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Okay, so first I have a few questions that I want to get out of the way.

1) Is there any way a basic account user can put up an original header, or am I stuck with what I've got? I like this layout, I just don't want to have a header that I didn't create. I'm weird like that.

2) Is there any way a basic account user can change the layout of the friend's page and not the recent posts page?

... or am I screwed on both counts?

And, I said I'd update on RL here, too, so for those who aren't interested, look away now.

Earlier this year I was experiencing a terrible slump - one of the worst I've ever had. I was very uninterested in everything, very anti-social, and very lazy. I suspected depression, but seeing as how I've been feeling much better lately, I'm just chalking it up to a case of 'feeling blue.' Hopefully I'll never feel that down again. It could have had something to do with the last remaining of my cats passing away, but I was feeling down before that, anyway, so who can really say?

That was months ago, though. I've been getting much better. Made more friends, re-bonded with older ones, got closer to my family. I've even had some ideas for writing - fic *and* original. I just haven't quite gotten to the writing yet. Also, I still maintain the 'no writing until SR is finished' rule.

I'm also starting a project in which I'm going to read more literature. I was in Barnes & Noble today and realized how few books I've actually read. So I'm compiling a list. I'm going for well-known classics, so if anyone has any must-reads to recommend, please do!

I believe that's all that's up with me. So, how have you all been? I've been reading posts, but I'm still interested, if anyone has any new news.

Also, please help me with my layout questions! I'm rubbish at these sorts of things!


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Jun. 7th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
1) I believe you can put up a header, as long as you have a layout which will support one. You can have rotating headers with some layouts.

2) No idea, I'm afraid!

So pleased you've pulled out of your slump and life has brightened up for you. *hugs* It's hard to write when you're feeling down, but hopefully inspiration will strike now.

Reading good literature is the best training for any writer, so I'm right behind your project. uninv1ted (also known as suki_blue) often posts fic recs, particularly for 'speculative fiction', if you fancy taking a look.
Jun. 7th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Erm... that posted strangely, so I don't know if I hit 'reply' to you or if I hit 'Post a new comment.' If I was silly and did the second one, I replied to you! It's here: http://flufshepherd.livejournal.com/34976.html

... how ironic that this happened as I posted a comment saying:

Aha! I've mastered LJ!

Jun. 7th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Jun. 7th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Lookie! I done changed it! And it only gave me a mild headache! I'll work on the header tomorrow, when I'm more awake.

I think I can live with this friend's page now, though. I just have to get used to looking at the user names on the right instead of the left. It'll be confusing at first, but I somehow think I'll manage.

*hugs back* Thanks! I'm glad, too. Inspiration is one of the last pieces in the puzzle for me to start feeling back to 100%. That and seeing the next Doctor Who ep. *g*

Oooh! Just skimmed Suki's list (using tags! Aha! I've mastered LJ!) and have added His Dark Materials to mine. I've had those books on my bookcase for years now, and I think it's about time I crack 'em open.

Thanks! And I hope things continue being good for you, as well!
Jun. 7th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
It looks great! Her instructions are beautifully clear, aren't they? Only thing is, she doesn't like mood themes and switches them off so you have to switch back on if you want one.

Yeah, you'll get used to it in no time.

I'm looking forward to Doctor Who, but even more to Torchwood. Jack/Ianto... *happy sigh*

Well done! Suki's writing her own novel so she's reading as much as possible to get a feel for what's publishable, and because reading is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. *g*

Edited at 2008-06-07 07:12 am (UTC)
Jun. 7th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
They were amazingly clear! And I looked at the template FAQ to fix everything I didn't like (font size and lack of mood theme) and it was very simply explained so that even I could understand.

I haven't been following Torchwood. I saw s1 and the JM episode, but nothing else. I know somebody who's going to get the DVD when it comes out, though, so maybe I'll borrow it then.

Hee! How good for her that she's doing that! I envy the ambition and patience she must have being able to be able to write a novel.
Jun. 8th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
You did it! Lovely header, which expresses perfectly the relationship. *g* I'm a huge fan of that comm. She's an adornment to fandom because she's clear, not patronising but puts everything in simple terms.

You've missed the best of the Jianto, then. So funny - JB is gay as anything; Gareth is totally straight but secure enough to get kissy with another guy.

She's doing brilliantly, almost a third the way through her book. It's taken time, but she's powering through and, more importantly, having a lovely time.
Jun. 9th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's not going to be my permanent header, I don't think, but it'll do for now. I'm not sure what fandom I want my permanent one to be.

I'm sad I missed the Jianto. How have the plots been? I didn't want to watch any after s1 because I found the plots a bit... meh. Have they improved? Also, secure straight guys pretending to be gay are teh hot. ^_~

Woot! Go Suki. And the fact that she's having a good time at it is what it's all about. I'm glad it's more fun than frustrating for her.

Jun. 9th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Now you know how to put up a header, you can make one in several fandoms and rotate them. No need to be stuck with one forever.

Actually, the show picked up quite a bit in S2. Still not stellar, but quite a bit better. Gareth is hot, hot, hot. He appeared at The Rift con and was, apparently stunningly good. Very het, very sweet, not at all bothered that his character is bi.

Suki's having a blast! Yes, it's hard work but she's powering through and making it fun. Sometimes it gets frustrating, but nothing worthwhile is easy.

Jun. 11th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'll ever remember to rotate, but I'm definitely going to make a few, just in case I ever get sick of whichever I settle with.

Hm. Well, I'll just borrow when the DVDs come out. I'm in no rush, but I'm more willing to see it now that I know it picked up.
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