the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind) wrote,
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone

I'm ba-ack

Who knew that sleep was a very good thing? I still have bouts of insomnia, still not sleeping enough every day, but there have been days in the past week where I got seven hours sleep all in one go. It's made a real difference in how I'm feeling generally. I feel healthier, more relaxed.

Of course, that's ignoring the fact that I'm currently coughing my lungs up every three seconds for some reason. Nothing else wrong with me - just cannot shake this cough. And it's one of those horrible phlegmy sounding ones that causes near-strangers to turn to me and say "That sounds healthy!" in that dry Scottish humour way. Breathing is a little bit of an issue because of it, but it's nothing to worry about - I'll shake it by tomorrow or else.

Thank you all for your support over the last week or so - means more than I can put in words so all I can say is thank you.

It's odd, but when INAP went down last week and I just spent the whole evening tearing it apart and trying to rebuild it I began to remember why I do all this in the first place. I love doing it. It's something I can do, and something I'm getting good at - even if I do say so myself. At the time it was really stressful but I was determined not to give up. In fact - at just after 11 pm when I did decide there was nothing more I could do and gave up for the night, I went through to the kitchen, picked up my dog's food bowl to get his dinner (I hadn't really realized how late it had gotten and that I still hadn't fed him) and as I pulled the can out of the cupboard I had an idea on what might be causing the problem. Left the bowl and the can sitting on the counter, the dog staring at me with this WTF? expression on his face, came back through to the computer and fixed the site.

All on my own.

I'm so proud of myself for having done that - me and databases don't get on, I don't get the logic of them and I have the kind of brain where I have to understand something like that at the very basic level or I just don't get it. It's why I got a Grade 1 in Standard Grade Maths but had to have a tutor to help me get through my Higher (I got a B in the end - Gem, my tutor, was well worth it!) - I couldn't understand vulgar fractions and no teacher had ever thought to explain them to me because I was getting the answers right - what did it matter if I understood them? Gem was kinda surprised that I could do advanced trig and the like but I couldn't do vectors or fractions.

I still don't fully understand how the database INAP is on works, but I'm getting there. I can fix it if it goes wrong again.

I've also spent the last week or so getting back to writing, and RPGing. Been having an absolute blast the past three days on _inthedarkness and now also have a completely seperate two person RPG _dontcomehome_ which is hella fun!

I haven't been doing much graphics work this week - Photoshop and I are having issues. All the tricks I've used to good effect in the past are now producing lousy images or just not working at all. I'm not too bothered about that apart from one thing.

Last week, with the shell of INAP open on the screen and no visible content, I decided I want to have more 'skins' for it. Basically when you sign into INAP you have a choice of how you want the pages to look. I made both of them in a hurry back when we re-launched the site and I fully intended to have multiple options before the end of that month. It just never really happened.

I got tired of just seeing the same browny/orangey banner and white background. There's nothing wrong with it as such, it's just... not all that inspired.

So I'm going to run a competition. I'll be announcing this on INAP itself as well, but I thought I'd give you guys a heads up on it. There's a lot of talented fanartists on my Flist, so are you up to a challenge? And even if you've never really thought about making something before - why not give it a go?

Design a banner for INAP, the only stipulation is that it features Xander and the site name. Everything else is up to you! It can be shippy, episodic, simple, elaborate, funny, melancholic - anything really!

We have a lot of teenagers on the site, so I'd rather any manips were kept to a general public audience level rather than pr0ntastic, but like I say - anything goes. I'll set up an email address for the entires soon and put it up here as well as on the site. I'll definitely be putting any entries up for the popular vote and that will be anonymous. Depending on the number of submissions I get, I figure I can add another five 'skins' at the least. The layout of the site is a little adaptable as well - if you login and change the 'skin' you're using right now you can see the navigation menu is in different places and the 'Sky' skin has the option of a repeating background image as well.

So have a think about it, see if it interests you, and start playing about with those banners! (I'll also compile a list of picture resource sites for you all soon)

Wow, this post went on a lot longer than I originally intended - guess a week away has left me with a lot of time to make up!
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