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Anyone who knows me could tell you I’m no kind of artist. However, as a professional project manager, I frequently work with artists, and one of the most frequent challenges we end up dealing with is lost work due to technical issues, unforeseen circumstances, or just plain carelessness. I’ve seen projects that have lost dozens, in some cases literally hundreds of hours due to lost or damaged artwork needing to be redone - which isn’t great news for either a budget or a timeline!

Of course, this is an even bigger issue for artists who are working solo, since you typically won’t have anything to fall back on when things go south. Lost or damaged art may set back a big project’s timeline, but when you’re working for yourself, it can be an absolute show-stopper; most solo projects that suffer significant lost work never recover at all. So here’s a basic disaster mitigation and recovery plan that anybody with a working computer can set up:

1. Sign up for a Google account if you don’t already have one. The free version gets you 15GB of storage, which should be more than enough for your current projects unless you’re working with ungodly huge files; if you are, the 100GB version is only like twenty bucks a year.

2. Download and install the Google Drive sync client - I believe they’re calling it “Drive Everywhere” these days.

3. Set up a special folder on your hard drive that you’re going to keep all of your working files in, and point the sync client at that folder.

4. Configure your art program to autosave every 20 minutes or so. How exactly you do this will vary depending on the program you’re using - you can Google for instructions easily enough.

Blam. Now you have continuously updated offsite backups; hard drive crashes, lost media, or even - heaven forfend - stolen equipment will no longer wipe out your work in progress.

Plus, go into the web console for your Google Drive and right-click a file. See that menu option that says “Manage Versions”? That’s right: Google Drive keeps separate copies of every individual version of the file that’s ever existed (or for the past 30 days, if you’re using the free version). Unwittingly saved over your lineart two hours ago? Working file irrecoverably corrupted because your questionably legal copy of Photoshop barfed? No problem: just walk backwards through your version history until you find a version that’s still good.

Now, this is by no stretch of the imagination a particularly robust offsite backup and version management scheme - I’d certainly recommend additional measures for anyone who’s doing digital art as their regular paying gig - but it’s better than nothing, and it has the benefits that a. it requires no particular expertise to set up, and b. it’s free.

Favorite Senior (competition) Dancers

A lot of seniors, in my opinion, are overlooked yet are the dancers I like to watch the most. So here are my top 5 (those who still compete as of 2017) and why:

1. Brittany Bruno- I mean a lot of y'all know I’m kind of obsessed with Brit and her dancing. Her ballet technique is off the charts and her flexibility and control are virtually flawless in my eyes; she is also always so genuine when she is on stage. Not to mention she is the sweetest dancer I’ve ever talked to and it’s amazing being able to say that we are friends. I highly suggest those of you who don’t know her to check her out! ❤️

2. Bella Allen- Bella is one of a kind and is probably the most captivating artist and performer I’ve laid eyes on. What I like so much about her is that she is so unique and has her own sense of style that you don’t find much nowadays. While she may not have her legs up all the time or do fancy tricks, her technique is still highly impressive and she always leaves me speechless/in awe with her freakishly amazing solos 💕

3. Kayla Murray- Kayla drew me in all the way back to when she competed Skyscraper almost 5 years ago! Ever since that day, Kayla has been one of my favorite dancers. Usually my list changes over the years, but she is one of the few who have stayed for quite some time. It’s bittersweet watching her grow up and now I think she is genuinely one of the most beautiful dancers I’ve ever seen. Her solos Run and I’ll Be Your Clown almost leave me in tears because of how amazing her passion, flexibility, and control are and because of the story she tells. Love her! 😘

4. Tessa Dalke- I mean, let’s not get me started on how freaking incredible Tessa is. Her solos are always INSANE and the tricks and things she is able to do are other worldly to me. Her head stands- OMG they are perfect. Her control- 🙌🙌🙌. Her emotions- so believable. Everything is off the charts and I highly suggest you watch her solos; you won’t regret it. Unfortunately she is graduating very soon, but I can’t wait to see what she does and where she goes in the future 😚

5. Brandy Baker- Along with many of my other favorite seniors mentioned above, Brandy is such a mature dancer with stunning technique and AHMAZING turns and her solos always blow me away. I love the relationship she has with her teacher Brynne Becker and her studio West Coast School of the Arts as well as her friendship with Emmy Cheung. It’s sad seeing that she is graduating this year, but her legacy has been left and I know she will do great things 😍.

