grace of Osmonde, what a title, honestly,) and it’s just so Over the Top it’s basically the Twilight and Midnight Sun of the Victorian era, set in the 17th century, because the 1980s didn’t start the trend for florid historical romance novels, no, humanity has always been this way.)
Hey guys, I reblogged this tablet a couple of days ago, but apparently it’s not that good.
There are always some people who are gonna give negative reviews about a product even when it’s good, so don’t take any opinion on face value, but do some research of your own before you buy. Every brand has it’s own quirks and problems, so try to find out about them and see if you can live with that (Wacom for instance has a driver crash problem causing you to lose pen pressure, it’s a small quirk, but can be annoying at times because you need to close off your drawing program and restart the driver for it to work again)
I myself owned a Trust tablet before this, which broke down after a year or so, which isn’t that long. But my previous Wacom Intuos Pro lasted for the same amount of time. Luckily I bought it somewhere where I could easily return it and got a brand new one. What I’m trying to say is when buying something as expensive as a tablet it’s a good idea to buy it somewhere trustworthy where you can return it without problems if the product does not live up to your expectations or if it breaks down within the warranty period.
Obviously Wacom is the standard in graphics tablets, but they are also really expensive and not everyone has Wacom tablet money. Before my Trust tablet broke down I was actually really content with it, even though it was only about €80,-.
Here are some things to look for when buying a tablet
Pen pressure levels: most tablets have 1024 levels of pen pressure, better tablets have 2048 levels of pen pressure. This means how sensitive the pen is to pressure, the higher the more accurate the tablet can register pen pressure. 1024 is fine, 2048 just works smoother.
Available drawing space: Most tablets come in different sizes. Try to determine for yourself how much you need to be comfortable. Also beware that the size of the tablet is not the same as the active drawing space. For example, this is the active drawing space on the Intuos Pro
so consider this, especially when buying smaller tablets. Usually the active drawing space is mentioned in the specifications.
Buy a tablet where the cable can be easily replaced! The cable is one of the weakest and most easily breakable points of the tablet, and it would be a shame if you have to throw out the tablet because the cable broke. (I think I have had to replace mine twice already due to bunny related incidents).
Make sure the pen is ergonomical, because your gonna be holding that thing a lot and I can tell ya, drawing with a bad pen is killing for your hand. Ideally it has a rubber bit that’s a bit thicker so you can hold the pen loosely. This is all personal preference, but overall thicker pens are usually easier to hold.
LPI: this means lines per inch and is the resolution of the tablet. the higher this number, the higher the resolution and the smoother the drawing on the tablet will be.
Hotkeys and eraser: these two things are an added bonus that make your life easier, but aren’t strictly needed. With hotkeys you can assign certain commands and buttons to your tablet so you don’t need your keyboard all the time (adding ctrl z is very handy, for example). Some tablets also have pressure sensitivity on both sides of the pen, so you can flip it around to use the other end as an eraser. Again these things aren’t needed but handy to have.
Buy a tablet that fits your purpose. You don’t need a top of the line tablet if you are just starting out and draw mostly for hobby purposes. You can always buy a better tablet if you are getting more serious. It would be a shame if you bought an expensive tablet just to find out it isn’t for you. Also, there are a lot of artists who draw the most amazing things on a small Wacom Bamboo.
I can’t really speak for other brands than Trust and Wacom, but try to speak to people who own the tablet that you want to buy, watch youtube reviews and customer reviews on other websites. Try to orientate yourself and buy your gear at a good store where you can return it if you are not satisfied. Ultimately you can only say if you like the tablet after you spend some time with it. Also drawing with a tablet can feel awkward in the beginning, so don’t feel discouraged if you’re not instantly drawing like you are on paper. It’s a new technique that you need to learn so it will take time. Find a program that’s easy to use and just try to draw as much as you can. You’ll notice it’ll get easier as you spend more time with your tablet. Personally I use Painttool SAI, but any drawing program that recognizes pen pressure is good.
I hope this helps some of you with buying a tablet that fits you.