Two Hundred And Four Reasons

A seven-part series of informal essays about the exploits of Spartan-IIs John-117 (a.k.a. the Master Chief) and Kelly-087. Moving in in-universe chronological order, these writings examine the contents of the official novels, animated shorts, and comic books. With emphasis on the moments that attest to the bond between Blue-One and Blue-Two, and how their relationship as teammates and friends has been an important part of what has defined both their characters since the inception of the Halo Universe.

A Rocky Start

Into the Fire

Heavy Price Paid

Unwavering Trust

Before Anyone Else

Thinking of You

It’s in the Subtext


pure beauty.

  Hello everybody!! I’ve been away for a long long time from Tumblr.
Many things have happened in my life since my last login here.
I will try to inform you in few words without tiring you.
  So, in these months that I have been away, my life has changed soo much. I’ve been through the most difficult situations that I have ever lived. I don’t feel still free to talk about them. But at least I can say that now those situations have passed and even that they still hurt, I can move on free without them.
  I prefer to talk now only about good things. First of all, I finally made it and now I am an official Psychology student!!! I am very proud of myself cause it was very hard to get in!! We were almost 500 people that participated in the exams and in the end only 18 made it!! I was one of the 18 that succeeded!!! Now I live the student life for the second time in my life to the fullest! I am very happy and excited because I truly loooove psychology and what I am learning!!!
Also in the months of my absence I participated in a great project that helped me a lot to be a better photographer! I love taking photos! But till December I didn’t take it so serious. In December I took for everyday a photo of Lydia Plain for her project on Patreon! It was a great+difficult project and I enjoyed every single photo-shoot! Lydia is an amazing artist and creative!! I didn’t know how much creative I also could be with her!! It is true!! Beautiful people make you do beautiful things!! I can be very hard with me, and I criticize me like noone does, but these 31 photos are a really piece of art!! Check them out here: Go to the photos of December!! The black&white pictures and let me know what you think!!! Also, I would be more than happy if you supported Lydia Plain on her patreon page:
She deserves it!!!! :)
  I want to thank all of you that cared for me and sent me your thoughtful messages all this time!!! I really needed your thoughts!! And I felt so nice reading your words. It is true that in your most difficult time people that you don’t expect disappear from your life, and people you don’t expect are near you!! And with only a phrase “I want you to be fine” help you so much.. And they don’t even know it!! Thank you !!!! Thank you so much!!! <3
  I won’t be away from now on!! I can’t wait to come in your blogs and see what are you doing all this time!!!
  For now: I give you all a big big hug!!!
  Alma from Athens!!

人形ちゃん  - “Doll-chan”
Drawn by NICRO; {Pixiv} {Tumblr} {Twitter}


The Roshar Project

 Narak and The Shattered Plains

Narak is the ruins of the Silver Kingdom era city Stormseat, destroyed during Aharietiam. It is located on the central plateau of the Shattered Plains, where the Parshendi retreated after the assassination of King Gavilar Kholin of Alethkar. The name means ‘exile’. It is the location of the final battle of the War of Reckoning and the first battle of the True Desolation. 

A cryptic thing that only a few of my friends and I know about

Stained Silver
“Home”- Three Days Grace
“Strong Enough”- Cher
“Happy”- Pharrel Williams
“Just Like You”- Three Days Grace
Under consideration
“Open Wounds”- Skillet
“Pain”- Three Days Grace
“You Give Love a Bad Name”- Bon Jovi
“Madness in Me”- Skillet
“Perfect”- Simple Plan
“I Hate Everything About You”- Three Days Grace
“Dance With the Devil”- Breaking Benjamin
“One Day”- Simple Plan
“Sick of It”- Skillet
“Dear Agony”- Breaking Benjamin

Heart of Gold
“Me Against the World”- Simple Plan
“A Rival Appears!”- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
“Just Like You”- Three Days Grace
“What I’ve Done”- Linkin Park
“Rival’s Reprise”- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Under consideration
“Monster”- Imagine Dragons
“Fire Starter”- Demi Lovato
“Never Too Late”- Three Days Grace
“I Think I Love You”- David Cassidy
“What I’m Made Of”- Crush 40
“I am All of Me”- Crush 40
“Demons of Pain”- Infected Mushroom
“Firefly”- Breaking Benjamin

Cleansed Crystal
“A New Venture”- Sonic Rush Adventure
“Confident”- Demi Lovato
“Can’t Be Tamed”- Miley Cyrus
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”- Twisted Sister
“Revenge”- Plain White T’s
Under consideration
“Scars”- Papa Roach
“Shut Up!”- Simple Plan
“Had Enough”- Breaking Benjamin
“Dreams of an Absolution”- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
“Never Turn Back”- Crush 40
“True Colors” Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake
“Almost Dead”- Powerman 5000
“You Don’t Mean Anything”- Simple Plan
“Until the End”- Breaking Benjamin
“It’s Not Me, It’s You”- Skillet
“Everyday”- Vetiver

Suggestions (Feel free to reblog to suggest some songs!)

50 Little Dancers Asks
  • Favorites asks:
  • 1. Favorite dancer(s)?
  • 2. Favorite studio(s)?
  • 3. Favorite solo(s)?
  • 4. Favorite duet/trio(s)?
  • 5. Favorite (dancer) solo? (Asker names a dancer, Ex - Favorite (Talia Seitel) solo?)
  • 6. Favorite (studio) group? (Asker names a studio)
  • 7. Favorite minis/juniors/teens/seniors?
  • 8. Favorite male dancer(s)?
  • 9. Favorite choreographer?
  • 10. Favorite style of dance?
  • 11. Favorite hairstyle for dance?
  • 12. Favorite dance move?
  • 13. Favorite underrated dancer(s)?
  • 14. Favorite little dancer photo shoot?
  • 15. Favorite competition?
  • Dancer/Studio qualities asks:
  • 16. (Dancer)'s best move?
  • 17. What dancer do you think has the most control?
  • 18. What dancer do you think has the best musicality?
  • 19. What dancer do you think is the most well-rounded?
  • 20. (Studio)'s best quality?
  • 21. What makes a dancer good/stand out to you?
  • 22. What studio do you think has the best minis/juniors/teens/seniors?
  • Dream dances asks:
  • 23. What's your dream mini/junior/teen/senior group?
  • 24. What's your dream duo/trio?
  • 25. If you could pick any dancer to have a solo to any song, what would it be?
  • This or thats:
  • 26. Club Dance or Project 21?
  • 27. MDC or MDP?
  • 28. DP or Just Plain Dancing?
  • 29. WCSA or OCPAA?
  • 30. The Rage or Danceology?
  • 31. Choose between two dances to the same song (Ex - Autumn Miller or Sophia Lucia's Titanium?)
  • 32. Technique or musicality/facials?
  • 33. Sophia Lucia's turns or Tate McRae's legs or Kaylee Quinn's feet?
  • Fandom asks:
  • 34. First dance/dancer you watched?
  • 35. What would you like to see more of in the fandom?
  • 36. What would you like to see less of in the fandom?
  • 37. How did you first become a part of this fandom?
  • 38. Favorite blogs?
  • 39. Best giffers?
  • 40. Best icons?
  • 41. Sweetest Blogger?
  • 42. Sassiest blogger?
  • 43. Who was the first blog you followed?
  • 44. How many followers do you have?
  • 45. How long have you had your blog?
  • 46. Anything in the fandom you're looking forward to?
  • Other:
  • 47. Thoughts on _____? (Ex - Alexa leaving Club)
  • 48. Do you subscribe to any little dancer YouTubes?
  • 49. Do follow any little dancers on Instagram?
  • 50. Any question you'd like!